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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NOVEMBER MONDAY 50 CENTS ST JOHNS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Photos by Lara New Mexican Goodwin middle former paster of St Johns United Methodist Church catches up with Jeannie Heacock left and her hus band Larry during the celebration of the churchs 125th anniversary Sunday The Heacocks met at St Johns when Larry was a summer assistant pastor in 1951 and married there in 1962 Memories and milestones Congregants reminisce as church celebrates 125 years By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican At 125 years old St Johns United Methodist Church has a lot of memories Many were shared Sundayas about 75 congregants gathered for the churchs anniversary7 celebra tion After an evening service Jeannie Heacock who has attended services at SL Johns since childhood recalled a yarn from the 1950s The churchs bishop a rather large man was in town for a visit During the service he began to lower his girth into the stately chair reserved for dignitaries when to parishioners bemuse ment the chair collapsed I remember we had a terrible time getting him off the she said Heacock first came to St Johns with her mother Winifred Brock who at 87 has attended the church the longest In 76 years Brock has Nora Pompeo listens to stories about the church during the celebration Pompeo has been a church member for 55 years held every lay position in the church While she was once the youngest president of United Methodist Women in the state shes now the oldest and remembers well when St Johns now on Old Santa Fe Trail was on Don Caspar Avenue Heacocks family stayed involved in church activities Most of the time church was open we were she said In the archive room on the other side of the church Har old Dixon pieced together tales long forgotten At only 44 Dixon seems too young to be able to dig up the past But as he stud ied a panel of photographs labeled Unknown Adults and he managed to fill in a couple of names One was Al Spencer now deceased a youthgroup spon sor Dixon was once in he said Another in a photo of several teenage girls was Connie Wai rath who Dixon said he dated in high school but lost touch with since Like Heacock and Brock Dixon has a long affilia tion with St Johns He was baptized there as were his children and hes seen friends marry there Its the only church Dixon has ever attended Everything to do with church has always been he said The building on Old Santa Fe Trail the third Santa Fe home for St Johns was com pleted in 1954 St Johns first incarnation was an adobe church on West San Francisco Street built in 1880 But the congregation quickly outgrew it and moved to a second church on Don Caspar Avenue in 1902 It now has members Contact Brandon Garcia at 9953826 or at bgarda@sfnewmexican.corrL JORDAN BOMBINGS Woman says shes fourth bomber Iraqi claims on Jordan TV she tried to blow herself up with husband By Jamaf Kalaby The Associated Press AMMAN Jordan Wearing a disabled explosives belt and a white headscarf and wringing her hands as she spoke the Iraqi woman calmly described how she tried and failed to join her husband in a suicide attack on a hotel wedding party Millions of viewers across Jordan and the region watched as Sajida Mubarak Atrous alRishawi gave her televised confession hours after she was arrested Sunday an arrest that resulted in part from al Qaidas mistaken boast of her AlRishawi explained how her husband helped plan Wednesdays attacks fitted her suicide bomb belt and blew himself up with his own bomb at the Radisson SAS one of three hotels attacked by three Iraqi men Please see JORDAN Page A6 FINANCE COMMITTEE Panel to ponder delay in hike of livini wage By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican An organization promoting Santa Fes livingwage ordinance plans a rally today to protest a proposal to postpone increasing the local minimum wage at the first of the year The Living Wage Networks rally and news confer ence begins in front of City Hall at a half hour before the Finance Committee meets there to con sider a vote to postpone the increase for six months If approved the measure will go to the City Council If the fivemember committee rejects it it would still go to the mil council but without the panels recommendation Councilor David Pfeffers proposal also would require the City Council to vote on future increases in the mini mum wage Please see WAGE Page A5 SCHOOL OF THE WEEK Elementary has been a community fixture By John Sena The New Mexican Steeped in history Larragoite Elemen tary serves families that have attended the school for generations Martina Vigil whose daughter Jade is a thirdgrader at the school went to Larra goite which serves students from Barrio La Canada and along Agua Fria Street There were fewer students when she attended Vigil said but some things havent changed If s a nice neighborhood and a good she said Students get a lot of atten LARRAGOITE Location 1604 Agua Frfa St Phone Number 4673700 Principal Ellen Perez Grades K6 Teachers 25 Students 242 tion and they have really great The tradition reaches beyond students Yvonne Romero who served as principal for 14 years and was with the district for 25 retired after the 200304 school year She attended the school as a child and her father Eppie Velasquez was principal there for 17 years The school has a new principal Ellen Perez who was an assistant principal at Alameda Middle School Some parents said her management style differs from Romeros and that the transition has been tough but overall its gone smoothly It has been an said Lynette Trujillo who has two daughters at the school But it seems like everybody gets Please see SCHOOL Page A5 Luis Sanchez New Mexican Vafdez Abeyta y Valdez a music teacher at Larragoite Ele mentary School leads her class in stretching before the stu dents start playing drums during class last week OBITUARIES Eufelia Garcia 95 Santa Fe Nov 10 Nikkie Montoya DeCardenas 40 Santa Fe Nov 9 Walter 87 Santa Fe Nov 8 PageA2 Index LA HISTORSA DE LOS NSNOS CON OIOS CAFES Autor escribe sobre la historia de los chicanos para que deje de ser ignorada SUDOKUFORVOU Find Sudoku a Japaneseinspired placement puzzle inside Classifieds Annies El Horoscope Police Super Time A locally owned and independent newspaper i JAKE THE SNAKE BITES THE RASDERS Jake Plummer passes for 205 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions or sacks as the Broncos defeat the Raiders in Oakland Sports Cl Main Late News Mostly sunny High 63 low 3L Page C8 Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 318 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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