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April 23, 2014

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Worms on the table and in the whiskey

“What do I care if they didn’t choose me,” Herb said. “Bunch of nonsense anyway. Whoever heard of a focus group anyway?”

“I did,” Bert said. “It’s an amalgamation of common, run-of-the-mill consumers who are bribed to think for an hour. Wish they’d have asked me.”

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Guest Column: Thanks to community from the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank

April 23, 2014

By Heidi Dukich, Executive Director and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Board of Directors

We’re so thankful for the incredible community support since we began the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank earlier this year. We have been overcome and our hearts overwhelmed time-after-time with the way everyone has pulled together to take care of our own in the Upper Valley.

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April 16, 2014

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Words wiggle right off the focus group’s tongues

Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.

“Honey,” said Emily, “maybe you should let me lead the discussion? What do you think?”

“You bet. I’ll take notes.”

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Guest column: What does it take to be a hero?

April 16, 2014

By Larry White

I’ve always wanted to be a hero in the eyes of my parents, my wife, Kathy, my three beautiful daughters — Abbey, Emily and Julianne or my sons — Matt and Chad. Or at least I’ve wanted to be perceived as someone’s hero.

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April 2, 2014

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Return of the Wheezer means springtime

Doc smiled and felt really good inside when he heard the familiar bird song.

“Hey there, Wheezer,” he said. “Happy spring!”

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March 26, 2014

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Fishing is about being, not catching

As a prequel to the morning coffee inhalation down at the Mule Barn coffee shop, the members of the world dilemma think tank were found at the break of day, armed with fly rods, in their other guise as charter members of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Pursuit Alliance.

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March 19, 2014

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Perry and Shakespeare care for a tooth

Herb walked into O’Dontal Dental the other day, holding his hand against a swollen face. He hadn’t even made an appointment to see Perry first, and it became obvious why he hadn’t.

“Good morning, Herb,” said Andrea, the receptionist. “What can we do for you today?”

“Mmfft Crullit!”

“Certainly. Have a seat and I’ll let Perry know you’re here.”

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March 12, 2014

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Clarice’s latest: a then-and-now situation

It’s Tuesday afternoon at two, which means Clarice Devon is on her way to the Curl Up ‘N Dye beauty salon. It’s like the sun coming up or the price of bread increasing. Tuesday. Two. Clarice.

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March 5, 2014

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Say a prayer for mushers

It’s the first Saturday in March, 1973, and more than 40 dog mushers are ready to leave the semi-pro baseball stadium in Anchorage and drive their teams more than 1,100 miles to Nome.

Could they really do it?

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February 18, 2014

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Booster dreams big while tying one on

If there’s one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he’s as persistent as a winter cough. As our Chamber of Commerce here (he’s it, you see), his fertile brain never ceases its search to turn a sleepy little valley into a cross between Wall Street and Pittsburgh.

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