Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2001

Just a few friendly reminders

May 3, 2001

There's a lot going on in De Soto this week, which leaves me with the dilemma of what to write about.

After much thought, I decided to dedicate this space to remind all of you of some upcoming things you won't want to miss.

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  • Of course Saturday is De Soto's Cinco de Mayo celebration. In its short, two-year history, this event has all the markings of a grand tradition.

For those of you who missed it last year, it can best be described as an educational experience disguised as a good time.

From the breaking of the pinatas to the music and food, it's as authentic a celebration as you're likely to see in this area.

You'll find a couple of stories and a schedule of events in this week's Explorer. We hope you'll find time to drop by. A lot of people have worked very hard the over the past couple of months to bring this thing together.

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  • Another event worth your time is the swearing in of the new De Soto mayor and city council members at Thursday's De Soto City Council meeting.

Dave Anderson will take the gavel from Mayor Steve Prudden and Emil Urbanek will fill the seat of outgoing council member Duke Neeland.

If you haven't yet welcomed Anderson and Urbanek aboard, this would be a good time to do so. You might also want to thank Neeland and Prudden for devoting so much of their time to the city over the past four years.

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  • If you've been reading the Explorer the past few weeks, you likely know of the problems with the city's swimming pool. The city has elected to make the necessary repairs to open it for at least one more year.

Everyone agrees, however, that the solution is only a temporary one. Does anyone out there have any ideas of how to raise money to pay for a new pool or at least defray the cost of building one? Many longtime residents recall a time three decades ago when the town came together to raise the money to build the current pool.

Obviously the cost of a pool at 2001 prices would far exceed what can be raised with a bake sale, but it would be nice to see a grassroots effort to get the ball rolling. Judging by the number of people who used the pool last summer, it's an important part of the community.

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  • I dropped by the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week to visit Director Jodi Hitchcock. As usual, she was up to her armpits in work.

I don't think enough people realize how much she does for the community. She oversees multiple county projects, but still finds the time to head up events like the upcoming Relay for Life.

If you have some spare time on your hands, go by and see her. Thank her for all she does and, if you can, volunteer to help her out.

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