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Mother/Daughter Duo Makes Wishes Come True By Dru Murray, Contributing Writer

Tragic circumstances may be viewed as untimely endings to normal everyday living. To Manu Shahi of Flower Mound, however, they may be seen as opportunities to grow. Her positive perception about tragic circumstances stems from her daughter, Janvi, having to fight cancer twice in her 18-years. In 2002, then two-and-a-half-yearold Janvi was diagnosed with leukemia, which went into remission after treatments. During that first bout with the disease, Janvi was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Unfortunately, the disease returned in 2004. When she was told the cancer was back, the four-year-old asked her mother: “Will Make-A-Wish give me another grant?” To which Shahi replied: “How about we grant a wish?” Although she could not answer Janvi’s

follow-up question: “What does that mean?” she later pegged that exchange as the beginning of her family’s journey with Make-A-Wish. The Make-A-Wish Foundation began in Phoenix in 1980 with the aim of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization now operates in countries throughout the world. Shahi became a Wish Granter, while Janvi created art to help raise funds for the organization’s good deeds. At the first Wish Night at which Janvi offered an art piece, it sold for $40. Three years ago, Janvi sold one of her artworks for $14,000. This year’s event took place on May 20 at the Hilton Anatole and one of Janvi’s paintings raised a whopping See WISH on Page A19

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After Make-A-Wish helped her family, Manu Shahi of Flower Mound and her daughter, Janvi, continue to pay it forward.

Struggle Over Summer Screen Time is Real By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

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Does this look familiar? It may be time for your family to stage a digital detox.

As if children don’t spend enough hours on their electronic devices during the school year, summer provides them with even more opportunities. Fortunately, experts in the field like Kim Muench and Dr. Kay Trotter have some sound advice on how to limit their screen time. Both agree everything starts with parents; sometimes so attached to their jobs and/or technology they might not pay attention. “We are the example,” said Muench, a Flower Mound certified parenting coach, with five of her own children ages 12 to 30. “We have to engage in the real world. We need to be the role models our children want us to be,”

The key is keeping children occupied with something fun that doesn’t involve a screen. “One of the most important things that we have to do as parents, whether at school or not at school, is being involved in our kids’ lives,” Muench said. “For our family, it means actively engaging our kids on a regular basis in See SCREEN on Page A9

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Texas Hill Country-Themed Eatery Coming to Bartonville By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

Keith Francis, Marty Bryan and Todd Weaver are collaborating on a new gathering spot in Bartonville.

A restaurant with the rugged luxury of the Texas Hill Country is headed to Bartonville’s backyard. Opening in the fall of 2017, Marty B’s new restaurant will be a welcoming place with a modern ranch atmosphere to kick-back and make lasting memories in Phase II of Bartonville Town Center on FM 407, opposite the Lantana residential development. Owner Marty Bryan of Highland Village has had a twenty-five plus year career in the restaurant industry. “I started at Outback as a line cook and worked my way up the ladder and then helped a Cotton Patch Cafe owner grow from 13 restaurants to 45,” he said. When Bryan was ready to look for a suitable location for his own new restaurant, he was told to contact Todd Weaver of Weaver Commercial Real Estate by Keith Francis of Francis

Commercial Builder and Construction. “My son and Keith’s are friends from school, so I knew and trusted him,” said Bryan of Francis. At the other end of the three-way business interaction is local commercial real estate agent Todd Weaver, who has been friends and a development partner with Francis for many years. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Keith all my life,” said Weaver. “In fact, his mom worked for my dad back in the ‘60s. Keith and I have completed several ground-up developments in Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville and now Bartonville.” Unaware that the initial restaurant sites they were considering in Argyle were already targeted by the Waterbrook development, Bryan and Weaver moved See MARTY B’S on Page A16

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July 2017

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

Opening of Southwest Courthouse July 14 Just a reminder that our Denton County Southwest Courthouse grand opening celebration is Friday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. The Southwest Courthouse is located at the northwest corner of Hwy 377 and Canyon Falls Drive in Flower Mound on five acres in the beautiful master planned development of Canyon Falls in western Flower Mound, along Canyon Falls Drive at Hwy 377, just north of FM 1171. We invite you to join us for this special occasion! We look forward to serving the residents of southwest Denton County. Completion of US 380 Project As we take another step in providing safe roads for the citizens of Denton County, we are celebrating the completion of all phases of the US 380 projects – in-town, rural and urban. With the improvements to US 380, we have greatly improved safety and mobility by taking the road from a two-lane, undivided highway to a six-lane mediandivided facility. In addition to these improvements, the County and City of Denton partnered to allocate funds for the installation of the traffic signal at Cindy Lane and US 380. The cost of the signal was $400,000, with the County contributing $250,000 and the City contributing $150,000 in an effort to move forward with this much-needed safety feature. TxDOT also played a key role in expediting the process in meeting the requirements for warranting the signal. This project was constructed to address the safety and to accommodate the increase in traffic along US 380 due to the population growth. These TxDOT projects might never get off the ground if not for the support of our partners.

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Together, we can identify and prioritize transportation needs for our citizens in locations that are successfully growing and producing a superior quality of life, and we greatly appreciate your patience during this process. Canyon Oaks Roadway and Drainage Work We are happy to report that on May 9, 2017, Commissioners Court approved the specifications for roadway and drainage structure replacement, rehabilitation, and restoration in Canyon Oaks. This project consists of replacing 350+ linear feet of corrugated metal pipe, concrete pipe and concrete box, repairing 6,000 square yards of asphalt paving surface, leveling up, adding an asphalt waterproof mat and overlaying more than six lane miles of roadway, plus the clean out of sediment deposited in drainage ditches. Denton County Public Health Working Hard on the 2017 Mosquito Season The CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services have granted Denton County funds to increase education, add mosquito traps in unincorporated Denton County, provide training events for response to disease outbreaks, and to fund education efforts for residents. Public Health has already provided several traps to local communities to monitor and report West Nile Virus activity in mosquitos. New traps designed to catch the Aedes mosquitos have also been added. These particular mosquitos are the type that could transmit Zika virus in the event of local transmission. All in all, the additional dollars and efforts are prioritized to prevent mosquitoborne disease transmission. If you have questions about these efforts, feel free to call DCPH at 940-349-2900. Check out the Health Department’s Zika website at www.dentoncounty.com/health. Click on “ZIKA Virus Information” at the top of the page and you will find tons of re-

