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Jobs program for special needs people in the works
Everybody in the special needs community is struggling with employment issues, especially after high school, according Cascade Special Ed Director Tim Lawless. High Schools are struggling to provide practical experiences that will help a special needs student become more employable.

There are just not a lot of opportunities out there, Lawless said.

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School Board discusses device policy at schools
Just like most of us are dragging our smart phones, tablets and laptops to work, so too are the kids going to school. But taking these devices to school creates a variety of issues. The Cascade School District is considering a policy that addresses these devices at school.

Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said each school district has to have a policy on file, if this district is going to allow students to bring devices from home.

"Some school districts are still wanting to stay in the dark ages with that, saying no kids still cannot bring those to school. They have to use school equipment," Motsenbocker said, at the Aug. 18 Cascade School Board meeting. "This is the future. We are going to see this a lot more as the future unfolds. They are bringing phones, tablets and computers to school. This (policy) keeps the district clean, so to speak."

The "bring your own device" policy defines a device and how the internet is accessed. It covers any filters or bypass software that might be used to get around the network security.

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Current, former Kodiaks participate in Babe Ruth World Series
It says something about the plight of the Cascade High School baseball program when three Kodiaks participate in the Babe Ruth World Series.

Former Kodiaks Tristin Parton and Jesse Ward played for the Columbia Basin River Dogs, a team with a certain amount of baseball notoriety, while CHS senior Austin Murdock played for the Columbia Basin Desert Dogs, for players 17 and under.

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Haitian med student Samuel Hilaire shadows doctors at Cascade Medical
The plight of Samuel Hilaire is unique, unexpected and wonderful. The third year medical student has been in Leavenworth this past month, shadowing doctors at Cascade Medical. Coming from modest means, he can't believe he is here in this beautiful place.

His journey began shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. At the time, he began working with some people from Germany and the U.S. Hilaire told them about his goals and plans for the future.

Unexpectedly, a group of German angel investors decided to pay for his schooling. After working in Haiti for six months, they encouraged him to go and apply to medical school, but he wasn't sure.

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Free Clinic makes dental services available to working poor and students
Upper Valley Free Clinic in Leavenworth, which has offered free dental services the past year, is expanding their services to the schools. A year ago, Dr. Carlson approached the Upper Valley Free Clinic, an Upper Valley MEND program, about starting a free dental clinic.

Since then, a second dentist has come on board, Dr. Larson. The two do free consultations at the free clinic the first Monday of the month.

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Leavenworth Post Office bids farewell to Dickerson, likely its last civil servant
Dan Dickerson is part of a dying breed in the postal system. When he retires from Leavenworth Post Office, Dickerson will likely be the last civil servant the office will ever see.

He became a civil servant when he was 17 years old, when he joined the Coast Guard. Later, he would continue his civil service duties with the Post Office. As the last of the civil servants are retiring from the Post Office, Dickerson feels like something is being lost.

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