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working like the devil to make heavenly music



AN afternoon with beautiful people

The weather was cold for Geneva, but this riverside café was cozy

10 why buy american

Who really holds the power to bring industry and jobs back to America? Author Rick Roedel has his answer

12 pedaling for peace

Women cyclists go to the Middle East to see for themselves, and to let themselves be seen

15 still rockin’ & rollin’ in their 60s

Former boy band members are playing ’60s music like... well like it was the ’60s

18 rebel with a cause

Laurie Dawson has raised puppies for fun before, but this one she is grooming to be a working dog

20 aunt dorothy

Niece finds her aunt, soon to be 100, great in so many ways


Couple with a love of the Irish were not looking for the ordinary when they found a neighborhood icon to dress up


n Harpist Jill Whitman, page 30 n Filmmaker Jeff Ostenson, page 35 Columns & Departments 21 Pet Pix: One-eyed Jack 26 Bonnie Orr: Here’s a tuber to love 27 The traveling doctor: Germs, epidemics & history 28 June Darling: Don’t fear fear 30-35 Arts & Entertainment & a Dan McConnell cartoon 33 The night sky: 3 planets line up for viewing 36 History: The Army invades 38 Alex Saliby: Delight in Cashmere June 2013 | The Good Life






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moon in the saddle By Michael Bendtsen


ince I began sharing pictures online a couple of years ago, I have found that people love the moon. For me, I find taking pictures of the moon and seeing it all alone a bit boring and without much creativity. So when I try to capture the moon, I want to give it some added interest or perspective. My favorite shots are when the moon appears at its largest when on a horizon — be it set-

ting or rising. Often I will try to put it next to something to give perspective and then bring the moon in closer with a telephoto lens. On this particular morning, I could see we had a full moon and wanted to catch it in the saddle on Saddlerock before it set. I was hoping people would be out viewing the moon, which would have added another element and perspective, but I didn’t get so lucky. Instead, I cruised the neighborhoods around the hospital and shot from the streets. I may have moved to three or four different blocks to get this perspective. One thing you don’t realize

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unless you are trying to capture the moon in a photo is how fast it moves. It disappeared in seconds behind Saddlerock after I took this shot. This photo and others can be found on McGlinn’s Public House Facebook as well as www. Both links can be found at

On the cover

Sandi Ordway took this photo of the reconstituted Chargers of 1960s local fame: from the bottom of the stairs to the top are Curt Dorey, Cary Ordway (originally with the Aztecs), Steve Barone, Tony Morgan and Ron Kinscherf.


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Cooking up more special memories A Dixie Chicks song was

playing on the iPod, the sun had set a while back but the hills were still visible on a warm May night, a gentle breeze blew through the open windows at our house. We were mid-way through a friendly game of cribbage, midway through an evening beverage when in a question heavy with melancholy my wife asked: “What are the moments that really stand out in your life?” She quickly qualified the question by adding, “I don’t mean the birth of our kids or something you’re supposed to say, but what instances do you remember as highlights in your life?” Hummm… A second ago, I had been mentally counting the points of the cards in my hand, now faced with this huge question about life, my mind froze. What were the moments of my life? Had any happened recently? Were my days passing, as the poet said, as arrows in flight, not to be retrieved or noticed? Luckily, I’m in a long and easy relationship. My wife, as spouses will do, took my silence as an opportunity to fill me in on what she was thinking, on the moments she remembered with joy. I was off the conversational hook. As she talked, I thought of a different question: If we could enumerate the best days of our lives, then why don’t we actively create more of those days? In other words, if the best days were like our favorite family recipes, then why aren’t we cooking up those days more often, instead of making do with get-us-through-another-meal take-out pizza?

Tough question and one to ponder as you read through some great experiences had by our writers this month. And as you read, re-

member the subtext of all of our stories: These people are your neighbors, if they can have these types of adventures, so can you. We’re not political, but… Here at The Good Life, we steer away from the political arguments of the day. They are plenty — some might say too many — media outlets happy to throw political punches. Yet, the story by Rick Roedel this month — while political in some ways — strikes us more as an adventure story.

And, like the best adventure stories, it’s where the hero strikes out on a quest, runs into obstacles and hardships, gets help from an unexpected source, and emerges not only victorious but wiser. And since this is a 21st Century adventure story, it also comes with a website, which is enlightening to check out. See Rick’s story on page 10. Pull out your favorite recipes and dine on The Good Life. — Mike

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fun stuff a full LISTING of what to do begins ON PAGE 31

Music, music, classic cars & a challenge M

usic from squeeze boxes, music for a good cause, music inspired by the sounds of the Appalachia hills — if you want If you’ve ever wanted to pick up pointers on music, you have some how to play the accordion, or just want to choices this month. listen to people who really know how, check Plus, you can dance in the out the Leavenworth International Accordistreets and hike the hills. on Celebration June 1. Photo by Griff Ziegler Take a look at some of the outstanding local offerings selected from this month’s What Bob Golie of Wenatchee. to Do listings. Golie, 51, last November develEnjoy! oped a bacterial infection that possibly originated in his gums, Leavenworth International moved into his blood stream Accordion Celebration — and attacked his heart. Featuring performances in the There will be a series of events Festhalle, Grange and gazebo. to raise money, as well as a seCompetitions, workshops, jam ries of auctions. sessions and free accordion lesConcert at co-sponsor Columsons. Downtown Leavenworth. bia Valley Brewery, 538 Riverside Info: Dr., Wenatchee. For info, see Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to p.m. za. Saturday, June 1, from 2 p.m. to midnight. BOBAPALOOZA Summer Concert Benefit — A benefit conCruIzin Chelan — Classic cars cert by local musicians to raise money for a heart transplant for line the streets in downtown

Foothills Hiking Challenge: Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Wenatchee Foothills by participating in 2013 Hiking Challenge. Photo from Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

Chelan. This two-day car show includes Hula Hoop Hoopla, music, entertainment, shopping, dancing in the streets on Friday night and more. Info: Friday and Saturday, June 7/8.

Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival — The Gibson Broth-

ers, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Kevin Pace and the Early Edition and the Bluegrass Regulators will perform. Chelan County Expo Center. Info: Friday through Sunday, June 14-16. Foothills Hiking Challenge

— Five trails to choose from or do all five. As you complete each trail section, check it off a postcard (that can be picked up at the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust office at 18 N. Wenatchee Ave.), and proceed to the next one. After you have completed all five trail sections, you can pay a nominal fee for a limited-edition t-shirt noting your accomplishment. Info: Sunday, June 30, starts at 9 a.m.


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cozy late afternoon on A cold day at a Geneva bar By Carolyn Johnson

It was still shockingly cold in

Geneva for the last day of February. The winds swooped down from the snow-covered Alps and then skittered across the surface of Lake Geneva. These were winds that were not stopped by the barrier of a thick winter coat but moved with determination until they reached the marrow of my bones. I had spent the day riding the tramcars, from city center to suburb and back — to get a feel for the city and to try to escape from the cold that was everywhere. I had a free pass for the day and it was a great way to sightsee at no cost and stay warm. But now, it was time to stop, rest and get a drink. As I stepped off the last tram, I could see the pink glow of lights coming from a bar across the street, beckoning me inside. The bar was low and long, perched on the banks of the Rhône River as it flowed out of Lake Geneva. The riverside door of The Riverside Café opened and the sounds of house music drifted out along with a delicious

warmth that pulled me inside. It was the after-work crowd, which, because it was Geneva, consisted of dark suits with white shirts and ties, tight skirts and towering high heels. Young, fast and extremely beautiful. There was one stool open at the bar and no one noticed when I slid onto it. Older women are invisible in such a crowd, which makes for great people watching but presents a challenge when trying to order a drink. The champagne was flowing. In fact, there were three ice buckets with foiled necks of green glass peaking over the edge, all at separate tables within arm’s reach. Apparently, the price tag of 119 euros per bottle did not pose an obstacle for this clientele. As champagne seemed to be the drink of choice, I decided that I wanted some for myself and eventually, I was able to order a glass. The bar was humming and the music pulsed to roots firmly planted in disco. My gaze turned towards the river. The view out the front window was the Geneva of travel posters — a row of six-story buildings lined the riverbank with giant neon signs along

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It was the afterwork crowd, which... consisted of dark suits with white shirts and ties, tight skirts and towering high heels. Young, fast and extremely beautiful. Carolyn Johnson: A traveler on a cold day in Geneva.

the rooftops advertising Rolex, Zenith, Baume & Mercier, Bedat & Co. The lights from the buildings and the neon words were reflected in the river as it flowed from the lake — its current languid, sultry, undulating to the music. My eyes were drawn to a gentleman seated on the banquette in front of me with his back to the river. He was also of a certain age, with graying hair, thin on top, his face heavily lined. He was wearing a mammoth dark gray overcoat with a dark red scarf draped around his neck, drinking an espresso. I thought, just for a minute, that he might be a kindred spirit. I even thought of trying to catch his eye, to give a nod of acknowledgement. Fortunately, I



restrained myself. Suddenly, he stood up and gave his already warmed spot to a young, beautiful, black woman with enormous eyes, stunning in tight black pants, white silky blouse and stilettos. With their heads almost touching over the table in complicity, the waiter brought him a whisky with a beer and placed a glass of juice in front of her. Reluctantly, my eyes moved to the next table where a ruckus had started. Two Russian women, tucked into the corner spot, with a bucket of champagne and a plate of caviar, were being asked by the owner to pay up front. They were not submitting quietly to his request. It seemed out of character for the place so there must have been a bigger story that I will never know.

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A cozy café in Geneva }}} Continued from page 7 The shelves above them, lined with bottles of wine and champagne, were backlit by the glow of lights that seemed to come from inside the wall. Pink lights always make white people look so beautiful but even these pink lights couldn’t diminish the beauty of the black woman still leaning towards her partner in front of me. As the bar filled with more and more of the beautiful youth that surrounded me, it became apparent that it was time to move on. I paid my tab, gathered my coat and scarf and headed for the front door. But, it wouldn’t budge. As much as I tried, it wouldn’t open. Finally, I noticed the bartender waving frantically and only the words “the door…. the wind…” made it over the sound of the throbbing music. He pointed to the side door and suddenly it dawned on me. The front door was locked because the wind from the mountains to the east would have blown the door off its hinges. When I rounded the end of the building to head back to the hotel, the wind hit me with surprising force. I could feel the cold of the glaciers that had fed those winds and it was exhilarating. It didn’t matter that I was walking home alone. I felt empowered, fearless — emboldened by the champagne and the sound of the music that was still coursing through my body. It was a terrific evening. Carolyn Johnson was a Rotary Exchange student to Bolivia and has been an international traveler since. She served in the Peace Corps in Zaire from 1989-91, worked at cooking schools in France and Italy, traveled to Geneva three times and says if she had to pick a favorite city, it would be Paris. June 2013 | The Good Life




guest column // RICK ROEDEL

Learning why it’s important to

BUY AMERICAN We, you and I, have the potential to make this happen — not corporate America, not the federal government, and certainly not our politicians we so heavily rely on now to create jobs.

