Flower Mound Town Life Magazine March 2021

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MARCH/APRIL 2021 THE LOVE, WELLNESS & WEDDING ISSUE

Transforming Through

LIVES

HEALTH

& FITNESS

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TABLE OF

Contents

ASK THE EXPERTS

27 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

34 Organizing with Cloud Nine Organizing

43 Home Decorating with POSH Home Staging

58 Edit This with Steve Gamel BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 23 Going To Great Lengths For Their Clients

FLOWER MOUND PHOTO PAGES

20 Resident Photos: Snowvid-21 49 Thank You Volunteers ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Spring Get-Away 10 Eagle Scout Owl Project 12 Inside Community and Education

14 Chamber Chatter: Our Favorite Local Finds

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16 Save Your Home From

Unbearable Temperatures

18 5 Things To Try 19 Helping Teens Overcome Adversity

24 Your Candid Memories: Where You’re Not A Client You’re Family

28 Virtual Weddings: 10 Ways To Include Guests

30 A + For Studio B 36 Ally’s Wish 38 Winter Pool Maintenance 40 Flower Mound Volunteers 44 Cowboys Legend Turned Football Coach

46 Creating Pop-ular Treats 50 Couples That Play Together Stay Together

52 Sometimes You Just Need A Good Rom Com

55 Sheriff’s Corner With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

56 Baseball & Softball Teams Are Back!

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Transforming Lives Through

HEALTH

& FITNESS Cover Image Jesse James Leyva, Owner of

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

Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Appreciating Our

READERS MORE EVERY DAY

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is the season to put another blistery winter behind us and start looking forward to the spring and eventually summer.

Though the seasons change, one thing that never will is my love and admiration for you, this community, and everyone in it. Thank you so much to those of you who regularly read our neighborhood magazines, contribute story ideas, and send us photos of your pets, family, or major events happening around town. Also, thank you to everyone for continuing to support local small businesses. As you know, these businesses are owned by your friends and neighbors. They are the lifeblood of our economy and community, and I’m sure I speak for all of them when I say THANK YOU! Getting back to our magazines for a second — I am grateful for the time you’ve invested in reading what we write. There is so much that goes into creating content, discussing what topics we should tackle, and what matters most to our readers. We enjoy that daily grind, and we realize that without you, our efforts would be for not. As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” So once again, Thank you! In closing, I’d like to challenge anyone reading this to take the time to thank someone else. Taking a moment to bless someone with a small gesture such as this (especially when they’re not expecting it) can transform their day.

Administration

Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editors Bobbi Byrne Alisha Tran

Writers & Editor

Steve Gamel, Diane Ciarloni, Jean Eisenmann, Jade Kensington, Caylie Howard

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Production

Graphic Designers Caroline Brock Cayla Thompson Fernando Gomez

Photography

Miranda Longoria Photography Your Candid Memories Photography What’s That Guy’s Name? Guy T Photography

Letters

Flower Mound Town Life invites reader feedback, story suggestions and general comments. Email artwork@murray-media.com.

All submissions become the sole property of Murray Media Group.

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

Flower Mound Town Life 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. Flower Mound Town Life 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 1. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Get away in luxury at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Closely located to the Dallas Museum of Art and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. They offer rooms with patios or balconies with suites that add separate living spaces, and some even have kitchens and dining rooms. They also house a fine-dining restaurant, bar, an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a steam room and sauna. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. • Dallas, TX 75219 214.559.2100 8 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | MARCH 2021

SPRING

GETAWAYS

2. The Cliffs It’s a getaway with a view at The Cliffs. This resort is located on 1,090 acres overlooking Possum Kingdom Lake. The Cliffs offer a golf course, a marina with watercraft rentals and a full-service spa. Enjoy their outdoor pool, exercise room, and tennis courts. Included is an on-site restaurant that serves Southwestern cuisine infused with Caribbean flavors, as well as a tavern. 160 Cliffs Dr. • Graford, TX 76449 940.779.4040 www.LiveLocalPublications.com


3. Elm Creek Manor

The Wildwood Inn is an elegant European-

designer toiletries. Texican Court also

Creek Manor.

venue located three miles from the shops

bar with live music on weekends.

It’s always an elegant getaway at Elm Set on the banks of two creeks and

surrounded by gorgeous pecan trees, they offer elegant rooms and suites,

some with antique furnishings. Expect

in-room breakfast made with food grown on the property. Enjoy their spa with a

sauna and exercise room, outdoor pool, hot tub, hammocks, and a giant

inspired boutique hotel and wedding

and dining of historic Denton Main Street

and seven miles from Lewisville Lake. The style of their decorated rooms ranges from French Country to Tuscan to Italian rococo.

2602 Lillian Miller Pkwy. • Denton, TX 76210 • 972.317.7464

chess set.

6. Corinthian Bed & Breakfast

940.902.3501

Bed & Breakfast.

2287 FM2739 • Muenster, TX 76252

Escape to comfort at Corinthian

offers a Tex-Mex eatery as well as a tequila 501 West Las Colinas Blvd.

Irving, TX 75039 | 469.577.4599 8. Hotel St. Germain

Take a step back in time at Hotel St. Germain.

This classy lodging in an elegant colonialrevival hotel is just a short walk from

the American Airlines Center and near

downtown Dallas. Hotel St. Germain offers seven elegant rooms that feature antique furnishings, working fireplaces, and

seating areas, as well as providing canopy, sleigh, or 4-poster beds. You can also

enjoy an evening in their champagne bar. 2516 Maple Ave. • Dallas, TX 75201 214.871.2516 9. The Joule

Get away in lavish luxury at The Joule. This artsy, Neo-Gothic hotel built in 1927 is set in downtown Dallas and is a short

distance away from the Dallas Arts District. The Joule offers a cantilevered pool with city views, dining, and drinking options

that include two cafes, a basement cocktail bar, and Texan and Italian restaurants. 4. Hotel ZaZa

This bed & breakfast is set in a home that

It’s a high-end experience at Hotel ZaZa.

was built in 1905 and was named for the

This luxurious hotel is located in the

porch. This quaint getaway is located a

Uptown district with a short walk to the Dallas Museum of Art and a tram stop with downtown access. Their stylish

rooms feature artwork and Italian linen,

while some even offer balconies and/or

whirlpool tubs. Hotel ZaZa also houses a chic restaurant, a gym, an outdoor pool, and a spa.

2332 Leonard St. • Dallas, TX 75201 888.880.3244

5. Wildwood Inn

It’s like a European escape at the Wildwood Inn.

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1530 Main St. • Dallas, TX 75201 214.748.1300

Corinthian columns that grace its front

10. Four Seasons Resort & Club

short distance from the Dallas Arts District

Seasons Resort & Club.

and the Dallas World Aquarium. The Corinthian offers five charming,

Victorian-style suites with en-suite

bathrooms and feature period furnishings. 4125 Junius St. • Dallas, TX 75246 866.598.9988

7. Texican Court

It’s a total experience at Texican Court. This sophisticated, Spanish-style property features colorful bespoke furniture in

their retro-chic rooms. They offer vintage minibars and sitting areas, as well as

Elegance is a must at Four

This upscale resort is located near the

Irving Arts Center, The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum, and the Zero Gravity

Thrill Amusement Park. The Four Seasons

Resort & Club offers an elegant restaurant, a lobby lounge, and a casual bar with billiard table. This classy resort also

includes outdoor pools, a poolside bar,

and an 18-hole golf course. You can also enjoy their luxurious spa, tennis courts,

fitness center, as well as a kid’s play area. 4150 N MacArthur Blvd.

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Eagle Scout OWL PROJECT I

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Ginger and Andy Eads

t is a prestigious honor to hold the title of Eagle Scout. Only 4% of Boy Scouts achieve this impressive rank, and Flower Mound local Addison Eads is among that select group of young men.

“In order to become an Eagle Scout, you

Addison quickly began to do research

Scouts are the highest rank.” Addison says.

our local community. He quickly realized

have to go through several ranks. Eagle

In order to become an Eagle Scout, you

have to choose and earn 21 badges out of a selection of 135 badges.

One of the steps of earning this title is

completing each individual’s Eagle Scout Project. Each project has to provide a

beneficial, long-term improvement for the

Troop’s community and must be completed

by the Scout’s 18th birthday. Once the Scout has selected their project, they must first

present it and have it approved by the Troop and the Eagle Board of Review Committee. Addison’s mom, Ginger, saw a friend’s

post on Facebook about an owl house

she had received as a Christmas gift. She

on owl houses to see if they belong in

the amazing benefits of these majestic

animals. “Owls provide countless amounts of positive things for the environment,” Addison says. “They provide a natural form of pest control as opposed to

poison, and these houses help grow their population by replacing the loss of habitat.”

