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Serving Winter Texans From Mission To South Padre Island Since 1987 Vol. 31, No. 21 © 2018 www.wttrgv.com

From the Publisher Winter Texan Ambassadors Wanted

This edition of the Winter Texan Times is our “Take Home Edition.” We invite all our Winter Texan readers to take exJim Brunson tra copies of this edition with you when you head north so you can share them with your friends and family. Getting out and doing all the fun and interesting things you do in the “winter” in the Rio Grande Valley is always more fun when you do it with friends. So, we invite you to become a Winter Texan Ambassador and help us invite more people to come down and enjoy our South Texas Hospitality. Tell them about all the good times you had this winter in the Rio Grande Valley. To make it a little easier to share, we are including stories in this edition about many of the things you enjoy each winter in the Valley. Whether it’s dancing – line dancing, country, square, round or rockn-roll – golf, quilting, crafts, RC races, pickleball, shuffleboard, petanque, bocce ball, cards, pool or softball, there’s plenty to enjoy with friends and neighbors in the Valley’s many mobile home and RV resorts. Friendly people, warm weather, great friends and neighbors, and very affordable living. What more could you ask for? So, don’t keep it a secret. The more the merrier. Invite a couple of friends to come down with you next fall. If you haven’t already “enlisted” in the cause as a Winter Texan Times Winter Texan Ambassador, just pick up some extra copies of this Take Home Edition of the Winter Texan Times so you can share them with your friends up north. We’ve printed extra copies just for you to share and we are delivering extra copies to the parks this week. If your park runs out, call us to reserve some papers to pick up and take home with you. We will have extras available here for you. Our phone number is 956-580-7800. If you run out of copies, you can also show them our digital editions online See FROM THE PUBLISHER pg. 29

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Climate, friendly people, social activities keep Winter Texans coming back

Art connoisseurs have many reasons for liking a masterpiece. For some, it may be the colors, for others the art may “just speak to them.” Yet, for others there may be another reason something undefinable

– or maybe for all these reasons. The same can be said for connoisseurs of winter travel who trek south annually to make the Rio Grande Valley their home – some for three months, some for

six months or longer. For them, however, the reasons are clearly defined. There are many reasons Winter Texans love to call the Rio Grande Valley their winter home. But the reasons that top the list are: the climate, the friendly people, the activities, entertainment and the low cost of living. It’s the Warm Weather Being cooped up indoors for 4-6 months of the year because icicles are hanging from the rooftop, which is covered with a foot of snow, is not the way many people want to live. When the main activity for the day is shoveling snow, it can be downright depressing. Welcome to the Rio Grande Valley, where the average high between December and February runs from 70-74 degrees and the average low during those months are between 49 and 54 degrees, much higher than the highs for the season in most of the Winter Texans’ northern homes. Winter Texans enjoy coming to the Valley to get away from the cold weather. Many seem to take pleasure in calling family and friends back home when they See RIO GRANDE VALLEY pg. 26

Swing Street Band delights Winter Texans

Karen and Trevor Tripp moved in perfect harmony, seemingly without stress or strain as the Swing Street Band played “In the Mood.” The couple waltzed away as Robert Comeau and his orchestra played an evening of music that covered several decades at Aladdin Villas in Mission. “That’s why we are here, for all the dancing,” said Karen as she and Trevor took a break in between songs. “We’ll go square dancing, club dancing, social dancing – wherever there’s a dance, we’re going to try to be there.” The couple have known each other for 37 years and said they were dancing before they even met. They love following several groups in the Valley such as the Swing Street Band, Texas Wheels, the

Cruisers and Diego. “We like to play songs that are recognizable to the Winter Texans,” said Bob Comeau, director of the Swing Street Band. “When they recognize something from when they were young, they enjoy it and will be more likely to dance and be engaged with the music.” The Swing Street Band incudes music from the likes of Duke Ellington, Bennie Goodman, Harry James, Henry Mancini and more. Some of their songs included “Moonlight Serenade,” “Emily,” “Crazy,” “Unchained Melody,” and “Mambo No. 5,” among others. Penny Alvey came up to Comeau during an intermission to express how See SWING STREET BAND pg. 33

Bob Comeau plays the saxophone as the Swing Street Band performs at Aladdin Villas in Mission.


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courses, however, play strategically and keeping the ball up the wide and friendly fairways is the ultimate choice. But don’t be fooled. While driving by the course it may look wide open and simple to play, it has enough holes where you need to hit a “golf shot” instead of just gripping and ripping it. Tony Butler has a few more challenging holes but the course, one of the oldest in the Valley, meanders through the natural South Texas terrain and is extremely easy to walk. The 18-hole course is a championship layout measuring 6,400 yards (par 71) featuring Champions Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda greens. The 9-hole course is a shorter course measuring 2,600 yards (par 35) with newly renovated Emerald Zoysia greens. Winter Texans are enjoying golf at a growing pace in the Rio Grande Valley. “There has been a definite increase, even with some bad weather this year,” said Carlos Espinosa, director of golf for McAllen’s municipal course. “Plus we have had some great compliments on the new greens that we have put in. Golfers see when you invest back into your course, and both the locals and the Winter Texans have noticed that and appreciate it.” Winter Texans may decide they want a little more of a challenge and choose a course like Los Lagos, with its numerous See YEAR-AROUND GOLF pg. 30


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The community comes together to celebrate what made Brownsville unique: its location on the border with Mexico and the rich cultural heritage with its annual Charro Days Fiesta. Mr. Amigo Association became a part of Charro Days in 1967, honoring a Mexican citizen who contributes to friendly bi-national relations. Sombrero Festival, a three-day Washington Park street party with popular rock, country and Tejano performers, was added in 1986. Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival, is a three-day event held in October that features performances from top-class musicians. Brownsville Beer Fest in October,

Experience South Texas’ tropical beauty by exploring the various biking trails. Whether you’re into road cycling or mountain biking, Brownsville has 64 miles of paved and off-road trails, and on-street bike lanes for you to traverse.

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Brownsville has seen some of the most pivotal moments in American history. The first battle of the Mexican-American War, a conflict that would shape the future of both nations, occurred here in 1846. The last battle of the Civil War happened at Palmito Ranch, in 1865.

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SAN BENITO, TEXAS

We welcome you to a corner of paradise in the tip of southern-most Texas and the middle the Rio Grande Valley. We extend warm greetings and rich cultural heritage in a setting where nature is most impressive and our greatest asset: our friendly, civic-minded residents, committed to quality growth and development. San Benito is called Resaca City after the picturesque waterway that ambles through this historic community. Whether you come to fish, hunt, bird watch, swim or spend a tranquil winter in South Texas, we know you are going to enjoy San Benito. San Benito is a great place to live with affordable homes, a low cost of living, beautiful surroundings and friendly people. Two charming cultures merge in San Benito, reflected in the arts and entertainment of the border area. The past year was one of transition in the Resaca City. A Museum Coordinator came onboard to steer the newly constructed $1.6 million Cultural Heritage Museum as the flagship designed to make San Benito truly a Destination

City, with the creation of new and exciting rotating exhibits and attractions. A myriad of music-based festivals were formed to draw visitors to the city including the Resaca City Music Festival, Hog Waddle Country Concert and Sanctioned Cook-Off and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. They join the established festivals including ResacaFest and several Christmas themed events. San Benito also has a beautiful winding Resaca throughout the community that is drawing eco-tourists. The City is in the third phase of construction of an ecological wetlands project that hosts a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. The region’s subtropical climate, winter visitor facilities, a partnership in the creation of Rails-to-Trails projects, proximity to the Mexican border, and wide open undeveloped land suitable for manufacturing and industry also contribute to San Benito’s desirability as a destination city. Solid growth and development is being realized in the construction of the $23 million AEP Texas Service Center off of Business 77 that features an 88,000-square foot building which will serve as the regional headquarters for the commercial power provider. The impending opening of a new cold storage facility at the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios is designed to attract more commercial traffic locally. As a 25 percent owner of the bridge, the city is actively participating in a progressive marketing strategy that will bring additional revenue into the city.

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San Benito’s Parks Department created further depth and dimension over the past year with the addition of a greater variety of recreational sports and civic activities directed toward the young and more mature citizens in the community. The city is creating a new community park on South Sam Houston Blvd., currently dubbed “South Park.” Infrastructure work, including installation of water and sewer lines at a cost of $100,000, has been completed on the designated 12.5 acres of land. Funds were granted by the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation in the form of a $495,000 grant. Completion of the park is forecast this year. This 106-year old city is evolving. We are throwing out old practices and unveiling a new business model,” the city manager said. A destination city must give people a reason to want to come to a community, whether it be for amenities, culture, aesthetics, food or other desires, he said, and San Benito is doing just that.

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Weslaco: The Center of the Good Times

Location. It is still all about location! In the center of the Rio Grande Valley, Weslaco is equidistant from the Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island and the lake at Falcon Dam. Halfway between McAllen and Harlingen. Yes, those are bigger cities; however, if you want to capture the best of both, and the spirit of the RGV, Weslaco is the location. Weslaco is a dynamic growing city with easy transportation, plenty of shops, restaurants, and cultural arts. The monthly Alfresco Weslaco event in historic downtown offers dozens of arts and craft vendors, great food, and evening entertainment. This free community activity is enjoyed by the entire family. Celebrating the Texas 1015 Sweet Onion, which was developed in Weslaco, the Texas Onion Fest is Weslaco’s biggest annual event. Drawing nearly 10,000 visitors, the event is full of vendors, with tons of food, children’s activities, dancing horse shows, and big-name entertainment. Onion Fest is sure to please everyone with the ever-popular onion blossoms and an onion eating contest. Come join the fun on March 24, 2018. Catch a sellout performance by the International Theatre of Texas acting group at Weslaco’s iconic Tower Theater, a historical landmark created from a 1928 water storage tank that features a “stage in

the round.” With only 100 seats, the Tower Theater sells out nearly every time; make sure to get your tickets at www.iloveit.live! Weslaco’s Bicultural Museum documents not only Weslaco’s history, but also the history of South Texas. In addition, learn about early Native American cultures, the arrival of the Spanish, Tejano culture, revolutions and wars, and the local culture that makes Weslaco one of a kind. Weekly lectures and monthly art shows provide additional programming at the museum, right in downtown. Winter Texans are welcomed with free coffee and pastries at the Weslaco Visitor Center. Visitors can enjoy viewing one of six documentary films. From sugar cane processing to Texas ranches and nature, these short films educate and entertain. Free Popcorn Friday makes film viewing even more fun. With Weslaco’s central location, the Visitor Center is also a great choice for local and regional travel information. Weslaco boasts large recreation parks with a couple of mile-long walking/cycling trails. Drawing visitors from around the world, the community’s three nature sites top the “most popular” lists for nature and eco-enthusiasts “The jewel” of South Texas parks, Estero llano Grande State Park is considered the top-priority location in the region for

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Skaggs House is a Spanish colonial revival style residence built in 1927. Have you ever seen several hundred Santas participating in a 5K run/walk? You will in Weslaco as the Santa Dash kicks off the community’s Lighted Christmas Parade. With a different theme every year, local organizations create beautiful and highly decorated floats for this evening holiday event. In the Rio Grande Valley, Weslaco is the center of it all! For information, call the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce at 956968-2102. PAID ADVERTISEMENT


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We’re just getting better The city of Mission is the home of more Winter Texan mobile home and RV resorts than any other city in the Valley, and Mission is always looking for ways to enhance the quality of life for their winter visitors as well as year-round residents. Each year, the city and chamber of commerce work together to put on the Winter Texan Fiesta as a way of saying, “Thank you for choosing Mission as your Valley home.” The all-out celebration features top-notch entertainers who put on a three-hour show. This year’s lineup of entertainers included David Church, Terry Smith, Sherwin & Pam Linton, Adam Pope & The Rebels, Southern Anthem and Rich Bellert. Next year the Winter Texan Fiesta will be held in a brand new, renovated facility at Leo Peña Placita Park in downtown Mission, according to Mission City Manager Martin Garza Jr. “When they come back next year, they are going to be in a brand new park facility that’s going to have the same type of

atmosphere with an amphitheater,” said Garza. “But the new design includes more landscaping and we are adding canopies to provide more shade for those attending events at the park.” There will also be much better wheel chair access to the new facility. The city will also have a brand new events center when Winter Texans return in the fall. Garza, said the new events center will enable the city to bring in more events and entertainment for the community. Dog Parks They city’s first dog park – actually two dog parks – should be ready by this fall. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the proposed dog park at Bannworth Park, located on Shary Road, on March 7. The second dog park will be constructed at Bentsen Palm Community Park, located on the city’s Southwest side. The Bannworth dog park will include separate areas for small dogs and large dogs, including areas for training

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dogs, plus a shaded area for leashed dogs. Watering stations will be provided for dogs and dog owners, and the park will be surrounded with butterfly gardens. Public Safety Public safety has always been a top priority for the City of Mission. Garza, the city’s former police chief, said they are purchasing two additional patrol cars for their fleet and will add two more by October. They are also investing $2.2 million to install a new state-of-theart police radio system that will enable better communications between police, EMS and fire department personnel. Garza said this will mean better response times on emergency calls as well as better coordination.

