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May 2, 2012

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May 2, 2012 By Joanne Winer year will be held at the Town Park in June (date not known yet), and will have the local 4-H club help perform the ceremony to honor the fl ags. Af- ter the ceremony, all American and POW/MIA fl ags that are collected will be burned in a huge burn barrel, and the grommets will be removed. These grommets are then sent to the men and women in the units that have been adopted by Operation Hero Comfort (a grommet from a retired fl ag is con- sidered an honor to have and is stated to bring the bearer good luck). If you have a fl ag that needs to be "retired", please bring it to the cer- Quartzsite, AZ - For the past four years, Operation Hero Comfort has or- ganized a Flag Retirement Ceremony to "retire" damaged, dirty or torn Ameri- can and POW/MIA fl ags that people wish to dispose of properly and with honor. Flag protocol states that any American fl ag that is in such disrepair that it should not be fl own again should be burned and the ashes buried. The Flag Retirement Ceremony this Operation Hero Comfort plans ceremony emony if you can, or you can drop them off at the offi ce at the La Casas de Quartzsite and Senior Apartments, Business Chamber, or Quartzsite Community Thrift Store. All American fl ags that are collected will be honored and disposed of at the ceremony. The date and time will be in the next issue of this paper. Operation Hero Comfort is also look- ing for anyone who sews who would have the time to help make some "cool collars" for the troops. These cotton cool collars are very easy to make, and moisture beads will be provided. The troops really appreciate them as they put them in their helmets, clothes and around their necks to help keep them cool. With the weather over in Afghan- istan getting hotter every day many more are needed to meet the demand. Donations of food and other items for the packages being sent are al- ways needed and appreciated. The list of items needed can be found at the Quartzsite Community Thrift Store, or by going on Operation Hero Comforts Facebook page. We cannot send any food items that have pork and no glass Pocket Watches (keeping time or not) PUBLIC NOTICE Jim Buys All Non-Quartz This week Jim wants to spend $10,000.00 PAYING $22 PER GRAM FOR 14K GOLD* Jim Buys GOLD in Quartzsite! We pay top dollar for: Scrap Gold, Gold Coins, Dental Gold, All gold Marked 10K, 14K, 18K, Foreign coins, Silver coins, Old U. S. Coins, Proof Sets. All Type Coins, Old U.S. and Foreign Paper Money, Famous Autographs. Jim Buys! Right here in Quartzsite! Conveniently Located Directly across from * Prices subject to change due to market fluctuation McDonald's in Quartzsite! OPEN YEAR ROUND! 1240 W. MAIN ST. • QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA bottles can be shipped. Cans of tuna, chicken, pasta dinners, crackers, pea- nut butter, coffee, tea, drink mix, beef or turkey jerky, granola bars, and any other food items that are non-perish- able are needed. Also, books, maga- zines, CDs, DVDs, players, small games, stationary, toiletry items, small stuffed animals, etc. are always needed. Just so you know how much these Page 3 packages are appreciated by the troops, here are some excerpts from some recent letters we got back from them-- from Melanie and crew : "The snack pack was awesome! Plenty for everyone--thank you from all of us-- we hope all the friends that are making this sincere effort to put smiles on our faces are doing well. Please don't un- derestimate how deeply we appreciate your support!! You are all awesome. The grommets were passed around to all the soldiers including the Com- mander--thank you!!" Melanie Minal- ga is the contact person for one of the units that we adopted a few months ago and she is in Afghanistan. Another unit is also in Afghanistan, and Charles Taylor wrote these things, "We are really pleased to know that your organization has also adopted 8 units, including us. We can't thank you all enough for your unwavering sup- port to all those in harm's way, fi ght- ing to defend freedom and democ- racy around the world. Just to let you know, we sincerely appreciated every package we received from you all be- cause we know you all are doing what you do out of love and patriotism. May God continue to bless you all." Charles also wrote in another letter, "Just wanted you to know we received you recent packages in one piece and more importantly we all over here are SEE HERO COMFORT PAGE 10 HANDYMAN Residential and RV Experienced Plumbing & Electrical Service & Repair. Minor Carpentry & Yard Work. All Work Guaranteed - FREE Estimates! • Qtz. Business Licensed Call Bud 928-583-3905 BARBARA COWELL FOR COUNCIL The month of May is going to be an exciting month for Quartzsite! Our new Community Center will be starting in the park, plus 3 other large commercial projects are scheduled to begin in May. Quartzsite has done well this winter. Our winter visitors seemed to have enjoyed the hospitality of our little town. We had 100 more vendors than last year. Most said they had a good year. It is important to continue to go forward. With the nation coming out of the recession, more people will be coming to Quartzsite. Let's be ready and have a sta- ble town council. Please continue with our current council. BARBARA A. COWELL Incumbent JOE WINSLOW Incumbent Town COUNCIL Quartzsite for JERRY LUKKASSON Former Councilman for MAYOR God Bless, Barbara A. Cowell Paid for by Barbara Cowell, PO Box 417, Quartzsite, AZ 85346 OPEN 7 days a week!

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