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DECEMBER 15, 2011





Toys for Tots The Roswell Chamber New Year始s Gala

RCLT Christmas Trek

Karen Aqua RAiR Tribute



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Entertainment Calendar Pull-Out Section......................................................5-12

In The Spotlight Toys for Tots................................................................................................................4 The Karen Aqua Tribute..........................................................................................13

On Tap The Chamber New Year’s Gala................................................................................8 RCLT’s Christmas Trek..............................................................................................9 Poe Corn Holiday Tournament..............................................................................16

History The Christmas Pickle Tradition................................................................................3 Cap Mossman ...........................................................................................................14

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The Christmas Pickle

Cindy Gates Lea County Museum

My favorite Christmas story involves my great-great grandfather John Lower. John Lower was born in Germany in 1841. When he was 2 years old he and his parents George and Ursula Lower emigrated to America. In 1861 he enlisted in the Federal army. During the Civil War in the 103rd Pa. Regiment, he served in eight battles until he was taken prisoner on April 20, 1864, and sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. For the next ten months he struggled for survival. To walk through the gates of Andersonville would be like walking through the gates of hell. Of the 45,000 men who entered, 13,000 never left. Stripped of dignity, hope, and freedom, Yankee soldiers were herded into a log stockade where food was scarce and rancid. Compounding the misery there were no tents or even trees to protect them from the heat, cold, or rain. There were approximately four square yards of space per man and running through the center of the stockade was a small creek to be used as drinking water and a latrine. One in three died of malnutrition, scurvy, dysentery, and exposure. Conditions were brutal and men’s characters were put to the ultimate test. John Lower was a godly man with never ending faith in God. He knew God would deliver him from all his pain and suffering. One night while walking to keep from freezing to death, weakened by dysentery, and weighing seventy pounds less from malnutrition, John who loved dill pickles walked up to a prison guard and said, “I don’t think I’m going to make it through the night, but if I could just have one dill pickle before I die, I’ll die a happy man.” The guard taking pity on John snuck him a pickle through the gate. John Lower ate it and to his surprise, he lived. John would always say that pickle gave him the spiritual and mental strength to live and go on. John Lower, who helped raise my grandmother, told that story to her one night while she was sitting on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011

his lap. She cursed the Confederate soldiers who treated her Grandpa so inhumanly. John reprimanded my grandmother telling her we were not to judge people for God puts angels among our enemies. John survived that prison camp. When he got home to Fryburg, Pa., the effects of dysentery and malnutrition were showing on his mere skeletal body. Now, at this point, most people would curse God. They would cry out loud, “Why me Lord.” They would look for pity and turn into whiny, bitter, bellyaching sourpusses. Not John Lower. With help from his buddies, he got down on his knees, raised his arms to heaven and said, “Thank you God.” He was reminded by the verse, Corinthians 1:5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. He was a sickly man all his life thereafter, but after he regained much of his health back, to give further thanks and testimony, he helped build St Michael’s, a magnificent and breathtaking Catholic church in Fryburg, Pa., with his name clearly and boldly carved in stone over the main door. John Lower’s clothes that once covered him had turned to rags. He didn’t have proper food to nourish him, nor did he have shelter to protect him from the sun, the rain, the cold. The little bit of health he had was hardly enough to sustain life. Barely a thread of dignity was left. However, there was one thing no one could take from John Lower, and that was his faith in God. He never lost that faith. At times he felt his own government had forgotten him, but God never did. God gave him the strength to see it through. Now after reading about the horrors of Andersonville, the Holocaust, and seeing the suffering my patients had to endure, I can say with much conviction that my life has been truly blessed. We have a saying around our house when it’s time for a reality check. When someone starts to whine about something they want but don’t have, the other person will simply say, “Thank you God” and all is settled. You see, the story as it relates to

the “John Lower Christmas Pickle” is not about a pickle per se. The pickle was a “Gift from God.” Knowing this, it gave John Lower the spiritual strength to carry on … to survive. He knew God had a purpose for him. And where did John get this pickle? Not from an enemy, but from a “Gift from God,” delivered by an angel … from a guard who risked severe punishment if he was caught aiding and abetting the enemy. It’s so simple, and it took me awhile to figure it out. The Christmas pickle is about “counting your blessings.” John Lower counted his blessings, not his inadequacies. He counted that which he had, not what he did not have. His story gives us hope, appreciation and understanding. It teaches us to look for the good in people. It teaches us to hold steadfast in our faith in God for He will deliver us out of our afflictions. Funny… it has been 147 years since John Lower received that “Gift from God” and he still continues to “Witness from the grave!!!!”

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Toys for Tots!

