Mora County Notebook - Work camp at Mora Presbyterian church

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Last week a group of 27 adults and youth from Texas spent the week at the Mora Presbyterian Church repairing, painting, yard work and help in the Community Garden. They also held a three - day Vacation Bible School for local children and youth who participated in a few community service projects, as well as Bible study, which consisted of making table and wall decorations for Mora’s Senior Center and inspirational cards for the Mora Church’s food bank. The Bible School ended with a program and dinner for all families involved.
The work camp involved three churches. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of, Bedford, Texas, Westminster  Presbyterian of Dallas, Texas, and First Presbyterian Church, of Midlothian, Texas.
They repaired and painted the parquets on the church, painted the outside of the manse (home for minister), cleaned and rearranged the office and community room. They came and shared their many talents of music, work, and fellowship and all parties left with a lifetime of memories and new friendships.


Paula Garcia named president

The 78th Annual New Mexico Association of Counties Conference met recently at Deming in Luna County in southern New Mexico. This was an opportunity for elected officials and county employees to attend affiliate meetings and engage in discussions on issues concerning the counties.
During the recent election Mora County residents re-elected Commissioner Paula Garcia to a second term as county commissioner. At this year’s conference, Garcia was elected president of the New Mexico Association of Counties.
Garcia has been very active this past year as President-Elect of the NMAC working closely with President Wendell Bostwick and Steve Kopelman, executive director of NMAC as they planned this year’s agenda and activities. Now they are making plans for next year’s conference agenda and activities.

Romero creates unique churches

Mary Ida Romero Padilla, a native of Chacon, has spent hours upon hours creating beautiful churches using burnt matches as the medium. Romero said it takes between 10 and 15 boxes of matches to complete one of her creations. She has to burn the matches then clean them and begin gluing. She adds small items to complete the beautiful churches. She also said that it takes about a week to finish the work. She is to be admired for her  talent and patience to make such things of beauty.

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