When Nik Penny was going to John Newbery Elementary in Wenatchee, he began doing something most boys didn’t do: he started crocheting. “I visited my grandmother in Louisiana, and saw her doing it,” he remembers. “I asked her to teach me.”
Several large, brown, heritage road signs can be found alongside both directions of Highway 97 and Highway 17, just north of Brewster, alerting drivers that they are approaching a heritage site. “Fort Okanagan Interpretive Center, Next Left” reads one sign; but in 2008, another sign was placed diagonally over the heritage signs, “CLOSED.” The gates into the center were locked permanently in 2008, when the state of Washington felt the impacts of the recession. Many state parks closed during these hard economic times.
The NCW Dahlia Society will present its annual Dahlia Show at Pybus Public Market this weekend. The free show is open to the public and runs noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, filling the Pybus concourse with hundreds of dahlia blooms from growers all over the Pacific Northwest and North Central Washington. American Dahlia Society judges will be on hand to judge the flowers. For more information, call show chairwoman Linda Holmes-Cook at 888-9510.
Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, you may notice that it takes longer to learn new things, you don’t remember information as well as you once did, or you can’t remember where you put things, like your glasses or your keys. For most people, these are signs of mild forgetfulness due to aging, not a serious memory problem.
“Please tell them that we care about those who lost their homes and we hope the money will be some help to them.” That statement from Misawa City International Relations Assistant Chief Noriaki Hori accompanied a donation of 1,146,263 yen ($9,422.16 at current exchange rates) raised by citizens of Wenatchee Valley’s sister city, Misawa, Japan.
For more than 25 years, Jan Lawr has been perfecting the art of quilting in her own style. On Sept. 11 and 12, the Wenatchee Valley will be treated to a viewing of Jan’s work at the NCW Quilt Guild’s Annual Harvest of Quilts at Town Toyota Center.
The artisan cheese movement in Washington state is only a bit more than 20 years old, with most producers making cheese from dairy farms in the western part of the state. But many were certainly inspired by Sally Jackson, who actually began making cheese in 1979 on her farmstead near Oroville.
“We were team ‘Toothless’, explains Monica Garcia, the mother of Angel Ibarra,11. “I was called ‘Mocha’ and Angel was ‘Blast’.” They had just spent a fun week in Oregon at the Oral Hull family retreat for the visually impaired.