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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 Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center have teamed up to host the 2018 Grant County Business Expo. The Business Expo will take place next Tuesday – October 16 at the Grant County Business & Conference Center in Silver City.

The kick-off for this year’s Business Expo is a lunch with a guest speaker. The lunch consisting of lasagna, salad, vegetables and dessert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Our guest speaker presentation sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan will begin at 11:30.

This past Saturday, we enjoyed a wonderful day at the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival. The annual Health Fair was packed. There were lots of vendor booths and several choices of delicious food to eat. The musical entertainment was just that, very entertaining. And this seemed to be a good year for vegetables and fruit. The Granny Smith apples I purchased were excellent. We give two thumbs up to the organizers of this annual event.

On the drive back to Silver City, I decided we would swing by the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. When I moved to Silver City five years ago, the National Cemetery at Fort Bayard had to be the ugliest, worst maintained National Cemetery in America. It was literally just dirt and rocks. The trees were in terrible shape. There were areas through-out the cemetery that were washing away each time we would get a hard rain. Five years ago, this place of honor was very dishonorable. It was really, really bad.

If you are sitting at home in your favorite comfortable chair… or maybe you are at the desk of your office simply scanning today’s news… get really relaxed, because I’m going to ask you a couple of questions.

Have you ever thought about running for public office or volunteering to be a community servant leader? Maybe you could be a coach for a kid’s sports league. Maybe you could volunteer to help at one of Grant County’s many non-profit organizations. Have you considered being an officer of a civic organization or you could serve on a committee at your church? I believe that people wanting to be servant leaders are a special breed of folks.

Yet in today’s world, finding people willing to face the scrutiny and public ridicule from people with opposing views… well, it’s hard to find folks who are willing to step up anymore.

Honestly, it still seems a little warm for the first day of Fall to begin this Saturday. But whether it is hot, warm, cool or cold… the rest of the country will recognize that this Saturday is the first day of Fall.

With Fall comes the annual Grant County Fair. Yep, the fun begins tonight in Cliff at the Grant County Fairgrounds. I’m not going to try to list all the events for you, but I can share with you the Grant County Fair’s website address. That way you can look up all the things that make our fair a great event. It’s pretty easy. On your computer simply go to www.grantcountyfairnm.com .

Many of us paused yesterday in remembrance of the tragedies of 9/11, and we also celebrated the acts of heroism and bravery by our first responders, courageous volunteers and even some of the passengers of those four planes. The unselfish acts of people concerned to help their fellow man in time of need was incredible. As President Bush later stated during a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon, “One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in America’s history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11.”

9/11 was a day when many ordinary people did extraordinary things. And for many of those people and their families… their lives would be changed forever.

We give a large shout out to the members of the Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark Preservation Society for the work they do producing the Fort Bayard Days celebration. Fort Bayard Days will be held September 21-23 at historic Fort Bayard. There will be a dinner with a presentation about Camp Cody, New Mexico. There will be reenactors, interpretive talks, live music, frontier baseball games, a military ball, Interdenominational Church Service and a potluck lunch. It's great to see the activities at Fort Bayard. If you want more information, you can call (575) 388-4777 or 388-4862.

Of course, the grounds and buildings look nice due in part to the efforts of the Village of Santa Clara, and the assistance they received this summer from groups coordinated by the Village. It's a shame the State of New Mexico does such a rotten job of preserving this wonderful historic area. Thank goodness for the Village of Santa Clara, the Preservation Society and some local folks that work hard to keep the building and grounds looking as nice as possible. Maybe, just maybe some of those people who are elected to part-time jobs in Santa Fe will decide to turn over Fort Bayard to the Village of Santa Clara during the upcoming legislative session. Who knows… maybe even some of our locally elected state representatives will actually work toward a path of saving Fort Bayard from neglect and ruin. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

I'm not certain why, but it seems that a good place to confront the guy from the Chamber of Commerce is during his visits to the post office. Those daily trips are sort of a social event. It's amazing all the people you can see in the mornings at the post office. It's a good thing there isn't coffee at the post office. Heck, the groups that meet at McDonald's and Arby's might move to a new location on Hudson Street.

In August, the Chamber of Commerce continues to work on a variety of projects. On August 18, the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Walgreen's will host the 2018 Murray Ryan Invitational Golf Tournament at the University Course at Scott Park in Silver City. It's a fun tournament that the players enjoy due to chances to win lots of prizes and the specialty events that challenge each of the golfers. Before hitting the course, they can warm up with practice balls sponsored by Edward Jones – Kevin Thompson Financial Advisor. They the golfers are ready to try to win a new vehicle sponsored by Lawley Toyota during the Hole in One Contest. There's a Hole in One Putting Contest. As in years past, someone will win the longest drive contests and the closest to the pin contests for men and women sponsored by Sisbarro Superstore. A new contest to challenge even the most experienced golfers is a longest drive contest hitting giant marshmallows, sponsored by Allstate Insurance – Allen Townsend Agency. Each golfer gets breakfast sponsored by Wagner/Cat and lunch sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Ruth Seawolf Agency. Hole sponsors include Advanced Airlines, Rebecca Dow for House, First Savings Bank, Hidalgo Medical Services, and Revel. We are still accepting teams for this four-man scramble, and there are even a few sponsorship opportunities left. We even have one team flying in from California to play the Murray Ryan Tournament. On August 18, we're going to have fun at the golf course in Silver City.

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