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Page 4 Special People August 19, 1982 Marshall Webb Webb 'follows his heart' For Marshall Webb, a re- tired treatment supervisor at Eastern State Hospital and former mayor of Medical Lake, the memories of his ptilitical career are bitter- sweet. Even though he proudly lists some of the accomplish- ments during his single term as mayor, Marshall also re- called that the decisions he made often stirred contro- versy and lost him friends. Some of the goals ac- complished during his term were the blacktopping of school roads in town and the breaking of the groundwork of the city's present sewer system. At the time, many residents opposed both pro- jects, saying such activities threatened the rural nature of the town. To Marshall however, both projects were vital to resi- dents' safety and welfare. So strong was his commitment to the city having a sewer system that he contacted then Governor Albert Roselini to tell him that more than 40 septic tanks were backing up in the city, presenting a threat of hepatitis to resi- dents and patients at the three local institutions, Lake- land Village, Interlake School and Eastern School Hospital. Recalling his amazement when the governor requested his presence in Olympia, Marshall said he was grilled by a panel of experts on his assertions. Following his pre- sentation, engineers and health experts visited Medi- cal Lake and eventually the sewer system was approved by local voters. Based on his own ex- perience in politics, Marshall agreed that anyone involved in local politics has a job which is often a thankless task. "I know now and I knew then that many politicians spent most of their time granting special favors, but I always felt that I had to follow my own heart and do what I thought was the best. The mayor and the council we have now also have to follow their own hearts when they make decisions," he mused. While granting that the rural atmosphere of Medical Lake is one of its more attractive points, the former mayor sees future industrial growth in the area as a vital and important part of the city's progress. "Cities and towns must grow...if they go dormant and Con't. on page 6 Medical Lake Golden Agers keep themselves busy "Lord knows, there's enough going on around here to keep us busy," Ruth Bloom says as she recounts the many activities she and other Medical Lake seniors have available to them through the Golden Agers Club and activi- ties scheduled at Hearthstone Apartments. For Medical Lake senior citizens, the city hall audi- torium is the gathering place for a wide variety of social events. On the first Tuesday of each month seniors share a potluck luncheon. This year, with the help of Recreation Aide Jeanette Antunez, the seniors are also enjoying movies with their meals. During the month's remain- ing Tuesdays the seniors meet to play cards and share gossip. In addition to the social gatherings at city hall, Bloom said many of the seniors also participate in activities sponsored by the Hearthstone Apartments. The apart- ments, managed by Ann and Bob Brotherton provide housing for about 50 seniors age 62 or older. The housing, which is subsidized by the Farmers Home Administra- tion, provides the elderly and handicapped with comfort- able housing geared to the individuals income. Brother- ton said seniors or families of seniors interested in living in the units, can contact him at 299-4801. Ruth, with her quick smile and hearty laugh eagerly sings the praises of the Hearthstone apartments and the many activities available to residents and their friends. On Thursday evenings, popu- lar movies are offered. 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While bridge and 500-rummy ranl among the more popular card games at the Hearthstone and city hall, Ruth confessed that Saturday evenings can often find a group of seniors gathered at her home for a "friendly" game of poker. Even though Ruth, widowed in 1971, shares some of her time with her foster daughter's family in Spangle, where she is the grandmother to a 20-year granddaughter and grandsons ages 17 and 20, most of her social life is spent motivating other seniors to keep up with her active pace. Saying that while she knows cities must grow, Ruth hopes that Medical Lake retains the homey small-town atmosphere which attracts many of the senior citizens. "There's always something going on around here to keep you busy, if you're in- terested...the local churches like St. John's and the Ki- wanis sponsor activities for us...Really, there's hardly ever a free moment," she says smiling. Home repair help offered Many elderly and low- income residents of Spokane County may be eligible for free minor home repair pro- jects through Catholic Chari- ties. Conducted through area Neighborhood Centers, the program is designed to im- prove living conditions for the elderly and low-income resi- dents. Repair possibilities in- clude drains and faucets, minor repairs to essential appliances, electrical repairs or small-structure repairs in stairs, floors, porches, etc. Many may qualify for the free service. In some cases, a fee will be charged, based on income. Weatherization pro- grams also are available. For more details, contact Mary Ann Heskett at 838-3486. r- I IIII II I Seniors! We Have Special Insurance Coverage For You! Automobile: Special discounts over age 50 More Special discounts over age 64 and Lifetime Renewal Guaranteed Homeowners Insurance: SpecialRates for Valuable Articles Guaranteed Replacement Cost on Dwelling & Personal Property - also - RV Coverage with low low rates Mobile Home Owner, Policies Medicare Supplements Annuities Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance WE CAN and WILL Serve Your Needs!! Stop by or call lan A. Cunningham & Associates "Your Independent Insurance Agent Serves You Best" 299-5196 S 106 Lefevre Medical LaRe I i il iiii i i