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Quad City. Herald October 22. 1998 ,i Douglas County limited conservation reserve program sign-up Agriculture Secretary Dan Olickman announced that the next Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up will be held during a 7 week period from October 26 through December 11, 1998 in USDAService Centers across the Nation. Counties are only authorized to enroll 25% of their county cropland unless a waiver is obtained to exceed that amount. Douglas County filready exceeded the cropland limitation in General CRP Sign-up No. 16 last fall.Thee fore, noacreage physically located in Douglas County is eligible for enrollment in the next CRP sign-up. However, if a producer has land that is physically located in a county adjoining Douglas, which is administered by the Douglas County FSA Office, sign-up is available. There is also a Continuous CRP Sign-up that is available for certain priority practices in small acreages. If you have questions concerning the CRP Sign-up, please contact the Douglas County Farm ServiceAgency Office in Waterville. Win. E. Vallance photos Finding the right pumpkin is the first and foremost activity of the Holloween season. Children from the New Testiment Christian Academy spent a day last week at the residence of Waiter and Joyce Haberman, along Highway 153 in the Methow Valley, who invited the school up to their pumpkin patch. Students found large pumpkins, small pumpkins, pumpkins with noses and pumpkins that fit on their head (as Jamie Dlvis displays). At the end of the day each kid was able to take home hie or her favorite pumpkin couresty of the Habermans. October Behind the facades of many homes lies a dangerous (sometimes fatal) secret---somebody frequently hits or threatens somebody else. Domestic violence is a problem as old as humanity; it affects rich and poor, old and young, all races. Its costs are paid first and foremost by thevictim and the family, but those costsextend throughout all of society. In an effort to bring attention to the problem and to find ways to reduce it, October has been declared Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Okanogan County has a higher than average of domestic violence, said Glenda Freel, director of The Support Center in Omak. The Support Center was founded in 1978 to provide support and aid to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okanogan County. Freel said she believes the higher than average incidence of domestic violence in Okanogan County is a result of its relative isolation; people who have something to hide look for an isolated place to hide out. While drug or alcohol abuse may be contributing factors by removing inhibitions, they do not cause the problem, she said. (Domestic violence isovcrwhelmingly acase of men hitting or threatening women--according to Fill statistics, 95 percent of the victims are women.) Contrary to popular belief, violence or threats of violence are the means to an end, not the end in itself; "Domestic viole.nce is about power and control," Freel said. If the perpetrator "can't con trol economically, verbally, emotionally, then they do it physically." "What happens is that we learn very early that violent and aggressive behavior be helpful in getting what we want," said a press release from The Support Center. "Thus aggressive orabttsive behavior can beone technique lared Domest RENT OUR NEW SMALLER 00AC" Fits easily Into car trunk and has aft the capaci of larger machines. Steam clean your carpets the way professionals do...but at a fraction of the cosL Rent for only *20.oo per day completely. "There are thousands of reasons why they go back," Freel said. Frequently a woman can only be persuaded to leave permanently only to protect her children from physical harm, Freel said. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of the situation for the woman's family and friends, but they must expect back to her abuser an average of a lot of indecision and still remalff seven times before she breaks away .... supportive of her, Freei said In fact , a person may use to encourage his partner to do what he wants." Eventually the abuse can have a paralyzing affect on women, to the point where they stop believing there is a way out. That is why women stay in an abusive relationship or go back once they have left. Freel said a woman will leave and .go Viole, Prevention Month "I think support is the most important thing," she said. Women in Okanogan County also have the option of The Support Center. which was founded in 1978 to help domestic violence victims. During the 20 years since its mission has expanded to include a shelter, weekly visits in area schools (including Bridgeport), a 24-hour crisis line, providing information about a victim's legal options and giving support during medical exams. Women who are involved in a crisis situation can contactThe Support Center; someone is available 24 hours a day. The staff's help can include everything from information given over the phone to short-term refuge in the shelter. Support Center volunteers and workers can go with women to interviews with police or help them get protection orders. The center also sponsors support groups and helps women findaltemative housing, as well as giving information about the kind of services available to them. All these services are provided free of charge. People who want more information about The Support Center or its programs, or who want to volunteer, can call Freel in Omak. SAFEWAY FOOD & DRUG I RETAIN RICK WEBER Prosecutor- GOP "The safety of our families depends on an experienced, tough prosecutor. I will continue to be tough, but fair." m The Weber Family, Daniel, Rachel, Amanda, Rick and Adam Paid for by the Committee to Retain Rick Weber-Prosecutor, GOP, Dr. Denny Homer, Chairman, 6 W River Road, Omak I I