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12/24/2013 8:47:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
2013 Year in Review

Bethlehem files lawsuit over crane collapse

Bethlehem Construction Inc, filed a lawsuit against Russell Crane Services Inc., Yakima, for damages due to the crane collapse. According to the lawsuit, filed in Chelan County Superior Court, Bethlehem Construction claimed Russell Crane was negligent and in breach of contract in an incident on June 29 2012, resulting in damages in excess of $250,000. On that day, a crane was lifting a piece of flooring into place at the new storage facility when the crane's boom folded. Mike Addleman, president of Bethlehem Construction, said at the time the State Department of Labor and Industries did not conclude the cause of the accident and therefore his company filed a lawsuit. "To make it real simple, the crane was tipped over by the operator and we have eye witnesses. That is what this lawsuit is about," Addleman said.

Cashmere native plays percussion in inauguration parade

On Jan. 21, 2013, Sgt. First Class Glenn Gurnard, a Cashmere native and a percussionist marched in the 57th presidential inaugural parade. Gurnard, who now lives in Ashburn, Va., has been performing in either the inaugural parade or ball since he joined "Pershing's Own" in 1994. Music is more than a career for Gurnard; it's a way of life. "There is something about the way I am wired that I am very sensitive to sounds and to particular quality of sounds. Whether it be cello, piano or flute, there is something that has always captured me. Listening to various sounds and combinations of sounds, I find very enjoyable," Gurnard said.

Alex Cruz chosen chamber president

Alex Cruz, branch manager at Cashmere Valley Bank in Cashmere, was elected to serve as the 2013 president of the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce, taking over Laurie Shorett's position. Cruz grew up in East Wenatchee. After high school, he received his Bachelor's in Administration at Central Washington University. In 2011, he was named the manager of the bank's branch in Cashmere. He moved to Cashmere in the summer of 2011. Prior to that, he was commuting from East Wenatchee to the bank. "The chamber is currently on a positive momentum that has been going on now for a couple of years," Cruz said at the time. "The board's plan, as well as mine is to keep it going. We want to make sure that all of our members know that they should be contributing their ideas to us."

Link Transit chooses to keep Route 28

After receiving feedback from the public, Link Transit decided to keep the primary route serving the Cashmere area, Route 28. The route ran between Cashmere and Old Station 10 times a day Monday through Friday. The route, which started in October 2011, was created for people in Cashmere to have a way of getting to Old Station and then transferring on to another bus to get into Wenatchee. Eric West, Link marketing and communications coordinator, said Link Transit had originally proposed getting rid of the route for multiple reasons and switch to a public dial-a-ride or DART service. People in Cashmere could call and reserve a time to be picked up instead of having the bus go through town every hour. "That didn't go well with the folks in Cashmere," West said. "So we put in more effort to change Route 28. Instead of having to terminate the route at Old Station, it will continue on to Columbia Station." Because Route 28 goes to Old Station, riders were missing their transfers. West said that was one possible reason ridership was so low on this route. He said administration hoped ridership would increase with the new route going all the way into Wenatchee,

Longtime city attorney dies

Former city attorney for both Leavenworth and Cashmere Terry McCauley died on Jan. 24, 2013 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. is survived by wife Connie McCauley of Leavenworth, children Janie McCauley (Alameda, Calif.), Evan McCauley (Wenatchee), and Travis McCauley (Toronto), sister Laurie McCauley (Seattle) and brother Robert McCauley (Gardiner). In a column a month later, Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Farivar called McCauley, "the kind of citizen that keeps small towns thriving by sharing his many talents with his community."


Founders' Days and Apple Days to stay separate

After much deliberation, the Chamber of Commerce Board and the Chelan County Historical Society board agreed not to combine Apple Days and Founders Days, at least for 2013. "We were running out of time," said then-Chamber Manager Jill FitzSimmons at the time. "We are putting a tight squeeze on both event committees and it wasn't working." However, this did not mean the two events would not be combined in another year or two. The two boards agreed they would continue the discussion to move toward one event in the future. FitzSimmons said even though there would be two separate events in 2013, the ultimate goal is bringing them together someday. This decision came after nearly four months of discussions between the chamber and museum boards about possibly combining the two events. Founders' Days, which is held the last full weekend of June, and Apple Days, held the first weekend in October, have hit a few road blocks in the past and the committees are trying to come up with a way to fix those issues. Both events have troubles raising enough money to break even and both have troubles with having enough locals volunteer their time to make the events happen.