Parks & Recreation Mission offers a large parks system that includes 25 parks and two swimming pools. The city is working on plans to create a tennis complex consisting of 16 tennis courts, including a lighted central court for TSTA tournaments, a pro shop and a covered pavilion area to provide shade for tournament participants. Garza said he expects the $1.8 million project to go out for bids in April. The City of Mission invites all Winter Texans to come to Mission and enjoy our tourist-friendly South Texas hospitality, the safe environment, the Valley’s best RV resorts and the quality lifestyle you desire.

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Winter Texans flock to Mission, Texas

Welcome to Mission, Texas where more Winter Texans come to enjoy the semi-tropical winters than any other place in the Rio Grande Valley. Mission has approximately 50 Winter Texan mobile home parks and RV resorts – retirement communities – offering a wide range of amenities and activities programs designed to make your retirement years truly golden. The sub-tropical climate of the Rio Grande Valley is not only inviting for Winter Texans, but also attracts 500 species of birds and 200 species of butterflies. The World Birding Center Headquarters and the National Butterfly Center, both located in Mission, offer abundant opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors. For those who pursue birdies of a different type, Mission offers four golf courses: the 27-hole Shary Municipal Golf Course, Howling Trails Golf Course, Meadow Creek Resort & Country Club and The Club at Cimarron, a private club with a beautiful course. Duffers coming to the Valley from other areas are pleasantly surprised at the bargain prices for a round of golf in the Mission area. For those who enjoy an active lifestyle there is plenty to do in Mission. Many of the mobile home parks and RV resorts have their own swimming pools, and the City of Mission has two city pools, an indoor pool at Bannworth Park and a newly-renovated

outdoor pool at Mayberry. Pickleball anyone? Mission Parks & Recreation has a very active senior pickleball program. Recreational softball programs are also available. Speaking of parks, Mission has 25 city parks, including the 63-acre Bentsen Palm Community Park, a regional park with picnic shelters, a two-acre pond with pier, lighted baseball/softball fields, restrooms, playground, basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, three lighted tennis courts, and a two-mile walking trail. Another popular park is Bannworth Park, which includes a jogging trail, playground, pond with a pier (and lots of ducks), picnic pavilion, picnic tables, football/soccer field, baseball/softball field, restrooms, and play area. The Mission Hike & Bike Trail provides a peaceful setting for Winter Texans to walk, jog or bike along a five-mile paved trail through a wooded area that leads to the World Birding Center, just down the road from several of Mission’s popular RV resort destinations. If you’re an artist, or if you fancy taking up painting or ceramics, Mission’s Upper Valley Art League may be your cup of tea. Local artists put together classes, art shows and exhibitions for the public to enjoy. You can enjoy the delightful Mexican culture of folklórico dancers and mariachi

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Affordable Retirement Lifestyle

Mission has been named as one of the best places to retire because the cost of living is much lower than most other retirement areas, and it offers all the amenities and pleasurable activities seniors look for today. Many Winter Texans have tried visiting Florida and Arizona, but found the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to be much more affordable and enjoyable. They also find it is easier to access great entertainment offered either in their own resort or by neighboring resorts just down the road – at very affordable prices. You will find the people are friendlier in the Rio Grande Valley too. The city of Mission and local businesses have been rolling out the red carpet for Winter Texans for over 40 years and they look forward to your arrival each fall and winter. So, come on down and take a pontoon boat ride on the Rio Grande and sip a margarita or enjoy dinner as you take in the scenic vistas along the river. We’ll be waiting for you with open arms. And you can leave your snow shovel at home! Visit us online at discovermission.com or call the Mission Chamber of Commerce for more information at 956.585.2727.


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lifestyle. Alamo City Manager Luciano Ozuna said winter tourists are welcome and important to the city. “Ask them to keep coming back,” he said. “We welcome them with open arms.” In Alamo, the mobile home and RV retirement communities have a good friend at city hall. “We stand ready to assist our RV parks in any way we can. We’re always there to extend our helping hand,” Ozuna said. If you love nature and the outdoors, you’ll love Alamo, where you’ll find the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge right next door. The 2,088-acre refuge has been called “The Jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System” be-

cause of the great diversity of its biological system. Located at the crossroads of two major flyways for migratory birds, the refuge is where birders flock to observe hundreds of species of birds and butterflies as well as other wildlife, such as the bobcat and the endangered ocelot. Alamo is a small town with a population of just under 20,000, according to the 2016 population estimates, but it offers all the basic needs of its residents and visitors with a shopping center, a Walmart store and several popular restaurants, such as the famous Willie’s Barbecue, El Dorado Restaurant and the new El Toro Restaurant. And it’s just a short drive to the neighboring cities of Pharr and McAllen for the largest variety retail stores in the Valley, plus several major hospitals, if the need should arise. The City of Alamo is the winter home for Winter Texans at 12 mobile home and RV parks, which offer a variety of activities including professional entertainment shows, music jams, craft and quilt shows, some of the best in NASCAR remote controlled racing, drone flying, target practice and shuffleboard. Some of the Rio Grande Valley’s larger winter resort communities are located in Al-

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Wilder Resorts - The Gold Standard of the RGV

Wilder RV Resorts have been a leader in Winter Texan resorts in the Rio Grande Valley for decades. They have a large number of amenities in the resorts along with some of the best activities around at some of the best pricing in the Valley. Wilder RV Resorts has a location in Harlingen (Park Place Estates), 3 locations in Alamo (Alamo Rose, Trophy Gardens, Winter Ranch), 3 locations in Pharr (Texas Trails, Tip O’ Texas, Tropic Star), and a location in Mission (Blue Bonnet). Take a look at them on the web sites at http:// www.wilderresortstexas.com. We believe you will find a place that is just right for your interests and enjoyment. The resorts have large pet-friendly areas and pet walking areas (leash required). Many have a fenced dog park where your dogs can run and enjoy some time outside with you. Some of the friendliest and most welcoming people stay at the Resorts so you would always feel welcome and not feel alone. New ideas are always being explored and adopted when they fit the residents in the Resorts. For example – Alamo Rose introduced a pilot program during the 2016/2017 season involving radio con-

trolled cars. Residents got together and have set up a track to race each other and it has really gone over well. The program is being explored to be expanded into the other resorts and then possibly have contests between the Resorts to see who has the best cars and drivers. Tip O’ Texas has their new radio controlled car track up and running. Bus trips are a mainstay in the resorts with resorts sharing the buses. Trips are scheduled and the bus ride is free (tips for the driver if you like). The trips are scheduled through the Activity Office with suggestions always welcomed. There are activity departments at all resorts with activity directors who schedule bands for dances, entertainment, activities for everyone and dinners for special occasions. As a resident you too can join in the fun that is planned for everyone. Relax at the pools, enjoy a game of shuffleboard, enjoy working in the woodshop at those resorts that have this facility. Play cards with other residents as well as play some pool or billiards with the new friends you will meet here. At Wilder RV Resorts, regular maintenance of our facilities is important to us and certainly to our residents. We have

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Ranchero Village and Rio Valley Estates A splash of sun on the tropical palm trees swaying in the breeze, melodious strains of a song well sung, and cheers of victory in a competitive pickleball match: those are the sights and sounds that capture the essence of life in Ranchero Village and Rio Valley Estates. Ranchero Village is tucked away from the main streets and heavy traffic for a quiet setting featuring wide, tree-lined streets and large concrete pads to accommodate your mobile home or RV. Rio Valley Estates, Ranchero’s sister park, is located near the heart of Weslaco’s thriving business community, giving Winter Texans easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment. Both immaculately maintained and landscaped parks offer a host of amenities designed to make your home-away-fromhome enjoyable and comfortable. Both sister parks offer a variety of activities taking advantage of the swimming pools and spas, shuffleboard courts, and recreational halls at each park. Ranchero also has a woodworking shop, craft room, billiards, ceramics shop, pickleball court and free cable TV. These are active communities with a

full schedule of activities for the residents to enjoy, including dances, jam sessions, bingo, billiards, horse shoes, arts & crafts, dinners, tours, a variety of card games and Ladies Day Out (while the men enjoy a day at the golf course), and some very good live entertainment. Resident Doug Cowling said people who enjoy shuffleboard should come to Ranchero Village because, “We have the best courts in the Valley!” Of course, the residents love to eat. From fresh cinnamon rolls to biscuits and gravy or pancakes, breakfasts are held several days a week, and they often have hamburger cookouts or pot luck dinners for all to enjoy. Ranchero Village and Rio Valley Estates are centrally located in the mid-Valley and are only 15 minutes from the outlet mall in Mercedes for some great shopping. It is 20 minutes to Harlingen and 25 minutes to McAllen for still more shopping and dining possibilities. For medical emergencies, Knapp Medical Center is only five minutes away and Harlingen and McAllen are the epicenters for a wide array of medical specialists and several hospitals. Paul Flannery, a 12-year-resident, said

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the thing that makes Ranchero Village so special is that it is privately owned. “If we have a problem with something in the park, the owners are willing to work with us. That is not true in the larger corporately owned parks.” Virgil Kappes, from northern Minnesota, says he has been coming to Ranchero Village for 29 years. He loves the friendly people who are like a second family, the recreational activities and the weather. While he was enjoying a warm sunny day, it was six degrees back home. Jim Lindquist is formerly from Minnesota but decided he liked it at Ranchero Village so much he made it his permanent home and refers to himself as a “Summer Minnesotan” when he goes back to visit family.

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Friends, laughs, good times highlight USA vs Canada softball Larry Boggs stood up, dressed in his patriotic red, white and blue shirt and shorts, held the megaphone (more like a miniphone) to his mouth and made one of several announcements.” “Today’s official attendance is 10,682,” said Boggs, whose goatee resembled that of Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs – but there was no relation, Larry Boggs said. “Thank you all for your attendance.” Obviously, Boggs, who lives in Branson, Mo., but stays at Chimney Park in Mission during the winter, was being a bit optimistic – just overestimating by a little more than 10,200 – but that wasn’t the point. The crowd laughed – and that

was the point of the entire day during the annual US-Canada Senior Softball games held at Westside Park in McAllen on March 8. “This is entertaining and fun and everybody is all excited,” said Milly Laux who, along with her husband Larry have come to the games for the past three years. “It’s a friendly competition with lots of laughs and we get to see a lot of our friends, and make new ones.” Three games were scheduled for the day, led off by the Competitive Division’s U.S. versus Canada matchup, won by the U.S. team in a rout this year. The U.S. had just a little too much firepower for Team

Canada to keep up with, including slugger Vance Freeman. During one at-bat the outfield positioned themselves so deep that when he ripped a shot to centerfield, they were able to hold it to a single. The next time up, however, Freeman crushed a ball that at first looked like it would leave the ballpark. Instead, it dropped just a couple feet before the outfield fence and he ended up with an easy triple. Freeman ended up getting walked once and going 3-for-3 at the plate. It was his first time in the U.S. Canada game, just finishing off the Senior League, and being part of the championship team, the day before. “That triple felt pretty good – if it

wasn’t for my injured knee and pulled muscle in the other leg, it would’ve been an inside the park home run,” said Freeman, who is from Lawrence, Kansas and winters at Alamo Palms RV Park. “This was a lot of fun. The guys on my team were absolutely terrific and there were five guys on the other team that we played against yesterday so they were giving me a hard time – that was fun.” Freeman said he had been playing baseball/softball for 43 years now but not in school, even though he was clearly an athlete. He did receive scholarship offers, however, to run cross country and track See SOFTBALL pg. 23

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goal really is to have a good time and show how much fun it is to be able to play and have the fellowship.” “My husband’s warming up right now,” said Darlene Neel, from Tinley Park, Ill., and a Bentsen Grove Resort resident is Mission. “We are from Illinois but he’s playing for Canada since they didn’t have enough players. That’s why I have dual flags.” Fans entered the park and were greeted by one of four ladies – Judy McHugo, Lee Watts, Fayeth Witkowski or Brenda Lane – who offered a flag for whichever team the fan was cheering for…until they ran out of U.S. flags and had only Canada flags remaining. “My husband plays and he looks forward to this from June until we get here,” Watts said. “He loves playing softball and he loves being able to do it all year.” The game signals the end of the Senior Texan Softball League season, following the league’s championship games. The league is open to Winter Texans and locals alike and Martens wanted to make sure to let people know that if anyone’s interested in being part of the league next season that they can give him a call at 956-581-2254. “We are blessed to be able to keep playing this sport,” Martens said. “And we have different levels so everyone can enjoy it.” The Fall season goes from Nov. 1 to Jan. 5 and the Winter League begins Jan. 6 and goes through approximately March 8.

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Nature lovers from across the U.S. flock to the Rio Grande By Herb Moering One of the major attractions drawing visitors to the Rio Grande Valley is its varieties of birds and butterflies. The migration path of many of the flyers runs right through the Valley and that draws people not just from the U.S. but from many other countries in the world. Those who come to the Valley’s World Birding Center system with its nine satellites between Roma and South Padre Island, are part of a worldwide hobby with millions of people who enjoy watching birds and recording the sightings. There’s a lot more to this hobby than just spotting a pretty bird. Those thousands of reported sightings contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, fueling thousands of student projects while also helping inform those involved worldwide in bird

Casey and Karen Balvert, from Windsor, Ontario, are avid nature photographers. Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco is one of their favorite state parks because it has everything from birds to reptiles.

population research, according to the ebird.org website. The number of bird species that have been spotted in the Valley is approximately 535, according to Mary Gustafson, a bird biologist who is a full-time consultant for client companies and individuals. The number of species here is more than any state except for the four southern border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. She is an active birder and at various centers she visits on her own or with clients has racked up an impressive number of sightings. For example, she says there are some interesting birds at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, which is one of the World Birding Center network sites. She’s observed 281 species, which places her high among bird spotters at the park. Currently the park is considered

a hotspot for birds, which over the past eight years has had 341 different specie sightings. Gustafson said recent rare sightings include a blue bunting and green mango hummingbird at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen and a rose-throated becard at the Inn at Chachalaca Bend in Los Fresnos. “Communications is the key to bringing in birders (to the valley),” Gustafson said, who has been serious about birds since she was five or six. The same comment was made by Grant Jense, a former wildlife biologist with 35 years of service in the state of Utah. “International phones and the internet have made birding the fastest growing sport in the country,” Jense said. “People sight a rare bird and share it, calling friends and putting it on the internet.” For example, recent rare sight-

ings have included a long-eared owl at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, broad-tailed hummingbird, hammond’s flycatcher and wood stork at Estero Llano Grande State Park. Jense, who had spent most of his career on the hunting and fishing side in Utah, ended with bird studies and it sort of grew on him, he said. He and his first wife began traveling with a fifth wheel when he retired in 2002, and after stays in Arizona, made their way to Texas as they had a son in the Air Force in San Antonio. “Texas has a reputation about bird migration and the Rio Grande Valley is well known,” Jense said. “People come from Europe, Asia and other places to see certain species.” He said the spring migration is more concentrated in birds arriving in large numbers and needing to feed after crossing 400 to 450 miles of open water across the Gulf from Mexico. There are plenty of birds to be found during the winter in the Valley. He noted that Texas state parks cater to birders with guided walks. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge south of Alamo has bird walks Thursday through Saturday. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Park Ranger Laura de la Garza said they are led by knowledgeable volunteers. There are also nature tram rides offered through March from Thursday through Sunday, which takes visitors to the scrub forest, a stop at the old cemetery and to the Rio Grande River. The refuge draws approximately 130,000 visitors a year, with the heavi-

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A group checked out the shallow marsh area from the visitor center deck at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco last week. The park is part of the World Birding Center network of sites ranging from Roma to South Padre Island. guiding, gear and optics within an industry that brings in half a billion dollars annually to the four-county area of Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy, according to a 2011 study by Texas A&M. Most birders average 15 trips to the Valley, he noted. Nature visitors rank third in the Valley’s economy behind only Mexican visitors and Winter Texans, Hackland said. The attraction is the 540 bird species and some 330 butterfly types that have been seen in the Valley, which Hackland said accounts for more than half the numbers found in the entire U.S. If the Gulf Coast is included toward Corpus Christi and Galveston Bay, the numbers climb to 75 percent of all species found in the U.S. “What is so unique is that the Valley is divided into three regions, the coast, the central area and then around Falcon Lake near Roma,” Hackland said, “with different birds in each due to different habitat.” Working for him is Mary Beth Stowe a professional guide, who he claims is among the top 10 in the U.S. when it comes to recognizing bird calls. Stowe, who served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years based in San Diego, began birding at the age of eight after she and a friend were both wrong about a bird call they heard. Records of bird calls sharpened her knowledge. She has a blog at alamoinnbnb.com that lists 50 columns about Valley birding, written as adventures. The prettiest time for her is at and around the South Padre Island birding center in April. Hackland is a part of the visitor industry with his Alamo Inn catering to birders

Butterfly gardens at the National Butterfly Center in Mission attract hundreds of butterfly species. est concentration in February and March, many of them birders, according to de la Garza. Some also come to see the butterfly migration. Jense, has been to Santa Ana as he moves about the Valley quite a bit from his place at Cottonwood RV Park in Mission, which is like a stone’s throw away from Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. He visits it often as it’s also headquarters for the World Birding Center network and a popular birders destination. Bentsen recently had a rare sighting of a hook-billed kite. He also enjoys Anzalduas County Park at the dam south of Mission, Falcon Dam feeding station, as well as Estero Llano Grande. In April and May he works his way up the coast toward Corpus Christi and beyond. It was natural for Keith Hackland when he came to the Valley in 1997 to get involved with birding, which had been an interest since childhood. He created a tourism business of lodging, tours,

from all over the world. He has hosted visitors from 43 countries, and he knows of at least half a dozen other countries represented in the Valley. Canadians Casey and Karen Balvert from Windsor, Ontario, are here for their seventh season. The couple, who is staying at Tropic Winds Resort in Harlingen, are avid nature photographers, which is another reason many come to the Valley. They had been to Florida but coming to the Valley has been a bargain as to living costs. “When we landed here, we did not realize how unique it is here,” Karen said. They arrive around Nov. 1 and leave about April 1, spending a month in Tennessee on the way home. They especially like Estero Llano Grande because of its array of birds and animals found in the varied landscape of shallow lakes, woodlands and thorn forest. “It’s a nice park and has everything,” Karen said. “It’s handicap friendly, it’s easy to walk with nice boardwalks or there is the tram to ride. And there are benches in the popular viewing areas so one can rest. You can bike and (electric) scooters can be used. Even dogs are allowed.” The couple sort of stumbled onto the 230-acre refuge, and quickly acquired a season’s pass so they come about three times a week to shoot photos and get some exercise, plus meet Winter Texans, families, foreign visitors, even brides and graduates, Karen Balvert said. On the trails they have also met the rather reclusive bobcat, coyote, javelina like pigs and seen the alligators. Casey’s interest lately has been shooting the pair of alligators in the lake with

his long and heavy lens. He has photos of the gators in action consuming a turtle and a catfish. His seriousness is evident with all the photo gear contained in a three-wheel cart that he received as a birthday present. “The equipment was getting really heavy,” he said. For Karen, her main interest is the song birds. Her face lit up when she recalled seeing the parakeets the day before in the volunteers’ RV area, which also included the red crown parrots. “A lot of people don’t realize it’s here, Karen said, “nor do they know much of the city’s small Hugh Ramsey (Nature Park of 54 acres) that we found in Harlingen.” A couple rare sightings of a northern beardless-tyrannulet and lazuli bunting were spotted there. Casey, who has been behind a camera for almost five decades, since he was 18, noted the couple loves to share their best shots on Facebook, in addition to sending photos home.


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From pg. 1 know the weather is bad to tell them it’s a sunny 70 degrees today in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Wayne Watts, from Twin Lakes RV Park, said he would be back home right now shoveling snow and feeding the horses. Instead, he was outdoors watching his Winter Texan friends playing softball. “The weather here is perfect – you can do a lot in this weather,” he said.” But when you feed the horses you gotta go back out and clean what they ate.” Virgil Kappes said he heard a person could add 10 years to his or her life by wintering in the Valley, away from the miserable cold weather. Hundreds of Winter Texans break in the New Year at South Padre Island for the warmest Polar Bear Dip in the nation.

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While they may be jumping into freezing water in places like Ely, Minn. to celebrate the New Year, here they will run into 60plus degree water and then sit down and listen to some Jimmy Buffet style music outside enjoying food and friendship. For Diane Coulter and her husband and friends from Sun Valley Village in Harlingen, 2017 was their first Polar Bear Dip. Not only did they run into the water, but they even made “pinky swear” promises to make the event a tradition as well. “This was a lot of fun,” said Coulter, from Winnipeg, Canada. “We jumped in and were able to come out and not have our teeth chattering. You can be sitting here at this time of year in your shorts and bare feet.” The climate is important for other reasons. Jim McDermid of Minnesota said he has heart and vascular disease and in the Valley the weather is good enough that he can walk almost every day and the

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land is flat enough that he does not have to climb while he walks. Friendly People Time and again, Winter Texans list friendliness as big a reason to live here. Not only does that include their neighbors in the park or other parks, but also the people in the community who are happy to have Winter Texans because they appreciate the economic and other benefits they bring to the Valley. “Really that’s why my wife and I keep coming back,” said Larry Boggs, a Branson, Mo., resident during the non-winter months and a Chimney Park resident during the winter. “The best way to say it is that they welcome you with open arms from the moment you get here. We have made so many friends here. We have more friends here than we do back home – that’s the truth.” Winter Texans who have been to Florida explain why they prefer Texas. They

don’t feel welcome in Florida; the people there are unfriendly and don’t appreciate them as they are appreciated South Texas. There are “Welcome Home” fiestas as winter guests begin to arrive in the Fall. Most RGV communities host “Winter Texan Appreciation” events at the end of the winter season as well. “We’ve been to Florida,” said Darlene Neel, of Tinley Park, Ill. She and her husband live at Chimney Park in Mission. When they were looking for a place to move, they checked out both Florida and Arizona – and the decision to come to South Texas was an easy one. “It’s not anywhere near as friendly [as Texas].” Business owners and government officials will talk about relationships that were built, commonly calling the winter visitors more than just part-time visitors. “We’ve built relationships with so many of them,” said Jennifer Hart, See RIO GRANDE VALLEY pg. 28


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McAllen Monarch Festival is March 17

The McAllen Monarch Festival is the place to be for anyone wanting to know more about monarch butterflies, but for the best in-depth look at all the festival has to offer, guests should attend the speaker series presentations given in The Cottage at Quinta Mazatlán. Professionals from every discipline will be discussing entomology (Dr. John Goolsby), caterpillars (Berry Nall), butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley (Mike Rickard), butterfly garden design (Silvia Barr), and monarch butterflies (John Brush). Dr. John Goolsby will be presenting “Meet an Entomologist” at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Dr. Goolsby is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and is a researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture in Mission, Texas. He is a scientist and entomologist. Berry Nall will be presenting “Caterpillars” at 11 a.m. He is a pastor and teacher who is fascinated by butterflies at all stages of their lives. For the past 10 years he has been seeking to rear as many species as possible from egg to adult. Mike Rickard will be presenting on “Butterflies of the Valley” at 12 p.m. He did extensive butterfly field studies throughout Texas for 30 years, focusing on habitat and host plants. His photo-

graphic databases now consist of over 45,000 images representing 270 of the Lower Rio Grande Valley butterfly species and approximately 700 moth species. Silvia Barr will present on “Designing a Butterfly Garden” at 1 p.m. She is a horticulturist at Quinta Mazatlán and works with McAllen schools and other entities sharing knowledge about native plants to promote their use in landscapes in schools, businesses, and homes. She has a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Horticulture. John Brush is the Urban Ecologist at Quinta Mazatlán and will present “Magnificent Monarch” at 2 p.m. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Texas - Pan American in 2013 and is now a graduate student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he works in the agroecology lab. His current project focuses on bird communities in urban habitats, which he hopes will further conservation of birds and other wildlife in our towns and cities. The McAllen Monarch Festival takes place at Quinta Mazatlan on Saturday, March 17 between 10 and 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person at the gate entrance. For more information, visit www.quintamazatlan.com or call 956-681-3370.

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From pg. 26 co-owner with her husband of the popular Riverside Club along the Rio Grande in Mission. “A lot of them have truly become like family to us.” Texas even coined the endearing name “Winter Texan” for those adopted Texans from up north. Great Social Life and Activities Winter Texans are known for having fun. The Valley provides tons of it too. Peruse through the Parks Calendar in any January or February edition of the Winter Texan Times – see it online at www.wintertexantimes.com By the end of March the season is coming to a close and the park activities have tapered down – but there is still plenty to do. The list is seemingly never-ending. What’s more impressive is that there are more and more activities and social events being added on a regular basis as activity directors and park managers realize that the hobbies of Winter Texans today are different than those of yesterday, so they look to accommodate all – and they’ve done a great job at it. Some of the activities gaining popularity include pickleball, remote-control race car competitions (Encore Parks actually have a racing series between three of its parks and expects it to grow), the Canadian game petanque and cycling. There are still large groups of shuffleboard players – some ranked internationally – as well as the ageless favorites like cards, bingo, quilt making, woodcarving, aerobics, yoga and other exercising, and so much

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more. Golf, of course, is huge with a long-standing annual tournaments played throughout the Valley, such as the “Life Begins at 40” tournament played at Harlingen Country Club. It’s the perfect sport that can be played for many years, especially when the weather is in the 70s. There’s also an annual hugely popular event known as the Golden Age Olympics which offers dozens of active and not so active events that seniors – Winter Texans and locals – can compete in. There’s, of course, a smorgasbord of craft shows and craft fairs where people can find all sorts of knick-knacks, souvenirs and uniquely inexpensive items for themselves or as gifts. And all that is just the tip of the iceberg. (Sorry, had to use a winter-esque reference). None of that even includes the entertainment – which is broken down into dances, jams and performances to just sit back and enjoy. Live Entertainment Providing that live entertainment are many excellent performers who come to the Valley during their “off season” in Branson, Nashville, Las Vegas and other parts of the country to perform their shows in the RV resorts. The cost is typically in the $7 to $8 range while the same show in Florida or Arizona will cost $10$15 and in Branson – a mini-Nashville if you will – the cost could be $30-$50 or more for the same show. When you go to 30 or more shows or dances per season, those savings add up. Dancing the Night Away Of course, the Winter Texans aren’t

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kids anymore – but they can certainly handle their own when it comes to dancing. Whether it’s line dancing, square dancing, waltzes, cha-chas, jitterbugs or anything else, these visitors know how to make a dance floor come alive. “That’s the reason we’re here; we dance every chance we get. Every night if we can,” said Karen Tripp, who was waltzing with her husband Trevor to the sound of the Swing Street Band. “We absolutely love it. We were dancing before we even met. We’ll go square dancing, ballroom dancing, club dancing, social dancing. There’s nothing better anywhere.” It’s definitely not hard to find a dance – no matter what your swing is. And the events in the Parks Calendar are activities that are open to out-of-park guests, so you’re buffet of things to do is limitless. Of course, none of that includes any of the activities that are going on outside the parks. South Texas is known for birding and butterflying and South Padre Island and world-class fishing and professional soccer and basketball and....need we go on? Adding to the social aspect of the Winter Texan lifestyle is the park community of friends and neighbors who participate in many activities together. It’s Down Right Affordable It’s a fact: Texas is much more economical than Florida and Arizona. According to CBS’ Moneywatch, Harlingen is the cheapest city to live in and McAllen is the third cheapest in the United States. What’s not to like about that? Winter Texan John Tim says, “People

who know they have money go to Florida. People who think they have money go to Arizona. Everybody else goes to Texas because it is the most economical place to live.” According to an AARP article, Texas was the best state to retire because it had the lowest taxes. Texas has no state income tax. And as for property taxes, homeowners can claim a homestead exemption and also get their taxes frozen if they are age 65 or older. Those on a very restricted budget, as well as those who just like to save money, can find great bargains at local flea markets, such as Don-Wes Flea Market, the local ropa usada (used clothing store) and other thrift stores that are abundant in the RGV. Craft and yard sales can be found almost every weekend on what seems like every street – if you’re not too tied up at the park sales. There’s also Progreso, Mexico, where many Winter Texans still enjoy going for a day of eating, shopping and having a few cold beverages. Winter Texans also agreed they save a lot of money on heating fuel for their homes by coming to the Valley where the winters are mild. There are a variety of reasons why people choose to come the Rio Grande Valley. Whether it’s being able to fish or golf year-round or the social life of tightknit Winter Texan communities in the parks, most folks want to get out and have a good time enjoying their retirement. And South Texas provides exactly what they’re are looking for – and maybe even a good bit more.


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Bird and Butterfly Events in the RGV

In addition to hitting the parks and birding centers, special events are planned for birders. Among the first of the season is the annual Wild in Willacy Nature and Heritage Festival set for Oct. 18-20 in Raymondville this fall. It is both an opportunity to go birding, take part in a photo contest, see aspects of ranching and taste unique foods. See the website for information. The annual RGV Birding Festival that begins Nov. 7 in Harlingen is one of the largest and oldest in the U.S., said Keith Hackland a leader in the RGV nature tourism industry. It consists of educational seminars, a myriad of field trips all over the Valley with professional guides and social events. For more information, check the festival website. Dovetailing that festival is the Texas Butterfly Festival, planned for Nov. 3-6 in the fall hosted by the National Butterfly Center (NBC) in Mission. The publication USA Today has called Mission “the butterfly capital of the USA.” While the focus of the field trips, educational activities, North American photo contest and free Community Day for fam-

ilies is on the 230 plus species of butterflies recorded at NBC, some 270 different birds have also been spotted there over the years. Luciano Guerra, who works at the butterfly center near Bentsen State Park, said that last November’s festival visitors came from 23 states and four foreign countries. Many of them saw 60 different species in a day. Guerra noted that in the first week of March, 75 different species of butterflies have been recorded. Among that figure were the very rare zebra cross-streak and hidden-ray, skipper. Others not seen very often were the hammock, evans, double-dotted and mercurial skippers, bandcelled sister, shadowed hairstreak and angled leafwing. The figures in earlier months has been 100 plus species. Guerra emphasized the species are wild and free-flying. More information is on the NBC website. An event coming up this Saturday is the Monarch Festival scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen. The monarch is the official state insect of Texas. The festival includes a

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to help our local organizations such as the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Children’s Haven International and the local schools and libraries where you donate your time and resources. These organizations really feel the difference when you leave, and your generosity and caring spirit of service are greatly appreciated. You are truly amazing. Thank you! We will surely miss you this summer and look forward to your return. Have a wonderful summer with your family and friends. Warm regards,

From pg. 1 at www.wintertexantimes.com. We also have a photo gallery online showing photos of lots of this year’s activities. If you are leaving soon, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you for choosing the Rio Grande Valley. We truly enjoy getting to mingle with you at the jam sessions, quilt shows, pancake breakfasts and many other activities. But what we enjoy most is what you bring to the Valley – your patriotism, your values, your caring service that blesses the lives of those all around us. We frequently hear about what you do

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nature speaker series, butterfly garden tours, native plant sale and vendors offering native and culture items, plus foods and entertainment. Adding to the diversity of interests are those checking out dragonflies, bees, lizards and snakes, plus the array of other

animals, some found only in the Valley. Going to birding or butterfly centers, taking a guided walk or attending a special event is a sure way for a Winter Texan to run into a diverse group of nature-loving visitors from many places.

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From pg. 2 moguls, doglegs and tilted fairways that seem to lean toward all of the water hazards. Plus, there’s always the South Texas wind, which is prevalent on this Edinburg public course. Another challenging – and beautiful course is Tierra Santa in Weslaco, which is known for maybe the nicest finishing holes in the Rio Grande Valley. Golfers can choose to go over a small lake and hope for a reward. Pin placement will definitely make you think about this hole before attacking it. Some Winter Texan communities have their own golf course, like Adobe Wells in McAllen with an 18-hole, par-3 course or Llano Grande Resort in Mercedes with a full 18-hole course that measures from 5,293 yards to 6,781 yards at the tips and includes four holes that are more than 500 yards long, including the finishing No. 18 at 554 yards from the tips. Long Island Village, a gated community located just across the Intracoastal Waterway via a swing bridge from Port Isabel. It has maybe the shortest hole in the Valley – a 50-yard par-3. The shot has to carry the full 50 yards and chances are the club selection will be close to what someone uses for 110 yards “You need accurate shots out here,” said Garry Stebbins, who has lived at Long Island Village for 10 years and is

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from Indiana. “It’s a beautiful par-3, 18hole course, but don’t let the yardage make you think it’s easy. Our signature hole is 140 yards, but it’s more like 170180 with the wind.” Brownsville Golf Center is that city’s municipal golf course and offers a variety of Winter Texan specials, and some of the most moderate prices across the Valley. But there are more courses to attack – from South Padre Island Golf Club and its beautiful background of the Laguna Madre on some holes to the recently renovated Tierra del Sol in Pharr that makes it a priority to take care of its Winter Texans. Golf in the Rio Grande Valley provides good prices, better Winter Texan specials and the best winter weather any golfer could want – especially if that golfer is from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska....

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COUNTRY JAM Every Thursday - 12:30-3pm Lunch 11-12:30pm - Burgers & more Mar. 22 - Last Jam & Lunch KARAOKE - 7-10PM

Tues. Mar. 20 w/Paul • $5

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Karen and Trevor Tripp, from British Columbia, Canada, dance to a “In the Mood, peformed by the Swing Street Band during a dance at Aladdin Villas in Mission.

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www.wttrgv.com From pg. 1 much she and her husband enjoyed the band. “We went to see the Glenn Miller Band the other night and I have to tell you that you all are every bit as good as they are,” she said. “Why thank you so much,” Comeau replied excitedly. “And you know what? Your music is more danceable,” she said. The Alveys especially enjoyed the songs “Satin Doll” and “When I Fall in Love,” and the couple was a staple on the dance floor, participating in the jitterbug, fox trot, cha cha, waltz and more. “There is so much dancing down here in the Rio Grande Valley, we absolutely love it,” said Penny, who enjoys dancing to Sweetwater, the Ramblers and many more. “We will go out as many times a week as possible and follow our favorite bands and meet so many people.” Comeau took over the Swing Street Band four years ago. The band is made up mostly of current or retired band directors from local middle schools and high schools. “It gives them a chance to perform and not just teach, which is something of

course they love to do,” Comeau said. Several of the band members are graduates of Texas A&M Kingsville, where its music program is highly recognized. “I called them once to let them know how many graduates I had from their program,” Comeau said. “They told me that I had some of their best ex-students.” Comeau said there are several types of fans that range from seasoned ballroom dancers to folks who just like to move around to the music. Then there are those who don’t dance but go to just hear the music – just because of the big band sound. The band plays a variety of shows and up-tempo music, beautiful waltzes, and even Latin rhythm sprinkled through the concert. The band was founded in the 1990s and was called The Society for the Preservation of Big Band Music. When Comeau took over, he made several changes and the band continues to thrive today. “We love listening to them, they are such a professional band,” said Lori Engebrutson, from Fun N Sun Resort in San Benito. “They are a lot of fun and play so many songs that you can dance to. And if you don’t like to dance, they are just great to listen to.”

Penny and Harry Alvey dance as the Swing Street Band performs during a dance at Aladdin Villas in Mission.

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If you ever read something like, “My friend arrived late,” I can tell you how the story ends - “I ate too much.” This week I visited Costa Messa, – a wonderful Mexican restaurant with three McAllen locations. I visited the one at 5248 N. 10th St., McAllen. I love this place and was meeting a friend for lunch – but my friend arrived late.... you know how this ends. I love salsa – and at Costa Messa they brought a variety of salsas with their chips. I also dug into amazing grilled jalapenos. I’m a six-time hot-pepper eating contest winner but I’m older now – I like to taste my food. These peppers had a kick, but the flavor was also intense. I ordered the choriqueso as an appetizer, a beautiful mix of melted cheese and chorizo. I especially love these with the fresh corn tortillas served with them. After chips and salsa, a chile toreado (the jalapeno) and three choriqueso tacos, I was content. I ignored being content and ordered the Fajita al Chipotle, super tender fajita strips grilled with onions, bell peppers and topped with a spicy chipotle sauce. The grilled onions carried a tantalizing taste from the chipotle, and the juices from the meat. This meal is enough for two people. I couldn’t finish it. The food and service is amazing, the way you want to be treated when you go out to eat. My buddy ordered La Plancha – and after the first bite into it he said, “This is how fajita should be made.” He’s a much tougher critic than me. General Manager Art DeLeon brought a couple of plates to show what’s most popular with the Winter Texans, who are regular visitors. One was the Mexican plate, a delicious meal consisting of two enchiladas, a taco and chalupa, served with rice and beans. Costa Messa has a wide variety of delicious meals to choose from. So, if someone in your party doesn’t want Mexican food there’s plenty to choose from, including steaks, shrimp, chicken, pork chops, fish and soups and salads. The atmosphere is excellent and the food is a dining delight. Just be careful that you don’t eat too much. It’s so tempting, but it was worth every last bite.

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EVENTS

CALENDAR March 16-17: The Edinburg Arts Foundation presents the Fifth Annual Artrageious Art Show at the Edinburg Conference Center, 118 Paseo Del Prado. A special showing and reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. Call Ramon Vela at 956-607-9048 for information. On Saturday, the show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17: The next “Wine and Masterpiece” workshop, led by Joyce Capen, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Upper Valley Art League annex. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 15. Art supplies will be furnished, but students should bring their own beverage and snack. Classes must be paid at the time of registration. Register at the UVAL gallery at 921 E. 12th St. in Mission. Call 956-583-2787 for information. March 17: Head to Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center for the Monarch Festival to celebrate the annual arrive of Monarch butterflies with crafts, nature presentations, butterfly garden, information, music, art, food and more. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5

per person. Children age 2 and under get in free. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen. Call 956-681-3370 for information. March 18: Chamber Music Concert Nights presents Chamber Music Small Ensembles at 6:30 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library, located at 4001 N. 23rd St. in McAllen. Admission is free. March 20: The Upper Valley Art League hosts Fred and Elaine Stenman presenting workshops in “Introduction to Low Relief Carving” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each date. Cost for each workshop is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. All materials will be provided. Classes will be held at the UVAL annex in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center, 912 E. 12th St. in Mission. For more information, call 956-583-2787. March 21: McAllen Town Band will present a Celebration of Music at 7:30 p.m. the McAllen Performing Arts Center Wednesday, located at 801 Convention Center Blvd. in Mcallen. March 21, 2018. Tickets range from $8 to $25 plus fees and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or at the center’s box office during normal business hours.

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March 24-25: Based on a true story, the Harlingen Community Theatre presents Always…Patsy Cline. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students under age 18. Tickets are sold one hour before show time, and seating begins 30 minutes prior to the curtain time. The theater is located at 1209 Fair Park Blvd. Call 956-412-7529 for information or email playhousefairpark97@ gmail.com. March 25: UTRGV will hold its Cello Festival concert at 4:30 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, located at 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. Admission is free. April 6: The final concert of the Valley Symphony Orchestra season will feature the Valley Symphony Chorale and guest vocalists Heather Phillips – soprano, Brian Yeakley – tenor, and Lee Poulis – bass, in Forbidden Pleasures of Carmina Burana at 8 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Single tickets for all concerts are currently on sale and range in price: orchestra, $58; front of the house, $48; and back of the house, $38. For tickets, visit valleyorchestra.org or stop by the McAllen Performing Arts Center box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11-14: The UTRGV Department of Theatre’s spring Studio production presents “Theatre People,” an original play by Eric Wiley, set to run April 11 to 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on April 15. Performances are held in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre and the Studio Theatre in the Edinburg Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS) at the corner of University

Drive and Sugar Road. For subscription information or tickets, school matinees, groups and special accommodations, contact Elva Galvan, University Productions Box Office, at 956-665-3581, or email her at elva.galvan@utrgv.edu. April 26-28: The spring season of UTRGV’s Department of Theatre concludes with the Theatre for Young Audiences production of “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” by John Glore. It will run April 26 to 28 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on April 29. School matinees will also be available. Performances are held in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre and the Studio Theatre in the Edinburg Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS) at the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road. For subscription information or tickets, school matinees, groups and special accommodations, contact Elva Galvan, University Productions Box Office, at 956-665-3581, or email her at elva.galvan@utrgv.edu. April 26-29: The 2017-18 South Texas College Theatre season wraps up with Bernard Pomerance’s moving drama “The Elephant Man.” It will be staged at the Cooper Center located on the Pecan Campus, 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. All Sunday matinee productions are ASL interpreted by student interns. Individual ticket prices for Main Stage productions are $5 for students/faculty/senior citizens/military and $10 general admission. Studio productions are $5 general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at kioskportal.southtexascollege.edu/ marketplace.aspx.

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Teamsters’ Reunion Saturday, March 17 -The Teamsters Reunion will be held at 10 a.m. at Ann’s Restaurant, 221 W. Bus. 83, in San Juan. For questions call Ernie Kalb at (262) 749-4001. 3M Retirees Wednesday, March 21 – 3M retirees and friends will meet at Victoria Palms Restaurant on Expressway 83 and Victoria Road in Donna at 10:30 a.m. For information call Louise at (612) 916-9236 or Hartly at (956) 289-8261 or (320) 2821231. Magic Valley PEO Retirement Group Tuesday, March 27 -PEO’s wintering in the RGV are welcome to join our group for lunch and a meeting, followed by a program at the Echo Hotel - 1903 S. Closner Blvd in Edinburg at 11:15 am. Price for Full Buffet w/drink and gratuity

is $13.50. Price for Soup & Salad Bar is $10.75. Please pay by check if possible, or if paying cash, have the correct change. Call Linda Kleven at 956-581-3381 to make reservations no later than the Sunday before each meeting.

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Mission Lions Club Wednesdays – Mission Lions Club, 12 p.m. Marco’s Burgers, 2507 Griffin Parkway, in Mission. Meals are $10. Fellow Lions and visitors are welcome. Mission Rotary Club Thursdays – Mission Rotary Club meets at 12 p.m. at the Club at Cimarron, 1200 S. Shary Rd, in Mission. Salad bar buffet, $10; Mexican buffet, $15. All Rotarians and interested persons are welcome.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: Items for the Parks Calendar must be open to the public activities in the parks only and must be submitted by park owners, managers or activity directors. Listings must come from the park and are to be submitted on the Winter Texan Times Parks Calendar Submission Form. Request this form from the Winter Texan Times office. Multiple activities may be submitted on the park’s letterhead, provided the same information is provided in the format of the Submission Form. We do not accept listings for reviews, workshops, lessons or dance classes. Submission deadline is Thursday noon, one week prior to the publication date. Send to: Winter Texan Times, P.O. Box 399, Mission, Texas 78573-0399 or email to parkscal@ wintertexantimes.com. Thursday, March 15 Craft Sale - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7am-Noon, food available. Blue Grass Jam - Lamplighter Park, Mission, 9-11am, biscuits & gravy breakfast from 7-9am.

Bible Study - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 10-11am. Lunch - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 11am-12:30pm, burgers & more. Jam & Lunch - Siesta Retirement Village Park, Weslaco, Noon-3pm, lunch served 12- 1pm, jam is from 1- 3pm, everyone welcome, contact Gene at 956447-9906 or 937-241-8297. Country Jam - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 12:30-3pm. Jam - Dixieland Retirement Community MH and RV Park, Harlingen, 12:30-3pm, open jam, country oriented, all instruments and vocalists welcome, refreshments, door prizes, and special guests. Country Jam Session - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 12:30pm, lunch at 11:30 am. Rock & Roll Jam - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 12:30pm, Howard O. Bedient, snack bar opens at 11:30am. Country Jam - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 1pm, featuring Chuck Mathis. Dulcimer Jam - Texas Trails RV Re-

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sort, Pharr, 1-3pm, concessions. Acoustic Jam - Citrus Village, La Feria, 1-3pm, open to all players. Jam Sessions - W&I Resort, Mission, 1-3pm, cookies, bars, and popcorn, sloppy joes will be served from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm, all jammers and listeners are welcome. Jam - Shady Acres MH & RV Resort, Donna, 1-3pm, refreshments. Big Band Jam - Dream Valley Ranch, Mission, 1-3pm, cookies and coffee served for donations, soda & bottled water for sale. Line Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 1-3pm. Happy Hour - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 3-5pm, Diego, pass the hat, margarita & soda set-ups available, free popcorn & ice, BYOB, concessions open, for more information call 956-782-3263. Happy Hour - Snow to Sun Park, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Reagan James, pass the hat. St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour Dance - Pine to Palm Resort, Weslaco, 3-5pm, Helen Russell, pass the hat, doors open at 2:30pm, BYOB, ice & pop available. Can/Am Dance - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 3:30-6pm, music by Claude. Sausage & Soup Supper - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 4-5pm. Country Jam - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 5:30pm. Acoustic Music Jam - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 6-8:30pm, everyone welcome, free admission. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30pm, snack bar open, free popcorn. Dance - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, Leslie Blasing, $8pp. Dance - Paradise Park RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-9pm, karaoke. Dance - Mission Bell Resort/ Tradewinds, Mission, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $6pp. Dance - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $6pp. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9:30pm, snacks for purchase, regular, speed, g games, horse race, and other games offered. Entertainment - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Ralph & The Cruisers, $10pp. Entertainment - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 7pm, Helen Russell & Co., $6pp. Friday, March 16 Breakfast - Fiesta Village, Mission, 7:30-9am, pancakes & sausage with coffee. Craft Show - Mission West RV Park, 8am-Noon, breakfast and lunch available. All Park Patio Sale - Mission Bell Resort/ Tradewinds, Mission, 8am-1pm.

