Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wreaths Across America

Supporters of Wreaths Across America hope to raise
$3,200 to place wreaths on military graves at Fort Stanton Cemetery.
Dianne L Stallings, Ruidoso News

Last year, wreaths were laid on graves at the cemetery during a downpour.
(Photo: Courtesy Photo/Jill Harper-Duncan)

For those who know Cecile Kinnan, it comes as no surprise that she has taken on another challenge. The inexhaustible community volunteer is trying to raise $3,200 by December 1st to order wreaths to be place on military graves at Fort Stanton Cemetery.

"Picture a loved one or friend in the military shivering alone in the cold. Now picture a dead veteran lying unrecognized in a cold grave at the Fort Stanton Military Cemetery," Holly Braden, a retired professor, Creative Aging Board member and an usher with Kinnan at the Spencer Theater, said. "Although the state is now restoring this military cemetery, many of these veterans are never visited or recognized for their valor, except for a group of dedicated volunteers. Until this year, these graves were decorated with wreaths at Christmas by these volunteers. The funding source for this tribute has ceased to exist, and the state is not allowed to provide money. Funding is desperately needed to purchase wreaths."

Each wreath costs $15, and a total of $3200 must be raised by Friday, December 1st, she said.

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, Braden said.  "He continued to quietly practice the tradition until 2005, when a picture of the wreaths on the graves went public," she said. "The result was volunteers stepping forward to honor veterans at other military cemeteries. This happened in Lincoln County. The ushers from the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts have taken it on as one of their many community projects. Volunteers from as far away as El Paso have joined local people yearly in placing the wreaths on the graves."

Those volunteers feel honored to be able to recognize those who gave so much to the country, she said. Veterans have been interred at the Fort Stanton Cemetery for 117 years. 

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, Dec. 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 more than 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 terrorist attacks.

Lincoln County is part of this great national project and they need the support of residents and long-time visitors to continue, Kinnan and Braden said. The deadline to submit the order is December 1st.

All checks or money orders are to be made out to the Ruidoso Valley Noon Lions Club Charities, c/o Don Fowler, Treasurer, POB 7366, Ruidoso, NM 88355. The organization is helping out with the project and also will handle cash. Checks and money orders should have a memo that states for Wreaths Across America, and attach a note with any cash donation.

A $15 donations allows a person to adopt one veteran's grave. Any amount would be appreciated and used solely for the purchase of the wreaths. The hope of the wreath project supporters is that individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and veterans' groups will step forward to support the purchase of the wreaths.

"What a beautiful way to teach children the meaning of giving during the season of giving," Braden said.
The ceremony is set for 10 am, Thursday, December 16th, at the cemetery.  Everyone is welcome to participate either through donating money or in the laying of the wreaths, or both. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Artist displayed her rugs last Saturday

Cathy Kelly showed rag rug art and visited with the Capitan Fiber Art Group last Saturday.
Cathy showing rugs while explaining the rugs medium and history. 
A very interested audience member. photos by Dave Kish
  The group meet again on Saturday, Nov 4.
 Fiber Art Group meets every 1st & 3rd Saturdays at the Capitan Library, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Bring a project to work on and your show & tell pieces.  We meet through lunch, so bring a sack lunch, too.  Fiber art is anything made from natural or man-made fiber (yarn, string, paper, etc.)
 For more information contact Dave at 602.686.2054.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Come meet the Docs at Creative Aging Meeting

We now have two geriatric trained physicians in LC. Michael Clements and a new arrival - Suzelle Moffet. They will both speak to the challenges in their practices as well as the new information on aging that appears to moving quickly into mainstream medicine. Please join me in welcoming both to our Creative Aging Monthly Meeting, in Room #108 at ENMU-Ruidoso. Remember, come early and enjoy networking and munching with coffee.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Help for Stuttering is as Close as Your Library

  Thanks to generous donors, the Stuttering Foundation has donated books and DVDs to libraries across the country, including Capitan Public Library.

Stuttering Foundation books are directed to parents of children who stutter, adults who stutter, speech pathologists, pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, health care professionals, hospitals, schools, clinics, day-care centers, and all those concerned with the problem of stuttering. The DVDs feature some of the world's leading therapists with children who stutter. Since the original publication, Foundation materials have reached millions of individuals worldwide.

More than three million Americans stutter, yet stuttering remains misunderstood by most people," said Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation. "Myths such as believing people who stutter are less intelligent or suffer from psychological problems still persist despite research refuting these erroneous beliefs."

Visit the Capitan Public Library to peruse these items.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Capitan Fiber Art Group meets this Saturday, October 21

Fiber Art Group meets every 1st & 3rd Saturdays at the Capitan Library, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Bring a project to work on and your show & tell pieces.  We meet through lunch, so bring a sack lunch, too.  Fiber art is anything made from natural or man-made fiber (yarn, string, paper, etc.)
 For more information contact Dave at 602.686.2054.
This Saturday 
@ 11 am 
 Guest Lecturer: 
Rag Rug Hooking Artist , Cathy Kelly 

Cathy will tell the history of rag rug hooking and show her antique rugs.  She will also demonstrate hooking a rag rug.  Her  lecture will last for about an hour.

