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April/ May 2017 | Issue 2|Vol. 2

April/may 2017 | Issue 2 | Vol.2

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We are an extension of Kingsville Community Help Group page on Facebook which has over 6,500 members and has helped hundreds of families in Kingsville and surrounding areas for the past 4 years. We look forward to continuing with our original mission and bring you more resources, articles, exciting events coming up, recognizing the good, inspiring stories and awesome businesses located in our area. We are hoping to help Inspire, motivate and help others succeed through the positivity of our magazine. Unfortunately , some changes were made but only to better serve our community. We will now be publishing on a bi-monthly basis . Our magazines will be distributed all around the Kingsville area with hard copies and online. Keep reading through the magazine for all the sweet details! In the mean time if you have any questions, comments, or submissions email us at: or call us at 361-355-2062 and message our Facebook page. Don’t forget to FOLLOW US on Facebook! All the best,



A day on which those who died in active military service both men and women are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

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Our mother Esmeralda was an amazing mother/ father to her 3 children Leticia, Vanessa and Samuel. She was the best grandma to her 7 grandkids. Our mother had the biggest heart and helped anyone in need whether it was with food, money, or a listening ear. She could never see someone in need without doing anything possible to help. She' would literally give the shirt off her back! Her legacy of love lives on in her children & grandchildren. She gave without expecting anything in return and never judged or second guessed. In her honor I will love and help others anytime possible! We need more people like her to make this world a better place for Peace & Love. Submitted by: Vanessa Gomez, Samuel Gomez and Leticia Loera

This picture is of my wonderful father Jose who suddenly passed at the age of 49. He was a very giving and compassionate person. He loved helping others and very passionate about his job. He was in law enforcement for 20+ years. Not only was he good at his job but he was the best father a daughter could have. In memory of my father. Gone but never forgotten. Submitted by: Norma Jean Cruz


From the bottom of my heart first of all I would like to once again give my deepest condolences to her mom Norma Corona who is a very dear friend of mine. Sabrina…… Where to begin , such a beautiful young girl inside and out, always there for everyone that needed a shoulder to cry on or just talk to. She was her momma and her sisters’ best friend. Sabrina your mom and family miss you dearly, you will forever hold a special place in the hearts of many. You will always be remembered as courageous ! You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace forever. Submitted by: Lori Prado

I'll pray you know that death is a new beginning, And I'll pray that God eases your grief, For the loved ones that are lost, I promise they never really leave. They're holding you while your shaking, And letting out faint cries, They're wiping away your sadness, That leaves your vacant eyes. They're watching your steps, And praying you don't fall, Though if you do I hope you know, They're there with you through it all. They're picking your head up, And helping you off your knees, They are always right there with you, Whether or not it's something that you choose to believe. And if this doesn't help you, If this doesn't ease your grief, Please believe me when I say, They're in heaven, Saving you a seat. Submitted by: Valerie Kinsey


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Angel M. Hoodye Tina Johnson Shelly Morales Valerie Kinsey Ashley N. Jimenez

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Angel M. Hoodye, MS, LPC, CART is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Flourishing Hope Counseling PLLC in Kingsville, TX. She enjoys helping people reach their goals and discover their hidden potential. You can find out more at

Care Tips for Veteran Families By: Angel M. Hoodye, MS, LPC-S, CART There are 21.8 million veterans in the United States of America. These veterans have families, they are brothers, sister, mothers, husbands and many other parts of a family. The veterans directly serve in the military, but the families and loved ones of those connected also serve indirectly. Taking care of our veterans and their families are very important. Healthy veterans and healthy families make for a health community.