When the economic down-

turn occurred in 2008, and the recession hit (the same recession we have been in for over four years), my world, like millions of others, changed. I felt the sting that a job loss induces just like everyone else who watched their employment disappear along with their livelihood. I became the casualty of a career that no longer existed. I had worked my way up the corporate ladder — from working in trade finance to becoming division president of a real estate development operation in Denver and Colorado Springs but after the recession took hold of our economy, upper management positions in land and residential development were simply nowhere to be found. This left me with a decent amount of debt and a large house, for which the payments would continue, job or no job. My world would face a financial struggle that I hadn’t experienced since graduating with a business degree over 25 years earlier. Like most Americans, I absolutely needed my job to continue my standard of living, or any standard of living for that matter; but it had vanished. I needed a plan and I needed one fast. I decided to advance my education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Healthcare Management. I knew there would always be a need for healthcare services, so now, in my early 50s, I made the decision to begin a career

where I felt I could make a contribution as well as see the direct effect of my labors. I had always been self-sufficient and had never worried about being left without a job; but there I was, smack in the middle of a new, uncomfortable, life-changing experience. After my advanced degree was completed, I found, just like before in my mid-20s, industry experience was demanded. I applied, applied and applied for jobs, to hear either nothing back or receive an initial interview that went virtually nowhere. However, I had a neighbor next door to where we were living in Colorado who had a sister in Wenatchee who was in the health care industry. Through this tenuous connection, I was introduced to Carl Campbell, a pioneer in the senior care industry and owner of Colonial Vista Communities, who has blessed my life immensely. Carl offered me a job managing one of his facilities in Wenatchee and the last two years have been quite a miracle

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— along with giving us a home for my wife Anna and me as we set off on a new adventure. But I haven’t forgotten the time when I was without employment for some time and struggling to stay afloat and to keep a roof over my family’s head. During the two years I was attending school, I experienced what many Americans are still going through. This was a difficult time as I watched our country’s economy falter, more than any other time since the Great Depression. I researched daily the current situation of our country’s workforce and how our unemployment numbers had skyrocketed. One most upsetting thing was to see people who have given up; those that had lost all faith and hope that their situation would eventually get better. This can cause men and women to drop out of the race for jobs altogether, as many have, and when this occurs, all of us pay the price. We lose a valued individual, one who has contributed to our society in abundant ways. We lose tax revenues, which have been greatly reduced as a result of unemployment, and, ultimately, a continued reduction in overall consumption. Our society, and our country, becomes less and less productive, and slowly, but surely, we all struggle to maintain our standard of living. I began experiencing first hand what I had only heard on occasion without paying much

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attention. Millions of jobs in America were no longer here. Businesses had outsourced and transferred these jobs overseas and the manufacturing of products were done mostly in China and other developing countries with labor costs a fraction of what we need to simply survive and to countries that have little regulation for business. After going through this experience first hand, I wanted to tell others what was happen-

Rick Roedel: Promoting products made by American workers.

ing and how Americans needed to change how they think about our economy. So this became the start of my book, The Polaris Effect, with the subtitle of: Who really holds the power in creating American jobs. This is a book to help educate Americans on how we fix our country. Make no mistake, the United States needs fixing. We want, for ourselves and our families, to enjoy a prosperous future. This future would include low

unemployment for American workers, which would enable our cities and towns to survive economically. We, you and I, have the potential to make this happen — not corporate America, not the federal government, and certainly not our politicians we so heavily rely on now to create jobs. In my book, I make the argument that everyday Americans can fix our country by first, simply starting to educate themselves by looking at where products are made that they use. Then, start to look at local services and products to promote jobs within your community. Many times we are told and sold on the fact that products are cheaper made in China or elsewhere. But what are the indirect costs of purchasing all of our products made in other parts of the world — jobs critical to our local economy’s survival are lost. One would be surprised to find out how many Americanmade goods are manufactured in the U.S. In my personal life I now go to great lengths to support local businesses and search out American made products whenever possible. From the cars that our family drives to June 2013 | The Good Life

the vitamins we take, I read the label carefully. Any more, this is becoming more of a challenge to know where things are made. My family and I support our jobs here in America first when we go shopping. With the help of my son, I have started a website, with the goal of exposing people to great American-made products. For example, the website tells the story of four inspirational women in San Francisco who with spirit and style are growing their business by selling American-made hats. As I looked around the retail landscape, I was encouraged to find more and more stores — often opened by young people — dedicated to selling American-designed and American manufactured merchandise. Some people are saying the Great Recession is ending and jobs are becoming more plentiful. I don’t know… I still see a lot of good people out of work, and our communities suffering by the continued decline of our manufacturing base. I learned a couple of valuable lessons when I was suddenly unemployed — the first was to reexamine my own abilities and to realign my skills with the opportunities. The second was that Americans are willing to give a fellow a hand. Now, in my eyes, it’s America itself that needs our collective hands. I would recommend everyone join me in the reindustrialization of America. Don’t you think it’s about time to make a change and create a strong economic future for everyone? Rick Roedel is the Regional VP of Colonial Vista Communities and CEO of Colonial Care Group. For more on the vision of The Polaris Effect, visit or where his book is also offered for sale.



What’s on your bucket list? Have you recently crossed out an item on your bucket list — that list of goals you want to reach before you kick the bucket? Or, have you recently celebrated a birthday that ends in a zero with a monumental moment that will stick in your memory? Send us an e-mail — with pictures if possible — to: editor@ncwgoodlife. com. We would love to share your feat with our readers and maybe inspire others to create memories of their own.

Women cyclists ride wide, modern highways, escorted by police cars, which announced their presence with sirens.

Biking for peace in the Middle East Women bike through cities made for cars in a country where the women remained cloaked By Judy Marsalis


ur cycling group calls it “Go, see, tell, act.” My mother called it, “planting a seed.” The idea is the same: A cycling group I belong to — called Follow the Women — hopes to germinate thoughts in the people we pass, the school children we visit, and through the pictures in the local paper reporting on our activities as we ride through various countries in the troubled Middle East. Over 350 women from 40 countries have taken part in these rides since 2005, missing 2010 and 2011 due to turmoil around the “Arab Spring.” We ride in the name of peace, showing solidarity with the women and children and supporting human rights for all. We then make up our own minds about the region based on personal experiences and interaction with the women we meet along the way.

Having missed out on the last ride through Palestine and Jordan in 2009, I was eager to join my cycling buddies from Santa Cruz — where I live in the spring and fall — for this year’s late February ride through the United Arab Emirates. Joining me was Ann Hammer from East Wenatchee. While riding the ski lift at Mission Ridge in January, I told Ann about the ride and invited her along. Without hesitation, Ann said, “yes.” I was happy to have a companion with me as we traveled half way around the globe. As a master gardener, Ann took special interest in how they grow things in the Arabian Desert. We had three weeks to research our destination. The country lies on the Persian Gulf and forms the instep of the Arabian Peninsula. The US Department of State considers the UAE friendly and a key partner in the Middle East.


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Two of the policewomen who traveled with the Follow the Women bikers pose with Ann Hammer of East Wenatchee.

Arabic is the official language but English is the language of business and is taught in schools. We respected the culture by covering our knees and shoulders. Full coverage was required when we entered a mosque. Some of the young cyclists were scolded and told to change when their garments got too skimpy. As we talked to others about this trip we were surprised how many knew someone who was working in the UAE. As we left for the Emirates I was concerned about the heat. Yet it was very temperate for our ride, usually in the 70s. Summer was fast approaching and temperatures can range up to 120 degrees with 80 percent humidity, but they still play golf. Our safety was never an issue as the country is a large desert many miles away from the strife currently occurring in other parts of the Middle East. The Emirates are wealthy as well as

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safe. An economy once supported by pearl diving is now based on oil. This explains the booming growth, spectacular skyscrapers, opulent shopping malls, impressive housing and five lane freeways. No wonder so many U.S. and European retail companies, medical facilities and universities are present in the UAE. Our hotel was in the central Emirate of Ajman. All 10 of the U.S. team members bonded in a hotel suite with two bathrooms, two bedrooms (three beds each) and a living room with four beds. While cycling, we had police cars on both ends of our group, which required us to ride close together. By the time the ride was over I was used to hearing the sirens announcing my presence. Having returned, I still wonder if the sirens I hear are announcing my presence.

The United Arab Emirates lie on the Persian Gulf and border Saudi Arabia.

Judy Marsalis poses with the bikes of Follow the Women, above, and then takes part in a school program during a break in the ride, at left. English is widely used in the UAE.

We traveled by bus to the bicycling site in each of seven emirates. This year’s group consisted of 120 women, predominately 20 to 35 years old, from 23 countries. The U.S. team enjoyed senior status; half of us were over 70. We enjoyed long rides along the beaches and passed many mosques. We often rode in very quiet neighborhoods and the diverse

gates installed on each home in their surrounding walls fascinated me. We waved at all the construction workers and passed out our Follow the Women info sheet to people on the street. Twice we rode through the heart of a city and got a closer look at the shops and people. Drivers passing us waved, June 2013 | The Good Life

especially women and children. Men came out of shops, waved, and some took photos. I’m sure we were quite a spectacle. The only bicycles we saw were for delivery and there were few sidewalks where we cycled. Some bus stops had glass enclosures with air conditioning. The cities seemed designed only for



motor vehicles. When we stopped at schools, the children would be waiting out front for us. One girl asked me, “How do you ride a bike?” My first response was, “Once you learn you will never forget.” But how do you explain it? Some schools put on wonderful cultural shows. The most meaningful was in Ras al-Khaimah. The children performed a dance that involved a short storyline with happy children, “men” with guns, and then roses given to the “soldiers,” who put down their guns. Since Follow the Women is about “Pedal for Peace” we appreciated their story and were delighted that they understood our mission. A helicopter noisily circled overhead during the performance. I thought the noise irritating until we remounted our bikes and started to move. The helicopter came low, the door opened and red roses showered upon us. “Construction Zone” could be the theme of the UAE. I was fascinated with the architecture as each magnificent building is different. The highrise buildings and the individual homes are all different, an architect’s dream. Although we went by what I would refer to as subdivisions, each home was designed and

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Pedaling for peace in the Middle East }}} Continued from previous page built for a particular person. There were no “for sale” signs. We soon got used to seeing Emirati men in long white robes and women in black. The woman’s hijab is much more individual than we had expected. The fabric is very light, like silk or chiffon, with embroidery and jewels for decoration. The Emirati women told us it was completely their choice to wear a hijab, or as married women to cover their nose and mouth. We all had our concerns about it. They didn’t seem to worry about this lovely fabric dragging the ground and they were beautifully and fashionably dressed underneath. The girls start wearing the hijab at 16 and can no longer dance in public, as they did in the school performances.

