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AUSTIN â€“ They provide benefits for everything from the economy to the ecology, and a new report finds that the songbirds now migrating north from Texas need more protections in their summer nesting grounds. Iliana Pena, director of conservation Audubon Texas, says the birds are headed to Canadaâ€™s boreal forest - also known as â€œNorth Americaâ€™s bird nursery.â€? â€œThatâ€™s their breeding range, and without good breeding habitat you just donâ€™t get the production and the recruitment of young for your next generation,â€? Pena says, â€œso itâ€™s very important.â€? The report from the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Ducks Unlimited concludes
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of our boreal species, that creeping can only go so far north. So you begin to see a limiting of habitat for those birds.â€? The vast majority of the boreal forest is in Canada, but Jeff Wells, science and policy director, Boreal Songbird Initiative, says the U.S. has a stake in its protection and must give that a voice. â€œThere are ways for us to let people in Canada know that we think the boreal forest and its careful management is important to
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that to maintain healthy bird populations, at least half of the boreal forest region must remain free of large-scale industrial disturbance. Among the threats to the boreal forest are mining, oil and gas and other development. Pena says habitat loss is also being driven by climate change. â€œUnfortunately as our temperatures get warmer, our habitat tends to be creeping northward for some species,â€? she explains. â€œFor some species, like some
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To know that our fellow Americans still support and care about the troops, has such a powerful feeling to all. You are truly appreciated and I will keep you in my prayers. As a young Sergeant in an Airborne Infantry platoon the work of God is not always welcomed. His presence is always felt and I thank him for giving me the opportunity to be used as His guide, to guide his love and story right into the hearts of so many great Americans. There are many guys from Texas in my platoon; there is always some form of rivalry between those from Texas and the dudes from California. I personally am from the amazing California, Santa Barbara County. My name is Kevin Lyons, I am 20 years old and could not be more proud and honored to serve my country. I hope you all have a blessed day.- Sincerely, Kevin Lyons.
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pad apparatus to bypass security measures at a gasoline pump to steal gasoline from his employer. He was caught by law enforcement today utilizing the apparatus to provide Rodriguez, 43, with $244 in stolen gasoline at the convenience store. Munoz and Rodriguez were both charged with theft and are currently being held at the CarrizalesRucker Detention Center. The gasoline theft ring remains under investigation. Conducting the investigation, with the assistance
As our Winter Texans are enjoying the great weather and friendly atmosphere in La Feria, they are also continuing their generous work to make life a little easier for our troops at home and abroad. Since 2007, the Palmera Park Ladies Hugs Group has sent 122 boxes of goodies to soldiers at a cost of $1854 in postage alone. The boxes contained more than 522 hand knitted hats, 1628 cool ties, 107 knitted pillows, 295 flat bears, 216 hot hand warmers, 1738 packages of food snacks, 1970 articles for personal hygiene, 502 crosses, 142 games and 486 funnies and magazines. The boxes weighed just short of 1000 pounds! Funds for this project are earned by the groupâ€™s annual bake sale which netted $1123 this year. A recent letter received from Kandahar Airfield from Sgt. Kevin Lyons made it clear why the ladies want to help our troops. To all the group of out-
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ENDOVASCULAR NEUROLOGIST TO SPEAK FOR STROKE AWARENESS MONTH IN HARLINGEN HARLINGEN – Dr. Wondwossen Tekle, Endovascular Neurologist, will speak on prevention and treatment of stroke, or “brain attack”, on Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen (on the first floor of the hospital, enter through the South Tower, in the Woodward Conference Center). The meeting is free to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Dr. Tekle’s talk is being held by the H.O.P.E. (Haven Offering Patient Encouragement) Stroke Support Group as part of “Stroke Awareness Month” activities in the Valley for the month of May. Dr. Tekle attended medical school at Addis Ababa University, in the capital of Ethiopia. After finishing a residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Tekle went on to complete two fellowships in vascular neurology and endovascular surgical neuroradiology, at the University of Minnesota. Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease which affects the arteries leading to the brain and the arteries within the brain. Stroke is a medical emergency – call 911 immediately if you or someone you know experience symptoms. It is critical to keep in mind that the sooner treatment begins, the better the patient’s chances of surviving without disabilities. At Valley Baptist Medical Center, a clot-busting medication called tPA is used when medically indicated to reverse strokes – but the medication must be given as soon as possible. Valley Baptist is also the only hospital in the Valley with endovascular stroke procedures, with are performed by specially-trained neurologists such as Dr. Tekle in a state-of-the-art “biplane” cath lab. For more information about Dr. Tekle’s talk or the Stroke Support Group, please contact Debbie Diehl at email@example.com, call (888) 902-5433 (LIFE), or visit www.facebook.com/HopeStrokeSupport .
