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Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Ontiveros celebrates ninth birthday

Joseph Daniel Ontiveros celebrated his 9th birthday with a party held in his honor, Saturday, Dec. 12.

The party was held at the Ontiveros residence. The theme for the event was Pokemon. The kids enjoyed breaking a Pokemon pinata.

His favorite gifts were Pokemon toys given to him by his grandma, Christina.

He is the son of Oscar and Nancy Ontiveros.

Paternal grandmother is Rosa Ontiveros of Pecos.

Maternal grandmother is Christina Bitolas of Pecos.

OC to have registration

Registration for Odessa College's midwinter classes will be held 8-10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 27. Classes begin that afternoon at 1 p.m.

Midwinter courses parallel those offered in the regular term except that they are compressed into a shorter time span. Full academic recognition is given these courses, and the time spent and the credit earned is equivalent to that of the regular session.

Students may register at the Registrar's Office on the second floor of the Student Union Building.

Although the OC campus is closed for the Christmas holidays, the Cashier's and Admissions Offices will be open during midwinter registration. The Odessa College bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on registration day.

Proof of Texas residency for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment is required at registration to qualify for Texas resident tuition rates.

All transfer students must furnish an official transcript and TASP scores.

For more information, call the Odessa College Admissions Office at 915-335-6432 or visit the Odessa College web page at

Poison ivy can ruin holiday outing

If poison ivy is the last thing on your mind as you head to your winter cabin or ski lodge, think again. Twigs of the plant mixed in with firewood or vines mistakenly woven into Christmas wreaths or decorative swags can still release the poisonous sap called urushiol.

At least 70 percent of the U.S. population has an allergic reaction to even casual contact with the poison ivy plant. In order to keep the rash from appearing after contact, you must act quickly.

"If you can wash it off with water immediately after you're exposed, that's probably sufficient," said Dr. Rajani Katta, an assistant professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. Just to be on the safe side, be sure to launder clothing, wash off gardening tools and even animals that might come in contact with the plant. Urushiol that has rubbed off the plants onto other objects can remain potent for years.

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