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PAGE! TEN ......... Monroe Monitor, Monroe, Wash., April 28, 196C| Skagit Valley INDEX NEW NOTES IlTulipShow by Ellen ey I ma00e Set --This Week ai  Wao Hemplxill in Seattle 1er new granaaangner, ,,tm. I m )Lmday. Don&apos;t forget the church auction Saturday Mr. Gallo and son, ]Kark. <same up from Seattle. They spe llae night at the Otis Beak Imme. Mr. Gallo helped Mr. Beck m tim cabin he is remodeling. Gordon Mrmll came up from Everett on Saturday. He called at the Vvrney home. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pulliam went to (lmcrete on Sunday where they spent the day visiting Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wd and Larry. Mrs. Roy PuIliarn, Mrs. James 1 Jim, Jeff ,and Cam went to Evexett Friday where the children lind dental appointments. Mr.  Mrs. Am'on Varney and 4:ena went to Everett on Friday ,elg to do  shopping. Tlae first graders of the Index :school trod skin tests on Monday Rlaoon. The lower grade room had new destks put in over the weekend. Tlae7 ent about ,an hour on Men- davy nma-ning adjusting them to fit tke dNldren. We are really proud af ae new desks. : On Wednesday and Thursday N,a- flaaniel Moore from the county of- rice gave tests to the eighth gra- ders, Larry y, Steven Slusher and Danny Widen. One eighth gr,ide boy and two seventh grade girls  C-old Bar came up and took tile tests. They 'were absent when the tests were given at their sctumi. Mr. Sharpe who ,as burned about  week ago came home from tim Monroe hospital on Thursday ecmlag. Mrs. mrpe returned on Tuesday from California where she had at the schoolhouse on Friday eve-, According to Mrs. Curtis John-, May 6. ' son, President of the LaCormer This Friday evening the 29th of Civic Grden Club, this years Ska- April the Index upper grades are git Valley Tulip Show with e tra- giving a school dance and have in- vited the seventh and eighth gra- ders from Skykomish, Sultan, Start- up .and Gold Bar. The dance will be held in the multipurpose room of [he school. Several mothers will be on hand to ,act as chaperones. At the rate the work is progress- ing it shouldn't be too long before Index has a care. It is built just across from the school house. Mr. and Mrs. Varney visited and played pinochle with the Hall- worths. Sorry to say the men got .a good beating. Hazel Smith visited her mother, MrS. John Holland, in Everett on Monday. Debbie Sue Gowan went home on Sunday. She spent the past week visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Miller were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Har- ley Mores Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Miller visited at the Floyd Wood home and the Willis Hill home in Sultan Sunday. Stewart Petrie from Bothell vis- ited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Nerbo on Saturday. Out of every six deaths from all causes in the United States, one is caused by cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Yet more people are being saved from an- cer each year through early diag- nosis and prompt treatment. ditional thousands of blooms pron- ises to excel all past events. Dates for the show are April 29, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and April 30 and May 1, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The .show will be held in the LaConner ,high school gymnasium. The theme of the show "New Stars," honors our two new states, Alaska and Hawaii. Opposite the entrance, in the balcony, will be a huge mural of the varying shades of the Aurora Borealis with Mt. McKinley in the foreground. A cas- cading waterfall completes the pic- ture. As you enter the colorful spec- tacle, Hawaii will be displayed with a miniature volcano, tropical plants, beach scene and numerous shells from the "Paradise of the Pacific." Staging is again being done by Laurie Wells assisted by E. Millward. Growers entering exhibits this year are Henry Bergman, M. tel'e- her Bulb Farm, John Onderwater, Willimn Roozen, Tony's Bulb Gar- dens, DeGoede Bros., and Kenealy Bulb Farms. Nurserymen entering are Tillinghast Seed Co., Wells Nursery, Mount Vernon Nursery, and Fir Island Nursery. In addition to the many ,and new varieties of tulips raised in the far- title Skagit Valley, there will also be some outstanding extra attrac- tions. The Skagit Valley Art As- sociation will have on display nu- merous paintings. Promising more Cliildrcn's ?rthopedic Hospital m Seattle " PENNY DRIVE Ope n your heart to hdp a sick or crippled child ANNUAL PENNY DRIVE, MAY 1st thru 14th I I I I I I [ I I II1 interest will be a handicraft ex- hibit by members of the Island Valley Craftsmen. A light lunch will be available on the three show days in the school cafeteria ,and it will be served by the Rebekahs and the ladies of the Methodist church. Ad- mission to the show is 50 for adults and children under 14 free. Proceeds of the show will be used for looal charity purposes. LEARN TO TALK AGAIN The American Cancer Society, in cooperation with the International Association of Laryngectomees is helping people who have lost their voices to cancer to speak again. Your help is needed in the Society's total fight against cancer for re- search and education as well as for rehabilitation. Give to the April Crusade. The World Bank (Washington, D. C.) has a capital stock