PILAR CELEBRATES TWENTY EIGHT YEARS OF FRUITFUL INDEPENDENCE

The mayor inaugurating the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña”

The sustained and relentless development that Pilar de la Horadada is currently experiencing is nothing more than a reflection of the enterprising nature of the people who live there, progress that is still being forged by a succession of historical events.

But the growth and improvements that are being achieved in the town are neither because of chance or as a quirk of fate, it is progress that is being forged primarily because of the fight for independence by this small corner of the Mediterranean, an area that was abandoned for decades as a minor district of Orihuela.

Almost 30 km from the Orihuela seat of government, Pilar de la Horadada was disregarded. It was never considered as an area worthy of investment with the distant councilors paying little regard to its its economic and social needs. The locals paid disproportionate taxes and the improvements and maintenance to its infrastructures were kept to a minimum.

But after 5 decades of struggle, which first started in 1936, and which included riots, demonstrations, closures of the N332 and even the bricking up of the municipal office, the provincial and autonomous authorities finally approved a decree granting Pilar de la Horadada’s segregation on 30 July 1986.

Every year since then, on the date that was immediately declared as a public holiday, the townsfolk celebrate their creation and their segregation, although at the ceremony held last week at la Casa de Cultura, the current mayor, Jose Fidel Ros, said that it felt like a very long time ago,

“But now we have our history, our geographical environment and our very own defined identity, which after 26 fruitful years, gets ever stronger as time goes by.”

During the event, the mayor paid tribute to the farmers of the town who he said were the cornerstone of the economy of the municipality, with the evolution of Pilar de la Horadada irretrievably linked to it’s agricultural development.

Among the attendees, the Vice President of the Council of Alicante, D. César Asencio, welcomed and congratulate the first residents of the municipality, while the Councillor for Culture, Benjamín Fraile, took the opportunity to share with the audience the important work by his Department many different companies that had forged external collaborations with the townsfolk of Pilar de la Horadada.

During the event he made mention of a new publication issued by the Cultural Department entitled “Agricultura: un tesoro pilareño”. “Agriculture: A Pilareño treasure.” The author, director of the Casa de Cultura, Maria Garcia, thanked all those people who shared their memories and photographs with her which had enabled the publication of this new book

The day was also used to inaugurate the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña” (The Segregation of Pilar), a work acquired by the City in 2011 which was donated by sculptor Ribera Girona, who, for his contribution, was presented with a golden shield of Pilar de la Horadada by the mayor José Fidel Ros.

Mayor Fidel Ros said that the town will continue to grow by taking “courageous decisions in difficult times”, and through the efforts of the government team all pilareños will soon be able to enjoy a reduction in some taxes such as IBI and capital gains.

He also pointed out the continued improvement in the education of our children, a new classroom block at the Institute, additional school transport, and additional study rooms while at the same time continuing to support local charities “because we are united with the people who are most in need.”

The event was also used to present various awards and prizes organized by the Department of Culture. One such presentation was to the winner of the III graffiti contest held on 13 July at la Rambla de la playa Los Jesuitas, in Torre de la Horadada. The first prize of 400 euros was awarded to Abel Hernandez and Rosa Arenas, while the € 100 second prize went to Fernando César.

Prizes were also awarded for the III outdoor painting competition, in collaboration with the Director of Caja Rural, Pedro Martínez Zapata. Of the 9 artists who participated, and whose works can be seen at the exhibition hall in the Casa de Cultura, the second prize of 300 € was made to Francisco Carpena Muñoz, while Alberto Márquez Ruiz won the first prize 600 € .

Finally the results of the jury’s III Municipality of Pilar de la Horadada Sonnets Contest, in which 26 poets presented 36 sonnets, were announced.
M ª Pilar Marqués Celma, entry entitled: “Torre del Conde” received the third prize, while “Pilar de la Horadada, Land of Light,” by Silvia Lemus took second prize with Manuel Terrín Benavides: “Stamp from the Pico Alcores” won the first prize. All of the sonnets will be published in a book later in the year.

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ADVICE FOR THE CARE OF CHILDREN DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Doctors from the Torrevieja Hospital have offered advice on caring for children during the summer holidays

Doctors from the Torrevieja Hospital have offered advice on caring for children during the summer holidays because they say “babies and young children aoe very sensitive to heat, as an infant’s skin burns more deeply and much quicker than an adult, who is not always attentive to their situation.”

They advise using sunscreens with physical filters which should be applied fairly frequently, although they do not recommend their use in children who are under 6 months. Neither do they recommend exposing such children to the summer sun who they say should be protected with long-sleeved shirts or hats.

For swimmers who are stung by a jellyfish the experts say “wash the area with salt water to rinse the tentacles off, do not use fresh water and do not rub the affected area.

Remove any remaining tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, shell or tweezers. If you use bare hands to pluck tentacles off, you’ll most likely get stung on the fingers. That’s also why it’s so important to remove them. If you don’t the victim will keep getting stung until all the nematocysts (fluid sacs) are used up.”

For insect bites they recommend that you carefully remove the sting with tweezers and never squeeze or scratch the area because it can be pushed more deeply into the skin.

In order to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, throughout the year a number of healthcare professionals have recently toured many local schools and centres where they have provide advice on preventive measures against various diseases and ailments.

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AENA AWARD OVER 800,000 € FOR INSULATION

At the 12th meeting of the Environmental Monitoring Commission, which took place on Tuesday, AENA has approved spending of more than 800,000 euros for sound insulation in those homes close to the Alicante-Elche airport.
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BROKEN PALM DAMAGES SCHOOL PROPERTY

The Environmental Department say that the current drought is partly to blame, especially those in many privately owned areas that are not irrigated.

Four palm trees have snapped and fallen over in recent days due to the weight of the weight of the fruit that they bear, the most recent last Thursday afternoon at the Colegio Público Fernando de Loaces causing breakage of the centre’s aircon and heating ducting.

Although there were no injuries locals are saying that over a hundred trees have fallen over since late last year and many now present a very real danger to passers by.

Already there have been several incidents of palm trees that fall in streets abd around public buildings with one collapsing at the entrance of the Bernardo Ruiz sports centre destroying a number of fence posts.

The Department of Environmental asay they are working as fast as they can to remove palm trees and dates to prevent them falling, however the locals complain that this work is long . They say that it should have been carried out in May and now the palms may suffer damage and attract the red weevil beetle plague.

If pruning had occurred when it should have there would not be so much weight and they would not fall down, “they said. Residents complain that there have always been such incidents with palm trees “but not as many as there are now” although the Environmental Department say that the current drought is partly to blame, especially those in many privately owned areas that are not irrigated.

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CLEAN UP AT LA MATA

The Channel Acequión and its surroundings are part of the Natural Park of the Lagunas de La Mata and Torrevieja

Thirty young members of the PP spent their day cleaning up el Canal del Acequión at the weekend from the mouth of the canal along la Playa del Acequión, as far as the bridge at la Avenida Gregorio Marañón

In total they picked up over three thousand kilos of scrap and waste, items such as plastics, cans, clothing, glass, wood, metal, broken signs, office equipment, televisions and even household blinds.

Most of the items were simply dumped at the site, apparently by members of the public who have little, or no regard for the environment, although a small amount may well have ended up in the area as a result of being taken there by the rain or wind, “said one of the youngsters.

The Channel Acequión and its surroundings are part of the Natural Park of the Lagunas de La Mata and Torrevieja, so it is important that the area it kept clean, and as such all of the waste collected was removed. There were a number of concrete stones left behind however but only because they were beginning to accumulate some items of marine life , bryozoans, sea urchins, clams, cockles and other similar species.

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RECORD ATTENDANCE AT MILITARY MODEL EXPO

Pizana said that in just two years of it’s existence the exhibition has become one of the most popular amongst tourists and residents alike.

Over 14,000 people visited the Second Torrevieja Military Model Exhibition that was held last month at the Sala Vista Alegre, making it one of the most popular exhibitions held in the town in recent years

The Councillor for Culture, Luis María Pizana, expressed his satisfaction at the large attendance saying there was a total of 14,321 people who visited the exhibition organized by the Municipal Institute of Culture “Joaquin Chapaprieta” together with the Spanish Association of Military Modelling of Torrevieja.

Pizana said that in just two years of it’s existence the exhibition has become one of the most popular amongst tourists and residents alike.

In this second edition he made mention of the special collaboration of the Military Corps of the Royal Guard, which provided a great many of the exhibits for the exhibition.

A total of 80 people worked hard to set the exhibition up, assembling over 500 exhibits, amongst which were vehicles of the ground forces, military aircraft, Spanish navy ships, motorcycles from the National Police, a car similar to those used by the Royal Guard, Radio control tanks, 20 complete uniforms and a very interesting collection of model soldiers.

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LOCAL AUTHOR SEEKING PUBLISHER

Andrew is looking for a publisher or business to help him get the story into print

Los Montesinos author Andrew Atkinson has penned a book – The Full ‘Monty’ – written from experiences by him and his wife Helen in their three year search looking for a Casa in Spain.

Andrew is looking for a publisher or business to help him get the story into print: “Los Montesinos – The Full ‘Monty’ – tells of our ‘eye-opening’ visits to Montesinos when seeing workers sat drinking wine – some asleep – during our Casa build. “To that of needing permission to do almost anything to our property…even tiling the garden!,” said Andrew.

Andrew and Helen searched for a property spanning Almoradi, Alicante , Benidorm, Benijofar, Cabo Roig, Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, Denia, Elche, Guardamar, Lo Pagan, Los Alcazares, La Mata, La Zenia. Murcia, Polop, San Miguel, Santiago de la Ribera, Torrevieja, Torremendo, Mojocar – leading to their arrival in Los Montesinos on the Costa Blanca south.

“It’s been a great experience over the last decade and hopefully the book will give an insight to anyone contemplating living in Spain, either permanently, or as a non-resident,” said Andrew.

Interested publishers and businesses can contact Andrew on 07702340744 or via email on: lancashiremedia@talktalk.net LOS MONTESINOS – The Full ‘Monty’ author Andrew Atkinson and wife

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