12/13/2012 5:00:00 PM Christmas lights illuminate the lagoon
Jeanette Hyduke Palo Verde People
PALO VERDE - Residents are really getting into the holiday mood. Hundreds of Christmas lights decorate the homes here and many target the lagoon.
Traditionally boats travel up and down the lagoon during the holiday season, enjoying the many decorations along that waterway.
One of the first beautiful decorations of the season is on the home of Mike and Jolly Gradey. Give yourself a real glimpse of the holiday season and make the trip down their street.
Many of the camps along the river, including Mitchell's and Walter's camps, are starting to fill up with the holiday visitors.
Make a note that Wheelies will be closed Christmas day. According to Sheryl Garen, they will be closing early on Christmas Eve.
Everyone that is participating in the "Angels and Stars Christmas" event should have picked up their pictures to color. In addition, the adults who are contributing presents should check with Roberta Brandenburg before Dec 16.
There is a tentative date scheduled for the Christmas party. It will be on Dec. 20, however, it would be wise to check at the post office for specific times.
The Grateful Dead motorcycle group will be having their annual get together in the desert south of town during the Christmas holidays.
Santa Claus will be making his rounds during the holidays. One of his main stops before visiting resident's homes will be at the Christmas party.
Most of the clubs will be dark during December but Casino Night will be held the first Saturday of January.
Jay and Winnie Barrett returned from Missouri recently. While there they enjoyed the wedding of Daniel Villanueva and Mellissa Pope. Also, Tom and April Murdock shared some exciting news with all their relatives and friends. Also, Meshelle and Dr. Cliff Stock shared the news.
In addition, Jay and Winnie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their friends.
Matt Garcia will be one of the reserve fireman for the Palo Verde fire department.
Last week, firefighter Kathy Broadwell, a longtime employee at the department, was busy training the new recruit.
The town was saddened upon learning of the death of longtime resident Barbara Williams last week, at her home. She will be missed by many.
She recently held the position as treasurer of Fort Gaston Historical Society. No word has been received about a memorial or a funeral as yet.
Mary Lou Stansell, a board member for the Fort Gaston Historical Society, reports that a new treasurer has been appointed yet. Stansell also asked that anyone that is interested in joining or becoming a board member should call her or one of the members. Fort Gaston Historical Society and Museum is an important part of the town.
Ageless Reflections held their annual craft sale on Dec. 8. Many items sold and those who attended were surprised to find out how many activities the Ageless Reflections hold.
Ageless Reflection holds their meetings at the Community Center in Blythe.
Daily there is line dancing, card playing and exercise classes. Also, help is available for those who need help with their income taxes and low cost meals are available at noon daily.
For those who need meals on wheels, they should contact someone at that facility.
Those who receive commodities each month, were pleasantly surprised when Kathy Broadwell delivered the boxes of food for those who participate in the program.
There was chicken, sausage, milk, beans, rice and macaroni, plus some canned fruit and vegetables.
Broadwell volunteers to take these boxes, which she picks up from Ripley, to the people in the farming areas and to those in Palo Verde.Broadwell is known for her outstanding service to the town of Palo Verde and the surrounding areas.
Fishing has been excellent so far this month. Jo Anna White pulled in an 11-pound catfish. She uses dough balls for bait.
Jean Hamilton, Dora Jones, Lora Garcia and Donna Jorgenson spent the day fishing for bass and all went home with their limits. They prefer fishing in the back waters or the lagoon. For bait they prefer red worms.