’Tis the season for giving, celebration, family and good will towards mankind. The Christmas season is being felt now more than ever, with the help of untimely snow, with two weeks left before Christmas and the mad dash to cross off the mounting list of things to do. Sadly not everyone can enjoy this season. With economic hardships affecting various areas and families, this holiday season may not be as joyous. The community and several organizations have banded together in support of Toys for Tots. The United States Marine Corps Reserve program has been helping the community’s less fortunate by collecting toys for its annual handout for the past five years. The immense work that Don Hunter and the Estilo Car Club is equivalent to Santa’s elves, working several months to make sure


the area children have a great Christmas. Don Hunter, retired Marine and Toys for Tots coordinator, has been involved with Toys for Tots for the past 34 years and brought the program to Roswell in 2007. Since the program’s inception, Hunter has had the generous help of the Estilo Car Club to make the annual event run as smoothly as possible. “We have few Marines in the area so volunteers are wonderful for helping out with this event,” said Hunter. The car club consists of Eddie ‘Shrek’ Cedillo, president, Mikey Hernandez, Augustine Mesa, Albert Hernandez, Carmen Rosa Arias and the rest of Estillo Club in association with Stephanie De Los Santos and Doug Shaw. Toys for Tots drop boxes were placed in more than 40 locations throughout the city and the donations are mounting. In the Toys for Tots headquarters, toys are spilling over drop boxes that were picked up from

cations; the community’s donations are generous. Unopened packages from Lego round out the rest of the room’s toy donations. Hunter stated the donations get bigger and better with each passing year. It is estimated that 2,000 children will be helped with this event. The Toys for Tots program is a national program that has a unique history. Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The original idea came from Hendrick’s wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947 she made a homemade doll and asked her husband to donate it to a local organization for needy children. At that time no agency existed so they created their own. In 1927 they launched their pilot project that was deemed so successful that the United States Marine Corps adopted it in 1948 VISION MAGAZINE

and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located. Today the slogan stands to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.’’ Hendricks was a Marine Reservist on weekend but kept a civilian job as the director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio. There he was able to convince several individuals and celebrities to support Toys for Tots. 1948 Walt Disney designed the now infamous Toys for Tots logo that is still used today and he also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program. In 1995 the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. The national Toys for Tots agency collects toys from big-name supporters like Toys R Us and Lego, to just

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name a few, and ships them to the reserve posts for distribution. In the 62 years that this program has run, the Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children. It takes five months to prepare for this event. Hunter attends the annual conference in Washington, D.C. in September. The kick-off campaign begins the first of October. November is site set-up, and December is the busiest in collecting in preparation for toy distribution. The Toys for Tots crew plans to help out other organizations prior to its massive handout, including the Toys for Tots program in Carlsbad, the Callaway family Christmas and CASA. Toys for Tots will hand out its toys to the most needy of families, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, 807 N. Missouri. For more information call Don at 420-9975. Visit the Estilo Car Club website at THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011



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Christmas Light Hayride Take a relaxing hayride through a world of holiday lights. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wagons depart Sunset Run Restaurant for a ride among more than 60,000 Christmas lights. Santa Claus will also be on-site for photos. There will be holiday craft and food vendors on-site. If you are interested in setting up a light display for your business or organization, please contact us. Cost is $2 for 12 and under, or $5 for 13 and up. For more information, call Eli Levy at 921-3332.

Dec. 16, 17, 18

Academy of Ballet - Nutcracker The Academy of Ballet presents The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from


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Dec. 21

Spencer Theater - Flying J Wranglers Christmas Special Flying J Wranglers Christmas Special is at 7 p.m. Western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional favorites. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit


Dec. 16, 17, 18 Wednesday Dec. 21

The Flying J Wranglers Christmas Special is at the Spencer Theater at 7 p.m. Western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional favorites, spirituals like Go Tell It On The Mountain, Beautiful City and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs including Corn, Water & Wood, Christmas For Cowboys, Riding to Ruidoso; instrumentals and homespun comedy. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit the original story, the basic plot remains the same; the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. For more information, call 437-2202 or visit Reserved seating, all tickets $10.


Dec. 17

Spencer Theater - Ruidoso Dance Ensembleʼs “The Nut-

cracker” The Ruidoso Dance Ensemble under the artistic direction of Deborah Rogers presents an original adaptation of Tchaikovskyʼs Christmas classic “The Nutcracker.” It features gorgeous sets and costumes and outstanding dancers on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The rising young talent Simon Pawlek will star as the Cavalier. This is a delightful Christmas gift for the entire family. Tickets are $28. For


Artesia Community Theatre presents Itʼs a Wonderful Life The Artesia Community Theatre presents Itʼs a Wonderful Life at the Ocotillo Performing Art Center. Showtimes are Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensem-

ble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Directed by Sandy Schuetz, the cast includes: Jeffrey Heidenreich, Tina Holleman, Russ Panzer, Brian Sundheimer, Jess Briggs, Susan Irby, ZoeAnn Smith and Maria Perez. Tickets are $10.

