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July 11, 2012 Welcome To California, Got Any Fruits, Vegetables, Bugs? The friendly face of a greeter in Vicksberg and the warm and i welcoming "Visitor's Center" i The young woman at the Texas Welcome Center in El Paso offered to call hotels for me. In Oklahoma they served coffee. In Vicksburg, .. Mississippi, Southern hospitality included cookies along with thei coffee. Three kinds. Tennessee had great little pamphlets suggesting detours off 1-40 with maps, attractions and estimated driving, time. New Mexico had a Fiber Arts.Tour brochure. Most states had state maps and large brochures outlining multiple attractions andplace to go. A result of all these were side trips to The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's birthplace) in Tennessee, Toadalema _Trading Post in New Mexico, and the Battlefield Memorial Site in Vicksburg. The nice lady in Arkansas suggested that if there was time for only one stop in the state that this be the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. In the event, a detour along US70 to avoid road construction, bucketing through the flat Delta country to blues and country on the radio with a stop at an tiny, scruffy, fabulously good BBQ restaurant took available time. V!cksburg had the most spectacular Visitor Center, set above the wide Mississippi River. It was decorated out of the past and there were rocking chairs on the front porch All the welcome centers were attractive, set among trees in the East, overlooking views in the West, often with architecture reflecting the state's history. The Centers were funded, in most cases, by the respective state's Department of Tourism though Tennessee combined this ................... with funding for the building from the Department of Transportation and Mississippi's Visitor Center was supported through the state! " ...... Department of Economic Development with the Vicksburg Visitors and Convention Bureau chipping in All had helpful staff freely available. Then there is California. "The Golden State" welcomes visitors with an Inspection Station on the Colorado River. Many miles down 1-10 there was a Rest Area with chipped wash basins in the Ladies Room and a metal box holding books of Hotel Coupons." The other direction from the isolated off ramp was a prison. Symbolic? Probably cheap real estate. Perhaps California is so famous we don't need to welcome visitors. Perhaps we don't care about attracting tourists. Probably we don't want to pay taxes. Tourism and economic growth? Maybe we don't really want them. 760 765 0102 1st Marine Division color guard led the parade. Lincoln Deming American Legion Post 468 was the parade Grand Marshal - "Dusty" Keane(driving), Commander Bill Haney, Womens Aulillary President Rozan Grady' and SAL Vice President John Smith in the lead Jeep. Howard Simpson, Bud Fink and Chris Sanders followed representing the Post membership. i The Sub Vets of" WWI1 - Golden Nugget Award The Julian Ne, s 7 Emeral Society Pipes and Drums photo by Joseph Munson Julian S.T.O.R.M. - Best Youth Entry Julian Youth Baseball i iiii ,i iI ' ii!i! v, Serving The Community We Live In For Over 60 Years A Celebrating 100 of x c ~ %(IIIl",^~:"::"-', :*~]i'i]]]:,,'; L~/J COUNCIL 24 Hour Emergency Service Ben Sulser, District Manager The Grand Pacific Band l[ ll appraiser. This doesn't mean the opinion of a neighbor, or knife collector or someone who watches the . "Antiques I/,.o by Larry.Cox Roadshow" on PBS. There are basically two types of appraisals, Hay Hook Q: I have a cast iron hay hook that I purchased at a farm auction several years ago. I have been offered $25 for it. -- Carl, Camden, Ohio A: If your hay hook has wooden handles, it is worth about $15. Q: I have a coin silver knife that was brought from England to New Jersey during the 1790s by Stephen Pierson, a lumberman and mayor of Alton during the 1840s. I have estimates of very high to very low; what do you think? -- Thomas, Alton, IlL A: You didn't state whom the estimates were from, so I suggest you begin by getting an appraisal from a certified verbal and written. The verbal appraisals are less expensive, but if you are determining a value for insurance purposes, a written appraisal is the only way to go. You should, of course, expect to pay a small fee for this service. Check' the business pages of your local phone book, and make certain that the appraiser you choose specializes in personal property, not real estate. ~r.., Q: I am a Vietnam veteran and managed to save some things from my tour of duty. I have such things as a M7 bayonet, an M1956 belt, several canteens, a field mess kit and, of course, my uniforms. I am downsizing and wonder if the time has come to get. rid of this stuff. --Robert, Midland, Texas A: It depends on how much these things truly mean to you. My dad kept his WWII footlocker and its contents until the day he died. I have it now and wouldn't part with it for any amount of money On the other hand, a friend of mine couldn't wait to discard his U.S..Navy gear. Before you decide what to do, I suggest you contact an expert who is in the business of buying and selling military collectibles. I highly recommend George Kotarpole, owner of History, By George, 129 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@ Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate., Inc.