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Friday, January 14, 2000

Scholarship deadline set

High School students with a grade point average of `B' or better and college students with a GPA of `B+' or better are eligible for a $1,000 college scholarship (U.S. citizens only). All requests for applications must include the following: student's name, permanent home address, city, state, zip code, name of current high school or college, approximate GPA, and year in school during the 1999-2000 academic year.

To receive an application, e-mail , paper mail Educational Communications Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 5012, Lake Forest, IL 60045-5012, or fax 847-295-3972. Requests must be received by March 16, 2000.

Applications will be fulfilled by mail only, on or about April 7, 2000. Two hundred and fifty winnes will be selected on the basis of academic performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and some consideration for financial need. A total of $250,000 will be awarded.

Herrera arrives in Germany for duty

Army Pvt. Adrian M. Herrera arrived for duty at the Vilseck-Grafenwoehr Military Community in Germany.

Herrera is an armor crewman assigned in Vilseck.

He is the son of Alfredo G. and Hazel A. Herrera of Pecos.

The private is a 1999 graduate of Pecos High School.

Eating a Folate diet is helpful

Eating a diet filled with plenty of folate will help mothers-to-be build a good defense against birth defects.

"Folate is a water-soluble vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects, of which, spina bifida is the most common," said Joan Carter, a dietitian with the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "If a woman has plenty of folate in her body at the time of conception, she can reduce the risk of delivering a child with a neural tube defect by 50 to 70 percent."

Mothers-to-be are encouraged to consume at least 400 micrograms of folate a day. Folate can be found in orange juice, lentils, black and pinto beans, spinach, asparagus and broccoli.

Parents need to think of children

Parents who are divorced need to put aside their differences for the sake of the children,.

"Parents need to keep their feelings about one another to themselves and look at life from the child's point of view," said Dr. Jennifer Hays with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

When parents scream and yell and criticize each other, they not only hurt the child's love to the other parent, they are also indirectly criticizing the child. Hays says it's important to reassure children the divorce was not their fault, that both parents will always be there for them, that both parents love them, and that things will get better with time.

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