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The Silver City MainStreet Project received a $1,000 donation from the Town and Country Garden Club to be used for downtown holiday decorations. As a small non-profit, this donation is greatly appreciated because fundraising in a small community is always challenging.

Silver City MainStreet is fundraising for downtown holiday decorations to make downtown Silver City beautiful for the holidays and a fun place to take families to see decorations.

By Susan Clair

Grant County is fortunate to have several dozens of nonprofit organizations and other groups with missions designed to assist adults and children, provide food and health-related services, protect various species and the environment, and generally make life better for all of us. Last summer, another group entered the mix: Grant County Beekeepers.

Although the name might imply that the group is dedicated to assisting current beekeepers and cultivating new beekeepers, the group actually has a wider reach, as described in its mission statement:

Beekeepers and friends of bees working together to protect honeybees and educate the community on the value of bees and other pollinators, to support the health of our local gardens, farms, green spaces, and natural environment.

In Grant County there are many people who live with the realities of hunger and food insecurity daily. The people who utilize the Grant County Food Pantries have many different situations that lead them to food distributions. Sometimes it just takes an unexpected car problem, overdue utility bill or a medical expense and next thing they knows there is no money left in the budget for food.

Unfortunately, many of the stories we hear are not just about occasional hunger, but are about the ways that food insecurity is woven into the makeup of our community members' experiences. These stories give us clues about the root causes of food insecurity and could help us understand how to make economic and cultural shifts locally that would begin to lower the need for emergency food. For now, the reality is this, our pantry numbers are up and rising. In March of 2013 we had 130 pantry recipients. In March of 2017 we had 213. This year, we had 238.

March 29, 2018 – The Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation received a $1,000 donation today from Western Bank.

The donation was made to support the Hidalgo Cancer Fund established at Gila Regional Medical Center. "The donation from Western Bank will be used to support our Cancer Center this year for the Hospital," stated Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation President Alfred Sedillo.

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Literacy Link - Leamos has received a $22,000 grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation's Grant County Community Investment Fund. These funds will support a series of workshops to prepare adults for local skilled jobs.

The new workshops include resume building, applying for jobs online, and interview skills. Attendees can also sign up for free one-to-one tutoring to support their career goals. 50% of Grant County adults have literacy levels below what most jobs require. This project dovetails with Literacy Link – Leamos' mission to raise literacy levels in Grant County through free tutoring and outreach.

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/05/2018)-- Kevin Finch of Silver City, New Mexico, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Finch was initiated at Texas Tech University.

Finch is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Monday, April 2, 2018; Silver City, NM: On Monday, over a dozen agriculturists, ranchers and food producers gathered to celebrate the launch of the Southwest New Mexico Food Hub, housed at the Volunteer Center of Grant County. The Food Hub seeks to connect local food producers in our frontier region with expanded markets for their produce in urban areas like Las Cruces, Albuquerque and beyond.

Ben Rasmussen, Program Specialist for the National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC), said, "We've did feasibility study a few years ago, and the biggest need for local producers was to expand market access for their products. The Food Hub will be an easy way for local growers to tap into larger markets and receive a competitive price for their products."

Silver City, NM — More than 25 students showed up for the Bike Rodeo at Stout Elementary on March 29th. The event was sponsored by Bikeworks and Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant County (HKHC) and funded by a United Way grant awarded to Bikeworks for outreach and after school cycling. Volunteers set up a safety practice course in the Stout courtyard. Designed to help youth practice safe riding skills, the course included areas that required yielding, stopping, sharing the road, surface transition and riding on gravel. The course also included a trick ramp for "getting air". Bikeworks brought several of their unusual bikes, bikes for kids that don't have one and a portable bike repair shop. Helmets were checked for fit and safety and April Teague, the Grant County ICAN Educator brought lots of healthy snacks which were much appreciated by the kids who rode non-stop around the course for nearly two hours!

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