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Don Seabrook | Slow news days

It must be a slow news day.

I’ve heard that many times in my years as a photojournalist at The Wenatchee World. I used to cringe at the words but now I think of it as an opportunity to record and publish photographs of the normalness of living in the Wenatchee Valley.

Every two weeks we publish a series called Looking Back where I take a historical photograph of a local location and recreate what it looks like now. The old photographs aren’t of major events or spectacular in any way. The interest is in how things have or haven’t changed in what is normal now compared to what was normal then. The buildings, cars and even clothes become interesting in those old photographs.


The cannon at Memorial Park (then known as Carnegie Park) is photographed shortly after it was dedicated and presented to the city of Wenatchee by the local post of the Grand Army of Republic on Sept. 11, 1915. The Model 1844 32-pounder field howitzer was made in 1855 and weighs 1,874 pounds. It is one of five known to be still in existence. The stacks of cannon balls were removed out of safety concerns. The child in the buggy at left is Margaret Ovenden who graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1932, married Howard Barnes of Waterville and lived there until 1979. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 94. Her sister, Doris is shown near her. Doris Ovenden was an Apple Blossom princess in 1924. She married Jay Pollock and passed away in 1990. The identity of the other two children is not known.

In some ways, I hope my slow news day photographs that are published will have some of the same value in 100 years.

The way Pybus Public Market restaurants use water mist to cool customers may bring more interest in the next century. For now, I find it a strange way to control temperature and the sun backlighting the mist makes what I think an interesting photograph.

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People use the east entrance to Pybus Public Market Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, where misters keep customers of restaurants cool from the afternoon heat. Temperatures are expected to lower through the week before rising again for next weekend.

An image of a construction worker plastering the inside of the new fire station will add to the visual library of our town.

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Kyle Whitt with Drywall Specialties of Spokane finishes interior walls near the large doors of Chelan County Fire District 1's new Station 10 Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. It is located in the 600 block of North Wenatchee Avenue and will cost about $5.3 million. It will replace the current, historic station at 136 S. Chelan Ave.

And photographs of how COVID-19 has affected our everyday lives continues to show our resilience.

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Sharon Selland, Wenatchee, exercises outside the building at the Wenatchee Worx fitness center in August. The business is using the north side of its building and limiting five people per trainer to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

A slow news day gave me the chance to hang around Wenatchee Valley College for three hours to document an art class without students (published next week) and the construction of Wells Hall.

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Construction workers wait for beams to be lifted to them by crane as the $37 million Wells Hall replacement project continues Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The Wenatchee Valley College building will house 25 classrooms, offices, a conference center and the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center. It is scheduled to be completed next summer.

Bonnie Grant and her fairy garden got a visit because of a slow news day.

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Bonnie Grant moves pieces of her fairy garden along a rock retaining wall in her East Wenatchee back yard Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. She has added to the garden since COVID-19 hit the area in March.

Slow news day? I say yes, please!

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

Photo Editor

I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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