Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast (3/30/12)

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     Friday Blast
               March 30, 2012
    Your Chamber,
Working for you…

Ribbon Cutting:
We would like to welcome new members
Karen and Jeff Palmer and their new business, Graceland Storage Sheds located on the SouthWest corner of 7/ 344 and Route 66. They are holding their Grand Opening Sunday April 1 beginning at noon.
The Chamber will be Cutting the Ribbon at 12:30.  Please stop by to welcome them and take a look at their high quality sheds. They will have some great specials…a good use for that tax return!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++        Edgewood Maps
It’s time to order new maps for Edgewood. These maps enjoy wide distribution!  We have gone through almost all of the maps printed in the last run in 2008.  There are advertising opportunities for all of you who want to be included in Edgewood’s only complete street map. 
 Ad sales begin Monday April 2 and will run through the end of May.  We will be getting the information out to you beginning next week. 
These maps are sent all over the country. 4 cases were picked up in our Visitor’s Center at the library between May and March. They are at businesses all over town, including yours if you advertise.  There will be 5000 new maps, PLUS  the complete map with ads will be on our website… an important piece to your advertising plan.
Call the office if you want more information. 
Madeline’s cell 850-2523.
          
    Area Happenings
This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.
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EDGEWOOD’S FIRST ANNUAL
EASTER EGG HUNT
IS TOMORROW!
March 31 from 11am
Athletic Complex on 344
(soccer field)
FREE Family fun and Games.
Age appropriate Egg Hunts
to begin
at 11:30am
Prizes for the kids.
Family games and fun.
Bring your fresh-baked PIE
for our 1st Annual Pie Contest.
Free Hotdogs!
Call Traci at Edgewood Police Dept
for more information 281-5717
and don’t forget to help if you can!
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Come find out how you can
Go Green
and save money by growing your own food in your back yard, deck or patio year round! A great way to bring the farmer’s market to your home!
Sunday April 1
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tower Garden Presentations
1:15 and 2:15
24 Cody Road
Edgewood
Call Linda Thomas
Juice Plus+ Independent Distributor
24 Cody Road (Turn right after Walgreens, Cody is the first left, follow it to the end into Linda’s driveway)
or call her for better directions
505.463.2647
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Edgwood Masonic Lodge #82
has added new schools in their “Bikes for Books” program!
The program encourages elementary aged children to read more.
 The FIVE Elementary schools now each receiving 3 bikes for the program are: Route 66, Edgewood Elementary, South Mountain, and now Moriarty Elementary and Mountain View.
Each school creates its own contest, but essentially the more books a student reads the better chance they have to win a bicycle through this program.
The Edgewood Masons also run
their Rite Care Dyslexia Center, a no charge program run in a classroom at their lodge on Route 66 near the Highway 217 overpass.
For more information contact  Phil Houtz
2012 Master, Edgewood Masonic Lodge.  prhext@fulcrumsst.com
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Spring time Food Drive
Bethel Community Storehouse.
Help to restock their food pantry to help our neighbors in need.
Flour, Sugar, canned goods, box dinners, beans, baking items, cereal, peanut butter, etc…
Donations may be dropped off Monday -Saturday 10am to 5pm.
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                WE’VE GOT A ZOO…
         at Wildlife West Nature Park 
Winter Clearance Sale $5 off sweatshirts!
Summer hours NOW 
  10am to 6pm.
Upcoming Zoo Keeper Day Camps
June 25-29   and July 9-13!
         For more information call 281-7655.
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US Army Jazz Ambassadors Band to perform at Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center
at 7pm on April 5!
The US Army Jazz Band tours nationally and internationally, and we are on this year’s tour. 
 In addition several members of the Moriarty High School Jazz Band will be featured as guest performers for one song with the band!
THIS IS A FREE CONCERT.BUT YOU HAVE TO CALL THE SCHOOL ADMIN OFFICES TO GET YOUR FREE TICKETS RESERVED!
Tickets may be obtained by contacting the superintendent’s office (limiting 4 per request).  We anticipate that this concert will be sold out, so request your tickets as soon as possible.
The Moriarty Edgewood School District office number for tickets is 505.832.5801!
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STEP UP CHILDCARE
Easter Egg Hunt and open house on Saturday April 7 at 
87 Saddle Spur Trail, Edgewood NM 87015
11am to 3pm
Easter Egg Hunt 2pm for kids up to 8 yrs old.
Meet the folks from the East Mountain Vineyard Church and tour our preschool!
Call Mary Dammann 286-4749
                            ALSO:
The facility has an excellent large  room for graduation parties, reunions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, etc.  There is a commercial grade kitchen on the premises and chef is available to cater your event…Call Mary for more information 450-4252!
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About Us 
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri
9:00am – 3:30pm
Location:
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:
505-286-2577
505-850-2523

e-mail:
info@ edgewoodchambernm.com
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Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
 
President:
     Chris Hopper                   2013
Vice President:
      Misty Miller                     2013
Treasurer:
      Patrick Thompson         2013
Secretary:
       Robin Markley                2013
Board Members at Large:
Ray Seagers                          2013
Saul Araque                           2013
Howard Calkins                    2012
Gary Birkman                        2012
Committees:

