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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley I I H L P July 1 96 62 0 July 2 93 62 .61 July 3 85 61 .70 July 4 84 55 0 July 5 89 56 0 July 6 93 58 0 July 7 96 61 O Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Volume 97 No. 2 Brewsler, Washington USPS 241-920 50 July 9, 1998 4, Red, white and blue colors mingle in Brewster's grand Fourth of July celebration I want youl Uncle Sam (Harold Flynn) recruits for the American Legion. For Americans, the Fourth of July always has meant a combination of paaiotic reflection and a first-class good time. The traditional Fourth of July celebration is a mix of parades, games, food, very long speeches, fn'eworks. The long speeches have gone out of fashion. The rest of the old-fashioned Fourth is making a comeback. Brewster residents are among those who have revived the tradition with a Fourth of July celebration that featured a red, white and blue parade, sack races and snow cones, music and conversation, a grand and glorious fireworks show as the finale. The Fourth of July celebrates the country's'birth--the people, ideas, events that resulted in the new nation. The parade commemorated those people and ideas in a swirl of stars and stripes and red, white and blue. The judges gave an award to the Brewster chapter of the Camp Fire Boys and Girls for the most patriotic entry,, a railer, coverodin redi-whie,aadb|ue balloons. community category.The Children's House entered a whole reg Sam hats (that occasionally slipped into the eyes) and star-spangled vests: they were second in the community category. The Brewster-Bridgeport-Pateros Senior Center float featured a scene at the washtub. It received third in the community category. The judges choice award was given to American Legion Post No. 97, Brewster and the color guard which led the parade. Brewster IGA-Plus won the commercial category with a ballon-bespangled float. The Quad City Herald entry, celebrating freedom--particularly freedom of the press---was second. Elliott's Floral and their balloon- covered truck was third. Eighth grader Jenny Reynolds, Brewster, was first in the horse division. Renee Estrada of Oroville (who handled a recalcitrant horse while also carrying a flag) was second; Kristen Foyle of Brewster was third. Ken Gepford, Cheney, won the automobile division, driving a gleaming modified 1949 Ford coupe. Troy McCullough, Brewster, and his 1953 Ford Pickup  were second. Ron Anderson, Brewster, and his 1934 Plymouth were third. A car show, sponsored by Brewster IGA, was part of the day's activities. The park was filled with spectators for the fireworks show that ended the day; the sky was filled with blue and red and pink and green and yellow in elaborate patterns. This is the fourth consecutive year the Sons of theAmerican Legion have sponsored Wm. E. Vallanoe photos a fireworks show. Everyone got into the spirit of freedom. Bright colors of Iig ht lit up the sky over Columbia Cove perk in Brawster Saturday evening in celebration of Independene ' Day. The grand fireworks display was sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Post 97. Man/Beth Adamske photo Methow Community Spirit award winnwa Homer Grace and Doug Zahn march in the sho.rtut parade In the state through downtown Methow. Shortes! parade ,n state getting longer @ Methow celebrates the Fourth with games and potluck Picnic Methow residents celebrated the nation's birthday in traditional fashion, gathering for a potluck lunch under the trees in the park; staging sack races and throwing water balloons, and putting on a (very short) parade Saturday. The shortness of the parade is a int of pride to organizers; they say it is the shortest parade in the whole state of Washington. The 1998 parade was seven minutes long, more than twice as long as the 1997 edition. It is getting so big and so long it may be necessary to restrict entries next year, said Rob Umberger, one of the organizers. Emily Kitzman, the celebration "chair kid,,' won an award for the best- decorated bike. The best decorated wagon award was given to Celsete Iglesia, Methow, and her friend Rebecca Paloma of Twisp. Josh Tonseth and his tractor won an award for the best farm equipment. The best animal entry was given to Grace Tonseth and her sheep Becky and, Buttercup. Tom Eller, Methow, gave his morn Lilly and her friend JoyceWilliams a ride in his dune buggy; they received an award for the best stuff. The float sponsored by the Methow Community Church won the church division. Art and Grace Nordang won the store division. Flag bearers Doug Zahn and Homer Grace, received a community spirit award. (A severe thunderstorm con't on page 2 cApple.. ommlsslon pushing for00,fifteen cent increase for advertising by Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer Commodity production tends to look romantic--hexds of cattle on the move, golden fields of wheat, lush green and red and gold apple orchards. The reality is a little different. While fanning and ranching are satisfying ways of life, they are not easy. They are!in a phrase) fraught with economic perils. Not the least of those perils is marketing. While the Washington apple is the benchmark for the industry, it has always faced competition. Apples from Michigan and New York, bananas from Central America, citrus fruit from Califmnia and Florida were its traditional rivals; now those cmmodities'-'nt to mention Washington apples--are fighting for attention among a vast array of high quality fresh fruit available year-round. Increased competition is one of the factors that has led the Washington Apple Commission, the industry's promotion and trade organization, to propose an increase in the fees assessed to apple growers, Currently growers pay 25 cents to the apple commission for each box sold; if the proposal is approved, growers would pay 40 cents per box. The money would be used to finance a year-round advertising campaign focusing on consumers, said Steve Lutz, Apple Commission president. Most of the current advertising is aimed at retailers. con't on page 2