Man robbed at knifepoint while walking

An 18-year-old Crunch Pak employee was robbed at knife-point while he was on a break from work, on Feb. 3, 2013. The employee was walking back to work from a break around 10 p.m. after eating at a taco truck across the street from work. As the 18-year-old man was walking north on Paton Street near Sunset Highway, a black, four-door Honda Accord stopped next to him, said Chelan County Sheriff Chief of Patrol, Mike Harris, in a press release. A tall, thin black man got out of the passenger side of the vehicle holding a knife with a six-inch blade, and demanded the Crunch Pak employee give him money. "This is not a common occurrence in towns like Cashmere," said John Wisemore, Chelan County undersheriff. "I think it was just a situation that presented itself and the guy [18-year-old employee] just happened to be in that location at that time." After the employee gave the man $200 in cash, the man got back in the passenger side of the car and left. Wisemore said the Crunch Pak employee was not injured. The press release said the man driving the car was described as white, medium build, in his late 20's,

Three wrestlers participate in state tournament.

Juniors Ethan Visser, Jacob James, and Brock Steele made it to the State Tournament this season Ethan Visser was the highest placing Bulldog, taking home the sixth place medal for the 132 lbs. weight class. James, wrestling at 138 lbs. finished seventh. Brock Steele, wrestling at 152 did not medal but fought hard all tournament long. "Steele is talented enough to have brought home a state medal he just happened to be in a tough bracket," head coach Aaron Bessonette said. "Overall, though as coaches, we are really happy with the way this season went."

Gitta Bartholdt named Queen Cashmere

Gitta Bartholdt took the crown and was named Queen Cashmere at the 2013 Cashmere Royalty Selection Pageant. Next to Bartholdt, Austyn Woods and Sarah Fitzpatrick were crowned the two Cashmere princesses of 2013. Heather Powell and Nisreen Al-Soodani were also 2013 royalty contestants. "I feel amazing. I am so excited. I wasn't expecting it at all," Bartholdt said at the time. "I want to be really outgoing and do a lot of great things for Cashmere. Coming to Cashmere and realizing how close knit it was, was great. I feel like I am so much more determined to do good for Cashmere." Fitzpatrick and Woods were just as excited to be selected as a part of the 2013 royal court to represent the city of Cashmere for the following year. "It feels pretty awesome. I am super excited. Everyone did so good. I am looking forward to the summer of the parades," Fitzpatrick said. Woods said she was surprised to be selected as a part of the royal court but is excited about it. "I am excited to be a face for Cashmere, I really am," Woods said.


McNulty and Cheever are citizens of the year

Gary Cheever and Pam McNulty were chosen as the Cashmere Chamber's Citizens of the Year for 2013, in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the Cashmere Food Bank. "Pam and Gary are two individuals who have made life more bearable for those in the community who find themselves short of food and other necessities during the month," said Karen Bray of Cashmere, who has worked alongside the couple during holiday food distribution efforts. "Pam and Gary answer daily calls for help and respond with compassionate kindness. Their entire lives revolve around the theme of service and putting others above self." Scott Morrison, who also lends a hand at the food bank, echoed Bray's sentiments. "They are by far the most unselfish people I have ever met," Morrison said. "Cashmere is a better town because of those two."

CHS students listen to tragic tale of drinking and driving

Kevin Brooks, public speaker, connected with Cashmere High School students last Friday as he told his horror story of a typical Saturday night gone wrong. Students seemed to listen with full attention as Brooks told his story and how it impacted his life and others. Brooks told the students he was known as the "creature" by friends and those who knew him. On a normal Saturday night, Brooks had gone to a party and drank excessively like he normally did on the weekends. Brooks left the party intoxicated, and was driving down a road he had driven hundreds of times before. His speedometer quickly reached up to 95 miles per hour, twice the speed limit, when the car crashed. Neither Brooks nor his childhood friend Brendon walked away from the crash that night. Brendon had died in the crash and Brooks became paralyzed. On March 14, Brooks visited the high school to tell students about his accident and the importance of driving sober. "We would like kids to make better choices and people that have real life personal stories they can share tend to hit home with the kids a little better than us teachers," said Scott Brown, Cashmere High School vice principal. The community center in the high school was silent with the only noise coming from Brooks as he shared the most difficult time of his life. Brooks had spent months in the hospital, than another few months in rehab re-learning the most simple of things such as breathing on his own.