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Separation of the sexes is another facet of the culture. Women have their own beaches or a time set for their use. At parties the women and men congregate in separate rooms. There is usually a man responsible for every woman; consequently the women are not as free as they might think. A man told me he could not let his woman ride a bike in the street, as he would be responsible for any injury she might suffer. I learned a lot about the Emirates and I hope that in a small way I planted a seed for tolerance and respect for cultural differences as I pedaled for peace.

Judy Marsalis appreciates people who wave, but don’t honk, as she travels around Wenatchee doing chores and touring on her foldable bike. “Cars are for rides over the mountains,” she says.



’60s 60s in their

Swag light, wood paneling, it’s the ’60s all over again as the reconstituted Chargers practice for an upcoming gig. From left are Steve Barone, Tony Morgan on the drums, Ron Kinscherf, Curt Dorey and Cary Ordway.

Now here they are, rocking local clubs with ’60s music when they should be sitting at home watching Lawrence Welk By Cary Ordway


ong before Nirvana and Pearl Jam, there was a vibrant Northwest rock scene and, interestingly enough, bands from right here in Wenatchee are now featured on sites like www. because they played such a big part in the development of Northwest rock and roll. One of those bands is still around — the band I am in called the Chargers. And yes,

by now each member is several decades past puberty. I don’t think any of us realized, back when we were in our early teens strapping on guitars to play Beatles music, that one day we would be playing ’60s in our 60s. When I’m 64 was supposed to be “many years from now” but Sir Paul McCartney is already well past that milestone and, like it or not, the rest of us are catching up. Now here we are, rocking local June 2013 | The Good Life

Another local rock group, The Aztecs, released World of Woe late in 1967, and it became a hit on Wenatchee’s KMEL.

clubs with ’60s music when we should be sitting at home watching Lawrence Welk. Well, as they say, 60 is the new 30 – at least we like to say that — and these are not your father’s Golden Years. Before I make us sound too old, I should point out that we really are just barely into our 60s.



Okay, the equipment we have to schlep around seems awfully heavy and each long gig is best followed by a glorious hot soak in the Jacuzzi. But we still remember the lyrics, we still have dexterity in our fingers and not one of us, as far as I can tell, is drooling on his microphone. Now it might not be obvi-

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PLAYING the ’60s in their 60s }}} Continued from previous page ous when you first come see us down at the Wenatchee Eagles or Clearwater Saloon, but we’re actually world-famous. Through the wonder of the Internet we are known to record-collectors around the world for the 45-rpm recordings we did back in the late 1960s on Wenatchee’s own Julian Records label. What you might find even more interesting is that we are not just well known as the Chargers — we also have a very strong connection to another local group making records in the ’60s called the Aztecs. And that connection is me. Truth be told, I was not always a Charger and, in fact, have only recently joined the group. I was in the Aztecs, a Waterville-based group that competed head-to-head with the Chargers in the biggest battle of the bands anyone can remember around Wenatchee. That was held at Sterling Junior High School back in 1967 and, out of a dozen or so bands competing, the Chargers came out No. 1. The Aztecs were No. 3. Both the Chargers and the Aztecs soon released records on Julian. Fast forward to 2011 and the Chargers, long since disbanded, were called together for a special performance at one member’s 60th birthday party. “We started jammin’ and there was so much potential still there,” remembers guitarist Ron Kinscherf. A year later, he had convinced the other members to put the band back together and play authentic ’60s music to local audiences hungry for musical nostalgia. After four decades apart, the Chargers were now “recharged” and playing with almost the same lineup as the late ’60s:

“We started jammin’ and there was so much potential still there.” Steve Barone, Ron Kinscherf, Curt Dorey and Tony Morgan, all Wenatchee Valley natives. About that same time I was playing keyboards on the San Diego rock scene and preparing for a move back to the Wenatchee Valley to be closer to family. I went to hear the 2012 edition of the Chargers, one thing led to another, and I am now the “fifth Charger,” replacing the Chargers’ valued keyboard player Steve Nelson who has passed away. The success that both the Chargers and Aztecs had with

Aztecs from the late 1960s are, back row, from left: Cary Ordway, Martin Hensel and Chase Hensel; in front is Kerry Coonan.

Chargers from the late 1960s are, back row from left: Curt Dorey, Steve Nelson and Tony Morgan; front row from left: Steve Barone and Ron Kinscherf

record collectors, and the way both groups’ recordings kept popping up on hundreds of Internet sites, led to new record deals for both bands.


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The Aztecs’ recordings of World of Woe and Why Can’t You Tell Me will be re-released on vinyl this summer by SunDazed Records.

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About the same time, the Chargers will re-release Taxi on Get Hip Records, as well as put out new releases of Need Your Love, You Got a Hold and In the News, all recorded back in the ’60s but never before pressed into records. The original 45 RPM records continue to be in demand on record-collector sites — an original copy of World of Woe, for example, can fetch up to $400. When the collectors learned we still had copies to sell, we were getting calls and emails from almost every part of the world. So what’s it like being an aging rocker? The guys will tell you it’s just as much fun as it was back in high school when we were playing dances all over Central Washington and hearing our songs on KMEL radio. The music from the ’60s and early ’70s — that time period

Rock on! The in-between-years for band members A

fter the Aztecs disbanded, keyboardist Cary Ordway played in a rock band at college but then dropped out of music for 20 years as he built a career in newspaper and magazine publishing. In the late ’80s he started playing again as a hobby in various rock and country bands, producing a full length original CD with a Seattle group called BirdDog in 1996. He played in San Diego area bands from 2000 until joining the Chargers this year. In the early ’70s, guitarist Ron Kinscherf played in a couple of Wenatchee groups — one with fellow Charger Steve Barone — before moving to Tacoma in 1978 where he was working in what would become a lifelong career as a pinsetter mechanic in a bowling alley. Ron kept active in various bands eventually forming a group called Compulsive Behavior, which produced an original CD in 2000. He moved to Wenatchee again in 2011.

Cary Ordway

Ron Kinscherf

Bass player Curt Dorey played in different bands in the Wenatchee area from 1970 - 1983, worked at Alcoa and recently retired and is enjoying Mariners and Seahawks games (an avid fan). On his 60th birthday his wife surprised him with a birthday party and it was the first time the Chargers were together in 40 years. And the rest, as they say, is history! Lead guitarist Steve Barone has been a musician since he started playing ukelele at

Steve Barone

Curt Dorey

the age of six. After the Chargers broke up, he did a tour in Vietnam, returned home and has had a band ever since. He had given up on the Chargers reunion dream, but when the band’s songs turned up on YouTube and the Garage Hangover site, it was obvious to Steve that the thing to do was get the band back together. The last 50 years of performing have led to this, the band Steve says he “would lay it all down for.” For the last 35 years drummer

Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan has worked in the lumber industry as a crane operator, trying to fill as many of those years as possible playing in several working bands. He has played many different styles of music, including an all-original band playing rock and roll. He’s also been sitting in with country bands and lastly was in a working blues band. He says it’s great to be back with his childhood buddies.

How can you go wrong with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd? we specialize in — never seems to get old to us. How can you go wrong with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd? Audiences of all ages enjoy this music and I don’t know if it will ever go out of style. While I’m a Johnny-comelately to the Chargers (just by 45 years or so), my band mates have treated me like a brother which, when you get right down to it, is

one reason we older guys continue to play rock and roll. The shared experience of creating good music never gets old. We all grew up in the same area, played the same tunes and gigged at the same venues all those years ago, so the transition has been as natural as can be. We’re that Cialis commercial come to life. Looking back, being a rock musician in high school was in

Relish your days

some ways like being a skilled athlete — it was our claim to fame and the source of many good memories. The big advantage is we can still do it after all these years. I have a good friend who was a very skilled basketball player who frequently relives his glory days on the court by talking about that time in the late ’60s when he and the Waterville Shockers played in the State B

Championship Series. We musicians have our own way of reminiscing about those days gone by — we get to live them all over again whenever we get up on the stage. For more information on the Chargers, to hear their songs and view a schedule of upcoming appearances, please go to thechargersrecharged. For information on booking the Chargers, call (509) 421-2341.

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Rebel with a cause He’s being groomed to be a working dog, but sometimes the puppy in him takes over

Laurie Dawson with an off-duty Rebel.

By Laurie Dawson


’ve had dogs most of my life but I have never raised a dog for someone else… until now. I have been raising Rebel, a very special black lab puppy, as a guide dog puppy in training. I received Rebel in July 2012 when he was just three months old, and I’ll have him until he is roughly 15 months old. During this raising period, I will teach him a variety of commands (such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” etc.) — fondly known as the 12 Commandments. He is taught to go “potty” on command and how to properly ride in elevators. I will help him learn good house manners and (perhaps the most fun part of all) I will socialize him.

We go almost everywhere together. Rebel goes to work with me every day, attends church with me (and even comes up to the choir loft while I sing with the choir). We shop together and go to restaurants together. With other guide dog puppies in training, we have gone bowling, played miniature golf and have even taken a couple of train rides. We have a great time together… but we work hard, too. When Rebel goes to public


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places, he wears a jacket that shows he is a guide dog puppy in training. When he wears his jacket, he is “on the job,” and he takes his work very seriously. To some, Rebel appears to be sad but he is really just focusing on his job at that moment. How do I know this? Because, when he is home (on his free time and not wearing his jacket), he is a “real” puppy. He loves to run around the back yard, play with my other dogs and just be a fun-loving, energetic puppy.

