Cashmere Valley Record • September 22, 2010
Community CURLERS: “I knew the lift it gave them to have their hair done” Continued from Page 1
it. We have a good time. It’s been a lot of fun over the years.” The staff has worked it so a good share of the ladies have their showers on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. “So when we go on Wednesday, we don’t have to shampoo a lot. That makes it handy,” Newberry said. The volunteers also offer their services for Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas. In the beginning, they had to find dryers and other equipment, Newberry said. “We scrounged yard sales for curlers, brushes and combs. We even found a dryer at one yard sale – and a coat rack,” she said. Community groups also have made donations over the years. “There were three volunteers
when I started,” Newberry said. “Then gradually we added some, including two who have been here more than 20 years.” Dorothy Schmitten, who has been involved in the beauty shop for more than 30 years, said she is one of the volunteers who does have a background in the beauty business. While the others can set and curl hair, she can actually cut it. “It’s all free. We don’t charge a thing,” she said. “It’s hard for some of them to understand. They try to find money in their pockets. Some there know what’s going on and they really appreciate it.” Eloise Day started volunteering about 18 years ago. A neighbor, who played the organ once a week at the center, told her the beauty shop was looking for help. “I figured if she can go once a week, I can go once a week,” she said. “It’s been very satisfying
seeing the ladies looking very nice.” Joan Braun got involved when her mother and her aunt were patients at the Convalescent Center. “I knew what a lift it gave them to have their hair done,” she said. “After they passed away, I continued to help out. It’s a wonderful service to the ladies who live there. And we are desperately in need of more help.” The immediate challenge is that three of the core five or six beauty shop volunteers are now over age 80 and some of the volunteers have been temporarily sidelined because of health problems. For the past three weeks, the beauty shop didn’t open. “You have to have a certain number of people to open it up,” Braun said. “You can’t do it with two.”
Geralynne Padilla, who has been the activity director at the Cashmere Convalescent Center for eight years, said the beauty shop is a highlight for the women residents. Each Wednesday, from 7 to 11:30 a.m., between 30 and 40 women get their hair done thanks to the volunteers. “They start lining up before it opens. It’s a quality of life issue. As women, we know what it means to have your hair done,” Padilla said. She can tell the difference on weeks when the beauty shop doesn’t open, she said. And it is a concern to the volunteers as well. “The three of us won’t be available much longer,” Newberry said of the volunteers who are in their 80s. Newberry herself has been unable to volunteer since February because of back problems.
She misses it. She recently had surgery and will be out at least another month, she said. But she hopes other volunteers will step forward. Newberry’s daughters, Mindy Peterson and Gayle Pendergrass, have been regular volunteers, but more are needed. You don’t need experience, but it does take the right personality, Newberry said. “You have to kind of like it,” she said. “It has been fulfilling. Even when they don’t want to get their hair done, it will boost them a little bit. They’re down and don’t want to do anything. They will listen to us chatter back and forth and talk to them. It’s amazing. You get to know them.” Day said she isn’t sure why more people don’t volunteer. “A lot of people don’t want to go where old people are. I’m one
of those old people, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s truly very satisfying,” she said. Braun said volunteers are welcome. “Experience isn’t necessary. You spend time with the ladies. They are wonderful people. Most of them truly do appreciate what you’re doing and that’s very gratifying. Sometimes it’s just a matter of listening to them, talking to them, reminiscing with them. You don’t have to have skills. If you absolutely don’t want to roll ladies hair, you can go and get them from their rooms,” Braun said. For information on volunteering for the beauty shop or any other area at the Cashmere Convalescent Center, call Geralynne Padilla at 782-1251. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@ cashmerevalleyrecord.com.
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are asking him to pay a $300 tax,” because he could get the service elsewhere for less. But Schmidt said because the council opted to continue to operate its own garbage system, the rates are part of the package. Waste Management is less expensive because its customer base is larger and the costs are spread out. “We just don’t have that customer base,” he said. Schmidt suggested the rate structure might need some tweaking, particularly for large commercial users, which is something that had been discussed when the rates were approved. City attorney Terry McCauley cautioned the council in setting a precedent by allowing a waiver
less money by going with Waste Management.” The council voted unanimously to uphold the staff’s denial of Dew’s request, but said they will take another look at the city’s month-old rate structure and look at whether setting up an appeal process to the hearing examiner is warranted. Dew said he is taking the decision in stride, but questions the rates. “It’s frustrating when it could be done for so much less through Waste Management,” he said. He also is working with the city on finding a way to lock the dumpsters. He said he has since found one of the dumpsters full of sofa cushions. “I’m pretty sure that wasn’t from my restaurant,” he said. “If I’m paying that much, I don’t want
to be paying for other people’s trash.” The switch to the new automated garbage system is a work in progress. The learning curve by both the driver and customers has been high. A newsletter was sent to the city’s 1,400 customers in August notifying them of the changes, but not everyone has complied. Knutsen said she has received several calls from customers upset because they had to change where they leave their garbage cans. One of the challenges, Schmidt said, is garbage cans need to be placed facing the street and the lids must be closed completely. And the receptacles must be in an area where the truck can get to them. In some cases, customers have
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authority. We operate on donations. To keep costs down, we publicize our activities through the media and on our website,” Keene said. He serves as webmaster. “The people come to us to cast their votes. For the people in Peshastin, we are their voice.” The volunteer group’s biggest projects lately have been working the Chelan County Commission on developing the Peshastin Urban Growth Area. “That’s probably the biggest thing we’ve done. It was completed in 2008. And it’s an ongoing issue, with zoning in the area and sewer
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“It’s my understanding that he has severe injuries, but is in stable condition,” Cenci said Monday morning. The officers and Cash found the bear within 100 yards of the vacation home where the attack occurred. “The dog pursued the bear across Highway 207 and kept the bear distracted while Officer Snyder was able to get close enough to put it down. They made every effort to preserve the forensics and DNA evidence, but we are certain this is the offending bear.” The female bear was 8 or 9 years old and weighed 148 pounds and had worn teeth, missing a canine tooth. “She had some fat reserves, but not the amount you would anticipate at this time of year,” he said. Bears store fat in their rumps, he said. “She didn’t have the junk in her trunk where she should,” he said. “You could feel her hip bones.” Cenci said there is no indication that the victims’ dogs or the victims “did anything to bring this on. We can make an educated guess, but only the bear really knows that.” This particular bear had not been causing problems elsewhere, as far as anyone had reported. Cenci said the bear had no tags. “There is no evidence that we had ever handled this particular bear,” he said. A necropsy will be performed to look for any indication that would explain the bear’s behavior, he said. “It was not a well-fed bear. Whether something in the lab tests will tell us anything further remains to be seen. Given its condition, it was not at the top of its game.” Cenci said the bear behaved strangely when fish and wildlife officers were tracking it. “They found it 100 yards from the incident and the dog was unable to tree the bear. Often they
been asked to place their garbage cans on the opposite sides of the street or around a corner. And some alleys are presenting some logistical challenges for the truck driver who must maneuver the truck so the mechanical arm can get to the can. City Clerk Kay Jones said sticky reminder notes have been ordered that the garbage truck driver will be able to leave on garbage cans that are placed incorrectly or have other issues. She said she believes the notes will be more effective, and less expensive than a second newsletter.
