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News From Your Neighborhood Town Hosts July 4th Run/Walk Hit your stride at the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department’s July 4th Fun Fest on Independence Day at J. B. Wright Park. New this year is the Declaration Dash 5k Run/Walk benefitting PediPlace, sponsored by the North Texas Striders. After the run and parade, enjoy the picnic, games, fire truck rides, raffle and live band. Raffle tickets are available from any member of the DOVFD. Visit www. Spa Holding Food Drive Cloud 9 Salon and Spa is helping to keep the shelves filled at the food pantries at Christian Community Action in Lewisville and Mental Health and Mental Retardation in Denton by holding a food drive this month. Drop off your items at the salon, located at 1651 FM 407 in Flower Mound. Tax deductible cash donations are also being accepted. Call 972-317-4384. Calling All Cars Decorate your car, golf cart, tractor, motorcycle or anything that moves, bring the kids and get ready to have fun at Copper Canyon’s 4th of July Parade beginning at 10 a.m. The parade lineup begins at 9:15 a.m. Immediately after the parade, everyone is welcome to enjoy hotdogs and drinks in front of Town Hall. Call Carol Owens at 940-241-1455. Career Advice Offered at Seminar Learn how to sell your transferable skills and build your marketability at a free job seeker seminar led by local Career Coach Vince Ebata at the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce office on July 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The seminar is being sponsored by Texas LoneStar Staffing and Data Doctors. To register, or for more information, e-mail Vince at Celebrate 4th in FM Flower Mound will celebrate Independence Day with two of its most popular events on Saturday, July 4th. A children’s parade will kick-off the day at Timber Creek Elementary, and the much anticipated fireworks show at Flower Mound High School will follow in the evening. For more information, visit

Gun Business Rising at Record Clip By John LaVine

A picture on the wall of the Denton County Sports Association depicts President Obama, with the title, “Gun Salesman of the Year.” In fact, if one checks with many gun stores and ranges throughout the Metroplex, the same truism exists. Ever since the presidential election, the firearms business has been going great guns. Lonnie Ward, who built and owns the DCSA indoor range on Copper Canyon Road affirms, “We had seen slow but steady growth since opening back in 1996, but ever since last year, when the race became hot and heavy between Hillary and Obama, things really began to take off. Every time one of the big dog democrats in Washington opens their mouth about gun laws, it brings people in. My hunting season Photo by Bill Castleman was decimated. Weekend classes kept filling up through January and I simply could not justify taking off to go deer or quail hunting. It’s Lonnie Ward, owner of the Denton County Sports Association, works with student Julia leveled off somewhat for the present, but our business volume virtu- Whitby of Lantana. ally doubled in the past 12 months.” us shut down...fearing that noise or stray bullets would be a probWard originally moved to the area from Pampa, in West Texas, 30 lem. That has never been the case. Nowadays, I’ve had local members years ago when working as a manufacturer’s rep. He and his wife from the same communities who’ve apologized for the earlier behavCherryl started their own construction business in 1984, focusing on ior of some of their neighbors.” In fact, one would almost need a commercial and industrial buildings, and then eventually constructing stethoscope to detect the sounds coming from the well-insulated firing 1.8 million square feet of state jails. Shortly after the new Concealed ranges inside the facility. Handgun License (CHL) law passed in 1995, Ward decided to go Ward chose to set up a private indoor range primarily for safety reaahead with plans for building a specialized firearms training facility. sons. “I wanted a place for training people in any type of weather, and “I looked at several pieces of property, from the present site of Bass for people already trained with firearms to practice...not some public Pro, in Grapevine, up to some creek bottoms in Denton.” He settled range where virtually anyone can walk in off the street – people who on a 64,000 square-foot lot in unincorporated Denton County on Copmay or may not know what they are doing.” Besides the CHL course, per Canyon Road, just a bend and a twist up the two lane stretch from FM 407. “We had some agitated local people at first who tried to get See GUNS on Page 4

Thoroughfare has Ties to Town’s Pioneer Families By Jim Morriss

Free Dunks to Aid in Mosquito Fight The town of Bartonville is giving away “dunks” - sustainedrelease, non-toxic larvicides - that kill mosquito larvae in standing water before they mature. Residents can stop by town hall during regular business hours to pick up their mosquito dunks. There is a limit of six dunks per household. Bartonville residents are also encouraged to visit www. to sign up for the town’s e-newsletter and update their emergency contact information.

Inside the CTG News from Town Hall Argyle Police Blotter CC Mayor Sue Tejml AVFD Chief’s Corner From the Town Council Your 2 Cents Career Coach Vince Ebata Costa’s Corner Lantana Links Community Calendar FM Mayor Jody Smith Tales from the Trail The Pastor’s Place Restaurant Directory C. Stroup


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Families flocked to Copperas Branch Park in Highland Village on June 6th to enjoy live music and fireworks at the city’s 10th annual Red, White & Blue Festival. Attendance to the event was estimated to be around 10,000, according to city officials.

Southern Denton County has what you might call a neighborhood feud raging about what should be the proper width of a major north-south thoroughfare. The next few months will probably determine whether Morriss Road and Gerault Road in Flower Mound will remain as Newlyweds Andre and Levenia Gerault in 1941. they are or if they will undergo a major change into a bigger highway capable of handling the added traffic expected from the (yet to be built) River Walk development. An explanation is necessary on my own position on the “Stop Morriss 6” campaign: I live in Bartonville, not Flower Mound. Whether my neighbors decide to convert Morriss and Gerault Roads to six lanes or leave it as it is will have little effect on See PIONEER on Page 21

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News from Town Hall By Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly

Double Oak Town Council: Front row (left to right): Mayor Pro-Tem Tracy Miller, Mayor Mike Donnelly, Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Dick Cook. Back row: Dr. Ara Minassian, John Dondrea, Tom Pidcock. May 18th Town Council Meeting Highlights Family, friends and neighbors filled Town Hall on Monday evening, May 18th. Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads administered the oath of office to Mike Donnelly as Mayor; Tom Pidcock and Dr. Ara Minassian took the oath of office as council members. They join council members Dick Cook, John Dondrea and Tracy Miller. Once seated, the council elected Tracy Miller to the position of Mayor Pro Tem and Dick Cook to the position of Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. Mayor Donnelly stated, “I am honored to serve as Mayor of Double Oak and truly appreciate and respect the experience, leadership and wisdom of each council member.” The town wishes to thank former Mayor Pam King, former council member Jerry Lamel and former treasurer Lissa McCarthy for their dedi-


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cated service to the town. Additionally, Commissioner Andy Eads presented a proclamation celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Town of Double Oak. The proclamation was signed by Denton County Judge Mary Horn and all members of the Commissioners Court.

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Upper Trinity Regional Water District Appointee The town is pleased to announce the appointment of Niels Martin as the Double Oak representative on the UTRWD Board. Niels was sworn in and took his seat at the UTRWD meeting on June 4th. Congratulations Niels!

The following is a summary of incident reports recently made to the Argyle Police Department as compiled by the staff of the CTG:

Chief of Police Search Continues The town council formed a police chief search committee for the purposes of reviewing applications, conducting interviews and making recommendations to the Town Council. Town Council is in final review of select candidates. The Town Council would like to thank all members of the committee for their outstanding work.

Someone threw a metal bolt through the back window of an incarcerated man’s Jeep in the 300 block of Redbud St.

Road and Drainage Projects Upcoming: Villa Creek Lane Channel Improvement The town has been working on the design improvements for the Villa Creek drainage project. The goal of this project is to improve the drainage in this flood prone area. Easements have been obtained and a channel to improve storm water run-off will be built. Pre-construction meetings will begin this month. See TOWN HALL on Page 19

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An officer observed a juvenile jumping a fence into the Country Lakes pool area. The boy told the officer that he just wanted to get a drink of water out of the fountain.

The principal of Hilltop Elementary School said that a parent of a student was harassing her via email and she had thus far received 139 crude and threatening messages between February and April. Police told the woman to avoid future contact with the principal or charges would be filed against her. Four horses were running loose behind Argyle High School. Police contacted the owner, who showed up and corralled them. A woman told police that her ex-boyfriend would not leave her alone. The woman said that her ex left rose pedals all over her family’s house and keeps calling her at her place of employment, putting her job in jeopardy. Police advised them to coordinate a visitation schedule for their two-year-old daughter. The man later contacted police, concerned that his ex would continue to accuse him of harassment in order to get him in trouble. An officer was called to Argyle High School to speak with two male students who were smoking marijuana in the restroom during lunch. No marijuana was found on the pair and no criminal charges were filed. Police removed a small grass snake without incident from a home in Country Lakes. A woman in the 200 block of Willow St. called police about a neighbor who was walking up and down the street in front of her house while she was in the process of moving out. She said that she feared he would break into her house. The young man told police that he was just walking around while talking on his cell phone. Police were dispatched to Hilltop Elementary School regarding a possible assault during an altercation between a woman and her estranged husband. No charges were filed. A wayward peacock was spotted in the 500 block of Hwy 377 S. An elderly couple received a phone call from a person claiming to be their grandson, asking for $4300 to bail him out of jail in Canada. They wired the cash, but later suspected a scam and were able to get their money back.

