I have reread your editorial in the Sunday, June 3 edition of the Daily Record, three times and I think, not only is it well-intentioned, but also very well written. Hopefully it does result in more subscriptions and more frequent advertising pages, but only time will tell.
Unfortunately there is a very small minority of Roswell and Chaves County citizens who will not accept the fact that the continued success of our city and county depends on the goodwill and deeds of all of us.
To cancel your subscription, or take part in an advertising boycott of the Daily Record, is small-minded and sends the wrong message.
Let’s once again be an all-American city!
I have reread your editorial in the Sunday, June 3 edition of the Daily Record, three times and I think, not only is it well-intentioned, but also very well written. Hopefully it does result in more subscriptions and more frequent advertising pages, but only time will tell.
AH1100 – 1200 hours on 19 April 2017, a large number of Vietnam War veterans gathered in Artesia to commemorate the war. It was one of the most uncomfortable hours I have experienced. It was full of spin echoing the party line we heard from the government of the time. This is not intended to detract from the honor of their sacrifice and hell resulting from a war we should not have entered.
Our leaders claimed we were protecting the U.S. when we were seeking to restore Western control. It was started as the rebellion against an ally and colonial power. They were fighting for their own land against foreign power, like the other two revolutionary wars. The rebels won two out of three.
I agree that wars start over economic issues. War is the ultimate evil and greed, the primary force, is “the root of all evil” 2 Timothy 3:10. We call it the “profit motive.”
Mass insanity is a good description of a war. We keep waging war when nobody wins an argument or a war, but still we keep doing it.
War is evidence of shattered mental health. I was a veteran and graduate student as well as a former National Guard member when the massacre at Kent State happened.
Kent State was not the only massacre, but the Vietnam villages were massacred, and when discovered, the junior officers were left to take care of the fall like Lt. Calley who led a platoon in the massacre of a hamlet, My Lai. They could not have done otherwise without being court-martialed for disobeying orders. As usual, the action backfired when we used Agent Orange to defoliate the jungle by infecting our soldiers. We cannot rightly hold the junior officers accountable for its use. Did we learn nothing from the Nuremburg trials?
We did it again in Iraq, waging war on the people who do all they can to survive. Americans were verbally attacked, being blamed for “losing” the war and the veterans were the exonerated. I’m sure that the veterans of the war knew better. People, both in Vietnam and America, knew the behavior created enemies and that the problem was in Washington.
We entered combat for sure because of a lie, which was not the first and probably not the last. We made the same mistakes in Iraq, deceit and marking the killings up to collateral damage.
We must eliminate win at all costs and adopt the life principle, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”
There is much more to say about war violence and mental health, but that must wait for another letter or letters.
G. Stanley McConnell
“Have you ever journeyed into the darkness of the underworld?” Our guest author has! The library is excited to be hosting Doug Thompson on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Bondurant Room. Working as an interpretive ranger at Carlsbad Caverns for six years, Thompson can pass on the storied history of the caves, from their formation to the behavior of the bats that live in them.
Overcoming his fear of tight spaces and heights, he learned to climb rope and went on to explore many of the deep vertical caves in the Guadalupe Mountains. He even became a member of the park’s technical rescue team and made a 50-story rappel into one of the deepest underground pits in the United States. In his book, “Underground Ranger,” Thompson shares his remarkable journey and how it changed his life. This is a free program to attend and the Friends of the Library will be serving refreshments.
For more information, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., call 575-622-7101 or follow the library on Facebook and Instagram.
Book Talk by Bianca Cheney
Young Adult Librarian
Summer is here! It’s a time for picnics, barbecues, camping — and yummy eating. In January, people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better — how is that working out for you? Now that it’s been almost six months, are you still following your resolution? If you’re in the majority, probably not.
The library owns a great DVD called, “Chow Down, Eat Like Your Life Depends On It.” It’s a creative documentary with comments from health experts, interviews with real people, cartoons and statistics. The subject is near and dear to most of us — heart disease — which is the No. 1 killer in the United States. This film shows that even though heart disease is genetic, it can be controlled without medication. We have to treat the causes of these epidemics, not put bandages on them and hope for the best.
We meet three people who have heart issues — two with major artery blockages and one who is diabetic. They all chose not to take prescribed medication and instead changed their eating habits to extend their lives. The interviews with these three patients are very natural; in their homes, talking frankly about their problems and how they are trying to solve them. Garnet (the diabetic) talks to her young son about having to do everything — work, housework and planning and preparing meals. She asks him if he will help, and he says OK, although he doesn’t really follow through. She gave up because of the frustration and lack of support from her family in changing her lifestyle.
There are interviews with medical experts in research. There’s an interview with a woman who was bribed to not talk about cancer in her healthy food program. Another woman says the government is not helping to promote proper eating habits, although they say they are. The documentary is almost like a good mystery — who is getting away with bad behavior and information? Does the American Heart Association have our best interests in mind? Are the politicians, economists and lobbyists getting in the way of our health?
Check out this eye-opening DVD and learn about heart health. Just like a regular motion picture, there are extended interviews and scenes to watch and there is even a quick, easy recipe included. For additional information on this subject, there are quite a few books about heart health. Check the library’s catalog or ask a librarian.
Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.
Before you open up your house to guests this Summer, be sure your carpets are clean. Preparation for Summer means cleaning up after a winter’s worth of shoes in and out of the house, Fifi dropping land mines, many a visitor not paying attention to mud, light carpets turning shades darker, spilled drinks, animal hair, dust, body dander, germs and most importantly, dust mites and the like.
The dust mite is a cosmopolitan pyroglyphid that lives in human habitation. Dust mites feed on organic detritus, such as flakes of shed human skin, and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. What this means is, the longer you wait to disturb their environments (cleaning carpets and upholstery), the more dust mites will establish themselves in your home. Even if you have tile, it’s very possible you could still be living with dust mites. Dust mites have been shown to worsen asthma and are associated with allergic rhinitis.
A very effective and efficient way to extract not only dust mites, but animal hair, dust, body dander (dust mite food), germs and allergens is through “hot water extraction”. Hot water extraction also addresses oily soil from cooking vapors, air pollution and grease tracked in from the driveway or garage. Hot water extraction does not void fine carpet mill warranties either. Actually, most carpet mills will only honor their carpet warranties if cleaning and extraction has been performed every 12 to 18 months.
Obviously, good vacuuming and cleaning habits can go a long way, but professional cleaning is very beneficial, and not just for health reasons. Aside from cleaning your carpet for sanitary reasons, a clean and sterile carpet can do wonders for visual, olfactory and tactile perceptions. Your carpet or tile will look, smell and feel better.
Spots, stains, soiling, oily soiling, pet dander, human dander, airborne pollutants, allergens, bacteria, dust mites, bed bugs…Allison’s Carpet & Upholstery. If you’d like to prolong your carpet’s life, enhance its appearance and just maintain the overall cleanliness of your home or facility, Allison’s Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning can do just that. Their highest priority is satisfying your cleaning needs for carpet, tile and upholstery – whether it be in a residential or commercial setting. They also do vehicle carpets and upholstery, tile, grout sealing and resealing.
Harry Allison (owner & technician) and his family, have been cleaning in Roswell since 1983. He has built a good reputation for honesty, professionalism and high quality work, and at a reasonable price most importantly. Harry enjoys using newly implemented tools on upcoming jobs. These new tools are designed to help clean, extract soil more efficiently and help with drying the job quicker.
Residential & Commercial services include:
- carpet cleaning
- upholstery cleaning
- protecting carpets & upholstery with Dupont Teflon
- tile & grout cleaning
- grout resealing
- vehicle carpet & upholstery cleaning
- carpet repairs
- water damage restoration services
- pressure washing
Call Allison’s Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning today at (575) 625-2779 to schedule your appointment. They hope to serve you now and in the future for a wide variety of cleaning jobs so you can focus on other tasks.
The Invaders bounced back Monday night with a walk-off 4-3 win over visiting White Sands after dropping the final two games of a four-game series with Trinidad on Saturday and Sunday. The win gets Roswell to 7-5 on the year.
Invaders 4, Pupfish 3
Each team scored a pair of runs in the opening frame, with Bobby Webb scoring Tobias Moreno on a sac-fly and Kaohu Gaspar scored on Joey Miller’s single.
White Sands took a one-run lead in the fourth and held on to it until the bottom of the eighth when Julian Bilodeau scored on a sac-fly by Louie Martini.
Devin Malone kept the Pupfish off the scoreboard in the top of the final frame and then White Sand’s pitcher Jackson Metcalf helped the Invaders cause by walking the bases loaded. Ed Reichenbach entered the game to bat for Malone and took the first three pitches for a 3-0 lead before swinging and missing twice.
With the pressure on, Metcalf nailed Reichenbach, pushing the winning run across the plate and giving Roswell a 4-3 walk-off victory to open a three-game series with White Sands.
Miller went 2-for-2 with an RBI and three walks, Joel Garza was 3-for-4, Webb was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and two walks and Caleb Patterson went 2-for-4.
Game 2 is today at Griggs Park in Alamogordo at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Triggers 15, Invaders 13
It took both teams a few innings to get going offensively, but once they did, the hits came fast and furious as the ‘Vaders and Triggers combined for 28 runs on 33 hits.
Unfortunately, it was the visitors that came up with the big final inning to down the Invaders 15-13 and salvage a split for the four-game series.
Trinidad struck first in the top of the fourth with a trio of RBI singles to take a 3-0 lead. The Invaders got two of those runs back in the bottom of the frame as Kyle Peralta led off with a single, Bobby Webb doubled and finally Kaohu Gaspar singled to drive his teammates across the plate to make it 3-2.
Trinidad took the lead back to three runs in the fifth as Roswell pitcher Darrell Thompson faded, giving up a leadoff single to Javion Randle before walking one and hitting two more to hand the Triggers a run. A sacrifice fly scored another before Thompson ended his day on a high note with a strikeout. Thompson surrendered five runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Roswell went on a two innings scoring drought, but relief pitcher Ty Geary kept the Triggers scoreless with two big strikeouts after giving up two singles and a walk to start the sixth.
