Thursday, September 24, 2020

Wonder Valley Drive-Through Grocery Distribution

 

The Friends of Wonder Valley, in partnership with the 29 Palms Community Food Pantry and Outreach Ministries INC., will be distributing bags of groceries at 10:00 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, October 7, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station. The event continues until 11 a.m., or until we’ve given out all the bags.

This food distribution is for Wonder Valley residents only. Please wear a mask and stay in your car.

We will need you to fill out a form for the 29 Palms Community Food Pantry and Outreach Ministries INC.

You may pick up ONE (1) bag for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) bag for you.

Please enter the access road at the WVCC sign and continue driving around the building until you stop behind the car in front of you. Stay to the inside of the curve (left) in case someone has to leave. Do NOT get out of your car. We will come around, take your name(s), and as you drive up to the loading zone, we’ll bring your bag(s) to your car. Please be patient and follow all instructions from the volunteers. This is to insure your safety and the safety of our volunteers and staff. Thank you.

The WVCC is CLOSED. The park is closed.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Desert Trail Column - September 16, 2020

Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at 29 Palms Highway, will hold drive-in style church services this Sunday, September 20 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Please contact Pastor Max Rossi at Mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother Wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.

The Drive-thru USDA Food Distribution will be held on Tuesday, September 22 outside our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, at 10 a.m. Enter the dirt access road just east of the community center and follow it around the building, exiting to the south. Everyone is required to wear a face covering and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Boxes will be loaded into your vehicle by volunteers – just let them know where to put them. The community center building remains closed.

Darlene’s Commentary: While rummaging through Shoebox #6 that was filled on June 6, 2020, I came across a Salty Senior Column by Jim Miller entitled “How to Make the Most of Your Telehealth Appointment.” I wondered “What is a telehealth?” I called my doctor’s office and asked. I was told that I needed a laptop, tablet, smartphone, computer, or any other remote communication device – such as a phone? Now you’re talking! I spoke to a sweet nurse with a tender-smile voice, with every question and answer clearly spoken and not rushed. And all without a single tablet, smartphone or other digital gadget in sight!

One good thing that is continuing during this pandemic is our road maintenance. Thank goodness for that! If you have any comments, requests, complaints, compliments, suggestions or inquiries about our road maintenance, leave a message for Dylan at 760-367-9880, 909-387-5940 or https://tinyurl.com/fixmyroad.

Handy Hint: Here is a lesser-known time saving secret about texting: Double-tapping the space bar on the keyboard when you finish a sentence adds a period and a space, and automatically capitalizes the next letter you type to start your next sentence.

Today’s Thought: Are you old enough to remember 1942? Millions of men were off fighting in World War II while women kept the defense economy going as welders, electricians and riveters; many items including sugar, coffee, cars, bicycles and stoves were rationed; Glenn Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” became the world’s first gold record; and Karen was born! Also, the following words and phrases appeared for the first time in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary: atomic reactor, bebop, blockbuster, bloodmobile, catbird seat, gizmo, knucklehead, maĆ®tre d’, napalm, niacin, seat-of-the-pants, stacked, take-home pay, tommy-gun, tourist trap, tunnel vision, whiz kid and young adult.

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

Rainbow near the Valley Mountains, 2019


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

USDA Food Distribution - September.

 

PLEASE read below carefully.

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 10:00 a.m. on TUESDAY, September 22, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station. The event continues until noon, or until the food runs out, which has been happening lately, about 11:00 a.m.

This food distribution is for Wonder Valley residents only. Please wear a mask and stay in your car.

We will be taking PRECAUTIONS to protect YOUR and OUR health.

Please enter the access road at the WVCC sign and continue driving around the building until you stop behind the car in front of you. Stay to the inside of the curve (left) in case someone has to leave. Do NOT get out of your car. We will come around, take your name, give you a ticket(s), and then bring your box(es) to your car. Please be patient and follow all instructions from the volunteers. This is to insure your safety and the safety of our volunteers and staff. Thank you.

