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MONTE ALTO

HCMPO Transportation director shaves head for diabetes.

VFW Post 7473 Select a New Commander

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City of Elsa Receives 1.3 Million for Water Supply Project By Irma Ayala

ELSA-The Texas Water Development Board awarded City of Elsa 1.3 million to assist with water supply project. The city was awarded last Thursday, May 15th. The money is slated for an alternative water source. Pipes need to be installed from Engelmann to the Elsa structure in August of this year. This project was necessary to avoid the shortage of water in past droughts. Elsa has found itself having to conserve water due to push water costs. The water reserves between Elsa and Weslaco have to be pushed by farmers

May 2014 Volume 1 Issue 9 Local Legend, Apolonio Gutierrez

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New Business in Edcouch By Irma Ayala

when they get their water and in doing so they push the water to us. However, this system of getting water is expensive, and the cost could be passed on to consumers in the future. Many cities in the valley struggle with water supplies, especially during the summer. Last year several cities in the valley including Elsa were in a state of severe, prolonged water shortage. Many cities implemented a drought contingency plan. The plan included mandatory

water conservation, which limits the washing of vehicles, irrigation of lawns, and the refilling of swimming pools. Although customers of city water constantly complain of high water bills, they especially notice an increase every summer. The city applied and was awarded this money. The Texas Water Development

EDCOUCH - There’s a new business in the Delta area owned by Angelina Carranco, and it’s called A+ Priority Business Solutions. It is a business resource based business specializing in notary public services, new business startups and support, religious organization registration, 501 © (3) exempt IRS registration, certified signing agent and much more. It opened on April 24th and is located at 423 W. Santa Rosa Suite C in Edcouch. Ms. Carranco states “the purpose of my business is to help people. Many members of the community work for themselves. They desire to go into business for themselves but have

Angelina Carranco, Owner

no idea how to navigate around in the world of business and finance.” Ms. Carranco says she “helps them help themselves.” She has had plenty of training and is very familiar and an expert at her job. She has an associate’s degree in business and fifteen years of paralegal experience to guarantee success in her area of expertise.

Monte Alto Independent School District CONGRATULATES THE 2013- 2014 TOP TEN

Jhonna Almazan Valedictorian

Yulissa Cabral

Alejandra Padilla

Maria A. Martinez

Kelly Duarte

Miriam Sanchez Salutatorian

Jose H. Mata

Yamilex C. Garcia

Irania J. Rodriguez

Ashley Reyes


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elcome to the 9th issue of The Community Press. I am very proud to say that I have witnessed the kindness and participation of the people in the Delta Area community. This is a small community with a big heart. Everyone, please remember to give back and help one another. Don’t forget to take care of your health. Thank you for being our Reader.

HCMPO Transportation Director Shaves Head for Diabetes By HCMPO

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Andrew Canon, transportation director, getting his head shaved

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Weslaco, TX- When planning began for Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization (HCMPO)’s 4th Annual Walk-NRolla, Andrew Canon, transportation director, discussed shaving his head with HCMPO staff, as an incentive for surpassing $15,000 in net proceeds. Hidalgo County MPO surpassed their proceeds goal by $4,000 through sponsorships and registration fees collected during their 1980’s-themed Walk-N-Rolla 5K and Bike Ride held Saturday, April 12. Sporting homemade 80’s costumes, over 300 valley natives took part in this unique event, bringing the total donation sum to $19,000. This year marks the second year the WalkN-Rolla proceeds have gone to the 501(c)3 nonprofit, South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association, said Association Vice President Elizabeth Zuniga. The money will primarily go to funding the association’s camp for diabetic children to be held June 28 at UTPA, visit: www.stjda.org to learn more. HCMPO Staff, STJDA and local elected officials gathered on Thursday May 15th for the check presentation ceremony during HCMPO’s regularly scheduled Transportation Policy Committee meeting. And as promised, Canon is sporting a new hair style these days. “I’m not enthusiastic about the look, “Canon shared, as he sat in Rhonda’s Barbershop, located in the Petit Shopping Center on N. 10th street McAllen, Friday morning, “but it’s a small price to pay, when considering the challenges diabetic children and their families face

every.” For more information contact HCMPO at 956-969-5778 or at cborrego@hcmpo.org, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ HCMPO.

