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Page 4 ChPnev Free Press [] [] Thursday, August 5, 1982 Labor force ready and willing Letters This week, the Cheney Free Press takes a look at the community's major industries--the Nabisco Flour Mill and Key Tronic. While one has just opened, the other has been around almost as long as the community itself. In both stories, management looks upon its employees as the key to success. In taking employment applications, both companies recently found out that there are a lot of local people who desire to work in Cheney, and this is just one reason why the Industrial Development Council of the Cheney Chamber of Commerce is working to try to bring in more new industry to the community. Land currently is available for development--with services--at the city's industrial park site west of town. Key Tronic will have its site inthe park fully landscaped by next summer--which should help in attracting more business with its campus-style design. The pride shown by Cheney industry for its employees is returned by the employees in their competent on-the-job performance. Hopefully, more businesses will be quick to recognize the eager and willing workforce that exists here. How to harvest, store garden produce Elsie L. Jarvis Spokane County Master Gardener [Note: The author grew up near the Felts Field Airport. She notes her father always kept a cow, chickens, rabbits and sometimes a pig, along with a small nursery. Evenings and week- ends were spent helping her family with landscaping and gardening. Now, after 50 years of marriage, she and her husband are just starting to think about cutting back on the size of their large garden. ] Now comes the best part -- the rewards for all the hours you spent planting, watering and growing that garden. Of course, you have already been enjoying the radishes, onions, lettuce, asparagus and peas, also early cabbage and broccoli. But now the beans are coming on thick and fast. If you have planted more than can be consumed during the season, you will want to freeze or can the rest for winter meals. If this is your first venture into gardening and preserving foods, most good cookbooks give directions how to Master Gardening tips care of itself by folding the inner leaves over the head as it forms. If yours is the regular kind, you will need to watch and fasten the leaves over with soft twine or plastic strips, otherwise the sun will turn it an unattractive yellow color before it is fully developed. Broccoli & beets When you cut that beautiful large center head of broccoli, do not pull the root and it will reward you by forming many more smaller heads on the rest of the stalk. Broccoli freezes beautifully for tasty dishes this winter. Depending on when you planted your beets, they may need thinning about now, and those tender young leaves make excellent greens. Corn Eggplants have never done too well for me, so I gave up on them, but perhaps you had better luck. The fruit is best if picked young when 1/3 to 2/a its normal mature size. It should have a high gloss .and hold an indentation made by pressing with the ball of the thumb. If seeds have turned brown, it is too mature. Those tiny onion sets you planted early this spring are hopefully making good sized bulbs by now and you can tell when they are ripe as the tops get yellow and start to fall over. When most have fallen, use a rake to break the rest over. Then, when all the tops look dead, pull them and spread in the sun to dry three or four days. If you have an old screen, it makes a good rack for this. When they are dry, it is best to store them in mesh bags or o'ld nylons so air can circulate around them. the vines turn brown before digging potatoes for winter keeping and they should lay on the ground till dried off before storing but not so long as to start turning green. Did you know you can "steal" a few here and there when the vines have flowered? Just reach around the plant carefully and you will find some large enough to cream with peas. Squash Squash are either summer or winter. The best known and probably most prolific summer variety is zucchini. It and all early squash are best harvested when young and tender. Winter squash, along with pumpkins, must be thor- oughly mature to keep well. If left on the vine until after a good cold snap the flavor is improved. Last, but not least, we have tomatoes. Surely everyone can tell by the size, color and firmness when the tomato is ripe and ready. And isn't it delicious just picked from your own vine with the Warmth of the sun all through it? No store ever sold a tomato that can compare with the one you just picked from your own garden. '1 resign.' Note: The following is an open letter to the editor, originally adaressed to Dr. Duane G. Timmpson, vice provost for Academic Affairs at Eastern Washington University.] Dear Editor, Last week I received a one-year term contract to teach at the Robert Reid Laboratory School, which is a part of the Education Department at Eastern Washington University. This is my sixth such contract, but this year things are different. In the latest budget cuts at Eastern, the lab school lost its 5th and 6th grades. This decision was not made by the Education Department, but rather by members of the ad- ministration who put the lab school at the bottom of their priority list, along with varsity swimming and wrestling. Over the past 60 years, the Robert Reid Laboratory School has provided opportunities for prospective teachers to have some experience prior to student teaching, some opportunity to practice three or four of the hundreds of skills of teaching. However, lab schools across the