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War vet remembers U.S. Army as heroes, saving his life during WWII

20131105 Schaefer-vet AF  3063MISSION— Having grown up in war-torn Germany, Henry C. Schaefer recognizes members of the U.S. military as heroes who rescued him and his family from a time of death and destruction.

He was inspired to follow in their footsteps, and years later was honored himself to serve the U.S. in the Korean War. Schaefer, born in 1933, said he couldn’t begin to describe the torture he saw while growing up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

For a man who has experienced war twice over, time has healed his wounds. He speaks with a joyful presence, understanding his luck has brought him to the United States, a country he loved before he ever stepped on its soil.

Schaefer’s parents hailed from a Bavarian town called Elfershausen, but raised him in Offenbach am Main, Germany. He and his family feared for their lives every day during World War II, and he said his father was horrified by the slayings of innocent people he would see on his bike rides home from work.

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Palmhurst H-E-B focuses on border needs

20131106 Palmhurst-HEB IMG 3075PALMHURST—The latest H-E-B to open its doors in the Valley features the largest carniceria of any of the company’s stores as well as an aguas frescos stand and piñatas of all shapes and colors.

“We want to be ready for the party,” said Rudy Garcia, assistant store director.

The new H-E-B, at the corner of Conway Avenue and Mile 3 Road, is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. today with a grand opening ceremony set for 9 a.m. Garcia promised there will be hot specials for customers eager to get shopping.

Its pharmacy will feature a home delivery system within 10 miles with orders of two prescriptions or more. Garcia said the system has been piloted at area H-E-Bs and been successful.

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National Butterfly Festival brings world travelers

20131105 MISSION Butterfly-festival 2922MISSION—Travelers from all over the country visited the National Butterfly Center for the National Butterfly Festival, which ended Tuesday.

Executive Director Marianna T. Wright said the event was a success and the out-of-town butterfly enthusiasts enjoyed their stay in Mission.

“The festival was phenomenal; the weather was great and there was participation from the community,” Wright said. “We hope to do it all over again next year with the same type of success.”

On the last day of the festival, visitors could take a tour of the park with Jeffrey Glassberg, president of the North American Butterfly Association, who answered questions from attendees and shared photos from his latest butterfly search in Ecuador.

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La Joya High School students hold Q&A session with Chancellor Cigarroa

20131024 LJISD-Cigarroa-visit AF  2780 featureLA JOYA—La Joya High School freshman Gilbert Martinez has had his mind set on leaving the Valley to pursue a career as a pediatrician. But after meeting with University of the Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa last week, Martinez changed his mind.

“It is good to know there will be a school here by the time I graduate,” he said. “Knowing I have this opportunity to stay, I can get my doctorate and not leave home.”

Students from La Joya High School circled around Cigarroa taking advantage of their time with the head of UT, asking questions about the new university and medical school that will be added to the UT system. Cigarroa came down to the Rio Grande Valley Friday to visit with La Joya students as well as students, staff and faculty at the University of Texas Pan-American.

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Alton teachers receive regional award for two consecutive years

20131029 Teachers-of-the-Year Alton AF 2901ALTON—Two years in a row, the honor of top teacher in the region has gone to educators at Alton Memorial Jr. High.

Yvette Nevarez received Regional Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2012, and Rosbel Peña won the title for 2013; an achievement that was unexpected, according to the duo.

“It was a big honor to represent our campus, our kids and our co-workers and my family,” Peña said. “We try our best, we don’t go in there expecting to win, there are 26 other teachers in there competing for the same award.”

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Mission residents celebrate Dia de los Muertos

20131026 Dia-de-los-Muertos 2841Faith Guerra stood in front of an altar Saturday evening, pointing to pictures of her great-grandparents, grandparents and her uncle.

The Mission Historical Museum’s Dia de los Muertos Festival was one way for the 11-year-old member of Girl Scout Troop No. 472 to get to know her family’s roots.

“They were really great people,” she said.

Guerra’s mom, Michelle, is the troop leader and service unit organizer for the region. It was her idea to recruit her girls to put together an altar for the event. It’s something Michelle’s just now learning about herself because she was not raised to honor Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

“I want her to start learning more about the culture,” Michelle Guerra said. “It seems like this generation now, even my generation, it seems that we have kind of gotten away from it.”

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MHS band advances to area competitions with VMHS

20131101 MHS-pigskin-pictureMISSION—The Mission High School Eagle Marching Band earned a Division 1 rating at the 71st Annual Pigskin Jubilee marching competition, a feat that has not been reached in over 11 years.

The band has had a stream of successful performances in competitions leading up the to the Pigskin Jubilee, including a Division 1 rating at the City of Palms Festival in McAllen. The Eagle Band’s color guard also won best 4A color guard at a competition in San Benito.

The Eagle Marching Band along with the Veterans Memorial High School Patriot Marching Band received Division 1 ratings; the last time the Patriot Marching Band received a Division 1 rating was three years ago.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe construction nears completion

20131025 OLG-dome-1 featureParishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe will have much to be thankful this holiday season because Father Roy Snipes expects the congregation to move into its newly renovated worship hall by

Contractors erected the church’s dome and cross, which had been down for several months, on Saturday.

“We’ve restored the beautiful skyline of old south Mission,” said Father Roy Snipes.

Built in 1927, the dome and the church have undergone a more than $2 million expansion and renovation that began in May 2012. Over the years, the church, with a 500-person capacity had become too small to hold the area’s growing population and the dome wasn’t expected to make it through a hurricane. The construction project entailed expanding the eastern and western sides of the worship hall out by 30 feet and rebuilding the dome.

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