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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Play Ball! Roscoe Baseball Teams Kick Off 2012 Season

 Players, coaches, parents, grandparents, and other baseball enthusiasts were on hand Saturday at George Parks Field for the opening ceremonies of the Roscoe Little League.  Individual players in four age groups received their team caps at home plate, and this year’s teams were presented to the crowd.

This year there are seven Roscoe teams in four age groups:

T-Ball (ages 4-6)     Sponsor
        1. Cubs    Roscoe State Bank
        2. Reds    Homer’s Metal Arts & Gifts

Midget (ages 7-9)
        1. Rangers     Peter Sheridan Law Office
        2. Brewers    The Lumberyard

Freshmen (ages 10-12)
        1. Tigers       Miles Auto Sales
        2. Padres     The Paint Company

Juniors (ages 13-15)
        Rangers        Stanley Ford

The Midgets, Freshmen, and Juniors will all play ten or twelve-game schedules in the Colorado City League.  The season officially began last night with the Brewers downing the Rangers 10-6.

There will also be games at George Parks Field this week on Thursday and Saturday evenings.  The concession stand will be open and serving brisket sandwiches and burritos, as well as drinks and other items. 



Those of us who are old enough to remember the 1950s will recall what a big deal beauty contests were in those years.

When TV came to west Texas, it brought with it the annual Miss America pageant, which according to Wikipedia was the highest rated program on television well into the early sixties.

On that night, everyone watched the show and made their predictions about who the judges would pick.  When the winner was announced, host Bert Parks would sing, “There she is, Miss America,” and the newly crowned queen, with tears of joy in her eyes, would walk down the runway as the runners up and everyone else applauded—and for the next couple of days she would be the most popular female in the country.

Local beauty contests were also popular, and in 1954 Roscoe held its own pageant with Christine Clayton being crowned Miss Roscoe, while runners up Pauline Nance and Norma Lynn Eckert were designated her Maids of Honor. (See Photo of the Week in the right-hand column.)

Christine was sponsored by the Roscoe State Bank; Pauline was sponsored by Haney’s Drug Store, where she worked at the soda fountain; and Norma was sponsored by Shelansky Dry Goods, where she worked on Saturdays when everybody came to town.

Miss Roscoe went on to compete in the Oak Creek Pageant when the lake officially opened, but the winner was someone from Sweetwater.

Norma, who has supplied me with all these details, also mentions that on the Sunday after the Roscoe pageant, “the pastor of the First Baptist Church preached a sermon on ‘parading around with hardly any clothes on,’ and there we were, the three that placed, on the front row of the choir with everyone looking at us . . . and two of our dads were deacons.”  

Despite all that, however, she says, “Daddy was still proud of me.”



Cinco de Mayo will once again be celebrated downtown this year.  A parade down Broadway will begin at 10:30am (with line-up at 10:00).  

Street vendors will set up in the afternoon, and there will be live music and a street dance "on the bricks" in the evening on Cypress Street between the Roscoe State Bank and Old Town Park.  

Music will be provided by the band Norteño Audio M.  They will set up around 6:00pm and play until 10:00pm. 



Roscoe Collegiate High School will be hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Scholarship Dinner on Friday, May 4th, at the high school.
There will be a bounce house, face painting, mini-Mercado, paletas, music, lotería (Mexican bingo), cakewalk, and other games for all ages.  Students will be presenting throughout the dinner as well.

The carnival is from 4:00-8:00pm, and the dinner and presentations will run from 5:00-7:30.

There will be student work on display, door prizes, tours of the new areas, and student presentations.
Dinner includes Mexican Pile On, drink and dessert.  Price of the dinner is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids 4-10.   Kids under four are free.  Proceeds benefit senior scholarships.



Early voting for the City Council Election began on Monday at City Hall and will continue through next Tuesday, May 8.  Times for the rest of this week are 8:30am-4:30pm.  For next Monday and Tuesday, the times are 7:00am-7:00pm.

The General Election is next Saturday, May 12, at the Roscoe Community Center.

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.  

The election for the contested County Commissioner’s Office in Precinct 1 between Terry Willman and Jerry Hulcy won’t be until later.  Early voting for that one will run from May 14-25 with the regular election day on May 29 from 7:00am-7:00pm. Voting will take place in the County Clerk’s Office in the Nolan County Courthouse.

Willman will be on the Democratic ticket and Hulcy on the Republican.   Roscoe is included in Precinct 1.



Last Wednesday was the first day this year that the temperature went over the century mark, with a 104°F reading at Lyndall Underwood’s Davis Weather Station on the west side of Roscoe.

That’s the only day so far to hit triple digits, but the weather has continued to be hot and dry with highs in the nineties and lows in the sixties.  Sunday and Monday were cloudy and there was lightning in the distant northwest but no precipitation anywhere near Roscoe.

The last couple of days have been downright windy with 15-20mph winds and gusts up to 35-40mph.  The forecast is for more of the same for the next few days with continued highs in the nineties and lows in the sixties.

As is so often the case, we could use a good rain but there appears to be none in the immediate future.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial was held yesterday at 10:00am for Gumecinda “Cindy” DeLoera Limones, 74, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Sweetwater and was followed by interment in the Sweetwater Cemetery.  Mrs. Limones died on Saturday at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Gumecinda DeLoera was born March 11, 1938, in Champion and married Frank Limones on December 28, 1958, in Loraine.  A certified nurse’s aide, she was self employed and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Limones of Sweetwater; daughters Sylvia Galarza of Grand Prairie and Elsa Gonzales of Sweetwater; sons, Frank, Jr., and Richard Limones of Sweetwater, and Nester Limones of Roscoe; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Antonio, Rodrigo, and Felipe DeLoera of Roscoe, and Thomas DeLoera of Loraine; sisters, Paula Muñoz of Sweetwater, Josefa Castor of Roscoe and Aurora Muñoz of Loraine; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and four sisters.

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