Membership:  Howard Calkins
Marketing:              Misty Miller
Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers
Events:                 Committees
Education:                  Lisa Vigil
Programs:      Brenda Murray
Luncheons:     Linda Thomas
  
April Edgewood
Chamber Dates  
ECOC Board Meeting
April 9 at 6:15 pm at the Chamber Offices.
Membership Luncheon
April 11 at 11:30am at Edgewood Community Center.  Speaker is
Roger Alink from Wildlife West Nature Park.
ECOC Mixer
Thursday April 19 at 5:30. 
Our host is JP 4 Your Health, Linda Thomas.
Held at the chamber office.

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

 meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center Planning & Zoningmeets First and ThirdMondays of the month at6:00pmEdgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com
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 Ponderings:
 Every Day, to Build Your Business:
Develop or strengthen your business network.  You need to join or create a business network where you can help others and they can help you back.  This is a great place to get free customers through referrals and an excellent mentoring opportunity using the mastermind principle.
The Edgewood Chamber will be sponsoring networking groups based on like interests.  The first group will be for Home Based Businesses and will be meeting once a month.  Stay tuned for details.
We’re here to help you grow!
 
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Congress, Why Not Try To Pay Attention?

“Part of my responsibility as the Ranking Member is to look at the long-term costs of legislation… I was floored by what we discovered. At a time when we should be trying to shore up Medicare and Social Security, this health law adds an entirely new obligation—one we cannot pay for—and puts the entire financing of the United States government in jeopardy. We don’t have the money. We don’t have another $17 trillion in unfunded liabilities that we can add to our account.”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today to share the Committee’s finding that the president’s health law will grow our nation’s unfunded liabilities by $17 trillion beyond our existing obligations, putting current entitlement programs in much greater jeopardy. The new $17 trillion unfunded obligation is more the twice Social Security’s $7 trillion unfunded obligation, and represents a modest estimate based on the administration’s own optimistic assumptions.

A rush transcript of Sessions’ remarks follows:

“I’m here today to share a new and stunning revelation unearthed by my staff on the Senate Budget Committee. Part of my responsibility as the Ranking Member is to look at the long-term costs of legislation. So we wanted to ascertain the long-term costs of the president’s health bill and I mean the kind of long-term cost analysis that has been going on for a number of years with regard to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid over a 75-year period. I was floored by what we discovered. But first, let’s put this in a little context.

President Obama told the American people that his health law would cost $900 billion over ten years and that it would not add ‘one dime’ to the debt.

But we have shown the cost for ten years of implementation is actually $2.6 trillionalmost three times as much. In addition, the offsets used to reduce the law’s official cost were enormous and phony, as I have discussed before, and will detail at another time. The more we learn about the bill, the more we discover that it’s even more unaffordable than was suspected.

So, over a period of about three months, our staff worked to estimate the new unfunded liability imposed by the health law. This is not the total cost of the bill, but the unfunded, mandatory coverage obligations incurred by the United States government on behalf of the United States people over a period of time. An unfunded obligation is basically the amount of money we have to spend on a mandatory expense that does not have a funding source—money we don’t have but that we are committed to spend. It is this kind of long-term, unfunded obligation that has placed this nation’s financial situation at such great risk. It is what has called witness after witness before the Budget Committee, where I serve as Ranking Member, to tell us that we are on an unsustainable path. That means money we will either have to print, borrow, or tax to meet the obligations we have incurred as a people as a result of the passage of this bill. For instance, Social Security has an unfunded liability of $7 trillion over the next 75 years. That’s an enormous sum. It’s double the entire amount of the United States budget today.

My staff used the models that are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and worked diligently to come up with a figure. That figure—based on the administration’s own optimistic assumptions and claims about the cost of the law—is an incredible $17 trillion. That is more than twice the unfunded liability of Social Security.

When you include the new health law with our existing obligations like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—we now have $99.4 trillion in total unfunded obligations over 75 years.

I want to emphasize: this $17 trillion figure is not an estimate based on what we think will occur if the administration’s claims and promises are false. We use the administration’s own figures. So the unfunded liability is almost certainly not going to be less than $17 trillion but, if any more of the administration’s claims unravel—as so many already have—the cost of the program’s unpaid for obligation will rise radically higher than $17 trillion. For instance, former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin says millions more may lose their current employer coverage and be placed into the government exchanges than currently projected.

Let me briefly explain some of what now comprises this additional $17 trillion in unfunded obligations.

$12 trillion is for the health care law’s premium subsidy program. You see, the law created new regulations that drive up the price of insurance for millions of Americans. The writers of the law knew it would inflate the cost of insurance premiums, so to cover that cost they had to include new government subsidies so people could pay for their more expensive insurance.

On Medicaid, this new health care law has added another $5 trillion in unfunded liabilities. This is on top of the substantial unfunded obligations that the federal and state governments have already had to take on in order to support Medicaid, and they have vigorously protested to us, warning of these deep, additional expenditure requirements that are falling on the states.

