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:, cro,s His%orical 80e .ty ;0 Box 71 Mgnroe 98272 8 'p More than 700,000 anglers across the state are expected to turn out for the annual rite of Spring--Opening Day of fishing season--this Sunday. And fishing is predicted to be better than average be- cause of mild temperatures last Winter which prolonged feeding of fish in lowland lakes, according to State Game Department esti- mates. As usual, Spada Lake in the Sultan Basin promises a plethora of carryover rain- bow trout. Other promising Snohomish County lakes in- nual ;tal The Monroe Historical Society will stage its second annual installation potluck dinner, beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 22 at the Tualco Grange Hall in the Tualco Valley. A program featuring classical music performed by a Monroe string quartet is planned. Following the installation of the 1977 officers, a slide show of early Monroe scenes from the historical society's photograph collection will be presented. Marvin Stenberg, a former Monroe resident who has collected many artifacts of local Indians, has also been invited to share his knowledge with those present. The public is cordially invited to attend the dinner and be- come acquainted with the Monroe Historical Society's work. Guests are asked to bring a potluck dish. For further infor- mation, contact Mrs. Milt (Dorothy) McCrum, 794-5150 or Mrs. Harold (Marg) Ohlsen, 794-7664. clude Ki and Bosworth, which were "rejuvenated" last year and should receive between 10,000 to 15,000 large rainbow plants this year; Goodwin, with a plant- ing of 20,000 or more; Roes- iger, with a plant of 20,000; and Flowing. Silver, Shoe- craft and Storm, with be- tween 5,000 and 10,000 legal sized plants expected in each. Some 45 steelhead jacks will be planted inWagner Lake near Monroe, a tra- ditional opening day top pro- ducer, and holdovers there should be larger than 12 inches. Anglers are reminded not to forget their fishing license in the rush to get to their favor- ite lake. Any one over 16- years-old must have a fishing license on their persons when fishing. Licenses and 1977 Wash- ington game fish season and catch limit regulation book- lets are available in most lo- cal sporting good and hard- ware stores. HISTORIC MEAL--Would you sit down to supper with these fine fellows? They were woodsmen of the Cedergren Bros. Logghtg Camp near Monroe during the early 1900's. The picture is one of many in the Monroe Historical Society's photograph collection of scenes oj'early Monroe. A display of slides of the collection will be shown at the soci- ety's potluck dinner and installation, to be held at 6 p.m., Friday, April 22 at the Tualco Grange. ~$~.'. :~; ... .:-.~:i~ ,,~.:.: ~ ........ ~ ,: ~~~'~' " ~?:k ~- z'" "~:!:! ..::9~:.:+: ....... :~:::~:" ~x...:~:.: "" " .:.:,'...:.:. ~ ."~.'.'.~ .-:.. !. -~ !!l~ .:~::i::i~iiii::~i:: VOL. 79 NO. 14 MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA 98272 - THURS., APRIL 14. 1977 Newsstand Price: 20~ Sponsors of a drive aimed at brtngmg public bus service to the Monroe area delivered petitions bearing the signatures of more than 450 residents to administrators of the Snohom- ish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Friday at the Monroc (~itv Hall. Vic Sood, acting director of the SCPTBA corporation, termed the petitions the first step toward getting a bus system in Monroe. He said the signatures would be turned over to the SCPTBA board of directOrs so that planning may P "Monroe's parks and street medians, for which it is re- knowned, will be a little this year, thanks to don- ations of trees and shrubs by city residents. Several truck-loads of shrubbery, donated by Mrs. Genevieve Broughton, 654 W. Main. are scheduled to be transplanted in city green belts this week, according to Herin Massine, parks supervisor. Other residents who have donated greenery to the city in- clude, Mr. and Mrs. AI Finlayson, Riverview, who gave the city some 20 fir trees for planting in the new green belt along thc Lewis St. bridge parking area. Mrs. Ferdie Carlstron. $23 Powell, has also donated shrubbery to the city. Massine said the donations are gratefully accepted as they help to beautify the city's green areas and save the city money on purchases of shrubs and trees. The donated plants also serve to replace trees and shrubs lost to vandalism or disease, he said. "We take anything we get," said Massine, noting there is still much ,/cork to be done in landscaping the city park on Buck Island. Flowering plants and shrubbery have traditionally been purchased for the city by the Monroe Parks