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The Roma Middle School Symphonic Winds Band, directed by Corey L. Graves, has been selected as a 2018 National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project. The Mark of Excellence Project recognizes and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras from across the United States. A unique competitive environment is created which allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding groups from across the country. The ensemble submits a CD recording of their ensemble from the current school year. The world renown adjudicators listen to the entries and provide detailed recorded comments and brief written comments. The top ensembles are recognized as National Winners. All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning performances and the winners are recognized in regional and national publications and at national and regional conventions. This marks Roma Middle School’s sixth consecutive recognition by the Mark of Excellence Program!

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Ruben Sepulveda Selected for 2018 Power Showcase World Classic

The Power Showcase has announced that 1st Basemen Ruben Sepulveda, Rio Grande City, Tx, a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology at coastal bend college has been named to the 13th Annual Power Showcase All-American Team. Each player is personally selected by the Power Showcase based on their abilities, power, scout references, school and Showcase tournament performance. Ruben will proudly represent his home state of Texas during the prestigious Home Run Derby that will feature top amateur power hitting prospects from around the world And during the college select game. The game highlights the five day, all - encompassing educational experience staffed by some of the very best coaches, including an MLB scout day in front of all 30 organizations, a welcome dinner/jersey presentation ceremony, the home run derby itself, two mental strength seasons and involvement in the Power Showcase’s philanthropic arm, called the “Home Runs that help”. The 13th Annual World Power Showcase is being held in Miami at Marlins Park on December 27th to the 31st 2018. The event features the most prolific amateur players from around the world and provides the perfect center-stage opportunity in which to demonstrate their skill-sets in a major league stadium.

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County Pct. 4 Nutrition Centers celebrate 16 de Septiembre

Starr County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ruben D. Saenz hosted a grand celebration to commemorate 16 de Septiembre (Hispanic heritage) for the Nutrition Centers in San Isidro,

Texas and in Rio Grande City. The senior citizens from both centers gathered at the San Isidro Parish Had for the event. They all had a great time dressing up in traditional OPEN MON-SUN 7AM-7PM

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Mexican outfits, socializing and dancing. The celebration concluded with a delicious meal. Activities such as this one help the senior citizens to keep healthy by enjoying life.

The Center Director for Pct. 4 San Isidro Nutrition Center is Mary Hernandez and her assistant is Irma Beltran and Denise Alaniz is the Director for the Rio Grande City Pct.

4 Nutrition Center and Esther Ayala is her assistant. Commissioner Saenz and his staff would like to thank all of the guests for helping make this event a memorable one.

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Starr County Sheriff’s Deputies attended a “Basic S.W.A.T. Course”

Jim Wells Meeting Starr County Sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes and staff were invited by Jim Wells Sheriff Daniel Bueno to attend a meeting at Jim Wells County Jail for a demonstration on new equipment and software. Pictured; Lt. Felix Saenz, Starr County Detention Chief Jose R. Molina, Sheriff Fuentes, Jim Wells Chief Louie Valadez, Sheriff Bueno and Chief Larry Fuentes.

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Starr County Sheriff’s Deputies attended a S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) Training at Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. The Deputies that participated in the training were; Sgt. Gerardo Gonzalez, Lt. Erasmo Rios, Jr., Daniel Garcia, Alejandro Grimaldo, Juan R. Guerra, José David Sáenz, Joel Barrera and Oscar Muñoz Jr. The rigorous training is to prepare for extremely dangerous situations. Starr County Sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes would like to thank Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra and his staff for inviting the officers to participate in this training.

