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.
I don't know about you, but I hate moving. Kathy and I just moved into another house at the end of March. I know that it will take a good two or three months to figure out where everything is. Moving is simply terrible. The only good thing that comes from moving is that I will find something that I lost during the move before this one. We're simply getting too old to be making all these moves. I think I'm going to start taking trailer loads of stuff to the landfill that we no longer need to haul from place to place.
Of course, there are always the inevitable things that don't work correctly in the new home. Such as having a two-bathroom home, yet one toilet hasn't worked properly (it leaks… and that sounds terrible for a toilet) since before we even moved in. So after about a month, if the only toilet that works in the house is occupied… well, it's a good thing we are living out in the county now.
This is Tour of the Gila week. While I am writing this article, teams and individuals are here in the Conference Center registering and attending meetings. I know there are two teams from Australia. I just met some guys with a team from Costa Rico. There are Olympic champions. There are International Champions. And there are a lot of Champions in the making right here in Silver City. I can't think of any other town in New Mexico that can even come close to matching the sports talent that is converging on Grant County this week.
Tour of the Gila participants… thank you for coming to Silver City. We hope you have a wonderful time while you are here. Though everyone can't win, we hope all of you are successful.
Earlier today, Wednesday, the Chamber of Commerce helped a local business celebrate with a ribbon cutting and open house. An Open Door is a local facility that provides assistance to people with developmental disabilities with the everyday functions of life. An Open Door has bridged the gap between their clients that they serve and the community since 2012.
An Open Door is located at 6 Peterson Drive in Silver City. If you are not familiar with Peterson Drive, it is located just east of the Silver City town limits on the south side of Highway 180 East heading toward Santa Clara. The organization strives to provide the best quality of services to individuals with developmental disabilities by always: advocating, training, maintaining the health, safety, desires and discovering how to help each person served to reach their individual goals and dreams. To learn more about An Open Door, you can call their office at (575) 534-9161 or visit their website – www.youraod.com.
It was a great day to visit An Open Door and learn more about the fine work they do in the community.
There sure is a lot of chatter about the County Commission and what they will do with Gila Regional Medical Center. I can't believe there are local folks who think that the Commissioners are wasting time and money meeting with various companies and other hospitals to come up with the best decision possible for the people of Grant County. I don't know about you, but when I vote for someone to represent me, I want them to do the best job they can. So. they are having lots of meetings. So, they are traveling to visit other hospitals. Great… because I believe they need to learn as much as possible about possible buyers and learn the best practices for running a hospital before making their final decision. Personally, I think our County Commissioners are doing a superb job to educate themselves about this issue before they must take a stand… one way or the other. We're talking about our healthcare for the future. I would think everyone in Grant County would want the commissioners to take as much time as possible and hold as many meetings as are necessary to make this huge decision that will impact each person living here. Thank you, Commissioners!
If you ever feel lost, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 538-3785. We have maps, we have telephone books, and we can find things for you on the internet.
Do I have a bone to pick with Facebook or some other social media platform? No, not really. I find that social media can be useful as a tool to get out a message to lots of people quickly. When we almost lost our youngest son in an auto accident several years ago, I used social media to let people know the severity of his condition. Through social media, we had responses from as far as Australia that he had been added to prayer chains. Given that so many people thought he would die, he is our miracle child… and I credit social media for helping get to so many wonderful people who prayed for Ethan. This is definitely the good.
Sunday night I was watching an old Johnny Carson interview with Red Skelton. Of course, it was quite entertaining. Red Skelton would be answering a question, then he, out of the blue, would become Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader, or break off into a conversation between Gertrude and Heathcliffe. Man, I laughed so much watching that show.
For those of you who do not know who Red Skelton is, he was an awesome comedian. Look him up on the internet and watch some of his old video clips.
Chambers of Commerce across the country talk about "strength in numbers", and the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce is no different. When we speak with political leaders, write letters of request or letters of support, we always include the number of members affiliated with our Chamber of Commerce.
I am aware of the history of daylight savings time. But I, like many others, feel that this is a program that needs to be canceled. Usually as it begins to get dark on Tuesday evening, I know I must finish writing my weekly article for the newspaper. But due to daylight savings time, I'm now running behind by an hour and the editor is wondering if I will get the article done or not. I was talking to a person earlier this week that told me he hasn't figured out how to change the clock in his car. He has to constantly remember whether the clock is one hour ahead or is it the right time. So he just ignores the clock in his vehicle. I know this is a trivial reason for wanting to do away with daylight savings time, but is there really a good reason to change the time twice a year. It certainly seems that the folks in Arizona and Hawaii are doing okay without changing their clocks twice a year… so why can't the other 48 states?
Speaking of time, it's time for the annual High Desert Gun Show. The show will be in the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center this coming Saturday and Sunday. It sounds like the facility will be full of vendors, so this should be a great show. Besides guns and ammo, I hear there will be other vendors with handmade jewelry and such… so this show will be great for the entire family. Make a date out of it. The guy can look for a new rifle or pistol, and the gal can look for a nice Taser or a set of earrings. The Conference Center is located at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City.
As a boy growing up in humid Louisiana, it was like a holiday when we would load the family in a car and visit the closest A&W Root Beer restaurant. For those of you who are old enough, do you remember the Papa Burgers, Mama Burgers and Baby Burgers? And the root beer… well, they brought it to the table or to your car in the really cold frosted mugs. Man, it just didn't get too much better than that.
Changes, Ideas and Growth
I actually had someone tell me they considered me to be an agent of change. No… I don't walk around with lots of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. I weigh enough without a pocket full of loose change. I think they meant that I talk about possible changes for the future. And I guess I do talk about possible changes every once in a while.
One idea I have had for the past couple of years would be a change in some of our town's marketing strategy. We currently pay pretty good money to wrap a Trolley Car in Arizona with a Silver City advertisement. But I have never received a call from anyone in Arizona telling me they were intrigued by the trolley. So, what if we had a billboard along I-10 in Phoenix or Tucson with a cold blue background that simply reads… the current temperature in Silver City, NM is 88 degrees. Really!! A billboard with the actual temperature. I'm betting when the temperature in Arizona is 100, 105 or maybe 111. And we are a cool 89 degrees… the sign will get lots of attention. It may be an expensive proposition, but I believe it is an idea that will help us grow our tourism market. Another idea… over the next several years, why don't we try to add solar generated light to at least one of our little billboards on I-25 and I-19 each year. Then in a few years… wow, our signs are lit up at night.