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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley H L P July 8 95 62 0 July 9 97 65 0 July 10 89 64 .05 July 11 88 62 0 July 12 83 63 0 July 13 85 61 0 July 14 85 55 0 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Volume 97 No. 3 Brewsler, Washington USPS 241-920 50 .July 16, 998 Pateros Jamboree offers a weekend of activities, apple pie and crafts An action-paced schedule of softball, quilts, games, bass fishing, food, arts and crafts, basketball, street dancing, fireworks, boat racing and lots of apple pie is planned for Pateros this weekend as the community celebrates the Apple Pie Jamboree Friday through Sunday, July 17 through 19. Activities begin Friday afternoon, with the opening of arts and crafts booths in Pateros Memorial Park. They will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday morning. Pie bakers will get a chance to compare their recipes and their artistry at the pie baking contest Friday at 5:30 p.m. The contest will be at the kitchen pavilion in the park. A traditional part of Apple Pie Jamboree is the barbecue beef (sloppy joe) dinner on Friday afternoon. It begins at 6 p.m. A karaoke machine will be available to any singer who wants to try it out Friday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.Glenn Varrelman will be the emcee. A coed softball tournament will begin Friday evening at about 6:30 p.m. at the Patems School baseball field; it will continue Saturday and Sunday. An all-day bass tournament begins Saturday morning, with fishermen leaving the park's dock at 5 a.m. The weigh-in and awards presentation will begin at 4 p.m., back in the park. Breakfast will be served at the park Saturday and Sunday morning, beginning 7 a.m. Saturday and about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast will be catered by Tim and Connie Wood. con't on page 7 Okanogan County PUD to expand Brewster substation Okanogan County Public Utility District No. 1 is purchasing property next to its existing Brewster substation as part of its plan to expand the facility. Electrical lines along 7th Street also will be rebuilt and upgraded. District officials are buying land between the substation and the adjoining Magi fruit processing facility. The property will be used to store utility poles; the substation will be expanded on to the PUD property now used to store poles. The switching yard at the substation will be upgraded to accommodate 115,000 volts, which is expected to "take into account growth for the next 30 years," said Don Clutter, PUD manager in Brewster, The switching mechanism allows electricity flowing through the transmission line at Wells Dam to be sent to Okanogan through one line or toward Bridgeport on the other line. The transmission lines between Wells Dam and the Douglas County bank of the Columbia River were rebuilt last year. The next part of the job will be to rebuild the lines between the river and the substation, which run along 7th Street. Clutter said the substation transmission line rebuild probably would not start until next year. Brewster to vacate two city streets for PUD espansion project Brewster City Council members approved a request to vacate two platted city streets intersecting North 7th Street, part of a plan to expand the existing Okanogan County Public Utility District No. I substation located there. The streets were on the city map but had never been paved or improved. City superintendent Mike Sbenyer said some of the adjoining streets had been vacated in the 1950s. Currently the land is owned by Magi, Inc., and used as a storage area for fruit bins. Public Utility District officials want to buy it, said PUD manager Don Clutter, as part of their expansion project. Street vacation is a procedure where city control of a street or alley is relinquished to private property owners. In other business at the regular council meeting Wednesday, July 8, council members gave permission for the city park to be used for the 10th annual Milfoil Mania water ski tournament, scheduled for July 26. Ed Van Tassel, one of the tournament directors, said he did not think it would be necessary to restrict use eon't on page 2 I I (left to right) Anne Hublitz, Lucy Baker and Jennifer startler peel and slice apples, the first step to 200 apple pies. A taste of Apple Pie Jambore,00, Volunteer pie:. bakers- community service at its best '7 usually peel, because it's my peeler," s - Anne Hublitz by Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer Things that happen in a small town--from town celebrations to church suppers to community theater--usually happen because of volunteers. Volunteers put up the posters and sell the tickets and set out the chairs; they