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Wreaths Across America gives survivors, loved ones a chance to honor veterans

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It was Christmastime 1992. Wreath maker Morrill Worcester of Harrington, Maine found he had some extra wreaths. Instead of simply getting rid of them, Worcester remembered his visit to Arlington National Cemetery as a young boy. He decided to donate the wreaths, placing them on graves of fallen soldiers.

This became a...

Honoring the departed with color, celebration

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Día de Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a 3000 year old Mexican holiday celebrated annually on November 1st by thousands of New Mexicans. It is a day of remembrance for loved ones passed, recalled in both memory and spirit through beautifully designed table displays referred to as altars.

The sugar skull is a representation of those passed. Historically, altars had actual skulls placed on them. But, as the Spanish missionaries imposed their beliefs on the indigenous people of Mexico, they would assimilate some local customs, merging with existing Catholic traditions. The use of creating shaped sugar treats with icing accents was learned by the missionaries in Europe, creating...

Gallup library helps Gallupians to honor departed souls

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WITH FIFTH ANNUAL sugar skulls decorating party

As Día de los Muertos was being celebrated Nov. 1 and 2, many engaged in the cultural tradition of decorating sugar skulls. The centuries-old holiday custom presents an opportunity for people, primarily those of Mexican heritage, to honor their relatives and loved ones who have died.

The Octavia Fellin Public Library hosted its fifth sugar skulls decorating party at the Rio West Mall Oct. 30. Joshua Whitman, the Experiential Learning Coordinator for the library, explained the library holds events to celebrate the cultural heritages of minority groups, so an event celebrating Día de los Muertos was a natural fit.

“It’s always...

Ready, Set ... Monsters Dash!

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In costumes, athletic gear, Gallupians take off at Fox Run Golf Course



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Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region fundraiser scores $70,000


By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent

The 14th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region was a big hit this year, raising approximately $70,000.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake consists of businesses, groups of friends, and family members who form bowling teams to raise funds for the organization. The organization provides services for youngsters throughout McKinley County, Apache County, Arizona and the three Arizona communities of Fort Defiance, Saint Michaels, and Window Rock.

Among the locals who participate are law enforcement officers, who have consistently...

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