And these figures don’t even account for the dozens of new bureaucracies that will be created to implement the president’s health care law or the expansion of existing bureaucracies. For instance, the IRS has requested 4,000 new agents and $303 million in additional funds to begin implementing the law.

At a time when we should be trying to shore up Medicare and Social Security, this health law adds an entirely new obligation—one we cannot pay for—and puts the entire financing of the United States government in jeopardy. We don’t have the money. We don’t have another $17 trillion in unfunded liabilities that we can add to our account. We have to reduce the ones that we have. This has been obvious for decades. Multiple decades. People have talked about it repeatedly. Instead of doing something about those programs that are headed to bankruptcy, we add—under this president’s determined insistence and under a straight party line vote—one of the largest unfunded mandates in history on top of what we already have. How can we possibly justify this? We cannot justify it. This bill has got to be removed from the books. It would be absolutely irresponsible for this Congress to maintain a law that would run up this kind of debt. Two and half times the unfunded obligations of Social Security.

I will be sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking them to construct their independent estimate of the president’s unfunded health law obligations. This is an urgent matter. And I plan to come to the floor in coming days to continue to explain the true fiscal facts about this legislation.

This bill is unpopular, unaffordable and unconstitutional. It must be repealed.”

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Representative Bobby Rush’s Rush To Judgment

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Seal of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have not commented on what some in the media are calling the “White” Hispanic Zimmerman, convicted several times over; on the street; in the hood; on the pages and blogs of the main scream media; and now, on the house floor of the United States Congress.  With the black panthers offering a goodly sum for the arrest (or is it the death) of Mr. Zimmerman, Representative Rush (D-IL) reportedly a former black panther, raises his hood in the House of Representatives with an attendant raising of his voice.  He is followed or joined by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) each with their time to sing the ridiculous song of prejudgment of member of a minority class, at least as much as Obama is a member of a minority class.

We wonder, if anyone could get away with referring to our president as a “White Black,” even though he self-identifies as a Black person and just exactly what or who is a White Hispanic?

We are sure our star detractor will appear to toss the racist badge in our direction, but we have grown accustomed to such branding.

Here is Representative Rush’s little trick on the floor of the House of Representatives:

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Notes And Observations On: What Is America

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Posted on March 26, 2012 by (Written by Jim Crawford)

By now Sandia Tea Party members (and other patriotic organizations in the Rio Grande Corridor and “East” Mountains Area) know Jim and Donna Crawford rather well.

I look at the following as a special treat because they are two people I honor for their intelligence and dedication.  They are always generous in sharing their thoughts and efforts.

For those who aren’t aware of the Estancia Valley Classical Academy (EVCA), it is a charter school scheduled to open later this year and it will be a classical liberal arts institution closely following concepts for which Hillsdale College is noted.

Enjoy!

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Hillsdale College - George Washington statue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hillsdale College – George Washington statue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Notes Hillsdale College Freedom Forum – What Is America?

March 22-23, 2012, Cheyenne Mtn. Resort, Colorado Springs, CO

By Jim Crawford

The Hillsdale College Freedom Forums are periodically offered by Hillsdale College at different locations around the country. The programs are designed to offer friends of the college important discussions and stimulating lectures by Hillsdale’s professors and staff. This session, What Is America?, went into the meaning of our nation by examining its political and economic principles and tying them back to the founders.

OOB Observations, Opinions, and Barbs:

I don’t have a single barb to offer. This program was so well done, so exciting, so interesting, and so important we could not think of one negative. We were just grateful we had the opportunity to attend and benefit from this program.

Hillsdale College is located in Michigan. It is a unique independent college committed to freedom and the liberal arts. It rejects any and all federal funding or subsidies. It is not subject to the unjust and burdensome regulations that come with federal subsidies and remains free to offer the finest education in the land. All students must learn the constitution and founding of America and what it means to have liberty and freedom. Hillsdale is training future leaders in America’s founding principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free market economic policies. Hillsdale conducts seminars and forums like this several times a year and in different parts of the country. They had just completed this same seminar in Seattle before coming to Colorado Springs.

Hillsdale College is totally supported by private donations and is worthy of the support. I must admit that I have never again visited nor donated to my own alma mater but I try to give to Hillsdale when I can. They give us hope for America’s future.

Hillsdale sends out a monthly speech digest called Imprimis to about 2.5 million subscribers. Imprimis is free and is dedicated to educating citizens and promoting civil and religious liberty by covering cultural, economic, political and educational issues of enduring significance.  The content of Imprimis is drawn from speeches delivered to Hillsdale College-hosted events, both on-campus and off-campus.  First published in 1972, Imprimis is one of the most widely circulated opinion publications in the nation.

The link to find out more about Hillsdale and sign up to receive Imprimis is http://www.hillsdale.edu/ Hillsdale also has two on-line constitution courses that folks can take for free as well.

