Two Uvalde Memorial Hospital nurses visited Benson Elementary Sept. 12 to educate the students about germs and how children can help prevent germ transmission. Nurses Pauline Garcia and Dawn Scott stopped by during physical education classes to talk to the fifth-grade students about germs, hand washing and lice – all important topics in health education.
The younger generations of Uvalde are probably familiar with Garner Field, Garner State Park, and the Briscoe-Garner Museum, now housed where former vice-president John Nance Garner once lived. However, those born in the 1960s and later might not be familiar with the Garner houses. In fact, they may be living in one of these historical houses and not know it. I not only was born in one of these houses on Nopal Street, but my family lived in two different Garner houses in later years, one on North East Lane and another on East School Lane.
The national celebration of Constitution Week begins Sept. 17, 2014, and on Aug. 21 the observance was proclaimed at a signing headed by Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell in the county courthouse. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of the country’s least-known official observances.
Joel Morales, who works for Paul’s Drywall and Painting, added a little flair when asked to touch up some letters at the Honey Bowl, and the move got the attention of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District employees. Once they noticed his talent, his job went from painting letters to painting a Coyote head in the visitor’s area of the field house.
Pat Rogers is the El Progreso Memorial Library Artist of the Month for September. Her photographs will be on display for the duration of the month. She and her husband, Paul, her childhood sweetheart, have lived in Montell for the past seven years. In Montell, she finds inspiration for photographs everywhere she looks.
Staff at Rocksprings’s award-winning Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library and Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area invite area residents to a free community picnic, evening bat emergence show, and NASA-led moon-viewing event. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings. Attendees will caravan to the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area from there.
Four students received their high school diplomas Wednesday after working tirelessly over the summer to recover credits and pass their end-of-course exams. The commencement took place during a special Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District school board meeting held at the Uvalde High School library.
One of the biggest draws to Palomino Fest each year is the professional music lineup, which always features a little bit for everyone. Few genres are left out of this year’s music lineup, which is headlined by local legends Los Palominos. All acts will perform on one of two stages: Bud Light Concert Stage or Southwest Junior College Community Stage.
Uvalde High School cheerleaders Ashlyn Velasquez, Brandon Hernandez, Monica Vargas and Alyssa Aguirre will be heading to London this December to participate in the 2015 Varsity Cheer Tour, which includes performing in the London New Year’s Day parade. Each cheerleader was designated as an All-American at a recent summer camp, which allows them the opportunity to visit England.
Three years ago, Iza Ybarra Marcrum ventured to the Middle East to teach and she is still enjoying her once-in-a-lifetime experience. Marcrum, a Uvalde High School graduate, taught for 24 years in Texas before moving to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to teach Arabian students.