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Pace 4 ..... Auaugt 6 1 g Oud Cite HArald F lobert Thaut opens the unopenable Locks are designed to prevent un- authorized entry--qokeep out people who have no business in the car, or the house. Unfortunately, sometimes locks keep out everybody. The act of lock- ing oneself out of one&apos;s home or vehicle is as old as locks. Soon after the invention of the lock came the invention of the business of unlock- ing erroneously locked locks. Robert Thaut, Bridgeport Bar, is a mere her of an ancient and honorable profession. Thaut has a fulltime job as a security agent, but he also has a back seat full of calipers, key blanks, picks and other implements of the locksmith's trade. He also will evalh- ate existing security systems ad make recommendations for improve- ment. Thaut's interest in locks goes back a long way. "It all started way back when I was a young child, and Morn lost the key to her piggy bank," he said. His mother asked him to find a way into the piggy bank without breaking it. This he did. But he did not make a business of it until he worked as a reserve of- ficer or the Brewster Police Depart- ment. Police officers frequently are asked for help in unlocking doors, he said, but their tools are not ai- ways up to the job. He thought the area needed a locksmith, he said. "It's a constantly changing field, I know that," he said. Locks have be- come more sophisticated as thieves have become more sophisticated; in addiion,"eleclronics has really opened up the field a lot." There are various methods to per- suade a lock to open without its key. It is possible to pick some locks. Basically that means using a wire or length of flexible material to line up the internal pans of a lock, just as if the key was being used, Thaut said. Other locks must be opened by means of a rebuilt key. In that case, special books are as much a part of the locksmith's equipment as blank keys. Each car manufacturer pub- lishes a book listing the components of locks for various makes and mod- els. Thaut uses those listings, and sets of master keys for each com- pany, to manufacture new keys. (The books also are useful in telling him what not do, he said.) Sometimes the only way to open a lock is by a combination of experi- ence and improvisation. "I call it field innovation," Thaut said. He has written down some of the things he learned that way and sent the information to professional tonga- zincs. Three of those tips have been published. The sophistication of modem car locks mean that people who try to open their own doors mn the risk of breaking something. One of his cus- tomers tried but failed reopen his own door. However, he did disconnect the lock, as well as the door handle. Houses usually can be entered by means other than the door. "I crawl through a lot of windows." But homeowners do not necessarily need elaborate alarm systems to protect themselves. "A deadbolt and a dog are probably your best bet." The noisier the dog the better. "Noise and attention are a burglar's worst enemy." Outside lighting is a sen- sible precaution for homes as well. The nature of locksmithing means that most of Thaut's tools can be carriedin his car. They include the books and materials for decoding locks, picks, calipers for measuring, pliersm "a guy has to have lots of pliers"boxes of key blanks. "You can never have too many key blanks." Sometimes locks must be completely removed and disassembled before they will yield their secrets. There is one common tool that is almost but not quite missing."I don't have too many hammers." (.3hristians action stampede outreacn Triangle Park ,between the carni- val and rodeo arena, will be a place of continuous free music and re- freshments during the Omak Stam- pede, Thursday through Sunday, August 6 - 9. Sponsored by Chris- tians In Action, Christian ministries from near and far will share music, testimony, skits, Bibles, ice water and coffee to rodeo visitors begin- ning with the Thursday night "Christ, Our Champion" Services from 6 - 10 p.m. The interdenominational service will feature 'Cos And Ef- fect", a teen music group with Cos- mos VanBuskirk, Oroville; Pauline Bessire, Holly Fancher, Kelsey Boyd, Danielle Rawson, Okanogan; Kevin and Mark Stennes, Methow. Also appearing are musicians from Abun- dant Life Fellowship Foursquare Church, freak, and the following pastors: Reverends Maggie McNett,. Okanogan/Malott United Method- istt.4nnie Scott, New Fellowship Baptist. Riverside; and Chris War- willpresent skits and testimony interspersed with music by "Just Roads", a modern folk band from Tacoma, and Paul Madden, con- temporary composer of North S tar Records, Brewster. Osoyoos Baptist Church is sending a team of youth to minister, and Phillip Steffen, Youth Pastor at Omak Abundant Life will emcee. Spanish services will be offered 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday night, and 1:30 p.m., Saturday by Reverends Raul Mattinez, Tonasket, and Jose Monterroso, Malott. The inter-denominational West- ern Church Service, Sunday, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m., brings music and mes- sage in a casual setting with the coffee on. Continuous stage ministries be- ginning Friday, 5 p.m. and Satur- day-Sunday noon will be: The Parks Family, country gospel from Spokane; the Allen Family and grandkids, Brewster; Jeannie Jackson and Youth Choir from Colville Reservation; Skits by Chris Maher and Grace Evangelical Free Church, Colville; Jamie and Shane Knowlton Families, Riverside area; Karen McClure, Becky Combs, Diana Hill, Mike and Kathleen Christensen, Okanogan; Sherry Siewert, Darryl Stanger, Brenda Craig, Carl Behrent, Buddy Hill with Abundant Life Musicians from Omak; and Brian Craig, Malott, All events are free, This year is the 25th anniversary of shar- ing at the Omak Stampede Out- reach, The group also maintains the KMBI translator and Sonshine Cross on Shellrock Point. Area Christians are encouraged to as- sist with prayer, refreshments, on-site help, donations, housing. Please call or write Christians InAction, P.O. Box 63, Okanogan, 98840. ...... Okanogan Presbyterian. rerom8to 10p.m. Friday night, All Y 0 U C a iea YOUth leaders and..thei r groups A N N F E E D I RJ's Lock Service] 8:0 I "i ,1000o I'Keys Made .. l" Adults I Under 15 I At The Door -- Door Prizes - need not be resent to win! - -- [Locks Repaired 00III I Brewster American L00gion Post #97 l00.g00;lll I ,, , ,, 1509 686 4290't00 ! WILD W00IT ,.00881 Slot Tournament U for Septic steiifor 1 Douglas & Okano an CounUos. P.O. Box 254, Bridgeport , , Bus. LI.