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Mother of the Year's winning letters Seven members of Lois Walsh's family wrote letters nominating her for the Mother of Year award. The judges picked two to represent the family's feelings toward their morn, stepmother and grandmother. "Lois is, in every sense of the word, a true mother of the year," wrote her stepson Bob Walsh and his wife Joyce. "After raising three of her own, through a lot of adverse circumstances, she married our father in later years and acquired four stepchildren. These four children were not too happy abut the marriage and put her throughalot of challenges. She remained very positive, however stem, and would not allow those four children to rain their father's new life. "In the end we realized just what a wonderful person she is. She is never too busy to help you with a problem, is always there to listen and always has a positive outlook. Wm. E. Vallance photo "Her best feature is her upbeat personality. She is always happy and is the kind that even if you are in the worst mood, you can go her or call her and you cannot help but leave in a better mood. Last summer she celebrated her 80th birthday and people came from all over the United States to pay tribute to a truly wonderful lady, a true 'Mother of the Year.' She always gives of herself to all who know her and especially her children. She will always remain our Mother of the Year!" Her son David Palmer agreed. "My mother is not a mother for the year but also a mother for the 50-some years my sister, brother and I This year's Judges look over the abundance of letters received as Mother of the Year nominations. have been around," he wrote. "From the time we were small children and she made flash cards to help us with our school work, taught us in Sunday School, and was Cub Scout and Brownieden mother, through secondary school and early adulthood, when she took great joy in our accomplishments and supported us in our disappointments, until now when she spices up our lives with her frequent visits, she has been a concerned, supportive mother and has given us a lot of pleasure with her cheerful nature and adventuresome spirit. "When I was young my family lived in a small steel town in the middle of the country, the sort of place where it was not surprising that I would wear bib overalls or be barefooted all summer long. Our life was carefree and full of happiness because of my mother's efforts in dealing with all the accidents, illnesses and other problems of raising a family. She wan expert at penny-pinching and making do with what was available. It was not until I was a young adult that I realized we Evening classes offer,00,00d at Brewster High Sch,:00ol Brewster High School administrators are offering evening classes forstudents who need extra study time to obtain a diploma or GED. The classes are open to young people to 21 years of age. High school principal Randy Phillips said the 20 students are enrolled; a few more could be accommodated. The classes are held Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. until June 4, the end of the school year. They are taught by BarbaraCurtis and high school counselor Jim Frey. Frey said the classes were designed for kids who have dropped out of day school, but who want a high school diploma or GED. In addition, some students who are attending school have fallen behind in their classes and no longercan get enough credits to graduate in four years. The night classes will help them make up credits it would be difficult or impossible for them to get otherwise, Frey said. The subjects offered include math, science, reading, history and language arts; "basic skills without a lot of frills," Frey said. Each student works at his own pace.The kids take a periodic tests as they work through the class and one comprehensive test at the end. They must receive a score of 80 percent or better on each test to pass to the next lesson. The comprehensive test also requires an 80-plus score. The district received a grant to pay for the program. Frey said he wants to continue it, because in his opinion there is a great need for an alternative school program. Many kids are not succeeding in the regular school environment; they need something different, Frey said. Bridgeport panel to discuss juvenile justice system The juvenile justice system in Douglas County, its challenges and operation, will be the subject of a panel discussion Monday night, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bridgeport High School commons. The discussion will be sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce. Officials responsible for each area of the juvenile justice system have been invited to participate, including police, juvenile court officials, prosecuting and defense attorneys. Each participant, will give a brief presentation about their role in the system, then they will answer questions from the public. The idea is to give everyone----officals, parents and community residents--- a chance to "understand the role each has in helping our young people in the tough job of growing up responsibly," said a press release issued by Chamber officials. Lois Walsh con't from page 1 believed the mother should be responsible for running the house and disciplining the children. When her husband retired she took a job outside the home, but "I always tried to be there for them." Lois Walsh took the job of mother seriously---"I know my motherhood is important"but she did not think she was important. "I never thought it was anything. Mothers are just mothers." Her kids don't agree; "my mother is not only a mother for the year but also a mother for the fifty-some years my sister, brother and I have been around," David Palmer said. Morn helped them with theirprojeets. "I did buy an awful lot of Girl Scout cookies, and I delivered the paper a few times." (Melinda Carried said she was shy as a girl and disliked selling cookies door to door. So Mom bought all her cookies, she said.) "Actually, we had a really good time," Walsh said. Her mothering duties extended into a second generation as well; "she was always there for the grandchildren," Carried said. Carried had a daughter and son and a job that required her presence at an early hour. Walsh would go to Caa'ieri's house and help the children get ready for school. Walsh said she thought it was important, as her children and grandchildren grew, to let them lead their own lives and make their own decisions. She said she thought the ability to accept life as it comes, "fly with the punches," was an important characteristic. But as a grandmother she thought shecould say things to the grandchildren that their parents could not."It became legend in the family, if you got 'The Letter' from Grandma, you were in trouble." The Letter was a sign of discipline, perhaps, but also a sign that Grandma had not given up on them. "It was always done out of love for them." Nowdays she lives in an apartment downstairs from her daughter and son-in-law. Her other children, grandchildren and stepchildren live far away. But they're still close to Mom. When Walsh's second husband died, Robert Palmer and his wife and children came to stay with her for a month and help her through what Walsh said was a very traumatic time. She is planning to visit Robert and his family and join them on a trip; Melinda called her brother to check out the itinerary and travel plan. David sent his morn a computer, all its parts carefully labeled and diagrams showing how to put it together. When Mom hit the wrong button and messed up the computer, she waited until Robert came to town, certain he could fix it. He • did. • "Somehow the role is reversed. They became the caregiver and I became the child.? Quad Cily HArald MAy 7 1998 Panu R Brewster were not particularly well off economically. 