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108th year of WHS football, 30th year of girls soccer begin Friday

FOOTBALLFriday begins the 108th year of Panther football.  The pigskin sport started in 1905 when WHS hosted Leavenworth and defeated them 38-0 on November 4.  There was no program in 1916, ’17 and ’18 during World War I.  In that very first year WHS had a 2-game schedule, Leavenworth and then the second team from Seattle’s Broadway High School and lost 6-0.  In 2015 the Panthers have 9-game schedule that begins with three nonleague contests and then moves on to six CBBN games.

Stacy Luckensmeyer | WVC’s adult education program is re-imagined

Rufus Woods and I met up over coffee recently and found ourselves swapping stories of different organizations and businesses locally that had reinvented themselves and why. For some, this came after recognizing a need to simplify, to return to their original mission so they could accomplish more. Others were seizing or creating opportunities that would bring about the same result. When we discovered this common thread, we realized the importance of sharing these stories of re-innovation and growth to inspire and embolden others to do the same.
Community Connections

Susan Sampson | Canning season

Canning food is old-fashioned! Never the less, it’s harvest time in home gardens, and home canners are streaming into the local hardware stores for pint and quart canning jars, jelly glasses, and lids and rings to seal them.

Go! Spotify Playlist: Bon Voyage!

“Rio” by Hey Marseilles:This song is just plain fun, but also complex and soaring. It will make you want to dance. The reason I chose it is because Hey Marseille played Caffe Mela last week and I wanted to give a shout out to the lady responsible for keeping live music alive at Mela, Alli Steblina. You’re doing a great job Alli!
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Shopping local benefits community

In preparation for writing this piece, I googled “shopping local” purely out of curiosity. One article that caught my attention was a piece that Forbes published by the contributor Nickel, titled “Shopping Local vs. Shopping Locally.” It is a great read to truly understand how the two differ.
Community Connections

Dave Bartholomew | Sustainable living tour announced

The Wenatchee Valley has much to be proud of. We are literally world famous for everything from fruit trees to beer fests. But there is another aspect of our valley, often out of view, that we should be equally proud of: people leading a healthy, sustainable life. There is even an event touting this, known as the Leavenworth Sustainable Living and Farming Tour.
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August 25: Into The Fire

 “Into The Fire” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: “May your strength give us strength, may your faith give us faith, may your hope give us hope, may your love give us love.” Springsteen wrote “Into The Fire”for the firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, but it’s a fitting choice to honor the firefighters who were hurt and killed last week near Twisp. Songs and words fail to describe the sacrifice.  
Smokey Sunset

Fire season proves community correspondence

This past winter was mild, and then add in this summer’s early and dreadful heat —  the outcome created is that of a disastrous one for this year’s fire season. If you have lived in North Central Washington for long, it becomes second-hand knowledge that late summer usually entails heavy smoke and torrid days. However, it seems as though Mother Nature’s wrath hit too hard this year, leaving all of us to play catch up.
Community Connections

Dave Bartholomew | Stay connected with reality

In earlier columns I made the point that sustainability really is just another word for reality; that we don’t have a vote in what ultimately is sustainable. Reality will decide. Therefore, if we really want to be more sustainable, we must constantly strive to root our decisions in reality, not in our desires.
Lifestyle | Food | Wine
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Winemaker's Journal -- Wine Festival bigger and better than ever

WENATCHEE -- With more than 30 wineries, four breweries, a couple distilleries and more than a dozen eateries pouring drinks and serving food, it was hard to not have a grand time at the Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival. The event was held  at the Town Toyota Center Aug. 22. Over 500 people attended. Sorry, if you missed it, but there's always next year.