(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002)
10 YEARS AGO
Finishing up the final touches the week prior to the Washington skate and bike park’s opening day, Parks Superintendent Tim Widmer’s biggest challenge was keeping kids away from the unfinished site.
“Last weekend we had to keep chasing them away,” Widmer said. “It has looked like it’s been done for quite awhile, but there were a lot of little details that we hadn’t finished up on.”
Carrie Rich felt she needed a little excitement in her life. So she did what any Brighton native and pharmaceutical technician might do in that situation: she moved west for the summer and toiled as a firefighter under the intense heat and blinding smoke and soot of the worst wildfires to ravage the nation in 50 years.
None of the residents who spoke about illegal drug activity in the city and school district during the Oct. 17 Washington City Council meeting was present at last night’s council meeting. However, Sheriff Yale Jarvis, Mayor Ed Brown and city administrator David Plyman commented on a follow-up meeting city, police and school officials had with four of the residents.
20 YEARS AGO
Windows on Washington has a new family — Doug and Sherry Booth and children, Christopher, 8, and Ryan, 7 months. The Booths, who will be working managers of both the supper club and The Pointe Lounge, have purchased the Washington restaurant, formerly known as The Captain’s Table.
WEST BURLINGTON — A late flourish saved top-ranked Sigourney-Keota and gave the Savages a playoff berth and the Class 2A District title. The Savages scored a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes of play to beat No. 7 West Burlington, 34-28.
30 YEARS AGO
Relocated U.S. 218 in Johnson and Washington counties is scheduled to be reopened to traffic by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The five-mile section of new 218 from near Hills south to Iowa 22 near Riverside was constructed just west of existing 218. The junction of existing 218 and 22 east of Riverside was also reconstructed as part of the $2.5 million project.
Cees Endlich of Haarlem, Holland, was a weekend guest in the home of Max and Mildred See. Mr. Endlich was an AFS student in the See home for the 1970-71 school year. He is now an accountant with Andersen International of Holland and he spent the past two weeks in Chicago.
Jim Emry of Brighton received a gash in his leg from a chain saw, Sunday. Sixteen stitches were required.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Lester Orr and Mrs. Max L. Smith of the local Community Improvement Program committee and Mrs. Harry Ramseyer, state safety chairman, attended the CIP seminar conducted for the first district of the Federated Women’s clubs in Little Amana at an all-day meeting Wednesday.
Marsha Brock, daughter of Wayne Brock of Washington, has been appointed by the student government at Upper Iowa College, Fayette, to represent the students of the Cultural Affairs and Convocation Committee which arranges for New Horizons programs and other events of a cultural nature.
Duane White of Ainsworth will represent Washington County Farm Bureau members at a policy-making session at the 54th annual session of the Iowa Farm Bureau in Des Moines.
50 YEARS AGO
Patricia Sorrell of Washington has been elected chaplain of Beta Phi Kappa, honorary fraternity for women in physical education at North Texas University.
Linda Campbell, who spent most of her summer in Norway as part of an exchange student program, was speaker at a Rotary Club meeting here Monday.