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sources. One of these is the Denton County Health Department’s award winning mosquito map. The map is updated weekly to show trapping data of how many, what type, and if they are positive or negative for West Nile. This map is very useful and tabulates all the data that cities provide to the county, as well the county’s own trappings from unincorporated areas. The map is available for anyone interested in mosquito activity near them. Reconstruction of Radecke Road in Krum Denton County and the City of Krum are partnering for the reconstruction of Radecke Road for a distance of 2,860 feet from Hopkins Road to 6th Street, located within the corporate limits of the City. The project includes drainage, removal of existing asphalt, add base where needed, with a total cost of $155,000, with the City agreeing to reimburse the County $155,000 for labor, materials, and machinery for the project. This project involves roads that are an integral part of the County’s road system, and we are undertaking it to facilitate safe travel on an improved roadway. Improved traffic flow on Radecke Road will promote public safety and serve a public purpose for the benefit to the citizens of the County and the City. Did You Know? The Denton County Elections Administration is happy to announce that Commissioners Court has approved the purchase of new voting equipment for Denton County. Verity, from Hart InterCivic, has been chosen as our new voting solution. Verity is the only totally new voting system that has been certified by both the federal Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) and the Texas Secretary of State, and is built according to the latest security standards from the EAC. The Verity system was recommended by Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips and both

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the Republican and Democratic parties of Denton County. The Verity solution is a paper-based voting system, but not in the traditional sense. Denton County has historically used a combination of electronic and paper voting. Prior to the purchase of Verity, paper ballots had to be printed beforehand and delivered to the proper polling site. Paper ballots that were not used resulted in wasted cost and were required to be kept in storage for up to 22 months after an election.  Wasted money and long-term storage of un-voted ballots are now a thing of the past. Verity is a true “ballot on demand” system. Once a voter has checked in, their ballot will be printed on the spot by Verity Print, and once marked, will be scanned on the Verity Scan digital scanning device. Voters with disabilities mark their ballots on the accessible Verity Touch Writer ballot marking device, then scan them, along with other voters’ ballots, using Verity Scan.  Most importantly, we will now have a true paper trail after each election. If a recount is needed we can turn to the actual ballots voters submitted. Denton County Elections Administration is happy to move forward with Verity as our new voting solution and we trust our voters will be, as well. Connect With Us We would love to have you connected to the county by subscribing to our newsletter. Just use this link and enter your email and you’ll be up-to-date on everything that’s going on in Precinct 4: http://bit. ly/2aT2XNW. And be sure and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CommissionerAndyEads for the latest news in Denton County.   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.


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July 2017

Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Donald Moser

As the seasons change, everyone starts making the transition that comes with another summer. For the kids, it means no school. For others, it is vacation time. For the Town Council, it means Budget Season. While we will not have a Town Council meeting in July, we will have two meetings in August and two meetings in September, so please come join us. We want to hear from our citizens to help guide us in the direction they feel is best for Argyle. I want to wish everyone safe travels if you’re hitting the road and encourage safety for everyone when enjoying the lakes and pools. If you plan to be out of town, make sure you have your mail

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and any other parcels stopped for the time you will be gone. (https://holdmail. usps.com/holdmail/ ) Also, inform your neighbors and inform our Police Department. You can fill out a vacation watch information form online so that our Police Department can be sure to patrol around your homes more often and keep a watchful eye out. (http://tx-argyle.civicplus.com/164/Security-Checks ) We are saying goodbye to our Town Manager Paul Frederiksen who has served our town well. Paul has accepted a position with the City of Duncanville as an Assistant City Manager. We want to wish him the utmost success in his new position and wish him all the best for his future. He has been a huge asset to the Town of Argyle and with helping the new council members during our time of transition. He will be greatly missed. The Town Council has met in an executive session and has started the process of See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A22

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Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

The dog days of summer are here… try to stay cool and be mindful of your neighbors and pets Summer remains an active time for the town council. We have begun planning for the 2017-18 budget with road repairs and fighting the Lacey Oaks Substation as our top two priorities for the next fiscal year. The next stages of road repairs were finalized, so be on the lookout for these improvements in the coming weeks. Property tax questions frequently arise during the budget planning process so I wanted to take a minute to answer questions. We have the second lowest tax rate in North Texas at 0.19294 per $100 valuation. For comparison, Lewisville is

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0.436086 and Flower Mound is 0.43900 (over two times higher) and Fort Worth is 0.83500 (over four times higher). The majority of your property tax goes to either Argyle ISD or Denton ISD, the Denton County Emergency Service District #1 (which covers our fire and ambulance services), and to Denton County. If you have any questions on taxes, please feel free to contact me. We seem to be in the odd weather pattern of too dry or too wet. Either way, please be mindful of your property with weed control to reduce fire danger or with heavy rains bringing standing water and mosquitos. Remember to “drain after the rain” and let the Town of Bartonville help our residents with free larvicide “dunks,” available at Town Hall on a first-come first-serve basis. With the 4th of July quickly approaching please remember that fireworks are permitted in the Town of Bartonville on your personal property ONLY if it is a Denton County Burn Day. Please confirm See BARTONVILLE on Page A24

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

Residents Wonderful in Observing “No Fireworks� in Copper Canyon! Argyle Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger said he has had no calls for fireworks in Copper Canyon in the last THREE years! Many thanks to our Town residents for being willing to voluntarily comply with “No Fireworks in Town�! Four years ago Argyle Fire District responded to 18 calls in their 55 square mile District for fires started by fireworks and people injured from exploding fireworks. Annual Copper Canyon Fourth of July Parade – Tuesday 10 A.M. Come join the fun! Be in the Parade! Decorate your car, golf cart, tractor, motorcycle, bicycle, or anything that moves! Bring your kids and get ready to have

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fun! Once again Copper Canyon resident and Argyle Fire District Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger and firefighters will assist children – and parents welcome, too – up on top of the big red fire engine for a slow cruise through the Woodlands Subdivision! Parade line up will be at 9:30 A.M. in front of Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive. If you don’t want to be in the parade, join us on your front lawn and cheer the parade on! Immediately after the parade everyone is welcome for hotdogs and drinks in front of Town Hall! Many thanks to the members of the Woodlands Women’s Club, and their helpful husbands, who have traditionally hosted this holiday luncheon for over a decade! For questions call Carol Owens at 940-2411455. New concrete lanes on Woodlands Drive will be completed through the entrance to the Town Hall parking lot before the Parade! And, on July 4th, trafSee MAYOR SUE on Page A14

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

Communication from Town of Double Oak Code Enforcement Double Oak’s code enforcement serves the entire community for the protection of health, safety, welfare, environment and property values.  The top five violations found most often are: 1) Tall grass & weeds 2) Street & right-of-way obstructions (trees, tree limbs and bushes) 3) Property Maintenance Standards 4) Parking on grass in front and side yards

5) Illegal signs in the right-of-way  All Double Oak property owners should check now to ensure your properties are in compliance. There are MANY properties throughout our town where tree limbs are too low across a town street or where bushes have grown into the street right-of-way creating a dangerous driving hazard. Code Enforcement will be driving every street and looking for trees, branches or bushes in violation of town ordinance. Code enforcement letters will be sent to those property owners that have violations. DO NOT WAIT to receive a code enforcement letter. The town requests property owners to take immediate action on trimming of your trees and bushes located along or across town streets. Double Oak Code Enforcement is asking residents to immediately inspect their properties for low tree branches hanging See DOUBLE OAK on Page A28

