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QU0000xD CITY .,.,,..._ Pateros Brewster [ Mansfield Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley t* Votunae 94 No. 52 Brewster Washington JSPS 241,920 50 June 27, 1996 3.. ' "." :.'i-; " ,,., ..... . , V) THIS WEEK'S I00uE B0esel Motor mechanic Chuck Neville receives GMC award Page 6 Pateros school chief Gary Patterson retires Page 4 Pages Weather H L P June l9 74 44 0 June20 82 45 0 Jane21 77 57 T June22 79 62 0 June23 65 57 .06 June 24 72 50 .15 June25 75 45 .02 Vecldy weather nepoa through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joaevh Dam Wm. E, Vallance photos Blow Dri ...... Helicopters are buzzing, orchard sprayers have been blowing, all in hopes of removing unwanted water left on area cherry orchards by passing rain storms. In the photograph above, taken at the Roger Curry orchards on Crane and Crane road outside of Brewster, sprayers are used three wide to blow dry the trees and cherries. If the water is left on the trees the cherries will absorb the water, which breaks down cell walls inside the cherry and dilutes the sugar, this causes the cherry to not taste as good and eventually split. Brian Westerdahl, who owns 30 acres of cherries just north of Bridgeport, said he had 10% splits right now. He plans to begin picking today. Pateros ,city may construct settlers monument A monument to Pateros pioneers started by a private citizen may become a city project. Rheese Mansfield originated the idea of honoring the first settlers of Pateros with a monument listing their names. (A separate monumeni, Originated by Pateros artists Rich Beyer and Phyllis Gazette, is not part of Mansfield's project.) Now Mansfield has asked the city to take over the project; he would turn over the money raised so far and the city would supervise the remaining fundraising and construction, said city clerk Brenda Crooks. Mayor Harold Jahr said city officials would have to determine the scope and cost of the project before making up their minds. In other business at the regular meeting of the Pateros City Council, city superintendent Dale Parks said park maintenance worker Joe Lemon had quit his job. Parks proposed Tim Tuengel as a summer replacement and hiring a permanent replacement in the fall. Parks said he wanted time to revise and rewrite the job description for that position. Crooks told the council that city officials had been told Douglas County Public Utility District workers would install lights along a walking path through the city's parks this week. The path leads from Peninsula Park on the Methow River to Memorial Park on the Columbia River. The city may plan a lighting ceremony when the project ts completed, Crooks said. oPen House tonight at Brewster Library The Brewster Community Library, a brand new member of the North Central Washington Regional Library system, will hold an open house tonight, Thursday, June 27 at 5 p.m. The open house will give Brewster residents a chance to see the new books, new look and new programs available through library. It is also being held to commemorate Friends of the Library Week. Brewster librarian Judy Johnston said she hopes to start a Friends of the Library group. Friends of the Library is a "community based, non-profit" citizens group who "promote, encourage and enhance the work of their local libraries, according tea press release issued by the regional library. Such groups raise money for library activities and supplies, work as volunteers, sponsor reading programs and book discussion groups. People can join the Friends of the Library at the open house, or can contact Johnston at the library for more information. Fort Okanogan Museum scheduled for closure In the early ,ears of the last century a small trading post was established at the junction of the Columbia and Okanogan rivers, in an effort to promote a smooth flow of beaver pelts out of the northern Cascadesand a smooth flow of profit into the hands of the Native American trappers and American and British merchants. Economics dictated the founding of Fen Okanogan, and now economics may the closing of the Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center, a museum located near the site of the old fort. For about five years the museum has been operated by the Colville Confederated Tribes under a cooperative agreement between the tribe and the state parks department. Now the tribal council has unofficially decided to end the cooperative agreement, said Smoker Marchand, community service administrator. The Washington State Parks Department owns the museum building, the site and some of the collection. The museum was scheduled to be closed prior to the agreement with the tribe; the state didn't have the money to operate it, said Mike Nickerson of the parks department. The budget problem "has not gone away," Nickerson said, and the museum may be closed if the tribe drops the cooperative agreement. He said the parks department "would be disappointed if it did not continue, because it has worked very well. We've been very happy to have the Colville tribe as partners." Marchand said budget cuts are playing a role in the tribe's decision to drop the con't on page 5 Firewo'ks show, etc. planned for Brewster Fourth i Fourth ol July celebration, an evening in l:rle park This Fourth of July the Sons of American Legion in Brewster will present their Second Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show. The show is in conjunction with the city of Brewster's 100th anniversary and will be held July 4 at Columbia Cove Park in Brewster. The Sons of American Legion started the Fourth of July show last year using strictly donations to fund the event. A fireworks show was held several years ago by pyrotechnitions Dan and Candy Pariseau, but after a few years of donating their own time and money the Pariseaus were unable to continue. Five years had past when the SAL decided to bring the show back, once again with the help of Dan and Candy, who still maintain their pyrotechnition licenses and continue to orchestrate and light the fireworks. This year's show is expected to be as big or bigger as last year's extravaganza according to Vern Westerdahl, event organizer. The evening begins at 4 p.m. with the the Brewster Volunteer Fire Department's family evening in the park with kids games fez/turing water balloon toss, sack race, and three-legged race to name a few, music by Columbia Sound, hot dogs, hamburgers and soda pop. All the proceeds from hamburger and hot dog sales will go into the fire department's equipment fund. Also on tap. beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a Tri-County Men's Soccer League All-Star game. A designated spot, the area on the northwest side of ColumbiaCove, will be available tot lightingofff'treworks. The reason for (his according to Fire Chief Mike Webster is the concern for safety, both with fires and the fireworks themselves. A free swim is scheduled for the Brewster swimming pool, which is across the street from the Cove and several food venders will be in the park area as well. Highway 97, a local band, will perform live music at 8:30 beginning with the National Anthem during the presentation of the colors and gun salute by theAmerican Legion. con't on page 2