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Downtown Art & Wine Walk Agricultural Appreciation Parade Harvest Maze & Pumpkin Patch Mennonite Country Auction Farm Family Brunch HARVEST FESTIVALS Mowgli: The Jungle Book Ballet I AM KING: Michael Jackson Experience Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure A Christmas Story: The Musical Lost at Sea: Ephrata Cabaret The Addams Family: MLHS Musical Festival of Trees Write on the River


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The Quincy Valley Chamber & Quincy Rotary Club Cordially invite you to their Bi-Annual Auction

Taste of Tuscany Evening includes silent & live auctions, dinner & live entertainment by The Rusty Cage Band November 11, 6pm Doors Open at 5:30 at the Quincy Valley Business and Conference Center

For Tickets Call 509.787.2140 | 3

Seems like yesterday


ne decade, six years and one-hundred and ninetytwo issues ago, we set out to develop a magazine dedicated to the art and entertainment world and the local creative people who keep it flourishing. With this in mind we ventured to share ideas on how to best savor forty-eight hours of a weekend’s worth of fun only to discover the fun never stops. You’d think the hard-working people within the 17 communities we serve, while not busy perfecting their daily responsibilities would curl up on the couch and watch nothing more demanding than a reality show. Guess again. What the people in our communities do, in fact, is get up, get in and get going. Spare time is an opportunity to experience all that our area has to offer and get acquainted with the exceptional people who live here. So, for sixteen years now, we’ve been placing event after event on our pages, produced to stimulate the mind and please the senses, inviting thousands of people to attend to have a fun time.

Music concerts, visual art exhibits, writing, speaking, live theater, dance performances, dining experiences, wine tastings, golf tournaments, museums, recreational events, community happenings...we are a vibrant region with a lot of talent and treasure to share. We enjoy telling you about it. So, here comes issue number one-hundred and ninety-three, encouraging you to mark your calendar for upcoming memories to be made. We invite you to play with us, laugh with us, dine with us, dance with us, explore with us, shop with us, volunteer with us, and grow with us. Hey, we’re in in for the fun and we want you to come along. Just seems like yesterday we were talking about bands like Swamp Mamma Johnson and the Charles White Band that were strumming world-class blues for an entire weekend, but that was 16 years ago!

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Downtown Art & Win e Walk Agricultural Appr eciation Parade Harvest Maze & Pum pkin Patch Mennonite Country Auction Farm Family Brun ch HARVEST FESTIVAL S Mowgli The Jungle Book Ballet I AM KING Michael Jackson Experien ce Wonderland: Alice 's Rock & Roll Adve nture A Christmas Story: The Musical Lost at Sea: Ephrata Cabaret The Addams Family: MLHS Musical Festival of Trees Write on the River


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come early! Grab a bite! enjoy a day of holiday shopping & specials! entertainment 4pm & tree lighting 5pm For more information go to!

Another great event brought to you by the MLBA, it’s our mission to improve, strengthen and promote the development of our downtown.

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When was the last time you called the Grange?

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Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers, Inc. “a full-time marketing company committed to the distribution of items at simulcast and online only auctions.”

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23rd annual


friday, december 1st

street party 5pm

parade 7pm

CAROLERS, HOT COCOA, TREATS, SANTA, ENTERTAINMENT & MORE! Another great event brought to you by the MLBA, it’s our mission to improve, strengthen and promote the development of our downtown. Follow ‘’ on Facebook. Support your downtown & your community, become a member of MLBA!

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The Quincy Valley Lions Club In conjunction with

Becerra Gardens Present their annual

HARVEST MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH Saturdays and Sundays September 30 - October 29 | 10am-6pm

Special group rates and times are available by calling 509.398.2631, 509.398.0957 or email Cost is $6 per person and includes the mazes, pumpkin of choice, games and activities. Concessions are available for purchase. Children 2 and under are free.

