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Friday, October 13, 2000

Halloween Carnival planned

A Halloween Carnival is planned for Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Barstow Community Center.

The event will be held from 7-10 p.m. and an Enchilada Supper will be held from 4-7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend and the holiday event is sponsored by the Barstow Fire Department.

Maldonado ends basic training

Benjamin Rubio Maldonado, of Pecos, has completed basic training for the United States Army on Sept. 14, at Fort Sills, in Lawton, Okla.

He is currently stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

He is the son of Dolores and Benjamin Maldonado of Pecos. He has two brothers, Richard and Joseph Maldonado and one sister Kathy Maldonado.

He is the grandson of Apolino and Maria Rubio and Paulino and Rosa Maldonado.

He was a 1998 graduate of Pecos High School.

Secure children in shopping carts

Data from the National Safe Kids Campaign indicate the number of children ages five and under injured in shopping-cart incidents has increased more than 30 percent since 1985.

"Falls from shopping cart seats and baskets cause the most injuries, although other injuries can occur," said Dr. Jerald Zarin, medical director of Texas Children's Health Plan at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. "When children stand up, their changes of falling or tipping the cart increase," he said.

Parents should bring and use safety belts to restrain children in shopping cart seats. They also need to stay close to the cart and not let the children stand in carts or ride on the bottom. It is best not to let a child push or steer the shopping cart.

Stretching helps avoid injuries

Hamstring injuries are something that even the world's fastest men can't outrun.

American sprinter Michael Johnson found out firsthand at the recent U.S. Olympic Trials when he came up lame in the 200-meter finals, failing to qualify in the race for the Summer Olympic Games in Australia.

Dr. Charles Kevorkian, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said that athletes with hamstring injuries should take it easy.

"The best thing you can do is rest and do a gentle stretch," Kevorkian said. "If the injury doesn't improve or there is considerable pain, see a doctor."

Kevorkian said hamstring injuries, which are common among runners and soccer players, might be avoided by doing exercises to increase strength and flexibility.

As a basic strengthening exercise for the recreational athlete, he recommends that you put on ankle weights, get on your stomach and bend the leg at the knees pressing against the hamstring.

"The exercise is relatively easy to do, and it doesn't require a great deal of weight," said Kevorkian.

Kevorkian also recommends a regular stretching program.

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