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La Feria students place at RGVLS La Feria as a welding industry leaderWelding is not so male-dominated after all By Eliud Medina

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Canal fishing contest in Mercedes The Mercedes Lions Club will hold a Canal Fishing Contest from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on April 17, 2021 at the main canal from 10th to 17th Streets in Mercedes. Entry fee is $5.00 and there will be prizes awarded in each of the following categories: Heaviest fish, Longest fish, and Most Unusual fish. Registration for children and adults will begin at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament. The contest is open to all. Children are encouraged to participate but must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Mary or Wally Bunton 956-797-1658 or Peggy Yanez 956 472 7847.

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La Feria as a welding industry leader

Welding is not so male-dominated after all

By Eliud Medina Four and a half percent. According to the BLS in 2017, that was the percentage of women in the welding industry. And it’s nowhere near the highest it’s ever been—in World War II, women comprised as much as 25% of the workforce in welding. Here in Texas, welding is one of those jobs people typically associate with a male-dominated workforce. The statistics back up those claims. And it isn’t just reflected in the number of people who work in welding. Data suggests the average male welder’s salary is $45,961—while the average female welder’s salary is only $31,961. It paints a grisly picture of the state of work equality in Texas. That was one of the reasons I founded the Southern Industrial Careers Center, based in La Feria. Today,

La Feria is slowly changing the narrative that welding is a completely maledominated industry! La Feria and SICC are promoting the potential of careers in welding and fabrication. We have a female team and more and more female students. A former welder myself, I saw just how low the interest was in trade occupations. But it’s not just a matter of interest. When someone wants a good-paying welding job, the resources were rarely there to help people receive the instruction necessary to land a lucrative job. Welding should lead Texas and other states when it comes to expanding industrial job opportunities for all genders. 60% of the products and machines used across the United States require welding to some degree or another. But how can females break through in welding, which has traditionally been such a male-dominated industry? What will it take? What are the challenges to overcome? The Female Team at SICC What happens when there’s a massive

disconnect between employers and employees? How do you connect two very disconnected populations? I figured change starts at home. That’s why the SICC is featuring a female team in a male-dominated industry. Because the jobs we choose are downstream of society’s expectations, it’s up to teams like this to change the way people think about women in traditionally maledominated industries. At the forefront: providing women with the resources they need to pursue a career in earnest. Who is going to want to join a male-dominated industry if they don’t feel that they have the support necessary to be one of the 4.5% in the minority? In speaking with women, I discovered that support is crucial if they’re going to feel empowered to make a change. “Knowledge is power in a male-dominated field,” said Crystal Quintero, the Edinburg Campus Director. “As a director, I must present the advantages of the welding field to a prospective student. I feel empowered to know so much about a career that is

male dominated and being able to make students eager and excited to learn makes my job that more satisfying.” How to Pay for Welders’ Training The problem is in finding the resources welders need. Welder training is intensive—and highly specialized—and requires funding to do it right. For many aspiring welders, the funding issue is a non-starter. They assume that because of the heavy resources required to train in welding, it’s not even a viable career path for them. At the Southern Industrial Career Center, we’re looking to change that. In a partnership with personalized financing and/or state grants we look to help explore realistic avenues for men/ women who want to learn how to weld. And we provide resources to help secure confidence that once they’re enrolled and graduated, they’ll have closed the skills gap between them and their ideal job. With just an eight-week program, we also think it’s worth seeking out the education that can fit into demanding schedules.

Having a team of awesome ladies in charge of our school management helps me keep refreshed with unbiased opinions. And here’s what I tell women who are seeking out positions in welding: · Seek out your options first—before making assumptions. I get it. 4.5% is a dismal and even depressing number. But it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, either. Seek out your options for financing and enrollment in a welding school before you make a decision that will affect your career path. · Don’t make assumptions about what you can’t do. We’ve seen countless women empower themselves with the funding, resources, and know-how to make it in a male-dominated industry. · Be a disruptor. Be willing to embrace the disruptor’s role. “The biggest challenge is trying to prove yourself every time,” said Quintero. Now that she’s an admissions representative, she says that she might not know how to weld, but she knows how to advise women who do want to become welders. And she recommends overcoming

that challenge by taking it one step at a time. 4.5% is just a number. The reality is that there is already a team of female welders out there who are looking to disrupt the status quo and change a traditionally male-dominated job into something for all genders. It just requires a little support, some financial know-how, and a willingness to be a disruptor. About the author: Eliud Medina is an educator, welder and School Director at Southern Industrial Careers Center, a vocational school focused on industrial trades in welding and fabrication. Eliud and SICC have been featured on Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, Morning Star, Star Tribune and more. Additionally, Eliud Medina oversees an education based portfolio of businesses all setup to help educate, train and employ entry level workers into the ever changing labor market. Looking to hire qualified welders or advance your own welding career? Visit this link to find out more: https:// southernindustrialcenter. com/.

