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Stories of the Past: Friday, May 3, 2002

May 03, 2002

>>50 years ago — Final preparations have been made for Niland's 12th annual Tomato Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Among programs scheduled are the judging of the Teen Queen and tomato-packing contest. A parade and carnival also are scheduled.

>>40 years ago — Pioneers Memorial Hospital will celebrate National Hospital Week May 6-12. This year's theme will be "Uniting Science and Patient Care." A community disaster drill is slated for May 9 with high school students, school nurses, Fire Department, police and Sheriff's Office and hospital staff participating.

>>30 years ago — Two Brawley children recently found Army surplus high explosives in a city alley and carried them home in their wagon. Of the 15 rounds found, two were discovered by police authorities to be live. The incident spurred Brawley police Sgt. Robert Beall to issue a warning concerning explosives.

>>20 years ago — The factors are here for a bad mosquito year in Imperial County, local health officials say. They caution it is too early to tell how badly the county will be bitten by winged pests. Imperial County traditionally has been one of the worst mosquito areas in the state. One variety of local mosquito regularly carries encephalitis, a sometimes fatal disease.

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