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August 4, 1977, Monitor, Monroe, WA.. Page Five Mr. and Mrs. H.A. "Babe" Dennis and grandson and _ wife. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Winkel of Battleground, Wash. and Helen Marne. also of Battleground, have returned from a successful week's fishing trip to Conconully. The Dennis' took their trailer and Dennis and his wife Linda took their camper. Mrs. (Katherine)Dennis said they felt very fortunate to have missed the rock slide on, Stevens Pass and the mud slip at Entiat. The Dennis' were married 55 years ago, Aug. 4, and went to Conconullv on their honeymoon and have made the trip back to Conconully a yearly occasion. *** Ellis Morehead of Robinhood Park attended his Manson High class of '56 reunion when he, his son Steven, daughter Karen and guest Brenda Smith were in Manson this past week-end. The reunion was held on Lake Chelan at the home of Bill and Nancy Hardings. They had a wonderful time despite a sunburn, weather was in the 90 degrees, according to Brenda. Ellis and Steve stayed at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Morehead and Karen and Brenda stayed at Karen's maternal grandparents home, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Graves. State Grange Master Jack Silvers last week called "'offensive to all Grangers and blatantly untrue" anti-Init- iative 59 forces' recent public statement that the Grange- sponsored initiative "would take away an individual's property' rights." "The exact reverse is true," said Silvers. "The purpose of Initiative 59 is to preserve and protect the property rights of the individual farmer through the allocation of irrigation water, it is to lessen the growing threat to the family farmer being forced off his land by agribusiness conglomerates whose sole interest is profit for their stockholders and ultimate control of our food supply." The attack against the initiative was made by V.T. Chiechi, a spokesman for the Freedom to Farm Committee, speaking before the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce July lb. Chiechi told members that chances of defeating Initiative 59 in November are good "if people are told it would take away an individual's property rights .... would affect jobs and reduce agriculture land in the state." Silvers said the Grange-sponsored initiative would restrict irrigation water rights permits to 2,000 acres per family member in a family farming operation and to 2,000 acres in a non-family operation. "It has nothing to do with the ownership of real property," he said. "The restriction is solely on how much of the public's water a farming operation can have free and forever. "Water, as we have been made brutally aware this spring, is our most precious natural resource--and not an unlimited one. It is a resource that belongs to all the people, not a 'property' that can be used indiscriminately and in any amount by any one or business. "The Grange's stand is that our precious water should be allocated in a way that it will do the most possible good for the greatest number of people. And this means allocations to a large number of family-owned and operated farms, not to a few giant, faceless agribusiness conglomerates. "As to the initiative affecting jobs and reducing agricul- ture land in the state," Silvers continued, "this is dubious at best and nonsense at worst. "It takes a certain number of people to grow a crop whether they are family farmers or itinerant workers. The difference is that family farmers have a vested interest in the land in their surrounding communities. Itinerant workers have little interest in either. "It is the family farmers who have built and who support this nation's rural communities and towns, not the seasonal farm laborers utilized by conglomerates. "Regarding the reduction of agricultural land if conglom- erates are prevented from developing it," Silvers added, "indications from financial institutions are that capital is available to family owned operations to open new land, if the market for products is available." Sandwich Sliced RAFT RACERS--A host of hopeful river pilots raced to their vessels at the start of Sunday's fifth annual Monroe Jaycee-Radio 123 Sltykomish River Raft Race near the Sultan Sportsmens Park. Several hundred participants and spectators were District Filings Id Those filing for Monroe Recreation District commis- sioners positions include: Position No. 1, Lucille Ellis, Rt. 2 Box 311, Monroe will face Gary Pagon, 16020 Old Monroe-Snohomish Rd. for the 6-year term. Position No. 2, two-year term, Arthur Sprenkle, 14330 Tester Rd. is unop- posed. Position No. 3, two-year term, Patty Brink, Rt. 2, Box 316, Snohomish, is