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Palo Verde gets ready for Old Timers Reunion and Valentine's Day
Times file photoTown residents now look forward to the Old Timers Reunion and Valentines Day, plus more excitement, now that the exceptional events during the holidays have passed.
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Town residents now look forward to the Old Timers Reunion and Valentines Day, plus more excitement, now that the exceptional events during the holidays have passed.
Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - Town residents now look forward to the Old Timers Reunion and Valentines Day, plus more excitement, now that the exceptional events during the holidays have passed.

Most of the clubs celebrate Valentines Day and as soon as the plans are finalized, this column will fill the readers in.

During the Christmas season, Winnie Barrett and her husband Jay, gave two never-to-be-forgotten parties. Anyone who has seen Winnie's decorations at her home, fishing dock and yards, know that it is a tough task to duplicate. Using light strings, she produces all sorts of decorated animals and figure that lit up the entire southern end of Clark Way.

Those who attended the first party were newspaper associate editor, Jaclyn Randall and her family, Sonny and Summer Natividad, Julian and Kathy Mars, and Season Porter, plus a few neighbors dropped in to view the beauty of the surroundings.

The second party held the following night included Palo Verde Improvement Association board members, plus firefighters John Green and Saul Forez.

Palo Verde resident Ryan Shields, son of Edward and Mary Shields, graduated from the Marine base in San Diego Dec. 6. Raised in Palo Verde, Shields graduated from Palo Verde High School.

Local resident John White and a friend from college Fred March spent a week during their break at John White's parents' home. While in town, they decided to take an adventure of camping 15 miles south of Palo Verde in the desert for 48 hours without any food. They did take canteens of water, sleeping bags, and guns (for hunting).

The pair intended to use their challenge as a topic for an English class they are enrolled in that asks about the holiday break. The topic surrounded wanting to know what could be accomplished if they were lost in the wild.

They did well the first day, although they could not find any game to kill, or any desert plants to eat, they made the best of it and went to bed hungry and froze all night in their sleeping bags.

The next day they were unable to find any rabbits to kill for breakfast. But since they heard some variety of cacti was good to eat, they soon found that was not true. So they kept looking for gold and unusual rocks which they found; however, no food.

They did find an old abandoned home with a lagoon in which the water looked that maybe had fish. There was a few fish, but the men found out, trying to catch them by hand was impossible. They tried to shoot the fish, but all they succeeded in doing was to chase these away. They absolutely decided not to give the 48-hour adventure a final try, but by dark they pulled out the sleeping bags, went to bed, and left early the next day.

Both men think they can make a very interesting story from their adventure.

The residents of the town are still having trouble with their drinking water. Paul Massey, who is in charge of the water treatment facility was not available to comment on this trouble.

Do not forget to get ready for Feb. 6 when at high noon the 29th Annual Old Timers Reunion takes place at the Palo Verde Rod and Gun Club. The usual barbecue and the dance can be expected, plus a shotgun will be given away.

People from all over the nation attend this event. The town puts out the welcome mat to all and promises that a good time will be had by all.

The host for the event is Fort Gaston Historical Society and Museum members.

Fishing has been excellent this week. Paul Anderson pulled in a 30-pound flathead using red worms.


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