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THE GIFT of Critical Thinking “…your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today – a hot mess of hashtags and intolerance that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country.” - Mike Rowe My son came home the other day and
The fact that we have to do our own
He said some of his teachers were talking
is pathetic, but that’s another
asked what I knew about net neutrality.
about how the recent decision to abolish
net neutrality would ruin the Internet. He was genuinely concerned and wanted to learn more.
I am embarrassed to say that I didn’t
know a lot about it either. So the two of us sat down to conduct some research. We watched reports from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and read articles from the
Washington Post and other news sites. NOT ONE of these sources gave both
what was so bad about abolishing net
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I was reminded of this story when I sat
down with CPA Steve Buchanan to discuss the new tax bill for 2018. To say it’s
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research just to understand a news story
sides of the story. They all talked about neutrality, just like the teachers, but no
one even bothered to explain the other side of the story.
I had to turn to one of those ultra right
wing sites to finally get the whole story.
complicated would be an understatement. The main thing to remember is to do your research or better yet, have a numbers guy like Steve explain it to you.
I wrote all of that to say this: we have some very bright very wonderful kids here in
North Texas. Let’s not shortchange them by giving them OUR opinions or letting
them understand only one side. Let’s give them the gift of critical thinking skills that
have been lost on so many people today. It’s hard to take that time in our busy
world, but who knows? Maybe you’ll learn something, too.
Sincerely Susan Neuhalfen
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CONTENTS THIS MONTH:
We’re focusing on the law. Look for the icon.
On the Cover: Charla Bradshaw of KoonsFuller Family Law
FEATURED: EDUCATING YOURSELF FOR THE UNEXPECTED
52 EDITORS PICK: Dream STEAM Lab at Rayzor
ASK THE EXPERTS
14 Gardening with
08 Taxes New Rules in 2018
54 Guyer Ready to Take on
10 20 Questions With Guyer
New District Slate
Complete Solutions 20 Edit This with Steve Gamel 24 Restaurant Review: Marty B’s Takes the Steak
Softball Coach Keith Medford 18 Nearby Family Fun Adventures for Spring Break
28 Fitness with Jesse James Fit
26 Is Your Home Business Protected?
36 Dentistry with Dr. Matt
34 Different Ways to Observe
40 Makeover with Cloud 9 Salon 50 Counseling with Acorn Counseling Services 56 College Prep with Vanguard College Prep
St. Paddy’s Day 38 How to Make Green Eggs and Ham 42 Spring Break Camps & Fun
58 Transitioning into Spring 59 Measles Six Cases and Counting 60 Transcending Language Through Poetry 62 WALL: Raising Leaders
Business Spotlights 30 McManis Insurance 46 Homework in the Cafe
48 Inside Community
Photos from Lantana
49 Inside Education
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TAXES Legal Article
New Rules in 2018 by Susan Neuhalfen
hances are you are already wrapping up your 2017 taxes and getting them ready for your CPA. The good news is most of the recently passed Tax Reform provisions kick in on January 1, 2018, which means that they won’t affect 2017 tax filings.
For your tax year 2018 filing, however, there are a lot of tax law changes to sort out. “There are a lot of changes for 2018,” said Steve Buchanan of Buchanan & Co. PLLC, CPAs of Lantana. “You need to put a plan together now so you’re not surprised when you file your taxes next year.” Here are just some of the changes that are part of the new tax plan:
PROPERTY TAX / MORTGAGE CHANGES If you pay more than $10,000 in property tax, anything over and above that $10,000 is no longer deductible as an itemized deduction. The $10,000 deduction limit applies to the total of all your state and local taxes, including property tax. Similarly, mortgage interest deductions are only allowed for new home purchases of up to $750,000. That means you can’t write off the interest on what you’ve mortgaged over and above $750k. This does not apply to existing mortgages. Additionally, interest on home equity loans or HELOCs are no longer tax deductible but IRS guidance on what home equity that may qualify is still being worked. There’s no grandfathering provision for existing home equity loans. “If you’re making key changes in your life such as buying a new home, starting a business, or changing your business structure to hope to take advantage of the new law, talk to your tax advisor first,” said Buchanan. “We can help prepare you for those important decisions that often are expensive to undo or potentially permanently or temporarily irrevocable.” 8 | LANTANA LIVING
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CHANGE IN TAX BRACKETS, DEDUCTIONS The overall tax tables have gone down a bit for 2018, which helps most taxpayers. For most taxpayers the new 2018 tax brackets mean potentially more money in your pocket. Buchanan said that many of his clients have chosen to invest that money which, as a licensed investment advisor, is something he can handle for them.
CHILD TAX CREDIT The new tax bill doubles the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 for families earning up to $500,000. There is also an allowance for those invested in the 529 college savings plan to pay up to $10,000 per year for K-12 schools. For example if you have a K-12 child in private school, you can dip into your 529 and pay for part of that tuition if you choose.
SOME BUSINESS CHANGES Businesses may be paying a lower tax rate but there is planning needed. According to Buchanan, you need to find out if your business is structured the right way to qualify for the recent tax cuts. “There are a lot of layers to this, “ said Buchanan. “I have to know your fact pattern to advise if you qualify for the recent tax cuts for small businesses or if restructuring your business is advisable. It comes down to several factors including a provision that affects businesses providing services such as a doctor, lawyer, accountant, realtor, financial advisor, qualified business income, etc.” “Before running out to create a corporation or revoking an S-Election, talk to a CPA.”
SUMMARY “A lot of people ask me if they need to worry about the new tax laws and the short answer is ‘yes’,” said Buchanan. “The best thing is to seek advice from a good CPA or tax attorney to figure out the best plan for you and your family.” Buchanan cautions against making moves without an overall plan. He notes that tax planning should evolve with changes to tax code, economy, as well as changes to your personal situation, and your investment plan should be developed in concert with your tax planning. Special Thanks to: STEVEN BUCHANAN, CPA, MBA Buchanan & Company, PLLC Certified Public Accountants (940) 455-2084 • www.buchanancan.com
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With Guyer Softball Coach
Keith Medford by Steve Gamel
he 2018 softball season is just now getting underway at Guyer. Head coach Keith Medford has been at the helm since the school opened and has made the Lady Wildcat program a consistent playoff powerhouse.
able to breathe because I’m laughing
Coach Medford sat down with us recently to play an old-fashioned game of 20 Questions, where he dished on everything from his love of softball to the last movie he took his wife to see. If you could not coach softball, what sport would you coach and why? I’d have to say baseball. I think that’s more in line with my background. I’ve thought about football, but I just don’t have as much experience. If you couldn’t coach at all, what would you do for a living? I’ve always wanted to be an architect. I’m not sure if I’m smart enough to do that, but I’ve always thought it’d be cool to design a field house or athletic facility. They can do so much these days with technology.
What do you do for fun during a night off
from the field?
What is your favorite food?
I like to spend as much time with my family
Mexican food. I love all of it.
as I can.
What was the worst coaching decision
What’s one thing nobody knows about you?
you’ve ever made?
I’d say the biggest thing is that I used to
There was one year I had a bunch of lefty
be a drummer back in the day and I’m
hitters in my lineup, so I thought it’d be
cool to alternate right and left throughout
the lineup. It didn’t work out so well for us that day.
