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Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

The following is an excerpt from a speech given by one of our Nation’s presidents. Sometimes I believe it is good to reflect back on words spoken by our Nation’s leaders.

“All through our history, our Presidents and leaders have spoken of national unity and warned us that the real obstacle to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only permanent danger to the hope that is America, comes from within. It’s easy enough to dismiss this as a kind of familiar exhortation. Yet the truth is that even two of our greatest Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, once learned this lesson late in life. They’d worked so closely together in Philadelphia for independence. But once that was gained and a government was formed, something called partisan politics began to get in the way. After a bitter and divisive campaign, Jefferson defeated Adams for the Presidency in 1800. And the night before Jefferson’s inauguration, Adams slipped away to Boston, disappointed, brokenhearted, and bitter.

We will celebrate our Independence Day on the traditional fourth day of July. This year’s theme is “Made in the USA – Built to Last!” … and it will be a fun day for everyone.

We will begin setting up Gough Park after 12:00 pm on July 3. The food vendors, the information booths, the arts and crafts tents, the spaces with games and toys, the Veteran’s booths. Many of them will start setting up in Gough Park to be ready for you on Independence Day.

On Thursday – June 6 the Chamber of Commerce will help with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Del Taco. Yes, Del Taco has been open for several months, but they didn’t have a ribbon cutting ceremony. So, when they called and asked me if they could have a ribbon cutting… I said yes. Now you are invited to come to Del Taco in Silver City, next to Walmart… this Thursday at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Speaking of Walmart, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new “Curbside Pickup” program on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. This new “Curbside Pickup” service will actually begin on Tuesday - June 25. We hope you will join us for the ribbon cutting and other activities at Walmart on Saturday – June 22 from 10 am to 2:00 pm. The folks at Walmart promised that it will be fun!

Ah… Memorial Day Weekend. For many this is the beginning of the summer season, though the temperatures are still a bit cool. Some folks get that extra day off for the holiday. We hope you enjoy this holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend brings the Silver City Blues Festival to downtown Silver City. If you are visiting the Silver City area or you a local resident, we hope you have a great time at the 2019 Blues Festival. The Mimbres Region Arts Council has lined up some great entertainment for you to enjoy… and you can’t beat the price. There is no admission fee. So, enjoy the blues and the great outdoor venue here in Silver City.

The 2019 Tour of the Gila started this week. This is a premier showcase event for southwest New Mexico. I understand the amateur field grew by about 20% this year, when some of the other races around the country are seeing declines. I believe this is a great testament to the marketing and organization that makes Tour of the Gila successful each year. If you want to know the racing schedule, visit the Tour of the Gila website at https://tourofthegila.com/. Good luck to the racers that are participating… and thank you to the racing officials, organizers, sponsors and of course the many volunteers that do a great job.

If you know of a nice 3 bed room 2 bath home that is in need of a good renter immediately, call me at 538-3785. I’m looking for a long-term lease.

The Chamber of Commerce welcomes Del Taco as a new member. Del Taco offers its guests a unique variety of Mexican favorites prepared fresh in a working kitchen. Del Taco's meals are prepared to order with quality ingredients 24 hours a day! Del Taco is located at 2629 Highway 180 East (next to Walmart) in Silver City, New Mexico. Want to call in an order? Their phone number is (575) 388-1116. Watch for information regarding the "official" grand opening in May. 

Curtis Clough joins the Chamber of Commerce.  Besides being the current Assistant Superintendent at Silver Consolidated Schools, Curtis Clough is a personal consultant in the field of Education, Workforce & Economic Development and Career & Technical Education along with vast knowledge in HR, Community Engagement and Employee Recruitment / Retention. Curtis can speak to groups and provide training workshops. In the fall of 2018, Curtis spoke at the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Executives Association conference. To learn more about Curtis, you can contact him at (330) 933-5357, or send an email to r2nlconsult@gmail.com.

This past weekend, my wife and I attended the Grant County Strong Celebration at Bataan Park in Santa Clara. There literally were a couple of hundred other Grant County citizens at the park as well. I saw Democrats. I saw Independents. I saw Republicans. But most of all, what I saw were just good old-fashioned citizens of Grant County having a great time. Many people in Grant County have come together on a couple of occasions recently to support the fight against detrimental mining bills and 2nd Amendment Rights legislation in our state. It’s great to see so many concerned people…no matter what political party you are affiliated with…get together for a common cause and a common celebration. I hope we see another event like this in the Fall.

The Tour of the Gila Bike Race is just around the corner. Currently there is an urgent plea for volunteer vehicle drivers during the upcoming Tour of the Gila Bike Race. The Tour of the Gila Race will pay for the gasoline for your vehicle, and you get a cool t-shirt and invitation to attend the event ending party. If you are interested and can volunteer or need more information, please contact Michelle Geels at 575-590-0203, or email silvergeels@gmail.com.

It’s pretty amazing that some areas of the state received snowfall just a couple of days ago. However, here in Grant County… it’s finally feeling like Spring.

For some people, this is a terrible time of the year. Maybe it’s the junipers… maybe it is some other pollen, but for some folks it is allergy-time and that’s not fun. I honestly feel bad for the folks that are coughing, sneezing, their eyes are watering, and they can barely speak. Hopefully it will pass quickly.

But for a lot of other people, it’s time to think about warm weather fun. In Grant County, there really are many things you can enjoy outdoors. We will begin seeing more folks riding bicycles. There will be lots of energetic people hiking through the area on the Continental Divide Trail. Folks with fishing licenses will start visiting some of our local lakes, rivers and streams in search of that one big catch that they can share on Facebook and other forms of social media. It’s time to take off the hardtops and drive around topless, letting the wind blow through your hair while riding through the Gila or many other country roads. At the Chamber office, we are already getting inquiries about where to soak in Hot Springs and where to go camping. Although the nights are still cool, there are lots of stars to be seen, and this is a great time to go stargazing. If you like swinging clubs, the golf course is starting to green up nicely. This is also the time for the Senior Olympic Games. If you look at the Chamber of Commerce website calendar, you will see all the activities seniors can participate in during the Senior Olympics. And the local events… area car shows, music festivals, bike races, and more. Of course, this is also a great time for the family. They can go camping, find a nice place for a picnic, invite the friends over for a backyard barbeque, or as the wind dies down and the warmth of the Sun heats the area… go for a swim, play in a splash park, or just run through a sprinkler in your front yard.

And by the way, you can never be too old to feel young again. There’s nothing wrong with senior citizens getting their feet wet and proving that you can be a young as you feel. Kathy and I may be considered Senior Citizens, but we can have fun with a soaker squirt gun just as much as a 10-year old.

There’s no doubt we live in an area that provides so many cool things to do. If you don’t like the outdoors, visit our area museums. Go to one of the local libraries. Take in a movie at one of the two theaters in the area. If you like to eat… take two weeks and visit every restaurant that sells tacos, then write a letter to this paper’s editor telling him how many different tacos you found in Grant County (you don’t have to mention how many pounds you gained). Visit Fort Bayard. Go the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Visit some of our historic sites such as the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in the Mimbres Valley.

If you need ideas of things to do, call the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Our phone number is (575) 538-3785, or visit our website at www.silvercity.org.

By the way, earlier I mentioned driving around topless and I’m sure there were a couple of people who questioned that. What I was referring to is taking the top off your car or SUV and ride around without the top. The Chamber of Commerce is not suggesting you should ride around the other way topless. We hope you have a great week!

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