The Burgesses finally got some trick-or-treaters. Hordes of them, in fact. The East Wenatchee family has gone over the top to decorate their home for Halloween for the last three years without a single child coming to get candy. But after their home was featured on the front page of The Wenatchee World this week, they were mobbed with costumed kids.
Cindie Burgess said she counted at least 281 trick-or-treaters, but admits that she didn’t tally them all.
“Between 6 and 6:30, there was a line of kids down the driveway and down our street,” she said. “People said they had to park a half a block away and walk.”
“It was so amazing,” she said. “I bet there was 1,000 pictures taken of the house. … We had a blast.”
The family plans to start taking the decorations down on Sunday. But their yard won’t be devoid of decoration for long. In the next couple of weeks, they’ll begin putting up their extensive Christmas decorations.
Vegan delights for firefighters
PETA is honoring Wenatchee firefighters for the efforts of firefighter Mike Day in breathing life back into a puppy on Oct. 25. Not only will the department get a framed certificate of appreciation but animal oxygen masks and a box of “delicious vegan chocolates,” a press release states.
The Worm wondered what vegan chocolates taste like and called PETA spokesman David Perle in Washington D.C.“Like heaven,” he said. The treats, which are for humans, are made from such non-animal products as soy milk and margarine.
PETA picked up on a story published Sunday in The Wenatchee World that told how Day used mouth-to-snout resuscitation to save a 5-month-old black lab named Loki. The lab, left alone in a Wenatchee apartment, went after some dog food that had been left on the stove, inadvertently turned on a burner and caught the dog food, then the apartment, on fire. The lab suffered from smoke inhalation but was recovering.
The PETA press release calls Wenatchee firefighters heroes “because they don’t consider their job done until all residents — both human and nonhuman — have made it to safety.”
The world is filled with pot-savvy — and mischievous — cell phone users. That’s what World reporter Christine Pratt discovered recently while trying to identify a particular variety of a marijuana plant.
Christine used her phone to take a picture of a pot plant in East Wenatchee while working on this weekend’s cover story about I-502-sanctioned retail marijuana shops.
The plant in the photo has green leaves and beautiful purple buds, but its owner, who called it only “purple pot,” didn’t know its actual variety.
So, she texted the photo to a local expert. At least, she intended to. Christine accidently misdialed. The text with the photo and simple message, “Hi Pam. What kind is it?” went out to someone, somewhere.
And that someone responded.
“I’m not Pam, but I’d say purple kush,” the wrong number replied.
Christine texted back, “Oh, geez. Wrong number, but thanks!”
And then, a final reply: “Looks yummy. (You’re) welcome.”
Wenatchee native Kenneth Tylor Tussey made back-to-back appearances in nationally televised sporting events this week. The 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant, a vehicle operations technical instructor based at Fort Lenordwood, Mo., performs on a color guard team for big events. This week, that meant performing in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday in St. Louis. And then he attended an armed forces appreciation event at the Monday night National Football League game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. Tussey’s dad, Dave, said a contigent of his son’s friends from Wenatchee flew to Missouri to watch the football game.
Kenneth Tussey is a 2003 graduate of Wenatchee High School. He’s been deployed twice to Iraq.
This week’s Worm was compiled by World reporters Dee Riggs, Christine Pratt and Michelle McNiel. Got a tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.