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Chris Rader | Wenatchee became electrified through Squilchuck

With Thomas Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879, and the first transmission of electricity over a 20-mile line from Niagara Falls Buffalo in 1896, the world had a bright future. Electric power became available in most cities and towns across the U.S. within the next decade (though many rural residents had to wait till the 1930s).
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Susan Sampson | Souvenir from World War II

Today, Dillis Burgess “Dick” Ward III is an 88-year-old resident of East Wenatchee, but during WWII he was a Navy man serving under conditions of combat as intense as any that a Navy man was likely to see. He brought home difficult memories, but also one souvenir that he can cherish.
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Mary Rea | Swimsuit search rarely successful

I’ve never been a huge fan of swimsuit shopping. The suit I wear now was purchased on sale at Rawson’s in Omak at least 10 years ago. Every June, I promise myself I’ll buy a new one, but the purchase becomes so excruciating I can’t force myself to go through with it.
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Susan Ballinger | New guide points out our native shrubs, trees

June in the Wenatchee Valley is peak bloom time for many native shrubs that form dense thickets in foothill ravines and alongside streams. Have you caught a whiff of sweet citrus perfume wafting from Lewis’s mock-orange? Or, been reminded of crashing ocean waves by the frothy sea-foam flower head of oceanspray? Have you cracked a smile at the over-sized flat-topped white mass of flowers on the gangly blue elderberry?
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Carin Smith | FIDO wants to offer first public, no-fee dog park

I’m the chair of a local group called FIDO (Friends Improving Dog Opportunities) that is working to create a network of public, no-fee, off-leash areas in the Wenatchee Valley. In early 2014, after a process of public input, the city of Wenatchee gave approval for an off-leash area of approximately 2.5 acres at Hale Park. They asked FIDO to work with the city for planning and ongoing maintenance of the future park. The site is located at the end of the Loop Trail, south of Pybus Market and under the ...
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Growing a legacy is a labor of love

Someone once told me that nothing worth having is easy — if it is worth having, it is worth working for. In my work as a school counselor, children often told me that something they were struggling with was “hard.” I would agree, but would remind them that they CAN do hard things. This is true as well for dahlia growers, especially in North Central Washington.
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Susan Sampson | Seeds to save the Coulee

It takes 30,000 jasmine flowers to make an ounce of “Joy” perfume. It takes 4,500 crocus flowers to make an ounce of saffron. I thought of those numbers as I stripped stalks of needle grass of their seeds, collecting them for a Nature Conservancy (TNC) project.
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Joy Jasinek | New sculpture exhibit installed

Perched on his pedestal on the corner of Palouse Street and Wenatchee Avenue, “Bowed Raven” by Georgia Gerber offers a moment of reflection as art and nature convene in this stunning sculpture. And it is just one of 10 new visiting pieces added to the Art on the Avenues exhibit.
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Jenny Pratt | The YWCA is there when needed most

If I had a dollar for every time someone came to the YWCA and said “I never thought this could happen to me ...” I would not have to write to you for support today. I’ve used those words myself, and maybe so have you. The words that come next can vary from the depths of extreme abuse or homelessness and financial distress to something hopeful, like the need for free job training in order to get a job.
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Jack Anderson | Charge! NCW offers plenty of places to plug in

One unanticipated pleasure of working on this column is that people around the valley have emailed me questions. Lucy Larkin recently asked; “What do you do if your trip requires more mileage than the car can go on a charge?” Her question is very often asked by those considering the purchase of an electric drive vehicle. Our region of the state has a great story to tell because there are more high amperage Level 2 chargers here than in any other region of Washington. Plug-In North Central Washington is a ...
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Kelli Scott | Paying it forward in NCW

Rebecca Maloney was having a tough day. We’re talking grocery-store-with-a-hungry-infant-in-tow tough. There she was in the checkout line at the Fred Meyer store in East Wenatchee, groceries half-bagged and just minutes from getting out the door, when she realized she’d left her wallet at home. As Rebecca explained her situation to the clerk, a woman standing behind her in line — a complete stranger — stepped in and picked up her tab of more than $60. The generous woman’s one request was that Rebecca do something kind for someone else ...