NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-Day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got here the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire, and the occasional startling blast of a mine geysering brown sand into the air. That plus a gigantic and pitiful litter of wreckage along miles of shoreline.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Stephanie A. Finleon, chief development and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Three Uvalde Girl Scouts received faith awards from the national organization on March 16 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. Nadia Gonzales and Rebekah Ramirez from Girl Scout Troop 4199 received the Marian Medal, which requires more than 16 hours of coursework, volunteer time and a witness project.
With two new musicians and three founding members, Uvalde’s Rough River Band is tuning up for a 20-gig summer. With decades of cumulative experience behind them, the men who hail from Uvalde, Sabinal, D’Hanis, Leakey and Eagle Pass are more than ready to see people dancing to and enjoying their music.
A lot of people exercise their bodies to stay in good physical shape, but Michael Ortiz of Uvalde exercises both sides of his brain daily as he finds a balance between his day job – being a math professor, and his night job – painting small, incredibly detailed works of art. Ortiz has taught math to students at Sul Ross University– Rio Grande College for the last five years. Originally from Castroville, Ortiz moved to Uvalde not long after finishing his doctorate at the University of Texas.
Local dogs strutted their stuff during the Uvalde County 4-H Dog Show last Sunday at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Makenzie Mortensen won Best Junior Handler honors and Hanna Galan won Best Senior Handler honors. Galan also took home Best in Show with her dog Haley, and Best in Show non-purebred and the Novice Obedience award with her dog Stuart.
The Billy Penland books by writer Marylou Stewart are dedicated to the soldiers of the world. Stewart, a long-time resident and former teacher/counselor in Uvalde, says her books are for every man, woman and child who has ever placed themselves in harm’s way for the purpose of protecting the innocent.
Mike and Tammy Connor (far right), of Houston, present a framed photograph of John Connor to the Archives of Southwest Texas at El Progreso Library. John Connor, the first Uvalde Police Chief, was Mike Connor’s grandfather and one of the people honored at the Memorial for Fallen Officers held May 6 at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Others pictured include (left to right) El Progreso Memorial Library employees Olga Zamora and Belia Romo, and library archivist Virginia Davis.
A group of eight healthand-wellness-minded students from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene will be making their way through Uvalde on Tuesday as part of their Bike Ride Across Texas. The ride begins Saturday, ends May 20, and will take the group 925 miles – from South Texas to South Kansas through Brownsville, Premont, Tilden, Uvalde, Eden, Abilene, Paducah, Wheeler, and Liberal, Kan.
Connie Armbruster of Uvalde has been named the El Progreso Library Artist of the Month for May. Kohni, as she signs all her work, will have her art on display at the library for the duration of the month. Armbruster has lived in Uvalde for the past 10 years.