February 15, 2016~Year 9, No. 27


The Home Merc hosted its yearly celebration and dinner on Saturday February 11. Numerous people from Nazareth and surrounding areas attended the special event. Guests visited with friends, family, and new acquaintances during the happy hour, and all who attended enjoyed a steak dinner. After the meal, music for the dance was provided by Steven Birkenfeld.

A big thanks to the Home Merc Board for putting together the great event and to the people who participated to support the future of the Nazareth Home Mercantile building.



On Friday, February 10, seven Nazareth FFA students competed in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo dairy judging contest.

The team placed 4th out of 124 FFA and 4-H teams. There were 407 students competing from all over the state of Texas.

Ellen Schilderink placed 9th individually, and Mike Schilderink placed 28th. The other team members include Brady Robb, Emily Heitschmidt, Maddie Gfeller, Amy Schilderink, and Ozzy Mansanales.

Congratulations to all of these students!



Both Nazareth varsity basketball teams finished district with a perfect 10-0 record to earn the district championships.

The Swiftettes played their final district game last Tuesday at Hart where they defeated the Lady Horns 79-22. The Swifts finished the district season with a win at home against Springlake-Earth.

The Swiftettes’ Area playoff game will be Thursday at 6:30pm against Shamrock at Amarillo High. The Swifts will play two practice games this week. One will be on Thursday, February 16, in Lubbock against the All Saints Patriots, and the other will be on Friday at Canyon Randall against WT High.

Congratulations to both of these teams, and good luck to them as they begin the playoffs.


Meet a Naturalist Day and Open House Upcoming

Would you like to learn more about critters, wildflowers, native plants and their historic use as food and medicine sources, and natural features of the region? Have an interest in helping out at natural areas like Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock Canyons, Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, or boosting nature education in local schools?

You could be a candidate to become a Texas Master Naturalist. The Panhandle Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists is hosting two upcoming events to introduce interested persons to local Master Naturalists and illustrate what they do.

Meet a Naturalist Day will be held in the new Tasajillo Pavilion at the Juniper/Wolfberry Area in Palo Duro Canyon State Park Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Panhandle Chapter members will be on hand to explain exhibits and share information about the Panhandle TMN Chapter’s upcoming training program and activities. Light refreshments will be provided and regular park admission fees will apply.

On Tuesday, March 7, the Panahndle TMN Chapter will host an Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. at Amarillo’s Southwest Branch Library at 6801 SW 45th. A meet and greet session from 6-7 will allow visitors be get acquainted with TMN members. Afterward, a program will be presented by Bernice Blasingame, retired Palo Duro Canyon State Park Interpreter on the Native American uses of the bison. Light refreshments will be provided.

Both activities will also allow visitors to learn about the Panhandle Chapter’s upcoming training program for prospective Master Naturalists. This year’s training begins March 25 and continues at regular intervals through October 14. Enrollment deadline is March 20 and the application fee is $95.

For more information on class enrollment visit the Panhandle Chapter website at www.pctmn.org or contact Joanne at 220-9005.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Its mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

Notice to all City Residents – The office of Councilman Harold Venhaus  will expire this May 2017.  Friday, February 3rd is the first day to file for a place on ballot and Friday, March 3rd is the last day to file for place on Ballot.  Deadline 5:00p.m. Please come sign up at City Hall.

Nazareth German Heritage Museum is selling raffle tickets to raise money to build a new museum, scheduled to start construction January 2020. In order to get funding for our project, we have to show proof that the community will also be involved. Having this raffle to help raise the money for matching funds is necessary. Please come help this project which will help our communities survival into the future by showing the past.

If you or your family have articles to donate to the museum to show the past, please inform the museum committee so we can build to suit all the articles.

Come by the Yellow Rose Inn after masses Saturday nights and Sunday mornings every week until March 26th to but raffle tickets. Tickets are $20 and they are also available at Intersection Sales and Service, MO Supply, Swift Café, Peoples Bank, or from any museum member. On March 26th, we will be having a Branding Iron Benefit at the Yellow Rose Inn for those of you who want to brand our wooden fence.

The raffle prizes will be given away at that time.

1st Prize: Texas Rangers Baseball Game Package

2nd Prize: $1,000 Visa Card from People’s Bank

3rd Prize: $500 Gift Card to United

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