October_2014Ah, October. I think, for the first time since I moved here in 1995, I will not be sad to see summer over. I am very much looking forward to cooler weather with little to no humidity. Ah, aging is nothing like fine wine. Mom (calling her Sandy seems weird) and I will be spending the first half of October in northern California celebrating my Grandpa’s 100th Birthday. I know Tom had written about him in some of his past Editorials and it all still holds true…he is truly an amazing man…and to reach 100 years old with such a great attitude and optimism and love for life and in such great shape gives me hope I have a lot of his genes. Happy Birthday Grandpa Phipps!

October still marks our “season”, and the change in the weather brings lots of folks back to visit. It also brings all kinds of events and happenings. I’m sure Sandy already has her calendar lined up until after the New Year. I am going to list some events here (and always check the Events Page) that you might want to plan to attend, but you really need to get on our Facebook Page (Rocky Point Times Newspaper) and keep up with the latest because a monthly paper is all we can manage. One thing that I must mention, which did not happen this month was Boomerfest. I think they will certainly try again but on a smaller scale, and it will be great for Puerto Peñasco.

The local American Legion Post MX 15 will be having a yard sale on October 11th so stop by and see what they have going on and get to cleaning out your garage and donate some items for the fundraiser. Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach will host yet another Hobie Regata the same weekend. Cholla Bay always has a lot going on, like their Oktoberfiesta on the 11th at the Clubhouse and the Trash Bag Challenge 2014 on the 18th. Also on the 18th stop by the Mermaid’s Market Arts and Crafts showcasing local artisans at the Shrimp Plaza on Blvd. Fremont. And, of course, our bi-annual El Golfo Run starts on the morning of Friday, October 24th at the ‘Ranchito’ and commences with a Survivor’s Party on Sunday, October 26th (5PM) at the Puesta del Sol beach side patio at Playa Bonita. If you would like to join us, please email Alicia at rockypointtimes@yahoo.com or call the office – get in touch with Sandy on Facebook or at the office and get your name on this list. She makes reservations for the rooms in El Golfo de Santa Clara and keeps a head count to make sure no one is lost along the way. If you have a request for a hotel just let Alicia or Sandy know. Again, check the Events Page or get on Facebook to see the latest goings-on.

As many of you may have heard, the Lukeville Post Office is in danger of closing. As of this writing they are in negotiations about their lease. Thank you to those of you who contacted the U.S. Postal Service and if you have not contacted GasTrak (the lease holder), please contact Sandy or Alicia for their information. It would really stink if we have to drive to Ajo to post and retrieve our mail. Great for Ajo, of course, but bad for people who cannot drive the distance to post a simple letter and probably not good for Lukeville either as we will probably have not much reason to stop there if the post office is closed. The residents and visitors of Sonoyta also use the post office so it is not just our residents that we are concerned about. If it does close I will most likely have a box at the office where you can drop off your outgoing mail for free – like I did for 11 years when I had the mail service. I will have to go to Ajo for my mail so no reason I can’t take yours. Stay tuned.

The Sonoyta Police are still radar-gun happy so please slow down when you are driving through Sonoyta. They have a tendency to pull you over even if you are not speeding so don’t let them intimidate you…make them take you to the police station to argue and/or pay the fine, if you were speeding. Really, who can go like 10 MPH through there? Ugh. Yes it is a time suckage, but the more of us that do it the more it will send a message that we are not cash cows waiting to be milked.

Last year’s October Editorial was not a happy one. It has been a little over a year since our Editior, Tom O’Hare passed. Seems like it went so fast and so slow at the same time. Thank you everyone for all of your kind words and letters. I would especially like to thank Alicia Grajeda and Mario Zepeda who were not only there for us (and all of you) while Tom was sick, but continue to be the glue that holds the office and the paper together. They were so good to Tom and continue to be an awesome support system for my Mom. We thank you with our whole hearts and know that Tom loved you like his own. O’Hare will forever be the Editor of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper. Now go have a cerveza!