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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 9 "As I Remember" by Allen Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg res?dent, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "'Hook" Hill has written hundreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1980's he began writing a column entitled "As I Remem- ben" With his permis- sion, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald Allen Hook Hill from time to time. Hook, who is 93, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on March 8, 1991. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg There was no question about it; townspeople 'were afraid of gypsies, but .they came to town. anyway, just as regularly as the swallows to capistrano. In the late 20's and early 30's they came. in groups of from fifteen to twenty, but sometimes much larger. In the beginning they were in wagons but later most of them traveled in old rattle-trap cars that were barely able to gdt them from town to town. Generally though, the head honcho had a sleek, ex- pensive vehicle. Word spread quickly when {hey drove into town and began to set up camp. It didn't take long for the natives to run for coyer, as if the group had the plague. As a matter of fact; that was exactly how the townspeople looked at the band: gypsy plague. There were all sorts of stories concern- ing the. things gypsies had done in the last town or the last year ,when they As I look back now I realize how ridiculous the whole matter was, but it was nonetheless true at the time. Sto- ries abounded about murders, thefts, fraud, kidnappings, wife tampering and about any other vice common to the day and time. No one waited for nor needed proof. All that had to be done was to get the tale going and the rest took care of itself. Now that's not to say that a few things didn't dis- appear now and then, or that a local belle didn't leave town with them. It could have happened. The gypsies always set up .N their bivouacs just on the out- skirts of town. They cooked over open fires, wore colorful clothes, slept 'under the stars and seemed to be having a great time of it, especially at night. Quite often their gatherings were west of town and not too far from our home on south Main Street. Townspeople sel- dom went to their camps and naturally we kids were forbidden to go there ...... but we went anyway. To be truthful, we went several times and not once did we get murdered, kid- napped, robbed, or...._actually we made some pretty good friends, of sorts and they'd remember us the next time they came tO town. However, it does run in my mind that we took quite a few tid-bits from our various homes to sway the friendships. Perhaps that could have 5een the origin of some of those stories that circu- lated. I particularly remember be- ing in the gypsy camps in the late evenings. Th.e oo,k fires were going strong and the cooks often threw us enough morsels to keep us coming back for more. Our parents would have had fits if they had known we were even in the camps, not to mention the fact that we were eating their food. Poison, you know. After the meal was over, there was music and danc- ing. I remember the guitars and the accordions, but cannot, recall what other musical instruments were used, if any. The flashily dressed couples wore lots of red and bright blue. It's strange., but I can't remember how the children dressed. In fact, I can't recall much of anything about kids my age in the camps. The gypsies canvassed the town for work and in spite of the prejudice against them they were able to obtain yard work, paint- ing, house repairs and other types of temporary employment. They also had baskets, wicker furniture, loud colored tapestries, cheap jewelry and other outrageous items which they foisted off on the local citizenry. That was prob- ably another reason for all the Hidalgo County Detention h I_ ___/IJ uenter arrest me ......... .... 12/09/2014 @ 11:40 am, arrested by HCSO Ryan Frescas age 24 Address unknown COUNT 1: Shoplifting (30-'16- 20) Petty Misdemeanor $500.00 COUNT 2: Concealing identity (30-22-3) Petty Misdemeanor $500.00 Bond $1,000 cash or surety 12/10/2014 @ 1"2:18 pm, arrested by HSCO Adam Gutierrez age 41 Las Cruces NM BENCH WARRANT OUT OF HIDALGO COUNTY MAGIS- TRATE COURT FOR FAILURE TO PAY FINES OR COST PRE- VIOUSLY IMPPOSED BOND $ 442.00 CASH ONLY 12/14/2014 @ 03:45 pm, arrested by 4MSP Arian Reyes age 36 E1 Paso TX BENCH WARRANT OUT'OF CHAVEZ COUNTY MAGIS- TRATE COURT.FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR BOND: $191.00 CASH ONLY. BENCH WARRANT OUT OF OTERO COUNTY MAGIS- TRATE COURT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR BOND: $1,000.00 CASH OR SURETY 