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Monday, December 14, 1998

News from Oasis of West Texas

Special Correspondent
Several students attended a FFA showmanship clinic this past
Saturday morning at 9:30 at the Ag Barn in Balmorhea.

This week is dead week at BISD. Secondary students will be
taking their semester exams.

The basketball teams will be playing in a tournament at
Buena Vista ISD.

This will be the first game for the boys varsity team. The
coaches expect great things from the varsity team this year.

The BISD school board meeting will be on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The meeting is open to the public. You should attend these
meets to keep up to date on your children's school.

The judges will be out there judging the decorated homes
here in Balmorhea. There are lots of residents working at
winning that first place title!

And kids, young and old , remember Santa will be at the
Balmorhea Firehall on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 to 11:30
a.m. Refreshments will be served. So go out and tell Santa
that you've been good and what you would like for Christmas.

Briceno awarded child care license

Linda Briceno of Saragosa has been awarded a Child
Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of
outstanding work with young children. The credential was
awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional
Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early
childhood profession.

CDA is the only major national effort to improve child care
by evaluation and recognizing the skills of individuals
providing care. The first credential was awarded 20 years
ago, and now 46 states plus the District of Columbia include
CDA in their child care licensing regulations.

Parents who use chid care are especially concerned today
about their children's welfare. With this in mind, as part
of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA
credential is observed working with young children by an
early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate
must demonstrate the ability to work with families to
develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in
a safe and healthy learning environment.

The CDA credential is having a positive effect on the
quality of child care. Its impact is evident in center-based
care as well as family child care, the most common form to
care for children under five years old.

Child care staff and parents wanting information on CDA
should write the Council for Early Childhood Professional
Recognition at 2460 16th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20009-3575. Or call (202) 265-9090 or

Scott aboard aircraft carrier

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Wesley K. Scott, son of Barney
G. and Carolann Lee of Pecos, recently departed on a
six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian
Oceans and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the aircraft
carrier USS Carl Vinson, home ported in Bremerton, Wash.

Scott is one of more than 11,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and
Marines departing their homes and bases aboard the ships of
the USS Carl Vinson Battle Group. The battle group is
comprised of seven surface combatants, two submarines and 10
aircraft squadrons.

Carriers, like USS Carl Vinson, are forward deployed around
the world to maintain a U.S. presence and provide rapid
response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible
deterrent to would-be aggressors and, if deterrence fails,
offer the most versatile and powerful weapons available,
including Tomahawk cruise missiles and tactical aircraft.

The 1995 graduate of Wichita High School of Wichita, Kan.,
joined the Navy in August 1995.

Youth leads congregation in special service

Youth of First United Methodist Church led morning worship
services, Nov. 22 and they shared their "sermon" and special
music with Pecos Nursing Home residents that afternoon.

Local pastors take turns leading worship at the nursing home
each month. Rev. Bruce Abbott of the Methodist Church was
pleased to have the youth helping this month.

"You could tell that the residents enjoyed the service,"
Abbott said. "There seemed to be an extra energy with the
youth being here," he said.

Half of the youth group played parts in a play called,
"Little Red Riding Hood and the Devil," which served as the
sermon for Youth Sunday at the church and the message at
Pecos Nursing Home. Other youth members played, "Seek Ye
First the Kingdom of God," on bells for special music.

For morning worship Sunday, Lara Weinacht played the piano
during the prelude, and Lindsey Shaw for the offertory.
Kendall Belles said the offertory prayer. Jack Armstrong led
the Call to Worship on his coronet. Shanna Tredaway played
"Shalom" on her flute as the benediction, which was recited
by Sandy Belles, Will Armstrong led the responsive reading,
and Kattie Davis led the congregation in morning prayer.

Will Oglesby and David Davis served as greeters and ushers.
Jake Weinacht and Matthew Oglesby were acolytes and ushers
for the worship service.

Youth members selected hymns for the service and also
provided scripture readings. The Affirmation of Faith that
was used was written by the Pecos Youth Group in 1996.

Pecos Methodist Youth include two groups: elementary from
4th through 6th grade; and senior, from 7th through 12th
grade. Leaders are Marina Weinacht and Karen Oglesby. Becky
Patterson, organist for the church, helped with music for
youth that Sunday.

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