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Cool Runnings: Surviving the North Pole Marathon By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

All it took for Jay Koger to find an out-of-this-world experience was a hard-landing at the North Pole in an old Russian airplane. Then he ran 26.2 miles on ice. It was minus 41-degrees. Koger is a 50-year-old vice president of a packaging company from Copper Canyon with a heart for adventure. He took up long-distance running around age 35 and celebrated his 40th birthday by swimming a mile-and-a-half from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. Recently, on a business trip by air, Koger opened a Men’s Fitness magazine that had been left in the seat pocket in front of his airplane seat and read about the “World’s Most Extreme Adventure Races,� And, one of them especially stood out to him -- the North Pole Marathon, which costs a cool $14,500, according to

the magazine story. “I figured few [people have] ever been to the North Pole, and much fewer have ever run a marathon there,� said Kroger, who has run about 10 marathons. So, to celebrate his 50th birthday in April, Koger -- who insists he’s “not a physical specimen,� but a “normalsized guy� -- embarked on a series of flights to reach Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago between Norway and the North Pole. From there, he and 55 other runners from 21 countries were put on an old Russian airplane, “because it could handle a short runway.� Some of the seats had seat belts; some didn’t, Koger said. About two-and-ahalf hours later, they had a “really hard landing� on the polar ice cap. “You step off and it’s like being on

Jay Koger of Copper Canyon participated in the North Pole Marathon this past April.

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Lions Club Balloon Festival Set to Take-Off By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

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It’s been two years since the sky over Highland Village was filled with the awe-inspiring sight of brilliant-colored hot air balloons. “Last year was the only year that weather closed down the whole event,� said Barbara Fleming, longtime Highland Village Lions Club member. “We’ve had an afternoon, or even a day, that has been either delayed or postponed by bad weather in the past, but last year’s rain forced us to cancel the whole event.� As much as that event-cancellation was disappointing for the general public, it was incredibly difficult for the HV Lions Club members. The Balloon Festival is the major fundraiser

for the club; which, in turn, affects the mission of the HV Lions Club: “Helping detect vision and hearing problems in local preschool children to ensure they can ‘see a brighter tomorrow.’� This year marks the fifth year the HV Lions Club has conducted screenings. Proceeds raised through the success of the See BALLOON on Page A9

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Farmers Market to Open in Highland Village

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Southern Denton County residents have a new place to buy fresh. A European-style farmers market is coming to Highland Village this month. The Highland Village Farmers Market will open on Sunday, Aug. 6, in the Highland Village Town Center parking lot at FM 407 and Highland Village Road in front of the old Kroger. It will be held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature fresh

produce, Texas meats, prepared foods, specialty foods, beauty and skin care, arts and accessories. Four Seasons Markets, the farmers market organizer, provides marketplaces where patrons can discover and purchase homegrown or handmade products from ranchers, farmers, specialty food producers and artisanal craftsmen in a community atmosphere that mimics the village markets popular throughout Europe. Four Seasons also operates markets in Flower Mound’s Parker Square on Saturdays from 9 to noon and in Old Town Lewisville on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.  In addition, Bartonville Town Center on FM 407 across from Lantana hosts a farmers market each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Although participating vendors and shoppers both benefit from the farmers markets, the real aim is to support local small businesses: “that’s how we originally started [in business] back in France,” said Four Seasons founder Vincent Hirth. “We want to be a part of the community. We welcome local small businesses to bring tastings to the market, too, to help promote their own business. All they have to do is contact us at fourseasonsmarkets.com.”

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From the Desk of Andy Eads Denton County Commissioner, Pct. 4

New Services Available to Southwest Denton County The new Denton County Southwest Courthouse is now open and serving the public! The Southwest Courthouse is located at the northwest corner of Hwy 377 and Canyon Falls Drive in Flower Mound, just north of FM 1171.  This 32,000-square-foot building houses the County Clerk, the Tax Office, the Precinct 4 Constable, the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, the Department of Community Supervision and Corrections, Denton County Juvenile Probation, the Precinct 4 County Commissioner, and flexible office space for Health Services, Veterans Services, and AgriLife to use as needed. We also have space allocated for a Department of Public Safety Driver’s License office.  Services provided by departments in this building are: obtaining birth certificates, property records, dba’s, passports, license plate renewals, payment of property taxes, weddings and filing small claims cases. In addition, the building features a community room for meetings and other civic gatherings.   We are proud to offer even more accessibility of services to the residents of Denton County.  Passport Offices to Open at Two New Locations We are proud of the fact that the County Clerk’s office is able to offer a walk-in service for passport application processing. This is not common, as many Passport Acceptance Facilities see customers by appointment only. As a convenience

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Local officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Denton County Southwest Courthouse on Friday, July 14.

to Denton County passport customers, all passport applications processed at any of our offices are sent to the United States Passport Agency via USPS Overnight delivery – a service provided at no additional cost to our customers. In addition, the County Clerk’s office is also able to offer onsite passport photo services at all locations. Thus far in 2017, the County Clerk’s office has processed 20,476 passport applications throughout its four current acceptance facilities. Those facilities are located in Denton, Carrollton, Cross Roads and Lewisville.   Denton County has received preliminary approval from the United States Passport Agency to add two new acceptance facility locations – the new Southwest Courthouse in Flower Mound and the Precinct 1 Government Building in Frisco. Both offices recently passed an onsite compliance inspection conducted by the United States Passport Agency, and we are looking forward to final

approval in the very near future. We are especially excited about these new additions. It is expected that the Flower Mound location will alleviate some of the volume at the Denton office, which has served more than 6,000 applicants to date, and the Frisco location will help balance out the volume of customers at our Carrollton office, which has issued more than 8,100 passports this year already. Bond Debt Refinancing Results in Savings for Denton County At its June 25 meeting, the Commissioners Court approved the issuance of up to $85,000,000 in Permanent Improvement Refunding Bonds in order to refinance $82,755,000 of previously issued county bonds. Because of favorable conditions in the government bond market, the county could realize total savings of up to $9.7 million, or 12% of the future debt service costs on these bonds.  The court established parameters

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on the maximum amount of refunding bonds to be issued, the maximum interest rate on the new bonds, and the minimum amount of savings for the bond issue. By replacing those outstanding bonds with new ones bearing lower true interest costs, the county would be able to realize significant savings on future debt service costs.    The county’s financial advisors, Hilltop Securities, conducted the refunding bond sale. Both Standard & Poors and Moody’s reaffirmed the county’s AAA bond ratings on this transaction. This was a negotiated sale with an underwriting team consisting of CitiBank, Raymond James & Associates, and RBC Capital Markets.  Even with a slight downturn in the bond market during the week of the sales, due to the county’s high bond rating, excellent credit reports from the ratings agencies, and strong financial position, the bids came in much as expected. The bonds were sold at a true interest of 2.8403%, compared to the average interest rates on the refunded bonds of 4.9703%.   The sale replaced the higher interest bonds with the new bonds bearing lower interest rates. This equates to a savings of 9.38% of the refunded debt. These annual debt service savings will be recognized annually over the duration of the new bonds. The first year debt service savings will total $466,921, and the annual savings will average $660,000 over the 14-year life of the bonds.   Historic Denton County Day Trips Are you a Denton history buff looking to expand your horizons? Or maybe you just want to get out of town for a day? Denton County historical hot spots can See EADS on Page A17


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Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Donald Moser

I have been told the Back to School edition is one of the most popular. Could it be because it signals that summer is close to an end and Christmas is just a few short months away? Or is it because the kids are excited that school is about to start? Whatever the reason, let’s be mindful of the school zones and the increased traffic around all the schools. I want to recognize the Archery team of Argyle Hilltop Elementary. They participated in the World NASP tournament in Orlando, Florida and out of 40 teams, they placed 8th, way to go! This is an extremely busy time of year for everyone. The Town Council is moving into budget time which in and of itself is busy enough. But we also have several big issues and developments being presented. We are working on the town’s Silent Crossings, lot size and an upcoming Town Hall Meeting to name just a few. I encourage everyone to attend the upcoming Planning & Zoning and Council Meetings. The Council will be meeting twice in both August and September.

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Let’s not forget the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton runs August 18th through 26th. Matt Jones, the Town’s Economic Development Coordinator has been selected as the Interim Town Manager as we move forward with our search for a permanent replacement. Matt, as well as all our town employees, has multiple job titles. They are all working extremely hard to keep our town running. If you have the opportunity, please let them know how much they are appreciated. Argyle Seniors Celebrate ‘60s Everyone enjoyed the 60’s dress code at the senior’s luncheon, with spaghetti and meatballs, salads and other veggies. The 60’s dress contest was won by Lyn Porter carrying a sign that said, “Make Love Not War.” Thanks to Jody Bellinghausen and Clarice Siegrist who led in Bingo and to the Argyle Police Department for furnishing the meat. The next luncheon will be Friday, Aug. 18. The theme is back to school, so wear your school colors or favorite sports jersey. Each person is asked to bring a covered dish to share or donate $4 that goes into the senior fund. The seniors meet every week on MonSee AROUND ARGYLE on Page A22

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Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

Greetings from Bartonville! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and finding fun ways to stay cool. Here are some of our community highlights: Good news! I am pleased to report that Brazos and CoServ have delayed their filing with the Texas Public Utility Commission for the proposed Lacey Oaks electrical substation and transmission lines. They are delaying their filing so that they can explore alternative locations and route options. It is important for all of us to stay vigilant and involved in this process. We can be heard if we all speak out. The Town will keep you updated as more information becomes available. The Town Council began working on the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget. We are working diligently to ensure the best services possible for our citizens (which includes adequate funding for our roads), while maintaining our current low tax rate. The proposed budget is available on

the Town’s website for review. There is a public hearing on the budget and tax rate on August 15 at 7 p.m. The second public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for September 5. The adoption of the tax rate and proposed budget will be on September 19. Roads, Roads, Roads – you comment, we listen. It is a high priority that we are addressing and the biggest complaint for our town. This year we are rebuilding and resurfacing a portion of Dove Creek to the south of Noble Champions. There will be culvert replacements on West Jeter, Porter, and Dove Creek with spot repairs and crack sealing all over town. The Council will be holding a roads workshop with the Town Engineer at 6:30 p.m. on August 15th. I invite you to attend to learn more about our plan for improvements in the future. Hard to believe school is just around the corner. Please watch for school zones and remember that with our road repairs we will experience some road delays and closures. Watch for signs and instructions in your area. Our hottest days are yet to come, stay cool and stay safe. Be mindful of pets and neighbors and remove any standing water.

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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon August 2017... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml

Commissioner Andy Eads, Precinct 4, dedicates our new Southwest Courthouse Annex to a HUGE and ENTHUSIASTIC Crowd! I did not plan to walk five blocks on a walker in July heat with a “bum knee”! But, I had not anticipated the huge crowd who would be present to welcome the opening of this new Denton County facility! County residents in Roanoke, Trophy Club, Northlake, west Flower Mound, Justin, Argyle, Bartonville, Double Oak, Lantana, and Copper Canyon can now travel the shorter distance to the Southwest Courthouse in Canyon Falls west of Hwy 377 than go the longer distance to Lewisville or Denton. The new Southwest Courthouse Annex has been in the planning stage for a decade. Commissioner Eads thanked his

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predecessor Commissioner Jim Carter, along with fellow commissioners Bobbie Mitchell, Ron Marchant, and County Judge Mary Horn for totally backing the new annex in the southwest corner of Denton County. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Paroles was also thrilled with their new headquarter facilities, as was Justice of the Peace J.P. Hand and Constable Tim Burch. And our Denton County Tax Office and Tax Assessor/Collector Michelle French were thrilled to be able to provide a new property tax-related office closer to residents in the southwest corner of our extensive Denton County! The Texas Department of Public Safety is also building an annex on site, so that it will be easier for County residents to renew their driver’s licenses, pay fines, etc. Commissioner Eads gave special tribute to the engineers and landscape architects who had planned this facility to qualify for the prestigious LEEDS Silver Level Award. LEEDS stands for “LeadSee MAYOR SUE on Page A14

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News From Town Hall By Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly www.double-oak.com - 972-539-9464 @DoubleOakTx

Town of Double Oak 2017-2018 Fiscal Year Budget Budget discussions have commenced to prepare for the town’s next fiscal year which begins on October 1st. The mayor and council have stated the town shall maintain the current property tax rate of 0.23240 per $100, which is one of the overall lowest in Denton County and North Texas. I encourage you to check the Denton County Tax Office website link to view area property tax rates the office collects for: http://taxweb.dentoncounty.com/taxwebsite/truthintax.asp. Discussions on the budget will continue at monthly council meetings and in September the council will hold public hearings on the proposed budget and tax rate prior to approving both. Double Oak Police Department Crime Alert On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Double

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Oak Police Department received notice of two sheds having been entered without permission and lawn care equipment stolen. One offense took place in the 300 block of Highland Court and the other offense took place in the 500 block of Kings Road. It is believed that the offenses took place after 11:30 p.m. under the cover of night.  The Double Oak Police Department also took reports on two vehicles in Carruth Estates having their side windows broken out. These incidents remain under investigation. If you observe unknown persons in your neighborhood and they are engaged in suspicious activity, please contact Denton County Dispatch via 9-1-1 so an on-duty Double Oak officer can investigate. Important details include what kind of clothing the suspect(s) are wearing, the make, model and color of any involved vehicles and their location. If you have any witness information about the previous offenses please contact Detective Murphy at (972) 355-5995. Double Oak Family loses Home to Fire; Community, Friends and Neighbors Offer Assistance Many of you have heard that a late-night fire destroyed a home here in Double Oak. Thankfully Mark and Cathy Grygar, and family dog Sadie were able to escape the home safely and no injuries were reported. They have lost their clothes, furniture, household items, pictures and all things that See DOUBLE OAK on Page A23

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HV Lions Club Balloon Festival have enabled the members to purchase stateof-the-art vision and hearing equipment to detect early-warning signs of vision and hearing impairment. In addition, the club also supports local Boy and Girl Scout programs, as well as the McAuliffe Chile Cook-Off, parades and festivals in Lewisville and Flower Mound, Unity in Communities, HV Art Festival, back-toschool programs, plus the Eyeglass Recycling Center. “Our motto is: “We want everyone to see a better tomorrow,’” said Fleming. “We have a unique club, in that our principle service project is detecting vision and hearing problems in local preschool children. We do our screening at children’s day care facilities around Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville and surrounding cities. Since 2011, we have performed more than 22,000 screenings.” In 2016, the club screened 5,200 children.

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The 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival-- on August 18-20, in Unity Park at 2200 Briarhill Blvd.-- will feature fun for the whole family-- the Kids’ Zone; food court; live music; a Saturday car show; arts/crafts booths; and, of course, the iconic Hot Air Balloons. There is no entry fee to the festival. (A $5 donation is requested for parking). Free vision screening will be offered each day of the festival. The Friday evening Opening Ceremony will include U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess and Texas Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound. The first Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair in 1987 was a one-day event with 25-craft booths and two balloon flights. With the help of the North Texas Ballooning Association, there were eighteen balloons involved and approximately 2,000 people attended the event. The following year, the City Council dedicated 3.1-acre parkland at 500 Highland Village Road as the Bruce Lockhart Lions Club Park. This May, the Parks Department placed a plaque at the park, with its history. In addition, the club started a program to honor deceased Lions

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members with individual small plaques: Pat Falcon; Ken Ashmore; Pat LaCasio; Gene Pike; and, Bruce and Marjorie Lockhart. As the festival grew larger, additional features were incorporated, including: two simultaneous balloon glows;

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on-stage entertainment; food and drink vending; covered and lighted tents for arts and crafters; and, a carnival were added to the festival at its previous Copperas Branch Park location on the shores of Lewisville Lake. See BALLOON on Page A13

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Flower Mound Council Message By Jason Webb Place 1 Councilman

For the past several years, the Town Council and staff have been working hard to further diversify Flower Mound’s tax base. During the July 17 Town Council meeting, we took another step forward in this positive direction when the Council approved a measure for Lakeside Crossing, a 12-acre mixed-use development. Plans for Lakeside Crossing include a 66,000square-foot, five story hotel that will be an Unscripted hotel, part of the Dream Hotel Group, and will all be located on the west side of Long Prairie Road, just south of the Lakeside Parkway and Long Prairie Road intersection, adjacent to the growing Lakeside DFW development. Slated to open in 2019, Unscripted DFW will feature 134 guest rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant, a rooftop lounge and nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition to the hotel, Lakeside Crossing will include approximately 100,000 square feet of retail, office, and restaurant space, along with approximately 15 luxury townhomes. The design of the development will seek to

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have a uniquely attractive look, designed to draw from its natural surroundings by incorporating stone and wood into the architecture. Newstream Commercial plans to oversee the project. In other business news, Canada-based high-tech firm Renaissance Repair & Supply Inc. has located its first major U.S. operation in Flower Mound and plans to open this month. Renaissance Repair & Supply rented a 42,596 square-foot office and warehouse space in the Lakeside Business District, as part of the Corporate Ridge industrial project at 1200 Lakeside Parkway. The company sells refurbished and pre-owned telecommunications and data communications equipment from 37 locations worldwide. We are proud to have been chosen by this great company and look forward to welcoming them to the U.S. and Texas. Have you heard of Order Talk? They are another growing business in our community that was recently featured in the Dallas Business Journal. Order Talk is a business-to-business provider of ordering software for the restaurant industry, and has tripled the size of its leased space within Parker Square. The growth comes as consumers increasingly seek easy online ordering experiences, and counts Jimmy John’s and Jason’s Deli as clients. See FM COUNCIL on Page A24

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Highland Village Update By Charlotte Wilcox Highland Village Mayor

Summer break is nearly over and it is time to gear up for the start of a new school year. I thought this would be an appropriate time to have a Q & A with Officer Dave, our School Resource Officer. Officer Dave, you are the School Resource Officer for all Highland Village schools. What does that assignment entail? I am assigned to all four Highland Village schools and have an office at Briarhill Middle School. I spend most of my time at Briarhill but I try to make it by every school each day. On any given day I might be asked to do any of the following: • Mentor and council • Review school safety plans and make sure all school buildings are secure • Have lunch with students • Give presentations to student groups or classes • Meet with administrators, teachers, students, and parents

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• Investigate crimes committed by students and student outcries • Training officers on active shooter tactics • Overseeing school Crossing Guards • Most importantly, build positive relationships with students, school staff, and parents What are some of the programs you oversee in each of the schools? HVPD is very unique in their roll in the schools and we have some very impactful programs. The program that HVPD has been known for over the years is the LETS Program (Law Enforcement Teaching Students). The LETS program places uniformed officers in the classrooms of 5th grade and 7th grade students in Highland Village to discuss the importance of making good choices. In 5th grade students are presented with the importance of living a life of character by incorporating the six character pillar words (Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship) into their everyday life. We also cover decision making and how your decisions can affect your self-esteem, bully prevention and the importance of taking care of others, and the dangers of See HV UPDATE on Page A18


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News From Your Neighborhood

Arrest Made in Thefts

Police made an arrest in connection to a rash of garage and vehicle burglaries that occurred over the past few months in Lantana. Martin K. Cummins, 40, of Lantana was arrested on July Martin K. Cummins 20 and charged with Theft and Burglary of a Habitation, according to Lt. Orlando Hinojosa of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. “The information provided by witnesses and video has been a huge help in identifying the suspect,” said Hinojosa. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with video surveillance of persons or vehicles that could be connected with the crimes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 940349-1600. There were 167 calls for service the first 20 days of July in Lantana, including 46 alarm calls and 33 traffic stops. There were a total of three burglaries and thefts reported during that period. Sign Up for Run Lantana The Lantana Community Association’s eighth annual Run Lantana 5K and 10K is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, and will benefit Ranch Hand Rescue, an Argyle nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected farm animals. Ranch Hand Rescue integrates the animals into its Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy Counseling programs that serve victims of child and sexual abuse. Run Lantana raised more than $14,000 for Ranch Hand Rescue last year, and it has raised more than $50,000 for local charities. Registration fees for the 5K are $25 for

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adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Fees for the 10K are $35 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under. The price increases $5 after Aug. 31, and it increases $10 on race day. For more information or to register, visit www.runlantana5k.com. D.R. Horton Acquires Lantana Developer The real estate company that developed Lantana has been acquired by the country’s largest homebuilder. According to the terms of a new merger, Forestar Group will be a subsidiary of Arlington-based D.R. Horton, according to a news release. The $560 million cash transaction, in which D.R. Horton will acquire 75 percent of the currently outstanding shares of Forestar, is expected to close during the last quarter of this year. “This transaction is expected to create additional value for shareholders of both companies, and to enable Forestar to become a leading national land developer,” said Phillip J. Weber, Chief Executive Officer of Forestar, in a prepared statement. “Aligning Forestar’s resources with D.R. Horton’s strong demand for finished lots, extensive network of markets, land acquisition and development professionals and land seller and business relationships is expected to accelerate our growth and enhance our operating efficiency and returns.” No changes are expected for Lantana as the last areas of undeveloped residential land should be occupied by new homes within the next few years, according to Will Shannon with Forestar Group Inc. “Our execs in place have already greenlighted developing the balance of Lantana working with the existing homebuilders,” said Shannon. Lantana’s total build-out will be a little over 4,000 homes. Ladies Kick Off Season Aug. 22 The Lantana Ladies League is excited to begin the 2017-2018 year of friendship and

Lantana Cares and the Argyle Fire District held their first annual Fun on the Green family safety fair on July 22.

giving! Our traditional Kick Off meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 22, at the Lantana Golf Club and is free to attend.   This year the Ladies League Board voted on creating a theme for this year of “Live, Laugh, Love” symbolizing the 3 LLL’s of Lantana Ladies League, that we Live in or near Lantana, we Laugh and have fun and we Love supporting local community charities. Speaking of charity, here are the charities we are supporting this year: Young Life/Young Lives, Sadie’s Sleigh, CACDC, Journey to Dream/Kyle’s Place, Kids Kupboard, American Diabetes Association, Ally’s Wish and Humane Tomorrow.  For those that aren’t familiar with the LLL we are open to all ladies that want to get to know their neighbors, make friends and support local charities. We are a group that loves to have a great time while raising money for charity! We do this by hosting fun events each month for the ladies to enjoy. This year we are bringing back a few of our favorite events like the Quarter Auction, Amazing Race and Casino Night

coupled with a few new events for the ladies to enjoy! If you have any questions reach out to either the President, Heather Shimala at 469712-0185 or Vice President, Lisa Jackson 813-732-6950. They would be happy to answer any questions! –Submitted by Heather Shimala Development Watch Lantana had 3,459 occupied homes as of July 31 with an estimated population of 11,242. Two new commercial projects are being designed on the pad sites adjacent to Kroger in Lantana Town Center. A Chase Bank is planned between the Kroger gas pumps and Starbucks along FM 407 and Firestone Complete Auto Care Center will locate behind Starbucks on McMakin Road. NewQuest Properties has submitted plans for the first phase of Lantana Town Center Phase II. The 15,285 square-foot multitenant retail building will be located on the north side of the FM 407 curve across from Kroger.

