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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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 More...

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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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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Cashmere grad starring in collegiate singing competition
For now, Cashmere grad Michael McCormick is just enjoying the ride.

What will happen next year, with six of the seven members of his a capella singing group graduating, who knows. What the 20-year-old does know is that right now, things are happening for Boots 'n'Cats.

The group, four women and three men, all students of Central Washington University, just won the West Regional quarterfinals competition of the International Championship of Collegiate A capella (ICCA). McCormick's group and a men's group from Pacific Lutheran University moved on to the semifinals, occurring next month at California's Pomona College.

Boots 'n' Cats, so named for the university's mascot and for the similarity of the name to a popular a capella rhythm of vocal percussion, submitted an audition tape in order to qualify for quarterfinals at Western Washington University. Once in Bellingham, the nine groups from the Pacific Northwest and Canada that competed were judged on their musical prowess, but also on areas like tonality and the choreography they created for their set.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 More...
Director of city operations Schmidt resigns
In a move he described as part resigning part retiring, Cashmere Mayor Jeff Gomes confirmed that the city's director of operations Bob Schmidt will leave City Hall in March.

Schmidt has worked for the city 33 years and will relocate to Hawaii, Gomes said. Schmidt was not available for comment.

The resignation became official Thursday. Schmidt will remain on the payroll until the end of March, but since he has accrued vacation time, he will probably stop working before then.

"About mid-March will be his last day," Gomes said, who added Schmidt will take "a lot of history out the door with him.

"He's going to leave quite a void," Gomes said, noting that it will be very difficult to bring in someone without the knowledge of the city workings Schmidt has.

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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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 More...
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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 More...
Chromebooks coming to Cashmere schools
Cashmere School District has purchased 180 Google Chromebooks for students at its three schools.

The Chromebooks are a Web browser placed inside a laptop computer. It has no hard drive or CD-ROM, but its storage capabilities are unlimited, as it allows the user to store everything remotely online, in what's known as the Cloud, instead of on a computer's hard drive.

Juan Valle, the district's technology specialist and a self-described "Windows Guy" said the purchase, and the Chromebooks themselves have his unqualified blessing, his longtime preference for Microsoft products notwithstanding.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 More...
Mayor offers synopsis of term during forum
Mayor Jeff Gomes offered a list of accomplishments and tasks ahead during a quarter-hour monologue, sort of an informal State-of-the-City speech.

During the tail end of the community forum, Gomes, whose first term is up in November of this year, began by listing all the accomplishments of City Hall in 2014, starting with the rebuilding of Railroad Avenue and part of Mission Street.

He also highlighted the fact that the new wastewater treatment plant was completed during 2014, "on time and on budget," he said.

"It's exciting to see that completed," he added.

Riverside Park received some attention, with new restrooms that will open this spring, improved roadways and parking areas, and a new irrigation system.

The 2015 calendar's list of tasks includes new roads for the municipal cemetery and adding three new niche walls for it. He also said the city will pave the parking lot at Simpson Park.

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Cashmere Cares Tutor takes students through their A-B-Cs
In the mid-2000s, a recently retired Darrell Collins went out to look for something to do. He didn't want to be sitting at home all the time.

He found something that would fill the next 10 years of his life, and counting.

Collins tutors first-graders at Vale Elementary's English as a Second Language class. Together, they work on spelling, pronounciation and reading. Most of the children are Hispanic.

The fact that he has been doing it for almost as long as a child stays in school does not escape Collins, who studied business and finance in college and never imagined back then he would end up in a classroom.

A longtime fruit-grower from Monitor, he has worked alongside Hispanics for years, and that sparked an interest in learning the language and the culture. Besides trips to Mexico, he has taken Spanish courses at Wenatchee Valley College and in Mexico as well. He still travels to Mexico almost every year, to keep his Spanish skills sharp.

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