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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

20230111 Computer 390419912 Editorial Use Only webMy how the world has changed

How many of you remember using a computer for the first time?

In our looking back to our previous issues, and our first season of the Winter Texan Times, we see when our writer Virginia Sunderman first used a computer to write an article for submission. It was printed in the January 15, 1988, issue of the Winter Texan Times.

She writes, “This is my first attempt at using a computer to write an article. I am using a computer at the Speer Memorial Library in Mission. The use of the computer is just one of the many advantages the library has to offer the public.”

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Ring in the new year with a shelter pup

20230104 PVASPuppy webOne of the most challenging times of the year for animal shelters is mating season for puppies and kittens. Shelters all over the country typically see an influx of newborn and young abandoned puppies and kittens starting in early spring and lasting into fall. The intake of these populations usually halts as we head into the winter months, and that's precisely what PVAS was anticipating.

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PVAS thanks community for their support

20230104 PVAS Leia 01 webAs we reflect upon this past year, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you have offered Palm Valley Animal Society in 2022. Only with the continued advocacy from our local and national community can we continue saving lives at the capacity that we do, and we are grateful for each helping hand that has impacted our lifesaving efforts.

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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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Let’s play ball

20221228 Senior Softball webThe Senior Texan Softball League is looking for players 55 and over. The league recently changed their name to Ed Martens Senior Softball League to honor their founder.
Come join the fun! Play Senior Slow Pitch Softball on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. The games are in the mornings at 9 a.m. at West Side Park in McAllen on Ware Rd., the best field in the Valley.

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‘Tripp’s Christmas Village’ defies all odds

20221221 Elks Santa and Mrs w girl USE webBy Barb Zanetti
Photos by Dennis Zanetti

The Second Annual Christmas program for disadvantaged children faced many obstacles.

Its Santa, a driving force, died in August. The weather for the morning of Dec. 17 was accurate: high winds, chilly temperatures, and rain. And the planning group had had only three weeks to prepare for an anticipated 200 children and their parents.

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Alamo lights up downtown for Christmas

20221221 Alamo Parade DSC 0402 webBy Herb Moering

Hundreds of residents along with Winter Texans turned out on a perfect night, Friday, December 9, for Alamo’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting plus stage entertainment.
Bill and Jean Snyder, from Carroll, Iowa said “this parade rocked.” “It was very good,” Jean said. “I loved the (PSJA High School Memorial) band and cheerleaders.”

The couple, who were attending their third or fourth parade and ceremony, have been coming down to the Valley for 12 years and currently stay at Winter Ranch RV Resort in Alamo. Their main pleasure is the sunshine, quite a difference from an Iowa winter Bill indicated.

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Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years

20221221 Lemon Tree Inn Pancake Breakfast KO 9716 webWinter Texans celebrate the holidays

Over the years we have had the pleasure to share how our readers celebrate the holidays. We have so much to do in the Valley during the holidays, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
Winter Texans love celebrating with others. You love to have get-togethers. You love to have parties. You love to have dinners. And you love to go places together.

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Red Hatter Queens collect toys, plan festival

20221221 Red Hatters IMG 8830 webThe Red Hatter Queens met this month with more than one goal in mind – they also collected toys for the Border Patrol. The queens gather every month to go over important news items, like the annual Festival of Tables, and go over any other important news items. Discussed at this month’s meeting was the festival along with ideas for places to take their groups to lunch. The Festival of Tables will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the luncheon at noon. Entertainment will be provided by Justin Terry. Tickets are $25 per person. Space is limited. For more information and where to send your payment for tickets, call Marge Hamburg at (815) 494-5159.

Food Bank in dire need of donations

20221221 Food Bank Racks webFood Bank RGV is asking for the community's help in supporting families and individuals in need this winter and into the new year.

In response to the growing need for assistance in the community, the Food Bank RGV reports that its warehouse shelves are becoming bare. With 275 partner agencies across the Rio Grande Valley, the Food Bank RGV provides food and resources to those at risk of hunger.

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Library to host art exhibit

20221221 Art Exhibit Salvador Carrillo Painting webSpeer Memorial Library in Mission is hosting an art exhibit through February 28, 2023, featuring the paintings of local artist Salvador Carrillo. The exhibit will be on display in the library’s Community Room, and will be available for viewing during regular library hours except when the display area is closed due to other events. Everyone is welcome to stop by the library and have a look at the paintings.

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