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Staff Sergeant Nell F. Moody, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan A. Moody of 233 N. Ann Street, is on duty at Da Nang AB, Vietnam. Sergeant Moody, a radar repairman, is a member of the Pacific Air Forces. Before his arrival in Vietnam, he was assigned to Forbes AFB, Kan. The sergeant, who is serving his second tour of duty in Vietnam, at- tended Lee's Summit (Ms.) High School. His wife is the former Judith M. McNulty of Olympia. (Q0094) USS CON- STELL ATION (CVA-64) at sea (FHTNC) Nov. 14-- Comrnissaryman First Class Melvin D. Kauffman, USN, 48, son of Mrs. Amelia Kauff- man st 439 Lewis Street, visited Yokosuka, Japan aboard the attack air- craft carrier USS Con- stellation. Constellation arrived in Yokosuka from con- ducting combat oper- ations with the Seventh Fleet off the coast of : tours to Tokyo, Yoko- : homa, Kamakura, and Hakone. The San Diego-based carrier recently spent a 28 day period in the Gulf of Tonkin where Constellation pilots continued to disrupt and impede supplies flowing into South -Vietnam. While knocking out nine bridges and destroying 134 trucks and 280 sup- ply barges, they also silenced 56 anti-air- craft gun emplacements and struck four sur- face-to-air missile sites. EFFECTS OF NARCOTICS and other issues interesting Monroe students were outlined last Friday by A1 Wilding, public information officer for the Monroe Police Department, at left, and Jerry Sanders, a member of Narcotics Anonymous in Seattle. Here Wilding displays an exhibit of marijuana to students who remained after the middle school assembly to seek more information. For details see elsewhere.--Monitor Staff Photo Vietnam. Valley General Doctors Draft seeing in Yokosuka, many crewmen enjoyed Resolution For Commissioners U.S. AIR FORCES, Thailand--M aster Ser- geant Edward J. String- er, son of Mrs. O. A. Nortum of Route 3, Sno- homish, received the U. S. Air Force Commend- ation Medal at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. Sergeant Stringer was decorated for meritor- ious service at Mtnot AFB, N.D. He was cited for his exception- al job knowledge, dedi- cation to duty and out- standing performance. The sergeant, a radio technician, is now at U- dorn in a unit of the Pacific Air Forces. A gradtiate of Snoho- mtsh High School, Ser- geant Stringer served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. His father, E.L. Stringer, resides in Se- qulm. Basketball Jamboree Set Decem ber 2 The Monroe Bearcats basketball team will host the Cascade League Jamboree at 7 .m., December 2 in e high school gym, re- minds Rod Waddell, varsity coach. Langley, Sultan, Stan- wood, Kings Garden, Tolt and Monroe will be participating in the amboree. Vernon G. 'i'h onlas , 15605 171st Ave.$.E. By Board of Education... chool R,00vote t January 21 sidered as a nursing home to be operated by the district after the new hospital is built; "The bond issue be resubmitted to the people at such time as determined by the Board of Commissioners." Godard said the resolution carried with it the implied continued support of the hospital by all of the doctors on the staff, including nine on the active staff and three consultants. He added that though commissioners took no .formal action they implied the conditions of the resolution were acceptable to them. Com- missioners indicated no special meeting will be called to act on the resolution. The next reg- ular meeting is 7 p.m., December 11, at the hospital. A spokesman for the medical staff said doctors The Monroe Board of Education agreed unanimously last week to resubmit on January 21 the same three ballot questions that were de- feated by school district voters on November 5, at a meeting attended by a number of school district resi- dents. School Director Gordon Keck made the motion that sent the three money propositions to the bonding attorneys with the instruction that "they be drawn up for our approval at the next board meeting." Keck's motion included the pro- vision that the three ballot questions carry the same dollar amounts except that Proposition 1, the main- tenance and operation levy in the amount of $454,200, 39.6 mills, be increased by $2,000 to cover the costs of the January 21 election. Proposition 2 is an authorization to sell bonds to the limit of $1,200,000 which would produce school