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    I love this time of year, when we have lots of time off, the town has a slow pace and everyone seems mellow.

    I hate the fact that the holidays are over, but there’s at least one exciting event ahead, the Community Asset Awards.

    There are more than 50 nominees this year and they range in age from 13 to, forgive my guess, 83.

    The best part for me is the secret. As folks are nominated, they only find out the date and the time for the recognition event. They don’t find out who nominated them or why until the actual event.

    If they can’t attend the event, due to being out of town, they find out after the event takes place. It is akin to not being able to open a present until your birthday.

    I know, it’s kind of corny on my part, but the goal is for the nominee is to ponder what wonderful thing they could have done and who noticed their kindness.

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    Navy Ensign Bruce W. Melton has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

    Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

    Graduates next undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a nuclear-powered surface ship or as an Electronics Technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.

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    Learn about the underground life of the forest from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Biologist and author, Leslie Dendy, will give a talk and demonstration on the study and identification of critters that live in the soil. 

    Instead of looking at plants and animals that live above ground in the forest, this class will check out the much more numerous and seldom-seen critters underground in the complex soil ecosystem.  

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    Adults with ongoing health issues might be interested in joining a free, two-and-a-half-hour MyCD Workshop, being sponsored by Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y.  

    Attendees will get the support they need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about health.  Those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety could benefit from a MyCD Workshop.

    MyCD Workshops will be once a week, from 1:30-4 p.m., for six weeks, beginning Feb.5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.  

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter. Open Sunday, Monday, but closed Tuesday. Happy holidays from Friends of the Shelter and the shelter staff. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

     

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    Dec. 30, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013

    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: Green chile tortilla soup

    7 p.m. No ballroom dancing

  • Solar professionals from Consolidated Solar Technologies are conducting a pair of free informational solar seminars Jan. 26, 2013 at Body of Santa Fe.
    Several aspects of solar integration will be discussed in these presentations that will include a question-and-answer session with Patricia Mattioli and Katie Kelly from Consolidated Solar Technologies.

    Specific topics that will be discussed are:
    • The future of solar technology
    • A complete explanation of state and federal tax credits
    • The evolution and efficiency of solar panels
    • Process and procedure in custom-fitting a low-cost, high-quality system
    “Solar energy in New Mexico not only has the opportunity to save consumers money over the entire life of their systems, and all but eliminate their electric bills, but it also greatly alleviates the weight of our carbon footprint,” Mattioli said.
    The seminars are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Space is limited. If are interested in attending, RSVP with Tommy Trujillo, at 274-3246, or via email, ttrujillo@gocstsolar.com.
    Body of Santa Fe is located at 333 West Cordova Road.

  • Los Alamos Middle School teacher Dana Kline and her hawks soar to new heights raising funds to benefit others through reading.
    The Hawks read their way to success for “Read to Feed,” earning a total of $453.65.
    “I am so proud of my kids, especially the committee itself,” Kline said. “It was totally voluntary and kids gave up their lunches to write school announcements, make posters and visit other classrooms. I’m really proud, not just with how much money we raised, but with the motivation and
    commitment my seventh grade students have.”
    Kline knows that some people think students this age can’t think beyond their own needs, but she proves that isn’t true.
    Once the team collected all the money, a committee of seventh graders who have been working on the fundraiser for seven weeks, chose which animals to purchase.
    “With that money, Heifer International will purchase one llama, one pig, one flock each of ducks, geese and chickens, two hives of bees and three bunnies,” Kline said.

  • This week, so many nice things have taken place — and I would like to highlight a few.
    On Thursday, the employees of Los Alamos Medical Center were asked to take part in a Day of Compassion. They were to tell a fellow employee something they appreciate about them.
    What a wonderful idea for someone to try at their workplace.
    Warren Tidwell began a Facebook page to do 26 acts of kindness, one for every student and teacher killed in the tragic event.
    NBC’s Ann Curry decided to bring attention to the acts of kindness and it continues to gain steam and bring some degree of meaning to a senseless act.
    One local teacher decided to do 26 random acts of kindness. She purchased a handmade cross and presented it to one of her students who is dealing with cancer.
    She stopped by the house of another local youth and donated $20 to the teen who will be taking a trip, to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
    Many continue to make get well cards for a local youth injured in a car accident and for local Police Chief Wayne Torpy. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute, there’s still time.
    Many nominated local residents for the Community Asset Awards. The ages of those nominated range from 13-83. We will provide more information on that during the coming weeks.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter. Open Sunday, Monday, but closed Tuesday. Happy holidays from Friends of the Shelter and the shelter staff. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

    DOGS
    Coqueta — A three-year-old Golden-mix. She is smart, confident, energetic and loves people. She is good with smaller and younger dogs, kids and does very well in crowds. Spayed, shots and micro chipped.
    Remy — Spayed female, Lab/Shepherd-mix with a pretty red coat. She is good with some dogs, not others. No cats or small dogs, please. She would love a home where she will get lots of exercise. She has some crate training. She is shy but ready to be trained.