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Dear Friends, Since taking office, I have visited many Head Start and Early Head Start centers across the District and have urged the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Head Start program. NINOS Head Start, which stands for Neighbors In Need Of Services, was established in August of 1990 and has grown to include approximately 30 Head Start centers, 7 Head Start/Early Head Start centers, and 3 Early Head Start centers. The programs serve approximately 3,000 students. During a volunteer banquet hosted by NINOS, over 100 volunteers were honored. It was a pleasure to be among individuals dedicated to improving the lives of students within the Head Start program. One of the duties of Member’s of Congress is to nominate a limited number of students from the district to be considered for appointment to one of four U.S. service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (Westpoint), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. I am proud to say that several students from TX-34 have been accepted to U.S. service academies this year. One of those students is Victoria Reyes. Victoria, who also interns in my Brownsville office, will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy this fall. I am very proud of Victoria and know she will excel. Students interested in pursuing a nomination from me to attend a service academy should contact my office. During the April district work period, I continued to meet with TX-34 students to help them better understand the role that Congress plays in our democracy. The presentation, which can be viewed here, explains many ways my office helps constituents and works to promote local projects. I met with students at Cummings Middle School and then visited three different high school classes at my alma mater, Saint Joseph Academy. I graduated from St. Joe’s in 1981, and it was great to see my former teacher, Mr. Kevin Hickson, who still teaches history at Saint Joe’s and remains a favorite of the students. It was a busy and productive district work period in South Texas.
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Lions Crowned Bi-District Champs La Feria off to area after winning playoff series over the Grulla Gators
The La Feria Lions not only made it to the playoffs, finishing 2nd in district to Valley power Hidalgo, but played well enough to claim the Bi-District Championship over the Grulla Gators. The Lions knew the gators would be tough in a best of 3 series, but were very confident going into the playoffs. Game 1 proved to be a battle between La Feria ace Briar Holt and Grulla stud George Lopez. Both pitchers came into the game knowing
how important winning game 1 would mean to their teams. La Feria pitcher, Briar Holt came through for the Lions by pitching 7 innings and only allowing 3 hits and no runs. He also had 9 strikeouts for the game. Both teams battled pitch by pitch with the score notched at 0 - 0 entering the bottom of the 8th inning. That’s when the Lions players proved to be clutch. Ozzie Cisneros started things off by taking a pitch to his shoulder and reaching base on a hit by pitch. Briar Holt then followed on a bunt single that moved Cisneros
to second base. With the pressure on the gators, Lopez then through a wild pitch to move Cisneros to third base and Holt to second. That’s when Joey Velasquez stepped up to the plate in the most opportune time. With two strikes, Velasquez battled and hit a ball just over the infield to bring in Cisneros to win the game for the Lions in extra innings. The Lions players cleared the bench to congratulate their teammates after the game winning hit. The Lions then traveled the following morn-
ing the finish things off in Grulla. In another close game the Lions came through once again winning 6 -5, therefore becoming Bi-District champs. The Lions now travel to San Antonio to face the Devine Warhorses on at 5 p.m., May 9 at San Antonio Southwest High School. Game 2 will follow approximately 30 minutes after. If necessary, a game 3 will be played the following day on at 10 p.m. May 10. Good luck to the Lions and congratulations on an amazing season thus far.
