Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast (3/30/12)


     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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
                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.
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!
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!
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
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!
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
9:00am – 3:30pm
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:

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

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

 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
 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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PO Box 457 Edgewood NM 8701

PO Box 457, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA

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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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