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ISSUE 87 OCTOBER 2019

SERVING THE LOWER & MID-VALLEY

New CEO of Museum of South Texas History--E-E ISD Alumni, Frank Guarjardo,Ph.D.

The Board of Trustees of the Museum of South Texas History, which is located in downtown Edinburg across from the $150 million Hidalgo County Courthouse which is under construction, on Thursday, September 12, 2019, announced the recent hiring of Francisco Guajardo, Ph.D., as the museum’s new Chief

Executive Officer. Guajardo, who resides in Edinburg, is the former Executive Director for the B3 Institute at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. “The museum has been blessed with excellent executive leadership over the years, and we are very pleased to welcome Francisco to the museum,” said Juancarlo Rendón, Chair, Museum Board of Trustees. “He brings unique skills and talents that will help take the museum to the next level.” Guajardo assumed his role at MOSTHistory on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Guajardo was born and raised on both sides of the Texas-Mexico borderland. He attended Edcouch-Elsa schools and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1987, a master’s degree in History in 1989 and a Doctorate in Educational Administration in 2003.

According to his biography, Guajardo’s areas of expertise feature Hispanic Serving Institutions, Latina/o leadership, community leadership, Latina/o epistemologies, and organizational change. Guajardo taught high school and developed innovative curricular programs at Edcouch-Elsa ISD between 1990 and 2002. Thereafter he began his tenure at the University of Texas-Pan American (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) where he became a full-time professor and the C. Bascom Slemp Endowed Chair in Education. At UTRGV he was the founding Executive Director of the B3 Institute, a university-wide office tasked with transforming UTRGV into a bilingual,

Brownsville Chef Endures to Success

An aviation services manager recently gave Celia Galindo a call a few days after she had cooked meals for customers waiting to go through customs on their way to points south from Brownsville South Padre Island Airport. “Do you know who you served the other day?” the manager asked. No, she replied, saying she often does not know the identity of affluent customers she serves waiting to go through the customs process. “It was Bill Gates and his wife,” the manager told her. Galindo smiled at the memory and in true chef fashion, quickly add-

ed, “We did enchiladas for them.” The kitchen of Gourmet Central by Cel on Elizabeth Street in Brownsville is a busy place. She and her staff cook for the rich and famous, be it Gates or the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who also enjoyed Galindo’s dishes at the airport. Mexican entertainer Pablo Montero is a fan of the menudo Galindo and her mother Chickie Samano serve. A photo of the three with beaming smiles is among the photos hanging on the walls of La Escondida. The restaurant is part of Galindo’s enterprise and among the cluster of rooms at the business on Elizabeth. Rows of delivery orders are stuck up with pins in the spacious Gourmet Central kitchen. They are catering orders as well as customers coming by the restaurant for private dining. “This kitchen can go from calm to crazy in a minute or two,” Galindo said. “We can’t wait for the next adrenaline rush.” See Chef pg.7

INSIDE God’s Response to bountiful giving Pg. 2 Advance Edcouch Pg. 3 Vanguard Academy Pg.4 Affordable Solutions Pg.7 How to reinvent yourself Pg.9 Hidalgo County honors Grand Champion Pg.11

see MUSEUM pg. 8`

New Cardiologist Seeing Patients in Weslaco

Weslaco – For Mid-Valley patients who need to see a physician for heart-related problems, a new cardiologist, Michael Balderas, M.D., is seeing patients in Weslaco. Dr. Balderas is now available to see patients at South Heart Clinic’s Weslaco office at 902 S. Airport Drive, Suite 5B (phone: 956-9686430). The South Heart Clinic also has an office in Harlingen and includes a team of some of the most experienced cardiologists in the Valley. Additional cardiologists who are seeing patients in the South Heart Clinic’s Weslaco office include Dr. Hugo Blake, Dr. Michael Evans, Dr. Eduardo Flores, Dr. Juan Garza, Dr. Shereef Hilmy, and Dr. David Yardley. Dr. Balderas is well versed in all aspects of general cardiology and interventional cardiology, including coronary and peripheral interventions. Dr. Balderas, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, obtained his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in 2011. See WESLACO pg.8