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WEDNESDAY SEPT. 19TH - I.C.C. 6:00 P.M. †GEORGE XAVIER DURAN by Wife & Daughters †IGNACIO GUTIERREZ by Family †ALFONSO GASTELUM (AN.) by Ellert Family †HILDA RIOS SOSA by Su Familia THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH - I.C.C. 6:30 A.M. PRO POPULO - MASS SAID FOR THE PEOPLE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST - I.C.C. 8:20 A.M. ICS STUDENTS & STAFF 6:00 P.M. †DANIEL ALBERTO GOMEZ, JR. (2ND AN.) by Mom & Dad †DOLORES PEREZ by Children †ALBINA ROMERO (18TH AN.) by Family

†AMALIA SILVA GARZA by Daughters †IGNACIO GARZA (5TH AN.) by Daughters SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND - I.C.C. 5:00 P.M. †PANCHITO & MARICELA GARZA by Family †FELIPE REYNA (1ST AN.) by Family †JOSE ENRIQUE VELA, JR. (10TH AN.) by Familia Anzaldua-Vela †NOE OLIVAREZ (4TH AN.) by Wife & Family †MARIA G. RAMIREZ by Mr. & Mrs. Rufino Gonzalez †TEODORA CARRERA GARZA by Family SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD - I.C.C. 7:00 A.M. PRO POPULO- MASS IS SAID FOR THE PEOPLE

SUNDAY SACRED HEART/LOS GARCIA 9:00 A.M. †DANIEL ALBERTO GOMEZ, JR. (2ND AN.) by Mom & Dad †JJ PEÑA by Family †MARIO GUTIERREZ by Sisters Maricela & Belinda SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD - I.C.C. 11:00 A.M. †JOEL F. SALINAS by Family †NORMAN CAMUNGOL by Jose & Nona Calderon †REYNALDO MOLINA, III by Mr. & Mrs. Javier D. Margo †JUSTIN VANDERVORT by Zena Vandervort †JOE MARINO by His Wife & Children ANNIVERSARY OF ST. PADRE PIO by Israel & Lupita Chapa BIRTHDAY THANKSGIVING FOR SIMONNE SANTOS by Mom & Dad 1:00 P.M. †JOSE MARIO BARRERA (AN.) by Sisters

†SUSIE GARZA by Family †ELOISA BERMUDEZ by Family †JOSE LUIS NIEBLAS (10TH AN.) by Sus Hijos y Familia 5:00 P.M. †MARIA ELENA PEÑA by Esposo e Hijos †MARIA DE JESUS DOMINGUEZ by Maria Bazan †HILDA RIOS SOSA by Su Familia INTENCION ESPECIAL POR LUIS ALBERTO ANDRADE TANGUMA by Tios Raudel & Lina MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH – I.C.C. 6:00 P.M. †RAFAEL RESENDEZ by Vela Family †OLGA MENDEZ LOPEZ (26TH AN.) by Lopez Family TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH - I.C.C. 6:30 A.M. PRO POPULO - MASS SAID FOR THE PEOPLE

Congressmen Gonzalez and Cuellar Announce $100,000 Award for South Texas College Workforce and Economic Development Plan Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $100,000 to South Texas College (STC) in McAllen, Texas for workforce and economic development. This EDA investment will support South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation as they develop the Starr County Strategic Plan. The Plan will be focused on diversifying and boosting economic development throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

A LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE

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“There is untapped economic potential in our region,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “This funding holds the power to allow the incredible minds at South Texas College to break workforce barriers and invigorate our economy.” “Having a highly skilled workforce is one of the key components to growing our economy,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This funding will yield lasting economic benefits for businesses and people throughout the Rio Grande Valley by allowing South Texas College to expand upon its Workforce and Economic Development Plan, providing opportunities to educate and train both their students and their workforce. It is one of the best investments we have made for the people of Southern Texas.” “Our partnership with South Texas College has created immeasurable opportunities for meaningful economic development that is based on viable business

recruitment and skills training,” President of the Starr County Industrial Foundation and Vice Chair of the South Texas College Board of Trustees, Rose Benavidez said. “This EDA grant will ensure that we maximize our joint efforts to strengthen our economic growth and set forth a plan to achieve a sustained level of success in Starr County and the region.” “South Texas College thanks the Economic Development Administration, the Starr County Industrial Foundation, and the employers and workforce in Starr County,” President of South Texas College, Dr. Shirley A. Reed said. “Together we continue to build the partnerships and train the highskilled workforce that leads to meaningful employment, regional prosperity, and the sustainable improvement of communities.” The congressmen will continue to collaborate with individuals in the public and private sectors to bring innovative solutions and federal funding to South Texas.

