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Contents ASK THE EXPERTS

22 5 Things To Have

11 Gardening with Complete

28 Risotto Primavera

Solutions

40 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

ARTICLES

30 The Roots of Something Special

34 Advanced Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Care

08 10 Hot Christmas Destinations in Texas

37 Sheriff’s Corner with Sheriff Tracy Murphree

12 Inside Community and Education

14 It’s Secret Santa Time 18 Choking Hazards

38 Dancing With Our Local Stars 44 7 Things You Didn’t Know 45 Have Questions About The Covid-19 Boosters?

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Publisher of Murray Media Group, kelly@murray-media.com

Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Shop Local T H I S

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omeone asked me recently to pick my favorite local small business. It was an honest question, but I couldn’t help but shudder at the thought of choosing just one.

It’d be like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. I can’t! I love all of them! I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir on this one, but I mention this because it’s the holiday season. The calendar has officially flipped to Thanksgiving, and before you know it, Christmas will be here. So, please do the right thing and shop local. I know it’s our job here at Murray Media to highlight small businesses in the pages of our neighborhood magazines and during Best of Denton County time. Still, I’ve always looked to my fellow smallbusiness owners for any of my needs. It could be something as simple as picking up donuts for the family on a lazy Saturday morning, grabbing a cup of coffee on the way into work, or gifting myself a long-overdue trip to the local day spa. And yes, it also includes buying Christmas gifts. The personal attention I receive is out of this world. These are my friends, neighbors, and even family. They work hard, and in almost every case, you can find what you’re looking for without having to go to a big-box store. As luck would have it, our local business scene is overflowing with the best of the best, and they’re all committed to a servant attitude. We should be supporting them during the holiday season. I know I will. Will you?

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Editorial Inquiries Call 972.899.3637 or email editor@murray-media.com www.Murray-Media.com Address: 3513 Yucca Dr., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 Argyle Living is published monthly by Murray Media Group. Some articles and/or content may be sponsored by advertisers. Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. Argyle Living is not responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Advertisers and its agencies assume all liability for advertising content. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without the permission in writing from the publisher. © 2021 Murray Media Group

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HOT IN TEXAS CHRISTMAS DESTINATIONS

1. Grapevine Grapevine residents love Christmas, and they definitely know how to celebrate. Festivities begin from mid-November and go through the beginning of January. With over 1,400 events spanning over their 40 day celebration, there’s events and fun to be had for the whole family. 2. Fredericksburg If you want to experience the Christmas traditions of Germany, look no further than the Texas Hill Country of Fredericksburg. They honor their German heritage by including unique festivities such as lighting the German Christmas Pyramid and Christmas tree at the Veriens Kirche at Marktplatz. 8 | ARGYLE LIVING | NOVEMBER 2021

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3. Galveston Galveston Island brings Christmas to life every year during the holiday season. They

offer multiple fun and festive attractions such as the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

and the annual 5K and marathon, the Downtown Lanterns and Lights at the Santa Hustle. You can also enjoy the “Dickens on the Strand” festival. 4. New Braunfels You can experience a world of holiday cheer this holiday season in New Braunfels. You

can enjoy their Christmas Market Days and Cowboy Kringle in Historic Gruene. And you can’t forget the twinkling light displays at Santa’s Ranch. You can bring the whole family to enjoy their Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade. 5. Grand Prairie Grand Prairie is the place to be for family-fun holiday celebrations. You can enjoy the

Grand Prairie Holiday Tree Lighting, a Christmas Candlelight memorial service, and the

Traders Village Holiday Market. However, they are most famous for their incredible light

display, where you can drive for two miles surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights.

8. Austin Our state capital is a memorable place to celebrate Christmas. The annual Trail of Lights runs through Zilker Park. The Holiday Sing Along and the Downtown Stroll leads the way down Congress Avenue. Austin is also the prime spot for all of your holiday shopping with their Armadillo Christmas Bazar. 9. San Antonio

6. Jefferson

The city that is home to our beloved Alamo knows how to get you in the holiday spirit. San Antonio offers several parades including Light the Way, and the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Festival. They also observe many holiday traditions, including the Holiday Festival.

Christmas on the Bayou is what the Jefferson locals refer to as their holiday festivities.

