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News briefs, week of July 17, 2019

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019

Farmers market returns The Quincy Farmers Market will set up again this Saturday, July 20, at Lauzier Park. These free events are held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Educational Saturday ready at Heritage Park The Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum has planned a Family Summer Adventure, July 20, “It’s Electrifying!” 10 a.m.: Free city bus tour given by Craig Gyselinck showcasing the amazing irrigation system that waters our agricultural economy. Taking a ride along the West Canal, participants will learn how the system works and how the Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District manages it, even producing electricity. The bus tour is free but limited to 18, so arrive by 9:30 for a seat. Recommended for children 7 and above. 1 p.m.: Pacific Science Center “Volts and Jolts” Show, this free show will engage all ages and help us learn about electricity in a fun way. 45 minutes – Heritage Barn. 2-4:30 p.m.: Interactive exhibits from the Pacific Science Center, plus more working models from the irrigation district and Grant County PUD. Bible school opens for summer First Baptist Church of Quincy, at 707 J St. SW, will hold its summer daily Vacation Bible School from July 22-26, 6-8:15 p.m. This year’s program is titled “Giddyup Junction: Taking God’s Love to New Frontiers,” a theme with a decorative set displaying the Old West. Each evening will feature lessons, skits, singing, puppets, crafts, games prizes and refreshments. Children age 4 through the sixth grade are invited to attend. For more information, call Pastor Don Valen at 787-5624. Pioneer Church services scheduled All are welcome to a gathering of faith and fellowship each third Sunday of the months of summer and early fall at the Pioneer Church. As the first church in Quincy, it housed services for all faiths in the early 1900s, and it now fills that role again. These community services are at 11 a.m. Dates include: July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Senior Center: Serving Philly cheesesteak Last week’s game winners at Quincy Senior Center were: pinochle – Betty Seader and Nick Todd; Rummikub – Larry Kniveton and Glenn Barrow; bridge – Bea Weinand and Carol Michael; and dominoes – Mark Owens and Shirley Devaney. Line dancing at Quincy Senior Center is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m., July 22 and July 29. Wednesday’s lunch is Philly cheesesteak sandwich, potato salad and brownies. Thursday dinner is baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green salad and pumpkin pie. Monday lunch is roast beef sandwich, macaroni salad and shortbread cookie. Tuesday lunch is egg, ham and cheese frittata, toast and fruit, or sandwich from Monday. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Prices are $10 for members and $11 for nonmembers. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers, with a $1 charge for to-go orders. Senior citizens may have lunches delivered Monday through Wednesday inside Quincy city limits for an additional $2; call 787-3231. The office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Upcoming library activities set Sign up for the summer program at the Quincy Public Library on the last day of school (June 14) or anytime during the summer. The program lasts all...

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Looking Back, July 16, 1998

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019

Looking Back, July 16, 1998: Rotary heading downtown project Downtown Rotary Park is the latest edition to Quincy’s Central Avenue streetscape project. The new pocket park will include a 15-foot, double-faced town square clock, a permanent community Christmas tree and a large fountain. The fountain was designed by Scott Lybbert and will be made from recycled disc blades. The Quincy City Council approved the park request during last week’s council meeting. The park will be north of the new LeMaster and Daniels building in the 400 block of South Central Avenue. The property is currently used for customer and employee parking. Quincy Rotary President Ed Field said the project also includes several benches, one or two tables, garbage containers, but few additional trees and shrubs. “We want it to be relatively maintenance free,” Field said. “The center piece will be the fountain.” Lybbert, famous for his irrigation Christmas lighting displays, plans to use between 50 and 70 recycled blades for the project. The fountain will feature cascading water with five to seven fountain sprays. Field said the park will be the Rotary Club’s major service for the coming year. It is expected to cost nearly $50,000 including a large portion of donated labor. The city has agreed to spend up to $8,000 to provide water, power and irrigation service to the property line. The funds will also help with paving costs. Field said with the addition of the fountain and a permanent Christmas tree, Downtown Rotary Park can become a central gathering place for the community. “It’s a place which can pull the downtown area together and give the area a focal point,” Field said. “Plus it will give people another reason to come downtown.” The park construction will start in conjunction with the downtown side street project. Field hopes the park will be completed by...

