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Friday, December 6, 2002

With economy down, food banks' needs go up

Staff Writer

PECOS, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 -- As the Christmas holiday draws closer, the Santa Rosa de  Lima Catholic Church is asking for people to give can food or  monetary donations to assist them with providing other in need.

Those in need in the Pecos area are higher this year, following the closing of the Anchor Foods plant in Pecos back in May. The plant has reopened under the TransPecos Foods banner, but with about 450 fewer employees than were there in December of 2001. The change has increased the area's unemployment rate from below 7 percent to over 20 percent this fall.

According to Father Ben Flores, the Santa Rosa Food Bank is looking for meat items such a poultry, fish, brisket, turkey and ham.

Flores said that they try to provide people with these meat items so that they may also celebrate the holidays in a special way.

"They are no different then us during the holidays," he said.

Because they have freezers to store the meat in he also said that they would like to have meat to give all year round. They also have refrigerators to help store milk and juices for small children.

Volunteers of the food bank, Yvette Romo and Estella Lira both said that they tend to run out of rice, bean, flour and sugar more often due to the fact that they distribute these items to all of the house holds.

"Everyone gets those items," Romo said.

Flores said that though they are strictly seeking food items they are accepting baby items such as diapers.

"Baby items are very expensive," Flores said. "They are in high demand all year around."

The people seeking such items are young single mothers, Flores said.

Flores added that the food they are given comes from donations and canned food drives during the Thanksgiving holidays. He said that the food bank is not funded by government funds.

"We accept monetary donations," Flores said. "With money we receive are able to buy food."

The food that is purchased for the food bank comes from the regional food bank in Odessa, Flores said.

"The food bank in Odessa supplies us with everything when they have it in stock," Flores said.

Though the food bank is based out of the Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Pecos, Flores and his volunteers said that they would service everyone and anyone regardless of religious denomination.

"We service people from Balmorhea, Coyanosa, Saragosa, Toyah, Barstow and Pecos," Lira said.

"We service people regardless of race, creed, religion, non-residents of Pecos and non-believers," Flores said.

Along with the Santa Rosa Food Bank, other local food banks are operated through the North Temple Baptist Church, and the Church of Christ.

Kenneth Winkles, a member of the North Temple Baptist Church, said that their food bank, which is open every two weeks, has run out of items at times.

"We have had to turn people away because we have run out of boxes to give out," Winkles said.

According to Winkles the number of people coming to request food baskets has grown since their food bank began.

"When we started we budgeted $54,000," Winkles said. "That would be 45 boxes every two weeks."

Though they did not turn way anyone this time and gave 145 boxes, Winkles said that it is three times of what they originally budgeted for.

Winkles said that the some of the people are between the ages of 65 through 80 years of age.

"We need to make the town aware that there is an older population here in Pecos," Winkles said. "And some of them have a though time getting along."

Winkles also said that though North Temple has run out of items, he said that he is not asking for donations just of his parish but rather for all three parishes.

Flores also said that everyone needs to remember that people are hungry all year round and not just during the holidays.

Winkles also said that 211,000 poundS of food were given way to the people of Pecos this year.

Flores said that he would like to team up with the Church of Christ and North Temple Baptist Church and create one food bank that will cover the West Texas area.

"By creating one food bank we will not be spreading ourselves thin or overlap," Flores said.

He added that it just did not make any sense to have several food banks that ask for donations from the same people.

With the one food bank, Flores said that they would be able to also provide people with cloth.

Flores said that he would like to thank everyone who has shared their goods.

"We are just grateful to the support that has been given to the food bank, for the volunteers and the donations," Flores said.

He also said that they would be willing to pick up any items that people may want to donate.

Flores said that anyone wanting to know more about what they could donate to the food bank could do so by calling the Santa Rosa Church Office or the food bank.

Anyone wanting to know more about the North Temple Baptist Church Food Bank may contact Kenneth Winkles.

The hours of the food bank at Santa Rosa are Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Commissioners to discuss medical, phone contracts

PECOS, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 -- Reeves County Commissioners will consider proposals for physicians and dental services, along with a telephone system contract and insurance premiums for the county's law enforcement and public officials during their regular meeting, set for 9:30 a.m. Monday in the third floor courtroom of the Reeves County Courthouse.

Along with the physicians and dental services, commissioners will also study proposals for medical lab and X-ray services, and pharmaceutical services during their meeting, and consider a number of other items related to construction of the Reeves County Detention Center III project.

Those include two payment requests from LMD Architect, two others from Frank Spencer and Associates along with a contract for additional services, and a dozen requests for payment items from Carouthers Construction and other sub-contractors and suppliers involved with a 960-bed construction project.

Also on the agenda is discussion of a Xerox copy machine lease for the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center, bids on inmate food and kitchen supplies, inmate clothing and bedding, county asphalt/emulsion supplies, motor fuel and oil, janitorial supplies and employee uniforms; a agreement between the county and CORRPOR Waterworks Co.

Personnel and salary changes at the RCDC, sheriff's department, Reeves County Golf Course and the community recreation department will also be discussed, along with transportation crew mileage payments and reports from various departments.

Emergency workers want house numbers improved

PECOS, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 -- The Pecos Police Department and local emergency service personnel are asking local residents to help cut down on response time to people needing emergency assistance by improving the visibility of house numbers from the street.

Officer Helen Vernon with the Pecos Police Department asks that residents put up house numbers at least five inches tall and three inches in width on their homes, and make sure the numbers contrast with the color of the home for better visibility. The numbers should be near the front door area and not be obscured by hanging plants or bushes.

Residents are urged to check their house numbers at night to verify they are visible, and to also place house numbers on the outside of backyard fences, so that emergency crews in alleyways will be able to identify the correct home.

Christmas parade, lighting ceremony tonight

PECOS, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 -- The annual Pecos Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. tonight outside Pecos High School, and will be followed by the lighting of the Reeves County Courthouse at about 7 p.m. this evening.

The parade will travel from the high school north on Eddy Street and then east on Third to Oak Street, where it will turn south and go one block to the courthouse. Santa will also be in the parade and at the courthouse for the lighting ceremony.

Line up for parade floats will begin at 5 p.m. in the PHS band hall parking lot. Floats will also be judged, with the winning entry earning $100.


PECOS, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 -- High Thurs. 45. Low this morning 37. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear.  Lows 30 to 35. SE winds 5 to 10 mph. Sat.y: Partly cloudy and warmer. Highs 60  to 65. SW winds 5 to 15 mph. Sat. night: Partly cloudy. Lows 30 to 35.  Sun.: Cloudy and colder with a chance of rain. The rain may mix with or change to  snow. Highs 40 to 45. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Mon.:  Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain or snow. Lows 25 to 30. Highs near 40.


Esteban de la Rosa

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