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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.

These needs seem to be magnified at Christmas. And Winter Texans seem to have some of the biggest hearts to be found, as they organize and work together to create wonderful events to make Christmas special for needy children and their families.

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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 a regular performer in Branson, Mo. He now looks forward to performing for Winter Texans each season in the Rio Grande Valley. His first performance of the season, “Timeless Treasures,” will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Border Theater, located at 905 N. Conway Ave. in Mission. Tickets are $10 per person.

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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 for that hard-to-buy-for person who has everything. Even when not seeking Christmas gifts, craft sales are always fun to attend. Bit-O-Heaven RV Park in Donna held its monthly craft show On Friday, Nov. 10, and offered several sources of unique gifts of fun items to furnish Valley homes.

T-shirts are often popular wear among Winter Texans, who enjoy the warm weather in the Rio Grande Valley. Kathy Webber had a great variety of shirts with Valley themes such as “Winter Texan for Life,” for those wishing to advertise ­– or maybe brad a little – that they are vacationing in the warm Valley. She also offered specialized themes such as the one for quilters, “Quilter for Life,” a hobby many women (and men) enjoy during their leisure time. She had too many themes to list so look for her table at next month’s craft sale.

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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 many parks and resorts across the Rio Grande Valley this year.

From new cooks and paved roads to amenities for furry friends, Winter Texan parks are investing in their property and welcoming back their guests with several improvements.

Residents of Pine to Palm RV Resort in Weslaco have brand new shuffleboard courts waiting to be broken in, as well as new two pickleball courts that were added due to the demands of that rapidly growing sport.

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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 joined year-round residents by showing up in costumes and dancing the night away to the music of Danica for the park's Halloween bash.

Costumes ranged from witches to warlocks, and a variety of colorful costumes including a “molting rooster” who kept losing his tail feathers, and a pink bunny reminiscent of the Energizer Bunny. Park Manager Lori Fanaselle said the party is always the beginning of the new season.

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A Salute To Our Veterans

FromthepublisherAs I look forward to the patriotic Veterans Day events this weekend, I feel deep gratitude for the brave men and women who have served our country valiantly, defending freedom and liberty. This nation has refused to allow tyrannical despots to destroy the freedom of our people, or that of our friends and allies.

This weekend we not only honor those who served valiantly in past wars, but also our sons and daughters and grandchildren who have stepped forward to serve their country, to protect their families, friends and, yes, even millions of people they never met so they may enjoy the freedom to live happy lives, enjoying the blessings of this great nation.

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