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  • When Grace Vineyard was founded in 1991, the church met in various locations throughout the community.

    Finally, the church staff settled on Chamisa Elementary School in 1994. They figured it would only be a few years before a permanent location was found.

    However, it took a little longer than expected. Rev. Jack Sullivan said different locations were determined to be either too small or too expensive. Fifteen years later, the church along with the office that was located next to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, relocated to 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite C.

  • Start fresh seems to be the motto of the organization formerly known as the Art Center at Fuller Lodge  – it will now be known as  the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Walking into the building, the evidence of wiping  the slate clean is everywhere. The honey-colored wood floors sparkle after being refinished by county employees, there’s a faint smell of fresh paint that was applied to the walls and the entire building is bare and ready for a new beginning.

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Marion Pack is shutting the lid on her instrument case, temporarily, anyway.

    For 18 months, starting this summer, Pack and her husband will undergo a new experience as they participate in Senior Missionaries through their church, Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At this time, they do not know where they will be sent or what kind of work they will do for the year-and-a-half mission – some missionaries work in the states and others are sent to third world countries.

  • We’ve heard a lot this week about Tiger Woods and his return to the golf course.

    I’m sure you’re wondering once again how this relates to Assets.

    The truth is the Assets program was given a small portion of money to run the Tiger Woods Foundation program in Los Alamos this year. It started out with several groups in town interested in reading Woods’ book, “Start Something.” We started out great and the kids found it interesting and  an easy read.

    Then we arrived at the month of November.

  • When an individual becomes so well known that only his or her last name is needed for wide public recognition, we often refer to those individuals as being part of the “Great Man Theory.”

    This is especially true when it comes to music and music history.

  • “Jesus said, ‘The meek shall inherit the Earth.’  What does that mean?”— Devin

  • Due to her academic accomplishments and long list of community endeavors, Los Alamos High School senior Sara Tuzel was selected to be Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ Student of the Month for March.  

    Tuzel, the daughter of Jolanta and Walter Tuzel, has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years.

    At school, she maintains a 4.0 GPA and enjoys classes such as AP literature and AP psychology, as well as photography.

    Currently, she is taking classes at both the high school and at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.

  • Calling all bards, poets and writers – National Poetry Month has arrived.

    April is the month to sharpen the pencil, pull out the paper and ramp up the literary creativity.

    In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month as a month-long, national celebration of poetry.

    The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to Americans’ poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines.

  • The April 16 Spring Concert of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Gyurik, will feature two Los Alamos High School students who auditioned successfully for this honor back in January.  Both Alex Austell and Alisa Romero are juniors and both are studying privately in addition to playing in school ensembles.

  • I’ve seen them wherever I lived. They roam around in minivans, arm themselves with enormous purses and yield cameras to document every minute. Of course, there are always a gaggle of young children following this individual – the soccer mom.

    Growing up, I thought these women were targets for mockery.

    I couldn’t imagine taking motherhood to the extreme and becoming a suburban cliché. But after watching two of my sister’s children last week, I realized these women have a lot of admirable qualities.

  • In this week’s edition of Gilead’s Gossip, I sit down with someone we all are very familiar with — the owner of our Spitfire Grill, Hannah Ferguson.

    As we all know, Hannah isn’t the most cheerful resident of our Wisconsin town, but lately she seems to be walking with what seems to be the tiniest spring in her step.

    Hopefully my curiosity will once again discover the reason for this most unexpected development.

  • Giving a little bit of encouragement can really make a difference. Take Los Alamos Middle eight-grader Ethan Clements, for instance. His GATE teacher last year, TJ Bonzon, and his GATE teacher this year, Caroline Haagenstad, both encouraged Clements to pursue his interest in writing and art as well as to submit his work for publication.

  • New Mexico might not have a single drop of seawater within its borders but the state has forged a bond with the ocean. There is something diving underneath the waves that bears New Mexico’s name.   

  • David Li, son of Hui and Olivia Li, recently earned an all-expense-paid summer study trip to the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • Some things are just too good to wait. As a result, many local churches will continue the long-standing tradition of celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection through sunrise Easter services Sunday.

    As the sun peaks through nighttime darkness, it is more than just a pretty picture; the scene is symbolic of what transpired a long time ago. There will be two sunrise services to celebrate Christ rising from the grave. Both will begin at 6:30 a.m. One will take place at Ashley Pond while the other will be at Overlook Park in White Rock.

  • Ever, in frustration, punched at the radio dials to find music that doesn’t sound so similar that the songs blur together?

    There is a remedy.

    Turn off the radio and tune into the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag series.

    At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, two different music groups will perform two distinctively different works.

    First up will be a quintet comprised of Cindy Little, piano; Gerry Fried, oboe; Joseph Fasel, clarinet; James Prues, bassoonist; and John Hargreaves, French horn.

  • Spring break is a time of renewal, of the Earth and of the spirit. I hope you have enjoyed the time off last week if you have children or grandchildren. It is always lovely to see the college students come home for a few days even if it is to do a few loads of laundry and eat a good meal.

    As we see new growth popping up through the ground, I hope we’ll use this as a time to allow for new growth in ourselves and helping our youth to find it within them.

  • “Touched by Fire: Hands that help, hands that create” is the perfect title for the exhibit at Mesa Public Library commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Cerro Grande fire. The show speaks to the power of nature to renew itself and the power of community to rebuild. The show features artwork that looks at the fire itself, the changes to the environment and the renewal of the forest, along with an impressive “Wall of Volunteers” to recognize the huge effort by thousands of people to restore what was lost.

  • Later this week, Mesa Public Library will commence its latest themed cluster of free films. Each one was shot in New Mexico and each has our state’s distinctly dusty ambience.

    The spring/summer selections kick off with “The Left-Handed Gun,” a 1958 Western starring Paul Newman and a Colt single-action handgun.

    Newman plays William Bonney, an excitable, unforgiving cowboy better known by his nickname, Billy the Kid.

  • Everyone has his or her very earliest memories. Author Augusten Burroughs purports to remember lying in his crib, a helpless and anxious infant. But for most of us, life seems to have begun when we were toddlers.

    Before age 2 or 3, I remember nothing. I could have been asleep.

    I could have been dead. My mother disagrees, but I know that “I” was not there.

    I didn’t exist until one very bright moment when I was sitting in the very back of my mom’s Ford Mustang.