1969: Local band performs at fair

Duane Dahlke was the lead guitarist in Waterville's rock ‘n roll band Soft Society in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and said the band was the number one pick in the area at that time.
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Our Past | 1994: Chinooks in Waterville?

Selected by Karen Larsen The following article from the Aug. 11, 1994 edition of The Empire Press discusses an Army fire suppression operation based at the NCW Fairgrounds.   Camp Waterville! Army takes over fairgrounds By Todd Starkweather Some in Waterville may have thought the new rides had arrived for this year’s fair — but the Army helicopters landing at the fairgrounds were not...
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Our Past | 1994: Short Shakes is a longstanding tradition

The following includes excerpts of an article run in the Aug. 4, 1994 edition of The Empire Press. That was the 16th year of the Short Shakespeareans.
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Our Past | 1945: Firefighting plans and other Mansfield happenings

Selected by Karen Larsen This article, published in the July 26, 1945 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, tells how Mansfield residents organized themselves to control wildfires in the area. Other pieces of news from Mansfield were included at the end of the article.   Mansfield Men Plan Firefighting Mansfield, July 19 — In response to a call sent out by the Mansfield volunteer...
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Our Past | 1986: Waterville Days awards

The following article published in the July 17, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press highlights many of the entries in that year’s Waterville Days parade. 
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Our Past | 1994: Birth of Art on the Avenues in Wenatchee

I have always felt that the Art on the Avenues sculptures are great to have along the Apple Capital Loop Trail and in other parts of Wenatchee. The following are excerpts from an article published in the July 14, 1994 Empire Press.
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Our Past | 1923: Farmers provide animal products for local population

This article, originally from the Spokesman Review, was reprinted in the June 7, 1923 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. It gives a picture of livestock-raising in the county. 
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Our Past | 1978: Excursion on horseback

Selected by Karen Larsen Margie Loebsack, whose maiden name was Eicklar, vaguely remembers the trail ride described in this article published in the June 29, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. It was a busy time for her, as her wedding to Alan Loebsack took place the next month. Loebsack said that she must have gone on the ride with Alan’s aunt Janice.   Trail Riding on Badger...
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Our Past | Assailant to be tried in shooting

The following excerpts come from an article published in the June 17, 1920 edition of The Big Bend Empire.
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Our Past | 1978: Preschoolers at fire station

Selected by Karen Larsen The following article, published in the June 15, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, tells of a Waterville Preschool field trip to the Wenatchee Fire Station.    Pre-Schoolers Visit Wenatchee Fire Dept. Hdqs. By Sheri Viebrock The round trap door overhead opens and down slides our friendly guide, Gene Armour. This is the beginning of the preschool tour of...
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