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Harvest Happenings By Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager

At Harvest, we are raising the next generation of philanthropists. Our neighbors play a big role in the fight against hunger. From our three garden plots to community events, our neighbors have donated more than 20,000 meals to the North Texas Food Bank. In July alone, our neighbors donated 2,724 meals! We have engaged our teens to help in the fight. The Harvest Teen Council does a great job at volunteering and identifying fun ways to collect food and funds for the North Texas Food Bank. They collected more than 180 pounds of peanut butter at our Fourth of July event. The representative at the food bank was overjoyed when he saw how much peanut butter we brought him. He said that many of his customers are in desperate need of protein. “It’s sad to think people don’t have food and go hungry. I am so glad we can help,” said Allie Long, Secretary, Harvest Teen Council. Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures There is always something going on at Harvest! We have recently turned the Faught Farmhouse into a coffee shop. People all around town have made their way to Harvest to explore the Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures. They have a signature drink that neighbors can’t get enough of…the granita! Everyone just raves about it! If you haven’t

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tried it, make your way over to Harvest and get a cup! Having a coffee house in the community has provided a space for neighbors and members of the surrounding area to gather together. We met Melvin Johnson, a resident who has lived in Harvest for over three years. Melvin lives with his daughter and wasn’t really involved in the community. Now, Melvin comes up to the Farmhouse twice a week and enjoys a cup of coffee and shares his stories with others. He is an American hero who served our country in Army. He loves to show people his old war nickels and stamps out of his War Ration Books—all of which are 75 years old or older. Be sure to visit Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures Tuesday-Friday from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Harvest Proud We love to celebrate our neighbors! In July, Harvest sent several kids who are part of the Argyle Archery to the NASP Worlds Tournament in Orlando, FL. This is only the second time Argyle has made it to Worlds. We are SO proud of all the archers! They worked really hard to get to Worlds! Argyle came in 8th place out of 40! One our archers, Zoe Jackson, was the #1 archer for 4th grade and 15th in all elementary! She was also the highest archer on the Argyle team while shooting with a broken thumb! Wow! Our very Alex Toronjo (age 6) traveled to Anaheim, CA to compete at the World Recreational Team Championships for ice skating. Alex competed in five events and medaled in all five! She brought home two bronze, one silver, and two gold medals!

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Northlake Notes By Peter Dewing, JD Mayor of Northlake

Each month I will try to present at least two different topics that impact Northlake: The Good and Unpleasant. Here is the first attempt: The Good:  The Council approved the contract (under budget) to reconstruct Florance Rd from FM 407 to Strader Road. The contract to acquire the right of way to improve Cleveland-Gibbs Rd from just north of Westbridge Drive (Canyon

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Falls) to FM 1171 has been approved without any capital expenditure. The contract for water, sewer, and lighting improvements to Sam Lee Lane has been approved. Finally, the Town’s preliminary budget projections will keep the same tax rate that the Town has had for approximately 20 years. The Unpleasant: Construction on Cleveland-Gibbs will not commence until all of right of way and easements are contacted and approved. We are still negotiating with the property owners; the delay is to ensure the Town spends your tax dollars efficiently and improves the road properly the first time; more to follow on this one, hopefully in the Good section.

Robson Ranch Roundup By Don Duff, Denton City Council, District 3

The new fire station at the corner of Cleveland-Gibbs Road and Old Justin Road is progressing. Groundbreaking was in April and it is scheduled to open in October 2018. The fire station is a joint venture of Denton, Denton City Councilman Don Duff took a tour of Argyle and Northlake with the Argyle a natural gas power plant near Edinberg, TX on Fire District operating the station with June 15. some Denton firemen. Cleveland-Gibbs Road will be com- ton’s city hall in 2017. We have a new pleted to Old Justin Road in August. City Manager, three new City Council The fire station may be operating before members and a City Auditor (first time Cleveland-Gibbs Road is completed to since 2011). We are searching now for a the Robson Ranch entrance on Robson new City Attorney as well as a new DenRanch Road. When the road is complet- ton Municipal Electric (DME) Manager. Six of the natural gas engines for the ed, the fire station will be one mile from Robson’s front gate. But before the road new power plant have arrived in Galvesis completed, the fire station will be well ton and the other six have sailed from inside five miles, lowering homeowner Italy (engines were manufactured in Fininsurance rates in Robson Ranch and sur- land). Construction of the new power plant is progressing despite the removal rounding areas. Many changes have taken place in Den- of top management at DME.

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with Highland Village Mayor Charlotte Wilcox,” said Fleming, the 2017 chairperson for the contest. “There were more than 530 entries from the three Highland Village elementary schools and the middle school. The theme for the poster this year was, ‘See Us Soar, Hear Us Roar.’ Each of the winners will be presented with a T-shirt featuring that child’s poster

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design; a great remembrance to have.” The HV Lions Club is always open for new members. It meets on the first and third Saturdays of each month, at 9 a.m., at the Duvall Center at 948 Highland Village Road. “We are welcoming people on our vision and hearing team,” said Fleming. “We will have a training class at the be-

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ginning of the school year with state certified trainers; if I can pass, then anyone can.” A complete event schedule is available at: lionsballoonfest.com/schedule-ofevents/.

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ing Environmental and Engineering Design Standards.” A Leeds landscape uses minimal water to survive and many local native plants. Commissioner Eads told the landscape architects, “I don’t want the County to continually fund the replanting of flowers every spring and fall!” Eads also asked the architects to include many skylights, so that County employees could enjoy working in natural lighting. And both the exterior and interior included walls of native Texas stone with native Texas wood trim. The overall impression is of a warm and welcoming building that people can feel comfortable using. More like a “vacation lodge” than a stark marble and glass stern government edifice. A place where you can get business done efficiently, but without feeling intimidated by the power of the surroundings.

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The Central Community Room can easily seat 125 people for luncheon or dinner, with a full kitchen handily nearby. This makes the large room easily usable for corporate conferences, county department meetings, wedding-anniversary-and family birthday events, etc. There are also four fully-functioning offices adjoining the Community Room that can be used for seasonal events such as Flu Shots, etc. In other words, this is a very WELL-PLANNED public building and useful for a variety of needs for both Denton County officials and businesses and individual residents! Copper Canyon’s Fourth of July was exceptionally well attended! The variety of cars was incredibly fun to watch! One was a tiny red Aston Martin convertible from the 1920’s or 1930’s. The little individual windshields in front of the driver and his passenger were barely a foot wide and

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6 inches tall! The wheels looked like they came off of an old bicycle with old-fashioned wide rimmed tires! Thanks again to Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger and his Argyle Fire District crew for bringing the big red fire engine for kids to inspect and even ride up on top! And to Carol Owens and husband Bob Owens and the Woodlands Womens Club and their spouses for providing the hotdogs and buns and goodies! There was an outstanding crowd of appreciative residents this year! Lewisville ISD’s Back to School Fair Lewisville ISD held its annual Back-to-School Fair at Lewisville High School on Aug. 5. The fair helped over 4,000 economically disadvantaged students with school supplies, book bags, clothing and shoes, windbreakers and jackets, haircuts, and physicals. All donated funds go through the LISD Education Foundation. Funds for the Fair were low this year, so any donated amount for future events is appreciated. For details go online to www.lisdef.com/events/lisd-back-school-fair. Lewisville ISD now has 6,000 employees, 64 campuses, serves over 127 square miles, including 13 communities. LISD Education Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization qualifying for charitable deductions with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation has to-date given a total of $3,941,486 dollars to LISD students, teachers, and educational programs. It’s tough enough to go to school with soles falling off your tennis shoes, ratty clothes, no school supplies, and embarrassing long hair way past time for a cut. Out of the kindness of your heart, help these kids have a fair “first day” back at school. NOTE: August and September the Council will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays to complete our annual budget and set our tax rate. Those details will be in the September issue of “What’s Happening.” No drastic changes are anticipated in either our Town’s budget or tax rate. (Mayor Sue Tejml) Did You Know that? Stem Cells are leading the way in “regeneration” of damaged bone, cartilage, and ligaments in joints. I’ll share my recent experience in using stem cells extracted painlessly from my hip and inserted in my knee joint.


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HEALTHCARE EXPERT SPOTLIGHT “YOUR JUST GETTING OLD MY DOCTOR SAID”

“THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE” or “YOUR JUST GOING TO HAVE LIVE WITH THE PAIN” or “YOUR JUST GETTING OLD” these are common things that patients with Neuropathy or Nerve Damage often hear. What if you were this person, how would that make you feel? “Sad, Depressed, Lonely, Helpless, these are the words that I hear often”, said Dr. Thai. It’s really sad to know that all of those fancy commercials and the medications that are given for patients with neuropathy, only are there to cover up their symptoms. It’s even more sad, when a patient undergoes surgery to fix a problem and ends up with far greater symptoms. Only to find themselves going to a pain management doctor to get more medications to cover more symptoms. So how do I know if I have a nerve problem? Dr. Thai has created an easy five step test to help answer that question. 1. Do you have any numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your arms, legs, hands, or feet that has lasted for more than 1 year? 2. Are you having balance problems? 3. Have you had weakness or atrophy of your muscles in the past 6 months? 4. Have you had neck or back surgery? 5. Does your feet feel like there's cardboard underneath them or do you feel like you are walking on springs? If you answered yes to at least 2 of these questions you may have nerve damage. So the question becomes what can someone do if they have nerve damage other than take medications or attempt another surgery. Thanks to five years of research, Corinth’s Advanced Nerve and Laser Center has developed an alternative to address the problem. The result has been nothing short of miraculous for a growing number of patients from North Texas and far beyond. Dr. Bao Thai created the eight-step proprietary process that has resulted in relief and even permanent resolution to many patients’ long-suffering problems. It’s a non-surgical way to help regenerate the nerve allowing it to return to normal function providing the patient the opportunity to live a normal life. “We are helping the body speed up it’s natural ability to repair the nerve,” said Dr. Thai. In doing so the end result is that you are dealing with the root cause of the problem. “That’s something that people never hear. It goes against exactly what people have been told that they have to live with these problems.” Dr. Thai and his staff at Advanced Nerve and Laser Center treat a vast array of nerve issues including ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, nerve damage from chemotherapy, nerve damage from diabetes, nerve damage from medications, viral related nerve damage, paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, bell’s palsy, MS, lupus, TMJ, Knee issues, and many more. His system is reversing muscle weakness, numbness, tingling and/or pain from nerve damage associated with these diseases. “30 percent of our patients are from failed spinal surgeries, another 40% are from diabetic and chemo driven nerve damage, and the last is just about everything you can imagine.” Dr. Thai said. “About 90 percent of them have been on medications that they’ve been taking for

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years and years and the problem is only getting worse. I see people whose lives are destroyed because they can’t walk and lose their independence. I see men who are in tears because they have to ask their wives to drive them around. I see mothers who are ashamed of traveling with their kids to the store because it’s such a hassle to pack their walker in and out of the car. I see people who are just depressed and sad that they have been told they have to live this way for the rest of their lives. Having treated more than 1,000 patients and growing, Advanced Nerve and Laser Center recently expanded their operations in order to provide better care for their patients. Loving, caring, listening, innovative, hope, independence, and technology are words that have been used to depict what Dr. Thai and his staff do everyday. Dr. Thai is continuing to make a name for himself when it comes to nerve related problems. Dr. Thai has been on TV stations all across the country talking about nerve damage. In July, he spoke about that very topic at Harvard. Dr. Thai is currently a guest on ABC’s Good Morning Texas. “My patients are living, walking testimonials who are willing to go on TV because now, they have a life again without drugs, without medications, and all done without surgery,” he said. It’s all about quality of life at a time when some people have been told there’s nothing that could be done for them. I LOVE WHAT WE DO! Dr. Thai also has been requested to speak nationally and soon internationally. He’s

written five books in the last two years, the newest coming out later this year on foods that reverse nerve damage. Dr. Thai is a number 1 international bestselling author. He has also won numerous awards in his field. Our staff at Advanced Nerve and Laser Center are dedicated to each one of our patients. They serve patients from all of Texas, other states, and even as far as from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “He spent three months here,” Dr. Thai said. “He came in with his legs swollen, couldn’t walk, had a wheelchair. After three months he’s driving, his legs are normal.” How can I find out if you can help? Seeing their symptoms and problems first hand is by far the best way. If I can see someone’s problem, there is a test I can perform that can accurately determine if their nerve problems can be changed to see if they are good candidate for my process. Dr. Thai, what are you looking for in a patient? I am looking for people who are wanting and willing to change their health. I am looking for people who want to be able to get their lives back. Most of all I am looking for people dedicated to spending the time so they can live life again. The reality is that you can’t keep taking the same medications and expect a different result. It just does not happen. With the processes fully developed, Dr. Thai is submitting it for official patent. Once approved, he plans to teach other medical care specialists how to help even more people. Being at the forefront of a new discovery is both exciting and worthwhile for Dr. Thai. “The stories I hear like today, Tony just finished his treatment plan. Prior to coming to me, his doctors had scheduled his back surgery. He was definitely afraid of it, saw me on TV one day and called,” he said. “Today, he told me he was climbing up and down ladders, installing ceiling fans at 75 years old. That’s unbelievable and now he doesn’t have to have surgery anymore.” If you have nerve damage, what are you waiting for. It’s time for you to start enjoying your life again. Call Dr. Thai today to see if he can help you. For a Limited Time Only, the readers of The Cross Timbers Gazette are going to receive a FREE copy of Dr. Thai’s Neuropathy Book as well as getting a FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION so Dr. Thai can see if you are a good candidate for his process. This offer is valued at $199. Space and time are limited So Call 214-531-6599 TODAY. AGAIN CALL 214-531-6599 So you can start living a life worth living!

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Most people around Flower Mound know Steve Dixon from his involvement on multiple town committees, years on the town council and the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. Some of those citizens also have known him as a long-time independent health insurance agent. What most may not realize is he recently changed products while seeking to maintain the same level of personal service people have come to expect. “People would come to me to find the best health insurance policy for them. Now, I do the same thing but with home mortgages,” said Dixon, who joined Network Funding Mortgage as a residential loan officer in April. “There’s all sorts of products you can have, so let’s figure out the best one for you. “I’ve always been a community-first guy. There have been days, weeks, even a month where I haven’t left the Town of Flower Mound. I am always here for clients and shopping local is very important to me.” In his time with Network Funding, he’s learned all about the traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage. But he’s also found out about many other loan programs to help clients with specific situations. “I like to be independent and not have to fit a square peg into a round hole,” he said. “I want to find the perfect fit and provide each client a loan that is sustainable and affordable.” With all the places selling mortgages today, what made Dixon choose Network Funding Mortgage? “I wanted a company with a very

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strong local presence and reputation,” he said. “I also wanted the company that is competitive with in-house decision making (underwriting) with good communications. I wanted to be able to work for my client’s best interests and communicate directly to meet timelines and expectations. This is what I did for many years in insurance and I wanted to provide the same with mortgages too.” Dixon knows the consumer end of the mortgage process from buying and selling many personal homes and investment properties and wants to change the paradigm to where it’s much simpler. “I always wondered why there seems to be a flurry of activity about a week before closing,” he said. “My goal and this branch’s goal is to not have that flurry but a consistent process and flow, good communication and have clean, on-time closings. “I believe I have a good reputation. I want to maintain that good reputation and I would love to be known as the mortgage guy in Flower Mound.” -Written by Mark Miller


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be found in just about any direction. Go visit one of the many local Historical Markers or drop by a museum. Here are a few options for historic Denton County day trips: Roanoke: If you are a fan of visiting the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum and exploring the Downtown Denton Square, Roanoke is a great day trip for you. Their downtown strip along Oak Street is reminiscent of the heart of Lil’ D because it’s as unique as it is historic. Start your trip at the Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum, located in a restored building from 1886. Once the Silver Spur Saloon, the building served as a dance hall, brothel, and bar. It received both a Texas Historical Recorded Landmark designation and an award for Best Renovation by the Texas Downtown Association and Preservation Texas in 2009. Within the museum, you can find local and regional artifacts and dive in to Roanoke’s rich history. Afterwards, you can explore their downtown and try out one of their incredible restaurants (it is the Unique Dining Capital of Texas, after all).   Aubrey: The Aubrey Area Museum is a fairly new local museum. Opened in 2016, the museum came about by locals making an effort to preserve the town’s history. The Aubrey Historical Society gathered many local artifacts from household appliances to newspaper clippings, much of it donated by local residents. Visiting provides a unique look at the history of a small Denton County farming town. Though the museum is only open on Saturdays, appointments can be made to

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visit at other times of the week. Afterwards, you can walk through downtown and admire some of the unique historic buildings that line the streets. Finish the day with some old-fashioned cooking at the World Famous Mom’s Restaurant.   Pilot Point: The Downtown Square of Pilot Point, though sleepy, is beautifully lined with historic buildings. There are historical markers to see along the town square and along Main Street as well. In the heart of downtown, there is a striking mural along the side of one of the historic buildings - this is where you can find the Clifton & Nadene Irick Museum. Also opened in 2016, this museum is a fairly new addition to the area. It was named in honor of Pilot Point’s chief historian, Clifton Irick, who passed before its opening. The 2,500 sq. foot museum features photographs of the town’s early days and has a historic tractor in the very center.  Afterwards, spend the rest of your day lounging in the water and sun by visiting the nearby lake.   Did You Know? The Oliver Creek Bridge, near the City of Justin, is now open to traffic! It has been a long process getting the bridge rebuilt after the damage incurred by the floods of 2015, which washed away the roadway around the bridge, as well as partial deck and guardrail. This bridge replacement qualified for the disaster relief funds from FEMA. After working with FEMA and our engineering and purchasing departments, we were able to design, bid and award the project and get it to completion. Thank you to all our residents affected by this bridge closure. We appreciate your patience through the process.  

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drug and alcohol abuse. In 7th grade officers discuss the same topics but go more in-depth into how the choices you make can really start to affect your future and can affect your school and adult career. We also discuss what the real life consequences of drug and alcohol abuse and how chemical abuse can destroy their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Officers will interject personal success stories of making good choices and also talk about how making bad choices has impacted them in a negative way. Another program that we are very proud of is the “Stand Up to Bullying” program. HVPD officers are committed to making sure that our city and schools are a safe and respectful place to live and take every opportunity to educate kids on the importance of being kind to each other. Along with year-round awareness and prevention of Bullying, HVPD takes the week before Thanksgiving Break to reinforce the importance of being kind and taking care of each other by visiting each school during lunch. Officers talk to students during their lunch and incorporate fun activities and giveaways to make it more exciting to be a part of the “Stand Up to Bullying” program. As we gear up to go back to school, what would you like to tell the students? As we enter the 2017/18 school year I would like students to think about these four things: 1. Be Kind and Compassionate - Always think about how the words you speak or type can make those around you feel, remember that the way you

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Highland Village School Resource Officer Corporal David Harney (right) in the classroom.

say things can be hurtful even if you did not mean it to be hurtful. Keep in mind that you never know what might be happening in someone’s life and that one kind word or gesture could change the way they feel. 2. Do the Right Thing - This sounds so simple but can be extremely hard when you are faced with difficult choices especially when you are being pressured by peers to make a bad choice. Remember that it will be easier in the long run to lose a friend and do the right thing than to make a bad choice and possibly have that choice affect your future. 3. Be Humble - Use your talents and abilities to help others and make a positive impact on your community instead of using those things to make others feel less than you. 4. Be Accountable - Surround yourself

with people that will encourage you to make good choices and that are not afraid to speak up when you are not acting right. Transitioning from elementary to middle to high school is often a nerve-racking time for our kids. What advice would you share with them? This transition is probably the most difficult during a student’s school career and the way you start your 6th grade year is very important. My advice to incoming 6th graders is to be confident and if you are not confident, appear confident. On the first day of school walk into the school with your head up high, your shoulders back, and make eye contact with others. Don’t sit alone at lunch. I know that it is hard to make friends and put yourself out there but if you don’t have someone

Back to school time is important for the parents too. What can you share with them? Remember that your student will face some tough choices and situations during the year and you are their biggest advocate. Make your home a safe place to discuss things going on in your students’ life and assure them that you are there for them no matter what happens. Make sure that you know the kids they are hanging out with and make sure you know the parents and have a way of contacting them. Your student might not appreciate you being totally involved in their lives right now but in the long run it will benefit everyone if you know where they are and who they are with. The Texas Legislature has passed laws that impact schools. Can you share that information? We do not have all the details yet but in April the Texas Legislature passed HB 179 (David’s Law) that makes “Cyber Bullying” a crime in Texas. We are working hard to get all of the information on this new law so that we can best protect our students from the effects of online bullying. We will be passing on more information when we have gathered what we need. Please remind your students to be good digital citizens when they are on social media. What is a favorite memory or time for you as school resource officer? See HV UPDATE on Page A20


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the moon,” Koger said. “Like a different world.” The runners arrived at Ice Camp Barneo, a private temporary Russian camp on an ice floe near the North Pole. The marathon, unlike any race he’d ever run before, began about 10 p.m., because the sun never sets at the North Pole at that time of year. “It was bitterly cold,” said Koger, who trained for the race by running on trails around Lewisville Lake. The temperature hovered around minus 40-degrees. Runners had to change clothes several times during the run, because they froze solid from perspiration. Koger said he drank and ate much less than he usually does, “you don’t want to stop, because you’ll freeze.” They trudged across barren ice and snow, sometimes falling through the ice into a one- or two-foot hole. The race course was a 2-mile oval, which sounds simple enough, but visibility was low and the ice conditions were constantly changing. “You’d think you found a good, solid path, but by the next lap it was totally different,” Koger said. The poor conditions wreaked havoc on the runners’ times. Kroger finished the race in 8 hours, 42 minutes; much slower than his typical marathon time, but was still near the middle of the pack. First place was Piotr Suchenia from Poland, who finished in 4 hours, 6 minutes. Later on in the day, Koger said the race organizers cut a hole in the ice and let them take an ice plunge, a quick jump into the frosty Arctic Ocean below the polar ice cap. Some claim these cold

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and amazement. He’s going to “give my family a break” from worrying about his extreme hobby, but eventually he hopes to find himself on a new marathon track. “Maybe a desert,” he said.

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water immersions, similar to cryotherapy, have health benefits; and, Koger said that after this experience, he understands. “It’s the first time I’ve never been sore after a marathon,” Koger said. The race map was located about 10 miles away from True North, the magnetic north pole. The next day, organizers took the runners for a tour via helicopter, including a stop at True North. “It was amazing to walk around and look at my watch and see that I had walked around the entire world in 10 seconds,” Koger said. It was an adventure of a lifetime, Koger said, but it wasn’t perfect. All the runners suffered at least some mild frostbite from the race, he wasn’t able to communicate with his family and the sleeping conditions were, well, “terrible.” “The sun never went down and that really does make it feel like it is always daytime,” he said. “And they had tents set up in groups of four, with an oscillating

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There have been so many moments from the past few years but being a part of the lives of so many great teachers and students has been an honor. The friend-

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ships and the relationships that I have built over the years are so meaningful and I love when a former student walks up after being gone for a year or two and are so excited to share with me what is going on in their lives. It is just such an honor to be a part of everyone’s lives.

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What is your goal each day as you serve in our schools? Each day when I get to work I hope that I can make difference in someone’s life. In today’s climate there is a lot of tension in some communities toward the police and I believe our presence in the schools helps to defuse any tension our students might be feeling because of things they have heard on the news or heard from people around them. Here is the Mission Statement from the Texas Association of School Resource Officers and it sums up what my goal is when I walk into the school. “We will work to provide safe learning environments; implement valuable resources and training to school based law enforcement, juvenile justice organizations, and school administrators; facilitate positive relationships between our communities and today’s youth; pro-

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vide resolutions affecting youth in crisis, to support the goal of protecting every child so they can reach their fullest potential.” I would like to thank Officer Dave for his commitment to our students and our schools. He does an amazing job with our kids, serves as a good role model and truly works to encourage and support our kids. Please remember as you go about your normal activities with school beginning that our kids will be walking the trails and sidewalks to get to and from school. Pay attention and watch your speed, not just in the school zone but throughout the City. And now, as we’re on the last few weeks of summer break, enjoy the time with your family and friends. Each day is a gift and an opportunity for a special or memory making moment.

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we have in our homes. However, they still have each other and caring family, friends, neighbors, community and extended communities around Double Oak who have expressed lots of interest in helping them immediately. Here is an informational news link courtesy of The Cross Timbers Gazette, including a GoFundMe page link friends have set up: www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2017/07/23/ fire-destroys-home-in-double-oak/ Double Oak Town Hall is a drop off point for those who wish to donate gift cards (examples: Target, Walmart, CVS, Kroger, restaurants, Visa gift cards). Town Hall is also accepting cash, checks and cards if you wish to donate and everything collected will be given to the Grygar’s. Thank you to all the fire departments who responded: Double Oak Volunteer FD, Flower Mound FD, Argyle FD, Highland Village FD, Lewisville FD, Denton FD and Lake Cities FD. Thank you to the Double Oak Police Department, Denton County Sheriff Dispatch, Flower Mound Dispatch, Highland Village Dispatch, Lewisville Dispatch, Denton County Emergency Services and other LEO’s who acted and responded. Our small town and Denton County is blessed and fortunate for all of our 1st Responders and dispatching departments. Thank You All… Thank you to the family, friends, neighbors and others who have been helping the Grygar’s directly and indirectly. Please prepare yourselves for home emergency situations in case of fire or other events. Ensure your home insurance policies are up to date and you understand coverages. Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and it’s recommended to have a working fire extinguisher available. Make sure you have an escape and family communication plan.

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Video and take pictures of home furnishings and valuables. Keep important documents and valuables in a locked home fireproof safe or in a bank lock-box. Double Oak Women’s Club A wonderful community service organization. If not a member yet, think about joining this terrific group. They have an information table with newsletter in the town hall lobby. www.doubleoakwomensclub.com

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The Lewisville and Denton ISD’s begin the new school year in August. The Double Oak Police Department kindly reminds everyone to use caution while driving and be alert to the presence of students. The speed limit in the Double Oak School Zone is 20 MPH during posted times. There will be zero tolerance for those exceeding

the School Zone speed limit. Your town council, staff and police department are doing everything they can to create awareness of the school zone and promote student safety. The Council wishes all students and families a safe and wonderful school year.

Sign Up for Informational Town Emails Town Secretary, Charlotte Allen, periodically sends out important informational emails. If you wish to be added to her list, send her an email at: town_secretary@double-oak.com New School Year, School Zones & Student Safety Where has the summer gone? It seems like yesterday the Town Council was congratulating our Double Oak students on their successful school year and wishing all residents a safe and fun summer.

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LOCAL EXPERTS Divorce, Remarriage and Their True Cost By Jeffery Price

Whether you’re getting divorced, recovering from one or watching it unfold for a friend or family member, consider these steps for minimizing the financial consequences. Take precautions The single most effective divorce tool is a carefully drafted prenuptial agreement. Although entering a marriage with an exit strategy may seem calculating, many couples can benefit from having one. “A prenup is generally good insurance,” says Arlene Dubin, a matrimonial attorney. She recommends not only spelling out what would happen to key assets like real estate and investment portfolios, but also outlining how to deal with debts incurred before and during the marriage. Know what’s at stake The first financial shock to face is the cost of the divorce itself. You’re already splitting assets; when you add a messy divorce with high legal fees, it becomes a considerable financial and emotional drain. It’s vital to have someone on your side who has a handle on a financial exit strategy that meets your needs. Start with a complete inventory to help you understand what you’re entitled to receive or retain. Assets should include retirement plans, savings and checking accounts, properties and pensions, business interests, and inheritances. In addition, list any financial obligations or debts that you and your spouse may have incurred. You should document each item by gathering tax returns, paycheck stubs, wills, trust instruments, bank and credit card statements, insurance policies, property deeds, and brokerage account documents. Financial housekeeping is essential during a divorce, arming you with the knowledge needed to help make the right financial decisions. Your fair share Splitting the assets of your marriage will fall to the lawyers and the legal process. There are, however, tactical steps you can take to prepare. “I tend to recommend splitting what you have across all assets as opposed to a scenario where you take the house and I take the cash,” Dubin says. If neither of you has an emotional attachment to the family home, selling it could be preferable, says

Bill Hunter, director, IRA Product Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The proceeds can be split, used to pay down debt, or cover the cost of the divorce itself. A sale of other shared, nonliquid assets may also be advisable. Another important asset is health insurance. If you’re covered by your spouse’s plan, under federal law you can continue that coverage for up to three years by enrolling in COBRA, although you’ll be responsible for making the payments. Retirement accounts Splitting IRAs and 401(k)s can prove problematic. If either of you has a retirement account, it’s vital that you sign a court-ordered qualified domestic relations order (QDRO), which spells out exactly what percentage of the account each of you will receive. This document allows you to roll over your agreed-upon share into another IRA without incurring early-withdrawal taxes, as long as you do so within 60 days of receipt of the QDRO. Try to avoid tapping your retirement accounts to pay for the divorce. Instead, consider taking a loan at today’s favorable interest rates. Settlement aside You need to update the beneficiaries in your will, as well as the person to whom you’re granting a power of attorney should anything happen to you. “Review all your estate planning documents to make sure they reflect your current wishes,” says Michael Liersch, director, Behavioral Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Be sure to follow up on any debt you may have incurred during the marriage. Although the responsibility to pay may fall to your ex-spouse, your name may still be tied to the account. This can have repercussions on your credit should he or she default on payment. Social Security can also come into play. If you were married to your spouse for over ten years, you can claim spousal benefits even if your former partner remarries. But if you remarry, you can’t claim the benefits unless your new marriage ends in death or divorce. A new start Once the divorce is finalized, the next chapter begins. Your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor can help you review your financial outlook and create a budget based on your new circumstances. Start with what you spent over the past year and try to forecast your new situation as to what would be a realistic budget. Your goal in the end is to have a new financial strategy — one based on a new life chapter. For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, Jeffery D. Price, of the Southlake, TX office at 817.410.4940 or Jeffery_price@ ml.com.

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Not Perfect. Just With Purpose By Adam & Debra Hammett

Adam is very dedicated at keeping a food diary. He uses it to be sure he eats enough food every day. He is one of the lucky ones who must eat several thousand calo-

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CoServ Solar Station has a bright future as a hands-on classroom

By Whitney Gohlke Academic Initiatives Senior Specialist, CoServ

The CoServ Solar Station is a community solar farm located in Krugerville. It was launched in 2015 to offer CoServ Electric Members a renewable energy option that didn’t involve long-term contracts or the purchase and installation of solar panels on their rooftops. Starting in September, the CoServ Solar Station will offer something other than electricity: lessons about energy in an on-site classroom. This half-day field trip and classroom experience is ideal for fifth-through-eighth-grade students who want a dynamic, hands-on experience, and it includes a tour of the 16-acre site with CoServ Energy Education Experts. A ready-made curriculum will be provided to teachers to incorporate solar lessons and activities at school before and after the visit. Arcing demonstrations and natural gas safety activities can be scheduled, as well as a walk-through of the CoServ Energy Education Trailer. (The trailer

ries every day just to maintain his mass. He makes food choices based on information from his food diary and one day I teased him about being “so perfect all the time.” His response was simple: “Not perfect. Just with purpose.” His statement struck me because it accurately describes what everyone should strive to achieve with our health and fitness goals. Perfection is impossible. There are always celebrations, vacations, and even injuries that stand in the way of a “perfect” diet and fitness plan. But purposeful decisions are entirely achievable, and are the one true way to make progress. Without a purpose, we tend to flounder. Our decisions are inconsistent. Our commitment is lackluster.

is a new mobile classroom that educates visitors about energy efficiency measures. And, to keep with the solar theme, it’s powered by batteries charged by solar panels mounted on the roof!) The Solar Station class, Energy Education Trailer, arcing demonstrations and gas safety activities are just some of the Academic Initiatives that CoServ offers its Members and Customers. Other programs include CoServ Scholarships; the Youth Leadership Tour of Austin and Washington, DC; financial support for Education Foundations that support 18 North Texas school districts; an Adopt-a-School program that supplies elementaries with books, supplies, snacks and teacher appreciations; and a giant CoServ POWERrace® board game that helps elementary and middleschool students learn about energy. As a longtime educator in the Denton school district, I learned long ago that summer was the busiest time for teachers to plan for the upcoming school year. If you need more details about a solar classroom experience and tour for this upcoming school year – or any other Academic Initiative I’ve mentioned here – it’s not too late: Please visit CoServ.com and click on the COMMUNITY tab or email schools@coserv.com. I look forward to hearing from educators and parents who are reading this and letting you know how CoServ can help your students, teachers and schools. Whitney Gohlke is Academic Initiatives Senior Specialist at CoServ. If you have any questions about what CoServ can do for your school, please email schools@coserv.com.


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LOCAL EXPERTS Our motivation wains. Without a purpose, we say, “What the hell,” while at happy hour and find ourselves consuming high-calorie drinks or foods. Without a purpose, we promise to “start on Monday” and then let things slide by the time Thursday rolls around. Having and following a purpose allows you to enjoy the family celebrations and vacations guilt-free. It allows you to not get too worried about missing some workouts due to an injury. Before you get started, define your purpose. Why do you want to eat better? Why do you want to exercise more? What benefits do you anticipate seeing and feeling? Make sure the activities you do and the foods you eat align with that purpose. If you need help

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Joint Ownership and Passage of Title on Death By Robert S. Morris

One of the most common misconceptions married people have about joint ownership of property is that it passes automatically to the survivor on death of the one of the owners. The presumption in Texas is just the

opposite. The question is usually presented to me like this: “it was in both our names, so I own it now, right?” Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. Here is a typical situation. Husband and wife own a house, a car and a bank account in both names. Texas law requires a community property survivorship agreement to be in writing and to use terms specifically referencing the right of survivorship, such as: “with right of survivorship”, “will become property of the survivor”, “will vest in and belong to the surviving spouse” or “shall pass to the surviving spouse.” Most deeds say John Doe and Mary Doe, Husband and Wife and say nothing about survivorship. There is no automatic right of survivorship and it becomes necessary to probate the

creating behaviors that align with your purpose, reach out to a pro who is trained to help! Currently, my purpose is to feed our newborn and regain my strength. Keeping this purpose in mind encourages me to eat enough foods to achieve those goals. Adam & Debra Hammett are certified personal trainers and owners of Serious Results, operating at Transform U Fitness ​in Lewisville. Debra is also a Precision Nutrition Level 2 certified coach. You can reach them at Adam@Serious-Results.com or Debra@SeriousResults.com. Visit them online at www.serious-results. com.

deceased owner’s will or to take other action to clear title to the property. A Texas automobile title has a place at the bottom of the document to sign to create the right of survivorship, but no one ever tells you to sign it and most people don’t. Texas law (Estates Code 112.052(d)) provides that a survivorship agreement may NOT be inferred from the mere fact that an account is a joint account or that an account is designated as JT TEN, Joint Tenancy, or joint, or with other similar language. In that case you will have to refer to the underlying account agreement for some specific language about a right of survivorship. Estate planning is about much more than just writing a will. It involves a review of how property is titled and the legal consequences thereof. A failure to get proper legal advice as to how your property is titled could result in your wishes being defeated and your family being left with a mess to straighten out. Hammerle Finley Law Firm. Give us a call. We can help. Want to receive our monthly email newsletter or book one of our attorneys for a speaking engagement? Email LegalTalkTexas@Hammerle. com and let us know how we can help. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice.

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From Good to Gone – The Life and Purpose of your Car Battery By Albert Gutierrez, Operations Manager, Kwik Kar Flower Mound

We have seen a lot of changes with the evolution of cars throughout the years, yet there are also still elements that remain very much the same, like the importance of the car battery. Next to the alternator, the battery is the most important component that gets your car started and keeps you running by stabilizing the electric current in your engine. The battery also keeps all your other electronic gadgets running, even when the car isn’t. The battery and alternator work together best when the battery can maintain a good charge under normal operating procedures. As the reserve energy from the battery gets drained from running the headlights, playing the radio, using the dome light, supporting the car’s GPS system, and more, the alternator can recharge the battery while the engine is operating. As you drive for longer periods of time at higher RPMs, the more efficient the alternator will be at recharging your battery. One thing that has changed is the type of battery being used. Manufacturers are gradually switching from lead acid batteries to glass-mat batteries which recharge more quickly and have more reserve power. This additional reserve power is critical since the increase in electrical components in newer cars means more items drawing from the battery. The drawback is that they also cost more.

It will be more difficult for your battery to maintain a good charge during extreme temperatures, as well as when lights and gadgets are left on for long periods of time when the car isn’t running. The alternator is not made to charge a dead battery, so if you’re not careful, you could be left with a dead battery and car that won’t start. Know the Signs of a Failing Car Battery • Dashboard lights: When your battery’s power is weak, it could trigger the check engine light, and possibly the low coolant light. It’s better to check it out and know for sure. • Sluggish start: When you crank your engine, if it takes longer to start than normal, it may be the beginning signs of a weakening battery. • Visual checks: Make it a habit to periodically check your battery. If it looks bloated, or the fluid levels (visible through a clear part of the battery’s casing) have dropped below the energy conductor (lead plates) inside the battery, it’s time to get it tested. • Bad smell: If you begin to notice a smell that resembles rotten eggs when you approach your vehicle, the culprit could be a leaking battery. Batteries typically stay in good working order for two to four years in Texas under normal operating conditions. Driving conditions, battery usage when the car is not running, exposure to extreme weather elements (like our Texas heat), and frequent short-distance driving (less than 20 minutes) can shorten the life of your battery. To help our Kwik Kar customers get the most out of their driving experience, we do a battery check every time you come in for your regular maintenance and oil change. We’ll let you know if your battery is doing what it’s supposed to, or if it’s not. Visit our website at www.GoKwikKar.com.

