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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 A County Girls' Musin "mural in Duncan By DIANE DROBKAIContribut- ing Writer Supporters and patrons from Duncan, Greenlee County, and beyond celebrated "history in the making" on August 4 as the newly restored Hal Empie mural "Greenlee" was rehung at the Duncan school cafeteria. Dozens - including Empie's son Joel, daughter Ann, and son-in-law Peter - admired the magnificent piece that chronicles local history in its sweeping landscape. The giant painting was re- cently preserved through an ex- hausting 12-week "labor of love" by professional fine art conserva- tor and artist Sharlette "Charlie" Burton of Tucson, who tracked her progress throughout the painstaking project with weekly photos and posts on a Facebook page called Empie Mural Resto- ration. The restoration project was made possible by the tireless ef- forts of the Preservation, Resto- ration In Duncan's Enhancement (P.R.I.D.E.) Society, formed in 2001 to preserve and enhance the overall image and historic value of the small, close-knit commu- nity. P.R.I.D.E.'s fundraising brought in $10,000, partly through a raffled Empie print do- nated by the Hal Empie Gallery Belgian canvas for the painting, Barlow echoed his love and ap- in Tubac. The Freeport- which depicts an amazing 40preciation of Empie's work. "We McMoRan (FMI) Copper & Goldcharacters, capturing people, all grew up loving Hal Empie. In Foundation generously sup- plants, animals, and landmarks grade school, we didn't know he ported the project through a familiar to southeastern Arizona was an artist; we just knew he $13,000 grant, residents, drew pictures. And he would let The painting - 27 feet long "I was very young, but I re- us - up to 50 kids - hang out in and five feet high - chronicles member dad working on sketches his drug store and read comic local history beginning on the for the mural," commented his books that we couldn't afford to left with Coronado and hj's Span- daughter, Ann Groves of Tubac. I buy." ish Conquistadors arriving in thought it was really neat that And those memories are what would become Greenlee there were animals in cages in what inspired Barlow to propose County. The scene progresses to dad's studio! Mom collected the restoration project to Groves. the right, showing indigenous anything he asked for and The fundraising soon began. The Apaches watching the pioneers brought them for him to sketch ... mural was taken down on May arrive, even a horned toad!!! 27, 2014, and restored while Important industries - cattle The gathering to witness the school was not in session. It will ranching, copper mining, and restored mural's hanging contin- now welcome students as they farming - are prominently fea- ued throughout the afternoon, return to classes as it has for the tured, as well as a progression of Joel Empie shared stories about past 60 years. transportation from horses and helping his dad with ideas for his The Duncan Public Schools wagons to trains and autos, famous "Kartoon Kards" and by Board of Trustees commissioned The mural was a personal tri- collecting cockleburs to place in Empie to paint the mural in 1953 umph for Empie because of its cardboard match boxes that were for a mere $600. It was unveiled beauty and uniqueness. Admit- sold as "Porcupine Aiggs" at his March 13, 1954, before a crowd tedly, the project was a much drug store. Empie postcards from of more than 250 citizens. It was greater challenge than he had the 1930s to the 50s were passed soon hailed by a Phoenix art critic anticipated, but that made it all around and enjoyed, as "one of the greatest master= the more appealing to him. He "I have great memories of the pieces of the Southwest" and it created the mural in an empty time I spent with my dad, espe- remains so to this day. building across the street from his cially our travels together ... he It is considered a true artistic and historical treasure by Empie, art gallery and drug store. It took always got inspiration for his post- him 580 hours and 50 pounds of cards and paintings on the road," a hometown pharmacist who be- paint to complete his masterpiece, he said. "I am so happy that this came a world-renowned artist. Most murals are painted on amazing work of art is now pre- Original Empie paintings are cement or stone walls in place served to honor tis legacy." housed in the Smithsonian Insti- tute and National Museum of whereas Empie chose imported P.R.I.D.E. nember Doug American History and Archive Center. moved back east and only Mafia My children pray with me The P.R.I.D.E. Society of Constancio lives in Lubbock the