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December 15, 2010

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P��� 26 ���.D�����M��������.��� D������� 15, 2010 Scholars’ Academy student wins local Patriot Pen By Julie Anderson VFW Post 769 awarded 7th grader Maricela Baeza a check for $75 for her winning entry in the VFW’s Patriots Pen scholarship competition. Marce- la’s entry not only won at the local VFW post, but she also came in first in Dis- trict 1 which includes Yuma, Wellton, Salome and Parker. Marcela’s essay will now be judged at the State level. The state winner will be announced at the Voice of Democracy Banquet held in January at Casa Grande. Maricela and her parents, Trey and Yessenia Jackson of Quartzsite, will be traveling to Casa Grande for the banquet. The Patriots Pen competition is one of two youth competitions sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. An- Photo by Yesenia Amador Jackson Left to Right; Sr Vice-Commander and Patriots Pen Chairman Jeff Sorensen, Maricela Baeza, and Christy Carter, Patriots Pen Chairman. There’s nually, roughly 115,000, students from grades 6-8, enter to win one of several savings bonds totaling $1.2 million, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National first place winner. Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW National Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was “Does Patriotism Still Matter?” “The addition of the junior high class- es finally enables The Scholar’s Acad- emy to participate in the Patriots Pen competition,” says Chairman Christy Carter. The Scholar’s Academy and VFW Post 769 are extremely proud of Marcela and wish her well at the State competition! something new at Quartzsite Town Hall Paw Power Animal Shelter 3005 W. Dome Rock Rd. Quartzsite 928-916-0657 Open Tues & Wed 10-2. Thur. Fri. Sat. 12-4 closed Sun. & Mon. MOBILE FOR SALE #34 Mountain Quail Mobile Home Park Quartzsite, furnished, large lot, 24’ x 12’ covered porch. Rent paid thru March 2011 $16,900 - Make offer! 928-927-5075 or 541-301-4303 Quartzsite- The next time you attend a Town Council meeting, you’ll notice there’s been a change in the furniture ar- rangement. It has a more formal appear- ance with the addition of a new wood wall designed specifically for the cham- bers, and a center aisle. The podium is now facing the council, as a reminder that when one speaks, they are to ad- dress the council, not the public. Quartz- site Town Manager, Alex Taft, said. “it’s beautifully designed and can be easily moved for other town functions.”

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