Chamber to recognize outstanding volunteers in unique fashion


Outgoing Chairman of the Board for the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Parker Neel will officially hand over the reins of the organization to his successor, Cliffe Killam, in a unique virtual ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Traditionally held in a luncheon-type setting, this year’s “End-of-the-Year” program and awards ceremony is taking a new twist. A planning committee has been working diligently over the last month to make sure that a program that is entertaining, while maintaining the seriousness of the event, is delivered.

“The pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect of our daily lives,” Neel said. “But it’s not about to take away from the recognition so many of our members deserve for their dedication and hard work during the year.”

Annually, the outgoing

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Florida must recognize threat of extreme heat, especially for pregnant women

Palm Beach Post

Summer in our tropical paradise feels hotter than the ones I remember as a child. In fact, the last five years are the hottest ever measured. Florida’s record-smashing summers are dangerous.  Experts predict more frequent, severe, and longer heat waves in our future. In Palm Beach County, the number of days with a “feels like” temperature over 100°F are predicted to quadruple from the historic average of 28 a year to 121 such days by mid-century. 

Extreme heat is a public health concern. Heat is called the silent killer because it kills more people than any other extreme weather event. At least 700 people in the U.S. die each year of heat-related illnesses, and some researchers suggest this number is much higher. As the earth warms, there will be more emergency room visits, illness, and deaths. The good news is that many of these deaths can be

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