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A consumer advocate group for CoServ Electric members has filed a petition to recall four of the seven directors on the CoServ board. CoServ Watchdogs has collected 327 signatures in favor of removing board members Leon Pelzel, Clyde Geer, Jerry Cobb and Curtis Tally. Although only 300 signatures were required for the recall, the advocacy group plans to amend the petition with more names in the coming weeks, according to Watchdogs spokesperson Diania Hanson. Hanson said that per Coserv’s bylaws, the directors will have to conduct a hearing to face charges of violating their fiduciary duties at the co-op’s upcoming annual meeting on June 23 at UNT Coliseum in Denton. An election to replace the directors will be held by mail-in ballot after the recall hearing, Hanson added. CoServ officials submitted the following statement regarding the recall petition: “While CoServ is in the process of confirming the recall petition satisfies the requirements under CoServ’s bylaws, this petition has no bearing on the director election process described in June’s Texas Co-op Power magazine. Once it is determined whether the recall petition is valid, CoServ Electric will determine the next course of action.” CoServ Watchdogs has characterized the four board members as the “Bankruptcy Directors” because they served on the same board that led CoServ to declare bankruptcy in 2001. Hanson accused the directors for diverting member funds into speculative for-profit investments, instead of performing their fundamental duty of providing the members with the best deal on electricity. “We need to clean up CoServ, like what should have been done after the bankruptcy. New brooms sweep best and it is time for some new directors that will be responsible and responsive to the members,” said Hanson. Several Class Action Lawsuits have been filed by both CoServ’s members and the coop in the last few months.

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he offers a beginner pistol training program and very popular hunter education “home study completion” classes. Ward, a laid back, down to earth guy, has plenty to boast about in the world of firearms training, were he the bragging type. He’s been certified in the Texas Department of Public Safety’s CHL program since its 1995 inception; he’s a National Rifle Association Range Safety Officer; and certified instructor in Home Firearms Safety, Rifle, Pistol, and Personal Protection. He was the 17th inductee into the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Hall of Fame. In order to shoot at DCSA, citizens must be taking a class at the time or have written proof of a class taken elsewhere. “Freedom Plan” members can shoot 365 days per year. Law enforcement officials in Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Highland Village, and Bartonville also use the range for officer training and qualifications. But the range wasn’t the only original project on the property. “There was a huge drop-off in the land. I had to haul in over 300 truckloads of fill dirt. Then, I happened to see a blurb in the newspaper that an older


men’s hardball league in Denton needed players. I started to drive up to check out playing with them. My then 8-year-old son asked me where we were headed. I replied, “Aw, I’m going to play baseball with some old guys. He fired back, ‘Dad, you don’t even have time to play ball with me!’ That was all it took. I turned the truck around, drove home, and built a baseball and softball field for the kids. Dave’s comment really got me to slow down, to straighten out my priorities. I coached his teams until he was 14...when girls began to win him away from baseball. But two years later, he asked me to resume coaching again, this time with a ‘just for fun team’. We put together a team that included four 16-yearold boys who had never played the game in their life and we actually won four ball games! My daughter developed serious interest in fast pitch softball beginning around age 8 and played through her junior year at Marcus High School. Now she too plays ‘just for fun’ in adult slow pitch leagues in Austin.” Without kids underfoot, Ward is able to concentrate his efforts on gun owners’ rights and training. His classroom sports an assortment of relaxed seating, with students sitting in old recliners and passenger van seats. “We normally had six to eight people in CHL

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classes, but last November and December, I was up to 12 to 14. The demand has been high, so I’ve tried to simply add more class dates, rather than doing large classes. I do not like training environments where students have to be treated like cattle.” The former prison builder says the CHL classes often bring in people who don’t want to be victimized...again. “I see the aftermath of the darker side of humanity,” Ward acknowledges. “I get men who’ve been seriously beaten and robbed, women who’ve been sexually assaulted, all saying they’re never going to let it happen again. Some women now carry two or even three guns: one in their glove compartment, one in their purse, and one on their person. I encourage all of my CHL students to carry at least a small handgun somewhere on their body. “One woman from Plano told me that she had a semi-automatic pistol in her glove compartment, but three thugs grabbed her outside her car, dragged into a van, and assaulted her, when she’d been less than 10 feet away from the handgun that she was licensed to “carry”, but did not. Another local lady was unknowingly stalked and attacked inside her home, inside a gated community.” Ward points out the current administration’s stated desires for implementing more

gun laws and a shortage of certain types of ammunition, such as .380 and .223 due to police training and military needs, hoarding, and general supply and demand problems, and gun owners are feeling a squeeze, both in accessibility and in their wallets. “Remington reports that it can’t keep up with this past year’s 15X increase in orders for handgun ammunition, despite running its plants 24/7,” Ward explains. He sums up the politically inspired explosion in the gun business, if you will, “What’s bad for the country is good for the business. We got our stimulus!” For more information about the Denton County Sports Association, visit

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and plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University this fall to begin her major in Nutrition and minor in Kinesiology. She is the daughter of David and Shon Wood. Courtney wrote a wonderful essay and demonstrates exceptional academic achievements in addition to involvement in sports, clubs and community service. The Copper Canyon Women’s Club is a non-profit organization supporting the women of Copper Canyon as well as serving the Copper Canyon Commu-

The Real Estate Corner by: Gary Kuhatschek

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SHORT SALE VS. FORECLOSURE This is a question I hope we never have to ask ourselves about the home we own in trying to figure out the best approach to take. Every day in the news we see or hear about troubled times that families are having around the country making ends meet with their expenses. We also hear of all the bank foreclosures on individual’s homes for failure to make payments. In addition, there is much talk about the term “short sale” in lieu of foreclosure. Although one is too many, luckily for us in our area this is not near as large of a problem as it is in other parts of the country. Short Sale is a term used by lenders meaning, if agreed, they would accept a payoff of the amount owed from a borrower’s sale that is less than the actual payoff. Foreclosure is where the lender takes the home away from the borrower, usually for nonpayment. In almost every case, the borrower is better off convincing the lender to accept a short sale instead of foreclosure. Please see the chart on several reasons why a short sale is better. In order for a short sale to be approved, the borrower must prove to the lender that they are unable to continue to make payments, if sold the market value of the home will not net enough money (after closing costs) to pay the entire loan, and they do not have sufficient cash reserves to bring a check to closing.

Foreclosure A homeowner who loses a home to Foreclosure is ineligible for a Fannie Mae backed mortgage for 5 years. Credit scores maybe lowered 250 to 300 points and take years to come back up. If your job requires a security clearance, a Foreclosure on your credit report could adversely affect your clearance. Foreclosure will remain as a public record on a credit report history for 10 years or more.

Successful Short Sale A homeowner who successfully negotiates and closes a short sale will be eligible for a Fannie Mae backed mortgage in 2 years Only late payments on mortgage will show up, affecting credit score as little as 50 points. No effect since there is no foreclosure.

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Although this sounds easy, it’s not. It takes a lot of time, patience and expertise in working with the lender to get approval. If you are one of the unfortunate ones needing this process, you will need a REALTOR to help work with the lender. Many REALTORS claim to be able to help, but few have the expertise to make it happen in a reasonable time and with the least amount of pain. To be certain, ask questions. Gary Kuhatschek is a broker at RE/MAX Cross Country REALTORS located at 1990 Justin Rd. in Highland Village. He can be reached at 972 317-9401 or by e-mail


nity. General meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from September to May. For more information about CCWC, please contact Suzanne Boltz at 940-241-2409.

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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon - June 2009... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml FYI: This article is posted on the Lantana Links website at www. and also on Copper Canyon’s website at Anderson Paving to begin Road Repair program June 22nd Our new Town Administrator Donna Welsh and Town Engineer Brian Haynes have been working with Anderson Paving to outline a road repair program for the Town. There are approximately 25 areas in Town that either need asphalt stripped out and replaced or potholes repaired. Anderson Paving will begin the asphalt repair program on our Town roads on June 22nd. Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads announces his campaign for Re-election Our Precinct Four Commissioner Andy Eads announced his campaign for re-election at an outdoor reception June 4th at the Marriott Hotel south of the Texas Motor Speedway. The very popular Commissioner Eads is currently unopposed. Commissioner Eads is responsible for 244 miles of County Roads, with only 39 employees to maintain those roads. That is the equivalent of driving from Denton to Austin solely on a county road!

Shortly after becoming Commissioner, Eads was faced with an immediate crisis. Of the 30 bridges in his Precinct Four, 11 were suddenly declared unsafe and closed by the State. Eads said, “County residents went to work in the morning crossing a bridge, and returned that evening to barricades which prevented them from re-crossing the bridge and getting to their home. My phone did not cease ringing for a week!” Fortunately, seven of those eleven bridges have now been replaced. Denton County, like most county governments in Texas, is faced with a significant reduction in income to support services. Commissioner Eads voluntarily reduced his Precinct Four’s road and bridge expenditures by 10 percent. However, in order to maintain the current level of service, he found creative ways to also reduce expenses. This is the kind of “can do” fiscal responsibility that is needed at all levels of government – town, county, state and federal. Commissioner Eads is responsible for County Bond Funds for the complete rebuilding of Orchid Hill Lane in concrete On the Consent Agenda for the June 8th Council Meeting was an Interlocal Agreement with Denton County for the complete rebuilding of Orchid Hill Lane in concrete for $5.2 million dollars. As usual, I am completely “blown away” by the cost of road construction. Thank goodness, the County recognizes that Copper Canyon is located at the

