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  • Fashion Maven: Clothes make a statement

    Many of you out there read this column every time it’s published and some of you may even follow the advice in it. Article after article has been written, telling people how they should dress, how to do their hair and what accessories to use. Yet, at the end of the day, what does it matter? What is the purpose of being fashionable, anyway?
    It’s easy to imagine that many people would ask themselves this — and you can’t blame them. After all, we grow up learning why manners are useful and why doing our homework is important, but unless you have a fashionable family, is anyone ever taught the reasons that dressing well is crucial?
    Fashion is an essential part of life. Style can determine first impressions, credibility and self-esteem.
    For example, if you go to school in your pajama pants, you give off the impression that you would rather be sleeping. People often assume that if you appear as if you could care less about the way you look, your attitude may likely match your ensemble.
    Dressing for an interview, which some job-seeking teenagers may have to do, falls into the same category. If one candidate for a job appears at an interview smartly dressed and the other shows up in sweatpants and slippers, who do you think is more likely to get the job.

  • Tryouts bring out serious players

    On Nov. 18 volleyball players did their best to make it onto a team for Northern New Mexico Fusion Volleyball, a girls’ Junior Olympic Volleyball program.  
    Fusion is a non-profit organization sanctioned by the U.S.A. Volleyball organization.  Its goal is to train and provide competition for athletes ranging from elementary school to high school.
    Assistant Coach Kyle Stokes said, “The point is to get the kids interested in volleyball and if it clicks with the then they get better and progress.”  
    The program offers smaller teams, select coaching and highly competitive play.  NNM Fusion is a club that participates in the Sun Country Region Volleyball Association of U.S.A. Volleyball, one of 38 regions in the United States.  The Sun Country Region has club programs in Texas, New Mexico and southwest Colorado. “Most of the competitive play will be in-state, but some of the older, more experienced teams will compete out of state and in regional competitions,” Stokes said.  The season starts in January and wraps up in April.  
    Tom Courtney has been director of Fusion for two years. He explained that he and the board of directors pick which tournaments to attend.  They also find capable coaches to instruct the athletes.  

  • Animal Shelter 12-02-12

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    Thank you, Los Alamos. The past couple weeks have seen numerous adoptions — hopefully this trend will continue and all the shelter pets will find homes for the holidays.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Bagel — Very busy female Border Collie found on the Rim Trail, near Rover. She will need an active family to keep her happy.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.

  • News for Retirees 12-02-12

    Dec. 2-8, 2012
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beer battered cod
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    Noon        Lunchtime concert: Juanita Madland students
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Eggplant over linguine
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY

  • Listen to holiday music with LASO

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will treat the community to a free concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The traditional concert will be given in the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Don Gerheart will conduct the program. For him, the music is “familiar, lively and fun.”  Included will be “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” — both favorites by LeRoy Anderson. The music will swing with a jazz beat in “A Swingin’ Holiday” and will rock with “Christmas Rocks At The Pops.” The audience will have a chance to participate in a sing-along of familiar Christmas tunes.
    Gerheart is no stranger to conducting Los Alamos ensembles. For 26 years, he has directed bands in various Los Alamos schools. He also directed seven shows for the Los Alamos Light Opera.  He said standing on the podium and conducting is what he likes best.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is made up primarily of adults in the community.  Enhancing the group for this concert will be five violinists, two violists and two cellists — all Los Alamos High School students that recently qualified for the All State Orchestra. Some of these students will be playing beside one of their parents, who plays regularly in the orchestra.

  • LA Visiting Nurse Service named top agency

    Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service  announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
    Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
    Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.
    “The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare.
    “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.

  • A fairytale come true

    When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. The rest is, as they say, history.  
    The storybook ballet, “Hansel and Gretel,” being performed WinterFest Weekend at the Duane Smith auditorium, is an original ballet directed and choreographed by Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and Ballet Instructor Lisa Jaegers.
    “Hansel and Gretel” tells the story of the young siblings Hansel and Gretel, as they go through a journey, overcoming adversity and challenges.  
    This ballet features enchanting woodland fairies and pixies, colorful candies and bunnies, butterflies and gingerbread girls, who guide them along the way.  
    Severini’s career with ABT gave her the opportunity to perform in numerous full-length story ballets and she said she is delighted to bring this talent to the Los Alamos community.  

  • Gutierrez named Rotary Student of the Month

    Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James.
       The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.  In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and in particular, their service to the community.
       Community service has been an important part of Gutierrez’s academic life. For the past two summers, he has volunteered at the medical offices of Dr. James Ziomek, assisting with office work and minor procedures, as part of a physician-shadowing opportunity. Service trips to orphanages in Honduras and Colorado inspired him to coordinate a school-wide toy and school supplies drive at LAHS, to benefit these children and resulted in the collection of donations large enough to fill seven suitcases.

  • Chiefs player kills girl friend, himself

     

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend's gameplan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.

    The two men rushed through the glass doors of Chiefs headquarters and came face-to-face with linebacker Jovan Belcher, holding a handgun to his head.

    Belcher had already killed his girlfriend and sped the short distance to Arrowhead Stadium, right past a security checkpoint guarding the entrance. Upon finding his bosses, Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel for giving him a chance in the NFL. Then he turned away and pulled the trigger.

  • Today in History for December 1st