Many veterans struggle with serious mental health concerns. Some veterans have a hard time reaching out for help. The stigma of mental health sometimes blocks these important opportunities. The fear of others finding out, knowing that mental health information would be on their record is enough to prevent many veterans from reaching out for help. Often veterans have a hard time asking or receiving help. These brave men and women are encouraged to seek out the support and resources available to them. The misconception that they may be viewed as weak sometimes stops individuals from seeking help. When they finally take those brave steps to seek support they can achieve amazing results. My hope is that they find that reaching out for support is a sign of strength and not weakness. Common mental health concerns Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, disasters or sexual assault can have long-lasting negative effects such as trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy and alcohol and drug abuse. When these troubles don't go away, it could be PTSD. The 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD to be 15 times higher than civilians. Depression - More than just experiencing sadness, depression doesn't mean you are weak, nor is it something that you can simply "just get over." Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning and may require treatment. The 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found the rate of depression to be five times higher than civilians. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems and mood changes and mood swings Skills to help veterans and veteran families cope Seek help Instead of trying to go it alone. Create a network of support to help. Pulling together family, friends, social support, church groups, workplace resources and community resources. Of course, the support of other veterans. Set family goals Start setting realistic goals for the family to accomplish as a team. Being in the military can cause a strain in relationships, marriages and families. Having family goals keep everyone driving towards success and united. This sense of togetherness keeps the family bond together through challenging times. Improve time management Have a set schedule. This structure creates stability in the house. Having set times for activities and responsibilities give the veteran family structure. Keeping set schedules decreases stress. Practice fitness and nutrition Making healthy choices when eating as well as physical activity improves brain activity. Maintaining these health habits can change your mood, improve your response to treatments and help you live a healthier life. Adapt to change Just like many families’ veteran families experience a great deal of change and adjusting constantly. Be open and ready to adjust to the changes of your veteran and your veteran family life. Remain willing to adapt and adjust. Practice communication This aspect is important in all areas. Communicate with your partner and with the support network. This will 10

help you receive the important help that you need. Know the warning signs Knowing the warning signs and getting help are necessary. Veterans that reach out for help can improve the veterans’ life and their family. When the family members of veterans lend support, great progress can be made. Warning Signs for Veterans: Anxiety Irritability Sleeplessness Feeling hopeless Rapid change in moods Anger and rage Increased alcohol or drug use Isolation from others

If you know of a veteran/veteran family that needs help, see the resources below. Call 911 The Crisis (Veterans) Hotline -1-800-273-8255 Press 1 -A free program for veterans and families, partnering with animals to heal mind, body and spirit. -Comprehensive website on veterans and families services in Texas.


Success Story Submitted by: Stephanie Trevino

There I stood, at a similar place I had before, 30 lbs lighter than I had been, but still a round ball of fluff, if you will. Two years had passed and it didn't seem that I would never weigh any less than the 266 lbs that I was weighing. Being the "fat kid", the "chubby child", the "big boned kid", in a Hispanic family, nonetheless, getting fit wasn't something I would ever imagine myself doing. I did thin out in junior high and high school. As I got further into my 20’s, and began going out and working, getting fit definitely wasn't something that was anywhere near a priority. I was so against working out, to top it off. I always thought it was a waste of time. So getting a trainer at age 30, weighing 266 was probably something I really needed but not something that I thought I would actually give a chance. Somehow God had a bigger plan for my situation. Apparently he knew my heart and knew that deep down I didn't think it was a waste of time. Deep down I just didn't think I could achieve it. God put me on the path to be able to work with and meet Steven Andalon (a exercise science grad). Steven saw a potential in me that i didn't see my self. He talked to me about possibly training with him. I 12

thought getting a trainer meant that I would have to eat “rabbit food” all day and exercise every single day of my life – “Biggest Loser” style if you will. Never would I have believed that a trainer’s main focus would be to ENCOURAGE you to be fit, more than it was to come down hard on you and drill you every single workout. Working with him changed not only my view on trainers and working out, but most importantly it changed my life. It’s easy when your family tells you that you are beautiful and they love you no matter what, but what happens when you think how long will do I have to live if I am comfortable and eating the way I am and not being active? Sure as a friend Steven saw that I was happy with my weight, but he saw all that untapped potential; he believed in me and what I could become. As a trainer, he shows you all the things you can accomplish. He makes you believe that whatever you want is within reach. It’s with that attitude and his dedication to train you, that you start to believe in yourself and those goals that you wanted to accomplish, you have now surpassed. I had the opportunity, before I started training with Steven, to actually attend one of his boot camps held every Saturday morning and meet some of his other clients. The thing

