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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <div align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </div>    <p>    </p>    <p>Elementary school principal Lynn Johnson brought teachers to their feet while student’s reading accomplishment March 3. All of the teacher

Oroville elementary students read 3,085 books

OROVILLE – At the end of January, Oroville Elementary School principal Lynn Johnson set a goal for her students: to read 1,200 books in February.

Two weeks later, that goal was mastered.

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Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament

TONASKET – The Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament was held last Saturday and was a huge success say organizers. The tournament included competitors from Kindergarten to sixth grade with kids from Tonasket, Oroville, Omak, Okanogan, Methow Valley, Brewster and Pateros.

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Community Bulletin Board 18

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.

Youth Soccer Registration

OROVILLE – Oroville Youth Soccer Club Registration is now open online at www.ncwsoccer.com. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach or referee or have any questions about registration please contact Rachel Rawley at (509) 476-2694 or Tina Koepke at (509) 476-2777.

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Joseph A. Mlynek

Joseph A. Mlynek, age 79, of Oroville died on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 at his home.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1928 on the farm in Schuykill County, Pennsylvania, to parents of Polish descent. Joe came from a family of five boys and four girls; six out of the nine kids served in the Armed Service. Joe was always proud that his mother had six stars on her flag.

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Police &amp; Court Report

District Court

William L. Jobes, 26, Tonasket, pled guilty to third degree DWLS/R. He was sentenced to 90 days with 90 suspended and fined a total of $293.

Donny A. Hoffman, 26, Omak, pled guilty to NVOL. He was sentenced to 90 days with 90 suspended and fined a total of $543.

Steven D. McKay, 60, Tonasket, pled guilty to third degree DWLS. He was sentenced to 90 days with 90 suspended and fined a total of $793.

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Age 80 is best time of life

I share the following with all octogenarians. Author unknown. Life Begins at 80

I have good news for you. The first 80 years are the hardest. Once you reach 80, everyone wants to carry your bags and help you up the steps. If you forget your name and anybody else’s name or an appointment, or you’re your own telephone number, or promise to be three places at the same time, or can’t remember how many grandchildren you have, you need only explain that you are 80.

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Keep supporting our schools

Calling all Tonasket voters! It is time to renew our school levy. This is a replacement levy, NOT a new tax. These funds represent roughly 15 percent of the school district budget and provide much-needed dollars for upkeep of our beautiful buildings and grounds; curriculum upgrades and improvements; continuing education for staff; new school buses and special programs, such as senior projects and sixth-grade camp.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>The Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center on Whitcomb has had several renovations over the last few weeks. The back addition includes an American Disabilities Act approved restroom, as well as

Council decides to have Chamber continue to manage TVBRC

The future of the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Information Center (TVBRC) was in question Feb. 12 when the mayor Patrick Walter requested the presence of representatives of the Chamber of Commerce at the City Council meeting.

Walter said he has had concerns about the management and organization of the TVBRC for some time, including questions about a high turnover rate and non-compliance with the original terms of the TVBRC which describe it as mainly be a small business center.

“There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the chamber has failed in this to the city,” Walter said after reading an agreement between the chamber and the city about the responsibilities of the TVBRC.

Chamber president Dave Kester spoke on behalf of the organization. Walter addressed several questions to him.

The first question Walter asked was, “Why can’t you be in compliance after seven years?”

Kester said the Chamber has met its agreements with the city.

“I don’t feel we are offsides in doing what we have done in the last seven years,” he said.

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<p><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Greg Moser, CTL Coach of the Year</p>

Tonasket girl’s basketball season ends at districts

Two hard games spelled the end for the Tonasket girl’s basketball season.

They went to the district tournament in Chelan last week only to bounce out in the second round of play.

“We were knocked out earlier then we anticipated,” said head coach Greg Moser.

Tonasket lost two close games, first against Okanogan Feb. 12 and then against district champion Lake Roosevelt Feb. 13.

“I’m real satisfied overall,” Moser said. “It was a great year. It hurts in your heart to get knocked out so early, when you shouldn’t have been.”

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<p align="right"><i>Photo by Terry Mills </i></p><p> Tonasket heavyweight wrestler Josh Brazil meets an opponent on the mat Feb. 15 in Tacoma. Brazil placed fifth in his bracket.</p>

Tonasket places 22nd at State wrestling tournament

TACOMA – The Tigers wrapped up their wrestling season with a trip to the Tacoma Dome last weekend, where they placed 22 of 48 1A teams.

“It went pretty good,” said head coach Dave Mitchell. “Not as good as we would’ve hoped, but still pretty good.”

Eight Tonasket wrestlers crossed the mountains Feb. 15 and 16. Nine originally qualified, but Andrew Grillo was ill and unable to attend.

“That was a real bummer,” Mitchell said. “Before we even got there we had a big disappointment. But he’s a sophomore, so he still has two more years he can go.”

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