The Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS) has launched an effort to use newfangled cell and smart phones as a vehicle for putting locals and visitors in touch with stories and area history in the words of the storytellers, themselves.
Project coordinator Nancy Warner says eight Listening Posts are already up and running, including one installed just last week at the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club boat barn at Riverfront Park.
Cell phone users call a number posted on the sign to access audio clips designed by each post’s sponsor containing stories about the area, geography, history and more. Smart phone users can access audio and images easily by scanning a QR code printed on the sign.
“One of our goals is to brand NCW as a place that gathers, shares and cares for its stories, and this is a neat way of reporting those stories,” Warner says.
Posts can also be found at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Rock Island City Hall, Entiat Ranger District, Columbia Breaks, the Mansfield Museum, the Historic Douglas Church and TwispWorks. Plans to add posts at interesting spots around the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail are in the works.
For more information, visit http://gatheringourvoice.org.
Upper Valley MEND, a Leavenworth-based community service organization, celebrated its 25th anniversary this past week with a community-wide free barbecue feast and more intimate breakfast for its board and committee members.
MEND — Meeting Each Need with Dignity — oversees The Community Cupboard food bank, a free health clinic for the under-insured and uninsured, affordable home-ownership projects in the pricey Leavenworth area, a family home for adults with developmental disabilities and more.
It recently received $750,000 in federal grant funding to build Meadowlark, the latest of its affordable home-ownership communities for low-to-medium income families.
MEND got its start in 1988 when Carl Florea, then minister of the Leavenworth Lutheran Church, combined a church-sponsored community food bank with a thrift store. The organization has grown ever since.
It’s “Drive for $25” fundraiser is underway now to build a steady base of monthly contributions. For more information, visit www.uvmend.org or call 548-0408.
So successful was the colorful, all-volunteer mural project that added a bright splash of sheer happiness to an oft-graffiti-tagged wall on Ferry Street that organizers now have their sights on two more walls nearby.
“We would love to see it be an annual thing,” says Rebecca Maloney, who together with work-out partner Christy Binge, launched the June 1 project.
Fifty volunteers turned out to transform a drab retaining wall into a vibrant four-seasons mural designed by students from Mission View and Columbia elementary schools with some help from their art teacher Chester Farrell.
The five-person painting committee now hopes to get neighbors involved in applying artful strokes to two other walls — one, right next to the first wall on Ferry, between Cashmere and Chelan streets, and another right around the corner on Cashmere Street.
“If we can get the neighborhood involved in doing this, what else can we do?” says a very enthusiastic Maloney with a sky’s-the-limit worldview. To find out how to help, give her a call at 679-1982.
Alan Moen says that the sheep spotted floating down the Entiat River recently wasn’t one of his.
The Entiat wine-and-beer maker uses sheep to keep the grass clipped in the vineyard of his Snowgrass winery.
Chuckling while leaving a voice mail recently, Moen confirmed that all his hoofed mowers are accounted for. Still no word on what became of the wet and woolly one, though.
Moen is retiring after many years as editor of Northwest Brewing News, a fun and information-packed definitive source on the Northwest U.S. brewing scene. If that means he’s headed out to pasture, he may have to displace a sheep or two, so please keep your eye on the river.
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