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Much happening at the CCC

We’re very excited to announce that the Community Cultural Center (CCC) will be installing an electric heat pump into the front half of the building in December. For any of you who have spent time in the building in the winter or summer, I’m sure you can appreciate what this means. It will finally be warm in the winter and cool in the summer! Many thanks to the Tonasket Community Theatre, Okanogan Family Faire, the Saturna Corp. and the individuals who have donated to this project.

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Spirit of community keeps us here

I want to thank students, parents and the community for their support of Tonasket schools. Tonasket Elementary School had its fifth Family Fun Night on Nov. 29. The night included reading activities sponsored by Tonasket Americorps, Scholastic Book Fair and a family movie. The attendance for this event was at an all time high, with 248 people attending. Thank you for having education as a high priority and making our Family Fun Nights such a huge success.

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Still can’t cite loss of freedom

After all Mason Hess’s recent protests and despite his laughable earlier declaration of American life as indistinguishable from “marshal law,” he still can’t name a single thing — out of all those rights and liberties he claims the Bushies have decimated — that he could do pre-Bush that he can’t do now as a result of a Bush policy.

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Community Bulletin Board 10

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.

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Courts offer little protection of freedoms

Regarding Bill Slusher’s Nov. 15 letter. To start, why do I claim the question “what could I do before Bush that I cannot do now” is irrelevant. The situation is analogous to the lottery. If I win the lottery, it may well change my life. If I don’t win, it will not impact me in any way.

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Tonasket Middle School first quarter honor roll

Top Honors (4.0)

Sixth Grade: Daniela Capote, Savannah Clinedinst, Brisa Leep, Norma Ramos and Kjeld Williams.

Seventh Grade: Katelyn Antuna and Addison Salzman.

Eighth Grade: Nicolette Flores, Adine Johnson, Cayla Monroe, Desiree Peterson, Katy Smith and Anthony Verhasselt.

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George Robert Wilson

George Robert Wilson went to the Lord on Nov, 15, 2007 at the Assisted Living in Tonasket.

He was born May 10, 1927 to Newton and Anna Wilson in San Diego, Calif. He was raised in Los Angeles and finished school there. He then joined the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii during World War II.

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Mae S. Kirkendall

Mae Kirkendall, 98, of Riverside, passed away on Nov. 14, 2007 at Wockner Hospice Center, Kirkland, Wash.

She was born at Sprague, Wash. on Aug. 1, 1909. Her parents were Halley Howe and Ada Pierce Howe. She was preceded in death by Charlie, Kenneth and Bill Howe and five sisters, Grace Giffing, Pansy Blankenship, Daisy Finley, Rose Cotton and Eva Rogers.

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Community Bulletin Board 9

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.

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