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Gearing up for progress Kaufman County developments are constructing a bright future
Sharing the Love Foundation
Heritage Market and Bakery has a loyal following
Wildwood Cemetery project has historical significance
Volunteer organization aims to help seniors
Tena Cruz tempts tastebuds with tamales
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Shaping the future of Kaufman County
INTERIM PUBLISHER Monica Lewis
Things are looking up in Kaufman County. Optimistic city leaders will be the first to tell you, but you don’t have to take their word for it. Look around the county, at all of the construction cranes and “coming soon” signs at key intersections, whether it’s a storefront preparing to open its doors or infrastructure improvements intended to spur new developments. In this issue of Kaufman County Life, we get out our crystal ball to view the county not as it was in the past or is in the present, but what it might become in the future. According to officials in Terrell, Forney and Kaufman, there are plenty of signs that point to economic growth across the board in 2013 and beyond. They also feel there are several reasons to believe that perhaps the worst of the economic downturn that has stifled progress across all business sectors during the past few years is now in the rear-view mirror. Our cover story examines the potential for local progress in commercial, retail and residential development, and the positive impact it could have on items such as sales-tax revenue, job growth and property values for area communities. It looks at the ongoing construction of the Gateway Bridge project in Forney, and related retail construction that is expected to follow. It tracks the sharp increase in housing permits in Terrell that go hand-in-hand with new industrial development. The new projects also include the opening of new small businesses that help to drive the economic engine in the county, even in the face of recent adversity. Such progress has numerous long-term benefits for those of us who live and work in Kaufman County, and helps to brighten the financial outlook for residents and business owners alike. Elsewhere in this issue, we take a look at the unique combination of cultures that influence the Heritage Market and Bakery in Kemp, which is operated by a Mennonite family that moved to Texas more than 20 years ago. The market has become a favorite for locals and travelers alike. We explore a worthwhile project at Wildwood Cemetery in Terrell, where a group of volunteers is spearheading an effort to put names and proper markers on gravesites that have remained anonymous for decades, in part because of past stigma associated with residency at adjacent Terrell State Hospital. In addition, our staff tells the story of the Sharing the Love Foundation, a program that helps seniors throughout the county in various capacities. And we get your mouth watering with a story on Tena Cruz, who owns a Grays Prairie eatery that specializes in various flavors of spicy tamales. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue of Kaufman County Life as much as we enjoyed writing it. Feel free to submit any feedback about anything you like or dislike, or anything you’d like to see us do in the future. After all, we’re here because of you. — Todd Jorgenson
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Gearing up for progress Kaufman County is showing signs of an improving economy with development — commercial, residential and retail — starting to pick up. Forney, Kaufman and Terrell, at times in fact, are scrapping to attract the same companies and developers. Officials in the three communities say they have seen an obvious increase in interest in their cities. BY GARY E. LINDSLEY Terrell prepares for the growing economy Mayor Hal Richards believes Terrell is experiencing an uptick and the city must be ready to embrace it. “We need to get out of this bunker mentality we have had,” Richards said. “I believe we will see growth in our economy and we have to be ready. I really feel like our economy is strengthening.” He said the city has trimmed its staff and lived within its means. When the economy went south several years ago, Terrell, partly through attrition, went from 210 to 160 employees. The city also has not had a tax rate increase in 13 years. “We have done what we have had to do for public safety, Richards said. “We have focused on keeping people safe.” Terrell assistant city manager Mike Sims said an increase in development in Terrell is a reflection of the state and national economies. “I see a lot of very positive signs for the city,” Sims said. There has been an increase in building permits for residential construction, he said, while for the last few years, the permits were mainly for rehabilitating homes. “That is a very positive thing,” Sims said. “It’s
The Forney Bridge project on the city’s eastern edge promises a retail and residential boom while spurring economic activity for decades to come.
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going to be nice to add new homes. Every new family that moves in is a new retail customer.” Sims said even something small, such as sweetFrog opening in Terrell, is very important. “It is nice to fill in that location,” he said. SweetFrog is a frozen yogurt shop and will open soon at 601 W. Moore Ave. Sales tax revenue also is up. “If you look at the last 16 months of sales tax, we have had 14 positive months,” he said. “That is a great positive.” But Sims said retail sales are only part of the picture. “We still have not seen an uptick in property values,” he said. “What we have seen is [property value] stabilization. We had seen an 11 percent drop.” While residential property values may not have increased, Sims said there has been a positive result off State Highway 34 south, near the Terrell Post Office. “Brownstone Apartments is another vignette development for us,” he said. “We were very concerned we would have to take this through the building standards process. Instead they are adding new residents there.” In fact, Terrell Police Chief Jody L. Lay wanted
to have the place leveled because of the amount of crime taking the road,” he said. place at the complex. A police officer was murdered there in the The Sinacola plans entail building a paving batch plant on an 1980s. 182-acre parcel near U.S. 80 and Spur 557. The plans call for Lot With a change in ownership and a new onsite management 1 to include a paving batch plant and distribution of paving and company, things have turned around. various construction raw materials such as crushed rock, gravel, As residential permits begin to pick up, commercial develop- road base materials and sand. ment in Terrell definitely is on the upswing. Lot 2 would include future development for light industrial The State Highway 34-bridge project, Sims said, is attracting uses not yet determined. several more prospective convenience stores. The construction plans also call for relocating County Road “One is going to announce soon,” he said. Because of ongoing 305, which in turn would necessitate moving a railroad crossing talks, the convenience stores cannot be named, he said. about 2,300 feet to the east. Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corporation has closed on land Danny Booth, president of the Terrell Economic Development near Interstate 20 and State Highway 34 for a convenience store Corporation, said bringing Maines Paper and Food Service Inc. and truck-refueling center, according to Sims. to Terrell was the result of Maines’ nationwide search for its first “They are working on driveway issues with [the Texas Depart- distribution facility west of the Mississippi River. ment of Transportation],” he said. “We competed head-to-head with other Texas communities as Sales figures at Terrell’s Tanger Outlet Center are also a posi- well as other states,” Booth said. tive sign, Sims said. Maines officials, he said, commented several times about Ter“Occupancy at Tanger is very high,” he said. rell’s business-friendly environment and that the community’s Then there are the Las Lomas and Mario Sinacola projects off leadership would support them not only when the facility was of U.S. Highway 80 and County Road 305 at Spur 557. first built, but in the future as well. “When you have a mixed-use development like the Las Lomas Maines opened in 2012 on Airport Road. [project] you have a tremendous asset,” Sims said. “Economic development is a lot about relationship building,” Las Lomas in January put $1.5 million toward creation of a Booth said. new interchange. Developer Mario Sinacola also has dedicated TEDC also attracted the relocation of Longhorn Fabrication $1.5 million for the work with the Terrell Economic Development from Dallas to Terrell. The company recently conducted a job fair Corporation putting up another $1.5 million. and hopes to open the new facility in April, hiring welders and According to city officials, the existing County Road 305 CNC operators at wages ranging from $15 to $25 per hour. bridge over Spur 557 is not accessible to the estimated 26,000 The Mario Sinacola project, Booth said, will be a materials vehicles that pass under it each day. With the $4.5 million invest- company supporting the housing industry. ment, that will change. “The more houses built the more business [Sinacola] will do,” The work, slated to begin in April with completion in Decem- he said. ber, will include building new Spur 557 ramps and connect CounThe company bought the property before the economy colty Road 305 to Apache Trail. lapsed. Spur 557 will benefit the Sinacola development on the north “So they mothballed the whole project,” he said. “[TEDC] is side of the road and Las Lomas on the south side. It also will ben- supporting the project by paying one-third of the cost of the 305 efit Metrocrest Business Park. interchange. Richards has said the interchange would provide an opportu“This extension we are doing is also the last component of our nity for new shopping and restaurant development. transportation master plan for the Metrocrest Business Park,” He also said it would serve as the entry point to the 12,000- Booth said. “It will allow traffic from Nucor and Walmart to go acre Las Lomas tract, providing easy access for customers from Windmill Farms and Forney from the west while serving a large market of retail cus- Construction at the western edge of Terrell will open access to the Metrocrest business tomers to the east. park directly from Spur 557, along with planned other planned development. “We purchased this property 10 years ago knowing that at the appropriate time, this property could be the most dynamic, mixed-use opportunity in the market,” said Frank Nuchereno, a Las Lomas representative. According to city officials, the interchange and development are covered by a series of agreements put in place by the Terrell City Council since 2006 to create new jobs, allow economic growth and construction of infrastructure while protecting city residents from financial exposure to the costs and risks of development. Terrell city manager Torry Edwards says the contracts are critical to jump-starting the projects. The Las Lomas project, according to Edwards, is the largest master-planned development community in Texas. Photos by Don C. Johnson Photography “It’s to the point now that the rubber is meeting
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Longhorn Fabrication has begun construction of a its new headquarters in Terrell’s airport business park, close to the recently opened Maines restaurant distribution facility. directly to the interstate.” What he expects to see with Las Lomas is a mix of residential, commercial, retail and light industrial. “We have seen an increased level of retail activity and we expect some exciting announcements,” Booth said. That could center on the Farm-To-Market Road 148 and Interstate 20 area. “Our staff is spending a great more time on retail than it ever has,” he said. “Retail is coming out of a slump. And an underserved area like Kaufman County is getting a lot of attention. “Along with retail will come additional housing and businesses and companies,” Booth said.
Housing, retail thriving in Forney Retail and housing starts are also expanding in Forney. “Probably the biggest news in economic development is the ramping up of transportation projects,” said Kim Buttram, Forney Economic Development Corporation director. “All of our road projects, including the Gateway [bridge], total $65 million in infrastructure.” Buttram said the Gateway Bridge project on U.S. 80 alone costs $23 million. It is a private-public partnership between Herbert Hunt, Forney and the Regional Transportation Council. “The Gateway project opens up about 2,000 acres for development,” she said. “It will be mixed-use development.” That includes commercial, retail, residential and entertainment. “The Gateway Bridge opens up the north-south area and provides a connection to 20 and 80,” Buttram said. The first development will be 300 multi-family homes, which she refers to as upscale. “The focus the past few years has been retail development of 65 acres on the north side of 80,” she said. It will include a retail center, anchored by a big-box store and smaller facilities. On the south side of U.S. 80, she said, Forney is working on a land-use plan with students from the University of Virginia’s School of Agriculture. Buttram said in 2012, $17 million in healthcare facilities began construction and are slated for completion this spring. “That includes a 33,000-square-foot medical facility,” she said, referring to Forney Medical Plaza. There also is a medical complex with expanded pediatrics. And a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency department staffed by Lake Pointe Medical is under way. 8
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Another project is the Three Forks Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility with 60 beds. “The other big news in 2012 was $75 million in residential starts in the Forney school district area,” Buttram said. “We also have a Kroger Marketplace coming.” The marketplace, she said, is being built at the Farm-To-Market Road 548 and U.S. 80 intersection with completion set for the end of 2013. The Kroger Marketplace will be 123,000 square feet, which besides food, will sell home furnishings, furniture and jewelry. There also
will be ancillary stores. New retail, according to Buttram, is also at Mustang Crossing because of completion of the intersection. “We are seeing more infill there,” she said. Mustang Crossing was created in 2005. “We are getting a new Chiloso [Mexican bistro]. The last few years we have seen a lot of restaurants open.” Buttram believes the main reason for the increase in housing and retail starts is Forney’s quality of life as well as the DallasFort Worth job market. Another reason, she said, is the community’s school system. There is also the value of housing in Forney. “[It] is a lot of house for the money out here,” she said. Then there are the recreational opportunities, such as the community park with tournament softball fields and a new, 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, according to Buttram. “Those are opportunities that families like to have,” she said. “We want to bring expanded entertainment out here. “Down the road, our focus will be on medical and professional offices,” Buttram said. There also is a possibility of attracting a higher education type of facility. While retail, medical and housing starts have increased, so has sales tax revenue. A Kroger Marketplace store soon will rise from an empty field at Farmto-Market Road 548 and U.S. Highway 80 in Forney, adding grocery retail to an already busy business area.
