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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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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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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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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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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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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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'Slammed by fraud' Scammers work all the angles, cautions Martin's Blackburn
A Cashmere business owner has given his peers a warning about scams being attempted in the area.

"We've been slammed by fraud," said Phil Blackburn, owner of Martin's Market outlets in Cashmere and two other towns.

He spoke Sept. 15 at the Riverside Center during the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting. Blackburn said a common scam has someone calling a store and trying to collect a fictitious overdue electricity bill.

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Mild winters prompt discussion of Enchantment permit changes
The period of time during which overnight permits are required for camping in the Enchantments' five zones might be lengthened in the future, according to Leavenworth Ranger District sources.

Currently, those wishing to camp in the Colchuck, Core Enchantment, Stuart, Snow or Eightmile zones from June 15 to Oct. 15 need a permit issued through the ranger district, which oversees the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.The permit system was put in place to reduce the number of campers, lessening impact on the premier hiking and backpacking area.

Unofficial discussions among district officials have centered on beginning the permit season earlier than June 15. Office staff member Connie Gold said that's partly due to climate change, with warmer spring weather allowing earlier access to the high country.

"There is discussion on bumping that up earlier than June 15," Gold said. "There are so many bodies up there we need a way to monitor this. Climate change has happened. We see the need to fine-tune the permitting process because too many people are taking advantage of that early season."

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New apartments in planning stage
A Wenatchee family plans to build a 12-unit apartment complex on Evergreen Drive in Cashmere, displacing some tenants who have been living in mobile homes there.

The residents learned of the proposed development in a Sept. 22, 2014, letter from Kari Lyons of Evergreen LLC, the group that owns the property at 107 Evergreen Drive, across from the cemetery.

She wrote, "Our family has decided that we will be developing the mobile home park to include an apartment complex, sometime in the coming year(s). We are aware this may cause some concern regarding noise and disruption to your neighborhood and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience. We will give you as much advance notice of any construction as we possibly can."

A meeting with tenants was held the following month, resulting in questions from those living in the trailer park. Primarily, they wanted more specifics about the construction timetable.

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Chamber considers options to hand off Founders' Day
Differences of opinions about who should sponsor the Founders' Day festival surfaced last week during the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce's general membership meeting.

Executive Director Dawn Collings said the chamber, which has organized the event on the last weekend in June for decades, had trouble finding people to help this year.

"It was very difficult to get volunteers," she said. "Frankly, we don't know what to do with it. We just don't feel it's the chamber's mission. We're at a crossroads."

That prompted a reply from chamber member and Doane's Pharmacy owner Ben Ellis, who disagreed with Collings' assessment.

"I feel strongly that it's the chamber's mission," he said. "I think it serves the community at large. To back away from that is not logical."

Another chamber member, Michael Thresher, who owns River Street Photography, said Founders' Day should focus on Cashmere residents "and not try to draw people from other communities."

Founders' Day has been a way to celebrate the stories of local pioneer families. Collings said contact with museum officials hasn't prompted interest in that organization taking over Founders' Day.

The longtime festival found itself in controversy in 2014 when the name was changed to Celebrate Cashmere.

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Cashmere Food Bank
The Cashmere Food Bank, which operates out of Cashmere United Methodist Church at 213 S. Division St., is running out of staples for those in need.

Pastor Wendy Riddle, a food bank board member, said they used to give out food boxes to people on an individual basis. Usually, it fell to co-executive director Gary Cheever to coordinate delivery to a client.

Now the food bank has what Riddle calls "open hours" from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month when those who need food can get it from the church.

Riddle explained the change was made because food bank officials believe there are more hungry people in local communities than were being reached. She added that the time and effort necessary for Cheever to conduct deliveries was becoming significant, another factor in the change.

The food bank uses the honor system in providing food to people. No questions are asked, but those receiving a basket must have identification showing they live from Monitor to Peshastin.

Those who wish to donate non-perishable food items may do so at barrels set up at Martin's Market and the Cashmere Post Office.

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