The Cross Timbers Gazette July 2015

Page 1

Serving Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corral City, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lantana and Robson Ranch

July 2015

Hill Takes Reins at Argyle High By Annabel Thorpe, Contributing Writer

Argyle High School Principal James Hill

From coaching, to teaching, to being an assistant principal, James Hill is now taking his next step. “It’s a calling to me. It’s not a job, it’s something I’m called to do,” Hill said. Hill officially assumed the role of principal at Argyle High School on July 1, taking the position of former principal Jeff Butts. “It seems like a really good opportunity here,” Hill said. “It’s a growing district, and it’s a school with a lot of success and a lot of tradition.” Previously acting as the assistant principal at The Colony High School for

www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

By Sarah Bays, Community Editor

Hayley Orrantia is spending her days split between Arkansas and Los Angeles, but during her youth, she and her friends could be found sipping Ocean Water at the local Sonic or watching movies at The Shops at Highland Village. Best known for portraying Erica Goldberg on the ABC hit comedy series The Goldbergs, the actress was born in Arlington, but grew up in Highland Village, attending Marcus High School until her acting career made it more convenient to be home-schooled. She’s 21 now, far from home, and looking back fondly on the place where she got her start. “I’m glad that I grew up in the area that I did because it taught me a lot about humility and just kind of growing up in a smaller town,” Orrantia said. “Kind of having to focus on my craft and what I do, versus if I grew up in L.A. or a big city where you have to compete with other people from the get go.” Orrantia is just starting filming for her latest role – in the movie God’s Not Dead 2, which is slated to hit the big screen

PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #307 LEWISVILLE, TX

Photo by Kevin Thomas Photography

Network sitcom star Hayley Orrantia remembers her roots in southern Denton County.

See HAYLEY on Page A22

Wake Up And Smell The Donuts

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

Inside This Section

Postal Customer

Since 1979

The Stars Aren’t Far From Home

See HILL on Page A23

Mayor’s Columns Real Estate Corner Local Experts

Photo by Helen’s Photography

Faith Ko and Rachel Shim make donuts and memories daily for loyal customers at Sara Donuts in Flower Mound.

A fresh donut is a glorious thing, but Faith Ko, the owner of Flower Mound’s own Sara Donuts, can satisfy anybody’s craving for a fresh, custom-made donut. You read that right, custommade. Got a hankering for a gluten-free strawberry shortcake glazed donut? Done. Oh, you like Greek yogurt. Done. Crème brûlée, red velvet, salty caramel? No problem. Maple bacon and s’mores flavored icings don’t faze the energetic southern Denton County entrepreneur. Color and texture begin a customer’s Sara Donuts experience. The homey store is unique from its eye-catching marigold yellow front door with the big oval window, and pale yellow woodwork around sidelights, to its bright interior decorated with Ko family art works. Several of her children are good illustrators who have brought amusing donut characters to life on the walls. There are other drawings and paintings well worth perusing. The atmosphere comes alive with employees’ ebullient good See DONUTS on Page A19


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

18 HOLE GOLF COURSE 4 ON-SITE SCHOOLS ON-SITE DAYCARE 3,000 HOMES 5 POOLS 2 FITNESS CENTERS TENNIS COURTS HIKE/BIKE TRAIL PARKS

AMERICAN LEGEND, ASHTON WOODS, DARLING, HIGHLAND, LIONSGATE, NEWPORT AND STANDARD PACIFIC.

Come visit our information center to find your new home!

Page A2


July 2015

Marcus Senior Opens New Chapter In Highland Village

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

purchase building materials. “As I head off to college next year to pursue the next chapter of my life, I wanted to leave a legacy in my community where I was taught the love of reading and the power of education,” said Campbell, who Submitted by Stacey Campbell has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten. “We are only limited by our lack of imagination and I hope children of all ages will begin a strong tradition of sharing books at these little libraries so they can become a wonderful gathering place in our community.” The first of the four book houses was built and installed on May 25, 2015 at Kids Kastle, 2200 Briarhill Blvd., with the help of the house’s stewards, the Briarhill Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) led by their Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 79 and Marcus High School advisor and the teacher who Senior Cassandra Campbell at the grand opening of the Little inspired Campbell to pursue a Free Library at Kids Kastle, the first of four mini-libraries she is career in teaching and writing, building in Highland Village this summer to earn her Gold Award. Amanda McKnight. These libraries have a “Give a Book, Highland Village does not have a pubTake a Book” policy to help lic library system, so Cassandra Campbell keep the libraries active and inviting. thought it would be beneficial to create This first book house has been registered mini-libraries at several of the area’s city by the Briarhill Middle School NJHS as parks as a Girl Scout project. part of the growing international network Campbell, a Marcus High School senior of Little Free Libraries so anyone searching and Girl Scout ambassador with Service for a mini library in their community can go Unit 406, Troop 79 of Highland Village, online to find a Little Free Library nearby. contacted Linda Cornelius, director of HighThere are currently 25,000 Little Free land Village Parks and Recreation, to pitch Library book exchanges around the world. the idea and found that this was something They are represented in all 50 states and the parks board was already interested in. over 70 countries. To date, 35 million books After presenting her idea at a parks board have been exchanged worldwide through meeting and getting approval by the Girl the exchanges. Scouts of Northeast Texas Gold Award “It was a joy and honor to get to work Council, Campbell set to work. She con- with Cassie in this endeavor. We are excited ducted book drives at her church and in the to be a part of something in our community community collecting hundreds of books of that will foster and encourage a love for the all types for all ages that will stock each of written word,” said Briarhill Middle School the four book houses she will build. A por- teacher Amanda McKnight. tion of her cookie sales and money collected Highland Village residents are encourfrom a troop garage sale, fundraising night aged to come visit the Kids Kastle Little at Chicken Express, and a financial badge Free Library. Bring a favorite book to share workshop hosted by her local Chase Bank branch will provide the funding needed to See LIBRARY on Page A11

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A3


July 2015

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

Well, we had another rainy month in June, causing numerous road and bridge closures due to high water and flooding. Our crews have been busy around the clock monitoring these problem areas and the safety of our citizens is a top priority. Please take extra precaution when approaching these areas and never drive around the barricades. Denton County Earns Prestigious Gold Star Safety Award I’m proud to say that Denton County has once again earned a Gold Star Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) for its record of excellence in involvement and commitment

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

to safety in the workplace, as well as for controlling workers’ compensation claims. The Gold Star Award is reserved for counties with the highest degree of safety commitment and success, and this year’s criteria is much more stringent than in prior years as the loss ratio has changed from .75 to .50. Denton County is one of approximately 300 governmental entities that collectively self-insure their workers’ compensation through the TAC Risk Management Pool. The Association awards this prestigious Gold Star Award to only those Pool members that have demonstrated actions and implemented procedures recognized as proactive in total risk management, and definitely take the effort of every employee in the county. Country Club Road Construction Begins July 20 Our office held a neighborhood meeting on June 24 at the Denton Country Club in Argyle to discuss the much anticipated Country Club Road Reconstruction Project. Key personnel from Denton County Engineering, Road and Bridge West, and the contractor awarded the project, Jagoe-Public Co., were on hand to go over the plans with residents and answer questions. The project is set to begin on July 20 and has an 18-month schedule. For project information and status updates: http:// dentoncounty.com/Departments/Commissioners/Commissioner-Pct4.aspx Avoiding West Nile Virus This Summer With all the rains we’ve had in

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

North Texas, mosquitoes are out in full force. Remember the 4 D’s in your defense against mosquitoes: Drain standing water in your yard or neighborhood to cut mosquito breeding sites. These include old tires, flower pots, and clogged rain gutters. Dusk and dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors, as this is when mosquitoes are most active. Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside and spray thin clothing with repellent. Defend yourself by using an insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. If you experience West Nile Virus symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, disorientation, and/or neck stiffness, immediately contact your doctor or health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, please contact your local emergency room. 35Express Construction Update At McCormick Street in Denton, work on the northbound I-35E bridge has begun. Retaining wall work along the northbound frontage road at this location continues. The beams for the southbound I-35E main-lane bridge being constructed at Corinth Parkway are being placed and the southbound frontage road at Corinth Parkway is being widened to make room for the new frontage road configuration in that area. Work continues on the Lewisville Lake Bridge. Due to high water on Lewisville Lake and limited access near the water, crews are working on the superstructure of the bridge, placing bent caps that top the completed columns, as well as placing deck panels on the beam. Now that the east-west connection of FM 407 at I-35E is permanently severed, commuters will use Garden Ridge and

Page A4

Valley Ridge Boulevards to access east and westbound FM 407. The eastern half of the bridge is expected to be demolished this fall. Beam installation for the newly expanded northbound I-35E bridge over 121 Business was completed in May and crews are now focusing on the southbound bridge over 121 Business. Demolition work in the Lakepointe Shopping Center is in the final stretch. Work has begun on the Sam Rayburn Tollway and will require lane reductions, so please plan your commute accordingly. The bridges over Valwood Parkway are being rehabilitated. Be aware that full intersection closures will take place nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. for this work in July. The southbound Belt Line entrance ramp will close this month and motorists will enter southbound I-35E at the Crosby Road entrance ramp. This summer, crews will place beams for the southbound collector distributor system (between the President George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway), and will use nightly main-lane closures when performing this work. Work continues on the new frontage road bridges near Frankford Road. You can find much more detail on the project website at www.35express.org, as well as additional detour routes and regular updates on lane and road closures and upcoming construction. In addition, access to traffic cameras along I-35E is available. And keep in mind, construction schedules are always subject to change due to weather and other circumstances. If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is andy.eads@dentoncounty.com and my office number is 940-349-2801.


July 2015

INTRODUCING

NEW BUILDERS STARTING FROM THE

LOW $200s

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Highland Homes 940-648-8200 David Weekley Homes 972-323-7558 Plantation Homes 940-648-0351 D.R. Horton 682-231-1959 Horizon Homes 972-801-2358

From sunup to sundown, there’s always something going on at Harvest! Endless Community Activities, Gatherings & Events Exemplary Argyle & Northwest Schools – ONSITE COMMUNITY FARM 'PGTI[ 'HƂEKGPE[ 6GEJPQNQI[ s A Healthy, Active Lifestyle Acres of Parks & Greenbelts – Miles of Trails – Resort-Style Pool

Come experience what it means to Live Smart at this one-of-a-kind community from Hillwood Communities, a Perot Company. New homes available for immediate move-in.

HarvestLiveSmart.com Exit FM407 West off I-35W in Northlake

Page A5


July 2015

Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Peggy Krueger

I can’t believe that June is already over. We want to congratulate Argyle ISD and Liberty Christian for all of their accomplishments that they achieved this year. We are so blessed by having such great schools in our Town. We want to thank our Municipal Court Judge, Larry Miller, for serving Argyle for 37 years. He has been a great contributor to our Town and we wish him the very best. Please take time to let Judge Miller know how much we appreciate his service. We had a workshop prior to our Council meeting last month to discuss our

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

budget and prioritize our goals for the 2016 year. One of the items that we are working include the S-1 Sanitary Sewer Engineering and Design that will provide sanitary sewer service for areas south of FM 407 along Hwy 377. While we have continued to receive interest from commercial developers, we have not been able to provide a timeline as to when we would be ready to commence construction of the sewer line. This will get us closer to that becoming a reality. The Town of Argyle hosted a public input meeting for our residents to provide ideas for parks and recreation. This was a great meeting. The input will not only help us update our Park and Trails Plan but we can also use these ideas as we pursue grant funding for the revitalization and construction of the parks at Argyle Intermediate School. We hope to enter into a partnership with the Argyle See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A21

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

On June 19, the Bartonville Town Council approved the 2015 West Jeter construction project. This large scale project will span West Jeter from Hunter Court to Frenchtown Road and take approximately 75 days from start to finish. With road projects of this magnitude delays and closures are inevitable. Town staff will be sending all residents affected a notice of construction with all the pertinent information regarding the project. Please pay close attention to these instructions to reduce delays. We appreciate your support and hope you will be pleased once the project is complete. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

With the recent heavy rains the Town of Bartonville wants to remind you to “drain after the rain” and utilize mosquito control. We want to urge residents to check their yards for standing water and to empty containers to reduce mosquito breeding sites. The Town of Bartonville also provides larvicide packets which are available at Town Hall on a first come first serve basis. It is important to remember that larvicides are for standing water and stagnant bodies of water. For example, it is not necessary to treat a properly functioning swimming pool with larvicide. Don’t forget the BPD House/Vacation Watch Program if you are going out of town this summer. Our police department provides a Vacation Watch program when you travel. Many of our residents use this service each year where you fill out a form and request a close patrol while you are away. The BPD is pleased to provide this service to all Bartonville residents as needed. Stay safe!

Extravaganza Stationery, Gifts, Invitations and Tyler Candles, Too!!! Highlands Ranch Shopping Center 6100 Long Prairie Road #700

(Next to Mattress Firm in front of Best Buy)

Flower Mound, TX 75028

Store Hours: Mon-Fri 10-7 & Sat 10-5

Page A6

972-899-3550

20% OFF Any One Item

Excluding sale or special order items. Expires August 31, 2015.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A7

Surge Protection Awareness Did You Know? The average cost per claim rose nearly 122% from 2004-2013…due to huge increases in the number and value of consumer electronics in homes. There were 114,740 insurer-paid lightning claims in 2013* The Average Paid Claim was $5,869* Many standard home insurance policies don’t cover power surges or lighting strikes* *NFPA 2014 Report: Data Assessment for Electrical Surge Protection Devices

Learn More and Watch the Videos at Berkeys.com/SurgeProtection

Get a FREE E stimate on Whole-House Power & Lightning Surge Protection

Get Peace of Mind and SAVE with BERKEYS 3-in-1 Whole-House AC, Plumbing & Electrical Annual Service & Discount Membership Plan Up to 15% in Savings CLUB

Priority Scheduling Automatic Extended Warranties

New Customer Special SAVE

50

on Your First Air Conditioning, Plumbing or Electrical Repair

Ref.: Crosstimber Gazette | Expires: Oct 31st, 2015

Learn More & Sign-Up at www.Berkeys.com/PeaceOfMind

Min. $250 Invoice. Limit 1 per household. Cannot be combined with other offers. Cannot be used towards service fee or Maintenance Plan purchase. Show at time of service. Call for Details.

We’re There When You Need Us!

(817) 912-5960 www.Berkeys.com

TACLB41879E | M38424 | TECL30739


July 2015

What’s Happening in Copper Canyon July 2015... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml

Please report Location of your Tornado Storm Shelter to our Fire District! Our AVFD is working on a District wide project to identify and map all storm shelters in its jurisdiction. For your own safety, please report the location of your personal or business Tornado Storm Shelter to Chris Muscle with the Argyle Volunteer Fire District. (940) 464-7254. Every storm shelter in Denton County should be mapped, in case debris from a storm or tornado keeps people from getting out of their shelter afterwards. They could be trapped for days and no one would know that they were underground. If you live in Copper Canyon, please also report the location of your storm shelter to Town Administrator Donna Welsh at Town Hall 940-241-2677 #3.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Summer Heat increases chances of Grass Fires! Please regularly mow your lawn and/or open field area to reduce the fire hazard! REMINDER: No Fireworks allowed in Copper Canyon! Enforceable by Court Fine! No Fireworks allowed in Lantana by Homeowners Association! For the safety of all our families, homes, and even pets – Please comply. Woodland Women’s Club Sponsors Traditional Copper Canyon 4th of July Parade with Hotdogs & Drinks at Town Hall afterwards! For years the Woodland Women’s Club has sponsored our traditional 4th of July Parade. Parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive, with the parade starting at 10:00 a.m. Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger will again provide our Argyle Fire District red fire engine to head the parade. Children are welcome to ride See MAYOR SUE on Page A16

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

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

Fourth of July Festivities The Double Oak Fourth of July Parade is coming up quickly! It starts at 9:30 a.m. at Simmons Road and Oak Trail (north), and ends on Waketon Road at Downing Middle School. Here’s the parade lineup: Ben E. Keith, Black, Mann & Graham, LLP, Dallas Cowboys, Double Oak Concrete, Double Oak Veterinary Medical Center, Kroger, Lisa’s Flowers Garden Center, Living Earth, Rahr & Sons Brewery, Rapid Med, Bridlewood Country Club, Don Vito’s Italian Eatery, Lantana Country Club, Oakmont Country Club, Sterling Brook Custom Homes. A picnic will be held after the parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John B. Wright Memorial Park. Included are food, fun and live music. DOWC Scholarship At their May 19 meeting, the Double Oak Women’s Club was proud to award their

$500 Scholarship to Kayla Blackmon, a 2015 graduate from Marcus High School. Kayla has been very busy pursuing her dreams from the time she was a little girl, beginning with a lemonade stand and a yard mowing business. Today she babysits for 15 families and pet sits for even more families. A member of various honor societies, she also played club soccer and Marcus soccer and still had time to be an officer in the Circle of Friends club at Marcus and go on mission trips with her church. On top of this she has taken advanced placement classes at Marcus and was a member of the PSAT team. Kayla will attend the University of Texas majoring in pre-pharmacy, and the DOWC congratulates her on her hard work in high school and wishes her the very best as she heads off to college in Austin! Event Raises Funds For New Portable Defibrillator Thank you to all the participants of the Cars and Coffee event sponsored by the Double Oak Women’s Club! The owners of approximately 70 vehicles braved the morning heat to display their cars See DOUBLE OAK on Page A15

because she is worth it INSTANTLY SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE LjǤ Ǥ ĆÃé»Ǥ ±Ă±é­ ¥â±Ǥ eĆ÷º±ĊĊÃ÷é âĊ LjǤ Ǥ è ijÃé»Ǥ ĘĊē÷è±ĆǤ m±ĆĢæ± LjǤ E÷¦ ââĩǤ÷ģé±­ LjǤ ǤEæ±éĊ±­Ǥ ÷é­±­ǤǤ ȧǤ*éĊĘƱ­Ǥ

Page A8

A Neighbor You Can Trust!

214-676-8575 www.yourhandymandfw.com Insured and Bonded

972-219-0353 ragmops.net

Then: Harold was a pilot in 1945. Now: He’s still soaring! Whether your loved one was a dancer, farmer, teacher, or gourmet cook, we tailor our memory care to each resident’s interests and needs. Schedule a tour to see why there’s So Much More...at Autumn Leaves.

AUTUMN LEAVES OF FLOWER MOUND

3201 Karnes Rd. | Flower Mound, TX 75022 | (972) 355-5432 | ID#103044 AutumnLeaves.com


July 2015

Flower Mound Mayor’s Message By Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden

As I’m sure you’re aware, Flower Mound experienced historic flooding in May and June, forcing the closure of FM 2499 and Fairway Drive (Dam Road). On June 17, I signed a Declaration of Disaster Proclamation and Mandatory Evacuation Order. This order allowed emergency responders to evacuate residents as public safety and welfare dictated and flood waters rose. Although Grapevine Lake received a substantial amount of precipitation throughout the month of May, the rainfall from Tropical Depression Bill inundated the already saturated watershed, which spans for hundreds of squaremiles northwest of Flower Mound, with anywhere from 4- to 10-inches of rain in less than 48-hours. Fortunately, Flower

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Mound Emergency Personnel did not have to conduct any mandatory evacuations. Just like any natural disaster, it is impossible to completely prepare for the unforeseen circumstances. However, our dedicated staff was more than willing to go above and beyond to help mitigate the situation. Whether it was posting updates about the roadways or creating detour maps for our residents, the Flower Mound Emergency Operations Center was fully activated following Tropical Depression Bill. Our police officers assisted drivers by directing traffic during peak hours and worked alongside the fire department to prevent people from going around the blockades into unsafe or flooded areas. Behind the scenes, they met with TxDOT, Northgate Constructors, and the City of Grapevine to continually assess the situation and visited residents who reside in homes below the floodplain several times a day to evaluate conditions. See FM COUNCIL on Page A25

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Highland Village Update By Highland Village Mayor Charlotte Wilcox

Summer is in full swing, and we’ve got the heat and humidity to prove it. I don’t know about you, but the cool days of May seem a distant memory now! But the rain that came with those cooler temperatures is definitely not a distant memory as we are still experiencing the side effects. There has been quite a lot happening in our city the last month and there is a lot more to do. Highland Village Road and the I-35E frontage road were underwater for weeks making it difficult to enter and exit the city on the east side. We were able to open Highland Village Road the same day AGL Constructors opened the Garden Ridge exit only to have to close it temporarily when the water came over

the roadway again. That portion of Highland Village Road is currently considered part of AGL Constructor’s responsibility as they build the new I-35E bridge. This is good for us in that AGL will be re-constructing that portion of Highland Village Road, raising it so it meets the new frontage road and flooding in that area will no longer be an issue. Also though, AGL must maintain and consider all safety aspects of the roads within their construction project. Since Highland Village Road is only two lanes with no shoulder and the lake levels are right at the road border, the safety of drivers travelling the road has to be addressed. The City is working with AGL to allow us the opportunity to provide for safe travel. We are doing that by reducing the speed limit in that area to 20 mph, placing electronic message boards reminding travelers to slow down through the area and will use all our communication and enforcement tools to encourage travelers to slow down in the area. One acciSee HV UPDATE on Page A25

boutique

Smile of the Month Name: Nicholas Ryer

1400 Shoal Creek, #150

972-317-5494

This season we pay homage to California’s sun and surf lifestyle with a fusion of blue hues ranging from a light blue ‘sky’ to ‘ink,’ at the dark end of the spectrum. We especially favor them against pure white...so fresh!

shoe

Grade/School: 10th grader at Marcus HS

3000 Village Pkwy., Ste 430, Highland Village, TX

gronbergorthodontics.com 972-966-2326

boutique

4141 Waller Creek, #160

Activities: ȱ ǰȱ ȱ ȱę

Dr. Davis and Nicholas with his awesome new smile!

Page A9

Escape in style to the beautiful island of Capri in this mixed media sandal with five leather bands to secure the foot. Inspired by the 5 rings encircling Neptune, this ultra hip layered leather bracelet has a magnetic closure.

With its braided detailing and flirty tassel, this touchably soft organizer includes a long strap for wearing crossbody.

Fashionable fold-over wallet with plenty of pockets and card slots.

972-317-5393

Wish Lists Layaway Free Gift Wrapping

brightsideboutique.net


July 2015

News From Your Neighborhood

More Signs Will Warn Speeders Drivers will soon be getting more feedback on their speed as Lantana officials recently approved purchasing more radar feedback signs. The two fresh water district boards at their joint meeting in June agreed to acquire two portable speed feedback signs at a cost of $2,651 per unit. The digital signs display drivers’ speeds and collect data such as average speed and traffic volume. The signs are mounted below existing speed limit signs and can be moved to different locations as needed. Lantana currently has four speed feedback signs; two on Lantana Trail and a pair on Stacee Lane. Stacee Lane is two lanes and feeds traffic to Blanton Elementary School and Harpool Middle School. Lantana General Manager Kevin Mercer’s original request was to purchase four signs. He explained that the existing radar signs were too heavy to easily relocate on a regular basis. The new units weigh 30 pounds each, Mercer said, compared to the four existing signs that are 75 pounds each. “The large radar signs we have now are so difficult to move and relocate that we decided to go out and look and see if there were some smaller ones that would be more appropriate to use within a neighborhood,” explained Mercer. He named several subdivisions where speeding was a concern, including Bellaire, Bandera, Larkspur and Wimberley. Board member Andrew Kloser suggest-

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

ed starting out with two signs to see how easy they would be to move to needed locations. “We can easily find homes for four, but we can start with two,” said Mercer. Concrete Repairs To Commence Summer is here and that means it’s time for the community’s annual street and sidewalk repair project. The two fresh water supply districts at their June meetings approved a contract with Dallas-based Concrete Preservation for $47,000 to perform concrete repairs on roads and sidewalks within the community. Lantana General Manager Kevin Mercer said that the work this year involves 3,000 square feet of road paving and over a thousand square feet of sidewalk removal and replacement. Motorists are urged to use caution on Lantana Trail as there will be various lane closures during the month of July while repairs are being made. Phillips Leaving Lantana Golf Club

Jamie, Grant, and Stephen Phillips

After 13 years at Lantana Golf Club, Stephen Phillips is heading to San Antonio to take the titles of Regional VP of Dominion Golf Group and General Manager of Dominion County Club. “This is bittersweet and exciting,” said See LANTANALINKS on Page A12

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Robson Ranch: Denton City Council Update By Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3

It’s been a busy month for the Denton City Council. Newly elected members were sworn in on May 19th. We meet every Tuesday. You can pull up the City Council Agenda each week, prior to the meeting. This Agenda is posted online at cityofdenton. com and is available beginning on Thursday evening, prior to our Tuesday meeting. Citizens can read the attachments, called “back up” and it’s fascinating to keep up with all of this material. Denton is truly at a crossroads, as development is coming up 35W. Our schedule is full, meetings are long, sometimes 12 hours, but it’s all important, as our city grows. You can watch the meetings at cityofdenton.com either while they happen, or after they’ve been recorded. I campaigned on transparency and open government. In that light, I welcome emails and phone calls, as we address so many issues. I want to pass an Ethics Ordinance (Denton doesn’t have one) and I want to limit our “Closed Meetings” as citizens and the press are not allowed in those meetings. I understand that some

Page A10

of the closed meetings are due to litigation, and I understand that blanket, but in terms of city business, I want the citizens to have access to their local government. I can’t change the system in one month, but I will remain constant in my outlook and goals. I’ve volunteered for four City Council committees: Airport Committee, Ethics Committee, Development Code Review Committee and the Council Historical Landmark Committee. All of these areas are important to me, and I look forward to shaping the direction we will take as a city. Economic development is on the way, in the 35W corridor. Stay tuned for details. The new city budget is also coming down the pipeline, and I’m ready to ask a lot of questions, and keep taxes and spending in line. I welcome your input, since this is YOUR money. I look forward to neighborhood meetings, across my district. District 3 reaches from north to south, across the entire west side of Denton. It’s home to a wide variety of neighborhoods, the University of North Texas campus, the airport, and much of Denton’s undeveloped land for residential and commercial projects. It’s an exciting time to be on Denton’s City Council, and I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is Kathleen.Wazny@cityofdenton.com and my cell phone for calls/texts is 940367-0171. Let’s make these decisions together.

Got News? Let Us Know!

news@crosstimbersgazette.com


July 2015

Library

Continued from Page A3

and pick up a new one for free and keep the love of books and reading going for generations of Highland Village residents. The Briarhill group also created a special Facebook page to share the news. “I applaud Cassie Campbell’s work in creating the Little Free Libraries in Highland Village. The libraries form a community around those of us who love to read and

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

share books with others,” said Highland Village Mayor Charlotte Wilcox. “This is a wonderful gift Cassie has given our city.” Campbell is working toward earning the highest leadership award available to Girl Scouts, the Gold Leadership Award. The Gold Award project must be done as an individual and be a minimum of 80 hours serving a need in the community outside of Girl Scouts that is sustainable with at least 20 of those hours exhibiting leadership.

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Campbell, who aspires to be a writer and teach English language arts, chose to focus on literacy and access to books for her Gold Award project. Cassie’s plans include constructing and installing three more Book Houses this summer in Highland Village at Turpin Park, 223 Turpin Drive; Bruce Lockhart Lions Club Park, 500 Highland Village Dr.; and Pilot Knoll Park campground, 218A Orchard Hill Rd.

Page A11

Two of these little libraries will be maintained by Audrey and Dan Vacek and their sons, Parker and Charlie, who will also help construct and install the libraries they plan to steward. The last one will be installed at Pilot Knoll Park’s campground area. This little library does not yet have a steward committed to stocking and maintaining it after it is built so Campbell and her family will maintain it until one is identified.

