Beware the full moon (again)

The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports we’ll see our first full moon of 2008 tonight.

Clovis’ Ardyth Elms is convinced the full moon has some kind of mystical power.

“I worked in a mental hospital for the criminally insane for 23 years and, yes, it really affects people,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I think if the person is also mentally ill, it seems to affect them more than the average person. Ask any policeman and he/she will tell you the same thing. I don’t know why, but it does.”

Clovis’ Gerald Majewski reports he had a memorable full-moon experience outside his apartment building when he lived in Budapest.

“I heard voices in the middle of our courtyard and wanted to know just what was going on,” he wrote in an e-mail.

When he went to investigate, he found he was alone – and locked out of his building for three hours before help arrived.

“I think I have had my share of weird and unusual things happen to me in both my military and foreign service careers,” he wrote. “But I’d probably do it again.”

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St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bovina will host its annual German Sausage Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 3.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 6. Or you can purchase sausage for $4 per pound.

The menu includes creamed potatoes and gravy, green beans, sauerkraut, bread and desserts.

St. Ann’s Parish Hall is on Third Street in Bovina.

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Gas prices were about 20 cents per gallon cheaper in Farwell than Clovis on Monday night.

The Allsup’s in Farwell was at 2.799 per gallon, compared 2.999 at most Clovis stations.

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January temperature extremes are normal in the Clovis area. On this date in 1950, we had a high of 77 degrees. On this date in 1918, we set a record at 1 below zero, according to weather.com

The warmest January day recorded in Clovis was 79 degrees in 1974. The coldest January day in almost 100 years of record keeping was 12 below zero in 1963.

Today’s high should be in the upper 40s, with a low around 23.