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Stories of the Past: Monday, May 27, 2002

May 26, 2002

>>50 years ago — Rep. John Phillips is scheduled to arrive Tuesday for a whirlwind visit in the Valley. He is scheduled to address a joint meeting of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs in Calexico tomorrow.

>>40 years ago — Thirty-five children participated in the safety check and bicycle rodeo sponsored by the Brawley Optimist Club today. The annual event was staged in conjunction with the Brawley Recreation Department and the Automobile Club of Southern California.

>>30 years ago — Brawley Elementary School District teachers have accepted a near daily class schedule proposed by the Board of Trustees, which gives the teachers a duty-free lunch period. Teachers now perform those duties on a rotating system.

>>20 years ago — If Malcolm Maedgen Jr. has his way, Valley growers will be bombing their cotton with wasp eggs to battle the dreaded tobacco budworm instead of applying the controversial pesticide, chlordimeform. Maedgen, president of the Biogenesis Inc., of Mathis, Texas, was in Brawley on Tuesday to meet with a group of pest control advisers about the benefits of biological rather than chemical control of the pest.

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