What type of student were you in high school? Very average. I would go so far as to
say there are probably some teachers
out there from the past who would be surprised that I’m a teacher now.
How many years of coaching do you think you have left in you? I’ve always told myself that I’d walk away if
still pretty good at it. I had the mullet and whole nine yards. Captain America or Iron Man? Iron Man Batman or Superman? Superman If you were stuck in an elevator with one person, who would you want that to be? I’d say my wife, Jennifer. There’s no question on that.
the day came and I was miserable going
What are your hobbies?
to work. I haven’t remotely come close to
I really don’t have any other than chasing
feeling that way. I still love my job.
around my kids in select ball.
Do you have any phobias? None. I don’t have any, really.
Have you been overseas before and where?
I’ve never been overseas, but going to
What is the dumbest thing you ever did as a kid? I had just got my license and was driving down the road and decided to change lanes real quick. Well, I hit a cop car when I did it. It was an unmarked cop car, but still a cop.
Guyer has a lot of rivals. Which one do you take the
Europe is on our bucket list.
most pleasure in beating?
What’s the last movie you saw in a movie theater?
Who is the funniest coach at Guyer High School? Jonathan Ponsonby. There have been times in my office where I haven’t been
Falls Rider over the years. Lake Dallas is
you hate the most?
right down the street.
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I’d have to say Ryan. We are very similar and we have a ton of respect for one
another. But with that said, you are right.
Don’t laugh – I saw Girls Trip at the theater with Jennifer and some friends.
We’ve had some crazy battles with Wichita
What is the one chore around the house that
another one because of the fact we are
If I had to clean the toilets. I’d say that’d
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Ask The Expert: Gardening
Groundhog, Forget The
Spring Is Coming To Texas
unxsutawney Phil saw his shadow
sign everyone is off and running into
that look functional and that you could see
but you’d better go ahead and get
2018. When looking at the outdoor
those 2018 patio and landscape
project list it’s always a good idea to start
your family enjoying. Letting designers
plans started. Spring-like weather gets the
with the BIG stuff (i.e. patio extension,
patio builders busy drawing up plans and
outdoor living space, pool, etc.). Getting
the landscape designers busy designing. Although it will be another month or so until spring flowers start to arrive in masses, getting a jump on things is always a good idea. Cut the beds in, get that stone work going and the larger bucket sizes
a great looking multi-
“Once you’ve got the BIG stuff knocked out you can focus on then smaller items.”
planted now so you can be ahead of the curve and have a better idea on that spring color (how much, what kind and where) when it gets here. We definitely consider ourselves
functional outdoor space put together that you can enjoy year round is where you need to begin. You should ensure that it looks great from the inside or out whether using it or not. To keep all your fields of view open from the house is
also key. Paying those lot premiums then cutting off the view is too often something want a place to sit and watch the game with friends, a place to cook and entertain, or both. Hire a designer that can provide
10-12 patios in January, it’s a for sure
you with an impressive portfolio, patios
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you entertain, whether you want to enjoy the space rain or shine, etc., will help give them direction when putting a custom plan together for you. Once you’ve got the BIG stuff knocked out you can focus on then smaller items like accenting the space with accessories or pots to bring in color, balancing the backyard with added landscape. Beds, raised gardens and individual sitting areas are all great ideas and can help you create your own oasis...
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“small business” and with contracting
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Family Fun ADVENTURES FOR SPRING BREAK by Steve Gamel
any families are looking to do something fun for Spring Break, but there’s simply not enough
time to go out of state or even somewhere exotic. The good news is there are plenty of options relatively close to home.
Here are a few of those fun family ideas – all located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:
Kids will have fun making friends, getting
that glides 100 feet off the ground, a
super kid-friendly sport center.
air at 70mph and being strapped to a 165-
exercise, and learning new skills in this CINNAMON CREEK RANCH
It’s the new bowling! Bring the kids for a
fun-filled day of archery. There is so much to do here, and the great instructors are
happy to help the newcomers get the feel of the bow and arrow. It’s perfect for the whole family.
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Escape Rooms HQ is a one-of-a-kind
rocket ride that sends you straight into the foot propeller with speeds up to 60 mph
in just seconds. We’re talking 4Gs of force. Talk about your wild rides.
TRINITY FOREST ADVENTURE PARK IN DALLAS
This is a seven-acre combination obstacle course and zip line park for people ages six and older. It has more than 20 zip-
lines as well as cargo nets, rope bridges, and other obstacles spread out over six
ALTITUDE PARK IN DENTON
fantasy entertainment facility where
courses. Go at your own pace, as long as
This is incredible for kids of all ages. Go
of the clues to escape their mystery room.
pits, gymnastics tumble tracks, a kid zone,
a series of codes, locks, and puzzles that
more. The facility is located across from
especially good for older kids and fun for
players race against the clock to solve all
you don’t take longer than the three-hour
crazy with 30,000 square feet of foam
Your team will be charged with solving
GREAT WOLF LODGE IN GRAPEVINE
basketball dunking lanes, dodgeball, and
reveal clues to enable the escape. This is
Golden Triangle Mall in Denton.
the whole family.
WINKIDS IN FLOWER MOUND
ZERO GRAVITY THRILL PARK IN DALLAS
Lodge Resort offers everything from
During Spring Break, there are
For the older kids looking for some
crafts, food, entertainment, lodging, and
jumping, a 16-story free fall, a sky-coaster
luxurious hotel to maximize your fun.
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Talk about a family getaway that doesn’t break the bank! Located in Grapevine near Grapevine Mills Mall, Great Wolf
indoor waterslides and pools to arts,
serious thrills, there’s this: bungee
shopping. Stay for a day or stay in the
Dubbed the Star of North Texas, the Frank Buck Zoo offers all your traditional zoo
experiences and more without having to drive into Dallas or Fort Worth. This is a
ANIMALS & AQUATICS
great venue to have a birthday party at or
Encounters and Training Demonstrations are always interesting for a behind-the-
even have a private guided tour. SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE
experience other nearby venues.
RANCH IN PILOT POINT
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
Another hidden gem in North Texas,
Much like the zoo, it’s hard to go
wrong with a trip to the aquarium. It’s
educational, it’s fun, and it’s cool to see
sharks. There also aren’t a ton of lines, so you and the family can go at your own pace and enjoy every exhibit.
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The Arboretum is beautiful with
for the kids to see and do. The Keeper
learning for everyone. Even the building
The zoo is always fun, and there’s plenty
save with CityPass if you’re planning to
of interactive things to do, and it’s great
Pokemon Go on their website. You can
and the kids will love it. There are lots
THE DALLAS ARBORETUM AND
scenes look. There’s even a guide to
Perot Museum. This is anything but boring,
Sharkarosa is a non-profit ranch licensed
breathtaking gardens at every turn. For the kids, there is the Rory Meyers Adventure Garden for Children overlooking White Rock Lake. There are more than 150 individual kid-friendly activities, and the children’s garden features The Texas Skywalk, The Moody Oasis, a Walk in the Clouds, and more.
and regulated by the USDA. Families
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT/LOUIS
experience featuring endangered exotic
can get an up-close-and-personal zoo
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wildlife – without spending an arm
Adults and children alike would definitely
and a leg.
miss out by not checking out the unique –
and odd attractions – at Ripley’s. Ever seen
When you think of museums, you think
hung out with wax replicas of Superman
a two-headed animal, a shrunken head, or
quiet and sometimes boring. But NOT the
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Ask The Expert: Edit This
e live in a technology-driven world where it’s easy to sit down with a cup of coffee and a laptop and start writing away. But how many of my fellow writers out there still use a pen and paper to start at least some of your writing projects?
