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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Rodriguez celebrates fourth birthday

Samantha Rodriguez celebrated her fourth birthday on July 19, with a party held in her honor at Gattiland in Odessa.

Theme for the special event was "Dora the Explorer."

Her older brother, Donovan Jr. and her baby sister, Dalilah Ann were on hand to help her celebrate her birthday.

Samantha received lots of gifts, but her favorites were the Care Bears given to her by her cousins, Arianne and Amrie Orona and the Dora the Explorer doll given to her by a friend, Lorna Navarette.

She is the daughter of Laura and Donny Rodriguez of Pecos.

Maternal grandparents are Mary Ann and Johnny Varela of Pecos and Pete Maldonado of Odessa.

Paternal grandparents are Gloria and Charles Waight, of Midland, and the late Panfilo Rodriguez.

WTSS staff and volunteers recognized

West Texas State School staff, volunteers and their families gathered on August 2nd at Pyote Park for their sixth annual awards picnic hosted by the WTSS Facility Improvement Committee.

Lydia Barnard, TYC Director of Juvenile Corrections, presented WTSS volunteers with appreciation gifts. Statewide volunteer award nominees were also recognized. The Legal Assistants Association of the Permian Basin was recognized as this years statewide award winner for TYC's outstanding volunteer group and the first statewide award winner from the West Texas State School volunteer program.

State Representative Pete Gallego was the guest speaker for this years event. Mr. Gallego commented on the difficult issues we are currently facing in Texas and complimented the residents of the West Texas area on their perseverance. He encouraged all those present to "make your voices heard" in the governmental process.

Diana Mann, JCO IV on Dorm 11, was named the 2003 "Employee of the Year". She and the other departmental winners received award plaques presented by WTSS superintendent Lemuel Harrison and assistant superintendent John White. WTSS employee service awards were also presented.

This year's celebration featured a "Hawaiian" theme complete with palm trees, coconuts and hula lessons. Families brought along desserts to compliment the bar-be-que chicken, brisket and baked potatoes with all the trimmings prepared by FIC members. Attendees enjoyed themselves in a variety of games and contests for all ages and the Pyote swimming pool provided a welcome respite from the heat of the day.

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