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Texas Independence celebrated in San Benito

20170323 Texas Independence Day San Benito MOERING DSC 0819Three high school junior students (from left) Jessica Morales, of San Benito; Gabriela Hernandez, of Harlingen, and Shenika Rosas, of San Benito, had a re-enactment roles as the Texans “weeping women” at the Alamo battle and talked with Victor Rosas, of San Benito, who had charge of the vendors.

History buffs on the field and in the bleachers enjoyed the re-enactment of Texas’ fight for independence during the day-long 10th annual celebration in San Benito on Saturday, March 18.

About 300 spectators, the majority of them Winter Texans, watched three different battles—that of Gonzales, the Alamo and San Jacinto—take place on the field at the Cameron County Fairgrounds.

Chuck and Connie Hall, from Ohio, who are staying at Trophy Gardens in Alamo, had to come twice to finally see the re-enactment. The couple, who are in their second year in the Rio Grande Valley, had come a week earlier only to find it had been cancelled due to heavy rain just prior to the event.

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Canyon Lake Winter Texans help the poor in Nuevo Progreso

20170323 Mabels Building Mission Canyon Lake 001--  Up goes the roof! The final stage of building a house is to put the roof on the newly installed walls of a home for a needy family in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico.

Mabel’s Building Mission, a group of men from Canyon Lake RV Resort in Mission, have now completed their 498th home for poor families living in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico since the program started in 1992. According to Bill Kunzman, a total of 20 houses were built this year. The unusually good weather this year allowed the builders to finish by the third week of February.

The project began in 1992 but it was a direct off-shoot of the work done by Mabel Clare Proudly, who began trying to help the people of Mexico after the disastrous Hurricane Beulah in 1967. Many people were left homeless and many children were orphaned by the storm. Mabel worked to find homes for these children.

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Canada Day celebrated at Riverside Club

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Milt and Helen Parker, from Ontario, were enjoying the Canada Day celebration along with more than 300 other Canadians and a few American guests.

Wearing of the red was in order as Canadians came from all over the Valley for a Canada Day celebration March 7 at the Riverside Club in Mission. But what made the occasion extra special was the fun of marking the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation this year.

Special events like the one here are among many to mark the anniversary all year across Canada, according to Paulette Kraichy, who chaired this year’s event. The actual anniversary date is July 1 in Canada. Working with her was Brother Brian, as he wants to be known, who was emcee for the event dressed in his Canadian outfit. He hosts a radio show in an Ontario town.

Decked out in her homemade Royal Canadian Mounted Police outfit, Kraichy hurried to keep the program on schedule, which included an impressive parade of flags, composed of the maple leaf national flag, the 10 provincial and three territorial flags, and an American flag. Music for dancing was provided by the Regan James Hired Hand Band, which plays about 300 engagements at parks around the Valley during the winter months.

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Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Paradise

20170316 WEB Rock n Roll Jam ParadiseResortEstates MILLER IMG 7953Rock ‘n roll is not dead.

It's a common phrase that has been tossed back and forth for the past two decades, with its counter version rock ‘n roll is dead.

It's definitely not dead on any given Thursday at Paradise Park in Pharr. 

The Paradise rock 'n roll jam (which also includes big band pieces) is in its baby phase, just started this season and performing now for about five weeks. But the songs are easily recognizable, coming from the 50s, 60s – and maybe even some 70s – performed by Winter Texans with a good ear for music and a great voice for the rock era.

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Cowboy Poet Rich Bellert

20170309 Winter Texan Fiesta JB 0141Rich Bellert recites Cowboy Poetry during the jam session at Paradise Park in McAllen on Feb. 28.

When Rich Bellert sat down and began talking, suddenly, everything seemed right in the world.

Bellert – a Cowboy Poet and storyteller – has a smooth as silk voice that's mesmerizing and resonates of peace. His voice is one of those you would expect to be on a phone app to help calm you as he tells stories of cowboys from long ago.

His tone and pitch, like a great salesperson's, captivates the listener.

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‘Rosie the Riveter’ is alive and well in Texas

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Louise flexes the muscle in her arm showing the muscle she developed as Rosie the Riveter and kept through hard work on the farm.

Louise Tolander Unkrich of Swedesburg, Iowa, and Alamo Palms Mobile Park here in the Valley, is one of almost 300,000 women who earned the name “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.

After graduating from Olds High School in 1943, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa to train in drafting and airplane design at the American Institute Technical School for four weeks.

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  • March 23, 2017 - Valley Calendar

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