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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Windmill Square Players set to

put on 17th Annual Performance

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., June 19, 2003 -- The Windmill Square Players will be performing "Males Order Brides," a play by Billy St. John, June 29th, 30th, and July 1st. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee and a 6 p.m. performance Sunday the 29th. Monday and Tuesday, the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. The performances will be held in the Pecos Elementary cafeteria.

The Windmill Square Players have been putting on plays for the public for 17 years. This years cast is made up of young and old and both rookies and veterans.

"We've had people come and go. Some people are here for the first time, and some have been here from the beginning," Kathy Hurley, cast member, said.

Cast members are made aware of the play by word of mouth, and tryouts have become untraditional.

"We just call people we know and think will be interested. A lot of us have done this before, so we know, more or less, who would be good for each part," Hurley said.

People behind the scenes also help the cast of 14 people and several extras.

"We have Elaine Moody as our prompter and hairdresser. We'll have someone doing our make-up, too. It takes a lot of people to put on a show," Hurley said.

Choosing the play is a group decision. Reita Prewit, a 17-year veteran, says the actors order many plays from Pioneer Drama Services, and choose the one they feel will be the best. Costumes are also ordered and are used along with costumes the group already has.

The Windmill Square Players have had many homes over the years.

"We started out at the Pecos Mall, but it burned down. We moved to the depot, the Civic Center, and the Child Development Center. We've held the play at the State Theatre for the past 2 years, and now we're at Pecos Elementary," Prewit said.

The group sells t-shirts and holds a quilt raffle in order to pay for expenses. Roy Prewit makes the quilt. It can be seen inside of Pecos Insurance, and tickets are $1.

"We need to pay royalties to the playwright for the number of performances we have," Prewit said.

The actors welcome everyone to come out and see any of the four performances.

"We would love for everyone to come out and see us," Hurley said.

Pecos can expect call from the hospital tonight

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., June 19, 2003 -- Identifying the health care needs of the community is the reason behind a phone survey which will be conducted this evening in Pecos.

"Reeves County Hospital will be calling community residents this evening beginning at 6 p.m., in an effort to find what the health care needs are in our community," said Director of Program Development/Community Services at Reeves County Hospital Nancy Ontiveros.

Each year hospitals around the state are required to conduct a health care needs assessment in order to identify what the needs of each community are and to develop a plan to coincide with those needs, Ontiveros said.

"The hospital staff as well as the community resources group members will be calling community residents and asking for five minutes of their time to answer questions regarding health care," said Ontiveros.

These questions will include identifying how often they use the local doctor and the local hospital, according to Ontiveros.

"They will also be asking how local services can be improved by both the local hospital and the local doctors," said Ontiveros.

Ontiveros said that the group would be attempting to identify if there are other health care services that are lacking in our community.

"In the past, these health care assessments have been conducted by various agencies surveying their clients," said Ontiveros.

"This year we'll have all of the agencies together assisting us so that we can develop a plan and work on meeting the health care needs of the community," she said.

Ontiveros said that if there are individuals who are not reached this evening, but have input to provide that they encourage them to call the hospital at 447-3551, extensions 242 or 350. "We would be happy to conduct a survey over the phone," said Ontiveros.

"The survey will be available in both English and Spanish and will only take five minutes of the individual's time," she said.

Ontiveros said that they hope to have a good response from the community.

"If anyone has any questions regarding the surveys, they can also call those numbers," said Ontiveros.

Ontiveros said that they just wanted individuals to be aware that they would be receiving a call this evening. "So that they won't be caught off-guard," she said. "Everyone's cooperation is greatly appreciated," she said.

Pecos Rotary Club Celebrating 75th Anniversary

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., June 19, 2003 -- The Pecos Rotary Club will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a dinner on June 26th, at 7 p.m., at the Country Club. The speaker for the evening will be Larry Johnson, Rotarian and architect from Odessa. Mr. Johnson will also be installing the new officers for the local club.

Invited to the celebration dinner are past district governors, past presidents, and local Rotarians.

Rotary Club member and past president and district governor Bill Hubbs said that they are expecting 85 or more people to be at the dinner. Hubbs has been a member of the Rotary Club since 1957 and served as district governor in 1990 - 1991.

Rotary International was started in 1905 by Paul Harris and three other businessmen in Chicago. When the organization celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1955, the club had 8400 clubs in 89 countries.

"The international club has grown to 1,220,000 Rotarians. We have 33,100 clubs in 160 countries. Members are encouraged to attend meetings," Harold Elder, the local club's historian said.

The Pecos Rotary Club was chartered in May of 1928, but is celebrating this month.

"At the present time, we have 31 members. The outgoing president is Randy Graham and the incoming president is Jim Lofton," Hubbs said.

The club has two mottos: Service above self, and He profits most who serves the best.

"We serve through four avenues: through club, community, locational, and international," Elder said.

The Rotary Club has served by donating many things to the community.

"Over the years, we donated the football field to the school. That was in 1929. It was once called 'Rotary Field.' We also donated land to be used as a Roadside Park on the north of town," Elder said.

The club donated the community Christmas tree and other light fixtures in 2000. The club also financed Kids City at Maxey Park in 1992.

The club chooses an outstanding student citizen of Pecos High School each year for a scholarship.

"We give scholarships to students and send a boy or girl to a leadership training camp. We always enjoy helping with local projects," Elder said.

Volunteers sponsor car wash

PECOS, Thurs., June 19, 2003 -- A car wash is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 21, at the Pecos Fire Department Central Station.

Cars will be washed for $8; trucks will be $10 and SUV's $12.

The event is sponsored by the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department.


PECOS, Thurs., June 19, 2003 -- Wednesday's high 96, lows 65. Today partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Highs near 90. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Tonight partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of Thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Friday partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 90s.

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