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News briefs, week of July 10, 2019

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019

Science show coming to Quincy The Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum will host a science show, Volts & Jolts Show + Engineering Exhibits, on July 20. The show will begin at 1 p.m. and exhibits 2-5 p.m. at the Heritage Park, 415 F St. SW, Quincy. Senior Center: Serving chicken salad Last week there were no games played at Quincy Senior Center. Wednesday’s lunch is chicken salad sandwich, green salad and cereal bars. Thursday dinner is teriyaki chicken, fried rice, green salad, rolls and lemon cake. Monday lunch is white bean chicken chili, cornbread, green salad and oatmeal raisin cookie. Tuesday lunch is pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and fruit, or chili from Monday. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Prices are $10 for members and $11 for nonmembers. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers, with a $1 charge for to-go orders. Senior citizens may have lunches delivered Monday through Wednesday inside Quincy city limits for an additional $2; call 787-3231. The center is open to all seniors 50 years and older, membership is $20 a year or $200 for lifetime. The office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Democrats schedule annual picnic For its July meeting, Grant County Democrats will hold its annual picnic on Tuesday, July 16, starting at 6 p.m. at Blue Heron Park off Interstate 90 near Moses Lake. Participants are asked to bring an entrée or salad or dessert. The speaker will be Steve Verhey. He is a public school teacher, chair of Kittitas County Democrats and is running against Republican Alex Ybarra for Legislative District 13 Representative. Ybarra was appointed to his position after the resignation of Rep. Matt Manweller. There will also be a straw vote for which of the 20 Democrats running for president would be the best choice for the party nomination. Golf tournament raises $77,000 The John Bernard Memorial Golf Tournament in April raised $77,000, according to Grant County Sheriff’s Office. The funds raised went toward a scholarship and the Behind the Badge Foundation. Sheriff Tom Jones presented a $2,000 check to Corinne Isaak of the Columbia Basin Foundation to be added to the John Bernard Memorial Scholarship Fund. And a check for $75,000 was presented to the Behind the Badge Foundation to help continue its mission of assisting families of law enforcement officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. Regional library plans programs for adults North Central Regional Library plans programs for adults in July. Michele LaRue presents Tales Well Told, a story hour for grownups, with vibrant performances of vintage American literature. Join us for an evening of being swept away to the turn of the century by an actress and a book. July 15: Ephrata Public Library, 6:30 p.m. “The Bedquilt,” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, centers on old Aunt Mehetable who is taken for granted by her New England family until she conceives a quilt “beyond which no pattern could go.” A suspenseful tale from 1906 achingly reveals Mehetabel’s journey to self-respect, universal admiration, and the realization of her ideal. July 23: Quincy Public Library, 6 p.m. “The Revolt of Mother.” This evening’s presentation is of a classic American story by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. Long ago, Adoniram...

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Looking Back, July 6, 1989

Posted by on Jul 6, 2019

Looking Back, July 6, 1989: Cherry Bomb fun run attracts 94 More than 90 runners, an increase from last year, ran in the second Cherry Bomb Run on the morning of July 4 in George. Tom Roorda was the overall winner of the 10k run, finishing in 35 minutes, 57 seconds. Rod Crowley finished second overall with a 37:57 time to win the 20-29 age division. Brian Gater won the 30-39 division in 42:02, John Hunter won the 40-49 division in 43:06. Everett Smith won 50 and older division in 49:27. In the women’s 10k, Nancy Donehower was the overall winner with a 45:57 clocking. Kristi Wilson won the 20-29 division in 51:12, and Doris carpenter the 50 and older division. Terry Lnenicka was the overall winner in the two mile race with an 11:40 time. Brian Morgan was second overall with an 11:55 time to win the 15-19 age division. James Husted won the 10 and younger division with a 14:05 time, Kerry Bowman the 11-14 division in the 13:15, Kevin Hampton the 20-29 division in 11:48, Gabe Lopez the 30-39 division in 12:15 and Rubin Garcia the 40-49 division in 14:45. Debby Howe was the overall winner in the women’s two mile with a 15:27 time. Penni Omlin was second with a 15:44 time to win the 30-40 division. Anne Lnenicka won the 10 and younger division in 19:27, Krystal Bowman the 11-14 division in 17:04, Cherie Gregg the 16-19 division in 16:03, Tammy Poldervart in the 16:09, Ki Nelson the 40-49 division in 17:19 and Eva Smith the 50 and older division. This year’s Cherry Bomb Fun Run had 73 runners participate in the two-mile and 21 in the 10k. Those numbers were an increase of 20 from the first...