of $9,000 million. Another Rate Reduction EFFECTIVE JUNE I, 1960 BRINGING ANNUAL SAVINGS OF APPROXIMATELY $700,000 TO CUSTOMERS OF PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 1 OI SNOHOMISH COUNTY i The Board of Commissioners authorized these hie Reductions totalling $700,000 annually. This tremendous yearly savings of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars will go to Residential, Farm, Retail Power and ,Commercial Users. The rate revisions are as follows: *" RESIDENTIAL RATE 7 mill step reduced to 6 mills per kilowatt hour 1.0 cent step reduced to 9 mills per kilowatt hour COMMERCIAL LIGHTING 2.5 cent step reduced to 2 cents per kilowatt hour 1.5 cent step reduced to 1.3 cents per kilowatt hour RETAIL POWER 3 cent step reduced to 2.8 cents per kilowatt hour Minimum reduced from $1.34 to $1.00 per kilowatt COMMERCIAL Cooking and Heatina This schedule will offer lower rates to commercial custom- ers for space heating comparable to the new and lower residential rate. Copies of the new and reduced rate schedules are available in all offices. Public Utility District No. 1 Of SNOHOMISH COUNTY Thomas Quast, President BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Perry M. Black, Vice President William B. Berry, Secretar Substantial Rate Reductions Planned For June 1, Announces County PUD A substantial rate reduction effective June !. 1960 authorized by the Board of Conmfissioners of Public Utility District No. ! of Snohomish County was announced today by Thomas Quast. President. The new and reduced rate schedules will bring an annual saving of approximately $700.000 to electric customers in Snolaomish County and Camano Island. "More than 58,000 of our light and power users will receive con- siderable benefits f r o m lower rates," Quast said in commenting on the action by the P.U.D. Com- missioners. Those categories that will receive principal savings from the new rates include residentiaL farm, retail power and commer- cial customers. According to ,a recent survey, av- erage annual use of electricity in Snohomish County homes is now nearly 10,000 kilowatt hours. About $515,000 of the $700,000 total rate cut will go to the residential cus- tomers, Commissioner Quast said Three Who Seek State Education Job To Speak All three of the schoal adminis- trators who have declared their in- tention to become candidates for the office of state superintendent of public instruction will be guests there will be no change in the rate at the regular monthly meeting of for the first 150 kilowatt hours; the Snohomish County School Di. however, for the next 850 ldlowatt rectors' Association in Stanwood at hours the present 7 mill rate will 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. be reduced to 6 mills, and for power consumed in excess of 1,000 kilowatt hours per month the pres- ent one cent rate will be reduced to 9 mills. In the Commerical Lighting cate- gory, PUD customers having stores and small businesses using eqec- tricity for showroom and display liging, as well as decorative 'and sign lighting, will rhceive a rate reduction estimated at 9.5 per cent. The annual saving for these cus- tomers will be $130,000. Many retail power customers us- ing electric power service to oper- ate motor-driven equipment will also benefit from the sweeping re- fluctious and revisions announced today by the PUD Commissioners. The minimum charge has been re- duced over 25 per cent, and, there has-been a further reduction of nearly 7 per cent in the charge for electric energy in the prhTmry rate step. "These rate reductions will affect ,all customers in the re- tail power group," said Quast, who pointed out that the overall reduc- tion in  category will total ap- proximately $25,000 anually. Important to commercial users of electricity for cooking and beat- ing is the substantial reduction in the rate for this service. A $30,000 annual saving will be realized by existing customers. Of even great- er importance is the broadening of the avaltabilRy dause of the cooking and heating rate to offer electricity for space heating in commercial buildings at rates com- Those who mve said that they intend to file foe this high office are: Louis Bruno who is superin- tendent of schools at Pullman, Aaron T. Van Devanter, principal of Ballard high school in Seattle, and Willard A. Bergh, public re- lations director of the Seattle school district. The Directors' association is an active group which meets moathly in the various school districts of Snohomish County. At the coming meeting each of the candidates for the office of state superintendent will be given the opporttmity to speak before the group. The County Directors' organiza- tion is headed by Roger Boyd of Da,rrington as president and Sam Rarig of Mu.kilteo as secretary. ing in cities, towns, and organized corrmaunities. This tmdertaking in. volved ,an expendi:ture of over a half million dollars on the part of the district. Snohomish County cit- ies and towns now xank among the best ighted in the nation." "During the 10 years of opera- tion 20 new substations have been constructed, and the capacity of 9 of the original 13 substations has been increased. Additional substa- tions will be built where industrial and residential growth trends indi- cate increased faeilRies are war- ranted. Along with" substation addi- tions