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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD ' FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010 7 Just A Thought The Easter Bunny versus conquering death Rick Kraft ing the 1700s." The arrival of the bunny was considered one of childhood's greatest pleasures. According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, of- ten made out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The bunny would, if the children had been good, lay brightly col- ored eggs in the nest. As the tra- dition spread, the nest has be- come the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradi- tion of hiding baskets. The Easter Bunny is very similar to its Christmas holiday coun- terpart Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts/to good children on the night before their re- spective holiday. The historical event of Jesus' resurrection goes back almost 2000 years and is recorded in the Bible. It was early Sunday morn- ing, three days after Jesus' cruci- fixion on the cross on Friday (Good Friday). What an exciting morning it was when some women came to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with spices and were met by an angel. An account of this event is in the book of Matthew chapter 28, verses 1-7, "After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earth- quake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, go- ing to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appear- ance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, 'Do. not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus; who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his dis- ciples: 'He has risen from the dehd and is going ahead of you into By RICK KRAFT This Sunday is a holiday for most everyone. Some will be look- ing for Easter eggs and some will be celebrating the resurrection of a risen Savior. Others may not rec- ognize either, but may use it as an opportunity to gather family together for fellowship and a meal. Easter is typically an excit- ing time, for young children. Eas- ter is typically the highest attended ser- vice of the year for most churches. Regardless, Easter is what you make it. Hiding Easter eggs has always been an exercise that I chuckle at. To take "prizes" and hide them in such a manner that they can't be readily seen, but that are not hidden' so well that they can't be found is a clever concept. If you leave them out in the open, finding the eggs is not much of a game, or, if you hide them in a remote location that a child would not think of looking, it defeats the joy of the hunt. A heavy stone being moved from the entrance of a tomb, not so a resurrected Jesus can get out, but so others could look in, is'a direct act with eternal conse- quences. Some would consider the events of that Sunday morn- ing the greatest in the history of mankind. Nothing was hidden when Mary or Peter arrived at the tomb. According to Wikipedia "The Easter Bunny as an Easter symbol bringing Easter eggs seems to have its origins in Alsace and the Upper Rhineland, both then in the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, and south- western Germany, where it was first recorded in a German publi- cation in the early 1600s. The first ' edible Easter Bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar. "The Easter Bunny was in- troduced to America by the Ger- man settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country dur- ..ntl The Easter Saturday, April 3 10:00 A, M Galilee. There you will see him.' "Now I have told you" John 20, verses 1-10 elabo- rates on what happened after Mary Magdalene left the tomb; "Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been re- moved from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, 'They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!' "So Peter and the other dis- ciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other dis- ciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus' head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.). Then the disciples went back to where they were staying" Later that day, two of Jesus' followers were walking to the town of Emmaus and Jesus ap- peared to them. Jesus interacted with them and many others over the next 40 days even showing his the wounds on his hands and his feet to a doubting disciple. Jesus explained to his followers why he had to suffer, die, and rise again. He instructed them to pro- claim the gospel Jesus then led his followers to Bethany, blessed them, and ascended into heaven. The Easter bunny's story is one of search and find. It is one of "if you can find an egg, you get something sweet to eat." Jesus' story is one of "ask and you shall receive." It is the story of giving the gift of eternal life to all who ask. The Easter bunny story is one of immediate gratification. Jesus' story is one with everlasting con- sequences. My challenge to you today is not about a tradition that came A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy NELLIE ARAMBULA/Lordsburg Lordslurg Sonic, Mid 1970s Short Park (Back) Lynn O'Donnell, Jackie Rodriguez, Esther Moya, Jody Sanchez, Pam Tarango (front) Morgan O'Donnell, Anita and Trina O'Donnell, Gerald O'Donnell, Nellie Arambula, Lull Valenzuela, Cyndra Hirth. The Sonic closed in the mid-1980s. i By EDMUND SAUCEDO Lorasourg ! Residents converted a Colorado high school into a state-of-the-art, ecofriendly library By ERIC WILLS I From Preserva- tion Magazine I MarchApril2010 Joseph Montalbano still re- members the day nearly five years ago when he first visited the old high school in Walsenburg, a once-thriving coal mining town in southern Colorado. The build- ing-designed in the Collegiate Gothic style by Isaac Rapp, a leading southwestern architect in the early 1900s--sat vacant and threatened with demolition. Preservationists and area residents, many of whom once attended classes in the three- story, red-brick structure, had hatched an ambitious plan to save it. The town's library needed more space: The cramped 1950s house that had served as the lo- to us from Germany. What you do cal branch was no longer with your famiIy and the Easter adequate: Why not transform the bunn3/iS: iipto you. But dont li old school into the new library? systems. In the end, an ecofriendly geothermal system, which operates using groundwa- ter, proved the least intrusive op- tion. Other green features incor- porated into the renovation in- cluded recycled rubber flooring and a fireplace hearth and chim- ney fashioned from leftover blackboards. The project could not have succeeded without the citizens of Walsenburg (population 4,200), who passed a $1.75 million bond issue. "This was a totally commu- nity-based project," says Mark. Rodman, the former director of Colorado Preservation, Inc., a nonprofit group that helped save the building from demolition. "If not for the people, that school would not be standing here to- day." At [he grand opening laSt ! summer, the community was, by all accounts, wowed by its gleam- ing new library. Some work does remain: The upper two floors still need to be finished, and the li- brary district hopes to attract edu- cation- or arts-based groups to take over that space. But already Birrer hopes that the new library can become a transformational place, where generations can gather and grow. "We'd like to be the catalyst for new things in this beautiful old space," she says. the Easter bunny get in the Way of the true meaning of Easter and that is the story of a man who died and then conquered death st) that others may have the gift of eter- nal life. More than just a thought... Rick Kraft wishes you a blessed and meaningful Easter holiday. To submit comments, contribu- tions, or ideas,, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com or write to P.O. Box 85.0, Roswell, NM, 88202-0850. NOTICE TO ALL HIDALGO COUNTY TAXPAYERS Montalbano, a principal at Studiotrope, a Denver architec- ture firm, took a tour that day with Monica Birrer, the director of the library district. After he had walked past antiquated systems and crumbling concrete windowsills, Birrer asked him if such a project was possible. "I told her, 'Absolutely,'" Montalbano recalls. "And I drove back to Denver asking myself, 'Why did I say that?' If you had seen the building that day, the shape it was in, knowing how little money they had--that was an insane thing to say." The library district had con- sidered spending $450,000 on an addition for the existing branch. Converting the high school build- ing would cost more than $3.5 million, not to mention the cost of purchasing the building from the school board. But Montalbano's initial optimism proved prophetic. The library district hired him and began fundraising, securing a variety of grants. For instance, the Colorado State Historical Fund, administered by the Colo- rado Historical Society, contrib- uted more than $800,000, not only helping to purchase the building but also paying for ma- sonry work and other projects. The historical fund also gave a grant to install replicas of the original windows, which had been torn out in the 1980s and replaced with aluminum substi- tutes. The grants from the histori- cal fund came with a stipulation that Montalbano maintain the integrity of the building accord- ing to the Secretary of the Interior's historic preservation guidelines. 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