Guessing contest pays off in scones
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Contest brings in sweet stuff: Emily Campen likes scones, and that’s a good thing because she won three big boxes of Fisher scone mix in a contest last month.
“I don’t have to worry about going hungry any time soon,” the Malaga woman said. “At the very least, I can eat lots and lots of scones.”
Campen won the top prize in a contest, sponsored by Fisher, a Woodinville company with a 100-year tradition of selling scones at fairs. Campen correctly guessed what day, during the September fair in Puyallup, that the company would sell its 100 millionth scone. She can’t remember what she put down but said, “it was sheer luck. There was no method to my madness.”
Campen, a Puyallup native, said this is the first contest she’s ever won.
Oh, and Fisher also awarded Campen $1,000, which she’s using to pay for books at Central Washington University where she is studying for a master’s degree in mental health counseling. “It isn’t going for anything exotic,” she said.
Payback time: When Charlie Hall’s 1966 Chrysler Newport disappeared from his East Wenatchee home late last month, he didn’t file a police report.
Hall said he had a suspicion that his friend, Dale Larson, might have taken the car to put a new transmission in it.
Well, Larson, owner of EZ Auto Wrecking, did do that, but a whole lot of other friends and acquaintances of Hall’s donated labor and money to spiff up the car in ways Hall couldn’t have imagined.
“It was a team effort,” said Gene Grills, owner of Pressure Cleaning Method. “Charlie is the type of guy who goes above and beyond in his job and this was a chance for the people who deal with Charlie to give back for his efforts.”
Hall, said Grills, is a parts salesman at the south-end Napa store. “He’s the guy you go to for old car parts, old tractor equipment and old truck parts; he’s the guru,” said Grills.
Among those who worked on the car were George and Andy Wilder of Wilder’s Transmission who donated their labor to rebuild the transmission on the Newport, which had been sitting, undriveable, for about three years at Hall’s residence.
Lee Crossland at L & S Automotive worked for free on the choke and they put in a new vacuum advance in the distributor. Three of Hall’s fellow Napa workers bought the necessary parts for that.
Several people also donated money, which paid for miscellaneous work, including detailing the car. Among the car clubs that donated were the Thursday Night Garage Association, the Wenatchee Valley Cruisers and the Antique Car Club.
But the big surprise for Hall came on Saturday, during the Eastside’s annual Wings & Wheels festivities. Some of Hall’s friends took the Newport to the car show there and covered it up, then, when Hall arrived at the show, the emcee announced that he was giving away a car — and the winner was Charlie Hall.
“He was kind of teary-eyed,” Grills said.
Said Hall, “Thanks is not enough of a word to describe how I felt. I had no idea as many people would be involved in this. I felt kind of special, I guess.”
Honoring a Head Start advocate: Bernie Perleberg’s legacy of giving lives on. Officials at Head Start this month awarded three $1,500 scholarships to college-bound students out of the Bernie Perleberg Head Start Memorial Scholarship Fund. It was set up by her husband, Bob Perleberg. Eligible students must have gone through the local Head Start early-childhood educational program.
Bernie Perleberg died from cancer in March of 2010. She has been remembered by coworkers as a person who gave freely of her time to help parents and children in the program.
“My wife was so passionate about Head Start,” Bob said this week. “This is a good way to remember her.”
Scholarship recipients are Martha Cruz and Armando Bendito, who are attending Wenatchee Valley College; and Maria Montel, who is attending the University of Washington.
Bob, retired manager of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, also honors his wife by volunteering at Head Start in East Wenatchee three days a week. “I eat snacks with the kids, eat lunch with them; I’m on the playground and in the classroom with them,” he said. “A lot of the children don’t have fathers at home so it’s good to have a male image around.”
The Worm was compiled this week by staff writer Dee Riggs. Got a tip? E-mail email@example.com.
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