According to information Buttram received from the Texas State Comptroller of Accounts, in 2000, Forney received $819,000 in sales tax revenue. In 2012, that figure was $3.6 million, an increase of 441 percent. “It’s all driven by residential activity,” Buttram said. “The people moving here bring retail.” Forney, she said, is the first stop in Kaufman County coming from the Dallas area. “Geography is bringing people [here],” Buttram said. “The next stop is to bring companies for the swelling population.” Forney’s population since 2000 has increased by 232 percent. “We have the workforce,” she said. Forney’s long-term plan for the next five years includes the Irish Ridge Land Development, a regional sports venue, hospital and U.S. 80 redevelopment plan.
Falcon Steel leads the way in Kaufman Sales tax revenue in Kaufman is running strong, according to Kaufman Economic Development Corporation executive director Lee Ayres. “If you look at our sales tax [revenue] it increased by 15.4 percent the last quarter,” Ayers said. While sales tax revenue has increased, he said new home construction has been flat inside the city’s limits and moderate to flat in the greater Kaufman area. “New capital improvement was marginal in 2012 but should turn to robust in 2013 with the [number of] permits taken out and the groundbreakings,” he said. “Just the Falcon Steel project alone will have more taxable investment then the top 10 current businesses combined,” Ayres said. “That’s off the chart.” He estimated the project would be $49 million with 175 jobs. The new facility is under construction off State Highway 243. Falcon Steel Company, based in Fort Worth, has been designing and fabricating steel structures for more than 40 years. Its products include tubular steel transmission poles, lattice steel transmission towers, and structural and industrial fabrication. Ayres said there potentially are two more phases for the Falcon Steel project with as many as 475 jobs being added. With the other two phases, it could amount to an $110 million capital investment. Falcon Steel has partnered with Mitas Energy and Metal Construction Inc. from Ankara, Turkey, in constructing the new company. Each will own 50 percent of it. “They manufacture lattice towers that carry electric transmission lines across the country,” Ayres said. “They also make signs for the interstate system and infrastructure for utility substations.” He said part of the reason demand for the company’s products is up is that Texas is the highest producer of wind energy. Another reason is natural gas. “The price of natural gas has come down,” Ayres said. “No one is doing coal any more. A lot of gas-fired power plants are being built across the country so demand for towers has skyrocketed.” Another project in the works is the Kings Fort Marketplace, in which there will be a 150,000-square-foot Walmart, a 50,000-square-foot shopping center and about a half dozen pad sites, possibly for restaurants. “There also is space for offices,” Ayres said. That could amount to 400 full- and part-time jobs. Kaufman is also in the sights for another project. “We are working on a project almost as big as Falcon Steel,”
Ayres said. “We have made [through a couple of rounds]. We should know within the next 90 days.” It would be a $45 million project with 200 new jobs for Kaufman. “Statewide, manufacturing leads are moderate,” he said. “Locally, I have had more site visits the last 12 months than the last three years. Retailers that would not show any interest last year are showing up in my office.” Ayres believes the revived retail interest is because of the new roads being developed. “Plus, there is pent-up retail demand,” he said. “Manufacturing? I cannot say why.” Another draw Kaufman has, Ayres said, is its proximity to the logistics center in the Lancaster-Dallas area. “It’s mixing port activities with rail and truck,” he said. “Some of our prospects want to be here because of it.” While retail and manufacturing are up in Kaufman, Ayres said. The office market is moderate. He sees about two or three projects a year. “On the residential [side], we have had a lot of ‘tire kickers,’” he said. Ayres said the city needs housing. One company wants to build between 80 and 100 moderate income housing for people 55 and older while another one wants to put in an option for multi-family housing construction. “Another prospect is looking at mixed-use development which could include single family, multi-family, office and retail on [an] 100-acre site,” Ayres said. “So I have a lot of activity with no roads built, no lines in the ground. “What is interesting to me is as a community of 6,700, we import 2,800 workers into Kaufman every day,” he said. “We have 4,200 jobs.” Of those 4,200 jobs, 1,400 of them belong to Kaufman residents. “This is good for retail because we have a larger daytime population,” Ayres said. “The negative is [2,800] people are taking their paychecks back to Gun Barrel, Mesquite and Wills Point. “That is why we need housing,” he said. “We need 1,000 for yesterday. We probably need another 1,000 to take care of Falcon Steel and Kings Fort.” So, whether you are driving in Forney, Kaufman or Terrell, look for the signs that retail and manufacturing, as well as housing starts, are on the upswing. They are there. •
Site preparation work has begun in Kaufman where a large retail development is planned including a Walmart Supercenter.
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THE HERITAGE MARKET AND BAKERY IN KEMP HAS DEVELOPED A POSITIVE REPUTATION THROUGH ITS ASSORTMENT OF FOODS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH TRADITION WITH A TEXAS TWIST. BY TODD JORGENSON
Homegrown produce is among the fresh items at the Heritage Market and Bakery.
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he Heritage Market and Bakery doesn’t have a website, and you can’t connect with it through social media. The Kemp store has found success the old-fashioned way — by generating word-of-mouth advertising from its customers, and by building a positive reputation that prompts repeat business. Perhaps that approach isn’t surprising when you consider the green “Pennsylvania Dutch Foods” sign above the entrance, or when you learn the family that owns and operates the market is one of the many Mennonite families to settle in Kaufman County in the last quarter century. The store is perhaps best known for its
fresh-baked pastries and desserts — including bread, cookies, muffins, donuts, pies and even kolaches — that are made in-house from scratch, by women in bonnets and within view of the customers. But in recent years, it has become much more. Daniel Stover purchased the business after it was started by another family under the name Pennsylvania Dutch Bakery in the community of Tolosa, about five miles to the south of its current location on State Highway 274. After operating the market for a few years at the old building, they relocated the store about 11 years ago to a spot that has higher visibility and better freeway access. After taking over the bakery and
delicatessen, Stover also began expanding the product offerings, from traditional baked goods in the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage to include basic staples and items with a Texas touch. “I wanted a broader focus, but the Pennsylvania Dutch influence is still here,” Stover said. “We enjoy the Texas heritage also.” Typically, Heritage Market attracts more of a local crowd during the week (since Kemp does not have a full-service supermarket within its city limits), and gets more travelers on Fridays and Saturdays, including city dwellers who spend their weekends at nearby Cedar Creek Lake. “We have people who drive pretty far sometimes as a destination,” Stover said. “People talk about the atmosphere. It is unique.” Part of the appeal for customers is the plentiful selection of items that are difficult to find elsewhere, he said. A couple of the most popular items remain the fried pies, which are made each Wednesday, and the unique pumpkin rolls, which are filled with cream cheese and sell best during the holidays. There are shelves of homemade jams and jellies from locations throughout Texas, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, some coming from families that Stover knows personally. There are sugars, flours and spices. Also on the shelves are wide varieties of homemade pastas, dried dressings, candies, homemade relishes, pickles, salsas, popcorn, nuts and seeds. The store features a menu of homemade sandwiches that use meats and cheeses imported directly from a supplier in Pennsylvania, offering a distinct regional flavor. The market has placed a recent emphasis on buying foods in bulk — such as baking ingredients and condiments — and repackaging them in smaller quantities. And if they don’t have what you’re looking for, Stover tries to keep apprised of food trends and frequently stocks items based on customer requests. “We have not tried to be a gourmet shop,” he said. “We have tried to be more of a homemade country shop.” Stover’s family moved from central Pennsylvania to Texas in 1991, eventually settling in the Kaufman County community of Grays Prairie, which has become home to several Mennonite families. His wife and two daughters work regularly at the store, making it a true family business. “There are people who have migrated to Texas like us from other places, and they’re looking for their favorite items,” Stover said. “We are not trying to take the place of a supermarket, but we keep a few more basics because of that.”
