July 1st~Year 7, No 25

Castro County 4-H Competes at State

     Texas 4-H Roundup is a qualifying and invitational event for 4-H youth across the state. Roundup offers contests, workshops, assemblies, 4K run, and dances. Roundup was held June 9-11 in College Station, TX. Castro County 4-H had three senior age members qualify for contest, Sara Wall, Lexi Huseman, and Roxanne Wilhelm each qualified and competed in two contests.


After receiving their award, Roxanne Wilhelm and Lexi Huseman celebrate their 2nd Place winning in their Safety Educational Presentation on “Dangerous Apps”.

All three competed as a team in Nutrition Quiz Bowl. This is a double elimination question and answer contest where the members have to answer questions related to food safety, nutrition facts, and cooking terminology. Sara also competed in Consumer Decision Making Contest. This contest requires her to learn about being an effect consumer by comparing and contrasting items in scenarios to be purchased. This was Sara’s first year competing in this project.

Lexi and Roxanne also competed in the Safety Educational presentation. Their talk was titled “Dangerous Apps”. The duo placed 2nd overall and received an award at the Thursday night assembly. This 12 minute presentation is designed to help adults and youth learn about social media apps and how to be aware of any dangers related to them.


The Nutrition Quiz Bowl Team poses with Felice Acker, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. The members included Lexi Huseman, Sara Wall, and Roxanne Wilhelm.



These beautiful apartments form the heart of the newly-constructed Birch Villas in downtown Nazareth.

Nazareth is biblical not just in place-name but in living Matthew 13:52, “a disciple of God’s kingdom is like a householder bringing forth both old and new treasures”. The land at the northeast corner of 2nd and Leo Streets, has always been the site of treasures, as previous owners, such as the Virgie and Albert Gerber family, welcoming countless friends just like family, and helping to form lifetimes of memories of fun, simpler times, and less cares.

Now, the site houses the new Birch Villas, a project of the Herman and Marilyn Birkenfeld family, inspired to offer a carefree, communal option for independent senior-living, located in the center of all of Nazareth’s activities. Recently completed under the direction of Keith Hoelting Building Construction, the eight apartments form a warm and beautiful residential complex at the crossroads of individuality and independent living with such character that will surely be the heart of a community of treasured lives.

On Sunday, July 12th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., folks are invited to an Open House at the Birch Villas (two of which are already occupied) and tour available units while learning more about the overall project.

Birches are connected to the family name, Birkenfeld, which is German for “field of birch trees”, a symbolic and spiritual representation of growth, renewal, stability, and adaptability – all great qualities of the treasured tree and the residents, who will from this historic site still be willing to offer us treasured memories both old and new.

naz baseball

The 2015 Tulia YMCA Baseball Championship trophies were awarded to the Nazareth team. Thanks to all the coaches for donating their time and effort to support the boys, because they had a great season that was filled with lots of fun.



Marshall Henderson and Kyle Anglin with Castro County Cares, collect items not sold at the end of the Nazareth Garage Sale to be used with their organization.

On Saturday, June 27th, Nazareth City-wide Garage Sale hosted a dozen sale places that enchanted all the buyers looking for great bargains and unusual items.  One of the largest sale location was put on by the American Legion Auxiliary at their Hall as a fund-raiser for their activities, supporting the Legion, as well as assisting with care packages for presently active soldiers.  At the end of the day-long sale Auxiliary’s Garage Sale, the items not sold went to “Castro County Cares”, a thrift store effort in Dimmitt that uses their profits to supply Care Packages to active-duty soldiers.  The Auxiliary thanks all who came by the garage sale as well as all the ones who donated items.

The Home Mercantile Board of Directors asks the community to fill out a short community survey available at the Post Office, the Naz Stop, or at the back of Holy Family Church, July 1 – 11th.  There will be a drawing from all collected surveys at 4:00 p.m. at the Home Merc on German Fest (July 11), and a $25 prize will be awarded.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Community Meal in the Senior Citizens Center is started up again and everyone is invited to come eat at 12:00 on Wednesdays.

July 3 Fandango at Castro County Nursing & Rehab — 1621 Butler Blvd, Dimmitt, Texas — 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Everyone is Invited!

43rd Annual Nazareth German Festival is Saturday, July 11, 2015 starting at 9 am until 6 p.m. followed by Suds & Sounds Outdoor Concert and Dance in the evening. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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