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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL6, 2012 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" i Editor's Note: Longtime took care of us throughout our during the 1939 tournament. We Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hun- dreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1980s he began writing a column entitled "As I Re- member." With his permission, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald from time to time. Hook, who just turned 91, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared in the Lordsburg Lib- eral on March 24, 1989..Seventy- three years ago, Lordsburg High School won the State Basketball Tournament held March 16-19, 1939. To our knowledge, Hook is the only surviving member of that LHS team. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL I know you have had a big dose of basketball but there is one last gasp with regard to the 1939 team. Two weeks ago at the Thurs- day night session of the State Tournament our championship team was honored in a special ceremony during the halfti.me of one of the games. It is an annual event the NMAA hosts to pay tribute to champions of the past. It was our 50  anniversary. Before and during the tour- nament Dona Payne, wife of the late Judge H. Vearle Payne. and some of her children graciously Allen Hook stay in Albuquerque. I particu- larly enjoyed visiting" with H. Vern Payne, former N M. Chief Justice, and having the guided tour of his im- pressive law firm com- plex. It was good to see the Payne family, for- merly of Lordsburg and Virden, doing well and enjoying life in Albu- querque. Our personal thanks to them. My wife and I walked into the Pit Hill wondering if we could find anyone else. We sat down near the mouth of the tun- nel where the team was supposed to meet. It didn't take long for Roy Jones and his group to pick us out so we all sat together. Elmer Jones and James Rogers and his wife. Thelma, were with Roy. We thoroughly enjoyed their company. However. we could not locate any others so we began to wonder if Roy and I would be the only two team mem- bers present. There were over 9.000 people there so searching was a bit difficult. At the end of the first quarter Roy and I made our way into the tunnel where we located Jim Cureton. Alfredo "Chito" Guzman and Isabel "Chavelo" Sanchez. People from the NMAA gathered around us. checked us in, put us in order, gave us a bou- tonniere, and assigned a batch of La Cueva cheedeaders to us. At the half we paraded out to the center of the arena floor while the announcer told of our exploits Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an informa- tion meeting to be held this month of Feb- ruary in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & . 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"For more information about adopting or fostering through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. please visit www.CYFD.org or call 1-800- 432-2075." were each presented with a framed certificate and as a group we posed for photographs and hand- shakes. After the game we met at one of the local hotels where a hospi- tality suite had been set up, co- hosted by a soft drink company and the NMAA. In addition to NMAA personnel our group con- sisted of Roy Jones, accompanied by Elmer Jones, James Rogers and wife. Thelma. Jim Cureton had his wife. Jane, and daughter, Alice. with him. Isabel Sanchez had an adult son with him, as did Chito Guzman. who also brought along his daughter, Rose, and brother. Juan Guzman. My wife and I completed the group, although there were people coming and going, to whom I apologize if they were part of us. The whole batch of us had a great time just seeing one another again, not to mention the remi- niscing. Surprisingly we didn't talk much basketball. Instead, we were all interested in how the other guys were doing, hearing about their families, jobs, health. travels, etc, Incidentally, speak- ing of health, th other our mem- bers of the team looked to be in great shape. While we are on the subject of looks, I was really proud of our team members when we went to the center of e floor at thePit. All were neatly dressed and well groomed. We had a lot of pride when we represented our area fifty years ago. This night I was almost overwhelmed with admiration for those four men, to see they had lost none of that pride. The same condition pre- vailed at the hospitality suite. Liquor was available nearby but none of our group felt the need to indulge. WI had a few hours of just down-to-earth good visiting. We sadly spoke of the old team members and coaches who have passed on and called up memo- ties of those who were unable to attend. The next day some of us took in a little more of the State Tour- nament, which incidentally was outstanding. However, just as it was at the original gathering fifty years ago, too soon and it was over. We parted company and back we came to the realities of life. We did agree, however, to meet together again in another fifty years! Thanks to all concerned. Hook hook june @ hotmail.com I I Week/y Inspiration brought to.you l O" SPIRIT of I lida/2o and Hidalgo Coun 0 t [erald thing which gives hfe its deepest significance." - Pabtc Cesai. You are Invited to _ "The Journey" a sermon series by Pastor Dick Davis Sundaysat 10:40 A.M. Easter - April 8: "The Agony and the Ecstasy" April 15: "Seven New Testament Roads" April 22: "Potholes in the Road of Life" April 29: "Detour - Road Construction Ahead !" Lord's Living Water Lighthouse 807 Duncan Hwy, Lordsburg: 575-590-0143 "Dress is always casual!" Elks install 2012-2013 LoCge Officers " Herald Staff photo Officer Installation was held on March 26, 2012 for the upcoming year fiscal year for the Lordsburg Elks Lodge. Pictured above are Jack Cook (Past Exalted Ruler, Grand Lqdge Member), RalphYoung (Inner Guard), Christy Ortiz (Lecturing Knight), Julie Montenegro (LoyalKnight), Irene Galvan (Trea- surer), Suehaye Marquez (Exalted Ruler/President), Amanda Frost (Esqpire), Loren Frost (Leading Knight), Brenda Hood (Secretary), Larry Martinez (Board of Trustees), Bill Fraley (District Deputy, Past Exalted Ruler, Grand Lodge Member), Kelly Gomez (Past Exalted Rqler, Grand Lodge Member). Free parenting workshops to address the tmpact of drugs and alcohol on kids Submitted by MELODY RICHINS/ 542-8384, Ext. 441. Remember. possible by Hidalg o Medical Ser- the greatest work you will ever vices and Project HEROES: To- do is within the wails of your own tal (ommunity Approach. home. This opportunity is made rants help local HMS Have alcohol and drugs im- pacted your family? Is parent and/or child substance use erod- ing your relationship with your chiJd and putting him or her at risk for dangerous'behaviors and unhappy consequences? Parents play a significant role in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse by their children. Do something great for the kids you love' by participating in a series of workshops designed to help parents raise children in today's world. Here's your chance for free lunch out while doing something positive for yourself and for your family.. A series of five Lunch to Learn Workshops will be con- ducted on Tuesdays during the lunch hour. The first class will be held on Tuesday, April 24th, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. at the HMS Conference Room. Free lunch will be served: childcare will not be provided. Please register by calling Micro-g women put ideas Submitted by NMWFISanta Fe aw= Dedicated to furthering eco- me4 nomic development opportuni- 501 ties in New Mexico, the New wit] Mexico Women's Foundation Or (NMWF) provides micro-grants Ac! to vlarious groups statewide that be help ambitious women to gener- son ate income through the sale of con handmade arts and crafts and re- lated cottage industries, pli, The NMWF is accepting wi grant applidations through 5pm vis! April 19th from nonprofit orga- car nizations that encourage women ant to develop these entrepreneurial and leadership skills while pro- gal viding a product or service to be their local communities. The mi- Ce cro- usually range between inf into action rded to organizations that certain criteria including c3 status and compliance the New Mexico Charitable anization and Solicitation Additionally, a group must heated in New Mexico, have type of governing body, and sist of three or more women. Following the April 19th ap- :ation deadline, the NMWF t schedule a eries of onsite ts to the various grant appli- ts. Funding awards will be ounced on June 25, 2012. Additional information re- ding grant applications may by contacting Gerry at (505) 983-6155, or email @rtmwf.org. Website: .nmwEorg. We Will Help You YOU Keep More Of E OFFER PROFESSIONAL EPARATION SE PRICES. iteA* Lordsburg