CAN A REALTOR GIVE LEGAL ADVICE The answer is no. REALTORS are not attorneys and under Texas law they cannot give any legal advice but instead should suggest to their client that they seek advice

when needed. In order to assist real estate licensees in working with buyers and sellers in selling homes, the TEXAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION known as TREC established a committee to design contract forms and addendums for use by the licensees. This committee is made up of lawyers, real estate brokers and representatives from the general public. Once the draft contracts and all applicable addendums are completed and approved, the forms then become promulgated by TREC. Once promulgated the real estate licensee is required to use them without changes unless the buyer or seller requires a change. Under the licensing act, licensees must use the forms provided and are only allowed to fill in the blanks as required for the particular transac-

tion. Only a principal in the transaction or an attorney can make strike-outs or changes to the promulgated forms. The licensee is trained in how to properly represent their client during the entire process of marketing, finding and selling a home and facilitating the sale. Under most circumstances attorneys are not used through out the transaction but can be consulted at any time the client feels it is necessary. If you have any additional questions about the use of an attorney during the sale or purchase of property I would be happy to help try and answer them. Gary Kuhatschek is a real estate broker selling in this area for the past 28 years with RE/MAX Cross Country REALTORS located at 1990 Justin Rd. in Highland Village. He can be reached at 972 317-9401 or garyk@rmccdfw.com.

107 31 16 $1,490,000 $290,000 $436,500 $535,108 $131.99 127

21 4 2 $925,000 $370,000 $680,000 $688,750 $166.03 156

3 1 0 $469,900 N/A N/A N/A $166.16 136

9 1 1 $1,400,000 N/A N/A N/A $274.67 184

16 4 5 $571,000 $400,000 $488,300 $499,825 $133.47 50

295 139 100 $985,000 $142,000 $360,000 $384,118 $127.36 55

59 27 20 $600,000 $220,000 $365,000 $375,437 $115.18 65

103 48 21 $590,000 $205,000 $360,000 $377,307 $115.89 80

97%

96%

98%

85%

98%

101%

97%

98%

Statistics for the Month of May 15, 2015 - June 15, 2015 Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed

DOUBLE OAK

BARTONVILLE

LANTANA

Twin Lakes Beauty!! 1 Acre Lot great for Entertaining. Kitchen has updated exotic granite along with built in china cabinet. Master Bedroom looks out to pool and backyard oasis. Master Bath has been upgraded with Kohler jetted tub granite countertops and travertine tile. Office, Family, Living, &Dining Rooms round out Downstairs. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms with 2 full baths with updated granite and tile + game room. Pool was replastered 2015. $549,900

Charming Custom Built One Story Home on 2+Acres in sought after Bartonville. Four Bedrooms with Three Full Baths. Kitchen has tile floors, granite counter tops, gas cook top and built in oven and microwave. Living Room, Dining Room and Halls have light hardwood floors. Bar area has granite counter tops and door out to back deck area. Three Car Garage and plenty of storage space in attic. Lots of trees and horse riding path is behind the house. $519, 900

Outstanding home on an over sized corner lot! Dramatic two story ceiling in Family Room gives an open & bright feel. Large Gourmet Kitchen with granite, SS appliances, 5-burner gas cooktop & Double ovens. Wood floors throughout first floor with carpet in master. Upstairs includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths & both a game and media room. Covered patio outback faces east perfect size for a pool. Located in Walking Distance to Adkins Elementary School. $399,900

ARGYLE

DOUBLE OAK

CORINTH

Great Home in Sought After Canyon Oaks! Floor Plan is great with Master and Guestrooms Downstairs each with own bath and Two Bedrooms upstairs share a Jack-N-Jill Bath. Dining Room has great Transom Windows looking out the the Pool and wooded backyard. Kitchen has granite and SS Double Ovens. Formal and Family Living Areas are both Downstairs allowing for great entertainment flow. Backyard Features a Gazebo with Hot Tub and Saltwater Pool. $424,900

Lovely home on beautifully manicured 1 acre lot. Grand entrance has marble flooring and sweeping staircase leading to 3 upstairs bedrooms and 2 full baths. Tiled Kitchen is updated with granite, gas cook top and double ovens. Master Suite downstairs with garden tub. Hardwoods in Living, Dining and Family Rooms. Plantations shutters throughout. Backyard is magazine worthy, with granite pathways leading to the Koi pond, gazebo, hot tub & Bridges. $514,900

Perfect One Story Home in Oakmont! Three Bedrooms with Two Full and One Half Bath. Tile in the Entry and Kitchen. Fantastic Kitchen for Entertaining with access to Dining & Dining Room. Breakfast Bar, Large Island with Cook Top and Over sized Pantry. Backyard has plenty of room for a pool and several large trees, beautiful grass and extended patio perfect for a relaxing fire pit. The formal living could easily be converted to a study. One Owner!! $249,900


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

LantanaLinks Continued from Page A10

Phillips. “As much as I loved my time in Lantana, this is an opportunity that I can’t turn down. Lantana is a great place to raise a family but it is time for a new venture.” Phillips has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and worked for the Lantana Golf Club since it opened in 2002, the same year he moved to the community. He started as Chef and Food & Beverage Director and climbed the ladder to Operations Manager, General Manager and in 2011 was promoted to his current position as Dallas Regional Manager for Dominion, which acquired the club from Lantana developer Republic Property Group in 2010. His responsibilities included oversight of both the Lantana and Bridlewood golf clubs. Phillips also served the community as a board member for Denton County Development District #4 since Nov. 2013. He attended Texas Tech University where he majored in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Phillips said that he is interviewing his successor and an announcement will be made soon. Golfers Raise Funds to Build Homes for Veterans On the heels of National Flag Day, nonprofit Helping A Hero hosted a golf tournament at Lantana on June 15 to benefit construction of adapted homes for wounded veterans. Golfers, businesses, and others came out to support the mission, compete, and meet two local Heroes—Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Johnnie Yellock II, USAF and Corporal (Ret.) Hardy “Sonny” Mills, USMC. The non-profit is currently working on an adapted home for Yellock in Lantana. “This community has really come together to rally behind Yellock and our other Heroes in the Wounded Hero Home

Ivy Adams, 13, of Lantana received a full scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive program in New York City. Ivy will be an 8th grader at Harpool Middle School this fall. She trains locally at Denton Ballet Academy.

Program,” said Helping A Hero Chairman, Bob Clark. Helping A Hero understands the critical role the community plays in the lives of these veterans as they adjust to their ‘new normal,’ and we couldn’t be more thrilled by the response from the Lantana area.” Helping A Hero adapted homes are not free. The homes are typically valued at $250,000 and, unlike similar organizations, are provided to veterans for a mortgage of about $50,000 and a commitment to reside in the home for at least 10 years. “We veterans, are very capable people. It’s refreshing to be offered a hand up rather than a handout,” said Yellock. Recent Police Calls June 3 – Fraud - 8700 block of Tyler Dr. (Magnolia) - Victim stated a known person cashed a check without completing a job. June 4 - Runaway/Truancy - 400 block of Spring Creek Dr. (Magnolia) - Caller

said his son left the house and had not returned. June 5 – Fraud - 700 block of Keeler St. (Sandlin) - Victim stated someone obtained his checking account information and tried to withdraw money. June 8 – Fraud - 8600 block of Jefferson Way (Heritage) - Victim stated someone used his information to open a Verizon account. June 10- Fraud - 8200 block of Carter St. (Sandlin) - Victim stated a known person changed agreed upon contract without his consent. June 15 – Fraud - 8200 block of Tyler Dr. (Brazos) - Unknown person used victim`s identifying information to create and make charges to fraudulent Comcast and Amazon accounts.

Page A12

Development Watch Lantana had 3,165 occupied homes as of June 24 with an estimated population of 10,286. There were 95 new home sales recorded year-to-date as of May 31, with the average new home selling for $403,054 or $129.99 per square foot. The Reata addition consists of 90 lots and is located north of Tanner Parkway adjacent to golf hole 16. Construction is scheduled to be completed in November. Builders are anticipated to be Highland Homes and Standard Pacific. LionsGate Homes will be the builder in the 52 lot Garner West subdivision under construction between Simmons Road and the Fairlin addition. Roads should be completed by the end of July. SuperCuts, The Tutoring Center, Tokyo Samurai Restaurant and Lantana Spa and Nails will be the first tenants in the strip center next to Kroger at Lantana Town Center. Plans were submitted for Terry Donuts, Lantana Eyecare and Nathan Romney DDS. There will also be another dentist’s office and a doctor’s office within the strip center. Construction should commence soon on an 8,100 square foot multi-tenant building in Lantana Town Center consisting of four lease spaces. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Domino’s, Starbucks and one other business is expected to occupy the building. Completion is scheduled for October on Primrose School of Lantana, located at 7020 FM 407, between CVS and Pizza Hut. Construction is underway on a 10,474 square-foot, three tenant retail strip center at the northeast corner of Simmons and FM 407 adjacent to the dry cleaners. A sandwich shop and dance studio will be located in the building TxDOT has approved a stoplight at the intersection of Branch Crossing and FM 407. The signal is expected to be installed in the next 12 months.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A13

Revolutionary Weight Loss Program Changing Lives for Women 40 and Older Lose 20 - 40+ Pounds in as Little as 6 Weeks! GUARANTEED! “I always wanted to do something meaningful,” Dr. Bao Thai says. “I always wanted to help people.” And so, each and every day, Dr. Thai does just that through his work at Swisher Chiropractic in Corinth. Born in Florida and growing up in Houston, it pained Dr. Thai to watch his mother struggle with a myriad of health issues. As he watched her take a cocktail of medications day in and day out, Dr. Thai yearned to help her find long-term health. When it came time for Dr. Thai to choose a profession, the memories flooded in, and he knew he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, ultimately landing in chiropractic. “I just gravitated toward [chiropractic],” he remembers. “Chiropractors want to help people without the need of medication. Chiropractic has furthered my philosophy of wanting to do things naturally.” From wheelchair-bound patients struggling with neuropathy to the obese grasping at straws, Dr. Thai and his team at Swisher Chiropractic treat individuals grappling with debilitating diseases day in and day out. Whatever the patient’s medical history, Dr. Thai approaches each case with one mission in mind: to help in a meaningful way. “I show a lot of love to my patients,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat and cried with my patients. I genuinely care. They’re my brother … my sister.” In a sea of impersonal, business-only doctors, this deep-rooted concern for others sets Dr. Thai apart. But he’s got more going for him than a kind and compassionate bedside manner. Dr. Thai knows his stuff. Not only is Dr. Thai a doctor of chiropractic, but he is also a natural healthcare expert, author, “weight-loss guru,” and doctor to athletes all over the metroplex. To provide his patients with the very best care, Dr. Thai sets aside time each day in his jam-packed schedule to read medical journals and educate himself on the latest research in his field. “My wife will tell you, I’m constantly reading,” he says. Drawing from his Vietnamese heritage and American education, Dr. Thai strives to provide natural remedies, while staying on top of chiropractic research. “I have more of an open mind,” Dr. Thai says, explaining what makes his approach to health care unique. “I want to research and find different alternatives … I have a passion for learning how to do what I do better.” It was this yearning for a better, and more holistic, approach to treating patients that ultimately led to Dr. Thai’s weight-loss program, established five years ago. Searching for an answer to help his overweight patients suffering from back pain, Dr. Thai found a doctor from Europe who had developed a unique weight-loss system. After testing the system and making refinements of his own, Dr. Thai began offering his patients a plan that would help them lose between a half a pound to two pounds a day.

“We’re seeing an average weight loss of 25-45 pounds in 40 days,” he explains. An average female will lose 25 pounds, and an average male will lose 35 pounds in six weeks or less.

$50 OFF

Looking to start your own weight-loss journey? If you are one of the first 25 callers to schedule your no cost/no obligation consultation and mention that you saw Dr. Thai in The Cross Timbers Gazette, you will receive a $50 discount good toward any of his guaranteed weight-loss programs. To learn more about Dr. Thai’s program, call 940-220-6752 or visit www.makemeskinny.info. Disclaimer: Individual results may vary, depending on starting weight, adherence to the program and other factors. Complete details can be reviewed prior to starting the program in our office.

The program, which Dr. Thai says has helped hundreds of patients get healthy and finally overcome their struggles with weight, has since grown into a specialty at Swisher Chiropractic. “I’m very excited to be able to help people lose the weight and change their life,” he says. “I know deep down that what we’ve provided them with is going to provide them with a better quality of life.” Dr. Thai’s weight-loss program focuses on balancing hormones in the body naturally, and removing toxins in the body on a cellular level. A healthy alkaline-based food management plan helps users shed the pounds, while natural lipotropic drops are used to raise metabolic levels without affecting the person’s nervous system. This program is also customized based upon the individual’s needs. “One of the reasons that this plan works so well is that it speeds up the process of time,” says Dr. Thai. “Most programs are very slow, and people quit because they

don’t see results and are consistently hungry. The uniqueness of this program is that the products are natural. There are no drugs or surgery used, and people don’t even have to exercise. If they commit to the following process, they will succeed.” Dr. Thai recalls a patient named Mark who came to him particularly downtrodden. In his mid-60s and overweight, Mark knew he had to make a change when, while walking down a mountain ravine with his wife, he found himself out of breath, his joints aching. As he stopped to rest, he looked up to see an 85-year-old man hiking up the ravine, showing not a single sign of strain. “He felt ashamed,” Dr. Thai says. “He felt ashamed that someone so much older than him was able to do something that he wasn’t anymore.” Mark turned to Dr. Thai, who put together a custom doctorsupervised weight-loss program. At his two-month follow-up appointment, Mark could hardly wait to tell the doctor that he lost over 50 pounds and about his recent experience at a Dallas Cowboys game, where he had walked across I-30 to the stadium, and up stairs to upper-level seating, without once losing his breath. “I love the fact that I know that I’ve made a difference,” Dr. Thai says, reflecting on the rewards he reaps from helping others reach their weightloss goals. “If someone is able to lose 50 pounds, and their chance of having a stroke or heart attack has severely diminished, I know that means they’re still able to play with their grandchildren. They’re still able to travel with their spouse. For me that’s the biggest joy I get out of doing what I do.” Dr. Thai also gets joy out of practicing what he preaches by making health a priority in his own life. “I want to be able to show my patients that living a healthy life is possible,” he says. “That’s the only way I can sit here and say, ‘This is what you need to do.’” He’s an avid tennis player and a cooking aficionado. Each day Dr. Thai cooks dinner for his wife of nearly 12 years Suzanne, a dentist, and 5-year-old son Connor. For Dr. Thai and Suzanne, health is a family affair — much like work. The two share an office space. “We joke that you can come in and have your teeth and spine worked on all in the same day.” Just like with his patients, Dr. Thai strives to show his family love on a daily basis. Dr. Thai takes his work very seriously, as he tries to balance his professional and personal life. “I try to maximize every minute that I have,” he says. Whether spending time with his family or creating a weight-loss plan for a patient at the end of his rope, Dr. Thai makes it a point to be fully engaged in whatever he’s doing. And his dedication has paid off, not only for Dr. Thai personally, but for hundreds of patients who have given up on quick fixes and diet trends, and opted to follow his guidance. “There are a lot of different options out there,” Dr. Thai acknowledges. There are many reasons why Dr. Thai’s program works, including that fact that it is easy to follow and involves real, high-quality food. More importantly, it’s sustainable, because people learn what foods to eat and what foods to avoid in order to make permanent lifestyle changes. “Weight loss has almost become a fad these days,” Dr. Thai says. “Everyone wants to lose weight. There are so many options, but we’re different. You can do it naturally and get results. There’s always a better option.”

3941 FM 2181, Corinth, TX 76210 Only 12 minutes from Flower Mound & Highland Village

Call Today to Schedule Your Appointment! 940-220-6752


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A14


July 2015

Double Oak

Continued from Page A8

in the Downing Middle School parking lot on Saturday, June 6, in support the club’s efforts to raise funds for a portable defibrillator for the Double Oak Police Department. A donation of $10 per car, plus donut and coffee donations enabled the DOWC to achieve its goal! Many visitors from Double Oak and surrounding communities enjoyed viewing the

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

diverse group of cars from Model A’s to 2015 Corvettes! Donuts and coffee were supplied by DOWC members and Village Donuts. Signs and banners for the event were provided by Sign Central of Flower Mound. Thank you also to Lisa’s Flowers for their generous contribution. Many thanks to the community for making this event such a big success!

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Cruise Planners – Melinda Fletcher; Excite Gym & Cheer – Highland Village; Fifth Street Motors – Lewisville; Humphrey & Associates – Denton; Jill Dawson – Passport Health Plano; Kwik Kar – Lantana ; Lantana Dry Cleaners – Lantana ; Living Earth – Double Oak; McAllister’s – Flower Mound; Mosquito Joe’s – Frisco; North Dallas Garden Design – Double Oak; North Texas

Photo Booth – Lewisville; Peggy Durbin – Double Oak; Piranha Killer Sushi – Flower Mound; Rapid Med – Highland Village; Rosa’s Café – Flower Mound; Salerno’s – Flower Mound; Savory Bistro - Bartonville; Second Home Furniture – Lewisville; Select Air Conditioning – Lewisville; Skintastic – Plano; Snooty Pig – Highland Village; and Su Vino Winery – Grapevine

Casino Night A Success The Double Oak Women’s Club would like to thank all who helped to make their annual Casino Night fundraising event a great success. It was well attended and lots of fun, and approximately $2,200 was raised for the club’s community service fund. Please support the generous donors listed below by taking the time to thank them and/ or patronize their businesses: AAA Heating & Air – Irving; Barnes & Noble – Highland Village; Bennett Law Firm – Lewisville ; Bonnie Morrow – ASL Sales; Boughton Outdoor – Double Oak; Buffalo Wild Wings – Highland Village; Candy DOWC Community Service Chair, Kathy Shake (left) Lamel – BeautiControl– Double Oak; presents the scholarship award to Kayla Blackmon, Carol Johnson – Omega Atomizers – with her mother Monica Blackmon, at the club’s last Roanoke; Charming Charlie – Highgeneral meeting in May. land Village; Cotton Patch – Flower Mound; Cristina’s – Flower Mound;

At a recent Double Oak Town Council meeting, town officials joined with the Double Oak Police and Volunteer Fire Department to thank the Double Oak Women’s Club for more than 40 years of civic service and presented a joint proclamation that declared Tuesday, June 16, 2015 as Double Oak Women’s Club Appreciation Day.

FACT:

85% of core brain structure is developed by age four. PRIMROSE WAY:

Recommending the right activity at the right time is child’s play. CALL FOR A TOUR. Primrose School of NE Flower Mound 972.691.3815 | PrimroseFlowerMound.com

Primrose School of Wellington

972-691-9595 | PrimroseWellington.com

Page A15

Each Primrose school is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools® and The Leader in Early Education and CareSM are registered trademarks and service marks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2015 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See primroseschools.com for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.


July 2015

Mayor Sue

Continued from Page A8

on top of the engine, but the limited numbers of seats go fast. Many thanks to the firefighters who volunteer their time to drive the engine - and to help our children and their parents up and down the vertical rear ladder to reach the top of the fire engine. The parade route winds slowly

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

through the Woodlands Subdivision, returning to Town Hall. Chairman Carol Owens invites you to “Come join the fun. Be in the parade. Decorate your car, golf cart, tractor, motorcycle or anything that moves (trailers, bikes, scooters, even wagons - if you can jog at a pace to keep up with the parade.) Bring the kids and get ready to have fun! If you don’t want to be in the parade,

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A16

join us on your front lawn and cheer the parade on! Immediately after the parade, everyone is welcome for hotdogs & drinks in front of Town Hall.” NOTE: Town Hall will be open with restrooms available and tables and seating inside in the air conditioned space.

Dad was a good man, and he did a lot of good things.” Tom’s widow Glenda Chiles still resides in the family home in Copper Canyon. (Tom Chiles’ obituary was in the Argyle Methodist Church, and both the Lewisville and Flower Mound Leader area newspapers.)

Tom Chiles – Patriarch of Copper Canyon family passes In 1977 Tom Chiles bought acreage in Copper Canyon east off of Copper Canyon Road. For 3 years, from 1977 to 1980, Chiles enlisted (proscripted?) his three sons Mike, Larry and Joe to clear the acreage and build the roads and the lake. Youngest son Joe said “For three years he and his two brothers, and MANY friends, picked up rocks and built fences all day long. There were no days off. If the brothers finished 30 minutes before dark, their dad Tom was sure they could unload one more trailer by vehicle headlights.” The Chiles family had lived in Highland Village since 1964, but began to move to Copper Canyon in the mid-1980’s. In 1978 son Larry Chiles was the first to build his home in the Chiles family compound in Copper Canyon. Patriarch Tom Chiles built his home in 1980. Youngest son Joe Chiles and wife Shari Chiles built their home in the Copper Canyon family compound in 1985. Son Mike built his home in 1998. Youngest son Joe Chiles, was born 9 years after his middle brother Mike. Joe said, “I was supposed to be a girl named “Sue Ann” after his mother’s sisters. Instead, he was named “Joe Allen Chiles” after his two older brothers. The adult Joe served honorably as Copper Canyon’s Mayor Pro Tem for many years! Tom Chiles passed June 19th, 2015 at 90 years of age. He was at home in Copper Canyon with all his family there. Son Joe said the last 3-5 years had been “decent.” Tom was struggling, but not in pain, but his quality of life had diminished and he was not happy about that. Joe said, “My

Herm Humphreys passing – in the words of his wife of 58 years, Anita. “Herman Humphreys was born in Dallas, TX, 2/20/1931 and passed away after a long illness on 6/8/2015 in Copper Canyon, TX. He was 84 years old. The SMU graduate was an Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. Herm was an Irving resident for 38 years; then moved to Copper Canyon in 2002. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anita; and their 4 Children - Neva, Carla, Stewart, and Dina; plus 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Herm and his wife “Nita” had a sporting goods store in Irving for 10 years. They specialized in clothing and equipment for youth teams. The store was lost to a devastating fire, which destroyed everything except for an engraving machine. Two years later on a Thanksgiving Day (the only one they spent away from home), their house burned down. The only thing that survived the fire was the engraving machine that they had salvaged from the store fire. By this time, they decided someone was trying to tell them something, so they went into the awards business. Herm thoroughly enjoyed this business, until he retired in 2007 due to health reasons. Herm was a very loving person, but especially loved all children. He was the type of person who the neighborhood kids would come to the door and ask if he could come out and play. He coached kids’ baseball, softball, and football. He played softball for years as a young adult. Then when he turned 53 he got his old softball buddies together and joined a senior softball league which he enjoyed for See MAYOR SUE on Page A18


July 2015

LEE P. ONEACRE DDS

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

JOHN C. SHILLINGBURG DDS

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A17


July 2015

Mayor Sue

Continued from Page A16

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

as the annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children. And for the last few years, she has lovingly cared for her husband Herm in their home here. Thank you, Nita, for all you have personally given to your extensive family, your friends and neighbors, and especially to your husband of 58 years!)

the next 13 years until he was 66. His other passion was puppies. He took in more rescue dogs than I could count during his lifetime. He loved them all and cared for them all until they passed away of old age. His greatest hope was that he would get to see them all when Roy and Annell Bradford celebrate he passed away. That is the way I pic- their 60th Wedding Anniversary! ture him now, surrounded by all his furry Annell Bradfriends.” Anita Humphreys ford grew up (NOTE: For the last decade plus, Nita in Richland Humphreys has been a wonderful volSprings in Cenunteer in our Town! Neighborhood tral, Texas. Roy Watch Block Captain for Rolling Acres, grew up in our diligent proof reader for endless hours on local area, called the original Copper Canyon Cookbook Waketon then. Committee, helper each December at the The couple met Town Santa Party for Copper Canyon in college. AnKids, and active member of the Copper Roy and Annell Bradford nell was atCanyon Women’s Club in their many tending Texas charitable community endeavors such State College for Women in Denton,

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

now known as TWU. She graduated in 1957 with a Home Economics Education degree. Roy was attending North Texas State Teachers College, now known as UNT. He graduated with a Banking/Finance Degree in 1956. He was right out of the Army, having served in the “Korean incident.” They met in October, 1954 and married 8 months later on June 4th, 1955 in the Little Chapel in the Woods on the TWU campus. They lived in Denton for 6 years. In 1962 they moved to Copper Canyon and built a home on Jernigan Road. Annell said it was a “no man’s land” then. She only saw the school bus and the mailman. For 40 years the Bradfords had celebrated their wedding anniversaries in Salado, Texas at the Stagecoach Inn. But road construction on I-35 discouraged them this year. Their daughter Lori Hannah said “Isn’t there some place locally we could use?” Annell and Roy were surprised to realize that Copper Canyon’s Town Hall was not only available, but residents were encouraged to use it! So, daughter Lori Hannah arranged the anniversary event there and served as the hostess! Twenty-six family members and friends attended: the Bradfords son Roy Bradford, Jr. and his wife Debbie (also Copper Canyon residents on Jernigan Road next door to Roy and Annell); daughter Andrea Duwe and husband Rick from Greenwood in Wise County; and daughter Lori Hannah and husband Brett from Weatherford, Texas. In addition, 7 of 9 grandchildren attended and all 4 male great-grandchildren, including the youngest one only three months old! Roy Bradford has for years mowed the grounds around Town Hall and maintained the crepe myrtle trees in front of our long ranch style front porch. Annell Bradford has also for years, as a labor of

Page A18

love, quilted blankets for indigent newborns in Denton County. As a couple, the Bradfords attend almost every Copper Canyon Town Council Meeting. The Bradfords even attend Council Meetings when the meetings are routine, simply required by State law, or just plain dull but include Town business that must be addressed. Many times, Roy and Annell have been the only ones in the “audience” for a Council Meeting. Roy and Annell Bradfords’ familiar faces in the audience each month at Council Meetings reinforce why you agreed to be on Council in the first place. We have a town of incredible individuals, who are willing to donate their time to give back to our community. The Bradfords are living proof of the old fashioned concept of “neighbor taking care of neighbors.” It’s a Small World: Dartmouth University and Copper Canyon! Copper Canyon resident June Tyler is very proud of her niece Lindsay Tyler’s recent graduation from Dartmouth University! Lindsay is the daughter of June’s brother; that branch of the Tyler family still resides in New England in Connecticut. Town Administrator Donna Welsh is also very proud of her oldest grandson Drew Hunnicutt, who is entering Dartmouth as a freshman this fall. Donna and grandson Drew’s family will be attending the annual Dartmouth-Harvard game on Dartmouth’s campus in October. Drew is the son of Donna’s daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Michael Hunnicutt. Donna’s home is across the street from the new home the Hunnicutts recently built in Saddlebrook in Bartonville. This gives Donna a wonderful opportunity to be a “hands-on” grandmother with granddaughter Ashley, and especially with youngest grandson Alex, age 8.