The WVCC is CLOSED. The park is closed.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Desert Trail Column - September 9, 2020


If you are a senior or disabled adult, Reach Out Morongo Basin can help with free rides from your residence to non-emergency medical appointments, grocery stores or social services appointments. They also provide rides for medical appointments in the San Bernardino or Palm Springs areas. Their vans are COVID-19 compliant and safe and can accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Call 760-361-1410 for information or to schedule a ride.

 If you would like to help Wonder Valley residents feed and care for their pets in this financial crisis, please donate to the Lucky Dog Fund. Donations of pet food, leashes, collars, beds and/or money would be greatly appreciated. Please go to wondervalley.org to read about this special appeal. You may send checks to PO Box 1704, Twentynine Palms CA 92277.

 Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, will hold drive-in style church services this Sunday, September 13 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Please contact Pastor Max Rossi at Mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother Wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.

 We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Sherry Hague who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Sherry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Karen’s Commentary:  Are you tired of wearing a mask? ME, TOO! But it’s a small price to pay if it keeps everyone safer. If your glasses tend to steam up with each breath, slide them down your nose slightly.

Darlene’s Commentary:  I’m so happy that the thermometer will be dropping toward double-digits! This summer was a doozy and I sure look forward to cooler days. Thanks, Mother Nature! By next summer I plan on owning a new igloo somewhere.

 Friends of Wonder Valley is a local non-profit with the primary goal of improving the lives of Wonder Valley residents. They have done many things of a very helpful nature, constantly coming up with new and unique ideas for our little corner of the world. We thank them for all they’ve done and all they plan to do. Please donate to this fantastic organization by going to wondervalley.org or www.friendsofwondervalley.org, or by mailing donations to PO Box 1704, Twentynine Palms CA 92277.

 Handy Hint:  If someone in your house loves milk and loves it VERY cold, here is a great solution. Make ice cubes out of milk, then add a few to each freshly-poured glass. And of course this will never water down the milk like regular ice cubes would.

Today’s Thought:  “If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one.” – Andrew A. Rooney

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Desert Trail Column - September 2, 2020


Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, will hold drive-in style church services this Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Please contact Pastor Max Rossi at Mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother Wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.

 Since the birthstone for September is the sapphire and the flower is the aster, we send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Scott Kelso and Cheryl Davies who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Cheryl and Scott!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Karen’s Commentary:  I had the pleasure of meeting two very nice gentlemen last week. They are Mitch and Phil from the musical group Wayland. My son Jerry had met them when they first visited the Morongo Basin and fell in love with our desert. They then moved from L.A. to Joshua Tree and are having  a great time “seeing the sights” while settling in. During this time, Jerry directed me to some youtube videos of them and I discovered just how talented they are. I suspect that I am the world’s oldest living heavy metal/hard rock fan, and their music is right up my alley! I got their CD “Rinse and Repeat” and I love it – in fact, it is playing right now. I’m telling you, they’re good! And here’s the surprise:  In person, they’re very sociable, mannerly, fun to talk to – the kind of people it is a joy to meet. You’d never dream they are celebrities of any kind – no arrogance or fancy airs whatsoever. My new favorite rock band!

 We believe the MBTA Ready Ride is still operating in Wonder Valley, transporting you to any business in Twentynine Palms, but not on the Base. Pickup at your home is at 7 a.m. and drop off back at your home is at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays. On the first Wednesday of each month pickup is at the same time, but dropoff is at 1 p.m. Cost per ride for adults is $5; for seniors (60+) or disabled adults it’s $2. Call 760-366-2395 for further information or to schedule a ride.

 Handy Hint:  Plain old baking soda has a lot of uses. Two of the lesser-known ones are:  Brush into pet beds and mattresses to zap odors, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum. And -- One pinch of baking soda will mellow any harsh flavors, like in bitter tea, and you’ll never taste it.

 Today’s Thought:  A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep its eyes on the spot where the crack was.

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

Monday, August 31, 2020

Crime stats August 2020

 

It's always horrible when you, or someone you know, is burgled. It feels like things are out of control and crime is on the increase.

I post these stats, when I can, to show that there hasn't been a lot of variance over the past years. 