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Northlake Gears for Growth

Third Generation House Mover Doesn’t Stand Still

By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

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Northlake Mayor Pete Dewing sees managing growth as his top priority.

An old map from Denton County showed many pioneers living in Northlake prior to the 1930’s. There are stories of the outlaw Sam Bass and his gang riding through and hiding in Northlake during the turn of the century on the Gibbs property along Denton Creek. Today, the Town of Northlakes’s location, along the I-35W corridor, has positioned the town at the bullseye for

imminent growth and the Gibbs land will soon have many new occupants. Northlake is surrounded on three sides of the regional growth surge: Fort Worth to the south, Denton to the north, and Flower Mound/Argyle to the east. The town has easy access and proximity to major transportation arteries I-35W, Hwy 114, plus both DFW International and Alliance Airports, making the See NORTHLAKE Page B15

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Homes on the Range: Mark Hitchcock at Hitchcock House Movers.

Nearly 75 years ago, E. F. Hitchcock was discharged from the U.S. Army and returned to the Dallas area pondering the question that stalked every other G.I.: “Now what?” An idea materialized like a genie released from an old lamp. In 1944, Hitchcock purchased a nearly-new workhorse truck-a big International-- and started Hitchcock House Movers. Three generations later, the company is thriving from its headquarters off Hilltop

Road in Argyle tucked away behind Lantana. E. F.’s grandson, Mark, took over the executive Man Cave after E.F.’s son, Charles, retired. “Today our niche is broader,” said Mark Hitchcock. “We’re ‘structural’ movers. We also do sales, demolitions and recycling.” Houses are structures, of course, but so are school district portable classrooms, sheds, barns, garages, workshops, train See HITCHCOCK Page B4


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income when you do need it. Every year you delay, your total benefits could increase as much as 8 percent per year until age 70, when you earn the maximum.

People’s view of work and retirement has shifted greatly. While retirement was once synonymous with the end of working, nearly half (47%) of today’s retirees say they either have worked or plan to work during their retirement. 1 But an even greater percentage (72%) of pre-retirees age 50+ say they want to keep working after they retire, and in the near future it will become increasingly unusual for retirees not to work.2 The decision to continue to work can affect your assets and requires careful strategies to manage your income while working in later years. Preparing in advance for a second-act career is essential.

Don’t underestimate insurance costs Health care expenses are people’s top financial concern in retirement however, less than one out of six pre-retirees (15%) has ever attempted to estimate how much money they might need for health care and long-term care in retirement. 4 If you are retiring before you are eligible for Medicare, health insurance costs can be a significant expense, as costs increase with age and health status changes. If you retire from your primary career before 65 to work independently, COBRA coverage may be available through your current employer’s health plan. This may allow you to purchase as much as 18 months’ worth potentially at a lower premium than what you’d pay on the open market. If you plan to work elsewhere, negotiate health care compensation as part of your employment deal. If you plan to consult with the company in which you had worked full-time, discuss whether your current health care benefits can carry over into part-time compensation. Make sure you assess any other insurance needs, such as disability or long-term care and budget for them.

New careers mean new costs New careers may come with new startup costs. Ideally, it’s best to prepare for those costs Glen D. Smith while you’re in your first employment act and outlining your financial needs during your retirement years. One of those costs may be additional training or education. Taking classes or training as soon as possible might give you a better sense of whether you actually want to spend the next few years doing what you had in mind, and whether it’s a viable option in today’s economy. If you plan to start a business, such as opening a store, you may also have capital costs—and since you have fewer working years ahead of you, it may be harder to get a small business loan. However, with the current low interest rates, money is relatively cheaper, so another option is to open a low-interest line of credit while still employed. You should consider both public and private sources of capital, as well. There are a number of public and private organizations that help startups get off the ground, including state and federal agencies and community development organizations. New, innovative forms of raising capital, such as crowdfunding sites that help you find large numbers of small donors, often without giving up any equity stake, can also prove useful—particularly if you’re planning to start a nonprofit enterprise or a venture related to the arts. Another option is to borrow against your eligible securities, if appropriate for you, or if you are at least 59 ½ years old, you may want to consider tapping IRA funds. You should consider all the pros and cons associated with these options, before you make a decision to employ either of them. Keep in mind that your startup budget should not depend entirely on funds you’ve set aside for necessary expenses in retirement.

Live your dream, but with eyes wide open The key is to make sure you go into your second act with your eyes wide open. That means looking at how the various aspects of your proposed plan affect one another. Your financial advisor can help you run through the various life scenarios that may affect your plan and create a strategy that makes sense for your situation. View every decision as part of another decision, and consider sitting down with a financial professional to plan out how they all tie together.

Location, location, location The best place to retire may not be the best place for your new business. If working in retirement is a priority for you, remember that location will have a major impact on expenses and quality of life. Many popular retirement locales are heralded for having no state income tax, but they generally have higher sales and property taxes and may have municipal taxes to consider, as well. If your local taxes are high but you want to stay in the same area, consider moving to the next town or just across the state border. Delay Social Security for better benefits One of the possible advantages to a new job is that it may enable you to delay taking Social Security, which has rewards. More than 80 percent of Americans select to take Social Security as soon as they become eligible at age 62. 3 If your new paycheck allows you to, consider delaying taking Social Security. Postponing Social Security payments can boost your available retirement

For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, Glen D. Smith, of the Flower Mound, TX office at 972.874.1842 or Glen_smith@ml.com. This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare/Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare /Social Security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor. The investments or strategies presented do not take into account the investment objectives or financial needs of particular investors. It is important that you consider this information in the context of your personal risk tolerance and investment goals. Always consult with your independent attorney, tax advisor, investment manager, and insurance agent for final recommendations and before changing or implementing any financial, tax, or estate planning strategy. All guarantees and benefits of an insurance policy are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. They are not backed by Merrill Lynch or its affiliates, nor do Merrill Lynch or its affiliates make any representations or guarantees regarding the claims-paying ability if the issuing insurance company. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a marketing name for the Retirement Services business of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”). Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Brokerage services may be performed by wholly owned brokerage affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer and member SIPC. Long-term care insurance coverage contains benefits, exclusions, limitations, eligibility requirements and specific terms and conditions under which the insurance coverage may be continued in force or discontinued. Not all insurance policies and types of coverage may be available in your state. Merrill Lynch makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer and member SIPC, and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”). Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc. (“MLLA”) is a licensed insurance agency and a wholly owned subsidiary of BofA Corp. Investment products offered through MLPF&S and insurance and annuity products offered through MLLA:

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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts The 85th Special Session is Underway By State Representative Tan Parker

Here in the great state of Texas, it is again clear to me that there will always be one thing that I can count on indefinitely and that is the summer heat. Despite us being in the hottest month of the year, the focus is clearly on the fall and the start of school.   As families begin getting ready for the new school year, I want to remind everyone that the Tax-Free Weekend is August 11th through the 13th. After hearing from many local parents that the tax holiday needed to be moved to a more convenient weekend, I passed legislation to adjust the timing of this annual event to provide more families with the option to capitalize on this great tax savings advantage. As the father of two daughters, I can assure you that although the supply list seems to grow each year, so does my appreciation for being able to keep more money to use for the things my children need in the classroom. While people are shifting their focus to the new school year, your Texas Legislature returned to the state’s Capitol on July 18th for the start of a 30-day special session after completing the 85th Legislative Session. At the beginning of June, Governor Greg Abbott exercised his ability to call lawmakers

Weir: History and Folklore of North Texas By Bob Weir

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Ken Hodge and Bob Weir.

On Tuesday evening, at the Flower Mound Senior Center on West Windsor Drive, the Seniors in Motion organization hosted their Distinguished Speaker Series. It was my honor and privilege, along with longtime resident and custom homebuilder Ken Hodge, to be invited to speak to about 80 people who attended the meeting to hear about some local history. When Ken bought the land around Grapevine Lake, now known as Point Noble, he discovered several stone cabins that had been built during the 1930s. Some of the cabins were destroyed during the land clearing in preparation for homesites. But, when it was learned that there was a history behind the small, well-fortified enclosures Ken decided to preserve two of them. While dining at his elegant estate sometime later, Ken began telling me about a Dallas gambler/gangster that was part of the Benny Binion mob during the 1930s and 40s. His name was Herb Noble and he also owned a large ranch in the area now known as Flower Mound. The cabins were built on Noble’s property as a place to gamble outside of Dallas and to protect high rollers from being robbed during all night poker games. Ken also provided me with a lot of research material he had gathered and asked if I was interested in writing a book about it. Less than a year later, in 1999, “City to Die For” was published. The book chronicles the years from 1946 to 1951, during an era of bloody violence that became national news. Subtitled, “One man’s struggle against the Mafia takeover of Dallas,” the, based on fact,

back to address specific priorities for the future of Texas. Special sessions are different from regular legislative sessions in that a legislator can file a bill on the topic(s) of their choice, but unless granted by the Governor, the House or Senate cannot pass any legislation that is not on the call. Your Texas Legislature was first tasked with passing legislation that will maintain the functions of several medical-related state agencies that were evaluated during the Sunset process, a system used to ensure agencies are properly operating and effective. These bills keep several of our state agencies operating, including the Texas Medical Board, State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the State Board of Social Work Examiners. After the Senate passed this important measure for the medical community, the Governor issued a second call to address items ranging from property tax relief to public school funding to furthering protections for the sanctity of life on July 20th. In addition to the items previously announced in June, Governor Abbott added another item, improving healthcare funding for TRS-Care (Teacher Retirement System) for our retired public school teachers. Earlier this year, the TRS requested that the Legislature appropriate their agency more than $1 billion of extra assistance for the upcoming biennium to avoid a funding shortfall that would ultimately cause them to close their doors. Although the Texas House unanimously voted and passed a bill to fund TRS, this legislation failed to pass before the

regular session ended. Since I have been in office, retired educators have sat down with me on numerous occasions to provide incredible wisdom about teaching our children. Undoubtedly, the wellbeing of those who have spent their lives ensuring that future generations get an education is a responsibility that we must not forget. I am pleased that Governor Abbott has added this issue to his list of priorities, and I look forward to working on finding a solution for some of Texas’ most invaluable individuals. While lawmakers continue the work in the special session this summer for the future of our great state, I want to share that with Governor Abbott’s support, I have filed House Bill 208 to limit the growth of spending by our state government. Currently, under the Texas Constitution and our state statutes, the Legislature calculates a spending cap based on personal income growth statistics. However, these statistics pose a significant problem due to the fact that individual personal income tends to grow faster than the overall economy. To curb spending and reduce our reliance on inaccurate measures, House Bill 208 puts a limit in place that is based on a more accurate formula of both population and inflation rates. As lawmakers, we must be certain that our state government always operates at the lowest cost possible on behalf of taxpayers who are carrying the load everyday. I am certainly proud to take leadership on this fiscally responsible legislation that will limit the size of government for generations of Texans to come.  As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives, and I welcome your feedback on this and any other

book provides the reader with the saga of a man who took on the so-called Emperor of Crime in the DFW area. Binion had made a deal with the eastern crime syndicate known as the Mafia. He would share his profits from gambling, prostitution and an assortment of other criminal activities with the ever-expanding crime cartel in exchange for ownership of one of the syndicate’s Las Vegas hotels. When Herb Noble found out about the deal he spoke against it and his opposition was conveyed to the boss. Binion decided to make an example of his recalcitrant underling. He gave the “contract” to his top enforcer; a brutal killer named Hollis DeLois Green. Known as Lois Green, his savagery belied his effeminate nickname. Green’s first attempt occurred in July 1946. Noble was leaving his gambling club on Live Oak Street in Dallas about 3 a.m. Green and another hoodlum followed his car as he headed for his Flower Mound ranch. That was before the town had a name (it was not incorporated and named until 1961 when Bob Rheudasil became its first mayor). In published reports of the era, it was known as the area north of Grapevine. They followed their quarry until he made a turn onto Northwest Highway, pulling alongside the car and spraying it with bullets. Noble was able to swerve off the road and exit the car, running quickly into the darkened shrubbery nearby. A bullet entered his lower back, but he got away. The next day, as Noble was recuperating at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, he phoned a man named Charles “Sonny” LeFors, Known as “the groceryman” because he ran a small grocery in west Dallas as a front for a stolen goods operation. In addition, LeFors was a contract killer for anyone who would pay his price. Two nights later, LeFors picked off one of Lois Green’s men with a shotgun and the war in the big D had begun. For the next five years, Dallas, and several towns and cities nearby, became a battleground with car chases and bullets flying as Binion’s men, later helped by Mafia hit men, tried again and again to end the life of the guy who stood in the way of the syndicate’s infiltration of Texas. Noble was wounded and survived so many times, he was labeled by the Dallas Morning News as “Cat Noble.” In one attempt on Noble’s life, his wife was killed in a car bomb explosion meant for him. An outraged public caught the attention

of Senator Estes Kefauver, who had recently started a commission to study organized crime in America. By that time it had become a blood feud between Binion and Noble. It wouldn’t end until August 7, 1951 when Noble reached into the mailbox at the perimeter of his ranch in Flower Mound. The massive blast sent body parts all over the dusty landscape, vaporizing the last life of “The Cat.”

state issues especially as we continue the people’s work during the special session. Please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 512.463.0688, email at tan.parker@house. texas.gov, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter, @tparker63. Today, that ranch has been turned into an upscale community around Grapevine Lake, but those cabins, thanks to Ken and Pat Hodge, will always be part of the history and folklore of North Texas. Bob Weir is a former NYPD officer, long-time Flower Mound resident and former local newspaper editor.


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depots, cabooses, grocery stores and decorative buildings on the Six Flags campus. “If you want to change the use of a property occupied by structures, we can rearrange things for you,” he said.

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Moving a building starts with a professional assessment of the project feasibility. The first item in business is structural soundness. Unsound buildings are candidates for the wrecking-ball. Hitchcock employees do not use explosives, but the idea of big booms would delight everyone’s

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inner boy. “We dismantle a lot of prefabs and mobile homes,” said Hitchcock. To that end the company has three sales and storage sites in Argyle, Collinsville and Valley View, plus a number of recycling partners. “We try to keep usable materials out of the landfills,” Hitchcock said. “After the structural evaluation, we spend time determining a moving route.” There are all kinds of practical questions that have to be answered, before the project can begin. How wide are the roads? Will the surfaces bear the load? Where are the power lines? A year ago, Hitchcock moved a house worth close to a-half-million-dollars from Fort Worth to the Denton area. “You can’t move something that size on just any road,” Hitchcock pointed out. He added that the operative word in a structure move is “s-l-o-w.” Cities, counties and utility companies are all very cooperative he said. Hitchcocks’ has been known to cut a sturdy, large house down into moveable pieces then reassemble them at the new location. “After the move, nobody should be able to look at the building, make a face then comment through pursed lips: ‘Oh, I see you moved this house from somewhere else,’” he said with humor. What about bricked houses? “No problem,” he said quickly. “Brick is an architectural facing that can be removed, then redone. Usually owners opt for a facelift with new bricks, but if they love their old bricks-- say they’re valuable antiques-those can be moved and rebuilt.” Here’s a mind-boggler to roll around in your head. If you just love your house-- can’t live without it-- but, oh man, that foundation is beyond hope. A Hitchcock crane can dangle the disconnected frame in the air, while the team’s subcontractor removes the old foundation and installs a new one.

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“That’s not practical in neighborhoods where the homes are only 10-feet apart,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve got to have some space in which to maneuver for that kind of a repair job.” But it shows a lot of things are possible for a determined customer. How does Hitchcock estimate the price of a proposed move? “There is no square-foot or mileage rule-of-thumb in this business,” he said. “Every job is totally unique; and, so is the cost. There are lots of reasons people want to move a building, but sometimes new construction is more cost effective.” You don’t know until you ask. What are the prospects for a fourthgeneration of the Hitchcock family owning the business? Hitchcock has four daughters, ranging in age from 7 to 21. To date, none have shown the least interest in trucks, cranes, winches, industrial-sized dollies, steel beams and heavy equipment. “My wonderful wife, Lea, gave me a son three-months ago, so we’ll see what happens!” The baby is Charlie, named for Mark’s dad. When he’s not working, Hitchcock likes travel, deep sea fishing and hitting the open road in the saddle of his Harley. “I’ve been all over Texas and Mexico; down to the Florida Keys and to Jamaica and Belize,” he said. Back in the “old” days, he and four high school buddies made an annual fishing trip to Alaska, stalking halibut and salmon. “We saw whales up there, but the biggest fish story I have is about the 140-pound halibut that took me an hour to land,” he said. “We split the meat and I bet it took a year to eat it, the whole thing.” Hitchcock still has his grandpa’s original house-moving truck. “I’ve put in a new engine and transmission,” said Hitchcock. “The project See HITCHCOCK Page B23


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The Union

The Union Is Ready to Host Your Event Halterman opened The Union in March. Now, she wants to invite the community in to check out her space. The open house will be Aug. 20 from 2-5 p.m. and will have complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and Photo by Helen’s Photography about a dozen local Sarah Halterman invites the public to check out The Union event center vendors. The Union is a in Highland Village this month. versatile 3,300square-foot event A new Highland Village business venue designed with a neutral, warm owner wants to embrace the local community and invite everyone to an color palette, textured walls, beautiful open house at her new event venue, stone accents and floor-to-ceiling drapery. The Union. Halterman said The Union is not just Sarah Halterman, the venue’s owner and manager, has spent nearly a decade for weddings, but it’s also the ideal in the event industry, but last year she size for rehearsal dinners, engagement sold her McKinney bakery with hopes parties, corporate events, birthday parties and other social gatherings. to run a new event venue. The Union was named not just for the She saw the wedding venue 9 Social union of marriage, but also the unity in Highland Village was for lease, and found it to be the perfect size for the found in corporate events, milestone area. It seats up to 120 people, but anniversaries and birthday parties. The venue is equipped with WiFi, its “sweet spot is about 80 or 90,” a spacious private lounge and nicely Halterman said. So after making some cosmetic appointed restrooms. It has multiple changes and updates to the elegant floorplan configurations, an open venue at 2300 Highland Village Road, vendor policy, an on-site venue

manager and a caterer’s kitchen with a refrigerator and icemaker. Guests are accommodated with ample parking space and convenient handicapped accessible entrances. There’s an elegant outdoor space with a picturesque

fountain. Visit www.theunionevents.com for more information, or call Sarah Halterman at 214-960-7215 or email her at info@theunionevents.com. –Written by Mark Smith

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Vista Ranch Home with Pool and Quarters in Ponder

Tim Schoendorf of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has listed this Vista Ranch home in Ponder for $849,900. This one-of-a-kind country oasis is located at welcome. The family room is complete with 7240 T N Skiles Road in Ponder. The two-story fireplace and hardwood floors. The entire interior ranch home includes 5 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths in of the home has been freshly painted. The large kitchen, which opens to the family 5,548 square feet of living space and is presented for $849,900 by Tim Schoendorf, an independent room, has a breakfast bar, built-in stainless steel sales associate at the Flower Mound office of appliances and dual dishwashers. The hardwood floors, wine nook and large window with pasture Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Live close to conveniences but away from it all view over the sink makes the kitchen the perfect on over 17 acres,” said Schoendorf. “This home area for preparing family meals or entertaining has every amenity, including a saltwater pool, spa, guests. Adjacent to the kitchen, the formal dining room a gym and a full guesthouse.” With quick access to the I-35 split and not far has tile floor, recessed and decorative lighting, and from the Denton Airport and other major businesses cabinetry to display wares or serve as a butler’s and shopping developments, the location is bar for entertaining. A large home office with sitting area, half-bath, perfect for serene, country living. The estate is newly remodeled with an urban farmhouse motif. and a laundry facility complete the first floor living Situated on a corner lot, horses are permitted on space. Upstairs, the master bedroom has vaulted the property that includes a creek, pasture, trees ceilings, a cozy fireplace, and great views of the and a large backyard with landscaping. As you approach the home, you will notice the property. Retreat to the master bath with granite fresh remodel that includes exterior paint, roof counters, stylish above-counter bowl sinks, window replacement, complete redo of front porch and treatments, separate shower, and separate water second-level walk out deck for enjoying beautiful closet. Along with upstairs guest bedrooms, the views of the property or a peaceful sunset. Inside the home, the expansive living area with upstairs living space is a spectacular area for soaring ceilings and windows offers an inviting enjoying movies at home. There is also a loft, an

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under-loft storage or desk area, and an additional home office/school work area with bookcases and counters. This home is an ideal set up for entertaining inside and spilling outside to the Pergola, outdoor kitchen and bar, and the expansive and heated saltwater pool with water feature, attached spa, and even a pool house with full bath, full kitchen, a bedroom, and a gym.

