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Westchester Orders Rain Dance To Alleviate Dry Spell

July 25, 1985

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ While New York’s city slickers formed committees to worry about a worsening drought, suburban Westchester County has hired two Indians to dance for rain.

Judy Parrant of Southampton, whose Indian name is Corn Girl, and Kevin Parrant of New Jersey, known as Little Lightning, were paid $190 for the dance at a shopping mall, said Mark Moran of the office of Westchester County Executive Andrew O’Rourke.

″We’ll try anything to bring rain,″ O’Rourke said.

The brother and sister - half Hopi and half Winnebago Indians - are members of the Thunderbird American Dancers of New York City.

Asked if their dance would help, Miss Parrant said, ″I don’t know, but if you believe enough, you will get rain.″

In New York City, meanwhile, Environmental Protection Commissioner Joseph T. McGough said an informal ″Doomsday Committee″ has been meeting since January to consider measures to deal with the worst possible drought.

The committee has discussed such things as cutting off water to business areas at night and closing residential taps during the day, but ″the probability of these things being implemented is remote.″

So far, lawn watering and car washing have been restricted to save water, decorative fountains have been shut off around the city and backyard pools may not be filled.

On Wednesday, the reservoir system which serves New York City and Westchester County was at 54.1 percent of capacity. The average for this time of year is 91.6 percent.

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