That said, please take precautions against burglary and theft. Install deadbolts and motion detector lights. Keep everything locked up. If you're leaving your property for the day, or for vacation, don't advertise it on social media.

Part-timers: Please get security systems with motion detectors and cameras, a system that will send alerts to your cell phone wherever you are, and call the police.

Know your neighbors. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

"Lucky Dog" dog food drive.


Nearly everyone we know has at least one rescue dog. Most of these dogs were abandoned in the desert of Wonder Valley. These dogs mean a lot to the people who rescued them, who are often very isolated, living at least 15 miles from the nearest store or gas station. Most people live on 5 acres, at least a quarter mile from their nearest neighbor. Their dogs are their dearest friends.

With Covid increasing their isolation, and adding financial strain, many residents find themselves having to choose between feeding their pets or themselves. 

Contributions from other dog lovers would go a long way toward keeping pets and owners together, and both properly fed.

The Friends of Wonder Valley is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit in charge of
the "Lucky Dog" dog food drive.

There are three ways to give:

PayPal Giving Fund (no fees on either side):
paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3520421

Friends of Wonder Valley Website
Go to https://www.friendsofwondervalley.org/ 
and click on the PayPal donate link on the top right.

Make check payable and send to:
Friends of Wonder Valley
PO Box 1704
Twentynine Palms CA 92277

Note that your donation is earmarked for the Lucky Dog Fund. If you provide a mailing or email address, a receipt will be sent to you.

We will match the first $100 in donations.

Friends of Wonder Valley is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.
Our EIN is 83-1473136.
For more information please email secretary@friendsofwondervalley.org

Desert Trail Column - August 26, 2020

Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, holds a drive-in style church service every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. All attending are asked to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at mrossi121@yahoo.com or call 831-234-6848, or Brother Wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for information.
Karen’s Commentary: I have written down some cleaning solutions that kill the coronavirus. I can’t tell you which publication or website they were listed in, but they are definitely from RELIABLE sources. When I have seen the same thing recommended a second time from a different reliable source, I put a checkmark beside it, so these are the ones that have been mentioned in at least two reliable publications or websites. I personally would not hesitate to use any one of these – in fact, I am using two of them in my home right now. 
1. Isopropyl alcohol, at least a 70% solution. WARNING: This solution can discolor some plastics. 
2. Bleach, ½ cup per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons per quart of water. WARNING: Will degrade plastic containers within a few days, will corrode metal over time and is too harsh for most countertops. 
3. CleanSmart, a commercial product that is safe for use around people, pets and food. Read any warnings on the label. 
4. Clorox Multi-surface Cleaner + Bleach,a commercial product. Read any warnings on the label. 
5. Lysol Max Cover Disinfectant Mist, a commercial product. Read any warnings on the label. 
6. Hydrogen peroxide, full strength. Can be used in a spray bottle. Leave on surface for at least one minute. Can also be sprayed or poured on and left to dry. WARNING: Can discolor fabric.
The last we’ve heard, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Lift Transportation is operating. They will pick you up at your home and transport you to medical appointments in the Morongo Basin, then return you to your home. This is a free service. Call 760-820-9229 or 760-366-5438 for information and scheduling. 
Handy Hint: Did you know that hairpins are thought to be one of the earliest human artifacts? You can use a modern-day bobby pin to fix a broken zipper – insert it through the eye of the slider and pull; reset electronics – access those teeny-tiny buttons; waste less toothpaste – slide one over the end of a tube, squeeze it together, and pull it toward the nozzle; hang delicates to dry – use as mini clothespins; and mark a tape roll – clip one over the loose end of duct or packing tape. Or you can actually use them in your hair!
Until next time... remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Grocery Bag Distribution.

PLEASE read below carefully.

The Friends of Wonder Valley is partnering with 29 Palms Community Food Pantry & Outreach Ministries INC. to distribute bags of groceries at 10:00 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, September 2, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station. The event continues until 11 a.m., or until we’ve given out all the bags.

