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The rite of passage into retirement

By on March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
The rite of passage into retirement

By Linda Reid Retirement can be a dream we anticipate much of our working lives but then, suddenly, it happens to you and there are challenges that you just didn’t expect.  My husband, Ken, and I started that transition into … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

Carolyn Grant, Cashmere was walking her dog, Pandi, left, at the dog park in Wenatchee. Pandi is a six-and-half-year-old Cocker Spaniel that Carolyn got from a friend. “Pandi is a great family dog. I bring her to work everyday. Pandi … Continue reading

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A generation removed from his family’s traumatic history, he grew up surrounded by the after effects

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
A generation removed from his family’s traumatic history, he grew up surrounded  by the after effects

By Aaron Loeffelbein Every day, we are inundated with a flood of sensationalized headlines and click-bait articles of dubious veracity.  On the one hand, we are annoyed and on the other, we can’t resist the dash cam crashes and cute … Continue reading

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Doors of perception

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Doors of perception

By DeeDee Cleveland As a longtime amateur photographer, I developed a passion for capturing images of doors while traveling through Washington and visiting British Columbia, California and Europe.  I’m grateful to have travel companions who tolerantly wait as I make … Continue reading

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Read Educated, talk about it, and then listen to author

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Read Educated, talk about it, and then listen to author

Every spring, North Central Regional Library hosts a one-read program, encouraging everyone to read the same book, discuss it in their book groups or at forums held at local libraries, and then hear the author speak. It’s called NCRL Reads.  … Continue reading

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LOOK UP: Photographer of the stars

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
LOOK UP: Photographer of the stars

When I was teaching photography, I used to say, “If you can’t find something to shoot, look down.”  By Al Piecka Now days with the new digital cameras, everyone has pictures of bears, birds, fall flowers, landscapes and the like … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

Jax Reynerson, 2, above, is at Grandmama and Pappas’ house in Cashmere, snuggling with one of his favorite buddies, Scooter. Scooter is a 7-year-old Boxer Mastiff mix.  When Jax is visiting from Chelan, he and Scooter are inseparable, said Grandmama … Continue reading

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True companions: What the newlyweds didn’t know the golden celebrants understand

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
True companions: What the newlyweds didn’t know  the golden celebrants understand

By Linda Reid Sometimes life has an interesting way of bringing us to a point in time where we take a deep breath and push “pause.”  If we have been blessed to live long enough, it can remind us that … Continue reading

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The years have come and gone, but the boyhood thrill of racing pulsates on

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The years have come and gone, but the boyhood thrill of racing pulsates on

By Steve Wellman What does it take for a dream to become a reality? You might say, “The blink of an eye.”  In a real way, that is correct, but it takes a certain elasticity of the mind for it … Continue reading

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An ode to an apricot tree

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
An ode to an apricot tree

By Lief Carlsen Call me sentimental. Call me a tree hugger.  I prefer to see my affinity for a certain little tree on the hillside in front of my house as something of a morality tale.  I have always been … Continue reading

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The three Finns of Wenatchee

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
The three Finns of Wenatchee

By Jaana Hatton The biggest delights in life are the unexpected ones, those happy events that come your way dancing and singing in the middle of your mundane Monday.  I was fortunate enough to experience that twice in my four … Continue reading

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Hot water cartoon

By on January 28, 2019 in Cartoons, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Hot water cartoon

Waterville winter in black and white

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Waterville winter in black and white

By Tim McCord Wintertime is one of the best times to take black and white photos. Not much color when the snow is on the ground and there is a lot of black/white contrast. I love driving up to the Waterville … Continue reading

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My Best Day: Mamas just know things about their children, no matter how old they get

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
My Best Day: Mamas just know things about their children, no matter how old they get

By Michele Peters Tuesdays and Wednesdays by most accounts are just another average day in the middle of the week. However, a specific 24-hours spanning Tuesday to Wednesday in late August ended up more memorable than most. My adult son … Continue reading

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My Best Day: She was pretty, good at ping pong and had a fun laugh, BUT…

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
My Best Day: She was pretty, good at ping pong and had a fun laugh, BUT…

Bill Landsborough The most important day of 2018 for me has to be Jan. 13. On that day I married a lady who was and is an answer to prayer. You would think, ho-hum, another wedding story. But how many … Continue reading

