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Guardian Angels

Life is filled with blessings that grow in number when we reflect on and give thanks for how lucky we are. It is the presence of particular people who have serendipitously come into our lives that bring the most enduring reminder of that good fortune.

I count Peggy Whitmore and Wayne Long as two of those who have influenced me in their compassion, friendliness, standards of excellence, great sense of humor and commitment to community. This past Friday night, Peggy left this earthly plane joining her brother Wayne, her mother Mavis and father Albert ( Shorty ) Long and other relations friends and ancestors to enter that dimension of the universe beyond mortality. Her family was by her side and will soon be sharing her story in a more complete way than I am able to.

I met Peggy when my children began school at Entiat Elementary in 1984 and Peggy was their first grade teacher, later their home economics teacher, and also a business class teacher for my daughter Ruthie. Peggy's positive outlook on life was contagious, she built confidence in others. She taught them early reading, writing and math, later cooking and sewing, leadership and many other life skills. Her enjoyment of children and teenagers let them know they were loved. She was Entiat's true cheerleader.

Both Wayne and Peggy's encouragement led me to decide to join the Entiat Community Historical Society and to learn and share more about the history of the people of Entiat, and this place we call home. The ECHS is not only about history, but about current presence in the community, and dreams for the future.

On Saturday, Mandy Sanford, Al Shannon, Linda Olin, Joe and Judy Bell, Chuck Tudor and I all spent a day at the Museum hosting visitors, but mostly sharing memories, and comparing stories. This is what I love about being at the museum. Peggy and Wayne's legacy and that of the generation they belong to will continue much beyond their lifetimes. There is a sense of their presence and ongoing care at the museum.

Thank you readers, for your support of the Albert Long Museum and the Entiat Community Historical Society. We so look forward to your visits this summer and for the continued growth of our understanding and sharing of Entiat's history. This coming Saturday we will be open again from 10:00 AM -3:00 PM with hosts Angela and Janice.

The Wenatchee Youth Circus will be performing in the park right near the Museum from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM!

We are so lucky!!

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