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May 2014 Volume 1 Issue 8

Wendy Davis’s Headquarters opens in McAllen

Memorial Day

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New Sheriff Guerra Visits Monte Alto

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Folklorico Grupo Infantil in the spotlight at State Farm Arena By JFK Elementary

ELSA-Congratulations to Folklorico Grupo Infantil for an outstanding performance as they proudly represented John F. Kennedy Elementary from Edcouch-Elsa during a cinco de mayo celebration on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the State Farm Arena. “I felt so honored to have been invited to be part of this event,” says Director, Dalia Hernandez. “My students shined like stars as they became the main attraction.” “It was an unforgettable experience for the members of the Folklorico to be in the spotlight as they danced the difficult Norteno steps. Mrs. Hernandez would like to thank all the students, parents, and teachers. A special thanks goes to Mrs. Noemi Hernandez, J.F.K’s principal, for her tremendous support and to all the staff at the state farm arena who presented all the participants with a special recognition. The performance was so amazing that they were invited to return for other upcoming events. Under the direction of Dalia Hernandez, the Folklorico group

began in 1998 to promote the cultural dances of Latin America. The current group is assisted by Delfina Rodriguez, Nora Ramos, Zulma Lopez and Tina Rodriguez and is instructed by Francisco Munoz, dance program coordinator at the University of Panam. They have participated

in many community events such as football games, school board meetings, Christmas parade, local businesses, and at school. The group practices twice a week throughout the year and learns various dances. For more information please contact Dalia Hernandez at 2624751.

E-E Mariachi Juvenil Azteca

Local Legend

Neal Galloway Out of the Pages of History Grand Champions

By Irma Ayala

ELSA - Neal Galloway, who currently lives with his wife at John Knox Village, lived through turbulent, yet simple times in the Delta Area. His roots in the valley began in 1919 when his grandparents, Paul Albert and Edith Galloway, bought farm land for the family. He remembers attending elementary school in 1931 or 32 at the Center School which was just elementary grades on Mile 107 and 1015. In 1933, he attended a New Red Brick Elementary. He remembers attending his childhood grades all over town in different buildings, including one grade in one of the bank buildings in Edcouch. Mr. Galloway remembers that segregation was very

prevalent in Edcouch when he was in grade school. The Mexican school was located in a small building near Rincon Del Diablo. In 1937, the whites and the Mexican Americans were finally integrated in the 6th grade. In 1938, the new high school was built which is currently the SAIL Center today. He ruefully remembers that the football team had a horrible beginning; only one student had seen a football game before, and the rest of the team had never seen a game before much less played one. Their first game was against San Perlita, and they lost. One of the games that clearly stands out in his mind was the game they played against Raymondville; they dismally lost, 102-0. In 1927, the railroad came to the valley which helped

enhance the city’s economy with the richness of the farming industry with fruits and vegetables. T`here were many farms and packing sheds, but in 1951 a drought which lasted for three years ended those businesses. There were no other sources of water, so everyone moved to the McAllen area since there were more water sources there. There was good underground water which was not salty as the one in the Edcouch-Elsa area.” Galloway graduated from high school in 1943 and went on to further his education at Texas A&M. In 1944, he joined the navy and served during WWII for two years. He was an electronic technician. After the war, he went back to school at A&M and graduated with a marketing finance cont. page 3


Established in 2005, Edcouch-Elsa Mariachi Juvenil Azteca has quickly gained recognition across the state of Texas as one of the premier mariachi programs in a public school system. This award-winning ensemble cultivates the essence of the Mexican folklore through the passionate sounds of its dynamic music. Under the new direction of Marcos Garcia, Mario Ferrer, and Michael Sital, Mariachi Juvenil Azteca is constantly reinventing the standards of mariachi music. Currently, the EE Mariachi is comprised of over 120 students district-wide, with a front line of 20 strong in their EE High School Varsity group. Mariachi Juvenil Azteca recently competed at the Culturas Unidas Mariachi Competition held in Laredo, Texas May 3rd, 2014. Our Edcouch-Elsa groups swept the competition, capturing 1st Places in High School

Varsity, High School JV and Jr High categories. The EE High School Varsity was awarded every single caption award, taking Best Trumpets, Best Violins, Best Armonia and Best Vocals. Apart from all the captions, they also brought back the Grand Champion title, awarded to the best overall high school. The EE High School JV was awarded Best Violins and Best Vocals along with 1st Place. Lastly, Truan Jr High was awarded Best Trumpets, Best Violins, Best Vocals and Grand Champions in Jr High. Sincere congratulations to all the students, parents and administration for the endless support! We are extremely blessed by a community of excellence. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! M. Garcia – Edcouch-Elsa Mariachi Director