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family activities. It’s parents making it a priority of doing things together.” Such activities can range from parents and children cooking together, playing sports, hiking, biking and bowling, or even something as simple as eating at the same table. Another way to curb screen time is for parents to set technology-free times (like no use after a certain hour) or locations (bedroom, dinner table, etc.). Muench and her children even go so far as to create and agree on written contracts for when and how technology can be used. “Yes, children can find ways around them, but we try to use it for creating a circle of trust between us,” she said. Establishing that trust means creating a plan to spell out expectations. “The overriding theme is it’s a family plan,” said Trotter, a counselor at Flower Mound’s Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health. “Mommy and daddy have to do it, too.” While every generation has had some kind of diversion-- such as radio, television, video games, VCRs-- it’s the plethora of options available now that boggles the mind. From streaming videos to an ever-growing number of social media platforms. It’s no wonder why today’s technology can become so addicting. “As parents we’re never going to get ahead of these things,” Muench said. “There’s always a new drug, a new way to get high, or a new app that we don’t know about. The best thing we can do is develop the type of relationship with our children that they’re going to want to engage with us on a regular basis; and, want to do things other than spend time on their devices.

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“The next big thing that’s coming are digital addiction [rehabilitation] centers. I honestly think they will come about. We’re going to come to a point where we’re going to literally have programs in a strip mall helping kids get off of screen time and that kind of addiction. I think that’s where we’re headed.” Trotter agrees. “We’ve gotten so used to it we don’t realize how addicting it is,” she said. “Research shows if mommy and daddy will set boundaries and guidelines, children’s screen time will be reduced by three-hours a day.” Too much screen time is not just a teenage problem. It can start far earlier, which is why Trotter advises getting ahead of the technology early; like when children are infants. She has even developed guidelines aimed at children of all ages. For example, she believes children younger than age 2 should have no screen time. “For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting,” she said. “Parents of children 18- to 24-months of age, who want to introduce digital media, should choose high-quality programming; and, watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing. “For children ages 2- to 5-years, limit screen use to one-hour per day of highquality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them. “For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media-- and the types of media-- and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.” Trotter takes it a step further by sug-

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gesting not allowing devices in non-public places. “You want the child to think: ‘if I’m texting something that anybody in the family can walk behind and see at any time, it’s okay,’” Trotter said. “Parents should think of technology

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the same way as meeting their friends’ parents,” Muench said. “Another big thing is co-watching, which helps lead to discussion and helps stay connected to their youth and understand what they are See SCREEN on Page A13

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

I am grateful Flower Mound has so many dedicated elected officials seeking to improve residents’ lives. One of these is our 26th District Congressman, Michael Burgess. Since 2003, Michael Burgess has served the constituents of the 26th District, encompassing Flower Mound, in the U.S. House of Representatives. With a passion for serving his country, he was motivated to run for Congress after the events of September 11, 2011. Prior to this decision, many of our residents were familiar with him as their doctor. When he ran for Congress, he had been practicing medicine as an OB-GYN in North Texas for almost three decades and wanted to serve his patients in a new way. Now, Rep. Burgess is the most senior medical doctor in the House of Representatives and has made it his duty to help fix the health care system. While serving as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, he uses his first-hand understanding of what is wrong and right with health care system to make informed legislation decisions. Since he was elected, one of Rep. Bur-

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gess’ top priorities is to repeal Medicare’s Standard Growth Rate formula. At the beginning of the 114th Congress, more than 90 percent of both chambers of Congress supported the formula’s repeal and it was signed into law. As one of the largest entitlement reforms in the past few decades, Rep. Burgess feels this landmark policy will ensure greater access and quality healthcare for seniors, more stable reimbursements for providers, and a more fiscally solvent Medicare system as a whole. One of the ways our elected officials can improve the quality of life is to improve mobility legislation that affects constituents. Transportation issues are also a priority to Rep. Burgess. In 2005, he successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. He has also continually worked to find ways to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region. Did you know one of the most important things Congressman Burgess does as a U.S. Representative is help individuals gain access to and about the federal government? Although he cannot override the decisions made by a federal agency, he can often intervene on a constituent’s behalf to answer questions, find solutions, or just cut through the red tape. In the past 10 years, he has worked 512 constituent cases for Town of Flower Mound residents. See FM MAYOR on Page A24

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Highland Village Update By Linda Cornelius Director of Parks and Recreation

This July, “Get Your Play On” with Highland Village Parks and Recreation Get ready to get your play on this July with the City of Highland Village Parks and Recreation Department and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA and designated by the U.S. House of Representatives, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as Highland Village Parks and Recreation, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country. This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with your local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport like pickleball to meeting your friends on the playground, Highland Village Parks and Recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, re-

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gardless of age or ability. NRPA and City of Highland Village are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves. In Highland Village, you can celebrate Park and Recreation month by visiting the new Doubletree Ranch Park and cool off in the Splash Pad, take a walk along the 1 mile loop trail within the park, go fishing at the pond, or have a picnic. You can also visit Unity Park to enjoy a Movie in the Park on July 8th, use the adult stationary exercise equipment, or let your dog frolic in the new Unity dog park. A great way to see our beautiful City is to take a walk or bike ride across town on the Inland Trail system which is made up of over ten miles of paved trails. Visit Pilot Knoll Park and rent a kayak, sign up for stand up paddle boarding, camp overnight, have a picnic, bird watch, fish or simply enjoy the quite nature of the remote park location. The City also offers a unique summer day camp which schedules afternoon field trips four days of the week. The opportunities to enjoy recreation, nature and the outdoors in Highland Village Parks are abundant. Parks and Recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout the country, including the City of HighSee HV UPDATE on Page A27

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Reckless Golf Cart Drivers Warned Concerns about minors driving golf carts in an unsafe manner have prompted Lantana officials to request assistance from the Denton County Sheriff’s Department. “We’ve seen some that can barely reach the pedals and they can’t hardly see over the steering wheel,” said Kevin Mercer, Lantana General Manager. Mercer said that state law allows the use of golf carts in Lantana under certain conditions. “There are several conditions, some of them are enforceable and some of them are very difficult to enforce,” said Mercer. “The driver has to be over the age of 14, they cannot be operated at night, they cannot be operated on a street with a speed limit over 35 miles an hour and they cannot be operated on a public sidewalk,” said Mercer. The difficult item to enforce is that golf cart operators technically have to be either going to or from the golf course. “Driving on the sidewalk is my biggest pet peeve because they generally have one wheel on the pavement and one wheel on the grass and now they’re starting to tear up our landscaping,” said Mercer. “They’ve damaged some of our electrical outlets and it’s starting to cost the district which is going to cost all the residents.” Mercer said that he has contacted the Sheriff’s Department and deputies will be watching more closely for violators. New Home Development Winding Down The last areas of undeveloped residential land in Lantana should be occu-

