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4 The Sun, Wednesday, February 22, 1989 ,.w Kathy Schwalen, Willamina's Citizen of the Year, checks out fire truck as part of her job of fire district's clerk. She also serves on ambulance volunteer crew. Willamina's Citizen of Year nom SU! walen Wagon train By Norm Rant mostly in greater Los Angeles. After About four years ago Kathy took When Kathy Schwalen moved to 20 years of smog, traffic and the rest, her caring ways to the City of Willa- the Willamina area she helped start rural life back in Oregon began to mind which engaged her as city Little League baseball, a football look pretty good. She and her hus- clerk. It was a financially trouble- program for youngters, and highband scouted the local countryside some time for Willamina which was school girls sports. She became the and finally homesteaded on 12 acres under the rein of a mayor who some local fire district clerk, an emergency five miles outside of Willamina and thought tried to wrongly apply big- pl medical technician, a dental techni- made a home for children, three hot- city ideas to the small town. Kathy Linfield ans clan, the assistant director for the ses, 30 chickens, 10 geese and 26 stayed an abbreviated six months on American Field Service, and worked cats. The Willamina Wombat has the job. two concerts a stint as city clerk. She took in stray arrived. "It was an interesting situation Two concerts involving students cats, dogs and children. Then 14 In 1976 she filled a summer void that 1 could go into. But let's just and faculty of Linfield College along years later, presto, she's the West with Little League baseball. In 1980 say, 1 don't do politics," is all she"l/ with guest artists and musicians Valley Chamber of Commerce she persuaded the school district to say on the matter, from the McMinnville First Baptist "Citizen of the Year." budget money for girls sports. The city's recent course, however, and First Presbyterian Churches will And she took it all lying down. As assistant director for the Amer- is more to Kathy's liking, take place on Friday, Feb. 24, and "I'm quite pleased with the direc- Tuesday, Feb. 28, in McMinnville. While chamber members whooped ican Field Service, which adminis- lion of the city in the last two years," The concerts, including a variety it up at a Jan. 25 awards dinner when ters a foriegn student exchange pro- she says, "I don't see a lot of people of instrumental, choral and vocal her plaque was presented, Kathy gram, Kathy has sampled British, moving in with the prison, but that's was flat on her back with the flu. It German, Italian, Australian, South solo music by American composer to be expected. The federal guard si- Randall Giles, are scheduled for didn't matter. Kathy prefers serving American and Indonesian cultures tuation works like the military. They Linfield's Melrose Auditorium on to being served, from the comfort of the West Valley. get a three year assignment, so they Friday and at the First Presbyterian "I was terribly surprised, to be She particularily recalls an Italian don't buy a home. They rent." Church on Tuesday. Both concerts honest about it," Kathy says of the student known as "Manta from "But most of the people who live begin at 8p.m. award. "I've gotten involved with Italy." here enjoythe smalltown at- the commmunity and given of myself "He was a character," Kathy says Tickets for the concert at Linfield freely, not expecting anything." of Mauro. "About 6-6 and a beanmosphere. That's why they're are $3 for adults and $1 for students She also didn't expect the pole. I totally enjoyed him. The home here," Kathy adds. and seniors and will be on sale at the Kathy's biggest concern for ti~e lo- door. Admission is free at the "Willamina Wombat" poster that he was placed in orginally had pro- cal area is one she shares with citi- blems so 1 took him in for three Tuesday concert at First Presby- graces the fire district office. It was a zens across the country, terian Church but a free will offering gift from friends, weeks. He liked to cook, and he was "I'd like to see something for our "It's as important, if not more ira- very good. He made a great potato young people to do besides drugs, will be taken. por~ant, than the award the Chamber pasta, but what a mess. There would drinking and getting pregnant," she MG c Sq u a d ro n of Commerce gave me," she says. be flour all over the place." says. "Getting pregnant was the "I was working part-time for a However, kids don't have to come thing to do for awhile. It was a status dentist in McMinnville and I had all from foreign lands to spend time in symbol to have your own baby when receives awa rd these projects going," Kathy says of Kathy's pouch. She specializes in you were a junior in high school." her Wombat nickname. "And he surrogate parenting. "I see 12 year aids doing drugs," The McMinnville Composite said 'You know you're the Willamina Kathy says. "There's a grand supply Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has Wombat. Wombats are theonly mar- "l have over the years taken sev- of drugs in this area--and bored been awarded the "Most Improved supials with pouches on their backs, eral kids in who have had problems kids. I don't know if it's the low in- Squadron of the Year," by the In your back pouch you have the and tried to help raise them," she come situation or not, but a lot of Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol cares of the world so your arms are says. "My kids not only broughtthese kids are raising themselves." at there annual Wing Conference. free to help your follow man.' " stray dogs and cats home, they Kids raising themselves should Kathy grew up in Salem, married