Cashmere boys' basketball finishes sixth at state

The Cashmere boys basketball team fell to the Okanogan Bulldogs, 45-43, for the second time this season to finish in sixth place at the State Tournament at the Sundome in Yakima. Earlier this season, the Cashmere Bulldogs faced against the northern Bulldogs, an undefeated team at the time, and beat them by a large margin 85-57. The second time the two Bulldogs faced against each other, Cashmere was on the road and lost by 13 points. After both teams earned a trip to the State Tournament, they lost in the first round placing them in the consolation bracket. They won their second games to put both teams in the final game to fight for fourth and sixth place. "If we keep the whole thing in perspective it was a tough game, but a great season," head coach Keith Boyd said. "We were able to bring home a trophy and even though we would have liked to have brought home the golden globe we didn't quite get there." Dylan Boyd led the team in scoring with 15 points. Casey Ruether scored nine points with five rebounds and two assists. Senior Coleman McElroy led the team in rebounds with 11 and six points.

CMS Principal moves to new district position

The Cashmere School Board approved Cashmere Middle School Principal Rob Cline's reassignment to take on the new position of District Director of Teaching and Learning. Board Member Brian Maydole said he thought the position was necessary to help implement all the new initiatives in the schools. "Looking at all these initiates and mandates, I have been quite amazed at the job everybody was doing and I always thought we would get to this point where we would need some augmentation," Maydole said at the time. "I totally support this." Cashmere Superintendent Glenn Johnson said there are two objectives to reassigning Cline into this role. He said there are so many new initiatives, and too short of a time frame to implement them all for the district, to handle it without having this position available. Cline assumed the district wide support position for those initiatives but he will also be providing support for Vale Elementary. Cline's new position held a district- wide responsibility for teaching and learning, and supporting the initiatives.

School District examines new ways to boost early childhood education

Vale Elementary and Cashmere School District administrators have been researching ways to expand services to preschool and kindergarten students in the district. Vale Principal Sean McKenna recently presented to the Cashmere School Board options for extended learning services and why the district is working on it. "It's part of our strategic plan to look into research based programs for extended learning," said Cashmere Superintendent Glenn Johnson. McKenna said, for some time, the school board has discussed the a growing population of students entering Vale unequipped to meet the demands of kindergarten. Some 58 percent of the students at Vale are at the poverty rate and 28 percent of the students are English Language Learners (ELL). "We are over 40 percent Hispanic and 28 percent of those kids their dominate language is Spanish. That means one out of three kids are coming into Vale right now and are learning English,," McKenna said. Not only are students coming to Vale not ready but the state standards are also increasing. McKenna said this doesn't mean teachers aren't doing their jobs, it just means some students are going into first grade without the skills they need.


Cashmere baseball team's streak stops at 30

The Cashmere Bulldogs 30-game winning streak was snapped on March 29, by the Davis Pirates in a non-league game in Yakima. The Pirates defeated the Bulldogs by the score of 10-0 (6 innings). McNair had the lone hit for the Bulldogs offense. The Pirates had 10 hits on the day and did not commit any errors defensively. Cashmere's winning streak in the Caribou Trail League remained intact at 43 games.

Search for CMS principal down to two candidates

The top two candidates for the job of principal at Cashmere Middle School were Kelso's Tony Smith and Lake Roosevelt's Brad Wilson. Tony Smith was the assistant principal at Kelso's Coweeman Middle School. Wilson was the principal at Lake Roosevelt High School, in Grant County's Grand Coulee Dam School District. Both candidates visited Cashmere Monday for separate meet-and-greets with the staff at Cashmere Middle School. "After we go through that, we will consider all input and after that we will do visitations" of the candidates' home districts, said Cashmere schools chief Glenn Johnson April 19, three days before the meet-and-greets. Wilson runs a school of about 300 children. Tony Smith's school houses about 620 students. Cashmere Middle School houses about 460 students. Wilson and Smith were the top candidates of a search that received 22 completed applications, none from within the Cashmere School District, Johnson said. During their visits, Wilson and Tony Smith toured the community and met with classified and certified staff. The hiring of CMS' new top administrator happened at the same time Chelan and Ephrata conduct interviews for their middle school vacancies. A third finalist for the Cashmere job, Kittitas' Todd Smith, dropped from the race to take the middle school principal job in Manson. "We are satisfied with our pool," Johnson said. "Just a lot of jobs open."