July 2015

Donuts

Continued from Page A1

cheer, and of course the irresistible fresh bakery smells envelope the place. “By the time I figured out I wanted to become a pastry chef, I was married and had four children. I didn’t have time for the lengthy schooling. Then my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, and I wanted a way to help with his medical expenses. The chance to buy Sara’s came up, and that’s how I got into the donut business which is a creative mix of baking arts I enjoy.” The business competition is fierce, but Faith, whose customers call her Sara, found a niche. “I like pretty pastries and a pretty shop.” She ignored the one-size-fits-all franchise business model, and developed 50 unique donut varieties, and store décor that is a warm fuzzy wake up call. If you want to settle into a pair of cozy upholstered chairs to share donuts and coffee with your honey, go ahead, and watch the world wake up outside from a small umbrella’d table inside Sara’s front window. Garlands of paper flowers busy up the ceiling above the other colorful tables and chairs around the room. Step up to the counter, choose a tasty delight then find a seat, and munch away. “About the time I was born my father inherited some buildings in Seoul, Korea.” Unfortunately ownership papers were lost, and it took two decades of litigation to straighten the matters out. “When it was over my father sold everything. He wanted to go somewhere else for a new start in life.” Many years before, his sister had married a Texan of Korean ancestry, and she had become a Texan as well. Faith’s Dad followed his sister, and soon after high school graduation Faith and her family immigrated across the Pacific Ocean. The rest of the tale--as they say-is history. “I’ve lived here for 30 years now, and I have extended family all over the country,” she says with a slight Asian pronunciation. “I learned basic English in school in Korea, but the two languages are very different grammatically.” It took a lot of practice to become fluent in her adopted language, but young people have an easier time making that shift than older men and women, and Faith was a natural. “In Korean the same word can have many meanings. You have to listen to where it is placed in the sentence. The words on both sides of it tell you what it means.” The Lone Star State owns her heart. “My auntie in Philadelphia invited me there for a visit, and that’s where I met my husband.” She brought him back to suburban Fort Worth. “We lived in North Richland Hills, but went to a Korean church over here. I decided when it came time to move, we’d get closer to church, and that’s how

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

we arrived in this part of town.” The Kos reared their son and three daughters in Flower Mound. The oldest children are students at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the girls are parttime employees at Sara Donuts. “I have two full-time employees, my baker and me.” The baker arrives at work around 1 a.m. seven days a week. “He prepares the dough and the undecorated donuts, kolaches, and breakfast burritos. I come in around 3:30 a.m. to make the icings and decorate donuts.” The other employees come in when the shop opens at 5:30 a.m., and work their shift until closing time at noon. Her sister pinch hits from time to time. “But I work into the afternoon,” Faith says. If customers make breakfast plans after midnight they can call 469-939-0021 and leave a takeout order by voice message or text. How’s that for value added service? Walk into the shop, and it’s hard to miss the soothing background music. It is unlikely you will hear anything similar elsewhere. Why? “I got interested in classical guitar music about the time I came to the States.” The classical repertoire is mostly defined by the absence of jazz and rock’n’roll sounds. “I’m a Spanish guitarist at heart,” she said. Olé! Faith is a Pepe Romero fan. She likes Andres Segovia, and non-Spanish guitarists Christopher Parkening and Ana Vidovic. She takes time out of her busy life for lessons from Christopher Maguire of Carrollton, and Michael Daily of Fort Worth. “Playing the guitar is what I do for relaxation.” She nodded toward a guitar and its case both hanging on the wall near the store cash register. What does Faith Ko think about life’s adventure? “Five years ago I had three goals, to make pastries, to perform as a classical guitarist, and the help my father. Overnight my dad’s illness changed everything. I thought my dreams had disappeared for good. I discovered giving up on dreams is a dumb idea. Never give up, keep going, because nobody knows what’s going to happen. I had to be flexible, but look at me! I have fun with the donut shop, I have a couple of terrific guitar teachers, and my Dad’s lung cancer went into remission.” Faith posts photos of each day’s creations on her Facebook site, saradoughnuts. “There are lots of Sara’s Donuts shops in the U.S. so you have to be sure to type flower mound with your online inquiry to get our store,” Faith added. The address of the store is 2201 Long Prairie Road, Suite 113. It’s near the northwest corner of the intersection of FM 2499 and Flower Mound Road. Contact Noelle at noellemhood@gmail. com

Got News? Let Us Know!

news@crosstimbersgazette.com

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A19


July 2015

Leave Fireworks To Professionals This Holiday Despite the recent rain, local authorities are urging residents to resist the temptation of conducting their own fireworks shows this July 4th, and instead enjoy one of the professional fireworks displays in Denton County.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Most towns in southern Denton County prohibit fireworks, including Argyle, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound and Highland Village. The Lantana Community Association banned fireworks in 2012 after several grass fires sparked by fireworks threatened homes on New Year’s Eve. Fireworks are allowed in other unincorporated areas of the county and the Town of Bartonville if they are discharged

It's not too late to register your child for summer camps and swim lessons! Fall soccer, volleyball, flag football and Adventure Guides registration starts July 1. Don't wait, register today. Visit www.crosstimbersymca.org to explore all of our programs. Cross Timbers Family YMCA 2021 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

Register Now!

972-539-9622 www.crosstimbersymca.org www.facebook.com/crosstimbersymca

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A20

Legal consumer fireworks include fountains, cones, and sparklers. “Items such as M-80s, M-100s, quarter-pounders, and blockbusters may be presented for sale as fireworks, but they are actually federally banned explosives and can cause serious injury and even death,” said Fireworks stand on Copper Canyon Road in unincorporated Denton County. Chief Hohenberger. on private property, away from buildings The Consumer and people. Product Safety Commission estimates that Argyle Fire District Chief Mac in 2011, about 9,600 people were treated Hohenberger said that anyone shooting in hospital emergency rooms for injuries off fireworks is responsible for damage associated with fireworks. More than half caused to someone else’s property. of the injuries were burns, and most of the The Denton County Fire Marshal will injuries involved the head (including face, patrol unincorporated areas, looking for eyes, and ears), hands, fingers, and legs. violations. Residents in those areas can Children and young adults under the age report fireworks violations to the Denton of 20 years old accounted for more than County Sheriff’s office at 940-349-1600. 30 percent of the estimated injuries. Bartonville allows residents to use If you decide to set them off on your fireworks on their own property as long own, Chief Hohenberger offers the as the Fire Marshall has declared that it is following safety tips: a Burn Day. To determine if it is a Burn – Check with your local police Day, visit the Denton County Emergency department to determine whether Services website or contact them at 940discharging fireworks is legal in your 349-2840. area. Bartonville Police will be patrolling the – Never give fireworks to young town to enforce the fireworks regulations. children. Even sparklers can be unsafe In Argyle, shooting off fireworks could in the hands of a child. land you with a fine up to $2,000. – Inspect fireworks before you purchase “The Argyle Police Department will take and avoid unlabeled fireworks. If you a firm stance toward the sale, possession become aware of anyone selling such or discharge of fireworks in the Town,” devices, report it to your local police said Police Chief Tom Tackett. “Our department. officers will be out in force this July 4th to – Homemade fireworks are deadly. ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable Mixing and loading chemical powders holiday.” can seriously injure or even kill. Do If you plan to purchase fireworks to not purchase or use any kits for making celebrate Independence Day, carefully fireworks. inspect the packages to make sure that you “Everyone doing their part will help only purchase legal fireworks designed make sure we all have a happy and safe for consumer use, marked as class 1.4G, Independence Day holiday,” added Chief said Chief Hohenberger. Hohenberger.

School’s out for summer! Want your kids to play outside this summer? • Mosquito Joe rids your yard of pesky mosquitoes so your kids can enjoy some outdoor playtime (and you can enjoy some peace). • All natural treatment option available. • Kid and pet friendly. • 100% satisfaction guaranteed. • No contracts required. L CIA SPE FER! OF

HALF OFF FIRST TREATMENT Up to 1 acre. Expires July 31, 2015. New customers only.

Outside is fun again.

• CALL TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE •

972-584-1641

NorthwestDFW.MosquitoJoe.com


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A21

Seniors Celebrate Independence Day

Around Argyle Continued from Page A6

ISD and apply for a parks grant from the State. The County will begin the reconstruction of Country Club Road in July starting at FM 1830 and working toward Harrison Road just before Hwy 377. We know this is going to be a huge inconvenience while the road is under construction, but know that we will be glad to see the improvement. The Town will also be updating our Transportation and Thoroughfare plan this fall. We will be reviewing the possibility of realigning Old Justin Road, Hwy 377 and Rusk Street, explore future opportunities to eliminate some of our “s” curves, and look at the categorization of our thoroughfares throughout the Town. We will also start the initial phase of street sign replacements. You can see an example of the new signs on the corner of Hwy 377 and Dallas Street. The Council is still trying to work with the staff on ideas to improve our website. We realize that our current site is not user friendly and changes need to be made. Communication is still a top priority for the Council. These are just of few of the many things we will be pursing for the upcoming year. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! Please keep in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also, reach Town Hall at (940) 464-7273 to have your name added to our e-mail list. You can always call any of the Council members if you would prefer to meet in person. We need you to stay informed and give us your concerns and ideas. Argyle is growing and we want all of your input!

Submitted by Stella McDaniel

Photo by Christopher Piel

The Argyle Eagles baseball team brought home their first 4A UIL State Championship trophy in school history after defeating West Orange-Stark 7-3 on June 11 in Austin. This was Argyle High School’s fourth sports state championship title this year. The school is positioned to win the 2015 University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A Lone Star Cup, which honors the best overall academic, athletic and music programs in Texas.

The Town of Argyle decorated and furnished everything for the seniors with hamburgers, hot dogs and with all the trimmings to celebrate the Fourth of July early last month. City Manager Paul Frederiksen, Director of Community Development Matt Jones and Police Chief William T. Tackett cooked and Denise Wilkinson and Kristi Gilbert decorated. Kim Collins and Kathy Herridge helped in the kitchen. The seniors want to thank the Argyle Police Department for everything they do for the seniors. The meal was delicious! The seniors meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. to exercise followed by games at 11 a.m. Every third Friday of each month is pot luck lunch with the Argyle Police Department furnishing the meat. All attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. Our next luncheon will be July 17. The theme will be the 50’s. For more information call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438.

. unity

mm ur Co

Yo Paul Frederiksen, Tom Tackett and Matt Jones showed off their grilling skills at the Argyle seniors’ June luncheon.

Like us at:

Your

ctgazette

News

www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

G

DIN

N PE

NEW FAIRVIEW COUNTRY LIVING!

LEWISVILLE

CHARMING 2 STORY!

4/2 home in quiet setting. Kitchen is open and light. Large corner lot with 24X41 shop-garage with concrete floor and 2 bay type doors. Vaulted ceilings and large utility room. Garage has full electrical and concrete floor. Decatur ISD A must see! $121,900 Call Brent Nelms 214-616-7092 www.BrentNelms.com

3-2.5-2 with awesome sunroom! Very light & bright, great floor plan offers open kitchen and den, soaring ceilings, and fireplace! Huge Master Suite with nice bathroom and closet. Large fenced backyard. $184,900 Call Lisa Riney-Healy 214-384-1940 www.YourPreferredTeam.com

OAK POINT

HIGHLAND VILLAGE

Located in lakeside community of Crescent Oaks. Open concept kitchen to living room w-cozy fireplace, formal dining, brkfst room & brkfst Bar. Soaring ceilings & windows in every room envelope this home with naturallight. Community’s own private boat ramp. room to park your boat, RV, ATV’s! $259,999 Call Shelley 214-598-7726 www.ForeverDFW.com

Located in desirable HV neighborhood. Open floorplan with island Kit & Brkfst bar. Oversized Master suite! Jack & Jill bath has granite countertops & access to the backyard pool. Bkyd arbor & play pool with large spa and waterfall perfect for outdoor fun! $299,900 Call Charlotte Wilcox 214-808-8612 www.YourPreferredTeam.com

BEAUTIFUL HOME ON ALMOST 1 ACRE

DOUBLE OAK

THIS IS THE ONE!

Grand entrance leading to 3 upstairs bedrooms & 2 full baths. Updated kitchen, Master Suite downstairs, Plantations shutters throughout. Backyard is magazine worthy! $514,900 Call Gary Kuhatschek 972-317-9401 www.GaryKuhatschek.com

HARD TO FIND 1 STORY!

ARGYLE

ROOM FOR HORSES!

Or just plain fun! The heavily treed yard with its long, winding drive is so very private and a beautiful place to spend time out on the huge deck. Four bed, 2 living and 2 dining. Updated kitchen is spacious and well laid out. $537,500 Call Sherry Griffin 214-794-6045 www.SherryGriffinRealtor.com

DENTON

BEAUTIFUL 4-BEDROOM HOME

Two large living rooms, two dining rooms, large, open kitchen, huge private Master Suite, beautiful floors, large pool size backyard and covered patio! Great neighborhood with community pool, lake, park and more. $233,900 Call Raisa Wilfong 972-317-9406 www.RaisaWilfong.com

PLANO

NICE CUL-DE-SAC LOT!

Gorgeous view of the water on Pitman Creek! One story with 3 bdrms, 2 baths, pool, covered patio, updated with granite c-tops in kit, breathtaking view of pool, water & trees from kit, family & entry way. 50yr metal roof. $309,000 Call Roxa Maynard 214-734-2011 www.HomesbyRoxa.com

ARGYLE

ONE OF A KIND!

Above standard construction standards. Updated gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art security system. Family room w/ media room equipment included, outdoor grill area & huge wrap-around deck. Property is fenced, cross-fenced w/ barn, & circle drive w/ creek. $815,000 Call Ron Morris 972-317-9400 www.RonMorris.com

.

PROVIDENCE VILLAGE

STATELY COLONIAL STYLE HOME

Walking distance to elementary school. Spacious living area with soaring ceilings and wood burning fireplace. Kitchen with breakfast bar, study with French doors, split bedroom design, huge master suite with private access to balcony. $207,500 Call Ben deAnda 972-342-5029 www.13145711.BuildBuyorSell.com

FLOWER MOUND

BEAUTIFUL 4/2.5/2 RYLAND HOME

GORDONVILLE

NEAR LAKE TEXOMA

Formerly a restaurant. Large open dining area with another separate area for private dining. Kitchen area has walk-in cooler, cooking area and office space. Property offers substantial parking. Approx 2 acres Faces Hwy 377 - next to Dollar General. $219,000 Call Cerita Loftis 972-841-1379 www.CeritaLoftisRealtor.com

FLOWER MOUND

CLOSE TO EVERYTHING!

Original owner! Gorgeous backyard overlooking park. Fourth bedroom could be office/study. New roof 2012. Large kitchen with walk-in pantry, gas range and Corian counters. Smart switches throughout home, central vacuum, CAT 5 wiring, dual sinks in both baths. $320,000 Call Fred 214-232-8597 www.FredPlacke.com

Beautiful home on treed cul-de-sac lot with a sparkling pool in a huge back yard. Kitchen open to both breakfast and living areas. Hard to find floorplan at this price. 3 car garage with portecochere. Close to the new River Walk. $324,900 Call Greg Atwell 817-874-7404 www.GregAtwellRealtor.com

MCKINNEY

COPPER CANYON

Gorgeous custom home on 12+ acres with open floorplan & upgrades galore! Located in Prosper ISD. Stunning family room has soaring ceilings & Austin stone FP. Gourmet kitchen with island, bkfst bar & safe room (2nd pantry). Master suite boasts sitting area, fireplace and Jacuzzi. Custom reinforced foundation & SF well. $974,500 Call Robin St.John 940-300-5709 www.RobinStJohn.com

Hard to find acreage in Copper Canyon with barn and arena. 3 ponds not to mention gorgeous home with great floorplan, outdoor kitchen and living areas. Pool with rock water slide and fountain features, playhouse and playscape. 3rd flr man cave, full media room, game room, study niche. Great Storage! $1,250,000 Call Tracey 469-358-3008 www.TraceyClifton.com

NOBLE CLASSIC BUILT CUSTOM IN ARGYLE ISD

BRING YOUR HORSES!


July 2015

Hayley

Continued from Page A1

next year. “I did have a lot of support growing up,” she said, adding that singing at small town festivals where her family and friends saw her on stage was a big factor. “It was like climbing a ladder.” In fact, singing like she did as a young person was what she wanted to do as a career. Acting was an afterthought once record labels said she needed a platform and a following before they would sign her. “I started taking acting classes in Lewisville,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do it. I didn’t understand the concept of acting for a long time. I just kept going to auditions … then I got The Goldbergs role. Ever since then it’s been a little more normal for me to do it I guess. “The idea of having to sit in a room and ask a bunch of questions about who this character is and what they’re feeling. It was a crazy concept to me. Eventually I started realizing ... that I can play myself

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

like when I’m shopping at The Shops at Highland Village people come up and say, ‘Awe I love the show.’ That gets me really excited.” Orrantia said that she really missed Highland Village when she first moved to L.A. “I even wrote a song about it. I really missed home and I wasn’t sure about the people in Hayley Orrantia with parents, Dan and Melody. L.A. Now I don’t know ... I really, really love L.A. I’m within every character. Playing it more 21 living in a really cool city, that’s where real. I try to be as natural as I can be.” work is, so that’s really awesome.” But when she’s visiting Highland As for her success, Orrantia said it’s Village, where her parents still live, things all about the support of her parents. They aren’t quite as natural. helped her get into Cathryn Sullivan’s “It’s a different feeling now,” she said. Acting for Film Studio in Lewisville. “There was a very big jump after I went Sullivan has worked with the likes of on The X Factor and then I came home. Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Then again when I moved to L.A. and Making it to the top is also thanks to would come home.” Mom and Dad, who helped Orrantia Orrantia was a contestant on the reality prioritize opportunities for her future. singing competition show in 2011. “It gets hard and tiring and you’re ”Every once in a while I will get seen -growing up in high school and you want to go to a football game, or prom and all that,” she said of her budding teenage career. “You’re like, ‘I can give up an audition to go to this.’ I did go to quite a few of them. My parents helped me focus on what I wanted to do.” So how does a small town girl go from pie-in-the-sky to a real, live gig? “It was a very easy transition for me,” she said. “I went to a high school with 4,000 kids and I never knew everyone. I was used to always being around a lot of people. “I’ve always spent my time daydreaming so I think I’ve just played it out in my head so many times that when I got here it was like, ‘Oh, this feels like I’ve lived here forever.’” As for her current silver screen project, Orrantia said the theme of God’s Not Dead II resonates with experiences of her own as a believer.

469-293-3230

“I was in L.A. between seasons of The Goldbergs when I got the call,” she said. “I was very excited about it because the [first] movie had done really well. I got the script and about two weeks later I was headed to Arkansas where we’re filming. “I think this movie specifically hits a subject as far as what Christians are dealing with in public schools today and people are scared to talk about it,” she said. “Just like people are scared to talk about a lot of things.” The writers and directors made sure to create a storyline that – unlike some other faith-based movies -- won’t squeeze the central characters into the role of a victim. “They did a really good job of trying to see … that we are open to accepting other people,” she said. And maybe that sounds familiar to Orrantia because of Mr. Robinson, her fourth-grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School. “He was one of the most supportive teachers I’ve ever had,” Orrantia said of Philip Robinson, who still uses her school work as a model to his current students. “He was very kind and he took his time. He’s still friends with my family. He was just super sweet and supportive.” Along with her current movie work and The Goldbergs, Orrantia is also working with producer and Texas native Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts) in Nashville to put out a country/pop style EP soon. Despite her travels and becoming the focus of a high-wattage limelight, Orrantia finds that her roots are really what gave her those wings. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me when I started at those pumpkin festivals all the way until now. It’s been quite the journey,” she said. “Overall I’m happy I grew up in Highland Village. I would not have wanted to grow up anywhere else. I’ve met awesome people [there] and I’m very proud to say I’m from there.”

Lakeland Christian Academy

ENROLL NOW FOR 2015 - 2016 Call Today - Limited Availability for Fall 2015 12 MONTHS to PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Celebrating God’s Greatest Creation ... a Child. ABeka Reading Curriculum Academically Accredited Preschool Hands-on Science & Math Lab On-site Library & Gymnasium

Art and Music Computer Lab Member of National Association of Gifted and Talented Children Call for a Tour

397 S. STEMMONS FWY., LEWISVILLE, TX 75067 972-219-3939 LCAPRESCHOOL.ORG Summer Office Hours ~ Wednesdays 10-12

. 13*."3: $"3& . '".*-: .&%*$*/& . 63(&/5 $"3& . 0$$61"5*0/"- .&%*$*/& New Location

Page A22


July 2015

Hill

Continued from Page A1

four years, Hill will face a population downsize by a rough estimate of 1,000 students. He anticipates it to be “absolutely a good thing”. “It will be different,” Hill said, “But I am looking forward to a smaller tight knit community.” At Hill’s previous school, his main goal was to “build up school pride” by working with community members and hiring highly qualified staff, but it was not always Hill’s plan to work in administration. Hill was in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree in business at the University of North Texas when he first switched paths. “I was taking business classes, but had no direction in what I wanted to do,” Hill said. “But after talking to my friend who wanted to become a teacher, I realized that I loved sports and helping others. So, I changed my major and got into coaching.” After working as a basketball and football coach for roughly nine years, Hill said he learned many life lessons from those experiences, which have made him who he is today. “It taught me a lot about teamwork and working toward a common goal,” he said. “It taught me the importance of leadership and fighting for what is important.” Although Hill enjoyed coaching, he soon realized his priorities had changed after he married and had his three children, Noah, Avery, and Bridgett. “In coaching, you don’t get to see your family that much,” he said. “But, luckily I had a really good principal at the time that encouraged me to get into administration instead. So, I was able to get my first assistant principal job.” Since then, Hill has had many opportunities to work with thousands of students,

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

but his main focus has always been to help his students do well in their chosen path. “Whatever it is that I can do to help a kid be successful I am going to do it,” Hill said. “Sometimes that means just being at the games or starting programs, and sometimes it means discipline. I just got a letter from a kid that I worked with last year who’s going to college in Illinois saying how much it meant to him that I took time to help him look at colleges and send him in the right direction. Little things like that make me realize, this is why I do it.” Once Hill tackled the task of successfully helping The Colony’s students, he set his sights on becoming a principal. “I always want to better myself,” he said. “As a principal, I have the ability to affect a whole school of kids in a positive way.” Family friends in Argyle were the first to notify Hill of the opportunity at the high school. “It [Argyle] had popped up several times throughout the year,” Hill said. “When I started looking into it I saw all the great things going on here, and all the successes, and looking at how it is growing really drew me in.” In order to familiarize the community with their future principal, AHS hosted a teacher meet-and-greet on May 22 and an Argyle Community Reception was held on May 26. In the upcoming year, Hill said he plans to spend time with the students in the hallways and just be visible. “The hardest part is going to be figuring out how things are done here and getting to know everybody,” Hill said. “So, I’m not going to be sitting in my office all day long.” When considering future plans in for AHS, Hill said no school is perfect, but he does not plan to change the ways of

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Argyle until at least after the first year. “You don’t want to come and just change stuff,” Hill said. “I think I need to get in here first and evaluate, get to know the school, then I can start determining what needs to be improved on.” Overall, Hill claims to be very excited to begin his time at Argyle and has grow-

Page A23

ing anticipation to see what its’ student have to offer. “I love being a part of student success and encouraging them,” Hill said. “I have the opportunity at Argyle to affect almost 800 kids in a positive way, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Style JULY 18 | 10AM – 6PM SAVORY SNACKS | SWEET TREATS | GIVEAWAYS ENTERTAINMENT | KIDS ACTIVITIES

Stroll through The Shops, during our Style Stroll savings event for exclusive deals and steals for the savvy shopper.

NW corner of FM 2499 & FM 407 theshopsathighlandvillage.com |


July 2015

Groundbreaking change begins for Flower Mound economy By Sarah Bays, Community Editor

For the first time ever in the history of Flower Mound, officials and supporters

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A24

broke ground on a place where outsiders can stay and locals can host family and friends. Town officials and business leaders gathered on June 25th to break ground on a Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the River Walk at Central Park, being Texas Health

Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. The five-story hotel will have 146 rooms, 39 with balconies. It will also include a three-story atrium and will be right next to planned shops and restaurants. “I know this is going to bring economic growth and prosperity,” said Julie Meyer, chairman of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. In partnership with DePalma Hotels & Resorts, Rainier Medical Investments plans to develop the upscale, selectservice hotel in addition to 6,000 square feet of meeting space, officials told council members at the Dec. 1 town council meeting. It will also feature a restaurant and bar, pool, exercise room, an outdoor seating area, and multiple fire pits. Town officials approved a Chapter 380 Agreement for the hotel in October, offering a range of incentives including: an 8-year 100 percent hotel occupancy tax rebate; a seven year, 75 percent real and business personal property tax rebate; a

7-year, 50 percent sales tax rebate of the town’s 1 percent general fund portion; a 50 percent sales tax rebate of the town’s 1 percent general fund portion for initial construction purchases; a waiver from all impact and permit fees; and $1 million from the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 (TIRZ) for a parking structure. “What a great day to be in Flower Mound,” said Bobbie Mitchell, Denton County Pct. 3 Commissioner. “This celebrates a visible beginning of a new milestone for the Town of Flower Mound.” The town has about 70,000 residents but has never had a place to house guests from outside the area. Among others at the groundbreaking were L. Scott Tarwater, executive vice president of hotel development with DePalma, Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads (Pct. 4), Flower Mound Town councilmen Steve Dixon and Kevin See HOTEL on Page A26


July 2015

FM Council

Continued from Page A9

Our Public Works staff has also been supporting the City of Grapevine Public Works Department on a 24-hour-a-day basis by transferring wastewater into our Town’s treatment system from a threatened Grapevine lift station. I am grateful for all their assistance; it truly takes an area-wide response to coordinate the immense amount of work that needs to be accomplished in these emergency situations. As the water receded, TxDOT crews worked quickly to remove the debris and silt from the roadways and inspect the infrastructure. Within hours of the water receding from the roads, TxDOT crews were able to reopen FM 2499. We hope to have more information available in the near future regarding Fairway Drive (Dam Road) as well. From seeing it firsthand, it is obvious the Dam

HV Update

Continued from Page A9

dent or mishap could cause the road to be closed indefinitely. Please encourage your neighbors and friends to use caution in this area. A little caution and slower travel through that area is worth it to keep the road open. We still have a few roads underwater, many residents with the lake in their backyard and the lake has taken over Pilot Knoll Park and our newest, not yet opened, Lakeside Community Park. Once the water recedes then city staff can analyze the damage done and make the necessary repairs. The lake water nearly came over Highland Village Road at the boat docks. Fortunately we were able to mobilize city staff and many of our Highland Village Police Auxiliary volunteers to place over 300 sandbags to keep the road open. I would personally like to thank all the city staff and volunteers who pitched in on a Saturday to keep the roadway open. The teamwork and community spirit I see in Highland Village continues to amaze me. I’ve always known we are a community that cares for and helps each other; I was able to experience this firsthand during the rains and flooding in our area. If you’d like to formally commit to being part of the volunteer community in Highland Village now is the time to consider serving on a city board or commission. That is how I started my service to the community; I volunteered to serve on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. My experience as a Realtor was beneficial to this commission. But “experience” is not a requirement for appointment to a board or commission as we look for those with a desire to serve the city. Each year in July the Council requests applications from residents interested in serving on a city board. If you’ve ever wondered how you can give back to your city, I hope you’ll consider applying. Just contact our city secretary, Diane Callahan or search “volunteer opportunities” on the city website. Our Highland Village Police Department is always looking for residents interested in serving as a Police Auxiliary member. Police Auxiliary members are volunteers that assist the HVPD in various activities like special events, security

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Road will need major reconstruction. An assessment on June 23 showed there was still more than two-feet of water running over the Grapevine Lake spillway. On June 25, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted Grapevine Lake levels would be at or below the spillway as early as July 7. Once water is no longer flowing over the spillway, the City of Grapevine and the Corps will be able to fully assess the damage and provide a more definitive construction timeline. I encourage everyone to stay connected with the latest information through the Town’s website and social media outlets including Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FlowerMound) and Twitter (@flower_mound). The Town has also posted drone footage of the flooding on the Flower Mound YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfFlowerMound.

patrols, critical incidents and even in our municipal court as a bailiff assistant. The HVPD provides training and mentoring on a monthly basis. If this type of volunteer service is of interest to you, visit the “How Do I Volunteer” on the city website for more information. You’ve probably seen the mosquito spraying signs around the city. With all the rain the mosquito population has dramatically increased. City crews have begun fogging public trails, wooded areas, and greenbelts to combat the mosquito population. The fogging takes place during the overnight hours on Thursday and Friday of each week. After the first week of fogging we saw a huge decrease in the numbers of mosquitoes caught in our testing traps. Fortunately we have not had any positive West Nile cases in Highland Village and we hope to keep it that way. You can do your part by remembering to protect yourself and your family when you are outside and drain standing water around your home. If you see areas in the city that need addressing, you can let us know through the Eye on Highland Village app on your mobile device. This app is your personal way to tell city staff of areas in the city that need attention. All you have to do is open the app, choose the issue and add your comments. If you want staff to respond to you, include your contact info or you can remain anonymous. We do have very attentive staff in our city but they can’t be everywhere at all times. I have found they are very appreciative of residents alerting them to areas that need attention. All you have to do to get the app is search “Go Request” in the app store on your phone and you’re good to go. I hope you have a good summer planned for you and your family. If you’re going on vacation remember to fill out the vacation watch form so our PD can keep an eye on your home while you’re away. If you have kids that have already started in with the “I’m bored” comments, check out our Highland Village Kids Kamp for the younger ones and the community education classes we have for the kiddos too.

