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.

In the past, I have written about visitors, and some local residents, complaining to our office that they did not feel safe walking in downtown Silver City after dark. A while back, I shared those comments with Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner. Well now its time to say Thank You to the City Administration officials who have replaced the old bulbs in the light fixtures along Bullard Street with new bright LED light bulbs. Man… walking along Bullard Street in the downtown area is much better now.

Just the other day I got a call from a lady talking about how Denny's is killing local restaurants. Bull. Yes, that was my response.

I don't know about you, but I was brought up believing that Christmas is a time for sharing. But I was never taught that Christmas is a time for stealing.

Dadnabit, every year it seems that we have morons running loose in our community taking this "time of sharing" to the extreme. Why some of our fellow citizens believe it is okay to steal from others is simply ludicrous. Last Saturday, during the afternoon daylight hours, some worthless person decided to enter a yard on Grandview and they stole the family's Christmas lights. The children at that home were so proud of their lights. They helped put them in place. The kids knew that the lights really showed their Christmas spirit. And then in one afternoon, some idiot ruins Christmas.

Someone recently asked me what the Chamber of Commerce is doing to promote shopping local the weekend after Thanksgiving. My response may have seemed a bit sarcastic, but it was true. We didn't do much to promote buying local on the weekend after Thanksgiving, because we promote shopping in Grant County 365 days of the year. It's not just about one or two days a year. You see… we understand that local businesses need local people to shop locally every chance they get… each day of the week, every week of the year. Time and time again we promote and discuss the importance of supporting businesses in Grant County, and the gross receipts revenue it brings in to local government to be used to give you, the local citizens, the services you demand from local government.

Believe me, I understand that you cannot shop for all your needs in Grant County. Heck, look at me. There aren't a whole lot of places in Grant County to shop for big and tall. But we promote the idea of, if you can buy it here at a reasonable price… buy it here!

You might already know that it was Abraham Lincoln who first encouraged Americans "to set apart and observe the last [now, the fourth] Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."

It was October 3, 1863, and President Lincoln celebrated that the Union had enjoyed a significant degree of peace and prosperity, even in the middle of "a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity." "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things," wrote the president. "They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy."

On Friday (November 17), the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce will honor area businesses and individuals at the Grant County Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held at the Grant County Business & Conference Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.

WNMU’s President, Dr. Joseph Shepard, will be the guest speaker prior to the awards ceremony. We had multiple nominations in each of the Grant County Awards categories, and here are the honorees chosen by a panel of judges from outside of Grant County.

2017 Grant County Citizen of the Year: Bruce Ashburn
2017 Linda K. Jones Humanitarian of the Year: Mrs. Donnie Forman
2017 Grant County Volunteer of the Year: Mario Quintana
2017 Grant County Small Business of the Year: Silver City Radio/SkyWest Media
2017 Grant County Large Business of the Year: Amplified Therapy Inc.

Last week I wrote about planning to take my family to Tombstone. I had a couple of people complain to me that I shouldn’t write about going out of town, but I should write about places to take my sons around the Grant County area. However, last Saturday we stopped at a Snappy Mart on Hudson Street to purchase enough gas to get to Lordsburg. While pumping a few gallons, a gentleman getting gas on the other pump asked me if we were on our way to Tombstone. Of course, I said yes. Turns out he reads the column each week and had read that we were going to make the day trip.

Each week I get stopped by nice folks at the Post Office, in a restaurant, or in a store… and they talk about something I have written. Some folks agree with my writings, and some folks don’t. However, I always appreciate the comments. And I appreciate the suggestions that some folks give me about future writings.

My wife and I are enjoying a visit from our three sons and a serious girlfriend this weekend. It has been a couple of years since we have had all the boys together at one time, so this will be a special time for us. So, as I called each son to see what they would like to do, it seems they thought I was referring to some sort of restaurant menu. One son is good with baked ham, mashed potatoes, and whole kernel corn. My youngest son Ethan, from Louisiana, has requested that I barbeque a couple of slabs of ribs, grilled corn on the cob and broccoli spears, along with some macaroni and cheese. I guess I’ll be visiting one of our local grocery stores asap.

