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Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Poems wanted for contest

Poems are now being accepted for entry in Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum's new Poetic Achievement Awards poetry contest. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded, including a $500 grand prize. The contest is free to enter.

Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or fewer, on any subject, in any style. Contest closes Feb. 29, and poets are encouraged to send their work as soon as possible. Poems entered in the contest also will be considered for publication in the Fall 2000 edition of Poetic Voices of America, a hardcover anthology to be published in September. Anthology purchase may be required to ensure publication, but is not required to enter or win the contest. Prize winners will be announced on April 30.

Poem should be sent to Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Dept. L, 609 Main St., P.O. Box 193, Sistersville, WV 26175.

Natividad has third birthday

Cheyenne C. Natividad celebrated her third birthday this past December with a party held in her honor.

The theme of the party was "Tweety Bird," and was attended by many friends and family.

Her favorite gifts were barbies and a barbie jeep.

She is the daughter of Lori C. Natividad of Pecos and Cheyenne Natividad of Randolph AFB in San Antonio.

Maternal grandparents are Jesus and Anna Candia of Pecos.

Paternal grandparents are Augustin and Laura Natividad, also of Pecos.

Ybarras announce birth of daughter

Rolando and Yolanda Ybarra are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lissette Marie Ybarra.

Little Lissette was born Jan. 5, 2000. She weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth.

She was welcomed home by her two brothers, Joe Albert and Romeo and two sisters, Vanessa and Marissa.

Orona nets high honors in Army

Army Spec. Roger J. Orona has been awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge. The badge is the Army's highest non-combat proficiency award for infantrymen.

Seventeen specific infantry skills are covered in the testing, including rifle marksmanship, hand grenades, antitank weapons, first aid, military intelligence, and signal communications. A 12-mile road march with full combat gear completes the test.

Orona, an infantryman team leader, is assigned to the 35th Infantry, Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii.

He is the son of Frank M. and Susie J. Orona of Pecos.

ACL tears are on the rise in women

The gender gap is closing when it comes to injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.

Sports medicine specialists believe basic anatomy puts women at a significantly higher risk than men. Differences in muscle and fat composition, bone structure and even hormones can pre-dispose female athletes to an ACL tear.

"It's important for women to realize certain sports, such as soccer, volleyball and basketball, place them at an increased risk," said Dr. James Bocell, Jr., chief of sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "The risk is increased even more if they have weak muscles or participate with improperly healed injuries."

The ACL is a critical ligament to athletes because it stablizes the knee during deceleration.

"Unfortunately, this is the type of injury that just happens," Bocell said. "The important thing is to identify the factors that we can manage, like muscle strength and balance and even the type of shoes worn. We've learned that controlling these factors can make a difference."

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