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Ath. Coordinator/Head Coach: Defense Coordinator: Offense Coordinator: Special Teams Coordinator:

Aarron J. Garcia Kevin Whaley Paul Reyes Joe Treviño

Varsity Assistant Staff: Eladio Bermudes, Franke Clarke, Frank Contreras, Luis Gonzalez, Victor Gonzalez, Daniel Infante, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Omar Treviño Equipment/ Video: Ignacio “Nacho” Mejorado

District Athletic Secretary:

Sport Medicine Staff: Christin G. Alaffa James Meguire LAT RGC HS Athletic Secretary Terry Cantu, Jose Luis Perez America Paredes

Superintendent of Schools: Alfredo Garcia District Athletic Administrator: Cita Jimenez High School Principal: Jorge Peña

PROUDLY SUPPORTING RIO GRANDE CITY RATTLERS

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Joel Villarreal - Mayor Hernan R. Garza, III - Mayor Pro Tempore Flor E. Flores - Commissioner Rey Ramirez - Commissioner Dave Jones - Commissioner

Alberto Perez - City Manager

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Did you know? According to Energy Star, the U.S. Department of Energy and Consumer Reports, homeowners who want to curb their energy consumption can consider

LEGAL NOTICE Application has been made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a WINE AND BEER R E TA I L E R ’ S O F F PREMISE PERMIT by: JOAQUIN HERNANDEZ R A M I R E Z dba T H E R O C K S N A C K to be located at 5449 E. HWY 83, STE. 1, RIO GRANDE CITY, STARR COUNTY, TEXAS.

upgrading, repairing or replacing the biggest energy consumers in their homes. The following appliances tend to consume the most energy in a typical home. · Heating & cooling unit:

LEGAL NOTICE Application has been made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a WINE AND B E E R R E TA I L E R ’ S PERMIT by: VANESSA EDITH VASQUEZ dba T R AV I E Z O Z D R I V E THRU to be located at 612 FM 2360 SOUTH, LA GRULLA, S TA R R COUNTY, TEXAS.

Nearly half of all energy used in a home is consumed by HVAC systems. Regularly inspecting and servicing the system can conserve energy and save money. · Water heater: Energy Star suggests replacing water heaters that are more than 10 years old. Also, washing clothes in cold water can reduce energy consumption. · Kitchen/laundry appliances: Trade in old appliances for new models, which are more energyefficient. For example, an Energy Star-rated refrigerator uses 50 percent less energy to run than a refrigerator manufactured 15 years ago. Innovations in laundry appliances also help make units more efficient without compromising on performance.

You’re getting a new Medicare card By Bob Moos/Southwest public affairs officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Your new Medicare card is coming soon. From now until April 2019, Medicare is mailing new cards to the more than 60 million Americans with Medicare. The 3.9 million Texans with Medicare will begin receiving their cards this month. The new cards will no longer have your Social Security number on them. Instead, they’ll have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you and will be used for only your Medicare coverage. Don’t worry. Your Medicare benefits will remain exactly the same. Nothing about your health care coverage will change. A recent federal law requires the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help protect you from identity theft. Many people asked for the new safeguard, and Congress responded. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card.

If someone claiming to be from Medicare calls you and requests your Social Security number or other personal information, that’s a scam. Hang up and call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 to report the incident. Likewise, if anyone tries to charge you a fee for the new card -- or for processing a “temporary” card until your new card arrives -- that’s a scam, too. It’s another scheme to get your bank or credit card information. Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to provide personal information to receive your new card. Medicare will send your card to the address you have on file with Social Security. So, if you need to update your mailing address, contact Social Security at ssa. gov/myaccount or call 1-800772-1213. Because of the many cards to be mailed, they’re being sent

