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Posted on Apr 24, 2019

News briefs, week of April 24, 2019

Pikeminnow Derby returns
The 2019 Pikeminnow Derby is set for May 17-19. Register at the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce or For more information call 509-787-2140.

QHS needs judges for Senior Presentations
Senior Presentation judges are wanted for May 6, 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Quincy High School. Includes QHS culinary class made desserts. If interested, email April Murray at

FFA ready for annual plant sale
Quincy FFA and members of the horticulture class at Quincy High School invite the public to their annual Spring Plant Sale at the FFA greenhouse, on the north side of the high school at Sixth Avenue SE, Quincy. The sale will open on Friday, April 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The greenhouse is full of 66 varieties of bedding plants, herbs, vegetable starts, and hanging baskets, FFA stated in a press release.

Four students at George Elementary School were awarded bicycles and helmets April 22 following a class reading project. The students, all in the fourth grade, are, from the left, McKenzie Smith, Xavi Ruiz, Marely Ramos and Ivan Perez. Principal Curt Schutzmann said the bicycles, donated by the Quincy Masons, encourage students to read. The colorful bikes were presented in the school gym during one of the school’s regular Star Shine assemblies, which honor outstanding students from each class.
Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register

City prepares activities
The Quincy Recreation Department provides activities for a range of interests and ages. For information about these and other activities, call 787-3523, ext. 259.
April STEAM Night Workshop, 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. Build a musical instrument.
Etched Glass Night, 7-9 p.m., April 23. $15 per person.
Paint Party, 6:30 p.m., April 30. $15 per person.
Family Game Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 16. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Senior Center: Serving French dip on Wednesday
Last week’s game winners at Quincy Senior Center were: pinochle – Nick Todd and Bill DeLeeuw; Rummikub – Glenn Barrow and Ruth Minor; bridge – Jean Lindberg and Bev McDonald; and dominoes – Bonita Vordahl and Vaughn Vordahl.
Wednesday’s lunch is French dip, potato salad and chocolate chip cookie. Thursday dinner is barbecue chicken, baked beans, French rolls, green salad and pineapple upside down cake. Monday lunch is beef chili, French rolls, cole slaw and birthday cake for April. Tuesday lunch is dollar-size pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit, or soup 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.

Cruise planned
Quincy Senior Center folks are getting a group together to enjoy a cruise Aug. 25 to Sept. 1. Billed as a seven-day cruise vacation featuring fjords, forested inlets and ports from Seattle to Alaska, the cruise is not limited to members of the Senior Center or to senior citizens. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 509-398-1965 or the Senior Center, 787-3231.

Masquers schedules auditions
Auditions for the next Masquers Theater production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” will be April 29-30 at 6 p.m. at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake.
Director Adam Zaleski and assistant director Holli Bosnar have a need for 13 actors to add a Masquers twist to this well-known comedy. Rehearsals will start in early May, four nights a week. This production opens June 14 and runs through June 30, on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees for a total of nine performances.
For more information, call Adam Zaleski at 509-750-8975 (leave a message).

County presents household hazardous waste event
Grant County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grant County Road District 2 shop, 12171 Road 3 NE (Wheeler Road) near Moses Lake.
Hazardous products have labels with words such as warning, danger, caustic, flammable, and poison. These chemicals should be disposed of through hazardous waste collection opportunities; not in the garbage, down the drain, or on the ground.
Products should be brought in original labeled containers if possible. Pack the waste to prevent spills during transportation and keep the waste away from passenger compartments of vehicles.
For more information, call Grant County Solid Waste at 754-6082.

Bluegrass band to play in Cashmere
Cashmere Community Concerts will launch into summer with a rousing and toe-tapping performance by North Country on Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m., at the Cashmere Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive in Cashmere. North Country is based in Seattle and is one of the premier traditional bluegrass bands from the Northwest.
For more information, call 509-548-1230 or visit

Quincy library provides activities
Quincy Public Library, 208 Central Ave. S., 787-2359, offers programs at no charge, including the following.
April 24, Slime STEM Activity, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; limited to 30 children or while supplies last.
April 25, Preschool Story Time & Craft, 10:30 a.m.; last one until summer.
April 25, Bilingual Story Time with Deb, 4 p.m.
April 26, Fun with Games, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
April 27, Building with Legos and Straw Building Set, 1-3 p.m.
April 29, Minecraft Session, 3-5 p.m.; last one until summer.
April 30, WeDo Lego Robotics, 3:30-5 p.m.

Ephrata blood drive scheduled
The Knights of Columbus and Young Ladies Institute from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Ephrata Recreation Center, 112 Basin St. SW.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-Red Cross (733-2767) or visit and enter “EphrataCommunity.” For detailed donor eligibility questions, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Veterans plan workshop on planning ahead
American Legion Auxiliary, Art Semro Unit 28, invites the public to attend a Planning Ahead seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the American Legion Post Home, at 276 Eighth Ave. NW, Ephrata.
It will be an opportunity to learn what’s needed to get your affairs in order before unexpected illness, disability or death. Information tables will be set up and experts will speak to help everyone plan ahead. Service Officers will also be available to help veterans sign up for VA benefits.