Jam - Texan Mobile Home Park, McAllen, 9-11am. Soup & Salad Bar - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 11am-12:30pm. Rock & Roll Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, lunch is served at 11am, for more information call Martin at 636-459-5458. Jam - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, serving coffee and cookies. Country Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1pm, dessert and coffee at intermission. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, coffee & goodies, new jammers welcome, for more information call 956-585-5807. Jam - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 1-3pm. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam - Trail’s End RV Park, Weslaco, 1-3pm, lunch available from 12-1pm, singers need prior approval, contact Ray at 618-499-4813, last jame of the season. Happy Hour - Snow to Sun Park, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Johnny D, pass the hat. Happy Hour - Bluebonnet RV Park, Mission, 3-5pm, at the Tiki Hut, weather permitting, BYOB, soda and pizza available. Fish Fry - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 4-7:30pm, $9.99 pp, buffet style with all the fixings, for more information call 956-782-3263. Happy Hour - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 4-5:30pm, Steven May solo, pass the hat, food available. Dinner - Paradise Park, McAllen, 4:306pm, fish, $8pp, buy tickets in advance, bring your own service. Jam Sessions - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm, refreshments available at 4:30 pm and jam starts at 5:30 pm, for more information call 316-655-3272. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, cake served, everyone welcome. Dance - Emerald Grove Park, Harlingen, 6-9pm, Over the Hill Band. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Ralph & The Cruisers, $10pp, singles are welcome. Dance - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 7-10pm, The Classics, $7pp, margarita & soda set-ups available, free popcorn & ice, BYOB, concessions open, for more information call 956-782-3263. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Jealous Heart, $6pp, BYOB and concession. St. Patricks Day Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $6pp, popcorn & soda for sale, BYOB. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Winter Ranch RV Resort, Alamo, 7-10pm, Tavie’s Rock & Roll, $7pp, concessions available. Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, See PARKS CALENDAR pg. 39


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From pg. 38 7pm, Texas Wheels, $6pp. Dance - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 7pm, Sweetwater, $6pp. Dance - Valley View Estates, Mission, 7pm, Sipe & Country Playboys, $5 advance tickets, $6pp day of dance, BYOB and snacks, ice and soda available. Dance - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Diego, $6pp, in the ballroom. Dance - Tropic Star RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, The Agency, doors open at 6:15pm, ice, popcorn, & soda available. Saturday, March 17 Acres Big Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 7-8:30am, all you can eat pancakes, $5pp, free coffee & juice, last breakfast of the season. Breakfast - Chimney Park, Mission, 7-9am, menu varies weekly, $4pp, bring own place-setting, for more information call 956-585-5061. All You Can Eat Pancakes - Alamo Paradise Acres, 7-9am, $3pp. Pancake Breakfast - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10am. Breakfast - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7:30-9am, serving pancakes, eggs, ham, sausages, biscuits and gravy, toast, applesauce, and grits, bring your own service. Breakfast - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 7:30-9am, sausage, eggs, pancakes, and waffles, $4pp. Patio Sales - Paradise Park RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon. Craft Sale & Flea Market - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 8am-Noon, lunch served- home made tacos, sloppy joes, and pies, call 715-379-8937 for more information. Breakfast - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 8-9am, menu varies weekly, includes main course, drink, and dessert, $4pp. All Park Yard Sale - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 8am-Noon. Park Wide Garage Sale - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 8am12:30pm, at club house, lunch will be served from 11am-12:30pm. Park Wide Garage Sale - Plantation Country Club, Pharr, 8am-Noon. Craft Show - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 8am-Noon. Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, lunch served at 11am, for more information call 956-5841561. Jam - Weslaco Trailer Park, Weslaco, 12:30-3pm, lunch from 11am- 12:30pm. Jam - Big Valley Trailer Park, Donna, 12:30-3pm, everyone welcome, refreshments served. Farmer’s Market - Oleander Acres, Mission, 1-4pm, local farm fresh produce, Rivers End Nursery fruit, healthy baked goods, local wildflower and citrus honey, & Texas pecans.

www.wttrgv.com Rock N Roll/ Big Band Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1pm, dessert and coffee at intermission, musician & vocalist by invitation only. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner - Alamo Paradise Acres, 5-9pm, $5pp dance begins at 7pm with Jim Staton, $5pp. Open Jam - AmeriCana RV Park, Mission, 6-8pm, light lunch served for donations, all are welcome, for more information call 956-581-1705. Jam - Val Verde RV Park, Donna, 6-8:30pm. Karaoke - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 6:30-9:30pm, in ballroom. Square Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 6:30pm. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Snow to Sun Park, Weslaco, 7-10pm, Ron & Nancy, $6pp. Dance - El Valle Del Sol/El Valle de la Luna, Mission, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $6pp. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7-10pm, Diego, $6pp, doors open to the public at 5:30pm, concessions and set ups available, BYOB. St. Patrick’s Day Entertainment - Mission West RV Park, 7pm, Ralph Kuster, $7pp, concessions available. Patrick’s Day Dance - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7pm, The Classics, $7pp. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Country Sunshine, Weslaco, 7-10pm, M.C. Express, $7pp. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $6pp. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Canyon Lake RV Resort, Mission, 7pm, JC Sound Machine, $10pp. Dance - Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-10pm, Kenny Hess, $6pp, doors open at 6pm. St. Patricks’s Day Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Rockstar Denied. Entertainment - Oleander Acres, Mission, 7-9pm, Barb & Harry of 2 Wheel Drive, $5pp, doors open at 6:30 pm, tickets available at the door, for more information call 503-593-1457. Dance - Tropical Valley Acres, Mission, 7-10pm, Ron & Chester Band, $5pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Renaissance Rockers, $10pp advance tickets, doors open at 6:15pm, snack bar open. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Time Machine, $7pp, for more information call 763-5280870. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Jane & Ray Kumor, $7pp. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Regan James & Hired Hand, $6pp, BYOB/ snacks, soda and water available for purchase. Dance - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Har-

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lingen, 7:30-10:30pm, Beers, $7.50pp, popcorn and ice provided, BYOB. Dance - Palm Resaca Park, Brownsville, 7:30-10:30pm, Helen Russell & Company, popcorn & ice provided, BYOB. Sunday, March 18 Church Services - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 8:30am, Dr. Tom Cassidy, non- denominational, all welcome, communion is served last Sunday of each month. Church Services - Oleander Acres, Mission, 8:30am. Non- Denominational Church Service - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 8:30am, Pastor Jesse Hernandez, bible study follows the service. Church Services - San Juan Gardens, 8:45am, Pastor Len Mitchell. Non- Denominational Church Service - Winter Haven Park, Pharr, 8:45am, Pastor Robert Kracht, communion first Sunday of each month, everyone welcome. Non-denominational Worship Service - Citrus Valley RV Park, McAllen, 9-10am, Pastor Jim Troutman, communion service 1st Sunday in month. Non- Denominational Church Services - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 9am, Pastor Cliff Stewart, coffee and refreshments available at 8:30am, worship begins at 9am. Church Service - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 9-10am.

Church Service - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 9am, Pastor David Squire, Communion 1st Sunday of each month, everyone welcome. Non- Denominational Church Service - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 9am, Pastor Brian Dent. Church Service - Leisure World Community, Weslaco, 9am, Pastor Charles Belecher, non- denomination. Community Church - Acacia RV Park, Alamo, 9-10am. Church Service - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am, Pastor Randy Parks, bible study at 10:10. Church Service - Circle T RV Park, Mission, 9-10am, Pastor Domingo Quintanilla, Non- Denominational Church Services - Quiet Village II, Donna, 9:30-10:30am, open to the public each Sunday with Pastor Mary Chamberlin officiating, coffee served at 9am, for more information call 405-688-9338. Non-Denominational Church - Peñitas RV Park, Peñitas, 9:30am, Pastor James L. Gebhart. Worship Services - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 9:30am, Pastor Baker. Church Service - Country Palms RV Park, San Juan, 9:30am, Pastor Keith White, non- denominational service, everyone welcome. See PARKS CALENDAR pg. 40


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From pg. 39 Church Service - Gateway RV & MH Park, Raymondville, 9:30-10:30am, Chaplain Dick Baggett, worship services are held in the rec. hall. Non- Denominational Church Service - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 9:30-10:30am. Church Service - Mission West RV Park, 10-11am, Pastor Vic. Church Service - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 10am, Doug Roeglin, coffee & donuts prior to service. Church Services - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 10am, Non- Denominational Services. Non Denominational Church Service - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 10am, Pastor Phil Airhart. Church Service - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 10am. Church Service - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 10:15am, Sunday school 9am10am, Pastor Dave Tafler, in ballroom at 10:15. Church Service - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 10:30-11:30am. Acoustic Jam - Koenig’s Winter Resort, Donna, 1-3pm, snacks/ coffee provided, donations accepted. Gospel Jam - Acacia RV Park, Alamo, 2-4pm. Round Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 2-4pm. Rock-n-Roll Jam - Heritage Square,

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of the season. Square Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 1-3pm. Happy Hour - Snow to Sun Park, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Carlos Canas, pass the hat. Hamburger Night - Mission West RV Park, 4pm, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sanwiches, onion ring, fries, drinks & home made pies, followed by jam session. Happy Hour - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 4-5:30pm, Johnny D, pass the hat, food available. Dinner - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 4:30-6pm, menu changes each week, please call 956-585-0703 for the menu. Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 4:306pm. Country Jam - Lamplighter Park, Mission, 5:30-7:30pm, dinner served at 4-5:30 p.m. or until gone. Country Jam - Magic Valley Park, Weslaco, 6-8pm. Entertainment - Pharr South Park, Pharr, 6:30pm, Pan O’ Steel, Mcallen H.S., $7pp. Entertainement - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 7pm, BJ Brothers, $7pp, for more information call 316655-3272. Bingo - Paradise Park, McAllen, 7pm. Tuesday, March 20 Square Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 10am-Noon. Jam - Leisure World Community,

Weslaco, 11am-2pm. Taco Tuesday - Sleepy Valley Ranch Resort, Mission, 11:30am-1pm, all you care to eat, tacos and our famous homemade charro beans, Country Jam - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, Noon-2:30pm, popcorn & soda for sale. Jam - J-5 Mobile Home Park, Mission, 1-3pm, host Marion Price, coffee & cookies served, for more information call 956682-7495. Jam - Oleander Acres, Mission, 1pm, refreshments provided. Acoustic Jam - Fig Tree RV Resort, Harlingen, 1-3pm. Jam - Tropic Star RV Resort, Pharr, 1-3pm, R&R, hot dog/ polish sausage lunch served 11am- 1pm, ice cream & popcorn 1pm- 3pm. Dance - Heritage Square, Mission, 1-4pm, Al Mikesh, $5pp, food sold 2pm4pm, for more information call 563-3406493. Bluegrass Jam - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 1:30-4pm, cake & coffee for donation. Happy Hour - Snow to Sun Park, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Lynn Dvorak, pass the hat. Happy Hour - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 3:30-5pm, Diego, pass the hat, popcorn & soda for sale, BYOB. Dinner - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 4-6pm, burgers, baked beans and chips, See PARKS CALENDAR pg. 41

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Can/Am Dance - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 3:30-6pm, music by Claude. Acoustic Music Jam - Palm Gardens, Harlingen, 6-8:30pm, everyone welcome, free admission. Karaoke - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 6:30pm, snack bar open, free popcorn. Dance - Mission Bell Resort/ Tradewinds, Mission, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $6pp. Bingo - Restful Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9pm. Bingo - Enchanted Valley Ranch, Mission, 7-9:30pm, snacks for purchase, regular, speed, g games, horse race, and other games offered. Friday, March 23 Pizza & Salad - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 11am-12:30pm. Rock & Roll Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, lunch is served at 11am, for more information call Martin at 636-459-5458. Jam - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, serving coffee and cookies. Country Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1pm, dessert and coffee at intermission. Variety Jam - Bentsen Palm RV Park, Mission, 1-3pm, coffee & goodies, new jammers welcome, for more information call 956-585-5807. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam - Trail’s End

