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The Science of Suds in Craft Brewing

For the 38 percent of Americans who name beer as their “go-to” after work wind-down, there’s nothing quite like a cold brew at the end of a rough day. And with small-batch brewing now accounting for nearly a quarter of the market share, the craft beer craze has become a way of life. But how much do we really think about the “craft” in craft beer? At South Texas College,…

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Weslaco Chamber Accepting Award Nominations

2018 Honorees at the Weslaco Chamber annual Membership and Awards Luncheon. Krystal Palomino, Chick-fil-A, Business of the Year; Scott Vaughan, Man of the Year; Robert McAllen, Lifetime Achievement Award; Cynthia Cabaza, Woman of the Year; Toni Marbar, Chick-fil-A, Business of the Year and Bobby Calvillo, Board Member of the Year.

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Man, Woman and Business of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Award presentations will take place Oct. 30 at the chamber’s annual Membership and Awards Luncheon Oct. 30. Nomination forms for these awards are online at weslaco.com. Board Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will receive recognition as well. The deadline to submit nominations is Oct. 23. The luncheon…

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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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Edinburg Chamber Hosts Spooktacular Installation

Last year’s Edinburg Chamber award recipients with outgoing President Jennifer Garza and Executive Director Ronnie Larralde.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors and staff are planning a Spooktacular Soiree annual Installation Banquet for Oct. 23. The 6 p.m. event will take place at Marbel Event Center, 1101 Alberta Road. The Banquet will honor Hiren Govind as incoming chamber president and Jennifer Garza as outgoing president. The evening will feature an elegant and Spooktacular theme and dinner. Presentations include those of Man and Woman of the…

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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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Upcoming Summit Includes Beach Clean Up

The Valley Environmental Coalition hosts its 10th annual Valley Environmental Summit Oct. 18. The event features environmental updates, a trashion show, a video and art contest, and beach clean up. “Together We Can Positively Impact Our Environment” takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Brownsville Events Center. The day features legislative education updates, and environmental topics about the impact of debris in our oceans and waterways. Attendees will…

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Free Latin Jazz Festival This Weekend

This weekend’s Latin Jazz Festival will bring the reverberating sounds of congas, drums, guitars, saxophones and other musical instruments to Brownsville. From today, Oct. 10, through Oct. 12, the 23rd annual music and dance spectacle will feature three well-known groups hailing from this part of South Texas. They are The Clay Moore Group, The Brew and Del Castillo. The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts hosts the festival which saw its beginnings 23…

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Student Food Pantry Feeds the Need

Social work major Jacquelyn Herrera, manager for the Student Food Pantry on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, and Cristina Vega, program coordinator of the UTRGV Student Food Pantry, restock shelves in the pantry. At UTRGV, student food pantries on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses work year-round to help ease food insecurity for university students. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

September is Hunger Action Month, a time to take a pro-active part in ending hunger. For UTRGV’s Cristina Vega, helping others fight hunger is her job. “We have a lot of jokes in society, like, ‘Ha. Ha. Poor college student. You’re probably eating Ramen.’ And that’s not really something to joke about, because it’s a reality,” said Vega, program coordinator of the UTRGV Student Food Pantry. The Student Food Pantry is a free…

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TSTC Funds Give Students Hope

Nelda Chavez recently received a boost her family needed to get back on their feet with the TSTC Foundation’s Snyder Helping Hands fun.

Fifteen inches of water took it all from Texas State Technical College student Nelda Chavez and her family. “The only way to describe the situation is devastating and overwhelming,” said the 52-year-old. “The image and smell of the mess and debris still haunts me.” The family returned to their home barely a week ago; the massive amount of rain and flooding that devastated their home occurred in June. Chavez’s family has…

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Grant Funds 10 School Buses for Head Start

The Hidalgo County Head Start Program is the recent recipient of nearly $1 million to purchase school buses for their students. The award of $922,420, in addition to their yearly budget, will purchase 10 school buses at $92,242. The funds come from a Supplemental Funding competitive application for Program Improvement by the national Office of Head Start. “This funding will strengthen partnerships with local school districts, reinforce recruitment efforts, help sustain desirable attendance levels and allow…

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