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School district seeks crowding remedy

Seats are at a premium during Vale Elementary School's lunch period for third and fourth grades, just one result of a boost in enrollment. Classroom space is tight as well, prompting school district officials to consider investing in a portable classroom to help provide some elbow room.

School district seeks crowding remedy
Cashmere School District might purchase at least one portable classroom to handle the overflow of students this fall.

Business manager Dwight Remick said during the Sept. 21 school board meeting he has researched the price and shipping options.

"We are looking at that," he said. "There are two sitting in Kent right now."

Vale Elementary School has the most serious crowding problem. Its enrollment is 602 in kindergarten through fifth grade, with another 57 children attending preschool there.

Remick said that has resulted in staff having no place to meet, and some programs being displaced.

"They don't have a place to work," Superintendent Glenn Johnson agreed. "Extra space is needed."

Vale Principal Sean McKenna said during an interview that district officials have identified the spot where a portable could be sited, and they measured the area. He said the staff has lost its lunch area with refrigerator, stove and microwave due to the need for extra class space.

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CHS students could get teaching experience
Cashmere School District Superintendent Glenn Johnson is considering adding a program to give high school students a glimpse of what teaching is like, possibly leading to a career in education.

He discussed the idea during the Sept. 21 school board meeting, saying the "Cashmere Teacher Academy" could help in a small way to reduce the state's teacher shortage.

"There's going to be a big shortage," Johnson said. "There already is and it's going to get worse."

The idea is to allow some teens to be peer tutors at CHS or tutor younger students at the middle school or Vale Elementary School.

Cashmere High School Principal Tony Boyle said the program also would include classroom studies to show students what it's like to be a teacher.

"We are looking into what other places do," he said. "A lot of kids come out of here and become teachers. I think it would be a win-win."

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FFA members prepare for national competition
Eight Cashmere High School students will take part in the national Future Farmers of America competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in late October.

They will compete in meat evaluation and food science contests, which they won in state competition last spring. Members of the meat judging team are Olivia Abbott, Cassidy Boyd, Kandace Brunner and Jordan O'Donnell. The food science team consists of Hannah Lynch, Delaney Strutzel, Sami Sykes and Ellie York.

The teams represent the 34th and 35th time Cashmere FFA students have earned the right to compete on the nationwide stage. The team finished fourth overall in nationals last year and FFA advisor Rusty Finch believes this year's entry can match or surpass that accomplishment.

"My goal is always the top five," he said. "If you beat Texas you've probably won it."

The Oct. 24-31 trip will cost each student about $1,000. A fundraising prime rib dinner for $20 will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 before the Cashmere and Granger football game. Tickets are available at the high school, 329 Tigner Road, or from the FFA members.

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Scare-Crazy: The fun begins today
Scarecrows will invade Cashmere beginning today, Sept. 30, during the third annual Scare-Crazy event.

Business owners and citizens who participate will display scarecrows during the entire month of October. Cashmere Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Collings said that 150 people registered to make scarecrows a year ago, and registration for this year has been strong.

"It's just fun," Collings said. "They're all so different. Where else do you see that kind of thing? Each year people try to outdo themselves and it has grown over the years."

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County begins work on flood control plan
Officials want to know what residents in Cashmere and other Chelan County towns consider top flood risks.

A survey will appear on the Chelan County Public Works Department website in a couple of weeks to determine places citizens believe are at risk and the degree of that risk. The hope is to receive 500 responses by people in a variety of demographic groups, said Rob Flaner, a consultant from Idaho-based Tetra Tech who is facilitating the flood control plan process.

A stakeholders committee representing the Flood Control Zone District has begun meeting monthly in Wenatchee to devise a plan to improve the way Chelan County prepares for, reacts to and recovers from flooding. Of Washington's 39 counties, 20 have some type of flood control district.

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Anthropologist talks about apples and more on Oct. 9
Seattle resident Julia Harrison, an anthropologist specializing in sweets, will speak about fruit and some of the industry's legendary characters during an appearance at the Cashmere Public Library at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

Her topic, "Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington Fruit," is billed as a conversation about Washington fruit, historic events, and our changing relationship to the natural world.

Harrison's appearance is sponsored by the Humanities Washington speakers bureau. She will answer such questions as the identity of Cashmere's Cider King while tracing the juicy history of the state's produce industry.

Harrison has researched sweet foods since 2004, and currently writes a sweet travel blog. In 2013 she created the SweetMap website to preserve stories behind the sweets industry.

"When I first started asking people about their favorite sweets, I had no research goal in mind - I just wanted to know where to find the good stuff," Harrison said in an interview on the Humanities Washington website. "Eventually I noticed that when people told me about a candy or an ice cream parlor, they were also telling me about many other things: their childhoods, religion, communities, economic circumstances.

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Schools & Sports

From Olympics to WVC Former CHS soccer star is college's new head coach
She racked up lots of goals and assists as a soccer standout at Cashmere High School.

After graduating from CHS in 2001, Anya Belcher - then Anya Tronson - went to Biola University in La Mirada, California, and continued to make a name for herself. She helped the team to the quarterfinals of the NAIA soccer championships, also setting a school record in the javelin as a member of the track and field team.

But perhaps more than her own sports accomplishments, Belcher wants to help others reach their goals. She is a teacher and her classroom is the athletic field.

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Royal's speed gives Cashmere pause
Royal scored in every quarter and its defense came up big as Cashmere High School fell 55-6 Friday in non-conference football.

"Royal is a very good team with great team speed," Cashmere coach Phil Zukowski said. "We could not keep up with their team speed."

It drops the Bulldogs to 1-3 for the season. They get a chance to improve that record Friday at 7 p.m. against Omak in a Homecoming game.

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Boys take 4th; girls take 6th at King's Cross Invitational
Cashmere High School's boys cross country team finished fourth in Saturday's King's Cross Invitational while the girls team finished sixth.

The Bulldogs placed three runners in the top 15 of the boys race. Jonathan Mangas finished sixth overall with teammates Evan Gambill and Eli Phillips finishing ninth and 10th, respectively.

Cashmere's top finishers in the girls race were Naomi Davis, 13th, and Peyton Fagerland, 14th. Every runner in the top 15 of the boys and girls races was awarded a medal and T-shirt.

Cashmere coach Jeff Kenoyer said several Bulldog runners improved their times significantly.

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Cashmere girls add to win column
Cashmere High School's volleyball team finished fifth of 10 teams Saturday in the Okanogan Tournament after polishing off Toppenish in consecutive games Sept. 24 and beating White Swan on Sept. 22.

At Okanogan, the Bulldogs split with Chelan by scores of 25-19 and 19-25. They lost to Toutle Lake 20-25 and 20-25, but came back to split with Colfax 23-25 and 27-25 before beating Pateros 25-11 and 25-19.

Sam Steele had nine kills and eight aces, Jordan O'Donnell had 14 kills, four aces, and 31 digs; Sydnee Mongen had 11 kills, four aces and four assists, Hannah Lynch had 43 digs and three aces, Amanda Bobbitt had six kills, two aces and 21 digs. Megan Reinhart had 25 assists, and 12 digs, Delaney Strutzel had seven kills, and Lexi Stephens had eight kills and three blocks.

"The team played very well, especially against No. 1-ranked Colfax, a team that has won over 10 state titles," said Cashmere coach Juan Sanchez. "We dominated both games, we had a large lead on both games, but as the good team that they (Colfax) are they came back and took the first set. We fought hard and took the second."

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