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32 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

46 Gardening with Complete Solutions BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 17 Mindful Counseling 23 Geico: All Your Insurance Needs Under One Roof

28 The Design House: Capturing Your Style at Every Turn

34 The Birch & Bloom: Breathing New Life & Creating Beauty

37 Redeemed Life Counseling: Reclaiming Your Life

43 Metro Dent: So Much More Than Just Dent Repair

ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Weekend Spots For Girls 11 Dedication to Education 14 Inside Community & Education 18 Real Estate, Friendship & Partnership 20 Love is in the Water 26 Foodie Friday DFW: Clink Wine Bar + Bites

30 Launched Into Stardom 36 7 Things You Didn’t Know: Kathy Salisbury

39 Making a Mark in Hollywood

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Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

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YAY!

THE KIDDOS

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ARE BACK TO

SCHOOL

here is so much to talk about with our latest issue! Not only are we justifiably highlighting women of influence in our community, but the kiddos are officially back in school! If you remember — and I know you do — last year was a little iffy when it came to the start of school because of COVID-19. Some kids were in person, others were learning virtually, and the traditions of school supplies, new clothes, carpool lines, and big yellow school busses each morning looked drastically different. All opinions aside about the pandemic, I really do have a heart for working parents who stepped in as homeschoolers, the teachers who shifted lesson plans, administrators who tirelessly worked behind the scenes, coaches who kept our kids in the game, and the students who found a way to roll with the punches. Our kids deserve nothing but the best — now and well into the future. And I know they will continue to make us proud during the 2021-22 school year. We hope you enjoy the latest issue. Along with back-toschool stories, we are celebrating women in business. Many of the women I have interviewed for this issue all spoke of being true to themselves and having strong allies in their corner. They spoke on balancing work and home life — how it comes with ups and downs but to focus on the positive and find ways to do the things that make you happy. I wish you and your family the best of luck as we start the new school year!

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HOT

WEEKEND SPOTS

FOR GIRLS

1. Fredericksburg

Are you looking for a hot spot for your weekend’s girl trip? Fredericksburg is the perfect spot for you. Fredericksburg is known for its wineries. You can stay in one of their quaint bed and breakfasts, shop and explore the town during the day, and relax with a glass of wine in the evening. It’s the perfect place for you to unwind with your girls for a weekend. 2. Granbury Granbury is the perfect getaway for any girl’s weekend. They have a cute town square with lots of shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. If you’re looking to cool off during the day, they are also home to Granbury Lake, where you can boat, water ski, and more. If you’re looking for a unique nighttime experience, you can also check out their historical ghost tour that they host on the square. Granbury is sure to show you and your girls a great time! 8 | ARGYLE LIVING | AUGUST 2021

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3. Dallas You don’t have to travel far to experience a fun weekend with your girlfriends.

Dallas is home to some amazing history. You can check out any number of their

museums, eat delicious foods at any of their fabulous restaurants, and experience some amazing shopping experiences. A weekend in Dallas is just what the doctor ordered for your hot girl weekend! 4. Fort Worth If you’re looking for a boot scootin’ good time with your girls for a weekend, then look no further than Ft. Worth. You can take a tour of the historical district of this fun little

town during the day, and then dance the night away at one of their country dance halls

and bars. And don’t forget to take a stroll in the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Ft. Worth is a girl’s trip you won’t forget! 5. San Antonio San Antonio is a fun way to spend a weekend away with your girls. You can remember the Alamo by taking a tour of the historic building, enjoy delicious food from their

variety of restaurants, then take a River Walk boat ride in the evening. This trip is a surefire way to ensure that you and your girls have a fantastic weekend getaway! 6. Salado Salado is the perfect little town for your relaxing girls weekend getaway. You can stay at

the historic Stagecoach Inn, explore the Royal Street District, Browse Unique Boutiques, and enjoy some delicious wine. This is the perfect little trip for you and your girlfriends to experience a weekend of memories.

the Galveston Island Historic Pier in the evening, and dine on some delicious food. This is the perfect little town for a weekend at the beach with your girls! 9. Dripping Springs Are you looking for a sip and relax girl’s weekend? If so, Dripping Springs is the place for you. They are home to some of the best wineries and breweries. You’ll get to experience unique tastes and flavors that you will only find here, in Dripping Springs. If you and your girls are wine connoisseurs, this is the trip for you! 10. Austin

7. Waco Are you and your girlfriend’s wannabe fixer uppers? Waco is the home of the original Fixer Uppers, Chip and Joanna Gaines. You can take a stroll around the Magnolia

Silos, enjoy a delicious Magnolia cupcake at their bakery, and even eat at the Gaines’

restaurant in Waco. Waco is the perfect place to live out your redecorating dreams with your girls!

8. Galveston Are you in need of a beach vacation with your girls? Galveston is a great little town

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The capital of our beloved Lonestar State is a great weekend getaway for you and your girls. You can experience the history of our home state by taking a tour of our capitol building. If you’re looking to cool down, you can take a swim in the Barton Springs Municipal Pool. You can also enjoy some delicious cuisine that is unique to Austin. Austin is more than just our state capital, it’s a great girl’s weekend destination! AUGUST 2021 | ARGYLE LIVING | 9


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DEDICATION

EDUCATION TO

by Diane Ciarloni | photo courtesy of Argye ISD

“Be a teacher,” they say. “Arrive on-site with 24/7 dedication and inspiration. Form future citizens. Help determine what kids learn and how they learn it. Be responsible for shaping bodies, minds, and spirits. Plant and cultivate a legacy of learning.”

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hey didn’t mention that following this path successfully requires bottomless dedication, unblinking commitment, willing sacrifice, constant creativity, and a steadfast faith that the kids under your care are worth everything you do for them. Sounds like the description for a superhero, doesn’t it? There was a time when Argyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright was known simply as Telena Burk, from the small west Texas town of Ballinger. Her mother, Juanita, landed her

Master’s degree in English when Telena was seven. Her father, Orvalee, taught vocational agriculture.