crossroads of both north-south and east-west arteries for Denton County. And the County is willing to contribute bond funding to rebuild our local Town roads to withstand the heavy commuter traffic cutting through our corporate limits. Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell is responsible for contributing, from her Precinct Three road bond funds, the $6.7 million dollars to rebuild Chinn Chapel Road in concrete and rectify drainage issues Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell was especially interested in solving the drainage problems which affect both Highland Village and Copper Canyon residents in the southern part of Chinn Chapel Road. Commissioner Mitchell personally drove this road in the midst of a rainstorm and was appalled at the water running across Chinn Chapel Road in several places. She immediately recognized what a safety issue this is to unsuspecting motorists – especially in the dark at night. She also correctly identified the erosion problems that Highland Village homeowners, who back onto Chinn Chapel Road, are encountering. The funding for the engineering part of rebuilding Chinn Chapel Road and solving the drainage problem was on the Consent Agenda for the June 8th Council Meeting. Each Copper Canyon Council Member personally thanked Commissioner Mitchell for her leadership in solving this problem. Our Denton County Commissioners are committed to keeping our County fiscally responsible, while maintaining superior levels of service. Of the 17 most populous counties in Texas, Denton County has the lowest tax rate and the lowest per capita county employee ratio per resident. That is quite an achievement! And it didn’t just happen accidentally. Should you have the opportunity to “Thank” your commissioners for their fiscal responsibility, they are: County Judge Mary Horn, Precinct One Commissioner Hugh Coleman, Precinct Two Commissioner Ron Marchant, Precinct Three Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell, and Precinct Four Commissioner Andy Eads. In the deficit funding chaos that Dallas County and Collin County are dealing with, Denton County is a veritable oasis of financial responsibility. Upper Trinity Board Elects 3 of 4 Officers by Secret Ballot. Is this a violation of the Open Meetings Act? Upper Trinity Regional Water District provides wholesale water directly to several towns in the area – Flower Mound and Highland Village. The towns of Double Oak, Copper Canyon, Bartonville and Argyle receive wholesale water from

Upper Trinity via their retail supplier Bartonville Water Supply Corporation or Argyle Water Supply Corporation. Upper Trinity is a public utility subject to the State’s Open Meetings Act. Therefore, it was quite a surprise when the President of Upper Trinity allowed a secret ballot at the May 7th Board Meeting for three of the contested officer positions. (You can imagine the uproar if a Mayor allowed a secret ballot at a Council meeting for Council Members to vote on a substantial tax increase.) At the June Board Meeting, Upper Trinity’s long time legal counsel provided a two paragraph brief legal opinion saying that the secret ballot was really only a “straw vote” and part of the “nominating procedure”. The Board Members, after the “deciding” secret ballot, were asked to “generally” rectify the vote with the electronic voting mechanism. Our Town Attorney, Terry Welch, is also the Town Attorney for Flower Mound, Roanoke and many other towns in Denton County. Four years ago Attorney Welch was also the Chairman of the American Bar Associations’ Municipal Law Section. Attorney Welch lectures on municipal law all over Texas and all over the United States. He is a well respected authority on municipal law, including the State’s Open Meetings Act. Attorney Welch’s legal opinion was in stark contrast to the legal opinion of Upper Trinity’s long time counsel. Attorney Welch said that no one attending the Board meeting in person, nor viewing the videotape, not reviewing the proposed Minutes – could tell which officer candidate a Board Member voted for. The ballot was totally a “secret” one. Generally validating the election by electronic means afterwards did not “cure” the basic “illegality” of a secret ballot. It was still impossible to tell which candidate any Board Member had supported. Lake Lewisville Water Level is at an elevation above 532 feet Lake Lewisville’s water level has reached an elevation above 532 feet – or the conservation pool level. This creates problems for Ed Bell Construction, who is the contractor for FM 2499 Section Four. The concrete pilings, which will support the concrete columns supporting the Hickory Creek Bridge, are 8-12 inches underwater. A similar condition confronted the contractor for the bridge across Lake Lewisville east to the Colony. However, those concrete pilings were ten feet under water. It took six months for the lake level to subside enough for work to resume on the Lake Lewisville bridge. Hopefully, this situation will be resolved in a See MAYOR SUE on Page 10

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From the Town Council By Double Oak Town Council Member Dick Cook

Hail and Farewell! Commissioner Andy Eads officiated at the swearing in of Mayor Mike Donnelly, Councilmen Tom Pidcock and Dr. Ara Minassian at the last Town Council Meeting in May. Mayor Pam King gaveled the meeting to order at 7 PM to a standing-room only crowd. Our normal sized audience is ten or less, so this was a stellar event. Pam handled some routine business prior to the seating of the new council. She also gave a status report listing what she had planned to accomplish in her term and how those items had been completed. Mayor Mike Donnelly called on Police Chief Interview Chairman, Tracy Miller, to provide an update on the town’s search for a new Chief of Police. Following the meeting, cake and punch was served and we had a great opportunity to meet our neighbors and friends. Waste Management: Mayor Mike Donnelly, Tracy Miller, and I, along with Town Secretary, Charlotte Allen, met with John Klaiber, who is our representative to Waste Management, the company that handles solid waste (trash) for the Town of Double Oak. The town entered into a contract with Waste Management in 1998 to replace another company that was making a large price increase. We went out for bids and chose Waste Management because

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A suicidal subject was arrested for public intoxication and unlawful carrying of a weapon in the 14000 block of Corral City Drive. An officer observed a man sitting inside a car at the gas pumps at Paradise Foods who appeared to be passed out with a beverage in his left hand. After watching the man for 10 minutes, the officer approached the vehicle and found that the man was just engrossed in checking e-mails on his phone. A business owner in the Professional Depot Building on Hwy 377 said that a disgruntled customer was threatening to picket his business and he wanted to ban the man from the premises. Police received a call regarding a black chow running loose and acting in an aggressive manner in the 700 block of Charyl Lynn. The owner was notified and agreed to keep his dog chained up while outside. A number of items were taken from an unoccupied home in the 700 block of Manor Drive.

their price to Double Oak residents was far less, and they promised better service. The contracts cover five years of service and are self renewing unless either party wants a change. In my opinion the service has been exemplary. Have you ever put your trash out too late for pickup and called? I’ll bet they came back and picked it up. According to the contract they don’t have to do that. Have you ever put out bulk trash for pickup on a Friday other than the third Friday of the month? I have, and they’ve picked it up without complaint. They don’t have to do that, but they do. On regular Friday events, they have agreed by contract to pick up only what is stored in the 96 gallon trash cans. That does not include bags of yard clippings left by a landscape company. In Double Oak, no one forces a citizen to sign up for trash pickup. I have talked to some residents that have other legal ways to dispose of their trash. It’s a minority, but Double Oak residents have that choice. However, every household that puts trash out for pickup needs to have an account with Waste Management. They send out bills quarterly. If you need more than one trash container, they supply it at an additional cost. But I’ll bet that some of us moved into Double Oak and inherited containers from previous residents and just put them out. If you are getting trash pickup and not paying for it, you should make arrangements. Of course, they have the right to refuse to pick up trash if you are not a customer and it probably should come to that. To net it out, they are losing money doing busiPolice were dispatched to Country Lakes on a report that juveniles were attempting to steal a stop sign. Upon investigation, the kids said that they were only using the sign as second base for their street baseball game. No damage was observed to the sign, but the officer told them that they might want to find another second base. An officer noticed a pickup truck in the ditch in the 600 block of Forest Trail. The truck’s owner said that he had parked his truck there to help keep the horses in because the fence was damaged.


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ness here. They have no right to raise rates for a couple of more years according to the contract but I believe that Mayor Donnelly may put it on the agenda and let the Town Council decide whether or not to approve a price increase. We now pay $9.83 per month and they’d like to raise it a buck a month to $10.83. They’d also like to charge more for extra carts and perhaps make some other changes. Nobody likes to pay more in even the best of times. Still, perhaps we should pony up the extra buck. Nobody can run a business at a loss. And if they lose, so will we! I recommend that if you are interested in this issue, you keep your eye on the council agendas and show up when we talk about it. In Double Oak, like most North Texas towns, you will be heard. If you can’t attend, call or e-mail your favorite council person and present your views on the topic. My e-mail address is Contact information for the entire council is on the Double Oak website at Upper Trinity Regional Water District: Double Oak has appointed Niels Martin as our board member to the UTRWD in time for a formal swearing in at the June 4th UTRWD meeting. Niels is currently Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Double Oak and will retain that position. Niels brings his strong business background and experience to this most important post.

status meeting most months. Our May 21 meeting was hosted by The Town of Northlake. The road progress I follow the closest are the FM1171, FM407, FM2499 and Copper Canyon Road. They are all proceeding on schedule, although none are far enough along to see the end of the traffic congestion. The portion of Loop 288 connecting Interstate 35E and 380 to the east has been so bad with construction traffic that I have avoided it. It’s still not finished completely, but John Polster, road consultant to Denton County, claims that the worst is over. I intend to put it back on my good list for a try in the near future. Double Oak Town Engineer, Brian Haynes, attends the transportation meeting and provides a road status in his engineering report to the town. If you want construction completion dates, I recommend going to our town web site to look at the agenda packet from 06/01/09. Brian’s report starts on page 28 of 51 of the packet. If you don’t attend meetings, or even if you do, this is your opportunity to see the same data that the council members have available for every meeting. It is normally posted on-line the Friday or Saturday prior to the Monday council meeting. Northlake is really a nice town. It reminds me of Double Oak from a few years back with one exception. They have a lot more property to develop and plenty of room for business and industry near the Texas Motor Speedway. The Town Hall is on FM 407 west of I-35W. If you’re out that way, check it out!

