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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010 Open *your doors for Census workers By CATHY LACY, DIRECTOR/ suring that every United States Denver Regional Census Center resident is counted according to Census Employees, commu- constitutional mandate. We've ,nity leaders, and neighborhood done a lot so far in order to make volunteers are committed to'en- this happen. We've organized E SUNSHINE HAVEN} Sunshine Haven's residents out flying kites this past week. SHNH making Spring strides By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Sunshine Haven continues to blossom this spring. We are proud to say that our census is slowly but surely increasing. We've wel- comed in a few new residents. As the weather begins to warm up, our activities department is gearing up with outdoor activities; furthermore, our maintenance de- partment is busy getting the Outside of our fine facility ready for these activities. The grass is getting greener and the trees and roses are blooming, flourishing and ready for our regident's approval. They are elated about the spring. We even had a few residents go outside recently to fly kites. ILw.as_w.anaand just-breezy enough to get the kites up in the beautiful sky. A smile speaks a thousand words. It said, "Yes, I remember my childhood; yes, this is fun," and so much more. They spent a good forty-five minutes outdoors. As out census grows, we. are continuing to hire more staff in our nursing department. We have a few RNs and CNAs starting later this month, but we are in need of more. Stop by our office and pick up an application or email gwithaker@cathedralrock.com with your resume. Last week I asked for donations of old VHS of DVD videos and once again the generous people of our community responded. We had a box full of classic westerns donated to us; there were John Wayne and Clinf Eastwood classics along with many more movies. Thank you so mUch for always showing kindness and generosity towards our residents and facility. We are still asking for more movies, so bring them by. We promise we will put them to good use here at Sunshine Haven. Our residents just love "Movie Time." And, as always, we invite you to stop by and take a tour of our facility or if we can help you place one of your loved ones here at Sunshine Haven, give us a call we will be glad to assist you. Stop by and help us make one of our residents smile! Another busy week here, we want to wish all of you the very best in the week to come, blessings to all of you from all of us at Sunshine Haven. appy "  . ,o-, .... We Love Youl Morn, Dad, Gramma, Grampa, Geli & Rosie Birthda r community events in hundreds of neighborhoods throughout the state to raise awareness of the Census. We've sent our workforce to complete an advance canvass- ing of all households. We've sent mailings of Census forms, re- minders to fill in those forms, re- placements and hand delivered forms in some areas. We have done this because we understand how important the Census is. And on May 1 st, we are beginning the next phase of this effort, sending our workforce out to follow up with those housing unit we have not received a form. I would like tO encourage residents as strongly as possible to cooperate with these workers as they come to your door. Though the 2010 Census is a na- tional effort, the best Census is conducte.d locally and these workers have been recruited at a community- level in order to conduct operations near to where they live. They are your friends, your neighbors and possibly the parents of people your son and daughter go to school with. What do the enumerators-- census takers--have to do? Each enumerator is given a binder of addresses in an area that includes all those addresses for which we have not received a completed questionnaire. Because houses without numbers and street name addresses can be difficult to find, enumerators in rural areas also receive maps that have the hous- ing unit locations marked on them. The enumerator must go to each address in the assignment area to complete the question- naire for the housing unit and its occupants. At the same time as we ask you to welcome census takers, we want to make sure you know how to identify our workforce so you can cooperate with them. Wewant you to,know that a 2010 Census Taker Will ALWAYS have an offi- cial U.S. Census ID badge marked with their name and may have a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag. They ' will NEVER ask to enter your home, will never ask for payment for your information and will never ask you to submit your in- formation online. Ensuring that we get a strong, accurate count is impor- tant and, if you haven't already returned your forms in the mail, welcoming our staff when they come to your door is a part of this. The United States has conducted this count twenty-two times since Thomas Jefferson presided over the first Cens0s in 1790. The data helps decide how more than $400 billion dollars annually in Fed- eral funding is allocated and helps determine congressional representation. So I ask you to do your