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The Rio Grande Herald-Thursday, January 11,2001, Page 2
Blessing of the Animals
During the recent Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Amador Garza, pastor of Immaculate
Conception Church, held several special services to bless the animals. The pets of Immaculate Conception
School students and staff were blessed at a special service during morning prayer time. Birds, cats, dogs, and
the second grade class hamster were among the animals blessed by Father before being taken home so
school could start.
Medina EC to offer
nine $2500 scholarships
For the second year Medina
Electric Cooperative will offer nine
$2500 scholarships to eligible
Medina EC members and their
Applications are available at each
district office and schools
throughout Medina EC's 17-county
"I am very excited to be able to
offer these scholarships to our
members," said Medina EC General
Manager Larry Oefinger. "I think it
is an excellent opportunity for us to
assist future Medina EC members
in achieving their educational
Texas State Law (HB 3202),
enacted in 1997, allows nonprofit
Rosa takes part in
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Elena
G. Rosa, daughter of Elvia R. and
Lorenzo R. Guerrero of 40 Midway
Road in Rio Grande City, recently
participated in Exercise Dynamic
Mix 2000 in Assiross, Greece
while assigned to the 2nd Marine
Expeditionary Brigade of the 2nd
Marine Division, Camp Lejeune,
Dynamic Mix 2000 was designed
to enhance U.S. military
warfighting and interoperability
skills and to develop a common
understanding of NATO operational
procedures that could apply to
Rosa is a 1995 graduate of Rio
Grande City High School.
electric cooperatives to use
escheated funds for scholarships and
economic development programs in
the rural areas.
"It took more than a year for
Medina EC staff to develop the
scholarship program," Oefinger
said. "Getting this program up and
running has taken a lot of research
Members and their dependents
who are served by Medina EC, and
are in good standing, are eligible to
Applicants must plan to attend a
recognized Texas institution of
High school seniors, home
school, GED students and adults
pursuing an undergraduate degree are
encouraged to apply. "We wanted to
help as many people as possible to
meet their educational goals,"
Oefinger said. "That's why we
decided to make the scholarship
available to recent graduates as well
Applications are being accepted
through March 1, 2001 at 5 p.m.
They are available through high
school guidance counselors or by
contacting the nearest Medina EC
January Bible Study
First Baptist Church of Rio
Grande City will be holding a
special January 2001 Bible Study
about the Book of James.
The studies will begin with the
morning service on Sunday, Jan. 14
at 11 a.m. The studies will
continue on Sunday night at 7
p.m., and Monday through
Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
The studies will cover such
topics as dealing with the stresses
of life, developing a stronger prayer
life, and treating other individuals
without partiality or prejudice.
Anyone seeking more
information should call 487-2438.
It was once customary to bake a cake with a bean in it on January
6th. Whoever got the slice with the bean was believed to have good
luck all the rest of the year.
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Christmas story told during Angel Tree Project
The Christmas story was read from the Bible in English and Spanish and enacted by children of First
Baptist Church Sunday School classes during the annual Angel Tree Project, which is a part of the Prison
Ministry. Gifts for children whose parents had expressed a desire "through the walls" that they receive a gift
at Christmas were distributed to the families following the Christmas story. Ministers and lay leaders from
many area churches met with the families and gave them Bibles and religious materials along with the gifts.
Refreshments were served by members of St. John United Methodist Church.
RGC Woman's Club holds
regular December meeting
The Rio Grande City Woman's
Club held their December meeting
at the home of Mrs. Elda Perez of
Roma on Dec. 7, 2000.
The meeting was conducted by
Mrs. Vangie Anderson, president.
After the business meeting, Mrs.
Diane Shaffer, program chairman,
presented Mrs. Mary Rodriguez for
Mrs. Rodriguez is a high school
teacher for English III and Art
History AP. Mrs. Rodriguez'
presentation was on the life and
paintings of Pablo Picasso.
Mrs. Rodriguez noted that the
creative genius of Picasso had
begun at an early age. He studied
with the masters; however he
began to create and experiment with
his art. His genius included using
the same subject but painting it in
many different ways like his
paintings of the bull. Mrs.
Rodriguez had copies of his
paintings to illustrate his creativity
as well as the facets of his life.
The program was enjoyed by all
and gave everyone an insight into
the life and art of Pablo Picasso.