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Texas Folklife Announces the 15th Annual Big Squeeze Accordion Competition

About the Program This is the 15th year for The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest and we are so excited to showcase young accordionists from across Texas! The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest where youth accordion players showcase their performance abilities in FOUR main accordion genre categories: Polka, Zydeco, Cajun, and Conjunto. The Polka genre will include German, Czech, and Polish traditions. Zydeco will include Creole, and Conjunto will include

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I live in a nice neighborhood, not a gated community but a good one. Last Sunday, interstate traffic was rerouted through my neighborhood. Cars were creeping down the streets and side streets, many were lost. One man finally stopped and asked. “How do I get out of here?” I always wanted to get in the neighborhood. I thought everyone did. Not this guy, he wanted out. It is a nice place to live, but it is not his place, it is not home. I think most of the people at the border would rather be home, if their homes were good places, or safe places. There is a haunting warning in Exodus, “Remember you were once strangers in Egypt.” That is what exodus means, a way out of here. Even when they found a way out of Egypt, the Hebrews were warned to never forget what it was like to be someplace other than home. I often forget that. -Mark Ross

The 3-person scramble event will also include complimentary beverages, lunch, and raffles / door prizes. “This is a great event which will benefit very worthy causes and which we plan to continue for years to come,” said Hayden Ellis, past president of the Rotary Club of Weslaco and vice president for commercial operations for Smith-Reagan Insurance Agency. Registration is now open for 3-person teams for the benefit golf tournament, for a donation of $500 per team (which includes green fees, cart, range balls, mulligans, breakfast, lunch and beverages). For more information and registration, or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hayden Ellis at 956-456-9132 or at hayden@srains.com.

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Conjunto, Norteño and Tejano. Please contact Texas Folklife if you are unsure of which category your music fits. ***NEW FOR 2021*** This year, the Zydeco & Cajun categories will be two separate categories to give deeper focus on the distinct history of each. Also new in 2021, the Cajun and Zydeco categories will be open to Louisiana residents ages 25 and under. The Conjunto age categories have changed slightly to be 16 and Under and 17-21. There have been many more