construction funds in the approximate amount of $641,000 representing the present bonding capacity of the Monroe School Dis- trict. Proposition 3 is a building fund levy ol ten mills to produce $126,939 to pay for part of the cost of site acquisition and equipping of two elementary schools, one in Maltby and one in the Florence acres area. School district patrons questioned the advisibility of asking the voters to approve the recently defeated tax levy questions without modification. L. C. Devereaux of Route 1 quoted a newspaper clipping describing a surplus in the state treasury and asked why some of that money couldn't be used for school oper- ations instead of trying to pass a levy for more taxes. Director Warren Simon explained: "We have to have the levy monies or close the schools next April." "The state allows us $368 per student and last year we spent $541. The state average is $547 per student," Superintendent Ern- est Fox added. Mrs. Darrell McDonald of 17719- 162nd Ave. asked why the board didn't economize. "It would help some of us to vote for your levy if you could show us where you cut budget ex- penditures and tried to operate more economically. Have you tried to trim the budget?" she asked. "There's nothing we can cut this (Page 2, Column 3) MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURS., NOV. 28, 1968 ! Valley General Hospital's medicalstaiflast urged purchase of the 36-acre proposed hospttal Condition Of Startup Man week recommended to Hospital District No. 1 site as a good real estate investment--a good commissioners a four-point resolution concerned economic piece of property to build on or hold with building of a new hospital and future use (Page 2, Column 3) of the present facility .... " " " ---.---: ....... .......... Sa00d Critical After Crash abstaining and two absent and presented to corn- ....... missioners during a joint meeting with them. The four points recommended, according to $8 James CuT!y , 56, Startup, was hitting the wo men and was stopped cTittcallyinJured and another Start- by the guy wires of a utility pole. Ross Godard, Valley General administrator, that: | Because of the Thanksgiving hol-  up man, Fred Engel, 44, was less Darry Smith, 17, of 121 South Fer- "The Board of Commissioners proceed topur-  Iday, as well as our earlypublicatton  seriously Injured while observing ry Street, Monroe, was riding with chase the proposed hospital site; "The commissioners approve expenditures to  date, the office of the Monroe ( a .chain of accidents involving six Croshaw and suffered head lacer- install fire sprinklers and fire separators in ( Monitor will be closed Tuesday, ) vehicles and a number of valley atlons. Three other passengers the attic in order to bring the present facility } Wednesday and Thursday, November  drivers and passengers early last including two in the bed of the Thursday evening on rain-sltckened pickup were not injured. up to state fire marshal-requirements so it  26, 27 and Thanksgiving Day.--the } U. S. Highway 2, two miles east of Croshaw's pickup, stopped in the Can be relicensed by June 1, 1969;  Editor / "Due to the expense of meeting the state | .............. , ..................... Sultan. westbound lane because of the ortg- fire marshal requirements the building be con- Valley General Hospital author- inal accident, was rear-ended by an High School Additions Given Board Approval Monroe school directors last week officially accepted the high school building additions and approved final payment to the general contractor, the Linton Construction Company. Superintendent Ernest Fox explained: "Our architect Harry Botesch has approved the buUdtng's and we're bonded for one year after acceptance. The contractor did a good job. This approval does not include acceptance of the electrical or mechanical work." In other business, board approval was given to a trip being taken at that time by Monroe High School Principal Gene Maxim and Verne Fank- hauser, project director for the Elementary Guid- ance Counselling Program to San Mateo, Cal- ifornia, to observe what Fox termed as "an out- standing vocational education, operation.'" The 220-acre proposed plat, Meadowood, was sanctioned by board members on the motion of Director Lawrence W. Whitfield. The plat containing 38 lots of five acres each, was said by Director Gordon Keck to be located