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Cheers to wine and wonderful views Local grapes, visit, taste, enjoy. Pg 27

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he Baby Boomer generation is one of the most influential demographics in the world today. Boomers represent roughly 28 percent of the total population of the United States, according to "Baby Boomer" magazine, and this means they are the largest generational segment as well as the single largest economic group in the United States. They hold 70 percent of the U.S. wealth and are expected to inherit millions of dollars over the course of the next 20 years.



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Baby boomers comprise a population of adults who were born between 1946 and 1964. That makes boomers people who are between 49 and 67 years old. Many of these baby boomers have grown to be household names and influential individuals in all areas of business. Actor Brad Pitt is a baby boomer, as is President of the United States Barack Obama. Director Peter Jackson, singer K.D. Lang and business mogul Donald Trump all belong to the baby boomer generation. Here are some additional facts and figures


about baby boomers: • Baby boomers have more discretionary income than any other age group. • Baby boomers own 80% of the money in savings and loan associations. • Baby boomers spend more money than other groups. • Baby boomers account for nearly half of all consumer demand. Baby boomers have been known to have an unprecedented impact on American culture, society and the economy, and that influence is bound to continue for several more years.

Mud Rush 2013 races into Kyle Ranch

You gotta get a little dirty to have fun in this premier event Joe Warren, publisher Whitesboro — A new kind of race, call it a competition, is the craze these days, with more and more fun-seekers looking for ways to show off their athletic ability. That’s where the Mud Rush 2013 was born. It’s a competition combining a 5K race, but it’s through a set obstacle course with water features, climbing and of course, mud involved. Twenty years ago, nobody really heard much about the 5K or 10K races, today they are as common as a Nike Cross-trainer. It’s because of these races, and the need to be unique, coupled with a yearning out there for something different that have this sort of event sweeping the country.

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The Mud Rush 2013 The Red River Rotary Race, will be hosted by the Rotary clubs of Sherman, Denison, Whitesboro and Pottsboro. All four clubs are coming together at the Kyle Ranch near Whitesboro to put on the family fun, but dirty event. You may be familiar with the Warrior Dash events sweeping their way across the country — The Mud Rush 2013 race is a tamed down version, with youth, team and individual heats. Deb Boring, Rotary President Elect of the Sherman Club is heading up the committee to put on this major fundraiser for the area clubs and is really pushing the event to be for everyone, no matter your age, size or athletic ability. “This will be a big event, we’re hoping for 500 participants,” Boring said. “It’s great when we can come together as clubs and work on a project while hosting a family-fun event.” The age limit is 14 years old and up for the actual event, Boring added. If you are a minor, you will need your parents to sign a waiver so you can participate. According to Boring, the obstacles are both natural and man-made, but wouldn’t divulge too much information about the course being set up, only that it will have some water features and lots of mud. She said that the Mud Rush 2013 will be a festival type event with music, and prizes and some awards tied to the obstacles, as well as the fastest male and female awards. Proceeds from the event benefit each Rotary Club to be used on local projects benefiting each community, but the major benefactors are the Grayson County Veteran’s Services and Operation Veteran Services (OVS) in the local area. With her eyes on at least 500 racers for the inaugural event, Boring is hoping the race gains popularity. “We hope this event grows,” she added. “The Warrior Dash first ran in November of 2011 in Tulsa, Okla. with 1,000 racers. One year later 10,000 racers signed up the next year, so this could get big.” The date of the Mud Rush 2013 is Saturday, April 27, with events beginning at 9 a.m. and going until around 4:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged because there are discounts available. Register online at “We also encourage people to dress in costume,” Boring said. “This should be a wild and wacky good time.” Pg


Retired n o t Expired: Dallas news station focuses on ‘Baby Boomers’ with ‘The Texas Daily’ show

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Dallas — Imagine taking the most successful TV news anchors, hosts and journalists from a major market’s heyday in the 80s and 90s, putting them back on the air in one lively talk-show that offers news headlines, opinions and laughter. It’s happening in Dallas on an independent station targeting Baby Boomers instead of younger viewers. “These are the all-stars of North Texas TV,” says ‘The Texas Daily’ host Jeff Brady, a veteran of twenty years in TV news and a former anchor at WFAA-TV in Dallas. “And I’m lucky enough to sit down with old friends and competitors to discuss the headlines of the day. I think it’s the best job in Dallas!” Brady hosts the program, which airs 6-7p.m. Central in the Dallas market and is re-broadcast at 9:30 each night. “Anyone who’s lived here for more than a decade will know and trust this team.” The other counter-programming concept - each of the co-hosts is encouraged - even expected - to offer opinion and a personal slant to the conversation. It’s a step far outside the objective boundary still honored by most career journalists. “We want them to offer perspective,” says Brady, “based on their years of work in this market.” Normally the broad 18-49 year-old demographic is known as the “Holy Grail” of TV ratings. These are the coveted viewers most often in demand by advertisers and therefore, the ones for whom most TV programming is designed. In the nation’s 5th-biggest TV market, however, this new Since 1984 concept in local news has targeted a distinctly more mature audience using a cast of ‘long-retired, fired but not expired’ Baby Boomer anchors and journalists. It’s called ‘The Texas Daily,’ and the owners of Dallas station KTXD call it a news-talk hybrid presenting headlines and commentary for an older audience. “When we bought the station, every one of our hosts was retired,” says Phil Hurley, the COO of London Broadcasting, which owns KTXD. “But they still represented an We welcome insurance claims. You DO have a choice. amazing array of talent. I think they’re reflective of our audience. People in the DFW area who have slowed down, but may be doing their best work ever in a slightly different capacity.” Brady hosts the show with a rotating cast of a dozen 100% Financing Available other broadcasters, including long-time WFAA co-workers Troy Dungan, Tracy Rowlett and Iola (Eye-OH-la) Johnson, who anchored the news together in the 1980s. Some have compared the program to “The View” or “Morning Joe” on MSNBC with senior North Texas journalists on the roundtable instead of New Yorkers.

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Muenster’s German culture celebrated with three day festival: Germanfest in April Janet Felderhoff, North Texas Best Times   Muenster’s German heritage shines the last weekend of each April. The small German community lies nestled in the rolling plains of north Texas. Every spring, the town rolls out the red carpet inviting visitors to its Germanfest. The three-day event is held the last full weekend in April and is sponsored by the Muenster Chamber of Commerce.   This year’s festival promises even more German food and craft vendors than the festivals of years past. According to Muenster Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Broyles, “The thing that I want to try to make sure that Germanfest maintains and increases is the destination for all things German because it is a Germanfest, so we would like to celebrate all those things. People will travel for that one thing, if it’s German food they like, German crafts, clothing, beer, whatever it is, they’re going to come here for that.”   Some of the new German items being offered are clothing, drindels, nutcrackers, smokers, tablecloths, housewares, hats, socks, lederhosen, German costumes, and more.   Three areas, MSB Stage, Tanze Halle, and Children’s Stage, provide a variety of entertainment during the ’Fest. Bands perform country, polka, and pop music. Performing are well known singers and groups and area celebrity bands. On the Children’s Stage, clowns, mimes, magicians, story tellers, and balloon artists capture the attention of the young and young-at-heart. Some of the talent slated for the 2013 Germanfest are Alpenmusikanten, Alpenfest, Das is Lustig, Valina Polka, Diamond Rio, Willy Kickit, A Hard Night’s Day, Swansong, Side Street Circus, and Balloonytick Betty.   Flashback Friday features tribute bands starting at 6 p.m. with Simon and Garfunkel. At 7 p.m. there will be a Led Zeppelin tribute, at 8 p.m., and at 9 p.m. A Hard Night’s Day performs a Beatles tribute.   “These are show bands, performance bands, and it’s all about crowd fun,” said Broyles. “On that Friday, we’re really trying to build that up into a fun, get out party atmosphere for that evening,” stated Broyles.   Pg


For the athletic and competitive, there are several events and activities. One of these is the Nägelschlagen, a German competition where a nail spike is hammered into a tree stump by the contestants. Each contestant takes a turn to see who can hammer the spike into the stump with the least amount of hits. Winners go on to compete against one another until a grand champion is named. Prizes and trophy are awarded. Competition begins on Friday with the champion being determined on Sunday.   On Saturday, there is the annual Metric Century Bicycle Rally. Participants choose between three courses 100 kilometer (63 miles), 65 kilometer (40 miles), and 35 kilometer (22 miles). The scenic courses follow paved roads that wind through hills and prairies dotted with



trees and painted with colorful patches of wildflowers. Sponsor of the event is Sacred Heart School Alumni & Supporters. They receive many compliments for how well they run the event.   Runners fill Muenster streets on Sunday to participate in the Fun Run. The Run began with the first Germanfest and only a few hundred runners. It has grown in size until the number of runners is at times in the thousands. Runners either select the 5K or 15K. The courses begin on Main Street and follow paved roads to the north of town that turn back and end in town.   Automated timing by Racing Systems, Inc. is used to help clock the runners’ times and places. Disposable DTags may be picked up on race day. Trophies are awarded in several categories.   Carnival rides call to those who have a sense of adventure. There are rides for the little ones as well as older children, teens, and adults. Helicopter and carriage rides will also be available.   The children’s area has been expanded to include a petting zoo and pony rides. Home Depot will be providing an area for children to do crafts such as bird houses, boats, toolboxes, and such. Other children’s activities include sand art, paint ball, barrel train rides, a duck pool where everybody wins something, bubble runners (hamster balls), bumper boats, and face painting.   Broyles remarked, “I’d like to see more families and more kids, especially during the daytime. I’d really like to see more of the stroller crowd.” For that reason, he is striving to incorporate more activities that appeal to children.   A variety of food aromas fill the air, tempting festival attendees to taste and enjoy. German foods offered include schnitzel, German sausages and potato salad, strudels, and even German pizza. Broyles said that there are some new varieties of German food this year. The German pizza debuted last year in the Sacred Heart cheerleaders booth. Broyles noted that they had people come to the Germanfest specifically to sample that pizza.   Another new booth features cheese. It will offer anything from a grilled cheese sandwich to fried cheeses. This vendor is popular on the east coast, but is slated to set up at Germanfest. Other food choices include hamburgers, kettlekorn, funnel cakes, and tater twisters.   Both American and German beers will be served. Two local wineries, Blue Ostrich and Arché have booths in the food tent and Weinhof will again be situated near the MSB Stage.   On Friday and Saturday, the 7th Annual BBQ Cook Off takes place on the west side of the Muenster Park. It is a Lone Star Barbecue Society sanctioned event. This is the second largest sanctioned BBQ cook off in Texas. Many of the cookers are unique, drawing people just to check them out.   Categories in the event are Chicken, Pork, Spare Ribs, Brisket, and Sausage. There is an $85 entry fee for one or all meats and jackpot beans entry is $10. There is a $750 grand prize guaranty.   Participants are allowed to park a camper in the cook off area.

