Desert Messenger

May 01, 2013

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May 1, 2013 Town employees participate in "Pay it Forward Day" Quartzsite, AZ Over 20 Town employees participated in "Pay it Forward Day" April 25th. Many of you may have seen the movie "Pay It Forward" or have read the novel of the same name, a story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going. One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people. It works by doing one-three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return. Instead, it's suggested to the recipients to pay it forward to someone else in need. Some of the activities of the day were: • Parks Dept. cleaned up trash and pulled weeds at both Post Offices. They will also be trimming trees for some homebound residents next week, time permitting. • Public Works staff went to the Food Bank and unloaded the truck, packed 51 boxes, cleaned up weeds and helped deliver food boxes. • Police Dept. held a special Coffee with COPS at the Senior Apts. The Food Be part of something big and learn how to save a life American Medical Response (AMR) Two hands. One life saved. Learn how. It's called compression-only CPR, and it's easy to learn and has been found to be very effective in saving lives. And all it takes is two hands and about two minutes to learn how. On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, join River Medical and American Medical Response in the AMR World CPR Challenge: a day of free CPR training in an attempt to teach as many people as possible how to save the life of a spouse, a child or neighbor using compression-only CPR. River Medical will be coaching adults and youngsters on May 22nd in Quartzsite. Location and times will be published in the May 15th issue of Desert Messenger. AUL -H We sell U BOXES This new lifesaving method is easier to perform in an emergency and can double* the chances of someone surviving a cardiac event until first responders arrive. The more people we teach CPR, the more lives that can be saved. Will you be part of the challenge? For more information, contact Jennifer Richards at 928-854-8554 or River Medical provides emergency, non-emergency and critical care transport in western Arizona, which spans 23,000 square miles. River Medical serves the communities of Kingman, Golden Valley, Parker, Quartzsite and Lake Havasu. Founded in 1983, River Medical employs approximately 135 paramedics and EMTs and handles an average of 16,000 calls annually. BEST AUTO RV & TRUCK REPAIR S ! ERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON 585 N. Central Quartzsite Open Mon-Fri 8-5 Johnny DelPino, Owner 928-927-8787 Boxes showed up so they delivered them to the residents. • The Utility Dept. employees went to a couple of homebound residents and pulled weeds, as well as changed out a faucet and fixed a leak. • The library handed out cookies to every person coming into the library and gave them a Pay It Forward Card to let them know what it is all about. • Five Town Hall employees visited home bound residetns and give them a Pay It Forward card with a bag of delicious cookies. • Food boxes were given to folks who lost their jobs and/or home. • Employees picked up a resident needing to go to the Doctor, who does not have a car, and it was not the local transit day. • Public Works will be sending staff out to Rainbow Acres to pick up 15 boxes of books to donate them to the library. Beverly Cunningham said, "Everyone who was visited appreciated the visits. One woman had her dog put down that same day and was so grateful for the visit." 5 Cunningham said, "We hope that we continue to do all we can to help out each other and enjoy the blessings. If possible it would be nice to be able to do this annually." See photos on Page 13. Changes in TPT Temporary Tax will expire after May 31st, 2013. In lieu of a sales tax, Arizona has a Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT). The 1% Temporary Transaction Privilege Tax approved by Arizona voters in May 2010 will expire after May 31, 2013. The new state/county combined tax rates will be effective June 1, 2013. However, La Paz County Supervisors approved an increase to the La Paz County Judgment Tax by .5%. The new total combined rate for most transactions beginning June 1st in La Paz County will be 7.6%. Quartzsite's 2.5% TPT will remain the same. The Quartzsite combined TPT was 10.6% and now be 10.1% for most transactions.

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