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May 16, 2012

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Page 22 Today in History, May 16th Congress voted to issue the five-cent nickel in 1866. 66% prefer reading print newspaper to online version sued in fractional amounts, including five-cent bills. That changed after L.M. Clark, Chief of the Bureau of Engrav- ing and Printing, had his own portrait printed onto the five-cent treasury note in 1866. A misunderstanding between Clark and the Treasurer of the United States led Clark to believe that his por- trait had been approved. The mistake went undetected until the note had al- ready been produced in large quanti- ties. This caused such controversy that a bill was passed in Congress making it illegal to use the portrait of any living person on U.S. currency. In an effort to get the Clark five-cent notes out of circulation, Congress passed an act on this day in 1866 call- ing for an issue of five-cent nickel coins and prohibiting the production of paper currency under 10 cents. The first nickels had no portrait. Instead they featured a shield on one side and the Arabic numeral five on the other. Today, the five-cent nickel features a likeness of President Thomas Jef- ferson based on the Rembrandt Peale portrait completed in 1800 when Jef- ferson was Vice President. Before 1866, paper currency was is- NOTICE to Advertisers: Please check your ad(s). Errors/corrections must be submitted before deadline, to be published in the next avail- able edition of the Desert Messenger. DEADLINES are printed - in multiple locations - in EVERY issue of the Desert Messenger! For rates and deadlines visit PUZZLE PAGE ANSWERS (from page 20) of the Desert Messenger Email: DEADLINE is WED. May 23 for May 31st issue Phone: 541-218-2560 Despite the continuing shift from print to online media over the past several years, most Americans still like to read the newspaper away from their computers. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Ameri- can Adults say they prefer reading a printed version of the newspaper, ac- cording to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-eight percent (28%) like read- ing the online version of their pre- ferred paper instead. The national survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted April 27-28, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opin- ion Research, LLC. Parker Council vacancy Parker, AZ- The Town of Parker is accepting letters of intent from Town of Parker residents wishing to serve as a Town Council Member for the remaining 3-year period of Council Member Steve Madonecz- ky's term. The job requirements include that you must be a registered Town of Parker voter, residing within the Town limits, that you're able to attend regularly scheduled Town Council Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. and some other 'special' meet- ings upon request. ed, the Town is accepting letters of intent at: Town Council Member Intent 1314 11th Street, Parker, Arizona 85344 Letters of intent must be submitted by Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 5 p.m. If you think you may be interest- May 16, 2012 Don't keep your heap! The economy is showing signs of recovery even with the rising cost of gas. Many people who held on to their car during the recession are now looking to replace it with a more fuel efficient one. If you are one of those people, you have to figure out what to do with your car. If your vehicle does not get good gas mileage, has a lot of miles, is more than 5 years old or is not in good condition, the dealership won't offer you much for it as a trade in. They won't want it because there is no demand for it. It will be difficult to sell it privately for the same reason. One alternative is to sell it for a couple of hundred dollars to a junk yard. A better alternative is to donate your car to charity. Cars4Charities will gladly take your old car, no matter what shape it is in. In return for your generosity, you will get a tax deduction of $500 or more. They have hundreds of charities that can be helped by your car donation. For details, please go to or call 866.448.3487.

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