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Our Community a magazine about us! Summer Means...

Summer 2012

Spending time with Best Friends!


Congratulations FM Chamber

Stable Strides Farm a non-profit you should know about Help your kids make $mart Money Choices Swirl Bakery gets two Savory Thumbs Up!

Our Community Magazine

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Bishop’s Camp Charity Golf Classic Monday, October 1, 2012, Enjoy a beautiful fall day with your friends at one of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses in North Texas. Thorntree Country Club in Desoto, Texas, hosts the 11th annual Bishop’s Camp Charity Golf Classic. It’s a Florida scramble event that’s lots of fun with a bonus, 100% of the proceeds benefit Bishop’s Camp. Founded in 1995, Bishop’s Camp is a seven week summer camp for inner city children between the ages of 6 to 14. Children enjoy a full day of activities including math, reading, science, art, music and sports, as well as snacks and lunch. Camp is free to qualifying inner city children and takes place at St. Matthews Cathedral in Dallas.

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an you say, “Take home delicious”? That’s Chef Rick Garrison’s signature style of great food with a Comfort Twist and now we can conveniently order and pick up these tantalizing dishes during the week. Think about it. It’s not just plain old meatloaf for dinner, but poblano meatloaf with chipotle-chuntne, and a side of bleu cheese au gratin potatoes; or how about pulled pork sliders and Rick’s private recipe of apple butter mole`? Mouth watering and so easy to order! Connect on Sidecar’s facebook page or go to Order by Tuesday and pick up on Wednesday. Most entrees are under $10, affordable and delicious.

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Our Community Spotlight Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Sidecar Sides from Chef Rick Garrison Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Serves: 6 to 8 servings

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar 1/2 cup sour cream 2012


1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced


Post Net of FM Preferred Storage (who surprisingly gets a lot of foot traffic) Presbyterian Hospital Re/Max DFW Rockfish in HV Salons on 407 Snazzy Cleaners Splurge Salon Steve Allen with State Farm Insurance Straw Hat Pizza Sutera Spa Swirl Bakery The Flour Shop The Schlichting Group Tierney’s Turner’s Martial Arts Venetian Sun Massage Verizon in Lewisville Wal Mart in HV Wellington Wonderland Montessori YMCA Youth & Family Counseling

e want to extend a special thank you to our advertisers who make this magazine possible. When they advertise with us, they are supporting our local community and the people in it. Let them know that you saw them in Our Community Magazine and make them your first choice when you shop for services and products. We have a fantastic community filled with superb restaurants, shops and services. Let’s get the word out. We hope you enjoy our magazine as much as we enjoy highlighting all the fabulous people and businesses in our community.

6 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced

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All n 1 Convenient Store Dr. DeSilva Agave Azul Duane Bacus with State Farm Ins. Allegiance Title Dunkin Donuts in HV Animal Medical Center Elsey & Elsey Law Firm Aspire Boot Camp Excite! Gym Bella Nail Salon Fantastic Sams Bill Collins with Edward Jones Fidelity National Title FM Bridlewood Clubhouse Foot Solutions Brightside Boutique Foster Chiropractic Burgers N Brats Flower Mound Chamber Carol’s Cards & Gifts Freedom Title Cartridge World of FM Friends of the Family lobby Chicks Dig it...and Guys do too! Fuzzy’s Tacos in Lewisville and FM Children’s Advocacy Center Jeff Brande Re/Max Cloud 9 Salon and Spa Judy Buckley with State Farm Insurance Coldwell Banker Commercial, Jeannette La Montage Gallery Collier Lewisville Chamber Colonial Savings Mathnasium Cross Country Re/Max My fit FOODS D & D Collectibles Ken Kendall Financial DATCU of FM NorthStar Bank DATCU of Lewisville Nothing Bundt Cakes DFW Alarm NTA Taekwondo The Pool Techs




Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 sleeve crackers, crushed medium to fine (recommended: Ritz)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Heat

the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the squash, onion, and butter until soft. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan, Cheddar, and sour cream. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Place in the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle the cracker crumbs evenly over the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.