The Invaders won the seventh inning, answering Trinidad’s three runs in the top with five in the bottom as the home team batted around. Neil Madsen led off with a walk and Julian Bilodeau was hit by a pitch before Tobias Moreno singled to load the bases.
After a Peralta strikeout, Joel Garza took three balls before getting plunked, pushing Madsen home. Webb came up next and drove in Bilodeau with an RBI single. Gaspar was 2-2 when the Triggers switched hurlers. Gaspar welcomed Cody Strayer into the mix by hitting the first offering for a base hit and another run.
With two outs, Caleb Patterson singled to drive in two, cutting the Trinidad advantage to a single run at 8-7. The Big Green Men held on to the momentum as Devin Malone sat the Triggers down 1-2-3 in the eighth with consecutive strikeouts.
In the bottom of the inning, the Invaders took their first lead of the evening with four runs on four hits as Webb and Gaspar each drove in a run and Gavin Lavallee knocked in two to put Roswell up 11-8 going into the final frame.
Toby Eigner took the hill looking to close out the Triggers, and he started well enough, striking out Jabari Brown on a full count. But then things got ugly.
The Triggers doubled, RBI-singled, got on with an E6, got on with an E5, scored on a passed ball, scored on a wild pitch — basically scored just about every way possible other than the long ball to take a 15-11 lead.
Roswell tried to come back in the bottom of the ninth as Moreno singled and took advantage of some defensive miscues to make his way around the diamond for a run. Garza was hit-by-pitch and eventually scored after the Invaders hit two singles and drew a walk with the bases loaded, but it was too little, too late.
Gaspar went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a walk, Webb was 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Moreno went 3-for-6 with three runs scored.
The four-game series featured some lengthy contests, with Sunday’s contest the longest at 4 hours, 37 minutes.
The Roswell Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a Roswell man reported missing Friday.
Police said Sergio Alexander Salas, 30, was last seen by his mother the morning of May 25 at the house where they both live on East Morningside Drive in east Roswell. Police said Salas drove away from the house in a black Chevrolet pickup and his mother has not seen him since.
Salas’ mother reported him missing Friday.
Salas was described at 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with brown and black hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with potential information about his whereabouts was asked to call the RPD at 575-624-6770.
Nicholas Snowberger explains, “In our manager meetings, we’re always looking for creative ways to incentivize ourselves and our teams and we decided that this month, one of our big incentives was to motivate our people by providing them with an opportunity to put a pie in my face.”
This month, the leader, Chris Snowberger, won that honor. “It seemed like Nick forgot about the competition,” Chris Snowberger said, “and one of our other managers was polite enough to remind him, and I just happened to have two pies on hand.”
After Nicholas caught his breath, he said, “It tasted delicious! I think it got the job done, so it was a lot of fun and I’m glad my people enjoyed themselves.”
With temperatures already on the rise with the official start of summer approaching later this month, parents and other child caregivers must raise their awareness of the importance of never leaving children inside unattended vehicles. The temperature inside a parked vehicle can quickly reach lethal levels in hot, or even warm, weather. Babies and other young children, and pets as well, are not able to escape a hot vehicle on their own.
The Roswell Police Department and Roswell Fire Department remind everyone all it takes is a brief distraction, or trying to hurry through a busy day, or dealing with stress or other emotions to cause a parent or other caretaker to exit a vehicle without thinking about a child who was along on the trip. Don’t let a moment of forgetfulness turn into a tragedy. Take whatever steps necessary to remember a child is with you, and certainly never knowingly leave a child in the car for even just what you think will be a short time.
In the spring and summer, temperatures in Roswell and throughout this part of New Mexico can regularly reach into the 80s and 90s, and at times may draw close to and surpass 100 degrees. And it doesn’t even take that much outdoor heat to create a dangerous situation inside a closed vehicle. With an outside temperature of just 80 degrees, the inside of a closed-up vehicle can quickly reach near 140 degrees, according to researchers.
Under the spring and summer sun, it takes only 10 minutes for the temperature in a vehicle to rise 20 degrees. And leaving a window open a crack or parking in the shade aren’t sufficient safeguards. Trapped inside a vehicle, a child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. A child usually dies from heatstroke when his or her body temperature reaches 107 degrees, according to experts.
Sadly, nationwide there were 39 heatstroke deaths of children in hot vehicles in 2016 and there have been nine such deaths through May this year. Since 1998, the nation has averaged an annual total of 37 heatstroke deaths of children in hot vehicles. From 1998 through 2016, New Mexico has recorded nine of those deaths, placing the state 10th in the country on the list of most deaths per capita when it comes to child heatstroke in vehicles.
Most parents cannot imagine themselves leaving, even accidentally, their child in a hot vehicle. Yet statistics show more than half of the instances of child deaths in hot vehicles occurred after the child was accidentally or unknowingly left in the vehicle. Remember, young children, especially babies, often fall asleep in their car seats, becoming quiet little passengers. For babies in rear-facing child seats, their seats – whether occupied or not – look the same when seen by someone in the front seat.
The second most common instance of children dying in hot vehicles is when children get into the vehicle on their own, thinking it would be a fun spot to play or simply satisfy their curiosity. Never leave children alone in and around vehicles, lock vehicles when you leave them, and do not leave keys or remote door openers where a child can get them.