about Steven is that he doesn’t have just clients. He treats all his clients as family. These individuals become part of his family, and he a part of theirs. This is someone who you not only see 2-3 times a week, but someone who is helping you work through life and walk through life, in more than one way, at that. Steven is the type of trainer that listens. You’re not just a name on a diet plan or a dollar amount in his bank account. He listens! He tests you. Not to hurt you, but to get you THROUGH the pain and to show you how much you can overcome. Working with Steven and working out, I had to basically bare my soul. It really is a mental process as much as it is a physical one. In training with him, I have now lost 52 lbs and have gone down 5 pant sizes. I feel so much more energetic. I feel amazed at the results. People can tell me over and over how different I look and I just don't see it sometimes, until I look at pictures - it blows my mind. Going shopping use to be a huge deal. I would leave stores frustrated, just thinking nothing would fit me so why waste my time. Now I literally want to try on everything in the store. This op-

“You just have to start. No matter how slow you are , you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.”

portunity to train and learn how to work out and eat right has completely changed everything. Now that boot camps have started up again, I'm amazed at what I am capable of doing and I love being able to tell my story to others who are starting this same journey. If I can do it so can you.


first step is the hardest,

Stop wishing and start doing!” -Steven13

The 2012 Delhi gang rape case involved a rape and fatal assault that occurred on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighborhood in South Delhi. The incident took place when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh, was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was traveling with her friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. Eleven days after the assault, she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment, but died from her injuries two days later. The incident generated widespread national and international coverage and was widely condemned, both in India and abroad. Subsequently, public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women took place in New Delhi, where thousands of protesters clashed with security forces. Similar 14

protests took place in major cities throughout the country. Since there is a law in India that does not allow the press to publicize a rape victim's name, the victim has become widely known as Nirbhaya, meaning "fearless", and her life and death have come to symbolize women's struggle to end rape and the long-held practice of blaming the victim rather than the perpetrator.

All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody from possible suicide on 11 March 2013 in the Tihar Jail. According to some published reports, the police say Ram Singh hanged himself, but defense lawyers and his family suspect he was murdered.[6] The rest of the accused went on trial in a fast-track court; the prosecution finished presenting its evidence on 8 July 2013. The juvenile was convicted of rape and murder and given the maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment in a reform facility. On 10 September 2013, the four remaining adult defendants were found guilty of rape and murder and three days later were sentenced to death by hanging. On 13 March 2014, Delhi High Court in the death reference case and hearing appeals against the conviction by the lower Court, upheld the guilty verdict and the death sentences.[12] As a result of the protests, in December 2012, a judicial committee was set up to study and take public suggestions for the best ways to amend laws to provide quicker investigation and prosecution of sex offenders. After considering about 80,000 suggestions, the committee submitted a report which indicated that failures on the part of the government and police were the root cause behind crimes against women. In 2013, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 was promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee, several new laws were passed, and six new fast-track courts were created to hear rape cases. Critics argue that the legal system remains slow to hear and prosecute rape cases, but most agree that the case has resulted in a tremendous increase in the public discussion of crimes against women and statistics show that there has been an improvement in the number of women willing to file a crime report. However, in December 2014, the two-year anniversary of the attack, the girl's father called the promises of reform unmet and said that he felt regret in that he had not been able to bring justice for his daughter and other women like her. A BBC documentary titled India's Daughter based on the attack was broadcast in the UK on 4 March 2015. Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's 2016 film Anatomy of Violence was also based on the incident, exploring the social conditions and values in Indian society that made it possible. Submitted by : Harsha Venigalla S/o Venigalla Rambabu Andhra Pradesh India Harsha is currently a student at Tamuk here in Kingsville. He is an undergraduate in electrical and electronics engineering ,Pursuing Master of Sciences in Industrial Management. 15

