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A Birthday that Changed the World Guide Yourself Fulfilling the Need The Season of Giving Have a Groovy Holiday Season! Community Events Holiday Recipes

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The Season of Giving As we move into the holidays, we are overwhelmed with so many emotions: hope, joy and gratitude, to name a few. I’ve spent the previous year walking through tremendous changes, circumstances which created a shift in my already analytical perspective. I watched with helpless eyes as my parents moved on, but in return was given this amazing gift of insight. The experience was a bit like peering into the future as I realized that life really isn’t about creating a vast empire with your name on it. Surprisingly, it’s also not about having the biggest house or the grooviest car (OUCH!) It pains me to say that no one was more surprised than me at this revelation. I was under the impression that I’m here to build the Great JaLynn Empire. But if that’s not really my purpose then pray tell, why am I here? Suddenly I began to look through different eyes at the people around me and I found the heart of my existence. You see, it’s not about me at all. I’m merely a vessel here to serve and make the world around me a better place, using the gifts and talents which I’ve been given by my Creator. I’m not sure where this takes me, but admittedly, I love this journey so far. I encourage you as our readers to embrace your talents and take a few chances. It’s so much more fun than the doldrums of predictability. Do you really want to look back on your life and say, “I wish I had…?”

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As we celebrate our fifth year as a publication, I hope that our team of talent at Our Community Magazine has enriched your lives. We’ll continue to share the great stories, special events and wonderful people which make this community such an amazing place to live, raise families and do business. May your home be blessed with hope, joy and love this holiday season. As always, from the heart, JaLynn West


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Amanda Hall is a senior at Marcus High School. She enjoys photography and writing about things that inspire her. Politics has always driven her as she lives by the quote that states: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Nary Vang, owner of NV Designs, joined the Our Community Magazine team in 2014 as our graphic artist. She shares her talents with the OCM team by collaborating with clients about ad conception and design, producing the publication’s graphic works, and handling the publications’ layout.

Martin Mussey is a radio personality and an ActionMAN himself. Martin’s passion and purpose is to help business owners have a better life for themselves and those close to them. Coach Martin does this by teaching the skills and strategies for a harmonious life and a profitable business through what he calls, The Art of Business.

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7 on 7

with Martin Mussey Welcome to a new feature in Our Community Magazine called 7 on 7. We have asked local Business Coach and Action Man himself, Martin Mussey, to go out and interview local businesses. The purpose is to get to know great local businesses and owners and learn a little bit about them, their successes, challenges, and what it means to them to be in “our community”. Who knows, you might even learn something you can put to use in your own business or life! Meet Art Cline, owner of Mi-Tech Services where your tech is Mi-Tech 1. Can you tell us about your business and what makes it unique? Mi-Tech was an idea back in 1998 and conducted some services on a small scale but became a larger scale tech services company back in 2003. I have 40 years of IT industry experience so you know you are in good hands. At Mi-Tech we strive to provide personalized services. We say that “clients are our friends” and are very responsive to customer’s needs. 2. What made you want to open up your own business? I was always an entrepreneur at heart which started when I sold papers at a young age. The business was about seizing an opportunity that came to me and I took it. I was on contract at Nortel and they wanted to hire me fulltime and rather than be hired I suggested that they hire my company to do the work and so a quarter million contract helped create the capital and opportunity to get started full time as Mi-Tech. 3. What do you consider your greatest achievement in business? Surviving 2008 as that is the year that the economy was not doing well and my relationship with Nortel ended. The size of that client could have done me in but it did not and I am still around to talk about it. 4. There are always challenges in business, what is the best lesson learned business? Never quit and learn to think outside the box. 5. What is the best advice you ever received? Do the best you can to provide for your customers and put the focus on them. Meaning, when providing service give your best every time because you can’t be compared to someone else. Your own effort will stand for itself. 6. Do you have a mentor or somewhere you look for inspiration in business? Education and learning is key. Books or CD’s. My favorites include Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. 7. What do you like about being part of the local business community? I love to build relationships locally and the sense of community. It is nice to go to Wal Mart and say “Hi, how are you doing?” to people you run into and not feel like a stranger.


