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Stories of the past: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

April 17, 2002

>>50 years ago — Brawley's 30th annual Cinco de Mayo, celebrating expulsion of the French from Mexico in 1862, will be heralded by the Mexican people with a parade, dancers and crowning of a queen.

>>40 years ago — The Brawley City Council has taken over six lots on G Street from Mrs. Estefana Juarez at a cost to the city of $1,000. The city considers the property as a possible site for a future Eastside fire station.

>>30 years ago — A noted Mexicali physician said the high incidence of dust in the Mexicali area has been established as a major cause of sickness among residents. Dr. Francisco Dueñas Montes told newsmen the dust particles that mix in the formation of smog, hydrocarbons and other toxics in the air can produce serious illnesses.

>>20 years ago — The same section of Brawley without power for much of Easter Sunday will be without power again this Sunday — from 2 a.m. until 4 p.m. This time it will be intentional. "We hope to prevent a recurrence of the problem we had Easter Sunday," explained Henry Legaspi, power manager of the Imperial Irrigation District, referring to when power was out for 11 hours.

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