After completing his research, Addison developed a report and presented his

idea to his fellow Scouts in Troop 709, the reviewer of Eagle Scouts projects, Mark

Gmitro, and the Town Manager of Flower Mound. All of them were excited about this environmental, sustainable project.

showed Addison the picture because she

The Troop began building the owl houses

Addison saw the photograph, the idea for

February 8, 2020. “We installed them

presented the idea of building owl houses

Addison says.

thought it was a thoughtful gift idea. Once

on January 26, 2020 and installed them on

his Eagle Scout project came to life. Addison

in over 10 Flower Mound parks,”

around the community to his parents. His

There were 15 owl houses in total, and to

dad, Andy, suggested the idea of installing them in parks around the Town of Flower Mound.

While installing the houses, the Troop tagged every owl house with a number so that the Town of Flower Mound and local bird enthusiasts could trace them. On the day that the houses were installed, they filmed a video of each house to let the sponsor know of the location so that they could check on them. “One sponsor, Jeri Harwell, bought an owl house in honor of her late husband, Wess Harwell, and was excited to see where it was installed,” Addison says. So far, there have been two owl sightings in the houses since they have been installed. One of the sightings happened to be in Addison’s grandparent’s backyard. “My grandpa texted me that morning that they had been eating breakfast in their backyard. He thought he saw something weird, so he took his camera and zoomed in with his lens. That’s when he saw that it was an owl in the house, and he took a picture.” Addison recalls. The benefits of these houses for the community are abundant. Not only can these houses be a year-round habitat for the owls to get out of the weather, but they can also be used as a nesting box. While these houses have provided great benefits for the birds, they have also brought a great sense of community and excitement to the Town of Flower Mound. It’s truly safe to say that Addison Eads’ Eagle Scout project will benefit our local community for many generations of owls in the years to come.

raise money for the supplies, Addison had the idea of having people sponsor an owl

house. For $40, a person could buy an owl

house or even sponsor a house in the honor or memory of someone else. Each house

would have a plaque attached, displayed

with the sponsor’s name. Addison made a

video to post on Facebook with an example of these owl houses, asking for sponsors. “They were sold out in minutes,” Addison says. 10 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | MARCH 2021

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

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ANNUAL FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE March 27 | 1:30 - 3:30pm | Jake’s Hilltop Park 4975 Timber Creek Dr., Flower Mound Bring your kids, ages 12 years old and younger, to Jake’s Hilltop Park as we celebrate the 37th Annual Easter Egg Scramble! There will be tons of candy available for the taking and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Activities will begin at 1:30pm and the Scramble will start at 2:30pm.

INSIDE EDUCATION

The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Lantana Golf Club. The golf tournament provides the opportunity for local businesses to build positive relationships within the business community and reward employees with a day out of the office. For more information please visit flowermoundchamber.com/.

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COACH ARBOGAST REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR A big congratulations to Coach Arbogast who was awarded with Regional Coach of the Year! Coach Arbogast is the Head Swim Coach at Flower Mound High School and the students and their parents are happy to have a coach like him for their Water Jags. Keep up the great work! photo courtesy of Flower Mound Water Jags social media

MARCUS TENNIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS Marcus tennis won hardware in 8 of the 11 divisions they entered, bringing home the 1st place Team Trophy at the Grapevine Frozen Open Invitational! The champions included Zeb, Ella, Edward, and Alec. Finalists included Madison, Mason, Mary Ann, and Jackson. And in 3rd Place was Naseem, Reese, and Jacqueline. Great start to the season, everyone! photo courtesy of Marcus Tennis social media page

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ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

SUSHI DAMU NOW OPEN Sushi Damu in Flower Mound is now open! Sushi Damu, located at 3651 Justin Rd., is the new all you can eat sushi spot. The restaurant serves a variety of sushi and sashimi, tempura, fresh, low carb, and baked rolls. Have your pick at a spicy tiger roll, superman burrito roll, ex boyfriend roll, coconut shrimp roll, and so much more! To view the full menu go to www.sushidamutexas.com/.

The Town of Flower Mound is now accepting applications for artists to be vendors at our inaugural Art in the Park Festival on Saturday, May 8 at Heritage Park! This festival will feature live performances, local artwork, a special art treasure hunt, hands-on activities, a community mural, and much more! Go to www.flower-mound.com/artfestival for more information on the event and how to become a vendor. photo courtesy of the Town of Flower Mound website

KEY CLUB KICKED OFF KINDNESS WEEK Some of our Flower Mound High School Key Club students kicked off Kindness Week by helping their community and their high school! They picked up trash on the Flower Mound High School practice field and the park between the Wellington Athletic Center and the high school. Such a great start to Kindness Week! photo courtesy of Flower Mound High School social media page

LISD ANNOUNCES NEW VENUE FOR CLASS OF 2021 COMMENCEMENT There are venue and date changes for the class of 2021 graduation ceremonies. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. This location allows the students and attendees to safely attend the commencement and seating for guests may be limited. Marcus, Hebron, and Flower Mound High School will be on May 29th and Lewisville and The Colony High School will be on May 30th.

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Love, Wellness & Wedding Issue

Local

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If you are looking for the perfect place to find a bridesmaid gift, head over to Brightside Boutique. They have so many beautiful options for your bridal party, and the staff is so helpful.

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Morgan Orlando

Kelly Heslep

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Be sure to reserve The Riverwalk Chapel in Flower Mound for your upcoming wedding. This venue creates an elegant space for you to share your special day with family and friends.

If you’re looking for the perfect ring, check out Beasley’s Jewelry in Lewisville. They have a wide variety of designer rings as well as custom pieces, with their in-house artisan.

Shelly Dodge

Looking for the perfect place for you and your “spouse to be” before the big wedding day? Check out Spa Vela in Flower Mound and try their couples massage.

IF YOUR BUSINESS WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED, PLEASE CONTACT THE FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. BUSINESSES DO NOT NEED TO B E M E M B E R S TO B E C O N S I D E R E D .

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Nicole Smith Woodward

Do you prefer large centerpieces or smaller arrangements? Mickey’s Florist in Lewisville will help you figure out flowers and decor that fit your wedding style and your budget.

I fell in love with the Paradise Point Smoothie, many visits ago. Who knew they had such tasty and healthy food!?! Every dish I’ve tried has been delicious - but my absolute favorite is the Baja Chicken Bowl. Yum!

Pam Petrides

Rachel Bagley

For picture-perfect bridal nails, check out Aria Nail Bar in Flower Mound. They have a large selection of colors and great cocktails.

If you are looking for a great place to rev up the romance I personally love Rustico Wood Fire Grill in Flower Mound. It not only has incredible food, but also the perfect romantic environment and cozy seating for you two to snuggle up close and enjoy a meal.

Lori Walker If you’re nearing the final countdown to your big wedding day, and need a bit of a fitness push, check out Shapes Fitness in Flower Mound. The Burn & Build workout will get you feeling great.

Tracee Elrod

I recently attended a wedding at the Riverwalk Marriott in Flower Mound, and the outdoor views on the River Walk make a stunning venue for a wedding reception or engagement party.

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SPRING MAINTENANCE CHECK LIST FULL SAFETY INSPECTION OF ALL ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS

SAVE YOUR HOME FROM

UNBEARABLE TEMPERATURES! by Triple A Air Conditioning & Heating | photo courtesy of Triple A Air Conditioning & Heating

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id you find yourself without heat during the recent cold snap? Those historically low temperatures took a toll on many residents in the Flower Mound area. In fact, many found themselves totally without heat.

In most cases, homeowners who receive

professional maintenance on their home comfort systems twice per year found they were able to weather the storm. Of the calls we received during this

historic event, more than 95% had not had their system maintained!

Maintaining your home’s comfort system

when you need it the most, your spring maintenance should include the items listed on the right. Any company you select should also have employees that have been background-checked and drug-tested for your family’s safety.

for safety and efficient operation is one

Covid-19 practices should be in place to include:

and ensure your system will continue

of the best ways to prevent breakdowns to operate effectively through any

tough weather condition. Following manufacturer recommendations to

Wearing of disposable gloves, shoe covers, and masks while inside your home

Maintaining a six-foot social distance

maintain your equipment means you

should have maintenance on your cooling and heating equipment twice per year — once in the fall and once in the spring. Now is the time to prepare your home

comfort system so that it can weather the unbearably high temperatures that are

just a few months away. But how do you know what should be done? To ensure

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Daily temperature checks of the technician

In addition, we recommend a sanitizing fogger be used over any surface that has been touched by the technician entering your home. This should be done prior to departure. Keeping your family safe and comfortable is of paramount importance!

