March 2, 2016 ~ Year 7, No 117


The Nazareth American Legion Auxiliary and Castro 4-H partnered up to make fleece blankets for veterans. This is the second year the groups have partnered for this cause. The past two Sunday’s adults and youth have gathered at the American Legion. They have been cutting and tying two pieces of fleece together to make the blankets.

Angie Milton coordinating the event for the Ladies Auxiliary, she said, “This was a great year, we had 4-H youth, community members, and auxiliary members all working together.” She also added “how thankful the Legion Auxiliary are for all the volunteer help, especially the youth in 4-H.”

Castro County Extension Agent, Felice Acker, helped organize 4-H students.

“This project is a great experience for all who participate. There is such a variety of ages working side by side. It also provides the youth and adults with an opportunity to work with people they don’t always get to,” Felice Acker said. “Even in our small town we don’t always get to really work with a variety of people, this is a great way to help that.”

Over the two Sundays, over 40 people worked on the blankets, so far 47 have been completed. They are hoping to get around 60-70 when all done. The blankets will be taken to the VA hospital in Amarillo.

Picture4.pngChloe Birkenfeld, Caroline Myrick, Kamre Mask, Hallie Kleman, Emma Kleman, and Emerson Moore
Picture5At the Nazareth American Legion Hall, Nellie Wilhelm guides Jack Welps in fashioning blankets.

After two important wins at regionals, the Nazareth Swiftettes advance to the State Tournament in San Antonio this weekend.

The team first beat Paducah in the semi-finals 72-33, and defeated McLean 53-33 to with the Regional Championship and a trip to the dome in San Antonio.

“Thank you to everyone that supports this team,” Coach Eric Schilling said on the weekend. “I am lucky to be where I am to be able to work with a special group of girls like this.”

Their first game is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, against Chireno. If they win they will meet the winner of Lipan and Roby in the finals for a chance to win their third straight State Championship!


The Swifts’ season was cut short in an intense match against a highly ranked Texline team on Tuesday, March 1.

The team had a successful Area playoff game in Stinnett last week against Darrouzett, winning 65-30. This win placed them in a regional quarterfinal game against the Texline Tornadoes at in Amarillo.

With a close score throughout the course of the game, the Swifts were able to take the lead towards the end, but Texline tied it up in the final seconds to send it into overtime. Eventually they were able to steal the win.

Congratulations to the Swifts on a great and hard fought season overcoming many battles and difficulties!!

Picture6Swiftettes after the finals in Levelland.
Picture7Swifts after their area win last week.

In addition to the results from last week, the students continued their winnings at the end of the show.

Molly Johnson placed 6th with her chi steer and made the sale. Derek Dyer placed 4th with his cross barrow and made the sale. Chandler Schulte placed 3rd with her cross barrow and made the sale. Tye Schulte placed second with his cross barrow and made the sale, and Kari Schulte placed 9th with her cross barrow.

Nazareth was well represented and congrats to all who participated in the show.

Picture3Nazareth’s first turkey exhibitors were Sterl Welps (pictured) and Jack Welps.
Life-long Resident Known Throughout Nazareth For His Service 

Picture1  Jerry was born in Dimmitt, Texas on January 5, 1943 to Joseph and Dorothy (Bates) Lange, he was a lifelong resident of Castro County, he served two years in the United States Army. He married Judy Fetsch Lange in 1968 in Hereford, Texas. He worked for American Fructose for twenty-five years. For twenty-seven years after work he took care of the grounds for the Holy Family Catholic Church; and for fifteen years he worked for the City of Nazareth. For forty years he enjoyed servicing small engines for his friends, family and neighbors. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Nazareth, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. His deepest life-work was love of his family and any service he could offer them, especially with “hands-on” care of anything mechanical or anything growing.

Jerry died in Amarillo on Saturday, February 27, following medical complications that he had been “fighting the good fight” for a number of years. He is survived by his wife Judy Lange of Nazareth; four sons Calvin and his wife Sarah of Krum, Kenneth and his wife Carol of Aurora, CO., Steven and his wife Sheila of Borger and Mark and his wife Rachel of Weimar; two daughters Vicky Coile and her husband Wes of Happy and Susan Lange of Amarillo; three sisters Mary Lou Birkenfeld and her husband Joe Lynn of Nazareth, Grace Chism and her husband Bob and Veronica Brown all of Amarillo; two brothers Tom Lange and his wife Tricia of Amarillo and Bill Lange and his wife Tammye of Gainesville; ten grandchildren Jordan, Dakota, Johanna, Danielle and Addie Lange, Dalton Jordan, Kaitlyn and Emily Coile, and Mykala and Alex Boyles; two great grandchildren Hayden and Beckham Jordan.  He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Joan Harbison and a brother-in-law Stephen Brown.


Tuesday March 1, 2016, 7:00 – PM at Holy Family Catholic Church


Wednesday March 2, 2016, 10:30 – AM at Holy Family Catholic Church


Picture2Beverly Hill and Stephanne Dobmeier pack away treasures in the Nazareth Museum Annex House as preparation for storage until a new Annex House is built at a later date.

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