12/1.6/2014@ 01:01 am, arrested by NMSP Salvador Soto age 40 E1 Paso TX BENCH WARRANT OUT OF OTERO COUNTY MAGIS- TRATE COURT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT TIME AND PLACE ORDERED BY COURT. SUMMONS ON 10/14/2014 BOND $1,203 CASH ONLY Email us at or hcherald @ For Appointments call 575-542-8705 or emait hcherald@aznex'net PASSPORT PHOTOS 2 Same-Day- Service Availabk, at the Hidalgo County Herald-.212 East Motel Drive, Lordsburg, NM rook" Hill wild .stories. Once the gypsies left town the purchasers soon re- alized they had been stuck with shoddy merchandise and the natural reaction was to down- grade the sellers. And they were, to be sure, just a mite stick fin- gered when it came to the pos- sessions of the home folk, al- though I sometimes had the feel- ing that some of our local lar- ceny artists worked overtime while the clans were in town in order to throw suspicion away from themselves and toward the migrants. The modem descendants of the colorful old gypsies are re- puted to be those groups who now come around in new ve- hicles and, among other things, spray our roofs with a "perma- nent" aluminum coating and at a fancy price, of course. The permanent wears off in about two weeks but the applicators are long since on down the road and an unsuspecting citizen dis- covers another sucker has been born. Gypsies. Yes, 'we feared them, we mistrusted them, but at the same time we looked upon them with sort of a roman- tic intrigue that still hangs heavy in our minds, even today. Hook hook june @ hotmail, com Letters to the . Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges geaders to voice their opinions b'y writ- ing in. Letters Can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex .net.. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer thai/250 words. An author may have a letter or. guest opinion every 30 days. Great loss Dear Editor: o On Tuesday, December 9, in the afternoon, Mr. Stidham ad- dressed his students and told them that he was resigning. What a sad day. Mr, Stidham most prob- ably is/was the most successful Administrator the Lordsburg School District has had on board in a long time. Nearly every time I happened to drive by the school and the stu- dents were on the playground, he was somewhere in the mix relat- ing to, visiting w.ith, caring for the students who are attending Central this year. Last year, Cen- tral School was visited by Gover- nor Martinez who brought her congratulations--in person--in a special assembly at the Central School gymnasium to highlight the accomplishments Mr. Stidham and his staff had/have made. One cannot help but wonder what precipitated Mr. tidham's resignation. It is certainly a great loss to the District, the staff who worked with him and the kids who attend Central School. Respectfully submitted, Jim Culberson Lordsburg Collaborative effort serves GRMC h0spital patients Every department and caregiver at Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is looking at ways to create operational efficiencies. Wayne Heath, Director of Behavioral Health Unit and Security, iden- tified the need for the continued use of the GRMC golf cart for patient transport. Mike Martin, GRMC SeniorTelecommunications Specialist, volunteered to refurbish the cart. It took him over 20 hours of his personal time to fix the old cart.Today it is officially back in use on the GRMC campus where it is used to meet various patient transport needs. This collaborated effort between these two GRMC departments not only saved the hospital money but resulted in a way to better serve our patients and community.. Pictured in the cart are Brian Cunningham, GRMC Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Heath, Director of Behavioral Health Unit & Security (left) and Mike Martin, SeniorTelecommunica- tions Specialist and Charles Kelly, Board of Trustees Chairand driving is Geoffrey Bartlett, GRMC Security. Courtesy photo Holiday visits fq ir 10ng-term care residents By GINO RINALDI/Cabinet Sec- retary, ,4ging and Long-Term Ser- vices Department Holiday's can be a challeng- in, g time for residents of long- term care facilities and their fami- lies. Two questions are often asked: Can I bring my loved one home, or to a holiday celebration, and what can I do to ensure a suc- cessful visit.that doesn't feel awk- ward? Regarding visits away from a nursing home, residents receiv- ing. skilled nursing care may par- ticipate in short visits away from a facility, without danger of los- ing their Medicare coverage. The Medicare Benefit Policy manual outlines rights of residents granted a short leave of absence to attend a family or religious occasion without jeopardizing their Medicare status. As long as a residdnt returns to the nursing home