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Articles from the November 23, 2023 edition

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  • Pool Kickoff Event made a big splash

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg's Friends of the Pool with Rural Youth Enrichment Services (RYES) hosted a Pool Kick-off celebration and fundraiser at the Royal Block Wine Bar on Thursday, November 16. The event featured a silent auction, Walla Walla DJ music, and Daniel Rossi catering. Pool Committee member Wendy Carter and Waitsburg Mayor Marty Dunn made speeches on the efforts to build a public pool in the city. Jesse Brown was recognized for her ideas and energy in making the well-attended event...

  • Dayton School Board working on levy

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met in the High School Library on November 15, 2023. School board members present were Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, Aneesha Dieu, Ryan Paulson, and Grant Griffin. Superintendent Rich Stewart and student representatives Madison Richardson and Lila Hutchens were also present. One of the Board’s first actions was to approve Lila Hutchens as a student representative to the Board. She joins Madison Richardson as the second student representative. The student representative and ASB reports recap student act...

  • Waitsburg School Board discuss levy, grant and attendence

    Mike Ferrians, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    WAITSBURG— All members were present at a meeting of the Waitsburg School Board on Wednesday, November 15. Secondary Principal Joe Wirtzberger reported that he was pleased with the district’s overall full-time enrollment attendance rates. However, the high school’s junior class is currently under expectations, with half of that class under a 90% attendance rate. He said that the administration will continue to look at ways of improving that statistic. Wirtzberger reported that the Preston Hall...

  • At the Liberty: "Polar Express"

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    “Polar Express” will show for free at the Liberty Theater on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Rotten Tomatoes critics review is: “Though the movie is visually stunning overall, t... Full story

  • Thankful thoughts from Dayton

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    To the Editor: Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative, grateful, and thankful. It is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. I often say a silent prayer of thanks for my life in Dayton, an area, with a few exceptions, that doesn’t have wild, crazy, and destructive weather like tornadoes. I say a prayer of thanks for being able to safely walk around my community, meet neighbors, and enjoy conversations with people like Curtis at the post office, who is always cheerful and helpful. There are many people I am grateful for; some have b... Full story

  • Mindfulness leader Kurt Hoelting at Royal Block

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    WAITSBURG - The Royal Block Reading Series welcomes author and mindfulness leader Kurt Hoelting, who will share reflections from his recent Zen Peace Ritual in Kyiv, Ukraine, and read from his book "The Circumference of Home" at the Royal Block in Waitsburg on November 25, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.. Admission is free and open to the public (21+). From July 2 to 9, 2023, Hoelting was among six people who committed to spending 24 hours a day together - two Ukrainians, two Poles, and two Americans -... Full story

  • Royal Block to host Cascadian Zen Launch on Nov. 24 at 7 pm

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    Waitsburg - The Royal Block Reading Series will welcome poets Paul Nelson, Adelia MacWilliam, Dr. Jason Wirth, and Sharon Thesen for readings in Waitsburg on November 24, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Admission for the reading will be free to the public (21+). This event will celebrate Cascadia Poetics Lab's release of its poetry anthology "Cascadian Zen Vol. I", featuring work from distinguished artists and authors throughout the Cascadia bioregion, published by Watershed Press. Work in the anthology...

  • Hometown Christmas offers curated Arts & Crafts Fair

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    WAITSBURG - Last summer, the Waitsburg Commercial Club reached out to the Gaudy Gals to see if they would host the 2023 Hometown Christmas arts and crafts show. Kimi and Lori gladly accepted the challenge and are working hard to create a beautifully curated show at Waitsburg Town Hall. A call for vendors went out in August and filled up within a few days. To ensure a successful show for vendors and shoppers, interested vendors provided photos and descriptions of their wares to prevent...

  • Weller Public Library Updates

    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    WAITSBURG - The Weller Public Library looks fresh after Walla Walla's Meticulous Touch Painting, LLC finished painting the front room and hallway. The building's historic tin ceiling stands out with a new coat of paint highlighting its decorative details. The shelves in the front room are painted and ready for library staff to restock, with books available for checkout starting on November 29. The Friends of the Library are busy with holiday projects and programs. They held an ornament painting...

  • Sineann 2022 Abondante Red

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    This unique blend is sourced from vineyards near the Dalles, far enough east to be outside the Columbia Gorge AVA, but in the slim slice of the vast Columbia Valley AVA that crosses the river into Oregon. This is a generous and versatile red blend, roughly half Merlot and half Zinfandel, with flavors of red currants, strawberries and peppery herbs. Despite its youth there are no rough edges, and the tannins have a gentle graininess that adds some texture to the finish. Note that the website...

  • Feline Fury

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    The other day, while Daniel and I were about to walk out onto the deck, Mugsy went a little crazy, whining and scratching at the door jam. Daniel said, “There must be a mouse or rat in the wall.” My stomach turned, not because I was afraid of rodents but because the idea of one being in the wall was upsetting. Daniel set traps in the pantry; the following day, it was trapped, snapped, and dead. Our gourmet mouse went for the brie cheese, and it paid the price. So far, it seems one and done—no tr...

  • Cardinals Middle School Basketball

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg Middle School boys have competed well in their first three games of the season despite not having any eighth graders on the team. The young Cardinal team is working hard, developing skills and experience that will benefit it in the future. The team traveled to Walla Walla to play Liberty Christian on November 14, losing 33-29 in a close game. The Cardinals rallied from a 12-point deficit in the last two minutes to make an exciting finish in their first game of the season....


    The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    Ten Years Ago November 21, 2013 At 4:30 p.m. on a wet and windy Thursday afternoon, about a dozen students – from Kindergarten through 8th Grade – are warm and cozy at The Cardinal's Nest, engaged in constructive pursuits as they await the arrival of their parents. The Nest – Waitsburg's after-school program – is not only a sanctuary for students, but provides employment to area residents as well. The program began in 2003 when Executive Director Kathy Carpenter applied for and received a five-... Full story

  • Salisbury Steak

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Nov 23, 2023

    Sometimes, when researching for this column, I like to search through my vintage cookbook collection for inspiration. It can be amusing, and sometimes a little frightening, to imagine what home cooks were putting on the table 60 or 70 years ago: So much JELLO. However, there are some homey favorites that deserve a fresh look, like this recipe for tender Salisbury Steak, smothered in a rich mushroom gravy. While some may only imagine the compartments of TV dinner trays, this updated version...

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