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Ouad City. Herald FebruaN 12 1998 Page 7 Pateros School to run tests for early kindergarten entrance Pateros School Board members have approved a new procedure for children seeking early entrance into kindergarten. The children will be tested by a specialist and must meet certain standards to be admitted to kindergarten before their fifth birthday. District policy requires that children must be five years of age on or before August 31 of the year they want to enter kindergarten. Previously the decision whether or not to admit the children was left up to the lementary school principal and school counselor, a procedure that elementary school principal (and district superintendent) Bob Nolan said he thought was too vague. He suggested that the school board establish a set of criteria, and the board agreed. In other business at the regular school board meeting Thursday, February 5, board members approved a golf cooperative with the Brewster School District. Pateros will provide the coach. Nolan said approximately five Bmwster students have expressed an interest in playing golf; they will join about six Pateros students. Board members scheduled a joint meetingwith school boards from four other dislricts cooperating in some grant programs. The Pateros, Chelan, Manson, Methow Valley and Entiat school boards will meet Tuesday, March 24 to discuss joint projects, including a grant that will allow the schools to build a telecommunications link. Nolan said the board will not change driver&apos;s education fees for the 1997- 98 school year. But he said he asked board members to think about how they want to pay for such programs in the future. The driver's education program does not generate enough money to pay for itself at the current fee; the difference is made up with funds generated through the maintenance and operations levy. The breakfast and lunch programis inn similar situation. Nolan said he wanted district patrons to think about how they want to pay for those and similar programs---whether district officials should raise fees to make those programs self-sustaining, or whether theyshould continue to be subsidized. Bridgeport begins superintendent search Bridgeport School District officials are inviting district patrons to a meeting Thursday, February 26, to discuss the search for a new district superintendent. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Bridgeport High School. Longtime superintendent Bob Allen recently announced his retirement, effective and the end of July, 1998. Allen said the meeting was being held to gather patrons' opinions on the qualifications desired in the new superintendent. He said district officials would meet with teachers and staff members earlier that day, seeking their opinions. Allen said Bridgeport School Board members tentatively have decided to advertise for applications beginning about March l.Anew superintendent is expected to be hired by approximately the first week in May. Harold and Bemiece o[out can't from page 1 first," he said. He thought a medical career would allow him to pursue a life science career and support himself and a family at the same time. At that time the Seventh Day Adventist medical school in southern California, Loma Linda University, operated a branch campusinLosAngeles. Its purpose was to train doctors for practices throughout thecountry and overseas. So the instructors encouraged the students to leave southern California. Harold Stout decided against staying in San Diego, where he was a resident, Or returning home to Hughson. Berniece's brother Joseph Hansen also was a doctor, with a practice in Omak. Harold and Berniece came to Washington to look around, with the idea of living and practicing in a rural community. They decided to move to Washington, "which I thought was the end of world," Harold said. They moved to Brewster in 1940. Harold was the only doctor in Pateros; the area's pioneer doctor, C.R. McKinley, had an office in Brewster. Stout said he looked for housing in Pateros but none was available. They looked for housing in Brewster but none was available. Then houses became available in both towns on the same day. Harold Stout took them both. That was because the doctor's house was more than his house---it was also his office. Harold and Berniece lived in part of the Brewster house and saw patients in the other part. (The house, a log cabin, still stands on Main Street, diagonally from 7th Street Market.) Berniece's parents and sister lived in the Pateros house; HanId ran his Patm'os practice out of the house. That was only one small part of his practice, which extended from Mansfield to Waterville to Leahy and far up the Me/how River valley. The 'Two doctors in all of Douglas County, and I was one of them," - Doctor Stout doctor went to the patients in those days, rather than the patients going to thedoctor. Stout hadoffw.es in Mansfield and Waterville; he saw patients at the telephone office in Bridgeport and delivered babies in houses along the Loup Loup road. He was also the health inspector" for the Douglas County schools. "Two doctors in all of Douglas County, and I was one of them." He was one of seven doctors in Okanogan County at the time. Such a demanding schedule might have put a strain on any marriage, but Harold and Berniece Stout traveled thecircuit together. "Before our children were born, she was my office nurse," Harold said. Even after their son LuWayne and daughter LuVon were born, Bemiece sometimes traveled with her husband. The presence of her parents and sister was an asset; they helped care for the children, Berniece said. Harold Stout continued to practice medicine until December 1997, when he retired at 82 years of age. Their son is a dentist in Brewster, their daughter, a medical transcriptionist, lives in Wenatchee. They have three grandchildren. Harold S tout said he thinks the most important factor in their marriage is their devout Christian faith. Both grew up in Seventh Day Adventist households; both have tried to follow Christ and his teachings as well as they can, he said. "It really is very important," Berniece said. When a person stops to consider it, it is very wonderful that God brings together two different people from two different places, she said. If a couple seeks God's guidance and follows His advice, they will go the right way, she said. She said it was important to forgive small irritations. In her opinion, all differences between husbandand wife should be discussed privately, away from the children. qp Win. E. Vallance photo Doctor Harold and Berniece Stout have been playing and Hinging together for over a half a century. It is important, she said, that spouses should never consider their marriage was a mistake. "Mine never has been," Harold said. (Oh, yes - Don, the cousin who took Berniece to Catalina Island, was not her cousin at all, Bernice said. Harold said he might never have asked Berniece for a date if he had known that.) Dinner to fund band to state tourney The Brewster Music Boosters will Proceeds will be used to send the pep the money will be used for other music sponsor a dinner Saturday night, bandtothestatebasketballtournament program activities February 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the in Tacoma, if either the boys or girls Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for Brewster High School commons, teamsqualities.Ifneitherteamqualifies, children 10 years of age and under. They can be purchased at the door or "at Webster's Furniture in Brewster. In addition, people who want to donate but cannot attend the dinner can leave donations at Webster's Furniture. q q ona/enh'ne'cayford/nneranddandr,/. Saturday, February 14, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a I ,, Members "ved from bonafide guests onty 8:00 p.m. uad City Eagles BRIDGEPORT Super Stop Restaurant by the riverside Special Saturday night candlelight dinner For You & Your Valentine (509) 923-2200 c-l)a]entine 10.oz. Prime Rib ,99s Petite $895 cut suggested! Flowers for the ladies & cookies for dessert. 509-997-0833 Carlton & ][ AO_ i ============================= .<.:i:i:::::::::::::::::i,,,lmll= er a, . e p e Valentine s Day sctturday, February ] 4  8-oz. Top Sirloin Ste.ak wath , .t \\;\ )L-., side of ,=(( Ortg 3 Prawns  Only Join Us For A Great Evening/   PI _ STEAK HOUSE .. RESTAURANT ./J. BRIDGEPORT 686-9900 "t' 0"9' Valentme's Day V00l00tlre's Buy 1 sundae & get 1 FREE! Surprise your Sweetheart with something Sweet! Must bring in coupon for your Sundaes! 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