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Monday, October 18, 1999

Tree board earns excellence award

A long-standing commitment to urban forestry has earned the Pecos Tree Board of Pecos the Community Forestry Award of Excellence _ Civic Organization award for 1999.

The statewide honor was presented by the Texas Forest Service and the Texas Urban Forestry Council during the Council's annual conference, which was held earlier this month in Dallas. The Council presented a total of 14 Award of Excellence honors this year. Each winner received a specially commissioned, limited-edition framed print by Texas-artist Ronnie Wells.

"The Pecos Tree Board began its work in 1986 and has made major contributions to the community since then," said Mike Bradshaw, TUFC president.

"The goals of the board are beautification, shade and windbreak plantings, care of existing trees, and education of the public," Bradshaw said. "Much of the success of the Pecos Tree Board is due to its willingness to establish partnerships with other organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee."

Since 1986, more than one tree per six citizens has been added to the urban forests of Pecos. Other accomplishments include five years as a Tree City USA, educational workshops held in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999, the creation and distribution of a tree-planting guide, and providing a Project Learning Tree workshop for area teachers.

In its continuing efforts, the Pecos Tree Board is now becoming involved with the National Tree Trust Community Tree program.

Vernon joins Navy ship

Navy Fireman Keat K. Vernon, son of J.L. Vernon of Pecos, is currently halfway through a deployment to the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Black seas while assigned to the guided-missile Brigate USS Elrod.

During the first half of the deployment, Vernon's ship participated in Exercise Cooperative Partner '99 off the coast of Bulgaria. The exercise involving forces from Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the United States were geared towards cooperation and understanding in addition to addressing and overcoming the challenges present in working with different navies who possess different equipment, language and tactics.

Vernon's ship also made port visits to cities in Bulgaria, Israel, Italy, Spain and Turkey where Vernon and fellow shipmates were able to relax, sightsee and shop.

Vernon's ship is a combatant ship designed to protect amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys from undersea attack. In addition to torpedoes, frigates carry helicopters that have sonar and torpedo capabilities, expanding the ship's reach.

The 1996 graduate of Georgetown High School joined the Navy in November 1996.

Girl Scouts can still register

Girls interested in participating in Girl Scouts and who are in grades 5th-8th can still register.

For more information call Laura Gonzales at 447-3755.

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