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“Don’t you just love the joy on their faces?” a visitor exclaimed. We were watching children fishing for trout during the annual Methow Valley National Fishing and Boating Day Celebration (known more affectionately as Kids Fishing Day) at Winthrop National Fish Hatchery. All around us, young…

North Central Regional Library is presenting three programs in July designed especially for the grown ups — including a story-hour performance based on vintage American literature, an evening with a National Geographic adventurer and a musical presentation featuring the West African kora, a …

Cashmere’s annual Founders’ Days festival will take place Friday and Saturday, with family fun events all leading up to the grand finale Saturday evening with the Crunch Pak Grand Parade through town.

Summer barbecues are filled with some amazing food. Fresh and local options abound from juicy watermelon to Quincy corn on the cob. For vegetarians like myself, barbecues with friends and family are really easy, since I can just bring my own veggie burger to throw on the grill.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about something really incredible with you all. First, my name is Sasha Vafaei (try your best at the pronunciation), and I am currently serving a term with AmeriCorps at Cascadia Conservation District. My job, while rapidly coming to an end, is to enliven an…

WENATCHEE — North Central Regional Library (NCRL) is now offering family passes to the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Passes are available for a two-week check-out period from the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee public libraries.

The Horan Natural Area (HNA) provides valuable bird and wildlife habitat on the Wenatchee River delta. Situated within the City of Wenatchee, the area supports a wide range of recreational uses while connecting parks to the north and south. The North Central Washington Audubon Society (NCWAS…

Bill Motsenbocker, the Cascade School District superintendent for five eventful years, is on the eve of retirement. He came to Leavenworth with a wealth of experience—a former teacher, coach, principal and superintendent.

Keeping a lawn, trees and garden green and growing in a rain-shadow desert isn’t always easy. If you live in central Washington, and I assume most of you do, maintaining your lawn, ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees is a delicate balance and difficult, and a bit of an art.

The Wenatchee School District recognized business partners and community mentors for their support of career-connected learning at the fourth-annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon and Awards on May 30 at the Hampton Hideaway.

Calling kids who are ready to buzz through family-friendly, science-based fun projects and learn about bees. Bee a Junior Pollinator Biologist is the title of WSU Chelan/Douglas Master Gardener’s free Third Saturday in the Garden event at the Community Education Garden.

In Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer’s offering “Betty’s Diner” from her album, regulars and refugees the chorus describes:

It’s weed season again. Weeds not only are unsightly in your garden, driveway or pastureland, but when they proliferate, they destroy hundreds of thousands of acres of rangeland and native plant habitat.

I’m sure some of you have heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule — closely associated with pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell, the author of “Outliers.”

May is “Bike Everywhere Month” in Washington state, and it’s a great time of year to hop on your bike. Not too hot, not too cold, not too smokey. Overall, Wenatchee is a pretty nice area to enjoy biking as well. The Greater Wenatchee Area is one of 18 Bicycle Friendly Communities, according …

In 2001, after three decades of entertaining little hearts and minds, Fred Rogers closeted his cardigan and removed his sneakers for the final time. A couple years later, the hero to countless children died. A recent documentary on the life of the celebrated broadcaster has reminded me how m…

WENATCHEE — On June 5 at 7 p.m., the Numerica Performing Arts Center will host the first Apple Awards, an annual ceremony to honor the achievements of local, participating individuals and programs that have demonstrated excellence or innovation in theater.

Around here at Garden Terrace, my staff and I have begun talking about our 50th anniversary, which is just two short years away. What began as an outreach program of the Immanuel Baptist Church and then joined by the Church of the Brethren, has been serving low-income seniors in Wenatchee si…

I used to be perfect — in my mother’s eyes. And when I was in school I worked at maintaining that 4.0 grade-point average. When I played tennis in high school and college, I wanted and strove for that perfect win record. I even won an award for excellence in the Burger King I was running sho…

After nearly two years of nurturing, salmon and steelhead from our three hatcheries are on the loose, swimming downstream towards the open ocean. Only half will make it there.

It’s a typical Thursday at Cascade Medical, and Nursing Director DeAnna Griggs is charging ahead, cradling a folder and her coffee mug, to her next appointment —an infection control meeting about a new partnership with University of Washington.

Laughter had invaded a quiet prayer time after the church service. A group of young people had asked me one of those questions similar to those posed by the scribes and Pharisees. Any answer would be wrong for one group or the other. The question the young people asked me: “Should Christians…

Many people in the Wenatchee Valley, as well as around the country, have been following the story of Lucas the Lionheart battling a serious heart defect through Facebook updates from his mom and email updates and contacts through family members and friends.

Living in North Central Washington, we’re all proud of our area’s agricultural roots. We have some amazing local fruit that comes out of the Wenatchee Valley, and it's enjoyed all over the world. A little further away, there are crops like corn, potatoes and asparagus from the Columbia Basin…

As we’ve reached the fourth week of the federal government’s partial shutdown, we also approach a historic day in our nation’s history. It’s the day people of all backgrounds — women and men, gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and ind…

The first Christmas I remember was in our home on Highland Drive in Wenatchee. We had a phone in the hall (party line) and one night, just before Christmas, Santa called from the North Pole! Later, my sister informed me it wasn’t Santa but Mr. Berrigan, who lived next door.