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A25


July 2015

Hotel

Continued from Page A24

Bryant and Mayor Tom Hayden. Restaurants will fill in some of the River Walk at Central Park development, of which the Courtyard is part. Some of them are Sfuzzi, an Italian restaurant,

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A26

and Primo’s Tex-Mex Grille. There have also been talks with Steel Restaurant and Lounge, which offers Japanese & IndoChine cuisine. Construction of the development is at full swing as crews continue to lay the foundation for what some call one of the

town’s main destination points between Morriss and Long Prairie roads just north of Cross Timbers Road. The Marriott should be completed in the second quarter of 2016. “Everyone’s done a tremendous job,”

Hayden said, specifically thanking Mark Wood, the town’s economic development director. “He has really helped to change the reputation and attitude toward Flower Mound.”

AHG Girls Earn Presidential Service Awards

Six American Heritage Girls from Troop TX 1171 won Presidential Volunteer Service Awards: Kirsten Harris (Bronze), Greta Thane (Silver), Elana Ebensberger (Bronze), Kathryn Smith (Gold), Madisonne Saulsberry (Bronze & Silver) and Annette Minear (Gold). American Heritage Girls is for young women ages 5-17 and meets at Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A27

LOCAL EXPERTS Knock Out the Risk of a Concussion By Jennifer Bontreger, DO, FACP, at Southern Horizon Healthcare

Although it seems that summer just started, it’s time to prepare for back-to-school sports. One of my passions is working alongside athletes of all ages and skill levels. As someone who has spent more than six years working with various sports and concussion management, this is the best time to make sure you know what to expect when it comes to blunt head trauma or concussions – before it happens! What to Remember About Concussions • Females and males display concussion symptoms differently. • Age and past head trauma plays a role in how symptoms are shown. Teenage athletes and those with prior head injuries may take longer to resolve. • Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting,

play, less contact in practice, and therefore a decreased risk of concussions. I encourage the community join me and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound in educating players, coaches and parents on how to prevent concussions and to recognize the symptoms allowing for fast, more efNew Developments in Concussion Detection, fective treatment. When my patients require hospital-based care I Prevention & Treatment Today, there are many new technologies to help follow them at Texas Health Flower Mound, a hosdetect and protect players from head trauma and pital dedicated to serving our community. The hospital staff provides outstanding care. My practice, concussions: • Helmet sensors and mouth-guard sensors can Southern Horizon Healthcare, is affiliated with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, which is also dedicated detect concussion due to blunt head trauma. • ApoE4 has been identified as the gene most to our community athletes. For more information, likely associated with an increased risk of sus- go to www.southernhorizon.org or call 469-645taining a concussion, but this genetic testing is 0200. not quite ready for clinical use. • DHA, a primary component of Omega-3, has Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound been rigorously tested for dietary supplementa- is a joint venture owned by Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and tion for concussion treatment. meets the definition under federal law of a physiWith the increased attention to concussions and cian-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff better education, I anticipate seeing changes to practice independently and are not employees or football regulations in both professional and school agents of the hospital. settings beyond the regulations addressing return to feeling of imbalance, memory issues, problems with light and/or sounds, and trouble concentrating. Knowing these will help identify whether or not an athlete could be experiencing a concussion.

The Importance of Sequence of Returns During Retirement By Ken Kendall, CFP, CLU, Kendall Financial LLC. Member, Wealth and Wisdom Institute Planning for retirement is a challenge that causes sleepless nights for many Americans. Saving diligently, choosing investments wisely and taking advantage of qualified savings opportunities are certainly great strategies to use during the accumulation phase of retirement planning. Unfortunately, many people overlook another phase that may be even more important. It’s the distribution phase-because it’s not just about how you save. It’s also about how you spend. Managing your retirement income is crucial to your retirement success. Overlooking this important factor could put your retirement comfort in jeopardy. Planning for retirement is a challenge that causes sleepless nights for many Americans. Saving diligently, choosing investments wisely and taking advantage of qualified savings opportunities are certainly great strategies to use during the accumulation phase of retirement planning. Unfortunately, many people overlook another phase that may be even more important. It’s the distribution phase-because it’s not just about how you save. It’s also about how you spend. Managing your retirement income is crucial to your retirement success. Overlooking this important factor could put your retirement comfort in jeopardy. Let me give you an example: During the 30 year period of 19701999, the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500®, had an average return of 14.84 percent. If you took each year’s return, and mixed them up in any order you want, the average would be 14.84 percent. So if you had $1M in your account, and you withdrew $100,000 per year, your account balance should still increase over the 30 year period, right? You only withdrew 1 percent annually, but the returns averaged 14.84 percent, so the account should increase by 4.84 percent annually, correct? Unfortunately in the real world, and especially the real stock market, you don’t receive the same rate of return every year. So in this example, even though the average return was 14.84 percent annually, if you started withdrawing $100,000 annually in 1970, the account balance would be ZERO after 14 years. How could that be? Because the sequence of returns is critical during the withdrawal phase. The bottom line is that managing your portfolio during the withdrawal phase may be even more important than during the accumulation phase. Morningstar Associates, one of the leading investment research firms in the investment world, conducted an analysis to determine the “safe” rate of withdrawal from a retirement portfolio. They determined that due to the volatility of the investment market returns, the “safe” rate of withdrawal is approximately 2.8 percent. In other words, if you withdraw more than 2.8 percent annually from your retirement portfolio, you stand a very good chance of running out of money. Our firm specializes in helping retirees, and those planning for retirement, to make smart decisions regarding their investment portfolio. We have a number of ideas to help you navigate the tricky world of retirement planning. We would be delighted to provide you a free analysis of your retirement plan and portfolio. Please consider allowing us to give you a second opinion on your retirement plan and investment portfolio. I’ll be glad to discuss tax strategies if you’d like, feel free to send me an email ken@kendallfinancial.net, or call my office 972-8748757.

Picture a new and healthier you.

Weight loss surgery designed with you in mind. When it comes to successful weight loss, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound has you covered. Specialists on our staff offer many treatment options such as Medical Weight Management, Robotic Surgery, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch and LAP Band. Make Texas Health Flower Mound your destination for better health and wellness. Let us help you navigate your way through this very important journey. Dr. Folahan Ayoola, Dr. Chad Treece and Dr. Patrick Shovlin are part of the prestigious medical staff at Texas Health Flower Mound, and are trained in minimally invasive, general and bariatric surgery. Dedicated to patient care, they believe that the best results are achieved when the physician, patient, and facility join together as a team. Our hospital has assembled a team of dedicated professionals that includes nurses, dietitians, counselors, and trainers to help you achieve the best results possible. Take your first step toward better health and contact us today.

For more information, visit TexasHealthFlowerMound.com or call 469.322.7174.

4400 Long Prairie Road | Flower Mound, TX 75028

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is a joint venture owned by Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A28

LOCAL EXPERTS Turning a Hobby into a Business By Jeffery Price

As you approach retirement, you might think that a favorite hob-

Are You Properly Prepared for Your Summer Road Trip? This year’s summer driving season is well under way and more people than ever are hitting the roads. AAA’s recent survey reports that 6 out of 10 Americans plan to drive 50 or more miles away from home for their vacations, especially with gas prices at their lowest summer point since 2009. Spontaneous road trips sound romantic and fun, but make sure the adventure you get is the one you actually planned. Running out of gas on a scenic road with a dead phone battery and empty cooler isn’t generally part of the plan. To ensure you are well prepared for your adventure, first make sure you are traveling well equipped. We have put together a list of what your car’s emergency kit should include to get you through almost any emergency on the road. Be sure to visit www.GoKwikKar. com/emergencykit to download and print a copy before your next trip, but here are a few key items: • Fully charged cell phone and charger (even old cell phones without service can still reach 9-1-1) • Roadside flares or triangle reflectors/ tape • First-aid kit • Blanket • Flashlight with fresh batteries

by — cake decorating, landscaping, woodworking — could provide you with income after you’ve left your full-time position. After all, retirement provides you the time to pursue that dream. However, time is not the only thing you’ll require. Keep in mind that starting a business is a major undertaking. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, just seven out of 10 new ventures continue after the first two years. Once you’ve identified your niche and market, you’ll need to consider several

questions before starting the journey from entrepreneurial dream to business reality. Answering these questions honestly can help you determine if your personality is suited to entrepreneurial life, and if your hobby has the makings of a viable venture. What are my entrepreneurial goals? Some entrepreneurs are simply looking to be their own boss or make a positive impact in their community — making a large profit is not the end goal. But others may evaluate success primarily in financial terms. Under-

standing how you define your goals and success can give you a better idea of your own road to happiness. Is my business plan viable? A detailed business plan is an important first step. Understanding your market, costs, competition and other critical information can help you objectively evaluate your idea and decide if your venture is worth pursuing. Having a comprehensive business plan will be necessary if you plan on seeking financing from outside investors or lender, The U.S. Small

• Toolbox or multi-tool • Tire pressure gage • AAA or roadside emergency card • Lighter, water-proof matches, or flint rod Staying calm is the best way to handle any emergency. This helps you better assess the situation knowing you are prepared, and helps those you are with feel more confident and secure despite the circumstances. Sharing your trip itinerary with friends or family back home can also be helpful for a variety of reasons, including just the peace of mind that others can follow your journey. However, for security reasons, we do not recommend sharing your trip on social media outlets until after you have returned home. The week before your road trip be sure to stop by Kwik Kar to take advantage of our special summer offer for a Complete Trip Check for $48.99. Visit www.GoKwikKar. com/special-offers/tripcheck to download the coupon. With over 30 points of inspection, we’ll ensure your windshield wipers are ready to wipe, your tires (including your spare) are properly inflated and ready to roll, your car’s fluids are topped off, and your AC is ready to keep you cool. If there’s a problem, we’ll let you know before you hit the road because we want your trip to be memorable – for all the right reasons!

Legal Talk Texas Wills and Insane Delusion

and tossed her Will. A person is operating under an Insane Delusion when his mind is “so warped and deranged by some false and unfounded belief that he is incapable of formulating a rational plan of testamentary disposition.” It means a belief in a state of facts that does not exist and which no rational person would believe to exist. Insane Delusion is hard to prove. The power to dispose of one’s property in a Will is an inestimable privilege of the old, according to the Court of Civil Appeals in El Paso. The following is not enough to show Insane Delusion: • Personal dislike • Injured feelings • Sulking • Leaving property to someone other than one’s own children • An erroneous belief • A mistaken idea • Prejudice

Visit Kwik Kar of Flower Mound at www. gokwikkar.com.

By Virginia N. Hammerle

It so happens that your Will can be overturned if you were operating under an “insane delusion” at the time you signed it. While that may sound like a phrase coined by Edgar Allan Poe, it was actually first used to invalidate a Will in 1933 by a Texas Appellate Court. In that case, Mrs. Grainger left most of her property to her friends instead of her husband. The witnesses all agreed that she had extraordinary intellect and was of sound mind. However, several years before signing the Will she became reclusive and distrustful of her husband. She accused him of wanting to be rid of her so he could marry a “Mexican woman” and she started to sleep with a pistol under her pillow. She told her servants that “little black devils were sitting on her shoulders.” Noting that there were no facts to support her beliefs, the Judge decided that she was suffering from an Insane Delusion,

Virginia Hammerle is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. She can be contacted at legaltalktexas@hammerle. com. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice. ©2015

Probate * Guardianship Estate Planning * Wills and Trusts Fiduciary Litigation * Will Contests Elder Law * Personal Injury VIRGINIA HAMMERLE

ROBERT MORRIS

BOARD CERTIFIED Texas Board of Legal Specialization Civil Trial Law

WEALTH COUNSEL-Member

SUPER LAWYER Business Litigation 2012 2013 2014 & 2015

NAELA-Member SUPER LAWYER Estate Planning and Probate 2014 & 2015

Super Lawyer ® is a registered trademark of Thompson Reuter

Super Lawyer® is a registered trademark of Thompson Reuter

FREE CONSULTATION

2871 Lake Vista Drive Suite 150 Lewisville, TX 75067 For more information about Elder Law and Estate Planning issues please see LEGAL TALK TEXAS by Virginia Hammerle in the Senior Section of the Tuesday Dallas Morning News.

hammerle.com 972-436-9300

2015

Over 60 Years Experience Virginia N. Hammerle & Robert S. Morris


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A29

LOCAL EXPERTS Business Administration (www.sba.gov) and your local SCORE affiliate (www.score.org) have resources that can help you write your first business plan. Am I prepared for the business side of my business? Remember that owning a business also involves taking inventory, invoicing, cash flow and many other important tasks. Some business owners may like these duties, but others may view these tasks as chores, which can quickly drain the joy out of being in business. Am I comfortable with financial risk?

People may be overly optimistic about how soon they will be able to evaluate the success or the failure of a business. Even if a company is thriving, success seldom happens overnight. In order to give your business the best chance to succeed, you need to be comfortable with the possibility that it might not be profitable soon, or ever. A conversation with a financial advisor can be beneficial as they might see ways to adjust your portfolio to help offset various business risks. Can I dedicate my life to my hobby? A new business can be all-consuming, thereby

limiting the time you have to spend with grandkids, travel, or enjoy other retirement activities. You need to consider if your enjoyment of the entrepreneurial venture will exceed the pleasures of having ample time and flexibility in retirement. Do I have the support of those around me? Your spouse or partner probably also has an idea of their ideal retirement. Your family and friends will become integral to your success, sharing in the business’s highs and lows. If you were to explain your plans to those who will be affected and detail the

commitments involved, would they be willing to support you through thick and thin? It takes passion, commitment and desire to turn a favorite hobby into a business. But it also takes a strong sense of who you are, what you want and whether you’re the type of person who will truly enjoy the everyday adventure of entrepreneurship.

Views from a former FAT MAN:

is considered obese and 40+ is considered extreme obese). What happened? Are you ready for Fun Fact #3? In 1977 the war on fat was declared and the low-fat diet was recommended to all Americans. Food manufactures, to stay competitive and responsive to this new American diet, reduced or eliminated fat from their products and replaced it with the one thing consumers love more than fat … sugar. In addition to the hidden sugars in our food, ALL carbohydrates become sugar when digested. In 1905 a study was conducted showing that North Americans on an average ingested about one-half pound of sugar annually. By 2013 this amount skyrocketed to an amount between (+/-) 150 – 200 pounds each year. So what’s the answer? You’re not going to like this, but take responsibility for what you put in your mouth. You are the last line of defense. Read labels, look for sugar and sugar’s many other names and as my mother always told her children, “Make good decisions.” Attacking obesity, leaving a legacy.

What does a property manager do anyway?

Choose a company that has certified leasing and management credentials. Using a licensed REALTORS and Texas certified leasing and property manager brings an advanced level of education, knowledge and experience to your team. Your TCLPM has extensive, up-to-date knowledge of landlord/tenant law and will assist you with code compliance, both state and local. Associate yourself with a company that looks out for your long- term success. A company that has a large, diverse portfolio can provide you with local connection and market expertise. They have the years of experience needed to market your properties so they rent quickly to qualified tenants and at the best price. Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned landlord, 3G Properties can help you take care of your property so you can focus on growing your real estate investment portfolio. We are dedicated to help you grow your wealth through real estate.

Can something this boring really be fun?

By Mark Perry, My Ideal Weight Center

Everybody seems to be talking about weight today. Pick up any newspaper, turn on the TV, or visit your doctor and weight always seems to be the topic of conversation. Why is our weight such a huge issue today? Aside from social stigma, your health and quality of life are the real issues and need to be addressed … but not today. I want to talk about how we got here and what we can do to take personal responsibility for our lives. Now before you stop reading, let’s get the stigma of wording out in the open. No one likes to be referred to as obese. Fun Fact #1: Obese is a classification of weight and for the sake of this article I’m going to use the less threatening and politically correct reference, “overweight” rather than obese, fat, big boned … you get the idea. Fun Fact #2: More than 2/3 of adults are considered to be overweight. A body mass index (BMI) of 25 is considered overweight for an adult (By the way, 30+

Pick up the phone and give us a call 972746-6910, we’ll help you to achieve your ideal body weight and bring out your inner confidence!

By Shirley Johnson, Realtor

Real Estate Investment promises long-term passive income, but just how passive is it when you’re trying to manage your property yourself? How will you canvass for tenants and especially how will you screen them? Are you asking everyone you know if they know a good tenant, putting out flyers at the local university or big box, trying to stay up on local ordinances and state code, arranging for maintenance, taking calls in the middle of the night? Not very passive. What if your tenant doesn’t pay rent on time? What if they trash your investment? What if you have to evict them? If you plan to generate passive income as a real estate investor, it’s time to hire a property manager. You hand the property to your property manager for a small monthly fee and you receive your net monthly income. Now, that’s passive.

For more information, contact Jeffery Price in the Southlake, Texas office at 817-4104940 or Jeffery_price@ml.com.

3G Properties specializes in home sales, buying, and property management. Call 940-262-0091or visit www.3ghomessite. com


July 2015

Jesse James Fitness Client: Hal Stewart, DDS By Jesse Lyva

Dr. Hal Stewart is a Jesse James Fit client who shares his passion for fitness and vitality with his office staff, giving them personal and group training sessions as an employment benefit. He is an accomplished restorative cosmetic dentist in Flower Mound and lecturer on a variety of dental topics. A long-time resident of Lewisville and graduate from Lewisville High School, Hal is married to his wife of 26 years, Martha, and has two daughters, Alexandra, 21 and Elisabeth, 17.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A30

LOCAL EXPERTS would I have ever thought that I would be a competitive body builder at age 53, but with my trainer Kay’s help and Jesse’s encouragement it became a reality in March 2015 when I entered the Phil Heath Bodybuilding Competition.

Designing with Carol

Why did you decide to invest in your employees through training at Jesse James Fit? I have an incredible team at my dental office for whom I deeply care. They work hard, are incredible people, and I want them to be the very best they can be in all aspects of their lives. I felt that it would be a win - win to have them train at JJF. The gift of health and wellness is the greatest gift anyone can give or receive.

Designers and savvy consumers are turning to window fashions as the #1 home improvement and interior design product that can make the biggest difference in their home. Not only can window fashions transform a room from a design standpoint, they can create atmosphere by controlling light and privacy as well as noise. Today, the products and design styles available to enhance your windows are endless. From simple and contemporary to dramatic and elegant, custom window coverings are the single most important element to make your house a home. They “finish” the room by highlighting the all-important window and they provide a variety of functions that no other home furnishings product can. What other interior design element can affect light control, privacy, and energy conservation beautifully and efficiently? Providing the right solutions for your windows can save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs – both in the cold of

What benefits has your office gained from having staff training together and supporting each other in health and wellHal Stewart ness? How has training My staff really at Jesse James Fit transformed/imenjoy training together and it just solidipacted you personally and your own fies their cohesiveness and care for each perspective on health and fitness? other. They feel better and have more enTraining at JJF has allowed me to ergy than ever before, and have more of reach goals that I never dreamed posthemselves now to give to our wonderful sible. Never in my wildest imagination patients.

Make a big Design Statement with Window Coverings! By Carol Collins WFCP, Expert Carol’s Custom Draperies & Interiors

winter and in the heat of summer - stopping that unwelcome heat transfer. Also, UV protection for custom window treatments protects your valuable dining table, fabrics or your wood floors from sun damage. Custom window coverings are the final touch to transform the rooms of your home. They are that dramatic accessory that finishes an outfit: the right earrings and shoes with the black dress; the perfect bag and scarf for your appointment. Each custom window fashion is specific to you, allowing you to express yourself and create a look all your own. Leaving your windows “naked” is a design no-no in most cases; the result is a room that feels cold and unfinished, while a “dressed” window gives a room a warm and finished feeling. Beautiful one of kind custom draperies and window coverings will add the finishing look to your home. As Certified Window Fashions Specialists, we are ready to help you determine the appropriate window fashions for your style and function needs. We invite you to visit our showroom at 112 W. Oak St in Downtown Denton, or give us a call at 940-565-8337 to make your appointment to discuss your window coverings needs. We have all you need in Window Coverings and Decorating ideas. You can also visit our website at carolsdraperies.com. As always: Happy Decorating!


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page A31

LOCAL EXPERTS Plan Your Way to Success Part 3

By Robert Whipple – Owner of Southern Painting Coppell/Flower Mound

Yes, again, one of my passions is delivering a great painting experiences. At Southern Painting we have painted successfully over 75,000 single family homes and have been doing that over 25 years. As we addressed in Articles One and Two, we are going to talk about one of my other passions, Effective Time Management. I would encourage you to go back and get Articles One and Two because these articles are like a puzzle. As you start to place them together they begin to make sense and can help alter the course and direction of your life. It is my observation that successful people are able to take control of their own thoughts, words and actions. Planning is a cornerstone of taking control of your life. Your plan can give you a purpose for living and put you on the course for your high calling. Additionally, when you really study and analyze time there are dozens of ways to be more productive in any given day. See your life and time as seeds. You really only have so many seeds to go around. That is why it is important to make wise choices each day. What is interesting is you can literally see people who have no written goals

or systematic plan for their lives. These are some of the things that you see – they are easily frustrated, are always tired and complaining, are inconsistent, have a messy house or car, are always pessimistic, and are easily offended. Did you know this is your Big Day? Yesterday ended last night and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Today is your Big Day so start walking, talking and planning as if this day were important. And by the way, it is! Learn to delegate. I will tell you that it would be impossible for me to get everything done in a single day without my wonderful team helping me. Delegating is essential to my success. Just because you plan your day does not mean it will go according to that plan. Sometimes you have to stop and re-plan so that you don’t run around chasing your tail when your original plan came unraveled. Don’t overschedule your calendar each day. As you get busier and busier, you will be tempted to try to schedule more into each day. But what I have found is this leads only to frustration and not focusing on the task at hand. In closing, just because I have something scheduled and planned does not mean I cannot be flexible when I so choose. Most of the time, I stay focused at my task at hand and my scheduled appointments; but being able to be flexible makes life more fun. I look forward to sharing more details in Article 4 about Planning Your Way to Success.

Experience Counts When Buying Shoes No two feet are the same—not even your left one and your right one! So properly caring for you feet begins with getting to know them and you. At Foot Solutions Flower Mound, our experienced staff of Foot Care Specialists measure and evaluate every aspect of your feet, from length and width and how they distribute your weight when you walk to how they affect your posture and balance. But we don’t stop there. We also take the time to get to know you and your goals—whether it’s getting in better shape, having fun with your kids or simply not being dog tired at the end of the work day. Once we know this, we can help you choose from a wide selection of stylish, quality shoes, accessories, custom inserts and other accommodative arch supports that are just right for you. We even modify them right in the store to make sure the fit is perfect. It’s that kind of personal attention that sets Foot Solutions apart from other shoe stores. Our goal is to send you home looking good and feeling better. So instead of a closet full of misfit shoes collecting dust, you end up with a solution that rejuvenates your body and sole! Sponsored content

The content in Local Experts is provided by our Sponsors.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

$750,000

3321 Northwood Drive - Tudor style home with great curb appeal! If looking for a transitional finish out with functionality, and energy efficiency features, look no further! This home has it all! A must see!!!

E V TI C A

l

E V TI C A

E V TI C A

Highland Village

Lantana l $419,900 931 Crimson Road - Welcoming front porch on this charming home w stone accents! Energy efficient 4 BR, 3 Bath, Master & Guest BRs down & 2 BRs up+ Game & Media Rms! 3 car tandem garage! Lantana amenities!

Page A32

Lewisville

l

$269,900

1596 Barksdale Drive - Gorgeous curb appeal! Stone & brick facade with charming wood-beamed front porch! Elegant interiors! Popular floorplan with luxe Owners Retreat & Study down, 3 more BRs up with game & media rms!

Looking for a Career in Real Estate...Call Haugen Properties.

2300 Highland Village Rd. #120

“WHEN YOU CALL, WE WILL ANSWER.” 469-583-7571 * 100% Satisfaction, No Hidden Fees * FREE Enhanced Marketing * FREE Professional Staging * FREE Professional Photography * FREE Magazine Quality Brochures * No Risk, Cancel Anytime

www.HaugenProperties.com Jason@HaugenProperties.com

Shirley, Broker/Realtor

Jason, Realtor


/ FlowerMound Inside This Section You Said It l Police Blotters Business

July 2015

www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Pearl Hotel Site Points To Past

Ace On The Mound Is ‘Pitcher’ Perfect

By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Contributing Writer

By John English, Contributing Writer

L. Scott Tarwater and Alan Stewart have teamed up to bring a 12-story luxury hotel and conference center overlooking Grapevine Lake to Flower Mound’s Lakeside DFW development. Flower Mound’s future Pearl on the Peninsula Hotel and Conference Center will sit on land with a background as deep as the flower and grass roots on the historic Flower Mound itself. “My pioneer family settled on 800acres around Denton Creek in 1890,” said L. Scott Tarwater, partner and president of New Era Hotels and Resorts. “It was important to be near a water source to raise cattle and grow crops.”

The Tarwater family home was built in 1905 by Scott’s grandfather and the family lived on their land until 1984. Tarwater and his wife, Donna, were married on the home’s front stairs. “The Army Corps of Engineers came in 1948 and condemned our land that’s now under Grapevine Lake to begin construction on the dam and the lake was See PEARL Page B18

Photo by Helen’s Photography

Liberty hurler Tyler Duck will be a Red Raider this fall.

B Page B1

The Liberty Christian baseball team is a perennial playoff contender and 2015 was certainly no different for the Warriors. While an exit in the bi-district round was likely not what most of the Liberty faithful were expecting, the efforts of Warriors hurler Tyler Duck were beyond reproach. Duck wrapped up the season with an 8-0 record, 1.31 earn run average and 59 strikeouts and was named to the firstteam all-state team. Duck is headed to Texas Tech University in the fall, where Liberty baseball coach Johnny Isom believes the southpaw from Flower Mound’s Wellington community will be a strong addition. “I think Tyler would be a good fit anywhere because he’s a left handed strike thrower who understands how to get batters out,” Isom said. “I’m sure he will have to make a few adjustments at the DI level, but I know he will not be outworked.” Duck picked up the Warriors only victory of the post-season, a 4-1 win over Houston St. Thomas in the second game of their three- game series in the bi-district round, and said he was pretty pleased with how things unfolded this See DUCK Page B4


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Haugen Law Firm, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW

Need a Professional Legal Team? Divorce, Child Custody, and Criminal Representation. Contact us today for your initial consultation.