CLEANING OF THE CONDENSER COIL TO PREVENT HIGHER UTILITY BILLS AND BREAKDOWNS

REMOVAL OF DEBRIS FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE OUTDOOR UNIT TO ALLOW AIR TO CIRCULATE PROPERLY CLEARING AND CLEANING OF THE DRAIN SYSTEM DRAIN LINES TO PREVENT POTENTIAL COSTLY WATER OVERFLOWS THAT MIGHT CAUSE EVEN MORE DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME FULL SYSTEM REPORT FOR YOUR RECORDS TO INCLUDE NOTES ON ANY RECOMMENDED REPAIRS OR ADJUSTMENTS FOR OPTIMAL SYSTEM OPERATION

972.440.1065

DFWAirConditioning.com At Triple A Air Conditioning & Heating, we have an Energy Savings Club that helps members automatically schedule their biannual checkup. We call members when it is time for their system check to schedule a convenient time, taking the worry of caring for their system off their plate! The main goal is to make sure your system is ready for any kind of weather, including extraordinarily high or low temperatures. Our family has been serving homes for three generations. We would be happy to help safely serve yours. www.LiveLocalPublications.com


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Things 5TO TRY

CRAB STUFFED JALAPENO POPPERS Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection, Lake Dallas Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos are stuffed full of cream cheese, fresh crab meat, cheddar cheese, and bacon. This spicy appetizer is wonderfully creamy and cheesy with plenty of kick & perfect to go along with all of their amazing seafood dishes.

POBLANO MEATBALLS 1845 Taste Texas, Flower Mound

MARGARITA Magarita’s Restaurant, Justin

If you are looking for an appetizer that can substitute as an entrée, then this dish is sure to satisfy. These meatballs are smoked, fried, and served with jalapeño jelly and honey ranch, garnished with green onions and cilantro, and are sure to keep you coming back for more! photo courtesy of facebook.com/1845tastetexas

Experience a true Mexican margarita that’s delicious and authentic. Made with top shelf tequila, fresh juices and served in an ice cold glass. Perfect to pair with any of their excellent Mexican dishes whether you are enjoying date night or a fun dinner with the family. photo courtesy of facebook.com/margaritasmexicanrestaurante

EXOTIC & GOURMET DONUTS Sara’s Donut Story, Flower Mound

BURGER AND FRIES RG Burgers, Denton

If you are looking for warm donuts, that are custom, fun and exotic, for the whole family to enjoy? Then this place is a MUST! They offer a wide variety of & are also famous for their Happy Birthday

RG Burgers & Grill makes world-class hamburgers the old-fashioned way. They have over 20 different types of burgers,

donut box, that is sure to delight anyone celebrating their big day! photo courtesy facebook.com/sarasdonutstory

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including their FAMOUS King Kong Burger. It’s a FOUR decker hamburger loaded with bacon and cheese. AND if you eat it in 30 minutes, you get a free “King Kong” shirt....PLUS.... ALL BURGERS ARE SERVED WITH UNLIMITED STEAK FRIES. photo courtesy of RG Burgers www.LiveLocalPublications.com


HELPING

TEENS OVERCOME ADVERSITY by Jean Eisenmann | photo courtesy of Journey To Dream social media page

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ou’re invited to participate in one of the finest golf tournaments of the year to support an exceptionally worthy cause.

Each registered player will receive a complimentary golf vest and polo shirt to commemorate the day. A putting clinic scheduled during registration time will be hosted by Pat O’Brien. He is recognized as one of the top putting instructors in the world. Action swing photos also will be available. The anticipated shotgun start to the tournament will sound at 1 p.m.

risk, and homeless teens to overcome

In compliance with COVID-19 regulations, bag lunches will be offered, though after golf, players are invited to enjoy dinner at the club. Everyone waits with anticipation to hear the announcement of scores for trophies and awards, and a “King’s

successful adults.

It’s time for the 15th annual King Metals Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting Journey to Dream and Kyle’s Place. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, April 19th at the beautiful Stonebriar KING METALS INVITATIONAL Country Club in Frisco, and this year’s tournament will be held TOURNAMENT on Stonebriar’s exclusive member course.

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Eddie King, founder and CEO of King Architectural Metals in Dallas, has whole-heartedly supported Journey to Dream since its inception in 2004. Through his company, King has donated approximately half a million dollars over the years, and so many teens in need have benefited from his continued philanthropy. It is a cause near and dear to his heart, and in line with his beliefs that we are all our brother’s keeper. His drive is motivated by the hope that with our efforts, the world can be a better place. Registration for the event begins at 11:00 a.m., concluding at 12:30 p.m. www.LiveLocalPublications.com

Special” raffle will be held for exceptional prizes. As the events of the day wind down, you’re invited to attend an after party on the patio.

adversity and live purposeful lives.

To accomplish this daunting task, JTD offers these youth a wide range of

services, including education, counseling, basic life needs, and safe shelter. JTD empowers them with positive coping

abilities and life skills, with the ultimate goal that every teen in need become

self-sufficient, productive, independent, In 2017, Journey to Dream opened Kyle’s Place to provide transitional living for

teens between the ages of 14 to 19. It’s

a comfortable place and safe shelter for teens to live and pursue their futures

while working with family counselors and

mentors who help with life skills. “At Kyle’s Place, these teens learn a new way of life,” said Sims, the Chief Development Officer for Journey to Dream. “We want them to experience love and support – many for the first time – while they work towards

Deadline for registration and payment is April 1st. For more information, or to become a sponsor for this exciting event, please email Samantha Sims at Samantha@JourneytoDream.com.

overcoming negative behavioral cycles,

Journey to Dream (JTD), a non-profit in Lewisville, is on a mission to embrace, equip, and empower victimized, at-

on the war against teen homelessness and

achieving goals, and becoming optimistic about the future.”

Funds raised from the King Metals

Invitational will make a significant impact allow for the continued care of these atrisk, homeless, and underserved teens.

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GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS FOR THEIR

CLIENTS

Business Spotlight

“The second most popular service behind our lash extensions is the lash lift,” Yvonne explained. “[This is] a semi-permanent lift and curl of your own lashes, which can last six to eight weeks.” The Lash Lounge also offers lash and brow tinting, with a variety of tint colors. New and exciting offerings are coming to the Lash Lounge soon! Brow lamination will be introduced, giving unruly brows shine and definition. And later this year, the salon will add a membership option for Mega Volume lashes.

by Jean Eisenmann | photos courtesy of The Lash Lounge

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hether you’re considering Yvonne has spent her entire career natural or glamorous lash elevating women’s confidence through extensions, the Lash Lounge enhancing their appearance. She is in Flower Mound is without a doubt passionate about giving her stylists the the salon of choice for beautiful training and tools they need to semi-permanent lashes. This provide their clients with premier eyelash salon superior quality work WOMEN LOOK has consistently made and the latest in FORWARD TO THEIR a positive impact on lash innovations. VISITS, WHERE THEY the community. Owner ARE MADE TO FEEL There are in-and-out Yvonne Hemphill and SPECIAL IN THE lash salons out there her staff are dedicated to SALON’S SPA-LIKE offering low-cost ATMOSPHERE. both their craft and their extensions. But as Yvonne clientele, and that’s just one pointed out, “Avoid salons reason the Lash Lounge is head with cookie-cutter methods. and shoulders above other salons. Our stylists customize each application No stranger to the beauty business, using three to five different lengths and thicknesses for each individual client.” The stylists also create volume fans (a strip of lashes that create a fan) by hand, building them customized to the client. This intricate technique offers vastly more options than other salons offering pre-made fans.

photo above is owner Yvonne Hemphill Women look forward to their visits, where they are made to feel special in the salon’s spa-like atmosphere. They gain not only a beautiful set of lashes but a confidence that comes from knowing they look fabulous.

With its unsurpassed customer service, expertise, and loyal clients, the Lash Lounge is the cream that has risen to the top of the lash salon industry.

972.808.5274 | www.TheLashLounge.com | 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 830 • Flower Mound, TX 75028

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YO U R C A N D I D M E M O R I E S :

WHERE YOU’RE NOT A CLIENT

Family YOU’RE

by Steve Gamel | photo courtesy of Cynthia Holsclaw-Francis

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ynthia Holsclaw-Francis would love to say she has this big, dramatic story about how she became a photographer. But honestly, it’s as simple as her picking up a camera when she was 14 years old and never putting it down again. “I just instantly fell in love with it,” she said. It was apparent even from that young age that Cynthia was pretty good at taking pictures. Not just any photos, though — bold, colorful images that artfully capture precious memories that often go by so fast that they get lost forever. And for the past 13 years, Denton County families have relied on her to do exactly that for them. At Your Candid Memories Photography, Cynthia and her tag team partner, Lyndi

Augustine, have become the go-to photography tandem for everything from newborns, families, children, and maternity photos to senior photos, beautiful bridal portraits, and wedding photography. They bring excitement and teamwork to each session and are continually lauded for their ability to work with children. They are available for home or outdoor sessions, but they can just as easily host you and your family at

the YCM studio in Old Town Lewisville. Their studio has a “client closet”

chock full of newborn and maternity

props, outfits, and more to make each photograph stand out.