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Living Water Church and Ministry Pastor Henry and Rosie 2805 Memorial Suite B. La Feria Sunday Service 11am, 6pm Spanish Worship Service, 7pm Wednesday Service St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Fr. Rodolfo Franco International 797-2666, offi ce: 502 S. Canal Worship Center Casa de church: 500 South Canal St., La Feria, Bishop Ronaldo Ortiz Esperanza Apostolic Saturday Mass 5:30pm, 956-797-1204 Church Sunday Mass 8am Spanish, 116 W. Seventh St., La Feria 416 W. Spruce La Feria 10am English, 12pm Bilingual. Services Sunday (English) 9:30am 965-639-4301 Bilingual Services Sunday Domingo (Espanol) 11am, at 1:00pm Christ In Our Midst Miercoles 7pm Daniel Martinez - Pastor Missionary Church Interdenominational Worship Pastor: Rev. Daniel Carrizalez Extreme Youth Sat. 6 pm St. Mary’s Catholic 956-742-6311 Church 1 mile N. of FM 506, La Feria First Baptist Church of FR. Edouard Atangana, Sunday School - 9:45 a.m., Santa Rosa 956-636-1211 Sunday Worship - 11:00 a.m., Pastor Harold Parker 101 San Antonio Ave., Santa Rosa Wednesday Service - 7:00 p.m., Monday 956-636-1603 Saturday Mass 5pm Bilingual, Prayer - 7:00 p.m. 118 Jesus R. Cruz, Santa Rosa Sunday Sunday Mass 8am Spanish, New Hope Services 9:30am Bible Study, 10:30am 10am English. Presbyterian Church Morning Worship, 208 West Central Ave, 7pm Wednesday Evening Worship. First Baptist Church of La Feria,TX, 956-277-0208 La Feria Services Sunday 4:30 pm Apostolic Faith 797-1214 Sunday School 3:15 pm Tabernacle Main St. & Magnolia, La Feria Communion on the Pastor Ramon Zarate Wednesday 6:30pm Youth Bible Study & 1st Sunday of every month 357-6384 Mission Friends, 9:45am Sunday School, 621 South Main, La Feria 11am Morning Worship Service Cowboy Church Sunday School 10am 11235 Swift Ln. Santa Rosa, Tex. Service Sunday Worship 4pm, Wed. St. Albans at 11:00am Sunday Evening 7:30pm. Episcopal Church 6:30pm pm Monday All services are bilingual. Reverend Scott Brown 956-975-6144 956-428-2305, www.westernoutreach.org Iglesia Oracion 1417 E. Austin, Harlingen,TX en Su Presencia Holy Communion 8am, Sunday School St. Paul Lutheran Church Missionary Church,Inc. 9:15, Holy Eucharist 10:30am. Pastor Nathan Wendorf Pastors Frank & Janie Gonzalez Sundays 8:00AM (Traditional) 797-0044 4th Street, La Feria,TX Hope in the Word Church HC fi rst, third & fi fth Sunday 10am & 6pm, Pastors Jose & Bertha Belmares 10:30AM (Contemporary) Monday 7 pm Prayer Service, 797-3621, HC second, fourth & fi fth Wednesday 7 pm, Friday 7 pm. 28354 S. Bixby Rd., La Feria (956) 423-3924 Services Friday 6pm, Sunday 10am. 602 Morgan Blvd. Church of Christ All services are Bilingual, English & Harlingen, TX 78550 Minister Gene Head Spanish. church@saintpaulharlingen.com 536-9832 Templo Getsemani 912 N. Parker Rd., La Feria, Primera Iglesia Pastor Julio y Claudia Mendoza Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study, Bautista Phone (956) 589-5016 Sunday 9:30am Bible Study, 956-797-1740 11418 Fifth St. La Feria 10:30am Service, 5pm Evening Service 519 N. Main, La Feria Servicios: Los Domingos: 12:00 Medio Dia Los Bilingual Services: Sunday 9:45am Tuesday & Thursday 7pm Jueves: 7:00 pm Estudio De Biblia Sunday School, 10:45am Worship Friday Pray at 7pm Service, 5:00pm WMU, Sunday Bible Study at 10am & 6pm Faith Church of Christian 6:00 pm Evening Worship Service, & Missionary Alliance Immanuel Lutheran Church Iglesia Generacion Church & School Pastor Oscar Loredo En Conquista Rev. Ed Weber 797-1739 Pastor Samuel y Magda Cervantes, 956-565-1518 Offi ce (M-F; 8-12 noon) 125 W. First St., La Feria,Tx Phone (956) 536-2215 956-565-3208 School (Grades: PK-5th Bilingual Ministry Sunday 10am Sunday 2803 W. Exp. 83 Suite A. La Feria 703 W. 3rd St., Mercedes, TX School, 11am Worship, Wednesday 7 pm Sunday Service 10am Bible Study, 11am Sunday Worship Services 9am Bible Study, Friday 7 pm Prayer. Worship Service, Sunday Bible Class 10:30 am 7pm Wednesday Family Service immanuelmercedes@gmail.com lutheranmercedes.com

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younger contestants in the last few years and we want to balance the competition and be able to award an equal amount of semi-finalists and finalists in both age categories. Finally, in 2021 the Big Squeeze will be entirely virtual to maintain the health and safety of our participants, their families and our staff. Other changes made in recent years: we will have the addition of the Conjunto Semi-Finals Round, due to the overwhelming amount of conjunto entries in recent years. We will also award a small amount of Rising Star awards to talented players that don’t happen to make it to the finals, especially in the younger age brackets. This is to further give recognition to the difference in skill at different ages. These recipients will be notified after the semifinals on April 17 and will be eligible to apply again in 2022 for the contest. Contestants can have one accompanist during their audition which is not provided by Texas Folklife. This accompanist cannot be drums or electric bass and the contestant cannot sing so as to focus on the accordion performance in the videotaped audition. As always, The Big Squeeze Contest and Texas Folklife strive to represent the state’s geographic and cultural diversity. Since 2007, over 350 young musicians from more than 40 Texas towns and cities have participated. Contestants represent communities across this great state, including the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Gulf Coast, Greater Dallas Area, San Antonio, Lubbock, the Permian Basin and more! The Big Squeeze is supported by the members and board of Texas Folklife and



