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August 25: Into The Fire

 “Into The Fire” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: “May your strength give us strength, may your faith give us faith, may your hope give us hope, may your love give us love.” Springsteen wrote “Into The Fire”for the firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, but it’s a fitting choice to honor the firefighters who were hurt and killed last week near Twisp. Songs and words fail to describe the sacrifice.  
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Fire season proves community correspondence

This past winter was mild, and then add in this summer’s early and dreadful heat —  the outcome created is that of a disastrous one for this year’s fire season. If you have lived in North Central Washington for long, it becomes second-hand knowledge that late summer usually entails heavy smoke and torrid days. However, it seems as though Mother Nature’s wrath hit too hard this year, leaving all of us to play catch up.
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Dave Bartholomew | Stay connected with reality

In earlier columns I made the point that sustainability really is just another word for reality; that we don’t have a vote in what ultimately is sustainable. Reality will decide. Therefore, if we really want to be more sustainable, we must constantly strive to root our decisions in reality, not in our desires.
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Winemaker's Journal -- Wine Festival bigger and better than ever

WENATCHEE -- With more than 30 wineries, four breweries, a couple distilleries and more than a dozen eateries pouring drinks and serving food, it was hard to not have a grand time at the Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival. The event was held  at the Town Toyota Center Aug. 22. Over 500 people attended. Sorry, if you missed it, but there's always next year.
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Susan Ballinger | Wildfires affect on local landscape

Last summer on July 7, 2014, my husband and I landed in Fairbanks, Alaska, after a 10-day wilderness river trip. We turned on our cell phones and found text messages about a brush fire along Skyline Drive next to our home. Earlier that morning, our house-sitter loaded our car with dogs and musical instruments under a Level 3 evacuation order. Fortunately, skillful firefighters and a dozer driver plowed a fireline on the western flank that effectively stopped the flames along the top ridge of Saddle Rock City Park. We were ...
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Go! Spotify List - Top Picks August 18, 2015

“Nevermind” by Leonard Cohen: As eerie and disturbing as it is hypnotic,, “Nevermind” is perfect intro for the second and most recent season of HBO’s True Detective. The finale was last week and I chose this song in part as a homage to that stunning series, but also because it’s just plain cool. No one growl/croons like Cohen and at 80, this old Canadian poet’s still got it. This track is from an album released just this May.
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Go! Spotify List - Top Picks August 11, 2015

“The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band: This song I chose for two reasons; the first is Steve Miller played a killer show at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee last week (and if you weren’t there you missed out). The second reason I picked it is as a homage to the great American satirist of our day – Jon Stewart – who left The Daily Show last week.
Sports

Comparison of some AppleSox stats for WCL seasons

Baseball Blurbs by Bruce  May Answer Some Inquiries The question was asked during the last home series and again in an email, about how did this year's AppleSox compare to other versions?  Well, last night I finished my annual update of some statistical categories.  Following are the results.  All are team numbers for the 11 years of West Coast League play followed by where 2015 ranks.  Three are averages, one a percent and all the rest are averages per game (there have been five different totals for number of games ...
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The best night ever comes your way

So, if you are trying to plan your next few weekends before summer ends, I’m sure you are perusing events on ncwcalendar.com, right? Well, Aug. 22, starting at 6 p.m. may just be one of the greatest nights of your life…
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AppleSox finish third. Hiura way up among league offensive leaders.

Baseball Blurbs by Bruce   Yakima Valley 4, Wenatchee 3, last night. Apple Peelings- Exactly one-third of their league games were decided by one run...18 of 54.  Unfortunately the AppleSox went 5-13 in those games.- Despite losing six more than they won in league play, they were not outscored...287 tallied, 287 surrendered. AppleSox in Top 10Hitting- Batting average - Keston Hiura .356, tie 3rd.- Hits - Keston Hiura 68, 2nd.  Mitchell Holland 59, 5th.- Doubles - Keston Hiura 21, 2nd.  Mitchell Holland 11, tie 10th.- Triples - Keston Hiura 6, 1st.- Home runs ...
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AppleSox beat Yakima Valley 2-1, play final game today

Baseball Blurbs by Bruce   Wenatchee 2, Yakima Valley 1 last night.  Final game of the season - Wenatchee (24-29) at Yakima Valley (28-25) 5:05 today. Standings Stuff- The AppleSox have nailed down third place in the East.- Corvallis is the wild-card entry.- Klamath Falls has 40 losses with their final game today.  The 40 ties the 2007 Kitsap squad for most losses in a season since the league went to a 54-game schedule five years ago. Record Setting Season...TwiceTime of Games- Fans that saw every home game witnessed more baseball than another season ...
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Steve Wright | PUD water system delivers during an emergency

It was a harrowing 24 hours for residents of Wenatchee.  Starting the afternoon of June 28, an otherwise hot, lazy summer Sunday would soon turn into a frightening evening of survival. For Chelan PUD, it was a test of our ability to meet the needs of first responders for fighting major fires on two fronts. The question would be whether the investments made by the PUD in infrastructure  would be enough to keep a bad situation from getting worse.
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Mary Rea | The history of talent shows

With talent shows all over television, including “The Voice” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” it’s worth remembering when television was in its initial stages, “Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour” was the only real game in town for amateurs to showcase their talent.