Here are some other tips from KidsandCars.org:
• Put something you’ll need to take with you from the vehicle – cell phone, purse, brief case, ID – on the floorboard in the back seat. It will force you to pay attention to what – and perhaps who – is in the back of the vehicle.
• If you and the child usually travel without other passengers, keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat as a visual reminder that the child is in the child safety seat.
• Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind.
• When a child is missing, check inside vehicles and vehicle trunks immediately.
• If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 immediately.
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Hudson Nicholas Gage, Medina Mendez Gisela Iveth, 05/31/2017,
Najera Alfredo Cesar, Romero Guevara Rosalinda, 05/30/2017,
Naranjo Christopher M., Thornton Rhonda J., 05/30/2017,
Perry Ryan C., Lucero Isabel, 05/30/2017
Vigil G. Gabriel, Ly Thuy T., 05/26/2017
Madrid Victor Alex Jr., Grajeda Anna Maria, 05/26/2017,
Valadez Andrew James, Bundy Jessica L. 05/26/2017,
Nguyen Dornan Trieu, Le Thanh N., 05/26/2017,
Fonseca Juan M., Ojeda Beatriz, 05/25/2017,
Hilty Nathan Ray, Banks Jessica Lynn, 05/25/2017,
Medina-Romero Juan C., Castillo Daniela, 05/25/2017,
Gonzalez Manuel V., Page Michell Ranee, 05/23/2017,
Escalona Gallardo Daniel, Wilson Sabrina M., 05/22/2017,
Eisenbise Benjamin J., Carroll Stacie S., 05/22/2017,
Jimenez Bartolo C., Olmedo Lou Anne, 05/19/2017,
Jefferson Brian D., Nevarez Bianca V. 05/19/2017,
Heath Gregory H., Daniel Moriah A., 05/18/2017,
Ortiz Johnny R. III, Dominguez Lisa M., 05/18/2017,
Eaker James R., Torres Leandra J., 05/18/2017,
Reyes Jose Carlos, Hernandez Jessica Leigh, 05/17/2017,
Rosales Armando Jr., Rodriguez Mireya M., 05/17/2017,
Sotelo Diaz Pedro David, Albarran Romero Susana, 05/17/2017,
Latimer Ryan Lee, Jones Jennifer Danelle, 05/17/2017,
Hensley Andrew Neil, Booe Katelyn Catrina, 05/16/2017,
Navarro-Rodriguez Juan Antonio, Rodriguez Flor Marya, 05/16/2017,
Romero Gustavo, Solis Karla J., 5/15/2017,
Fisher Caleb James, Cassels Lexi Kate, 05/13/2017,
Hart Kevin Christopher, Stokes Brittnie Nicole, 05/12/2017,
Ortega Roman, Talbert Deneen L., 05/11/2017,
Sosa Joshua A., Chavez Melina, 05/11/2017,
Portio Curtis R., Newton Erica N. 05/10/2017,
Polanco Hernandez Luis Alonso, Aguirre Yesenia Sarai, 05/09/2017,
Rodriguez Robert J., Benton Sara Michelle, 05/09/2017,
Gomez Pompa Gregorio, Barraza Lorena, 05/09/2017,
Rodriguez Jacob, Jauregui Amanda L., 05/09/2017,
Richter Steven Don, Martin Christine Tyson, 05/08/2017,
Nava Isaac, Orona-Gonzales Cendy, 05/05/2017,
Bowen Randy W., Garcia Tamara L., 05/04/2017,
Ray Jermey L., Boughton Cheyanna Marie, 05/04/2017,
Hermanson Traver W., Salas Tiffany Renee, 05/04/2017,
Stogden Christopher C., Corn Megan, 05/03/2017,
Juarez Lee Roy, Martinez Casandra J., 05/03/2017,
Helmstetler Allen D., Barrows Wronnie, 05/02/2017,
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Hernandez Linda Lizette, Cruz Laura, 05/02/2017,
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The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art is bringing back its Duo Brazil Brilliance concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at 409 E. College Blvd. Admission is free.
Violinist Cármelo de los Santos will be performing in Roswell, along with pianist Rúbia Santos.
At only 16 years old, Cármelo won Brazil’s most prestigious music competition. From there, he has been a guest soloist with more than 40 orchestras, according to his official website carmelodelossantos.com. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Eugenia, and son, Arthur, where he is an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of New Mexico.
Rúbia is one of the most sought-after collaborative pianists from Brazil and has earned numerous awards and positive reviews of her work. She is a faculty member at Metro State University in Denver, a chamber music coach in Fort Collins and a vocal coach in Colorado, according to Rúbia’s official website, rubiasantos.com.
Cármelo and Rúbia last performed at the AMoCA on April 17, 2015.
For more information on the event, call 575-623-5600.
Ira Winkler, 82, passed away on June 3, 2017, in Roswell, NM. As per his specific instructions, no funeral services will be held. A tribute of Ira’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On June 30, 1934, Ira Winkler was born to Edward Jasper Winkler and Frankie Agnes Peter in Roswell, NM. After high school, Ira joined the United States National Guard. He married the love of his life, Leona Hudson Winkler on October 7, 1966, in Roswell, NM. They shared 50 wonderful years of marriage. Ira was a devoted, tender-hearted, loving husband, father and grandfather.
