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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley I H L P June 17 81 52 lrace June 18 78 49 trace June 19 81 53 .02 June 20 80 51 trace June21 82 50 0 June 22 90 53 0 June 23 89 57 0 Weekly weather repmt dmmsh muazsy Security Sectioo, Chief Jmeph Dam Brewster Park fireworks ban upheld in three to one vote Brewster City Council members have reaffirmed a decision to ban personal fireworks in Brewster City Park on the Fourth of July. The sale and discharge of personal fLreworks is allowed throughout the city limits during the period when their sale is legal statewide. Council members voted to ban them from the park on the Fourth at the June l0 meeting. Council member Rich Burgett said he had been uneasy about that decision. Burgett said he had been contacted by at least one resident who protested the ban. In a special meeting Monday, June 22, he asked council members to reconsider the decision. He asked if it would be possible to compromise by designating an area of the park for personal fireworks. Council member Bob Dewey said in his opinion the circumstances in the park have changed in the last few years and that personal fireworks present new hazards. A fLreworks show will be presented at the end of the day by the Sons of the American Legion, and other events are planned for the evening by the Chamber of Commerce. Dewey said he thought those events would attract many more people to the park and increase the potential for accidents. Dewey said that he thought the fneworks also would detract from the main show. He said that he had been quoted in the Quad City Herald as being in favor of the ban, and had not been contacted by anyone protesting the decision. He said he thought the council had made the right decision. Brewster Police chief Mike Thurber said he thought personal fireworks had presented safety problems the last couple of years. Mayor Bonnie House said food vendors will be among the businesses in Columbia Cove Park. She said she would be concerned about theproximity of those businesses, some of which use gas or propane, to personal fireworks. Council member Bob Fateley con't ou page 6 Methow plans day of celebration for Fourth of July A day of old-fashioued Fourth of July fun is scheduled for the town of Methow. Seven year old Emily Kitzman is the chair kid for the celebration. She originated the idea of the parade and other activities in 1997. Organizers wll put on what they say is the shortest 4th of July parade in the state. It may be short but it will be fun, they said. Parade participants will assemble in the parking lot of the Methow Community Church beginning at 11 a.m.: the parade begins at 11:30 a.m. The route is less than one block. A potluck lunch begins at noon in the city park. Residents are asked to bring their favorite summer recipes. Hot dogs and pop will be provided by the Me.thow Fire Station volunteers of Okanogan County Fire District No. 5. People are asked to bring their own plates and table service. A full schedule of sack races, water balloon tosses, three legged races and other events for kids of all ages is planned. The community is invited. Donations needed for fireworks display in Brewster 4, 4th of July celebration to include parade, games & music A f'neworks show to celebrate the nation's birthday will be highlight of an evening of parades games and music in Brewster. The Sons of the American Legion chapter, sponsors of the show, are soliciting donations from local residents. This will be the fourth year the local SAL chapter sponsors the fireworks show, said organizer Vern Westerdahl. It will begin at dusk, at approximately 10:15 p.m., he said. The show will cost $10,000; Westerdahl said the group is soliciting donations to pay some of the expenses. One of those expenses is hiring a qualified pyrotechnician to light the fireworks. The past three years that duty has been handled by Dun and Candi Pariseau, who put on a fireworks show at their own expense for a few years. But Dan Pariseau is ill and won't be able to participate; the 1998 show is dedicated to Dan, Westerdahl said. "Just alittle way to thank him for what he's done in the past." Donations can be made at American Legion Post No. 97, Brewster, or at La Milpa Bakery on Main Street. The Brewster Chamber of Commerce also is sponsoring some events, including a parade, which begins at 7 p.m. Food and craft vendors will be set up in Columbia Cove Park as well. The Brewster Kiwanis will sponsor a free swim on the Fourth; they will also sponsor old-fashioned running, racing and tossing games for children. 4 Wm. E, Vallarme photo Bob Allen has seen many Bridgeport youth walk through the doors of the Bridgeport Sohool District facilities. 0000ineteen ye00s of educating Bridgeport students comes to a close 4, Bob Allen wTgdWcthersf:','hyprdfs'wMh: ss asneadyanrdflrntedeyb':e `swewn:s::Asetn moving tO  Snw?nahWiMBhn?l: ,!:elclpal gCh  t h e r a e t ' v ' 'dSihutb! new challenge in Echo, Oregon Bob Allen started teaching in 1958; during the next 40 years he was a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and superintendent. Next week he will retire from a 19-year career as principal and superintendent in Bridgeportand the week after, will begin a new job as superintendent in Echo, Oregon. But when Bob Allen entered college he wasn't sure he wanted to be a teacher, he said. on to b assistant superintendent in the when the kids 00-'jtna ------succeaa," Edmonds School District; his mother was a teacher - Bob Allen and librarian there. However, when Allen graduated from high school heemolledat Edmonds Community College"because I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do." He attended Western Washington University, graduated with a degree in education and entered the classroom. While he was teaching and coaching and being a principal and a counselor Allen also reason, hesaid, wasthechildren that came through the school doors every day. Bob Allen likes children. "Some of them drive you nuts sometimes, but still, kids are more flexible and you can make a difference with them." His Fn'st teaching job was with the Kion con't on page 5 Cheryl Schweizor photo Janalle Cutuli proudly dlepleys her winning t4hirt design. Brian Hicks named to Pateros Council seat Brian Hicks has been appointed to an open seat on the Pateros City Council. Hicks was appointed to fill the seat left vacant when Mooney took over the mayor's job. Hicks will serve until the next general election for council members, which will be in November 1999. In other business at the regular council meeting Monday, June 22, council members voted to consider a petition for annexation presented by a local landowner. A public heating on the petition will be held at next the'regular meeting Monday, July 13. The annexation proposal concerns land at the north city limits. Dan Beardslee, representing property owner Jack Nickell, said Nicieil is in the process of selling his orchard property and packing facility. Part of Nickeli's holdings is a Wailer court, part of which is in the city. The orchard is being purchased by a company named Sunshine Agriculture; the processing facility is being purchased by Dole Northwest. Neither company wants to purchase the trailer court, Beardslee said. Nickell will retain ownership; it will be very complicated to adjust the boundaries and assess the taxes fines if half the property is inside the city limits and half outside, BeamJslee said. At first the proposal included the trailer park only, he said. But Pateros Planning Commission members reviewed the application and said it did not conform with state law. The law requires all city property to be contiguous, Beardslee said, and the proposal was changed to include more property. Some of that is developed but some is not. The trailer court is connected to the city sewer system; none of the property is connected to the city water system, said city superintendent Dale Parks, although a city water line is in the area. Not all the developed property is connected to the city water or sewer. The public hearing is scheduled to allow city residents to corament on the application before it is accepted orrejectedby the council. It will be held at 6 p.m. The council amended the ordinance concerning the use of pem3ml furewats. Research revealed that the existing ordinance did not conform to state law, saidcity clerk DianeWareham. Therevisedordinance prohibits the discharge of personal fireworks inside the city limits except in Pateros Memorial Park, the designated area. Discharge of fireworks is allowed in the designated area between June 28 and July 6, but prohibited between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. Parks reported that vandalism at the bathrooms in Peninsula Park had made it necessary to close them for public use. They will be reopened as soon as repairs are made.