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Norco Pony Express (Newspaper) - September 15, 1977, Norco, California < ¡ Vol. 15, No. 37 ■ : ■. I« /■I Express, Thursday, September 15,1977 Phone 734-0210 Office 2429 Hamner Ave., NORCO, CALI FORNIA PRICE—50* A MONTH ■i ■I), Of Course Horse By DON'BLAZER From the horse's point of view, the invention of the wheel was a real blessing. . ; It made pulling ciirriages a lot ^sier. > Exactly when the wheel was invented is a controversy of little (^sequence. Unless-.you happen-to be a hor^. There is evidence early chariot racing began nearly 9,000 years ago. At the sanie time, there is data s^pbrting the belief that the wheel was invented only 5,000 years ago. If the latter date is con-ect, that would mean that for nearly 4,000 years, those poor chaifiot horses were ^pulling wheelless wagons. " What a drag! ■ In any case, things seemed to come t<«ether. The Chinese developed the. horse collar, which made it possible ~iir~use~~horse—power—for -tran=- •sportation. Tlie Itomans invented the horseshoe, which meant the horse •could now travel over any terrain, /^d the Greeks invented the snaffle bit, which had many driving ad^ vantages ovó- early control devices. With all these inventions, the mass ^ansportation business was rolling. It still is. Show-ring driving classes are becoming more and more popular, and there's no stoiq>ing the hobby of carriiage restoration. Protest of taxes ■Pony photo by Colleen McCloskey- Norco group joins forces with others A local taxpayer organization has decided to change its strategy. Instead of attacking local govern-, ment officials concerning soaring: property taxes, the Norco-based Citizens for Tax Referendum - are launching a drive to initiate a i state constitutional amendment limiting growing taxes on real estate. Jean Greene, spokesperson for the coalition formed in mid-June to attempt to lower properly taxes, said Monday that'the group has combined energies with statewide : taxpayer ' organizations in an effort to limit~ property taxes to one per cent of market value. The group vrtiich has employed thé' services of a Corona attorney tp research the recall procedures' Needle points attention to Rabies Clinic To a pint size'pooch like Feather, a iW Pomeranian owned by Norconian Elaine Specchio, any size needle wotild look gigantic. But, the one above, a horse syringe, wasn't really meant to scare the tiny tailwagger. The first stagecoach was used in England in 163S, and in 1785, Jie first American stage line was established between New York and Albai^. But ihe^ gol^niàM i^uftd 1850, this rimning of thie „■Pjipnee^'^Line frQm St. Louis, Mo., to "Sacramento, Calif., a' distance of 2,500 miles. It cost passengj^ $200 to Tide the stageand thé journey took 70 &ys from point to point.. J ' Mass transit thai, as now, was ùnp(^ular. Everyonè wanted to go when and where they wanted when they felt like it, and in the style that suited them best: Up sprang a new industry. : Carriages! (The word has been shortened to car.) Carriages were, and are, designed to display the owner's taste, social position, wealth, sporting flair, or for simple utility. ^ The basic carriage is the two-wheeled cart, upon which the driver <often called the whip) sits directly between the wheels. The cart is a Utility vehicle, uncomfortable and. imstylish. • On à highèr level is the two- -wheeled jogging cart, or road cart. ' ^ese are used jpiimarily for training wd exercising hor^s. The governess (^rt is similar to thé jogging cart; txit a little bit more elaborate. This cart is used principally to amuse the children, and should th^efore be ^leçtructible. : Superior two^wheeled vehicles are gigs, such as the Stanhope and lUbuty. These are considered quite . sporty and can be driven tandem iising two horses, one in front of the other. Tandem driving, so l am told, is most difficult, and gigs are quite-popular in the show ring. : At the bottom of the four-wheeled-Ixig^ line, we have the buckboards and runabouts. There are many, versions of the buggy. It might have a fixed top, a folding top, or no tqp, and it is normally a one-horse , vdiicle. V Phaetons have a lot more class than a buggy, and Mve folding tops and lamps. Usually they were ow^ô-<]riven, but on occasion, had a seat for a groom. They were light enough to be pulled by a single horse, but if the driver wanted to show off, he'd use a matched pair of horses. A surrey is not considered a par-Ucularly fancy carriage unless it i^ - ' adorned with "fringe onithe top. A light, four-passenger' vehicle, the surrey had foiders and was used for j^^cnicking orgoing to ^iiPortrue elegance; the brougham is l|iard to beat: This fourrpassenger çoach was always driven by a coachman and only took its occupants to Agnified wd formal events. Nbrco area dog owners. Ifee dmic will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at InllUs P^k,^ith a fee or$2 a dog. expire Sept. 30-according to Norco's chief animal control officer Mickey Kulich, ancl in order to obtain licenses proof of current rabies vaccination is required. October is a grace period, Kulich added, but a penalty of 50 per cent of licenses fée per dog is assessed on all unlicensed dogs after Oct. 31 and loo per cent pènalty aftér March 30. licenses wUl be available at Saturday's clinic . Another clinic is slated for 1 By RICHARD CORNETT Planning a city's future development is no easy matter as the Norco Cily Council found out Monday night. Just where does one begin? This reoccurring question was rallied back-and-forth as consultants from Arthur Young and Company tried to get a handle on just what direction a growth study of the city is to take. It was the first growth plan meeting with the consultants. Young and Company has been hired to perfonn the $3p,000 growth study survey to determine the service level needed in Norco in relation to the city's ability to finance the needed services. Councfl members repeatedly told . Mike Mount and Robert Tyre, the consultants for the firm, that areas such as water and sewerage had already been adequately addressed and mentioned the study should concern itself with transportation, street maintainance and 'improvements