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This Piasecki H.21B helicopter will replace the vintage jet fighter plane (shown in the background) at Berryman Park. Helicopter to replace Bridgeport Cutlass A 1950s-vintage jet fighter plane, on display in Berryman Park in Bridgeport for more than 30 years, has been moved from the park to a hangar in Ephrata, a stop oil its journey to restoration and eventual display at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. The plane was moved Sunday, June 14. Replacing it in the park will be a Piasecki H-21B helicopter, which entered service in 1952 and was used in Korea and Viet Nam, according to aviation mechanic Tom Cathcart of Seattle. Cathcart and city officials have been working for some time on arrangements that it is hoped will lead to eventual restoration and dis- play of the jet, a Chance-Vought F7U Cutlass. The plane was donated to the city by the U.S. Navy due to the efforts of the late Len Berryman. He also was responsible for the donation of the North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter, missiles, deck gun, halflrack and other equipment in the park. The Cutlass was used on aircraft carriers as a fighter, but was under- powered and had a resulting tendency to crash; it was removed from carrier operationsin the late 1950s. The plane obtained by Berryman was delivered to the city in 1958. It htls been on :display in the park Continually, It is made of magnesium, a metal subject to weathering, andover the years has fallen into a state of disrepair. Cathcart estimated that full restoration to fly- ing condition would cost $250,000 to $300,000, an expense the city of Bridgeport cannot afford, according to Mayor Steve Jenkins. Cathcart became interested in the plane after seeing it on a 1985 visit to Bridgeport and talking with Berryman. He has been performing some maintenance and repairs on the plane during periodic visits to Bridgeport during the past year. Cathcarl also helped the city to obtain parts to repair its halftrack and re- store it to working operation, Jenkins said. The plane will remain in a hangar in Ephrata for an undetermined length of time while Cathcart commutes from Seattle on weekends to work on it, he said. Event ually it will be moved to the Museum of Flight's restoration facility at Payne Field in Seattle. The helicopter that replaces it in the park was both a first and a last-- the first large tandem (two) rotor helicopter produced and the last large piston-engined helicopter used. It was the creation of aviation pioneer Frank Piasecki. The contemporary image of the Korean War is shaped by the televi- sion series MASH and its images of little Bell helicopters delivering the wounded two at a time, but the H-21 s were used to evacuate wounded, among a number ofotherduties. They were troop transports, moved equip- Drought conditions heighten fire concerns Ryder Chronic, northeast region manager for the Department of Natu- ral Resouces, advises that the current drought situation in the region is be- coming serious. Fire numbers and size are double those experienced last year at this time. To reduce the likelihood from debris burning we are asking citizens to voluntarily stop burning under the "rule burn" regulations, which nor- mal. ly allow June rule buming. Some written permits are being cancelled, and tighter restrictions are being added to others to prevent escape. Permit holders should read their per- mit requirements carefully before lighting. To assist in fire suppression ac- tivities, the Department of Natural Resources is bringing on the PBY (water dropping airplane stationed at Deer Park) three weeks early. In ad- dition, DNR officials have alerted a second PBY stationed at Moses Lake that it will be called if needed. The quick response of the fire dis- tricts is helping to hold these fires in check. However, they also are expe- riencing more alarms and sending more responses than normal. ment, were used for search and res- cue missions--- "a lot of downed pi- lots were picked up by these," Cathcart said. They could carry about 20 troops or six to eight stretchers. The H-21 that will be on display in Berryman Park was used by the Alaska Training Command at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Cathcart and some associates obtained two of the choppers for a proposed flight museum in the Seattle area that was never completed. The helicopter was "just sitting off in a field" until Cathcart began to clean it up and paint it preparatory to moving it to Bridgeport. "This thing was a com- plete derelict until two months ago." Cathcart said. Ernie Poorboy, direc- tor of the Museum of Flight's restora- tion department, and volunteers from the museum and the Seattle aviation community helped him clean and paint the helicopter. "A lot of people have been helping me out." The Bridgeport City Council had certain conditions that had to be met before it would allow