Prayer of Unity so that once Duncan invites everyone to at- anymore. But every August 15 again my children can pray to- tend the rededication of Hal our Blessed Mother Mary comes gerber and bring God back into Empie's "Greenlee" mural on Sat- down and many persons experi- homes. Pray, pray, pray for the urday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. at ence miracles, like healings, faith, will of God to be fulfilled in this the Duncan School Cafeteria. For believe, adore, hope and love. Our nation, in your family and your- those unable to attend that day, Blessed Mother Mary gives self. the cafeteria will be open on Fri- Maria Constancio a message to Peace, tJeace, peace of Jesus day, October 17, from 1:00 until relay to all the pilgrims, so I'm be with you and thank you for 6:00 p.m. to allow viewing of the submitting the message to the being here today, mural. Letters to the , Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice their opinions by writ- ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald @ aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Pilgrimage My wife and I went on our 26~ pilgrimage to Lubbock, TX, on August 15. This day is the As- sumption of our Blessed Mother Mary, the mother of God. That's when she was raised into heaven, body and soul, and was made queen of heaven and earth by God almighty. We ~vent to the St. John Neumann Catholic Church when, in 1988, our Blessed mother came down from heaven and gave messages to three per- sons--Captain John Slate, Teresa Warner and Maria Constancio. John Slate passed away some years back and Teresa Warner Herald so all of you can read it. She wants that our hearts Nick Ruizmelt into her ands so that she can Lordsburgremold them with mercy. As you August 15, 2014 pray the Bondage Prayer add this My BeloVed, into the prayer, "Do not wait any- I am so elated with joy that more!" you have come to spend this time She wants me to encourage with me. As you seek me you will people to come to the Triumph always find me. I am always with of the Immaculate Heart of Mary you. Retreat. The Triumph of the Im- My Beloveds the serpent has maculate Heart of Mary Retreat been unleashed and its conse- is the triumph of my mercy in quences and the evidence of his your hearts. This is when I have presence is the increase of evil. won over your hearts to God (the Evil can only be alive without Father), Jesus and the Holy Spirit God. You must therefore be the in Love. heart of God, the love of God, When Jesus has triumphed in being unleashed into people's your heart to forgive, the trum- hearts. Do not bind love in your pets have begun to blow! Let your hearts from others rather love in hearts be the home of mercy of action not in feelings, love and forgiveness. Get rid of My children so many of you unforgiveness and vengeance in wait to feel before you take ac- your hearts. If you life was to be tion, but you must take action to called of you today what would feel. your anger prove? How would you My Beloved children how be remembered? What I wish is my heart yearns to see you lov- that you would be remembered ing one another, praying for one as a soul that loved God above another, sacrificing for one an- all else. other: this indeed is God in you. Mary Constancio, messen- ger someone wlto could use a e We ILave a wide variety of \ ] ~ . , . I , 0~t~,l~ Free Delivery in I ~ As us aoou~ our t'.,4"/" ""~1~.~"~'~ Lordsbur"i ACLU seeking Dust up at Local Farmers Market By JUDY KEELERIAnimas rural communities where the A recent dust up at the Farm- wolves will be reintroduced. ers Market in Lordsburg has Also, typically, they are annoyed caused a lot of excitement in at being forced to live and try to Hidalgo County. According to an earn their livings amongst the article in the Las Cruces Sun wolves. Unfortunately, most News and after visiting with those folks in cities dont understand in attendance, I understand an their concerns nor do they think activist from Las Cruces was their credible. given permission to set up a dis- Reporters, like Mr. James play table for her pro-wolf hand- Staley - Las Cruces Sun News, outs and petition, find it hard to tell both sides No .one with oversight re- within the limited space they are sponsibilities for the local mar- allowed. Its also been my experi- ket, unfortunately, was aware a ence newspaper editors ulti- field organizer from the South- mately determine what is actually west Environmental Center allowed to be published. Some (SWEC) had been granted permis- details appear to be missing from sion to display their goods. Mr. Staleys article. The dust up began when He does, however, quotes John Allen, Hidalgo