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b.rosellii officehz1 Bart Roselli was recently named director of the Silver City Museum. Roselli's philosophy is based on the ideas of the 19th Century American librarian and museum director John Cotton Dana, who said, "Find what the community needs and fit the museum to it."  Sees Museum as a Vehicle to Help Meet Community Needs

Silver City -- "Find what the community needs and fit the museum to it." That simple yet powerful statement by John Cotton Dana, a 19th Century American librarian and museum director, sums up the philosophy of Silver City's new museum director, Bart Roselli. Roselli has served for eight months as interim director, and was recently named museum director by Town Manager Alex Brown.

d0fd poster winner2019In the annual Dia De Los Muertos art contest, 12 year old artist Micah Jo Huerta’s delightful  “My Spirit Animal” was selected as the winning entry. Inspired by the movie “Coco”, her artwork measures 9 inches by 12inches, and mediums are copic markers, highlighters, jelly roll and Crayola crayons. "My Spirit Animal” will be proudly featured on this year’s Dia de los Muertos poster and other promotional material. Micah wins “bragging rights” and a gift certificate contributed by Carole Czujko from Soul River.

Silver City honors it’s  Dia de los Muertos as a time of tradition and coming together of the community in remembrance of those gone before. This year activities include  a street festival and parade  on October 27th and ends on November 2  with a community wide ofrenda procession, plus mariachi music and a showing of the movie “Coco” at the Silver City Museum. Watch for a full schedule of happenings!

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, Western Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smart device and what to do if they suspect their information has been compromised. 

“Educating customers about account security and cyber threats is something we all must be conscious about if we want to reduce the risk of sensitive information being exploited for criminal use,” said Mike Martin, CEO at Western Bank. “We take great care in handling our customers’ sensitive information and want to equip them with practical steps they can take to help strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem and avoid falling prey to identity theft and fraud this holiday season.” 

There are steps consumers can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud. ICBA and Western Bank encourage consumers to:

HMS is proud to announce that Neal A. Bowen, Ph.D., will be the new director of the Behavioral Health Services Division. This significant honor is based on Dr. Bowen’s over 22 years of service in the behavioral health profession and his accomplishments in patient care, program development, and facilitation.

Dr. Bowen came to Hidalgo Medical Services in 2005 where at that time HMS only had one part-time social worker. Recognizing the significant need for quality mental health care services in Hidalgo County and later in Grant County in 2008, Dr. Bowen helped to grow the HMS Behavioral Health Division to 25 current providers and an additional 11 support team members.

image0Students had the opportunity to visit with the artist and see the exhibit prior to the opening reception. (Photo Courtesy of Chala Werber)

image0 2A group of art patrons visit and check out the exhibit during the opening reception Thursday evening. (Photo Courtesy of WNMU's Jay Hemphill)

The Edwina & Charles Milner Women In The Arts Lecture Series Brought Another World Class Artist to Western New Mexico University.

brian etheridgeHidalgo Medical Services (HMS) is excited to announce that Brian Etheridge, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician at HMS, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) leadership programs. These programs connect leaders across the country—from every profession, sector, and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Specifically, Dr. Etheridge was selected for Culture of Health Leaders.  Designed to expand and amplify the talent these leaders already possess. Culture of Health Leaders offers intensive learning opportunities with some of today’s foremost health and equity experts, fostering cross-sector collaboration and supporting leaders in their continued growth and development as agents of change for health and equity. 

gales maximillion daisiesSome of you may remember Gale Moore and the monthly Glenwood Gazette that covered southwest New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. 

The photo above, courtesy of Pat Hunt, another friend of Gale's, was taken today, Sept. 26, 2019 of the Maximilian daisies that  continue to bloom merrily in the median across from Western Bank. Gale and Marcia, then owner of Java the Hut, shared the median and took care of the plants. After Gale's death, the Copper Cowbelles took it over for a few years, and now the Silver City Rotary Club takes care of the median.

Gale was very active with the Copper Cowbelles, and the Glenwood Dutch Oven Cook-off. She unexpectedly died in August 2014, and all of us who knew her were shocked and grieved for her.

Gale loved her plants. She could grow things that didn't grow well here.

The Beat's editor used to work for Gale as a freelancer reporter and columnist, by interviewing "old-timers" around the area. She has a cutting of Gale's plumeria, the Hawaiian plant that provides many white flowers to Hawaiian leis. It blooms every summer.

So, if you remember Gale, enjoy her yellow flowers when you drive by the median. If you never knew Gale, recognize the flowers were planted to remember her and celebrate her life.

roping925Celebrated the 20th and final year of roping at the Grant County Fair. Beautiful Cactus Saddles were won by Carson Lee and Troy Shelley. Troy would like to thank family, community, supporters, and contestants for their may years of help and support.

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