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First three photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy; the rest of the photos are courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 18

 

Paulo Veltri has promoted creating a Veterans' Resource Center at Western New Mexico University for several years. This year it came to fruition and is open near the patio by the Fitness Center, which is part of the PE Complex on campus.

A grand opening took place on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. On hand were veterans, including Medal of Honor awardee Drew Dix, who lives in Grant County. He serves as an honoree all over the country. He was on hand for this celebration.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Marilyn McCracken, Gila Regional Medical Center Auxiliary president, said she is asked what the auxiliary does. "We provide small items that departments of the hospital need. We donated a blood warmer, so transfusions don't go in cold. We donated stretchers for EMS."

"The hospital is a great place to volunteer," McCracken said. "The staff makes us feel welcome. Auxilians provide at least one four-hour shift a week, and often many more."

[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a four-part series of photos of the Gila Regional Medical Center Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31, 2019. The rest will be posted as soon as we can.}

Photos by Sandra Michaud and Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City Museum Ofrenda Procession 110219

Photos by Sandra Michaud

The third day of the Día de los Muertos celebrations, November 2, is known as All Souls Day, the time when the souls of the beloved are said to cross the veil and visit their loved ones. Altars, or ofrendas, are created; traditional Día de los Muertos decorations such as skulls, marigolds and candles are combined with the deceased’s favorite things.

Saturday afternoon, around 20 people went with Margaret “Chickie” Beltran, and her apprentice Nena Benavidez to visit 11 sites around Silver City where people have set up ofrendas in memory of loved ones. They blessed the various ofrendas and Angelica Padilla sang at each one.

One of the sites, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, had set up an ofrenda on the steps. A trail of chalk marigolds led up the steps to it and visitors were handed a card, which said, “This Ofrenda is made in memory of children who have died seeking refuge among us.”

When the group returned to the Museum, Nena Benavidez talked about the ofrenda, which was dedicated to the memory of Johnny Banks, who was a well-known figure around Silver City.

The Silver City Museum hosted a party in the courtyard, with hot chocolate and Pan de Muertos, face painting and music, and as it grew dark, a screening of the movie “Coco.”

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

 

[Editor's Note: Much of this article was taken from the news release before the dedication, plus from notes taken at the event.]

Plants, Pollinators and Climate Change MRAC Youth Mural was dedicated October 26, 2019 on the Texas Street side of the Silver City Trading Company Antique Mall in downtown Silver City.

The mural project, headed by Diana Ingalls-Leyba, was conceived to highlight the importance of native plants and their pollinators and bring in the concept of the threat of climate change. Alison Phillips’ Aldo Leopold High School art students created the design and contributed to the painting of the 20-foot-by-40-foot mural. The Youth Conservation Corps and community volunteers also assisted with the mural painting.

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