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Lemon Tree RV Inn has 40-year history of pancake dinners

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Pancakes galore!

The large griddle allows cooking of up to 24 pancakes at a time at Lemon Tree’s pancake dinners. Lemon Tree RV Inn held their first Thursday night pancake dinner of the season on Nov. 30 with a crowd of about 100 people coming to eat. Gwen Baker, of Iowa, said at the height of the season there will be up to 350 people each Thursday.

Getting into the spirit of the season, greeter Naomi Olson of Vermont was dressed as a Christmas present. (She changes her costume weekly so go and see what she is wearing.)

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FUMC plans Live Nativity in La Feria

20171130 Live Nativity ShepherdsFirst United Methodist Church of La Feria will host its Live Nativity on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At the Live Nativity, the church parking lot transforms into the town of Bethlehem. Visitors can either drive or walk through the village and see the original Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Live Nativity will feature Joseph and Mary as well as a full cast of townspeople, angels, wise men, kings, soldiers, shepherds and live animals. The event will also include live and recorded music. The Live Nativity is free and open to the public.

FUMC-La Feria is located at 331 S. Main St. in La Feria, next to Tiny Town Park. For more information on the Live Nativity or to volunteer, call (956) 245-5742 or 797-1393.

Bells ring to raise funds for year-round assistance

20171130 Bell Ringers 7327It’s that time again when shoppers will be greeted by the sound of The Salvation Army bells ringing at stores throughout the RGV. The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds support year-round programs and emergency assistance benefitting those in need in our community.

Believe it or not The Salvation Army red kettles were once hailed as “the newest and most novel device for collecting money” way back in 1898 by the New York World newspaper. The first sighting of The Salvation Army kettle was in 1891, when a young Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco was looking for a way to fund a community Christmas dinner for the area’s poor. He remembered as a sailor seeing a large pot on the dock in Liverpool, England, where passersby would drop charitable donations. Captain McFee secured a large red pot, positioned it so all those going to and from the ferryboats could see it, and launched a tradition that has since spread throughout the world.

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Veterans to be honored

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American Spire Of Honor
The American Spire of Honor stands at the center of Veteran's War Memorial of Texas.

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice was agreed to in 1918, ending World War I. That moment, 99 years ago, was called Armistice Day and subsequently in 1919 became a solemn, patriotic occasion honoring all those Americans who fought in what was called “The Great War.” It became a national observance in 1938.

On June 1, 1954, the U.S. Congress changed the word “Armistice” in the 1938 law to “Veterans” and urged the nation to additionally honor those on Nov. 11 who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. And now, the national holiday honors all those who have been in military service.

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Winter Texans wanted to help with Edinburg Bird-a-thon

It’s time for the 5th Annual Edinburg Bird-a-Thon and the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center wants Winter Texans to help count migrating birds. This event runs from April 1 to May 1 and everybody can participate.

This family-friendly competition is a great way to start and learn about the migrating species that are making their way north through the Lower Rio Grande Valley.During this time period, bird diversity is at its peak and sightings are in abundance.

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We Had Great Time!

It has been a busy winter season for our staff here at the Winter Texan Times. Trying to keep up with all the many Winter Texan activities going on throughout the Rio Grande Valley keeps us on our toes. But we always have fun attending the activities and events held for our Winter Texan friends who come to the Valley each year.

We’ve enjoyed seeing you and visiting with you at so many different events, from the awesome RC car races at Alamo Palms MH Resort and the wood carving at Ranchero Village to the rock ‘n roll jam at Paradise Resort Estates and many other activities held every day in the RV parks and resorts.

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Winter Texan Activities Association seeks volunteers

The Winter Texan Activities Association (WTAA) is a volunteer-run association that has been organizing fun activities for Winter Texans in the Mission area for the past 30 years.