Ira was one of the most faithful and committed members of Trinity Apostolic Faith Church in Roswell, NM. Ira worked as a ranch hand at JP White Ranch for many years and was retired from Roswell Industrial Air Center-Roswell, NM. He was a friendly and outgoing man that will be missed by many friends.
Those left to cherish Ira’s memory are his loving wife of 50 years, Leona Winkler; children: Kathleen (Kathy Judd) McPherson and husband, Gary of Deatsville, AL, Lisa Judd widow of Robert of Dakota, MN; sisters-in-law: Lillie Winkler and Judith Winkler; grandchildren: Sam Judd of Madison, WI, Annie Molitar of Winona, MN, Ricky Huckabee and wife, Mochelle of Burnsville, NC, Wendy Broyles and husband, Jonathan of Headland, AL; numerous great-grandchildren; blessed by many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ira in death are his son, Robert Judd; grandson Niklaus Judd; parents: Ed and Frankie Winkler; siblings: Edna Johnson, Joyce Winkler, Jake Winkler, Bob Winkler and twin brother, Ara Winkler.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all the staff at ENMC-Roswell for their compassion, support and professionalism.
In lieu of flower, family requests donations to be made to Gideon’s Bibles.
Do you ever sit at your desk and just stare off into space, maybe feeling a little overwhelmed with your to-do list, with all the deadlines to meet? Yet, you still continue to sit there feeling unmotivated?
You love your job, your career and everything about it, you just lack a little giddy up in your step. Listen up, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce would like to personally invite you to power lunch with Walter Nusbaum.
The mission of power lunch is to “help people accelerate their progress both personally and professionally through inspiring and practical leadership concepts.”
Change rarely happens quickly, so through monthly Power Lunch events, people over time will begin to absorb and embrace leadership as a way of life.
Some examples of topics are “becoming a more effective communicator,” “taking full ownership of your life” and “the power of courage.” Nusbaum’s presentations can have a transformational impact in people’s lives.
Offering this to the Roswell community creates a great opportunity for people to enhance their personal lives and relationships as well as to truly help people become even more effective at work.
Power lunch is a monthly event brought to you by the Roswell Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful to Grace Community Church-Children’s Ministry Building for hosting the lunch and Candlewood Suites for welcoming our speaker and providing wonderful place to stay while in our community.
We invite you to join us this month on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There is a $10 fee for chamber members and $15 for non-chamber members. However, if you have never attended power lunch and would like to do so, call the Chamber and mention this article and power lunch is on us this month only. Come for a great lunch, meet new people and get inspired.
Please call the Chamber to RSVP at 575-623-5695, or you can email Liz Taylor at email@example.com.
The Roswell Chamber of Commerce of old, used a slogan called “The Roswell Way” to describe life in Roswell and to entice people and attract businesses to this area.
In addition to postcards and flyers, they had a publication of the same name, which was printed monthly. It described activities, businesses, health benefits, agriculture and life in general as being fulfilling and showing how Roswell is a pleasant place to live.
Following is one such article taken from “The Roswell Way” monthly newsletter, dated June 15, 1921 with the headline, “Business houses have big afternoon for employees and their families on ‘First Thursday-Half Holiday’ –– the Genuine Spirit of ‘Roswell Way’ is Manifested.
Perhaps we could learn something?
The Roswell Way was demonstrated in an interesting way on the first Thursday afternoon in June. It was the first weekly half holiday for the business houses –– a custom which has been in practice for the past few years of closing the business houses each Thursday afternoon during June, July, and August.
The merchants division of the Chamber of Commerce conceived of the idea of having a big picnic for their employees and their families. It was known as the Roswell Way picnic. The Roswell Way spirit was there!
Something like 800 people enjoyed the afternoon at Roswell’s beautiful country club. The directors of that institution made a very special exception to the rule and threw open the ground to the merchants and their employees regardless of membership. Within 15 minutes after the fun started, it was impossible to tell employer from employee, employer’s wife from employee’s wife. It was one big family out for a good time and that they had.
The Country Club lake was literally full of swimmers –– boys, girls, men, women. Every boat was in use constantly.
All along the line you could see the Roswell Way sticking out.
In the beginning J. P. Childress named committees to look after the details. The transportation committee of which Homer H. Rhodes was chairman, made an estimate of the number of people to be there and provided transportation for those who did not have a way.
A refreshment committee consisting of George Fletcher, D. H. McCord and Ed Amonett took care of that end of the work. An entertainment committee consisting of a J. Williams, George Foreman and C. M. Einhart arranged a splendid program of contests for old and young which occupied the whole afternoon.
Ben B. Ginsburg looked after the music.
The transportation committee got into action first and had the crowd out there by 3 o’clock without any confusion, any disappointment, or any friction. They also brought them back at night.
The entertainment committee took charge of the crowd immediately upon their arrival and had something going on every minute.
First was the swimming contest for boys, then one for men, a boat race for men, one for boys, one for girls.
