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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 2011 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Long rime Lordsburg resident, historian, 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 Hi~talgo County Herald from time to time. Hook still lives in Lordsburg and cel- ebrated his 90th birthday tn April. This column originally ap- peared in the Lordsburg Liberal on October 11, 1991. By ALLEN (HOOK) HILL It doesn't take an expert to conclude that the two football programs in' Hidalgo County Allen Hook Hill have fallen on hard times. Lordsburg is, at this writing, still Editor . The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive. Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouragedto practice their First Amendment fight of free speech. Thank You winless, and Animas suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Cobre Indians, a team the Panthers had dominated for eight years straight. It could be said that two bubbles have been broken; we are down and out, fin- ished. If. because of this, you are suffering be- cause of some sort of a guilt complex or inferi- ority binge, if you con- sider conditions to be tou~h all over but tougher here than anyplace else, or if you are just plain down-in-the-dumps un- happy with the situation, let me remind you what tough really is. Football came to Lordsburg--and I'm guessing-- in about 1925 or '26. The first game I remember watching was on a dirt field over somewhere Letter to the Editor, On behalf of Lordsburg High School, we send out a big THANK YOU to all the local businesses, Federal, State, Local Law En- forcement, Local and County Fire Departments. Local Non-Profit Organizations, State and Local Government and the many oth- ers who contributed resources, money and time so the students of Lordsburg High School could celebrate Homecoming week. It is because of your dedication to our students and community that we are able to put on the festivi- ~ stf~Cl~*as the bonfire,--fireworks, ding the community and the Homecoming parade. Without your support none of this would have been possible. I look forward to continuing to work with members of the com- munity so we can provide for our students. On behalf of Lordsburg High School, Thank Y_~ou for your con- tinued support of our students. Leo Garcia Athletic Director Lordsburg Municipal Is it legal? member the field having white lines to mark yardage, bounds, etc.. but undoubtedly it was marked in some form or another. Of course there were no bleach- ers of any kind, so cars just pulled up and parked all along both sides of the field. Most people sat in their cars and watched the game. I observed the contest about the way one would expect a six- or seven-year-old boy to see it. but I do remember there were a few exciting moments, at least they must have been exciting because the local auto horns set up quite a ruckus every now and then. The outstanding thing re- maining in my memory concern- ing the event was the score. That's part of the hard times I wrote of earlier... 88-0 in favor of Safford. Most game scores were about in that same category dur- ing the early years when the sport Fall Free For All a hit The Lordsburg Assembly of God hosted a Fall Free For All free rummage sale/giveaway last week- end. According to organizer Gloria Depaoli, the event was a huge success. Depaoli went on to close to where the Spanish Arms was getting started in Lordsburg. publicly thank everyone who helped with the event and donated items. | ntoapartments now stand. I can't re-the station while he. fired Eventually the games were Iots donation booth moved tO a dirt field west of the high school (the old school) and employee. Was there a good rea- sort of in between the present foot- Hid Ig County event son for this or just a waste of my ball field and thecafetorium. At tax dotlars? 3. Is it legal that the first the change'of scenery had ~-. little effect on the scores. They county manager, a contract em- ployee, to be making $30.000 more than the previous manager? Shouldn't that contract position have been posted in the newspa- per so that other quality persons could have bid for that contract position? Is it legal for him to be driving a county vehicle when he is not a county employee, he is a contract employee? It would seem that the extra $30.000 could have been used for a down pay- ment on a new fire truck or ambu- lance for county. Is it ~egal or friendship? 4. Is it legal for a convicted felon to be working in the county upper management after being convicted of a felony? Does any- one do background checks? 5. Is it legal for a county commissioner to ask 'another high ranking county employee to make sure their relative be given a job? Is this friendship (or pres- sure)? 6. Is it legal for the county commissioner to have an emer- gency meeting in reference to county employees? Where are the minutes to all of the meetings' that are supposed to be open to the public, as well as the meeting themselves (open to the public). Where are the minutes? They are supposed to be public record. Other county's records can be ac- cessed from the internet or news- papers. Where are ours? Why do we have to request them from the courthouse? Are they trying to slip something past us? These are some of the rumors and questions that I have heard recently. I would like to know if anyone has answers. Is there any- one out there who can answer these questions for me and the citizens of Lordsburg and Schools Hidalgo County? We would re- ally like to know, IS. IT LEGAL? Albert "Abe" Ramirez Rodeo Editor's Note: In defense of a few of these items, the City su- pervisors, including Chief of Police, are not salaried employ- ees at this time. The City Coun- cil is working on creating a sal- ary schedule which will soon be implemented. On Monday I asked the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office for minutes from a specific meeting. I literally had the document in my hands within five minutes, with no hassle. As for the emergency meeting brought up, the Hiddlgo County Herald is looking into this alleged violation, awaiting notification from the Attorney General's