and improvements old lines were modernized and the line ex- tension policy liberalized so that paralle to the new lower residen- many lines could 'be built to serve tial rate with a low step of 9 mills* homes and farms in outlying areas. per kilowatt hour. The grid system now consists of This rate reduction is the fifth extended to light and power users over the past five years by the Snohomish County PUD. Previous rate reductions included a twenty- five per cent lowering of street light rates, billings to incorporated cities and towns, as well as a re- duction in commercial and residen- tial chages during 1955. The most ,recent rate revision prior to this time was made in 1958 when school lighting and heating costs were re- duced. These previous .reductions effected a combined savings to cus- tomers of approximately $500,000 annually. "This most recent rate ,reduction is the culmination of a planned pro- gram to bring PUD customers the best possible service at the lowest possible cost commensurate with sound and orderly operation of this fast-growing utility. The results of tl program reflect .the combir)ed efforts of all of the men and women without whose loyalty and cooper- ation the district could not have 2,004 miles of transmission and dis- tribution lines." "To improve operating efficiency ,and better serve the public, mod- em buildings were constructed at one location to complete an All. llectric Center in Everett, which is the headquarters for all opera- Lions. Local offices were also con- structed at Mountlake Terrace and Arlington, and plans are underway for similar buildings in other areas where local offices are maintained." "To further mprove customer service and to increase the effi- ciency of the district specialized types of modern automotive equip- ment have been purchased, all be- ing equipped with short-wave ra- dios." "The district has also kept abreast of technical developments in machine accounting ,and data processing equipment, and is using modern machines for efficiency, speed and accuracy in its account- ing procedures." made such substantial progress," "These and other improvements said Quast. "Further, the Commis- were necessary before considera- sion and management of the sys- tion could be given to extending tern would like its customers to clearly understand that careful con- sideration to anticipated and poten- tial growth requirements has been made. Over the past ten years, Snohomish County has grown and prospered as never before, and the use of electric energy in lomes, on farms and in business and in- dustry has increased nearly 210 per cent. This increase stems from a population growth in Samhomish County of approximately 52%, while he population of the State of Wash- ington increased only 22% and the national increase was only 19%," Quast stated. "The Snohomish County PUD, during its decade of operation, has rebuilt and oder- nized the entire facility in advance of anticipated needs and demand of this exploding population gowth. Our plants, facilities and equip- ment used in the distribution of electric energy are now in excel- lent condition; the organization of dedicated and highly qualified em- ployees is properly trained to meet the challenge of the future; our bonding payment program is in good condition and firmncial circles have recognized the outstanding success record of the district." "The bond retirement has been shortened nine years for a final, payout in 1975 when the system wil become the fully owned property ofthe people of Snoho- mish County. The bond refunding action taken by the PUD in 1954' brought a saving to the district of approximately $5,000,000 over the life of the bonds." "As a service to the general pub- lic, the district embarked on a three-year program to modernize and expand residential street light- f u r t h e r benefits to customers through rate reductions." "In conclusion," said Quast, "the Snohomish County PUD Commis- sioners, including P. M. Black, vice-president, nd William B. Berry, secretary, feel a great sense of pride in having observed the marked growth and tremendous progress attatned in the past ten years of electric operation. We re- cently sent our customers a con- densed report covering a Review of a Decade of Growth and the Operating Highlights of 1959." A. S. J. Steele, manager, in re- marks made concerning the am nounced rate reductions, stressed that the district has accomplished something of which it can be really proud. Said Steele, "This rate re- vision culminates years of plan- aaing, and will in no way jeapardize the sound financial position of the district. We now have an efficient integrated electric system to take care of the increased electric re- quirements of the coun,ty, which has been properly desioned for fullest expansion. In addition to adequately meeting all obligations the district will coni inue to be in a favorable position to make the necessary additions and imorove- ments to its distribution facilites in accordance with the long range plan for present and future load growth, assuring customers the best possible electric service." Our word 'chairman' harks back to the good old days, when only kings, bishops or nobles were per- mitted to sit in a chair--common people stood, sat on the floor, or used benches. Hence, the leader was an Important man, and got to use a chair.