"To Market, To Market To Buy a ..."

  Carrying boxes loaded down with all the essential food, clothing, small appliances and dog accessories, she enthusiastically packs the rented R.V. for a romantic getaway.
  He watches this flurry of activity wondering why she packs enough for a year, when they only have planned this important business trip for 9 days.
  She finally loads the last of the "essentials" into the R.V. with the two yapping terriers following her every move. She is relaxed and confident that they are prepared for any weather, National emergency, or other unplanned delays. No one will be hungry, cold, hot or bored on this trip.
  As they head out Highway 10, toward Phoenix, she looks over at him and remembers the many trips they took as teachers, in the pre-hardware store days. He begins to whistle as he steers the R.V. down the highway and she imagines that they are two free souls with no responsibilities or obligations.

  SHE SAID: Isn't the Arizona desert beautiful with its Ocotillos blooming and little towns named Ehrenberg, Tonopah, and Bowie?

  HE SAID: I haven't seen any True Value Hardware Stores yet, have you?   As they pulled into Dallas, Texas she looked intently out of the window at the glass sky scrapers. There were many 1500 square foot Lone Star State Flags flying side by side with giant American Flags. The freeways were large, in the midst of construction and uncrowded. The land was dotted with woodlands and large brick ranches.

  SHE SAID: I can't wait to buy a pair of really fancy cowboy boots. Can we stop at the Dallas World Trade Center where they are having special fashion show where all the top designers are present?

  HE SAID: Honey, will you get out the map and tell me how to get to the Dallas Convention Center? We don't have much time and we need to get to work at the True Value Hardware Market.   Well, to make a long story short, there are many new items that will be arriving at Morongo Hardware. within the next 2 months. No, she didn't get her boots.   u



  Dallas, Texas is beautiful in the springtime. Leslie and I witnessed new blossoms and leaf buds, during our ten day RV trip to the True Value Spring Market. We left Morongo Valley, March 24 and drove more than 3000 miles, out I-10 through Tucson and El Paso, and back on I-40 through Santa Fe and Flagstaff.
  There is no need to wonder why all the new hoses, shovels, and electrical supplies will suddenly appear in Morongo Hardware. The True Value vendors offer special deals at Spring Market and Morongo Hardware buys. That's how we grow your community store. We're excited about our whole new electrical selection, due to arrive in July.
  Check our What's New? bulletin board for 25 major market purchases, from brooms and bird feeders, to aerosols and weatherstripping. Cloggers, those special shoes for the garden are here and for sale now.
  Our daylight savings hours, open till 6 PM on weekdays, means one more hour to recycle at Morongo Hardware. Our oil recycling license finally came, and the 50 gallon drum in the yard will hold your used engine and transmission oil. Call ahead to see if we still have drum capacity. Rules are simple: No charge, oil only, no more than 6 quarts, brand name if possible. Contributions must be logged in by an employee, pouring must be sniffed and observed. Please plan on taking home your containers. Thanks for keeping our groundwater safe to drink.
  Keep those cans, plastic and glass bottles coming. The Big Morongo Canyon Wildlife Preserve uses the funds for its educational program. Full bags should be given to a Morongo Hardware employee for storage in our yard and not placed in the bins.   u


Olivia Geeson wants to thank everyone for their support at her "soggy yard sale" on April 3. Who would have thought that there would be showers in April   u



Morongo Social Club
Laurie Geeson

  Breakfast is back to the second Saturday which is April 10 and we will be serving the popular "funnel cakes" with bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs by Paul, fresh fruit, coffee and Juice for $5. Kids, 10 and under, are $2.50. We serve from 8 until 11, so come out and visit with your family and neighbors at this friendly get together.
  Ladies, mark Tuesday, April 20 for Bunco starting at 6:45 P.M.. Guests are welcome!
  Game night is planned for Saturday, April 17, starting at 6:30. Bring a potluck dish to share and load the kids and grandma and grandpa in the car because this is a family night out.
  Leona is feeling well enough to get the Thrift Shoppe whipped into shape with help from friends so start looking for the OPEN sign soon. She is also planning a big yard sale on May 8 with space available for people to rent for $10 to take advantage of the "crowds" who we hope will turn up.
  See you around!   u



Loyal Order of Moose News
Caroline Von Flue

  The Loyal Order of Moose #2253 is having a parking lot sale on Saturday, April 17, from 7 A.M. to
  2 P.M. There will be lots of "good stuff" and baked goods. While you are browsing, there will also be hot dogs, chili dogs, and soft drinks.   On Saturday, April 10, at 2:00 P.M. will be an installation of the new officers for the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose. This will be followed by a potluck.  u
Morongo Basin Historical Society
Laurie Geeson

  We had a wonderful tour of Mentalphysics last month which was led by the very knowledgeable Betty Brown. Almost 60 people showed up!
  A three ring binder of Theil Eastabrook's transcribed oral interview was presented to her. The binder put together by Les and Ruth Long included many pictures from the past and also a few modern day ones.
  Roland Warren was also presented his interview in a binder. He is a direct descendant of Chuck Warren who owned the ranch which is now the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Covington Park. I just found out that we live on the very corner of the original homestead.
  In April we are going to have a tour of the Old Woman Springs Ranch on the 7th. You have to be a member to go on this one but one call to Bernice at 365-9201 and you could join us on this sneak peak of the place we all have driven by so many times. Membership is only $20 for individuals and $35 for families.   u



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Come down and select just the right fit and the right color for your hard working feet at the right price!  u



A CELEBRATION WITH JAZZ, WINE AND CHEESE
Laurie Geeson

  The Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce is getting classy! The mixer on March 23 was hosted by James Hagerty at his beautiful home on the northern slope of our valley, overlooking the Preserve with an awesome view of San Jacinto, too. We not only got to ooh and aah over his sculptures, he also entertained us by playing the piano accompanied by George on Base.
  It was a truly special night for everyone in attendance, but especially for Bill Egan when President Leslie Rotstein presented him with a plaque honoring him for all of his hard work for our valley. Later, Bill and Susan showed us how they used to wow everyone on the dance floor with their dance moves, and Bill and Gayl Swarat enjoyed a cozy dance or two in the corner.
  Thanks James for a magical evening.


A SCARY CLOSE CALL
Laurie Geeson

  If you drove by the accident the end of March and recognized Theil Estabrook and Barbara Sliger we want to let you know that they are both "ok" although Theil spent two nights in the hospital. She says she feels fine but looks just awful. Her face is black and blue but she looks better than the car. Barbara says she needed a new car but didn't plan on getting one this way. We're just glad you are alright.


JUST WONDERING
Laurie Geeson

  Has anyone else noticed the house on the left going up the Yucca Grade ...the one that either had a really leaky roof or the owners couldn't figure out how to plant shade trees on the side of the mountain so they built a huge, free standing roof over the whole thing? I think that it even has drapes at the corners. WOW!
PVC SCULPTURE CONTEST IN THE MORONGO HARDWARE GARDEN
DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 24
TIME: 2:00 P.M.
Registration: $2 donation to the Firefighters' Auxiliary til 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 16. Late registration on Saturday, April 17 is $4
DIVISIONS:
  KIDS - 5 TO 12YRS.
  ADULTS - 13 TO 150YRS.


  **MORONGO HARDWARE WILL SUPPLY EACH CONTESTANT WITH 10 FEET OF 1/2 INCH PVC,ASSORTED PVC FITTINGS, AND A PVC CUTTER. CONTESTANTS MAY SUPPLY OTHER MATERIALS, ADHESIVES, PAINTS, ETC.

  **SCULPTURES WILL BE NUMBERED (NO NAMES), AND DISPLAYED FOR A WEEK. MORONGO HARDWARE CUSTOMERS WILL VOTE ON THE SCULPTURES, AND WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE MAY NEWSLETTER.