Located at 11235 Rd. 9 NW, Quincy WA

Becerra Gardens U-pick garden open dawn to dusk 7 days a week mid-July through end of October. For more information email Find us on Facebook. Visit our website at

THANK YOU to Flanagan & Jones and Central Bean Co., Inc. for their support.

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MENNONITE COUNTRY AUCTION A Washington Relief Sale & Auction supporting the world relief efforts of the Mennonite Central Committee SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 BREAKFAST STARTS AT 7 AM / BOOTHS AT 10 AM AUCTION STARTS AT NOON NO ADMISSION FEE. FREE PARKING. KIDS ACTIVITIES.


he Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale is one of over 47 relief sales held in the United States and Canada.  Proceeds from these relief sales support the international relief, developemnt and service ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Service is given “In the name of Christ” in the midst of a hurting world as a witness to a compassionate God. MCC was born in 1920 in response to hunger and related human need brought on by war and revolution in Russia and the Ukraine. Today MCC has about 1000 workers serving in some 53 countries, including the U.S., and sends assistance to 70 countries.  MCC’s programs include providing material aid, such as wheat, beans, clothing and medical supplies to meet emergency needs, and agricutural development and water conservation projects to improve life in communities around the globe.  Our sale has contributed over $1.5 million to MCC over the past 39 years.

• Food Stands: Sausage Sandwiches,

Hamburgers, Apple Butter, Apple Cider, New Year’s Cookies (Raisin Fritters), Ice cream, Pies, Baked Goods, Green Bean Soup, Salad, Bulk Sausage, Ham, Slab Bacon, Amish Cheese, Kraut Runza, BBQ Rib plate and more.

• Booths: Crafts, Ten Thousand Villages

(international crafts), Collectibles and Antiques, MCC/Mennonite Information, The Recycled Spoon, Etcetera Shop, Country Store, Quilters’ Corner PLUS and a Bounce House for the kids.

• Auction: Begins at Noon. Quilts, Comforters and Afghans, Wall Quilts, Furniture, gift certificates and many more new and good used items. Credit cards will be accepted for auction items only

Menno Mennonite Church Grounds

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It Takes A Village Quilt 32 x 46 Machine quilted Made & donated by Mary Cender Miller, Seattle, WA



e have had the privilege of selling for this auction for the past several years. This little country church, literally is in the middle of nowhere, raises a large amount of money for relief in countries with refugee crises or who are facing disastrous situations. The following are examples of how the money which is raised is allocated: 1. Educational material and teachers for children displaced by conflict in countries like Syria or Somalia 2. To find and create water sources for people without access to clean water or irrigation for agriculture 3. Money raised also provides quick relief for those facing floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and other disastrous situations This is a great organization that puts any money raised into action. So come join us, have great farm food and drink and bid on great items!

iberty Quartet was founded in October of 1995 out of a local church in Boise, Idaho. Royce Mitchell was the choir director and the other three members were in the choir. In 1997, Liberty began traveling full-time. Liberty is celebrating God's faithfulness and over 21 years of ministry. Liberty is a Gospel group based in the West with a full-time concert schedule. The members of Liberty are Royce Mitchell, bass; Paul W. Ellis, lead; Derek Simonis, baritone; and Philip Batton, tenor. Liberty travels many miles each year, ministering in performances for church services, nursing homes, prisons, and other ministries. They also sing at large conventions including Southwest Gospel Music Festival, Great Western Fan Festival, and the Gospel Music Fan Festival in Canada. The guys cherish the opportunity to connect with people and make new friends wherever they

go. They have had the opportunity to share the platform with groups such as Gaither Vocal Band, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Booth Brothers, the Hoppers, the Isaacs, the Collingsworth Family, and many others. While featuring everything from high-energy performances to moments of contemplation, Liberty always leads the congregation in an incredible concert of worship. Their ministry bridges all generations, bringing  enjoyment to traditional and contemporary Performing at the Mennonite Country venues. Auction on October 07, 2017 @ 10:30 am

