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Quad City Herald FAMILY & FRIENBS Archie Covey, a new high school graduate at 82 years of age, poses for a picture with his 5 children. Archie Covey earns his GED - at age 82 Carol Newby's dad Archie Covey used to say he wanted to get his high school diploma; in fact, about 15 years ago Carol bought him the books he needed to study for a Gen- eral Educational Development (GED) exam. But he never found the time to pursue his ambition. Now Archie Covey is 82 years of age, and he had pretty much decided he was going to give up on that ambition, to his daughter's dissatisfaction."I thought it was a little bit late to start now (studying for a GED), but she didn't." Newby, of Bridgeport, challenged her dad to pick up those books and study for the GED tests. Her four brothers also encouraged him to try. " Archie Covey, of Omak, picked up the challenge. He studied and took two tests in November, two in December and a final test in January. He started school in 1921, in 1998, he received his GED from the Wenatchee Valley College pro- gram housed in the same building. He is the oldest man in Okanogan County to receive a GED in the 10 years the program has been admin- istered by WVC. There were rea- sons, of course, studies. He had family that even- tually grew to five children. In 1940 he bought a half-interest in an automotive wrecking yard, and he opened his own auto- motive business on "the first day of January, 1946, and we've been in business ever since." (His son Floyd bought the business in 1980.) He was always very involved in his business, he said; "I've been involved in the business enough that I lost two fingers" in an industrial accident. He never did stop working; he still goes in and works on projects occasionally. "It keeps me out of trouble, a little bit." His children and members of the congregation of the church he attends, the First Assem- bly of God in Omak, banded together to throw him a sur- prise party after he passed his tests. "I didn't suspect any- thing." He saw his children there when he arrived, but he still didn't realize the party was for him, he said. "I really appreciated it." Covey claimed they did not need to resort to any elabo- rate explanations to get him to the party; they simply an- nounced there would be a potluck after church one Sunday. That was enough to attract Archie Covey. "I was just naturally there--something to eat, you know." Covey cooks for himself since his wife Vera died in April 1997. That was another reason he put off studying--Vera needed his care and help. They were mar- ried almost 62 years, he said; "she was a good lady." '7 think that if a person is too old to learn, they're just too old" - Archie Covey attending Omak Elementary School; He said he is glad he took his children's ad- vice. It fits in with his philoso- phy, that people should keep learning until the day they die. "I think that if a a person is too old why Covey kept putting off his to learn, they're just too old." Spencers win flower display ribbor00 i Local ladies attend show Gladys Still of Bridgeport and Morrell Hull of Brewster took in the 1998 Northwest Flower and Garden Show Thursday, February 5, at the Convention Center in Seattle. They joined a tour group of 42 in Wenatchee for the day trip over and back. More than 80,000 visitors a t- tended the February 4-8 show, which is the third biggest in the country. The ladies toured the section of miniature gardens made by grade school children, and the landscap- ing and big floral bouquet sections. Gladys' favorite display was a huge urn arrangement of apples and red roses while Morrell was impressed with the tropical flowerarrangements. They looked over the largest land- scape display, a 2,100 square foot "Victory Garden", which cost be- tween 50,000 to 80,000 dollars to make. The most elaborate display, which cost 100,000 dollars, had a backdrop of a 17 foot reinforced concrete waterfall. The orchid sec- tion took up the sixth floor of the Center and included a display from Bridgeport residents Dave and Meredith Spencer of Spencer Gar- dens. The Spencers display won a ribbon. Very impressive show, remarked Morrell. They would like to go next year and take more time (days) to see the displays. .00icensing office plans closure he Department of Licensing re- The office will resume regular hours minds motorists that the Chelan on Wednesday, February 18, 1998. Driver Licensing Office hours will The Chelae office hours are 8:30 be: Thursday, February 12, Noon a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tues- to4:30p.m.; Monday, February 16 day, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 and Tuesday, February 17 office a.m.until4:30p.m.,Thursday, closed will be closed, on Saturdays and holidays. SENIR NEWSy,, Menu - February 12 thru 17 Members and friends if your birth- day is on or near the day of serving (lunch) you get to be first in line. Thursday, Feb. 12 - Sweet & sour meatballs, mixed vegetables, beets, rice, bread, gingerbread/ topping. Monday, Feb. 16 -President Day - No Meal. Tuesday, Feb. 17 - Parmesan chicken; mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread, fruit whip. Thursday, Feb. 19 - Baked ham, pea salad, yams, rolls, jello. Lunch is served in the Center on Monday, Tuesday, and Thurs- day and is open to anyone over age 60, member or not. Individu- als under the age of 60 can also eat (would be helpful if they called in first) for the price of $4.70. Pinochle The Center had 15 players turn out for last Friday's card party. Ila Renner, high; Lee Nickell, low; Elaine Nickell, traveler; Opal Clark, door prize; Helen Carmen, Ila Wilbur, and Dorothy Kline, round robin. Join Us The Senior Center offers Quad City area seniors many opportunties for good conversation, good friends, good meals, and a variety of ac- tivities. So come on in and join the Center, the welcome mat is always out. Pancake Feed The Center sponsors a 'once a month' pancake feed which is open to the public. The feed is the last Friday of the month and the pro- ceeds go toward maintaining the Center. Sometimes due to holi- days the monthly pancake feed is not held. General Membership Meetings The General Membership meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month beginning at 11 a.m. Please attend - it is important for members to be there and help with the decisions.*/ New ideas, new input and new volunteers are needed and welcomed. 'Couhty Artists schedule meeting, Okanogan County Artists Associa- tion will meet Monday, February 16, 1 p.m. at Magoo's Restaurant in Omak. A no-host lunch will precede the meeting. Planning will proceed for the special March meeting. Hedy Kleemier will have paint- ings on display at the Wenatchee Valley Clinic in Omak during the month of February. Dona Wilson and S harol Rosendahl are displayin their works at the Okanogan Valley Clinic through Feb- ruary. i i II Stock Up Sale YARN SHOPt, February 12 2"his space courtesy of Breweter: Volunteer Firemen, Grange , 'f. U , '' ... Il I Pateros: Volunteer Firemen II Rn cs I Bridgeport: Volunteer Firemen, American Legion S Post 218 & Auxiliary, Fire District #7 Omak: SCORE Methow: Volunteer Firemen February 16 Breweter:AI-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Chess Club, Park & Rec. Board Pateros: City Council February 17 Brewator :AlcoholicsAnonymous, Okanogan County Fire Oistrict#5Ambulance, Kiwanis, Parent Advisory Committee, Hospital Guild Bridgeport: Order of Eastern Star, School Board, Quad City Eagles Mansfield: Rebekah Lodge February 18 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Alcoholics Anonymous, American Legion Post 97, Legion Gavel Passing Post 97, Women s League, CWI- Credit Professional D-O-C Counties Bridgeport: Chamber of Commerce . If you know of a club that would like to be listed in the Community Calendar please call 689-2507 and let us know. Thank you/ SWEETHEflI00T O1 = q00I00ESIDI00rlTS' 9fit SflLE! Sale prices on Dinin rou s "rfHll'/Jrl/rN m_mo  gg P IP"00 ,Wml 10%. 25% off T.V.'s & VCR's = on sale! -- Bedroom furniture 20% to 40% off , .... s, :,; ..:ets  Check out sale prices on close out itemS. I ell 'y 299 Lamps, Rugs, Headboards, End Tables & More[ ......... / ................ i [lr "fl/li_ '] INSTANT ...[._.MAYI'/. 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