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May 16, 2012

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May 16, 2012 Submitted by Quartzsite Town Manager, Alex Taft Ken and Alice Hardies, who began Hardies Beads and Jewelry have been long time library pa- trons. They loved the large-print books. When Alice passed away several years ago, a memorial donation was made and we were able to purchase many large print books in memory of Alice. Since then, every year, Ken Hardies has made a generous donation for the purchase of large print books for the library. Remembering Ken Hardies And now, we have to say good- bye to Ken Hardies. It is a hard good bye. After Alice passed away, Ken became involved with learn- ing photography and Photoshop art. He enrolled in Arizona West- ern College classes and photog- raphy became an artistic outlet for him. He took several courses offered at the college. He and his friend, Joe Fowler had lots of hours of joy through their pho- tography hobby. Whenever Ken came to check out books, he would bring in his latest photography effort or his latest jewelry creation to show us. Ken was an artist, and he expressed that art in his busi- ness of beautiful jewelry, in his own jewelry creations and concave faceting, and in photography. When remembering Ken, it is impossible not to remember all the beauty he brought to our commu- nity. His legacy is one of business, art, and family, a rare combina- tion. Steve and Brenda Hardies now own Hardies Beads and Jew- elry and it continues to be a place for style, beauty, taste and tradi- tion. I think back on some of our library patrons whom we have lost; Bob Klose, Bob Kelley, Joe Fowler and now Ken Hardies. All strong individuals and achievers, who made a such difference in the lives of those of us who knew them. All were dedicated readers who came to the library every week. Sometimes the most impact comes softly, not with fanfare and lots of noise. Ken quietly shared his artistic abilities with us, and we are all grateful for that time we had with him. His legacy has become a corner- stone of our community, repre- senting generosity, artistic spirit and grace. This is a hard goodbye. SEE OBITUARIES PAGE 19 Now Open in Quartzsite! WiGo Communication Computer Sales & Accessories Computer Repair Center Cell Phone Service Provider & Accessories Wireless, Keyboards, USB Cords, Data Storage, Routers, Switches, More! 395 N. Central Blvd. Open Mon-Fri. 10-5 Got something to share? • Birth • Obituary • Anniversary Place it FREE in the: Desert Messenger! 541-218-2560 928-927-5958 Beat the heat! Shop for DEALS in our new air conditioned thrift store! NEW ITEMS arriving daily! Open 9am-3pm all summer! Closed Sundays 101 S. Moon Mountain Rd. Quartzsite For more information, contact Salvation Army at 928-927-3636 Cemetery News By Dinice Ross, Hi Jolly Cemetery At May's Cemetery Board meet- ing, the Board Members approved another Plant and Cactus sale the fi rst weekend in October and they also approved the second annual Spirit Walk the end of October. Thank you to family, friends, neighbors and snowbirds that showed up to make each event last year to be such a success – we had such a fun time, we're ready to do it all over again! We will be keeping you in touch of how each event is mov- ing forward. The Cemetery Board is going dark for June, July and August. If there are any questions, my number here is 928-927-6593 ask for Dinice. Page 5 "Nothing is impossible- the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" ~ Audrey Hepburn Wayne‛s Pet Service Need someone to take care of your pet(s), in your home, while away? REASONABLE RATES! Call 928-927-4329 Quartzsite of

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