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I I II QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Weather H L P November 25 53 43 trace November 26 57 40 0 November 27 45 35 0 November 28 46 32 0 November 29 42 33 .02 November 30 39 32 .15 December I 45 31 0 Weekly weather report through eotmesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Volume 97 No. 23 Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920 511 l)ecember 3, 1,8 I II Bridgeport Harry Lee and Joan Hanford selected Citizens of the Year Pearl Hill wheat and cattle ranchers say they just do what anybody else would do The Bridgeport citizens of the year for 1998 were notified of the award at a recent meeting of American Legion Post No. 218. Chamber officers came to the meeting to read a leuer of recognition, praising the recipients for their many years of volunteer activities in the corn munity. Harry L. Hartford and his wife Joan said they were pretty impressed by all the nice things that were said in the letter. Joan Hanford said she looked around the room, wondering who had received the award. She did not expect it to be her and her husband. "Heavens, no. I'm sure we don't do near as much as others," she said. But Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce members didn't agree with her; Harry and Joan Hanford are the Bridgeport Citizens of the Year. They will be honored at the Chamber's annual banquet, to be held Monday, December 7 at the Quad City Eagles Lodge (see separate story). Acting Chamber president Billie Monroe said the selection committee agreed the Hanfords would be excellent recipients, when their name was suggested. They have "been exemplary people," she said, volunteering many hours at school, for various organizalions, at the Bridgeport Food Bank."We just thought they "When there is something that needs doing, you dolt," - Harry Hanford deserved it," Monroe said. But according to Harry Hartford, all of thai was nothing special. When a person sees a need, or a worthwhile cause, they help as they can, he said. In his opinion, he just does what everybody eLse does. "Anybody else would have done the same, if they had been there." Joan Han ford attributed the volunteering spirit to the example of their parents; "we probably saw that from our homes, don't you think?" she asked her husband. Harry Hanford, growing up along Foster Creek and Joan, growing up in Mansfield, watched their parents pitch in to finish community projects and help neighbors in need. They followed that example; "when there is something that needs doing, you do it," Harry Hanford said. "I never thought about it, anyhow." The Hanfords supported many school activities while Iheir son and daughter and grandson were students in Bridgeport. But Joan Hanford said she doesn't think that is anything unusual. "I think you just naturally do, when you've got kids in school." e, Cheryl Schwoizor photo Joan and Harry L. Hanford don't think they have done anything special, but Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce directors consider a lifetime of volunteering is worthy of a Citizens of the Year award. chore, that food bank is," Harry Hanford said.) But that is another job that is important, in her opinion, andneedstobedone--andifitneedsdoing,somebody "Heavens, no. has to do it, she said. Living in a small town makes I'm sHFe we it easier to see and respond to those needs, she said. Harry Hanford has lived around Bridgeport all his don't do life; the Hanford family were early settlers along Foster Creek. Joan Hanford came to the house on the near as much hill above Chief Joseph Dam while the dam was being built. Except for military service during World War II as others," and in Korea, Harry Hanford has been a wheat and . Joan Hanford cattle rancher. Joan Hanford was a stay at home mom (Harry Hanford said he thought that was just as much ........................... work as punching cows and tilling wheat fields). They do nol think their community service has been anylhing unusual. "I didn't realize I had done anything important at all. I just did what was there," Harry said. I I BFewstel" Citizen business of the year nominations sought Brewster Chamber of Commerce directors arc soliciting nominations for the Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year awards. The winners are recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in January. Nominations should be made by letter, they should be sent to Box 1087, Brewster. The Chamber officers also are soliciting ideas for a theme for the annual banquet. People who have suggestions are asked to contact Chamber president Dianne Stanley. In other business at the Chamber's general membership meeting Tuesday, December 1, Stanley announced the dues structure had been revamped. Individual memberships will remain $15 per year, but dues for businesses will be assessed according to the numberofemployees.Businesses with amaximum of two employees will pay $50 per year, while businesses with a maximum of five employees will pay $75 per year and those with more than five con't on pa 5 Collision with power pole fatal for Brewster driver A Brewster man died following an accident in which the car he was driving hit a power pole Friday evening, November 27. Jack Choplin, 43, was driving through the alley between sixth and seventh streets in Brewster when his car allegedly struck and damaged a power pole, interrupting electrical service Io two homes. He was unconscious when police arrived at his home to speak with him. Choplin was taken by Okanogan County Fire District No. 5 ambulance to Okanogan Douglas Hospital; and later tran sported to CentralWashington Hospital in Wenatchee. The case is still under investigation, , Cops and Kids Christmas Party slated for December 19 The annual Quad City Cops and Kids Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Brewster High School Commons. The party is for children from preschool through sixth grade, said Brewster Polie Sergeant Jerry Neumann. Santa will be among those paying a visit, Neumann said. (While of course Santa and his elves produce a lot of the presents, Neumann suggested parents who want to supplement Santa's efforts might take advantage of the party for some kid-free shopping time.) Parents are asked to pick their children up at 3 p.m. Students from the CWP class will act as the hosts and plan the games, Neumann said. Police officers will be soliciting donations during the next two weeks to buy prizes for the games. The party will feature many carnival-style games in addition to the visit from the jolly old elf. Children will receive a bag of candy. As is traditional, a poster contest will be part of the day's activities. The theme is winter safety; entrants are asked to write their nanme, age and grade in school on the back. The winners will receive sleds. People who want to donate are asked to contact Neumann orTim Reibal the Brewsler Police Department.' Christmas lighting contest judging .December. 13 The Brewster Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Christmas lighting contest for residences and businesses in the Brewster area. The judging will be Sunday, December 13. The business winner will receive a plaque. Prizes for the residential winners will be $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $15 for third place. (Three judges have tentatively been chosen, Brewster High School ASB officers Amber Vandelac and Brandy Kennell, ant senior class president Rebekah Gipe.) All residences and businesses in the Brewster city limits are eligible. Homes and businesses within a two-retie radius of town also can enter. People within that two-mile radius who want to participate are asked to contact Jack Groeneveld before December 12. Brewster tree lighting ceremony set for this Friday e,,ening Cocoa, Christmas carols and yes, Santa Claus will all be part of the festivities Brewster residents are invited to celebrate the season Friday evening, December4,with the lightingofthecommunity Christmas tree. It will begin at about 5:30 p.m. The tree has been erected in the new city park at the intersection of Main and 7th streets. The tree and the tree lighting are sponsored by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. Among the people visiting the park that night will be Santa, "plotting his Christmas delivery route," ,said Dan Webster, event chairman. Cocoa and Christmas carols will be part of the festivities. The tree will be decorated with ornaments made by Brewster Elementary School students. First graders to sixth graders worked on Styrofoam teddy bears, stars, snowflakes and snowmen; kids m are packing peanut garlands, created silver bells from yogurt cups, painted walnuts with gold paint. The Styrofoam was donated by Gulco, Wenatchee, said applied arts teacher Brian Moray, who was in charge of the project. The kids cut out the designs and painted the bears and bells and strung the packing peanuts. While applied art projects are fun, there usually is a math or science or art lesson hidden inside. For instance, the packing peanut garlands taught a lesson in sequencing. The tree was decorated Wednesday morning, December 3. by volunteers from the Chamber. Cheryl Schwaizer photo The community Christmas tree stands tall in Brewster's new city park at the intersection of 7th Street and Main Avenue.