But, as it goes with many organizations today, they need a fresh crop of volunteers to help keep the organization running.  Sharon Northedge, president of the association, said the board was considering dissolving the association due to a lack of people to help run the events they put on each year. But after meeting with Jim Brunson, publisher of the Winter Texan Times, decided to hold on a little longer and try to muster some help.

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Thanks for coming!

As we approach the end of another winter season, it is time to say farewell to many of our Winter Texan Friends who will be leaving soon. Before you go, we want to thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley as your winter home.

We are always delighted to see so many of you come to the Valley each year to enjoy the warm weather, the friendly people, the modest cost of living and the many, activities and entertainers here to make your stay all the more enjoyable.

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MOSTH speaker to present Bandit Wars era

The Museum of South Texas History will present “Bandits by the Border: The Mexican Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, Mar. 19, at 2 p.m. as part of its Sunday Speaker Series. The presentation will cover historical conditions in the Rio Grande Valley that led to the “Bandit Wars,” a term historically used to define the era, of the 1910s.

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IMAS seeks volunteers for ‘A Night at the Brew-seum’

The annual “A Night at the Brew-seum” at the International Museum of Art and Science will take place April 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Winter Texans who stay through April may want to volunteer for this special event. They will receive a Brew-seum shirt and training but will not be allowed to drink any alcohol during the event.

Volunteers are needed for set up on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for final set up and details.

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Texas Master Naturalist Colonial Waterbird Training

Want to monitor waterbirds for Audubon’s Texas Coastal Conservation Program?  Through RGV Chapter Texas Master Naturalist, the Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN) is offering a class in Colonial Waterbird Monitoring Training.  It is free, and open to the public. 

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Dazzling Dolphins host Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn

20170309 Red Hats Dazzling Dolphins Beach Party KO 034Dazzling Dolphins Red Hat Chapter (pictured) hosted the Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort on Feb. 28.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Dazzling Dolphins, a Red Hat Society Chapter from South Padre Island held their annual Red Hat Beach Party at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Ladies from several Red Hat Chapters in the Rio Grande Valley attended the event.

The theme of this year’s event was Mexican Fiesta and each of the ladies was dressed in festive fiesta wear of all designs and colors.

They were served a meal of cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, beef and chicken tacos, and brownies.

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Guest speakers featured at Monarch Celebration

20170309 WEB QuintaMazatlanQuinta Mazatlan is hosting a Monarch Celebration Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Butterfly experts will be giving special monarch-themed presentations and will be on hand to answer questions from all ages. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the influence butterflies have on our ecosystems, will have the occasion to travel on Quinta’s Migration Path, create art, enjoy stories, costume characters, and face painting.

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Alamo Rec Veh receives Good Sam Award

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Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination Award for 2017

Bea Kraus, Mail Person; Bob Vess, Resident On-site Manager; Juanita Vess, Office Manager; Jim Hamel, Assistant Manager and Barbara Hamel, General Manager of Alamo Rec Veh show off their Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination for 2017 Award.

Alamo Rec Veh RV Park was recently surprised to find out they had been selected to receive the Good Sam 2017 Award for Top Snowbird Destinations. Barbara Hamel, general manager, said the award came as a surprise because Alamo Rec Veh was unaware their name had been submitted for consideration.

“It is not an honor we applied for as a park,” explained Hamel. “Some of our residents got together and made the recommendation to Good Sam. We were unaware we were even being considered until we were notified that we had won. It was a total surprise to us, but a very happy one.”

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Citrus industry seeks public’s help in controlling parasites

20170223 Mex Fruit FlyOver the next five years Mexican Fruit Flies could cost the citrus industry $1.44 billion in lost revenues in three states including Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, other parasites such as the Asian Citrus Psyllid could contribute even more to lost citrus revenues, according to South Texas Citrus Alert (STCA).

STCA officials say homeowners who fail to address parasites affecting trees in their yards could be exacerbating the problem. That’s why the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office in conjunction with the STCA is holding a Winter Texan Citrus Center Festival Feb. 10 at the Texas A& M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.

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