Cashmere graduate to pitch for Wenatchee AppleSox

Cashmere's Colton Loomis, who starred for the Bulldogs during their 2012 state baseball championship season, announced he would pitch for the Wenatchee AppleSox in the summer of 2013. Loomis, who pitched for Community Colleges of Spokane, said he contacted AppleSox coach Ed Knagg and told him of his interest. "He came up and watched a scrimmage in the fall and liked the way I threw," Loomis said. He called playing 10 miles east of Cashmere "sort of a dream come true. "For me Cashmere is home, even though I only lived there for a couple of years." Loomis' parents have since moved back to Vancouver, Wash., from where Loomis arrived his junior year. He said he hoped to see some Cashmere folks up in the stands when he pitches for the AppleSox. And if there weren't any, at least there would be one familiar face in the dugout. The CCS' pitching coach, AJ Proszek, was tapped to serve as the AppleSox pitching coach in 2013, Loomis said.

Smith is new CMS principal

Tony Smith, assistant principal of Kelso's Coweeman Middle School and a 1997 graduate of Cashmere High School, was hired as the new boss at Cashmere Middle School Smith, 35, replaced Rob Cline at the helm of CMS and took over at the start of the 2013-14 school year. The Cashmere School Board voted unanimously May 3, 2013 to offer Smith the job. April 29, he met with 20 community members at CMS. "His resume just jumped out at me," school board Brian Maydole said, adding that further meetings with Smith were a "confirmation" of his impressions of him. Smith, a graduate of Gonzaga who started his career in Spokane as a substitute, said Cashmere never left his mind or his vernacular. "I brag about being from Cashmere all the time," Smith told the group. "What I remember is we have a standard of excellence that we expect of ourselves: we support our kids, we have pride in our kids." He later added, "It's really cool to be back." Hometown pride aside, Smith vowed to make Cashmere Middle School a welcoming place to parents, from the front office on back.

Cashmere wins CTL title

Cashmere's baseball team treated its fans to another edge-of- the-seat performance, by coming from behind to beat Cascade 6-5 May 2 and earn its fifth consecutive Caribou Trail League title. Nathan Griffith scored on game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh. It was the Bulldogs' first lead of a game they started by surrendering three runs in the top of the first. Cashmere entered the last frame of the game down by two runs. Dylan Tarver walked. Connor Badgley doubled to score pinch-runner Nathan Mashburn with nobody out. "Down by two runs, Badgley's run-scoring double was a huge boost of momentum," head coach Jeff Carlson wrote in an email. "That really put us in a good spot." Then Griffith reached first on a fielder's choice, moving Badgley to third. A wild pitch scored Badgley and tied the game. Another wild pitch scored Griffith who was also the game's winning pitcher as a reliever of Devin Knight. Griffith went 1-1/3 innings, giving up a run on two hits. Knight went 5-2/3 innings giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. "We came out a little tight and misplayed some balls defensively, which really cost us," Carlson wrote. "We allowed them some extra outs in the first inning and we were lucky to only be down by three runs." Cashmere scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, one on a fielding error by the Cascade third baseman that caused the Kodiak starting pitcher to yell at his defense. Chandler Radke tied it at 3 with a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth, before Cascade regained the lead in the top of the sixth with a two-out, RBI double. In the bottom of the sixth, Cashmere threatened, getting two on base with only one out, but a double play bailed the Kodiak pitcher. And when some Cashmere fans were starting to console themselves with a possible victory against the Kodiaks the next day, came the struggles of the Cascade relief corps and another pile of elated orange jerseys at home plate.

