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Stories of the past: Sunday, April 1, 2001

March 31, 2001

50 years ago — Job placements made through the U.S. employment office in El Centro have jumped 45 percent in the past year, Tom Finney, employment office manager, said. A year ago 155 persons found jobs through the office during the first week of March 1950. This year 234 persons were placed.

40 years ago — Shorts were donned, air-conditioners turned on and cool drinks downed as Valley residents got their first taste of summer. It was the first day this year the mercury ventured above the 100-degree mark.

30 years ago — Fifty-three paintings had been entered at press time in this year's Lenten Festival of Religious Arts, which opens to the public in the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The purpose of the festival is to encourage an appreciation of religious arts.

20 years ago — It will cost the cities of Imperial County 11 percent more next year to use county dumps, according to agreements approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The only exception is the city of El Centro, whose rate increase needs to be determined, according to county Public Works Director David Pierson.

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