Volunteers: Community dinner rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Mondragon and Leticia Perez of Clovis go over routes to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound community members. Benna Sayyed Sandra Taylor-Sawyer recalls when her close family members stayed at the Lighthouse Mission, and considers it a great blessing to her family. On Thursday, Taylor-Sawyer helped spread this blessing to […]

Thursday morning briefing: Turkey dinner, turkey tips and an assassin is assassinated

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free dinners There are two free Thanksgiving dinners today for folks who don’t have a place to eat and celebrate the holiday. In Clovis, the Light House Mission’s annual citywide banquet is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the facility, 407 La […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Michelle Armijo, aassistant cook at Lighthouse Mission, applies butter to rolls Wednesday that will be served at today’s Thanksgiving dinner at the Lighthouse Mission. This is the eighth annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community and meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission […]

For area residents, Thanksgiving plans vary

It’s turkey time in New Mexico. Or pork time, or lasagna time, or something else, depending on who you ask. We asked two simple questions — what is for dinner and what else are you planning — and asked follow-ups when necessary. We got some simple and not so simple answers. ••• Clovis Mayor Gayla […]

God’s people are to ‘Overflow’ with Thanksgiving

Curtis Shelburne Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had just closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished a bit) […]

Thanksgiving kicks off holiday traditions

Go to Macy’s official website — Macy’s department store, I mean. This is the week to finish my focus on gratitude by writing about media, pieces and parts of which I am grateful for, and one of those would be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, begun in 1924. If you go to their website and […]

Biblical women showed gratitude to God

With Thanksgiving so near, I have been thinking about many Bible women who were thankful. Their examples can give us encouragement today that God is the author of all blessings. God works out the biggest events and the smallest details of our lives. Eve was no doubt t thankful when she had another child after […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Thanksgiving about caring, giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jay the giraffe takes carrots from zoo keeper Kathy Yanotti Thursday during feeding time. Yanotti said in her 25 years at the zoo, she has lost track of how many holidays she has spent with her second family at the park. Sharna Johnson For some, Thanksgiving Day is about who […]

Thanksgiving most American of holidays

President Barack Obama stepped up on Wednesday and issued a pardon to keep an innocent creature from experiencing the wrath of capital punishment. Yes, we are referring to the annual White House sideshow that is the pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, an event officially started during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. This is […]

Thursday morning briefing: Thanksgiving, a light show and the deep freeze

Good morning, Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheap ticket Bring a can of food and you can see the Greyhound and Zia basketball games free of charge Saturday. The food item will be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico as part of Fan Appreciation Day. The Hounds […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Art, no school and a frigid turn

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday/Thanksgiving Eve briefing. Student art An Eastern New Mexico University student art exhibition is set to show Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in the Golden Library Runnels Gallery. The exhibition is open during library hours. A closing reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2. For […]

Local businesses, shoppers preparing for Black Friday

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Sharna Johnson Local merchants are already a step ahead of Thanksgiving, preparing for “Black Friday,” the traditional kickoff for the holiday shopping rush. At Triangle Ace Home Center, General Manager Randy Petty said the store will open an hour early at 7 a.m. and offer a promotional sale Friday. Bracing for the day, Petty said […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance in Portales at La Casa Senior Center. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 10:30 a.m., Indoor Exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m. -4 p.m., Daily activities; 9:30 a.m., Free blood pressure and sugar testing; […]

Area families share Thanksgiving traditions, recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Lori Robbins moves a fresh batch of pork tamales from the pot to a platter Friday at her home in south Clovis. Alisa Boswell Thanksgiving is the time of year treasured for memories of holiday traditions and family legacies. With this in mind, Freedom New Mexico decided to […]

a view from under the pew: the real story of thanksgiving

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the real story of thanksgiving with the full realization thatthanksgiving […]

God leads way during troubled times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist At this Thanksgiving time, our nation faces situations and uncertain times like never before. Difficult financial times have left people jobless and homeless. Rumors of wars and a horrendous act by a gunman even in the heart of Texas dominate the news. During this Thanksgiving season, remember we have sure […]

For some, serving brings satisfaction

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha McNeil hands a plate of food to a fellow volunteer during the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday. McNeil said she has volunteered on Thanksgiving for five years because she enjoys helping others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They spent their Thanksgiving afternoon serving others, and they wouldn’t have […]

Take time out to express your gratitude

Freedom New Mexico If the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who were present at the original Thanksgiving feast, somehow were transported to modern times to take part in the holiday as we know it today, even they would wonder why we have to suffer through another Detroit Lions football game. Thankfully, since NFL announcer and video […]

Father Tim Kavanagh and Thanksgiving

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve been enjoying re-reading Jan Karon’s books set in Mitford, North Carolina, and centering on the life and ministry of the community’s Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh.