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Plenty of good watermelons available
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Courtesy photo | Texas
Wells Fargo celebrates new branch
crop in Delaware, Indiana, Florida Association Inc. Web site shows By MIKE HALL She said she and her staff are a
UVALDE — Watermelon afi- and Georgia have filled the market that producers in the Lone Star LAREDO MORNING TIMES dedicated team.
cionados can rest easy. Despite to this point, but West Texas grow- state grow approximately 40,000 “The team is very important.
heavy rains in South Texas, the cionados can rest ers are counting on a good market acres of watermelons each year, Wells Fargo Bank celebrated the Wells Fargo has a program that
juicy melons should be avail- easy. Despite going into Labor Day and the rest of producing approximately 640 mil- grand opening of its newest branch does surveys with employees and
able at reasonable prices for the heavy rains in September. lion pounds. in North Laredo in the H-E-B shop- we always come out on top,”
rest of the summer, said a Texas South Texas, the “Our quality is good here,” “The rains (in South Texas) kept ping center across from Doctors Cisneros said.
Cooperative Extension expert. juicy melons McWhirter said. “We don’t have a the bees from being able to polli- Hospital on McPherson Road with “I’m so proud that we are part of
“A year or two ago, watermelons should be available strong price yet, but we are the last nate the watermelon, cantaloupe the help of the Laredo Chamber of this new and fast-growing commu-
got to $6-$7 each, and I’m too at reasonable ones to have watermelons, so we’re and cucumber plants the way they Commerce on Thursday evening. nity. We look around us, and every-
chinchy to pay that kind of money, prices for the rest looking for a good September mar- normally would, and also kept the H.R.H. Construction Co. built thing is new on this side of town,”
but I will pay $4 for a good one,” of the summer, ket.” pollen from reaching or remaining the bank, which is the first full- Cisneros said.
said Joe Pena, extension economist said a Texas So while South Texas producers at its target,” Pena said. “In many service store Wells Fargo has “This new store will be a land-
in Uvalde. “This year, thanks to the Cooperative did lose watermelons, overall the instances, produce was left to rot in opened in Laredo in 10 years, mark in North Laredo with the
rain, there has been plenty of good Extension expert. rain increased production across the field.” according to Joe Zafereo, vice pres- capability to offer neighboring fam-
quality seedless melons in my price the entire state, and therefore there South Texas melon and cucum- ident and project manager for Wells ilies, and international businesses,
range. is still a healthy supply, Pena said. ber yields were 20 percent to 30 Fargo. the most advanced financial solu-
“Watermelons and cantaloupes melons than normal. Mexico also supplied a lot of the percent lower than average due to Wells Fargo Bank donated tions, products and services,” said
are two of the few vegetables plant- Americans eat about 15 earlier watermelons. the rains, he said. $1,000 to Alexander High School Alejandro Cabezut, community
ed in nearly every Texas county G a r d e n pounds of watermelon a “However, you have to remem- “But some other areas of Thursday evening at the grand banking president.
whether it be in commercial region was hit hard year, according to the U.S. ber that for the producers who Texas actually produced more opening of the bank’s newest AssiPhoto by Mike Hall | Laredo Morning Times Wells Fargo has other banking
amounts or in gardens,” Pena said. with either too much rain during Department of Agriculture, lost their crops due to rain, it’s melons from dryland production branch, and branch manager Emily Wells Fargo Bank donated $1,000 to Alexander High School Thursday evening at the grand opening of the bank’s newest branch near the locations in Laredo at 1100
“We enjoy an earlier season than key pollination periods or with and the overall U.S. crop likely will devastating, and you’ve got to be than other areas did from irrigat- Cisneros accepted a congressional new H-E-B plus! store on McPherson Road in the north part of Laredo. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Robert Santos, branch man- Matamoros, 1220 Guadalupe St.,
other areas, but we’re not the center fields too wet to harvest. But the meet that demand. sympathetic to those farmers,” he ed acres,” Pena said. “So there plaque from U.S. Rep. Henry ager Emily Cisneros, Assistant Principal Edwardo Garza, Principal Dolores Wise-Barrera, Assistant Principal Roberto Farias and Alex 5219 San Dario Blvd. and 6010
of U.S. watermelon production.” widespread rain allowed other Macky McWhirter, a melon said. has been a lot of supply across Cuellar’s office. Cabezut, Wells Fargo community banking president. Additional checks were presented to Malakoff Elementary and United Day schools McPherson as well as several ATMs
Pena said the Texas Winter parts of the state to produce more grower near Plains, said a good The Texas Watermelon Texas.” Cisneros said she enjoyed the with another grand opening ceremony at the bank branch on Friday afternoon. around town. It also has Wells
turnout for the grand opening Fargo Financial at 201 W. Hillside
reception by the business commu- ready. We’ve been open since July 19 “All our staff is fully trained. A from the others. They are naturals. and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage at
SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, FORUMS AND MORE nity.