While I don’t use a pen and paper for everything, I still rely a great deal on this “old-fashioned” process. An example was over the holidays. I wrote six blogs for two clients – all on paper – before I turned to my laptop to perfect them. For me, writing by hand often makes the writing process easier. I can write down entire articles or just collect my thoughts, jot down an outline for what I intend to write on my laptop, and even do a little freewriting without worrying about typos or missing commas.
Here are five reasons why using a pen and paper first can be good for writers:
You’ll never lose those great ideas If you’re not near your computer or phone to write something down, a notepad and pen conveniently placed in your car, at your bedside table, or on the kitchen
You can stay focused longer I love my MacBook Air, but it’s so easy to
get distracted from writing by the Internet, email notifications, and friends’ social
media posts. Last time I checked, your
favorite pen and notepad don’t have Wi-Fi capability. Use that to your advantage.
counter serve the same purpose. Write
Grammar rules don’t exist
into the abyss.
grammar as I’m writing on my laptop,
down your thoughts before they vanish Avoid blank computer screens You hear all the time about how writers
find themselves staring at a blank screen
waiting for a hint of inspiration. You rarely hear people say the same thing about a
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I’m constantly editing and focusing on which can lead to lost ideas and overall train of thought. Using a pen and
computers and smartphones? We wrote everything down. I love technology, but writing things down forces us to use more of our brain while improving learning comprehension. It’s also very calming. Thanks for reading! If you need help telling your story, whether it be business or personal related, give Edit This® a call. We handle all your writing and editing needs, from blogs to content writing for websites, newsletters, and more
paper allows me to throw rules out the window and focus on getting my raw thoughts down on paper.
Writing by hand = happy brain What did we do before there were
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Ask The Expert: Restaurant Review
a mound of candied pecans. It is sprinkled with blue cheese chunks and served with the most delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
I could lie and tell you that I’ve tried all kinds of different main dishes, but the
truth is if you don’t get the filet you are
missing out. This is arguably the best steak I have had in my 50 years of existence,
and believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of steak. The beef is all-natural (hormone and
antibiotic free) from 44 Farms in Cameron,
Texas. The meat is shipped fresh and then cut and seasoned at the restaurant. The
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steak will melt in your mouth. Just try it. You won’t be disappointed.
o doubt about it, Marty B’s is more than a restaurant. It’s a destination. Visiting at 5:30 on a Saturday,
it was already completely packed with
families inside and outside. This gorgeous modern ranch building looks like
something you’d see in the Hill Country
of Texas complete with corn hole games, community fire pits, outside heaters, picnic tables and lots of seating.
If you visited in the first few weeks of its opening, just know all the kinks have
been worked out and it’s running like a
well-oiled machine. Our server, Mandy,
was only on her second day and she was efficient, sweet and Johnny-on-the-spot
for everything we needed. Marty himself visited our table – as well as every table in the restaurant –to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. My
thing we’ve experienced on the appetizer menu is the brisket queso. It’s a nice change from just having ground beef shoved in a bowl
somewhere at 7,
we would have.
chips. It’s topped
It’s a great open
with pico de gallo
space and the music
and Marty B’s BBQ
is at comfortable level.
sauce. Exclusive to Marty
B’s, the BBQ sauce is vinegar-
based with fresh pepper, not the thick
molasses-type. The original sauce is just a touch sweet with a nice kick. My 13 yearold son judges a restaurant by its queso (he’s a connoisseur) and right
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I will, however, leave you with these three little words: GET THE FILET.
topped with lots of
fresh Asiago cheese. The
strawberry salad, however, is spectacular. The plate is lined with sliced strawberries
and in the center of the fresh spring mix is
photos courtesy of Marty B’s Facebook
and the truth is,
much onion or spice. However, the best
would recommend planning accordingly.
queso ranks #1.
guacamole has a nice flavor without too
The parking is challenging and
they also don’t take reservations so I
now, Marty B’s brisket
three times now
Let’s start with appetizers. The
great country tunes, we both
hadn’t had to be
a few salads.
that it only gets better.
area and heard Willie Lain playing some
and enjoy. If we
back. We all agree
when we left through the outside pavilion
at a picnic table
meat and pairs
We have tried
we can’t wait to go
Obviously we were too full for dessert, but
wanted to sit down
with cheese. It’s fresh
family has visited
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Is Your Home Business
PROTECTED? What You Need To Know In The State Of Texas by Madison Reid
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First of all, though, the business has to be
hen it comes to home-based businesses in Texas, there are certain considerations. Many
treated as just that: a business. To take
people have legal questions when starting
out. If that business is in the form of a multi level marketing business, things are a bit
advantage of tax write-offs for home-
based businesses, the business has to be for-profit not merely a hobby. How the
IRS treats business income versus hobby
different than for some other businesses
income is different, and tax write-offs for
being run from home.
However, other businesses such as those that are based upon food preparation would require a permit.
For those running a multi level marketing business, the focus should not just be
legal questions but also a consideration of tax implications. Far too often, homebased entrepreneurs overlook the tax advantages of their businesses.
only be deducted up to the level of income generated.
trap? Devote significant time to it. Work
Is there a space exclusively dedicated to
by the state of Texas to get started.
If it is considered a hobby, losses can
multi level marketing business from home Road, etc., there are no permits required
fall into the hobby business category.
How do you make sure that your
that are being undertaken in the pursuit
such as Mary Kay, Rodan + Fields, Celadon
provided that the business does not
businesses are reserved for enterprises
One of the legal questions that arises is how to get started. For those running a
the income generated by the business,
business does not fall into the hobby to become profitable within a reasonable
the business? If so, you can qualify for
amount of time. Be certain to keep good
the space really must be specific to the
business is more about profit than the
purposes. This particular deduction is one
the products being sold. Of course, these
the home office deduction. However,
records. Be certain that your home-based
business and not be used for personal
mere personal pleasure of engaging with
that the IRS is quite picky about.
are all things that one should be doing
Inventory is another deductible expense.
anyways in order to grow a strong home-
the business, not personal use.
A small business offers plenty of
Has the business taken a loss? You can
opportunities for tax deductions. Just be
These items must be for the purpose of
write off business losses even beyond
sure to follow IRS rules.
Here are 12 tax deductible tips that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.
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Ask The Expert: Fitness
ig life changes start with small steps. In today’s world, everyone is looking for the quick fix to get in physical
shape. Not all gyms are created equal
and not all workout styles lead to positive
results. Here, we will detail the benefits of
working with a professional fitness trainer
and how our personal training style differs from many current fitness trends. Personal Fitness Training:
At Jesse James Fit, our team is filled with
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story and they started somewhere just
like our clients and members. Personal
training certifications aren’t quick or easy
to obtain. They require extensive training on anatomy, nutrition, body mechanics, muscle building, and performing
Science has proven that short bursts of
which ultimately is a more effective and
and burns more body fat providing faster
reps as fast as you can with as much
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structure and multi-joint movements, our
workouts never get boring and challenge our members every single day. It’s been
scientifically proven that the best way to avoid a plateau is to shock the muscles by utilizing different training styles and movement patterns during exercise. Members who have been
consistently training with us for years have seen faster results than other methods, plus
they’ve had a ton of fun along the way!
exercises to reach a desired result safely.
in corrective training, senior training,
Additionally, many on our team specialize stability, balance, athletics, coaching and mentoring. The versatility of personal
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make life-long changes through intention
and planning, rather than simply providing a good workout.
