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Meet Erin Hubbard Renee Marler Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com Nine years ago, Erin became the first female police officer in the Prosper Police Department. Today, she is an integral part of the ever-growing department. She came to Prosper Police Department after a lengthy service in the military, which runs in her family, as her father, Gary, was a retired Marine. However, Erin chose to join the United States Air Force where she worked as a vehicle operator and civil engineering electrician for high and low voltage. “I was in the military for twenty years, two months and three days,” she said. “I think every military person knows their length of service down to the day.” During her time in the military she was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas and in northern Italy. She deployed four times to southwest Asia, including Iraq. Two of her deployments came after she was on the job with Prosper Police Department. Since retiring from military service, in addition to her patrol duties, Erin devotes much of her time to many of Prosper Police Department's community outreach efforts including crime prevention, Citizens on Patrol, Citizens Police Academy and the annual National Night Out. Erin is also close to her family. Her parents moved to Prosper after she took the position with Prosper Police Department and Erin said she loves having them close by. “As your parents age, you want to know they are taken care of and with them being right here, I know I am simply a phone call away if needed,” she said. She also has two younger sisters. One is an accountant in Fort Worth and one is in a special needs home in the Flower Mound area. “Growing up with a sibling with special needs has taught me a great deal of love and patience, which is absolutely necessary in this job,” said Erin. The growth in Prosper has impacted the police department as well. Many new faces can be seen around the department in recent days, but Erin says she is fortunate that there is still a great deal of familiarity as well. “Sergeant Golden was my field training officer when I started with the department nine years ago and he's still my supervisor today,” she laughed. “Assistant Chief McHone was here when I came as well.” At home, Erin likes to relax with her five-year old Irish Setter she rescued named Ralph. She said, “He's a little spoiled, as you can imagine.” When asked what she loves about Prosper and being a part of its police department,” she said, “I feel very settled here and really cannot imagine myself anywhere else. It's truly home.”
Golf Tourney Comes Together to Help Bethlehem Place Joyce Godwin Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com
Monday at Gentle Creek Country Club was all about Bethlehem Place and raising funds to help feed less fortunate people in the area. Executive Director Betsy Winters told the group they provide food for about 35 families per week and that group includes children and senior citizens. They are people without jobs or their jobs are not helping them make ends meet. Sometimes they are just in transition and need a little help, others are living with family members and still others have taken in family Joyce Godwin/PROSPER TIMES members and have run out of resources. Winters The second place team finishes the 18th hole at Gentle Creek golf course Monday for the annual says she has fallen in love with the people she serves Bethlehem Place Charity Golf Tournament. From left are Bill Potts Jeff Christie, Assad Tadjoy and through Bethlehem Place, Prosper’s only food bank. Jeff Clark. “These are really good people, hard workers and so thankful,” she said. “On an average, a family of four will get 40 pounds of food for a week.” Board members of the charity were on hand to help with the heavy lifting throughout the tournament. Rebecca Hunter said she has been on the board for many years “because I care about the people in Prosper who don’t have enough food. We can help also by suggesting other services for them.” Dottie Jones said she feels a sense of urgency for the needs of the people helped by Bethlehem Place. “This is an important organization that fills the needs of the community. She said she and her granddaughter work together with the food distribution efforts each week. Janice Diamond is also on the board for Bethlehem Place and has been for about six years. “I do it because I don’t want people to go hungry,” she said. “This is the least I can do.” She said most of the people in the Prosper community are comfortable but there are families in need. She said there are 28 families who’ve come to Prosper because of the hurricanes. “No one gets paid at Bethlehem Place. It’s all volunteer,” she said. “And everything gets used.” Also concerned for people who don’t have enough food is NFL great, pro football hall of famer Randy White, Prosper resident since 1988. White was a Joyce Godwin/PROSPER TIMES defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 1975 to NFL great and pro football hall of famer Randy White takes the microphone at the closing of the 1988 and has been a supporter of Bethlehem Place for Bethlehem Place annual charity golf tournament Monday at Gentle Creek Country Club. several years. See Bethlehem Place, page 4
Hughes Elementary School has Heart and High Fives Joyce Godwin Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com Hughes Elementary School is located on the east side of the Prosper Independent School District in McKinney on Prestwick Hollow Drive south of US Highway 380. Principal Tiffany Johns is in her 10th year of employment with PISD. Johns says one of her favorite features of the campus is its ties to Jim and Betty Hughes, the schools’ namesakes. “I think sometimes our schools in McKinney or Celina feel like we are not quite as much a part of Prosper,” she said. “Having Betty in the community and the interaction with her is just great. She brings cookies for the staff and comes to assemblies and the kids just ooh and aah over her.” Johns says the school’s motto is “Hughes has Heart.” The ‘heart’ comes from an acronym spelled out from “we prepare students to be: Hardworking, Ever-growing, Respectful and Thinkers.” In addition to Hughes Heart, there is also a Hughes High Five. Teachers have little die cuts of a hand to present to a student who exemplifies the “Hughes Has Heart” motto. Then the student brings the Hughes High Five to Johns or Assistant Principal Stephanie Cockrell who then will call the child’s parents to share the good news and the student gets his or her picture in the Hughes newsletter. “The students love it and parents love it,” Johns said. Johns said she and Haley Stelly, principal at Light Farms Elementary, did Joyce Godwin/PROSPER TIMES Hughes students wanted their photos taken with their principal Tiffany Johns their undergraduate work together in Waco at Baylor University. “She started in the lunchroom. From left are Shawn Freeman peeking over the head of teaching in Prosper in 2007 and I stayed in Waco and taught for a year,” Johns said. Layla Mahoney, Ryleigh Bell, Lila Claire Holloway and Mason Leion. See Hughes Elementary, Page 3
Town Council Approves Sign Variance, Zoning and Approves Purchase of Lighting Joyce Godwin Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com
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The Prosper Town Council approved changes to the sign ordinance and zoning for the new Prosper Independent School District’s football stadium and natatorium in last week’s regular business meeting for the Town. Alex Glushko, senior planner for the Town of Prosper introduced the first regular agenda item which was the sign variance. The request was being made by leaders of Texas Bank currently under construction at the corner of Preston Road and First Street. Glushko said “The sign code for multi-storied buildings such as this limits the wall sign height based on the height of a story. In this case, Prosper Bank is occupying the first story so their wall sign height is limited to three feet tall. With this request, the applicant is proposing an eight- foot tall wall sign situated on the second floor of the
