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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hun- dreds of stories and po- ems. Back in the 1980's he began writing a col- umn entitled "As I Re- member." With his per- mission, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald from time to time. Hook, who is 92, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on November 17, 1989. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg We left John Gruwell south of the border just below his fa- ther-in-law's ranch. After the line rider passed, John stayed quiet and out of sight for a long time, then he reamed off into a canyon just a few hun- dred yards from the border fence. At the bottom of the canyon he found a full watering hole that was rimmed with sign of many campers. He reasoned it must have been a hold out place for illegal aliens. John watered his mule and tied him to a tree, then he went on foot across the border. As he crossed he stayed in the cover of the many oak trees that dotted the countryside. His father-in-law's ranch house sat on the bank of a deep wash just across from John's position. He crossed the wash and began working his way up to the house. His in-laws had several old hound dogs tied to .trees around the house. When they got wind of the intruder they set up a tune that would have awak- ened the dead. As John came climbing up out of the wash on foot his aston- ished mother-in-law stood facing him. She had come out of the house to see what all the ruckus Allen Hook Hill was and couldn't have been more sur- prised. Her husband was back in the shadows of the doorway with his 30-30 rifle covering John as he topped out of the wash. John explained the fix he and his partner were in. While he was explaining the problem ~ his mother-in-law cut a couple of buck ham steaks and stirred up a batch of sour dough biscuits. John had nearly forgotten how to eat but quickly regained his memory and did a good job of putting away all that was set be- fore him. While he was eating, his mother-in-law fixed a lunch for his partner. After his meal John took his partner's lunch and walked back across the border. He got his mule and rode up through the moun- tain saddle to Where his partner was waiting. He informed him that his in-laws were willing to help all they could. They had told him of a hidden gate in the bor- der fence through which the)~ could drive the horses if they wanted to. At first it seemed to be a good idea, but after thinking on it a bit they realized the horse tracks would cross the trail used by the border fence rider. It wouldn't be long before the line rider was due back through. That would spell early detection and more trouble, so they decided to leave the horses on their own and both go back to the ranch house and figure out the best way to go. Back at the ranch the group decided it would be best not to try to hide the two newcomers from the line rider when he came back. There was some apprehen- sion that he could have been the rider who came into their camp when they were sleeping back down the trail, but they decided to chance it anyway.. Before long the rider came into the ranch yard and the rancher invited him in. He intro- duced the rider to John and they visited for a moment, with no ap- parent sign of recognition. Then the rancher attempted to intro- duce the rider to John's partner but he was unable to get the job done. Fearful of being impli- cated, the partner interrupted the father-in-law and began talking hard, loud and fast. He quickly changed the subject and kept changing it so frequently that nothing was ever decided and his name never came up at all. He wasn't about to have his name passed on down the line! After a while the rider went on his way and the men settled down to the business of how to get the horses out of Mexico. It was decided to take them back to the port of entry and go through in a legal manner. Surprising conclusion coming. Hook hookjune @hotmail. com k Stop-friendliness with love By DR. HOSEZELL BLASHICot- ton City The well known pop singer, Tina Turner, sang "What's Love Got To Do With It?" It has a lot to do with it and right- fully so. Without love, all else fails. But with love, it adds a special di- mension to life it- self. William Shakespeare said, "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." In a nutshell, love is stronger than hate. In fact, love can cover all faults. Love's Truck Stop is a friendly place to meet up, gas up, eat up and buy up a load of sou- venirs for your friends and lo~ed ones. At Love's Truck Stop, one can meet and greet friends from the four corners of the United