This food distribution is for Wonder Valley residents only. Please wear a mask and stay in your car.
You may pick up ONE (1) bag for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) bag for you.

Please enter the access road at the WVCC sign and continue driving around the building until you stop behind the car in front of you. Stay to the inside of the curve (left) in case someone has to leave. Do NOT get out of your car. We will come around, take your name(s), and as you drive up to the loading zone, we’ll bring your bag(s) to your car. Please be patient and follow all instructions from the volunteers. This is to insure your safety and the safety of our volunteers and staff. Thank you.

The WVCC is CLOSED. The park is closed.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Desert Trail Column - August 19, 2020

Tigger Buskirk, who lives at Amboy and Sandy Lane, received a FedEx package that should've gone to Marguerite Severson at 81242 Amboy. She would like Marguerite to please pick up the package as she is unable to deliver it.
Godwin Christian Fellowship,6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, will hold a drive-in style church service on Sunday, August 23 at 7:30 a.m. All attending are being asked to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.
We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Dominick Bruxer and Ted Meyers (83) who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Ted and Dominick!

Speaking of special days, here are some celebrities with birthdays this week. Actor John Stamos (57); television personality Al Roker (66); actress Joanne Froggatt (40); chef, cookbook author and television personality Giada De Laurentiis (50); actress Barbara Eden (born Barbara Huffman, 86); actor Steve Guttenberg (62); actor Sean Connery (90); country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus (59); Hall of Fame baseball player Calvin Edward (Cal) Ripkin, Jr (60; singer and actor Rick Springfield (71); Hall of Fame baseball player Carl Michael Yastrzemski (81); Olympic track athlete Usain Bolt (34); journalist Connie Chung (born Constance Yu-Hwa, 74); actor Peter Gallagher (65); and actor Matthew Perry (51).
Karen’s Commentary: These instructions come from Susan Doggett, a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator who lives right here in Wonder Valley! If you find a wild bird that needs assistance, place it in a clean cardboard box or paper sack lined with a clean towel. Be sure that there are air holes in the box or bag BEFORE you place the bird inside. Keep the bird comfortably warm, but not too hot. For baby birds, you may need to place the box on top of a heating pad set on low until you can find help. Do not attempt to feed the bird and do not force it to drink. You may place a small water dish near injured adult birds, but baby birds should not be allowed near water as they can become chilled easily if they get wet or they may accidentally drown. Contact Susan at 714-637-8355 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the week, or the State of California Department of Fish and Game at 858-467-4201.

Handy Hint: Even if you have insurance, ask whether your prescription will cost less if you pay for the drug directly. Sometimes that price is less than your insurance co-pay. (Karen’s Note: I paid 57 CENTS for a 30-day prescription at RiteAid the other day!)

Today’s Thought: The “funny bone” is a nerve, “catgut” is made from sheep, “French fries” were invented in Belgium, “koala bears” are marsupials and a “ten-gallon hat” holds only about three quarts of liquid.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Desert Trail Column - August 12, 2020


Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, will hold a drive-in style church service on Sunday, August 26 at 7:30 a.m. All attending are required to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.

 
The USDA Food Distribution will be held outside our Wonder Valley Community Center building, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road on Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. This will be a drive-thru distribution with all attending required to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Follow the signs and/or directions of the volunteers to enter the dirt driveway just east of the building and follow the line of cars around the building to pick up your food. Please note that the community center building and the park both remain closed.

 

We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Chad Fairweather and Alexa who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Alexa and Chad!

 

Karen’s Commentary:  Did you know that Stater Bros Market sells miracles? Well, they do! I know because I bought one in the dish soap aisle recently. The miracle is called Dawn Ultra Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray and it is a liquid that dispenses as a foam. The first time I used it was on a 9” X 13” Pyrex baking dish that had years of built-up yellowish-brown discoloration; it now looks like new! The initial cost includes the dispenser, but then you only need to buy refills. A product that really works!

 Handy Hint:  How to preserve a pretty bouquet to enjoy year-around. Begin by placing flowers on parchment paper (available at Dollar Tree for a buck a box), taking care not to overlap blooms. Place a second piece of parchment paper on top. Place these “flower sandwiches” between the pages of large heavy books. Gently close books and stack them on top of each other, adding extra weight on top. Do not disturb for at least two weeks. Cut a piece of heavy paper or cardstock to fit inside a picture frame. Carefully remove dried flowers from books and arrange as desired on the heavy paper. Brush a light amount of glue on the back of each flower and gently press into place. Let dry thoroughly. Then put the heavy paper with flower arrangement attached between two new sheets of parchment paper and press in a weighted book for a few days, Open book, remove parchment paper and place your pretty new “bouquet” in the frame, then enjoy!

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

Friday, August 7, 2020

USDA Food Distribution -- August 18.

PLEASE read below carefully.

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 10:00 a.m. on TUESDAY, August 18, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station. The event continues until noon, or until the food runs out, which has been happening lately, about 11:00 a.m.

This food distribution is for Wonder Valley residents only. Please wear a mask and stay in your car.

We will be taking PRECAUTIONS to protect YOUR and OUR health.

Please enter the access road at the WVCC sign and continue driving around the building until you stop behind the car in front of you. Stay to the inside of the curve (left) in case someone has to leave. Do NOT get out of your car. We will come around, take your name, give you a ticket(s), and then bring your box(es) to your car. Please be patient and follow all instructions from the volunteers. This is to insure your safety and the safety of our volunteers and staff. Thank you.

The WVCC is CLOSED. The park is closed.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Desert Trail Column - August 5, 2020


 
 
Drive-in church services are once again being held every Sunday at Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, starting at 7:30 a.m. All attending are required to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother wally Currie at 760-449-8683.

 
We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Cris Buskirk who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Cris!

Karen’s Commentary:  Recently I came across a March 1990 issue of Reader’s Digest. The first thing that struck me was the weight of it! Upon examination, I noticed there were 246 numbered pages, compared to my July/August 2020 issue which consists of 126 pages – that’s almost half the number of pages and this is a DOUBLE issue! There were 18 main articles, a book section and 17 smaller articles in the old issue; 7 “features”, 12 “departments”, 4 “humor” articles and 4 “genius” sections in the new one. So just as I was convinced that Reader’s Digest is now a giant rip-off, I decided to count the advertisement pages. The old issue has a whopping 84 pages of ads plus several multi-page inserts (totaling another 30 pages) that were not numbered as regular pages; the new issue had just 21 pages of ads, no inserts. I’ve always loved Reader’s Digest. I’ve been a subscriber for many years and read other people’s copies for many years before that. But one thing I will never be able to forgive them for is taking their table of contents off the cover! To me, that was a unique feature that they should never have messed with. The time span of thirty years has certainly made a difference in this magazine, but not enough to stop me from continuing to subscribe to and read it. If losing the cover’s table of contents feature didn’t stop me, I guess nothing will.

 We have a certified wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in birds right here in Wonder Valley! Her name is Susan Doggett and her phone number is 714-637-8355.

 Handy Hint:  Chocolate and Xylitol (the sugar substitute in many sugarless gums) are both poison to your dog. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous. If you suspect your dog ate either one of these or any other toxic substance, call your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so. The Helpline will tell you how to induce vomiting with ordinary hydrogen peroxide, so keep some in your house for emergencies. (By the way, full-strength hydrogen peroxide also kills the coronavirus!)

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

Monday, August 3, 2020

Cathy Allen interviewed by the Desert Sun.

Small Wonder
In Twentynine Palms, artist Cathy Allen has created Sunvale Village, a community for the small, which repurposes materials and throwaway toys into an artistic expression.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Desert Trail Column - July 29, 2020


We have a correction for last week’s column. In Today’s Thought, the second sentence should have read “According to Merriam-Webster, the following words FIRST APPEARED IN THE DICTIONARY in 1940.” Sorry for any misunderstanding.

 The drive-thru USDA food distribution ran very smoothly as usual. We thank Friends of Wonder Valley and all their wonderful volunteers.