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Celebrating Farm Families that Live and Shop In Moses Lake

Saturday, December 2, 2017 Time: 8:00 am to 10:30 am Location: Michael’s On The Lake

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t's about people, all working their own way, in their own place, in the world of agri.CULTURE. There is a comfort in being exposed to farm people. Follow along as I share their conversations with you. If you listen, you will find that most of these people would trade nothing for the lessons learned – lessons that produce strength of character and solid foundations for generations to come. I hope you enjoy the daily glimpses into the lives of the people as much as I have getting to photograph them. Sue Tebow 509.760.0503 | 15

15th Annual

FESTIVAL Saturday, October 14, 2017 | Noon to 3 p.m. with special presentation at the Pioneer Church at 3 p. m. Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum, Along Highway 28 Quincy

An educational and free event! Hands-on history, music & good, old-fashioned fun! 3 PM - “Badges to Bandanas” Songs & Stories of WA State Workers Trillium 239 - through Humanities Washington

OLD-TIME SKILLS TO ENJOY: Washtub Laundry Rope Making Wood-Fired Baking

Flint Knapping Cider Pressing Candle Making Corn Shelling Crocheting

Butter Churning Quilting Treadle Sewing

German Sausage Lunch Available St. Paul Lutheran Sagebrush Mercantile with new items! Paid for by Generous Donors & Friends of the QVHSM. Advertising Provided by City of Quincy Tourism Funds. Visit Call us at (509)787-4685 & leave a message for more info.

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s many local farmers bring in the fruits of their labor with the end-of-summer harvest, I would like to extend a sincere thank you. Grant County is a place that thrives because of its agricultural backbone. We celebrate this every now and then, with events like the Grant County Fair, but a farmer’s job goes beyond the season of plenty. I’d like to acknowledge the tireless effort that our farmers, ranchers, dairymen, migrant workers, and farm families put forth every day of the year. I know the work is relentless, as the end of one season brings new tasks and preparations for the following season. Many hours of your day go unrecognized. It has been a privilege to grow up in this diverse agricultural community. I’m glad my grandchildren will grow up in a place where they will understand that the world is made possible by the fields, farms, and people who tend them. ~Jerry Moberg


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identify as undecided, depending on the year. Most who want to go on Additionally, Garrett said some to study at a four-year university students who don’t know exactly or college find that the transfer what they want to study start in preparation program is the way to the Associate of Arts and Science go, but not all, Garrett said. program and figure out what Conversely, students who seek their passion is. It’s not surprising, Big Bend as a means to learn a skill given the variety of course and get to work typically end up offerings: accounting, agriculture in one of the prof-tech programs. anthropology, art and aviation Students can then switch if they top the alphabetically sorted list. find something than what Residential and other Commercial Peruse the rest to find criminal they are studying that piques their Weekly and monthly rates available justice, economics, engineering, interests. Mowing /Trimming history, math, music, philosophy, Then there(shrubs/trees) are students who psychology, sociology, and so on. Edging / Thatching (clean-up) can’t or don’t want /toAerating go to school “As far as what the students for two years to getand a degree. Think Sprinkler maintenance repair want to do, some do come in that Moses Lake’s two-year college Ryan Minnerly photo Underground sprinkler system blow out knowing that and some have no is no place for those students? Think A BBCC student is hard at work on her studies at an on-campus facility. (reserve your date now) idea and they just start taking again. Pressure classes, and that’s when they figure A lot of potential students think they have washing to be here for(homes) two years. We support agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and out whatfinancial it is they want do,” said Daneen Berry-Guerin, Big Bend’s installations andthey chain link services, todayto and tomorrow. “There areFence certificates available along wood the way that can earn Dean of Workforce Education. that will help them with obtaining those skills,” Berry-Guerin “So if · Real Estate Financing Landscaping / And muchsaid. more · Operating Lines of Credit Berry-Guerin leads the college’s professional and technical programs, they don’t have two years to give, but they have a year that they can · Country Home & Lot Loans the second avenue through which students learn at Big Bend. She focus on their studies, there are several certificates in all of the degree · Crop Insurance* said the students are usually split about 50-50 between the transfer pathways that they can earn as well.” Licensed and insured 509.764.2700 | preparation and profession-technical pathways, though that ratio It’s true — the college has more than 20 certificate programs. Some fluctuates from year to year. take a year, others take far less time. Take the commercial driver’s license There is a portion of prospective students who don’t know which (CDL) program that can be completed in six weeks, giving students a pathway best suits their interests because they aren’t sure what they professional skill in a short window of time that they can then put to want to do — somewhere between 4 and 10 percent of students selfuse in the working world. Other students get certifications in industrial Here to Help You Grow