out in waves – several states at a time. Texans with Medicare will receive their cards over the next month. When you do receive your card, destroy your old one. Don’t just toss it in the trash, where a crook can get hold of it. Cut it into small pieces so that your Social Security number can’t be read. Then start using your new card right away. Doctors and other health care providers know the new cards are beginning to arrive in mailboxes and will ask for yours when you need care, so carry it with you. Protect it as you would any other card with personal information. Removing your Social Security number will safeguard you against most identity theft, but thieves might still use it to try to get medical services. One final note: If you’re in a Medicare Advantage plan, your plan’s ID card will remain your main card for health care benefits. Keep it and use it when you require care, though it’s smart to have your new Medicare card as well. For years, people who mistakenly gave out their Medicare numbers have fallen victim to identity theft and discovered their bank accounts emptied. Look for your new card in your mailbox soon. If you have any questions or need help, visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-6334227.

New report adds to understanding of maternal mortality and morbidity in Texas

Task force review finds most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable A new report provides more information on the causes of maternal deaths and severe pregnancy complications in Texas and the factors that put mothers at risk. The joint report brings together the results of indepth case reviews by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force and a broader analysis of maternal death data by the Texas Department of State Health Services to present the state’s most complete picture of maternal mortality and morbidity to date. The task force recently completed its first full year of case reviews by studying medical, autopsy and other confidential records for 89 maternal deaths that occurred in 2012. The reviews found that four out of five pregnancy-related deaths in 2012 would have had at least some chance of being prevented with the proper intervention. The task force also found that black women were 50 percent more likely to suffer a pregnancyrelated death than women as a whole and more than twice as likely to die from pregnancyrelated causes than white women. The DSHS data analysis of maternal deaths from 2012 to 2015 shows that women with chronic health conditions like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure had an increased risk of maternal death; for example, women with high blood pressure were two-and-a-half times as likely to die during or after pregnancy than women without high blood pressure. Hemorrhage and heart issues were the most common causes of death in the first seven days after pregnancy, and drug overdose was the most common cause of maternal death within a year. “The report provides us with more evidence to guide our

activities to address maternal mortality and morbidity in Texas,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt. “It shows where interventions like TexasAIM can have the greatest impact.” TexasAIM, launched earlier this year, is a partnership with more than 180 hospitals to implement maternal safety bundles, sets of practices that help hospital staff prevent and respond to pregnancy complications. Hospitals are first implementing the bundle on maternal hemorrhage, and future bundles will address opioid use and high blood pressure. “These findings illustrate the important need to change the way obstetric care providers and our patients look at the postpartum period,” said task force chair Dr. Lisa Hollier. “Women can benefit from a better understanding of potential complications and access to their care providers for services and supports tailored to a woman’s individual needs.” Task force recommendations to address maternal mortality and morbidity include improving how providers screen women for maternal risk factors, better educating new mothers on risks after delivery, addressing racial disparities, and launching a public awareness effort to improve the overall health of mothers and babies. The full report is available at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/ Legislative/Reports-2018.aspx.


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World Scholarship Awards 2018

The Pediatric Care Center believes that community service is at the forefront of our daily values. We also realize that our community is part of a larger world community of which we must also serve. Each year we sponsor exceptional youths to represent our community in communities that are in need. Our goal is to make the world better while exposing a deserving youth to the world.

Laisa Garcia

VISIONS is a teen volunteer program that surpasses the superficial. You live in the heart of a community, getting to know the people whose lives you impact. You gain an appreciation for our multicultural world and return home a more informed world citizen. Every VISIONS program undertakes at least one central construction project. Construction projects address pressing needs in our communities and teach valuable skills: problemsolving, resilience, teamwork. You won’t just carry buckets of nails or pass power tools to our leaders—you do the work and learn from professionals. Community partners choose projects confident in VISIONS high standards and in our teen volunteers’ capabilities.

