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hat happened to summers where children are carefree, get messy, and for goodness

sakes, be kids again?

schedules are crammed. Activities and

summer camps are fun, but wouldn’t it be nice, if we could take a break from

scheduling every aspect of our kids’ lives?

We love our children to the moon

I am certainly guilty of over scheduling.

unintentionally overdo it and stress them

summer camps, trips, and day-to-day

and back, but in loving them, do we

We juggle our time between jobs, school,

out? Their school year is full of schedules

activities. I often ask myself, how do I get

the same? When did it become routine

mounting schedules, and the kids’ even

amount of time, as we possibly can?

rush from one place to the next, and we

present with loved ones? What happened

another. This hinders us from bonding and

from our failures? Have we forgotten to

long for.

and activities. Should their summers be

all this done? Being consumed by our

to pack as many things, into the least

busier schedules, can be draining. We

What happened to just sitting and being

are never able to be fully present with one

to pouring out our dreams and learning

having that sense of community that we

cherish those long summer days, where

Summer is here. This is a chance to focus

we can make memories that will last

forever? How do we go back to taking

time out to live in the moment? How have our lives become so full, while leaving

empty and void relationships? Why do

we find more and more things to do, but

we spend less time for reflecting on what matters the most?

Kids live for the summertime, but it

on making the best memories that you

possibly can make. How you make those memories will be ultimately up to you,

but I hope this issue will help you find fun things to do locally.

No matter what you decide, remember to have a blast. Disconnect from busy

schedules and connect with one another.

doesn’t feel like much of a break if their

Embrace each and every moment of this incredible journey.

Sincerely, Kelly Murray

Publisher of Murray Media Group


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On the Cover is: Dr. Michael Habern, Owner of Habern Orthodontics

Brace Yourself For Second-To-None Experience & Service




10 Foodie Friday DFW

08 LC Wins TAPPS

with Jay Marks Real Estate

16 Harvest Townside in Argyle

24 Dentistry with Country

17 Sunscreen & Sun Safety

32 Home Design with ML Group, LLC 36 Gardening with Complete Solutions

PHOTOS FROM ARGYLE 28 You Submit We Print


Argyle Boys Fall Short

12 The Sugar Fix Fix

18 Pest Control with Mosquito Joe

Lakes Family Dental



Fireworks Safety Tips

26 Inside Community 27 Inside Education 30 Tips on Staying Hydrated 34 Don’t Let Your Wisdom Teeth Stick Around


We’re focusing on fitness. Look for the icon to read helpful tips on how to live that healthy lifestyle you always wanted. JUNE 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 7

Liberty Christian Wins

TAPPS by Steve Gamel


istorically, the Liberty Christian baseball program has had its fair share of problems with Houston-

area teams. But in a matter of one playoff run, the Warriors managed to exercise those demons – and then some.

Liberty Christian won its fourth state

championship, and first since 2013, last month with a 6-4 win over Beaumont

Monsignor Kelly Catholic. The win capped a postseason run in which Liberty beat Houston's St. Pius X and St. Thomas to advance to the title game.

the team trailed Kelly 3-0 and were tied

and had two really good pitchers; one is

inning to secure the win.

Texas A&M. Our kids stepped up, though.

4-4 before scoring two runs in the sixth

Corey McMann doubled in a run, and Joe

the lineup a few times, I could tell we were

getting better at-bats," Isom

bounced the Warriors from the playoffs a

Dawson Barr

year ago.

settled down on

"We definitely have our history with those

and kept the score

final – simply because they are so loaded

every year. This is the first time where our

entire playoff road was against those types of teams.

"These kids stepped up." The Warriors (29-12-1) previously won

state titles in 2003, 2009, and 2013. This

year's run to the top included a 10-1 win

over Pius followed by a come-from-behind 8-4 win over St. Thomas. In the title game, 8 | ARGYLE LIVING

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area teams hasn't stopped them

as we went through

ending Liberty's season three times. Kelly

face a Houston-area school until the state

against Houston-

Thomas Burbank, and

helped that

playoff bracket, you hope that you don't

Ironically, Liberty's struggles

"Kelly had their ace

said. "It also

Johnny Isom said. "When you map out the

It was great to see.”

Wolf singled in another.

St. Thomas was previously responsible for

schools," Liberty Christian head coach

going to Texas and the other is going to

from winning it

Liberty Christian won its fourth state championship, and first since 2013, last month with a 6-4 win over Beaumont Monsignor Kelly Catholic.

the mound for us

of its final 14 games. The win over St.

Thomas was particularly unusual given

Warriors beat



Baptist in the

state final. In

2013, they beat

The 2003 title season

to get back into

Liberty ended its season having won 13

In 2009, the

St. Pius.

close. That allowed us the game."

all in the past.

is the only year where

Liberty has not beaten a Houston-area

program. They defeated Dallas Christian that year.

that the Warriors did not have their top

Isom said he's excited about the future.

for the game. Isom said he moved several

fourth state title in baseball, the program

things work, and the Warriors answered

Next year should be no different.

two pitchers and starting catcher available

Despite this being Liberty Christian's

players around in the lineup to make

is consistently in the mix year after year.

by rallying from an early 3-1 hole.