Committee and Monroe Garden Club. RIGHT THERE--Monroe Council- man Ferdie Carlstrom, left, and Park Superintendent Herman Mas- sine, center left, demonstrate just how trees can be transplanted to Monroe Parks Committee Chair- Bus System begin on the bus routes. Sood was accompanied by Bill Connors, Snohomish coun- cilman and member of the SCPTBA board of directors. Monroe Councilman Wayne Whisnant, speaking briefly before the presentation, said the largest group seeking bus service in the area is senior citizens, who are concerned about costs of owning a private vehicle or who may be un- able to drive themselves. He called the response to the petitions "enthusiastic and overwhelming". Whisnant praised the efforts of several persons who aided the petition drive, especially Doris Zarana, Marie Trapp, Shirely Woolery and David Meeds. Meeting with the Monroe City Council in February, Sood had asked for 200 signatures from the nine precincts af.- fected as a show of residents desire to have public trans- portation here.' Sood promised to have buses running in the Monroe area by January 1978 if the annexation vote passed in next Sep- tember's elections. The acting director outlined the steps necessary to get the bus running in this area, including a citizen input meeting in May, the formation of a transit plan, and final approval by the PTBA corporation board. An additional petition, with the signatures of 4 per cent of the voters in the nine precincts, must be gathered to place the bus annexation on the ballot. The transit system would impose a three-tenths of one per cent additional sales tax on taxable items sold within the precincts the buses pass through. Sood again offered a suggestion that the city look into a small park-and-ride lot, which could receive 80 per cent funding through a Department of Transportation grant. Masons to Stage Annual Awards will hold its annual Junior Achievement awards pro- gram, honoring the out- standing Juior boy and girl The Monroe Masonic Lodge from Monroe High School at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21 in the Masonic Temple. S. Lewis St. Tobey Johnson. junior grand warden of the grand lodge of Washington. will be featured speaker. The Monroe Lodge was the first to initiate the achieve- ment program on the west- ern side of the state ! 1 years ago. Three Junior boys and three Junior girls are select- ed by a vote of the high school faculty to compete for the honors. The winners will be awarded plaques and cer- tificates during the April 21 program. The presentation is open to the public. man Mrs. E.R. [Minerva] Lucken and Mrs. Genevieve Broughton. Donations of trees and shrubbery by citizens has helped Monroe keep its green belt green. City Stages Cleanup Week April 25-29 The week of April 25-29 has been designated "Clean Up Week" in Monroe and offers residents the chance to spruce up their homes and yards and let the city haul away the debris. Assistant City Clerk Colleen Wilson explained the opera- tion of the clean up efforts. saying anything will be haul- ed as long as it is accessible to the city's truck. Smaller items should be placed along the curb lane on the pick up day. In order to take advantage of the service, residents are asked to sign up at City Hall, 806 W. Main, or call 794- 8394. Bridg on Highway.2 Will be ' Dressed Up' A project to clean and paint the steel portions of five bridges on Highway 2 in Snohomish County will get under way late this month under a $154,000 contract awarded by the State Highway Department on the low bid of Ronco Painting, Bothell. The bridges are: --The westbound span over the Snohomish River at the east city limits of Everett. Its paint color will be in a shade known as concrete gray. --Over Ebey Slough west of Cavalero's Corner. One . :idge and a bridge railing on another at this site will be painted the same concrete gray color. --Over the Skykomish River east of Gold Bar. Its color will be a sahde known as black spruce--a dark green. --Over the Skykomish's South Fork near Index. It will be painted the same color as the Gold Bar span. District Engineer Wes Bogart said one lane may be out of service at times on each bridge while the painting is in progress, though never during peak hours on the Ever- ett-area bridges, nor during weekends and holiday periods on the Skykomish bridges. All phases of the painting projects should be completed by late summer, Bogart said. The work is done as periodic maintenance procedure to protect the steel and enhance ap- pearance of the structures. Police Investigate Series of Thefts Burglaries and larcenies topped the list of cases handled this