1/3/2013 5:00:00 PM Palo Verde residents welcome the new year
Jeanette Hyduke Palo Verde People
PALO VERDE - Just a few days into the new year and the town has come alive. Many plans are already being made for the new year by organizations and locals.
The Palo Verde Improvement Association ended last year by cooking a complete Christmas dinner then traveling to 18 homes in the area, presenting them with turkey, ham and all the trimmings to make their Christmas dinner unforgettable.
Many folks in Palo Verde live alone or on fixed incomes or cannot drive in to town. These are the people PVIA remembered.
There are many more Christmas stories too numerous to recount of those who made other's lives better by their service to others - a real spirit of Christmas giving.
Ray Whitehead, a longtime resident, said he was appalled by the way people thought they had to go in to debt for Christmas.
"The spirit of Christmas is lost when it becomes a matter of money and how big a present you can give," he said. "The younger generation has forgotten that love is the most important gift."
The Village Indoor Marketplace owners were amazed at how many Palo Verde residents enjoyed examining their new business. They are getting ready for a new year with many new stalls.
Longtime area resident Barbara Colerus has been ill with the flu, however, she did enjoy spending the holidays with relatives.
The Imperial County Health Department is warning residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible. This is the flu season and a number of deaths have been reported in the county from the flu.
Many are acquainted with the property three miles north of Palo Verde on Highway 78 known as "Donkey Corner." However, many do not know that the property has an interesting history.
In 1950, the present owners purchased the small farm. Unknown by the present owners and many others in the area, the home was occupied in the early 1940s by General George Patton. He rented the property from the then owners as a place to get away from his men for a little rest and retreat. The Army maneuvered in the desert areas west and south of Palo Verde. Remnants of those days can still be found in that area. In fact, shortly after the war was over, locals in that area found mines, machinery and other items left by the soldiers.
Those of you who saw last week's column, read the story of Tony Soria who shared his potato soup recipe with our readers. The town is saddened upon learning that Soria passed away. He passed out while working at the Palo Verde Inn Café, where he worked as a cook.
Do not forget the rabies vaccinations to be held at the Palo Verde Fire Department on Feb. 16. The shots start at 10 a.m. until noon.
Animal owners are expected to stay with their animals until the shots are completed.
Do not forget the Palo Verde Rod and Gun Club's monthly $1 breakfast at the clubhouse. The breakfast comes complete with ham, bacon, eggs, potatoes and lots of hot coffee.
Get behind the Rod and Gun Club as they are trying to build the organization back to where it used to be.
The Rod and Gun Club has always fought hard for members to be able to keep and use their firearms. They also send representatives to Washington to aid in this fight.
Fishing has been great this past year. Hopefully this will continue and, according to rumors, more fish may be added to the Lagoon.
Mary Ellen Jones pulled in a whopping 13-pound catfish.