building. They are doing this in order to provide signage that is proportionate with the building.” He added “In general, staff feels this request is in harmony with the sign code and recommends approval.” More explanation from the agenda packet explained that “On December 6, 2016, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a Site Plan for a three-story, 60-foot tall, 10,622 square-foot office building (Texas Bank). The Sign Ordinance limits the height of tenant wall signs to a maximum height of three feet, where the height of the tenant wall area is 20 feet or less. The height is measured per floor and not total height of the building. The Texas Bank wall height is 14 feet, and located on the first floor of the building. The applicant is requesting a maximum sign height of eight feet and to locate the wall sign on the second floor of the building in order to provide proportionate signage for the overall building height.” Bob Lowrimore, president of the North Texas Regent of Texas Bank, spoke to the Council. “We are not anticipating covering the front of the building with signs” he said. “We would love it if ours is the only one, but if somebody comes in and takes 10,000 feet, and they want to put a sign up, then maybe. That could be part of the negotiations, but if they want something beyond the regulations of the Town of Prosper, then they
will have to come here.” Next came a lengthy discussion and ultimate approval to rezone a little more than 47 acres from Agriculture to Planned Development, for a Prosper ISD athletic complex with a multi-sport stadium and a natatorium, located on the south side of Frontier Parkway. “The uses of the stadium and natatorium are permitted in an agricultural district; however the district seeks three main variations to the Town’s zoning ordinance with parking, landscaping and agricultural requirements,” Glushko said. The Zoning Ordinance requires one parking space for every four seats or bench seating spaces. Glushko explained that “Based upon the proposed seating capacity of 12,000 for the stadium and a seating capacity of 500 for the natatorium, 3,125 parking spaces are required. PISD requested that this ratio be reduced to one parking space for every five seats, which would require 2,500 parking spaces. A review of parking for similar facilities in McKinney and Allen would indicate that a ratio of one space to every five seats is adequate.” The Council also approved purchasing lighting and installation services for the Eagles Landing Park and Folsom Park light project from Musco Lighting LLC through the Texas Local Government and Cooperative. See Town Council, page 4
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Want a Bright Green Lawn this Winter? This is How the Pros Do it Annual vs. Perennial Ryegrass:
If you plan to overseed your lawn this fall, knowing the difference between annual and perennial ryegrass — and how each performs — will help you make the best choice for your situation. Perennial ryegrass has a deep-green color and slower growth habit. Even though it has the word “perennial” in its name, in full sun, this cool-season grass will fade and your permanent turf will flourish when temperatures warm and consistently reach the 90s. In the shade, however, it may stay cool enough for perennial rye to persist into the summer. Use of a specific variety is not that critical. Most are packaged blends of two to three varieties best-adapted to a particular region. Annual ryegrass is much less expensive than perennial rye. However, it takes on a pale yellow-green color when soil temperatures cool and it must be cut more often than perennial ryegrass. The best use for annual ryegrass is to cover large areas and for erosion control. It may also be used as a temporary lawn while waiting to install permanent Bermuda grass or St. Augustine grass once temperatures warm. Commercial properties and landscaping contractors prefer to use perennial rye for overseeding. It is imperative that a pre-emergent not be used prior to seeding either type of ryegrass, as this will
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applied at their normal times of March 1 and June 1. Planting ryegrass in the fall really brightens the landscape and gives tired lawns a new refreshed look. It is especially effective for homes on the market for sale during the winter-the lush lawn makes them look appealing and well-cared for.
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inhibit the development of the seed. The next step is to drop the mower setting a couple of notches and cut the lawn. In bermudagrass, especially, this exposes mostly stems and causes the lawn to look brown. This is more challenging to accomplish in St. Augustine grass because of its wide leaf blades, but this process is essential as it allows the ryegrass seed to contact the soil, which is critical for germination . Use approximately 8 to 10 pounds of ryegrass seed for every 1,000 square feet of lawn area, being careful not to get the seed in your flower beds. Two to three passes with a drop spreader open to its widest setting will create a buffer zone. Then use a broadcast spreader to finish the seeding. After seeding, apply a 20-5-10 or a 15-5-10 fertilizer with 50 percent of its nitrogen in a slow-release form at half-strength. Once the seed has sprouted, maintain the deep green color throughout the growing season by fertilizing at the regular rate in late November and early February (one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.) Once the seed and fertilizer have been applied, keeping the seed moist so germination can occur is your next objective. Water once or twice a day, 5 to 10 minutes per area, but do not let the water puddle. In three to five days, in warm weather, new seedlings will start emerging. When the new seedlings are about an inch or so tall, decrease the watering to every other day, but increase the amount of time for each area. Gradually cut back your number of days to once a week, applying one inch of water if no rainfall has occurred. November through February, check the soil’s moisture, and if the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch, irrigate. A good mowing height for ryegrass is two to three inches. It is best to mow again before it reaches a height of three to four inches. This may only mean cutting the grass every two to three weeks when the weather is cool, more often however in the spring. Timely mowing will have a positive effect on health, vigor and weed suppression. In an overseeded lawn, weeds usually are not a major concern. Cool-season broadleaf weeds will be the main culprit and are usually controlled with an herbicide containing 2,4d. Apply the weed control following the label directions, but only after the lawn has been mowed at least three times. Use a dedicated spot sprayer on a sunny day when temperatures are between 55 and 85 degrees and winds are light. Spring preemergents for Bermuda and St. Augustine grass will still be
I'm a beginner in gardening. I have a big problem here. I've just recently planted my first landscaping but it did not turn out well. Even worse, some did not even grow and 60 percent of everything I planted has died! I bought everything a nursery employee from a reputable nursery in Frisco told me did well here and went straight home and dug the holes and planted right away. Could you give me some tips regarding this matter? I would really appreciate it. Jack G. in Prosper
Answer: Hi Jack,
The best way to advance beyond the "beginner" stage in gardening is to become well-versed in the matter of soil preparation. Adding organic soil conditioners will improve that "unfertile soil" you're working with. Things will only do as well as what you plant them in. With our soil being predominately black clay and caliche the only thing I can think of that might do well without soil amendments might be Cotton! Don't feel bad: at least you've identified a potential source for the problem. Good soil is truly the foundation of successful gardening and landscaping.
