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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, April 9, 2002

April 09, 2002

>>50 years ago — Recreation Commission Chairman Sherman Smith requested authorization by the Brawley City Council last night to build softball diamonds at Hawthorne and Longfellow parks in addition to fencing and the installation of sprinklers at both recreational areas.

>>40 years ago — Delvin Ashurst has re-entered the Westmorland City Council race. Ashurst withdrew several weeks ago because he had been informed that attacks would be made upon him during the campaign that would reflect on his family and friends.

>>30 years ago — More than 10,000 birds in the Imperial Valley have been inoculated with Newscastle vaccines to guard against local outbreak of the disease that hit Riverside County recently.

>>20 years ago — Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro and Imperial Manor, a facility for the mentally ill in Imperial, have been sold for an undisclosed amount. The local facilities were purchased by Casa Blanca Convalescent Homes, a corporation owning more than 3,000 hospital beds in California, according to Mary Ellen Werner, a Casa Blanca administrator.

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