Johnson Valley News 5/13/2017

Longtime JVIA member Myllicent Combs passed away at her home at 8:30 this morning, May 13.

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• Well, the wind blew, but the sand flew across the highway away from our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta last Saturday. We planned it as an outdoor celebration, but that ol’ wind came up exactly as predicted.

So, inside the Community Center, the Taco Stand and the margarita bar were very busy while the “open air” came in through the open windows! The tacos and frozen margaritas were just as delicious indoors, and you never saw such a choice of cupcakes for the occasion!

If you came to the party and took any pictures, please e-mail them to me for possible use in the Journal or the website. Thanks in advance. (My photos were mostly of the cupcakes)

• Friends of Garry Lindt came from miles around to last Sunday’s gathering at the hall in his memory. But Garry “2R’s” spent his days traveling in his H2O2U delivery truck for miles around, making friends, helping out, dependable. Glad to say his son Jay carries on with the business.

We received a note from Debbie Wheeler Lindt, Jay’s mom:

“I would like to thank everyone for being there for Jay and taking such good care of him during this sad time. Garry and Jay were very close! It is hard to be so far away from him but I felt a sense of peace when I left, knowing what a great community he lives in with all of you. God bless you!”

• The Lost Dog announcement e-mail we sent out on Monday afternoon attracted attention; you will all be glad to hear that Charlie got home safely.

A call and e-mails came in on Tuesday, saying that Charlie was in the paper! Amazing. They must have stopped the presses.

• The Homestead Valley Community Council meets at 3:00 p.m. this Monday, May 15, in Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd. If you live in Johnson Valley, Landers, Flamingo Heights or Yucca Mesa and have an issue that should be addressed to County, State or Federal officials, guest comments are first on every meeting agenda.

County Fire, CalFire and the Sheriff’s departments have representatives at the meetings whenever emergencies or date conflicts do not intervene. They answer questions and explain how things work, helping the sparse population in the high desert. You.

• Next on the dinner agenda at the Johnson Valley Community Center: a Fish Fry Feast on Saturday, June. 3, at 5:00 p.m. – mark your calendar now, you want to be here!

One of Lucerne Valley’s renowned cooks is booked as Guest Cook. She promises fried catfish and hush puppies, plus a famous cole slaw recipe. Linda Walsh plans more dessert treats. Watch for more details.

To those of you have not been to the JV Center yet, on Hwy 247 between mile markers 21 and 22, turn at the red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Rd. Go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd. and you have arrived!

The crew in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door have begun placing some of the commemorative bricks generous donors have created. The proceeds go to help with maintenance of both the Garden and the Center. Take a look at them and the other new things.

A few hot days have brought out some vivid color on the Orange Jubilees and other flowering plants. The cactus flowers are doing their thing, too, but sadly, they do not bloom for very long.

•  We just got the word: longtime JVIA member Myllicent Combs passed away at her home at 8:30 this morning, May 13. She had been in hospice care for several weeks.

Back to you later with her story.

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