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pied by new homes within the next few years. Highland Homes expects to be sold out in Reata by early next year and Barrington Phase A by next spring, with other builders soon to follow, according to Will Shannon with Lantana developer Forestar Group Inc. There are 93 Lots under construction in Barrington Phase B, and the final phase of Barrington, Phase C, will have roughly 139 lots with possibly an amenity component. Lantana’s total build-out will be a little over 4,000 homes. In the meantime, D.R. Horton Inc. has made an offer to acquire 75 percent of Forestar for about $520 million after Starwood Capital Group made a $605 million buyout offer. “Our board is going through their diligence to see what offer they should accept,” said Shannon. No matter who acquires Forestar, no changes are expected for Lantana. “Our execs in place have already greenlighted developing the balance of Lantana working with the existing homebuilders,” said Shannon. Summer Fun, Safety Education Await at Lantana Safety Fair From snakes and tornadoes to heat and lightning, the upcoming Safety Preparation Fair in Lantana will offer local families all the summer safety tips they’ll need. Experts from the Argyle Fire District, American Red Cross, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, Medical City Denton and more will put on demonstrations and displays from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 22, at the Lantana Gazebo to help local families stay safe this summer. The two biggest safety threats during the summer for children are them being

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The Lantana Community Association held its first Kid’s Summer Camp the week of June 12-16.

left in or getting into hot cars and children in and around the water, said Chris Muscle, Argyle’s Emergency Management Coordinator. The fair, presented by Lantana Cares and the Argyle Fire District, asks the simple question, “Is your family ready?” “There’s always something new you can learn,” Muscle said. Rob Boles, a “snake whisperer” from Lantana, will teach fair-goers about local critters, including venomous and nonvenomous snakes. “He’s the guy everybody calls when they have snakes (in or near their home),

and he comes out and picks them up and relocates them to a safe area,” Muscle said. “He’ll be out there providing information, like how to identify snakes and what to do.” Some demonstrations will offer tips for caring for pets during the hot summer months, while others will have lightning protection systems and tornado shelters on display. Development Watch Lantana had 3,449 occupied homes as of June 26 with an estimated population of 11,209.

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Harvest Happenings By Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager

We are so excited to announce that the Faught Farmhouse located in Harvest will now be a coffeehouse. The official name is Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures and their team are excited to be joining the Harvest community. They are bringing our vision to life by using the beautiful and historic Faught home as a place where neighbors can gather. Whether you want to get some work done or just meet up with friends and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, the

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Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures will be a place that feels like home. The coffeehouse will be open Tuesday-Friday from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. They will serve hot and cold beverages (e.g., coffee, espressos, hot chocolate, tea, lemonade), fresh juice, and shaved ice. They will also have a selection of food for sale such as sandwiches and pastries as well as rotating chef specials (e.g., tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken salad). We hope everyone in Harvest as well as the surrounding area will come and visit Harvest and enjoy this unique coffeehouse!

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Northlake Notes By Peter Dewing, JD Mayor of Northlake

Happy 4th of July, please take a moment to remember those who fought for and have maintained our Nation’s Independence: To include the Military, Police, EMS, Firefighters and volunteers. I wish everyone a safe memorable holiday. As a reminder, fireworks are not allowed within the corporate limits of the Town for fire safety reasons. We have published the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Cleveland-Gibbs Rd

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

Election of City Council District 3 is over, and I want to thank all the people who worked so hard and long during the

campaign. The oath of office ceremony was June 20 at 2 p.m., after which I immediately went into a work session followed by a City Council meeting lasting until 1:15 in the morning. First item in the work session was the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda. The consensus of the Denton Council was that no action was needed. The previous week during budget evaluation, over $1 million in salaries were It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee at Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures in Harvest.

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from FM 407 to FM 1171, Florance Road repairs, and Sam Lee improvements. The contracts should be awarded within the next three months. Three retail developments were approved by the Council at the last meeting: 7-11 on FM 407 and two commercial/ retail centers on SH 114. Construction should begin before the end of the year. Over the next few months the Council will be reviewing the proposed budget for the next fiscal year. I will be proposing a budget without changing the town’s tax rate. If anyone has any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions: positive or negative, please let us know: 940-390-4303.

removed. I was very happy to see that an additional 5 to 6 new police officers were proposed. Denton Municipal Electric (DME) has a new power plant under construction near the Denton Airport. In South Texas near Edinberg, an identical plant has been in operation for 6 months. I took a tour of the plant June 15. The plant consists of 12 huge natural gas engines that can be started in five minutes and supply up to 225 megawatts of electricity. Along with wind and solar long term contracts, Denton is well positioned to supply electricity to homes and industry. Please note that the new power plant will be paid for out of electric service to Denton. Robson Ranch obtains its electricity from Coserv. Happy Independence Day!


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doing.” Both Muench and Trotter understand some of their recommendations aren’t feasible for some families, so they recommend as much moderation as possible. Trotter said to start small and work

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toward the full list. She added that one reason parents need to be closely involved is children’s brains aren’t fully developed. “For teenagers, the very last part of their brain that develops is the front part, which is what I like to call ‘The Stop Sign,’” Trotter said. “It’s where we adults would say ‘no, why would I do that;’ that

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part of the brain hasn’t connected for a teenager. The female brain is not fully developed until age 24 and the male brain is not fully developed until 27.” Trotter offers several resources for parents to utilize to help them with their efforts. These include “Circle with Disney” (meetcircle.com) and “TimesUpKidz” (timesupkidz.com) for tips on avoiding

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too much screen time, plus www.healthychildren.org for family technology-plan templates. “I want to help parents not to battle with their children when they set time limits on the computer or other technology,” said Trotter.