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Publishers: JaLynn & Lance West

In This Issue: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Debbie helps us keep it clean this summer Al DeMarzo’s Pool Safety tips Savvy business tips from Marsha Thomas Helen Young’s tutoring center Swirl Bakery gets great reviews! Millie Luster, a makeup artist to know Paul Pomeroy shares $ advice for our kids Stable Strides Farm, a special non-profit Ray Kendall, our Senior Citizen Spotlight Summer chic advice from Abby Dupuis, our Cajun Fashionista Mike gives us another great book review Helen Chouinard has the soul of an artist Reflections from Shannon Serwin You’ve Been Snapped! & Community Buzz Splurge launches their Blo & Go Bar Delicious on the go with Sidecar Supper Club

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The Details Submit your photos (one image per person) along with your contact information and where the photograph was taken and type of camera used to: By JaLynn West

a non-profit you should know about!

Rarely am I as moved as I was the afternoon I spent at Stable Strides Farm located at the Bridlewood Equestrian Center. Stable Strides Farm is a non-profit founded by Mandy and J. Cleveland and is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs. The magic is seen as you meet the riders and watch them transform into confident and disciplined equestrians. Riding a horse moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to the human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Just some of the needs served through therapeutic riding are those who suffer from autism, ADD & ADHD, brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis, but the list is much longer. The students and their teacher, Mandy, are in a special league of talent, determination and accomplishment which left me inspired, privileged to see a glimpse of such beauty in our world. For more information, contact Mandy at Doreen and Bob McKenzie, owners of Bridlewood Equestrian Center are a wonderful resource as well.


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We are well into our steamy Texas summer. Life usually moves at a slower pace and we spend invaluable time with our children. Our summer issue is about our community kids, and many of the services and products which serve them such as The Tutoring Center and Helen’s Photography. Our Cajun Fashionista is back with more savvy advice. Brightside Boutique is enticing us with their chic clothing and accessories. Splurge Salon is launching their Blo & Go Bar for ladies who need a quick fix before a special event. Paul Pomeroy helps kids with their finances and Swirl Bakery gets great reviews. Pool safety tips are shared by Al DeMarzo, and Mike Fickling is at it again with another great book review . Shannon Serwin shares from the heart and Debbie Sardone helps us keep it clean. So kick back, prop up your feet and partake of our refreshing community cocktail, highlighting the positive stories about the people who live and work in Denton county. Oh and for Our Community junkies, find us on facebook to stay up with all the latest. See if you’re in Our Community Magazine’s website. After all, it’s all about us! Warmest Regards (literally),

JaLynn West

Marsha Thomas President and Owner of T N T Promotions, LLC. Marsha has over 25 years of experience working in goal oriented environments developing and managing programs in the Human Resources sector. She has managed both client and employee facing initiatives and has a strong focus on brand awareness.

Lori Fickling is a former interior decorator and now works for Communities In Schools of North Texas as its Director of Community Relations. She has a passion for our community.

Our Community Travel Photo Contest

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A Word From The Editor

Al DeMarzo is a former police officer with 35 years in the alarm industry. He serves as President for the North Texas Alarm Association and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

Shannon Serwin is a writer, treehugger, musician, mom, wife and owner of Advanced Creative Endeavors marketing firm. She has lived, laughed and played in Flower Mound since 1993. Contact her at:

Abby Dupuis My husband and I are both proud to have been born and raised in South Louisiana. We have lived in Lewisville the last 7 years where we are now raising our amazing 2 year old son. If we are not here in Texas, then it usually means we are traveling the country in an RV!

Mike Fickling is a retired paramedic/ firefighter and avid reader. He is a regular contributor to and you can find many of his reviews at www. thereadersalmanac.

Debbie Sardone is an independent maid service business consultant and owner of one of the largest maid services in the country, Buckets & Bows Maid Service. She is also the founder of Cleaning for a Reason, a non profit which cleans homes for women undergoing cancer treatments.

