By Martha Shepp
Tammie Arvila and Larry Sanchez were tired of seeing trash and untrimmed weeds in our village. One day they decided together, “Let’s do something about it!” And so, on Saturday, May 1, about 20 volunteers joined them to tidy up key areas of our community commons. These areas included Molycorp Field & Park, along the Questa History Trail, the corner Veterans Memorial Park garden area, the Questa Visitor Center area, along the Highway 522 corridor near the Questa Supermarket and further out, at the shopping center with Questa Lumber, Family Dollar, and BestCare Pharmacy. The volunteers came from Questa, Taos, Sunshine Valley, El Rito, and Cerro.
Mayor Mark Gallegos was there, too, offering helping hands and hosting lunch for the volunteer workers at El Monte Carlo, paid for by Gabriel Cisneros.
The day began at 9 am at the Questa Visitor Center, with boxes of pastries from Frank’s Sweets & Eats and delicious homemade muffins by Tammie, and work packets courtesy of Lynn Skall and the QEDF—small plastic bags with gloves, a “Shop Questa” decal, a trash bag, and instructions. Tammie and Larry outlined the plan, and off the workers went!
Want to help pick up trash and beautify? More days like May 1 are scheduled for the remainder of the summer every month. Contact Lynn Skall: email@example.com or leave a message at (575) 586-2149 for more information. (See related story about Community Connection Days on this page 22.)