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Cupboard Thanksgiving
Cupboard Thanksgiving
Photo by Ian Dunn
Community Cupboard volunteers were busy in the days before Thanksgiving packing baskets for those in need. The baskets included everything needed for a nice Thanksgiving meal, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie.


Council, Planning Commission want to strengthen B&B code
The Leavenworth City Council, once again, dove into the controversial topic of overnight rentals in their study session on Jan. 10. Development Manager Nathan Pate explained his department and the Planning Commission have been busy cleaning up the city code related to overnight rentals.
Pate said they have made "massive" definition changes, primarily regarding overnight rentals.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


River Bend homeowners concerned about Willkommen Village plans
River Bend Park homeowners showed up en mass to the Leavenworth City Council meeting on Jan. 10. They were concerned about potential amendments to Leavenworth Municipal Code related to the Willkommen Village development, which is adjacent to River Bend Drive.
Those potential code changes were discussed earlier in the day at the city council study session. Willkommen Village is 33 acres behind Safeway. The first request from the developers is to change a portion of the property from multi-family to general commercial.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

School District to implement new science standards
New science standards are going to be "a whole new ball game" for students.
Fifth grade teacher Dina Ashcraft reported to the Cascade School Board on new science standards at the Jan. 9 board meeting. Ashcraft was awarded a position on the State Content Review Board for the new science test.
She said it was a "huge" experience. There were 10 teachers there, five from fifth grade and five from middle school. Ashcraft was the only one from eastern Washington.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Warming temperatures, rain could bring flooding and ice jams
The National Weather Service is forecasting warmer temperatures and possible rain this week - weather conditions that may lead to the formation of hazardous ice jams and flooding along the county's rivers and streams.
Ice jams are formed as a result of long cold spells that cause portions of rivers and streams to freeze. Fluctuations in temperatures or water levels can break the ice into chunks, which then can jam at obstructions, including bridges or culverts, as they move downstream. Such jams dam water flows, potentially resulting in flooding upstream. If a jam releases suddenly, it then may cause a surge of flooding downstream.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chelan County Fire District 3 Auxiliary provides needed services to firefighters, families
The Chelan County Fire District 3 Auxiliary has been around for about 15 years, but you've probably never heard of them. That's because so much of their work is behind the scenes. According to past president Ann Cowin, they started out providing food and drink at fire scenes or incidents.
"We support families, if there are any problems. If there is an injury to an officer, we can step in and help," Cowin said. "In general, whatever we can find that needs to be done within the fire department."
Last summer during the Suncrest Fire, Cowin said they fed 50 people that first lunch. Later that night, they fed 150.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Stamping out fire needs
When I was a little girl I was fortunate to spend a summer week with my Grandma. After shopping with her one day, I noticed that she tossed a lot of Green Stamps into a drawer. That drawer had many stamps and books that needed the stamps pasted into them. I thought it would be fun to see how many there actually were and set about gluing them onto the empty pages. When I finished a couple of hours later, we had 13 books of stamps! How exited I was to go with grandma down to the Green Stamp store and "buy" things without money!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Free 'Paint'n'Sip' classes offered to family member caretakers
Free 'Paint'n'Sip' classes are being offered to primary caregivers of family members who have dementia, stoke, paralysis, Parkinsons, Huntingtons, etc.
The purpose is to give caregivers a break and have some relaxing fun with others who share a similar life situation.
Art Without Boundaries Certified Mneme Therapist, Karen Hartman, will be offering the free class, from 7-9 p.m. every second Thursday at The Henry's- A Gathering Place, 120 Cottage Avenue in Cashmere. Mneme Therapy style painting is a simple, free flowing method that allows people who have no artistic training to create an "impressionistic" style painting in a short amount of time.
All materials will be provided along with some snacks, tea, coffee and mulled wine. Guests may also bring their own beverage. RSVP to Karen Hartman at 699-8733 to reserve a place.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Flu Season is here - but it's not too late to get the flu shot
Flu season has arrived. Over recent weeks, there has been an increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths across Washington State. Locally, Chelan and Douglas counties are also experiencing an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations and one flu related death has been reported in a Chelan County resident in their 90's.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Faith Lutheran Pastor Alex Schmidt to retire
Faith Lutheran Pastor Alex Schmidt, 69, is retiring after serving as a clergyman for 32 years, including four years as a missionary. His decision to retire came from "a constellation of things."
"In consultation with trusted friends and my own sense of life, I began considering this, not just what is good for me, but also what might be good for the congregation, new vision, new philosophy of ministry, new energy, new ideas," Schmidt said.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get ready for some chilly fun with the Bavarian Ice Fest
The annual Bavarian Ice Fest is on tap for this weekend in downtown Leavenworth. Thousands are expected to descend upon the Bavarian Village for some frosty fun. All the standard games are in place for the upcoming event, said Jared Drozdowski, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce events coordinator.
"We start with the registration of all the families. Folks come down and sign up for the game or activity of their choice on Saturday," Drozdowski said. "Snow sculptures will start at 9 a.m. and run all day. We have a snowball toss activity. Ice Fishing. Kids crafts will be at the Obertal Inn. Ice Carving starts that day. We have two professional ice carvers in the downtown park from noon to 4 p.m."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chelan PUD Commissioners McKenna, Congdon sworn-in
New Chelan County PUD Commissioner Steve McKenna and re-elected Commissioner Ann Congdon were sworn into office last week by Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore.
