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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 7 Just A Thought value By RICK KRAFT I was conducting interviews for an employment opening in my office and I asked some of the applicants what they felt were their biggest weaknesses. Several of those interviewed gave very honest answers along, the lines of "I am my own biggest weakness." These answers caught me by sur- prise. They also got me thinking. If we are our' own biggest weakness, why don't we do some- thing about it? Maybe much of What our lives are about is learning to get out of our own way. Why would I choose to hold myself back? Why would you choose to Rick hold yourself back? If we had a ball and chain around our ankle that we dragged each step of our life, wouldn't we at some point want to get rid of it? Wouldn't we want to get rid of it sooner rather than later? If we had the key in our pocket to unlock the chain, why wouldn't we reach down into our pocket, take it out. sit down, and unlock the chain? Sometimes the solution seems so simple! I believe we all have been programmed for success. I be- lieve we were created to fly high. Yet, it is Impossible to fly high When we weigh ourselves down. The journey of our lives often seems long. The less baggage we carry, the better. I often think we are like the old violin in this often told story: The room was packed wall to wall. It was late in the auction and the room had be- come warm from the day of bidding. There were only a few items left in the auction when the auctioneer Kraft picked up an old vio- lin. It had seen better days. It was battered and worn and didn't look like much. The auctioneer didn't even think it was worth his while to auction that day. Nevertheless. he held it up and with a grin he said, "What am I bid for this old violin?" No response. Somewhat embar- rassed he again asked, "What am I bid for this old violin?" One final time, hoping for any re- sponse still holding the violin in the air he forced a smile and said, "Won't someone give me a bid for this old violin?" From the front of the room a hand raised. "One dollar!" was the cry. The auctioneer was startled. "One dollar, one dol- lar, do I hear two? .... One dol- lar. will anyone give me two?" he repeated. From the side a hand shot up and the man yelled. "Two dollars!" A lady replied from the other side, "'Three dollars." The auctioneer, realizing this dried uppiece of wood should never have made it into the auction was ready to just get rid of it. He said, "Three dollars once, three dollars twi ce..." The gavel was raised in the air and he was about to drop it and move on when suddenly he froze. From the back of the room an old gray h~ired man was walking up the middle aisle. A hush fell over the room. The man walked slowly, but delib- erately towards him. The auc- tioneer lowered the violin and stood motionless as the gentle- man made his way to the front THE HIDALGO COUNTY FACTOID Essential local trivia you'll probably forget almost immediately... Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDO / Lordsburg LOCAL GOLFERS PAR- TICIPATE IN WILLCOX TOURNAMENT Pictured above in front of Bill Barker's new mobile home are the golfers who traveled to Witlcox. Arizona Feb. 29, t972, to participate in the monthly Inter-City Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. From left to right: Rudy Lara. Rex Kipp, Dewey Jones. Bill Collins. Joe Clark, Ernie Gay (PGA Pro), Gene Moore, Lawrence Gay, Mayor Betty Lazar, Dick Dockum. Harry Ackerly, Hazel Ackerly, Bea Barker and Bill Barker. Lawrence Gay, Moore, Barker and Clark turned in the four low net scores and won second place for Lordsburg in a field of more than 50 golfers. Former Mayor Alan A. Koff was elected Mayor of Lordsburg in the municipal election Tues- day, March 7. 1972, polling 699 votes to 556 for Betty H. Lazar, incumbent mayor. Jesus J. Estrada was elected municipal judge with 574 votes over Ether W. Richins, incumbent, who polled 396 votes, and Manuel S. Ramirez who received 259 votes. With two seconds left in the game Felix Valdiviezo, Jr. canned the winning shot for the Mayer- icks to beat Ft. Sumner 68-67 in the first game of the state tourna- ment. They now meet the winner of the Cimarron-Kirtland game. On Friday, March 3. 1972, the E1 Paso Border Paisanos hosted Chamber of Commerce members and businessmen of Lordsburg to coffee and pastries at the E1 Charro CafG. The were Dorrance Guy, executive editor The El Paso Times; L.H "Barney" Koogle, E1 Paso Cham- ber of Commerce Board of Direc- tors; Triangle Electric Supply Co.; Clyde Anderson, E1 Paso County Commissioner; Julian Borschew. Chairman of Paisanos Golfers: Albert Mathia Co.: Milton Hopper. tour manager of El Paso Chamber of Commerce: Elden Brown of Continental Air- lines; William Garard of South- western Portland Cement Com- pany; Tom Hussman, Southwest National Bank: Harrisor/ Kohl. Southwestern Sun Carnival Asso- ciation; Bud Lassiter. El Paso Natural Gas Company; Walt Snyder, State National Bank; and Charles Tupper, American Bank of Commerce. The visitors were introduced by Dorrance Guy who expressed his appreciation for the business given to E1 Paso by Lordsburg and its citizens. The Lordsbuzg attendees Photo courtesy ANNIE LARA were introduced by Chamber of Commerce president Herbert V. Saucedo, Jr. They were Dr. James