On Saturday, local birders will gather at 7:30 a.m.at the Willie DeLeon Civic Center to assist in the 115th-annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Helpers and new birders are always welcome to join in the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. The count provides critical data on population trends of all American bird species. It all began on Christmas Day 1900, when ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then-budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition – a “Christmas Bird Census” to count birds rather than hunt them. Now over 2,300 teams participate each year.
Christmas in Prickly Pear Flats looked an awful lot like Christmas in Uvalde on Saturday night at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House. Proceeds from the play –which was written and produced by Good Eggs Jan Elliott, Susan Austin, Linda Ramon, Ellen Balke, Linda Koehl and Kay Brieden – will be used to support local groups, fund future events and provide an annual scholarship for a deserving high school senior.
If you like Christmas music and the sounds of an old organ, look no further than the El Progreso Memorial Library for your fix. Barbara Dillahunty is bringing 50 years of organplaying experience to the library as she performs for visitors and sets a merry Christmas atmosphere this holiday season.
As a former biology teacher, Glenda McDowell loves to paint the beauty she sees daily in nature. Her beautiful landscape and animals earned her the distinction of being El Progreso Memorial Library’s Artist of the Month for December. McDowell is a winter Texan splitting her time between Colorado and Texas, which gives her a first-person view of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States.
At Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, Uvalde natives Arthur Thomas and his daughter Christina Thomas will both cross the stage. Arthur will graduate with a Master of Education in general education. Christina graduated in the summer with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and is taking part in the winter ceremony.
The Huajilla Unit of Texas Retired Teachers Association met Nov. 17 at the Devine Methodist Church Hall. President Rosemary Bendele welcomed the 63 members and guest Mitch Harnell and led the group in the pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags. Bendele thanked Marsha and Lewis Stroud for the work and support in setting up this meeting.
On April 22, 1999, two Uvalde parents were given a gift that only one in 726 couples will ever experience. Sandra and Robert Aguirre welcomed the arrival of triplets. Two of the three babies were identical, while the other was fraternal. The two identical girls are UHS sophomores Kyra and Alyssa Aguirre. The third member of the set is Ofelia.
Morgann Atlee McDonald and Charles Bradley Crawford were united in holy matrimony on Oct. 18, 2014, at six o’clock in the evening at First United Methodist Church in Uvalde. The Rev. Tim Fahrenthold officiated the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Debbie and Glenn McDonald of Uvalde. She will continue her education at Sul Ross State University – Rio Grande College, where she is majoring in business. She also plans to further her barrel racing career.