Compiled by Denise Ortega

MARCH 6, 1973

LIBRARY HAND-OVER. Mrs. Betty Thompson presented the deed to the Socorro Public Library to Mayor Eugene Coulson in a ceremony. Mrs. Thompson, who has been in the organization longer than any other present member of Women Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (WAAIME), gave a brief history of the library and noted the hundreds of volunteers who have contributed to its growth. In accepting the property, Mayor Coulson said the City was grateful and would try to carry on the work WAAIME began in 1924.

MARCH 8, 1973

PREGNANT TEACHERS will be able to use their “sick leave” to have babies, according to a new policy set by the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting Tuesday night. The action, which was sought by the Socorro Classroom Teachers Association (SCTA), was handled on an individual basis Tuesday night in the case of a teacher who asked the policy be changed, so she can use accrued sick leave when her baby is born. The previous policy did not recognize pregnancy as applicable sick leave. Another change in the policy will allow the teacher to return to work after the baby is born. The previous policy, as administered by the Superintendent, did not allow a teacher to return to work during that school year. Pregnant teachers will also be allowed to continue active employment as late into her pregnancy as she desires, provided she is able to properly perform her regularly required duties.

MARCH 4, 1998

SIXTY YEARS. Prim and Mary Tiberi celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, February 28. The couple was married in Atlanta, Ga., in a double wedding with Mary’s twin sister Martha and her groom Tom Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Tiberi moved here about five years ago to live near their daughter, Anna Appleby and her husband Tom Harper. They also have a son, Frank Tiberi. They have three granddaughters. They plan to take an extended trip in May, touring National Parks with the family as part of their 60th-year honeymoon.

MARCH 7, 1998

EAGLE SCOUT. Jacob Claussen will be awarded Boys Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. Claussen has been active in scouting since 1985 when he first joined a cub pack in Mass. as a first-grade Tiger Cub. He continued scouting after a move to Md., where he was a member of Pack 1776 and later Troop 1776. When his family moved to Socorro, Claussen transferred to Troop 308 and then to Troop 362. He has been active in all areas of scouting, but especially enjoyed camping and outdoor activities. Claussen graduated from Socorro High School in May 1997.

MARCH 2, 2013

THE U.S. POSTAL Service’s plan to stop Saturday mail service will not affect package and post office box deliveries, nor Saturday window hours at either city or rural post offices, according to the Postal Service’s Western Area corporate communications manager Brian Sperry. Beginning in 2013, the Postal Service’s POST plan reduced window areas for some small-volume post offices, but Saturday window service will not be cut nor eliminated. Six-day service for all mail will continue to mailboxes in post office buildings. Packages will continue to be delivered six days a week to customers. The changes will save the Postal Service approximately $2 billion annually.

MARCH 6, 2013

NEW BAMBI’S OWNER. If you walk into Bambi’s Flowers and Gifts, you’ll likely recognize the new owner. Gilda Hughes has worked at Bambi’s for about 14 years, but officially became the new owner on Dec. 31, 2012. When asked her favorite thing about working at and now owning Bambi’s Flowers and Gifts, she said, “I like everything about it!” She enjoys the creative process of designing flower arrangements and also the simple pleasure of knowing her customers when they call or come into the shop. Hughes plans to expand the shop’s offering of gifts and can even make custom gifts for everyone.

Chieftain Staff Report