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Diana Haglund | Making learning personal for special education students

Imagine going to work and loving your job so much that you throw away your first paycheck. This is a true story. A special education student who went through the Wenatchee High School Community Based Learning Program was hired at Pizza Hut after doing a work-based learning experience there. He felt so valued for the work that he was doing that he didn’t understand why he was being paid to do a job he loved so he threw away his first check in the trash. If this isn’t the essence ...
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Suzanne Tomassi | Out here in the field

Roughly one month into the first field season, work proceeds on such an intense schedule that I haven’t had time to update the blog. We have settled on a design of six plots: three treatment (twice-logged forest) and three control (primary forest), each with two transects of 15 nets each and within that, five zones of three nets each, all to be sampled for two days each and repeated three times over the season. Suffice to say, it adds up to a large sample.
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Kelli Scott | Fire season on Facebook

Scrolling through Facebook one smoky evening last week, I came across a video interview with a local online marketing pro in which this successful social media advocate extolled the virtues of new media and asserted flatly that newspapers are not dying. They are dead.
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Andy Dappen | Rocky Reach Trail — North End opens

“This has been 20 years in the making,” Bob Parlette said as he addressed a crowd of about 75 people at Lincoln Rock State Park who had assembled for a ribbon-cutting celebration of the Rocky Reach Trail on July 2. “There were times I wasn’t sure I’d live long enough to see this happen.”
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Kelli Scott: Bid now for restaurant discounts on The World’s website

After 109 years in Wenatchee, The World has made more than a few connections with other local businesses. This week, we are putting those connections to use for the benefit of our readers by offering a chance to purchase gift cards to restaurants and other businesses across town at deep discounts. It’s called the “Bite Me! Again” online auction, so named because The World recently published a restaurant guide called “Bite Me!”
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Wendell George | Sports are part of Indian culture

Little Joe watched as the excitement peaked at the end of the basketball game. The point guard deftly twisted and turned through the other team to the roar of the home team crowd. As he neared the basket, the tall opposing post collapsed on him, so he smoothly bounce-passed to his teammate, who made a layup unopposed. Neither boy cherished credit for the win as they felt they were just part of the teamwork necessary to succeed.
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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.