A winding tradition

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Pink and blue streamers, tuxedoes and hoop skirts, and continuing a tradition. A group of Portales High School seniors had those things on their minds Saturday as they decorated for Maypole. The tradition has existed since 1929, and many participants have family members who have wound the Maypole in past years. Students, who must be […]

Pajama fashion statement not for me

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were getting out of the car at the supermarket the other day when a young woman caught my eye. Her attire grabbed my attention: Pink pajama bottoms with white bunnies on them, pink fuzzy slippers and a t-shirt that read “GREAT PLACES TO SAY %$&*.” When […]

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: Mavis Rhoten

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Name: Mavis Rhoten Residence: Portales Occupation: Seamstress Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Pink Ladies Why she does it: “I enjoy being with people and seeing people,” Rhoten said. “I enjoy seeing old customers from our old dry-cleaning business here in Portales.”

Volunteer profile: Adele Breech

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Name: Adele Breech Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired teacher from Northport, New York Volunteer: Pink Ladies Why she does it: “I had friends who were Pink Ladies, and they enjoyed it so much,. This is a service I could do myself. I hope younger people will become involved.”

Thursday morning briefing: On pets and being tough in pink

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video of the day Meet our pet of the week. Tough enough Join the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Friday for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day to help support Breast Cancer Awareness. Wear pink all day and

Tuesday morning briefing: Free kites, father-in-law jokes and a pink Cadillac

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: new car? Free show Parkview Elementary School is having a talent show today at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the gym. The show is free and open to the public. Question of the day How come you never […]

Thursday morning briefing: Think pink, clunkers, fall musicals

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Local sports officials pink up for breast cancer awareness

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local sports enthusiasts are thinking pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local teams are joining professional sports teams in attracting attention to the issue by wearing pink. Michael Doerr, athletics director at the Portales Recreation Center, said game officials are wearing white T-shirts with pink ribbon logos […]

Getting to know: Pink lady has 5,000 hours of service

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Madeen Casey, 87, has volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, perhaps better know as “pink ladies,” for the past 24 years. Casey and her husband, Verlin, who has since passed on, raised three daughters. Two, Doniece Morgan and Phyllis Dever, live in Clovis while another, Patricia Tivis, resides in Roswell. Casey, who is a member of […]

Tractor promotes breast cancer awareness

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie Mac and Shelia Smith of Roswell. The pink — yes, pink — tractor stood out in the midst of the green, red and orange tractors […]

Holiday not too taxing

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Editors note: Freedom Newspapers has agreed not to publish the last names of the children in this story by request from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. Juggling an armful of clothing, a cell phone and four shopping lists, Sandi St. Clair took a break from her back-to-school […]

Parents visit Clovis site where daughter slain

By Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a pink feather boa. It was placed by a mother and father mourning their daughter. Thursday, for the first time, David and Maria Beardmore visited the ditch where the battered […]

Chanclas hold memories, make fashion statements

By Helena Rodriguez This month’s issue of Latina magazine features a short story on chanclas, you know, the old flip-flops or sandals that abuela used to whack you with? Chanclas still make good paddles, but these days, they also make great fashion statements. During my childhood, it was the infamous “pink sandal” that we had […]

Flamingos flock for funds

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Mike Linn Pink flamingos are helping a Portales church group get to Haiti. They’re not the real flamingos that fish in lagoons in the Caribbean nation, but the fake plastic ones that have been popping up on the lawns of Portales residents recently. For $10, residents can send about 12 plastic pink flamingos to someone’s […]