Nonprofit Leaders Visit the Village
Ogallala Commons (www.ogallalacommons.org), a multi-state nonprofit education and leadership organization, will be holding its Board of Directors & Advisory Council Meeting at the Conference Room of Holy Family Parish Offices on Friday. Nine Board Members and 3 Advisers from Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota, will attend the meeting.
On Thursday, OC Board & Advisers will host an Evening Reception for 50 project partners from Lubbock, Amarillo, and other towns around the region, at the Home Mercantile from 5:30-8pm. The organization works to build vibrant Great Plains communities, through collaboration, education, entrepreneurship, and fostering a sense of place. Local resident Darryl Birkenfeld has served as OC Executive Director since 2003. The organization works to build vibrant Great Plains communities by helping their partners to “do together what cannot be accomplished alone.”
In the past decade, Ogallala Commons has held dozens of Playa Festivals, Youth Engagement Days, Youth Entrepreneur Fairs, and other education events in Nazareth, as well as collaborating with Nazareth partners to create 15 Community Internships for local youth.
Community Internships provide work experience, skill building, and career exploration, as the interns earn a stipend for tasks and project work that responds to community needs and builds assets. To apply to be a Community Intern for Nazareth this Summer 2014 —please see application at: http://ogallalacommons.org/get-involved/apply-for-an-internship/
Texas Tech Irish Set Dancers
St. Paddy’s Celebration Dances the Blues Away!
A dozen student-dancers and three musicians, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Smith, gave a fine performance of traditional Irish dances at the Annual St. Paddy’s Celebration last Sunday in the Home Mercantile. Around 75 attendees heard enlightening commentary about how “sets” are danced in Ireland, as well as how the dances were shaped by history and circumstances. Thanks to the Home Merc Board, the crowd enjoyed excellent stew, soda bread, and cookies!
Texas Tech musicians and dancers taught Paddy’s Day dance steps to some of our eager and talented Naz kids. Some in the crowd began to discuss the need for a children’s dance class in Nazareth.
VINCENT GERBER CELEBRATES 80TH!
Vincent & Toby Gerber (Left), Ralph & Beth Schulte, Joan Schulte Durbin, Floyd & Dorothy Schulte, Gilbert & Dolly Schulte, Cecil & Norita Hoelting, and Marvin & Carol Hoelting
On March 16, 1934, Ray Walker, American singer with the Jordanaires, was born, Congress passed the Migratory Bird Conservation Act, Herbert Youngblood of the notorious John Dillinger gang was killed in a shootout with police, Horton Smith was about to win the First Masters Tournament in Augusta GA, Donald Duck was being created in animation, and Vincent Gerber was born!
That’s a lot to celebrate, so over a hundred people of Nazareth joined Vincent and Toby Gerber for the special 80th birthday of this “only boy graduate of the Nazareth Class of 1952”. Saturday, March 15th saw people gathering in the afternoon at the Senior Citizens Center for a reception, and the family celebrated a pork and beef supper at the barn-erama of Vincent’s son and daughter-in-law, Gregg & Cynthia.
Art That Inspires
The next time you get a chance to be in the Home Merc Building in beautiful downtown Nazareth, please make a point of visiting the exhibit of oil paintings plus a couple of mixed media creations by Hereford-based artists Virgie Long and Lynn Jones. Besides the hangings located on the wall of our Home Mercantile, with viewing until May, you may also view the work of these artists in Hereford at their studio, Arte Originals Gallery, open every Thursday from 1` to 4 p.m. The Thursday session features an “Open Painting Session”, where any artist may bring their own supplies and work on new paintings or finish up a painting. Artists encouraging other artists can be helpful.
NAZARETH BASEBALL TEAM SHOWS NEW ENERGY
Nazareth Swifts Varsity offense was too much for Valley in a 27-2 rout on Tuesday, March 18 at Valley.
This new energy was sorely needed as a look at the last games indicate:
March 15, 12-2 loss to Olton
March 14, 7-6 loss to Lockney JV
March 14, 10-0 loss to Muleshoe
P, C, 2B, SS #13
P, RF #4
P, C #12
P, 2B #3
LF, CF, RF #20
Coaches: Alan Thomas
Assisted by John Stanaland
1) THANKS TO THE COMMUNITY: We at the Blood Center than k the folks of the Nazareth Community for donating blood last Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Community Hall. What a wonderful chance to reach out to those in medical need. Twenty-two donations were received from the 26 who offered. Hoops Madness t-shirts were distributed with also a chance on flat screen TV and a fajita party from Jorge’s Mexican Bar & Grill!
2) We are looking for the State of Texas Championship sign that was at the intersection of Hwy. 86 and FM 168. If you have any information on this sign, please contact Dan Gerber 647-6266 or 945-2517.
3) Sorry this edition was late but the demon of broken copiers is loose!