One of the most shocking things about this seminar was how inexpensive it was. The price was just $65 for a couple and that covered the rental of a huge ball room, the staff time and travel, materials, coffee and cookies, two fabulous receptions with great hot and cold snacks and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks, and coffee and continental breakfast the second day. It was a true bargain and we valued every minute of it.

The lectures were given by 3 of Hillsdale’s professors who gave two sessions each. A brief summary of the subjects follow but there is no way to do justice to the actual presentations. All of the presentations were animated, dynamic and tailored for an audience that was a few years removed from a classroom! No nodding off here!

Dr. Gary Wolfram: Dr. Wolfram opened the session by getting right at the title theme and answering the question of What Is America? Some of his main points were:

Most nations are founded on ethnic or religious grounds

America is founded on an idea and set of founding principles to guide all of us rather than ethnic or religious similarities

America is founded on a rule of law and not the rule of man like many others. Our laws must be general in application, known to the public, and predictable in enforcement

Individual liberty is America’s solution to its problems

We need to understand where the American idea came from and what it means

We need to understand the science of economics and apply that to the science of politics

Dr. Wolfram went into the science of economics and explained the foundations of free market economics. He used easily understandable common examples of toilet paper and pencils to clearly explain how free market economics work and why central planning does not. It was one of the most clear and understandable explanations of this subject I have seen. A few of the main points were:

In America, we do not have to pack toilet paper when we travel since the free market insures that the right amount of TP will be available when and wherever we need it unlike some centrally planned economies where people carry their own TP around.

Pencils are made of several different products from all around the world. Whenever, we want a pencil we can get one everywhere at a price we are willing to pay. A cabinet secretary of pencils would never be able to plan the import, manufacture, and proper distribution of pencils so that they were available everywhere always in the right amounts. The free market allows for proper levels of manufacture and distribution of products like the pencil example. Obamacare is an example of central planning doomed for failure. Central planning cannot keep the right amount of goods and services available at the right places, in the right amounts all the time. Free markets do it all the time.

The consumer is king and not the producer. There has to be a willing consumer to make producing worthwhile i.e. Chevy Volt and solar panels. Central planning through subsidies usually don’t provide what consumers want and are a drain on the economy

Free markets operate to make a profit. Profits are the rewards for making stuff for other people. Profits are the incentive for assuming the considerable risks associated with the innovation to develop and market products. More profit means more innovation and leads to wonderful things we enjoy.

Cutting taxes induces more innovation and results in more stuff for other people

Free markets create wealth. We should cherish income inequality since it is an incentive to create and produce and symbolizes the opportunities under a free system

Free market capitalism maximizes freedom. The government’s role should be limited to taking care of conflicting individual freedoms. Protecting property rights is protecting freedom and a proper role of government but property rights are being eroded by government instead

America no longer has truly free markets and is only close in some areas

Minimum wage is a law prohibiting people from working unless they can produce enough stuff to provide value added for their employer above that wage rate. An employer will only pay an employee as much as the employee can produce in value added otherwise they don’t get hired.

Government mandates such as preservation of species under the Endangered Species Act are not working. There are no free market incentives to preserve critters since there is no ownership. To incentivize preservation we need to establish property rights to the species.

The incentives to improve K-12 education are all wrong. Spending has accelerated but there is no correlation between spending and results. The only way to save K-12 education is to privatize and convert to a free enterprise system with competition and rewards based on results.

Social Security and Medicare have huge unfunded liabilities. The only way out is again to privatize the systems and provide people with an incentive to be responsible and save in private accounts. The savings will stimulate the economy which is an added benefit.

The price of liberty is not cheap and it takes constant vigilance to overcome apathy

Dr. Mickey Craig: Dr. Craig provided detailed perspective on development of the constitution. He used references to the Federalist papers and other quotations from various constitutional thinkers. He provided good insight into the founding principles of America. Some of his points were:

America’s principles came from the Declaration of Independence

The government’s purpose is to secure the unalienable rights from the creator

The government does not provide happiness only the freedom to pursue civil, religious, and economic liberty

Elections, separation of powers, and federalism are three main constitutional principles

Each government branch represents different majorities but the legislative branch (house and senate) are the most dangerous.

Within the separation of powers it is important for each branch to stand up for and defend its own powers.

The executive branch and judicial branches are gaining more power than intended and usurping the powers of the legislative branch. Courts are making law through activist decisions. There is no authority for the proliferation of Executive Orders. Obama is the most radical president in history.

Our present huge oppressively regulatory government got started with the progressive movement in the late 1800’s

The difference between the founders and the progressives is the different views of human nature and behavior. The founders believed that humans are not perfect and that government of humans by humans must be limited and defined as in the constitution to prevent loss of individual liberty at the hands of government. The progressives believe that humans can be molded and perfected by government regulation and that government can provide every need and solve every problem.

Progressives want to mold the constitution to fit their view and control people through professional civil servants and independent regulatory agencies which are subverting the constitution.

Federalism is losing out to centralization.

