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Cashmere grad among top D-III pole vaulters in the nation

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Joe Green, pole vaulter for Whitworth University and one of the top athletes in the NCAA’s Division III rankings of his sport. Green is a Cashmere graduate and a former pole vault state champ.
For Joe Green, there simply is nothing like it.

"I tell you what, man," he said. "It's one of my favorite feelings ever."

A pole vaulter since the seventh grade, the Whitworth University junior and Cashmere High School grad loves like a cat does a ball of yarn the feeling he gets when he lets go of the pole, falls to the mat, and he gets to see the bar staying put.

His junior season of outdoor track has given him plenty of chances to experience that feeling. Green is ranked the No. 3 pole vaulter in the nation among Division III NCAA schools.

For a while there, he leaped even higher. He was the No. 1 pole vaulter last week, for about 12 hours. Schools throughout the nation enter the scores from their track meets at different times, so by the end of the weekend, he was back to No. 3.

Not that he minds. The top 20 move on to Nationals, so he's in good shape to qualify and erase the memory of last year, when he finished 22nd.

"It was kind of disappointing," he said. "But this year it's going to be a different story."

Thursday, April 10, 2014 More...

On swan song year for coach, the toughest challenge yet
Sharmen Dye, perhaps wisely, hedges her bets. It could be horrible, she said, or it could be great.

There's no hedging on one aspect: It will be tough.

The 2014 Caribou Trail League varsity volleyball season offers four teams the shot at one playoff berth. One team is Cashmere, which Dye coaches. Another is Omak. Between the two teams, they won 11 games last season.

The other two teams are Cascade and Chelan. Between the two, they won 39 games last season. Chelan has played in three of the last five state championship games. Cascade has played in one: Last year, when they beat the Chelan Goats 3-1.

The rest of the schedule is all nonleague games that don't count toward getting that berth.

"It's going to be challenging for us as a program," Dye said.

Dye is trying to put on the best face on a tough break. She calls the nonleague schedule an interesting experience and emphasizes the fact that children still get to play, and the program is still alive, despite the leaguewide upheaval.

"At least we are getting to play," she said, later adding, "as a coach, it's not ideal but you have to roll with it."

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Cashmere Baptist Church to bring Last Supper to life
They are her friends, they are her neighbors, and some of them are her relatives. Yet the sight in front of Patty Herres eyes is anything but commonplace.

It's her friends, neighbors and relatives, all rehearsing a re-enactment of the most famous meal in history, the Last Supper, right in front of her eyes.

"The first time they had their costumes on, and they went up and sat, it was like, I can't even describe it, it was just like, 'whoa!'" she said.

The Living Last Supper will occur April 18 at 7 p.m at Cashmere Baptist Church, 103 Aplets Way. Admission is free.

A cast of about 13 men and a crew of six women have been working for a couple of months on the performance. Some volunteered for their roles, while others, like Alex Campbell, had their roles imposed on them by a higher authority.

"My mom asked me if I would be Jesus," Campbell said, before adding that his grandma also did some lobbying.

All the others accepted their assignments with gusto. Only one required a little extra attention.

"Pastor Bob [Bauer} said, 'your part is kind of the evil villain, are you okay with playing that?'" said Toby Johnson, who plays Judas Iscariot. "Because everyone else is like, 'Sure, I'll play that,' but he was like, 'are you willing to be the bad guy?'"

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New pastor at Dryden church
After 35 years in southern Oregon and 12 years as the associate pastor for one of the area's largest Baptist churches, Travis Connick finally got his shot at being the leader of a congregation, a scant 400 miles away.

Connick, 35, became the new pastor at Dryden's Mid-Valley Baptist last month, moving from a flock of 1,400 people to another that's about 10 percent of that.

The new flock may be small, compared to his old Oregon group, but the church is young and vibrant, with a lot of young families, he said.

"There's more activity at a larger church but there's more responsibility at a smaller church," he said. "And there's an opportunity to have a greater impact in a community."