Germanfest opens at noon on Friday. Last year was the first time the gates opened this early. This year, entertainment was expanded to accommodate the earlier time. Broyles promised that all the booths will be open and the vendors ready to serve food or show their arts and crafts.   Entry to the park will be tracked with a wristband system with a different band for each day. This replaces

For North Texas Best Times Denton — The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. with the generous support of sponsors such as the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and the City of Denton. Held the last full weekend in April at Denton’s Quakertown Park, the event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful, outdoor setting. The Festival Foundation uses pro-

the stamping system used in past years.   Although there is parking in areas near Germanfest, most of these are at a charge. For those who wish to park at no charge, a TAPS shuttle service operates on Saturday and Sunday, picking up passengers from various places around town and dropping them off at the Germanfest entry gates. Signs indicate pick up places.    Muenster’s citizens take pride in their community. Many who visit comment on how clean and well-kept the homes and businesses are. Muenster has a public school and a private school, a Catholic church and a Baptist church, a library, and a hospital with a fitness center, making it a unique small town. Its citizens know the value of hard work and the satisfaction of volunteer service and know how to put on a fun-filled event. Germanfest is April 26, 27, and 28 this year. Come see what it’s all about!   More information and registrations can be done online at

ceeds from booth rentals and concession sales to support the arts throughout the City of Denton. Arts facilities, service organizations, and preservation projects have all been the recipients of the proceeds from past events, in addition to public art for the enjoyment of all. Come see the best that Denton has to offer – the sights, sounds and flavors that make up the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival are perfect for all ages. 33rd Annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival April 26, 2013, Friday, 5pm-11pm April 27, 2013, Saturday, 10am-11pm April 28, 2013, Sunday, 11am-9pm -Denton’s Quakertown Park and Facilities 321 East McKinney (Corner of McKinney and Bell) Denton, Texas 76201 Facility Description and Capacity 6 Outdoor Stages (5,000 seating capacity each) 1 Indoor Stage (150-200 seating capacity) Roving Musicians (50-100 standing) Park & facilities are Accessible to Disabled HEADLINERS for 2013 • Friday, April 26 @ 9:00 pm - David Sanborn • Saturday, April 27 @ 9:00 pm - The “Original” Blues Brothers Band • Sunday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm - Brave Combo Art An important aspect of the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is the juried art show. 10’ X 10’ booth spaces are available both indoors and out, with artists and craftsmen representing Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, Pg


Maine, Arkansas, Oregon and beyond. Fine art is housed inside the Denton Civic Center while Fine Art and Crafts are located immediately outside the building. Arts and Crafts are located in the north end of the park. Here you will find clothing, metal and wood crafts, jewelry, paintings, candles, dolls and accessories and more. There are 34 booth spaces available inside the Civic Center with approximately 60 located just outside the building. The north park houses approximately 75 arts and crafts booth spaces. Activities The games, activities and information booths are always popular with attendees. Face painting, rock climbing, inflatables and a playground are all available for the young visitors. In addition, many nonprofit organizations use the opportunity to raise funds for their organization while sharing information about the services that they provide. Food You will find five food courts at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. German sausage, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted corn, ice cream, egg rolls, shish kabobs, burgers, fried onion and potato dishes, salads, baked goods, turkey legs, BBQ, popcorn, Asian, Cajun, Mexican, Greek & Italian fare and much more will certainly satisfy your festival appetite. Several different beverages such as bottled water, beer, wine, soft drinks, coffees and a variety of ice drinks will also be available.



For the kids he Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is dedicated to a mission of introducing children to the arts. The Children’s Art Tent is located in the north park and children have the opportunity to experience art in many forms. The tent features 15 different stations with volunteers instructing the children in such creative outlets as Clay and Flower Sculpture, Tan gram Art, Stamp Art, Collage, Drawing and more. This is a hands-on opportunity for young people and their parents to participate. Next to the Children’s Art Tent is the Children’s Wood Tent, with volunteers assisting in the selection of wood and the creation of anything the imagination can hold. Rounding out the Children’s Art Area is the Percussion Petting Zoo with Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion. This is an intriguing and hands-on interactive exhibit featuring percussion instruments from around the world for everyone to play with and explore the sounds. Jazz music in Denton The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is anchored by great jazz music but the offerings cross all barriers. Three professional stages feature continuous music in a cross-cultural format. The University of North Texas School of Music is one of the most respected in the Nation, especially the Department of Jazz Studies. Musicians from UNT have risen with much notoriety in the music field and many of these musicians perform at the festival annually. In addition to great jazz, the festival features the best of all music genres. Folk, Blues, Country, Rock,

Tejano, Conjunto, Tex-Mex and yes, even polka, all blend to make the festival one of the most appealing events in the region. Three community stages offer a chance for local groups to showcase their work as well. Drawing from the outstanding dance programs at Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas, these stages feature the best dance, choral, drama and band performances from throughout the North Texas region. These semiprofessional groups are the strong link between the amateurs and the professionals in our community. Professional stages are booked through an agreement with the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147. Community groups can apply for a spot on one of the three Community Stages through the Denton Festival Foundation – a link is provided below. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the best of Denton – there is a new surprise awaiting you around each corner.

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Visit the most patriotic city in America as Latest recipient, Staff Sgt. Petry, to attend Cathy Krahl, North Texas Best Times Gainesville— Some of the most distinguished military heroes in the nation will be honored at the Medal of Honor (MOH) Host City Program April 10 to 13. At least fifteen men who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor will attend the weekend event. Many of them have been visitors multiple times since 2003 when the event was first held. Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry, one of the nation’s most recent recipients, has been confirmed as an attendee. “They are a national treasure,” said Don Pettigrew, one of the founders of the MOH Program and past president of the committee that organizes the weekend. As a Vietnam veteran, Pettigrew well knew the importance of heroes. In fact, he would make a yearly trek to Wichita Falls for the annual gathering of Iwo Jima servicemen. There he met his first Medal of Honor recipient. Over the years, he met all the MOH recipients but only two from the Iwo Jima battle. When he asked the coordinator of the meet why they weren’t there more, the answer was illness and money. One was too ill to come, and died soon after, and the other didn’t have the funds to pay his way. “That struck a nerve in me,” Pettigrew recalled. “Our heroes were taken for granted. Why should they be charged?” He felt so strongly about this he called the airlines to ask about hero discounts, only to be told they weren’t in business to offer discounts. The hotel chains gave a similar response. Relating the story to a group of men that included then Mayor Kenneth Kaden, then councilman Jim King and Ted Jones of Parker Electric, he said “someone should do something about this.” According to Pettigrew, Kaden said “The city can.” And King added, “Yes, we can.” And that was the beginning of the Medal of Honor City Host Program. By 2001, the city passed a resolution Pg


to officially sanction Gainesville as a Medal of Honor Host City and a Board of Directors of volunteers was formed. With the designation as a host city, Medal of Honor recipients would trickle in to tour the town. Pettigrew and friends decided they needed a more organized event. Don Ballard, a MOH recipient for his service in Vietnam, was the first to visit once the host city program was actually in effect. He was invited for the Marine Corps birthday (Nov. 10) and stayed for Veteran Day celebrations (Nov. 11). Four MOH recipients came for the first weekend event in 2003. The following year, seven men came. And it has grown every year. Last year there were 14. This year at least 15 Medal of Honor recipients are confirmed to attend. “The Medal of Honor Host City Program was established in 2001 to provide residents with a more interactive connection with America’s history, the military and the veteran community,” said Gary Alexander, one of the original volunteers and current Board member. “We decided the best approach was to reach out to the men who had served the nation with heroic distinction and at the same time engage the community, especially its children, in the patriotic process.” Since its inception, the MOH Host City Program has welcomed almost 40 of the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients who have inspired more than 12,500 area school children with their message of patriotism, life values and self-reliance. “This year’s graduating seniors were the first class allowed to visit with MOH recipients when they came to their schools in 2002,” Pettigrew said. Those students have had the opportunity to talk to the city’s guests each year since. Thursday, April 11 has been set aside for the Medal of Honor recipients to visit area schools so even the youngest can benefit from their message of patriotism, sacrifice, courage and life values. The Medal of Honor weekend features a number of activities which afford community residents a chance to meet and talk with America’s greatest heroes.