States--North, South, East and West and beyond. If one lives in the local area of Lordsburg, it is absolutely thrilling to see a diversity of visi- tors landing on your soil. The people are so kind as they mingle around with others. "Where are you from?" asked a smiling fellow. "I'm from New York--the Big Apple. Is there another place like New York on the planet earth?" replied the New Yorker. Expressions like these usu- ally lead to a more wholesome conversation. I often stop by to buy gas and much more. Sometimes I merely observe the people at work. Having visited all the United States--except Alaska--I can speak to almost anyone about his or her state. At the Love's Truck Stop, eighteen wheelers, cars, trucks and vans roll in for gas or service. Some truckers take show- ers to wash down their cares of the world but hoping to connect with their loved ones soon. Most of the cars that travel up and down In- terstate 10 are from Arizona, Texas and New Mexico since they are neigh- boring states. When I see a car from Georgia and Florida, I try to start a conver- sation. If the price is right, I just might sing, "Georgia On My Mind" or "Rain- ing Night in Georgia". The genesis of love can start at Love's Truck Stop. Perhaps a relationship has started between the gas pumps and spread throughout the states. Do you think that love could start at Love's Truck Stop? Could you think that a marriage could be possible? Maybe some visitors could cling to the expression, "I found love at Love's Truck Stop and it was absolutely wonderful!" A mixture of diversity at Love's Truck Stop is quite amaz- ing. There seems to be many Span- ish-speaking people. Once in a while, there will be Chinese, Japa- nese, etc. Being bilingual is a great commodity. It is something I greatly admire. The worst alter- native is to mumble, "I no comprendo". At Love's Truck Stop you can shop until you drop: there is Subway sandwich shop, a variety of snacks, souvenirs, western style stuff and so on. About three months ago whiel I was gassing up at Love's Truck Stop I looked across from my car and a beautiful lady was making eyes at me. It's all legal because I'm an available bach- elor. Surprisingly, this reminded me ofa poem which seems to cap- ture the entire episode. What a love episode! Mummy that gal over there is making eyes at me/ Mummy I'm gonna tell you ex- actly what I see That gal over there in that Chevrolet is making eyes at me. She just keeps on raising her eye- brows, Mummy, she's got a set of pretty brown eyes. I think you should speak to that gal, Mummy, for making eyes at me/ Mummy, this is really getting fun to me, The way she's making eyes at me. She puckers her lips and gives a wink. I'm losing control and l just can't think. There should be a New Mexico law against this gal For making eyes at me. Mummy the gal seems so very nice, By the way she's batting those big brown eyes. And she just keeps on gazing at me. I wish she would just let me be. Someone should file a complaint against that gal For making eyes at me/ Mummy please take a good look across and see I told you that she was making eyes at me. She is trying so hard to get my attention But what I actually need is a plan of prevention. And I want you to take it to the gal For making eyes at me. Her car tag is from the state of Maine. She drove all the way to Lordsburg just to drive me in- sane. Affordable Care Act doesn't cover this ailment For making eyes at me/ Dr. Hosezell Blash can be reached by email at hosezellblash l @ aol. corn ,Gila Regional Home Health and Hospice move offices To create better access tO our communities the experienced, dedicated Home Health and Hospice teams have moved their offices to the Billy Casper Wellness Center, 300 E 16~ St in Silver City. Gila Regional Home Health and Hospice offers skilled nurses and certified therapists who serve Grant, Hidalgo and Catron Counties.Visitors are welcome to stop by and see the new space located next to the Rehab space and across the hall from the group fitness room. For more information contact Home Health at 575-574-4948 or Hospice at 575-574-4934. Pictured above are a few of the Home Health and Hospice Services caregivers (Left to Right) Gina Aguirre, Support Specialist; Laurie Zamora, RN Clinical Coordinator', Margie Gray, RN; Deborah Roberson, RN; Linda Bluestone, RN; Shannon Contreras, Homemaker Coordinator; and Janell Gray, Support Specialist Submitted by GRMC NM creates agricultural institute to prepare future farmers, ranchers, agribusiness leaders Submitted by NMDA/Albuquer- que Agricultural organizations and agencies in New Mexico are looking to expand upon an ex- citing