Dec. 30

Vinnie Baggatone and the Bagga Vaughns “Benefit the United Way of Eddy County” Vinnie Baggatone and the Bagga Vaughns “Benefit the United Way of Eddy County” at Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Vinnie and the Gang are going to kick off the New Year Celebration early. Proceeds are to benefit the United Way of Eddy County. So join Joel, Lisa, Kent, Tina, Robert and of course Vinnie, rock out

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Nov. 19 - Dec. 31

Smithsonianʼs “Journey Stories” at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center Journey Stories is a compelling Smithsonian exhibition that shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. The accounts of travelers themselves express the hopes and promises of fresh starts, the grim realities of forced migrations and difficult journeys, and the thrills of personal travel. Journey Stories examines how transportation and migration helped build our nation, how it has changed us, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. Brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution and the New Mexico Humanities Council. For more information, call 8870276.

Nov. 25 - Dec. 31

Christmas on the Pecos Christmas On The Pecos is at the Pecos River Village Conference Center located at 711 Muscatel Ave. Under a bridge you float and suddenly, illuminated backyards and islands of light begin to show. The lights are colorful and bright as the holiday spirit shines through; while the


Christmas warmth floats through the air this Carlsbad night. As the river shimmers with color, the wise men and angels glow under a starry night as you float along through a fairyland of lights! Sunday - Thursday, adult tickets are $12.50, and children 2 - 11 years old are $7:50. Friday and Saturday, adult tickets are $17.50 and children 2 - 11 years old are $12.50. Children under 2 years of age are free but cannot occupy a seat. For ticket reservations or more information, call 628-0952 or visit

Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum display will remain through the end of the year. This exhibit features a short history of the base and many items from the WWII era, as well as information about the planes that flew at Roswell Army Airfield from 1941-1945. For more information, call 2472464 or visit

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Santa at the Lodge Santa will be making appearances throughout the town during December - On Sundays you can find him at the Lodge in Cloudcroft from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Christmas Eve from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. and Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Lodge is located at 601 Corona Place. For more information, call 682-2566 or visit

Dec. 17

Santaland Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the CLOC pavilion in Zenith Park to visit with all the kids at 6 p.m. There will be hot cocoa, bon fires, roasted marshmallows, sʼmores and pictures with Santa.

Thursday Dec. 15

An Evening with Clint Black is at the Lea County Event Center. Clint Blackʼs debut album in 1989 produced four Number One singles on the Billboard country charts. He has released nine studio albums and has had 13 singles reach Number One on the Billboard country charts. Tickets are available at and the Lea County Event Center Box Office.

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Clint Black An Evening with Clint Black is at the Lea County Event Center. Tickets are available at and the Lea County Event Center Box Office.


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Peace Through Strength This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit is a tribute to the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron assigned to Walker Air Force Base during the early 1960s. The squadron was responsible for operating and maintaining 12 Atlas missile silos around the greater Roswell area. The exhibit was funded through a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers. The 579th will hold its reunion here in Roswell May 4-6, 2012. For more information, call 247-2464 or visit

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Open Mic at Ginsberg Music Ginsberg Music opens up the stage every Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. P.A. system and drums are provided, all other instruments must be brought by the musician.

Dec. 17

Tinnie Mercantile - Wayne Bevers Book Signing - “A Veil of Trust” Tinnie Mercantile, located at 412 W. Second, is hosting a Wayne Bevers book signing of “A Veil of Trust” from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dec. 15

Roswell Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Come join the Roswell Chamber of Commerce for light appetizers and fun from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Lawrence Brothers, IGA located at 900 E. Second St. You donʼt want to miss this great networking opportunity with other local businesses. Bring your business card and a dollar to be included in our drawing. For more information, call 623-5695.

Dec. 16

Robin Scott Trio at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge The classic rock band Robin Scott Trio plays Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge from 8:30 p.m - 12:30 a.m.

Dec. 16, 17

The Studio+ presents Christmas Around the World The Studio + presents Christmas Around the World - A Holiday Extravaganza at 7 p.m. at ENMURoswell Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 7 and under.

Dec. 17 Dec 16, 17, 18

Roswell Community Little Theater presents “Christmas Trek” at the RCLT building located at 1101 N. Virginia on Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The Enchanters, a Roswell all-volunteer acapella singing group, will be opening for the play. This Christmas-themed show was written and directed by Michael Christopher. It is a fun show with lots of your RCLT favorites in it. The cost for the show will be $5. For ticket information and reservations, call 622-1982 or visit

Dec. 17

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RCLT presents Christmas Trek RCLT will present a Christmas show called “Christmas Trek” at the RCLT building located at 1101 N. Virginia on Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The cost for the show will be $5. This show was written and directed by Michael Christopher. It is a fun show with lots of your RCLT favorites in it. For ticket information and reserva-

Roswell Public Library - Story Time - “Christmas” Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library, located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

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Dec. 17

6th annual Assurance Run Benefit for the Assurance Home for Children of New Mexico All bikers are welcome to join this Christmas Toy Run. This event is sponsored by Crazy Town Riders, Roswell, NM, House of Pain, and E.T. Riders Roswell. Kick

Dec. 17

The Enchanters Christmas Music Program The Enchanters will present their Christmas Music Program at 2:30 p.m. at St. Markʼs Lutheran Church located at 2911 N. Main in the Fellowship Room. For more information, call Velloy Millett at 623-0519.