10. College Station

They offer a range of traditions, including the annual Rail of Lights Christmas train and the downtown wassail walk. People of all ages can enjoy the holiday parade and the candlelight tour of homes. 7. Marshall The city of Marshall’s Wonderland of Lights Extravaganza is the highlight of their

Christmas Celebrations. They’ve celebrated this event for the past 28 years, and it

continues on until New Year’s Eve. This festive event features thousands of white lights that turn downtown into a winter wonderland. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

College Station is a hot spot for Christmas festivities. They offer events the whole month of December, such as Christmas in the Park, the annual Holiday Concert, and the Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade. Don’t forget to check out Santa’s Wonderland, where you can experience actual snow, as well as classic Christmas movies on a large outdoor screen. NOVEMBER 2021 | ARGYLE LIVING | 9


1/4 gallon apple cider 1/2 cup dark rum 1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks 1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix together the cider, rum, & schnapps in a large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss them with the lemon juice. Thread the diced apples onto skewers. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with an apple skewer and serve.

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Gardening: Ask The Expert

FALL HAS

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emperatures continue to drop, rain keeps falling, and days are getting shorter. If you’re looking for some ideas going into this fall season, we’ve got a few. Be sure to get outside and enjoy, fall in Texas is one of the best times of the year!

colors: orange, yellow, gold, etc. The two most common groups of marigolds are

the French marigolds (Tagetes patula) and the African (Tagetes erecta).

With less hours of daylight this time of year,

CLASSIC FALL COLOR

Fire pits/troughs and fireplaces are

usage. Adding some string lights along a

• Chrysanthemums are a common autumn flower in North Texas

tables can also be a big hit! Their sleek

lighting is a great option to extend your

handrail to create a boarder, putting some running some Edison lights to light up

• Panies are hardy plants ideal for North Texas winters

it comes to safety and showing off the

• Texas Aster. Fall aster blossoms from September to November in North Texas

bulbs in a seasonal wreath for interest, or

the sky, all will enhance your space. When dynamics of your property, we suggest LED fixtures. These will help visitors navigate walkways & patios while highlighting features at the same time.

• Snapdragons • Marigolds are one of the best picks, because they bloom in the classic autumn

popular and have been for years. Fire design and easy usage make them a

great choice for larger groups, whereas

fireplaces are ideal for those looking for

a more intimate experience. You can’t go wrong Incorporating that fire element with-in your outdoor space. Whether

you’re outside enjoying the warmth or inside just looking out, functioning or purely aesthetic it’s a win-win.

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

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ELENA LUSK RECEIVES OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY AWARD Denton County would like to extend huge congratulations to our very own Elena Lusk. Elena is the Director of Housing Initiatives and she was selected by the Texas Homeless Network to be the recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award at their 2021 THN Awards that happened recently. Photo Courtesy of United Way Denton County Facebook.

MORNING WITH THE MAYOR The city of Argyle hosts their monthly event “Morning with the Mayor”. It takes place every first Saturday of the month. You can come and enjoy coffee and breakfast while talking with the mayor and expressing any cares or concerns you may have about our local town.

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ARGYLE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN HAS HEART FOR KIDS Argyle High School’s offensive lineman, Nick Rubien, is a firm believer in giving back. Rubien volunteers his free time by going to the elementary school to read books to and play games with a first grade class. Rubien is a part of an Argyle program called Senior Buddies, which is where a senior football player adopts a classroom and does activities with the students once a week. Photo Courtesy of Cross Timbers Gazette.

ARGYLE TENNIS TEAM WINS BIG The Argyle tennis team is officially state bound. The Argyle Eagles tennis team is headed to the state tournament in Abilene for the first time in school history following their win against Vernon scoring 10-8 in the Class 4A Region 1 final. The entire community of Argyle would like to congratulate these incredibly talented student athletes on this wonderful accomplishment. Photo Courtesy of Argyle ISD Facebook.

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FBC ARGYLE GIVES AWAY THANKSGIVING BASKETS The First Baptist Church of Argyle is putting together Thanksgiving gift baskets to give to the people in need in our local Argyle communities. You can provide Thanksgiving dinner to a neighbor in need by donating items such as canned brown gravy, boxed stuffing, canned green beans, canned corn, dinner rolls, canned cranberry sauce, as well as Thanksgiving desserts. You can also sponsor a box for $45. Photo Courtesy of fbcargyle.org.