Honestly, I had in mind taking the kids to Tombstone. They have never been there, and I think it is close enough for a day trip. Plus, it’s time for us to get another Old Timey Picture made. Kathy and I had one made on our honeymoon. Since then, every so often we have another made showing the aging of the family. It’s been about a decade since the last one was made… and now we need one with the new female that is being added to the group. So… we’ll stop at Texas Canyon on the way. We’ll see a gunfight or two. We’ll ride around Tombstone on the trolley. We eat at one of the restaurants in Tombstone. We’ll get our Old Timey Picture taken. Then we will come home to Silver City. Just in time for me to get the grill ready to cook on.

I have never claimed to be politically correct and this article will prove my point. I have always enjoyed Halloween. As a child, getting candy was nice, but the thing I enjoyed most was visiting the homes of people who really decorated for Halloween. I remember a house on Greenwood Drive in Ruston, Louisiana that had all types of things in their front yard. However, it was the giant talking pumpkin that always fascinated the kids in the neighborhood. The older I got, I began to figure out the tricks. And frankly, the older I got the more I enjoyed coming up with my own tricks.

I have boxes with different pieces of equipment I have used over the years to have fun scaring kids. Strobe lights, black lights, motion detector sensors, eyes that blink in the dark, eyes that glow in the dark, trip lines, black plastic sheeting, air compressor, even old barbeque grill rotisserie motors… these are the things I can use to make a 10-second walk up to my front door a memorable experience for the child, the parents, and especially myself. I can never forget the little 5 or maybe 6-year old kid in Searcy, Arkansas that hit my trip line as he walked up the steps to my house. He was staring at the rocking lawn chair that was rocking back and forth by itself on the porch. Just as he got to the top step, a white ghost came sliding down across the porch just over his head. And the race was on…. That little kid didn't even touch a step as he took off running. I was laughing, his Dad was laughing, his mother was chasing after him, and my wife was giving me grief about scaring the little boy so badly (or good depending on how you look at it). After they caught the kid and brought him back, I think I gave him about a pound of candy. Even as I am typing this story, I am sitting here with a big smile on my face because it is truly a fond memory for me. I mean think about it – back in the good old days you could scare kids and not have the police show up afterwards. I had fun.

When we lived in Bloomfield, New Mexico, people would actually call our house to make sure we had decorated for Halloween. They would bring cameras to take pictures of their kids being scared at the Terry House. Ah…. those were the days!

When I graduated to helping with "haunted houses", I learned all the neat things you can do with a spool of thread, a large shop fan, an old waterbed mattress, carpet remnants, hydraulic jacks, air horns, and chainless chain saws. I quickly learned it was just as easy to scare young adults as it was little kids… and I enjoyed it.

But those days have come and gone. Nowadays we are lucky to celebrate Halloween on Halloween. People do "Trunk or Treats" and fun Halloween Carnivals. Gosh, I haven't seen a trick or treater at my front door in about 10 years. But I still hope everyone has fun on October 31.

So here are some things that you can do over the next few days:Thursday – Oct. 19: Jayme Stone Folklife Project at WNMU Light Hall Theater at 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday – Oct. 21: Autumn Art & Wine Extravaganza at La Esperanza Vineyard & Winery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mimbres Valley
  • Sunday – Oct. 22: Installation of Pastor Andre Howard at New Hope Fellowship Church, 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday – Oct. 24: 4:00 p.m. Open House Ribbon Cutting at Big Brothers Big Sisters located at 1016 North Pope Street in Silver City
  • Tuesday – Oct. 24: New Mexico Tax Reform Public Forum at WNMU Miller Library from 6 to 8 p.m. sponsored by the Republican Party of Grant County
  • Wednesday – Oct. 25: MRAC Annual Meeting at 5 p.m. in Vicki's Eatery in Silver City

Need more information, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (575) 538-3785, or if there's something strange in the neighborhood… call Ghostbusters. So, who are you going to call?

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