When Elijah Gonzalez got his new prosthetic arm, he did what any 7-month-old boy would do – tried it out on his mother and siblings by swatting at them and then laughing at their reactions.
This recently-discovered trick was made possible because of a partnership between Elijah’s occupational therapist, Adrian Vega, and the El Progreso Memorial Library, which aims to enrich lives by providing access to books and technology and – in Elijah’s case – access to a prosthesis for his left arm.
Customers sip coffee as Alan Carmichael (standing) reflects on 44 years of memories of operating what was formerly a pharmacy and soda fountain. He sold the 201 N. Getty St. business in 2007 to Bruce Gingrich. In 2012, Gingrich sold the pharmacy portion to Walgreens, but the lunch counter remained open. Carmichael was on hand Friday morning to celebrate the last gathering of the morning coffee crowd, as the store officially closed its doors that afternoon.
Young entrepreneurs (left to right) Kennedy Thompson, Victoria Phillips, Peyton Phillips, and Kayleigh Griffin man a lemonade stand on North Park Street. The girls old cups of lemonade for 25 cents (small) to 50 cents(large) on Wednesday to raise money for the Uvalde Humane Society; they ended the day with $36 and are already planning their next business day.
It seemed an impossibility just last summer, as levels in the Edwards Aquifer continued a steady downward spiral, but the massive amount of rain that fell over the area last month has been enough topull Uvalde County out of Stage 5 restrictions for the first time in over two years. On Thursday, the EAA declared that Uvalde County is now in Stage 3, thanks to a steady rise in the Edwards Aquifer. Less than one week prior, the EAA announced the move into Stage 4 conditions for the Uvalde Pool of the aquifer was a result of levels in the Edwards rising to above 840 feet. It is a reading that had not been reached since March 28, 2013, when Uvalde County first entered Stage 5 restrictions.
Many 2015 Uvalde High School graduates will be able to breathe a little easier next year after receiving numerous scholarships and free-moneyopportunities for college. The Admiral Jack Darby Scholarship was awarded to Myda Medrano; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 479 scholarship, Ashlyn Velasquez and Angela Limones; and an AT&T scholarship, Otilio Carranza III. The Brackettville Border Patrol Welfare & Recreation Association Scholarship went to Ashlyn Velasquez, while Corbin Cargil received a scholarship to play football at the Colorado School of Mines.
El Progreso Memorial Library’s bilingual story hour held Monday was one of the most well-attended story times in recent history; it served as a great way to kick off the summer reading program. The unique story hour was conducted by special guest Sue Young, a bilingual storyteller and singer-songwriter who aims to get children excited about reading. Her presentation of songs and storieson Monday was titled “Heroes and She-roes – Héroes y Heroínas.”
El Progreso Memorial Library will celebrate Flag Day on Sunday with a special ceremony at 2 p.m., recreating an iconic time in the town’s rich history. Mendell Morgan, library director, said that the flagpole on the library grounds has stood silent at the busy intersection of Park and West Main Street for many years.