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The Badger Mountain Ski Hill opened for the season on Jan. 16. It was a foggy morning, but that didn’t stop skiers from Waterville and beyond from flocking to the hill to ski.

During the past few years, the Waterville Main Street Association has helped to keep valued traditions a part of Waterville, has provided assistance to local businesses in keeping their buildings attractive, has worked to beautify Main Street, and has opened a community garden to provide gar…

Approximately three weeks ago, Waterville residents Kate James and Tera Williams received their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Both work as ICU and PCU Registered Nurses and have been regularly working with COVID-19 positive patients since the outbreak began in 2020. They agreed to…

Rockwool. I immediately envision those pet rocks of the 70s standing around, sheep-like, grazing in green pastures, when someone comes along with shears, cutting off their coats, creating Rockwool. It's actually made from basalt and various other rocks or rock by-products. It is heated and w…

I'm getting serious about saving water this next growing season. I'm trying the “Dutch Bucket System” on a small scale, with options to expand to a larger one if I like the results. The Dutch Bucket System is a form of hydroponics. Apparently, it's easy to just test the waters by starting wi…

I've mentioned weeds before and how difficult it is to deal with them here in Waterville. That pesky field bindweed is one that will somehow come up into a pristine planter with brand new, fresh-out-of-the-bag potting soil. You know the weed I'm talking about. It's actually quite beautiful, …

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The building currently known as The Blue Rooster has had multiple uses since it was constructed around 1900. Information provided on Bruce and Cathy Clark’s application for the building to be placed on Waterville’s historic register lists some of its many uses. These include a harness shop, …

With the new year, expectations run high, conjuring hope for a glorious growing season in 2021. White-covered gardens glistening with snow and ice will soon give way to warm, muddy ground, and peeps of green here and there. And there is much to be done still before the spring thaw. But befor…

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Waterville residents and others in the area turned out in strong numbers for the Red Cross December blood drive at the NCW Fair Community Hall on Dec. 17.

On Dec. 11, the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. The initiative was launched in May to help support companies in the development, manufacturing, and initial distribution of initial vaccine doses. Within less than a week Confluence Heal…

Waterville residents had the chance to get free Covid-19 testing in town on Dec. 9 and 16. The testing was part of a series of drive-thru tests offered this month in Douglas and Chelan County communities by the Chelan-Douglas Health District. The testing is being administered by members of t…

I've looked up the definitions of “perennial” and “annual” many times and for some reason, it just never sticks. Perennial is what I would like in my dog-friendly backyard. Perennial means that it comes back from the root system every year. Our lemon balm is perennial. We planted it as a tin…

Perusing the backyard the other morning, in order to develop a plan for my dog-safe garden, yielded a great photo of our fruit salad tree. I'm not sure why I still call it that. A more apt name would be “Phoenix.” The tree is gorgeous, covered in frost, and I am so proud of it every time I l…

Soldiers mobilized from various units within the Washington National Guard descended on Waterville on Dec. 9 to conduct a free drive-through COVID-19 testing station in the parking lot of the United Lutheran Church on behalf of the Chelan-Douglas Health District.

Are you interested in helping to build up the NCW Fair? Do you have ideas that would make the fair even better? Do you want to find a way to contribute to your community and provide opportunities for youth to develop a wide range of skills? Do you want to help preserve traditions of agricult…

The Town of Waterville has purchased nine HEPA air purification devices for use in local businesses. The air purification devices were one way the town was able to use CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) funds to provide assistance within the town of Waterville. The informa…

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During the pandemic, the plight of unemployed renters has been in the limelight and has received attention from state and federal governments. Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS), a non-profit that provides legal assistance to low-income residents, has provided legal assi…

Waterville’s December Red Cross Blood Drive is on for Dec. 17. The drive will be held at the NCW Fair Community Hall from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Since the pandemic hit the region last spring, the Waterville Food Bank has not been accepting donations. Prepackaged food has been supplied by Second Harvest and distributed by the Washington National Guard, according to food bank director Cathy Peirolo.

It was suggested that I use pond water to irrigate my garden. It's a thought, all right, but it seems like dirty work. I love our pond! The beautiful water lilies entrance the viewer into a fantastical world. But not anymore. Our pond is frozen. Not solid yet, but getting there. It is beauti…

It all started with a grand vision for our small dog-friendly backyard garden. I had pictured myself sitting at a desk with copious amounts of drawing paper, straight edges, angles, and several types of number 2 pencils. Reminiscing of my junior high woodworking class where I was one of the …

Order your Christmas cookies now. Due to COVID-19, the Federated Guild will not hold their annual Christmas bazaar and cookie bar. In its place, the Guild is holding a Bake Away. Order your Christmas cookies and baked goods in advance and pick them up curbside at the Federated Church, 224 We…

Waterville School has received $2,912 from the Back to Basics campaign led by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. The funds are part of a total of $106,000 that was disbursed to the districts in the region.

While researching if baby (aka unripened) pumpkins are edible, I found, to my amazement, a plethora of recipes and tips, and a large fan base of them online! Who knew? For some reason, in the back of my mind, I thought you couldn't eat them. I WAS WRONG!

Waterville will have a new Christmas tree this year, which will be located at the north end of the Douglas County Museum at the entrance to Pioneer Park. It will be lit for the season beginning Nov. 28. Due to the Covid pandemic, the Main Street Association has decided not to do its typical …

Waterville Ambulance has what the manager and crew consider perfect digs in the Odd Fellows Building at 105 N. Chelan Avenue. The building provides a temperature-controlled atmosphere for parking the two ambulances and storing equipment. The former location of the Waterville Library, also in…

As of now, I have already begun my 2021 planting season as I am in my cozy house. I am warm, pondering the snowy days ahead of us, mainly how to cope with ice on my daily walk and if I really should have that second hot cocoa.

Diane Polson came to the Waterville Library on Nov. 3—the first day it was re-opened to the public since it closed due to the pandemic in the middle of March.

Students aren’t famous for liking to get back to school after an absence, but eight months of absence seems to be more than enough for Waterville School students. The last classes to be phased into a hybrid model of instruction are thrilled to be back, according to superintendent Tabatha Mires.

The Waterville Booster Club met Oct. 19 to award their annual fall grants to teachers and faculty, who requested items to further their classrooms or clubs. 

Waterville School has a long tradition of holding a Halloween parade on Main Street. Students dress in their costumes and parade through Waterville’s main business district, receiving cheers and treats from representatives of local businesses.

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