Author Archives: Lisa Seiser

Inform. Educate. Entertain. Inspire. Those are the four key components Lisa believes must be present in “the perfect story” and accomplishing that is her goal every time she sits down to write. Lisa is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years in the industry as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer and page designer. In June of 2019, she left the Valley Morning Star after four years as its editor. During her stint at the VMS, she also created and was the editor of Valley Women Inspire, a magazine published by AIM Media Texas, owners of the Valley Morning Star, McAllen Monitor and Brownsville Herald. Originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, Seiser was the editor of a weekly newspaper, the Lake Geneva Regional News. She then moved to Junction City, Kansas, to be the editor of the Daily Union in that city before relocating to the RGV to work at the Valley Morning Star. Seiser has lived in Harlingen since June of 2015 and loves palm trees, the beach, traveling, golfing and her three rescue dogs.

Harlingen Nonprofit Brings Top-Notch Entertainment

Entertainers such as Sons of Serendip, shown here with HSC board members Julie Ng-Castillo and Cheryl LaBerge, are ready to give concert-goers a great show. But, that’s not all that occurs at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium on event night. Local business Peggy’s Cakes and More offers an array of food from the time the doors open at 6:30 p.m. (an hour before the show) and then again at intermission.

The list of entertainers who have graced the stage of the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium is impressive. They include Guy Lombardo, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Paul Robeson, the Von Trapp Family Singers and famous pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff. But, all of those names go back to the 1940s, just a few years after the facility was built.  Today, the music and entertainment continue at the 1,500-seat auditorium, but most…

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Downtown Harlingen Hot Points

Downtown Harlingen

Downtown Harlingen is a hotspot for seasonal events this month. This includes the Downtown Harlingen Ghost Tour, trick-or-treating on Jackson Street and unique merchant promotions,  But did you know Downtown Harlingen … Has a 98 percent occupancy rate for business. Only two buildings are available for lease as of the middle of September. Is one of only five Valley areas to be designated as part of the Texas Main Street program.…

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Preparing for Ghost Hunts

Thomas Hotcaveg has been seeking ghosts for about 17 years. Later this month, he hopes to make his first discoveries in Downtown Harlingen along with dozens of regular citizens who also have an interest in locating paranormal activity.  “We are hoping maybe the founder of Harlingen will still be around,” Hotcaveg says about the upcoming ghost tour in the city. “Maybe some of the spirits from those who had businesses…

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A “Night in Old Mexico” in Harlingen

Rewind at the Taste of Harlingen 2018

Sample the cuisines from local restaurants and chefs while enjoying live music and a silent auction all while helping the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum.  That and more are in store for attendees of the 17th Taste of Harlingen fundraising event, which uses the proceeds to maintain the historic buildings, curate artifacts, fund exhibits and promote the facility.  This year’s “Taste” theme is A Night in Old Mexico. Sombreros and serapes…

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Halloween Fun in Harlingen

Downtown Harligen storefront owners give out candy during the Halloween festivities. (Courtesy)

It all started with a change of venue and hundreds of pounds of candy.  In September 2016, the Harlingen Parks and Recreation Department suggested the city’s annual Halloween event relocate from Rangerville Park to Jackson Street. Four years later, ghouls, goblins, witches, comic book characters and much more stroll the streets collecting candy from merchants on Halloween night. It has become one of the city’s and downtown’s most attended and…

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Helping Business Owners Help Themselves

Christopher Wycoco conducts free one-hour seminars as part of his Business Made Easier series.

For Christopher Wycoco, business isn’t just about making money. It’s also about helping the community.  That’s why this young entrepreneur and owner of Wycotax is hosting regular free seminars for business owners who want to learn more about running their companies, whether it is a store, restaurant, doctor’s office or insurance agency.  Wycoco has been holding seminars called “Business Made Easier” throughout the Valley for several months and he will continue…

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The Future of Workspace

Venture X Harlingen boasts 5,000 square feet of open shared space, including an outdoor patio. There are personal touches too, with a popcorn service at 3 p.m. to get people out of their offices and away from their desks for a quick mental and social break.

The scent of coffee is noticeable as you walk through the door of this bright, colorful and modern-looking open space.  There’s a kitchen area with inviting bar-height seating and a pair of large stainless refrigerators. A popcorn maker and top-of-the-line coffee machine both sit on the countertop.  People in business casual attire meander from there to one of the three high-tech meeting rooms, their own office areas or what are…

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Flood Insurance … Do You Need It or Not?

The morning of June 25, Lago Drive took on its namesake. It looked like a lake as homeowner James Terry assessed the damage and the depth of the water at the end of his driveway. During Hurricane Dolly in 2008, the water didn’t even reach halfway up the driveway, making the recent storm quite a surprise for residents on this street. More than half the homes on Lago received water damage inside. Just about a mile away, areas hit harder included Palm Valley, the home of the Harlingen Country Club, and along Bass Boulevard north of the Interstate. Willacy County, including Raymondville, was also hit extremely hard by the June storm.

Nearly six weeks later, water-damaged loveseats, bathroom cabinets, piles of floor tiles and black bags full of damp and mildewed photo albums still pepper the curb along Lago Drive on the west side of Harlingen just south of the Interstate. This is the result of a rainstorm that poured down 12 inches during a span of about four hours on June 24. Reportedly, more than 4,000 homes in the Harlingen…

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Jubilee Academies Impressive at Each Turn

Principal Tanya Perez cuts the ribbon as school administrators, area dignitaries, teachers and students celebrate the opening of the new Jubilee Harlingen campus.

Some teachers, parents and students waited eight years for this. On Aug. 9, three days before the official first school day, they beamed with pride and happiness as they walked through the halls of their brand new 43,000-square-foot Jubilee Academies Harlingen. “This is the best-built facility at Jubilee,” said Daniel Amador, Jubilee Academies RGV district superintendent. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the parents who stayed with us.…

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