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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 SBDC Thanksgiving in America By FELIPE DE ORTEGO Y GASCAIfor the SBDC In most enterprises, moments of thanks- giving take place for safe arrival or deliverance. The story about the first Thanks-giv- ing in America credits the Pil- grims at the Massachusetts Bay Colony celebrating their safe ar- rival at the Atlantic frontier of the "new world". That band of Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth, England, on Sep- tember 15, 1620 on the May- flower with 103 religious dissent- ers on board. Their original des- tination was the Virginia colony, but they put to at Cape Cod on November 19, and set foot on plymouth rock (Massachusetts) on December 21 (December 11, Old Style). It is recorded that these Pil- grims came to America to escape religious persecution in England; they actually came to practice Puritanism, a religious funda- mentalism of intolerance that, eliminated parliamentary govern- ment in England between 1649 and 1660. The Pilgrims who came to America were not just simple religious conservatives perse- cuted by the King and the ChurCh of England fortheir unorthodox be.liefs. They were political revolutionaries who meant to over throw the Eng- lish monarchy and did in 1649. Noble as their victory was, Pu- ritan tyranny simply replaced royal tyranny. But in 1620, the Pilgrims at Pl3)mouth Colony were out- casts who could not fit into En- glish mainstream society. They regarded their Wampanoag In- dian benefactors as their enemy, as noted in the Plymouth Thanksgiving sermon of 1623 by Mather the Elder who gave special thanks to God for the devastating plague of smallpox that destroyed the majority of the Wampanoag Indians. He praised God for eliminating "chiefly young men and chil- dren, the very seeds of increase, thus clearing the forests to make way for a better growth. To the Pilgrims, the Indi- ans were heathens and, there- fore, instruments of the Devil. Squanto, the only educated Wampanoag among the Indians, was regarded as merely an in- strument of God set in the wil- derness to provide for the sur- vival of the Chosen Elect-the Pilgrims. Records are not very clear about when the Pilgrims cel- ebrated that first Thanksgiving. And stories about that first Pil- grim thanks- giving have been embroidered with touches of In- dian charity helping those Pil- grims through their first rough winter in Americal But at that first Thanksgiv- ing at Plymouth Plantation in 1621; Pilgrim friendship was feigned and the peace offered tenuous. A generation later when the population shift fa- vored the whites. Puritans slaughtered Indians genocidal- ly in the conflict that has be- come known as King Philip's War, after which King Philip of the Indians was beheaded and the Wampanoags sold into sla- very. So much for the myth of harmony about that first Thanksgiving. The myth of that first Thanksgiving actually came into being during the 19 'h cen- tury when the national goal of assimilation emerged as a way to homogenize a diversity of UPCOMING EVEN" JPO holds food drive The Hidalgo County Juvenile Probation Office recently held a food drive, gathering enough food to provide five local families with a Thanksgiving dinner. Those donating to the cause included McDonalds of Lordsburg, Family Dollar Store, Saucedo's Super Market, Hidalgo Medical Services and numerous citizens of Lordsburg. Organizing the event were JPO Lucretia Medina and Community Support Officers Edgar Gomez and Tammy Botello. Courtesy photo E&P00 PIERCI00IE Located inside the Cotta House, 214 E. Motel Drive, Lordsbal New Mexico Press IIII Association Member Hidalgo County Herald (USPS 020697) is published weekly by Hidalgo County Herald in the City of Lordsburg, County of Hidalgo, 212 E. Motel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045-1948, 52 issues a year. Subscription rates vary. Subscription rate is $30 per year. Requests for corrections and complaints concerning news and editorial content of the Hidalgo County Herald should be di- rected to the editor. For further information on the Hidalgo County Herald's approved grievance policies, readers may contact the pub- lisher. Any unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the Hidalgo County Herald and will not be returned. All information con- tained herein is copyrighted 2010 by the Hidalgo County Herald. All photos/stories, unless stated, are written by our staff. POSTMAS- TER: Send addres changes to Hidalgo County Herald, 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, NM 88045-1948. Periodicals Postage Paid at Lordsburg, New Mexico. PUBLIsHER/EDITOR: Brenda Hood ADVERTISING MANAGER: Glenda Greene PHONE: 575-542-8705 FAX: 575-542-8704 E-MAIL hcherald people into a unified nation through a common national (al- beit mythical) history. But the Pilgrim Thanksgiv- ing of 1621 was not the first in America. In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon pro- claimed thanksgiving when his crew put ashore on what is now St. Augustine , Florida. In his account of the Conquest of Mexico, Bernal Diaz notes a moment of thanksgiving in 1519 joined by Cortez and his men for safe passage to what is now Veracruz, Mexico. A story of thanksgiving is told about Panfilo de Narvaez and his expedition to Florida in 1526. Another story of thanks- giving is told about Coronado and his men, taking place on the banks of the Rio Grande near present-day San Elizario, Texas, in 1540 near what is today E1 Paso. And on September 8, 1565, Don Pedro Menendez declared a day of thanks before beginning construction of St. Augustine, Florida. Stories of thanksgiving abound. Mention is made here and there in American history about a national day of thanksgiving. On October 3, 1863, for ex- ample, Abraham Lincoln pro- claimed a day of thanksgiving . And in 1905, Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring November 12 as a day of thanksgiving. Not Thanks- giving Day. Thanksgiving Day did not actually become a national holi- day until December 26, 1941, with House Joint Resolution 41 (77 'h Congress, 1 ' Session) de- claring