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Veterans to be honored

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American Spire Of Honor
The American Spire of Honor stands at the center of Veteran's War Memorial of Texas.

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice was agreed to in 1918, ending World War I. That moment, 99 years ago, was called Armistice Day and subsequently in 1919 became a solemn, patriotic occasion honoring all those Americans who fought in what was called “The Great War.” It became a national observance in 1938.

On June 1, 1954, the U.S. Congress changed the word “Armistice” in the 1938 law to “Veterans” and urged the nation to additionally honor those on Nov. 11 who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. And now, the national holiday honors all those who have been in military service.

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Winter Texans wanted to help with Edinburg Bird-a-thon

It’s time for the 5th Annual Edinburg Bird-a-Thon and the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center wants Winter Texans to help count migrating birds. This event runs from April 1 to May 1 and everybody can participate.

This family-friendly competition is a great way to start and learn about the migrating species that are making their way north through the Lower Rio Grande Valley.During this time period, bird diversity is at its peak and sightings are in abundance.

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We Had Great Time!

It has been a busy winter season for our staff here at the Winter Texan Times. Trying to keep up with all the many Winter Texan activities going on throughout the Rio Grande Valley keeps us on our toes. But we always have fun attending the activities and events held for our Winter Texan friends who come to the Valley each year.

We’ve enjoyed seeing you and visiting with you at so many different events, from the awesome RC car races at Alamo Palms MH Resort and the wood carving at Ranchero Village to the rock ‘n roll jam at Paradise Resort Estates and many other activities held every day in the RV parks and resorts.

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Winter Texan Activities Association seeks volunteers

The Winter Texan Activities Association (WTAA) is a volunteer-run association that has been organizing fun activities for Winter Texans in the Mission area for the past 30 years.

But, as it goes with many organizations today, they need a fresh crop of volunteers to help keep the organization running.  Sharon Northedge, president of the association, said the board was considering dissolving the association due to a lack of people to help run the events they put on each year. But after meeting with Jim Brunson, publisher of the Winter Texan Times, decided to hold on a little longer and try to muster some help.

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Thanks for coming!

As we approach the end of another winter season, it is time to say farewell to many of our Winter Texan Friends who will be leaving soon. Before you go, we want to thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home.

We are always delighted to see so many of you come to the Valley each year to enjoy the warm weather, the friendly people, the modest cost of living and the many, activities and entertainers here to make your stay all the more enjoyable.

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MOSTH speaker to present Bandit Wars era

The Museum of South Texas History will present “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, Mar. 19, at 2 p.m. as part of its Sunday Speaker Series. The presentation will cover historical conditions in the Rio Grande Valley that led to the “Bandit Wars,” a term historically used to define the era, of the 1910s.

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IMAS seeks volunteers for ‘A Night at the Brew-seum’

The annual “A Night at the Brew-seum” at the International Museum of Art and Science will take place April 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Winter Texans who stay through April may want to volunteer for this special event. They will receive a Brew-seum shirt and training but will not be allowed to drink any alcohol during the event.

Volunteers are needed for set up on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for final set up and details.

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Texas Master Naturalist Colonial Waterbird Training

Want to monitor waterbirds for Audubon’s Texas Coastal Conservation Program?  Through RGV Chapter Texas Master Naturalist, the Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN) is offering a class in Colonial Waterbird Monitoring Training.  It is free, and open to the public. 

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Dazzling Dolphins host Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn

20170309 Red Hats Dazzling Dolphins Beach Party KO 034Dazzling Dolphins Red Hat Chapter (pictured) hosted the Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort on Feb. 28.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Dazzling Dolphins, a Red Hat Society Chapter from South Padre Island held their annual Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Ladies from several Red Hat Chapters in the Rio Grande Valley attended the event.

The theme of this year’s event was Mexican Fiesta and each of the ladies was dressed in festive fiesta wear of all designs and colors.

They were served a meal of cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, beef and chicken tacos, and brownies.

