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12 The Science of Friendship 14 Cornerstone Gala 16 Leading Change for a Healthier Prosper 18 2018 Super Agents

20 Meet Your Candidates 24 Leaving a Legacy

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Town Hall meeting on Special Districts set for April 12 Two Special District propositions on the May 5 municipal election ballot are the subject of a Town Hall meeting, hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Curry Vogelsang. The open forum meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 starting at 6 p.m. in the conference room of Prosper Fire Station No. 2, 1140 South Teel Parkway. The station is one block north of US 380. The two propositions on the ballot, if approved, would authorize the creation of a Crime Control and Prevention District, and a Fire Control, Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services District. The two districts would be authorized to share .50 percent of the sales and use tax currently collected by the Town. The sales and use tax, 8.25 percent on taxable products and services, is now split between the state and the Town, with Prosper’s share of 2.0 percent further divided between 1.0 percent for the General Fund, .50 percent for economic development, and .50 percent for property tax relief. With voter approval, the half-cent of the sales and use tax designated for property tax relief would be diverted into a two-way split, funding the proposed districts. Each of the two districts would receive .25 percent of the sales and use taxes. Studies estimate that Prosper residents are responsible for slightly more than 36 percent of the sales and use tax collected in the Town, meaning that the remaining 64 percent of the funds are contributed by non-residents. It’s anticipated that the addition of more retail and other commercial establishments in Prosper will substantially increase the sales tax receipts for the Town. At the Town Hall meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Vogelsang will open the discussion with an informational PowerPoint presentation. Afterward, speakers from the proposed district’s governing boards will provide detail on their deliberations up to this point in the process. Finally, brief comments from Police Chief Doug Kowalski and Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame will be followed by a question and answer session. Handouts will be available for distribution. Fire Station 2 is wheelchair accessible. For special services or assistance, contact should be made with the Town Secretary’s Office at (972) 569-1011 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting time. Information about the Special Election is available on the Town website: https://www.prospertx.gov/government/ elections/, and sample ballots are available on the Collin County and Denton County election websites.

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From the Desk of Mayor Ray Smith: It’s official! Prosper has won the title of healthiest small community in Texas for the third time. The announcement was made last month by the ITS TIME TEXAS Community Challenge. The organization is dedicated to encouraging residents in cities and towns across the state to get healthy, develop good wellness habits, and eat right. There’s no question that Prosper residents heeded that message and eagerly leapt into action. This time, we decided that winning the title a third time would serve to permanently internalize those good habits, and that way create a lasting impression on everyone. In addition to a third trophy to display at the new Town Hall and Multi-Purpose Building, we were also presented with a large banner proclaiming our victory, and we were also given a grant of $1,800 to use on promoting good health in the community. Our staff will look for ways to use those funds in helping keep the message of good health alive throughout the year. Our thanks to everyone who participated by registering, by exercising, by eating right, and by participating in our various public workouts. Expressions of gratitude also go to members of the Prosper Healthy group who gave of their time and energy to come up with different ways of keeping the message in front of the community. Our task now is to make sure that the underlying messages of good health take root in our families, especially our kids. Our children need to be constantly reminded of the benefits of exercising outdoors, eating the right kinds of foods, limiting sodas and candy, and encouraging each other to stay healthy. That’s how we’ll continue to be known as the healthiest small community in Texas. Speaking of exercising outdoors, the weather is beginning its inevitable turn. The next couple of months will be extremely pleasant for being outside, camping, fishing, hiking, playing and generally enjoying nature. I encourage you to plan some outdoor activities before it gets too hot to enjoy nature’s beauty. Next month, a very important election is scheduled for Prosper. We will be choosing two Council members to serve for the next three years, and we will be asked to decide on two Special Purpose Districts. I urge you to study the candidates and their positions and make it a point to attend one of the candidate roundtables. Ask questions, find out where they stand on issues that are important to you, and decide to vote on May 5. As for the Special Purpose Districts, read all you can about how they work and how the Town can benefit from them. I hope you’ll agree that these Districts can help us maintain the highest levels of public safety for our growing community. Finally, Lena and I wish you a very happy Easter season, and a tremendous spring.

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The Science of Friendship and Laughter John Guthrie, Dick Weber, & Ken Walser By Leslie Scott

It’s 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning and some of the first customers to go into the Cotton Gin will be these gentlemen. They walk up to order, but the staff already knows what they want, because it’s the same order it’s been for years. They sit down at the same table they’ve sat at for years as well. Throughout the hour or two that they are there, they greet many who come in and out and exchange pleasantries with many others. This is where the weekly routine stops however, and the conversations of anything and everything begin. First, how did these three men end up meeting and having breakfast every Saturday morning? John Guthrie and his wife Linda began eating breakfast at the Cotton Gin right after they moved to Prosper. John noticed Ken Walser sitting alone and asked if they could join him. Dick Weber met John while volunteering on a team to create Windmill Playground, as their wives were both involved with its creation. John invited Dick to join he and Ken for breakfast. Each man smiles as they tell how they became friends as if they know just how special the coincidence is. Ken says, “The friendship was just stumbled upon.” Dick agrees, “It grew out of meeting each other, then having a meal once in a while, to now almost every week. Occasionally one or the other is unavailable and then we move on over to another group to sit with for that Saturday.” John and Ken grew up on farms and Dick grew up in the mountains of upstate New York. When learning more about them, one finds out quickly that they each have a background in science. Ken says of Dick, “He’s the true engineer.” John says, “You could call us STEMS. We are STEMS with different degrees and different disciplines.” Ken has a degree in math and industrial technology. John’s science is in agriculture and Dick becomes humble about his science background and Ken simply says, “He has several science degrees.” The men laugh again here at some inside knowledge that only they have. They say they each share their in-depth knowledge of their careers in science, but don’t always understand what they hear from the others. Just like their coincidental friendship, these three men all moved to Prosper by chance as well. Dick moved here in 1977, when the population was 501, from Plano to a “house out in the middle of nowhere.” Dick has seen Prosper change the most and says he asks himself often, “Where do all these people come from?” Ken moved to Prosper from the Texas panhandle in 2003 due to work. His wife happened to come through Prosper and said, “This is it. And so we moved here.” Left to right: John Guthrie, Dick Weber, Ken Walser

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John arrived here from Zionsville, Indiana due to a work change. He says, “We looked all over north of Dallas, and a real estate agent told us to look at Prosper because it was


an up and coming town with some space. We wanted a bigger than normal yard and we sure got some grass now.” He says the population was 4,400 when he arrived in 2007. When talk of retirement comes up, Ken says, “I’m old enough to be retired, but I still work.” Dick chimes in, “He’s tired, but not retired.” And they erupt with laughter. John says, “That’s a common denominator. All of us have sort of, kind of retired, but are still working.” Dick retired from Raytheon in 2012, but after 9 months began working again part-time. When asked what they discuss each week, Dick says, “Current events are 25% and the remainder is just random topics. Some topic will come up we want to know more about, and Ken has his iPad, so we research it. And then it turns into an economic analysis or the sort.” John adds, “We have to have Ken bring his iPad, because our phones are too small to see.” All three laugh as their inability to see small print nowadays. Subject matter and what’s going on in the news determines their length of stay for breakfast, and John adds, “Also, what’s at home to do.” And then there’s more laughter.

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So what do they think of the many changes happening now in Prosper? Dick discusses the Master Plan with great compliments to past leadership. He was involved in the plan early on and is proud of how Prosper has followed it and how successful its results are. A progressive town council from years ago is who he credits for the successful growth and development. That foresight is something he appreciates and says, “When you see something coming you either get run over by it or manage it. And I believe it’s been managed. I like the old days, but I like the changes and convenience of the changes.” John adds, “The change was inevitable; the convenience of new development is good. The risk to me is the connections. Lots of kids have connection through schools and lots of families through them. But for people like us that move here without kids or grandkids here, outside of family, where do you go to find connections? I think more places like the Cotton Gin, which have the local feel, will never be replaced by a chain. I guess you would say it’s a Texas version of Friends.” Our breakfast discussion wanders greatly from sulfur that was once in the air from coal furnaces and coal power plants, to yard maintenance, the preservation of Prosper history, and how counties in Texas were named. They chat about their children, their grandchildren, and even John’s “grandcat.” Ken shares a memory of bringing his grandson to the Cotton Gin and they would make him pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse. John has sentimental memories here as well, “My son-in-law asked me if he could marry my daughter here. He asked for the blessing here. This is a special place.” These men of science are emotionally attached to their morning breakfast at the Cotton Gin. They know stories from other customers of past days of Prosper that have been shared with them. They learn about new residents that are just making Prosper their home, and Dick says, “And we meet people who don’t necessarily know anyone.” It’s at this time the men take turns telling a story of a young couple they met at the Cotton Gin some time ago, befriended them and their children, and eventually planted cotton in a backyard planter with their children Allie and Wesley with photos and videos to document it. All three men’s eyes light up thinking of this young family they’ve befriended. Dick says, “Having breakfast with the guys is my reset button for the week. It’s very important to me.” Ken adds, “We have a commonality amongst us and it’s a connect-the-dots between us and our backgrounds and likes and dislikes.” John says, “Unless we are out of town, I am almost always here. It’s important to me to do this. It is a good reset for me as well. People walk by, and if we’re not here, people wonder why. We are just always here on Saturdays.” When John says, “This is our spot,” there’s so much more than just that literal meaning. It’s a spot where three intelligent dynamic wonderful men meet because they are friends.

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ornerstone Assistance Network is a local faith-based non-profit that began in Prosper with the idea of providing a clothes closet for those in our area who needed help. Today, Cornerstone has a donation center, resale store (The Attic in downtown Prosper), mentoring, financial training, job placement and events that serve our neighbors in need. Cornerstone’s mission is to unite with others to demonstrate Christ’s compassion by serving our neighbors in need. Sharing the Gospel and helping family units escape the cycle of poverty for good by providing resources, tools, and education accomplish this. There are lots of ways to get involved with Cornerstone. Here are some ways you can get plugged in: •Attend or be a sponsor of our 4th annual Gala on April 20th. This is our largest fundraiser for the year. It’s fun and you get to learn more about Cornerstone and our goals for the year. Find out more on our Facebook Page or website. •Donate gently used furniture, clothing or household items. We will even come and pick up your large items. Drop off at 304 E. First Street, Prosper or call 469-288-2211. •Volunteer at our Donation Center or Resale Store, The Attic or as a mentor, case manager, job placement partner or financial counselor. Contact Courtney Chamblee at courtney@ cornerstonenct.org. Watch for upcoming events by liking Cornerstone’s Facebook page or sign up to volunteer by completing the Volunteer Application on their website. Cornerstone gives people the things they need to become self sufficient and they need great partners to walk along side families as they go through the process. They would love to have YOU!

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Leading Change for a Healthier Prosper – Amanda Thrash

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2017 Prosper Person of the Year Nominee Amanda Thrash has plans. She has career plans, family plans, travel plans, and a plan to help the Prosper community be healthier. Once Amanda sets her sights on a goal, chances are very good she will meet and exceed that goal. Amanda embraces her planning mindset. “I have a five-year outlook on both my professional and personal goals,” she explained. ”In the health care industry, we have to always be thinking a few steps ahead because the business landscape continues to evolve. On an individual level, my goal is to continue deepening my connections with my team, taking care of them and feeling like I’ve done something to make their work life better.” Amanda has worked for Texas Health Resources for nine years. She has taken many opportunities to advance her career to the position she currently holds, administrator of Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness Prosper, a part of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. She said, “This is where health care is going. Less and less of care is happening in hospitals. It was a unique opportunity to be in a different setting with a facility that is created to be patient- and visitor-focused. Our patient satisfaction scores are very high. Our nurses in the emergency department say they enjoy this practice of nursing, because of the longer amounts of time they often have to spend with their patients. Sometimes in a busy hospital, you just don’t get to do that as much. Being part of offering this type of care to the Prosper community is just one of the reasons I’m so glad to be here.” Amanda’s pride in her work is not isolated to her career; as a co-founder of the Prosper Chamber’s Ladies in Leadership, she’s proud of helping other

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women learn and grow in their professions. When asked how the creation came about Amanda explained, “I was involved in the Plano Chamber, and because it’s a bigger community, they had a lot of different opportunities for businesses. And so coming here, Prosper was ripe with opportunity to do something. As I got involved with the Prosper Chamber, you could tell that people were looking for that education and time to spend in Prosper to learn and grow. Looking to Frisco, McKinney, Plano, they have womenfocused business committees or organizations that we thought would be unique here. It has been very popular, even more so than we expected. “Our focus from the beginning was to have a positive spin on female empowerment and how we can help one another. It’s really an open place for people to discuss their career highs and lows. Kara Brinley, Cassie Ram and I have gotten so much more out of it than we ever anticipated. We’ve had more than 150 women across the year participate in at least one Ladies in Leadership, but typically we have 40 women that attend each time. That’s really rewarding because we spend a lot of time planning and trying to make it unique and worth their time.” Amanda has set her sights on an additional goal to help Prosper be a healthier community. Currently setting goals with Town of Prosper Recreation Services Coordinator Julie Shivers, she hopes to help make the Prosper Healthy Committee successful. “There’s a lot of health- and fitness-minded people in Prosper and we are the only health care facility that’s involved in this group. We want to expand it beyond, such as offering healthy options at all town events versus a one-time event or challenge. The committee is so new, but as we grow we’ll begin talking about how we can engrain this into the community.” Amanda is not solely focused on her career and making our community


members better, she’s also happily married to her best friend Bucky and has two dogs that are like their children. “I just like hanging out with them. We love entertaining at our house. My husband is a former chef, so he is a very good entertainer and host. We love to have friends over and just socialize with them and relax. We live in Windsong Ranch, so we go to a lot of their community events. And we do love to travel when we get a chance and visit different areas of the country.” It’s no surprise with Amanda’s passion for life that she has many friends. From attending Lighthouse Fellowship Church, TCU alumni, work, and neighborhood involvement, her activities and interests all bring something to her life. As a self-described planner with a master’s degree in health care administration, Amanda has many goals. “For me personally, I eventually want to be a hospital president. I don’t know if that’s going to happen in the next five years, but that is my ultimate goal. I’m going to balance that with being a leader and work and also devoting time to my husband and growing our family. The next few years we would like to have children. We settled in Prosper because we want our kids to grow up here. We love our neighbors and our neighborhood. We can’t wait to have kids to be involved in the child-oriented events in Windsong and in Prosper – what we love about Prosper is its family focus.”

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Logan Hawkins Logan Hawkins is an agent with The Wanda Charles Group that D Magazine rated Top Residential Real Estate Provider 3 years in a row. A Texas native, Logan was born and raised in the North Dallas area, graduating from Prosper High School. Logan is also a part of an adult softball league in Prosper because she truly enjoys community involvement. Through her extensive knowledge of the community accumulated over years of personal experience, she can show you everything that these rapidly growing cities have to offer. As an entrepreneur, whose goal is to help people, Logan understands that real estate is more than just a purchase, it’s a lifetime investment, a place to call home, and should be treated as such. She prides herself on her diligent and professional work ethic.

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Meet Your Candidates

Craig Andres, Place 2

For Prosper Town Council

Eve Henry, Place 2

Do you remember the feeling you had when you first came to Prosper? The feeling that you were part of something that is in short supply these days; a community that, when you invest in it, invests back in you.

Eve Henry, along with her husband and six children, moved to Prosper several years ago from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Samford University where she received a BS in Law with a minor political science and economics. After graduating, she worked at several large law firms doing Labor and Employment law, specializing in Title VII. After eight years in law, she decided to work in city government. She was hired as the program director for the City of Duluth where she helped implement the very successful C.O.P.S. program. In her city position, she created budgets, presented to the Council and worked closely with the city officials. Eve is a currently a residential Realtor with Ebby Halliday and is an active member of Prestonwood Baptist Church and the Collin County Junior League Provisional Program. She is an Advisory Board Member for the National League of Junior Cotillion as well as a former member of the Board of Directors for Branch Christian Academy. She is a volunteer softball coach and has served several terms on the Mountain View Athletic Softball Association Board of Directors.

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My family and I started our Prosper Dream in 2010 and began investing in the town from the beginning. My wife was inspired to volunteer in the schools and be a founding board member of the Prosper Ladies Association. I was inspired to run for PYSA Basketball Commissioner, cofound the Prosper Men’s Turkey Fry Association, serve as Vice President of the Prosper Youth Sports Commission, as a Commissioner on the Parks and Rec Commission, and most recently, two terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I am running for Prosper Town Council Place 2 because I want to defend the Prosper Dream and make it available for your family and everyone else who comes to Prosper. Over the coming years, we are going to face challenges with the needs of our first responders, non-profit organizations, infrastructure, schools, and in creating opportunities for our small businesses. I have confidence that we will meet those challenges, but what will set us apart are two things: the idea that there is a special thing about our community “The Prosper Dream”, and that we believe “Everyone Matters here in Prosper”. On May 5th, I hope you will invest your vote in me, because you know how invested I am in you and our town. Please vote for Craig Andres, Prosper Town Council, Place 2. Craigandresforprosper.com @ craigandresforprosper


Norma Hutchins, Place 2

Chris Kern, Place 2

I am not a politician. I am a wife, a mother, a professional, and a veteran that wants to continue to serve, in her community. I live at Windsong Ranch with my husband and children who attend a PISD elementary school. I am a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in the military for 12 years. Women veterans have still so much to offer to their country and I am passionate about helping and getting involved in the community. Currently, I am a project manager for a corporate real estate company where I also serve as a board member of the Latino Employee Resource Network. We need new ideas and an innovative approach to mitigate the challenges of this growing town, while maintaining the history and authenticity of Prosper. A few priorities are 1) better planning and execution of infrastructure projects 2) advocate to preserve green spaces for parks, open spaces and flood plains and 3) Maintain adequate staffing to keep up with growth including public safety. I decided to run for office because I want to be an advocate for the people of Prosper. My time as an NCO in the military and experience in leading project teams, has given me the leadership skills required to fill this vital role in our town. I strongly believe in leading by example; Diligence, integrity and fiscal responsibility are a few of the qualities that you can expect from me, as a leader, and councilwoman. Together we Thrive, Together we Prosper. norma4prosper@gmail.com WWW.NORMAHUTCHINS.US Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Norma4Prosper/ Join us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/norma4prosper

Meet Your Town Council Candidates April 17th 5:30 – 8:30pm Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 4331 E. Prosper Trail Prosper, Texas 75078 5:30 – 6:15: Meet & Greet with all of the candidates 6:30 – 8:00: Question & Answer Session If you would like a specific question covered, please email it to Heather@CedarbrookMedia.com by April 15th.

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I believe in Prosper! My professional experience and commitment to our community combine to make me the best candidate for the open Place 2 seat on Prosper’s Town Council. For over four years I have faithfully attended Town Council meetings including annual strategic planning sessions and served on several town committees. Currently, I serve on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations including Cornerstone Assistance Network, Prosper Lions Club, and Miracle League Sports. I was nominated for Prosper Person of the Year in 2016 and I am a regular supporter/volunteer with Prosper Historical Society, Prosper Veteran’s Memorial, Bethlehem Place, and Clothe-A-Child. My twenty plus year professional career positions me well for both detailoriented town issues as well as short, mid and longer-term strategic planning. My experience has included multi-million-dollar project management, analyst roles supporting large complex organizations and includes certification as a Continuous Improvement Manager. I am currently serving the Collin County Commissioners Court as a Myer's Park Board Member. If elected I will ensure that Prosper Values continue to guide Council’s decision-making process. I will maintain a Commitment To Safety by supporting our Police and Fire chiefs. Fiscal Responsibility will be at the forefront as we plan for infrastructure improvements/growth and other priorities needed to keep Prosper “a community focused on families, committed to small town ideals, and providing a quality living experience for all residents.” I humbly ask for your VOTE. Please visit my website (kernforprosper.com) to read more about why I am ready to serve.

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Lucy Towle, Place 2

Jason Dixon, Place 6

Dena and I moved to Prosper 15 years ago, with our four children: Mark, Drew, Jacob & Emma. My experience includes:

I first learned about Prosper from a fellow colleague who shared how Prosper was a small community with strong conservative values. This resonated with my husband and I, consequently, leading us to move our family here in 2007. I had the opportunity to work for the Prosper ISD as a Librarian from 2010-2016. I have witnessed and experienced the significant changes our town has faced, and it has inspired my decision give back to Prosper as your candidate for Place 2 of our Town Council. Since my arrival to Prosper in 2007, I have served in the following areas:

• Town of Prosper Library Board 2012-2018 • Prestonwood North volunteer 2009-2018 • Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) founding board member 2016-2018 • Prosper Booster Band Scholarship Committee 2015-2018 (Current Chairman) • Prosper High School Cross Country Booster Club Board 2018 • Family Readiness Group Liaison officer (for husband’s Army Reserve Unit) 2014-2018 My focus in serving this town is to be a voice for the families who have lived here longer than us, and embrace the new families moving in by investing in the future of Prosper in the years to come. As such, I want to preserve the excellent work our town has begun by continually promoting the conservative ideals and by supporting the safety and growth needs of our community. As your Place 2 representative, I will bring a fresh perspective with independent thought, and as an educator, I bring the understanding needed for a strong partnership between the town and Prosper ISD. In my service to Prosper, I will:

• Preserve standards of excellence regarding business and residential development • Support infrastructure needs while maintaining fiscal responsibility • Support the needs of the police and fire/emergency growth • Maintain and grow our community facilities with neighborhood parks and community facilities

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• 8 years on Council, Place 6 (2010 to Current) • 4 years on P&Z (2006-2010) • Chaired Prosper’s Comprehensive Plan (2012) • Council’s Executive Development Team (2013-Current) • Prosper’s Ladies Association (2014-2015) • Willow Ridge HOA (2004-2015) • Prosper ISD Open Foundation (2004-2010) • PISD Bond Finance Committee/Volunteer (2007) • Prosper Vision Committee (2009-2010) • SMU Athletic Forum, Board of Directors (2009-Current) • Hope Fellowship Church, Frisco,TX, Capital Campaign Committee (20072008) • Prosper High School Lacrosse Board (2015-Current) • Coach Multiple Youth Sports Teams (football/baseball/basketball/lacrosse) Why am I running? Proven Leadership and Experience! I would like to be able to finish what has been started, but the decision to run again did not come lightly. After much prayer and discussion, my family and I decided that we need another term to complete the things that make Prosper the place we are all proud to call home. It helped having the support and encouragement from numerous local business owners, Town leadership, and the support and endorsements from many pillars within the community. Our growing town has several large projects coming in the next few years. We need proven leadership to make sure those projects are best for all of Prosper. We are only 3 x 9 miles, and do not have the luxury of making a mistake or delaying because of inexperience. Several accomplishments during my tenure on Town Council include: • Reduced the 6,500 Previously Approved Apartments in half, with more cuts to come • Created Incentives for Businesses to choose Prosper • Increased building standards to insure future property values • No Tax Increases • Lowest Tax Rate of similar communities in Collin County – 22,000 Population • Frontier Park / Cockrell Park / Sexton Park – 1st ever All Turf Fields for our youth • Expansion of Police & Fire – the BEST anywhere • Roads/Water/Sewer: Preston, Prosper Trail, First, Coit, Windsong, West Projects Prosper is everything to me. We have raised our kids and created lifelong friendships. I couldn’t ask for anything more, but “The Best is Yet to Come"! Listening to the residents, understanding their vision, having common sense and the ability to make tough decisions for the betterment of the entire Town. You can feel confident I am the best candidate for this position.


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he Prosper Lady Eagle soccer program began their season with the mindset to not only match the success of last year’s team, but to surpass it. They were determined to give everything they had during every game, and that is exactly what they did. Going into their first round of playoff season, the ladies were undefeated in district play 14-0. There are 9-10 returning players from last year’s team, as well as 16 new players varying from freshman to seniors. “My freshman year, I watched the seniors end their season without ever winning a playoff game, putting so much into the program and never getting a reward from that, and that instilled a fire of motivation for myself that I never wanted to feel that,” senior Kat Rogers said. As Prosper bumps up to 6A this coming fall, it will create new competition from all the big Plano campuses as well as McKinney. As they prepare to tackle playoffs, these ladies say they aren’t ready for it to end and that they’re ready to take on whatever comes next. “I came in my sophomore year and instantly fell in love with high school soccer because of the support and family I came into,” senior Kristen Knipe said. The first playoff game in school history was 3 years ago, where they got to round 3, and last year they made it all the way to the 5th round. “My freshman year I came into being a part of the 7-year curse, because we hadn’t won a playoff game yet and the mentality of the team is so different now than it was back then,” Rogers said. “Our standards my freshman year were for us to just beat McKinney North and now our standards are to win state.” The training begins on the field the Monday after Thanksgiving Break and the season doesn’t end until late April. The commitment that these athletes have for their sport shows through their intense training, as well as the

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results they bring on and off the field. “After the loss to Centennial, it stung, and we changed our approach on how we trained and played because we were reminded that this is our last shot,” Rogers said. This is a team sport and has so many different components and players that no one can be the best of the best without everyone else on the field. “The cool thing about this team is that they are all about team and have the chemistry to know that someone’s victory is the entire teams victory,” Head Coach Rafael Flores said. Every sport has their superstitions and this team is no exception. “We are a very paranoid team in the sense that we have the same pre-game traditions we have to do every game,” Knipe explains. There aren’t just the same traditions for every game though…they change for home or away games and have been passed down for over a decade now. “We have a talking circle where everyone sits in the same spot and talks about what to look out for and improve on during the game, we also put tape on our finger and have the number “1” on it to represent that we take each game one at a time,” Knipe said. “We have a chant led by seniors called ‘They scared’ which a senior leads off. We will watch the same video, which is way outdated, to get hyped for home games,” Rogers said. This team has been motivated to always be a step ahead of each game ever since winning their very first playoff game three years ago. Kat Rogers says, “Last year we had to do better than the year before and that cycle of just trying to always be improving has continued for our team.” Last year playoffs ended during the 5th round regional tournament and led off with Frisco Heritage, Mesquite Poteet, then Frisco Centennial. This year, Prosper began with a familiar opponent, Frisco High, at the McKinney High stadium on March 29. The Lady Eagles dominated the game, winning 2-0 and headed on to Round 2! Their next battle was on April 3rd for the Area Championship


against Wylie East…and these girls are definitely in it to win it! After a fantastic 2-0 victory, Prosper is now headed to the Regional Quarterfinals. “Last year playoffs were all new to us, but what I think separates this team from that team is a lot of the kids have that experience from last year and that will hopefully push us over the edge,” Flores said. The Lady Eagles are graduating 5 starters this year including, Maycie McDougal (#3), Peyton Jefferson (#4), Kristin Knipe (#8), Kat Rogers (#15), Cameron Larsen (#22), and trainer/manager Cece Ange. “Every year is awesome and different, every team has their own new set of strengths and weaknesses, and this team is no different,” Flores said. “I have been blessed with great kids for over a decade here, I think this team is really built for a playoff run in the sense that they grind it out, they play from behind. I have enjoyed my experiences with every team and all the obstacles that come along every year, but it is fun to see the ladies overcome the challenges and then come together to do something special.” Coach Flores has created a family for these girls and continues to inspire them on and off the field. “Flo is a very motivated coach, he makes you feel like this is a family and you want to work hard not just for

yourself but for your whole team and win together,” Knipe said. “We have been really lucky with the girls in our class, they are always working hard and taking everything seriously, it’s been a good four years.” The seniors leave their legacy with the team no matter where the season ends. That legacy commemorates all of the leaders before and after them that strive for a goal and surpass whatever they set their minds out to. Rogers sums everything up with this, “The environment that Flo created with this family is so different from club. I thank him for making it where it wasn’t just how do we make it through practice, but it was where soccer becomes our favorite part of the day. No matter how this season ends I wouldn’t pick any other team to do it with. To the underclassmen, I just want you to know it is different when it all rests on you. This program means something, the players that came before you mean something. We haven’t built this program in a day…it’s been years in the making and us being able to talk about a state run is incredible because 4 years ago is was about how to win 1 round. So never settle and think you’ve reached that point because you can always get better.” April 2018 | WeAreProsper.com

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One Act Rises New Warriors By Tish Cama // Photo Courtesy: Michael Stephens

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hey say that anyone can act…but the Prosper High School Theatre program is demonstrating that not just anyone can be an amazing actor. PHS Theatre has been amazing and inspiring audiences over the years, and just recently made history in Prosper. For the first time in program history, the students have advanced through Area championship… wowing audiences with their stellar acting, technical achievements, and stage crew. Their one act play is called Trojan Women, starring Logan Riesling as the queen during the fall of Troy during the Trojan war. The show is about women from the city of Troy following the Trojan War. They have been beaten, their husbands have been taken away from them, and the future of captivity and slavery that awaits them is desolate to say the least. “Helen of Troy is taken to Troy and the Greeks come and try to take her back during this 10year war and the last year of is what takes place

Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and Trojan Women takes place after the Trojan horse is brought in,” says Logan Riseling. “It’s these women and they are about to be sent back to the Greek’s where it is just that last moment of fighting that they have left in them.”

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Each of the women in the play hold a different story about what they are fighting for and these thespians had to not just engage with their audience but allow them to feel the pain their character went through. "My personal experience with Trojan Women has been extremely challenging to say the least. These women have seen their entire city go from beauty to ruins and trying to capture that in 35 minutes was trying. During my scene in particular, I have my child ripped from my hands and I am left with nothing," senior Josie Loving said. "This is something that I have never experienced and is far beyond emotional realm, thus making it difficult to make an entire audience feel my pain with me. Trojan Women has taught me so much about myself and those around me, and for that I am truly grateful." “This classic story is a refreshing change that I think really got us to push our boundaries as actors and grow exponentially,” articulates senior Julia VanDuren. “I think that this is such an important story to tell because it’s from the point of view of the most “powerless” figures of the time…women. Yet they keep their strength and humanity through all of the pain inflicted upon them. Instead of just crying and resigning themselves to their fates, they look upon each other with love and hope for a better future. One of the characters, Andromache, says ‘I will find a way to love life. Even in slavery. Even in this nightmare. I will find a way,’ and this hopeful undertone finds its way into even the darkest of times for the women. Even if they are to live miserably, they resolve to keep Troy in their memories. In this way, they aren’t letting Troy disappear completely. They are refusing to give in. If that isn’t powerful, I don’t know what is.” As a theatre department, there are 7 shows a year varying in content and casting. The students travel to Texas Thespians and compete, where many students will then compete in the national rankings. Theatre teacher, Michael Stephens, heads the UIL prose and poetry and had sent a student which places in state every year every

year for the past 5 years. In 2017, PHS sent 5 students sent to state prose and poetry. “These past couple of years have been very difficult for

Prosper theatre. We are in an incredibly hard district. Last year from our district we produced the state champions and 3rd in state. Again, this year all the plays from our district have been advancing,” Stephens said. “For me it is awesome to see the students hard work paying off. A lot of these kids are 3 years into this, so it has been a process.” As the population continues to grow in Prosper, the students not only adapt but invite more creativity, innovation, and ideas onto the stage and continue to leave a legacy every year. “It’s bittersweet, but I couldn’t have been happier with the success that we’ve been achieving this year. We’ve been working so hard to improve, and it feels redeeming to see our efforts paying off. I’ve also become really close to my cast and crew over the last few years, so the chemistry we have onstage and the bond we share as a team is really a special experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” VanDuren said. “I’m so endlessly grateful to Mr. Stephens for spending so much time and energy on us; performing our best and trying to be as successful as possible in OAP doesn’t even begin to repay him for everything he’s done for us, but it’s definitely a start and I’m so glad we seniors can end our high school theatre career making him proud.”


The Trojan Women Directors: Michael Stephens, Carrie Stephens, and Ryan McBride. Cast of Characters: Eniami Adegbamigbe (Poseidon), Logan Riseling (Hecuba), Emily Keegan Wolf (Helen), Allyson Dymond (Cassandra), Josie Loving (Andromache), Levi McKenzie (Talthybius), Julia VanDuren (Chorus 1), Price Gerritsen (Chorus 2), Rachael Foster (Chorus 3), Carynne Sutton (Chorus 4), Eileah Hale (Chorus 5), Greg Wheeler (Guard 1), Josh Smith (Guard 2). Running Crew: Brenham Cosgrove (Stage Manager), Rachel Carnegie (Lighting), Lawson Cosgrove (Sound), Madison Whiteman (Backstage Lighting), Emma Zickefoose (Live sound and fog). Alternates: Miles Crabtree, Charlize Fedele, Jennifer Sieira, Nathan Morrow. UIL One Act Play Awards: Outstanding Technician: Lawson Cosgrove, Sound Best Tech Crew: Jillian Gillmore, Rachel Carnegie, Lawson Cosgrove, Madison Whitman, Brenham Cosgrove, Eileah Hale Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Eniami Adegbamigbe, Poseidon and The Chorus which consisted of: Carynne Sutton, Racheal Foster, Julia VanDuren, Price Garretson, Eileah Hale All Star Cast: Levi McKenzie, Talthybius & Logan Riesling, Hecuba Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Emily Keegan-Wolf All Star Cast: Logan Riesling & Josie Loving

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Prosper Welcomes Martial Arts Legend…Grand Master Burlson By Tish Cama

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t isn’t every day that you get an invitation to meet a legend. When you have the opportunity to meet a Master in their field who can confidently drop names and share stories about training the likes of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Elvis Presley you pull up a seat and take note. That’s exactly what happened On March 17th at the Professional Black Belt Academy, here in Prosper. Master Buddy Hudson invited PROSPER Magazine to attend a special ceremony and meet a martial arts legend. Taekwondo expert and Academy Owner Buddy Hudson invited his selfproclaimed hero and friend, J. Pat Burlson, to be a part of his Blackbelt Certification Ceremony, along with blackbelt Jamie Cashion. Grand Master Burlson, also known as the Father of American Karate, is the founder of the American Karate system. He is currently one of the only experts worldwide who can promote another individual to 10th degree blackbelt in karate, which is the highest degree achievable. The ceremony showcased students individually completing a "form" in front of the Grand Masters. Forms include a series of moves against an invisible opponent, which demonstrates awareness of the body’s movement. There are 24 forms that symbolize a complete circle, and with 24 hours in a day, what is the most interesting about each is that they are tied to a piece of Korean history. They not only teach the student moves, but also the history of how they were created from Korean Culture. The last 9 forms represent the 9 blackbelt degrees and how far an individual has come by achieving the highest rank of a 9th degree blackbelt. Students demonstrated their form against an opponent, displayed their strength and concentration through board breaking, kicks and movement. They concluded with a selfdefense series where students defended

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themselves against each other as opponents. The real magic came into play when the students completed each task, expressed with confidence and excitement. Each young man, with great pride radiating from their eyes, was awarded a certificate of completion and their new belts that were signed and presented by Grand Master Burlson himself. Burlson served for four years in the military as a Navy/Air Force veteran and is ranked as a 10th degree blackbelt. In 1964, he became the first National Karate Champion in the United States and was one of the first people to train Bruce Lee. He is also known for his roles in several Chuck Norris movies and was instrumental in helping to form Elvis Presley's body guard machine. When asked about his time with the King of Rock and Roll, he said that at one-point Elvis had offered many of his friends brand new Cadillacs and even went as far as to ask Burlson what color he would like to be delivered. Regrettably, Elvis passed away before the car could be ordered, but he was excited none the less at the offer. Master Buddy Hudson owns three Black Belt Academy's including one in Highland Park, West Plano, and Prosper. His sister was a national champion in Karate and he followed in her footsteps to compete on an international team, was a silver medalist in the world games in 1987 and was prepared to win a spot on the U.S Olympic team before an injury took away his chances. He originally attended college with hopes to become a biology teacher and coach. He ended up teaching at a karate school to pay his way through college, and little did he know that would be where he began his career. Hudson prides himself on thinking outside of the box when it comes to his students. He has taught deaf students, as well as a student who was paralyzed from the waist down. He is committed to teach how to use different defense mechanisms despite setbacks. Karate and Taekwondo both teach discipline, attentiveness, and dedication not just to the sport, but to instructors and teammates as well.


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PHS Soccer…Kicking It Over the Edge By Tish Cama

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hile the school year is winding down, the soccer season for the Prosper Eagles is winding up. The 2017-2018 soccer season began with a sweep of wins for the boys as they prevailed in all three games at the Prosper Showcase tournament. “It took a dramatic last-minute strike against Wylie High School to seal our second victory,” head coach Ryan Rogers said. “It was a great sign of the team’s willingness to fight until the end of every game.” After going 3-0 in the tournament, the team traveled to Denton for the Iron Bridge Classic Tournament where they suffered their first defeat against Frisco High School with a final score of 0-2. “The season started with a couple of great tournament wins and also I would say we had a defeat against Frisco High School that definitely kick started our season and gave us a wakeup call on how we were going to have play,” senior Christopher Nayler- Gress said. The boys were determined to bounce back and did just that, defeating Abilene Cooper, and they then went on a 15-game winning streak! Those wins added to the first 11 district games, allowed the team to take control of the District 14-5A title, their third in just six years. “Once District games started we looked pretty much unstoppable and everyone was just on the same wave length and playing for each other,” NaylerGress said. “We are a very balanced team, we have a lot of depth on our roster that allows us to rotate players without much drop off,” Rogers said. The Eagles started their playoff run on March 30 against Frisco Wakeland High School where they came up short 3-1 against the Wolverines. “We had some key wins along the way against RL Turner and Lake Dallas that proved we weren’t a

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flash in the pan. I would say after we won the District Championship we turned a bit too much focus to the playoffs and let a couple of games slip that we shouldn’t have, but now that we’re at the playoffs I think we will be a force to be reckoned with and we are definitely looking towards bringing a State Title to Prosper!” The team has 14 Seniors including Cash Varner (#0), Oliver Hernandez (#1), Sergio Hutado (#2), Andrew Crawford (#3), James Foster (#5), Noah Martinez (#6), Chris Nayler-Gress (#8), Cole Fedorczyk (#10), Joe, Vannette (#11), Ivan Flores (#17), Xander Shelton (#19), John Harryman (#20), Dylan Johnston (#21), and Talon Timmermans (#23). The PHS Soccer program’s legacy continues to live on thanks to the foundation that the coaching staff and upperclassmen have built. The have a constant commitment to each other and a vision for what they want the program to be. The senior leadership has demonstrated the impact that one player can have on their teammates…and it shows on the field during every game. “Thank you, Coach Rogers, for giving us the motivation to succeed and always preparing us to do the best that we can. And as for the underclassmen, work hard, stick together, and carry on the legacy we have left at Prosper Soccer!” Nayler-Gress said.