972-436-8750

Located in “Old Towne” Lewisville 101 W. Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75057

www.HaugenLawFirm.com

Page B2


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B3

YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Larry Sigler, Goodbye To A Great Man

Larry Sigler. Many today know him for the auditorium named in his honor or his recent induction into the Marcus Hall of Fame. I knew him as a fierce defender of the right of every student to succeed and one of the kindest folks I have known in my 45 years. Mr. Sigler lived for the spirit of a Marcus pep rally and for almost 20 years he was the face and the spirit of Marcus. From running a 9th grade school that was half finished to graduating our charter class in 1988, he was a strong leader and brought our alma mater into being. “Boombah-hey” is not a foreign concept to anyone who attended Marcus during his tenure. My time at Marcus ended in 1988 as I graduated with the charter class, but I kept in contact with Mr. Sigler as his leadership helped Marcus become a Blue Ribbon

school as well as a consistent institution of excellence. Excellence was present in academics, athletics, and service to the community. Larry Sigler was a role model for thousands of students over the years. In his retirement, Mr Sigler battled numerous health problems. I would see him around town and he always remembered me, and we would talk about the tradition of excellence that lived on at Marcus. It was difficult to see age and disease dull a mind that was always so razor sharp. Larry Sigler fought a hard and courageous battle. Mr. Sigler was a kind man, a generous man, and a giant in the community of Southern Denton County. I am proud to have known him. May he rest in peace and may all who knew him find peace in his well lived and monumental life.

YOU SAID IT!

gaudy sign of course.

help alleviate it.

Excerpts from the CrossTimbersGazette.com Forum & Article Comments

Another emotionally driven law. Nicotine is an addiction. Exhaling water vapor is not harmful but in Highland Village is now a crime.

It is silly that a road like 2499 was built below the flood plain. The water is not above the 100 year flood plain. This is just bad planning and should be fixed.

I was impressed by Rountree’s willingness to back off of a major campaign promise when he had all the facts; he is acting reasonably.

I look forward to the opening of The Moviehouse & Eatery, Carvao Prime Brazillian Steak House, Taverna del Lago and Paradise Bistro & Café. This area will be a great place to enjoy with friends once the different places open.

Banning consumer fireworks is anti-American. Government overreach at its worst.

I would love to get a hold of the person who decided it would be a good idea to do construction on every route into Flower Mound all at the same time. Ugh.

By Scott McDearmont

Larry Sigler

Back in 1984 Kirkpatrick was a gravel road with a massive water tower at the end of it. This is the time I started 9th grade at Marcus High School in Flower Mound. During those early years there was a man whose voice we heard every morning:

Mr. Sigler was a great man, a kind man and he wanted every student that walked the halls at Marcus to succeed. Super happy that we will at last have a hotel in Flower Mound. I just hope that in addition to the fine the woman arrested after driving into a flooded area of FM 2499 will pay that the city charges her for the rescue. Shame on her for risking the safety of others because of her stupid behavior. Itamar should know there are appropriate ways to treat people. He has promised to represent all residents of FM so it will be interesting to see how he represents those whose have differing opinions. Lakeside DFW only needs a donut shop, dry cleaners, and karate studio to make it look like every other shopping center in FM - except for the ridiculously

Why do we need a Marriott? So far (I could have been sleeping the past few days), all Chikungunya cases in the U.S. are in people that have traveled to predominately Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. No cases have originated in the US. The town should install the American Idol voting system at Town Hall so Gelbman can know how to vote. Follower Rountee and Follower Bryant can again take Gelbman’s lead. When I was looking to downsize Lantana was a consideration until I saw what they did on the corner of 407 and Copper Canyon Road. I think it is sad that they do not even attempt to save the mature trees. If people were worried about Flower Mound becoming too crowded, the 2499 flooding surely will

Larry Sigler, 74, of Lewisville, passed away June 23, 2015, in Carrollton. With over 40 years of service to Lewisville ISD, Sigler was the first principal of Marcus High School where he retired after 19 years in 2000. Scott McDearmont is a Class of 1988 graduate of Marcus High School and former Highland Village mayor.

This is what the voters wanted, keep Flower Mound a hick town cow town. Looks like they took it literally. Nels Pearson was far too young. He was a great man and a tireless volunteer. I wish we, as a community, could have thanked him or bestowed some kind of honor upon him before his passing. Regarding newspaper deliverer blowing through stop signs--exact same in Stafford Estates in Flower Mound. Small blue car...every morning around 5:45 a.m. Bet it’s the same person! Itamar Gelbman’s complete lack of leadership, lack of understanding of how to govern and lack of respect was clearly on display at the Flower Mound town council meeting on June 15, 2015. Remember, there are many people who don’t have a job that would have been thrilled to wait an extra 30 minutes to get to work. 3 days of delays isn’t that bad. #perspective We should have the Stupid Law like Arizona requiring people to pay all rescue cost when they do stupid stuff!

Roundtree took photos of traffic on 2499 and claimed if you vote for him and Gelbman and Bryant, they will improve traffic. Larry Sigler touched so many of our young lives and was a definite leader in the community for many years. Prayers for his family. Lakeside DFW looks nothing like Shops of Legacy in See YOU SAID IT Page B21

A summer bursting with fun for the whole family Grab the whole gang and head to Grapevine, where there are so many adventures awaiting you. All you have to do is decide where to go first! Friday Night Fireworks

Family Attractions

Great Hotel Packages and Deals*

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit through August 8th

Shopping and Dining Urban Wine Trail

Sip & Savor Grapevine Passport ($50 each)

Now Through Labor Day Weekend

Golfing and Lake Activities

Plus much more

For the full summer calendar of events, tickets and more information, visit www.G rapevineT exas USA .com/ S ummer or call us at

(817) 410-3185 .

*Subject to availability and rates subject to change. Restrictions apply. Special packages and rates vary by hotel property. See website for complete details. 22251_GCVB_Cross_Timbers_SB_July_2015_ad_v1.indd 1

6/15/15 1:52 PM


July 2015

See Artists At Work During Studio Tour Submitted by Suely Lohr

In 2001, a group of visual artists who live and work in neighborhoods in Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Copper Canyon, Argyle, Bartonville and Lewisville joined together to create the Cross Timbers Artists Studio Tour. During the tour, member artists open their studios to display their art and working spaces. Many artists also provide demonstrations and hands-on activities in which the public can take part. The purpose of the tour, which is held the second weekend in November each year, is to give the public an opportunity to explore the artistic process first hand, showcase the variety of fine art available in the local area, and create a sense of community among area artists. This unique and popular southern Denton County art event has provided art education in a neighborhood setting for thousands of people since its inception. In 2007, tour artists , strengthened their commitment to the community by forming an unincorporated non-profit association; the Cross Timbers Artists Guild to encourage an interest in and an appreciation for the creative processes, materials and ideas related to the visual arts. The guild hopes that through its activities it will inspire students and adults to pursue the visual arts as careers and hobbies, and to increase public awareness that art thrives in area neighborhoods. In addition to hosting the studio tour each November, the guild maintained an art gallery showcasing members work at the Shops of Highland Village from 2009 to 2011 and continues to participate in

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

several local exhibitions annually. Since the first tour in 2002, the organization has grown from 6 artists to 20-plus and includes artists from a wide range of disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, furniture and mosaics. This year’s tour will be Nov. 7 and 8 with an opening reception at Premier Gallery on Nov. 6. It is a great opportunity to see art being created first-hand. Some of the artists participating on the tour include: Sweety Bowman - Potter and Sculptor

Sweety Bowman, resident of Flower Mound since 1970, is an associate professor of Art at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, in Fort Worth. Sweety also maintains Yarmouth Studio next to her house in Redbud Point, where she has led workshops in throwing, glazing and firing techniques. Sweety was the founding chair of the Cross Timbers Cultural Arts that built the Sam Lusk Outdoor Theater in 1985 in Flower Mound. She was artist in schools for the City of Tyler in 1976 and artist in residence for the City of Dallas in 1978. Her work is published in ACERS Extruder Book by Daryl Baird. She works primarily in cast bronze

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

and clay, making sculpture and functional vessels. Her work may be serious or whimsical, abstract or naturalistic, social commentary or objective, but it is always exploring technique and process. She will be exhibiting her stoneware vessels and cast bronzes. Linda Chidsey - Jewelry, Pottery, Wall Art Linda devotes her time, energy and focus to producing beautiful wearable art, extraordinary pottery and unique copper creations. She strives to bring individuality to each piece of art that she designs. She utilizes the highest quality of natural stones and gems in her jewelry. Her amazing, one-of-a-kind jewelry inspirations provide exclusive and exciting fashion accessories. She takes every opportunity to explore new concepts and ideas to create innovations in her artwork. Her sculptures are distinctive contemporary art that takes advantage of the raku firing technique which results in brilliant iridescent colors. Linda often leverages raku pottery sculptures in her wearable jewelry art and copper sculptures. The copper art is a creation that can be displayed on a table, wall or hung from the ceiling either indoors or outside.

Page B4

These sculptures have various polished and patina copper elements and often utilize raku pottery. Gloria Haefner-Gatti and Richard Gatti - Hand Weavers/Fiber Arts

“Fabric is an indispensable part of each of our lives. Weaving is a very basic life art that’s been around for thousands of years. Take fabric in your hands, stroke it, feel its softness and the way it moves, look at its color and intricate design. Weaving is complex; blending artists color theory with design skills from the draftsman and mechanical skills from the factory. Gloria first became fascinated with the intricacies of weaving almost 20-years ago. Richard, a meticulous production weaver, carefully turns each of Gloria’s designs into a dynamic finished product. Together they operate Lake Trail Studio which produces one-of-a-kind and limited edition scarves, shawls, kumihimo braids, and household accessories See ARTISTS Page B7


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B5


July 2015

Duck

Continued from Page B1

season for LCS. “The season was pretty good,” Duck said. “We did get to the first round of the playoffs, and district was pretty successful. I kept the ERA under two, and our team hit about .350, so I felt like it was pretty

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

successful.” Duck said that he wanted his contribution to the team to be that of the consummate competitor. “I just tried to make every game winnable,” Duck said. “I always tried to keep a shut-out going. I did my best all year.” The 2015 graduate said that being selected to the all-state team was overwhelming to

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

him. “I was pretty excited,” Duck said. “I didn’t even know that I was in the running, really. I mean, I knew I had a pretty good season, but I was just focused on me and the team.” Duck said that he chose Texas Tech for a couple of reasons. “I’ve always liked the program,” Duck said. “I think that [Coach Tim] Tadlock is a

Page B6

competitor. I’m a competitor. I think it goes hand- in-hand, and I don’t know, I just like to compete, and I think that is the program for me.” Duck said his goals for next season in Lubbock are to obtain a spot in the rotation and get his foot in the door, and use the opportunity to get acquainted with his new See DUCK Page B20

AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE. HERE HAPPENING Now offering OIT (Oral Immunotherapy) 3051 Churchill Drive, Suite 130 • Flower Mound 2701 West Oak St., Suite 101 • Denton (972) 539-0086 www.foodallergynorthtexas.org

3105 Fort Worth Dr., Denton, TX 76205 940-891-0100 www.dandldenton.com

25% off Selected American Made pet products through July 31st! See store for details!

Large variety of hay! Dr. Timothy W. Hawks offers variety of veterinary services here at D&L Denton two days a week! x x x x x

Spay & Neuter Vaccines Medicines Lab work-ups and Diagnostics Heartworm Preventative and more… Tuesdays from 4PM – 7PM Saturdays from 9AM – 12PM

Come check out our selection of hay! 2 and 3 string Coastal, 2 and 3 string Alfalfa, 3 string Timothy, 2 string Sudan, 3 string Straw and a variety of Round Bale options. @DandLDenton @DandLDenton


July 2015

Artists

Continued from Page B4

such as table runners, dishtowels and tea cozies. In keeping with their high quality standards, Gloria and Richard use only hand-dyed silk, plus virgin merino wool, tencel, cotton, rayon and metallic threads. Barbara O. Hartman– Quilt Maker A native of Yuma, Arizona, this southwestern heritage is apparent in Barbara’s work. Since she began quilt making in 1980, her original designs have displayed a contemporary southwestern flavor along with Amish and art deco styles. B a r b a r a ’s grandmother quilted out of necessity using scraps and discarded clothing and made special quilts for each family member. Her mother was a dressmaker and entrepreneur, who founded a small dressmaking company in the 1950’s that specialized in southwestern-style clothing. Barbara’s father was a talented artist/craftsman as a gunsmith and knife maker. Quiltmaking has given Barbara a needed outlet for self-expression. The work

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

she is doing today reflects her attitudes about herself, life in general, with a little social commentary added for good measure. In addition to making quilts and teaching, Barbara also has judged many quilt shows, curated exhibitions, and has selfpublished a pattern line since 1989. Barbara lives in Flower Mound, where she spends as much time as possible making quilts when not traveling or teaching. Lorraine J. Hayes Lorraine J. Hayes -- Mixed Media Painting And Printmaking

Her imagery is a blend of realism and abstraction. Abstraction and metaphor are key elements in her art. She frequently incorporates symbols from diverse cultures both ancient and modern. The forces of nature inspires her and the richly varied natural surfaces give rise to her wonder and awe. Travel was part of her early years and she continues to explore far-away places and use her camera to record her experiences. She is basically a studio artist and work from my photographs to create her work. Visit the Cross Timbers Artists Guild at www.crosstimbersarts.com.

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B7


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

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

A car stopped in front of a caller’s property and unloaded five or six boxes, a TV and other items and left them there. The caller wanted to notify police before she removed the items. She requested an officer look inside the boxes first. Police reported that it looked like someone set the items out there for trash pickup and the Department of Public Works would be notified.

A caller was run off the roadway by a blue BMW while going eastbound on East Hickory Hill Road. Police determined that the caller, who was driving a white 2007 GMC Arcadia had an injured shoulder. The vehicle was damaged on the front end.

Police received a complaint about a large dog, which looked like a large yellow Labrador retriever, loose in someone’s front yard barking at people. The caller said she was walking some distance from the dog but was afraid to go back to the area.

Someone hit a coyote in front of a resident’s house and killed it. The resident wanted to know if the city removes dead animals. Police advised him that TxDOT or the town’s animal control officer would be contacted to see about picking up the carcass. The caller told police he was going to have a brush fire and would just put the dead coyote’s body in the fire.

A man called, advising that his son was inside the house being aggressive toward his family after drinking all night. The father said he thought his son had bitten his mother, then took off down the road with the mother chasing after him. Police were able to capture and arrest the son.

Argyle police received a complaint about an English bulldog whose owners let it run wild all the time. The dog, which did have a collar on, was not being aggressive, but the caller said she was once bitten by a dog and is now nervous being around loose dogs. Police located the dog’s owner, who said the dog tends to get out through a hole in the fence. The owner said he is working to repair the fence again. An officer stopped to assist a cyclist that had a blowout on his bike. He was able to repair the bicycle tire himself. A caller phoned police from Johnny Joe’s in Argyle to report a man trying to sell a Dodge Ram pickup with Oklahoma plates for $300. The man appeared to be white or Hispanic, and was dressed in full camouflage. He was possibly drunk, and was running around in circles, the caller said.

School traffic was forced to use only one lane each way near the 1800 block of Hickory Hill because a trailer was parked on the road. It appeared that the trailer was legally parked except for a crank handle that was sticking out into the roadway. Police contacted the owner about the situation. A gray Honda Civic got stuck after trying to drive around cones at Hwy 377 and Country Club Road to pass high water from flooding. During the recently flooding an officer was reportedly saving turtles and did not need to call for backup. A caller reported that several people, who appeared to be teenagers, were doing “burnouts” in the parking lot across from the caller’s home. One of them apparently climbed onto the roof of a small building attached to the community pool. Police found five people sitting in the

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

playground area nearby and pointing to those on the roof. Police saw two teenage boys laying down on the roof and advised them to get down. It did not appear that any damage had been done, police reported. A caller reported that the neighbors went out and left their dogs outside for several days. The four or five dogs were apparently barking non-stop. One dog, a small German shepherd, was tied up but broke loose during a storm and was running wild. The other dogs were locked up in the yard and were there during the storms when water got very high. The caller was also concerned that the dogs hadn’t been fed for a week. An animal control officer checked out the area and said the dogs weren’t in any danger and had sufficient living conditions. He was unable to reach the owners at the time but did leave a notice on the front door of the residence. Police received a call about a vehicle that was involved in an accident on Highway 114. According to police reports, the vehicle actually landed in the Lake Cities Church of Christ, and heavy smoke was bellowing from it. A caller said someone had been sending his girlfriend messages on Facebook constantly and when he got involved the caller threatened to bring a friend to the caller’s house and fight him. The threatening message had also included vulgar language. Police went to the caller’s residence but no one showed up to fight the caller while the officer was there. It turns out that the caller sent the original threat and the other party responded in kind. Police advised the caller and others involved to block the alleged aggressor from Facebook and to not speak to him anymore. Police responded to a call about a stopped vehicle whose driver appeared to be having some sort of medical attack. The caller said the male driver was hyperventilating, shaking and running his hands through his hair. Medics

Page B8

arrived on the scene as well as an unknown female who told police that the driver was fine, but had just been “dumped” by someone he was seeing. A caller reported that someone may have tampered with his neighbor’s riding lawn mower and asked police for extra patrols of his neighborhood for two weeks. An officer saw a young man running after a small dog in the 300 block of Chisholm Road. The officer noted that he pulled over, hid behind his vehicle and intercepted the dog. A woman called to complain that a neighbor’s dog has been scaring her horses and killing baby geese and turkeys. After further investigation, police were able to determine that the report sounded similar to the antics of a pack of dogs that were running loose in the area in May. Those dogs were previously picked up by Brian the Animal Guy. A man called police to have his 18-year-old son arrested for being intoxicated. When the man arrived at the scene where he believed his son to be, he could not find him. He said as soon as he opened the door of a house where his son was partying, the son fled on foot. Police weren’t able to find the son, and the father decided not to file a missing persons report. A caller said there were two juveniles trespassing in the Country Lakes Pool, and they were the same ones that defecated in the pool on the previous night. Reports say the two were advised by an HOA member not to return to the pool. See more police calls at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com


July 2015

Flower Mound Police Calls

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. 6-1 -- Theft -- 3800 block of N. Magnolia Court -- Five blue ceramic items worth $125 was reported stolen from a home.

The following is a list of recent police calls reported by the Flower Mound Police Department. 5-26 -- Arrest -- 1900 block of Stevenson Lane -A 20-year-old man was charged with solicitation without a permit. 5-27 -- Arrest -- 180 block of N. Valley Parkway, Lewisville -- A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on a charge related to underage drinking. 5-27 -- Arrest -- 1700 block of Lansdale Drive -- A 31-year-old man was charged with injury to a child/elderly person with bodily injury. 5-27 -- Arrest -- 10600 block of Sunrise Circle -- A 51-year-old man was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 5-27 -- Arrest -- 4400 block of Shiloh Road -A 31-year-old man was charged with DWLI, speeding, another traffic violation and failure to appear in court. 5-27 -- Criminal Mischief -- 3400 block of Peters Colony Road -- A red 1981 Chevrolet C10 was reported vandalized at a parking lot/garage. 5-28 -- Theft of Property -- 1100 block of Cross Timbers Road -- $718 worth of cosmetics was reported stolen from a drug store/doctor’s office. 5-28 -- Criminal Mischief -- 3200 block of Jameston Drive -- A garage door worth about $40 was reported damaged 6-1 -- Arrest -- 2700 block of Brookwood Drive -A 19-year-old man was charged with possession

6-2 -- Arrest -- Flower Mound Road at East Furlong Drive -- A 54-year-old woman was charged with DWI with an open container. 6-2 -- Criminal Mischief & Criminal Trespass -3400 block of Peters Colony Road -- Vandalism and trespassing were reported. 6-3 -- Arrest -- 2400 block of Cross Timbers Road -- A 59-year-old man was charged with DWI. 6-3 – Arrest -- 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane -A 34-year-old woman was charged with failure to appear in court and having an expired vehicle registration. 6-3 -- Robbery with Bodily Injury -- 510 block of Flower Mound Road -- Someone reported property stolen from a convenience store, but did not identify the brand of item nor its value. 6-4 -- Theft -- 1200 block of Spinks Road -- Firestone UltraPly building supplies worth $10,500 in total were reported stolen from a roofing company. 6-4 -- Theft – 2100 block of Columbia Drive -- A white 2002 Ford F-150 Lightning worth $22,000 was reported stolen but was later recovered. 6-4 -- Burglary – 3200 block of Seaton Court -- $15,000 in cash was reported stolen from a home. 6-7 -- Arrest -- 1500 block of Glen Hollow Lane -- A 20-year-old man was charged with assault causing bodily injury/family violence and interfering with an emergency call. 6-7 -- Arrest -- 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane -- A 29-year-old woman was charged with injury of a child/elderly or disabled person with the intent to do bodily injury, interfering with an

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

emergency call, assault causing bodily injury/ family violence and revocation of probation. 6-8 -- Arrest -- 500 block of Somerset Drive -- A 19-year-old man was charged with possession 2-4 grams, but less than 400 grams of a controlled substance and less than 2 ounces of marijuana. 6-8 -- Arrest -- 2000 block of Spinks Road -- A 20-year-old man was charged with criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia. 6-9 -- Arrest -- 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane -- A 24-year-old woman was charged with littering. 6-9 -- Arrest -- 5800 block of Long Prairie Road -- A 48-year-old woman was charged for driving without a driver’s license and without liability insurance, speeding and robbery. She was also charged for having an expired inspection sticker and failure to appear in court. 6-9 -- Theft -- 4400 block of Murrell Park Road -- An iPhone 6 worth $350 and a blue Speck worth $40 were reported stolen, but were later recovered. 6-9 -- Robbery -- 5800 block of Long Prairie Road -- Clothing worth a total of $1,615.50 were reported stolen from a department store but were later recovered. 6-11 -- Arrest -- 700 block of Cross Timbers Road -- A 19-year-old man was charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. 6-11 -- Arrest -- 1000 block of Flower Mound Road -- A 36-year-old man was arrested for DWI. 6-11 -- Arrest -- 700 block of Cortadera Street -- A 19-year-old woman was charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. 6-11 -- Arrest -- 2100 block of Cortadera Street -A 19-year-old man was charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

Page B9

6-11 -- Arrest -- 4700 block of Kirkpatrick Lane -- A 41-year-old man was charged with public intoxication. 6-11 -- Arrest -- 2000 block of E. Jackson Street -- A 30-year-old woman was charged with speeding, DWLI and violation of a written notice to appear in court. 6-11 -- Arrest -- 2800 block of Flower Mound Road -- A 21-year-old man was charged with DWI. 6-11 – 3000 block of Sagebrush Drive -- Burglary -- A $350 lawnmower, a $150 weed eater and a $250 chainsaw were reported stolen from a home. 6-12 -- Arrest -- 300 block of W. Dallas Street, Grapevine -- A 29-year-old woman was charged with failure to report a change of address and failure to appear in court. 6-12 -- Arrest -- 500 block of Flower Mound Road -- An 18-year-old man was charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. 6-13 -- Arrest -- 3600 block of Waketon Road -- A 22-year-old man was charged with assault causing bodily injury/family violence. 6-14 -- Theft -- 2800 block of Pasadena Place -A $300 Spalding brand item was reported stolen from a home. 6-14 -- Arrest -- 3000 block of Canterbury Court -- A 19-year-old woman was charged with DWI. 6-15 -- Arrest -- 5800 block of Long Prairie Road -- A 24-year-old man was charged with failure to identify / giving falls information to a police officer. 6-14 -- Arrest -- 6400 block of Branchwood Trail -- A 51-year-old woman was charged with failure to pay a toll after receiving a notice. She was also found to have no liability insurance and to See FM POLICE CALLS Page B14

MEMBER FDIC

We have $100,000,000 to loan. Call Today For A Free Quote! 940.686.7000

www.pointbank.com

972.434.3200

MEMBER

FDIC

Argyle | Aubrey | Denton | Flower Mound | Lake Cities | Lewisville | Little Elm | Pilot Point


July 2015

Volunteers in Police Service – VIPS By Denton County Sheriff Will Travis

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Here at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, we strive to be a community-based organization at all times, and I would like to invite you to become a part of this endeavor. We’re starting a new program to increase our ability to get involved in the community. The Volunteers in Police Services Program is committed to developing a spirit of

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

cooperation and partnership within the community to enhance the DCSO’s ability to serve citizens of Denton County. In addition, our VIPS program is designed to give our volunteers a sense of personal satisfaction as they perform meaningful and important roles that directly affect our community. The Volunteers in Police Service program, or VIPS, is part of a national Volunteer in Police Service Organization. The goal of the program is to give the volunteers a chance to give back to their community. Community volunteers have a direct effect on the community by helping the sheriff’s office make Denton County a better place to live while enjoying a sense of personal satisfaction. Where can you help your community? • Community events • School events • Juvenile Impact Program • Translation services • Fingerprinting services • Crime prevention support Volunteer benefits? • Helping others • Community involvement • Meeting new and interesting people • Personal satisfaction Reasons to be a VIP? • Participate in purpose driven programs that benefit your community

Page B10

• Develop valuable relationships with other volunteers, your county and your sheriff’s office • Exercise your special skills, talents and experience in a new venue • Support your sheriff’s department employees by performing duties that enable them to concentrate on public service What are the minimum requirements to volunteer? • Live or work within Denton County • Have a valid driver’s license • Successfully pass a background investigation • Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions • Interview • Minimum eight hours a month time commitment Volunteers are selected to ensure a broad community representation. How do I get started? For more information on volunteering or for an application, contact Deputy Penny Campbell at penny.campbell@ dentoncounty.com or Deputy Bob Hargenrater at bob.hargenrater@ dentoncounty.com or call 940-349-1549. You may also download an application by going to dentoncounty.com/Departments/ Sheriff.aspx and click on Volunteer Law Enforcement Opportunities.


July 2015

Highland Village Police Blotter

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

6-17 -- Criminal Mischief -- Shopping Center

6-05 -- Welfare Concern -- 100 block of Cedar Drive

6-11 -- Burglary -- 100 block of Idlewild Court

6-18 -- Theft -- Justin Road at Village Parkway

6-11 -- Assault -- Highland Village Elementary School

6-18 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 300 block of Tanglewood Lane

6-11 -- MHMR Referral -- 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive

6-18 -- Traffic -- 2200 block of Justin Road

6-05 -- Intoxicated Driver -- Lake Brook Court at Twin Coves Drive

6-01 -- Animal Complaint -- 100 block of Redwood Drive

6-06 -- Drug/Narcotics Violation -- 400 block of Lincoln Court

6-01 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 2400 block of Glen Ridge Drive

6-06 -- Property Found -- Sellmeyer Lane at Doubletree Drive

6-02 -- Burglary -- 4100 block of Thornberry Trail

6-07 -- Assault -- 500 block of Sellmeyer Lane 6-07 -- Alcohol Violation -- 2100 block of Strathmore Drive

6-02 -- Drug/Narcotics Violation -- Kroger

6-07 -- Drug/Narcotics Violation -- Lions Club Park

6-03 -- MHMR Referral -- 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive

6-07 -- Theft -- Walmart

6-03 -- Assist Fire/EMS -- Park-Inland Trail

6-07 -- Intoxicated Person -- 2800 block of Woodhollow Drive

6-03 -- Miscellaneous/Other -- 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive

6-08 -- Alcohol Violation -- 280 block of Millington Drive

6-03 -- Sexual Assault -- 300 block of Clearwater Drive N.

