Newspaper Archive of
Quad City Herald
Brewster, Washington
October 22, 1998     Quad City Herald
PAGE 1     (1 of 14 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 1     (1 of 14 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
October 22, 1998

Newspaper Archive of Quad City Herald produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

I! IIIIIII(IJ]HIHI J II J II I III IIII I I HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Weather I H L P October 14 66 43 0 October 15 61 39 0 October 16 64 37 0 October 17 64 31 trace October 18 61 23 0 October 19 65 32 0 October 20 66 36 0 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Jmeph Dam __ _lILJl ...... Volunte 97 No. 17 Brewster, Washington USPS 241-92( 50 ()clobcr 22, 1998 Wm. E. Vallance photo Firemen Lynn Lyndsey of the Brewster Volunteer Fire Department helps a students check an exit for heat during hands-on fire safety training at the Breweter Elementary School. Smoke trailer gives children a hands-on lesson in fire safety W The fire safety trailer in Brewster this week is not built like a trailer, exactly. It's designed to resemble a house. Well, it's only kind of like a house----no kitchen, no bathrooms, just upstairs bedrooms and a downstairs living room. But it's real enough when it fills with smoke. The trailer is a great big fire safety demonstration, designed to show children what happen s when the house is full of smoke from a fire. It is "a different approach to teaching home fire safety," said Brewster Fire Chief Mike Webster. "Kind of a hands-on approach to what we've been talking to ihem about in our fire safety program." The trailer is in town all week; it is one of the attractions at the annual fire department open house tonight, Thm'sday, October 22 (see separate story). Brewster Elementary School students, as well as kids from the New Testament Christian Academy and the Brewster Seventh Day Adventist School, go through it to learn about fire and fire safety. Fires often take place in the middle of the night, when families are sleeping; people without some son of evacuation and safety plan can suffer for it in an emergency. Every family member should have an escape route from their room, and there should be a designated meeting place outside. The plan should be practiced periodically. Unfortunately, in the daily whirl of work, school and activity the necessary plans and practices can get put off until it is too late. The lessons taught by the safety van are basic-- "smoke alarms, checking doors for heat, crawling out of buildings on your hands and knees, designated meelindialing911 andgivinglhepmgcrinfotmalion," Webster said. The van teaches them by actually letting the kids do them. The little pretend house is filled with pretend smoke; the children "downstairs" have to figure out an escape route, while the kids "upstairs" have to get "downstairs" and out. There is a designated meeting place, and everyone must meet there. In the meantime, someone must contact the fire department and give them adequate and accurate directions. Webster said he hopes one of the outcomes is that children go home and tell their parents what they learned--and maybe prompt their parents to practice those escape routes, or check the batteries in the smoke alarm or devise an escape plan. The van is owned byWashington State (fire) Region No. 6, which includes Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Grant counties. It is used at schools throughout the region and needs to be reserved in advance because it is such a popular teaching tool, Webster said. "This trailer will be fun." Parents who did not get a chance to see the van at school (which is most parents) can inspect it tonight during the open house. Brewster volunteer firemen to have open house tonight The annual open house of the Brewster Fire Department will be held tonight, Thursday, October 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brewster Fire Hall. This year's open house will feature something new-- the Region 6 Fire Safety Trailer. The trailer is a fire prevention classroom designed forchildren, an almost- house with an upstairs and downstairs. It is filled with smoke, and the kids have to figure out how to get out (see separate story). There will be many events that are always a part of the open house--rides on fire trucks, fire prevention booklets and stickers, fire prevention videos to watch. Firefighters will demonstrate the use of special equipment. They include the Jaws of Life, used to cut apart vehicles involved in accidents, and the SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), used to provide breathable air when entering a burning building. Refreshments will be available.All interested people are invited. Volunteers plan to 'Make a Difference' in Bridgeport Saturday 4, Local volunteers encouraged to help AmeriCorps volunteers with projects around town About 70 volunteers from all over north central Washington will converge on Bridgeport this Saturday, October 24, to paint