Thank You Letters

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By The Staff

Helping Earth

Earth Day in Los Alamos, organized for the 11th consecutive year by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors.

This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

No volunteers gave more time than the members of the Earth Day Committee, which began planning in January. The committee members were Peter O’Rourke, Michele Altherr, Nona Girardi, Nate Clements, Tom Nagawieki, Liz Martineau, Katy Korkos, Mary Carol Williams, Matt Whitaker, Chris Judson, Becky Shankland, Jennifer Macke, Ardyth Simmons and Selvi Viswanathan.

Thanks go to Sara Dickens, who designed our wonderful logo, and Jennifer Macke, who kept PEEC’s Web page up-to-date as we added new Earth-Day information.

A significant reason for Earth Day’s success was our sponsor support. Spruce-level sponsors (the highest level) were Moms-in-Motion, Los Alamos National Bank and Terranear PMC. Our other Earth Day sponsors were the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LA County’s Environmental Services Division, Atomic City Transit, LACDC MainStreet, Portage Environmental, REI, Los Alamos Public Utilities, North Wind Inc. and Neptune and Company. We thank Mesa Public Library, Volunteer Task Force and Family YMCA for teaming with us to produce the gallery display “Touched by Fire: Hands that Help, Hands that Create.”

Many people saw the display and listened to Craig Martin’s talk at the opening.  We also thank the Nuclear Poets for their readings.

The Earth Day Festival was a big success thanks to more than 30 exhibitors and many additional volunteers.  In particular, we thank Mike Wheeler for being Master of Ceremonies.  Clan Tynker was a hit and we are thankful for the support of Los Alamos National Bank in bringing them to Los Alamos.  

We dedicated the ground that is to become PEEC’s Butterfly Garden, a project of the Kinnikinnik Club, a PEEC Children’s Nature club. They have received an $800 grant from Keep American Beautiful. Volunteers are hard at work on this garden. We thank Bradbury Science Museum for hosting our Earth Day Speaker and the Santa Fe Raptor Center for bringing forest birds for public viewing.

Chris Judson of Bandelier and Craig Martin, Open Space specialist for the County, conducted hikes. Bandelier’s Rory Gautier will reschedule his rained-out hike.   

We thank Janine Mockler and the Hilltop House for donating the La Vista Room for our Party for PEEC, our annual fundraising dinner, and the staff at the Hilltop House.  

Felicia Orth catered a unique and delicious meal. We thank Ardyth Simmons, Chris Judson and Rod Torrez for a thoughtful program of  “Earthwords.”

Attendees at the party bid in an auction for the services of local nature experts and for other items.

We thank all those who contributed their expertise and auction items, and thanks to the auctioneer Robert Gibson.

Most of all, we thank those who attended one of our Earth Day events.  Nearly 1,000 people saw the display, about 50 came to the Earth Day talk by Dr. Richard Reynolds; 130 socialized and dined at the Party for PEEC at the Hill Top House; and more than 1,000 attended the Earth Day Festival at PEEC.  The large turnouts were truly gratifying – an ample reward for all our volunteer hours.


Terry Foxx.

2010 PEEC Earth Day events chair, and

Peter 0’Rourke,

funding chair

Go to the fair

The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair, John Henry’s Kettle Korn and the LA Coffee House Café that provided the food and beverages for the event.

We also wish to thank LA County Parks Department for mowing and trimming the grounds around Fuller Lodge, as well as cleaning up trash during the fair.

Many people commented about how nice the area looked for the fair.

 As always, a big thank you goes to our board members and volunteers who spent many hours in preparation, as well as time staffing the fair.

We are grateful for all of the people in the community who braved the cold weather and attended the fair, making purchases from the artists. The Arts Council appreciates your support.

Thank you all. See you at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in November.

Marlane Hamilton, executive director of Los Alamos Arts Council

Saving lives

The Los Alamos Shelter opened its heart and doors to the Española Valley Humane Society last month. In preparation for a big adoption event in Albuquerque, Española spayed and neutered as many dogs and cats as they could safely find space for in foster homes.

Capt. Randy Foster and Animal Control Supervisor Sgt. Charles Lujan agreed to take five of these dogs for a week to make room in Española for other dogs.  

Nina Chiotasso, who does community outreach for the Española Valley Humane Society, said, “It’s no exaggeration when I say (Foster and Lujan) literally helped us save five lives.”

Friends of the Shelter thanks the Los Alamos Police Department, Captain Foster and Sergeant Lujan for their generosity.

Sally Wilkins,

board member of the   Friends of the Shelter