6-08 -- Assault -- 2800 block of Butterfield Stage Road

6-04 -- Threat/Harassment Complaint -- 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive

6-08 -- Property Found -- The Shops of Highland Village

6-04 -- Drug/Narcotics Violation -- Applebee’s

6-08 -- Drug/Narcotics Violation -- Goody Goody Liquor

6-04 -- Warrant Service -- Highland Village Police Department

Page B11

6-10 -- Theft -- Sunglass Hut

6-05 -- Animal Welfare Complaint -- Buffalo Wild Wings

6-04 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 200 block of Turpin Drive

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

6-05 -- Parking Complaint/Violation -- Walmart

The following reports are provided by the Highland Village Police Department:

6-02 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 3000 block of Darlington Drive

-

6-09 -- Theft -- 200 block of Hickory Ridge Drive 6-09 -- Theft -- Walmart

6-04 -- Warrant Service -- 2200 block of Justin Road

6-10 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 2600 block of Woodside Drive

6-04 -- Drug/Narcotics Violation – 1900 block of Justin Road

6-10 -- Assault -- 2800 block of Timbercrest Lane

6-05 -- Criminal Mischief -- Whataburger

6-10 -- Theft -- Walmart

6-11 -- Theft -- 600 block of Sellmeyer Drive 6-12 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 300 block of Bluff Circle 6-12 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 200 block of Malibu Drive 6-13 -- Duty on Striking (vehicle/object) -- TCBY frozen yogurt 6-14 -- Theft -- Walmart 6-16 -- Welfare Concern -- 2800 block of Butterfield Stage Road 6-16 -- Fraud/Forgery -- 300 block of Pebble Knoll

6-18 -- Noise Disturbance -- 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive 6-19 -- Burglary of Vehicle -- LA Fitness 6-19 -- Theft -- 3000 block of Darlington Drive 6-20 -- Criminal Mischief -- 100 block of Kennedy Avenue 6-20 -- Theft -- Kroger 6-20 -- Deceased Person -- 500 block of Medina Drive 6-20 -- CPS Referral -- Walmart 6-21 -- Warrant Pick Up -- Police Department not specified

Don't wait until summer to upgrade your classic car or hotrod's cooling system.

Upgrade now with a high efficiency water pump, aluminum radiator and electronic high cfm cooling fan.

All cooling upgrades will also get an AMSOIL synthetic engine oil change at no additional cost. CALL TODAY - OFFER ENDS SOON!

Custom Chrome Plating for Cars & Motorcycles Custom Machined Brackets & Parts Partial & Complete Rewiring - Dealer for Painless Performance Products Factory / Retromod AC / Heating - Dealer for Old Air Products Upgraded Cooling Systems with Custom Fans, Radiators & Pumps - Dealer for Speed Cooling 782 N. Kealy, Lewisville, TX 75057

972-428-8911

Facebook.com/LumpysCustomHotrods


July 2015

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson

Thank you to all the participants who attended the Double Oak Women’s Club sponsored event “Cars and Coffee.” It was a beautiful Saturday morning for the 50plus classic cars and hot rods. Vintage auto collectors and several hundred residents enjoyed talking about cars, visiting with their neighbors and raising funds for an automatic external defibrillator. The entry fees and contributions resulted in a donation to the Double Oak Police Department to purchase and deploy an additional AED in a patrol vehicle (we currently have one AED on patrol). The OPD AED program began in 2007 with a generous contribution from American Airlines and the support of the town council. Our department receives training and maintenance assistance from the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department. In a normal duty year we will have occasion to respond to three or four medical calls in which the patient is in cardiac distress. Almost every officer on the department has had the opportunity to respond to an emergency call with an AED and either perform CPR or at least have the equipment available for one of our emergency medical technicians or paramedics (our volunteers respond amazingly quickly from their homes to assist people in distress). Time is critical for people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Family members and first responders trained in CPR, along with AED’s, can be vital to the survival of a patient. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life. The following information is from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/ topics/aed.

portable devices that are easy to use. Each unit comes with instructions, and the device will even give you voice prompts to let you know if and when you should send a shock to the heart. Learning how to use an AED and taking a CPR course are helpful. However, if trained personnel aren’t available, untrained people also can use an AED to help save someone’s life. Outlook Ninety-five percent of people who have SCA die from it — most within minutes. Rapid treatment of SCA with an AED can be lifesaving. Based upon personal experience I’m absolutely positive the majority of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest never receive CPR or the benefit of an AED. Thank you for giving our first responders one more tool with which to help the community.

Overview To understand how AEDs work, it helps to understand how the heart works. The heart has an internal electrical system that controls the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat. With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom. As the signal travels, it causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat. Problems with the electrical system can cause abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. Some arrhythmias can cause the heart to stop pumping blood to the body. These arrhythmias cause SCA. The most common cause of SCA is an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation (v-fib). In v-fib, the ventricles (the heart’s lower chambers) don’t beat normally. Instead, they quiver very rapidly and irregularly. Another arrhythmia that can lead to SCA is ventricular tachycardia. This is a fast, regular beating of the ventricles that may last for only a few seconds or for much longer. In people who have either of these arrhythmias, an electric shock from an AED can restore the heart’s normal rhythm. Doing CPR on someone having SCA also can improve his or her chance of survival. AEDs are lightweight, battery-operated,

Recent Police Calls Welfare Check – 100 blk. Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak – A witness reported a disoriented adult female having problems parking a vehicle and possibly being intoxicated. Officer was unable to locate the subject in Double Oak. Later in the evening subject requested assistance from Highland Village Police and was subsequently transported home.

Page B12

Breach of Computer Security – 200 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Business owner’s computer hacked and customer list utilized to send fraudulent invoices. Fraud – 3800 blk. Berry Hill Ct., Double Oak – An unknown suspect opened a Verizon account in the complainant’s name and obtained approximately $3,600 worth of cell phones. Disturbance – 6300 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Road rage incident between adult male motorist and adult female cyclist. Illegal Dumping / Theft of Service – 8400 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Known subject(s) dumped garbage into a trash container being paid for by another business owner. Officer assisted with identifying the subject and had the trash removed by the offender. Suspicious Vehicle – 100 blk. Royal Oaks, Double Oak – Caller reported having been followed home by an adult male in a white, extended-cab pickup truck. Suspect was gone prior to officer arrival. Traffic Complaint – 300 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – A motorist reported having almost been hit by a bicyclist.

Disturbance – 1300 blk. Glenview Ln., Bartonville – Dispute amongst family members. No offense documented.

Accident – 700 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – One car accident. Motorist was distracted while checking email and struck a mailbox.

Suspicious Vehicle – 500 blk. Cross timbers Dr., Double Oak – Upon further investigation the driver was delivering welcome baskets to new residents.

Animal Complaint – 200 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – Kitten left on callers door step. Kitten turned over to animal control.

Suspicious Activity – 100 blk. Thornhill Circle, Double Oak – A witness reported an older male sleeping on a car. Motorist left before police arrival.

Noise Complaint – Chapel Hill and Chinn Chapel – Reports of loud music being played from trucks.

Thinking of Buying or Selling? Call Cammy. Recognized “Top Producer” for D Magazine.

400 Porter Road, Bartonville, Texas - Wind up the lane to a gated entry to this wonderful soaring two story situated on 8+ beautiful acres with breathtaking views, towering trees, pond, 4 stall barn with tack room, lush green pastures, a 50x40 workshop with electricity and water and an exceptional pool with water features and spa. This lovely home boasts four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a study, separate exercise room, three living areas including a large game room up with balcony and fully equip media room. The spacious master has a fireplace, sitting area, adjoining desk area and luxurious bath. Additional features include Plantation shutters, wood floors, chef’s delight island kitchen open to the large family room, outdoor kitchen, well for irrigation and so much more! Great property that has it all! $1,450,000 Call Cammy 214-724-0331

Luxurious Country Living!

214-724-0331

l

cammyt@rmccdfw.com

l

CammyTurgon.FeaturedWebsite.com


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Community Invited to Entire Day of Free Family Fun Continuing the tradition, the Town of Flower Mound will celebrate July Fourth with its annual signature event, Independence Fest, headlined by popular Southern Rock band 38 Special, presented by Market Street. Filled with activities for the whole family and unforgettable live music, Independence Fest is the perfect way to 38 Special will rock Flower Mound into the celebrate our nation’s freedom. Beginning with the popular Children’s night on July 4th. Parade and concluding with a spectacular fireworks finale, Independence Fest will nings. “In keeping with tradition, the Town also feature a vintage car show presented has lined up three great bands to entertain by Time Machine Car Shows, a showcase you throughout the evening and will conof local businesses, and a variety of deli- clude with a spectacular fireworks finale.” cious food vendors. In addition to 38 SpeFlower Mound’s July Fourth activities cial, the self-proclaimed “greatest disco will begin with the Children’s Parade from band in the world” Le Freak will also per- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where everyone is inform on the main stage along with crowd- vited to participate with their festive bikes, favorite country act Breaking Southwest. trikes, strollers, wagons, and more. Lineup Special thanks to our main stage sponsors: starts at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Eaton Cornerstone Staffing, U.S. Renal Care and and Timber Creek Road; participation is alTarrant Nephrology Associates. ways free. The parade will conclude at the “Put on your red, white, and blue Satur- Lewisville ISD Administration Building, day, July 4 and come help Flower Mound 1800 Timber Creek Road, where attendees celebrate our country’s Independence,” said can enjoy free hot dogs, drinks, face paintParks and Recreation Director Chuck Jen- ing, live entertainment at the free Kid’s

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Zone. The Kid’s Zone will also include inflatables and bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, and games for all ages. The Independence Fest 2015 evening program, which includes the free concerts, fireworks display, vintage car show, and local business showcase, will take place at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane in

Page B13

Flower Mound. Gates for the festival activities will open at 5 p.m. and this year, due to the crowds, there will be no on-site parking available. However, all free parking and shuttle information listed on the Independence Fest informational website at www.flower-mound.com/festival.


July 2015

FM Police Calls Continued from Page B9

be driving with an expired driver’s license. 6-16 -- Arrest -- 1500 block of Cross Timbers Road -- a 20-year-old man was charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

6-16 -- Arrest -- Highway 377 at Cross Timbers Road -- a 42-year-old man was charged with DWI. 6-16 -- Theft -- 1777 block of Timber Creek Road -- A silver four-door 2015 Toyota Camry was stolen along with credit cards and a DexMedia ID badge. The vehicle is estimated to be worth

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

$22,595. 6-16 -- Criminal Mischief -- 3500 block of Haynes Road -- The door, carpet and two light bulbs at a public building was reported vandalized. Damages totaled $145. 6-17 -- Theft -- 4300 block of Cross Timbers Road -- About $70 worth of beer was reported stolen from a Gray 2006 Chevrolet. 6-18 – Arrest – 1100 block of Cross Timbers Road -- A 70-year-old man was arrested for DWI 6-22 – Arrest – 2600 block of Flower Mound Road – A 33-year-old woman was charged with DWLI, driving without a license from Irving PD and a speeding ticket from Farmers Branch PD. 6-22 – Arrest – Yaggi Drive and Mimosa Court -- A 19-year-old man was arrested for failing to deliver confirmation of sterilization from Lewisville PD.

Page B14

6-22 – Burglary of Building – 2900 block of Sagebrush Drive – Various items worth a total of $1,884 were stolen from a home. Included were some tools and a lawn mower. 6-23 – Criminal Mischief – 2200 block of Dove Meadow Drive – Someone reported $600 worth of vandalism was done to his home. 6-23 – Arrest – 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane – A 21-year-old woman was arrested for her part in an accident that resulted in damage equal to or greater than $200. 6-23 – Arrest – 2500 block of Waketon Road – A 20-year-old man was arrested for driving without a license or liability insurance, and possession of a wrong, fictitious or altered or obscured insignia. 6-23-Arrest – 10400 block of Sunrise Circle – A 23-year-old man was arrested for evading arrest/detention and assault causing bodily injury to a family member.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B15

Why Farmers ? 速

Farmers速 is dedicated to being the right choice for all your insurance needs!

Car Home Life Travel Motorcycle

Financial Services Business Renters Umbrella Recreational

Ensuring Dreams and Legacies Come True

William Meek, AAI, LUTCF

Insurance and Financial Services Agent

972-835-7468

3000 Corporate Ct., Ste 300 Flower Mound, TX 75028 www.farmersagent.com/bmeek Registered Representative, Farmers Financial Solutions, LLC, 30801 Agoura Road, Bldg. 1, Agoura Hills, CA 91301-2054

Got News? Let Us Know!

news@crosstimbersgazette.com

818-584-0200

Member FINRA & SIPC


July 2015

It’s Almost Showtime in Flower Mound Seeing -- and eating -- is about to equal believing for Flower Mound as a showstopping new dine-in theater opens this month.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B16

Moviehouse & Eatery Flower Mound at Lakeside DFW is nearly ready for a curtain call. The 45,000-square-foot facility will offer an upscale movie and dining experience with reserved seating in plush electric recliners with individual dining tables. A mouth-watering menu of made-

Community Based Services Psychological Health And Wellness Dealing with difficult times can be overwhelming especially if the person feels alone. At Santé Center, we can help those who may be feeling depressed, angry or lost. Our team of professionals are dedicated to helping each individual identify, adapt and effectively deal with those difficult times.

Services provided include: Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management & Psychiatric Therapy Psychological Evaluations, which include assessment of: ADHD Intellectual Capabilities Mental Health Concerns Neuropsychological Functioning Personality Characteristics Vocational Aptitude Individual and Couples Therapy, with specialized focus on: Coping with Chronic Illness Disordered Eating Grief and Loss Call Today! LGBTQ-Identified Persons 214.444.7367 Mental Health Concerns Personality Disorders Sexual Compulsivity Stigmatized Populations Substance Addiction We understand that choosing the right provider can be difficult. Santé Center for Healing offers quality care in a confidential and professional setting close to home.

914 Country Club Road | Argyle, TX 76226 www.santecenter.com

from-scratch meals is offered as well as a full-size bar with specialty drinks and local beers on tap. The theater is slated to open July 10 and tickets are already on sale. They won’t cost much more than those at a regular movie theater. For shows before noon, tickets start at $7.50 for kids and $9.50 for adults. All other shows start at $12. And you can forget standing in line at the box office. If you reserve tickets, you just go right on into the theater and settle into your viewing vantage point. The theaters swoop you into a world of theatrical wonder. Each one features Christie Digital projectors with High Frame Rate and QC speakers and Dolby Digital Surround Systems in 7.1 compressed digital format. Basically, you’ll feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action. Now, let’s talk about food. Imagine: savory pizzas, fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, hearty burgers and pasta, in all different varieties. There are even dishes to satisfy a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences. Chef Brandon Hanna and his team make them all from scratch. Yum! Moviehouse & Eatery Flower Mound offers a full-service bar and craft cock-

tails for you to enjoy. The lobby includes a stylish lounge with Texas taps, wine by the glass and libations like M&E Moonshine and Blueberry Ginger Sangria. The best part? The whole process is as easy as a bucket of popcorn. Your server will show you the menu, take your order and have your meal before you in about 25 minutes. During the film, all you need concern yourself with is relaxing and hitting the “call” button on your reclining chair for your server. You can even pre-swipe your credit card so your bill is settle without you missing even a frame. Giving back to the community is important to Moviehouse & Eatery Flower Mound. The theater is teaming up with Lewisville-based Christian Community Action to give area residents a glimpse of what to expect during their soft opening. On July 7th for just $10 you’ll get a movie ticket, a social hour with appetizers and soft drinks in the lobby and dinner and snacks from the menu at your seat. Movies showing at the soft opening include the Lego Movie, Annie, American Sniper, Unbroken, Princess Bride and The Penguins of Madagascar. All ticket proceeds go to CCA.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

MOVIEHOUSE & EATERY MAKES THE MOVIES BETTER FLOWER MOUND

MOVIES & SHOWTIMES (972) 355-4848 BOX OFFICE (972) 355-6363 951 Long Prairie Rd | Flower Mound, Texas /moviehousedfw /moviehousedfw

MAKES THE MOVIES BETTER

www.TheMoviehouse.com

Page B17


July 2015

Pearl

Continued from Page B1

finally completely filled by 1953,” said Tarwater. “Growing up there was truly idyllic, though. I’d either jump on my horse or my bike and just go … like Huck Finn. I can’t imagine a better childhood.” While the Tarwater’s homestead was a distance from the central area of what would eventually become the Town of Flower Mound, young Scott traveled over properties owned by local families, such as Andre Gerault, Andrew Morriss, Edward Marcus and his property/tree-farm manager, Bob Rheudasil [the first mayor of Flower Mound]. Tarwater added that sometimes his escapades ended with him getting stitched-up by [William] “Doc” Wilkerson [the town’s second mayor]. Another area family also felt a special appreciation for the land north of Grapevine Lake. Peter Pauls Stewart saw the development potential of the

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

envisioned a luxury hotel overlooking the lake. Stewart began purchasing the first tracts of land near the lake in May 1973 and spent the next 21years accumulating what is now the 150-acre mixeduse development, Lakeside DFW. He was also aware that the existing two-lane dam road, Members of the Stewart family at the site of the future Pearl on the Peninwhich was the only sula Hotel and Conference Center on Grapevine Lake. Left to right: Alan access up to Flower Stewart, Peter Pauls Stewart, David Stewart and Peter Stewart. Mound at that time, land overlooking the lake during a dove would not be able hunt. He knew that the then newly- to handle the resulting future traffic that constructed DFW airport would impact comes with growth. the surrounding North Texas region and Following the area’s devastating flood in 1981, a fly-over of Hwy 121 and the southern area of Flower Mound led Stewart to hire Roy Wilsire of KimleyHorn to design what would become FM 2499. Teaming-up with “Doc” Wilkerson, Stewart set out to create the road in a joint effort with Denton and Tarrant Counties, TxDOT, plus the communities of both Flower Mound and Grapevine. The two men convinced all of the landowners to dedicate their acres to the construction of FM 2499, which was completed in the early 1990s--- when the town’s population jumped to 15,896 from just 4,401 residents in 1980. “By 1984, the last member of our ‘pioneering ancestors’ still living in the family home was my mother,” said Tarwater, who spent the majority of his career working in Springfield, Mo. “Over the years, Mr. Stewart had made known to our family his desire to buy the land

Page B18

and his vision for it. He’d guaranteed that his financial offer-- when the time came to sell the property—would be generous; he was as good as his word … and my mother transferred the final 14-acres to him.” That final 14- acre parcel of the 25acre peninsula allowed Stewart to gain approval in 1986 for planned development of approximately 6-million square feet of high-rise commercial offices overlooking Grapevine Lake. “It took 18 years, though, to get the mixed-use zoning needed for the development of a hotel as part of the Lakeside DFW area,” said Alan Stewart, son of Peter Pauls and Mary Beth Stewart, and general partner of Sunset Legacy, LP, which represents the family interests. He added that the genesis for his father’s vision of a luxury hotel on the peninsula came because of the lake itself. “Grapevine Lake is unique, because it runs east-and-west, unlike other north Texas lakes that run north-and-south,” said Stewart. “That means that the nine-mile length of the lake is a perfect reflection of Texas’ spectacular sunsets. In fact, the meticulous design of the all-glass, seethrough lobby guarantees a view of the lake when driving up to the entrance. The fact that the hotel will be on a peninsula with a 270-degree view of both sunrises and sunsets dictated the 11-stories of rooms with glass balconies design.” Although Tarwater had negotiated the sale of family land in 1984 with Peter Pauls Stewart, he hadn’t met Alan. “When I finally moved back to Texas after so many years in Springfield, I hadn’t been to our family home for a long time,” said Tarwater. “I just happened to drive by the property one day and noticed that the gate was open. There were all kinds of ‘no trespassing’ signs and such, but I thought that if I got caught, I’d be able to explain See PEARL Page B19

FACT:

Social and emotional intelligence may be the most important determinant of a child’s future success.

Infants – Private Pre-K & After School

PRIMROSE WAY:

Being school-ready is just the beginning. PARENT INFORMATION MEETING: July 9th & 23rd 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Crossroads Bible Church Room 202 8101 Justin Rd | Double Oak, TX 75077

Primrose School of Lantana

940.455.2550 | PrimroseLantana.com

Each Primrose school is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools® and The Leader in Early Education and CareSM are registered trademarks and service marks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2015 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See primroseschools.com for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.


July 2015

Pearl

Continued from Page B18

myself and not get arrested. Sure enough, as soon as I stopped the car, a man walked up to see why I was there … and it was Alan with his wife, Kathy. I immediately called my wife, Donna, to come over as soon as possible and that’s how we all met.” He added that after developing more than 40 resorts and hotels across as many states, the opportunity to bring a unique, luxury hotel that honors the community’s heritage, along with creating a premier international destination for guests and locals to experience, is very significant to him.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

As the two men talked, Tarwater asked Stewart about his father’s vision of making the hotel more than just a business investment. “My father wanted to leave a legacy for people to love for generations,” said Stewart. “We are thrilled that Scott Tarwater, partner and president of DFW TX-based New Era Hotels & Resorts, will lead the development effort, since he sold the property to our family.” In an effort to create a municipal harmony for the project, Tarwater called an old friend for an unusual joint community meet and greet lunch. “I’ve known [Grapevine Mayor William] Bill Tate for more than 40-years and I called him up to get his city manager and staff folks to see how the project will

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

enhance Grapevine’s Rock Ledge Park and also get to talk with [Mayor] Tom Hayden, Jimmy Stathatos and other Flower Mound staff in a relaxed, unofficial setting held in the family home,” said Tarwater. “It was a great get-together with open-minds and good will. Everyone could see how the hotel will benefit the entire area.” While the original date to break ground was set for July 2016, Tarwater said that progress with the town has been so smooth, that event will likely happen months sooner. “We’re finalizing the design of utilities and other infrastructure details with the Flower Mound town engineers, who are the highest level professionals,” he said. Stewart said that the Pearl on the Peninsula will be just like its name—a

Page B19

rare jewel. Visitors to the hotel will view sunsets overlooking Mary Beth Bay, named in honor of Peter Pauls wife, while standing on Tarwater’s former property. “Over 30 years ago, my father envisioned an international hotel overlooking the lake to compliment the new DFW International Airport,” said Stewart. “The hotel will be only 12-minutes and two stop lights from the international terminal doors. Our family is thrilled that he will see this dream come true right before his 95th birthday.” For more information and design renderings, visit: newerahotelsandresorts. com To view an informational video, visit: flower-mound.com


July 2015

Duck

Continued from Page B6

environment. “I’ve met the recruiting coordinator J-Bob Thomas and I have been out there to get a look at the facilities,” Duck said. Duck throws a two-seam fastball (has the speed of a fastball, but the general movement of a screwball) and curve ball

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

and said he is going to try to develop a third pitch this coming season, and said that when he looks back on his time at Liberty, he is going to remember the people more than anything else. “It will be the relationships I’ve made and the team,” Duck said. “Just all of the friendships that I’ve made have been great. I’ve made so many connections throughout the years. I think that Johnny Isom has really

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

prepared us with how he coached us. He was a coach, not a friend. And that really pays off in the end.” Isom said that Duck has made immeasurable contributions to the Warriors baseball team and said that he will definitely be missed. “Tyler was the backbone of our pitching staff, and a leader for the baseball team,” Isom said. “He was also a great role model for our younger pitchers. His impact his

Page B20

senior year will be felt for several years to come.” Duck’s Favorites Favorite Sports Team: Texas Rangers Favorite Food: Crab Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans Favorite TV Show: Malcolm in the Middle Last Book I Read: Sherlock Holmes Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Cross Canadian Ragweed

Your Neighborhood Storage Place! Only a Few Covered Units Left Going Fast!

(located at E. Hickory Hill Road & Hilltop Road)

www.LantanaRVBoatStorage.com 1 Month FREE to New Customers!


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

New Kroger store puts the ‘homemade’ in pre-made The pre-made meals section at Bartonville’s new Kroger Marketplace store, with its variety of homestyle flavors and Texas flair, is really taking the cake. With a make-your-own-sandwich bar, pre-packaged subs and sides, a hot food bar and a makeyour-own-meal station, the grocery store is hoping to meet the needs of its customers. “Prepared meals are doing very well, proportionately much higher in sales than in the rest of the area and continuing to grow, especially in the sandwich commodity,” said Katie Nock, Kroger spokesperson. All the sandwiches are made with Boar’s Head meats, a brand synonymous with quality and made of only the finest ingredients. According to Dan Johnson, the store’s operations manager, the Kroger selection has a higher quality and quantity than other places people can pick up meals to go. “We encourage our employees to try to build relationships with the customers,” he said, adding that surveys have placed the Bartonville store high above other area stores in customer service.

Apart from sandwiches, the store also offers cold meal op-

Page B21

tions, which change with the season. Right now, the theme is summer, including lots of grilled items and salads. The prepared hot meals are also tailored to taste. Customers can walk in, choose a meat and some sides and be out the door to feed the family in mere minutes. The Bartonville store is just the seventh Kroger location in North Texas to serve barbecue. Daniel Daughters, deli/bakery coordinator for the new store, said the trend took off in Memphis and has become a big deal in the Lone Star State. “It’s a fast-growing Texas thing,” he said. While the menu does change every other day, foods like chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and macaroni are staples. Barbecued brisket and pulled pork are also offered daily, Nock said. The Bartonville store is also the only Kroger in the area to offer a Slurpee station. Kroger Marketplace in Lantana Town Center is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. and is located at 3400 FM 407 E. in Bartonville.

You Said It

Continued from Page B3

Plano which is a huge success, not sure why the same developer chose this unfriendly walkable layout. Shame. The primary cause of the 2499 / North of the airport / Grapevine Mills Mall traffic nightmare is not even the construction, the issue is allowing to remain open and used the two small cross streets starting with Grapevine Mills Mall Blvd by Cracker Barrel. Lantana would have many trees if the developers did not clear cut every square inch of land to build their houses. It was heart breaking to see 100 years old oaks just bulldozed down. The whole area is a joke, construction projects that take forever to finish. Not to mention that drivers in Texas are the worst I’ve ever seen. When I supported the new council members, they promised to improve traffic. Since they have been elected it’s only gotten worse, much worse. How could they have fooled me? I can’t believe the stupidity of the people on this website. You want them to build a road that is flood proof. Just because you have had to detour and be delayed. How much extra money do you want for them to build this road? 2 billion dollars and you pay the taxes for it? Again FM has missed the mark. Warehouses on one side of 2499 and nail salons on the other. Not quite attracting upscale shopping in FM. Gelbman: This is all a show. He is mainly concerned on how he looks now and his potential for another political race. Thank you TxDOT, Tom Hayden and the cooperative work of our town government for the reopening of FM 2499! Lakeside DFW sign reminds me of the sign in Lakewood. Maybe the sign maker got confused and thought it was for a hipster hangout in Dallas instead of an over-priced planned development in suburbia. The nature and tone of comments here are exactly why most reasonable people will never volunteer for public service. What a bunch of malcontent whiners. Step up and do a better job or sit down and be quiet! Our country has become a joke. Making laws to ban others freedom of choice. Just wait every freedom that we have ever known will be banned by someone somewhere. 1171 and 407 are both TXDOT projects. Flower Mound, nor any other surrounding municipalities, have any jurisdiction over those projects. The same is true for the 2499 and 121 improvements that are causing so many traffic headaches right now on the south side of town.

You’ll find 100s of locally grown and sourced items throughout our stores.

I feel sorry for the people that will live in the apartments near that Lakeside DFW sign. It is so very bright, I cannot imagine anything will help black it out. Sure looks out of place.

Thank you for all the great updates through the road closures. CTG is my new homepage! Voice your opinion! Visit CrossTimbersGazette.com and our Facebook page today!

ITEM HE

ADING

LEARN MORE

Kroger.com/DiscoverFresh

HERE

1.99 UNIT PRI PER OUN CE CE

Just look for the local tags!