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We would like to hear from you! Have a story to tell? Heroes,Kids,Travel... We want stories about Us and Our Community. We value your thoughts and will welcome all story ideas. We will keep an open file and work them in when possible. Please no politics. Submit your stories and photos by email to:


Women In Business

Our Community Garden Tip

What motivates a successful and seasoned woman to pack up and move from her lovely home in temperate California climate to our sometimes steamy north Texas climate? It’s grandchildren, of course. With a thriving portrait photography business established, she packed up her cameras and dogs and moved to Highland Village. Helen has that inner passion for photography which is so refreshing in the sea of new, inexperienced, “want to make a quick buck” trend we see in this industry today. Ironically, photography has been a profession in her family for three generations. With a bachelor in fine art, she majored in sculpture and taught photography for years before opening her own portrait studio 22 years ago, printing in the dark room and shooting with the Hasselblad. She made the transition to the digital world and has maintained the standard of excellence which raises the bar for those who assume everything can be “fixed in photoshop”. She has remained passionately dedicated to her craft and understands the significance of recording family history

Helen Chouinard has the Soul of an Artist by JaLynn West

through photography. As you walk into her home studio, you’re delightfully amazed at the gallery of beautiful portraits displayed on her walls. She has an indoor studio, but the real show stopper is her beautifully landscaped back yard which strategically creates wonderful nooks and crannies, bridges and doorways for photographic posing. If you’re looking for a photographer who won’t disappoint, Helen Chouinard has the talent and wisdom sprinkled with her delightful sense of humor which sets her apart and makes the entire photography experience a wonderful memory. The result is timeless and priceless family heirlooms. “We were made to nurture. We were made to give.” This is Helen’s core philosophy and what drives this rare breed of artist. Her work is currently on display at Starbucks on FM 407 and Morriss Rd. You can find her on facebook and through her website:, or call her at 831.524.2721.

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Vacation Spots for your Flower Color!

Kronda Thimesch Green Meadows Landscaping

Give your flower pots a rest while you are on vacation this summer. Here is one of my pots tucked into the landscape. The shade keeps the pots cool slowing the evaporation process. Full sun flowers can take a 1-2 weeks of shade with our hot summer temperatures. Make sure the sprinklers reach the pots (run a test cycle to see how much water reaches the pots). In our 100 temperatures you can even place your pots in 100% shade. This works well if you don’t have someone watering your pots while you are away.  

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Millie Luster of Luster’s Lash Lounge and Makeup When you meet Millie Luster you are immediately mesmerized by her beauty and the artful way she wears her makeup. It’s neither overdone nor overstated, but the colors and shading remind you of a Renoir or Monet, except the canvas is her face. This is the service she is able to offer her clients. For apparent reasons, Millie has a passion for makeup and loves helping others become as beautiful through the talented application of makeup. She’s been in the beauty industry most of her life and it’s no surprise that she is coming out with her own line of makeup, soon to be on the market. She enjoys working with wedding parties, theater actors, photographers and models, but the list goes on. So for your next special occasion ladies, contact Millie Luster and let her transform your look from the everyday to the “WOW!” factor. Contact her at 940.594.7490 or 6

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Angels in the Intersection

By Shannon Serwin

It must have been My Turn to experience a major car wreck last month, as somehow I’d managed to escape one for the past few decades. There I was, on the way home from Irving in the evening, and I never saw it coming: the lumbering Chevy Astro Van that T-boned my driver’s side, knocking me into the middle of next week. It was more than a fender-bender, but at least there were no broken bones, nor need for an ambulance. As I sat in my now-crushed car, trying to settle my shaking limbs, I noticed a car pull into the adjacent parking lot. A sweet-faced woman climbed out and walked toward me. “I’m not badly hurt;” I called out, “I’m just waiting for the police.” “I know,” she replied. “But I’m going to stay here and wait with you until the police arrive.” After reading the astonished look on my face she continued, “A month ago I was in an accident myself, and someone stopped and did the same thing for me.” Ah. The ultimate in Paying it Forward. She held my unsteady hand and chatted quietly with me for seven or eight minutes, then fluttered (OK, walked) away when the squad car rolled in behind us. The warmth of her kindness stayed with me for days, and I later dubbed her “Angel #1.” A short time later, while waiting for the tow truck and watching the police officer write her report, an anonymous Angel #2 (her name was actually Meredith) tapped me on the shoulder from behind. When I turned around and saw her shy smile, she handed me a small piece of paper that held her phone number. “I saw the whole thing in my rearview mirror, and thought you might need a witness, just in case,” she said. I was thankful, but a little confused. “The accident happened almost 30 minutes ago – did you drive all the way just to give me your phone number?” “No,” she explained. “Your wreck happened just as my son and I were pulling into his therapy appointment across the street. When we walked out and saw that you were still here, I came over.” I was humbled to think that she, like me, was a busy woman who needed to barrel home and tend to her family that evening. Instead of driving by to merely confirm that Hey, it looks like it’s all under control, she took the extra minutes to stop and connect with me. As the day of the wreck fades into the calendar, the frustration of replacing my car and the nagging ache in my back will fade as well. Thankfully, my memory remains clear, if not glowing, of the kindness of those beautiful strangers. My Angels in the Intersection.