In This Issue: Articles: Page 3 - The Season of Giving Page 7 - 7 on 7 Page 9 - Art that Touches Your Heart Page 10 - Guide Yourself Page 11 - Riding out this Volatile Market Page 12 - A Birthday that Changed the World Page 13 - When Passion Becomes a Career Page 14 - Salons by JC Page 20 - Alternative Living Choices Page 22 - 5 End-of-Year Tips from Your Pharmacist Page 23 - On the Horizon for Y&F Counseling Page 27 - Fulfilling the Need Page 28 - A Man Who Loves His Coffee Recipes: Page 15 - Bourbon Pumpkintini Page 19 - Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

please visit our website for more great recipes and holiday ideas at ourcommunitymagazine.com

Photos: Page 24 - Metrocrest Women’s Conference Page 29 - Little Miss Denton County Pages 31 & 32 - You’ve Been Snapped

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November 7 & 8, the 26 Artists of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild will open their studios for the 14th Annual Artist Studio Tour. The Guild is composed of artists who live and work in the neighborhoods of Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Copper Canyon, Argyle and Bartonville. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, November 6th, at 7:00PM at Premier Gallery, 1681 Justin Road, Flower Mound. The purpose of the Studio Tour is to introduce the public to artists and to provide an opportunity to explore places where they create and the artistic processes they employ. In addition to seeing how and where art is created, the tour also increases the awareness that art thrives in these neighborhoods, far from the art districts in the urban areas. Since its origin with 6 artists in 2002, the tour has grown to 26 artists. Some of the mediums are, steel, glass, water color, clay, oils, pencil, wood, and photography. For more information about the tour, the artists, and a map of the artists locations, go to www.crosstimbersarts.com.


Art that Touches Your Heart By Mike Fickling

What makes art “art”? If you were to ask 100 people, you would probably get 100 different answers, especially from those among us who are not so artistically inclined. North Texan Mary Ellen Wehrli, an acclaimed artist for more than 50 years, realized that in order to make art appealing to more people you need to depict something that speaks to their heart. And what speaks to the heart more than a favorite pet? Capturing the personality of the beloved family dog, or getting all that “kitten cuteness” on canvas, proved to be a sure-fire winner. Pet portraits are the perfect way to capture and preserve a treasured family memory, even of a pet from childhood. All Mary Ellen needs is a picture and she can transform that to a beautiful canvas portrait. Each portrait is original and as unique as the subject and can be a thoughtful way to help someone deal with the loss of a special pet. And surprisingly, the cost is very reasonable, starting at only $150. In addition to pet portraits, Mary Ellen has reintroduced her “Urban Living” series, specialty pieces depicting rabbits, cats, dogs, or other species housed in cardboard, or “house of cards,” habitats. Her unique perspective provides the viewer with not only the image of the subjects, but also their interplay, attitudes, and behavior. An impressive collection of Mary Ellen’s works of art are scheduled to be on public display at Premier Gallery in Flower Mound during the upcoming Crosstimbers Art Guild Studio Tour, November 6, 7 and 8. In addition to her portraits on canvas, the show will feature her famous threedimensional cardinals produced from repurposed aluminum, as well as her stunning multi-dimensional crosses. Examples of the entire scope of Mary Ellen’s work can be found daily at Premier Gallery, located on FM 407 in Flower Mound, and on her website at www.maryellenwehrli.com. If you would like to commission Mary Ellen to create a special portrait of your favorite pet, you can email her at mewehrli@gmail.com. Need extra cash for the Holidays? At Schooley Mitchell we are experts at saving you money on expenses you’re already paying. With the savings we typically return to you, at the end of one year you could buy your wife a Louis Vuitton bag and matching Jimmy Choo shoes for black-tie holiday events! Apple iWatch more your style? You could buy 8 of them – that should generate several smiles over the gift-giving season! We focus on Telecom (cell phones, internet and land-lines) expenses for small and medium businesses. Our contracts run for 3 years. If you kept all of your savings during the contracted period, you could purchase a new Polaris RZR 570 to go off-roading! Contact Jason Carmichael to see how he might be able to help Holiday Dreams come true.* *figures based upon typical savings for clients paying $1000 or more in cellular, internet and hardlines.


Guide Yourself By Mandy Hall

At school, we’re currently learning about suicide and depression. I would like to dedicate this to anyone who has ever thought about self-harm or has not lived with true happiness. There are “better days and happier endings” than what you may be feeling now. Always keep hope close and never forget that you are here for a reason. It may seam like it’s some beautifully unknown reason because you can’t see it but remember that you are able to write your own story and make it as meaningful as you would like. Remember how much you mean to those who love you. Stay strong and remember that love has no boundaries, no dead ends, or stops. No matter how jagged your road may be, there is always a horizon of awe beyond it. Remember that there will always be people to help with what you are going through. Please tell someone how you feel and know that it is okay to be afraid of tomorrow. There are scary days and dreadful nights but know that when you wake up in the morning you are able to show how strong you are. A friend or someone you know may be going through the same thing and it may be your smile, whether it is a mask or not, that gets them through the day. Your light, even though you may think it has burned out, may be what gives that person strength. Giving up on yourself may also be the beginning of someone else’s last day. So live for not only you but them. Know that when you fall, there is someone there to catch you. Just keep your head up and realize how much you have become and are becoming. guide yourself your being and your mindset then set it free look beyond what was let go of the shame hold on to the admiration do not drift into the past seek the sunrises but reflect on the sunsets live in this time not because you are alive but because you want to keep living blink for the beauty of what comes next for better days and happier endings for the lost ones who cannot find their way home until they close their eyes and set themselves free

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Riding Out This Volatile Market A major global sell off unfolds. Is a bottom near? By Shelly R. Dodge

When will the stock market stabilize? As the last trading week of August began, worried investors wondered just that. Gains for the major markets were hard to imagine at Monday’s opening bell, but few imagined the Dow Jones would drop 1,089 points as trading began. A correction is not a call to exit the markets. Corrections are worrisome, but they are a normal part of the process. By August 24, the S&P 500 had gone more than 1,000 days without one, which was abnormal. It had last corrected in October 2011. Many analysts agree that corrections are healthy for a positive market. When they occur, they act to remove speculators, while offering buying opportunities. Fears of a global slowdown may not impede the upward trend of the markets. Worldwide, investors are currently fretting over China’s apparent economic downturn. China’s Shanghai Composite, lost 11% during the week of August 17-21. China’s government did nothing to address the selloff. That inaction contributed to another 8.5% loss for the Composite at the start of the following week. While this is very troubling, a bottom could be in sight. Calm, convincing remarks from People’s Bank of China, European Central Bank, and Federal Reserve officials could help ease the concerns of investors. Investing is a long-term pursuit that requires patience to ride out market storms. When U.S. stocks go so long without a correction, the appearance of one can be truly unnerving – yet often they are necessary, healthy pauses in strong markets. By definition, corrections do not last long, certainly not as long as your retirement saving effort should last.


A Birthday that Changed the World By Bob Weir

The year was about 30 A.D. when an ob scure Jewish carpenter named Jesus of Nazareth began to speak publicly in the Roman province of Palestine. He preached about something that no one had heard before: the emergence of a “Kingdom of God.” For many years prior to Jesus’ teachings, Jews had proclaimed their belief in a “Messiah,” and they awaited his arrival. To Jews, the Messiah would restore their ancient dignity, and free their sacred homeland from evil and strife. To many people, Jesus seemed to be this Messiah; hence, he began to attract a large following among the common people of Galilee and Judea. But, as is often the case with those who gain power, Jesus incurred the wrath of many others who saw him as a threat. Soon, a governing body of Jewish priests and Pharisees conspired to have him killed. Working secretly with Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ most trusted confidants, the Council of Jews had him arrested for treason and turned over to the Roman authorities. Pontius Pilate, the agent for the Roman emperor, gave the order for Jesus to be crucified as a criminal who was plotting against the interests of the empire. And there, in a nutshell, is the story of what happened when a birthday like no other occurred over 2000 years ago. Whether you believe that Jesus Christ was a messiah, or that he was simply a brilliant leader of a religious revolution, one thing is certain; he was a charismatic iconoclast whose brief span of life has impacted the world like no other life has before, or since. You need only to look at your calendar to realize that the year is based on the birth date of Jesus. When we study history, the recorded dates of significant events are followed by BC (before Christ), or AD (Anno Domini), which is the Latin translation for “in the year of our Lord.” The Gregorian Calendar, based on the recognized date of the birth of Jesus, is the internationally accepted register of days, months and years of recorded history. There is no doubt that religious extremism has often been the cause of strife in the world. History is replete with conflict borne out of one belief system challenging another. Holy wars have taken millions of lives and have devastated many countries. The Crusades, a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns waged by Roman Catholic Europe, sought to restore Christian control of what was considered the “Holy Land,” a religiously significant geographical territory which roughly comprises what is known today as Israel, Palestine and parts of Jordan and Lebanon. These bloody battles lasted for two hundred years, with far-reaching political, economic and social ramifications that continue today. In addition, the “holy city” of Jerusalem has Islamic significance because it is believed to be the site of the ascension into heaven of the prophet Muhammad, whom Muslims believe to be the foremost prophet of Allah, the Arabic word for God. What does all of this mean to the average person going about their day to day lives, working, raising families, and searching for contentment in a contentious world? I suppose it depends on how one was raised by parents, educated by teachers and ministered to by preachers. The person we are today is based on the environment that molded us. Whether or not we want to admit it, we have been profoundly influenced by religion. I was baptized and raised a Catholic, and I remember learning about the crown of thorns and Jesus’ long, painful struggle to carry the cross before being nailed to it. What I learned from it was that some bad people had committed a very violent and sadistic act against another human being. My Christian training taught me the difference between right and wrong, and the meaning of a conscience. However, I never learned to resent or hate any other religion. I learned that any person or group, in order to have moral legitimacy, must be willing to stand up for the rights of all who are being victimized. Even if you have been raised an atheist, you have been affected by, and governed by, laws and moral precepts that have their foundation in religion. You can argue that religion has done more harm than good, but how do you know what the world would be like without it? The concept of faith, upon which all religion is based, gives us hope for a hereafter; a spiritual place that will reward or punish us for our mortal deeds. Without faith, our lives would appear to be meaningless; just a brief span of time in which to exist and then die. Christianity preaches the concept of Heaven, a perfect afterlife for those who have earned it through a morality-based existence on Earth. With more than 2 billion adherents to the Christian religion, Jesus Christ’s birthday is also the most celebrated annual event in the history of the world; making it a birthday that changed the world. Follow Bob Weir in his thought provoking blog:

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When a Passion Becomes a Career - Jessie Gutierrez Spotlight By Lori Fickling

When you ask Jessie Gutierrez why he chose to work for US Health Advisors he’ll tell you it’s because of how much the company helps their customers. If you ask him why he chose the healthcare industry in the first place he’ll tell you it’s because of his drive and passion to help people and teach them new things. It was a perfect match. Jessie is a graduate of Lewisville High School and has spent his career in customer service training and consulting, continuously educating his clients in order to guide them to their best options. He wants to help people understand what kind of insurance coverage they have, especially people who are self-employed, who typically pay a great deal for healthcare. He has seen firsthand how devastating healthcare costs and medical bills can be and he wants to be a part of bringing hope back to healthcare. US Health Advisors provides healthcare for individuals and small business owners. In a year when healthcare as we know it has been turned on its head, finding a company and an agent that can wade through the new rules and offer alternatives that provide lower monthly premiums, better benefits, and lower deductibles, is a breath of fresh air. According to Jessie, this company is more about the client than they are about the money, and that’s exactly how he feels. Jessie and his wife, an epilepsy technician at Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound, live in Copper Canyon with their 10-year-old son. He is an avid motor sports and Harley enthusiast and spends his spare time on ATVs and dirt bikes. In addition, he spends time volunteering with the company’s nonprofit, HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday.) US Health Advisors just won its 10th Stevie Award in four years, the only company in history to accomplish this. The Stevie Awards recognizes companies for most innovative products, best customer service, and fastest growing, among other things. Jessie loves helping people in his own community and would welcome the opportunity to help you understand your health policy and how you can find the optimal solution for your needs. He lives and works in this community and has a unique understanding of the needs of the self-employed. For more information, contact Jessie Gutierrez at 682.888.9924 or Jessie.Gutierrez@ushadvisors.com www.ushagent.com/jessiegutierrez


Salons by JC

By Jamie Augenstein White Question: What does a retired American Airlines pilot and a LISD retired school nurse do when they find themselves empty nesters? What should they do when they also realized that they had too many hours on their hands? They decided to open up Salons by JC! Jim and Robyn Sloan have lived in Highland Village for twenty years and raised three boys. Jim has experience in construction, real estate and property management in addition to being a pilot. Robyn is very much a people person and loves welcoming new tenants and warmly greeting Salons by JC’s clients. They consider themselves the “United Nations of Salons”, due to the fact that their tenants are very multi cultured! Salons by JC value creativity and ingenuity!! They are a beauty artisan facility with thirty seven stations!! They offer specialized services with massage therapists, estheticians and manicurists. In addition to hair colorists and stylists they offer expertise in wigs, extensions and braids. They also offer Body Sugaring!! Body sugaring is the most ancient hair removal used and dates back to the pharaohs. It is all natural, hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and is even safe for diabetics. Melting at 95 degrees it does not burn the skin. Body Sugaring is applied differently than other hair removals and result in less skin irritation, less hair breaking off and less pain. The results are longer lasting with smoother skin. Jim and Robyn Sloan not only value their clients but their tenants as well! They offer their cosmologists accident insurance at group rates with Aflac!! Jim has also employed one of the top google search optimization companies to help their tenants attract new customers. So if you are looking for a “one stop shop” for all of your beauty needs look no further than Salons by JC. And if you are a cosmetologist looking for your new home look no further than Salons by JC!! They are located in the Shops at Vista Ridge. The salon’s number is 972.495.6688 or contact Jim at 214 392-0004.

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Bourbon Pumpkintini A Healthy Pumpkin Shake

1c canned pumpkin puree 1c milk, 1 frozen banana 1 tsp. vanilla 2 Tsp. maple syrup 1.5 shots Amaretto 1.5 shots Bakers Bourbon 1c ice Fresh rosemary to garnish Put everything in a blender and give it a whirl. Add a sprig of rosemary to garnish. CHEERS!


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First Day of Winter

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Lewisville, HV, FM December Holiday Luncheon

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Women of FM Holiday meeting

Tuesday

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PBN Christmas celebration

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PBN speaker Dean Lewis

PBN Goal setting from Sandy FM Governmental 12 at 12

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Thursday

New Year’s Eve

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Christmas Day

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11 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads

Women’s Business League Lewisville Chamber Power Leads

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Calendar of Events

October 7 Kickoff mixer for Saturday Night Fever 8 Masterminding Next Best Step Beyond Networking 9 Special Abilities of North Texas the Great Gatsby Gala 10 DC Friends of the Family Baking up Awareness Contest 11 FloMo Food Truck Fest 13 Women of FM Bottle & Bottega event 14 PBN –speaker Casey Eberhart 15 Wine & Jazz in Keller 16 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 17 Christmas in Cowtown 17 FWN North Texas Hot Shots concert 21 PBN spotlight Alan Seals 23 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 24 Fiesta Flower Mound 24 Spooktacular Trails & Glow Run 27 FM chamber Leads 27 Dallas Fashion Week 28 PBN training with Jeff Klein 30 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 31 Halloween November 4 FM Chamber Sporting Clay Shoot 4 PBN 5 Discover Local Business & Community Expo by Lewisville Chamber 5 FM Chamber After 5 Mixers 6 Youth and Family Counseling High Tea and Wreath Auction 7 Lewisville Holiday Market 7 Dream Big Gala 7 Zane Williams at Highland Village 10 Women of FM meeting 10 FM Chamber Leads Networking 11 PBN speaker Susy Solis 13 Women’s Business League Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 18 PBN training Melissa Dettmer 19 Lewisville Chamber Night Out 20 Vintage Market Days in McKinney 20 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 26 Thanksgiving December 2 PBN Goal setting from Sandy 2 FM Governmental 12 at 12 4 Women’s Business League 4 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 6 Lewisville Holiday stroll 8 Women of FM Holiday meeting 9 PBN speaker Dean Lewis 11 Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 15 Lewisville, HV, FM December Holiday Luncheon 16 PBN Christmas celebration 25 Christmas 31 New Year’s Eve

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Makes 18 cookies

Ingredients: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together butter, the sugars, and the pumpkin puree until it’s smooth. Mix in the eggs one at a time. 3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, tartar, baking soda, and salt. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Mix it just enough to combine the ingredients, but try not to over mix the cookie dough. 4. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. 5. Measure out heaping tablespoons of dough. Roll the cookie dough into a ball and then roll it in the sugar mixture. Place the rolled cookie on the baking sheet. Repeat until the dough is gone. You should get about 18 medium-sized cookies out of the batch. 6. Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes until they are slightly puffed and golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool before serving. Keep extra cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Recipe Notes - Be sure to use pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix.


Alternative Living Choices By John Steele

Flora and Ed have lived in the same two-floor house for over 40 years. The kids are grown with children of their own and live in distant cities. It’s holiday time. Flora loves to cook for the extended family when they come to town over the holidays, while Ed entertains the children with games and stories. The adult children notice that Dad isn’t moving easily this time and Mom forgot to cook some of the usual items. Flora and Ed don’t see the difference, but the children notice changes. It’s time to have the family conversation. This is sometimes difficult to do – especially if Flora and Ed are denying their decline in ability to take care of themselves, not to mention their 40 year home. One suggestion is that the children contact someone who can guide both parents and children through these decisions. John Steele is a professional Eldercare Advisor who helps families sort through transition options to determine the choices that best suit Flora and Ed’s situation. John Steele has lived in Dallas for over 35 years, and was the long time principal caregiver for his mother until her death. While working with hospice, John helped many families evaluate healthcare and living options for their loved ones. This experience led John to create Alternative Living Choices so he could focus on helping families full time. John assesses the elder’s current situation, including health, financial resources, and family preferences. He will arrange appointments at senior living communities and, if requested, accompany the families there. Should other resources be needed, John will refer the families to the appropriate places. Best of all: John’s services are at no charge to the families. Flora and Ed and their family will be in good, caring hands with John Steele and Alternative Living Choices. Contact John Steele for a free consultation at 214.402.3552, www.alternativelivingchoices.org, or alternativelivingchoices@gmail.com.

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5 End-of-Year Tips from Your Pharmacist By Dennis Song

