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ry on wheels servcesl local rural residents Although the county has lost portions of Once re-stocked, they pulled out of the books for a friend unable to come. a well-maintained into the Oso, Lakewood areas. large old white and SUperiors are the service it as semi-trucks it carries a by- paper. Library, Marys- uses it as a mobile bookmobile. Packed variety of magazines, and cassettes, ; some of Arlington' s week on Thurs- States, libraries a service for over 60 Schoenrock of the Snohomish County, The more agrarian it feasible. its rural areas to non-agricultural develop- ment over the last 40 years, the service is still a success. The bookmobiles are as busy as ever, forcing some stop requests to be turned down. Virginia Phillips and A1 Ellis greeted rural residents taking advantage of the service July 30. For 22 and 21 years, respectively, the two have been book- mobiling - the term many youngsters call the service. Thursday Phillips and Ellis arrive at the regional library at 7 a.m. and began loading books. The night before the van ran the Silver Lake route, depleting the amount of books in stock. This meant a longer loading time. The bookmobile shelves are divided into sections, each stocked with a certain selection of books - mysteries, science fiction, non-fiction and several other types. Phillips determines what books are needed by checking the sections. rise in August of Snoho- District reject- t, or graduated, approved an week. nearly 30 percent for effective made necessary by a In wholesale rates Bonneville Power rate will have a month plus the ts per kilowatt hour March. The move rate of $3.65 per 1.75 cents was one reason for rate form. hearings Jtility Regulatory resolved to and seasonal They also of a two step held to receive the rate increase, from numerous said that inverted Penalize them. performing and Equinox Arts the weekend of the sylvan setting as an annual entertainment and ages, and will artists of and surrounding Include a varied and of artists' booths, shows, "hands-on'" and a wide selection concessions. In Will feature hourly of the best amateur g artists in the Festival is being and is being Council of Snoho- "When we passed the resolution on the PURPA rate-making concepts, and the resolution on inverted rates, we included statements that these changes should be implemented gradually to minimize im- pacts on residential customers," com- mented Dr. Roger Rice, PUD commission president. "This change to a seasonal fiat rate is quite a move away from our existing rate form. Any further change in rate form would severely impact the 70 percent of our customers who heat with electricity. This rate follows all of the concepts of PURPA, and sends a price signal to encourage conservation. It is cost-based because it tracks with our cost of power from Bonneville. And because electric heat customers use more in the winter, the higher winter cost should oencourage conservation and make heat saving investments more cost effective." While only industrial or primary service schedules presently include seasonal rates, all of the new rates except one minor schedule are seasonal to follow cost of service. The general service rate for commercial customers will go up nearly 19 percent. Large industries will see rates rise by about 33 percent. Bills for all customers issued after August 15 will be pro-rated so that energy used before that date will be at the old rate, and usage after August 15 will be billed at the new rate. art festival scheduled mesh County and the Everett Parks and Recreation Department. The Festival Committee is composed of Charles Bigger, booths; Jenny Steiger and Susan Dodge. concessions: Joni Isaacson, juried shows; Susan Russell and Karen Antonuc- ci, children's activities; Maria Cooper, performing arts; Jim Shields, Everett Parks and Recreation Department; Dave Andree, Linda Peters and Jewell Holmad, The Herald; and Barry Bonifas and Karen Charnell, Arts Council of Snohomish County. The Festival Committee needs many volunteers to help with artist hospitality, hanging the juried shows, working on the stage crew, selling soft drinks, and many other details. Individuals or groups wishing to volunteer should call Barry Bonifas at 353-2354. For more information on the festival, or to volunteer your time in making the festival a rousing success, contact the Arts Council of Snohomish County at 353-2354. Agricultural comments The Snohomish County Office of Com- munity Planning announces the availabil- ity of the