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Curlew Lake adventure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:13

Curlew Lake has been an important part of my life since I was about six years old. In 1925, my father bought our first car, a Model T Ford, and thereafter almost every Sunday in warm weather the family would drive out to the “Old Beach” at Curlew Lake. It was an informal swimming beach and picnic ground in a grove of trees next to the railroad track at the north end of what is now Black’s Beach area. This spot served the community needs for a few years.


County speller hits the big leagues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Sheffield   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:11

When Republic eighth grader Buck Walling found himself the last contestant standing after the Ferry County Spelling Bee March 14, he knew he had his work cut out for him.

His win among a field of 19 spellers from Curlew, Republic, Keller and Grace Christian Academy earned him a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 25-30.

At the Scripps bee, he competed with 281 spellers from across the country, at times in front of an audience of 1,000 spectators.

"It was a little bit terrifying," Walling said.


Bears PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Chamberlin   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:05

The opportunity to see a diversity of wildlife is one of the tremendous benefits of living in our beautiful rural county. Our family has particularly enjoyed seeing bears over the years. On several occasions, we have seen one or more of them wandering across the edge of our field on their daily travels, seemingly unaware of our presence. We have delighted in the opportunity to observe the behavior of these magnificent creatures from afar. On a few occasions, however, bears have approached our home more closely.

One morning in early May, we awoke to find our compost bin knocked over and the contents scattered about. Even though I had enclosed the compost area with a six-foot-high fence, a bear had managed to stand on top of a three-foot high (flimsy) container, reach up to the top of the enclosure, pull the fence down and climb over.

Am I a master gardener or a Master Gardener? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sara Sly, WSU Ferry County Extension Master Gardener   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:10

A "master gardener" sounds like a knowledgeable person with many years of experience gardening and a degree in botany or horticulture—essentially a walking encyclopedia of tips, information and the right solution to every garden problem possible.

When a state university extension office refers to its Master Gardener program, however, it means something a bit different.

Equine news: Local riders show in Western Dressage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melinda Thomas   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:02

It is really exciting as a trainer and a teacher to watch students learn and grow! A year ago I wrote about the growing popularity of Western Dressage. Up until a couple of years ago, dressage was only shown in an English saddle. But since dressage is not about the style of tack and equipment you use—it is about how you ride and communicate with your horse through your whole body, not just your hands—western tack and attire was finally accepted into the dressage ring.

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