Harmony Chapter awards 50-year pin to Gerri Hawkins

  By Eileen Bone Harmony Chapter No. 56, Order of the Eastern Star, celebrated 50 years of membership for Sister Gerri Hawkins on Oct. 18. Members gathered at the home of Eldon and Gerri in Waterville to present Gerri with her 50-year pin and certificate. Gerri’s family, including daughter Julie Rooney, who is also a member of Harmony Chapter, and her daughters Emily and Jane Rooney, as...
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IRIS Success Summit builds community around regional achievements

“If you think you can, you often do,” one participant at the NCW Community Success Summit held Nov. 15 in Pateros noted. While she was referring to ways in which young people can step into leadership roles, her words seemed equally relevant to the 130 people from across the region who gathered in the Pateros school gym to share successes and reaffirm the importance of community. The...
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Legislators, stakeholders gather for discussions on energy, transportation

Legislators have been preparing for several months to return to the Capitol in January for the 2019 legislative session. As part of that preparation, I invited some of my colleagues to our area to learn directly from local officials about issues important to North Central Washington.
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Breakfast with Santa is beloved by all ages

This year's Breakfast with Santa fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the North Central Washington Fairgrounds Community Hall.
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Let’s work together to prioritize rural economic revitalization

The mission of the Association of Washington Business is to bring people together throughout the state to promote economic prosperity — from the urban centers to the most rural corners.
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Thanksgiving and very thankful

This Thanksgiving I am thankful to not have cancer. I hope.
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I-1631 costs too much, does too little for climate change

By Vicki Malloy Guest columnist Ballots have arrived in the mail and voters now have to decide on matters like Initiative 1631, the energy tax initiative. You may be feeling the urge to “do something” for the environment. After all, we live in one of the most beautiful places in Washington state. But the research into I-1631 shows it would cost farmers, families and small businesses a lot...
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Waterville Schools continue focus on education excellence

As we are well underway in the 2018-19 school year, we are excited about the work around teaching and learning that we are doing at Waterville School.
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IRIS | Goal of Give 10 campaign to leave a community legacy

This is the fourth in a series of eight stories featured ahead of the ninth annual NCW Community Success Summit, which IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship) is convening in Pateros on Nov. 15.
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In public service, I learn by listening

One thing that I have learned throughout my public service — both during my school board years and in the Legislature — is the importance of being a good listener.
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