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Book Review By Mike Fickling

Heaven is For Real A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back By Todd Burpo

I may be a little late in reviewing this book, since it technically was published in November of 2010, but since I just discovered it I’ll share my thoughts. If you’re like me, you may have received this book as a gift and set it aside. My intentions were to jump right in, but I found myself dreading the experience. I thought this book was about death, and since that hits a little too close to home, I decided I probably wasn’t ready for it just yet. When my daughter suggested I read it, insisting it wasn’t sad and depressing, but rather a fascinating account of a little boy’s experience through a life-threatening illness, I decided to give it a shot. I had been wrong. It wasn’t about death at all, but rather about joy and happiness and faith and family. I found myself engrossed in the story and eagerly anticipating each new chapter. I instantly became attached to the main character, a little boy named Colton. His description of heaven, in his no-nonsense childlike way, paints a perfect picture of what he experienced. You find yourself in that place, fascinated and amused as this young boy tries to describe things for which he often had no words. Heaven is For Real has created a buzz around the world. Whether you believe the story or not, or believe in Heaven or not, it’s worth the read. You will be uplifted by the family’s faith as they pray for the healing of their young son, and charmed by the boy’s frankness and childlike trust in what he saw. 8

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Our Community Business Corner Helen Young’s Dream Job


by JaLynn West

elen Young, owner of The Tutoring Center, is a woman who never gave up on her dream of nurturing young minds. She is a gifted tutor and has opened a business motivated from this love of helping children in such a special way. For years she worked in the business world climbing the corporate ladder to an executive position with a well known insurance agency; yet she never gave up her desire of tutoring. Recently she and her husband Tim opened The Tutoring Center in Flower Mound, which focuses on the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics. TTC also offers online support for science, including physics and chemistry. Some things you should know about The Tutoring Center is that they teach both phonics and sight word recognition to readers. Classroom structure is especially helpful for children with short attention spans, an ever growing obstacle in our fast paced society of instant gratification. The center offers test taking strategies, including the SAT and ACT tests. Each child’s academic level is assessed and the curriculum is centered around his/her needs, allowing for one-on-one time with the instructor and independent work time, all necessary components for a strong learning environment. It is pre-K through high school academic support all under one roof, from Helen and Tim Young, two of our bright and caring educators in our community. The Tutoring Center is conveniently located at 1121 Flower Mound Rd. You can call at 972.874.1999 or email them at


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If you haven’t yet discovered Swirl Bakery Cafe Takery Catering, make it a point to seek out this wonderful little bistro-style cafe, just waiting to become your next favorite place. The comfortable atmosphere immediately draws you in and beckons you to stay awhile. It’s a great place to catch up with old friends, bring the kids for a sweet treat, or meet clients for a meeting in a relaxed atmosphere. A keyboard player plays background music during lunch and the wi-fi allows you to camp out awhile and work if you choose. Featuring a creative menu of sandwich options, as well as homemade soups and a wide variety of salads, Swirl Bakery is sure to satisfy whatever your craving happens to be. I highly recommend the tomato basil soup and the original triple decker club, but it’s all yummy! Swirl Bakery is also open for dinner, and features food like your grandmother used to make it. How about mouth-watering fried chicken, handmade chicken pot pie, or hand breaded chicken fried steak to take you back to those simpler times? Or maybe the grilled salmon is more to your liking. Dinner is always worth the trip! In addition to lunch

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Enjoy the Swirl Bakery Cafe Takery Catering Experience!

By Lori Fickling and dinner, the breakfast selections - which include omelets, eggs benedict, breakfast tacos, and quiche - are as good as any you’ll find anywhere. My personal favorite is the 5-star French toast! Worth the trip I promise. But breakfast service stops at 11:00 so don’t sleep in too late or you’ll miss it! And you may be wondering when I’ll address the “bakery” portion of Swirl Bakery. The glass counter full of tempting homemade sweets, including cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, and “swirl pops”, provides lots of options for a perfect ending to your meal. (Big plug for the thumbprint

Kids and Money: A Little Education Pays Of

Dear JaLynn! I wanted to take a few minutes to express my deepest gratitude for your “Go-Give” Spirit! Thank you for your ongoing support of me and my business! You truly have made a difference in my business and my life! Because of you, I have met some great people and started to gain momentum in furthering my business success! The “Our Community Magazine” is a great advertising tool and I am excited and honored to be ‘The Mary Kay Lady’ in your publication! The headshots you took of me are THE BEST ever! I am continually getting compliments on them! Thank you again for your influence in our community and your ongoing willingness to promote all our businesses! You are ‘SIMPLY THE BEST’! Sincerely, Cyndy Legowski Senior Sales Director Mary Kay Cosmetics

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cookies - both chocolate and strawberry!) Have one cookie or take home a dozen; one slice of cake or purchase an entire cake for your special event. And don’t forget the pies - the options are endless! If this weren’t enough to stir your taste buds, be sure to check out their “take out” counter, where you can purchase an entire meal to take home and feed the family. Choose from meat loaf, pot roast, King Ranch chicken, and beef burgundy, just to name a few. Great for rushed evenings when the whole family is scattered in all directions. One last thing. Swirl Bakery offers catering for groups of all sizes. Whether it’s a company meeting, family picnic, weddings, or your entire holiday meal, leave it in the hands of the professionals and enjoy your special occasion. I’ve used them many times. The menu is always fresh and unique, and never fails to satisfy the crowd. Swirl Bakery Cafe Takery Catering is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be sure to like them on Facebook - and check in whenever you’re here. Lots of opportunity to get your Swirl on!

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Just about anyone who’s ever watched a child or grandchild go from the crib to kindergarten and beyond has uttered the phrase, “They grow up so fast.” Although you can’t really freeze a youngster’s precious moments in time, you can take steps to make sure that his or her journey to adulthood starts with a sound understanding of money, investments, and personal financial responsibility. The following activities will help. Count on Counting Your Change: Smart shopping might begin with a hunt for bargains, but it should end with a review of your transactions. To drive this message home, encourage your kids to unload the groceries and simultaneously compare price tags with the receipt. If they find a mistake, let them hold on to the refund. Play “The Stock Market Game™” : Get online and go to There you’ll find “The Stock Market Game.” Sponsored by the Foundation for Investment Education, it lets kids in grades 4 through 12 assemble and monitor a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio for 10 weeks. Make a Matching Contribution: Want to motivate a child to save? Just offer to “match” a portion of each savings account deposit he or she makes. And don’t be afraid to set a few rules — for example, matching contributions can’t be spent on candy or pizza. Take Stock of Household Products: If your child is old enough to understand the concept of stocks and publicly traded companies, go through the house together and identify favorite items, such as computers and clothing. Then look up the manufacturer’s stock price and monitor it over time. © 2010 Standard & Poor’s Financial Communications. All rights reserved.

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Your Safe Oasis

By Al DeMarzo


any articles are written about home security and fire prevention, but I’ve seen very few addressing the measures one should take to insure the security of the backyard pool. News of the recent deaths of twins at their grandparents’ pool made me stop and think a bit about how tragedies of this sort may be prevented and how the security industry addresses it. In my research I’ve found that most incidents involve young children just looking for some adventure in a neighbor’s yard. If this has been something you’ve thought about (and we all have at one time or another), I can suggest that we go back to security basics. Making the attractive nuisance not so attractive would be the logical answer. As is true with any type of security, outdoor lighting plays an important role. Light up that pool area with motion detector lights. Also related is that your decorative shrubbery and landscaping should be designed so that the pool can easily be seen from the main house. Local ordinances dictate the requirement for fencing but you can also add a coded lock to the gate for entry. Go one step further and install cameras so that you can monitor the activity. There are various pool alarms available for both in and above ground pools and gates. There are even a few manufacturers that have a remote alarm that will alert you wherever you may be in the house. A quick internet search yielded some interesting offerings from companies such as Pooleye, Safety Turtle, Pool Patrol, Poolguard and I’m sure many more. As I have no actual knowledge of these companies or products, doing your own research and consulting with your trusted pool company would prove invaluable. By far the best method of pool safety is adult supervision and the proper education of the people that may use it, from family members and friends to the kids next door and their parents. Enjoy your summer and stay safe!

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5 Speed Cleaning Tips For Summer

by Debbie Sardone

The kids are home from school and keeping a clean house seems next to impossible. You don’t have the time or want to take the time to clean up messes all day long. Here are five time-saving tips for quick summer-time clean ups: 1. Schedule your cleaning at the same time each day. 2. Keep non-toxic cleaning products under each sink to grab and spritz where needed. 3. Take quick action on spills immediately before they dry rock-hard. 4. Clean around the room once, never back tracking. 5. Clean from top to bottom, so you don’t dirty what you just cleaned. Staying on top of the daily messes will keep the house clean as well as sanitized. Now sit down, relax, and enjoy your nice clean—for five minutes, until the kids walk in. By Debbie Sardone, owner of Buckets & Bows Maid Service and

Senior Citizen Spotlight

Go Green, Save Green! Hi, I am Ray Kendall. I own Cartridge World in Flower Mound, Texas at 1900 Long Prairie Road. I have been a franchise owner of Cartridge World for 6.5 years and own one of the 600 plus stores in the U.S. I am originally from New Hampshire, served in the US Army in Germany, obtained both an undergraduate and master’s degree in business and moved to the Dallas area in 1977. I am a member of both the Flower Mound and Lewisville Chambers. I am a past President of Rotary International. I retired after serving the State of Texas for 20 years as a City Manager. In 2002, I was honored as City Manager of the Year for Texas by 1000 of my peers while City Manager of South Padre Island. Experience has taught me that life is not supposed to be easy, it is not a free ride and sometimes it is not fair. You need to believe in God, your family and yourself and respect others. You should work hard, do your best and try to accomplish something each day and Pray that the rest will take care of itself.

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Our Community Buzz Residents are Clucking About Backyard Chickens by Mark Glover

Most families kept a few chickens in Flower Mound through the 1950’s. The Town is considering allowing a few backyard hens again. Many residents want a few backyard hens because they support a healthy lifestyle. They point out that chickens have less negative impact than dogs and cats. Further, chickens control insects, weed the garden, fertilize, put themselves to bed at dusk, and provide fresh/healthy eggs for breakfast. Flower Mound Chamber Awarded Accreditation by: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Good News! The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded us with Accredited status. As of today, there are over 7000 Chambers of Commerce in the nation and of them only 233 are accredited. This prestigious honor puts us among the top 3% of Chambers nationwide. This past year, the Staff and the Accreditation Committee spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process. Our task: to demonstrate competency in 9 core areas ranging from finance to facilities. In 2011, we hired an independent accounting firm to conduct a full financial audit. The result of our hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating. We should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort. This is the only national program that recognizes Chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. Accreditation allows us to renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies, and procedures. Of the over 600 Chambers in the State of Texas, we are now one of 20 who are accredited! Cindi Howard, IOM Executive Director of Operations

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Kelly Heslep, Executive Director of Programs & Events

The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce and First Choice Power present the Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic. The 4-person scramble will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at Lantana Golf Club. Registration begins at 10:00 am, with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Player fees are $160 per person or $640 for a team of four. Tournament fees include golf cart, green fees, goody bag, lunch by Texas Roadhouse and a steak dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse. Registration is limited to the first 144 players, and placement is guaranteed by payment only. Sponsorship levels are also available starting at $100! Proceeds from the event go to expanding and funding the Lewisville Chamber’s programming as set by the Board of Directors while allowing us to keep our annual dues affordable for our members. For more information, please visit

Visit Studio B at 2400 FM 407 or on the web at Our Community, a magazine about us!

