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Friday, November 8, 2002

Thanksgiving food donations needed for Christian Home

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- Turkeys, dessert and especially volunteers are needed for the  annual free Thanksgiving dinner put on by the Pecos Christian Home, and  scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 28 this year.

The dinner is an annual event and will be held beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Christian Home Director Bruce Dury said that the number of individuals that attend the annual event has grown in recent years, and between 250-300 people attended last year's event.

"Right now, we need everything, from turkeys to desserts," said Dury.

Dury said that at least two dozen turkeys are needed to complete the meal, which will include all the trimmings.

"I'm also working on finding volunteers to cook for us, because our cook is out of town on a family emergency," said Dury.

Thanksgiving Dinner will also be delivered to the individuals on the Meals On Wheels list. "That's over 100 people," said Dury, since regular Meals on Wheels deliveries do not take place Thanksgiving Day.

Dury said the dinner has been a success each year, and he feels confident the community will once again reach out and help.

"But of course, we always need volunteers, to help us serve the meal and to deliver the Meals on Wheels," said Dury.

"Everybody is always welcome to join us," he said.

Donations can be taken to the Christian Home, located at 1201 S. Elm Street or by calling 445-2049 and someone will pick up the items.

Top Optimist in Pecos for group's meeting

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- Creating more projects aimed at youths is the goals of the  Optimist Club and it's International President, who is in Pecos this weekend for  the club's quarterly meeting.

Bill Teague, a retired Director of Vocational Education for the Buncombe County Board of Education in North Carolina, will be a special guest at the club's quarterly meeting which is being held in Pecos this weekend.

"We have 52 Districts and the president tries to visit half or more of them," said Teague. "Governor Mickey invited us to attend the first quarterly conference here in Pecos and we decided it would be a nice place to visit."

Governor E.W. "Mickey" Fischer, who is the District Governor for New Mexico and West Texas will hosting the quarterly meeting.

Teague said that Pecos looked like a nice community and that the people were very friendly.

"Everybody has been really nice to us and they have been friendly," said Teague.

Teague has been an Optimist since April of 1976. "I even have perfect attendance and am a charter member of the club," he said.

He lives in Leicester, North Carolina with his wife, Linda, holds a Bachelor of Science, from Berea College, in Berea, N.Y. and a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Teague travels quite frequently and has been in the western part of the U.S. before. "I was in Arizona about a month ago, and before that was in Alberta, Mont., and on the first of October was in North Wyoming," he said. "We travel almost every weekend."

Teague added that he and his wife will be riding on the Optimist Float at the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif. "We'll also visit the district in California while we're there and a week later we'll go to a governor's meeting in Tucson, Ariz. We were in Canada and then went to Caribbean, also," he said.

The club's goals for the coming year are to make the organization grow so that more young people will be served. "We have a number of projects that we sponsor geared towards the youth," said Teague.

Teague said that the Optimist Club sponsors Youth Appreciation Week, Oratorical, which began in 1928, and a contest for the deaf and hard of hearing among other projects. "All these carry scholarships at the district level," he said.

"One that we will be focusing on for the next five years, is the Childhood Cancer Campaign," said Teague. "It would be nice if we could eradicate cancer, but we want to do this project to focus on the children with cancer."

Teague said that the club's slogan for this year is, `Where Every Kid Counts.'

"I truly believe this, every kid is important," he said. "That's what we're trying to emphasis, we'd like to be able to serve them to the maximum of our potential."

Another program is Safety on Wheels. "We also focus on a lot of programs for kids and their safety," said Teague.

Teague said along with its own youth programs, The Optimist Club helps out the Boy Scouts, with a mentoring program. "Our past international president met with President Bush to focus on a mentoring program and also met with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters to form a relationship with them and their program," said Teague.

Teague said that they already have two clubs, one in Indiana and one in Georgia that have been focusing on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. "They work with the youngsters for the next few years, as the young person grows and then they are also eligible for scholarships," said Teague.

Respect for the Law is a program sponsored by the Optimist. "That one has been around for a long time," said Teague. "We have something for the youth almost every month."

"We have programs for almost every type of sport," said Teague, and golf is one of the major sports programs the Optimist sponsor.

"We play on a major course, at the PGA National," said Teague, with 688 golfers from 25 different countries participating in the most recent golf tourney.

"Tiger Woods and other well-known golfers have been out there, who participated," he said. "That is a great program, there were some kids that were playing that were scoring in the high 60's and low 70's and that's on a major golf course."

