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by Joe Castillo

By Joe Castillo

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Back From Vacation ….


   I had a wonderful vacation, thanks for asking, and am ready to start tweeting about our local cities of San Gabriel and Rosemead. It seems like when you return to your home after a long vacation, everything seems so different. In San Gabriel, construction at the railroad tracks on San Gabriel and Mission intersection is in the process of starting up, while in Rosemead a mini-mall is in full swing construction around the McDonald’s located at Valley and Walnut Grove.  In my entire vacation, I didn’t see as much construction as I saw my first day back. I’m not sure how the logistics will take place, but the lowering of the train tracks in San Gabriel will cause multiple major intersections to close down forcing motorists to find alternate routes. If you thought the traffic was bad with open roads, wait until you see the traffic later this month. …. Memorial Day Celebration…. Congratulations to the City Of Rosemead and Savannah Cemetery for a memorable Memorial Day service. Using the venue of the historic cemetery, approximately 110 people attended the ceremony under bright sunny skies. Rosemead Mayor Polly Low was master of ceremonies and introduced fellow council members and guest speakers. The El Monte Volunteer choir sang patriotic songs while the Reyner Aguirre American Legion Post provided the flag presentation and 21-gun salute. ‘Taps’ and bagpipes were also played in honor of those you gave their lives for our country. Savannah Cemetery was beautifully decorated with American flags placed on each of the 108 veterans interred on the grounds. Let’s hope that Memorial Day will continue to be celebrated with such a positive, honorable and memorable service in honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom…. On Loan…. As a former museum President, when items were loaned to our museum, we only held them until the owner requested them back. It has come to my attention that San Gabriel Historical Museum is holding personal items loaned to them by the Chief of the Kizh Nation –Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians who has requested them back. The Museum claims that NAGPRA (North American Graves Protection and Reparation Act) compels them to hold the items however NAGPRA only applies to items the museum has acquired and not personal items on loan. Let’s hope that the historical museum and Chief can work out a satisfactory compromise. Both parties have a lot to offer the community and each can benefit from a strong relationship….. Vacation Epilogue… Why is it you almost need another vacation to get over a vacation?

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.