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Cheryl Scheizer photo Halloween brought Raggedy Ann and a hairy hobo -and lots of Halloween t-shirts- to the Brewstar Senior Center. Senior Center visited b,y creepy characters Raggedy Ann and a creepy masked man were among the visitors at the Brewster Senior Center.Thursday, October 29, as the center's members celebrated Halloween. The center traditionally holds a costume contest to celebrate the holiday; Raggedy and masked man were joined by a bride and an old hairy hobo, as well as people in colorful Halloween sweatshirts. Prizes of vanilla candles and ivy plants went to the con- test winners. All 51 people who came io lunch got popcorn balls donated by Dorothy Timm, Brewster, and some trick or treat candy. North Country Artists uanua 31 .ow this weekend in mogan In the fall of ! 978, three Okanogan Valley artists presented a show fea- turing their paintings. Their art show received a favor- able reception; the artists decided to hold a show the next year, and invite more artists. Since that throe-painter beginning the show has expanded to include artists from throughout theOkanogan River Valley and artworks in a vari- ety of materials, from etched glass to stone sculpture. The 20th annual show, now spon- sored by the North Country Artists, will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, at the Cedars Inn in Okanogan. An invitation-only pre- view will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, with the show to follow at 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. As is the custom, artworks cre- ated by the show's participants will be auctioned as a benefit for The Support Center in Omak. The Sup- port Center provides assistance Io women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The auc- tion begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Steve Mitzner, Pleasant Valley, will be the principal organizer, taking care of "' all the million and one seemingly little details that make a show ap- peareffortless," said Carolyn Ottman, Brewster, one of the participants. "She has set the standard for quality displays and has been the one to get the group to do the show for The Support Center, and thereby get some much-needed recognition fora valu- able community service." Woolschlager was so good as an organizer, Ottman said, that no one (including Carolyn Ottman) under- stood the labor involved. "Until Laura asked me to help out with organiz- ing the show I naively thought all one had to do was bring their dis- play, show and go home. I was soon disabused of that notion and began torealize just how much work, ef- fort and organizing went into get- ting even a small art show to work." Ten artists will participate in the 1998 show. The featured artist is Marilyn Wilder, Oroville; a potter, Wilder uses a technique called sgraffitto to decorate her artworks. Her lidded jar is featured on the show invitations. The guest artist is George Traicheff, Okanagan Falls, Male, features western scenes in his oil paintings. Dawn Walden, Omak, is a sculptor and basket maker; she makes baskets grounded in a num- ber of different tribal traditions. Ottman uses pencils, colored pen- cils, pen and ink, oils and airbrush techniques to depict images inspired by paleolithic cave art. She also will display pictures from a series in- spired by tribal myths around the world. Don Null, Coulee City, uses pen- cils to depict NativeAmerican themes. Sculptor Carol Hinkley of Tonasket port rays animals and myths in mble, alabaster, jade and obsidian (among others). Keith Powell, Grand Coulee, uses acrylics and clayboard for pictures of wildlife, European and New World tribal myths and Native Americans. Earlier this year he began a collabora- tion with well-known sculptor David Govedare (creator of Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies, overlooking Van- tage). Dan Brown, public school art teacher as well as working artist, uses watercolor and bas-relief carvings in slate to depict nature subjects. PIG to open new st00ills center in Brewster Carpenters are moving walls and adding outlets at the old Brewster post office, the first steps to turning the building into a skills training center for adults and youths. The new skills center will be op- erated by the Private Industry Coun- cil (PIC) and will offer training in a number of different areas, said Dave Petersen, PIC executive director. It is expected to open about December 1 and will serve Brewster, Bridge- port, Pateros and the surrounding area. The building will house one class- room and computer library, and the classes can accommodate about 20 people at any one time, Petersen said. The classes offered will resemble those available at other PIC-oper- ated skills centers in north central Washington. Petersen said. They will include basic instruction in math and English, reading and listening. Other classes teach skills that are very important on the job, such as positive work habits, writing resumes, budgeting and career preparation. Computer classes are an important part of the curriculum. Eventually, Petersen said he wants to make com- puter training available for people who are not enrolled in the program; people in those classes would be charged a fee. The basic English and math classes will be offered when the building opens, Petersen said. Training in business skills, such as office proce- dures, business English and busi- ness math, will be offered later. Some computer classes will be offered from the beginning; others will be added later, Petersen said. He said that by spring 1999 he hopes to have les- Renovations to the old Brewster training center. sons available for limited English speakers who want