States have become merely subunits of the federal government contrary to the 10th amendment

Dr. Burton Folsom: Dr. Folsom told us America is freedom, integrity, and limited government. He said that economic integrity is staying out of debt. His lectures centered on our national debt over time and how government subsidies have contributed to it. In his second session Dr. Folsom went through a detailed comparison between the 1920’ and the 1930’s. Some of his points were:

America has always paid its debts so far and the only way we are getting away with having a $16 trillion debt is because we are living on “borrowed honor”.

Even though we had a large debt due to the Revolutionary War President Washington cautioned that we must avoid accumulation of debt. Consequently the debt was paid off by the time Jackson became our 7th president.

Debt became a problem shortly thereafter about 1835 as Congress got into an ever increasing spiral of subsidies and bailouts for Edward Collins’ steamship company which was ultimately put out of business by Vanderbilt’s competing company that got no government backing. It was reminiscent of our present wind and solar activities!

The national debt doubled again in 1860 with the subsidies for the transcontinental railroads

After the civil war there were no subsidies to industries and the country had 28 years of budget surpluses

The 1920’s was the most prosperous decade in US history and the 1930’s was the worst.

In the 1920’s unemployment started at 12% and fell to 2.4%. Income tax rates were cut with a maximum rate of 25%. Federal spending was cut in half in the first two years. GNP grew at 25%. There was a budget surplus every year. All kinds of innovation and invention took place.

In the 1930’s unemployment was 25% in spite of tremendous deficit spending. Income tax rates were raised to 63% and then to 94% of the top bracket. Farm subsidies and bank bailouts started while the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. The highest tariffs in history were imposed. Farmers were paid not to produce. All kinds of taxes were added like gas tax, phone tax, tire tax, and movie ticket tax. Welfare programs were started. The national debt doubled in the first 8 years.

FDR’s New Deal was a bad deal for America

We are presently repeating many of the mistakes from the 1930’s.

Much of Dr. Folsom’s material was taken from his three books, FDR Goes to War, New Deal or Raw Deal?, and The Myth of the Robber Barons which are available on Amazon.

Dr. Wolfram also has a book, Towards a Free Society, and writes a column that can be found at http://www.michiganview.com. His lectures followed his columns very closely.

Dr. Craig did not promote any books and I did not find any on Amazon but probably has articles and papers available.

In addition to seminars like this one and on line courses, Hillsdale also offers cruises and 6 day adult residential hostel programs at the campus. Information on all these programs is available on their web site.

It was a great session and we will be looking forward to attending others in the future if they are within reach.

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Obama: A Man Of Few Words — Repeated Many Times Over

Since no one within our country has figured this out … let us look to Denmark for the revelation:

“Must said, we much!” Attributed to Al Sharpton

Christians Persecuted Around The World (50 Worst Countries For Persecution)

The following has been copied as found:

World Watch List Countries

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1. North Korea

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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea tops the World Watch List yet again as the worst country in the world in which to live as a Christian. Continue reading →

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2. Afghanistan

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All Afghan Christians come from a Muslim background. Believers who are discovered face discrimination from family and community, Muslim clergy and local authorities. The government treats converts in a hostile manner, using any means possible to make them recant. The … Continue reading →

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3. Saudi Arabia

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There is no freedom of religion here. The legal system is based on Islamic law and conversion to another religion is punishable by death if the accused does not recant. Non-Muslim public worship is prohibited, and although the government recognizes … Continue reading →

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4. Somalia

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No one is expected to be a Christian in Somalia, so there is no organized church. Muslim converts exist as individual secret believers, and can only know a few others to make a small underground group. The largest known group … Continue reading →

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5. Iran

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Ethnic Persians are by definition Muslim, so ethnic Christian converts are considered apostates. Almost all Christian activity is illegal – from evangelism to Bible training to publishing Christian books. Many church services are monitored by the secret police. The governor of … Continue reading →

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6. Maldives

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Every citizen has to be Muslim on these remote islands. The Maldivian government views itself as the protector and defender of Islam and enjoys full support by its citizens. Churches are forbidden, evangelism is banned and the import of Christian … Continue reading →

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7. Uzbekistan

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The strict monitoring of all Christian activities has intensified, even in the Orthodox Church. Outreach, training and youth activities are forbidden in unregistered churches – and in the last ten years only one new church was granted registration. Private Bible … Continue reading →

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8. Yemen

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Islam is the state religion and source of legislation. The few hundred Christians from a Muslim background meet secretly as they face persecution from authorities, family and extremist Islamic groups. In the north, no church buildings are allowed. There is … Continue reading →

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9. Iraq

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Sectarian violence caused tens of thousands of Christians to leave the country in 2011. Christians feel that the government fails to protect them, with individuals being threatened, robbed, raped or kidnapped and churches being bombed. Iraq’s constitution says each individual … Continue reading →

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10. Pakistan

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Christians are a beleaguered minority caught between Islamic militant organizations that routinely target them for violence and an Islamic culture that discriminates against them. Death threats are routine for church leaders, beatings are common, and damage to church property occurs … Continue reading →

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11. Eritrea

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All evangelical churches were closed following the government’s ban on all religious groups other than state-approved Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran or Islamic groups in 2002. Anyone discovered to be an evangelical is tortured and forced to revert to the registered denominations. … Continue reading →

