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Healthy Solutions Muscle Madness

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Executive Publishers Jason & Heather Reynolds Editorial/Marketing Director Heather Reynolds Editor/Staff Writer Marla J. Thomas, PhD Production/Creative Director Jason Reynolds Staff Photographer Jeannie Naumann Contributing Writers Lauren Carraway Heather Reynolds Marla J. Thomas, PhD Caitlin Skidmore Bill Hays Tiffany Smith Trey Hardin Doug Kriz Bridget Griggs Photography Contributors Cedarbrook Media Jeannie Naumann Photography Production / Design Cedarbrook Media Group Jason@CedarbrookMedia.com ©2014

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The Town - 16

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Prosper’s Centennial Celebration

The People - 24

Prosper Town Council - Meet Your Councilmen

The Pride - 30

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Columns Letter From The Publishers - 8 Deep Roots and a Strong Foundation

Prosper Vision- 12

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VOL II, Issue 7 Prosper Events Calendar - 20 Events And Activities In And Around Prosper

Live Life - 37

A Look At Prosper’s Past, Present And Future

The Power Of Positive Reinforcement

Remember When - 18

FreeStyle - 46

From The Beginning With Bill Hays

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10 Days in a Carry-On

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Letter from the Publishers

“Deep Root s and a St rong Foundat ion”

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rosper is unique. Our schools are exceptional. And our people are one of a kind. We chose Prosper as our place to call Home, and haven’t looked back once. The draw of the “small town” atmosphere, the friendly neighbors who wave when you drive by and the wide open spaces had us hooked immediately. And, as symbolic as it may seem, watching the construction process of our home was like laying the foundation for our newly established family. Every board, brick and stone was coming together for us, for our family. As the landscaping took root, our excitement grew. The perfect formula for life and family…deep roots and a strong foundation.

Over the last few years, we’ve begun to bleed green…it’s really amazing, because we aren’t from around here, and don’t have any family in the immediate area. But somehow, Prosper is HOME. It just feels right. The history is ours, and we are fascinated by it. The growth is ours, and we are excited to see it realized. The future is ours, and we are passionate about making it perfect for our children. In order for Prosper to be the exceptional, unique, one of a kind town that we all moved here for, we need to understand and cherish our past…deep roots and a strong foundation. We had the incredible opportunity to spend an afternoon with the President of the Prosper Historical Society, Bill Hays, at our Historical Museum. The stories he tells about Prosper are captivating, and essential to keeping Prosper the “small town” we know and love. Hays’ generation is the last connection that we have with the founders of our beloved town; the last bridge between what Prosper once was, and what Prosper is and will continue to be. Today’s Prosper is holding tight to that perfect formula…deep roots and a strong foundation. As we look around at our town today, it’s hard to imagine and envision the explosion of growth, amenities and services that are right around the corner. The excitement surrounding the impending development is growing, and it’s only fitting that today’s growth is gaining momentum during the year that Prosper turns 100 years old. Those settlers that came to Prosper over a century ago for the fertile, black soil and the prosperous crops knew that Prosper was special. Their hard work and sacrifices in establishing an incorporated town in 1914 laid the groundwork for today and we must respect what they did for us…deep roots and a strong foundation.

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Don’t miss out on the fun! The Prosper Education Foundation appreciates your continued support. In the past eight years, $298,700 has been donated back to Prosper schools in the form of grants and scholarships. In addition, a scholarship endowment fund has been created with over $166,600. None of this would have occurred without your generous support.

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Health & Wellness

Healthy S olutions Muscle Madness

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he human body enjoys an incredibly wide range of movements. The gentle blinking of your eye, standing on your tip toes, walking, jumping, running and moving in different planes of motion during many activities of daily living are just a small sample of different movements promoted by the muscular system. We know our structural base is our bones, but the skeletal muscle is what puts it all into functional movement. These “muscular machines” enable us to perform many different tasks so it’s important to know just what these muscles are, where they are located, how they work, and the purpose they serve. Have you ever had an ache or pain or even a strength or weakness in an area that you couldn’t quite grasp an understanding for? Well hopefully learning a little about your anatomy will help you identify the area of concern.

Let’s start by breaking down the major muscle groups beginning with the shoulder and working downward (refer to diagram for specification). The shoulder is made up of the deltoid, subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, teres major and coracobrachialis. All of these muscles work in conjunction in some manor to allow you to raise and lower your arm, move it forward and back, or in a circular motion. These muscles also help stabilize the joint in order to perform other movements. As you look a bit deeper into the back, you have the trapezius, rhomboids (major and minor), and latissimus dorsi. These muscles help raise and lower, retract or rotate the scapula, but are also the prime movers for flexion and extension of the arm. Staying on the posterior (back) side of the body, we’ll go into the hip. Here you find the gluteus medius, maximus and minimus. The glutes, believe it or not, are part of your “core” so not only are they important for general functions like walking and specific movements of the hip, they are necessary for overall stabilization. Next are the hamstrings, which are made up of the bicep femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Their main functions are to extend the thigh and flex the knee, along with medial and lateral rotation of the leg. The lower leg or calves include the gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior (by your shin), fibularis longus, and extensor digitorum longus. These muscles

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promote plantar flexion and extension of the foot (pointing and flexing your toes) control postural muscle during walking, running, and dancing.

BY LAUREN CARAWAY

knee and flex the hip. The muscles of the hip act to

Now going back to the anterior (front) and upper body view, we will look at the thorax which includes the pectoralis major and minor and serratus anterior, which basically just means the “chest.” These muscles draw the scapula forward and downward and play an important role in adduction of the arm against resistance and flex and rotate the arm medially. I won’t go into detail of the forearm because that can be a bit more overwhelming, but the muscles of the arm you are sure to know are the biceps and triceps. The biceps (bi= two) are made up of 2 parts called the biceps brachaii and brachialis. The triceps (tri = three) consist of 3 parts all together called triceps brachialis. These muscles serve to flex and extend the elbow joint and forearm. Next,

flex, abduct and rotate the thigh medially. Finally, seemingly everyone’s favorite area of focus, the abdomen. Lots of muscles make up that strong core and they include; the rectus abdominus (the “six pack” muscles), internal and external obliques, and transverse abdominus. The muscles of the abdomen are used to flex and rotate the “lower” lumbar region of the vertebral column, stabilize the pelvis during walking, compress the abdominal wall, and aid muscles of the back in trunk rotation and lateral flexion.

looking back into the hip and thigh from the front, you have the psoas (hip flexors), tensor fasciae latae (TFL), rectus femoris, vastus lateralis and vastus medialis (or muscles of the quadriceps). With the muscles of the “quad” you extend and stabilize the

These only scratch the surface of the number of muscles we have in our body and the many multi-purpose functions they have. Stay tuned for upcoming articles as we continue in more detail about these specific muscle groups with regard to what can occur when they are overly trained, tight or weak, as well as exercises to strengthen, stretch or correct deviations. Lauren Caraway is a Team Beachbody Coach and Certified Personal Trainer at The Cell Inc. March 2014


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Prosper’s Centennial Celebration Kick-Off Festival on April 26th Planning a birthday or anniversary party can be a bit ordinary, but for a committee of Prosper community members, getting a handle on a 100year celebration is proving to be a monumental task, says Town Secretary Robyn Battle, chair of Prosper’s Centennial Celebration committee. “To have the honor of planning a 100-year anniversary is mind-boggling,” she said. “When the committee got together to discuss it, we immediately agreed that we needed at least a year to get it right.” It was 1914 when the Town of Prosper was incorporated with a commission form of government and a population of 500. Today, the Town operates with a Council-Manager form of government and has a population of over 13,000 people, with an expected build-out of about 70,000. The committee, composed of some 15 community volunteers and key staff members, has been meeting regularly to plan out the year’s events and activities. Council members have been briefed on the preliminary discussions and have given the celebration their stamp of approval. The committee has determined that the centennial celebration will both begin and culminate with major festivals, the opening one on Saturday, April 26 in the downtown area and the closing celebration in April of 2015 at Frontier Park. Throughout the year, events and activities will be planned to continue the commemoration.

dinner hour. “Plans are still being formulated, but we know we will have an afternoon filled with a respectful look at the past 100 years, and an exciting peek into the next century,” said Battle. Throughout the committee’s discussion, a theme of looking back on the Town’s long and distinguished history and paying proper homage to that period has been a recurring point. To reiterate that effort, the committee has planned to ask residents to assist in putting together a time capsule that will be sealed at the closing ceremony in 2015. “We’ll have more on what we’re looking for and how to get it to us, but for now, residents should look around for items that will tell our story to residents in 2114,” she said. More information on the Prosper Centennial Celebration will be shared as plans become solidified. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime set of events that we hope will honor those who came before us,” said Battle.