“Not every photographer provides

those items for their clients, but we

think it helps put people at ease so that they enjoy the experience as

much as possible,” Cynthia said. “This might sound cheesy, but I always like to say that we specialize in people.

Our attitude is down-to-earth. We like

having fun with each session. We want

people to feel comfortable scheduling

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an appointment with us and knowing

that we are going to capture their most precious memories.”

The proof is in the pudding. Your Candid Memories was voted best photographer in the annual Best of Denton County

awards in 2017, 2018, and 2020. They were a Top 3 finisher in 2019.

Awards aside, Cynthia simply wants to be your photographer — and to make you smile.

“We are all about building lasting relationships. That’s why we do what we do.”

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DENTAL ESTHETICS

Dentistry: Ask The Expert

Achieved Through Healthy Methods by Dr. Matt Artho, Owner of Country Lakes Family Dental

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ot too long ago, we all experienced an incredible act of nature in a winter storm that presented both mayhem and beauty. Though the hasty weather change brought forth the vision of a fantastic winter wonderland, it also seemed to come at a cost of comfort and even safety. The price of our health, wellness, and beauty is not all that different. It is important to look at wellness as a way to improve and maintain our health in ways that are not destructive. This is true in dentistry, as well, as we look to balance both esthetics and function. Many people think that to have a great esthetic smile, it requires extensive dental cosmetic work. In some cases, this is true. Teeth damaged by decay, erosion, or wear require “restorative” treatment that repairs them to their normal healthy state. This can be accomplished in an esthetic way that may involve reshaping and recoloring teeth to create a bright, healthy smile. However, this may require the removal of enamel or other structures to create the desired outcome.

cosmetic veneer or full mouth case that gives a patient a new, confident smile.

Most major cosmetic cases I complete are just that — meeting a restorative

need that improves an overall lifestyle.

However, it is important to consider the options and plan ahead before taking

irreversible steps. In other instances, a less intrusive method may In today’s dentistry, IT IS IMPORTANT TO be possible to reach the the vast majority of LOOK AT WELLNESS AS esthetic goal. By simply treatment keeps in A WAY TO IMPROVE AND moving teeth using mind an esthetic MAINTAIN OUR HEALTH orthodontic or Invisalign outcome. But remember IN WAYS THAT ARE NOT treatment, a major that it is essential to difference is achieved DESTRUCTIVE. always keep in mind without major restorative the benefit of health work. Also, a little whitening can go a long and function. Consult with your dentist way when trying to improve your smile. to ensure you understand your options Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing more rewarding than completing a

and the comfort and capabilities of your dentist.

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o Wedding or Not to Wedding is probably the new norm when planning a marriage. Especially when you have to choose some guests to attend in-person and some to attend virtually. So, how do you include these guests in your upcoming virtual bash?

1. PRE-PART Y? YES, PLEASE!

Pre-parties have become crucial in virtual celebrations. It allows guests who won’t

be attending in person to still dance, sing, and spend time with the happy couple and other guests.

can greet each other and speak to each other during downtime.

4. FILL IN THE DOWNTIME.

Naturally, all of your guests are there because they love you and your

beloved-to-be. But downtime in-person

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6. DESIGNATED SPOTS FOR YOUR STREAMING DEVICE. This small detail is one of the most

important. Pick the perfect spot for your

streaming device to sit. Ensure that it will

show you and your spouse clearly, with no distractions or obstructions in view.

7. WEDDING BOXES TO THE RESCUE! This is a fantastic way to keep your guests feeling like they are right in the middle of

2. DO A CHECK-IN WITH YOUR GUESTS.

and downtime from a distance are

very different. Rather than having your

the action! Coordinate sending out boxes

Your special day is going to be one of

counterparts wait, fill the downtime with

that your in-person guests will have — a

virtual loved ones watch their in-person

full of all the favors, snacks, and drinks

montages or videos.

few balloons, centerpieces, champagne,

your guests, and make sure that they know

5. A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION NEEDS TECH COORDINATORS.

to really give a full experience.

even if they couldn’t be there in person.

With all the little tech stuff that goes into a virtual celebration, you’ll want at least one

8. HAVE SOME FUN WITH GAMES!

tech-savvy person on board (though the

Regardless of if you’re a whiz at party

more, the merrier)! They will help you with

games like 2 Truths & a Lie or Who Knows

any issues, ensure that all of your guests

the Couple Best, or you’d prefer to go with

will get the best experience possible, and keep any entertainment for your virtual

an online service that specializes in digital

guests flowing smoothly.

party games, give your guests something fun to do during dinner.

the biggest, busiest days of your life. But be sure to take a moment to check in on

you appreciate them being there for you -

3. HAVE A VIRTUAL LOUNGE RECEPTION. A DJ, venue coordinator, or

videographer should be able to help

you set up an interactive large screen

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9. MUSIC TO MOVE YOUR VIRTUAL CREW. What better way to celebrate than to let loose and dance? There are plenty of ways to keep the tunes pumping, whether you want to include your playlist or invite your virtual pals to add their own music to set the mood.

10. KEEP EVERYONE INVOLVED BY GIVING THEM TIME TO DO READINGS OR TOASTS. Even if some of your closest friends and family members have to attend virtually, a tech guy on-sight can help give your virtual loved ones the spotlight for toasts and readings. This can really let them know you care. There are several ways to incorporate your guests - including letting your virtual guests help make decorations beforehand - but these are some of the best ways.

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by Diane Ciarloni | photos courtesy of Jarrette Moore

t’s impossible to measure just how much Studio B in Highland Village helps mold, shape, and develop the young people in the community. Neither is there a way to determine how much Studio B, a stalwart pillar in the area since 1999, contributes toward uniting the community and bringing families together. People of all ages look to the theater as a special space for learning, growing, building confidence, self-esteem, and leadership. And, the cherry on top of all that, is the pure joy and fun generated through the theater dynamics. There is a sense of passion running through Studio B. They are focused on creativity and solid family interactions. They stretch in all directions pertaining to theater and seek, more than anything else, to serve the members of their community. Studio B set sail in 1999 as a youth theater, teaching both theater classes and youth workshops. They faced the challenge of their first community production in 2001. The Littlest Angel was the venue, and the cast members were as young as six through adulthood.

“That may sound difficult,” said Jarrette Moore.” But we were trying to achieve something that would, hopefully, set the tone for Studio B. We envisioned the parents and grandparents of our children and youth getting on the stage and performing alongside their kiddos.” It was a brilliant idea, and it worked. What better way to encourage the development of strong family bonds than by allowing the generations to join forces in a creative adventure? As a rule, the shows chosen for production are fun and energetic. No one involved with Studio B wanted to limit the creativity of the performances, which is why, in 2006, they began to consistently direct their vision toward all things theater for all ages. Children as young as four are allowed to participate. That year was actually a watershed year since it also marked the very first adult production for cast members 18-years-old and up. The production was Nunsense, and, once again, it marked another success. Today, the oldest cast members are in their 70s. The workshops, which are plays/musicals that include performances, proved to be effective formats for Studio B. Classes, workshops, and productions are all used

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as tools to create an atmosphere of creativity, imagination, collaboration, and independent thinking. Just as important is the fact that these are the same tools used to unite families and to bring communities together. One of the biggest thrills for those involved with Studio B is watching creativity develop both independently and collectively. Many students discover true talents and satisfaction in acting, musical theater, voice, dance, script development, and all-around knowledge of the stage and theater. Many also manage to nurture the necessary confidence to actually pursue these areas as a career. “We truly want it to continue working, and we’re willing to put in the effort for it to become better and better. It’s good for all of us,” Moore said. The Nellie Awards became a part of Studio B in 2010, turning into a fun way to recognize the best in several categories. Included are best actress/actor, best dancer, best silly face, best tech, best laugh, best silly face, best voice, and many more. One day, if her self-confidence can moan and groan through some growing pains, we may see Jarrette standing proudly on the stage and holding her very own Nellie. Just sayin! www.LiveLocalPublications.com


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Transforming

LIVES Through

HEALTH & FITNESS by Jean Eisenmann | photos courtesy of Jesse James Fit & Outlaw Fitcamp

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nyone living in Flower Mound – perhaps in much of North Texas – has heard of Jesse James Leyva and the amazing work he has accomplished changing peoples’ lives for the better. As founder of Jesse James Fit and Outlaw Fitcamp, Jesse has turned his own dedication to health and fitness into an ardent passion for helping others achieve their personal goals and improve their quality of life.

