WENATCHEE — Longtime Wenatchee Valley businessman and philanthropist Carl Campbell said he was humbled last month by a lifetime achievement honor that capped his nearly 60 years of determination and innovation in the local business community. “It was such a wonderful surprise,” he said. “Particularly coming from friends and associates that I’ve worked with for, let’s see — how long have we known each other? — many, many years.”
WENATCHEE — The cheering started here long before the games will. After last year’s threat of losing the state’s Special Olympics Winter Games, local civic and sports officials were all smiles this week as thousands of athletes, support staff and family members began pouring into the Wenatchee Valley for three days of competition.
Here’s a good way to grab attention at the start of a high school economics class: “My company makes lots of money,” stock trader and author Darren Fischer told the fidgeting group. “Do you want to learn how to make lots of money?”
CASHMERE — The Cashmere Cider Mill has snagged an international award for its artisan ciders and commitment to culinary tourism. Announced Monday, the award for excellence from the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association recognized Marcia Green, Cider Mill owner, for the business’ handcrafted line of non-alcoholic Lady Blush Artisan Ciders.
QUINCY — The Port of Quincy launched a national campaign Monday to promote the city as a prime location for packing and shipping fruits and vegetables. The Port joined with Rail Logistics to kick-off the campaign at the annual convention and tradeshow of the Produce Marketing Association in Atlanta. The event drew nearly 1,000 exhibitors and 19,000 attendees.
Put on your thinking caps. The staff and board of the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) will hold a year-in-review round robin discussion of the last 12 months and do a little planning for 2012.
Staying on top Drs. Asia Dela Cruz and Geoffrey Ping of Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry attended a two-day Richardson Group workshop in Seattle for improving patient care. Team members who attended the workshop include Carmen DeRobles, Adriana Espinoza, Jana Fischback, Lisa Hurd, Courtney Lak, Chelsea Skeels, Lisa Stanton and Patty Tiechner.
WENATCHEE — Bringing 85 new jobs, a bigger store with a full line of groceries, and hours expanded to 24 a day, the Wenatchee Walmart officially becomes a Supercenter on Wednesday. The public is invited to a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by product giveaways, demonstrations and other special events through Oct. 29.
WENATCHEE — Investors who hold nearly one-third of the Town Toyota Center’s outstanding bonds expect to be paid back when the bonds expire on Dec. 1. A Denver-based law firm representing those bond holders recently sent letters to local and state officials stating that the investors expect to be paid the full amount they put into the project. They also expect a “unconditional written commitment” by Nov. 4 that the money will be repaid.
EAST WENATCHEE — The contenders for City Council Position 6 are relative political newcomers, both with their eyes on downtown. Gordon Schulze wants the Ninth Street Northeast and Valley Mall Parkway intersection smoothed out somehow to alleviate traffic confusion as cars leave and approach Sunset Highway. Tim Detering hopes to help attract “boutique” businesses to the downtown Parkway between Wenatchee Valley Mall and the Douglas County PUD headquarters.
Roads to retail? The Worm’s good friend David Graybill Sr., retired now after working at this newspaper more than 45 years, mused recently that Wenatchee could gain extra tax revenues by encouraging the build-out of under-used properties within the city limits. A good start, he said, would be some kind of profit-producing enterprise on the nearly 5-acre parcel on North Wenatchee Avenue that currently houses the headquarters of the state Department of Transportation.
Viticulturists and vintners — grape growers and winemakers — work throughout the year to create fine wines. Here are some of the steps leading up to the grape crush — going on at many local wineries now — and the winemaking process that follows.