nation have been closing at an alarming rate, and, given the continuing financial difficulties of the state, this looks like the beginning of the end for the lab school at Eastern. Yet, ironically, the State of Washing- ton has just recently established condi- tions for teacher certifications which requires that future teachers demon- strate competency in certain teaching skills. From my experience with educa- tion courses, I believe that it is highly unlikely that future teachers can demonstrate or even adequately learn their teaching skills without some type of lab experience. Secretaries do not learn to type without typewriters; doctors do not learn how to practice without an internship; and teachers learn how to teach, by having ex- perience in the classroom. One result of this situation is that a doctoral degree so I could stay at Eastern, but I've also become terribly disillusioned about higher education and confused about what excellence in higher education means. I've found that my salary is $8,000 less than if I were to teach in the public schools in Spokane. I've found that my work load and responsibilities are about double those of a public school teacher. And I've seen too many of my collegues with doctoral degrees who teach 10 hours a week (at twice my salary), but can't be found anywhere on campus after I I a.m. and not at all on Fridays. I must hastento add that the majority of my colleagues do not fall in this category, but even a few is too many. In short, I believe in the mission of the lab school and have tried my level best to do my part in making it an excellent institution, but apparently the administration (and perhaps a large part of the faculty) at Eastern does not share my idealism. The Robert Reid Laboratory School is something that could help make Eastern the best teacher training institution north of UCLA, but it is being treated as though it were a frill. And I personally can no longer afford--financially or emotionally--to continue my efforts on a sinking ship. I resign, Sincerely, Darlene Y. Weller Anti-Port District The Spokane County Pomona Grange meeting in Rockford, after listening to an attorney promoting the Port District for Spokane County, voted unanimously to oppose the port district at this time. Pointing out the distressed condition of the economy, especially agriculture, we feel that the one thing that we don't need at this time is an increase in taxes. All the tax money in Spokane County will NOT bring any industry to our county until the economy improves. can or fl:eeze, etc., or you can call on your County Extension Service at N. 222 Havana, Spokane 99202 (phone 456- 365t) to send you helpful brochures. Beans & cabbage You can have a good long season if bean vines are kept watered and well picked. (Do NOT leave any mature pods on the vines -- the object being to produce seeds; once this is accom- plished, they will stop putting out new pods. ) It you had any early cabbage left when hot weather hit, you may have found some heads were splitting. It may not look so elegant, but don't throw it away; it is still good to eat. Some gardeners twist the plant to break some of the roots and keep the heads from splitting or hold off on water when the heads are fully formed. Breaking is very seldom a problem with the late varieties. Cauliflower Did you plant the self-blanching variety of cauliflower? If so, it takes Corn is determined to be ready for eating when those pale gold silks have turned a dark brown and ears feel full and firm. If you cannot tell, another way is to pull a portion of the husk away and peek at the kernels. The ideal way to serve it is as Jim Crockett used to tell us: "Have your kettle of water on to boil and get the freshly picked corn into it as fast as possible." If this does not fit into your schedule, the next best thing is to put it in a cool place with the husk still on for protection until you can cook it. But the sooner you get it from the garden onto your dinner plate, the better the flavor. Corn may be pre- served for winter use by freezing, canning or drying. Cucumbers As soon as your cucumbers are the size you want to use, be sure to pick them and NEVER leave any on to mature as long as you wish them to keep producing or the vines will stop setting on new fruit. If you find you have more than you can use, share them with a neighbor. Food clinics scheduled WSU Cooperative Extension has trained 20 area resident to help you with any questions you may have about canning, freezing, drying, selection, storage, pickling, and making jams and jellies. Volunteer Master Food Preservers are able to answer your food preserva- tion questions, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Spokane County Cooperative Extension Office; telephone : 456-3651. A Master Gardener-Master Food Preserver double hitter on Growing, Selecting and Preserving Fruit and Vegetables will be held Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Franklin Park Mall in Spokane. Of special interest to southeast Asian immigrants in the area is the three-day mini-course covering all areas of food: preservation, offered at the Ag Center, Aug. 23, 25 and 27, from 2 until 4 p.m., in cooperation with the Washington Asso- ciation of Churches Refugee Resettle- ment Program. Beginner or expert at food preser- vation, don't hesitate to discuss the most up-to-date food preservation in- formation with the Master Food Pre- servers. are of the size or ripeness desired. They may be frozen, canned or dried to preserve them for future use. We all know that you must wait until Our resolution Subordinate Granges; join us in opposition to The pro-port district upon the