My experience at the British Virgin Islands is one that I will never forget. The time I spent there greatly impacted my view on the world and my view on humanity. Visions, the program which I was a part of for seventeen days instilled in me the idea that anything you do is valuable if it is worked hard towards. From the early wake up calls, which consisted of Reggae music and very loud roosters to the evening bedtime calls after a productive work day, I feel like in those weeks, I was exposed to wonderful things I would never have gotten anywhere else. It was near the beautiful beaches, the wonderful people, and the calmness of life there where my soul felt renewed and my mind felt free. Every morning was an early morning, and island time was nothing but a myth for us Visions kids. Wakeup call was at 7am sharp, but on home base days, which consisted of a group of four out of twenty kids (each group was different and had specific workdays out of the week) to fulfill the cleaning and cooking duties around the church we stayed at while others worked around the island. On home base days, I found myself taking a big leadership role. Because I have a vast knowledge of cooking, my job on home base days as captain was to prepare the day’s three meals and set the table for when those who weren’t on home base arrived in time

so that everyone could eat together. Despite the stresses of having to figure out what to cook for a group of nearly thirty, I really liked the challenge and think it really allowed me to work well under tough situations, and having the other kids look up to me on my home base was a pretty big plus too. On days when I wasn’t on home base, which were a lot, some of my jobs consisted of building tables for a picnic area atop a hiking trail, constructing planters for the community down by the beach, taking charge of a service project, painting wood structures used for compost, clearing areas destroyed by hurricane Irma the year before, and connecting with inhabitants of the island. Everyone had a job, and every day presented the opportunity to work hard for the sake of the BVI and all the beautiful people in it. After dinner, every other day, the group along with myself and the community leaders would engage in an activity called “Circle.” In circle, all of us would sit in a circle, open up the space for discussion and allow anyone to share their feelings and thoughts on the events of that day or previous days or anything people were feeling really. This sanctuary of openness allowed us to get close to one another on a unique level. Aside from circle, the fact that we were exempt from using our cellphones

during those couple of weeks really gave space for conversation and getting to know one another so dearly. While working was the main use of our time, there were times when we were rewarded for all that hard work. On nice days out, we would spend our days at the beach, head to the park to play with the younger kids, and attend the Sunday church service, which was a wonderful cultural experience and really allowed me to immerse myself in the beautiful traditions the people there carry out. I saw those free days as an opportunity to really ground myself and take it all in. The beautiful and seamless energy the island had slipped away all the stress I once had and brought in this wonderful feeling of inner peace and gratitude. On a final note, I would just like to thank Dr. Babineaux and the Pediatric Care Center for making this possible for me. If it wasn’t for this trip, I don’t think I could have ever understood the importance and value of forming real connections and how persistent we must be in regards to community service. No matter where we are from or what tragedies we have encountered, much like the hurricane that destroyed parts of the island, everyone deserves an equal chance to feel loved and to feel worthy of something as wonderful as a helping hand.

British Virgin Islands

“One must take time

to recognize the world he or she lives in was

built by individuals that

took great pride in their community”

Community service in the BVI will engage you with the enthusiasm of local carpenters, farmers, environmentalists and development workers. In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Department of Agriculture, National Parks Trust and schools, VISIONS teens have built playgrounds, pavilions, homes, mountain lookouts, walking trails and more. Volunteering in the BVI includes non-carpentry projects as well. The Rainbow Home awaits us for working with their children every summer, and we lend a hand with projects at the Humane Society. We also work on an organic farm preparing fields, maintaining irrigation systems, harvesting food, and feeding the livestock.


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School Safety Reminders as Students Return to the Classroom by DPS Director Steven McCraw Our children are our most precious asset, and their safety is of paramount importance to the future of our state and country.

Schools are a place for young minds to grow, explore and learn, so they may become knowledgeable and confident citizens who will make our world a better place.

