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Kelli Scott: Bid now for restaurant discounts on The World’s website

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After 109 years in Wenatchee, The World has made more than a few connections with other local businesses. This week, we are putting those connections to use for the benefit of our readers by offering a chance to purchase gift cards to restaurants and other businesses across town at deep discounts. It’s called the “Bite Me! Again” online auction, so named because The World recently published a restaurant guide called “Bite Me!”

Really, that’s the name of the restaurant guide. We’re not yelling at you.

The auction began Monday morning and will continue until tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. Starting bids are 60 percent off of retail value, and there is a “Buy it Now” option for 20 percent off of retail value that allows you to bypass the auction and the competition altogether. Gift cards to 35 area restaurants are up for bidding, including Aut-to Mocha, Bella Bistro, El Porton, Lulu’s Kitchen, South and Tastebuds.

Yummy, right? So how do you bid? First, you’ll need to register on the auction website — Your credit card will only be billed if you win an auction item, and you’ll receive email updates if you’re outbid. Winning bidders will pick up their gift cards at The Wenatchee World, 14 N. Mission Street.

This is the first online auction for The World, but we have been connecting readers great deals and giveaways for years. The World frequently posts contests on our Facebook page for nifty prizes and discounts. Last week, we wrapped up a contest for two season tickets to the summer concert series at Ohme Gardens — a $230 value that included passes to rock, swing and jazz shows. This week, we’re running a Facebook contest for the SummerFest event happening later this month at Town Toyota Center — two days of beer tasting, bands, a co-ed hockey jamboree, a car show, a beer pong tournament, and more. And later this summer, be sure to watch The World’s Facebook page for several chances to win tickets to the Boston concert at Town Toyota Center on September 6.

Two final notes from the last week online: The World’s Facebook page was painted deep pink and red on Thursday evening. After our social media manager posted a couple photos he’d taken of the spectacular sunset that night, readers shared their own shots of the sky in the comments section — more than 30 photos from across the region, from Ellensburg to Chelan.

And when The World posted an article on Facebook last Wednesday about Dr. Ed Farrar’s ongoing recovery from an accident five years ago, the response from readers was overwhelming. The article detailed how Farrar, paralyzed from the chest down, was able to walk with the help of a new technology called an Ekso bionic exoskeleton. The Central Washington Hospital Foundation is raising funds to purchase one of the devices for the hospital. Nearly one thousand people liked the post and commenters showed enthusiastic support for the fundraising campaign. Stephanie Matthews wrote: “The Doc continues to practice medicine by showing us all what the possibilities are. This incredible technology could benefit so many in our community. I’m in.” From Charlie Naismith: “Ed has worked harder and more consistently than anyone I’ve ever known with a serious injury! Let’s rally behind this! Count me in!”

And on and on.