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Roswell Folklorico - Annual Holiday Show The Roswell Folklorico will be performing their annual holiday show at the Roswell Mall, next to Bealls, at 2 p.m. Bring your chairs because seating is limited. Twenty excited new children will be performing for the first time as members of the Roswell Folklorico. For more information, call Frank at 624-2724.


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The Roswell 2012

New Years Eve Gala

Martha D. Urquides-Staab Vistas Editor

With the holidays in full swing the Roswell Chamber of Commerce is rapidly working on bringing a brand new event to benefit the United Way - the Roswell 2012 New Years Gala. The city of Roswell will now have a formal event to go to, to ring in the new year. “We wanted to start a tradition, Roswell doesn’t have anything to do for New Years, this is a great way to ring in the new year and the proceeds go to a good cause,” said Kathleen Curtis, of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce. The 2012 New Year’s Gala will be held at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. The event will have

gaming tables, live entertainment by Vinnie Baggatone and the Baggavaughns, cash bar by Peppers Grill and Bar, catering by chef Mariano of Roswell Regional and a champagne toast at midnight. Peek-A-Boo portraits will do professional photography, decorations by National Distributing, mural and back drop paintings by Cathy Burch. In order to make sure this fun filled evening is a safe one, security will be on hand at the event and safe ride by Galaxy Transportation can make sure attendees get home safe. The United Way is excited to be involved in the New Years Gala and to be receiving the proceeds from this event. “We are thrilled and so happy to be working with the chamber for this event. The proceeds will go into

the 2011 campaign and will be distributed in February,” said Sherry Mumford, executive director of the United Way of Chaves County. The United Way board members will be at the New Years Gala and are excited to see how spectacular this event will unfold. “It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the new year. Roswell has never had an event like this. This is a great way for the community to come out, have fun and support the community,” said Mumford. Mumford explained that the money raised will be reviewed by the United Way Board and split among the agencies based on the needs of those agencies. Clarissa Gonzalez, who is currently on the United Way board as vice president, is excited about the potential this event will have. “It takes the support from the community to make it a success. What better way to support your community with a night of fun for New Years and the donations go

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to a good cause,” said Gonzales. The feeling is mutual with several of the events sponsors. The list is building as of now 10 sponsors have stepped up to the plate in order to make this event a hit. Xcel regional manager Mike McLeod feels it is important to help the community. “The Chamber has been great in providing entertainment and fundraising and we certainly want to be a part of that. We try to be very active with the community and help build economic development, we try out best to do our part as the company and the Xcel foundation,” said McLeod. The Chamber is always trying to put on a big event quarterly that brings income to the community and the New Year’s Gala is another one to add to the list. The mission of the Roswell

Chamber of Commerce is to promote business prosperity by assisting business development and fostering community pride and spirit. The Chamber assists with business development, expansion and retention. The Chamber works hard to relocate families to the city, and increase retirement. The Chamber is the first stop for visitors on their way in, and it encourages visitors to stop at all the local attractions. They also partner with other organizations to promote community pride and spirit. The Chamber has been the voice of business in Chaves County since 1918. For more information on the Chamber or to purchase New Year’s Eve Gala tickets, call 623-5695. Tickets may also be purchased through the United Way by calling 622-4150.

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RCLT Presents “Christmas Trek”

Martha D. Urquides-Staab Vistas Editor Photos by Rey Berrones

The Roswell Community Little Theater is in the holiday spirit. The newest production, written and directed by the theater’s own Michael Christopher, is a soon to be classic, “Christmas Trek.” “Freeda Sanders from Peachtree called the theater and asked if there was anyway a production could be put on for the residents. She said she wanted a Christmas theme with aliens,” said Christopher. With the guidelines given, Christopher got to writing and churned out Christmas Trek in a week. Rehearsals began a week before Thanksgiving and the cast has been perfecting the show in preparation for their Peachtree performance. Since Christopher had the momentum going, it fueled the idea to use the Little


Theater location on 1101 N. Virgina one last time. Christmas Trek is a treat for theater regulars and those going to see the first performance. The cast in this hilarious show is a dynamic mix of actors seen in previous shows. The plot includes rednecks, unidentified flying objects and federal agents. This play doesn’t have a main character; the whole cast helps take up all the focus which makes it difficult to pinpoint which character is the lead. Peter Powell plays Earl Lee Riser who makes his third appearance on the stage, but you would never know considering his acting is far from being a novice. Powell delivers the laughs with excellent precision. Pattie Stacy plays Earl Riser’s wife Lerleene Riser, and both Stacy and Powell make an excellent pairing for this production. Making her stage debut is