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A woman reported that she was assaulted by her brother in the 1500 block of Harpole Road E. She told police that she was helping him clean his home when she accidentally locked herself in the bathroom and was trapped for an hour and a half. After she was freed, a verbal altercation ensued between the siblings and she left the residence. When she returned to retrieve her medicine, she said her brother would not allow her to leave and pushed her into a column, causing a bump on her head. Charges were pending at the time of the report.

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few weeks or under a month, and construction can resume on FM 2499 Section Four. However, it is difficult to predict how fast a lake level will decline, when you don’t know if the area will receive a significant amount of additional rainfall. Corps of Engineers Manager Tim MacAllister responds promptly to Jet Skiers Our area is lucky to have Town resident June Tyler. She hikes or rides her horses on our trails on adjoining Corps land almost daily, and she reports any problems she incurs. It was June who spotted jet skiers darting among the concrete columns in the future area of the Hickory Creek Bridge. The water level outside the channel is only 8-12 inches deep. And there are hidden raised ridges and banks under the water. This is a very dangerous situation for any jet skier. June promptly alerted Tim MacAllister of the area Corps of Engineers. Tim oversees the lake managers for all of the seven lakes in the area – Lewisville, Ray Roberts, Grapevine, Lavon, Benbrook, Bardwell, and Joe Pool. Tim immediately placed warning buoys in the area and alerted the Corps Rangers patrolling in boats on Lake Lewisville. It is very rewarding to see June and Tim working harmoniously together for the safety of all who use our trails and lakes.


Ed Bell Construction promises to water newly placed grass sod on Orchid Hill Bob Turner is the Project Manager for Ed Bell Construction for Section Four of FM 2499. He was responsible for placing solid grass sod over the right-of-ways at the two intersections of Orchid Hill Lane and Copper Canyon Road and Orchid Hill Lane and Chinn Chapel Road. That sod requires regular watering to survive. Mr. Turner is committed to helping the sod survive or replacing it with new grass sod. Thank you, Bob. Nancy Henry and puppy “Maxx” awarded Reserve Winners Dog at the Rhodesian Ridgeback National Specialty Nancy Henry “loves to personally show” her Rhodesian Ridgeback, one year old puppy “Maxx”. And Maxx loves to show also. Nancy said he is has “outstanding movements” and is a “natural” show dog. On his first day, Maxx beat out 68 other competitors to be named “Best in Sweeps”. In the three days of the National Specialty in Lansing, Michigan, Maxx won five ribbons and was awarded the Reserve Winners Dog on the final day. His grandfather “Rogue”, who Nancy also personally showed in national competitions, had won the Winners Dog in the 1999 Rhodesian Ridgeback National Specialty championship. Congratulations to Nancy and her “not so tiny” puppy Maxx!


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Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell ends her year as President of the North and East County Judges and Commissioners Association. Bobbie Mitchell was installed as President last year of this association of 69 counties. She hosted a two day educational conference for the organization’s members in June in Lewisville. The Commissioners received 16 hours of educational credit for learning a series of “Best Practices” for county government. This is the first time the conference has been held in Denton County, and it brought over $250,000 in revenue to area businesses. Meetings were held at the Hilton Garden Inn south of Vista Ridge Mall. Commissioner Mitchell said the hotel “outdid themselves for us – from the janitor to the General Manager! And the food was just wonderful!” The Commissioners held a special dinner at the “Grotto” in Highland Village, which showcased the culinary talents of Chef Morris Salerno. They were also entertained at a golf tournament at Lantana Golf Club, arranged by former Denton County Commissioner Jim Carter, and a skeet shooting match at the Dallas Gun Club and, Commissioner Mitchell said, the conference attendees and spouses “shopped all over Denton County!” In this current negative economy, Commissioner Mitchell is to be congratulated for her creativity in bringing that magnitude of revenue to area businesses. A quarter of a million dollars – and the sales taxes generated for local towns – is no small accomplishment. Bobbie, you are still a lady who can “get things done!” Lewisville was lucky to have you as their Mayor for six years! Copper Canyon Resident Mark Pape is candidate for CoServ Electric Board Normally the position for CoServ Electric’s District 5 Board position is uncontested. But not this year. The four candidates are the incumbent Anne Vaden, Mary Sue Friesenhahn, Richard Yerxa, and our own Mark Pape of Copper Canyon. CoServ is a non-profit electrical cooperative

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owned by its member-users. However, of the approximately 140,000 members, only an estimated 2,000 voted in the last election for a Board member for District 5. That’s a little over one percent of the eligible members voting. And there is no public list of the members who voted and their contact information. So candidates must resort to campaigning “blindly” and hope they reach their target of voters. Part of the problem is the difficulty in casting a vote. The ballot is included on the last page of the monthly CoServ magazine with an envelope the voter must use to mail in the ballot. Unfortunately, many CoServ electric users do not read the coop magazine, but just toss it unopened (hopefully into their recycle bin). You can attend the annual CoServ meeting 7:00 p.m. June 23rd in Denton at the convention center – but you cannot vote there in person. The June 23rd Annual Meeting should be very interesting. A petition has been filed to recall four of the seven sitting Board Members. The reason for the recall is that these four board members were on the CoServ Board in 2001-2002, when the coop was involved in an estimated billion dollar bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy, CoServ divested itself of various operations including a hotel, golf course, a telecom company, an internet company, a security company and other businesses. (The obvious question, to me, is why was a nonprofit member-owned electric company involved in these types of businesses in the first place?) Currently CoServ maintains ownership in several for-profit businesses including CoServ Gas, Llano Utilities, and various real estate holdings Some of the real estate holdings appear “speculative”, but there is not enough public financial information to judge the soundness of these holdings. And this leads to Mark Pape’s basic reason for seeking a position on the Board. Mark has 34 years of financial background with “for profit” and “not for profit” organizations. He has served as a Chief Financial Officer and as an Auditor for businesses’ accounting procedures. His concerns for CoServ are basically twofold. (1) Financial Position: CoServ’s financial disclosures are “very, very limited for a public company”. Why is a non-profit electric coop investing in “for profit” businesses? Why is it investing in possibly speculative real estate purchases? Pape believes CoServ’s purpose should be limited to providing reliable electricity to members at an economical cost. A See MAYOR SUE on Page 19

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Shell Shocked

Tommy the tortoise (pictured with his pal, Timmy) was found safe and sound on May 30th shortly after he was discovered missing at American Pet Spa and Resort in Argyle. The 40-year-old terrapin was apparently removed from his pen in the middle of the night and placed in a remote fenced part of the property as a prank. Tommy and Timmy are staying at the facility as a guest of Ranch Hand Rescue, a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to taking care of animals that have been rescued from abusive situations or that needed a new home and special loving care. American Pet Spa officials are planning to set up security cameras around their property to deter future shenanigans.

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After a late game the night before, the Argyle Eagles 13U baseball team battled through the day on May 31st, to win the Championship Game in the TNT Baseball May Qualifier USSSA tournament at Integrity Park. Key performances were made by Jon Michael Pucciarello, Jack Graham, Jared Cole, Grant Lowry, Ian Sadler and Colton Hinnrichs. The Eagles will wrap up their season at the USSSA North Texas State Championship tournament, June 26-28.

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The Greatest Gift of All Guest Editorial by Sheryl English

As you may know, I recently ran for a school board seat in the Denton ISD. Initially I lost the race by 18 votes to incumbent Curtis Ramsey. After a recount, the margin shrunk to only 15 ballots. There is a lot more to voting than just the ballot, and believe me, I found that out right down to the very last vote. As I stood watching the recount, volunteers were counting ballots and calling out the name of which candidate received each vote. They would say “English” or “Ramsey”, and then I heard the most astonishing words: “No Vote”. I would estimate that there were hundreds of “No Votes”. Are you kidding me? Someone actually went to the polls and didn’t vote in all the categories. I’m sure you’d say, “Well you’re just saying that because you lost.” No, I voted, so I am still a winner. Another thing that was amazing to me was the lack of participation from many of our citizens. The future of our children is at stake, and no one knows that better than a parent. I still feel that the school board should have a “Parents Perspective” on the board. I will never waiver from that motto. But in order to get parents on the school board, parents have to vote. I was shocked that Robson Ranch had more voters than Lantana. Yes, Lantana had only two voters cast ballots! The 380 Corridor, with large communities such as Providence, Paloma Creek, Savannah, Cross Oaks Ranch, and Emerald Sound, had only 26 ballots cast.

At this point, you might wonder how the election teams know who voted. During early voting, we would get a list everyday. It doesn’t tell how you voted, it tells who voted and from what precinct. Same with the actual election day voters. It goes by precinct or alphabetical order. So never tell anyone you voted for them if you didn’t. They’ll know. The information given isn’t to embarrass any group of people, but to make a point. Please vote and make yourself aware of the issues and the candidates. When I turned 18, the one thing I was most excited about was the opportunity to vote. It was instilled in me at a very early age. I didn’t have the full grasp of why my family felt so strongly about voting, but I learned more as I got older. Last summer, my family and I attended a family reunion. It was important for my children to know their family and our history. In a conversation I had with my uncle, a Pastor of a Methodist Church in Tennessee, he told me that in the 9th grade he was arrested and put in jail for three days for protesting because my grandmother was not allowed to vote. In 1940, only three-percent of eligible African American women in the South had the right to vote. Today, in some countries, women still cannot vote. And in other countries, no one can vote. When we honor our veterans and wounded, and those who have paid with their lives, let us not be so caught up in ourselves that we don’t take advantage of the freedom that they stand for, fight for, and even die for, so that we can continue to do something so simple as vote.

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The new president’s energy guru wants us all to paint our roofs white. I wonder what the HOA will say about that one?

