Here’s a look at some local news:
Last week, Deming City Council members approved a zoning request for Silver Linings, a homeless assistance nonprofit to provide temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness in Deming and Luna County. The group, since their inception by founder Margaret Fairman, has been providing meals, created a thrift store and resource center at 214 South Copper Street in Deming. The group has planned to set up tents their location on Copper street that will serve as temporary shelter for those in need. Silver Linings has partnered the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and Fairman was the recipient of their Volunteer of the Year award in 2017.
The El Grito Headstart Program in Grant County celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a special event at the Silver City Recreation Center last Thursday evening. The event attracted local kids from 2 to 10 years of age who enjoyed playing in bounce house, got free haircuts from local businesses, received books from Literacy Link-Leamos, signed up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, listened to music provided DJ Romero, in addition to enjoying cake and other snacks. The D.A.R.E programs’ mascot, Darren The Lion made a visit and the Silver City Police Department were collecting registrations for Ident-A-Kid. Free flu shots were available and HMS presented an information booth on child health. The Head Start program was started 54 years ago by then President, Lyndon B. Johnson who declared a “war on poverty.” Sargent Shriver, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity from 1964 to 1968, brought together experts to develop a child development program to help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children. According to the office of the Whitehouse, “since its creation in 1965, Head Start has provided comprehensive child development services for 32 million children — services that foster children’s growth in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, and monitor their progress in these areas to ensure that they are well prepared for kindergarten.”
Mary Lucero, administrative assistant at Silver City MainStreet is reminding the public that “the deadline for parade entries is this Tursday, November 21st. To get an entry form, email Mary at Mary@silvercitymainstreet.com or contact Silver City MainStreet Project at 575-534-1700. You can also visit their website at www.silvercitymainstreet.com.