Farwell resident Cade Beverage enjoys cooking for his family

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Tonjia Rolan: CMI photo Electrician Cade Beverage, 36, hard at work investigating an electrical problem at a local business. Cade Beverage of Farwell can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. The electrician and father of three boys enjoys cooking for his family and hosting family gatherings. Beverage and his wife, […]

Farmer’s yogurt based on wife’s family recipe

Tonjia Rolan Andle van der Ploeg loves yogurt. He particularly loves his wife, Sjierkje’s, homemade family recipe from the Netherlands. “We just couldn’t find yogurt in the states like my wife makes all the time at home,” Van der Ploeg said. Yogurt is a natural for the Van der Ploegs, who own Mid Frisian dairy, […]

Commentary: Band holds special meaning for couple

Courtesy photo The Caffreys with the Oak ridge Boys in 2004. A Cannon Air Force Base couple was able to reunite with one of their favorite music groups, and capture a photograph they had been chasing for seven years. Tech Sgt. Ed Caffrey and his wife Tyleen, had a backstage meeting with The Oak Ridge […]

Can’t resist homestyle cooking

I arrived home the other night to my wife toiling intently over a hot stove. “What ya got cookin’ there?” I asked. “Real chocolate pudding,” she answered. I inspected her work and asked why she didn’t have any white bread heels in the pot. That really puzzled her and I realized my dad had never […]

Double blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heath Rutherford, left, plays with son Rocklyn, 18 months, at the dinner table Friday at the family’s house in Clovis. Rocklyn was adopted by the family with his paperwork clearing just days after his little sister Camden was born in Amarillo. Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house […]

Lawyer: Couple accused of fraud saved government money

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

Memories, love most important

W ith a dev astating season of fire in the Southwest and a hurricane bearing down on the east coast last week my wife posed the question, “What would you take if you only had an hour to evacuate our home?” I think an hour might or might not be a bit optimistic in the […]

Miracle products lure wife

I’m convinced my wife would be an easy mark for a snake oil salesman. She’s pretty sure miracle products are hitting the store shelves regularly while I’m of the mindset that if what I’ve got is working, I don’t want something new until I actually see someone I know with the new thing. My wife […]

Grant McGee: Wife is flush with excitement

“We have a new toilet, we have a new toilet,” The Lady of the House was singing and doing “The New Toilet Dance” around the bicycle shop. She was waving hands in the air and dancing around. “The New Toilet Dance” may not catch on but it was cute on her. I peered outside the […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Shoutouts — June 19

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Courtesy photo Jerry Lisby with his son, Fox, 4. Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. […]

Feels good to purge closet

It had to be done. Critical mass had been reached. Something had to go or my side of the closet would burst at the seams. I had long ago ruled out expanding into my wife’s side. When we moved in, she pointed out the three rods she would be taking and the one that was […]

Grant McGee: Wife would make great food critic

The Lady of the House needs to get a job as a food critic. This dawned on me on our recent vacation to the Texas Gulf Coast. We had been driving all day and were driving through the central Texas night when a sign lit up the darkness: “BEST BAR-B-Q AHEAD.” The Lady of the […]

McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement We put new toilets in the Stucco Hacienda the other day. It felt good to join the 21st century with units that use just a little bit of water instead of gallons. It was also good to have a throne […]

Cannon spouses start German club

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Cannon Connections photo: Alisa Boswell From left, Verena Dennis, Barbara Honorato, Barbara Howery and Dorothee Moody, members of Deutscher Stammtisch, converse in German on Friday during their Halloween costume party. Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, […]

Cannon spouses start German club

Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, which is German for German Club, was started by Barbara Howery, the wife of an Air Force major stationed at CAFB. After coming to Clovis with her husband, Howery was […]

Family hitting books

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Wendy Proctor, right, her son Matthew Pringle and daughter Veronica Proctor gather around the table for study time at their Clovis home. The Proctor family is on a mission and they know something about missions. Tech. Sgt. Robert Proctor is active duty military and his wife Wendy Proctor served 20 […]

Local color shows in sayings

Karl Terry My wife thinks I just like to embarrass her in public but it’s probably just the way I was raised. We were out of town in a restaurant recently and while we waited on our food I was busy looking around at all the vintage decorations. You know the type popular in restaurants […]

Military mama: Family most important duty for Air Force wife

I’ve been “married to the Air Force” for six years now, and a mommy for 4 1/2 years. Yet, I still would consider myself as a mediocre military mom at best. I’m not a cook, unless it comes from a box with a recipe. I tend to be at a loss in the kitchen. I […]

Air Commandos welcome newest citizens

USAF photo: Greg Allen From left, Bernadett Wheeldon, Johanna Eighinger, Airman 1st Class Joel Sipin, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, and Airman Nimol Mao, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, prepare to take the citizenship oath during naturalization ceremonies. The airmen and family members were sworn in by Immigration Service Officer Peter Rechkemmer from Albuquerque […]