Latham. principal of Lordsburg High School; Bill Darnell. superintendent of schools; Mel Phillips of Phillips and Son Foodliner; Joe Bivens of Bivens Supply; Carl Lehman of Lehman's Department Store; Bill Kimbley, Shell Oil & Goodyear Distributor; Dick Dockum, Dockum Butane & Oil; Bob Schlosser, Federal Re- sources Mine: and Glenn Dorsett, manager of tlie Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce. Presi- dent Saucedo thanked the E1 Paso businessmen for calling 6n Lordsburg. After soundly whipping the Jal Panthers andlosing to the Reserve Mountaineers. Lordsburg travels to the state playoffs. Jal was the victim for the Mavericks' well-balanced attack led by Joaquin Marquez. Marquez took high point man honors with 14 points, Kelly Saucedo followed closely with 13. Jaime Alvarez and Sam Cureton had 10 apiece. Jal had intentions of taking first place, but came out on the short end of a 65-53 score. of the crowd. You could have heard a pin drop as the elderly man picked up the bow and took the violin from the auctioneer. In the uneasy silence the Master gently blew the dust from the top of the old violin With confidence he carefully tightened its loose strings one at a time. When he was satis- fied the violin was ready, he turned to face the crowd. He raised the bow and with every- thing inside him he stroked the strings back and forth and back and forth. He played that violin as it had never been played be- fore. Th~ crowd was amazed, their mouths opened in awe. The Master played a melody that sounded as sweet as carol- ing angels sing. Finishing his song, he gently and quietly handed the violin back to the auctioneer. Then he walked back down the aisle to the rear of the room. The crowd was still hushed as the auctioneer broke the si- lence in a voice quiet and low. He said, "What am I bid for this old violin? .... One thousand dol- lars," was yelled from the middle of the room. A man in the back shot back "Two thou- sand." The room was ablaze in excitement. The auctioneer came alive, "Two thousand, two thousand, who will give me three?" The crowd was now cheeririg loudly. A hand shot up in the front row, 'TI1 give you three !" With the gavel high in the air, the auctioneer looked over the room. "Three thousand once, three thousand twice, go- ing, going..." and with that he dropped the gavel and smiled" ear to ear. With the "bang of the gavel the room once again fell silent. A lady in front whispered loudly, "I don't understand. It is the same violin. What changed its value?" she asked. Quick came the response from the wise man next to her, "It was the touch of the Master's hand!" Each of us are like that old violin. We are out bf tune. Our lives are torn and tattered by sin. We sometimes feel like we would not bring much if we were auctioned to a thoughtless crowd: As we live our lives we feel we are going once. going twice, going three times and al- most gone. Then the Master comes along and with the Master's help our lives are changed. We leave the crowd not quite understanding the change that results from the touch of the Master's hand. Our value is forever changed by the touch of the Master's hand. My challenge to you is to recogntze you as an individual are special. Your life has a high value. Often times we get down or depressed. We feel our worth is little. We feel we don't have much to offer. But, like that old violin, we were created to be a master- piece. We are one of a kind even if we are covered with dust and are out of tune. We should live our lives to be the masterpiece we were created to be. We have music in us that needs to be played in the life we live. All we need is the Master's touch. It is His touch that makes the difference in the value of our lives. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past-- Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy PAT BENNETT A very young Rita Hill This is one of many photos on display at the newly opened Visitor's Center and Hill Museum at Shakespeare Ghost Town. The new center and museum are very impressive; Lordsburg residents are encour- aged and invited to visit the new site at Shakespeare. paren in New Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz. CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575~ 434-5950' ext. 121 for more informa- tion or visit us on the web at' Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopta New Mexico Youth Name: Nick Age: 10 Grade: 6m in the 2010-2011 school year Nick is a young man with a shy CO demeanor but a winning smile who enjoys sports, watching TV and playing computer games. He is not a picky eater ..... in fact he says he will eat anything! In school, where his favorite time of day is recess, Nick benefits from an IEP. This resilient and loyal child is able to relate well to all age groups. He is in coun- seling which will need to continue af- ter place- ment, Both two-parent and single- parent fami- lies will be considered to adopt Nick: b o t h homestudied and non- homestudied New Mexico families are encouraged Nick to inquire: o n 1 y homestudied families from other states should do so. HUGE SELECTION! 9,[verRlnqs DanCes qos ']],anium ,tt PIERCI - i Located inside the Cottage House, 214 E. Motel Drivet Lordsbur continues through the end of Julyt 1020 W. Motel Driv Lordsburg, NM 575 I:lT TH[ NO MINORS NEW SUNDAY HOURS: El Charro & Maverick Lounge Open till I0 PM