Friday, October 25, 2019

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is now mainly a historical record of happenings at the Capitan Public Library from June 2014 to Sept 2019.  It's been fun experience learning the blog world! Sharon

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Wreathes for Veteran graves

Wreaths Across America fund raiser

For the last several years people in our community have donated money for the purchase of wreaths to be laid on the graves of veterans at the Fort Stanton Military Cemetery. This has been followed by volunteers coming together to lay the wreaths on the graves. These civic minded people led by Cecile Kinnan, the Spencer Theater ushers, the Fort Stanton Cemetery personnel and Ruidoso Noon Lions Club are again asking for community help to purchase the wreaths and to lay them on the graves on Saturday December 14th at 9:00 a.m. Veterans have been interred at the Fort Stanton Cemetery for 117 years. It is an honor to recognize those who have given so much to our country. This is an active cemetery, so the number of wreaths needed for this project increases each year.

This project is part of the “Wreaths Across America” program that was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester when he placed wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. He continued to quietly practice this tradition until 2005, when a picture of the wreaths on the graves went public. The result was volunteers stepping forward to honor veterans at other military cemeteries. The project reached Lincoln County, and volunteers from as far away as El Paso have joined local people yearly in placing the wreaths on the graves.
According to the “Wreaths Across America” website: “In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans’ graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated. And that year, December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as ‘Wreaths Across America Day’.”

In 2014, ‘Wreaths Across America’ and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the September 11 tragedies.” Lincoln County is part of this great national project, and we need the support of its people to continue.

The funds must be gathered by November 4, 2019 to meet the deadline for ordering. Tax deductible checks can be made out to Ruidoso Noon Lions Club and mailed to PO Box 1130, Ruidoso, NM 88355, Atten: Treasurer. As little as $15 would allow you to adopt one veteran’s grave. Any amount would be appreciated and used solely for the purchase of the wreaths. Please indicate on the check that the funds are for the Fort Stanton Wreaths Across America project.

Individuals who have family members buried in the cemetery may place a wreath on the specific grave.
In addition to the donated wreaths for the Fort Stanton Military Cemetery, this year individuals and organizations may also purchase wreaths for veterans’ graves at other cemeteries. It is not possible at this time to recruit enough volunteers to lay wreaths at every cemetery in Lincoln County, so the wreaths for graves not at Fort Stanton must be pre-paid by November 20, 2019 and they must be picked up at Fort Stanton Military Cemetery the morning of December 14th. The price for these pre-paid wreaths is the same ($15). Please contact Cecile Kinnan, 336-9157, for a non-Fort Stanton order form.

The hope is that individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and veterans’ groups will step forward to support the purchase of the wreaths.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 14th, at 9 am at the Fort Stanton Veterans Cemetery located at 1398 State Highway 220, Fort Stanton, New Mexico.
Marilyn Orr will lead a volunteer choir in song before the actual laying of the wreaths.  Everyone is welcome to participate either through donating money or participating in the laying of the wreaths, or both. It can be cold at the cemetery, so be sure to dress warmly. What a beautiful way to teach children the meaning of giving during the season of giving.

Monday, September 30, 2019

LCBC autumnal equinox birding trip Monjeau Road on Sept 14, 2019

"A perfect bird-y day," exclaimed members of Lincoln County Bird Club (LCBC) as they began their annual fall equinox field trip along Monjeau Road on a recent sunny September Saturday. In the first  quarter-mile they observed  acorn woodpeckers, common ravens, turkey vultures, as well as hummingbirds, sparrows and doves. A mule deer doe with a two spotted fawns ambled ahead of a squirrel as yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, green-tailed towhee, MacGillivray's warbler, Steller's jay, Western bluebird, female Western tanager, Wilson's warbler, lesser goldfinch, olive-sided flycatcher, orange-crowned warbler flew overhead. 
details of a four o'clock blossom as seen
 through a macro lens.
 Image by Ron Hagquist

Wildflowers still bloomed in abundance: scarlet gilia, mountain daisies, box elder, coneflowers, Hooker's evening primrose, cowpen daisiesOne birder pointed out a snag into which woodpeckers flew in and out. "Granary tree," she noted, "where the woodpeckers will store food for the winter and raise their young."

Ripe elderberries are a mid-September
 treat found  in abundance along
 Monjeau Road. 
Image by Yvonne Lanelli
A Scottish harebell blossom seems to heavy for
such a delicate stem. 
Image by Yvonne Lanelli
At what another member refers to as "Elderberry Turn," they pulled over and spent nearly a half hour observing into the vast open spaces. Many turkey vultures soared overhead with red-tailed hawks, common ravens and an American kestrel. One birder tried out his new macro lens on closeups of late summer wildflowers: goldenrod, mountain asters, mountain daisies, skyrocket gilia, Mexican hat coneflowers, yarrow, locoweed, Apache plume and wild roses with rosehipsAnother member collected ripe elderberries, anticipating elderberry pancakes.

Further uphill,  two ravens harassed two Northern goshawks in a dead tree.  Goshawk sightings are rare, according to "Sibley's Guide to North American Birds." A Northern flicker and chipping sparrows flew past.

At Skyline Campground, they observed a red-tailed hawk atop a dead tree, turkey vultures, green-tailed towhees  in elderberry bushes, red-backed darkeyed juncos, Western bluebirds, more warblers, white-breasted nuthatches, and acorn woodpeckers. Photographers imaged sulfur flowers, also known as buckwheat, New Mexico vervain, Scottish harebells, locoweed, fleabane, yellow cinquefoil, dayflowers, mountain iris, sage, cranesbill geranium, cosmos, four o'clocks, brown-eyed Susans, cowpen daisies, wild roses with rosehips and nodding onion.

