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  • Linda Garlick, an artist from Taos, fell into her trade by accident. “I needed money as a single mom supporting a child,” she said. “I decided to do Christmas ornaments of retablos and they sold really well.”

    Her art expanded as she turned to printing, which allowed Garlick to produce more retablos at a reduced price.

    “Then they took over my life and became a real business,” she said. “I feel like this is what I was suppose to do … they changed my life.”

  • An emergency situation can leap out at any time, anywhere with out any warning. For instance, Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJRTOC) cadet Paige Ramsey and her family experienced an unforeseen crisis at the dinner table.

    Ramsey explained her family was eating dinner and her mother, Marilyn, started choking on the food she was eating.

    When an unforeseen crisis arises many individuals may panic but Ramsey resorted to another tactic.

    She performed the Heimlich Maneuver and saved her mother’s life.

  • It’s a tiny, velvety pink pair of pajamas, with miniature feet, each one barely big enough for a Ruby K’s mini-muffin, and a silky cut-out of a pointe shoe stitched over one hip.

    It’s a handmade quilt with squares of antique fabric featuring drawings of marionettes.

    It’s a book, only it’s also a glove with a little pig on each finger.

    It’s a baby.

  • Things out of the ordinary have been occurring in our small town of Gilead, Wis., ever since the arrival of a newcomer. Percy Talbott, Gilead’s newest, and in my opinion, unwelcome, resident has spent the last five years in prison and seems to be interested in making our town her new home.

    I am not the only one who does not want an ex-convict getting too comfortable here.

  • There was a lot to celebrate during the German Club meeting on Friday. German teacher Anita Boshier recognized the students who placed in the top 90th percentile for the National German Exams this year.

  • Some people are born into art and some people just sort of discover a hidden talent somewhere along the path of life. Such is the case of Santa Fe artist Rodney Estrada.

    Estrada is a chef by trade but has found that his love for art has blossomed over the years and is now in full bloom.

  • Scott Carlsten, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, can worry a little less about playing for his college education. Carlsten is the recipient of the $25,000 Distinguished Award of the EnergySolutions Foundation scholarship. This is in addition to the initial $2,000 scholarship he received from the Foundation earlier this year.

  • Registration for the 10th annual Y Earth Service (YES) Corps is open at The Family YMCA. The YES Corps program is available to youth ages 11-17.  Participants have an opportunity to engage with leadership, cross-cultural awareness and environmental education and action projects, while learning invaluable job skills and work ethics.

  • After a great response to last week’s column on entitlement and being above the rules, I’d like to take it one step further and get your feedback on the issue of bullying.

    I hear about it a lot, everything from student-to-student bullying to parent-to-teacher bullying to colleague-to-colleague bullying.

    So what are you seeing? More importantly what are you or should we be doing? What types of things do you believe could be implemented in a community wide plan to address the issue?

  • Nothing expresses compassion, empathy and comfort like a                                           handmade item.  Not only does one feel the warmth from the fabric but also from the care in each stitch sewn into a quilt or a pillowcase made by willing hands.

  • The histories of the Manhattan Project and the Ranch School are pretty well known to the community. However, there is another story about Los Alamos that is not frequently told. With the opening of a historic building approaching, this should change.

    The Romero Cabin, one of two remaining homestead cabins on the Pajarito Plateau, will be unveiled May 1. A grand opening will be at 11 a.m.

  • Get ready for a history lesson in music. Guitarist Daniel Weston will take Los Alamos on an audio tour of the renaissance through the baroque period.

    This venture in history’s music will occur during the Guitar and Gateaux show, which will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    While the program is varied, a few highlights include works by Spanish Impressionist composer Francisco Tarrega. Weston will also step out into contemporary times with a few of his own pieces.

  • If I were to assign a grade to my performance as a Leadership Los Alamos student, it might be a C. I have cut class twice and snuck out of class early. Plus my attitude has been slightly less than stellar. In fact, the night before the last session I engaged in a mental tantrum. I whined to myself that I had too much to do, the session started too early, it was going to be held in a location too far away.  

  • Once again my column this week finds me trying to learn more about Percy Talbott, the ex-convict who has decided to make Gilead her new home. I know I am not alone when I say that although Gilead is a wonderful town, it is not a place for criminals to start over.

    In this week’s edition, I speak with Shelby Thorpe, resident of Gilead and long-time friend of Hannah Ferguson, who hired Ms. Talbott to work at The Spitfire Grill, which Mrs. Ferguson owns.

  • Sometimes what makes music special goes beyond how it sounds. For Coro de Cámara, the upcoming concert features a piece that holds a particular sentiment to the group.

    The concert, “Let the River Run,” which will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, will include a work created by one of the chorus members, Joe Cox.

    The piece is titled, “I want Jesus to Walk with Me.” It will be included in the second half of the program with other spirituals. The first half is dedicated to folk songs.

  • Once the juice from a bottle has been drunk or the final chip from the bag has been eaten, it seems like that plastic bottle or bag is no longer any good. Its use has been used up.

    Not so, according to TerraCycle, a company in New Jersey that turns non-recyclable waste into affordable, eco-friendly products.

    Furthermore, Chamisa Elementary School is among the 60,000 locations that supports TerraCycle’s claim.

  • This year’s recipient of the Joel Prichard Memorial Scholarship is Gina Stroud.

    Stroud maintains a higher than 4.0 GPA and scored high on the ACT exam. She serves as a lawyer and a judge for Teen Court and is a member of the Truancy Panel. She is also captain of the speech and debate team, a member of the Natural Helpers and a member of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership.

  • Los Alamos Chapter #63 Order of the Eastern Star will host an exchange visit with Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers from the Colorado Grand Chapter Friday.

    This will be an official visit for Los Alamos Chapter #63, with a visit from New Mexico Worthy Grand Matron Pamala James accompanied by New Mexico Worthy Grand Patron Wayne Walker.

  • Babí commemoration of the Twelve Days of Ridvan will be held at noon Tuesday in the Rose Garden at Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to participate in this obervance of Babí/Baha'i Holy Days of Ridvan.

     

  • Alina Bulthuis, Christopher Koh, Cody Maggiore, Jennifer Paige, Sara Tao and Darcy Turin, the winning elementary school team in the Battle of Books competition, celebrate their victory with Anne Dulany from Mesa Public Library.  Almost 30 children participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual Battle of the Books competition April 16.  Battle of the Books is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list selected by librarians across the state and then test their knowledge of the material.