Tag Archives: Mercedes

Prescription for Success

Adrian Cervantes parlayed the success of Mid-Valley Pharmacy into another business, RGV Hometown Pharmacy in Harlingen. (VBR)

Success pushed Mid-Valley Pharmacy to a new location in Mercedes this year. Robert Zamora, John Hinkle and Adrian Cervantes had purchased the pharmacy in 2004 Even when the pharmacists bought the business 14 years ago, the pharmacy building was small. “People were used to going there,” Cervantes said. “We struggled with the idea of changing locations, but we outgrew the space. We needed something better for us, for our employees…

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RGV Towns Share Nature Prize

Thousands of black-bellied whistling ducks visit Ibis Pond at Estero Llano Grande State Park every winter, attracting birders visiting the Rio Grande Valley. (VBR)

From the deck at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Mercedes, I watched approximately 2,000 black-bellied whistling ducks in Ibis Pond as they looked for food, perched on logs and bobbed in the chilly November water. The park’s 200 acres of woodlands, lakes and marshes shelter an amazing abundance of wildlife from seven alligators to diverse birds, butterflies and 24 mammal species as well as native plants.  The mid-Valley park…

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Local Small Businesses Receive $100,000

STED grant winners with Hidalgo County Commissioners Court members

Five businesses in small and rural communities in Hidalgo County are the recent recipients of funding to consequently spur prosperity in their respective communities. The funding comes from Hidalgo County’s first-ever Small Town Economic Development program with grants totaling $100,000. More than 40 businesses applied to the program with 21 chosen to participate. Businesses receiving $20,000 grants are Reybotics, Green Thumb Nursery, Cappadona Ranch, Ashley Nicole Boutique and Hernandez Barns. “This economic…

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South Texas College Hosts President’s Advisory Retreat

Representatives from the RGV law enforcement community recently met for South Texas College’s first President’s Advisory Council Retreat. Here, leaders provided regular input and recommendations for professional continuing education and degree programs. Law enforcement is coordinating with STC to develop an action plan as the STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence gets underway. Earlier this year, STC President Shirley A. Reed extended an invitation to leaders of the law enforcement…

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Ambiance Enhances Care

Mid Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation in Mercedes offer hotel-like amenities as well as care provided partly by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Family Residency Program. (VBR)

The sign outside reads Mid Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation. “I see it as a hotel,” said Alice Roel, the licensed nursing facility administrator for the Mercedes facility. “You register and have housekeeping, meals, activities, laundry and transportation provided round the clock with exceptional customer service.” The state-of-the-art complex, which Touchstone Strategies opened in November 2016, aims for a homey, hospitality ambiance rather than a medical or institutional atmosphere, Roel said.…

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Changing Lives with Music

Board certified Music Therapist Marisa de Leon, who plays a wide range of instruments, helps patients regain their ability to walk, move, remember and talk. (VBR)

Talk about a huge learning curve. Before board certified music therapist Marisa de Leon opened her business RGV Music Therapy and Wellness Center in May 2017, she had never held a full-time job other than a professional internship. One year later, de Leon is so busy seeing clients across the Valley that she recently contracted the services of another music therapist and transitioned to an LLC from a sole proprietorship.…

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Architects Create Community

Maria Sustaeta, LRGV-AIA executive director, and Sergio Lainez, president, at the nonprofit organization’s office in Mercedes. (VBR)

Few professional organizations can claim they represent 95 percent of those in their field. But 95 percent of the licensed architects in this region are members of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects headquartered in Mercedes. Why such high membership numbers? “AIA is where the architecture and design communities come together to share knowledge, gain expertise, get connected and stay involved,” said Sergio Lainez,…

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Meet the Buyer featuring U.S. International Boundary Water Commission

This event consists of a presentation and a “Meet the Buyer” one-to-one, mini-matchmaking opportunity with Contracting Officers representing U.S. International Boundary Water Commission, Mercedes IBWC Field Office. The Contracting Officers are available to provide information to area small businesses on how to do business with IBWC and provide information on upcoming procurement opportunities with IBWC. No fees required but seating is limited. No more than two representatives from each company…

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BBQ Joints Listed Among Best in Texas

January 2018 cover

Texans love their barbecue. Whether grilling or smoking meat in the back yard, or visiting a favorite eatery, barbecue aficionados’ varied tastes and favorite cooking methods can spark lively debates as to what makes the best of the best. They may even argue about the correct spelling: barbecue, bar-b-que or simply BBQ. In the Rio Grande Valley, where dozens of restaurants large and small specialize in classic Texas barbecue, only…

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UTRGV Residency Clinic Opens in Mercedes

Dr. Miguel Tello, family medicine physician and associate program director for the Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program, leads the new residency clinic. He is joined by Dr. Miguel A. Sanchez Rivas, Dr. Marita del Pilar Sanchez Sierra Marino, Dr. Diego Moreno, Dr. Eliana Costantino Burgazzi, Dr. Eddy Berges, and Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler. (photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV).

Counseling Services, Medical Care Available The new Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic is now offering counseling services in addition to medical care for patients of all ages. Located off Expressway 83 at 2810 W. Expressway 83 in Mercedes, the clinic includes 18 exam rooms and also provides mental health services. The clinic is under the direction of Dr. Miguel Tello, family medicine physician and associate program director for the Knapp/UTRGV…

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