Tag Archives: Mercedes

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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Building a Dream with Chocolate

Veronica Barrera-Cuellar with gift baskets prepared by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for special occasions. (VBR)

After managing 16 school kitchens in North Texas as a nutritionist, Rio Grande Valley native Veronica Barrera-Cuellar returned home with a dream of attending pastry school. She ended up selling chocolate. “I love pastry and I wanted to go to pastry school, but life happens,” she said. Needing to find a livelihood, she teamed up with her sister Patricia and began looking into franchise opportunities to start their own business.…

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Magic Valley Celebrates 80 Years

Magic Valley Electric Cooperative celebrated 80 years in South Texas during festivities at its headquarters in Mercedes. Founded in 1937 by a group of Rio Grande Valley farmers and ranchers to bring electricity to rural South Texas, one year after the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 was enacted during the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt. It provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural…

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Old-Fashioned Customer Service

The Eiler family, Ken, Debbie, Loretta and Bob, stand in front of the store’s new paint department.

The store is clean and modern. At the same time, it stands as a testament to an era when the local hardware store stood as a community fixture. Borderland Hardware in Mercedes is among only a handful of locally owned, old-fashioned hardware stores left in the Rio Grande Valley. Owners Bob Eilers, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday; his wife of 67 years, Loretta; and son Ken and wife Debbie,…

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Officials, Public Welcome Residency Clinic

Dr. Guy Bailey, founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, speaks at the Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic ribbon cutting. (photo VBR)

Family Practice Residency Clinic opens soon Officials with Knapp Medical Center and UTRGV held a ribbon cutting this morning, July 20 at the new Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic. The clinic opens to the public in August. The clinic will provide medical residents the opportunity to focus on adolescent and geriatric care, as well as urgent care and community-based care. The 12,000-square-foot clinic features multiple exam rooms and training facilities for as…

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Resort manager runs a small town 

Llano Grande sets RV park bar “People my age are starting to retire and have a whole different outlook on life than the previous generation,” said Karen Pike, 57, resort manager at Llano Grande Resort and Country Club. “They want to be entertained and to go where their every need is met. They are not penny pinchers. If they saved up for retirement, they are going to spend it.” Named…

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