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June 2017

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June 2017

Fantasy artist Aimee Stewart finds real success • Lief gets a lift with an electric bike • Coming back to rock climbing • Family time in Peru • Hiking to The Wave • Tiny feet, healthy dream • Wenatchee Golf … Continue reading

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All the world is a stage for David Williams

By on May 31, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
All the world is a stage for David Williams

By Susan Lagsdin David Williams greets his third-grade students with a high-five every day at the classroom door, he sings along with them to learn multiplying by 12’s and equivalent fractions, and he admits his lessons get a little theatrical-goofy … Continue reading

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Pet Tales for June

By on May 31, 2017 in Pets with 0 Comments
Pet Tales for June

Jerald and Cheri Mattes, East Wenatchee, were enjoying the sunny weather on the riverfront near Pybus Public Market with their dog, Maya. Maya is a 13-year-old Shitsu they bought from a breeder. Cheri said Maya’s favorite thing to do is … Continue reading

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June home video

By on May 31, 2017 in Videos with 1 Comment
June home video

   Andrew Campbell, who lives in Plain with his wife Becky and three growing and grown sons, has been following the tiny house movement for years, and now he has time and tools to jump right into it by building authentic but … Continue reading

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Beards cartoon

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Beards cartoon

Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

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Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy OK. Ground rules. When describing tiny houses in general, and these featured ones specifically, it is illegal to use the word “cute” more than once OR to proclaim, “I could totally live … Continue reading

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Tiny feet, healthy dreams: Footware business is more than a business for this mom

By on May 31, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Tiny feet, healthy dreams:  Footware business is more than a business for this mom

By Cameron Wood An idea popped into Alison Talbot’s mind as she watched her son crawl on the splintery wood floors of her home, an idea that would soon sprout into a thriving local small business called Little Rutz. “I … Continue reading

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The Wave

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The Wave

By Lorna Rose As we swerved around orange cones and navigated construction zones, we couldn’t help but steal glances at the jagged and craggy Wasatch Mountains, still shrouded in white, rising above the city. Against the mountains the downtown buildings … Continue reading

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Family time in Peru: Taking the kids to an other-worldly Andes mountain village

By on May 31, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
Family time in Peru:  Taking the kids to an other-worldly Andes mountain village

By Mary Schramm Family time in South America was the reason Tony and Meleah Butruille took their children, Sarah and Evan, to Peru for much of February and March. The trip was Tony’s sabbatical — a time away from his … Continue reading

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Coming back to rock climbing: Yes, geezers (and geezers-to-be) can still scale a wall

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Coming back to rock climbing:  Yes, geezers (and geezers-to-be) can still scale a wall

By Molly Steere I grew up backpacking with my family, but high school introduced new and unwholesome ways to spend my time and I stopped hiking. After college, I took the Mountaineers Basic Alpine Climbing Course, renewing my love for … Continue reading

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The reluctant environmentalist

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The reluctant environmentalist

By Lief Carlsen I’m no environmentalist. I’ve always thought recycling is a waste of time and I smell the strong odor of meddlesome Big Brother in all this talk of Global Warming and carbon footprints. That said, in one respect … Continue reading

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Aimee Stewart: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

By on May 31, 2017 in Arts with 2 Comments
Aimee Stewart: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

By Susan Lagsdin Here’s an intriguing What-if. What if hyper-creative fantasy artist Aimee Stewart had been born and raised on “Frontage Road,” “Junction Avenue” or maybe “Industrial Way”? Would her art be more prosaic, her life more normal? But oh … Continue reading

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Gypsy wagons on vacation

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Gypsy wagons on vacation

Gypsy wagon builder Andrew Campbell of Plain took this photo in April of a couple of the tiny trailers while camping at Seep Lakes, near Warden, from the seat of a canoe. He says about the photo: “The canoe is … Continue reading

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What to do in the Wenatchee Area for June

By on May 31, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
What to do in the Wenatchee Area for June

NCW BLUES JAM, every second and fourth Monday. Riverside Pub. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Wenatchee Paddle Club, every Tuesday, 9 a.m. open paddle, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 a.m. masters crew rowing, Wednesdays, 6 … Continue reading

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Here’s looking at you, kid

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Here’s looking at you, kid

By Molly Steere After a particularly heavy snowfall, my son invited four of his friends over to go sledding after school. As I worked at my computer I kept an eye on the window, making sure the boys were staying … Continue reading