Despite the differences between his old and new flocks, he said he feels right at home in the Upper Valley, and for good reason. When he was a child growing up in Medford (Ore.), he said, pear orchards surrounded the area.

He arrived in Dryden last December, after hearing about Mid-Valley's need for a new pastor.

"We came here the day after Christmas and taught here that Sunday and really had a good connection with the people here," he said. "They offered me the job the first of the year."

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Newcomer Fitzpatrick seeks city council appointment
Wanting to bring his generation's views to city council, 25-year-old Nathan Fitzpatrick seeks an appointment to city council, replacing John W. Bryant.

Fitzpatrick, who works for his father downtown at Fitzpatrick Surveying, is one of three candidates for the position, along with David Hobbs and David Sherman.

The remaining city council members will interview the three hopefuls in mid-April and then make a choice. Bryant resigned last month.

Fitzpatrick, a Cashmere High School graduate from 2007, said he wants to counter the impression that people his age don't care about politics.

"I took an interest because I wanted to be a voice for this generation and the youngers," he said. "And just kind of get involved in the decision-making and things that go along with city council."

If appointed, Fitzpatrick would be the second twenty-something on council, next to Derek Knutsen, 29.

This is the first time Fitzpatrick runs for office or applies for a public service spot. If appointed, this would be his first time in a leadership position since high school, he said.

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Cashmere grad to play for AppleSox
Cooper Elliott, two-time state champ with the Cashmere Bulldogs, will return to the Valley as a collegiate baseball player with the Wenatchee AppleSox.

Elliott, a 2012 grad of CHS, is a redshirt freshman outfielder at Washington State, and is one of two Cougars playing with Wenatchee's West Coast League franchise this summer. The other is righty hurler Chris McDowell.

"Having a quality connection like we do with WSU has been a big benefit over the years," AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs said in a press release issued by the team. "We not only get good players, but we also get the added bonus of having guys who have ties to our region."

In addition to the two state titles he won at CHS, Elliott hit .453 his senior season of. A lefty, has appeared in seven games for the Cougars, he said. This is his second year of summer college ball. He played in California last year for the Neptune Beach Pearl.

"I always wanted to play for the AppleSox," he said. "Being around Wenatchee as a kid and seeing all these great players playing for the team. Coach Knaggs is a great guy and a great coach."

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New museum director offers 'new paradigm' for place
Unless you're talking about a grand opening of some sort, the words "museum" and "new" don't get paired up all that often in a sentence.

Jim Wonn, the new head of the Cashmere Museum's board of directors, did it last week, and at a city council meeting, no less.

In front of the city's leaders, Wonn unveiled his vision of what he called "a new paradigm," for the museum.

"Because of the museum is a non-profit, the tendency in the past has been to not run it like a business," he said days later. "What I see here is the need to actually run it like a business."

This, Wonn said, will require a greater level of detail in the management of the museum's finances month-to-month.

"We need to be able to see where we are on each project," he said.

As an example, Wonn mentioned the audio tours at the museum, which began more than a year ago. On that project, the grant money and the rental money appears under income and under expenses appear things like the original cost of equipment and the purchase of batteries. As a result, the museum board will be able to make better business decisions, with each project's financial status more visible.

This does not mean the museum will be run as a for-profit business. The goal is not a profit, the goal is to have a clearer financial picture.

Financially, the museum "usually gets along pretty well," Wonn said. Nevertheless, the nationwide crash of 2008 affected its attendance by about 20 percent and it has yet to recover or return to 2007-and-earlier levels.

Until the crash, the museum had about 11,000 visitors per year, and it was rising, Wonn said. Not anymore.

The museum retains its status as a well-kept secret, or "hidden gem," Wonn said.

"We could get a lot more traffic with a little bit of carefully-chosen P.R.," he said. "The idea being to remove some of the secrecy. We'll probably get to that this year, we would like to do that."

After the museum holds a membership drive -aimed at both individuals and businesses- it will shift its focus to increasing more traffic. The museum has about 150 individual members and 30 business members.

