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Happy Flag Day! How do you pay homage to the Stars and Stripes? Though it has been celebrated in various states since the late 1800s, Flag Day has only been nationally recognized since President Woodrow Wilson's proclamation in 1916 and an act of Congress in 1949.You may have seen, or even signed,...
Congrats are in orderNo more school, no more books... until college begins in two months, that is! Congratulations and best of luck to the classes of 2012 in Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield and Pateros, all of which graduated Friday and Saturday.While seniors were celebrating Friday, the Quad City...
Did everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend? The Quad Cities were mostly quiet, with the exception of three burglaries reported in Bridgeport. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office had not responded to a request for information before our press deadline.Douglas County marine patrol...
This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, with high school graduations right around the corner. Look for details on the commencement ceremonies for Bridgeport, Pateros, Mansfield and Brewster in next week's edition.Poppies for veterans' aidHeidi Caswell, a member of the American Legion...
Five Brewster students teamed up last week to win a natural resource competition at the Badger Mountain Ski Hill near Waterville.Called the North Central Washington Conservation Districts Envirothon, the competition tests teams on soil, water, forestry, wildlife and a current issue. The tests are...
The Hooked on Kids fishing derby is back next month in Bridgeport. Set for June 23, children are welcome to register for $3 at 6 a.m. and start fishing at 8 a.m. The event will wrap up at about 4 p.m.Derby organizer Neil Jacobson is searching for a button-making machine once held by the now-defunct...
How about those 80-plus degree temperatures here in April? Spring is a strange time, indeed.During the last Pateros school board meeting, Mike Hull opened a discussion that led to the approval of starting a cross country team next year.This is National Work Zone Awareness Week, and the Washington...
Six candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the empty board member seat at Three Rivers Hospital: Martin Nolan, Gary Logan, Michael Knox, Jerry Tretwold, David Werlein and Danna Guzman.The seat was left by Bill Bayless of Mansfield, who resigned citing scheduling difficulties.The...
Saturday was a beautiful day, albeit a bit chilly, to witness the new fountain/splash pad in action on the Pateros Pedestrian Mall. While taking pictures, I heard some parents tease their children to run through the water, to which the kids wailed, "No!" Maybe they needed a double-dog dare to work...
Did you mastermind any sneaky shenanigans on Sunday to trick your loved ones? The Washington League of Education Voters got into the April Fool's Day spirit with a press release claiming to be overrun by zombies. On the faux website, educationvoters.org/zombies, Bridgeport High School is featured...

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