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Mora County Notebook: Jovenes de Amistad band entertains seniors

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By Ruth Fort

The young musicians of the Jovenes de Amistad Band played for the entertainment and dancing at the Mora Senior Citizens New Year’s Party on Dec. 30.

The senior citizens had enjoyed a turkey dinner served to them by volunteers. After the dinner the group was treated to music supplied by the young members of the Jovenes de Amistad Band.

The band was organized in 2012 with Ferdinand Jr. and Julius Valencia of Chacon and, Emmerick Martinez, of Mora. Johnny Martinez joined the group at the end of 2012.

Ferdinand Jr. is the lead guitarist and singer, who not only plays the guitar but sings the Spanish songs. Julius, his brother, plays the drums and other percussion instruments. They are the sons of Ferdinand and Alfrida Valencia.

Emmerick Martinez plays the guitar. He is the son of Geno Martinez and Rachel Martinez

Johnny Martinez plays the bass guitar. He is the son of Johnny and Epimenia Martinez.

Ferdinand and Emmerick are sophomores in Mora High School. Johnny is a freshman and Julius is in eighth grade.

This young group have played for different occasions as family gatherings, private parties, weddings, graduation parties.

They are in demand on many occasions as they were for the senior citizens at different times. Of the several bands in the area, as far as it is known, they are the youngest band who plays for special occasions in the community.

They are all ambitious young men. They are part of the sports in the school. Julius plays basketball and baseball. Emmerick, Ferdinand and Johnny are into basketball and baseball.

Ferdinand and Julius work on their ranch helping taking care of the animals, ride horses and Ferdinand is very attached to his horse. He and Julius participate in the sport of rodeo. They all work and are responsible for their work.

Emmerick helps his grandfather at the Conoco station in Mora. Ferdinand and Johnny worked for the Corner Stone Program this summer. Their supervisor said that they were good workers and a great help the program. Julius did odd jobs for people and even at Angel Fire. They all saved their money.

Ferdinand bought a horse trailer for his horse. He and Julius have old trucks to fix up. They can do carpentry and even welding as shown by the building they have built at their home.

Johnny’s family moved to Mora from Nevada but he immediately took on the music that is a part of the area and was able to join the Jovenes Band soon. He is following in his grandfather’s foot steps in the music as his grandfather was musician and used to sing the old Spanish songs.

Besides all of these activities these young men keep up with their school work. Emmerick and Ferdinand and Johnny are also attending their religious classes for confirmation. Julius is faithful in attending the after-school classes at the church. These young people in Mora are ambitious and focus on the things that are important. Many people, young and old, in Mora show their talent and ambition to be the best they can be.

Congratulations to Rangerettes
Congratulations to the Mora Rangerettes and their coaches. They won the championship of the NRG Tournament in Pojoaque last week end. The score of the championship game was 41 to 34 against Pecos. Good job, way to go girls.

Their coaches are: head coach Mark Cassidy, junior varsity assistant coach David Salcido and assistant coach Gregg Laumbach.

Another event to make Mora proud is the honor given to one of their senior citizens who is a native of Mora. Facundo Valdez who grew up in on a ranch in La Aguitas received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Acequia Association in Santa Fe. He received the award for his many years of distinguished service as an educator, community organizer, counselor and a strong voice for social justice. We are proud of him and the many other high achievers from the Mora community.

Thank you, Facundo, for your service and concern for all people.

Group plans new program
The next program presented by the Mora Community Theater Group will be a Valentines Special, a mystery to be solved.

It will be held on a special evening On Feb. 14 at the VFW.

The group is taking reservations for this event as there will be only 125 tickets available. The tickets are $15 for singles and $ 25 for couples and a table of 8 for $80.

Make your reservations and purchase your tickets from Sherry Headlee at St. Gertrude’s office  or other members of the group listed below: Peggy Meeks at 387-5346, Connie KruseMark at 387-5407, Sandi Robles at 387-6216, or Sherry Headlee at 387-2696

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