Area Chamber Roundup Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 brought significant growth to the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce, mirroring the explosive growth of businesses and residents in the area. We added 32 new members to the chamber, which is a 17 percent increase. Come check us out and join the fun. Be a part of the rapidly growing Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce. Our monthly networking luncheons are held the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Prairie House Restaurant in Cross Roads, and are open to the public. For questions or information, contact us at 940-365-9781, www.aubreycoc.org or www.facebook.com/aubreycoc. Recent ribbon-cuttings included Chick-fil-A, Turquoise Cactus Boutique, American Stat Care and Cross Roads Smiles Dentistry. On behalf of the board of directors and the members of
the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce, have a very merry Christmas and a happy, successful new year.
Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce had an amazing 2016. Not only have we seen an increase of 37 new members, we have seen an increase in our monthly luncheon attendance and our weekly coffees. The luncheons are a great place to meet other business people and learn more about what is going on in the Lake Cities area. Our information technology systems were all integrated and upgraded. We are loving our new office at Corinth City Hall. Stop by and see us at 3300 Corinth Parkway, Suite 240. We had many ribboncuttings for new businesses, the Corinth Parkway reopening and the completion of Swisher Road/FM2181.
The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for the grand reopening of Albertsons in Corinth.
Biz on the Wire Walgreens to sell 865 stores to please feds By Tom Murphy | AP Walgreens and Rite Aid will sell 865 stores to rival retailer Fred’s for $950 million, potentially removing the final roadblock thwarting a tie-up between the nation’s largest and third-largest drugstore chains. Wall Street certainly saw it that way, sending shares of all three companies higher in early trading Tuesday. Walgreens is working to close its $9.4 billion purchase of Rite Aid early next year. It said Tuesday that it’s selling the Rite Aid stores in response to concerns raised by federal antitrust regulators. The deal still needs to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., based in Deerfield, Illinois, announced in October 2015 that it planned to buy Rite Aid in a deal that would result in about 12,000 U.S. locations. That’s several thousand more than the nearest competitor, CVS Health Corp. The combination is expected to give Walgreens beefed-up negotiating muscle with drugmakers and other suppliers and to help enlarge its presence in the Northeast and in Southern California. But the nation’s largest drugstore chain also knew it would have to drop some stores to ease regulatory worry about competition. Fred’s runs 647 general merchandise discount stores clustered mainly in the Southeast, and it operates 371 fullservice pharmacy departments within its stores. It also runs three specialty pharmacies. Walgreens says its purchase agreement requires Fred’s to buy additional stores if the FTC requires the divestiture of more than 865.
Cross Roads Smiles Dentistry Once again, our Adopt a Teacher program was a huge success — thanks to our members and community leaders. We also saw an increase in hosts for our after-hours mixers. The momentum continues to grow and we are excited to
be a part of the Lake Cities area. Please visit us at our Wednesday morning coffees or one of our monthly luncheons, held the third Tuesday of each month. Visit www. lakecitieschamber.com for locations and more information.
The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce held a mixer and ribbon-cutting at Master Shine Wash & Detail.
Turquoise Cactus Boutique in Krugerville
Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce The Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce is growing and expanding. We are set to break ground on a new chamber of commerce building on our historic square in January. The Economic Development Center and Main Street office will be housed in the same building with a tourism center. The chamber is moving and joining Economic Development Center director Amanda Davenport and Main Street director Lanette Cox. We plan to bring our ideas, energy and excitement about Pilot Point together in order to create a dynamic place to make dreams a reality. We have added monthly
payment installments and a new level of membership, along with free advertising using social media and other technology starting in January. Michele Walling, former advertising manager of the Pilot Point Post-Signal, has taken over the role of executive director of the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce. She has 20 years of experience in marketing and sales and is a troubleshooter. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2009. We have so much exciting and innovative expansion happening that anyone interested should call Michele at 940-686-3853. We plan to grow together — stronger together in 2017!
Divorce, Visitation and the Holidays: A Few Tips Charla Bradshaw, KoonsFuller Family Law Throughout the 23 years I’ve been practicing family law, I’ve learned from some of the top mental health professionals in the country on how to help guide families through family law cases. This is especially helpful when it comes to the hot-button topic of divorce, visitation and the holidays. Whether the issues stem from divorce, paternity, modification, or third party cases (such as grandparent cases), a lot has been written about this topic…some practical, some impractical. My hope is that this article gives parents, grandparents and extended family some of the more practical tips I’ve learned. Hopefully, it will help make the holidays more enjoyable and comfortable for both the adults and the children.
who have been through family court litigation to be bitter, and the holidays can be fertile ground for that bitterness to grow. Family members often state negative things or nonverbally emote hostility towards other family members in the child’s presence during the holidays. A child will take his or her cues from family members; therefore, if a family member displays such disrespect or anger towards an opposing family member in front of the child, the child may feel a need to mimic that behavior and choose sides. In that vein, it’s encouraged, at the least, to say something positive about the other family before the child leaves to be with that family. Coordination is Key
Family Traditions are Important
In an effort to make the holidays more
The golden rule is that families must be willing to accept how important it is for children to participate in family holidays and traditions. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the child to agree to a family court order that provides a visitation schedule to these events. Think of it this way: if some or all family members cannot agree on a holiday visitation schedule for the child, they are not considering the decision in the child’s best interest.
successful and stress-free for the child, it is a good idea to coordinate and plan the holidays in advance, informing the child of the plans ahead of time. The “unknown” is as stressful to children as it is for adults. It is much better for a child to have enough time to deal with their feelings and ask questions before the events, rather than being taken by surprise. The more details a child is given–who they will see, where they will go, how long they will be there–the better. This does not mean that every old tradition must be upheld, in fact, some simply may not be possible after family law litigation. Likewise, it doesn’t mean new traditions can’t be created. New ways to celebrate, new food to prepare, and new activities all create excitement for
future holidays and children should be involved in their creation. By creating and adding new traditions, the child will have new things to look forward to in the future, and it will help them move forward from the past. The Gift of Attention A gift all family members can give a child at the holidays is to give them their undivided, nonjudgmental attention when the child needs it. What I mean by this is to let the child voice feelings, whether of joy or sadness, and listen without judgment. Let’s face it: during the holidays, stress runs high for adults. For children, who’ve yet to fully learn how to deal with it, stress can be especially tough to manage. The adult should accept the reality of where the child is at the moment. Sometimes that means just being there and listening, helping the child cope through the situation. Try to not let the holidays become painful for you and your children…the result can lead to disdain and contempt, instead of joy and giving in years to come. Observe family traditions, keep bitterness in check, coordinate and pay attention. Lastly, from myself, and all of us at KoonsFuller, Happy Holidays!
Beware of Bitterness It is not unusual for families (From left to right) Brook Stuntebeck, Sean Abeyta, Charla H. Bradshaw, James Logue, and Sarah Darnell
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