and the issue of more recreational activities for the city. The council's oveiriding concern centered around having the citizens questioned as to what areas of services Lthey themselves, felt needed improvement or expansion. Norco Mayor Pro tem O.M. (Red) Taylor suggested'that developers and large land owners be confronted by the survey to determine what their future intentions of land use are. The future development of large portions of undeveloped .land in Norco so far has been a question mark to council members and the consultants were told thèse áreas should fall inside the realm of the scope of the study. ' Mount mentioned that a comparison of the service levels of other cities could serve a^ a guideline for the initial groundwork of the Norco study, but the council questioned if anoth^ city could be found with the "unique" characteristics of Norco. "I.féeí our community is different and that citizens may go heavy in areas such as street and traU maintaintance," said Councilman Richard (Doc) Brown. Mount mentioned that a list- of priorities had to be discussed because for a study to address all the areas the council wanted considered wouid mean overshooting the $30,000 for the budget of the study. necessary~in~attempting—to—oust— Councilmen Richard (Doc) Brown, and Norco Mayor Pro Tem O.M. (Red) Taylor have decided to "not-initiate a recall in Norco at this, time," according to Greene, Instead the group has combined forces with the Taxpayers Congress Inc., the United Organization of Taxpayers, Inc., Southbay County Taxpayers plus more than 12, other taxpayer organizations in an effort to' place on the ballot a proposal to limit —the-taxes-in-the-June-primaries-in— 1978. Greene stud the group is ciurentl^. circ^ating a petition which reqiudrcA I 500,000 signatures voters, statewide, to qualify for the ballot. In a similar move in Riverside County last year, Grerae said, only _ about 50 signatures were obtained. Wins subscription Anthony De Gennaro, first to come into Norco Pony Express office last week and identify himself in one of the paper's Labor Day Parade photographs, beams as the Pony's district manager Elaine ^Specchio signs him up fbr a three nionth free subscription tb the Pony Express. The excited De G^inaro said he wais a- new resident of Norco and was thrilled to win the subscription. One of his neighbors had seen his picture in thè paper and told him about the subscription offer. Others winning subscriptions included Arlene Shevitski, Unda Resnet , Russ Chatham and Dorothy Pittman. I "NORCO NOW" Is a weekly Pony Express column written by YOU-ihe Norep dtben ~ on subleets of Interest to' Noreonlans today, tetters should be typewritten, double spaced If possible. how(^vor handwrltten letters will bb^ccepted. Anonymous. leffers wlll notbe publlshedibutinlUqls onlywIfibe' used If wirlte^ vflshes his name Withheld. A^^ letters are subfect to editing for brevity and taste. EDITOR'S note': The following letter was addressed to Noico Mayor and City Council members, with a copy address^ to Pony Express editor for publication in the Norco Now column. in Norco I feel compelled to write this letter in my business, My indignation jtowàrd the City Government of Ladies and Gentlemen: i Not being; a resident of Norco but a citizen actively participating in Community Affairs of Norco sinc<s retij-ihg to this area more than seven ^rriages, farm and work wagons, [hybri&y sleighs aiid drays. -r,VAnd just owning one- is -bound to [f fntohce your self-image and social ll^^nding. Horse-drawn wheels are "more fun than'ever. - i - Captain A. Keeling of your Fire Department who undoubtedly has done more to upgra(|e a hi^y . important function of City protection, top long neglected by City Government arid your Chifef Maxwell. Captein Keeling has been an excellent PublieRelatioris asset, which along with his wide experience, apparently incensed Chief Masovell to the point where he was determined toi.be rid of someone, possibly superior to himself. appears obvious City Crovemment prefj^d to adopt the position of Status Quo, rather than a fair unbiased hearing. My only personal connection with Chief Maxwell was more than two year^ ago when I „v-.v-tContliiued^on page ... ....... Î Greene added that the petitions are avaflable at Bill Morris Realty and Annies Hairlines in Norco. "Several of our city council members have shown their contempt of the intelligence of the taxpayer by their public statements. There will be an election in March and it would be refreshing to see the people of Norco elect three new council members who will be more responsive to the taxpayer," Greene said. "It is not only our right to control our government, it is our responsibility." Keeling petitions circulated A petition to retain Tony Keeling as Norco fire marshal is being circulated door-to-door throughout the city, according to PhylShupp, one of the petition's organizers. Keeling was recently dismissed from his position and given 90 days in which to find other employment: According to. city council members the decision culminates an ongoing personality conflict between keeling and Fire Chief Robert Maxwell. Shupp said that members of the petition drive, who she said is approximately 20, are in disagreement that Keeling should be sacrifk:ed foi* the alleged mis-management of the fire station by Chief Maxwell. 1 According to Shupp the drive is also backed by numerous, businessmen throughout the community who have placed petitions in their individual businesses but . wished to remaiii anonymous because of their "dealings" with city officials in matters of busings. !■ ; ,1 ' If i Shiipp said that Keeling is ^ outstanding member of the community who has instilled ' a V professional attitude in the Norco fve department. ^ ■ ■ —^ Organizers of the petition drivé have cut the city up in 20 different areas and will focus in talking with residents , in these areas about .the . issue of the city^s fire proféctiâi -policies,. ...__, . __ The signatures will then be' presented to City -Manager Tofti Mauk in an effort to persuade him into" changing his- mind -about Keeling's dismissal, Shupp said.
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