part. Open your door when your Census taker comes to your home. They're you're friends, your neighbors, and welcoming them is a simple action that will help your community. Ensuring that we get a strong, accurate count is impor- tant and can not be done without following up on household that are not represented in the count. Welcoming our staff and provid- ing the information to the ten simple questions they ask is a part of this: Ms. Lacy is the Director of the Denver Regional Census Cen- ter covering the ten-state region of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Ari- zona, New Mexico, Nevada, Ne- braska, North Dakota, Soth Da- kota and Montana. In this capac- ity she is responsible for opera- tions for the 2010 Decennial Census as well as ongoing sur- veys that the public regularly uses to gauge the health of the economy and our nation. These include: unemployment rates, use of government programs, changes in cost of living, crime victimization and health care ac- cess. Let Mom know just how =peoial she to you. We have a large variety of Floral Arrangements, Plants, Cards, Balloons & Gifts Mom will love t 'VA'e U ( '  Free Delivery in As us about our Lordsburg! layaway program 214 l!. MO l[!l., DRIVE IN I.ORDSBUR(; 5 4 2- 8 8 8 0 The recently-completed Gila Valley Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Central, Arizona. )lic tours me, ;ila Valley Arizona Temple Courtesy information The publi c was invited to tour The Gila Valley Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has recently been completed. The public open house was held Fri- day, 23 April 2010, and will eon- tinue through Saturday, 15 May 2010, excluding Sundays. Pub- lic tours are available on Mon- days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. "All of this came together in just a marvelous way" said Mark Bryce, temple committee coordi- nator for the Gila Valley Temple. "During the day or at night, it's a beautiful building, a magnificent structure, and the people who will visit the temple will feel the spirit of the house dedicated to the Sav- ior." The temple is located at 5291 W. Highway 70 in Central, Ari- zona, a small town between Pima and Thatcher, Arizona. Tours will begin at the Church meeting- house adjacent to the temple. Free parking is available at the meet- iaghouse. Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 23 May 2010. Three dedicatory sessions will be held to accommodate Lat- ter-day Saints in the area who will be served by the new temple. The First Presidericy Of the Church announced plans tO con- struct The Gila Valley Arizona Temple on 26. April 2008. Ground was broken on 14 February 2009. The temple is constructed On the exterior with architectural pre- cast concrete. Art-glass designs accentuate its windows. Interior materials include maple and cherry wood from the United States, along with marble and limestone. Interior murals depict local river, desert and mountain landscapes. The Gila Valley Arizona Temple is the 132nd temple of the Church worldwide and the third temple in Arizona, with oth- ers in Mesa and Snowflake.. Two more temples in Arizona have been announced for construction in Phoenix and Gilbert. The Gila Valley Arizona Temple will serve some 21,000 Latter-day Saints in the surrounding area of southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico. Latter-day Saint temples dif- fer from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered "houses of the Lord" where Christ's teach- ings are reaffirmed through mar- riage, baptism and other ordi- nances that unite families for eter- nity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man. Nearly 375,000 members of the Church currently reside in AriZona. The Latter-day Saint heritage of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico stretches back to the 1840s, when members of the Mormon Battalion of the U.S. Army marched through the region en route to San Diego -- one of the longest military treks in his- tory. Over 130 years ago, in 1879, a group of 28 Latter-day Saints left their camp in present-day Show Low, Ari- zona, to settle in The Gila Val- ley. Then Church President John Taylor organized the St. Joseph Stake in February of 1883 (a stake is similar to a diocese). At that time, the St. Joseph Stake stretched from Miami, Arizona, to E1 Paso, Texas. One of the most notable people of the St. Joseph Stake was Spencer W. Kimball, wo became President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1973 and served until his death in 1985. President Kimball was known for his great love for people. 1-1111B,00-11200 Are YOU Ready,,, N to foster a New Mexico Youth? On any given day there are over 2000 children in foster care in the State of New Mexico. And these children, youth and their families need your support. Are YOU Ready to provide a family, setting for a child to help them feel safe, grow & learn? Are YOU Ready to become a foster family! READY- START... Find out more. Please call: Ronny Diaz, Foster/Adoptive Parent Recruiter (575) 434-5950 Ext. 121 State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Fami!ies Department