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QUAD CITY Serving the towns ofBrewster, B ridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Like many other families, the Hanford family tradition includes a trip home for Thanksgiving. "I would say that Lee's folks started getting us together at Thanksgiving," said Joan Hartford. Her mother and father:in-law Emerson and Lois Hanfrdalwayshadacrwd at theirhuseat Thanksgiving-- their children' their brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, cousins, family friends. "Grandma Hartford kind of got us going. I remember one year, she rented the social room at the (Bridgeport) Methodist Church," Joan said. Most years at least 15 to 20 people sat down to Thanksgiving dinner together, she said. It was a tradition that impressed Lois's daughter-in-law, and one Joan tries to continue. This year Joan and Lee Bridgeport Chamber to honor Hanfords Lee and Joan Hanford, the 1998 Citizens of the Year in Bridgeport, will be honored at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, Monday, December 7 at the Quad City Eagles lodge in Bridgeport. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner to follow at 7p;m. Lani Rahm, executive director of theLake ChelanChamberofCommerce, will be the guest speaker. The 1999 officers will be installed; they include Billie Monroe, president; Dorothee Thaut, vicepresident;SherilynJacobson, secretary and Adine Knopp, treasurer. The menu will include grilled halibut and prime rib. Entertainment will be provided by the Old-Time Fiddlers, Omak. Tickets will be on sale Monday, November 30. They are $12 per person and can be purchased at the Bridgeport branches of the Coulee Dam Credit Union and Washington Trust Bank, as well as the Bridgeport office of the Douglas County PUD. Hanfordwig hostThanksgiving dinner aftheir house on Pearl Hill, just past Chief Joseph Dam. Their son Lee, daughter and son-in-law Jo and Marshall Miller, their grandsons Charles and Jordan Miller, Marshall's brother Mark, his wife Karol and their two children, Lee's sister Margaret Socci and her husband Jim will all be there for dinner, and more besides. "We'll have dinner here for about--with our familyand friends, I'm thinking we'll have about 20" people around the table, Joan Hanford said. "lrs just a good time." Cooking a meal for such a big crowd might take some of the fun out of it for the cook. But the family follows another common tradition. "It's acommunity effort. They (the families attending) will bring salad and baked goods-- which reminds me, I need to get a turkey." Joan Hanford bakes the turkey and makes thedressing("lotsofdressing"), the gravy, the cranberry sauce. The sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, the bean salad and green salad andjello salads, the rolls and dessert, are supplied by the rest of the family. "They'll bring salad, or whatever they want to. Cheryl Schweizer photo The big holiday meals are not Joan Henford'e only culinary talent; she is an everyday cook whose utensils ere well-used. "'None of us are gourmet cooks, but we're all goodcooks. Or we think we are." Some dishes, like the sweet potatoes, come out of the same kitchens every year. "They just have that special touch. "It's not that hard. It's just fun." Of course, the food is only part of the appeal. It is also an afternoon for family and friends to get together, "maybe play pinochle after dinner. And visit. And the guys will watch football games, of course. In a busy world, such opportunities don't come along all the time, although many members of the Hanford family live in north central Washington and try to do many things together. Lee Hanford raises wheat and "he has his little herd of longhorns." Caring for the cattle, horses and one mule keeps the couple close to home. Other family members must juggle jobs. and school activities. That makes the chance to get together for a family day all the more appealing. "It's still lots of fun." I Fluegge res,gns Pateros Council posttton nePwa;yScUncPmelffi, als arc lOOking fOr a Longtime council member Bob Finegge submitted his resignaSon at the council meeting Monday, November 16, citing personal reasons. People who want to apply for the seat must live within the Pateros city limits and be a registered voter. More information may be obtained by contacting city clerk Diane Wareham at the Pateros City Hall. otherbusines s,couneilmembersapproved a plan to reearpet the Pateros City Library. The contract was awarded to Lake Interiors, Chelan. The December 21 council meeting has been moved to 6:30 p.m. at the city council chambers. Bridgeport Council okays annual budget The Bridgeport City Council has approved the 1999 municipal operating budget. City officials have budgeted expenses of$ 1,641,339 for 1999, including $510,824 in the current expense (general) fund, $514,760 in the water and sewer fund and $179,000 in the city street fund. City clerk Pat Gordon said $25,000 was taken from the cumulative reserve (savings) fund to equipment rental to pay for the anticipated purchases of some used vehicles. In other business at the regular meeting Monday, November 23,council membersagreed to spend about $12,000 to build a new shed at the city's public works vehicle slorage yard. That will allow city vehicles to be protected from the weather. The council passed an ordinance requesting collection of ad valorem taxes: those are local propertytaxescollectedthrough DouglasCounty. The city is allowed to raise those taxes by a maximum of six percent per year, and did request a six percent increase, Bridgeoort Committee members needed for school study Bridgeport School District officials are soliciting district patrons to participate in a study of the district's existing facilities and future needs. The committee members will examine the capacity and condition of the existing buildings; their report will be submitted to the Bridgeport School Board. It will be one of the factors considered when Bridgeport School Board members discuss future plans, including the possibility of a construction bond to be offered to district patrons. In other business at the regular board meeting Thursday, November 17, board members approved a plan for improving reading achievement test scores for fourth graders. The state has instituted a new system of achievement tests; each child's performance. is evaluated again st a standard. School districts where less than half the children meet the standard are required to write and implement a plan for improvement.The Bridgeport plan calls for more uninterrupted reading time, smaller classes, summer school for kids who need it, more parent involvement and more teacher training. Duffy told board members he met with city officials and discussed the plans for refurbishment of 14th Street. which gives access to the grade school and high school parking lots. He said approximately 10 feet of city-owned property on each side of the road will be given back to the property owners. District officials plan to add a sidewalk on their side of the street, Duffy said. Board members hired Randy Allen as a janitor at the elementary school. Brandon Evenson was hired as the high school boys con't on page 4 Brewster may install more Little League fields City superintendent says renovation of existing fields are planned Brewster city officials have been asked to study the development of more Little League and T-ball fields. BrewslerCityCouncil member BobFateley said he had been asked by residents about the development of a second Little League field in the city park, in 1999 if possible. Fateley said in his opinion there are enough kids in Brewster who play youth baseball and softball to justify a second field. More fields also would give Brewster a chance to host tournaments, he said. Since preparation of the city's 1999 budget is underway, Fateley asked if money could be set aside for development. City superintendent Mike Shenyer said he thought the main expense would be moving a main water line. He said a few trees would have to be removed as well. Fateley asked about saving the existing grass: Shenyer said that might not work, in which case grass sod or seed would have to be purchased. Shenyer said the city's removal of the old baseball diamond last summer will provide another youth baseball and adult softball field. In addition, the softball diamond across the field from that diamond also will be renovated. giving a possible total of three or four fields, Shenyer said. In other business at the regular council meeting Wednesday, November 18, Brewster Police Chief Mike Thurber reported the pending sale of the Rio Theater and said that, for that reason, he was prepared to let the series of Saturday night dances continue for a while. Management of the dances has been a source of continuing concern to the police department. Thurber said police officers talked with the prospective new owners, who said they wanted to continue the dances for a while, He said he believes the new owners will be willing to work with City officials to minimize any problems at the dances. / /