RV Park, Weslaco, 1-3pm, lunch available from 12-1pm, singers need prior approval, contact Ray at 618-499-4813. Happy Hour - Snow to Sun Park, Weslaco, 3-4:30pm, Johnny D, pass the hat. Fish Fry - Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, 4-7:30pm, $9.99 pp, buffet style with all the fixings, for more information call 956-782-3263. Happy Hour - Tip O’ Texas RV Resort, Pharr, 4-5:30pm, Steven May solo, pass the hat, food available. Jam Sessions - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 5:30pm, refreshments available at 4:30 pm and jam starts at 5:30 pm, for more information call 316-655-3272. Country Jam - Tradewinds RV Resort, Mission, 6-8pm, cake served, everyone welcome. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Diego, $6pp, singles are welcome. Dance - Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Sweetwater, $6pp, BYOB and concession. Dance - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 7-10pm, The Agency, $10pp, popcorn & soda for sale, BYOB. Dance - Aladdin Villas, Mission, 7-10pm, Jealous Heart Band, $7pp. See PARKS CALENDAR pg. 42

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From pg. 41 Dance - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 7pm, Texas Wheels, $6pp. Dance - Lemon Tree Estates, Mission, 7-10pm, Bill & Janet, $3.50pp, BYOB, sodas available, door prizes, call 701261-5085 for more information. Dance - Tropic Star RV Resort, Pharr, 7-10pm, Texas Hoe Down with DJ Dan, doors open at 6:15pm, concession available. Dance - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 7-10pm, Diego, $6pp. Dance - Cottonwood Country Club, Harlingen, 7-10pm, Music Town, $6pp. Saturday, March 24 Acres Big Breakfast - Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview, 7-8:30am, free coffee & juice. Breakfast - Chimney Park, Mission, 7-9am, menu varies weekly, $4pp, bring own place-setting, for more information call 956-585-5061. Breakfast - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 7:30-9am, sausage, eggs, pancakes, and waffles, $4pp. Arts & Craft Show - Fun N Sun Resort, San Benito, 8am. Park Yard Sale - Koenig’s Winter Resort, Donna, 8am-1pm. Country Jam - Green Gate Grove, Palmview, 12:30pm, lunch served at 11am, for more information call 956-5841561.

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Jam - Weslaco Trailer Park, Weslaco, 12:30-3pm, lunch from 11am-12:30pm. Farmer’s Market - Oleander Acres, Mission, 1-4pm, local farm fresh produce, Rivers End Nursery fruit, healthy baked goods, local wildflower and citrus honey, & Texas pecans. Rock N Roll/ Big Band Jam - McAllen Mobile Park, 1pm, dessert and coffee at intermission, musician & vocalist by invitation only. Dance - Dixieland Retirement Community MH and RV Park, Harlingen, 5:30-8:30pm, also karaoke with Oscar Salinas, $5pp. Open Jam - AmeriCana RV Park, Mission, 6-8pm, light lunch served for donations, all are welcome, for more information call 956-581-1705. Square Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 6:30pm. Dance - Trophy Gardens, Alamo, 7-10pm, Steven May, $6pp, doors open to the public at 5:30pm, concessions and set ups available, BYOB. Dance - Casa del Valle Resort Park, Alamo, 7-10pm, Texas Wheels, $6pp. Dance - Tropical Valley Acres, Mission, 7-10pm, Albert Mikesh Band, $5pp. Dance - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7-10pm, Diego, $5pp, doors open at 6:15pm, snack bar open. Entertainment - Lemon Tree Estates, Mission, 7pm, Dale & Gayle, $6pp. Dance - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 7:30-10:30pm, Bushrid-

ers, $7.50pp, popcorn and ice provided, BYOB. Sunday, March 25 Church Services - Rio Valley Estates MH & RV Resort, Weslaco, 8:30am, Dr. Tom Cassidy, non- denominational, all welcome, communion is served last Sunday of each month. Church Services - Oleander Acres, Mission, 8:30am. Non- Denominational Church Service - Bentsen Grove Resort, Mission, 8:30am, Pastor Jesse Hernandez, bible study follows the service. Church Services - San Juan Gardens, 8:45am, Pastor Len Mitchell. Non- Denominational Church Service - Winter Haven Park, Pharr, 8:45am, Pastor Robert Kracht, communion first Sunday of each month, everyone welcome. Non-denominational Worship Service - Citrus Valley RV Park, McAllen, 9-10am, Pastor Jim Troutman, communion service 1st Sunday in month. Non- Denominational Church Services - Hidden Valley Ranch RV & MH Park, Mission, 9am, Pastor Cliff Stewart, coffee and refreshments available at 8:30am, worship begins at 9am. Church Service - Southern Comfort Resort, Weslaco, 9-10am. Church Service - Eastgate RV & MH Park, Harlingen, 9am, Pastor David Squire, Communion 1st Sunday of each month, everyone welcome. Non- Denominational Church Service - Alamo Palms MH & RV Park, 9am, Pastor Brian Dent. Church Service - Leisure World Community, Weslaco, 9am, Pastor Charles Belecher, non- denomination. Community Church - Acacia RV Park, Alamo, 9-10am. Church Service - Alamo Rec-Veh Park, 9am, Pastor Randy Parks, bible study at 10:10. Church Service - Circle T RV Park, Mission, 9-10am, Pastor Domingo Quintanilla, Non- Denominational Church Services - Quiet Village II, Donna, 9:30-10:30am, open to the public each Sunday with Pastor Mary Chamberlin officiating, coffee served at 9am, for more information call

405-688-9338. Non-Denominational Church - Peñitas RV Park, Peñitas, 9:30am, Pastor James L. Gebhart. Worship Services - Kenwood RV Park, La Feria, 9:30am, Pastor Baker. Church Service - Country Palms RV Park, San Juan, 9:30am, Pastor Keith White, non- denominational service, everyone welcome. Church Service - Gateway RV & MH Park, Raymondville, 9:30-10:30am, Chaplain Dick Baggett, worship services are held in the rec. hall. Non- Denominational Church Service - Tropic Winds MH & RV Resort, Harlingen, 9:30-10:30am. Church Service - Mission West RV Park, 10-11am, Pastor Vic. Church Service - Split Rail RV Park, Mission, 10am, Doug Roeglin, coffee & donuts prior to service. Church Services - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 10am, Non- Denominational Services. Non Denominational Church Service - River Ranch Resort, Rio Hondo, 10am, Pastor Phil Airhart. Church Service - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 10am. Church Service - Park Place Estates, Harlingen, 10:15am, Sunday school 9am10am, Pastor Dave Tafler, in ballroom at 10:15. Church Service - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 10:30-11:30am. Acoustic Jam - Koenig’s Winter Resort, Donna, 1-3pm, snacks/ coffee provided, donations accepted. Round Dance - Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen, 2-4pm. Gospel Sing- Along - San Juan Gardens, 4-4:45pm, no talent required, just have fun while we praise the Lord. Karaoke - Bit-O-Heaven RV Park, Donna, 5pm. Hymn Sing - Sunshine (Encore) RV Resort, Harlingen, 5:15pm. Bingo - Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission, 7-9pm. Free Movies - Paradise Resort Estates, Pharr, 7pm, snack bar open.

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2003 FORD F-350 CREW cab Dually 4x4, 6.0 diesel, 133,000 miles, white with gray leather interior, lots of new parts, runs excellent, contact 573248-4530. I PAY CASH FOR your travel trailers, park models, fifth wheels, mobile homes and cars. I’ll make you a good deal. Call Jerry Garcia at 956-9293842.

Boats

KENNER 16FT., GOOD MOTOR, near Arroyo City, $4,500, for more information call 307-871-2287.

Computer Services

APPLE/MAC PRODUCT SERVICES, Valley-Wide, home or office calls, macOS and iOS Specialist, 18 years professional experience, trouble shooting, training, tune-ups, iCloud issues, general help, call The MACologist at 956-561-2049.

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metal carport, three slideouts, 6x 6 1/2’ entertainment center, 7 1/2’ mirrored closet, queen bed, lots of storage space, plumbed for laundry, furnished, Lakewood, Harlingen, TX, call 575-771-9770. 1999 AVION 5TH WHEEL, 3 slideouts, 38 1/2 ft. long, all cherry cabinetry, washer and dryer, rear entertainment center, awnings all the way around, no smoke, no pets, $8,000 OBO, call 574-202-5717. FOR SALE 5TH WHEEL Cedar Creek, 2002, 38’, 3 slide outs, new Frigidaire, roof done in 2017, washer, dryer plus shed, $9,995, lots of extras, call Richard, 956-271-7324 at Sunlight Trailer Park, 4821 Bus. Hwy 83, McAllen, TX 78501. 2005 ALFA SEE YA 36’, huge slide, living area, bedroom slide, king bed, sofa- queen bed, heat pump, shed, full fridge and washing machine, $17,000, a must see, call 956-369-8638. 2008 COPPER CANYON 5TH wheel, 3 slides, living room, opposing slides, very roomy, 32” TV, near new queen bed, dual A/C, 50 amp electric extra steps, very clean, no pets or smoke, Fun N Sun Lot Ideal 39, call 314-6102622 Don Robinson, San Benito, TX. 2011 OPEN RANGE 398RLS 39ft., 4 s/o, electric canopy, automatic leveling, four season, 13,960 lbs., new

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MOBILE HOME RENTAL WANTED, looking for furnished 2 bdr mobile home in an adult park to rent for six months starting in April, call John Wilkinson, 715-209-2701, wilkinsonj48@gmail.com.

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SURGE GUARD RV POWER protection, protects from low quality or incorrect shore power, 50 Amp or 30 Amp, has locking cover for security, used 4 months, receipt for $420 new, now $150, call 956-583-7645. 2002 KAWASAKI VULCAN 1500 c.c, low miles, shaft drive, very clean, good condition, $2,500, call 956-3572056.

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END OF SEASON SPECIAL, must see to appreciated, travel trailer with 10x25 sheet rocked addition, senior RV park, $900 rent/ season, two sheds, A/C, 30 G W/H, 2 30 G propane tanks, all furnishings included, $7,500, call 320-262-1386. WOODEN SHED 8X8 STORAGE building on skids, A/C, as is $250, buyer will pick up, please call 816294-2249. FRIGIDAIRE 10,000 BTU WINDOW air conditioner, 2000 Watt 4hp portable generator, tail gater satellite dish, Blue Ox tow bar, for more information call 319-288-1234. HARMAR PLATFORM SCOOTER LIFT, list price $2,225, retail $1,700 and my sales price is $900, hasn’t been used much so no wear or tear on motor, call 956-244-0699. EIGHT ALUMINUM ROOFING PANELS, 13’9” long 25” wide, all in good condition, these are from an old carport, $129 for all, call or text 218-7606378, panels are located in Edinburg, TX. 5TH WHEEL HITCH FOR sale, B&W Patriot heavy duty, 16,000 pound rating, like new $375, call 641-919-5930. TRANSPOWER HEAVY DUTY WOOD shaper Model SP860, mfg. 1997, 3HP, 220 volt, used very little, misc. parts and cutters, Mcallen, TX,

call 763-242-8251. BICYCLE & TRIKE SALE, reduced prices on 40 reconditioned bikes & trikes. I take trade ins of used bikes & trikes, call Neal’s Bikes at 956-3795423 in Mission,TX. DOMETIC 2852 GAS- ELECTRIC refrigerator, raised panel door fronts, 30 day warranty, at Gooding RV, Mission, TX, $23,900, call 956-585-4481.

Garage Sales

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH annual rummage sale on Saturday, March 17, from 8am-2pm, at 300 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen, for more information call 956-682-2345. GARAGE SALE/ BAKE SALE at Southern Oasis hall, March 15 and 16, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2pm, 106 Mercury St., Mission, Texas, misc. items.

