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-..  Pae6 Fabrua 12 1998 Quad City Herald Mange Hagy .. Brewster -Citizen of the Year Frienq:l ,.art neighbors&apos; k ters speak uv of Cit00en o the Year A group of Marge Hagy's friends and neighbors banded together to nominate her for the Citizen of the Year award in Brewster• Hagy said.she was very surprised to receive the award. In heropinion she doesn't do much, really. Her friends and neighbors beg to differ, however. "Marge is always there whenever someone needs her," wrote Chuck Swearingen• "Cooking a funeral dinner, something for the school or (the Brewster chapter of) Grange or anytime an individual  needs something--here comes Merge." "Merge has dedicated her life to helping others in the this community. When Marge hears of someone in the community needing special help, whether the reason is illness, injury or the elderly, she is there without waiting to be asked," wrote Hugh Clawson. "Many meals have been prepared and quietly brought into homes for these various reasons over the years. Chores have been done, then the woman returns to her many other responsibilities she has volunteered for in this community. "This person has been there for friends and strangers alike when they find themselves in need. She sets an example for everyone who will notice, how one should give a helping "Marge is always there whenever someone needs her," - Chuck Swearingen hand without asking for praise or rewards," Hugh Clawson said. Dusty Clawson agreed. "She always thinks about other people and what she can do for the town and the people that live here. We need more women like Marge. She has blessedthis town by the work and kindoess that she has given to everyone here." "Marge Hagy gives her heart and soul in helping people in needy times," wrote Walter Weber. "We need more people like Merge Hagy in Brewster and all over our area." Hagy will be recognized as Citizen of the Year at theannualBrewster Chamber of Commerce banquet next Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brewster House restaurant. Hagy is an active Grange member and a faithful volunteer at the polling places at every election. She is a member of the Hospital Guild and works at the blood drives; she is active at church. Marge Hagy does all of those activities because she likes doing them• I've always liked helping," she said. "Basically, I like people• I guess if you like people, you like to help•" "It's been something I kind of grew up doing." When she was a little girl she helped her grandmother with chores on the farm in the summer; as the oldest girl on the block, she Cheryl Schweizor photo Numerous volunteer activities, such as volunteering to cook for and help urve a post.lunsral dinner, .was the reason Merge Hagy was named the Citizen of the Year by the Brewater Chamber of Commerce. was the babysiner in her Spokane neighborhocxl. She cleaned her grandfather's house when he could not. " It was part of the family tradition of being there for neighbors, friends and family in time of need, traditions her parents demonstrated by example• They raised their children "the way you like kids to be raised," she said. The young girl who had babysat children and cleaned houses and helped people in need in the neighborhood grew up to graduate from nursing school at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. She met her husband Ralph while he was a patient at Sacred Heart•"The first person I put in traction," she said. (He had injured his shoulder while working as a logger.) Ralph I-lagy was a native of Okanogan County, and he wanted to come home. The young couple moved to the Methow River valley and later to Brewster. They raised their three daughters Naomi, Nina and Nicole on a ranch at the end of North Star Road. Marge said the move to the country was an adjtstment for a girlbomandraised in Spokane, especially when the family moved from town to the North Starcountry. Within a week of the move Ralph Hagy'sjob sent him to Montana for six months. The city-bred girl had to learn about country life in a hurry, she said. She has lived in Brewster since 1971; she has made many friends over those years, she said. Her many volunteer activities have rewarded her with the opportunity to get to know people. She said when she considers the people she has known over the years, the people she remembers best are those with whom she has shared a part of her life. She remembered her friend Glenn Mumma, who got his haircuts from Marge. Hagy's daughters raised sheep and Mumma "used to call me up and tell me he needed shearing." Her friend Isabel Deffland often accompanied her on trips in and out of town. "I used to call her my co-pilot." She said her friends and family have given her important support, which she appreciates. "If I didn't have the great people around me, I couldn't do what I do." "Marge Hagy gives her heart and soul in helping people in needy times," - Walter Weber. Key Bank sells local branches The Brewster branch of Key Bank has been sold. KeyCorp, tbehank'sparent company, has announced the sale of 33 of its branches in the Pacific Northwest to Sterling Financial Corporation of Spokane. The sale includes 21 branches in Washington, including Brewster. Brewster branch manager Steve Hllghet said he had been assured that the banking services currently available to Key Bank customers would not be interrupted during the transition. Under the terms of the sale ageement the employees at the affected branches wig be offered jobs with Sterling Savings at their current salary, according to a press release issued by KeyCorp. Hughet said he thought the employees were "delighted" to learn of the sale. Sterling Savings is based in eastern Washington and its banking and customer service philosophy reflects that, Hughet said.,E;," The sale is expected to be completed by mid-1998, subject to regulatory approval, qO The sale is the latest and probably the last in a series of moves by KeyCorp to change its marketing strategy, according to Chris Arnold of the bank's public relations department. The company is consolidating its operations around 27 metropolitan areas in the West and Northeast; the services the bank is offering now are not as attractive to small-town customers,Arnold said. Colville Tril-- II IllB dismisses new execL tive d[rectc)r The Colville Business Council, meeting in Special Session at Nespelem February 5, decided not to confirm Lou Stone as the tribal government's executive director. The Business Council, by majority, exercised its option to terminate his contract without cause within his 90 day probationary period. 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