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Kudos, week of July 3, 2019

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019

Francis Argueta, a student from Quincy, has earned placement on Gonzaga University President’s List for spring semester 2019. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Derek Dunkin, a student from Quincy, has earned placement on Gonzaga University Dean’s List for spring semester 2019. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed.

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News briefs, week of July 3, 2019

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019

George presents Fourth of July festival George is a great place to be on July 4, with a full day of free activities at the George, Washington, Community Park. There is no admission charge, and parking is free. A fun run, parade, pie eating contest, cherry pit spitting contest, live music, a magician and patriotic presentation are just part of the fun for the public. For more about July Fourth in George, and news about the community, pick up a free copy of the Post-Register’s George Crier section at the park during the event. You can also get one from the newspaper office at 305 Central Ave. S, Quincy. A schedule of Fourth of July events in George is also online at Bunco night returns A fun evening of Bunco is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 9, at Quincy Senior Center. The cost is $10. Prizes will be given, and everyone is welcome. Senior Center: Serving cheeseburgers Last week’s game winners at Quincy Senior Center were: pinochle – Nick Todd and Judy Todd; Rummikub – Glenn Barrow and Pam Barrow; bridge – Nancy Street and Bev McDonald; and dominoes – Shirley Devany and Jim Devany. Wednesday’s lunch is cheeseburger, cole slaw and no-bake cookie. On Thursday the center is closed for the holiday. Monday lunch is turkey Swiss wrap, green salad and chocolate chip cookie. Tuesday lunch is biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit, or wrap from Monday. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Prices are $10 for members and $11 for nonmembers. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers, with a $1 charge for to-go orders. Senior citizens may have lunches delivered Monday through Wednesday inside Quincy city limits for an additional $2; call 787-3231. The center is open to all seniors 50 years and older, membership is $20 a year or $200 for lifetime. The office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. President of Quincy Rotary Club Pete Romano accepts an award from the club’s next president, Gigi Lowry. The club’s installation banquet, introducing club board members and signaling the start of Lowry’s service as president, was held June 27. Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register Newspaper office closes for holiday The Quincy Valley Post-Register’s office at 305 Central Ave. S, Quincy, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for the holiday. The office will open again on Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m. Free class in composting offered Learn how to compost your yard and garden waste at a free class on Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grant County Public Works public meeting room, 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata. The class will last approximately 60 minutes. After attending the class, one participant from each household will receive a free, portable compost bin. Participants do not need to pre-register to attend. Composting is a beneficial way of turning yard and garden waste into a resource that helps plants grow healthier and faster by keeping the soil loose and well drained. While it is not a substitute for fertilizer, it does contain beneficial nutrients. Composting may also save you money by reducing how much garbage you throw away. The class is sponsored by Grant County Solid Waste and...

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Soap Lake graduates to pour into town at festival

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019

Soap Lake’s Suds & Sun Festival is coming soon – July 6. The annual summer event is enhanced this year by Soap Lake’s Centennial and inclusion of the Classic Vehicle Show and Pig Run. The parade (5-6 p.m.) is always free and open to anyone. This year’s Grand Marshal will be Soap Lake Mayor Raymond Gravelle. The Centennial Committee is sponsoring a float depicting Soap Lake with its water and basalt cliffs, the Lady of the Lake, and surrounded by a variety of Mud Bathers in period swimsuits. Keith Dolge will emcee the parade, and Chuck Fogerson will be performing the National Anthem. At the beginning of the parade, alumni from the high school’s six decades of students (at last count there are 350+ planning to attend) will walk together. The reunion is hosted at the high school from 1 to 4 p.m. The Pig Run (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is a storied Soap Lake event. Classic vehicles will be concentrated at the east beach and around Smokiam Park, although they will also line up on Highway 17 and throughout the whole of town. Seventy to 100 are expected to attend. For more information, visit Post-Register...