fees charged for the two bond anticipation notes and the actual bond sale. • After hearing complaints from residents this year, next year the city will leave all the flowers left at the cemetery during Memorial Day until the following weekend. “We will mow as late in the week as we can and just let it go for a while,” said city Director of Planning and Building Bob Schmidt. • The vote on whether the city wants to authorize the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District to seek voter approval of a sales tax increase has been tabled again. Other Cashmere City It was presented by Town Toyota Council news Center officials on Aug. 23 and • The decision to hire Foster tabled at that meeting with the Pepper PLLC as bond counsel for intention of being revisited at the the sale of the $13 million in water Sept. 14 meeting. Before the meetand sewer revenue bonds to the ing, though, Town Toyota Center United States Department of Ag- representatives asked city officials riculture will be made at the Sept. to hold off until a further presenta27 meeting. tion is made. The council had questions on Nevonne McDaniels can be egg hunt, ice cream social in the Keene said typically a handand utilities,” he said. ful of Peshastin residents attend a proposed contract presented at reached at 782-3781 or reporter@ The council also has played a summer and Santa parade. The council also is hosting a the meetings, in addition to the the Sept. 14 meeting regarding cashmerevalleyrecord.com. role in getting the Port of Chelan to allow public access at the Peshastin candidate forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 councilmembers. That number at the Peshastin-Dryden Elemen- can grow in a hurry, though, if Mill site. “We really serve as a go-between tary School. All the candidates for something comes up. Nevonne McDaniels can be between the public and county gov- local elections have been invited, ernment,” Keene said. “We take including those for county council reached at 548-5286 reporter@ cashmerevalleyrecord.com. community concerns to them and and sheriff. they come to us on occasion.” At the Oct. 4 meeting, for inPeshastin Community Council stance, County Commissioner Peshastin Community Council Positions 1 and 2 are up for elecKeith Goehner and the county’s tion Nov. 1. new planning director, Jeff Wilson, The deadline for petitions declaring candidacy is Oct. 4. The will make a presentation. petitions can be submitted in person or by mail to the Peshastin But community events also are Community Council, P.O. Box 711, Peshastin, WA 98847. part of the Peshastin Community Information on the bylaws, a map of the area served and candidate Council’s scope of work. Those positions, are available at www.peshastin.org. include a variety of fundraisers for For information, call Steve Keene, council chairman, at 548-0829. the Peshastin Library, an Easter based on financial concerns. “The council rarely acts in a quasi-judicial capacity,” he said. In other cases, such as land-use applications, code interpretations go to a hearing examiner, who makes a decision based on the code and submits findings and conclusions. Those decisions set a precedent for future rulings. But in this case, the council is being asked to make that ruling since an alternative process has not been established. “This is a different ballpark,” he said. “If you overturn the staff decision, you will need to provide findings on when you can and when you can’t [waive the city’s garbage collection]. Financial is not a word in the code. The findings need to be based on the code — or you can change the code. He’s not the only one who would pay
• If the animal does attack, fight back aggressively. “That maybe be enough to stop the attack.” Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 reporter@ cashmerevalleyrecord.com.
Photo submitted by Chris Kelly
Many bears have been spotted in the Upper Valley lately, including this one at Blackbird Island near downtown Leavenworth. Chris Kelly reports the bear swam over to check out him and his dog, but never seemed aggressive, just curious. will go up a tree, but it was intent on escaping. That is not normal behavior,” he said. Cenci said Cash, the Karelian bear dog, kept the bear in one place long enough for Jason Snyder to manage a running shot. Bear attacks on humans are rare in the state, Cenci said. A bicyclist was attacked in Kitsap county three years ago. Prior to that, the records show only three other attacks and one fatality. What to do in a bear attack Deputy Chief Mike Cenci of the
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife said bear attacks are rare, but should it happen, lists some key things to remember: • Don’t run and turn yourself into prey. Pick up small children. • Wave your hands and make yourself as big as you can. “That what the victim’s wife did. Raise all kinds of hell,” Cenci said. • Don’t approach the animal. Leave it an escape route. • Try to get upwind, so it can identify you as a human.
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Published on Sep 22, 2010