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Fresh tomatoes preserved in jars via the hot-bath method of canning

Canning makes sense

—Zane Dohner

It’s time to re-skill, Placitas, and “put up” fruits and vegetables by ourselves. Mom gave away her jars and big pots and doesn’t can anymore. In September we learned a hot-bath way of preserving fresh tomatoes in jars. That was during National Preparedness Month. (

In October we will make plum jam using two methods: “freezer jam” and tried-and-true old-fashioned boiled jam. Our Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service is ready to apprentice ten learners in the two methods. Home economist, Nicole Lujan, once again will lead our hands-on canning class in the Village of Placitas at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

To be held on Saturday, October 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Materials cost $10. For more information or to RSVP, Contact Cosmos at 505-217-9384 or RSVP required.

Walking for breast cancer awareness

—Mary Dereske

It might be 5:30 a.m. when you first see me. Your car headlights pick up the glint of a reflective vest, and you graciously drive to the left and give me a wide berth. I offer a small wave of the hand, and in my heart, always, I thank you for your courtesy.

Then again, you may see me at 9:00 a.m. and think, “didn’t I see that woman walk past here an hour or two ago?” Chances are it was me.

Back in the early 1960’s, still too young for kindergarten, I walked with my mom from door to door as she raised money in the fight against cancer. Thirty years later Mom had her own personal fight against breast cancer, and sadly, lost. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I know of no better way to honor my Mom than to walk again to raise funds in the fight against breast cancer.

When you see me walking along the road, you’ll know I am training to walk a marathon and a half (39.3 miles!) during the October 22-23 weekend in the Charlotte Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. To make it even more special, I will walk it side-by-side with my sister.

But I can’t do this alone—I need your help. I have pledged to raise $1800, and I hope to raise even more than that.

Breast cancer is a very real and affects far too many people that I know. Perhaps it has touched you and your loved ones. I’m determined to do everything I can to help put an end to it. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races. (Centers for Disease Control)

The money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures.

To donate to this cause, please go to, click on “Donate Now,” then enter the last name DERESKE, first name MARY. You can then link to my personal page to make your donation online.

When you donate to the Avon Foundation through my personal page, you may leave a message. Feel free to leave the name of someone you wish to honor, and I’ll carry their name with me for 39.3 miles.

Between now and October 22, I’ll walk hundreds of miles in the Placitas area as I train. If you see me, wave and smile, and I’ll know you’re in this fight against breast cancer with me. We can make a difference.

Free mammograms

Santa Ana Star Casino and Lovelace Women’s Hospital are offering mammograms to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Santa Ana Star Casino parking lot, located at 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road.

All insurance will be accepted. For most participants the mammograms will be free of charge since insurance providers cover the cost of yearly mammograms. Women who are uninsured or underinsured can contact the New Mexico Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at 1-877-852-2585 to locate a screening clinic or medical provider who can qualify them for a no cost mammogram. For more information or to schedule an appointment for the mobile mammography unit, call 1-888-233-6121.



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