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Posted on Feb 14, 2019

News briefs, week of Feb. 14, 2019

District announces day for filling canal
The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District plans to start filling the West Canal on Wednesday, March 13, barring any unforeseen delays. Priming will continue on smaller canals and laterals through the first week in April, depending on the weather and the demand for water deliveries, the district stated in a press release.
Telephone recorders will be available on March 25 in all watermaster offices for water ordering. This service will be available on Saturdays and up to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for the following Monday’s water order, throughout the season.
After March 13, water users are urged to contact their respective watermaster headquarters to receive current information and schedules.

Local group offers help fixing pets
February is National Spay and Neuter Month and the nonprofit group Friends of Quincy Animal Shelter is again offering vouchers that will help cover the cost of having your cat or dog fixed. The cat vouchers are worth up to $50 for a cat spay or neuter. The dog vouchers are worth up to $100 for a dog spay or neuter.
Friends of Quincy Animal Shelter says in the U.S., it is estimated that 6 to 8 million pets enter shelters every year, and only about half of them will find a permanent home; the remainder will probably be destroyed. If you have a cat or a dog that has not been fixed yet, Friends of Quincy Animal Shelter asks you to call Penny at 237-1941 for information and a voucher. Having your pet spayed or neutered is the most humane and effective way to solve the problem of too many unwanted, abandoned animals, the group says.

QVAA prepares showcase, asks for photos
Quincy Valley Allied Arts is preparing a 20th Anniversary Showcase to celebrate the 20 years of musicals performed by QVAA. The group is putting together picture boards of past shows and asks past participants and audience members to please share with QVAA any photos they might have from past performances so QVAA can share them during events. Contact Sherri Kooy at 509-787-5620 to share photos.
The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, 23, 28, and March 1, and a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 2, in the Quincy High School PAC. Tickets are $10, available at Martin Morris Agency or at the door.

Seniors: Serving baked ham
Last week’s winners were: Rummikub – Larry Kniveton and Bonnie Kniveton; bridge – Jean Lindberg and Barb Kennedy; and dominoes – Mark Owens and Susan Lacy.
Thursday’s dinner is baked ham, baked potatoes with sour cream, glazed carrots, green salad, Parker House rolls and chocolate sheet cake. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Prices are $7 for members and $8 for nonmembers.
Monday’s dinner is hearty hamburger soup, bread sticks and oatmeal raisin cookie. Tuesday is biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit or soup from Monday. Wednesday is turkey bacon sandwich, cole slaw and snickerdoodle cookie. Thursday, Feb. 21, is beef pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted vegetables, French rolls and chocolate chip cookie.
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.
Weekly activities include Monday – TOPS at 4 p.m.; Tuesday – coffee hour at 10 a.m. and SAIL class at 2 p.m.; Wednesday – bridge at 12:30 p.m., Chat and Stitch at 1 p.m.; Thursday – SAIL class at 2 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., followed by games at 6:30 p.m.
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.

Library to host speaker
Seattle librarian and bestselling author Nancy Pearl is coming to four North Central Regional Library branches next month, including the Quincy Public Library at 6 p.m., March 7.
Pearl will talk about the importance and pleasure of reading and offer up a dose of her renowned reading advice. She is a regular contributor on book topics to NPR, has a television program called “Book Lust,” and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.

Sheriff: Jury duty scam is back
Someone is calling local residents and telling them they have missed jury duty and that they owe money for their fine. It is a scam, says Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement and the courts won’t call you and tell you to send money for fines – don’t do it, GCSO says. If in doubt about the validity of someone calling you, call the publicly listed phone number for the agency mentioned by the scammers.

Library continues regular activities
The Quincy Public Library, 208 Central Ave. S, 787-2359, offers programs at no charge.
Feb. 14, Preschool Storytime & Craft, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 14, Bilingual Storytime with Deb, 4 p.m.
Feb. 15, Rigamajig Large Scale Building, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Feb. 16, Rigamajig Large Scale Building, 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 18, closed for the holiday
Feb. 19, Minecraft, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Space is limited; sign-up ahead of time is required.
Feb. 20, TEDxWenatchee Live Streaming, noon to 5 p.m. This year’s topic is education, with a list of 18 local speakers (geared toward adults).
Feb. 21, Preschool Storytime & Craft, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 21, Bilingual Storytime with Deb, 4 p.m.
Feb. 22, Sphero Robotic Ball, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; space is limited.
Feb. 23, Keva Planks & Mazes, 1-3 p.m.

City prepares fun activities
The Quincy Recreation Department provides activities for a range of interests and ages, including the following.
Rock Painting Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Activity Center. Supplies provided; all ages are welcome. Decorate rocks to be hidden in downtown Quincy for others to find and enjoy.
Family Game Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 7, at the Activity Center. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gardening symposium takes registrations
To kick off the gardening season, a half-day gardening workshop will be held in Moses Lake on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center, 900 E. Yonezawa Blvd.
The event is organized jointly by the Washington State University Grant-Adams Master Gardeners and Grant County Conservation District. The focus is on gardening solutions. Kurt Braunwart, owner of ProGene Plant Research, will speak about the benefits of using cover crops in the garden. Julie Sanderson, botanist with the Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board, will discuss weed identification and weed control options. Isaac Madsen, a WSU Crop and Soil Sciences research associate, will talk about soil health and soil management for gardeners. The speakers are planning hands-on activities and displays, and the presenters will have time to answer your gardening questions.
The event will be accompanied by door prizes, a vendor marketplace, and refreshments provided free of charge. Space is limited, so applicants are encouraged to pre-register through the Grant County Conservation District by calling 509-765-9618, by signing up in person at the Conservation District office at 1107 S. Juniper Drive, Moses Lake, or by registering online at

Kids carnival scheduled at Pybus
The 2nd annual Kiwanis Kids Carnival is Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Market. Hosted by Wenatchee area Kiwanis Clubs, this is a free event for all kids, with carnival games, prizes, face painting and more.
“Serving youth is a priority goal for our regional Kiwanis clubs and is one of our core values,” said Walt Ness, Lieutenant Governor of Division 52 of the Kiwanis Clubs. “Since Pybus Market is such a community gathering place, partnering with the Pybus Market Charitable Foundation for use of the space is the best way to serve the largest youth audience possible.”
For more information, contact Walt Ness at 509-670-8668 or