Too often in recent years, schools have become a place where tragedy has unfolded. As we begin a new school year, the issue of school safety looms in

the minds of kids, parents and teachers alike. I assure you that it is also on the forefront of the mind of every Texas peace officer, and that they fully understand they must immediately confront and neutralize all threats to our children, regardless of the risk to themselves – because every second matters. We will never forget the tragedy that took place at Santa Fe High School in May, when multiple students were injured and 10 innocent lives were lost. Certainly the rapid and heroic response by Santa Fe Independent School District officers with immediate support by Santa Fe police officers, Galveston County sheriff deputies and DPS troopers saved lives that day; yet, tragically it did not prevent a well-armed and determined individual from taking the lives of 10 students and

teachers. An effective response by law enforcement and emergency medical personnel is vital in protecting our children from harm; however, it is not enough. We must do all that we can to deter, detect and prevent future attacks on our schools and the Texas law enforcement community and education community have joined together to increase the safety of Texas students. To detect and prevent attacks before lives are lost requires an informed and engaged public willing to report threats and suspicious behavior. Gov. Greg Abbott directed DPS to work with its law enforcement partners and the education community to establish a mobile app to unify the disparate reporting of suspicious activity and threats to school safety across all jurisdictions to increase the

likelihood that the threats are detected and acted upon before there is a tragedy. The new iWatchTexas app is available now to those with an iPhone or Android device. It’s free and easy to download and use, and it allows you to submit a report confidentially and quickly. You can also report suspicious activity online at www.iwatchtx. org or by calling 1-844-643-2251. Remember, if it is an emergency, call 911. Often times, preparations for an attack are detected but not reported. You play a critical role in thwarting these tragedies. There is nothing more evil than a mass attack on our children. If you hear it or see it – speak it. By simply reporting the suspicious activity you observe, you may end up saving the lives of our students and their teachers.

A Virus Common in Children Poses a Greater Threat to Adults

The bottom line: Varicellazoster virus can cause chickenpox in young people and then reactivate in the body later in life as a more painful, blistery rash called shingles. Chickenpox is highly contagious; shingles is not contagious, but a person with shingles can easily pass along the varicella-zoster virus and give someone chickenpox. Fortunately, there is a unique set of vaccines to treat each disease. A common childhood illness can strike the same person twice, once as a child and later as an adult — and without treatment, the adult version of the virus can be even more painful. The varicellazoster virus does double duty, causing itchy, fluid-filled blisters on the head and body of young patients, and then can reactivate as a more painful, blistery rash called shingles after the child grows up. “One nasty virus can wreak havoc in the lives of young and older patients,” said Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, a Tyler family physician and a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Health Promotion and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM Advisory Committee. Health experts say vaccination is the only way to prevent chickenpox, and later, the shingles virus. Children should get two doses of the chickenpox vaccine; once at 12-15 months old and later at 4-6 years old. Since chickenpox is highly contagious, Texas schoolchildren are required to get the vaccine before attending school. The shot gives relief, even if it doesn’t always provide a 100-percent shield. “Even if a vaccinated person gets chickenpox, the symptoms are usually much milder. Fortunately, a two-dose vaccine is 90-percent effective at preventing chickenpox,” Dr. Mitchell said. Since its introduction in the United States in 1995, the chickenpox vaccine has led to 92 percent fewer cases of the illness, 84 percent fewer hospitalizations,

and a 90-percent drop in deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. And those who get the chickenpox vaccine have little chance of getting shingles. However, most adults did not get chickenpox vaccine as children, and CDC says more than 90 percent of Americans 40 years or older had chickenpox as kids, whether they remember it or not. As a result, about one in three people in the United States — more than a million people a year by some estimates — will develop shingles during their lifetime. The risk of this painful illness grows as people get older, according to CDC. The varicellazoster virus creates a one-two punch, Dr. Mitchell said. “To get shingles, you must have had chickenpox first,” she said. Protection is available, however, so adults do not have to suffer. “There is a two-dose vaccine that can prevent shingles in adults,” said Dr. Mitchell. For most adult patients, CDC now recommends a new vaccine introduced this year called Shingrix because it is 97-percent effective for those aged 50-69 years, and 91-percent effective for those 70 years of age and older. Between 2006 and 2018, a vaccine called Zostavax was the only shingles shot available. It reduced the risk of shingles by 51 percent and gave protection for about five years. CDC recommends Shingrix for everyone aged 50 and older — even if they already received the Zostavax vaccine. Dr. Mitchell recommends people ask their physician for advice. “Any adult can get the vaccine, and healthy adults over age 50 should get it.” More information on varicellazoster virus, chickenpox, and shingles, including a short video and printable infographic, can be found on the TMA website. This release is part of a monthly TMA series highlighting contagious diseases that childhood and adult vaccinations can prevent.