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Looking Back, July 2, 1987

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019

Looking Back, July 2, 1987: Mary Prchal provides service for elderly Mary Prchal is a caring person who saw a need in Quincy and is filling it. She saw the need for housing elderly people who were being discharged from the hospital when she was working there. “I was trying to find nursing homes for patients being discharged and was having little luck,” she said. This led to the idea of providing a home-like atmosphere for women where they could receive needed care but were not ready for a nursing home. Following the death of her husband, Ray, in 1982, she got a license from the state to care for two women in her mobile home. In March of 1986, she found a four-bedroom house on C Street next to the fire station which provided more space and was close to downtown. During the past winter, she added a bedroom and bathroom to the house to accommodate five women instead of four. The residents are visited twice a week by Mary Lou Krautscheid, home health service nurse, who checks on how they are doing and takes their blood pressure. Prchal also receives assistance from her daughter, Dorothy Paul, an RN at Wenatchee Valley Clinic, who helps out to give her some time off. The residents each have their own bedroom with a TV and easy chair. They are served their meals on a tray, and Prchal takes care to meet the dietary needs of each. The atmosphere is much like any home with a living room where they can visit among themselves or with friends and family. The backyard has a large patio surrounded by potted plants and is shaded by a huge...

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Kudos, week of June 26, 2019

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019

Washington State University has announced its Spring 2019 President’s Honor Roll. The following students from Quincy qualified: Anthony Aguilar, Trevor Cordel Bushman, Gabriella Flores, Gerardo Fregoso, Kimberly S. Granados, Luis Enrique Guerrero, Hannah C. Lindell, Eric Navarro, Mariana Ramirez, Kaitlin Brooke Ramsey, Anahi Izamar Sanchez and Cai Robert Yamamoto. To be eligible for the honor roll, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term at WSU and earn a grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work. Spencer Elmore of Quincy was among more than 900 undergraduate, adult degree and graduate-level students who received diplomas from George Fox University this spring. Elmore earned a bachelor of science in information systems. George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country, according to an announcement from the university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond,...

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George’s Shree Saini supports reading with donation

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019

Reading is important even for a world traveler who wears a crown. Shree Saini, of George, the current Miss India Worldwide, recently donated backpacks for children at George Public Library in support of reading and young George students. Visiting the George library on June 19, Saini, with her mother, Ekta, brought 32 new, colorful backpacks for the library to give out. Ten children at the library were allowed to choose one backpack from among several attractive designs. The remaining backpacks will be given out by the library during summer. Librarian Itzel Valle said she was very grateful for the donation and the visit. Local children picked out backpacks donated by Shree Saini, the reigning Miss India Worldwide, center, at George Public Library, June 19, along with parents and librarians.Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register Ekta Saini said Shree had bought the backpacks with her graduation money. Shree had graduated from the University of Washington the previous weekend with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. Shree has been a big reader since she was little and participated in a lot of reading programs growing up, she said. She said she hopes the donation will help children not to forget about reading during the summer when school is out. “I really hope students are inspired and keep reading,” she said. Ekta Saini recalled teaching the value of reading to Shree and her brother as children. Ekta said she had around 500 books at home, and she would buy three copies of a book at a time. She would read one copy, and her children would read the other two; then mom Ekta would quiz her children on the book. About the George library Ekta said, “This is such a fun resource … a priceless resource.” Shree is looking forward to graduate school to study public policy and while at the library checked out a Graduate Records Examinations test preparation book. She is staying very busy with events as Miss India Worldwide. She said she had three events to attend in Seattle that week. She is also attending pageants, for instance, in Guyana and one in South Africa, as one of the evaluators of the contestants. How does she juggle so much? She said gratitude helps her not to stress out about her full calendar. “It’s such a privilege and an honor … I just try to make the most of my college experience and reign,” she said. “I am so blessed with these opportunities.” Her reign as Miss India Worldwide 2018 ends in September, when she passes on the crown at the next Miss India Worldwide pageant in India. By Dave Burgess,...

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