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Congratulations Leah Sunny Baldivia 2014 Monte Alto Head Start Queen


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City of Elsa Receives 1.3 Million for Water Supply Project Continued

Community News

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Edcouch-Elsa ISD held a Memorial service to honor the Fallen Soldiers who died defending our country on Friday, May 23 at the Veteran’s Memorial located underneath the big District Marquee Billboard.

Board recognized the leaders of Elsa for being proactive in the endeavor. The board praised the leaders profusely. Mayor Al Perez says “We, the leaders of Elsa, are looking out for the best interest of the citizens of Elsa. We’ll do whatever it takes to be of assistance to the citizens of our city.

VFW Post 7473 Elects a New Commander

By Irma Ayala Elsa-VFW Post 7473 has a new commander. Lupita Perez is making history as the first woman ever to be voted into office by her colleagues. Many of the post’s members are ill, but they do what they can to help each other out. Sometimes they are unable to attend meetings due to illnesses. However, when their health permits, they participate in charitable visits to homes of the sick members and sometimes assist in monetary donations. Post 7473 has fifty-six members who meet on 88 between Eighth and Ninth Street in an old theatre. Many citizens recall this building as Max’s Fine Furniture’s old warehouse. Mrs. Perez says that “it takes a lot of work to keep a post open. There isn’t one in every city because some cities have lost their chapter due to inactivity.” She says that running a successful post entails many hours of dedication by members of the post. Mrs. Perez will take over as Post Commander 7473 beginning July 1 of this year. She states that as commander her duties will include directing meetings. Hosting and planning fundraisers, participate in funeral details and helping any veteran in need. She says that sometimes veterans and their families are unaware of the benefits and resources available for them. Mrs. Perez served in Iraq for one year and five days. When asked how she felt about being the first female commander, she said, “It’s exciting; it’s a great honor to be elected. As women we can do as much as a man in this position. We have the same opportunities.” She goes on to say that she hopes she’ll do “as well as the others before me.” The Community Press and the Delta community wish Lupita Perez the best of luck and thank her and Post 7473 for all they do for the veterans and the community.


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Rich Heritage Apolonio Gutierrez By Irma Ayala

Apolonio Gutierrez “Borrado”, 95 years old

Edcouch-After dedicating himself to his family and residents of the Delta area for decades, Apolonio Gutierrez has truly earned his retirement. Apolonio was five years old when he came to the US from Zamora Michoacán, Mexico. His grandfather was a successful merchant, a cobbler, owning several shoe shops and a bus company with several bus lines to neighboring cities and states. In the early 1900s, the city of Zamora had cobblestone streets and sidewalks and the family home had indoor plumbing. His parents left a thriving city with all the comforts of civilization

and arrived in Weslaco on May 5, 1927. They worked clearing land in Monte Alto, La Sara, and near Raymondville. In October the rest of the family joined them. The men of the family helped lay the infrastructure for the sewer and water lines for the new city of Edcouch. The Gutierrez family boasted nine surviving children out of ten. Apolonio Gutierrez and his four younger brothers were in the military. He served for four years in the latter part of the war in Europe. Gutierrez served with the 20th Armored Division on the European front during WWII. When victory in Europe was declared, he was reassigned to fight on the Pacific front. However, when he got to San Francisco, the war with Japan ended with the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and he was sent home. Upon his arrival home, he immediately set to work in Edcouch. His civilian careers include a candy salesman, owner/ operator of the Patio Café, owner/operator of the Gutiérrez Bakery and Tortilla factory in Edcouch and, finally, owner/operator of finance companies in Elsa, Weslaco and Pharr. Mr. Gutierrez founded and owned City Finance in Elsa which is still thriving in the area and run by the family. He was a lifelong volunteer fireman, elected city official, school board member and Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace. He was also a member of the Delta area Lions and Rotary Clubs. Apolonio Gutierrez “Borrado” with Tia He was deeply involved with Juanita in Mexico

May 2014 Volume 1 Issue 9 the church building funds. His son, David Gutierrez, believes that anyone reading this article about his father will have connections to somebody whom the elder Gutierrez influenced in some way. He was well-liked and well respected in the Edcouch community. Mr. Gutierrez loved Edcouch. He was very fortunate with his businesses and raised his family here. David Gutierrez states, “My dad was once asked if he wanted to go back home. He said, ‘No. This is home. I don’t know anybody back in Michoacán anymore.’” The entire family has fond memories of growing up in the Valley and Edcouch. In the end, there are 39 surviving Gutiérrez first cousins who grew up in Edcouch or maintained close ties to it. Of the 29 cousins who stayed in Edcouch, many graduated from EEHS, as well as some of their children. Now, there are 35 Gutierrez family members left to tell their story. Apolonio Gutierrez and his wife had four children. She passed away twelve years ago. At age 95, Apolonio Gutierrez resides at John Knox village. Visitors are encouraged; however, he does not always recognize his visitors. Communication is very limited, but he always has a smile for anyone entering his room for a visit.