I know doctors are a specialized field that requires a lot of training and therefore commands a high salary, but it seems a little out of whack for what we pay.

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The very best toy for a small kid is some rocks, properly sealed inside an old oatmeal can. If you doubt what I say is true, just try it. Plus the can is also a great tool to train a young dog. When they start to puddle on the floor and that can comes screaming thru the room...success will soon follow. I will be surprised if Music on the Green continues next year. It is unbelievable how selfish and irresponsible parents/adults are with this event. And people wonder why kids these days act the way they do. Look at the examples they have. One of Obama’s top priorities is making sure parents can kill their babies without being subjected to violence...this is called “rights”. I would not equate performance on the TAKS with “wonderful schools”... just my two cents and a BIG pet peeve about Texas schools teaching for “the test.” About a week or so back we had a pair of bluebirds check out the house I put up. They were in and out of it for 2 days. No nest and I have not seen them since. I will put the For Sale sign back out I suppose. I just canceled Star-Telegram print subscription. Even though I have read print newspaper DAILY for 15+ years, I don’t really miss it now. All relevant news is available on my iPhone or online.

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you’re considering for your next job. Transferable skills make-up the person you are, your personal qualities or traits that distinguish you from other job seekers. The more transferable skills you have, the more marketable, the more unique you’ll be. Not only will you have less competition for whatever job you’re seeking, you’ll also have more flexibility on the job, thus, opening up new possibilities for you to achieve your career goals. When it comes to your marketability, however, employers are not interested in a laundry list of skills you claim to possess. They want evidence! Moreover, they want to know how the skills you claim to will actually translate into results, and whether they’ll get a return on their investment. By providing the evidence employers are looking for, you’ll separate yourself from all other job applicants and much more likely to gain the attention of your next employer. Employers need to feel that you’re the answer to one of their problems. If you can show how you effectively met or exceeded needs with other employers, they’ll be more likely to conclude that you can do the same for them. To learn how to sell your transferable skills and build your marketability, I invite you to attend the next free seminar I’ll be co-presenting with Data Doctors on Tuesday, July 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Flower Mound Chamber of Com-

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with an unparalleled commitment to our needs. Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector, Charlie Wright, continues to juggle multiple duties and myriad of issues, with good nature and charm, balancing our predisposition for independence and a rural nature with our desire for safety and standards. Among the ‘stars’ of having fun and working hard is the Double Oak Women’s Club. For it is they who provide neighborliness from the time a new neighbor is welcomed to town to their monthly meetings and annual fund-raisers. They are literally on-call for us, with ‘Get Well’ cards, casseroles, scholarships and just plain fun activities for our children. The consistently strong and respected leadership of our Volunteer Fire Department is another example of the can-do spirit of Double Oak. Unpaid, unelected and underappreciated, they do more good with less bureaucracy than all of us politicos! More fun, less the past two years, we have brought more new faces to Boards and Commissions, Reserve officer resources, Committees and volunteer opportunities than ever. I want to thank each of you for stepping forward to be a vital part of Double Oak’s day-to-day needs and its future. In addition, we have celebrated Patriot Day, Halloween Spook-taculars, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and our Annual Children’s Christmas Movie Day. We have hosted local dignitaries for County meetings, Mayors’ Round Table DisSee FAREWELL on Page 14

Anyone catching any fish in the Lantana ponds? If yes, which pond and what are you catching? My phone number is not listed, but last year I got an automated message from Janice Brady asking me to vote for her. At the time I didn’t know how she had gotten my information. I was not happy that my private information was compromised, and on that issue I completely agree with CoServ. I’d love to be fired as a CEO of a failed company and get whatever he got in his package. All of us pay taxes to build and maintain all public roads. With that in mind, public roads need to fit the needs of everyone that uses them. Free outdoor movies at Bartonville Town Center is on the calendar and we can’t wait. It’s our favorite part of summer!!! Co-ops across the country are not returning near the revenue to the members that they could, in the form of capital credits. I will gladly present my birth certificate at the polls to prevent Democrat shills from stuffing the boxes with illegal votes. Lantana community gets TV time on the Bachelorette show! They show Jake from Lantana as he was jogging on the Lantana running trails. I am proud to be called a conservative “backward” state. I never want to move toward one of those mamby pamby softy boy progressive states like California (going broke by the way) and New York (voted Hillary in so nothing more needs to be said). As we say down in College Station, the highway/plane that brought you in can take you back out if you don’t like it here. Log on and voice your opinion! Visit today and post your views on our Forum at

merce, 700 Parker Square, Suite 100. The seminar, which is being hosted by Texas LoneStar Staffing, will focus on “Selling Your Accomplishments by Selling Your Transferable Skills” and “Using Technology for Your Job Search.” My presentation will focus on helping job seekers determine their marketability by identifying their transferable skills (from an employer’s perspective). I will teach job seekers a simple, but effective three-step method they can use in an interview to sell their work-related accomplishments by selling their transferable skills. The presentation by Data Doctors will focus on how to use some of the most often used online job search websites, rate them as to ease of use, features which are most useful and potential problems in using the websites. To register for this free seminar or for more information, please send an email to Vince Ebata is a Certified Dream Coach® who specializes in life, career and business coaching. Contact Vince at 972-768-7335 or iampossibled for a free and confidential consultation session.

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Every once in a while an opportunity presents itself more than once. The purchase of Doubletree Ranch is an example of just that. Since that time, there have been many owners of the property, several proposed plans for its use and certainly no shortage of citizens who have let their voices be heard about what they envision for that area of our city. As most of you are aware, Highland Village has been afforded a unique and exciting situation that has culminated in our community owning that historic property. What a glorious sequence of events led to this purchase! We are blessed to have a city manager, staff and council that have all worked diligently for several months to acquire the Doubletree Ranch. By partnering with the Trust for Public Land (an non-profit entity that helps find ways to preserve public land) as well as designating this land as the site for future soccer and trails amenities, Highland Village has found a winwin situation. Thanks to the voters approving the 4B sales tax that will fund this purchase, we won’t have to look at increasing taxes or holding another bond election to pay for this land. Another “perk” is that our partnership with TPL will open the doors for grant possibilities, especially in the area of conservation. For those who may no know the history of the Doubletree Ranch, it was originally owned by Robert Duvall and began as a weekend fishing getaway in 1959. Not only did Mr. Duvall become our first mayor, but the property also housed our very first city hall facility.

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Over the years the ranch has been enjoyed as a banquet facility, campsite, and many school functions. Some of my fondest memories have been the end-of-the-year school parties held there. The property itself is a beautiful mix of open spaces, ponds, trees and wildlife that citizens, especially those in close proximity, have enjoyed for decades. The Doubletree Ranch holds a special place in the hearts of so many of our residents. Over the years there has been much speculation about what would eventually be developed in this area. Our citizens are passionate and have steadfastly remained involved in any proposed development for the ranch. It is with great humility and excitement that we are now able to insure that the Doubletree Ranch will become the city’s property and future development there will provide not only many benefits to our citizens, but a wonderful legacy for future generations. Just as with other development in Highland Village, we now have another area of town that will ultimately have something for everyone. The proactive work done to acquire the Doubletree, including our relationship with citizens as well as the Trust for Public Land, shines as testament to our firm philosophy that Highland Village works cooperatively for the good of its citizens. We could not have done this alone and we thank everyone for his or her part of the process. At some yet to be determined date this summer we will likely hold a special event to celebrate this acquisition. Please watch for the date and join us as we move forward with plans for the Doubletree Ranch property. As we move forward with plans for the property, we will be asking for citizen input and involvement. So, stay tuned as we develop our plans for the ranch.

the independent, hard-working, can-do spirit in each of us. Our deepest hope for leadership into a safe, sound and compassionate future lies in you. Now, it is my distinct pleasure to turn the meeting over to the swearing-in of your Mayor-elect, Mr. Mike Donnelly. Thank you.

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Summer Vacation and Your Dog by Mia Dunn

The kids are out of school and summer is fast approaching. Many of you would like to take your dog on vacation with you, while for others it’s not even an option – because your dog’s poor manners and behavior are too out of control! If you have enough time before your trip, you could train your dog well enough to take him along. Otherwise, you will have to make arrangements with a dog-sitter or a boarding facility. If you are contemplating taking your dog along on your vacation, there are a few things you must consider. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all inoculations and that you take the inoculations record on your trip. Micro-chipping a traveling dog is a must, just in case you and your pet get separated on the road. If you are driving, you will need to make reservations with dog friendly hotels, so you can find out what their rules are concerning pets. For example, some hotels require dogs to be crated, and there may also be rules forbidding you to leave your dog alone for any length of time. And of course a barking dog is almost never welcome. If your dog is well mannered enough to go along on vacation, but you can’t find a hotel which will allow you to leave your dog in the room while you are gone, check out the American Boarding Kennel Association ( for a list of local kennels in your vacation city to find a kennel to

board your dog while you are sightseeing. On the road, you will need to stop for bathroom breaks for your dog. When you stop, be prepared to clean up after your dog. If you are flying, be aware that the airlines have strict temperature requirements in both the departing and arriving city that may make it impossible to fly your dog. Check the airlines for maximum air temperature for flying your pet. The airlines also require a health certificate from your veterinarian. You should also consider whether your pet has the temperament to fly. To some dogs, the noise and jostling is extremely stressful. Especially for older dogs, the stress may be critically dangerous. The cost can also be a factor – it may be less expensive to board! If your dog is not well mannered enough to be an enjoyable travel companion, consider training your dog while you are on vacation. If you are leaving your dog at home with a sitter or kennel anyway, this would be an opportune time to consider a board and train facility. You would then return home to a less stressful environment with a better behaved dog that has been fully trained, or has at least completed a significant part of a training program. If you chose the board and train option during your vacation, be prepared to commit to the training program in its entirety. Some programs are longer than one-week vacations, and while you will definitely miss your dog when you arrive home, the time put into training is imperative in order to get successful results. In most cases, your dog has practiced improper behavior all his life, so training new and proper behavior may take longer


