October 26, 2016 ~ Year 9, No. 13


Several members of the Castro County 4-H competed in a Food Challenge On Monday, October 24 in Levelland. 330 youth from the south plains gathered to compete in a 4-H version of Chopped. Of these kids, 27 were from Castro County. Teams of 3-5 members are given a bag of ingredients and told to make something in 40 minutes. Then they have to give a 5 minute presentation covering MyPlate, nutrients, preparation steps, safety measures and a cost analysis. Castro County 4-H had 6 teams competing against 81 teams in 3 age groups divided up into 5 categories. They came home with three 1st places and a 3rd place.

Those competing were:


1st Place Kari Schulte, Merry Gerber, Emma Kleman, Zoe Schulte, Kaci Kleman (picture 2)

3rd place Ryan Heitschmidt, Tanner Birkenfeld, Luke Schulte, Sterl Welps, Brett Young (Picture 5)


1st place Spencer Acker, Jentri Birkenfeld, Lexi Ramaekers, Emerson Moore, Madison Brockman (Picture 3)

1st place Kattey Gerber, Riley Ramaekers, Harley Gerber, Brooklyn Dyer (Picture 1)

Other members who also competed in amazingly hard groups include Jhett Hart, Noel Cure, Rayla Castillo, Ainsley Schultz (Picture 6), Jack Welps, Will Young, and Reid Backus (Picture 4)

Congratulations to all of the students on a great job!












Alive and Thriving – Housing Developments (Article Four) by Abby Schmucker

As a conclusion to the previous articles discussing the new houses built within the last ten years, my fourth article will focus on the houses of the future.

            Because there are houses that are currently being built or have just recently been completed, they are not yet recorded in the tax records at the appraisal district. However, there are several new residents in Nazareth that are sure to have a major economic impact in the near future. There are currently six homes that are either newly built or underway.

The first of these homes was recently completed and it is owned by Jeremy and Karely Acker. They were recently married, and they have one daughter entering her second year of school at Nazareth. The construction began in April, and the work was complete on July 20.

Another recently completed home belongs to Brian and Peggy Ramaekers. They currently have three children enrolled in the Nazareth school system. They built their new house right next door to their previous home. Their house work began last July when the concrete was poured and they moved in this June.

One other new house is the home of Dusty and Tara Braddock. Their home was finished in May, and they have one daughter who will attend Nazareth School.

Yet another completed residence belongs to the family of Daryl and Marsha Pohlmeier. Their house was completed this summer and they currently have all three of their children in the Nazareth school system.

In addition to these completed residences, there are two other families who were recently able to move into their new homes. One of these new homes is owned by Eric and Mandy Schilling. It was built by Mandy’s father, Keith Hoelting. Eric is the girls’ basketball coach at Nazareth, and one of their three children is in school. Also built was the house of Scott and Kara Dyer. They previously lived in Tulia and their four children have attended Nazareth school since last year. Their new house was started in October and was done in September.

The housing improvements in Nazareth have been frequent in the last ten years, but the articles to follow will discuss families who have moved back to Nazareth and created personal improvements.


School Sisters of St. Francis Harvest of Blessings Gala 2016

Saturday, November 19

Cornerstone Ranch Events Center – Bushland, TX. $100 admits 2.

6 p.m. beverages and silent auction.

7-8 p.m. Shiner Bock Ribeye Steak/Chicken Dinner Dancing to AFK & Silent Auctions Calcutta Boards Lots of fun. For tickets call 806-537-3182 ext. 21 or http://www.panhandlefranciscans.org/gala


The Youth Group is partnering with several other groups on November 6th in Lubbock for Operations Christmas Child. We are needing donations for items that will be put in boxes for the kids. School supplies, (pencils, pens crayons ,etc.) non-liquid hygiene items, (toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs, etc.) are types of items needed. Donations can be dropped off at the office or at Derwin & Vera Huseman’s house. Thank you in advance.


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