Photos submitted by: David Cantu

One of the busiest centers in Kingsville in the 1940’s and 1950’s was the intersection of 3rd Street and West Kleberg Ave, as shown in both pictures here. H. M. King High School, in its original location, is just to the left of these views. Before and after school, this intersection was filled with foot and bicycle traffic of students hurrying to and from class. It was also the starting point for countless parades. Huge mesquite trees in front of the high school made natural benches for students who watched all the goings on at the intersection while visiting between classes and after school. Every now and then, an errant tennis ball lobbed over the nearby tennis courts bounced through traffic driving through. Third Street runs in front of it. In the background of both pictures, the tiled roof of the building that was the original public library (now part of Epiphany School) can be seen in the distance. The service station in the foreground became home to Mrs. Adams’ home-style burgers and lunch counter. During the open campus era, when students had almost an hour for lunch and could leave campus, her place was always housed a hungry crowd. The First Baptist Church with its horse hitching posts (one of which can still be seen) was where both photographers stood as they took these pictures. On Sundays, church goers from the nearby Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches joined the Baptists in filling the parking slots around this intersection. Although this intersection is not as busy as it was in its heyday, generations of Kingsville residents have countless memories of this sweet spot. Submitted by: Shelly Morales


Kingsville, TX - For decades, the liberals and their media, have "had their way" with the American people. Pushing their liberal agenda, using TV, movies and music, they've formed a wall of propaganda around us and feed us what they want us to know. Today, I hear people saying, "It seems like everything is upside down," and "It's too late, we've already lost her [America]." Across this country, many are losing hope and their faith has gone. Born and raised in Brownsville Tx. X-Triste ,who worked in the oil fields was doing well. But decided to leave a great paying job to pursue the calling that God had is in life. But he's not discouraged. He knows he's serving Jesus Christ, and God has a plan for him. I agree. I was first introduced to X-Triste's music through my friend, Anthony Frazier,(CEO Uprise Entertainment). I'd been asking him to find a Latin Rapper with a positive message. After months, he posted a link on my facebook page and said, "Here is your Artist!!!" While most music is filled with sexual content and drug life, X-Triste talks about needing God in our cities. He was saved in 2008, and is now a soldier in Christ, having made a complete turn-around in life. His bio tells a story of a rough life, in the streets and dysfunctional family. But there is a bright side, and it is his faith that through God, anything is possible, even turning this country around. In his music, he's connecting to People who need Christ in their lives. At the same time, he's opening their eyes to the world of politics. In one of his songs "We Need God in our Cities," he says," Right here in America, founded in Christianity. Obama took the Office, everything became insanity." In a different verse he explains, "No

bibles in our schools, No Jesus in our school, another shooting in the hall but yet there's nothing we can do." He's got a growing fan base and a strong message of faith to the community. Can he succeed in a world where everything is upside down? Today, X-Triste finds himself working on his lyrics, sharpening his words, crafting his message. We talked about the message of other artists like Kanye West, JayZ, Lil-Wayne, and how they promoted a certain lifestyle. The liberal lyrical content is corrupting minds. You'll hear a general hatred of police. You hear about the drug industry, cartels, and gang life, but where's the Artist that goes against the grain? We can find the cussing, crotch grabbing rappers everywhere, but where's the positive message? Truth is, record labels rely on the control of the media content. They decide which songs get played based on the content. It's not "cool" to bounce your head to an Evangelist, is it? To those paying attention, it is people like X-Triste , who are willing to go against the system and promote a positive message in their music. They need to be recognized. He travels to Mexico and Central America to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people and performs his music in Spanish and English , continuing to spread a message of hope through salvation. "We need to get right with God," he said. "I

believe we're in the end times according to the prophesies."


Heavy Brigade Combat team. I was awarded the combat action badge certificate of appreciation from PresiEnlisted at the age dent Barack Obama, certificate of apof 17 Sergeant US preciation from the chairman of joint Army Served from chiefs of staff, national defense med07/2006-12/2010 al, 2 army achievement medals, 2 ar14 months in south my accommodation medals and other Iraq Honorable Disdistinguished medals and ribbons. charge Served as an Born in Armored crewman Kingson the M1A1 ville but Abrams main battle raised in tank. I went to OSUT different in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. My first duty station was with parts of 3rd Infantry Division 4th Brigade the state. combat team. Second duty station was with 1st Cavalry Division 3rd A bittersweet