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God’s Response to Bountiful Giving 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Have you ever tried to count your blessings? No matter how long a list you could compile, it would barely scratch the surface. Only the Lord can reveal to us all the ways He has provided, guided, and blessed us. But Scripture helps us recognize amazing blessings that are ours in Christ. For example, today’s passage teaches that we don’t lose anything by being generous. God calls us to give cheerfully, not grudgingly; bountifully, not sparingly; and voluntarily, not under compulsion. When we do, He responds with abounding grace that overflows in our life (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). God’s grace … Flows to us. Our Father promises us sufficiency in everything as He supplies our needs, provides more for us to give, and increases our righteousness. In fact, He says we will be enriched in everything for our generosity (2 Corinthians 9:11).

Reaches out to others. When needs around us are met through our generosity, some people will begin to correlate our giving with obedience to God. As a bond of fellowship is formed, they may respond by praying for us (2 Corinthians 9:13-14). Brings glory to Him. We are not the heroes in the story; the Lord is. Our obedience and dependence on Him demonstrate that He alone is the one who provides us with the means to give. And those who receive our gift will glorify God, who is the ultimate source of their provision (2 Corinthians 9:13). Don’t allow human reasoning or the fear of not having enough prevent you from experiencing God’s abounding grace, which He showers on those who obey Him.

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Congressman Gonzalez Secures Nearly $3.7 Million for Vanguard Academy Charter Schools WASHINGTON – On October 2, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Vanguard Academy Charter Schools received a School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Vanguard Academy Charter Schools was awarded $739,887 for a period of five years, which will total $3,699,435.

The School Climate Transformation Grants initiative builds on evidence-based strategies to for schools to improve school climate and behavioral outcome for all students. Students who learn in positive learning environments are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life. “An environment that allows students and teachers to interact, grow and learn will set every individual up for success,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “This School Climate Transformation Grant will allow Vanguard Academy Charter Schools to give that positive learning environ-

ment to students in Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, and Edinburg. As long as I am a Congressman, I will continue to fight so every student in the 15th District of Texas has access to a top-notch education and every educator has adequate resources to give it to them.” “Thank you to Congressman Gonzalez for his support in assisting our Charter School receive the School Climate Grant. This grant would not have been possible without the support of the City of Pharr, and Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez along with our other partners that committed to ensuring the School Climate Grant was a possibility for Vanguard Academy,” said Dr. Narciso Garcia, Superintendent of Vanguard Academy. “Additional thanks to our other partners that committed to the School Climate Grant including: the City of Edinburg, Region One Education Service Center, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR), Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), and Evaluation Grants & Training Institute, Inc. This grant is a game changer for the communities of Pharr, San Juan, Alamo and Edinburg as it will provide a school psychologist for Vanguard Academy Charter School along with several social workers, a Response to Intervention (RTI) specialist and several school resource officers. The Vanguard Academy Board of Directors along with the Charter School are grateful for the blessing this grant will provide the children, teachers, and staff.”


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The Brownsville native has done, as she puts, “a lot of things.” Standing in her kitchen after another busy day of work, she said, “This is what has grounded me.” Her education comes from an elite Mexico City school whose students mainly come from the diplomatic and international business community. Her father owned a furniture factory in the city. She would marry there and became active for years in the Mexican motion picture industry, working as a still photographer. Galindo would eventually return to Brownsville. Her love for cooking endured through the years. She started a business in catering, then landed a contract with the president’s office of the University of Texas-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. Galindo would build a good business there, but then the UTB and TSC partnership dissolved in 2015. Her business suffered a huge hit. Galindo nearly closed up. “I was about down to my last penny,” she said. Galindo would gradually regain traction, getting contracts with the Moody Clinic and doing major events and conferences at South Padre Island. She built up her restaurant business with an emphasis on private events and celebrations. She also was preparing meals for customers going through customs at the airport. “There were plenty of tears,” Galindo recalled. “It was about not letting yourself give up.” Galindo is now thinking of expanding her restaurant and doing more outside of Brownsville. “We were dreamers through it all,” Galindo said. “I guess we still are.”

