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Stories of the Past: Thursday, November 1, 2001

November 01, 2001

50 years ago — Gnarled witches rode through the Valley on Halloween, leaving tricks and treats but no tragedies. One shrewd homeowner attached a rubber glove on the end of a vacuum cleaner hose. When his door chime sounded he switched on the vacuum cleaner, poked the eerie hand out the door and scored a triumph over his fleeing visitors.

40 years ago — About 350 boaters from 31 states have signed up for the Salton Sea 500-Mile Boat Race on Nov. 11 and 12, Lorne Pratt, Salton Riviera's public affairs chief, told the El Centro Kiwanis Club. Pratt said 21 companies have been building special boats for the event, expected to draw a crowd of 15,000.

30 years ago — County officials began efforts to get the proper certificates to begin treating addicts for heroin withdrawal symptoms with methadone at Imperial General Hospital. Victor Barioni, hospital administrator, said he would call the state Department of Narcotics about licensing for the use of the controversial drugs in a detoxification program.

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20 years ago — County Clerk Harry Free expects 35 percent of registered voters to turn out Tuesday to cast ballots to decide the fates of 87 candidates vying for a variety of elected offices. Free believes the turnout will be higher than normal for an election dominated by school and special districts because of interest gained by some races. The 56 Valley polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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