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. VOLUME 9 ISSUE 31 FRIDAY JULY31, 2009 50 Hidalgo Count300 smallTo .' papers -026 Ctrma/kveue S eattle X?,/A 98136 $19,99 Scenic marker recognizes historic Lordsburg -Hidalgo Library and Bethel Fuller As reported in the Herald in 2007. born in Rockport, Texas, on August 21, the nomination of the Lordsburg- 1888. She arrived in Lordsburg in 1912 Hidalgo Library and Bethel Vernon to work at the Star Theater (later known Fuller (1888 - 1976), for a New Mexico Official Scenic Historic Marker, was ap- proved on Dec. 7, 2007, by the Cultural Properties Review Committee of the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe. NM. The marker, which recognizes the historic library and the accomplishments of the library's primary founder, Bethel Fuller, has been erected 'on west Motel Drive. about half mile from Love's Truck Stop. Edmund Saucedo submitted the nomination to recognize Hidalgo County's public library; a WPA building completed ,during the Great Depression. and Bethel Fuller for her ef- forts in starting the library and obtain- ing funding for the building's construc- tion. Saucedo's nomination coincided with the 2008 celebration of the archi- tecture, engineering feats and fine pub- lic art that was completed during the as the Palace Theater) performing piano Depression as part of the national effort accompaniment to silent films. In to lift the nation out of the greatest eco- 1913. she married Claude C. Fuller, a nomic crisis in its history, member of the Fuller fanning and ranch- In existence since 1936. the Official ing family from the Gila River area north Scenic Historic Marker program has been of Lordsburg. Mrs. Fuller became active successful in drawing attention to New in civic, literary and cultural affairs. She Mexico's unique history, people and was pianist for the Lordsburg Methodist g th landscapes. The highway markers are Church 27 years and taught piano to Leadin e way used to designate sites, districts and other many of Lordsburg and Hidalgo Ore AIIsup, from Duncan, is Ielping his little brother, Oren, through the pole locations significant in the gocial, eco- County's youth through-classes and pfi- pattern in the HYRA lead line class.The Hidalgoouth Rodeo Association held nomic, political,, scientific, architectural vate lessons. its last rodeo of the season last Thursday at the Hidalgo Coufity Fairgrounds. and artistic history of New Mexico. the Mrs. Fuller joined the Lordsburg For complete season results, see Page4 of this week's edition. Southwest and the nation. Woman's Club and remained an active Photo courtesy LESTI WEBSTERIHYRA Bethel Vernon (Phillips) Fuller was member for more than 50 years. She City. pproves $60,000i. Lodger., Tax requests served as'the club's president for several l I .  ,, terms, and became actively involved ln the club's two most important projects: the organization of the Lordsburg - The City Of Lordsburg Lodger's to congider a total of $62,600 in re- Chamber of Commerce $40.400 Hidalgo Library and the Lordsburg Tax Committee met on June 18, 2009 quests. The amount available for allo- (req. $38,0001 Cemetery Association. cation was $60,000. Lordsburg Museum $3.000 In 1919, the Woman's Club, an or- $10 7 million The Committee this year was able Lordsburg PAL $5,000 ganization of hard working, ciwc- to give each requestor the amount they Hidalgo Youth Rodeo $2.000 minded women, initiated a drive to es- asked for, whereas in prior years the Shakespeare Ghost Town $0 . tablish a library in Lordsburg to benefit available t0 requests weregenerallylessthanasked This year's Lodger's Tax Commit- the entire county. for. tee consisted of Frank R,odriguez. In 1928. Mrs. Fuller was selected by The Committee was instructed by Doreen More. David Escobar and the president of the Woman's Club to thaH,= the City of Lordsburg not to consider Brenda Hood lead the effort to organize the library. wee Ihl I/IL 11111 Shakespeare Ghost Town's $5.000 re- Lodger's Tax is an extra tax tacked She was elected president of the Library quest for Lodger's tax funding. The onto each motel room in City limits. Board of Trustees in 1928 (term: 1928_ mes Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber h 0" of Commerce will continue to handle Lodger's Tax funds for the ghost town. Therefore, the leftover $2.800 was Information courtesy GOV. BILL given to the Chamber of Commerce to RICHARDSON'S OFFICE/Santa Fe help aid in that project. Governor Bill Richardson this week ,The Lordsburg City Council ap- applauded the news that more thn $10.7 proved the allocations at their last regu- million in federal stimulus dollars is now lar meeting. on ts way to the New Mexico Mortgage Below are the participants who re- Finance Authority to weatherize homes quested.funding and the amount they throughout New Mexico. The funds are will receive: the second phase of the $26.8 million Participant Amount Suggested the U.S. Department of Energy has set Lordsburg Runners $700 aside for New Mexico through the Ameri- can Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Lordsburg Fire Dept $1,000 Elk's Lodge #1813 $1,500 "These funds will allow the Mort- gage Finance Authority to nearly double Relay For Life $2,000 Hidalgo Cot/nty Fair $3,000 SeeWEATHERIZATION on Page 2 Lordsburg Library $1.400 City Corner by Mayor Clark Smit *win'= Ill ljI=' ] The City of Lordsburg is working With the Department of Veteran's Services to provide a meeting room for them on the last Friday of each month fPom 10:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m. at. the City Council Chambers. Starting Jqly 31. 