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JUNE 23, 1997

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Yummy reward for safety conscious youngsters

   The King County Police Marine unit will reward youngsters 16 and under for wearing their life jackets with a Dairy Queen coupon redeemable for a free ice cream cone at any Dairy Queen Restaurant. This program is intended to promote "safety afloat" and encourage young boaters on Lakes Sammamish, Sawyer, and Washington, to continue the safe boating habit of wearing their life jackets. The program will continue as long as supplies of coupons last. Contact the Marine Unit at 296-7558 or Mark Kenny, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, at (360) 902-8500 for details.

Lodge helps

   Ashler Masonic Lodge of Bothell assisted at the Children's Miracle Network Saturday, May 31. Members and friends of the lodge, along with master of the lodge, David Brady, contributed over forty man-hours to answering the off-camera phones at KOMO-TV, channel 4, the local telethon headquarters. The lodge also contributed a $500 check to support Children's Hospital. The money was the result of a public raffle held by Ashler Lodge earlier this year. This year during the Bothell 4th of July parade, the lodge will sponsor the Grand Lodge Masonic float. For more information, call 481-0159.

Sweet onions, sweet cherries

   Children's Home Society of Washington (CHSW) is once again offering gift boxes of Walla Walla sweet onions and Washington sweet cherries to benefit programs for at-risk children and families in Washington state. Both products are part of CHSW's Children's Gift Catalog benefiting the non-profit organization. For information, call 1-800-817-KIDS.

Computers for seniors

   The Department of Health and Human Services has begun a program to give seniors access to the Internet. More than 500 surplus computers will be loaned to senior centers nationwide. Applications must be received by July 18. For additional information, call 615-2370.

Master Gardener clinics

   There are 32 Master Gardener Clinics in King County to answer gardening questions on anything from artichokes to zinnias. To find their locations, call 296-3425 and listen to tape number 112, the "1997 Master Gardener Clinic Schedule." If you would like a written copy, call 296-3900.

Pesticide hotline open daily

   The National Pesticide Telecommunications Network (NPTN), a toll-free service offering a variety of topics related to pesticides, will extend its Monday-through-Friday service to Saturday and Sunday beginning June 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. NPTN may be reached by Internet via the World Wide Web at http://ace.orst.edu/info/nptn, or by sending e-mail to nptn@ace.orst.edu; telephone (800) 858-7378; fax (541) 737-0761.

'What Tree Is That?'

   The National Arbor Day Foundation is offering a free 84 page pocket guide for identifying trees. Send your name and address to the foundation at Nebraska City, NE 68410.