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Is the Obamacare 'domino effect' a strategy for implementing socialized medicine in the U.S., asks AMAC

Failures of the Affordable Care Act outweigh benefits

WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 2 - There won't be an October surprise prior to the 2016 Presidential Elections, at least not as far as Obamacare is concerned, says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

"The cat's already out of the bag.  In fact, Lamar Alexander, often described as one of the most responsible Senators sitting in Congress, says that when the 2017 enrollment period begins on November 1 - seven days before voters are to pick the next president of the United States - it won't come as a shock that consumers will have little choice in picking a health insurance plan.  They'll have fewer plans to choose from and the ones that will be available will be grossly expensive," reports Weber.

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Taiwanese exhibit opens at IMAS

McALLEN – The International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 Nolana in McAllen, has opened an exhibit of native objects from the National Museum of History in Taiwan.

Featuring 40 native weavings from the Taiwanese indigenous peoples, including the Atayal, Truku, Amis, Puyuma, Paiwan and Rukai tribes, it will now be on display through Oct. 2. It gives IMAS visitors a rare glimpse into their unique lifestyles and value systems.

For more information, call IMAS at 956-682-0123.

MOSTH hosts Cuban model hobbyist

EDINBURG – The Museum of South Texas History welcomes miniature model hobbyist Rafael Morales as a guest speaker presenting, “Big Transport in a Small Scale,” starting at 2 p.m. in the Courtyard Gallery this Sunday, May 22.

Morales made a career in the aviation industry, which led him to create miniature models of historic transportation. Since 1992, Morales has painted and built miniature models in 1:48 and 1:350 scales for carriages and naval models, respectively.

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27th annual Festival celebrates accordion kings and queens

AUSTIN – Whether making a weekend trip or starting off on vacation across Texas, it might be worth a stop to start off the summer fun with a little bit of music at the 27th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival. Texas Folklife will bring its annual celebration of the state's accordion roots music to Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

In keeping with its mission to preserve and present Texas's diverse musical heritage, the festival will feature stars and legends in polka, Cajun, zydeco and conjunto. This year's accordion stars will include David Lee Garza and special guests, the Magnolia Sisters, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, and the Czech Melody Masters.

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Kick-off set for Family Summer Adventure Challenge

EDINBURG — Families looking for something different to do this summer are invited to participate in the RGV Family Summer Adventure Challenge (FSAC) at the Edinburg World Birding Center. Explore, discover interesting facts and win by taking on 12 challenges at 21 nature sites throughout the Valley this summer while enjoying the outdoors.         

The Family Summer Adventure Challenge takes participants to the different nature centers and parks of the Rio Grande Valley while completing the challenges. Upon completion and a journal submission, participants’ names will be placed in a drawing to win prizes.

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May 2016 Calendar of Events

May 21 – The Aglow International McAllen Community Lighthouse invites the public to a complimentary

prayer breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to noon for the first anniversary of their organization. For location and directions, call Criselda Alvarado, president, at 534-7941.

May 21 – The Rio Grande Valley Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist, presents an advanced nature photography workshop at the South Padre Island Birding Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. It is open to any level of photographer. Fee is $50. For details and registration, go to   An advanced workshop will be held Saturday, May 21. Registration is required; space is limited. Payment can be made by check or online with PayPal. For additional information, see or contact Heidi Linnemann at 797-2872 or

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Geocaching Treasure Hunt

Del Zander, a Winter Texan living at Retama Village in Mission, thinks geocaching is a great hobby for those who travel a lot, while Mission resident Eddie Olivarez found he was hooked when he was looking for something to keep his daughter busy while supporting his son during sporting event road trips.

Zander found that stopping a couple of hours at a geocache location gives him and his wife a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs a bit while searching for something out of the ordinary. Best of all, it is a hobby that does not cost anything to participate.

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Bob Corriveau is master woodcarver

Woodcarving is both art and avocation for Bob Corriveau of Eagle Creek, Wis. and Tropic Star RV & MH Resort. All of his pieces have won ribbons at various woodcarving shows, and two sculptures have won top awards in the World Fish Carving Championships.