The opening celebration, an old-time street festival, harkens back to the Town’s early days. Among the activities and attractions still being developed are displays of artifacts from the last 100 years, storytelling, coloring stations, foods, rides, exhibits and photographs in period costumes. Other entertaining and educational activities related to early Prosper will mark the opening festival. In order to maximize participation, the opening festival is planned for early afternoon, following the morning sports programs and before the

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Remember When

BY BILL HAYS

From The Beginning

Bill Hays,

a lifelong Prosper resident, author, President of the Prosper Historical Society, member of Prosper’s 100 year Celebration Committee, and member of Prosper’s Master Plan Advisory Committee, will be sharing his knowledge of Prosper’s history with Live & PROSPER Magazine over the next few months.

had three children, Mike, Karie and Kelli. Sadly, cancer took Ann’s life in 2010 and, in 2012, their son, Mike, was killed in a car accident in Plano. Karie is married to Arthur “Sug” Dalton and they live in Prosper. Hays’ other daughter, Kelli, is married to Bill Downs and they live in Fairview, Texas. Currently, Hays has seven grandchildren and one great grand daughter.

As Hays explained, his generation is the last generation that can remember the people who founded Prosper, and “there are just a few of us left.” Thus, with a passion for keeping the history of Prosper alive, Hays is eager to share his stories of “the old Prosper with the new Prosper.”

While doing research on his family tree, Hays became interested in preserving the heritage and history of Prosper. After completing his family tree, Hays began to direct his efforts on preserving the history of Propser. Prosper resident, Juanice (Terrell) Stanton, had kept pictures, documents, and articles throughout the years and was the local historian during this time span. As time went by, many of the older generations were passing away and they left with much knowledge in their minds but did not have it recorded. A group of Prosper residents (Jim and Betty Hughes, Juanita Shrader Heath, Betty Stewart, J. E. Robison, Bruce Robison, V. C. “Vinnie” Spradley, Juanice Stanton, Doyce Stanton, Joyce Kincaid) met periodically to try and record as much information as possible before all of the older generation was deceased. A recording was made of all meetings and Hays went to peoples’ homes and videotaped many of the people who were here when Prosper was in its founding stages. Also, Hays’ mother, Leta Robison Hays, was a “pack rat” and kept pictures, documents, newspaper articles, etc. from the early years of Prosper.

Hays’ maternal and paternal grandparents were born in the Prosper area before the town of Prosper was founded in 1902. The maternal side of his family (Benjamin J. Naugle) dates back to 1846 when they settled in the Rock Hill area and the paternal side (John Greenwood, Sr.) settled in the Richland area in 1875. Rock Hill and Richland were small communities in the Prosper area and will be discussed in later articles. Hays was born in Prosper in 1933. He graduated from Prosper High School in 1950. In 1954, Hays graduated from North Texas State (currently The University of North Texas) with a BBA and, in 1962 he graduated from Southern Methodist University with an MBA. Hays is a U.S. Army Veteran. After his discharge in 1956, he began working for Chance Vought Corporation (the LTV Corporation), as well as Service Technology Corporation and Kentron, Ltd. (both subsidiares of LTV). In 1983, Hays began working for Varel International Corporation in Dallas, Texas. He retired in 1999. In 1955 at the Prosper Methodist Church, Hays married his beautiful wife, Ann Taylor, who also graduated from Prosper High School. Together, they

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The group had a lot of history, but was it was not consolidated in any one location. Thus, Hays decided to write a book about the history of Prosper, so this important information could be preserved for future generations. Hays’ first book was started in 1999 and completed in 2003. However, when word got out that a book was being written, many more families came forward with family histories and pictures. There was enough information for a second history book, so he published a Volume II Prosper History book, which was completed in 2013. March 2014


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In 1846, Ben Naugle settled on some land two miles south of the current town of Prosper. He purchased 320 acres of land and this was the beginning of the community of Rock Hill. Rock hill is located at the intersection of Virginia Parkway/Rock Hill Road and Preston Road. This was a bustling community in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Later on in the series, we will learn move about the community of Rock Hill. Also, John Collins located about two miles east of Rock Hill in 1850. This was later called the Collinsbrook Farm/ Henry Barlow Place. The house and barn are still standing and can be seen from Virginia Parkway/Rock Hill Road. The original house and barn burned and these were rebuilt in the 1930’ and 1940’s. This land has been owned by the same family since 1850. M. C. Talkington settled about one mile east of the current town of Prosper (on First Street) in the 1850’s. His son, Horace M. Talkington, was born on this farm in 1859. George T. Parvin settled about two miles east of Rock Hill (near the Collinsbrook Farm) in 1856, but moved in 1880 to a farm he purchased near the current town of Prosper. The farm was located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 380 and La Cima (northeast corner). In 1859, Jesse Field and his wife, Martha Ann, settled on a farm west of Rock Hill. James “Jim” Bell settled on a farm about one half mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 380 and Preston Road. The Ben Renison family settled in Rock Hill in 1853 and the Reverend J. E. McElhannon moved his family west of Prosper near the Zion Church in 1866. One thing to keep in mind is that this was barren land with prairie grass and the town of Prosper was not founded until 1902 when the railroad came through this area.

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Bill hays is the author of 2 books, which document the history of prosper: prosper texas: it’s history and families, volumes i and ii. To purchase a book, please contact bill hays at: Billhays@prodigy.Net or 972-569-9062.

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Prosper Events LADY EAGLE SOFTBALL 3/1 Prosper Tourney @ PHS 3/4 Heritage @ PHS 3/7 @ Centennial 3/10 @ Wakeland 3/12 The Colony @ PHS 3/19 @ Little Elm 3/22 Liberty @ PHS 3/25 @ Frisco High 3/28 @ Heritage EAGLE BASEBALL 3/1 Collin Co. Inv @ PHS 3/6-3/8 Frisco Tourney of Champions 3/11 Heritage @ PHS 3/14 @ Centennial 3/18 @ Wakeland 3/21 The Colony @ PHS 3/25 @ Little Elm 3/28 Liberty @ PHS EAGLE TRACK & FIELD 3/6 Richardson Invitational 3/13 Celina Invitational 3/22 Tracy Wills Invitational (Varsity Girls) 3/22 Jesuit Sheaner Relays (Varsity Boys) 3/27 Plano West Invitational 3/28-3/29 Texas Relays @ UT-Austin

EAGLE TENNIS 3/7 Sanger Tennis Tournament 3/21 Northwest HS Tournament 3/26 PHS Tournament EAGLE SOCCER 3/4 @ Denison 3/7 @ McKinney North 3/18 Sherman @ PHS LADY EAGLE SOCCER 3/4 Denison @ PHS 3/7 McKinney North @ PHS 3/18 @ Sherman PROSPER ISD EVENTS 3/4 Rogers Open House 3/6 Elementary Schools Open House 3/10 – 3/14 SPRING BREAK 3/17 School Board Meeting 3/18 PHS Parent Meeting (9-11 Grades) 3/24 Reynolds Parent Information Night TOWN OF PROSPER EVENTS 3/4 Tennis Academy Session I Begins 3/17 Stroller Strides Begins 3/25 Town Council Meeting 6:00pm Wednesdays @ 12:30 – Story Time

EAGLES GOLF 3/1 Bridlewood Country Club 3/3 Brookhaven Country Club 3/21-3/22 Walnut Creek 3/25 Frisco Lakes

PROSPER ORGANIZATIONS & CLUBS 3/11 & 3/25 – Prosper Chamber Meeting 7:30am 3/18 Historical Society Meeting 1:00pm 3/25 Prosper 50 @ 11:00am Wednesdays 7:30am – Prosper Rotary Club

LADY EAGLES GOLF 3/3 Brookhaven Country Club 3/4 Tierra Verde Golf Club 3/21-3/22 Kingwood Country Club 3/25 Frisco Lakes 3/28-3/29 Tangle Ridge

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ou have finally made the decision to put your house on the market. Now, what do you do? There are many things you can do that will help make your home marketable and attractive to future buyers, but l’d like to share some tips on Curb Appeal. You only get one chance to make that lasting first impression, so here are some ways to give your home that drive up appeal that every potential buyer is looking for.

