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Vandals hit Cashmere Head Start again
Cashmere Head Start is dealing with vandalism yet again.

In past years, employees at the agency have dealt with several occurrences of property damage, ranging from chalk taggings to leaving knives, lighters and garbage and setting a playpen house on fire.

About three weeks ago, they ripped the canvas cover to a wooden climbing toy.

Last week, unknown assailants broke into the agency's bus, pouring soda pop inside. They also broke part of the new play house. In addition, they also defecated on the agency's outdoor picnic table.

"I don't know what would cause a person to do this. They pooped on our picnic table!" said Head Start lead teacher Melinda Steiner. "And it wasn't dog."

The Head Start Agency is not only located in the basement of a church, it's surrounded by houses, so whoever did this does not lack nerve.

"They are pretty bold," said Steiner. "To come out here and do that."

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Legion sends two to Boys State
Jonathan Mangas and Seth Meros will represent Cashmere High School at Evergreen Boys State, the annual conference that teaches high schoolers about the work of government.

For one week, Mangas, Meros and many other teenagers from around Washington will become participants in fictitious, but realistic government agencies.

The conference will occur next June 21-27 in Stanwood's Warm Beach Conference Center in northwest Washington.

Before they go, Mangas will ask one of his relatives for pointers for himself and Mangas. His uncle is the Chelan County Auditor and a Cashmere City Council member.

At Boys State, they will get a taste of a politician's life, Moore said, with agency meetings deep into the night and an early wake-up call to follow. They get to pass laws, run for office, and give speeches. They will also belong to political parties -the Federal Party or the National Party.

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High school students teach horticulture at Vale
The stigmatized third-graders, holding on to their pistols, still walked with style.

Okay, so they weren't bang-bang pistols, but pistils. It wasn't with style, it was with a style, as in the part in the center of a flower.

And they only were stigmatized because as curious third-graders do, they had taken a big whiff of the flowers during class, getting some of that sticky stigma -the part of the pistil where pollen germinates-on their faces.

It's all good say Dani Kenoyer and Kelley Simpson.

The two 12th-graders from Cashmere High School's Future Farmers of America chapter, taught two lessons on plants and soils each week for four weeks to third-graders at Vale Elementary School. The seniors will write a portfolio on their experience and hold a presentation at this year's FFA State competition in Pullman, with a $500 scholarship on the line if they win.

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Knowledge bowl standouts foster friendly rivalry
Napoleon Bonaparte, that rascal. Dead almost two hundred years and still stirring up trouble.

Cashmere sophomore Ellen Perleberg, an encyclopedia on two legs, got into a debate with teammate Grant Bauscher regarding Napoleon's birthplace during a Knowledge Bowl team practice. A military history buff, Bauscher was right -he was born in Corsica, not Elba-and Perleberg was wrong.

Since then, "I don't hear the end of it," she said with a laugh. Bauscher pleads not guilty.

The two remain friendly, they both say, and that's a good thing because this year they are the only non-graduating members of the school's Knowledge Bowl team that reached second place at state.

This means that next year, they will likely be -if not team captains- at least team veterans when the time to qualify for state comes.

Until then, they will bid their time as that rarest of creatures, underclassmen who have earned the unqualified respect of accomplished upperclassmen.

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School roundup
Just hang on a little longer.

The warmer weather making an early appearance this year may be welcome news to some, but not all. Count the children at Cashmere High School's FFA among those not breaking out the suntan lotion just yet.

The sunnier days may lead folks to buy plants early, which is fine, except for the annual FFA Plant Sale.

As big a part of Cashmere springs as the ping-ping-ping of aluminum bats next door, the Plant Sale at the high school greenhouses returns 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9.

The plant sale occurs just in time for the second Sunday in May, known around these parts -and those parts, and those over there-as Mother's Day.

The FFA children are already working on it, keeping their plants alive and bloomin' for the sale.

"We have to water them and make sure they stay alive and we have to pick the best of the best for the sale," FFA's Emma Hagen said.

