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2018 grant county community foundationGrant County Community Foundation ribbon cutting (Courtesy photo)The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Grant County Community Foundation at the non-profit Center today. The address is 1106 North Pope Street in Silver City, New Mexico. Barrett Baxter is shown cutting the ribbon with board members of the organizations on hand to watch. Charmeine Wait with Silver City Mainstreet and Sabrina Pack with the Chamber of Commerce Board held the ribbon for the ceremony.

oniken20181115Pictured left to right: Sensei Chelsea Been, Jayden Been, Ethan Rico and Anthony Jimenez Jr. (Courtesy Photo)Congratulations to Oni Ken Karate's Shuri Ryu style white/yellow stripe belt and green/white stripe belts from the Little Dragons class (3 to 5yrs.). 

evergreen garden clubRocio Cortez, Lequita Lett, and Tresa Berridge, holding a completed Marine Wreath and a work in progress. (Courtesy Photo)The Evergreen Garden Club is busy creating wreaths for every branch of the Military to be used by community military groups for occasions such as Memorial Day, Wreaths Across America, Veterans Day, etc. The Club meets monthly at the Grant County Extension Office meeting room the third Thursday of each month. For more information call Lequita Lett, 538-3216

The State of New Mexico has hired a local veteran, David Morrison, to fill the position of Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative that has been vacant for over two years at the Workforce Solutions office at 410 West Broadway here in Silver City. The federally mandated position gives local eligible veterans that have a significant barrier to gainful employment; such as a disability, low income, or being homeless; the services of a fellow disabled veteran to assist them in securing a better quality of living.

The Grant County Art Guild is shaking things up. In the 50th year since its founding, the Guild is making big changes. After showing its artwork for decades at the historic Hearst Church up Highway 15 in Pinos Altos, the Guild is opening a new showplace, aptly named the Grant County Art Guild Gallery, on the main drag in historic downtown Silver City. The new space is at the corner of Bullard and Market in the former Hester House building. The lovely purple building formerly held a classy and popular gift and candy store that, sadly, closed after being in business for 50 years. 

As one 50 year old entity moves into space recently left by another 50 year old entity, it should be noted that the Guild isn’t trying to replace Hester House. Theirs would be impossible shoes to fill. However, the Guild hopes to add a vibrant and exciting venue to downtown as it celebrates and represents the fine art and fine crafts of over 20 local talented artists.

Not only is the Gallery move a dramatic change for the Guild, but other huge changes are happening. At its Pinos Altos location, the Gallery was open only on weekends and holidays and only for half of the year as it was deemed too cold to be open in Winter.  However, at its new location, the Gallery will be open 7 days per week, year round, except typical holidays.

snowflake being installedPictured is the Town of Silver City firefighters installing the snowflake on the arch. (Courtesy Photo)Silver City MainStreet has been decorating downtown Silver City for the holidays for many years. This year MainStreet has done a lot of fundraising, and with a generous donation from Town and Country Garden Club we have decorations for all of the street poles downtown.

“We have also purchased a new Downtown Silver City Arch decoration. This decoration does not require electricity making it much easier to install. Previously, many extension cords were used to light the wreath and the cords were stolen each year. We appreciate the Firefighters from the Town of Silver City who install the decoration each year," states Patrick Hoskins, Board President of Silver City MainStreet.

The wreath will be installed on the side of the Murray Ryan Visitor Center to welcome our visitors and for the enjoyment of residents.

"MainStreet is also hosting a merchant window decoration contest, so it will be even more fun for children and families to come downtown.”

The mission of Silver City MainStreet is "To encourage a vibrant, historic downtown Silver City which is recognized as the heart of our diverse community." Please visit our website here to learn more.

On Nov. 7, 2018, the Copper Cowbelles distributed beef to local schools.

The Grant County Cattlegrowers' Association each year buys a steer at the Grant County Fair. The Copper Cowbelles pay for the processing by Wilcox Processing. The meat then gets donated to various schools for their home economics departments. Beef was donated to Cliff School, Silver Schools, Calvary Christian Academy, El Grito Headstart and Cobre Schools. This year, 2018, is the first year that Silver Schools got meat, because they just started a home economics department.

som nov 2018The November Kiwanis Students of the Month are as follows: From the left: Kylene Killough from Cliff High School; Daniel Burrola from Snell Middle School (October); Ruben Scott from La Plata Middle School; Adrian Melon from Silver Hogh School; Margaret Bailey from Aldo Leopold High School; Drew Fraser from Aldo Leopold Middle School; and Jaylynn Marquez from Snell Middle School (November). (Courtesy Photo)The Kiwanis Club of Silver City honored area students for the "November Student of the Month" during a special luncheon held at the Silver City Masonic Lodge building. School faculty, administrators, honored students, family members and Kiwanians enjoyed  a meal prepared by Silver City and Georgetown Order of the Eastern Star Chapter members while watching each student come up and be recognized for their achievements. The Kiwanis "Student of the Month" program is a cooperative endeavor between Kiwanis and local schools that shines a spotlight on youth in the community that have shown great improvement and continue to lead by example scholastically and in the community. 

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