Thursday, May 21, 2015

Desert Trail Column, May 21, 2015

Have you noticed our beautiful “new” grader going up and down the roads? It had only 2,000 hours on it, which makes it practically brand new! Tim has been lowering berms and crowning the roads where he can. We really appreciate all his efforts, and look forward to when the big-time road repairs can begin.

Miss Ida Lane plays some genuine honky-tonk piano at The Palms most Sundays. Stop in to listen and sing along while she plays such songs as “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Waltzing Matilda,” “Angel Band” and “Uncloudy Sky.”

Pastor Max Rossi passed along some good news recently. The Road Extension Plans were finally approved by San Bernardino County, so the new church building should be up and fully operational on Godwin Road by the end of this year. Max wants to thank everyone for their prayers.

A WEMO Presentation for Wonder Valley will be held on Saturday, May 23 at our Wonder Valley Community Center at 11 am. WEMO stands for the BLM’s WEst MOjave Plan. They are working to designate 5,000 additional miles of off-road vehicle routes, and Pat Flanagan will talk about how this may affect Wonder Valley.

We send out Rainbows-of-Emeralds-and-Lilies-of-the-Valley to Barbara Finnegan who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Barbara!

Karen’s Commentary:  Ted and I had two firefighters over for a turkey dinner last week – old friend Jay Dimoff and his partner Aaron who lives in Azusa and is normally stationed in Needles! Wow, what a commute! Azusa was my teenage stompin’ grounds, we raised our family in neighboring Glendora and Jay lived in neighboring Covina when he was a kid, so there was a good deal of “old neighborhood” talk. What a fun evening.

Darlene’s Commentary:  Of all the good bands I have seen at The Palms in Wonder Valley, and there have been a lot, my favorite is the Blackwater Juke Box Band. The bandleader, Geordie McElroy, plays electric banjo like I’ve never seen – the whole band is on fire! Their music and lyrics are so unique and fresh. Blackwater Juke Box totally ROCKS!

The Wonder Valley Book Program is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to noon at the community center. Books and movies can be checked out free. Come on in and look around.

Handy Hint:  Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters.

Thought for Today:  “We’re behind you all the way” is the motto of the Procrastinator’s Club of America. They have 14,000 members, and probably millions more who just haven’t gotten around to joining.
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Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.