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day, where we remember the loss of loved ones but more importantly the ultimate price they paid for their country. We remember the personnel courage, selfless service and honor given by every services member for their country. The protectors of the weak, the liberators of the oppressed, the mothers and fathers, the sons and daughters, husbands and wives. We remember them with not only a holiday but with how we live our lives. Paying forward the gratitude by protecting the weak, caring and loving for our families and neighbors and doing our duty as Americans by serving our country. Many times we take for granted the freedoms and worries we have been afforded by our service members. So I encourage you all to put a flower or a good gesture on a grave of a fallen troop to show your respect and appreciation for their sacrifice. May God Bless America! Let freedom ring.! 19

Submitted by: Mireles, Dawn V ( HRV - Principal ) The song “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” suddenly comes on over the intercom and immediately Harveyville Recycling Team Members come out of their classrooms and are ready to go to work. Plastic containers, paper, cardboard and items from the cafeteria food prep are all collected and loaded on the truck to take to the recycling center. Over 120,000 plastic bags were collected and recycled last year by Harveyville citizens and their families. This effort was supported by HEB. When you recycle, it not only eliminates litter in the City of Kingsville but also conserves energy, saves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gases and pollution and reduces the amount of plastic waste that goes into our landfills, oceans and natural environ-

ments. Some of the Harveyville recycling team worked with the parks department in planning future parks to support recycling. Additionally, citizens reuse trays in Café Harvey. After they are used, these heavy plastic traditional trays are sterilized and used again. Each and every one of us can make a difference through recycling. It costs nothing! You can take your recycling items to 202 West Lee. They have 24 hour drop off! By doing so, you are joining Harveyville Citizens in saving our world! This is a Harvey Society Component under the direction of the Harvey Society Coordinator, Annette Aguilar.


By Tina Johnson

Pets for our Veterans

Have you ever wondered how our veterans ever get a service pet? There are a few things that make a veteran qualify to get a service pet. The veteran must be diagnosed with a disability an vets must receive or train a service pet that has the proper temperament, aptitude for service. Dogs for one kind of pet are chosen for their sold calm demeanor, ability to serve under pressure and handler focus, and their temperament. Some even handle alerts for seizures, mood changes, migraines, along with a many other reasons. Most of the serve dogs know these things are happening before the veteran knows what has happened. Here is a list of groups that help veterans get a service pet.:

Independence, Service Dog Project Inc, Canines for Service, Freedom Service Dogs, Paws for Purple Hearts- Bergin University of Canine Studies, Sam Simon Foundation, Paws 4 Vets, Warrior Canine Connection. (found on

Ever wonder about going green for your pets? Well it’s not as hard as it might sound. With earth day being a focus this go around. One of the first things you need to do is research on how to do this. Here are just a few things that you could do to get in the right direction for going green for your pets: 1. Get rid of the paper towels when cleaning up messes. Use and old cloth or towel that can be washed after your done. 2. When reaching for the bag to take your pet out for walks don’t reach for the bag that isn’t biodegradable. Yes, these might cost a little more, but in the end think of what you can help achieve.

We have veterans who have such problems with PTSD, social anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, emotional support, post war disability just to name a few of them.

3. If you are close to the place you take your pet to instead of driving walk. 4. If you have toys or old blankets or sweaters that your pet no longer used donate them to a local shelter or rescues. They are always in need of things and you can know that another pet will get use out of them. 5. Adopt a pet instead of buy one. With adopting if you have an adoption fee that money goes back to the shelter or rescue.

I am honored by what all our veterans and those who serve have done and are doing to keep this great country we love safe for all of us. Our armed forces should be honored everyday just not a few days of the year.

6. Get a plastic pet food containers for this. It makes for easy cleaning will also make it so you can buy in bulk means make less trips to the store. 7. Make your own dog treats or find someone who does. Making and giving homemade treats have better benefits that buying some of the store-bought ones. 8. Spay – neuter your pets. This helps reduce the pet population plus also has many health benefits for your pet.


