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Cashmere Royalty Candidates

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
Meet the candidates for the title of Queen Cashmere, to be chosen 4 p.m. March 1 at Cashmere Middle School. Top row from left: Talen Schoening, Haley Martin, Evelyn Mejia, and Katie Brandt. Second row from left: Moriah Stoller, Jordan O'Donnell and Carmella Galan. Third row from left: Delaney Strutzel and Krystal Sousley. Fourth row from left: Kaylena McElroy, Rachel Acton and Ellie York. Bottom row, center: Amanda Bobbitt. The pageant starts at 4 p.m. March 1. Tickets are $10 and $7 for seniors and students and are available at Doane's Valley Pharmacy.

USDA approves GMO* apples
CHELAN - On Friday, Feb. 20, the federal government approved the planting of genetically modified apples that won't turn brown when sliced.

Doug England, head of Manson Growers and a Chelan County Commissioner said about the newly authorized fruit, "Although I believe the concern over GMO products currently on the market is foolish and short sighted, the Apple industry is concerned that our product will get caught up in that hysteria."

"We have hoped to not have to defend ourselves right now as we have enough on our plates as it is. We already have varieties that have minimum browning available," he said.

"My opinion on GMO products in general is that those who oppose their use are welcome to mark their products as GMO free if they can get more money for that. It would be very expensive for us to retool all of our print plates and be monitored, with required record keeping, to verify no GMO components were used. Let those that "can" recover their costs pay for the expense," he concluded.

Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, British Columbia, is the mastermind behind the Canadian company that developed the product saying that fresh-cut apples will now be able to participate in the "explosive growth in the fresh-cut business."

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Meet three more Queen Cashmere candidates
With the Queen Cashmere pageant four days away, we introduce to you three more candidates to the title.

Each contestant was asked the same questions, although follow-ups varied. Some answers have been edited for clarity and space.

The pageant is March 1 at Cashmere Middle School. Tickets are $10 or $7 for seniors and students. They are available at Doane's Valley Pharmacy.

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Weeds Café is Business of the Year
Weeds Café, the penny-floored brainchild of Cashmere businesswoman Teri Weedman, has won the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year award for 2015.

Weedman said she doesn't know why her restaurant has been such a hit in Cashmere, considering how hard it was for her to nudge herself back into the town that raised her.

"I was a 206er, even though I grew up here, and that's how I was treated for a long time, by the community in general," she said. "The community has a hard time accepting 206ers. I found it really hard to fit back in."

Weedman spent two decades in the Seattle area, where she also had a café and a catering business, before moving back in the earlier part of this decade.

"I was speaking to my hairdresser because he knows Cashmere really well and I was saying, 'Gosh, it's been three years already," and he said, 'Oh, no. You have to give it five.' And I was like, 'Really? Five?? It seemed like forever but it hasn't been forever. It feels really good now, really comfortable."

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Meet four more contestants in Queen Cashmere pageant
In the next-to-last edition of the Record prior to the Queen Cashmere pageant, we introduce to you four more contestants.

These ladies -plus one more who will be featured next week-- all showed up on the same day, and the order in which they were interviewed -and thus appear on this article- was determined by alphabetical order or coin flip.

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School board's Maydole to seek second term
Brian Maydole will seek a second term as member of the Cashmere School District, setting up a possible showdown with fellow board member Tom Christensen, the board president.

Christensen and Maydole represent different subdistricts within the CSD, but Christensen changed homes last year and his new address is in Maydole's subdistrict. If Christensen seeks a new term this November, he will have to compete with Maydole for a spot on the board, and someone else would have to run for Christensen's current spot.

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Talent show returns to CMS
What a difference a year makes.

Grace Kelly, a ninth-grader at Cashmere High School remembers herself as an eighth-grader performing in last year's "Chieftains Got Talent" show at Cashmere Middle School, and being so nervous she almost vomited.

This year, she's a performance coach for the middle-schoolers taking the stage at "Cashmere's Got Talent," the 2015 version of the show.