During the hot, dusty summers, one

of her duties was to drive around the

neighborhood and pick up the Hispanic children for English lessons. Telena

handed them a pair of flip flops before they headed for their class, which

was taught by Telena’s mother. They

loaded back in the car at the end of the session, put their flip flops in a box until next time, and returned home. Telena knew what the

youngsters needed to learn and

where they should be to learn it. Telena considered a career as a

pharmacist, concentrating her early

studies on math and chemistry at the University of Texas. Before long,

her genetic predisposition to education kicked

in. She finished her

undergraduate studies and then moved to

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Hardin Simmons University in Abilene for her Master of Education. She achieved her Doctor of Education in 2000 at the University of North Texas, returning there part-time to teach campus law for the past seven years. “I worked at a pharmacy during high school and college,” Telena explained. “That was the influence for my early thinking but moving into education was natural for me. I became a counselor, a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a certified chemical dependency specialist, an assistant superintendent, and a superintendent. What that means is I have hands-on experience from just about all educational perspectives and levels. “I was given a box of chalk and two teacher’s manuals when I started. Our technology consisted of reel-toreel tape machines so we could watch educational films. Technology (computers) has been the biggest, most far-reaching, and most positive change within education. The teachers – all the people who go into education both then and now – are still the same. They are individuals interested in, and committed to, the youth of our country.” AUGUST 2021 | ARGYLE LIVING | 11


Telena’s early thoughts about her personal

abuse, and other psychological issues.

administration, which is where she has

all students. We look for ways to customize

career goals didn’t include a role in

truly distinguished herself. She’s guided the Argyle district through phenomenal

growth with a steady hand and practical

decision-making. A bond passed in 1997 added a high school, allowing students

to pass through all the lower grades and

into high school with a seamless transition. The need for them to ship into a different

We also discovered one size does not fit

for the individual learner. Does someone

need a tutor? Does someone else need a

specific incentive program? Our challenge is to meet those individual needs.”

Fast forward to today, and Dr. Wright

is in her 20th year with the Argyle ISD. She’s worked as a principal, assistant

community was eliminated.

superintendent, and superintendent.

“Decision-making should always be in

leadership is the Lone Star Cup,

the best interests of the students and their families,” Telena said.

“I never imagined facing anything like a pandemic! These were uncharted waters, and the situation became

polarized around the masks. We faced

huge, difficult decisions. Administrators

and teachers are always concerned about

One of the greatest examples of her awarded to Argyle High School 11

times — including the last nine years in a row.

The Lone Star Cup is based on team performance in district and state

championships in academics, fine arts, and athletics.

student safety, but after Columbine, that

“We’ve had teams since 2000,” Telena

more training to recognize mental illness,

a state record. It’s the combination of

became more intense. We all need a lot

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said, “and our nine consecutive wins is

talented students, dedicated school staff, and supportive parents within the community that account for the district’s tremendous success.” The level of success is extremely impressive for a district that has been K-12 only since 2003. Many community parents, when asked to account for the district’s accomplishments, have a simple answer. It is, they say….her legacy.“

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

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HARVEST MADE RCLCO’S TOP 50 Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) helps organizations seeking strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development, and each year they come out with the 50 Top-Selling Master-Planning Communities and this year Harvest made #41! Harvest has had a 78% jump in sales so far in 2021 and is only expected to grow more. We’re happy to have our community recognized.

A TRIBUTE TO TOM A tribute to Tom (George) the turkey now resides in the entrance of Town Hall. A local artist drew a portrait of Tom and placed some of his feathers on either side of the portrait in a shadow box. We are thankful for our police department for this donation and for the artist for creating this beautiful tribute. photo courtesy of Town of Argyle Facebook page

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FORMER ARGYLE HIGH GRADUATE DRAFTED BY PIRATES Former Argyle Eagle, Brenden Dixon, was one of the key players behind Argyle’s back-toback state champions in 2018 and 2019 has now been drafted to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates! He was chosen 583rd overall and in the 20th round. He’s currently committed to Arkansas but now has the option to sign with the Pirates or return to college level. photo courtesy of Denton Record Chronicles

LIBERTY CHEER AT UCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS On July 19th, the Liberty Christian School Cheer team had the opportunity to perform the same routine that earned them 3rd in the nation! And it was even broadcasted live on ESPN. They were also given National Championship rings to commemorate what an amazing job they’ve done. photo courtesy of Liberty Christian Schools social media pages

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MORNINGS WITH THE MAYOR Mornings with the Mayor are back on! Every first Saturday of the month you can sit down with the Mayor of Argyle, Bryan Livingston, for coffee and donuts at Town Hall! You can discuss town happenings, improvements, desires, etc., and get to know our Mayor on a more personal level. The coffee provided will be from Uncle Mike’s Bistro (formerly Coffee Tree Cafe) and donuts will be provided by Donut Paradise.

HOPEFUL HEARTS 5K STAMPEDE On September 25 in Old Town Lewisville come run for the Hopeful Hearts 5k Stampede benefiting Christian Community Action! Registration includes a t-shirt, goody bag, free food and drinks, and an opportunity to win individual and team contests with great prizes! There will be music, an auction and a VIP party for the top sponsors to meet former Dallas Cowboy and three-time Super Bowl Champion Tony Tolbert! For more information visit ccahelps.org/hopeful-hearts or contact Sandra.Sims@ccahelps.org.

4TH GRADERS RAISE MONEY FOR WATER WELL

ARGYLE RANKED TOP 10 FOR VOLLEYBALL The Lady Eagles Volleyball team is ranked number 10 in the TGCA’s 4A preseason poll! They had a 22-9 record last year and advanced to the region quarterfinals. This season, many key players will be returning and they’ll also be under the direction of a new head coach, Taryn Hill.

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During the school year, Argyle Intermediate School 4th graders raised more than $7,000 to support drilling a water well in a remote Sudan village in need of clean water. And that well was recently completed this summer! The well is now highlighted with an Argyle Intermediate School stamp in the concrete. What a tremendous act of kindness! photo courtesy of Argyle ISD

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Mindful

COUNSELING A

by Caylie Howard | photo courtesy of Mindful Counseling

ngel Koenig created Mindful Counseling in 2015 and was created out of a need she saw for quality mental health care in our community.

isolation and desired a community

Angel comes from an extensive background of experience in this field, working with nonprofits, schools, and even residential addiction centers. “I found myself continually running into roadblocks in the industry. I became frustrated with the system. I wanted to provide quality care to our clients.” Angel said.

Angel said. 3 years ago, she converted

Angel opened Mindful Counseling as a solo practice. “I noticed a sense of

a wide variety of people. They have

within my practice. As well, I kept

seeing my waitlist grow, and knew a nice solution for both would be to

bring on additional quality clinicians.”

Mindful Counseling to a group practice.

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As well, with Mindful Counseling being located in a city that houses 2 major universities, their clinicians are well-versed in working with the college age young adult population. Another population near and dear to Mindful Counseling is the LGBTQ community. “We are a LGBTQ+ affirming practice and are passionate about providing a safe, supportive environment for this population.” Angel said. Mindful Counseling isn’t just for people with depression, anxiety or trauma. “Counseling can be a space for even the healthiest person looking for a safe, confidential environment to process ongoing stressors that life throws our way.” Angel said. They even offer counseling that specialize in couples counseling. There is a wide variety of services to choose from.