Office. remained--hard times you see-- lopsided and large, but gradually the light began to shine. One night, in the late '20s or early '30s. the Mavericks yes, those brave pioneers selected ,the name we Lordsburgers cherish so much were playing a the new location. I was only about 8 or 9 at the time and even though I was in attendance at the game, naturally I was off with a bunch of kids running around someplace or other. Suddenly 'the horns began to blow yes, no bleachers yet, cars were still parked all around the field--and they continued to blow with such enthusiasm and persistence that we kids just had to run back over to the field to find out what had . happened. It was one of those choice moments that sort of latches onto a person's memory like a barnacle and refuses to go away. Such joy! Such revelry! I had never before seen so many people so backslapping happy all at one time. You see, the unheard of thing had happened. The Mav- ericks had scored a touchdown. The beginning of the end of hon- est to goodness hard times. Oh, the other team had 55 or 60 points but no matter the Mavericks had scored, the millstone was off the neck. Things were looking up. We Lordsburg fans and Animas fans have been spoiled by our football programs espe- cially for the last few seasons. The Panther faithful who were once pushing for the national record are now pushing for two in a row. We Maverick loyals, who less than a year ago experienced an- other of the magic memorable moments as the fantastic ones broke the Panther skein, are now " wringing our hands trying to Courtesy information Matthew Norton of Lordsburg is happy to .announce that a Toys For Tots Donation booth will be at .the Discover Hidalgo County event on Satur- day October t5th in North Park from l0 AM to 8:30 PM. The booth will be accepting new un- wrapped non-violent toys to be distributed to needy kids in Hidalgo County before Christ- mas. A jar for donating change will also be available for those who wish to contribute toward the purchase of toys to supple- ment those donated. "By our having the toy col- lection box and change donation jar, many of those who do not currently have children who are eligible for distribution can be- come a part of a needy child's Christmas this year." relates Norton. "It is just another way the community can help others in the community who are in need.'" The Toys For Tots booth will also be giving away souvenirs. while supplies last. Among the souvenirs with the Toys For Tots logo that will be distributed will be large plastic drinking cups, pencils, refrigerator magnets, pins and other items. Matt recently represented the Animas - Bowie - Lordsburg - San Simon School Districts Toys For Tots Program at the U. S. Ma- rine Corps Reserves National Toys For Tots Conference in Leesburg, Virginia. a suburb of Washington. DC. During the 3- day event, he "and other local community organizations (LCO's), along with members of strumental in Hidalgo County becoming an LCO for Toys For Tots and continues to be of great assistance to us in many ways of our operation," says Norton. The local Toys For Tots pro- gram is administered by Oasis Compassion Services, a benevo- lence of Lord's Living Water Lighthouse on Duncan Highway, Lordsburg. Matt and others in the Marine Corps Reserves units the program are in the process of and Marine Corps League, re- , distributing toy collection boxes ceived intensive training on pro- and donation jars throughout cedures for administering the pro- gram and carrying on a success- ful campaign. He was flown to the event at the expense of the Toys For Tots Foundation. Each year, a representative from each region of the Toys For Tots program is selected as the top coordinator for that region. Un- til this year. New Mexico has been in Region 5 along with Ari- zona and the. entire West Coast, but because of an increase in the numbers of local organizations, the region has been sprit with New Mexico remaining in Region 5 while Arizona and the rest of the West has been placed in the new Region 6. Winning the nod as the coordinator for last year's Region 5 is Greg St. Hilaire of Safford, Arizona. "Greg was in- Lordsburg and the rest of Hidalgo County to meet the needs in the Animas and Lordsburg School Districts. For the past two years. Chiricahua Agriculture Academy, a private school in San Simon. has been the partner for the 'Sat] Simon and Bowie School Dis- tricts with funds and toys col- lected there going to needy chil- dren in those areas. "They are re- turning to help us again this year," adds Matt. "One of their sons. Chris, is an acti3ze duty member of the Marine Corps and rode on our float for the Christmas Light Parade a couple of years ago." For more information, you may contact Dick Davis at 575- 590-0143. "1 Dear Editor, As a retired citizen of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County, recendy (past few Weeks) during my normal routine of having cof- fee with friends at different places in town I have heard numerous rumors and questions that have perturbed me and really made me think. I thought I would write this letter to see if anyone can answer my questions. 1. Is it legal for the chief of police, who should be a salaried person, to be driving a vehicle that is assigned to Stonegarden, a program funded by the federal government7 2. I heard that thechief of police had all city POlice come squeeze out win number one. Yes, we think we have hard times, but don't believe it. I can't speak for the Panthers because I haven't seen them yet this year, but I have no doubts, As for the Mavericks, I know them xfell. The young ones, who are now carrying the brunt of the battle, and the losses, are capable of winning it all if they want it strongly enough. But they must dedicate themselves to it, train, be c'oachable and work like de- mons possessed. It may take a year or two, but it can happen. Hard times? Balderdash! These are but ripples in the water~ Mini hard times, no more, no less~ Hang around and see. Hook (hookjune@ someone timental o could use a 'prise? We ILave a wide variety of rrangeme As us about our layaway program 214 E. MOTEL DRIVE IN LORDSBURG Free Delivery in Lordsburg! 542-8880 1 i