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USDA Announces Funding to Spur Local and Regional Economic Growth in America’s Rural Communities WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of funding to promote long-term economic growth and community vitality in ru-
ral areas. With the announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites applications for funding through three community and economic development pro-
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grams administered by USDA Rural Development. “USDA is committed to helping rural communities access the resources they need to implement strategies that will invigorate the economy, reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life in our small towns and rural areas for years to come,” Vilsack said. The announcement includes $30.6 million in zero-interest loans and $9.2 million in grants to establish revolving loan funds that finance business and economic development activities in rural areas. Applications for these funds will be accepted through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program. Rural utilities that are eligible for USDA financing under the Rural Electrifica-
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in designated Rural Economic Area Partnership Zones and for members of Native American tribes in rural areas. Government entities, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, rural cooperatives and Native American tribes may apply for grants of up to $100,000. Funding may be used to support business incubators, feasibility studies and business plans, long-term strategic business planning, leadership and entrepreneurial training, and other related efforts. Just over $1.3 million is reserved for projects benefiting Native American communities. Another $919,820 is reserved for projects with Rural Economic Area Partnerships. In addition, USDA announces the availability of two grants from funds appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program: a $500,000 grant for rural transportation projects and a $250,000 grant for Federally Recognized Native American Tribes. Funds may be used to provide technical assistance and training to help rural communities improve passenger transportation services or facilities.
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These USDA programs provide key support needed to create rural jobs and promote local and regional economic growth. For instance, the nonprofit Ecotrust estimates that RBEG and RBOG funding for its FoodHub website is allowing it to connect more than 2,100 farmers, ranchers, fishermen, dairies and specialty producers to more buyers, distributors and industry suppliers. Between 2010 and 2012, the service reported helping producers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and California increase full-time employment by 23 percent and part-time employment by 38 percent. Application deadlines and details for all three programs will be available May 2 when the funding notices are published in the Federal Register. President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Schedule of Events (Horario de Eventos): 8:00 a.m.—Breakfast - Parish Hall(Delicioso Almuerzo - Salon) 9:00 a.m.—Country Store (Pulga) 10:00 a.m.—Festival Booths Open (Se abren los puestos) 12:00 noon — DJ Music by Armando (Música con DJ ARMANDO) 1:00 p.m. — Live Country Music by SOUTH TEXAS STORM RIDERS 3:00 p.m. — CCE Children Presentation (Presentación de Niños del CCE) 4:00 p.m. — Clown Show presenting “Bombón and Estrellita” (Presentación de Payasitos “Bombón y Estrellita”) 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Prize Chalupa Game (Chalupa de Premios 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. — Prize Bingo Game (50 cents per game x 15 games) 5:00 p.m. — Live Music Continues (Música en Vivo Continua) 6:00 p.m. — Música Veracruzana con el Grupo JAROCHOS DEL VALLE 6:00 p.m. — Música de la region con el Grupo ARZENAL 6:00 p.m. — Cake Walk (Puesto de los Pasteles) 8:00 p.m. — Closing of Festival Music by Mariachi LOS POTRILOS 9:00 p.m. — Drawing of Parish Raffle (Sorteo de los Premios de la Rifa Parroquial)
Annual Spring Festival Raffle (Rifa Anual del Festival de Primavera) Prizes – Premios 1st Prize…………….………....$2,000.00 Gift Card 2nd Prize…………….…………..$1,500.00 Gift Card 3rd Prize..............................................Washer & Dryer 4th Prize………….……...……………...$500.00 Gift Card 5th Prize…….……. 12 x 42 Above Ground Swimming Pool 6th Prize ……….……..…...……………………...……… I Pad 7th Prize……….………...….……...……...… $ 300.00 Gift Card 8th Prize………………...…...…..….. South Padre Island Getaway 9th Prize……………………………….……….……….… BBQ Gas Pit 10th Prize…..……………….…..……………………...………… Patio Set
Donation $5.00 Per Ticket (Drawing held at 9:00 p.m.) Need not be present to win. Must present stub to claim prize. For Tickets call us at (Para boletos llámenos al): 956-797-2666 Or stop by our office at (O pase a nuestra oficina ): 502 S. Canal Street - La Feria, Texas. FUN, for the Entire family and Friends. (ALEGRIA, para toda la Familia y amistades.)
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When: June 16-20, 2014 Where: David Sanchez Elem. GYM Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. *Parent Program will be on Friday, June 20th at 10:00 a.m.* Cost: $40 (includes t-shirt) For: Girls in Kinder-7th grade *Girls enrolled in the summer rec program (held at Dominguez) will be bused to the gym for dance camp & will be bused back afterwards.* *Medals will be given to ALL participants & trophies will be given to girls named “All American Dancers”.
