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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD . ; ; .... = _= _ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Longtime that no one had time to react, driver's side under the steering Lordsburg resident, historiah, .. We just stood there in disbelief, story teller 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 HidalgoCounty Herald from time to time. Hook still lives in Lordsburg and cel- ebrated his 90th birthday in April. This column originally ap- peared in the Lordsb, urg Liberal on April 26, 1991. By ALLEN (HOOK) HILL Young people do a lot of crazy things that shock oldsters. Every generation goes through the phase in one form or another. When I was in college in Logan, Utah, there was a big pa- rade going on, in connection with a festivity of some kind. The main part of the parade crowd was in the center of town and of course most everyone was in a mirthful mood. Suddenly a haggard .appearing young man burst through the crowd and went screaming down the street. Immediately. on his heels came three hard looking youthful gun- men, with Pistols at the ready position. They began firing at the fleeing man and shots quickly brought him down. Blood was everywhere around the victim and we spectators were horrified and dumb- founded. It all happened so fast Allen Hook Hill our mood significantly changed. All the action took place in a matter of seconds. We remained frozen in our positions. The victim lay in a pool of red, but not for long because instantlY an old car. drove up beside the downed youth and stopped. The desperadOs rushed in, picked up the "bloody" victim, threw him in the car then they jumped in and drove off, smiling triumphantly. It was not until we saw the smiles, that we knew it was a hoax. I've seen several similar incidents since that time but only the first one was carried off in such a convincing man- ner. By the way, the red stuff was tomato juice, or some such. Our own kids pulled a few good ones from time to time but one series in particular comes to mind becauSe they sucked me clear under, with part of it. From the Banner Mine, operated by Federal Resources at the time, the boys obtained some old worn underground rubber boots, some foul weather gear and a mining hat to match. Some- where they got a manikin head to go with the other things then they rigged up a body of sorts and came out with a pretty re- spectable dummy. One of the first stunts they pulled was aimed at youi's truly. About dark one evening they sneaked the dummy into my pickup and set him up on the Open 8 AM Daily | r,, oen a ooe,.a , ! Nome Ben & Linda Erikson I 575-542-8865 I . _- Aaaress Faxt 542-8825 ! ___ " Phun ,_ 1000 Birchfleld, Lotdsburl I I wheel. After the setting was complete, One of them came in and told me somebody was out in front fooling with the pickup. Of course, I went out to see what the intruder might be do- ing and, by golly, here the joker was, and it appeared he was get- ting ready to fire up the truck and drive off. It was too dark tO see his face but nonetheless I struck up a loud, one-sided conversation with him that, among other things, questioned his intentions with regard to my pickup. I heard the kids snickering a little but went right on with the chal- lenge until I got close enough to see the dummy's face. I can't really explain the feebleminded feeling that came over me when I realized I had been "had" but it was a doozy and I sure know what a sucker feels like. They didn't stop with me, though. They sat the thing up with a group of kids in the. back of a pickup and drove leisurely up the road toward the "85" Mine. On a prearranged signal the group began jostling each other as a car approached them ' from the rear. Soon the car pulled over to pass and just as the driver pulled abreast of the rear of the pickup the kids pushed the dummy over the side, directly in the path of the car. Then they took off through the toolies. Now, I didn't say there was anything funny about it from the car driver's point of view, be- cause he just about pushed the brake pedal through the floor- board and undoubtedly he nearly had a heart attack at the same time. However, from the' kids' angle it's another story. Those who were involved have laughed many times through the ' years about the "dummy inci- dent." It is probably a good thing, though, that the driver has had several years to cool off because he undoubtedly would have choked any and all of the culprits at the time, had he been able to identify them. Hook (hook june @ 2011AHS Homecoming Court By RACHEL StONEIHidalgo County Herald The 20:11 Animas High School Football Homecoming Candidates are (seniors)Matthew Arambula, Eduardo Elias, Erik Romo, Sebastian Fotu, Chelsea Rodriguez, Sky Davenport, Rachel Stone, Alex- andria Wasson, (juniors) Qes Gomez, Garrett Massey, Amber Evans, Carla Castillo, (sophomores) Chase O'Byrne, Henry Bender, Cassandra Graham, Daisha Beckner, (freshmen) Isaiah Chadborn, Tyler Shultis, Chelsy Dill, Holly Freeman, (Student Council representative) Amanda Holder, and (middle school representatives Brian Mashak and Jade Massey. 0CC looking forward to successful collection Continued from Page I Operation Christmas Child. If Center Coordinator at 575-548- shoebox. Some items that are in- you have any questions you can 0001 or Sunshine Haven Activi- appropriate would include war contact Joni Kerr, OCC Relay ties director, Barbara. related items, broken/damaged/ NMDA introduces new used items, breakable items, toy money, no medications of any kind evenvitamins, perishable Certified Organic Logo items or liquid items. You can also donate money for shipping. Ideally every shoebox should be Submitted by NIIDA/Las Cruces accompanied with $7.00 for ship- ping expenses and to print the Residents in New Mexico have a new tool to help them identify gospel booklet included with organic products under a new program at New Mexico Department of each box. We will not limit the Agricul, ture (NMDA). "This was for- number of shoeboxes we pack, EIITIFIED mally known as the New Mexico Or- though. At the packing party the ganic Commodity Commission, but residents at the nursing home will now it is part of NMDA, which means be giving usa helping hand by ORGANIC we have empl.oyees who certify or- packing the items into shoeboxes, ganic products throughout the state The Operation Christmas Child by the according to USDA's National Organic Shoebox Packing Party will be on New Mexico Program guidelines," said Jeff Witte, NMDA directo.r/secretary. November 10 th, 2011. Depaztment Of NMDA has created a new logo to We truly hope" it is a fulfill- Agriculture help consumers identify organic prod- ing experience for everyone who ucts at their local retail stores. "More participates. If you would like to  _._ more consumers want organic products, help, you 'can drop off your gift items at the nursing home. There and it's not just organic produce they are looking for. This will be a large box set up in the simple and recognizable logo will help them choose the products activity room for items to be put that are  organic and make sure they are getting what they into. Any monetary donations 'pay for," added Noreen Jaramillo, NMDA public information officer. should be addressed to NMDA's Organic Program office will be housed in Albuquerque, NM. Samaritan's Purse designated to Million word readers Southside Elementary has two classes that have already read one million words as a class. Ms. Arreclondo's class, above, was the first to reach this goal Mr. Culberson's class, below, reached this goal last week. Courtesy photo Jolnus f0RBREAkfAst! ._, 00:oo,o I  ,: Tuesday-Thursday L' ! Excludes Drinks I Buv OnE ENTREE . I I And EtthE 2nd B ()'f .a,,. I . v ,, M,., ^ Lo,asou,o Z,_;ao%'e. 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