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The (mostly) invisible anti-snow brigade

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
One of a handful of trucks working to clean the snow off the streets of Cashmere. It takes about six hours to clean the entire city.

The (mostly) invisible anti-snow brigade
It takes only two inches and a cloud of (white) dust for the trucks to start running through the streets of Cashmere, at a top speed of 25 mph.

If there are two inches of snow on the ground and it's snowing hard at 3 a.m., Cashmere Public Works Foreman John Bayne makes his phone calls at 4 a.m. and gathers his men at 5 a.m. to start scooping, brushing or blowing the flakes away.

And if it's not snowing but there are four inches of snow on the ground or more, Bayne picks up his phone.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...


Cashmere Cares: Backpacks a big help
It might make for a funny Snickers commercial, but for some children in our school district it makes for a painful reality. Hunger affects them and keeps them achieving their potential.

A growing number of Vale Elementary students live in poverty. Handfuls of students across the district are considered homeless. A considerable group of children have begun receiving breakfast at the middle school.

"We have kids that are in poverty that if they are not in the school system, they don't know where their meals are coming from," said Glenn Johnson, superintendent of Cashmere schools.

Cashmere Cares, the community campaign to provide all children with nourishment, shelter, mentorship and literacy, has started working with a Monitor-based campaign that provides backpacks full of food to students in need every Friday.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Cashmere Cares: Community-wide effort kicks year into gear with fundraiser

Every kid means every kid.

That's just one of the mantras of Cashmere Cares, the community-wide effort seeking to feed and clothe every child in the Valley, ensuring every child can read and every child has a mentor.

Cashmere schools chief Glenn Johnson said the challenges facing the students in the district make a broad effort like Cashmere Cares necessary.

Fifty-five percent of students at Vale qualified for free or reduced lunches. Twenty-three students in the district are considered homeless. More than 40 children are eating breakfast at the middle school.

"We are seeing some of these issues and challenges grow," Johnson said. And it's not just about food and clothing.

The district has extended its interventions, added all-day kindergarten and expanded its preschool. It has started an academy program, after school programs, summer school programs, and an AVID program for study habits. The problems aren't insurmountable, Johnson said, "but we can't do it alone."

What's needed, Johnson said, is a collective commitment to children. And in a place like Cashmere, that's not far-fetched.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 More...
The Pipeline: Varsity players remember their C squad days
It's not true that the playbook only had one page, but at times it just seemed that way.

Varsity basketball players at Cashmere High School remembered their time on the C squad as one long season of running. Running during games, running during practice, sometimes, even running out the door to make it for 6 a.m. practice. And of course, running out of energy after practice.

"It was great," said Jake Monroe, now a varsity player for the Bulldogs. "It really helped you get in shape and get you ready and disciplined for the higher-up teams."

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Community forum scheduled for next week
Repeating a recipe from a couple of years ago, Cashmere's City Council has organized a community forum to foster a dialogue about the future of the city.

The forum, scheduled for next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Riverside Center first occurred about three years ago to help identify community-wide goals for Cashmere.

"We pretty much accomplished what was identified then that the city could do," Mayor Jeff Gomes said. "That was when we kind of took ownership of the downtown canopies and had them re-roofed and painted. One of the things that came from that was those entry signs [on Aplets Way and on Cotlets Way that say] welcome to Cashmere on both ends of the city. We made some changes to the sign code, making it a little bit more business-friendly."

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Schools & Sports

Boys endure tough week after win over Cascade
A week that started with Cashmere limiting Cascade to eight second-half points en route to the Bulldogs' third consecutive win ended with two losses and players reaching for a stethoscope.

"We just didn't have the heart that we should have," Cashmere's Jake Monroe said after a stinging loss to the visiting Mabton Vikings Saturday.

After beating the Kodiaks 53-31 Jan. 13, Cashmere lost 57-48 at Chelan Jan. 16 and then lost 62-59 to Mabton Jan. 17.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Freshmen shine in double-dual
Cashmere's young wrestlers showed plenty of promise in a double-dual against Omak and Cascade in Chelan Jan. 15.

"The highlight of the night was the performance of the freshmen," Cashmere coach Patrick Valeri said. Cashmere lost both duals on points due to forfeits in the upper weight classes, but those who wrestled did well.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Girls thump two, squeak by one
Cashmere's girls basketball team capped two consecutive thrashings of Cascade and Chelan with a tight victory against Mabton.

The Bulldogs beat Cascade 70-43 at home, Chelan 53-37 on the road, before returning home to face the Vikings, a scrappy 2B squad out of Yakima County that leads the South Division of the Central Washington B League with a 13-2 record, 6-0 in league.

Cashmere won 54-49 but trailed several times in the second half. Cashmere led by as many as eight points in the second half but could not shake off the pesky Vikings.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Walking like a Guy, living like a Doll
If on any of the shows of the musical "Guys and Dolls" you see a couple of the actors walking funny, there's a reason. They haven't had much practice at it.

None of them are babies or infants, and all of them could be classified as bipeds. It's just that they are supposed to be guys in the musical, and it's hard to walk like a guy.

Especially when the weeks of practice they have walking like guys pale in comparison to the decade and a half of practice they have walking like girls.

Freshmen Nikki Wisemore -a bobbysoxer and a gambler in the musical-- and Samantha Lippert -a scam artist and a gambler- have no speaking lines, but their roles require them to -among other things- hide their beautiful long manes under hats.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
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