The trip concluded at the trailhead of Crest Trail #25. As they scanned the high altitude skies, a red-tailed hawk soared above the canyon yet at eye level. A last bit of sun illuminated its plumage. "A fitting conclusion to our trip," they agreed.

At a different meeting, the Lincoln County Bird Club enjoyed a visit to the Capitan Public Library to view the artwork of fellow bird club member, Greg Haussler.  His artwork is on display at library until Oct. 15 

LCBC meets every month at locations around the area to plan field trips and discuss birding opportunities. They next gather at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House on Sudderth Dr. in Ruidoso at noon on Thursday, October 24. For information, contact LCBC President Jim Edwards, 575-937-5416 or

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Artwork of Greg Haussler on display at library until Oct. 15

(Please note - Greg's paintings on display at the library are not for sale - but if you see something you like, call Greg at 575-354-2746 and discuss having a giclee made from his original artwork.)

Greg Haussler retired in 2003  from the Upper Hondo Soil & Water Conservation District/Natural Resources Conservation. He took painting lessons from local artist, Lorene Caywood.  He soon found that watercolor was his medium of choice.

One painting on the wall is not Greg's.  Sharing wall space with his grandpa is Greg's
 grandson, Russell Grant Allen, an 
aspiring artist

Greg's wife, Carol Keys, is an artist in her own right.  She  authored the family's personal story, Behind Her Smile: A Mother's Walk Through Her Daughter's Anorexia, and co-authored Sharing Moments Over Tea: The Journeys of Four Women.

Greg and Carol collaborate to create booklets for each of their grandchildren. Carol writes the story line and Greg illustrates.  They shared these booklets, which a few have been chosen to share with the public in this blog. 

 Below is an excerpt from a story in Vamonos/Ruidoso News 2010 written by Carol about Greg and his journey to becoming an artist.

A Mature Perspective  by Carol Keys

Barefoot and tanned to the color of dirt, a young boy skittered and slithered along the creek banks of rural Nebraska chasing butterflies and, sometimes, catching them in those long, hot  summers.  Occasionally, he would sketch these memories.  This child's name was Greg Haussler and he grew to young adulthood in the staked plains region of West Texas.

Greg was able to attend college at Texas Tech in Lubbock because the school was within walking distance of his house.  Like most freshman he had no clue what he wanted to major in, but knew that his heart lay in the mountains and hills with his beloved butterflies and birds.  

Perusing the college catalogue and knowing that his love was biology, but not teaching or research, he gravitated towards range management.  This is where he stayed, earning a degree in that area. 

His first job landed him in the mountains of Utah and, later, in northern New Mexico at Mora.  With an emerging career as a range conservationist and a wife and baby, there was no time for sketching, but still some time for bird watching and butterflies.

As the years blew by, Greg did find time to pursue his love of nature, hiking on ranches, farms, and federal land of New Mexico and other western states.  After 36 years with the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service), Greg retired in 2003 in Lincoln County, expecting to relax, maybe watch a few birds from his deck and encourage butterflies to frequent his Capitan garden.  Of course, there was travel, and volunteer committees for church and the local hospital, but other than a little horseback riding and hiking, not much pressure.  

Then came the phone call. "Hello, Carol? This is Lorene (Caywood, a local art teacher).  I have an opening in my art class and wondered if Greg wanted to come?"

"Of course he does, Lorene," I gloated.  You see, I had been trying for years to get Greg to reconnect with his art.  Christmas and birthday gifts of art lessons went ignored and unused.  Now there was no choice.

Calling out the door, I reported, "Lorene just called and wants you to call her to say which day you want to take art lessons.  She has an opening.  And, oh yes, you probably need to see what she needs you to bring."  (Greg can be single-minded when pursuing his outdoor interest, but that definitely got his attention.)

Now, after years of art lessons, countless watercolors painted for friends and family and a few art shows, Greg is much more comfortable with his craft.  No surprise, he prefers nature scenes with a building or two thrown in. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

$5 a bag book sales

Saturday, September 7⋅10:00am – 2:00pm
On the 1st Saturday of every month. Fill a bag for $5 from our book sales room.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Book club discussion Sept 5

Book Club - Thursday, Sept 5 at 10 am @ the library

Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. 

Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process. (From the publisher.)

Reminder - sign up for village-wide yard sale

Village Wide Yard Sale
Register your Yard Sale at Capitan Public Library for a nominal  fee of $5 that covers area advertising in Newspapers/Online  publications. Yard Sale signs are the responsibility of the  resident. Direction maps will be available, 2 days prior to the  14th, at the library.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary to N2SS on August 23rd. Thanks to all N2SS volunteers for their hard work and dedication

L-R: Nadette Welterlin-Hugg, Sue Donahue, Kay N2SS Mgr, Barbara Stewart, CPL
Paulette Arnone, CPL Director; and
 holding the cake: 
Pearl Tippin,CPL Board Member, N2SS treasurer

CPL Board members, Pat Garrett and Bill Jeffrey,
show off the wonderful sign given to
the library from the Capitan Women's Club

Come in and sign up to be part of the Village-wide Garage Sale. Get on the Map!

Volunteers needed - human variety preferred

Brought to you by the N2SS 
Our newest CPL volunteer-
🎵🎶SING SING 🎶🎵   
From left to right:
Charlene McKinney, CPL Volunteer; Kay N2SS Mgr; Shirley Pavlovic, CPL Volunteer;
Barbara Stewart, CPL Cataloger & Volunteer.
Front & Center-Sing Sing