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  • Today in history May 26
  • Story of 7 brothers in WWII is remarkable

    This time last year, I did a commentary on five brothers who served in World War II. Very impressive.
    Imagine my surprise when someone who caught the commentary sent me a package with this note:   
    “Dear Professor Kengor: Your [commentary] about the family whose five sons served in WW II was interesting. You might be interested to know about families who had more than five sons who served in WW II.”
    Well, Ted Walters of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, certainly had my attention.
    He continued: “My mother, Stella Pietkiewicz, had seven sons serve in WW II. She had the honor to christen the plane, Spirit of Poles, because she had the most sons who served in WW II.”
    Yes, seven sons.
    Along with Ted Walters’ letter was an old newspaper clipping that showed six Pittsburgh-area mothers, all of Polish descent, who had 33 sons in service. Anna Lozowska, Maryanna Sawinska, Katarzyna Antosz, and Mrs. Joseph Wojtaszek each offered five boys to the cause.
    Honorta Lachowicz provided six sons. Stella Pietkiewicz took the prize with seven.
    Bless their souls. These moms gave their boys to the cause of freedom.

  • Record keeping is a financial must

    If your financial life is confined to boxes, file cabinets and various piles of statements and receipts that only you can navigate, it might be time for a little de-cluttering.
    Software- and Internet-driven advancements in money management not only provide paperless alternatives to planning and tracking savings, spending and investments, they make finances easier to handle in an emergency.
    If you’re thinking about resetting your record keeping, here are some steps to get started:
    First, think about financial goals. Before tackling the job of reorganizing your financial record keeping, think through your current financial objectives and what changes might give you better data and efficiency to achieve them.
    You might want a system that tracks spending, saving, budgeting and on-time debt payments. If you already have that system in place, you might want more detailed information on retirement or your child’s college fund.
    Consider involving your financial and tax advisors in the discussion and see what suggestions they have.
    Also, create a system that makes it easy for loved ones and financial professionals to help in an emergency. If something were to happen to you, could a loved one easily navigate your finances? When organizing, always keep your spouse, children and/or executor in mind.

  • New Eagle Scout

    On April 29, Christopher Rose of local Boys Scouts Troop 222 was presented the Eagle Scout Award. Rose’s Eagle project was installing walls and terraces in the community garden on Central Avenue. The project entailed planning, laying out and installing a base course, tiers and decorative blocks. The project took approximately 136 man-hours to complete. Rose is currently a sophomore at Los Alamos High School and plays junior varsity tennis and is a member of the NJROTC and the National Honor Society, among many other activities.

  • Irish overwhelmingly vote for gay marriage

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue.
    As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.
    Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centers and at the official results center in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revelers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.
    “We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.

  • Cone Zone 5-24-15

    This information is provided by Los Alamos County based on a schedule from contractors and is subject to change.

    For those wanting more information on the projects listed below, they should email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150. The information is also listed under the “Projects” link at Los Alamos County’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Western Area Improvement Phase 3:

    • 40th Street at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos from the roundabout to the west parking lot will remain closed for reconstruction, utility work and road reconstruction through June 24. Alternate parking is available at Sullivan Field parking lot.

    • 42nd Street is currently closed in both directions, but is open to local traffic. Intermittent flagging operation should be expected during workday hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • Update 5-24-15

    Memorial Day

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. The VFW will also host a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at its building on Deacon Street.

    Community Winds

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a Memorial Day concert, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market Thursday. Councilors will be visiting with residents from 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics. The Farmers Market is held at Mesa Public Library’s overflow parking lot.

    Blood drive

    A Los Alamos Community Blood Drive will be at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive Wednesday through Friday. It will be Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday from 1-7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For information or to complete an online health history survey, visit unitedbloodservices.org.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water day today. It will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.


  • Skandera: Testing changes will help

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s top public school official said Friday that teachers will have more time to spend with children in the classroom rather on bureaucratic processes thanks to a decision to reduce the time students spend taking tests based on the Common Core standards.
    Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera and members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC, governing board voted this week to reduce the testing time by about 90 minutes. They also decided to narrow the testing window to once a year.
    The changes were driven by feedback from teachers and school leaders who had complained that the testing requirements were taking away from classroom instruction and putting undue pressure on teachers and students.
    “These changes are great news. I think it will have an impact,” Skandera said.
    Skandera announced the changes in a letter sent Thursday to dozens of school superintendents around the state. Some have answered back, saying they were appreciative that their voices were heard and that it will make a difference next year.

  • Pound Puppy

    Panda gets some special attention at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter during its special puppy adoption event Friday. The adoption continues today at the shelter. It is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. The adoption fee for puppies is $100. Call the shelter with questions, 660-1648.

  • Hitting The Trail