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12. Laos

19 2

The government exercises tight control on all parts of society. Small independent congregations are under pressure and have been refused recognition. Local authorities regard them as enemies; Buddhist leaders and village shamans also watch them closely. Most believers are ethnic … Continue reading →

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13. Northern Nigeria

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Persecution of Christians is driven by Islamic extremists. In the Sharia states of the north,there have been many attacks on churches and Christian communities in which believers were wounded or killed. In the last year, an estimated total of 1,000 … Continue reading →

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14. Mauritania

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Isolated from the rest of the world because of its mainly desert landscape and because it is ruled by an oppressive regime, Mauritania is very proud to officially be a pure Muslim country. The constitution does not include any provisions … Continue reading →

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15. Egypt

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Since the revolution of January 2011, levels of violence against Christians have increased. Salafi Muslim attacks on churches led to the massacre at Maspero where the military did nothing to protect Christians and even participated in the killings. In rural … Continue reading →

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16. Sudan

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Religious freedom is severely restricted by government and society. Islamic groups, wanting to form an Islamic state, persecute the church. Conversion is not recognized: believers from a Muslim background are treated as if they are Muslims. Following South Sudan’s secession … Continue reading →

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17. Bhutan

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As the country moves from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, the situation is likely to change for believers. The church in Bhutan is no longer an underground church, since Christians are allowed to meet in private homes without any … Continue reading →

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18. Turkmenistan

3 2

All unregistered religious activity is strictly illegal here and obtaining church registration can be difficult, if not impossible. Police and the secret services monitor Christian activities. This strict surveillance makes it difficult for churches to teach the gospel. The local … Continue reading →

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19. Vietnam

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The authorities keep a close eye on all Christian activities in the country. Church leaders are closely monitored and Christians are routinely questioned by security police, especially when they witness to others. In tribal areas, village and religious leaders report … Continue reading →

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20. Chechnya

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Still formally a part of the Russian Federation, Chechnya remains one of the most difficult places for Christians in Russia. Persecution is political as well as religious, since Christianity is associated with Russia, with whom they had civil war. The … Continue reading →

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21. China

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Christianity continues to grow rapidly. Sources report that government representatives have been in dialogue with some house church leaders, leading many to believe the government has finally understood the house church is not a political threat to the state. Yet … Continue reading →

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22. Qatar

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Nearly all Qataris are Muslims and most Christians in the country are foreign workers. The constitution protects religious freedom, but expat Christians can usually only meet in assigned compounds. During 2011, several foreign workers were deported for their Christian activities. … Continue reading →

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23. Algeria

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Protests against the regime in January 2011 left five dead and over 800 injured, but the government remains in control. The church, mostly first-generation believers from a Muslim background, faces many forms of discrimination. There were reports of churches being … Continue reading →

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24. Comoros

2 1

Persecution on these islands comes mainly from the indigenous Muslim community, although government restraints remain tight. A referendum passed in 2009 installed Islam as the state religion and seriously restricted religious freedom. Only expats are allowed to operate churches. Converts … Continue reading →

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25. Azerbaijan

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The government of this officially secular state has a negative attitude towards any form of religion. However, the population is mainly Muslim and the influence of traditional Islam is growing in some regions. All religious groups were required to renew … Continue reading →

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26. Libya

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Under Gaddafi’s despotic rule, the situation for Christians was already extremely harsh. The secret police restricted church activities and evangelism was criminalized. But after the civil war that led to Gaddafi’s death, the future could be even worse for the … Continue reading →

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27. Oman

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Almost the entire population of Christians are expatriates. The constitution protects freedom of religion, but legislation is based on Islamic law and all religious organizations must register. Foreign Christians are allowed to worship in private homes or work compounds, but … Continue reading →

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28. Brunei

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About two-thirds of the people in this tiny Islamic nation are ethnic Malays. Although in theory all other religions may be practiced in peace, in practice only non-Malays are allowed to choose their faith. If a Malay converts, this ‘disturbs … Continue reading →

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29. Morocco

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Protests inspired by the Arab Spring forced the king to adopt a number of political reforms in 2011. The moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD) won a huge victory in parliamentary elections at the end of 2011 and, based … Continue reading →

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30. Kuwait

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The constitution protects freedom of belief, but the government restricts this in practice. Conversion from Islam to other religions is not permitted and the government actively supports proselytism by Sunni Muslims. There are only a few hundred Kuwaiti believers; most … Continue reading →

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31. Turkey

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Although Turkey is a secular state, government restrictions, social hostilities and nationalism are key sources of persecution, causing discrimination, hate crimes and unfair judicial treatments. Muslims who convert to Christianity risk losing their jobs and being disinherited by their family. … Continue reading →

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32. India

15 1

While most Indian Christians are relatively free, many parts of the country remain key battlegrounds between Hindu extremists and Christians. Persecution is largely due to the amazing growth of Christianity among the low castes and Dalits, which threatens Hindu leaders. … Continue reading →

