Bench with a view: Officials and volunteers with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust hope people will appreciate a longtime Land Trust volunteer when they sit on a bench above the Horse Lake Reserve. The bench, installed in August by officials and volunteers, honors Dennis Garrity, a Land Trust board member from 2003 until he died in 2012.
“He was a remarkable man,” said Bob Bugert, Land Trust director. “He really had a passion for conservation.” In particular, Bugert said, Garrity worked hard on the Horse Lake Reserve, which makes up 1,700 acres above Wenatchee’s north end. On the bench is a plaque honoring Garrity.
The bench can be found at the very top of the Homestead Trail.
Cosmo girl: Leslie Freytag of Wenatchee is featured in the November issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. She is one of several business executives who offer comments in an article with the headline, “The mistake that made my career.” Freytag, who is president and CEO of the beauty products company Butter London, said she took a job early in her career in a department that “was in shambles….. but, I tackled the issues, which launched my reputation as someone who could turn around underperforming businesses. When I got to Butter London, I knew to ask a lot of questions, and to listen.”
Gotta eat, gotta cook, gotta avoid fire: Keep these statistics in the back of your head when preparing hot meals: Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen. Those are from the National Fire Protection Association.
“Often, when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes,” said Mark Yaple, Wenatchee fire marshal. “Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start.”
Tips for staying safe:
- If you leave the room, turn off the stove
- Use back burners when possible if children are in the home
- Wear tight-fitting sleeves
- Keep pot holders and other materials away fromthe stovetop.
- Keep the stove top free of grease.
Watch yourself in Leavenworth: With Oktoberfest still in full swing this coming weekend, the State Patrol is gearing up to handle anyone who gets out of hand. More troopers will be out during the festival, and they will be bringing the agency’s mobile impaired driving unit. This is a self-contained motorhome equipped with three breath-test instruments and two holding cells.
Want to avoid a stay in the motorhome? Troopers suggest that drinkers call a taxi or a sober friend or family member for a ride.
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