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9/6/2012 5:02:00 PM
Labor Day weekend enjoyed in Palo Verde

Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - The long Labor Day weekend was enjoyed by many dove hunters on the opening day of the dove hunt, Sept. 1.

Despite the monsoon season and the light rains, which usually scatter the doves, there was plenty of dove to go around for the hunters.

Most of the hunters were careful about how they cleaned their birds and very little trash was left by the highways. City fathers left many containers around town and in the area for the hunters to dispose of their garbage.

The Rod and Gun Club put on a welcome back hunters dinner. After a day of hard walking and hunting in some rough territory, the hunters were ready for the barbecued pork dinner, complete with homemade pinto beans, mashed potatoes, salad and dessert.

Live music and dancing rounded out the evening. There was a drawing and many gifts were won. This was a time to renew old friends and make new ones. Many hunters look forward to the hunt each year.

Dale Henson has been coming to Palo Verde for the dove hunt for more than 50 years. According to him, the dove were plentiful this year.

Henson and his group make the long holiday a three-day hunt. On the last day of the hunt they pool some of the birds, and hold a dinner at the home of Susan Mills, of Palo Verde.

Henson does the cooking each year. He agreed to share his recipe with our readers.

Henson cooks for 10 people at a time, therefore he uses 30 doves, which gives three birds for each person present.

After cooling the dove completely he uses the whole body of the dove, and stuffs the cavity with a mixture of bread crumbs, lots of garlic, fresh mushrooms, and enough beer to make a smooth stuffing. Instead of salt or pepper, he seasons with soy sauce. He bakes the doves in a 350-degree oven for one hour.

"Of course you must serve these birds with plenty of ice cold beer," Henson said.

Good news for those who receive commodities. Lloyd Hollingsworth, of Blythe, who is in charge of the commodities program, announced that all will receive commodities on the first Wednesday of each month starting this September.

There have been a few changes, however. Before you can receive these commodities you must show your Social Security card and your drivers license. In addition, for those who have commodities delivered by Kathy Broadwell, you must sign a paper giving her permission to pick up the food stuffs.

Broadwell has 34 residents she picks up for. They consist of those who do not drive or are unable to pick up the commodities for themselves.

Susy Velez, who has given out commodities for years in Ripley, will not be doing this anymore. Many have been grateful to Velez for years for her volunteer work of putting up commodities and making sure every one got their food on time.

Hollingsworth stated that those in Palo Verde, and the farming areas can continue to get commodities.

Those on fixed incomes have welcomed the extra food that helps with their short incomes.

Fishing has been good this month, despite the seasonal rains. Last week Michelle Anderson pulled in a 15-pound flathead. She uses shrimp for bait.

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