The Chronicles of Grant County

This column will feature items that relate somehow to Grant County - the name of a street in the case of the first one, and maybe other streets, or the name of a building or whatever catches the fancy of the contributor, Richard Donough. Readers are encouraged to send him topics of interest to them, so he can do the research and write an article.

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Memorial Day - 2020

fort bayard national cemetery veterans affairs one 50This photograph of the Fort Bayard National Cemetery was provided courtesy of the U S Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today is Memorial Day. This is the day set aside to remember the men and women who have died while serving our country as members of the military of the United States of America. The holiday was initially known as "Decoration Day" in many parts of the country.

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 covid 19 dung tran from pixabay 50This image was provided by Dung Tran through Pixabay.

As restrictions on some activities are lifted and as people in Silver City and throughout Grant County contemplate life after lockdown, it's important to realize that the lockdowns and related mitigation efforts implemented throughout the United States were designed to minimize the impact of an over-demand for medical care because of the pandemic.

Our leaders – whether they be conservative or progressive, libertarian or liberal – understood – and understand – that the health care system in the United States is largely based on money.

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trail of hearts image 50his image was provided courtesy of OpenClipart-Vectors through Pixabay.

On this Mother's Day, you may want to read about how one woman - as a mother-to-be and then as a mother - was used to encourage nurses in their mission to save lives.

A book that I recently published, A Woman From Chadwicks, details the human side of the early heart surgeries that took place in the 1950s. How one doctor gave life to many and how one of those people made that life worth living.

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The State of Texas is recognized in Silver City with Texas Street. The name of state is derived from "Tejas," a word used by the Native American Caddo Nation to mean "friend," according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The nickname of this neighboring state is the "Lone Star State." The name has been in use for more than 180 years, but only became "official" in 2015.

map of texas gordon johnson from pixabay 50The nickname is based on one of the key symbols of the state – its flag. The image, provided by Gordon Johnson through Pixabay, superimposes portions of the Texas flag onto a map of the state.

covid 19 cdc alissa eckert dan higgins 2020According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this illustration "reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses…A novel [new] coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)." (The image was produced by Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins and was provided courtesy of the CDC, 2020.)

 A pandemic has been part of the daily news for people of Grant County for weeks now. During this time, there have been questions of what to call the disease and virus causing this pandemic.

Officially, the name of the disease is "COVID-19."

You might wonder how it got its name or why many officials use that name instead of other names. The coronavirus disease that was first seen in 2019 was named "COVID-19" by using the words COronaVIrus Disease 2019.

That is the name of the disease.

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 easter crosses gerd altmann pixabay 50This image was provided courtesy of Gerd Altmann through Pixabay.

It's Easter Sunday.

In past years, bells would peal from churches from Silver City to Hurley. Music would sound from houses of worship from Bayard to Cliff.

But it's 2020.

easter bunny virginia state parks lawn at karlan mansion wilderness road state park 2016 65The Easter Bunny is seen here visiting the Wilderness Road State Park in Virginia in 2016. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Virginia State Parks.

 The Chronicles Of Grant County is now able to confirm that the Easter Bunny is coming to town this weekend (and next weekend).

In an exclusive interview, the Easter Bunny detailed the upcoming visits to children in communities throughout the world.

"As an essential worker, I have a responsibility to bring joy to the young and to the young-at-heart," stated the Easter Bunny. "I look forward to visiting Silver City and Grant County."

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cdc zombie poster 50This zombie poster was provided courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As you view and listen to officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United States military, and other governmental officials discuss the current pandemic, you may not be aware that these same governmental entities have been actively planning for a different type of health emergency.

A zombie invasion of the United States, including Grant County.

Yes, zombies.