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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Celebrated with Supper, Parade and Street Dance

The band Norteño Audio M filled the air with Mexican music on Saturday night. 
Roscoe celebrated Cinco de Mayo last weekend with a supper and evening of activities at the school on Friday, and then a parade on Saturday morning followed by a street dance on Saturday night.

A large crowd was on hand for the Mexican pile-on supper and a variety of entertainment in the school cafetorium, and there was also a carnival along with games, music, snacks, and other treats.  All proceeds went to senior scholarships.
On Saturday morning, the parade down Broadway had plenty of caballos and caballeros as well as floats and vehicles from which candy was thrown to the kids.

Then that evening another large crowd enjoyed the vendors and the street dance on Cypress between the City Hall and Old Town Park with music provided by the band Norteño Audio M.



The polls will be open from 7:00am-7:00pm this Saturday, May 12, at the Roscoe Community Center for voting in Roscoe’s General Election.

At stake are two contested City Council seats.  Three candidates—Robert McBride, Christi Beal Pepper, and Robert Fortin—are running for two Council seats.  The winners will be the two with the most votes.

Early voting ended yesterday. 



Following several days of sunny skies and highs in the upper nineties, a cool front moved through on Monday, bringing with it unseasonably cool temperatures and some much needed precipitation. 

Temperatures dropped over twenty degrees under overcast skies, and at about 4:00 on Monday afternoon rain started falling and continued for over an hour.  Another light rain then fell on Tuesday morning.

On the west side of town Lyndall Underwood received .89” of rain on Monday and another .44” on Tuesday morning for a total of 1.34”, bringing the yearly accumulation to just over seven inches.  On the east side of town, Kenny Landfried recorded an almost identical 1.38" total.

North of town, Mike Alexander got 1.75", and just northwest of town at Cottonwood Creek Kenny Landfried had 1.8".  Wastella, on the other hand, had less with Billy Roy Hallman and Gary Pieper getting about an inch.  David Duncan, three miles west of town, got .95", and Garland Marth, just north of him, got 1.2".

The cool weather is predicted to last through the weekend with highs in only the seventies and lows in the fifties.  There is also a good chance for more rain with meteorologists predicting a 40%-50% chance of thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday. 



Roscoe’s oldest citizen, Laura Fay Duncan, celebrated her 105th birthday on Monday with a party at Sweetwater Healthcare Center, where she now resides. 

She was born into a large family in Cisco on May 7, 1907, when Teddy Roosevelt was the President, and graduated from Cisco High School in 1924.  In 1928, she graduated with a B. A. from Texas Women’s College in Fort Worth and that fall began her teaching career at Divide, where she taught for two years.

In 1930, she moved to Roscoe, where she was the high school English teacher until 1939.  The seniors of 1939 dedicated the annual to her, and that same year she retired from teaching and married Everett Duncan, who remained her husband until his death in 1978.  In 1941, she completed her M. A. at Hardin-Simmons University.  She then had three sons: Joe, Edwin, and David, and spent the forties and fifties raising them.

In those years she was also known as a public speaker who gave talks to women’s clubs and organizations all over the big country.  An artist, she also taught art classes and worked with ceramics, and over the years has made too many quilts to count.  One of her paintings of a desert flower is in a museum in Arizona. 

A lifelong Methodist, she has been a member of the Roscoe congregation since 1930 and taught Sunday School there for seventy years. 

She lived at home until she was 100 but has been at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center since November 2007. 



The Central Plains Co-op held its annual Stockholders’ meeting last night at the school cafetorium with a meal of barbecue catered by Big Boys Bar-B-Q.  Items of business included the Manager’s Report, Regional Reports, and Audit Report, along with the election of two directors.

Roscoe was reported to have ginned a total of only 9,966 bales of cotton last year compared to 70,379 the year before—and that 9,966 included cotton from Snyder and Roby, whose gins didn’t open.  We can only hope that that measly amount will never be repeated.


Pictured from left to right are Open Door staff members Billye Hughes, Cristal Aljoe, and Nerissa Jay and Chili Cookoff organizers Fester Hoggle (a.k.a. Larry Cornoyer) and Kelly Etheredge.
Organizers of the First Annual Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff presented a $600 check to officials of the Open Door Child Development Center yesterday at the Lumberyard Restaurant.

The money was the proceeds from the chili cookoff held during Roscoe’s Spring Fling on April 21.  It will be used for outdoor activities and equipment.



An episode featuring the Roscoe Wind Farm in the Weather Channel series “Turbine Cowboys” was aired a couple of times this past week.  Entitled “The New Frontier,” it is the second episode in the series and is now available online.

The video lasts 21 minutes and features two locales—Nome, Alaska, and the Roscoe Wind Farm.  The narrative moves back and forth between the two places, and the amount of time given each is pretty much the same.  

You can view it by clicking here.


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