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Faces of Cancer 2017 A powerful and beautifully created magazine in support of the friends and family in our own community who face cancer. Coming this holiday season. A product of VENUE Magazine / / | 27

Joey Jewell’s

Sinatra at the Sands A special evening brought to you by friends of the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation to benefit those in our own community who battle and live with cancer everyday. Take a trip to the old “Las Vegas Sands Hotel.” Joey's "Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Friends" is the closest thing to the big show in the Copa Room that you can experience in the Northwest and beyond. For ONE NIGHT ONLY, Joey Jewell (famed Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin impersonator), will be joined by nine other musicians and a surprise female vocalist for a special concert.

OCTOBER 21, 2017 St Brigid's Brewery, 606 West Broadway, Moses Lake Doors open at 7:30pm and show starts promptly at 8:30pm There are ONLY 50 tickets available. Tickets are $50 per person. Libations and snacks included.

Please call (509) 764-4644 to purchase tickets by phone or stop in at the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation office and purchase tickets there. Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation, 1031 W Broadway Ave, Moses Lake, WA 98837

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4 Concerts: Adult $60 * Student $30 * Family $135 * 1 Parent $85 1 Show: Adult $25 * Student $10 * Family $55 * 1Parent $26 Music Students/Music Teachers $5/per show Call for tickets (509) 760-6908 or purchase at Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce

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The Jungle Book Ballet Experience the spirited adventures of Mowgli as he befriends and grows up with Baloo the Bear, and battles the larger-than-life Shere Khan the Tiger and Kaa the Snake. An exotic retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s stories enjoyed by all ages, with fanciful costumes, masks, sets and world music that creates the magic of young Mowgli’s life in the jungle. “It will blow people’s minds how the dancers and puppeteers can make it come to life.” - Gregory Crane, Scenic Designer Choreography – Toni Pimble Music – Indian World Music Fusion Scenic and Puppet Design – Gregory C. Crane Costume Design – Jonna Hayden Mask Design – Lynn Bowers Lighting Design – Kelly Baum

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The Michael Jackson Experience is as close as you will get to seeing the King of Pop live in concert!


eaturing Michael Jackson tribute artists who can sing LIVE while mastering the intense dancing that Jackson was so famous for, I AM KING takes the audience on a musical and visual journey into the world of the KING OF POP. The creators of I AM KING have put together an incredible cast of talented musicians and Broadway and Las Vegas dancers to bring Jackson to life in an explosion of unmatched energetic perfection. I AM KING features Michael Firestone in amazing renditions of Jackson’s biggest hits including “Bad”,”Billie Jean”, “Thriller”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Human Nature” and many more.

