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IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS El Paso Times O D Tuesday, Sept 2, 1997 CAPEHART HOUSING Golf tournament It's golf for a good cause Friday when the Socorro Independent School District's Dr. W.G Rnrh Scholarship Golf Tournament '97 gets ..under way at the Fort Bliss Sunrise' Course, 3200 Coe. Check-in time is between 7 and 8 a.m. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. fu, Tournament director Tom Ruiz is .. organizing players into teams of four ::with an entry fee of $79 per person, -.. which includes greens fees, use of a cart, souvenir shirt, lunch and an entry for a prize drawing. Proceeds for this event will go to fund the teacher training scholarships at the University of Texas at El Paso. .-. During the 1996 tournament, 97 golfers helped raise more than $11,000 yifor college-bound seniors from Socorro and Montwood High Schools. The program helps pay for books and the ;";.first year's tuition for students who plan to major in education at UTEP. Information: 860-3413 or 860-3421. LEE TREVINO Shopping center tries for October opening: The Trevino Towne Centre at Lee Trevino and Vista Del Sol is in its final stages and is reeling in tenants as it plans for a mid-October opening. "We're about 50 to 60 percent leased at this point in time," said Ronald Stading of Stading and Bingham Joint Venture, an El Paso real ' estate company that developed the ,, new shopping center. Among the tenants will be a Chopsticks Restaurant. "We're really moving rapidly and, Elerthorpe i hi J . . ; i ia- - 1 Baas KM :v AWU t (A lit- vA& , iCT J; fcS8t ( Fred-H-- MEXICO e V V ' ' ( V IjT -tFabens ' ' Mexico NS p rrn , y ftiys Juarez X we are really pulling in tenants with our bright, colorful neon signs," Stading said. SUN VALLEY Slgn up for classes: The Northeast Recreation Center, 5301 Salem, has a variety of classes beginning for young and older people throughout the week. For example, children ages 4 and above can be enrolled in gymnastics classes which take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Costs range from $10 a month to $25 a month. Also available are classes in aerobics, which take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and karate classes, for ages 6 and older, from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Information: 821-8909. ALAMEDA Ex-student nominations frill ght The Jefferson High School Ex-student Associa-tion is seeking nominations for outstanding ex-student. Nominations of graduates who have made contributions to the community should be sent to the high school, 4700 Alameda. The ex-student will be honored as part of the homecoming festivities Sept. 29-Oct. 4. Information: David Carr, 772-2587. DOWNTOWN Police advisory board meeting: The Central Regional Command Citizen's Advisory Commission will have a meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Central Regional Command Center, 200 Campbell. Gadsden district students see yo-yo demonstration: Members will discuss revisions in; the bylaws and start planning for Pride Day, a citywide cleanup. The 17-member board serves as a communication link between residents and the Central command. The board is looking for new members. - Information: 577-5000. ANTHONY, N.M. . A m." Students in the Gadsden Inde- pendent School District will see yo-yo demonstrations and get tips on how to master the spool-like toy this week. Yo-yo champions from USA Yo-Yo Extravaganza will have assemblies starting today to teach children the basics of the game, tricks and safety. 'The tour will start at 8:15 a.m. at La Mesa Elementary School in La Mesa and continue today in schools in San Miguel, Mesquite, and Anthony. The group also will visit with schools in Chaparral, Sunland Park, Berino and La Union this week. Parents are encouraged to attend the event with their children. Videos and yo-yos will be on sale. Information: 882-6783. Linda Crooks, In Our Neighborhoods runs Tuesday through Saturday. To have your community news included, please call 546-6416 or mail the information to In Our Neighborhoods, El Paso Times, P.O. Box 20, El Paso, Texas 79999. You can also fax the information to 546-6415. Labor Day march supports displaced workers 1 1 ' . Leon! Monroy El Paso Times Santa Hernandez of Paso was among dozens of people who joined La Mujer Obrera Labor Day march Monday. The advocacy group was urging bilingual job training for workers displaced by NAFTA. Alamogordo hall of fame honors 5 space-flight pioneers Times staff, wire reports ALAMOGORDO Five men will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo next month. The nominees were selected by the Governor's Space Center Commission, which is the policymaking body of the Space Center, said Jack Moore, a spokesman for the space center. The inductees who will be honored at the Oct. 18 ceremonies are: Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., the first African-American to fly in space. Brig. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr., the first African-American to command a space shuttle mission. Claude Nicollier, the first Swiss astronaut to fly aboard the shuttle. Lt. Gen. Bernard A. Schriev-er, who started the U.S. Air Force Ballistic Missile Agency. The late Walter Charles Williams, director of operations for Project Mercury. Bluford, 54, became an astronaut in 1979. He is a veteran of four space flights, the most recent aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, which performed sev eral military man in space and NASA experiments. He left the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1993 and is now vice president and general manager of the engineering services division for NY-MA Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. Bolden, 51, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and became an astronaut in 1981. He is a veteran of four shuttle flights, the pilot on two and the mission commander on the other two. One mission he commanded carried the first Spacelab mission dedicated to NASA's Mission to Planet Earth; the other included the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a shuttle. Bolden left NASA in 1994 to return to active duty with the Marines. Nicollier, who turns 53 this week, worked as a research scientist in various airborne infrared astronomy programs and was selected by the European Space Agency in 1978 as a member of the first group of European astronauts. He has participated in three shuttle missions, including one as a mission specialist aboard Endeavor in 1993 that serviced and repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. Schriever, who came to the United States from Germany as a boy with his family in 1917, retired from the Air Force in 1966 as a lieutenant general. He was a test pilot for the Army Air Corps in 1939 and graduated in 1941 from the Air Corps Engineering School, specializing in aeronautical engineering. He became commander of the Air Research and Development Command in 1959 and was responsible for pushing research and development of all technical phases of the Atlas, Titan, Thor and Minuteman ballistic missiles. Williams, who died in 1995, joined NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1940. Six years later, he and a team of engineers arrived at what is now Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to prepare for X-l supersonic flights. In 1959, he directed operations for Project Mercury, supervising all the Mercury missions. He later was assigned to NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. He retired in 1982. Summer Continued from IB winning team was led by Pastor Hector Saucedo, who brought about 20 members of his North east flock for a final summer picnic. "There are no crowds here," he said. "We can enjoy everything." Young golfing brothers James and Charles Berry visited the park about three times a month over the summer. They were preparing for another round by slathering themselves with sun-tan lotion. The end of summer means school, homework and raking leaves to James, 11, a sixth-grader at Morehead Middle School. Alison Ford and her 8-year-old daughter, Dina, have made several trips to the Hueco Club during the summer. The teacher mentor from the Ysleta Independent School District said they used the park as a treat after finishing housework. "We're finishing the summer with a barbecue," she said from poolside. "We can still enjoy the weather. It just won't be at this pool." The YWCA took over the family-friendly site from El Paso Energy Corp. about 13 months ago and opened it to the public. Although operating hours will get shorter, parts of the club still will be open during the winter for Bonferences, family occasions, student functions and general use. Information: 855-8075. SOUTHWEST Auditors find lottery lax, integrity uncompromised Associated Press DALLAS Lax control and , .supervision by state lottery offi-( cials of private contractors hired to run the games has left the appearance of impropriety, state auditors say. The conclusions are part of a 63-page state auditor's report obtained by The Dallas Morning News. State Auditor Lawrence Alwin planned to release the report this week, the newspaper said in a story for Monday's editions. ' GTECH Holdings Corp., the state's primary lottery contrac- tor, helped to foster the perception of impropriety by awarding lucrative contracts to close i friends of lottery staff members, the report said. The games were not compromised, however, Alwin said. The report is based on a 16-month investigation of the Texas Iottery Commission by Alwin's staff, the newspaper reported. GTECH spokesman Marc Palazzo said Sunday that auditors "were "unable to ignore that the Texas lottery is one of the most sucssful in the worlX and that the integrity of the lottery has not been compromised." However, he said the report contains many "significant errors, omissions and inaccurate conclusions." Lottery Commission Chairwoman Harriet Miers of Dallas said the commission has "embraced" the report and acted to address some of the auditor's concerns. They contended that GTECH and other vendors created apparent conflicts of interest by hiring close friends of Nora Linares, the lottery's former director. Auditors also faulted the commission for not ordering vendors to replace those people, as their contracts allow. Other concerns: Commissioners allowed penalties assessed GTECH for contract violations to go uncollected for a long time. Commissioners violated state law by spending thousands of dollars in advertising and promotions at two pari-mutuel tracks. One, Retama Park near San Antonio, was partly owned by GTECH co-founder Guy Snowc n. Tips Genealogist Alan Mann offers on his Web site an eight-step research process for beginners: Gather papers at home, looking for names, dates and places on certificates, documents, letters and other sources. Record entries into forms or use special software. Check for inconsistencies, and record the source of the information. Verify the information with original records. Look for Information found by others, a process known as the "survey phase." Use Internet newsgroups and bulletin boards to contact others with common interests. Select a specific individual in your family history about whom you'd like to know more. Choose a record or source from which to obtain that information. Obtain the selected record by writing to or visiting libraries, courthouses, churches or using a professional researcher. Evaluate what you've found, decide if it's accurate, record the information and share it with anyone who themselves might find it useful. K Internet plants family trees in genealogist's living room Associated Press SEYMOUR, Texas Wanda Richardson Irby's family tree has stopped branching out. Her husband's is similarly stunted. In the absence of more information about their roots, Irby has dedicated her remote genealogical nerve center to helping others trace their heritage. "It's fun to climb family trees, no matter whose tree you're climbing," she said. Thumbing yellowed records and visiting graveyards remain among the best genealogical tools. However, the information superhighway has scores of exit ramps into antiquity. Irby, 63, blasts into the past with CD-ROMs and silicon. Census records, birth and death certification, pension lists and other materials dot cyberspace for those examining their roots. Irby volunteers in the GenWeb Project, a loosely organized nonprofit group dedicated to posting raw genealogical information from counties nationwide. Salt Lake City is perhaps America's genealogical capital. 3i - " Ron Meflln Associated Press Wanda Irby volunteers in the GenWeb Project, dedicated to posting genealogical information nationwide. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Family History Library maintains the world's largest treasury of family data, though it's not available on the Internet. Yet. "Hopefully the day will come in two to three years that similar databases as large, or larger, will be on the Internet," said Alan Mann, who supervises automated resources fo the library.

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