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Page 4 Ny 14. 1981 Ouad City Herald Brewster sewage plant - -- from a women's point of view by Jean A. Stylus staffwriter A recent visit to the Brewster Sewage Treatment Plant not only enlightened this writer to the fact that when we pour water down our drains, flush our toilets and hose off our sidewalks we take much too much for granted; it also revealed exactly what kind of problems exist there and why they must be resolved. In order to understand the situation fully, one must first understand how the system operates. To begin with, Brewster has two 'Lift Stations' that pick up the bulk waste and water and bring it to the sewage treat- ment plant. The first entry is called the 'Influent Chamber,' designed to first screen out the largest debris such as twigs, rags, etc. Oc- casionally the screens fat to remove all such items and it becomes necessary to remove it manually, other- wise risking a plugged system. From the influent cham- ber, the water and solid waste is carried to the 'Oxidation Ditch' {capable of handling up to 260,000 gallons of sewage) where it goes through two separate rotors. These rotors are designed to break up the bulk in the sewage and keep plenty of oxygen bubbles (vital to keep necessary bac- teria alive) on the top of sewage flow. After the oxidation ditch, the sewage is pumped into the 'Final Sedimentation Tank'(or clarifyer) where the bulk is forced to the bot- tom. Twenty-four hours per day a gigantic blade turns (so slowly one can barely notice it) on the bottom of this tank, again, breaking up the bulk so it does not harden and sending it into the oxidation ditch once again. The water, which is much cleaner looking by this time, stays on toy and flows out to a 'Chlorine Contact Cham- ber.' Here it is chlorinated carefully and sent on to a six Sam Almond and Dick Atwood examining new translators New TV translators arrive Three new television tran- The translators, pur- area," say commissioners, slators were delivered to T. chased at a cost of $24,000 for as soon as installation is V. District No. 3 Friday, the three, "will mean better completed by Dick Attwood, May 8, ready for immediate television reception for the District No 3's technician. installation. Bear rulers now hot item Many years ago, 1964-65, mothers to pick up and Blosson Festival parade, Brewster Drug Stere handed threaten them with. Denise Michel and Kelly out a nromotional item. a While strolling through an Peterson were astounded to Senior (;iti:00ens English students tours available go the"extramile" white foot-long ruler, red and white, with the Brewster Bears 1965 basket- ball schedme printed onthe hack. Every kid in town had one, or three, or more of the famous rulers, which wer used in school, or left lying about the house for their "Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week." Joseph Addison Just Arrived Transfer Patterns for all vour machine, hand Russian & painted embroidery Verla's Yarn Shop 2365 Tacoma,Bridgeport Several summertime tours are being planned for Senior Citizens, Mrs. David Eaton announced today. The first tour is being planned to Alaska and Hawaii on June 25 through July 13. The group will first fly to An- chorage, Alaska and visit Valdez, Portage Glacier, Mt. McKinley .... then travel to Honolulu for an additional week of sightseeing. On August 4, the group will travel by bus to Winnipeg Canada to board a train and travel to Churchll, Manitoba located on Hudson Bay. Highlights of that tour will be a visit to one of the first Hudson Bay Companies in North America,to visit to an Eskimo Village, and whale watching in Hudson Bay. The group will also visit Montreal, Ottowa, and Niagra Falls. Other small one and two day tours are being planned. The tours are open to all older active adults and in- formation may be had by visiting their local senior citizen center or writing or calling Mrs. David Eaton 4133 W. Hood, Kennewick, Washington. Pateros PI e-School to have Open House The source of the problem, bearings weighing one ton each two thirds under water. chambered cement unit seminars. They also have be repaired fight here with which slows down the flow town, county and state the men going into the flow before it exits, as dear as regulations to conform to. with a raft and pulling the the waterin a householdtap, One soon becomes aware bearing weighing one ton into the Columbia River. that the procedure is indeed each, out with a piece of Though it seems a simple somewhat complicated and heavy equipment. Other procedure, much goes on certainly not a job that can places (Bridgeport for in- behind the scenes that one be designatedtoa novice, stance) have to call in out- may not know, such as the The problems that can side help for these problems. lab tests performed at crop up are incredible. The These rotor and