Thursday morning briefing: A tasty event, a volunteer and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. A tasty groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking 2 p.m. Friday at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis for Freanna Original Yoghurt. The yogurt facility will be owned and operated by Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family and is said to be an old family recipe. Volunteer honored […]

Honors — Dec. 4

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Ice The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 13

Curry County volunteers honored A dinner was held on Nov. 4 to recognize all the volunteers in Curry County for their service and to award the volunteer who contributed the most time. Approximately 150 people attended, representing the volunteer stations and Senior Centers where they volunteer to help improve out community and five elementary schools […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Horsing around, a free concert and a star passes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Volunteer call Special Olympics New Mexico needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the group’s Statewide Equestrian Competition Sept. 16-18 at the Curry County Events Center. For more information contact United Way of Eastern New Mexico at 769-2103. Crowder appointed Gov. […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

In tribute: Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known for volunteerism at […]

High schoolers organize animal shelter volunteer group

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Alisa Boswell There’s a new patrol on duty at the Portales Animal Shelter — the “Puppy Patrol.” That’s the name 15 high-schoolers have given their group, a volunteer organization addressing animal abandonment. Jamie Thomas, one of the original five members of the group, was approached by her father, Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas, with a […]

Habitat for Humanity meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. family support volunteer meeting scheduled for today in Portales has been canceled. The meeting is to be rescheduled for January. Information: 359-1344 or habitatrcc@yahoo.com.

Portales past: Nov. 24, 1942

Nov. 24, 1942: The Portales Daily News: The first volunteer for officer’s training from Roosevelt County was graduated as a second lieutenant in the field artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., last Thursday. He was 2nd Lt. Thomas S. Peterson of Kenna. Peterson was assigned to Camp Roberts, Calif.

Volunteer profile: David McDowell

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Name: David McDowell Residence: Portales Occupation: Juvenile probation officer with the Children, Youth and Families Department Volunteer: McDowell is in charge of music at First Presbyterian Church, where he is a member. He picks songs for the worship service and helps put them together. Why he does it: “I enjoy singing and I try to […]

Volunteer support valuable

Glenda Price I visit the local hospital on a regular basis to receive a special medication. Each time, I’m greeted by volunteers. They wear pink along with a friendly smile, and are willing to provide any assistance I might need. One of my daughters is a March of Dimes director, and many volunteers help her […]

Volunteer profile: Gail Cissell

• Name: Gail Cissell • Residence: Portales • Occupation: Owner of Cissell Transfer and Storage in Clovis • Volunteer: Cissell is in charge of the heating and cooling systems for regular services, weddings, funerals, King’s Kids and Boy Scouts at First United Methodist Church. He also helps take care of the lights, video screen and […]

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: Mildred Danforth

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Name: Mildred Danforth Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Danforth makes quilts to give away to people who need them. Why she does it: “I first started quilting in 2006,” Danforth said. “I have a love of quilting, and I love to see the happiness the quilts bring to people. It makes me happy.”

Volunteer profile: Melba and Carl Britton

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Name: Melba and Carl Britton Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Hospital auxiliary Why they do this: Melba has been a member of the group for 25 years and Carl for 12 years. “We love to work together,” Melba said. “We know it brings happiness to others and lets them know someone cares. Both of us […]

Volunteer profile: Joe Parie

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Name: Joe Parie Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Parie manages the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, is head of the Portales Outreach Program, which offers an annual community Thanksgiving dinner, and volunteers his time in Juarez, Mexico. Why he does it: “I’ve always heard you can’t give without receiving, and I find you get a whole […]

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: 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 […]

Curry detention center volunteer training to be held

Freedom New Mexico Christian Believers is hosting a training and orientation 6 p.m. Thursday for detention center volunteers. The training is for volunteers to work with Curry County Adult Detention Center inmates in both religious and educational fields. The training is at 209 W. 7th Street. Information: 763-1715