decorate the pageant stage and announce the parade and operate the carnival booths. By its very def'mition, this is labor in service to the community. Community service of this kind usually is rewarding. Frequently it isn't easy. The Apple Pie Jamboree, which will be held this weekend in Pateros, places an unusual demand on some of its volunteers. Apple pies play a central relearn fact, without pies the Jambor would not exist. But while apples grow on trees Cheryl Schweizer photos Volunteer pie baker Heidi Lopez rolln out bottom cruets. apple pies do not. Somebody must peel and slice apples. Somebody must make pie crust. Somebody must combine the apples and crust into pies. Somebody has to bake them. That was the job of a small group of women who gathered at the Pateros School kitchen this week, to turn the apples and flour and shortening into pies. This is volunteering down and dirty, with two bins of apples that must be baked into 200 to 250 pies in two to four days. The Apple Pie Jamboree was revived in the 1960s; over the years the ladies of Pateros have refmed the pie-baking process, streamlining until it resembles a Detroit assembly line,"one person doing one thing and passing it (the pie) on," said Lucy Baker, who has been volunteering to bake pies since the 1960s. But baking a good apple pie is still an art, too. The pie baking crew worked one day last week, Baker said. "Last week we made 61 (pies). We try to get around 250 to 300 made," Baker said, deftly slicing apples over an already-heaping dishpan. Anne Hublitz, another longtime veteran of the pie assembly line, peeled apples. 'I usually peel, because it's my peeler," she said. Hublitz's peeler is not an antique, but it would be recognized by a Civil War-era cook. The apple is spilled on a trio of wicked- looking prongs, Hublitz turns a crank and the apple is cored, peeled and sliced in one operation. The now-skinned apple is passed on to Baker and her helpers. Jennifer Stettler said this is her favorite job. She said she likes to come down to school and sit at the table, slice apples and talk and listen. "I like "We try to get around 250 to 300 made," . Lucy Baker con't on page 7 Cherries Good color and size mean better cherries The cherries coming into fruit processing warehouses are big and show good color, according to local producers, which is good news for cherry growers. The 1998 harvest is about two weeks from a conclusion. "Quality is good," said Ed Pariseau, manager of Brewster Heights Packing. The cherries coming into the Stemiit warehouse in Wenatchee, some of which a quality ' year with a quality price are grown in the Brewster and Bridgeport areas, are of good size, qunlity and color, said Andy Gale of Stemilt.The Rainierchenies, light yellow in color, had that elusive "pink blush" that fetches a premium price, he said. But most importantly the cherries are big. "The number one factor that makes for a good cherry is size," Gale said. "Large cherries are magic," Pariseau said. The standard in the industry is a 10 and one-half cherry, which is about one inch in diameter. The fruit coming into the BHP facility is size "Growers, the wily rascals, are raising a better product," . Ed Pariseau 11 and 12 or bigger, he said. "Growers, the wily rascals, are raising a better product," Pariseau said. Cherry production has increased "somewhat," Pariseau said, as moreorchards in Washington have come into pr _eduction. But "large areas ot the state and Oregon have picked short this year," he said, which has reduced the supply of fruit. Cherries start appearing in the stores in late June. Traditionally the price drops around the Fourth of Julya lot of cherries hit the market about that time, Gale said-- and then rises again. Traditionally the cherry season has ended in mid- July, but that is changing, Gale said. Cherries have been the subject of much research, as well as additional promotional efforts, especially overseas. That has resulted in new varieties that mature later, improved storage facilities and an improved export market. A new, modified atmosphere bag has been produced that allows fruit to arrive at overseas markets in better condition, Pariseau said "The number one factor that makes for a good cherry is size," .Andy Gale, Stemilt All of those things have combined to lengthen the cherry season and smooth out some of the market's volatility, Gale said. Brewster Heights is among the companies that have later-maturing orchards. The company expects to be picking and packing fruit through early August; "we're in the market about the time the so-called 'hill cherries' come on in Wenatchee," Pariseau said. He has inspected the cherries on the trees and likes what he sees. "So far, so good. We're pleased." / / /