Friday, November 13, 2009

Dealing With The Stress Of The Holidays In Catron County

By Richard Torres
For the Mountain Mail

The Catron County Grassroots Mental Health Group sponsored a “Dealing with Holiday Stress" seminar at the Reserve Community Center Nov. 9.
The seminar was conducted by Silvia Madrid and Marsha Bowman of Border Area Mental Health Services. Community members attending received an information packet on this subject. Tara Kellar of the Grassroots Group stated: “In addition to sponsoring these seminars for the community, we have just completed training members for the warm line which will be instituted soon.”
For additional information, call her at 575-533-6940.
Rodeo Season Unwinds
Catron County Gymkhana Association just completed their last rodeo for the year this past weekend. In excess of one hundred 30 cowgirls/cowboys participated during the season.
“I wish to thank all the people who made this season a success,” stated Carol Livingston. She is one of the coordinators. For additional information on the upcoming season in March/April 2010, call her at 575-533-6671.
Thrifty Success
Martha and Mary Thrift Store in Apache Creek had a tremendous outpouring of love and support for their fund raiser for the Troops this past weekend.”So many volunteers made this event a success. We collected over $1,269. We would like to thank everyone who donated for this worthy cause. We will be meeting soon with the Commander of the DAV to present him with these funds,” stated Cindy Wasserburger. She assisted in coordinating this event. If anyone would like to donate, there is still time. Call her at 575-533-6917 for further information.
Bridge Reopens
Bridge construction taking place in Reserve finished Nov. 11 and opened for traffic Nov. 12.
Reconstruction of the bridge involved placing five new steel beams on refurbished pylons. The expected lifespan of this bridge is fifty years plus. Work began early spring and was completed on schedule.
Game Of Life
Reserve and Quemado students, grades 7-12, will be participating in the “Game of Life” program.
This program, to be held at the old gym in Reserve on Nov.24, is sponsored by the Catron County Health Council, D.W.I., Border Area, N.M. Public Health, Sheriff Dept., Courts, and a host of other entities.
“The purpose of this program is to present the students with Life Choices and educating them on making healthy decisions,” stated Ann Mengus.
She is just one of a host of volunteers helping put this program together. More than 200 students will be participating. Students will be given cue cards denoting a Life Choice.
They then will be directed to the corresponding booth which will educate, train, and help them in reacting to that particular Life Choice.
“Life Choice booths will involve career choices, health issues, legal matters, and other circumstances these students may encounter. We are presenting these issues to these students so that they can be better prepared to make smart, informative decisions,” said Ann. For further information, call her at 575-533-6267.

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