These are just a few things we can do ask pet owners. I hope you try the recipes that are included to see if your pets like them.

American Vet Dogs, K9s for Warriors, New Horizons Service Dogs Inc, Canine Companions for 21

Dylan Arredondo and two other boys who currently attend H.M.King High School in Kingsville built an 18ft Dove tail trailer during welding class. The boy entered in the KKJLS Farm shop project and each won a buckle for winning Grand Champion. Dylan and his twin brothers were also entered in the Swine contest and made auctions. Dylan placed 2nd in his class and auctioned for $1,700, Dorian Arredondo placed 6th in his class and auctioned for $1,600 and Damian Arredondo was placed 4th in his class with an auction of $1,600. Dylan and Damien were also given a blue ribbon.

Submitted by: Iris Arredondo 22

Mackenzie is 13 years old. Parents are Noe and Del Everett. She has 4 siblings. Trae ,Dylon ,Mercedes and Dallas. Makenzie currently attends at Ricardo Middle School and is a junior high cheerleader and in track. Makenzie is an honor roll student at her school. She was Little Miss Kingsville last year in 2016. She loves to listen to music, read and travel! She has always been on the go all her life. She sets her goals high in life. She hopes to become a cardiologist one day.

“Messy Goodness" By Ashley Nicole Jimenez

I once heard a pastor say, "When life gets messy, it's because God is up to something good." I never understood fully what this meant, simply because when life got hard and when things felt out of control, it was hard to believe that God still had a plan for me. I mean, how could God use a big mess like me. I went through so much growing up and even this past year was a VERY messy and difficult one for me, but even in the midst of the mess, I knew the Lord was still with me. Its just like when I walk into the kitchen and mama has all of her cooking utensils, bowls, and ingredients laid out everywhere, it's a mess, but I know it's because she's about to make something good! In the same sense, our life may seem super messy right now, we may have doubts, a map of uncharted dreams, untold visions, and unanswered prayers, but we must trust that even in our mess God is still up to something good.

She won the queen for the intermediates. Representing the KKJLS 2017. She was also in the livestock parade. The theme was "glow in the dark" She's involved in softball all year in a select team called impact gold, Junior high Basketball and Volleyball. Submitted by: Dell Everett

“For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11


Eat Your Way to Better Health discover the possibilities. (Family Features) It seems like every week there is a new product claiming to promise nutrition and improve your health. However, there are some foods you likely already have on hand that can improve your diet quality and support clean-eating efforts. Skip the total diet overhaul or the latest fad, and keep it simple by focusing on small but powerful changes to help you clean up your diet. Dairy products have always been cost-effective and nutrientpacked. These three tips can help you make the most of dairy’s health benefits. Inspect the ingredient label. With just three ingredients, milk is the original clean and clear food, unlike trendy milk alternatives, which may contain up to 10 ingredients. Examine the benefits beyond bone health. It’s widely known that dairy products provide calcium to build strong bones, but milk, cheese and yogurt actually provide a unique package of nine nutrients, including high-quality protein to support muscle health. Explore its versatility. Dairy can be easily incorporated into meals and snacks to help make healthy and clean eating simple. Getting the recommended three servings of dairy every day is a cinch once you 24

Resolve to get three servings of milk, cheese and yogurt every day by pledging Dairy 3 for Me. You may be surprised how easy it is to create a healthier menu all day long. Try these ideas to get started: Make milk your mealtime beverage. White, chocolate, strawberry; no matter the flavor, all milk provides the same nine nutrients. Build a breakfast parfait with your favorite yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal, or mix things up with milk or yogurt by blending a smoothie. Sneak in healthier eating by pairing cheese with fresh fruit or vegetables. Research shows when cheese is coupled with these foods, it helps kids eat more of all of them. After a workout, recover with a tall glass of chocolate milk, which studies have proven to be effective in aiding tired muscles. Boost nutrition and flavor by adding shredded cheese to casseroles, soups and pasta dishes, or sprinkle on top of tacos and chili. To find more delicious recipes to support your nutrition goals and to pledge Dairy 3 for Me, visit Raspberry-Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association