PUD Commissioners Steve McKenna and Ann Congdon took their oath of office on Jan. 3, 2017. McKenna, who lives in Leavenworth, was elected in November to the four-year, at-large District A position, previously held by Carnan Bergren. Congdon, of Manson, was re-elected to her third, six-year term as the District 3 representative.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Empty Bowls Glazing Days at Sleeping Lady Resort to begin
Help feed our hungry, strengthen community and celebrate the arts through the Leavenworth Empty Bowls Festival. Come glaze a bowl with your friends, family and community members this year in the Woodpecker Room at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Paint your own design on a bowl hand-thrown by local potters, then pick up your finished bowl at the community soup supper on Thursday, March 23 at the Leavenworth Festhalle.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cybersecurity briefing given to Chelan PUD
PUD commissioners were briefed on the district's comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, based on industry principles and guidance and a strong "defense in depth" approach by Information Technology Director Greg Larsen during the first meeting of the new year.
Larsen told the gathered officials, including newly installed Commissioner Steve McKenna, that the Chelan PUD belonged to several industry groups that shared information vis-a-vis cybersecurity threats, defense mechanisms and reaction to same.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Funding approved for full-time school resource officer
The Leavenworth City Council, at their Dec. 13 meeting, approved funding to help pay for a full-time school resource officer in the Cascade School District. Currently, a school resource officer is shared between Cascade and Cashmere.
In order to increase the funding for the resource officer, the council had to amend the inter-local agreement between Chelan County and the city of Leavenworth.
The inter-local agreement, which runs 2014-2017, has been amended once before, for overtime officers. This was the second amendment to the agreement.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Plans moving forward for the new Willkommen Village
At the Dec. 13 city council study session, City Development Manager Nathan Pate, said construction on the new Willkommen Village should start in spring. Pate said the developer must provide the infrastructure to support their development.
The new road to be constructed behind Safeway to the new entrance to the KOA, just stops, Pate said.
"There is a gap where it stops and where it could, should connect to the River Bend Drive. The developer is not obligated to pay for those improvements," Pate said. "This portion of the right-of-way will not have a street that connects. They are responsible for the portion that serves their property. The city doesn't have any mechanism to mandate that connection."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Foundation commemorates founder Jim Adamson
Family members of the late Jim Adamson gathered in front of Cascade Medical, where the Cascade Medical Foundation dedicated a plaque in his honor.
"It's beautiful," said Carol Adamson, Jim Adamson's widow. He passed away in February 2015. "He would have been so honored and humbled by the presentation."
Adamson was one of the founding members of the Cascade Medical Foundation and served as president for 16 years. Established in 1992, the nonprofit has raised more than $1 million for Cascade Medical Center, including the purchase of an ambulance in 2015, the clinic expansion in 2012, digital mammography in 2009, the aquatic therapy pool in 2008 and a CT scanner in 2004. He was instrumental in every fundraising campaign and helped create the Foundation's most successful event, the Leavenworth Golf Classic, which is held every June.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Team Naturaleza given award from Bureau of Land Management
A Wenatchee-area coalition that is using innovative ways to engage Latino communities in natural science education has received a Bureau of Land Management 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Ron Dunton, Acting Director for BLM's Oregon/Washington State Region, recognized the efforts of Team Naturelaza, a partnership between public agencies, individuals, and organizations that encourages Spanish-speakers to recreate outdoors on public lands and enjoy informal natural science education.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Free snowshoe tours offered at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Free guided snowshoe tours are provided at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, all equipment provided. In January, tours are available most Fridays at 1 p.m. and on weekends at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. And in February, weekend tours continue through the 19th.
"We had to stop giving tours last year because we didn't have enough staff," said Julia Pinnix, Information and Education Manager. "But this year, we have our new Park Ranger and an Americorps volunteer, and we've borrowed staff from the Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Leavenworth teen accused of stabbing a woman in Wenatchee
A 17-year old Leavenworth teen is being held on charges he stabbed a woman on Dec. 26 in Wenatchee as she crossed from East Wenatchee into Wenatchee, according to the Wenatchee Police Department. The incident took place at 12:58 p.m., when police officers received a call that a stabbing occurred on the footbridge, which crosses the Columbia River.
The victim was a 29-year old Portland woman who was jogging along the west side of the footbridge. The youth was allegedly standing at the end of the footbridge. As the victim ran by, the teen ran after her with a knife.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Public comments sought on new comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan
Chelan County's Flood Control Zone District is asking the public to comment on its recently completed draft Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan.
When approved later this year, the new plan will serve as the guiding principles for the district, formed in 2014.
"The draft plan is a result of working for 18 months with a group of county-wide stakeholders," said Eric Pierson, county engineer for Chelan County Public Works. "When completed, the plan will provide the framework for how our county makes decisions, now and into the future, about flood hazard mitigation."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition holds Business Resiliency Workshop
How would your business recover from a natural disaster? That was the main thrust of the Business Resiliency Workshop held Nov. 9 in downtown Leavenworth. The event was sponsored by the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition.
Chumstick Coalition Executive Director, Hilary Lundgren, said her organization primarily collaborates on fuels reduction projects for community members. As well, they work with individuals, business owners and governments on projects.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


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