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NOW THAT SPRING IS HERE, IT’S TIME FOR… Planting •New lawns can be started this month. Sod can be planted at anytime but wait until soil has warmed up enough to plant Bermuda seed. •Warm season vegetables including beans, tomatoes, corn, squash, cucumbers, melons and peppers 2 weeks after last freeze. Summer vegetables, including okra, eggplant, southern peas 4 weeks after last freeze. •Warm season annuals including begonias, impatiens, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, celosia, 2 weeks after last freeze. Tropical annual color plants, including hibiscus, pentas, fire bush, copper plant, purslane, moss rose, purple fountain grass, caladiums, lantanas, 4 weeks after last freeze. •Groundcovers into well prepared soil to take advantage of the burst of new spring growth. •Herbs into flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and patio containers. Many herbs are attractive as well as edible. •Trees and shrubs are available in profusion this month. Transport them home carefully, protecting them from highway winds, then plant them immediately. Hand water them regularly during their first summer. Pruning •Climbing roses, also antique roses that only bloom in spring, following flowering to remove weak growth and reshape plants. •Spring flowering shrubs and vines to reshape immediately after they finish blooming. •Low hanging limbs from shade trees to allow sunlight to reach grass beneath canopy. •Tropicals, such as hibiscus, that have grown lanky over a winter indoors can be trimmed back now. Fertilize

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•Snails, slugs, pill bugs devour tender new stem, leaf growth, apply dust or specialty bait.

•Aphids on brand new growth of daylilies, tomatoes, roses and a host of other plants. Use a general-purpose insecticide. •Fire ants. Treat with wide area baits and individual mound treatments or hire pest control professional who can apply new yearlong product.


•Fleas. Treat with broad-spectrum landscape insecticide. Apply preventive from vet to pet’s neck. •Roses for black spot and mildew. Use labeled fungicide weekly into the summer. •Powdery mildew on new growth of crape myrtles, zinnias, euonymus. Treat with approved fungicide or spray with soapy water. •Maroon colored freckles on leaved of red tip photinias, Indian Hawthorns suggest fungal leaf spot. Treat with approved fungicide but be prepared to replace plants. This disease is epidemic. •Broadleaf weed killer to eliminate existing clover, dandelions, dichondra, wild violets, and poison ivy. Color in Your Landscape Tip: Warm colors (yellow, orange, hot pink, bright red, white) advance visually in the garden, while cool colors (green, blue, purple) recede. Use warm colors where color will be seen from a distance. Use cool colors to make a small landscape appear larger. Question: Jimmie, is it normal for this time of year to have pillbugs around my entry to my house? I am a fairly new homeowner, and this is the first time I have seen them. Thank you for your help. Rachael Y. in Prosper Answer: Hi Rachael, pill bugs can generally show up just about anywhere they feel like it. Really, the only time you should be concerned about them is when they start feeding on your young tender stems and leaves in the area you’re seeing them. Most plants will still outgrow them, but if you have the need to control them, slug and snail baits available at most nursery’s does a good job. Sevin dust works also. Question: Jimmie, my favorite tree has become the Japanese Maple. While I don't know much about them I just love the texture and color of them, especially the weeping kind. Can this tree be installed anywhere on my property with good soil preparation? I will probably be calling your company to help us! Melissa K. in Prosper Answer: Hi Melissa, one of my favorite trees as well. The Japanese Maple is actually native to China but the main growers in the US are around the Washington and Oregon areas that supply most of the country. They love shade and when designed or installed in the incorrect location in your landscaping can really struggle. A dapple of morning sun and afternoon shade we do the trick. Probably East or North side of your house, preferably under the canopy of a large existing tree, would be even better. Be glad to help you out if you need it. The Bloodgood variety acclimates the most to sunlight. Until next time, happy gardening!!! -Jimmie Send your landscaping and gardening questions to Jimmie Gibson Jr. at http://www.absolutelybushedlandscaping.com or jimmie@absolutelybushed.com Jimmie is a Prosper resident and the owner of Absolutely Bushed Landscaping Company, an award winning, family and veteran owned and operated business created in 1980 to provide the highest quality custom Outdoor Renovation available to homeowners in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.

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Dr. Suess turns 114 at the Prosper Community Library By Tish Cama

There was a party with some special visitors at the Prosper Community Library on Saturday March 3, and one brought his own hat! Dr. Suess had his 114th birthday and the Prosper librarians held a bash for the kids to come read and create some crafts, not to mention they got to meet the famous Thing 1, Thing 2, and the Cat in the Hat. Youth services librarian, Chelsi Henry, led the celebration with stories, dancing, and read Dr. Suess's famous book, The Cat in the Hat. The book suddenly came to life as Thing 1, costumed by Elizabeth Sunderland, Thing 2, costumed by Lyndsey Scott, and the Cat in the Hat, costumed by Max

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