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Automatic gate, fencing and 3-car garage makes this property complete with all the necessities of home. Located in the Ponder ISD, this residence is move-in ready. For questions, more information or to schedule a personal showing of 7240 T N Skiles Road, call Tim Schoendorf at 972.691.7580 x4555 or email Tim.Schoendorf@CBDFW.com.


August 2017

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson

During the months of June and July, Double Oak has experienced multiple, unwelcome, intrusions of vehicles and storage sheds. Various items including a laptop computer, cellphone, lawn care equipment, a radio and a firearm have been stolen. As always circumstances vary but some themes run throughout the offenses. Please, please, please don’t leave vehicles, sheds and residences unlocked and accessible to unknown persons. Please don’t leave laptops, purses, wallets, firearms and keys inside of vehicles. We strongly suspect that the involved suspect(s) are operating under the cover of night (it probably explains why they sometimes enter vehicles and nothing is taken...they couldn’t clearly see into vehicles until the door was open and a dome light activated). It is a common car burglar tactic to go “car-hopping” and try the door handles on ev-

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ery car in a neighborhood to determine which vehicle is unlocked. A tactic I’ve seen in the past is to drop young men off in a neighborhood, at night, and wait for a text message to have them picked up after they’ve stolen something. If you observe an unknown person(s) in your neighborhood late at night walking up driveways, or looking in car windows, or carrying lawn care equipment that is all suspicious activity. Please contact dispatch via 9-1-1 (preferable if the person or vehicle is still in your neighborhood) or (972) 434-5500 so the on-duty officer can investigate. A description of the person(s) to include clothing and their location is extremely helpful as well as a description of any vehicles you see in the area associated with the suspicious person. Please don’t worry about bothering the on-duty patrol officer, we’re here for this very reason, to reduce criminal activity in Double Oak. It is of note that these offenses probably took place during the early morning and under the cover of darkness. Both vehicles were parked in their respective driveways and required that the suspect(s) approach the vehicles on foot.

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This offense is currently under investigation. If you have any information that may be of assistance please contact Investigator C. Murphy at 972-355-5995. Please report all suspicious activity to your local Police Department by calling 911. Recent Police Calls 06-22-17 – Suspicious Activity – 200 blk. McMakin Rd., Double Oak – Investigator Murphy received a call from a homeowner reporting that an unknown male called her landline and identified himself as a City of Lewisville employee. He said that he needed to inspect the exterior of her property for an unknown reason. Complainant told him no. Investigator Murphy went to McMakin Rd. and checked the property. The complainant was the only person on property. The homeowner was instructed to call for the police if anyone showed up as a result of the call. 06-28-17 – Assault – 5900 blk. Pepperport Ln., Double Oak – Adult female, who doesn’t reside at the address, alleged that she was assaulted by her sister. 06-29-17 – Arrest – 100 blk. McMakin Rd., Double Oak – Double Oak Investigator notified that an arrest warrant for Ryan Arruda, 20, was executed by the Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Arruda is alleged to have evaded detention by law enforcement in a vehicle that had three passengers (Bartonville PD attempted to conduct a traffic stop). Mr. Arruda, while driving at a high rate of speed, lost control of a 2007 Hyundai Tiburon in the 100 blk. of McMakin, Double Oak and wrecked in a field. Mr. Arruda is alleged to have then fled on foot leaving his identification behind in the car. 06-30-17 – Meet Complainant – 200 blk. Double Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A homeowner reported that they had forwarded a substantial amount of money to a contractor that has only performed a fraction of the work and left her home damaged. 06-30-17 – Credit Card Abuse – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A resident reported that their credit card had been used to make fraudulent purchases at a wide variety of locations in the Houston area. 07-02-17 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 8300 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – A Double Oak Officer was working traffic enforcement at approximately 2:11 a.m. when See DO POLICE BEAT Page B12


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Flower Mound Police Calls

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On June 17 at 9:14 a.m., a man reported that $1,700 worth of property was stolen from the 2500 block of Timber Ridge Lane.

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worth of Bud light, $190 worth of Tide detergent products and $31 worth of diapers.

On June 25 at 3:04 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault family violence in the 6800 block of Red Bud Drive.

On July 4 at 6:48 p.m., the theft of a $500 cell phone was reported in the 4100 block of Broadway Avenue. The suspect was arrested and the stolen property recovered.

On June 26 at 11:46 p.m., a resident in the 4600 block of Hackberry Street reported $800 worth of damage had been done to the front door. On June 28 at 9:42 a.m., a man reported in the 1700 block of Brook Lane the theft of more than $1,000 cash.

On June 17 at 1:51 p.m., a man reported someone stole $1,100 of property from the 200 block of Northwood Drive. On June 19 at 1:47 p.m., a woman reported that someone stole her $900 iPad and $500 worth of other property from her home in the 1900 block of Robin Lane.

On June 28 at 5:38 p.m., vandalism was reported in the 6200 block of Stone Hill Farms Parkway, damaging a fire extinguisher, door and window and causing $1,500 in damage.

On June 22 at 12:45 a.m., a woman reported that someone stole her $1,000 iPhone from her vehicle in the 4000 block of South Broadway Avenue.

On June 29 at 8:54 a.m., a business reported a theft of property valued $600 in the 6500 block of Elderberry Way.

On June 22 at 11:23 a.m., a woman reported that three iPhones and $237 in cash had been stolen from her home in the 2700 block of Mont Clair Drive.

On June 29 at 9:26 a.m., a 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals and evading arrest in the 1200 block of Chinkapin Place.

On June 22 at 2:19 p.m., the Tom Thumb store at 2301 Justin Road reported the theft of nearly $400 worth of beer.

On June 29 at 12:35 p.m., the Target store at 5959 Long Prairie Road reported that someone stole clothing valued about $60. The suspect was identified and the property was recovered.

On June 24 at 12:03 p.m., a man reported that his $300 bike had been stolen from the 4100 block of Morriss Road. On June 24 at 5:02 p.m., a woman reported that her $400 purse had been stolen from her vehicle in the 900 block of White Chalk Road. On June 24 at 9:13 p.m., a juvenile reported a

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$600 bicycle was stolen from the 2300 block of Covington Drive. The bike was recovered.

On June 28 at 4:19 p.m., the burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 1100 block of Flower Mound Road. Stolen items include a gun, electronics and other property, a total loss of nearly $2,100.

On June 23 at 1:26 p.m. a contracting business reported that $4,000 worth of property had been stolen from the 4700 block of Amble Way.

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On June 30 at 7:46 a.m., the Sprint store at 2704 Cross Timbers Road reported a burglary of the building, resulting in a loss of property valued about $1,900. On July 3 at 11:37 a.m., a resident in the 1700 block of Timber Creek Road reported the theft of his $1,000 bicycle. On July 4 at 11:15 a.m., the Target at 5959 Long Prairie Road reported that someone stole $125

On July 4 at 9:01 p.m., a woman reported her vehicle was burglarized and her iPhone had been taken from the 2800 block of Flower Mound Road. On July 5 at 3:53 p.m., a man reported that someone stole his car in the 600 block of Enterprise Drive. On July 5 at 10:42 p.m., a man in the 3000 block of Oxford Court reported that someone burglarized his vehicle, taking items valued more than $700. On July 6 at 12:47 p.m., the First Korean Baptist Church at 200 Flower Mound Road reported its property was vandalized, causing about $1,300 in damage. On July 7 at 3:30 a.m., a 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a pickup in the 2000 block of Morriss Road. On July 7 at 2:45 p.m., a 19-year-old was arrested in the 1400 block of Cross Timbers Road on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. On July 7 at 11:03 p.m., a 35-year-old man was arrested in the 10900 block of Autumn Leaf Court on suspicion of assault/family violence. On July 7 at 12:40 p.m., a theft of property valued $4,500 was reported in the 3900 block of White Oak Court. On July 10 at 6:08 p.m., a man reported $250 worth of beer was stolen in the 2100 block of Flamingo Drive. On July 13 at 9:02 a.m., a theft of equipment valued $354 was reported stolen in the 2400 block of Central Park Ave.

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On July 13 at 2 p.m., a woman reported the theft of several items, including an iPhone, valued more than $1,000 in the 5200 block of Long Prairie Road. On July 13 at 3:09 p.m., a man reported the theft of a computer in the 2500 block of Edgemere Road. On July 13 at 6:53 p.m., a man reported that someone broke into his home in the 2100 block of Flamingo Drive and stole $40 worth of Bud Light beer. On July 14 at 2:29 p.m., a theft of property valued at $2,000 was reported in the 4700 block of Amble Way. There was also $200 worth of damage done. On July 17, a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 1700 block of Bershire Court. On July 20 at 10:26 p.m., a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance in the 1800 block of Cross Timbers Road. On July 22 at 8:45 p.m., a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance in the 2900 block of Long Prairie Road. On July 24 at 9:48 a.m., a 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance between the 17700 and 22200 blocks of Timber Creek Road. On July 24 at 4:45 p.m., Kroger at 2709 Cross Timbers Road reported a theft of Nicorette merchandise valued at more than $750. On July 26 at 1:32 p.m., a homeowner in the 6000 block of Rock Ridge Drive reported that his home was vandalized, causing $800 of damage. On July 26 at 4:06 p.m., a theft of property valued $1,100 was reported in the 4900 block of Gleneagle Drive.


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On June 21 at 8:22 p.m., some new residents from Atlanta called Argyle police and wanted information on Texas laws.

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

On June 22 at 1:08 p.m., a man who had just received a gun for his birthday wanted to try it out so he fired shots in the rear of his 13-acre property. He received a warning. On June 22 at 9:06 p.m., a horse and a donkey crossed the 400 block of East FM 407. Their

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owner was advised of their whereabouts. On June 24 at 10:45 p.m., someone who works for the Country Lakes HOA was cleaning out the cabana area at the neighborhood pool and starting “hearing sexual sounds.” Three females and one male were on the playground and when they saw the HOA official, they took off running. On June 27 at 5:28 a.m., three unlocked vehicles were found to have been burglarized on Meandering Creek Drive. It was unknown what was taken. On July 3 at 3:23 a.m., an officer saw three mailboxes on East Hickory Hill Road had been damaged, apparently by someone playing “mailbox baseball.” On July 4 at 10:10 a.m., an officer spoke to bicyclists after witnessing the cyclists passing a vehicle, which was stopped at a stop sign in the 100 block of Denton Street, on the left to try to catch up to their group. They were nearly hit by the vehicle, which was turning left as they began passing. On July 5 at 6:17 p.m., a resident reported someone was in their home on Bent Creek Cove who shouldn’t be. It was found to be an Amazon delivery person who opened the front door and set a package inside. On July 12 at 9:23 a.m., a man reported that he was housesitting for a friend and he left the home for about five-and-a-half hours. When he returned, the cash that the homeowner had left on the kitchen counter for him and the house cleaners was gone and the back door was open. Nothing in the house appeared to be messed with, and the man’s laptop, which was near the cash, was not taken. On July 14 at 11:39 a.m., a tow truck was towing a vehicle on Interstate 35W southbound and the vehicle caught on fire. The driver noticed as the vehicle was passing into Argyle and pulled over. The Denton Fire Department put out the fire. On July 18 at 6:02 p.m., an employee at Subway reported that a woman who came inside the restaurant “sounds nuts” and asked the employee if she could live with her. Upon questioning, the woman told the officer she is trying to find her son in Frisco, but Frisco police won’t help her. She left in her vehicle.

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On July 18 at 6:29 p.m., a man reported that an unknown man keeps calling him saying he is “Mr. Johnson from the Moneygram department.” The officer told him to block the number. On July 19 at 10:27 a.m., an officer was driving on Westover Drive and “observed a child on a Power Wheels 4-wheeler. I stopped and gave him two stickers. Then I spoke with his grandmother for a few minutes.” On July 19 at 4:19 p.m., a man reported that in a road rage incident, a man pulled a gun on him around noon at the intersection of Hwy 377 and FM 407. On July 21 at 5:46 p.m., a woman reported that as she was leaving Argyle Town Hall, she noticed her front license plate was missing. On July 23 at 2:04 p.m., a man and woman in a vehicle were in an argument, and the man got out and began walking from the intersection of Hwy 377 and FM 407. The woman driving the vehicle stopped in the middle of Hwy 377 to try to talk to him, but he kept trying to walk away until an officer made contact with them. On July 25 at 8:18 a.m., a motorist stopped at the Argyle Police station to ask for directions to the nearest fast food restaurant. Police were called to a reported shooting in a house at 700 Cypress Street on July 21 at 4:20 a.m. Responding officers found Ryan Anthony Matthews, 31, performing CPR on a male victim in his 50’s on the kitchen floor and a handgun on the table. An officer took Matthews out to his patrol car, where Matthews said he and the victim were in an altercation that became physical. The victim put Matthews in a headlock, Matthews told the officer, and “Matthews was able to break the hold when he retrieved his pistol and fired at (the victim), striking him in the neck. He then called 911 and began CPR,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Matthews was charged with first degree murder. It is believed to be the first homicide investigation by the Argyle Police Department, which was established in 1981.

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Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers

That means we need to make sure our children do the same. Getting back to a normal routine will be challenging but By Lt. Orlando “Hino” Hinojosa rewarding. We all can remember Denton County Sheriff’s Office the days our parents woke us up As the summer early to go to school. comes to a close, we need to be Some of the most important tips sure that we get are all common sense: • Stay off your cell phone in back into our school zones “school” mode.

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• Do not speed in school crossing guards zones • Do not pass a school bus Let’s make sure we have a safe when it’s stopped and loading/ school year! unloading children • Pay attention to the school

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he stopped a vehicle for allegedly traveling at 106 M.P.H. in a 45 M.P.H. traffic zone. During the investigation of the offense it was determined that the driver was an unlicensed juvenile with three juvenile passen-

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gers. Parents for all involved parties were contacted and citations for possession of drug paraphernalia were issued.

sion. There was also substantial physical damage to the residence. The investigation into the theft and damage is ongoing.

hicle and became stuck in a neighbor’s culvert after damaging the lawn/mailbox. The owner of the car has been contacted.

07-06-17 – Theft – 200 blk. Valley View, Double Oak – A homeowner reported that a handgun and bottles of alcohol were removed from his residence without permis-

07-07-17 – Criminal Mischief – 100 blk. W. Carruth, Double Oak – During the previous night, or early in the morning, an unknown person broke the back passenger window of the complainant’s pickup truck. Complainant was unable to find anything missing.

07-17-17 – Evading Arrest – 200 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – A Double Oak Officer was working traffic enforcement at approximately 9:43 p.m. when he observed arrestee William Graham speeding. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the suspect refused to pull over. The motorist drove through Double Oak and onto FM407 obeying most traffic laws (well he was supposed to pull over for the marked police vehicle), and then traveled to the intersection of Chinn Chapel and FM 407. The motorist then decided to attempt to flee southbound on Chinn Chapel in Flower Mound. Due to driver inattention the motorist drove directly into the traffic roundabout at the intersection of Chinn Chapel and Dixon. After the accident, and a brief visit at the hospital, Mr. Graham was taken into custody for an active Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon warrant out of Tarrant County and Evading Arrest in a Vehicle.

07-07-17 – Burglary of a Vehicle – 100 blk. W. Carruth, Double Oak – A resident reported that their father’s pickup truck had been broken into but it was unknown if anything was missing. 07-07-17 – Burglary of a Vehicle – 300 blk. E. Carruth, Double Oak – A resident reported that their pickup truck had been entered, by an unknown person, and a laptop computer taken without permission. 07-13-17 – Duty Upon Striking a Fixed Object – 100 blk. Foxtrot Ln., Double Oak – A known person lost control of their ve-

COMMITMENT OF SERVICE By Virginia A. Moore We don’t often take time to show gratitude to even our close friends and family for all they do to make our lives run smoothly. This is a shame as the time and energy rendered by all of us is what makes life fun and workable for those around us. Some people go above and beyond serving their family and close friends, however, volunteering their time to serve in the community even when working outside the home in small businesses and careers. Carolene Folse is one of those people. She and husband, Lance, with his brother, Lee and his wife, Crystal, co-own and operate North Texas Lush Lawn Sprinklers, Inc, a 36-year local Denton County institution. In addition, Carolene has served the community over the years working for the County and serving as Court Clerk for several years in the Town of Copper

Canyon. She has worked tirelessly for community organizations and events such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Ten years ago this month, I was fortunate enough to have Carolene join me in my new endeavor in Denton County. After practicing law in Houston for a major oil company and in downtown Dallas for a large law firm, I had opened my own law office in Dallas in the mid-1980’s. In the early spring of 2007, I reestablished the firm in Flower Mound. Carolene and I had worked together in the Town of Copper Canyon when I first arrived in the County in 2006. I knew her to be conscientious and reliable and was thrilled to find that she had an interest in joining me in the law firm. Her contributions to the firm as Business Manager and Legal Assistant and to so many of our friends and clients in the community as the reliable voice to call when legal needs arise is something to celebrate for me. Thank you Max and Susan Miller for allowing me to recognize her publicly in lieu of a coffee mug or magnet. Her commitment to service has been an inspiration to many and she is to be congratulated for it all. I’m thankful for the part I get to celebrate for the ten years she’s spent with me. Thanks Carolene!!!

