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Friday, September 17, 1999

Scholastic Book Fair planned

A Scholastic Book Fair will be held Sept. 20-24, at the Pecos Elementary School.

This event encourages young readers by bringing them the newest titles, including many award-winning books. Reading for the fun of it - that's what successful kids do. Children who enjoy books - the tales they tell and the ideas they ignite - spend hours reading.

Posters and software will also be available.

The book fair will be open from 8:20 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Pecos Elementary Library.

Pecos Elementary Open House will be held from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Martinez named to Dean's List

High ranking students at Midland College for the 1999 spring semester have been announced, and Joel Martinez, of Pecos was named to the Dean's List.

The Dean's List is for students who compile at least a 3.50 grade point average for 12 hours or more.

Parents who suspect their child is "huffing" should intervene as soon as possible.

`Huffing' can be detected early

Huffing is a potentially deadly form of inhalant abuse in which intoxicating vapors or fumes are inhaled to get a quick "high." Everyday products like spray paint, cooking spray, air freshener and butane can be sprayed into cans and small plastic bags or onto clothing so the concentrated vapors can be huffed or inhaled.

"This is a dangerous practice, because the chemicals can trigger irregular heart rhythms," said Dr. Nancy Neff, assistant professor of family and community medicine at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine.

Clues that your child might be huffing include an unusual breath odor or chemical odor on clothes; a drunken or dizzy appearance; slurred or disoriented speech; chronic runny nose and red eyes; mood changes.

If your child has these symptoms, he or she is at risk of a heart attack, so consult your primary-care doctor as soon as possible. If your child faints or loses consciousness, call 911. Perform CPR if the child has no pulse. Long-term treatment usually requires enrollment in a 12-step drug-abuse program.

Robbins joins AQHA program

Brianne Robbins, of Toyah, recently enrolled in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program provides AQHA Members recognition for time spent riding or driving American Quarter Horses.

A unique aspect of the program is its simplicity. Current AQHA Members complete a program application and pay a one-time $25 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their hours driving or riding their American Quarter Horse. Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American Quarter Horse.

The first award, a program recognition patch, is given after only 50 hours have been logged and verified. Patches and nine subsequent awards are presented at 100 to 5,000 hour levels and range from merchandise gift certificates from Drysdales Western Store to a Montana Silversmith trophy belt buckle at the highest level.

Jim Bret Campbell, AQHA Manager of the Horseback Riding Program, said, "The Horseback Riding Program is a unique opportunity to earn rewards outside of traditional competition. In some cases the program rewards people who already spend many hours riding American Quarter Horses. For others, the Horseback Riding Program is an incentive to get out and ride."

Horseback riding provides good exercise. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, more than 27 million people participate in horseback riding nationally.

AQHA actively encourages horseback riding as a relaxing recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with family and friends.

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