Thursday, May 26, 2016

Desert Trail Column, May 26, 2016

Herpetologist Harold deLisle
and Snake Relocator Bert Lies
The special meeting on rattlesnakes held May 21 was extremely informative and interesting. Bert Lies plus an honest-to-goodness herpetologist, retired from Joshua Tree National Park, were there to answer all our questions and tell us things we never knew about rattlesnakes. Bert has been dealing with snakes of all kinds for many years, and will come to your home at no charge to remove an unwanted snake in your yard or house. Some interesting and/or little-known things we learned are:  Bird feeders and spilled birdseed bring birds, mice and rodents, plus the snakes that eat them; do three things, and ONLY three things, if bitten by a rattler – remain calm, call 911 and lie down; and the more non-venomous snakes in your yard, the fewer rattlers.

Our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, is once again open on a regular basis! Karen Meyers is working there temporarily until a permanent employee can be hired. The community center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 to 4. Call Karen at 760-367-9880.

Darlene’s Commentary: When I started coming out here with my parents in the ‘70’s, Jack McConaha was the very first Wonder Valley person I met.  I savored Jack’s friendship and miss his presence in the valley. Karen and I would like to honor Jack for the many things he did for our community. We are drafting a petition to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors asking for approval to dedicate Wonder Valley Fire Station #45 in honor of Jack. We will let you know when and where petitions will be available.

Karen’s Commentary: How things have changed when getting a job. When I was young, you went to the business location, usually (but not always) filled out an application and were either hired or not. The only standard requirement was a social security card. Fast-forwarding to 2016, I just had to go through an interview, lots and lots of paperwork, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, a physical exam and drug testing. A three-month process for a 15-hours-per-week, temporary job!

Pastor Max Rossi and members of Godwin Christian Fellowship are still awaiting finalization by the County of San Bernardino before they can have their long-awaited first service in their newly-completed building on Godwin Road. Just remember, everyone, that “good things come to those who wait.”

Handy Hint: Best apparel bargains in June include men’s and boys’ clothing, swimwear, sleepwear, hosiery and women’s shoes.

Thought for Today: The best couples work like the red and white of a candy cane, swirling beside each other as one, but never becoming pink.

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