They are currently home to 11 clinicians and are looking to grow that number.

Angel prides herself on hiring people

based on who they are as a person and the type of care that they can give their clients.

Mindful Counseling offers services to clinicians that work with ages 3 and up.

940.312.7110 2449 Fort Worth Dr. Denton, TX 76205 Most of the staff at Mindful Counseling are trained in EMDR which is a type of trauma therapy that focuses on the mind, and the body. “We are going towards more of a holistic practice. We want to focus on the mind body and spirit.” Angel said. Angel said she strives to ensure meeting the community where they are. She wants Mindful Counseling to be here for the community and to support the community in their mental health needs. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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REAL ESTATE

FRIENDSHIP PA RTN E R S HI P by Diane Ciarloni | photo courtesy of Miranda Longoria Photography

Turner Massey Realty | 606 HWY 377 • Argyle, TX 76226 | 940.340.3071

THEY WERE WELL-ARMED, BUT THEY HAD NO IDEA THEY WERE WALKING INTO ONE OF THE CRAZIEST MARKETS IN REAL ESTATE HISTORY.

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t was “like at first sight” when real estate agents Amy Turner and Robin Massey met one another. “Robin was going out of town, and she asked me to help with a client,” Turner recalled. “It didn’t take long to realize we have very similar work methods, complemented by different strengths. I started in real estate in 2003 and worked only as a single agent. Robin, on the other hand, started in 2008 and worked as part of a company team.

Being able to combine both perspectives was a valuable asset.”

The two women are both married with

children. They have distinctively different

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personalities, are passionate about their work, and blend together seamlessly.

“We always seem to have instincts about one another, which is why I suppose I wasn’t overly surprised when Robin asked if I’d like to start a brokerage

company with her,” Turner continued. “The question came out of the blue, but I didn’t

think very long before saying yes. I can tell you I would never have embarked on this adventure with anyone but Robin.”

One of the perks of belonging to a team, even a small one, is the availability of another pair of shoulders.

“It really helps,” Massey said. “In this case, it means I can spend time with my family and not worry about the business.”

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Turner and Massey finalized the details of their Turner Massey Realty, LLC

partnership in June 2019. The office is

in Argyle, but they serve the entire DFW Metroplex with a variety of luxury, land

and ranch, investment, and single-family properties. They knew there was a lot of work in front of them since real estate is a 24-7 career that, at times, can be emotionally stressful.

“Buying a house means deciding on the place you’re going to eat and sleep and

raise your children,” Massey said. “That’s very intimate and very personal.”

Turner and Massey faced their new

venture with bright smiles, brains filled with knowledge, and hearts bursting

with hope and courage. They were wellarmed, but they had no idea they were

walking into one of the craziest markets in real estate history.

“COVID-19, quarantines, and a long list of uncertainties taught people across

the country a lot of things,” Massey said.

“We all learned life is short, and our best day is every day. We learned we can live

anywhere and still be effective at our jobs. Work boils down to a computer and an

Internet connection and Zoom. As a result, many, many people decided they want to live their best life, wherever that may be.” Zoom became a household term. Many of the Turner Massey agents came into the fold through Zoom interviews. The

company started with six agents and now

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has 27, which is considered a huge as well as rapid growth curve. “We are selective when hiring our agents,” Massey said. “And we are truly blessed with the best ones. We’re agent-focused because we can do nothing without them. Basically, each agent has his or her own business. We provide a place for them to learn how to grow that business and to become the kind of agent people are excited to work with. It’s up to us to maintain that high energy level.

California property for enough money to pad their pockets generously, and they arrive in Texas ready, willing, and able to pad someone else’s. “Texas has always enjoyed the luxury of having plenty of homes for all price ranges,” Turner said. “Now, many sales turn into bidding wars, with properties receiving 10 or more offers. There are waiting lists for houses, with both the new construction and pre-owned channels blocked. We had one

TURNER AND MASSEY FACED THEIR NEW VENTURE WITH BRIGHT SMILES, BRAINS FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE, AND HEARTS BURSTING WITH HOPE AND COURAGE.

“In the equation, the agents are the ones with the boots on the ground. Their clients are the buyers and sellers. Our clients are the agents, to whom we are so grateful. They’ve contributed greatly to attracting other amazing agents. There would be no Turner Massey Realty without these 25 talented women, and now two men, who are all highly professional, kind, and willing to jump in and help one another when there’s a need.”

Out-of-state buyers flood into Texas, especially from California. They sell their

couple who purchased a house sight-unseen. “We feel the strong DFW market will continue, even after the current land rush settles down a little.”

Massey and Turner are truly friends as well as partners. They laugh, talk, and text as late as 11:00 pm or even midnight. And, yes, they discuss the future. They joke about building a real estate empire across the south. But, maybe, it’s not a joke, since plans to expand into Florida and Arkansas within the next year are already in place.

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LOVE IS IN THE

WATER

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by Leena Duwadi | photos courtesy of Danielle Bakic’s Social Media

hen passion becomes a career, you don’t just excel; you become unstoppable! This statement perfectly represents the life of Danielle Bakic, who has loved water more than anything. This 33-year-old swim instructor is the owner of Swimming Fishies, an institution that helps save hundreds of lives per year. “I have been in the water my entire life. I took lessons at a very early age and have been swimming ever since,” she said. Bakic learned to swim when she was just three. When she started participating in competitive swimming, she eventually coached her friends in high school to help them get better. That’s how her journey as an instructor commenced. This ambitious girl

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competed in swimming for 13 long years.

“I wanted a tool that kids can have at their

professional coach.

she said. “It is a fun adventure story with

After her graduation, Danielle became a

“I have been a swim coach for the last 15

years. I had no idea I would make a career

home that sounds like swim lessons,”

a parental teaching guide in the back. It

helps the kids and the parents so much.”

out of it, but I am so thankful that I love my

The book has become popular among

shared. “Swimming is everything to me.”

basics of swimming in a fun yet

job so much and I can transform lives,” she Bakic spends eight hours in the water

kids in the community as it serves the creative way.

per day, at times 10 hours a day. With an

This swim coach says everyone should

minutes. They have their own student, and

life in the ocean when she was 17 years

assistant, she coaches two kids every 30

learn to swim. When she saved her mom’s

then they switch halfway through lessons

old, she realized how important it is for

so that the lead coach

looks after every child.