the plane to be moved, Jenkins said. They included a stipulation that an account of the ef- forts of Len Berryman should be in- cluded in any display of the plane. Jenkins said he plans to keep in- volved in the restoration effort as an interested Bridgeport resident."I want to make sure it does Len Berryman proud," he said, "When this thing is done and they roll it out on the apron, I'm going to be there." Michael A. Arch Attorney At Law a member of FOREMAN & ARCH, P.S. A Full Service Law Firm 689-3372 1-8OO-676-9602 319 N. Bridge St., Suite C Brewster, WA 98812 ANNOUNCEMENT Okanogan Douglas Hospital has received a notice dated June 10, 1992 stating: "Because the Okanogan Farmworkers Clinic has only two family practice physicians, we must firmly set our OB load at a maximum of fifteen (15) per month." Okanogan Douglas Hospital fully understands this problem. Hospital District One has long been classified as a medically underserved area. The purpose of this notice is to assure the people of our District that we are here to serve them in any capacity needed. The following numbers may be called for help in finding a physician to fulfill your medical needs: Okanogan Douglas Hospital: 689-2517 Columbia Medical Clinic: 689-3489 Community Medical Center: 689-2525 Qu,ICI. Herald Jur lB. 1992 P 11 Senator Sellar announces re-election bid to office State Sen. George Sellar, Repub- lican Caucus Chairman, today an- nounced his candidacy for a new term representing the 12th Legislative District. "I want to continue working for the people in North Central Wash- ington," Sen. Sellar said. "I've lived here all my life, and I know our local concerns. In the next few years we face a lot of critical issues, and it is important that our families and communities have a strong voice in those issues." SeUar's high-priority goals include creating jobs and employment op- portunities, improving our schools, and protecting and promoting our agriculture industry. In his job as marketing director for the Port of Chelan County, Sellar is actively involved in bringing new jobs and businesses to North Central Washington. "We need to strengthen our economy," he said. "A strong economy and good jobs are impor- tant to our quality of life. One of my top priorities is improving develop- ment of our local economy." Sellar said the Legislature is mak- ingrogress on improving schools and helping agriculture. "Just this year we approved a major school reform plan to test students more rigorously and give control over schools back to the local patrons. We'll be seeing the effects of this plan in the near future as our schools adopt it. "We've also reduced the number of people in Washington without health insurance," he continued. Sellar helped introduce and win ap- proval of the 1987 Basic Health Plan which provides low-cost health in- surance to low-income people, and he was prime sponsor of the 1990 legislation that makes basic health insurance policies more affordable for small businesses so they can pro- vide health coverage for their work- ers. Sellar also firmly believes we must maintain a part-time, citizen Legisla- ture. He said, "I strongly oppose the efforts being made to turn the state Legislature into a full-time opera- tion. Legislators should be ordinary citizens who live and work in their districts and go to Olympia a few months a year to take care of business. That way, legislators stay in touch with the people they represent." Senator George Sellar It is important for North Central with Republicans and Democrats Washington to send to the state Sen- alike. ate an experienced local leader who "If there is too much partisanship, can win a fair hearing for local con- legislators start paying attention to cerns, Sellar said. With long-time politics rather than the folks back Senate Leader Jeannette Hayner of home. During my legislative career WaUaWallasteppingdown, Sellaris I've always worked closely with in position to hold the number one people from both parties," he said. leadership position in the entire Sen- ate. Currently, Sellar is chairman of "Having your state senator in a the Senate Republican Caucus, He position of leadership is important," also is chairman of the Senate Ethics he said. "It helps the people of our Committee, and serves on the Senate district because they know their local Transportation, Financial Institutions needs and concerns will continue to and Insurance, and Rules Commit. be a top priority in Olympia." tees. He added it is particularly impor- George and his wife, Alma, live in rant that the Senate leader work well East Wenatchee We Have II1 Quad City Herald I II TRIANGLE TEXACO Brewster Congratulations on your Grand Opening this weekend. __ COLUMBIA I "' CONSTRUCTION N. 16 University Spokane, WA 99206 (509) 922-8114 I I I we are proud to have been the General Contractor on this project and wish them success in the future. 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