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Starr County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ruben D. H-E-B accepting nominations for the Grandparents Day Celebration Excellence in Education Awards Saenz visited the Nutrition Center in San Isidro 2019 H-E-B is now accepting educators in Texas today.

Commissioner Ruben D. Saenz visited the Nutrition Center in San Isidro (Abel Gonzalez Community Center). Saenz works diligently to ensure that the area elderly are provided with activities and nutritious meals to help them live healthier lives. Commissioner Saenz sponsors two (2) Nutrition Centers in Pct. 4, one in Rio Grande City and one in San Isidro. The centers are extremely important to him so he carefully

works to appropriate funds in his budge to provide this service. Saenz enjoys his visits to the center and evens helps carry out the events for the day.

nominations for educators to apply for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Each year, these awards highlight a variety of educators who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and communities. Last year, community members across the state of Texas nominated more than 5,000 outstanding educators to encourage them to apply for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Public school teachers, principals, school districts, school boards and private or public early childhood education facilities are all eligible to be nominated. Nominees will be invited to complete an online application, which asks for written responses about education philosophy, learning experiences and insights on key issues facing

After completing the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards application, educators and districts are eligible to win cash prizes and grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Nominations for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are being accepted online through Oct. 22, 2018 and educators can submit applications until Dec. 10, 2018. In 2018, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards awarded more than $700,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants to finalists and winners. Nominations are not required for participation. Educators may visit HEB. com/static-page/Excellence-inEducation-Awards to complete an application. For additional updates, follow the H-E-B at Facebook.com/HEBExcellencein EducationAwards.

Grandparents filled the cafeteria at La Union Elementary School for the school’s annual Grandparents Day Bingo. Grandparents and their grandchildren listened to selections played by Grulla High School Mariachi Grulla De Plata, enjoyed each other’s company and had a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Juan Garcia Manager

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The Valley has lost its coatis

current wild things of the Valley, it’s good to be reminded occasionally of what we’ve lost. Coatis are a fascinating species we’ve recently lost. As of 40 to 50 years ago they were here but not any-longer.

While I prefer to write about the

T h e species in our southwestern States is

the white-nosed coatimundi, usually just called a coati. I observed them just a few years ago but I was in Arizona which still has some coatis. I watched a coati band of about a dozen scampering about some road-side picnic tables and in the near-by trees. Their antics were interesting and their appearance distinctive.

They weigh from about 6 to 13 pounds. The males are the distinctly larger coatis. Coatis live in bands of up to several dozen composed of adult females and young ones. Adult males live solitary lives joining a band only for mating in the spring. Litters of 2 to 7 are born in the summer and the young can expect to live up to 14 years.

Coatis are about 4 feet long, half of which is the tail used for balance when tree climbing. They’re mostly brown with long, pointy white muzzles and long, fuzzy, inconspicuously banded tails. They’re members of the raccoon family but, unlike raccoons, are diurnal, i.e., active during the day.

Their diet is opportunistic consisting of small mammals, fruits, insects, lizards, snakes, eggs, and even some carrion. One of their favorite foods is the fruit of the prickly pear. While some food is found in trees, they prefer foraging on the ground and human campsites and trash receptacles can be choice food stops.

Coatis communicate with and groom each other and experiments have proven them to be quite intelligent. If caught and trained when young, they’re easily domesticated but are not well suited to be house pets. As they age they can become aggressive. That occurred with a raccoon I once had as a pet. There are predators they need to be aware of including large raptors and cats such as mountain lions. However, their most crucial problem is loss of habitat. Deforestation and the expansion of human developments seems inexorable so, as here in the Valley, coatis will disappear and they’ll be extirpated even from areas which, for now at least, can still enjoy observing their playful antics. I can’t help but wonder if they could be reintroduced into a suitable area of the Valley and be protected. It’s depressing to think about the many species we’ve already lost and the many that are on the endangered list.

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