“Firestone is a consummate performer.” - Agenda Mag, Las Vegas Having performed to millions of Michael Jackson fans worldwide, Michael Firestone has been hailed by fans and critics alike as the heir apparent to Michael Jackson in look, performance and authenticity. When it comes to Michael Jackson tribute artists, there are none quite like Michael Firestone. His ability to sing live while mastering the intense dancing that Michael Jackson was so famous for has made him the most sought after MJ tribute artist in the world.  Michael Firestone was chosen as one of two official Michael Jackson impersonators for the Michael Jackson Laser Spectacular shows in theaters and casinos all over the USA and Canada including the Tacoma Dome.  Most recently, Michael Firestone co-created and starred in MJ Live and numerous other Michael Jackson tribute shows that are still using his image/video to sell tickets. Prior to Michael Jackson’s untimely death, Firestone had performed as a Michael Jackson tribute artist in live shows such as ‘MTV Magic’ and ‘Around the World’ in Asia, ‘Legends in Concert’ in Myrtle Beach, ‘LaCage’ and ‘Masquerade’ in Atlantic City. Firestone also did guest appearances on ‘Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular’ and the Asian variety show ‘The Bon Show.’

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Lost at Sea

Tickets are $12 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. For more information,

November 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Doors open at 6 pm Performances begin at 7 pm

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23rd Annual

F ESTIVAL OF TREES Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 2017

Donate auction items | Purchase tickets or a table | Purchase a tree for your home or office

Grant County Fairgrounds 4-H Building

Silent & live auction items needed. Get involved! Decorate a tree. Go to for donation forms, to purchase tickets, reserve a table or to decorate a tree.

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Proceeds benefit local families in need of adequate homes.

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October 31st • 5-7pm

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The History of HALLOWEEN By VM


his month, happiness appears to come in the form of tons upon tons of chocolate, billions of those tiny candy corns, and caramel covered popcorn balls and apples. Halloween is without question one of America’s sweetest holiday traditions with billions of American dollars spent on sugary delights. And what are you going to wear? The costumes have no limits with endless new ideas cropping up every year. With all of the ghouls and ghosts running around hand in hand with angels and fairies it’s hard to really know why we do this, where “trick-or-treat” came from or how pumpkin carving became known as the best October American pastime to include heaps of giant squash guts, oversized knives, and a box of white wine. Read on, friends, and learn how the happy holiday during which you gorge yourself on candy sweets has its roots intertwined with the ominous winters of old

Western Europe, the Druids of Celtic fame, and the Roman Empire who once had it all. It should be noted that this “history” was stolen from various Internet websites and should certainly not be used as reference in any school paper. Dates, names, theories, and spellings should all be researched on your own time. With that said, The Somewhat Interesting History of Halloween:

Ancient Origins Roughly 2000 B.C.E. Celtic festivities began to permeate what is now know as the United Kingdom, Scotland and Northern France. The Celtic New Year began on November 1st, signifying the end of the harvest year and beginning of the cold, dark winter months ahead. On the day before the new year the Celts celebrated Samhain (Sowin) during which time they believed that the spirits of

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Continued from page the dead returned to wander the earth and posses the bodies of the willing and unwilling alike. The Druids of the era built huge bonfires around which ceremonies of sacrifice and prayer to Celtic deities were had. Hearth fires would be extinguished so to make homes appear cold and uninviting to the spirits, while costumes, usually consisting of animal heads and furs, were donned to confuse the spirits of fleshy identity. Those Celts were clever, weren’t they? Following Samhain, hearth fires would be relit from a common source, the Druidic fire which burned in the middle of Ireland at Usinach. The Roman Empire had conquered the majority of the Celtic territory by 43 C.E. In the proceeding 400 years a cultural amalgamation resulted when two Roman holidays combining with the afore mentioned Celtic holiday of Samhain. One of the Roman holidays is thought to be Feralia, celebrated in late October by the Romans, as a day commemorating the passing of their dead. Another would be a day celebrating Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. (The apparent symbol of Pomona, the apple, is thought to have some bearing on why “bobbing for apples” is a Halloween tradition.) By 800 C.E., Christianity had spread (aggressively) into Celtic lands. In what is regarded as a move to displace the pagan festival of the dead with a church sanctioned holiday,


Pope Boniface IV officially declared November 1 st as All Saints’ Day. All Saints’ Day, or All-hallows, was a day to honor all Roman Catholic saints and martyrs. The day before All Saints’ Day become known as All Hallows’ Eve and eventually Hallow E’en by the Irish. Nearing 1000 C.E., the Roman church would make November 2nd All Souls’ Day to honor the dead. Together all three holidays, All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day, become knows as Hallowmas.

