The nominations are in

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By The Staff

The nominations are in for the first annual Assets in Action community awards ceremony to be held Friday.

The many residents nominated represent businesses, individuals, couples, students and youth.

Throughout December, we have looked at the Assets category of support and those nominated through the process demonstrate support across the board.

Our nominees have also contributed to the other Assets categories in their good deeds, which have come shining through. The categories in addition to support include; boundaries and expectations, empowerment, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity.

Historic Fuller Lodge will be the setting to celebrate the nominees and highlight their achievements. A dessert buffet will be provided to pay homage to the sweet contributions made to the community.

URS-Washington Group, International, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Monitor are sponsoring the awards. Nominations  will be announced this Monday on AM 1490, KRSN. For those  who  have trouble receiving the signal, you can stream the station on the computer.

A portion of the fun has been calling those nominated by their fellow neighbors. It astounds me when a wonderful person is genuinely shocked by the fact that someone took the time to put their name in the hat. The person who made the nomination is being kept a secret until the night of the event.

Some of the names are expected and some are unknown, which is exactly what former County Councilor Jim West and I had in mind way back when. One nominee will be selected to receive the Spirit of the West award, in honor of West, who was also an alumnus of the Leadership Los Alamos program.

Those wishing to attend the first annual community awards ceremony can purchase tickets to the dessert social for just $10. Call the Assets office at 661-4846 to make arrangements.

I also wanted to take a minute to thank the community for my time spent in 2009 as Mrs. Los Alamos America.

It was a fun year celebrating the county’s 60th anniversary in this capacity and my “reign,” came to an end on Dec. 31.

I think nothing will top the sweetness of second grade little girls who came out of a classroom saying, “Hello Mrs. Los Alamos.” I ended the year donating my hair to the Beautiful Lengths campaign from Pantene. This program makes wigs for patients with cancer. We also raised more than $60 for the Assets program.

Be safe in 2010 and let’s plan to build assets together in the New Year.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets Coordinator for Los Alamos. The program is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.