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Ten Years Ago

February 21, 2013

When Mike Spring was learning to brew beer a few years ago, he took a class for home brewers at Ice Harbor Brewing Company in Kennewick. Now that he and his wife, Ann, own a brew pub in Dayton, they hope to help and encourage local home brewers by offering classes and other services, like Ice Harbor does. The Springs, as The Times went to press, were planning to open Wednesday, with new wood floors and a new bar configuration. "We'll still have some remodeling work left to do," Mike Spring said, "and we may close for a day here and there to get it done." Spring is currently a battalion chief for the fire department at Hanford. He was formerly Chief of the College Place Fire Department and then Chief in West Richland. Spring said he is carrying on the tradition of quality local brewing that Mike McQuary established at Skye Book and Brew. "We purchased his recipes, and we'll keep producing them," Spring said. "We'll also have some fun introducing some new ones as well."

Twenty-Five Years Ago

February 19, 1998

A pair of wins in the subdistrict tournament here propelled the ssssssmokin' Waitsburg Cardinals to the WIAA District 9 tournament as the number one seed form the Blue Mountain Conference. The Cards rode Chris Pearson's 28 points to beat the Pomeroy Pirates in a 73-64 Valentine's Day win last Saturday and, in a physically battering contest, Waitsburg defeated DeSales 52-46 Monday night, extending its win streak to 14.

Fifty Years Ago

February 15, 1973

[Photo Caption] Action was hot and heavy here Saturday night as the Waitsburg C-squad took on the Bulldog C's from Colfax. The improved team lost in a squeaker 60-57 after an early season defeat at Colfax by 27 points. Scott Peterson (left) and Kirk Huwe (34) move toward the loose ball while Loyal Baker appears to be getting a leg up on the Colfax player. By the way, the lad with the ball got to try two free throws.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

February 20, 1948

Approximately 30 riding enthusiasts met in the Commercial Club rooms Wednesday evening and formed a riding club. Ed Lawrence was named president, Kenneth Smith, vice president, Barbara Cockburn, secretary, and Erma Lee Kessler, treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henze are the parents of a daughter born Sunday morning at Walla Walla General Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Abbey entertained 72 people from Waitsburg Wednesday night as a housewarming for their new recreation room. Assisting with the serving was Mrs. Alva Sanders and Mrs. Alberta Dooley.

One Hundred Years Ago

February 23, 1923

A pretty wedding took place in the Christian Church study on Saturday evening at 7 o'clock when Miss Elsie Kinder became the bride of William Ehmke.

At a regular weekly meeting of the Boy Scouts Tuesday night, Frederick Zuger, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Zuger was admitted to membership. The local troop now has a membership of 35 which is an increase of 20 percent since the first of the year.

The high school girls Lambda Sigma Literary gave a Valentine party at the home of Miss Margaret Zuger Wednesday evening of last week.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

February 18, 1898

A surprise party was given to Messrs. Harvey and Elmer Stonecipher and wives last Friday night. Cards and dancing were indulged into the eminent satisfaction and delight of the participants.

Miss Lizzie Wisdom has commenced a four month's term of school on the Coppei about seven miles southeast of this city. We are glad to learn that Miss Lizzie is having excellent success as a teacher.

A. Mikkelsen and family have moved into their residence on 4th street this week. We are sorry to learn that Mr. Mikkelsen still continues in very poor health.


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