Thursday, January 19, 2017

Desert Trail Column for January 19, 20127

Longtime Wonder Valley resident Fran Walters, who now lives in Georgia, turned 100 recently! Fran and her late husband Dick were very involved in everything that went on in Wonder Valley for many, many years. Our very best birthday wishes go out to you, Fran!

The Wonder Valley Community Meeting held last Saturday was interesting and informative, with lots of discussion about a recent structure fire on Shelton Road, plus off-road vehicle riding in our area. Battalion Chief Michael Snow was in attendance, representing San Bernardino County Fire.

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place on Wednesday, January 25 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road.

On a sad note, Leonard Sampson has passed away. He lived in Wonder Valley for many years, serving as a firefighter and all-around great guy! He was involved in all aspects of all the events, and would gladly help anyone needing assistance. When he became ill, he and his wife Sharon moved to Northern California. Leonard will be greatly missed by many people.

Karen’s Commentary: Every adult needs a LIVING WILL to state what you want to happen with respect to extraordinary measures to keep you alive; a HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEY to name someone who would make medical decisions on your behalf if necessary; a DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY to designate someone to handle your finances if necessary; a WILL to name someone to handle your personal assets and designate who will receive them; and a REVOCABLE TRUST to avoid the probate process.

Darlene’s Commentary: I love to read. Whenever I visit our library in town, I take a few minutes to browse the bargain shelves in the foyer, a place where I have discovered many treasures for little money. Often, something interesting just unexpectedly jumps out at  you, and you welcome a new author and his story to your library at home. When you purchase a book from those shelves, your dollar grows magically, touching more than just one person. Read every day!

Animal Action League will spay or neuter your pets and provide microchipping and vaccinations at discounted prices. They are located just west of the dinosaurs on 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. Call 760-366-1100.

Handy Hint: To clean and polish patent leather, dip a soft cotton cloth into milk and gently buff in circular motions. Buff again with a clean, dry cloth to remove any milk residue.

Thought for Today: There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire landmass of North and South America in one foot of liquid.

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