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Howard a caring Pah00run,pian Continued from previous page One man came to the center, took his coffee and sat alone facing the wall and reading his paper. Apparently. he had a need to be with people but choose not to interact. That was okay. When he was ready to leave, Howard wished him "Merry Christ- mas&apos;" and gave him two pre- sents. He asked, "What is this for? I don't need any- thing." Howard replied that it was just because it was Christmas and everyone should have a present The man stayed for the remain- der of the day and helped with the clean up. Dinner was served for 18 people, fewer than Howard had anticipated. The people who did come received extra presents and there was lots of turkey left over. "If even one person had a better day, it was worth the effort," Howard said. It seems most of Howard's guests had such a good time, they were planning Christmas 1997 before day's end and vol- unteering to help. Howard knows where she'll be spending next Christmas and probably many more. "I think more people will come when they understand that it's just an informal gathering for fellowship and not an organizational activity or a project for the needy. The only criteria is the person is alone." Identifying a need and filling it is a way of life for Howard. When she and her husband, a retired plumbing contractor, moved from Denver to Pahrump 12 years ago there wasn't a lot of residential construction. A major reason was the lack of construction financing not lack of demand for housing. When Howard, now a widow, needed a job, she decided to provide residential construction loans thus meeting both a community and personal need. Her life- time of business experience coupled with her exposure to the construction industry provided the unique qualifi- cations she needed for her business. She was hei" own general contractor when she built her dream house, completed a year ago. The stately home borders the championship golf course with landscaping designed to flow right into the open area. Howard can see "forever" from her upstairs office. Access to the second story is provided by a dream carried over from girlhood days, a curving staircase. "Like most girls, I dreamed of descending a curved staircase in my wedding gown." With a laugh, she says, "Maybe, someday my grand- daughter will fulfill my dream." Golf is an activity Howard enjoys but rarely finds SAME DAY SERVICE Denture Reline and Repair time to indulge in. How- ever, she did make time early in her residency to help Jack Soules of Pre- ferred Equities Corporation and his wife, Dottie, to found "Golf for Children" which evolved into the Pahrump Valley Youth Golf Founders Club and provided the foundation of the Pahrump Valley High School golf team. Children of all ages were eligible with the group providing lessons, green fees an clubs. A scholarship fund, ad- ministered by PEC's Fred Conte, provides an annual college scholarship to one member of the PVHS golf team. Eight years ago, SHARING AND CARING- Terms that describe Darlene Howard who finds gratification in sharing with others who have not been as fortunate, in being a good friend and in providing a place for people alone to have fellowhsip on Christmas Day. photo by Patti Babcock Howard with Peggy Shaner, Dana Walker and Frieda Bowers started the "Unhorse Derby" an annual fund raiser for the Chamber of Commerce held every year during the 4th of July celebration at Petrack Park. They made the original six horses. Now there are twelve. A member and secre- tary of the PV Rotary Club, Howard participated in the formation of the "Shots for Tots" program. When the group heard that polio was on the increase because children no longer receive the vaccine, the Rotary de- cided to act. The), sponsor the polio vaccinations and along with the county health department provide all shots required by chil- dren three and under, free. The Rotary in conjunction with the NCSO also spon- sor the "'Tag-a-Tot" pro- gram which provides iden- tification for children in- cluding photo and finger printing. Howard likes to help people, and most of her al- truism is personal. You don't hear about the one- on-one sharing from her, but recipients and friends are eager to tell about the many things she does. When pressed for details, Howard says, "I like to do for people who have less. It makes me feel good that I - make a difference. We make our own destiny and doing for others is part of mine." People caring about others is one of the main reasons Howard and her husband chose Pahrump for their home. The couple had purchased land for an investment when they agreed to take a PEC sponsored tour of Calvada during a visit to Las Vegas. On a subsequent visit, Tim Hafen invited them to join his group while they were all playing golf. Hafen said he would like to show them the rest of the valley. "He had such love of the valley and of all people. We thought if he was here, there might be others like him. Next we met Hollis Harris. We knew with these special people and others like them, Pahrump was the place for us." VALLEY DENTAL GI00OUP 1420 E. State Highway 372 Pahrump, NV, 89041 727-6615 Jeffrey Ross Gunter, M.D. Diplomate American Board of Dermatology Fellow American Academy of Dermatology Fellow American Society for Dermatologic Surgery PAHRUMP DI00RMATOLOGY Skin Diseases Skin Allergy Testing. Skin Growths Moles Warts Rashes Cosmetic Chemical Peels * Fruit Peels Spider Veins Skin Cancer Specialist Mohs Micrographic Surgery Cutaneous Surgery Acne Treatment Retin-A Accutane Acne Surgery Medicare Assignment Most Major Insurance Accepted. 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