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As the name implies, Outlaw breaks the laws of conventional fitness with compartmentalized workouts in a group fitness environment. Their ultimate goal is changing you for the better from when you first walked in the door, through personal growth, weight loss, fitness culture, and mindset. Jesse and his talented team have created a style of training that fits within a 30-minute complete workout. Unlike big-box fitness centers holding classes jammed with 24 people or more, Outlaw caps classes to 12. Each member receives personalized attention and guidance from a professional trainer while sharing an encouraging team experience. Their philosophy is based on progress, not perfection. Furthermore, Jesse

takes a family-centered approach to working out, which is why there is no charge for a spouse (partner) to work out simultaneously with a member during all personal training appointments. “Family support can make all the difference,” Jesse said. “Working out together and practicing a healthier lifestyle while encouraging each other builds a stronger bond.”

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“POSITIVE REACTION TO THE NEW, NOW PERMANENT, DESIGN MODEL HAS BEEN OFF THE HOOK...” When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, all gyms were shut down for at least nine weeks. “Opening up ‘as normal’ wouldn’t work for a health and fitness facility,” Jesse stated. It didn’t even cross his mind to give up and remain closed, leaving his members to simply wait at home. After much thought and planning, Jesse embarked on a hyper-aggressive plan to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on his business. “We have always maintained the highest sanitation protocols,” Jesse explained. “But with the pandemic, we have quadrupled our sanitation processes.” Then, after weeks of drafting a new layout, Jesse visited the Little Elm location, moved machines around the space for safe distancing, and

essentially redesigned the entire gym. He created individual 7’x11’ jail cells for safe distancing and compartmentalized them to prevent cross-contamination. Everyone – managers, franchisees, and instructors alike — loved the new model. In the span of 8 to 14 days, Jesse and his team ordered equipment, then visited all

locations to deconstruct and reconstruct the new layout. All facilities reopened to a beautiful, sleek new look that was 100% safe and COVID-19 compliant. “Positive reaction to the new, now permanent, design model has been off the hook,” Jesse stated with pride. “The changes added five more minutes to the workout routine, minimizing transitions and water breaks.” A grateful Jesse reflects, “I can’t believe how blessed we are to have so many loyal members who remained patient throughout this past year.”

Jesse is also passionate about having created an enterprise for fitness professionals to grow their careers in the industry. Outlaw Fitcamp franchises expand the client reach to increased numbers of people whose lives and health can be greatly enriched.

“The franchise is stronger than ever, and we’re experiencing incredible growth,” Jesse said. “We want to grow in Texas, so we’re offering great incentives for franchises opening throughout the state.” Adding to the excitement is important news for veteran-owned franchises. “In appreciation for their service to our country, we’re working with a foundation that helps place vets into Outlaw franchises once they leave the military,” Jesse announced. “We are looking to launch the program going into 2022.” All of these positive initiatives that define Jesse James Fit and Outlaw Fitcamp are simply Jesse James Leyva’s way of giving back. “Fourteen years ago, I discovered why I love what I do and why I was meant for this work. I’m not here to help people win trophies. I’m here to change lives,” Jesse explained. No small task, Jesse has had the support of others to turn his mission into reality. “I owe endless thanks to my wife, Tiffany, and friend, Kay Simms, who also happens to be my business partners, along with my gratitude to our investors, franchise partners, and elite trainers.” Jesse promises us more exciting news that will be revealed this summer for Jesse James Fit and Outlaw Fitcamp! Keep up with Flower Mound Town Life Magazine, Go! Pages, and Facebook for announcements.

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Ask The Expert: Organizing

Embracing

CHANGE

BY BEING ORGANIZED by Crystal Nerpel, Owner of Cloud Nine Organizing

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t’s inevitable; Life is constantly changing. Each stage of life brings new adventures along with the occasional challenge. How organized and prepared you are for those challenges could have a huge impact on how well you embrace the change.

Learning to embrace change with open arms isn’t always easy. It’s human nature to want to hold on to what you have or stay in your current situation because it’s comfortable. Change, on the other hand, is uncomfortable. Sometimes, even painful. Even though we know certain things are unavoidable, we are still surprised when they happen. The big one: death. It’s one of the most emotional events any human can experience: the death of a loved one. This can be a very emotional, heavy time. Life will be a bit more manageable if everything is organized and prepared for us. Do you know who needs to be

contacted? Is there a life insurance policy? Is there a will? Do you know where these documents are located?

As life moves forward, family dynamics shift and change. We are never static.

That’s the beauty of life, and if all goes

well, we grow into wiser, better versions

of our old selves. If you need help getting prepared for all of life’s changes, Jennifer Balmos, PLLC, in Flower Mound can help

Another emotional life event is when your children grow up and go off to college. My own daughter is graduating from Guyer High School this year. I’m so proud, but seriously...how did it happen so fast? (I’m not emotional, you’re emotional).

you with the important life documents

Luckily, we have been mentally and financially preparing for this big life event for 18 years. Making monthly contributions to a College Savings Plan has eliminated so much worry for our family. We are focusing on the new adventure ahead without having to stress over tuition costs.

for big life events like family vacations,

that will protect you and your family.

Cloud Nine Organizing can help you

organize those important documents and vital information.

Being organized and planning ahead college, retirement, and even death

prepares you and your family for almost

anything life throws your way. Even if you aren’t looking forward to the change, at least you will know exactly what to do

when life happens because you will have all your ducks in a row.

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Ally’s

“I knew she and her

Wish F

family were okay in terms of basic needs – food, shelter, and clothing. But what about hope and joy?”

by Diane Ciarloni | photos courtesy of Ally’s Wish

lower Mound resident Missy Phipps knew Allyson Hendrickson. But she didn’t really know her. The two ladies attended the same church, and they were quick to nod and smile at one another at Sunday services. Missy knew Allyson was married with three little boys, and she knew Ally had cancer.

as memories and then move to make

“The part about the cancer really

a loose plan. They opened their energy

weighed on me,” she recalled. “I mean, I knew she and her family were okay in

terms of basic needs – food, shelter, and clothing. But what about hope and joy?

establish time for making fun memories All the while, she couldn’t stop thinking

wish grantee.

about Allyson.

about hospitals, treatments that made her

God laid on my heart the missing puzzle.

strongest memories of their mom be

Allyson,” she continued. “All of a sudden,

miserable, and her bald head? That just

It was fun memories! The same kind I

Phipps continued tending to her

successful real estate business with Keller Williams as well as her four children,

daughters Natalie and Madeline and twins Adysson and Rocco. She’s high-energy and always busy, but she never fails to

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They brainstormed. They came up with

reserves, and they went to work, selecting

“I still couldn’t shake the feeling about

shake the feeling.”

Phipps called three like-minded friends.

with her kids.

And those three little boys. Would their

didn’t seem right to me, and I couldn’t

those wishes happen.”

make with my kiddos. Allyson was a young mother who cherished her kids. But she was dying, and she would never see

them grow up. She was going to leave

this world, and their most vivid memories would be what I mentioned earlier –

hospitals, no hair, and horrible treatments. I knew there must be a way to find out

what these young moms wished to leave

Allyson Hendrickson as their first

Paperwork was drawn up, and Ally’s Wish was born as a non-profit corporation

organized and operated exclusively for

charitable purposes. The specific purpose is to provide a last “wish” to young,

terminally ill mothers with small children. The goal is to create a memory for the

family that will last a lifetime. The road to

implementing these wishes is through the provision of services, gifts, transportation, lodging, or any other “wish” the mother

may express. The 501c3 organization caps each wish at $5,000 and secures money through fundraising and donations.

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“That all happened just seven years ago,” Phipps said. “We really didn’t know what we were doing. We simply took an idea God dreamed up for us and started running with it. We’ve granted 200 wishes so far, and there are 200 moms on our waiting list. We have an unbelievable number of out-of-state and even international requests. Last year, in just one day, we had 30 moms fill out wish requests.” There was so much to learn for four ladies who had never done anything like this. How do you organize fundraisers? Which ones are most effective? How creative should we be? What are the rules and regulations that must be followed to avoid violating the 501c3 requirements? How do we get the best deals, and how do we find sponsors? It was akin to being caught in a tornado, but they knew they needed to hang on for the ride.

“Most of the wishes are for trips, with Disney World and Hawaii being the most popular,” Phipps said. “Some wish for a backyard makeover with a swimming pool so the family can make memories at home.