It all begins Wednesday, April 10 when recipients arrive from DFW Airport in a motorcade escorted by the North Texas Motorcycle Club and local law enforcement. They will arrive in late afternoon and the community are invited to give them a rousing welcome. Besides the visit to local schools, a dedication of newly planted oak trees honoring each recipient on their first visit to Gainesville will take place on the Home Grown Hero Walking Trial. That night the public are invited to a fish fry at the Gainesville High School Cafeteria for $10 per person. Tickets are limited and now on sale at the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce building. “This is probably the best opportunity for residents to meet and speak with recipients in a relaxed atmosphere,” Alexander said. Friday, the recipients have a relaxed day seeing local color and learning the history of the area before the Medal of Honor banquet in the Gainesville Civic Center. “That’s the hottest ticket in town,” Pettigrew stated. “We usually sell out in 35 to 40 minutes.” The parade honoring Medal of Honor recipients travels down California Street on Saturday. “The Heroes Parade is the largest and best attended parade in Cooke County history since World War II when hundreds of thousands of U.S. Army troops trained for an invasion of Europe at nearby Camp Howze,” Alexander said. Following the parade, the recipients and guests will break for lunch with active duty military and local emergency personnel. Then a book signing and autograph session will be open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. in the Civic Center. One of the special guests for the weekend is photographer Nick Del Calzo, who is the first to actually strive to photograph all living MOH recipients and put them in one volume, titled Portraits of Valor. “Per capita, there are more copies of that book in Gainesville than anywhere in the world,” Pettigrew said of Portraits of Valor.

Gainesville hosts Medal of Honor celebration Copies of the book will be available for sale then residents may get autographs from the MOH recipients. If one already owns the book, they may bring it for the signing. Other books will also be for sale. Caps, T-shirts, polo shirts and other souvenirs will be on sale to help fund the event. “Their money isn’t good in Gainesville,” Pettigrew said. “We let the group know that they had done enough for America, now its America’s turn to do for them.“ The organization gives each recipient $250 a day to pay for hotel, food and

other expenses. They also pay their airfare. Since Rand McNally/USA Today proclaimed Gainesville “Most Patriotic City in America,” organizers think there will be more participation from the community and surrounding areas this year. Pettigrew also believes the Medal of Honor Program is a major reason Gainesville received that designation. It didn’t hurt that two MOH recipients came to town for the day of judging last July. “Now that Gainesville is the Most Patriotic City, the program is especially important,” Alexander explained. “No other town in all of America can pro-

duce 12 to 15 Medal of Honor recipients each year.” The Gainesville event is now fourth in line of events MOH recipients go to. The first is the annual MOH Foundation celebration at the Reagan Presidential Library where they rub elbows with stars and celebrities. Next, its their day on Wall Street where they ring the opening bell and are shoulder to shoulder with millionaires. Then it is MOH Day in Washington, D.C. where they mix with politicians. But they enjoy their time in Cooke County best because, as they told Pettigrew, “Gainesville is real people.”

Medal of Honor recipient Srg. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry to attend celebration The Medal of Honor Host City Propgram is pleased to announce that one of the nation’s most recent recipients, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, is expected to attend, despite still being on active duty. On May 26, 2008, Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry, as a member of a Ranger helicopter assault force conducting a daylight rotary wing raid in the vicinity of Paktya, Afghanistan, distinguished himself conspicuously and with gallantry and intrepidness, by risking his life above and beyond the call of duty, during an extremely close and violent engagement with an extraordinarily determined and well armed enemy. During the initial engagement, Petry was shot through both legs and another Ranger was hit by enemy fire. Shortly thereafter, an enemy hand grenade landed amid Staff Sergeant Petry and two other Rangers. Despite his serious leg wounds, Petry unhesitatingly moved to the grenade, grabbed it, and immediately threw the armed grenade away from his fellow Rangers. The grenade detonated shortly after Petry threw it away from his fellow Rangers resulting in a catastrophic amputation of his right hand and multiple shrapnel wounds penetrating his body. This deliberate individual act of heroism by Petry saved the lives of his fellow comrades and allowed the completion of the mission. For this action he was award the Medal of Honor. Petry, 34, is currently assigned to

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. with duties as a liaison officer for the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition— Northwest Region, providing oversight to wounded warriors, ill and injured service members and their families. Petry and his wife have four children. When he is not spending time with his

family, he enjoys golf, pheasant hunting and fishing. He is currently attending Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., with plans for a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. In September 1999, Petry enlisted in the United States Army from his hometown in New Mexico, something he wanted to do since he was 7-yearsold. Petry then volunteered for the 75th

Ranger Regiment because of its reputable history. Petry’s decoration in addition to the Medal of Honor are: two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Valorous Unit Award, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon. Additional awards include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, the Parachutist Badge and Canadian Jump Wings. He has deployed eight times in support of overseas contingency operations with two tours to Iraq and six tours to Afghanistan. At the time of the May 26, 2008 combat engagement, Petry was a Staff Sergeant Squad Leader assigned to Co. D, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Petry plans to retire from the Army after many more years of service. Petry enjoys serving in the Army, and has a great opportunity to work with the care coalition; in his words, “If I can’t go to the fight, I can help the men who are wounded, injured or ill.” Pg


Once booked, forever hooked: Sheila Esmaili-Doki, North Texas Best Times Texoma — One simple memory can trigger powerful things. Character can be born from a single moment. What appears to be a hobby at first glance holds potential to evolve into something life-defining. There are few words to accurately capture the magic of such rare moments in existence; however, these significant occurrences are unmistakable and truly impossible to forget. “My interest in fishing began when I was a kid,” Phil Townsend, owner of Phil’s Lake Texoma Guide Service in Mead, Oklahoma, said. “I did bass fishing in New Mexico. When everybody across the United States started losing their jobs, I lost mine too, and moved to Oklahoma to try to get a career of professional bass fishing.” “My friend talked me into it since I was already out on the lake all the time,” Townsend recollected. Let the old cliché of “nothing good comes easily” ring true here. In Townsend’s case, the most rewarding experiences of all resulted from trying times, fueled simply by pure dedication and the constant determination to learn something new. Townsend is quick to offer encouragement to beginning fishermen. Those unacquainted with fishing may dismiss or greatly underestimate the effort, attention to detail and knowledge it requires, but patience – as in all other aspects in life – is certainly a virtue with this art. “Never get frustrated…don’t give up,” he said. “Fishing is not an easy task. Fish with a guide. Try to listen to them, listen to their advice. Read up on it, ask questions, see what everyone is doing.” Townsend, who describes bass and smallmouth fish as the most selective when it comes to bait, notes that the Texoma area is distinctive for its abundance of stripers. One man who is well-respected and known for his striper expertise is Bill Carey, owner of Striper Express in Pottsboro. Carey has been nominated to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for the past two years. Like Townsend, Carey has a lengthy history as a fisherman, and his enthusiasm for the fish is contagious, to say the least. “I read an article in the Dallas paper about 20 pound striped bass in Lake Texoma,” he said. “In 1977, I booked my first trip with a guide up here.” In no time, Carey’s affinity for Stripers rapidly grew. “Lake Texoma is known as the Striper Capital of the United States,” Carey continued. “We have the best documented natural spawn of fresh water Stripers in the United States, which allows a liberal daily limit of 10 fish per person.” Few traits are as remarkable about the Striper as their spePg


cific interactions amongst each other. “They’re aggressive, and they react to each other,” Carey said. “They are a schooling fish, meaning that you can have multiple hook-ups at one time, where three to five people on board can be fighting a fish at the same time. When they were first introduced, we all thought they were going to eat every living creature in fresh water. Their diet is 92% shad, the natural food forage in most lakes in the South.” There’s an important twist in the bait, though. “95 percent of the guides up here use live bait, the shad,” Carey noted. “Our niche – our ‘outside the box’ – is the thrill of the hunt with artificial lures. It’s large-mouth bass fishing on steroids.” Carey echoes Townsend’s sentiment of the importance of using a guide when embarking on fishing adventures. When pondering the most common mistake new fishermen tend to make, he cites ‘not using a guide’ as the first one without any hesitation. “I used a guide for five years before I went pro,” he explains. “I really got hooked, and I don’t tell this story to many people, but I went fishing with a guide 33 times the first year.” Imparting the love of fishing, adventure, and the great outdoors from one generation to the next is absolutely essential in the Striper Express world. Perhaps many of the adults who revisit the lake are encouraged to do so by the nostalgia of their childhood fishing trips. “We are very big on kids… I believe that it should be passed on,” Carey explained. “Ask any fishing person: how did you start fishing? Most people will say, my dad or granddad took me fishing as a kid.” The natural wonders of Texoma contain many hidden treasures, and fishing remains one of the few activities perfect for all age groups. Guaranteed to engage and captivate, the plethora of outdoor possibilities and fishing adventures in the Texoma area wander far beyond the surface of “fun activities”. It’s a phenomenal, timeless craft. Once booked, forever hooked.

