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11/8/2012 5:00:00 PM
Local farmer treats town to a barbecue
Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - Craig Elmore, owner of River Valley Ranches, south of Palo Verde, recently put on a free barbecue for the Imperial County Sheriff's Department and the residents of Palo Verde and surrounding areas.

The event was held at the Palo Verde Town Park. The free barbecue was put on to show El more's appreciation for the Sheriff's Department and the excellent performance of the resident deputies.

Elmore is a staunch supporter of the town and its many organizations and commends the town for its continual efforts to make the small river community an outstanding example to other communities.

The town once boasted of a number of businesses but over the years the town has almost become a ghost town and at present, has only a few businesses.

However, residents refuse to allow the town to become only a small stop beside the road but rather are fighting back with hope that the town will once again gain prominence.

It was a fun time for all who attended and all expressed their gratitude to the local farmer.

The Halloween Carnival held recently was well attended and children from the town, all the river communities south of town, and youth from Cibola, went home with many prizes and will long remember this Halloween.

Each year, Winnie Barrett and a group of volunteers, strive to make each Halloween Carnival better than the last. Hours of work go into preparing for the carnival and all work is volunteer.

Barrett spends hours getting donations from individuals and businesses in Blythe and surrounding areas. She spends time asking for prizes that delight the children. This year she had over 200 gifts she gave to children, the result of donations from various people in Blythe.

The youth entering the Halloween costume contest walked away with many prizes.

The funniest costume was won by Vincent Marta; most original, Kristin Sanchez; pretties, Skyler Scheduler.

All children who participated in any of the games won a free hamburger from a local fast food café.

Tireless workers were: Angie Bates, John Bryant, Barbara Hopton, Amanda Bahmman, Danielle Bolton, Brandy Freeley, Kathy Broadwell, Jessica Barnett and Summer Natividad.

The individuals and businesses that donated to the carnival and the duck race will be given appreciation at a later writing.

It was a first time event for Palo Verde when they participated in the recent cancer walk at Palo Verde High School.

The group that participated had their own spot where they sold cotton candy and collected donations for the cancer drive.

A special recognition goes to Dan Garen, retired deputy sheriff who was stationed in Palo Verde for many years. He donated his candy machine and also helped make the cotton candy with the help of others in the all-day event.

Additional workers were: Tammy Gibson, Anita Hudson, Irene Horary, Barbara Colerus, Bob and Donna Blair, Bennie Barrett, Bill Cran and Barbara Bolt.

The town was saddened this week when they learned of the death of longtime resident Clarence Fellhoelter. He had been ill for some time.

Be watching for plans of a dedication at the Rod and Gun Club in the near future for Mr. Fellhoelter.He was with his family at the hospital at the time of his demise. He was well known for his fishing knowledge and many went to him to find out the best place to hunt and fish. He was also a dedicated volunteer for all the organizations in Palo Verde.

He will be missed.

The Rod and Gun Club Saturday $1 breakfast was hailed as "outstanding." Bill Cran, cook for the event, started cooking at 4 a.m. and worked until 10 a.m. He served sausage, bacon, eggs, hotcakes and plenty of hot coffee.

These breakfasts will be held the first Saturday of each month. This is an all-out effort to try to regain more interest in the Rod and Gun Club.

Those who received their commodities this month are now assured that this program will be continued.

If you have any questions, call Kathy Broadwell at the Palo Verde Fire Department.

Fishing has been excellent this week. Joe Hadlock pulled in a 14-pound catfish. He uses red worms.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: PV Rod & Gun Club

The Palo Verde Valley Rod & Gun Club will be hosting its annual Poker Run Thanksgiving Day weekend. Sign-ups start @ 8am, Run departs @ 9am. Come on out for a nice ride out in the desert and then stay for some Karaoke afterwards.
Should you have any questions or need any information. You may email the PVVR&GC at paloverderodandgunclub@yahoo.com
or you can find us on Facebook


Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Sunset Way

Demise?? Demise sounds so cruel. Passing would've sufficed, if you ask me. Clarence was a great man and a popular figure in the Palo Verde scene. He was well known, well liked, and well respected. He was the man who darn near knew everything, and could just about fix anything!! He had a one-of-a-kind sense of humor and an answer for everything! He will be truly missed.



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