DENTON COUNTY WOMAN TURNS 100 Ms. Dorothy Webb, a member of Denton’s very own Senior Center, turned 100 years old on November 9th. Dorothy enjoys exercising at the senior center and can also be found mowing the yard, patching fences, or building things. Dorothy also enjoys taking her long-haired Chihuahua, Heidi, on a walk every single day. Her secret to living to 100 is to stay busy, work hard and do what you have to do. She also said to be kind to others and they will be kind to you. Photo Courtesy of cityofdentonnews.com.

EAGLES WIN DISTRICT TITLE The Lady Eagles Cross Country teams took 2nd in the District 7-4A meet. The Eagles won the district championship ahead of Decatur and placed five runners in the top nine overall. Runner Mason White won the individual district title. The Lady Eagles finished second overall to Bridgeport and placed two runners in the top three overall. Help us in congratulating the 5 Eagles that placed as well as the 7 Lady Eagles that placed along with their coaches for their incredible performances.

ARGYLE ISD BOARD APPROVES NEW ES #3 PRINCIPLE The Argyle ISD Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of the first principle of the new Elementary School #3. It was a unanimous decision by the board to approve Dr. Dawn Jordan as Elementary School #3’s new principle. Located in Canyon Falls, the new school campus is set to open at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Photo Courtesy of Argyleisd.com.

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Blanket Do you have that one co-worker who’s always cold? Gift them a

Santa Time

IT’S SECRET

blanket this holiday season. They can keep it at their desk so that when they get a bit chilly, they’ll be able to bundle up and get warm and

cozy. Giving the gift of warmth this Christmas is sure to make you an office favorite.

Self-Heating Coffee Mug There’s always that one person who is known for making a cup of coffee and then making 15 trips to the break room to reheat it. A

self-heating coffee mug would be the perfect gift for this co-worker. It would save them time and help them be more productive during the

day by not having to get up and reheat their coffee every 30 minutes. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

HydroJug Is there someone in the office who is super into fitness? Or maybe

they’re trying to get into the habit of a healthier lifestyle? Gifting them a HydroJug this holiday season is a great way to show your support

in their interests or lifestyle. A HydroJug is ideal for staying hydrated throughout the day.

Wine Tumbler with a Bottle of Wine Do you know of anyone in the office who is a wine connoisseur? Buy them a wine tumbler for their holiday gift. You can even customize

it to each person’s interest to make it a more personal item. Pairing

the tumbler with their favorite bottle of wine is sure to earn you some major brownie points.

Candle Candle buying can be a real addiction. It can also be a costly problem

to have. Get in the spirit of giving this Christmas season by purchasing some limited edition holiday candles for that co-worker who just can’t

Great Gift Ideas for the Cubicle Next Door

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by Caylie Howard

t’s that time of year to start thinking about office holiday parties and gift exchanges. It’s a time of year to show your appreciation for the people you work with every day. Are you stuck on ideas for what to get that special coworker? Here’s a list of thoughtful and budget-friendly gift ideas that your work friends will absolutely love..

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help themselves. They will love it, and their wallet might thank you, too.

Wireless Phone Charger and Stand Is there someone in the office who is constantly on their phone? It’s

almost as if their phone is glued to their head. If so, a wireless phone charger and stand would be the perfect gift for that co-worker. With this gift, you’re eliminating the anxiety of their phone dying halfway

through the day with no way to charge it. And with this gift, they can still use their phone as it charges. You’ll be the office champion with this gift choice.

Aromatherapy Diffuser The workplace can be stressful, especially if you also carry a heavy

workload. Some people handle stress better than others. If you have

a co-worker who doesn’t cope well, try gifting them an aromatherapy

diffuser this holiday season. The stress-relieving aromas will surely help mellow them out. And it’s a gift that the whole office can enjoy. You’ll knock it out of the park with this holiday gift idea.

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FOR LAUGHS What’s one thing that you’ll have in common with a teddy bear on Thanksgiving?

You’ll both be filled with stuffing.

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CHOKINGHAZARDS W

by Dr. Janet Webb, MD

hen thinking about choking hazards, our first thought is usually food. That’s because at least half of choking episodes are due to food. The other half could be secondary to a myriad of other household objects. With the upcoming holiday season, there will be lots of fun foods and toys introduced to your home. Here are a few reminders and tips to keep your home and children safe.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE

Food Hazards As always, nuts are especially dangerous due to the hard and round nature of nuts. Other similar foods include hard and sticky candies and whole grapes. Monitor your children when eating raw fruits and vegetables, especially if babies do not have a full set of teeth yet. Avoid giving children under the age of 4 years old popcorn, bubblegum, or chunks of hard meat and cheeses. Toy Hazards When bringing toys home, always read the label for age appropriateness. Toys should have an age range listed, but use them at your discretion. Be sure to show and teach your child how to play with the toy. Beware of small parts that can be detached. If it fits into the mouth, it is likely too small. Small batteries may be in the packaging. If you have any concern that a button battery may have been ingested, take your child to the nearest emergency department. They can be corrosive to the GI tract. Finally, watch for other small items like buttons, marbles, magnets, and even balloons. If you do find that your child is choking on an object, allow them to cough if they are able to. If they are not able to breathe, have someone call 911 and perform back blows in infants and the Heimlich maneuver in older children.

