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C)uad City Herald Aug 2 2001 Pane Anthony Armstrong aspired to be an Eagle Scout because it was a chal- lenge to excellence. An Eagle Scout is the "'highest rank in scouting that you can get," said Armstrong, a senior at Pateros High School. "'To get the Eagle Scout is like the best you can be. Seems pretty cool." Anthony Armstrong reached that goal; he received his Eagle Scout citation in a special Eagle Court of Honor last week. Armstrong has been a Scout since he was eight years old: from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout, its members are supposed to pursue knowledge, self-improvement, and community service. As Scouts grow older, the community service becomes even more important. An Eagle Scout can- didate must have at least 18 hours of community service projects before they can apply, and the Eagle project has to include a minimum of 150 project hours. Anthony's project actually was suggested by his mum Lisa. Anthony and his brother play sports for Pateros High School,and their mum has spent a lot of time at the football field. She said the field could use some im- provementsmsome weeding, some painting, some general cleanup. His morn, Anthony said, was right; the field did need some cleanup. And it was a chance to do some- thing for all the people who are in the stands on fall nights and spring afternoons. "A lot of people come and watch our games, and the com- munity supports us so much, I thought it would be good to give back to the community." It was not a project that An- thony could do by himself; he recruited friends and neighbors and classmates to help. (Planning is part of the Eagle Scout project as well.) The crew pulled weeds on the hill between the bleachers and Ives Streetmand found juni- per trees that had been hidden by the weeds, Lisa Armstrong said. Anthony Armstrong's cleanup project helped earn him an Eagle Scout award. Steve Nieuwenhuis and Steve Luchte built stairs from the bleachers to Ives Street. The crew painted the press box; Anthony's friend Katie Sieman did the lettering. (Anthony said he printed the letters on the computer and cut stencils, then he and his mum spent hours lining up the letters just so. "'It '1 Cheryl ,~ hweizer photo The commissioners of Douglas County Fire District #7 will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 6, to discuss ambulance service options with District residents. Fire District #7 is currently being served by the city of Bridgeport on a temporary basis but a decision needs to be reached regarding long-term emergency medical service. Contracting for services with the city of Bridgeport or Okanogan County Fire District #5 will be discussed as well as the possibility of a levy in November to generate funds for such a service. The meeting will be held at the fire hall at 2 Moe Road on the Bridgeport Bar at 7 p.m. Fire District #7 encompasses all of the area from one mile north of Wells Dam to Highway 17 including all of the Bridgeport Bar area as well as Dyer Hill, excluding Fire District #6 areas and the city of Bridgeport. Shove f'lles for at the Pataroa football field was, like, a whole day." But the wind was blowing on the workday and the stencils blew away. In the end Katie painted them freehand.) That was all of Anthony's project, but other people kept working on improvements. Mike and Donna Stennes had helped on the first workday, and they went back and "Later on, when t' nv---old, and married, and have lots of kids, I'd like to give back to Scouts," - Anthony Armstrong painted the light poles. Heidi Lopez made flags for the poles. Stu- dents in Mike Hull's leadership class painted retaining walls and some outbuildings. "When he did this, people kept going," Lisa Armstrong said. The project was only the first step. Anthony was required to keep lists of all the volunteer's hours and the sup- plies, document any changes to the original plan and write a report about the project. All that had to be sent to the regional council. After it was re- viewed, Armstrong was interviewed by acommittee."They asked me what I liked about Scouting, and what I planned to do for Scouting in the future." When they were done the interviewers told him he could con- sider himself an Eagle Scout, Lisa Armstrong said, but it wasn't official until the citations arrived. That took nearly a year. But it was worth the wait. Anthony's Scoutmaster, Jim Hagel, helped Lisa Armstrong plan the cer- emony, which included a guest speaker, Wayne Luft. "It was awe- some." Anthony has plans for college, but he is not done with Scouting. "Later on, when I'm----old, and married, and have lots of kids, I'd like to give back to Scouts." Okanogan County population up: unemployment down Washington Health Foundation Report Shows Growth and Increased Diversity "Everyone's health is affected by the environment in which we live and the choices we make about our lifestyle. The profiles are meant to encourage communities to investi- gate these factors. Only then can they begin to tackle