An influx of Mennonite families to Grays Prairie, located about 13 miles west of Kemp, began during the 1980s. Grays Prairie Mennonite Church has about 23 families in the congregation, with an average of about 140 people at Sunday services, according to church pastor Harry Erb. The church uses an old schoolhouse building for educational purposes, namely a school that houses about 50 students in grades 1-10, along with four teachers. Mennonite students can then finish their highschool studies through home correspondence courses. “We try to read and understand the New Testament, and put it in everyday practical living,” Erb said of the Mennonite theology. “We try to live a simple life and try to offer services that are needed for the basic needs of people around us.” That means that many families are employed in crafts and trades and pass their work on between generations. Despite its expanded product offerings, Stover doesn’t neglect the Heritage Market’s Mennonite influence. At the back of the store is a wall partially devoted to Christian books and literature aimed at both children and adults, including Bible study guides and books used for devotion and inspiration. There’s also spiritual music typically playing over the speakers to enhance the ambiance. | Continued on page 26
Heritage Market and Bakery owner Daniel Stover moved his family from Pennsylvania to Texas in 1991. They purchased the business less than a decade later. Photos by Don C. Johnson Photography
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SITUATED ON GROUNDS NEAR TERRELL STATE HOSPITAL, THE WILDWOOD CEMETERY IS NEARLY AS OLD AS THE HOSPITAL ITSELF, AND IS THE FINAL RESTING PLACE TO MORE THAN 3,000 OF ITS PATIENTS. BY PAUL BOTTONI
From left: Janie Bishop, Peggy Nadolski and Sarah Kegerreis, members of the Wildwood Cemetery Association, played vital roles in the volunteer group’s “Restoring Dignity — From Numbers to Names” cemetery initative.
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n recent years, the hospital has seen an increase in families searching for deceased family members via genealogy services like ancestry.com. In some instances, people discovered a family member they were told was dead, or didn’t know existed, was actually a patient at the hospital. Members of the Wildwood Cemetery Association, the group tasked with maintaining and improving the cemetery, said the social stigma toward those with mental illness played a role in such cases. “People didn't want to admit that their family members were here,” Peggy Nadolski said. Sarah Kegerreis, the association’s original chairwoman, said the admission process was night and day to the modern one. “People could bring someone to the hospital for what would be silly reasons now,” she said. “If
they did something like say ugly words to them, people could bring in a relative and say, ‘They're not treating me right,’ and they'd be admitted. Then they were just shut out of their lives. That was the end of their association with their family members.” Over the years, the cemetery became muddled — the grass and thickets had become overgrown, many grave markers were askew or missing, and some graves were unmarked. Upon seeing the disrepair, in 1996, then new TSH chief executive officer Beatrice Butler wished to see the cemetery improved. Thus the Wildwood Cemetery Association, which is comprised solely of volunteers, was founded. For many years, when patients were buried in the cemetery, they were given a grave marker with only a number inscribed upon it. In 1997, the association launched the
“Restoring Dignity — From Numbers to Names” campaign to replace the numbered grave markers with ones bearing the patients’ names. "It was not a very attractive place. It was not a pleasant place if someone had to be buried there. It would not be very welcoming to their families,” Kegerreis said. “There was a lack of respect. “We found a lot of old markers that were down in a gulley that had been pushed off at some point during cleaning,” she said. While several people helped with the research efforts, Anne Davidson, Janie Bishop and Nadolski were the mainstays, spending more than 10 years combing through and cross-referencing records to match names with grave plots. Bishop said all of the grave numbers known to the association have been since been matched with names. “Since this has started, we've really had a lot of interest in the cemetery,” Nadolski said. “The families are glad to have found [their buried relatives], and glad to know that this is even out here.” If it weren’t for a hand-drawn map of the cemetery grounds with handwritten grave number listings, which Kegerreis said could be as old as the cemetery itself, the process of matching graves would have been near impossible. The map — which for years hung unprotected on the wall of the groundkeeper’s office, is about 3-by-2 feet, and is yellow with age and lined with water stains — lists the grave numbers and locations. After the project began, the map was taken and put in Plexiglas to protect it from further damage. “It’s a miracle in itself that this map survived,” Kegerreis said. The cemetery’s name was derived from the former Camp Wildwood recreational area located on nearby land once owned by the hospital. The property surrounding the cemetery now belongs to the city of Terrell. TSH opened in 1885 as the North Texas Lunatic Asylum to help relieve overcrowding at the Texas State Lunatic Asylum in Austin. The first burial at Wildwood Cemetery occurred about three months later on Oct. 22. The cemetery, which received a historical marker in 1985, is still used by the hospital for patients who die and have no other burial arrangements. More than 3,500 patients, as well as several hospital workers, are buried in Wildwood Cemetery. Of the 3,535 graves, 760 still need markers. Eight-and-a-half fence panels are needed to complete the fence upgrade portion. Each marker costs $70, and each panel costs $375, which includes adding the name or organization that donated the money for the panel. The association will need about $56,000 to complete both portions of the project. “It’s been a long, long,
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long process, and a lot of people have been involved,” Kegerreis said. I know there are a lot of wonderful stories from family members that have used genealogy records to find lost loved ones and discovered they had been at the [Terrell] State Hospital. They’ve been very grateful that [their dead relatives] are in a place that’s not overgrown, and is loved and taken care of.”