on the edge of the school district, up the Wagner Road, "at least seven miles from Monroe." (Page 2, Column I) NEW HOURS Use Of MHS Gym Okayed By Board Community groups willing to provide proper adult supervision will be allowed to use the Mon- roe High School gymnasium in a decision of Monroe school directors last week. The action came as a result of several requests from groups reported by Superintendent Ernest FOX. He described previous problems encountered in allowing community organizations to use the gym when adult supervision was not provided consistently as agreed when initial permission was given. Director William Boyden advised that the j anttor should be instructed not to open the gym for a group of young people without adult supervision. "We should have an athletic coordinator for the district to work out scheduling and use of the facilities," Fox added. Use of the gym was approved on a motion by Director Lawrence W. Whttfleld and a fee of $3 for each use was approved. Three Earn 'A' Grades To Top M HS Honor Roll Mark Olson, freshman; Cathy Gohl, junior, and Kathy Burch, senior, earned all "A" grades to top the Fall quarter Monroe High School honor roll list announced by Principal Gene Maxim. Named among the 148 earning honors were: Freshmen Matt Bakke, Mike Bond, Dale Bunge, Gary Burchard, Jennifer Chaney, Donald Davis, Doug- las Elledge, Ben Eppinga, Darrel J. Ewert, George Fret, Lorraine Furlong; Nancy Gets, Linda Hammond, Montca S. Hern- don, Lezlee Johnsen, Judy Kern, Joan Knatcal, (Page 8, Column I) Ities said Curly was still in crit- ical condition Sunday suffering from a collapsed lung, serious chest and internal injuries, spinal In- Juries, multiple fractures of a leg and a fractured arm. Engel suf- fered leg injuries. Curly and Engel, running across a pasture toward the scene of an accident involving two trucks and two cars near the Roesler Timber Company were struck by a pickup truck when it careened off the high- way at the accident scene after being hit from behind by another vehicle. According to State Trooper John H. Tierney, witnesses said Engel was clipped by the truck and flipped through the air while Curly was run over and dragged as the vehicle passed over him. The pickup truck, driven by Steve Croshaw, 17, of Route 2, Sultan, continued on about 30 feet after automobile operated by Frederick R. Young, 16, of Sultan. Young was alone in his convertible and was treated for head lacerations and minor head abrasions. In the original accident two Roesler Timber Company trucks driven by Herbert H. Langner, 53, Sultan, and Raymond A. York, 34, Startup, stopped in the eastbound lane on Highway 2 at the firm's entrance, were struck in an ac- cerdlan-style crash with two station wagons driven by Glen R. Franklin Jr., 16, Sultan, and Ralph A. Groud- hal, 48, Startup. No one wasinjured in the original accident. Trooper Tierney said a third edestrian, one of the drivers in the rst collision, was able to jump clear of the out-of-control pickup as it bounced through a drainage ditch and into the field. Bids On Monroe Post Office To Be Made Within 60 Days United States Post Office author- ities plan to issue a bid call within the next 60 days for the new post office plant in Monroe, it was learned last week from Second District Con- gressman Lloyd Meeds. Currently, plans for the new 21,600 quare foot facility are being finalized. Once the bid call is issued the site option on North Blakely Street will be transferred to the success- ful bidder who will in turn pur- chase the land, construct the fac- ility and lease it to the Post Office Department. The site, 150 feet north of the Monroe and Blakely Street inter- section, lies on the west side of Blakely. The current property owners are Mr. and Mrs. Perry Ntxon and Mr, and Mrs. Lawrence V. Whitfield, both of Monroe. The proposed post office will con- tain 4,669 square feet of internal floor space, 480 square feet of plat- form and 7,200 square feet of park- ing. The present Monroe Post Office, headed by Postmaster William Boyes, is located on West Main Street, about one block from the new site. It too is leased to the Post Office Department. 9-5 Monday thru Thursday FIRST FEDERAL sAVINGS & LOAN ASS'N ond Home Office: 2702 Colby Everett and in Effective i0000onday, Dec. 2nd 9-6 on Fridays Marys-ville Edmonds SnohomJsh i iii ii ii ii i i i ii i