those issues and make progress," shares Katharine Sanders, Director for Healthy Communities at the foundation. The Washington health Profiles for 2001 are available online at www.wh, lndi- available for a nominal cost from the Washington Health Foundation. Con- tact Katharine Sanders, at (209) 216- 2:509. Data from the 2000 Census were not available at the time of publica- tion. Some new census data are now available. Local public health depart- ments or health distric may have more specific and current informa- tion about your county, If you would like more information about your county, contact Loft Albert at the Okanogan County Health Depart- ment, (509) 422-7156. vidual printed copies, or the entire set of Washington's 39 counties, are county treasurer Anewly released health report" "These profiles give us a sketch of shtws Okanogan County's Hispariic' our~ COmmunities" health." shares population more than double between Greg Vigdor: president of'the foun- 1990 and 2000. The Hispanic popu- dation."Itisuptoeachcommunityto lation now makes up 18%oftheover- paint in the important details." all population of the county, while The nonprofit Washington State Native Americans make up 11% of Health Foundation has just released the population. In addition, the un- health profiles for each county in employment rate decreased from Washington State. Each profile an- 10.6% in 1998 to 9.2% in 1999, al- swers such questions as: How does though it remains higher than the the health of this county compare to state unemployment rate of 4.7% other rural or urban counties, and to The report also revealed that the the state as a whole? Are we living county death rate is higher than in longer? Are our students better edu- other rural counties and the state as cared? What are our most frequent whole. Deaths caused by diabetes causes of death? The profiles take a and unintentional injuries help ac- look at community health through a count for the higher death rate when combination of social, health, and comparedtoothercounties.Thedeath economic factors. rate for 1996-1998 was 948A per "'We need to look at a range of 100,000 population compared to the factors which contribute to the state rate of 830.I. overall health and well being of "Health Profile for Okanogan our community. Once we have County," prepared by the Washing- this information local leaders can ton Health Foundation, looks at a begin to address those issues which variety of health indicators, includ- have a negative impact on the ing academic performance, popula- community's health. This may tion changes, and deaths by selected mean tackling poverty, support- causes. Together the indicators ing anti-smoking programs or presentapreliminarypictureofhealth working to reduce pesticide use," of Okanogan County. continued Vigdor. with Current Okanogan County Treasurer, Delmer L. "Del" Shove. has announced his candidacy for the one year unexpired term of County Treasurer, which was vacated following the retirement of his prede- cessor, Walt Womack, Shove, a Democrat, was appointed by the Okanogan County Commissioners to fill the vacated position on March 1, 2001 after being selected as one of three potential candi- dates recommended by the Okanogan County Democratic Central Committee. "'This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me," said Shove, "It's a chance to devote my energies and business knowledge to the county that I love. Like my grandparents who homesteaded in Aeneas Valley in the early 1900s, I believe that Okanogan County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. There are numerous opportunities to make county government more capable of efficiently providing the services that the public expects, deserves, and pays for with their taxes. My involvement will include working with the executive branch of county government to develop good long range plans for investment, capital facilities planning, and debt structure, as well as streamlining the process of revenue collection and accounting in the Treasurer's Office for county government and the junior taxing districts. Economic conditions in Okanogan County make it more crucial than ever to ensure that every dollar of revenue brought into the treasury is utilized in the most efficient manner possible. It's my sincere desire to provide the very best service to all the people of the county all of the time." Shove is a 57-year old Omak native with a lifelong career in management and supervision for both governmental and private industry in Okanogan County. A 1962 graduate of Omak High School and a 1966 graduate of Eastern Washington State University with a B.A. in Business Administration. Shove live in Omak with his wife, Norma. Formerly an Omak City Councilman, he currently serves on the City of Omak's Planning Commission, and holds membership in both the Washington Finance Officers Association and the Washing- ton Association of County Treasurers. He and his wife'Norma own and operate Nordell's Gifts in Omak. 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