Backed by Science:
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Some of the
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efficient workout. Completing as many weight as you can is not a sustainable
style of training if you plan to exercise the rest of your life. After weeks of
yanking, swinging, flailing, jerking and
jumping, the body wears down and injury becomes a more possible outcome.
If you ever find yourself in a position
where “crushing today’s workout” means potential lifelong physical injury, stop and consider a different
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UNEXPECTED by Susan Neuhalfen
ost relationships between client and insurance agent consist of the client sending
a check and the insurance agent sending a birthday card.
insurance for things such as lawsuits that
may arise from injury on your property. As
Courtney explained, you don’t expect bad things to happen, but when they do, we
unfortunately live in a “sue-happy” country
That’s not true if Courtney McManis with Farmers Insurance is your agent.
and you need to be covered.
“For just over $200 a year, you can have a
“We are not just transactional in this
$1M policy,” said Courtney. “These are the
36 years of combined experience in the
Courtney has a very experienced staff
office,” said Courtney, whose staff has over insurance industry. “We take the time with
every single client to go over every option and find where we can expand their
protection while saving them money.”
things we talk to our clients about.”
handles all of the checks and balances on a policy in order to keep the
client completely covered. Courtney
agencies in the country. Think about that, one of the top 3 new agencies in the United States right here in little old Lantana, Texas. As a Lantana resident, Courtney is also heavily involved with her community. She is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of North Texas and Cloud9 Charities. She is a member of the Lantana Ladies League, the Lantana Golf Club and loves to sponsor Lantana events such as Music on the Green.
oversees everything and never misses
“I’m lucky that Farmers is very supportive
personally. That’s how her agency
Courtney. “I love Lantana and any chance I
Courtney talked specifically about
an opportunity to interact with clients
of community events as well,” said
liability coverage over regular homeowner
became one of the top three new Farmers
have to help the residents here, I will.”
umbrella insurance, which provides
McManis Insurance Agency
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Yourself EDUCATING For The
UNEXPECTED by Steve Gamel
Local lawyer Charla Bradshaw has a message every married couple should hear.
harla Bradshaw is a human encyclopedia of family law, and her knowledge of divorce-related matters, in particular, is unmatched. In a matter of 10 minutes, the Denton native and well-known attorney of 24 years can rattle off every nuance of the divorce process, from what temporary orders are, to the many motions that can be filed on your behalf or against you. And she can do it all in a way that truly makes you believe she’ll have your back every step of the way. While Bradshaw doesn’t expect her clients at KoonsFuller Family Law to know all the ins and outs of the legal process, she is amazed and concerned how woefully unprepared many spouses are when it comes to their household finances. “I see it every day,” said Bradshaw, managing shareholder of the Denton office of KoonsFuller Family Law. “They don’t have that basic knowledge of their accounts, where those accounts are located, or the account numbers, or even what bills need to be paid. Usually, it’s because most couples have one spouse in charge of the finances, and in the case of a divorce or death, the other spouse is placed at an extreme disadvantage as they are forced to get up to speed in an already stressful situation. “Because they don’t know about their finances, assets or debts, they have no idea what is being done to them.” According to a survey by TD Ameritrade, two-thirds of married Americans don’t have a financial plan in place and often overlook the possibility of divorce or losing a loved one in their financial planning. Per that same report, approximately four in ten marriages eventually end in divorce and about a quarter of Americans age 65 and older are widowed.
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Bradshaw believes it is her responsibility
accounts you have. You need to read your
they are as prepared as they can be
people out there just sign their tax return,
the case of a spouse’s death. That alone
happens, or their spouse passes away
out in a world where clients have plenty
the dark. This is such a huge pocket of
in Denton, Plano, Houston, Dallas, and
Furthermore, if you are in a relationship
as a local lawyer to educate citizens so
tax return, too. I can’t tell you how many
before they walk into her office, or in
or not, and move on. Then, when divorce
has helped her and KoonsFuller stand
unexpectedly, they are left completely in
of options. KoonsFuller has five offices
stress that can be 100 percent avoided.”
Southlake. Bradshaw is at the center of it
all and has gained a state-wide reputation while litigating some of the most difficult cases, both locally and internationally. Her vast experience in family law has made
her a clear choice as
an expert for speeches and appearances, with regard to family lawrelated matters.
Oh, and by the way,
she even contemplated
going into marriage and family therapy before
becoming an attorney.
She completed all of her
about the finances, that is a major red flag that needs to be identified and changed
“Usually it’s the spouse that doesn’t have access to the household money, or doesn’t have knowledge of the finances, who has a lot more attorney fees...”
at Texas Woman’s University in marriage and family therapy. That family-first
mindset is proof that she cares about her clients more than the mighty dollar.
“I want my clients to know that they were represented to the fullest, and when
it’s over, that we have resources to help them,” Bradshaw said. photography by Kent Barker
and does not want you to know anything
masters, but the thesis,
where your spouse manages the money
Bradshaw said the first step in the process — above everything else — is getting educated on your finances.
“Usually it’s the spouse that doesn’t
have access to the household money, or
doesn’t have knowledge of the finances,
who has a lot more attorney fees involved in the divorce process. That’s because you’re asking the attorney to go get
information from the other spouse — who knows everything,” she said. “You need
to know where all the money is and what
suggested that both spouses annually sit down together and
“If more couples would simply put themselves in a position where both are educated on the household finances, they’d be better prepared in the event of divorce or death. It’s far less of a burden in an already stressful situation,” Bradshaw said. “At the end of the day, I want to be there for as many people as I can. That includes people who are going through a divorce, are thinking about it, or couples who are completely happy but unsure about their finances. I want to help in any way I can to get the message out. But at the end of the day, it takes a spouse who does not have the knowledge to step up and obtain the information.”
go over their finances,
share responsibilities in paying bills, and share passwords to bank
accounts and other
financial information, including income tax returns.
With that type of education and
knowledge, you can be far more prepared if you find yourself getting divorced, or your spouse passes away. Some other
tips Bradshaw shared include, but are not limited to:
• Know your finances and protect that money before you or your spouse files for divorce.
• Assess what retainer will be necessary to hire an attorney.
• Know that the less knowledge you
have about your finances, the more expensive your divorce may be.
• Find a lawyer who is willing to walk
you through the process and answer all your questions.
• Provide as much of the information
your attorney asks for, so they don’t have to spend time doing it for you and charging you to do so.
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St. Paddy’s Texas Style Saturday, March 17, 2-10pm Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Lewisville This is a FREE family-friendly event includes kids’ activities like a 40-foot zip line and other inflatable attractions, live music, plus food and beer. 2 pm - Maguire Academy of Irish Dance 3 pm - Reel Treble - traditional, up-tempo Celtic & bluegrass music 4:30 pm - Rathmore - Celtic Rock (last seen at Rocktober) 6 pm - Two Tons of Steel - Texas Country North Texas Irish Festival Friday, March 2 - Sunday March 4 Fair Park 1121 1st Ave, Dallas St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with green beer and live music. However, there are some other ways to spend the weekend and not everyone celebrates only on March 17. Denton Celtic Dancers Community Dance Class Sunday, March 18 at 5pm Green Space Arts Collective: 529 Malone St, Denton …and now for something completely different…This is an ongoing Sunday event from 5-7pm $1 per session, FREE for students at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and Ema Ruth Russell Rehearsal Studio Come see and participate in a Celtic Dance class. Experienced dancers start at 5 PM, newer dancers start at 6 PM but may watch the other session. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and flat shoes. To learn more, call (940) 321-0012 or visit www. dentoncelticdancers.org. 39th Anniversary Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival Saturday, March 17 at 11am Step Off: Greenville @ Blackwell St. Parade End: Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd @ 75 Central Expressway Everyone loves a parade, especially if it’s the Largest St. Patrick’s Parade in the Southwest. It’s usually followed by the Dallas Observer St. Patrick’s Day Concert but this year the concert happens a week early (see above). For more information go to www.dallasstpatricksparade.com. 34 | LANTANA LIVING
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St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon Sunday, March 11 at 7:30am Keller Natatorium 1000 Bear Creek Pkwy, Keller If you’re a little more ambitious, the St. Patrick’s Sprint Triathlon in Keller is the kick-off to the Dallas-Ft. Worth triathlon season. The race will begin at 7:30am. The course consists of a 300 meter swim in a 50-yard indoor pool. The bike is a two-loop, 12.6-mile ride and a 3.1 mile run. For more information go to dallasathletesracing.com.
This is a family fun weekend event hosted at Fair Park. Enjoy traditional Irish food, music and performances. The festival also has tons of local vendors from all over Texas. Friday Night 6pm to 7pm FREE, after 7pm - $10, Saturday is $20 and Sunday is $15. Tickets are available at Tom thumb or online at www.ntif.org. Old Town Brewhouse 5K (formerly known as Cobra Brewing Co) Saturday, March 17 at 9:30am 146 Whatley Ave., Lewisville 1st Annual Old Town Brew House St. Pat’s 5k run/walk is a great way to work off all of that beer you’re going to drink (wink!). The two-loop course is 3.1 miles and begins at 9:30am. Shannon Brewing Company 5k Saturday, March 10 at 9am 818 N. Main St., Keller The Fourth Annual Shannon Brewing Festival begins with the St Pat’s 5K Walk/ Run. The race will start 9:00am followed by post party fun, music, pancakes, and of course the award winning hand crafted Shannon Brewing beer. It all starts at 9am and who knows when it will end?
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Ask The Expert: Dentistry
The Era Of
e all know kids have an enigmatic fascination with video games. It is an ongoing
You see, the digital age of dentistry is
upon us. As a dentist, I am capable of
taking our 3D CBCT x-rays to measure
encounter of countless hours of precious
the precise amount of space needed
When I used to teach, it was the popular
implant to engage optimum bone while
to place an implant, digitally plan that
response that my students wanted to
avoiding anatomical structures, integrate
“invent video games” when they grew up. As an adult, even I often wish I
could replace those formative years of gaming with productive pastimes like learning another language or studying market trends, for example. However, I recently attended a continuing education course to train on
crown only to fabricate the crown and
seamlessly restore the implant in a way that would allow, in
Your child’s hours of video games may pay off with a future as bright as their smile.
equipment currently employed in our office. As I learned the processes for operating this machine to take digital impressions, digitally design crowns, and then fabricate them in the office within half an hour, I thought to myself, I am so glad I played video games. 36 | LANTANA LIVING
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to replace a tooth in a
single day. This type of technology is just short
With these advances in dental technology and more, only time will tell what is in store for making dental care more predictable and more comfortable. Who knows? Your child’s hours of video games may pay off with a future as bright as their smile. Happy gaming and happy smiling!
of beaming a tooth into the mouth.
With digital impression,
we are capable of digital
designing orthodontic and Invisalign
treatments so that the final proposal of a patient’s smile can be predicted before beginning treatment while allowing
progress tracking throughout. Digital bite scans can be used to determine
areas of offset occlusion or bite patterns.
by Dr. Matt who is a owner of Country Lakes Family Dental CountryLakesDental.com
photography by Your Candid Memories (yourcandidmemories.com)
youth spent within a digital universe.
Functional 3D x-rays can determine abnormal jaw opening and closing patterns, or evaluate restricted airways. Intraoral cameras are capable of using decay detection to discover decay within the tooth before an actual cavitation occurs.
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by Susan Neuhalfen
ead Across America is happening on March 2, which would have been Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday. Dr. Seuss will be celebrated by kids all over the country, so what better way to celebrate with your kids than to feed them green eggs and ham? It’s not a typo when we say to use blue food coloring because eggs are yellow and yellow + blue = green. See? There’s another learning opportunity. Here are a couple of recipes to help you out. They both serve 4.
(with food coloring)
GREEN EGGS AND HAM (without food coloring)
• • • •
GREEN EGGS AND HAM
2-3 drops blue food coloring Salt and black pepper, to taste
Directions Set skillet on stove to med/low heat and add a small amount of oil or butter if
desired. Crack eggs into a bowl. Add blue food coloring until desired green color is reached and whisk together. Add diced
ham. Pour into preheated skillet. Stir while cooking to keep eggs from overcooking or burning. Take them off the heat when they still look wet, but not runny. Serve immediately.
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4 large eggs 1/2 cup packed fresh spinach leaves Salt and black pepper, to taste 1/4 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese (optional)
Directions Combine the eggs and spinach in a blender. Mix until well combined. It will be frothy. Heat a skillet over mediumlow heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the egg mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are cooked through and fluffy. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with mozzarella or cheddar cheese (if desired). Recipe courtesy of familyfoodonthetable.com.
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Ask The Expert: Makeover
MAKEOVER OF THE MONTH
ANDREA FERNANDEZ S
alon regular Amy Carey nominated her boss Andrea Fernandez for a makeover. She said that Andrea deserved it because despite working full-time and going to school, she remains a positive influence on her co-workers and always maintains a great outlook. According to Amy, because of her busy schedule, Andrea doesn’t take time for herself and she deserves a little pampering. Hair by Taylor Laine Compton Taylor took Andrea’s silver root, golden brown hair and went in a very different direction, choosing a deep copper red. She cut a classic Bob with a slight side bang, accenting her face shape. Makeup by Stacey Van Cleve
Waxing by Hannah Claire Hannah Claire did a fantastic job with Amy’s waxing.
Makeover and clothes provided by
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Photography by Jeff Stephens
Stacy went for a subtle everyday look, using browns and greens for eyeshadow and a light pink blush. The lipstick was a brown red mix that blends well with her new red hair color.
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by Susan Neuhalfen
uring spring break vacation your kiddos can get bored, and when they get bored. . . well you know the rest. Luckily, the Lantana Community Association is planning a kidâ€™s activity schedule for every day of the week of Spring Break. If you have to work, it's a fantastic way for your children to engage in enriching activities while they are out of school. If you also manage to get some free time while they are at a camp, even better! Enjoy some time alone and get re-energized for when they return. Here are some other Spring Break Day Camps that are offering events for the kiddos.