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Your Finances Know the facts before you transfer credit cards Consumer tips from the Independent Bankers Assoc. of Texas Special to North Texas Best Times Texas — When you see five or six credit cards every time you open your wallet, you may consider one of those credit card transfer advertisements you receive on a weekly basis. You know the ads—the ones that offer a zero- or low-interest rate for a period ranging from three months to a year if you transfer your credit card balance to a new card.   It is not unusual for the average American family to carry a credit card balance of $10,000 or more. However, this could affect your credit score, which is determined by your credit card utilization rate. While there is no ideal utilization rate, it is generally recommended that your credit card debt be no more than 25 percent of your total available credit on all of your credit cards combined. This means if you have four credit cards with a combined credit limit of $20,000, your combined debt should not exceed $5,000.   For savvy consumers, taking advantage of a credit card balance transfer may help credit scores, but be sure to first consider the risks and pitfalls. Balance transfers allow consumers to pay down or eliminate debt without paying additional interest for the time period described in the offer. Once approved for a transfer, it takes about six weeks to transfer the old balance to the new card. For the next six months or the length of zero-percent financing, 100 percent of payments will go directly to paying down credit card debt.   The credit card company may choose to pay off the balance from the old card in several ways: • Send money to the consumer’s bank account so that he or she can pay off the balance • Wire the money directly to the old credit card to pay off

the balance • Send the consumer a balance transfer check to pay off the old debt Be sure to read the fine print before accepting any of these offers. Just because the large print promises a zero-percent interest rate, you may not qualify to receive it. Once you receive your new card, you may find a different interest rate. Also, look for both zero-percent interest for transfer balances and new purchases during the introductory period. The company may not charge interest on the transfer, but that may not equate to zero-percent interest on purchases during that time. The company may also charge a $50 or $75 fee for a balance transfer.   Shop for cards with low-interest rates, cash-back perks and fraud liability in addition to no hidden fees, annual fee or new membership fee. It is also advisable to always pay more than the minimum payment each month to lower your overall credit card debt.   Keep in mind that credit card companies do not make these offers out of the goodness of their hearts. They are businesses and their job is to make money, and they make a fortune from interest rates and fees. These companies are taking the risk that the consumer will either fail to pay the full balance during the introductory period, pay late or miss a payment. At that point, a company can automatically increase the interest from zero percent to 15 percent or even higher.  Once you make the transfer, be sure to put away your old card so you will not be tempted to use it and return to the debt cycle. Remember that balance transfer offers can be a good thing in helping to eliminate debt. Just be sure you know all of the facts first.

It is not unusual for the average American family to carry a credit card balance of $10,000 or more.



What do new tax laws mean to you? Denton — As you know, the U.S. Congress has adopted some measures to help avoid the much-feared “fiscal cliff.” At this point, important spending decisions have been put off, but new tax laws are in place — and, as an investor, you’ll want to know just how this legislation will affect you. Let’s look at the impact of the tax laws on three different income levels: Up to $200,000/$250,000 — If you earn less than $200,000 (if you’re single) or $250,000 (if you’re married and file jointly), your income tax bracket will not change, nor will the tax rates assessed on dividends you receive from stocks or long-term capital gains you receive from selling investments that have appreciated in value. However, a 3.8%

Medicare tax will apply to the lesser of your net investment income or your modified adjusted gross income in excess of the $200,000 or $250,000 levels, respectively. $250,000 — $400,000 — If your adjusted gross income is at or more than $250,000 (for single filers) or $300,000 (for married couples), your itemized deductions will begin to phase out, as will your personal exemption deductions, possibly resulting in higher effective tax rates. And the 3.8% Medicare tax will apply to part, or all, of your investment income. But your tax bracket stays the same, as do the tax rates on dividends and capital gains. $400,000/$450,000 — If you earn at least $400,000 (if you’re single) or $450,000

(if you’re married), you will be subject to the phase-out of deductions described above. More importantly, however, your marginal tax rate will rise from 35% to 39.6%. Plus, taxes on qualified dividends and longterm capital gains will rise from 15% to 20% — or, actually, 23.8%, when the 3.8% Medicare tax is added in. Consequently, you may have some decisions to make; at a minimum, you’ll need to know how the new rates might — or might not — affect your investment choices. For example, if you rely on bonds to provide a source of income, be aware that your interest payments — taxed at your marginal tax rate — will now be taxed more heavily. As for capital gains, the slightly higher rates now give you even more incentive to be a “buyand-hold” investor, which is usually a good strategy for most people. And the increase in dividend taxes doesn’t detract from the key benefit of dividends — namely the ability to provide a potential source of rising income that can help keep you ahead of inflation. Keep in mind that dividends can be increased, decreased or eliminated at anytime without notice. Overall, the changes in investment-related taxes are

probably less substantial than many people had anticipated. And in any case, taxes are but a single component of investment decisions — and usually not the most important one. Rather than let taxes drive your investment choices, focus instead on whether a particular investment is appropriate for your individual situation, and if it fits your risk tolerance, and if it helps you diversify your portfolio. Diversification can help you reduce the effects of market volatility, though it can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss. Still, the new tax legislation is significant, so you should consult with your financial advisor and tax professional to determine what moves, if any, you may want to make. It’s always wise to be up-to-date on what’s happening in Washington — especially when lawmakers’ decisions can affect your ability to achieve your important financial goals. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. Editor’s note: Article supplied by your local Edward Jones financial advisor.



Help Seniors Fight Fraud Special to North Texas Best Times Seniors are too often victimized by telemarketing fraud. Studies from the American Association of Retired Persons have shown that many elderly fraud victims simply don’t suspect the person soliciting money on the phone could be a criminal. The FBI reports that there are as many as 14,000 illegal telemarketing operations going on at any given time. These illegal operations generate as much as $40 billion a year. Relatives of seniors are understandably concerned, particularly if those seniors live alone and no one is around to monitor how many calls they’re receiving from telemarketers. Concerned relatives can share the following information with seniors to reduce their loved ones’ risks of being victimized by telemarketing fraud. • Legitimate marketers are not in a rush to sell products or secure donations. A legitimate marketer or charity will not try to pressure prospective

buyers into making a purchase over the phone or prospective donors into making immediate contributions. Explain to seniors that a legitimate marketer will accept a person’s desire for written information about the products or charity and will gladly send such information to a prospective buyer or donor’s home. • Payments are typically not picked up by a courier service. Telemarketing fraudsters often employ couriers to pick up payments. This is not the action of a reputable charity or business, and seniors should never agree to buy a product or donate money to any telemarketer who offers to send a courier to their home to pick up payment. • Sweepstakes cannot legally require payment to win a prize. It is not legal for contests or sweepstakes to require “winners” pay a fee before they can enter a contest or claim a prize. Seniors should be made aware that this is the law and that any contest or sweepstakes demanding payment is bogus.

• Be especially wary of companies offering to recover money paid to fraudulent telemarketers in the past. Companies offering to recover past money lost to fraud are often fraudulent themselves. These companies will offer their fraudulent services for a fee. • Money lost to a fraudulent telemarketer is likely lost forever. Men and women concerned about elderly friends or relatives being victimized by telemarketing fraud should explain to their loved ones that money lost in a telemarketing scam is not likely to be recovered. This should help highlight the importance of receiving official documentation from any telemarketers before buying a product or making a donation. If seniors are aware their money isn’t likely to be recovered should it be going to a criminal, they are much less likely to make hasty decisions over the phone. To learn more about fraud, visit the National Consumer League’s Fraud Center at

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Choose the right foods to balance healthy living Special to North Texas Best Times Maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle involves a host of factors. Getting off the couch to be more active is one such factor, as is taking control of your diet so it’s helping you and not hurting you. While adopting a more active lifestyle is a relatively simple step for many people, modifying a diet is oftentimes a much steeper hill to climb. Dietary habits can be hard to break. But altering your selections so the food you consume is helping you instead of hurting you is possible, and you won’t have to abandon your favorite foods, either. The following are a few tips aimed at helping you make your diet work for you. * Choose the right foods. Many people feel the culprit behind their unhealthy weight is the portions they consume. While portion size might have something to do with it, the foods you’re eating are likely the primary suspect. If your diet is devoid of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and the dairy products you choose are not fat-free or low-fat, then this could be why you have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. Choose low-fat or fatfree, formerly known as “skim,” milk and dairy products instead of whole milk for your morning cereal or when preparing recipes that call for cheese. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains each day. Choose lean meat when buying red meat, but don’t overdo it even if you are buying lean meat. Red meat once per week might be enough to satisfy your craving, so enjoy poultry and fish for dinner on other nights of the week. • Alter your recipes. Many of the foods you enjoy may not be unhealthy. But how you prepare those foods could be compromising their nutritional value or unnecessarily adding calories and causing weight gain. For example, fried foods are typically loaded with salt and contain more calories than foods that are baked or grilled. Foods that are fried are typically fried in oil, and that oil undergoes changes to its molecular structure during the frying process. The molecules become harmful free radicals that can damage the body’s cells while negatively affecting your cholesterol levels and your body weight. Instead of frying foods like fish or chicken, grill or bake them instead. It’s alright to occasionally indulge in some fried chicken or other popular fried foods, but keep such indulgences to



a minimum. Another way to alter your recipes is to replace potentially harmful ingredients with lower-calorie alternatives. When preparing a meal that calls for butter, choose a more heart-healthy alternative such as a low-calorie butter spread. You likely won’t be able to taste the difference, but your body will feel the difference. • Plan your snacks. Many people run into trouble when they find themselves hungry in the hours between lunch and dinner. Healthy snacks that are rich in nutrients do not seem as readily available as snacks like potato chips or cookies that provide little or no nutritional value. But snack time does not have to be a daily sacrifice of discipline in favor of convenience. Plan ahead for snack time just as you do for meal time, packing items like fresh fruit, diced-up vegetables or low-fat yogurt when you leave for work each morning. These foods can satisfy hunger just as successfully as their less healthy alternatives, but they won’t do so at the cost of your waistline. Food is too often seen as the enemy for men and women looking to maintain a healthy weight. But when you choose nutrient-rich, low-fat foods, then maintaining a healthy weight becomes a lot easier.

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The Texas reaches fruit’s Special to North Texas Best Times Texas— Say “blackberry” today and most people will think of smartphone first and the fruit second.Like the phone, there is an upgrade available to Texas growers: Natchez thornless blackberries, one of the new Texas Superstar selections for 2013, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture specialist in Uvalde who works mainly with pecans, fruits, grapes and vegetable crops. Blackberries have a long history of being grown in Texas, and for good reason, Stein said. The fruit is easy to grow and densely packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, and folic acid, as well as manganese, an essential mineral.
These were only some of the reasons the Texas Superstar board has chosen Natchez thornless blackberries as one of the 2013 Superstars, he said.“Of all the thornless varieties we’ve looked at, this one has been the best one to date,” Stein said.
Usually thornless blackberries aren’t as productive and flavorful as the thorned varieties, Stein explained. But Natchez, which was developed by a University of Arkansas breeding program, is the exception, producing large berries with lots of flavor.



