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  •  Rain cancelled the “FUN”d Run, a Mountain Elementary School PTA fundraiser, last week but this morning the students hit the ground running at Sullivan Field. Here, third- and fourth- graders make laps around the track. Principal Gerry Washburn got into the spirit by wearing  pink camouflage fleece pajamas. During the fundraiser students wrote letters to family and friends asking for sponsorships to walk around the track. It was a successful campaign, more than $25,000 was raised.

  • I live with two dogs, one cranky almost-12-year-old and one puppy, whose fur is spun by baby silk moths.

    Some weeks, I have an extra dog on loan from a vacationing friend, a super-fierce Yorkie who can hide inside an oven mitt if he needs to. Essentially, I live in dog world, where all we do is rip the fluff out of stuffed bats and bunnies and look for better and better places to pee.

  • I just got back from a three-day house building project. I have a book to read before Leadership Los Alamos meets again on Friday and I am only half-way through it. There are three articles to write for Sunday’s paper. My apartment is crying out to me to clean it.

    There really is no time to waste with this lengthy to do list but Wednesday evening I just wanted to procrastinate and do something decadent like watch a movie at the theater on a week night.

  • A lot has transpired for the Los Alamos Beta Sigma Phi members. They hosted the state sorority’s convention in June and honors Charlotte McQuillan, a member who died this year. While members reminisce, they are also looking ahead to the annual tea on Sunday.

    Beta Sigma Phi, according to its website, is an international women’s friendship network. It provides education and community services.

    This time last year, Beta Sigma Phi members were fundraising to prepare for what seemed like the kickoff to a new year.  

  • The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 23 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria.  The public is invited to view the projects from noon-2 p.m.  

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary, elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place and Honorable Mention in 17 categories.

  • Friends of the Shelter in Los Alamos is joining forces with the Española Animal Shelter and Colfax Pet Rescue to have a mobile pet adoption in Los Alamos.  

    Adoptable animals from the three organizations and foster animals will be at the event.

    All three animal organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofits.

    Friends of the Shelter is dedicated to improving homeless pets’ lives.  

  • Irving Goldfarb passed away Aug. 22, but his contributions to the Los Alamos community and particularly to the Los Alamos Jewish Center, continues today.

    His daughter, Lynn Silberman, recalled that he not only built the family’s home on Barranca Mesa, he helped establish the Jewish Center.

    Silberman said her father arrived in Los Alamos in 1945 and worked as a machinist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lynn and her mother followed Goldfarb in 1946. Before working and living in Los Alamos, he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal.

  • An international audience viewed the Los Alamos High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps’ skills Tuesday during the ninth annual Bi-national Policy Forum on Migration and Health at Buffalo Thunder.

    Six cadets from the local NJRTOC participated in a color guard presentation and posted a few flags during the forum.

  • Are you a regular library user? Or have you never visited Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch? Either way, we’d like to hear from you.

    The Los Alamos County Library System is conducting a survey and this is a chance to be heard.

    The community is invited to say what it thinks of the libraries, what services it values and what it would change or improve; or, if people have never visited the library, what would entice them to.  

  • Harrison “Jack” Schmitt has not only journeyed to a place where only 12 others have been, but the destination was far from this planet.

    Schmitt, a former astronaut, will discuss his mission to the Moon, which he took aboard the Apollo 17 in 1972, during the upcoming Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The title of his talk is “Return to the Moon-Rationale for the Future.”

  • If you have diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a real challenge.  The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.

    Kitchen Creations will meet from 4:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday for four weeks beginning on Nov. 3 at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

  • Christopher Columbus was also known as Cristobal Colon and as Cristoforo Columbo.

    I want to tell you something that is not taught in public schools. Nor is this taught even in most Christian schools.

    (By the way, did you know that the Santa Maria at 97 feet long was only 27 feet longer than a Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig?)

  • At Mountain Elementary School, students selling popcorn cans, wrapping paper and candy were pushed aside in favor of another fundraising effort.

    Rather than trekking miles around neighborhoods selling novelties door-to-door, Mountain Elementary students will walk around the track at Sullivan Field.

    The fundraiser, called “FUN”d Run, invited students to send out sponsor letters to family members and friends, asking them to sponsor them as they walk around the track, Robbie Harris, Parent Teacher Association president, said.

  • As a middle school student, P.E. was never a real highlight and at lunchtime I was always hopeful that my friends would share their cartons of fries. Looking back at this period of time, I wonder what in the world I was thinking.

    Luckily for today’s fifth grade students from the Los Alamos Public Schools, the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension office is helping them brush away bad health habits.

    On Sept. 29, the extension office hosted Just Be It! Healthy and Fit at the First Baptist Church.

  • The workplace can be more than the cubicle you sit at for eight hours a day.

    It can mean more than the coffee pot that burns coffee or the ‘to-do’ basket that never empties.

    Co-workers  can become a second family.

    They rejoice for your successes and when trouble arrives, these non-blood family members have your back.

    For instance, when Los Alamos National Bank employee Bianca Archuleta’s son, Alejandro, 4, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, her co-workers sprang into action.

  • This week we look at Asset #24, Bonding to School and Assets #25, Reading for Pleasure. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when the young person cares about his or her school.”

    Your child’s relationship to the school may be directly affected by your relationship with the school. While you may have some frustrations, try not to vent them in front of your child.

    If you constantly seem annoyed by something, you may be adding to their anxiety about school on a daily basis.

  • On Wednesday, expect to see more cars in driveways. School buses may be emptier and the sidewalks should be crowded with students and school staff.

    More than 60 schools throughout the state are participating in Walk and Roll to School Day on Wednesday.

    Among those schools will be Aspen Elementary School and Piñon Elementary School.

    These two institutions are encouraging students to forgo vehicular transportation and walk, ride a bike, push a scooter or roller skate to school.

  • The original intent to have a concert featuring Christian singer Steve Green was to celebrate the opening of the new Crossroads Bible Church building. This intent, however, received a slight revision.

    The building is not ready for its opening day, but that doesn’t sour the celebratory mood. The show must go on.

    Green will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at White Rock Baptist Church. Green is an award-winning performer.

    He has received four Grammy nominations and seven Dove Awards, which is Christian music’s highest award.

  • India may be half around the world, but the influence of its culture reaches across oceans. Its presence can even be felt in the middle of the American West. The Los Alamos Family YMCA Kathak and Bharathatyan dance classes will host a dance recital from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Students will showcase traditional Kathak, a Northern Indian dance and Bharathatyan, a Southern Indian dance.

  • Los Alamos Piecemakers Guild unveiled bed quilts, wall hangings and lap quilts at the quilt show, which opened Friday and continued through Saturday at the First Baptist Church. In addition to a wide variety of colorful quilts, there were demonstrations, fabric and other supplies for sale and a raffle for the guild’s donation quilt, “Stars of Enchantment.”