The Real Estate Corner by: Gary Kuhatschek 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 transaction. Only a principal in the transaction or an attorney can make strikeouts 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

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fic on Woodland Drive will be able to go east and west. Our sincere thanks to our contractor Quality Excavation for coordinating with us! County Commissioners Andy Eads and Bobbie Mitchell Commit to Clean up Graffiti and Drainage Issues with Trails Tunnel under FM 2499! Hikers and equestrians treasure the trails on the US Corps of Engineers land around Lake Lewisville! Denton County Precinct Four Commissioner Andy Eads has stepped up to volunteer his stewardship of our trails. The tunnel under FM 2499 connects the trails from the Old Alton Bridge with the trails around Lake Lewisville in Highland Village. At present, that tunnel under FM 2499 is not safe to pass for pedestrians and certainly not for riders on horseback. Possibly from a prior engineering design flaw, water drains INTO the tunnel! This creates a thick mucky, inches deep muddy, slippery bottom in the tunnel that is not safe for individuals or horses to cross. With Precinct Three Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell’s support, Commissioner Eads is taking the lead on resolving this issue in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers and TxDOT. Trail Chairman Deb Valencia-Schmitz says Spring Trail Clean-up a Success! Steve and Robin Grider were, as always, dedicated Trail clean-up crews! Darryl Snedeker manned his mower AGAIN to keep grass low on the trails for both hikers and equestrians. And Municipal Services Manager Jeri Harwell again provided, courtesy of Republic

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Services, a huge dumpster for hauling off all the debris, trash, and pruned overhanging tree limbs removed from the trails. Chairman Deb also requested that our Sheriff’s Deputies and Highland Village police patrol the Trail parking lot on the east side of FM 407, just north of the entrance to Pilot Knoll Park. Evidently some individuals are using the parking lot as a free dumping area for large trash items. New Residents Eric and Melissa Rooney and five sons are already Volunteers Chairman Deb was also surprised to see new resident Eric Rooney arrive with his five sons to help with the Trail Cleanup. What really warmed her heart was the youngest Rooney son – who arrived in a back pack on his Dad Eric’s back! Now that is a parent demonstrating firsthand to his children how to “give back” to your community! Eric and his wife Melissa Rooney had lived in Highland Village. But, they were looking for a home with space around it for their five sons to “stretch their legs.” They began reading the “What’s Happening in Copper Canyon” monthly article in the Gazette. Ultimately, they bought two and a half acres on the west side of Chinn Chapel Road, a block north of the railroad tracks. They “gutted” the older home, remodeled it, and added a new roof. And their five sons now have a large grassed multi-acre lawn area to “stretch their legs.” Eric said their new neighbors in Copper Canyon welcomed them with “muffins and cookies.” Small wonder! For any of us who travel Chinn Chapel Road, this acreage had been a “disaster area”

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with abandoned cars, boats, tires, and an assortment of junk! The old home and acreage had been tied up for several years in legal title and inheritance issues. This made it difficult for the Town to hold someone accountable for the junky mess. What a delight for the neat green lawn acreage and newly renovated house to now be the new home of the Rooney family! Their immediate neighbors, and all of us who live in Copper Canyon and travel Chinn Chapel Road, are also the vicarious beneficiaries of Eric and Melissa’s efforts. And, the Rooneys are considering being Neighborhood Watch Block Captains! Recognition of Council Member Steve Hill’s 14 Years of Outstanding Service Steve Hill is a top Executive with KPMG LLP, one of the top five accounting firms both internationally and in the United States. Steve’s title is “Global Head of Innovation & Investments and U.S. Head of Innovation.” Steve’s close connection to market trends and growth strategies has made him a “thought leader” and “change agent” on innovation and business transformation. Steve is also is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, attended Harvard Business School, and was a consultant for McKinsey & Co. Steve has served on the Dallas Symphony Board, and you’re probably not surprised that he is also a BSA Eagle Scout. His hobby is racing Porsches on racetracks across the U.S. He also teaches advanced driving skills to local law enforcement officers in North Texas.

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(1) Copper Canyon’s Financial Officer: If a Town is really, REALLY blessed, it has a Council Member of the fine caliber of Steve Hill. To have his volunteer services for an incredible 14 years is awesome. He has been the Town’s official Financial Officer, making sure Town funds are deposited in a sound Bank Depository with adequate collateral to secure those funds. And, every two years he completes a State mandated required course to update his financial knowledge of new applicable State laws. Steve has provided his financial expertise to Copper Canyon free, as our volunteer Financial Officer, for the last 14 years. It is Steve’s dedicated financial stewardship of our Town that allows me as Mayor, and I hope you as a Town Resident, to sleep well at night! (2) Pro Forma Budget: Steve developed our Pro Forma Budget, and it is the key to Copper Canyon’s financial stability. In 2005 he scrutinized every line item of the Town’s annual fiscal budget for both Income and Expenses. Former Town Administrator Paulette Hartman and I gathered historical data to back up each line item. Then Steve used financial formulas to calculate where each line item ”should be” for each of the 12 months of our fiscal year. (By State law municipal fiscal years begin October 1st.) For 10 years, or 120 plus contiguous months, Steve has every month recalibrated the technical formulas for our Pro Forma Budget. The Pro Forma Budget is the financial lynchpin of our Town. With it, the Town Council and Staff know if See MAYOR SUE on Page A18


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on to Bartonville; where they struck gold with an offer to purchase a portion of land in Bartonville Town Center. “The sellers were wonderful to work

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with, as was the staff of Bartonville,” said Weaver. Bryan closed on the site and begun construction on his dream restaurant. The 10,700-square-foot facility is being built on 2.2-acres with 6,700-squarefeet of covered space. It will feature

Rendering of Marty B’s in Bartonville Town Center.

a rustic Austin-stone exterior, seating capacity for 200 inside, with an indoor/ outdoor bar area, plus a rooftop patio for private functions and a stage area for live music. After dinner, people can kick-back and relax at community fire pits for S’mores, storytelling or listen to the sounds of Texas. Marty B’s performance calendar will be filled with live music of local legends, up-and coming acts, or the occasional import from Austin, Nashville and beyond. That same area

will also have a huge-screen television for sport-event watching when music events aren’t playing. The menu will feature in-house, freshly-made Texas specialties from steaks and BBQ to Tex-Mex and craft beer. There is also lighter fare, with smaller portions for small folks. There’ll also be a game area people can utilize-- cornhole and washers-while waiting to be seated. For more information, visit: martybsplace.com


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each line item of Income or Expense is performing according to Annual Budget projections - or is “over or under” for that specific month of our fiscal year. If any Revenue Item is ahead of schedule, we know it. If any Expense Line Item is “over budget”, we know it and can compensate or adjust our funding. Together Steve and Town Administrator Donna Welsh personally review our Town budget each and every month. And have done so for a decade. Steve’s financial stewardship of the Town was critical in Copper Canyon being awarded an AA+ rating by Standard & Poors! (3) Copper Canyon’s 2004 Master Plan: Former Mayor Larry Johnson appointed Steve Hill to lead the Master

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Plan Commission. Two of the other leading members were large landowner Paul Vickery, a former Council Member (now recently deceased), and Bill Castleman representing P&Z then - and now a Council Member. These four residents were key to preserving the vision of Copper Canyon as a rural residential area with homes on spacious large minimum one acre lots. (Other P&Z members were Chairman Gary Beavers, Roy Bradford, John Brothers, and Peter Vickery.) But, four things were required to accomplish this goal of remaining a rural residential Town area. First, the traffic pattern of our roads needed to move commuters along our perimeter streets and NOT through our residential areas Thus, there are NO east-west cross roads through Copper Canyon, except FM 407 in the south and Orchid Hill Lane in

