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6/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
Melon workers converge on Palo Verde

Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - Melon season has started and bus loads of field workers come in to the town daily stopping at the store and café.

Many buses also bring the workers and they stop in town for supplies and gas twice daily, which helps the small businesses to survive.

Usually the season lasts until the middle of July.

The season got off to a slow start this week because of the cooler weather, which lasted longer than usual.

Local resident Kathy Mars is foreman for one of the sheds and according to her, the crew that works in her shed, comes back every year. Many of these workers are made up of school teachers and professionals who want to make good money for the two months the melons are in season.

The packers who are paid by how many melons that they pack, can make up to $1,000 a week, so these people come back each year.

The work is hot and hard and a very good way to lose weight.

No word has been received yet concerning how the new census and survey has gone about the loss of the town's ability to get grants. The prior census was incorrect and indicated that the average yearly income for residents here was $60.000. The true average income of locals is only about $15,000 .

Good news is that the Palo Verde County Water District building south of town will have the solar system at the building site complete in two weeks.

A number of homeowners in town are selling homes that they bought for investments that they do not live in because of the monthly bills amounting to $50 and more from the water company.

"As we wait for real estate prices to go up and hold on to these investments, we continue to lose money, so we are forced to sell at low prices," Stella Garcia said.

Do not forget to sign up at Wheelies store this month and also the months of July and August for the Rod and Gun Club fishing tournaments. At the end of each month the winner for that month will receive a very good prize.

Rod and Gun Club members can sign up for $10 while others pay $15 - so one may think of joining the organization.

Raylan Brandenberg will be celebrating his third birthday at Sea World with his family and especially his grandmother, Roberta Brandenburg.

Adults and youth alike may have a hard time this summer trying to fill the long hot days.

You may want to think of updating your genealogy by attending a class at 5 p.m. each Wednesday at the Mormon Church in Blythe. There is no charge for help in finding out who your ancestors are. Jill Johnson will be the teacher and is looking forward to helping. Call her at 760-922-2378.

Get started on this program right away as some folks have traced their genealogy back hundreds of years.

The other important activity could be taking a trip to Blythe and visiting the library there. They are having an intensive reading program for the youth and also the adults. In addition, Joyce Anderson will be telling stories daily to the youth.

Thanks to Soroptimist International of Blythe, which donated $100 to the Fort Gaston Historical Society to help with their many bills.

June Hamilton, curator for Fort Gaston Historical Society and Museum, has been ill for some time, however, she is home now and recovering and anxious to get back to her job overlooking the museum.

A very unusual tournament was held at the home of Jean Livingstone, who is the president of the Desert River Group. Each year the 43 members meet at her home on the river south of Palo Verde.

This event was highlighted by an installation of officers and a tournament for the person who made the best tamale pie.

Ten of the members were picked to enter the tournament, which was also the main entrée for the dinner. The members all agreed that May Hunter's was the best. May has agreed to share her recipe with our readers.

This recipe is enough for a family of six.

One pound of lean hamburger, half pound of ground pork. Fry this meat in a large pan with about 5 tablespoons of lard. Add 4 garlic pods, one chopped onion, cilantro to taste, and fry all together. When done, add one large can of chopped tomatoes, one can of corn, one can of black olives and about one fourth cup of ground mild red pepper. Cook all together for about 10 minutes.

Cook one and one half of corn meal, adding one cube of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from fire.

In a long baking pan, add one half of the cooked corn meal, spreading it out evenly in the bottom of the pan, Then add the hamburger mixture to the pan, then spread the remaining corn meat on the top and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

The winner walked away with $100 in cash and a $200 gift card to be used at Macy's.

This excellent tamale pie was added to the rest of the dinner which was made up of many different kinds of salads.

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