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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to Montesano resident Herb Beck, who was featured in the June/July issue of the national VFW Magazine. Beck and brother John Beck, who died in 2009, were featured in the magazine in a story on brothers in the military, according to The Daily World. They served together in the Korean War, one of the rare pairs of brothers to serve in the same unit. They served in 1953 in the Army’s B Company, 11th Engineer Combat Battalion, a unit that cleared minefields. John was a squad leader, and Herb served as a supply sergeant.

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Cheers to the Committee on Geographic Names for naming an Olympic National Forest mountain pass in north Grays Harbor County “Burlap Pass” to honor the late David “Burlap” Rabey. The pass is located between the East and West forks of the Humptulips River, according to KBKW.

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Cheers to McCleary Mayor Gary Dent, who several months after taking office in 2010, discovered that the city’s utility accounts manager Ardyce Taylor was stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dent did the right thing by firing Taylor and calling in the State Auditor’s Office, who determined a crime had been committed and the Prosecutor’s Office followed through and charged Taylor with first degree theft. Taylor was sentenced to two years in prison for her actions. However, Taylor is allegedly pennyless, she told the court, and it’s unlikely the city will recoup all of its money. Dent said some of it will be reimbursed by the city’s insurance policy.

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Cheers to the Grays Harbor County Fair, which decided that last year they attracted a whole host of military personnel by offering them a special discount on tickets to the fair and have decided to do the same thing this year for the whole week of the 2013 fair, slated for Aug. 7 to 11.

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