“There are media reps...and then there is JaLynn West -- the one-woman editor/publisher dynamo of Our Community Magazine. The way that JaLynn goes about cultivating relationships with her customers is extraordinary. After dissecting marketing opportunities, exploring social media strategies, providing leads and contacts to enhance sales, the core-product of the publication -- the ad -- is eventually addressed and developed for the quarterly. While the magazine is the vehicle of her enterprise, when it comes right down to it, JaLynn West -- and her warm, sincere and enthusiastic approach to helping making one’s business successful -- who is the heart and soul of Our Community.” Gary Lane Marketing Director Straw Hat Pizza Flower Mound, TX

Kathy Beahm, Executive Director of Membership Services

Studio B Performing Arts Center is an award-winning non-profit community theater in Highland Village. Studio B brings unique opportunities to the local community to get involved in local theater as an audience member, actor, backstage help or as a volunteer. We also offer theater camps, classes and workshop productions for children and teens ages 4 and up year-round.


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DBA LeAnne Miller Office Management & Bookkeeping Services

P.O. Box 293054 Lewisville, TX 75029


Our Mission: Miller Bookkeeping Services offers a number of services to help the small business owner be more efficient in his/her business, without the liability costs that go along with having employees. We pride ourselves in excellent business practices and excellent work ethics with great honesty and integrity. Our Services include but not limited to: Bookkeeping • Payroll Services • Accounts Payable • Accounts Receivable Chart of Accounts Reconciliation • Sales Tax Payments • 941 Payroll Tax processing Deposits • Office Management • Clean up Chart of accounts • Work closely with your CPA Evaluate Office Flow Hiring Processes • Training Processes • Event Planning


You’ve Been Snapped! Savvy Business Tips from Marsha Thomas


s the newest member of the writing group for the magazine, I had to stop and think about what I wanted to write about for my first article. I could go on for days about the promotional products business but decided that on my first assignment I would impart some life lessons about starting your own business. As a woman that came from the corporate world, I had to make a huge mental adjustment to being responsible for everything when I started out. It was exhilarating yet terrifying. I knew a lot of folks in the community but that didn’t mean business. I went to all kinds of meetings, networking groups, and even asked friends for leads. The one thing I learned along the way is not only do you grow your business, but you make friends in the oddest places. And some of those blossom into life-long friendships. You can still work with the people, but the more friends you make along the way, the more enriched your life will become. The first two years of our business have been very good to me because of all the people that I have surrounded myself with and I know that I would not be where I am today without any of them. So when someone invites you to a business lunch, take the time to stop and have that extra cup of coffee and learn more about them and who they are for someday they may be a business partner or an extraordinary employee who just needed to see their value.

Next Issue: What is it about promotional products that everyone wants them? It’s 2012 and Mike Ramsey, the Award Winning King of BBQ, reigns supreme as he launches his savory seasonings and BBQ sauces.

Seasonal Specialties

King of BBQ

Enjoy the pool and impress your guests as you let Rolling Smoke provide the BBQ. It’s easy, affordable and you’ll look like being the MVP of your own party! For our Cajun lovers Rolling Smoke provides authentic crawfish boils and seasoned veggies. Let the good times roll! Now renting Margarita Machines for your Summer Parties!

“Dear Mike, I am writing to express my thanks for the service supplied by the Rolling Smoke Catering team over the recent Holiday. Once again, thank you for making my Thanksgiving Day such a beautiful one. I will most definitely be recommending your services to family and friends in the future. Yours sincerely, Richard Douglass Justin,Texas” “Mike I wanted to thank you for making our Christmas dinner so very enjoyable. The Turducken was a big hit with all of us. Your special service to see that we had it timely & got all of the cooking instructions made it easy and increased our enjoyment. Best Regards, Jay D Schlichting”

Rolling Smoke, LLC Custom BBQ Catering & More

214.236.7986 “Our Community Magazine is an A+ publication! My first ad I ran in the magazine resulted in four catering jobs. Thank you JaLynn and Lance for your tireless efforts and offering such a great marketing tool. I look forward to future advertising with OCM”. Sincerely, Mike Ramsey Rolling Smoke BBQ Catering and More


Our Community, a magazine about us!



Our Community, a magazine about us!

Our Community Magazine 2012 Summer Issue VII  
Our Community Magazine 2012 Summer Issue VII  

Our Community Magazine is a quarterly publication serving Southern Denton County in Texas.