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Things 5 TO HAVE

STOCKINGS Nothing screams Christmas more than stockings hung by the chimney with care. Where else will Santa put your holiday stuffers? Not only do they serve a very important purpose come Christmas morning, they also make for great décor. You can choose a more traditional pattern, or you can go with something that represents each person. Don’t forget when Santa comes to town, if you don’t believe, you don’t receive.

GARLAND Garland is a fun way to decorate this holiday season. You can use it to decorate any room in the house. You can wrap it around the banisters on your stairs, hang it from your mantel, or even display it on your bed frame. It’s a beautiful and easy way to make your house feel festive.

RED VELVET RIBBON BOWS If you’re finding yourself on a decoration budget, then red velvet ribbon bows are perfect. Just take the red velvet ribbon, tie it into bows, and wrap them around all of your household items. This is an easy and affordable way to decorate this holiday season.

CANDLES There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than surrounding yourself with festive Christmas aromas. You can choose anything from gingerbread, sugar cookie, or even a Christmas tree. With the smells of the season filling your home, you’ll be ready to wrap and celebrate all Christmas long.

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WRAPPING PAPER Did you know that you could use wrapping paper for more than just wrapping gifts this holiday season? An amazing way to decorate your space is by taking hanging pictures and wrapping them with festive paper so that they look like Christmas presents hanging on your walls. It’s a cute, fun and easy way to decorate with items that you already have.

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veryone experiences some form of trauma at some point in their life. In some cases, these traumatic events become frozen in time, left for you to relive the pain over and over. Naturally, this can leave you in a constant state of distress. Finding a way to heal from those experiences and move on is essential to living a healthy life. At Redeemed Life Counseling, LLC, the entire staff is dedicated to healing and helping people on their journey to positive mental health. Redeemed Life Counseling opened three and a half years ago and has quickly become known for being a trauma center. They are home to 12 practicing therapists – all certified in EMDR Trauma Therapy. “EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, has been extensively researched and proven to help people overcome trauma and stop reliving traumatic memories,” Clinical Director and licensed counselor Michelle Fitzhugh said. "EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy method, incorporating elements from multiple approaches to best treat the patient. By focusing on external stimuli during the recollection of certain elements of the traumatic experience, people can activate the natural healing process and begin to recover.”

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She added, “EMDR is a multi-step

necessary to be healthy and function in

on the way the brain processes the

can’t be our best.”

approach that has a direct impact information. Therefore, following

successful EMDR therapy, a person

no longer relives the feelings, images, and sounds that previously came to mind during the recollection of the

our relationships. If we’re not healed, we Every member of the staff at Redeemed Life Counseling is trauma-focused and

informed. They each have experience in handling all forms of trauma.

trauma. While the memory is still there,

At Redeemed Life, they also believe that

upsetting. The memory is seen in a new

tool for healing. “We believe God and

day-to-day life in the way that it has in

and we meet you where you are with

remembering the trauma becomes less

a faith-based approach is an excellent

light and no longer affects the person’s

spirituality are a huge part of healing,

the past.”

no judgment. Being judgmental is not

Redeemed Life Counseling’s goal

is to help people, and through their

advanced trauma treatment processes, Michelle and her team have achieved just that. “Everyone has trauma,”

Michelle said. “Anything you go through that your body and mind can’t move

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who we are. When you walk through

our doors, you can be seen and heard without judgment. We have a faith-

based approach when it’s wanted, but we want you to feel honored in your

pain as we meet you wherever you are in the moment,” Michelle said.