City council rejects sheriff's contract for 2014

The Cashmere City Council unanimously voted May 13 to reject a new Chelan County Sheriff's contract for 2014 if it's similar to the current one. "We are not objecting to the service that the sheriff provides, but in a three-year period, it has escalated to about a 40 percent increase," Mayor Jeff Gomes said in an interview a week after the vote. "And that's during a period of time where our revenue and that of the other cities has not increased at all." Options for the city included starting its own police department, Gomes said. "If you don't have the money, you have to look at some other option and that's what we are doing," he said. Numbers indicate that the city, paying $466,000 for this year's contract, would pay about $503,000 for next year plus $40,000 for RiverCom, Gomes said. "We're probably looking at $543,000," he said. This bill would arrive at a City Hall that had to eliminate a full-time position two years ago and raise utility taxes by 4 percent this year to balance its budgets, Gomes said. "Next year, we have no more options," Gomes said, "but to start cutting city services and the first things we have to look at are the pool, the library and the money we spend at the museum." County commissioner Keith Goehner said that offering law enforcement "is not a profit venture for the county, but a service. "It's not just the deputy. For every one of those deputies out there, there's a whole group of people behind them making sure that everything is covered," Goehner said. Goehner described the tone of past meetings with cities over law enforcement as congenial. During the council meeting, member John Bryant said the city is still interested in maintaining a relationship with the county. "However, the relationship is broken," Bryant said.

Councilwoman, school board member say they won't seek re-election.

Council member Donna Wynne, who unseated longtime incumbent Bruce Moses four years ago, will not run for a second term this year. Wynne, an accountant and business owner, had waited for someone to run for her council spot before making her decision official. On May 16, the 2011 write-in candidate who lost to John W. Bryant by 53 votes, filed. "I have a lot of municipal government experience," said David Erickson, head of the City of Wenatchee's Parks and Recreation Department. "I should be able to bring that experience to the city council and enhance the folks that are already there." Erickson referred to his narrow defeat in 2011 as a pleasant surprise. "To think we could mount a campaign in two, three weeks," he said, "and do as well as we did, it really spurred this next campaign." Wynne said she had accomplished all she had set out to. "Demonstrating that an average person can run and not need to think they need to be anything special," she said. On the school board, spots held by incumbents Tracy Franklin and Roger Perleberg were up for re-election. While Perleberg filed, Franklin exited the board after 12 years. "I'm ready for someone to step in and add to the board," Franklin said at the time, describing herself as passionate about children. Cashmere schools' chief Glenn Johnson called Franklin a "tremendous ambassador for the community and the kids. "I really respect her leadership,her vision and her efforts all the way around. I don't think you can find a person more giving than Tracy. She believes in every kid that walks in the door," Johnson said. Franklin said the best part of being on the board was to observe the achievements of children districtwide. "To me it was very satisfying to know I had a little part in that," she said.

Cashmere athletes win state titles in baseball, tennis and track

A day after Cashmere High School track standout Angela Knishka and the school's girls tennis team won state championships, the baseball team made it a trifecta with an 8-4 victory over Montesano in Richland. The win gave Cashmere baseball its second state title in a row and the third in four years. Nathan Griffith overcame early nerves to pitch a complete game for Cashmere, while also driving in two key runs. "I'm so happy right now," said Griffith, who threw 99 pitches and gave up three earned runs, "I can't even think." In tennis, the Cashmere Bulldogs climbed to the top of the girls' bracket at the state tournament in Yakima. Tasha Kowatsch and Sammy O'Bryan won the doubles' state championship, equaling the feat Tasha's sister Mikela and Sammy's sister Stephanie achieved two years ago. In the finals, Kowatsch-O'Bryan defeated Katie Whitten and Hailey Hassinger of Cascade, 6-2, 6-1. "It was really cool because we know the coach from Cascade and we beat the girls earlier," Tasha Kowatsch said. "So we were really confident." Cascade's coach, Marcia Smith, is married to Cashmere's coach Ted Smith. The Cashmere duo's triumph, combined with singles player Molly Kenoyer's eighth place and doubles players Erica Spanjer and Meg Green's lone win to give the Bulldogs their first girls' tennis state title since 1996. In track, Angela Knishka capped her senior season at the 800-meter run with the same result she earned almost all year at it: First place, this time at the state championship meet in Cheney. Knishka won with a personalbest mark of two minutes, 15.49 seconds. Runner-up Sally Larson of Cedar Park Christian finished in 2:16.60 minutes. In the 1,600-meter run, Knishka finished second, with a mark of 5:10.99 minutes. First place went to Larson, with 5:03.62 minutes "This is the best competition I've had all year," Knishka said after the 800-meter prelims May 24. "I'm really excited to be here." This was Knishka's first state crown.


