August 27th~Year 6, No.47

Nazareth ISD

Starts the New School Year


Senior Mason Kleman, Principal Jeanie Birkenfeld, and Senior Mackenzie Gerber salute during the NISD School Opening Ceremony

“This year’s theme is ‘Attitude,’ and this year will be what you make of it,” principal, Jeanie Birkenfeld said at the Opening Ceremony to kick off the new school year. All of the students and most parents stood around the flag poles in front of the school anticipating what this year will bring. The school band played the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and senior Mackenzie Gerber led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Senior Mason Kleman also gave a speech. Birkenfeld introduced the new staff members: William Raphelt- head baseball coach and social studies teacher, his wife Jenny Raphelt – paraprofessional, and Melina Birkenfeld – special education teacher. The seniors were also introduced along with the kindergarten class, class of 2027. The kindergarteners were just as excited for their first year of school as the seniors were for their last first day.


Football Update by: Mason Kleman

Last week we travelled to Whitharral. We had a scrimmage with Whitharral and Christ the King out of Lubbock, while the JV played Whittharal and New Home. We played extremely well against both teams. We improved a lot from the week before and played a lot more physical. The scrimmage gave us a great opportunity to polish up on some of our plays and get ready for our game this week. On Friday at 6:00, we will travel to play Paducah at the Jayton Classic. Paducah is a great team that has some very skilled players. They have a running back who can make some moves and get into open space and a quarterback with a great arm, so we will look to lock both of these players down. Once we do that, I think our offense can get down the field to score and win the game. It will be a great chance to show how much we have grown since last season and what we worked on in the offseason. Paducah is a great team, but we have the skill and desire needed to beat them and start the season off with a bang! We hope to see a lot of people travel to Jayton and watch us this Friday!


“Write Your Story”

By: Mason Kleman

 I really wanted to emphasize how important it is to take advantage of every day you have in school. I always used to blow that statement off when people told it to me, but it really is true. I know that sometimes school isn’t the most fun, but you get to be there and spent time with your friends. So I really wanted to encourage everybody to use every day they have left because it really does go by quicker than you think. Besides, it is better than staying home and having to do chores, right?




8:30am — Holy Family Church Morning Mass —

9:00am — Bake Shoppe Sales begin

10:00am — The Parade with this year’s theme: “The Forbearers of the Forties.”

Parade entries will be judged, and prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners!

After the parade — Adult Raffle, Adult Bingo, and Cow Patty Bingo begin

11:00am — 2:00pm — Roast Beef Dinner. $10 for adults; $5 for those ten and younger

12:00 noon — Children’s Games, Water Events, Children’s Raffle, Children’s Bingo

1:00pm — Auction begins. With large attendance in bleachers, lawn chairs helpful.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m — Hamburger Supper. $4.00 each (double meat $6.00).

7:00 p.m., or after the cattle auction — Try your luck at the Video Horse Races,

Located at “Holy Family Downs” inside the Community Hall!

LeRoy Pohlmeier Was Neighbor To All

LeRoy Pohlmeier

LeRoy Pohlmeier, July 15, 1924- August 19, 2014

Few men anywhere were as liked as Mr. LeRoy Pohlmeier, 90, who considered everyone he met as his neighbor. On Tuesday, August 19, surrounded by his loved and loving children. Born July 15, 1924 in Nazareth, Texas to the late John and Theresa Pohlmeier, LeRoy was one of 13 children. His passing was the end of an era, so to speak, because he was the last of his generation of Pohlmeier children: 9 brothers, Alfred, Vincent, Raymond, Paul, Phillip, Edwin, Harold, Virgil and Carl, and 3 sisters, Max Acker, Leona Albracht and Virginia Pohlmeier. 
His beloved wife Dorothy Meta Pohlmeier died just a year ago; as well as his loved grandson Chase Schulte and son-in-law Leon Schulte.

LeRoywas raised in Nazareth and began his education in Nazareth. He married his great love, Dorothy Meta Stork, in 1946. He was a decorated WW II veteran, a long- time member of the American Legion, and the Nazareth Lions Club.

LeRoy was an open-handed, open-hearted, generous soul with a strong faith and conviction. LeRoy made a lasting impression on everyone he met with his charm, integrity and humor, which was only surpassed by the size of his heart. LeRoy will be remembered for his devotion to his family, strong work ethic and magnetic personality. LeRoy’s passion as a farmer and stockman was present throughout his entire life.

As a life-long parishioner of Holy Family Church he found great meaning and joy in proclaiming God’s Word at church services, many times at weddings and funerals of relatives and friends. At the funeral, Fr. Ken Keller likened Leroy’s courage and willingness to come to the pulpit to read scripture publically for 45 years to the same tenacity in driving tractors from ages 8 to 88 – “When LeRoy stepped up to the Ambo to read, it was like he was leaping on a tractor to till the soil of our hearts and plant the seed of God’s Word.”

One of the many fond memories LeRoy’s grandchildren and great grandchildren will always hold dear to their hearts, is when they had the opportunity to join LeRoy in his pick-up as he went to check on his cows. The wisdom and stories their grandfather shared is a beautiful legacy LeRoy has left for his family. His grandchildren will remember him for wagon rides behind the lawnmower, trying on his Stetson cowboy hat, “Spinning toe holds” and rides in his pick-up and golf cart.

LeRoy is survived by his 9 children J.C. Pohlmeier and his wife Jocelyn of Nazareth, Linda Kendrick and her husband Bob of Desoto; Pam Bogle and her husband Lyn of Centers, CO.; Brenda Conrad and her husband Tom of Colorado Springs, CO.; Monette Schilling and her husband Randy, Karen Schulte and her husband Greg, Jolene Schulte and her husband Dwayne and Lisa Pohlmeier all of Nazareth and Rachelle Wilcox and her husband Morris of Lubbock; 23 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services and Burial were at Holy Family Catholic Church and memorials may be made to The American Legion Post 528, Box 141, Nazareth, Texas 79063 or to Nazareth Lions Club, Box 354, Nazareth, Texas 79063.








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