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GIVE A GIFT OF LOVE AND CARING

Adopt-A-Tree  

A Great Way to support the Orchard!

Looking for a stocking stuffer, a special gift to commemorate a memory or loved one, or to create a sense of caring and nurturing in a young person? Consider giving an adopted tree at the Buckner Orchard for 2017.

If the Buckner Orchard is going to continue as the treasure we know it to be, it must have caretakers now, as well as long into the future. What better way to ensure that future than by giving a child a gift of a tree?

The response of children who received trees is touching. They picked out their trees, wanting "to grow up" with a younger tree, pulling weeds, placing mouse guards, and running water to "their tree". They have become attached to "their" tree and now have a wonderful opportunity to care and help nurture a living thing for many years to come.

TREES ARE NOT ONLY FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin enough, who has a special memory of the Orchard, or you just want to support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Orchard. The adoption of trees also raises awareness of the Orchard and its care.  

Adopt-A-Tree is one way in which you can support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Buckner Orchard.  With your support much can be done to protect and conserve the heritage of this national treasure, and to continue its place as an important part of the Stehekin Community.

Adopt a tree for yourself and be a part of the Buckner Orchard!

Adopt-A-Tree funds are used exclusively to support the care and maintenance of the Buckner Orchard and are tax deductible. 

How to Adopt-A-Tree

Step 1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure a certificate arrives in time, providing the first and last name of the person the gift is being given to, as well as the address to which you would like it sent.  Be sure to include your e-mail address; this saves the Foundation both time and money in getting the receipt to you.

A personal message may be included on the certificate, such as, With love and fond memories, from Grandma Cinda and Uncle Jim.  You choose the one-line wording.

Step  2. Mail a check (@$25.00 per tree) to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation at PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Because some may be given as Christmas gifts, a certificate will be mailed immediately, trusting that the appropriate payment will be forthcoming.

Certificates can also be sent to you in PDF format via e-mail, ready to print from your computer, name of the recipient included.  Let us know your preference.

 Renewals

This is also a great time to renew trees adopted during previous years. Please let us know if a new certificate is needed and follow the directions above.

Adopt-A-Tree is one of three means by which the Foundation raises funds to support the Orchard and Homestead. The other two are memberships and donations. Please help us today and give a gift of love and caring.

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The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS

(Tax ID #452913458)

douglascountysheriff148On 12/0216 at approximately 1:47 AM a Washington State Patrol officer contacted what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 6. The female, a 14 yea ar old juvenile from East Wenatchee, confided in the state officer that she had set her parents’ house at the 2000 Blk. of Valley View Blvd. near East Wenatchee on fire before she left. WSP contacted Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies who rushed to the house and found the suspects parents asleep in their beds. There was no fire at the time but a 12” by 4” section of carpet had been burned. It appeared an unignited trail of lighter fluid, possibly barbeque lighter fluid had been poured up the stairs to the room occupied by the suspect’s mother and father. The door to their room had been blocked by an ottoman from the outside. Accelerant also let to the room of her 4 year old brother.

During an interview with Deputies, the juvenile female suspect admitted she attempted to set her parents’ house on fire, steal their car, and run away. She admitted squirting lighter fluid on carpets, curtains, and windowsills to make sure no one could get out. She created a trail of accelerant from the bedrooms, down the stairway, to the bottom step. There she lit the fire and watched it grow until she thought it was “pretty nice”. She then left.

The suspect had preloaded the vehicle with items she felt she needed for the trip. She planned to escape to Canada, Arizona, or Mexico. The suspect said she expected her entire family to die from smoke inhalation.

The suspected was arrested for three counts of attempted first degree murder, arson in the first degree, and theft of a motor vehicle.

This case is chilling and shocking to the senses. I am grateful to the WSP officer who first contacted the suspect and the Douglas County investigators who did such a thorough job unraveling the facts of this case. I am eternally grateful no one was hurt or killed.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

buckner logoIN THIS ISSUE

  • Harvest Fest Review
  • Work Party
  • Projects Update
  • Adopt-A-Tree is on its way!
 
 
HARVEST FEST
A Little Soggy and Very Successful!
 
In spite of a record rainfall for October, Harvest Fest shines again!
 
By the Numbers
 
Valley Music, Friday evening, Stehekin School  132 attendees
Many thanks to Jo Reiter, Jeannetta Kurth, Steve Saunders and all the many Valley musicians who so willingly shared there talents and love of music with us!
 
Saturday, Picking, Pressing, and Potluck, 205 participants - a rainy day record
New to Harvest Fest, our raffle raised $650 for support of the Homestead and Orchard!  Many thanks to the following for their generosity and support!
  • Chelan Seaplanes - one round trip and two one-way flights between Chelan and Stehekin
  • Adrienne Carpenter - quilted wall hanging of the head of Lake Chelan
  • Dick Bingham - Buckner Orchard apple wine, 8 bottles
  • Buckner Family - two copies of The Stehekin We Remember
  • Susan Burke - four CD's of violin/fiddle music

 

Sunday, Poetry night 19 participants

A quiet evening was shared at Bakery Log Cabin #1, bringing Harvest Fest to a relaxing and enjoyable end.
 
