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Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, .Pateros and the lower Methow Valley Volume 89 No. 30 Brewster, Washington liSPS 241-920 35 January 24, 1991 Lester McCullough, Citizen the Year; Adam Thomason, Youth of 7hfe Year Dick Stone new president by Bill Vallance, staff writer Lester McCullough and Adam Thomason were chosen citizens of the year Tuesday evening, January 22 at the annual Brewster Chamber of Commerce Banquet. McCullough was awarded the Vaughn Godbey Memorial Citizen of the Year plaque while Thomason, who sang a medley of patriotic songs during the program was sur- prised with the Jean Goehry Memorial plaque for Youth Citizen of the Year. All one needs to do is drive by the ball fields in summer, the football field in fall, the high school gym in winter and back to the hish school baseball diamond in the spring, to see why Lester McCullough was chosen Brewster's most prized citizen. McCuilough is active in the sports community year 'round. From the T-ball and little league programs to A.A.U. basketball to high school sports and even on occasion you G iljii ii : New officers: Dick Stone, Donna Hammoas, Val Burgett, Elaine Bailey. might even see Lester play a little softball in the local tournaments. Those softball tounaments, by the way, are usually organized and ran by Lester. Lester's generousity and accom- plishments could be listed on and on. But the one thing that has made Lester McCullough stand out from the pack is his ability to reach Brewster youth. Any child who has grown up and participated in any type of sport Brewster has to offer has left with a piece of Lester. One such athlete is Roger Boesel, who in the mid 70's helped put Brewster sports up on a new level. Boesel traveled from his Cashmere home to present the Vaughn Godbey memorial award to [,ester. Unfortunately, Lester was unable to attend the banquet. Jim Frey, Brewster's basketball coach accep- ted the award for him. The plaque read: "The Citizen of the Year award is given to Lester McCullough, his tireless effort in /working with the youth of all ages in this community over the years is i greatly appreciated." Frey, receiving the award for Lester, said "Anytime you see Lester it gives you a lift. You can't really ask anything of Lester that he Arlene Roys honors Adam Thomason with the Jean Gochry Memorial plaque. wouldn't go and do. He'll give anything he can to those kids." A the war in the Gulf heats up the songs sang by Adam Thomason brought special meaning to those who attended. Thomason's medley of songs, featuring "This Is My Country", "This Land Is Your Land", "What The World Needs Now" and "Proud To Be An American" among others not only hit the spot but highlights one of Thomason's many talents. As soon as Adam was finished and just settled back in his chair, Arlene Roys, gave him the surprise of his life, calling him back up to the front to accept the Jean Goehry Memorial award. Adam, a senior at Brewster High School, is very active in school as well as outside of school. He belongs to Student Council, was a Boys State representative, where he was voted a senator, an officer in the Future Farmers of America, attending both state and national conventions. Ho Cen't. on page 6 Assistant Coach Lester McCuilongh confers wi',h Head Coach Mike Web- ster during Bears' baseball game last spring. Bridgeport ...... Schools seek $ 80,000 M and O levy Bridgeport School Board directors will be seeking the support of their constituents February 5 as they run an $80,000 Maintenance and Operations levy. Currently district residents are paying taxes on a $90,000 levy that was approved to be collected over a two year period of time. Approval of this levy came in February of 1989. When the proposed levy is passed the $80,000 translates into a collec- tion rate of $1.77 per thousand dollars of assessed value. Collection will begin in the spring of 1992. According to district superinten- dent, Robert Allen, $2.03 per thousand dollars is currently being collected. The new levy will be 26 cents less per thousand dollars per year. Monies collected from M & O levies are quite necessary for the day to day operations and maintain the school's yearly budget. The proposed amount will supplement the per pupil funding ratio predetermined by the state. Available to schools is "Local Ef- fort Assistance" money. Currently, if the voters approve this levy an ad- ditional $127,000 of funding will be available for Bridgeport schools. A levy loss would mean a $"207,000 ($127,000 plus $80,000) loss of funds. "A levy loss," Allen explains, "may mean a shortfall of funds with which the district will have to com- pensate for to operate their existing program." Salaries for additional staff in- cluding aides, teachers, etc., is one of the many items that will be covered through the passage of this levy. Allen stated that current staffing could be reduced if the levy is not met with approval next month. Last May residents of the Bridgeport School District over- whelmingly approved a 1.7 million dollar bond issue. A question and answer session for this levy has been scheduled for Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. in the elementary school board room. Allen encourages anyone interested to attend this meeting or contact him at the district office for further in- formation. Pateros opts. for county police protection The Pateros City Council has voted to disband the city police department and contract for police service to Okanogan County. The action was taken at the regular council meeting, Tuesday, January 22. The vote followed a report by a citizen's committee that was appoin- ted at the last council meeting to study the various options. The committee report, presented by Jerry Moore, listed points in favor of three alternatives - contrac- ting with Okanogan County, retaining its own police force, or contracting with the city of Brewster. The county contract, Moore said, would mean