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World photo/Don Seabrook Scott Bolander, Wenatchee, pulls weeds in the community garden he tends along Russell Street Tuesday, July 13, 2021. He grows dahlias in six plots on city property. It's been a bad year for growing many things with the excessive heat and he says dahlias have suffered too but that hasn't affected his enthusiasm for the flowers. "When the dahlia bug bites you, for most people, it's terminal," he says.

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