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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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