July 27, 2016 ~ Year 8, No. 49


Earlier in July, Chandler Schulte and Nikki Odom, of Dimmitt, attended a week long Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program in Lubbock as the first ever representatives from the Castro County Extension and 4-H.

The program is through Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University. It is designed to provide high school aged 4-H members with an opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills related to mentoring other youth as advocates for animal agriculture.

Throughout the week, students learned about the career opportunities in specific agriculture degrees and the way it helps in job interviews, placement, and competition. Students meet valuable contacts that offer assistance in career development.

Participants must contribute 40 hours of service in presenting topics in agriculture advocacy, nutrition, selection, daily maintenance and care, showmanship, sportsmanship, preparing new 4-H families for show, and management of show animals during a livestock show.

“I really enjoyed this program because I learned a lot about agriculture and I am excited to share what I learned with other people,” Chandler Schulte said. “My favorite part was when we got to tour the Caviness Beef Packing company in Hereford.”


Picture1.png2016 TTU/WT Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassadors



I went to Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico on a two week mission trip from July 1st through July 15th with a group called Adventures in Missions on their Ambassador program for 14-18 year olds. There were 17 other girls in my group and 3 leaders. The first three days we spent in Gainesville, Georgia for a training camp which consisted of team building activities and getting to know everyone in our group. On July 4th, we left for Puerto Rico. There we stayed in Juana Diaz at a camp called Camp Caribe on the beach. While there we did a lot of yard work for people who were unable to do it themselves, and occasionally we were able to pray over the person. One evening we went to an old Veterans Home to visit  the men and women there. We talked, played dominos, and prayed with them. One of the days we just spent around the camp helping prepare it for the kids that were going to be attending the camp. The last three days that we were in Puerto Rico, we got to help with the kids camp. Our team split up between helping with the older and younger kids. I helped with the younger kids camp, which mostly consisted of playing with them and watching to make sure they didn’t run off. Throughout the trip we were also given a few free days. We went cliff jumping into water and went to old San Juan. My favorite part of the trip was visiting with the old veterans and playing with the kids. We left Puerto Rico July 14th and stayed the last night in Atlanta, Georgia, and came home the next day. Overall the trip was fun and a great experience.

Laci Backus and team members with two boys who attended the camp.


Black Hat, White Hat

by Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer

Back in February, we had some unseasonably warm days…highs in the low eighties. At that time, I was working a young horse at the home of an insurance salesman north of Amarillo. I’ll call him Jack. He stood at the round pen, leaning on the gate and shaking his head.

“What’s the matter, Jack. Don’t like the way I’m handling this colt?”

“The colt’s performing well,” he said. “It’s that hat of yours that’s the problem. Don’t you know it’s February?”

Like most fellows with cowboy hats, I wear a felt hat in the winter and a straw hat in the summer. I rode up to Jack and leaned across the saddle horn. “It might be February, but I’m not wearing a black hat when it’s eighty degrees.”

Jack looked off toward the barn with a distant look in his eye. “Fr. Jim,” he said, “here in Texas, if you switch to a straw hat before Memorial Day, you might as well stamp the word Yankee on your forehead.”

Now it was my turn to shake my head. Here was an insurance salesman who probably hasn’t been on a horse in twenty years, who hired me to train a horse for his daughter, who is now leaning on the fence like, well, like a salesman, instructing me about Spring-time fashion in western wear.

I had a mind to ask him who polished his handmade boots that morning. But he was wearing tennis shoes.

You know, in the gospels, Jesus doesn’t show much concern about fashion except to say that some Pharisees did like to widen their phylacteries and show off the tassels on their prayer shawls. So, he cautioned his followers not to follow their prideful example. He also advised them not to dress up in sack cloth on the days they were fasting.

I’m not sure what he would say about felt hats verses straw hats. Or if He would prefer a four-inch brim on a Resistol to a three-inch brim on a Stetson. Truth be told, I suspect his eye would be drawn to the dirt-caked sweat band and the dents in the crown.

That’s the kind of hat that I wear and I hope that, someday, the condition of my weary soul matches that of my sorry-looking hat.



August 7, 2016

Nazareth Cafeteria

8:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Cost: Donation ($6 minimum)

All proceeds will go to our playground renovation.

Also we will be selling BRICKS to help raise money and personalize the playground. Purchase with your family name, business name, or in honor of a loved one.

Brick Prices:

$50—4×8 brick

$100—(with graphic) includes breakfast for 2

$200—(with graphic) includes breakfast for your household.



Going into his fourth season selling firewood, Austin Heck sells oak firewood during the fall and winter months during his slow time as the high school Ag teacher at Nazareth. All prices are for customer pick up:

1/4 chord—$110

1/2 chord—$200

1 chord—$330

If you would like more information about the delivery costs or would like to purchase some wood, feel free to contact Austin Heck at (806) 4445-1334.


The Castro County Fair and Harvest Days will be September 8-10, 2016 in Dimmitt, TX.  If you are interested in renting a booth for Saturday, September 10th, please contact Donna at dsr60@windstream.net (or) 647-2243 (please leave message if not home).
Booth Rental is $40 per booth inside the Expo and $30 for booths inside the Quonset and outside.  Electricity is $5 extra.  Booths inside the Expo go fast and it is first come first served so contact us soon.  Hope to see you at the fair!



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