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Highland Village Police Blotter The following incidents were provided by the Highland Village Police Department:

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7/14 - Assault against Elderly/Disabled Individual - 100 block of Barnett Boulevard 7/14 - Fraud - 3200 block of Justin Road 7/14 - Property Damage - 1400 block of Shoal Creek 7/14 - Theft - 1700 block of Cottonwood Creek 7/14 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road

7/1 - Evading Arrest - 700 block of Highland Village Road

7/14 - Theft of Firearm - 600 block of Hidden Oak Court

7/1 - False Identification - 700 block of Highland Village Road

7/15 - Assault with a Deadly Weapon - 600 block of Highland Meadows Road

7/1 - Theft - 1700 block of Cottonwood Creek

7/15 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek

7/3 - Assault - 900 block of Heatherglen Court 7/4 - Public Intoxication - Harlington Drive / Lansbury Drive

7/15 - Possession of Marijuana - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek

7/5 - Assault - Harlington Drive / Lansbury Drive

7/15 - Theft - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek

7/5 - Driving while Intoxicated - 3000 block of Justin Road

7/16 - Harassment - 900 block of Highland Village Road

7/6 - Criminal Mischief - 2600 block of Braemar Lane

7/16 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

7/6 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

7/17 - Fugitive / Failure to Identify - 900 block of Briarwick Lane

7/7 - Possession of Marijuana - 1000 block of Highland Village Road 7/7 - Property Damage - Highland Village Road / Clearwater Dr. S 7/7 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road 7/8 - Assault - 100 block of Main Street 7/8 - Assault - 100 block of Main Street 7/9 - Burglary of a Building - 600 block of Arbor Court 7/9 - Burglary of a Vehicle - 600 block of Arbor Court 7/10 - Assault - 3000 block of Spring Lake Court 7/10 - Burglary of a Building - 700 block of Highland Village Road 7/10 - Theft - 200 block of Village Tree Drive 7/11 - Driving while Intoxicated - 8000 block of Village Parkway

7/18 - Theft - 100 block of Main Street 7/21 - Evading Arrest - 6000 block of Village Parkway 7/21 - Forgery - 300 block of Hickory Ridge Drive 7/21 - Theft - 6000 block of Village Parkway 7/23 - Driving while Intoxicated - 1000 block of Highland Shores Boulevard 7/24 - Possession of Marijuana - 3000 block of Village Parkway 7/24 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road 7/25 - Fraud - 900 block of Silverthorne Trail 7/26 - Theft - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek 7/27 - Burglary of a Vehicle - 2200 block of Highland Village Road 7/27 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

7/11 - Possession of Marijuana - 1700 block of Justin Road

7/28 - Assault - 900 block of Idlewild Court

7/12 - Driving while Intoxicated - 1900 block of Justin Road

7/28 - Burglary of a Vehicle - 300 block of Highland Village Road

7/12 - Possession of Controlled Substance - 100 block of Marketplace Lane

7/28 - Fraud - 3100 block of Justin Road

7/12 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road

7/28 - Theft - 100 block of Barnett Boulevard

7/13 - Threat / Harassment Complaint - 3200 block of Justin Road

7/28 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road 7/29 - Assault - 100 block of Main Street

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location a prime target for residential and commercial development. The Dallas–Fort Worth region is forecast to grow from 7.2-million to 10.5-million people and employ more than 6.6-million by the year 2040. “It’s all about proper growth,” said Northlake Mayor Pete Dewing. “In 2016, citizen’s input indicated they wanted to maintain a ‘rural concept’ plan that conforms with the nine surrounding communities, but is not influenced by them.” The 2014 land use and zoning show opportunities and limitations for Northlake, which has approximately the same total size (32-square-miles) as the Town of Flower Mound to its east. Opportunities for future development are limited, however, because almost one-third of its land is in a floodplain, plus the existence of gas wells and distribution lines further limit future development. The amount of land in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is almost as much as that within the town limits. This means that in addition to managing growth in its town limits, Northlake needs to influence growth occurring in its ETJ to guarantee it’s compatible with-- or does not negatively impact-Northlake’s vision for 2040.  Northlake’s current zoning, which favors fiveacre parcels, won’t be able to accommodate the growth for which the community is primed. However, it also indicates that some areas have been zoned for higher-density residential uses in pockets and on a caseby-case basis. Enter the Hillwood Communities’ proposed mixed-use, master-planned development-made up of three tracts (Young, Gibbs and Thompson)-- to be known as Pecan Square, with its presentation on Jan. 30. Council approved a memo of understanding with Hillwood on the creation of a Municipal Management District and consented to the permitting of a wastewater treatment plant. Hillwood was established in 1988 by Ross Perot, Jr., and is one of the largest private real estate developers and investors in the U.S. The development of the “Alliance Corridor” along I-35W from the Fort Worth Alliance Airport (the world’s first industrial airport), to the Alliance Town Center, the Harvest development; and, now the Pecan Square development speak to the developer’s commitment. The proposed Pecan Square development will include a mix of commercial and residential uses with a mix of lot sizes and densities, located on 1,157-acres west and south of the I-35W and FM 407 intersection. After public meetings and some resulting tweaks to the development plan, on April 13 the Town Council unanimously approved the developer’s zoning request. “A new elementary school [in Northlake] is included in the development plan and a new middle and high school, plus a sports complex, will be built,” said Dewing. “The existing barn will be kept to be turned into a clubhouse and existing Northwest ISD facilities will be added too, for advanced agricultural sciences programs, among others.” Northlake is covered by three school districts. Most of the town is served by the Northwest ISD, while some areas are served by the Argyle ISD and the Ponder ISD. Northwest ISD (NISD) is one of the largest and fastest-growing school districts in the state. It covers 234-square-miles, spanning three counties (Tarrant, Denton and Wise) and 14 municipalities. The NISD community approved the 2017 $399 million bond referendum, with 61-percent voting “for” the bond, to accommodate a projected 6,200 students in the next five years. NISD operates 17 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools and one accelerated high school. With the addition of an estimated 1,200 students during the summer months and continued growth, total student enrollment now exceeds 22,000. It also boasts a 97-percent graduation rate, with 84-percent of those graduates entering a college. Argyle voters, also, recently passed a $166-

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million bond for Argyle ISD to address future student population growth, which is predicted to double in the next five years. “If we don’t purchase that property, that zoning goes away,” said Angie Mastrocola, senior vice president of Hillwood Communities. “Right now we’re waiting on state regulations and permits-- things like mineral rights-- and negotiations with [Northwest] ISD and a sewer treatment plant.” Although the developer is on-hold for Pecan Square, it’s almost finished building the utilities for what will become the new Northlake Town Hall, plus 16-acres of retail land on the north side of FM 407 at Harvest. “The Pecan Square development will be built in sixphases and will be a 10-year process,” said Mastrocola. “Models should be open in May 2019.” Dewing said additional construction is underway from other developers. “There are: two 7-11’s; an IHOP, Sonic, and Popeye’s restaurants, another hotel; an apartment complex of 350units at Hwy 114 and Cleveland-Gibbs Roads; two stripshopping centers; dental services; and commercial-retail centers in three different areas,” said Dewing. The Town of Northlake has a relatively recent history compared to its neighboring communities. Northlake was incorporated on Dec. 28, 1960, for the purpose of protecting the rural character that area residents had known, not to grow. In fact, the population of the town was recorded as being only 20 people in the 1970 census. It was motivated by the concern that adjacent cities, including the cities of Denton and Fort

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Worth, had designs to absorb the community of ranches into their corporate limits. Over the past six decades Northlake has preserved its rural character, in spite of its first two future growth pressures-- the 1988 construction of Fort Worth Alliance Airport and the 1995 construction of Texas Motor Speedway. In 1999, Northlake constructed its first Town Hall on FM 407, where it currently conducts town business. In 2002, the Town adopted a strategic master plan and a Northlake Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in 2009, based on input from the residents, business owners and landowners. The future trends that Northlake identified to address are: population growth: infrastructure development; smaller lots, but larger homes; increased traffic congestion; economic development and the need to increase the tax base; and, demand for urban villages. That future vision is the town’s 2014 Comprehensive Plan update, Pathway to 2040, which was created and implemented by the then 2,410 residents living in 1,052 households. The plan honors the town’s rural legacy, while attracting a multi-generational, familyoriented population. It emphasizes policies that promote responsible growth, self-reliance, community engagement and a diversified tax base. Growth will come, and Northlake wants to be ready to manage it.


August 2017

Gardening: Grow Your Own Salvias By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

Salvias, which appear in the stores in annual and perennial varieties, are sages

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that belong to the mint plant family. The vivacious compact annual known as Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens) is readily available for purchase in the spring. It struggles in Texas summer heat, whereas its perennial sisters-- the Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans), Autumn or Cherry

Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea)-- thrive in hot weather, then come back year-after-year into the bargain. Salvia stems contain dormant or sleeping root cells that grow rapidly when the stem comes into contact with moist soil. In other words, you can bend a length of salvia stem against damp soil, hold it in place with a piece of old brick or the like, water and, in a month or so, the stem will grow roots. In time, you may separate the newly-rooted stem from its parent plant and, voilà, there are two plants instead of one. Grown for their durability, the most common salvias in local gardens are the S. greggii varieties. Averaging 24- to 30inches tall and wide, the red, crimson, pink, salmon, white and vari-colored flowers bloom on woody stems from late spring until Jack Frost imposes dormancy. Many gardeners like to control them with an August “haircut,” which also produces a new flush of flowers. The fresh cuttings drinking in a bucket of clean water can be propagated following these six easy steps: 1-- Fill a clean, sterile six-inch pot with rooting mix from the nursery. Rooting mix is not potting mix. Ask the

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nurseryman for the right medium. Wet the mix then use a pencil to make eight planting holes around the pot; 2-- Cut a new three- to four-inch shoot off a healthy stem. Take care to cut a piece of the parent stem tissue along with the shoot; 3-- Remove lower leaves from the cut stem so there is two-inches of bare stem between the remaining leaves and the bump or node, where the stem is attached to the piece of its parent tissue; 4-- Brush rooting hormone powder on the stem part to be planted, then insert it into the planting hole and tamp the soil around it; 5-- Fill all the holes with prepared cuttings, then put the pot in a one-gallon, clear plastic, closable bag. This “tent” will provide humidity for the cuttings during root growth. Keep the cuttings out of direct sunlight. They don’t mind a shop- or grow-light during the day. In about four weeks each cutting should have good roots; and, 6-- Gently tease the new plants apart and repot each in a three-inch container of well-dampened potting soil (that contains fertilizer). Grow in the small pots for six- to eight-weeks before planting outside or potting up for a winter in the greenhouse. Perennial salvias left outdoors die back to the ground in the winter. Cut off the dead growth, give the plant a drink now and then and new growth will reappear when things warm up in the spring. Contact the writer at noellemhood@gmail.com


August 2017

July Was a Hot (& Humid) Mess By Meteorologist Brad Barton

For much of July, North Texas was plagued by a seasonal high pressure dome that kept temperatures high and Gulf humidity trapped at the surface. Denton County finally reached triple-digits last month, but all in all, the weather turned out to be pretty normal. Our average high was 95 and our average low was 74.  Our day-night average monthly temperature was 84, within half a degree of normal.  Denton touched 100 on the 22nd and 101 on the 23rd.  Our coolest morning was July 4th when we reached 67. For the last few days of July, a welcome cold front lowered afternoon highs to the lower 90’s.  Rainfall was good and relatively frequent for July.  Denton Enterprise Airport recorded .17” on July 1st, .55” on the 4th and 5th, .38” on the 8th and 9th and 1.63” over the 23rd

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and 24th. Other locales across Denton County had even heavier rains on the 23rd and 24th.  Denton Creek near Justin recorded 3.5 inches; Double Oak picked up 3 inches; Trophy Club reported 2.6 inches.  Officially, through July 28th, Denton Enterprise recorded 2.73 inches, nearly half an inch above normal for July.  So far this year, Denton has received nearly 22 inches of rain, which is well above normal.  Denton County had several brushes with severe weather during the month, including the Fourth of July weekend, but the only official storm damage report came from Little Elm which had 1-inch hail near FM 423 and Panther Creek Parkway on July 9th.  Looking ahead, although Pacific Ocean temperatures are slightly above normal, there’s no strong model-consensus of developing an El Nino before winter.  The overall monthly prediction for August in North Texas is slightly warmer and drier than normal, but the nearer-term forecast for the first ten days of August indicated cooler and slightly wetter conditions than normal.  Let’s hope that forecast turns out to be right.  Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist of WBAP820/KLIF570/99.5 “The Wolf” and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday:

A Sneak Peek at Mi Dia From Scratch By Jay Marks

We took a little trip to Grapevine recently to visit the original location of one of the restaurants Flower Mound residents are highly anticipating the Grand Opening of – Mi Dia From Scratch.

As much as I can’t believe I’m going to admit this – I had never been to Mi Dia before! And I’m now really upset that it has taken me this long to eat there. But it also made me incredibly excited for their Flower Mound location to open! We got to sit down with Executive Chef Gabriel DeLeon who opened the original location in Grapevine back in 2011. Gabriel comes from a family familiar with the restaurant business. His father opened La Margarita in Irving nearly 30 years ago and his uncle opened Esparza’s in Historic Downtown Grapevine. At a young age, Chef Gabriel wanted to master the art of preparing and serving five-star cuisine, so he attended culinary school and then spent several years studying at restaurants in Mexico City and New York. When he returned to Dallas, Chef Gabriel took his father’s classic Mexican dishes from La Margarita and added his own flair, incorporating ingredients like duck. And just as the name suggests, everything is made from scratch in the restaurant. Which gives every dish and even their cocktails a fresh, authentic taste. We couldn’t come to Mi Dia and not sample a couple of their cocktails, so we asked our waitress to choose a couple of their most popular and unique drinks to bring out. She chose their Heart of the Desert which is a margarita made with a blood orange liqueur and their Hibiscus Champagne Margarita made with a hibiscus sorbet and dry ice. It came out bubbling like a witch’s potion – very neat! Many of you know that I’ve recently committed myself to losing 100 pounds. And if you didn’t already know, now you do and you can help support me along my journey. Because of my new commitment, I asked our waitress what the best option for a low-carb diet would be. So, Jay’s Healthy Choice option this month is their Carne Asada with a side salad instead of the rice and beans. The steak was so tender and had incredible flavor. It was a fantastic suggestion, and I was able to


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leave still feeling good about myself! If you have dietary restrictions of your own, Mi Dia offers a special menu which is organized according to dietary needs. So whether you’re gluten-free, vegetarian, etc. they make it easy for you to find a dish that will work for you! We ordered a wide array of other entrees from Mi Dia’s dinner menu as well, including: Steak and Relleno, Duck Two Ways, Wood Grilled Banana Leaf Wrapped Salmon, Pollo Agave, and Chipotle Ribs. If you like something with some heat to it, definitely try the Steak and Relleno which is grilled skirt steak served with a relleno stuffed with jack cheese and topped with New Mexico Red and green chile sauces. If you’re a fan of duck, their Duck Two Ways is fantastic. My wife, Stacy, who doesn’t even usually like duck was a fan of this dish! Their Banana Leaf Wrapped Salmon was FANTASTIC. It was cooked perfectly and had amazing flavors. If you want something kind of creamy, their Pollo Agave was a fantastic option as it comes served with a Shitake cream

reduction and whipped potatoes. And their Chipotle Ribs were fall-off-the-bone delicious and were also packed full of flavor. Then we topped things off with a special birthday treat for Kathy in our office – their Rocky Road Bliss which they make right there in the restaurant. SO good. We’re all aboard the Mi Dia bandwagon now and absolutely cannot wait for their Grand Opening. Which is expected to happen in late-August, so we don’t have that much longer to wait, Foodies! Their Flower Mound location is designed exactly like their Grapevine location, so it will feature the same great bar, decor and patio area that you’ve grown to love. We can’t wait to welcome Mi Dia to Flower Mound, and in the meantime, we might be taking a couple more trips to Grapevine. Mi Dia From Scratch in Flower Mound is located at the corner of West Windsor and FM 2499 – next to the Flower Mound Senior Center and across the street from Texas Health Presbyterian Hosipital Flower Mound. Check them out online at www.midiafromscratch.com. Jay Marks is the owner of Jay Marks Real Estate and a top performing real estate broker with 25 years experience and a passion for food. Read Jay’s Foodie Friday updates each week at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com.

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UT & AB UT The Arts in Southern Denton County… and Beyond

las Quilt show (2017) and Out My Front Door won the People’s Choice award for the Visual Arts Society of Texas’ Denton show in June, 2017. Like most artists, Barbara is driven to create, and that creative drive keeps her workBy Elizabeth Brannon ing 7 days a week, often 10 or more hours per day, because sewing is a Ever wonder how great it way of life for her. Barbawould be to find a hidden ra’s quilts are not the same as treasure? Most kids hope to our grandmother’s quilts, so find a buried treasure, and there is often a misconcepmaybe playing the lottery is tion of what art quilts are bethe adult version of still huntfore seeing Barbara’s work. ing for that treasure. As I’ve Art quilts are now a huge matured, I’ve come to realindustry and are featured in ize there are real treasures juried art shows, which was all around us and the key is not always so. knowing where to look and Most people are amazed to to recognize a treasure when realize the work of art hang“Energized“ by fabric artist Barbara it’s right in front of us. ing in front of them, looking This month we focus on Oliver Hartman. like a beautiful painting, is one of our Fabric Artists, actually a multi-layered work of art jointly Barbara Oliver Hartman, of Flower Mound, created by an artist, hundreds of pieces of who has been making art quilts for more than fabric and a long arm quilting machine. Bar35 years. Barbara is well known in the fiber bara’s award-winning quilts mentioned above arts world, and to see how well known, go out are all examples of confetti quilts. If you look to Google and enter her name. There are a at Barbara’s work, you’ll see the attention to number of articles available to read about Bar- detail and the impossibly tiny pieces of fabric bara, her history and her works. she uses to create dazzling quilt pictures. BeIn addition to creating award winning art sides the creativity, a quilt has a lot of math quilts, Barbara has been an instructor, a lectur- and science as part of the final work. Barbara er, a judge, a business owner (making and sell- works in small sections, from back to front ing quilt patterns) and has had her juried work and in multiple layers that aren’t always visfeatured in museums and art centers across the ible to the eye. Barbara says she does her real country. Some of her art quilts are in private creative work in the morning and her “doncollections and many have been featured in key” work later in the day. magazine articles. Barbara has displayed her The column space is far too limited to do works in Flower Mound, Highland Village, justice to this charming, prolific and successand Denton and in locations outside of Texas, ful fiber artist. To learn more about this hidden but too many local people don’t know she’s local treasure, visit www.barbaraoliverharthere. You can see Barbara’s art quilts in her man.com. studio during the 2017 Cross Timbers Artist Despite all of her success and the beautiful Guild Studio Tour, November 11-12. art quilts she’s created, Barbara says she has As a recent sample of her awards, Barbara’s not yet done her finest work. If that’s the case, Autumn Afternoon won the coveted People’s it’s hard to imagine what she’ll create in the Choice Award at the Quilt National 2015, Au- next 35 years. tumn Evening won a blue ribbon at the Dal-


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BARTONVILLE: Ongoing – Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to sell out every Saturday at Bartonville Town Center, 2652 FM 407. 940-241-3030 FLOWER MOUND: August 4-6 - Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. 972-874-6165 August 8 - Rheudasil, Wilkerson, Cortadera Pond Dredging - Neighborhood Meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Road. August 8 - Foundations of Investing at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register call 972-874-6165. August 9 - Mission Moms 6th Annual Blessing of the Backpacks from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Shiloh Family Church, 6500 Cross Timbers Rd. Donate backpacks & snack packs for school children of all ages at 28 local schools. 214-734-5783 August 11 - Active Adult Health & Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Flower Mound Senior Center, 2701 West Windsor Drive. Free health screenings, special guest speakers, door prizes and more. Free to the public. Sponsorships available. 214-783-7901 August 12 - Electronics Recycling Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Flower Mound High School (Parking Lot), 3411 Peter’s Colony.  August 15 - The Women of Flower Mound Kick Off Meeting Social from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Yellow Rose Steak and Chophouse, 890 Parker Square. www.womenofflowermound.org August 15 - Communication Strategies for Dementia at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register call 972-874-6165. August 26 - Back to School Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Visit with local businesses and organizations to learn about sports, theatre, and academic programs offered in the area. 972874-6165 Beginning September 6 and every Wednesday AWANA Clubs for Kids from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at

First Baptist Church, 1901 Timber Creek Rd. For children 3 years to 6th grade. Includes games, songs, stories and a chance to earn badges through handbook work. 972-539-0641 September 8 - YMCA Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cross Timbers Family YMCA, 2021 Cross Timbers Road. 972-539-9622 September 9 - Steak and Stetson at Circle R Ranch, 5901 Cross Timbers Rd. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Texas. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit www.sotx.org/news-events/ projects/steak-and-stetson/ Ongoing – Lakeside Music Series every Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway. See schedule at LakesideDFW. com HIGHLAND VILLAGE: August 18-20 - 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival at Unity Park. Kids zone, food, live music, a car show, arts/crafts booths, and of course the iconic hot air balloons. No entry fee. $5 donation requested for parking. lionsballoonfest. com August 26 - Concert in the Park - Infinite Journey from 7 to 9 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park, 310 Highland Village Road. Music, games and extended Splash Pad hours. 972-317-7430 LANTANA: August 9 - Kid’s Bingo at 1 p.m. at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. For ages 6 and up. 940728-1660

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Typically, this time of year is labeled the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to Schoolâ&#x20AC;? season. While, admittedly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more than a few decades since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to worry about turning in my homework, the sight of a giant Wal-Mart bin of glue sticks and pencils in July still causes my inner teenager to roll his eyes. Not because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worried that my 5th Grade teacher will finally figure out I copied an entire encyclopedia article for my report on President Nixon, but because I know what that bin of school supplies represents. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of summer and the beginning of routines. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of late nights and the beginning of early mornings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of no worries to every kind of worry you can think of. And not to mention, that even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not headed back to school this August, you probably still have worries rolling around in your head. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably got some bills to pay, a boss to please, family members who are depending on you, or one of the other endless tasks that fall under the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;adultingâ&#x20AC;?. Simply put, Back to School often means angst. Angst for the kids. Angst for the teachers. Angst for parents. Angst for those of us who commute through school zones. Angst all around. As a Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pastor, I sometimes see

all levels of angst on Sundays. Parents trying to wrangle their kids into church on time. First time visitors navigating new environments. Adults rushing to get the â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodâ&#x20AC;? seat. Everyone hurrying out to beat the crowd to the local eateries. Not to mention the daily stress our individual schedules and inboxes bring into our lives. But even with all the stress of a new season, secretly, deep down inside, this is one of my favorite times of year. Mainly because this season is best represented by a blank pad of notebook paper. A fresh start. A new beginning. A chance to reset. In the book of Matthew, Jesus himself offers us a unique invitation â&#x20AC;Ś. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.â&#x20AC;? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about you, but I could use a chance to rest and reset. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ways are always better than ours. His plans are always for the good of the kingdom. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never left you. He has not forgotten about you. Now is the perfect time to realign your heart with the heart of Christ. Right now, regardless of how tired you are or how long youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been gone, Christ himself is saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;welcome homeâ&#x20AC;?. My prayer for you today is that you would take a step towards him. Wherever you find yourself, today is the perfect day to grab that notepad and begin afresh. The Pastorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month.Call 940-728-8284 for more information.


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took two-years.” He even had the shiny parts re-chromed. “I drive it to church and the store, but it likes the fun of a parade and has been in one in Copper Canyon and another in

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Argyle. In his spare time, he’s a Director of the 200-member Texas Association of Structural Movers (TASM). “We have an international membership.” He’s active in the community as a Director of the Graham-Argyle Cemetery off Highway 377 and Country Club Road. “I’m having a good life,” said Hitchcock.

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Community Theater Has Its ACT Together

Area Programs Countdown to Kickoff

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The Actors Conservatory Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” cast from a June 2017 performance.

The Actors Conservatory Theatre (ACT) has grown a loyal and dedicated following of audience members, performers and backstage participants; and, that’s a good thing. In the 18-years since it was founded by Joe Ann Brooks, ACT had a name change and at least seven different locations. It’s also added programs, including the ACT Musical Spring Break

and Summer Camps, the ACT Show Choir, Academy of the Performing Arts classes, and the Actors Conservatory Element (ACE) teen group activities. Originally founded as the Flower Mound Children’s Theatre in 1999 by “Miss Joe Ann,” her mission was simple: to introduce children to history, classic novels, and classic authors, to See ACT Page C4

Practice in the offseason can mean a trip to the postseason.

With football season less than a month away, local schools are gearing up for another year on the gridiron with what could be a very special fall for a couple of southern Denton County programs. The Argyle Eagles reached the regional quarterfinals in 2016 where they came up just a bit short against Abilene Wylie. Coach Todd Rodgers said the Eagles had a “very successful season last year,” and said that he feels confident his team

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will be competitive if it focuses on its goals this season. “Our players have committed themselves to making progress daily for this upcoming football season and they have unselfishly dedicated their personal time to train and prepare for their role on the team,” Rodgers said. The Eagles return all-state defensive See FOOTBALL Page C3


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back Chase Petter and added Jonathon Copeland, a move in from Liberty Christian School who was an allstate TAPPS selection from 2016. The Eagles will get back first team all-district running back Don Williams. “Every year has its own challenges, and every team has goals and dynamics of the individuals on the team,” Rodgers said. “We have a very strong tradition of excellence and our team has dedicated themselves to win a district championship and make a strong run in the playoffs. I am looking forward to beginning the season real soon.” Down the road at Liberty Christian, the Warriors football team is coming off of an appearance in the bi-district round of the playoffs, and coach Barton Hundley said he was impressed with the growth his team experienced in 2016. “Last season was a great season,” Hundley said. “We were a young team and started out slow but came on strong at the end of the year. Lots of young players were able to gain valuable experience.” The Warriors defensive backfield will be anchored by defensive back Kason Howell, an all-state selection from 2016. With the return of Andre Washington, an all-district selection at running back, and wide receiver Cole Croce, Liberty’s running and passing game should be solid. Defensive lineman Harlan Haire should lead the way defensively for the Warriors. “We have a lot of players who gained varsity football experience last year,” Hundley said. “A lot of players bought into what we are doing. They have had a good offseason and have also given great effort during

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summer conditioning.” Over in Flower Mound, the Marcus football team got off to a strong start in 2016, going 4-2 through its first six games, but after losing three of its last four the Marauders missed the playoffs by one game. First year coach Kevin Atkinson said he is not that concerned with how things unfolded last season, but wants his team to focus on 2017. “I have not spent a lot of time looking in the past,” Atkinson said. “That is why the rear view mirror is so

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small and the windshield is so big.” Atkinson takes over at Marcus after serving as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Denton High School for the last five seasons. Offensive Newcomer of the Year Justin Dinka returns for the Marauders at running back, and all-district selections John Brand at defensive end and Myles Tillery at nose guard/defensive tackle should anchor a defensive line that should be a strong point for the See FOOTBALL Page C16

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grow their knowledge of the world and to instill in them a love of reading, all through the opportunity to learn about and experience the performing and visual arts. The first productions in 1999 were performed outside in the Samuel Lusk Amphitheatre in Flower Mound’s Leonard Johns Community Park. Sound and lighting were difficult, the summer weather did not always cooperate and the dirt and splinters were sometimes too Young thespians perform “Peter Pan” at The Actors Conservatory Theatre in Lewisville.

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much to bear; but, the group persevered and continued to grow. After several venue changes, the Flower Mound Children’s Theatre moved to Lewisville in 2004, merged with the Flower Mound Community Theatre and became The Actors Conservatory Theatre. The retirement of Brooks in 2015 also coincided with ACT’s move to its current home at 359 Lake Park Road in northwest Lewisville. “When I moved here 12 years ago, I kept seeing ads for ACT and loved her [Brook’s] mission,” said Amy Coates, the current artistic and resident musical director for ACT. “As a child, I studied

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piano for 17 years and did some musical theatre and loved it; so, I took my children.” She said that while ACT provides good instruction in singing and dancing-- plus other theatre-related areas-- the best thing participants learn is being part of a team. “Not everyone is an athlete,” Coates said. “The idea that it takes all of our talent backstage-- in costumes or makeup or in the booth in technical [lights and sound], or production [setbuilding, painting, props] areas-- in addition to the performers to produce a show is a real example of teamwork. Don’t be afraid, you’ll see a smile and make a friend.” She added that although some kids may have “the performance bug,” others may not; but, that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy being exposed to the team experience in theatre. “Kids get a lesson in confidence,” Coates said. “They learn to stretch themselves and grow in a safe environment … explore themselves and come out as a new person from that experience.” She points out that parents can also participate. “ACT can be a bonding experience for the entire family,” said Coates, “I got to see my various strengths and See ACT Page C13

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Flores said. “I often look at them as my own. I cry with them and laugh with them because I see them so often over the course of many years.” This will be the fourth school year for Homework Zone and the third in partnership with Yellock, a wounded veteran who lives in Lantana. “He is a very influential part of our mentoring sessions, both during the school year and in the summer,” Flores said. “He’s the fun, entertaining one; I’m the constant. “From his military training and trials, he provides interesting feedback and mentoring that I can’t; and, he’s significantly younger. He’s a huge part of their ongoing

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Since 2012, the Lantana-based Mission Moms organization has been helping area families facing challenging times. Mission Moms was created to teach children the importance of giving, serving within their communities and acting on the kindness within their hearts. Each mission is personal, for a specific cause, with a unique focus-- helping extraordinary people. Mission Moms began with the vision of one mother, Kathryn Flores, to teach her own boys to be giving; after watching their excessive excitement about toys that would be available that Christmas. That simple act has grown to multiple missions throughout the year to show love and support to families dealing with challenging times. “We have always tried to lead them along the path of helping others, but we believe it takes action to make a lifelong impact,” Flores said. “We believe it is our obligation to groom [our] two boys into men that will lead great families and make a difference in the lives of others. Our community and greater Denton County area were hungry to help and continue to rally and rise.” Some of the annual missions have included Blessing of the Backpacks, Thanksgiving Blessings, Christmas Kindness and Operation Graduation. However, one ‘mission’ has become a weekly outreach to a specific group of children attending Denton ISD schools … Homework Zone. “The vision of Mission Moms is to teach our children to serve the whole community and find the kindness in their hearts,” Flores said. “We continue this in Homework

Faith plays a big role in the mission of the Mission Moms organization in Lantana.

Zone, because every kid is born with goodness and kindness. It’s like a muscle. You just have to keep working at it to become stronger. The more you show them love and grace the more they will mimic that.” The program meets Wednesdays throughout the school year and one Wednesday a month during the summer (Summer Zone) at Shiloh Church. Championed by Flores, retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock, Adkins Elementary Watch Dog Dads and members of Harpool Middle School staff, the Homework Zone group provides homework assistance and mentors students from the Rocky Point mobile home community in Flower Mound. “It’s a working community,” Flores said. “The parents work hard, many at multiple jobs, to provide for their families. It just isn’t easy for everyone.” The weekly 40-45 students attend Adkins Elementary, W.S. Ryan Elementary and Harpool Middle Schools. “These kids are my extended family,”

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emotional and educational support system, because they simply adore him.” For Yellock, who travels the country sharing his testimony, his spare time focuses on supporting children and fellow veterans. Homework Zone fits his personal “missions” perfectly and is a great partnership with Mission Moms. “We read character-building books with them and help with any homework,” he said. “Since it’s after school, it can get a little rowdy, so we implement a little bit of discipline; a little bit of life coaching and a whole lot of laughs. If things get out of hand, if they ever get beyond the scope of Kathryn’s control, it’s understood that I jump in to support. They’ve known me a couple years now and know my military history … they have been awesome part of my journey as well.” The group is grateful to Shiloh Church in Flower Mound for donating a room in which to meet and when weather permits, a grassy, shaded outdoor area for fun and fellowship. Two years ago, a gate was erected, between the church and Rocky Point, allowing students to go directly from the Homework Zone to their homes. Previously, Flores and Yellock cautiously walked children around the corner by the gas station and Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant on Shiloh Road to their homes; a safety concern for the team. “Just being an adult friend to them is a key to their life,” Yellock said. “Most of the adults they encounter in the school day are teachers. They see us as people they can trust and confide in. They open up on many

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personal topics. I’ve seen a lot of growth these two years.” Mission Moms furnishes snacks to the students in Homework Zone “to fill their bellies, before we fill their brains,” Flores said. From helping just a few kids at E.P. Rayzor in 2011, Mission Moms has grown to assist 29 schools with more than 400 volunteers in various missions throughout the year. Most of the schools supported are in the Denton ISD, a few in the Lewisville ISD and one in the Northwest ISD. Mission Moms leans on a longstanding partnership with Communities in Schools of North Texas. “When I met Kathryn, she plugged me into Adkins Elementary and it was impossible to walk away from the opportunity and the children, after the welcome and introduction I had with these kids a couple of years ago,” Yellock said. “I will go to Adkins (and any other school) and speak about service, leadership, mentoring, trials and tribulations, but this unique ‘mission’ gives me the chance to make a big impact on a smaller scale with incredible individuals.” Before the 2017-18 Homework Zone begins in September, Mission Moms will hold the 6th annual Blessing of the Backpacks on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shiloh Church, 6500 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound. Anyone wanting to donate items can do so at: Jim Bridges State Farm, 2648 FM 407, Ste. 105 in Bartonville Town Center, RE/MAX Elite, 3600 FM 407, Ste. 185, in Lantana Town Center, American Pet Spa, 8827 Highway 377 S. in Argyle or through: www.missionmoms.org.

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When Jennifer Freeman came to Texas this March, after her husband, Troy, was hired as the new worship pastor at First Baptist Church of Lewisville, she was ready to help expand the congregation’s existing arts program; like she had in two previous locations. Trouble was, the church didn’t have such an initiative, so she started one from scratch. Today, the Lewisville Arts Conservatory (LAC) is off and running and ready to serve people in and out of the church. “This church is highly musical,” said Freeman of Lantana, who will also teach elementary music at Liberty Christian School in Argyle. “We have so many trained musicians; well-trained at their craft. There was an interest. I’m not sure if they knew how [to start a formal academy]. Because I had seen it happen at the last two churches, I thought this was something that could happen here as well.” Freeman first solicited a staff of approximately 15 teachers offering to teach music, dance, theatre and art in group settings, plus private lessons. There also will be a preschool music program called Little Mozarts. “I wasn’t sure we’d have enough faculty, but we had our first staff interest meeting before we launched,”

she said. “I asked people who I knew were degreed and had taught that were in our church. They all were interested in teaching this, so I didn’t have to go look for a lot of teachers.” Next, she developed the classes, website and Facebook page. Since opening registration on May 1, the biggest interest has been in private lessons and musical theater, in which LAC students will perform “Annie” and “The Little Mermaid.” The Freemans moved from Bradenton, Fla., where their roles were nearly identical to those now in Lewisville. She grew the Bradenton academy from about 100 youth to 750 in her three years there. “Academies like this are relatively new to churches,” Freeman said. “The great thing is, it is Christian-based and under the church, so we do background checks of all the teachers, who all have degrees. And, those who already have these gifts get to improve on them.” Freeman emphasized people do not have to belong to the church, or even be a youth, to participate. To register for any Lewisville Arts Conservatory classes, starting Aug. 28, visit: thelactx.com, or call 972-4365753.

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James and the Giant Peach, (auditions-Aug. 26) performances Oct. 13-22; The Three Musketeers, (auditions-Sept. 21) performances Nov. 10-12; The Nutcracker, (auditions Oct. 17) performances Dec. 15-17; Mary Poppins (Broadway Musical), (auditions-- Jan. 2, 2018) performances Feb. 23-March 4,

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2018; Stuart Little, (auditions-- March 6, 2018) performances Apr. 13-15, 2018; and, Honk, (auditions March 6, 2018) performances Apr. 27-29. The 2017-18 Season will culminate with the 8th Annual Toady Awards on May 19, 2018 at The MCL (Medical City Lewisville) Grand Theater, 100 N.

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Meet Dr. Robert Borkowski, Flower Mound’s Expert Orthodontist By Mark Miller

Good thing for the people in and around Flower Mound that Dr. Robert Borkowski didn’t listen to a friend who told him to “just float casually downstream” when he mentioned wanting to return to a solo orthodontist practice. “I came to realize this is my life. This is what I love,” said Borkowski, who opened Renown Orthodontics in February at 2851 Cross Timbers Road, close to Lifetime Fitness. “I’m still so passionate about it. I still wake up in the middle of the night with ideas of things I want to discover and investigate. It’s so important to me. It’s the reason why I know I will go on practicing.” Borkowski originally wanted to work for two decades on the East Coast and the same on the West Coast before deciding where to retire. He reached the first goal after practicing and teaching in the metropolitan Washington, DC,

area for 19 years. Once he met and learned about people from the West Coast, and after speaking with an orthodontist from Carrollton looking to retire, he decided to come to Texas instead. “I’m really glad I decided to come to Texas,” he said. “This year marked being in Texas longer than in Maryland.” Thinking he wanted to retire early, he sold his private practice in 2009 and joined a group practice in Lewisville and Garland. When he decided he missed being on his own, both a fellow orthodontist and a dental headhunter recommended the Flower Mound location. While other orthodontists have received the same basic clinical training as Dr. Borkowski, he has spent a career focused on research and teaching, and has been invited by people from more than 30 countries to speak to them on the

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latest techniques. He’s also spent many hours researching the newest trends. That means Dr. Borkowski not only knows traditional treatment methods but also the newest approaches. These include Invisalign aligners, which move teeth nearly invisibly, without braces, and which is especially good for adults and those in their late teens seeking treatment. For those problems needing more technically advanced movement, he has pioneered and been instrumental

in the continued development of the Damon bracket system, which helps to allow even the most complex problems to be resolved more quickly and with less discomfort. He practices those methods at Renown Orthodontics on Mondays, Wednesday evenings, and Friday mornings, He’s having fun doing it all. “Now, I’m realizing I kind of have a second wind and realize it’s still my passion,” he said.


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Marauders. “The overall goal is get in the playoffs, practice on Thanksgiving and play in December,” Atkinson said. The Flower Mound football team came up just short of a playoff spot as well last season, and coach Brian Basil said he believes his experienced players will be a big factor in the team’s success in 2017. “We will have to rely on veteran leadership who experienced some big wins last season,” Basil said. “Four of our six losses were very close games, so

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we will need to have the discipline and work ethic to be able to make the plays necessary to win those close games.” Defensively, the Jaguars return linebacker Connor Lee, who was the district Defensive MVP in 2016, as well as all-district quarterback Jackson Averitt and all-district safety Matt Greenwood. Basil said he anticipates every team in district to be a difficult challenge, but that has not changed expectations for the Jaguars heading into the season. “Our objective is to win a district championship,” Basil said. At Coram Deo Academy, 2016

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should lead the way on defense for Coram Deo. For the Guyer football team, 2016 was a wildcard heading in, when the team’s starting quarterback from the previous season transferred schools. Coach John Walsh rallied his players, however, and the Wildcats qualified for the postseason and won a playoff game. Guyer defeated Byron Nelson in the bi-district round before losing at area to Cedar HIll. “I thought last season, we progressively improved and were playoff ready,” Walsh said. “Injuries played a part in our area round loss on top of playing a quality opponent in Cedar Hill.” The Wildcats return all-state honorable mention John Lanz at offensive tackle, while DT Arian Bhat should lead the way for Guyer defensively in 2017. “We’ve had a great offseason and I think we will be similar to last year,” Walsh said. “By November, we will be hard to handle.” Walsh said that Allen is the team to beat in district this season, and said to have a great run in the playoffs, it will take a few things. “We will need to improve in our passing game this year from last and stay away from the injury bug,” Walsh said. Follow The Cross Timbers Gazette on Facebook and Twitter for updated area high school football coverage.

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Lewisville Charter Schools Expanding By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

Driving through the section of Lewisville east of I-35E on either side of Corporate Drive, it’s hard to believe amidst the various logistics warehouses and other businesses are two schools. One is being built from scratch, the other is in the process of converting to meet today’s changing world. Both are part of the Responsive Education Solutions (ResponsiveEd) system of charter schools focused on providing innovative and character-based ways to teach students who learn quite differently from the standard public school methods originally introduced more than 100 years ago. The New STEM Academy campus, focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 6-12, is scheduled to open in time for the first classes Aug. 28. It moves from a much smaller building blocks away that will become, in part, the first iSchool High Entrepreneur Academy focused on teaching functional business concepts. “Because learners are different, we’ve had to be as flexible in our brands and our models as possible,” said Dr. Alan Wimberley, the organization’s chief education architect since 2002. “That’s why we named it Responsive Education Solutions because our role is to go into communities, listen to the communities,

Rendering of the new STEM Academy in Lewisville.

listen to the people and their needs, and then pull in the different plans and pieces to create specific models for that community.” ResponsiveEd started in 1998 with one model – Eagle Academy with 12 high school campuses focused on preventing students from dropping out. With the help of people like Wimberly, it has expended over the past decade to offering multiple educational options in grades K-12. Today, it now has 73 campuses and growing in Texas and Arkansas and soon in Oklahoma and beyond. It features six school models – Classical Academies, Founders Classical Academies, iSchool High, Quest Middle

Schools, Premier High Schools, and iSchool Virtual Academy. In all, there are 2,330 overall employees with 2,046 of them being teachers

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and campus faculty. They teach more than 15,000 students on campuses and another 7,000+ online. Nearly 14,000 students have earned diplomas overall. “We’ve tried to stay below the radar so people don’t realize the scope of what we do and how large we are with nearly 24,000 students now,” Wimberley said. Charter schools are public schools providing parents with choices on how and where their children are educated. They are funded by federal and state dollars but unlike traditional public school districts receive no local property tax money See CHARTER Page C23

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or facility funds to build buildings. Like at all public schools, students attend for free. “What the state realized in the 1990s was parents needed to have choices,” Wimberley said. “Private schools said ‘they do have choices.’ That’s fine if they have $12,000-$15,000 a year to pay for tuition so they created the charter school movement.” “We go to the state of Texas and ask ‘may we open up a certain kind of school in a community.’ That school is considered a public school to where if a parent says ‘I choose that school for my child’ that portion of money that typically goes to the school district goes instead goes to the other public school in town which is the charter school. That portion of money is set aside by the state to educate that child.” The new ResponsiveEd STEM Academy is being built on four acres of a former empty field. It will feature 56,037 square feet of space at a total cost of $10.3 million and will host about 600 total students – 300 in grades 6-8 and 300 in grades 9-12. They will be overseen by a total faculty and staff of about 40 people. The student-teacher ratio will be no more than 25 to 1. “We want people to get to Lewisville and see what’s going on over there because we know that we have assembled the brightest and the best staff for that

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campus like I’ve never seen before,” Wimberley said. Students will stay in one classroom from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with teachers in different core course specialties rotating to assist them. The afternoons will feature more “fun” courses like art and gym and study hall if the students have earned it. Wimberley said STEM will be “like Socrates in a digital classroom.” All the curriculum and sources are delivered online so that rather than a student learning from lectures and presentations by one person, it’s delivered online where multiple sources are available including college professors and tutors. The Entrepreneurial Academy will bring a similar energetic, vigorous culture but for career preparation. Wimberley said it will focus on the mind of the entrepreneur, the energetic mind of those

people who were born to be enterprise owners. Think Shark Tank but instead of the entrepreneur having to learn the nuances of starting and owning a business on their own, they would learn those things at age 17 and 18. The Entrepreneurial Academy, which will share the building with a Premier High School

