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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 Silver City businesses prepare to celebrate NM Manufacturing Day with tour of facilities Submitted by NM MEP/Albuquer- que Manufacturers employ more than 30,000 New Mexicans in some of the pri,ate sector's best- paying and most stable jobs. To underscore the importance of manufacturing to the state's economy, two Grant County com- panies are leading public tours of their facilities for Manufacturing Day -- a national effort to show- case modern manufacturing and generate interest in engineering, design or production careers. National organizers of Manufacturing Day report more than 1,500 events are scheduled on or around Oct. 3 -- a dramatic increase over 2013, when 831 events marked the second nation- wide celebration of Manufactur- Marsha Rhodes, OCC Media Coordinator for SW New Mexico, greets Julie Ochoa, guest speaker from Denver for 2014 OCC Countdown Luncheon at First Evangelical Free Church Operation Christmas Child helping children around the world Submitted by MARSHA RHODESIOCC Media Coordinator for South- west NM Julie Ochoa told a large audience of Southwest New Mexico Operation Christmas Child (OCC) volunteers that her ideas of the tropical Philippines had broadened since her volunteer work in Cebu City, Cebu in May. She worked with half-clothed children who lived at the Cebu'City garbage dump and prostitute camp. "While Cebu is one of the most developed and gorgeous places in the world, it is also one of vast poverty," reported Ochoa. The poverty there was com- pounded in 2013 by a 7.2 earthquake that hit last October and Ty- phoon Yolanda that occurred the following month. "Thousands of vulnerable, young children are growing up with no hope of ever leaving," Ochoa said. "How can they know that there is hope if we don't go and tell them.'! Ochoa's 8-member OCC team met with local volunteers who con- ducted church under a bridge at the garbage dump and with other locals who worked out of a tent called the Church on the Rubble in the prostitute camp. After receiving the shoe box gifts, the children were invited to participate in a class called The Greatest Gift of All, which is a shoe box to Bible ministry. "Operation Christmas Child is not about making a sad child happy; it's about making a dead child alive in Jesus Christ," Ochoa explained. Because of shoe boxes that were packed by OCC participants, the throvq-away, invisible children ot" Cebu City received the first gift that they had ever been given, and they heard first-hand about a Savior of hoPe. Since OCC's inception, 2.8 million children have graduated from a discipleship program and have been given a Bible in their language. There are many ways to participate with the Southwest New Mexico OCC team, from packing shoe boxes to taking leadership positions. For more information, contact Kathy Douglas by Emailing or call 575-522-8825. Check Out Our dOTERRA Saturday, September 27 AM at Dennys Discover the power of Natural Medicine , t,*s00 ,#For more info, contact Rebecca Richins-Varela 0000779-856-89o8 , ing Day. New Mexico joined the initiative last year, hosting seven events in three cities. Nearly 30 New Mexico busi- nesses are involved from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 this year in 14 different communities, which proves how important manufacturing is in a largely rural state where the in- dustry represents $5.8 billion of the gross state product. Two Grant County busi- nesses that make products from earth materials are inviting the public to see how it's done -- and one will encourage visitors to try their hand at some small-scale "manufacturing" of their own. Mule Creek Adobe starts the celebration early with participa- tory demonstrations every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. Visitors to the produc- tion facility are invited to get their hands dirty making an adobe brick during tours of the plant. The 14-year-old company makes adobe and earthen blocks for owners and professionals to use in home and commercial con- struction. The earthen ingredients originate from the owners' Mule Creek ranch property, which was once a volcanic caldera. The glassiness of the property's soil com.bines with ceramic-quality clay to create unusually strong bricks. The other tour sponsor, Syzygy Tile, employs 20 artisans who make ceramic tiles by hand at the company's downtown Sil- ver City factory. These artisans cut and press tiles into distinc- tive shapes and mosaics and ap- ply glazes by brush. The 21-year- old company opens its doors for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Registration for any of'the Grant County tours can be done at mfgday. Each tour links to an in- dividual Eventbrite page'. Manufacturing Day "events are sponsored by New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Part- nership, which provides training and expertise in efficient produc- tion and administrative practices so manufacturers can create and retain jobs by becoming more competitive. For more informa- tion about New Mexico MEP, visit Free Consumer Debt workshop to be held in LC Sept. 27 Submitted by STATE BAR OF NMIAIbuquerque A Consumer Debt/Bank- ruptcy Workshop will be held at 9 a.m., Sept. 27, at the Law Office of Kenneth Egan, 1111 E Lohman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88011. The free workshop includes a presentation by volunteer attor- ney Kenneth Egan, an open ques- tion-and-answer period, and a one-on-one consultation with an attorney. This event is a commu- nity service open to the public. Call 1-800-876-6227 for more information. Sponsored by the New Mexico State Bar Foundation and the State Bar of New Mexico Bankruptcy Law Section, this program is a working partnership that seeks to educate the public on consumer issues and on the resources available to meet legal needs. wWlcflllW.Wl Playas Smelter closed 15 years ago It was 15 years ago on September 10 that Phelps Dodge (now Freeport McMoRan) officially shut down the Playas Smelter in Hidalgo County, putting 450 employees out of work and ultimately having a huge negative impact on the local economy. While many of the P.D employees found work at neighboring mines in Morenci,Tyrone and Silver City, hundreds were forced to seek employment out of the area. The closure caused a decrease in the tax base and enrollment in both school districts. The facility opened in,1976 and cast 800-pound rectangular copper anodes out of copper mined in Arizona.Today, the Playas townsite sits vacant and is owned by New MexicoTech University. Courtesy photo The best way to protect loved ones from the flu Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTHISanta Fe Just driving around town, you can see the signs. "Get Your Flu Shots Here", "Flu Shots: No Appointment Needed", and so on. It means flu season is com- ing whether we like it or not. Sea- sonal flu activ- ity can begin as early as Oc- tober and con- tinue as late as May, and the problem is it's not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu sea- sons are unpre- dictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads ev- ery year, the timing, sever- ity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. That's why the New Mexico Department of Health and the na- tional Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention (CDC) recom- mend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. Flu vacci- nation can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-re- lated hospitalizations and deaths. During th 2013-2014 flu season, the Department of Health identified 235 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths in New Mexico. Pneumonia is a common complication of flu. CDC estimates nationwide that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu- associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 Americans. And each year it's estimated that more than 200,000 people are hospi- talized because of flu-related complications. It's especially important for some peoPle to get vaccinated, including: People who are at high risk of developing serious complica- fore. Vaccines are available in a variety of locations from your doctor to your local pharmacy, and they are available now. The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes avail- able be- cause it takes about two weeks after vacci- nation for antibodies to develop in the body and pro- vide pro- tection against the flu. Once you get vacci- nated, you and your loved ones tions (like pneumonia) if they get sick With the flu. People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Pregnant women. People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older. There will be opportunities in Las Cruces, Silver City, Alamogordo and surrounding ar- eas for no cost flu vaccinations for uninsured residents starting next month, and this column will be one of your best sources for times and locations. But if you are lucky enough to have medical insurance, most plans cover flu shots at no cost to you as well. Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever be- can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing 2our h/ncls to re- duce the spread of germs to r- duce your chances'of getting the flu. But it all starts with getting your flu shot! 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