unoppos- ed. Services Held for "Butch" Maiers Services were held recently for Maynard "Butch" Mai- ers, 45, of Black Diamond, who died July 17 as the result of a heart attack. He was born in S. Dakota and later moved to the Northwest. He leaves his wife, Loretta and two sons, all of Black Diamond; parents Ed Maier and Hulda Watts of Monroe; two sisters, Marilyn Keefe of Everett and Mick~y Grow; numerous nieces and neph- ews. Burial was held in the Enumclaw Cemetery. on hand during the opening festivities and along the course. More than 100 vessels were entered in the race, although some didn't finish the entire trip. Stanwood-Camano Fair Set for Three Day Run The North Puget SOund fair season opens this week with the Stanwood-Camano Fair, scheduled Friday through Sunday, August 5, 6 and 7. Averaging some 20,000 in attendance for the past three years, the Stanwood event has grown to become Western Washington's largest commun- ity fair. [:air officials attribute much of the attendance growth to stage attractions; such as this year's headliners: puppeteer Jim Gamble: Scandanavian television personality Stan Boreson; "The Entertainers" musical-comedy troupe; and TV's gardening expert Ed Hume, who will make a special 2-hour Friday evening appearance to answer questions from visitors to the fair's new "Garden Walk". Located on the grounds is a so-called "Pioneer Village" with an authentic, old log cabin; a stump house; and an operating blacksmith shop managed by "Blacksmith Emeritus" Ernest Landrv, who demonstrates the age-old craft regularly during the fair. Also scheduled are four old-time threshing bees, with the power supplied bv a vintage steam tractor and with grain sacks sewn bv hand. Fair board president Franklin Hanson. a Stillaguamish Valley farmer, also prepares a display of antique farm equipment for the three-day event. Another rural resident, Martin Danner. has put together three full days of old-time games for youngsters around the "Grease Po]e"IWhich has become a well-known landmark on the fairgrounds. Stanwood-Camano is an "open fair" which encourages local entries from all interested. None of the 18 classes of competition are designated exclusively' for 4-H and FFA. " but the area has manv active clubs which naturally are very much in evidence at the fair. Nothing superfluous is cheap; anything you do not need is dear even if il costs only a penny. 441 W. Main, Monroe, WA. 98272 "Serving others as we would wish to be served..." ROD SEWELL, Gen. Mgr. Monroe 794-7049 -- Carnation 333-4179 Raft Race Results Told Following are the first, second and third place fin- ishers in Sunday's fifth an- nual Monroe Jaycee-Radio 123 Raft Race: Commercial Hull Walt Young. Joe Withero , Don Jones (1:38) Fixed Oar - Steve Gohl. Ray Vardy. Bill Nixon (1:42) Ms. Canoe - Cathy Ulrich. Redmond, Cathy Condo. Barb Wi,herow (1:37) Poles and Paddles - Dave Whorton, Dick Hughes. Ste~e Burke (1"43) Canoe:, - Bob Jacques. Jim Witte, John Ellison-Bi!l Pinkx (t:]b.5) Bes~ Design- Thunderbird" M~I Orieinal Rainier Si-,v, Thrifty Bulk Style SLICED BACON OUR SPECIALTY -- CUSTOM CUTTING All Beef - Fresh Ground U.S.D.A. Choice Steer Free Delivery Service 1 Delivery a Day with minimum order) U.S.I).A. Choice Steer Boneless 4 Roll Pack Colors or White 75 III Fisher's B & M 10 lb. Bag 78 oz. Tin Blend or Bottom Boneless lb. ... "" ... .... _ a ................ ;;, -Wv~stern & Tack ~ .Shop Western & English Outfitting For the Horse & Rider Open Monday--Saturday, 9:30 6:00 115 E. Main St., Monroe Phone 794-7517 Heh Power pkg. of. 10 49 oz. 30 16 OZ. ?: Monroe Shopping Center Reg. 69 Specials Good Wednesday. Saturday OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 10 - 6 Beg More 16 oz. Tins )n OO General Telephone's new Sultan central office I to be placed in service on August 7, 1977 at a cost of approximately $1.2 million. The office provides many new service features, including automatic number identification (ANI) for all one party customers when placing long distance direct dialed calls. With ANI, the number of the caller is automatically recorded; the operator does not come on the line. Customers will be able to change residences within the servin area of the central office and keep their same numbers Sultan area customers will also dial "911" for all emergency services. The 1977/78 telephone directory is being distributed prior to the cutover of the new office, it will become effective in August -- with the cutover of the new office. (Party line customers should consult page 12 of the directory for new procedures for calling another customer on their line.) We're planning an open house at the new office in the fall so everyone can meet our newest addition, ' GENERAL TELEPHONE