 

If you’re tired of sitting in the house and just want to go for a short drive, head on over to the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road, to visit the tiny little Wayside Chapel out in front. If you’ve never been there, you have a pleasant surprise in store!

 

 
Drive-in church services will be held at Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, starting at 7:30 a.m. All attending are required to wear face coverings and to remain in their vehicles at all times. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848 or Brother wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.

 

We send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Lilah Margaret Fairweather who turns nine this week. Also, since the birthstone for August is the peridot and the flower is the gladiolus, we send Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Mandy Root who turns 36 this week. Happy birthday, Mandy and Lilah!

 
 
Handy Hint:  How to make a child’s (or adult’s) time capsule. Pick a special day like the first day of school or a birthday, or just any ordinary day, to put it together. Decorate a container such as a large mason jar or coffee can or other sturdy container with a good-fitting lid. Fill it with meaningful small objects; a list of favorite songs, movies and colors: a list of personal goals for the coming year; and anything else important to that person that may change during the coming year. If the capsule is for a child, include a piece of yarn or ribbon equal to the child’s height. Add letters or notes from family and friends, plus a letter from the person to her- or himself as well. Seal the capsule and write on it in permanent marker the “open on” date – one year from the date of sealing. Hide the capsule in a dry place like on a high closet shelf. You might want to write a note to yourself with the location of the capsule and the date it is to be opened and put it in a secure place or give it to someone who will keep it safe. And do not forget to write the all-important opening date on next year’s calendar!

 Today’s Thought:  Don’t judge people by their relatives.

 

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Desert Trail Column - July 22, 2020


Here are some interesting facts about Joshua trees taken from a recent newspaper article written by Ruth Nolan who teaches at College of the Desert. The Joshua tree isn’t really a tree, it’s actually a member of the asparagus family. Native Americans living in the Mojave Desert traditionally ate Joshua tree buds, flowers and seeds; used the roots for basket-making material, shampoo and soap; used fibers to make cordage and nets; and used the sharp point at the ends of the leaves as an awl. The name Joshua tree is attributed to the Mormons who thought the outstretched limbs resembled the outstretched arms of Joshua directing them on their journey. Other early explorers viewed the Joshua tree in a different light. John C. Fremont said, “Their stiff and ungraceful form makes them to the traveler the most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom.”  J. Smeaton Chase described the sight of Joshua trees as “having a nightmare effect even in the broad daylight; at the witching hour it can almost be infernal.” Edna Brush Perkins called them “grotesque  … covered with matted, gray hair …” and “distinctly unpleasant.” But beautiful or ugly, the Western Joshua tree is currently under consideration for further legal protection under the California Endangered Species Act.

 Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road at Highway 62, has gone back to drive-in church services every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering and to remain in their vehicle. Contact Pastor Max Rossi at mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848, or Brother Wally Currie at 760-449-8683 for further information.

 

We send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Isabel Austin, Star Javier and Mary Anderson who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Mary, Star and Isabel!

 

 
Here are some phone numbers you might find useful. San Bernardino County Code Enforcement 760-995-8154, SBC Environmental Health Division 800-442-2283, SBC Fire Hazard and Weed Abatement 909-884-4056.

 Handy Hint:  Up to 20 per cent of your electric bill charges come from “vampire” home electronics that are plugged in but not in use. By using smart outlets, you can power your electronics on and off automatically with a voice command.

 Today’s Thought:  Our friends Rick Smith and Judy Taylor were both born in 1940, so this item is dedicated to them! According to Merriam-Webster, the following words were first used in 1940:  anti-smog, Bermuda shorts, bomber jacket, burnout, crib sheet, disc jockey, dunk shot, inductee, K ration, Mae West, penny candy, shotgun seat, shutterbug, sloppy Joe, swing shift, touch-type and vibes. Also, the median annual income was $956 and the federal minimum wage was 30 cents an hour.

 
 

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

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Crime Stats -- June 2020


I missed recording 6 days in June, from June 10 to June 16, and that data is now irretrievable. Sorry about that, it's been a tough month.

