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Spring kayaking in raging rivers

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Spring kayaking in raging rivers

By Tom Potter As winter nears its end and temperatures in the Wenatchee Valley start to rise, the snow pack of the Cascades begins melting into its respective drainages. While most see this as a simple transition of seasons, whitewater … Continue reading

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Liam Kapeikis’ favorite move: ‘My double axel’

By on February 22, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Liam Kapeikis’ favorite move: ‘My double axel’

Ah, the fabled double axel. Anyone who has heard of figure skating mentions this move. Of course it’s Liam’s favorite: it’s the most difficult jump in skating. The axel is the only jump with a forward take-off, requiring an extra … Continue reading

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Young skating star ‘a really nice kid’

By on February 22, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Young skating star ‘a really nice kid’

Story by Maureen Stivers Photos by Wendy Hulse The first time I saw Liam Kapeikis skate was in 2012 when my daughter Leonora was participating in the Wenatchee Figure Skating Club’s annual Christmas show. She was just learning to skate … Continue reading

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Pet Tales for March

By on February 22, 2017 in Pets with 0 Comments
Pet Tales for March

One of our favorite hikes is to Ancient Lakes at all times of the year and Zuzu, our Westie, loves to go with us. This was in November and there is a frozen waterfall in the background. Zuzu is ready … Continue reading

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Junior Service League of Wenatchee events

By on February 22, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments

The Junior Service League of Wenatchee has two other events coming up. • Prom Dress Giveaway. JSLW members have collected nearly 500 new or gently used prom dresses. Bella Sera also made a donation of 99 brand-new dresses valued at over … Continue reading

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Hey, girlfriend: A way to help and be helped

By on February 22, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Hey, girlfriend: A way to help and be helped

By Donna Cassidy Cori Bautista, Wenatchee, has been volunteering for the Junior Service League of Wenatchee since its inception in 2008. The Junior Service League of Wenatchee is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to develop the … Continue reading

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The ladies in Spain: Trip starts on wrong foot but soon finds a rousing pace

By on February 22, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
The ladies in Spain:  Trip starts on wrong foot  but soon finds a rousing pace

Story By Mary Schramm Photos by kathy falk The misadventures of travel sometimes cancel out the joy of discovering new places, which almost happened when four women in our family decided to take a trip to Spain. My granddaughter, Leah, … Continue reading

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Two determined and resourceful blondes

By on February 22, 2017 in Articles with 1 Comment
Two determined and resourceful blondes

By CasSondra Hogan I met Jessica Baranouskas when we were both going to beauty school in Wenatchee. We hit it off and decided that someday, we would like to work together. We have done that by creating a business in … Continue reading

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Tiredness cartoon

By on February 22, 2017 in Cartoons with 0 Comments
Tiredness cartoon

Crazy idea for a Then & Now cartoon? Email Dan at appleandy@msn.com

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Couple’s new home embodies their sensible earth-friendly ethic of re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose

By on February 22, 2017 in Featured Homes with 3 Comments
Couple’s new home embodies their sensible  earth-friendly ethic of re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Tom and Jean Lehecka know how to live small. Numerous Air Force postings together in their long marriage — and Jean herself has moved 29 times — taught them to discard the … Continue reading

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Helping losers (and you, too) become luckier

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Helping losers (and you, too) become luckier

Every year when I see March on the horizon, I think about shamrocks, leprechauns, and luck. I often revisit The Luck Factor written by British experimental psychologist, Dr. Richard Wiseman. Wiseman founded a luck school. Dr. Wiseman is a fascinating, … Continue reading

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Micronutrients: Little bits vital to health

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Micronutrients: Little bits vital to health

Most of us probably rarely if ever think about micronutrients and the role they play in our health. Micronutrients are chemical elements or substances required in only minuscule trace amounts for the growth and development of living organisms. They are … Continue reading

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Beat blues with healthy homemade pizza

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Beat blues with healthy homemade pizza

It is March. It is too early to harvest greens from the garden. It is too late to make any more slow-simmering, warm-the-kitchen comfort food. All the garden produce you froze or canned is nearly eaten — at least your … Continue reading

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Mark Wavra: Never a one-man show

By on February 22, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Mark Wavra: Never a one-man show

By Susan Lagsdin The work tables in the big, airy art room at Eastmont High School are arranged almost counterintuitively: they form a hollow circle facing each other, with space around the perimeter. Mark Wavra said, “At first they were … Continue reading

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What to do in Wenatchee area for March

By on February 22, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments

Write on the River, writing contest: 1,000 word limit, $100 cash prize. No entry fee. High school and running start eligible. Judges are five local authors and writing professionals. Deadline: March 31. Info: writeontheriver.org. Weekly Club Runs, every Thursday check … Continue reading

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Oly Mingo: A 10-year art balancing act

