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Dawn Kranz | Helping out where needed

When the Upper Valley Free Clinic (in Leavenworth) was just taking shape back in 2001, I agreed to help out as a Spanish interpreter. The prospect of throwing myself into the jostle of unknown challenges was a bit frightening. But assurance that this was something I was meant to do helped to calm the worries.
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Dave and Nancy Bartholomew | Sustainability and our food supply

Probably one of the most important areas to focus on sustainability is on our food. It is a major component of our budgets. How it is grown has a major impact on the environment and what we eat impacts our health. Recall the concept of the triple bottom line that holds that we must address human, environmental and economic considerations in order to be truly sustainable. Our food supply touches on all three.
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Anne Brangwin | Spotlight on book clubs

Buns, Books, and Tea has been getting together at the Peshastin Library for the past 10 years. The club was established by members of the Friends of the Peshastin Library as a way to promote the Peshastin Branch of the North Central Regional Library system and its programs. It has about eight to 10 members attend each meeting to discuss the book picked for the month.
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Teri Fink | Student performs at Carnegie Hall

Wenatchee High School senior Alex Stroming performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of The Honors Performance Series for high school. Nominated for the position by WHS choir teacher Dawn McCormick, Alex was one of two regional high school students to be selected, along with McKenzie Hemstrom of Cashmere High School, also nominated by McCormick.
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Jaana Hatton | Simplicity is good

As soon as I stepped onto the bright premises of the Artisan Bread Co. here in town, the busy sounds of Wenatchee Avenue faded away. While classical music gently softened my pace, the elegant metal artwork of East Wenatchee artist Tim Hautala on the wall caught my attention. I felt there was nourishment here for the whole person, body and soul.
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Jaana Hatton | The magic of mariachi

Ramon Rivera’s hearty handshake and warm smile put me at ease right away. He is the director of the Wenatchee High School Mariachi Program, with contagious bubbling energy. It extends much past 3:30 p.m., when classes end. With three high school groups and one in the middle school, it is enthusiasm and dedication that keep him going.
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Susan Sampson | Going gluten-free in NCW

I agree with Mary Rea’s recent column: It’s faddish to avoid eating gluten if you don’t have to, but I have celiac disease so can’t touch the stuff. I sneered at the fad until I was surprised by my diagnosis three years ago. Since, I’ve discovered that Wenatchee is as good a place as any to live with celiac, thanks to are ample resources for dealing with it.
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Teri St. Jean | Wells House: A gift of college memories

In 1949, Mr. and Mrs. A.Z. Wells donated their beautiful three-story, five-bedroom home, surrounded by five acres of manicured lawns and orchards to the Wenatchee School District for the newly-formed Wenatchee Junior College. Students had formally been housed in the Wenatchee High School. That building was located on the corner of King and Idaho streets, which now borders the newly formed Historic District of Wenatchee.
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Chris Rader | Eagle Transfer has mobilized Wenatchee for 112 years

Founded in 1903 by Albert N. “Bert” Courtway, the Eagle Livery and Transfer Company was Wenatchee’s first horse-based transportation business. It offered many services: stabling and feeding horses, selling feed and firewood, taxiing, and renting out horses and wagons. Two-horse “buses” from Eagle Transfer would meet all incoming steamboats and trains to deliver passengers to their hotels or residences. Families hired the company to move furniture and household goods, including pianos. Young men rented Eagle carriages to take their sweethearts on Sunday drives.