There were potato races, egg races, jumping contests, dashes, wheelbarrow races and even the greased pole was there. The merchants gave valuable merchandise prizes in these events, running all the way from two dollars in trade, to lockets, pans, electric irons, percolators, broom, perfume, candy, saving banks, cigars, pipes and other things that men, women, and children liked to receive.
There was a load of fun for everybody in these events.
Along came the juvenile band and they started their snappy music. Gradually the band drew the crowd to the grove south of the lake. That is, it was gradual for a few minutes then it was a rush.
For there was an ample supply of good barbecued meat, bread, pickles and coffee –– just what you would expect at an affair of this kind.
Then there was a real surprise.
In addition to the other things, there was good salad and cakes galore. These were contributed to the picnic by the wives of the merchants, thus adding another family touch to this big family picnic.
An open air movie had been arranged for the evening and everything was set. Then came one of the rare, blustery New Mexico summer evenings. A thunderstorm threatened and the evening’s program was called off, but it had been a big day.
It wasn’t the mere enjoyment of the people that had counted. It was the spirit behind the affair. It was a spirit of “Let’s all go out for a big afternoon together and have a good time!”
That they did.
Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company invites the public to “be our guest” with its production of the Academy Award-winning film coming to stage at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
The performance is the original Broadway version with music by Alen Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The book is by Linda Woolverton.
Cast as Belle is Summer Souza, Beast is Bryan Hunley, Gaston is Tony Souza, Le Fou is Spenser Willden, Maurice is John Bitner, Cogsworth is Jason Steward, Lumiere is Michael Sweeney, Babette is Cheyenne Hellmers, Mrs. Potts is Michele Massey, Chip is Eric Souza, Madame de la Grande Bouche is Miranda Stroble, Silly Girl 1 is Mia Huddleston, Silly Girl 2 and 3 is Julie Martinez and Elissa Featherstone, the prince is Jose Perez Torres and D’Arque is Brady Crump.
There are 33 ensemble members including seven children. Tony Souza is director, set designer and technical director, with Devon Bullock as assistant director. Cydni Vandiver is music director and Janet Macaluso is assistant music director. Choreographer is Summer Souza, Jan Smith is costumer, Tarra Morgan is in charge of makeup and hair. Stage manager is Brianna Bitner and assistant technical director is John Bitner.
The elaborate fantastic musical comes just after the release of the new movie. Asked about if Summer Souza knew about the release, she said, “We knew they were making a remake, we didn’t know when it would come out and we chose this date ahead of time. For us, it is either a really good thing, or really bad thing, depending how the movie goes over. It was a smash hit. So, hopefully, that is a good thing for us.
“There has been a lot of challenges, along with the costumes,” Summer Souza said. “There are so many costumes in this show, enchanted objects and villagers and everybody got all of these changes. Jan Smith, our costumer, has been amazing. She’s got a team working on that.”
“The biggest challenge has been the different kinds of costumes we had to do this time,” Smith said. “We are creating inanimate objects, who also need human costumes that match. I think the costumes this time are more elaborate than we’ve ever done before, like Belle’s dress.
“Casey Bedford is my right arm; I have three people who are helping to sew the costumes. They are Nan Hein, who is in the show, Hannah Sweatfield, who has done some costumes before and Agnes Bonham, who has also helped with costumes before. She is doing also some decorating and painting. And Cathy Knight, she made the mistake at a garden club meeting asking me if I could use some help sewing,” Smith said and laughed.
“We are doing a live orchestra as we did with Mary Poppins,” Summer Souza said. “We are working on that.
“One of the biggest challenges we have is that it is a huge technical show,” Summer Souza said. So many technical effects, we are bringing the flying effects in again. Then, we have the rose that has to wilt on cue.”
About the technical aspect of the wilting rose, Tony Souza said, “It is an advanced design in a design that I made five years ago for ENMU-R’s production. It is the next evolution. It is really what I wanted to build back then but ran out of time and money. With WWOB’s resources we were able to fulfill that dream. Essentially what happens, is our daughter Emily is playing the role of the magic. She was one of the people during ‘Mary Poppins’ that did all the tricks backstage. She will actually have a control board with her and will turn a switch and drop which pedal we want — six altogether — and in whatever order we want. We will be able to do that and it twinkles and glows.
“For the animated movie, which it is based on, they had the ability to draw what they want,” Tony Souza said. “If they want to have a singing and dancing candelabra, they can do it. When the stage show came out in the ‘90s, they had to get creative. What we are basically trying to do is recapture that lightning in a bottle. We are trying to create what they have done on whatever scale we can.
“Obviously, we don’t have a multi-million dollar budget as Disney has,” Tony Souza said. “At the Broadway show with Lumiere, he’s got actual flames that come out. We, number one, can’t have a fire in the building, number two, it is a huge expense. So, how do we do that? Come up with some clever ideas, like the torch effects from halloween and things like that, to simulate that.
“It’s really also kind of a magical show in which you have to transform the Beast and make it believable. It is a frustration and a challenge that the primary audience is children. Children are so good at spying how you did something. So, how do we do that and make them believe that it is a magical thing? Kids are on us all the time. Transforming the Beast is a huge technical problem. We are bringing in ZFX (the company specializes in flying acts) that did ‘Mary Poppins,’ they will help us with that transformation,” Tony Souza said.
