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Members of Valley Winds during its first rehearsal back in Jan. 2017 in the Chelan High School band room.
CHELAN – It started as a brainstorming idea by music teachers from the area and it evolved into what is now the Valley Winds Community Wind Ensemble. Chelan Music teacher Stephen Burdick along with a couple of music teachers from around the Valley brainstormed on the idea of creating a group for...

Brian Strausbaugh - US Navy
I entered the Navy right after my 21st Birthday on the 26th of April 1956, and I retired on June 25, 1975. All of my Service time was on the West Coast spending 12 years out of the 20 at the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island at Oak Harbor, Wash. After Boot Camp in San Diego, Calif., I was sent to...

Gene and Pat Kelly have worked at Kelly’s for 60 and 30 years respectively.
CHELAN – James Reed established Chelan Hardware 93 years ago, which in 1958, he sold to Wayne Kelly and became Kelly’s Hardware. Reed became the owner and manager of Chelan Hardware after working at various grocery and hardware stores for a few years and realizing he wanted a store of his own. “I...

Dave and Mary Weldy, then.
CHELAN - David and Mary Weldy of East Wenatchee will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 30. The celebration will be held at the Culinary Apple in downtown Chelan, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in conjunction with the 22nd anniversary celebration of their store. Manufacturers are helping the...

Wes Crossley
Editor’s Note: This story was written in March of 2015 and tells how Steve Kline of Chelan ended up playing for the New York Yankees right out of high school. He passed away on June 4, 2018 in Chelan. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2-5 p.m., at Chelan High School. Wes...
Something shook me from my slumber. I’m not sure what it was  – maybe the soft cinnamon light that filled the bedroom, or the way that the blinds split the morning sunbeams into narrow slices that graced the floor. Maybe it was the gentle shh as the waves slid across the shore, tickling the sand...

MacKenzie Harmier
CHELAN - North Cascades Bank, division of Glacier Bank, is pleased to announce that Jody Steele and MacKenzie Harmier have recently been promoted to Corporate Teller Trainer and Branch Manager, respectively. Steele has worked for the bank since 1999 and most recently was the Operations Manager at...
KIRKLAND – Jason Wall, president and designated broker at Lake & Company Real Estate in Seattle, has been elected chairman of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) board of directors. Other new officers for 2018 include Kevin Campbell, vice chairman; Robert Wasser, treasurer, and...
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