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Botello says Wenatchee roundabout plans vindicate Cashmere's
The battle to win hearts and minds over the roundabout continues at City Hall.

A new brochure available at the offices on Woodring Street seeks to explain what awaits users of the Cottage and Aplets intersection. Still, there's only so much a brochure can do.

"There's a few people out there who just don't like it because 'it's ugly and stupid'" City Planner Mark Botello said. "But as time goes by it's gotten quieter."

The city's plans received a rare boost when Wenatchee unveiled plans for its roundabout on Western Avenue and Cherry, a construction that is similar to Cashmere's, Botello said, albeit smaller.

"It's the same everything: The same criteria, the same concrete, the safety enhancement, the circulation of traffic flow. It's just a smaller roundabout."

The fact that the largest city in the county is building a roundabout is a vindication of sorts for Cashmere's embattled push for one, Botello said.

Despite the criticism, the roundabout will go forward, he added.

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A Father's Day like no other
With 40 minutes to go before tipoff, Steve Simonson got the call: One of his refs wasn't going to make it to the basketball tournament in Cashmere Sunday.

With 35 years as a ref, this wasn't entirely unusual for Simonson. What was unusual was what happened next, he recruited the help -on Father's Day, no less-of his son Luke, a 2015 Cashmere High School grad who had played plenty of hoops, but never reffed.

"I thought, 'hey, we'll give him a chance, maybe earn a little money and have some fun,'" Steve said. "That's why he is here. He did all right, but we gotta move over to the next game."

Nervous like the rookie he was, Luke donned the zebra stripes and the whistle, which probably never felt heavier.

"The hardest thing was blowing the whistle," he said, "calling a foul." Asked why, he said, "Just the fear of getting it wrong."

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Sherman asks opponent, 'Where have you been?'
Incumbent council member David Sherman will seek a full four-year term on council this November, saying the city has "a lot of unfinished business."

"The projects don't just stop when you get one done," said Sherman, who was appointed to city council last year. "There is a lot of things I want to see be finished in the city. We have made a good start since I have been involved with the city of Cashmere but there's a lot of things that need to be completed."

Among the projects he would like to see completed he mentioned new ballfields, new or updated roads, and a stronger downtown core.

During an interview with the Record, he mentioned some of the things accomplished over the time he has been on council, like the facelift of City Hall, a building he said had not been painted in a long time.

"There's a whole host of things we have done as a council and as a city to improve the quality of life downtown," he said.

Running for a full term was a tough decision, Sherman said, adding that he considered withdrawing from the race, and said he vetted his opponent both in person and over the phone, to see if he would be a better council member then Sherman.

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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.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 More...
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