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December 15, 2010

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FREE! WED. DEC. 15, 2010 Vol. 7 Issue #121 PLEASE TAKE ONE N�� O�����! Annual Christmas Parade lights up Quartzsite by Joanne Winer The Quartzsite Business Cham- ber of Commerce held its 8th annual Christmas Electric Light Parade on Dec. 4, and it was a huge success again this year. The weather was great, and the streets were lined with people to greet all the great floats and en- tries who made their way east on Main St. and ended up at Town Hall on Plymouth Rd. There were so many good en- tries this year it was hard for the judges to make their choices!! Our judges this year were Jim and Elsie Brian, Marilyn and Carol Summers, and Phyllis Lambeth. They were set up in front of the General Store, where owner Sherrie and her son Nick brought out special gifts for each of them, and a delicious veggie and dip tray for us all--many thanks, Sherrie!! The judges also were given an apple pie from Grandma’s Apple Pie--deli- cious as we found out later!! The Main Street Laundromat and Isaiah Project gave out free hot chocolate to some of the people lined up along the parade route- -thanks very much!! Paul Winer was the emcee for the parade, and played some old fashioned Christmas music while everyone waited for the parade to begin. The Police Chief, Jeff Gilbert started out the parade followed by the Quartzsite Fire Dept. The first float on the pa- rade was the Scholars’ Academy football team “The Stars” with cheerleaders walking behind. This great team just won the Charter Association State Cham- pionships by defeating Scottsdale 40-38 in their last game of the season. Many other entries and floats were applauded as they passed by, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus brought up the rear in their sleigh!! At Town Hall after the pa- rade, there was a tree lighting ceremony, with winners of the awards being announced and refreshments provided by Town Hall. The winners of the trophies were: Best Overall Travelling Trophy went to Arizona Sunriders ATV Club, who also won for Best ATV Club. The Quartzsite Afterschool Program won for Best Lit, while the Best Christmas Theme went to the Sassman/Taylor family, MAIN STREET EATERY OPEN DAILY 6am-3pm “The Gathering Place of Quartzsite” Egg Strata, Waffles, Walking Taco, Brown Rice, w/Tofu, Vegies, or Chicken. Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Burgers, More! Breakfast 6am-11am Lunch 11am-3pm 205 E. Main St.(Entry & Parking west of Main St. Laundromat) 928-308-0011 Michelle’s Famous Biscuits & Gravy Served All Day! Vegetarian Options! who also won for Best Individual. Search and Rescue won for Best Non-Profit, Alternative Thera- pies won for Best Business, and Grandma’s Apple Pie won for Best Vendor. Jesse Koontz won again for Best ClassicAntique Vehiclle, The Scholars’ Academy Stars and Cheerleaders won for Best Youth Group, and Art and Becky Hastings won for Best Sin- gle ATV. The Quartzsite Clowns won for Best Clown Act. The Quartzsite Business Cham- ber would like to thank everyone who had an entry in the parade and helped make it such a suc- cess, and also to everyone who came out and had a great time celebrating the Christmas sea- son. Already looking forward to another great parade next year!! Season’s Greetings from Desert Messenger 2 What’s Inside 4 Editorial 8-9 12 Letters to Editor Around Town Thoughtbuster 18-19 Restaurants 22 24 26 29 32 33 34 35 37 39 RECALL Mayor Ed Foster Sign the Petition at Main Street Eatery 205 E. Main St., Quartzsite (across from Roadrunner) Paid for by Michelle Lukkasson, PO Box 3190, Quartzsite, AZ 85359 Voices from the Past Church Directory Scholars’ Journalism Christmas Lights Ballot Rock Art Map Christmas Lights Map Puzzles Show Schedule Astrology Classifieds Quartzsite’s FREE Community Paper

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