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MUSEUM

WESLACO

He then chose to return to the Valley and combicultural and biliterate institution. Guajardo pleted his internal medicine internship and residency at the UT Health Science Center San has managed three multimillion-dollar federal Antonio’s Regional Academic Health Center, grants and authored or co-authored more than 50 academic articles and three books, includunder the direction of James Hanley, MD. During his internship year, Dr. Balderas was ing “Reframing Community Partnerships in Education” (2016) and “Ecologies of Engaged voted “Outstanding Intern of The Year” and “UTHSCSA Medicine Clerkship Intern of The Scholarship” (2018). Guajardo views MOSYear.” In his final year of residency, Dr. Balde- THistory as “a key institution that represents the history of what South Texas has been, and ras was voted “Outstanding Resident of The Year” and was awarded the prestigious Kleberg the possibilities of what it can be.” As a son of the Texas-Mexico borderland, he is intensely Foundation research grant. proud of the culture and heritage of South Dr. Balderas then completed a cardiology fellowship at UTHSCSA under the direction of Texas and believes the Valley is the crossroads John Erikson, MD, where Dr. Balderas was vot- of the Americas. ed “Outstanding Fellow of The Year” in 2015- Guajardo succeeds Shan Rankin, who led the 2016 and was given the title of Chief Fellow for museum as its Executive Director for more than 30 years. During her tenure, the museum the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Balderas then completed an interventional became accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and grew from a small county mucardiology fellowship under the direction of seum into a widely respected regional history Steven Bailey, MD. Dr. Balderas’ Weslaco office is located two min- museum. utes to the southeast of Knapp Medical Center, Under her leadership, the museum engaged in multiple capital campaigns that acquired adjaon Airport Drive a block and a half south of 8th Street. For more information, or to make cent properties, developed a museum complex that now occupies more than a city block and an appointment, please call the South Heart restored the museum’s cornerstone 1910 HidalClinic at 956-968-6430. go County Jail building. Since Rankin arrived, more than $43 million has been raised to operate and expand the museum and its services to the community. “These achievements were accomplished because of close board and staff collaboration, and community support for these efforts,” Rankin said. “Local governments, along with state and national foundations, supported the mission, and the result is that museum visitors

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consistently say that MOSTHistory is one of the best museums they have seen.” For three decades, Rankin helped the Museum Board of Trustees preserve and share the borderland heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico. “Shan grew this museum exponentially with the support of the Board of Trustees, Heritage Associates, FRIENDS of MOSTHistory and community and local government leaders,” Rendon said. “On behalf of the museum board, I would like to thank Shan for all that she’s accomplished to advance the museum’s mission to preserve and present the borderland heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico. We hope her involvement with MOSTHistory continues.” To become a FRIEND of MOSTHistory or to renew an expired FRIENDship, and attend the event, please contact Cedar Risica at 956-3836911 or crisica@mosthistory.org. You can also visit mosthistory.org/events for more information. About Museum of South Texas History The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County


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A new you--how to reinvent yourself A new You – how to reinvent yourself By Anda Tudor Let’s start with the fundamentals; reinventing yourself is different from meliorating yourself. Reinventing is not about improvement on the current person that you are, it is a complete 180 degrees, a transformation. So, when do you know that you really want to reinvent yourself and how do you do it? Read on to find out. Get rid of preconceived notions- Start with a clean slate, rub everything that you know and think about yourself till now. This is the starting point, even before you know how to go about it you have to have the intention to actually go about it. Write it down- List down things you want to completely change. Do you want a weight transformation or are you going to go from the angry young man to someone who is calm and composed.

Writing things down give you a better insight, that is why you should describe every point on your list with a relevant scenario. For instance, describe how you would feel when you fit into size smaller clothes, or when your boyfriend stops in track when you come out wearing a hot dress. Think of smaller tasks that will help you achieve your goal- Everyday tasks go a long way in eradicating and creating new habits, and hence a new you. If you have anger management issues, figure out how you would tackle when you are losing it, are you more comfortable counting backwards or walking away. It’s okay to fail- You are not going to succeed at every task, there would be slip ups and you would want to forgo the entire idea altogether. It’s okay if you fall down, what’s more important is to get up. In the words of Dale Carnegie: ‘Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.’