“Pumpkin Seed,” a carving of a Sunfish, was awarded first place, Judges' Choice, and Best in Category for Novice Level, while “Black Crappie” won third place for Novice Level in the same show.

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RV Park creates habitat for native and migratory butterflies

MISSION, Texas, April 4, 2016 — Development in the Rio Grande Valley and across Texas is great for the economy, but not for the region’s famed Monarch butterflies, which are rapidly losing habitat along with other butterfly species.

But Oleander Acres RV Park is doing something about it.              

During the past six months, Winter Texans and park staff have planted more than 200 milkweeds, creating more than a dozen butterfly gardens across the park that are attracting about 100 different types of butterflies.

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McAllen Chamber plans Sizzling in the Tropics Cook-off

On April 2 the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will hold their “Sizzling in the Tropics” Bar-B-Q Cook-off at the Chamber of Commerce located at 1200 Ash Ave. The event will last from noon to 5 p.m. Barbecued beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs, Jackpot pan de campo and Jackpot beans will be served.

Live music will be provided by Sergio and Ropin’ the Wind, Eddie Saenz, Clueless, TR3N and Last Minute Band.

Tickets are $15 per person and guests can sample all they can eat. Tickets are available at the chamber of commerce. Call (956) 682-2871 for more information.

Golden Age Olympics winners announced

Results of the 2016 Golden Age Olympics sponsored by the City of McAllen’s Parks and Recreation Department have been announced. Golden Olympics is an athletic completion open to all Winter Texans in the Valley.

Bake-off Winners

In the Bake-off winners of bars were first, Sharon Branson, Tip O Texas; second, June Mueller, McAllen Mobile, third Julie Pederson, McAllen Mobile. Cake winners were first, Carolyn Adams, Tip O Texas; second Barbara Porter, McAllen Mobile; third, Peggie Becker, Tip O Texas.

Winners of the cookie competition were first, Ruby Insell, Tip O Texas; second, Sandy Lammers, McAllen Mobile, third, Beverly Oby, McAllen Mobile. Cupcake winners were P. Nenette McHenry, independent; second, Beverly Oby, McAllen Mobile; third, Ruby Insell, Tip O Texas.

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It’s time to say farewell

Another season is drawing to a close and the excitement of having so many warm and friendly people staying among us and taking part in the many concerts, festivals and special events for Winter Texans is ending. Although the roads are more crowded and restaurants busier when Winter Texans are here, it seems as though something is missing when they leave.

The style shows, the picnics, and other special events planned for Winter Texans, the reunions where they get together with people who had similar vocations, who are from the same location, or who support the same home sports teams are coming to an end. Theses events keep me hopping and I enjoy them and am often mistaken for a Winter Texan myself, though I’ve lived in the Valley 45 years.

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Golden Age Olympics Horseshoes: It’s like a family reunion

Horseshoe pitching can be a serious sport with leagues, tournaments, and world championships for players of all levels, but at the Golden Age Olympics horseshoes competition held at Tropic Star RV Park Winter Texans gathered to just have fun.

Georgia Burke, who won first place in Category B, the class for those who pitch a 40 percent or higher average, is a world tournament player. Georgia, along with four other Winter Texans from Oklahoma, is part of Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame in the National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA).

“I pitched horseshoes since I was a little bitty kid with my grandpa in the backyard,” Georgia said with a smile. “Twenty, twenty-five years ago, I started pitching in the League. I’ve gone to thirteen world tournaments, and that’s since I retired; only went one time before I retired. What I like best about horseshoe pitching is the competition and meeting people. I have friends from all over the United States, Canada, South Africa, Norway. When we go to the world tournament, it’s like a family reunion; we see all the people we met last year.”

