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Ice Fest 2015

Photo by Ian Dunn
It was snowy Bavarian Ice Festival in downtown Leavenworth last weekend, which was a welcome sight, after last year's event with no snow at all. Here is the ice sculpture at the Gazebo, this year brightly colored.

Council denies chamber request for beer tent at Ice Fest
The proposal to have a beer tent during the Rail Jam at Ice Fest was soundly rejected by the Leavenworth City Council in the days before the event last week.

The Leavenworth Chamber proposed having a beer tent in Front Street Park during the Rail Jam from 5 to 7 p.m. Profits from the beer sales would go to the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

Chamber President, Nancy Smith, explained the Stevens Pass Rail Jam event was enough separated from the family oriented Ice Fest, that the Chamber Board decided to support the plan.

"They thought they could get behind it, thinking that will make it a more enticing event for the folks that attend a Rail Jam," Smith said, at the Jan. 6 city council study session. "Anytime we can think of a way to support the Winter Sports Club, we are all for it. When Stevens Pass asked us to host one, we asked the Winter Sports Club to host it, so all of us are involved in it, Stevens, Chamber and Winter Sports Club."

City Administrator Joel Walinski cautioned the council about expanding the use of alcohol to Front Street Park. A city ordinance prohibits consumption of alcohol in city parks.

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Beaver Valley School finally gets long awaited covered play area
After eight years, the Beaver Valley School finally has a covered play area for students. It was eight years ago when the first meeting was held to build a covered play area for the K-5 students at the Plain school.

They started raising funds at that time. There were fundraisers. Different organizations contributed money, time, supplies, labor. The school district provided a $7,500 match.

"We went through a couple years trying to find someone who would be in charge of the project," said Kim Miller, Beaver Valley secretary/parapro. "Things went slow for awhile. Three years ago, Travis Bradburn came on as the contractor, worked with the county on all the codes and that kind of stuff."

When teacher Eric Tiegel came on board two years ago, he got together with Bradburn to get things going. They formulated a plan and sent that to the county. Logs were donated by the Burgess family. Plain Hardware supplied a lot of the materials, Tiegel said.

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Marijuana store opens west of Cashmere
Lisa Wendt says she knows the score.

She's in the Wenatchee Valley, and she sells a product in East Wenatchee and right outside Cashmere on Vale Road, that is still illegal in 48 out of the 50 states.

So she's not expecting any welcoming parades. On the other hand, she bets those numbers will change as more people change their views on marijuana.

Like herself, for instance.

An accountant who said she voted against the legalization of pot in 2012, she says that when she and three families of acquaintances decided to open a marijuana shop in East Wenatchee last July, she looked at it from a business perspective.

It wasn't easy.

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Icicle Arts chooses new name and mission
After a lengthy strategic planning process, Icicle Arts in heading in a new, hopefully sustainable, direction. First order of business was moving from the Barn Beach location to a place where they could expand their mission. Their new home is 11734 U.S. Highway 2, near Jerry's Auto Parts.

Next was to change the name of the organization. Another arts organization in town has a very similar name, so that was part of the decision to change. The new name is Artis.

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