Cashmere athlete stars at Special Olympics

Jennifer Beem brought home the hardware from the Special Olympics regional competition. Beem, 27, swam at Cheney's Eastern Washington University May 4, earning three first-place medals and a spot at the Special Olympics' statewide Summer Games at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way in mid-May. At state she finished third in the 25-meter freestyle with flotation device, fourth in the 15-meter unassisted and fifth in the 25-meter unassisted. "She did great," said her mother, Jolene. Beem has been swimming for 22 years. "It's very heartwarming to see them participate," Jolene said. "They are thrilled just to be there, whether they win or lose." Jennifer practiced twice a week at Wenatchee High School prior to regionals. Her dream was to win at regionals, she said. "I'd been working really hard at practices," said Jennifer, who was born with Down's Syndrome. At regionals, she participated in three events: 15 and 25 meters' flotation freestyle -which occurs with a lifejacket on- and 25 meters' unassisted freestyle -without life jackets. "No life jackets, and it's a deep pool," Jolene said, chuckling nervously. "It's again very exciting and rewarding. Everyone is just rooting on every athlete whether it's your athlete or not. It's very fun." This is Jennifer's best performance yet, in front of her mother, no less. In 2012, she got three bronze medals at regionals. She needed a gold to make it to state. Jennifer said she doesn't get nervous in the water. Asked what she thinks about while swimming, she paused for a second before letting two words out. "To win," she said.

Cashmere Museum goes hi-tech with new audio tour

It's a museum, so it's in with the old. But now, it's in with the new, too. Thanks to 20 gadgets slightly bigger than a cellphone, the Cashmere Museum began offering an enhanced experience to visitors: Audio tours. Aided by a $9,000 grant from a Leavenworth-based corporation, the museum's Jim Wonn and JoAnne Prusa created audio files to offer in-depth descriptions and stories relating to almost all the museum's content. The tours debuted in June. Creating them took a year's work for Wonn -who handled the technology end-and Prusa who helped develop the scripts. The audio files were recorded by local volunteers giving the technology a more intimate feel than if done by a voicemail-type of voice. Volunteers including Wonn, Prusa, Tom and Joan Baldwin, Joan Tucker and JD Miller, Tony Wright and Milt Anderson, Rod Molzahn and Dean Rainey, Fred Harvey and Fred Smith, lent their voices to the project. Wonn called the tours, "an obvious addition to any museum, but very expensive and timeconsuming." All the audio segments -aside from comprising the audio tours- went into an audio archive for the museum. Each aspect of the Cashmere Museum's included exhibits has a number. The audio files are activated by pushing the same number into a handheld keypad. Some areas of the museum have a green button next to their number label. Pushing the green button on the keypad gives visitors additional information about that section.

Cashmere High School parapro retires at 80

Idalee McCormick wrote what might be the last verse of a very special song, by announcing her retirement effective June 11. McCormick, 80, spent the last five years as a paraprofessional for the music department at Cashmere High School, whose staff included for years her daughter-in-law Dawn. Idalee retired from a career she built upon as much chance and circumstance than design. "I never wanted to be a teacher," she said. "I never wanted to be in front of anybody. I wanted to be some mouse in a corner doing something. Not even a wife, because I didn't know any of that stuff. "I've come a long way, baby," she added. All told, she stood in front of a classroom for the better part of six decades. In the process, she came to like her chosen career, even if she took missteps, like the time she told her class that a hot new band would not last too long due to their reliance on the guitar. The band was the Beatles and she likes them now, she said at the time.

Community meal at Methodist Church turns 1 year old

The church's community meal turned a year old, welcoming more than 100 people each Thursday evening. At the start, the meal gathered less than half that many. Sandy Liddell, the church's pastor in mid-2012 sought ideas on how to reach out to the community, and "basically be the hands and feet of Jesus," said Diane Parker, one of three volunteers who spearheaded the meal, alongside Donna Wynne and Georgia Rich. Less than a month after the meal started, Liddell had to return to California. She got to see one community meal before leaving. The group had copied the idea of a community meal from the similar gathering happening at the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene. The project required upgrades to the kitchen and it started slow, but it has grown, with more than 140 people showing up some weeks. "We see all kinds of people," Parker said. "We see people in need, we see people that just come to visit with other people." The meal is open to everyone, regardless of creed or need, she said. With time, people and businesses have chipped in to keep the meals going. Martin's Market donated weekly gift cards for months and Weeds Café donated desserts. After a while, the diners themselves began contributing. "We wanted it to be a free meal but people said, 'we are not coming back unless we can donate,'" Parker said. "So we put a little basket there, and people can put in whatever they want or nothing at all." Work for the meal starts Tuesday, with a shopping trip for Rich and Parker and a friend of theirs. Then Thursday, work starts around 1 p.m. Meal time is from 5-7 p.m, with menu changing every week. It's a full day's work, but it feels good, Rich said. It's rewarding enough that it doesn't feel like work, he said at the time.

