Thursday, April 13, 2017

Desert Trail Column, April 13, 2017

The community meeting held last Saturday was interesting and informative, as usual. Ongoing questions and concerns about our fire department were discussed, along with the possibility of starting a recycling program. These meetings, organized by Teresa Sitz, always provide insights into Wonder Valley issues, along with suggestions and solutions.

The USDA Food Distribution will be held on Monday, April 17 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 10:30 to noon.

We send out Rainbows-of-Diamonds-and-Sweetpeas to Penny Root (51) and Diane Brooks, who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

And speaking of special days, the Wonder Valley News column’s anniversary is this week! We have been writing this column for five years now, and we hope you are enjoying it. For those of you who have just recently started reading our column, here is a little history. We are sisters, and our “little sister” Donna now lives in Yucca Valley, but is a former Wonder Valleyite. Our mom, Louise Borquez, wrote this column for 18 years, so we are just following in her footsteps. We hope she approves!

Karen’s Commentary: Dar and I wrote about the same thing, but hers is better!

Darlene’s Commentary: I’ve been looking through photo albums for pictures of our old volunteer fire department and “Captain Jack” McConaha. Those were the days of Saturday morning training with Jack at the helm, checking equipment, fire hoses and protective gear, practicing procedures and readying the fire trucks and water tender for whatever disaster, large or small. Volunteers packed the parking lot back then, and everyone, whether young or old, was busy doing something. When people drove by, they honked and waved in appreciation of the volunteers in their community. Sometimes someone with a camera (who often was our mother) would ask if they could get a shot of the whole brigade. Then the Wonder Valley Volunteer Fire Department, including Captain Jack and his Dalmatian dog Firefox (the fire station mascot), would proudly assemble in front of Fire Station #42, and with a “Say cheese!” and a click, a moment in time was captured on a Saturday morning in Wonder Valley.

Our community center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays of each week, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free wi-fi, cards, games, newspapers, magazines, informational pamphlets, books, movies and audio books are available. There is even a table of “Free Stuff,” so come on in and look around. Call Ric Figueroa at 760-367-9880.

Handy Hint: Can’t find a screwdriver? Use a coin.

Thought for Today: Life is sexually transmitted.

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

Wonder Valley April Sunrise