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The plain truth about Beaver Valley

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The plain truth about Beaver Valley

By Rod Molzahn A group of archeologists working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1986 began a survey and exploration of lands along the upper Wenatchee River. Just downstream from the river’s beginning they found signs of house pits and … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s: Old disease, new ideas

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Parkinson’s: Old disease, new ideas

By Dr. Jim Brown A short time ago a reader of The Good Life suggested I write about Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after that I was told a friend of mine about my age was just diagnosed with that condition. That … Continue reading

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Lost your creativity or zing? Get outside in nature

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Lost your creativity or zing? Get outside in nature

By June Darling One Saturday morning in the middle of April, I was feeling blah — even a bit nauseous. I was considering going back to bed. Meanwhile, my husband was babbling on about a hike some friends were taking. … Continue reading

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The perfect soup for June

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The perfect soup for June

By Bonnie Orr Sometimes I read a book that inspires me to cook. I read John Baxter’s book, The Perfect Meal, where he traveled around France sourcing authentic ingredients. His description of Potage St. Germaine made me think of June. … Continue reading

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Spinning a life out of fantasies

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Spinning a life  out of fantasies

By Mike Cassidy We welcome Fantasy artist Aimee Stewart back to the cover this month — her creative self-portrait in April 2012 was one of our most talked-about covers. Aimee emailed us a few months ago about changes in her … Continue reading

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The Wine Girl beckons us in

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The Wine Girl beckons us in

By Alex Saliby Several years ago, Angela Jacobs moved her Wine Girl Wines winery from the Seattle area to Manson. It wasn’t long before she and her wines were well known in this area. Her wines developed a following which … Continue reading

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May 2017

By on May 22, 2017 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
May 2017

Remembering favorite moments with Mom • Troubles lead to a sunny discovery in Mexico • Bikepacking with Andy Dappen • Flowers make a beautiful alley in Chelan • Honoring the past with armfuls of  love on Memorial Day • Quilting … Continue reading

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Parking cartoon

By on April 26, 2017 in Cartoons with 0 Comments
Parking cartoon

Beauty and complexity of birds in our area

By on April 26, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Beauty and complexity of birds in our area

By Bruce McCammon These images are all derived from digital photographs using a variety of commercial software including Photoshop. They are part of a collection of local birds that I prepared for the North Central Washington Audubon group. Audubon is … Continue reading

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Favorite moments with Mom

By on April 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Favorite moments with Mom

We asked readers to share their favorite moments with their mom… here are some of those memories: ‘If not NOW, when?’ Writer: Lisa Eidson Mother: Mary Eidson My mom and dad began backpacking in 1959 and having four small children … Continue reading

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Troubles lead to a sunny discovery in Mexico

By on April 26, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
Troubles lead to a sunny discovery in Mexico

By Morgan Fraser When Diana Verduzco and Jose Valdovinos first arrived in Lo de Marcos, Mexico, it wasn’t for vacation. The couple rode buses for more than 1,000 miles. They arrived on the highway outside of Lo de Marcos at … Continue reading

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Bikepacking: Yes, it might seem odd, but the benefits are felt on the ground

By on April 26, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Bikepacking: Yes, it might seem odd, but the benefits are felt on the ground

Story and Photos by Andy Dappen “If any one passes us, they’re going to wonder whether we’re the two dumbest riders they’ve ever seen.” Gary Womeldorff, my riding partner, is mulling over the fact that we are not just riding … Continue reading

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FLOWER ALLEY: One woman’s spreading joy in Chelan alleyway

By on April 26, 2017 in Articles with 1 Comment
FLOWER ALLEY: One woman’s spreading joy in Chelan alleyway

STORY AND PHOTOS By Michelle Jerome   When you hear the word alley what do you picture? Well, I picture a narrow, gravel, rutted road between peoples’ back yards put there for the garbage truck to have access to the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: Honoring the past with armfuls of love

By on April 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Memorial Day: Honoring the past with armfuls of love

By Susan Lagsdin For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend means a much-needed day off work, a camping trip, a shopping spree, a ball game or a big ol’ first-of-the-season barbecue. They may consider veterans who lost their lives in wars, … Continue reading

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Quilting by the sea

By on April 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Quilting by the sea

By Lisa Therrell Many years ago, my ship finally came in when I nailed down a full-time Forest Service job after working seasonally for over a decade. I moved to Idaho and enjoyed the professional stimulation of my new job. … Continue reading

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