Cashmere grad named 2013 USCG Enlisted Man of the Year

Benjamin Snider, a Cashmere High School graduate from 2001 was named the United States Coast Guard's Enlisted Person of the Year for 2013. Stationed in Winchester Bay, Ore. for the past five years, Snider has helped create a food drive in which a Coastie will run, walk or bike a mile per every item of food donated. The drive, known as the Thunderwater 3000 has been adopted by 12 other USCG units, Snider's wife Jessie wrote in an email. A senior surfman, Snider grew up in Cashmere and went into boot camp three months after graduating. He was stationed at the Chetco River (Ore.) station after boot camp and stayed there for four years, then Brookings (Ore.), Seattle and now Winchester Bay. "I like it," Jessie said in an interview about the USCG lifestyle. "it takes somebody who is able to adapt to whatever we are thrown into. It's not for everybody but I enjoy getting to pick up and move and meet new people." Of her husband's latest honor she said, "I'm just proud of him. I'm proud of everything he does."

Pilot escapes harm in airplane accident

A man practicing short-field landings on his Piper Cub airplane suffered minor injuries when his plane crashed at Cashmere Municipal Airport June 20. The man, Randy Chambers, 65, from Stanwood, Wash., had large Tundra tires on his plane, which are specially made to land on uneven surfaces, Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore said. While practicing on the airport's grass strip, he braked too hard, causing the plane to go into what's known as a ground loop, a swooping lateral movement, and crash onto the grass. Chambers, who was flying solo, hit his head on the roof of the plane, but never lost consciousness and exited the plane on his own power. He suffered scrapes and cuts to his forehead and could be seen wearing a bandage above his eyebrows while talking to Chelan County Sheriff deputies. He then left the scene on foot, carrying some personal effects. Witnesses said he has a hangar in Wenatchee. Later that afternoon, a plane similar to Chambers was towed out of town. Chambers declined medical attention from the Cashmere Fire Department, CFD spokesperson David Sherman said. Wisemore said that a subsequent investigation yielded nothing wrong with Chambers' flying record, the plane's fitness or Chambers' health at the time of the accident.

New firefighters cut their teeth at Lake Wenatchee and Cashmere

Armed with a helmet and a stick, the young, muscular twenty- something took his swings and heard his coach's voice reverberate through the chatter coming from his teammates. "Nice swing there," John Spencer told his charge. "Just remember to bend your legs a little more." The camaraderie grew thicker as the minutes ticked by. Yet this was no place for jokes. "When they are in go-mode, they are in go-mode," one of the instructors, Jen Croft, said. "It's game day." With grass underfoot and with about 17 other people dressed just like him nearby, it could well look like Spencer and Croft were coaches for a young squad of hardball stars. But to Spencer, Croft and the crew, this was no national pastime. Sixty-five young men and women from across the Northwest and the nation arrived in Cashmere for a week of classroom training and then traveled with Spencer and several United States Forest Service, Washington State Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources personnel to an area just southwest of Fish Lake for a day of real -albeit controlled-- firefighting.

Cashmere mom wants to raise awareness on rare strain of Down's Syndrome

A stone's throw away from the Alamo, Angie Satterfield wants to start something worth remembering. Part support group, part information network, the group will seek to shed light on a rare strain of Down's syndrome called Mosaic Down's Syndrome. Satterfield wants to start such a group and it all begins with her trip to San Antonio July 11-14. In Texas, Satterfield will attend an international conference on the disease, which affects about three out of 100 children born with Down's Syndrome, including Satterfield's older son Oliver. "What it boils down to is, the way a doctor explained it to me is, if you looked at you and I, we have green tiles, and someone with Down's Syndrome has blue tiles," Satterfield said. "And Ollie has a mixture of both, he has affected cells and non-affected cells." The percentage of affected cells determines the severity of the Down's Syndrome on the child. Ollie is 6 years old and just finished kindergarten. He's tall, active and meeting grade-level standards at school, Satterfield said, and has a great team of parents, grandparents, teachers, therapists and friends behind him. But not everyone is so lucky.

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