Terrell State Hospital’s Wildwood Cemetery received a historical marker from the Texas Historical Commission in 1985, nearly 100 years after the first person was buried there. Photos by Paul Bottoni KAUFMAN COUNTY LIFE SPRING 2013
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ith a background in community organization and a 15year career at the Chicago Housing Authority, Marian Stewart knows a thing or two about getting things done. It is so surprise then that in just two years she has put together charity effort that is quickly stretching to help people throughout the county. “This started from being asked to help organize the food pantry at Free Life Church in Forney,” Stewart said. “That ministry, called Amazing Grace, was good, but we decided that we wanted to do more outreach and serve the whole county, which has led to Sharing the Love Foundation.” Now, Sharing the Love is a 501c3 charity with a lot of irons in the fire, but Stewart said they are trying to bolster existing charity efforts and starting new programs that are not being done by anyone else. “We work by partnering with other organizations so that we do not duplicate efforts,” she said. “We collect food for the Forney Food Pantry and help with other organizations. When we see some program that we can start, we may do that as well.” Sharing the Love has expanded with physical space at Terrell Senior Terraces, where they found a way to meet needs as a food pantry for seniors in the area, as well as providing education and outreach opportunities there. “Our ‘We Care’ program is geared toward seniors, and helping them give back to their community with their skills and what they do best,” Steward said. “We also do empowerment outreach with training classes, job readiness training and tutoring.” One unique program has brought generations together as seniors teach youth things like quilting, nutrition and art. “It is like there is no difference between the seniors and the children,” Sharing
Sharing the Love Foundation volunteers and board members gather at the computer lab where they have offered technology classes for seniors at Terrell Senior Terraces. (From left) Treasurer Reuben Estrada, volunteers Brian Arnold, Marie Thomason and Walter Stewart, board president Karen Jones, executive director Marian Stewart and board member Alicia Arnold. Photo by Don C. Johnson Photography
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the Love Foundation board president Karen Jones said. “The seniors have so much to offer, it has been like a match made in heaven. For example, the quilting class that wrapped up in December was great. The lady who taught it had tried to teach adults, but that had not worked out. They just weren’t interested. But the youth, you could just see her eyes light up, and it gives the kids a chance to see and do something that isn’t their electronics and games.” Stewart said Sharing the Love is also different because they aren’t trying to stay in control of programs they start. “When we start a program, the idea is to create something that runs on its own,” she said. “We want to be a vehicle to help communities know where the resources they are that they need, and help them get things started.” Achieving that goal means getting people to volunteer and give back to the community as well. “We always ask people that we serve to give back,” Jones said. “We want everyone to understand the benefits of service. Volunteers, donations and ideas for service projects are always welcome as the foundation seeks to stretch to Crandall and Kaufman. Of course, that will require the participation of more people, but Jones isn’t worried. “We have found that if we work hard and just put ourselves out there, it attracts people,” she said. For more information about supporting the Sharing the Love Foundation, visit them online at www.sharingthelove.org, email email@example.com or call 469-278-5755.
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Tena’s Tamales Sauce 8-ounce can of tomato sauce 2 teaspoons salt ½ cup lard 3 to 4 dried ancho peppers 3 fresh jalapeno peppers 4 tablespoons garlic powder 4 tablespoons cumin powder 1 tablespoon red chili flakes (optional) 2-quart pitcher of chopped meat ½ chopped onion Boil anchos, holding under a glass plate. Take off the stems and do not worry about the seeds. When they come to a boil, take off stove and let stand until soft and mushy. Blend and strain off skin and seeds. Boil jalapenos and garlic together just until soft. Cut off the ends of the peppers. Leave the seeds. Use a small saucepan. Not too much water, only enough to cover the peppers. In a blender, liquefy jalapenos (keep the water), garlic, red chili flakes, cumin seeds and onion. In a large saucepan, put chopped meat lard, tomato sauce, salt, jalapeno and garlic mixture and red chili mixture. Simmer until meat takes color and taste. May want to add more salt or heat. Masa 10 cups meseca (tamale) pink bag 2 cups lard (Manteca) green and white Light red chili peppers, dry, six to eight 2 tablespoons salt Combine in a large, oversized pan. Work the lard and salt through
Outside the front door of Tena’s Tex-Mex restaurant in Grays Prairie, tamales were steaming in pails. Approaching the door, steam rose from the cans along with a heavenly aroma of tamales cooking in all their glory. Inside the restaurant, Tena Cruz was loading her tamales with filling while her father, Grover, was cutting up pork. She then rolled them in leaves before placing them in aluminum foil and then into the steamers. A mom of six, Cruz homeschooled some of her children until they wanted to play sports and join the band. That is when she decided she wanted to cook. And not just for her family, but for her neighbors and passersby. This is the ninth year that she has been cooking her Tex-Mex epicurean delights. Cruz started in Scurry and has been at her location at 12170 S. Farm-To-Market Road 148 for six years. Cruz looked at the food offerings in Scurry and noticed there weren’t any Chinese, Tex-Mex or Cajun restaurants. “So we decided on Tex-Mex,” she said. “It is a family affair. It has worked out well for us.” | Continued on page 26
the meseca. Boil New Mexico dry red chili just as anchos for the meat and strain seeds and skin. Add 6 cups of warm broth from the meat and 6 cups of Lt. red chili/broth. Work meseca until fluffy. It should be a little wet. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. It will thicken. Masa should be light and fluffy, easy to spread. Mixing with a mixer is OK. Corn husks Soak corn husks in hot water until soft and pliable. Set something heavy on them or hold them under the water. Meat Bake 8 to 10 pounds of chopped pork or beef until very tender at 350, three to four hours in about 1 inch of water, cover with foil. Salt the meat generously. Let cool. Take out any bones and fat. Chop meat. Save and strain the drippings. Broth will be used in the masa (dough). Assemble tamales Tear cornhusk the size you want. Spread a thin 1/8-inch layer of masa on the large end with the back of a tablespoon. Meat goes down the middle. Fold each side over the meat with the bottom tail up. Steam tamales In a large steamer (tamale pot), stack the tamales upward with the folded sides down. Depending on how many you make, it will be about 1 to 1 ½ hours to cook. If you have any leftover meat, masa or cornhusks, you may freeze them until the next batch. Wrap and freeze the cooked tamales. Cooking Tips No. 1: Do not let your steamer run out of water. No. 2: If your masa dries out while you are working, add a small amount of water so it stays easy to spread.
