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Foundersí Day parade

Photo by Ian Dunn
Homegrown royalty greets its loyal subjects atop a float on Cottage Avenue. The Cashmere Community Royalty spearheaded the annual parade during Founders' Day.

Sherman assails candidates
Cashmere council member David Sherman used a baseball analogy to debate council candidate Kameon Smith's description of roundabouts.

"To say roundabouts aren't safe when the experts and the data say that they are is like saying the Seattle Mariners are a good baseball team," Sherman said in an interview two weeks ago. "You can say it all you want, it's not going to make it true."

Sherman described himself as frustrated with Smith's statements to this newspaper in May.

"I am not running against her," Sherman said, "but she's another one that did not come to meetings until the roundabout stuff came up. There's more to being a council member than the roundabouts. I try telling people, we can go around-about this roundabout thing all day long. There's those that know the facts, and there's those who are just saying their stuff with emotion."

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Not as bad as you think, says owner of Confederate flag
The owner of a Goodwin Road shed upon which the Stars and Bars of the Confederate flag flies says the banner is part of American history and not a symbol of evil.

"The people who are making the biggest deal about it, are probably the ones who have nothing to do with it," said Melisssa Kirk about the current push to remove the flag from places of prominence, particularly in the Sunbelt. "I know there are a lot of black people on TV who have said that's part of their history and they need to remember what happened."

As an analogy, she offers what has happened to sites that were once witness to atrocities of the Holocaust.

"People go to Birkenau," she said. "They go back and they remember so they never forget. It's part of their history."

By the same token, the Stars and Bars is part of history and it needs to be left alone, she said.

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Jean Frank closes book on librarian career
For Jean Frank some mornings it's hard to be friendly.

Not because people visiting her at work are such pains, but because the pains in her body are such, they are beginning to interfere with work a little more than she would like.

"My hands hurt, my back hurts," she said, later adding, "I'm starting to drop stuff, it's starting to hurt. It's better to go while I still have the energy to do other projects."

Frank, the Cashmere City Library's main librarian for almost a decade and an employee of the North Central Regional Libraries for three decades, has decided to retire.

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Upper Valley Connection present's 'Alice in Wonderland'
Theater Camp, a production of Upper Valley Connection, has been around for 11 years now. This week, Theater Camp is underway in Leavenworth, with shows planned for Friday and Saturday at Cascade High School.

Upper Valley Connection founder and director, Terry Anderman, has been there every step of the way. But after this year's production, she is stepping down as director.

"It feels good. We hired Maren (Cagle) back in October and she has been working with me since then. She has had a chance to be part of everything we do through the course of the season, which is great. She'll be with us the whole week of theater camp," Anderman said.

The transition will go great, Anderman said, but she is not going to miss the paperwork. This time of year, she is buried in paperwork. And even though she is stepping away, she will still be involved because of her son Daniel.

"I have been telling my board since the beginning, you have to make sure it continues for Daniel. Somebody finally said to give them a deadline. I finally said am done June of 2015, for real. They stepped up," Anderman said. "We aren't going anywhere. Daniel is obviously part of it. I am available to answer questions."

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Pratt asks opponent, 'Where are you from?'
Chiropractor Derrick Pratt, a longtime Cashmerite but a newcomer to politics, will seek to unseat incumbent David Sherman at this November's election.

Pratt said that Sherman "is not from here and doesn't understand what Cashmere needs at this present time," in infrastructure.

He mentioned the roundabout and the loss of parking downtown that such a project would entail as examples of what he sees as Sherman's shortcomings regarding Cashmere's needs.

"I have had a lot of people come into the office pretty upset about that and they encouraged me to run for the seat," he said of the roundabout project. "After talking it over with my wife, we thought it would be a good idea."

Pratt said the way the city handled the disclosure of the project sparked his interest in running for office. He said his is not a one-issue platform.

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A thrill with skill
And I think it's going to be a long, long time, before the children who showed up at the Chelan County Fairgrounds forget what a good time they had last Saturday.

As Elton John might say, it's the rockets, man.

Children from a local Cub Scout troop, brought friends and relatives to watch them light up rockets and fire them into the sky, with the supervision of several adults.

"I like 'em," said grade-schooler Conner Bray. "I just do, I don't really know why, they are fun in a lot of ways."

It's not just the firing them up or watching them fly, but it's also fun to chase after them when they land, said Spencer Boyd, another young rocketeer.

"Especially if you are in an orchard, because then they are really hard to find so it's kind of like a treasure hunt," he said.

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Schools & Sports

Baseball team finishes third at state
The Cashmere High School baseball team rebounded from a 3-0 semifinal loss to South Whidbey Friday to win the bronze medal game the next day at the 1A State Championships in Yakima.

The Bulldogs beat Freeman 4-1 in the third-place game.

The Cashmere team came into Yakima believing they would win the state championship, Cashmere coach Jeff Carlson wrote. The 3-0 loss to South Whidbey crushed the Bulldogs' spirits, he added, and "I had concerns about how we would rebound from that loss in less than 24 hours."

Tyler Chipman tossed a complete-game two-hitter against Freeman, with Justice Frazier breaking a 1-1 tie with a two-run single to right-centerfield in the fourth inning. Parker Landdeck tripled and then scored on an error in the sixth inning.

"I was really proud of how we responded on Saturday to bounce back and beat a very good Freeman team," Carlson wrote.

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Cashmere Track and Field makes state finals in nine events
Led by Luke Simonson's third place in the triple jump and Elli Kimes' fourth place at the pole vault, Cashmere's track and field team placed athletes in nine competitions at the state championship meet in Cheney last weekend.

Simonson jumped 43 feet, 0.75 inches to earn third place, a remarkable comeback after a lackluster showing in the preliminaries.

"Luke barely qualified for the finals, finishing in a tie for ninth with another boy," Cashmere Head Coach Jeff Kenoyer wrote. "Luke's second best jump in the prelims was better than the other boy's so Luke got to jump in the finals."

Simonson finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with 16.40 seconds and ninth in the long jump with 21 feet, 0.75 inches. Both his triple jump and long jump mark became new personal records for Simonson.

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Cashmere's Kert finishes seventh at state tennis
Tyler Kert battled the heat and a hefty bracket to come back with seventh place at the state tennis tournament at the Yakima Tennis Club.

In the first round, Kert beat Kiona Benton's Leonard Gileman 6-2, 6-4, then lost to Seattle Academy's Zamir Birnbach 2-6, 3-6.

Birnbach went on to finish second.

Kert rebounded to beat Deer Park's Niamh Lakewolf 6-1, 6-0.

A loss against Lakewolf would have meant the end of the tournament for Kert. instead, he qualified for the medal round.

In the match for fourth and seventh place, he lost in three sets to last year's fourth-place finisher Michael Hamilton of Spokane's Saint George's School, 2-6, 7-5, 2-6.

"The two played an epic three-set match entertaining the crowd with power and grace," Cashmere coach Ted Smith wrote.

In the final set, both players struggled to hold serve, feeling the effects of two days under the punishing Yakima heat.

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