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33. Burma (Myanmar)

1 3

Burma transitioned to a new, semi-civilian government in March, stirring hopes for significant change, including the re-admission of Aung San Suu Kyi into the political arena. A new Human Rights Commission was established in September, with minorities represented on it. It remains to … Continue reading →

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34. Tajikistan

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New legal restrictions introduced in 2011 are likely to increase pressure on the church. In August, a new Parental Responsibility Law was introduced which prohibits children under the age of 18 from participating in any religious activities except funerals. Although … Continue reading →

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35. Tunisia

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Home of the Jasmine revolution which gave rise to the Arab Spring, Tunisia is the country where democratic transition seems to have the greatest chance of success. However, elections in October were won by the Islamic Ennahda party, which has already … Continue reading →

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36. Syria

4 2

Months of anti-government protests have left Syria on the verge of civil war. Under the secular regime of Bashar al-Assad, Christians had relative freedom to worship, although Christian meetings were monitored by the secret police and evangelism was discouraged. Since … Continue reading →

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37. United Arab Emirates

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As one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, the constitution provides for religious freedom although the law denies Muslims the freedom to change religion. Society’s attitude towards Christianity is hostile and the government places restrictions on Christians, who … Continue reading →

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38. Ethiopia

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Evangelical churches face some opposition from the Orthodox Church, which sees the fast growth of the Protestant Church as a threat. However, the main source of persecution is Islamic extremism, much of which is fuelled by external sources. The unprecedented … Continue reading →

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39. Djibouti

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Although Islam is the state religion, the constitution protects religious freedom and the government generally enforces these protections. It seems that family and local community are more active drivers of persecution than the government. The small Christian community consists mostly … Continue reading →

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40. Jordan

2 0

As one of the most Western-orientated countries in the Middle East, traditional Christians experience some religious freedom. However, leaving Islam is prohibited and Muslims who become Christians often face legal discrimination, abuse from family and community, and difficulty getting and … Continue reading →

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41. Cuba

1 2

One of the few remaining Communist regimes, Cuba continues to isolate itself from the rest of the world. The totalitarian regime allows no competitors of any kind. Religious groups complain about widespread surveillance and infiltration by state security agents. Pastors … Continue reading →

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42. Belarus

3 0

Often considered the last surviving dictatorship in Europe, the government allows almost no political opposition. The Orthodox Church is the only officially recognized denomination. Unregistered religious activity can result in imprisonment or heavy fines. Unregistered churches are monitored by the … Continue reading →

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43. Indonesia

13 1

The church is facing increasing hostility. Though the national authorities try to look neutral, in reality they are eager to win support from Muslim parties. Muslim extremist groups continue to grow more violent towards Christians and are experiencing no resistance … Continue reading →

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44. Palestinian Territories

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The decline in the number of Palestinian believers is accelerating. Many have emigrated because of the increasing influence of Islam, as well as political and economic factors. Indigenous Christians have the right to practice their religion, providing they don’t try … Continue reading →

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45. Kazakhstan

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In September 2011, two laws were passed by parliament that imposed further restrictions on religious rights. The laws, which require the re-registration of all religious communities, seem to be aimed at curtailing extremist Islam, but unregistered Christian churches come under … Continue reading →

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46. Bahrain

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As, one of the most liberal countries on the Arabian Peninsula, a considerable number of expat Christians live here and are relatively free to practice their faith in private. However, society is not tolerant towards converts from Islam to other … Continue reading →

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47. Colombia

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Large areas of the country are under the control of drug cartels and paramilitary groups. Most Christian persecution comes from the alliances that exist between non-Christian indigenous population and paramilitaries, who view Christians who openly oppose their activities as a … Continue reading →

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48. Kyrgyzstan

5 1

The country’s first free and fair elections in October 2011 gave Kyrgyzstan the opportunity to grant minorities a legal standing. However, Christians face ongoing discrimination from society in general and the government’s disregard for believers’ freedom continues. The strict laws … Continue reading →

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49. Bangladesh

4 2

In June 2011, the government decided to retain Islam as the state religion. Amendments to the constitution are being proposed which seek to restore certain aspects of secularism, but for the Christian minority, little change is expected. In general, believers … Continue reading →

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50. Malaysia

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Freedom for Christians is deteriorating. Malay believers face increasing hostility from the government and Islamic fundamentalists, while established churches are under threat. Malaysian law restricts conversion of Malay Muslims to other religions. In five states, it is a criminal offence … Continue reading →

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Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast (3/23/12)

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     Friday Blast
               March 23, 2012
    Your Chamber,
Working for you…
Please look below for our SPOTLIGHT on  business… This is available at no charge
 to all members.
Contact the Chamber office to get your information in the Blast!
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TOMORROW….TOMORROW….TOMORROW.
Home-Based Business Expo 
Saturday March 24 
Masonic Lodge
1400 Old Route 66
4 miles west of NM 344 from Edgewood 
10am-3pm
Don’t miss all of the local businesses who operate from their homes.  You can find your favorite products all in one place.
No admission.
Support our local community!
 