  • The new social group in town, “Los Alamos Friends,” is throwing their first Christmas Party from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Beau Gerard (the Bike Doc), 3711 Trinity Dr.
    The party is open to the general public, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is needed to reserve a spot.
    Bring a treat to share with about 20 people. Gerard will play Christmas Carols.  
    In addition to being the Bike Doc, he is a concert pianist that donates his time as a  music therapist for institutionalized people in Las Vegas and he will be featured on  “America’s Got Talent” this summer.
    To RSVP, or for more information, call Celia at 695-5788.

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

    Española

    Angelina’s at Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Dec. 12
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Hospital, 1010 Spruce St.
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, other
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — need 2” air gap at three-compartment and vegetable sink. Will be corrected Dec. 12 or this week. Hospital is being renovated. Needed sink inspection.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    La Cocina, Santa Clara Bridge road
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, other
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for administration — no person shall operate without a current permit; catering, but doesn’t have a permit. One low-risk violation for administration — plan and review must be submitted.

    Steve’s La Cocina, 310 Old Los Alamos Hwy.
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, follow-up

  • Michelle Grove’s Los Alamos Middle School crafts students folded 1,000 paper cranes and they are on exhibit at the Mesa Public Library from today through Jan. 20.  
    Students were inspired to make the cranes after reading the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” by Eleanor Coerr.
    The thousand origami cranes were popularized through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation  from the atomic bombing during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, at age 12, inspired by the senbazuru legend, began making origami cranes with the goal of making 1,000.
    In a popular version of the story as told in the book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” she folded only 644 before her death. In her honor, her classmates felt sorry and agreed to complete the rest for her. In an alternate version of the story, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum states that she did complete the 1,000 cranes and continued past that when her wish did not come true.
    “A thousand origami cranes” is a group of 1,000 origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

  • The Youth Activity Center recently acquired a new air hockey table and a new popcorn machine. The air hockey table was donated to the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center by James and Darlene Potter for Marie Koss Potter Warsaw, in memory of her grandson Gregory James Potter.
    James and Darlene also donated a new popcorn machine in memory of their son Gregory James Potter. Greg worked at the Youth Activity Center prior to his passing in 2003.

  • If you have elementary age students, this week, I hope you look at your teachers a little differently.
    If you have been mad because there was too much or not enough homework; if you push too hard and they don’t push enough, or the other way around, I hope you stop and think.
    Who would have thought that there would ever come a day that the teacher on whose doorstep you dropped your children off at this morning, could become the shield between them and a gunman?
    The questions won’t be answered simply or quickly, but we need to have some discussions.
    We need to stop complaining about everything and everyone, all the time. We need to stop posting every negative thought and idea on Facebook and Twitter.
    Pick two or three friends that you have hard conversations with, the conversations when you pour your troubles and travails out and then keep your thoughts to yourself.
    Stop the vitriol that every negative thought has to be broadcast every minute of everyday. If you need a place to vent frustrations, if nothing seems to remedy itself, then find a member of the clergy no matter what your background or talk to a counselor or a psychiatrist.

  • Recent visitors to Pajarito Environmental Education Center may have noticed some new faces crafting children’s games, managing the menagerie of live critters and writing pleas and grants for money.  
    To meet PEEC’s expanding needs, Katie Watson has accepted a new position as executive director, while Angelique Harshman is education programs director and Beth Cortright is nature center coordinator.
    Watson began her career at PEEC as program director in 2010.  She increased the number of public programs and worked to create and offer outdoor education programs for the Los Alamos Public Schools, both at individual schools and at PEEC.  
    She obtained grants for PEEC to create the Pajarito Plateau Field Science curriculum, which enables all elementary grade classes to do standards-based science programs in their schoolyards or trails.
    Watson will continue to plan public programs for PEEC, but will also focus on management and fundraising for the organization.  She has a degree from St John’s College, where she added search and rescue to the Great Books curriculum.

  • 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.

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    It takes many “elves” to make our community event a huge success. Thank you to everyone who played an “elf” role this year for the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. We had 77 elves that setup, cleaned up, wrapped gifts, greeted and helped children shop, baked treats and served coffee.  

    One hundred-sixty children attended our event and we hope that the joy they receive in giving their gifts will continue with them throughout the year. Allowing children the opportunity to make decisions on their purchases is the gift of empowerment. 

    Thank you to our community for the donations that make this event possible. It is truly the ultimate in recycling and re-gifting.

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    Today

    The holiday Farmers Market will be at Fuller Lodge.

     

    Mesa Public Library presents “Poetry Gatherings,” at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

     

    The White Rock Family Friendly Series presents “Brave,” at 6:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Friday

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    The Chamisa Cheetahs would like to send people off for holiday shopping, with some baked goods Saturday.

    The sixth graders are working to raise funds for field trips and will bake and craft their way to success.

    From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the community can start their day by buying baked goods, other healthy treats and a variety of handcrafted items, to aid their efforts. 

    Brandi Weiss is one of the students fundraising to make a difference, by creating items made from Para Cord.