Snohomish County Agricultural Preservation Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The county requests comments from all interested parties regarding the DEIS and the Agricultural Preservation Plan. To be included in the final E1S, comments must be received by September 14. Copies of the DEIS and the Agricultural Preservation Plan are available from the County Office of Community Develop- ment, fourth floor, County Administration Building, Everett 98201 at a cost of $5 and $6 respectively, plus postage and handling charges of $1. Copies of both documents are available for public review at all Snohomish County public libraries. Public hearings on the Agricultural Preservation Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement will be held before the Snohomish County Planning Commission in October. Public involvement and comment will be apprec- iated. library parking lot and drove north to serve the bookmobile's Route 4 ( Oso, Arlington Heights and Lakewood). SR-530 and Whitman Road was the first stop at 9:10 a.m., two miles east of Oso. Youngsters, mothers and older couples wait patiently before its arrival. Others arrive late to find the van already crowded. The familiar faces of Phillips and Ellis greet patrons. Ellis sits by the door and re-cards the returned books while Phillips helps patrons find materials and checks out books. They change duties cacti stop. Library cards are never exchanged on the bookmobile. Persons must only sign their name, list the books being checked out and leave their address. Through this checkout system, no fines for late books are levied and the loss of books are rare, Ellis said. Also handling the driving duty, Ellis turns the van around on Whitman Road at 9:35 a.m. and retraces the bookmobile's path to the daD Grange. From 9:45 to 10:10 a.m., they provide another group of Oso residents with books. Slanted shelves help keep books from falling while the van heads for other stops, plus "you get to know where the bumps and curves are," Ellis said. This know- ledge enables Ellis to avoid hazards that could topple the materials. The daD Grange is an old bookmobile stop. Both Ellis and Phillips know all the women who showed that morning except for a first time patron. Over the many years of serving the area, the two bookmobilers have become acquainted with most of the rural patrons. One of the women at the Grange stop July 30, Phillips first met when she was a little girl at Trafton School. The van stops at Trafton during the school year. "Today, she's married and has her own children," Phillips said. Their familiarity with the patrons helps Phillips and Ellis provide better service. The two workers fill the shelves with the books the people on Route 4 enjoy. They learned the people's book preferences from serving them over the years. If individuals want books not provided on the bookmobile, their request is filled the following run. At the Grange stop, non- fiction is popular. Phillips has become so knowledgeable about some patrons rending habits that she's able to help one woman pick out "How to do" and animal books are popular on Route 4, Phillips said. Persons want books on animal husbandry or problems and one person requested a book explaining the construction of a log cabin, she added. Inclement weather doesn't turn away patrons or halt the bookmobile. "When it's raining the hardest you have the most patrons," Ellis said. During snowfall, the van plows through the snow-covered roads to make its stops unless they're closed because of hazardous conditions. After the Grange, the bookmobile makes nine more stops: C. Schmid's - Lake Riley Road, 10:40 to I1:05 a.m.; U.S. Naval Radio Station - Jim Creek, 11:15 to 11:40 a.m.: C. Spencer's - Arlington Heights Road, 12:55 to 1:20 p.m.; M. Harry's - Arnot Road, 1:25 to 1:55 p.m.; H. P'eterson's - Grandview Road, 2:35 to 2:55 p.m.: 19th Avenue NE and 249th Street NE, 3:10 to 3:30 p.m.; Smokey Point Mobile Estates. 4:05 to 4:25 p.m.; Cedar Manor, 1711 -I51st Place NE, 4:35 to 5 p.m.; and Meadowood, 140th Place NE, 5:05 to 5:30 p.m. Along with Route 4, Phillips and Ellis make three other runs, keeping them busy four days a week. The two Sno-lsle Bookmobiles serve Camano Island and Whidbey Island, too. Route 10 covers Granite Falls, Sisco Heights at the Community Hall and the Jordan Road at the Jordan River Trails. Ellis and Phillips enjoy working on the bookmobile because they like meeting people and the different routes add variety to their job. 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