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Monday, March 31, 2003

Brown celebrates birthday in Barstow

Mercedes LaChelle Brown celebrated her birthday on March 23 at the Barstow Community Center.

Friends and family were on hand to help her celebrate the special occasion.

Theme for the event was Mary Kate and Ashley.

Her favorite gift was a Game Boy Advance.

Mercedes is the daughter of Chriselda Florez and Brian Brown.

Maternal grandparents are Julian and Frances Florez.

Grandmother is Debra Brown of Pecos.

Wildflower hotline available

Motorists searching for the best wildflower locations along Texas highways have help at their fingertips.

The Texas Department of Transportation's wildflower hotline 1-800-452-9292 gives callers information on the best spots to find wildflowers along the 79,000-mile Texas highway system.

To make it easier to find wildflowers in bloom, callers may request information by seven different regions of the state: Big Bend, Gulf Coast, Hill Country, Panhandle, Piney-Woods (East Texas), Prairies and Lakes (North Central Texas) and Southwest Texas.

Information on the hotline comes from TxDOT's maintenance office as well as from chambers of commerce and parks officials.

"There should be an excellent crop of bluebonnets," said Ben Bowers of TxDOT Vegetation Management. "The wet weather the past few months has made conditions good for an even bigger crop of wildflowers than last year," he said.

April is considered the prime blooming month for wildflowers, according to Bowers.

The department's wildflower program is part of a comprehensive vegetation management program encouraging the growth of native species that require less mowing and care.

This year, TxDOT put out more than 33,000 pounds of wildflower seeds along Texas highways. Each pound contains at least 30 varieties of wildflowers.

The hotline will be active daily, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., through early May.

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