By on February 22, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Oly Mingo: A 10-year art balancing act

By Susan Lagsdin Just another day at work for Oly Mingo, creative director of North 40 Productions. He drives down from Entiat, a short distance that keeps his frenetic work pace — constant deadlines, unscheduled changes, distant shoots, occasional all-nighters … Continue reading

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Go Fly a kite in Entiat March 18

By on February 22, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments

The Seventh Annual Entiat Kite Festival, “The Rites of String,” will be held at the Kiwanis Park in Entiat along Highway 97A on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year’s festival had participants of all ages … Continue reading

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People came, and kept coming, from the south

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
People came, and kept coming, from the south

About 14,300 years ago, when the glaciers of the last Ice Age were slowly retreating from northeastern Washington, a band of people inhabited caves at the base of basalt cliffs north of present day Bend, Oregon. Recent archeological digs in … Continue reading

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Blending can be beautiful in wine world

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Blending can be beautiful in wine world

I watched an old rerun of  Frasier a few nights ago; a fun show often, but this rerun was hilarious on two levels — first for the performances of both the actors portraying Frasier and his brother Niles, and secondly … Continue reading

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Kayaker Tom Potter does a seal launch (video)

By on February 17, 2017 in Videos with 0 Comments
Kayaker Tom Potter does a seal launch (video)

Check out how Tom flipped on his first river kayak experience: http://www.bloggingthegoodlife.com/outdoors-fun/kayaker-tom-pott…e-flipped-upside/

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February 2017

By on February 16, 2017 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
February 2017

  Always more, always bigger, better, faster for athletic family • Kicking Horse ski resort by the numbers • Waterdog members still rockin’ after all these years • Train fan scales a beautiful piece of machinery • From Ukraine to … Continue reading

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Paragliding from Saddle Rock (video)

By on February 13, 2017 in Videos with 0 Comments
Paragliding from Saddle Rock (video)

Paraglider Joe Gluzinski launches himself off Saddle Rock. See why he dedicated his flight to his friend, Navy Seal Jerry McCauley: http://www.bloggingthegoodlife.com/articles/paragliding-saddle-rock-on-memorial-day/

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Valentines cartoon

By on February 8, 2017 in Cartoons with 0 Comments
Valentines cartoon

Crazy ideas for a Then & Now cartoon? Send them to appleandy@msn.com, and receive a lightbulb acknowledgement and bragging rights.

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Write about Mom. Maybe win $100

By on February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Write about Mom. Maybe win $100

Tell us one of your favorite moments with your Mom — from when you were a child, or a teenager, or a young adult or from just recently — and be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate. Remember taking … Continue reading

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Chad Yenney: Art made with old magazines, an Xacto knife and try-it-out imagination

By on January 30, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Chad Yenney: Art made with old magazines, an Xacto knife and try-it-out imagination

“I fooled around with collage at Eastmont, but it wasn’t until I saw something Jeff (his boss) had put together on the computer as kind of a joke that I thought ‘Hey, cool. I could do that…’” By Susan Lagsdin … Continue reading

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Ron Evans: Terrible art student now an imagination-fired artist & gallery owner

By on January 25, 2017 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Ron Evans: Terrible art student now an imagination-fired artist & gallery owner

By Susan Lagsdin Ron Evans is not bragging. He’s just explaining. “I think I was the first-time lucky winner of the coveted Eastmont High School Academic Suspension award. I’d failed my senior year, and they offered me another year of … Continue reading

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The get-away ski cabin that became a home

By on January 25, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The get-away ski cabin that became a home

Story by Susan Lagsdin • Photos by Donna Cassidy Brian and Teresa Platt’s place is not a “ski house” just because it’s five minutes from the chair lift. Or because it’s got the iconic beams and slanty snow roof of … Continue reading

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A new day begins in Wenatchee

By on January 25, 2017 in Articles, Landscapes with 0 Comments
A new day begins in Wenatchee

By Brian Mitchell Most mornings start slow. I often take my time getting out of bed, slowly dragging myself towards the coffee pot. Not on this morning. On this morning I arose with vigor and determination. I had decided the … Continue reading

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Full tilt: Always more, bigger, better for athletic dad and family

Full tilt: Always more, bigger, better for athletic dad and family

By Steve Tidd Dr. Doug Milner is a tech-savvy dentist, who is always looking for ways to provide better care for his patients. His dental practice, Fibonacci Smile, employs 12 people, and is a bustling center of activity that anchors … Continue reading

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January 2017

By on January 25, 2017 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
January 2017

  Readers tell their Best Day in 2016 • Innovative doggie dentistry • Where in the world is Mike Sager now? • Making worms, gathering smiles • Winterfest is a hot ticket • Doing the Pacific Crest Trail with a … Continue reading

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