Arlena Means-Powell daughter of Peter Powell. Arlena plays the part of Sprocket/Grup. Acting runs in the family, as her mother also graced the stage in the recent production of Black Coffee. Arlena is very happy to be sharing the stage with her father and hopes to make more appearances in the future. Jeorganna Simoe works in conjunction with novice Arlena playing Kwest/Blarp. Carol Dishman plays the part of Mama Riser - one of the most colorful cast members. Her quips and wit are going to be a crowd favorite. Cody Riser is played by Tyler Stacy. Tyler is also sharing the stage with his on-stage off-screen mother, Pattie. Cody is the voice of reason in this production. Brian Landreth and Rebecca Frederick play special agents Wolf Muldoon and Dianna Sully. Again partnerships are important to a successful flowing show


and these two have it. BillyBob Junior Riser Jr. is played by Curtis Folts. No stranger to the little theater, he has had directing roles in the past, but it was good to see him on the stage where he has spent half of his life. The Enchanters, an allvolunteer acapella singing group, will be opening for the play. This is a must see if you want to laugh or just enjoy the holiday spirit. The Peachtree Village performance took place Dec. 13. Showtimes for Christmas Trek are Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information call 622-1982.


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First day of Holiday Break! Have a safe & happy break see you in 2012!



Dec. 17

Roswell Adult and Senior Center - Dance - Dwain and Jill Dwain and Jill will be performing at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center located at 807 N. Missouri from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 624-6718.

Dec. 17 - Feb. 19

Roswell Museum & Art Center - Exhibition: Karen Aqua (1954-2011) - “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” This exhibition is based on drawings, sounds, and video from former RAiR fellow Karen Aquaʼs film, Taxonomy, which was completed before her passing from cancer in May 2011. There will be a tribute to Karen Aqua on Jan. 13. The Roswell Museum

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and Art Center will host a screening and public reception on Jan. 13, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and the memorial tribute will follow at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information, call 624-6744.

The Yucca Recreation Centerʼs Christmas Vacation Fun Program The Yucca Recreation Centerʼs Christmas Vacation Fun Program will be in session from Dec. 23 - Jan. 6 and the cost of the program will be $10 per day. The concession stand is open for lunch and snack time. Holiday events scheduled for the program include Sports, Crafts, Movies, and more. For more information, contact the Yucca Recreation Center at 624-6719.

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Dec. 17

Ken Field and Friends Jazz musician Ken Field will present a “country jazz and holiday tunes” concert at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The free concert will include musicians Doc Meeks and Ted Schooley. Seating is limited; so those wanting to attend are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, call 623-5600.

Dec. 18

Roswell Symphony Orchestra - Christmas Concert featuring El Paso Brass Quintet The Roswell Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert featuring El Paso Brass Quintet is at the NMMI Pearson Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, $35, $30 and $25 for General Admission. For more information, call 1-800-300-9822 or 623-5882, or visit

Dec. 19

Like Moths to Flames Like Moths to Flames will be in concert at the ENMU-Roswell

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Like Moths to Flames will be in concert at the ENMURoswell Performing Arts Center located at 52 University Blvd. Like Moths to Flames is a five piece metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio. Hidden by Ivory from Lubbock, Morgan Graves from El Paso and Roswellʼs own Amyʼs Not Breathing will also be performing. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first band will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, and all ages are welcome. For more information, call Matt Garcia at 703-0658, or visit

Performing Arts Center located at 52 University Blvd. Hidden by Ivory from Lubbock, Morgan Graves from El Paso and Roswellʼs own Amyʼs Not Breathing will also be performing. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first band will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tick-

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Dec. 23, 30

Johnny and the Crashers at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge The classic rock band Johnny and the Crashers plays Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge from 8:30 p.m - 12:30 a.m.

Community Volunteer Program - Childrenʼs Christmas Party The Community Volunteer Program Childrenʼs Chistmas Party is at the Yucca Recreation Center located at 500 S. Richardson Ave., starting at 7 p.m. The party provides toys, food and entertainment for needy children in the community. Each child that attends the party is able to take a handful of toys of their choosing. Roundtrip transportation will be provided for the children. Grandmother hour will be from 2 p.m. 4 p.m. on Dec. 24. During this time, grandmothers in the community can come and pick out toys for their grandkids. Currently, new and used toy donations are needed for the party. To volunteer or for more information, contact Johnny Gonzales at 6247579 or Items can be dropped off at 1101 Caminisito St.


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Dec. 31

The Roswell Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Chaves County 2012 New YearĘźs Eve Gala The 2012 New YearĘźs Eve Gala will be held at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. The event will have gaming tables, live entertainment by Vinnie Baggatone and the Baggavaughns, cash bar by Peppers Grill and Bar, catering by chef Mariano of Roswell Regional and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information call 623-5695.

