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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Rotary hears about appliance replacement program

Rowena Lyles updated the Pecos Rotary Club on the activities of the Community Council of Reeves County last Thursday.

Lyles is an outreach specialist with the organization.

According to Lyles the Community Council of Reeves County actually serves four counties: Reeves, Ward, Winkler and Loving.

Lyles said that the council administers several programs including the Meals on Wheels Program, the Utility Assistance Program, a heating and cooling appliance replacement program for the elderly and disabled and also a weatherization assistance program.

All of the programs are geared toward transitioning families out of poverty, she said.

Meals on Wheels delivers over 140 meals a day, Monday through Friday to elderly and disabled people.

The Utility Assistance Program provides monetary assistance with electric and gas bills subject to available funds.

The appliance replacement program provides new appliances such as stoves, water heaters and refrigerators to the elderly and disabled.

The weatherization program helps households at the poverty level make basic money-saving improvements such as insulating windows and installing new weather-stripping.

“Both programs are aimed at reducing energy costs,” she said.

The Community Council can be reached at 447-4913.

City reminds residents about bulky trash pickup policy

The Town of Pecos City want to remind residents that the city’s waste disposal contractor will pick up bulky items and yard waste if residents call and make an appointment. To schedule a pickup residents should call 447-9133.

According to Mayor Dot Stafford bulky items include furniture, mattresses, and household appliances. Yard waste such as clippings, leaves and shrubbery must be bagged and tree limbs must be bundled after being cut into four-foot or smaller lengths.

Items that will not be picked up include construction debris, liquid waste, tires, batteries, paint and any appliance that contains freon, according to a city handout.

Acosta named award winner

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Maritza Acosta of Pecos, has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Roll Award winner.

Acosta, who will attend Pecos High School, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

“Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history. Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement,” said Dr. George Stevens, Executive Director of the United States Achievement Academy.

The USAA National Honor Roll Awards provide honor roll students with many benefits and services and is a great tribute to a student’s dedication, talent and ability.

She is the daughter of David and Lupe Acosta of Pecos.

Maternal grandparents are Felix Lllanez of Alpine and Mrs. And Mrs. Cruz Acosta of Pecos.

Briceno receives medical degree

Billy R. Briceno, of Pecos, will complete the Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies degree at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) of Midwestern University in August.

Briceno participated in an official graduation ceremony and conferring of degrees at the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts in Sun City, Ariz., on June 4.

Briceno is the son of Lorina Briceno, of Saragosa.

After graduating from St. Charles Barromeo Seminary in 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2001 from the University of Texas at El Paso. He plans to stay in El Paso to work in a Family Practice office.

The Physician Assistant (P.A.) Studies master’s program at Midwestern provides a rigorous 27-month curriculum that prepares students to practice medicine with physician supervision. A typical P.A. practice centers on patient care and may include educational, research, and administrative duties.

The College of Health Sciences of Midwestern University was founded in 1992 for the purpose of offering programs in health professions that have a demonstrated shortage. The College offers bachelor and master’s degrees in Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, and Biomedical Sciences, as well as master’s degrees in Bioethics, Health Professions Education, and Cardiovascular Science.

Sotelo named Princess at kids’ rodeo

Azalee Sotelo, age 7, competed in the 52nd Annual Upton County All Kids Rodeo in Rankin.

She competed in barrel racing, poles, goat ribbon pulling, flags and for the Princess title. Azalee was crowned as the Upton County 2004 Rodeo Princess.

The Princess competition consisted of a pattern done by the previous princess in which all competitors imitated.

There were five others vying for this title.

This is Azalee’s first year in rodeo competitions.

She is the daughter of Pete and Azeneth Sotelo.

Grandparents are Aurelio and Amparo Lopez and Pablo and Evanjelina Sotelo of Pecos.

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