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On October 4th Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest held their annual Family Day Picnic at Little Walnut Picnic Grounds. They had games such as Bubble Gum bubble blowing, whistle blowing, and Hula hooping, and of course had great food and fun. For more information on Girl Scouts call 538-2481. Make a difference: Volunteer. If you have a passion, share it with a group of Girl Scouts. Girls are more inspired by role models than school subjects.
To mark October as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Luna County Healing House has begun the #YouAreNotAlone campaign. It began with Healing House staff and volunteers from Wells Fargo tying ribbons around trees along Gold Avenue. The campaign revolves around raising awareness that domestic violence is not a private matter, but rather a community matter. The campaign aims to raise awareness that domestic violence is not a private matter, but rather a community matter because it impacts everyone, not just the person being abused. The campaign shows community support for survivors and people currently suffering with family violence, who often feel isolated and are blamed for their situation.
Shop with a Cop organizers in Deming have brought together three of the area’s law enforcement motorcycle clubs to add a new twist to the program’s annual kickoff event. The kickoff event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Kmart, 1205 E. Pine St., and will feature the usual recognition of local businesses, but will also include a bike run hosted by the Deming Armaduras, Bonafide Saints and the Region No. 1 Choir Boys. Kickstands are up for the bike run at 11 a.m., with entry fees at $15 for a single rider or $20 for a double rider. Proceeds are going to benefit the annual holiday gift drive in which local students are given a gift card for a shopping spree at Kmart in early December. The event will include an auction and prizes.
High school seniors who have applied for admission to a service academy are reminded to apply for a Congressional nomination by October 9, 2015. These include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Students applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut do not need a Congressional nomination.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of up to $16.8 million in funding to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding is available to local, state and national organizations to test incentive strategies to help SNAP participants better afford healthy foods. This is the second round of awards to be made under the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program created by the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will administer the grants.