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Council recognizes 60th anniversary committee

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Chris Chandler and Lawry Mann acknowledged for their work

By Roger Snodgrass

At the top of its agenda Tuesday night the Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation recognizing Chris Chandler and Lawry Mann for their work as co-chairs of the county’s 60th Anniversary Committee.  

“We didn’t steer the boat alone,” Chandler said, thanking many individuals, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Bank for exceptional support.

The proclamation recognized the committee’s work designing the calendar for the year, “highlighted by a birthday party in June.”

The celebration began Feb. 6, 2009 with a Los Alamos Concert Association event, featuring Tafelmusik, the renowned Canadian Baroque Orchestra under the musical direction of Jeanne Lamon.

In an interview this morning, Mann called that performance the most memorable occasion for him.

Chandler said this morning that she was especially impressed by a program in March on “Women in Government” that tried to bring together every living woman official who had served in Los Alamos county government, for a panel discussion and luncheon.

Monthly history lectures, additional concerts at Fuller Lodge, a variety show, a series of historical articles in the Los Alamos Monitor, senior center activities, historic hikes, artistic events and numerous exhibits enlivened the year.

Chandler said her experience with the trails community and the hikes that were organized during the year had been particularly meaningful, along with digging deeply into the history of the place.

“Our goal was to bring the many diverse interests in this town together,” she told the council, “to find out how it came to be and our unique history.”

Mann told councilors he was especially gratified during a visit to the state capitol with a delegation visiting from Russia, to be able to show them a thank you plaque on display from the people of Los Alamos thanking the people of the state for their help and support during the Cerro Grande Fire.

“We are very fortunate in Los Alamos,” said Chandler, “and it was great that people in the state appreciated it when we acknowledged their contributions.”

For the future, Mann said he hoped that a program involving the neighboring pueblos would take hold and become an annual tradition.

More than 60 people from the pueblos participated during the parade and rodeo and joined with elected officials and residents for a picnic at urban Park in July.