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The laws of physics require the water it affects the fruit's longe'vity,less damage, he said. "The greener it is, the to go somewhere; if left alone, the ~vater The cherries that were ready to be picked better it is," said Brian Westerdahl, who evaporates into the air or is absorbed into the Wednesday or Thursday were the hardest hit. owns and leases cherry orchards on Bridge- after rain cherry. (Of course, growers don't leave it "The ripest fruit split and the biggest fruit port Bar. The heavy rains that rolled through central alone. A helicopter's rotor wash or the blast split," said Jim Divis, manager of Magi, Inc. Trees with a lot of average-sized cherries Washington last Wednesday damaged--se- of air from an empty sprayer will knock out The rains came when a lot of Bing cherries fared better than trees with fewer but bigger verely, in some places--but did not destroy the puddles.) were ripe, or almost ripe. "Bing growers got cherries, Divis said. the local cherry crop. That's very bad news if the cherry is ripe. hurt on a couple days pick. Bad," Divis said. On Friday, Westerdahl estimated that 40 to 60 percent of the B ings his crews picked that morning suffered from splits. "Oh, it's bad. It's really bad on the Bings. It didn't seem to hurt the Lapins as much." Lapin cherries were as much as three weeks away from being ripe, which helped protect them. "Had this fruit been ready to pick tomorrow, the damage would have been se- vere," said Dave Martin of Brewster Heights Packing. Brewster Heights owners spent"ex- tra time" drying off the fruit between rain- storms, Martin said, which paid dividends. "Most of our later orchards came through in pretty good shape," Martin said. "We're still expecting a pretty full harvest." Rainier cherries were closer to maturity than the Lapins; the fruit picked immediately after the storm probably needed to be exam- ined before leaving the field. The nature of Rainier cherries--a very light-colored skin that is susceptible to bruises--makes inspection in the field part of harvest. "Folks are a little more used to sort- picking Rainiers," Divis said. The effects of the storm were very visible at the Magi cherry processing facility in Pateros on Thursday. "Yes, the fruit looked pretty tough at receiving," Divis said. He estimated 40 percent of the fruit suffered from splits. But by Friday, things had improved. "I've been pleasantly surprised with the fruit I've seen all day long," he said Friday afternoon. The 2001 cherry crop was projected to be the biggest in state history, but the storm changed all that. Heavy rain, strong winds and hail the size of ice cubes hit the Yakima R i,:er Valley; the Wenatchee area got about one and one-half inches of rain. The effect on cherry prices is still to be determined. Over the course of the cherry season there will be less fruit, but. "Rain can actually depress the market for a little bit." Divis said. "Usually, there is a dip (in prices) after rain because of pressure to move the weaker fruit." Food handler class in Brewster By Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer A food handler class will be offered in Like most teenage boys, Richard "Butch" Brewster at the American Legion Hall Mon- Rogahn was eager to get his driver's license day, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. Please arrive 10 when he turned 16. minutes early to pay so that class may begin That was 1962; Rogahn lived about eight on time. The fee is $8.00. miles from Pateros, and he took the test in Please have exact change or a check for town. "'The state patrol used to come around $8.00payabletotheOkanoganCountyHealth to all the little towns," give the written test, District. and then the driver's test. Part of the test was For those who are renewing their cards, an inspection of the car. For that reason, they need to bring their current food handler Butch Rogahn used his grandmother's car to card to the class, take the test. "Everything worked on it," he Please read the food handler book before said. It was a 1957 Chevrolet, two-tone blue attending the class. Books are available at the and white, chrome bumpers and trim, tail Brewster City Hall. fins. For more information, or to schedule a Butch Rogahnalwaysliked'57Chevys;he class for 15 or more people, Call Wendell had a '57 Chevy in college, he said. And he Harris. always liked that blue and white sedan. His maternal grandfather Glenn Button bought it Burning ban in new from the OK Chevrolet dealer, downon the corner of Main and 5'h in Brewster. It was just about the best car Chevy made effect in much of at thetime, a 210sports sedan. And it was loaded--whitewall tires, a radio, padded dash, a heater, automatic transmission, electric Quad City area windshield wipers. (Most cars had