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Monday, October 16, 2000

Chili Cookoff planned in Terlingua

The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will hold its 34th Annual Terlingua International Chili Championship on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Rancho CASI de los Chisos near Terlingua. The CASI site is on the right, approximately 11 miles on Highway 170 from the fork in the road at Study Butte. Terlingua is in a very remote area of Southwest Texas, near the Mexican border. It is near the Big Bend National Park that has both desert and a magnificent mountains. The scenery is spectacular.

Over 300 cooks and 50 showmanship teams from all over the United States and several foreign countries are expected to compete this year. CASI has become a very visible resident of the Terlingua area. With the purchase of 320 acres of land, chili cooks and chili lovers now have a permanent location for the Terlingua International Chili Championship. CASI has donated thousands of dollars to local groups from Alpine to Terlingua.

Admission is $20 per person for the entire weekend. This includes camping and all entertainment. On Saturday, the admission will be $10. All qualified chili cooks and show teams are admitted free.

For more information, contact Vickie Childers at 806-352-8783.

First Grade class has best attendance

Priscilla Cook's first grade class at Austin Elementary School had the best attendance for the first six weeks of school. The class had a 99.65 percent attendance average.

Teens need help with stress problem

Teens experience rapid physical and emotional growth, in addition to dealing with a lot of changes in their lives. They also may be struggling with an increase in responsibility, school concerns and peer pressure.

According to Dr. Diane Treadwell-Deering, a psychiatrist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, parents can help teens cope with stress by being open, available and patient.

Listen to your teens as they discuss their ideas and problems. Be clear about what behavior is acceptable to you. Help your teen devise strategies to resist peer pressure and avoid unsafe activities. Spend time with your teen and get to know his or her friends. When conflicts arise, recognize that it is normal for teens to experiment and test parental values and rules. Praise and encourage often.

"Remember, you are still an important person in your teen's life, and your opinions and advice do matter," she said.

Trampolines dangerous to inexperienced

Jumping or bouncing on a trampoline may seem like fun. However, it also can be dangerous _ resulting in injuries such as strains, sprains, fractures, bruises and cuts.

"Many trampoline injuries occur to children in their own back yards," said Dr. William Phillips, chief of pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

In a recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study, most trampoline accident victims were five through 14 years old, with children younger than five experiencing the second-highest injury rate.

The AAP offers these recommendations:

· Trampolines should not be used at home, in scholars or in outdoor playgrounds.

· Trampolines should be used with caution in supervised training programs. There should be sufficient padding on and around the trampoline to minimize injuries. Safety harnesses and spotting belts, when appropriately used, may offer added protection.

· Only one person at a time should use the trampoline.

· Children younger than six should not be permitted to use trampolines.

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