Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Rodriguez celebrates fourth birthday
Samantha Rodriguez celebrated her fourth birthday on July 19, with a
party held in her honor at Gattiland in Odessa.
Theme for the special event was "Dora the Explorer."
Her older brother, Donovan Jr. and her baby sister, Dalilah Ann were on
hand to help her celebrate her birthday.
Samantha received lots of gifts, but her favorites were the Care Bears
given to her by her cousins, Arianne and Amrie Orona and the Dora the Explorer
doll given to her by a friend, Lorna Navarette.
She is the daughter of Laura and Donny Rodriguez of Pecos.
Maternal grandparents are Mary Ann and Johnny Varela of Pecos and Pete
Maldonado of Odessa.
Paternal grandparents are Gloria and Charles Waight, of Midland, and the
late Panfilo Rodriguez.
WTSS staff and volunteers recognized
West Texas State School staff, volunteers and their families gathered
on August 2nd at Pyote Park for their sixth annual awards picnic hosted by
the WTSS Facility Improvement Committee.
Lydia Barnard, TYC Director of Juvenile Corrections, presented WTSS volunteers
with appreciation gifts. Statewide volunteer award nominees were also recognized.
The Legal Assistants Association of the Permian Basin was recognized as
this years statewide award winner for TYC's outstanding volunteer group
and the first statewide award winner from the West Texas State School volunteer
State Representative Pete Gallego was the guest speaker for this years
event. Mr. Gallego commented on the difficult issues we are currently facing
in Texas and complimented the residents of the West Texas area on their
perseverance. He encouraged all those present to "make your voices heard"
in the governmental process.
Diana Mann, JCO IV on Dorm 11, was named the 2003 "Employee of the Year".
She and the other departmental winners received award plaques presented
by WTSS superintendent Lemuel Harrison and assistant superintendent John
White. WTSS employee service awards were also presented.
This year's celebration featured a "Hawaiian" theme complete with palm
trees, coconuts and hula lessons. Families brought along desserts to compliment
the bar-be-que chicken, brisket and baked potatoes with all the trimmings
prepared by FIC members. Attendees enjoyed themselves in a variety of games
and contests for all ages and the Pyote swimming pool provided a welcome
respite from the heat of the day.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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