All three events came off like clockwork thanks to the hard work of the many volunteers who contribute so much. 
 
Friday Work Party
23 volunteers showed up on a clear and windy day to start winterization of the orchard and to set up for Harvest Fest.  Work included:
  • Removing apples that would feed mice from around trees
  • Raking Leaves
  • Building the band platform
  • Setting up presses and other materials for Harvest Fest
  • Collecting and storing hoses and sprinklers
  • Filling ruts in road to the river
  • Collecting downed limbs and other wood
  • Setting up canopies and tarps
  • Sweeping and cleaning the Buzzard Cabin
  • And, more!
PROJECTS UPDATE
Several additional Foundation and NPS projects were completed or begun during late summer and fall at the Homestead.
 
Irrigation System Repair
The Foundation purchased $4,000 in materials for repair of the historic irrigation system.  Work will be completed at a later date by NPS.
 
Buzzard Cabin Stabilization
This was an immediate and critical need, which the Foundation was able to fund in its entirety, with an allocation of $6,000.
 
The Buzzard Cabin, the oldest and most historic structure at the Buckner Homestead, has begun to list at a rather rapid rate.  Through the work of NPS historic preservation specialists, Dana Barton and Mike Kittelson, the Foundation was able to quickly provide the funding for materials and labor to stabilize the structure until such time a more permanent solution can be found and funded. 
 
In addition to the exterior braces shown in the photo below, an interior stud -only wall was constructed mid-cabin, a substantial support located in the center living area, and reinforcing was added in the attic.
 

Additional Projects

 
Log Benches - In collaboration with NPS, six new log benches were added to the packing shed platform, adding to available seating, as well as to the safety of the site.  All work and materials were provided by the National Park Service.
 
Studebaker Wagon Shed - Also in collaboration with NPS, a new cover was constructed for the historic Studebaker wagon by NPS and WCC personnel. 
 
Viewscape Restoration - Removal of select trees between the Buckner Home and Rainbow Falls to restore the historic viewscape is an on-going project of the Foundation and NPS.  BHHF has allocated $2,000 for this purpose in 2016, with work to be completed in late 2016 and early 2017.
 
Water Diversion Work  -  NPS replaced rotted logs at the irrigation system's Rainbow Creek diversion.
 
 
ADOPT-A-TREE
As the holidays rush up on us, please keep in mind the opportunity to support and share the Orchard through the Foundation's Adopt-A-Tree program.  You will receive a separate e-mail on how to continue our work at the Orchard through Adopt-A-Tree. 
 
 

Web Site

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization
 created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,
and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

 
 
 
 
 

douglascountysheriff148Good morning,

I just finished a briefing with my investigative team involving this incident.  The deaths of 60 year old Kathleen J. Duffy and 29 year old Seath W. L. Metcalfe are being ruled as a murder/suicide.

On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found Duffy and Metcalfe deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The investigation revealed that Metcalfe was the son of Kathleen Duffy.  He come come to stay at Duffy’s home in the 10 Blk of Glendale St. on 10/24/16.  Also living at the residence was Duffy’s daughter and her six year old son. 

At approximately 9:00 AM on 10/25/16 Duffy’s daughter and a friend left the residence leaving Duffy and Metcalfe alone.  At 12:12 PM Metcalfe texted his sister and said he was going to kill his mother and then himself.  She called RiverCom dispatch and rushed home and found her mother and brother dead from gunshot wounds to the head. 

Witnesses told investigators that Metcalfe struggled with substance abuse and mental illness.  Personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol assisted with the investigated.  Two Chaplains from the NCW Chaplains association were also on scene to help with grief counseling for family and friends.

I am very grateful for the skilled professionalism displayed by everyone to assisted at this tragic event.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found two deceased persons inside.  Investigators are still at the scene and no other information is being released at this time.  More to follow as the investigation progresses.

douglascountysheriff148C#16D-05690:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/08/16 at 11:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 5800 Blk.  of Rock Island Rd.  The complainant reported that unknown person stole his single shot 12 ga. Shotgun from the trunk of his girlfriend’s car.  There was no suspect information.

C#16D-05709:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 7:55 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 200 Blk. of Stull Ct.  Unknown persons had entered the victims vehicle, rifled through the inside and stole a flashlight.  There was no suspect information.

C#16D-05710:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 12:10 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl complaint at the 3100 blk. of NW Cascade.  The complainant reported that unknown persons had entered her unlocked vehicle and stole an I-Pod touch, a Gerber Multi-tool, and $10.00 in quarters.  There was no suspect information.

C#16D-05711:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 12:40 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl report in the 2700 Blk. of Sunset Hwy.  The complainant reported that unknown persons entered her unlocked GMC Yukon and stole her wallet.  The wallet was located nearby but the cash that had been inside was missing.