Editor’s Page

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May 2014 Volume 1 Issue 8

Rina Diane Castillo


elcome to our 8th issue of The Community Press where the spot light shines on the Delta Area always! Please Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates on our stories, events and accomplishments. I have enjoyed making new friends and have gained great knowledge about our community. Hay demasiado talento y mucho corazón en nuestra comunidad, estoy orgullosa de haber crecido aqui. Congratulations to all members of the Edcouch-Elsa Mariachi Juvenil Azteca for their hard work and dedication that resulted in them earning grand champions. Congratulations to E-E basketball player Giancarlo Capello for earning a scholarship to Lindenwood University. J.F.K’s folklorico group, your performances are always awesome and all of you are star quality. Thank you for serving our community as well as our country, Neal Galloway, 5th Mayor of Elsa. Everyone is welcome to the Wendy Davis’s headquarters in McAllen TX, candidate for Texas Governor. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and eat healthy. I hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any ideas for The Community Press, feel free to email me at , call me at 956-292-1590 or send me a message on facebook. Thank you for being our reader. Be Part of it,

Rina D. Castillo CEO/Editor in Chief


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The Community Press is here to promote the progress and growth of the Delta Area that adds to the identity and pride of the community; record the history of this area and its people, and make differences in the quality of life for the residents and merchants. The Community Press is dedicated to encourage community service among citizens and employees, recognizing that the more they are involved with the community, the better they will be able to understand and serve it. The Community Press is published biweekly, there will be 5,000 copies distributed throughout the Delta Area and will be available FREE at numerous locations. The Community Press and its employees do not assume liability for products or services offered herein. Permission to use or reproduce material herein must be express written consent of the publisher. Stories published in The Community Press are written with information received directly from entities, cities, schools, businesses, nonprofits, and private persons, therefore The Community Press is not liable of any misinformation herein.

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Neal Galloway Out of the Pages of History Continued

degree. He says, “Seems like it was yesterday, but it was seventy years ago, in fact this month will make it seventy one.” When he came home, his mother insisted that he be a lifeguard at his niece’s swimming pool party in McAllen. He is glad he listened to his mother because he met his future wife at that swimming party. In 1949, Galloway started farming. He remembers that with $1500, he bought a tractor and five pieces of equipment. Reminiscing, he says, “I lived in a period of time when life was simple.” Through his leadership and vision his farming business was a success and was part of the greatness and growth of the community. In 1950, he married Fran and had six children. In 1957, he was elected Elsa City Councilman, and he served two, two year terms in office as commissioner. Four years later, he ran for mayor and won in 1961; he served two terms from 1961-1965. He ran again and lost by one vote against Carol Higdion, a local attorney who was a “nice man, good man and was a friend of mine.” Galloway served many years with the Delta Lake Irrigation. He was instrumental in establishing paved roads and instigated many projects in the area. He vividly remembers trying to pass a bond for construction; however it didn’t pass. It eventually did pass under the leadership of a new mayor. While he was mayor, one of his goals was to incorporate Edcouch, Elsa and Monte Alto together as one city for better stability, finances, security and safety. Monte Alto leaders saw the savyness of his plan; however Edcouch did not embrace the concept. For his insightfulness and dedication to his community, Delta Area residents owe much to Neal Galloway. He helped shape the area as we know it today. His success as a politician and farmer left its mark on the area. Neal Galloway still owns farmland in the Delta Area.

May 2014 Volume 1 Issue 8

Dinner in a Snap Pork tenderloin flour taquitos with jalapeño pepper and onions

We are always used to eating quickly during our lunch, it is rare when we have time to prepare a good cooked meal for our lunch. Do not get bored of eating your typical fajita tacos, or chicken tacos. Remember pork is another option you can have to change up and spice up your lunch. This recipe is quick and easy to do. Please read the instructions before preparing, and if there are other ingredients that you would like to add go ahead, remember it is always better to spice things up. Ingredients • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 2 teaspoons olive oil • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth • 1/2 cup chopped plum tomato • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas

Preparation 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and black pepper. Add oil to pan. Add pork, and sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Remove pork from pan; place in a bowl. Add onion and jalapeño to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add broth; reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in tomato; simmer 2 minutes. 2. Return pork and accumulated juices to pan. Stir in cilantro and lime juice; cook 1 minute or until pork is done. 3. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Spoon 1/2 cup pork mixture into each tortilla; roll up. Note: Browning the pork improves its color, and the browned bits enrich the sauce’s flavor. Add more jalapeño pepper if you enjoy spicy food. Use the same pan to brown the pork and make the rave-worthy sauce.