"We were making plays everywhere," Isom said. “They’ve ended our season before

"It's special to have been in the mix as

much as we have been over the years," Isom said. "I still can't believe it."


Foodie Friday DFW: Rock N’ Ice House







here’s a trend in ice cream that’s been sweeping the nation over the last few years, and it landed here in

Highland Village just about five months

Rock N’ Ice House’s most popular flavor is its Rocky Mountain, which is its version of Cookies ‘n Cream. It’s a big hit with kids and adults alike!

ago at Rock N’ Ice House. They’re serving up Thaistyle rolled ice cream, which not only looks cool but has a creamy, velvety texture. It’s unlike any other ice cream you’ve tasted before. To create the rolled ice cream, they start with a plain base and add in ingredients to

Rock N’ Ice House’s most popular flavor is its Rocky Mountain, which is its version of Cookies ‘n Cream. It’s a big hit with kids and adults alike!

flavor it, whether that’s with chocolate, strawberries, or matcha. Once they pour it onto the cold surface (like -18 degrees Celsius cold), it requires a lot of muscle to

Their other flavor options

include combinations like strawberries and Nutella, mint and chocolate, and coffee and caramel. And each flavor

combination must pass the taste test of owner,

Selina Ton, to make sure each ingredient in the combination shines.

Rock N’ Ice House is the

perfect place to stop this summer for a reprieve from the Texas heat. Check them out!

214.222-5239 3195 FM 407, Highland Village, TX 75077

mix it and get it to the right light and fluffy consistency. (Speaking from experience!) Once it’s at the right consistency, they spread it into a square. This makes it easier to roll, and then you can load it up with whatever toppings your heart desires! 10 | ARGYLE LIVING

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Fitness Article


FIX by Diana Risell


e have a sugar fix, and it needs fixing. Two hundred years ago, Americans ate six pounds of sugar per year, on average, per person. By 1999 we were eating 100 pounds, and today we top out at more than 130 pounds. It’s like consuming a whole person made of sugar every year! The average has been trending downward in recent years, but the amount of sugar in our diets would need to drop another 40% to be in a ‘healthy’ range.

Sugar plays an essential role in our diet: all

to add volume and moisture, enhance

carbohydrates break down into glucose,

texture and extend shelf life, none of

a form of sugar, to provide energy for

which sound very appetizing.

our bodies. And sugar appears naturally

With over 60 different names from honey

in nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables (carrots), and dairy products (plain yogurt), which are also full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. This is sugar that our bodies like, and it appears in minimal amounts,

to maltodextrin, added sugars now appear in 75% of all food items in the US. It is the most added ingredient to food. It’s a recent phenomenon, a byproduct of the mid-twentieth century’s no fat/low

is part of a balanced food source and,

fat craze when manufacturers removed

while these foods can be overeaten,

fat, convincing us that fat made us fat.

that’s not a problem for most of us. “Stop!

Sugar is now in everything from obvious

You’re eating too many vegetables,” said no mother ever. Instead, we overeat the sugars in our diet that are not beneficial and offer zero nutritional value. We overeat the sugars that have been ADDED to our food – added by manufacturers,

items like soda, cake, and cookies to the less obvious pasta sauce, salad dressings, chicken broth, ketchup, cereal and ‘health’ bars. And that should scare us. Added sugar is so ubiquitous that we’re stuck in a vicious cycle of sweet cravings.

often straight out of labs, to appeal to

So, what to do with our sweet tooth? Here

our now over-sweetened taste buds and

are 12 actions to fix your sugar fix.


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READ labels. Today’s nutrition label

shows a single amount of sugar, but new ingredient labels coming out this year

have to separate out the amount of added sugars. Sweet!

SUBSTITUTE with fruits and spices to COUNT. I bet you’re curious: How muchadded sugar are you eating every day?

As the ingredient labels get smarter, it will be easier to track. But that’s not an excuse to wait. Use online or app-based food

trackers like My Fitness Pal and Fooducate with its very cool bar scanning capability.

Get a baseline for yourself. 50g/day (~12

teaspoons) is an excellent initial goal. Less

sweeten, add flavor. Tea or carbonated

water stands in for soda. No, it’s not the same, but in a few short weeks, you’ll

have pushed through the worse part of

the change. My 6-9 cans of cola per day

became a lot of sweet tea and then a lot of unsweet tea and now lots of water. It

didn’t happen overnight, but patience and

GET MAD. Manufacturers aren’t adding

sugar so you can lead a longer healthier

life. They are using it as a cheap filler and causing you to eat more. That should

make you angry. Food is big business in America. Reject advertising hype.

consistency win the day.

than 25g/day (6 teaspoons) is where you really want to be.

