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QUAD (:ITY .d Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Patems and lower Methow Valley April I 60 37 0 April 2 57 33 trace April 3 58 36 .02 April 4 64 45 .23 April 5 59 46 .03 April 6 60 43 lruce April 7 63 35 0 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section. Chief Joseph Dam I Vohtme 96 No. 41 Brewsler, Washington IJSPS 241-921 5(I April 9, ItJ8 Quad City churches plan ariery of Easter services Easter, the most important date on the Christian calendar, will be celebrated with special services this week. Easter services commemorate the events of a momentous week in the city of Jerusalem; out of those events rose the central beliefs of theChristian faith.The story of Jesus of Nazareth and what happened to him that weekend has influenced the history of the world ever since. The story of that last weekend is told against a background of rising tension between the young carpenter and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. According to tradition, Jesus and his 12 closest followers (called the disciples) gathered together for the last time onThursday night. Catholics commemorate that Last S upper with Holy Thursday services; some Protestant churches commemorate the same events with Maundy Thursday services. The Methow Community .Church congregation will present the Living Last Supper, "a dramatic presentation of the words of Jesus," said pastor Earl Cater, at 7 p.m. tonight,Thursday, April 9. Communion will be part of that sere;ice. The church is located at 1107 SR 153 North in Methow. The public is invited. The congregation of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bridgeport will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at 5 p.m., in Spanish. The church is located at 1910 Tacoma Avenue. Bilingual (English-Spanish) Holy Thursday Mass will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 308 South 5th Street in Brewster. Maundy Thursday services will be held at Pateros United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.; the church is located at 124 West Dawson. The congregation at Hope Lutheran Church in Brewster will hold Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. The church is located at 501 West Indian. According totradition,Jesusand the disciples went out into the city of Jerusalem after supper that night; Jesus went into a public park to pray and was arrested by Roman soldiers. His dispute with t he Jewish authorities had reached its climax; he was taken before a Roman magistrate on Friday morning and sentenced to die by crucifixion, a physically and mentally excruciating form of execution usually reserved for hardened criminals. The execution was carried out Friday afternoon. His body was removed from the cross and given to some of his followers, including a wealthy man who had already purchased a tomb. Because darknessmand the beginning of the Jewish sabbath--was rapidly approaching,Jesus's followers wrapped his body in a burial cloth and closed the tomb. Easter Sunday Services Win. E. Vallance photo The morning sun peeks from behind the sign of Christ The events of that Friday are recreated in a pageant at the Sacred Heart church Friday evening, April 10; The Way of the Cross begins at 5:30 p.m. at the parish hall across from the church. The pageant participants follow Jesus on His journey to the execution ground at Golgotha. A Spanish language service follows at about 7:30 p.m. English language Good Friday services will be held at Sacred Heart church at 6 p.m. Good Friday services will be held at 5 p.m. at St. Anne's in Bridgeport; the service will be in Spanish. Good Friday services at the Pateros Methodist church at 7 p.m. The Hope Lutheran church also will hold Good Friday services at 7 p.m.; they will include communion. The Catholic churches will hold Easter vigil services on Saturday night, April 11. The St. Anne's service begins at 6 p.m.; the Sacred Heart service begins at 10 p.m. Both will be in Spanish. Sacret Heart Catholic Church (arewster) 8:30 a.ln. English speaking 10:00 a.m., Spanish ,l8Jng Community Log Church 9:00 a.m. (Brewster) Calvary Baptist Church (Brewster) 11:00 a.m. Rocky Butte Church (Bridgeport Bar) 10:30 a.m. Bridgeport United Methodist 9:15 a.m. (Bridgeport) St. Annes Catholic Church 11:30 a.m. (Bridgeport) Mansfield Community Church 6:30 a.m.. Blue Stem Park Pateros Methodist Church 6:30 a.m.. Pateros Cemetary Combined Churches 6:30 a.m.. Columbia Cove Methow Community Church 7:00 a.m. - Methow Cemetary )Reeky Butte Church 7:00 a.m. - Church lawn On Sunday morning,two of Jesus's followers retumed to the graveyard to finish preparing the body for permanent burial. What they didn't find there forms the central belief of Christian faith---the tomb, they said, was empty. That Sunday morning will be commemorated with sunrise services in all the Quad Citiestes well as Methow (see separate story). Special breakfasts follow in all communities. English language Easter Mass at Sacred Heart church begins at 8:30 a.m. The service con't on page 5 Pateros Fire Department in need of volunteers by Bill Vallance. associate editor With only four remaining fire fighters left, the Pateros Volunteer Fire Department is reaching out to the community for help. "The four guys that are active have over 60 years of experience between them and are suffering from burn out." Fire Chief Jerry Moore said. "If we don't get some more vplunteers soon, we don't know how much longer these guys will be here." The Pateros Volunteer Fire Department responsible for fire suppression within the city of Pateros as well as surrounding rural area.The rue department alsohousesOkanogan County Fire District #5 fire equipment and responds to calls within the fire district. The city