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24 Wednesday, September 10, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News AROUND THE By Don Nokes HErVUJ>NEWS The Nokes family, along with their friends Chuck and Lori Boblenz, spent Labor Day weekend traversing every state in the nation. "First we had to trace all of the states," said Judy Nokes. "The sten- cil for the map, the paints and all of the 'how to' instructions came to us compliments of the US West Tele- phone Pioneers of America and the Martin-Senour Paint Company -- hut we had to provide the labor." The map of the United States fit perfectly on the Holy Rosary School playground next to Lanigan Center, unfortunately for the map painting crew, so do most of the vehicles that park in that space for the Saturday evening mass at Holy Rosary. Since Holy Rosary's recent fire, all of the services have been redirected to the Lanigan Center, while the church is being repaired. One woman weaved her way past the barricades that had been set up Holy Rosary School students can U.S. and Alaska -- during recess/ Bruce Savadow/staff now enjoy the entire continental to cordon off the painting area. She she left the premises to park in a then slalomed through the paint less abnormal location. buckets, rolling over Judy's purse in "She was disoriented, and who the process, and brought her car to could blame her?" Judy recalled. rest on top of the huge painting "We've been trying for two years to stencil that had been dragged to the get this map painted, and if it was- far end of the playground. Feeling n't the weather that stopped us, it that things were not right and notic- was some kind of special event. ing Judy's flailing arm gestures, she This was our window of opportuni- steadfastly reversed directions, re- ty to get the job done, unfortunate- rolling over the purse, but managing ly, it did discombobulate things a to avoid the map and paint cans as bit." The mystery marauder returned after church and apologies were rendered by all parties East involved. Nothing was broken except some concentration and a over time-worn traffic routine, fixed With the three Nokes boys, Sam, Keegan and Eddie manning brush- The m es, things began to sag a bit in the ready Saturday afternoon sun. sure "That's when this wonderful map, woman showed up. She was like an courage angel or a saint," Judy said. "She The said her name was Mary Francis, school and that she lived across the street. She'd been watching us paint and I Parents guess it looked like so much fun to her that she just had to grab a brush and join in." use "We're so glad she did," Judy added. "Mary Francis was a life saver." Roping off the parking facilities Holy for those attending mass actually ne was a blessing in-disguise. As they scurried past the forming nation, will parishioners offered advice. Okla- munitY homa, for instance, had a little nose- like extension on its northwest side. this We blew it, but with a little helpful Don advice from a parishioner, we were able to fix it. We also messed up the PUGET SOUND 360 CASCADE RANGE 360 SHORELIN1 BAINBRIDGE YOUR KAYAKING BUDDIES LIVE IN VASHON ISLAND KEY PENINSULA GIG HARBOR MouNT RAINIER 360 YOUR VETERINARIAN LIVES IN Years ago, talking to one another was a phone and saying hello. These days, in western just as likely to send a fax, call from a cellu] the Internet. All of which require a lot more lineS for two new area codes. YOUR AND / FAVORITE CUP OF COFFEE IS IN THEY'RE ALL WITHIN REACH. The hard-working 206 area code has been 206, 425, and 253. Calls that were long distar Oe still be long distance, and calls that were local The only real difference is that now you need before the number you're dialing. For local calls, dial a T or a '0' before the area code. And through November 15th, you can still call number without dialing the area code. It's going to take some getting used to, no will allow us to keep bringing you all the communicating we've come to depend on. YOUR WESTERN WASHI PHONE COMPANIIE$