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Hundreds of pallets burn at Blue Star
A fire authorities are calling suspicious but undetermined burned through dozens of tall stacks of fruit pallets at Blue Star Growers Sunday night.

Cashmere firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire, between Blue Star Way and Mission Avenue, around 7:22 p.m. Firefighters from Cashmere Fire Department, Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Fire District 3, Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District fought the blazes until late into the night.

Dave Dronen with the CFD said the fire was limited for the most part to the Blue Star Growers' pallets, with neighboring Wilbur-Ellis sustaining minor damage to one if its buildings' eaves. A door on one of Blue Star's cold storage units also suffered heat damage.

So far, Dronen said, no one has found an obvious cause for the fire, leaving its status as undetermined.

"We can't rule exactly what it was," Dronen said. "We can't pinpoint it. The guess would be, there's a possibility it was started but we don't have the evidence to say for sure."

Blue Star Growers and the insurance companies will determine if the fire requires further investigation, he added. No injuries were reported.

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FFA debaters moving on to districts
Hard to explain, harder yet to master, parliamentary procedure is a tough and sturdy branch of the FFA tree.

Nevertheless, it 's a branch that may yet bear quality fruit, with student-members of Cashmere FFA traveling to represent the school at a district competition, which includes parliamentary procedure.

"Parliamentary procedure is basically formalized debate," Cashmere FFA advisor Rusty Finch said. "Like you see in the Senate, or the government or school board or any law-making type of body, they use parliamentary procedure to conduct business."

Two teams, which include students Tyler Kert, Shelby Brunner, Kobe Boling, and Amanda Mangas, among others, will participate.

"We are all situated around a table and we have our procedure at the beginning, which we have to memorize and go through, and we are graded on how well we speak and our accuracy. And then we go through and we are given a motion that we need to debate on. Depending on how well we debate, we are graded upon that," said Boling.

Teams have to get in certain procedural motions in order to get points, Brunner said.

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Largest group yet traveling to DECA nationals
Cashmere High School will send nine students to the national conference of DECA, the international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing and entrepreneurship.

The group -Hannah Asmussen, Oscar Cantu, Cody Hartwich, Haley Martin, Nate Morrison, Sami and Saxton Sykes, Molly Thies and Ellie York, will split up and compete in different aspects of the conference. It's the largest contingent of students CHS has ever sent.

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Knowledge Bowl team is state runner-up
Part 1: The competition

From last place to almost champs, the rise of the Knowledge Bowl team from Cashmere High School in one year has been remarkable.

Last year, the team gritted its way out of regionals and finished last in finals at state. This year, the team ran away with regionals and finished second at state in Arlington.

And when we say 'ran away,' we mean ran away. Cashmere's team -Grant Bauscher, Edwin Enciso, Kendall Getchell, Nicole Hayden, Ellen Perleberg, and Alexander Robertson, was so far ahead of the other teams -12 points ahead-that they skipped the final round.

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Dawn Collings is new chamber manager
Seeking to keep an open mind and a busy schedule, Dawn Collings finished her first week as the new manager of the Cashmere Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Collings said the opportunity to work in a community that works hard attracted her to the job.

"I enjoy that type of thing," she said. "I have been part of very similar things, so it was like, 'Oh, my gosh, it's what I love to do."

A native of Pomeroy who grew up in Kennewick, Collings is a former East Wenatchee mayor, a former manager of the now-defunct East Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce and a former general manager of the Wenatchee Valley Mall.

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Bank CEO not sold on roundabout plan
Cashmere Valley Bank Chief Executive Officer Greg Oakes said he has some concerns about the city's plans to install a mountable roundabout on the intersection of Aplets Way and Cottage Avenue.

The bank's headquarters are located on that intersection, so this would affect the bank directly.

"Quite frankly, I don't think that's going to work," he said. "The divider that will extend toward the railroad track is going to impair the ability of our customers to come from the railroad tracks."

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