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Bubble Bubble Tea House If you’ve never heard of “Bubble Tea” before, you are not alone. This concoction of fresh-brew tea and natural fruit flavors has only been introduced to the U.S. during the last decade and has been rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. “The main item that makes bubble tea so unique and trendy is the presence of tapioca pearls at the bottom of the cup that you can sip up with a giant straw — we like to describe it as a snack inside your drink,” said Bubble Bubble owners Andy Nguyen and Tiffany Tran. Bubble Tea originally got its name from the bubbles that form on top of the tea as a result of the shaking preparation. Later on, bubble tea lovers began to refer to these tapioca pearls as “Boba” (which sounds like “bub-
ble”). Of course, you can also add Boba to slushies, fruit blends, smoothies and even coffees. For a quick lunch, Bubble Bubble offers reasonably priced Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) that are as flavorful as the shop’s drinks. With free WiFi internet access and classic board games, Nguyen and Tran hope that Bubble Bubble Tea House will be a unique experience in Kaufman County and become a favorite hang-out spot for everyone. Bubble Bubble Tea House is located in Terrell in the Brookshire’s shopping center at 1428 W. Moore Ave. For more information and full menu, find them on Facebook as Bubble Bubble Tea House.
Terrell Steak & Grill Jaime Chavez has held so many jobs in the restaurant industry that it made sense for him to become an owner one day. That’s exactly the path he chose in February 2011, when the previous owners of Double T Steak and Grill in Terrell decided to retire. Rather than see the business close down, Chavez stepped in to operate it himself. The renamed Terrell Steak and Grill, at 307 E. Interstate 20, has made a few changes since while trying to expand the loyal customer base it has enjoyed since it opened in 2001. To enhance the family atmosphere, the restaurant began supporting a non-smoking environment on Feb. 1. Chavez has held just about every position in the restaurant business during the past 25-plus years, from dishwasher to manager. He was a server at his current location
for 10 years prior to becoming the owner. “Jaime has always liked the restaurant business,” said general manager Vicky Bunch. “He’s good with people.” Among the changes introduced by Chavez is a banquet room that can be reserved by large groups, and some changes in the menu to generate more lunch business. He said the staff prides itself on quality food and friendly service. “We want our customers to come back,” Chavez said. “They like the way the restaurant looks now and they like the food and the service.” The restaurant, which has eight full-time employees, is open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. It also has a catering operation. For more information, call 972-524-9998.
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Power Tax Services Alicia Gardner is a Terrell native whose family roots prompted her to open a business in her hometown as well. Alicia, a 1991 graduate of Terrell High School, is the owner of Power Tax Services, a professional tax preparation office with an office at 303 E. College St., Suite E. Power Tax Services also has two locations in Dallas in addition to its Terrell branch. The company is focused on e-filing tax returns quickly while getting customers the maximum return allowed. Alicia said her team of registered preparers — including
Elizabeth Clewis and Tamika Darden in Dallas — is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They guarantee all qualified credits when they prepare your taxes. Alicia has more than 15 years of accounting experience and said she is dedicated to providing the best service possible for all tax and accounting needs. For more information on the company and its services, call Alicia at 469-828-9017 or email powertaxservices@ yahoo.com.
Terrell Chamber of Commerce/CVB For officials at the Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, the annual Terrell Heritage Jubilee marks the primary chance to showcase the city for guests from around the state. The 32nd annual event is slated for April 18-21 at Ben Gill Park, with a variety of activities and contests for attendees of all ages. What started in the early 1980s, as a livestock show and ranch rodeo has expanded into an event that included everything from a carnival to a quilt show. “It’s a huge event, and just a great family time in the park,” said Carlton Tidwell, vice president of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a huge draw for the community. It’s a small-town America event that’s done in a big way.” Tidwell estimates that the festival attracted about 15,000 visitors to Terrell last year, making it the largest
event of is kind in the city. Most of the activities will take place in the park, including a car show, motorcycle show, dog show, pig races and business/health expo. There also will be arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment on the weekend and a carnival with rides and games. One special event included in the festival is the annual state championship barbecue cook-off, which last year drew more than 100 competitors. Activities outside the park include a quilt show at nearby Furlough Middle School and a ranch rodeo at Wade Indoor Arena that provides a link to the festival’s roots. A new event is mutton bustin.’ That and youth bull riding will take place at Rafter J. Cowboy Church Arena. For more information, visit www.terrelltexas.com
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Emerald Cruise and Travel It was Mary Fogel’s love of traveling that inspired her to take a new direction in creating her own vacation travel agency: Emerald Cruise and Travel, as a home agent, in Terrell. In 2000, she and her husband took a cruise and loved it so much, she approached a leading cruise agency in North Dallas, and became an agent in arranging cruises before deciding to go independent. “What I love is the relaxation, food, spa services, pampering, entertainment, destinations and people watching, all for one affordable price,” Mary said. “Also, you get to meet a lot of people and make great friends and memories. I have met people from all over the world and got to hear
their stories about their lives and travel experiences.” Galveston offers four, five and seven-day cruises. Emerald Cruise and Travel also offers all-inclusive packages to resorts around the world. She can arrange honeymoon packages, reunions, fundraising cruises for any non-profit organization, and land vacations such as Las Vegas, New York and even Disney World. She also is planning a group fundraising cruise to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center in Van Zandt County for Jan. 26, 2014. For more information about cruises and travel packages, call Mary at 903-873-8629 or 214-335-3192. Her email address is email@example.com.