Dec. 31

The Roswell Adult and Senior Center New YearĘźs Eve Celebration The Roswell Adult and Senior Center located at 807 N. Missouri is hosting a New YearĘźs Eve dance and mass marriage ceremony and vow renewal for married couples from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Have a good time and dance to the music of Mike Greengrass and The Western Sky Band while you count down to the New Year. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call Bob Power at 840-6565.

works to follow. The Apache Drum Group will be on the plaza. Plus, enjoy hot food and adult beverage specials in the bar. For more information, call 464-3600 or visit

Inn of the Mountain Gods

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Dec. 16 - 17

Sunday Dec 18

Glen Campbell is coming to the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage on Sunday, December 18th! The country pop singer and guitarist has released more than 70 albums during his 50 years in the business. Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentle on My Mindâ&#x20AC;? he received two awards in country & western and â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the Time I Get to Phoenixâ&#x20AC;? did the same in pop. In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Jan. 4

Roswell Public Library Story Time - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthday New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library, located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

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Ski Apache Torchlight Parade Join Ski Apache for its 50th anniversary spectacular torchlight parade and fireworks show! The torchlight parade will be on Capitan starting at 6:30 p.m., with fire-

Lincoln County Community TheatreĘźs Christmas Special Lincoln County Community Theatre presents their Christmas special at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm. Each night LCCT will be performing six acts from comedy to drama, and includes a delightful Christmas play, plus GeorgioĘźs jazz music and Sawyer WardĘźs vocals. Admission is $8. For more information, call Sharon Lurix at 808-0051 or email

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Dec. 18

Glen Campbell at Inn of the Mountain Gods Glen Campbell is coming to the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage on Sunday, Dec. 18. The country pop singer and guitarist has released more than 70 albums during his 50 years in the business. Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentle on My Mindâ&#x20AC;? he re-

Dec. 24

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Dec. 31

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The Karen Aqua Tribute Vanessa Kahin Record Staff Writer

It wasn’t supposed to be posthumous — but it was always meant to be a tribute to an artist’s passion and unique integration of drawing and film. The exhibit, called “Karen Aqua (1954-2011) Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” will open at the Roswell Museum and Art Center Dec. 17., and come to a close Feb. 19, with a reception THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011

and tribute scheduled Jan. 13, 2012. Aqua, who had lived and worked in Roswell thanks to the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in 2009 as well as in 1992 and 1995, succumbed to cancer earlier this year after a 10-year battle with the disease. However, her fascination with nature, in particular New Mexico’s distinctive flora, fauna and architecture — which stayed with her as she traveled back to her na-

tive New England and around the world — lives on. The series of round forms that make up a cactus and its fruit, the beautiful simplicity of an adobe hut, or the even repetition of a wooden rail are just some examples of common New Mexico scenery that appear in close-ups in Aqua’s work. Set in rich, earthy tones, these works emphasize the interconnectedness of all of nature when a series of VISION MAGAZINE

drawings show the step-bystep transformation of a cactus that turns into flower that then turns into an insect, for example. This metamorphosis is just a small step away from film — another of Aqua’s passions. She made 13 independent films, as well as 22 films for Sesame Street. She often worked with schoolchildren, turning their drawings into a short film. With the help of her husband, jazz musician Ken Field, Aqua always added a soundtrack to her films. Aqua began working on her last film, “Taxonomy,” during a brief stay at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in the fall of 2009, and finished the film at her studio in Boston. Like many of her films, “Taxonomy” is based on a series of drawings, in this case, about one hundred small pastel drawings created in 2007 while Aqua was a resident artist in Taos. “It’s very New Mexico in its feel,” said Nancy Fleming, associate director for the RAiR program. The short film explores the symbiotic relationship between Earth’s most basic natural elements — animal, vegetable and mineral. “Taxonomy,” which includes a soundtrack created by Field, will be shown during the upcoming exhibit, along with the drawings that inspired the film. The show will feature other films created by Aqua. Fleming said “Taxonomy” will also be projected on the big screen in the RMAC Bassett Auditorium during the tribute for Aqua on Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition reception will be from 5-7 p.m. at the RMAC, followed by a dinner at the Anderson Museum. Although the entire exhibit is much like a tribute to Aqua’s work, Fleming said the exhibit had been planned before the artist’s death. Aqua had been planning the exhibit and wrote in a grant proposal, “The piece will be designed to be shown both as a single-screen film and

as an expanded installation piece that will incorporate two-dimensional drawings. ... The viewer will move through the space to experience this accumulation of images. ... Presented this way, no single image is as important as the totality of the experience.” Aqua was often inspired by the imagination of children. She worked extensively with children to promote art; and Roswell children were no exception. Perhaps one of the most fun projects Aqua worked on in Roswell was the film, “Roswell, Not Just Aliens,” which she created with students at El Capitan and Military Heights Elementary Schools. Aqua was unafraid to explore serious, often tragic subject matter in her work. In a short film titled “Darkened Horizons,” which she created with students at Sidney Gutierrez Middle School during a summer workshop in 2010, Aqua artistically commented on the British Petroleum oil spill that occurred earlier that year off the Gulf of Mexico. “Darkened Horizons” was recently awarded the prize for best documentary film in the school section of the Sardinian Sustainability Film Festival in Sardinia, Italy. The cancer that eventually took Aqua’s life also served as a subject matter for a film, titled “Twist of Fate,” which she created with husband Ken Field in 2009. “Twist of Fate” premiered in New Mexico at the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s Bassett Auditorium, in December 2009. “We are fortunate to have had Karen and Ken come back to our community for so many years and share their talents with us,” said Fleming. “Karen’s animation is unique, inspiring and beautiful, and so was she.” For more information about the exhibit or the tribute, call the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, at 623-5600.


