New Mayor is “Hands-On Leader”
“All my life, leaning and doing has come from experience, from hands on getting-it-done,” says the new Mayor of Nazareth. A local youth of Nazareth, Durbin attended Nazareth School through the 10th grade, then a GED, followed by that hands-on technical training in welding from TSTI (now Amarillo College East Campus). “That’s the way I’ve been all my life, just let me do it even if I have to learn from my mistakes” said Durbin in reflecting on his 49 years, his coming mayoral term, and being the “First Bachelor” in Nazareth.
Marlin Durbin will be sworn in as Nazareth Mayor after votes are officially canvased Friday at 8 p.m. in the City Office. He will join veteran commissioners Hubert Backus and Virgil Huseman, and be ably supported by the City Secretary, Dianne Wilhelm.
Most people know of his reputation of being a business entrepreneur and welder, while he speaks of himself – “a jack of all trades”. He certainly helped put new tourism as a goal for the village as he set up Our Lady of Nazareth, a chainsaw rendition of Lady Liberty hewn from a Nazareth tree trunk and now displayed in a large tank shrine on Hwy 86. His next project is a more daring political affair – placing the “10 Commandments” high up on a cracking tower he’s cemented upright next to the elm lady. Tourism seems to be on his mind as the coming mayor and he’s offered to help with the placement of the two new historical markers in the village.
When asked about his goals for his term, he said: “I’m excited that the community continues to be so alive and I hope I can help in this, as well as maintain some of the resources we have such as paved roads, the water wells, and utility lines”. He sees cooperation with other entities as something he feels quite comfortable with since he’s a native and an entrepreneur, such as community businesses, the volunteer fire department, the school and community hall. He’s says that he is excited about the coming tourist attraction of German Fest on July 12, Saturday, but is unsure about wearing the “lederhosen” that past Mayor Ralph Brockman sported!
New Members of
School Board Elected
The community turned out well at Saturday’s election for the Nazareth School Board’s three vacancies, electing Mitchell Brockman, Marty Gerber, and Jody Huseman. They will be joining the incumbent school board members: Alan Birkenfeld, Jennifer Heiman, Keith Hoelting and Joe Kleman.
The new Nazareth School Superintendent, Glen Waldo, welcomed the new board members with enthusiasm, supporting their crucial role in the continued success of the school. “School board members serve countless hours to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said Glen Waldo, Superintendent. In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on the complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in Nazareth ISD for an annual budget of $2.5 million; 228 students in grades PK to 12 served by 38 employees.
“Preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our school children and their families,” said Waldo. “Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.”
Nazareth Baseball Players Honored
The 2014 District 5-1A “All-District Team” has been selected and eight local players have been honored. For 1st Team Outfield, Kade Kleman was selected; 1st Team Utility Player was Hayden Gerber; 2nd Team Catcher selection was Jake Waldo, while 2nd Team 3rd Baseman selection was Mason Kleman and Middle Infield, Logan Schulte. In the 2nd Team Outfield, Tyler Ramsey was chosen, while Ethan Schulte garnered 2nd Team Pitcher. Honorable Mention All-District went to Trey Waldo of Nazareth.
Katherine and Samantha, members of Kwahadi Indian Dancers, were invited to perform for Governor Perry at Palo Duro Canyon. The governor was surveying the canyon. (Pictured above) John, Angela, Katherine, Samantha and Michael Fulkerson pose for a picture with Governor Rick Perry on Friday, May 9, 2014. The group was then invited to eat following the performance.
— End of Year Events:
May 16th: All Bills are due
~$30 ONE DAY YEARBOOK SALE – CONTACT CINDY HUSEMAN OR PAYTON ROBB
May 20th: 6:30 p.m. FFA Chapter Banquet
May 22nd: 7:00 p.m. 5-12 grade Band Concert
May 23rd: 9:00 a.m. Jr High Academic Awards
1:30 p.m Elementary Track Meet
May 27th: 6:30 Athletic Banquet
May 28th: 2:00 Elementary Awards Ceremony
MAY 29th: 1:30 Kindergarten Graduation
2:00 Early Release for exams
7:00 HS Academic Banquet
May 30th: 2:00 pm Early Release for exams
7:30 pm – High School Graduation in Swift Stadium
1) Citywide Meet, Fri. May 16th, 8 pm at City Office: Canvas Election votes and Oath of Office for Mayor and Commissioners.
2) BLOOD DRIVE – SHARE LIFE – SHARE LOVE – TUESDAY, MAY 20, 3 PM TO 7 PM IN THE COMMUNITY HALL – FREE T-SHIRT AND CHANCE FOR TWO BIKES — must be 17 PLUS AND ID NEEDED
3) BENEFIT STEAK DINNER FOR MAX ELLISON, SATURDAY, MAY 24 – 5 TO 8 P.M. — COMMUNITY HALL, $15 PER PLATE – ROUGH RIDERS BAND ENTERTAINMENT
4) MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Baccalaureate for High School Graduates and 8th Grade – Holy Family Church, 9:15 a.m., May 25th, Sunday – Everyone is invited to honor the graduates.