bearing various stages of the flow. rotors are a constant problems have cost the city Several dally tests are made headache as the gigantic of Brewster  to in the lab of the treatment bearings turning them per year for several years plant to observe ap- reside nearly two-thirds un- because of their being under proximately fifteen different der water creating stress water. things about the sewage, for and ruining them frequently, Another area of concern is instance, is there enough also the chains that drive in the final sedimentation oxygen to keep the them, break, causing the tank, for most sewage plants necessary bacteria alive? rotors to fall. When this hap- have their system un- How deep is the bulk? How pens the remaining rotor derground with a gravity many gallons are going into (remember, there are two of flow rather than baying to the river? And is it being them) is forced to do double pump the flow up above the . chlorinated too much or too duty, wearing its bearings ground as we do. little? There are also weekly downqulckiy. Perhaps the greatest tests to be done by the city The pumps that movethe problem is the amount of workers who are all certified sewage into the final sewage that we accomodate, and proficient in these areas, sedimentation tank run being equipped for ap- nearly 24 hours per day and proximately 260,000 gallons Men like Bob Arias, Mike break down (one was not it is needless to comment on Shenyer, (certified to in- operating during this visit) the problems created during struct), Mark Prltchard, due to plugging from weeds, peak apple packing months Jerry Evans, and Jim Keith rags andevenapples, when as much as 325,000 must constantly keep them- gallons flows through the selves updated on the latest Brewster is fortunate in- system. Mayor Howard Gumble and City Superin- techniques and requlremen- somuch as our city em- ts of beth the Department of ployees maintain and repair tendent Bob Arias agree Ecology and the Environ- our equipment for us. One completely that "When the mental Protection Agency. rotor that was out of order PUD built this (after the They do this by studying and for the second time during river was raised in the eariyr attending classes and the week of this visit was to 60's) we warned them that ' the system would not be adequate as it was built for s town with 2500 people, not a town with a large hosptial, several packing plants, and industry." "This was built before the River Plaza Ad- diton and the hospital expan- sion," said Gamble. Arias explained "Brewster came up with its matching funds, the engineering was com- pleted, and all the prelimL'mrys were worked out, awaiting the funds to rebuild from the Federal Government, we were promised. Now there are not funds from the govern- ment," he claimed. "Even worse is the fact that if we overflow (and they have) our local operator is liable. for a fine of $1000 per day per offense and the town is liable for $10,000 per day per offen- se," lamented Arias. Is there a solution? Having exhausted every.conceivable avenue, Gamble recommen- ded that letters from citizens to the Brewster City Council be written, "The EPA listens when citizens complain," he said hopefully. After having examined the situation first hand it is this writer's belief that maybe, Just maybe, a solution could be Just a letter away, as Gamble suggested. This is a critical situation.., one that attractive little antique shop find not one but two of the old we can no longer afford to in Manson Saturday, rulers displayed, price tag - flush away[ following their Apple $4.00 each! Pateros-Co-op PreSchool will be holding an "Open House" May 19 between 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 at the United Methodist Church. Any in- terested mothers with children between the ages of three to six years are invited to attend. Our teacher will be available to answer any questions on curriculum or our field trips. Our Spring field trip on April 21 was to Bey Zwar's ranch up McFarland. The children were given horse hack rides and some even witnessed the birth of a baby calf. Berryman Park in Bridgeport was the scene of a playday on May 5. And May 12 the kids will visit the Pateros kindergarten class. There will also be available a speech therapist and clinical physicoligist for in- terested mothers. Carnations, Kudos for Mothers Several mothers were honored Saturday for various maternal achievements as Dr. Mickey Rana invited little Jennie Mende to hand out pink car- nations at the Seventh-day Adventist Church just before the worship service. And guest speaker Pastor Clayton Childs, Spokane, shared Maine childhood memories of the uncon- ditional love of his own family as he threaded a tribute to mothers into the To College for Mother's Day Jeanine Rana was among hundreds of mothers honored by the dormitory women of Aleph Gimel Aln at a