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Friday, April 25, 2003

Levario chosen to play in Hawaii

A Pecos youngster has been invited to attend the Team All-Star USA Baseball Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii in July.

Matthew Levario will be representing Pecos in the All-Star Baseball Tournament and exhibiting his talents alongside other players who have received All-District, All-Area, All-Region, and/or All-State honors.

The tournament and education experience Levario receives while in Hawaii will help him develop as a baseball player and as an individual for years to come.

In an effort to raise funds for the expensive trip, Levario is currently selling chances for trips to Las Vegas and Hawaii. Tickets are $10 and individuals have 10 different opportunities to win something.

Other fundraisers will be planned for Levario.

He is the son of Elsa and George Levario of Pecos.

Teen Smoking and Breast Cancer

Teenagers are always determined to go their way, especially when it comes to showing their independence. Usually that is no reason for concern. But sometimes it can have dangerous consequences-like when teenage girls smoke because it's "cool."

Medical researches in Canada have recently found that starting to smoke as a teen almost doubles the risk of breast cancer later in life. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and is overall the second-deadliest form of cancer. Statistics for just one recent year showed that more than 13,000 women in Texas were diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 2,600 died that year because of the disease.

The drastic increase in risk among teenage girls who smoke seems to be tied to the beginning of menstruation, or periods. Menstruation usually begins between 11 and 13, but can start as early as nine or as late as 16 years of age. Tissues in the breast change rapidly after menstruation begins, which makes them especially vulnerable to the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke. Girls who start smoking within five years of beginning menstruation seem to be at the highest risk of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the cause of death for many women as it is. Teenage girls should avoid smoking, which does nothing but increase the risk of this disease.

Alzheimer's group plans meeting

The Alzheimer's Association, Star Chapter ­ West Texas Region, is presenting an educational program, "Financial and Legal Issues," at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Pecos Senior Center, 119 S. Cedar.

The presenter is Michael Melson, Medicaid Information and Referral, Inc. and will be addressing issues such as, "Where Do I Start?," "Do I have to spend everything before the nursing home admission?" and "How do I protect what I've worked my whole life to save?"

The program is open to the public and provided free of charge.

For more information, contact Janet Cross, Program Coordinator, at 1-800-682-1174.

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