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Hohner, Inc.; and by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, H-E-B, Texas Music Office, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, and Rancho Alegre Radio. Additional support is provided by regional partners including zydecoevents.com, Texas Polka News, La Joya Independent School District, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Roma Independent School District, Museum of South Texas History, Conjunto Heritage Taller, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and more! More details on how to enter on the next page! Big Squeeze Genre Categories (no minimum age) Conjunto Category ● Conjunto Grand Prize, Ages 16 and under ● Anthony Ortiz, Jr. Conjunto Grand Prize, Ages 17-21 Zydeco Category ● Zydeco Grand Prize, Ages 25 and under Cajun Category ● Cajun Grand Prize, Ages 25 and under Polka Category ● Polka Grand Prize, Ages 25 and under Big Squeeze Important Dates ● March 31, 2021 April 7, 2021 - extended deadline to send in video entries ● April 17, 2021 - Conjunto Semi-Finals (virtual) ● May 8, 2021 - Finals From Home (virtual) Read section below called “How To Enter The Big Squeeze 2021.” Big Squeeze 2021 Prizes ● Category Finalist(s) win: o Promotional support and performance opportunities from Texas Folklife; o $100 cash; o Other items to be

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Texas Folklife Announces the 15th Annual Big Squeeze Accordion Competition announced. ● The Grand Prize Winners win: o Promotional support and performance opportunities from Texas Folklife; o Additional cash award; o An accordion; o Additional sponsorship opportunities & prizes to be announced. All selections, contest outcomes and prizes are awarded at the discretion of Texas Folklife and Big Squeeze judges. This contest may be canceled at any time at the sole discretion of Texas Folklife. How to Enter The Big Squeeze 2021 Want to participate in the Big Squeeze 2020? Follow these steps! ***Accordionists can enter by submitting a video entry digitally, by e-mail or mail. It must show you performing two songs in the category you choose with no more than one accompanist*** 1. Read this whole document. 2. Fill out the entry form. a. For the paper version, go to: texasfolklife.org/ bigsqueeze2021. For an online version, go to: https://survey123.arcgis. com/share/3679e57fd9424228b 1fab496925e635c 3. Prepare your video(s) a. Applicants can enter by performing two songs and submitting a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. i. E-mailing a video from your phone and a photo to bigsqueeze@texasfolklife.org (Note: we will be sharing more tips for best ways to send video files soon!) ii. E-mailing a private YouTube Link with video and a photo to bigsqueeze@ texasfolklife.org(link sends e-mail) iii. Mailing a USB Drive with video and photo to The Big Squeeze at: Texas Folklife c/o The Big Squeeze 1708 Houston Street Austin, TX 78756 iv. Mailing a DVD with my

video and photo to The Big Squeeze at: Texas Folklife c/o The Big Squeeze 1708 Houston Street Austin, TX 78756 Big Squeeze 2021 Judging & Rounds ● Preliminaries: All entrants submit their songs digitally. The four accordion genre categories: Polka, Zydeco, Cajun, and Conjunto. o After receiving submissions, a panel of esteemed musicians and music industry judges will use a numerical ranking system to select up to ten Conjunto semifinalists and three finalists in the Cajun, Zydeco and Polka categories. o Judging criteria will include: Technical Proficiency, Song Interpretation, and Stage Presence. Details and scoring weight of each judging criteria section: ▪ Technical Proficiency: Accuracy, Execution, & Chops (40%) ▪ Song Interpretation: Stylistic Choices, Innovation, & Originality (40%) ▪ “Stage Presence”: Level of Comfort during Performance, Engagement, Poise (20%) ▪ Note: we recognize that stage presence is difficult to portray on a video audition, but this contest still prioritizes skill level in during judging and stage presence is given a lower weighted score. o FOR CONJUNTO ONLY - Up to five (5) contestants from each of the two Conjunto age categories will be chosen to advance to the next round, the Conjunto Semi-Finals. The Conjunto Semi-Finalists will be announced on April 15, 2021. ● Semi-Finals: FOR CONJUNTO ONLY Up to ten (10) Conjunto Semi-Finalists will be showcased on April 17, 2021. During this virtual event, up to three Finalists in each of the two

