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  Real People

Ray N. Arriola

June 6, 1956 to September 26, 2013 

Happy Birthday, Honey,
I do not need a special day to bring you to my mind,
The days I do not think of you are very hard to find.
Each morning when I awake, I know you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache as I try to carry on.
My heart still aches with sadness and secret tears still flow.
What it’s meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
My thoughts are always with you, your place no one can fill.
In life I loved you dearly; in death I love you still.
There will always be heartache, and often a silent tear.
But always a precious memory of the days when you were here.
If tears would make a staircase, and heartaches make a lane,
I’d walk the path to heaven and bring you home again.
I hold you close within my heart and there you will remain,
To walk with me throughout my life, until we meet again.

           —Your loving wife, Marylou

San Antonio Feast Day

—Bob Gajkowski

On June 8, Placitas’s San Antonio Mission’s congregation will honor St. Anthony, the patron saint of the Village of Placitas, with a mass followed by a procession lead by the mayordomo and santo along the roads of the mountain hamlet. The celebration has its roots in the early history of Placitas, when the inhabitants honored their patron and sought his intercession with their God for a good harvest and other favors. After the procession returns to the Mission, special entertainment is planned and a homemade “rancheros” breakfast will be served at the Mission’s Social Center. The event is dedicated to the late Arsenio Duran who faithfully served the Mission for over thirty years. There is no charge and the public is invited to join in the festivities. For more information, call 771-0253.

Jemez Springs Public Library presents World War II Navajo Code Talker

Jemez Springs Public Library is honored to present a talk by authors Chester Nez and Judith Avila about Mr. Nez’s memoir of his experiences as a code talker, the Native American heroes of World War II. The program will be held on June 14 at the Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church Community Room from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Chester Nez aged 93, is the last of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers of WWII—the men who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U.S. military used but the Navajo code talkers stymied the enemy and helped to assure victory for the United States in the South Pacific.

The talk will be followed by the opportunity to talk with the authors and buy signed copies of their book. This event is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of Jemez Springs Public Library.

Tales to tell and the cultural experience of a lifetime

—Matthew J. Barbour, Manager, Jemez Historic Site

There are many different ways to tell stories about our past. Historians sift through antiquated texts memorizing obscure dates, while archaeologists analyze potsherds and flaked stone to address questions as old as time itself. Often lost in both of these approaches is the human element, those personal stories that connect us to those who came before and continue to live among us.

This summer, Jemez Historic Site seeks to engage the visitor in these other stories with a new Elder in Residence Program. Running between June 4 and July 13, Jemez Tribal Elders will be on site to offer a Native American voice in the interpretation and preservation Jemez Historic Site. Free tours (with the price of admission) will be provided by these tribal elders as they share stories and personal feelings about the site and their culture with the visiting public. A new elder will be on site for each of the six weeks in which the program will be held. Make a point to come back each week and hear a new story from a new voice. Tours will be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Then, on August 10, join Jemez Historic Site for its 11th Annual Pueblo Independence Day Celebration. Enjoy traditional Jemez song and dance, while exploring Jemez Historic Site. Pueblo food and art will also be available for purchase during this day-long event.

All year round, Jemez Historic Site offers visitors a chance to experience New Mexico culture and history first-hand. Established to preserve the 14th-century ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and the 17th century ruins of San Jose de los Jemez Mission, the site offers a museum and interpretative trail. Walk among the standing architecture and explore vivid displays. Learn how the Jemez people once lived and how their lives changed as a result of European contact. Examine how the Franciscan Missionaries operated and the challenges they faced in the New World.

Jemez Historic Site is located at 18160 Highway 4 in Jemez Springs. It is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admittance is three dollars per adult. There is never a charge for children. Jemez Historic Site is free to New Mexico seniors on Wednesday and all New Mexico residents on Sunday. For more information, call 575-829-3530 or go to

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