walls, pick up litter, clear brush, build fence. Local volunteers are encouraged to join the activities, which are part of Make A Difference Day. The out of town volunteers are part of the AmeriCorps, a national service organization sponsored by the federal government. Bridgeport (and Quad City) residents are being solicited to join them in tackling a number of projects around town. The local co-sponsor is the Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars chapter. The biggest project, will b at Bridge Middle Schl, where volunteers',ilf paint the building's "extedbr. e : paint, rollers and brushes and supervision will be supplied by district officials. The cost of some paint and supplies will be paid by a $ !,000 grant from Wal-Murt, a national sponsor of Make A Difference Day. Other volunteers will do weeding and cleanup around the school bus garage. Other projects include ground preparation for picnic tables at Bridgeport Marina Park; that will require removing sod and preparing the ground. Volunteers will be asked to work on a footpath behind Chief Joseph Dam, overlooking the riverbank; other volunteers will build a fence around a shelter. Crews will be picking up litter and cleaning up brush at various sites around town and at the dam. A community member will be available at each location to direct activity. All Bridgeport residents are invited to participate in any projects they choose; people are asked to register at the middle school between 9 and 10 a.m., but volunteers will be accepted at any time during the day. People also can register in advance by contacting Janic Jenkins at the middle school. All volunteers must register, either in advance or on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to wear old clothes that can be sacrificed to paint and dirt. Organizers are suggesting that people who want to join the painting "project wear a cap as well. Volunteers from the middle school student council will provide child care in the middle school gym. Refreshments will be provided by community volunteers; people who want to donate baked goods are asked to take them to the Quad City Eagles lodge after 12 noon. Bridgeport was chosen for the group project largely because of the efforts of Ken Krugel. postmaster and president of the local Dollars for Scholars chapter. The parent foundation of Dollars for Scholars is a national partner in the Make A Difference Day program, and Krugei was making plans for the local chapter to sponsor the middle school painting project. Regional AmeriCorps volunteers heard of his plan, and decided to make Bridgeport the focus of their efforts. The Quad City Eagles will provide space and food for a post-activitydinnerandmeeting fortheAmeriCorpsmembers; local residents will provide overnight lodging for some members. Brewster Park and Rec District officially" buried Council approached on renaming new park in honor of Martha Gamble Gebbers After almost 30 years, the Brewster Parks and Recreation District has been dissolved and its assets and property transferred to the city of Brewster. The parks and rec district was founded in the late 1960s to build the Brewster Swimming Pool, The district commissioners built and operated it for about 25 years, but a series of levy failures forced the pool to close for a couple of seasons. City officials also operated the facility for two years. After a levy failure in 1997, the district's commissioners voted to disband and turn the assets--mostly the pool and adjoining recreational vehicle park--to the city. The process was finished with a hearing in Okanogan County SuperiorCourt at the end of September, said city clerk Pare Olsen. In other business at the regular council meeting Wednesday, October 14, council members voted to change the time of regular meetings to 6 p.m. The change will take effect with the next regular council meeting, which was moved to Wednesday, November 18. Fire chief Mike Webster reported thai one of the city's fire engines, a pumper truck built in 1964, is not working. Webster said repair estimates are about $33,000; in addition, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find replacement parts or people experienced in repairing it. The truck is not so important from a firefighting standpoint, he said, but losing it might affect the city's fire insurance rating. That rating is an important component in figuring fire insurance rates for homeowners and business owners. Mayor Bonnie House asked about purchasing a used truck; there is some money in the fire department's reserve fund. Webster said the Okanogan County Fire District No. 5 commissioners are discussing the purchase of a new truck that would be housed in the Brewster hail. The commissioners have investigated the price of anew truck, Webster said, estimated at $180,000 to $200,000. He suggested council members consider a joint district-city purchase. House said she thought it was worth investigating; the council agreed. City superintendent Mike Shenyer asked con't on itNit 5 / /