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Susan Sampson | Dan O'Brien and the North Cascades Highway

When John Frank Stevens planned the railroad route over his pass between Wenatchee and Everett, perhaps he would have chosen the less tortuous route over the Snoqualmie and Stampede Passes if he’d known about it. But a North Cascades route? Probably not. Too steep, too high, too ravaged by winter weather. It took Dan O’Brien of Wenatchee to meet the challenge of a North Cascades Highway, although only for automobiles, not trains. 
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Susan Sampson | Meet 'Perri the Poetry Fairy'

Meet “Perri the Poetry Fairy.” Most people wouldn’t recognize Perri, but the first, second and third grade students at Mission View Elementary School do! Perri is the woman dressed, from the toes up, in bright tights, shorts, a tutu, a bright top, gauze wings, a tiara, bright makeup and gobs of jewelry. She breezes into their classrooms to read poetry to the children for five to 10 minutes once per week. She squeezes her performances into lesson plans evidently required by “No Child Left Behind” laws and “Common Core” concerns ...
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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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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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Susan Sampson | Politics are a quieter affair here

When we retired from Seattle to Wenatchee, my husband and I noticed a significant political difference in the two communities. Over there, almost everybody was a Democrat. Over here, almost everybody is a Republican. It doesn’t matter to us: We never miss voting and we always vote opposite of one another, canceling out each other’s vote, on everything from who should be president of the United States to whether chickens should be permitted by our homeowners’ association.
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Susan Sampson | Finding and feasting on pho in Wenatchee

Pho — pronounce it “fuh,” as in “fun.” It’s Vietnamese street-vendor soup that I regard as a gourmet treat. I was worried that I’d never find it in Wenatchee when I moved here five years ago, but Van Tran solved that problem when he opened his VN Pho restaurant four-and-a-half years ago. He serves it out of the strip mall just off Miller in Wenatchee, across Springwater Avenue from Walgreens.
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Susan Sampson | Pybus Public Market is a weekly treat

Every Saturday morning, all summer, I treat myself to a shopping trip to the Pybus Farmers Market. My trip is cheap recreational shopping compared to shopping at the mall, and shopping at the farmers market is practical — usually. Most recently, I’ve loaded up on ripe peaches from East Wenatchee, Kalstrom’s fresh corn picked the night before and this season’s apples. I’ve baked my second pie of the season — the first was that old standby, Gravenstein. Next was Sweet Tango, the supposed competitor to Honeycrisp, but in my opinion, ...
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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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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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Susan Sampson | Pilots left their legacies on region

After I wrote about the Navy flight training program at Fancher Field, I was contacted by Bob Lindell, who had even more lore to recount. He recalled that even before the Navy came to Wenatchee, a civilian pilot training program was started in Wenatchee, and may have been instrumental in helping establish the Wenatchee Junior College.
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Susan Sampson | Moving to the valley means slipping into more casual clothes

I admit it — before I closed my office and retired to Wenatchee, I was a clothes horse. I was difficult to fit because I was shorter than the average American woman, so when I found a good quality suit with a basic design and a little flair, I’d use it until it wore out. I’d also choose one or two accessories per year, to try to stay fashionable. I wore high-heeled shoes comfortably until I noticed a younger client wearing flats. “Is that because you prefer flats, or because ...