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Two Monroe Youths Headed For Japan Tea Cult, Abscus and Kendo aren'tonthecur- rtculum offered at Monroe High School, but for two Monroe students the subjects will become familiar when they spend their next academic year in Japan. Paul Mcllrath who will be a senior and Jerry Gould who will be a junior will spend a year at Yamate High School on the outskirts of Yoko- hama, Japan, the countries fourth largest city. Paul, 17, the son. of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey McIlrath of Bothell, is a transfer student from that district. Jerry, 15, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gould, 20231 82nd Avenue S.E., Snohomish. The exchange program was begun in 1969 as a series of short term study abroad sessions and has since grown to exchanging students with not only the United States but Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This year there are approximately l4 students from Snohomtsh county attending Yamate with the same number from Japan attending schools in the county. It's the first t~me Monroe has been invited to participate in the program. Although small in scope, the program has been established to improve relations between coun- tries regardless of linguistic and cultural back- grounds. Paul and Jerry are responsible for completely financing the trip. Paul has been raising sheep for the past few years and has sold themto raise his funds, while Jerry's older brother is paying his way. Both boys have been attending Japanese lessons at Lynnwood High School during their own time for two hours a week. The course, with an enrollment of 10 students, is taught by a teacher from Japan. There will be 25 students from Washington State attending Yamate next year. PAUL McILRATH, left and Jerry Gould look over books and maps of Japan in the Monroe High School Library in pre- paration for their trip abroad. The pair will spend next year going to school in Japan. --Staff Photo The American students will live on the Yamate campus rooming with Japanese students and on weekends and during vacation they will stay with their host Japanese families. At Yamate the American students will receive concentrated Japanese language Instruction during the first three or four months while tak- ing classes taught in English dealing with Japanese history and culture. During, the remainder of the year they will be intergrated into certain regular Japanese courses including tea cult a part of Japanese culture; abscus, Japanese mathematics; and Kendo, a traditional Japanese sport. Other courses will be similar to those of- fered here,~ except instead of American liter- ature~ they will learn Japanese Literature, and SO on. Yamata High School is a privately owned secondary school which opened in 1966. 700 boys and 70 girls attend the school from various sections of the country. Classes are held in a modern four-story academic building with separate dormatortes and dining facilities. There is also a gym- nasium and an outdoor swimming pool on the campus. The students will depart on August 14 on a ~roup travel flight and arrive in Tokyo on ugust 16 following a stop in Anchorage. They will return to the States in July 1973. MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.-THURS., MAY l!, 1972, NO.,17 HARRY McCLOUD, right discusses duties with M~ Vo "Bud" Wolfkill, president of Wolfkill's Feed and Fertilizer Corpo prior to becoming administrative assistant for the firm on June l McCloud, presently manager of the Monroe Branch of Seattle- First National Bank, will be in charge of all financial matters for the firm as well as aiding farmer clients in financialplan- ning and assistance. Wolfkill said this is an area we hope to expand and improve to offer our customers better service. Wolfkill Feed & Fertilizer is the largest corporation within the valley and has many holdings throughout Northwest Washing- ton o --Staff Photo Resell/n/Addresses SkyValley Demos Nearly 70 persons gathered at the home of Sno- homtsh County Commissioner and Mrs. Charles Hill last Thursday evening to hear former gov- ernor Albert D. Rosellini address the Sky Valley Democratic Club. Rosellini, making his third appearance in the valley within the past fewweeks, told of his stand on many issues when rifled with questions from the audience. In a short opening speech the former governor said, "Caretaker government must go." " 'qJnder the present adm4.nistration of Gov- ernor Evans, we have had nothing but a care-, taker government, and not even very good care, just carrying on routinely without any progress." Rosellint went on to say, "This has been a contributing cause of the economic stagnation that we find ourselves in, with sickening unem- ployment, one of the highest of any State in the nation, with a very regressive tax structure, preventing us from winning any new payrolls and with a spending pattern which has brought us some of the highest taxes in the country in the field of property and excise taxes." I \ When asked what his opinion was on the legal- ization of such things as prostitution and mari- juana he replied without hesitation that he was against them. When questioned on his thoughts about a grad- uated net income tax he replied: "It's probably the best form of taxation, how- ever I don't think it would be approved by the people. I think the people would probably like to put a limitation on sales and property taxes and the likes.' Roselltnt told the group he would advocate dis- mantel/rig of the Department of Social and Health Services. "They have administrative bureau- crats running around on top of each other in that department. I'd return to separate departments such as the Department of Corrections and hire one good administrator. That's what makes a program operate smoothly." Earlier in the meeting the Demo Club adopted a resolution prohibiting pre-primary endorse- ments. At the clubs next meeting on June 8, Senator Martin Durkan, also aiming for the governor- ship, will speak to the club. FORMER GOVERNOR ALBERT D. ROSEI.LINI addresses members of the Skykomish Valley Democratic Club last Thursday evening. Nearly 70 persons filled theRoute 2 recreation facility of Snohomish County Commissioner and Mrs. Charles Hill. .. --Staff Photo Police Handle Several Drug Related Cases Monroe Police were kept busy last week with drug problems and drug related arrests. By Monday, Monroe Police Chief D. C. Nauman reported three Monroe juveniles had been ar- rested in connection with narcotic inc idents, with the investigation continuing. More arrests are expected he said. Nauman issued a warnIng to the high school saying three persons had already been hos- pitalized due to drug usage and if anyone should have any of the unknown pills that had been passed around he advised they be immediately disposed of. Police were called to the Bank of Everett parking lot May 3 where a juvenile boy was reportedly running around, jumping on cars apparently under the influence of drugs. Police took him to Valley General Hospital. Another juvenile girl was taken to Valley Gen- eral Hospital April 28 by her parents when she reacted violently after taking drugs, They re- ported the incident to police. Wilbur F. Francis, a resident at the Monroe Convalescent Center, was transported to Valley General Hospital on May 1 and transferred to Everett General Hospital in critical condition. He was returned to the center in satisfac- tory condition May 5. Francis, who is paralyzed except forhts right arm as a result of an automobile accident, was given three unidentified pills by two 16 year old Monroe girls. One girl was placed in custody at the Youth Center in Everett and the other has been re- ferred to the Youth Center On May 3 a 16 year old juvenile male of Route 2, Monroe was picked up at the high school and taken to the police station for selling nar- cotics. He also was referred to juvenile author- ities. Poly Sintering Hosts Open House Sunday Poly Sintertng, Inc. located on Highway 2 and Kelsey Street will hold an Open House for the public Sunday, May 14, from 2-4 p.m. M~nager Ford Knott says this v~,ll bethe only opportunity the general public will have to view the newlycompleted facilities. The firm specializes tn plastio~imolds for ....... Marine and Industrial products, A Winnabego, Sales Van will also be at the site with a display of products produced by the firm. Jim Nevins is the plant superintendent and Gary Vtsser is engineer in charge of research and development. Knott warns that no cameras will be allowed inside the building. Refreshments will be served. Representative-Moon Speaks To Taxpayers 39th District State Representative Charles Moon will be the main speaker at the May 18 meeting of the Monroe Chapter of the True and Fair Value Taxpayers Association. The meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the high school lecture room. Moon will tell of the activities of the tax revision committee of which he is a member and also talk about his own tax proposals Bill Faulds, chairman of the Monroe chapter said. Following Moon's presentation a question and answer period will be held. There is no charge and the meeting is open to the public. FIRST MUTUAL HAS MONEY FOR CARS... Trailers, Campers, Mobile homes, and Boats. 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