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Leo Peña Park to be renovated

20180126 STLaPlacitaWhen renovations are complete, Leo Peña “La Placita” Park in downtown Mission will be fully ADA accessible and the design will match the recent Streetscape Project done a couple of years ago to brighten up the downtown Mission area.

That’s according to Mission City Manager Martin Garza when asked about the renovations project, which was approved during Monday Mission City Council meeting. The project, which was awarded to Williamson Construction, will take approximately four months at a cost of $1.4 million.

“Through the years, the concrete seating has deteriorated and the facility does not meet ADA standards,” added Garza. “There is also need for improved lighting.”

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Ancestor of Duchess of Mandarin Orange started first orange trees in RGV

alyssa navarroDuring last November’s Princess Anna Pageant, 16-year-old Alyssa Navarro and her mom came across an article of the Progress Times that would impact her family history.

The article, Navarro said, detailed how the citrus industry was inspired by the Laguna Seca Ranch, a citrus growing region north of Edinburg created in 1867 by Macedonio Vela, so he and his family could settle after he was exiled from Mexico. There, in the 4,000 acres of wild brush, his daughter, Carlota would plant the first orange seeds in the Rio Grande Valley after a traveling priest gifted them to her. By planting those seeds, Carlota sparked an agricultural revolution that opened the doors to the huge citrus market the Valley was known for.

For Navarro, the article raised questions, as she was aware her ancestors had lived in the Laguna Seca Ranch, which is still owned by the Vela family. Through research she was able to confirm she herself was a descendent of Carlota who was her great-great-great grandmother.

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Sharyland’s Health Science Institute accepting applications

HSILOGOWith plans of opening in 2020, the Sharyland Independent School District is already recruiting the students they expect will be their first cohort of the district’s Health Science Institute - 8th graders.

 

“The HSI comes is an expansion of our current medical program and we’re very excited that this was approved by our school board earlier this year,” Cynthia Aldape, the district’s health science coordinator said. “This institute will reflects what data from the Texas Workforce Commission says: healthcare is a growing field and we’re preparing students for careers in that field.”

 

A 2015 study from the U.S. Department of Labor said employment of healthcare occupations are projected to grow 19 percent in the next few years, adding more than 2 million jobs nationwide.

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Mission Health Fair provides free health screenings

missionchamberThe Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will collaborate again for the 23rd Annual Mission Community Health Fair.  The event will be held at the Sharyland High School gym on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free to the public.

 

The event is designed to provided free health screenings, awareness, and education to low-income individuals and families. Blood tests for the first 500 people will be provided by the laboratory team of Mission Regional Medical Center. A 12-hour fast is required for those interested in a blood screening.

 

The following free screenings and services that will be included at the Health Fair: bone density, cholesterol, diabetes, liver and kidney function, flu vaccines and much more.

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Sharyland Bannworth gym looking to expand

boys-and-girls-club-logoThis coming fall, Sharyland students will be able to enjoy the benefits of a fully operational Boys and Girls Club at the Sharyland Bannworth Gym.

 

The gym at Bannworth Park, located at 1822 N. Shary Rd., is currently open on a part time basis for two months during the summer. This will change as the Boys and Girls Club is seeking to expand it into a fully operational location, announced the organization’s director, Juan Arevalo.

 

Arevalo said Tuesday that the Bannworth location is looking to undergo some major construction to add six classrooms for educational purposes. The $300,000 project will allow the Boys and Girls Club location to provide services year-round.

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Sharyland open enrollment program yields seven new students

Sharyland-LogoAt their school board meeting last month, the Sharyland Independent School District announced the district has enrolled seven students from outside their district as part of their open enrollment program.

 

“It’s not a large number but I think we like it that way,” District Superintendent Robert O’Connor said at the board meeting. “We’re very selective in the process. What makes it challenging, especially at the secondary level, is the way we do our semester and terms. Since we accelerated a lot this year it makes it difficult to accept junior and high school students, it’s a little trickier for them to catch up. We’ve kept it tight with high standards.”

 

Approved last August, the district opened up their campus for new students due to a lack of growth in the district. However, the district would be charging a $2,500 yearly fee once students pass the strict application process to attend the district.

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