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Optimist helpers smile at the bounty being shared with the community.

Optimists, scouts, and schools join to give thanks

—Suzann Owings

“Thanks to all of the help we received, this year we were able to enhance Thanksgiving for 42 families,” Venus Sanford proudly announced. As the Coronado Optimist Club’s project chair, she has watched the number of families more than triple since their original goal of helping ten families at Thanksgiving two years ago.

“Michelle Bane, who’s both the social worker at Bernalillo Middle School and a Pack 708 Cub Scout Mom, stepped up to help us identify participating families,” said Ms. Sanford.

Eric Tiger, the counselor for La Escuelita and Carroll Elementary, and Maha Small, for Bernalillo Elementary School, facilitated 22 families having a better Thanksgiving. Parent Liaison Holly Willie included 15 Algodones Elementary School families. Brenda Montoya added five Bernalillo Middle School families.

This past month, Cub Master David Gardner and Pack 708 were instrumental in decorating and distributing the yellow-papered boxes into which the community deposited their canned food donations.

The Coronado Optimist Club next meets at the Bernalillo Range Café at 6:00 p.m., on December 8—the second Tuesday of the month. Community members are welcome. For more information, contact Snow Watson at 867-2047, and or go to

(l. to r.) Karolyn Schaefer, Gayla Jaquess, Retta Ward, Diana Fortune and Elizabeth Finley

Department of Health nurses receive Nursing Excellence Awards

—David Morgan

The New Mexico Department of Health is pleased to announce that two nurses from the Public Health Division were recognized with Nursing Excellence Awards. This year, seven nurses from the Department were nominated for the awards.

Gayla Jaquess, Nurse Manager at the Health Office in Clovis won the Rural Nursing Practice award. Jaquess has achieved many accomplishments in her 24 years of public service.

Karolyn Schaefer, who works at the Public Health Office in Cuba, received the Public Health/Community/School Nursing award. Schaefer is a passionate advocate in fighting childhood obesity and has organized activities to make healthier food choices available in the community.

Other Department of Health nurses nominated for awards were Heather Black, Elizabeth Finley, Diana Fortune, Susan Oviedo, and Joyce Atencio Valentine. About four hundred nurses work for the Department of Health statewide in a variety of roles.

County offering discount cards for prescriptions and health services

—Sidney Hill

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy program offers all Sandoval County residents the opportunity to save money with discounts on everyday prescriptions, dental, and health services and procedures. Residents can save an average of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medicine and five to fifty percent on the cost of dental and health check-ups, cleanings, fillings, vision services, hearing aids, diabetes supplies, prepaid laboratory tests, and more.

The discount cards are available to all county residents, those with and without health insurance, as an added way to save on the cost of health care. The prescription cards are free to all residents; there is no fee to join.

The dental and health discount programs require a low monthly or annual fee to join. The Live Healthy Discounts Program is not health insurance. There are no annual limits placed on use, no forms to fill out, no waiting periods, no age or income requirements, and no medical condition restrictions.

Sandoval county residents can get the free Prescription Discount Cards by going to to register and download a free card or they can call toll-free 877-321-2652 to join. A limited number of cards also are available at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, in Bernalillo.

Residents can enroll in the NACo Live Healthy Dental Discounts program by visiting or calling toll-free 877-573-2395.

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