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String, paper bags and wind were all the ingredients Cub Scout Pack 708 needed to enjoy an afternoon of kite-flying.
Photo credit: —Michelle Bane

Cubs Scouts clean up in May

—Suzann Owings

“Pack 708 will again participate in the Great American Clean-up on May second,” says Pack Master David Gardner. “We will clean leaves and trash and perhaps again plant trees in Rio Rancho.”

At the end of the month, the Cub Scouts will participate in the Town of Bernalillo’s Memorial Day Parade where they will march with “our country’s flag, in honor of the veterans and those who have defended the freedoms of our country,” says David Gardner.

Between the Great American Clean-up at the beginning of May and the parade at the end of the month, the scouts will hike to Tent Rocks, above Cochiti Pueblo, and participate in the Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Day at Explora on May 16. They also will receive awards for their kite flying, and continue recruiting new boys and their families.

“We always are looking for more boys for Cub Scouts,” says David Gardner. “As our boys grow up, they and their parents move on to Boy Scouts, which means new families need to join the Pack and new leaders step forward.”

The Pack meets from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Sergeant Joseph Harris Building at the Railrunner Station in Bernalillo. Pack meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 and/or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.

Coronado Optimist Club's 'Friend of Youth Award’ recipient SCSO Animal Control Officer Lawrence Tafoya (left) is flanked by his UnderSheriff Karl Wiese, and backed by Sergeant Ronnie Hunt, along with Coronado Optimist Club President Suzann Owings.

Coronado Optimist Club helps with HOBY

—Suzann Owings

 “We are very proud to have two sophomores from Bernalillo High School attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) at the University of New Mexico from May 29 to May 31,” says Venus Sanford, Coronado Optimist Club’s Charter Member. The HOBY weekend includes speakers, team-building and leadership development activities, and a community service project. This year’s project will help Goodwill.

“This past month, the Coronado Optimist Club also celebrated our Optimist Friend of Youth Awards, given to Bernalillo Public School educators Suzie Padilla and Ishana Norman, and First Responders Scott Calcutt of the Bernalillo Police Department and Lawrence Tafoya of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office,” says David Gardner, Coronado Optimist Club Vice President.

For more information, contact Suzann Owings at 867-0567, and visit the Coronado Optimist Club’s website at

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