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Winkids 3000 Waketon Rd., Flower Mound 972-355-9988
Flower Mound Community Center
They will have camps every day during Spring Break. For ages 2.5-5, parents may choose either a morning or afternoon half day of fun for the little one. For ages 5-12 children, parents may choose to go half day or full day either in the morning or afternoon. This is a place where they can truly get that energy out and you don’t have to worry about the weather. For more information go to winkids.net.
Explorer Camp: 1st- 5th graders:
AquaKids Flower Mound 3409 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound 972-724-1528
Studio Art House 6100 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 800 214-285-0084
Denton Parks and Rec
AquaKids will be holding an open swim Monday through Friday from 1-3pm for kids ages 3+. If your child is under 3, an adult must swim with the child. They also have private lesson mini camp every day M-F offered during Mornings, afternoons and evenings. Lots more information is available on their website at aquakids.com.
If you have an artsy kid on your hands this is the perfect camp. During Spring Break they offer half day camps and week long camps for ages 5-16 both in the morning and afternoon. There are too many different activities on different days to list. Just go to Studioarthouse.com click on camps and then the Flower Mound campus.
All-day camps are available during Spring
Hoop Hunter Basketball 10600 Durham Rd., Roanoke 817-491-9602
Spring Break Natural Discovery Camp 2018 Bob Jones Nature Center 355 Bob Jones Rd., Southlake
Lionheart Children’s Academy at Cross Timbers Church Argyle 940-369-0700
Ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12 Tuesday, March 13 at 10:00 AM – Thursday, March 15 at 2:00 PM
This licensed daycare facility is open from 6:30am until 6:30pm. They will have activities and crafts for any kids currently enrolled in public school K-12. They will also have 1-2 field trips and lots of fun activities.
This is a great basketball game for kids from 2nd grade through 12th grade. There are two 2-day camps offered as follows: Monday and Tuesday March 12-13 8am-10am: 2nd- 3rd graders co-ed 10:15am–12:15pm: 4th - 5th graders co-ed Wednesday and Thursday March 14-15 8am-10am: 7th -12th grade boys 10:15am-12:15pm: 7th -12th grade girls Participants will learn everything from the rules of the game (for the younger kids) to advanced ball handling to competitive play. Go to hoophunter.com for more details and to sign up.
1200 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound 972-874-7275
Adventure Camp: 6th- 8th graders Every day from 7a-6pm there will be
activities galore for these kids. They will
swim, play games, have gym time and do
arts and crafts. Adventure Campers go on field trips every day. To sign up go to the
website at flower-mound.com/cac or go to the address listed above.
The focus at this camp is on studying the Wild Turkey, Nine-Banded Armadillo, and Texas Spiny Lizard. Kids will learn about the animal groups they belong to, all while making nature art, playing fun outdoor games, exploring the pond, and experiencing a live animal presentation from a special guest. Register at BJNC.org.
Lantana Taekwondo 2650 FM 407 Ste. 110, Bartonville (Town Center) 940-241-1020 This is a great opportunity for the kiddos to enjoy some good exercise. They will be offering weapons training and martial arts training every day during Spring Break. They open as early as 8 and close as late as 4. The camp is from 9-3 every day and they will also have a craft for the kids. Call, check out their Facebook page or stop by to sign up. Kids ages 5-11.
321 E. McKinney St., Denton 940-349-7275 Break. There are five camps to choose from: Game-A-Rama, Into the Deep, Shoot for the Stars, Splish Splash and Sports Spectacular. To find out more go on their website at www.cityofdenton.com and click on departments, go to Parks and Rec and then click on camps and childcare.
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New Playground at E.P. Rayzor In December 2017 EP Rayzor Elementary broke ground on a brand new playground made possible by a generous donation from the Lantana Education Foundation. The playground was dedicated to the foundation in January and is being well utilized by both the elementary schoolâ€™s students and the other local Lantana residents.
photos courtesy of Jennifer Clark
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Changing The Way Students
SUCCEED by Steve Gamel
e’ve all had those moments when epiphany strikes. It’s an amazing feeling, especially
when that vision benefits others on a
larger scale once it is fine-tuned and put into practice.
For Manu Shahi, her epiphany struck while sitting in the
a coffee shop.
Shahi, the former owner of Kumon
Learning Center in Highland Village and a certified
guidance from coaches and mentors. It’s not tutoring, but a way to empower kids to create a system, Shahi said. She gives students a proverbial toolbox full of life skills in a laid-back environment they are emotionally accepting of. She builds their
one place that would tie it all together –
in a relaxed setting while receiving
All of it is done in a cafe where students can complete assignments in a relaxed setting while receiving guidance from coaches and mentors.
and academic life
self-confidence while challenging them to cultivate their skills over time. “The funny thing was that all my research was being done while sitting in a Starbucks,” Shahi
coach, is changing
the way middle school
students learn and succeed with
a venture called Homework in a Cafe.
said of her goal of learning the “why” behind a child’s lack of motivation when it comes to studying. “I’d be sitting there, and these kids would
everything from homework to academic
hours but only get 30 minutes of work
communication. All of it is done in a cafe
wasn’t math and reading. The struggle
to coach students on an intimate level in
come in and be there in the cafe for four
life skills, time management, and
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was the system.”
“These children are focused in the cafe,” Shahi said.”They don’t want to be on
Instagram or Snapchat when they are here; they are interacting and getting immediate feedback from their peers and mentors. We’ve found what motivates them. I’m excited to see all of this going in the right direction.” Homework in a Cafe is held after school from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ Homeworkinacafe.
This revolutionary system allows Shahi
Not only has Homework in a Cafe received buy-in from students – Shahi had 35 kids immediately express interest – but she now does her sessions at Epic Gelato and Snow Village Cafe in Flower Mound and Liberation Coffee Company in Coppell. Nearby school districts and universities are also taking interest.
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The 2018 Women of Flower Mound (WOFM) Spring Fling Fashion Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 11am to 1pm, at The Shops at Highland Village. All
proceeds will be used to award college scholarships to Flower Mound area high school seniors. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, call Angie Cox at 972-743-5735. For more information go to www.womenofflowermound.org
Itâ€™s the perfect afternoon break! Come to the Lantana North Group Fitness Room on Wednesday, February 28 for a great afternoon of Bingo from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This is a great time for everyone, regardless of age. Meet lots of your neighbors and have lots of fun. Everyone is invited and prizes will be awarded.
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The Flower Mound New Century Lions Club will hold its Charter Night on March 9 at the Lantana Golf Club. Social hour/ cash bar starts at 6pm followed by a grilled chicken buffet dinner at 7pm. There will be a silent auction and a guest speaker. Dress
Women of Argyle Leaving a Legacy presents Leading our Greatest Legacy. Learn the leadership skills to lead a legacy for the next generation. The conference is March 22 from 9am-2pm
is business casual. RSVP by March 2 to 940-725-3181 or email
at Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke. For more information go
to Argyechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.
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RUN AND BINGO Saturday, April 27 will be a day to be remembered at Blanton
Elementary starting with the Blanton Fun Run and ending with Bingo Night at Blanton at 6pm. Please consider volunteering to be on the committee for these events by contacting Kristin Stelmazewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
READ ACROSS AMERICA Denton ISD’s elementary schools will celebrate Read Across America from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2, which would have been Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday. Community volunteers are asked to read to students for 30 minutes on campuses across the district. Sign up at https://www.volunteersignup.org/W8B4D.
Guyer HS Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Allen (Away) Tuesday, Feb 27th starting at 7:30pm in Allen Guyer HS Girl Varsity Soccer vs. Allen (Home) Tuesday, Feb 27th starting at 7:30pm
GUYER ALL-STATE Three students at Guyer High School were selected to perform with the best musicians from Texas during the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio from Feb. 14-17. Jordan Meza made the All-State Band, Haley Dortch, the All-State Choir and Ethan Nguyen, the All-State Orchestra. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Only 1,780 students are selected to perform out of the 70,000 who audition.
KINDER WOLVES If you have an incoming Kindergartener
Guyer HS Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Frisco HS Saturday, Feb 24 starting at 3:40pm at the Lewisville HS (1098 W Main St. Lewisville, TX 75067)
(Fall 2018), there are several upcoming events available to learn all about E.P. Rayzor Elementary beginning with the first event on Thursday, March 22 from 5:45pm-6:15pm on the playground at E.P. Rayzor. Come meet Principal Mrs. Dunlevy, Asst. Principal Mrs. Critton and kindergarten teachers Mrs.
Guyer HS Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Byron Nelson HS Saturday, Feb 24, starting at 6pm at the Lewisville HS (1098 W Main St. Lewisville, TX 75067)
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Ask The Expert: Counseling
our day was a terrible, awful, no
good, very bad day. You hung out with some friends and when the
police pulled you over, you had no idea you were over the legal limit. It happened so fast and itâ€™s never happened before. Now, Uber is your best friend. What do you do now? How can you keep this from
Maybe you have a loved one who struggles with knowing when to call a cab and when to drive. This class can help prevent problems before they begin. With a short assessment, information on laws and limits, as well as practical ideas on how to have fun while staying safe, this class helps you have more choices with
I can help. The laws around alcohol and
Need help recovering from a traffic stop?
drugs and driving can be complex. My
Call me, Al Wade, LPC. Register for the
class, DWI Certified Education, teaches
class held each month on the 3rd week of
you to identify areas where you struggle
the month, Tuesday thru Thursday from
and helps develop plans and habits to reduce legal liability. We will cover information about traffic safety problems that come from alcohol and drugs and the laws that regulate them. Youâ€™ll learn how to tell if you have a dependence problem
6-10. The cost is only $75 and can really help you get your life back on track. I also have open appointments for adolescents and adults with substance abuse issues. Call me at 940-222-8703 ext 702 or email me at Al@AcornCounseling.Services.
or simply some bad habits. The best part, if you have lost your license for the first time due to a traffic stop, I can help you get it back through the state approved DWI Certified Education Class.
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by Al Wade, LPC Acorn Counseling Services 940.222.8703 acorncounseling.services
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Dream STEAM Lab at Rayzor
Two teachers at E.P. Rayzor Elementary had a vision. by Susan Neuhalfen
eacher and Librarian Melissa Leonard and Art Teacher Carleen Michener
wanted to create an area at the school where they could keep up with technology advancements for the students without having to spend a lot of money each time something changed or needed to be updated. Instead of sitting on their hands and waiting for the money to be allocated they co-wrote and applied for a grant to set up this space. The grant was recently awarded by the Denton Public School Foundation (DPSF) through funds donated by
opportunities and lots of new tools for the
that can easily be adapted for every grade
wood shop and tool area, Lego wall and
want it to encompass different interests
making and more.
constantly changing, we envision a space
students to use such as a sewing center,
level in the school,” said Leonard. “We also
building area, green screen area for video
that the students may want to explore,” said Leonard.
“We believe kids need a space to be able to explore and create where their interests are driving the learning process.”
the CoServ Charitable Foundation. Now Leonard and Michener can set up their
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They are most excited to see how the students will grow in such a different
STEAM stands for
learning environment. The hands-on
engineering, art, and
and they are excited to see the students’
were given was full of old
a new piece of technology. They are
have now cleared out
collaboration and problem-solving that
The next step is to paint
learning is very important to both teachers
math. The room they
reactions as they try a new tool or explore
computers which they
also very interested to see the student
and one wall removed.
this type of learning environment
the room and fill it with furniture and materials for the students.
The STEAM room will be a flexible
learning environment perfect for student-
led learning. There will be many hands-on
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“Living in a world where technology is
“Our hope is that this will eventually
become the norm in every school - as
normal as a computer lab or a library,” said Leonard. “We believe kids need a space to be able to explore and create where their
interests are driving the learning process. “
photos courtesy of Melissa Leonard
After the computers were removed
Super excited teachers
Removal of the middle wall
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GUYER READY TO TAKE ON
NEW DISTRICT SLATE by Steve Gamel
he Guyer football team is used to being placed in a tough district lineup every year. That won’t
change next season, though there is the
added incentive of exacting revenge on a few opponents of the past.
Head coach John Walsh and company learned they would join a revamped
District 5-6A lineup that includes the likes of Trophy Club Byron Nelson, Southlake Carroll, Keller, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller
Central, Keller Timber Creek, and Haslet
three teams it has lost to in recent years. Keller Central beat Guyer 24-21 when
they were in the same district in 2015. Last year, Nelson shocked Guyer with a win in the first round of playoffs. It was the first time in Guyer’s history that it lost in the
first round of the playoffs. It was also the
first time Nelson had ever beaten Guyer. Then there’s Southlake Carroll, which has always had a solid rivalry with
Eaton. The news was released during
biennial reclassification and realignment
Carroll, including a
the University Interscholastic League’s
day on February 1.
48-35 playoff win over
The new district lineup is for the 2018-20
school years and is for all sports at Guyer – not just football.
There are several positives with this new district lineup. For starters, it will cut
down on Guyer’s travel while at the same
the Dragons in 2015.
Walsh told the Denton Record-Chronicle he is extremely excited
about the potential for
it a point to schedule the best teams possible in nondistrict. From an athletic program as a whole, Guyer is also better suited to handle
WHOLE, GUYER IS
ALSO BETTER SUITED TO HANDLE TOUGH
Not that this new lineup isn’t tough in
fans get that rivalry feeling," Walsh told
a district with defending Class 6A state
and it kind of continued through the
hope to have games where your kids and
its own right, but the Wildcats did share
the DRC. "We created that back in 2010
champion Allen along with the Plano and
playoffs. It's good to make it a
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during that stretch, and Walsh has made
PROGRAM AS A
tough district slate the last two seasons.
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They’ve flip-flopped classes regularly
FROM AN ATHLETIC
"When you look at your schedule, you
realignment pits the Wildcats against
5A and twice in 4A) while winning two.
team is two of the
time taking the edge off what has been a
Another coup is that the latest
competed in three titles games (once in
tough competition. Its boys basketball
Guyer is 3-2 all-time
be any different. Since 2010, Guyer has
Walsh always feels his teams are prepared for tough sledding, and this year won’t
top programs in the state, and its baseball, softball, and volleyball teams are consistent playoff contenders. The girls soccer team won a state title not too long ago, as well. This year’s nondistrict schedule for football
includes Aledo, which has won six state titles over the last nine seasons. The Wildcats will then face Cedar Hill and Mesquite Horn before district starts. "If you're at Guyer High School, you're going to play a tough nondistrict schedule,” Walsh told the DRC. “We'll be ready for district play after that."