If butchered English means someone is not bright, then I guess my great great grandparents who came to America over a century ago were idiots. The commute these days to and from FM is overly painful. To ease your pain, try this fix --- Simply take a few of the 1,800 extra seconds you’re commuting these days to reflect on how we’re ALL truly blessed we live in such a safe, prosperous community as compared to nearly anywhere else in the world. Works for me every time…

2.49

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

UNIT PRI

CE

PER OUN

CE

#DiscoverFresh


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B22

Need READY SEAL?

Then SUPER SOURCE has what you need! Lowest Prices of Ready Seal Stains Always Stocked with All 7 Colors HOA Approved

SUPER SOURCE

1440 State Hwy 121 Suite 11 Lewisville, TX 75067

972-221-3834

supersourcestainsupply.com

Flower Mound Chamber Corner By Lori Walker, President

June Business of the Month: Excite Gym!

The Flower Mound Chamber runs deep when it comes to wonderfully faithful, fabulous members. Since the time the Chamber opened its doors businesses have looked to the Chamber as their partner and friend. Our Business of the Month for June has set the bar high for quality of service, hospitality and community involvement. Teamwork is as you know all important not only to the Chamber but to all businesses and in fact to all of our citizens as well. Our June Business of the Month is truly a master of teamwork and a bundle of energy. As far as the Chamber is concerned, the ways that this entity has helped and supported us runs so deep that it is impossible to even measure. However…..Measure up… they do! They joined “Our Team” in December of 2007 and for the past 8 years they have been jumping, dancing and cheering their way into our hearts and the heart of every child that enters their door. Please help me congratulate our June Business of the Month - Excite! Gym, Cheer and Dance! June Ambassador of the Month: Max Miller, The Cross Timbers Gazette Ambassadors are the public relations arm of the Chamber, providing ribbon cutting, grand openings and groundbreaking services for mem-

bers. Ambassadors benefit by being on the inside track of new developments, meeting new business owners and helping the Chamber support its members. If your job includes being active in the community and making frequent contact with prospective customers, you should be an Ambassador! Today we are here to honor just that – an exceptional Ambassador. He continues to support and encourage others in their business journey to succeed and he is always willing to do what is needed to serve others. Our recipient for Ambassador of the Month for June 2015 became one of the Flower Mound Chamber’s biggest cheerleaders and his smiling face and delightfully positive attitude is contagious. As an Ambassador, he attends our ribbon cuttings and contributes in so many ways to the success of this Chamber. We appreciate the example that he sets for new businesses in how to get involved not only with our Chamber but in the community. Please help me congratulate our Ambassador of the Month for June 2015, Max Miller, owner of The Cross Timbers Gazette. Shop Local and Keep Us Strong The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce encourages you to shop locally! Flower Mound and our surrounding areas have everything on your list. From our great retailers, to our delicious restaurants and entertainment, you can find it all, locally! When you shop with local merchants, more of your money stays close to home, and helps to make our community a great place to live! Visit us online at www.flowermoundchamber. com.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Majestic Nail Spa New Flower Mound Salon Offers ‘Majestic’ Treatment Majestic Nail Spa was the second tenant to move into a large, mixed-use development in Flower Mound and it has quickly become the lap of leisure at Lakeside DFW. The elegant boutique offers touches of class and sophistication with bright colored salts lining one counter and glittering crystals on two peach-colored chandeliers. One would expect a grand hotel lobby or state room to roll out under that beauty, but instead, this is a simple place where people come to enhance their own beauty. Le Ha Groff co-owns the business with three others, Kelly Vo and Henry Nguyen. She moved from Oklahoma City to Lewisville but has been in the nail salon business for more than three years. She partnered with Henry Nguyen to operate Majestic Spas in Coppell and Colleyville, and now in Flower Mound. “We know that this area is growing,” Groff said of why the owners decided on the Lakeside location. “It’s close to the airport and it’s very convenient.” In 2009, Nguyen owned InStyle Salon in Plano. During the process of designing that store, he decided to design his future stores. He owns nail spa salons in Carrollton, Dallas, Plano, Addison, Wylie, Inwood Village on Lover’s Lane, Coppell, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Southlake, and now Flower Mound’s spa at Lakeside. Two dozen luxurious lounge chairs line two front rooms at the 3,000 square

feet Flower Mound spa — pedicure stations include foot soaking baths — and a rainbow of nail polish bottles offers an excellent selection for freshly pampered fingers and toes. They offer NextGen products which is a natural way to have nails done. NextGen powders are lightweight, but strong and durable, non-toxic, calcium and Vitamin E fortified. This place is ideal for a birthday party, ladies day out events, bridal showers, or corporate events. And to whisk patrons away from the daily grind even more, the salon offers complimentary white wine, red wine and margaritas, as well as water and soda. Free WiFi is also available. “I like to locate in new developments and I am very impressed with the way they have built Lakeside,” Nguyen said. “It’s going to be a genuine community where everyone can come and have fun together.” Services include nail care, pedicures and manicures, facials and eyelash extensions, waxing, and will include massages in the future. Contact Kelly for appointments at 972-539-8200.

Got News? Let Us Know!

news@crosstimbersgazette.com

Page B23


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page B24

Tired of searching the Internet for homes!

Missed out on another house! Don’t want to overpay

Low inventory of homes

How to compete if multiple offers?

Buying a Home?

The Buyer Agent You Hire DOES MATTER!

(Even in a hot market!)

JEFF BRAND

Our Professional Buyer Representatives

& ASSOCIATES

Make a Difference!

Gain access to homes before they’re active for sale Get a direct MLS link for up-to-the-minute home listings Find & procure a home with your best interests the priority Enter multiple-offer situations with skilled representation %HQH¿W IURP home values expertise to prevent over-paying

Get fair & favorable results via competent negotiations Have peace of mind with respected, ethical professionals 70+ years combined home-buying experience!

Jeff Brand & Associates

7KH 7UXH (;3(576 LQ 5($/ (67$7(

Since 2003

972.539.6555 | JeffBrand.com

3360 Long Prairie Rd, Suite 100 | Flower Mound, Texas 75022

(DFK RI¿FH LQGHSHQGHQWO\ RZQHG DQG RSHUDWHG © -HII %UDQG $VVRFLDWHV $OO 5LJKWV 5HVHUYHG


Inside This Section Community Calendar Gardening - Columnists

July 2015

www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

New Youth Football League Stresses Safety, Values

My Story: Reaching New Heights

By John English, Contributing Writer

Submitted by Marshall Warren

Flower Mound Christian Football Association President Greg Novarro believes safety is the key to a winning team.

The recent development of the first Christian youth tackle football league in Flower Mound will give kids throughout southern Denton County the opportunity to compete in a fun and safe environment this fall. The Flower Mound Christian Football Association (FMCFA), will be playing its inaugural season in the Prestonwood

Sports Association for the 2015 season and FMCFA President Greg Novarro said he believes this provides a great opportunity for both organizations. “In starting the new league, the biggest concern I know that a lot of these parents are going to have is are they going to have enough teams to play,” Novarro See LEAGUE Page C6

Marshall Warren of Copper Canyon has climbed the highest point on every continent in the world.

The double sets of balaclavas on my face were frozen. The temperature -30C and the wind light at 20 mph. Just one more step and I will stand on top of the highest mountain, on the coldest, windiest, continent in the world, Antarctica. And with that last step I will also complete the climbing of the highest point on every continent in the world,

C Page C1

“The Seven Summits.” Kilimanjaro (Africa 19,320’), Denali or Mt. McKinley (North America 20,322’), Aconcagua (South America 22,838’), Mt. Everest (Asia 29,035’), Carstensz Pyramid or Puncak Jaya (Australasia 16,024’), Mt. Elbrus (Europe 18,510’) and Mt. Vinson (Antarctica 16050’). It took me 15 years. My friends asked me to write an article about my climbs and answer questions that would be interesting so here goes. Recently on CBS Sunday Morning they had a special on late bloomers – people that didn’t start their famous careers until later in life. Colonel Sanders started KFC and sold his first franchise when he was 62 years old and I didn’t start my Seven Summits climb until I was 46 years old. I guess I am really not a late bloomer in that I married my sweetheart when she was 17 and I was 19. That was 42 years ago. And I started working for Delta Airlines as a pilot at age 24 and that was 36 years ago. Many of my climbing friends also did not start their major climbs until later in life. To be away for months you need a job where you can be away and the job needs to pay well because a flight to Antarctica on a chartered Russian Ilyushin and all See HEIGHTS Page C3


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C2


July 2015

Heights

Continued from C1

that goes with surviving in such a barren place costs almost $40,000. And a trip to Mt. Everest has a total cost, not including time missed at work, of about $90,000. And I have a room full of climbing gear. Climbing does many things for me. It has kept me young. At age 60, now I can still run the stadium steps for an hour with a 40-pound pack. When taking two of the biggest breaths I have ever taken, and then take one step and keep that up for 11 1/2 hours while climbing to Camp Three at 24,000 feet on Mt. Everest – I have learned perseverance. Climbing will also make you realize that you live in the greatest country in the world. In Nepal people are collecting Yak dung for fuel. Stone cutters chisel 12 hours a day in Namche Bazaar – a century’s old trading town in Nepal – to make three stones to use to build a house. In 2000 I left Dallas where it had not rained in two months. In Africa it had not rained for six months and young men were walking all day to fill their five gallon containers of water. And they did it every day. In New Guinea we saw a family building a fire to boil the salt out of the water so they could sell the salt and provide for the family. They lived in a thatched hut located a several days walk from any human being. When you come home from these sites you cry when you see the American flag. And you enjoy little things like indoor plumbing even more. What price would you pay to feel that feeling of pride? The price has been worth it to me. It is so important for each of us to set goals and complete them. In climbing your goal maybe as simple as to take one more step or swallow one bite of food. It is hard to eat at high altitude. Your body rejects fats at high altitude and you have no appetite but you must eat thousands of calories each day to climb. I weighed 170

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

pounds when I went to Mt. Everest and I weighed 146 pounds when I returned. I looked like death with my bones showing through my skin. Do I get cold on these climbs? Just think, at -40C things start breaking from the cold. At -60, if you dropped a hammer on concrete it would shatter. It’s cold. But not like you know cold. Climbing from Camp One at 19,000 feet on Mt. Everest to Camp Two at 21,000 feet when the sun was shining and the wind was not blowing, it was hot, and I had to carry a snow ball in each hand and one in my hat to keep from overheating. There it is possible to get sunburn on the roof of your month from the sun reflecting off the snow when you’re breathing hard with an open mouth. On 20,320 foot Denali we were climbing with sunny skies and no wind and I was dressed down so I would not sweat. If you sweat then the next time you stop you will get very cold and if it rains you get wet or worse with lightning. On our Mt Rainier climb, you can get hypothermia in minutes. More people die on Mt. Rainer below 10,000 feet than above 10,000 because of hypothermia. As we continued to climb Denali the sky became overcast and the wind started blowing and before I knew it my hair was frozen. I know this is strange but I wasn’t cold. When climbing your internal heat is so high you don’t get cold. When climbing you must be very careful since your feeling for cold is reduced. You can get cold and only know it when you start to zip your jacket and your fingers don’t work. At night in my sleeping bag I have never been cold. I sleep with almost no clothes on. This allows my body heat to warm the air in the bag. One thing that makes that initial plunge into the cold sleeping bag a little easier is that we are always boiling water to melt ice and purify water so we make sure the last heated water is put in a water bottle and placed in our sleeping bag. I have never been hurt while climbing.

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Well, my lips are not the ones I have always had. Breathing hard hour after hour, there is no way to protect your lips. Sometimes I’m more successful than others but some of the time it’s so bad my lips grow together during the night. When I get back home I regrow new lips. I have only had frost nip on my fingers a couple of times. Once you have had cold damage on your fingers it’s easy for it to happen again. When I returned from Mt. Everest I couldn’t feel my fingertips for about a month. Also during that month I had the Khumbu cough. This is a cough that feels like your drowning. It is caused by breathing super cold air. We try to prevent this by always wearing a buff over our month to preheat the air. The Khumbu is the glacier that makes up the very dangerous ice fall on Mt. Everest where 16 Sherpas died around this time last year – and I knew five of them. A hanging glacier on the upper shoulder of Mt. Everest broke off while they were climbing below it. As it picked up speed and gathered huge

Page C3

rocks it ran over them at high speed. They didn’t have a chance. During the two months on Mt. Everest I climbed through this area six times. We try and climb in the ice fall when the glacier is not moving. It moves about three feet a day. It moves at night when it is the coldest because ice expands when it freezes and it moves during the day when there is some melting. So we tried to climb during the early morning before the sun touches the glacier. When it moves it is possible for these three- and four-story-high ceracs, or broken ice towers, to fall over. After summiting Mt. Everest on May 18, 2011 we were making our last trip down through the Khumbu ice fall and I knew something could still happen. We were almost running down while still clipped into the rope for protection. We are always clipped in this area. I was behind Lakpa Rita Sherpa, one of the most famous Sherpas in the world with 14 Mt. Everest summits. He See HEIGHTS Page C4

Relax, Look Great, Feel Confident

HAIR • SHAVE • SPA • MASSAGE MEMBERSHIPS • GIFT CERTIFICATES

BOARDROOMSALON.COM


July 2015

Heights

Continued from C3

was our Sirdar or head Sherpa. I saw Lakpa unclip to move faster and so I unclipped and now we were truly running because we both had the same bad feeling. Nothing happened, but when the greatest

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Sherpa in the world starts running, I’m running. The closest I have ever been to getting hurt was when I was climbing Aconcagua. We were climbing over a glacier that had a stream running under the ice. This ice melt water heated by the earth rushes under the ice and it sometimes breaks above

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

the surface for a short ways then reenters the glacier. We were climbing above the exposed rushing stream when the entire area we were standing on broke lose and started avalanching into the glacier stream. Another climber and I jumped off the moving ground at the last second before it disappeared back under the glacier. We were an instant away from being pulled under the mountain. Climbing takes you where most people don’t go. This summer I was in Russia. The troubled country of Ukraine is on the north side of the Black Sea and I was climbing on the east side in the Caucasus, southeast of Sochi where they had the Olympics. We were climbing the highest point in Europe -- Mt. Elbrus -- at 18,500 feet. I flew Aeroflot Airlines to St. Petersburg and visited the Hermitage Museum – one of the greatest museums in the world -- then flew to southern Russia. It was like going back in time or maybe it was like visiting our small towns in Texas where people abandon them for the big city. Everything was in decay and unfinished. The people there are like you and I in many ways. Hard working, only wanting the best for their families. People are the same all over the world. Only the governments are different. In 2013 I walked 60 miles through some of the thickest jungle in the world on the approach to Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua, Indonesia, a 16,074 foot rock climb and the highest point in the Australasia continent. In most places in the world there are trails because there are large mammals that make the trails. In New Guinea there are no large mammals. So where we hiked there was only a weak point in some of the most dense jungle in the world. The people there were not discovered until 1938. And except for an airplane crash there in 1942 they were not visited again until the 1950s. In all of history to that point they had not progressed to the extent of even the Copper Age. How would a society progress with no outside influences? They

Page C4

had battles between villages to keep the population down, to decide the village leaders and for entertainment. They believed that the airplanes they saw flying over where people trying to return to a hole in the earth where all mankind came from. The jungle surrounding this valley could not be penetrated from the sea at that time. Can you imagine 80,000 people discovered that the world did not know of until World War II? On this climb we picked 21 porters to help us. There were 11 men and 10 women. We saw several men only wearing coverings over their private areas. Our porters wore shorts and shirts, the girls wore what looked like the dresses they wore while attending school. They never wore shoes and the porters’ feet were giant. We were not allowed to pick the same porters that were used on a previous climb. They would not allow this because they wanted the money shared to all the people. It also prevented us from properly training them as in Nepal where Sherpas have become the greatest climbers in the world. As we started our climb some other local men blocked the road wanting us to pay a toll to use their road. They had chopped down trees to block the road and stood with machetes. These days they do not have battles there but they use these conflicts to help decide leaders of the tribes so everyone was allowed to speak. We had local and USA guides. Local guides are required because the people speak over 1,000 languages there. After one and a half hours the trees were moved and we continued. We were stopped 10 times the first day. The next morning in our camp another village arrived wanting to be our porters and over 100 people came just to look at us. In this area it rained over an inch everyday. Whatever you think is waterproof – I can assure you we had the best equipment – is See HEIGHTS Page C5


July 2015

Heights

Continued from C4

only waterproof to a point. Mud went over the tops of our rubber boots each day and we had climbers sink to their hip in mud. We hung our wet clothes in the vestibule of the tent at night. After a night with the temperature in the low 40s we would put the same wet clothes on and wear them until we warmed them up. While climbing over a 14,000 foot ridge one of our porters died of hypothermia. That was terrible. Climbing well behind us in sudden rain and wind the porter, age 60, got wet and cold. His friends and family tried to carry the man down but it was so steep and muddy they had to leave him. When we reached base camp we were told of the loss. It was not safe for the porters to climb higher so with little food we climbed down and brought up our needed supplies. We went to sleep about 11 p.m. then woke at 2 a.m. for our climb that turned out to be a 17-hour climb, the longest of any of my climbs. We climbed terrain nearly straight up on granite to a ridge using ropes so worn out that they would not be used in any other part of the world. After reaching the top of the ridge we had to climb across three breaks in the ridge. One was 60 feet across and almost 1,000 feet down. We broke ice off the used ropes there and crawled across the opening. After the summit we planned to rappel down the granite face but by then the ropes were so wet and they had many knots where the bad parts of the ropes were tied up. It was impossible to rappel. We had to get down so we used arm wraps. I learned this on Mt. Everest. I know this is going to sound crazy but it works. You wrap the rope around your arm and step off and walk down the mountain. Gravity pushes you against the rock and you walk down. We clip our climbing harness to the climbing rope as a backup so that if

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

you slipped you would only fall to the next point where the rope is connected to the mountain. That would be very painful. Back at basecamp the next morning we waited for the porters to climb up and help with the equipment, but they all had returned to their homes. Now we were 60 miles from where we started, a five-daywalk back. Unable to carry enough food and shelter to return we used our satellite phone to call our Indonesian and USA guide services headquarters. We were advised to not walk out but to go the other way to a local gold and copper mine for help. It is against Indonesian law for us to go on the mine’s property but we were in an emergency and so we went there to be arrested. We set our tents up on the property of the mine. That night guards armed with automatic rifles visited our camp to get our names. Then they left. Four days later they returned and took us to the Indonesian sheriff. He had side guns, metals, epaulettes and bullets. He was talking to us but we had no idea what he said. Then a lawyer came in and told us about the danger we were in. He said the porter that died was a member of the Donny tribe and they are a warring tribe and they don’t mind fighting the mine, or us, or anybody and they believe in blood for blood. The mine had decided to reduce their liability by driving us out to the coast. Normally when climbers come on their property they hold them for seven days as a penalty. He said there is one road out and it has been under attack by rebel separatists and 15 people have been killed on this road. They loaded us in the back of two bulletproof vehicles with four armed guards in each vehicle and they drove us the one and a half hours out. We walked across a river bridge back into the coastal town. We were advised to not go out because they didn’t know if Donny family members could be in the town. We flew to Bali the next morning. Then eventually I flew back home to Copper Canyon. Thank you for your interest in my climbs.

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

I encourage everyone to find his or her Mt. Everest and take that first step. You will be glad you did. If you want to see some pictures of my climbs, my son-in-law, whom I am very proud to say is the Commanding Officer of his F18 squadron, took my videos and

%

Page C5

made a YouTube video and if you search Marshall Warren climbs Mt. Everest you can see it. Marshall and Pam Warren have lived in Copper Canyon for 29 years.

Access great rates.

IRA CD

1.50 % 17 1.30 % 9 0.90 % 24 APY* MONTHS

$1,000 minimum to open Save now to plan for your future.

Traditional CD

APY* MONTHS

$1,000 minimum to open A safe, stable way to help grow your savings

Accessible CD

APY* MONTHS

$1,000 minimum to open Offers unlimited deposits and one withdrawal per statement period**

*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective as of print date. Minimum to open and maintain stated rate is $1,000. Rates may change without notice. Other rates and terms available. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal may apply. **Statement period is equal to one earning cycle.

320 Eagle Dr., Ste 100 Denton, TX 76201 (940) 382-3962 www.AccessBankTx.com

Member FDIC

THE FIRST NAME IN FLOWER MOUND REAL ESTATE TM

SEE ALL OUR OFFICE LISTINGS AT FLOWERMOUND.EBBY.COM

©2015. Equal Housing Opportunity.

TOP PRODUCERS | MAY INDIVIDUALS Karen Sefcik Jeannie Seth Pat Heidelman Renie Masi Carol Waugh GROUPS Ayres, Ferguson & Smith Group The Robichaux Group The Baxter/Ding Group

4700 REMINGTON PARK DRIVE $439,000 FLOWER MOUND | 4-bedroom home with master downstairs, tropical backyard and a pool Becky Garrison 972-571-8190

437 MORAN DRIVE $345,000 HIGHLAND VILLAGE | 4-bedroom updated home with granite, stained glass and so much more Gina Odom 972-977-7680

3308 KELSEY COURT $324,000 FLOWER MOUND | updated one-story home with 4 bedrooms on cul-de-sac lot with covered patio Julie Baxter 972-567-7875

3704 PARK WOOD COURT $200,000 CORINTH | one-story home with 4 bedrooms, huge kitchen, granite countertops — on a cul-de-sac lot Mandy Pickerill 214-274-6440

1485 APENZELL LANE $172,000 LEWISVILLE | one-story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 living area and an island kitchen Mark Lally 972-880-9880

650 HARVEST HILL STREET $125,000 LEWISVILLE | half-duplex with fresh paint, recent flooring and 2 masters — one upstairs and one downstairs Linda Bartley 972-523-7030

EBBY FLOWER MOUND | 972-539-3000 | FLOWERMOUND.EBBY.COM | SERVICIO EN ESPAÑOL LOOKING FOR A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE OR A CHANGE IN ADDRESS OF YOUR CURRENT REAL ESTATE OFFICE? For a confidential discussion, contact Connie Niedzwiecki at 972-355-5606 or ConnieN@Ebby.com


July 2015

League

Continued from C1

said. “In order to answer that concern, I worked with Prestonwood Sports to assure that the kids would have more teams to play than any other Flower Mound tackle league. We now have one of the largest youth Christian leagues in Texas.” Our 6th grade division alone has over 12 teams to play and people are still signing up.” In September, teams from each league will be placed in different divisions based on grade, not age. Novarro will have teams from 2nd-6th grade. He said this is a very important safety concern that should not be overlooked. “When you organize your league by age you are risking putting kids that are sometimes two years older and two grade levels above other kids in their same division,” said Novarro. He believes that is when kids can get hurt. Novarro said he believes that dividing teams by grade and the ability to keep friends together set his league apart from other local organizations. “In our league you

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

can bring in a full team of 17 players so friends can play with friends. They keep select teams out by assuring fair play rules apply. We are not a select league and this rule helps us stay that way,” said Novarro. “Single players can still sign up and will be placed on teams with under 18 players.” Along with running FMCFA, Novarro also educates parents and coaches via his Facebook Group called ‘Youth Tackle Football Safety - Parents Get The Facts.’ In his group Novarro posts articles, studies, and statistics debunking the recent media focus on the dangers of playing football. Novarro plans to eventually bring these educational efforts to the community. When it comes to finances, Novarro said that his league is 100 percent transparent. “We donate all of our funds minus expenses to other nonprofit organizations in the area and we allow members to view our financial records at any time.” Our summer camp that was just completed on July 1st donated all proceeds to Texas Veterans through Vetsco of Denton and the Marine Corps League of Denton. Novarro said giving back to

We sell and install premier flooring and countertop surfaces, including wood, tile, laminate, carpet, granite, marble, & more.

8'"#7.)*-,9#.)'.,(%*

Come visit our new showroom!

(940)464-7555 www.premiersurfacegroup.com

!"#$%&'"()$* !"'$+,,$*

!"%&9& *+#&,#&

&&&&&&>0?0/(;& &@?(&2A()#&

:3*/.11(;&

/'"0)'1#)* 2"&3%(4"%5*

100 Country Club Rd, St. 114 Argyle, TX 76226 Mention this ad for 10% off!

-"'().*

-)'"67&*/74)*

!BCC&

:3*/.11(;&

DC&*+#&,#& ?.E0?7?&

!"#$%& '()&& *+#&,#&

-./()0.1&2314#& 5601(&*7''10(*&1.*/#&

!8#%%9

!C#%%&

*+#&,#&

>0?0/(;&@?(&2A()#&

'()&& *+#&,#&

:3*/.11(;& <0/6& 6(.=4&'.;&

>0?0/(;&@?(&2A()#&

-./()0.1&2314#&&& 5601(&*7''10(*&1.*/#&

Page C6

the community is one of the principle reasons he started the league. Novarro said that feedback from the community has been very reassuring. “I’ve had a great response so far,” Novarro said. “It’s early, and we already have teams in every grade division. We’ve had a really good sign up for our camp and will be able to teach almost 60 kids about football and Christ. This is an incredible blessing.” Registrations in their first league are also going well. Children entering 2nd through 6th grades can participate in tackle football and Novarro is also heading up teams in all age groups. Novarro said he will coach 2-3 teams himself and then mentor new coaches if needed. “I have trained with some of the greatest minds in youth football across the country, I take two courses per year on coaching youth football specifically, and want to give back by helping Dads make the transition to tackle from flag football. It is a completely different game and if you are not prepared it can be tough for everyone involved.” You can register online at www. fmcfa.org or call Greg Novarro at 469-556-9519 for more information. League Vice President Caleb James said that safety is their number one priority. “The safety of the children, and educating parents about the “real” safety of youth football is what drives us. The statistics show that children are at greater risk from riding a bike than they are covered in pads playing football. There is just a lot of misinformation out there,” said James. FMCFA also helps promote the lightest and they believe the safest helmets on the market, the SG Helmet. “You won’t find this in any store but we have access to them and at a major discount to parents,” James said. “We will have these on display at our camp and you won’t believe the difference in weight and fit compared to traditional plastic helmets.” At $400 a helmet online they can be restrictive to purchase, so FMCFA has made a special deal with the manufacturer to get kids in their league the helmets for $275 or less depending on the number of helmets purchased. James said they do not make anything for doing this they just believe in the technology and want to help keep as many kids safe as possible. Visit the organization’s website at www.fmcfa.org for more information.


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C7

Outstanding Students of the Month Passion Is Key Ingredient for Grad’s Success By John English, Contributing Writer

Hunter Markwardt

Being the best in Texas has gotten Hunter Markwardt a lot more than a grand slam, and the passion that drove him to that success has also lassoed him a college scholarship. The Argyle graduate received a baseball scholarship to Abilene Christian University after helping his team to a state championship against West Orange Stark this season, going 2-4 with two RBI in the championship game and being named to the all-tournament team as an outfielder. Markwardt loves the game of baseball, but is also player on the football and track teams. “I really enjoy everything that I’m involved in,” he said. “Whether it’s playing sports or helping out with the younger kids.