Texas School Ready ranked Deisy Ventura Top Teacher ELSA -Deisy Ventura, Edcouch native has been teaching the three and four year olds at the Golden Bee Learning Center in Elsa for six years since it first opened. She has been an asset to the learning center on educational programing with the kids. She is a mother of four, who recently got Texas Ready certified and was ranked the Top Teacher. Her goals are to pursue higher education in the

education field because she enjoys putting an educational foundation in the youth. Texas School Ready aims to encourage early childhood education programs to improve the quality of their services, ensure that children arrive in kindergarten with necessary skills, and provide parents with tools to make informed decisions. The design of Texas School Ready is research-based curriculum, technology driven child progress monitoring, facilitated teacher professional development, ongoing teacher mentoring and sustainably. “Deisy is extremely committed and a dedicated worker,” said Janice Layton Rodriguez, Golden Bee Learning Center owner. “She combines interesting lessons with the ability to build trusting relationships with her kids, which has resulted in the kids success in daily classroom activities, and beyond”

New Business in Edcouch Continued

Although she works alone from her office, she collaborates with several entities such as the state and government agencies. She networks frequently in her line of work. Carranco does paralegal subcontracting for attorneys as well. Because Carranco grew up in this area, she hopes that her business makes a difference in the community and hopes that more businesses spring up with her help. The Community Press welcomes Mrs. Carranco and thanks her for bringing her much needed business to Edcouch.


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Congratulations! Monte Alto Independent School District Teachers of the Year Monte Alto Early College High School Elementary School

Jose Borrego Middle School

Antonio Martinez

Sabrina Franco, Principal

Elma Perez

Ana Zepeda, Principal Administration

Johnny HerreraPresident Concepcion Villanueva- Vice-President

Raul ValdezFidel BorregoJuan C. Rodriguez-

Dianira Zuniga-Marmolejo

Jimmy Padilla, Principal

Board of Trustees

Monte Alto

Secretary Member Member

Olivia Almanza-Peña, Superintendent Barbara Cannon, Federal Programs Director

Teresa Del Toro-Member Armando Lopez- Member

Rotary Club awarded $1,000 Scholarships

Edcouch-Elsa outstanding football player Diego Garcia has officially accepted scholarship to attend Lindenwood University located in Belleville, Illinois.

Right to left: Mr. Livas (Vice President of Rotary Club), Salvador A. Garza, Tracie Martinez, Geena Flores, Dan Cerda, Fabiola Doria

We feel lucky to have recruited some one like Diego, he is a good student with lots of talent. Any time you get some one that is recognized as an All State status not only once but twice, Wow that’s an accomplishment. It’s the truth all the thanks goes to his coaches who brought him to this level. We know that he will take his skills to the next level. His strong, quick and can steal a football when ever it gets close to him. We only wish him the very best of luck on his next journey of his life. -Ben Lopez Lindenwood Admissions Counselor

Mrs. Noemi Torres, from John F. Kennedy Elementary, was selected as Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Mrs. Torres has 20 years teaching experience and all 20 have been spent as a member of the John F. Kennedy Elementary family. She inspires daily with her knowledge, patience and wit. When Mrs. Torres was nominated the words that her colleagues chose to describe her were dedicated, honest, hardworking, loving, giving, team player, and dear friend. Mrs. Torres’ love and passion for teaching has been planted in the minds and hearts of the numerous students that have had the privilege of having Mrs. Torres as their teacher. Her love and patience is evident in the smiles of her students as they learn a new skill or conquer what seemed to be an enormous obstacle. Her dedication is evident daily as she strives to ensure that her students experience success. Her dedication, diligence and passion for education have inspired those that surround her making Mrs. Torres worthy of being chosen not only as John F. Kennedy’s Teacher of the Year by her peers but also as District Elementary Teacher of the Year for Edcouch-Elsa. Congratulations Mrs. Torres!


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Family night Tuesdays & Thursdays at Riderz

The End of the Trail (Left)

The Perfect Place (right)

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Congratulations to Albert Sosa and Norma Delgado on your Engagement!


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