Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of older adults. Learn how to reduce the risk of falling by attending a free workshop and strengthening class taught by Cascade Medical’s Rehab Services team on Monday, Jan. 29 at the Leavenworth Senior Center at 423 Evans Street.

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. with a discussion about preventing falls at home and outside. At 10 a.m., the team will provide individual balance assessments for anyone interested. At 10:30 a.m., the team will lead the group in a series of gentle strengthening exercises. Call 548-3421 for more information.


Kids Ski Free and New Lodge at Ski Plain

Plain Valley Nordic Trails are open with two big changes this year. Rob and the team at Plain Hardware have built a competitive XC Race Program for kids. Now they are reaching out and letting all Kids Under 18 Ski FREE.

A new lodge and rental location have been opened at Clear Creek Lodge at Thousand Trails. This allows skiers to access the 24K of trails from either Plain Hardware or the North end of Thousand Trails on Chiwawa Loop Road.

For more information see www.SkiPlain.com

 County Commissioner Kevin Overbay will have his monthly open meeting with constituents at 9AM this Friday, January 12th, in the conference room at Beaver Valley Lodging in Plain. This is the building immediately South of Plain Grocery. Have questions about road maintenance, plowing, building permits,  the about-to-begin vacation rentals review or other county issues?  Bring those questions and comments. Coffee and snacks will be provided. These meetings have been well attended and very informative to attendees.

Free reflective address signs

 Whether it be fire or a medical emergency, minutes saved by firefighters or medical responders in finding your address can be the difference between success or failure. Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue is offering free blue reflective address signs to local area residents. These address signs are highly effective in helping fire, EMS or law enforcement personnel finding your home in the event of an emergency. Go to LWFR.ORG and order them today. Signs will be available for pickup at our main Fire Station during business hours at 21696 Lake Wenatchee HWY.

Update: About 20 minutes after this piece was posted this morning firefighters were dispatched  to a residential alarm on North Shore Drive. Fire units responding were delayed arriving at the location several minutes because they could not identify the correct residence. There was a number on the house which was well down off the road but nothing quickly seen along the road. These signs DO make a difference.

Chelan County is starting a review of vacation rentals activities. Public comment is essential and represents the short and long term desires of County residents. If you would like to be notified of activities, meetings, & materials during this process, please register with Chelan County  Vacation Rental Party of Record list, or contact Jennifer Groos at 509-667-6334 or Lilith Vespier at 667-6586, email Lilitt.Vespier@co.chelan.wa.us.

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Skating off to a Great Start

Up to 40 skaters at a time enjoyed the Kahler Glen Community Skating Rink over New Years Weekend. This weekend the skating should be good as well.

The Lake Wenatchee Fire Dept. helped spray down (aka flood) the rink this week to smooth the service. With mixed weather predicted for this weekend, Gary will need voluteer human Zamboni’s, please reach out to Gary even if you are only available to help once.  Email Gary.

We have hired a part time rink manager, but volunteers are still key to keeping the ice smooth. Thanks to all that have donated, time, funding via our GoFundMe campaign and to Kahler Glen too.

Fireworks restrictions

 The Chelan County Code permits the discharge of common fireworks only between the hours of 6PM on December 31st and 1:00 AM on January 1st. Types of fireworks allowed include items commonly known as dipped sticks, sparklers, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers and smoke devices.
Firecrackers and any type of aerial firework including salutes, chasers, skyrockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerials, spinners, Roman candles, mines, and shells are illegal and not permitted. IF IT LEAVES THE GROUND IT’S ILLEGAL.
Please do not use 911 to report fireworks violations. If reporting illegal fireworks activity use the Rivercom non-emergency number 663-9911.
If discharging fireworks please observe the law and be considerate of your neighbors and their animals.