County Co- from sources that lead the reader operative Extension Agent, in- to believe Commissioner Shan- quired about the table. After dis- non was rude and breached Ms. cussions with Ms. Snyder, Mr. Snyders right to free speech. Also Allen decided the Market was not according to the article, Mr. the appropriate venue for a pro- Bixby, Executive Director wolf display. He asked the SWEC SWEC, is "looking into" the field organizer to leave. Several nonprofits legal recourse. others tried to reason with her but Threats of a lawsuits are too she refused to go. often an activists first response By the time Mrs. Shannonwhen a difference of opinion ex- joined the dust up, emotions were ists, especially when they were highly charged. After inquiring not present. of Ms. Snyder and discussing the I believe if Ms. Snyder wants issues with her, Ms. Shannon an opportunity to sway Hidalgo once again asked Ms. Snyder to County residents into supporting leave. This time she left. wolf reintroduction, she should As most residents of rural present her case before the counties know, the reintroduction Hidalgo County Commission, or of wolves is a very "hot-button" a similar political function. topic. There are always those who I also believe the other side claim they would love to see should be given an equal oppor- wolves romping in their back- tunity to present their case at the yards. On the other hand, there same time. This would seem to are those that prefer wolves not be the appropriate venue to de- be allowed to romp so freely, bate this issue, not through a Typically, those that oppose newspaper or at a local Farmers wolf reintroduction are very Market. aware how wolves can maim and Judy Keeler is a 5th generational kill their pets, native wildlife and rancher that lives in Hidalgo livestock. Their concerns usually County, NM. She is a wife, include the small children that mother, grandmother, and com- also romp in their back yards, munity organizer. These families usually live in the candidate Courtesy submission The Southwest New Mexico Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is soliciting ACLU members in southwest New Mexico (Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties) to be nomi- nees for its Board of Directors. Candidates must be in good standing as of September 9th, 2014. Members should indicate their interest by sending their name and email address to: williamhudson43 The SWNM board meets ev- ery two months on the second Thursday of alternate months from 5-730 in Silver City or Deming to discuss civil liberty issues relevant to southwest NM. It is responsible for planning lo- cal activities and promoting leg- islation that strengthens civil lib- erties and for monitoring possible civil liberties violations through- out the four county region. Please respond by September 9th as elections will occur in Oc- tober at our annual meeting in Silver City. "1 Am Woman" oil painting by Rita Sherwood. kend Painte at th Gallery Submitted by GCAGISilver City Visitors this weekend to the Grant County Art Guild's Pinos Altos Art Gallery will experience some exceptional painters showing their latest work. This is a great time to see local art at its best. On Friday, August 22, local artist and long time guild member, Ruth Hamby, will be the featured artist at the gallery. She paints in oils and watercolor. Stop in and let Ruth show you what new art she has been creating. The featured artist on Saturday, August 23, is Ginna Heiden. Ginna's paintings have drawn the attention of visitors to the gallery and picked up winning ribbons from the judge at our opening show of the season. Ginna paints in oils and acrylics. Rita Sherwood is our newest Guild member and is well-known in our area for the creative talent in her paintings. She paints in oil, acrylic, watercolor as well as mixed media. Rita has geherously shared her expertise and knowledge in art with the community through the classes she has taught locally. Rita will be at the gallery to talk to you about her work on Sunday, August 24. The Pinos Altos Art Gallery is located at 14 Golden Avenue in the historic Hearst Church. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and major holidays through October 5. The gallery is the seasonal home for Grant County Art Guild's 41 member artists and fine crafters to show their work. Both browsers and buyers are welcome. In Hidalgo County Av~ilAbl~ Now a[ all[ fairqrounds: Ch[rrv Tomatoes, ArmEnian Cucumbers & Summer Squash Friday 812 '/'4 4 PM Farmer s Market HC Fairgrounds For recipes, tips, and tticV, s v~sit http:/twww. B~oughttm yo~ by iclalNo ount Vood (..oalition want al Nigtn lo Const:rve water! .5FIRFI