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Mayor's Message Oct 12th, 2018

Well, it’s balloons everywhere this week. In fact, on Thursday, pigs really did fly as the special shape balloon of a pig with wings took to the sky. A couple of highlights: on Tuesday, Lynn Siverts, Director of Parks and Recreation, gave an interview to Channel 4 https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/corrales-hosts-balloonists-during-balloon-fiesta/5102177/ because we had dozens of balloonists on the field. Lynn said they were commenting that Corrales is a hidden paradise – well, yes! And three of our own, including Bev Henry, up on Corrales Road, won the Landowner of the Day Balloon Fiesta prize. She got a huge basket of good things when a balloon landed on her property. Here she is in the balloon with her son, grandson and pilot Ashley Moore from Great Britain. We also heard a great story about Corraleño Larry Gonzales who helped dig out a balloon that got stuck in the mud with his tractor. Nothing says Corrales more than that!

 

Unfortunately, Corrales has suffered a couple of house fires this week. The Fire Department was able to respond effectively to both, and Chief Martinez reports that his nearby hydrant on Loma Larga was quickly deployed and worked perfectly. Thanks to all the members of the Fire Department, who work so hard to keep us safe. As the weather cools, do take care when you turn on your heaters and light those fires.

Corrales is perfect for many things, but trick or treating isn’t really one of them. So, every year, Corrales sponsors Trick ‘r Trunk on the fields at the Corrales Recreation Center. People come with tricked out trucks, trunks, tractors and more for kids to safely trick or treat here in the Village. We really do need LOTS of candy and your donations are gratefully accepted. Please bring those bags of candy to the Village Offices at 4324 Corrales Road and we will deliver it to the Rec Center so it can be handed out on October 31st from 6-7pm. It is so much fun to see all the children gathering up candy from the cars and trucks. We also have sixteen balloons signed up to be a part of the glow this year! Want to have your car, truck, tractor, etc. be part of the event? All you have to do is show up between 12-5pm at the East athletic fields at the Rec Center. Electricity is limited and is first come first serve so get there early!

Lisa Brown, local resident and member of our Corrales Farmland Preservation Commission wrote an article about our farmland preservation program for the magazine Edible Santa Fe. Although the print magazine is now off the stands, you can still read her article here: https://www.ediblenm.com/open-fields-preserved/

Kudos for a very successful collaborative project, which was carried out by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and resulted in a large amount of invasive Ravenna grass being removed from the south part of the Bosque. The project, done from September 19th to 21st, had many community helpers:  Intel Corporation with funding; our fire chief Anthony Martinez with dumpster logistics and allowing some of the department’s Youth Conservation Corps group to help on the final day; Yasmeen Najmi from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District for agreeing with the project and suggesting we get some persons from Geosystems Analysis to be involved; Will Widener and Chad McKenna from Geosystems Analysis/US Army Corps of Engineers for educating the workers (and working hard themselves); and Joan Hashimoto, chairperson from our Corrales Bosque Advisory Commission, for working and helping with project organization. Thank you everyone! Ollie Reed from the Albuquerque Journal was present and wrote a full-length article about the RMYC’s Corrales project; this appeared in the September 23, 2018 Sunday Journal. https://www.abqjournal.com/1223821

The Corrales Book Sale was a big success and as always, drew lots of folks who can’t resist taking home (literally) bags of books (yes, I confess). Thanks to Friends of the Corrales Library (FOCL) for putting this twice-a year event together. Also, we are fortunate to have a new Children’s Librarian, Melisa Chandler, join our staff. Melisa held her first Story Hour on Wednesday and all went well. Welcome! We hope to introduce Melisa to the Council and public at the October 23 Village Council Meeting.

The Corrales Grower’s Market will still be in full swing this Sunday from 9 to 12.

Sunday, October 14, has been proclaimed Esteven Pedroncelli Day throughout the Village. Esteven, son of Cliff and Vicki Pedroncelli, did many remarkable things before losing his battle with brain cancer last August. Committed to public service, Esteven was the youngest official ever elected to public office in New Mexico, winning a seat on the Corrales Village Council in 1995, where he served with distinction.  This Sunday, you can honor Esteven and his family by remembering his achievements and the service he provided to our community.

JoAnne Roake

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