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Being a mom, there’s only one way that Schiree Ybarra could describe the process that ended up with the city having a new library back in 2011.

“I still to this day describe our building project from concept to reality as pregnancy and delivery,” said Ybarra, the lead librarian for Quincy’s branch of the North Central Regional Library system.

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Here are all the essays we received for our Thanksgiving Essay contest. The award-winners and the honorable mentions are listed in bold. Businesses mentioned are our contest's sponsors. Many thanks to all of them, and in particular to Kwon Family Dentistry for patronizing this contest once again.

Enjoy!

For the first time in a long time, we have good news for our family farmers who have been under tremendous economic strain caused by drought, wildfires, and extreme heat.

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Red canna flowers sway in the breeze along Highway 28, greeting drivers coming into town at the roundabout. Standing nearly as tall as a person, the cannas greet visitors and locals alike and wave a gentle goodbye as they leave.

The flowers are part of a city-wide project known as the Quincy Beautification Project. Flowers line the roadway from the roundabout to Tenth, between Second and Third, and then start again around Sixth. Four more areas line the south-bound highway toward George.

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For Stacia Sarty, the biggest change happened one drop at a time.

Long accustomed to golfing in the Columbia Basin’s desert weather, the Quincy grad found herself first at Pacific University in Oregon and this year in Spokane’s Whitworth University, dealing with some pesky wet stuff falling from the clouds.

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The community took a moment to celebrate some of its finest grads, former teachers, advisors and advocates, by inducting them into the Wall of Fame.

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Down 19-0 after three tiny minutes of football against their archrival in miserable weather, Quincy Head Coach Greg McMillan gathered his troops during a timeout and laid down the proverbial gauntlet.

“Do you want to take it?” he thundered. “Or do you want to fight?”

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At this year’s Farmer Consumer Awareness Day parade, one man is heading up a new idea for the parade-goers to honor the anniversary of 9/11.

Carl Yeates, a commissioner for the Quincy Valley Cemetery, is taking charge to arrange community members to carry veteran casket flags in the FCAD parade.