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Monday, December 28, 1998

Over 300 drawn to free Christmas meal

Staff Writer
The Pecos Christian Home served up free Christmas dinners to over 300 people on Friday at the Reeves County Civic Center advantage of the

"The last count we got was 310, although we couldn't really count everybody," said Bruce Dury, Christian Home director, "It gets so crazy over there, but we counted the number of plated we used, and that came out to 310."
Dury said that total included about 60 deliveries volunteers made to people who normally participate in the Meals on Wheels program. The Christian Home delivers those meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas while the Meals on Wheels staff takes a holiday.

Dury said the 310 meals served for Christmas were about 40 more than what the Christian Home volunteers dished out for Thanksgiving, and more than the number of people who took advantage of the free dinner a year ago.

"A lot of people also came by to pick up meals if they don't want to cook," Dury said. "The word's getting out, and there are a lot of folks who are not poor but who just don't want to cook for the holidays."

"We had plenty of food, and it's like I said, even if a guy's a millionaire we don't care. We serve everybody that comes down," Dury said, adding that there was enough food to also deliver dinners to patients at the Pecos Nursing Home.

The Meals on Wheels deliveries were made around 12 noon on Friday, while the Christmas dinners were served at the Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anchor adds safety advisor to staff

Staff Writer
A new face has been seen at Anchor West Inc. over the past month, and he's already busy making sure safety is a priority at the facility.

Alfredo Bersosa was hired as the Safety Supervisor at Anchor West, Inc. in November as part of the company's commitment to placing safety as it's number one priority. Bersosa answers directly to the Director of Plant Operations.

Bersosa stated that he is impressed with the safety program that is in place and praises the efforts that managers and supervisors have undertaken in the past to make this company a safe and healthy work environment for its employees.

Bersosa was born and raised in Odessa. In 1969, he volunteered to join the U.S. Marines, where he served five years as a machine-gunner with the rank of Sergeant.

After he left the military in 1974, he worked for several federal and state agencies before deciding to pursue a career in the employee safety field.

He has worked as a Safety and Training Manager for various companies in the West Texas area, as well as being the lead EMP America's medic instructor for Odessa and Midland Colleges.

His favorite pastime is fishing and target shooting. "I think I'm really going to enjoy Pecos, because there's Balmorhea Lake and Red Bluff and I'll find plenty of things I enjoy to do," he said.

"It's been a good experience so far, and I enjoy working here," he said.

He is married to Bertha and has a ten-year-old daughter, Valerie who will finish the school year in Odessa and then move to Pecos with her family.

Rediger's skiing awards earn recognition

Staff Writer
A local skier who finished first in his age group among all U.S. competitors earlier this year has earned another honor recently by appearing in a national magazine.

John T. Rediger is featured in Sports Illustrated's year-end double issue and said that, "it's quite an honor."

Rediger is included in the magazine "Faces in the Crowd," section, which highlights achievements by athletes around the nation who normally go unnoticed. It features a small picture of Rediger with a few lines about his achievement.

"(Olympic gold medalist) Billy Kidd, my friend from Steamboat Springs, Colo., is probably the one who nominated me," said Rediger.

Rediger was ranked number one in the nation for his age group in skiing last year and with his handicap ranked number one in nation in other races and all age groups. "So literally, with my handicap I was ranked number one in the nation, overall," he sai

Rediger stated that he works very hard at his "hobby" and enjoys it thoroughly. "It's a very unique thing to get named in a national magazine, I consider it a very big honor," he said.

Rediger is ranked number one in Texas, an honor he has held for the past six years. He has also been ranked in the top ten in the nation, the last four out of six years.

He stated that he has also experienced the broken leg. "I've also been there and done that," he said laughing.


Jesus Ortiz

Jesus Ortiz, 57, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

A rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born June 20, 1941, in Mexico, was a lifetime Pecos resident, self-employed and a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Berta Flora Ortiz and one sister, Matilde O. Cano.

Survivors include his wife, Manuela Ortiz of Pecos; three sons, Jesus A., Francisco A. and Rito A. Ortiz of Pecos; four daughters, Elpidia O. Garcia, Lorenza O. Garza, Irma O. Rubio and Teresa O. Gabaldon of Pecos; five brothers, Justino and Beto Ortiz o
f Crane, Faustino Ortiz of Pecos, Jose Ortiz of Presidio and Joaquin Ortiz of Ojinaga, Mex.; two sisters, Ermelinda O. Ramirez of Austin and Leandra O. Carrillo of Mexico; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Sunday 70. Low this morning 28. Tonight, fair. Lows near 40. West to northwest winds 5-15 mph. Tuesday, partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 5-10 mph, becoming south late afternoon. Forecast for New Year's Day, partly cloudy. Lows
in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Highs in the 60s.

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