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Memorial Day

Monte Alto I.S.D. Presents County Commission A.C. Cuellar Jr. a Certificate of Appreciation

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New Sheriff Eddie Guerra visits Monte Alto

Mrs. Almanza superintendent at Monte Alto I.S.D. along with board members presents County Commission from Precinct 1 A.C. Cuellar Jr. a certificate of appreciation for the making of the sidewalk in front of their high school. The sidewalk was built for the safety of the kids. It starts on the four way stop on Valdez Rd all the way to the high school.

Memorial site in Elsa, TX

ELSA- The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars. It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards

and war monuments. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President or Vice President to give a speech and lay a wreath on soldiers’ graves in the largest national cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. Most towns have local Memorial Day celebrations. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country: • Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars. • Fly the U.S. flag at halfstaff until noon. • Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines. • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. • March in a parade

Newly appointed by the Hidalgo county commissioners, Eddie Guerra reaches out to Monte Alto residents to introduce himself and to address some of the current issues in the county. His goal is to restore accountability back to the Sheriff ’s office. He will be holding people accountable for their own actions. Eddie Guerra former Constable from Precinct 4 was appointed as interim Hidalgo County sheriff in April of this year.

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Big Excitement in Hidalgo County Wendy Davis’s Headquarters opens in McAllen MCALLEN - The Valley gave Wendy Davis a warm welcome on Monday, May 12. As supporters were pouring out of her McAllen headquarters, she spoke to them about what her opponent wasn’t doing right. She revealed Abbott’s position on equal pay for women, voting rights for minorities, and funds for education. This headquarters located on 3911 N Ware road is a location for the community to get updates on her campaign, pick up necessary materials such

informative content, yard signs and volunteering jobs such as phone banking. She had low numbers in Hidalgo and Starr County during the primaries and one strategic move was to have a headquarters within both counties for her campaign representation. If anyone is interested in helping out the Wendy Davis Campaign please call Priscilla Martinez, Regional Field director at 956-970-2010

Left: supporters of wendy davis Right: Sarah Castillo 7yr old from Edcouch waiting for Wendy

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Delta Area

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Graduation at The Golden Bee Learning Center

Top Row L to R: Lylian Gonzalez, teacher asst.; Deisy Padilla, Teacher; Isa Cardenas, Rebekah Rivera, Elean Cantu, Hortencia Salinas Middle Row L to R: Jakob Ruiz, Isabella Saenz, Rudy Gonzalez, Olivia Eguia, Rodney Alonzo, Ricardo Diaz Bottom Row L to R: Natalie Flores, Landon Luna, Erik Nino Jr., Deuce Garza, Vittoria Guerra, Arien Cano Administrator: Janice Layton Rodriguez, M.Ed

C a pel l o Signe d L e t t er of Inten t ELSA -Thousands of miles away from Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D., The University of Lindenwood in Bellville Illinois will be home for Giancarlo Capello. He will be representing the black and gold for the next few years, while he plays college basketball. On Wednesday May 7 Giancarlo signed his letter of intent to attend Lindenwood University in Belleville Illinois. Along beside him were his support team, coaches, staff and most importantly his family. Capello is planning on majoring in Sports Management. Capello will be graduating from Edcouch-Elsa High School this year and heading to Bellville Illinois on an academic and athletic scholarship. Capello with a 3.7 GPA was involved in student council and was part of the National Honors Society group. Coming from a family that played sports, Capello has a passion and love for Basketball. His average was 15 points, 3.2 steals, 3.6 assists, 3 rebounds per a game. He received First Team All-District, First Team All-Valley, and

Giancarlo along with staff, coaches, and parents: Rosalva Capello (left) and Ronald Capello (second right) Second Team All-State Academic Team. He played in two All-Star games, the Rio Grande Vipers Showcase and the Rio Grande Valley Coaches association. Capello will be paving the way for future Yellow Jackets, as this is a true testament that hard work and academic excellence, which was stressed by his role model, mother Rosalva Capello pays off. “Nothing worth having will be gotten unless you work hard for it” –Giancarlo Capello


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A Night at Riderz

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End of The Trail in Donna

Friday nights karaoke at Pimientos in Weslaco

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