This holiday, leave entitlement at door

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I knew a woman once who, on receiving a diagnosis of cancer, did what most of us would do, submitting to the treatment (which entailed surgery) and going about the course of therapy which was necessary. Like many cancer survivors, after a period of some months she was ready to […]

Nov. 18 Senior Happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily activities including pool, crafts, ceramics, sewing, quilting, dominos, puzzles, card games, computer access, blood pressure checks and therapeutic massage chairs. Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily activities; 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. recreational money bingo; 2 p.m. refreshments. Wednesday: […]

Nov. 18 School Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick, juice and milk. Lunch — Corn dog, baked French fries, mini carrots, dip, apple juice, oatmeal cookie and milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Scrambled egg, ham, toast, juice and milk. Lunch — Tacos, salsa, Spanish rice, lettuce and tomato, mixed fruit and milk. Wednesday: Closed for […]

Religion Digest: Handbell Festival set for Saturday

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant The 15th annual Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales, 200 S. Avenue C. Twelve handbell choirs from Clovis, Portales and the surrounding areas will be performing. Music on the program will include massed ringing pieces […]

Public should have say in area growth

Letters to the Editor In the article about the Growth Committee in Thursday’s newspaper, it was mentioned that the committee voted for a bylaw barring the public from its subcommittee meetings. Is this a committee that decides the growth and development for the city of Clovis and its citizens? Who are these people who believe […]

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Generally speaking, even though I really enjoy my daily work, I enjoy holidays a great deal. I like special times when most folks take a much-needed day or two off to enjoy each other, eat too much, and goof off a bit. Taking a little time off on occasion, […]

Childhood memories change with time

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The day after Thanksgiving, in my memory at least, there was inevitably an inch dusting of snow. The snow had all fallen overnight and was finished by 6 a.m., when we arose early for the first day of deer season. The rifles had all been cleaned and oiled, and the […]

Holiday haulin': Truckers, others work for holiday

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice […]

Promises to God should be carried out

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist During this week of Thanksgiving, another woman Bible character is an excellent example for all women. Why? She is not known for her Thanksgiving meals nor is she known for an immaculate house and entertaining in the most impressive way. She is known for something far greater. She was obedient […]

Thanksgiving: Time for added thanks

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Thanksgiving isn’t over until you’ve made the green chile turkey enchiladas from the leftovers the day after. We haven’t eaten the last of Dad’s delicious pumpkin pie either, so technically it’s still Thanksgiving. My friend Bernard Polaco says every day is Thanksgiving, so I can, in fact, write this column […]

Turkey tales for the holiday

Football. Turkey. Sleep. Family and friends. Area residents are looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Here’s a sampling of plans: The holiday will be a turning point for one Clovis woman who plans to gather with friends for the first time in two years. When her husband died two years ago, Debbie […]

Thanksgiving not only about eating

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Is there anybody out there who wishes, at this time of year, for wild rice stuffing? C’mon, anybody out there? I don’t mean the type that comes in a box, taking only a few minutes to make. I mean the kind my mom used to make, from the slow-cooking rice. […]

Holiday time to count blessings

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Thanksgiving different in New Mexico

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers While Thanksgiving usually brings to mind canned yams, Pilgrim hats and cranberry stains on a white lace tablecloth, things may be celebrated a little differently in Eastern New Mexico. That’s because everything’s done a little differently in Eastern New Mexico. One can start by analyzing the menu, which is sure […]

Thanksgiving time to be grateful for each moment

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for faith, family, friends, health and our wonderful, free country. To add a somewhat different perspective on Thanksgiving, I want to thank God for the gift of time. Every minute of every day should be spent in thankfulness to God for the gift of […]

Even workers feast on Thanksgiving

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Hillcrest Park Zoo dietitian Lisa Fox feeds Thanksgiving supper to black-handed spider monkeys Thursday at the zoo. (Staff photo: Andy Jackson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They ate turkey, green-bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. The five black-handed spider monkeys at Hillcrest Park Zoo enjoyed the same meal many of the […]

Thanksgiving foods vary by tastebud

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist It’s the day after Thanksgiving. It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year. I’m not thinking of shopping. I’m still thinking about food. I think about food a lot. I frequently tell folks, “I was born hungry and sleepy.” I got to thinking about Thanksgiving foods. There’s the […]

Military sacrifice includes missing loved ones at Thanksgiving

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Shannah Garza, left, plans to cook a Thanksgiving dinner at home today for 22-month-old son Ethan Garza and daughter Victoria Garza. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There is a short pause at the end of the answering machine message. And then an outpouring. “Um. Hi Dad,” a child begins. It […]

God’s people are to ‘overflow’ with Thanksgiving

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist 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 closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished […]

Restraint key in holiday feasting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Restraint. It is a word, and a concept, horridly out of place during the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving. It is possible, however, to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast without causing irreparable damage to the waistline, according to local fitness experts. “The entire holiday season is the season of […]