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Record winter weather ices the Valley

Falcons Basketball: Young Team in Playoffs

Page 4 Unexpected Weather brings problems across RGV Temperatures in the 20s and percipitation allowed many in Los Fresnos to wake up to icicles on their homes and businesses. Photo: Ashley Ramirez

Page 4 The Love Affair Vehicles left outside were virtually gauranteed to be covered in a quarter inch of ice by morning. If you needed to drive, you probably needed water to defrost and allow the car doors to open. Photo: Christina Garza

Page 5 2500 Turtles Rescued in Laguna Madre

Most percipitation was in the form of freezing rain or sleet. But occasionally some areas saw snow flurries briefly. Photo: Ashley Ramirez

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Ice was sure to form on any unprotected plants. Let’s hope the citrus industry is okay. Photo: Bianey Guillen

Area children got to enjoy the pleasures of freezing winter weather for a few days. Hold those memories! Photo: Bianey Guillen

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Because Your Health Matters

Frigid weather cuases widespread problems in RGV

Community Health Outreach Program The City of Los Fresnos offers a free Community Health Outreach Program within itscommunity. The program offers a variety of free classes/activities, nutrition support,cooking classes and diabetes prevention classes. It also offers free health screenings suchas blood pressure screenings, BMI screenings, A1C testing and followup care to both menand women 18 years of age and older. Screenings are currently not offered. Class Update: Exercise classes are offered through Facebook post in the City of Los Fresnos CommunityHealth Outreach Program’s Facebook group and with limited space at the Los FresnosMemorial Park. The current exercise class schedule offers Walk 2 Fitness, Cardio Kick Boxing, Zumba, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp and Dance 2 Fitness. All classes are taught byCertified Fitness Instructors.

Stacy Ramos and Bryant Longoria, both employees with the Cricket store in Los Fresnos, talk about the cold spell. Photo: Tony Vindell

By Tony Vindell Although today’s temperatures keep climbing up, the cold spell of last week caused widespread problems all over the Rio Grande Valley. Los Fresnos however, weathered the arctic front much better than other cities in the Valley as hundreds of homes and businesses were

without electricity for several days in places like Mercedes, Laguna Vista, Bayview, and on South Padre Island. Though power was on and off here, most shops and restaurants were open - something which did not happen in many other Valley cities. One of the hottest items consumed by people from here

To register for the City’s Community Health Outreach Program contact Los Fresnos Community Health Worker Christine Martinez at 956-312-1406 or email at cmartinez@citylf.us. Once enrolled in the program participants are able to participate in all classes/activities atno charge as offered by the City of Los Fresnos. The current schedule offers 15 classes tochoose from each week! Some found out that freezing temps plus sprinkler equals a winter wonderland. Photo: Martha Ramirez

and elsewhere was gasoline and propane. Some filling stations were out of gasoline but continued doing business as usual. Harvey’s LP Gas Co. on Texas Highway 100 couldn’t keep up with the demand of both liquids. Lines of vehicles could be seen waiting for their turn, causing a sort of mayhem on Tuesday afternoon. Freezing rain caused an accumulation of ice on hard surfaces. Many residents found their car doors iced shut. The cold snap forced many businesses to close in cities like Brownsville where entire blocks of populated areas were without electricity for many hours. Whataburger, McDonald’s, Burger King, and many of

the fast food joints and several H-E-B supermarkets closed last Tuesday as did many other retailers in cities like Brownsville, the Island, and in Port Isabel. But here in Los Fresnos, very few were impacted by the weather. Elaido Jaimez, a spokesperson for AEP, said more than 150,000 were without electricity last Tuesday and crews were working around the clock trying to restore power. Area officials and people familiar with electricity issues were putting part of the blame on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a company that has been managing the grid since deregulation took effect some years ago. AEP has plenty of power, a source said, but whenever ERCOT says to shut down the lines they have no choice but to follow orders. Laguna Vista resident Don Maschburm said he spent more than two days without power. “I moved here from Sacramento a couple of years ago to get away from this,” he said. “So much for rolling blackouts”. But Bryant Logoria and Stacy Ramos said things in Los Fresnos went better than in most Valley cities.

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Falcon basketball team in playoffs again Boys High School Basketball District 32-6A Final Standings X-Weslaco 13-1 Y-Los Fresnos 11-3 Y-Harlingen 11-3 Y-Harlingen South 8-6 Hanna 6-8 Rivera 5-9 San Benito 1-12 Donna North 1-13 X-District Champ Y-Playoff Berth The Falcons boys basketball team completed its regular season February 12th at Donna North. Los Fresnos came away with the win. This put their record at 11-3 in district and 22-4 overall. The team played very well across the regular season. Question marks were left after last years deep run in the playoffs. Four starters graduated last year. Gerry Martinez started last year as a freshman and continued to improve in his sophomore campaign. He is often the anchor of scoring and can be deadly with very deep three point shots. Juniors Roger Capetillo and Darius Garcia have stepped in as above average players. This forms a nice core of solid play and rebounding. Coach Marco Hinojosa was able to also bring in another freshman to follow in Martinez footsteps, JJ Salazar. Salazar has put up 11.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 1.8 spg. Stellar numbers for any player, but awesome for a freshman playing varsity. The future looks bright with such young talent playing well. But what about this season. Early on, it looked like the Falcons were going to run away with District 32-6A. That says a lot,