new trend: more young people are taking up farming, ranching, and other careers in agricultural production in the Land of Enchantment; New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and a dozen other agencies and orga- nizations involved in New Mexico agriculture are coordi- nating and hosting the 2014 AgriFuture Educational Insti- tute for beginning/future farm- ers and ranchers, as well as those aiming for other careers in ag- riculture. The institute will be hosted May 12-14 in Albuquer- que. "The goal' of the AgriFuture Educational Insti- tute is to inform, inspire, and connect the people who will produce our food and fiber go- ing forward," said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. "And how the Institute aims to achieve that lofty goal is by bringing together future ag producers and current ag producers, and really facilitat- ing a conversation among that diverse group." According to the 2012 Cen- sus of Agriculture released by USDA last montl~, New Mexico saw an increase in the number of people age 34 and younger who are agricultural producers, from 818 in 2007 to 1,200 in 2012. At the same time, the census showed a sligl~t uptick in the average age of farmers in New Mexico from 59.6 years old in 2007 to 60.5 years old in 2012. "Taken together, what those riculture, because people often two statistics tell us is that we're develop their best practices on headed in the right direction in the farm or ranch by talking with terms of getting more young others rather than by, say, read- people into agriculture, but that ing a handbook. we still have work to do," Witte The registration fee for fu- said. ture agriculture producers is Access to land and. capital only $50 for the Institute, while are often said to be the major the fee for current agriculture roadblocks for young people producers (those Who can po- who want to join the ranks of tentially mentor beginning today's farmers and ranchers, farmers and ranchers) is only Witte said that topic will be one $100. Institute activities are of many addressed in the also being funded in part by breakout session piece of the such sponsors as Farm Credit of institute. Then attendees will New Mexico, which is also board several buses to take pri- helping organize the institute. vate tours of a wide variety of The institute agenda and agricultural businesses in and registration are available at around Albuquerque. www.nmda.nmsu.edu. People The institute is open to fu- can also join the Facebook event ture agricultural producers age page (via www.facebook.com/ 40 and under; veterans are en- NMDepartmentofAg) to stay couraged to attend. It is also tuned for institute updates and open to current agricultural pro- connect with other attendees. If ducers of all ages in hopes that you wish to help sponsor the in- they will serve as mentors go- stitute in any amount, you are ing forward. Witte said the idea asked to call NMDA at 575-646- of community is critical in ag- 3702. HELP-NM CHILD DEVELOPMENT DIVISION (Head Start, Early Head Start) PROGRAMA GRADTIS DE PREPARACION ESCOLAR Mujeres Embarazadas y ninos 6 semanas haste 5 enos El Programa de HELP-NM esta aceptando aplicaciones pare nl(ios pare ei argo escolar de 20!4-15 Aplicaciones se puecler: tevantar en el centro o oficina listada abajo entre las ho~as de 800 a m - 5:00 pm lunes a wernes Aplicaciones son aceptadas sin hacer caso de raze, edad, sexo, credo, color, nacionalidad, origen'o incapacidad, APLIQUE CON PRISM AnimaslLordsburg 'Head Start PO Box 74, Animas NM/1409 Copper, Lordsburg Pare informaci6n, por favor flame ......... Sandra Romo 575-548-2795 (Animas) "% Cynthia Allen 575-542-9678 (Lordsburg) ita hosting shirt le La Escuelita Head Start is hosting a fund raising T-shirt sale. The shirts say: La Escuelita Fu- ture Mavericks with the official Maverick logo. Cost is $20 per shirt and sizes youth small to adult ($3 extra for XXL and above) are available. To order, contact Theresa Mata at 575-654-4210. Deadline to order and pay is April 9. 2014. HELP-NM CHILD DEVELOPMENT DIVISION (Head Start, Early Head Start) FREE SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM Expecting mothers and chi/dren birth through five Applications are accepted regardless of race, age, sex, creed, color, national origin or disability in accordance with ADA and USDA regulations. HURRY AND APPLYI AnimaslLordsburg Head Start PO~Box 74 Animas NM/1409 Copper, Lordsbur, ~ Pare informaciOn, por favor Ilame ............. Sandra Romo 575-548-2795 (Animas) ........ Cynthia Allen 575-542-9678 (Lordsburg) We Will Help You Keep More Of tl WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg