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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley 00eather H L P March 25 66 36 0 March 26 60 42 0 March 27 55 33 0 March 28 56 25 0 Match 29 59 29 0 March 30 55 32 0 March 31 53 40 .16 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Win. E. Vallanoe photos Seven year old Elvis Oeorio shows off his prize possession, s big 'steely' mrble he won on the plBygrounds at Bridgeport Elementary School. 41r, ...... , Marble ...... Madne ........ Pace Veldovlnoe holds out his assortment of marblce he has collected playing new marble games at recess in Bridgeport. 4, Marbles find a place on the playground again One corner of the playground at Bridgeport Elementary games, butthenumberofplayerspergameislimited;Homerasked School playground is full of mysterious little holes, and circles elementaryphysicaleducation teachersScottSattlerandRonBrown drawn in the dirt. A person whose playground days are long behind them--an adult, for instance.--might wonder what they mean. Some new playground game, an offshoot of the latest movie or video game? Actually they are signs that a classic playground game is back. Marbles have been part of childhood for most of this century. Many other toys have challenged them for kids' affection, and even replaced them for a while. But every few years kids go back to this classic game, digging holes and drawing circles inthe playground dirt, their marble collections growing or shrinking with every recess. The marble craze at Bridgeport actually began with a request from elementary principal Jean Homer. Tetherball and basketball are good to bring back some of the old games, stuff that anybody Could play "Every kid can play that game," - Scott Sattler, Bridgeport teacher anytime. Brown and Sattler started thinking back to their own days on the playground, they said, and searching among their PE supplies. Among them they found a big box of marbles, and some bright yellow tape they usedlo mark out squares on the gym floor. They taught their students the classic game, where the marbles'are placed in a circle (or a square) and each player takes a turn at knocking them out. "The kids just took off with it," Brown said. The children developed their own versions; the classic marbles game means a lot of kneeling in the dirt, and the kids at Bridgeport grade school would rather run and throw. con't on page 6 Bridgeport seeking nominations for grand marshal Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce members are soliciting nominations for grand marshal of the Bridgeport Daze parade. The parade will be Saturday morning, June 6. Grand marshal nominees should live in the Bridgeport area. Nominations can be made by letter through Wednesday, April 22; they can be sent to P.O. Box 395, Bridgeport. Entry forms for the parade will be available soon, said parade committee co-chair Lynn Halterman. Mike Saint has agreed to serve as parade narrator, as well as announcing winners in the Daze buttons drawing, Halterman said; Saint has done both for a number of years. The buttons and t-shirts are expected to arrive by about May 1 and will be on sale soon after, said Billie Monroe of the Quad City Eagles Auxiliary club. Chamber treasurer Barbara Dezellem said some vendors already have registered for spaces in Firemen's Park. Among the events on Saturday afternoon at the park will be a "fashion show" by members of the Quad City Eagles, Monroe said. In other business at the general membership meeting Wednesday, March 25, Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars president Ken Krugel announced the group had raised about $2,500, mostofwhich will be given away as scholarships. The group has raised enough to qualify for a matching grant of approximately $2,000; all of that ,must be distributed as scholarips. Applications will be available in about two weeks, Krugel said .... Turn your clocks ahead onehour, Sunday morningApril 5, 1998 Bridgeport city receives grant for sc;hool traffic study Bridgeport city officials, have received a $5,000 grant for further study of the streets leading to Bridgeport elementary and high schools and ways to make the approaches safer. Mayor Steve Jenkins announced the award at the regular meeting of the Bridgeport City Council Wednesday, March 24. The money will be used to pay for a study of traffic patterns in the area and ways to insure better safety in the mix of cars, buses and children converging on 14th Street and Tacoma Avenue before and after school. In other business, council members discussed but did not approve revisions to the city's nuisance ordinance. Council member Lynn I-lalterman said she was in favor of a provision establishing civil penalties, but that she did not think the enforcement duties should not be the responsibility of deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Off.tee. (The sheriff's office has a contract with the city to provide law enforcement services.) Deputies have enough enforcement jobs without adding more, I-Ialterman said, and she thought the city should give it to someone ei. She said she had talked with the building inspector, who agreed to write the citations. Jenkins said he would agree to that, and added he thought the city should design its own citation \\; books as well. The council approved an ordinance establishing a planning agency. The new agency includes city workers responsible for enforcing zoning and planning laws. The new system will be con't on page 5 Bridget Peele will reign as Miss Playdays Sixth grader Bridget Poole was crowned as Miss Playdays at the Miss Playdays program Friday, March 27. Sixth grader Kimber Peters and fifth grader Colby Tanneberg will make up the Miss Playdays court. The format for theMiss Playdays program was changed for 1998, according to organizer Renee Bayless. She told the audience (well- sprinkled with still and video cameras) at the Mansfield Senior Center that the revised program included a required essay from each of the participants, as well as their answer to a question chosen at random. Peters wrote about what she would do if she were U.S. president for a day; poole and Tanneberg wrote about Mansfield and why they liked living there. Bayless (after a quick search for the questions) asked each girl a question. The girls were called back for another question when the first round ended in a tie. Bayless asked them (after a suggestion from Peele) why they wanted to be Miss Playdays. Poole and her court will lead the PI aydays parade; Miss Playdays is the parade grand marshal. The former winners of the Miss Playdays title---- Megan Hansen, MikaTupling and Robin Hansen-- were introduced at the beginning of the program. Robin Hansen provided piano music while the judges conferred (and while the search for the questions was underway). Cookies and punch were served following the program. Miss Playdaye Bridget Peele (center) and court Kimber Peters (left) and Colby Tanneberg (right). /