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Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

This morning I had the pleasure of attending the NAACP Greater Huachuca Branch's MLK celebration in honor of today's holiday. It was wonderful to see so many members of our community honor Dr. King and his legacy of service virtually. Sierra Vista's mayor Rick Mueller was also in attendance.

One of the speakers, Torin Ellis, shared a beautiful quote from the late Toni Morrison: "I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence."

Ellis challenged all in attendance to write down two things you want to change in 2021 and one thing you want to leave behind in 2020, saying, "Dr. Martin Luther King lost his life for the privileges we have today," and we should honor his legacy by continuing to fight for a better future. That's why MLK Day is often also referred to as the National Day of Service.

I'd love to hear how you connect with MLK Day, or what resolutions you'd like to follow through on in 2021 to improve the world around you! One of mine is to spend more time volunteering -- this can be as easy as joining a local community cleanup event. Are you a part of any volunteer organizations you'd like to spread the word about? Let me know!

Criticize me if you want, but my question is this (and I apologize if I embarrass anybody): How did one community get so many really great people?

I've been in at least 37 of our 58 states and have never met better people, never met kinder and more generous and friendly people.
Yes, I sound like a chamber of commerce, but I have no hesitation in urging good people to come join us.

I tell everybody, Cochise County has gorgeous scenery, fascinating history, temperate weather, and the best people I've seen anywhere in these United States.
How did we do it?

Music runs in the family for Brandon Deleon, a pianist who looks to continue pursuing a passion for classical music as he finishes his senior year at Buena High School.

Deleon, 17, started playing the piano at the age of 8, saying the drive to learn came from listening to his older sister play the piano and his father, who plays the trumpet. Learn more from the feature below.

Personally, my biggest question is how can we make downtown SV a more warm and inviting place for residents and visitors? I'd like to see more of SV tax dollars stay in SV