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Celebrating Independence Day, Roswell style

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Those of us who are of a certain age can remember that going down a slide in shorts in the summer meant feeling some intense pain. These youngsters are obviously enjoying themselves, despite the 100-degree heat, at Wednesday night’s Fourth of July extravaganza at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

Zane Martin, 8, holds a small bird that fell out of its nest in the Elks Lodge sign. Zane Martin was holding the door for veterans and their families as the came to the veterans barbeque held by the Elk’s Club with assistance from the Roswell Sertoma Club. Martin said helping the veterans was important to him and that he hoped to take the bird home to nurture it. (Alison Penn Photo)

Around 250 children and adults found relief from the heat on the Fourth of July at Lea Lake Recreation Area at Bottomless Lakes State Park east of Roswell. Along with enjoying the water, people barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers. With a depth of 90 feet, Lea Lake is the deepest of the lakes at the park. The bodies of water are actually cenotes, which is Spanish for sinkholes. Water flows to the cenotes from 90 miles away, starting from the Sacramento Mountains west of Roswell, through the San Andreas Limestone and then up through the ground in the park. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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The Swon Brothers were the headliner at Wednesday night’s Fourth of July extravaganza at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)