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What is a Winter Texan?

By Theresa Grant (originally published March 11, 1988)

20220316 WINTERTEXANS Noah and Grace YoungEditor’s Note: If you are asking yourself what is a Winter Texan? – this edition is for you. As we were going through our back issues, we found this lovely piece from our first season of the Winter Texan Times. We thought what better way to tell what a Winter Texan is than to let 11-year-old Theresa tell you from her point of view. Before I turn it over to Theresa, if I am not the first, let me be the next to invite you to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) to discover this hidden gem for yourself.

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You can find nature and more at Valley birding and nature centers

By Herb Moering

20220316 NATURE Frontera DSC 1179Bird watchers have many opportunities to follow their hobby, including the World Birding Center (WBC) network of nine different sites set along a 120-mile historic trail in the Rio Grande Valley. It is a $20 million development based on a partnership between the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Rio Grande Valley communities.

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Winter Texans feel safe in the Rio Grande Valley

20220316 SAFE Progreso Winter Tourist Appreciation Day HMoering 0431For decades, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas has been a favorite destination for retirees from the Midwest and Canada looking to head south for the winter to escape the snow, ice and cold, harsh weather. In addition to the warm, semi-tropical climate here in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), Winter Texans frequently tell us they enjoy the friendly people here, the many activities available to enjoy in the mobile home and RV parks and resorts, and the camaraderie with other Winter Texans who spend three to six months in South Texas each winter.

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Get more for your dollar in the Valley

20220316 CHEAP Don Wes Flea Market KO 0699As a younger generation move to the Valley, it seems they are more frugal when it comes to where they go. They want to have a great time, but they don't want to spend the money they've saved and earned to go just toward living expenses. They want to live it up – from dances and shows to trips to South Padre Island and Nuevo Progreso, Mexico and, of course all the free events that take place on a daily occurrence at the RV resorts.

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Canada steps up to the plate in annual USA vs Canada game

20220316 SOFTBALL IMG 5998A friendly game of softball doesn’t mean there’s no pride or competitive spirits milling about.

That was the case last week as Canada defeated the U.S. 9-3 in the annual Winter Texan Softball Can-Am game at Westside Park in McAllen. The annual event, which usually has two games, a B Division and an A Division, was cut short following the B Division game due to a non-stop light rain that officials said made the field too wet and dangerous to play on.

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Clayton Homes hosts open house

20220309 Claytons open house 02More than 300 people came to mark Clayton Homes of Donna 30th anniversary on a breezy Saturday.

Most of them were Winter Texans wanting to check out the latest in mobile home styling, like Harold Barstow and friend Shirley Michael from Bentsen Grove Resort in Palmview. The couple, both of whom come from Wisconsin communities, were surprised when they won a prize in a drawing right after they arrived.

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Larry DeBuse golf tournament held

20220309 DebuseLarry and Susan DeBuse, formerly of Green Gate Grove in Palm View, were honored at the Larry DeBuse Invitational Golf Tournament, held at Shary Golf Course on March 2.

Kathy Roberts and her team organized the event to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Foundation, Inc. and continues Larry’s annual golf outing, The Annual Not Ready for the PGA Golf Fun Day Invitational, which he ran for the last 6 seasons.

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Celebrate National Plant a Flower Day

20220309 Celebrate Plant Mike Heep 003March 12th is National Plant a Flower Day and now is the best time to start planting, growing and enjoying flowers at your home. Join us at our Mazatlan Morning on Saturday, March 12th from 9 a.m. to noon for the Native Plant Sale, Talk, Walk and Seed Bombing.

John Brush, McAllen Urban Ecologist, will present a program at 10 a.m. titled “Quinta in Bloom” highlighting the beautiful native flowers around the sanctuary.

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Festival of Tables was better than ever!

20220302 RED Hat IMG 7432By Kathy Olivarez

Red Hat ladies from all over the Rio Grande Valley gathered for the first time in two years at Alamo Country Club on February 25 to view the elegant tables set by chapters from all over the Valley and to meet and greet old friends. A total of 25 tables with different themes were set for the ladies to enjoy. For an hour before lunch was served ladies browsed the tables to see which ones were their favorites.

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March 2, 2022 - Rina's Ramblings

WOW! It has been crazy the last two weeks. I have enjoyed the busy-ness – getting out there and doing – but it also means that I sometimes fall behind in other things.

I didn’t get to write a Ramblings last week because we had so much news to get to you. So, I hope I can cover a few things this time that I wish I had the opportunity to share last week.

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