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car full of presbyterians rsChurch leaders from the First Presbyterian Church in Silver City are shown arriving at a Presbytery meeting in Paradise Valley, Arizona, earlier this month with donations for the Migrant Resource Center in Aqua Prieta, Arizona. Shown from right to left are John Baumberger, Ruth McPherson, Debra Knapp, Pastor John Cheek, and Barbara Nelson.Elders and deacons from Silver City's First Presbyterian Church arrived at a recent Presbytery meeting in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with a carload of donations for the Migrant Resource Center in Aqua Prieta, Mexico.

First Presbyterian congregational members donated 30 food packets, 17 hygiene packets, $75 of additional food, extra toiletries and a large bag of socks for the center's border ministry program.

ila barker service recognized rs(From left to right) Carmen Acosta, HMS Board Chair, Ila Barker, April Hunter, HMS Senior Services Program Manager, and Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer at the August 2017 HMS Board of Directors monthly meeting.Silver City, NM (August 25, 2017) – After representing Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) for more than 8 years, and after serving Hidalgo County seniors for more than 36 years, Ila Barker was recognized for her service to the community by the HMS Board of Directors and Leadership at their August 2017 monthly meeting.

beef month 1 rsElisa Bustamante and Rosella Escobedo at Albertson'sThe Copper CowBelles celebrated Beef Month by awarding beef certificates during the 4th of July week-end. During this week CowBelles are available in various locations with educational materials about beef. Albertson's and Silver City Food Basket participated in this certificate give-away by having plenty of beef in their meat markets. Managers from both stores were on hand to help the winners purchase the best cuts of beef for their holiday plans. Rosella Escobedo, CowBelles secretary, and her husband, David Debusk surprised eight customers with a $25 beef certificate. All winners were excited to have been selected.

dama muerta azul rs"Dama Muerta Azul" winning submission by Lyndia Radice in the Dia de los Muertos art contest.The Silver City Art Association congratulates Lyndia Radice on her digital painting titled "Dama Muerta Azul" that was declared the winner in the Dia de los Muertos art contest. The winning art will be used on this year's poster for the annual event as well as on other promotional material for Silver City's 2017 Dia de los Muertos. The public is cordially invited to stop by a special exhibit at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson Street, Silver City to view this winning original art as well as other entries into the competition. The Dia de los Muertos exhibit will be on display from October 20 through November 12.

Two area high school graduates will receive $500 scholarships from the Grant County Association of Education Retirees. There was a tie between the top two applicants, so the members voted to give each of them identical scholarships. These scholarships are being given this year in memory of Murray Ryan who was a great friend of education.

billy casper lifters rsBilly Casper Lifters (left to right) Joan Bacon, Barry Christian and Devan Garcia. Not pictured: Daniel Castillo

A group of Silver City lifters belonging to the Billy Casper Wellness Center gym entered a NASA power lifting competition on July 15th 2017. The lifters; Joan Bacon, Daniel Castillo, Barry Christian and Devan Garcia all prepared and trained for a potential first place win. They were entered into one or two categories, either bench press or the push and pull category with bench press and deadlift combined for a total lift amount. Joan Bacon bench pressed a total of 95 pounds winning first place in her category and also setting a National Record on top of her State Record, Daniel Castillo bench pressed a total of 260 pounds winning first place in his category, Barry Christian bench pressed a weight of 225 pounds also winning first place in his category and setting a state record, and Devan Garcia bench pressed 105 pounds and deadlifted 235.5 pounds winning first place in her category. All in all this team of lifters brought back a total of four first place trophies.

30-Plus Donated Lots Available to Qualified Applicants

chris arellanoChris Arellano, 45, is a native Silver City resident who realized his dream of owning a home, thanks to a USDA rural housing program and land available at Vistas de Plata, an affordable home subdivision on Silver City’s east side. He lives there with his son, Christopher, and three Chihuahuas. Pictured with Chris is "Hero." (Courtesy Photo)

Silver City – Nothing is more symbolic of the “American Dream” than home ownership, and for 45-year-old Chris Arellano, the Vistas de Plata subdivision on Silver City’s east side was central to making that dream a reality.

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Literacy Link - Leamos has received the Literacy Program of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, which funds and supports community-based literacy programs throughout the state of New Mexico. Connie Jimenez, a Literacy Link student who passed the GED, was awarded Student of the Year.

"We're thrilled to receive this honor," said Mary Beth Folia, Program Director. "Our tutors and learners work so hard, it's great to be recognized. Our book program and event volunteers, and our Board of Directors, also put in lots of time and effort."

Connie Jimenez, who won Student of the Year, studied with tutor DeAnna Mooney for over a year to pass the difficult algebra section of the GED, despite holding two jobs and caring for a young child. "She was incredibly dedicated," Mooney said.

Literacy Link – Leamos has its office in the Silver City Public Library, and offers free tutoring to Grant County adults who study for exams like the GED and US citizenship. They also offer help with learning English and using computers, and teach small classes in Bayard, Santa Clara, Silver City and at the Grant County Detention Center. The organization's Let's Read program gets new books into the hands of all Grant County elementary school students several times per year.

Literacy Link staff members Folia and Jason Marshall, Tech Manager/Admin Assistant, will travel to Santa Fe to receive the award on September 8, during the Coalition's annual conference.

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