For tacos: 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream 1 teaspoon cumin 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped 12 soft corn tortillas (6 inches each) 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Colby Jack 1 bag (8 ounces) shredded red cabbage 3/4 cup fresh salsa Trim excess fat off roast. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and ginger; rub generously over roast. Place in slow cooker with garlic, onion and orange juice; cook on low heat 8 hours (or high 4-6 hours.) Transfer pork to large bowl and shred with forks. Strain pork liquid from slow cooker and pour over pulled pork to moisten. Squeeze lime juice on top and mix well. Divide into 12 servings. In small bowl, mix together sour cream, cumin and scallions. Cover each corn tortilla with 2 tablespoons cheese; microwave 20 seconds. Top with pulled pork, 2 teaspoons sour cream mix, 1 1/2 tablespoons shredded cabbage and 1 tablespoon salsa. Fold and serve immediately. Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 4 1 1 1 3/4 1

cup low-fat vanilla yogurt cup unsweetened frozen raspberries cup unsweetened frozen strawberries cup low-fat milk cup ice (about 12 cubes)

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve immediately. Pulled Pork Soft Tacos Recipe courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association Prep time: 8 hours, 35 minutes Servings: 6

For pork: 2 pounds boneless pork loin roast 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground ginger 2 garlic cloves, smashed 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup orange juice 2 limes, cut in half


Juan, a colleague, animatedly shared about his 98 year old grandmother. "She's got some wonderful stories to tell. If she's willing to talk to you, I don't think you'll regret it," he informed me. “I know how much you love stories like the one’s she’s got to tell.” Of course, I was intrigued, so we set up a time to meet at a local restaurant in a nearby town that was close a small creek.

"It's one of Wuela's (Grandma's) favorite places," he explained. My husband and II settled at a table on the appointed day as I hoped she hadn’t changed her mind. Soon enough, the door opened. I strained to look, and finally Juan came through the door; a tiny, regal woman on his arm. Her hair, though white, was sleek and wound in a tight braid that formed a bun on the back of her head. Less than 5 feet tall, she stood straight as a ramrod. She surveyed the diners with mild curiosity as she and Juan made their way to the table. We rose to greet her and all were seated. After preliminary introductions, Wuela said, "My name is Carolina and I am 98 years old. My grandson tells me you are interested in my stories." We assured her we were and she settled back into her chair with a contented sigh.

"The story I am going to tell you now is one that has been dear to my heart since I first heard it when I was a little girl. Back in the early days of this town, close to the turn of the century, the Church saw fit to send a priest here to start a mission to minister to all the ranch workers. "Father Diego was a handsome man, so charismatic and full


of energy. In no time, the church here was thriving and the people did all they could to become involved. Father Diego was well loved, but he also had a little of the devil in his eye." We hardly moved as she continued. "One of the families was especially devoted to the church and to Father Diego. They did all they could to make his life easier and promote the work of the church. Their children were taught to revere the church and to obey what the priest told them. They had a lovely 18 year old daughter, Raquel. Father Diego had trouble attending to the needs of the parishioners and tending to his own needs, so they offered Raquel to him as a housekeeper who could keep him supplied with good meals and a clean home." Raquel was innocent of the ways of men, but the devil in Father Diego's eye sparked to life when he saw how beautiful Raquel was. He whispered things to her she believed. In time, Raquel knew she was pregnant with Father Diego's child."

Carolina paused to take a sip of water. "Raquel was scared to tell the Father, but she finally did. He was so angry that it frightened her. He quickly came up with a plan to send Raquel away to a convent in Mexico and then once the baby was born, to send it to an orphanage far away. 'Raquel was devastated. She knew now she'd been betrayed, and all the things Father Diego whispered in her ear when they were together were lies. She finally had no choice but to tell her parents. They were even more upset. Her father wanted to disown her, to send her away forever, but her mother prevailed and they decided to take the matter to the Lord in prayer. They refused to allow Raquel to go into a convent. People would just have to form their own opinions about the baby's paternity because they would not dis-

cuss it with anyone. We craned our heads around to see it through the window.

