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  • The popularity of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Tosca” is almost unparalleled.  
    Most opera lovers have seen it multiple times and opera greats such as Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi and Placido Domingo performed the leading roles.
    It has a reputation for being an accident waiting to happen because of the intense action onstage, but the Santa Fe Opera’s production Saturday was accident-free and the audience seemed to enjoy Puccini’s masterpiece.

  • Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m. July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, as part of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series.

    Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside Mesa Public Library.
    As Hayes notes, “I’ll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico’s diverse cultures. I’ve been traveling the state with my stories for more than 30 of the 100 years of statehood, so I’ll share stories that people seem to have especially enjoyed.”

  • Anna Carroll was the recipient of the Jay Wechsler Scholarship Award. Wechsler was a lifetime Kiwanian who passed away last year.
    Carroll plans to attend Smith College and study neuroscience. She also served as a member of Key Club International and was the division lieutenant governor.  She was also active in Girls Scouts and Teen Court.  
    Pictured from left to right are: Morrie Pongratz, Don Casperson, Becky Oertel (Jay Wechsler’s daughter), Anna Carroll, Deborah Wechsler (Jay Wechsler’s daughter) and David and Janice Carroll.

  • ’Tis the season when an unexpected get-away may arise, leaving homeowners struggling to find childcare for their furry friends or house-sitting services so homes look occupied while away.
    Los Alamos Middle School, eighth grade student Esperanza Tapia is here to save the day (or the week), with the help of the Los Alamos Youth Business Grant Program.
    The 13-year-old has turned her passion for childcare into a family-friendly, one-stop service.
    “I have been pet sitting and babysitting for a few years for family, friends and neighbors,” said Tapia, who is the proud owner of a dog, cat and (very soon) of a Havana rabbit.

  • The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Megan Kelley, a Key Club member who is planning to attend the University of California-Santa Barbara to study physics. Kelley has performed in many ballets with Dance Arts Los Alamos.
    Pictured from left to right are: Dan Casperson, Morrie Pongratz, Megan Kelley, Lori Kelley and Craig Kelley.

  • You might not like the column today, because it invokes the fusspot in me.
    What tipped the scale was some time spent out this weekend. A mother was picking flowers outside a county building and giving them to her daughter.
    No, she didn’t ask anyone if she could pick the flowers, she just took them.
    I’m also not talking about the child being an 18-month-old that doesn’t know that this would be wrong. This child was old enough to know that you shouldn’t pick flowers that you don’t own.
    It comes down to responsibility — and the times when adults do things that are wrong, that clearly make an impression on our youth.

  • Hofstra University Law School,  Hempstead, N.Y. announces that Patricia Yvette Medina, daughter of Victor and Patricia Medina of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list for the 2012 Semester. She is concurrently working on a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree.

  • July 8-14

    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.

     

  • 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.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank your community and one of your residents. I became lost in Los Alamos last week when driving across Northern New Mexico. Near the intersection where Diamond Drive ends and (I think) San Ildefonso Road, I stopped to ask for directions. Not only was I given directions, this group escorted me to Trinity Drive and made sure I was heading in the right direction. 

  • Steve Stoddard, a member of the original trustees of the Valles Caldera who attended many meetings to decide the fate of the Caldera, was given a per diem stipend. 

    Rather than spend that money on his family, he placed it in an account. 

  • Recently, Mary Brooks and the Friends of the Senior Center unveiled their new memorial plaque. Residents can be memorialized at the Senior Center for a donation of $25 or more. Those interested to learn more can contact Pauline Powell Schneider at 662-8920.

  • An outdoor pool is the place to be as temperatures soar in New Mexico, under the toasty summer sun.
    Several pools located in Los Alamos and White Rock boast memberships that keep things humming during swim season.
    Piñon Park Pool is just one of the locations that offer memberships for sale and rent to community members here for the summer or here to stay.
    The Bryce Avenue location is centrally located in White Rock, just a short distance from the White Rock Branch Library, White Rock Senior Center and more.
    Membership Chair Connie Goettee praises her fellow board members with accomplishing the daily tasks and activities to keep the pool in prime condition.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Bamboo Asian Cuisine, 2400 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: June 25
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand sink in sushi area used for other purposes. Corrected. One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — washing dishes in prep sink. Move sinks to appropriate area. Three low-risk violations, one for floors/walls/ceilings — base coring broken in some places; two for ventilation/lighting — inadequate light in proper, ware wash, cooler and storage areas; grease dripping from fire suppressions pipe in vent hood.

  • Some movies have an ability to make death — even murder — seem like a normal, non-horrifying, even hilarious part of life, which I understand that it is, but yet when it happens, it obviously doesn’t feel that way. It takes an amazing sort of film to give us that kind of realism.

  • This year, the Santa Fe Opera broke with tradition, presenting its operas at 8:30 p.m., instead of the customary 9 p.m. — this is a wise decision. Those attending Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” will be treated to an impressive New Mexican sunset, seen through a large gilt frame that is an integral part of the opera’s impressive set.
    From the very first note, it is apparent that the conductor, Emmanuel Villaume, has an excellent feel for Bizet’s music. His fluent, expressive style of conducting brought out a wide range of colors from a versatile and masterful orchestra.

  • SANTA FE (AP) — The stories are as diverse as the artists themselves: Afghan women who have lifted themselves out of poverty through a cooperative
    that sells their traditional embroidery; a former cook for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army who now sells beaded corsets to help support her family and send her many grandchildren to school; and sisters from Kyrgyzstan who make hand-stitched felt and silk scarves using a family tradition that dates back some 300 years.

  • Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career.
    The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.  
    The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools.
    The Foundation continues to grow its scholarship funds through donations made by community members and alumni of the Los Alamos High School.

  • There are many opportunities to become involved in this little slice of “paradise” on the Hill. What would you like to do?
    The sense of volunteerism and the fact that you can find it related to just about any topic is one of the reasons this community is so great.
    Do you like to read? How about volunteering with Friends of the Library? Do you like activities for senior citizens, how about volunteering with Friends of the Senior Center? You can also be friends of the furriest in Los Alamos, as a volunteer with the Friends of the Shelter.
    It seems like our new town slogan could be, “Los Alamos, we gotta lotta friends.”

  •  Students who will be enrolled in medical school in the fall are invited to apply for scholarship funds. Funds are available through the generosity of the John and Willie Mae Helm Scholarship Fund and the Los Alamos Medical Society.

    Students are eligible to apply if they are residents of Los Alamos County or have spent the majority of their lives as residents of Los Alamos County. 

    Applicants are required to write a letter about their medical school background, fill out a scholarship application form and send an official copy of their undergraduate and medical school transcripts.