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Bit O’ Heaven has Mardi Gras costume dance

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, residents of Bit O’ Heaven RV Park in Donna celebrated Fat Tuesday with a costumed dance. Many residents were dressed up in costumes, from traditional Mardi Gras clown or jester costumes to other colorful characters.

There were costumes from the Colonial era, leprechauns, kings and queens, waitresses serving drinks, and ladies looking like genies just released from their bottles, and other colorful garb. Many residents had fancy masks or colorful bow ties or other items that go with Mardi Gras celebrations. Gold, green and purple beads were passed out to party participants.

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Bicycle club, quilters honor WWII Veterans

As flag after flag was retired by flame, as tradition goes, tenants at the W & I Resort stood proudly and looked on as new flags fluttered in the wind.

Saturday, Feb. 26, the W & I Resort’s Bicycle Club had its flag retirement ceremony for the second year in a row. The ceremony this year honored the resort’s retired World War II veterans, Cecil Massie, Willis Boynton, Barnie Mossburg and Bob Schawb, who sat in the front row with their wives and were saluted by the many other veterans living in the community.

Garry Davidson, a 77-year-old from Miami, Oklahoma, who spent eight years in the Army Reserves, organized the event both this year and last.

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Livestock Show offers many adventures for Winter Texans

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show is always filled with fun things to do and many Winter Texans go year after year. But this year when the Winter Texan Times visited, many of the Winter Texans interviewed had never been to the livestock show before. To them it was a new experience that they were enjoying immensely.

The first stop the I made was to the antique farm equipment barn. There Dennis Duke, a blacksmith from Jamaica, Iowa, had a setup where he was heating metal and making what appeared to be metal parts for a wagon or buggy. He was attracting many visitors who watched him form the hot metal into pieces that could possible be used on some of the antique farm equipment. Another live display included rope making.

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Painted Cup farewell party is fun

In a recent meeting my publisher and I were looking at the Parks Calendar to see what activities were still going on in the parks. He saw the Painted Cup Farewell Party listed at Pharr South. “Hmm, painting cups. Sounds interesting. Why don’t you go out there and see what that’s all about.”

I agreed and put it on my list of things to do.

Surprise! They were not painting cups! They were having a farewell party sponsored by the residents of Painted Cup Street! This is the 28th year Painted Cup has sponsored the last block party of the year.

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Theatrical performances coming to RV parks

Bob and Mary Watson of Otsego, Minnesota have helped bring theatrical performances to Winter Texan parks in the Pharr area with plans to offer them to other parks and resorts in the Valley.

The Watsons have been very active in the Pharr Community Theater, and since they enjoy theater so much, they feel many other Winter Texans might enjoy the opportunity to see plays performed in the parks where they live. They have volunteered their time with the Pharr Community Theater that does performances several times a season. But the theater is quite small and only holds about 40 people, so they are unable to accommodate large audiences.

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Resaca de la Palma State Park offers educational trolley rides

Resaca De la Palma State Park in Brownsville was the site selected by the Red Hat Society Queens to visit for their monthly outing on March 9. The ladies met at the headquarters and were given a little information about the park before departing on a trolley tour.

Resaca de la Palma State Park is one of the newest state parks in Texas, opening in 2007. It is one of the nine satellites of the World Birding Center as well as a state park. Soon it will celebrate its 10th anniversary and special events will mark the occasion according to Park Administrator Lauren Acevedo.

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Winter Texan softball is a big hit

It’s been said that the USA vs Canada Softball World Series is better than the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Stanley Cup all wrapped up into one. While that may be just a bit of an exaggeration, the three-game softball series featuring Winter Texans and Valley residents ages 55 and older, each representing either the United States or Canada, can be a lot more fun to watch than any of those professional sports championships.

In its 17th year, the USA vs Canada Softball World Series is the culmination of the Senior Texan Softball League which is made up of three different leagues, each representing a different level of play. There’s the Leisure League, for the casual player, the Competitive League, for players that take their softball seriously, and the Recreational League, for players who want to play in a league more competitive than the Leisure League but not quite as intense as the Competitive League.

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