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The power of people

The concept of “neighbors helping neighbors” is one idea that connects all Red Cross volunteers. It makes no difference if those neighbors have suffered a home fire down the street or a flood across the country.

Wenatchee Mom Blog | Saying goodbye to The Academic Toolbox

After 17 years selling educational toys and learning tools to local parents and teachers, Dwight and Sharon Byers are closing up shop. The Academic Toolbox will shut on Dec. 17. Until then, everything in the store is on sale. Right now, the entire inventory is going for 20 percent off regular prices. By next week, that should be up to 30 percent off.
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Frank Cone | Columbia Geese

A skein of geese flies low over the Columbia River earlier this month. (Frank Cone photo)
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Wenatchee museum thankful for its grants, awards

As Americans gather to count their blessings this week, the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center finds itself especially grateful. In the last few weeks, the museum has been awarded seven grants and one very special opportunity.
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Wenatchee Mom Blog | A picture’s worth

I’ve read several quotes reminding parents that little eyes are watching our every move but it wasn’t until I watched my 2-year-old daughter pick up my camera and attempt to hold it up to her little face that I realized just how much truth there was to those statements.
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Seeding Success: Washington Community Health Care Workers

This is the last in a series of stories featured ahead of the seventh annual NCW Community Success Summit, which IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship) is convening in Quincy Tuesday. This year’s event, “Seeding Success, Growing ONE Community,” will celebrate stories about our environment, community, and economy that are helping to connect and strengthen the region. For more information about the summit, to register, sample more stories and submit a story, visit irisncw.org.
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Annual holiday bazaar is Entiat’s toy store

At holiday time, with its inevitable focus on gift giving, adults typically buy toys for their children. The American toy business is expected to gross nearly $21 billion this year, according to the market research firm NPD group.
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The search for Community Cupboard’s new home

It’s been nearly 30 years since the Community Cupboard food bank and thrift store was founded in Leavenworth. A well-loved community staple, the Community Cupboard will be leaving 214 14th St. and looking for a new home by 2020.
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A soldier inside and out

Editor's note: The subject of this story, Sheyra (Hidalgo) Rogers, is a 1998 Wenatchee High School graduate. Her parents are Charles and Elena Acosta of Wenatchee and Raymond Hidalgo of Puerto Rico. The story is courtesy of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper.
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An anthem of controversy WHS Panthers stand as a team for the national anthem

The lights shine down on the Apple Bowl as the Wenatchee Panthers football team stands on the turf, the “W” on their helmets reflecting the bright light and bodies tense in anticipation of the game ahead. Despite all of these distractions, their attention is focused at the flag. It waves in the air, symbolizing justice, purity, and valor. Then, music starts. It is the national anthem, and as the song plays out, all of the Wenatchee players remain standing.
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Still backpacking 50 years later

Back in 1966, I embarked on my first backpacking trip into the mountains outside of Leavenworth. I was a 15-year-old camper at Camp Field (now Sleeping Lady Resort) taking part in a 10 day “Twana Trek.” I joined five other boys, a camp counselor and a donkey named Biscuit. 
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Seeding Success: Linking prisons to land restoration

This is the third in a series of stories featured ahead of the seventh annual NCW Community Success Summit, which IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship) is convening in Quincy on Nov. 15. This year’s event, “Seeding Success, Growing ONE Community,” will celebrate stories about our environment, community, and economy that are helping to connect and strengthen the region. For more information about the summit, to register, sample more stories and submit a story, visit irisncw.org.
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Clean water photo contest captures the beauty of Chelan County

The Chelan County Clean Water Campaign, a collaborative effort between local businesses, organizations and citizens interested in improving water quality in Chelan County, and Cascadia Conservation District teamed up for a natural resources photo contest and calendar that combines appreciation for the environment with the artistic talent of local photographers. 

New Cascade Medical ambulance put to work saving lives

A new ambulance joined Cascade Medical’s fleet of emergency vehicles this month, thanks to a $150,000 donation from the Cascade Medical Foundation. The ambulance’s long-awaited arrival was marked with a special unveiling for the foundation.