Texas Superstar plants undergo extensive tests throughout the state by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension horticulturists, said Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research horticulturist, Overton, and chair of the Texas Superstar executive board. To be designated a Superstar, a plant must not just be beautiful but also perform well for consumers and growers throughout Texas. Superstars must also be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also are reasonably priced, Pemberton said. Natchez easily fulfills all the basic Superstar requirements, Stein said. “Like other blackberries, you plant them one year and they will fruit the next year,” he said. “Typically, you establish them from root cuttings, which simply is a piece of the root. Plant in mid-to-late January or early February, cover it with soil, and in the spring, it pushes up a shoot, and away you go. The fruit will ripen (next year) in late May to early June.” “Container grown plants are also often seen for sale in nurseries and garden centers,” Pemberton said. “These can be planted anytime they are available, but are best planted as dormant plants

in mid-winter when they can have an entire growing season to become established so that a nice crop of berries can be harvested the following year.” There were no substantial common diseases observed in the Texas trials, Stein added. “The fruit are elongated, somewhat blocky and very attractive with an exceptional glossy, black finish, and it stores well,” he said. Natchez’s fertility needs are not exceptional, about the same as other fruit plants. “Typically, we just need a nitrogen fertilizer. Although, if the soil pH is low, you can use a 3-1-2 (ratio) fertilizer, something like a 15-5-10,” Stein said. Like many fruit crops, blackberries should be planted where they have sunlight all day long, according to Pemberton. “Only minimal bed preparation is needed as long as the soil is well drained. Control weeds as needed,” Pemberton said. “But in many cases you could just dig a hole and set the cutting or container plant in and have success.” Dr. Mike Arnold, AgriLife Research horticulturist and another Texas Superstar board member, said, “In areas where soil characteristics are not

blackberry ‘Super Star’ status conducive to in-ground culture, plants can be grown successfully in large patio containers or raised beds using commercial potting mixes. Alternatively, where regional water quality, for instance in areas with salty water, presents challenges, irrigation with collected rainwater or reverse-osmosis treated water can permit successful culture.”
Stein also noted Natchez thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones, which includes not only all of Texas, but much of the rest of the U.S. One other thing to note is that Natchez is a semi-erect plant, which means it will need a trellis. Depending on growing space, some growers may consider Natchez’s vigor a little excessive, but this is easily managed, Stein said. “What a lot of people will do when they have excessive growth is to prune it, and when they do,

that just makes it grow more. The best thing to do is just pinch the top out of it, which will typically slow it down.” Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System. More information about the Texas Superstar program can be found at texassuperstar. com.

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Ingredients 3 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried 1 pint fresh blackberries 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blackberries, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and walnuts. Garnish with edible flowers.

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These foods may help prevent cancer Cancer is a potentially deadly disease that does not discriminate based on a person’s age, sex, ethnicity, or social status. Though anyone can get cancer, the National Institute on Aging notes that a person’s risk of getting cancer increases with age, even if that person has no family history of cancer. That reality highlights the importance of routine cancer screenings for men and women age 50 and older. While screenings are an important part of detecting and treating cancer, those over 50 should know they can take certain measures to possibly prevent the onset of cancer. For example, including certain foods as part of a regular diet may be effective at preventing cancer. Though there’s no way to guarantee a person won’t get cancer, the following foods may help lower the risk. • Blueberries: Blueberries may help prevent the onset of neck and mouth cancers. That’s because blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which the American Institute for Cancer Research notes can protect cells from being damaged.

• Coffee: Though studies about the efficacy of coffee as a potentially preventive agent against cancer are ongoing, some studies have found that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee can lower a person’s risk of developing colon, endometrial and prostate cancer. • Whole grains: Whole grains can help men and women control their weight, as they are lower in calories than more traditional options. But studies have shown that whole grains, which can be found in wholegrain and whole-wheat pastas, can also reduce your risk of colon cancer. • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a carotenoid that numerous studies have indicated can reduce incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. These studies have based their findings on Pg


tomato consumption and not on the use of lycopene supplements, which may or may not be effective at preventing cancer. Cooked tomatoes can improve the body’s ability to absorb lycopene, further enhancing its ability to protect the body against cancer. • Fatty fish: Fatty fish, including salmon, that is full of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to a host medical benefits, including lowering a person’s risk of cancer and heart disease.

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North Texas rich with antique Jacquita Lewter, North Texas Best Times Antique shopping has become such a popular pastime, the verbal noun form of this enjoyable activity—antiquing— has found its way into our common everyday language. Here in North Texas, we are blessed with an abundance of wonderful antique shops where young and old may stop and shop, browse and bargain, ponder and purchase. Two well known antique establishments in this area, each unique and diverse in its own character, are located within a short driving distance of one another. Both the Butterfield Stage Stop Antique Emporium in Whitesboro and Radcliff’s Buffalo Nickle Trading Post, in Collinsville along the Hwy 377 and US 82 corridor are top spot destinations, and recommended as two worthwhile visitors’ stops. Jack and Sandy Humes, proprietors of Butterfield Stage Stop Antique Emporium, 123 East Main Street in downtown Whitesboro, showcase an astounding selection of 32,000 items inside their store. The couple, who began their own personal antique collecting back in 1973, retired from a military career and relocated to Whitesboro in 2000 because they had family who lived here. A year later, they opened their first antique store, Yellow Front Antiques, located across the street. When the current property became available, they purchased the building



and spent approximately 15 months in restoration, doing much of the work themselves, in an effort to preserve its historical integrity. Humes can trace the history of the building, which has housed a department store, a pool hall and a florist and gift shop, back to the 1920s. Butterfield Stage Stop offers old time treasures and hometown service. The owners believe you have to have an eye for antiques in order to be successful in the business. Jack said, “My passion was and still is American Primitive furniture. But I soon learned you cannot be just one kind of antique [store].” Their current inventory has larger numbers of glassware and china pieces than any other item. “The glassware and china have become our bread and butter,” he added. The majority of the inventory at Butterfield Stage Stop comes from estate sales, auctions and through word of mouth. “Lately more people are coming to us,” Jack said, “and offering items for us to buy.” They do accept a few consignments, on a very limited basis.

Jack and Sandy say that their business is good and continues to improve. “Last year was a good year,” Jack said. “When we first started, January and February were bad months, but that has not been true this year. When the weather is good, people are out, looking and buying.” The Humes say that the best thing about their business is meeting people. “We have made so many friends and are seeing a number of repeat shoppers,” Jack said. “Whitesboro is a very sweet, delightful little town,” Sandy, who is a native Iowan, said. “We have many customers who drive up from the Metroplex, to spend the day.” They both agree that the hardest thing about the business is the full time job of keeping track of an ever-changing inventory. Nephew Jeff Lewis assists in this effort doing research on the internet, keeping records and inventory. “This is not just a hobby,” Jack said, “it’s a job, but we enjoy doing it.” Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 903-564-7788. For more information go online at . Seven miles south of Whitesboro, Radcliff’s Buffalo Nickle Trading Post, 108 West Hughes, Collinsville, sits just off busy Highway 377. The close to 5,000 square footage space houses a wide selection of quality antiques including Western art, bronzes, native American turquoise and silver jewelry, native American artifacts and arrowheads, Indian blankets, furniture, animal mounts, lithographs, saddles, saddle blankets, bits, spurs, cowboy hats, old knives, fishing equipment and so much more. “We have ‘real antiques,’ owner/proprietor Brian Radcliff said. “We buy, sell, swap and trade.” Two years ago Brian and Sue Radcliff moved their business from Gainesville, where they had been in operation for 10 years, to the Collinsville corner location at West Hughes and Highway 377. The 100 year-old building, which had served as a garage during the 1950s and 60s, and housed The Sale Block during the late 1970s and 80s, required six months of major restoration work. “We felt this was a prime location for us,” Sue said. “The building gave us more space, and indications are that the Metroplex is moving this way.” Currently they are seeing a lot of day trippers from the Metroplex, Lake Kiowa and the surrounding lake areas. “People say our store is like a museum,” Sue said. The atmosphere is filled with music, laid back and inviting. When Buffalo Nickle Trading Post came from Gainesville to its new home, the move involved 14 truckloads transport-

ing thousands of inventory items. In addition to the inside construction of display rooms, interior walls, and a private office area, the Radcliffs added vendor booths and offered them for rent. Currently all spots are filled and showcase a wide variety of unique inventory for purchase including Fostoria, camp fire cooking pots, fragrances and lotions, antique handbags, collectibles and knick-knacks. The Radcliffs have recently added a line of gourmet food products including salsas, quail eggs, buffalo jerky and “the absolute best Texas chili mix you ever tasted.” Brian, who is a professional home designer, grew up in Oklahoma City. As a child he recalls being fascinated by his grandmother’s and his mother’s things—the quality and the character of the furniture of the period, and how well people cared for their goods.”I love oak furniture,” he said. During the 1980s, he lived in Maine, where he opened his first antique store. He is an auctioneer and a certified appraiser. He and Sue also handle estate sales..”many, many of them.” “For 40 years, one way or another, I have been involved with antiques,” Brian said. Sue, who is now retired from a 30-year career, learned about antiques from Brian. “I was with him when I bought my first antique,” she said. “Brian brought me in.” She learned quickly and still remembers the first estate sale she had to handle on her own because Brian was called out of town. Sue does hand beading and sewing, and these two talents serve her well in the antique world. The Radcliffs have plans to have an old time photo shop up and running by the summer. A professional photographer will offer sepia tone pictures by appointment at affordable pricing. A wardrobe selection of 1800s costume clothing is currently being assembled. Brian and Sue report a “steady trickle of people” who stop in daily. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone number: 903-429-0230. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, are usually high traffic days, and sometimes the store is open later on Friday and Saturday evenings. “Mondays are surprising sometimes, too,” Brian said. “People who are going back home from somewhere see that we are open and drop in.” The store has a website, is on Facebook, has a billboard in Whitesboro, and an old wagon out front which catches people’s eye. For more information go to Pg