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the north. This traffic routing preserves the rural central area of our Town from non-residents crossing through. The “heart” of our Town continues to have many wooded areas and open meadows and pastures. And our residential areas have many cul-de-sac streets, which also limit any non-resident street traffic in our neighborhoods. Second, we needed to require minimum one-acre residential lots. This set our small town apart from the high density residential areas on either side of us, Lantana and Highland Village. Both those towns have beautiful homes, but our homes are distinctive for the acre of space around each individual home. Third, we honored our Equestrian Heritage. Horses were welcome in Copper Canyon, but with a reasonable limit of the number of horses per acre. And, we negotiated a multi-year Agreement with the Corps of Engineers for Copper Canyon to maintain the treasured Trails on Corps land, as long as they remained for the use of only equestrians and pedestrians. From a safety standpoint, horses and their riders did not blend well with bicycles and motorized vehicles. NOTE: June Tyler, Deb Valencia-Schmitz, and Karen Mangum were key players in these negotiations. Fourth, we needed to emphasize “no commercial business areas” in Copper Canyon for the present. But later Steve Hill’s calculations made us realize the need for sales taxes from commercial to broaden the Town’s tax base. This would allow the Town to maintain its low tax rate for our homeowners.

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(4) Denton County Emergency Services District #1: When I first became Mayor of Copper Canyon 12 years ago, our former Mayor Larry Johnson, said “Sue, our small town cannot provide quality fire and emergency medical protection to our residents.” So, I asked Steve Hill to do a Five Year and Ten Year Budget Estimate for those services. He did. His conclusion was, without a MASSIVE TAX INCREASE, Copper Canyon is too small to single handedly provide quality fire and emergency medical services to our residents. Thus was born the concept of the Denton County Emergency Services District #1. ESD #1 was overwhelmingly passed in 2006 by 62% of the voters in the 65 square miles of the District, including five small towns and unincorporated areas of Denton County like Canyon Oaks. ESD #1 funds our own Argyle Fire District! Current ESD #1 Board Members are Jim Carter, Pres.; Jay Haynes, M.D. Vice Pres.; Steve Harris, Secretary; Jon Donahue, Treas., and Chris Amarante, Asst. Treasurer. (5) FM 407 Town Center – Effect of Residential Density in the FM 407 Town Center on Future Taxes of Current Homeowners: Steve Hill spent over four months calculating the effect of various residential densities in the approximately 200 acre Town Center on FM 407 on the future tax rates of Copper Canyon’s current homeowners to maintain roads. He looked at maintaining our minimum one-acre residential lot size. But, this would require See MAYOR SUE on Page A20


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$90,000. Each wish costs an average of $9,500. Last year, the North Texas chapter granted a record 650 wishes throughout its 161county territory. Shahi has progressed from being a Wish Granter, to serving as a voluntary chairwoman for four-years for Wish Night, the annual Gala dinner and becoming a Wish Ambassador; who delivers speeches to corporations to elicit their involvement. Delivering those speeches is second-nature to Shahi, as

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she is a Zig Ziglar Certified Speaker. “My role is bringing awareness about Make-A-Wish to the community,” Shahi said. She added that the community has been great in its support of Make-AWish. For instance, she said Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden has attended nearly all of the parties celebrating the granting of a wish to a child. Angie Cox of the LISD Board of Trustees is also a big supporter of Make-A-Wish. “Many different ways are available to give to the organization,” she said. “It ranges from the giving of gift cards, to schools having students develop projects

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that raise funds.” As a Wish Granter, Shahi receives requests from the Make-A-Wish office and then speaks with the family. Before, four categories of wishes existed, but recently a new one has been added. The categories now include: Who do I want to be? Who do I want to meet? Where do I want to go? What do I want to have? What do I want to give? After hearing a child’s wish, Shahi fills out paperwork to submit to the Make-AWish office. Shahi grants 99-percent of ill children she is referred to their wishes. After the wish is approved, she arranges a party for the child to celebrate the

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granting of the wish. According to Shahi, the most frequent request is to visit Disneyland or Disneyworld. “Two of our recent recipients, Landon Eaton and Porter Combs, wanted to receive a trip to Disney’s Star Wars Jedi Training Academy; and, they did,” said Shahi. “Wishes are a magic addition to the medicine. It has been proven that children feel better when they receive a wish.” Shahi’s dedication to children has extended beyond her commitment to See WISH on Page A26

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huge tax increases in the future on all our homeowners. With property taxes on an estimated three homes per acre in the Town Center, the remaining homeown-

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Having these kinds of reliable predictive property tax evaluations is invaluable for our Town! Thank you so much, Steve! In Conclusion: If you have read this far, I hope you realize the incredible positive impact Steve Hill has had on our Town. Nothing major, financially or otherwise, has been done without his significant input. And, he volunteers his time and financial expertise every single month! Steve’s international business travel schedule is very demanding. And, he has told me for several years, “Sue, I can’t be there for every Council Meeting, and if you need me to resign I will. But, I will still monitor the Town’s financials, even if I am no longer a Council Member.” And, I gratefully respond, “Thank you, Steve – but, PLEASE stay on Council!” I sincerely hope, as a Copper Canyon homeowner, you agree with me. Probably 75% of the Town’s important business occurs between Council Meetings – such as monthly budget reviews of our Pro Forma Budget. Maybe 25% of Town business is transacted at our monthly Council Meetings. Residents’ feedback is both at Council Meetings and in between Council Meetings. Did You Know that: Clean energy brings jobs! In early 2016 solar and wind power accounted for 475,000 U.S. jobs, nearly three times more than coal – according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Oil – - - - - - - 515,518 Solar – - - - - -373,807 Natural gas – - 362,118 Coal – - - - - - 160,119 (only 60,000 are miners)

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Bioenergy – - -130,677 Wind – - - - - - 101,738 Nuclear – - - - - 76,771 In May Facebook opened a Fort Worth data center powered entirely by wind. In Arlington, the giant GM assembly plant is planning to get all its electricity from renewable sources by next year. [Dallas Morning News 6/6/2017] Energy Star rated Appliances – a 25 year old outstanding program! Hundreds of businesses are joining environmentalists and energy groups to save Energy Star from presidential budget cuts. Though it takes up only $50 million of the annual Department of Energy budget, this federal program is credited with saving consumers more than $30 BILLION a year in energy costs! [The Kiplinger Letter, May 26, 2017] More states are making Voter Registration AUTOMATIC when a Resident Applies for a Driver’s License! Roughly a quarter of eligible voters nationwide aren’t registered. In 2017, at least 30 states have taken up legislation that would promote automatic voter registration with application for a Driver’s License. Alaska, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and West Virginia have recently adopted similar laws. Illinois and Massachusetts may be next. NAFTA: 14 million U.S. jobs rely on this cross-border flow of Trade Canada ranks FIRST in combined imports and exports; Mexico is #3. THIRTY of the 50 states count Canada or Mexico as their top trade partner. [The Kiplinger Letter, May 5, 2017]