'i Laterl certainly benefitted from my mother's WIC o ce ,,., curiosity in the world around her and from her support. It helped formulate in my mind the ideas and concepts that led me to become an oceanographer, as well burglarized as an arguably successful farmer. "Although she experienced considerable grief and sadness in her life--including the devastating death of two husbands-- she always viewed life philosophically and took pleasure in the world around her and in the people in her life. She has maintained--even at an age of 8 l--a cheerful and inquisitive nature. It is great to be with her on a trip. She is the first one up in the morning and the last one to bed at night. She never complains and is always willing to experience something new. She takes carnival rides with her grandchildren, tried out new ethnic food in out of the way restaurants, enjoys talking to strangers, and is never bored or boring. She once told me it is great being old because people are always willing to talk with you and tell you their life's story. No wonder she was such a great nurse during her working years. "My mother is not only a wonderful person because she was so supportive and giving to her children and their families throughout their lives, but also because she has reached her mature age maintaining a curiosity and a love for adventure that is independent of age and certainlyreflectscredit on her generation." Young people do not always make the connection between their future and education, he said; they don't realize that their opportunities in life will be much more limited without a diploma or GED. The night school program is a way to help them improve their lives and retrieve some of those lost opportunities. District officials are applying for grants to continue the program. Frey said that someday he wants to expand it into a full-scale alternative school. Experts on mulliple sclerosis in Wenatchee program For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their family members and loved ones, having accurate information is vital. It is the basis for making informed decisions about the many new treatments now available, and for taking control of their fives and maximizing their possibilities. Toprovide information on the latest MS research, the Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will hold a free program tiffed"Promise and Progress in MS Treatment - 1998." It will be held on May 16 at the YWCA (basement room) in Wenatchee. Experts in MS will give audio-visual presentations to sites across the country, and will take questions from the audiences. MS research is advancing rapidly. Since 1993 three new drugs, Avonex®, Betaseron®, and Copaxone®' have come onto the market. These drugs effect the course of the disease, rather than treat symptoms. New therapies offering symptom management are also available for people with the chronic, neurological dease, which typically is diagnosed in young adults aged 2( l, in l the prime of life. The presenter on the national program is Stanley van den Noon, MD, from the University of California- Irvine. To make reservations and for further information about the teleconference orahout multiple sclerosis, please call 509-482-2022 or, 1-800-Fight-MS and select the fn'st option, "press one". Merchants have been warned to be on the alert forcoanterfeit vouchers following aburglary at the Women, Infants, Children (WlC) office in Brewster. The office, which is located next to the Family Health Centers office at 525 West Jay, was entered sometime Monday night, April 20. The thieves gained entrance by breaking a small window. The thieves took computer equipment, a copier and a combination television and VCR, with a total value estimated at $5,400. The thieves also stole some blank vouchers, serial numbers 98977320 to 98977329. The vouchers are used by WlC clients to purchase basic foodstuffs. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Brewster Police Department. Canadian tourism con't from page 1 celebration in Winthrop attended the meeting. Queen Tiffany Taylor and princess Andrea Thomas talked about the many and varied activities that ge part of the festivities, scheduled for this weekend, May 8, 9eand 10. Events will include the queen's coronation on Friday night, a parade, chili cookdff, dance, cowboy poetry contest and outfitters dinneron Saturday. The outfitters dinner features cooks from many oftbe mountain guide companies who sponsor trips into the mountains and down the rivers of the Methow River valley. .Art and Dorothy Nelson, the grand marshal and grand lady of the parade, invited everyone to town for the weekend; Dorothy Nelson said theywouldhein the parade, and asked everyone to wave. €, PUD special meeting notice The Board of C-ommissioners of PUD No. 1 of Okanogan County will hold a special meeting at 11:30a.m.,Monday, May 11,1998. The meeting will convene in the District's Board room at the Okanogan office. The commission and staff will travel to Bridgeport, Washington, forajoint meeting with the Douglas County PUD Commissioners and staff. @ I I La Milpa les desea un Feliz Dia de las Madres a todas las Madrecitas. La Milpa wishes a • l am00y Mother's Day to all the Mothers HOURS: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily (509) 689-3737 * Main Avenue, Brewster FOR MOTHER'S ONLY! Alpine Ice Cream & Espresso 689-2034 • Bridge Street, Brewster i .,; , '  .-.. .  Happy Mother's Day to all! Bring your Morn in for dinner Saturday & have a wonderful meal with all of us! (CLOSED SUNDAYS • OPEN TUES.-SAT. 11 A.M.-10:30 P.M. Steak House Restaurant BRIDGEPORT . 686-9900 I i" : : : : : : : : a '| ,I :I, Mother s Day S ecial " [[ Sunday, May10 Only, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. ;1 i' I! I in "  u I wmmr I I '1 II , (not inc/uding atconolic beverages) I1 '!i , astta flPestaurartt n. -N= " u !I 509-689-20H I I, li "e'o  ,'z --'",. q,.,,st nil BSila nil a a aim i alia lint a giJi U UST V CO PO U V CO m __-A__u.t.  ......... M' IV..E_ Id_ / / /