This data is taken from the SBC Sheriff's Department media reports. We have no data for 2019. As you can see, even missing 6 days, activity was within the range of previous years.

There were a couple of calls for fireworks, and a couple of search and rescues related to the woman who went missing -- her car abandoned at Shelton Road and Highway 62.

Stay safe out there. And remember, if you call the Sheriff's Department, always ask for an incident number.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Desert Trail Column - July 15, 2020

The drive-thru USDA Food Distribution will take place on Tuesday outside our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Enter at the dirt driveway just east of the community center parking lot and follow on around the building. The food will be placed in your vehicle as you’re coming back out into the parking lot on the west side of the building. Face coverings and staying inside your vehicle at all times are required.

Since the birthstone for July is the ruby and the flower is the larkspur, we send out Rainbows-of-Rubies-and-Larkspurs to Jayden Root (16) and Ron Rush. Happy birthday, Ron and Jayden!

Darlene’s Commentary: On our way home from Stater’s on Saturday night, my dear friend and I were talking about not being able to see fireworks this year and saying “Oh, well!” with a big sad sigh. As we were getting out of the car to unload groceries, a giant display went up into the air! I jumped and thought, “Oh, boy! Somebody’s in BIG trouble – and where did someone get giant fireworks like THAT?” About then, a second one went off, then a third. We quickly discovered we had a beautiful “ringside” seat for the gorgeous display put on by the Base. Thank you

Karen’s Commentary: Wowee! On Sunday at 3;30 p.m., one of our outdoor thermometers read 123 and the other showed 123.3!! What happened to the predicted high of 112??? Also, my commentary in last week’s column got cut short, so I would like to restate what was missing as I think it’s important. When asked if we can develop a universal vaccine for different strains of the coronavirus, Dr. Birx replied, “ . . . The hope is a vaccine that is made today against COVID-19 will work tomorrow and will work a year from now.” And when asked how we can learn about the search for a vaccine, she replied, “Any American can go to the NIH website (ClinicalTrials.gov). It lists every single trial that is going on, every clinical trial for COVID-19, whether it’s vaccines or therapeutics, so Americans can stay informed.”
Coronavirus pandemic or not, our roads are still being maintained! And that means that Dylan still has a job and we residents can still drive on our roads without getting stuck. Some things are still good in Wonder Valley! For questions, comments, requests, complaints or compliments, go to https://tinyurl.com/fixmyroad or call 760-367-9880 or 909-387-5940.

Handy Hint: Potato chips stay fresh when wrapped and stored in the freezer – and don’t worry, they won’t get soggy!

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

Shooting at local marijuana grow.

The local chatter on Facebook last night reported that gunshots were heard in the unincorporated area north of Twentynine Palms. A police helicopter, several police cars, and a fire truck arrived in the area.

"This is the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department. Come out unarmed with your hands up," was broadcast several times.

The conflict apparently took place at an illegal pot farm. A 46-year-old Moreno Valley man was discovered in a nearby structure suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital.

From the Hi-Desert Trail
Moreno Valley man shot at 29 Palms marijuana farm
https://hidesertstar.com/news/169802/moreno-valley-man-shot-at-29-palms-marijuana-farm/

San Bernardino County -- closed again.

From the County:

"California Orders Closure of Indoor Operations of Additional Sectors
Responding to significant increases in positive test results, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced further mandates to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Details can be found on the State’s COVID-19 website.

"The State has immediately expanded closures previously only required for counties on the state’s monitoring list to the entire state. These include indoor operations for:

  • dine-in restaurants, 
  • movie theaters, 
  • family entertainment centers, 
  • museums and cardrooms. 
  • Breweries, bars and pubs are required to close both indoor and outdoor operations entirely in every county.

