Darold Brandenburg took his “Bumblebee Car” to Wenatchee for the Les Schwab Classy Chassis Parade and Car Show over the weekend.The Bumblebee is a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu convertible that Darold built to honor his two late sons, Chase and Jordan.

The Bumblebee identity comes from the Transformers movie series; it’s a sort of robot that can be either a car or a character. Six-year-old Chase and Darold had schemed to build a Bumblebee car together, and, after Chase died, Darold followed through on their plans. He says it only took him four-and-a-half years to build the car.

The car is a beauty, thanks to Darold’s craftsmanship and Steve Mickens’ amazing paint job. The judges at the Classy Chassis show agreed, awarding the coveted “Best of Show” award to the Bumblebee. The car also took home “Best in Paint” and “Best in Class” for the “1960s Modified” class. In Darold’s words, the car is “extremely modified.” Chase and Jordan would be proud.

Other awards came home to the valley recently, by way of Old Schoolhouse Brewery. The brewers attended the Bellingham April Brew’s Day Brewfest and took home the People’s Choice Award for the Ruud Awakening IPA and also the second-place Judges’ Award for their Imperial Stout.

Meanwhile, brewery owners Casey and Laura Ruud spent six days in Springdale, Utah, just outside the entrance to Zion Canyon. The Ruuds participated in a Native American Flute intensive course and got some free time to hike in the canyon as well. If anyone in the valley is interested in creating a Native American flute circle, give Laura a call at 996-3973.

Past Little Star Montessori students reunited with their teachers at their old school on Monday. Photo courtesy of Ashley Lodato

Past Little Star Montessori students reunited with their teachers at their old school on Monday. Photo courtesy of Ashley Lodato

Upholding a rite of passage that has been held in the valley for the past 15 or so years, on Monday afternoon (May 6) 18 Liberty Bell High School seniors went back to Little Star Montessori School to pose for pictures with their pre-school teachers, Rayma Hayes and Sandy Welfelt.

Jennifer Duguay, who now teaches fifth grade but who was a Little Star teacher during this particular class’s preschool years, also joined the group for the photo. The day was especially memorable because it was Rayma Hayes’ birthday. These Montessori alumni speak fondly of their time at Little Star. Many of them maintain close relationships with Sandy and Rayma and many of them will attend Little Star’s “Disco Fever” auction next week to help in the kitchen as a way of giving back to the school they loved so much and learned so much from.