Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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
"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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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