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Spring by Rebecca Grunewald
t’s never too early to start thinking about your new spring look – especially here in Texas. Here are some great looks put
We have accessorized all of the outfits with pieces from the new Kendra Scott Spring Collection. This collection features
together by our friends at the Palm Tree
a fresh twist on her iconic silhouettes and
Boutique with three North Texas locations
a color palette that ranges from vivid to
in Denton, Plano and Grapevine.
the softest pastels.
Navy floral top / olive joggers: This navy, cold
While you are freshening up your
shoulder top with ruffle accents and a
wardrobe for spring, don't forget to pick
bold floral print hits all of the top trends
up something for your home. You can find
for spring. We love the easy fit of these tie
the full line of Joanna Gaines' new home fragrance collection, Magnolia Home, at any one of our locations. Joanna brings scents such as bloom, restore and dwell into your home and not only do they smell amazing, but they look just as beautiful. waist joggers and the olive hue transitions perfectly from fall to spring.
Fringe cardigan / jeans: Fringe is back again double dose of this trend with this cute
and casual outfit. Easy layers such as this open knit, pocket cardigan are essential
for that in-between weather and you can
never go wrong with a neutral palette. Our perforated suede wedges are the only
shoes you need for spring and go with just about everything!
“off the shoulder” trend still isn't going
anywhere and stripes are abundant this
season (especially in blue and white). We
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photography by Amber Nasser
Stripe top / jeans: As you can see, the
Styling: Tasia Shadden Burns, The Palm Tree
(really it never left) and we are loving the
L Re anta sid na en t
MEASLES Six Cases and Counting “ six confirmed cases among unvaccinated people” state health officials have said. by Dr. Rebecca Butler
would like to take this opportunity as a healthcare provider in a dramatically changing industry to impress upon our community that the
consequences that where once imminent as vaccine
rates began to decline, are now very real and way too close to home.
The Texas Medical Association published an article at the end of January with good
information for physicians and patients
regarding the current measles outbreak in Ellis County. In the article, Keller
pediatrician Jason Terk, MD, a member of the TMA Council on Legislation and past president of the Texas Pediatric Society, says; “the outbreak should
SE IS H ASON Plea ERE s . you e sche dul r flu sho e ts.
STAGES OF INFECTION 1. Incubation critical mass is eroded. We are seeing the result of that erosion right now in Ellis County.”’
If you are unsure if your child has received their
vaccinations or you know that they are not vaccinated please be very cautious and be aware
Diseases like measles are kept at bay when a critical mass of people are vaccinated against it.
serve as a public reminder of the
of these signs and symptoms. Call your pediatrician for questions or
concerns and immunize yourself and
your children as soon as possible if it is recommended.
More information can be found on DSHS’ website.
There are also plenty of resources to
The incubation is 6 to 21 days (median 13 days). 2. Prodrome A two- to four-day prodrome phase is characterized by fever, malaise, and anorexia, followed by conjunctivitis (red eyes), coryza (runny nose), and cough. 3. Exanthem (rash) The rash usually begins on the face as flat, red spots and then spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. The rash resolves in five to six days, fading in the order it appeared. 4. Recovery
importance of routine immunizations. Diseases like
help prevent measles and other infectious disease
Cough may persist for one two weeks after measles. The
are vaccinated against it. Outbreaks occur when that
TMA’s Be Wise – Immunize webpage.
rash suggests a measles-associated complication.
measles are kept at bay when a critical mass of people
outbreaks and educate patients on immunizations at
occurrence of fever beyond the third to fourth day of
Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Lantana Pediatrics, Dr. Butler and/or Melanie Bitzer, CPNP or to schedule an appointment with one of these providers, call the office at 940.455.7200.
940.455.7200 www.LantanaPediatrics.com | 74 McMakin Road, Ste. 100 • Bartonville, TX 76226 NEW HOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 7:30am-5pm • Wed: 7:30am - 12:30pm Fri: 7:30 - 4pm • Sat: 9am - 12pm
Through Poetry by Susan Neuhalfen
t’s hard to believe that less than four years ago Harpool 8th grader Fien Meuleman couldn’t speak a word
of English. Her family moved in 2014 from Belgium to Lantana. At that time, Fien was enrolled in 5th grade at E.P. Rayzor. Encouraged by her teacher, Mr. McLaughlin, she began reading and writing in her journal every week. Since then she has fallen in love with the English language and hasn’t stopped writing. When she moved on to Harpool Middle School, she had another influential teacher, Mr. Young, for two years. That is when she started to write short stories, plays and poetry. She was even given an old typewriter by a nice lady on which to begin her work. She also began working in theater at Harpool and is part of the stand up crew and will also perform in an upcoming play. Some of her poems even got published in “The Gazette van Detroit”, a Flemish newspaper in Dutch and English, targeting living in the United States and Canada. Her proud mother, Katleen Speelman, couldn’t help but share some of her work with friends and on social media. “Once in a while I would post one of her poems on my Facebook page and a lot of people reacted,” said Katleen who owns
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photos courtesy of Katleen Speelman
Flemish immigrants and their descendants
the European Academy of Bright Stars,
will run until the end of March. They are
teaching French, Dutch and European
featured on the “Start to Fame Wall”.
history in a room she has turned into a classroom in their Lantana home. Fien’s poems also touched and inspired the Belgian artist Ann Vervoort. Ann started to paint watercolors to match Fien’s writing and the project “Within Reach” was born. Fien and Ann were asked to have an exhibition in the “De Loods” art gallery in Duffel, Belgium which
It is Fien’s dream to study literature at a top university. She is already raising money to pay for her college education by creating small booklets containing her poems along with Ann’s illustrations. They are $5. So, in addition to being a poet and writer, she is an entrepreneur. To get a copy of the book, email her mother, Katleen, at email@example.com.
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Women of Argyle Leaving a Legacy:
RAISING LEADERS by Susan Neuhalfen
ALL or Women of Argyle Leaving a Legacy will be changing things up this year for their newest leadership conference. This year’s focus is on the next generation,
our greatest legacy.
WALL is an all-day leadership conference, focusing on many topics that affect women as well as men. The conference will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 9am-2pm at Cinnamon Creek Ranch, 13794 Old Denton Rd in Roanoke.
The general topics that will be discussed at the conference include:
• OH These Millennials – Learning to Communicate at Every Level • Financial Fitness – Spend, Save, Share
open to and included men both as speakers and participants, and raising leaders
• Respect for Self & Others – Teaching Self-Respect & Discipline to Today’s Youth
counselors, educators and anyone who is striving to develop leaders and influence the
• Today’s Technologies – Protection, Limits & Ramifications
Though originally designed as a women’s conference, this conference has always been is a topic that affects everyone: employers, parents, grandparents, youth leaders, next generation.
To attend, register at argylechamber.org or by calling 940-464-9990. Register by March 1 to get a discount on the price of the ticket. REGISTER NOW
• Strength Finders for Children – Identifying & Working within Strengths • Forming your Learning Environment – How to Study & Setting your Schedule • Dating – The Levels of their Dating Endorphins
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