July 2017

Flower Mound Promises Relief for Poor Phone Reception

Residents and drivers have griped for years about poor cell phone reception and dropped phone calls on FM 2499 near the Home Depot and Lakeside. In the recent past, research on tower contractors and service providers has become a priority for Flower Mound staff and Town Council. “We can’t do anything without cooperation with the providers, so basically over the last few months we have been negotiating with AT&T for a Master License Agreement,”

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said Flower Mound Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos. He added that the agreement would allow AT&T to put in small cells (antennas) that would take stress off the main tower and provide increased connectivity for their users in a 15-hundred-foot-radius in areas experiencing problems. He said that the town has been trying to fast-track an agreement with AT&T, because of a telecommunications bill (SB 1004) that was passed and sent to Governor Greg Abbott during the recently-concluded legislative session. “AT&T has been great to work with. They all have,” said Stathatos, but he added that if the bill becomes law, providers like AT&T would likely want more time to review what, if any, impact it might have on the proposed plan to help improve cell service in Flower Mound. If approved, Senate Bill 1004 would lift regulations on where providers could place cell towers in a municipality. Stathatos does not believe the new law would have any big impact on their ability to ultimately address the connectivity issues in some parts of

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town. Flower Mound staff is also working with Sprint and Verizon to resolve issues with dropped calls and spotty service. Sprint has a plan to put in six cell towers to help its customers. However, that proposed solution has not been introduced in public meetings or approved by Town Council for Special Use Permits. Stathatos said Sprint’s

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plan could be discussed as early as the June 19 council meeting. “We’re working on major solutions and I think there’s light at the end of the tunnel and I think that some solutions are very imminent,” he said. “Some providers might be later than others, but I think people will see some major improvement in the near future.”


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searching for a new Town Manager. As some of you may know, the Planning and Zoning Commission worked very hard and well into the night last

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month to “beef up” our Tree Ordinance. We appreciate all the time and dedication they put into this. Town Council has approved the many changes made to the ordinance. These changes are the first of many that will be forthcoming in the next couple of months. It is one of our many

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priorities that we protect one of the most valued assets of this town. We will continue working on this ordinance to evaluate its effectiveness and make any necessary improvements. You will soon be able to watch the Town Council and Planning and Zoning Meetings from the comfort of your home via the web. We know this will be a huge convenience for many of you but we still encourage as many of you that can to attend the meetings in person, especially for offering comments in an open forum or public comments on an agenda. Independence Day Indoor Argyle residents Sue and Christopher Bancroft Picnic for the Argyle Seniors donated $2 million toward creating programs focused Everyone enjoyed the hamon cultivating women’s leadership opportunities at burgers & hot dogs that Stephen Texas Woman’s University in Denton. McDaniel and John Bellinghausen cooked outside in the heat on the grill. Our big thanks to syndrome). those two, also to all those who helped The seniors meet on Monday, Wednesdecorate for the occasion and those who day and Friday each week at 10 a.m. to helped clean up after lunch. Jody Bell- exercise and 11 a.m. to play games. We inghausen donated door prizes that Don- would love to have you join us. na Lumpkins and Karen Kiel won and Every third Friday of each month they several people won prizes for the games have a pot luck luncheon with the Argyle that was played; John Bellinghausen led Police Department furnishing the meat. in Bingo. Everyone is asked to either bring a covThere were several visitors and we ered dish to share or donate $4 that goes hoped you enjoyed it and will join us into the senior fund. again on July 21 for our next luncheon. For more information, contact Karen Our theme will be 50’s and 60’s, so dress Kiel 940-464-0506 or Stella McDaniel at for the occasion. 940-464-7438. Our prayers go out to Martha Beavers Hope you have a great summer! who just found out she has kidney fail-Submitted by Stella McDaniel ure; and, also to Jim Davis who has been in the hospital and rehab for more than four-months with SJS (Stevens-Johnson

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July 2017

Flower Mound P&Z: “Willkommen” to Lidl Market By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

The German-based grocery chain, Lidl, is betting it will be successful serving residents of Flower Mound, Highland Village and Lewisville at its proposed new location at the southwestern intersection of FM 407 and Stone Hill Farms Parkway. Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commissioners, on June 12, unanimously approved recommending the new facility for Town Council consideration. There’s been a dearth of shopping options in the area following the closing of Kroger (previously Minyards) on FM 407.

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“This company rolls-out multiple stores in areas,” said Commissioner David Johnson, following the meeting. “They also have a Grand Prairie location planned; there are 12 in North Carolina.” According to its website, the German Lidl company stocks 90-percent of its shelves with its own privatelabel products and is in more than 25 countries worldwide since it started in 1973 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The Flower Mound store will be a 35,700-square-foot, one-story building that puts forward the German tradition of “walkable” shopping for nearby residents; which ended up being a major “hitch in the get-along” for Commissioner Heth Kendrick. He pointed out that people walking north on Stone Hill Farms Parkway wouldn’t have access to the store’s entrance without reaching FM 407, turning west and walking in front of the store until reaching the farthest northwest corner of the property; unless pedestrians want to navigate the main driveway.

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of the drive aisle,” Kendrick said. “But the elderly, the folks with children, the ladies with strollers, they’re not going to do that.” In her presentation, Sarah Beth White of Kimley-Horn and Associates repSee LIDL on Page A25


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if it is a Burn Day (posted after 10 a.m.) before any use of fireworks takes place. This information is posted on the town’s website or you can call 940.349.2840. If you will be using fireworks, please be mindful of your neighbors and ensure that all fireworks released remain on your personal property. On a personal note, as I think upon our Independence, I recently returned from Italy and found it fascinating that in a country of such history, we, as a nation, are older. Italy was unified in 1861. As I toured, hearing the passion in the history lessons from my tour guides, it reminded me how easy it is to take the freedoms of our nation and the sacrifices we take

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for granted. I was proud and humbled to see an American cemetery containing many of our fallen from World War II. Our own 36th Infantry Division (Texas Army National Guard) fought and died in Italy, France, and Germany. I also had the privilege of hearing members of our very own Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church and Voices of Flower Mound choirs sing during mass at St. Peter’s Basilica! Lastly, going on a vacation? Don’t forget the Bartonville Police Department House/Vacation Watch Program. Simply 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. Find some shade and try to stay cool ….Mayor Scherer

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The Trietsch Church choir and Voices of Flower Mound performed at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, Italy last month.

highly qualified students from the 26th Congressional District to be considered for appointment to our nation’s service academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West

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Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY; and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. Burgess’ nomination of a constituent functions as a recommendation to the academy. Dr. Burgess is assisted in the process of selecting individuals to receive a nomination by the Service Academy Advisory Board, chaired by Lt. Gen. Charles R.