WORK FOR IT. Weak for ice cream? Then

it’s never in your home. You have to get in your car and go to the store for it. So how

badly do you want ice cream? Sometimes, you will get in your car but most times DIVERT your attention. Cravings last 15

minutes. What can you do for 15 minutes to tame your sugar fix? Have a plan

ISOLATE choices. I had a salad for lunch so I can have cake for dessert, right?

Evaluate each food choice individually and ask yourself ‘Is this choice consistent with my health goals?’

you won’t. And know that 95% of taste

Be a PORSCHE! Some of us make better

Don’t eat past the satisfaction!

cars than the fuel we put in our bodies.

satisfaction comes in the first three bites.

because cravings are coming.

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sugar will change your life or at least reset the taste buds. Berries on your oatmeal never tasted so sweet.

NO BLAME, Action! Know that you

are not weak. Sugar has been shown to have an addictive effect on the brain. Eat a BREAKFAST rich in protein and

fiber to fill you up and set yourself up for

a healthier day. Eggs, plain Greek yogurt, COOK. You decide what goes into your

food. Choose primarily single/low number ingredients items. Eat in color.

plain oatmeal with a scoop of protein

powder, nuts, and berries. Don’t forget the veggies! Exercising in the morning has the same benefit.

Sugar causes the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which gives you the

warm fuzzies – and who doesn’t want that happy feeling? Broccoli doesn’t create a release of dopamine in the brain. Cake does. Life isn’t fair.

Here’s to your best health. JUNE 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 13

TOWNSIDE Adds To Continued Growth In Argyle by Steve Gamel


he Town of Argyle continues to expand at an exponential rate as more and more families seek out the quiet, quaint lifestyle that has become synonymous with this amazing country community. Now, residents and newcomers have even more options when it comes to where they want to live.

Hillwood Communities, one of the premier commercial and residential real estate developers, investors, and advisors of

properties in North America and beyond, celebrated the grand opening of Harvest Townside on May 17.

The development, which rests within the

master-planned community of Harvest in

Argyle, features new patio homes starting

at 1,500 square feet with prices starting in the $260,000s. In a press release, officials said Townside offers an attractive price

point for homeowners looking to begin the next chapter in their lives.

The entire project is built exclusively by

David Weekley Homes and D.R. Horton. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique patio home product within

Harvest that will appeal to empty-nesters as well as those desiring a smaller, low

maintenance home within the Argyle ISD,” said Fred Balda, president of Hillwood Communities, in a press release.

Adam Cornett, division president of David Weekley Homes, agreed.

“Harvest is one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier communities,” Cornett said in the release. “The new Townside models have all of the high-quality features you would

More importantly, the entire development

is conveniently located near what will be a new Argyle ISD elementary school, which is set to open in fall 2019. Argyle ISD

has approximately 2,500 students, with

projected growth expected to top 5,000 students by 2023.

“D.R. Horton is excited to be part of

the new Harvest Townside by Hillwood

Communities, a residential developer that we have enjoyed working with for many years,” said Shannon Roethemeyer, D.R.

Horton DFW west division VP, in the press release. “We believe our environmentally

Homeowners will enjoy a full range of amenities, including resort-style pools, an on-site farm, and a weekly farmer’s market and community gardens. expect in a David Weekley home with the luxurious amenities and convenience of a Hillwood Communities development.”

friendly patio homes, which include smart

Per the press release, Harvest was designed to provide residents with a longlasting, livable, and walkable community, with access to activities that connect them with their neighbors. Homeowners will enjoy a full range of amenities, including resort-style pools, an on-site farm, and a weekly farmer’s market and community gardens. This includes an on-site farmer who grows fresh, organic farm-to-table produce at the community farm.

maintenance lifestyle within the unique

and energy-efficient features, provide homeowners the option for a low-

culture of the Harvest community.”

Hillwood has delivered more than 25,000 single-family lots in 80 master-planned

communities, continuing to raise the bar in terms of quality, innovation, and the

unmistakable sense of community that sets each property apart, the release

said. Hillwood Communities takes the time to focus on the ideals that draw people together — and the everyday

interactions that strengthen those bonds. By purposefully designing its walkways,

gathering spaces, and structural amenities to spark spontaneous encounters For more information on Hillwood Communities visit


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and foster shared interests, Hillwood Communities creates community in every sense.

photo courtesy of


Sunscreen & Sun Safety

by Dr. Rebecca Butler, who is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Lantana Pediatrics, Dr. Butler and/or Melanie Bitzer, CPNP or to schedule an appointment with one of these providers, call the office at 940.455.7200.


unscreen can help protect the skin from sunburn and some skin cancers but only if used correctly

Use a sunscreen that says “

broad-spectrum” on the label;

that means it will screen out both UVB and UVA rays. •

These products may stay visible on

the skin even after you rub them in,

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therefore, understanding how well your

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or 30 should be fine for most people.

baby can tolerate the heat and preventing

test if sunscreen with more than SPF

Learn how to stop sunburn before it

For sensitive areas of the body, such

as the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders, choose a sunscreen

Dress babies in lightweight cotton clothing with long sleeves and long pants and a sun hat with a wide brim.

Sunscreen may be applied to babies younger than 6 months to small areas of skin uncovered by clothing and hats. Remember to cover all exposed areas of a baby’s skin, including the face, back of the hands, back of the neck, tips of the ears, and tops of the feet.

For babies older than 6 months: Apply to all areas of the body, but be careful around the eyes.

Apply the protection 15 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply every 1.5 to 2 hours particularly if a baby goes into the water.

than an adult’s and burns and irritates

least 15 (up to SPF 50). An SPF of 15

hormonal properties.

A baby’s skin is more delicate and thinner

they are too hot or beginning to burn;

of concerns about mild

Keep babies in the shade as much as possible. It is important to note that most reflective surfaces such as an umbrella or canopy may reduce UVR exposure by only 50%.

Baby Sunburn Prevention

with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at

ingredient oxybenzone because

children enjoy.

more easily. Babies cannot tell you if

If possible, avoid the sunscreen

ages 2 years and older. Including parents!

and some come in fun colors that

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen

50 offers any extra protection.

and Immunotherapy services available for

with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

How to Pick Sunscreen: •

Allergy testing

happens and keep your baby happy, safe, and smiling:  •

Babies younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct and indirect

sunlight because of the risk of heat stroke. Particularly, avoid having a

baby out between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.

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Enjoy the sun and get some Vitamin D this summer BUT be very cautious and do not overdo it. The heat can be dangerous, especially for young children. Hydrate well and use protective clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses for all outdoor activities.


July 11

Ask The Expert: Pest Control



FUN Again


ummer is a time for fun as we get to enjoy our backyards, barbecues, pools and other outdoor entertainment with friends and family. If you’re anything like my family, we spend more time outdoors in the summer than we do indoors. With hotter temperatures, mosquito populations begin to thrive and so do the risks with vector born illnesses from mosquito bites. These articles are intended to be helpful even though somewhat intuitive on how best to minimize mosquito breeding in and around the home. I have included some of this information in a previous article but probably worth repeating as mosquito breeding begins to ramp up. Mosquitoes must have water to

reproduce, even as little as a capful,

so diligence and persistence is a must. Clear standing water from the

correctly and not oversaturating the lawn

leaving puddles of water behind until the next

watering cycle. Overturn wheelbarrows and used

water from around the home’s foundation. If ground drains continually hold water, then treat with mosquito dunks

premises. Ensure sprinkler systems are working

ground drainage that is meant to remove

that can help to eliminate the

Our focus is simple, and our niche is outdoors. Prevention, education, and elimination is our number one priority.

plant containers that hold

water. Remove unused tarps, old

larvae. This will not reduce the adult population but will help to minimize

breeding in these sources.

Ensure metal fence posts

are capped. These caps

can be found at your local

hardware store.

tires, pool floats, and other items that can

If you want to keep up to date on

downspouts are free-flowing along with

area, I recommend AccuWeather. When

collect standing water. Ensure gutters and


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mosquito pressure in the Dallas - Ft. Worth

on the website, enter the name of the city you want to look at and then click on the mosquito in the top right-hand corner of the page. This will provide current mosquito pressure/ activity in your city. As always, call us if you need professional help. Our focus is simple, and our niche is outdoors. Prevention, education, and elimination is our number one priority. “Make Outside Fun Again.” by Lee & Hollie Woodham, of Mosquito Joe Northwest DFW


Argyle Baseball Team

for the


2018 State Title Win Check out our next issue for more coverage. photo courtesy of Dr. Telena Wright


BRACE YOURSELF FOR SECOND-TO-NONE Experience and Service by Steve Gamel

Habern Orthodontics also has an app called My Orthodontist that patients can load on their phone so they can see digital x-rays...


n evaluating a medical professional, one has many variables to take into consideration. Experience, location,

scheduling, treatment planning, insurance, and out of pocket costs. Dr. Michael

Habern prides himself in addressing all

of these and more – like providing a great experience. WOW, when it comes to

orthodontics, could you ask for more? Dr. Habern’s undying commitment to

service, his profession, and a better way of doing things is a big reason why

Habern Orthodontics is now the only choice for thousands of residents

across Denton County who crave a

more confident smile. It’s a staggering

number, but it’s not a misprint when we say Dr. Habern has treated more than 14,000 patients. He’s board-certified,

works with everyone from children to adults, and promises

uncompromising results. With an office in Flower Mound and Sanger,

Habern Orthodontics is committed to

treating adults and


children with the highest quality 4251 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 160 Flower Mound, TX 75028

of progressive

orthodontic care

for an ideal tooth

and jaw relationship.

They offer metal, gold,

and clear brackets, and are

a Platinum Invisalign provider.

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plans are customized, have flexible

payment plans, and include a free family

consultation with digital photos and X-ray, so everyone feels involved in the entire process.

Dr. Habern is board-certified by the

American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics. He received his

dental degree from the University of

Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1982 and graduated with honors. He went

on to complete his education from the orthodontic residency program at St.

Louis University. Habern Orthodontics

has been awarded the prestigious Mom Approved Award, Texas Monthly Super photography by Your Candid Memories (

Dentist, as well as Best of Denton County. “People often ask ‘Is the outcome going

to be perfect?’ Well, we will do everything possible to ensure that it does!” Dr.

Habern said. “Not everyone we see on an initial exam comes away needing treatment. However, if treatment is

recommended, we customize all treatment plans that fill the needs of the patient.

Someone could come in and say, ‘Hey,

I’ve got just one tooth that’s crooked, so

we will move that one tooth and typically

do it in a short period. Bottom line, we are

Dr. Habern’s company logo is styled nearly identical to the ESPN logo – and oh yeah, there’s a small arcade area and a slushy/ ice cream station in the lobby. Because, well, why not?

environment, which is clearly no easy

task. Habern Orthodontics also has an

app called My Orthodontist that patients can load on their phone so they can see digital x-rays and photographs taken throughout the course of treatment.

“We want an office where people walk in and say, ‘wow.’ In our first Flower Mound office, we were there for 25 years, and the whole game plan was making it feel like you were at someone’s party.”

going to make them feel important and

correct whatever the problem is. And in our world, that’s the easy part.”

He makes EVERYTHING look easy – and

fun. When Argyle Living journeyed over to visit the Lewisville native during his

lunch hour, we were blown away by just

how stunning the look and feel was in his state-of-the-art facility. Not only does Dr.

Habern have all the latest equipment and technology at his fingertips, but every

available space – from walls covered with flat-screen TVs, a basketball goal, and

football jerseys to rafters that look like they were pulled straight from a gymnasium

layout – is everything you’d expect from a

It’s all a tribute to a colorful career where customers come first.

“It’s about making it a comfortable

hours, special closings for holidays, and pending appointments.

experience for everyone,” Dr. Habern said.

Habern Orthodontics is also in network

and say, ‘wow.’ In our first Flower Mound

and will gladly file the insurance claim on

the whole game plan was making it feel

It’s an experience that can’t be duplicated

“We want an office where people walk in

with most major insurance companies

office, we were there for 25 years, and

behalf of the patient.

like you were at someone’s party. So with every holiday, we’d change up the entire office, and customers liked it because

every time they came in it always looked different. We moved to this office five

years ago and went with a sports theme.”

sports-lover’s dream. The aforementioned

Trust us when we say it’s not all pomp and

racks and ball bins.

service truly does exceed the eye-catching

office he was sitting in also had basketball

It also gives them easy access to office

circumstance at Habern Orthodontics. The

– just like the one-of-a-kind orthodontist running the show.

“When you create the ideal image of an orthodontist in your head, wouldn’t you want one who really cares about you?”

Dr. Habern said. “That’s what I try to do. I spend time with every parent and every

child, and while that’s a lot of work on my

part, I do it because I really love what I do.” JUNE 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 21


Safety Tips

by Steve Gamel


hether you are planning on being extremely hands-on with fireworks this July 4, or you will

be around people who will, it’s important to practice good safety habits. Below is a fairly

lengthy list of tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety and the United States

Do not experiment with

Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting

A responsible adult SHOULD

supervise all firework activities.

• • •

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

Save your alcohol for after the show.

Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear

Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait

Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.


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with or ignite fireworks.

packaged in brown paper because

this is often a sign that the fireworks

were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers. •

Always have an adult supervise

next day.

fireworks activities. Parents don't

FAA regulations PROHIBIT the

injuries from sparklers. Sparklers

realize that young children suffer

possession and transportation of

burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt

Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or

some metals. •

police department.

Never place any part of your body

directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after

Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks

If fireworks are being used near your

Never try to re-light or pick up

room to avoid exposure to the sound.

Never point or throw fireworks at

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or

20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

area; away from buildings and vehicles.

Avoid buying fireworks that are

carry-on luggage.

Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

fireworks in your checked baggage or

Never give fireworks to children. •

Never allow young children to play

them down and place in a metal combustible materials until the

cautionary labels and performance

homemade fireworks.

trash can away from any building or

Know your fireworks; read the descriptions before igniting.

or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

Consumer Product Safety Commission. •

Never carry fireworks in your POCKET

home, put your pet in a safe, interior Make sure your pet has an

identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.

lighting fireworks.

display, even a small one.

Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

fireworks that have not ignited fully. another person.

shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.


Ask The Expert: Dentistry



Guide To


was recently shopping in an attempt to gear up my family for summer. As I paraded the aisles deciding on sunscreen SPF and coast guard approved life jackets, I felt a bit out of my element and figured I could use some professional advice. As it happened, I wandered into the toothpaste aisle seeing a patron feeling the same way, and I quickly rose to the occasion to offer my own professional advice. This month, I would like to share the same information when choosing products for your own oral health

Let’s begin with toothpaste. It certainly

prevent sensitivity. This component

just a few components to be aware of

toothpaste must be used regularly. Some

comes in many varieties, but there are

based on your needs. Fluoride is a key component in toothpaste that helps

remineralize enamel and resist tooth

usually only lasts about a day, so the

whitening toothpaste may contain harsh abrasives, so use these with caution.

decay. Fluoride content varies in amount

When it comes to mouthwash, it is

having less fluoride. Toothpastes for

Alcohol can dry your mouth, allowing

nitrate which fills the pores of teeth to

alcohol-free rinse, and if possible, use

for adult and children with children paste

best to avoid those containing alcohol.

sensitivity have the compound sodium

build-up of bacteria. Instead, choose an


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one with fluoride. Even children at risk of tooth decay can benefit from fluoridecontaining mouthwash. Toothbrushes also come in many varieties, but electric toothbrushes have been shown to produce better brushing results. Many electric brushes now have apps that aid in brushing. Soft bristle brushes should always be the brushes of choice. Using hard bristles can result in possible tooth damage or gum recession. Remember that no matter the toothbrush, it’s not how hard you brush but how long you brush. Finally, though they also come in many shapes and sizes, make sure you find a dentist you enjoy that shows a great appreciation for your oral health. Enjoy your summer and happy smiling! by Dr. Matt who is the owner of Country Lakes Family Dental



STONES OF ENCOURAGEMENT Local first responders and law officers were surprised and awe-inspired when they discovered stones painted with words of encouragement outside their buildings. Heartfelt messages included “Back the Blue” and “Blessed are the Peacemakers”. The stones have been found outside the Argyle Fire District Station and the Argyle Police department and those responsible were anonymous. Police Chief Temple Cottle said it completely made his day. photo courtesy of the Town of Argyle Facebook page

VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD Officer Segura, of Argyle Police Department, was recognized by the Cross Timbers Rotary Club with a Vocational Service Award. This award is presented to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards. Congrats Officer Segura! photo courtesy of the Town of Argyle Facebook page



Grace Like Rain would like to thank everyone who participated in

Argyle Fire District has partnered with Safe Kids Tarrant County

the 5K Color Run on June 2 in the Harvest Community of Argyle.

to host a monthly Car Seat Fitting/Inspection Station at the Fire

The 5k run was followed by a color splash party. This event was a huge success with families from all over the community showing

Department. Come get your car seat inspected by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. You do not need to live in the Fire District to take advantage of this free opportunity,

up to participate in the fun!

however it is by appointment only. If you are interested,

photo courtesy of the Grace Like Rain Facebook page

call 682-885-2634.


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photo courtesy of The Crosstimbers Gazette Facebook, photography by Brian Maschino



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Fitness Article


HYDRATED This Summer by Steve Gamel


he theme of this month’s magazine issue is health and fitness, so naturally, Murray Media Group went all out to include a myriad of informative articles on everything from fitness tips and trends from local experts to pieces promoting healthier eating habits and everything in between.

This article focuses on the importance of proper hydration because, well, it’s hot outside, folks! If you’ve lived in Texas long enough, you are more than aware the summer heat in North Texas can quickly balloon from a manageable 85 degrees to triple digits, and this summer isn’t expected to be any different. We like to think we can handle it – you know, tough it out – as we start hanging outside more swimming, gardening, working out, vacationing, etc., but the fact is we can’t. Our bodies are more than 60 percent water. We rely on it to transport nutrients, regulate body temperature, and sustain healthy organs. 30 | ARGYLE LIVING

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So naturally, the combination of that

energy-sapping sun and the fact we lose more body fluid as we sweat makes us all prime candidates for dehydration.

Symptoms of dehydration include dry

mouth, vomiting, tiredness, dizziness, and

even delirium. And that’s just the short list. Your friends at Murray Media Group

want to remind you the best way to stay hydrated this summer is to drink lots of

water. According to the Mayo Clinic, men require roughly 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of

fluid per day. For women, it’s 11.5 cups

(2.7 liters). Those recommendations cover everything from water to food and other beverages, but water should always be your first choice.

Below are a few more tips to stay cool and properly hydrated this summer. Some may seem like common sense, but when you’re out and about having fun, it’s easy to lose track of what your body is trying to tell you.

• Drink more liquid (preferably water) than you think you need • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat • Limit your exposure to the sun during the hottest parts of the day • When working out or playing sports outside, pace yourself • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Keep water on hand during long excursions outside • Limit your caffeine intake • Watch out for each other and stay hydrated together One final thought: We wrote a lot in this article about the importance of water when it comes to staying properly hydrated, but don’t forget eating the right foods throughout the day can also provide the same benefit. If you’re heading out on a long day out in the sun, munch on sliced apples, pears, oranges, bananas, grapes, and blueberries. Besides limiting your caffeine intake, the same can be said for avoiding heavy and sugary foods. Combine that with drinking lots of water, and you’ll be safer this summer. Stay safe and thirsty out there, everyone. And don’t forget we love pictures! Send us anything you’ve got from family vacations to trips to the local water parks. Maybe you’ll be featured in our next issue. JUNE 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 31

Ask The Expert: Home Design



want to brag for a second on one of our interns at the ML Group. Her name is Stephanie Maddamma, a graduate of Marcus High School who is now a budding architecture student at Texas A&M.

Stephanie is currently in Finland for the

summer designing restaurants from the ground up. And when I say from the

ground up, I mean right down to the

silverware. We’ve been blessed to have

her work with us during her summer and winter breaks, and our hope is she will join us again soon. Honestly, we learn

from school. Stephanie plans to become a LEED-certified residential architect, and she is working toward a minor in sustainable architecture and planning. But to truly get a leg up in the industry, she can’t solely rely on textbooks and college professors.

something new from her every day.

I am a huge proponent of hands-on

She is a perfect example of what

experience and taking your career into

chase their passion, perfect their craft, and

tips for aspiring architects who can make

architecture students need to be doing to

your own hands. Here are just a few quick

make the most of their downtime away

the most of their summer.


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Tour Model Homes and Commercial Buildings

Attend Seminars and Industry Software Camps

Summer Internships

Interview Architectural Professionals

Work on your Portfolio and Keep Sketching

We realize the summer is time to relax and go on vacation, but be mindful of your

future and the passion that got you into

this profession in the first place. I’d like to end this column by sending out a special and heartfelt congratulations to the 2018 graduating class of Argyle High School

and Liberty Christian. Make us all proud! by Mike Love ML Group, LLC. 972.355.8700


Don’t Let Your

WISDOM TEETH Stick Around Local Oral Surgeon Preaches Early Removal To Offset Future Problems by Steve Gamel

972.539.1491 |

4421 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 100 | Flower Mound, TX 75028


r. John Shillingburg remembers the days when there wasn’t as much of a rush to remove wisdom

teeth. Yes, wisdom teeth have long been known to be a potential cause



for a myriad of dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay, but if a patient wasn’t in pain, it was

“Between 14 and 16 is typically the

ideal age to remove wisdom teeth,” said Dr. Shillingburg, a board-certified oral

and maxillofacial surgeon at DFW Oral Surgeons in Flower Mound. “I had a

mother come in recently, and she thought it was too early for her son [who is 18

years old] to have his wisdom teeth removed. In actuality, he was at a higher risk than if he

entirely reasonable for dentists to use the “wait and see” approach. As time went on and



more technology and research became available, many

were younger.

Dr. Shillingburg added, “Early removal means fewer complications and a quicker recovery.”

professionals – and patients – quickly changed their tune.


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If deemed appropriate by a surgical specialist, early wisdom teeth extraction is the key to avoiding potential problems before they take root.


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Dr. Shillingburg

added, “Early removal often means fewer complications and

a quicker recovery.” So what’s the trouble with

wisdom teeth? Most people

have four wisdom teeth – one

in each corner of the mouth – and

they are the last of our teeth to develop. The problem is many people’s jaws are too small for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. This means they can create

Central Incisor

Canine (Cuspid)

Second Premolar

Second Molar

Lateral Incisor

First Premolar

First Molar

Third Molar (Wisdom Teeth)

overcrowding and grow in any direction. It can lead to pain, infection, cysts, gum

disease, decay in the wisdom teeth and

nearby teeth, and interference with certain kinds of dental or orthodontic work. If your wisdom teeth are causing

pain or infection, your dentist will likely advise removing them. Even if you

don’t have any symptoms, removal may still be recommended.

“What you see is the kids are recovering

Dr. Shillingburg also holds membership

easier whereas someone in their 20s

with the American Dental Association

or older will often take twice as long,” Shillingburg said. “Young teenagers might only need three or four days of healing. It’s Summertime is typically a busy time for

Not only is there a prominent doctor

Dr. Shillingburg and his staff, who see quite a few patients taking advantage of the time away from school to have their

is that a younger teenager’s wisdom teeth

best at what he does. He is trained and

opposed to someone much older whose wisdom teeth may have erupted and

display more solid roots. By age 40, for

example, the roots of the wisdom teeth are solidly anchored in the bone and

create a more difficult procedure. The

second reason is that younger people

naturally heal faster, leading to shorter recovery times.

Anesthesiology and American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

wisdom teeth removed. They choose DFW

are still forming below the gum line, as

American Dental Society of

a much faster recovery time.”

There are two main reasons to have this

procedure done at a young age. The first

and is a Diplomate of both the

Oral Surgeons because Shillingburg is the credentialed in the following:

leading the cause, but DFW Oral Surgeons also has the distinction of being a true outpatient surgery center capable of diagnosing and treating any mouth or jaw condition. This makes the facility’s professional standards and patient care head and shoulders above the competition.

dentoalveolar surgery

facial cosmetic surgery

dental implant surgery

Surgeons is the wise choice.

orthognathic surgery

“My focus is on the patient’s safety –

facial reconstructive oral surgery

dental anesthesiology

Why choose anyone else for your dental needs? Dr. Shillingburg and DFW Oral

every time,” Shillingburg said. “We are compassionate, caring, and competent. And we are specialists.” JUNE 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 35

Ask The Expert: Gardening





e’re barely into June, and we’re already breaking 100 degrees! If we compare to previous years, we could be setting up for one of the hotter summers we’ve experienced in a while. It’s a good idea to pay a little extra attention to some things going into this time of year to ensure your landscapes success. IRRIGATION

not experiencing this type of water loss,

40 to 50% of its summer water bill on

providing adequate coverage, and that

With the average household spending irrigation, make sure you’re water-wise. Sure, everyone says water infrequently and deep, but in most of our smaller

lot communities, you will experience

enormous amounts of runoff or water

that all your heads are spraying efficiently you don’t have any leaks. Also, keep in

mind that once established your trees and shrubs need less water than the turf so adjust your controller accordingly.

loss that never makes it into the ground


all terrain is different make sure you run

amount you prune off of your shrubs as

if you run certain zones too long. Since

When it is hotter outside try to keep the

a test on your irrigation to ensure you’re

well as your lawn to a minimum. Trees


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and shrubs can react harshly if you cut

back too much when temperatures are hot. On your grass spaces, letting the

grass become a little taller/thicker will

help hold moisture at the base of the sod – allowing you to water less and keep things greener in between cuttings. MULCHING

One of the best ways to grow healthy

plants and conserve water as it protects the plantings, helps to hold moisture

closer to the roots, prevents erosion, and suppresses weed growth. Three inches

of mulch is typically a reasonable amount for this area. Remember to keep it as

even as possible and do not to let it build up against tree trunks or bases of the plantings themselves.

by PJ Kratohvil of Complete Solutions



FALL SHORT by Steve Gamel


he Argyle boys golf team has been perched at the top of the mountain for so long now that many experts

figured this year’s Class 4A state golf

tournament would turn out the same as it did the previous three years.

The Eagles certainly made one heck of

This year, the boys won the district

tournament by over 100 strokes, placed

2nd at the regional tournament, and made their seventh straight state tournament

appearance overall. Bell was named the

2017 Texas Golf Coach of the Year at this year’s tournament.

a final push to claim their fourth straight

Luke Griggs, a senior, finished his

short in a second-place finish on May 15

championships and one second-place

state championship but ultimately fell

to eventual champion, Monahans. Argyle

pulled within three strokes of Monahans at

one point on Day 2 of the tournament only to see Monahans win with a two-day score of 615.

Argyle shot 626, barely edging out Bullard (639) for second place.

“I think we played good,” Argyle coach

three strokes, but Monahans played well

enough that we had trouble overcoming that lead.”

The latest loss in no way should undercut Argyle’s dominance in recent years. The program previously finished second at

state in 2013 and 2014 before winning it all in each of the last three seasons. 38 | ARGYLE LIVING

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mean a lot to me.” As for the Argyle boys, Bell said it’s clear they are not finished chasing the top prize.

don’t want it to fall off and already are

been a part of two of Argyle’s title-winning teams. Diomede shot a team-best 72 on Day 2 to finish fourth overall with a total score of 149. Griggs shot a 74 and 85

while Cole Wilson added an 82 and 78. Justus Christman and Will Gilster finished with scores of 163 and 164.

the program after previously stepping

would take two days to win it. We got it to

different feeling. It’s tough. These guys

finish. Logan Diomede, a junior, also has

13 strokes last year, and I really thought Monahans was better, so I figured it

I wouldn’t be back [after state], so it’s a

“The kids who are coming back are

Argyle’s performance comes during a

we were better this year. I also knew

back or not,” Bell said. “This year, I knew

high school career with two state

Brady Bell said. “You know, going down there ... it’s a hard course. We won by

and hadn’t decided whether I was coming

excited to continue the tradition – they talking about winning state next year,” Bell said. “The program is in good hands with the kids coming back.” Below is the final Top 10 team

breakdown for the 2018 UIL Class 4A state golf tournament: 1. Monahans 615

season in which Bell returned to lead

2. Argyle 626

down to take an assistant principal post

3. Bullard 639

at the intermediate school campus. His

4. Texarkana Pleasant Grove 652

on administrative lead and later resigned

5. Andrews 672

replacement, Mark Burgen, was placed just a few months into his tenure at the

6. Madisonville 684

his return to the golf program was only

7. Perryton 686

school. Bell has said the entire time that temporary, as Argyle will look for a fulltime replacement before next season.

“I was telling my wife last night that last

year I hadn’t taken on a new position yet

8. Fredericksburg 691 9. La Grange 701 10. Gatesville 702

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Argyle Living Magazine June 2018