Tiny mummy: Wenatchee window washer Kevin Miller was surprised to find a dead hummingbird on a Wenatchee Golf and Country Club house windowsill in East Wenatchee last month. It looked as though it was frozen in time, said Miller, who owns Clear Skeyes Window Washing. The bird was somehow perfectly preserved. Miller called a local taxidermist and Wenatchee Valley College biology Professor Dan Stephens to learn more about the rare find. He was told that the bird had probably got caught in the exterior window shade, panicked and died and then was quickly desiccated and mummified in the hot sun beaming on the window. They told him it was an extremely unusual occurrence. Miller had a taxidermist mount the bird on a stick as in flight and had photographer Chuck Strawn shoot a few photos before donating it to the Wenatchee River Institute for their teaching collection.
Bearly noticed: Finding fresh bear tracks along the Sage Hills trail Wednesday morning was a real treat for veteran foothills hiker and runner Welcome Sauer of Wenatchee. He spotted them within a couple of hundred yards of homes on a well-traveled stretch of trail, and believes bear visits to the trail itself don’t happen all that often.
“In the Sage Hills, I’ve seen an elk (10 years ago), lots of coyotes and deer, of course, and once a cougar track,” he wrote in an email. “Over the years, we’ve read stories about bear sightings, such as the little bear in the tree on Cherry Street a few years back. I’ve seen bears near Twin Peaks, and a friend came face to face with one several years ago in No. 2 Canyon. So it’s not uncommon to have bears around the area.”
But, he wrote, “I’m not exaggerating by saying I’ve hiked Sage Hills hundreds of times in 14 years without seeing a bear track.”
He added, “Maybe in coming days some unwary dog walker will wonder why their Woofie suddenly went on alert while out there. Chances are that ripe apples were wafting a scent into the Sage Hills, and this small bear found his picnic. He’ll likely go bearly noticed.”
Pear Fair: No sooner had The Wenatchee World run a front page weekend story (Sept. 15) on the lack of celebration over the Wenatchee River Valley’s world leading pear industry, than someone goes out and starts a Pear Festival. Espera Radio will hold its first Pear Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Smallwoods Harvest in Peshastin. The fair will feature games, raffles, piñatas, free prizes, rides, food booths, a beer garden and live music. Admission is free of charge. The festival is created to recognized the importance of pear orchard and warehouse workers and their employers, said Rafael Aguilar, one of the organizers. To find out more or to set up a booth at the event, call Aguilar at 393-6868, or check out Espera Radio’s website: esperaradio.com
Perseverance: Now that Cashmere resident Ryan Sutherland has completed his degree in psychology and earned his certificate of ministry, he’s ready to hit the lecture circuit. The Wenatchee World featured Ryan and his father Steve in a front page story May 20, 2012, when the two were attending Whitworth University in Spokane.
Ryan has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is a quadriplegic with very limited use of one hand. Steve said the disease is progressing and his son is losing that one movement that has allowed him to use the joystick that controls his wheelchair.
That, however, hasn’t stopped the ambitious young man from offering motivational talks at local schools and events. Ryan was featured in a recent KREM-TV feature and has been talking to students and faculty at schools on the subject of perseverance, something he knows much about. He talked to students at Vale Elementary School last week.
Steve, a pharmacist at Cascade Medical Center, said Ryan is looking for opportunities to talk at other schools and inspire young people to move forward in their lives. To schedule Ryan for an event, call the family at 782-1053.
This week’s Worm was compiled by World reporters Rick Steigmeyer and Mike Irwin. Have a tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org