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Three CHS hoopsters honored
Basketball players Dylan Boyd, Lauren Johnson and Breanne Knishka earned varied accolades after their 2013-14 season.

The Associated Press named Knishka a first-team All-State and gave Boyd an honorable mention. Johnson played in the 2014 Washington State Girls Basektball Coaches Association Senior All-State game in Shoreline March 22.

It was the first time Knishka received an AP nod, and the second time for Boyd. He was an honorable mention in 2013, as well.

Chandler Smith of Brewster was a first-team choice, Knishka was the only other Caribou Trail League pick.

"I was really excited about that," said Knishka of being chosen. The junior is competeing for Cashmere in track and field this spring.

"Breanne loves basketball but she really loves to compete," Cashmere girls' head coach Brent Darnell said after the 2014 state tournament, where Knishka's Bulldogs finished third.

Kinishka agreed with the assessment, saying she hates to lose.

"I make stuff a competition most of the time," she said. "It could be anything. Mostly basketball, but playing with my little sister in a Wii game, I have to win."

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Celebrate Cashmere is new name of Founders' Day
The biggest party of the Cashmere summer now has a new name.

March 26, the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce unveiled "Celebrate Cashmere" as the new name of the Founders' Day festival, following a contest where four names -not including Founders' Day- were subject to popular vote.

The other three names were Summer Jubilee, Cashmere Bees and Trees, and June Jamboree.

Jill Leonard, events coordinator for the chamber said the top three entries were Celebrate Cashmere, with 135 votes, June Jamboree with 61 votes and then Founders' Day with 61.

Founders' Day wasn't an entry on the paper ballots, but people wrote it in, Leonard said.

Voting occurred online from the end of January until the first of March. Disappointing turnout made the chamber allow in-person voting at different spots around town, Leonard said.

"Online voting wasn't getting very much, so we thought we would reach out to our community, figuring that some people in our community perhaps doesn't do online voting or doesn't do computers," Leonard said. "We wanted it to make it possible for everyone who wanted to vote to have access."

Paper ballots were available for two weeks, including the chamber banquet in mid-March.

The decision to rename Founders' Day, had encountered both enthusiasm and doubt. Civic leaders like David Sherman, the city's law enforcement spokesperson, had said earlier this year that he wrote in "Founders Day" in his contest ballot.

In the hours after the change was made public, reaction to the new name on Facebook was small in size --about 50 comments-- but mostly negative, with some comments stating an intention to keep calling the event Founders' Day.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 More...
An in-house affair, spelling bee still fun
It used to be, spelling bees at Vale Elementary were big, tense, competitions, where more than a few losing tears were shed and the winner knew that winning at his or her building was just the beginning.

That was then, this is now. Cashmere's Vale Eleentary no longer sends its fourth-grade spellers to the regional competition. The fourth-graders compete with their classmates, and the top spellers from each class compete against each other, and that's it. This despite the fact that Cashmere's recent past has produced some top-notch spellers like Mia Cowsert, Rainey Reed and Ellen Perleberg, the latter now a freshman at Cashmere High School.

In 2010, then-fifth-grader Perleberg finished third in the North Central Washington Spelling Bee, going, literally fifteen rounds (of spelling) with students sometimes three grades older than her.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 More...
Downtown shop Lucinda's closing this spring
It's a success story Lucinda Terzieff can't wait to get rid of.

The owner of her downtown fashion and crafts shop Lucinda's, Terzieff said the store will close sometime soon, but declined to name a date.

"I don't know," she said when asked how long it would remain open. "Probably for at least a couple of months."

The store has been successful, she said, just like it was in Wyoming, from where she moved last spring. She opened during Apple Blossom Festival weekend and the support has been continuous throughout.

This is not, she insists, a case of someone getting fired by the public, closing up shop after a failed venture. She's just got better things to do, like play with and take care of her stepson's two-year-old child.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 More...

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