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June 29, 2003
The word "independence" may have different meanings. To a toddler learning how to walk, it means a way to escape from adults. To a high school graduate, going away to college, it may mean freedom from their parents. On July 4, 1776, the U.S. Congress passed the Declaration of Independence. It was announcing to the world that "these united colonies" are "free and independent states. " It had declared their right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. " As we think of Independence Day, we may think of the flag, barbecues, watermelon, the fireworks show at Imperial Valley College, as well as the hot heat that prevents us from enjoying an ice cream.
By MEGAN BAKKER, Staff Writer | May 10, 2009
The audience applauded as Kila Stevens belted out the last few bars of the national anthem. She?d only been told five minutes beforehand that she was going to be singing it, but the 14-year-old freshman took on the task with gusto. The performance came after a walk to benefit the Imperial Valley Child Asthma Program, where doctors, asthma sufferers, officials and educators trekked along Ross Avenue from the El Centro Regional Medical Center to Bucklin Park. The walk, and the presentations that came after the national anthem, were part of the Child Asthma Program?
By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | April 4, 2008
Exactly five years after a 22-year-old Marine from Holtville was killed by hostile fire during the initial stages of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, about 25 of his fellow Imperial Valley residents gathered to honor him. Click here for video. Erik H. Silva was the first known serviceman from Imperial County to die in the Iraqi theater of war when he and his platoon were ambushed while on patrol in southeastern Iraq on April 3, 2003. His unit, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton, was one of the first to deploy to Iraq.
By LEO MIRAMON, Staff Writer | January 14, 2005
The El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and the downtown El Centro Business Improvement District will be having their annual Farmers Market in downtown El Centro on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be more than 60 vendor booths selling produce, American Indian crafts and kettle corn and other foods for those who have an appetite. Downtown merchants will stage plenty of events for the public to enjoy. A fashion show from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and again from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. will be in front of Kearney and Co., 525 Main St. Participants will include Inkredible, Hopes, Kearney and Co., Hair Inn, Al's Tuxedo, Consuelo Arduno and Flames.
February 19, 2008
The Barbara Worth Brigadettes hosted a gymkhana for horse enthusiasts of all ages on Jan. 12. Dale Griggs generously donated his K.D. Ranch Arena, which proved to be the perfect venue for the event. The gymkhana personified the mission of the organization, ?to promote fellowship through interest in horses, their care, use and breeding. To further increase interest and enthusiasm in the joy of riding in the true ?spirit of the West.?? Congratulations to highpoint winners Isabel Dubois in the 8 and under class and Sean Sheppard and reserve winner Savannah Mamer in the 9n17 class.
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff | May 8, 2011
When revelers took to the street last week in Washington, D.C., a local man was among the crowd chanting U.S.A. and singing the national anthem. Roy Dorantes recalled visiting the nation’s capital May 1 when the announcement came out about Osama bin Laden’s death. “It was just surreal, the people, the show of unity, the incredible courtesy people were showing each other,” he said. Dorantes had been in Washington, D.C., attending a conference for his job at Imperial Valley College when he heard the news during dinner.
November 28, 2004
Whenever I read the newspaper, front-page news usually attracts my attention; probably something the president did or said. But the concert by the United States Marine Band was like history and current events. The band walked on stage and started playing music. Then the announcer introduced the director, Lt. Col. Michael J. Colburn. He's a native of Vermont. But looking at the red uniforms of the band members ? when he said please rise for the playing of the national anthem ?
The Brawley American Citizens Club will have a Mother?s Day tardeada from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the ACC grounds, 998 C St. There will be free corsages to the first 150 mothers, donated by Brawley City Councilman Don Campbell and 80th Assembly candidate Manuel Perez. Music will be provided by Latin Breeze. There will be a raffle for a $1 donation. Prizes include a color TV, patio bench, cookware and a bed comforter. The event will include food and refreshments. It is free for mothers and $5 for nonmothers and per person.
August 31, 2002
Samuel Johnson said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. " Bearing this in mind I am loath to display my patriotic feelings. If I were an enemy of this country I would surround myself and my home with flags of every size and would be the loudest voice singing the national anthem. Flaunting one's patriotic feelings is much akin to the pious show of one's religion, albeit of more benefit than waving the flag at every opportunity. We have lived through four wars and I have yet to see a veteran of battle draping himself in the flag.
By MARIO RENTERIA, Sports Editor | February 3, 2009
MEXICALI ? The first day of the Caribbean World Series on Monday had a bit of every-thing - a no-hitter through seven innings, an equalizing home run, a botched singing of Mexico?s national anthem and an opening ceremony that is second-to-none. More than three-quarters of Estadio Casas Geo in Mexi-cali filled to watch the Vena-dos de Mazatlan, representing Mexico, take on the Puerto Rico representative, Leones de Ponce in the evening game - after the opening cere-mony. About half the stadium filled to watch the Venezuelan Leones de Aragua take on the defending CWS champions Tigres de Licey of the Do-minican Republic.
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