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HONORING LEWIS LODICO FOR 60 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTING SERVICE
Lewis Joseph Lodico, longtime Edinburg Volunteer Firefighter
Commissioners' Court approved a resolution honoring Edinburg resident Lewis Joseph Lodico for his outstanding 60 years of service to his community as a volunteer firefighter in the City of Edinburg. Born on September 7, 1934 in Silver Creek, New York, Lodico began his service with the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department on September 8, 1952, a day after his 18th birthday. Since then, he has served as an active volunteer firefighter, and this year marks his 60th continuous year of volunteer service with the Department. Throughout his career, Lodico has held numerous leadership positions within the department, including Assistant Fire Chief, and currently serves as Chief Emeritus, the highest honor in the Department. Lodico has served thousands of hours in emergency and fire service training in 31 subjects, and has mentored hundreds of young firefighters during his tenure, educating, listening, leading and guiding them in their lives. Lodico was joined by his wife Sharon and Deputy Chief Uvaldo Perez, who spoke highly of Lodico's commitment to the field and to his community. Commissioners' Court members thanked Mr. Lodico for his service and congratulated him on the well-deserved recognition.
RECOGNITION OF RGV CUPCAKE FACTORY "CUPCAKE GIRLS"
RGV Cupcake Factory owners Johanna Saenz, Erica Rodriguez and Sabrina Rodriguez-Louck
Commissioners' Court recognized the owners of the RGV Cupcake Factory, Erica Rodriguez, Sabrina Rodriguez-Louck, and Johanna Saenz, for their successful participation in "Cupcake Wars," a television show on the Food Network channel. Sabrina and Erica represented the RGV Cupcake Factory in the competition; they excelled in all aspects of the competition and won the $10,000 grand prize as the first Texas winners of the show. Commissioners' Court provided the ladies a Certificate of Recognition, and County Judge Ramon Garcia congratulated the ladies on their success and for bringing Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley into the national spotlight for such a positive accomplishment. After the recognition, members of the Court and the public were treated to samples of the renowned, and delectable, cupcakes. View more photos here >>. [https://picasaweb.google.com/110815505267724659479/July242012CommissionersCourt#5768837900552225778]
4-H YOUTH RECOGNIZED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS
Hidalgo County 4-H Members
Nine Hidalgo County 4-H members were recognized by the County Commissioners' Court July 24 for their achievements in competitive events in the areas of clothing and textiles, fashion design, and consumer decision making at the district and state level. Youths recognized were Renee Boyle, Claudia Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Timmy Bradford, Matthew Salinas, Amanda Salinas, Brianna Bullion, Beth Quintanilla, and Bianca Garcia. Accompanying them was Nora N. Garza, County Extension Agent, with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Hidalgo County. Ms. Garza is their adviser and coach. These 4-H projects expose youths to the academic disciplines for family and consumer science and help them gain valuable life and leadership skills, which can be applied to daily life. More importantly, the youths exhibited the highest standard of character when competing, and participated in community service as a way to share what they had learned with others in need. View more photos >>. [https://picasaweb.google.com/110815505267724659479/July242012CommissionersCourt#5768837666098199010]
UPDATE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS
Solar light installed at Anzalduas Park in Mission Committee members of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant project presented Commissioners' Court with an update on the utilization of funds from the $3.5 million grant that was received in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the U. S. Department of Energy. The funding enabled the County to implement projects to reduce consumption of energy and promote efficiency and conservation within the County's operations. The County utilized the funding for various precinct-specific projects, including retrofitting County facilities with LED lighting and sensors, reaping considerable cost savings as well as reducing energy consumption; installation of solar lights in colonias as an innovative means to address basic infrastructure needs with a self-sustaining solar-powered solution; the construction of the Pct 2 Administration building, the County's first "green" building utilizing solar lighting, wind turbines and photovoltaic systems to conserve energy. Several countywide projects were also implemented with the funding, such as the Commuter Rail Feasibility Study and most recently, the County's first Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy. Through the strategic partnership with the US Department of Energy through this project, Hidalgo County will continue to advance energy efficiency initiatives and remain a leader in promoting sustainable efforts throughout the County.
The next meeting of Commissioners' Court is scheduled for Tuesday, 7/31/2012.
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