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June 1, 2011

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WED. JUNE 1, 2011 Vol. 7 Issue #132 N�� O�����! 4th of July Fireworks planned - with changes! QUARTZSITE, AZ- Quartzsite Fire Department announced there will be changes to the annual event on 4th of July held at the park. Fire Chief Kevin Hess made his decision to change the location of the spectators from the dance slab to the football fi eld based on new information received regarding the new phyrotechnics being used for the Quartzsite 4th of July celebration. “The bottom line is this, we need 70 feet of clear, open space per inch of aerial device to allow us to light off the 8” mortars which we use on the forth. (560 feet total),” said Chief Hess. “This in- formation was conveyed to us during our annual pyrotechnics refresher, so in the name of safety I think that it is prudent to relocate spectators.” For years, spectators and local organizations have gathered for the annual celebration under the shel- ter at the “Dance Slab”. With the change of location, Operation Hero Comfort, in cooperation with the Town of Quartzsite and Quartzsite Fire Dept. will be organizing the activities at the park, starting at 6 pm. The Fire Dept. will be providing their slide show just prior to the fi reworks display at dusk. If your organization would like to set up, please call Anita Carlson at 928-927-4292, or 763-639-0330, cell. Carlson needs volunteers to help with selling T-shirts for the Fire Dept. and selling 50-50 raffl e tickets. Op- eration Hero Comfort is a small non-profi t group send- ing care packages to our troops serving in harms way. Chief Hess said, “Personally, my interest is safety and once I was made aware of the inherent risk, I decided it would be better to move the spectators, or relocate the fi ring area. Relocating the fi ring area is not really an option at this point.” So bring your chairs and blankets, enjoy the sum- mer evening on the cool grass of the football fi eld, and watch the new fi reworks display on Monday, July 4th! “Quartzsite’s FREE Community Paper” Memorial Day Services held at Hi Jolly Cemetery QUARTZSITE, AZ. The community gathered Mon- day morning to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service to our coun- try. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ben Scott Post 769 in Quartzsite held their annual Memo- rial Day services at the Hi Jolly Cemetery. After the presentation of colors, speakers shared their thoughts on this day of remem- brance. Among the speakers were Quartzsite Town Manager, Alex Taft and Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Post placed wreaths on the tombs of the military personnel who are buried at the cemetery. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the VFW Post 769. Paul Winer gives FREE Concert at the park By Joanne Winer QUARTZSITE, AZ- The Arizona Centennial of Quartzsite Committee is sponsoring a FREE concert in the Town Park on Friday, June 10th starting at 7 p.m. The concert will feature local bookstore owner, artist and musician Paul Win- er, playing some stompin’ boogie-woogie and blues music. He will be accompanied by local musician Ralph Martin on the washtub bass. Paul held his fi rst concert in Quartzsite this past January at the Quartzsite Improvement Associ- ation (QIA). Over 900 people showed up, many of whom had to stand outside to see the show since the hall only holds 760. He now holds the record for the most people at one show in the history of the Q.I.A. His show was 2 1/2 hours of great music, comedy and lots of laughs, with special musical guests Jerry Mullins and Norm MAIN ST. EATERY NOW OPEN FOR DINNER Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 4-7pm FISH FRIDAYS! PRIME RIB SATURDAYS! COMMUNITY OUTREACH SOCIAL WED. 6-8PM and Sonja (Skyhawk) along with Ralph Martin. The Q.I.A. has already booked him for two shows next January, and tickets will be sold in advance for both these shows. This concert in the park is part of the Arizona Centennial of Quartzsite celebrations, and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy some great mu- sic. Paul’s DVD of his QIA con- cert will be available if anyone didn’t get to see it in person, or just wants a souvenir of a great evening. Be sure to bring a chair to sit on and come out and have a great time!! Showers $6 photo by Starr BearCat What’s Inside 2 Editorial 4 Letters to Editor 6 Voices from the Past 10 Around Town 13 CLASS OF 2011 16 Church Directory 18 17 QPD Arrest Report 20 Puzzles 21 Astrology 23 Classifi eds Watch the latest council meeting videos at user/qwatchingeyes MAIN ST. LAUNDROMAT Full Service Laundry! Pick up & Delivery! The “Coolest” Laundromat in town! * $275 min. OPEN YEAR-ROUND! ~ 205 E. Main St. Quartzsite ~ 928-308-0011 FREE! Open Daily 6AM Open 6AM- 2PM FREE with any meal* COFFEE

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