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Very often when I write an article, I try to ensure that it is relevant to the season. This month’s topic is not only timely, but also, unfortunately, relates to something I see all too often, i.e., pets drowning. I have experienced the accidental drowning of friends’ and clients’ pets for the past several summers. We have already had one client’s puppy drown this year. Therefore, if you think you have heard this before, you have! I feel that strongly about the problem. As someone who does not own a pool or have a pond on my property, I cannot give you first-hand advice. However, in talking to pet owners, I have been given some very good suggestions for keeping your dogs safe around a pool or pond and would like to pass them on to you. Do not assume your dog can swim. They may be endowed with a natural instinct to swim, but I have seen many of them that were very afraid of water and panic when they first come in contact with it. Familiarity builds confidence. Do not presume that a larger or adult dog will automatically be comfortable in water. Show your dog the shallow end of the pool and the location of the steps. They will often try to swim for the edge only to become exhausted struggling to get out. If you take them in the water with you and walk them up and down the steps, hopefully, they will learn the lesson. You may have to practice with them multiple times until they are familiar and confident about getting out. Remember that small dogs may not be able to jump from the top step to the edge. I have also seen dog life jackets in several catalogs. These may be a solution for the weak swimmers in your pack. When teaching your pet to get out of the pool, keep in mind that thick-coated dogs will be significantly heavier when their coat gets wet. This will make it more difficult for them to exit the pool. This may be one more reason to give these types of

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dogs a complete “shavedown” in the summer. Older dogs can be especially prone to water fatalities. Often their vision is poor and they wander into the pool unnoticed or they have lost their agility and fall in. Older dogs and young children are very similar in terms of the risks to them around a pool when they are unsupervised. Many of the water fatalities I see involve older pets. Obviously, the city where you live will dictate what their requirements are regarding fencing and other pool safety requirements; however, if not prohibited, you may want to install mesh fencing in front of any existing fencing that has slats wide enough to let a pet pass through. A fence with wide gaps between the slats may not deter a new puppy or small dog. Be sure the gates are latched and have a means of preventing the latch from being opened by a large or smart dog. A big dog can often jump up and open the lock mechanism with their nose or paw. A spring-loaded clasp or ring through the eye of the latch should prevent it from being opened. Do not leave doors from the home to the pool or pond area open all the time. This should keep your dogs away from the pool or pond when they are not supervised. Also, be aware of whether pet doors would give your animals unanticipated access to the pool or pond area. Finally, if you have a pond with a dock, add a gate or some fencing where the dock abuts the land to keep your pets off the dock. I am personally aware of one older dog drowning after it wandered out onto the dock and then fell into the pond. My focus in this article has been towards dogs; however, some of my suggestions would be applicable to cats and children as well. Finally, if you have any additional pet pool/pond safety ideas, do not hesitate to call me at Dr. Doolittle’s Animal Hospital at 972-317-9310. I will attempt to incorporate them into a future article. Have a safe summer!

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Compiled by the staff of Lantana Schools Anticipate Exemplary Rating: E.P. Rayzor and Blanton elementary schools are both expected to receive an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency, based on the 2009 TAKS testing data. The TEA will announce the official ratings in August. Board Approves Tax Payment Extension: Fresh Water District #6 board of directors recently approved a payment extension for 17 homeowners in the Meridian neighborhood who were accidently left off of the district’s tax rolls by Denton County’s tax assessor-collector. The Fresh Water District should recoup nearly $100,000 in tax revenue, officials said. Ladies Seek Recipients for Fundraising Campaign: The Lantana Ladies League is accepting requests from non-profit organizations who would like to be considered as a recipient of the league’s upcoming 2009/2010 fundraisers. Email requests by July 31 to lantanaladiesleague HOA Reports Storm Damage: High winds destroyed 11 umbrellas, 3 tables and 8 tabletops at


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July 4 - Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department July 4th Fun Fest and Flower Mound Striders Declaration Dash 5K and Kids K at J. B. Wright Park, 320 Waketon Rd. Parade, Picnic, Live Band, Silent Auction and Raffle. Raffle tickets are available from any member of the DOVFD. Visit or Ongoing - Golden Triangle Parliamentarians meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at Double Oak Town Hall at 7:00pm. 817-859-1075 or email FLOWER MOUND: June 12 - Summer Concerts in the Park at the gazebo in Parker Square. 7:30pm. Band: Aspen Creek. June 13 & 17 - Free Diabetes Seminar at Wellington Athletic Club, 3520 Furlong Dr. East, Flower Mound. 10:30 to 11:30am. Learn how to prevent or reverse a pre-diabetes diagnosis, and how diabetics can take control of their condition. Free and open to the public. 972-874-8329 June 15 to 18 - Pro Source Athletics Total Baseball Clinic at Hilltop Park. www.prosourceathletics. com June 15 to 19 - Flower Mound High School Rosettes Drill Team Summer Mini Dance Camp for girls from K to 8th grade. 9:00am to noon. Fee is $65. Call 972-724-7808. June 20 - Flower Mound Recycles Day - Electronic Waste and Document Shredding Event from 9am to 12pm at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane. Free event. Call 972-874-6340. June 23 - Town Hall Budget Meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget including public safety, infrastructure, and community services. Call 972-874-6040. June 24 - 2nd Annual Neal Wilson Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Lewisville ISD Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Bridlewood Golf Club. $100 per player, includes Green Fee, Cart Fee, Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments, Prizes and more.

Concessions and children’s activities will be available. Rainout date is July 5. 972-874-6276 July 13-16 - Vacation Bible School at Flower Mound United Methodist Church: Camp E.D.G.E: Experience + Discover God Everywhere. Science activities, songs, crafts, games, and snacks. 8:50am until noon at 3950 Bruton Orand Blvd. or 972-355-2711 Ongoing - The Flower Mound Rotary Club meets each Thursday at 12:00pm at Salerno’s Restaurant, 3407 Long Prairie Rd. www. HIGHLAND VILLAGE: June 13 - City of Highland Village 2nd Annual Police Bike Race and Fun Run benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center For Denton County. 7:30am to noon at McAuliffe Elementary School. $100 registration fee. 972-317-5558 ext 526 July 21 - 3rd Annual Unity in Communities Luncheon recognizing area non-profit agencies. 11:30am to 1pm. Tickets are $25 each. RSVP to 972-539-0500. August 14-16 - 22nd Annual Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair at Copperas Branch Park. www. Ongoing - The Highland Village Fire Department conducts monthly CPR and Health Care Provider courses. CPR class is $25 for residents and $45 for non-residents. Healthcare Provider class is $35 for residents and $55 for non-residents. 972-3170890 Ongoing - The Highland Village Rotary Club meets each Thursday at 5pm at Life’s a Beach restaurant on FM 407. Call Barb Ross at 972-317-1377. Ongoing - Highland Village Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9am at Highland Village Municipal Complex. Contact LANTANA: June 22 - Lantana Lightning Swim Meet at the North Community Center Pool. 4:00 to 7:00pm.

June 26 - Summer Concerts in the Park at the gazebo in Parker Square. 7:30pm. Band: All Funk Radio Show.

June 22-25 - Runnin Wildcat Basketball Camp at Guyer High School for boys 1st–9th grade. Registration fee $60. 940-369-1188

July 4 - Children’s Parade. 11am at Timber Creek Elementary, 1900 Timber Creek. Line up begins at 10:30am at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek. Decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers will parade a short route to the LISD School Administration Building. Free hot dogs, drinks, children’s activities, and live entertainment. 972-874-6276

June 29 - Lantana Lightning Swim Meet at the North Community Center Pool. 10:00am to 1:00pm. Ongoing - The Lantana Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Barnes and Noble in the Shops at Highland Village. Free. 972-966-0099

July 4 - Fireworks Show at Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony. Gates open at 7pm. Free event. Music by Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra.