There’s something there for EVERYONE!
Look at this past Wednesday’s Independent, pages 12 & 13 for details!
          
    Area Happenings
This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.
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Spring time Food Drive
Bethel Community Storehouse.
Help to restock their food pantry to help our neighbors in need.
Flour, Sugar, canned goods, box dinners, beans, baking items, cereal, peanut butter, etc…
Donations may be dropped off Monday -Saturday 10am to 5pm.
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 Edgewood Yarns offering
March Classes
:
Saturday March 31 1-3 
Summer Poncho
A little chill-chaser for cool
New Mexico evenings.
$20
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NEW INVENTORY
JUST ARRIVED
AT
FURNITURE CONNECTION
PRICED TO SELL
SHOP LOCAL AND $AVE!
5 Linnie Court off Route 66
Edgewood Mon/Sat 10-6
286-4776
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                WE’VE GOT A ZOO…
         at Wildlife West Nature Park 
Winter Clearance Sale $5 off sweatshirts!
Summer hours NOW 
  10am to 6pm.
Upcoming Zoo Keeper Day Camps
June 25-29   and July 9-13!
         For more information call 281-7655.
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US Army Jazz Ambassadors Band to perform at Moriarty High School Performing Arts Center
at 7pm on April 5!
The US Army Jazz Band tours nationally and internationally, and we are on this year’s tour. 
 In addition several members of the Moriarty High School Jazz Band will be featured as guest performers for one song with the band!
THIS IS A FREE CONCERT.BUT YOU HAVE TO CALL THE SCHOOL ADMIN OFFICES TO GET YOUR FREE TICKETS RESERVED!
Tickets may be obtained by contacting the superintendent’s office (limiting 4 per request).  We anticipate that this concert will be sold out, so request your tickets as soon as possible.
The Moriarty Edgewood School District office number for tickets is 505.832.5801!
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EDGEWOOD’S FIRST ANNUAL
EASTER EGG HUNT
March 31 from 11am-3pm
Athletic Complex on 344
(soccer field)
FREE Family fun and Games.
Age appropriate Egg Hunts
to begin
at 11:30am
Prizes for the kids.
Family games and fun.
Bring your fresh-baked PIE
for our 1st Annual Pie Contest.
Free Hotdogs!
Call Traci at Edgewood Police Dept
for more information 281-5717.
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STEP UP CHILDCARE
Easter Egg Hunt and open house on Saturday April 7 at 
87 Saddle Spur Trail, Edgewood NM 87015
Noon to 5pm
Easter Egg Hunt 2pm for kids up to 8 yrs old.
Meet the folks from the East Mountain Vineyard Church and tour our preschool!
Call Mary Dammann 286-4749
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   SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS:
The East Mountain Guide, an online magazine about the people who live, work, play or visit the East Mountain area has launched.
Anne Rich has been building and promoting  online businesses since 1999, and started working on the the East Mountain Guide in 2009. 
“I’ve specialized in reaching new customers online for over a decade so I know how to use my skills to help local businesses, organizations, and individuals get their message out.
I grew up working for our family business and understand the need for reaching new customers while still running your business.  Businesses understand they should ‘get online’, but most hang a website, post on facebook or Craig’s List and then call it quits. Online marketing is proven to work for local business when done correctly,
but the time, learning curve and expense makes doing it successfully difficult for many businesses.
The East Mountain Guide is structured as a magazine to showcase our partners, but it is much more than a website, it is a way for local businesses to  stay within their budget, and reach their targeted audience while using my skills and experience!”
The East Mountain Guide is offering Edgewood Chamber members a FREE three month business listing.  Please go to
http://www.eastmountainguide.com/pages/chamber and follow the directions.
If you would like further information or need help, call Anne Rich at 926-1294.
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri
9:00am – 3:30pm
Location:
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:
505-286-2577
505-850-2523

e-mail:
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Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
 
President:
     Chris Hopper                   2013
Vice President:
      Misty Miller                     2013
Treasurer:
      Patrick Thompson         2013
Secretary:
       Robin Markley                2013
Board Members at Large:
Ray Seagers                          2013
Saul Araque                           2013
Howard Calkins                    2012
Gary Birkman                        2012
Committees:

Membership:  Howard Calkins
Marketing:              Misty Miller
Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers
Events:
Education:                  Lisa Vigil
Programs:      Brenda Murray
Luncheons:     Linda Thomas
  
April Edgewood
Chamber Dates  
ECOC Board Meeting
April 9 at 6:15 pm at the Chamber Offices.
Membership Luncheon
April 11 at 11:30am at Edgewood Community Center.  Speaker is
Roger Alink from Wildlife West Nature Park.
ECOC Mixer
Thursday April 19 at 5:30. 
Our host is JP 4 Your Health, Linda Thomas.

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

 meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center Planning & Zoningmeets First and ThirdMondays of the month at6:00pmEdgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com
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 Ponderings:
In the 18th century common entertainment included playing cards.  However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the “Ace of Spades”…to avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.  Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t…..
playing with a full deck
 
 
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