Review of Grant County Community Concert Association concert by Ilya Yakushev and Thomas Mesa 091722

Ilya Yakushev, pianist
Thomas Mesa, cello
September 17, 2022
Western New Mexico University
Fine Arts Center

What an incredible concert. I had just seen Ilya perform solo in January 2022, so I already knew what a powerful master he was of the piano. I love cello music; who doesn't like a little Yo-Yo Ma in their life from time to time? What really made this evening fantastic though was the duo's choice of compositions.

They began with Beethoven's Sonata #3 for Cello and Piano, which was composed after Beethoven had lost his hearing and when his later works have some melodic beauty that is so different from some of his earlier great works. The duo followed with a piece by a more modern composer, Andrea Cassarrubios – "Silba," her musical version of the ancients' use of whistling to send messages throughout their communities; a very lovely, interesting piece. I heard another new composer, Joaquin Nin, of Cuba/Spain, "Vieja Castilla" and "Murciana" from his Suite Española. This piece really transported me back to Spain and its powerful Flamenco roots. The first half ended with an unusual set up, as the duo performed Claude Bolling's "Gallup" using a pre-recorded soundtrack of percussion and bass that turned the duo into a jazz quartet. Spectacular!

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Grant County Early Education Family Voices

familyvaluesA presentation and luncheon held on September 13, 2022 in Silver City celebrated the establishment of the Family Leadership Team (FLT). This team serves as the voice of families in the Community Partnership for Children (CPC) Coalition, a nonprofit organization established in 2004, that promotes excellence in the care, development and educational well-being of infants/young children and their families in Grant County. These FLT members add the unique perspectives of the family and communities served to discussions about implementation steps and they guide decisions related to early education family engagement and family support strategies. Across the community the CPC FLT members have been instrumental in identifying Community Needs Based Assessment survey items, developing a data collection plan, and gathering the data throughout the summer during the summer of 2022. The CPC Board, LINKS members, State representatives, local government and school officials attended the celebration. For more information about CPC, visit our website: 

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Message to parents from Silver Schools superintendent William Hawkins 091522

Please find a link to a message I shared with parents this afternoon: 

Parents, I wanted to touch base with you and your students in regards to recent incidents of online bullying, and comments of a threatening nature directed at school campuses.   Please help us by talking with your child.  We want our schools to be places that demonstrate kindness and respect for one another.  And we can't do it without each and everyone of you.  Message:

 Math Tutoring Corps

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WNM Communications’ Daniel Meszler named to the NM Fiber Network Leadership Team.

Silver City, NM, 9/13/22 – WNM Communications, Southwest New Mexico’s hometown communications and broadband company, is excited to announce that their General Manager, Daniel Meszler, has been appointed as Secretary of the NM Fiber Network Leadership Team. This comes as the state-wide fiber network looks to make great strides in implementing fiber projects and recognizes that coordination between New Mexico companies, leaders and organizations is crucial for success.  

WNM Communications is one of the eleven founding owner-members of the New Mexico Fiber Network.  The network is stacked with both resources and experience, totaling over 700 employees and an average of 60 years of experience across the member organizations.

The NM Fiber Network will provide high-speed fiber optic backbone capabilities that will benefit other telecommunications providers as well as direct business customers including but not limited to government agencies, schools and hospitals.  

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Celebrate the Foundation of America

img 0550Mayor Ken Ladner, at right, presents  a Proclamation declaring September 17 to 23, 2022 as Constitution Week to Lucy Whitmarsh, representing the Jacob Bennett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

DAR Promotes Constitution Week: September 17-23

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month's annual observance in honor this foundational document of national governance.

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when the service organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration's goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America's great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens' responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution.

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How to Make Prickly Pear Jelly

This explanation from Silver City resident Kam Zarrabi explains every step of the process of making jelly from prickly pear tunas (fruits).

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On September 11, 2001, almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks at the Twin Towers, Pentagon and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. At 8:46 a.m. ET, American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. At 9:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) hit the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. At 9:37 a.m. ET, American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) hit the Pentagon Building in Washington. And at 10:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


Remembering September 11, 2012 Benghazi Libya.

img 4364Four Americans died in the 2012 Benghazi attack: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALS. 

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not respond to their urgent messages requesting assistance.

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