Just to be involved means a lot.” Markwardt has a great passion for mentoring work and said that he has done as much of it as possible in his time at Argyle High School. “I’ve always been involved with the elementary schools and intermediate school,” Markwardt said. “I helped with a secondgrade class and was a senior buddy.” Markwardt was also a member of the Wise Guys, another mentoring program at Argyle High School. When reflecting on the part that he liked the least about his time as a student at AHS, the Argyle teen was very frank. “I would probably just say the class work,” Markwardt said. Looking back over his years at Argyle, Markwardt said that he has changed a lot, and for the better, as he prepares to head off to college. “The thing that I am going to remember most is probably just developing as a person,” Markwardt said. “From my sophomore year to my senior year, I have grown so much, from not having played football before to winning a state championship. “Just being a part of that, there is a lot of growth over those three years.” Markwardt’s Favorites Favorite Athlete: Dez Bryant Favorite Sports Team: Texas Rangers Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite Movie: Troy Favorite TV Show: Impractical Jokers Last Book I Read: The Maze Runner Favorite Musical Group or Performer: J. Cole

Young Mentor Says Community Matters By John English, Contributing Writer

Claire Betzhold

Claire Betzhold has accomplished a lot in her time at Argyle High School. A member of the state champion girls’ basketball team, Betzhold was also on the UIL State Accounting Team, she mentors young children and was one of the top students in her graduating class. “I just like to help others and really want everyone to have the best experience they can going to middle school or high school,” Betzhold said. “I just really enjoy the community and being able to interact with people and making friends within each organization that I am a part of.” Betzhold is also a member of an organization called TACO (Teenagers Affirming Classmates Outreach) Tuesday,

which works to make all students feel included in the school community. If the Argyle teen said there is one thing she does not like about being a student these days, it would be the high expectations she and her peers have for each other. “I think it is all of the social pressures that people are under,” she said. “It’s like you have to be the best in everything that you do, or people judging you for the way you dress or unique things you have about you.” The recent graduate is also a wildlife leader and small group leader for middle school students at her church, while also holding down a part time job. She was ranked 16th in her graduating class with a 103.6 GPA and is headed to the University of Oklahoma in the fall where she plans to study accounting. Betzhold said of all the things she has learned from her time at Argyle, one important lesson sticks out above the rest that she will carry with as she moves forward in life. “I think that I will take away the importance of community and helping others,” Betzhold said. “Everyone has to work together to have the best community possible.” Betzhold’s Favorites Favorite Athlete: Josh Hamilton Favorite Sports Team: Texas Rangers Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Food: Mexican Food Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music Favorite TV Show: Once Upon a Time Book Currently Reading: The Heir Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Taylor Swift

Your NORTHSTAR BANK Team Amy Mouser

Julie Meyer

Area President | Flower Mound & Lewisville

AVP | Banking Center Operations Manager

972.350.8302

972.350.8308

Flower Mound Banking Center - NOW OPEN 2881 Cross Timbers Road 469.240.8000


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C8

COPPER CANYON: July 4 - Copper Canyon 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. Parade line up at 9:30 a.m. in front of Copper Canyon Town Hall. After the parade everyone is welcome for hot dogs and drinks in front of town hall. 940-241-1455 DOUBLE OAK: July 4 - Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department July 4th parade and picnic at town hall. Parade at 9:30 a.m. Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 972-539-7683 FLOWER MOUND: July 4 - Independence Fest 2015 at Bakersfield Park featuring 38 Special. Fireworks show, vintage car show, food, Kid’s Zone and more. www. flower-mound.com/festival July 5 - Independence Day concert

at 7 p.m. at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. Donations accepted. www. fmco.org July 7 - CCA Night at the Movies at 6 p.m. at Moviehouse and Eatery, 951 Long Prairie Rd. Admission ticket to

a movie of your choice, appetizers and soft drinks followed by dinner and snacks for $10. Proceeds go to Christian Community Action. www. ccahelps.org/movie-night July 9 - Elite Chef Competition from 5-8pm at Flower Mound Senior Center, 2701 West Windsor Drive. Four local professional chefs compete against each other. Tickets $15 per person, includes appetizers, four tastings dishes and beverages. 972-874-6110 July 18 - Self-Defense Seminar from 8-10am at UFC Gym, 5801 Long Prairie Road. Free. 972-691-3410

Extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks can be viewed from any lakeside location. www.grapevinetexasusa. com July 4 - Twilight Tunes, 10-11:30 a.m. after Fourth of July Parade, Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square west lawn, 110 W. Hickory St., Free. Featuring: JR Byrd – Pop/Funk. www. dentonmainstreet.org July 4 - Frisco Freedom Fest and Party in the Plaza from 4-10 p.m. at Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. www. friscofreedomfest.org

July 31 - Deadline to nominate a tree for Flower Mound’s annual Tree Recognition Program. www.flowermound.com/treerecognition

July 9 - Evenings on Oak Street Concert Series presents Zack King from 7-8 p.m. at Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak Street, Roanoke. Free concert. 817-491-2411

NEARBY AREAS: July 4 - Red, White & Lewisville fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. on the south side of Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville. 972-219-3401

July 10 -- National Teddy Bear Picnic Day from 6-8pm at Wayne Frady Park, 535 W. College St., Lewisville. PediPlace will be onsite to receive donations. 972-219-3560

July 4 - Lake Grapevine Fireworks

July 17 -- Twilight kayaking from 8-10


July 2015

Calendar

Continued from C8

p.m. at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones Street, Lewisville. Admission $25 per person and no prior experience is required. 972-219-3930

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C9

July 24 -- Alzheimer’s Association’s Denton Caregiver Conference from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Lewisville. Free event. Register at 800-272-3900.

2105 Fresh Ideas 2015 competition and exhibit from 7-9 p.m. at MCL Grand Theatre Gallery, 100 N. Charles Street. Free event. 972-4209393

Park, 1301 South Railroad Street, Lewisville. Benefits CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Denton County. www.playtri.com/ tolltag

July 25 -- Visual Art League of Lewisville presents its annual judged

July 26 -- Toll Tag Triathlon at 7 a.m. at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad

Submit your event to dawn@crosstimbersgazette.com


July 2015

Gardening: Mulch: The Climate Barrier

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

According to archaeologists, gardeners have been piling mulches on top of their soil for at least 2,000 years now. Why? Well, mulch insulates the garden against the results of temperature extremes. In our north Texas case that would mostly be dehydration from summer heat. Mulch’s job description includes the following tasks: (1) slows water evaporation from the soil, (2) provides air conditioning for soil organisms and plant roots, (3) smothers weeds, and (4) organic mulches decompose and over the long-term contribute to soil tilth and fertility. In short, mulch improves gardens, keeps the summer water bill somewhere near reasonable, recycles all kinds of garbage, and conserves water in reservoirs and

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

aquifers against future droughts. Mulches come in 2 varieties, inorganic stuff like plastics, shredded rubber, and rocks, and organic materials like plant matter and manures. Both variations on the theme will decompose, but don’t hold your breath waiting for rubberized mulch to disappear in this lifetime. The array of organic mulches is dazzling, and you can custom mix them by the bag or the truckload depending on the source. New gardeners wrestle with the question of how much mulch. Extension Agents and Square Foot aficionados suggest 3-4� of mulch around plants, leaving 1� of space around the stems to allow water to seep into the ground at the roots. Water conservationists will tell you to pile 2-4� of compost between the soil surface and the mulch. That’s a powerful idea. Sufficient mulch blocks light, and darkness prevents a lot of weed emergence. If that doesn’t make you

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

giddy about less weeding, over time mulching can double your vegetable and fruit production, and you can plant more in smaller spaces. Ah, the secret of Square Foot gardening! Mid-growing season soil cultivation is unnecessary if you are serious about compost and mulch. Organic mulches are dead and often digested plant matter. They compact and decompose during the growing season so plan to replenish was the soil level visibly decreases. Remember the magic

Page C10

depth is 4�. If you have clay soil, mulch is the gift that keeps on giving. About mid-November till in the leftovers, and next spring your soil will be better than it was this past spring. The rule of thumb is don’t till well mulched soil, but if your HOA restricts lawn spaces to Bermuda grass, the stolons will invade the garden from down below then peek out to say “Remember me?� I spread out uprooted invaders to shrivel and die in the sun then used the straw corpses to mulch. Garden soil improves with every layer of mulch because the insulation helps feed, clothe, and house the diverse community of microbes and macrobes that break down soil minerals plants take in at the roots. Contact Noelle Hood at noellemhood@ gmail.com

‡ %DVNHWEDOO )ODJ )RRWEDOO 6RFFHU 7 %DOO &KHHU .LGV ‡ 3HUIHFW IRU EHJLQQHUV DQG DOO VNLOO OHYHOV ‡ &KHFN RXW RXU 6XPPHU 6SRUWV &DPS 6FKHGXOH

L VSRUWV FRP

Your home is your castle. We will clean it that way. Carol and Henry Twyman are originally from the UK and established Imperial Maid Service in 2004 to bring a touch of English class to your home. All our maids are screened, reliable and uniformed. We provide all safe non-toxic cleaning materials.

NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY

$20 OFF Each Of Your First 3 Cleans

Call 972-221-1787 for a free personalized estimate. ImperialMaidService.com


July 2015

Wet Pattern Expected to Continue By Meteorologist Brad Barton

June in Denton County was like living an over-filled bucket of water. Every time it rained, we were on the verge of flooding, and often past it. After record rainfall in May, due to an overactive subtropical jet stream, Tropical Storm Bill and a secondary upper-air disturbance poured yet more rain on North Texas during the last half of the month. Despite frequent clouds and occasional heavy rains, our average daily high was 90, while our average nightly low was 70, which left us with an 80-degree average monthly temperature; about a degree warmer than normal. Rainfall was thankfully sparse in early June, after 12 inches of rain in May. No rain was recorded at Denton Enterprise Airport during the first 12 days of the month, but starting on the 13th, tropical moisture began surging northward from the Gulf. We picked up .20” on the 13th, another .48” on the 16th, and nearly 2.6 inches on the 17th. That was enough to run Grapevine, Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts back above flood-stage. Some areas near local lakes may remain closed through early July until flood waters recede enough to allow for cleanup. On top of that, 50 mph winds caused scattered damage to outbuildings and marinas as the center of Tropical Storm Bill passed overhead. And days after

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Bill passed into the Ozarks, an upper level disturbance from western Mexico triggered yet more heavy rains with .96” recorded officially on the 21st, and some unofficial totals over 3 inches during Fathers’ Day weekend. Flooding closed several major and secondary roads in Denton County, most notably FM 2499 in Flower Mound. Frustrating local emergency authorities, several drivers deliberately drove around barricades directly into flood waters, forcing dangerous high-water rescues. Please, please don’t ever drive around barricades that are set up around water crossings and low-lying areas. They don’t set them up for practice. You are not only risking your life and everyone in your car, but the life of every emergency worker that has to climb out on a ladder or wade through rushing water to reach you. For the first six months of 2015, Denton has received at least 31 inches of rain, which is already higher than several annual rainfall totals in recent years. Looking ahead, the warmer ocean temperatures in the Pacific continue to indicate strengthening of the El Nino. Directly, it may not affect us much during the summer, but indirectly, evaporating ground moisture will make the atmosphere more humid, keeping temperatures in check and allowing for isolated humidity showers or storms almost any given afternoon during July. With luck, we’ll get a little more rainfall than normal, but in manageable doses. Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist of WBAP 820AM/570KLIF/99.5 The Wolf

Got News? Let Us Know!

news@crosstimbersgazette.com

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C11

Check out our Fun Summer Camps!

Fairies & Fun (July 13-16) Dance & Acro Mini Camp (July 20-23) Princess Party Dance Camp (August 3-6) Tea Party & Dolls (August 10-13) Frozen Dance Camp (August 17-20)

Hip Hop Drill Team Prep Competitive Team & More Contemporary Jazz

Ballet Tap

Zumba

972-317-2828

2230 Justin Rd, Ste 250, Highland Village

danceintegrity.com

ACT NATURALLY.

BECOME A TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST. JOIN US IN OUR MISSION. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 Training Program. Classes meet Tuesdays, from Sept. 1 - Nov. 17. Learn how you can become a better manager of natural resources and natural areas in our community. Open House August 20th. Call: 940-349-2883 Visit: www.txmn.org/elmfork


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Directory h c r u h C

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

The Pastor’s Place A Little Needed Attention By Pastor Mike Messerli, Crossroads Bible Church

Sat 5:30 pm sun 9:15 & 11:00 am 4503 crosstimbers rd rockpointechurch.org /rpcfm

Connecting to God. Connecting to People. 8201 FM 407 Copper Canyon, TX 75077 972-317-9500 bwchurch.org Sunday Worship: 9:30 & 11:00 AM

Chinn's Chapel United Methodist Church

Some people just need a little church!

Worship - Sunday at 10:30 AM 1 mi. north of FM 407 on Chinn Chapel Rd

www.chinnschapel.org

Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA

Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM 3410 Peters Colony Road Flower Mound, TX 75022 972-355-5892 ChristPresbyterian.org

Iglesia Gracia: 10:30 AM (bilingual service)

Call 940-728-8284 to reserve your church directory listing!

What is it that we all need so badly in our lives? What is it that is so necessary for us? I am convinced it is a “people fix.” We each need the touch, the ear, the presence of other people to live. We can’t live this life alone, we need others to thrive. I read an article about the orphanages in Russia in years past, and the problems they were having with infant deaths. Their newborn mortality rate was really high. They discovered that the solution to the problem was to schedule a time each day for these newborn babies to be held, loved and talked to. So, they put in place a regular schedule of holding, loving and talking to each baby. The mortality rates dropped dramatically and the babies actually looked forward to and anticipated their 10 minutes of attention each day. We, as adults, are no different. We need attention. We need a “people fix.” But there is more, and here’s where I think it gets hard...people don’t just need time, they need someone who really cares about them, who will really listen, who will be interested in them. That’s much harder because we find our lives so busy with “me” how do we dedicate the time to others that they need? It’s one of the great deserts of our culture - people who will care for each other, and invest in one

Page C12

another’s lives. For most of us, when we find it, it’s like finding water in the desert, we just want to linger and drink in all we can... all the attention and love we can get because we are so needy, so thirsty....and that’s where it gets hard. Like those babies who just needed some attention, we all look for someone to pay attention to us, and when we find them we hold on.... not realizing that they need attention, time and care as well. Without realizing it, we often run off the very people we most need. So, like the Russian orphanage system, let me advocate we build into our lives a regular diet of investing in the lives of others. We all need it, we all hunger for it, why do we so neglect it? One of the couples we visited with over the weekend were talking about this very thing why is it so hard to find friends? They invite people over for dinner, coffee or just time to play games, but no one ever does that for them. They feel the need, but our culture doesn’t make it easy. I think we could fix a lot of our problems if we all scheduled 15 minutes a day to sit on our front porches and just visit with the neighbors....we all need our “people fix,” it’s part of the human hunger. Might I challenge you to schedule this into your life and make people important? People are what God is most interested in... The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month.Call 940-728-8284 for more information.


July 2015

Something To Muench On... The little voice inside your head

By Kimberly Muench

Father’s Day and my husband’s birthday just happened to collide on the same weekend this year. He’s not much for making a big deal of things, so when I asked him what he wanted to do to celebrate it didn’t surprise me to hear him say he hadn’t even thought about it. I asked him if he minded if I took matters into my own hands, and he just smiled (like he knew I would do it anyways, so why was I asking). To celebrate his big day, I decided to buy tickets to the Dine-In Theater showing of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. It’s an animated feature about a 12-year-old girl who moves with her parents from Minnesota to San Francisco because of her dad’s job. Riley (the main character) becomes depressed as a result of some jumbled feelings in her head (joy, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear). An additional aspect of the film is the viewer is also privy to the voices inside of Riley’s parents’ heads as well. I could go on, but it’s truly worth seeing, so I won’t divulge too much about the plot line. I decided this would be a good activity because we have so many different ages in our family (something we’re very accustomed to as this point). My son AllenMichael is home for the summer from college. At 21, he is working two jobs to pay for his education and barely has a free hour in his day. Same could be said for our high school son who is playing tennis and busing

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

tables several days a week. The middle school son and my 10-year-old daughter rounded out the group, so as you see we needed something which would appeal to all ages and could fit into a busy schedule. And, everyone has feelings as well as a little voice inside their head, right? The dine-in experience isn’t something we do every day. In fact, this is the first time we’ve done so as a family. This alone made it a “treat.” The content of the movie was a great way for the six of us to bond. There were so many different conversation starters from the movie, and of course, we all took a little something different away from the storyline. My favorite aspect was the way the husband’s and wife’s brains constantly made assumptions about one another, trying desperately to understand each other at times. I also loved the misinterpretation between each of the parents and their daughter Riley. I think the movie was an incredibly creative way to share several messages so important to family life! While celebrating one of our own family members, we learned (a) it’s okay to feel sad, we can’t always be happy; (b) families have struggles, but can work through them; and (c) when we make time for one another we learn what’s really important in life. This is a movie I would strongly recommend. Some other suggestions for summer activities if you, like us, have a wide range of ages to entertain include: mini-golf; tennis (you don’t have to be a pro to play); hiking; drive-in movies; and when we’re in the thick of the Texas heat ... bowling, of course! Kimberly Muench is a Flower Mound mother of five and author of “My Mothers Footprints: A story of Faith, Calm, Courage, Patience and Grace.” To see more of her work or to contact her, visit www.mymothersfootprints.com.

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C13

Minimally Invasive Dentistry – An alternative to Crowns So often you are told that you need a crown. It may be because you have a large filling, the tooth is cracked, decayed, or simply broken. So many people ask “Is there not an alternative way to fix teeth without doing a crown?” Yes there is, and the procedure is called an Onlay. Onlays are a very conservative method to restore teeth. They remove only the broken, decayed, or weak parts of your teeth. Healthy unaffected parts of teeth are not removed. Having more of your tooth means your tooth is stronger, healthier, and happier. We are a small, patient centered dental office that focuses on one patient at a time. If quality is your main concern, please call us and we will be more than happy to help you. If you would like further information on any of these procedures, please feel free to contact me at Dentistry For The Quality Conscious at 972-6911700 or www.drgolab.net . 3020 Broadmoor Lane #100, Flower Mound, TX 75022


July 2015

The Soapbox:

The Accidental Invention of “Slap Ya Mama” Steak Tacos By Brandi Chambless

Pet activists, vegetarians, and executive chefs just go ahead and stop reading here. American author Alice Walker once said, “In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” It is in the spirit of Ms. Walker’s sentiments of the great women influencers of our lives that I bring you, Dear Reader, my top secret recipe for what I now call Slap Ya Mama Steak Tacos, but also the BEST MEAL I HAVE EVER PREPARED IN MY LIFE. You’re welcome.

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

Before disclosing this ever so special recipe, there are a few things I MUST get straight for the record. First and foremost, let me confess that I fully acknowledge hearing my mother’s voice escape from my lips every time I tell my son you need to do this just in case. In this world, there is a whole plethora of things I declared I would NEVER do. Well Mama...you were right about practically everything. Secondly, my story of the so-called accidental discovery of these tacos divine is going to challenge the principles of both vegetarians and chefs alike. For the heck of it, I thought I would just go ahead and give the pet activists a blanket disclaimer like I have done in every article involving any animal whether eaten or nurtured, this, ever since my unintentional rub when I penned my column about the Free Kittens. Sorry about that. Third, ever since I began cooking, I’ve

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

chased my mother’s round steak recipe in the hopes of creating a simple meal with the same signature great taste, but to no avail. I don’t know how she does it, but no matter how many times I’ve tried, my Mama can flat out cook round steak with rice and gravy like no other. Finally, slapping ya Mama has nothing to do with actual violence. Rather, it is a colloquialism indigenous to my South Louisiana upbringing and also the name of perhaps one of the best Cajun seasonings on Earth; however, on this particular day I opted for salt and pepper alone. That said, our story begins here: At the risk of having to include the feminists in my blanket disclaimer, let me say that while I’m all for equality in the workplace, etc., etc., I still believe that there are just certain things that are not only better left for men to do, but men are actually BETTER at doing those certain things. Take for instance, lighting the charcoal grill. It’s not that we ladies, CAN’T do it, but it’s totally not worth comprising perfectly ironed hair and smelling like a fire for the duration of the day. So there, I’ve said it. Go men! Along with these sentiments about charcoal, men, Ms. Walker, and my life-long chase of Mama’s round steak, I made the very controversial decision that led to my accidental discovery. It was a dark and stormy night and I was not only without a man to light the grill, but hey, it was a dark and stormy night. Like I’m going to allow my curls to activate in the humidity, smell like a puff of smoke, AND get all wet over a filet mignon. I think not. I took one look at that center cut filet mignon and knew I had

Page C14

no choice. After generously seasoning a couple of them with salt and pepper, I put them in the Crock-Pot (Don’t shoot the messenger, I know this is completely appalling by most standards) just like Mama says...WITH NO WATER!! I turned that baby on low and let it go. After several hours, I chopped half an onion and threw it in there with a diluted pack of McCormick’s Mushroom Gravy mix. In about three more hours, I was able to loosen it with a fork. I can unabashedly say, that I felt sorry for neither the cow nor the filet that had so been demeaned by such an unworthy manner of preparation, for I took some heat when I thought I was doing the world a favor by posting the recipe online. My bad. When I served jasmine rice, red beans, and steak tacos with my special marinated green coleslaw, NO ONE at my table was thinking about any Crock-Pot. In fact, it was very quiet as everyone loaded the tortillas with steak, my special cabbage, cilantro, radishes, red onion, tomatillo sauce, and lime. The only sounds were progressively lengthening sounds of... um, ummm, ummmmm! In all my years of trying to hold fast to the things I was NEVER going to do and in all the years of trying to find Mama’s signature flavor, I had finally achieved it, though under heavy criticism from girls with bikini selfies for profile shots. It took twenty years of effort and $40 worth of meat to achieve what Mama could do with a $7 round steak in just under one hour. Unfortunately, I have become spoiled to what I called Slap Ya Mama Steak Tacos, and now that I’ve found my mother’s gravy and given it a twist of my own, I don’t know if there’s any going back! Those tacos were so good, they would make you want to Slap ya Mama!


July 2015

DO NOT DISTURB!!! By C. Stroup

In every yard both near and far, the owners need to be on guard. There should be little signs on the end of little sticks that make you look down really, really quick. They need to be in the ground in the places wherever fire ants are found. You might think this is overkill but go outside and count the hills. Their favorite season is here and now. Well actually, they’re with us all year long. Fire ants are possibly the things I loathe the most and they reside in Texas from tip to tail. I’m from Missouri and I’d never heard of insects that are so absurd. I envisioned them as being quite hefty in size, as this was Texas and, “everything’s bigger” I was advised. I also assumed they’d be bright red, not just their bodies but also their heads. The boring black piss ants I was used to back home minded their own business … they left you alone. For sure in a hurry, I learned a lot, that the bite from a fire ant burned red hot. Having no more information than what I’d conjured up in my head, clad with no more than flip flops, I walked the yard without dread. Innocently picking weeds, I stepped into a heap from which fire ants came boiling out, thirsty for fresh meat. I was defenseless as I watched them swarm over my bare feet, heading up to my arms. Once an army’s worth had engulfed my calf, the General ordered, “Charge” and they unleashed their wrath. OMG, I was in a panic! What had I done to rile these fanatics?! I tried to shake them by swatting and slapping, and loudly cursing, all the time hopping. While it looked like I’d invented a new dance craze all I was doing was trying to save my legs! And in a matter of seconds my red lower limbs (unfortunately bare) continued to burn as though the fiends were still there. Later that evening, some small, some

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C15

large, blisters popped up where itchy red bought this year is guaranteed to be effective the killer on the rest of the ground. I didn’t dots first were. The name “fire ants” took on all summer, at least that’s what I hear. I fig- bother to tell him that I lived on a very large a whole new meaning. It meant, for certain, ured, “What the heck? I’d give it a whirl.” lot and it would cost me hundreds of dollars there would be plenty of screaming. This The prospect of living another season with which I had not. And while I bragged earlier was truly baptism by fire! the ants made me want to hurl. It was pretty that no amount was too much to pay out I do I remember one time when a friend of my pricey but I was willing to pay especially if it have my limits and a somewhat big mouth. sons came over to play … they were prob- would really make the fire ants go away. My bad? ably around seven or eight. It was the end As of this writing, I have almost no fire After talking with a salesman about my of May. Bobby stepped into a mound of the plight he said he knew what would make it ants! Not that I won’t, not that I can’t. But angry insects and went wailing and jumping right. In fact he said he’d used it himself and I’m pretty convinced that the new product down the street as though he’d been snake he handed me a bag from right off the shelf. I put down really did kill all of the mounds. bit. He was allergic to the beasts and had an I read every word of the directions and Now it could be that all the rain we’ve had immediate reaction. I ran as fast as I could prepared myself for the fight. Clad in shoes drowned the vast majority of the culprits and but could not catch him. and thick socks I began my approach to wipe made the rest mad. So maybe they’ve deHis mom called me later to say she had out the fire ant blight. I was to sprinkle a half cided to relocate, not just a few inches but to taken him to doc’s and he was okay. But she of a cup of the almost sand-like gray grains a brand new place. also made it sound like it was my fault in a when upon a mound I came. It said next to To think that I may have run them out of way. I thought this was pretty nervy on her pour one- to two-gallons of water over the my city makes me laugh, makes me giddy! part and took it as an insult. I figured she heap. But I still must respect their persistence and had just as many mounds in her yard. Just Deep into the ground this would cause the treat the yard to keep them at a distance. I’m sayin’… getting rid of them is pretty damn poison to seep. I grinned as the surface ants not so foolish to believe that they’re really hard (And it’s not like I hadn’t tried). appeared to writhe in pain. I hoped for the gone, that they really did leave. I quickly learned to recognize their mounds queen it would be the same. A second dose So now I’m offering some sound advice, and the need for avoidance where they’d be of the treatment in some places was need- watch where you step, check it out twice. around. Finding a “sure fire” way to rid my ed. That’s because some of the directions I And heed the warning, “DO NOT DISyard from this affliction – “As seen on TV,” hadn’t quite heeded. TURB” for they lurk out of sight, day and (my prayer was that this wasn’t just fiction) The man in the store had told me (as did night, and attack in an instant with a stingthe product was touted as the proven method the directions) that having killed the active ing, raw bite. for fire ant eviction. mounds, I’d need to use a spreader full of You simply sprinkle the mound with the granules of white, the worker ants gobble up every bite. They do save a few morsels to take back to the queen who thinks it is a meal supreme. She hurriedly forages and quickly ingests … no more ants, no more matriarch, no more demonic pests! As anyone who has emMust Present Coupon With Incoming Order. One Coupon Per Visit. No Limit. Expires 7/31/15. ployed this method of removal knows, it only serves Dr. G. Robert Marye & Dr. Janet Stone Gonzalez to relocate the red devils Our Practice is Built on Patient Loyalty to another hole. The queen Preventive never dies and the ants seem Aesthetic to multiply. What’s so ridicRestorative ulous is that I keep buying Family this stuff, year after year Cosmetic with the same results. The Implant Dentistry fire ants win, they’re just 940-455-2252 too tough. www.SmilesofTexas.com The brand new formula I Conveniently located in Bartonville Town Center!

Your Smile is your First Impression!

Amazing TV · Access to over 275 Channels with all the best in HD · Multi-Room TiVo - your favorite shows in every room of your home · FlexScreen - Take your recorded shows with you, on any device

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Blazing Fast Internet · Internet speeds up to 110 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload · Wireless Home Networking - keeping your whole home connected · SecureIT - Internet security for up to 3 PCs in your home

Unlimited Phone · Unlimited nationwide calling across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and more · Voicemail & Online Phone Manager

866-2GRANDE www.mygrande.com

Service is not available in all areas, may be subject to credit approval and may require a deposit. Grande is a provider of low-income Lifeline services. To find out if you qualify, contact the Public Utility Commission at www.puc.state.tx.us or at 1.888.782.8477. Internet speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Other restrictions apply. The GRANDE COMMUNICATIONS marks and logos are service marks of Grande Communications Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. © 2013 Grande Communications Networks, LLC. © 2013 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. TiVo and the TiVo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide.

Celebrate Our Independence & Freedom Bill Castleman

Photographer / Videographer www.billcastlemanphotovideo.com

214-616-5812


July 2015

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page C16