Registration will be Wed, May 28, Thurs, May 29 & Wed, June 4 from 4-6pm at the LFHS New Gym. Call 793-5354 or 497-1099 for more info.
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feature story and photos by Bill Keltner
Podiatrist Highlights Latest Advancements ‘Laser Treatment of Fungal Toenails’
Dr. Sandra Blanco lectures on “Laser Treatment of Fungal Toenails”
“It is a minimally invasive, safe and effective procedure, usually done in the doctor’s office.”
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sure how– but it works for some.” And the latest is Laser treatment she said. “It is a minimally invasive, safe and effective procedure, usually done in the doctor’s office,” she said, adding, “We shine the beam directly across the nail bed, and it kills the pathogen The in-office procedure is safe, quick and painless. However, it may not be covered by your insurance – check them out first she cautioned.” The doctor added a couple of thoughtful caveats to her lecture: “Don’t cut your toenails too short. Don’t walk around barefoot in public areas like swimming pools. Use antifungal creams or sprays after going to a public swimming pool or after getting a pedicure in a Mall or elsewhere. Finally, always check the sanitary and sterilization practices of your pedicurists – ’Nuff said.” There are good treatment procedures for the annoying condition known as Fungal Toenails assures the doctor. For more information call the doctor at 956 504 1469 or visit her at Rio Grande Medicine, 5505 South Expressway 77, suite 305, Harlingen.
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Celina Sanchez, a 2013 La Feria High School graduate was crowned 2014 Señorita Cinco de Mayo. The event was hosted by Ms. Gloria G. Canales at the Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre in Harlingen, Texas on May 3, 2014. As the top winner, she won a $2,000 scholarship to UTPA, which she is now attending. Celina was also winner of the Miss. Congeniality. Celina represented her hometown of La Feria. Celina is the daughter of Ms. Mesalina Erazo and Dr. Mario A. Sanchez. Her family is very proud of her and wishes her the best.
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9 - Ariel Zimmerlie La Feria High School
8 - Matthew Cano
W. B. Green Jr. High
7 - Amada Moreno
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6 - Alex Perez Noemi Dominguez Elementary
5 - Arleth Lara Dominguez Elementary
Students of the Month
4 - Delilah Romayor C.E. Vail Elementary
3 - Keyci Rodriguez C.E. Vail Elementary
D. Sanchez Elementary
1 - Devin Sidney
2 - Elia Gonzalez D. Sanchez Elementary
Pre-K - Ashley E. Martinez Sam Houston Elementary
Kinder - Julian Chavez Sam Houston Elementary
May 2014 Brought to you by: 10 - Guillermo Mata La Feria High School
11 - Jonah Trevino La Feria High School
“A Beautiful Smile Is Your Best Friend” 12 - Lorenzo Villalpando La Feria High School
Elizabeth Losoya La Feria Academy
Tradition of Excellence La Feria High School UIL Science Team earns sixth straight Regional Team Championship
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El Distrito Escolar de La Feria Presenta: El Primer Expo de Ciencias
UIL Regional Science Team Champions: Andrea Guerrero, Ricardo Ibarra, Julie King, Danielle De La Rosa The La Feria High School UIL Science team continues a tradition of academic excellence. They just won their 6th consecutive Regional Team Championship, at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. “If you think about it, there are nearly 50 schools in our region, that means that our science students have beaten 50 schools, for six years straight.” Roumaldo Guerrero, Science Team Sponsor. “I really enjoy seeing students work hard and accomplishing their goals” Guerrero adds. Individually: Ricardo Ibarra: 1st Place Overall, Top Chemistry Score, Top Physics Score, Julie King: 5th Place Overall, Andrea Guerrero 8th Place Overall. Ricardo Ibarra also advanced in two other events by placing 1st in Mathematics and 2nd in Number Sense. The UIL Science Team will now travel to the University of Texas at Austin to compete at the State UIL Academic Meet. Good Luck at State!!!
Letter to the Editor
Thank You from Palmera Park Thanks so much for all the front page advertising done for the Palmera Park. The Men’s BBQ cook-off was a big success as well as the Ladies Ground Hog Soup and Pie Luncheon and the “Hugs” Bake Sale with flag raffle. We can’t thank you enough! The money earned bought supplies for new ceiling tiles and a new lighting system. Of course the guys did all the hard work. May God Bless you all-Palmera Heights MHP.
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