vacuum- powered wipers at the time, he said. "When A ban on all open fires will go into effect it was snowing or raining, when you stepped immediately in Okanogan County Fire Dis- on the gas, the wipers stopped.") Glenn paid trict No. 5, Brewster, Pateros and Methow. $2,378.65 for it. Brewster fire chief Mike Webster said Glenn and Mabel Button drove the 210 heavy rains last week seemed to ease the need back and forth to Arizona every winter; they for a ban, but temperatures this week are owned and operated what was then called an supposed toclimb into the 90s and maybe auto court (a motel, in modern jargon). When crack 100. In those conditions, "it's going to Glenn Button died in the early 1960s, Mabel dry out real fast," Webster said. Button used it to learn to drive. ("Age 68 or There was a fire on Sunday on Jack Wells so, she decided to get her driver's license. Road near Bridgeport, the second this season. That car didn't have any dents in it before she It may have been caused by fireworks, started learningtodrive,"hergrandsonsaid.) Webster said. They were fired illegally; fire- But eventually Mabel had to give up driv- works are illegal in Washington except for a ing. "She quit driving when she was 80, and short.period around the Fourth of July. she died when she was 95," Rogahn said. By Rural residents are reminded that burning that time it was a pretty old car, and was barrels for household use are illegal under showing its age. But Butch Rogahn kept it state law. anyway. Sometime in the early 1970s he drove it to his house and parked it in a storage shed. He wanted to restore it, he said--not Blood drive Tuesday in then, but sometime in the future, whenhehad some. time. Brewster He did not get time for about 20 years. But Red Cross workers will conduct a blood now the 210 is back on the road, chrome drive Tuesday, July l0from2to7p.m, atthe gleaming and windows sparkling, engine Columbia Cove Community Center in purring. Butch Rogahn and his wife Kathy Brewster. did most of the work themselves. "It was a The blood drive is sponsored by the jointproject,"Butchsaid."Kathyspecialized on the interior and I specialized on the exte- cont'd on page 9 rior." It was an off-and-on project. "There tchR gahn's pn It's still '57 when Butch and Kathy Rogahn tool down the road. were times when it would sit for months and not be touched." From start to finish, the project took about five years, he said. "You don't want to be in a hurry with any of this stuff. You just want to be able to putz around with it." Rogahn said he did not know anything about body and fender work, or engine resto- ration, when he began the project. "I just bought books," he said, textbooks that showed how to paint a car, or rebuild an engine. The old car looked old. It had rust spots from headlights to tail, and the chrome was pitted and dull. "It had a lot ofbings and dings and bumps and bruises when I started to go through it. Just about every corner had a dent in it." The upholstery was worn out. The engine had not been started for more than 20 years. But the car's frame was sound; "we were very fortunate--there was no rust in the car." joy Cheryl Schweizer photo Rogahn pounded out the dents and sanded on the paint job." out the rust spots on the body. It is not, he The engine, of course, had not been started said, what car collectors would consider a since the 1970s. His son Rick, in high school perfect job ofbodywork. But it's good. "It's at the time, helped him take out the engine. pretty tough to tell there were any dents in "He figured a month or so, we'd be done with that car. I'm pretty proud of that." (the restoration job)." Using another book, He repainted the car the original larkspur Rogahn took apart the engine, replaced parts blue and India white that had been applied at that needed replacing, and rebuilt it. Restor- the factory in '57. It was not that hard to find ing cars is a popular hobby, so it was pretty the original colors, he said. Inside the engine easy to find parts, he said. His friend Bruce compartment was what is called a "cowl tag," Valentine, Dryden, helped work on the en- which included information about assembly gine. The engine purrs like a kitten; "he (it was built in Los Angeles in the spring of worked a long time, getting it to purr," Kathy 1957) and the paint colors. Auto paint dealers said. can use that information to mix the proper All the chrome pieces were refinished by a color, he said. professional, and when they got back they The refurbished 210 gleams in the sun- were so pretty Rogahn put them on display in light, but that gleam is the product of a lot of the living room, he said. Butch and Kathy polishing. "There was a lot of rubbing on that paint, I'll tell you," Rogahn said. "There are at least 60 hours of sanding and polishing just cont'd on page 9