March 16, 2016 ~ Year 7, No. 119


On Sunday, March 20th, everyone is invited to the Home Mercantile Building in Nazareth, TX from 4-6pm for our Annual St. Paddy’s Celebration.

As in recent years, this event will feature the Texas Tech University Irish Set Dancers with members of the Caprock Céilí Band and friends as the musicians.  The troupes will be performing solo and group social dances set to Irish and Celtic music.  Their dances will also include polkas and slides from Cork and Kerry, waulking (women’s work), as well as laments from Scottish Hebrides and Irish-language.

A light supper of lamb and beef stew, along with cornbread, cookies, and beverages will be served during intermission. There is no admission charge for this entire event, however donations will be greatly appreciated.  The event is co-sponsored by the TTU Vernacular Music Center and the Home Mercantile, Inc.


Outstanding Father and Family Quickly Won Hearts

Within just three years, these newcomers won the hearts in the communities of our area, just as they had done in the Hartley area for the previous ten years, and leads to the sadness of our community in mourning the tragic passing of Jouke (Joe) Van Dijk on March 9th.

Jouke Van Dijk was born on January 12, 1965 in Scharnegoutum in the Netherlands, to Gabe and Baukje (Punter) Van Dijk. He married Albertje (Appie) Jongsma on July 23, 1993 in Winnsboro, Texas. Jouke moved to Nazareth, TX in 2013 from Hartley, TX. He worked in the dairy business most of his life, he was employed with Frisia West, LLC in Hartley, TX for 10 years, and then with Spandet Feed Lot in Hart, TX for the last 3 years. Loves in his life were his family, his kids playing basketball, pet dogs, swimming, and reading.

He is survived by his wife known everywhere as Appie, his 3 daughters, Esther, Rebekah, and Deborah, his son, Nathaneal, all of the home in Nazareth; Parents: Gabe and Baukje Van Dijk of Holland

4 Brothers: Hotze Van Dijk, Jan Van Dijk, Martin Van Dijk, Hessel Van Dijk all of Holland; 2 Sisters: Baukje Van Dijk and Tineke Van Dijk both of Holland; Mother/Father-in-law: Jelle and Wiepie Jongsma of Winnsboro, Tx.

The family listed memorials to Joe Van Dijk Memorial Fund at Peoples Bank, Nazareth, TX 79063, Holy Family Cemetery Perpetual Care, P. O. Box 100, Nazareth, TX 79063, or Team Tatum Schulte, First Untied Bank, P. O. Box 929, Canyon, TX 79015, Attn: Stuart Sutton.

Holy Family Church in Nazareth hosted the service, burial, and dinner, while Pastor Bobby Medford of Hartley Christian Fellowship and Pastor John Wait of Living Water Church in Dimmitt were officiants at the funeral. Boy Scouts of Troop 265 were honor guards in the procession from the church to the cemetery.




District MVP– Jake Gerber

Defensive MVP—Waylon Leavitt

All-District—Tyler Ramsey, Jake Waldo, Traytan McLain

Hon. Mention—Slade Gerber, Tucker Huseman, Tristan McLain

TSMCA All-Region—Jake Gerber (1st Team), Tyler Ramsey and Waylon Leavitt (2nd Team)

TSMCA All-State-Jake Gerber (2nd Team)


District MVP—Allie Schulte

Offensive MVP-Deborah VanDijk

All-District—Aubrie Durbin, Hannah Leavitt, Ellen Schilderink, Abby Schmucker

Hon. Mention—Paige Gerber, Laci Backus

Newcomer of the Year-Kinzi Cleavinger

TSMCA All-Region—Hannah Leavitt, Deborah VanDijk, Abby Schmucker, Allie Schulte (1st Team), Aubrie Durbin, Kinzi Cleavinger (2nd Team)

TSMCA All-State—Hannah Leavitt, Deborah VanDijk, Abby Schmucker  (1st team)

TSMCA Player of the Year-Allie Schulte

State All-Tournament Team—Deborah VanDijk, Allie Schulte

TGCA All –Star—Deborah VanDijk

Happy State Bank Player of the Week—Allie Schulte



As the school year enters the final months, students are continuously busy with new seasons of athletics.

The tennis team took several students to compete last Thursday in Amarillo to compete in both girls and boys singles as well as girls doubles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles. Tristan McLain and Tate Schulte won consolation champions.

The baseball team has already played three games despite limited practice time during the tournament last weekend in Slaton. They won their first game beating Tahoka 13-11, but lost to Slaton 9-5. The Swifts then took on Plainview JV whom they defeated 12-0. The team will host the Nazareth Baseball Classic this Thursday—Saturday with their opening game at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Below is the tournament bracket.


Field Day Slated for Next Week

Landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, and anyone interested are invited to attend a Playa Management Field Day on Wednesday, March 23rdfrom 9:00am-1:00pm in Dimmitt, Texas.  The focus of the event will be improving wildlife habitat in playas.  Activities will begin at the Dimmitt Senior Citizen Center (218 Jones Street) with a presentation by Kevin Kraai from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) on “The Role of Playas in Waterfowl Ecology and Management.” At 9:50am, the group will depart for a Field Trip to TPWD’s Dimmitt Unit playa, located 6 miles west of Dimmitt.  Presenters will outline options and programs to help landowners in managing playa restoration and habitat enhancement.

The workshop is sponsored by Ogallala Commons and its partners: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Playa Lakes Joint Venture.  Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Darryl Birkenfeld, Ogallala Commons Director, at 806-945-2255 to ensure an accurate lunch count.


The Christian Mothers of Nazareth will be hosting the Spring Deanery Reflection/Meeting on Saturday, April 2. It will begin with a mass at 8:30 a.m. followed by a reflection by Linda Astuto. There will be brunch and a short meeting. Please make plans to attend. There will be a $15 registration fee. Contact Mary Beth Gerber, 806-945-2297, by March 28th if you would like to attend.



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