Roswell’s Cap


Mossman, part 2

Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian

The elements nearly did Burt in, in 98. The bitter winter with a full two feet of snow killed nearly 10,000 head of cattle but by astute shipment and sale of the remaining herds the ranch remained fluid. in early 1900 the outfit sold its holdings and Mossman became a private businessman dealing in all types of livestock. But Arizona had become a hotbed of rustlers, thieves, stage robbers and outlaws. Gov. Murphy called Mossman into the capitol in Phoenix and suggested a hard-riding, sure shooting outfit patterned after the Texas Rangers with Mossman as the captain. Mossman was making more than a thousand dollars a month in his business, but after much cajolling by the governor, the railroad and associates, he took the appointment at $120 a month. He was assigned 12 men as his rangers. His success as head of the tough, talented group, many of whom died in ensuing campaigns, is the source of legend in Arizona and the Southwest. His search for and capture of the outlaw Chacon is a story that is the stuff of legend. Chacon was a thief, an outlaw, a murderer and a scourge for an area of southern Arizona. His swift dash to Mexico for protection left Cap Mossman frustrated time after time. And though Cap vowed he would capture and execute the outlaw, he just never could get the opportunity or luck to achieve the arrest. And then his commission expired. He vowed to make one last try, ignoring the fact that his authority was expiring as well. PAGE 14

As in other instances, he was not to be denied. Ignoring the Mexican border, Mossman set his trap and lured Chacon into it. With the delivery of the outlaw to Arizona authorities, Mossman’s transgressions in violating his expired authority was overlooked and Chacon was tried and hanged. His later life as a cattleman began in Lakewood, just south of Artesia on the Pecos River with the Turkey Track outfit, then his own spread on the Missouri and Cheyenne rivers on the Sioux Reservation where he stocked his ranch with Turkey Track cattle from the Pecos River. Hard times pushed Cap Mossman into the cattle feeding business and then into an arrangement with financiers that resulted in the forming of the Diamond A Cattle Company. Cap ranged the entire West in his role as cattleman. Sonora, Chihuahua, Chicago, the banks of the Missouri, El Paso, the Cheyenne, the great XIT outfit, the rolling hills of the Dakotas and the muddy Pecos. He mixed with cattle barons and governors, financiers, investors and politicians. In 1916 he moved his tight little family to Roswell. He reformed the Diamond A in 1925 and added sheep to his enterprise. His life in Roswell must have been both challenging and pleasant. Cap Mossman weathered the “Great Depression” and the terrible dust bowl days of the arid thirties. He remained a viking in his own domain, fierce, solid and respected. People in Roswell still remember his stand against the removal of drift fences from public lands and his confrontation with Harold

Ickes, Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Interior. He explained how important the fences were to prevent the drifting of cattle before winter storms and their worth to the little stockman. Ickes was impressed with Cap’s earnest statements. “How much time do you think you should have to remove the drift fences?” he asked. “About the same length of time it took to build them.” the cowman replied. “Sounds reasonable,” Ickes said, “How much time VISION MAGAZINE

Top: Photo of Cap Mossmanʼs Roswell home taken in the early 1900s courtesy Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico. Above: Cap Mossmanʼs Roswell home present day.

is that?” The old range warrior without cracking a smile glared into the politicians eyes and said, “About twenty-five years, Mr. Secretary.” Cap did not entirely win his fight for the fences but time allowances were granted that softened the blow to western ranchers. Cap’s first wife, Grace, was the daughter of Turkey Track manager James Coburn. Grace died with the birth of their second child, Mary. Burton, Jr was their

first child. In Roswell he found new happiness, as well, when he met and married the charming Ruth Shrader. Their lovely home, in the Roswell Historic District framed in elms and poplars, played host to many a local citizen. Cap Mossman was honored many times over by his associates in the industry. He remains as a vivid portrait to those who knew him. He used to say in later years that “he’d seen it all and done it all.” It seems he did. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011


A Suppressed

Morning Newspaper Edition in 1947?

