Our Past | 1996: Empire Press holds successful Easter contests

Selected by Karen Larsen

In the April 4, 1996 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press, winners were announced for Easter contests sponsored by the newspaper. There are some familiar names — like Ashley Brown, who is now taking part in the Waterville Community Garden.

Familiar names also show up in an article in that same edition about a gift of cassette players and earphones from the Philomathic Club to the Waterville School kindergarten class. I chose to publish a few of the many kindergarten thank you notes printed at the end of the article.



We’re so happy with the success of our recent Easter contests.

Our readers wrote and told us what fun they had with our Easter egg hunt.

The younger set surprised us with their coloring talent. All entries were exceptional and the decision was tough, but the judges named Ashley Brown of Waterville as winner in the 4-6 age category; Sharaya Roy of Waterville, in 7-8 age division; and Kristin Thomas of East Wenatchee, in the 9-10 age class.

Our egg hunters were on the ball and correctly counted 42 hidden eggs throughout the pages of the Press. Those who counted our sample for a guess of 43 were also put into the drawing for the Easter ham. The winner was Liz Brown of Waterville.

Winners are asked to call the Press for information on receiving their prizes.

Look for more contests in the future.


Philomathic Club presents cassette players to kindergarten class

The Philomathic Club of Waterville recently presented five cassette players with earphones to the kindergarten class at Waterville School, according to club President Susan Finkbeiner.

Lori Ludeman, Lois Hinderer and Pat Thomsen volunteer hours each week assisting in Kirsten Thomsen’s kindergarten class.

Sales of the Waterville telephone directory help support such projects as these.

The teacher as well as the students were most appreciative of the gift and presented the club with thank-you notes and artwork.

“The headsets are fun because I think they are special.” —  Kasey Ramin

“Thank you for the headsets, they are fun.” — John Jorgensen

“Thank you for the headsets I like to play with them.” — Bryan Thomsen

“Thank you for the headsets. That was very nice of you.” — Morgan Suppes