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One time, when he was about five months old, I was wondering how I could help him get rid of some of the extra “puppy energy” that was getting him into trouble. So I packed up a 50-foot lead and took Rebel to a large field. My plan was to let Rebel run around all he wanted in a large open area, in hopes he would exhaust some of that energy. The long lead ensured that he could not accidentally run off, and help me to maintain control (or, so I thought). We arrived at the field and I attached the lead to his collar and just waited for him to run. Well, I waited and waited and all he did was meander, sniffing the ground. Then, all of a sudden that “puppy energy” kicked in and he started running around me, wrapping both of my feet up in the lead. It happened so fast, I had no time to prepare for the imminent “flight” I was about to take. My feet were pulled right out from under me and I was flipped off the ground, just like a pancake, landing hard on the grass. Rebel then decided it must be time to play (after all, I was

An off-duty Rebel plays in the backyard.

on the ground) so he ran towards me as fast as he could. He jumped on me and started tugging at my shirt. We must have been quite a sight as I tried to regain composure and untangle myself while Rebel was gleefully and playfully tormenting me. Needless to say, this “adventure” was not at all what I had planned. Yet, the experience is definitely proof that all “puppies will be puppies.” Rebel has matured a lot since. Through daily training sessions, he has mastered many of the commands… he even seems to enjoy his practice times. He is eager to please and eats up the praise he is given when he does what he is asked to do. He loves to go places and is popular at work and church. He has a wonderful way of bringing a smile to your face every time you see him. Raising a guide dog puppy is a big commitment yet a rewarding experience. You are not only blessed by the opportunity to do something special for another human being, you are also blessed by the experience of spending quality time with a wonderful dog. One of the most common questions I receive is, “Isn’t it hard to give up your puppy?” Well, Rebel is my first guide dog puppy so I cannot speak from personal experience. However, I am sure it will be hard

to say goodbye. I love him and he loves me… we’re a team. But, Rebel has an important goal: to be the eyes and guide for a blind person. What could be a greater purpose? Puppy raising is my ministry, but it is Rebel’s mission — he truly is a “Rebel with a cause.” Rebel will head off to “college” in July — this is where he receives his formal guide dog training. (Our raising experience is his preparation for college.) Upon completion of this three to five month program, he will be partnered with a visually impaired individual and start his important career as a guide. And, what will happen with me? Well, I’ll get a new puppy and start the process over again. There will likely be more challenging “puppy” times ahead. Much more than that, however, there will be many fun times, bonding with another great puppy and helping him prepare for a meaningful career. This is definitely an experience worth repeating. If you question just how much of a difference a guide dog makes in the life of a blind person, visit www. and read some of the inspiring stories. If you are interested in learning more about being a puppy raiser or other volunteer opportunities, contact the local Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Raising club, Pups 4 Partners, at 293-2759. June 2013 | The Good Life



Aunt Dorothy — great in so many ways By ‘Tricia Devereaux


hen I think of people who are living the good life, a special lady comes to mind who has been living the good life in the Wenatchee Valley for almost 80 years. Her name is Dorothy Reed, and she is my husband Dale’s great, great aunt — three greats to our girls. She will be turning 100 on June 9 and has lived in the valley since she moved here from North Dakota in her early 20s. Dorothy is one of the most positive people I know. She has a wonderful sense of humor, a quick wit, plays pinochle, likes to watch Mariners baseball — has been a bit disgusted with them lately — and is busy living life to the fullest even as she turns the century mark. She still lives on her own, and I take her grocery shopping every Thursday morning. After shopping, we always enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, and she often shares how life in Wenatchee used to be in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s when she worked in the fruit industry. Back then; they packed the apples in wooden boxes. There was no cold storage, and all the fruit was shipped on railroad cars. Soft fruits like apricots and peaches had to be packed and shipped the same day. She worked as a packer, sorter and on the dock as a receiver for over 40 years. It was in the packing shed that she met her future husband, Carl. He was her boss. After a whirlwind courtship — a little over a month — they were married. She and Carl had two children, Jim and Donna. Jim always enjoys reading The Good Life magazine when he comes to Wenatchee to visit. I imagine

‘Tricia Devereaux sits down to share blueberry muffins made by her great, great Aunt Dorothy Reed.

he’ll be surprised to find an article about his Mom in it. I once asked Aunt Dorothy what she thought had changed the most in the valley during the past 80 years, and she said the biggest changes were that the orchards are gone, and that there was now a city of East Wenatchee. When she moved here, East Wenatchee was just one street with a grocery store, a hardware store and a bar. Gardening, reading and baking are a few of her favorite pastimes. I’ve been baking and decorating cookies every Christmas with her since I married into the family almost 23 years ago. When our daughters, Claire and Rebecca, came along, we included them in the cookie baking tradition. Aunt Dorothy has never once complained about the mess in her neat kitchen caused by the


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liberally applied sprinkles and sticky frosting. Throughout the years, she’s been a mentor to me, and has given me many pieces of sage advice including, “If you have to clean house in a hurry, only dust the dark furniture because that’s where the dust shows the most!” Never one to sit around when she can be doing something for others, she has been making quilts for many years for the Lutheran World Relief project through her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, here in Wenatchee. This year marks the 100th

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anniversary for St. Paul’s, so since she was turning 100 and the church was turning 100, she made it her goal to sew 100 quilt tops this year on her 1953 Singer sewing machine. Guess what? She made her goal, even though her hands are gnarled with arthritis! Everyone I introduce her to marvels at her spryness, and they are immediately drawn to her warm, cheerful, generous personality. Her positive outlook, her genuine interest in everything, and especially her love of family and friends is exactly what living the good life is all about — at any age. As you can see, we think GGG Aunt Dorothy is pretty great. ‘Tricia Devereaux is a proud wife, a mother of two sweet teenage daughters, and a long-time librarian at Wenatchee High School.


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e saw a post on Facebook last year about Jack from a friend who helps rescue dogs. He was a stray, living in the streets and had been hit by a car down in L.A. and lost an eye, which made him less adoptable. Our hearts were pulled and so we asked my niece Corinne, who lives in Southern California, to adopt him from the shelter for us. She did and took him to my sister Chris’ home in Long Beach for a few days. Jeff then flew down a couple of days before Christmas and brought him back up here to Wenatchee, to his final home with us. When he got here, he was very thin and weak but had a healthy appetite, so aside from his favorite thing, eating, he loves to snuggle on our laps for lots of affection. He is now very healthy and happy here with us. — Melanie Davis

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racie Patrick and her bulldog Rea mug for the camera. Rea has been in our family for two years. She is our supermodel. Like a supermodel, she doesn’t do anything except look good! Gracie is an eighth grader at Eastmont Junior High. — Gary Patrick



Living in the Barn Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy


atrick Hogan has a special affinity for things old and wellused. When he travels back to

Ennes, Ireland and revisits his ancestral family’s 350-year-old stone farmhouse, he feels like a countryman amidst the history and simplicity of the place. That’s part of what led him, with his equally Irish wife Sandra, to choose their present home in


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FAR LEFT: “The Barn,” a neighborhood trademark and landmark, still retains its flashiest feature, a neon sign that’s been a beacon over the years for partygoers and square dancers. CENTER: Patrick and Sandra Hogan, with their shared Hibernian heritage and a love of the old ways, have remade the barn into their home base, with a surprisingly modern open plan design. LOWER LEFT: The east-facing porch, a good place to escape summer sun and listen to the game or a favorite radio show, is a place for the couple to unwind and watch the world go by. LEFT: The big curved bar served its time downstairs for public events and private parties; now it defines the compact kitchen with its window-deep open shelves.

East Wenatchee. Its neon sign faded but still functional, “The Barn” at the corner of Cascade and 29th wasn’t pretty when they first saw it, but it had served respectable purposes. Its original life was as a storage barn; the Hogans surmise the big open upper story was for hay and the cooler low-ceilinged bottom story was for fruits and vegetables. Then it became a place of worship. At the turn of the last century, when Great Northern railroad promoted dreams of agricultural riches, members of the Church of the Brethren emigrated from the Dakotas to settle in Wenatchee. Their group grew, eventually spreading eastward over the still free-flowing Columbia River, which made maintaining just one

“We didn’t want anything modern, or anything that looked just like everything else you see.”

congregation impractical. In 1908 the barn became the second Brethren church. Patrick advertised for information about the structure and quotes a woman who attended it in 1920 as a teenager. “She said, ‘I remember going to church there, sitting up high on the wagon seat. I was all gussied up in my fanciest dress and I knew all the boys were looking at me!’” Presumably, the church members added the rows of tall windows on the north and south walls. No one knows when the 1,500 square feet of pecan flooring, still in great shape, was added, or the insulated window glass. But after intermediate years as community hall and meeting place, in 1957 the barn/ church was purchased by 10 members of

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the Appleland Promenaders square dancing club. For a decade or so those floors got a workout, and the venue served them well until the dancers slowed down or moved on. Finally, it was only rented out for private parties — concerts, weddings, showers and reunions. The Hogans came up from Portland 20 years ago looking at investment acreage on Badger Mountain, and realized this valley would be a good place to retire.

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Living in the Barn }}} Continued from previous page But, they were hard to please. “I love old architecture. We didn’t want anything modern, or anything that looked just like everything else you see,” said Patrick. They first settled into a house in East Wenatchee on Anne Street, and then saw “The Barn,” a perfect project waiting for them. By the time the Hogans took a fancy to it, this rectangular structure with 3,000 square feet in two stories was in disarray; it had an honest past but a pretty dubious future. The Hogans took a chance. They bought it from a radio DJ who’d been living downstairs and renting out to the public the big open loft room. Patrick did a quick remodel, and then wanderlust and heritage struck

Definitely a couples’ house, the 1,500-square-foot space (plus bedroom additions) has been informally organized into comfortable seating areas which provide autonomy amid closeness.

simultaneously — they headed to Ireland for five years, leaving the house in the hands of renters. On return (seriously this time) the Hogans decided to make the much-used building their very own home. In 2003 the river-facing deck became two big bedrooms, and the steep steps from the loft down to the main floor were blocked. A deep-pillared front porch was built to face Cascade Avenue. The downstairs was gutted and remodeled — Patrick’s building career expertise was useful here — into a mother-inlaw apartment. Much of that permanent remodel respected the building’s history. They hauled up from the ground floor a curved wooden serving bar that served generations of partygoers and now forms half of their corner kitchen. They kept the whole upstairs


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“The Irish don’t have open lawns that stretch right into somebody else’s yard. They’re much more private; they enclose themselves away from the neighbors’ attention.” (with aforementioned added bedrooms and a bathroom tucked in a corner) for their wide-open living space. It’s full of life with several casually designated work, conversation and relaxing spots. They replicated the siding, paint color and roofline of the original structure in the new

Cool and carefree, the side yard patio is reminiscent of the tiny and tidy backyard enclosures of more populous Irish neighborhoods.

storage shed and two-car garage. And everywhere are the vital signs of the Hogans’ Irish heritage. Everything, that is, except the big single open floor. Patrick explained, “Those old Irish houses had small rooms, each heated by a peat stove, and only while somebody was using it with the door closed.” On these walls are family photographs, including a Hogan grandmother with her hand plow, and the family farmhouses of both Patrick and Sandra. Posters, plaques, and Irish memorabilia hang proudly. One particular point of pride is the patio down at the side of the house — spacious and shady but deliberately walled to shoulder height in cement blocks. Patrick said, “The Irish don’t have open lawns that stretch right into somebody else’s yard. They’re much more private; they enclose themselves away from the neighbors’ attention.” They’re glad to have one favorite Irish treasure, booty from a trip home: an ornate iron fireplace front from a 17th Century pub that’s now a focal point of the downstairs apartment’s living room. It was spotted outside a demolition project on a dump

heap. Patrick recalls asking, “Can I give you 10 Euros for that — take it off your hands?” The workers agreed, grateful to have it gone, and it was shipped to East Wenatchee. The big red barnturned-house, a neighborhood landmark way past its 100th birthday, looks pretty natural there on its hillside acre. Patrick said, “Folks have come up to me and thanked me for restoring it. But sometimes, because

of the sign, people will knock at the door and ask me what kind of store it is.” They’re sure to get an answer. Patrick has a gift of the old Blarney, inserting Irish-isms and Ennes vignettes into conversation. And Sandra, when she said on parting, “It’s been grand,” gave a gracious stretch of that word (“gr-a-a-a-nd”) that hinted at the warmth of Irish hospitality. This old place, this barn of many uses, will be the Hogans’ permanent base, a turnkey house that’s easy to leave. It allows them the luxury of returning to Ireland at will to re-infuse themselves with their shared heritage — and then bring it all back home again.

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bonnie orr

Here’s a tuber to love raw or cooked ably home made 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup chopped shallots 2 minced garlic cloves 1/2 cup dry white wine 1-1/2 cups aborio rice 1-1/2 cups arugula leaves chopped 4 oz of goat cheese crumbled or shaved 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts 3/4 cup Jerusalem artichokes peeled and chopped into little squares 1 cup chopped morel or Crimini mushrooms White pepper/salt

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that a vegetable root sent back to France in 1605 by the explorer, Samuel de Champlain — who founded Quebec — and a root widely used by the Native Americans on the East Coast is so unknown to today’s cooks. I’m talking about Jerusalem artichokes — which are not artichokes Rice, pine nuts, Morel nor from Jerusamushrooms, shallots lem. A marketer and Jerusalem in the 1960s tried artichokes are to sell them as a featured in this bland vegetable called Sunchokes. colored although The tubers are exquisitely-flavored eaten widely in vegetable dish. Europe, and I read that in 2002, it was voted the the tuber tastes milder if it is best soup vegetable by the group peeled, and the little knobs are that promotes traditional French hard to peel. cuisine. My favorite way to eat these I seldom see it in the grocery tubers is raw. They are sweet store; most people grow their and crunchy and remind me of own. Check the farmers market jicama or water chestnuts. this year. Some people pickle them, but The plant, a 10-foot tall sunthey are the people who will flower, blooms in the fall, can pickle anything including socks. spread and become weedy if Boiling the tubers doesn’t you do not regularly harvest the work because they dissolve into tubers. I barely have enough tu- mush. They are an effective filler bers left over after winter eating in potato leek soup, adding a to start the plants again in the bit of a sweet, earthy taste. Use spring. about 1 pound to 3 pounds of The entire plant is used as potatoes. animal feed in Europe. (That is Baked or steamed is preferred not a very encouraging fact is it? if you want your family and Never fear, they are delicious!) friends to continue eating them. In the U.S., we only eat the Try this low calorie snack swollen roots that resemble as hors d’oeuvres for summer misshapen potatoes. The tubers meals. They can be substituted can be a few ounces or up to a in any dish that calls for water pound. Larger is better since chestnuts.


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Tuber Snacks Wash and peel the tubers and slice thinly into strips or little rounds. Sprinkle with lemon juice for both flavor and to prevent browning. Serve them with any of the following compatible tastes for fine finger food: goat cheese, chives, cumin, fennel pollen, garlic, parsley, or rosemary.

Risotto with a Friend 30 minutes, serves 4

Heat the chicken stock to barely simmering. Add the butter and oil to a large flat pan and heat the garlic and shallots for two minutes. Do not brown. Stir in the rice. Cook two minutes until it starts to become translucent. Stir the wine into the rice until it is absorbed. The heat should be on low for the rest of the process. Add the chicken stock one-half cup at a time. Stir the rice mixture until the stock is all absorbed, then add the next one-half cup until the mixture is creamy and moist, etc… When you add the last one-half cup of stock, stir in the pine nuts, arugula, mushrooms and artichokes and onehalf of the cheese. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let the vegetables steam for three minutes. Stir in the remainder of the cheese. Serve immediately with great bread, and a meat of your choice — not a white chicken breast!

Risotto is the best creation when it is cooked slowly over low heat and stirred constantly to create the creamy sauce. Have a designated stirrer, but give that person a glass of wine to wile away the 25 minutes of stirring. While the stirrer works, you can prepare all the remaining ingredients.

People who are sensitive to beans and use the product “Beano” may want to use it with the Jerusalem artichokes as well since some people do not digest the artichokes as effectively as others.

4-1/2 cups chicken stock — prefer-

Bonnie Orr — the dirt diva — cooks and gardens in East Wenatchee.

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jim brown, m.d.

Germs, epidemics and history When I was young, I re-

member the “pandemic” of polio that was sweeping our country. Since it infected primarily the young, parents were in a panic about this disease. I remember my mother not letting me go places where there were large numbers of children playing or drinking out of a water fountain. I remember later when Dr. Bob Hoxsey told me of all the patients on “iron lungs” at the Deaconess Hospital in Wenatchee when he was in practice during that time. It wasn’t until the Salk polio vaccine, and later the Sabina Vaccine, that parents were no longer worrying about this virus. An epidemic occurs when large numbers people in a limited area are infected and die, whereas a pandemic indicates that the disease has spread over vast areas and therefore involves a much larger number of people. As our human population grew in ancient times, people started living together in larger populations giving harmful bacteria that caused contagious diseases the opportunity to spread rapidly and even to result in epidemics. It is thought that humans first became exposed to deadly infections when they domesticated animals, thereby exposing them to bacteria that were formerly found primarily in these previously wild animals. As wider travel and trading developed, these new microbes were more easily spread from one area to another. The organisms increased further as wells and ditches were developed causing standing water which encouraged increased bacte-

rial growth and also provided a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carried many of these illnesses. Jared Diamond, the author of Germs, Guns and Steel, points out that the major killers of humanity throughout history have been smallpox, flu, tuberculosis, malaria, plague, measles and cholera. All these evolved from diseases of animals but are now confined to humans. Because these diseases have been the biggest killers of people, they have been shapers of history. As late as World War II more military deaths were due to bacterial infection than to war wounds. “Black death” or bubonic plague was a pandemic that first occurred in the early 1330s in China. From there it spread to western Asia and then to Europe. In 1347 several Italian merchant ships returned from the Black Sea to Sicily. By the time they docked, many on board were already dying of plague. From there it spread throughout Europe. Plague is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, which was spread primarily by the fleas of infected rats. Once humans are infected, they directly and rapidly infect others. One half of the population of Europe died over the next five years. It is hard to imagine the devastating effects on families, but also it led to severe labor shortages. Subsequently, workers demanded higher wages and when they were denied, peasants revolted in England, France, Belgium and Italy. Plague is still with us today, present in impoverished, rat infested areas. Fortunately it is June 2013 | The Good Life

now treatable in its early stages. Malaria, caused by Plasmodium protozoan parasites, has been around for over 4,000 years, yet it still kills over a million people annually worldwide. The carrier, the anopheles mosquito spreads malaria to humans while the mosquito is feeding on our blood. The parasite gets injected into our bloodstreams where it takes up residence in our red blood cells. In 1906 the United States employed 26,000 workers to build the Panama Canal, and 21,000 of them were hospitalized for malaria during the time it took to build the canal. In World War II over 60,000 troops died in Africa and the South Pacific due to malaria. As late as 2006 there were an estimated 247 million human malarial infections — 89 percent were located in Africa with 70 percent of these in children younger than 5 years of age. Tuberculosis, caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculum, spreads from person to person through the air. It is estimated that one-third of the world’s population is infected with the tuberculosis bacteria. Fortunately, only a small proportion of the infected will become sick with TB. In the 1800s, it was known as the great white plague, killing one out of seven infected people. It still infects 8 million persons a year and kills 2 million worldwide despite our improved treatments. It is particularly deadly in immune compromised people with HIV/Aids, who are 25 times more likely to develop active TB. Epidemic typhus is caused by a tiny bacterial microbe called rickettsia prowazekii and is one of the most devastating diseases the world has known. It causes



death in 40 percent of the untreated cases. It is more common where people are crowded together in filthy conditions, and it has been a serious problem in the past with encamped armies during wartime. As a result it has been called “war fever.” Body lice spread this disease through their feces not their bites. The Center for Disease Control classifies rickettsia as a class B bioterrorism agent due to its ability to be acquired via aerosol like anthrax. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is an ever-increasing problem. Bacteria are constantly and rapidly evolving. Wide spread, often unnecessary use of antibiotics, particularly for viral illnesses which do not respond to antibiotics, result in new strains of bacteria that are resistant to these same antibiotics. Physicians and specialty medical organizations are now publishing guidelines to encourage less frequent use of antibiotics for illnesses that most likely are viral or are likely to be short lived in people with an intact immune system. The overuse of antibiotics in otherwise healthy animals grown for our food also leads to more antibiotic resistant bacteria and is to be discouraged. We are fortunate in the United States to live in sanitary conditions, with clean water, generally very safe food and effective antibiotics so that bacterial epidemics are unlikely to occur. Jim Brown, M.D., is a retired gastroenterologist who has practiced for 38 years in the Wenatchee area. He is a former CEO of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.