Bakic has 13 girls working for her, and they have 4

locations for teaching this year. All their classes are private lessons, so there

are always two coaches in the pool at a time.

“We have a 99% success rate in kids that are ages

3 [and up] who will swim across the pool,” she mentioned.

Danielle is famous for

her friendly teaching

Drowning is a leading cause of death for children. According to the CDC, more children ages 1–4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except congenital disabilities.

every person to learn to swim.

“You never know

whose life you could

save or even yourself! You never know what

your situation is to be a strong swimmer,” she remarked.

The impact she’s been able to create on the

community is what keeps Danielle motivated.

According to her, the

best part of the job is

teaching her students

techniques. All her assistant girls

to believe in themselves. It takes a lot

are CPR certified who took proper

to make someone conquer their fear of

training before they worked.

water, and Danielle does this every day.

Unfortunately, there are 360,000 annual

“The key words we say over and over

deaths in the U.S. from swimming pools.

Drowning is a leading cause of death for children. According to the CDC, more children ages 1–4 die from drowning

than any other cause of death except

congenital disabilities. Considering these

heartbreaking statistics, Danielle feels that the role of swim instructors becomes

more than just teaching kids how to swim.

To help kids learn to swim more effectively and to create a more significant impact

is - I can do it, I am brave and strong,

swimming is easy and fun. When we s peak these positive affirmations over

our kids, this is what changes them from fear into fun of the water,” she added. “More than this, many small students

also express their interest in becoming a coach, just like their teacher when

they grow up. Few of them are already

into competitive swimming. It makes my heart so proud.”

in the community, she published a book

There are some misconceptions about

this year.

in her career. “

named My Swim Adventure in March

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swimming that Danielle has observed

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Sadly, what I have observed is most people learn to swim incorrectly.

Such as 95% of adults do not know

that you should never hold your breath underwater because it causes panic,

fear, and exhaustion. We should all blow

supporter to those who want to build their career in swimming – be it a professional swimmer or a coach. One piece of advice from her - “You can do anything you set your mind to. Keep working hard, and you can do it.”

bubbles out of the nose,” she explained. Every day is not the same! Working a lot

in the sun and water can be exhausting at times. And, dealing with a lot of students at once teaching them baby steps seems challenging.

“Being a swim coach has taught me to have lots of patience for my students, and especially as a mom,” she said. However, spending time with her

two boys (ages 12 and 7) is therapy. They often surf on their boat.

Swimming Fishies has some great

news coming up. They are building a

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Business Spotlight

ALL YOUR

INSURANCE NEEDS

UNDER ONE ROOF

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by Steve Gamel | headshot photo courtesy of Laura Ferring

aura Ferring never imagined getting into the insurance world. Now she can’t imagine doing anything different. Ferring, a Lantana resident and your friendly do-it-all-insurance agent and owner of GEICO in Flower Mound, started her career on a whim 21 years ago. As the story goes, she was looking for a job when she stumbled upon a GEICO kiosk. A single mother at the time with zero insurance background, she figured it’d be a temporary job until she got settled. “I went in and interviewed, fell in love with the company, and here I am 21 years later,” Laura said. “I absolutely love this company and what we do for our customers. I don’t necessarily need to be here all the time, but I want to be.”

She permanently moved to Denton

Ferring and her team are exactly who you want and need when it comes to your insurance needs — especially since she’s right around the corner by the new River Walk in Flower Mound. She’s done just about everything during her time at GEICO, from being an agent and supervisor to a zone manager and top producer who has traveled all over the country to help grow different markets.

auto, home, and boat insurance to

County in 2007 and jumped at the chance to run her own branch in Flower Mound last year.

On top of all that, her branch is a

one-stop shop for everything from can’t-be-beaten policies for RVs,

personal watercraft, rental property,

and more. Overall, GEICO has over 17 million policyholders, a 97% customer satisfaction rate, and prides itself on

having local offices all over the country for its customers to turn to.

Laura’s staff is unique in that it is truly a

family in every sense of the word. Not only does her son-in-law, Eric, work for her, but her husband, David, is also onsite and an integral part of their success. David has

over 20 years of experience with GEICO

and met Laura shortly after she joined the company. They’ve been married since

also in the perfect spot in Flower Mound. Just the other day, we had a pilot who got off work on a Saturday, saw our sign, and stopped in to get everything switched over. He kept saying, ‘I love that you’re right here. It’s so easy and convenient.’ I wouldn’t have invested everything into this if I didn’t truly believe that I would be here for a very long time.”

“I absolutely love this company and what we do for our customers. I don’t necessarily need to be here all the time, but I want to be.”

2006 and have three children.

For Laura, that means her customers can be confident that their needs will always be taken care of.

“We take a personal approach to every customer, and we make sure they are

always taken care of,” Laura said. “We’re www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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Helping You Get The

MOST OUT OF

LIFE by Steve Gamel

photography by Your Candid Memories (YourCandidMemories.com)

“We really go out of our way to deal with everything the right way. There’s no cap on honesty and ethics.”

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M

ike Douglas insists that there “wasn’t much to buy” the day he purchased an under-the-radar air conditioning company from an investment group he had been working for. The year was 1981, and the fledgling company had only been open for about a year. It wasn’t very big, either, boasting a small office space and only a handful of employees.

Award for leadership, management,

But Mike knew he had something special. He renamed it Advent Air, and today, he’s celebrating 40 years in business.

things from five years ago — even stuff

“I had been working as their GM at the time. It was a different type of business than what they were used to, and I liked the idea of going into business for myself,” Mike said. “So I bought it and grew it from there.” He added, “Like anything else, you go through cycles of ups and downs. But it all worked out.” Saying “it all worked out” is an understatement for this family-owned and operated company. Advent Air remains a trusted and relied-on staple of the Lewisville community, even as Mike transitioned leadership to his son Jared two years ago. While they’ve maintained that small, local feel, they pride themselves on having the reach to serve the majority of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And they do it all, too, with comfort-focused residential services ranging from repair and maintenance to new construction, replacement, and installation. They also specialize in ductless cooling systems and split heating, air purification services, 24/7 emergency services with no overtime fees, and more. Having a highly trained and certified team in the HVAC business that you can trust is invaluable, especially in North Texas. Summer temperatures spike over 100 degrees for months at a time, and we all know how brutal winter can be after February’s snowstorms. Advent Air resets the bar year after year and was recently awarded the 2020 Carrier President’s

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customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth, and operational excellence.

They are also the only HVAC company

in North Texas to win the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics.

“If we make a mistake, we make it

right,” Jared said. “As we’ve evolved

and restructured, we have identified that was misdiagnosed and is now

outside warranty — and corrected them for customers free of charge. We really

go out of our way to deal with everything the right way. There’s no cap on honesty and ethics.”

