My turn: Meals on Wheels director retiring

Around 11 a.m. every weekday, rain or shine, three or four volunteers enter the kitchen doors at Heartland Continuing Care, and emerge moments later carrying stacks of insulated trays, coolers of milk and juice, and notebooks directing them on a treasure hunt throughout Portales. The treasures in this case are the local recipients of Meals […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis and Portales Community Outreach are offering free Thanksgiving meals today. According to Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez, the Mission is cooking 40 turkeys this holiday. He said more than 500 slices of pumpkin pie will be on the dessert table. “We focus on feeding the people; we make sure […]

Friday morning briefing: Ribs for wheels, homes on tour and the mad rush

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Ribs for Wheels Oct. 6 is Meals on Wheels night at Rib Crib in Clovis. Bring in a flyer from 4 p.m. until close, and when you pay for your meal, 10 percent of that total will be donated to Meals on Wheels of […]

Budget meals featured on show

Information on making tailored and hidden plackets, flower arranging, and preparing nutritious meals for less money will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, September 13th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 15th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Connie Crawford, President, CEO and Designer for Fashion Patterns by Coni, will […]

Family Meals Matter: Easy weeknight meals

Ham and Swiss Rosti

From MealsMatter.org Healthy eating on hectic weeknights might seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning ahead and having a few key ingredients on hand, you can prepare healthy meals, even dessert in less than 30 minutes. This week’s featured family meal comes together in a flash. Prepare Ham and Swiss […]

Our people: Giving back

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Clovis resident Pat Hayter volunteers for the Lighthouse Mission, Meals on Wheels, Plains Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church and the Latch Key Program. She said her mom and her stepmom were both giving people. “I guess I got some of that from them,” Hayter said. Hayter said she enjoys giving to […]

My turn: Frozen meals money saver

Argen Duncan I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing […]

Scrapbooking tips featured

Sheryl Borden Information on scrapbooking, self-improvement and budget-friendly turkey meals will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Tyleen Caffrey, an independent scrapbooking consultant, talks about preserving memories in order to leave a legacy as she shows how to develop a one-of-a-kind “lifebook.” She’s from Clovis. Judi Moreo […]

Volunteer profile: Dave Russell

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Name: Dave Russell Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Maintenance, sound system operation and participation the choir and board of trustees at the First United Methodist Church of Portales; Meals on Wheels Why he does it: “When something needs to be done, and as long as I’m able to do it, I will. Somebody has to […]

Volunteer profile: Ed and Pat Watson

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Names: Ed and Pat Watson Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired trucking company owner and teacher Volunteers: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies and Red Men, and Meals on Wheels Why they do it: “We do this because we like people,” Pat said.

Volunteer profile: Fayrene Powers

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Name: Fayrene Powers Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Chairwoman of Meals on Wheels Why she does it: “I grew up in Floyd,” Powers said. “We were farmers, and we learned to help others. As a Christian, I have the responsibility to help make the world a better place by doing whatever I can. I’ve done […]

Volunteer profile: Glen McCoy

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Name: Glen McCoy Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University professor Volunteers with: Habitat for Humanity, Portales Meals on Wheels, Council of Professors Emeritus, Planning and Zoning Committee, American Heart Association, Babe Ruth League Baseball, Portales Kiwanis Club. Why he does it: “Throughout my life, other people have helped my family and I in […]

Police, emergency management personnel step in to deliver Meals on Wheels

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With icy roads and four to six inches of snow Thursday, police and emergency management personnel stepped in to deliver for Portales Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels chairwoman Fayrene Powers said she was concerned about the program’s drivers, many of whom are older adults, risking injury on the […]

Veterans organization hands out turkeys for needy families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Dozens of families left Bella Vista Arts Academy Friday afternoon carrying frozen turkeys for their Thanksgiving meals, compliments of the AMVETS. Johnny Ulibarri said his group had 250, 10-to-12 pound turkeys to hand out to community families. Earlier in the day, 30 turkeys were distributed to student’s families at […]

Police report: Malnourished girl locked in room

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A 10-year-old Portales girl was forced to eat meals quickly, by herself, then locked in her room at night “to prevent her from getting up and eating food,” according to a police incident report. The girl was also forced to wear pull-up diapers, denied bathroom access and had her […]

Business feature: Sodexo caters to variety of tastes

Freedom New Mexico Tracy Kelly is the general manager of Sodexo catering at Eastern New Mexico University. Sodexo not only creates meals for students but also caters to the needs of the surrounding area for weddings, parties or any special occasion. Kelly, who moved to Portales in April, said Sodexo provides a variety of menu […]

Meals program fights costs with bubbles

Freedom New Mexico

Cold outside, warm inside

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The weather was cool and wet Thursday, but the fellowship and food was warm at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers expected to serve about 500 people, including the 180 meals that were delivered to people who are homebound or the dozens of take-out dinners picked up and delivered by […]

November 7, 1993

• Portales mayor D.K. Shafer proclaimed the day to be “Nurse Appreciation Day” in Portales. • Members of the Elida Future Farmers of America chapter attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training that was held at the Curry County Fairgrounds. • McDonalds offered six value meals for the price of $2.99 each, a Green Chili Cheeseburger […]

Hot lunches available over summer

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hot, fresh and nutritious meals are being served to children in the community as part of the Seamless Summer Program through the Portales Municipal Schools. According to Shirley Chatterton, director of food services for the schools, the program was created five years ago through the Public Education Department. For […]