Question: Hi Jimmie,
I like a lot of different plants, but as a beginner at landscape design I'm not sure how to group them. Aesthetic considerations aside, is there a rule of thumb for grouping plant A with plant B, rather than having it grow next to plant C? Thanks for your time, Macy P. in Prosper
Answer: Hi Macy, You may like a lot of different plants, but as a beginner at landscape design, you may not be sure how to group them. There are, of course, aesthetic considerations in landscape design. That's the fun part of landscape design. But there are also practical reasons for grouping plant A with plant B, rather than having it grow next to plant C. Rule of thumb for practical landscape design: group plants with similar requirements together. This includes sun and watering requirements. Grouping them together will reduce maintenance for you (saving you from dragging the garden hose around unnecessarily, etc.). Until next time…Happy Gardening!! -Jimmie
Send your landscaping and gardening questions to Jimmie Gibson Jr. at http://www.absolutelybushedlandscaping.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PT IN HIS PRESENCE ARE YOU THIRSTY? So, what is “Thirst” anyway? Webster defines it a couple of ways: (1) a sensation of dryness in the mouth or throat; (2) a great desire for drink. We all know what it’s like to be physically thirsty, and most of us can possibly relate to what it’s like to be spiritually thirsty too. Physically speaking, our bodies are made up of 80 percent fluid, so naturally we thirst, and we thirst often. If you don’t believe me, stop drinking for a while and see what happens. Spiritually speaking, you and I were wired the same way. Our Maker created us with a thirst! If you deprive your body physically or spiritually from the necessary fluid, your body will tell you. Max Lucado writes in his book Come Thirsty “…Like water, Jesus goes where we can’t. Throw a person against the wall, his body thuds and drops. Splash water against a wall, and the liquid conforms and spreads. It’s molecular makeup grants water great flexibility: one moment separating and seeping into a crack, another collecting and thundering over the Victoria Falls. Water goes where we cannot.” Think about it a little, what water can do for your body; Jesus can do the same for your heart! The funny thing about water is this: we don’t receive the rewards from it unless we drink it. The
same goes with Jesus. We can’t receive what He has to offer, unless we come to a point of understanding that we need him, therefore we must ‘drink’ Him! You can search for Him in many ways, but God’s intended connection point with Him is RELATIONSHIP. Relationship is where He intended to meet you and me. If you would continue to deprive your body of its number one natural resource, liquid, it would have a devastating effect. The outcome is inevitable…death. The same goes with our spiritual bodies, live a godless life, expect a godless eternity. Hydration is a serious topic when dealing with our physical bodies. Why wouldn’t we consider the seriousness of it with our spiritual bodies as well? The greatest thing about God is this, “His Well” never runs dry. Actually, at the very end of the Bible, He gives one more invitation to drink…(Revelation 22:17-CEV) “If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!” The choice would then be yours. If you’re THIRSTY, take a drink of the living, life-giving water and never thirst again! Brad Wilkerson is the lead and founding pastor of The Church of Celebration Metro, 28691 Harper Road, Prosper. Check out their website at cocmetro.com.
PT I n O th e r W o rds The Importance of a First Line Lately I’ve seen several online articles and links about the first line of books. It’s interesting how we remember the first line of a book and how important it is or may become to the entire story. A post on the Facebook group Book Riot asked readers to post their favorite first line of a book and it was impressive how many responses they received. There were opening lines I expected that many of us know, but there were many more that are not nearly as well known. The first line of a story is so important, complex, and telling that we sometimes do not give it the value and weight it deserves. I completed a little research into the most well-known first lines and found the common strand among them being that they are all a glimpse into the entire story and they can be used independently of the novel. For example, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family
is unhappy in its own way” from Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. That packs a punch. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens first line is frequently abridged due to its length. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” With an opening line like that, the reader must know they are in for a story of ups, downs, twists, and turns. There are first lines that tease the reader such as “It was a pleasure to burn” from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. There are first lines that begin a story sure to shake our notion of reality such as in George Orwell’s 1984, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Most lists of most famous first lines begin with Jane Austen from Pride and Prejudice, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The satire of this line keeps getting better through time. And then there are the children’s books that have just as impressive and memorable first lines. Ask most anyone aged 50-10 and they will immediately recognize: “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Thank goodness J.K. Rowling allowed
those Dursley’s to have such a “normal” life in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Irony and cleverness are fun starts to books such as. “There is no lake at Camp Green lake” in Holes by Lois Sachar; “The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world” in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson; “First of all, let me get something straight: this is a journal not a diary” in Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney; and “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book” in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. And my personal favorite, which one should know by the first line that it’s not going to end happy for someone with, “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” E.B. White’s first line in Charlotte’s Web is a shocking start for a children’s book and yet children and adults love the honesty of life on a farm. I love that first line because it is the beginning to a story that I adore. I ugly cry every time I read it, but it is still my favorite. Think about the first line of the book past, present, and future. Ask what does that first line say to you and then consider how incredibly hard and stressful that first line must be for the author knowing its importance. The significance of a first line may make an entire book. No pressure there future authors. Leslie Scott is the Director for the Prosper Community Library.
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Hughes Elementary From page one “And then we ended up teaching at Baker under Mrs. [Jana] Thomson. Mrs. Thomson was a great encourager.” Johns also celebrates a wide diversity in the families of the Hughes campus. She said she loves learning about the students’ families and customs. “They are what makes the school unique,” Johns said. “We also have a great parental support group. We have copy moms that come every week and they do lunch duty for the teachers. It’s really, really nice to have that support from them.” The Hughes campus has a strong sense of community within its teachers. She says the teachers have a close bond whether they are in their first year of teaching or in their 25th year. Johns says she loves being a principal. “My husband and I have that conversation every day because I don’t call my job work. I love just the excitement of an elementary school and just the newness of education. These students are in the infancy stages of their education.” She told the story of a little boy who came to her in the morning to show her he has learned 13 letters. When he started school this year, he couldn’t make all the letters of the alphabet and in today’s world with so many children going to pre-school, that is not typical. He was excited to show Mrs. Johns he knows 13 of the letters. “He brought his little flash cards to show me,” she said. “Things like that are the highlight of my days.” The school’s leadership comes from the top down. Dr. Watkins knows Prosper is a place where people are buying houses because of the school district, Johns said, “and that’s what we want to preserve. It doesn’t matter that we have 250 more students this year from last year. Our goal is to know every kid’s name. We know if they have a brother or sister, if they have a soccer game this weekend. Seeing the students outside of school, they know we care about them.” Johns says if students know his or her teacher cares about them, they will do anything asked of them. “I can train anyone to teach math or science but to connect with the kids, that is something you can’t teach,” Johns said. “I love just being able to connect with the kids. Once you have that kind of relationship with a child, they will do anything for you.” Teachers are invested in their students at PISD and that is one of the reasons Johns was drawn to work in Prosper and the reason she has stayed working here. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series about schools in the Prosper ISD. The Prosper Times will feature a school each week.
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PT F i re D e pa rt m e nt i n c i d e nt re p o rts September 26: Fire in mobile home used as fixed residence in the 26700 block of East University Drive, Aubrey; Brush or brush-and-grass mixture fire in the 900 block of Cook Lane; Odor investigation in the 800 block of Texana Drive; Motor vehicle accident with injuries in the area of West University Drive & Gee Road; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the area of 10000 Pinecrest, Aubrey; EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 300 block of North Main Street; False alarm or false call, other in the 1800 block of Stillhouse Hollow Drive. September 27: Dispatched & cancelled en route to the area of Preston & Choate, Celina; Motor vehicle accident with injuries to the area of Preston & Choate Road, Celina; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the 1800 block of McCord Way, Little Elm; False alarm or false call, other in the 1600 block of Crown Point Drive, Little Elm; Assist police or other governmental agency in the 300 block of Eagle Drive. September 28: EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 600 block of Villa Paloma, Little Elm; EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 1600 block of Navo Road, Little Elm; Motor vehicle accident with no injuries in the area of North Preston Road & East Broadway Street; Lock-out in the 700 block of Richland Boulevard; Motor vehicle accident with injuries in the area of North Preston Road & East Frontier Parkway; EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 100 block of East Sixth Street. September 29: EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 400 block of North Church Street; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the 300 block of Eagle Drive;
Motor vehicle accident with injuries in the area of South Preston Road & East University Drive; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the 1100 block of Luton Drive; Motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 1200 block of Prosper Commons Boulevard; Lock-out in the 100 block of East Broadway Street; Lock-in in the 3100 block of East Prosper Trail. September 30: EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 1000 block of South Coit Road; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the 1700 block of Chukar, Aubrey; Outside rubbish fire, other in the 14300 block of Crutchfield Drive, Celina; EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 1600 block of Nightingale Drive, Aubrey. October 1: Dispatched & cancelled en route to the 26000 block of East University Dr, Little Elm; System malfunction, other to the 2300 block of Richland Boulevard. October 2: Sprinkler activation due to malfunction in the 3100 block of East Prosper Trail; Lock-out in the 300 block of Eagle Drive; Lock-out in the 1300 North Preston Road; EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 900 block of South Coit Road; Detector activation, no fire – unintentional in the 700 block of Devonshire Drive; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the intersection of Preston & Malone, Celina; Dispatched & cancelled en route to the 26800 block of East University Drive, Little Elm; EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury in the 1600 block of West Frontier. Editor’s Note: Information found on the Fire Department website at www.prospertx.gov/firedepartment.
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In the teachers’ lunchroom at Hughes Elementary, first grade teachers come together with Principal Tiffany Johns. From left are Amber Kindle, Ashley Vodraska, Robyn Lilly, Lauren Reed, Erica Fouts, Amy Purshotam, John and Lacy Glenn.
Town Council From page one In other business, the Councilors authorized Town Manager Harlan Jefferson to execute the First Amendment to an Agreement between Prosper Independent School District and the Town of Prosper, related to the installation of lights at Eagles Landing Park. The entire consent agenda was approved consisting of the following business: • A resolution amending Resolution No. 10-64 and Resolution No. 10-104 relative to the Employee Benefits Trust; • A resolution designating The Prosper Press as the official newspaper of the Town of Prosper, and The Dallas Morning News as an alternative advertising source, for Fiscal Year 2017-2018; • Adopting the FY 2017-2018 Prosper Economic Development Corporation budget; • A resolution of the Town of Prosper, authorizing the Town Attorney to bring a condemnation action for the purpose of obtaining approximately 0.359 acres of real property, situated generally in the Bryants First Addition, Block 7, in the Town of Prosper, Collin County, necessary for the construction of the First Street Project and for other public purposes permitted by law; • A resolution of the Town of Prosper, authorizing the Town Attorney to bring a condemnation action for the purpose of obtaining approximately 0.479 acres of real property, situated generally in the Elisha Chambers Survey, Abstract No. 179, in the Town of Prosper, Collin County, necessary for the construction of the Prosper Trail (Kroger – Coit) Project and for other public purposes permitted by law; • Authorizing the Town Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between North Texas Municipal Water District and the Town of Prosper, regarding the Regional Capacity Management, Operations and Maintenance Program; • Authorizing the Town Manager to execute Amendment Eleven to the Interlocal Agreement between Collin County and the Town of Prosper, extending the agreement through FY 2017-2018, relating to Animal Sheltering Services; • Rezone more than 2.5 acres from Downtown Retail to Planned Development-Downtown Retail to facilitate the development of a food truck park and outdoor entertainment venue (Silo Park), located on the northeast corner of West Broadway Street and McKinley Street.
PT P o l ic e Re p o rts September 23: Aggravated assault with deadly weapon in the 4300 block of Fisher Rd; Aggravated assault with deadly weapon in the 4300 block of Fisher Rd; Information report in the 900 block of Ridgecross Road; Information report in the 700 block of Debbie Court. September 24: Assault contact in the 1100 Monticello Drive; Mental detention in the 900 block of Twin Buttes Drive. September 25: Other agency warrant in the area of West University Drive and Legacy Drive. September 26: Information report in the 100 block of South Church Street; Information report in the area of West University Drive and South Teel Parkway September 27: Burglary of building in the 4000 block of West University Drive; Burglary of building in the 4000 block of West University Drive; Burglary of building in the 4000 block of West University Drive; Burglary of building in the 4000 block of West University Drive; Theft of property valued greater than $750 and less than $2,500. September 28: Assault causes bodily injury - family violence in the 100 block of East Sixth Street; Other agency warrant in the 100 block of East Sixth Street; Other agency warrant in the 100 block of East Sixth Street. September 29: Burglary of building in the 1100 block of South Preston Road; Burglary of building in the 1100 block of South Preston Road; Burglary of building in the 1100 block of South Preston Road; Theft of property valued greater than $2,500 and less than $30,000 in the 1100 block of South Preston Road; Burglary of building in the 2100 block of West University Drive; Criminal mischief valued less than $50 in the 2100 block of West University Drive. September 30: Information report in the 4300 block of Fisher Road. Information for this police report was provided by the Prosper Police Department.
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Fall Drug Take Back Day PT A B it of W is d o m … scheduled for October 28
Mysterious Flight of the Monarch Butterfly Joyce Godwin Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com
It is time for Monarch butterfly watchers to look up. In a strange world of flight, carried only by the current of the wind, the baffling migration of the Monarch butterfly is breezing through North Texas. The Monarchs have begun their southern flight. One of the unsolved mysteries of nature is the Monarch butterfly. How do they know when to head south? How do they know where to go since the butterflies heading south are not the same ones who left there? They are, instead, the great-grandchildren of the butterflies that left the previous spring. Perhaps you’ve noticed in the past few days that Monarch butterflies are becoming more visible. It’s not just a coincidence. When you see them these days, they will always be moving in a southwestern direction. Their movement will be the characteristic drift of the butterfly, and they are gracefully floating on the migration toward central Mexico; their only map is the one imprinted on their genes. The ones we see now hatched from eggs laid last spring and their parents are long gone. Most adult butterflies live only about a month, but the final generation, the ones we are seeing today — they will live about seven to eight months — the time required to make the “incredible feat” of flying from Canada and the U.S. to central Mexico. The multi-generational migration of the delicate Monarch is rare. Somehow, at this time every year, the Monarchs know to head southwest until they arrive at the overwintering place in central Mexico. Researchers are still not sure how the butterfly knows where to go, but think it uses a combination of the magnetic pull of the earth and the position of the sun among other things. For me, the mystery is yet another testament to the existence of a mighty and all-knowing creator. Monarchs roost for the winter from October to late March in the Oyamel Fir forests at an elevation of nearly two miles above sea level. Caretakers of the overwintering area measure the space they cover in hectares and this is one way the Monarch population is measured from year to year. There is much concern because that measurement has been decreasing over recent years. In 1991, more than 75 percent of the wintering Monarchs from North America froze to death in Mexico as a result of three days of rain and subfreezing conditions. Before that, estimates of up to one billion monarchs made the epic flight each fall from the northern plains of the U.S. and Canada to sites north of Mexico City, and more than one million monarchs overwintered in forested groves on the California Coast. Now, researchers say that only about 33 million monarchs remain, and that represents a drop of more than 90 percent across North America. Threats to the Monarch include the loss of milkweed — the key plant that monarch caterpillars need to survive — from agricultural and natural areas, degradation of overwintering sites, and climate change. This year, social media sites and websites dedicated to watching the Monarchs are touting an increase in sightings of the speckled insect as they journey south across our continent. The website at wideopencountry.com states a massive migration of monarchs is coming to Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife website at www.tpwd.texas.gov calls the state of Texas an important state in the Monarch migration “because it is situated between the principal breeding grounds in the north and the overwintering areas in Mexico. Monarchs funnel through Texas both in the fall and the spring. During the fall, monarchs use two principal flyways. One traverses Texas in a 300-mile-wide path stretching from Wichita Falls to Eagle Pass. Monarchs enter the Texas portion of this flyway during the last days of September. By the third week of October, most have passed through into Mexico. The second flyway is situated along the Texas coast and lasts roughly from the third week of October to the middle of November.” There are several groups dedicated to promoting awareness of the flight of the Monarch, and information may be found on line at their websites. One of the best is www.monarchwatch.org. One of the solutions recommended to help the Monarch population is for landowners to plant milkweed. Another website, www.livemonarch.com calls for people across the U.S. to help the Monarch. “The Monarchs need your help NOW. Please plant seeds and ensure their survival. A Milkweed in every yard! You have the power to instantly change the world! I’m going to plant Milkweed this year because I haven’t seen any Monarchs visit my yard yet, and usually, by now I see them drifting overhead or stopping on my pecan tree. There is still time for sightings. Let us know if we have sightings in Prosper. Send a picture if you can.
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Program designed to accept unwanted medications from residents FROM TOWN OF PROSPER
In a partnership between the Prosper Police and Fire departments, residents are invited to drop off their outdated, unwanted or excess prescription or over-the-counter drugs, medications and medicines during the fall version of Drug Take Back Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, 1500 East First Street. Secured boxes will be available for the drop-off with personnel on-hand to accept the medications. “Prescription drug abuse is still a problem, although perhaps not as serious here in Prosper as in other places,” said Police Chief Doug Kowalski. “Nevertheless, these Drug Take Back events help us in the fight against drug abuse. Prescription drugs can be either stolen in a break-in or simply taken from a medicine cabinet by a relative or visitor. From there they can be sold or exchanged, often with disastrous consequences.” The drop-off service is designed to provide a place where these potentially dangerous drugs can be safely taken and disposed. No drugs will be accepted either before or after the hours of the event, and the program is not designed to collect illicit or illegal drugs. Needles and syringes used to administer medications will be accepted. “Taking these drugs out of circulation is critical, of course, but keeping them out of our water system is also important,” said Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame. “Some people will flush prescription drugs down their toilets or pour them into sinks. That places the entire community at risk. It’s much safer for everyone to bring those drugs to the Fire Station.” Drug Take Back Day is free, and no questions will be asked about the origin of the drugs or how the individual came into possession of them. During previous Drug Take Back Day events, residents have turned in enough old and expired drugs to fill up several large containers. For more information on the program, residents may contact the program’s coordinator Firefighter/ Paramedic Marty Nevil at 972-347-2424 or send her an e-mail message at email@example.com.
Bethlehem Place From page one On hand at the golf tournament, White was available for pictures and shared stories about his time on the field as well as his assessments of today’s NFL based on his experiences. Tournament winners this year included the team of Reggie English, Landen Day and John Smith. In second place was the team of Jeff Clarke, Bill Potts, Assad Tadjoy and Jeff Christie. The third place team was Brad Horn, Gerald Horn, Julian Bowers and Myles Schneible. After awards were made from the tournament and the silent auction, White took the microphone and answered questions from the crowd for as long as people had questions. He began by saying he would go ahead and answer the question that is on everyone’s mind without being asked. “I don’t think there is any excuse why you don’t stand for the National Anthem,” he said and those words were met with whistles, cheers and applause from the group at the reception. One of the first questions was to ask if White is still involved with the Cowboys organization. He said he is not involved with the team but he does a pre-game show on Chanel 11 Sunday mornings. “If you’re bored it’s not bad,” he said. “It’s a pretty good little show.” He said he does the pre-game show and gets to say what he thinks is going to happen. Then, especially if his predictions were wrong, the fans will have forgotten about that by the next week so he is off the hook for anything he may have been wrong about. Responding to another question about tackling, White drew a comparison between the game played last Sunday between the Rams and the Cowboys. He pointed out that the Rams’ cornerbacks tackle and the Cowboys need to learn to tackle. He also said if he sees it, the Cowboys coaches are seeing it and they are no doubt already working on it. He also had a critique for Dallas offense from last Sunday’s performance. He said quarterback Dak Prescott needs to get more accurate with his passes and the offensive line has a lot of work to do to get cohesive. “On that offensive line, one guy can make a mistake and the whole play falls apart.” Even through his concerns, White says he is not giving up on the Cowboys. “I think they are improving. They have a lot of young guys and I’m still optimistic for them.” He said Prescott has some growing pains ahead of him. “He’s a great leader and mature beyond his years and like Russell Wilson is, he [Prescott] always poses that threat to be able to run the ball to get that first down and that’s what I like about him. He just needs to learn how to use all that.” Another question was asked about tackling. The observation was made that the further players get from the line of scrimmage the players seem to forget how to tackle. White explained that with his genuine humor and pointed out that when the player gets a head of steam going, it hurts more. “I used to like to tackle Earl Campbell, but if I was going to tackle Earl Campbell, I would get him in the backfield before he got started.” He said he didn’t want to tackle him after he’s been running 20 yards.” White was asked for his best recollection of Coach Tom Landry and he shared a really personal experience. He said his father died in 1980 right before the Denver Broncos game. “It was my time to go out to get introduced and I shook Coach Landry’s hand. I got choked up a bit and when I looked into Coach Landry’s eyes I saw tears. After that he told me to take as much time as I needed after the game. “He was a great football coach and a very spiritual man,” he said.
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Holden & Nolan
They are brothers that finish each other’s sentences, have adorable smiles and infectious giggles, and think more places to eat should offer gluten-free and dairyfree options. How old are you? Holden - 8 Nolan - 6 What grade are you in? Holden - 3rd Nolan – 1st What do you like at school? Holden - That you get to do a lot of fun stuff. That you get to do fun stuff while you’re learning. Nolan - Getting to do learning centers I would say. There are different tables and then you learn at them. Holden what do you want to be when you grow up? A builder What are you going to build? Skyscrapers Nolan, what do you want to be when you grow up? An artist and a chef Do you think you’ll have your own restaurant? Yes. Do you cook now? A little. I help my mommy and daddy make sausage and peppers and things like that. If you’re an artist too, do you think you’ll sell your art work at your restaurant? Yes I think I can do that too. What did you do fun this summer? Holden – we went to Iowa for a week and we did fun stuff at the lake. We went to Spirit Lake, Iowa. Nolan – we went swimming in the lake and a pool. Holden – but the funnest thing was getting into a basement because there was tornado warning in Nebraska because it hadn’t rained for a month because we were also staying the night in Nebraska
for a few days, maybe two or three days, and the sirens went off on the first day. The basement was fun. Who is the funniest one in your family? Holden – we call him PJ. He’s my uncle and he lives in New York. Is there something fun you’re doing this weekend? Nolan – we are going to our cousin’s birthday party at Chuck E Cheese! I used to like the pizza, but I can’t have it any more because it has gluten and our mom makes me special homemade pizza. So when you have your restaurant will you have gluten free foods on the menu? Holden – he says he’s going to. They sell a lot more gluten-free and dairy-free stuff at stores now though too. But back in time they didn’t have foods that were gluten free. Do you play any sports? Holden – I play baseball and soccer. My team name for baseball is The Nationals and for soccer The Flames. Nolan – we play the same sports, but we are not the same teams. My name for my soccer team is Arsenal and my baseball team is the River Dogs. One time we played the River Cats! And we won! EDITOR’S NOTE: Prosper Community Library Director Leslie Scott has a unique opportunity for candid discussions with youngster of all ages. She is sharing these experiences through the Prosper Times.
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on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in Prosper Municipal Chambers located at 108 W. Broadway Street – 6:00 p.m. Prosper Historical Society: The Prosper Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 pm at the Prosper School Board room at 605 E 7th Street. We welcome all visitors to see and hear our efforts to preserve the history and heritage of Prosper. The Prosper Historical Society has many special events planned that include all residents. Upcoming events include a Veteran Day celebration and Prosper Christmas Festival at Frontier Park. For more information contact: Jack Dixon, President of the Prosper Historical Society, 214-5528310. Wednesday, October 11th Town of Prosper 2017 Mayor's Luncheon: For the Prosper Active Adult community (ages 50 plus). Come hear Prosper Mayor Ray Smith speak about what’s happening in and around town. The luncheon will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 970 Coit Road from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring questions and enjoy a complementary lunch! RSVP is requested by October 6. Call 972-569-1064 or email julie_ email@example.com Homecoming Parade: Time: 5:30pm – Prosper High School CHEER would like to welcome everyone to the 2017 PHS Homecoming Parade! The parade procession will start at Reynolds Middle School down Church Street to the official starting point at Broadway and church. The parade will proceed down Broadway turning right on Coleman towards Prosper High School. The parade will end at the intersection of Coleman and Talon Way, prior to the front of PHS. Homecoming Pep Rally: Immediately following the parade will be the annual Community Pep Rally held in the PHS Arena. Free Food and Beverage will be provided to the community prior to the Pep Rally by Carpet Tech! At the conclusion of the Pep Rally, there will be shuttle service for 30 minutes back to the front of RMS from the PHS Arena. Pep Rally will begin at approximately 7:30 and end about 30mins later. We hope everyone will join us for these special events, as we celebrate the Prosper Eagles! Thursday, October 12th Eagles Tennis: JV vs Lake Dallas at Lake Dallas High School 4:10 p.m. Eagles Football: 9th Green vs Carrolton Turner at PHS Artificial Turf Field – 5:30 p.m. Eagles Football: 9th White vs Frisco Lone Star at Frisco Lone Star – 5:30 p.m. Eagles Football: JV Green vs Carrolton Turner at Turner high School – 5:30 p.m.
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Eagles Football: JV White vs Plano Shepton at Kimbrough Stadium – 5:30 p.m. Swim & Dive: Varsity Tri-Meet: Denton Ryan at Denton ISD Natatorium – 6:00 p.m. Prosper Library Story Time: Life Journey Church, 104 W. Broadway St – 11:00 a.m. October Ladies in Leadership Meeting: Topic: Giving Thanks to Family, Friends, and Clients; Speaker: Elizabeth Mahusay – Location TBD. Contact the Prosper Chamber of Commerce at 972-508-4200 or email at director@ prosperchamber.com for more details – 10:00 a.m. Prosper Rotary Club: The Prosper Rotary Club is a local community service organization, which focuses on fellowship, fun, and improving the lives of Prosper residents. The Club meets Thursday afternoons from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Prosper Independent School District Administration Building (605 E. Seventh St., Prosper, TX 75078). All who are interested in getting involved and supporting our community are warmly welcomed to attend. Please RSVP by emailing Melody Lehmann at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending. Parks and Recreation Board Meeting: The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Chambers Building, 108 W. Broadway. Community Info, Outreach, and Prayer Groups Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas is a faith based non-profit that unites with others the demonstrate Christ’s compassion by serving our neighbors in need. With the help of volunteers, they conduct intakes twice a month where they meet with new and current neighbors to hear their stories, help where they can, and give guidance where they cannot. If you need help, call 972-689-9115 and leave a message. Intakes are done on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about Cornerstone, visit cornerstonenct.org. Bethlehem Place is Prosper’s only Food Pantry located on the parking lot of Prosper United Methodist Church at Third and Church streets. The food pantry is open for food distribution every Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. Bethlehem place greatly appreciates any food or monetary donations to support this organization. Please visit www.bethlehemplace. org for more information. Prosper Mom’s in Prayer is open to women who have a heart to pray for their school age children. For more information on Mom’s in Prayer, visit www.momsinprayer.org. For local meeting information for your child’s school, contact either Christy Rubin at 469-995-6061 or Karina Anderson at 214-566-7762. Karina is able to answer questions in Spanish as well as English.
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P r o s p e r D e f e n s e K e y i n 3 5 - 7 Wi n Over Little Elm Renee Marler Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com The Prosper defense came out in full force, helping to seal the fate of the Little Elm Lobos in the Eagles’ 35-7 district opening win on Friday night. In fact, the Lobos only score of the night came from an interception return as the first quarter was winding down. Prosper Eagles head coach, Brandon Schmidt said, “Each game is our big game, each week we focus on what’s ahead. We are there to do a job and we have to do it consistently each week.” Little Elm came into the game undefeated, scoring an average of 53 points per game, but their four turnovers would prove costly.
Halfway through the first quarter, the Eagles would take a 14-0 lead after senior defensive back Jevin Jackson recovered the ball lost by Lobo quarterback Logan Kohler at the 19-yard line. A couple of plays later, Prosper’s Kaleb Adams would finish the job from the two yard line for his second Eagle touchdown of the night. Adams would go on to find the end zone again in the first half, rushing for a total of 139 yards. Prosper’s defense effectively held the Lobos to less than 90 yards passing and senior Sean Funches and junior Wayne Anderson, Jr. both had key interceptions in the game, stopping Little Elm on big drives. The Lobos had just 185 yards offensively, while the Eagles racked up over 400. Junior quarterback Keegan Shoemaker completed 7 of 12 attempts for almost 90 yards with three interceptions in the first half, but Prosper managed to maintain a commanding 21-7 lead at halftime. Senior Matt Bramer came in at quarterback for the second half and it was all Prosper from then. “I knew our defense was going to do great against them,” said Bramer. “In my mind the score was 0-0 and I was just trying to help my team win.” Bramer completed a 27-yard pass to junior receiver Devin Haskins, bringing the Eagles to a 28-7 lead. Prosper called on senior David Alvarez a number of times in the fourth quarter. When it was all said and done, Bramer would throw for 80-yards and one touchdown. The win brings Prosper to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in District 14-5A. They will face the Newman-Smith Trojans, who are 0-4, tonight, October 6th, at 7:00 p.m. at Standridge Stadium. Renee Marler | PROSPER TIMES
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Quarterback Matt Bramer hands the ball off to running back Kaleb Adams on Friday night at home.
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Senior Jevin Jackson recovers a Little Elm fumble during the Eagle win at home on Friday night.
Senior center Preston Pfiefer and the offensive line, nicknamed “Steamrollers”, holds off the Little Elm’s defense during Friday night’s game at home.
P ro s p e r E a g l e s M e n t o r i n g t o Yo u t h T h ro u g h L e t t e r s Renee Marler Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com Prosper Eagle High School football players are mentoring to younger players and, in turn, building positive relationships in the community. Prosper Head Coach Brandon Schmidt has assigned the varsity, and some junior varsity, football players to an Eagle Flight Crew “buddy” for the remainder of the season. Each week during a home game, his players write a letter to their buddy and they are delivered to them at their schools. “Hopefully at some point during the season we will come up with a plan so they will be able to meet one another,” said Schmidt. Cade Shaw, 8, a third grader at Folsom Elementary received his letter from Prosper Eagles football and soccer player, Cole Fedorczyk. In the letter, Fedorczyk encouraged Cade to work hard in sports, school and anything and writes, “Remember to always treat people the way you want to be treated, whether it's in or out of school, on or off the field, be kind to everyone.” Cade's mom, Cathy, said the program has really influenced her son in a positive way. “Cade has been on cloud nine all weekend and is still talking about it,” she said. “I think a
new phrase in my house could be 'Remember what Cole told you!' and we will be good.” Fedorczyk concluded the letter with an open invitation for Cade, “I am #43 on the team and hope to see you. Come say hi if you see me!” Another Prosper mom, Lindsay Waite, said her son Shane also received a letter and she posted on social media ion hopes to reach the mother of Zachary McDaniel to publicly thank the young man. McDaniel tells Shane in his letter, “Help around the classroom and respect your teachers.” And he signed off with, “To my new friend, Shane.” “Your son gave my second grader one of the best days of his life,” Waite said. “He held on to this letter all day. This is why I love our hometown.”
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Senior Haley Killinger Spotlight Class of 2018
Sport: Volleyball Position: Outside Hitter Parents: Brad and Kelly Killinger Nickname: Hay Hay, Hales
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DJ Love breaks through a pair of Lobos in Friday night’s game at home.
When did you start playing volleyball? I started playing around 7th grade. Biggest strength and weakness in volleyball? My strengths are my athleticism & power on the court, and my weaknesses are aspects of the finesse game and my range. What do you love about volleyball? I love the spirited atmosphere when a great crowd comes to a game, and team environment. Sport you always wanted to try? I have always wanted to try rowing. Most memorable moment in volleyball? My most memorable moment was getting first in the Allen Tournament last year. Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan Favorite Sports Team: Cowboys and all sports at Texas Tech! Three people you can have dinner with....dead or alive: Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, and Judy Thomson Favorite quote: “Just because they’re louder, doesn’t mean they’re right” Renee Marler | PROSPER TIMES
David Alvarez carries the ball in the Eagles 35-7 win over the Little Elm Lobos on Friday night.
Favorite subject in school: My favorite subject overall the past four years has been math. This year I really like government too. What’s on your playlist? I listen to a lot of dance & pop music. Right now I have songs like “Forever Young” by Lil Yachty and “I Believe I’m Fine” by Robin Schulz. Plans after HS? I plan on attending Texas Tech University to continue my academic and athletic career. I want to major in business marketing and minor in political science.
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Kaleb Adams runs in for one of his three touchdowns in Friday night’s win against Little Elm.
