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6/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
June fishing tournament still ongoing

PALO VERDE - The three-month Rod and Gun fishing Tournament is going well. There has not been a large amount of fishermen signing up for the June tournament. So get your name in as there are only a few weeks until the last of June. The person who catches the largest fish for June will walk away with a prize. The tournament will be held in July and August.  Sign up for as many months as you want as the determination for the largest fish will be counted at the end of each month. So you have three chances to win. You can win all or one.

The Rod and Gun Club will also be holding their first of the Saturday breakfasts on July 6. That's not the only good news starting at 6 p.m., the same day as the breakfast, a pizza dinner and karaoke will be held. This should be a fun-filled day. The Rod and Gun Club is doing this to enhance the 4th of July week.

The 4th of July falls on Thursday, and the breakfast and pizza dinner will be held on Saturday, July 6. The Rod and Gun club is trying hard to get many to become interested in the Rod and Gun Club and take out memberships. The club is instrumental in asking our representatives in Congress to be aware of the people's choice to own and carry guns. Plus representatives from the organization fight hard to make people aware of the fishing and hunting in the area. In order to make the powers that be aware of this issue, it takes money and determination. The local club tries hard to put together programs that will be fun for the locals and also make them aware of the problems that face us all.

The Palo Verde Inn Café will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Tami McIlrathy, owner, is hopeful the café will be open seven days a week soon.

Local resident Kathy Broadwell is a new face working at the Café.  She not only fills in for the cook when needed, but is also waitress and dishwasher.

Kathy Broadwell who is in charge of bringing commodities to Palo Verde the first Wednesday of each month, announced recently that the commodities will be at the Palo Verde Improvement Club house and you can pick them up after 9 a.m. If you have any questions call Kathy at 760-854-0054. Many in the town are on fixed incomes and the commodities help greatly with the food bill. If you are not already on the program, contact Kathy to get signed up.

Sheila Doyle, longtime Palo Verde resident, and wife of the late Jack Doyle, was in town recently taking care of business. She now lives at Harvey's Fishing river camp east of Palo Verde. Sheila works at the Palo Verde Hospital lunch room.  According to her she loves her job there.

"I would love to have my many friends from Palo Verde drop in to see me after 2 p.m. at the hospital," she said.

According to Sheila she keeps in contact with Betty Benefield, who is now living in Kentucky with family.

Many remember the Benefield family especially Warren Benefield who was the owner of the Lagoon Lodge for many years. When the late Warren Benefield came to the Palo Verde, he and his wife, the late Ester Benefield his first wife opened up Benefield's Department store. They also purchased farmland here, which he still owns.

Many remember those days, and the fun they had at the Lagoon, which held dancing, gaming, and lots of cool drinks and companionship. Fishing has been very good this week, according to those who have thrown in their hooks.

George Underwood pulled out a 13-lb flathead. Unfortunately, he did not sign up for the tournament at Wheelies store.

For those who enjoy fishing be sure and sign up to try to win the prize for June for the biggest fish caught.

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