Collinsville collector’s love affair with Coca-Cola ‘It’s the real thing’ Jacquita Lewter North Texas Best Times Collinsville — Bob Orsburn has immersed himself in the most widely recognized, world-wide, red and white Coca-Cola brand, for the past 19 years. The Collinsville resident and businessman has literally thousands of authentic Coca-Cola pieces in his vast collection housed in three locations. When Orsburn and his wife Gina purchased the hardware store on Collinsville’s downtown Main Street in September of 1984, a chest type Coke box, an old original Dr. Pepper machine and a Wurlitzer Juke box were among the store’s inventory. This was prior to his fascination with Coca-Cola memorabilia, so these items were not kept. The Orsburns recall that ..”the UPS guy bought the Coke box and the Dr. Pepper machine..,” and they are not really certain what became of the juke box. Four years later, the couple sold all hardware at auction, and expanded the floor covering line they had added to become a full fledged carpet and floor covering store. In 1995, they bought a vendo Coke machine for the store and, “That’s where it all started,” Orsburn said. “I don’t go hunting or fishing,” he explained. “I do this.” ‘This’ is an amazing and varied collection of red and white

Coca-Cola items which have found resting places in three separate locations—the store, a second vacant store front building on Main Street, Collinsville, (which Orsburn calls a “possible museum in progress”), and the game room at their residence. Orsburn boasted that he has not bought a single piece of his Coca-Cola collection from eBay. Instead, he buys from individuals, peddlers, and while traveling to different parts of the state and all over the country on vacations. It is also quite common for folks just to show up at the store with Coca-Cola themed items which they often give to him as gifts. Intriguing items in the store include a number of trays bearing the portraits of the young and beautiful Coca-Cola women of a bygone era, as well as framed pictures. One such original dated 1911, is in remarkable condition to be over a century old. One of the pieces at the store which Orsburn admires the most is the sign in the back corner which reads, “ORSBURN Drink Coca-Cola In Bottles,” and bears the distinctive round, red and white Coke button logo. He garnered the sign on a trip to Port O’Connor, Texas. The original name painted on the sign was RUCKERS, and Orsburn was able to keep the original second ‘R’ in the name when it became his name on the sign. The seven bold, black letters lined up just right. The store also has an old Coca-Cola cash register which carries the message, “Drink Coca-Cola 5 Cents.” A framed placard reads, “Soda Fountain for a Glass of Coca-Cola~~The Best Brain and Nerve Drink~~Cures Headache~~5 Cents A Glass.” There is a glass front Coca-Cola refrigerator which was given to Orsburn by two Coca-Cola sales reps who just dropped in to visit the store because they had heard about his Coca-Cola fascination. Another intriguing item is the red Coca-Cola cooler from the 1940s used on the DC-3’s airplane flights to cool Cokes served to passengers during flight. The cooler’s shape is curved to fit into the compacted work space provided for the stewardess. A few doors down the street, Orsburn’s “work in progress” is taking shape. “I was running out of room at home, so I started moving stuff in here,” he said of the vacant building he owns. His most recent addition, a large Coca-Cola sign advertising Ragsdale Gro.—Mkt., was uncovered several months ago during renovation of a building across the street which currently houses the city police department. The former grocery store and meat market were well known more than 50 years ago in this community. The sign had been covered up in a previous building renovation some 37 years ago, and was therefore in very good shape—a collector’s windfall. Additional interesting items include a red Coca-Cola telephone, a Coca-Cola child’s red wagon, a Coca-Cola SLOW School Zone sign, a Coca-Cola charcoal heater, Coca-Cola toys including an airplane, over 1,000 bottles of commemorative Coca-Cola, (one very old six pack with glass bottles

and metal carrying case), and a 1949, 3 by 5 foot advertising poster which reads, “Be Refreshed Coca-Cola.” The pool table in the 600-square foot game room at the Orsburns’ house, holds a 1500-piece Coca-Cola puzzle — another work in progress. There are also puzzles on the floor. A number of completed and framed puzzles are displayed at the other two Coca-Cola holding locations, as well. Two glass cases are filled with Coke displays. There is a porcelain sign, animated toys, three Coke machines--one is a 10 cent machine which bears the following instructions: “2 nickels, dime or quarter, receive change below.” There is a glass shade Coca-Cola lamp, an authentic Coca-Cola shirt bearing a logo

patch, and so much more. A couple of years ago, the Orsburns visited the Coca-Cola Museum located in Atlanta, Ga. After a look around Orsburn commented to his wife, “I think I have more stuff than they do.” She agreed. As any collector will tell you, the love is in the hunt, and the experience of the acquisition is priceless. Orsburn loves all things Coca-Cola. Not only is it his drink of choice, for him, it truly is ..”the real thing”... and his wife supports him 100 percent.



Cheers to wine & wonderful views Janet Felderhoff, North Texas Best Times   Western Cooke and eastern Montague counties have a secret they want to share. It is their wineries. It seems the duffau soil is ideal for grape growing because it allows for good drainage with the sand and a little bit of nutrient holding with red clay loam. The scenic bluffs break up severe storm systems, protecting the vineyards. Also, the climate suits grape growing.   With Spring’s sunshine warming the earth, the roots of the grapevines will be sending nutrients to the plants alerting them that it is time to awaken and begin a new season of growth. Soon all the vineyards will be bursting with new life, cycling from bud break to flowering to the appearance of the grape berry and the eventual ripening of the grapes.   In the Red River Valley, there are two vineyards and wineries, Arché (six miles north of Saint Jo) and Blue Ostrich (8.5 miles north of Saint Jo), in close proximity with a third, Barnhaus, planning to open in the near future. Another in the area, Weinhof Winery, has a tasting room and production facility in Forestburg and a tasting room with a gift shop and weingarten in Muenster just off Hwy. 82. Each offers a unique atmosphere and selection of wines. While Arché and Blue Ostrich feature wines made from various varieties of grapes, Weinhof ventures into wines produced from ripe, fresh Texas fruits such as blackberries, strawberries, peaches, plums, persimmons, pears, blueberries, and more. They work with one another and welcome visitors to stop and visit each one as each has it’ own treasures to offer. And trips to all wind through rolling hills with scenery making it an enjoyPg


able journey.   Several businesses plan events with the wineries including Bartush Lodge and Elm Creek Manor Bed and Breakfast near Muenster, Texas Kings Hotel and Texas Farm Stay Bed & Breakfast in Saint Jo, the Veranda Inn in Nocona, Towering Oaks in Valley View, and Ancient Ovens. At times, guests will do limousine tours from Blue Ostrich to Arché. Veranda Inn promotes these.   Blue Ostrich is operated by partners Patrick and Julie Fredrick Whitehead and John Fredrick. Julie and John are first cousins who grew up in the city, but spent many weekends at the ranch.   “Our Saturdays are awesome,” remarked Julie. People come from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Wichita Falls, McKinney, and other places.   David observed, “There are people just interested in learning because a tasting is a great place to learn about wine. Sometimes people come and they are a little intimidated. They’ve never been at a tasting and they are worried that they don’t know all the stuff. That’s the whole point. This is where you learn all the stuff.”   The property that now houses Blue Ostrich was purchased by Julie’s dad Stan Fredrick and his brother John in the ’60s. They operated a ranch there for 45 years. Stan harbored an interest in growing grapes. This interest proved to be the catalyst that eventually produced Blue Ostrich.   But, before the grapes came an ostrich farm. The Fredrick family raised cattle and ostriches. The facility that is now the winery, tasting room, and offices was once an ostrich barn where the ostrich eggs were hatched and the newly

hatched ostriches tended. About 10 years ago, they sold the birds. Seven ostriches did not fit in the truck and remained at the ranch.   Seeking a new purpose for the land and its facilities, Stan returned to the idea of growing grapes and that blossomed into the idea of making wines. With the ostriches providing a story, the birds became the mascot and the new business was named after one of the three types of ostriches that were raised there.   John returned to college for a degree in Viticulture or grape growing and Patrick for a certification in Enology which is wine making. Julie enjoys sales and thus runs the tasting room and business end.   In 2011, they planted the first three acres of grape vines with about an acre each of Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo. Julie noted that these are the grapes that seem to grow best in Texas. David said that they bring in fruit from other vineyards across the state to use in their wine making. He said that last year they crushed about 20 tons of grapes.   Blue Ostrich offers 10 different wines, sweet and dry in both red and white. Cielo, their sweet red, is their number one seller. It is an award winner which they describe as having, “aromas of berries, plum, vanilla, and leather.”   Tours are given by appointment. Walking, guided, tasting tours begin in the tasting room. The group proceeds outside to the ostrich pens where they hear the history of Blue Ostrich. The next stop is the vineyard to learn about the grapes grown. Next comes the crush pad where the group learns about harvest and crush season, what is done, and how the wine making process begins.   In the cellar, the host shares his or her knowledge of how they make wine.   Julie remarked, “We try to make this a warm and welcoming place so that when people walk in the door they don’t feel intimidated. They feel like, ‘This is a place I’d like to spend a little time and people do, which is really nice.”   Asked what people say they are impressed with, Patrick and Julie said the views and the quality of the wine and the ambience of the tasting room.   Julie concluded, “We want people, when they leave here, to walk away with a good feeling that they enjoyed our wine, they’ve enjoyed our view, the experience of being here in our tasting room, the people who they talk to here, whether it is me, Patrick, John, or anybody who helps them here, that they go away with a good feeling.”   Howard Davies and Amy Sterling are the owners of Arché (ar kay) which means beginning or origin, the leader, that by which anything begins to be. The couple purchased land in Montague County in 1999. It was once a vineyard of table grapes. “It had been abandoned for 15 years by the time we got the place. It was the first commercial vineyard in the county,” said the couple’s son Grayson Davies.   Grayson said that Howard grew grapes and made Pg