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linking arms with our clients on their journey. Our clinicians are highly skilled and passionate about their work. This combination is important for clients to feel heard and secure in taking the necessary steps toward healing,” Michelle said. “There has been a collective experience of pain, stress, anxiety, and loss over the past year as a society. We are here to help you face your unique journey and find skills to navigate your world in a way that brings hope and provides a firm foundation as an anchor in facing this often unpredictable and chaotic world.” The staff as a whole at Redeemed Life Counseling, LLC truly has the

heart to provide and offer a healing experience for every patient. It's a space full of people who could provide the utmost care for every person seeking healing, and it’s safe to say that they have achieved just that.

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PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 45-50 MINUTES | SERVES: 4

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his satisfying recipe features a traditional “stand-and-stir” style risotto complemented by a delicious blend of crisp-tender sautéed vegetables. Here, a mix of onion, peas, carrots, asparagus, yellow squash, and zucchini add an appealing pop of color, texture, and flavor to a delicious base of creamy risotto.

DIRECTIONS : 1. Add one tablespoon olive oil to a large high-sided skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onion, peas, carrots, asparagus, squash, and zucchini and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 2. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender and start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and set aside.

INGREDIENTS: 2 T. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, DIVIDED ½ C. WHITE ONION, CHOPPED SMALL ½ C. FROZEN PEAS ½ C. CARROTS, CHOPPED SMALL 1/3 C. ASPARAGUS, CHOPPED INTO 1” PIECES 1/3 C. YELLOW SQUASH, CHOPPED SMALL 1/3 C. ZUCCHINI, CHOPPED SMALL SEA SALT AND BLACK PEPPER, TO TASTE 1 C. ARBORIO RICE ½ C. DRY WHITE WINE

3. Add the remaining olive oil and the Arborio rice to the skillet. Toast the rice for 1-2 minutes while stirring continually.

4-5 C. WARM CHICKEN OR

4. Reduce heat to medium and pour in the white wine. Deglaze the skillet by gently scraping the bottom with a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits.

1 C. PARMESAN CHEESE, GRATED + MORE

5. When the wine is completely absorbed, add one-half cup warm broth to the skillet and cook, stirring continually, until absorbed, approximately 4-5 minutes. Repeat this process with the remaining broth, one-half cup at a time, until the rice is tender and creamy.

TIP

6. Stir in the sautéed vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and lemon zest. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or just until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh parsley. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese on the side. Enjoy!

VEGETABLE, DIVIDED*

FOR SERVING 2 T. FRESH LEMON ZEST 3 T. FRESH PARSLEY, CHOPPED

FOR CREAMIER RISOTTO, ADD ADDITIONAL BROTH, ONE-HALF CUP AT A TIME, UNTIL THE DESIRED CONSISTENCY IS REACHED.

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Roots The

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nyone who reads Cal Kervin’s profile is impressed by his diverse list of aspirations and matching achievements. He’s a business owner who takes

calculated risks to increase his margin for success. He’s a natural entrepreneur. He’s a charismatic public speaker

and a quiet but strongly influential and respected leader. Kervin is also socially aware and compassionate toward recognizing community needs. He’s sensitive to what

others lack and is as generous as possible in helping to fill those holes. His life’s path is laid with integrity and high moral standards.

And he's only 11 years old. Cal Kervin is the middle son of Rick and Angie Kervin

of Argyle. His older brother, Landon, is 21 and majors in sports management at Texas A&M. His youngest brother, Knox, is 10 and attends Liberty Christian

with Cal.

Something triggered in Rick and Angie when Landon left for college.

“How could time have passed so quickly?” Angie

asked. “We decided to buy some land in Argyle and let the two younger boys explore before it was their turn to leave the nest. It was an excellent decision, especially for Cal.”

A shy kid, Cal suddenly found his niche. He joined 4-H last year and began flourishing.

“He never enjoyed athletics,” Angie said. “He plays

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Cal was gifted some vegetable seeds. He built a small greenhouse, planted the seeds, and moved the greenhouse inside during the severe winter weather. “The growing process from seed to plant to vegetable is something I really enjoy,” Cal said. “I read books on gardening, pest control and month-to-month planting. I took the greenhouse outside after the weather warmed up, but I ran into a problem.” The problem was an accident that resulted in a shattered greenhouse and scattered seeds. It was a heartbreaker, but entrepreneurs know life won’t always be smooth sailing. Cal scraped the seeds out of the dirt and replanted them. “Later, I entered the Denton County Youth Fair in the seed, vegetable, and foliage categories,” Cal said. “I was Reserve Grand Champion, and my pepper plant won first place!” Not only did the two-inch plant win, but Cal sold it for $150! His tomato