becuase District 32 boast some excellent teams with great coaches and history of great play. Weslaco got a late start in district play because of Covid 19 protocols. But when they got started boy did they roll. The Panthers’ only district los came at the hands of Los Fresnos by a score of 70-67. Late in the season the Falcons falter to Weslaco in overtime, and also in close games to Harlingen and Harlingen South. All three losses were by a total of 11 points. Really this tells us that all four teams are very good. Something we expected before the season began. The Falcons first playoff game is Friday Feb 19 versus PSJA North. This game has already been played as you are reading this, but not at the time of writing. Los Fresnos are the favorites. These teams played in preseason with the Falcons winning decidely by a score of 72-47. If the Falcons win, their next opponent will be either O’connor or Laredo Nixon.

Lady Falcons season end versus Edinburg Bobcats

Special to LFN The 2020-21 basketball season was a struggle for all teams. School was different. Home was different. School was at home sometimes. Practice was different. And

gameday was different. One thing was NOT different. The heart, soul and spirit of the athletes on the court. Through all the trials and all the changes these girls came together as a team and put the work in.

Unfortunately Covid rules prevented many fans from seeing the results. After a strong regular season, the Lady Falcons playoff campaign ended after one game. Their Edinburg Bobcat opponents

turned in a dominating performance on both sides of the floor. The Falcons fought hard but it was not enough. Final score 54-27. Great job ladies. Your season was over too soon.

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The Next Chapter

The Love Affair Pt. VI By Nandy Ekle

Being with Jose, she was able to forget Bryan’s neglect, the splatters of beer on the floor around him, and the cookie and chip crumbs thick as piles of sand. She could forget the glob of mustard that had landed on her new dress. She could forget the fact that the real competition was not between the jerseys chasing the ball on the television, but between those jerseys and her. And she could forget the fact that the jerseys would always win.

So she relied on Jose to bring the romance and adventure to her boring existence. She might be a shadow behind Bryan’s games, but to Jose, she was life. “THAT’S IT! THAT’S MY BOYS! SUPER BOWL CHAMPS! AGAIN!” Bryan yelled. “The End,” Jose whispered sadly. Christine sighed. As she rubbed her hand across Jose’s face one last time, she closed his jacket and set him on the coffee table. “You know I’m always just an arm’s length

away,” she heard him whisper as she gave one last caress to the front of his face. “Oh, Babe! What a great game! Did you see that last play? Did you see it?” She blinked her eyes to clear thoughts of Jose Amante from her head, then she looked at her husband. Overweight, greasy and powdery with potato chip leavings, a scruffy beard on his face. She wondered why he couldn’t be more like the heroes in her books—so genteel, so handsome, only desiring to please their lady loves. Completely the opposite of this mighty cave bear. She looked away nearly in tears. Bryan sat on the couch and placed his hand on her bare foot. It felt warm and comforting to her. “So, how was the book?” He asked. She sighed and smiled. “Good, as always. Tell me about your game.”

He opened the wine, filled the two glasses, and handed one to her. “Oh, good, as always. Hey, nice dress.” Christine wasn’t sure she heard him correctly. “What?” “I like that dress.” He looked at her for a moment and she wondered what he was thinking. “How long has it been since I told you I love you?” As she took the glass, he reached out a hand and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. The goose bumps were back. He brought his glass up, indicating for her to do the same. “I guess we’re going to toast the champion?” she asked. “You bet.” She took a deep breath and closed her eyelids so he wouldn’t see her eye roll. “To Christine, the champion of my life. Thanks, Babe, for being so patient.” They clinked glasses. “Hey, do you still have

that little cheerleader outfit you used to wear during the games?” “Oh, Bryan. That wouldn’t even fit my big toe anymore.” “Show me.” He stood, bent down

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Top Tips for College Entrance Exam (StatePoint) College entrance exams remain important, even in these unusual times. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help ensure you’re ready for test day. Here are a few tips to consider: • Know the test format: Be sure you understand the basic format of the test and the types of questions that will be included so you don’t waste precious time on test day managing surprises. By using an up-to-date study guide, you won’t encounter any curve balls. • Get comfortable with your calculator: During your preparations and practice tests, be sure to use the same calculator you’ll be bringing with you on test day. Getting familiarized with the tool’s full functionality will help you be speedy and accurate when it matters most.

