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Library Garden Tour on Page 4 I,d,lddql%,,dll,Uhl,hq.llh,hl,l,d,llld,lmdm ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09113/99 SmaUTowapers Inc 217 W COTA ST SHELTON. WA 98584-2263  Wednesday July 6, 2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 45 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition .....  " :  ........ " ' 2 ." " : .... ......................................................................   '. ';. :' I I i ii iii i ii ii IHIHIH'Htl ..... iiiiii i i]1111 Miss Westbrook up-close A behind the scenes look at the making of Miss Westbrook By Karley Deprez Intern writer Have you always wondered what it takes to participate in the Miss Westbrook Pageant? I will take you behind the curtains and give you an inside look into what the Miss Westbrook candi- dates and staff have to do to prepare for the Miss Westbrook pageant. Karley Deprez The candidates practiced twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On the final week we practiced every night from 6:00 until whenever we completed the full show. Sometimes we left the auditorium at 10:00 at night. First off is the Miss Westbrook resume. The Miss Westbrook committee gives questions that are required in the resume. The required questions include such information as; about family, school activities, college plans, and name of sponsor. The resume can be printed on any kind of paper. We could decide if we want to be more creative and have our resume more in scrapbook form. The contestants have to make five resumes, seems easy but these things take time. My resumes took eight hours. I know this seems kind of ridiculous but from typing, printing, cutting, gluing and of course, the glitter, to making it just perfect takes time. Funny, as it sounds, it was fun making the resumes! The Miss Westbrook committee sends the resumes out to the three judges two weeks before the show for their review. Next is a part that the audience does not see, the judge's interview. The judges ask you questions in order to get to know the contestant. Also each night the Miss Westbrook staff asks a random question to prepare you for the interview. An example of such a question would be, "if I gave you a red crayon what would you do with it?" The Miss Westbrook staff gave us a tip to answering these questions, such as repeating the question while you give them answer, to give you more time. The staff also reminded us to make sure while you answer the questions, to look at the judges, do not have your eyes floating around the room. Miss Westbrook contestants choose their own tal- ents. Girls choose talents from speeches, piano play- ing, singing, and even a sign language presentation. The Miss Westbrook staff helps the girls by suggest- ing ideas to add to their talents. The Miss Westbrook staff also helps with setting up the contestant's sets. The Physical fitness dance is also time consuming, but really fun to learn. The dance is the first thing you work on. Maryellen Suhrhoff created the dance. The Miss Westbrook staffhas to choose an outfit for the dance. This is sometimes a challenge trying to fred the right outfit for the dance and making sure the outfit fits the girls. The contestants then buy the out- fit that the staff chooses. Next on the list was the "walk." This category is called Presence and Composure. Jesse James trained the Miss Westbrook candidates, something he has done for many years. The contestants have to have a formal dress for the walk and the right shoes. They encourage us to wear heels to help us with our walk. James says it helps with our posture. No heels you most likely will slouch. Another tip Jesse says is to imagine having a corset on so it will help you straighten your back. Another tip that came from Jesse was "put your quarters in." Well, maybe you can figure this one out yourself. Close-up -- cont. on page 4 Wilder Pageant ready to roll The Ingalls family arriving in Walnut Grove in a covered wagon, on media night. Friday night marks the 34th year of the Wilder Pageant- Family Festival starts Saturday By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Parts nave  been cast, the sets have been spruced up, the technical crews are ready with sound and lighting, and the cast mem- bers have been working for weeks to perfect their parts. Director Bill Richards, who has been associated with the pageant since its inception, talked candidly about the challenges they have endured while rehearsing for this year's show. "The weather has been a challenge quite often -- it gave us a chance to practice a lot indoors this year," he said. "We have a lot of kids this year and several new adults." After participating for many years as the "Old Laura," and other parts, Beth Kleven has decided to drop out of the pageant. She is being replaced by six year veteran Heidi Morgan who last played Mrs. Kennedy. Another long running actor Run Kelsey, who played several parts during , his-tenure, is stepping down after 23 years in the pageant. He played William Oleson, Mr. Hansen, and Doc Hoyt dur- ing that time. George Mason now plays William Oleson Darla Bloch was a cast member for 19 years. She not only played Aunt Docia, but she also provided some of the animals for the pageant. She will be replaced by first year cast member Nikki Jorgenson. Beth Kleven and Darla Bloch will continue to work at the souve- nir stand. Richards said, "we have added more instrumental live music during the pageant, to add something different. Of course with new actors and those doing different parts, it offers a different interpretation of the parts." At some points Richards feels they get behind, and the weath- er has actually caused prob- lems for people to get to prac- tice. "People are working hard learning their parts -- when the curtain rises we will be ready to go with the first per- formance," he said. Mother and daughter have parts in the pageant There have been many parent and child combination actors in the pageant, and there are others this year too. Brenni Veit and her daughter, Elirena, of Victoria are first year mem- bers of the cast. For the Veits, it has been a wish for several years to someday be a part of the pageant. A couple years ago they had attend- ed the pageant and Brermi decided when her daughter was a little older it would be fun to come down from Victoria to try out. The night they came down was very blustery, and she wondered at times if they would make it back home. Mother and daughter both were given parts, Brenni plays Mrs Pedal and Elirena plays one of the Kennedy children. They are camping at Plum Creek Pk during thepageant. Pageant -- Cont. on page 3 How the state shut-down affects the area MINN. -- CLOSED FOR BUSINESS By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL After months of deliberation the legisla- ture and the governor have not been able to come to an agreement on the next biennium budget for the State of Minnesota. Apparently political agendas for both the governor and the republican lead legislature has come to logger heads with both blaming each other for the shut-down. However, people we have talked to on the street seem to be saying both are to blame. Although some have taken a stance with the party they support. At any rate, a check with several local entities did not express any immediate problems for most people. However, there has been some inconvenience for some people in specific areas. For instance, if you are sixteen and having a birthday this month, you will not be able to buy a fishing license. If you need to renew a license with the state you are out of luck. If you want to buy lottery tickets you will have to travel to a neighboring state. One of the big issues for a lot of people this fourth of July weekend is all the state parks are closed. The list goes on, but you get the idea. Minnesota is essentially closed for business, that is if you want to do business with the state. Stopping at ExpressWay in Westbrook, Manager Lynn Elzenga said "we have had several people come in to buy their lottery tickets, but we couldn't sell them." Randy Robb, a frequent customer there said "it proba- bly is the best thing that has happened for a lot of us. Because you spend a lot of money buying tickets to win a buck or two. I guess it will be like getting free breakfast sandwiches for a while." If you want to buy a lottery ticket you are out of luck. (Pun intended) ment aid) in July. There could be a delay getting that money, but we have enough in reserve to operate for a while." Westbrook City Clerk, Katie Steen, said "it wouldn't affect the city for a while, we get our LGA (local govern- Shut-down -- co.t. on page 3 ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 INSIDE PAGE 3 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 7 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 INFORMATION " CLASSIFIEDS " ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune