RGV city receives governor’s award

MERCEDES — One local organization is looking forward to more days filled with trash, brush and junk.

A recent announcement of Keep Mercedes Beautiful making the state list of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award of Excellence made the group all the more eager to keep organizing cleaning activities for the city.

They awarded for their participation in Keep Texas Beautiful.

“The award has given us a lot of motivation to keep going and doing what we’re doing,” said Vanessa Marie Perez, chairwoman of Keep Mercedes Beautiful. “We’re very, very proud and everything we do we tribute it to our volunteers because without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

Perez led a large group of eager volunteers this past weekend cleaning up the city.

“We filled up 28 bags of trash,” said Perez. “We are out there for three to four hours and we went out there and did what we were going to do.”

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