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Carlos F. Swayze

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.

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Annabell (Points) Bloomer

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.

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Question chamber candidate’s motives

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.

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Should have talked with Eagles from the beginning

Regarding the packed out Tonasket City Council Meeting, Tuesday night, Nov. 27th, the comments by the public, both from the hospital and the Tonasket Eagles, Aerie 3002, were interesting to be heard face to face. It appears there have been some very disappointed recipients of false promises. That always gets the same result.

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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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