Viewpoint: Horn of plenty for this columnist
Dora DePaoli (May 16, 2012)
Once again, the devoted members of the Holtville Athletic Club prepared a delicious beef barbecue to benefit Holtville’s Pop Warner team. It is always a happy day when I don’t have to cook.
Memorial Day was another nice time to honor not only those who died serving our country, but all our loved ones we have lost. Evergreen Cemetery grounds were in beautiful condition. Thanks to the crew who does all this work.
Piano teachers Christine Lowrey and Ruth Chambers had their annual piano recital on Sunday. Some of my favorite pieces were “Baby Elephant Walk,” “The Entertainer” and “Faith of Our Fathers.” The audience included parents, siblings, grandparents and several great-grandmothers, Esther Strahm, Susie Waterman, and Wanda Layton. Even though the most renowned pianists are male, only five of the students were boys: Caleb Chambers, John Chambers, Henry Huang, Jerry Huang and Ethan Strahm.
I recently received a beautiful high school graduation announcement for Jessica Eileen Sanyal. Jessica was a miracle baby, weighing only 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth in November 1994. She is a healthy, beautiful, gifted young lady about to go off to UC Berkeley in the fall. As the announcement stated, “God guided her to excel academically and athletically, and she finished her soccer career as her school’s all-time leading goal scorer, a three-time All League performer, and an All CIF selection as a senior.”
A note from her devoted grandparents read: “You were part of the prayer network. … This is the answer to all those prayers — God’s Mighty Miracle!! Thank You, Lord God.”
Many will recall her grandparents, Jim and Eileen Walker, formerly of El Centro.
At 11 a.m. today, the Finley Elementary third-grade teachers are having a patriotic program at the school auditorium. There will be songs, poems and some surprises. At 1 p.m., the Pine School kindergarten class, under the direction of Ellen Underwood, will entertain members of the Holtville Woman’s Club at the Sixth Street clubhouse.
The Vessey & Co. offices at 1605 E. Zenos Road in Holtville have always been beautiful. New flowers and shrubs are regularly added to make the grounds more appealing. Recently some creative employees added topiaries. This outdoor décor is usually clipped into the shape of cones and balls. Vessey’s gardeners are much more imaginative.
While glancing around the spacious grounds one can spot a dog, a bird, a car, a bumblebee, turtle, rabbit, heart and a horseshoe, the Vesseys’ longtime logo.
One of the office staff said: “I feel like I live in Disneyland, no, I live in Vesseyland!”
After mentioning the old days in last week’s column, I received a call from Rosie Hilfiker. She remembers just about everyone raised chickens years ago. Her family also had cows. To keep her safe, and out of the way, Rosie was put into the chicken coop while her mother milked cows. She once fell off the roost and knocked herself out, something she was prone to do.
Her parents, the late Karl and Lena Karlin, generally got dressed up and visited town Saturday nights. Rosie recalls her mother had a crush on cowboy star Tim McCoy.
In the ‘30s and ‘40s, Western stars made personal appearances in movie theaters in large and small towns. My husband, the late John A. “Buck” DePaoli, took his nickname from Buck Jones, another popular cowboy star. As a youngster my husband met Jones when he visited Holtville.