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Probe, November 30, 2001

November 30, 2001

QUESTION: At Pioneers' Museum, my mother's high school senior class pictures are displayed. When I started looking for my dad's class, it wasn't there.

When I inquired, museum officials said they would display it (I would have to pay for the display panel), but they don't have the photos. Most of the photos in the display were reproduced from high school annuals.

The museum has collected most but not all of the Valley's school yearbooks. My father was in the Central Union High School class of 1917. That edition of the yearbook, La Solana, is missing from the museum's archives. The high school has all but three of the yearbooks on file. You guessed it, 1917 is missing. They didn't have it in the city library, either.

I am betting that PROBE readers can help. Somebody must have a copy in a trunk or the back of the closet. I don't need to keep the book. We could scan the class pictures and return it. — Desperately Seeking, El Centro

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Isn't it interesting that the 1917 edition of La Solana is missing from all the local collections? Maybe there's something in it someone didn't want future generations to see.

OK, PROBE readers, if you have a copy of grandpa's old CUHS annual, call the above reader at 352-4539 or call us at 337-3439.

Not only will the mug of Desperately Seeking's father be preserved for future generations but your own ancestor's face will be on display at the museum.

QUESTION: Can you find out why new housing developments are springing up all over the Valley but not in Holtville? The only homes planned for the future are for fairly low-income families compared to other areas in the Valley.

Is the city having a hard time getting developers to build in Holtville? Are the builders finding it hard to build in the city? Do they think there is no need for housing in town? Holtville is losing residents, especially younger families who cannot find homes here and are moving to newer developments in El Centro, Calexico and Imperial. — House Hunter, Holtville

Two subdivisions with a total of 44 houses are wending their way through the approval process in Holtville, according to City Manager John Jordan.

It's true the developers were attracted to a Holtville $500,000 cache of money available for "first-time home-buyers." Only part of the homes with price tags from $120,000 to $177,000 will qualify for the federal subsidy, he said.

Buyers who qualify can get up to $20,000 to buy a house costing no more than $120,000. We hope you're not stereotyping folks needing a little help buying their first house.

EXPECTING AN E-MAIL — I noticed my question was in the paper today. I expected you to e-mail me back. I want to return the item, not keep it. I took it back the next day but the store puts "no cash refunds" on it receipts. Does the "no refund" policy apply to credit card purchases? — Shopper, El Centro

We don't know what kind of deal you can work out with your credit card company if you manage to get your purchase back in the store.

Every holiday season we warn shoppers not to assume a purchase can always be returned for a refund. Before you buy, discuss the store's refund policy.

Also, if you email a question to us, don't expect us to email you with the answer or to find out what you really meant.

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