8/2/2012 5:00:00 PM School begins for Palo Verde students on Aug. 22
Jeanette Hyduke Palo Verde People
PALO VERDE - Youth here are beginning to groan and complain as Aug. 22 has been announced as the day school begins.
There are a number of elementary, middle and high school students that will return to the Blythe schools.
Some years ago students here had to ride the bus to El Centro to go to school because Palo Verde is in Imperial County. However that was changed as Riverside and Imperial counties worked the problems out.
Local residents are asking to keep an eye on the youth this year as they board the bus going and coming from school. There have been many cases throughout the states where children were abducted on their way to school.
Palo Verde lies close to several different counties and Mexico, which is a short way from Palo Verde. It would be easy for someone to grab a child and be out of town before the child was discovered missing.
If anyone in town observes anyone showing too much interest in the children, alert officials at once.
It is also possible for everyone to find out if a child molester lives close by.
Braille Institute at Rancho Mirage also begins classes on Sept. 4 for the visually handicapped. This includes those with low vision and also those who are completely blind.
The classes are held from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., then a break will take place. Classes begin again at 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. each Monday. These classes will go on for 14 weeks.
Perhaps enough people who are interested in the class can join together for the rides to the Institute. There are many folks with low vision in Palo Verde, Cibola and the surrounding areas who could enjoy life much more once they learn the many skills that are taught at the Institute.
One can learn the computer, which can display in large print.
Those who have attended classes have praised them. There are many different types of classes, including how to play any instrument.
For more information call John Billings at 760-321-111. Call before Sept. 1 and he will answer all your questions online.
For those who need a dog to help get around, this would be a good time to look into this.
The Reverend Royal Churchill has an organ, several pews and other church items that he wishes to give away. Call him at 760-854-3139.
Royal and Shirley Churchill were active at the Palo Verde Church before the wind storm demolished the church. They then went to Coco Palms, trying to start a church there, but because of the out of way area, very few people came.
Churchill would be interested in helping part time as a minister to any church. He is anxious to get back into the pulpit.
He has tried to find a place to hold church in Palo Verde, or build a new church - but that has not worked out.
Fishing has been excellent this week. Roger Matthews pulled in a 19-pound catfish from the backwaters south of Palo Verde last week.