an entity other than the city would be carrying liability in- surance. The city "cannot afford coverage for catastrophic incident," the report said. In addition, the city would be less exposed to lawsuits. The county also has "highly trained personnel with additional resour- ces" for investigating crime. Also listed as points in favor were the one year length of the contract, the establishment of a satellite office in Pateres, and the recent opinion poll in which a majority of the people who responded favored the county contract. The high visibility of a local police force and quick response time (with 24 hour coverage) were listed as points in favor of retaining the local force. The local force, the report said, would allow better control of nuisance-level crime, more patrol coverage in the city, local control of the police department and was bet- ter suited for a block watch system. Also cRed were the results of a survey conducted by committee member Martha Leaser and Eva Wagg. They called 24 towns in central and eastern Washington comparable in size to Pateres. Of those towns, 20 had their own police departments, including seven that had contracted their county's sheriff's department at one time. Four of the cities were contracting for police protection. Moore also had the results of a second survey, this one conducted in September. (The results were received Monday.) In that poll, 72 percent of the people who responded were in favor of keeping the police department and nine percent in favor of contracting with the county. Reins in favor of contracting with Brewster included the close proximity of the two cornmunRies and improved liability coverage. Mayor N.M. Cruse said the decision was up to the city council. When the issue came up for con- sideration, council member Ethel Pederson immediately moved that the city neigotlate with the sheriff's office. Cruse asked for council discussion, but there was none. The matter was then put to a vote, with Pederson and council members Jim Whan and Burr Sandy voting for the contract. Council member Alice Pat- terson voted against it. (Council member Cliff Burdick was not present at the meeting, having had back surgery earlier in the day.) In other business, Patterson asked for permission to pursue a grant for city beautification. Patterson bad received some in- formation from the Greater Wenat- Con't. on page 7 Brewster Portable stage proposed for new fac00ility Plans for the new Brewster and the remodeled Brewster Elemen- tary School were presented for a second appraisal by the public Mon- day evening, January 21. And some of the parents, teachers and district officials at the meeting said they think they may have found a compromise solution to the most persistent complaint voiced at both public meetings--lack of space for performing arts. After the last hearing in early November, architect Jim Christen- son had been instructed to deter- mine the cost of adding a stage to the multi-purpose room in the elemen- tary school. Chrtstenson came back with figure of $85,000 for a basic stage without lights or curtains or any other necessary equipment. The school beard decided it would take too much of the budget to build a stage. An acoustical engineer examined the existing gymnasium and reported it would cost about $25,000 to improve the acoustics there. The plan presented at the first meeting proposed moving the music department from its current room to the stage in the gymnasium, and in- stalling a moveable wall to minimize disruptive noise. Superintendent Mark Jacobson said he thought that would improve the music department, although he conceded it did not solve the problem of space for drama productions. He suggested the acoustics in the gym would make it suitable for drama. But teacher Edith Sattler protested that the stage would not be big enough to house both the music department and the props and equipment necessary for drama productions. Jacobson said the music department could move off the stage for the short time a play would be presented. Sattler said that asking the music department to move was unfair; also, a drama production would need to use the stage before the actual production, doing such chores as building sets. In addition, Sattler and others at the meeting complained the gym is unavailable for use during most of the school year, both during and af- ter the school day. During the day drama classes conflict with physical education classes. After school the gym is used by sports teams for practice. Jacobeon said the gym was available in the spring and summer, to which Sattler replied that by the time the gym was available spring sports had already begun, giving potential actors a schedule conflict. And summer is the busiest season in this farmlng-dominated area, she said. It also is much harder to in- volve community children in any drama project during the summer. "This is not a good solution," said high school Principal Walt Roys. "That is the best we could do with the money we bad available." He said that many of the activities people were asking for, such as speech and debate, did not need to be held on a stage and could be prac- ticed, at least, in classrooms. During a discussion with Christen- son, Sattler asked about the cost of a portable stage, which had been scheduled to be installed in the new gym. But Jacobson said school of- ficlals had been told putting a stage there would be a waste of money, since there would be the same kind of scheduling conflicts in the new gym as in the existing gym. Sattler asked how much a portable stage would cost. Chrlstenson said it depended less on the size of the stage itself than on the amount of lights, curtains and other accessories or- dered with it. A basic stage, made by a company in Portland, Oregon, called Stagecraft, would cost bet- ween $20,000 and $25,000. Sattler then asked about the com- mons/lunchroom area, a space projected to 36 feet wide by 90 feet long. Christenson said he thought Con't. on page 7