Sunday, August 19, 2018

Desert Trail Column, August 16, 2018

The meeting called by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was packed and hot; we hope the County representatives took note of the state of our air conditioner! Fire Chief Mark Hartwig gave a presentation regarding the proposed change in fire department fees appearing on our tax bills, then answered questions from the audience. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, which is also the San Bernardino County Fire Board of Directors, has written a proposal to charge every parcel served by the SBCFD where there is no contract involved, the same rate of $157.34, which is more than four times what Wonder Valley residents are paying now. There is a 30-day protest period, but it will take the official protests of 25% of the parcel owners representing 25% of the property values of all involved parcels to force the decision to a public vote; 50% of parcel owners and property values to stop it completely. Otherwise, the Board of Supervisors/Directors will make the decision.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, there will be a free presentation about the annual Weed Show. Ted Meyers, who has won more than 30 ribbons over the years will have all kinds of show-and-tell items there. He will pass along ideas, tips and tricks, plus go over the rules and the fun of entering. If you’ve ever thought about participating in the Weed Show, now is the time to get started!

 The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, August 20 at our community center sometime after 10:30 a.m. when the truck arrives. 
On Wednesday, August 22, the Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center at 11 a.m. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags will be provided. 
For further information on the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880. 
Handy Hint: Use curtain ring clips to make dishtowels into cute no-sew cafĂ© curtains 
Today’s Thought: In 1917, Grenville Kleiser wrote the following daily thoughts for August 16.
“Greatness of life is largely the product of definite purpose and lofty ambition. When you have made definite choice of a worthy life purpose, there will come to you a wonderful sense of will set to work for the sole purpose seemingly of helping on your progress. The consciousness at the close of each day that you have made real and substantial advancement toward a great purpose will increase your courage, and larger possibilities will be constantly revealed to you.“ Over one hundred years later, this still makes perfect sense. 

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