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plant took first place in the vegetable category, and his broccoli brought home another blue in the foliage. “I’m also interested in nutrition,” Cal explained. “I’m working on developing nutritious snacks and doing pretty well at it. My snacks took second place at the Fair. Now, I plan to work hard on improving them, using honey instead of sugar, and promoting them to other people.” Using honey comes naturally to Cal since he has his own honey-producing company. Called Howdy Honey, it was born from Cal’s deep interest in bees. One of his goals was to learn all he could about honey production and harvesting, including holding and building hives and safely tending to the hives using his bee suit. “I learned that the suit is hot in the summer!” Cal said. “I went to beekeeping summer camp and hands-on bee yard training. I formed Howdy Honey, which

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meant learning about profit and loss, getting and keeping customers and promotion. I ended up selling 60 jars of honey! My next goal is to learn how to keep my hives healthy.” As an offshoot of his interest in nutrition, Cal also learned to make healthy peach preserves, tomato jam, and tamales. “I realized I wanted to share information about healthy nutrition with others, and I’ve started doing that," he said. "I was afraid to speak in front of others, but I’ve gotten over that through things like leading the pledges at 4-H meetings. I was also elected a Health and Safety Officer, and I speak at each of those meetings. I know I need more practice, and I plan to get better.” One of Cal’s first loves is shooting sports. He entered his first year of 4-H wanting to learn all he could about guns. This included knowing the different types, knowing how to care for them, using proper ammunition, knowing how to shoot them and overall gun safety. In typical 11-year-old Cal fashion, he achieved his objectives and is waiting to learn the results of his participation in the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Postal League. He loved the competition and wants to broaden his scope in the coming year.

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by Leena Duwadi | photos courtesy of Orthopedic Associates rady G. Giesler was introduced to Orthopedic Associates in 1979 when one of the group's founders, Richard Williamson, took care of his father's leg injury. The following year, Dr. Giesler applied for a job with Dr. Williamson to get experience in medicine for his pre-med studies at Baylor. Giesler was immediately fascinated with orthopedic surgery and the thought of pursuing it as a career. He worked in various areas, including the emergency room and operating room, with Dr. Williamson and later Dr. Bill Anderson.

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Ultimately he returned to the group after finishing residency in 1992.92. "The Lord has provided a wonderful place to practice, skilled and supportive partners, and a terrific staff for nearly three decades," said Giesler, who now specializes in spine disorders. "I could not have asked for anything better or imagined how gratifying it would be. I am thankful." Each of the 10 board-certified surgeons shares a similar story of commitment to the community's well-being. Their professional ethics are linked to social responsibility, which is one reason they chose OA. Each doctor provides

years of experience in their field and a

commitment to offering the absolute best care to their patients.

"Having been a patient of OA, then summer volunteering as a college

student and returning as a physician in

the group, I can say it is truly an honor to work for such a high-class organization," Dr. Aaron Schrayer said. "Seeing our

group from multiple perspectives has

given me an appreciation for the whole practice. I am grateful to serve the community that I was raised in."

THE LORD HAS PROVIDED A

With a history of providing orthopedic care, Orthopedic Associates has advanced the care of amateur and recreational athletes in Denton County for the last 45 years. "Most important is simply our availability. Ease of access for patients, parents, coaches, therapists, and athletic trainers improves diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery of athletes of all ages," Dr. Jeff Cantrell mentioned. Dr. Cantrell specializes in shoulder surgery, arthroscopy, and sports medicine. Orthopedic Associates also serves as team physicians for the local high schools. Many of the physicians serve on hospital and community boards and committees. The team continues to be involved

WONDERFUL PLACE TO PRACTICE, SKILLED AND SUPPORTIVE PARTNERS, AND A TERRIFIC STAFF FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES

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SHERIFF’S W I T H

S H E R I F F

T R A C Y

M U R P H R E E

HUMAN TRAFFICKING is modern day slavery

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uman trafficking is modern day slavery and affects every corner of the world. Texas and Denton County are no exception. Interstate-35 being an un-tolled highway and a major cross-country, north-south route, is one of the main trafficking routes in the country. Human trafficking involves the use of force, coercion, or fraud to obtain some type of labor or sex act. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation or false promises of wellpaying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. Traffickers often recognize and take advantage of people who are vulnerable.

