>>50 years ago — The rain that forced cancellation of the Christmas parade in El Centro has brought some blessings. Los Vigilantes parade chairman Bob McElvany announced the number of entries has now risen to 40 for the rescheduled parade.
>>40 years ago — Bon Bitler, past exalted ruler and a life member of Elks Lodge No. 1325, delivered the oration during unveiling of the donors' plaque at Elks Lodge recreation center Friday night. Some 650 persons witnessed the ceremony honoring more than 500 Elks who donated to the country club project.
>>30 years ago — Two helpers assisted Santa Claus in doffing his parachute after the Christmas patriarch dropped in to greet early shopping crowds and youngsters at the Sears in El Centro Shopping Center. As Santa knows, the most direct route from the North Pole to below the sea level is straight down — thus the parachute.
>>20 years ago — Maybe your boss never told you but Friday after Thanksgiving is a holiday for a lot of people — if they work on a public payroll. That means you won't be able to pay a city water bill in El Centro and Holtville since those city halls will be closed Thursday and Friday. City offices in Calexico and Brawley will be open.