Evolution of Modern Tradition During All Souls’ Day in England it became common practice for the poor to rove from door to door begging for “soul cakes,” small pastries, in return for prayers for the household’s recently deceased. The tradition was encouraged by the church and eventually replaced the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for wandering spirits of the dead. “Going a- souling,” as it was referred to, was soon adopted by children who would visit neighboring homes in hopes of getting food and money. The act of dressing in costume for Halloween stems from both Roman and Celtic traditions. During a time of widespread stigmatic spiritual dogma and outright fear of that which is dead the idea of spirits coming back to ravage the souls of the living was hardly a comforting one. People | 47

of the era believe they would encounter less than benign deities if they left their homes during Hallowmas. To counter any such spiritual mish-mash during the festivities, party goers would dress up in masks, animal furs, and perhaps whatever else they could get their hands on to deter spiritual possession. The story of the Jack-O-Lantern is perhaps the most fun of all Halloween lore. It goes something like this: According to Irish folklore there once was a man named Jack, a notorious drunk and town trickster. Jack was once able to trick Satan into climbing a tree and then trapped him in it by carving a cross in the tree’s trunk. Jack made a deal with the devil that if he never tempted Jack again he would let him down. The Devil agreed. After Jack died he was neither admitted into Heaven because of his evil ways, nor into Hell for tricking the Devil himself. Rather he was forced to walk the eternal darkness with nothing but a single burning ember set inside of a hallowed out turnip. Poor Jack. No good trick goes without some manner of resentment. Later, American immigrants found that pumpkins housed embers/candles much better than turnips. The boxed white wine came much later in the history of Halloween.

Halloween in the Americas

Rigid Protestant beliefs prevented widespread Halloween celebration in early New England times. However, during Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, millions of immigrants flooded the shores of the East coast, bringing with them the second most popular holiday in American culture. (In terms of monetary expenditures, of course.) Young Americans began roaming from house to house on the eve of October 31 st asking for food, money, and other treats. The practice became know as today’s “trick-ortreat” tradition. By the turn of the century Halloween become most commonly celebrated with parties for the young and old alike, defining it more and more as a purely secular holiday. Halloween began losing much of religious and superstitious overtones that helped shape the holiday nearly four thousand years ago.  

Happy Halloween

Have a safe and sweet holiday this October! VM

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First Ever Writers Retreat! right here, write now


o you need some time away from life’s distractions to sit down and actually get words on the page? Are you thirsting for an opportunity to dive deeply into your writing? Well, here’s your chance. Write On The River is hosting our first ever Writers Retreat! Join a fellowship of writers for four days of uninterrupted writing: •

with as much solitude or camaraderie as you like, in a private lodge surrounded by quiet, riverfront beauty, and supported by companions who are also working on their writing.

others if and when you wish, walk the forested property for inspiration, and experience the focus and peace that a beautiful retreat can provide. We’ll write in our rooms, on the lovely deck, or in the common room. Balanced against individual writing will be several chats from experienced writers and teachers (who are also retreating). When: Sunday October 22, 4 pm – Wednesday October 25, 11 am

Total Price for All Three Nights of Retreat: Private bedroom with queen bed

JRs Riverfront Retreat in Plain has a variety of rooms, as well as a loft with twin beds, with prices varying accordingly. Bring your own food to cook in one of two kitchens, gather to talk with

(3 rooms available at this price): $275

Loft with twin beds

(4 twin beds available at this price): $190 RSVP by October 1st: but hurry, the rooms may fill up quickly! Questions: Call Melody Kreimes, WOTR,