Go beyond - other useful art from rags!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Join the Book Club at 10:00am on Thursday, November 2. We are reading GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny.

Upcoming bookclub books:
December will be similar to the Decembers in the past without a new book to read.

January is the suggestion of Holly Braden, Zero:The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife 

February will be Sara 
Duttweiler 's suggestion of Larry McMurtry's Sin Killer.  We have a copy of Texas Monthly Magazine  with a feature article on Larry McMurtry which book club members will be able to check out.

Be thinking of good books for the spring. It' s always nice to have books that expand our horizons. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FREE Health Fair at the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Join us for another FREE community event!

Its our “6TH Annual Stepping Into a Better You” Health Fair, Zumba, MIXXEDFIT, Fun Walk & “One Team One Dream” 5K challenge.

Saturday Oct 21, 2017 at The Inn Of The Mountain Gods
Fun walk registration @ 8:00 am, Walk start time 9am
5K challenge registration @ 8:00 am, Race start time 9am

The Health fair is from 10 am-2 pm with tons of Vendors and Door Prizes

Friday, October 13, 2017

Medicare Changes and individual consultations

Elizabeth Sanchez, State Health Insurance Program Coordinator in Roswell, will be available at the following locations to speak with you personally.  She can address any new changes and discuss the Part D Prescription Program.

·        Monday, October 16th from 9:30 - 3 -- the Village of Ruidoso Community Center.

·        Tuesday, October 17th from 11:30 - 3 -- Carrizozo Senior Center

·        Monday, October 23rd from 10 - 3 -- Capitan Senior Center

·        Thursday, November 16th from 10 - 3 -- Ruidoso Downs Senior Center

Information provided by: Clara Farah, Ph.D.
Creative Aging
Tel  :   575-336-1367     
Cell  :  575-973-7835

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creative Aging upcoming Oct meetings

Meetings are open and encourage all of us to get involved and remain committed to improving the quality of life for all older adults in Lincoln County.

 Thursday, October 125pm. ENMU.#115. Aging in Place. Janet Simmans. This is a new committee interested in helping people stay in their homes with retrofitting, and other innovative solutions. 

Want to learn more on how you can help and also how you can benefit? Please join this new committee and learn and grow with us to augment Lincoln County Transit System outreach to outlying communities. The meeting is  at ENMU-Ruidoso Oct 17 at 10 am.

Our meetings are lively, informative as we are working to encourage the success of our college students. Come visit October 18th at 5 pm at ENMU-Ruidoso.

Karen Rounds meets with us monthly on various financial planning subjects at ENMU, she will also introduce us to an outside speaker in an interactive webinar on investment possibilities. October 19 at 5 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017

In Carrizozo:

Carrizozo Music, Inc. presents the Comanche Boyz from the Mescalero Apache Tribe in a First Nation Professional Drum and Dance Exhibition.   The free performance starts at 6 PM on Thursday, October 12 in the Carrizozo School Old Gym.    The group will explain the North and South drums, various dances, costumes and their history, and then perform dances, singing and drumming for the audience.  Horace Comanche formed the Comanche Boyz with his sons and now the group includes his wife Kara and other members of the tribe.  A school performance/demo at 3 PM is open to the public.  Thanks to a grant from NM Arts and the NEA for funding this performance.

A pre-concert Navajo Taco dinner will be served in the school courtyard by the gazebo by the Carrizozo School Culinary Arts Class to help fund equipment and supplies used by the class, and to enable students to enter cooking competitions.  The dinner includes a drink and dessert.   Advance tickets are $10 and are $12 at the door.  For ticket information, call or text Carol Wilson at 1-575-799-8707.  The culinary arts class prepares students for various jobs in the food industry including food prep, cooking and teaches skills to those applying to cooking school. 

For information about Carrizozo Music, the 2017 season schedule and concert updates please check www.carrizozomusic.org, emailcarrizozomusic@gmail.com or call Elaine at 575-648-2757.  Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical concerts, summer Portico Concerts and school outreach performances and workshops with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County and the surrounding area.

 Carrizozo School Old Gym is located at 
800 D Ave, on the corner of D Avenue and 10th Street. From the main courtyard, enter the door west of the gazebo.  There is handicapped parking in the lot off 10th Street by the west end of the gym.

Sorry - just have to share this (you know my weird humor)  "We got the beat - Everybody get on your feet - We got the beat -  We know you can dance to the beat- We got the beat - Jumpin',get down -  We got the beat - Round and round and round - We got the beat. " Yeah - use to listen to the Go-Gos.  Hope we can stomp some on Thursday, it would do the soul good.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October First Friday AND First Saturday

First Friday, October 6 at 7 pm
 MEET the Author:  Donna Blake Birchell
  Join us for a power point presentation and refreshments afterward.  Books available for purchase with signature by author.
Also available will be a few of Birchell's other books on New Mexico history: Carlsbad and Carlsbad Cavern, Eddy County, New Mexico Wine: An Enchanting History, Wicked Women of New Mexico

First Saturday, October 7, 10 am to 2 pm
 $5 for a bag of books. 
 Support your library!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct 7th- first Sat. of the month $5 for a BAG of book sale

Love your library by supporting it
by buying used books.
Magazines are FREE.
  •  Library open 10am to 2 pm on Saturdays.