WE ARE HIRING If you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, join our family and be a part of a great organization. Detention Officer I positions start at $38,752.00 per year. Visit our website to apply. www.governmentjobs.com/ careers/dentoncounty

There are approximately 25 million enslaved worldwide. At any given time in Texas, there are 234,000 victims of labor trafficking and 79,000 victims of minor sex trafficking. To combat this issue,

Sheriff Tracy Murphree, with the approval of Denton County Commissioners Court, will implement a Human Trafficking

Investigation Unit. The unit will begin with a Sergeant and two investigators whose sole purpose will be the detection and

investigation of Human Trafficking. The

unit will receive specialized training and coordinate with other local, state, and

federal agencies to detect, investigate,

and make arrests of those involved in the trafficking of human beings.

“I’m sorry that this unit is necessary, but I’m confident this unit will be successful in saving those being trafficked and bringing to justice those responsible” Sheriff Murphee said. *If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the US National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or call Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388TIPS. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

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DANCING WITH OUR LOCAL

DENTON COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

STARS

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by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Marci Pritts

nited Way is committed to bettering and assisting Denton County through multiple events year-round that aid in the overall mission to give back. This year, United Way is celebrating 10 years of its annual event, Dancing with Our Stars. And once again, the organization is giving back to the community one dance at a time.

twinkle toes,” said Kristin Jones, United Way’s Director of Development.

This friendly dance competition is the centerpiece of United Way’s UNITED tribute entertainment. Dancing with Our Stars features fun, well-loved

individuals from our local community nominated by our beloved Denton County residents. Each volunteer's

participation helps United Way raise awareness and funds to assist and properly serve children, families,

Veterans, the homeless, and individuals affected by mental illness.

One of the special events at this annual gala is the unveiling of the Dr. Bettye

Myers Humanitarian Award. This special award is dedicated to one Denton

County community volunteer who has been an active community leader and is selfless with their time and financial

resources. “The recipient is purposeful in helping others and promoting

human welfare and has been actively engaged in the community with a

service record of longevity,” Jones said. “They are caring and compassionate and inspire others in service for the

good of the community. The honoree demonstrates persistence toward

improving and transforming lives within the community. The recipient has a

long-standing history of working with the United Way and our network of partners for the good of the community.” Dancing with Our Stars started as

This gala is easily Denton County’s

celebrate local businesses and

the widely popular and hands-down

a thank-you event. It was a way to

the people of Denton County who selflessly give back throughout

the year. And it didn't take long for

officials to notice that it was taking off.

most anticipated event. It features

favorite event, Dancing with Our Stars

competition, which showcases a group of voted-in community volunteer dancers.

United Way’s signature gala

The event hosts 10 dancing pairs.

year and honors the local companies,

Woman's University’s Associate

celebrates successes from the past

employees, and community leaders

who made those successes possible.

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These pairs train tirelessly with Texas Professor of Dance, Gladys Keeton.

“She turns our amateur dancers into

Past recipients of the Dr. Bettye Myers

Humanitarian Award have been Denton County Judge Andy Eads, Mayor Chris Watts, Ellen Painter, Bobbie Mitchell,

Bill Patterson, Mark and Debbie Merki, Stan Morton, Joe and Jane Mulroy, as well as Dr. Bettye Myers herself. This

award has been presented since 2013. The 10th annual Dancing with Our

Stars event will be held on Saturday,

January 15th. You can purchase tickets and tables for this event online at

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DENTAL Ask The Expert: Dentistry

Shopping Alternatives

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

f laughter is the best medicine, it seems insurance would only cover a giggle. Insurance appears to have shifted from its original purpose of helping with unexpected events to only covering preventative care and denying larger treatment cases. For dental insurance, many have witnessed an increase in premiums and copays but no change in coverage. In reality, most dental insurance plans are nothing more than a discount plan with a maximum amount and varying coverage. The bottom line is insurance has become an obstacle to how patients choose their providers and determine their treatment.

standard fees. •

month – similar to insurance plans. Here are

some advantages to these in-office plans: • Though dental offices can file insurance

regardless of network status, in-office

plans do not vary in benefits as many insurances do — even within the same company.

• For self-employed patients, in-office

plans offer benefits at a lower cost than

self-coverage.

your dentist determines the treatment Unlike varied fees and costs under insurance plans, in-office benefits allow for a true fair market value.

care and affordability, many offices offer in-house plans

services than insurance and are often paid every

Benefits are never denied because you need.

As dentists continue to find ways to improve patient

plans typically provide the same, if not better,

amount of coverage since most office plans simply discount their

that help to combat dental insurance. These

There is typically no maximum

Restrictions on treatment types and

fees required of insurance contracts are no longer a factor.

