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Community Connections

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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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 Ballinger | Wenatchee botanist to be honored at reception

The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) has recently awarded Wenatchee botanist Pamela Camp with the prestigious Mentzelia Award for her exceptional contributions to the society. The Wenatchee Chapter invites the public to a reception to honor Pamela during the monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The guest speaker in Jim Hadfield, U.S. Forest Service Forest pathologist (retired) speaking about dwarf mistletoes in Washington. Dwarf mistletoes in the genus Arcethobium are native plants that parasitize conifers of Pacific Northwest forests. ...
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Brenna Dimmig | New Día de los Muertos event will rise again

I met with Miseal Ferardo Perez for lunch in late October. Before the food even arrived, we were deep in conversation about Día de los Muertos. The beloved Mexican celebration was fast approaching and we were dizzy with anticipation. So dizzy — and possibly delusional — that we thought it would be a good idea to throw a Día de los Muertos fiesta on a week’s notice. The Wenatchee Community Center could host the event, Misael offered to organize food and entertainment, I’d make event fliers.
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Hanz Scholz | Methow Valley Nordic Team to hold auction

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is an organization that “shares the love of Nordic skiing with area youth.” The team teaches cross country skiing, both classic and skate techniques, to about 110 children from the ages of 5 years old through high school. Many of the children also compete in their age group in races throughout the Northwest, going as far north as Central British Columbia and east as far as Bozeman, Mont. A fair number of the children are on a scholarship program with the team, meaning that without ...
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John Braun | Garden Terrace a well-kept secret

Some people say that Garden Terrace is one of the best-kept secrets around. What they mean is that the owner, Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Homes, is a charitable, nonprofit corporation and that the 146 apartments of Garden Terrace are managed so well that the public is seldom called on for support. Eight-six of those apartments carry HUD Section 8 subsidies to help our mission provide a home for people who have few housing options available.