PALO VERDE - The Rod and Gun Fishing Tournament for June finished with the winner walking away with a 30-pound flathead for his outstanding fishing.
Tom Roberts of Ripley was the June $50 winner. The runner-up was Ron White of Blythe, who caught a 19.3-pound catfish.
This was an exciting contest but as yet no one has told us what bait they used.
The Rod and Gun Club July contest is now going on. Be sure to sign up at Wheelies store. It only costs $10 and the winner could walk away with a sizeable prize. There will be another contest in August and whoever catches the largest fish will also be rewarded for their efforts.
The Rod and Gun Club also held its monthly $2 breakfast last week.Many attended the first Saturday of the month breakfast. All went home filled with hot cakes, eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes and excellent coffee.
Rod and Gun Club officials urge everyone to attend the first club meeting in September.
If you do not understand what the Rod and Gun Club is trying to do, please attend and you will be surprised.
The Palo Verde Improvement Association has been dark for the summer but in the back ground many dedicated members are making great plans for the fall season.
The Fort Gaston Historical Society is also closed down for the summer months. They also are making plans for the annual Old Timers Reunion.
A very important seminar will be held at 10 a.m. July 19 at the Braille Institute at Rancho Mirage. Those with low vision problems should take advantage of this teleconference meeting. There is no charge but one must make reservations by calling 760-321-1111.
This seminar is specifically designed to help the visually impaired to cope with everyday living. There are many classes that can be of help with computer skills, typing, or in many cases Seeing eye dogs are also available.
It would be worth anyone's time to check out the daily help the Braille Institute has available.
Many enjoyed the long 4th of July weekend. Several reunions were held. The largest was held at the home of Jim and Mary Anderson who have a home on the river south of Palo Verde. Relatives from as far away as London, England, made the trip for the reunion. There were 65 people in attendance.
This was the first time in 20 years that the family all got together at one time. Each person was asking to give a history of what they have been doing for 20 years. This was all documented and filmed.
Mr. Anderson's brother, Mark, and his family are from England, were asked to cook a fish dinner one evening. Fish and Chips are favored in England and are what our hamburgers are to this country.
These fish were also caught in the river near the Anderson home. Although the English people prefer sole fish, the catfish seemed to work as well according to all who ate that evening.
Mr. Anderson's sister, Laura Finch, is well known for her Spanish food and she cooked Mexican food one night, which delighted those from England as Mexican food is rare there.
They had never heard of tamales or tacos but they did get a real treat when they tried the hot sauce.
Another reminder from Kathy Broadwell: "If you want commodities then get in touch with me before next month so I can qualify you," she said.
The Palo Verde Inn is open Thursday though Sunday. Hopefully they will be open daily soon.
The melon season is still going strong. Growers anticipate the season should be over by the last of the month.