the 4 'h Thursday in No- vember as Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a day all Americans commemorate. But Thanksgiving is not a propri- etary holiday. The Pilgrims didn't invent it. Nor did the Spanish. But when we think of the first thanksgiving' we need to look at the forgotten (some would say "neglected") pages of. American history. For the his- tory of the United States dur- ing the period when its lands were Spanish is as much a part of American history as is the history of the period when its lands were English. More importantly, perhaps, is to remember that as a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day is of recent origin, belonging to the children of the 20 th century. It's time to re-commemorate Thanksgiving Day as a day of hope for the Americarx children of the 21" century. Dr. Ortego is Scholar-in- Residence at Western New Mexico University. He has given permission for this article to be reprinted. It first appeared in The National Hispanic Re- porter, November 1991. Copy- right 1991 by the author. All rights reserved. The Western New Mexico University Small Business De- velopment Center (SBDC) offers assistance to entrepreneurs who are starting a business or want- ing to expand an existing busi- ness. These services are avail- able at no cost. Call 538-6320 for an appointment with a busi- ness advisor, or email The SBDC office is located on the second floor of the Besse-Forward Glo- bal Resource Center on 12th Street. More information may be found at silvercity/index, html. The Western New Mexico Univerity campus will be closed, along with the SBDC office, for the Thanksgiving holiday and the rest of the week of November 22-26. Lil Mavs perform at SHNH The Lil' Mavs Cheer/Dance Team spent Saturday afternoon performing at Sunshine Haven Nursing Home.The girls enjoyed showing some spirit by doing their two dances and a couple cheers for the residents, who thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Courtesy photo Continued from Page 1 New worshiptime First United Methodist Church of Lordsburg is an- nounces a new worship time ef- fective November 7, 2010 of 10 a.m. We look forward to your company as we share the Lord's presence together. Call 505-702- 2750 for more information Suicide prevention Suicide Prevention meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Hidalgo Complex in Lordsburg at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Light Parade The 2010 Lordsburg Christ- mas Light Parade will be held on December 3, 2010 at dusk. For more information call the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce at 575- 542-9864 or John Hill at 575- 542-3421. Veterans Wreaths The Lordsburg VFW is now taking orders for veteran wreaths as part of their annual Wreaths Across America campaign. The live wreaths are $15 each and can be pre-ordered by calling VFW commander Ray Mardnez at 575- 542-9503 or from any VFW mem- ber. Deadline to order is Novem- ber 29. Please make checks pay- able to Wreaths Across America. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walk- ing & Activity Club meets from 12-2 PM at the Special Events Center on Mondays and Wednes- days. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on- line support group for those deal- ing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group offers support to survi,ors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people Cottage House 575,542.8880 Deming Salver City area (575) 546-0070 (575) 537-0777 Local Calls (575) 542-3330 Reasonably Priced Funeral And Cremation Services Excellence in service and care for your family should always be affordable... , It can and always will be with us. living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the following to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.corn Medicare Part D, Health Care Reform Rosa Torres, Southern Re- gional Coordinator, with Aging & Long-Term Services wilI be in Lordsburg on Monday, Novem- ber 29, 2010, in the HMS Con- ference Room, 530 E. DeMoss St., from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for Medicare D enrollment. Please bring your Medicare cards, Medi- care D cards, & all you medica- tions with you. A Sign-in Sheet will be available to all arrivals to best serve everyone. For more in- formation, please call Gloria Vargas @the HMS Family Sup- port Office @542-3047 or 542- 8384 ext: 408. Please join us. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Halos Line Dancing classes are held from 5-6 PM for intermediates and 6:15-7:30 PM for advanced at RV Traylor El- ementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more infor- mation call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and on Satur- day at 7 p.m. at the First Meth- odist Church. Narcotics Anony- mous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on Sat- urdays at 5:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. For more in- formation contact Kokopelli at 575-542-3304. Event listings Have your upcoming event listed in the Hidalgo County Her- ald by calling 575.542.8705 or emailing it to hcherald @ Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Monday, November 29 Taco Salad Spanish Rice Squash/Margarine Crackers Oranges Tuesday, November 30 Beans & Ham Peas & Carrots Cornbread/Margarine Pineapple Upside Down Cake Wednesday, December I Chicken Pot Pie Green Beans & Onions Beets Apple Crisp Thursday, 1December 2 Stuffed Cabbage With Rice & Beef Mashed Potatoes California Vegetables WW Bread CherTy Cobbler Friday, December 3 Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Lettuce/Tomato Pinto Beans Spanish Rice Gelatin Apricots Largest Inventory of Quality Used Vehicles in th..c__ALc.aL_ Check out these great on used 2010 Ford Explorer 2007 Ford F-250 Diesel 2004 Ford F-150 1999 Ford F-t50 1999 Ford F-550 2005 Ford Explorer 2008 Ford F-250 Gasoline 2008 Ford Escape 2006 Chevy Silverad0 1500 4x4 1994 Ford F-250 Utility Bed Pickup 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 1994 Buick Skylark 2009 Ford Escape 2009 Honda Accord 2009 Nissan Altima 1986 Chev. 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