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McAllen to Host 2020 National Farmworker Conference

National Farmworker Conference

The City of McAllen and MAFO leaders will host the National Farmworker Conference on April 26-29, 2020 in McAllen. More than 400 delegates from around the state and nation will to convene in McAllen for the conference. “MAFO is a national partnership of farmworker and rural organizations and we are grateful for the partnership with the City of McAllen and excited about the opportunity to host our conference in McAllen,”…

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Texas Master Naturalist Offers Volunteer Classes

Texas Master Naturalist

The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist is offering a new class session to their program of enlightening and educating a corps of volunteers about the natural resources of the Rio Grande Valley. Classes begin Jan. 15 and take place every Wednesday night for 10 weeks. Additionally, Sunday field trips will pair with the classes.   Most participants of this program volunteer at local state parks and wildlife refuges.…

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Three New LNG Projects Move Forward

The Port of Brownsville is one step closer to welcoming three new LNG projects with an investment totaling $38.75 billion. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved their proposals late last week during its monthly commission meeting.  “Today’s announcement is another significant milestone in making these energy projects a reality and is the result of years of hard work by the applicants,” said John Reed, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District.…

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Fraustro-Guerra Leads Chamber Board

Sally Fraustro-Guerra

Sally Fraustro-Guerra is chairman of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce board for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. She will represent the chamber at its various programs, events and receptions throughout the year. She will also serve as the chamber’s head of promotional activities. Fraustro-Guerra is a Coldwell Banker La Mansion real estate broker and SOCIALIFE Magazine’s president/publisher. The diversity of her professional background can come into play in her position. “I’ve…

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Weslaco Chamber Ambassadors Name Leaders

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors 2019-2020 leaders

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held its first-quarter meeting at Don Pedro’s Restaurant in Weslaco on Nov. 6. Here, Daryl Smith of Smith Security Group was elected to continue as Ambassador chairman. With the election, Maria Belmares of Designer Zoo Closet Exchange and Laura Lopez of LaserLux are now Ambassador chair-elect and Ambassador captain, respectively. The Weslaco Area Chamber Ambassadors are a highly visible group of volunteers who…

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Weslaco Hosts Century Leader Luncheon

(photo Weslaco 100)

Kicking off the Weslaco 100 celebration on Dec. 6 is the Century Leader Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knapp Medical Center Conference Center. Ray Perryman will serve as the keynote speaker. Perryman, the unofficial Texas economist with a sense of humor, is the president and CEO of The Perryman Group,  an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco. His firm’s more than 2,000 clients since inception…

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IMAS Christmas Tree Forest Opens This Weekend

IMAS Christmas Tree Forest

The halls of the International Museum of Art & Science are heavy with anticipation for the annual exhibition of community-decorated Christmas trees. The IMAS Christmas Tree Forest is a five-decade tradition originating shortly after the opening of the 53-year-old museum. This annual holiday event is the brainchild of the IMAS Guild. It began the tradition of organizing community entries featuring a unique tree resplendent with hand-made ornaments and decorations showcasing…

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Hidalgo Proclaims Home Care and Hospice Month

The Commissioners Court proclaims November as National Home Care and Hospice Month.

The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recently proclaimed November as National Home Care and Hospice Month. The proclamation is in honor of the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who make a difference for those they serve. Accepting the proclamation was Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice Board President Jon Scepanski. “We help the elderly and disabled preserve their dignity and maintain their independence while receiving…

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STC Hosts Information Sessions on High-Demand Careers

South Texas College invites communities in Starr County to visit and explore high demand, high wage career opportunities in a series of information sessions in November and December. Sessions will take place at the Starr County campus, 142 FM 3167, Rio Grande City. The Emergency Medical Technology Program will open its doors from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20,, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. The Patient Career Assistant Program also welcomes the…

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SBA Hosts Holiday Marketing Twitter Chat

Holiday Season, holiday marketing

Are you looking for holiday marketing tips for your small business? The U.S. Small Business Administration and industry experts will host a Twitter chat Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. @SBAgov. During this time, they will discuss holiday marketing. The discussion includes tips and tricks to help businesses succeed during the holiday shopping season. Also, find out how to make the most of Small Business Saturday. Participate and follow along with…

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