brought stray kids. We were also los- give Kathy a call. She's got a pouch a sailor, and then led the big city life, ter parents for one kid." to jump in. BLM plans summer hire n s e~ The Bureau of Land Management majority of the positions will t~ will utilize a pilot employmentduring the months of p., system to hire temporary employees May and June. Relive the past when you become a in 1989. All applicants must be pioneer family on a wagon train trek The pilot system will operate in the United States and this summer, cooperation with the state employ- least 18 years of age at the Yamhill County 4-H Leader ment offices in Oregon and are available for work. Glenda Clemmens is coordinating a Washington. Approximately 600 five-day wagon train trek through temporary summer and seasonal the trails of Yamhill County. The trek positions will be filled. is scheduled to take place this Jack R. Turner summer. State employment offices in "Like pioneers of yesteryears, we Oregon and Washington will listJack R. Turner, 82, of travel by foot, by saddle horses and BLM positions in their local offices, died Tuesday at his home. by covered wagon," says Clemmens. Individuals interested in applying for He was born in "Many of the pioneer families even field going temporary positions as on November 22, 1906. dress the part wearing authentic aids and technicians with the BLM educated in California. pioneer clothing. It adds to the should contact their local state Charlotte Brown were feeling ofthetrek." employment office to obtain in Nov. 1942 in New The purpose of the trek is to offer information about positions available owned a neon sign shop in adults and young people an and how to apply for them. Ariz. where he was also Rescue Mission minister opportunity to participate in aIndividuals wishing to apply for a Tucson. They moved to non-competitive situation whileposition at a BLM location outside forming a sense of family and the area in which they live should 1975and here. community as they work and travel consult the interstate job bank at together. "Families will enjoy the their local state employment office. He enjoyed fishing outdoors and make new friends,"There are no application deadlines and loved to read his Bible. Clemmens said in a press release, for positions. It is anticipated that a He is survived by The cost is approximately $100 per Charlotte, sons Alfred of Jack of Tempe, Ariz., pioneer plus an additional $20 to Grad parties set Chipman of Long bring a saddle horse. This fee covers sister Patricia Rowland the expense of hiring the wagon Both the Sheridan and WillaminaGrove, Calif., and nine teams, food and supplies. High School alcohol-free graduation children. To become a pioneer family, you committees are holding fund-raisers Services are pending need to begin now. Monthly to generate money. Scott-McGehey Funeral meetings will be held through June. The Willamina committee is sel-McMinnville for graveside Topics discussed at the meetings will ling bean soup mix at the Strawberry to be held at Southlawn include how to pack, how to set up Patch in Grand Ronde, or a donation Tucson, Ariz. camp and what to expect throughout can be made at any time by contact- the trip. The club will also join ing Nancy Kissel at the high school. F i r e together to do some fund raising for The committee is distributing a re the trek. questionnaire on what students Sheridan The next Wagon Train Trek would like to do for graduation. Feb. 16: Chimney fire meeting will be Thursday in The next meeting is at 7:00 p,m. cond. McMinnville. To find out more about Feb. 23 at the high school library. Feb. 17: Gas smell all this exciting adventure, contact Glenda Clemmens at 662-4311. Fie outgrew our facility, so we've moved Captain Al Lee, McMinnville Squadron Commander, excepted the award from Colonal Grant Cocchran, Oregon Wing Commander, on behalf of the McMinnville Squadron. The award was given out at a luncheon at the Valley River Inn, Eugene. Also attending from the local unit were Captain Rick Mills, 1Lt. Joe Swetz, 1Lt. Les Peterson and Cadets Flight Officer Keith Fritz and Airman First Class Dead Calhoon. Eldon Mclntoch of the MAC Air Service and Dave Walker from the Yamhiil County Sheriff Department also were present and are members of the McMinnville unit. Complete PRINTING SERVICE available at THE SUN 249 S. Bridge St., Sheridan Tom Allen Insurance next to Izzy's 1312 N. Hwy. 99W, McMinnville TOLL FREE Phone No. 1-80q Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm - Eves. by appt. SAN From ITAS s WALL TEX IMPER KINNEY-BROS. 1117 N. Adams McMinnville 472-2762 ' iI '..w" CENTER VISION Dr. Gary D. Crowell, Optometrist Between Safeway & PayLess in McMinnvili Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday & evenini John Pfistner, personnel director for Sheridan's federal prison, praises students in eighth grade at Chapman Grade School for their thank-you notes he received after bringing job application forms to class for students to fill out recently. Underneath, we're really great guys. See The Doctor 2600 McDonald Lane McMinnville 472-1146 ! lion overuse you treatment of: Pain Allergies Depression can if you're saying no Io drugs or trying to aw)id prescrip- choose a healthy alternative for Chronic Faligue Infections Diseases Or slop smoking in one effeclive 25 minute lreatmenl. For complete individualized treatrnenl tot any health problem call 434-6515. BRUCE DICKSON. N D \3llll'l)p3lhit I'h~ ~11'1311 Children to grand- parents benefit from Chiropractic care. From prevention of scoliosis in children to joint pains in adults. Call / US 639 i,,I today - we can help you! DAN FAMIILY W. Main Street, Sheridan 9:00-12:00, 1 T-Th 1:30-6:00 843-3888