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CENTER STAGE: Too early to decorate for Christmas?

Brrr! Where did this wintry weather come from? It seems we went from a nice autumn breeze to cold north winds all of a sudden.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Remembering Elizabeth Widel

My friend and longtime co-worker Elizabeth Widel died last Tuesday at age 100.

CENTER STAGE: Thank you, Elizabeth Widel

Every so often you will come across a special person in life. Someone that motivates you by his or her ethics or who leads by example. Elizabeth Widel was one of those people to me, and many others.

CENTER STAGE: Winter is just around the corner

Ready or not, it seems winter is just around the corner. While we only had rain at our house this weekend, that wasn’t the case throughout much of the region.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Watching, reading as wildfires burn

Wildfires have been tearing across California’s Wine Country for more than a week.

CENTER STAGE: Holiday season is just around the corner

I can’t believe were only 43 days away from Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone? On the topic of Thanksgiving, it was announced last week that the first Black Friday advertisement was released by Harbor Freight, a tool and equipment retailer.

CENTER STAGE: Fall brings great music to region

Each morning I have a routine. I get up, let Gypsy (my 70-pound German Shepherd) outside, get a cup of coffee and sit down at my computer to read the daily headlines. It was sure a surprise to see an email from Garth Brooks’ promoter with information about his upcoming show Nov. 11 at the Spokane Arena.

CENTER STAGE: Plenty to do this weekend

Although the days are getting colder and darker earlier, there’s still plenty of activities to take in around Okanogan County.

EDITORIAL: Tonasket hospital needs to answer questions

North Valley Hospital’s board has plenty of people showing up to meetings and asking questions about how well the hospital is being managed.

EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: A life of their own

Partway up the Early Winters valley is a break in the mountain that forms, if you are going up-valley, the left side of the valley wall.

CENTER STAGE: Lots of local entertainment on tap at county fair

It’s that time of year again. Tomorrow kicks off the first day of the 70th annual Okanogan County Fair. Perhaps one of the largest family reunions of sorts, the county fair brings something for everyone.

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CENTER STAGE: Area brims with entertaining events

As the mornings are getting colder and area youngsters are heading back to school, I hate to say it but summer must be coming to an end. Around the house, the lawn is needing less watering and mowing, and our garden is nearing the end of its season.

CENTER STAGE: Neal McCoy brings show to Waterville

Johnny Rodriguez brings traditional country sounds to Manson

While we are less than a month away from the first day of fall (Sept. 22), there’s still time to enjoy the sunny weather and take in a great show around the Northwest.

EDITORIAL: Leave monuments alone

Recent events have prompted cities, counties and states to consider tearing down monuments that are deemed offensive to some.

POINT OF THEW: Every life should matter, it’s time to get over it!

Remember, when the term BLM used to strike fear in the hearts of ranchers, because it meant Bureau of Land Management (the government) was unjustly doing something or another?