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4/25/2014 6:00:00 AM
Easter holiday closes with bang
Palo Verde Improvement Associationsí Easter Egg Hunt and part this weekend past was well attended by many children who were thrilled with their finds. The plastic eggs were filled with candy and other goodies including money. Plus, the association offered prizes, games, and refreshments, throughout the event.
Palo Verde Improvement Associationsí Easter Egg Hunt and part this weekend past was well attended by many children who were thrilled with their finds. The plastic eggs were filled with candy and other goodies including money. Plus, the association offered prizes, games, and refreshments, throughout the event.

Palo Verde Improvement Associations' Easter Egg Hunt and part this weekend past was well attended by many children who were thrilled with their finds. The plastic eggs were filled with candy and other goodies including money. Plus, the association offered prizes, games, and refreshments6, throughout the event.

Winnie Barrett and the Palo Verde Improvement Association board member and volunteers will long be remembered for their efforts.

Christ Chosen Group spent two days in the desert holding an Easter Sunrise service and spiritual meetings. Periodically, the group comes to Palo Verde to have its meetings. Some within the group thinks the reason Palo Verde has not grown is because there is no house of worship in the town. Others disagree, thinking that the town has not grown because it has no competing businesses. In fact, there is only one business open at this time.

The late Elouise Baatz Bonyea, who owned the Lagoon Lodge for years up until her death, purchased all the empty businesses thinking she would get the town back on its feet again. She cleaned up the town, putting lights in and painting wherever she could. Then the recession came, and she fell ill, and eventually died. And since then, nothing has been done to the town to open these businesses, leaving Wheelies store the only open business now. This is a sad situation for the residents as the town used to be very busy.

Other people's opinions shift toward thinking that since the cattle feeding yards have closed, and fewer field workers come into the area that this is the cause of the failing town.

Other events on the calendar for Palo Verde residents include the Braille Institutes seminar May 9 from 10 a.m.-12 noon in Rancho Mirage, Calif. At this time those with low vision will be able to learn more about safe ways of travel. For more information call 760-321-1111.

Former resident Faye White just had an eye operation, which replaced her bad eye. Doctors were able to find an eye that matched the color of her good eye. It is amazing what they can do any more.

Thanks to Dick and Donna Lord who spent hours working on the Palo Verde Improvement Association building and yard. And Winnie Barrett asks for more volunteers from the town to help keep the area clean.

Barrett is also working hard on the upcoming car and cycle show planned for May 25. Call Winnie for more information and getting cars registered.

The Rod and Gun Club's First Saturday of the Month breakfast is May 3. Be sure to come and dine that day.


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