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Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce welcomes SWAG (aka the South West Adolescent Group) as our newest. Many of you have probably seen their sign, SWAG Thrift Store, across the street from the U.S. Post Office on Hudson Street in Silver City. This non-profit group accepts donations of goods and clothing, sells the items in the thrift store, then uses the money to help support teen activities in Silver City and Grant County. SWAG is located at 505 North Hudson Street. Their phone number is (575) 313-3845. Jason Burke is the director of the organization.

The 2019 Clay Festival begins this next week. There are many activities associated with the Clay Festival. Rather than try to list all of the activities, you should go on the internet and visit their website: http://www.clayfestival.com/ You will find all kinds of information about this great event in Silver City.

Independence Day is definitely one of my favorite American holidays, both for what we are celebrating and also how we celebrate America’s Independence.

For many Americans, and people hoping to become citizens, it is relatively easy to take our freedom… our liberty… for granted. It’s kind of hard to understand what America had to go through to gain our freedoms over all these years. There were conflicts on our soil as well as on foreign soil. Good men and women made great sacrifices to insure we have the freedoms we enjoy today.

The following is an excerpt from a speech given by one of our Nation’s presidents. Sometimes I believe it is good to reflect back on words spoken by our Nation’s leaders.

“All through our history, our Presidents and leaders have spoken of national unity and warned us that the real obstacle to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only permanent danger to the hope that is America, comes from within. It’s easy enough to dismiss this as a kind of familiar exhortation. Yet the truth is that even two of our greatest Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, once learned this lesson late in life. They’d worked so closely together in Philadelphia for independence. But once that was gained and a government was formed, something called partisan politics began to get in the way. After a bitter and divisive campaign, Jefferson defeated Adams for the Presidency in 1800. And the night before Jefferson’s inauguration, Adams slipped away to Boston, disappointed, brokenhearted, and bitter.

We will celebrate our Independence Day on the traditional fourth day of July. This year’s theme is “Made in the USA – Built to Last!” … and it will be a fun day for everyone.

We will begin setting up Gough Park after 12:00 pm on July 3. The food vendors, the information booths, the arts and crafts tents, the spaces with games and toys, the Veteran’s booths. Many of them will start setting up in Gough Park to be ready for you on Independence Day.

On Thursday – June 6 the Chamber of Commerce will help with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Del Taco. Yes, Del Taco has been open for several months, but they didn’t have a ribbon cutting ceremony. So, when they called and asked me if they could have a ribbon cutting… I said yes. Now you are invited to come to Del Taco in Silver City, next to Walmart… this Thursday at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Speaking of Walmart, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new “Curbside Pickup” program on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. This new “Curbside Pickup” service will actually begin on Tuesday - June 25. We hope you will join us for the ribbon cutting and other activities at Walmart on Saturday – June 22 from 10 am to 2:00 pm. The folks at Walmart promised that it will be fun!

Ah… Memorial Day Weekend. For many this is the beginning of the summer season, though the temperatures are still a bit cool. Some folks get that extra day off for the holiday. We hope you enjoy this holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend brings the Silver City Blues Festival to downtown Silver City. If you are visiting the Silver City area or you a local resident, we hope you have a great time at the 2019 Blues Festival. The Mimbres Region Arts Council has lined up some great entertainment for you to enjoy… and you can’t beat the price. There is no admission fee. So, enjoy the blues and the great outdoor venue here in Silver City.

The 2019 Tour of the Gila started this week. This is a premier showcase event for southwest New Mexico. I understand the amateur field grew by about 20% this year, when some of the other races around the country are seeing declines. I believe this is a great testament to the marketing and organization that makes Tour of the Gila successful each year. If you want to know the racing schedule, visit the Tour of the Gila website at https://tourofthegila.com/. Good luck to the racers that are participating… and thank you to the racing officials, organizers, sponsors and of course the many volunteers that do a great job.

If you know of a nice 3 bed room 2 bath home that is in need of a good renter immediately, call me at 538-3785. I’m looking for a long-term lease.

The Chamber of Commerce welcomes Del Taco as a new member. Del Taco offers its guests a unique variety of Mexican favorites prepared fresh in a working kitchen. Del Taco's meals are prepared to order with quality ingredients 24 hours a day! Del Taco is located at 2629 Highway 180 East (next to Walmart) in Silver City, New Mexico. Want to call in an order? Their phone number is (575) 388-1116. Watch for information regarding the "official" grand opening in May. 

Curtis Clough joins the Chamber of Commerce.  Besides being the current Assistant Superintendent at Silver Consolidated Schools, Curtis Clough is a personal consultant in the field of Education, Workforce & Economic Development and Career & Technical Education along with vast knowledge in HR, Community Engagement and Employee Recruitment / Retention. Curtis can speak to groups and provide training workshops. In the fall of 2018, Curtis spoke at the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Executives Association conference. To learn more about Curtis, you can contact him at (330) 933-5357, or send an email to r2nlconsult@gmail.com.

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