Exterior Lighting - Soft exterior lighting makes your home appear more inviting and friendly. It can also emphasize landscaping and other features you may want to draw attention to. Be sure that your light fixtures are able to adequately light up the entryway to your house to improve security and reduce dark spots. Maybe your existing lighting just needs new bulbs or a good cleaning, but maybe you need to update your existing fixtures. If you are updating, be sure to look for light fixtures with the same mounting system as that will save you time and money upon installation.

The Front Door – After years in the harsh Texas sun, your front door might

need a little facelift. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint or stain can transform your front door and really help your home stand out from the rest. You could even consider replacing it all together with a door that adds more personality. Also, don’t overlook the hardware. Do your lock and handle need to be polished or replaced? These changes provide subtle enhancements that improve your home’s overall look. Lastly, the same is true for your shutters and garage doors. If they are looking tattered, it’s time to pull out the paint brush!

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Trees and Bushes – It doesn’t matter how fabulous your home is if no one can see it. Trees, branches, and shrubs can obscure your home’s features, taking away the curb appeal, so be sure to clear branches and trim the trees. Cut away anything covering a window or touching your house. Also, if you have dead spots in your yard caused by shade from robust trees, you can use mulch and/or flowers to cover those spots, making your entire yard look healthier. Well-manicured trees and shrubs really compliment a beautiful home! Flowers – Oh, how I LOVE flowers! Now that the cold weather is moving out, it’s time for some Spring color! You can plant flowers along the sidewalk, in front of the house, inside flower boxes, pouring out of hanging baskets, or even on berms and raised garden beds. This is one of the easiest, most cost effective ways to make a big impact. Before you plant, you might want to get recommendations from local nursery on what flowers are good for your yard. Sound like a lot of work? The payoff will be in receiving top dollar for your home. And the added bonus? You get to appreciate that hard work every time you pull into the driveway!

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Prosper’s Town CouncilMeet Your Councilmen

BY MARLA J. THOMAS, PHD

Mayor Ray Smith and his wife, Lena, have lived in Prosper for 9 years. They are the proud parents of 3 adult sons, as well as 3 grandchildren, 2 of which they are currently raising. Of the 9 years Mayor Smith has lived in Prosper, he has served Prosper for 7 years, as a town councilman from 2007 to 2010 and Mayor from 2010 to the present. In addition to these roles, Mayor Smith is a member of the Collin College Foundation Board, Prosper Economic Development Board, and an alternate member of the Regional Transportation Council. With regard to his educational and career history, Mayor Smith is a graduate of Baylor University and currently employed by Wells Fargo Bank. Having previously served on numerous Boards and Council for the City of Frisco, Mayor Smith was inspired to bring his knowledge and experience to the Town of Prosper and “give back to our community.” As Mayor Smith shared, “My vision for Prosper is quality development, keep our residents safe, and maintain fiscal responsibility. When making decisions: I review a lot of information/recommendations from Town staff and our appointed boards; I apply my experience from previous cases/ circumstances and then ask myself what is best for the Town of Prosper?”

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When asked how the Town Council contributes to the positive growth of Prosper, Mayor Smith explained, “The Council spends a lot of time reviewing quality standards for residential and commercial development. We knew our Town was going to grow and took proactive steps by negotiating several public/private partnership agreements with our developers and county officials.”Mayor Smith acknowledged the challenges of his position stating, “Making everyone happy is most challenging; however, I realize it will never happen and I vote based on what I believe is best for the Town. Also, every August the Town advertises for residents to apply for positions on various boards. Some years we have received over 20 applications for one opening and it is tough telling someone who wants to serve our community we don’t have a position.” Mayor Smith pointed out some of the many rewards of his position sharing, “I like meeting the residents of Prosper and discovering their likes/ dislikes and striving to meet their needs. I am proud of keeping up with the Town’s infrastructure needs without raising taxes. I enjoy working with the Council in finding solutions to issues we are facing. Also, I like speaking to our future leaders in the PISD; hopefully, I’m setting a good example

Front Row Left to Right, Kennith Dugger, Ray Smith, Meigs Miller. Back Row Left to Right, Danny Wilson, Curry Vogelsang, JR., Jason Dixon, Michael Korbuly

and inspiring them to give back to their community when they become adults.” When asked how the Town Council carries out the town motto, “Prosper is a place where everyone matters,” Mayor Smith simply stated, “We listen and care about our residents. Example: the majority of our budget is spent on the safety of our community.” Mayor Pro-Tem and Councilman, Meigs Miller, along with his wife, Tori, and 2 daughters, has lived in Prosper for 10 years. Miller is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently, he is employed by Siemens PLM Software as a Software Sales Executive. In his free time, Miller enjoys “being a husband and dad,” “keeping busy with our girls’ activities,” attending church, and “when time allows, riding my Harley motorcycle.” Holding place 4, Miller has served on the Town Council since 2008. Additionally, he serves as a board member for Sky Ranch, a Christian camp and conference center serving youth, families, and schools. And, along with his family, Miller volunteers with Grace Bridge, supporting families in need. March 2014


The People When asked what he enjoys most about the Town of Prosper, Miller shared, “I love the small town experience in Prosper. Prosper is about community, whether it’s spending time at the park, our church, or cheering on our students at a game.” When asked how the Council contributes to the Town’s positive growth, Miller explained, “Recognizing the growth that would come and the demands on development, the Council drafted a Vision and Master Development Plan after receiving input from the community. To help fulfill this Vision, the Council appoints volunteer leaders to various boards that help guide and support the quality development of our parks, neighborhoods, and commercial development. We also partner and work closely with residential and commercial developers to help the Town realize that Vision.” When asked about his own vision, Miller shared, “My vision is to have a community that our family can enjoy for years to come. As a Christian businessman, I strive to glorify God by applying the Biblical principles of serving others and serving our community. Safety, community, a sense of belonging, and raising a family are things I think about each and every day as we guide the growth of our community. Our responsibility is to serve and support our constituents and avoid over-regulation or involvement by our Town staff and leadership.” Miller readily identified the many rewarding aspects of his position. “We live in the best place on earth! 75078 is one of the most desirable zip codes in North Texas and we have the unique opportunity to be here. Our responsibility is to be prepared and guide the growth that is sure to come. Prosper is drawing families at an unprecedented rate, largely because of the quality of life here. These same families expect a local grocery store, Starbucks, and the basic conveniences that we have come to expect. I love that and it is incredibly rewarding to serve our community as it continues to grow.” Miller went on to share, “Perhaps the most significant challenge is the speed at which our community is growing…and changing. When our family moved to Prosper 10 years ago, we ‘moved to the country’ for the quality of life. Today, families are still moving to Prosper for the quality of life, but it’s not the country anymore. Our challenge is to remain focused, keep up with the pace of growth, and guide that growth in a way that we preserve the culture of our community.” When asked how the Council carries out the town motto, Miller explained, “Our Town motto is all about building authentic relationships with people and keeping the interests of the people in our community our primary focus. As a public servant in Prosper, our responsibility is to have a ‘servant’s heart,’ free from personal agendas. We are here to serve, support, and guide our community to fulfill the Town’s vision in a way that keeps the interests of the people in our community at the fore-front Home & Garden

of every decision. Feedback from our community remains critical as we strive to make decisions that reflect the interests of our community.” When asked if there is anything else he would like to share with the people of Prosper, Miller added, “This year, the DFW area will surpass the Chicagoland area to become the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Prosper is the fastest growing city in the State of Texas. Frisco has been the leader for the past 10 years. Prosper is now the place to be. I love that!” Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem and Councilman, Kenneth Dugger, is a native Texan, born and raised in Temple. He and his 2 children have lived in Prosper since 2003. Dugger graduated from Texas State University and has worked in the Banking and Finance industry for over 20 years. In his free time, Dugger enjoys spending time with his children, golfing, hunting, and fishing. Holding Place 2, Dugger has served on the Town Council since June of 2007. Additionally, Dugger serves Prosper as a Director of the Prosper Historical Society, member of the Capital Improvements Advisory Board, member of the Town of Prosper Visioning Committee, and member of the Town of Prosper Finance Committee. Dugger spoke passionately about his pride for Prosper, sharing, “I love the Pride and ‘can do’ spirit of the Proper citizens. Have you been to a Homecoming Parade? What a great event it is. Prosper ISD; we have an awesome school district with great leadership. Dr Watkins and our school board truly put our kids first.” When asked what inspired him to run for Council, Dugger explained, “I knew Prosper was going to grow. My children were young and I wanted to have a voice in making sure Prosper never lost that great community feeling as it grew. I wanted to keep Prosper a great Place to Live and a great place to raise a family.” When asked what drives his Council decision making, Dugger provided a thoughtful response, sharing, “I look at the past, present, and future when making decisions. The Past: I strive to make sure my decisions help to keep the sense of community that was the Prosper that I moved to in 2003. The Present: Is my decision helping the citizens today? The Future: This is the tough one and the most important one. At build out we should be around 70,000 people; I have to make sure my decisions will be good for Prosper citizens in the future too. Dugger went on to explain, “Each Council member brings his own unique perspective for Prosper to the table. The visions and goals are always to make Prosper a better place to live. We may not always agree on everything, but we respect each other’s opinions and strive together to make Prosper a better place to live with each of our decisions.”

