Birthdays, school supplies needed, family reunion

In the birthday swim…

Ayden Otero and Joseph Otero will be celebrating their birthdays today. The boys are having a cookout and swim party today at the Elk’s Club with their brother Billy Gage, 2.
Ayden, whose birthday was Friday, is celebrating his first birthday. Ayden, whose family members call him “Heavy Duty” or “McGroceries,” is an active one-year-old who’s starting to walk.
Ayden is the son of Billy and Lori Otero and his grandparents are Joseph and Vicky Laredo, Billy and Lourdes Otero, Blandina and Tom Cordova, Victor and Anna B. Montano and C.A. Evans.
Joseph, who will be 11 on Aug. 23, is a fan of the Cowboys’ retired quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Joseph is wearing the appropriate jersey with Bledsoe’s No. 11. Joseph, who’s entering the sixth grade, also enjoys jamming on his electric guitar.
Joseph is the son of Grace Gutierrez and Billy and Lori Otero and his grandparents are Beatrice Gutierrez, Joseph and Vicky Laredo, Billy and Lourdes Otero, Blandina and Tom Cordova, Victor and Anna B. Montano and C.A. Evans, all of Tucumcari.

School supplies needed…
The Minisry of Hope is collecting school supplies to help families get thier children off to a good start.
Wanted are No. 2 pencils, wide rule paper, Crayolas, scissors and glue.
Ministry of Hope will be open during the following hours to collect items: Monday thorugh Thursday from 9:30 a.m.to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Greasers, Haneys unite…
The families of Quay County early homesteaders, the Greasers and the Haneys, arrived for a reunion Sunday evening, gathering at the Convention Center in Tucumcari.
Mayor Mary Mayfield presented the families with a proclamation declaring Monday as Greaser-Haney Day in Tucumcari.
The families represented were from Maine, New York, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
A meal at the Convention Center saw the renewal of family ties among more than 70 attendees. On Monday, a barbecue dinner and covered wagon ride was enjoyed at Caprock Ranch. On Tuesday, a trip to the old homesteads in Obar was hosted by the Irwin family, current owners of the ranch that includes the homesteads. This was followed by an excursion to Ute Lake.
George Mowrer of Portales planned and organized the three-day affair. Plans for another reunion in 2009 are being made.