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On Jan. 25, the 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii a unique opportunity to gather in 34 different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and…

LEAVENWORTH — Lindsay Camp has been at the helm of Kodiak Cubs, the Cascade School District’s preschool, for six years. The preschool has evolved immensely during her tenure.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center embarks on a new decade by hosting a series of Community Listening Sessions.

CHELAN — The Chelan Valley Housing Trust (CVHT) invites the public to attend a “S’more Affordable Homes” house burning party Nov. 16 on the corner of North Emerson Street and East Chelan Avenue when Chelan Fire and Rescue will do a controlled burn of the existing home to make way for the tru…

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee School District’s award-winning Mariachi Huenachi, under the direction of Ramon Rivera and Eduardo Cortes, will travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, to perform in the Encanto Northern Lights Concert.

The holidays are behind us, the short cold days of winter are ahead. Our families have all gone home, decorations are put away. All that happiness is over for now.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $533,621 to 25 nonprofits across the region, with $278,621 of that coming from public donations through Give NCW — a record number since the effort began in 2015. The remaining amount comes from grants awarded by the foundation.

In addition to this being the start of a new year, it is the beginning of a brand new decade. This year also marks the commencement of my fifth decade as a pastor.

A new year, a new decade. Perhaps you’re one to make resolutions or maybe not. No resolutions from me about keeping my garden neat as a pin. My tendency is more toward forgiving and getting a fresh start come spring.

WENATCHEE — For the seventh straight year, Stemilt, Hansen Fruit, and their employees dressed up as the man in the red coat and granted holiday wishes to 170 children in foster care and low-income households in the Wenatchee and Yakima areas.

WENATCHEE — WestSide High School has been chosen to pilot the award-winning mindfulness app Stop, Breathe & Think in classrooms starting in 2020. WestSide was selected out of 500 schools nationwide that applied to serve as 1 of 20 available pilot school locations.

EAST WENATCHEE — Twenty-three FIRST Lego League teams from throughout North Central Washington competed Dec. 14 in the regional qualifier for the First Lego League. The competition took place at Clovis Point Intermediate School in East Wenatchee.

The winter cold is setting in and the North Central Regional Library’s Teen Services Committee has compiled a list of winter reading suggestions for Young Adult literature to chase the chill away.

Amaryllis is a much-beloved Christmas flower. The common Christmas amaryllis is in the genus Hippeastrum, which has over 70 species and 600-plus hybrids and cultivars. It is native to eastern Brazil and to the central Andes along the Peru/Bolivia border, but is widely cultivated for its larg…

Observing birds’ behavior is particularly satisfying when the birds are at close range. Consequently, hundreds of people in this region provide water and food for them, as do about 65 million other Americans.

WENATCHEE — On Nov. 21, the painting “Sunset and Moonrise on the Great Chief” or “The Ruling Spirit of the Columbia,” was removed from the walls of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center and shipped to Redmond for restoration.

On a Monday afternoon, a class of second graders at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary (PD) cleared their desks, except for a pencil. Students eagerly complied; they weren’t about to take a test.

Anthuriums and poinsettias have begun appearing front and center at store entrances. With the holiday season now in full swing, these quintessential holiday plants bring to mind the question: do plants make good gifts? The answer is a definite “maybe.”

LEAVENWORTH — I work for three national fish hatcheries and a conservation office, forming the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. We work to raise healthy fish to support conservation efforts and sport and tribal fisheries, study our results to reinforce or change our methods, participate in res…

WENATCHEE — The Golden Apple Marching Band (GA) will host its annual Holiday Craft Bazaar at Wenatchee High School from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7, with more than 100 vendors expected; entrance to the event is free.

With the arrival of autumn’s shorter days, chilly temperatures and falling leaves, we are replacing our light summer clothing with sweaters and warm coats. Similarly, plants are beginning their winter acclimatization process.

We have a Thanksgiving Day tradition in our home. We place three kernels of unpopped popcorn to the side of each person’s plate at the family table. The kernels symbolize the corn the native Americans provided the pilgrims at that first Thanksgiving potluck.

The 2019 Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City Association delegation returned from their August trip to Japan with high praise for the completely enjoyable trip. While in Japan, the group of 15 adults and students, led by East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy, toured Tokyo, spent a day at Nikko Nat…

WENATCHEE — Join the Numerica Performing Arts Center for another year of holiday spirit at the annual Numerica Festival of Trees fundraiser, sponsored by Numerica Credit Union.

Most readers know that I consider applying mulch one of the most important garden tasks — it protects plants and enriches the soil. One of the aspects that I have not written about is how mulch helps preserve and protect beneficial insects.

Several times a day I walk past or into our Garden Terrace recreation room. There is always a puzzle that has been spilled out onto a long table along the window wall. And, there is often a person there putting it together. It is rare I see the same person, but over the course of a week or s…