Artist and teacher
As a Wenatchee Valley College agriculture shop teacher, I worked with Bob Graves as the art teacher who helped his students design and, with the help of students in my classes, build many WVC Apple Blossom floats in the agriculture shop. Bob would come over after school classes and help with construction and always be willing to give needed suggestions to make sure a float would be a winner. What an asset Bob Graves was to Wenatchee Valley College.
Government of nothing
There is a total disconnect between Washington, D.C., and the citizens. The politicians are exempt from whatever they do to us. They have their own health care, their own retirement, and they will continue to receive paychecks even when no one else does. Republicans are bad, but so are the Democrats. Neither party actually cares about us. Republicans won’t let the Democrats accomplish anything and the Democrats won’t let the Republicans do anything. They fight among themselves while our country goes down the tubes.
We need to fix this. Maybe if we fire all of them, establish term limits and eliminate lobbyists it would be a start.
Maybe we should tie their pay and their jobs to their performance. Every job I’ve had in my life required me to actually accomplish something and if I did nothing I would have been fired.
Market in bloom
On Sept. 28 and 29, the Pybus Public Market hosted the 2013 NCW Dahlia Show. The idea to hold the show at this site was born just a little over a year ago, when several NCW Dahlia Society members took a tour of the Pybus project, still several months from completion.
As we walked through the cavernous space, flooded with natural light and fresh air, it occurred to us that this would be a great venue for our 2013 Dahlia Show. Although the idea of hosting a flower show was a new one for the market staff, they enthusiastically embraced the challenge and did everything they could to make this happen, making our show the first community event to go on the Pybus Market calendar. They worked with our team all along the way to accommodate every need that we might have, and to deal with any possible obstacles.
In the end, the Pybus Public Market hosted an amazing NCW Dahlia Show, presenting over 1,200 dahlia blooms of all sizes, forms and colors. These flowers were evaluated by judging teams consisting of 35 top judges, hybridizers and exhibitors from Western Washington and British Columbia, as well as local growers, judges and club members. Show veterans who participated in this show were amazed at the quality of this event, and time and time again we heard that this was one of the best venues they had ever seen for a show. We have to agree, and we would like to express our gratitude to the Pybus management team and staff, as well as the merchants and vendors at the market for making it possible for hundreds of Wenatchee Valley citizens and visitors to enjoy the phenomenal explosion of light and color represented by these beautiful flowers.
We are also very grateful to The Wenatchee World for the front-page article, publicizing our show, and to all the people who came down to see these gorgeous blooms. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for helping us to share the joy with the Wenatchee Valley!
President, NCW Dahlia Society
NCW Dahlia Society show chair
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