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Guest speakers featured at Monarch Celebration

20170309 WEB QuintaMazatlanQuinta Mazatlan is hosting a Monarch Celebration Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Butterfly experts will be giving special monarch-themed presentations and will be on hand to answer questions from all ages. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the influence butterflies have on our ecosystems, will have the occasion to travel on Quinta’s Migration Path, create art, enjoy stories, costume characters, and face painting.

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Alamo Rec Veh receives Good Sam Award

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Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination Award for 2017

Bea Kraus, Mail Person; Bob Vess, Resident On-site Manager; Juanita Vess, Office Manager; Jim Hamel, Assistant Manager and Barbara Hamel, General Manager of Alamo Rec Veh show off their Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination for 2017 Award.

Alamo Rec Veh RV Park was recently surprised to find out they had been selected to receive the Good Sam 2017 Award for Top Snowbird Destinations. Barbara Hamel, general manager, said the award came as a surprise because Alamo Rec Veh was unaware their name had been submitted for consideration.

“It is not an honor we applied for as a park,” explained Hamel. “Some of our residents got together and made the recommendation to Good Sam. We were unaware we were even being considered until we were notified that we had won. It was a total surprise to us, but a very happy one.”

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Citrus industry seeks public’s help in controlling parasites

20170223 Mex Fruit FlyOver the next five years Mexican Fruit Flies could cost the citrus industry $1.44 billion in lost revenues in three states including Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, other parasites such as the Asian Citrus Psyllid could contribute even more to lost citrus revenues, according to South Texas Citrus Alert (STCA).

STCA officials say homeowners who fail to address parasites affecting trees in their yards could be exacerbating the problem. That’s why the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office in conjunction with the STCA is holding a Winter Texan Citrus Center Festival Feb. 10 at the Texas A& M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.

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Park Place ladies sew 10,000 comforters for needy

It all began in 1998, about 28 years ago, when a visit to a children’s home in Reynosa indicated a need for comforters for their beds. A that time 30 comforters were made and presented to the home. 

During the summer an appeal was made for fabric, threads, yarns, sheets and sewing machines. Park Place residents answered the call by attending garage sales and estate sales. Upon hearing the need, donations were given by several companies.

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McAllen Travel & Health & Wellness Expo will be Feb. 21-22

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will again host their annual Travel Show in conjunction with the Health & Wellness Expo sponsored by Rio Grande Regional Hospital at the McAllen Convention Center on Feb. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Thousands of people attend this popular event each year, making it the largest health event in the Rio Grande Valley, said Luis Cantu, Vice-president for Business and Community Development for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

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Fiesta on the Greens is part of Mega Winter Texan Fiesta

The annual Fiesta on the Greens, held in conjunction with the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta will be held Friday, Feb. 10 at the Shary Municipal Golf Course in Mission. 

It will begin at 8 a.m. with a six-person Texas Scramble.  The cost is $40 which includes food, beverages and 18 homes of golf. Cart is included.

There will be a variety of prizes given away during the day like shirts and caps from Shary Golf Course and items provided by other vendors.

Call the Shary Golf Course Pro Shop at (956) 580-8770 for details and registration.

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  • Season of concerts arrives for RGV music groups

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  • Many parks with new or improved ‘toys’ for Winter Texans

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  • Halloween bash starts social season at Victoria Palms

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    Winter Texans at Victoria Palms Resort went all out with their costumes for the Halloween Bash and dance.

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  • Coachman Rally makes Victoria Palms a Destination Rally

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    Approximately 25 Coachman owners participated in a week-long Destination Rally to Victoria Palms to learn more about the things the Rio Grande Valley has to offer. The event was planned by Judi McClellan and her husband, Jack, who have been coachman owners for 45 years.

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  • Vet recalls close calls in Vietnam

    20171109 DAVE COLEDave Cole, a resident of Texas Trails RV Resort in Pharr, spent four years in Vietnam in the Army's Security Agency. He has lived in the Valley for 16 years.

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  • Veterans to be honored

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    American Spire Of Honor
    The American Spire of Honor stands at the center of Veteran's War Memorial of Texas.

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