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Pictured from left are Belinda Puckett of the B.P.O.E. Does, Jim Bly, passing off the last check of 2013 for $2,000 to Artesia Car Parts owners Jo and Ken Newton for their recycling efforts, and Linda Stevens of Artesia Clean & Beautiful, who organizes recycling efforts in Artesia. The total amount raised for the recycling year was  $3,500. Grace Miller – Daily Press

Pictured from left are Belinda Puckett of the B.P.O.E. Does, Jim Bly, passing off the last check of 2013 for $2,000 to Artesia Car Parts owners Jo and Ken Newton for their recycling efforts, and Linda Stevens of Artesia Clean & Beautiful, who organizes recycling efforts in Artesia. The total amount raised for the recycling year was $3,500. Grace Miller – Daily Press

By GRACE MILLER

Daily Press Staff Writer

Christmas is over… wondering what to do with all the empty present boxes? Offering assistance is Artesia Car Parts. Owned by Ken Newton and wife Jo, a former president of the B.P.O.E. Does, the local businesses donates proceeds from the recycling of cardboard to the Does for the purchase of service dogs for the blind or hearing impaired.

The couple have been heading up the recycling program for several years, as they know the importance and benefit of recycling. Cardboard is transferred to Jim Bly of J&M Enterprises, who facilitates the recycling and returns the funds to the Newtons. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.