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The past week has been truly elementary. Kathy and I took in an opera performance at Rock Island Elementary School Tuesday, a special abbreviated “Barber of Seville.”
Five years ago, Okanogan County had the highest drug- and alcohol-related death rate in the state, and was fifth highest for alcohol-related traffic fatalities, according to the state Department of Social and Health Services. The county dropped to second-highest for drug- or alcohol-related deaths — now behind Ferry County — and seventh highest for alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the state’s 2012 report.
Recycle those gowns: If you graduated from Wenatchee Valley College and you’re not clinging to your cap and gown as proof, the college would like them back. The college Foundation is asking graduates to donate their caps and gowns for students who can’t afford to buy them. The foundation bought some that are loaned to students, but the need is growing. A new cap and gown costs $40.
Is Sugar the Next Tobacco? That’s the title of an article in Pacific Standard magazine, describing the career of Robert Lustig of the University of California, San Francisco, an endocrinologist making the case against sugar use. Seventy-five percent of food sold in this country has added sugar, the article notes. Lustig’s aim is to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove sugar from its list of ‘safe’ foods.
There was a lot of talk at the Winter Wine Gala about which wine was best. And a lot to choose from with 16 wineries present. Each winery was pouring two or three different wines. The Wenatchee Valley Museum — this was their 10th year of hosting the Jan. 26 event, which benefits the museum — even handed out a list of all the wineries and wines at the door so the 200 or so attendees could take notes on their favorites.
I had the pleasure of spending an hour with two fourth-grade classes at Sunnyslope Elementary School on Thursday and, after being grilled with thoughtful and probing questions by the students, came away impressed. These kids are going places. This was part of an enrichment program that brings speakers from the community into the classroom to help students make deeper connections with the working world and, hopefully, stimulate in some small way their interest in subjects they’ve not been exposed to.
Here’s a list of what’s open and closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday. Banks: Most banks will be closed Monday.
Wenatchee Northwest Wholesale growers meet Jan. 15
Santa arrived in East Wenatchee Thursday and we recorded the event in the paper and online. Here’s how our Facebook readers reacted:Shannon Coe Barnes: Oh good lord. It’s Thanksgiving! Lorrie Jones Bradley: It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!