Teague's Optimist International Service over the past 26 years includes: at the club level; Optimist Club of Erwin; Honor Club/Distinguished President, 1979-80; secretary-treasurer, 1997-98, 1983-84, 1978-79; vice president, 1991-92, 1981-82.

At the District level Teague is a Optimists Hall of Fame (Charter Member) 2000; secretary-treasurer, 1996-97, 1989-90; Distinguished Governor, 1987-88; Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, 1982-83; Lieutenant Governor, 1981-82 and District Foundation Representative.

His service on the International Level include International President, 2002-03; chair, Leadership Development Committee, 1999-2002; Member, New Club Building Committee, 1997-99; International Vice President, 1994-96; member, Leadership Development Committee, 1993-94; member, Rules Committee, 1992-93; member, Credentials Committee, 1990-92 and International Ambassador, 1992-94.

Teague said that his main goal as International President was to focus on all these programs for the youth and make everyone more aware of them.

Medical testing, flu shots offered at church's hall

PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- Santa Rosa Catholic Church will be providing free flu shots, blood pressure screening, diabetes screening, pulse oximetry and health information, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., on Sunday at the Church Hall on East Third Street.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Partners for good health are Reeves County Hospital Home Health Services and American Home Health and Hospice.

Hunter's safety class scheduled Sat., Sun.

PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- The Texas Cooperative Extension Service and Reeves County Game Warden Brad Reeves will be conducting a hunter's safety education course this weekend at the Texas Cooperative Extension Service office at 700 W. Daggett St., Suite E.

The course will run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Cost of the course is $5 per person.

For further information, contact either Brad Reeves, at 447-0077, or the Texas Cooperative Extension Service office, at 447-9041.

Rain causes city crews 'hole' lot of problems

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- Apparently everything has a cost, even rain in West Texas. 

Last month's rains took its toll on Pecos' streets in the way of potholes, according to Director of Public Works, Octavio Garcia.

"Every time it rains the water hurts the streets," he said.

Water seeping between the smallest of cracks in the asphalt saturates the ground beneath the street creating a soft spot where the asphalt is not supported.

The weight of cars passing over the soft spot depresses the asphalt and cracks develop.

More water seeps in and the situation gets worse with each passing vehicle.

Eventually a pothole develops.

"Probably every street in Pecos has some damage," he said.

After almost three weeks of intermittent rain, city crews are just now able to begin to address the problem.

"We have to wait until the ground begins to dry out," Garcia said. "If the ground is wet, the emulsion won't stick and the patch won't hold."

Garcia said that city workers began patching potholes on Thursday and that it could take two weeks to patch all the holes that have developed around town.

The cost is estimated at about $2,000.

"A load of asphalt costs about $4,000 and it looks like we will use about half a load to make all of the repairs," Garcia said.

Although the rain did speed up the process, Garcia said that patching the streets was business as usual for his crews.

"It is a constant process," he said. "Temperature cracks the asphalt too. The city buys about two loads of asphalt a year and we patch the streets year-round."

Garcia said that the streets fared better due to the spread-out nature of October's rains. Rains from storms that passed through the Pecos area fell on and off throughout most of the month, instead of all come closer together.

"It helped that the streets were not covered in water for long periods of time. The ground would have been saturated quicker and for a longer period of time and the damage would have been worse," he said.

Holiday closings for government, banks Monday

PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- Government offices and local banks will be taking Monday off for the annual observance of Veteran's Day.

The holiday was changed to the second Monday of November by Congress 30 years ago, but will be held on its original date of Nov. 11 this year. It was originally begun in 1918 as Armistace Day to celebrate the end of World War I in Europe, but was changed to honor all of the nation's Veterans following the end of World War II in 1945.

Security State Bank and West Texas National Bank will be closed for the day, as will all city, state and federal offices. Reeves County Courthouse will also be closed, and the regular Reeves County Commissioner's Court meeting on the second Monday of each month will be pushed back a day to Tuesday.

The U.S. Post Office will also take Veteran's Day off, but Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD schools will be open as usual on Monday, as will almost all local businesses.

The Pecos Enterprise will also be open for regular business hours on Veteran's Day and will publish its regular Monday addition along with a special Veteran's Day supplement.


PECOS, Fr., Nov. 8, 2002 -- High Thursday 71. Low this morning 46. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 45 to 50. Southwest winds 5 to 15  mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Continued warm and breezy. Highs in the  mid 80s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy.  Lows 45 to 50. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 80. Veterans Day:  Partly cloudy. Lows 40 to 45. Highs in the mid 60s.


Elva Rayos

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