It is no wonder that in-office discount

plans are becoming popular alternatives to obsolete insurance protocols. Until

real insurance reform occurs, dental care offices will continue to make care more accessible and affordable through office plans.

Call your dental office today to inquire about their discount plans. Happy smiling!

Dr. Matt is the dentist and owner of Country Lakes Family Dental in Bartonville, TX, and a nine-time winner of Best of Denton County CountryLakesDental.com. 940.455.7645 | COUNTRYLAKESDENTAL.COM | 74 MCMAKIN RD., STE. 200 • BARTONVILLE, TX 76226

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Just

FOR LAUGHS

What was the turkey suspected of? Fowl play.

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THINGS KELLY HESLEP Title

FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, VP PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? WELL, YES! MY COUSIN IS WILL POWER, AN INDY 500 WINNER!

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

A COFFEE POT, MY SEWING MACHINE, AND SOME CHIPS AND SALSA

you didn’t know

What would you sing at Karaoke night? PROBABLY A CHEESY CARPENTERS SONG!

What is your favorite thing about your career?

I LOVE CONNECTING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES TO EACH OTHER, AND HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? TAKING A HELECOPTER TOUR WITH THE DOORS OFF OVER KAUAI, HAWAII

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? SUSAN SARANDON

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HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COVID-19 BOOSTERS? KEEP READING. by Precinct 4 Commissioner Dianne Edmondson photo courtesy by Commissioner Dianne Edmondson

mentioned above will be used with those receiving Moderna.

With the other vaccine makers also testing their products and seeking additional

approvals, many additional people will become less vulnerable to the virus through vaccinations.

Each week in September, the Denton County Health Department reported

thousands of new cases and, since August 22, there have been more than 3,000

cases each week. Tragically, there were

11 deaths reported in the second week

of September. Early in the third week of

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e are thankful for the hugely successful drive-through clinic at Texas Motor Speedway. Many of you have been asking about the next phase of COVID-19 and whether boosters will be available. Will younger people -such as younger school children -- also be able to get vaccinated? When will we know the answers to these questions? And does the County have a plan to deal with these pandemic issues?

September, only one staffed ICU bed was available in all of our county hospitals. While cases are beginning to decline in October, DCPH is still reporting an

estimated 1,500 to 2,000 cases per week.

Hospital ICUs have a few additional staffed

beds available, but only six were available in the third week of October.

Let’s take a look at these questions. First of all, as we are aware, anyone who is immunocompromised is eligible for a Pfizer or Moderna booster. And, of course, we still are administering Pfizer’s first and second shots. Use our DCHD portal at dentoncounty.gov/COVID19vaccine to sign up now for any of these services. You can choose your date and time as we continue to hold clinics throughout the County each week. The FDA, CDC, and the Texas Department of State Health Services recently approved booster doses for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recipients. Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is sending self-scheduling links to DCPHvaccinated individuals who are eligible for a COVID-19 Pfizer booster dose. Appointments will be available to selfschedule for individuals who are: • Six months or more from their second Pfizer vaccine

• Meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eligibility criteria

That means that COVID patients who need

Individuals vaccinated by DCPH should not rejoin DCPH’s Vaccine Interest Portal Waitlist, as this may cause delays in receiving self-scheduling messages for booster doses. Individuals also can receive booster doses from primary care providers, pediatricians, or pharmacies, as vaccines are currently available at multiple providers and pharmacies throughout Denton County. Eligible individuals who received first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from providers other than DCPH are eligible to receive a booster dose at their previous provider or join DCPH’s Vaccine Interest Portal waitlist.

requiring that specialized care – such as

At this time, booster doses are in the process of being authorized for individuals previously vaccinated with Moderna and may be available by the time you read this. The same process as

dentoncounty.gov or call her at 972-434-

Intensive Care and anyone else with issues heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, serious accidents, etc. – will also have difficulty getting appropriate care.

The virus is striking all age groups in Denton County, primarily the unvaccinated, as you

can see in the DCPH statistical information at dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats.

In light of the ongoing surge, we urge

each of you to follow the CDC guidelines and remember that this invisible enemy doesn’t play political favorites. It is nonpartisan in selecting its victims.

Contact Commissioner Edmondson by email at Dianne.Edmondson@

3960. You can also stop by her office in the Southwest Courthouse, located at 6200 Canyon Falls Drive, Suite 900 in Flower Mound.

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