As the days keep getting shorter, does it feel as though there are fewer than 24 hours in a day? With the holidays right on the horizon, there’s so much to think about and so much to do. Here are a few end-of-year reminders to make sure your health— and your pocketbook—doesn’t get the short end of the stick. 1. Get your flu shot. If you’re like many people, getting a flu vaccination can easily slip your mind. But a flu shot is too important to get bumped to the bottom of your priority list. Every flu season is different, and every person responds to the flu in a different way. The flu can lead to hospitalizations and even death. The flu season often begins in October, so there’s no better time than the present.1 2. Plan for Medicare open enrollment. Every year, the open enrollment for Medicare is October 15 through December 7. This is when you can change your health plan and prescription drug coverage. You can get more information here at Flower Mound Pharmacy or call 1-800-MEDICARE or go to www.medicare.gov.2 You will find a wealth of resources to help you compare hospitals, doctors, drug plans, and other health care services. But if you need more help making comparisons and choices, we can help. Just ask. 3. Use or lose it. Do you have a flexible spending account (FSA)? This is a special account you put money into to pay certain out-of-pocket health costs. That might include copayments, deductibles, drugs, and other health care costs. Limited to $2,550 each year, this money is not taxable.4 If you have an FSA, now is the time to use up your health benefit dollars—or you’ll lose them! Schedule eye or medical checkups before the end of the year. Some employers make allowances, though. So check to see if you have a grace period for using up the money or if you can carry over a limited amount of funds to the next year.4 4. Schedule a “tune-up.” Why not schedule a meeting with me to see if your medications are working as well as they can for you? We can help you come up with ways to remember to take your drugs and to order refills—before you run out. Not happy with your drug’s side effects? Both your doctor and I can work with you to adjust your dose or to find a substitute. There’s no need for you to suffer in silence. 5. Get in sync. Are you making wasting time making multiple trips to the pharmacy? Are you forgetting to call in your refills? Are you going without your medications because the Dr. hasn’t called back to ok your refill? We have a solution that can allow you to have all your prescriptions ready and done once a month. The pharmacist will be available for questions and perform a medication review once a month to screen for dangerous drug interactions. We will even give you a call before to remind you to pick up your rx’s. Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition. Sources 1. CDC: “Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.” Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm Accessed 8-27-15. 2. CMS.gov: “Open Enrollment Center.” Available at: https://www.cms.gov/center/special-topic/open-enrollment-center.html Accessed 8-27-15. 3. Healthcare.gov: “Using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).” Available at: https://www.healthcare.gov/ flexible-spending-accounts/ Accessed 8-27-15.

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On the Horizon for Youth and Family Counseling By Eren Turner

Youth and Family Counseling has some exciting events happening over the next few months! From fundraisers to a new office, our agency is growing and serving more people in our community. Friday, November 6th will be our Annual High Tea and Wreath Auction. This much-loved event will be held at Bridlewood Golf Club this year from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and is presented once again by our title sponsor, CoServ. The theme this year is “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and it will feature a delicious lunch, as well as beautiful wreaths and home décor for purchase by live and silent auction. We are honored to have Denton County United Way’s CEO Gary Henderson as our speaker at the event. Tickets are $35 a person, and table sponsorships are available for $500. All money raised goes to help us provide low-cost mental health services to children and families in Denton County. To donate an item, buy a ticket or sponsorship, or to learn more, contact the agency at (972)724-2005 or visit www.youthandfamilycounseling.org/events.

Another highly-anticipated event for YFC will be the opening of our Denton office in January 2016. Youth and Family Counseling is proud to partner with Serve Denton and provide services for residents north of Lake Lewisville at their facility. We will provide evening appointments starting in early January at 1980 E. University Drive in Denton. With an everincreasing caseload, YFC is glad to soon offer counseling at both locations, in order to better serve all of Denton County. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at (972)724-2005. Youth and Family Counseling is a mental health agency providing individual, couples, family, and play therapy on a sliding scale. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit.


TNT Promotions at Metrocrest Women’s Conference

Proceeds for the rented spaces will go to RSVP Denton County “Rockin’ Readers” Program providing books for 1st grade and kindergartners in LISD Title 1 schools; and, Redeemed Ministries, helping to support resources to stop human trafficking in our Motorplex while bringing powerful awareness to our community.

2ND ANNUAL FALL CRAFT SHOW AND HEALTH FAIR Hosted by Community Care Pharmacy and D&D Gifts Saturday November 14th 9:00 am-2:00 pm 1301 JUSTIN RD. STE 212 LEWISVILLE, TX 75077

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Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s LEADS Power Networking

Every Froday at 7:45 am. For more information or meeting locations, please visit: lewisvillechamber.org

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Fulfilling the Need By Ray Hernandez

There are unmet needs in the community. Businesses and entrepreneurs often identify needs in the course of the day-to-day operations of their business. The public will also identify areas of need in the community. Unfortunately they do not have time to dedicate to creating an effective solution. We are all busy. Busy starting a new business, commuting to work in the metroplex, managing a household with young children or an aging parent, enjoying retirement, going to school, working long hours or numerous other activities or reasons that occupy our time. The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, our members and volunteers help to create and execute the needed solutions. The Chamber has effectively done this for more than fifty-one years. Our mission is to “promote the economic growth of the local business community.” We fulfill this mission through programming like our Discover Local Business & Community Expo, Annual Golf Classic, Annual Awards Luncheon, Women’s Division, Senior Services Alliance, Leadership Lewisville, professional and business development workshops and much more. The Chamber also provides members and potential members with the opportunity to build relationships through networking events. Whether you are a sole proprietor or you work for a small to large corporation, we strive to provide resources to help you be successful. The Chamber is proud to be an advocate for the business community and the community at large. Recently, the Lewisville Chamber’s Board of Directors approved a resolution to support the four bond propositions that will go before the Lewisville voters in November. The $135 million investment will focus $71.6 million for arterial and neighborhood streets; $39.9 million for parks and trails, including a multigenerational activity center; $10.5 million for public safety facilities, including a new Fire Station and expansion of the current Police Station; and $13 million for an indoor aquatic facility that would be added to the new recreation center. The investment of approximately $32.00 per year, based on the average-valued home, will help to ensure that the City of Lewisville continue to be a full service community. The City of Lewisville has over 64,000 jobs, the lowest tax rate of any city our size in all of North Texas and is home to more than 2,000 acres of managed green space at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Voting starts October 19 and will close on November 3rd. If you would like to get more information or be involved, please follow “Yes Lewisville! A vision for 2025” on Facebook. It is a group of community and business members committed to moving Lewisville forward. For additional information on membership, programs or volunteer opportunities with the award winning Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit us at www.lewisvillechamber.org, email us at info@lewisvillechamber.org or call us at (972) 436-9571.


John Kapten: A Man Who Loves his Coffee

By JaLynn West I love my morning cup of coffee. Over the span of my life, this morning ritual is one of my favorites. Many of you can empathize with me when I discovered that the standard coffees would wreak havoc on my digestive system due to its high acidity, and would also create peaks and lows in my blood sugar levels. Then I met John Kapten with Organo Gold coffee, hot chocolate and tea products. This gourmet coffee not only tastes great, it has amazing health benefits. “The key ingredient is Ganoderma which helps many of the body’s needs, including the digestion system, aiding with detoxification, improving immune system functions, providing antioxidants, creating natural hormone balance and eliminating arthritis and joint pain.” (The Health News; Volume 20, Number 4) Ogano Gold has a variety of healthy products ranging from gourmet drinks to herbs, soaps, lotions and toothpaste. You can purchase these great products from John Kapten, and if you are looking for a supplemental income you can sell them as well. Either way, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the benefits of Organo Gold. Enjoy the luxury of the premium organic coffees with the added bonus of pure organic Ganoderma. After experiencing the indulgence of these products you’ll realize that healthy and organic can also be delicious. You can contact John Kapten at gitexgroup@gmail.com | (817) 586-9575/(972) 978-1656 www.gitexgroup.myorganogold.com

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Little Miss Denton County Contestants

Nahla

Vivian

Chloe

Lailah

Nahla just turned 6 and plays all kinds of sports in her spare time including soccer, softball, gymnastics and karate. She loves school, her family, her friends and her dog Gaby. She is a free spirit and full of adventure.

Chloe loves swimming, art, Jazz Class ( has been taking dance lessons since she was 3), horseback riding (horses being her favorite animal), going to six flags. And of course she really enjoys taking acting classes and pretending to be different people and modeling.

Ms Vivi loves people and greets them with a big smile! She loves to eat and goes to bed without a fuss for Mommy and Daddy!

Lailah is 5 yrs old, and she is in kindergarten! Her hobbies include dancing, singing, cooking in her play kitchen and going to church! She enjoys doing science projects, working on the computer (like her dad) and playing with her baby sister! She says when she grows up she wants to do facials liked her mommy!


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