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open spaces, closed spaces, being alone, public speaking, darkness, ambiguity and strangers, just to name a few of the more prevalent ones. In order to live and perform well we must acknowledge our fears and learn to deal with them. (I say this as a person who has dealt with more fears than you can shake a stick at). Here are a few tips to help you successfully deal with fear and increase your courage and confidence. First of all, think of the fear you face as a challenge rather than a fear. This switches your brain toward thinking “approach” rather than “avoid.” Next, start with small behaviors that stretch you, make you a bit uncomfortable, but do not over-activate your internal alarm system. For example, if you are challenging yourself to speak in public, start by introducing yourself to a stranger. If possible simulate and practice the desired performance (which triggers your fear) before actually doing it. This is what the Navy Seals, Broadway entertainers and astronauts repeatedly do. When I was in Army basic training, we practiced scary maneuvers piece by piece, over and over, so that we could perform automatically even if we felt a little shaky. Similarly I remember hearing in a Toastmasters’ meeting, “We don’t teach you to have no fear, we teach you to speak while your knees are knocking.” Though you may feel some fear, you also have inner strength. Connect with and build your “inner strength.” Recall those times you have faced a challenge successfully. Write them down, make them easy to

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immediately recall. You might even have a name for your inner strength like your inner tough guy, or sassy spirit, or inner gladiator, or champion which you bring to mind. If you are spiritual, you may also call upon divine support. Most people know that when we are feeling fear, our breath changes. Our breaths become more quick and shallow. We can reverse that process and calm ourselves by slowing down our breath and breathing more deeply. Most calming experts recommend making the out-breath longer than the in-breath. They suggest pretending that you are breathing out through a straw. You can experiment with breathing techniques and see which ones work best to calm you. Some people like to repeat certain encouraging words to maintain their confidence in the face of fear. Affirmations work particularly well with children. Adults, however, have difficulty accepting affirmations if they seen unbelievable. For example saying, “I feel strong and confident” when you do not, can backfire and make you more fearful. Affirmations that are more acceptable might be: “I am getting tougher and stronger with each challenge I face.” The calming experts at the HeartMath institute recommend that after you take a few deeper, slower breaths, you imagine warming your chest area. Then bring to mind a tranquil scene or the picture of someone you love while calmly breathing. Warren Buffet, mega-billionaire, said he calmed himself before a

Think about Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you think they never felt fear?

idea and made purpose, meaning and values the heart of their therapeutic process to override fear. The new approach includes understanding that we all have fear and anxieties, we do not deny or worry about that. The more important questions are what do you care about? What do you stand for? How will you live an authentic, meaningful

life despite your fears? Fear is part of the human condition. A fear of fear can lead us to tight, little lives. I recently heard a very successful person quip. “Success is simple. Work hard, work smart and learn to deal with your fear.” We can learn ways of dealing with fear so that we “bust out,” live rich, meaningful, good lives, even if our knees are knocking.

big deal by looking at pictures of his children. Much research indicates that the brain receives feedback from the body which can make it more fearful or confident. Smiling can make people feel more confident. Standing straight (not rigid) with the chest open engenders confidence. Some yogis say that it is impossible to feel fear if the sternum is tilted upwards. Slumping makes us feel weak. Lastly, let’s say you only want one, never-fail, amazing tip on how to tenaciously deal with fear. Here comes the biggie. Think about Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you think they never felt fear? Since they were human, I think we can safely assume that they did feel fear and yet they acted bravely. Why? Viktor Frankl, the Jewish psychiatrist who survived the Auschwitz prison camp, tells us the secret. “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” When we have a larger purpose than ourselves, we summon all the courage that is within us. Our cause eclipses our fear. In fact an emerging group of psychologists have picked up the Know of someone stepping off the beaten path in the search for fun and excitement? E-mail us at June 2013 | The Good Life



June is the perfect time for bustin’ out all over. How might you learn to deal with fear and move up to The Good Life? June Darling, Ph.D., is an executive coach who consults with businesses and individuals to achieve goals and increase happiness. She can be reached at drjunedarling1@gmail. com. Her website is

Can a harp do that? It can when Jill Whitman is plucking the strings

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after her friendly greeting were: “Let me play for you! I love to play, anytime. It totally relaxes me.” In the small music studio next to the family living room, two side-by-side harps almost crowded out a piano and a velvet settee. She leaned into the big baroque style pedal instrument, looking radiant and somehow ethereal (does the harp do that to everyone?), sinuous arms and loosely curved fingers at ready. Recognizable “harp-like” glissandos and arpeggios flowed through the room. Then without warning she drew out of those 47 clustered, color-coded strings a resounding blues/jazz piece, saxy and sexy, just to shake up her listeners. Then a segment of a lightening-fingered flamenco suite, complete with hearty handslaps on wood. That forced a new perception — it seems a harp can do just about anything its more commonly played orchestral cousins can.

...plucking these strings creates a vibration that “goes on and on; it sends itself out into the universe.” And maybe more. It’s a physics thing: plucking these strings creates a vibration that “goes on and on; it sends itself out into the universe,” Jill explained, unlike a flute, violin or piano note. “It’s fun to bring the harp way past what people expect of it,” she said. She attributes that attitude to time spent on the community concert circuit across Canada and with the American Harp Society, educating small-town audiences unaccustomed to the harp. Ever the teacher, she uses metaphor and humor to make this relatively difficult instrument more approachable for her Wenatchee students, ranging in


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Jill Whitman makes heavenly music on the harp, but is quick to recite the old harpist saying that, “To play like an angel, you have to work like the devil.”

age from 4 to 70-plus. “I love teaching,” she said, but she’s also discreetly realistic about it. “For some students, learning is a struggle. Others are quick studies but less motivated to excel.” She offered an old harpists’ quip: “To play like an angel, you have to work like

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the devil.” Sharing her love and intimate knowledge of the harp seems to come as naturally as smiling. Whether she plays solo or with a symphony, her own favorite moments at the harp, Jill said, aren’t the blockbuster ones like performing for the Queen of



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Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, 6/1 and every Saturday through 10/26, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and every Wednesday starting 6/26. Locally grown and raised fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, preserves, produce, flowers, crafts and jewelry, home and garden items. Fresh and wholesome right from the farmer. Pybus Market. Cost: free.

From 47 color-coded strings come sounds way beyond the usual expectations.

England (which she has done) but simple ones like creating joy on the face of a nursing home resident. A 1982 college degree from the University of Washington in harp performance and the mentorship of world-class virtuosos started a career that has never really stopped for her, even with the transition into marriage and child rearing. And Jill, now 52, is definitely in for the long haul — her harp heroes played into their 80s and she enthusiastically intends to do so too. Jill spent her teen years in Germany, where her mother exposed her to ballet, opera and the symphony. An ease with both the music world and world travel has led to concert dates in Norway, Austria, New Zealand, even Tierra del Fuego and the Yukon. These years, living in North

Central Washington and specializing in an instrument that’s relatively rare means fewer close-by colleagues but plenty of work if she travels. When she’s not teaching students in her home or arranging and composing music, she crisscrosses the state. As principal harpist with the Whatcom, Yakima and Washington-Idaho symphonies, Jill is often on the road, her beloved harp heavily padded, wheeled up and strapped into her van. When she travels for pleasure on family trips (with her psychologist husband and two college age daughters, but without the harp) Jill admitted, “Life feels a little empty — I’m a bit of a fish out of water without it. But sometimes the break is good, to rest and come back with a fresh start.” — by Susan Lagsdin

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Red Devil Challenge, 6/1, 9 a.m. 25k and 10k trail runs. Sand Creek Trailhead, Wenatchee National Forest, south of Cashmere. Info: Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration, 6/1, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feature performances in the Festhalle, Grange and gazebo. Competitions, workshops, jam sessions and free accordion lessons. Downtown Leavenworth. Info: Village Art in the Park, 6/1-2, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through 10/20 + Thursdays during July and August. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Outdoor art in Park downtown Leavenworth. Cost: free. Info:

benefit concert by local musicians to raise money for a heart transplant for Bob Golie of Wenatchee. Golie, 51, last November developed a bacterial infection that possibly originated in his gums, moved into his blood stream and attacked his heart. There will be a series of events to raise money, as well as a series of auctions. Concert at cosponsor Columbia Valley Brewery, 538 Riverside Dr., Wenatchee. For info, see Broadway Soiree, 6/1, 6 p.m. Enjoy wine and dinner followed by a cast of top notch Broadway and Pacific Northwest performers singing your favorites from Broadway’s Golden Age and some new, contemporary songs as well. Snowy Owl Theater. Cost: $60 dinner and show or $25 show only. Info: icicle. org. Impossible Bird, 6/1, 7 p.m. Live performance by Tyler Carson and Nick Drummond. River Haus in the Pines, Leavenworth. Info: Improv/Acting Workshop, 6/4, 7 p.m. Every Tuesday night with theater games for novice and experienced players. Fun, casual and free. Riverside Playhouse. Cost: free. Info:

Leavenworth Wine Walk, 6/1, noon – 6 p.m. Sample regional wines and stroll through downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. Downtown Leavenworth. Cost: $35. Info:

Chelan evening farmers market, 6/6 to 10/31, every Thursday, 4 – 7 p.m. Over 20 vendors selling produce, hummus, goat cheese, flowers and wool. Emerson Street between Riverwalk Park and Riverwalk Inn. Info:

Book signing, 6/1, 1 p.m. Author William Dietrich will be on hand for book signing The Barbed Crown. A Book For All Seasons. Cost: free. Info:

Wenatchee First Fridays, 6/7, 5 – 8 p.m. Walk downtown for art, music, dining and entertainment. Downtown Wenatchee.

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Jenny Couch will be showcasing her concrete leaf yard artwork. Refreshments served. Cost: free. Info:

business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. Confluence Technology Center. Info: northcentralwashington.

will be on hand with her new book, Capacity for Murder, the third in the Professor Bradshaw series. Cost: free. Info:

Mack. Over 40 local and regional artists show their work here. Local wines by 37 Cellars, complimentary refreshments and live music by flutists Suzanne Carr and Susan Ballinger. 102 N Columbia, Wenatchee. Cost: free.

Bubbles & Heels, 6/7, 5 p.m. and every first Friday of the month. What could be better than sipping bubbly, chatting with new and old friends and wearing your favorite shoes? One Wines, Inc. 526 E Woodin Ave, Chelan. Cost: $10 per glass. Info:

CruIzin Chelan, 6/7-8. Classic cars line the streets in downtown Chelan. This two-day car show includes Hula Hoop Hoopla, music, entertainment, shopping, dancing in the streets on Friday night and more. Info:

Hope Run Wenatchee, 6/8, 10 a.m. This event is a 10k/5k/1 mile run or walk benefiting the American Cancer Society. Start at Riverfront Park. All ages. Register: or Cozart Moreau Law or Banker Chiropractic.

Tumbleweed Bead Co., 6/7, 5 p.m. Meet artist, wildlife enthusiast and painter Lindsay Breidenthal. See her encounters with animals, storms and wildfire on canvas. Also

Startup Weekend, 6/7-9. Turn your idea into a working business. Receive feedback from peers. Teams form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of

Presentation and book signing, 6/7, 7 p.m. Presentation at Leavenworth Library and 6/8, 1 p.m. book signing at A Book For All Seasons. Author Bernadette Pajer

Echo Valley 30/60 mile bicycle race, 6/8. Info: events/6-8-echo-valley-30mile60mile.

Wine Dinner Series Join us on the new Salmon Gallery Terrace for an evening that will delight the senses! Savor a four course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Dusty Cope complemented by four great wines.

Sunday, June 2, 6 pm Dutch John’s Wines Visit for more information Call 509-548-6344 or 1-800-574-2123 for reservations today.


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the night sky this month

Planet trio still visible at the beginning of June By Peter Lind


Plenty of pickin’ will be going on — both on stage and in casual settings — at the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival June 14-16 at the Cashmere Fairgrounds. Community Yard Sale, 6/8, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Biggest yard sale in the area. Town Toyota Center. Cost: free. Info: RJ Rex, 6/8, 1-5 p.m. Performing at Silvara Vineyards, Leavenworth. Info: From Budapest to Berlin, 6/8, 7:30 p.m. A piano concert featuring Inger-Kristine Riber, award winning Norwegian pianist; lives in Germany, performs worldwide and Erika Lux, Hungarian born; professor at the Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany – performs worldwide. Snowy Owl Theater. Cost: $15. Reservations: 548-6347 x1. Cashmere Art and Activity Center, needle art every 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. Pinochle every 4th Tuesday, 1 p.m. Hat Group every Thursday, 1:30 – 3 p.m., knitters, crocheters and loom artists welcome. On 6/8, 5-8 p.m. featured artists will be Carol Brewer and Ruth Reisler. Refreshments and music by Kirk Lewellen provided. Will be announcing Cashmere High School art show contest winners. Info: 782-2415. NCW Blues Jam, 6/10 & 24, every second and fourth Monday, 7:30 – 11 p.m. Clearwater Steakhouse, East Wenatchee. Info: facebook. com/NCWBluesJam. Alzheimer’s Café, 6/11, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mountain Meadows Senior Living Campus hosts a cafe the second Tuesday of every month. This is a casual setting for folks with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, their

loved ones and caregivers. Desserts and beverages will be served free of charge. Entertainment and activities for those wishing to participate. Join us to meet new friends and share experiences. Located at 320 Park Avenue, Leavenworth. Info: 548-4076. Presentation and book signing, 6/13, 7 p.m. Presentation at Wenatchee Public Library, 6/14, 7 p.m. Presentation at Leavenworth Public Library and 6/15, 1 p.m. book signing at A Book For All Seasons. Two national bestselling authors Erica Bauermeister and Jennie Shortridge joined forces and wrote a new novel called Love Water and Memory. Cost: free. Info: Adventures in winemaking, 6/14, 5 – 7 p.m. Join Ray Sandidge at Lake Chelan Winery to learn about wine and grape growing. Cost: $15. RSVP 687-9463. Summer Concert Series, 7/14, 7 – 9 p.m. Live music every Friday night in Centennial Park, downtown Wenatchee. Bring a picnic blanket. Cost: free. Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival, 6/14-16. The Gibson Brothers, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Kevin Pace and the Early Edition and the Bluegrass Regulators will perform. Chelan County Expo Center. Info: Echo Valley 10k, half-marathon, 50k and 50 mile trail run, 6/15. Info: 2013 | The Good Life

eft over from the last week of May, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter line up in the evening twilight in early June. Although Jupiter, and later Mercury, become lost in the sun’s glow as the month progresses, Venus climbs higher and becomes more conspicuous. Our tour begins in the western sky shortly after sunset. On June 1, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a straight line angling to the upper left from twilight’s brightest glow. The trio spans just 9 degrees, roughly the width of a closed fist held at arm’s length. Venus shines brightest, followed by Jupiter, and then Mercury. Jupiter has been a fixture in the evening sky since early winter, its time this year has come to an end. The giant planet disappears into the solar glare by June’s second week. As dusk settles in during June, Saturn is nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky. It lies

echo-valley-trail-run. Andrew York Lineman Rodeo, 6/15, 8 a.m. The lineman rodeo is a showcase for power linemen and apprentices who come to compete for bragging rights and coveted silver belt buckles in team and apprentice events. Safety is as important as speed in determining the winners. In addition to the spotlight on skills, the memorial event has provided nearly $21,500 for scholarships for high school seniors active in preventing drug and alcohol abuse. The rodeo honors Chelan County PUD journeyman lineman Andrew York who died in 2000 from injuries suffered on the job when a drunken driver hit him. Walla Walla Point Park. Info:



in the constellation Virgo, where the 4th-magnitude star Virginis will remain close by all summer long. Saturn lies 1.2 degrees southeast of this star June 1. The gap closes to 0.4 degrees — less than the full moon’s width — by month’s end. Saturn fades slightly in June, from magnitude 0.3 to 0.5, as it slowly pulls away from Earth. In the months of May and June, if you look up high in the sky between Leo the Lion and Bootes the Herdsman, there is a small constellation called Coma Berenices. Looking into this constellation is a group of galaxies called the Virgo Cluster of galaxies of which our own Milky Way galaxy is a member. If you look around in this area with a 6-inch or smaller telescope you can see several galaxies, with a 12-inch or larger telescope you can see dozens of galaxies. Peter Lind is a local amateur astronomer. He can be reached at ppjl@

Fabulous Feet Viva Elvis, 6/15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Students ages 3 through adult will perform tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and contemporary routines to music from all eras. Performing Arts Center. Cost: $16.50 adults, $13.50 children and students. Info: Mezcla Cuban All Stars, 6/15, 7:30 p.m. Fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, Mezcla’s music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles. Snowy Owl Theater. Info: Cascade Golf Classic, 6/17, 9 a.m. Leavenworth Golf Course. Cost: $120. Info:

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}}} Continued from previous page Ohme Gardens Father’s Day Golf, 6/16, 9 a.m. Enjoy 10 rounds of mini golf and enter to win prizes. Info: Compassionate Friends, 6/17, 7 p.m. Monthly meeting for anyone who has lost a child. Grace Lutheran Church. Info: Carol 665-9987. Bavarian Battle, 6/22. 5k-obstacle run. Battle through mud, foam, cargo nets, log jams, ramps, culverts, slippery slides, apple bins and more while you navigate the Leavenworth Ski Hill trails. Info: Lake Chelan Rotary Century BIKE Challenge, 6/22, 7 a.m. The Challenge is a cloverleaf design. There are three loops, each one being completely different. Each loop is between 30 to 40 miles in length with an elevation of 2,500 to 3,000 feet. The ride combines challenging hills with captivating scenery. Ride all three loops for a total elevation gain of 8,606 feet. The ride passes through orchards and vineyards into the mountainous terrain surrounding Lake Chelan. Info: Chelan Cycle de vine, 6/22. The ride is approximately 35 miles long passing through scenery and visiting some of Chelan Valley’s prominent wineries. Start at Morse Park. Info: Deputy Saul Gallegos Memorial Run, 6/22, 8:30 a.m. 3k/5k fun walk or 5k/10k fun run followed by COPS brunch. Singleton Park, Manson. Cost: $15. Info: Eileen Ervin 667-6848 or Summer Stage, 6/24-28, 9 a.m.

Grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Class is intended for youth who may be curious about theater and want to explore acting, improv, movement, voice and makeup. Performing Arts Center. Cost: $180. Info: Bark in the park, 6/27, 4 p.m. Best costume and best trick competition plus a smellathon. Fun to be had for dogs and owners. Chelan Farmers market on Emerson. Info: Peter Pan, 6/28, 7 p.m. Cascade High School performs. Info: Foothills Hiking Challenge, 6/30, 9 a.m. 5 trails to choose from or do all 5. Info: Presentation and book signing, 6/28, 7 p.m. Leavenworth Library, 6/29, 1 p.m. A Book For All Seasons. Lance Weller will be on hand to talk and sign his new book Wilderness. Info: Leavenworth International Dance Festival, 6/29-30, 11 a.m. At the gazebo in downtown Leavenworth. Cost: free. Info: Summer Stage, 7/1-5, 9 a.m. Grades 3 – 5. This class is intended for youth who may be considering future participation in school production. Includes the opportunity to experience the technical aspects of theater. Performing Arts Center. Cost: $180. Info:

ment. Fireworks at dark. Walla Walla Point Park. Cost: free. Sound of Music, 7/5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 23, 25 and 26. 8 p.m. The sun falls behind the ridge, the moon rises over the valley and Maria descends the hillside singing The Hills are Alive. Ski Hill Amphitheater, Leavenworth. Cost: $30, $25 and $14. Info:

Kinderfest, 7/4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Face painting, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, balloons, games and live entertainment. Downtown Leavenworth. Cost: free. Info: 548-5807.

97 Flea Market, 7/6, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. & 7/7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live music on stage all day, food vendors, beer and wine garden, antiques, furniture and junk. Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso in Orondo. Info:

Independence Day Celebration, 7/4, 1 p.m. Visit the food and craft vendors, live music and entertain-

Rockin’ Fireworks, 7/6, approx. 10 p.m. Fireworks will be discharged from a barge on the lower basin of

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Lake Chelan. Cost: free. Summer Stage, 7/8-12, 9 a.m. Grades 6-8. Class intended for young teens that want a more intense theater experience. Includes opportunities for those who are serious about pursuing theater and want to put their skills to the test. Performing Arts Center. Cost: $250. Info: LAKE CHELAN BACH FEST, 7/11 - 20. Week long festival of live classical music throughout Chelan and Manson. Free winery string quartet concerts, children’s programs, Jazz night, Jam sessions, Pops in the Park, Festival orchestra and chorus and more! Tickets and schedule info at: Ohme Wine and Food Gala, 7/13, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the views while savoring tastes of wine from 12 Wenatchee Wine Country wineries, paired with food from 12 of the top chefs in north central Washington, using locally farmed food. Live music. Ohme Gardens. Cost: $60. Info: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 7/17,20,24,27, 8 p.m. A playful return to ancient Egypt where Joseph escapes the evil plans of his brothers and a series of misfortunes emerge. Under the stars at Hatchery Park Stage, Leavenworth. Cost: $30, $25 and $14. Info:

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Group ingenuity

“This kind of art can’t happen without a constructive tension that’s good for everybody.”