county this issue of the instead of the general l ber, hoping that so busy in the fields vote in the primarY strategy is not observation is 75 and 100% of vote NO on the port Sincerely, h'a E. Shea Thank you Our family wishes volunteers who home and property, noon and evening of Thorpe and Ass and Polk Road, and which consumed trees and the home We don't know who' but we are grateful wi,h to thank all children and teena hel l) with either firemen or shovels special thanks to Fire District #10, volunteers from and volunteers Natural Resources up afterwards until evening. A thank ton Water Power talked to us during thet. we still had power at our well to fight the It is ver saved when our.nel destroyed. We also friends and neighbors f and prayers during The Loyd Jacob This article has not covered all the school districts will now, more than Peppers&spuds varieties ofgardenproducebuttriedto ever, have to take on the responsibility Olympia Report give information on those most corn- of providing their new teachers with Peppers can be picked any time they monly grown. We hope you have had on-the-job training. Either that, or hire only experienced teachers. much success and enjoy your garden as much as we do ours. And, if you tried something that turned out less than perfect -- better luck next year! Higher education, particularly the teacher training component, is in serious trouble. Teacher training in- stitutions, including Eastern, are often theory-based, and professors of educa- tion are notorious for having wonderful theoretical suggestions about how best to teach while betraying their own best intentions by not applying their theories to their own teaching. Example: the professor of a course on the teaching of writing who spent 10 weeks (30 hours of lecture time) discussing how to teach writing, but never gave his students the opportunity to write, let alone teach a writing lesson. A great deal is known about how people learn, how best to create the environment for that learning, and how to prepare people to teach, but much of that knowledge fails to become the working equipment of classroom teachers. And, with the closure of the 5th and 6th grades at Robert Reid, the problem has just gotten worse at Eastern. Dr. (George) Frederickson, presi- dent of Eastern, talks constantly of excellence. In my five years at this institution, I have striven for excellence in my teaching (both as an elementary teacher and as a college instructor), in my research, and in my service to the community. I have served on commit- tees; I have developed new courses; I have created programs which have brought hundreds of future college students on campus. I have been instru- mental in bringing educators from throughout Washington to our campus. I have served on a national curriculum committee for two years. I have given presentations at national conferences. I have taught courses in rural areas of Eastern Washington. My experience at Eastern has been exciting and challenging; I've grown, and I've seriously considered pursuing Removing the sales tax from food without adequate replacement of lost funds would have drastic conse- quences, two respected state legislators warned in the 1977 voters pamphlet, when that was on the ballot the first time: --Spending would have to be reduced and most heavily in the areas of schools, institutions and public ser- vices, since they amount to 80 percent of the total budget. --If the courts required full funding of schools, then the cuts would fall even heavier on social programs. --If tax increases are the alternative, it could require a raise in the state sales tax of one cent, extension of the sales tax to services plus a 10 percent increase in business taxes, or enact- ment of personal and corporate income taxes. State Sen. Hubert Donohue, D- Dayton, and State Rep. Helen Som- mers, D-Seattle, said it. A majority of the voters chose to ignore that, and the tax was eliminated as of July 1, 1978. The vote was 521,062 to 443,840. Every county on the west side of the state went for it, except Whatcom and Skamania. Every county on the east side gave it less than a majority, except Spokane and Pend Oreille. Almost half of the "yes" votes -- 208,781 -- came from King County alone. Most of the remainder were out of Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane Counties. Opposition to it was heaviest in Yakima, which dumped it three to one, Adams, Whitman and Klickitat Coun- ties. Theory regarding the outcome was that the initiative carried on the votes of the welfare recl hearts in the big east side of the state because residents tax on food was the those welfare recipient-' ought to pay something, And what has ha There have been institutions and publ] There is a court suit expected to result in schools alone, social programs. The has been raised a surtax on other taxes. And the sales tax hash food for a period of 14 once more June 30, Another initiative is ballot, taking the schedule, and income tax. It's a flawed Gov. John Spellman, raise sufficient money what's lost prior to But though there was I 7-day special session of foregone conclusion initiative and finding money now, nothing That was the last James McDermott ocratic can tive is their ticket election thi's fall. All on welfare-wiil turn out initiative where the home for the Oh, sure, a lot of folk st simply out of chagrin ious removal of it That's understandable. $ want to see other better think twice. Sunrise in Cheney Is captured behind this weed, providing a unique silhouette, photo by Tom Thrun Sunrise Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. 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