We’ve even had wishes for movie rooms. “Allyson, our first mom, and our original inspiration, kept a blog for her three sons called 3 Little Cowboys. She wished for it to be published. Allyson is gone, but the book is still available at www.AllysWish.org.” The date for the annual Boots & Blessings Gala is April 22. It is the organization’s premier fundraiser and will be held at an open-air venue at Marty B’s. The 5k run is the second fund-raising event. Also, in 2020, Alliance Energy presented a $100,000 check to Phipps after Ally’s Wish won their non-profit contest. Ally’s Wish was named Non-profit of the Year in 2019 at the Unity in Communities luncheon hosted by the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Chamber, and the Highland Village Business Association. And the future? “I dream big,” Phipps said with a chuckle. “Do we want to grow? We’re already growing. We just have to keep up. That’s only one of the places where God comes in – again and again.”

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Pool WINTER

4. Turn on pumps, one at a time, and

allow pumps to prime.

Note: Pumps prime faster if you are only

pulling from one water line. Adjust valves as needed.

According to Chris, this winterization process is actually just a partial

winterization guide for North Texas. “A true northern winterization typically will also

MAINTENANCE

P

by Jade Kensington

ools are typically associated with the warm and sunny summers that we get here in North Texas. However, the recent winter storm that came through was a bitterly cold reminder that pool maintenance is a year-long commitment that allows for seasonal enjoyment when we emerge from the winter months. Chris Bowen, owner of Bowen Pools,

6. If you have a heater, unscrew the drain

include blowing out the plumbing lines

and plugging them, since their frost level

is so severe that they don’t want any water in the system at all.”

One of the most common mistakes Chris sees from pool owners is that they don’t have proper protection on their pools

during the winter months. “We typically

see people who won’t have freeze protect

offered his business protocol on proper

plug under the front header (located

on their pool and don’t check to see if

the elements.

of the heater).

see freeze damage most of the time in a

pool winterization to safeguard against

HOW TO PREPAR E FO R A DE E P F RE EZE It is important that water is circulating

through the entire pool and any water feature systems during deep-freeze

conditions. If you have any water feature

booster pumps that you wish to winterize, follow the winterizing steps below. It is

important to note that if you have a gas

heater, you should not turn them on for a

continuous amount of time, as it can cause damage to the internals of the heater.

HOW TO WIN TE R I ZE A P O O L (IF POWER I S LO ST) 1. Turn off all power at the breaker. 2. Open the air relief valve on the filter to

release water.

3. Unscrew or open the lid on the pump. 4. Unscrew both drain plugs on the

bottom of the pump.

5. Unscrew the large drain plug from

the filter.

where the plumbing pipes go in and out 7. If you have a cleaner booster pump,

remove the drain plug from the bottom. 8. If you have any other devices that hold

water, make sure to drain them.

9. To ensure all drain plugs do not get

lost, place them within the pump strainer basket.

Upon completing those steps, all

the water should be out of the pool equipment, and therefore, cannot be frozen.

As important as it is to winterize, it is equally important to properly un-winterize a pool.

HO W TO STA RT YO U R PO O L UP AFTER W I N TERI ZI N G 1. Reassemble all drain plugs that were

removed.

2. Take a water hose and fill up all pumps

with water.

3. Turn pool equipment back on.

it’s working or not. And that’s where we

normal winter.” He emphasized that it is

important for pool owners to make sure

their equipment is working properly prior to a freeze and to make sure they know

how to winterize their equipment in the case of an emergency.

As expected, there has been an uptick in

business calls for pool equipment repairs in the aftermath of the winter storm. With over 100 service calls scheduled during

the first week after the storm, Bowen Pools has been out to assess the damage in our

area. “Unfortunately, this event has caused an equipment shortage in North Texas. Luckily, we have quite a bit of storage space and were able to stock up on

equipment for a couple of weeks before things got too crazy,” Chris states.

This bout of inclement weather was a

reminder for all pool owners to check

on their pool equipment regularly and

to follow proper winterization protocols. Mild or not, winter weather can cause

damage to intricate pool equipment if not properly protected.

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FLOWER MOUND

VOLUNTEERS by Jade Kensington

photos courtesy of Texas Health Presbyterian, Flower Mound

“ W E D I D N O T HAVE AN Y S TAF F I N G I S S UES BEC A U SE O F T RA C Y’ S G RO U P. T HEY K EP T O U R H OSPITAL WOR K ER S S A FE. T H E Y K EPT T H E H O S PI TA L STA FFED, A N D A S A RESU LT , T HE PAT IEN T S HER E W ER E A BLE T O CO N T I N UE RECE I VIN G T HE C A RE A N D T REAT M EN T REQ U IRED.”

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he Facebook group Flower Mound People Helping People was created by local resident Tracy Black at the start of the pandemic last spring to help aid community members in need during the newly unprecedented times. As the group evolved over the months, they expanded their volunteerism to include monitoring elderly residents who needed groceries to donating hot meals and snacks to frontline workers. During this past winter storm, Tracy and volunteers from the Facebook group came together to help healthcare workers get to and from their shifts at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. Tracy and his wife have lived in Flower Mound for over 26 years. Before relocating to Texas, they lived in Minneapolis and learned to drive and

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safely navigate through the snow and wintry conditions. The hospital’s Director of Marketing, Pam Petrides, stated that without Tracy and his group of volunteers, the hospital would have faced a staffing shortage. “I can’t tell you how many text messages Tracy and I exchanged in order to help coordinate rides for our frontline workers who keep

our hospital staffed around the clock.” Many of the healthcare professionals live in neighboring cities. Therefore, the volunteers drove anywhere from Fort Worth to Denton in order to get hospital employees to and from work safely. “We were so fortunate,” Pam said. “We did not have any staffing issues because of Tracy’s group. They kept our hospital workers safe. They kept the hospital staffed, and as a result, the patients here were able to continue receiving the care and treatment required.” At the beginning of the pandemic, Tracy had asked Pam if he could help coordinate www.LiveLocalPublications.com


hot meals for the healthcare workers. “One of our group’s first activities was related to Flower Mound Presby,” stated Tracy. As their efforts continued, they began including the Flower Mound, Lewisville, and Corinth police departments, as well as local area fire departments. As the group continued to expand its efforts, it began taking up food and snack donations to put together snack packs for frontline workers. “People and businesses would put their donations outside their front doors, and Tracy and his group of volunteers would pick them up before putting together pre-packaged snack packs for the nurses, doctors, and staff,” Pam states. He also organized a number of drive-thru parades for the community to come together in the hospital parking lot to show their support and appreciation for the essential workers. This past June, the group collected items for food pantries in Flower Mound and Grapevine. “Things moved back toward normal once people started going back to work and getting businesses back up, so there were no specific campaigns for us to do until now,” Tracy said. “This campaign is over now, but the stories we heard, and the memories we made getting to know some of the awesome folks at Flower Mound Presby, will stay with us for a long time!”

“ T H I S C A M PA I G N I S O V E R N O W , B U T T H E STORIES WE HEARD, AND THE MEMORIES WE MADE GETTING TO KNOW SOME OF THE A W E S O M E F O L K S AT F L O W E R M O U N D P R E S B Y , W I L L S T AY W I T H U S F O R A L O N G T I M E ! ” www.LiveLocalPublications.com

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Home Decorating: Ask The Expert

IMPROVING

YOUR

ENERGY

T

by Allison Fifer

he ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”), which literally means wind and water, has been widely used in Asia for thousands of years. Across the U.S. and around the world, thousands of people are discovering how simple changes in the selection, color, and arrangement of their furnishings can help improve the energy of chi within their homes. Here are a few tips for utilizing color to appeal to different cultures and communities:

FENG SHUI BELIEFS – COLORS

• Purple – short-lived happiness – Japan

• Yellow represents good health

• Purple – Death – Brazil & Mexico

• Red brings fame and fortune

• Brown – Funerals – Persia

• White increases the chance of offspring

• Blue – Death - Syria

• Black improves career • Blue helps gain knowledge • Green brings family happiness • Purple attracts wealth COLORS – OTHER CULTURES • Red – Good luck – Asian • Green – Lucky – Hindu • Blue – Lucky – Moslem • Red – Mourning – Ghana • Black – Mourning – Western cultures • White – Weddings – Western cultures • White – Mourning – China • Black – Weddings – China

EARTH – Settling, stable energy associated with browns and beiges and a higher vibration color of yellow. Flat, square shapes, stones, brick, and ceramic objects and vases. METAL – Contracting, introverted energy associated with white, gray, and metallic colors (silver, gold, copper, and bronze); round, half-round, and oval shapes; coins, metal, rod iron objects. WATER – Flowing energy associated with blacks and blues; smoothly irregular shapes; liquids of all kinds and mirrors. By adjusting the balance of the elements in a space using the colors, materials, and shapes of objects associated with the element, you can adjust the quality of the energy.

