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Fairfield club The Fairfield club met Feb. 24 at Cheyenne Meadows with 10 members present for a pot luck luncheon. A suggestion was made to help with the angel tree at Christmas instead of holding a secret pal. One day in May was chosen for everyone’s birthday to go out to eat and continue with […]

A community gift

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Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to give local resident Mary Standefer a Christmas present to last a lifetime by replacing her pine tree that was stolen from her front yard just before Christmas. The Colorado short-needled pine tree had been given to Standefer by her father 30 years ago. “I was getting ready to […]

Family’s tree stolen

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Alisa Boswell The last thing Mary Standefer expected when she woke up the morning of Nov. 30 was to see an empty front yard when she looked outside. Once the location of a 30-year-old Colorado short-needled pine tree, her front yard is now a barren landscape. “This year, I had decided to put multi-colored twinkle […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Grandparent’s tree inspiring

Portales past: Feb. 26, 1952

Feb. 26, 1952: The Portales Daily News: Pecan trees are practical for Portales lawns, said Mrs. Sidney Stone, who watched a tree set out by her father 25 years ago bear fruit each year. The tree was at the W.A. Heisen home at 515 Amazon St.

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not […]

Portales kicks off holiday with tree lighting ceremony

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Argen Duncan Santa would have brought Rudolph, but it’s deer season in New Mexico, the jolly old elf explained during the lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the annual event included a performance by Portales High School choir students, 36 […]

My turn: Yep, I’m a tree hugger

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Don’t take trees for granted. They could save your life. I used to go four-wheeling with my uncle, Terry Smith, in the woods by his house. The trail he made went down a hill and through a small stream. It follows the stream for a couple of feet and then up a ramp built from […]