“Some days are more challenging but it’s a lot of fun,” Summer Souza said.
Tony Souza is also performing as Gaston. “Why do I always have to play the evil guy?” Tony Souza asked his wife, Summer. Laughing, she bantered back, “Well, you are so good at it,” she said and laughed.
Fifteen-year-old Goddard freshman Mia Huddleston was cast as Silly Girl 1 and doubles also as a dancing napkin. “I always loved theater, even before I was born, as a fetus. My first show was “Charlotte’s Web” with the Roswell Community Little Theatre when I was 8 and my first musical was “Seussical The Musical.” This is my fifth one. I was born and raised here,” Huddleston said.
“Musicals are something that I have been enjoying my entire life. I didn’t even dream that I ever could perform in a musical, let alone at such a young age in Roswell. There is now so much. It is a beautiful thing. I can just go and audition for a show which I loved my entire life. It is really cool,” Huddleston said.
Cast in the iconic role of Lumiere is Michael Sweeney, who had recently directed and performed in “The Mystery of Irma Veep” and “The Wizard of Oz” at RCLT. “I am enjoying the people and the cast,” Sweeney said. “We are all working for a really great show. It has been fun. I walked in and didn’t know anybody and everybody was, ‘Welcome to the group.’ That was the best part.
“Lumiere is a fun character. He is kind of silly. I think he thinks of himself being more important than he really is. He thinks he is the ladies’ man and everything. He is not really great at it, I think,” Sweeney said and laughed. “I enjoy the character. He is fun. I enjoyed the process from the beginning.”
“When you join you become part of our theater family. And you are stuck with us for good,” Summer Souza said and laughed. “We call ourselves a theater family because we hang out outside of the show.”
“It is kind of ‘Les Miserables’ or ‘Mary Poppins’ again,” Summer Souza said. “We take challenges, we take it and accept it and go for it. That’s what we do.
“Tickets are going fast,” Summer Souza said.
Performances will take place at the ENMU-R Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m., June 16-18 and 23-25. For information and tickets, visit waywayoffbroadway.com.
Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at email@example.com.
Forget relaxing by the pool.
For a thriving sports scene in Roswell and the surrounding area, summer is about competing and getting better, no matter the discipline. From Little League to mud bogs, there were plenty of opportunities to get out of the house Saturday, whether participating or spectating.
The early bird may have had a hard time picking which event to attend, as the Milkman Triathlon in Dexter, the Brynn Naylor Memorial Tennis Tournament at the Cahoon Park courts and prep basketball scrimmages at Roswell and Goddard high schools’ gyms all started around 8 a.m.
Just under an hour later, Rance Irvin of Albuquerque finished the triathlon with the top time of 59 minutes, 24.8 seconds, defending his title from 2016. In the female division, Terry Casey also defended her crown, finishing in 1:03:55.9.
The Brynn Naylor tourney went on throughout the day, as tennis players from across the state and beyond competed in singles, doubles and mixed. The tourney honors the memory of Naylor and his ultimate sacrifice to our country while serving in the military. Naylor was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 and had played in the tournament that now bears his name the year before.
Basketball scrimmages began Friday morning and ended late Saturday afternoon. It was a very early chance to see what up-and-coming players will replace the recent graduates and which starters will take their games to the next level.
The Coyotes and Rockets should each have exciting guards as sophomores Jasia Reese and Brandon Montanez will look to build off their freshman experience.
Reese’s experience was as good as it gets, going from a few minutes a game to starting for the eventual Class 5A state champion Coyotes. Montanez saw increased minutes late last season and seemed to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Longtime Roswell assistant coach Dude Burrola was at the helm of the Coyotes, and many hope to see him there when the regular season starts as the Roswell Independent School District looks to replace Britt Cooper.
Other area squads traveled to Roswell to participate in the practice games, including Dexter, Hagerman, Carlsbad, Grants and Portales.
The boys of summer are in full swing, with the Sterling Grant Memorial Tournament going on at the Noon Optimist, Lions Hondo and Eastside Little League fields. Games continue into this week.
The bigger boys out at Joe Bauman Stadium dropped their first home game of the season 4-1 to the visiting Triggers. Roswell will look to win the four-game series tonight at 7 p.m. and will start a new series with White Sands Monday night at 7 p.m.
The ‘Vaders have won the Pecos League three times, claiming half the championships of the six-year-old independent league. The Invaders seem to take the title every other year, so the summer of 2017 should be exciting.
It’s doubtful anyone keeps records of such things, but Saturday’s Invaders contest may have been the first baseball game to feature two National Anthems, as the players and fans stopped during the early innings to observe the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” next door at the Kicker Arenacross and Mud Bog Show. Baseball fans could see dirt bikes jumping as they looked out over the right-field fence.
As the summer wears on and heats up, Roswell will host prep baseball tournaments, a big boxing event featuring a handful of local fighters, the annual Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway and much more.
It may be summer break for the kiddos and some lucky adults, but sports never takes a breather in Titletown.
