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Five things to know this Friday morning:
1.) James Mann, a founding member of the Downey Police Department, died suddenly July 17 after suffering a brain aneurysm. Mann was born in Van Buren, Ark., on April 7, 1931 and moved to Lynwood with his family in 1940.
He enlisted in the Army in February of 1951 and was shipped to Korea as a military police officer. He joined the Downey Police Department upon his return, and was on the original force when Downey was incorporated in 1956. He retired in 1985, becoming an active golfer at the Rio Hondo Country Club.
Memorial services were held July 22 at Miller-Mies Mortuary and Aug. 2 in Lake Isabella. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
2.) A Downey author who goes by the name of Mason Freeborn has published a collection of science fiction short stories. Titled “Chaos Weaving,” the book is described as “an intriguing mix of space exploration, aliens, robots, military technology and more.” AMAZON
3.) The Downey YMCA will honor Bob and Joanne Earl, Joe and Dianne Lumsdaine, and Steve and Darlene Roberson at a gala event Sept. 28 at The Grand. The event doubles as a fundraiser for the Y.
4.) There will be a smart gardening workshop at Wilderness Park tomorrow from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Compost and worm bins will be available for purchase.
5.) First Baptist Church of Downey will be washing Downey PD’s fleet of vehicles tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.