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Highways get ~ea~.Z,j ::~ ,; JZ . '~ H L P May 16 69 69 0 May 17 67 67 0 May 18 76 76 0 May 19 74 74 0 May 20" 72 72 0 May 21 85 85 0 May 22 94 50,0 Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley May 24, !(101 Dillon Watkins undergoes the transition from fourth grader to circus clown. Cheryl Schwelzer photo top to highlight Brewster weekend It's always been a big deal when the circus comes to town. Circuses have been coming to towns all across America for nearly 200 years, bringing exotic animals, goofy clowns, death- defying (at least in appearance) aerial perfor- ,mantes, acrobats, and all the glitz and glitter the circus. It's easier to get around the world than it used to be, and the circus may have lost some of its exotic flavor, but it's still a big deal when the circus comes to town. The circus will be in Brewster next week; the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will present four performances Sunday and Mon- day, May 27 and 28, at the Gebbers lot next to McDonald's on SR 97. Action under the Big Top will begin at 2 and 4:30 p.m. each day. The circus Owners know a lot about circus (andtopromotethecircus, ofcourse). Clowns traditions, and the Big Top will be erected in use makeup to exaggerate their features, the traditional manner, with the help of the Sparky explained, so that they are visible in circus elephants. The tent will go up at about thevery backrow of the stands. ThreePateros 9 a.m. on Sunday, and the public is invited to watch. Circus employees present an endangered species show, featuring the circus elephants Barbara and Connie, at 10 a.m. each day. The 45-minute show features information about the care of circus animals, including health care, hygiene and grooming. It is presented free of charge. Sparky the clown came to Brewster and Pateros grade schools last week, to show the children how a clown applies their makeup students, first grader Manuel Huerta, fourth grader Dillon Watkins and fifth grader Eliza- beth Berth, "volunteered" to be made up like clowns to illustrate the possibilities. Miss Elizabeth (as the clown called her) got a little red nose (right at the tip of her own nose), while Mr. Dillon got a big red nose. Tickets for the circus are on sale at the Brewster Marketplace and are $5 for children 12 and under and $7 for adults. Tickets will be available at the gate, but will cost an extra dollar. By Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer The long-running north central Washing- caused a lot of fuss. Hatchery officials, at ton soap opera As The Fish Ladder Turns, least, were not enthusiastic about a repeat starring water use and water users, endan- pefformance in 2001. "To do what we did last gered salmon and hatchery salmon along the year all over again, holy smoke," said Greg MethowRiver, took a new plot turn last week Pratschner, manager of the federal hatchery with the signing of an agreement between some state and federal agencies and Native American tribes. According to state and federal officials, it may be a permanent change. The agreement announced last week is for one year only, but it could become the basis of a long-term management agreement, said Bill Robinson of the Na- tional Marine Fisheries Service. The NMFS is a major star of All My Salmon; the agency is in charge of federal efforts to enhance native salmon runs along north central Washington rivers, includ- ing the Methow River." How that should be ac- complished has been the subject of a lot of debate, some of it pretty acrimoni- ous. Last year saw substantial spring Chi- nook salmon runs, among the best ever re- corded. It was a lot more than the amount allowed at the federal hatchery near Winthrop, and the NMFS plan was to discard the excess complex in north central Washington. The Winthrop hatchery is allowed to catch and harvest the eggs of a certain number of returning hatchery-bred fish. Under the agree- ment, any other hatchery fish will be allowed to spawn in the river. Pratschner said hatchery managers have been working since 1996 to raise fewer "It was such a surprise to watch the agencies coming together," Greg Pratscliner, federal hatchery complex manager Carson-stock fish and more locally bred fish. "There really aren't that many Carson fish up there." Robinson ac- knowledged that the Carson-stock fish al- ready have had an im- pact on wild popula- tions. There has never been any dispute that the hatchery fish were "heavily influenced by Carson. There has been interbreeding in the past." But NMFS offi- cials wanted to isolate the hatchery fish and keep interbreeding down to a mini- mum. Under the agreement, the NMFS will allow the hatchery 'fish to spawn, rather hatcheryfishandtheirfertilizedeggs.Aftera than discarding the eggs. "All the fish are summer of ContrOversy, the eggs were not g0ingt0get0sed.'SomeofthemPratschner discarded but sent to other fish hatcheries to said, will be planted along,Omak Creek, be raised. The hatchery salmon were descended from eggs originally gathered at the Wind River hatchery in Carson, Washington (and called Carson stock a result). Fisheries service officials argued those fish were unsuited to the conditions in the Methow Basin, and they could (and would) weaken native fish if they interbred. Robinson said thatrestoring the wild salmon runs will depend, in part, on hatchery-bred fish. To give the wild fish the best possible chance, any hatchery ftsh must be well-suited to local conditions, at least as far as NMFS could make them. But the idea of throwing away millions of salmon eggs, while stringent measures were being taken along the river to save salmon, Peshastin Creek and other local streams where salmon runs have been eliminated. In return, tribal authorities have agreed to drop demands that any fish along the river meet certain genetic tests. The agreement "represents somewhat of a compromise," Robinson said. "It was such a surprise to watch the agencies coming to- gether," Pratschner said. Robinson said ev- eryone is very hopeful that the current agree- ment can be the basis for a future, long term agreement. While the fish management agencies and Native American tribes are parties to the agreement, Okanogan County is not. County officials recently announced their intention to sue NMFS on the grounds agency officials were overstepping their authority. Memorial Day began after the Civil War, when the survivors of the men who had died visited cemeteries to place flowers on the graves. As time passed and more men and women died in war, Memorial Day started to commemorate all the sol- diers who fought and died in U.S. wars. Members of American Legion posts in Brewster and Bridgeport will hold special commemorative ceremonies throughout the Quad Cities Monday, May 28. Bridgeport Legion members will line one of the roads at the Bridgeport Cemetery with American flags on Saturday morning, May 27. The flags will stay in place through Monday afternoon. Legion members from Brewster will set up an aisle of flags Monday morning at 6 a.m. Miniature Ameri- can flags will be placed on the graves of all known veterans in the cemetery at that time. The American Legion has special services to honor veterans; they will be performed Monday morning at local cemeteries. The Brewster Legion members will have a ceremony at the Pateros Cem- eteryat9a.m followed byamemorial (for sailors lost at sea) at the Brewster Bridge at 9:30 a.m. Mansfield veterans will be remembered in a service by Bddgelxm Legion members at the cem" etery at 10 a.m. Ceremonies will be at Packwood Cemetery on Dyer Hill at 10 a.m. and theMonse Cemetery at 11 a.m. Vet- erans in the Bridgeport Cemetery will be commemorated at 11 a.m and at the Brewster Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Legion members will meet at noon at the Brewster Legion Hall, at the monument next to the hall at the end of Main Street, for a final ceremony. A potluck will follow at the Legion Hall. Miniature American flags will be available at the hall for people who want to place flags on the graves of veterans that did not receive a flag earlier. a Town of Mansfield celebrates annual event June 8 and 9 William Shakespeare once remarked that the play was the thing. Old Will was talking about something slightly differ- ent, but the play--or rather the variety show--will be the thing in Mansfield on the opening night of the annual Play Days celebration. Organizers of the Mansfield Follies, Friday night; June 8, are looking for people who want to perform. Anybody who wants to sing, dance, lip- sync, do a dramatic reading----or sing and dance while doing a dramatic reading-:--can contactorganizerRenee Bayless in Mansfield. Comedy acts, skits, Broadway songs, melo- dramas are being solicited. Performers are asked to remember it's a family event, and tailor their offerings accordingly. The Follies are only one of many events scheduled for the weekend. Classic car concessionaires can show off their four- wheel beauties at the Show and Shine Car Show, There will be trophies for best of show, the mayor's choice and the people's choice, as well as dash plates for all participants. The annual parade will be led by Cortney Peters, Miss Play Days. Parade lineup will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday for everything but bike riders and walkers, who line up at 9:30 a.m. "he parade begins at 10ish, Renee said. After an afternoon filled with bed races, tck races, softball tournaments, games (but not, alas, a performance from the Mansfield Theatrical Company), the day will end with a street dance and 9 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their danceable CDs, but should include their name to ensurereturn. Sunday will feature an all- town church service at 11 a.m with a community potluck to follow. . People who want more information, or who want to enter events, can contact Bayless in Mansfield. ey Counts is B American Legion Auxiliary members all over the nation, including Brewster and Bridgeport, will sell poppies in honor of American war casualties and to support disabled veterans on Friday, May 25. Bailey Counts, the poppy girl for American Legion Post No. 97 in Brewster, will sell bet poppies in stores along Brewster Main Street Friday morning. Other volunteers will have poppies for sale at the post office. The poppy sale is atradition that dates back to the Legion's founding after World War I. French, British, German, Ital- ian, Russian, Austrian, American troops, among others, fought intense battles that ranged over most of Europe. The most intense fighting, however, took place in an irregular line of trenches along the northwestern border of France and Belgium. The relentless fighting on the Western Front not only killed millions of soldiers and civilians, but badly damaged the French countryside, too. Yet the flowers and trees con- tinued to grow. The sight of poppies reappearing each spring on the scarred battlefields so impressed a Canadian soldier that he wrote a poem about it, called In Flanders Fields. The image evoked by the poem--the flowers still bloom- ing among the carnage of the battlefield---became a symbol of the war and the sacrifice of the soldiers. Not all of those who sacrificed were killed; millions were seriously wounded, or disabled. In the early 1920s French leaders suggested that the symbol of the poppy could be used to raise money to help support those veterans. Organizations in Great Britain, France, Canada and the United States, among other countries, began selling poppies in the 1920s. The American Legion sold them in the U.S. Cont' d on page 2 Wm. E. Vallance photo Brewstsr mayor Bonnie House buys the first poppy from Bailey Counts, thjsysar'a American Legion poppy Girl.