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P_age 16 December 5. 1991 Quid Clfy herald Francis Hicks retires from hospital board When Francis Hicks joined the asanunofficialnursinghome.Francis them, "you haven't got anything," he Board of Directors of the Okanogan Douglas District Hospital, America liked Ike, and Elvis, and big cars with tail fins. The hospital itself was a two story building with about 47 beds that was rapidly being outgrown. There were three or four general practitio- ners in the Quad City area that used the facility. That was in 1957. There have been seven presidents since lke and countless rock stars since Elvis; tail fins are no more, md there aren't as many big cars around. The hospital has been expanded twice, a number of new physicians have begun prac- ticing in the area and there hasbeen a revolution in medical technology. Through it all Francis Hicks has continued to take his seat at board meetings. But this month he will attend his last official functions as a hoard member--Francis Hicks will retire from the board December 31. He will be replaced by his son Tim, elected to the board by district voters in November. Hicks said when he first joined the board, he was very interested in promoting the expansion of the hos- pital. It was overcrowded; at that time, said Hicks' wife Helen, it also served Hicks said that most people agreed on the need for expansion then, and the entrance wing was added at that time. As the hospital has expanded, so has'the hospital district--Twisp and Winthrop and parts of Douglas County have been added. Then as now emergency services in the rural areas were handled by volunteers. Hicks said those early ambulances were not as well equipped as they are now, nor were emergency personnel as well trained. In those days, there was no 911 service-- people just kept calling members of the ambulance crew until they got somebody. When emergency medi- cal training became more readily available, Hicks was one of the first group of Mansfield volunteers to take emergency medical technician train- ing. Hicks said during his years of in- volvement with the hospital he has come to believe that the most impor- tant part of a hospital is the people that work there---even the most ad- vanced equipment and the best facili- ties mean nothing unless the hospital has competent and caring doctors, nurses and support staff. Without said. The hospital district has been lucky to have medical professionals and support staff of high quality over the years, he said. He joined the hospital board with the idea of not only expanding the hospital's facilities, but also provid- ing better services to district residents, he said; in his opinion those goals have largely been met. The job of the commissioners is to set policy and establish the budget, but they do not and should not control the day to day operation of the hospital, he said. Hicks also was involved in other organizations during the days he ran his wheat ranch up on the plateau, including a farm cooperative, the wheat growers association and his church. He is a native Of Mansfield. He said as a young man he decided wheat farming was not for him, but when he actually began farming in the late 1930s he discovered it Was "the most enjoyable thing that I could have done." He has retired from the ranch now, and he and his wife will be able to do some traveling. But he found his years on the hospital district very satisfy- ing--"I've enjoyed it," he said. PO1/c Clarkson Escaped juveniles captured promoted Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Eric T. Clarkson, son of Patricia Rockwell of Bridgeport, recently re- turned from a deployment and was promoted to his present rank while serving aboard the Coast Guard cut- ter Mellon, homeported in Seattle. The Mellon returned after a highly successful completion of refresher training period in San Diego. The 1984 graduate of Bridgeport High School joined the Coast Guard in October, 1984. The largest living species of kan- garoo stands seven feet tall. Four juveniles, including three from Brewster, escaped from the Okanogan County juvenile facility Sunday night, December 1, but were recaptured within hours. According to county juvenile di- rector Bruce Moran, the youths overpowered a female member of the staff and ran away from the facility. They were recaptured about three hours later by deputies from the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office south of Okanogan on Dry Coulee near its junction with Highway 20. The three boys from Brewster were awaiting transport to a state facility. They have since been transferred. The fourth boy, held on warrants originating in Los Angeles, Califor- nia, is expected to be returned to California soon, Moran said. Senior Center pinochle Friday, November 29 pinochle Winners on Friday, November 22 winners at the Brewster Senior Cen- were Glenn Brotherton, high;Jimmy terwereEuniceConklin,high;Jimmy Wick, low; Emma Brotherton, door Wick, low; John Saint, traveler and prize and Virgie Reed, traveler. Walter Kulp, door prize. To Riverside Clayton and Elaine Bailey and daughter Tracy and husband Scott Reagles and children traveled to Riverside to spend Thanksgiving with Elaine's mother, Ruth Nilles. Parents visit for holiday Todd and Tammy Mosses, Justin and Brittany of Brewster hosted Todd's parents, Roy and Jan Mosses of Portland, Oregon for Thanksgiv- ing weekend. Brother visits Cheryl Schweizer of Brewster hosted her brother Chris and his friend Barb Gross of Burns, Oregon during the Thanksgiving weekend. Francis Hicks Thanksgiving dinner with family Steve, Vicki and Paris Lilly of Bridgeport Bar hosted Steve's par- ents, Bob and Pearl Lilly of Brewster and his grandmother, Margaret Lilly of Bridgeport, for Thanksgiving dinner. Host family and special guests Bob and Pam Foyle, Erik and Kristin of Brewster hosted Thanks- giving dinner for 25 members of Pam's family from Omak. Also at- tending were two special guests, Charlie Moore of Brewster and Leonard Hutchinson of Pateros. llllll IIIltllll ItllItlOIOlllOllltllllllllllltle I Idfi Christmas Tree Sales V4]J re i t L Starting December 3 -" Saturday, December 7 .e /C )'. (Until Gone) 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. .'.   Mon.-Fri. -- 5p.m.-7p.m. -" ; / ,,, Sat.- Sun.--10 a.m.- 6 p.m. ":! QadCt t/ 0  Bridgeport Quik-E-Moff _," U i y Eagles I ' [ " II rs d Bonafide Guests Only I Sponsored by Noble Firs, Sheared Trees, Old Fashion Trees 1 Bddgepod Boo=teClub Support Local Youth Activities Bridgeport El no uonouononenououqououououonouououojoueuououonouom Inmngnmiwnm,nNn NHINNNN Brewstor's Christmas Open House Saturday, December 7 Santa will arrive by helicopter at 11:00 a.m. with treats for all the children! Merchant Specials All Day % Sign up with these merchants for Brewster Christmas Cash, the first drawing will be Monday, December 7. 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