UNDERSTANDING THE FIVE FENG SHUI ELEMENTS The five elements of Feng Shui — wood, fire, earth, metal, and water — define five different qualities of chi. Each element is associated with specific colors, shapes, and types of objects. Below are the five elements and their associations, which you can easily connect to decorative elements: WOOD – Upward, growing energy associated with all shades of green, columns, vertical stripes, and any kind of plant or tree. FIRE – Excited energy associated with reds and oranges; triangular and jaggedly irregular shapes, flames (like candles or a fireplace), lights, and electricity.

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turned COWBOYS LEGEND

FOOTBALL COACH

by Steve Gamel | photos courtesy of Liberty Christian School social media page

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f you’re going to hire a football coach, you might as well go all-out. That’s exactly what Liberty Christian School officials did, announcing on Feb. 1 that they have hired Dallas Cowboys legend and future Hall-of-Famer Jason Witten as their new coach. Witten, 38, has a long-standing connection to the Liberty community as a parent of four Liberty students. He has also hosted numerous football camps at the school.

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The hire not only gives Liberty Christian a head coach with an unmatched pedigree, but it’s easily the most high-profile coaching hire during a time when many high schools across the state are taking their programs in a new direction.

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He replaces Steven Greek, who went 13-20 in three seasons at the school. “In this next chapter, it is important to me to be the best father and husband I can be while making a positive impact in the community and share the wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years to positively impact the next generation,” Witten said in a news release. School officials say they will make coach Witten available for future interviews this spring. Witten is widely regarded as one of the best tight ends in NFL history. In his 17 seasons in the league, he had 1,228 receptions — putting him fourth in league history. He is second only to Tony Gonzalez for most receptions all-time by a tight end. He has also won numerous honors, including being named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012. He was with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003 to 2017 until he retired in 2018. He came out of retirement in 2019 to rejoin the Cowboys for one season before playing for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020. “I am very excited about Jason coming on board and joining the Liberty Christian coaching staff,” Liberty Christian athletic director Johnny Isom said in the same news release. “We have an extremely talented, hard-working group of coaches, and he will undoubtedly prove to be a wonderful addition. Jason has been a loyal parent in our community for a long time, so he already knows first-hand the excellence that Liberty brings to all areas of our school.” Isom added, “Additionally, he is a man of deep faith with a background rooted in hard work and family; something I know our athletes will benefit from witnessing. The football program will be in great hands under his leadership, and I cannot wait to see the impact that he will have on the lives of athletes.” Witten is the second member of the NFL to take on a coaching role at Liberty Christian. The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that in 2012, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spent time as the Warriors’ sixth-grade assistant head coach and offensive coordinator while serving a year-long suspension from the NFL for the “Bountygate” scandal. “First, I want to congratulate Jason, his family, and the Cowboy organization on his pending retirement as a Cowboy,” Liberty Christian School President Blair McCullough said in the news release. “He certainly earned that honor, and I think it is a great thing for not only Jason and his family but the Cowboys and the Dallas community.” MARCH 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 45


Creating

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Treats

by Jean Eisenmann | photo of owner courtesy of Peter Pacheco & photos

of seashells and pokemon cake pops courtesy of Nicole Luster-Pacheco

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lower Mound’s Nicole Luster-Pacheco is a wife, mother, businesswoman, community supporter — and she works under the big top. Nicole is the driving force behind Big Top Cake Pops, a home-based bakery business generating the most awesome and delicious cake pops you will ever eat – or ever see. Each piece is such a work of art that you’ll be tempted to put them on display in your home!

Keep in mind that Nicole handles all the baking and decorating herself and has it down to a science. One of her latest orders had her in the kitchen for a solid 42 hours.

Big Top Cake Pops creates delectable cake pops that can be customized for every occasion or theme you can think of or for no specific occasion at all. Whatever your pop of choice might be, Nicole will create it. She is passionate about her creations, crafting, and incredibly detailed designs that range from beautiful and blingy to cute and funny. Her cake pop gallery is like viewing an artist’s portfolio. And they taste fantastic.

Nicole’s ability to work so expertly on such little canvases is a treat for the eye as well as the palate. After seven years, she’s still having fun doing it! Now that’s a pop star.

It all started as a hobby in 2011, when she was gifted with some cake pops and fell in love. Choosing to learn the craft through practice, not a baking class, she discovered an artistic talent she never knew she had. Little did Nicole know that she was preparing for a burgeoning career. That is, until 2014. “After my daughter was born, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom when my husband suggested selling the pops,” Nicole explained. “I gave it a fun name that ‘pops’ and began building a business.” The treats are made with the finest ingredients and baked in small batches throughout the day to ensure freshness. Nothing is ever frozen. Nicole assembles her cake pops using cake that is crumbled and mixed with frosting or icing, then coated in chocolate. This ensures you will taste both cake and frosting with every bite, not a solid ball of dry cake covered in fondant. “Every cake pop I create is crafted with love,” Nicole confessed. “My reward comes from my customers complimenting me and how delighted they are.”

As if the pops weren’t enough, the shop also crafts artisan chocolate-covered Oreos, Rice Krispies treats, and gourmet pretzels, all decorated with the same unique flair as the pops. Nicole often supports the community by contributing her treats to hospitals, police and fire departments, PTAs, and church auctions. She also supports local womenowned businesses by creating pop-up shops within their establishments. Customers are loyal to her gourmet treasures. Some even drive an hour to satisfy their sweet tooth. “My best form of advertising for Big Top Cake Pops is through word-ofmouth referrals from satisfied customers,” Nicole said. And those customers sometimes become life-long supporters. Nicole explained, “I’ve had the pleasure of creating cake pops for customers’ weddings, then their baby showers, and even their children’s birthdays!”

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Couples That Play Together

STAY TOGETHER by Kelly Murray

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very couple ought to incorporate some fun activities into their relationship. Added fun tends to keep relationships alive and vibrant. It eliminates some of the dull routines that can creep into households and family life. It is not uncommon for couples to lose their sense of loving spontaneity. This can happen when couples lose themselves in their daily duties and family obligations. Most couples don’t set out to neglect their relationship. They just get lost in the shuffle and forget to make each other and their relationship a top priority. If a couple loses their fun time, they must acknowledge it and get it back as fast as they can because fun activities serve as valuable reminders of romantic feelings. Keep in mind, added fun does not discriminate in terms of age. Every age can enjoy some fun outlets because it rejuvenates everyone.

1. Take a class together. It may require a couple to find a common interest. A couples class can be done online or outside. Perhaps a craft class will stimulate the brain while incorporating a new hobby into your life. 2. Take turns making a special dinner every week. Give each other a break and incorporate “special dinner night” into your lives. There’s no need to be a gourmet chef — surprise each other and set aside an assigned cooking night. Allow the inner chef to come out and create a fantastic dinner for your other half. Show off a little cooking talent, and see what you can come up with.

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3. Have a special dining out night. Find a restaurant that both of you enjoy. Set out one night a week or month and enjoy your special hot spot meant for two. Incorporate the restaurant outing into your couple’s lifestyle. A romantic meal for two will keep communication cozy and free as it connects you to each other in extraordinary ways. 4. Listen to an audiobook before bed. This is a stimulating and fun way to connect with each other. This will stir up some fun conversations as it fills your head with the magic of new places and stories. This can be for those on a tight budget because audiobooks can be listened to on YouTube for free.

5. Schedule a walk night. Take a short stroll and hold hands as you gradually increase the distance. Set aside a scheduled walk and tell each other your wildest dreams as you gracefully stroll together. Be sure to include some big laughs and funny stories. 6. Start an exercise routine. If you enjoy dance, create a dance and exercise routine together. This can be a private endeavor for two. Make up your own moves, and add it to the schedule. 7. Start a household project. Allow a little couple’s creativity to take over and plan your own project. Remember, projects can be small or large. Anything goes with the couples’ household project. 8. Enjoy an ice cream treat special. Build your own ice cream treat for two, and don’t worry about the calories. 9. Enjoy a couples massage. Find a quality spa, and sign up for a couples massage special. 10. Engage in a few card games for two. Invest in a deck of cards, and enjoy an evening of cards with your other half.

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THE BENEFITS OF FUN ACTIVITIES

All couples benefit from added fun. They don’t have time to worry about the state of the world when they are enjoying fun moments together. They tend to alleviate depression and anxiety when they schedule some fun activities into their lives. Studies and research have shown that couples who play together really do stay together.