Mother/Daughter Brun- ch Sunday at Walla Walla College. She was with daughter Linda Poynor at the College Place campus for the weekend of special activities. Son Brian accompanied Mrs. Rana and was the guest of a village friend. The family of Norma Wilson honored her Sunday for Mother's Day with a potluck and work day (for the men) at her home. The family also visited Joyce Walker in the hospital. With Norma were sons Charles and Donna Wilson of Richland, Don, Irma and son Carl of Spokane, grandsons Terry Walker and Tia and Danielle of Spokane, and Gary, Margy, Josh and Jill of Entiat, granddaughter Diane and Wayne Frost of Winthrop. Juanita Thels was here last week visiting her daughter and family and new baby, Tammy and Mike See, and older sister Jessie, as well as the new little girl, Lexie. Juanita's husband, Ron and daughter Chris came for her on the weekend, and returned to their home in Auburn. New Auction Barn Tri-at Auctioneering Svcs. 6 mi. north of Brewster at 26469 Hwy. 97 > First Mdse. Sale Sunday May17, 2:00 p.m. ! Consignments Welcome and accepted prior to the sale from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fri. & Sat. YOU There! morning sermon on righteousness by faith. Honored were: visRor Pat- ti Krueger, Wapato, and Linch Livingston, Brewster, newest mothers present; Lucille Harmon, Bridgeport, mother of eight, for the most children; Louise Roberton: most grandchildren -- 28 (plus 10 great grand- children); and the oldest mother, 93-year old Nora Hackett, Brewster, with runner-up, Clara Stromer, 83, Bridgeport. Piano recital Monte and Karole Stevens hosted a Sunday evening piano recital of Mrs. Byron McClanahan's students and served a buffet supper to musicians and guests following the performance at their Alta Lake home. Besides guiding the art- istry of her pupils, Mrs. McClanahan, Riverside, provided the dessert in ap- proproate design - a grand piano cake. Performing for family and friends were Tiffany and Michelle Stout, Elaine Han- son, Merri, Matthew and Melissa Stevens, Doug Kirk, Terry Weaver and Krissy and Skip Meyer. Vi Smith entertained din- ner 'guests last Friday evening on the occasion of the birthday of her husband, Bud Smith. Guests included Frank and Mary Webster, Gen and Mike Isensee, Isabel] Deffland and TheLma Tenny. Visiting here with Bob and LaVonna Mason and children are LaVonna's parents, Lealand and Ruth Currie from Potterville, Calif. They are here especially to be at the graduation of Michelle Mason. The rest of me class took the easier road, but three Pateres ninth grade English students elected to tackle the more complicated option and ended up attending a writing conference at EWU in Cheney Saturday, May 2, with their instructor, Steve Chambers. Carieen Anders, Drew Wood and SheUa Kerr each prepared a short story manuscript, which was bound and illustrated, and took it to the workshop to share with other participant, to be studied and critiqued. The workshop was open o students K-12, and was at- tended by almost 600 students from all over the state. The students heard an author, Walter Dean Myers, speak, attended a writing session, the manuscript sharing workshop, and a "Writers Rally." Steve Chambers was also the leader of one of the writing sbssions. The stories submitted in the workshop were as follows: "Mystery City" by Carleen Anders; "The Three Tasks" by Shelia Kerr; and "Livin' Room" by Drew Wood. Each received an award of Excellance. Early release for Brewster Schools Brewster students will be released from school at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, kin- dergarten through twelfth grade to allow teachers to at- tend a workshop directed by Margo Long of Whitworth College. The workshop is designed to help teachers recognize gifted children in their classrooms. It will also speak to activities which classroom teachers can do with gifted children in their own classrooms. The workshop will be presented in the Brewster High School Library. Guests at Wilsons Guests at the George Wiisons' were nephew Gary Laughlin, his wife Virginia, and three daughters, from Rhode Island. Brewster Chamber of Commerce , "CITIZEN OF THE YEAR" * Contest  ( For continued service to the community)  I nominate: Reason: Clip and return to Cathy Green - C/O Rainier Bank by/y 26, 1981 . with the 22nd annual tim free with SALE EE Buy four gallons of Olympic Paint get the fifth gallon FREE May 14 thru May 31, 1981 I $40 off pergallOn Olympic Prime Coat Olympic Solid Color Stain Oxford Brown or Outside White Olympic Overcoat - White Olympic Transparent Stain Redwood or Cedar Natural,Tone Olympic WOOd Preservative Grover's Building Supply Brewster Tel. 689-2226 hi Get In The Pink For Spring With DEVONI Coordinated Sportswear in Petal Pink and Purest White. Slacks " Skirts " Jackets solids with matching tops in prints, stripes. Ginny's. Bremster