Our Past | 1909: Mansfield branch on the way

In the early part of the 1900s, wheat was hauled out of Waterville through a tram system that ran down Pine Canyon. How excited farmers were when the Great Northern Railway Company began to lay out plans for a branch connecting Wenatchee to Mansfield.
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A dead tree just keeps on growing

It was dead, or nearly so. A massive maple tree that had marked the seasons and passing of time for twice as long as most humans grace the earth.
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Labor Day: Deal with the stuff in your life

Labor Day weekend gives Americans across the country a three-day weekend to rest, travel and celebrate our freedom to labor.
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Pictorial Past | Farmer’s general store

The old mercantile store in Farmer around 1913. Annie and Nels C. Larsen are standing in the doorway. Nels is holding Ida (born in 1904). Louis (born in 1900) is to the left of Annie. The woman at far right is not identified. The girls to her left are Margery (born in 1901) and Laura, who was Louis’ twin. The others in the photo are not identified. (Provided photo/Douglas County Historical...
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National Water Quality Month highlights need for farm bill conservation programs

August is National Water Quality Month and, as we celebrate, lawmakers are negotiating the 2018 farm bill.
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The NCW Fair is here

It's all happening at Waterville — the NCW Fair is now underway through Sunday. There will be lots of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.
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To weed the garden… or not

My garden needs weeding. Oh, does it need it. It happens about this time every year. I start out strong, but then summer gets away from me and the weeds are miracle growing like they’ve been fertilized from the heavens.
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Choose your path: Laborer, craftsman, artist

By Ken Neher Senior Moments I read recently that St. Francis of Assisi described three ways of being in the world. The first was the laborer: someone who works with just their hands. The second is the craftsperson: someone who works with their hands and their head. The third is the artist who works with their hands, head, and heart. I like that. As I reflected on that passage I realized I’ve...
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Rural farmers markets harvest demand for healthy food

Large, hand-painted signs lean against a tent, the buzz of friendly conversation cuts through the humid air, and the smell of fresh produce drifts in the breeze — you’ve found yourself at a farmers market.
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4-H group ready for the fair

The fairgrounds in Waterville was a busy place on Aug. 13 as youth and adults gathered to prepare for the NCW Fair which opens today through Sunday.
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