Dugger readily identified what he believes to be most rewarding about serving on Town Council, “The citizens of Prosper; their willingness to serve and volunteer.” And, when asked about challenges, Dugger shared, “The most challenging aspect of serving on our Council is managing the growth. We are going to be 70,000 citizens at build out. We need more infrastructure in place. We need more commercial and retail businesses.” When asked his thoughts about the town motto, “Prosper is a place where everyone matters,” Dugger replied wholeheartedly, “The Phrase means to me that Prosper is one big family. In a family everyone is important. It doesn’t mean everyone is right; it means we care about each and every one of our citizens. We listen to our citizens. We care about our residents. Each citizen is important. We are family.” When asked if there is anything in particular he would like to share with the people of Prosper, Dugger replied, “I want to thank the citizens of Prosper for allowing me to be part of the leadership of our town. I am blessed to be chosen to serve you.” Councilman Michael Korbuly, along with his wife, Cheryl, and “three incredible daughters,” has lived in Prosper since 2008. Holding Place 1, Korbuly has served on the Town Council since November of 2012. In addition to Town Council, Korbuly serves Prosper as President of the Prosper Area Soccer Organization (PASO), board member for the Eagle Touchdown Club, member and coach for the Shattered Dreams Committee, and coach of multiple boys’ and girls’ youth sport teams. Korbuly graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, at which point he began working in the security field, protecting retailer’s assets. Interestingly, in 1996, Korbuly helped provide security for the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. Today, Korbuly continues to work in the field of security, excelling in monitoring and video monitoring. With expertise in copper theft, unique ways to monitor outdoor assets, and threat analysis for public entities, Korbuly has been published and highly promoted. When asked about his passion for prosper Korbuly shared, “What I enjoy most about the Town of Prosper are the people. While each person is unique, we all have a genuine care for the well-being of each other. How many times have you been away from Prosper, seen the ‘P’ on the back of someone’s car, and parked near them just because you feel a little more secure knowing one of your family members are close by?” Korbuly went on to share his inspiration for serving on the council, as well as his thoughts about vision. “I was inspired to run for Town Council by the people of Prosper, understanding that everyone has a voice and wanting to make sure all voices WeAreProsper.com

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could be heard. The Town council is much like a Conductor’s role; each person can play beautiful music, the Town Council is responsible to bring all the unique sounds to life for all to enjoy. I do not believe the vision of the town should ever be my own vision. I believe my vision is the majority and I am passionate about providing the voice for that majority. I know sometimes my vote may not please everyone; however, my voting decisions are based on those that have spoken out, counsel with Jesus, and history.” When asked what he has found to be most rewarding about serving on the council, Korbuly shared, “Getting to know and hear the ideals of so many residents of Prosper is most rewarding. I can surely tell, everyone that has made a suggestion, sent an email, or made a phone call, your ideas have always been brought fourth and discussed by Council. ‘Prosper is a place where everyone matters; it is truly a living motto!” When asked what is most challenging, Korbuly simply replied, “Time, and that feeling you may have left someone out.” When asked if there is anything else he would like to share with the people of Prosper, Korbuly spoke openly. “My family and I face the same daily challenges as each of you. I am a man and no different because I am labeled a Councilman; I sin daily and

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ask forgiveness daily, just drive with me! I am not a believer in everyone gets a trophy, yet I honor this in our league because a smile on a kid’s face means more to me than anything in the world. I despise bullying; let me repeat, I despise bullying. It may not be your action or words, but even a facial expression can hurt someone to the core. I will always take up for the one being bullied! Lastly, Thank you Prosper for embracing my family and I for the past 5 years.” Councilman Curry Vogelsang, Jr., along with his wife, Andrea, and son, moved to Prosper in 2002. He is a native Texan, born in Wichita Falls and raised in Sherman. Vogelsang graduated from The University of Texas, Austin with an Accounting degree and later earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. For the past 13 years, Vogelsang has worked as Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer for Hulcher Services, Inc., an international emergency response company. Holding place 3, Vogelsang has served on the Town Council since May of 2011. His term will end this May and, hopeful to “provide some continuity and follow through” on the work he has already contributed to the Council, Vogelsang has filed for reelection. Additionally, Vogelsang serves on the

board of directors for Prosperity Place, a non-profit organization serving children with special needs. When asked what he enjoys most about Prosper, Vogelsang replied, “the personal touch.” He went on to describe the unique friendliness of Prosper, sharing a warm story about his son’s first day of school in the PISD. As Vogelsang described, “a nice looking man in a suit” walked up to his son while telling him, “I have a name just like you, Drew.” Of course, that nice looking man in a suit turned out to be Superintendent, Dr. Drew Watkins. Clearly, that was a “personal touch” on his son’s first day of school. Vogelsang added, “Probably what I’m most proud of is our citizens’ demand for excellence. You see it in our schools, neighborhoods, everywhere. I’m just very impressed with the drive for excellence and the Council is trying to make sure we hold up our end of the bargain for the citizens.” When asked about his inspiration for serving on the Town Council, Vogelsang shared, “For me, service comes in many facets, but Faith, Family, Community are my priorities. Service to my faith and church is the cornerstone and a prelude to my service to my community. Currently, I service my church by teaching with the youth department.” Additionally, Vogelsang gave credit to his longstanding family history of service explaining, “My March 2014


The People parents have always inspired service in me. When we came to Prosper, I realized maybe I could bring some perspective on financial vision, implementation, and ‘give back,’ leaving this town a little better than I found it.” Vogelsang openly shared his thoughts on the Council’s contribution to Prosper’s positive growth. “With the stage we’re at in Prosper, it’s really 3 things. First, infrastructure is so important because if we don’t have that, the growth will overwhelm the community. Another aspect is making sure our town services, including police, fire, and parks, maintain and improve on their excellence as our town grows and demand for these services increases. Finally, the town has done a good job of planning; now the key is, how do we take those plans and implement them successfully?” When asked what drives his Council decision making, Vogelsang explained, “I like to make sure we are upholding the excellence standard, making sure we’re ahead of the curve. Vogelsang went on to explain, “When something comes before us, I look at: Have we thought it out? Do we have an implementation plan? Can we execute that plan? Is it fiscally responsible? How do we make this a win-win?” When asked what has been most rewarding about serving on the Council, Vogelsang replied, “Getting to know more and more people in the town; these are passionate community members who care, love their town, and want to make a difference. It’s a great thing. We’re doing this as a team, a group, a community, a family.” With regard to challenges, Vogelsang shared, “The challenging part is trying to realize the growth. There are some things we can do to help stimulate growth, but the town is at the mercy of the market.” When asked how the Council carries out the town motto, “Prosper is a place where everyone matters,” Vogelsang explained, “Really, our goal is to make sure people matter, that they can say what they think and have a forum to say it. We want to hear from the community; that feedback is important. I’d sure like to see a lot more.” Councilman Danny Wilson, along with his wife, Kristin, and 2 daughters, has lived in Prosper since 2005. He is a native Texan, born and raised in Sherman. Wilson graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he played football for a Big Eight Championship Team. Currently, Wilson is an Allstate Insurance agent. In his free time, Wilson enHome & Garden

joys cycling, golfing, and volunteering with City House, an organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults in need. Holding Place 5, Wilson has served on the Town Council since May of 2008. When asked what inspired him to serve, Wilson shared, “I wanted to help provide parks and areas to gather and be a community. I wanted to help provide direction, along with other like-minded citizens of our community.” Wilson described his vision for Prosper and desire to “provide a place for young people to be exposed to the parks, ball fields, and creeks; and also have it be a safe place to be.” When asked about the Council’s contribution to the Town’s positive growth, Wilson explained, “The Council seeks out the best strategy in which to grow our town and still have that community feel that we all moved here for. I think we really try and look at each situation and how our decisions will affect each citizen, and what’s best for all to make Prosper a better place the place where we all want to live.” Wilson acknowledged the Council does face its challenges, “trying to find the balance to provide everything everyone wants,” but focused on the rewards of his position sharing he is proud of, “the progress we have made with a group of Councilmen that wants the best for our town.” Wilson went on to express pride in Prosper sharing, “I enjoy the people that live here; everyone is really nice and friendly. People that make a neighborhood, people that you can ask to watch your house and feel at peace.” Councilman Jason Dixon, along with his wife, Dena, and 4 children, has lived in Prosper since 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, Arlington and, with 18 years of experience in the area of employee benefits and health/welfare programs, currently, Dixon works with BevCap Management, LLC. Holding Place 6, Dixon has served on the Town Council since May of 2010. Additionally, Dixon serves on the Prosper Open Foundation Bond Finance Committee, Chaired the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors, and coaches multiple youth sports teams. When asked what inspired him to run for Town Council, Dixon spoke fondly of Prosper and shared his calling to ‘give back’ to the community. “I am always proud when I am around the metroplex and I see the BIG ‘P’ on the back of a car. Prosper residents are proud of the town they live in and that means we must be doing something right. I love the core values our town believes in and lives by. Even though we have experienced tremendous growth, we have been able to hold onto the small town feel, where everyone matters. I have always felt the need to give back to the community in

which I live. It is not always easy, but I am committed to give my best.” Dixon went on to share what drives his Council decision making. “I truly desire the best for this town. What drives me the most is the fear of my kids asking me in 20 years, ‘Dad what were you thinking when you approved that?’ As I have stated many times, our town is only 3 x 9 miles, and we cannot afford to make any mistakes.” Dixon readily described what has been most rewarding for him. “When I hear new families move in town and, without them knowing I am on Council, I hear them talking about what motivated them to move their family to our town. The reasons may vary, but I realize the efforts we employ to make this community special, are paying off. The time and energy we devote has a purpose.” Dixon also spoke openly about the inherit challenges the Council faces. “Balancing economic growth versus the overwhelming voice from our citizens to keep Prosper ‘s small town feel – single family community, big lots with ample open space. The perception of Prosper not wanting commercial growth has been most frustrating. We made great strides this past December when our EDC held a 300 participant luncheon to explain the value of coming to Prosper. However, 85% of our town is controlled by 11 developers. We would love for the commercial tax base to be here today. Unfortunately, you cannot force retailers to come until they are ready and we cannot force land owners to sell their land. We have tried numerous incentive packages, created several TRZ districts, etc. We know the time is coming, and that is why we have directed our efforts at making sure the infrastructure is ahead of the growth. But to a certain degree, we are at the mercy of the land owners. Per the feedback we received at the two Town Hall meetings, we have continued the process of negotiating with developers to create the community our citizens’ desire. ” When asked how the Council carries out the town motto, “Prosper is a place where everyone matters,” Dixon explained, “It is very difficult trying to balance all citizens’ expectations. It is our job to view all options and determine which direction the Town must go for the betterment of the entire community. Everyone does matter, but sometimes not everyone can get exactly what they want. That is one of the hardest things we deal with. As a Council, we value our citizens’ input and look forward to hearing what ideas and suggestions they have.” When asked if there is anything else he would like to share with the people of Prosper, Dixon replied, “I am honored to serve and look forward to great things ahead. Each and every one of the Council members bring a different perspective to the table and, at the end of the day, we are creating a place where everyone is proud to call PROSPER home.”

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hen New Year’s Eve arrived a couple of months ago for Prosper-based home builder, Dave R. Williams, he realized the arrival of 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of his involvement in the North Texas residential construction industry. “I had not even thought about it before New Year’s Eve, but when I did the math it gave me pause to reflect on all that has transpired in the last four decades,” said Williams. Williams began his career in 1974 at the age of 22 as an apprentice to Plano custom builder, D.F. Vines. “Mr. Vines was the consummate builder of his day. Unlike builders of today, he was a hands-on home builder. He was a framing carpenter, a trim carpenter, and often would do a lot of his own work,” said Williams. His early experience taught Williams the inside mechanics of home building and a respect for the hard, and sometimes dirty, work performed by the sub-contractors. “We didn’t have an office in those days, so I spent my time on the job site. I learned from the ground up how to build a home; it was a real-world education that no institution could have provided.”

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By 1979, Williams had formed his own home building company in Plano. “The most difficult aspect of those early days on my own was getting people to take me seriously. I was still in my twenties and bankers, in particular, were rather skeptical when I asked for money,” said Williams. As the economic down turn of the late seventies broke, Williams’ company began to grow and serve a burgeoning Plano market. By the mid-eighties, he was building 40 to 50 homes per year and was also involved in residential lot development and light commercial construction. “The eighties was an era of loose money with institutional involvement in joint ventures with builders and developers. Bankers were telling me how smart I was and that I needed to expand and grow and I bought into their philosophy,” said Williams. “The lesson of the eighties for me was that you are never as smart as the bankers say you are when times are good and never as stupid as they say you are when times are bad.” As the decade wore on and the savings and loan and oil crunches destroyed the Texas real estate market, the company floundered. “What we recently experienced in the housing market was a recession. The end of the eighties was a true real estate depression and it ended with an almost 100 percent mortality rate of real estate and home building related businesses,” said Williams. March 2014


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The Pride Believing that the era of the smaller-volume builders had come to end, Williams joined Plano-based Goodman Homes as a project manager and was later promoted to vice-president of operations. “Steve Goodman was an innovator in the home building industry in Texas. His background was in the production home arena and he was able to translate the marketing and financial strengths of those companies into a more custom environment. Mr. Vines taught me how to build a house and Mr. Goodman taught how to market and finance that house,” said Williams. Williams spent seven years in the Goodman organization (Goodman later sold their Dallas operations to K Hovnanian) and was a member of the senior management team. “But, I was miserable,” said Williams. “I realized what made me enjoy home building so much was removed from me in a corporate office. I longed to be back closer to the field operations and closer to my client,” said Williams.

In addition to being a long-standing member of the Better Business Bureau (with the organization’s highest rating of A+), Williams has won numerous industry awards for sales and product development including McSam, Vesta, and Texas Star. In addition, the company was named by subscribers of Star Community Newspapers as Collin County’s Custom Builder of the Year for 2012 and, in 2013, was named Custom Builder of the Year by readers of Living Magazine. Williams gives much the credit for his success to the members of his team. “I wanted people who work here to be proud of what they do and work for a company that is focused on more than just profitability. Everyone here has the authority to make the right decision with regard to our product and our relationship with our clients,” said Williams. Staff members include Con-

Williams began to explore the options for starting another company and looked north along Preston Road to sleepy Prosper. “I had a notion clients would be attracted to a smaller community with good schools and larger lots. I also believed that it was time to use my unique background with custom and corporate builders to create a niche company, “said Williams. Dave R. Williams Homes, LP was formed in September of 1997 and Williams set out to start small in a community that was not on anyone’s radar. “As you can imagine, when I quit my really good job to start a home building company in a town nobody had heard of, I experienced more than a few raised eyebrows,” said Williams. “When I told my wife, Leanne, I think she thought it was some sort of April Fools’ Day joke. But, after the initial shock, she told me to ‘go for it’ and I have never looked back.” And, sixteen years later, Williams considers his mission accomplished. With well over three hundred projects completed, the company has been the leading custom builder in Proper’s best communities, including Gentle Creek, Whispering Farms, Highland Meadows, Rolling Meadows, Twelve Oaks, Preston Meadow, and Whispering Meadows. Along the way, the company and Williams have gathered some fairly impressive accolades. Williams has been a member of the Home Builders Association of Dallas, the Texas Association of Builders, and the National Association of Home Builders since 1978. He has served as both vice-president and president of the Plano/ Collin County division and has served two terms as a member of the board of directors of the Dallas association. Along with teaching association-sponsored seminars on warranty and customer service, Williams was instrumental in pushing for implementation of the Registered Professional Designation in Dallas by serving on the RPB ethics committee in the 1980’s.

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struction Managers, Gary Castleberry and Don Newell, Assistant Construction Manager, Eldon Carter, Operations Manager, Patty DiVeronica, Sales Manager, Mark Sena, Marketing Manager, Marcelle Johnson, Project Coordinator, Cathy Watters, and Interior Designer, Cheryl Grant. “My relationship with each member of the staff goes back at least a decade and with a couple, several decades; they are the only reason we are able to do what we do. My name is on the sign, but they do the work,” said Williams. But, the philosophy of developing long-standing relationships doesn’t end with the paid staff; it also extends to the subcontractors. Williams points out that the company is not a “low-bid” builder and has employed several sub-contractors for more than a decade. “For example, our trim carpenter, March 2014


As the residential market continues to improve and Prosper is on everyone’s map, Williams believes he has the formula for continued success. “Now that Prosper is one of the fastest growing towns in the state, nobody raises their eyebrows when I tell them where we build. I believe our company - large enough to command respect and good pricing from developers and sub-contractors and small enough for me to be involved with every client - is unique. I know of no other builder in Dallas who does what we do and does it consistently year after year,” said Williams. As he enters his fifth decade in residential construction, Williams is reflective of where he has been and where he is going. “I am satisfied - I am happy today with a small company and I am fortunate to be involved in a profession that allows me to see the results my efforts. I realize that not everyone can go out the front door and see a physical manifestation of their work. It is still the tangible aspect of my job that is most satisfying,” said Williams. “Most home builders today are corporate entities who are marketing driven and happen to be in the construction business. At our core, we are a construction company that happens to do a great job of marketing. I pay very little attention to how other builders operate. Frankly, there is not much there I would want to immolate.” According to Williams, Prosper will continue to be home base for his business. “We are proud of this community, its schools, and the contribution we have made to its development,” said Williams. “I look forward to being involved as this community matures.” Marcelle Johnson is the marketing representative for Dave R. Williams Homes. She is a long time resident of Prosper and is an active member in the community.

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Family Background

I have been married to my incredible wife Ericka, your Prosper Realtor, for almost 16 years and we have 4 amazing children: Logan, age 15, Caden, age 12, Kannan, age 9, and Ryan, age 6. We have been residents of Prosper for almost 13 years and are so thankful we chose this area to raise our family. Having four kids keeps Ericka and I very busy, through school activities, sports games and practices, church activities, and much more. Yet, being in Prosper is, by far, the best town for all of this!

Why Prosper?

There is no other place we would rather raise our family. We loved the small town of 4000 people when we moved to Prosper in 2001, and we feel we can play an integral role in keeping the Town of Prosper as close to “Mayberry” as we can! We spent one short year in Houston and came back as quickly as we could. We went there for a job relocation, but realized happiness is much more than a paycheck. Family and Prosper I.S.D. were two of the biggest reasons for us moving back. You will not see a more dedicated group of administrators, teachers, and support through families than what Prosper has to offer (“We Are Prosper”). Ericka and I are also very loyal to the local businesses in Prosper and we show that by using as many as we can, as well as referring them to our friends and family. Whether you are running a business for a part time income, have a passion for a particular product or service, or want to change the future for your family, go for it! I believe the people in this town are truly here to support each other’s dreams anyway we can.

Why MOWmentum?

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit about me, but was always afraid to take that leap of faith to start a business. Through prayer and several conversations with mentors, friends, and family, I decided that starting a lawn care/landscape business would be the right opportunity for me. With my attention to detail and passion for building relationships with people, I believe I will already be a step ahead of my competitors. I love being outside, and I am not afraid of hard work, so don’t be surprised when you see me showing up for your estimate and then see me arrive at your home to provide your service myself, along with my crew. With one of my biggest passions being children, I am going to set up a program that will have a designated crew being primarily consisted of youth. I want to be able to offer the kids an opportunity to earn an income for a car, mission trips, extra spending money, etc. I will designate my time to show them how to put the detail into lawn care, customer service, and many other areas for them to use later in life. I believe that many of the youth in our society just need an extra push from someone other than a parent, teacher, or coach. The duties performed will be based on the age of the child with their safety being my first priority. I will specialize in lawn care, including annual programs and maintenance, fence installation & repair, and basic sprinkler repair.

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PROSPER NOW

STROLLER STRIDES PROGRAM

A new offering by the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department is aimed at moms who are looking to get back in shape after having a baby. FIT4MOM and its Stroller Strides program, a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with young children, will offer classes at Frontier Park three days per week. On Monday, March 17, a free grand-opening class will be offered for those interested in learning more about Stroller Strides. Prizes, incentives, giveaways and refreshments will be provided. The Prosper program will offer three weekly one-hour classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 9:30am. Each class will include a total-body workout, incorporating power walking/jogging, strength and toning. Classes are led by certified fitness instructors, with classes catered to every fitness level.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY “STORY TIME”

Children in Prosper not yet old enough to attend preschool will nonetheless have the opportunity to enjoy books and other resources from the Community Library. A new addition to the staff, Sharon Alderton will serve as the Children Services Librarian, a position designed specifically to address the literacy needs of very young children. Alderton will take the lead in planning and promoting the Summer Reading program and other scheduled programs throughout the year. A weekly Story Time, which incorporates nursery rhymes, finger plays and introduces letters, sounds, colors and numbers, is held every Wednesday at 12:30pm at the Municipal Chambers, 108 W. Broadway in the downtown area. In addition to reading stories, letters are introduced using Zoo-Phonics, a multi-sensory approach to learning the alphabet. Story Time attendees are able to register for library cards, and there is a generous selection of children’s picture books that can be checked out at the conclusion of Story Time.

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Prosper residents of every age will have the opportunity to learn the sport of kings, improve their level of play and meet others who enjoy playing tennis with the debut of the Prosper Tennis Academy on March 4th. David Gray, who oversees tennis programs for the City of Frisco Parks and Recreation Department and comes recommended by Prosper HS tennis coach Jan Brown, will have the overall responsibility for establishing the Prosper Tennis Academy. Play and instruction will occur at the tennis courts at Reynolds Middle School through a partnership with the Prosper ISD. The first session is set to begin on Tuesday, March 4 and conclude Saturday, April 5. Session II is set to run April 8 to May 3, and the final spring session is scheduled from May 6 to May 31. The four general classes will include the Quickstart program for kids ages 4-11; a junior high program; a high school/tournament program; and an adult program. Fees for each session are $59 for one day a week or $79 for both days during the session. Fees for the high school/tournament classes are $10 more for each option. Enrollment forms are available online at www. prospertx.gov under the Parks and Recreation page.

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Live Life Live Life

The Power of Positive Reinforcement

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ositive reinforcement has power, the power to increase desired behavior. That is, if we give positive attention to the behavior we want, we’ll likely get more of it…that’s pretty magical!

For example, imagine you are a data entry clerk for a large company. You work in a cubical up on the 17th floor. You always arrive to work on time and never leave early. You try your best each day, but often feel invisible, like nobody notices you or your hard work. It’s the end of the day on a Friday and you are feeling temped to leave early. Suddenly, your boss walks by and says, “I just wanted to tell you, you did a great job on the spreadsheet reports you ran last week. The way you organized the data was so clear and easy to interpret. We’re so lucky to have you in the department; you’re one of our best!” With that positive reinforcement, you sit up in your seat, feel a bit reenergized, and end up staying till 5:30pm tweaking your latest spreadsheet to meet your high standards. Then, on Monday, you come in a bit early, just to get a jump start on your work. That’s the power of positive reinforcement and, yes, it’s powerful!

3. An adolescent comes home from school and immediately finishes his homework (behavior) and, in response, his mother says, “Wow, I’m so proud of you, son. You came straight home from school and finished your homework without me even asking. You are becoming so responsible and independent” (positive reinforcement). Thus, the adolescent is likely to repeat the behavior (finishing his homework) in the future…in hopes to gain his mother’s approval and praise. Types of Positive Reinforcement Positive reinforcement can be provided in an endless number of ways, but generally falls into 6 main types. The table below exemplifies each type.

EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Definition of Positive Reinforcement

Nonverbal- smile, hug, kiss, high-5, pat on the back, thumbs-up, wink

The concept of positive reinforcement was pioneered by early psychologists, Edward Thorndike, Ivan Pavlov, John Watson, and most notably, B.F. Skinner. Behavioral psychologists typically define positive reinforcement as adding something (e.g., pat on the back, hug, verbal praise, tangible reward) after the occurrence of a behavior, which increases the likelihood of that behavior occurring again in the future.

Verbal- Labeled Praise (see description below)

Examples of Positive Reinforcement Let’s break that “psychology jargon” down into a few simple examples. 1. A baby sticks his tongue out (behavior) and his mom gives him loving kisses (positive reinforcement), thus the baby is likely to repeat the behavior (sticking out his tongue) in the future…in hopes to gain more kisses.

Social- play board game with dad, make cookies with mom, have a friend over, earn cell phone talk-time

Privilege- stay up 15 minutes later, choose what’s for dinner, earn videogame time, borrow the car

Tangible- sticker, bookmark, happy note, small trinket, videogame, new shoes, money

Edible - snack, fruit, pizza, soda, candy, dessert

2. A child turns the knob on a gumball machine (behavior) and gets a gumball (positive reinforcement), thus she is likely to repeat the behavior (turning the knob) in the future…in hopes to gain more gumballs. Home & Garden

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Labeled Praise

Examples of Labeled Praise:

When providing verbal praise, we are often quick to make vague statements such as, “Good job!,” “Awesome!,” and “You rock!” Labeled praise goes a step further by providing specific feedback, ultimately reinforcing the specific, desired behavior you want to see more of. Labeled praise serves multiple functions, as it lets the individual know specifically what behavior is desired, it increases the likelihood of the desired behavior occurring in the future, it opens the lines of communication between individuals, and it helps build positive relationships.

1. ”Good job! I like how you listened to my words and followed my directions the first time I asked you.”

When using labeled praise, keep the idea of “quality over quantity” in mind. That is, the quality of the labeled praise you provide is more important than the number of times you provide labeled praise. Specifically, quality labeled praise involves making eye contact, using a calm or enthusiastic tone of voice, and making genuine statements that are specific.

2. “You are such a smart thinker. I like how you used your fingers to help you solve that addition problem; good strategy.” 3. “I’m proud of you. I know you really wanted to go to the movies with your friends tonight, but you stayed home to celebrate your little sister’s birthday. It means a lot to all of us when you put family first.” When first attempting to use labeled praise, it might feel awkward and uncomfortable, but with a little practice, it will become automatic. Here are a few labeled praise “starter stems” to get you started.

Starter Stems for Labeled Praise “I really like how you… “I really like it when you… “I’m so proud of you for… “What a nice job of… “Good thinking, I like how you… “It means a lot to me when you… “Good job! Look how you… “I’m so happy you… “Good boy/girl for… “Wow, I’m impressed how you… Maximizing the Effectiveness of Positive Reinforcement Each behavior and each individual is uniquely different. The following strategies can be used to maximize the effectiveness of positive reinforcement.

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Immediacy. Positive reinforcement is most effective when it is provided immediately after the desired behavior occurs, as it strengthens the association between the two and increases the likelihood of the desired behavior occurring again in the future. Take for example, a toddler being reinforced for picking up his toys. If the toddler is given hugs and a cookie immediately after picking up his toys, he is more likely to repeat the desired behavior than if he receives hugs and a cookie several hours later. Also, keep in mind, young children in particular, “live in the moment” and, with a time delay, they may not associate the reinforcement (hugs and cookie) with the behavior (picking up toys) that occurred several minutes or hours prior. Frequency. When first trying to establish a desired behavior, a high frequency of positive reinforcement is most effective. That is, providing reinforcement each and every time the desired behavior occurs. Yet, as the desired behavior is mastered, the frequency of positive reinforcement can be gradually reduced. March 2014


For example, consider a toddler learning to potty train. Initially, it is most effective to immediately provide a high level of reinforcement each and every time the toddler tugs at her diaper, walks toward the bathroom, sits on the toilet, and goes in the toilet. Yet, once the toddler has solidly mastered a desired behavior, reinforcement can be reduced; for example, only providing reinforcement for successfully completing all steps of using the toilet independently. Pairing. The different types of positive reinforcement can easily be paired/ combined to maximize effectiveness. For example, when reinforcing a preadolescent for completing all of her weekly chores, a parent might provide verbal, privilege, and tangible reinforcement by providing labeled praise, allowing videogame time, and giving a weekly allowance. Variety. Undoubtedly, we all tire of the same thing over and over. For example, a toddler may initially be ecstatic about receiving a sticker, but over time, stickers are likely to lose their exciting quality. Thus, it is important to “mix it up,” “keep it interesting,” and vary the types of positive reinforcement provided. Magnitude. Especially here in Texas, we often say, “bigger is better.” With positive reinforcement, this statement usually holds true. Yet, to maximize effectiveness of positive reinforcement, it is typically wise to use magnitude sparingly. That is, save your “big guns” for those most challenging behaviors. For example, if a child typically does his homework, brings his dishes to the sink, and picks up his room without complaint, these behaviors can be reinforced with a simple pat on the back and/or labeled praise. Yet, if going to bed on time is a huge challenge filled with resisting fits and, finally, he goes to bed without complaint, it is time to “bring out the big guns” and reinforce that desired behavior with a big magnitude reinforcer, possibly a new toy or a special play date. Individualize. We are all uniquely different and, what might be reinforcing to one individual may not be reinforcing to another. For example, one child might be highly reinforced by hugs, stickers, and fruit snacks, while another child may resist hugs, have no interest in stickers, and spit out fruit snacks. The best way to identify what might be reinforcing to any one individual is to observe and ask. That is, observe what the individual naturally chooses/ prefers and explicitly ask (e.g., “If you could earn something for your good behavior, what would you like?”). Reward Menu. Reward menus are an effective way to identify what is specifically reinforcing to an individual. Reward menus can be created in numerous ways, but generally involve asking the individual to identify what he/she finds rewarding. This might involve a checklist of possible rewards that the individual can check off or rank order, or a series of open-ended questions (e.g., “If I could earn a special privilege, I would like to…” “If I could earn a special toy/ prize, I would like..”).

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Seeking Help Positive reinforcement alone is unlikely to manage seriously challenging behaviors. For those needing professional support in managing challenging behaviors, consider talking with your primary care physician and/or seeking help from a mental health provider.

Marla J. Thomas, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois and earned her doctoral degree from Illinois State University. Dr. Thomas and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Thomas, MD, who is a Family Medicine Physician here in Prosper, are extremely proud to live and work in Prosper. With a lifelong interest in writing, Marla is honored to serve as Live & Prosper Magazine’s Editor and Staff Writer.

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That Bill!!

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egular preventative maintenance on your air conditioning system R is the best way to ensure its optimal performance and trouble-free operation. Pre-season maintenance is extremely important, whether

spring AC maintenance preparing for our scorching hot summers or furnace maintenance in the fall for the unexpected extremely cold weather we tend to get. System failures often occur in extreme hot or cold weather when you need your system to be at its absolute best. Seasonal maintenance will also help keep your electric bill under control! Let’s face it, that’s what we all care about the most...that BILL! Several customers, both residential and commercial, choose to have an annual maintenance agreement or a highly recommended bi-annual seasonal maintenance agreement. Having a maintenance agreement will help ensure your system runs as efficiently as possible year round, no matter what our weather conditions are. A situation can most likely be discovered and fixed before it becomes a major issue and expense!

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Devotional - In His Presence

I love to watch everything turn green again. The trees come back to life. The smell of cut grass fills the air. With a little attention, some weeding, and planting something new, the front yard can begin to look like an oasis. Some of my neighbors’ yards look like they spend 20 hours a week out there, but there are other yards that drive me nuts. Would it kill you to put a little pre-emergent down? It isn’t tough to justify spending the time to make our front yard pristine, but not many would make that same investment in a neighbor’s yard that needs a bit of work. One of the things I love most about Jesus is the way he invested himself in people who needed “a bit of work.” In fact, those were the only people he spent his time with. The woman who couldn’t make a relationship work. The corrupt tax collector the whole town hated. The fisherman whose ego was so out of control he thought he could walk on water. Jesus walked alongside all of them. Invested his time, His attention, His compassion, His grace. In the light of His presence, something within them began to bloom. What if being a follower of Jesus Christ wasn’t about making sure there was nothing out of place in our own backyard? What if following Jesus meant going out of our way to find those people with whom we can plant seeds? Every one of us needs some tending. And God has equipped every one of us to share in that good work. A beautiful yard is nice. But God is calling us to a whole street, a neighborhood, a community, a town alive with growth and bearing good fruit. Generous children. Serving neighbors. Forgiving friends. Our responsibilities and God’s possibilities don’t end at our fence. 1 Corinthians 3:7-9 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field… Doug Kriz is the pastor of Grace Christian Church, a young and growing congregation for Prosper. Join us for worship Sundays at 10:30 at Baker Elementary School. www.graceprosper.org.

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In Good Taste

Fresh, Flavorful Canning Recipes Whether you need a sweet topping for a slice of breakfast toast or a dollop for thumbprint cookies, these simple jam and jelly recipes are sure to please everyone in your family. From the ease of Fast Fruity Freezer Jam to the cool blast of Mint Jelly, these recipes all feature Mrs. Wages fruit pectin, which provides the perfect consistency to enhance all your favorite fruit flavors. Best Blue Ribbon Basil Jelly Yield: 6 half pints 4 cups water 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped 1 package Mrs. Wages Fruit Pectin Home Jell 3 drops green food coloring, optional 5 cups sugar

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ith fresh inspiration from the season’s juiciest, most delicious fruits, you can create jams, jellies and other spreads with ease right from your own kitchen. For many, the thought of turning their favorite fruits into sweet and scrumptious jams and jellies may sound like countless hours in a hot, stuffy kitchen. But creating your own, homemade fruit spreads can be quite simple with the right ingredients and tips. “Any cook can create delightful jams and jellies, regardless of their canning abilities,” said Shirley Camp, M.S., registered dietitian, licensed dietitian nutritionist and retired University of Illinois Extension master canner and educator. “There are so many great products, such as Mrs. Wages No Cook Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin, which allow you to whip up homemade spreads, without cooking, saving time without a messy kitchen.”

Four canning tips for great jams and jellies For the best results for your canning creations, follow these four simple tips for canning success: 1. Pick ’em right. When picking berries, keep in mind these fruits have high water content and are very fragile. So, use smaller containers when picking them so the berries do not get crushed under their own weight. 2. Rinse, don’t soak. Due to their fragile nature, the berries should be lightly “rinsed” to remove surface dirt. Do not allow them to sit in water for very long because they tend to take on more water and will become mushy. 3. Firm and ripe When selecting berries for jellied products, ripe berries are best, but not overripe ones. Choose those that have good flavor and are still firm to the touch. For strawberries, look for the smaller, juicier berries instead of larger types that are available today.

4. Mix flavors. While many people prefer their jams to be one flavor, mixing two or more different types of berries together produces great jams with good flavor. Try a mix consisting of blackberry and red raspberry, or strawberry with red raspberry. Another great combination includes pureed berries and peaches mixed together to make jam. Red raspberry peach jam is always a huge hit.

For canning or preservation questions, call the Mrs. Wages Customer Care Center at 1-800-6478170, Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CST. For additional canning recipes and how-to information, visit www.mrswages.com

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In large saucepan, bring water and basil to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain and discard basil. Return 3 2/3 cups liquid to pan. Stir in pectin and food coloring, if desired. Return to rolling boil over high heat. Stir in sugar. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam that forms on top of jam. Ladle mixture into hot, clean jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubble. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Twist lid bands so not loose but not too tight. Process for 15 minutes in boiling water bath canner. Best of Show ApricotPineapple Jam Yield: 8 pints 5 1/2 cups prepared fruit (about 2 1/2 pounds apricots and 1 1/2 pounds pineapple) 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 package Mrs. Wages Fruit Pectin Home Jell 1/2 teaspoon butter 8 cups granulated sugar Pit unpeeled apricots, then finely chop or grind. Measure exactly 3 cups apricots into 8-quart saucepan. Cut, peel, core and finely chop pineapple. Measure exactly 2 1/2 cups pineapple into saucepan with apricots. Mix well. Add lemon juice. Add pectin and butter and stir over high heat until reaches rolling boil. Add sugar and stir thoroughly until reaches rolling boil. Continue cooking for four minutes, stirring constantly to avoid scalding. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam that forms on top of jam. Ladle mixture into hot, clean jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Twist lid bands so not loose but not too tight. Process for 10 minutes in boiling water bath canner.

Fast Fruity Freezer Jam Yield: 5 half pints 1 1/2 cups sugar or Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (Granular) 1 package Mrs. Wages No Cook Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin 4 cups crushed fruit, fresh or frozen Combine sugar or Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (Granular) and pectin in bowl. Blend well. Stir in crushed fruit. Stir for three minutes. Ladle mixture into clean jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Twist lid bands so not loose but not too tight. Let stand for 30 minutes to thicken. Refrigerate up to three weeks, freeze up to one year. State Fair StrawberryRhubarb Jam Yield: 6 half pints 4 cups crushed strawberries 2 cups chopped rhubarb 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 package Mrs. Wages Fruit Pectin Home Jell 5 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 tablespoon butter Combine strawberries, rhubarb, lemon juice and pectin in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to rolling boil and add butter. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam that forms on top of jam. Ladle mixture into hot, clean jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Twist lid bands so not loose but not too tight. Process for 10 minutes in boiling water bath canner. Serrano Cherry Jam Yield: 8 pints 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup Serrano peppers, seeded and minced 16 cups cherries, fresh or frozen and thawed 4 cups sugar 4 cups water 1 package Mrs. Wages Fruit Pectin Home Jell In large pot on high heat, pour olive oil in and bring to almost smoke point. Add peppers and blister. Add cherries and sugar, reduce heat, then pour in water. Bring to a simmer to dissolve sugar. Add pectin and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam that forms on top of jam. Ladle mixture into 16-ounce containers or freezer safe zipper bags.

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The Style

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Ten Days in a Carry On: Winter Weather Edition

BY CAITLIN SKIDMORE

Five Tricks to Making a Few Pieces Go a Long Way: 1. Pick a color palette and stick to it. Then select accessories that add a punch of color or pattern. 2. Remember: neutrals, like black, white, tan, and gray, go with anything, even each other. Just be sure they don’t resemble each other too much or it might look like you were trying to match but missed the mark. 3. Nix any piece that doesn’t do at least double duty. Cardigans and casual button ups are a perfect example. They can be buttoned up and worn solo or under a completer piece, or left open and layered over a tee or thin sweater. 4. Experiment with color blocking or pattern mixing. With the later, just be sure to pair a large print with a smaller one to avoid looking too busy. 5. Take a purse that includes a detachable cross-body strap and pick a wallet that can double as a clutch. When considering your closet, look at these pieces loosely. Don’t have a gingham button up? Pack a chambray or plaid top instead. Is a leather jacket more your style than a blazer? Swap that out. Headed on a two week trip? Add a dress or a nice blouse that compliments your color palette and you can easily stretch your pieces to create 14 looks. Wear the bulkiest items on the plane- blazer, scarf, and boots and you’re good to go! Headed to a tropical climate this spring? Visit greaterthanrubies.net for a warm weather packing list!

Caitlin Skidmore is a Style Coach and is the author of Greater Than Rubies (greaterthanrubies.net), a life & style blog, where she teaches women how to remix their closets. She also works as the Program Development Coordinator for Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas, based here in Prosper.

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Fashion Show

Prosper High School and The Attic are hosting the fourth annual Fashion Show benefitting Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas. This fundraising event allows Cornerstone to assist our neighbors in need in Prosper and the surrounding area. The Attic is Cornerstone NCT’s “resurrected retail” store, located in downtown Prosper. It features new and gently used items. All proceeds from the store benefit Cornerstone and the people it serves. For more information on Cornerstone, please visit www.cornerstonenct.org. The Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Prosper High School Auditorium. The show will feature students from all Prosper schools. Models will wear items from The Attic or their own clothing that they will then donate to The Attic. If you are interested in modeling in the show (Kindergarten age or older) please contact Becky Morris at becky@stylemavenfashion.com by March 1st. Following the show, join us in the lobby for shopping in The Attic boutique where the clothes modeled during the show will be available for purchase. Please join Prosper High School and The Attic in supporting Cornerstone NCT at this very special event! Date: Thursday, March 27th Time: Boutique opens at 6:00 pm, Fashion show starts at 6:30 pm. Location: Prosper High School Auditorium Tickets are $5 for students (kindergarten and up) or 5 gently used or new items of clothing donated to The Attic. Pre-K and under are free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the show contact Becky Morris at 214-649-4806 or becky@stylemavenfashion.com. Based in Collin County, Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas is a faith-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Cornerstone’s mission is to unite with others to demonstrate Christ’s compassion by serving our neighbors in need. This is accomplished by sharing the Gospel and helping family units escape the cycle of poverty for good by providing resources, tools, and education.

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