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campus, will feature pathways including an incubator lab, virtual reality, robotics and a student-operated, revenue-generating public coffee shop. It will have about 75 students at first with an ultimate capacity of 200. It is believed to be the only school in the area to offer certification in the growing virtual reality realm that companies will be using for things like tools, product sales, resumes, etc. “I tell teachers at the Entrepreneurial Academy which is big-time for those kids ‘you may be the least educated person in the room when it comes to things like virtual reality’ because those kids are See CHARTER Page C24


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digital natives who were born in a different world than you were born into,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Wimberley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re creating, what we do is teach these educators what the 21st century teachers have to do. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not turn on the computer and get out of the way and let the computer do it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always known the best thing in the classroom is the teacher. But whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening is the teachers are feeling a little disenfranchised, a little worried that

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Faith Is Driving Force By John English, Contributing Writer

Brock Shanks

Brock Shanks’ faith permeates every aspect of his life. The Liberty Christian alum founded a computer programming club called the CPU (Computer Programming Units) and established a “team, senior-led Bible study group for the football team,” at Liberty to encourage a fellowship of faith among his teammates. “Part of being a Christian means having a servant’s heart,” Shanks said. “Our hearts are corrupted by sin, so we need to ask God for a new heart, a heart like Jesus’s...Being a part of the community and participating in the vast array of clubs and sports helps me to practice responsibility while helping others in the process. “Honing my skills into something helps me sharpen that skill while using it to benefit others. Besides, serving others gives me the opportunity to spread the love of Jesus by exemplifying His name in my actions.” Shanks also played football, baseball and wrestled at LCS and was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Solar

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Car, Photography Club, and Spanish Club. The Liberty grad will be attending the Texas A&M College of Engineering in the fall, where he will be part of the Engineering Honors program, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Theology. Shanks said that his ultimate goal in life is to continue to make his faith the driving force in everything that he does. “After I graduate, I plan on working in the software development or video game design industry,” Shanks said. “One of my primary goals is to help spread the Gospel. I plan on supporting various established missionary programs and when possible travel to various countries to share the good news of Jesus’s sacrifice. My major goal is to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit like in Matthew 10:19-20.” The Liberty graduate said what he’ll remember the most about his school was the closeness of the students and faculty. “The sense of family and unity at Liberty is something that I have not experienced anywhere else,” Shanks said. “Through the darkest times of my life and my doubts in the Christian faith, they continued to love me and pour the love of God in me. “They are one of the reasons why I am who I am today and why I’m so devoted to Him and His plan for me. The amicable atmosphere at Liberty is sure to make even visitors feel like they are part of the warrior family.” Shanks’ Favorites Favorite Subject: Bible Person who most inspires you: My Dad Favorite Food: Chicken Parmigiana Favorite Movie: The Passion of the Christ Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead Book currently reading or last book read: Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Towzer Favorite Musical Group or Performer: TobyMac

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Knight on Right Track By John English, Contributing Writer

Mia Knight

Mia Knight is making the most out of her experience at Guyer High School. She’s member of the cross country and track teams, the Key Club and an officer in the Student Council. “I enjoy being so involved, because it makes school fun for me,” Knight said. “By being involved, I get to spend more time with friends and really enjoy my years in high school.” Knight, 16, carries a 4.6 grade point average at Guyer High School, but said that of all the activities she is involved in, it was one of her sports that stood out most this past school year. “Truthfully, I love what I’m involved in for different reasons,” Knight said. “However, I would say that this year I really enjoyed track because I accomplished a lot of the goals I had set for myself.” Knight PR’d in the 100-meter hurdles

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(17.49) and the 300-meter hurdles (48.94) this past school year for the Guyer track team. The Lantana teen said the best part about going to Guyer is the number of options students have when it comes to extracurricular activities. Knight said she genuinely looks forward to going to school each day. “Because our school is so big, I will most likely not get to know everyone,” Knight said. “I mean, it is pretty much inevitable. However, there are a lot of organizations to join. I really like that I have so many clubs to choose from and really find where I belong at Guyer.” Knight said she would like to pursue a career in Zoology saying she “really enjoys nature and animals.” She added that being a younger person today is a bit of mixed bag. “It is hard for various reasons these days,” Knight said. “But, there are also many things our generation has that past ones do not. The technology we have now gives us more opportunities for learning and fun.” Knight’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Science People Who Most Inspires Me: Parents Favorite Food: Lasagna or Homemade Mac and Cheese Favorite Movie: Harry Potter Movies Favorite TV Show: Psych Book I’m Currently Reading: Fablehaven Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Panic! At the Disco


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August 2017

Canine Misfits By Ralph Coppola

We hope you enjoyed Chapter One of Canine Misfits. If you missed our first column in the July edition of this newspaper, you can visit the website at www.crosstimbersgazette.com and search: Canine Misfits. Chapter Two picks up where Lieutenant Tess, our storyteller, left off. Tess is the oldest of the rescues and leader of the pack. We came across a picture of Tess in her uniform. Looking good, Lieutenant! Maybe we can dig up some photos of Sergeant Opie, Private Ruby, Corporal Barney and Private Bella in their uniforms and show them in the chapters to follow. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. We would like to hear what you think about the stories and suggestions you may have for future chapters. Please address those comments to our email address at caninemisfits@frontier.com. Any comments you would like to share with the Gazette can be sent to news@ crosstimbersgazette.com. They would also love to hear from you. Chapter 2 Inside the barracks (actually, the sunroom of the King and Queen’s house), Lieutenant Tess, the leader of the pack, stood in front of her motley crew. “Here’s how I see it, troops,” I said in my best authoritative voice. “The enemy has been intruding on our camp all year and, frankly, I have had just enough.” Cpl. Barney looked up quizzically. Sgt. Opie and Pvt. Bella discarded their dinner and stood at attention awaiting my pearls of wisdom. Meanwhile, Pvt. Ruby trotted over to see if any tasty morsels have been left over. She was in luck as Pvt. Bella, in her excitement, practically left her entire meal in her bowl. Pvt. Ruby then moved to each of the remaining bowls and licked them clean. “No reason to wash these dishes,” Ruby

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“Sgt. Opie, you are going to leave the barracks precisely at 1850 through the rear door and immediately hide behind the red oak tree in the southwest corner of the yard. Be stealthy, son. Don’t let that squirrel see you!” I warned. “I won’t, Lt. Tess! My uniform blends in with Ralph and Pat Coppola with their “misfits.” that tree, but I’ll blacken under my announced to Queen Pat in her most proud eyes, just in case, little bark as the Queen reached for our so the moonlight doesn’t reflect off me and chow bowls. “They are squeaky clean!” reveal my position,” Sgt. Opie responded. Ruby exclaimed. A fine soldier, that Sgt. Opie. Truth be “My, my,” Queen Pat said as she picked told, though, Opie spent a week in jail about up the dishes from the floor and handed them nine years ago. He said he didn’t remember to King Ralph to wash. “Ruby licked all of how he got there. He was found wandering them clean, again. They may look like they around with no identification. Must have have already been washed, but they need to lost his dog tags! Hah, hah! All kidding be cleaned with soap and water and dried aside, he was lucky that King Ralph and before we put them up.” Queen Pat saw him and bailed him out. “Of course, but I’m not so sure I can Opie’s been told that he’s part Yorkshire make these look any better than the way you terrier and part German schnauzer. Sounds handed them to me,” King Ralph laughed as fancy doesn’t it? But don’t let that fool you. he proceeded to wash all five bowls. He’s just a regular guy. At twenty pounds “Private Ruby! Attend hut! Are you part of sheer muscle, he’s a fighting machine. of this battalion, or not?” I barked. Not an ounce of body fat on that old dog. “Si, I mean yes, my lieutenant.” Opie rose up the ranks and made Master “Then get over here with the rest of the Sergeant troops.” That was an order I was constantly of this troop, mostly because he’s a darn giving. good soldier who patrols our camp every “Okay, soldiers, the battle plan has been day. He’s my second in command. I may drawn,” I said as I surveyed the backyard give the orders, but it’s Sgt. Opie that gets through the barrack’s windows. “We are the troops to carry them out. going to attack at 1900 hours under the “Pvt. Bella,” I said. You are going to cover of darkness.” come up behind the enemy’s position by The four soldiers looked at each other for going out the side door and positioning an instant, then trained their sights back on yourself at the back gate precisely at 1852. me. And I want radio silence until I give the

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order to charge.” “Sir, yes, sir!” Bella barked with great enthusiasm. One of my best recruits, that Pvt. Bella. She’s a full bred, long haired Jack Russell terrier. She says there’s no mutt in her! As the story goes, the King and Queen just happened to be by the local animal shelter about two years ago. Bella was a brand new arrival, left by a family that couldn’t give her the attention she needed when their new baby arrived. Oh, yes, she is a handful. A bit loud and easily distracted, but I guess that’s part of her charm. Bella just turned five. She is the newest of the recruits. She holds the rank of Buck Private, which everybody gets when they join this army. She’ll be a captain someday, at least that’s what she keeps telling me. I have to say, she is a fearless soldier, always at the point, always ready to engage the enemy. She lives for the hunt. I also happen to know that she has a crush on the sergeant, but don’t tell anybody. “Pvt. Ruby, you will flank Pvt. Bella taking point at the northwest corner of the yard, at 1852 hours.” “But, my lieutenant, won’t I be seen?” Ruby wondered aloud. “Not if you squirm all the way down on your belly, just the way we trained you in boot camp, private!” I said, truly disappointed by Pvt. Ruby’s lack of enthusiasm. “That was a lot of years ago when I was five pounds lighter,” Ruby grumbled under her breath. “What did you say, private?” I demanded. “Nothing, my lieutenant. I’ll be in position as ordered,” Ruby said half-heartedly. “Better start out at 1830 so you arrive at your post by 1852,” Cpl. Barney added sarcastically. Ah, yes, Cpl. Barney. Corporal is the next rank higher than a private, first class or otherwise. And he lets Pvt. Ruby know it every chance he gets. Barney is always bragging that he is a Piebald dapple See CANINE MISFITS Page C30


August 2017

Something To Muench On...

My Recipe for a Successful School Year… By Kimberly Muench

We’re so excited to be ending our summer break with a trip to Disney with ALL five of our kids! The youngest two, 14 and 12, will drive with us while the other three are coming from Austin, Minneapolis, and Dublin, Ireland! Rare is the moment we’re all under the same roof and to have A WEEK with them is going to be such a gift! In addition to our clan, we’ll be vacationing with my two younger brothers and their families, and my wonderful mom whose dream it is to have all of her children and grandchildren in one place to share family dinner, board games, and of course Disney World. We’ll be in full-on gear up mode for the start of the school year upon our return. Concentrating on getting one son off to his sophomore year at Texas Tech and first apartment experience, another son ushered into FM9 and the band program, and our daughter will be taking on 7th grade and the middle school tennis program. I’ve learned a few things in the process of three decades of parenting about getting into the groove of the school year, mainly through making mistakes and learning lessons from personal experiences. I thought I’d share some of my strategies with you in case you are looking for ways to help the school year go more smoothly. First, I very rarely check my kid’s grades during middle and high school. And once they hit college, not at all. That might sound a bit crazy to some parents, but I made a decision a long time ago that defining our kid’s abilities and potential, or my yard-

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August 2017

The Soapbox: Accustomed to Her Face By Brandi Chambless

Damn, damn, damn, DAMN! –Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady I was sitting in my living room as a thirty-five year old stay-at-home Mom when the landline rang one ordinary day. My husband was calling to let me know that Theatre Memphis was holding auditions for the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady and now was my time. Though, years before, we had met and fell in love backstage at the Monroe Little Theatre, at some point we decidedly left behind the intoxicating draw of stage life and traded men’s applause for the more noble task of leaving it all behind to attend seminary and raise a family. But there was always the bucket list show I left on the table and my husband

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dachshund, whatever that is. All I know is that he’s black and white and has brown mixed in. He thinks he’s special because he has dots inside his spots! And one blue eye. Poor guy…he’s delusional sometimes. I often hear Queen Pat tell him how handsome and smart he is. Yep…delusional. Barney has been with this troop since he was eight months old. He’s keeps saying he’s seven years old now, then he’s eight. Ask him again, and he’ll tell you he’s pretty sure he’s seven. I took pity on Barney. He tries so hard. So, I made him my signal man. His job is to let the King and Queen know when the troop is in need of grub, fresh water, or has to go out to the latrine and do their “business”. Barney is also the

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knew it--the famously known adaptation of the 1913 stage play Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw). Audiences come to love Professor Henry Higgins for accepting the challenge of refining a common flower girl into a one who is passed off as a duchess at the embassy ball, all by means of changing her wardrobe, teaching her manners, and modifying her dialect with his self-proclaimed ingenious methodology of imparting proper diction. His subject, one Eliza Doolittle, a phonetic atrocity in his high British world, would become the woman without whom he could no longer bear to live. So, after five years of never leaving my living room and coffee pot, I found some spandex and headed to the theatre. After two long nights of auditions, I had hopes of securing the role, but it wasn’t meant to be. I wasn’t going to be Eliza among the young cast of Henry and Freddy. I was too...old. Fast forward to 2017 and I spotted the audition notice at none other than my home theatre in Monroe, LA. I HAD to do it. This time, spandex was no stranger to me. I gathered myself together and dusted off my old script. company bugler. When he plays the bugle, he insists on wearing this ridiculous helmet, an odd looking item with a spike on the top, typical of his ancestor’s heritage. Usually, I keep him back with me behind the action, because frankly, the corporal is no hero. Heck, as far as Barney is concerned, someone can get hurt protecting the house from those nasty creatures out there. And he doesn’t want it to be him. “Cpl. Barney?” I called out.

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When the first girl auditioned, the casting committee asked for her name and age. She was 15. Followed by a 17-year-old and a 24-year-old. All amazing talents. So when my audition number was called, I stepped onto the familiar stage and simply told the audience that I was no stranger to this stage—that I had done a lot of shows here in the 1990s, that I had fallen in love with my husband on this very stage, and that our rehearsal dinner had been in the lobby of this very theatre. I recanted the story of auditioning back in Memphis and just before singing I Could Have Danced All Night I said, “So that was ten years ago. This is probably it for me, so here’s to all the mature Freddys and Henrys of this world!” When the time came to read the script with the other actors, I was called to the stage and asked to read for Henry’s mother, Mrs. Higgins. That’s when I knew that the years had likely robbed me of my chance to play Eliza. After a couple of days of auditions, including finally being called to read for Eliza, there was a waiting period and then the call came. “I’m sorry, you didn’t get the part.”

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“Uh, yes sir, I mean yes ma’am, no, I mean yes sir, Lt. Tess?” I continued. “You are to be at my side, ducking behind the hot tub. Bring your bugle, but leave your spiked helmet in the barracks. When I touch the top of your head, you blow that charge with everything you have.” Despite that Barney would not like my next order, I issued it anyway. “Then you run up to the front line and attack the squirrel’s position with the rest of the troops.

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It was right then that I wished I had never let this woman in my life. Again. Eliza had eluded me not once, but twice now. Though I have studied for over twenty years the intricacies of everything Eliza from her Cockney accent to her high British, her guttural yells, squeals, glides, grace, and best of all, the timing of her delivery--it wasn’t meant to be. I shall never tango with my Henry, nor waltz the Ascot Gavotte. The reality of likely never playing her will not be the last shattered dream of my life, and certainly not the most painful one by any means. Undoubtedly, there will be something else to come along, but I’ll never forget Eliza. Damn my own folly for having ravished my hard-earned knowledge and the treasure of my regard and intimacy on a heartless guttersnipe. But… I’ve grown accustomed to the tune that she whistles night and noon. Her smiles, her frowns, her ups, her downs, are second nature to me now, like breathing out and breathing in... I was serenely independent and content before we met! Surely I could always be that way again... And yet... I’ve grown accustomed to her looks, accustomed to her voice, accustomed... to her... face. Copy that, corporal?” “Uh, yes sir, but what will you be doing?” Barney asked. “Why, someone needs to hold up the rear in case the enemy breaks through our lines and tries to make a run for it,” I said, surprised by the question. “Of course, ma’am,” interjected Sgt. Opie. “Please excuse Cpl. Barney’s need to question your direct order,” grunted Opie as he scowled at Barney. “Okay, men. You have your assignments. God’s speed. Victory will be ours!” I vowed. “Now, get some shuteye. I want you all fresh and ready to fight tonight.” Stay tuned next month for another actionpacked chapter of Canine Misfits as they implement their battle plan.

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August 2017

AT LAST, A REAL VACATION! (Part 4 of 3 or 4) By C. Stroup

Our tour of the BVI’s continues as we continue to be amazed at the scenery and greenery surrounding us. I couldn’t possibly describe the colors of the waters or the jade, olive and emerald of the mountain sides. I also couldn’t remember all the islands we saw but I didn’t have to… Corinne had them all memorized. The guys decided they wanted to try their hand at deep sea fishing so Captain Collin headed out to sea so they could troll for dinner. Corinne promised she’d cook anything the men caught. Unfortunately, one of the fishing lines hung up in the prop of a passing boat. It was actually pretty far off but nonetheless, close enough to become the catch of the day…or so we thought. Corinne grabbed a knife and quickly cut the line only to have it wrap itself around a buoy on its way back to the boat’s after end. The sea began to get a little rough with some sizeable swells, so our fishing expedition was cut short. Later that evening we caught a water taxi (envision a pretty beat up sorta box, made of what appeared to be tin with hard bench seats and a few poles to hang onto). I would think the life of one of these drivers would be terribly boring,

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just shuffling people short distances back and forth between docks. Oddly enough, they were always smiling and sometimes acted as a tour guide. This ride was to the lowest parcel of land on Scrub Island. We hiked up to the top, on a slightly overgrown path. It was a good little distance. There on the top end was a bar and a singing one man band. Dancing was encouraged and I was floored (see what I did there?) when my husband asked me to dance! Everyone in our party joined in on the fun and even formed a conga line. We almost lost Julie, though, when she caught the toe of her flip flop in a crack in the floor. Down she went but you just can’t keep a good woman down especially with the aid of painkillers! (Before I forget, which happens more often than not these days, I have changed the names of the people in our group, save me and my husband. This way I can tell all without offending anyone). Virgin Gorda has lots to do and plenty of shops surrounding the Bitter End Yacht Club. I held my breath as we strolled past several shirt shops. Trying to get my husband to turn his head in the other direction was fruitless…yep, four more shirts. That evening we water taxied over to the dock where the “tarpon feeding” began at 5 p.m. sharp. We had seen these critters gather behind our yacht at dark, attracted by the boat’s running lights but mostly by hundreds of what I’ll call minnows. Here they put on quite a show while having a feeding frenzy. To me, being the avid angler I am (not) tarpon resemble small sharks but with sweeter smiles. They have one of those dorsal fins and are silver in color. This feeding event we attended was surreal. A native

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comedian dude would taunt the fish by swinging discarded fish skin above their heads. (This skin and other parts of the fish were donated by the nearby restaurants). He’d dangle the skin about four feet above the water and the tarpon would leap up and grab it. That was all well and good until he wrapped some of the skin around his arm up to his elbow inviting “mini” jaws to a tasting. He even convinced a teenage girl to follow his lead… trust me when I say it would have taken me at least three blenders of painkillers to follow that act! I found out later that, tarpons do have villiform (i.e., fine densely packed) teeth on their jaws and other areas of their mouths. Evidently, if you know what you’re doing, these teeth will render no harm to a human hand or arm. However, I did Google this and found several examples of abrasions left by te-

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nacious tarpons. Something a little more serene was the land taxi tour of Virgin Gorda. We had lunch at Hog Heaven, renown for its heavenly BBQ. No trip to the BVIs would be complete without a stop to The Baths. These are enormous boulders which form pools and grottos across white sandy beaches. Coral reefs and caves are a result of their unique placements, compliments of Mother Nature. I wandered around the formations a little too long because although weaving my way down the path was a bit tricky, climbing my way up was quite a challenge. (Worth every huff and puff, though). Only two more days and yet so much more to see and do. Next month I’ll tell you how you can pack a week’s worth of fun into a very short period of time.


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