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Thursday, May 4, 2000

Kinder and Pre-Kinder Registration set

Kindergarten and Pre-Kinder Registration will continue until Friday, May 5.

Registration is being held from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Please bring the child's birth certificate, immunization record, social security card.

Requirements for kindergarten include the child must be five years old on or before Sept. 1.

Pre-kinder students the child must be four years old on or before Sept. 1 and is unable to speak or comprehend the English language, educationally disadvantaged or homeless, as defined by federal law.

A child must be enrolled by the child's parent, guardian, or other person with legal control under a court order.

The parent is asked to bring the enrolling child to school when enrolling in order to tour the school and visit the classrooms.

There will be activities in the classroom if your child would like to participate.

For more information call 447-7259.

Maxey, Windham announce wedding plans

Elizabeth Dawn Maxey and Scott Paul Windham are proud to announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding.

She is the daughter of Robert and Brenda Maxey of Tulsa, Okla.

Windham is the grandson of the late Helen Paige and the son of the late Martha "Nubby" Windham of Pecos.

The wedding will be in Jenks, Okla., at the Perryman Wrangler Ranch on May 28.

Maxey is a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

The future groom owns Windham Trucking and is currently contracted through Contract Freighters Incorporated (CFI).

Following the wedding the couple plan to make their home in Tulsa, Okla.

Good night's sleep is very important

As we age, the quest for sweet dreams can become a real nightmare.

Complaints of sleep difficulties are common among older individuals. Typical symptoms for individuals over age 65 include problems falling asleep and maintaining sleep, early-morning awakening, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

A variety of reasons keep seniors from getting enough rest. They include medical illnesses, medication, psychiatric disorders, social changes and poor sleep habits.

Primary sleep disorders are also more common in older adults than in younger persons. Restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder can disrupt sleep and sleep apnea can lead to daytime sleepiness.

These sleepless nights do add up. Loss of sleep can lead to falls and accidents. Sleep-disordered breathing can have serious cardiovascular, pulmonary and central nervous system effects. And, there is strong association between sleep apnea and hypertension.

A refreshing sleep requires both sufficient total sleep time, usually eight hours, as well as sleep that is in sync with the individual's circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal clock that promotes a daily cycle of nighttime sleep and daytime alertness.

If you are chasing a good night's rest, try these strategies to help you sleep better:

· Gradually cut down on caffeine until you've "decaffeinated" yourself.

· Avoid eating a heavy meal or drinking alcohol right before bedtime. A full stomach can give you heartburn, which can disrupt sleep, and alcohol can affect deep sleep, allowing you to be awakened throughout the night more easily.

· Make exercise a part of your daily routine, but plan relaxing nighttime activities before bedtime.

· Set the stage for sleep. Identify factors that include the sleep-wake cycle including excessive light, uncomfortable room temperatures, and ringing telephone. Eliminate as many interruptions as you can.

· Don't use your bedroom as an office/lounge _ paying bills and watching TV are non-resting activities. Bedrooms should be a haven purely used for relaxing.

· If you're in bed, but toss and turn and can't sleep a wink, go into another room and read a book for a while or listen to some music. When you start feeling drowsy, head back to bed.

· Soak feet or legs in a warm bath to provide relief from restless leg syndrome.

If the problem persists, take action. Have a clinical evaluation performed by an informed primary care physician or geriatric specialist.

Like the Irish proverb says, "The beginning of health is sleep."

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