Esther Naomi VanWoert

Esther Naomi VanWoert died on Nov. 5, 2007 at North Valley Long Term Care Facility, she was 92.

Naomi was born on Jan. 21, 1915 in Beansville, Ontario to parents Elmer and Bessie Juday. She came to Washington with her parents at a young age, first to Wenatchee and later to Oroville where her father was a minister and orchardist. After graduating from high school in Oroville, Naomi spent four years working to finance a year of college at Washington State College.

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Appreciate sponsors of Centennial Mural Project

We wish to thank everyone who has supported the Centennial Mural Project on Main Street. Unfortunately, our artist had too many commitments in Seattle and did not make it back to finish before the cold weather set in. He promises to be back, as soon as weather permits, to finish the wall.

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Will initiative make them effective listeners?

I heard on the news the other day that our governess was going to Spokane to hold a town hall meeting and to find out from the “people” how the government of Washington State was doing. This meeting has come and gone by now and I haven’t heard anything about what the governess may have learned from this get together. But after looking at my license renewal notice for my 13 year-old pickup I wonder if any one in the town hall group was allowed to ask the hostile question of whatever happened to the initiative that the people of Washington state passed by some 60+ percent margin, that reduced our vehicle license tabs to $30? Now I suppose one could look at a fee of $188 and call it “investing in Washington” as Bill Clinton might say? Or could we say that going from $30 to $188 is inflation caused from “Government by Democrat,” there is probably a variety of terms that could be used to help numb the effect.

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State cuts mean lean times at the food banks

It has come to my attention that the State of Washington is going to cut back on the budget to our local food banks unless “they prove the need” of the needy. Also local donations have been low these past several months. With the holidays coming up, what’s going to happen then?

When I first moved up here four years ago and times were difficult, I was thankful I had somewhere to go to help stretch my dollar to feed my children. When things got better the next year and many years after that, I made sure to donate food during the holidays. I’ve given back to the community who so generously gave to my children and me.

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A call to arms

3:00 in the morning. Woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. Don’t know what that has to do with anything except that I turned on the TV and there was a documentary on the war, World War II that is. It was on because we are fast approaching what once was referred to as Armistice Day and now is known as Veterans Day. Or at least it should be known as either one or the other and yet I feel that many within our nation don’t even know that such a day exists.

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Should back up statements with evidence

I enjoy a respected friend who sometimes seems just another hysterical doom-crier making politically expedient, overwrought statements like:

“…freedom in the U.S. has already been so severely compromised that most of us would notice little change in our lives if Martial Law were imposed tomorrow and presidential elections discontinued.”

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Community Bulletin Board 7

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.

Annual Meeting

OROVILLE – The Annual Meeting of the “new and improved” Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Old Oroville Depot. Society members as well as others in the Borderlands’ community are encouraged to attend. For more information call 509-486-1590.

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A view of the spillway of Enloe dam from the west bank of the Similkameen River. Okanogan County PUD recently released their Draft License Application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for relicensing the hydroelectric dam.

Enloe Dam restoration efforts renewed

OROVILLE – Okanogan County Public Utility District has decided to renew its efforts to obtain a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to restore Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River above Oroville in order to once again generate hydroelectric power.

The dam, which has not been used to make electricity since it was decommissioned in 1958, has the potential to generate an average five megawatts of power and up to nine megawatts at peak generation, according to Okanogan County PUD Commissioner Ernie Bolz.

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Tonasket High School students honored local veterans in a special assembly held last Friday, Nov. 9. Roger Castelda (far left) was one of several veterans gathered on the stage to speak with the students during the assembly.

Tonasket students honor veterans with special assembly

TONASKET – Local veterans turned out for the Tonasket High School Veteran’s Day Assembly Nov. 9. About a dozen veterans attended the morning event, with a packed house of middle and high school students, community members and other visitors.

Several local veterans were honored during the assembly for their service, and some chose to speak. They were later presented with roses by students.

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Orma Irene Hagy

Orma Irene Hagy, 86, Okanogan, passed away at the Harmony House Assisted Living Facility in Brewster on Oct. 27, 2007.

She was born July 7, 1921 to Ralph W. and Lela M. (Collier) Hubbard in Tonasket.

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Community Bulletin Board 6

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 the Tonasket Tavern. For more information, call Jack Gavin at 486-2480 or Debby Curren at 486-2459.

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