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2014 Royal Court

The 2014 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival royal court, from left, is Princess Caroline Dahl, Queen Roslyn Thompson and Princess Nikara Morgan. The royal court will debut the Apple Blossom queen’s float during the May 3 Stemilt Growers Grand Parade.

Blossoms & Brews beer garden opens May 1

The Blossoms & Brew beer garden at Memorial Park will be open 1 to 10 p.m. May 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 2, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 3, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4.
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Apple Blossom Festival Entertainment Schedule

The Gesa Credit Union Entertainment stage in Memorial Park will again feature some of the best talent the area has to offer over the course of the 11-day festival. Here’s the list:
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Keyes Fibre Youth Parade Lineup

Editors note: This is the parade lineup as of April 21. For an up-to-date list, check out the festival website, appleblossom.org. The youth parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Seeking your festival photos

If you and your family take some cute Apple Blossom Festival photos, then send them to us! We’re looking for photos of kids and families enjoying this year’s festival.
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Apple Blossom Junior Royalty

The 2014 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Junior Royalty court is, from left, Princess Josefina Albert, Queen Alex Toth and Princess Katherine Loomis. The junior court will ride in Saturday’s Keyes Fibre Youth Parade and will carry the festival banner during the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade on May 3.

Commentary: Pretentious acceptance — Liberal approval of gays is insincere

I can honestly say that I love Generation Y. Contrary to what your great grandpa might say, I don’t believe that we will be remembered as the social media consumed, instant gratification seeking millennials. Our era will be celebrated as the generation of acceptance. More specifically, we will be commemorated as those who created equality for individuals of all sexual orientations.
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Literacy Council hosting Spelling Bee fundraiser April 25

WENATCHEE — An elephant named “Apple” will give a boost to literacy when the Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties holds its ninth annual Spelling Bee fundraiser April 25 at the Red Lion Hotel.

Share your summer activities for kids

What’s available this summer for NCW kids to do? If your nonprofit organization, school or church offers recreation, classes or a camp for school-age kids, tell us about it. We’ll include it in a preview of summer activities in the May 16 Neighbors section.

Local students complete Memory Master exam

Four students successfully completed a Memory Master exam offered through the national Classical Conversations homeschool organization. Those students are Marcus Lolos, sixth grade; Austin Black, sixth grade; Zachary Appel, fifth grade; and Abby Black, fourth grade.

Share your summer activities for kids

What’s available this summer for NCW kids to do? If your nonprofit organization, school or church offers recreation, classes or a camp for school-age kids, tell us about it. We’ll include it in a preview of summer activities in the May 16 Neighbors section.
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Gathering Our Voice | Keeping the land together in the Okanogan

Many of the stories we’ve gathered since 2006 about the Okanogan Valley and surrounding highlands illustrate the many ways farmers and ranchers have adapted to change over time. Several people, including Buzz Berney of Conconully, have talked about how early ranchers learned to produce hay to feed their livestock in the winter instead of depending upon open rangelands after the devastating cow-killing winter of 1889-1890.

Planning activities for kids this summer? Tell us all about it

What’s available this summer for NCW kids to do? If your nonprofit organization, school or church offers recreation, classes or a camp for school-age kids, tell us about it. We’ll include it in a preview of summer activities in the May 16 Neighbors section.
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Sun-Soaked Cliffs

Afternoon sun plays across rocky cliffs above the Flanagan & Milbrandt Vineyards at the old Spanish Castle orchard site along the east side of Highway 28 between Rock Island Dam and Trinidad.