The Texas Department of Health
began its Oral Rabies Vaccination
Program over the South Texas area
on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
The 10-day South Texas project
began at daybreak on Jan. 10 at the
Cotulla-La Salle County Airport
located one mile east of Cotulla on
State Highway 97. The project
involves the large-scale airdrop of
rabies vaccine to immunize coyotes
against the rabies virus. The
project's purpose is continued
containment of a rabies epizootic in
Some 770,000 fish meal baits
containing an oral rabies vaccine
will be dropped from three bright
yellow, specially-equipped Twin
Otter planes from the Ontario
(Canada) Ministry of Natural
Resources flying at 500 feet. Baits
will be dropped over portions of 14
South Texas border-area counties to
immunize coyotes against rabies
and reduce the threat of the deadly
disease to domestic animals and
Baits will be air-dropped over
portions of the following South
Texas counties: Starr, Brooks,
Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Hidalgo,
Jim Hogg, Kenedy, La Salle,
Maverick, Webb, Willacy, Zapata
The project is being carried out
by the Texas Department of Health,
with assistance being provided by
the Texas Wildlife Damage
Management Service, Texas
National Guard and Ontario
(Canada) Ministry of Natural
Railroad Commissioner Matthews
supports DPS emergency notice
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Texas
Railroad Commissioner Charles
Matthews supported a Declaration
of Emergency Notice (49 C.F.R.
Section 390.23), which will
provide temporary relief for motor
carriers providing direct assistance
to the delivery of propane and home
heating fuels to storage facilities
and homes in Texas.
"This temporary relief will allow
supplies of propane to get to
homes," Matthews said. "As
regulators of the fuel industry in
Texas, the Railroad Commission's
role is to make sure that people's
homes arc heated, especially during
the severe winter months."
The Railroad Commission has
been working with the Texas
Department of Public Safety and
the Texas Propane Gas Association
on a temporary change on rules for
propane truck drivers to assure that
propane is available to consumers.
The Department of Public Safety
had issued three previous emergency
declarations during the month of
December thai only allowed ccrtain
areas of the stale to be covcred.
This declaration has now issued the
relief statewide for the next five
days. This will allow propane
dealers to increase their inventories
to be able to provide fuel to their
Over the past few days, during
the recent winter event in Northeast
Texas, the Commission was asked
to provide assistance to propane
dealers in the Red River, Bowie,
and Cass county areas in North
Texas. The problem was that the
dealers in the counties could not
obtain an adequate supply of
propane for their customers.
The Commission worked with
independent companies to find a
sufficient number of trucks in the
Houston area and put the dealers in
touch wiih the trucking companies
to make arrangements for gas
shipments to their area. The result
Meeting to seek adoptive
parents planned in RGC
On Tuesday, Jan. 9 in
Brownsville and Tuesday, Feb. 20
in Rio Grande City, an
informational meeting about the
need for foster and adoptive parents
will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Hundreds of children, especially
"special needs children" need a
loving home. Special needs children
are those who have certain special
medical needs or those who suffer
from emotional and behavioral
problems as a result of abuse and/or
Hundreds of young lives need
loving families - foster parents and
This year, resolve to help a child
who needs a foster home, maybe a
permanent home through adoption.
Interested persons can find out more
by attending an informational
meeting on Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8
TDH annual South Texas
rabies vaccine airdrop underway *
After the South Texas project is
completed, operations will move to
Fredericksburg to airdrop rabies
vaccine baits over portions of 24
Central Texas counties to
immunize gray foxes.
Fredericksburg operations are
projected to begin around Jan. 21.
More information, including
project updates, is available via the
Anyone seeking further
information can contact TDH
Public Information Officer Doug
McBride at 512-458-7524. Guy
Moore can be reached at the TDH
Oral Rabies Vaccination Program
Operations Trailer in Cotulla at
was thai the gas dealers were able to
keep up wiih demand and provide
healing fuel to an area that was
largely without heat and power
'The Railroad Commission is
committed to the safety jf all
Texans," stated Matthevs. "I
believe actions such as this will
only continue our efforts toward
providing heat to Texans this
p.m. at First United Methodist
Church, located at 312 Fourth
Street in Rio Grande City. Call loll
free, 877-240-7204, for more
information. The meeting will be
sponsored by Lutheran Social
Services of the South.
Many Americans are finding
ways to bridge the gap between
Medicare reimbursements and
rising healthcare coats.
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Roberts, Kenneth. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 11, 2001, newspaper, January 11, 2001; Edinburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth195763/m1/2/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.