wine at his home in Garland in the ’70s. After a trip to see the Napa wine trail, his mother suggested that they get into growing grapes commercially since her husband enjoyed that.   Grayson’s brother Patrick is now a winemaker in California. It was while visiting his brother that Grayson found his career path. He earned a degree in Winemaking and Viticulture Enology from Texas Tech. He was the first student to graduate from the University’s new program. He recalled that he did not always like wine, but built an appreciation for good wine over time.   Howard and Amy, along with sons Patrick, Ryan, and Grayson, tackled the task of clearing the land, removing the table grapevines, and eventually replanting vinifera winegrapes more suited to wine making. They added more plots of grapevines in 2012.   Grayson noted that they are using a specific root stock called R110 which gives more drought tolerance. Grapevines don’t need really fertile soil or a lot of water. That way the vines concentrate on producing and ripening the fruit rather than growing foliage.   A major replanting is planned for this year. It will have two times the number of vines in the same space. They hope to increase their yield of grapes, enabling them to produce Pg


more wine. Nearly 100% of the Arché wine is produced from estate-grown grapes. They do get some grapes from a vineyard in Plains, Texas or a vineyard 15 miles away from Arché.   Arché produced about 300 gallons of wine in 2007 and increased that to about 3,000 gallons by 2010.   Tours must be scheduled and that can be done by going to their website or calling (214) 536-6330 or (214) 908-9055.   Arché Tasting Room hours are Thursdays and Fridays noon - 7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sundays noon - 5 p.m.   The Arché tasting room is located in the middle of the vineyard. Picnic tables near the fire ring provide a comfortable place outdoors to sample the wine and enjoy the view.   Arché offers wine tastings, wine by the glass, by the bottle, and by the case. Tastings do not need to be scheduled in advance. The size of the tasting room limits comfortable accommodation to about 15 people. Larger groups can be easily accommodated in the cellar with advance notice.   Tours take about 1 1/2 hours. Grayson remarked, “It will give you a real good overview of the history here, the specifics of the varieties themselves. My dad is real knowledgeable about grape growing. We go to the crush pad where

all the processing occurs. We show the equipment and how that happens. In the vineyard, we give information on how the vines actually grow themselves, how we plant them, how we pick them.”   Grape harvest takes place in August or September, depending on the weather. Grayson said that they do one or two large volunteer harvests a year. This allows people to come out at about 7 a.m. and be part of the grape picking process. They serve lunch and do a wine tasting of the variety being picked.   “We try to make it really fun and enjoyable, a very unique experience,” Grayson added.   Large poly tanks and barrels hold the fermenting wine. Grayson explained, “Wine making only takes a week to do before the wine is complete. Time after that is just the wine maturing in the tank. As soon as the fermentation is over with and all of the sugar has been converted to alcohol, you have wine. But, you are not going to bottle that for another six to 15 months.”   Grayson explained that different varieties of wine require different maturation periods. He said, “There is less stuff in white varieties. That’s why it is lighter, doesn’t have the color. The things that give wine its color also give it mouth feel. Tannins and the anthocyanins, those are different compounds that contribute to how it tastes and how it feels in your mouth. White wine has less of that and it needs less time to mature.”   Asked if there is a recipe for each wine variety, Grayson commented, “Winemaking is almost like making art rather than just being a straight up chef. You can never follow just a list of ingredients. You always have to adapt. The fruit determines what you are going to do with it. The way that I determine when to bottle the wine is just by taste.” Wine gets smoother and softer over time, he added.   About a month ago, Grayson learned that his 2011 Syrah wine won a Bronze medal at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition. Arché’s 2010 Roussanne Vintner’s Reserve captured a Silver medal at the Dallas Mornings News TexSom International Wine Competition.   Grayson said, “The number one thing that we focus on as a family growing grapes, me making the wine, is the best quality of wine. We are not looking for quantity. We are going to focus on making the best wine that we can in Texas.”   Brenda and Larry Thompson opened the Forestburg loca-

tion of Weinhof Winery in February 2007. That location is now open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., but they open at other times and provide winery tours by appointment. In 2010, they opened a second winery at 123 W. Division Street (Hwy. 82) in Muenster. That location is open Thursday 2-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.   Brenda’s grandpa made two barrels of Concord grape wine every year. He inspired her to try wine making as a hobby. She developed her own recipes and made use of fruit provided by her family. This included persimmon, pear, and other fruits. They shared what they made and people enjoyed their wines. The amount they made grew.   Eventually, the couple decided that they should make and sell wine as something to do after they retired. That’s when they instigated a search for a location to manufacture and sell their wines.



  Since the pair had traveled in Germany and visited weinstubes, they aspired to offer something similar here in Texas.   The name Weinhof came naturally since her grandpa is of German descent. Wein means wine and Hof means courtyard.   Brenda incorporated gift shops with the wineries. Each time she releases a wine, she also releases bath soaps and candles to go with it. She and a friend develop the soap and candle scents to best go with the wine.   Blends are the most recent endeavor of the Thompsons. Larry commented, “The blackberry wine sells phenomenally. Merlot wine sells pretty good, but if you mix them together, sweeten it up, and call it Muenster Red, you can’t make enough! We’ve added a lot of blends.” He is very happy with the popularity of their blends.   Blackberry wine is their biggest seller. People come from the Metroplex just to purchase it. “It’s different. You can’t get

that anywhere.”   Larry noted that they once competed and won in wine contests, but feel it is too expensive and no longer enter their wines. “We win the wine award every weekend. We sell out of all of our wines.”   Weinhof’s wines have been featured at the State Fair of Texas for the last two years. He said that the new curator of the State Fair of Texas and his wife were exploring north Texas and stopped at the Forestburg location. Larry noted, “They fell in love with the blackberry wine and the sweet peach.” This led to a call later that summer inviting them to bring their wines to the State Fair. They went with the blackberry, sweet peach, and strawberry wines the first year and added blueberry the second year. Larry recalled, “People went nuts over those wines. We had a crowd in front of us like you wouldn’t believe!” They are getting a lot of customers from being at the State Fair.   Larry said, “I would like people to come here for the

experience of the ‘small townness,’ the good restaurants, the nice people.   “The wine business is fun and it’s very rewarding. The people we meet are the most fun, nice, cool people and I just love them to death.”   North Texas boasts a number of wineries. The list of most in the readership area are:   Arché, 228 Wagner Rd., Saint Jo   Brushy Creek Vineyards, 572 CR 2798, Alvord   Homestead Winery, 220 W. Main, Denison   Landon Winery, 101 N. Kentucky St., McKinney   Lone Oak Vineyards, 4781 E. Lone Oak Rd. Valley View   Lone Star wine Cellars, 103 E. Virginia St., McKinney   Triple R Ranch, 2276 CR 125, Whitesboro   Wales Manor, 4488 CR 408, McKinney   Weinhof Winery, 16678 FM 455, Forestburg and 123 W. Division, Muenster.



Spring is here, let’s go outside! Area spots to bike & hike Thomas Otto, North Texas Best Times Want to take a ride on the wild side? Well there are plenty of fantastic opportunities near you in North Texas to get outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer. I’ll give you some hints as to what you will need to get through this challenging but rewarding activity: lungs, liquid, and a lion’s heart. If you haven’t guessed it, it also involves a bicycle modified for off road use. Many of these mountain bikes feature advanced suspensions, brakes, and multiple gears to get you up and down the landscape. We will start with the hardest in the area, and go to more “tame” routes in this short guide. The most treacherous landscape of Cross Timbers will test your lion heartedness. It is located 13 north of Whitesboro right on the south side Lake Texoma. Cross Timbers is nestled along the banks of Lake Texoma off of Hwy 377 just before you cross the border to Oklahoma and features beautiful views of the man-made lake. It is maintained by the Dallas off road Bicycle Association (DORBA). Their goal is to provide access to great trails in the Metroplex. Cross Timbers is considered an advanced stage. The most difficult part is the trail between Juniper Point (East trail head) and Cedar Bayou which travels high above the lake on the rocky ledges that make up the shoreline. This short section of trail is very technical and should only be attempted by experienced riders who are aware of the “penalty for failure.” Be sure and pack in plenty of water for the trip as there in none available in route, nor are there any bail out points along the trail. While the 6 mile total length may not seem that long the elevation changes of the trail are high and a fatigue factor of this trail is quite high. Be prepared for some ravenous descents into eroded gullies and plenty of rocks and roots to test your skills. If you don’t want to start off on rough terrain, and are looking for at least basic amenities there are other trails near you to try. These trails are managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife and DORBA. The trails cost $7.00 per day. The two DORBA trails are on either side of Lake Ray Roberts. Isle du Bois is between Sanger and Pilot Point on FM 455. Isle du Bois means “Island of Trees” and Johnson Branch; the easiest of the three DORBA trails in the area is on the Pg