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Pepperport Lane The town and Denton County have joined into an inter-local cooperative agreement (ICA) to make roadway improvements on Pepperport Lane. Denton County expects to begin work in June. Intersection Improvements at Shiloh and Kings Road Town Council is scheduled to review and take action this month on an ICA between the town and Denton County to widen the intersection at Shiloh and Kings Road. Denton County 2008 Roadway Improvement Bond Projects County Commissioner Andy Eads has asked Double Oak to submit projects for inclusion in the TRIP 2008 County bond election to improve mobility. The citizens of Denton County approved the Transportation Road Improvement (TRIP ’08) bond election for roadway improvements. Simmons Road and Waketon Road were submitted and approved for future improvements. Moving forward, the county will advise us on timing of activities, including design, engineering plans, and next steps. FM 407 The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently contacting Double Oak property owners regarding right-of-way acquisition for properties adjoining FM 407. Property owners and neighborhood HOA boards are in discussions with Denton County and TxDOT officials regarding roadway design plans and other aspects of the project. Thank You to Town Employees and Volunteers It is important to take time to recognize the service of our town employees and volunteers. Town employees provide us daily administrative support along with code enforcement, building permits and inspections, assistance with municipal court, town finances and record keeping. Our Police Department protects and serves us with 24x7 patrol and response. The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department remains 100% volunteer and serves Double Oak and surrounding neighbors with 24 hour fire and medical response. It is amazing to watch members of the DOVFD in action during their training exercises. When


you see our police officers and firefighters, give them a smile, a wave and tell them “thank you.” The Double Oak Women’s Club is another fine example of a service organization within our town. These ladies always welcome new members. Many other residents give to our community by serving on various boards, commissions and committees. Thank you for taking time from your family and work to serve your community. 2009-2010 Budget Notes Your town council will soon begin work on the 2009-2010 budget. Town Treasurer, Tracy Miller, working with town staff, will be preparing for the budget process. Treasurer Miller has already begun reviewing documentation on the current financial forecast as well as the historical budget review. Look for future updates in preparation for the new fiscal year, which starts October 1, 2009. Neighborhood Notes A few things to remember as we move into the summer season: First of all, special congratulations to all of our Double Oak graduates! Your town is proud of you. We wish you well in your next endeavor. Secondly, a friendly reminder to all town residents that our designated trash day is Friday, with the 3rd Friday designated as our day for “bulk” pick-up by Waste Management. In an effort to keep our streets attractive, we request that trash receptacles and bulk waste not be taken to the street earlier than the day before the scheduled pick-up and should be moved back from the street not later than the day following the designated pick-up day. This is for curb appeal, safety and to reduce litter. If you are out of town, you might ask a friend or neighbor to remove the receptacles from the street. DOVFD 4th of July Celebration The annual 4th of July celebration, hosted by the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department, will take place Saturday, July 4th, at J. B. Wright town park. This year, a running event organized by the Flower Mound Striders will take place prior to the parade. After the parade concludes, everyone is invited to the picnic, games, fun, fire truck rides and live band! This event is truly one of the highlights of our town. Raffle tickets are available from any member of the DOVFD. Please join in the festivities and support the DOVFD. Happy Father’s Day!


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Flower Mound Financial Operations Financial Accountability By Flower Mound Mayor Jody Smith

Over the past several months, I have provided an overview of the Town’s financial operations including budgeting and revenue structure. This final installment will shed light on how we as elected officials and staff are financially accountable to you the residents. The Town of Flower Mound prides itself on fiscally conservative leadership. We do not over extend ourselves with debt issuance or an unhealthy reliance on elastic revenues such as sales tax. Instead, our goal is to provide residents and businesses with the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost. Residents and businesses that pay Flower Mound property taxes, sales tax, and other fees deserve to expect adequate infrastructure, excellent emergency services, recreational opportunities at parks and the library, and a responsive local government. To aid in maintaining a healthy financial system for many years to come, the Town Council approved a new set of financial policies in 2008. This comprehensive set of rules includes sections

on accounting, budgeting, and financial planning, debt service fund reserves, property tax supported debt, water and wastewater utility, stormwater utility, debt management, investments, grants, tax collection, and self insurance and retirement funds. The financial policies in place spell out monetary expectations and provide clear direction for financial decisions. Additionally, the policies formalize conservative financial practices, guide annual budget preparation, set specific financial goals and targets in writing, and reinforce the Town’s conservative financial practices to the rating agencies. The Town is accountable to the public to be good stewards of their money. When issuing debt to pay for capital projects, the Town saves taxpayers money with excellent bond ratings from independent agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s. Increased in 2008 from AA- to AA+, these favorable ratings are a direct result of the Town’s conservative financial approach and help Flower Mound obtain lower interest rates. Flower Mound elected officials and staff work diligently to improve our ratings by adhering to financial policies, pursuing quality economic development, and maintaining a moderate debt burden. Financial reporting is another way that the Town demonstrates it is accountable to the public. At the conclusion to each fiscal year, the Town produces a Comprehensive


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Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which presents the end results of the operation of the Town’s various funds and account groups. The Town Charter requires that the CAFR be audited and certified by an independent, third-party accounting firm, providing an added level of transparency. In the months throughout the fiscal year, the Town produces unaudited Comprehensive Monthly Financial Reports (CMFR). The CMFR provides interested parties with a general awareness of the Town’s financial positions and economic activity. Both the CAFR and the CMFRs are available for the public to view on the Town’s Web site. To demonstrate its excellence in financial operations, one needs only look at the awards the Town has received. For 21 consecutive years, Flower Mound has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. Additionally, the Town has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the same organization for 16 years in a row. The Town Council provides financial oversight through ongoing fiscal monitoring and administration, unwavering approval policies, and a thorough budget adoption process. At the beginning of the budget process, the Town holds a retreat where we, along with executive staff, formulate Town goals

and objectives and submit budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Town staff then takes our priorities and formulates a proposed budget. The Town provides several opportunities for residents and other stakeholders to voice their opinions on the budget through public hearings and town hall meetings. After combing through the proposed budget and receiving public feedback, the Town Council then adopts the annual budget. The Town takes a stringent approach to financial accountability. We understand that it is the taxpayers who contribute their hard-earned money so they can receive quality municipal services. And, it is the job of elected officials and staff to ensure we make informed and wise financial decisions with the money entrusted to our judgment.

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me. I will not get into the quarrel even though I can see strong points on each side. Furthermore, my last name is spelled the same way as the pioneering family for which Morriss Road is named, but I am not directly related. The double “S” at the end of my last name is not the way it is usually spelled. However, it is the way I was taught to do it, just like the descendants of the Morriss family that settled in Denton County over a century ago were. I also have no connection to the Gerault family, only a deep feeling of respect and appreciation for pioneers like these. Whatever the outcome, I hope that the combatants on both sides of the issue will remember that it really is a “Family Fight.” We’re still going to have to get along after the issue is settled. Rather than restate the same pro and con arguments, I’d like to take a moment to recall why those two family names were chosen to identify the road. It is ironic that Morriss Road runs directly into Gerault Road; which means that our most frequently misspelled road and our most frequently mispronounced road are one and the same. Just to the south of Flower Mound Road is Gerault Road. It was named for a family whose name is rarely pronounced correctly. The first three letters should sound like the first syllable of the word “GERanium.” The second syllable should sound like the word “ROW.” Back in the middle of the 19th century, a boy named Louis Gerault was born in France. Louie grew up and married a girl named Marie Adam. The two had two sons: Paul, born in 1883, and Andre, born in 1885. Life in France was not pleasant in the last 25 years of the 1800’s. The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte was costly to France and impoverished many of its people. The regime of his nephew, Napoleon III, and the Franco-Prussian War made conditions even worse. Louie had an older sister who married and CTG Crossword Puzzle Solution

moved to America. Her husband was a baker in Boston and must have been doing well there. She no doubt wrote to her family and told them that conditions were much better in the USA. Louie and Marie decided to relocate here also. They immigrated in March of 1887 aboard the ship “SS La Champagne.” March was not a desirable time to cross the Atlantic, and Marie was pregnant. A daughter, Louise, was born on the ship as the family was still enroute to New York. Louie may have remained in the northeast for a time, but eventually he heard of and moved his family to Texas. Louie became a tenant farmer in Navarro County. Three more children were born as the industrious family learned to grow corn, cot-

The first documented evidence of drag racing on Gerault Road occurred in 1967. Andre Gerault is driving the red tractor, and his son, Joe, pilots the green one. ton and cattle. Louis Gerault earned enough to move his family to Ellis County where he bought his own farm. As the children grew, most of the boys worked as farm laborers. However, the second son, Andre, became a blacksmith. Andre Lewis Gerault met and married a Texas girl named Kate Hammond. The two bought a house in Ennis, Texas and Andre worked as a carpenter there. They had three sons, Andre, Louis and Charles. Andre Leon Gerault was born on April 7, 1918 in Ennis where he grew up and attended high school. As many young men did during the depression, Andre got a job in the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family. In 1941, he married Levenia Belle Edwards just three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The two lived with the bride’s family in Oklahoma until Andre enlisted in November of 1942 and became a Corporal in the US Army Air Corps. Their first child was


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born in 1944. Shortly after the conclusion of the war, Andre returned home and moved his family back to Texas. In the Army he had developed a fondness for airplanes, so he got a job working in Dallas near Love Field. But he also had inherited a love for the simpler lifestyle of rural farm life. On September 17, 1946, Andre and Levenia made a down payment and received a deed for a 39.9 acre parcel of land about a mile northeast of what would soon be the deep end of Grapevine Lake. Three more children were soon born there. Over the next 56 years, the Gerault’s paid off the mortgage, raised their four children and grew an abundance of vegetables, corn, peanuts, cattle and hay. They also became tireless workers in their church and very respected members of the community. The citizens of Denton County became alarmed in 1960 when the city of Irving (seeking greater tax revenue) made an audacious attempt to annex much of the southern part of the county. Residents in a wide area quickly gathered to defend their property from the incursions of this very unwelcome invader. Several residents of the area got an injunction to prevent Irving from completing their hostile takeover. A legal ruling on February 16, 1961 forced Irving to drop its plans to subjugate (and tax) the citizens of Denton County. Andre Gerault and many of his friends continued in their resistance movement. They held an election to incorporate their land into a town to keep their families safe from annexation by anyone. On Febru-

ary 25, 1961, a vote was passed by a count of 105 to 1 to form the Town of Flower Mound. Andre was asked to work on the town’s Parks Board and he excelled in that position for seven years. As civilization grew closer to their farm, Gerault’s children grew up and moved away, while Andre and Levenia remained as one of the prominent citizens of Flower Mound. Andre retired from his job, and in 1992, sold his farm. A large part of the property eventually became Gerault Park. Andre died in 2002 and is buried in Flower Mound Cemetery. Levenia Gerault, one of our surviving pioneers, still lives in Flower Mound. Whether you want to see Gerault Road expanded or not, it is important to know why the road has that name. If you have young children, it might be appropriate to explain to them who their park was named for. If you do that, here is a poem that explains how to say the name. I think Mr. Gerault would have liked that.