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My Best Day: Just nine days into my retirement, I got a wakeup call

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
My Best Day: Just nine days into my retirement, I got a wakeup call

By Tom Bryant This year has been a gift. A gift of life and lifestyle alteration. After a 38-year career, I retired on April 27. I had aspirations of getting into better physical shape and making up for all the … Continue reading

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By Best Day: I was super excited as we pulled out of our Malaga home

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
By Best Day: I was super excited as we pulled out of our Malaga home

By Linda Hightower My very best day in 2018 was Tuesday, June 12. I had just finished my last day as Cashmere High School’s teacher librarian the day before on June 11 with a big retirement celebration and final cleaning … Continue reading

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My Best Day: I decided I must go back to the falls and honor my friend James

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
My Best Day: I decided I must go back to the falls and honor my friend James

By Byron Scott I first met James in 1996, at Bethel Church, in Richland. We shared common interests: our faith in Jesus Christ, nordic skiing, camping and hiking. Thus began a friendship that covered plenty of miles and 22 years. … Continue reading

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By Best Day: Anticipation

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
By Best Day: Anticipation

By Annette Byrd I had waited for this day all winter, through the dark days and long nights, through the piles of snow which, although when fresh and cold, shone like diamonds scattered across a robe of brilliant white ermine, … Continue reading

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My Best Day: Who else to volunteer but ‘oma’

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
My Best Day: Who else to volunteer but ‘oma’

By DeeDee Cleveland My best day of 2018 was a very long day — about 36 hours. I was eager to meet my son’s first child. I awoke Oct. 8 at 5 a.m., leaving Chelan to arrive at SeaTac airport … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

Jessica Johnson, executive director of SAGE Advocacy Center in Wenatchee, graduated with Hank, a Labrador Retriever, from Assistance Dogs Northwest training program in December. Hank will provide comfort and courage to children who are victims or witnesses of crime throughout … Continue reading

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A Bavarian comes home

By on November 27, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
A Bavarian comes home

By Barbara Washburn Being a Bavarian native from Germany, I had never heard about the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, until I had a long layover while part of an airline crew. A crewmember suggested all of us cram into a … Continue reading

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What was your Best Day in 2018?

By on November 14, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

CONTEST!  CONTEST!  CONTEST Tell us a story about your best day in the past year, and perhaps win a $100 gift certificate to one of our fine advertisers.   Did you climb a mountain, check off an item on your … Continue reading

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‘My grapes! My grapes!’

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
‘My grapes! My grapes!’

    By Annamarie Harden Dads add value to life and are a source of support in a variety of ways. In addition, a Dad helps his children to learn new things that can develop character and personality traits that … Continue reading

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‘You were just perfect for me’

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
‘You were just perfect for me’

    By Judy Kelts Mom and I were from different planets that never aligned. But thanks to Dad’s enduring gift of unconditional love, he helped turn decades of pain into medicine. His quiet kindness, gentleness and caring were lifelong … Continue reading

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Dad explains eternity

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Dad explains eternity

    By Donna Cassidy I was 14 years old when my Dad, Don Daggett, died. That was way back in 1967, so I don’t have many memories of him. I do remember he liked to be different. He would … Continue reading

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The disappearing Dad dunk

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The disappearing Dad dunk

    Editor’s note: This story was picked as the winner of our That’s My Day contest. Enjoy! By Julia Scott Sometimes things just aren’t as they appear. And boy, can that get you into a precarious pickle — especially … Continue reading

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Lessons from my father

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Lessons from my father

    By Jim Brown, M.D. I have been thinking about my father a lot recently. We recently downsized to a smaller home. In that process I was surprised to find several letters from my Dad that he had written … Continue reading

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No Mr. Fixit

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
No Mr. Fixit

    By Kari Black Dad was a kind, generous, loving man, but wasn’t as talented when it came to fixing things. During my senior year in high school, I skipped school one day, thinking no one would notice, but … Continue reading

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Amazing Dad

By on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Amazing Dad

    By Barb Thornton My Dad’s name is Jerry Smits. I grew up in Wenatchee, raised by two loving parents. My Dad is now 93, lives in an assisted living place here and he still amazes me. He was … Continue reading

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