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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 16, 1997 19 The Baker winter festival The Baker Fall Festival, usually held in early October, being a small town festivity held under sunny skies with warmaummn temperatures andan occasionalbahny breeze. A happy time but still a time of sunscreen and many cold beverages as the super heated days of the desert sumner fades into autumn memories. Never ever a hint of rain. No sir. Early Saturday a c from Bonnie Brown of China Ranch, "Is it raining in Baker?" A look outside reveals a few passing clouds, but the tops of the mountains are pinking-up nicely and it looks to be a good sunrise. Bonnie tells us there is much rain the Shoshone Tecopa area. I assme her it never rains in Baker. Come the clouds. Corms the 50 degree tmperature, contesthe nasty little cold breezes. Ibelieve there may even 5n't, sprinkle or two. it spire, it mists, it drizzles, it gets just plain miserable cold and wet. Tune to pull outthe big yellow slicker and the old western hat. It just plain, old fashioned, begins to Seattle style rain. Cold, wet, drippy rain. The boys working on the new roof at the church are swarming up the ladders and rushing' to nail the final shingles in place. Kenny Hall from the American Legion comes over to borrow tarps and ropes. Rain sweopsdown the street, driven by acold and heartless wind. Trees thrash in the freshening breeze and it's not looking like a really great day for a party. Festival goers and swap-raters pull into the park. They don' t e yen get out of their rigs. They take one look and if s back to the interstate. I'm standing in the park with water running off of my slicker and my big western hat drooping soggily around my ears. Maybe I should tell them it's not going to rain? Shirley sets out on her chores and whatever shall happen will be in her good and gentle hands. I'm going to chicken out and make anm toBarstow to turn in abustedcell phone. I'm outta here. Set the wipers on high speed and fly down the interstate trying not to wonder what we're going to do with all the hamburger and beer. A very interesting day. Back from town in the early afternoon. The nasty grey clouds have retreated back over Nevada where they be- long. Baker sits sparkling in the sunshine as I top the last ii i In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty ::' I 1 a b, oo I 7lact lkeea ;holemomindffgh=t. [ i: I check in with Shirley at the park. You can't keep the good folks of Baker down. Our out of town friends may be missing but there's a small group of locals working hard to makeaparty. Dennis and the boys fromthe Legiou are over at the new Senior Hall aud they have the charcoal smoking and the burgers cooking. The small crowd will not starve. Several children's groups have setup their little booths and most of us are strongly supporting their efforts. Shirley is selling raffle tickets and drinks, as usual in the past years, water is outselling beer. Maybe we ought to ax the water. Friends from Barstow show up. John has brought his brand new used Bronco with the big tires and a ton of off road chrome. A fellow running for office is out and Rich sets up a couple of interviews on the cable TV system. The party is starting to move a bit. The smell of the food is bringing more folks down to the park to check it out. We might just have us a festival here. I go to the dunes with John and his family. It has very recently rained and the sand is fairly firm. John does some pretty exciting dune driving and we sit on top of a great tall dune and watch the sun refre. Back at the park after sundown. A wee cool. The band is playing and they are uh, well, you might say they're very easy to hear. Shirley is still pumping out ,beer and raffle tickets. The kids are dancing and even us more mature types dance a tune or two. The I I II party is still small, but we're all friends and neighbors so it's more like a small family party rather than a big whiz band festival. I retnm home and fetch Shirley a coat. Air conditioning is not needed this weekend. The Big Thennometerreads 50 degrees and the band is picking with very cold fingers, indeed. Dennis and the Vets sell the last hamburger and extin- guish the charcoal. Karen au Kelly are showing a little tired aroundthe edges andevenLe Hayes andChades Ayers are yawning a biL Billy Massey has already left and Rich and Lan3, are starring bleary eyed at their TV monitors. Even the children am no Iongex calling for"Achy Breaky Heron." The pmty's over. The food is pw..ked up and the last ber can is stoaxi for recycling. The baud plays a finalume and we wrap it up. The finalraffle ticket is drawn and the bank is close. The 1997 Baker Fall Festival is a part of history. It may not have been as big as past festivals, but it was Baker, it was fun, and it was a great evening spent with good friends. Bishop Veterinary Hospital  Tonopah Clinic , Dr. Lind will be in Tonopah Jlll  October 29   Front downstairs office- 42 Belmont St. Appointments/Info, Call 4112-rlSll after 5 p.m. Dr. Lind will be in eveff other Wednesday II a.m.- 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery,etc. ITNOM 0 p.m,- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cow| G.T CLINIC qBII nopah .5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m..Lr-l[ ountain: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p-.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.n. "[ u,o. - sm v r, c,,, ]I Same dates as Tonopah Clinic I I Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Please come t the benefit on Saturday, October 18 for the Babbitt family. They lost their home and all belongings in a fire over the weekend. The benefit will be a potluck dinner with pie and cake auction at the VFW Post 6826 on White Sands in Amargosa Valley. It begins at 5 p.m. Warning - This is the second fire caused by a propane line leak. Have your propane company inspect your lines. The parachute jump weni will even though it was a little windy. Kay Happeny and I. C. Carpenter were the tw O'jumpers. School pictures will be Friday, October 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Call for more information. Youngsters that are not in school yet can also have their pictures taken. , I I _ Cactus .. Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants - Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet -i Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees Free Catin= Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. (702) 875-1968 Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) I i  .t=ek I=d, Fax (702) 875-1913 To 1 Jan McDonald, M.D. Dermatology Clinic of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & Mayo Clinic Trained at Pahrump Medical Center 1501 E. Calvada Call: 727-6060 Summit Family Health Cote 1151 S. Hwy 150 Pahrump Station Call: 727-5509 For Insurance/Billing Questions Call 1-800- 752-4338 Diseases of Skin Discoloration Diseases of Hair, Psorlasis- Skin Cancer Cosmetlc- Laser Acne Surgery Spider Veins Chemical Peels Wrinkles Hair Restoration Skin Surgery Nail Disorders Moles * Eczema