When the clock is ticking, it’s best to be holding a calculator with an easyto-use interface, intuitive icon-based menu and natural textbook display, such as the scientific and graphic calculators available from Casio. To ace the science and math portions of the test, your pre-test preparations can also include checking out the webinars and resources available on the Casio education site: casioeducation.com. • Find study buddies: You don’t need to feel alone during test preparations. Remember, your friends are going through the same thing as you. Consider getting some pals together for a series of remote study sessions. Your group can work together to address lingering questions and concerns, share test-taking strategies and more. ► CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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navigate these tools and platforms over time is critical, and calculators are no exception. In fact, in many math and science classrooms, calculators play a central role in lesson plans and are even allowed to be used during tests. Being able to comfortably use a calculator will give your child a leg up academically. What’s more, kids today are digital natives. Giving them a resource that feels familiar to them may help draw them closer to math. • Speed and accuracy:

There is no doubt that actually understanding how calculations are arrived at is fundamental, and this means some initial learning will need to take place calculator-free. This is especially true when a student is first grasping basic arithmetic. However, once a student has attained a certain skill or understands the reasons why a particular equation is needed for a given problem, there is no need to deny them a tool they would have access to “in the real world.” Having a calculator on-hand

can help them apply their knowledge, contributing to a broader understanding of math and enabling them to quickly check their work. • Expense and value: Calculators range widely in price, and you may balk at the price tag on some of today’s models. However, there are many highquality options that can be obtained affordably. For the best value, consider a calculator that grows with your student, supporting learning over a number of years and grade levels. For example, the graphing calculators from Casio, have all the mathematical functions a student would need starting in grade school up through college. What’s more, the brand has created an online calculator tool, ClassPad. net, which features the same wide range of functions and can be used for free on any device. Whether your student is working on the basics of addition and subtraction or is tackling integrals and derivatives, a calculator can be a trusty tool that supports their learning and success.

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Thousands of cold stunned sea turtles rescued

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New anntena at city hall by Tony Vindell The antenna on top of Los Fresnos City Hall is not there for watching one’s favorite channels on a television set. It’s actually there to get the local weather – something which many cities do on a daily basis. But thanks to Councilman Tom Jones that has changed as anyone can now find the latest weather conditions and more so after this latest encounter with just above and below the freezing mark of 32 degrees. Jones made a recommendation during a meeting last year after noticing that Los Fresnos was hardly men-

tioned by TV and radio forecasters even though this city of some 7,000 residents continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Also, tens of thousands of vehicles pass through the city daily on their way to South Padre Island or toward the Port of Brownsville. The port is home to some of the Valley’s largest employers like Amfels, for instance. During his biweekly reports, City Manager Mark Milum has been giving updates about the weather station and other projects as well such as the city’s Nature Park, the Hike and Bike Trail and the Henderson Road

crossings. “The weather station is up and running,” he said at the last city council meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 9. Anyone interested in finding about the current weather conditions in Los Fresnos can now do so by downloading an application that is free of charge but registration is required. After logging in, they can go to Davis Weather Link. Once there, click on Los Fresnos City Hall and voila! Weather conditions such as temperatures, rainfall, wind directions and so on are given on a daily basis for Los Fresnos.

By Tony Vindell The cold spell that descended onto the Rio Grande Valley earlier this month has been taking its toll on the region’s flora and fauna. Scores of ornamental plants and trees have caved in to the below freezing temperatures and birds and sea turtles have died either by accident or by the act of nature. Dead pelicans can be seen on Texas Highway 48, particularly over the Jaime Zapata Bridge, making it the second kill of these brown pelicans in the last two years. Other victims of

the brutal cold are numerous Atlantic sea turtles. More than 2,500 turtles have been rescued from the Laguna Madre area, Arroyo City and from Boca Chica Beach. More are added daily as cold weather continues. While that is a lot, many more are feared dead. Dozens of volunteers have been combing the waters and the beaches in search of these stranded turtles. Once found, the turtles are transported to South Padre Island’s Turtle Center and at the Convention Centre.

Teams of volunteers could be seen working so the turtles can recover. An employee with the center said it would take several days before the turtles internal system stabilizes. “These are cold blooded reptiles,” Sanjuana Zapata said. “When their bodies get cold, their temperature drops and they go into shock. It’s a mess here but we are confident many of them will survive.” Sea Turtle Inc. and volunteers mounted this rescue while SPI did not have any electrical power.

Volunteers help find room for the hundreds of rescued sea turtles at the Island’s Convention Center. Photo: Tony Vindell

College exam tips Continued from page 6 You may also want to consider signing up for a virtual test prep courses or getting paired with a remote tutor. • Read as much as possible: While memorizing vocabulary lists is one strategy for pulling out all the

stops on the humanities portions of the test, the best way to adopt good grammar, boost reading comprehension and hone writing skills is to be an avid reader. This is especially effective if you select a range of reading materials, including fiction,

biographies, journalism and more. While a lot has changed about education this past year, much about college entrance exams has stayed the same, and you can still get a leg up by ensuring you’re wellequipped and ready to succeed on test day.

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