Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, December 21, 1999
Perez, Prieto exchange wedding vows
Victoria Marie Perez and Isaac Rene Prieto, both of Houston, were married
Oct. 30, at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church in Houston. The Rev.
Mario Arroyo officiated at the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe G. Perez of Bloomington.
She is the granddaughter of Victoria Trevino of Victoria and the late Julian
G. Trevino, and Maria Perez of Victoria and the late Pablo Perez Jr.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesus O. Prieto of Pecos. He is
the grandson of Mercedes Ornelas of Pecos and the late Jesus Ornelas, and
Vicenta Prieto of Pecos and the late Tito Prieto.
Diana Maria Prieto attended the bride as maid of honor. Pamela Perez
attended as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Anina Rincon, Sabrina Hernandez
and Esperanza Flores.
Ashley Nicole Perez attended as flower girl. Jesse Ray Prieto and Joey
Anthony Perez served as ringbearers.
Adan Machuca served as best man. Groomsmen were Joseph Anthony Perez,
Alex Rincon, Hector Hernandez and Richard Ornelas.
Usher was Cisco Rodriguez.
A reception was held following the ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel in
Following wedding travel to Hawaii, the couple will reside in Houston.
The bride is a 1992 graduate of Bloomington High School and is a 1999
cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a bachelor of arts
degree in communication disorders and is a member of the Naitonal Student
Speech Language Hearing Association. She is pursuing a master's degree
in communication disordres. She is employed by Ewig International Marine
Corporation in Houston as executive assistant.
The groom is a 1992 graduate of Pecos High School and is an electrical
engineering student in Houston. He is employed by Southwestern Bell in
Houston as a marketing representative. He is a professional musician, toured
and recorded with Elsa Garcia.
Carr Academic Scholarships available
Applications from high school seniors are being accepted by Angelo State
University for Carr Academic Scholarships for 2000-2001.
Over 300 Carr Academic Scholarships for 2000-2001, ranging in value
from $1,500 to $6,000, are available to qualified high school seniors.
During the current year nearly 1,000 students from throughout Texas and
the nation, as well as numerous foreign countries, are attending Angelo
State University on Carr Academic Scholarships.
In order to be eligible, students must normally be in the top 15 percent
of their high school class, and present a combined math and verbal score
of 1140 or higher on the SAT1 or a composite score of 25 or higher on the
Enhanced ACT Assessment. Financial need is also a criterion for selection.
Supported by a growing $45 million trust established by the late Robert
G. and Nona K. Carr of San Angelo, the undergraduate scholarships may be
renewed annually by the University for students who maintain the required
academic record and personal standards. During a four-year course of undergraduate
study at ASU, Carr Academic Scholarships can be worth up to $24,000.
The priority deadline for submitting applications and all supporting
materials is February 1, 2000, although completed applications from outstanding
students may be considered up until June 1, 2000, to the extend that funds
are still available.
Application materials and information regarding the Carr Academic Scholarships
can be obtained by contacting or writing to: Financial Aid Office, Angelo
State University, Box 11015, ASU Station, San Angelo, Texas 76909 or call
915-942-2246 or toll-free 1-800-933-6299.
Additional information is available through the Angelo State University
web site on the Internet at http://www.angelo.edu.
Noisy toys can damage children's hearing
Noisy toys from Santa do more than shatter "peace on earth"and "good will
toward men." They can damage your child's hearing.
"When selecting a toy, most parents are guided by the child's request,
the color or the novelty. Parents assume that if a toy is in the store,
it's okay. But, that's not so," said Dr. Lois Sutton, a clinical assistant
professor of otorhinolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Currently, only a few safety regulations address the noise levels of
toys, however, Sutton provides the following guidelines:
· If a toy makes any noise, parents should try it out before
they take it home. "Loud things can come in small packages, even plush
toys. Test everything before you buy."
· If you have to raise your voice to be heard over the sound
of the toy, if it hurts your ears or causes ringing, do not buy it.
"And remember, children don't usually play with toys the way the manufacturer
intended. Sounds that may be tolerated at arms-length become dangerous
when a child puts the toy to his or her ear."
Sutton notes that standards set by the Ocupational Safety and Health
Administration limit the level and length of noise exposure in the workplace
to 80-85 dBA in an 8-hour period for adults. The dBA is a scale that reflects
the sensitivity pattern of human ears in decibels.
"OSHA recommends that hearing protection be worn in the workplace when
loudness and exposure time exceed the standards. However, there are no
standards for children," Sutton said.
Parents could be surprised to find that musical toys such as electric
guitars, drums and horns emit sounds as loud as 120 dBA. Toy phones can
measure between 123-129 dBA, and toys that produce firearm sounds can measure
150 dBA one foot away from the noise source. According to Sutton, 85 decibels
is about the loudness level of city traffic while 135 decibels is the level
of a jackhammer.
"Noise exposure is cumulative," Sutton said. "Constant wear-and-tear
on the fragile middle and inner ear structures can cause trauma. Over time,
those noise exposures begin to add up.
"Loud may be considered cool, but we are seeing more and more high school
students who suffer from hearing problems," she said. "Loud noise levels
can become a habit."
Sutton urges parents to set limits. "The louder the toy, the shorter
the play time."
And, limits should include pre-teens and adolescents who listen to stereo
systems with headphones and boom boxes with noice levels of 105-110 decibels.
"If you can hear the music when you approach a child wearing a headset,
it's too loud," she said.
Sutton encourages parents to do the entire family a favor this Christmas
by shopping wisely and enjoying a "Silent Night."
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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