of Pateros has a population of 580 while the district has a 4,000 population and covers 130 square miles. The district also has fire equipment stationed in Brewster and Methow. Between the two response areas, Pateros response to about 60 calls a year ranging from structure fire to brush fires to rescue and EMS calls. The Pateros Fire Department has sixteen volunteer fire fighters on their current roster but only four are considered active. High school students enrolled in Pateros' junior fire fighter program make up eight other spots on the roster. "The high school volunteers are a tremendous help," Moore said. "But they can't take part in any initial fire fighting or driving." Moore also said the minimum number of active fire fighters tO keep the department heading in the right direction would be twelve. Pateros and the surrounding area needs your help according to Moore. "We need more volunteer fire fighters." An Okanogan County Fire District #5 recruit class is beginning April 16. The class is a 32 hour course which covers basic fire fighting knowledge and skills. Pateros needs to have new volunteers by April 16 and enrolled in this course Moore said. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the Pateros Fire Department can contact city hall or Chief Moore, or any volunteer fire men for more information or an application. The Pateros Fire Department meets every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. i. Pateros city has chang ng. of the guard Mayor Mooney takes over top city job in Pateros New Pateroa mayor Carol Mooney. Carol Mooney has been appointed as the mayor of Pateros. She replaces Harold Jahr, who resigned March 31 (see separate story). Modney has been on the Pateros City Council for about two years. She said she is looking forward to being mayor and is excited about the job and working with the council members. "We have a good group. Everybody seems enthusiastic and ready to work on things." Mooney said one of her first priorities Will be to codify the city's ordinances. That will mean a review of all the ordinances and updates for some. She said she wants to review and update the city's capital facilities plan, which includes a timetable for repairs to the city's major operating components, such as water and sewer systems. The council and city officials also should review the city's comprehensive plan, which governs growth. But she said she thinks the city's population will remain stable, because of geography if nothing else. "We hit a hillside after a while. Mooney said she thinks the city's biggest challenge at the moment is its wastewater treatment plant and system. The city has been notified by the Department of Ecology that it may need to expand the plant; even without expansion, it is in need of refurbishment or replacement. She said she will try to pursue some grant money to help pay for cost of repairs or replacement. She said she was reluctant to take out loans, because the city residents are paying for a loan taken out a few years ago to pay for refurbishing a portion of the water system. "We need to get things paid up," she said. Another loan probably would mean substantial raises in utility rates; Mooney said she would rather raise rates more gradually, if raises are necessary. Mooney said she thinks the city is making progress already. A group of city officials met with legislators and February and have followed up on those contacts. Mooney said she optimistic they will produce some help for the city. , She said she wants to attract more and more diversified businesses, retail and industrial, ff possible. "We'd like something," Mooney said she hopes to see more Pateros residents become involved with their town. "Being an involved citizen is wonderful." Mooney and her husband Greg have lived in Pateros about three years. As the daughter in a military family she lived all over the con't on page 6 Wm. E, Vallance photo Even though Harold Jahr never was elected, or even filed, he has spent the last four ysera as mayor of Pateros. Now semi-retired Harold can be found on the golf course or building a few brick walls. Harold Jahr out of mayor's seat - back to golf and a little masonry work Harold Jahr was leading the placid life of the retired, playing golf, working a little, traveling a little. Then he received a visit from a neighbor, then-Pateros mayor N.M. Cruse. "N.M. asked me if I would run for city council, because they needed somebody. And I said, 'okay, why not?'" Jahr recalled. He was already a member of the city planning commission, and he didn't think the council would take up much more time. Jahr ran for the council, and was elected. That election-- more than four years ago, now--was the last time he ran for elective office. He never ran for the office of mayor, never even filed for it. Nevertheless, a combination of circumstances conspired to push Harold Jahr into the mayor'schair and not let him out, even though he never even filed for election to the office. Jahr was appointed as mayor after Fay Roberts (who had replaced Cruse) resigned. "The city needed somebody, so I was it,' he said. It was supposed to be a short-team appointment; under state law, the mayor's seat was on the ballot at the next municipal election, The job actually drew a candidate: John Burns, then a member of the council, was elected. But Burns was never sworn in and never served a day in office. Between the election and the day his term began he was injured in a car accident and endured a long, slow recovery. Bums decided to move from Pateros, and thus had to give up the mayor's office, Which had an incumbent, although he had never been elected. Jahr said there were good things and bad things about being mayor. He didn't like the late night  early momin.g p con't on page 5 / /