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Learn- Why did you fail? Where did you go wrong? Try to learn something from each of your mistakes. In fact, try to learn something from the way your daily task pans out. Maintain a journal, and write down a daily report of how did you do at the tasks, what did you learn out of it, and has it brought you closer to your goals? Anton Ego, the food critic in the movie RatatouilleDon’t be let down by criticism- While on your path of reinvention, people would question because they’d be seeing a change in you. If they criticize, if they don’t get it, that has nothing to do with you. Let it be, and don’t lose sight of the purpose. If you abort this journey based on criticism, then the failure is on you not those who criticize. “It’s impossible to be angry or blame other people for problems in your lives, when you


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Hidalgo County Honors Grand Champion Title at 40th American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Competition

A resolution was approved on October 8th, honoring Barbeque Champ Fred Robles, the owner of Rio Valley Meat in Weslaco. Fred Robles recently won the 40th American Royal

World Series of Barbecue held on September 12-15 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, beating out 467 other competing teams. This exciting win marks the first Grand Champion

title for Rio Valley Meat BBQ and their third appearance at the world’s largest and most prestigious barbecue competition. In addition to this impressive win. “The American Royal is one of the most challenging barbecue competitions, and it’s truly an honor to take home the top prize when you’re surrounded by some of the best pit masters and teams on the competition circuit,” said Fred Robles. “To win World Championships, you need quality and consistency – and that’s why we compete with Smithfield Fresh Pork. Whether you’re a veteran pitmaster or your family’s designated grill master, you can trust that you’re getting the best with every package.”

Hidalgo County observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month; early detection key to survival

EDINBURG – Breast Cancer continues to be the most prevalent cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among Texas women, also affecting about one in every 1,000 men. Commissioners Court passed a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in part to promote the importance of prevention and early detection as keys to survival. "We would like to invite our community to join us in rais-

ing awareness,” said Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Administrator of Corporate Affairs Mario Lizcano. “We are here to ensure that our community has the resources available to them for early detection screenings."A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat, Lizcano stated. While there are factors known to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, nearly 80 percent of

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women diagnosed do not exhibit any of the determinant factors. Early detection of signs and symptoms of breast cancer can increase the survival rate by nearly 95 percent. During this month-long observance, all Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to join in activities and initiatives that help raise support and awareness of this serious health concern which has claimed too many lives over the years.


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207 South 10th St. Donna, TX.  (956-464-4481)

207 South 10th St. Donna, TX.  (956-464-4481) * To whom it may concern Pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 18, Article 18.17, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, we hereby serve notice that the item(s) described below is/are being held in our custody, and must be picked up by the Legal Owner, with all charges paid.

* To whom it may concern Pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 18, Article 18.17, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, we hereby serve notice that the item(s) described below is/are being held in our custody, and must be picked up by the Legal Owner, with all charges paid.

You may claim your property (In person only) at 207 South 10th Street, Donna Tx. With Det. Enrique A. Saldana # 402.

You may claim your property (In person only) at 207 South 10th Street, Donna Tx. With Det. Enrique A. Saldana # 402.

In accordance with State status, if you fail to claim the described item(s) with in 30 days from the date of this publication, the property will be disposed of in a manner prescribed by state law.

In accordance with State status, if you fail to claim the described item(s) with in 30 days from the date of this publication, the property will be disposed of in a manner prescribed by state law.

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* To whom it may concern

* To whom it may concern

Pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 18, Article 18.17, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, we hereby serve notice that the item(s) described below is/are being held in our custody, and must be picked up by the Legal Owner, with all charges paid.

Pursuant to the provisions contained in Chapter 18, Article 18.17, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, we hereby serve notice that the item(s) described below is/are being held in our custody, and must be picked up by the Legal Owner, with all charges paid.

You may claim your property (In person only) at 207 South 10th Street, Donna Tx. With Det. Enrique A. Saldana # 402.

You may claim your property (In person only) at 207 South 10th Street, Donna Tx. With Det. Enrique A. Saldana # 402.

In accordance with State status, if you fail to claim the described item(s) with in 30 days from the date of this publication, the property will be disposed of in a manner prescribed by state law.

In accordance with State status, if you fail to claim the described item(s) with in 90 days from the date of this publication, the property will be disposed of in a manner prescribed by state law.

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