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Tom Arnold | Why I chose to live in the Wenatchee Valley

In 1990, I left a town of roughly 50,000 people in Indiana to be on the West Coast where I could quickly get to the mountains (Indiana is very flat) while also being a part of the tech industry. I picked Seattle because of Microsoft and the Cascade mountains. As time has passed, tech moved to “the cloud” and allowed software developers to work anywhere. This past June, I chose Wenatchee because it has the high-speed Internet connection I need, lower taxes, cheaper utility bills, less traffic, fresh produce, friendlier ...
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Mary Rea | Family Easter tradition

Never, ever, have our boys believed in the Easter bunny. They grew up country kids and saw a lot of rabbits. There was no way such a small four-legged creature could carry around a large basket, let alone hide eggs. But they still liked to have an Easter egg hunt.
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Susan Ballinger | Eco-tourism is at your backdoor

For me, the change of season to spring makes me want get to outside to explore new places and see wildlife, wildflowers, and expansive views. Similar to being a tourist in a foreign county it makes sense to engage a local guide who knows exactly where to go, and what to be looking for. This spring, I’d like to invite you to take part of a guided outing or even attend a regional wildflower or wildlife festival!
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Darold Wax | Our local historians preserved a wealth of information

Let’s hear if for the caretakers of our past. That could be a tall order, stretching from the History faculty at Harvard to the many family genealogists who operate at the micro-level. I have in mind a smaller cohort, the local historians who have prepared written accounts of our area communities. Their combined efforts have resulted in a shelf of books preserving our regional history. Wenatchee, to begin with our urban hub, has produced several historians. John Gellatly’s “A History of Wenatchee,” published in 1963, is regarded as the authoritative ...
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Susan Sampson | Wenatchee is international

Before we moved to Wenatchee, we checked the possibilities for staying in connection with the outside world, and decided that automobile, bus, train, airplane, and Internet, were everything we could ask for. We daydreamed about catching the Amtrak at 9 p.m. and waking up at Glacier National Park for breakfast. 
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Matt Cadman | Necessity is the mother of collaboration

It IS lonely at the top! I have now been the executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee for 25 months and I am still trying to locate the owner’s manual. It didn’t take long in my tenure to realize how isolated and autonomous this position could be, and especially how little I knew about running a theatre. Out of necessity, I began to contact other directors of regional performing arts centers to introduce myself and to solicit their advice on certain issues I was facing. In ...
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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.