To all you parents out there, I desperately hope you will not take your kids to see “The Golden Compass” showing at the theater. I know it looks like a good, exciting, story of adventure. I’m sure it is, but the problem is where it comes from.
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Dr. Bruce Amundson, an expert in rural health care, compared the North Valley health complex to the Mayo Clinic. “It’s an anomaly. It has no business being there.” Just as the Mayo Clinic rises out of a cornfield in Minnesota, the North Valley medical complex seemingly rises out of nowhere in Tonasket. When most small rural towns would do anything just to have a doctor, Tonasket has a hospital, nursing home, assisted living, two medical clinics, physical therapy, dentist office and optometry office all on the same campus with satellite clinics in Oroville. We are unique. Just as the Mayo Clinic didn’t appear by accident, our health care system has evolved with hard work, determination, sacrifice, foresight and tenacious community support.
A few nights ago an event took place near our home; an event that could have been an accident and the driver not even aware of the occurrence. However, in my experience the driver probably was aware, probably was not traveling in an emergency mode and probably didn’t even care. The car sped off; the cat might have instantly died but probably not. However it did die sometime during the night and probably had a very painful last few minutes or hours. And, probably as the car sped off, the driver said to himself, “Oh well it was just a cat.” But it wasn’t just a cat. This cat was a friends and a pet in addition to being part of God’s creation.
What? No snow here in the highlands? In thirty years I have never seen an October or a November without snow on the ground. Only five days left in November maybe; most unusual. Snow may have been abrogated by an authoritative act to prove Mr. Gore’s Nobel-winning theory of Global Warming. Not many years ago there were near promises of the “big freeze” and now the “melt down”? As is usually the case, something one hears proves true, and sometimes false.
Oroville School Menu
Friday, Dec. 14: Breakfast: Ham & Cream Cheese Bagel, Fruit & Milk. Lunch: Cheeseburger, Potato Wedges, Fruit Choices and Milk Varieties.
Monday, Dec. 17: Breakfast: Texas Cheese Toast, Fruit & Milk. Lunch: Enchiladas, Mixed Vegetables, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Snack and Milk Varieties.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & Toast, Fruit & Milk. Lunch: Burritos, Fresh Veggies, Fresh Fruit, Granola Bar and Milk Varieties.
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.
Oroville Youth Basketball
OROVILLE – Oroville Youth Basketball will meet at the elementary gym on Dec. 15 and Jan. 5, 12 and 19. Grades K-2 will meet from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Grades 3-6 will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no charge for this program. Children need to wear athletic shoes, appropriate attire and a basketball with his/her name. Call Jeff or Kim Landon at 476-4237 for more information.
Frances Lenora (nee Gough) Bork passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver at the age of 97 years.
She is lovingly remembered by her sons John (Elizabeth), Walter (Joyce) and David (Mary) and her daughter Elsa (Grant Lewis). Also missing their Grandma are her 20 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Frances was predeceased by her husband John in 1965; her daughters, Gertrude, Margaret and Medy Penner; son, Conrad and brother, Albert.
Carlos F. Swayze, Okanogan, beloved husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend passed away surrounded by his family on Dec. 2, 2007 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after a courageous battle with cancer.
On Nov. 30, 2007 a gentle, loving spirit left this world to be with the Lord and her beloved husband. Annabell (Points) Bloomer was in Wenatchee with her family by her side.
Annabell was born in Stone County, Missouri. on Dec. 11, 1916 to Wes and Arvilla Points; she was one of seven children. Annabell grew up on the family farm in Crane, Missouri. On Sept. 28, 1940 she married Ralph V. Bloomer of Galena, Missouri where they farmed in Stone County until they moved to Oroville.
Since Mr. Solberg is seeking to be elected as the 2008 Oroville Chamber of Commerce President, I feel compelled to speak out and question his overall veracity, professional conduct and ability to provide competent leadership for the town or Oroville.