by midnight on the day of the leave, the facility may still bill Medicare for their stay. For families wishing to have a loved one home for an overnight visit, residents can leave a skilled nurs- ing facility for short periods with- out losing their coverage, how- ever, facilities may bill residents to hold their-beds. For more in- formation, please visit: www.medicareadvocacy:org/ you-can-leave-the-nursing- home/. Residents who utilize Medicaid for long-term care ser- vices may also be all.owed to leave a nursing .home for brief peri0d.s. The state Medicaid plan covers three reserve bed days for brief home visits witfiout prior ap- proval. A physician's order is re- quired for this arrangement. Families wishing to opti- mize their visits with residents not physically able to leave a long term care setting, may benefit from the following suggestions: Speak with facility staff. Is there a preferable date/time to visi so that your loved one can participate in holiday festivities. Ask about joining facility-spon- sored events. Does your loved one have a time of day when they are more alert and able to enjoy a visit? Gift choices. Does your fam- ily member have dietary concerns which might restrict holiday treats such as candy or nuts? What activities has your loved one enjoyed? Are tliere items such as slippers, a robe, or pic- tures from home that he or she might find comforting? Might audiobooks or other technologi- cal items be enjoyed? Children/Grandchildren. Residents often enjoy visits from children or grandchildren, but it may be helpful to prepare young children or teenagers first. Brief visit for young children are pref- erable, whereas older children might enjoy a focused activity such as sharing a photo album. If your loved one is cogritively impaired, remind children (and adults) that it is not important that your loved one recall certain dates or events. Simply be with them. What else should I look for? Pay attention to appearance in- cluding how residents are dressed and groomed. Observe whether your loved one has chapped lips or dry skin, which may indicate signs of dehydration. Is a water pitcher within reach? Observe environment, tem- perature and sounds/smells of the facility. Is staff responsive to resi- dents? Notice staff interaction with residents - are nametags wom? Note response time to call lights or requests for assistance, and whether scheduled activities are actually happening in the fa- cility. If you have concerns, bring them to the attention of the ad- ministrator or contact the long- term care Ombudsman who visits the facility. Ombudsmen advo- cate for the rights and wishes of residents living in long-term care settings. In New Mexico, 120 volunteer Ombudsmen and 8 staff visit 340 facilities statewide, and may be reached by dialing: Albuquerque & Northwest- ern New Mexico: 1-866-842- 9230 How can I get involved? Many residents are without nearby friends and family and might welcome a visit. We rec- ommend contacting the facility to learn how to bring some holi- day cheer to residents during the holidaysand beyond. Also, the Ombudsman pro- gram is always seeking volunteers to advohte for residents. Call 1'- 866-842-9230 for more informa- . tion. On behalf of the Ombuds- man program and the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, I wish all New Mexicans a safe and happy holiday season. GET CASH for you r GOLD! Gold jewelry, scrap, broken pieces, dental, any condition, 8K-I8K 575-639-2484 COTTAqE HOUSE 214 E. Motel Drive I0 IIC " AT TItl = -- The Book Is In! For five years the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library hosted an l,,.,, . annual Quilt Show, featuring quilts made by" those AVEIlICK connected to or living in Hidalgo County. Those histories have been compiled into a hardbound coffee table book. ......... LOUNGEI Get your copy while ' .:e.{,,'.,,./;,/,eb',,;.,-e" I supplies last! There were ][Ne,w00 00gear%s0000v] 1 25o copies ordered and when they re gone.,. I_ they're gne! I ' : December31, 20141 i%, each I[IXII 8 ilPv {DJ',,llloe/ $10/Pers0nJl A1./proceeds,dtlgototheLardrbue:gltidatooLibrao, t:'ends i&staurant wll/ be /osld Ott %  mill open dt 4 Fin on Chlbtmd Eve Chr/sta [ve aM #hrisftat @y ,-w -,. Please make checks payable to l.ordsbm'g Hidalgo l.ibrary Friends TO purchase or reserve your copy of the book, stop by the Lordsburg Hidalgo Public Libra W at 208 E. 3rd Street or call 575.542.9646. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our family and friends for your outpouring of sympathy during this difficult time.Thank you for all the calls, cards, food, flowers and, most of all, your prayers.Words cannot express how appreciative we are for your caring and concern. May God bless each and every one of you.