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November 23, 2017

StageWest brings back 1940s-era radio dramas

StageWest Community Theatre is turning back time to the 1940s with its upcoming presentation of the popular Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol.”

During those years, most homes had a radio as television was not yet invented and in the evening families would gather around the radio to listen to their favorite programs, such as “The Shadow,” “The Jack Benny Show,” “George Burns and Gracie Allen,” and “The Whistler” to name a few.

StageWest Community Theatre is presenting a Readers’ Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” adapted by Tony Palermo and directed by Kathleen Bell. This Readers’ Theatre will be held just like old time radio with the cast reading their parts and we even have a live sound effects person.

Performances are Dec. 1–3 and 8–10, and are held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. 639 Elm St. in Cheney. Fridays and Saturdays are at 7 p.m. except for Saturday Dec. 9, which is the dinner theatre show at 6 p.m.

Sunday matinees are at 3 pm. Dinner is by reservation only and reservations must be made and paid by Friday Dec. 8. Dinner is being catered by Mike Hartman.

Tickets are adult $12, seniors $10 and students with valid school ID $5, with the dinner theatre $30 per person. For tickets/reservations contact Nancy Kuonen at (509) 768-4792. For other information contact Kathleen Bell at (509) 235-2441.

State retail sales up 5 percent in second quarter 2017 

OLYMPIA – Seasonal growth in sales of lawn and garden equipment and continued increases in drug and health store sales helped boost second-quarter taxable retail sales 5 percent over the same period in 2016, reaching a total of $38.6 billion. 

According to a state Department of Revenue Nov. 17 news release, retail trade sales, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, were up 4.9 percent to a total of $16.6 billion. Taxable retail sales are transactions subject to the retail sales tax, including sales by retailers, the construction industry, manufacturing and other sectors. Retail trade includes sales of items such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, but excludes other industries, such as services and construction.

Some highlights of second quarter 2017 (April – June) taxable retail and retail trade sales include construction, which rose 6.5 percent to $7.5 billion. Also, taxable retail sales reported by new and used auto dealers increased 4.7 percent to $3.4 billion and taxable retail sales reported by drug and health stores rose 15.4 percent to $730.5 million.

Taxable e-commerce and mail order sales jumped 15.2 percent to $734.6 million. Finally, lawn and garden supplies and equipment jumped 19.7 percent to $291.8 million.

The figures summarize first-quarter 2017 taxable retail sales reported on Washington business tax returns. The agency uses Census Bureau classifications to report the sales revenues by sector.

Plan ahead: Turkey tastes better without a traffic jam

OLYMPIA – Whether crossing the state or just running to the store for a last-minute ingredient, be sure to allow plenty of extra travel time during the busy Thanksgiving weekend. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel. 

The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels: 

• Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.

• Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.

• Visit the “Online Traveler Information” link about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.

• Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

• Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.

• Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.

• Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.

• Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive appropriately for conditions.

In the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,675 feet), State Route 20 North Cascades Highway (elevation 5,477 feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) are closed for the winter. On Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), you can receive text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.


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