Mike agreed. “It’s all about maintaining our core values and doing honest work,” he said.

When we caught up with Mike and

Jared, the conversation never really

revolved around their work and services. Their customers will vouch for them at the drop of a hat when it comes to

that stuff. What sets them apart from

everyone else is the family piece and their commitment to their employees. In fact, when we asked Jared’s 4-year-old son, Graham, what he wants to do when he

grows up, he confidently said, “Work with my grandpa and daddy at Advent.”

Jared started working in Advent Air’s

warehouse when he was 15. He’s since held every position, from working in

replacements and installs to engineering and new construction sales. Over the last few years, he’s spearheaded the

addition of new technology while also restructuring the company so that it continues to grow the right way.

“It’s been an amazing journey — not only growing up in the industry and within

pictured above starting from the left is Jared and Mike Douglas employees. Our core passion is to help people get the most out of life — not only employees and their families but also our customers. It’s very important to us that we have people here who have a passion for life, a passion for people, and a passion for doing the right thing for the customer.” Mike agreed, adding that he even made Jared apply for his job to become Advent’s new president — if for nothing more than to double down on their commitment to ensuring everyone was in the right seat. “There are no free lunches,” Mike said with a laugh. “As it turned out, he had the interest and the skillset to excel.” While it may sound cliche, the sky truly is the limit for Advent Air moving forward. And that’s impressive when you think about how far they’ve come — and the family that continues to lead the charge.

this company but also being part of the process and seeing the dramatic and positive changes,” Jared said. “We have such a positive

culture of mentoring and supporting our

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CLINK Wine Bar + Bites by Jay Marks | photos courtesy of Foodie Friday DFW

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t all started with a dream and a desire to fill a void Laura Black felt was missing here in the Flower Mound community.

At CLINK, you can find 16 wines on tap, which Laura says is important for two reasons. Number one - it keeps the wine fresh so the first glass is just as fresh as the last. Number two - Laura believes in being

signature dishes for us while we were there, including Roasted Vegetables

CLINK Wine Bar + Bites is, at its core, a wine bar. But it really is so much more than that. It’s a place to come enjoy a fun night out with friends or for a date night with your significant other. You can even attend one of their paired wine dinners or rent out the back room for your own private event. In addition to creating an atmosphere people are already raving about since they opened, Laura has a couple other tricks up her sleeve that make her wine bar unique.

Chef Greg prepared a few of CLINK’s

served over cannellini bean hummus

with za’atar and a pomegranate syrup; Warm Ricotta made with fresh herbs,

lemon zest, and black garlic powder and

drizzled with a hot honey; and the Sicilian Flatbread made with their signature naan dough, coppa, soppressata, herbed a good steward of the earth, and using these reusable wine kegs cuts down on waste. In addition to those 16 wines on tap,

CLINK also has 16 more wines you can purchase by the glass, and many more you can purchase by the bottle. And if you’re not a wine connoisseur at all, they also have beers on tap. Another thing that makes CLINK different from just about any other wine bar is the fact that the food is not at all an afterthought. Laura has Chef Gregory Stockdale running her kitchen, and there’s no one who could do it better. He has years of experience working in some of the best and most prestigious restaurant kitchens in the country, and now we get him here in Flower Mound!

ricotta, caramelized onions, and drizzled with that same hot honey.

This food is incredible. It is most certainly not an afterthought. Each dish was

perfectly created to pair with the wine

of your choice. And you will never leave CLINK hungry.

We love that Laura finally decided to fulfill her dream of opening a wine bar here in Flower Mound. And she told us that

she loves getting to see people enjoying moments big and small every day. She

also loves putting her sommelier expertise to good use by helping you find the perfect glass or bottle.

So, go visit CLINK Wine Bar + Bites.

Whether it’s for the wine, the food, or the

atmosphere, we know Laura and her team will make sure you love your experience.

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Business Spotlight

CAPTURING YOUR STYLE

at every turn by Steve Gamel | photo courtesy of The Design House

The good news is that The Design House isn’t going away anytime soon. Timing is everything when preparing for a home

renovation project — whether it’s a small bathroom upgrade or you want to gut everything and start anew. And there is undoubtedly a myriad of questions eager homeowners have about the process, price, and whether or not they can find the right materials. The Design House caters to all of that and more, offering experienced design specialists, products ranging from flooring and cabinets to complete kitchen and bath options, and installation and building services.

J

ennifer Homeyer likes to joke that she’s lost count of the number of times her small business should have failed. But here she and her family are, the proud and blessed owners of an ever-evolving flooring and full-service interior renovation company called The Design House. Going on 14 years in business, it’s now a staple of our community — the type of place you’d expect to find in Dallas’ Design District conveniently tucked away on Colorado Blvd., in Denton. Their customers come from far and wide and range from everyday homeowners who need design ideas to spice up their outdated kitchen, bathroom, or living room to house flippers who rely on the steady hand of a proven general contractor. “When we bought the business, it was dying,” Jennifer recalled. She and her

husband, Ty, bought the formerly-named Carpets Plus in 2008, weeks before the stock market cratered and the nation

fell into a recession. It was renamed The

Design House in 2018. “It was just me and one employee running it during those

first few years. We were unloading all the trucks, measuring … it was just a baton

handoff every single day. But there was never a choice for it not to work.”

She added, “We are here because God has given us the opportunity when we should have failed many times.”

We mentioned their longevity and the fact that they are 100% family-owned and operated. They also boast a 10,000 square foot showroom, and they are their own granite and quartz countertop fabricator. Their in-house designers have a wealth of experience, and they corner the market in reliable project managers and licensed plumbers and electricians. Essentially, they can tackle as little or as much of your project as you need — now and well into the future. “We have right at 40 employees now, and we even grew by a few during the pandemic,” Jennifer said. “So it’s not just our family that depends on this business; we have many others who depend on us, too. We are extremely proud and humbled to be where we are today.”

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LAUNCHED INTO by Brooke Ezzo | photos courtesy of Kirsten and Erik Turner

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n 1984, a group of music-loving guys living in Hollywood got together and created a band. Over the next couple of years, they would have a few bandmates come and go, but it was the lineup in 1988 that we know as Warrant. That same year, the group signed with Columbia Records, now known as Sony Music, and they would go on to become one of the most popular and iconic glam, “hair metal” bands America has ever heard.

Harvest resident and Warrant guitarist Erik Turner fell in love with music and rockn-roll when he was about 13-years-old. One day, he picked up an electric guitar and never turned back. Along the way, he teamed up with Jani Lane, Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, and Joey Allen, combined their love of classic hard rock bands, and formed their own sound. Influences including Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy helped shape the bands’ rock and roll. Incredible songwriter and lead singer Jani Lane contributed to the band rising to the top with his catchy lyrics and melodic tunes. “Sometimes, he would bring in a song that was almost done, or he would just have pieces of it, and we’d sit in a room in rehearsal hall and arrange it together,” Erik said. “There was a good period of seven to eight years where he was a song writing machine.”

Songs like Heaven, Down Boys, and Sometimes She Cries launched the band into stardom. But, it wasn’t until their second album and title track Cherry Pie that they became a household name. Over the past 30 years, Warrant has sold over 10 million albums around the world, and Cherry Pie has taken on a life of its own, being featured in movies, TV shows, and commercials.

Carolina, New York, Nebraska, California, every state honestly, and coming home

on a Sunday. I sleep in on Monday, have a couple of days at home, go grocery shopping, then leave and do it all over again.”

Erik added, “We perform at a lot of state

fairs, festivals, casinos, charity events, and fundraisers. Thankfully, we’ve been really busy.”

Erik and wife, Kirsten, have been Harvest

residents since early 2019. Their son Noah attends the University of

“THERE WAS A

In September 2020, Cherry Pie celebrated its 30th anniversary. Tour dates were put on hold as the pandemic swept through the globe, but the band can proudly say they are back on the road performing 16 songs each show all over the country.

GOOD PERIOD OF SEVEN TO EIGHT YEARS

WHERE HE WAS A SONG WRITING MACHINE.”

Luckily for us, Warrant will be rockin’ at Strokers in Dallas Saturday, October 2nd in a live, free concert for those who would like to travel back to the early 90s and jam out to songs so good, makes a grown man cry.

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a show on a Friday or Saturday in North

North Texas. They love

Texas (who doesn’t!) and have always felt right at home here. When not

on the road, the Turner

family enjoys taking the

RV to new locations and camping by lakes.

“I’ve been coming to

Texas as a professional musician since 1988,

and I just always loved the people,” Erik said.

“And, it’s true, everyone

that comes to Texas from other states are all so

impressed with how friendly everyone is.

Even though our son is grown up, Harvest has a real sense of community and we love to see it.”

Sadly, in 2011 Jani Lane passed away —

leaving an opening in the band. Longtime friend of Warrant, musician Robert Mason fit perfectly into the lead singer position.

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STARDOM Together, the five men continue to do what they love for the people who love it, and that Sure Feels Good To Me. Strokers Dallas sits on over two acres, with a courtyard big enough to accommodate

plenty of Warrant die-hards. The concert is free for the general public, but VIP passes are available for purchase at Strokers. You don’t have to ride a Harley to get in, but you do have to like Cherry Pie. The show should put a smile on your face, ten miles wide because “30 never tasted so good!” Visit www.StrokersDallas.com or call 214.357.0707. Stay updated on Warrant news on social media or their website, www.WarrantRocks.com.

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Ask The Expert: Dentistry

Dental Keeping Your

COOL

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contain sugar, but are acidic as well. Bacteria use sugar for food and produce acid which causes tooth decay. In addition, bacteria prefer an acidic environment. Once again, our old friend saliva can buffer the acidity and remove bacteria, but this becomes difficult when we constantly sip on sugary or acidic drinks. Many cold treats are great to enjoy during the heat of the day, but remember to moderate indulgences like ice cream and popsicles that are packed with sugar. You may consider certain cold fruits or vegetables as alternatives.

by Dr. Matt Artho, Owner of Country Lakes Family Dental

t’s August in Texas which leaves us with only two temperatures, hot and hotter. Believe it or not, hot weather and the summer season can affect your dental health depending on your routines. Here are a few tips on how to keep your dental cool while having fun under the sun. Staying hydrated is extremely important, not only for your overall health, but for your dental health. Poor hydration can result in poor saliva production which can lead to dry mouth. When bacteria and plaque look to accumulate around your teeth and gums our saliva flow

helps wash out bacteria, and keep it from adhering to vital oral structures. Saliva also helps with bad breath and maintaining the mineral of our enamel. In staying hydrated, be careful in using water alternatives. Beverages like soda, sport drinks, or seltzers may not only

Using ice to cool off is great, but not necessarily for your teeth. It goes without saying that chewing ice can cause permanent damage to our teeth. Long term ice chewing can cause tooth wear, and one unfortunate bite has the potential to fracture a tooth. Finally, the best way to keep your dental cool this summer is to keep up good habits. Brushing, flossing, and a good diet will help ensure a “chill” dental visit. Enjoy the rest of your summer and happy smiling! 940.455.7645 | COUNTRYLAKESDENTAL.COM | 74 MCMAKIN RD., STE. 200 • BARTONVILLE, TX 76226

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Business Spotlight

NEW LIFE & I

BEAUTY by Steve Gamel | photos courtesy of Birch + Bloom Facebook

t’s a typical weekday morning, and Ryan Renner is busy inside the garage of her Argyle home. Wood chips are flying left and right as she uses a miter saw to delicately craft one of her signature designs for a client. Meanwhile, her children, Pax and Lucy, are a few feet away, watching with curious eyes to see what one-of-a-kind piece mommy has put together now.

Renner admits that it’s not every day that you see a wife and mother become a woodworking artist. As creative as she’s always been, even she didn’t see this career path coming. But when you know, you know. “I’ve fallen in love with it,” she said. “I can’t wait to wake up, go into the workshop, and start creating something. It has turned into a real passion for me.” Renner’s company, Birch + Bloom, is your go-to source for geometric wooden wall art, decorative wooden trays, and one-of-a-kind statement pieces for every space. Renner uses locally sourced new and reclaimed barn wood and preserved moss to create intricate and complex custom mosaics with the type of depth, texture, and detail you’d expect from someone who has been honing their craft for decades. Ironically, Renner has only been at this for about two years — and she’s 100% self-taught. No classes. No mentors showing her what to do. No prior knowledge of how to use a miter saw, brad nailer, or table saw. Just an eye for detail, a creative outlook, and a desire to create something unique. Renner has always had an eye for creating stuff. In fact, her mother has always joked that Ryan was born with a paintbrush in her hand. She simply loves art, and she even owned a successful photography business before she and her family moved to Texas. After the move, however, Renner said she developed an itch to try something new.

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“It sort of came up out of the blue. We were at this flea market, and this little piece of art caught my eye,” she said. “It was this beautiful barn wood mixed with some preserved moss, and when I saw it, I thought, ‘I can totally take this and make it my own.’ I had never done woodworking before, but I kept thinking, ‘I can do this!’” She added, “I started with a simple design, and it’s become more complex and intricate — to the point now where I have a signature look. This signature look wouldn’t be complete without the barn wood either. I love being able to salvage this wood from our area. There is just something about the unique textures, knots, and colors of aged barn wood. It’s something that can’t be replicated.

Renner’s signature style is interlocking diamonds, but she primarily works with custom orders and enjoys coming up with something that her clients genuinely enjoy. So if they have a particular design in mind or a color scheme in their home, she can do it. Her wood art comes in all shapes and sizes. During the holidays, she switches things up a bit and focuses on smaller, personal pieces that reflect the time of year and what inspires her most — nature.

It has to age on its own time.”

“I want to take these materials, breathe new life into them, and create something truly beautiful.”

“I want to take these materials, breathe new life into them, and create something truly beautiful,” Renner said. “That’s what tickles me the most — especially when they enjoy what I’ve created. It’s such a creative outlet for me, but that is something I have always needed. I was a stay-at-home mom for a long time, and I’ve always loved being a mother. But as you get older, you realize the need to start doing things for yourself. That’s why I started my photography business, and when I didn’t want to do that anymore after moving to Argyle, it was woodworking to the rescue. I’m truly grateful to have a husband who supports me 100%. He has even let me take over the garage, which means so much. This is just the beginning. I intend to do this for the rest of my life.”

To learn more about Ryan Renner and her amazing wood art, visit thebirchandbloom.com. You can also email her at thebirchandbloom@gmail.com or visit her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebirchandbloom. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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7 THINGS

you didn’t know

KATHY SALISBURY Title

CO-OWNER/CEO AT THE REAL ESTATE STATION & HEAD OF KEEP ARGYLE BEAUTIFUL

City you live in? ARGYLE

How long have you lived there? 12 YEARS

What would you sing at Karaoke night? ANY ABBA SONG (MAMA MIA FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD!)

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without? COFFEE

Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous?

BETSY ROSS & WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR

What was your first job?

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RECLAIMING

Your Life

T

by Diane Ciarloni | photo courtesy of Stephanie Southard

umultuous times tore through society in recent years. Some families fell apart because of the direction a spouse or other relative cast their political ballot. A pandemic hit, forcing partners into close confinement with one another. Every annoying habit once displayed only now-and-then became a 24/7 spotlight focus. Add children to the mix. Maybe another relative.

Business Spotlight

therapist and client work as a team to find a target, static spot for the eye to focus. The target spot corresponds with a specific emotional response/incident. Both are considered powerful therapies for rapid, significant progress. “My heart wants every client here to receive hope and healing from any one of our counselors. Our intention is to honor each person wherever he or she is the moment that door opens. We’re all Christian believers, but that’s not brought up unless a client expresses a desire for spiritual counseling. More people are joining our ‘processing’ groups, where we learn to speak from a place of authenticity instead of emptiness. How, for example, does anxiety make you feel? My dream always was to have a full-service clinic

where I and like-minded therapists provide a safe place for people to express their pain and find healing. We want them to feel valued and understood.” In other words, a place to go for a life redeemed from hurt. Many people fell apart. The backs of

therapist of nearly 30 years, founded

final straws, not necessarily because of

counselors working with her in an

camels across the country broke from

the pandemic or the quarantine or the

political upheaval or the annoying habit, but because of those things scratching

the scabs covering emotional and mental scars and wounds suffered months or

Redeemed Life in 2018. She has 13

environment that utilizes proven, cuttingedge mental health practices such as

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

years or even decades earlier.

“EMDR changed my entire practice,”

Many people, even more than usual, felt

of accessing a trauma, and through eye

pain. Fortunately, the social stigma of

seeking relief from that pain at places

such as Redeemed Life Counseling, LLC in

Argyle isn’t quite as intense as it once was. Described as a place of hope and

healing, Michelle Fitzhugh, a practicing

Fitzhugh said. “Basically, it’s a method

movement, desensitizing that trauma so it becomes a memory but without the attached pain. It helps us go into the

brain’s non-verbal information storage area. All our counselors are EMDR-

trained. We also use Brainspotting where

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MAKING

MARK A

Hollywood IN

by Leena Duwadi | photos courtesy of Slade Monroe’s Instagram

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n emerging actor from our very own Argyle, Slade Monroe’s life transformed when his debut film 12 Mighty Orphans hit the theatres in June. The hard work he put into playing ‘Wheatie’ in the movie ideally paid off as the audience widely appreciates his performance. He has gained popularity overnight and is all set to prepare himself for future projects. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

“Seeing these legendary actors work together was a masterclass for a new actor like me.”

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12 Mighty Orphans is the real-life story of parentless young guys during The Great Depression who went on to become national champions with the help of their football coach. The movie is based on Jim Dent’s book ‘12 Mighty Orphans’ that features actors like Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and Luke Wilson. 12 Mighty Orphans is a powerful message of courage, hard work, and determination. When Slade watched the Young Frankenstein Musical in Dallas as a kid with the family for the first time, he strongly felt that acting belongs to him. “It might sound cliche in some sense, but to be a performer is something I always

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wanted to do because I like to entertain,” Slade said. “What brought me into 12 Mighty is the connectivity I have with other people.” This Argyle High School graduate attended Cathryn Sullivan’s Acting for Film Studio in Lewisville, where he studied all aspects of movies. He is represented by Kim Dawson Acting Agency in Dallas. To further prepare himself for professional acting, Slade accepted a scholarship to California’s Chapman University, BFA Screen Acting, as an incoming freshman. For Slade, doing justice to on-screen Wheatie was a thrilling experience that came with a set of challenges. However,

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the passion for acting and the football experience he gained

growing up made it a fun ride. Slade played football for seven years before finally picking acting as a career choice.

He is shown on screen alongside veteran actors Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen. Most of the young guys playing Mites, including Slade, were entirely new for shooting sets.

“Seeing Martin Sheen at work, though, that was something

else entirely. Seeing these legendary actors work together was a masterclass for a new actor like me,” he shared. “The best

part was how welcoming they were for the rest of us on set.

They treated us no differently than they treated anyone else.

The challenge was keeping up with them.” Monroe attended a football camp for two weeks in Fort Worth to prepare himself

for the role. He also watched archive 1930-1940 football films. Slade is grateful for his family, who always supported and

cheered for what he wanted to do. His proud parents went to extreme lengths to provide their son an environment where he could work on his passion and hone his acting skills.