Next month I will explain the naming of Morriss Road. Contact Jim Morriss at 817-491-4201 or

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Flower Mound Parks & Recreation Update by John Thomas

If you have small children, you need to check out the new playground at Jake’s Hilltop Park. I am sure everything has a name, but there are climbing things, spinning things, balance things galore. There are swings, slides, and lots of space within the playground to run and play. Playgrounds have changed since I was a kid. Heck, they have changed since my 23-year-old daughter was small. When I was a kid, the playground equipment at Cherry Street Park in Sherman consisted of swings, sitting over hard packed earth, a very tall slide over hard packed earth and a merry go round, again with very hard packed earth. Everywhere we fell, there was no cushion. New playgrounds are also being installed at Rustic Timbers and Northshore Parks. Back to the Trails: Our recently opened connection beneath FM 1171 at Parker Square also has a connection along 1171 to Town Hall. Behind Town Hall, the trail picks up again, running behind the YMCA before turning south. As the trail leaves the neighborhood, it suddenly enters a wooded area before it hits the Garden Road wildflowers. At Morriss Road, you have the choice of heading west all the


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way to FM 2499 or east to Forest Vista Elementary School. Of course, the trail at Parker Square goes to Lamar Middle School. From there you can make a connection via sidewalks to Prairie Creek Park, or down College to Kirkpatrick. The trail picks up there and connects to Lewisville’s trail system across Kirkpatrick. Now you can go all the way to Home Depot. So with some off trail connections, you can put some miles on your bike! I have recently taken a look at trails in nearby communities. As far as distance, we have most of them beat with over 32 miles of multi-use trails. I do see some things I hope we can add in next couple of years, including mile markers every quarter of mile, more doggie waste stations and more signs. I don’t think anybody has Flower Mound beat when it comes to the many rock formations in our creeks. Flower Mound has kicked off our new Adopt a Spot program! Visit the Town’s website for details at We will be offering the opportunity for individuals and groups to do anything from adopting a “spot” to adopting a park, trail, creek or street anything from periodic cleanups to planting flowers to adding park benches or much more. The water park at the Community Activity Center has opened for the summer. Check out the CAC for many summer activities for kids and adults. July 4 (Independence Day) will bring us the Annual Children’s Parade along Timber Creek Road, near Timber Creek Elementary School. That evening we will also hold our annual Fireworks Show at Flower Mound High School. Have fun in Flower Mound this summer!

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Disaster Parallels By Ken Kendall, Financial & Retirement Planner

Recently, I stumbled across a story about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Now, I am obviously a financial advisor, not a nuclear engineer! Yet I was stunned at some parallels to the financial meltdown we’ve lived through. Often we learn more from our failures, and disasters can lead to greater good, if we allow. First, a quick overview: the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history occurred at 1:24 a.m. on April 26, 1986 in Ukraine, part of the Soviet Union. An experiment in Reactor Number Four went terribly wrong, and an explosion blew the lid off, spewing an enormous radioactive cloud. Four hundred times more fallout was released than at Hiroshima! With deaths and damages, Chernobyl could be the most costly disaster in modern history! 23 years later, the ramifications from radiation are still deadly and those costs are yet to be assessed. What were the parallels? What can we learn, and where is the good? First, the reactor was rushed to completion and a critical safety test was sidelined. Why? By going online early, bonuses and awards could be paid out. The parallel is obvious, for we’ve all been sickened by the stories of huge bonuses being paid before, during and after the meltdown of 2008–2009. Safety means no shortcuts, no matter the price or time involved! Next, the experiment to correct the safety deficiency took two years to schedule. The reactor was “operational.” Yet after initiating the corrective

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procedure, the disaster happened in 56 seconds! industry, slowing its expansion for a number of financial exam. Consider, questionable credit and investment years, while forcing the Soviet government to bePerhaps the biggest lesson from Chernobyl is to practices boiled under the surface for years while come less secretive.” prevent disasters before they blow. experimental products were being sold. When the And that is exactly what we have been and are crisis began boiling over in late 2007, this blew seeing. The entire financial industry has slowed Ken Kendall is President and Founder of Kendthe lid off to expose layers of corruption and greed and is under the microscope. In a sense, the disas- all Financial LLC at 3208 Long Prairie Rd., Suite not just on Wall Street, but also on Main Street. ter allowed light to come in. C, Flower Mound, TX 75022. He can be reached Even experts had their breath taken away by the Obviously, this article is not “feel good” like at 972-874-8757 or speed, depth, and breadth of the meltdown. The many we post. However, with this being the worst fallout has spread worldwide and people have lost financial crisis of our generation, I am pledged to their livelihoods and savings, just as citizens in the help you understand this debacle vicinity of Chernobyl lost lives and homes. and how to deal with the resultant Here is one quote of interest: effects that will be with us for years “The designation of the affected population as to come. “victims” rather than “survivors” has led them to To re-state, I am not a nuclear perceive themselves as helpless, weak, and lacking engineer...nor an economist, progcontrol over their future. This, in turn, has led to nosticator, or guru. I am a finanover cautious behavior . . .” cial advisor. I was here before the The Law Offices of Here again, our challenge as survivors is not to disaster. Obviously I am still here, pull back, but rather to return to a long range per- battered and bruised, but viable! R. Brandon Moore, PLLC Simple Will spective on savings and fiscal discipline. And I will be here after life returns Package Remember the now-famous story of Sam the to normal. Fallout continues in the Consumer Debt Relief Koala bear? After Australia’s fires, a firefighter media, so I encourage you or your Formation of Business Entities Real Estate Law named Dave found this injured animal. Notori- friends to call upon me at any time Estate Planning and Probate ously shy, yet in pain, the koala grabbed Dave’s for answers, advice or a thorough Fee Attorney for Alamo Title Company hand. Closing Residential and Commercial Real F i n a l l y, "Serving North Texas Over 20 Years" Estate Transactions (serving Real Estate what if any Professionals and for sale by owners) good came Personal Injury Agency out of this Business Law preventable 6011 Morriss Road, Suite 100 General Counsel for Small Local Businesses catastrophe? Flower Mound, TX 75028 Ask about my small business general counsel “The acplans for small business owners! cident raised bus: 972-724-7033 concerns cell: 972-523-7341 about the 2648 FM 407, Suite 215, Bartonville, Texas 76226 safety of the Conveniently Located in Bartonville Town Center across from Lantana State Farm Insurance Companies Soviet nuHome Offices: Bloomington, Illinois clear power

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Brice Praslicka, son of Bron and Teri Praslicka of Double Oak, was honored in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on April 18, 2009. Brice began his scouting career in the first grade as a Tiger Cub at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison. He earned his Arrow of Light from Cub Scout Pack 714 at Trinity. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 714, Brice earned 33 merit badges and served several years Brice Praslicka as a Den Leader for various Cub Scout troops. Because Brice is known for his knowledge and passion for nature, he was selected as a trainer for a special youth lead Adult Leadership training held at Camp Wisdom in March of 2008. He has attended Camp Rand in New

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“I’m Gonna Tan Your Hide!” By C. Stroup

Some of us mature/older folks might remember our folks posing that threat. We quickly became aware, the hard way, of the meaning of the phrase. If it took more than an eyebrow being raised, a little bad luck was headed our way. In this day and age, anybody can look up those words on the Internet to find out where that terminology originated. It’s so easy a caveman can do it. But in our youth, it was the business end of the definition that got our attention. Better behavior should also be mentioned. Actually, I can only recall really having my hide tanned 3 times in my misspent youth; once when my mom broke one of those little wooden paddles on my butt. Remember the kind that

had a small red ball attached with a long thick rubber band? (Well, you probably don’t.) The next time was when my dad turned me upside down and used the palm of his hand. And the last episode was when that nasty little nun, Sister Carlotta, gave me a whippin’ in front of the entire class. A few years after I became a mom, I discovered Dr. James Dobson – the guru for parenting at the time. He had written several books. I remember feeling like a crusty, old dried up sponge while trying to soak up every word from The Strong-Willed Child. I read it over and over again. Spanking was not off his radar. We tried that then, we tried that later. We also used the old, “You go to your room and think about what you just did.” Quite simply, there were waaay too many toys in that neck of the woods to do any good. Meanwhile, a friend enlightened me about another theory that made me believe our son might be old enough to absorb what ‘time out’ was. Before exposing him to this new technology in


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gearing a kid to my rearing method, I, too, had to embrace the rules. It was like learning and teaching myself computer skills...having never even seen one before. Remember, this ‘time out’ thing was a concept unheard of at the time of my upbringing. How much to my delight and surprise when my kid obediently placed his untanned hide on the couch! He was in ‘time out’ for however long I could keep him there. It didn’t much matter if he spent two minutes or five...I’d won that round. Now, this couch had some fine wide flat arms on either end. The fabric was of a nubby nature. Great material to hide the sins committed by little kids. If I’d known then what I know now, this wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. While the Brad Boy innocently settled into the sofa, his busy body was struggling. I kept a not so vigilant eye on his activity. I did notice that sometimes he’d begin his stay on one end and finish his visit on the other. He always swore he’d never left the sofa. But restless limbs

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