"In addition, within the 31 counties on the state’s monitoring list – which include San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties and represent approximately 80% of the state’s population – the State requires the closure of indoor operations in sectors that tend to promote the mixing of populations which make adherence to social distancing and wearing face masks difficult. Businesses in these sectors that are unable to operate outdoors must close immediately under the State’s order. They include:

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Place of worship
  • Offices for non-critical sectors
  • Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, massage and tattoo facilities)
  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Indoor malls

"Gov. Newsom noted that while the increase in testing has led to growth in positive cases, the positivity rate has recently trended down. However, new positive cases are averaging 8,211 a day. Moreover, hospitalizations have increased 28% over the past 14 days and ICU admissions have jumped 39% over the same period. Overall, the state has had more than 320,000 COVID-19 cases and 7,000 deaths.

"'Until we have a vaccine or effective therapy, we have no choice but to continue taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus,' said Newsom. 'Californians must adapt to new behaviors if we are to slow the spread.'"

SBC Covid Response: https://sbcovid19.com/
California Covid Response: https://covid19.ca.gov/

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Desert Trail Column - July 8, 2020

Karen’s Commentary: I just read an interesting article in The AARP Bulletin.

Deborah Birx, M.D.: Lessons From the Pandemic
https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/deborah-birx-coronavirus-interview.html

It’s an interview with the U.S. Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx, M.D. When asked what we’ve learned to help us change our behaviors, she replied, “I hope that out of this comes significant recommendations to decrease human exposure to wild animals. It’s the wild animals that we don’t have everyday exposure to – we have no ability to handle their viruses, particularly if they jump to us. HIV came out of the wild animals. Ebola comes out of animals in the wild, and we believe that COVID-19 came out of animals in the wild. Any time a virus moves from an animal to a human, humans have no immunity. That’s what has been so difficult with this particular virus.”
When asked if we will find “patient zero,” she replied, “You will absolutely be able to get that level of clarity, including in which countries the travelers from China began that initial spread, country by country. There are extraordinary evolutionary molecular biologists who can really figure this out for us. They’ll be able to recreate in great detail where this virus came from, how it traveled around the globe, and where different countries had seeds of that virus introduced and when they were introduced.”
When asked if we can develop a universal vaccine for different strains of the coronavirus, she replied, “The coronaviruses in general are fairly stable in their protein matrixes. That’s the good part. Of course, we don’t have experience with this virus. The hope is a vaccine that is made today against COVID-19 will work tomorrow and will work a year from now.”
When asked how we can learn about the search for a vaccine, she replied, “Any American can go to the NIH website (ClinicalTrials.gov). It lists every single trial that is going on, every clinical trial for COVID-19, whether it’s vaccines or therapeutics, so Americans can stay informed.”

Friends of Wonder Valley is a non-profit organization whose goal is to enhance the lives of those living and working in Wonder Valley. To donate go to www.friendsofwondervalley.org or wondervalley.org.
Handy Hint: Make your own laundry stain remover. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup household ammonia, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup liquid laundry detergent together in a quart jar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle to keep handy next to the washer. Spray stains generously, allowing the item to sit for about 10 minutes, then wash as usual. (CAUTION: NEVER mix ammonia and bleach. NEVER.)

Today’s Thought: Drive as you wish your kids would. Never speed or drive recklessly with children in the car.

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

USDA Food Distribution - JULY 2020

Photo Credit: Rich Good
PLEASE read below carefully.

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 10:00 a.m. on TUESDAY, July 21, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station. The event continues until noon, or until the food runs out, which has been happening lately, about 11:00 a.m.

This food distribution is for Wonder Valley residents only. Please wear a face covering and stay in your car.

We will be taking PRECAUTIONS to protect YOUR and OUR health.

Please enter the access road at the WVCC sign and continue driving around the building until you stop behind the car in front of you. Stay to the inside of the curve (left) in case someone has to leave. Do NOT get out of your car. We will come around, take your name, give you a ticket(s), and then bring your box(es) to your car. Please be patient and follow all instructions from the volunteers. This is to insure your safety and the safety of our volunteers and staff. Thank you.

The WVCC is CLOSED. The park is closed.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.
For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. 

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

New bumpersticker in town.


Local / artist / desert rat Ken Sitz designed and printed a passel of these lovely bumperstickers in time for the 4th of July. If you know someone who knows someone you can get one.

"Don't miss the abyss!" Love that.