We may never really understand the lengths to which government agencies will go to conceal what they know about the fact that unaccountable airborne objects have appeared in our skies over the years. All of us who have done research on the Roswell incident have come away with

an awareness that the official obsession with secrecy has taken many bizarre and complex forms. But of course these dark governmental and military machinations have by no means been restricted to Roswell. In a classic UFO case dating to September 3, 1965, a mysterious low-flying disk-

shaped object terrorized the rural community around Exeter, New Hampshire, frightening horses and coming so close to one human observer (Norman Muscarello) that he had to dive into a ditch (I’ve visited this spot) to avoid being knocked down. Numerous other witness accounts corroborate the obtrusive presence of the strange craft. The Manchester Union Leader had the temerity actually to print a news story covering these events on the following morning. But witnesses saw an Air Force lieutenant (from nearby Pease Air Force Base) going around Exeter that morning, stopping at places where the paper had been delivered, buying up all the copies in a desperate attempt to keep people from reading about what had happened. Your tax dollar at work! But my point is that something very similar, if not

worse, may have happened with regard to the Roswell incident of 1947. Several years ago a witness informed me that her grandmother, who was living in Roswell at the time of the UFO incident, had told her an unsettling story. According to this secondary witness, during the July 4th weekend when the Roswell UFO crash occurred, the Roswell Morning Dispatch (the regular morning paper in those days) published an issue for which the front page carried a photo taken at the crash site before evidence had been removed. The secondary witness said (very reminiscent of the Exeter case that would come eighteen years later) that soon after that edition of the morning paper was delivered, military people started showing up on doorsteps, both in town and out in the county at the ranch houses, confiscating all copies of the

newspaper. Later, a “corrected” version of the paper was issued, minus the photo. I have never heard a story to this effect from anyone else, and would have considered it rather skeptically, except for two important things: (1) that I knew the primary witness to be quite trustworthy and (2) that the military has definitely been known to try to suppress a UFO-related newspaper story on at least one other occasion, in Exeter. But in the Roswell scenario they might have missed some copies. If anybody still has one, or even remembers seeing one, you could give me a neat Christmas present by letting me know about it. I will keep your identity in absolute confidence. But I will also tell the story itself to the whole world, if any copies of that newspaper edition still exist.

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“Jesus Christ is Lord.” I did not come to this conclusion after spending countless hours at a formal altar in a church building or after staring at a stained glass mosaic depicting the history of religion. “Jesus Christ is Lord.” I did not come to this conclusion after spending countless hours in a scientific laboratory attempting by historical research, to validate the deity or holiness of Christ. I tried that and failed. What revealed to me that Jesus Christ is Lord is my faith in Him. This is not a claim that can be demonstrated in an objective or scientific manner. I am taking the risk that Jesus Christ is Lord. I am declaring today that – that risk has become a reality in my life. I used to keep Jesus at a comfortable distance. I met him close up in the street. I liked what I saw. Jesus is now the focus of my faith. A radical shift has taken place in my religious consciousness. It was not with fanfare or blaring trumpet that ushered God into my life. VISION MAGAZINE

A still small voice spoke to me and said, “Follow me.” I did. I am. I will forever follow him. Jesus has changed my life. To say that Jesus Christ is Lord is more than a nice, clean, acceptable, antiseptic religious phrase, safe to speak in a church house. It is a new way of life for me. I have come to this conclusion voluntarily. I say it again and live with this abiding principle as the key to my daily living…I say humbly yet boldly…”Jesus Christ is Lord”. “Jesus Christ is Lord” I make this confession because I have decided to follow Jesus. Without following Jesus this confession is empty and meaningless. Let there be no doubt – I am a confessor. I am a believer. I am a disciple. I am a Christian. Heaven is my home. God is my Father. I have given my heart and life to him. I have confessed my sins to him. I am trusting my eternal destiny into his care. Jesus Christ is not only Lord – Jesus Christ is my Lord. No apologies. No regrets. Sheer joy. Sheer delight.


The Poe Corn Tournament Rey Berrones Vision Editor

honors Derry Moore

The Sunrise Optimist Club is once again hosting the annual Poe Corn Invitational Basketball Tournament. Every year the tournament honors a person in the community who has positively contributed to local sports in the same way that Poe W. Corn did during his lifetime. This year, Derry Moore is joining the distinguished list of honorees. Moore worked for more than 30 years in public education and athletic administration before retiring, and was athletic director of New Mexico Military Institute and for the Dexter Public Schools. Moore has already received many honors for his work,


including the Roswell Boys Club Service to Youth Award, National Athletic Director of the Year, and has been inducted into the New Mexico Athletic Officials’ Hall of Fame and the Eastern New Mexico University Hall of Honor. Reggie Franklin, the current NMMI athletic director was a cadet during Moore’s tenure as the NMMI athletic director. Franklin said of Moore, “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Coach Moore, and hope I can do as good a job as he did as director. He was a good and honest man. I try to be a good man to all of my coaches, and as honest with them as he was.” There will be a banquet that honors Moore, and he will also be recognized during the first game of the

tournament. The tournament benefits the Vern Stahl Scholarship, the Goddard and Roswell Boys and Girls Basketball teams, The Roswell Choir, Roswell Charlie’s Angels and the Goddard Rockettes. The tournament raises funds through ticket sales, raffles, T-shirts programs and sponsorships. Scott Hicks, tournament director said, “We couldn’t do this without our sponsors and we couldn’t do it without our team sponsors and our local sponsors.” Tickets for the tournament are $5 for adults and $4 for students, and an all-tourney pass is available for $12. For more information, contact Scott Hicks 626-5042, or


Poe W. Corn

Photo courtesy Virginia Corn


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