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Welcome Back, Winter Texans

FromthepublisherWelcome back, folks.

It seems like it’s been forever since you were here with us enjoying the great weather and abundance of fun activities in the Rio Grande Valley. While it’s been a busy summer, we are always eager for a new Winter Texan season to begin.

Welcome to Texas! We’re glad you’re here!

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Palmhurst begins construction of Shary Chapel Municipal Park

20171005 Palmhurst Centenial Shary Mansion dy 038The city of Palmhurst has begun development of the long-waited Shary Chapel Municipal Park, which the city fathers have envisioned as a scenic centerpiece for the small, close-knit community.

Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez and City Planner Lupe Garcia outlined plans for the park located adjacent to the iconic Shary Memorial Chapel. The project will be done in phases and could take several years to complete, as the city tries to complete the work as budget funds become available.

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Lions Club works with schools to prevent potential vision loss

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Adabelle DeLuna, 4, who attends pre-kindergarten classes at Bryan Elementary School, has her eyes checked by Tim Milam as fellow Mission Lions Club member Ron D’Andrea looks on Sept. 15. Progress Times photo by Joe Hinton

Imagine a machine that can cut the time of a task that once took two days down to about a half hour. That’s exactly what the Mission Lions Club has brought to area schools with a small camera-sized instrument that in five seconds can perform an eye exam.

The task is screening pre-kinder and kindergarten students for vision problems, and the results have demonstrated the importance of the screenings. The Mission Lions Club has used a special camera-like, hand-held screening device to perform over 1600 vision exams so far this school year, and they typically detect abnormalities in 20-25 percent of the children, requiring them to be referred for further examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, said Mission Lions Club member Ron D’Andrea. The Lions Club vision screenings are performed at no cost to the families or the school district, and the device can detect many problems that would not have been caught using the traditional eye chart exam method.

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Area residents pitch in to help Hurricane Harvey victims

20170828 HUrricane ReliefAll across the Valley in nearly every community the picture was the same, stacks of bottled water and dry goods accumulating on pallets for transport north to hurricane victims.

Mission resident Stephanie E. Casas was among the many area residents who were dropping off items Monday at one of two donation sites set up by the City of Mission earlier this week to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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McAllen Remains Watchful of Tropical Storm Harvey

Hurricane story image(McAllen, TX) While much of the southeastern coast of Texas is preparing to bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Harvey, which is expected to be upgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane before it reaches landfall, Hidalgo County and the city of McAllen specifically, are not expected to feel the storm’s impact to the extent locations outside of the Rio Grande Valley will. 

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TRVA names top Valley parks

The Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) last week announced the top RV parks in the Rio Grande Valley. The top parks for 2016 are: Llano Grande Park in Mercedes, named the Top Large RV Park in Texas; VIP RV Park in La Feria, Top Medium-sized RV Park; and Oleander Acres, Top Small-sized RV Park.

In a special awards ceremony held at the Riverside Club in Mission Salome Welliver, president of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association RGV Chapter, gave out the awards. Welliver explained the selections were based on a lengthy application process where information must be submitted in many categories.

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  • Winter Texans bring Christmas joy to children

    20171123 OPERATION CHRISTMASChristmastime is a time many of us think of others and seek ways to help those in need – those who are less fortunate. So many children go without proper food, shelter and essential medical care every day along the border.

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  • Residents enjoy Country Jam at El Valle de la Luna/Del Sol

    20171123 COUNTRY JAM ElValleDelLuna Miller IMG 4232Jim Brommel took a step back from the mic during a musical interlude and cleared his voice. “That's really high,” he said before stepping back up and finishing the song “Old Rugged Cross” to the applause of those in attendance.

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  • Swing Street Big Band set for 18th season

    20171122 Swing Street 4514Band leader Bob Comeau plays the alto sax during practice for the Swing Street Big Band. The band performs it's first show of the season from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Texas Theater Ballroom, located at 115 E Newcombe Ave. in… Read More +

  • RGV welcomes return of Ralph Kuster's variety musical performances

    20171123 Ralph Kuster PhotoRalph Kuster's vocal range is only surpassed by the beautiful tone of his voice and the vast number of songs he knows.

    Since 2012 Kuster, has performed in the Rio Grande Valley. A Canadian in the summer months, Kuster used to be… Read More +

  • Pine To Palm's Bissillions among top shuffleboarders

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    Brian Bissillion, of Pine to Palm Resort, takes a shot on one of the new 20 shuffleboard courts at the resort in Welsaco. Brian and his wife Gina are among the top shuffleboarders in South Texas.

    Gina and Brian Bissillion haven’t had a chance to find their… Read More +

  • Season of concerts arrives for RGV music groups

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    Bob Lemkuil directs a number during a rehearsal last week of the Magic Valley Men of A-Chord men's chorus at St. Mark United Methodist Church in McAllen. The chorus is made of 40 plus barbershop singers.

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  • Bit-O-Heaven holds craft sale

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    New wardrobes for American Girl dolls

    Rosie Armstrong displayed new wardrobe items designed to fit the popular American Girl dolls many Winter Texan’s granddaughters have.

    Christmas is coming soon and craft sales are often a great source for people seeking gifts… Read More +

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

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    Pine to Palm resident Dave Gemmell enjoys playing on one of the two new pickle ball courts at the resort, which also built 20 new shuffleboard courts for residents.

    There are new “toys” to welcome Winter Texans back at… Read More +

  • Camille Playhouse presents ‘End of the Rainbow’

    The Camille Playhouse, located at 1 Dean Porter Park (across from the Gladys Porter Zoo) in Brownsville, will present the musical drama of Judy Garland's “comeback” during Christmastime in 1968. Entitled “End of the Rainbow,” the show will be performed at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

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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.

    Halloween marks the start of the social season at many of the larger parks in the Rio Grande Valley and Victoria Palms is no exception. Early arriving Winter Texans… Read More +

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