2009 Reggie Price, Veteran's Service Officer, will begin his office hours to provide services to the veteran's. Veterans should visit Mr. Price to learn about the new "'state tuition for vet- erans and families", law passed at this year's state legisla- tive session. There are so many benefits for vetera]as. Please come in arid check out all the benefits you deserve as a veteran, "Serving those who Served". In the near future the City of Lordsburg along with local Veterans of Foreign Wars (FW), and youth organizations will have an official retirement of American Green on to play for Michican flags. If you have old flags please drop them off at City Hall. I will keep you posed on the day when we will have this ceremony. Lots to do, so have fun. be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lrdsburg and Animas schools. 1969). In 1936, Mrs. Fuller spearheaded the fund-raising campaign to build a new library bui!ding on the northeast corner of Courthouse Square. under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Work Projects Administration (WPA). The building was designed iri the unique New Mexico Pueblo Revival style. The cor- ner stone was laid on December 7, 1936, and the building was completed in July 1937. The first meeting of the library board was held on August 2, 1937. with Mrs. Fuller at the helm serving as presi- dent. Mrs. Fuller was instrumental in the founding of the Lordsburg - Hidalgo Library and served as president of the Library Board of Trustees for 42 years. In 1970, she was recognized' for her many efforts and contributions that ben- efited the people of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County and was named "Citi- zen of the Year" by the Lordsburg- See SCENIC MARKER on Page 3 California crew interviews locals for WWll documentary Figueroa Productions. out of Los Angeles. California were in Lordsburg last week filming a documentary con- cerning local World War II history. Figueroa Productions representa- tives Jivi Seguar (sound), Brandon Lartsch (camera) and Jose Figueroa (pro- ducer) visited with local residents about the county's Prisoner of War Camp lo- cated east of Lordsburg. Among those who were intervigwed were Mollie Pressler. June Hill and Margie Livingston: Alien Hill and Connie Saucedo told of their days working at the POW Camp. Harold Kuenstler gave the crew a tour of a few of the remaining structures at the actual POW campsite. Justin Green,a 2009 graduate of Lordsburg High School, signed a letter of intentTuesday to play baseball for theWarriors of Rochester, Michigan. Pictured'above with Green are LHS baseball coaches Mike Newell and Bill Mendoza and LHs Athletic Director Vance Lee. Justin is the son of Tisha Green of Lordsburg. Courtesy photo PAL Football Registration for the upcoming PAL football season will be held on Thurs- day, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg. Commodity distribution CSFP commodities for persons over age 60 will be distributed on Tuesday, August 4. 2009. at approximately 11 a.m. at the Special Events Center. 502 West 2 "d Street, Lordsburg. Recipients must bring photo ID and white card. August cooking classes ICAN progra m is having FREE cooking and nutrition classes for August. Sign up now! No lectures--just fun cooking. Call Lori @ 575-542-9291 for details. Adults and children welcome! ACS Rummage Sale. A Rummage Sale to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held on Saturday, August 1. 2009 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg. Donations are currently be- ing accepted and will be picked up. Call 575-313-2940 for more information. 1959 LHS Reunion A 50th reunion for the 1959 Lordsburg High School class is being planned. For more information call 575- 313-3247. 4-H Dance A Cotton City 4-H Community Dance will be held on Saturday, August 1' 2009. from 8 PM to midnight at the Animas Community Center. Cos4 is $5 per person and music will be provided by Amplified Attitude. Love & Logic Lo've & Logic Parenting Classes are being held at HMS every Wednesday in August, beginning at 5:30 pm bn Aug. 5th. Please call 542-8384 Ext. 441 to register or for information. Kids Bingo " The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host Kids Bingo on July 29 and 30. Students will win school supplies. Donations are currently being accepted to help fund this annual event. For more information call 542-9951. Transfer Station hours Starting the first Sunday in May and continuing through the last Sunday in August the Lordsburg Transfer Station will be open on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm through 4:00 pm. Marquez account An account has been opened at West- ern Bank in Lordsburg to help benefit Joaquin Marquez, who is currently awaiting a kidney transplant. Ask any Western Bank teller for more informa- tion.