2 Sisters Quilt Shoppe Deborah Harry and Cathy Spurlock — who really are sisters — opened 2 Sisters Quilt Shoppe in July 2010. The store is located in a very old historic building in beautiful downtown Kaufman. The building was in dire need of a full renovation before they could even begin setting up the store itself. But with a lot of prayer, sweat, and much-needed patience, the Lord rewarded them with a beautiful location to set up shop. They strive to provide a comfortable “home” environment that will allow your imagination to soar. They offer a very nice selection of fine fabrics, patterns, books, notions
and instructional classes for all skill levels. They recently added Janome sewing machines and accessories to their inventory. The store now offers full sewing machine service and sales. The philosophy at 2 Sisters Quilt Shoppe is that continued education will preserve the time-honored tradition of quilting. They are committed to providing the very best customer service and shopping experience for every person that walks through the doors. The store is located at 111 W. Mulberry St. in Kaufman. For more information, call 972-932-9032 or visit www.2sistersquiltshoppe.com.
MAG Powersports Dirt or Street, ATV or Motorcycle, MAG Powersports is proud to be Kaufman County’s best powersports shop. Within the 10,000-square-foot building you’ll find parts and accessories from all the top brands, and a full service department ready to keep you running. Need a full service for a Harley? Tires for a CBR? Custom snorkel for a RZR? Chain for a YZ? MAG is your one-stop source. Founded in 2008, with a move to their current Forney location in mid 2011, MAG Powersports strives to provide top-quality customer service. “It’s about the customer really”, says Sales Manager Adam Allgood. “We’re nothing without the support of our customers.” Allgood points to the quick growth of the MAG staff to include three technicians as proof of hitting the mark. “Big city shops don’t need to listen to customers, we do and it shows,” he said.
“It’s simple, we treat folks the way we’d want to be treated”, General Manager Jeffrey Johnston added. In today’s busy world, many riders find they simply don’t have the time to properly maintain their rides. MAG offers several service options allowing customers to pick the level of maintenance performed. Oil, tire, and battery service is usually performed while the customer waits. More involved work is performed by dedicated technicians, including electric issues, suspension tuning, transmission/engine work, and full rebuilds. “Custom work on ATVs continues to grow,” said Johnston, “We do a ton of lifts, wheel/tire packages, clutch kits, etc.” Swing by talk to the MAG staff Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. They’re just east of the Forney Walmart on the westbound service road. You can also ring them at 972564-9000 or visit www.magpowersports.com.
Artworks Texas Carrie Heard Stevens has turned her lifelong passion for art into her full-time career with Artworks Texas. The Kaufman resident has an art degree and has been an art teacher since 1985. So she felt that starting her own business was a natural transition from previous jobs. “I wanted more freedom, so I’m doing this,” Stevens said. “It’s a passion for sure. I’m having a ball.” Stevens teaches classes for adults and children in such skills as painting, pottery and drawing. Many of her lessons are taught in her 112-year-old, Queen Anne-style Victorian home near downtown Kaufman. Among the regular programs are after-school drawing and pottery classes for children ages 4-14, and “Painting with Pizazz,” an adult painting class that features a different
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painting each week. Artworks Texas also holds painting birthday parties for children with customized themes, and private painting parties for adult groups. Stevens also conducts youth drawing classes on Tuesdays in Crandall. She teaches regular pottery classes for adults, and plans to add a regular drawing class as well. Stevens also recently launched a business with her family called Steel Magnolia Designs, which sells repurposed furniture, handmade crosses and original granite and marble sculpture works. For more information or to register for an Artworks Texas class, call 214-675-9447 or visit www.artworkstexas. com.
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Three Forks Senior Living of Forney The city of Forney and Kaufman County will soon have a new and unique option for seniors. Three Forks Senior Living of Forney will be located at 335 S. FarmTo-Market Road 548, and will provide assisted living to senior citizens as well as feature a secure memory care unit called Loving Connections. This secure unit will be dedicated to the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Kathlene Williams who will serve as executive director of Three Forks says she switched careers to senior healthcare to make an impact in the lives of others. “I wanted to do something worthwhile,” she said. Work began on building the community around July 2012, Williams said, and she expects construction to wrap up in February. The community will offer 40 assisted living apartments and 20 secured memory care apartments, which will provide services to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and forms of dementia. Three Forks will utilize validation therapy programming to enhance the lives of their residents affected by memory loss. Tammy Mann, R.N., is a certified validation trainer and will provide education and training for the staff at Three Forks. Validation therapy enables residents with memory issues to live life to their fullest potential by encouraging them to use their long-term memory. The community will feature a restaurant-style dining room, a theater, salon and medical and transportation services. Three Forks will also have two Life Enrichment programs, one for residents in assisted living and another for those in Loving Connections.
Another unique feature of the community will be two interior courtyards, one for assisted living residents and a secured courtyard for memory care residents. Three Forks can be contacted at 972-552-3426 or at kwilliams1@ goodneighbor.com.
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Country View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center For the staff at Country View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Terrell, the goal for patients is simple: Get well and go home through fast-track rehabilitation programs, or become comfortably integrated into the home as a long-term resident. The facility located at 1900 N. Frances St. offers short-term rehabilitation services (also referred to as transitional care) for individuals who have had recent hospital stays due to illness, accident or injury. The facility features private suites and provides rehabilitation services, orthopedic recovery, vascular and wound management, pain management, and IV therapy. A personalized plan of care is specifically developed to address patient and physician goals, and is focused on returning individuals back to the community to safely resume their day-to-day lives.
