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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 Udall supports repeal of 'Don'tAsk, Don't Tell' Submitted by SEN. TOM service members who are forced three main provisionsl it will re- UDALL'S OFFiCE/Washington, oC, [jU.S Senator Tom Udall; D- NMcMonday announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation in- troduced by Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman to repeal the ban on openly gay service members in the military. "For almost two decades, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' has placed an unjust burden on qualified to hide who they are in order to defend our country," Udall said. "Repealing this policy is the right thing to do. As Barry Goldwater used to say, 'You don't have to be straight to shoot straight.' It's time to end this discriminatory policy that has kept too many patriotic Americans from serving our country." The Military Readiness En- hancement Act of 2010 contains By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Sunshine Haven boasts an awesome Occupational Therapy De- partment and it's headed up by Lordsburg's own, Johni McDonald Gandara. Johni Gandara has been with Sun- shine Haven for four years. She is cur- rently the Rehabilitation Director and Certified Occupational Therapy Assis- tant. Gandara is a 1993 graduate of Lordsburg' High School and received her Associates of Science Degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy in Western New Mexico with the elderly, i rewarding and actually a lot of her choice of Johni McDonald Gandara Haven. She-is married, 14 years, and has two daughters. The Gandaras :reside right here in Lordsburg. i At Sunshine Haven our TherapyDepartment's mission statement states: "to provide the highest quality Occupational Therapy ser- vices to our patients, in conjunction with providing exceptional cus- tomer service. By working closely with our patients we can assist them in reaching their goals and help achieve the highest possible functional level of activity and independence." Johni Gandara is one of Sunshine Haven's most beloved staff members with good reason and she also heads up the Quilting Club at our fine facility. Stay tuned for more information on the club in the future. Sunshine Haven continues to grow and prosper, we are happy to announce the arrival of two new residents. Feel free to stop by and visit our facility, we'd like to show you what we do and how great our home is to our residents. Wg"d like to thank those of you who donated roses bushes for our landscaping, we have received 8 rose bushes so far, if any of you would like to donate a rose bush, contact -Jason Jacquez at 575-542- 3539. Thank you and we appreciate your kindness and generosity. / Our facility's housekeeping department continues to keep up the cleanliness and freshness with hard work and excellent effort by Nancy Faust, Housekeeping Director, and her staff. Our floors couldn't be anymore shiny! We'll see you next week, keep smiling or stop by and help us bring a smile to one of our resident's face. peal the law that prevents gay Americans from openly serving in the military, prohibit discrimi- nation against current and pro- spective service members on the basis of sexual orientation, and promote the ability of college stu- dents who wish to serve our coun- try to join Reserve Officer Train- ing Corps .units at universities that currently prevent the estab- lishment of ROTC units on cam- pus. The bill incorporates the Pen- tagon Working Group that has been created at the direction of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to conduct a study and propose an implementation plan for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Lieberman introduced the legislation after President Obama announced during his State of the Union address plans to end the 17-year-old "Don't Ask Don't Tell" law. Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed the president's call for a repeal dur- ing recent congressional testi- mony. In his testimony on Feb. 2, Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a repeal of the policy would be "the fight thing to do." "No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity - theirs as individuals and ours as an institution," Mullen said. helteesld 0000t,=nex .nee We Will Help You Keep More Of YOUR MONEY! ' WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. BOOKKEEPIN 575-S42-3t25 2t2 E. Motel Drive" Suite A Cost-Share Grant Project Spotlight:: Palms Grill Caf6,. Atlanta, Illinois By JOHN MURPHEY Courtesy National Park Ser- vice, Route 66 Corridor Preser- vation Program If you could see it in 2005-- its brick crumbling; pigeons fly- ing out; rain falling in---you wouldn't believe it is the caf6, museum and meeting space it is today. That the Downey Build- board member applied for a Na- , tional Park Ser- vice Route 66 Corridor Preser- vation Program cost-share grant, conceiving a three-phase project. The first ing, located on Arch Street in phase (NPS con- downtown Atlanta, Illinois, had tribution: $8,000; fallen into ruin, is not unusual, applicant match: That the Atlanta Public Library $8,000) funded a & Museum (APLM) would take preservation plan on a project to restore it, is. to guide the res- Built in 1867, the two-story toration. The restored Downey Building brick building, with its arched The second windows and decorative cornice, phase (NPS contribution: stalling a new roof. Through came with a rush of new construc- $50,000; applicant match: fundraising efforts, the thirdphase tion as Atlanta reconstructed the inte- grew up alongs!de rior, creating an ex- the Alton & hibit space upstairs Sangamon Rail- and the new Palms way Grill Caf6 below. Historically Walk through the the Downey con, door you'll and see a rained two store- facsimile of the caf6 in fronts: the south 1940. On the right is the counter with its holding a bank; swivel chairs; on the the north, a milli- left, small tables nery, a hardware, a tucked against a wall. grocery, and even- A blackboard " lists tually the caf6. homemade pies. A Opened in 1934 as diner, a local librarian the Palms Grill, and her grandchildren the small eatery says the caf6 is again offered table seat- The interior of the cafe Atlanta's social spot. ing on the left and The miracle on a counter on the Arch Street cost right. Despite its $500,000, with Lilliputian size, a money raised from room in back Was grants and gifts and large enough to contributions from hold dances and numerous artisans and 'Bingo every night manufacturers. How did they do it? It takes at 8:00pm. The little caf6 "identifying the goals carried on for three and bringing them into focus," says Bill decades, serving Thomas, an APLM locals and Route 66 travelers and board member, deliv- then closed. The ering another piece of north side became pi'e. John "Murphey is a residence, and a historian currently upon the owner's Ribbon cutting at the Downey Building working with the Na- death, the family turned donated $125,000) carried out the heavy tional Park Service Route 66 the building to APLM. work, totally reconstructing the Corridor Preservation Program. TheAPLM saw in the dilapi- brick faqade, replacing floor He can reached at dated Downey new life. An APLM joists in the upper story, and in- now offers Customized Debit You can choose our bank design for free or create your own design for $20 SILVER CITY LORDSBURG 330 Hwy 180 West 140 E. Motel Drive 5 388-3521 575-542-3521 "101 years without a bailout. Didn't need one then, don't need one now. #!