“I love what I do, and I am very thankful for the opportunity I have been given,” Monroe said.

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Business Spotlight

SO MUCH

Than Just Dent Repair by Steve Gamel

214.735.8365 | HailFreeCar.com | 1620 E. State Hwy. 121, Ste. C100 • Lewisville, TX 75056

S

o a major hailstorm hits North Texas

days and at no cost out of pocket to the

“It’s amazing to me how many people

… again. While you’ve been lucky

customer,” Mike said. “If a hailstorm hits,

come in here thinking we just do dents,”

to avoid damage to your car in the

past, this time you need to get quite a few repairs done beyond having someone pop a few dents out of your hood. While filing an insurance claim, meeting with an adjuster, and dropping your car off at the nearest body shop can be a nip and tuck process for many first-timers, for most it’s not. It could take weeks to meet with an adjuster depending on how many claims they are working on, and body shops, in general, aren’t built to handle an influx of hail damaged vehicles on top of their normal workload. Even paintless dent repair facilities are limited in what they can do. Mike Nosker has seen this lengthy scenario play out over and over again during his 24 years in hail repair. Getting your car repaired should be faster, which is why you should choose Metro Dent in Lewisville.

and I need to bring in 50 more technicians to keep that cycle time and quality the same, I’ll do it in a heartbeat.” Metro Dent has become the trusted choice for motorists throughout Denton County and beyond, and they are the best and most comprehensive. Metro Dent strives for perfection and will restore your vehicle to

Mike said. “Many paintless dent repair places are limited in what they can fix, but many times customers have some pretty bad damage and various things that need

“We make the entire process easy, so people aren’t so scared to get their car fixed.”

its original condition – whether it has a single door ding or a hood full of hail damage.

to be replaced. We can do anything cosmetic.” All workmanship comes with a lifetime warranty, and on qualified insurance claims, there’s no money out of pocket. During hail season, Metro Dent offers extended work hours, free pickup and delivery,

free car rental, and personalized service. Metro Dent works on your behalf with

Metro Dent also does full-body dent

a licensed independent adjuster to get

repair, minor collision jobs, paint

your repair approved at the proper level,

correction, detailing and reconditioning

which means you are assured of the

services, glass replacement, ceramic paint coatings, vinyl wraps, and more. They

highest quality service. Plus, they can help with your deductible and still offer you a

“We bend over backward to help return

service standard cars and trucks as well as

lifetime warranty.

a customer’s car in the best condition we

boats, RVs, and dirt bikes. All Metro Dent

can without having them wait months.

technicians are certified and have at least

“I always tell people, if you’re not sure

In some cases, our cycle time is three

15 years of experience in the industry.

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Signs of

HEAT EXHAUSTION & HEAT STROKE by Dr. Rebecca Butler (Lantana Resident), Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics

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he heat of the summer has definitely arrived. Summer is a season of fun – pool parties, park days, and family barbecues result in long days of playing outside in the heat and in the sun. Additionally, athletes are often preparing for the upcoming season with training camps and outdoor workouts. Spending time outside is great, as long as your child is protected by sunscreen, proper hydration, protective clothing, and frequent rest periods to avoid heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Signs of heat exhaustion in children may include:

It’s important to treat heat exhaustion immediately, as it can develop into heat stroke. If your child shows symptoms of heat exhaustion, you should:

Confusion, disorientation

Flushed, hot and usually dry skin

Loss of consciousness

Bring your child to a cool, shaded place

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Encourage them to drink cool fluids that contain salt (like sports rehydration drinks)

Rapid heartbeat and breathing

Severe headache

Apply a cold wet towel or sponge to the skin

Seizures

If your child complains of painful muscle cramps in his or her legs, arms or abdomen, you can also gently stretch or massage sore muscles.

Weakness and/or dizziness

If your child is unable to drink or seems to be losing alertness, call your doctor or seek medical attention immediately. Signs/Symptoms of heat stroke in kids:

An elevated body temperature, usually less than 104˚ F

Cool, clammy skin

Chills, despite the heat

Fainting, dizziness or weakness

Headache

Increased sweating

Increased thirst

Signs of heat stroke in children may include:

Irritability

Muscle cramps

A body temperature that rises dangerously high – above 104 degrees

Nausea and/or vomiting

Absence of sweating

Heat stroke is a severe type of heat illness that occurs when a child’s body creates more heat than it can release. This results in a rapid increase in core body temperature, leading to brain damage or death if not promptly treated.

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If your child shows signs of heat stroke, call 911 and: •

Bring your child indoors or into shade and undress him or her right away.

Begin rapid cooling by immersing him or her in a bathtub of cool/cold water.

If not available, apply cold towels over much of the body replacing them frequently

Avoid pushing fluids unless your child is conscious and alert

It is important to seek immediate emergency medical treatment. Be safe, have fun in the sun, enjoy the summer with your children. BUT be aware of the extreme dangers that can occur with high heat and dehydration.

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Ask The Expert: Gardening

Hiring a

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by PJ Kratohvil, Owner of Complete Solutions

his summer has been pretty good to us so far. But just because we’ve enjoyed moderate temperatures, don’t get too comfortable. After all, it is Texas, and we could get that heat wave at ANY TIME.

It’s been a strange year to say the least. But as summer vacations come and go, it can be a great time to get the ball rolling on that outdoor space or landscaping project before the fall rush hits. As you do remember to protect yourself by keeping an eye out for quality, ensure the estimates you are entertaining are going to be able to deliver on what’s promised and not drag you through a long list of change orders and weeks of frustration! As we all know, any projects success isn’t viewed by the price but more importantly by the experience, outcome, and follow up.

ANYONE CAN SHOW YOU A BUNCH OF PICTURES AND SAY THEY BUILT IT...

of comfort moving forward with anything we do. Make us work for it. Look through the initial pricing and into the company behind it. Go through the details in comparison to the finish product you’re being promised, check references, look at some jobs, and speak to your neighbors. Anyone can show you a bunch of pictures and say they built it, but a reputable contractor will have no problem bringing you into their location or taking you by a couple of active projects and or completed jobs to give you a real-time view of their work and how it comes together. Make sure your contractor has an anchor in the community or gives back in someway. The only way to make our community better is to SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE GIVING BACK TO IT! Just remember when organizing your next project don’t put yourself in a situation where you’ve paid less and then left hoping for more...

We ALWAYS preach to look through the lowest price and into the company behind it. We say it every year, but it still amazes me how many patio and the landscape companies that pop-up here in our area early spring looking to make a fortune but are gone by winter. As a contractor, it’s our job to establish ourselves in the community, build a solid reference list, and give you a level

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