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January 4, 2023 - On the Road with Jo

20230104 Go with Jo Sorry Game 2 webChristmas memories and a Happy New Year

Brrr! It’s been cold. Too cold for me to go exploring. My South Texas blood is just not ready for winter weather. And was it ever cold and windy at the beach. A few hearty souls walked the beach probably looking for that prize shell that all of us hope to find. Those angry, wind tossed waves surely must have brought a real find to some adventurous soul.

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January 4, 2023 - From the Cheap Seats

20230104 Shuffleboard 1 webShufflers are shufflin’ again

It wasn’t very long ago that shuffleboard was shuffling itself in the wrong direction, not just in the Valley, but around the country.

Not only were fewer Winter Texans taking part in the long-loved sport, but COVID-19 added to its rapid slow-down.

But shufflers are shuffling again, and new shufflers are coming in at a rate not seen in many years.

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Santa Maria Bullring presents Cayetano Delgado

20221228 cayetano delgado webBy Fred Renk

This story is the history of one new Mexican matador that will be performing at the Santa Maria Bullring next month.

Cayetano Delgado, born in 1996 to Mexican matador Enrique Delgado Cayetano, grew up in the bullfight world. The icon matador David Renk ‘El Texano’ was his god father. When Cayetano was about 11 he started training to be a novice bullfighter. He had two great teachers, his father and David Renk. At the age of 13 he began a career in the bullfight world. To even consider doing this you need help with money.

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Christmas lights were all aglow at Bentsen Grove

20221228 BentsenGrove First Place IMG 8947 webChristmas lights and decorations were hung throughout Bentsen Grove RV Park for the Christmas holidays. Residents took to decorating their winter homes for a chance to win a prize. Winter Texan Times had the honor to help vote for the top three.

Although a lot of park residents had lights up, only 14 residents actually entered the contest. It was very hard to pick a top three. I had several favorites but had to narrow it down quite a bit. I was thankful that I didn’t have a larger group to choose from.

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MHM hosting “Turning of the Quilts”

20220126 MHM Quilt Show GU 2683The Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries for its “Turning of the Quilts” program to be offered January 20, 2023. The museum is looking for antique, vintage, or just plain interesting quilts for this program. The quilts are presented stacked on a bed. As each quilt is shown, it is turned down to reveal the next quilt, until all have been presented. A knowledgeable presenter will talk about each quilt as it is shown.

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A Christmas party needed a community’s help

20221228 Landmarks Mark and Joe bring bodx to stage webWinter Texans came to the Rescue

By Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

Almost 1,000 presents were assembled. Santa was scheduled to appear with his buddy, The Grinch. The photographer was ready. Six hundred children and several dogs were registered online to receive gifts at The Landmark on Tower’s Second Annual Christmas party.

The only thing missing was more good help. Restaurant owner Roel Landa said he didn’t even know how much he needed Santa’s Winter Texan elves.

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Texas State Parks kicks off 100-Year Birthday Celebration

20221228 Texas Parks webAUSTIN— Three, two, one ... Happy Birthday, Texas State Parks! Park lovers everywhere are invited to help Texas State Parks begin celebrating 100 years Jan. 1 with a First Day Hike. Almost every Texas State Park will host ranger-guided and self-guided walks, bike rides, paddling trips and polar plunges in honor of the national initiative aimed at getting people outdoors.

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Do You Know It’s Christmas?

20221228 PalmGardens Bears webSubmitted by Ruth Filz

Residents of Palm Gardens RV Park in Harlingen routinely take the following words of the popular Christmas song Do You Know It’s Christmas to heart, and especially during the holidays.

And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time.

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