age categories for the Conjunto category will be chosen. The 3 finalists for Cajun, Zydeco and Polka categories will also be announced at this time. ● Finals: One Grand Prize Winner in each of the four accordion genre categories (Polka, Zydeco & Cajun and Conjunto) will be announced live on May 8, 2021 during the Finals From Home virtual event. o We may ask these Finalists to submit an additional video or perform live on May 8. Please stay tuned for more details on that. o The five (5) Grand Prize Winners may be asked to perform one of their songs live at Accordion Kings & Queens on at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Big Squeeze Criteria For Entry ● Applicants must fit age requirements of applicable category as of April 17, 2021. Applicants that turn do not fit age requirements of applicable category on or before April 17, 2021 are not eligible. ● Entrants confirm that if under 18 and picked as a finalist, they are required to provide written permission from a parent or guardian. ● Applicants MUST currently be a resident of the State of Texas, or Louisiana for Cajun or Zydeco categories. ● Applicants MUST include press-worthy photo with entry form to be considered. ● Applicants MUST submit complete entry form to be considered. ● Applicants can enter by performing two songs at a showcase where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife or submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. APPLICANTS DO NOT HAVE TO DO BOTH ● If chosen for the contest, the two songs submitted with their application or showcase performance MUST be

performed. ● If selected as a Conjunto Semi-Finalist, contestants MUST be available to participate via Zoom in the live virtual Conjunto Semi-Finals from Home on April 17, 2021. ● If selected as a Finalist, entrants MUST be available to participate via Zoom in the live virtual Finals from Home on May 8, 2021. ● Entrants agree to participate in video, audio, archival and social media documentation of the contest. ● Entrants grant Texas Folklife or its representatives the right to record and reproduce their performances and allow the use of their names and likenesses in promotion. Texas Folklife upholds all copyright laws, the contestants will not be held liable for any rights infringement. ● Entrants have read and understand the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest 2021 Official Rules. ● Entrants confirm that their contact information will be provided to Texas Folklife for future years of this program and for our Public Relations and Community Outreach efforts within the participating communities and their media outlets. ● Entrants authorize the verification of the information provided on this form. ● Entrants understand they can be disqualified at any time, at the sole discretion of Texas Folklife. ● Entrants understand that all selections, contest outcomes and prizes are awarded at the sole discretion of Texas Folklife. ● Entrants understand that this contest and its events may be canceled at any time. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Send an email to bigsqueeze@texasfolklife.org. The search is on for the next generation of accordion stars!

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La Feria gearing up for the playoffs Lionettes blank By KEVIN NARRO La Feria News LA FERIA-The Lionettes are back in the playoffs. The Lionettes will meet Raymonville in the Class 4A bi-district round at Raymondville.

The Lionettes finished second in district with a 8-3 overall record. This year’s club was led by freshman midfielder Cassandra Jolee Garza who broke out as a freshman and led the team in goals with 14 and collected five

assists. Junior forward Misrrain Hazel Granado is second on the team in goals with 13 and also collected five assists. Between the pipes, junior goalie Taylor Garza recorded 19 saves. “We have a great group

of young ladies,” said La Feria coach Jesus Escherria. “They have done an excellent job of doing what is best for the team all season long. We are excited and ready to have earned a spot to compete in the playoffs.”

Hidalgo By KEVIN NARRO La Feria News

LA FERIA-After taking a week off with Spring Break in the mix, La Feria picked up where they left off. The Lionettes picked up a 10-0 win in six innings at Hidalgo. La Feria scored five runs in the second inning, one

each in the third and fifth and later scored three runs in the sixth inning. Hayaris Jimenez led the offense with three hits and two RBI. Railee Carvajel also collected three hits in the win. In the circle, Beanka Galan threw six innings of one-hit ball, yielding two walks and fanned 11 Lady Pirates.



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Balzadua best of the best David Balzadua of Santa Rosa was selected as the US Army Player of the Game for the Best of the Best Showcase held Sunday March 21. The Best of the Best Showcase invited top basketball players from the RGV to play against each other in a special even on the Island. 30 boys and 30 girls were invited to participate. Two teams for each

gender were chosen and played against each other for four quarters. The games were filmed and broadcast by Rio Sports Live. You can still watch those games on the Rio Sports live YouTube channel. Also representing west Cameron County was Chris Vela of Santa Rosa, CJ Olivares of Santa Rosa and Bernardino Castellanos of Santa Maria.

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