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May 7, 2014- Community Briefs

Okanogan, Bridgeport head to Envirothon

OKANOGAN — A team from Okanogan High School won the Okanogan County and regional Envirothon championships last Wednesday.

The competition drew teams from Brewster, Bridgeport, Waterville, Quincy, Okanogan and Cascade high schools. The top-scoring team from each county will go to the state Envirothon competition May 21-22 in Carnation, Okanogan Conservation District Education and Outreach Coordinator Kirsten Cook said.

Bridgeport High School had the top-scoring team for Douglas County and also will go to state.

The local competition was at Filaree Farms, 182 Conconully Road. Students were quizzed on environmental topics.

Okanogan’s team was drawn from the new ecology class, taught by Kathleen Ferguson. Team members are Satya Kent, Vanessa VanderWeide, Emily Rawson, Myranda Perez, Keeley Morris and Hannah Murphy-Bryan.



Dinner benefits Tonasket Food Bank

TONASKET — A dinner to benefit the Tonasket Food Bank building fund will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

The food bank is faced with the loss of its current location in the former Sarge’s Burger Bunker building, but the owners have offered the property for sale to the food bank at a reduced price.

The dinner runs from 6-8 p.m.

Entertainment will follow, with Rob Thompson as host and performances by Steve Kinzie and Ron and Judy Hyde.



Students raise $1,100 in ‘penny war’

OMAK — Omak High School students raised more than $1,100 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during a “penny war.”

Each penny collected was good for a positive point. Each silver coin or bill accumulated negative points equal to its face value. Classes competed for highest total points.

In first place were the seniors with $493.25 and 25,875 points. The juniors were second with $90.41 and negative 6,469 points.

Finishing third were the sophomores with $157.46 and negative 8,574 points, while the freshmen finished last with $368.69 and negative 13,441 points.



Spud sale helps cheerleaders

OKANOGAN — A baked potato fundraiser to benefit the Okanogan High School cheerleading squad raised $498.

Thursday’s event, at the school, was a sellout, with 90 potatoes sold. The potatoes came with the buyer’s choice of toppings.

“We definitely could have sold more,” adviser Trisha Bradley said. “Last year we sold 65 potatoes, so we thought increasing it by 25 would be good, and we easily could have sold another 30.”

The sale was coordinated with parent-teacher-student conferences.

Eleven girls and two parents participated in the fundraiser.



Bicyclists will visit Omak in August

OMAK — Thirty young adults with Bike and Build Inc. will visit town in August as part of a bicycle trip from Portsmouth, N.H., to Vancouver, B.C.

Bike and Build Inc. is committed to affordable housing. The trip is to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes, the organization said.

During the group’s 10-week trip, members will help build affordable housing in nine locations, including Omak. The riders are ages 18 to 25.



Future of cannabis is meeting topic

TONASKET — A town hall meeting with community leaders, “The Future of Cannabis and Hemp,” will be at 6 p.m. May 29 at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

From 3 p.m. onward, people can stop by and chat with the team from Cannabis Action Coalition.



Former resident wins award for writing

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Former Okanogan County resident Wendy J. Fox, now of Denver, Colo., has won the Press 53 award for short fiction.

Fox will receive a $1,000 advance and travel expenses to attend a launch party for her debut short story collection at Press 53 headquarters in Winston-Salem.

The October event is the publishing house’s annual gathering of writers.

Her book is called “The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories.”

“What impressed me most about Wendy’s collection was her attention to detail, not with just everyday items, but with emotions, word choices, actions,” Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson said.

“Her characters were engaging and honest, and they made it clear how the smallest thing, a word, an action, a thought, or even silence, can lead to bigger consequences.”

Fox’s work has been published or soon will be published in several literary magazines and journals.

Her story “Ten Penny” was selected as part of a series by The Emerging Writer’s Network for National Short Story Month.

Another story, “Map of the Americas,” was a semi-finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards competition.

She has a master of fine arts degree from Eastern Washington University.

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