north side of the lake between Valley View and Tioga. The state parks also have running water, toilets, showers, camping, and swimming available. Isle Du Bois) was completed by DORBA volunteers in 2005 and features a 12 mile long trail. The terrain is rockier than most of DORBA trails and Isle du Bois has several nice hills that have been incorporated into the trail which are strewn with rock gardens of varying technical difficulty. The most difficult sections of the trail are found on Loop D and there are two bypasses marked for those riders wishing to miss the worst of the rocky climbs. Loop E runs northeast from the park along the rocky lake shore and offers some great views of Ray Roberts while loop D highlights the lake vista from atop the rocky center ridge with lake views common during the leafless winter months. Johnson Branch could be considered the easiest DORBA trail of the bunch; it curves through trees up and down wooded hillsides creating plenty of elevation changes with approximately 760 ft of climbing per lap. The expert section of the trail is marked in red on the map and is quite rocky with numerous short steep hills. Beginner riders might want to consider by-passing some of this area by taking the fire roads out to the beginning of the yellow trail. Maps may be available at the park office but please print your own from this web site if possible. A few “mini” maps are posted on the trail which may help as they are marked with a “You are here” arrow. If you don’t want to hit up an official trail but want to experience nature, Greenbelt is the easiest of the local parks and is simply packed gravel trail just off 380 east of Denton before you get to the town of Crossroads. The tamest trail of the bunch and would be great for beginners or people with

a standard bicycle. Greenbelt is known for accommodating walkers, bikers, and people enjoy fishing along the route. A local gentleman was enjoying the route which meanders along a creek connecting between Denton and Aubrey. He said, “There is a good fishing hole on the Aubrey side of the Greenbelt trail.” He has been coming there for years to ride a bike, walk the dogs, and fishes when he can. He continued, “It is a great place to come out and relax by creek and get some exercise.” The trail is managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife and costs 7.00 to go on the trail. Denton’s Greenbelt actually provides access to Isle Du Bois near Aubrey (explained above) if you really felt adventurous and had the time. So this spring, get your the camping gear, a bike, helmet, and set out on a local trail to experience the great outdoors in North Texas! Want to learn more? Dallas off Road Bicycle Association Johnson Branch State Park ( Map - Isle du Bois - Map - Cross Timbers - Map -



What’s going on April 1: April Fool’s Day. April 2: Morton Museum lector series,Gainesville, 6 to 8:35 p.m. April 3: Texas Art History Series, Heard Craig House, McKinney. April 4: Morton Muesum Brown Bag Book Review, Gainesville, noon to 1 p.m. April 4-7: Bonham Trade Days. April 5: ArtABalloo: Gainesville Swing Orchestra and North Central Texas Chorale spring concert. “Sweet Sounds” 7 p.m. First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville. April 6: Historic Downtown Gainesville Loft Tour. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore downtown Pg


area’s forgotten second stories in a five stop “loft tour.” Most of these spaces have been restored and are now some of the nicer living spaces in the area. Admission $5. April 6: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville April 6: Special Olympics Track and Field Meet, 9 .am., Gainesville High School Stadium. April 6: Mountain Springs Annual Garage Sale, Mountain Springs Community Center, 173 Mt. Springs Lane, (corner of FM 922 and FM 372) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. April 6: Keep Valley View Beautiful Citywide Garage Sale and Trade Day, sunup to 3 p.m. @ The Square. Call 682-553-2176 for more information.

April 6-7: Bowie 2nd Monday Trade Days. April 7: Sacred Heart Catholic School Ranch Rodeo, Muenster. April 7: Second Annual Pink Ribbon Classic, Sherman. April 7: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concert, Murchison Center, Denton. April 7: National Beer Day. April 9: Moron Museum lector series, State Theater, Gainesville, 6-8:30 p.m. April 10 - 13: Medal of Honor Host City events. Three day event filled with opportunities for the public to meet Medal of Honor recipients as they visit Gainesville. Events include motorcade, fish fry, tree planting on walking trail, visit to

schools, military parade, banquet and autograph sessions. Wednesday: MOH recipients arrival in Gainesville via motorcade, late afternoon. Thursday: Planting Red Oak tree on Home Grown Hero Walking Trail, 10.a.m. Thursday: Fish Fry, Gainesville High School. Friday: MOH Banquet, 6 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center. Saturday: Military parade in historic downtown Gainesville. 10 a.m. Saturday: Autograph/ book signing at Gainesville Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver, Gainesville. 1 p.m.. Free to public. April 11: COOKie, Pecan Creek Village, Gainesville, 2-3 p.m.

Events & Happenings in North Texas April 11: Music in the Garden Concert, McKinney. April 12, 13,14: 3rd Monday Trade Days, McKinney. April 13: Guided tour of North Texas Horse Country, Historical Park, Denton.

April 18: Keep Lindsay Beautiful Earth Day, clean up City Park, plant bulbs, grass; 10 a.m. to finish. April 18: NCTC Music Department Spring Concert, First State Bank Performing Arts Center, Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.

April 13: Kite & Bike Festival, Sherman.

April 19-20: Cruisin’ Nocona Art Show, Nocona.

April 13: Nocona Nights Concert, Nocona.

April 19, 20, 21: Gun and Knife Show, Bowie.

April 15: Tax Day. April 16: NCTC Horticulture Program Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m. t 1 p.m., Elnora Smith Greenhouse. 940-6651231. April 18: Art Walk, Gainesville. Local artists exhibit works in shops downtown, refreshments served. 5 p.m.

April 20: TCOG Hazardous Waste Collection, Cooke County Justice Center, Gainesville, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20: Wise Chicks Chicken Coop Tour, Decatur. April 20: Red Bud Festival, Denton.

April 20: Downtown Frisco StrEATS Festival, Frisco.

April 26, 27, 28: Denton Arts and Jazz Fesitval, Denton.

April 20: Texoma Earth Day Festival, Sherman

April 26,27, 28: Germanfest, Muenster City Park, Saturday: Bicycle Rally, 11 a.m. Sunday: Fun Run, noon.

April 21:Home Hospice of Grayson County Fish Cook-off. Sherman. April 22: Earth Day at Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville. April 22: NCTC Music Department Recital, First State Bank Performing Arts Center, noon. April 22: Fourth Monday Trades Day, Whitewright. April 22: Valley View Trash-Off April 23: National ProLife T-shirt Day.

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“Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer with Pierre A. Leh

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Your mother scared the daylights out of you last week. She said she was going for a quick walk but when she didn’t return three hours later, you went looking for her. You were frantic, she was confused, you were embarrassed. She has early-stage Alzheimer’s and you’re trying to cope but things are getting worse for her. Things are getting worse for you. You never thought you’d have to be a parent to your parent, but here you are. And in the new book “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer with Pierre A. Lehu, here’s some help. It’s not the job you grew up wanting but you’ve taken the responsibility anyhow. Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s may be a burden and there may be joy in it – but however you see it, you’re not alone. Dr. Ruth says there are some fifteen million people just like you, caring for a parent, partner, spouse, or relative. That amounts to over $183 billion of unpaid care each year. And that can be overwhelming. For starters, the authors say, don’t “draw lines in the sand.” Remain flexible, figure out other ways to do what needs doing, and never turn down offers of help; even delegating the tiniest chores will feel like a relief. And don’t even think about doing housework when you’ve got some precious time to yourself. “Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, but it mustn’t claim two victims,” say the authors. Ignoring that fact may lead to Caregiver Burn-Out. Recognize that your feelings are probably going haywire. Pg


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You may have crushing guilt, anger, or sadness. You might feel lonely, shameful, or depressed. Maybe you’re filed with grief. Don’t repress those feelings; instead, manage them by preparing for or deflecting them. Preparing early for other inevitabilities will help, too. Learn to understand Alzheimer’s and its stages, as well as possible treatments. Teach children and grandchildren to adapt, and learn how to get siblings to pitch in. Find a good lawyer. Know how to deal with combativeness, frustration, and when it’s time to seek new accommodations. Let’s lay this on the table: “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” includes information on sex. You’d be disappointed if it didn’t, wouldn’t you? The thing is, that’s not the focus in this fine book. With extreme sensitivity, authors Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Pierre Lehu offer comfort and direction for caregivers who want to avoid being overwhelmed by their situations. This book touches on a lot of aspects on both sides: there’s personal and practical info for caregivers, as well as insight on how the patient might be feeling. I liked the individual stories included here, and the authors’ advice seems sound – even when the advice is to ask a professional. Overall, this is one of those books you hope you’ll never need, but you’ll be glad you’ve got it if you do. For Boomers, elders, and caregivers now and in the (possible) future, “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” sheds a lot of light.

How libraries stay vital in a digital age Special to North Texas Best Times Interested in the newest bestseller? If you have an e-reader, you can probably just download it to your device in an instant. Would you like to watch a favorite television show? Many tablets can stream videos, and there are apps available to watch everything from video rentals to last night’s TV episodes. Need to research a topic for a school assignment? Chances are you will log on to the Internet to conduct that research. With all of these technological time-savers available from the comforts of home, how are libraries staying viable? As technology continues to evolve, libraries that were once built on the written word are changing their focus in order to keep doors open. According to the American Library Association, there are 9,225 public libraries across the United States, though many states have seen library closings. A struggling economy has cost libraries some funding, as some municipalities simply cannot afford to keep libraries open as

they used to, while others are taking steps to make libraries more popular in the digital age. Many libraries have increased their offerings beyond traditional books. For instance, libraries have long served as low-cost sources for movies and music, offering sizeable DVD and CD collections. But even now movies and songs can be rented inexpensively through various subscription services. As such, many libraries have now begun offering other services. They may have free music and e-Book downloads and free wireless Internet connectivity, serve as a location for club meetings, and offer an extensive array of children’s programs. Some libraries have become multimedia centers, housing a media lab where teenagers can create Web content or take a test drive of some of the latest applications available. Many of these efforts are geared toward younger readers and promoting a love of reading among

youngsters. Because children are the policy makers of the future, libraries find that making changes catered to the younger reader can promote reading while ensuring the long-term viability of libraries. Despite the digital age, some libraries are still thriving thanks to their ability to adapt to the newest technologies available.


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North Texas Best Times Magazine April 2013  
North Texas Best Times Magazine April 2013