This year's show -happening tonight at 6:30 p.m., with tickets $5 per person or $12 per family of four--may have a new name but its purpose is the same, to showcase middle-school artists -both onstage and off.

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Schools & Sports

Girls' hoops team repeats as district champs
Cashmere overcame a slow first quarter to win a second consecutive district title and earn a ticket to the regional round of playoffs after defeating the Chelan Goats 60-41.

The Bulldogs will now play Kiona-Benton 10 a.m. Saturday at Wenatchee High School. The loser goes home, the winner qualifies for the state tournament the first full weekend in March at Yakima's SunDome.

The Cashmere girls played in front of the biggest crowd they had seen all year, and that affected the team at first, Head Coach Brent Darnell said, adding the team played "horrible" in the first quarter, which ended tied 12-12.

"We weren't playing very smart in the first quarter, we were kind of playing in the moment, you know, big crowd and we kind of got caught up in it a little bit," he said.

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Goats clip streak, end season for Cashmere boys
A season of big strides came to a halt last Saturday with Cashmere losing by 18 points at home to the Chelan Goats.

The loss gave the district title to Chelan and eliminated Cashmere from the postseason. The loss also snapped Cashmere's two-game winning streak over the Goats, and a nine-game winning streak dating back to a mid-January's loss to Mabton.

The Goats started strong, setting the pace and getting a rambunctious Cashmere crowd out of the game for long stretches.

"They jumped up on us early and made some big shots," Cashmere head coach Levi Heyen said, later adding "They played really tough defense and we struggled around the basket."

Heyen laid the blame for the loss on his own shoulders, saying he got outcoached.

"The biggest thing is, I thought I had a game plan ready to go for us to be successful and I didn't," he said. "I'm going to have to live with that."

Cashmere never led and got within five late in the third quarter but could not get any closer.

"The kids played as hard as they could," Heyen said of Cashmere's players. "They battled and they scrapped and we just had a hard time getting the ball in the basket and that's on me."

Despite the heartbreak of seeing players in green cut the nets down on their own floor, Cashmere players took the defeat on the chin.

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The sixth-grade way to hoops
Huh? Huh.

Yep, that's the sound. That's the sound that keeps a bunch of girls hoops-mad, keeps the deficit down and keeps the republic united.

OK, one out of three. But it's true, the girls from Cashmere's AAU sixth-grade team love the Huh! sound opponents make when they are on the receiving out of an orange-and-black box-out.

The physical aspect of the sport makes basketball win out over sports like soccer and volleyball, members of the team agreed.

"In other sports, you don't get to wrestle around," said Maggie Finch, surrounded by six of her teammates.

The games get pretty competitive, and the girls rise to the occasion. There are a few tears, like last week against Ephrata, but they keep playing. Hannah Tyler played with a twisted ankle a few weeks back.

"It's more fun when people get really aggressive," Finch said. "And they start fouling. I don't like it when someone gets super-hurt, but if it's just someone who fell over, it's funny sometimes."

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Pipeline: Who's that fellow coaching the C team today?
Hoopsters since elementary school, the boys on Cashmere High School's C team had probably seen everything their young eyes could see on a basketball court. Until last Thursday.

With varsity player Sami Sykes playing in the girls' game at 6 p.m., her father Steele "delegated" coaching duties for his C team to JV coach Mark Dronen and his assistant-slash-superior, the head coach of the varsity team Levi Heyen.

With the big boys' team playing Okanogan at 7:30 p.m at the high school. Heyen had hoped to coach the younger fellows a little while and then cross Tigner Road to focus on his team.

By the time the C team's game was over, Heyen had coached the whole contest, sometimes drawing on the whiteboard, sometimes miming in the huddle to get his point across.

"I'm getting into this," Heyen said halfway through the third quarter, "his" team hanging on to a four-point lead over Okanogan's C squad.

Heyen made it to his varsity game on time, and that team went on to beat Okanogan, too.

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