In addition to short-term transitional care, Country View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also offers long-term residency and respite care. The team makes every effort to emulate the qualities of home through caring interactions, good food, activities, and socialization between residents. The facility’s caring staff also understands the loss and sadness families and individuals face when long-term care is required. To help ease them into facility life, each short and long-term resident is provided a “Quality of Life Ambassador” at admission. Ambassadors meet with assigned residents daily not only to ensure their comfort and satisfaction, but to let them know they have a special person with whom they can visit daily and share concerns. The ambassador communicates regularly with family members to keep them apprised of their loved | Continued on page 26
Dr. David Liao Orthopaedic Center, LLC Those looking for a remedy to ailing or injured joints and bones can visit Dr. David Liao Orthopaedic Center, LLC. Located at 303 East College St., Suite C, the clinic offers a wide range of treatments, including total joint replacement, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and trauma and fracture care. Liao studied at Western University of Health Sciences in California, where he received a doctorate in osteopathy. He has been in private practice since 1998. The clinic, which also has locations in Greenville and Rockwall, uses the latest techniques and technology to create an effective treatment plan. Liao uses a combination of the latest medicine with a
personalized “whole person” approach to patient care. Liao was trained to focus on the connections between the injured area and the other areas of the body. His goal is to restore function and movement to an affected area with the least risk possible. While some injuries can be treated without surgery, others may require arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures that result in less pain and a quicker recovery. When possible, Liao has patients try nonsurgical treatments, including physical therapy, medication and lifestyle changes, before recommending surgery. Dr. David Liao Orthopaedic Center can be reached at 972-551-3800 or at www.dobones.com
Alinea Hospice Alinea Family Hospice is a family owned, faith based hospice that provides both compassionate and innovative services. Donna Junkersfeld, RN, administrator and co-owner states that Alinea’s staff combined has more than a decades of experience in providing care for persons with life limiting illnesses. Alinea is now licensed by the state of Texas and has a pending Medicare certification. The company began start-up procedures June 1, 2012 by bringing a team of dedicated employees together with one goal in mind, to provide “A New Alignment in Hospice Care.” Along with traditional pain and symptom management, Donna states that innovative modalities such
as soft touch massage, aromatic therapy and stress relief technics will be available for both patients and their families. Donna’s daughter Kathy Cosper states that Hospice is a much needed service, not just for the person with a life limiting illness, but to their families and also to the community where they live. Kathy is also a certified home health aide, working in hospice since 1999 and states “it’s not just a job, but a ministry or mission.” Donna states, “Death is a natural part of life” and the goal at AFHC is to nurture the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients, their families and care givers to enrich their lives and ease their transition during this very special time.
Bright Smiles Dental Clinic Rushneet Kaur enjoys making people’s smiles the best they can be. Kaur, who joined Bright Smiles Dental Clinic at 401 N. Ann St. in July, is a recent graduate of New York University’s College of Dentistry, earning her degree from the prestigious institution in May. She joined the dental clinic as a general dentist. Kaur, who is from Punjab, India, attended school to be a dentist for five years in India before moving to the U.S. to purse dentistry at NYU. “My father is a doctor, and seeing him, I always wanted to be one, or in this noble profession,” Kaur said. “But I thought being a dentist suited me better than being a doctor.” Kaur moved to Texas following her graduation to join
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her husband, Siddhar th, who has worked as an engineer for Cisco Systems for the past five years. She found the position at Bright Smiles through the grapevine, interviewed and was hired. Kaur said the transition from New York to Texas has gone well, but she had to get used to driving greater distances instead of taking the subway or hailing a taxi. What she loves most about Terrell is the small-town atmosphere. “People know each other,” Kaur said. “My staff knows most of the patients, and the patients have been returning here for years.” For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bright Smiles Dental Clinic at 972-5241048.
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They did not serve tamales in the beginning. Cruz made enchiladas, tacos and taquitos. All were made to go. “We were probably more of a taco stand,” she said. “After a year, we began selling tamales.” This past Christmas, she and her crew sold 22 dozen tamales. “We were surprised,” Cruz said. Tamales are traditional Mesoamerican dishes made of masa, a starchy dough, usually corn-based. They are steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper, which is discarded before eating. They may be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and chilies. Cruz makes traditional pork, bean, jalapenos and beef tamales. “We now sell more than 20 different flavors,” she said. Usually, she closes up the restaurant after Christmas and reopens in early February. For Valentine’s Day there will be cheesecake tamales with raspberry and chocolate. “Tamales are our best seller,” she said. Of her six children, she is now down to two helping her out — Kristian, who is 18, and Vincent, who is 14. “I thought the kids had to have a work ethic,” Cruz said in explaining why the restaurant is a family affair. The restaurant is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. However, Cruz and her team will cook up some steaming tamales any time. Besides the restaurant, Cruz and her team also go to area farmers’ markets and festivals. In 2011, they won grand prize in a tamale throw-down in Kaufman. For some kicked-up-a-notch or traditional tamales, contact Cruz at 972-486-4597. Also check out the Facebook page for Tena’s Tex Mex.
“That keeps us focused that it’s not just a business, but a sense of ministry,” he said. The market sits adjacent to a furniture store that is owned by a different family but also operates in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, with many hand-carved and locally crafted wooden furniture items on display. Stover said his small-town location in Kemp has been beneficial for several reasons, one of which is the customers with which he’s become acquainted over the years. That’s one reason why he has embraced the blending of Pennsylvania and Texas influences, both inside and outside of his business. “We have enjoyed living in Texas and learning the culture,” Stover said. “We’ve really raised our family here. This is home.” Stover also is proud of the positive reputation the market has garnered, and is hopeful for a prosperous future despite an economic climate that has not been favorable for many small businesses. “It’s not without its struggles, but we hope we can make it work,” he said. “We have been blessed.”
••• Country View | Continued from page 24 one’s experience, which also eases anxiety and worry. The goal at Country View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is to provide quality care and service while creating a home away from home experience — whether it is for a short transitional stay, or longer term residency. Country View Nursing and Rehabilitation welcomes visits and tours from the Terrell community and encourages community volunteerism. For more information, call 972-524-2503 or visit www.daybreakventure.com.
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Carl Linn (214) 403-3549 Angie Linn (214) 403-4673 Blanca Brown (214) 604-4853 Cari Berryhill (214) 549-0370
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Hunter Construction William Page Hunter 214-882-5189 email@example.com 28611 FM 429 | Terrell
Vanessa Hunter REALTOR®
214.908.9984 CELL 972.772.9300 OFFICE firstname.lastname@example.org
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
KAUFMAN COUNTY LIFE SPRING 2013
First National Bank is Now
Texas Bank and TrusT Our name has changed, but our service remains the same! We are the people you know, the bankers you trust.
Marshall Hodge rebekah Foster
Assistant Vice President
Senior Vice President Branch Manager
648 Ridgecrest Road â€˘ Forney, Texas â€˘ 972-564-2614
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