# DONCRC0(JE ,. =,,,, "'" WIN /. l.ll.411,Q Congratulations Tammy Nlcholson Omak \\;o.,..;I [ on your 1st Place $500Wint K(!II Green, V.[. Produce. A&| Food Store. Mr3tv:lh, HY Webb Gleen, CEO, The Rosearclf Deparhnvnt, hi(: Mike Aqostini Category Manag(;i F( o I Lion. Salisbury, NC aJltJy Srl I . CI aimlarl. Wahmqtorl GIowrs Cl<lt,lq Him!;,. Cheryl Schweizer photo New Joyua Creations hair stylist Korl Walker. Joyus Creations has new hairdresser Kori Walker has joined the staff tificial nails and pedicures. (A pedi- for me, for about two months." at Joyus Creations hair styling sa- lon in Brewster. Walker said she always wanted to be a hair stylist, and that she plans to make this her career for a very long time. "I love it." She likes meeting and talking to people, she said, and helping them improve their appearance. "I like making other people feel good about them- selves." In addition to cutting and sling hair, permanents and hair coloring,Walkerdoes manicures, ar- cure is"like a manicure, except you do your feet, not your hands," she said.) Walker is a graduate of the Acad- emyof Hair Design in Wenatchee; she became friendswith Joyus Creations owner Joy Lewis while they were stu- dents theri. Lewis offered her a job after graduadon-- actually, she offered her a job before graduation, Walker said. "She waited The job in Brewster had another attraction because it allowed Walker to be closer to her boyfriend, who livesin Bridge- "I like making other po.. Walker will people feel good be available Monday about themselves" through Friday and every other - Kori Walker sa.00ay.Jo00 is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Group forms to promote breastfeeding Some health professionals in Okanogan County are forming a group designed to promote breastfeeding and its benefits for mothers and babies. The Breast feeding Resource And Support Team consists of doc- tors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals interested in promoting breastfeeding as an option for new mothers, said nurse- midwife Sheryl Smith, Brewster. Members plan to attend local farmer's markets to promote breastfeeding and its benefits, Smith said. They also plan to compile information for new mothers who have questions about breastfeeding, she said. A list of resources and supplies, includ- ing breast pumps, will be com- piled as well. Information also will be available at Women, In- fants, Children (WIC) program offices throughout the county. The county midwives organi- zation will have a booth at the Okanogan County Fair; it will include a place for nursing mothers, Smith said. August 1 through 7 has been designated as World Breastfeeding Week. People who want more information on the local group are asked to contact smith in ffrewster, Mary lglesia in Twisp or Dr. Ron Stevenson in freak. ";ommi' i, 00fco00s h again t u:it works. Now is the time to act. The alternative is to lower prices. which to me is economic suicide." "Based on a thorough, six-year study that I conducted on the Washington Apple Commission business, I found the return on consumer advertis- ing dollars is six to one. In the current situation that means for every 15 cents spent on consumer adver- rising, growers can reasonably expect a return of 90 cents. Even if our analysis were discounted by 50%, the ROI would still be three to onc." l llll I I I al. dlllllllll/l|lt]]lm|eilul...lll|[t/i/l|lll[llllllt,|ill}lllIiiiiiIII] ,l,.la "With increased supply, you have to increase demand. There are only two ways to do it. Through advertising or lower prices I don't think anyone wants to lower their prices. If you think prices are too low now, wait and see what a "no" vote will mean when the big crop comes." "With competition and supply both growing, consumption can only be increased by consumer advertising. The Washington Apple Conamission's Category Management program is fantastic...the 19cst in the business. It's paid off for us by increasing apple .sales ),ear after year." "The emphasis tot the future, in all business, is the customer. We need to educate them through advertising and all other means. Hy-Vee is a large supporter of Washington Apples and would hate to see a drop in any' merchandising support we're already receiving. Efforts to increase consumption should be from new monies." border extSerience across a rang, eggs, potatoes and. o[ course, GOT MILK?...clearly indicates that a competitive level of spending is the first step toward control of oneg own marketmg destiny." "Like everyone else, we're very concerned about lhe buge crops that arc coming on, not only for apples but Ior every other commodity, including imports. How much more can we sell? There's tre- lnendous competition for not only the'space in the store but m the ads, We have to look to the con- sumer side m pull product through the store. But it cannot tahc tbc place of what yea're currently doing. The Apple Commission has done an excellent job of helping you sell your crops. Because of them, we run a lot more ads--that's what drives the business."' "It's clear the Comnfission program is working. No other commodity board comes close in terms of the overall Jfectiveness of its merchandising and promotion programs. Of the top l 1 commodity boards and commissions measured in a national study, the Washington Apple Commission was ranked No. 1 in every category. The Commission is doing a great job for the growers with one of your most important constiluents--the produce trade." "The Beam of the Washington Growers Clearing House has studied the issue of tlae increasing size of future crops. We concluded that el,,  growers' best hope lies in increasing apple consumption. That why our board endorses the Apple Commission assessment increase proposal." Washington Apples set the Standard [or image and quality in the industryand the world. Lets keep it that way. Vote"Yes" ! Pilld lot I) \\;!'',l)lllRtOll t;ltw...l [Ol (;itl,,t[i