Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

Christmas program haunting

It’s Christmas and the music’s just got to get out. And get out it did, as those sitting near me at Andy Mason’s Christmas Concert will attest. Those around me probably wished I had been singing a solo (so low they couldn’t hear me) but I’m sure my reindeer antlers with the flashing red lights […]

Pony cakes featured on show

Information on fitting and designing with princess seams, replacing various creams in baking and cooking, and making pony cakes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesdsay and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Connie Crawford, President, CEO and Designer for Fashion Patterns by Coni, will demonstrate proper fitting and designing […]

Club notes —

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Dec. 9th with Second Vice President Beth Davis presiding. The Collect and pledges were led by Sheryl Borden and Julie Nickles gave the invocation. The minutes from the November meeting were approved and the treasurer’s report was filed. A thank you letter was read from Mayor Sharon King […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 9:30 a.m., Free blood sugar and blood pressure check; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 10:30 a.m., […]

Weddings —

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Ward [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Mr. and Mrs. Tommy J. Miller of Logan announce the love and marriage between Mariah Jai Ciemny, daughter of Maretta J. Miller and Rick L. Ciemny, of Wellington, Kan., to Justin Dwayne Ward, son of Suzy R. Carpenter Young of Brownwood, Texas, and Marshall E. Ward of Merkel, Texas. The […]

Engagements —

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Hight-Lee Chris and Katie Hammack of Socorro wish to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla Leigh Hight of Las Cruces, formerly of Portales, to Garrett Shannon Lee of Las Cruces, formerly of Portales, son of Shannon and Tammy Lee of Portales. The couple will exchange vows Jan. 6, 2012, at the […]

On the shelves — Dec. 25

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “If I Have to Tell You One More Time: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling” by Amy McCready presents twenty-three tools that are easy to implement and proven effective for correcting misbehavior and bringing out the best in […]

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

Salvation Army surpasses goal

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Kevin Wilson It’s often a bad year for a family when it applies to the Salvation Army for help during the Christmas season. But a greater number of people got helped during the season due to a higher-than-expected donation haul for the charity’s Empty Stocking Fund. As of Friday, the Salvation Army had received $10,113.92 […]

Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Their view: Martinez supports bill benefitting troops

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her support in a press release Dec. 21 for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units. “The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively […]

We all have our Christmas beliefs

So I walked into the living room and there it was, glowing like a lantern in a cave. “Oh,” I said to my talented home decorator and wife of 52 years, “how wonderful, the Christmas tree. When did you put it up?” “Tuesday,” she said. Meaning three days ago. She wasn’t smiling. It is just […]

My turn: Wish list more naughty than nice

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I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 9 Children: 5 (ages 6, 5, 2, 2, and 1 month) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because they have taken in a sister and her two children when the need arose. The husband is the only one working and with the addition of the extra family […]

Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Christmas get-togethers all about love

Our grownup sons and their families have always filled our holidays with delight, but one Christmas stands out above all others. Our Christmas Eve dinner and the opening of gifts added to our family celebration and with full tummies we relaxed in the warmth of the crackling fire in the fireplace. The long legs of […]