10 FUN THINGS COUPLES SHOULD DO TOGETHER

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Sometimes You Just Need

A GOOD

ROM COM by Kelly Murray

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omantic comedies: Love them or tolerate them—but let’s be honest, you can’t hate a rom-com. They’re always good for a cozy evening, especially when the weather is so chilly. And it never hurts that they are sprinkled with a good life lesson or two. Not to mention, they pair perfectly with a bottle of wine or just about any kind of snack. (I personally like to pop some popcorn and mix a few peanut M&Ms in. But you do you). For the next time you are needing a little pick me up or something other than vodka to warm your insides, our team would like to share with you our favorites to help you out. -Kelly Murray

Movie poster from Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Touchstone Pictures/ D&D Films/ Pigeon Creek Films. Movie poster from Pretty Woman (1990), Touchstone Pictures/ Silver Screen Partners IV. Movie poster from Arthur (1981), Orion Pictures/ Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions. Movie poster from The Princess Bride (1987), Act III Communications/ Buttercup Films Ltd./ The Princess Bride Ltd. Movie poster How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003), Lynda Obst Productions/ MMP Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH/ Moviemakers Productions (MMP)/ Paramount Pictures/ Robert Evans Company/ W2 Film Production GmbH. Movie poster from The Proposal (2009), Touchstone Pictures/ Mandeville Films/ K/O Paper Products. All materials are presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA - Kelly Murray and Steve Gamel

What’s not to love about a BIG CITY girl coming back to her small southern hometown and falling in love with it and her first love all over again. It stars Reese Witherspoon as Melanie, a fashion designer in NYC, who is forced to return to her Alabama roots – a place she thought that she was too good for….but might be exactly what she needs.

PRETTY WOMAN - Michelle Daughtery

This one is a MUST. Pretty Woman is a 1990s American romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film’s story centers on down-onher-luck Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort. The story follows their blossoming relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him. The film’s title is based on “Oh, Pretty Woman,” written and sung by Roy Orbison.

ARTHUR

- Toribia Alonzo This 1981 film stars Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach, a drunken New York billionaire who Is on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress but ends up falling for a poor waitress from Queens, Linda Marolla, played by Liza Minnelli.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE - Jana Melton and Steve Gamel

I don’t watch a lot of “RomComs,” but when I do, my all-time favorite love story is Princess Bride. I remember when I was a kid, sick at home, that this was a movie my mom would go to Blockbuster’s and rent for me (Princess Bride and The Outsiders, oooo Ponyboy ) while I stayed home. Anyway, it’s about a beautiful princess who is supposed to marry a dreadful prince. But the adventure comes when she is rescued by her one true love. It’s a must-see and has lots of humor and love! “ASSSSSSSS YOUUUUU WISSSHHHH.”

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS - Jaci McCollum

Kate Hudson (Andie) is an up-and-coming journalist for a big city magazine who has been given the task of writing an article about How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. She is dating Matthew McConaughey (Ben) and gathering all the storylines and info for her article. Meanwhile “Ben’s buddies have made a bet with him about how to lose her! After spending so much time together and growing close, they both find out what the other is up to and the rest of the love story unfolds from there!

THE PROPOSAL - Lizzy Hoffman

I love comedy and crazy romantic movies. This movie is a good example, very funny. A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. AND OF COURSE, THEY FALL IN LOVE :) TA DA!!!

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T R A C Y

M U R P H R E E

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any Texas cities were faced with frigid temperatures, power and water outages and shortages of food in the February winter storm. Sheriff Tracy Murphree states, “The Denton County Jail is like a small city. We are in charge of the well-being and care of around 1000 inmates. While other county offices are closed for the inclement weather, we are conducting business as usual.” He also added, “I am very proud of our Officers, staff and Facility Maintenance team that went above and beyond during those difficult days.” The Denton County Jail never lost power like so many others did during the winter storm. The jail has several generators that are in place should they be needed. The generators are tested regularly as

mandated by the state, to assure that they are functional. The temperature in the jail never went below the acceptable range but there were extra blankets handed out as needed for inmates. The Denton County Jail also never lost water, but because of the City of Denton’s Boil Water Notice, we were affected. We had to boil all water that was used for cooking and drinking. Igloo water coolers were purchased to be distributed throughout the jail. We also purchased 12,000 water bottles and 6000 pounds of ice.

Another challenge the jail faced was with our food supply. We rely on food deliveries and because trucks couldn’t make their routine deliveries, we were

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forced to revamp our menus to

continue to meet the needs of our

inmates. Our revamped menus met the mandated daily calorie count for the inmates set by the state.

Because of the treacherous road

conditions and dangerous temperatures, some of our Detention Officers were

forced to sleep in jail barracks that were

set up for them. Other Officers carpooled together making sure that they arrived in time for their shifts.

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by Steve Gamel

arcus baseball coach Jeff Sherman didn’t just think he had a good team heading into the 2020 high school season. He knew that he had a state champion ball club in the making, and you couldn’t convince him otherwise.

are eager to make up for lost time. Both the baseball and softball seasons are officially underway, with many teams

planning to win big as district play starts in

“Man, I had six [pitchers] deep — all

“It was just so numbing because of how

any time, and, offensively, no one could

“I remember us coming back from a

“I have guys who are now in college at

It was gut-wrenching to see all of that get

said. “They are excited for us.”

throwing 90 plus. I could put anyone in at hold us down. We were 11-2 and had

already faced 11 or 12 Division I pitchers. So, we had faced everyone’s best up to

that point,” he said. “We were primed and ready — all seniors and juniors. They were ready to beat everyone.”

Sadly, the Marauders never got a chance to prove their coach was right. After just

13 games, both the baseball and softball seasons were shockingly canceled

because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’d be no chance to play the

game they loved. There’d be no district championships or deep playoff runs.

More importantly, no champion would be crowned.

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great we were playing,” Sherman said.

mid-March.

tournament in California, and it was over.

Rice, etc., sending me texts,” Sherman

taken away.”

Guyer softball coach Keith

Marcus wasn’t the only program affected by the pandemic. No one played,

including other teams right here in Denton County. Teams in the Murray Media

coverage area include Flower Mound,

Guyer, Argyle, The Colony, Hebron, Liberty Christian, Lake Dallas, Justin Northwest,

and Byron Nelson. Overall, that’s 20 teams between baseball and softball.

No one can go back and fix the past. But as everyone turns the page to the 2021

season, several area coaches are speaking on behalf of their players — all of whom

Medford agreed.

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t get knocked to our knees by this last year,” he said.

“Not getting to complete a full season

makes us very appreciative for this season. We are thrilled to death to be competing again.”

Argyle baseball coach Ricky Griffin added his own take. And rightfully so. His team was coming off an unbeaten run to the

Class 4A state title in 2019 and had many

of the same pieces in place to defend that title before the season was ended.

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“Obviously, everyone is looking forward

to getting back on the field,” Griffin said. “I felt really good about our chances last

year with the team we had, and having it cut short was disappointing. We weren’t

the only ones in that boat, though. A lot of people, especially early on, have hopes

of winning the whole thing. When it’s all taken away, it’s tough. It was strange.”

Thankfully, Denton County — and really,

the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area — is still

are perennial playoff favorites. These programs tend to reload rather than rebuild, which will make for some exciting games over the next three months. “I’ve basically got most of my varsity back except for the 12 seniors, and that was basically our pitching staff,” Sherman said. “It’s interesting getting back into the fight and feeling the emotions during the game.”

loaded with talent. Two years ago, Argyle

Griffin agreed. The Eagles still have their

baseball. Several more, including Guyer’s

a few arms in the pitching rotation. A slew

and softball, and teams at Hebron,

and Ethan Gonzales.

and Liberty Christian won state titles in

top pitcher, Trevor Duck, along with quite

softball team, Flower Mound baseball

of stars join them, including Tyler Abrego

“We have about five or six who were on the field quite a bit last year, plus a few

move-ins who will help us out,” Griffin said. This is an unusual situation for us because, for one, prior to the past six or seven

years, I could have told you our entire

starting lineup. Secondly, the season was

cut short last year. What that means is that I have a lot of kids who haven’t seen a

varsity baseball game yet. We still have the talented players, though. It’s a different

team, but there are a lot of kids who we are really excited about.”

After missing out on an entire season,

that’s all you can ask for — and a chance to compete for a title.

“NOT GETTING TO COMPLETE A FULL SEASON MAKES US VERY APPRECIATIVE FOR THIS SEASON. WE ARE THRILLED TO DEATH TO BE COMPETING AGAIN.”

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• Every day, people go to work.

Everyday (one word) means ordinary,

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