Here, Creativity is more than just one man’s idea


or Jeff Ostenson, creativity doesn’t mean one person unlocking an idea inside his head, but a group united in a common purpose and pooling ideas. “I get really excited when I can get a team together to do something,” he said. “When you get different people with their own creative passions involved in a project, the result is far better than any one person’s efforts.” His video company, North 40 Productions, benefits from that philosophy every day. Jeff probably became aware of it with his first grade Christmas pageant and the rush of lights, camera, action, costumes, makeup and lots of people backstage and on stage. From then through Wenatchee High School graduation, as a vocalist and sax player he performed in chamber singers, a rock band, jazz band and pit band for a musical. He was always in groups and always loving the sound that came from communal enterprise. A post-college career start in Bellingham, using his medical and psychology training as a chronic pain consultant, drained too much empathy from him. He felt useful for three years, but he said, “I couldn’t separate myself from other people’s problems — I constantly took everyone’s pain home with me.” Better, much better was plunging into the unexplored territory of his family’s burgeon-

Jeff Ostenson, owner of North 40 Productions — starting with a rough outline, he gets everyone to invest personally in video projects.

ing organic fruit enterprise in the Basin. In 1997, with no background he boldly took on the design, construction and then the management of their fruit packing shed. He came away exhilarated, saying simply, “I’m a project kind of guy.” In the genes were his dad’s visionary nature and his mom’s CPA precision. Jeff thrived on necessary inventiveness and the need to be “on time, under budget.” Combining his ideas with other people’s, learning every minute, was imperative. The similarity between a fruit packing shed and a video production company makes perfect sense when Jeff Ostenson explains it. In fact, it brings to question why every group enterprise doesn’t model itself on the creative principles that come naturally to him. June 2013 | The Good Life

Jeff made the connection to music, too. ”It was just like when I write a song — I’ll bring in a rough outline, a few lyrics, to other musicians, and we build on it — everybody’s got something personal invested in it.” He eventually managed 45 people in the packing shed the same way — what do you do best? And why do you do it? How can this benefit all of us? He tailor-made individual incentives based on the group’s entire production. As growth peaked in the horticulture venture, Jeff left to join forces with his band buddy, videographer Jamie Howell, and focused on growing the business end of Howell at the Moon. He also absorbed the art and engineering aspects of making video. Now at North 40 Productions Jeff is owner, executive producer



and “content guy” — he’s in charge of the whole story. He says that each member of the staff knows to firmly defend the integrity of their own area — audio, image, editing, graphics — but simultaneously is prepared to compromise. “This kind of art can’t happen without a constructive tension that’s good for everybody,” Jeff believes. “People here (Nathan, Charles, Chad and Oly) expect the best possible work from each other. Any criticism along the way is directed at improving the quality of the whole production.” National attention on previous promotional work (like Leavenworth’s lederhosen-clad dancing girls) lead to the team making a sound-rich video for Austin, Texas in a grueling five-day marathon road trip. It involved 12 live performances from rockabilly to soul to symphony in 12 locations, one song (Jimmie Vaughn’s Tick Tock), hundreds of shots as dissimilar as helicopter flyovers and fingerpads on guitar frets, in 100 degree temperature with 95 degree humidity. And it worked. The company website describes Jeff’s role as keeping “the balance between art and purpose.” A true believer in collaborative creativity, he knows the Austin project and others like it are essentially like playing in a band, or like building a great big industrial shed from scratch. See videos at — by Susan Lagsdin


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The Army invades the Wenatcha Valley Hostilities between Yakima

Indians and whites began in 1855 with the murder of six miners crossing the Yakima River on the way to new gold strikes in the Colville area. Soon after that the Yakima Indian agent, A.J. Bolon’s throat was cut and he was burned in a blazing fire along with his horse. The army’s first efforts to stop the violence were not successful, further emboldening the Indians. Colonel George Wright took command of Fort Dalles in 1856 and increased the number of troops stationed there in anticipation of a major move against the hostile war chiefs. In June Colonel Wright learned that the war chiefs, Kamiakin and Owhi, along with their people had left the Kittitas Valley and moved north across the mountains to the Wenatcha Valley. Wright believed they had moved in an effort to escape his soldiers and he quickly mounted a campaign to separate the people from the chiefs and bring

Colonel George Wright, about 1860.

the people back to the Kittitas where they would be under the eye of the army and away from the influence of the chiefs. Before dawn on July fifth, 500 soldiers with horses, pack mules and howitzer cannons began their march up a trail along Swauk Creek. They quickly encountered the difficult conditions their scouts had warned of. Colonel Wright reported that, “The mountains are very high, the trail, frequently obstructed

by masses of fallen trees, runs along the side of a mountain, with barely room for a single animal, and occasionally the stone and gravel yielding to the pressure, a mule with its pack would roll down the precipice.” They struggled for 12 miles before encamping in the mountains. The men marched five miles the next morning on a trail “far worse” than the previous day before crossing the summit and following Pish-hosten Creek down to the Wenatcha River where they camped at 1 p.m. Wright learned that afternoon that Kamiakin, Owhi and their families had crossed the Columbia and gone to the Palouse country to join other hostile chiefs. Old Chief Teias remained with about a thousand Yakimas fishing along the Wenatcha.

With them were most of the P’squose people and their chiefs. Father Pandosy was there as a friend and translator for the Indians. All together there must have been between 1,500 and 2,000 Indians fishing at sites along the river, especially at the Nacicle/ Wenatcha forks, the center of the reservation granted to the P’squose at the Walla Walla Treaty Council. It was the peak of the Chinook salmon season. Summer Chinooks had joined the end of the spring run and thousands of fish were being harvested and dried. The situation at the fishery and the large number of Indians on the river forced Wright to modify his plans. The fishery was much more important than he had anticipated and even if he had not been chasing the Yakimas they would have been right where he found them, just where they had been every summer for as many generations as

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“... a single false step would precipitate man or beast into the roaring cataract 500 feet below.” they could remember. In meetings with the Yakimas during July 7 and 8 the Indians assured Wright they would all go at once to the Kittitas if he required it, “But they express great apprehension about their subsistence, and would prefer to stay here for a while until they can lay up a good supply of salmon.” Wright added, “I have examined the fishing places south of this and there are none to compare with this at this season of the year.” Wright decided to take half of the Yakimas back to the Kittitas immediately and leave the other half to continue fishing and return later. Chief Teias agreed that he and his family would go with Wright as hostages to secure the good behavior of the Yakimas that remained. Wright wrote of the old chief, Kamiakin’s uncle and father-inlaw, “He is, and has always been, our good friend.” The Indians also showed their good faith by returning to Wright about 20 horses and mules belonging to the government that had, somehow, gotten in with the Indian stock. Central to all the negotiations was Father Pandosy. Wright, in a letter to a superior, wrote, “In all my operations recently, the aid I have received from Father Pandosy has essentially contributed to our success. He has great influence with these Indians, and has exerted himself, both night and day, in bringing matters to their present state.” At sunrise on July 9 the soldiers marched east down the south bank of the Wenatcha River to the Columbia, the first leg of the return to the Kittitas

Valley. Wright and his 500 troops were joined by about 500 Yakimas with, by Wright’s estimate, 1,000 horses. He noted that the Indians and their horses stretched for five miles. Along with the troops and their animals it must have been the longest procession of people and stock ever seen on the Wenatcha River. They reached the Columbia at 3 p.m. that afternoon. In a letter written that evening Wright described the trail. “Our route was at times almost impracticable, the trail passing over rugged mountains and

but a few inches wide, where a single false step would precipitate man or beast into the roaring cataract 500 feet below. By working at the trail, and then leading each animal very carefully, I succeeded in crossing over the whole command with baggage, pack train and three mountain howitzers safely.” In three days the troops and their collected Yakimas were back in the Kittitas Valley camped on the Yakima River. Wright noted that since leaving Fort Na-chess on June 18 his command had “marched 180 miles, principally over a rugged mountainous country, hitherto

unknown to us, and deemed impracticable for military operations.” The warrior chiefs were far away. Five hundred Yakimas with their horses and cattle were now under the watchful eyes of the army. Not a shot had been fired, not an Indian or soldier lost. The campaign was a success. Historian, actor and teacher Rod Molzahn can be reached at His third history CD, Legends & Legacies Vol. III - Stories of Wenatchee and North Central Washington, is now available at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and at other locations throughout the area.

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Delightful wines & conversation in Cashmere I

f you’re one of the many who have discovered Cashmere’s Mission District and its winetasting center, you have likely met the delightful Clare East. Clare presides over the tasting room at Cashmere Cellars, which recently opened next door to Devil’s Gulch, a popular gathering place in the beveragecentric building. Clare’s daughter, Ardy, and her husband, Ben Low, are the wine makers in the family. Ben and Ardy began their adventure with wine as amateur wine makers a decade or so ago. As their personal interest grew, they created a co-op activity where, under Ben and Ardy’s directions, a few friends joined in the process of wine making. The friends cooperatively shared in the costs and the labors for the benefit of enjoying wines they helped make at a very reasonable cost per bottle. Moving from amateur wine making to opening a licensed business isn’t all that uncommon, so it was no surprise to members of the co-op that Ben and Ardy followed that path to the launching of their enterprise: Cashmere Cellars. As Cashmere residents familiar with the popularity of the

Clare East serves up good conversation and nice wines at the Cashmere Cellars tasting room.

Mission District, they opened their tasting room there. Clare, a lively and energetic person who enjoys meeting people and talking about wine, agreed to manage the room and pour wine. I had the pleasure of stopping by the tasting facility to sample the wines, and was very pleased with the quality of all the wines and with the price point. All bottles are priced at $17 each. Talking with Clare made it even more enjoyable. So, what’s on the list to taste?

A wide array of wines with attention-grabbing labels are displayed for your enjoyment. Do ask Clare about the labels and designs, done by a very local couple whom you might know. This is, indeed, a community venture, and local, as are the other businesses there. When you do drop in, I recommend starting your tasting with the 2008 Pinot Noir, Red Mountain fruit, and slowly move up the list. In fact, you could go in this

order: 2008 Merlot, Red Mountain fruit — This one is medium bodied with charmingly delicate aromas and enticing flavors. 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain fruit — This wine has a distinct Cab nose, with a hint of mocha, leather and spice on the nose. Grill that steak or lamb chop and enjoy! 2008 Syrah, Wahluke Slope fruit — I was pleased to find a level of berry fruit both on the nose and on the mid palate that had both the Syrah pepper and a hint of Bordeaux blended fruity character. 2008 Ardy’s Blend, Red Mountain fruit — All the wines were enjoyable, but Ardy’s blend was my favorite. I must confess to being a bit short on words to describe why exactly I felt that way. Best I can do is to tell you this was a physical thing, not a verbal thing. Call it a balance of aromas, tastes and textures. What can I say? I liked it best. All the wines are made from grapes grown in Washington’s top quality viticultural areas. Good wines, of course, start with good fruit, but there’s more to making good wine than the origins of the grapes. There’s the care and treatment of the fruit during the fermentation process, and then, perhaps most importantly, the stylistic touches of the winemaker. It’s at this point where the polish is added. Ben and Ardy have polished some diamonds. Alex Saliby is a wine lover who spends far too much time reading about the grapes, the process of making wine and the wines themselves. He can be contacted at alex39@msn. com.


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