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Friday, Aug. 13, 1999

Library volunteers enjoy pizza party

A pizza party honoring the volunteers at the Reeves County Library was held recently, with several devoted library enthusiasts on hand.

"The library truly appreciates all their help," said Reeves County Librarian Sally Perry. "The children's junior room is in terrific shape, more space and easier availability with arrangement of shelved books," she said.

Some volunteers labeled, helped in the circulation area shelving, returned loaned books and the library had many readers this summer, according to Perry.

Pizza Hut provided the pizza, while La Tienda donated the drinks and dessert.

Some of the more than 30 volunteers enjoyed the dinner and visiting afterwards, according to Perry.

Volunteers for the library include, the Ornelas family, Oscar Sr., Estella, Oscar Jr., Stephanie and Kathryn; Emily Fernandes, Amy Miller, Joyce Morton, Paula Fuller, Geraldo Miramontes, Amber Pando, Javier Orona, Lindsay Shaw, Ashley Horsburgh, Rashad Terry, Tiana Terry, Susan Moore and Gilbert and Eva Mendoza.

Also, Mary Barfield, Bill Moody, Sarah Clark, Priscilla Levario, Nacona Parmer, Fariss Murphy, Helen Hildreth, Lisa Leos, Bryan Casillas, Bryan Chowning, Laura Holt, Kelsey Holt, Joshua Celaya, Gabby Leos, Haley and Charlotte Evans, Doris Moorman and Bobbie Lang.

Problem solving day planned

The IRS will hold a Problem Solving Day in Fort Stockton to help individuals and small-business owners who have long-standing tax problems with the IRS.

The IRS Problem Solving Day and small business information event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Pecos County Civic Center.

The IRS Problem Solving Day offers taxpayers with long-standing tax problems a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with IRS agents, managers or the Taxpayer Advocate to find a solution. Many problems are resolved at the initial meeting and all problems receive expedited attention from the Taxpayer Advocate's Office of the IRS.

Britt receives wish from foundation

Jessica Britt, 18, of San Carlos will be granted a wish come true, through a foundation well-known for its generosity.

Britt received a call from the Make-A-Wish Foundation recently offering to grant her a wish - anything from shopping sprees to meeting celebrities. The organization grants wishes up to $5,000 to children with life-theatening illnesses.

Jessica suffers from a rare disease, nephropathic cystinosis, that attacks the kidneys and other organs and is usually fatal before age 30. But her disease, weekly dialysis and seven operations haven't held her back so far. Jessica graduated with honors from Carlmont High in June, and plans on attending University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to major in computer science.

That's why no one was surprised at her wish: a computer store shopping spree that will begin Saturday with a limo ride to San Francisco, where Jessica, her mom and her sister will get to eat lunch anywhere and shop for four hours.

Britt said she was excited about the spree and happy about finding out about the group, which contacted her last month.

"I think it's so great to give kids that have so much hardship in life something they'll remember forever," she said. "And it's helpful to have a place to talk about your experiences with illness," she said.
The foundation serves 30 to 40 kids in the county each year. Wishes are donated by everyone from national corporations to local police departments.

Despite frequent nausea, fatigue and undergoing multiple surgeries, Jessica participated in cheerleading in high school and has designed Web sites for the San Carlos School District, her mom and a glass business in Sonoma.

In fact, after one of Jessica's surgeries her mom said Jessica woke up in the hospital insistent on attending her calculus class.

"I think the doctors admired that kind of spirit," she said.

Jessica, who is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, said her family's optimism and their faith in God keeps her going.

Jessica is the daughter of Gayle Reynolds Britt and Ernest Britt of San Carlos. Maternal grandparents are Elvia and Norma Jean Reynolds of Pecos.

Also from Pecos, are her uncle and aunt, Randy and Lisa Reynolds, along with several cousins. From Balmorhea are her uncle and aunt, Danny and Gwenda Reynolds.

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