Altrusa Home Tour to raise funds for school books

The 35th annual Altrusa Home Tour will be held Oct. 7 to raise funds to purchase 1,000 books for third grade students in Roosevelt County schools.

The annual fundraiser, held by the non-profit group, also supports two scholarships to Eastern New Mexico University and helps purchase eyeglasses for junior high and high school students, as well as senior citizens who cannot afford them.

The following are descriptions of the homes to be shown for this year's tour:

Mary Ella Caviness, 102 S. Toledo St.

Caviness' four bedroom and two bath home is located in the Valley Manor Estates Subdivision and is a 3,637 square-foot house built in 1986.

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Mary Ella Caviness' home at 102 S. Toledo St.

The sunroom was designed for a wedding and Caviness said her mother, Doris Dobbs, said she feels like she has died and gone to heaven when eating breakfast out on the patio while watching the birds and viewing the backyard.

Caviness has a brooch collection on display and her son, Matt Rush has his Roy Rogers' collection scattered around the house, along with all his western paintings and Indian pottery.

Terry and Joyce Cone, 170 New Mexico 88

The Cone home was built 14 years ago by Mike Tucker and is located three quarters of a mile East of Portales on New Mexico 88.

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Terry and Joyce Cone's home at 170 New Mexico 88.

It is filled with an accumulation of memories of family show steers, Norman Rockwell figurines and wildlife.

The colors used in the home are sage green, browns and pink accents.

Doug and Beverly Idsinga, 809 New Mexico 202

Construction started on this home in 2005 by Doug Idsinga's parents, Doug and Debbie. The couple passed away in August 2006, not seeing the home completed.

Dougie moved into the house in December 2006 with Beverly joining him in November 2010 after their marriage.

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Mary Ella Caviness' home at 102 S. Toledo St.

One of the couple's favorite features of the house is their daughter, Charley's room, which has a mural on the wall of a cherry blossom tree and their three dogs, Rajah, Bubba and Bella.

Another favorite feature is the pool house, which has several trophies of fish Dougie has caught. The house is less than a mile away from Crosswinds Dairy, which Dougie owns and operates with his siblings.


What: Altrusa Home Tour

When: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7

Cost: $10 per ticket in advance or at the door

Information: 356-5509

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