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Friday, July 7, 2000

Identification guide book available

"What Tree is That?," a pocket guide for identifying trees, is available free-of-charge from The National Arbor Day Foundation.

The 72-page guide will help you identify 135 different trees found in the eastern and central U.S.

Well-known trees are included: oaks, maples, spruces, and pines. Also species such as horsechestnut and mockernut hickory, sassafras and shadbush, persimmon and pawpaw and pagodatree and pecan.

Dozens of drawings illustrate the trees' leaves or needles and their acorns, berries, seed pods, cones, etc. "What Tree is That?" is organized to make it easy to identify trees in a simple step-by-step fashion.

To obtain your free tree ID guide, send your name and address to "What Tree is That?" The National Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410.

DeAnda celebrates first birthday

Nathan Rey DeAnda celebrated his first birthday with an Elmo party in his honor on July 2, at the Barstow Community Center.

His family and friends joined him for hotdogs, nachos, cake and ice cream.

He received several gifts including clothes and toys.

Nathan Rey is the son of Rudy and Niomi DeAnda, and has one brother, Rudy DeAnda, Jr.

Maternal grandparents are Sergio and Sylvia Legarda.

Paternal grandparents are Ricky and Margie Gonzales.

Great-grandparents are Mike and Seferina Polanco, Petra Gonzales and the late Virginia Carrasco.

God parents are Shirley Abila and Junior Abila.

Boyd on six-month deployment

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Bryan Boyd, son of Ira Boyd of Big Spring, is halfway through a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), home based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the first half of the deployment, Boyd's unit participated in Exercise Dynamic Response. The exercise demonstrated NATO's resolve to maintain a secure environment (SRF) ability to rapidly reinforce and defend Kosovo. The SRF is a military force comprised of several nations that operate under NATO command.

Boyd visited several ports of call including cities in Croatia, Italy, Spain and Turkey, where he had the opportunity to shop, sightsee and enjoy the culture and cuisine in each port. Marines also participated in community relations projects.

Boyd's unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. MEU's are composed of more than 2,000 personnel and are divided into an infantry battalion, aircraft squadron, support group and command element. With this combination, Boyd's unit supplies and sustains itself for either quick mission accomplishment or clearing the way for follow-on forces.

Boyd, a 1998 graduate of Big Spring High School, joined the Marine Corps in October 1988.

Incorporate electric safety in pools

Most parents are familiar with the basic tenets of pool safety _ no rough games, diving headfirst into the pool or leaving small children unattended. However, being aware of outdoor electrical hazards is equally important.

"Mixing water and electricity can have serious consequences," said Dr. Mark Ward, an emergency-room physician at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. "Always keep electrical toys and appliances, including radios, away from water," he said.

Hand should be dry before using an electrical device. Remind children who are wet or standing water never to touch electric cords or switches. Use extension cords rated for outdoor use and keep them away from pools. Be sure outlets near water sources have ground fault circuit interrupters to protect against shock.

Video games tough on kids' hands

Video games can be a fun way for children to escape the heat, but the constant assault on the hands _ particularly the thumbs _ can contribute to problems years later.

"Not only is it easy for kids to get hooked on interactive video games, but the repetitive motion can cause injuries and can lead to problems such as tendinitis," said Dr. Adrienne Tilbor, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Kids can become so engrossed that they do not take breaks or engage in other activites. Parents can help by setting time limits for usage. Children also should be encouraged to pursue a variety of pastimes that contribute to overall good health and development.

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