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This issue marks the eight-year anniversary of 209 Magazine. The goal when we started the publication was to highlight the people, places, organizations and businesses that make the 209 area such a great place to live, work and play. Eight years later, we are continuing to find inspirational people to feature, new businesses to share and interesting places to visit.

In this issue, you can get to know Keely Cashman, the 22-year-old skier from Strawberry who just returned from the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Her story is an inspiration to all young athletes: “… just because you’re from a small area, there’s nothing you can’t do,” she told 209 Magazine writer Teresa Hammond. “As a kid, I definitely had big dreams and I never did think I couldn’t do it. I hope that there’s little kids out there that think that too and I would say dream big because anything is possible.”

Also in this issue, local egg producer Gemperle Farms shares their family tradition of using roots, leaves and blossoms to decorate Easter eggs; outdoor venues The Fruit Yard and Ironstone Vineyards are gearing up for spring and summer concerts; and those looking to unleash their inner King Arthur — or Luke Skywalker, or Legolas, depending on your weapon of choice – can do so in Tracy at the Knight Life Sword Fighting Academy.

Thank you for taking the time to read 209 Magazine. We welcome your comments, calendar events and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher/Owner 209 Magazine

hvanderveen@209magazine.com