Thursday, February 18, 2016

Desert Trail Column, February 18, 2016

The big Wonder Valley Community Cleanup will take place Saturday, February 20 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, from 8 to noon. Free tire and trash bins are being provided by Third District Supervisor James Ramos and San Bernardino County Code Enforcement for the exclusive use of Wonder Valley residents. Commercial or industrial waste, loads of more than nine tires and hazardous waste cannot be accepted. Oversized or hard-to-handle loads may be diverted directly to the landfill, so be sure to secure and cover those loads properly. Tires must be 11” X 25.5” or less. Acceptable items include trash, old appliances, furniture, yard waste and anything else that would be accepted at the landfill. An electronic waste recycler will also be available on site to accept household electronics from 8 am to 4 pm. For further information, call Code Enforcement at 909-884-4056 and ask for Tina or Joana.

We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Christina Lindsley who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Christina!

Darlene’s Commentary: Last week my instructions about determining a creosote bush’s age were rather confusing, plus I forgot to mention a crucial requirement: This formula only applies to WILD creosotes, ones that have only been watered by Mother Nature. Use a yardstick to determine the number of feet across the outer ring of branches where they come out of the ground, then multiply that number of feet by 370 to get the creosote’s approximate age in years.
Karen’s Commentary:  A couple months ago, my husband Ted and I attended a unique fund-raiser for Sky’s the Limit. Professional appraisers estimated the value of household treasures brought in by the public for a donation of $5 per object. Unfortunately, none of our appraisals made us rich, but we learned things about those possessions that we were completely unaware of. What a fun event! And it’s going to be repeated in March or April. I can’t wait!

The Wonder Valley Community Church holds Sunday services at 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, plus Bible Studies on Sundays and Wednesdays. Potlucks are enjoyed following the services on the second Sunday of each month. Call Pastor Garry Brooks at 760-367-0279 for further information.

Handy Hint: If your car is one of the few that require high-test fuel, it will be noted under the gas gauge on the dashboard. Otherwise, premium fuel is not better. It doesn’t produce more power, improve engine performance, save fuel or contain any additives that help your car. It just costs more.

Thought for Today: Combing is considerably less damaging to hair strands than brushing.

Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

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