I have been challenged by readers to go a step further with the respect issue. Other issues of respect, or should I say disrespect, have come to my attention. What about graffiti all over town, deliberate trashing of our parks and the blatant disrespect of young people for older citizens? These are common and degrade our community.
Booths, food, fun, and did I mention food?
Saturday’s Annual “Keep the Shine on Denrock” Downtown Block Party was a huge success. Attendance for the event was impressive, with a myriad of booths and vendors to provide something for everybody. Children also had plenty of things to keep them occupied from pony rides to gaming booths complete with prizes. Bouncers provided enjoyment for the younger attendees, and for the older kid in all of us there was a water polo challenge.
Caprock kicks the Wolves
Friday night was another incredible night of football at Memorial Stadium with both teams trading punches. In the end Caprock kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11 seconds left on the clock to break a 20-20 tie and win the game 23-20 over the Golden Wolves.
Hartley home provides comfort in last days
Hartley is the home for a new and innovative facility that provides end of life care. The home strives to create an environment for patients and their families that include both medical and spiritual aspects. The home is sponsored by Holy Family Ministry Center and is made possible due to the generous donations of time, materials, labor and money from the community. The Holy Family Ministry Center sits adjacent to the home and both are within sight of the Divine Mercy Prayer Gardens.
Generosity saves treasured Merry-Go-Round
In a recent article, Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan sadly spoke of vandalism that has diminished the value of Dalhart’s beautiful parks. Many of the parks have been built or upgraded during Duggan’s 21-year tenure over the city.
After the article ran that detailed the damage done to several pieces of playground equipment, picnic tables and the pier at the fishing pond, one Dalhart based company responded with vigor. Les Taylor Drilling, a hydro resources company, contacted Duggan to say that while business was a little sluggish, they would be very happy to pick up the broken Merry-Go-Round from Veterans Memorial Park, also called the 7th Street Park, for repairs and at their own expense.
Alliance Irrigation held their ribbon cutting
2009 Hartley County 4-H Achievement Banquet
The Hartley County 4-H Achievement Banquet was held on Friday, August the 28th, at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. Kids from all over Hartley County attended the 80’s themed achievement banquet and lock-in. The members, and even adults, dressed up to the past and awards were given for the best 80’s costume. Kristen Schniederjan was voted best dressed followed by Bailey Been, and Breeley Elliott.
State Senator speaks to constituents at high school
State Senator Kel Seliger made a trip to Dalhart on Wednesday, September 9th. The Senator represents the 31st state district of Texas, which encompasses the Texas panhandle all the way down to Midland-Odessa. The auditorium at Dalhart High School was the backdrop for the Senator’s discussion that began at 2:00 p.m. Area residents and students poured into the auditorium to hear the Senator deliver a casual message, followed by an open discussion. Mayor Kevin Caddell introduced the Senator.
Corn picker pays visit to Dalhart
Corny the corn picker, a restored John Deere implement has arrived in Dalhart for a corn picking demonstration set for later this month.
Alan Siebert farmed in Dalhart from 1977 to 2006, retired and moved to East Texas. Shortly after his move he began restoring antique tractors. He has restored four tractors; a 1940 G John Deere, a 1949 VAC Case, a 1953 Ford (Golden Jubilee) and a 1953 John Deere 60. He has three more waiting in line.
Seeking a pony rider that can eat jambalaya
A lot of planning, a great line up of food vendors, entertaining game booths, and a list of interesting vendors promises for a good time at this year’s block party. The city and Chamber of Commerce have put a lot of effort into making Saturday’s 9th Annual Keep the Shine on Denrock Downtown Block Party bigger and better than ever!
Firefighters and area residents filled the boot
The annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign undertaken by the nation’s firefighters was held in Dalhart on Labor Day Weekend, September 6th and 7th. The fundraiser creatively raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the weekend that Jerry Lewis holds his annual “Jerry’s Kids” telethon.
Employees introduced at school board meeting
The Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 15th. The meeting began with the introduction of new personnel, and personnel who are not new, but in new positions within the district. All principals for the district were in attendance to personally introduce those new employees that were able to attend and who work at their schools. The largest group of new personnel is employed at Dalhart Elementary School. After the introductions the board took a brief break to allow the board members to meet the new DISD personnel.
First National Bank sponsored the September Dalhart Senior Center Luncheon
First National Bank sponsored the September Dalhart Senior Center Luncheon. The luncheon was held during the lunch hour at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on September 11, 2009.
As It Turns Out
By now we’ve all heard about the heckling and outburst shouted at President Obama by Representative Joe Wilson. Most of us have also heard about Kanye West’s latest public tirade at the MTV Video awards Sunday night. Driving to Liberal yesterday, I listened to a CNN news anchor replay the audio from both of the above, and then put this question to the listening audience, “Is civility dead?”
A new twist!
On Sunday, August 23rd two Southern Baptist churches in Louisville, Kentucky; one black and one white merged. With the recession upon them, the two churches decided to join hands and become one. One of the churches needed some younger members and the other needed more space.
What happened to Respect?
We traveled to the Dallas area to spend a few quiet days with family over the Labor Day weekend. As it turned out, we spent our time “laboring” to clean up the mess left by renters who chose to skip out on their lease and leave our home a total mess. We were greeted by broken ceiling fans, shredded carpet, a sink pulled off the wall, drinks spilled all over the carpets, and red marker drawings on the dining room walls; just to name a few of the disasters. We carried out broken furniture and putrid trash. I am trying to figure out how so many in the next generation missed out on learning respect.
Stephen Ministers commissioned
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church recently commissioned nine new Stephen Ministers bringing the total to 25.
The commissioning ceremony took place on Saturday, August 29, 2009. These new lay caregivers join other Stephen Ministers already commissioned and are serving at St. Anthony’s. According to St. Anthony’s pastor, Father Scott Raef, “We are pleased to expand our caring ministry. These additional trained laypersons will be a big help to our congregation and community.”
Mrs. Bornemeier’s 2nd grade class meets two Dalhart football players
Mrs. Bornemeier’s 2nd grade class at Dalhart Elementary had the opportunity to meet two Dalhart football players. Chase Pope and John Peoples took time out of their busy homecoming schedule to come and visit. The students had letters and pictures for the player. Both Chase and John signed “autographs” for each student.
Fall schedule available at block party
The Community Connect Fall Schedule of classes will be available this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the “Put the Shine on Denrock” downtown block party. The Community Connect Booth will be located in front of the First National Bank at Third St. and Denrock.
Johnson girls take honors
Courtney Johnson is the 2010 Kiowa County Fair Queen in Eads, Colorado. Reagen Johnson is the 2010 Kiowa County Fair Junior Princess. The girls were crowned on Saturday, September 12. The girls are the daughters of Mike and Martha Johnson of Eads, Colorado. They are the grand-daughters of Mike and Debra Ford of Dalhart and Loyd and Lucy Johnson of Hartley. Their great-grandparents are Zelda Beth Lang of Dalhart, Phyliss Ames of Dumas and Twilla Johnson of Hartley.