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QUAD (ITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley H L P May 20 81 43 trace May21 77 54 0 May 22 85 52 0 May23 64 51 trace May 24 70 53 lrace May 25 59 53 .20 May 26 55 45 .33 Weekly weather npott through couNe=y Security Sectio., Chief Joseph Members of American Legion Post No. 218, Bridgeport, remembered those Americans who served their country in a Memorial Day morning ceremony Monday, May 24 Veterans were remembered with prayers, a three- gun salute and the playing of 'Taps', as well as the placement of a wreath by Dorothy Hickman, president of the post's Auxiliary un#. Cheryl Schwelzor photos Time now for Quad City Father of the Year One day in June is designated as a special day for fathers. It's a way to show that fathers matter. Fathers have half of the toughest job in the world. They guide their children, provide for them, protect them; they must give the right mixture of discipline and encouragement, support, lectures and love. Children grow up and leave home, but even when they are miles away Dad is still Dad and his job never ends. From the beginning fathers have a special place in their children's lives, and they never really lose it. But sometimes it is not until children grow up--sometimes not until they have children themselves--that they really understand what it takes tO be Dad. The Quad City Herald staff wants to recognize all those fathers and the job they do through the first Father of the Year contest. Daughters and sons ofallages are encouraged to write a letter explaining those qualifies that make their Dad special. Nominated fathers should live in the Quad City area. Sons and daughters who want to enter the contest are asked to submit their entry to the QuadCityHerald, Box 37, Brewster, WA 98812. All letters must be received by 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, June 12. The Father of the Year will be chosen by a panel of community judges. All entries should include Dad's name, address and telephone number as well as the name, address and telephone number of the writer. All the nominating letters will he sent to the fathers in time for Father's Day, Sunday, June 21. The father selected will receive gifts from a number of local businesses. High school graduations scheduled for S,,unday Class of '98 graduates from Brewster and Mansfield Brewster High School and Mansfield High School seniors will end their school days in graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 28. Brewster graduation ceremonies will be at 2 p.m.; 34 seniors will receive diplomas. Elizabeth Rios is the valedictorian and Bowman will be the salutatorian. Graduation ceremonies for the six-person Mansfield class of 1998 also will be at 2 p.m. Brenda Schopp is the valedictorian and Russel Maw is the salutatorian. Eighth grade promotion ceremonies will follow. Family, friends and district patrons are invited. Bridgeport and Pateros high schools will hold graduation ceremonies next weekend. Pateros School Board Worsham leaving . Pateros School District Joe Worsham, who has worked in the Pateros School District for 21 years as principal, teacher, athletic director and coach, has submitted his resignation. Worsham has accepted a job as principal of Oroville High School. The resignation was accepted with deep regret, said dislrict superintendent Bob Nolan. Nolan said a committee of dislrict patrons, students, teachers and Pateros School Board members will be involved in the search for Worsham's replacement. Applications are being solicited for the principal's position; the committee and the school board members will look through the applications and select up to three candidates to he interviewed. Nolan did not set a time frame for the selection. In other business at the regular beard meeting Thursday, May 21, Louise Bighouse was selected to fill the school board position left vacant by the resignation of Kathy Rogahn. Bighonse was the only applicant. Bighouse's term will be up in November 1999., Board members agreed to provide breakfast and lunch for summer school. The summer school classes will he for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade, with an emphasis on reading. Classes will be held Monday through Thulay from June 21 through July 30, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Summer school will he operated and staffed by volunteers from the AmeriCorps lxogram. A maximum of 20 children will he accepted. There will be no bus service. A second, district-run summer school for some children in the special education program will be held Monday through Thursday from June 29 through July 30. Those classes will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Worsham distributed the results of a sports survey given to high school students. Both boys / con't on page 6 Rumors amid parents' concern bring semi-lockdown at Brewster Schools Doors on the secondlevel at Brewster High existed; Brewster Police Chief Mike Thurber School are now locked during school hours and probably will remain so through the remainder of the school year. The action follows a series of rumors that caused a number of telephone calls to school officials from concerned parents Thursday night and Friday morning, May 21 and 22. The rumors began Thursday afternoon, after a student at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, shot and killed two students and wounded more than 20 others in the school cafeteria. Some present or former Brewster students were rumored to have expressed similar intentions; three people were identified. In a meeting called to review the response to the incident Tuesday, May 26, high school principal Randy Phillips said he began to investigate the rumors as soon as he heard them on Thursday night. Part of the story was that police officers had confLrmed that a threat said that was not true. One of the three students named allegedly had written a threat on a test paper a few weeks ago. That student was suspended for five days, served the suspension and is back in school. At least one parent vigorously protested the decision to readmit the student, and parent concerns apparently were heightened by the incident at Thurston High School. Dislrict officials decided to lock the doors on the second floor of the high school before classes began Friday morning. Police officers and school administrators looked for the other two young people; both were found and were not around school. District superintendent Jim Kelly said he requested ex Ira pofice patrols around the campus on Friday. District officials take even rumors of threats seriously, he said. The district has a plan in place to meet emergency situations, Kelly said, and has had such a plan for many years. Teachers were reminded of its provisions on Friday morning. In addition, students found in the hallways dudngclass weredetainedin theoffze, according toareport Kelly submittIto Brewster School Board members. The Sunset Avenue entrance and the doors at the top of the outside stairs will remain locked for the time being, Phillips said, Entry to the high school can be gained through the main entrance downstairs. Doors on the south (river) side of the elementary school are locked during the school day, said elementary school principal Edith Satfler. That has been the practice for a number of years, Sattler said. The doors on the north side are left open so children can go back and forth to the playground. Kelly said administrators are reviewing the district's emergency procedures and will make recommendations for any changes.