"It came time for the baby to be born and Raquel's mother and an elderly midwife were the only two present with Raquel. Raquel's father was out on the range with the other cow hands and wouldn't be back at home for weeks.

"Father Diego laughed aloud with how easy his task was going to be with his powerful horse. He backed his horse up and then spurred him forward.

"Raquel was immediately enchanted by her baby's beauty and knew she could never allow her, with the tiny rosebud mouth and shiny black hair, to ever go into an orphanage.

"Raquel knew in her heart of hearts they had no chance. She knew she was in the last few moments of ever cradling her precious one. Tears squeezed from her eyes at the sorrow of it.

"It wasn't long after the baby's birth when word got to Father Diego that his baby had been born. He saddled up his horse and set off at a gallop for Raquel's house, determined to take the baby away from her and save his reputation."

"Father Diego jumped his horse over that little creek like it was nothing, but instead of landing securely on the other side, his horse's back foot slipped and they both toppled. The last sight Raquel had of the man who had been her lover was his shocked expression as he arced through the air and landed squarely on his head.

Carolina took a deep breath. Her still elegant hands stroked the water glass. She continued. "One of Raquel's little brothers came running in to tell his sister and his mother that Father Diego was on the way on a fast horse.

"Raquel's mother later told that she believed the priest was dead the moment he hit the ground. He was certainly dead by the time they climbed out of the wagon and walked tentatively back to him.

"Raquel's mother bundled up Raquel and the baby and got them to the wagon. She slapped the horses sharply and they were off with a desperate speed.

My own mind reeled. "So they were safe? All three of them in the wagon?" I asked.

"It was when they neared the creek that Raquel's mother saw how great an obstacle it would be. Raquel sat in the back, huddled with her baby, when her mother breathed a prayer and made a momentous decision. They would jump the creek in the wagon. By now, they could see the dust Father Diego's horse stirred as he drew closer.

Carolina nodded her head, a small smile on her face. "What happened to the baby?" I pressed. Carolina looked at us both square in the eye and paused a moment.

"Raquel clutched the baby tightly to her chest as her mother slapped the horses hard. The team ran at breakneck speed toward the creek and the wagon tilted so wildly the three were in danger of being tipped out.

"They named her Carolina." She winked. "And she grew to live a long and fruitful life." To comment on this story, please email

"Father Diego was so close now they could see even the angry expression on his face. Raquel held her breath as the horses leapt over the small creek, pulling the wagon with them. Her mother's whispered prayer became loud with thanks as they landed miraculously in one piece on the far side, still in the wagon. The horses were stunned by the impact and slowed. Raquel looked back.

Shelly Morales is a retired teacher. She is an independent writing consultant for schools and is a 4th generation resident of Kleberg County. She is married to Joe Morales and they have two beautiful daughters.

Father Diego had reached the other side of the bank. Carolina looked over at her grandson, as if for reassurance. "Go ahead, Wuela, it's OK to tell it." "That creek is the very one you see outside this window, just around that bend," she pointed. 27

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October 4, 1988 - September 7, 2006 Ruben G. Moya Jr. was 17 years old when he passed away in Alice Tx. He lived in Kingsville and attended Memorial Middle School and H.M.King High School. Ruben played football in Memorial for the Kingsville Brahmas. He had a lot of caring friends and family that till this day miss him dearly. Ruben left behind his loving parents Julio C. Gomez and mother Frances Mireles and his three sisters Julie Ann Gomez, Veronica Luz Gomez and Elizabeth G. Basaldua. We continue to miss him each and everyday and continue to keep all his memories alive no matter what. His life was cut too short and left many heart broken from his passing. We always wonder who he would be, how he would look and how good of an uncle/man he would be right now but only God knows. He now has 5 nephews and 4 nieces and know who he is by

photo and continue to keep all his memories alive . Every holiday he is dearly missed and it doesn't seem to get any easier. He was very athletic, competitive, kind-hearted, loving, caring, sweet, giving and was a very handsome looking boy. I thought that the most difficult part would be the moment we found out he passed away but the hardest part is learning how to live without him. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Submitted by: Elizabeth G. Basaldua and Family


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