Diving In Renee Marler Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com
While other Prosper sports are in the middle of their season, Prosper swim and dive team will begin theirs on October 5. Coming off a strong year in 2016 where seven swimmers advanced to the UIL State competition in Austin, Prosper coach Sarah Milne says she's excited for this year. “We have a lot of new talent and we are looking forward to the start of the season,” said Milne. The team, which has grown to 47 members, is comprised of 16 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 6 juniors and 15 seniors and has been practicing every weekday morning at Texas Ford Aquatics in preparation for the season. Milne said, “We have a large senior group this year, and our newcomers are bringing some incredible talent as well.” Thursday's meet is a tri-meet against McKinney and McKinney North and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Sam Serio Natatorium (McKinney ISD Natatorium).
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Senior Zachary Wachter swims the butterfly at the UIL State Swim Meet in Austin
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Athlete of the Week Matt Bramer
Senior, PHS Football Bramer was called upon in the second half of the game Friday night against Little Elm. Bramer would throw for 80-yards and one touchdown in the 35-7 win.
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THIS WEEK IN PROSPER SPORTS... Friday, October 6th NO SCHOOL - Prosper ISD - Fall Break Cross Country Meet: Cross Country Meet at Norbuck Park – 7:00 a.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball: Varsity vs Newman Smith, at Carrollton Newman Smith – 5:30 p.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball: 9A vs Newman Smith at Carrollton Newman Smith – 6:30 p.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball JV vs Newman Smith at Carrollton Newman Smith – 6:30 p.m. Eagles Football: Varsity vs Carrolton Newman Smith at Standridge Stadium – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10th Cross Country District Meet: Cross Country District Meet at Myers Park & Event Center – 8:00 a.m. Eagles Tennis: Varsity vs Lake Dallas at Prosper HS – 4:00 p.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball: 9A vs Creekview at Home - PHS Auxillary Gym #1 – 5:30 p.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball: JV vs Creekview at PHS Arena – 5:30 p.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball: 9B vs Liberty at Frisco Liberty High School – 6:30 p.m. Lady Eagles Volleyball: Varsity vs Creekview at PHS Arena – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 11th Homecoming Parade: Time: 5:30pm – The parade procession will start at Reynolds Middle School down Church Street to the official starting point at Broadway and church. The parade will proceed down Broadway turning right on Coleman towards Prosper High School. The parade will end at the intersection of Coleman and Talon Way, prior to the front of PHS. Homecoming Pep Rally: Immediately following the parade in the PHS Arena. Thursday, October 12th Eagles Tennis: JV vs Lake Dallas at Lake Dallas High School 4:10 p.m. Eagles Football: 9th Green vs Carrolton Turner at PHS Artificial Turf Field – 5:30 p.m. Eagles Football: 9th White vs Frisco Lone Star at Frisco Lone Star – 5:30 p.m. Eagles Football: JV Green vs Carrolton Turner at Turner high School – 5:30 p.m. Eagles Football: JV White vs Plano Shepton at Kimbrough Stadium – 5:30 p.m. Swim & Dive: Varsity Tri-Meet: Denton Ryan at Denton ISD Natatorium – 6:00 p.m.
Lady Eagles Still Perfect In District Renee Marler Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com
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The Prosper Lady Eagles have made a habit out of winning. Friday night, they hosted the Little Elm Lady Lobos at home where they swept them in 3 sets, 25-10, 25-9 and 25-11. Senior Haley Killinger had 12 kills and 8 digs. Taryn Weber and CiCi Hecht put up a combined 19 kills and 9 digs. Macy Walterscheid had 9 digs and Morgan Monroe was on the board with 7 digs and 2 aces. Madi Whitmire set up 49 assists and had 2 aces. Prosper then set out to The Colony on Tuesday night to take on the Lady Cougars. For the first time in weeks, Prosper was forced to four sets, but would rebound for the win. Hecht was stellar in the match with an impressive 5 aces, 20 kills and 12 digs. Killinger, with 17 kills and 19 digs, along with Whitmire, Walterscheid, Kayla Martin and Hope Gramly, put the Lady Eagles on top in the first, second, and fourth sets. Prosper fell 27-29 in the third set, but came back in the fourth with a 25-9 win. Tuesday’s victory puts the Lady Eagles at 32-5 overall and 7-0 in district play. They will take on Newman Smith tonight, October 6th at 5:30 in Carrollton.
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Macy Walterscheid focuses on a match at home on September 29.
Coach Erin Kauffman talks to her team on the court at home on September 29.
Haley Killinger jumps for a serve during a match at home on September 29.
Eagle Tennis serves up 19-0 win
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Prosper XC “Caliente” at Chile Pepper 5k
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Renee Marler Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com The Prosper varsity tennis team played away at Creekview High School Tuesday afternoon and walked away with a solid 19-0 win. Coach Mandy Bowling said, “Each and every player walked onto the court ready to win and they didn't let up until the last one was finished.” The win puts Prosper at 5-1 in district as they play their last district match of the season next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at home against Lake Dallas.
The Prosper Eagles cross country team was supposed to head to Round Rock over the weekend for the McNeil Invitational, but it was canceled due to rain. So instead, the team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the 29th Annual Chile Pepper Festival to participate in the “El Caliente” 5K race. The festival hosted over 6,500 runners and 6,000 spectators for the event. Prosper's girls team took ninth place overall out of 74 senior high teams. Senior Emily Patterson and sophomore Tatum Castillo lead the Prosper girls with times of 18 minutes 40 seconds and 19 minutes, respectively. The boys also represented Prosper incredibly well at the race. Senior runner Sam Rizzo led the Eagles boys team with a time of 16 minutes 35 seconds. Prosper's boys all finished within a minute of Rizzo's time, the next two runners crossing the finish line being Wyatt Landis and Alex Velez. Overall, the boys would finish 15th out of a total of 81 teams averaging 16 minutes 56 seconds for their races. The Eagles cross country team will travel to Norbuck Park today, October 6th, for the Dallas Jesuit XC Classic. Prosper Eagles cross country traveled to Arkansas to participate in the Chile Pepper Festival 5k.
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Neha Madhira returns a serve during a match at Prosper High School.
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Brock Ladehoff plays a doubles match at Prosper High School.
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Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
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Cory Ausenbaugh was a beloved mother and devoted Prosper ISD educator who passed away unexpectedly in November, 2009. The Cory Ausenbaugh Memorial Run was established to raise money for a deserving Prosper High School senior who is pursuing a degree in education. Cory was known for wearing cowboy boots. In her honor, many choose to walk the Fun Run in their best boots.
Cory Ausenbaugh Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code.