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Hobbs tries again to get council seat

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Dave Hobbs, Cashmere City Council hopeful. The final decision between Hobbs and Bob Abramoski occurred Monday, after press time.
Dave Hobbs, who lost an appointment to city council last spring to David Sherman, now said he hopes to become Sherman's colleague on council.

"If they put a little work into me," he said of the city council members who will choose between him and Bob Abramoski, "I will put a lot more work into the job."

Hobbs, a business owner and a bartender at Blom's American Grill and Irish Pub, and retiree Abramoski are the two people vying for Derek Knutsen's council seat.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 More...

Hope stays alive for Cashmere family awaiting adoptive son
The Congolese government shut down, the Georgia-based agency that was to help get the Fox family a Congolese child shut down. Even the Foxes themselves, in an effort to not set their other children up for disappointment, shut down the purchasing clothes for their Congolese child whom they have never met.

"We would get them a shirt," Cashmere's Travis Fox said, "and they would ask, 'Can we get one for Prin, too?'"

After a while, as the months passed and Prin remained in the country formerly known as Zaire, he outgrew the clothes and Travis and his wife Dawna decided it would be best to stop buying clothes for Prin, until things returned to normal.

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City roundup: Scarecrow workshops coming, so is statue
Some people start celebrating Christmas months early. Here in Cashmere, we do things a bit differently. Santa can wait, but Jack o'Lantern, not so much.

Last year, Cashmere had one of its most florid All Hallows' Eves in years, when residents from all over the city installed homemade scarecrows on their windows and front yards. The scarecrow contest, named "Cashmere is Scare-crazy" was a runaway hit with folks of all ages. More than 120 scarecrows appeared on roofs, sills, sidewalks, lampposts, awnings and storefronts.

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Ayla James making miraculous recovery
The girl for whom a local restaurant will host a fundraiser July 30 has recovered so well from injuries suffered last May that she has stunned doctors, her aunt says.

Lisa Carrington, nee James, formerly of Cashmere now of Phoenix, Arizona, says her 10-year-old niece. Ayla James has made almost a full recovery from the car crash that took the life of her best friend and soccer teammate, 10-year-old Gracie Snider.

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Team of nine firefighters help combat Pateros blaze
It was like something out of Hollywood. The devastation, though, was real, and so was the shock.

"It was like nothing I ever imagined," Cashmere volunteer firefighter Rick Dueman said of the Carlton Complex fire near Pateros. "I compare it to watching the videos of the Santa Ana Winds' fires in California. Every year, they get wildfires down there. The wind just goes through it and takes everything in its way."

Dueman, a firefighter for 20 years, was one of nine Cashmere firefighters who spent 19 consecutive hours battling the blaze. Firefighter included Trevor Davis, one of the CFD's newest members, former chief Rob Sweigard, Steven Spies, David Dronen, Jeremy Burns, Blair Mazur and Nelson Brinkerhoff teamed up with a crew from Douglas County and a tender-truck from Orondo.

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Cashmere resident helping out in wake of fire
Besides the smoke, which covered Cashmere's skies for several consecutive days, the fires in North Centarl Washington affected some of our residents directly as well.

Casey Ruether, a Cashmere High School Class of 2014 grad, worked cleaning up the mess the fire left behind in Entiat and Leavenworth, while former Cashmere football broadcaster Kyle Green served as a chaplain in Pateros and other areas of Okanogan County. (see story about him on next weeks issue of the Record.)

Ruether worked 15-hour shifts, sometimes for up to 14 days in a row. He helped patrol the areas, and mop up the damage. He starts around 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

He got the job via a former teacher of his, Steve Simonson, who is also a referee. A fellow ref owns the company for which Ruether works.

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The internet, a major tool in spotter's toolbox
Part 3 of 3

The art and science of spotting changes in weather have also found a home in social media. Facebook, Twitter, smartphones all are avenues for weather spotters to record and share information with the National Weather Service.

In addition to tweets, posts and videos, from spotters to the NWS, YouTube allows the NWS to hold weather briefing sessions every Monday at 4 p.m. Pacific time.

"It's one way that we are using social media to help get that verification," said Andrew Brown, a meteorologist with NWS who offered a spotter training session at the Chelan County PUD's Wenatchee offices in early July.

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Teacher who made plate 60 years ago in Walla Walla
Jackie Ormsby was Jackie Smith back then. Cashmere was her hometown and some of the ladies surrounding her kiln were parents of some of her students.

They all wrote their name on a piece of paper, and Ormsby, using her best schoolmarm calligraphy and a pen dipped in gold-colored paint, wrote fourteen names around the edge of a ceramics plate before sticking it in the fire.

She wrote fourteen names fourteen times, on fourteen plates.

It was the ladies' first and last project using Ormsby's kiln. She never heard a word about the plates for decades, until Ormsby saw one on the pages of the Record a few weeks ago.

Ormsby lives in Walla Walla but still keeps up with what goes on in Cashmere, where she taught until the mid-1960s.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 More...
A family grows and shrinks
Instead of the long goodbye, Dawna and Travis Fox are experiencing the long hello.

Prin, their adoptive son, caught in a mangle of red tape in his native land will arrive one of these days, they both said.

They just don't know when.

In the meantime, they keep waiting and hoping for better news, from either the Congo or Washington, D.C, , and doing what they can to stay optimistic.

They haven't heard from Prin in almost a year and Prin hasn't heard from them, ever since the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo shut down and stopped contact between adoptees and their new families.

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Flurry of activities coming to Cashmere
Three fundraisers, a speech, and a summer staple are coming to the city's datebook.

'Pak The Bins, which gathers school supplies for children, the Cashmere School Foundation's golf tourney, which gathers funds for scholarships, and a fundraiser for Cashmere alum Nathan James' family all are happening in the next half month.

In addition, a local historian is giving a speech and the Cashmere Farmers' Market opened last Friday, to a sparse crowd, but big plans.

Only two or three vendors showed up, and the market is contemplating moving to Sundays.

"We want to attract people who work during the week and people on their way back to Seattle and pick up a few more vendors," said Sue Gasbar, who helps coordinate the market.

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Bob Abramoski seeks appointment to council
Seven years after he last thought about running for office, Bob Abramoski is back.

Abramoski said he considered running for mayor against then-mayor George Valison in 2007, but his busy schedule kept him from seeing his name on a ballot. Now retired at what he calls "a young 73," he's got a little more time.

This winter, his friend and Paton Street neighbor David Sherman applied for the position John W. Bryant left open, so Abramoski sat that one out, as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 More...

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