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Mora County Notebook - Career Association hosts haunted house

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By Ruth Fort

On Saturday the Career Association (JAG) of Mora High School hosted the Haunted House for the enjoyment of the Mora citizens. It was held for several  hours in the band room at the elementary gymnasium.

As people walked in they were greeted with a ghoulish apparition scary enough to make them want to leave. But as they went on, there were clowns, a woman’s room with skulls hanging, a pile of bones, a group of clowns, a scary bat and ugly scary demons everywhere. Along with this and darkness and screaming, scary sounds and strobe lights made a great haunted house.

The members of the club worked hard to set it up and practice their parts to make an enjoyable evening. They worked under the direction of Cynthia Aragon, who helped supply the costumes and the props.

The group has been raising funds for a trip to Washington, DC to attend the JAG National Leadership Conference. This is the first year that JAG N.M. will have students compete at the national level.
The group has been busy raising funds for the trip. They will need to have more events to raise enough funds for the trip. The group is planning bake sales, are in charge of the school Halloween dance and other activities to finish raising the funds they need.

Those who have qualified to attend the competition are Marcus Valdez, Melissa Montoya, Angelica Aragon, Monique Martinez and Dylan Trujillo. They will be competing in different categories in the competitive events.

Ladies Auxiliary elects officers

The Post 1131 Mora’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary held a special meeting on Saturday afternoon to elect officers and reorganize.         

The past Department President, Vicky Westbrook, VFW Ladies Auxiliary came to chair the election and install the new officers.
Accompanying her was Kathleen Lopez, state chief of staff and membership chairman.

There were 15 members present. When the officers were nominated there was a large majority vote in favor of the officers elected.

The new president is Jeannie McKinley. The other officers elected were: senior vice president ­— Mary Jane Sandoval, junior vice-president — Christine  Miller, secretary — Frances Torres, and the treasurer — Odelia Cantrell, who  was re-elected for another term.  

Westbrook reviewed some of the duties that have changed according to the new by-laws book. It was suggested that the group buy the new book to follow the protocol that is suggested.

Westbrook installed all of the newly elected officers and then made a special installation for the new president McKinley.

After her installation,  the new president gave a talk to the group, encouraging them to continue work for the good of the organization and the comrades’ organization, the VFW.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the VFW Hall.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.