Wallet lost, Paradise found
Life is not just photographic in paradise, it’s pretty neighborly, too.
Michael Bendtsen, owner of McGlinn’s Public House in Wenatchee, spends his days exploring and photographing what he likes to call “Paradise” — the hills and trails and natural areas of Chelan County. One day earlier this month, after a hike in the Horse Lake area, Bendtsen accidentally left his wallet in the bed of his truck. The next day he got a call from a truck driver who spotted something in the roadway on Odabashian Bridge, pulled over and found the lost wallet.
Bendtsen said in a Facebook post that the wallet had some tire marks from being run over and was wet from rainfall that night. Most of the cash was still inside, he wrote, but the wallet “was missing two credit cards that obviously came out during the crazy evening it (the wallet) had.”
Bendtsen went back to the spot where the wallet was found and located the rest of his cash and one of the credit cards. But not the second one.
Then a man walked into the restaurant and returned the second credit card, which he had found along the road.
“We are full of good people here in paradise,” Bendtsen posted on his Facebook page, applauding the good deeds as “such a good reminder of just how lucky we are to live here. This place rocks!”
Return to Pybus
Carroll Reid spent more than 30 years of his life working in the steel building that now houses Pybus Market, so it seemed a fitting place to celebrate his life after he died.
Last weekend, Reid’s family, friends and a few former coworkers gathered for a memorial service to honor the 92-year-old in the former steel plant turned public market. The funeral was a first for the market, which opened in May. About 60 people attended the event, held in the room where a larger-than-life statue of E.T. Pybus — the founder of the steel company who hired Reid in the 1940s to help build the structure and then serve as foreman for more than 30 years.
As the building was undergoing a $9-million transformation from shuttered steel plant to public market, Reid’s health was too fragile to travel from his home in Port Angeles. But his son, Terry, visited the site and took pictures to show his dad, and also showed him a YouTube video of the building’s transformation.
“He was well aware of what was going on there,” Terry Reid said. “He just was never able to get there.”
Reid said holding the service at the market “seemed like the right place to celebrate my dad’s life.”
Carroll Reid was interred in a steel box manufactured at Van Doren, where he finished up the last six years of his career after leaving Pybus. Reid’s nephew, Ralph, now works at Van Doren. Reid, a World War II veteran, was laid to rest at the Orondo Cemetery with military honors.
His family has asked that any memorial contributions be made to the Pybus Public Market Foundation.
Loop Trail inspirations
The city of Kent has been inspired by Wenatchee’s Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail. The city is now working to develop its own 12-mile, waterfront loop trail, linking one trail that runs along the Green River with a second urban trail.
Project Manager Brian Levenhagen told the Kent Reporter earlier this week Wenatchee’s trail runs through parks, natural areas and agricultural and industrial areas, making it a good example of what the Western Washington city could do.
He said the Wenatchee trail is “a treasured community asset and I’m excited about the possibility we have to create something similar here.”
This week’s Worm was compiled by World reporter Michelle McNiel. Got a tip? Email the Worm at firstname.lastname@example.org.