“Everybody is so excited, and we’re
and we have been waiting for this
grand opening to happen,” she said.
few of them are new employees to
Wells Fargo, and they will learn
They have it in them. I’m so proud
McPherson and 1100
TAMIU has registration Sept. 12, at noon at the Embassy 4:30 p.m. at the Western 0800, Ext. PR246 or via the internet
Suites Hotel. Nicasio Flores, from Hemispheric Trade Center, room 111. at www.lion.com.
for Web site class
Registration is underway for
the Department of Labor, will be
making a presentation about the
Family Medical Leave Act. The
A registration fee of $50 will cover
conference session and materials,
continental breakfast and lunch.
Fed sets conference Railroad bridge site not supported by N.L.
Creating and Marketing a meeting fee is $10 for members and The seminar will provide infor- on migration and trade
Successful Web Site, a non-credit $25 for non-members., and mem- mation on the law and rules, Editor's Note: This article was cial consequences. rail bridge to be built on this bor- shares the council’s concerns.
course offered by Texas A&M bers can now pay lunch fees online. employer and employee rights and DALLAS — The Federal Reserve published in the Laredo Morning He urged Nuevo Laredo Mayor der,” Peña said. “They always “I was clear before the Texas
International University. Business responsibilities, medical, income Bank of Dallas will have a one-day Times on Aug. 30. Daniel Peña Treviño to meet with showed an inclination to build the transportation authorities. (They)
owners can learn to unlock the
secrets of the Web and promote
Registration continues for and death benefit eligibility
requirements, the claims process,
conference on migration, trade and
development in Dallas, Oct. 6 at the By MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio
Hernández as well as with repre-
bridge near Colombia. That’s what
they told us, that they had a com-
should conduct a study about where
the bridges should be built,” Peña
their business on the Web. Tuition is annual industry symposium return to work, the dispute resolu- Dallas Bank at 2200 N. Pearl St. A LAREDO MORNING TIMES sentatives of Kansas City Southern plete project.” said.
$199 per person and $149 for nesses from Laredo and South tion process and health, safety and $35 fee for the conference will stay and Union Pacific to come up with Neither the government of County Judge Valdez, Laredo
University staff, students and alum- A variety of people from manu- Texas are sponsoring individual prevention programs. in palce until Sept. 22, when the fee NUEVO LAREDO — This city an alternative that would have both Tamaulipas nor of Nuevo Laredo Mayor Salinas and City Manager
ni. The class is scheduled for facturing professionals to business events, including social events for For more information or to regis- increases to $50. The fee includes and the state of Tamaulipas stand to rail lines continuing to cross their formally protested against a legiti- Villarreal were in Monterrey on
Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 students will benefit from the those who register. ter call the TAMIU SBDC office at conference materials, breakfast and lose 80 percent of its rail traffic if a traffic through Nuevo Laredo. mate project at Colombia, but they Wednesday and were unavailable
p.m. To register, contact Cindy speakers who have been confirmed Cost for the two full-day regis- 326-2827, or e-mail lunch. Student rate is $35. new international bridge supported “The government of Nuevo did warn Valdez and Salinas that for comment.
Martínez at firstname.lastname@example.org or to attend the 14 annual manufactur- trations for LDF or LMA members email@example.com/. The first morning session, chaired by Union Pacific as well as Laredo Laredo should not be dealing with they shouldn’t be against Nuevo Laredo District VI Councilman
326-2486. ing and logistics symposium on is $300, and exhibitors are invited by Harvey Rosenblum, of the Federal and Webb County leaders is built just one company,” Pedraza said. Laredo. Gene Belmares indicated Laredo is
Sept. 19-20 in Laredo, according to to attend with a $600 registration Workshop prepares hazmat Reserve of Dallas, will focus on the near Colombia, Nuevo Leon, as “We need to be all-encompassing Peña was very clear: the projects not working against Nuevo Laredo.
Federal Reserve president Ed Sherwood, chairman of the sym-
posium committee for the Logistics
(that includes two full registra-
tions). Students can register for $75 shippers for new mandates
reade, migration aand development
nexus. The morning will round out
The sobering statistic was
and work for both companies and
to build a new rail bridge and a fifth
vehicular bridge should be built at a
He pointed out that it’s Union
Pacific that wants to build its bridge
to speak in Laredo and Manufacturing Port Laredo, and professor registration is $100. with Roger W. Wallace, of Pioneer revealed by three councilmen rep- Carlos Cantú Rosas, also of the point shared by the two Laredos. in the area of Flecha Lane.
one of the sponsors of the event. The full conference schedule SAN ANTONIO — For those who Natural Resources Co. and Mexico resenting opposing parties at PAN party, and Francisco Chavira “The authorities in Laredo and “As far as I know, Union Pacific
Richard Fisher, president of the The theme for the symposium is and registration information is must ensure compliance with the Institue, and the Woodrow Wilson Wednesday’s Nuevo Laredo City Martínez, of the PRD party, agreed the community should demonstrate has a presidential permit,”
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is “Industry In Motion: Powerful available of the LDF’s Web site at latest hazardous materials regula- International Center as chair for a Council meeting. with Pedraza. that they truly are brothers of this Belmares said. “But we, at least me
secheduled to be the guest speaker strategies in manufacturing and www.ldfonline.org or by calling tions, Lion Technology, the nation’s session on politics of migration and The councilmen, who represent Laredo’s chief concern is meet- city, united on projects and working personally, would not turn our
at a luncheon at the Laredo logistics,” Sherwood said, and the 722-0563 or 1-800-820-0564. leader in regulatory compliance trade. opposing parties but who are unit- ing the demand that’s expected to together for economic development backs on Nuevo Laredo.”
Country Club Sept. 10 from noon to event will showcase Laredo’s facili- training, is offering its two-day Mark R. Rosenzweig, of Yale ed against moving the bridge near be created when the seaport of and tourism,” Peña said. (To reach Miguel Timoshenkov,
1:30 p.m. For more information, call
the San Antonio Branch of the
ties as the top-rated inland port in
the country The schedule of key
Learn Workers Compensation “Hazardous Materials Transpor-
tation Certification Workshop” on
University, will given the luncheon
keynote address. For more infor-
Colombia, noted that Kansas City
Southern handles only 20 percent
Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of
Michoacán is fully operational.
He added that as head of the gov-
ernment and as a private citizen, he
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas at industry speakers from around the Basics at SBDC Conference Sept. 18-19, at the Marriott San mation, contact Magda Salazar at of the rail traffic coming through Gov. Hernández and Mayor Peña
(800) 292-5810, ext. 81405. country is ready network with Antonio Riverwalk, 711 East (214) 922-5843 or 1-800-333-4460, the city. recently met with Webb County
transportation and logistic man- The Texas A&M International Riverwalk in San Antonio. ext. 25843. Kansas City Southern and the Judge Danny Valdez, Laredo Mayor
LAHARM meeting speaker agers, and other professionals
actively engaged in the business.
University Small Business
Development Center and the Texas
Attendance costs $695 per per-
son, with group discounts available.
Nuevo Laredo leaders support an
alternate site south of
Raul Salinas and City Manager
Carlos Villarreal on the issue.
to discuss FMLA The symposium takes place the Workers' Compensation Commis- Sign-in is at 7:30 a.m., with the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. Hernández suggested that
Western Hemispheric Trade Center sion will have a “Workers' workshop beginning at 8:30 a.m. Rafael Pedraza Domínguez, a Nuevo Laredo, Webb County and
The Laredo Association for at Texas A&M International Compensation 101 Conference.” and concluding at 4 p.m. Pre-regis- PAN councilman and customs bro- Laredo work together to chose a Your source for local business news
Human Resource Management will University, the event’s third major The conference is scheduled for tration is recommended. Students ker by trade, said the move to site for the new railroad bridge.
have its monthly meeting, Wed., sponsor. Corporations and busi- Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to can register by phone, (973) 383- Colombia could have serious finan- “We are seeking a way for the