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2/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Town settles down after Old Timers Reunion

Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - The Old Timers Reunion has come and gone and the town is getting ready for many future events.

Tomorrow, Feb. 7, a town meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Palo Verde Improvement Association building in Palo Verde.

This will be a meeting which will bring together Imperial County officials, the Palo Verde Volunteer Fire Department, clubs and organizations in town as well as town residents.

The topic of this meeting is to try to figure the bests ways to protect the town and its residents in case of an emergency or a disaster, which could affect many lives.

This disaster preparedness will decide a main place to meet in the case of a flood, windstorm or terrorist threat.

Several years ago a windstorm went through the town and destroyed many homes and caused unnecessary troubles because no one was expecting this problem and many were at a loss as to what to do or whom to direct in the best way to deal with this calamity, which happened without warning.

Many people do not realize that the town of Palo Verde could have been destroyed in case of heavy flooding if the dirt dams were not erected west of town.

It is hoped that many will attend this meeting and each family will help decide what actions to take to prevent undue confusion if something unusual happens to put the town in jeopardy.

The other big event is the barbecue steak dinner being held on Feb. 16 at the Rod and Gun Club.

Board members are hopeful that many will attend the dinner. This will be another way to get people once again interested in the organization, plus build up the coffers, which is badly needed at this time.

Also, there are three fishing tournaments that will be held in March. We will tell you more about this as the event draws closer.

Do not forget to get all your animals together on Feb. 16 as Imperial County officials will be down to give dogs their shots. This welcome event runs from 11 a.m. until noon. If you have more than one dog, bring someone along with you to hold the other dogs while your dog gets its shot.

Ageless Reflections members are inviting all to visit the community center in Blythe during the month of February. Not only will they be celebrating Valentines Day but they will have many exciting things to do to keep all entertained each day.

First of all, a $3 lunch is held daily. Then all during the week there is line dancing, card playing and the opportunity to learn crafts. Also, there are several exercise classes for all.

If you have not yet joined, come in and see what is available.

There will be a Valentine's Day Reunion for three families during February.

Since the holiday falls on a week day, the group has decided to take two days of rest and relaxation during the Valentine week at the home of Janelle Whiting south of Palo Verde.

No matter how unsettled the weather has been the past week or how cold, those who love to fish pulled in an abundance.

The bass have been biting as well at the flatheads.

Maurice Sanchez, pulled in a 7-pound flathead the day it rained. He uses red worms as bait.

Although the reunion is over, many will long remember this looked-for annual event. The barbecued beef and pork was excellent as were the homemade beans, salad and hundreds of pieces of different kinds of cakes and pies.

Donna Ducette, once again, made all the coleslaw mixed with a dressing that has become a tradition. It is hoped that she will share her recipe with us. Be looking for it next week.

Hats off to the dedicated folks who helped make the reunion run smoothly: Barbara Collerus, Irene Tokartz, June Hamilton , Barbara Bolt , Lana Gray, Tammy Gibson, June Hamlton and many others who stepped in to help when some of these women needed a break.

There were many folks who used to live in Palo Verde who enjoyed visiting with past residents.

The eye-opener of the day was the group that provided music, John Kribbs, Johnnie Gibson and Joe Moyer.

This group held the audience spellbound as they knocked out new and old country songs.

Old Timer Ed Shull, who lives in Los Angeles part time and also owns a home here, enjoyed renewing old friendships.

Roger and Dovie McKenzie, former residents who now live in Bouse, have retired but always return to Palo Verde where many of their relatives lived for years, including Runt Brewer and his family

It was also learned that Mary Brown, a former longtime resident here who now lives in Orange County, was unable to attend this year although her health is good.

John McKenzie was also in town.

Several hundred people attended the reunion.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Palo Verde Valley Rod & Gun Club

Hello all!! The PVVR&GC would like to invite you out to our Presidentís Day Weekend Steak Dinner, this Saturday the 16th. Get a big olí steak, baked potato, cowboy beans and coleslaw. Members is $12, Non-members is $15. Social hour @ 5, dinner @ 5:30. Thereíll be music and a 50/50 drawing. Come on out and get a great steak and enjoy some great company! Hope to see you all there!

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