Craig Ranch Telegram March 2023

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March 2023 Vol. 9, Issue 3
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Avery Baril |

Jennifer Peterson |

Maintenance Technicians

Monte Cepeda

Joel Rincon |


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5 Craig Ranch Telegram | March 2023 A day created for performing random acts of kindness to show gratitude for your neighbors 11 Won't You Be My Neighbor Day 07 Spring Maintenance Tips and Reminders Get prepared for the warmer season with these helpful hints 14 Plan to attend March 23rd at the Compass Event Center 2023 Annual Meeting and Election Cover Photo ~ “Diligence is the mother of good luck.“ – Benjamin Franklin
elegram The official publication of the Craig Ranch Community Association (CRCA) 06 Copyright © 2023 All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc. March 2023 Vol. 9, Issue 3 08 Yard of the Month 09 Pet of the Month 10 Community Calendar 12 St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts 13 January Bingo Photo Gallery This monthly magazine is published at no cost to the CRCA and is mailed free of charge to all Craig Ranch residences. This historical cemetery is located on Piper Glen Road in the Southern Hills community 14 Bush-Elkin Cemetery in McKinney

Manager’s Message: Annual Meeting

Residential District B, Commercial Non-Multifamily, and At-Large, each for a term of two years.

Happy March Craig Ranch. The arrival of March signifies both an ending and a beginning. It is the end of the cold days of winter, and the beginning of warmer temperatures, longer days, and new plant growth.

March is also a special month for Craig Ranch, as we conduct the Annual Meeting of the Craig Ranch Community Association (CRCA) in March. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on March 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM at the Compass Event Center. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect three (3) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. This year’s election will select one candidate from each of the following Election Districts:

By now, you should have received the Annual Meeting Notice. Voting instructions were included in the Annual Meeting Notice. Owners have several options for casting their vote: electronically through the HOAst online voting platform, absentee/proxy ballot, and in-person at the Annual Meeting.

Although the Annual Meeting fulfills both legal and functional purposes, it is also a great time to get out and meet your neighbors. The meeting will provide an overview of accomplishments from the previous year, and it will give you a glimpse of projects and activities for the upcoming year. Guest speaker David Craig will present information on exciting new additions coming to the Craig Ranch area.

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting or the Election of Directors, please contact the CRCA office at 972-548-9191 or


Compliance Corner: Spring Maintenance Tips and Reminders

As we leave the coldest months behind, we enter the best time of year to perform maintenance and repairs to yards, houses, and fences. Let’s get prepared for the season!

Spring soon gives way to summer and that means no school! Preparing in advance can make summer vacation safer and more enjoyable for kids and parents alike.

• Make fence repair a priority! In addition to fence maintenance providing an aesthetic update to your property, it also enhances safety for kids and pets playing outside.

• Check safety of play areas, forts, and swing sets. All outdoor play areas should be inspected if they’ve been sitting unused during the winter months. Check for damaged wood, new rust on bolts and chains, and other safety hazards.

April showers bring May flowers! The key word here is “showers” as spring tends to bring a fair amount of rain in the North Texas area.

• Check for leaks in the roof. If you have a few water spots, big or small, in the ceiling, spring is the time to find out why. A roof leak is sometimes as simple as an errant nail head that has popped through the shingles and can be an easy fix. If the leak is the result of a bigger problem, early spring is the ideal time to ascertain the issue and schedule a roofer out to inspect and provide recommendations for a repair.

• Clean and align gutters. If you forgot to clean the fall leaves out of your rain gutters before winter, chances are they are still up there! Gutters can also be affected by snow and/or ice. This is the time to make sure the gutters are clean, firmly attached to the house, and flowing in the right direction.

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It’s about to get HOT, y’all!

• Get your air conditioner/HVAC system serviced. Living in Texas, the temperatures can surge from 50 to 100 quickly! If the winter has allowed you to keep your A/C off for a few months, don’t get caught in a miserably hot house when those first heat waves roll through. Take a preemptive measure and schedule an HVAC company to inspect and service your unit.

“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows!”

• Once that weather turns warm, everything starts to grow again quickly! Monitor your landscaping. If you have plant material that remains brown while everything else is turning green, consider replacing the dead plants/flowers/bushes. This is also a good time to start scheduling lawn maintenance, weed removal, and pruning of trees and bushes. ◀

Winner of a $25 Calloway’s Nursery Gift Card
Yards of the Month
Winner of a $25 Calloway’s Nursery Gift Card

Pet of the Month

Meet Oakley

Oakley is a 6-year-old registered Bengal cat. The Bengal breed originated in the 60’s by mixing an Asian snow leopard and a tabby cat. Oakley is a very friendly indoor only cat with no front claws. However, he loves to go outside with his owner several days each week for about 20 minutes at a time. His owner stays close to Oakley and lets him prowl around the bushes and look for birds. Being outside with him has allowed his owner to meet many neighbors. Be on the lookout for Oakley and his owner if you are out walking on or near Rand Creek Trail in Craig Ranch North.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor Day

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day is celebrated every year on March 20th in honor of the late Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers hosted the immensely popular preschool TV series called “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also the show’s creator, producer, head writer, musical composer, and chief voice talent. The underlying theme of his show was that respect of those around you and a good attitude were just as important as learning your colors and letters.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day encourages people to perform random acts of kindness and gratitude to their neighbors and anyone they cross paths with. So, make sure you do something neighborly this March in honor of Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day. ◀

Monday: 4pm-9pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-9pm

Friday: 11am-10pm

Saturday: 10am-10pm

Sunday: 10am-9pm


St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts

Below are a few “fun” facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

• According to an old tradition, wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day was supposed to make you invisible to leprechauns.

• It was believed that the leprechauns would pinch you when they saw you if you weren’t wearing green.

• St. Patrick’s Day is not a national holiday in the U.S., but many Americans celebrate the day in some way.

• More than 34 million Americans have Irish roots. That's seven times the current population of Ireland.

• St. Patrick’s Day ranks 4th among the days with the most alcohol consumed in the United States – after New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and July 4th.

• The first St. Patrick's Day parade was actually held in Boston in 1737.

• St. Patrick is not a native of Ireland. He is believed to have been born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century.

• It is believed that St. Patrick’s first name was actually Maewyn. After being ordained a priest, he began to call himself Patricius.

• According to legend, St. Patrick traveled from Britain to Ireland to do missionary work in the fifth century. While he was there, he was allegedly attacked by a group of snakes. Serpents are a symbol of the devil in Christianity, so St. Patrick cleansed the Emerald Isle of “evil” by banishing every legless reptile he found into the ocean.

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We had a great turnout for January Bingo which was held on January 3, 2023. If you have never attended Craig Ranch Bingo, please consider joining us.

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Bush-Elkin Cemetery in Craig Ranch

Did you know there is a historical cemetery located here in Craig Ranch? The Bush-Elkin Cemetery is located on Piper Glen Road, just south of Collin McKinney Parkway, in the Southern Hills community.”

the war, Bush returned to Texas, where he became one of Hunt County's largest landholders and continued farming and stock raising. He died in December 1900 in Hunt County. 2

Mr. John Haggard, Sr., a cousin of the Bush-Elkin family, was buried in the Bush Cemetery when he died in 1859. If you have lived in this area of North Texas very long, you may have seen the Haggard Farm located in Plano at the corner of Park Blvd. and Custer Road. The Haggards were one of Plano's founding families when they moved to North Texas in 1856. The grandson of John Haggard, Sr, Clinton Shepard Haggard, and his wife Nancy built a house in 1884 on the land that is now known as the Haggard Farm in Plano. At one point, the Haggard family owned much of Plano.

According to information found on a plaque at the cemetery and also in an article on the website www. collincountyhistory.org1, this small cemetery was founded on the Peters Colony Land Grant of William Martin Bush in the spring of 1855. Mr. W. M. Bush was originally from Kentucky. He married Nancy Gholson Elkin in 1848. The Bushes moved to Texas in 1855 where W.M. Bush established himself as a landowner, farmer, and stock raiser in this area. His wife Nancy passed away in 1856 following childbirth at the age of 25.

Bush enlisted for service with the Confederacy in 1862 and shortly after was elected lieutenant of Company G of the Thirty-fourth Texas Cavalry Regiment. He quickly climbed the ranks to captain and major. In May 1863 Bush was promoted to lieutenant colonel and put in command of the regiment. After

When William Martin Bush died in 1900, he was buried in the Rowlett Cemetery, which is located about a mile southwest of the Bush-Elkin cemetery. The Bush family then reinterred most of their family to the Rowlett Cemetery. John Haggard, Sr. was reinterred to the family plot at Restland in Dallas when his son passed in 1930.

The parents of Nancy Elkin Bush (Smallwood Elkin and Lucinda Lou Elkin) are believed to be buried in the Bush-Elkin Cemetery, although their graves do not have a marker. Their daughter (and Nancy’s sister) Frances Adelaide Elkin, who was married to Felix Glenroy Bush (brother of William Bush), is buried here with their two young sons, Frank and Richard. Nancy Elkin Bush’s brother, William Fletcher Elkin, is buried here with his wife Elizabeth Chambers and their grandchildren Walter and Rosa Harris.

A gravestone marked “Our Mother Mary Taylor” can be found in the cemetery, but no information could be found regarding her family history. Another gravestone marked with the name Hattie is believed to be the young daughter of the Bush farm hand. A gravestone marked with the name Little Willie is believed to be the son of the man who installed the telegraph and telephone lines in the area. ◀

1. “Bush.” Collin County History, https://www.collincountyhistory. com/bush2.html. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

2. “Lt.ColonelWilliamM.Bush(CSA).”Geni_Family_Tree,7Feb. 2022, 6000000000532956845.


Not only is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in March (March 17th to be exact), but March is also National Nutrition Month. In honor of these 2 events, we are including this easy, nutritious, and delicious green smoothie recipe for you that we found on the Eating Well website. e theme for 2023 National Nutrition Month is “Fuel for the Future.” is smoothie is sure to give you the fuel you need to face your day head on!

Pineapple Green Smoothie

• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1/3 nonfat plain Greek yogurt

• 1 cup baby spinach

• 1 cup frozen banana slices (about 1 medium banana)

• 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

• 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey (optional)


Add almond milk and yogurt to blender. en add spinach, banana, pineapple, chia seeds and sweetener (if using)

Blend until smooth.


Add liquid ingredients to the blender rst. With the liquid at the bottom, the blades will pull the ingredients in from the top down.

Use sweetener sparingly, adding it only after you check to make sure your smoothie needs it. You can also substitute coconut milk or soy milk for the almond milk if you prefer. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add a little more milk.

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