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9/6/2013 6:00:00 AM
Labor Day holiday over, town gets ready for winter season

Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - The town has been busy this past week with the Labor Day holiday visitors and dove hunters. Many took advantage of the long weekend rolling over into Monday and a number of families held reunions and a variety of parties.

Joe Anderson and his family held a reunion at their home near Coco Palms. A record number of 30 relatives attended. All brought their fishing poles and a number of the relatives fished for most of one day, enjoying their catches the next day.

Although many of the group gave suggestions on what the best way to cook the fish would be, it was decided after a long debate, that old fashioned frying with a good coating on the outside of the fish would be best.

To round out the week, a barbecue was held in the desert that surrounds the home. Ending the last day, all went to the casino near Altadena. While many went home with winnings, others left with a very sad face.

Joe and Mary Martinez also enjoyed a family reunion. They took one day and all the relatives went for a trip in the desert to find the old mines.

Hopefully all those who own mines in the area remembered to file their annual assessment with the Bureau of Land Management. If you did not file before Sept. 1 you may have lost your claims. In addition to filing with the BLM, you must also file with the Recorders Office.

The Rod and Gun Club dinner welcoming the dove hunters to the valley was termed "successful." As usual, the Rod and Gun Club cooks outdid themselves.

The Rod and Gun Club's first Saturday of the month breakfast will be held at the Rod and Gun Club on Sept. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. If you are a member, your breakfast will only cost you $2. If you are not a member, it will cost you $4. It would be wise to buy a ticket for the rest of the year.

For those of you who have not tried this breakfast, complete with hot cakes, eggs, sausage, ham, fried potatoes and plenty of hot coffee and orange juice, you have missed a great breakfast.

The Rod and Gun Club's August fishing contest is over and the winner will be named next month.

There are a number of visually handicapped people living in Palo Verde and the surrounding areas. Several weeks ago there was an article in this newspaper that could help those with low vision.

The Department of Rehabilitation wants to reach visually impaired persons who wish to work or may have some trouble keeping or securing employment because of their vision.

The California Department of Rehabilitation Blind Field Service (BFS) offers a variety of helps including: home management, living skills, training with new employment, assessment and counseling , training and education.

In addition BFS provides equipment that may be needed to help get a job or enhance employment

The BFS program also works closely with employers.

The California Department of Rehabilitation wants those with handicap problems to keep working and lead productive lives. There are a number of people who have contacted BFS and are being helped. Keep watching this column for this information.

It is important for those who need help to contact the following person and if possible you could be helped. The number to call is 760-353-1673 or write to: Anabelle Ramos-Riley,

California State Department of Rehabilitation, 1214 State St., El Centro, CA 92243, Attn: Blind Field Services.

Many are talking about the Palo Verde Improvement Association's Casino Night and its recent Bingo games. At this writing, no information as to when the next Bingo games will begin.

Kathy Broadwell encourages residents to contact her for the monthly commodities. You must make sure you have signed up in order to receive them.

Broadwell is well known for her many services to the town. She travels to Ripley to get the food stuffs for residents here. She uses her own gas and time and tries hard to get enough boxes to pick up each individual order.

Despite the warming weather, fishing has been excellent this week. Marty Harrison pulled in a 17-pound flathead on Labor Day. He uses red worms for bait.

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