to improve their English skills. People who want to obtain a GED will be able to do that through the skills center. In fact, Petersen said, the operators are looking for people who don't have a high school di- ploma or GED. A good candidate for the skills center is someone who is looking for a better job and wants the training necessary to get one, Petersen said. The classes will be free of charge for students who qualify. Juan Martinez, a counselor with the De- partment of Employment Security, will be in charge of admissions and assessment. The teacher will be Chris Sterdwercker, Chelan; at least one aide will be on the staff as well. Other workers may be hired, de- post office will turn it into a skills pending on the program's growth, Petersen said. "The teacher rarely lectures" in a skills centerclassroom, Petersen said. Most students work at their own pace. The students take periodic tests and must pass them before they can move on to the next part of the les- son. The center will be open from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when it first opens, but Petersen said he expects the cur- riculum eventually will be expanded to include evening classes. Classes will be offered during the summer. People who want to join the pro- gram must be eligible to work in the United States and must be able to verify their earnings. People who want more information can contact Martinez at the Employment Secu- rity Department office in Omak. November meeting kicks off watersr planning in Douglas County Douglas County residents will have a say in how water is man- aged in the future as they begin to develop a watershed plan for the Foster Creek and Moses Coulee drainage areas, Residents are invited to par- ticipate in two meetings to kick- off planning efforts by the newly formed Douglas County Water- shed Planning Association. The first is slated for Tuesday, No- vember 10, at the East Wenatchee City Council Chambers. Jump starting that work is a first-phase grant of $72,706 from the State Department of Ecol- ogy (Ecology), to help establish a watershed-planning unit un- der provisions of a new water- shed management law passed this year by the Legislature. "Water availability is a vital concern for Douglas county farmers and residents, and they are to be applauded for embarking on this important work," said Polly Zehm, central regional director for Ecology. "'We at Ecology look forward to working as partners with the lo- cal planning unit as it begins to grapple with finding water for the future while enhancing fish and wildlife habitat." To be formally presented at Tuesday's meeting in East Wenatchee, the grant will help the planning group to get organized and be- gin to determine what water is- sues will be tackled in the re- gion, including developing a water budget. Organization is the first IBmll II in a three-phase process that provides funds to create plans addressing water needs, reduce water pol- lution and protect fish and wild- life in local watersheds. "The best way to gain .ontr01 of water resources is by eoordi, hating the effort locally and in- volving local people," said Michelle Mazzola, district manager of the Foster Creek Conservation District. "This is just the first step toward establishing a vi- able watershed plan in the re- gion." The two watersheds were among 22 projects selected statewide for funding as part of $3.9 mil- lion allocated by the Legisla- ture for local watershed plan- ning. auctioneer. B.C. His wildlife paintings are based I i ,i i i .. ,,, I In addition, the artists will recog- on many hours of studying animal  CLIPAND &VE,. I nize the contributions of Laura behavior in the wild. 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The Washington State Depart- ment of Health (DOH) Immuni- zation Program, the Immuniza- tion Action Coalition of Washington and local health jurisdictions, are leading the effort to increase adult immunization rates in Washing- ton. Our collective goal is to in- crease immunization rates among adults aged 65 and older for flu (influenza) and pneumococcal disease. Flu and pneumococcal disease together are the fifth leading cause of death in the nation for older adults. In addition to imm uvizing against flu and pneumococcal, our goal is to also increase adult immuni- zation rates for hepatitis A and B, tetanus vaccine boosters ev- ery 10 years, and screening and appropriale vaccinations for women in childbearing years for measles, mumps and rubella, chicken pox Accordiffg to the 1997 Behav- ioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems (BRFSS) telephone survey con- ducted annually in Washington state by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Washington DOH, adult immunization cover- age rates are up from 1995. Sev- enty percent of those 65 and older said they received a flu shot dur- ing the past 12 months, compared to 66 percent in 1995. In the same suiwey, 52 percent indicaled they had received the pneumococcal vaccine, up .from 46 percent in 1995. The rise in flu and pneumococ- cal immunization rates is encouraging; however, we must guard against complacency. We still have a long way to go to ensure all adults get the immunizations they need to protect against disease. As chair of the Adult lmmuni. zation Sub.Committee for the Im- munization Action Coalilion, I personally encourage all adults, especially those over 65, to pro- tect themselves against these serious vaccine-preventable diseases. If you are not sure which immuni- zations you've already had or which immunizations you may need, check with your doctor or local health department. Vaccine-preventable diseases have no age limits - it's never too late to take charge of your good health.