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love this town. The ability to drive 10 minutes and get anywhere I need to be. The lack of heavy traffic, the strong downtown corridor, but most of all the people in Moses Lake that make it what it is. We are a small city on the precipice of something bigger, and we can’t stop that from happening no matter how hard we try, no matter how much people dislike growth. That growth must be managed in a way that is thoughtful and brings revenue into the city to pay for all the things that we enjoy. The City Council has to work in conjunction with the city to bring forth that which the community deems important! It’s not about making decisions on the Council that are detrimental to the community but knowing four years down the road when you’re not on the City Council anymore you won’t have to deal with the ramifications of those decisions. My experience as a business owner and past experience on the board of a financial credit union and the Realtor association gives me a better understanding of where the growth is coming from and the financial impact it can have on our community. Instead of fighting that growth, lets manage the growth so that we can have a community and a City Council that we are all proud of. What a time and political climate to be diving into running for this office… It’s important to acknowledge all the division but then move on from it in a way that is positive for this community. If you vote for me I hope to help bring back the cohesiveness that is so important.”

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’ve enjoyed working on City Council the past 8 years. I enjoy the challenges of dealing with the many issues that the city has.

I learned a lot about business, finances, and public relations when my wife and I ran a medical practice for ten years. I expanded that knowledge when I became Medical Director of Confluence Health Moses Lake. Those experiences have helped me with my current position on City Council and have taught me good listening skills, the need to compromise, and leadership. The city has limited finances and multiple spending requests. For instance, the city has problems with our roads after a hard winter. The State has given us more mandates without an increase in funding. Like you, as a citizen, the City needs a balanced budget. The citizens of Moses Lake needs someone with experience to deal with these challenges and I am ready and able to lead the council in the right direction.”

~ David Curnel

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am a retired (2011) public school educator with experience as a teacher, building level principal, and superintendent. My education includes B. Ed. (1974), M.Ed. (1980), and D.Ed. (2004), from Washington State University. As a public school administrator my experience involved personnel management, facility management, budget management, curriculum development, and public relations. In all groups the process of democratic decision making, and the application of Robert’s Rules of order facilitate reaching specific goals, keeping order, and fulfilling the groups’ missions. I am running for the office of Council Member of the Moses Lake City Council to help improve the process and outcomes of municipal government. Growth and development in our city of business, cultural, and social activities will be influenced by the decisions made by the City Council. It is in the interest of all citizens to be active and involved in helping to improve the quality of life in our community. I would like to contribute to that process.”

~ Mike Riggs Paid for by the committee to elect Mike Riggs



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have been a resident of the area for most of my life, graduating from Odessa High School and later received my BA in Special Education with K-8 regular Education endorsement and my MA in Counseling Psychology with school endorsement from Gonzaga University. My passion has been in teaching, both public and private sectors. As a teacher for more than 16 years, I had the privilege to teach all grade levels and was the Department Head of Special Education for two years at Moses Lake High School. I am running as a School Board Member because I truly believe that the best education for our children depends on the good decisions we make for them. As a school board member, I will not only bring my education experience and background but also my business knowledge. I have been the bookkeeper for our family farm since 1988, bookkeeper for our local business for the last eight years, and a Big Bend Community College Foundation member since 2010.”

~ Vickey Melcher

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have lived in Moses Lake since 5 years old. I have been married to my husband, Jim for 44 years. We have been business owners, Animal Crackers Clipper, Kennel & Co., for over 35 years. We have 2 sons, and 4 grandchildren, one on the way. I have served on the Moses Lake Council for the past eight years. I am currently serving as our Mayor. I believe my strongest obligation is to provide safety to our citizens through police, fire and a strong infrastructure. Maintaining a balanced budget and planning for our future is as important in my business and it is our city. Budgeting is a high priority. We must live within the perimeter of it. Moses Lake is growing and on the crest of more exciting additions to our community. I want to help and manage growth to the best advantage of our citizens. I found Moses Lake to be a wonderful community to make my home and want to ensure a good quality of life for generations to come. I appreciate  your vote and your trust.”

~ Karen Liebrecht

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