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Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 24-26

With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 26.

“While we can’t know when the next flood, tornado or hurricane may strike, we can make sure our families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

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Spring Lawn Equipment: Get Ready for Backyarding in High Style This Year

SpringLawnEquipmentfeatureBackyarding is the new trend that’s emerged during the pandemic. Our backyards are where we eat, work, play, relax and socialize, and the green spaces around our homes have proven to be vibrant places for connection and vital to maintaining mental health.

So how do you get ready for lots of springtime backyarding? You organize your yard and ready your landscaping.

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I-2/I-69C closures scheduled

PHARR – The Pharr exit ramp (146A) from westbound I-2 will be closed for six months beginning Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Motorists needing to access this area from westbound I-2 will need to utilize the Veterans Boulevard exit ramp (147A).

Additional mobile operations will take place next week, March 7, 2021 – March 12, 2021. Details are included below.

Nightly, Sunday, March 7, 2021 – Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Traffic will be intermittently slowed on the I-2 eastbound and westbound main lanes between Cesar Chavez Road in San Juan and 2nd Street in McAllen. The mobile operation is necessary to provide a safe work zone for crews clearing debris from the main lane shoulder.

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Ocelot Festival this weekend

Ocelot4 600pxThe 2021 Virtual Ocelot Festival will be held this weekend, Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7. The event will feature an auction, a series of speakers, a month-long virtual run event and more. The festival is brought to you by Viva the Ocelot, Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

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Aid available for winter damages

Texas homeowners and renters in the 77 counties designated for individual assistance who sustained damage may now apply for disaster assistance with FEMA.

If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

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Seven things to stop doing in 2021

In January, we typically look back over the previous 12 months and contemplate what we intend to do differently in the upcoming year. Curiously, these resolutions are often the same ones we made and abandoned the year before. With 2020 behind us—and none too soon, you will probably agree—you will take a different approach this year.

Rather than adding to your already jam-packed to-do list, look for what you have been doing that is not serving you well. Then quit doing it.

“Many people found that 2020 stripped away their illusions and showed them the parts of their lives that aren’t working,” says Steve Cook, author of Lifeonaire: An Uncommon Approach to Wealth, Success, and Prosperity. “Wherever you’re suffering—finances, lifestyle, relationships, spirituality—if you dig down to the root you might find the problem is you’ve bought into a cultural narrative that tells you to hustle, grind, stay busy, and keep pursuing more.”

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