Wednesday morning briefing: Make A Wish, missing the sun and the birth of an outlaw

Grab a cup of Joe and get ready to be properly informed. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.

Make a wish come true

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Make A Wish Foundation’s annual Wishing Upon A Star dinner and auction fundraiser.

Their goal is to sell at least 20 more tickets to help make wishes come true for local children with serious illnesses.

The event is 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Yam Theater in Portales.

Information: 309-9442 or 309-9838

Hi from Illinois

Thwyla (Bethany) Rose, a 1950 graduate of Portales High School, sends a big hello from the Land of Lincoln.

She’s recovering from hip replacement surgery at Walnut Grove Center in Morris, Ill.

She said she grew up farming in and around Portales and moved to Illinois some years ago to be with her children… and she misses “hard work and that good old New Mexico sunshine.”

To write or wish her well: Thwyla Rose, c/o Walnut Grove Center, 1095 Twilight Dr., Morris, Ill. 60450

Quirky quote

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” — Dale Carnegie

Kudos for kids

Students at Mesa and Zia elementary schools recently got a taste of Wall Street and took home some top awards.

The occasion was the state competition of the Stock Market Game.
Mesa students took second place and the Zia students came home with a third place.

Students learned about investing and they will be honored April 28 by Fidelity Investments and the New Mexico Stock Exchange at a ceremony in Albuquerque.

Today in history

On this day in 1866, Butch Cassidy, the last of the great western train-robbers, is born in Beaver, Utah Territory.

Born Robert Leroy Parker, he was the son of Mormon parents who had answered Brigham Young’s call for young couples to help build communities of Latter Day Saints on the Utah frontier.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/butch-cassidy-is-born

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. West winds 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight — Mostly clear. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Looking ahead — High wind watch in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening…gusts up to 65 mph.