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Firefighter Chrys Fine (second from right) received the 2019 Chief’s Award and the 2019 Commissioner’s Award. She is pictured with, left to right: Chief Mark Donnell, Commissioner Russ Jones and Assistant Chief Brandon Asher. / Courtesy Chelan Fire & Rescue
Chelan Fire & Rescue held their 2019 Recognition Awards Banquet on March 7 at Larc Hill Vineyard Ranch 2019 Chelan Fire & Rescue Recognition Awards 2019 Chief’s Awards – presented by Chief Mark Donnell The 2019 Chief Award recognize members of Chelan Fire & Rescue who have...
The Lake Chelan Valley showed its patriotism as they came and lined the streets of downtown Chelan to honor all veterans at the Veteran’s Days Parade on Nov. 11. Following the parade everyone was invited to join the Veterans for a barbecue lunch provided by the Chelan District #7 firefighters at...

ChelanCraft Cidery had it's grand opening which included the ribbon cutting on Jan. 12.
CHELAN – With Cider being the fastest growing adult beverage industry in country, Cynthia Flynn and her husband Eric decided to adventure off into the field after she quit her virtual position in Finance at Boeing. Both had just recently built a home Chelan and moving back to Everett to continue...

Catalina Jimenez became the owner of Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery at the beginning of the new year.
CHELAN – In 2013, Catalina Jimenez started working for Lindsay Evans at Lake Chelan Bakery and just five years later, Jimenez has become the new owner of the bakery. Jimenez comes from an immigrant Mexican family who works in the fields. When she arrived to Chelan from Mexico 20 years ago, she...

Devyn Smith of Sand to Glass smashes a glass bottle into the glass to sand crusher.
MANSON – The Friday after New Year’s, Megan Clausen and Devyn Smith founders of the Glass to Sand project received the GLSand machine to start crushing glass bottles. After receiving over $3,000 in donations, Clausen and Smith had to rely on a loan to cover the reminder cost of the GLSand. “We are...

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...

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