Alvarez gains worldview through teaching; Goddard High grad gives advice on taking that leap of faith
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to pursue your dreams, Nick Alvarez has some perspective to share with you. After graduating from Goddard High School in 2009, he got busy living.
“I went to college in Socorro,” Alvarez said, “came back to Roswell and worked at Atkins Engineering Firm on Second Street. Then I went to Korea and I returned in November.”
Alvarez has a passion for cultures and history that has driven him to new experiences.
“I have a degree in math, but my hobby would be reading more than writing,” he said. “I love languages. I like culture, and to learn culture you have to look at the literature, the art and the music, and you have to be able to talk to people. Language is the key to all of that.”
His passion has taken him to new and fascinating experiences.
“I love history,” he said. “I have a specific infatuation with eastern culture just because it is so vastly different than anything I’ve ever lived with. This whole idea of group over self, specifically in Japanese culture, they won’t even use the word ‘I.’ If you see them speaking in English they talk about ‘We Japanese.’ They associate themselves with the group. It’s something that I can’t understand, and I don’t want to be them either, but I like to see it.”
One of his more intense and life altering experiences was his time in Korea.
“I moved to Korea in 2015, I was there just over a year,” Alvarez said. “I was an elementary school English teacher. I taught at three elementary schools. I had never taught school before. I am a mechanical engineer. I had done mechanical engineering.”
He found a certification program that helped him to qualify and he never looked back.
“I did a TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, certification from an online university out of Canada,” he said. “I love kids. I used to teach little kids bible school at Grace Community Church.”
Alvarez went for the total immersion experience.
“I specifically asked for elementary schools in a rural place,” he said, “because if I got put in Seoul, or Busan or Degu or Incheon, the really big towns, Seoul is New York, is Bangkok, is London. They’re all English speaking, all business, all international. I wouldn’t get to learn anything about Korean culture by living in those cities. I wanted to be in the middle of nowhere living with Koreans who don’t speak any English. That’s what I got.
At first it was a bit daunting for him.
“I have never felt so alone,” Alvarez said. “The saying ‘alone in a crowd’ became redefined for me. There you can’t walk down the street without bumping into people and I couldn’t’ even say ‘I’m sorry.’ It was crazy.”
Alvarez is resilient and his courage and determination paid off.
“When I first got there and was excited that nobody spoke English it was great,” he said. “Then, it started setting in. I wondered how I was going to eat, how I was going to pay my bills, how I was going to get around because I didn’t have a car.”
Help can come from surprising places.
“Fortunately, the guy before me left notes with a route to get around the area,” Alvarez said. “I’m not shy so I went to the convenience store and got a bus pass. He didn’t know what I was saying. I didn’t know what he was saying. It took a lot of finger pointing and picture taking but we got through it. I had no problems.”
The payoff is huge.
“I got confidence from it,” Alvarez said. “For the rest of my life I will never be afraid to go somewhere that I don’t speak the language.”
His curiosity kept driving him onward.
“When I got home from Korea the first thing I wanted to do was go to Russia because I didn’t know anybody who had done that,” he said. “They don’t speak English there. I was expecting Moscow to be an international city, it’s not. In Seoul, most people speak at least some English.
“In Moscow, I rode the subway and I never met anybody that spoke English. The only person I met who spoke English was a South Korean woman living in Moscow and I bought a Russian hat from her. That was my only English conversation while I was there.”
Now that he’s back home, Alvarez is looking to continue his education. He sees two potential futures for himself, and is likely open to others as well.
“As a mechanical engineer, I was in a group called the Reduced Cost Heliostat Design Team, that had a patent for the drive system for a heliostat,” he said. “We used heliostats to create solar-thermal energy as opposed to photo-voltaic energy. It takes sunlight, heats up a certain point on the tower and it runs heat for a steam turbine, doing the same thing as a coal plant without burning coal.”
He found the power harnessed by heliostats awe inspiring, but he never lost sight of the big picture.
“We went up to Sandia Labs to see a heliostat,” he said, “and saw it blast through a 12-inch piece of steel in four seconds. I don’t know that I’d continue to work with heliostats per se, but I like energy production. If I were to go into industry I’d like to be involved in something like that.”
His travels have broadened that big picture even more.
“After I went to Korea I started loving teaching,” Alvarez said. “I’ve only taught children, but I want to teach college students.”
Alvarez expressed no regrets and hopes more people pursue their dreams as well.
“Take the jump,” Alvarez said. “Take the leap. It’s too easy to let dreams die. In this day and age the worst thing that could have happened to me, outside of dying, I could have gotten stuck in Korea and got a job in a coffee shop and learned Korean.”
He advises a conscious approach, however.
“Don’t take the leap for a fleeting feeling,” he said. “I wanted to go to Korea for four years, my only regret is that I didn’t go sooner. I’m 26 and I could have been doing this when I was 23. It’s stupid and I know all the kids say it, but the whole Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once) thing is right. Seize the day. Plan, prepare and do it. If you’re single and you want to see the world and you like children, get a TEFL certification and teach English as a second language.”
Because of his initial investment of courage, Alvarez will take a bigger world view into his future. He knows that courage is its own reward and it just keeps paying dividends.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.