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Left cold by new benches

These comments are not intended as criticism, just a little advice. Our town benches are not quite what we require. When I see one I imagine “The Cat in the Hat” and “Sam I Am” sitting there waiting for a bus. They are straight out of Dr. Seuss artwork. Here’s a thought, let’s paint them “nugget” gold for our centennial celebration.

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Grateful to those who gave blood

January 17, the American Red Cross team, Tonasket High School student volunteers and the Tonasket Americorps members hosted the 11th Annual THS Blood Drive.

I would like to thank all those community members that took time out of their busy schedules to donate blood. I would also like to applaud the handful of first time donors for deciding to give to gift of life.

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Self-awareness cannot be given

We often hear someone say, “I understand and will help you understand what you are feeling, etc.”

No one can deliver that understanding to another. It is a crucial self-responsibility for personal power, the key to competence and prosperity in a competitive world.

When awareness is conjured up by others, it leads a person drifting from reality, increasing, unawareness and unhappiness. Any “authority” to have an awareness of another person is impossible. Self-awareness cannot be given from one person to another. However, by reflecting personal values, one can enhance in any individual person can never be exactly understood or fully known by any other person.

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Firings a ‘lame drain’ not ‘brain drain’

It’s easy to believe the sob story about the Tribal Tribune Editor leaving on “principle.” It’s also lazy to believe that – Think about it!

It’s just not true. That editor, like others in the past, was not worth the salary, we can see that in the product.

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Howling Ridge Rescue rumors untrue

There are a couple of people out there that are spreading nasty rumors about Howling Ridge Rescue that need to be nipped in the bud. Here are the facts:

1.No animal is being starved at this facility. They are well fed and watered at all times.

2.Animals are not being abused. There are vets that work with Wendy who I am sure would be able to recognize an abused dog or cat.

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Ken making amazing progress

I am writing this letter to let all of you know how Ken is doing, but also in response to the gossip mongers in the town who feel it is more exciting to spread exaggerated half-truths or, in some cases, totally false stories. It is very upsetting when I call home and hear rumors are flying about his condition including a rumor that he has died! Please don’t speak unless you know the facts! Rumors can be very hurtful and upsetting especially in such an emotional and trying time.

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Elisabeth (Betty) Grote

Elisabeth L. Grote passed away suddenly on Dec. 30, 2007 in Lawton, Okla.

Betty, as everyone knew her, was born on July 17, 1935 in Rheinberg, Germany and grew up in Hanau, Germany during World War II. Betty came to the United States shortly after her marriage to James K. Grote on Dec. 24, 1956 (James passed away April 7, 2006). Betty later became a United States citizen in 1961.

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Susan Banthony Wagenman Appel

Susan Banthony Wagenman Appel picked up her wings on Jan. 31, 2008. Susan Wagenman was born April 28, 1915 to parents Alpheus and Amy Wagenman.

She came to Wenatchee by train in 1935 at the age of 20 from Williston, North Dakota. She worked at the Owl Drug Store in Wenatchee where she met Howard Appel in 1936. They were married Sept. 1936. Their first son, Lawrence Appel, died at birth. Their second son, King David Appel, was born in Wenatchee and then the family moved to Tonasket in 1940 where Judy, Janice, John, Chet, Goldie and Delicia were born.

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Emalie (Yusi) Scott

Emalie (Yusi) Scott, Tonasket, passed away on Jan. 25, 2008 following a courageous seven year battle with cancer.

Emalie was born on May 24, 1943 in Okanogan to Otto and Francis Yusi. She grew up and graduated in Okanogan with the Class of 1961. In 1962 she married her high school sweetheart, Fred Scott. They lived on the coast until 1964, when they came back and settled in Tonasket.

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Community Bulletin Board 15

Local food banks

OROVILLE – The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, call Jeff Austin at 476-3978 or Jessica Lakey at 476-3817.

TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 300 S. Whitcomb Ave. Drop-offs can be made at Tonasket Tavern. For more information, call Jack Gavin at 486-2480 or Debby Curren at 486-2459.

Valentine’s Scotch Doubles

OROVILLE – The Oroville Eagles is having a Valentine’s Scotch Doubles pool tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16. Cost is $10 per couple. Sign up to play is at 1 p.m. with games beginning at 1:30 p.m. Also that evening is a Filet Mignon dinner ($25 per couple) beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dancing to the beat of Rusty Spur from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All members and guests are invited to attend.

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