month by the Monroe Police Department. Some $140 worth of guns were taken Friday, April 8 in a burglary of a residence on Powell St. Access was gained by prying open a rear window, according to the police report. The occupant reported to police that she returned home late Friday evening and noticed someone inside with a flashlight. She left to call the police, and by the time police arrived the intruder was gone with the guns. Monroe police are investigating the break-in. In another weekend incident, vandals did an estimated $150 damage to Monroe High School, randomly smashing assorted windows. Someone took an estimated $250 worth of tools from a pick up truck parked in front of a residence on W. Columbia last Thursday evening. Neighbors noticed both doors to the truck were ajar the next morning and police were called. The incident is under investigation. A 12-slot pull tab machine was taken from the lobby of the Holiday Inn Restaurant. Highway 2, late Thursday night. Two suspects were seen leaving the restaurant in a blue- colored vehicle and manager Steve Holmes gave chase, not- ing the license number of the vehicle. The pulltab machine was recovered near the Monroe dump north of the city the next day after police received a tip as to its whereabouts. Two persons were later questioned about the incident and charges are pending with the County Prosecutor. Burglars earlier broke into the Sno-King Dairy, 202 N. Ferry, and made off with $150 in cash and food coupons. An additional $250 damage was incurred as the intruder broke a window and damaged a ceil'A~-and door. The incident is being investigated by Monroe police. Litter, Vandalism a Blight To Lakes, Access Areas Fishing season begins this Sunday and Frank Dammarell would like to kindly remind sportsmen that garbage was made to be taken home and disposed of, not dropped in the most convenient place. Dammarell, who works for the department of game as an access area maintenance person, has seen a lot of litter left behind in "convenient" places, such as along the shores of highland lakes and camping areas, in the three counties he covers. Vandali sm is another headache, especially to posted signs and access area toilet facilities. In this county, Lake Hannon and Lake Fontal, popular highland fishing lakes, are "a mess", according to Dam-ma- rell. Litter is strewn around the lake's shores and vandals have used "Please do not litter" signs for target practice. All of this costs thousands of taxpayers dollars annually for replacement and clean-up, Dammarell says, and if sportsmen would be a little more conscious of cleaning up after themselves and reporting acts of vandalism, those costs could be cut. Those bumpy, sometimes jarring railroad crossings in Monroe have caught the attention of the Tualco Grange, which is soliciting support from community service clubs to ask Burlington Northern to do something about them. According to Harold "Butch" Ohlsen, Tualco Grange Master, the local grange considers the rail crossings, especially one on N. Lewis St., to be a hazard to driving. "All you have to do is drive over them to see that," Ohlsen stated. "This is something that goes back a long way." The grange master said the petition asks the railroad to review the situation ~md come up with z v,,orkable plan to repair the crossings, which are uaeven and are in need of asphalt in places. Several local service clubs Kiwanis, Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce have agreed to co-sign the petition, Ohlsen said. An earlier petition sent by the grange t~,o years ago produced few results, he said. Copies of the petition will be sent to Burlington Northern officials in Seattle, Ohlsen said. PETITIONS CIRCULA TED-- The Tualco Grange is waging a battle against uneven, bumpy rail crossings in the Monroe area and is enlisting the support of local service clubs to petition Burl- ington Northern to do something about them. Pic- tured is the crossing on N. Lewis St., facing east. The recent Goal: A Mile Run and distance running events sponsored by the Monroe Booster Club and several other organizations netted some $500 for Monroe Middle School athletic programs, according to mile run coordinator John Daniels. Just which programs the money will be used for will not be determined until after the upcoming May 10 special levy, Daniels said, in order to fill any gaps in programs which may have to be cut back because of lack of money. Daniels termed the March 19 events "a tremendous success" due in part to the many parents and sponsors who pledged money to the middle school athletes who ran in the mile race and distance events.