Golf Carts

2005 YAMAHA GOLF CART with new batteries, 2018 charger included, white with canopy, $2,100 cash, call 320-583-3468. TROJAN: T875 $130.00, T105 $119.00, T1275 $188.00, New 2018 Yamaha’s w/ lights and tops $5,900 4 year warranty Gas 2013 EFI

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Homes For Sale

CUSTOM BRICK HOME IN Brownsville, over 55 gated community, enclosed A/C sun-porch overlooking Resaca, 3 bdrm/ 2bath, all appliances, cultured marble bathroom fixtures, extra- large garage with A/C workshop, partially furnished, lots of storage and many more extras, $169,000, call 956-371-4917. HOUSE AND LOT COMPLETELY furnished, 4/2/1, 55+ Community La Hacienda Park, South Tower Rd., Al amo, TX, $39,500, possible owner financing, for information and appointment to see call owner, Virginia at 956-715-8285. ON THE LAKE PROPERTY, keypad gated community, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large closets, living, family, dining, and laundry rooms, kitchen, 2 car garage, large deck on edge of water, price 2 sell, call 513-849-5001. Lots For Sale OWN YOUR OWN LOT, shed with washer and dryer, fridge, hot water tank, dues $780 per year, Pharr South Mobile & RV Park, 1402 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr, TX, call 514-425-1353 for more information. GET BEST DEAL ON 30x60 lot in QV II in Donna, TX, all concrete with shed, carport, ready to move on now or ready for next year, low taxes and park fee, nice park, call 320-2373581. 40X90 LOT 3400 SQ.FT. cement, 400 sq.ft. Texas room, 200 amp service, AC/Heater 3pc bathroom, Hidden Valley Ranch, Mission, TX, $42,500, beautiful property facing West, cal 204-392-3830. HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH LOT, own your own RV lot in HVR Retirement Community, 40x86 lot with concrete pad, electric, sewer, and water, 2 lots $12,000, $14,000, call 270-217-4472 for more information.

Miscellaneous

YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE what is in my store, Potter’s Consignments located at 1005 Vine Ave., McAllen, TX, 78501-4024 or call 956-631-8402. 2008 POWERSTROKE DIESEL, 50,000 miles, diesel 4-door Dually, like new, bought to pull 5th wheel, lost wife after 2 years, truck not used much now, time to let go, 503-3969776, La Floresta.

Mobile Homes

MUST SEE MOBILE HOME, large bedroom, updated bathroom, view of fish pond, carport, covered patio, double roof, W/D, 8x12 shed, Lot 119 Alamo Rec-Veh Park, call 260-450-1369, $12,500. FOR SALE OR RENT, 14x66 in., 55+ Park in Alamo, TX, 1 bath, carport, screened patio, 4 months rent or yearly, covenants and assessments, will finance, call 785-806-5709. WE BUY MOBILE HOMES, trailer houses, RV’s, 5th wheels, park models. We pay cash, any year, any condition, old or new. Call Ms. Davis anytime at 956-545-1118. 14X70 WINDSOR FURNISHED PHARR, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, all electric, many updates, screened front porch, open back porch attached 25x8 shed, double carport, $32,000, 55+ Community, call 651-260-3048. BUYER WANTING A BARGAIN, 2006 beautifully furnished double wide, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath has large kitchen with ample real wood cabinetry throughout including utility room, spacious corner lot with nice patio area, long carport and storage shed, must see to appreciate, $49,000, call 956-589-3921. 14X46 HENSLEE MOBILE HOME for sale, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, completely furnished, neat spacious $6,000, Autumn Acres Park Lot 86, Brownsville, TX, call 956-542-2685. BUDDY MOBILE HOME 12X50, 1/ bedroom, 1/bath, cute and clean, nice park in Harlingen 55+Community, furnished, carport, newer flooring and kitchen cabinets, call 309-218-3751. 14X60 UPDATED MOBILE HOME, 2Br, 1 bath, new washer/dryer, new refrigerator, water heater, vinyl plank throughout, electric central air and heat, only 4 years old, 10x20 shed attached, $15,000 OBO, call 515-9880295. SCHULT MOBILE HOME 14X60, 2 1/2 lots, cement slab for motorhome with possibility for rental, other slab for car or truck under carport with ad-


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ditional parking, also extra garage/ shed, 24x26 furnished mobile with storage shed, a 55+ community and private owned lots, call 612-850-1518. -1986 14’X36’ CROWN POINT mobile ,furnished, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, washer in shed, newer furniture and ceiling ,fans, car port, porch with roof, 2018 taxes paid, very very good condition, hardwood floors, nicely landscaped, call 715-699-9153. 16X54 COMPLETELY FURNISHED MOBILE, 55+Park, move-in ready, own land, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, new Whirlpool appliances, 2 carports, double roof, professional made 10x16 shed, tools, fruit trees, raised garden fbed, in Quiet Village II, 215 South Valley View Rd. Lot 34, Donna, TX, call 612-360-5839 or 612-916-1576, $45,000 OBO. DOUBLE WIDE SOLITAIRE 28X52, +3Br, 2 bath, Southern Comfort Resort, some furniture in each room, all appliances, close to main buildings, call -414-915-3874, Lot #40, 1501 South Airport Dr, Weslaco, TX. 16X66 MOBILE HOME, PRE Pharr, next to golf course, 301 East Hall -Acres Road, Lot #698 Jade, 2BR, 2BA, deck, porch, patio, shed, pet yard, furnished, $35,000, golf cart negotiable, call 956-566-2434, viewings available anytime. 14X60 MOBILE HOME, $10,900, Casa Del Sol Park #399, completely furnished, 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, lovely kitchen and living room, stove, refrigerator, furnace, A/C, washer, dryer, shed, carport, fruit trees, a must see, call Sauve 651-245-2652. -PHARR SOUTH UPDATED DOU,BLEWIDE, 3BR/ 2 Bath furnished, garage, carport, patio, many extras, nice pool, gated, reduced to $79,900, own your lot, no lot rent, HOA $50/mo, call Marlene at 913-708-3552. PHARR SOUTH MOBILE HOME Park 55+ gated community, 1402 -S. Cage, privately owned homes & lots, open house first weekend every month, December thru April, 1- 4pm, /for more information call 956-283e8764 or www.pharrsouthforsale.com. -I PAY CASH FOR your travel trailers, park models, fifth wheels, mobile homes and cars. I’ll make you a good ,deal. Call Jerry Garcia at 956-929w3842.

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2006 TIFFEN PHEATON 40’ motor home, 4 slides, C-7 Cat, 68,000 miles, 6 speed, Allison transmission, washer/dryer combo, new tires, very clean, bno smoke or pets, in Mission, TX, call 712-251-2062.

2005 ITASKA MOTORHOME, 3 slides, gas 38 foot motorhome with 69,900 miles for sale, Onan generator and surge protector, great condition, windshield, tire covers and tow dolly, call 815-342-1702 for more information. 2002 WINNEBAGO ADVENTURER 35U, complete description and pictures on RVT.com, type in the keyword space: 2002 Winnebago 7687322, then press search, price $21,900, call 956-230-0767 or 515-707-1752. 2004 RESTORED CLASS C, new: full body paint, tires, awning, mattress, windshield, bumper and batteries. Added: backup camera, wood floors, television, DVR, soundbar, huge storage, $27,000, call 956-379-0347.

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2009 ATHENS 35’, 1 bedroom, all electric, washer and dryer, fully furnished, large deck and small deck, $22,900 in a 55+ Community, call 956 -460-2581 for more information. 2005 FRANKLIN 12X33 PARK model in Raymondville, TX at 55+ Gateway RV and Mobile park, second bedroom and patio built on, fully furnished including water, dryer, and 2 like new TV’s, house under 22’x40’ carport with concrete drive in front covered by 21’x21’ carport, detached storage building, priced at $17,000, call 918636-3821, all is in excellent condition. VERY NICE 12X32 PARK model with Texas room, fully furnished, inside washer dryer, new blinds, curtains, metal roof, carport, shed/shop, Twin Lakes RV in Mission, TX, asking $21,000, call 316-204-8303. 1999 PALM AIRE PARK model, 12x34 park model fully furnished, 16x34 awning, 16x20 deck, carport, wood cabinets, metal roof, 12x14 shed, close to shopping, doctors, hospitals, restaurants, call 956-279-1502 or text. TROPHY GARDENS RV PARK Lot 285 park model for sale, fully furnished, big deck, 2 sheds, new 20 gallon hot water heater, metal roof, call 810-240-9570 for more information. 2006 CANTERBURY PARK MODEL, large kitchen, full size appliances, double pane tip in windows, W/D, shed, carport, rent paid thru Feb. 2019 or can move, $23,500, call 816916-4302. 1994 PARK MODEL AT the Tip of Texas RV Park, Pharr, TX, 12x34 with 12x30 Texas room, 1 bedroom and separate reading room/office, 1.5 bathrooms furnished, asking $15,500, will consider all reasonable offers, will finance with $1,500 down, 0% inter-

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est, call 956-731-7573. OWNER MUST SELL 2001 Travel by Design w/stationary awning and storage building, bedroom & living room tipouts, lot rent paid through September, fully furnished, $7,500 OBO, call 269-251-4336. 12X33 PARK MODEL (MISSION), carport, covered deck, Texas room addition, shed, central H/A, metal roof, W/D, non- smoking, no pets, citrus trees, many improvements, Circle T, Mission, TX, 956-578-4653. DEST PARK MODEL 12X34, 8x10 shed with washer, dryer, new steel roof, good condition, hurricane shutters, 14x34 covered patio, furniture included, reduced price, call 620-7917900. AN INDIVIDUAL WOULD LIKE to buy a park model priced $8,000 or less, cash, call Allen anytime 956501-8047. I PAY CASH FOR your travel trailers, park models, fifth wheels, mobile homes and cars. I’ll make you a good deal. Call Jerry Garcia at 956-9293842.

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Scooters

2016 YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER, 125cc, less than 75 miles, showroom, new condition, $3,195 OBO, call 715828-4053.

Services

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WANT A 3-WHEEL BIKE, EZ Roll Regal by Trail-Mate any condition, will pay cash, will pickup, call 515-9553679, in Alamo. WE BUY MOBILE HOMES, trailer houses, RV’s, 5th wheels, park models. We pay cash, any year, any condition, old or new. Call Ms. Davis anytime at 956-545-1118. AN INDIVIDUAL WOULD LIKE to buy a park model priced $8,000 or less, cash, call Allen anytime 956501-8047. GERMAN WW2 HAND GUNS, Lugers, P-38s, Walters, Sauer, Mausers, Japanese WW2 swords, helmets, flags, US army WW2 .45 cal Colt pistols, FFL-C&R license, cash paid, collector, call 712-310 -0905. I PAY CASH FOR your travel trailers, park models, fifth wheels, mobile homes and cars. I’ll make you a good deal. Call Jerry Garcia at 956-9293842.

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g n i Th t s e B e Th Doug Fowler

IS A NEW HOME FROM

Clayton Homes of Donna

Jerry Lasater

Introducing our

EXCLUSIVE NEW ENERGY SMART PACKAGE

Featuring: R-33 Ceilings, R11 Walls and R22 Floors (Highly Insulated) Double Pane, Thermopane vinyl windows, with Low E glass, High Efficiency 40 gallon water and programmable thermostat. Tape and textured walls, many with 2x6 studs, 16” OC and 8’ side walls, Flat ceilings, air and heat ducts in the ceiling like a conventional home

The King

The Next Best Thing is a

Winter Texan trade in, many are late models with upgraded Kitchens and bathrooms, new carpets or flooring all in mint condition

The Next, Next Best Thing

is that we will Trade For or Buy Your Mobile Home and pay you top dollar for it!

Chaparral

Come See For Yourself. It doesn’t cost a penny to look.

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3201 E. EXP. 83 • DONNA, TX 78537

(956) 464-3378

www.claytonhomesdonna.com

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Nora Galvan

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