Please remember to remove valuables from your vehicle and lock the doors.

douglascountysheriff148On 09/24/16 at approximately 4:25 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the 3100 Blk. of Sunset Hwy.  They discovered a male inside the residence who appeared to have stab and slash wounds. 

The investigation revealed two males visiting the residence got into a physical fight after one party slighted the other’s girlfriend.  The fight broke up, but as one of the males was walking away, the other sprayed him with pepper mace.  The fight resumed again, the male who had used the pepper mace pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times. 

The suspect was identified as 34 year old Keith L. Hill of East Wenatchee.  He was still at the scene when Deputies arrived and was arrested without incident.  Hill was transported to the Chelan County Jail and booked for Assault in the 1st degree.

The victim was later found to have two slash wounds to his chest, two puncture wounds to the right side of his rib cage, and one puncture wound to his right forearm.  He was treated at Confluence Hospital.  It was believed his injuries were not life threatening.

buckner logoBUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION HARVEST FEST 2016
October 7,8, 9
 
EVENTS
Friday evening - Valley Music at the Stehekin School at 7 PM, featuring many great Stehekin Valley musicians and special guests.
 
Saturday - Picking and pressing at the Orchard at 10 AM, with a community-wide potluck at 1 PM.  Chili, plates, cups, utensils, and drinks are provided.  Bring what you can, and don't worry if you're a guest to the Valley with limited cooking facilities.  Live music by Agnes on Fire, our local favorite, will accompany the potluck!
 
Sunday Evening, for those still around, is Poetry Night at the Bakery Log Cabin #1 at 7 PM. Bring favorite poetry to read, poetry you've written, or just come, listen, and enjoy the evening.
 
Raffle - For the first time, a raffle will be a part of the Saturday events - seaplane flights, wine, beautiful quilted wall hangings, CD, books, and more.  Tickets are only $2.00 each  or 3 for $5.00, and the drawing will take place during the potluck on Saturday.  All proceeds go to support the work of the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation at the Homestead and Orchard.
 
 
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
 
GETTING THERE
Chelan Seaplanes is, again, offering special pricing for flights to and from Harvest Fest and have added additional flights.
 
You can book online or call Chelan Seaplanes and use the promo code "harvestfest2016" to get $10 off each way or $20 off round trip per person.
 
Chelan Seaplanes on-line:  http://www.chelanseaplanes.com/ or,by phone, 1.509.682.5555.
 
Lake Chelan Boat Company will be on its fall schedule, offering only daily Lady of the Lake II runs to Stehekin and return.  Be sure to check their departure times, and reservations are advised, especially if returning on Sunday, October 9.
 
Lake Chelan Boat Company on-line:  http://ladyofthelake.com/ or by phone 1.509.682.4584
 
Lake Chelan Helicopters may also provide chartered flights to and from Stehekin.
 
Lake Chelan Helicopters on-line: http://lakechelanhelicopters.com/
Lake Chelan Helicopters by phone:  1.509.860.9058
 
ACCOMODATIONS
Accommodations ins Stehekin are limited, so plan ahead and reserve a place to stay now, if you haven't already done so.  Various accommodations can be found at the Foundation link below.
 
http://bucknerhomestead.org/links-resources/">Stehekin Accommodations and More
 
Don't forget the Bakery and The Garden as you plan for a great weekend in the Valley.
 

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

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douglascountysheriff148You’ve probably heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  It is an annual event in honor of Saint Fermin.  It is a practice involving a group of brave souls running in front a six charging bulls though a sectioned of set of streets.  Apparently, two Douglas County bulls had been watching the Travel Channel and fancied themselves as local El Toro, because they tried to recreate their own Running of the bulls on the loop trail about a half mile south of Rocky Reach Dam yesterday afternoon. 

RiverCom dispatch received several complaints that two bulls were on the trail chasing pedestrians and cyclists.  Deputies and humane society officers quickly responded to scene.  No one was injured, but the bulls had made good their escape. 

Deputies reported that there were several orchards into which the animals could have disappeared.  Maybe they just got tired and went home having fulfilled their dream.  They were last seen heading toward East Wenatchee.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

douglascountysheriff148On 09/08/16 at 11:40 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol on Hwy. 28 five miles east of East Wenatchee attempted to stop a vehicle travelling 73 MPH in a 60 MPH zone.  When the Deputy turned on his emergency lights, the vehicle abruptly sped up to approximately 100 MPH.  Traffic was light, and the Deputy pursued the vehicle to SE 3rd where it turned right.  It continued at a high speed and failed to stop at the stop sign at SE 4th and Kentucky.  The vehicle lost control and went off the road near Clovis School damaging some fencing.  The driver, 27 year old Armondo Torres of Kent, WA, was taken into custody without further incident.  He was found to be in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine.  He also had multiple warrants for his arrest and had a suspended driver’s license. 

The Deputies and the assisting East Wenatchee Police officers did a very good job effectively managing this case and bringing the criminal to justice.

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