Hamm, USAF (Ret.). However, Congressional nomination does not guarantee acceptance to the academies; ultimate selection of appointees rests solely with academy officials and is based on their competitive evaluation of all nominees. Since 2003, more than 50 residents of Flower Mound have accepted appointment to the service academies. On a broader scale, Congressman Burgess has worked with Town officials on postal issues related to new development, property rights, and general safety under the Bureau of Land Management; air space as it relates to the Federal Aviation Administration; and clarification surrounding funding with HUD officials. As he continues to serve the 26th District, Rep. Burgess looks forward to working on other important issues facing our community such as tax reform, the economy, and American jobs. He says he feels called to this position and it is an honor to serve the Flower Mound community. Please feel free to reach out to him at https://burgess.house. gov/contact/.


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resenting the developer, said that the company has very specific, self-defining guidelines that are unwavering regarding a facility design. [This is a German

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company; a country recognized for its reputation for precision and attention to details.] After Kendrick’s continued assertion that some of the site plans 168 proposed parking spaces (the town requirement is for 144-spaces) could be eliminated to accommodate a pedestrian walkway

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from the south or east, Commissioner Brad Ruthrauff agreed that there would need to be accommodations for a positive P&Z response. Following a private exchange between a man sitting in the audience and White, she said that the site plan can be changed to have four or five less parking spaces

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to create an ADA-compliant walkway– textured concrete– for safe access from Stone Hill Farms. With typical German efficiency, the new Lidl store is expected to open in 12months.


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Make-A-Wish. She entered the field of education. Not only did she run a Kumon Learning Center in Highland Village for 10 years, where she helped teenagers achieve their goals, but she has now

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embarked upon a new venture. Her status as a Certified Academic Life Coach is enabling Shahi to offer coaching to tweens, teens and college students: “To create a system that combines academic skills with life skills.” She encourages parents to spend time

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show it to them, so that they build up their confidence and start achieving things on their own.” Janvi graduated from Flower Mound High School last month and is pursuing an art career. She has accepted admission to the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design and wants to work for Disney. “Her role is raising money for MakeA-Wish through her art,” Shahi said of Janvi’s activism, adding that her daughter donates 100-percent of her proceeds to the foundation. To date, the total amount of money Janvi has raised for Make-A-Wish is over $200,000. Those who want to help Make-A-Wish or obtain information about Shahi’s other activities may contact her at 972-3334663 or email her at info@manushahi. com.


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City of Highland Village Parks and Recreation is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services. So we encourage individuals, families, and friends to “go on a play date” with Highland Village Parks and Recreation!

The Highland Village Lions Club recently honored the memories of former Lions Patricia Falcon, Gene Pike, Ken Ashmore, Bruce Lockhart and Majorie Lockhart with plaques in Lions Club Park. (Pictured are Highland Village Mayor Charlotte Wilcox and Lions Club President Harry Dinsmore.)

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over streets, for dead trees along rightof-way and for bushes along streets that need to be trimmed back. This is a safety issue and all residents need to take action immediately to comply with town ordinances. Double Oak Code Enforcement will take action against properties found to be in violation. The town doesn’t wish to do this; however, non-compliance will result in legal action. Sec. 3.1504 Tree Trimming/PruningPublic Roadway (a) All property owners of real property on which there are trees in the yard area with branches that extend into or over the space of any street, alley or public roadway shall periodically inspect such trees to determine the extent of overhang or lateral protrusion into or over such streets, alleys, or public roadways. (b) To prevent scratch damage to motor vehicles, to improve driver visibility, and to promote public safety, overhanging branches of trees shall not extend lower than 12 feet above the surface of any street, alley or public roadway. Tree branches below 12 feet that extend laterally toward the roadway are to be trimmed or pruned back to a distance of not less than 5 feet from the edge of the paved surface of the street, alley, or public roadway or flush with the trunk of the tree if the tree is closer than 5 feet to the edge of the paved portion of the street. (c)      Property owners shall pay particular attention to those conditions where tree branches or foliage may restrict the view of motor vehicle drivers at public road junctions and intersections. Additionally, trees and tree branches

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Back row left to right: Council members Stacey Stoehner, Anita Nelson, Scott Whisenhunt. Front row left to right: Mayor Pro-Tem Ted Gruenloh, Mayor Mike Donnelly, Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Andrew Wills.

that are dead, diseased or otherwise weakened and extend out and over the public roadways and are above the 10foot height space requirement, shall be considered to be hazardous trees in accordance with the terms of this article and shall be cut at the trunk or, where appropriate, pruned, and removed. I am happy to meet with our residents at their property to show what work needs to be done. I appreciate your quick attention to this town wide safety issue and, as always, you can contact my office with questions. Charlie Wright, Code Enforcement Officer, cwright@double-oak.com, 972539-9464 Demolition of Structures on Simmons Road Property The property has been a code enforcement problem and neighborhood nuisance for many years and has frequently been in the town’s municipal court year after year. Last year, Town Council and staff designated getting this property

cleaned up - dealt with as a top enforcement priority. The town obtained a search warrant to enter the property and staff documented multiple violations, several were very serious violations. The town then activated its Building and Standards Commission to hear the case, decide on course of corrective action and penalties and issue legal orders. Working with the lender, the resident vacated the premises and the lender took possession of the property. The town made clear it believed the best course of action should be to demolish all structures and remove all debris so to leave a clean and empty buildable lot for a new home. The lender concurred with the town and the demolition and hauling off commenced. The town and DOVFD sincerely thank the lender and demolition company for granting the DOVFD access to train prior to demolition. This has been a long process and the town thanks citizens, neighbors, council, commission, legal and staff and looks forward to a new home being

2017-2018 Fiscal Year Budget Council has appointed Mayor Pro Tem Ted Gruenloh to the Town Treasurer position. Along with the mayor, Ted will work with department leaders on a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. The town will receive the DCAD certified tax roll in July and budget discussions will be held during the next month’s council meetings. In September, council will hold public hearings on the proposed budget and tax rate and adopt both. The town’s property tax rate is one of the overall lowest in Denton County and across North Texas at 0.23240 per $100 valuation. Residents can go onto the Denton County Tax Office website to view a complete list of municipalities tax rates. Notes from June 19 Council Meeting Approved the 2017 Thanksgiving Day Annual Turkey Trot Event. Received an overview of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, including sewer information. Received an update on the future Waketon Road and Drainage Improvement Project. Bicyclists and motorists are reminded that they share the roads and must obey all traffic laws, posted signs and signals. The Double Oak Police Department will be observing intersections around the town to ensure compliance for public safety. Bicyclists and motorists are subject to receiving citations for speeding and for not making a full-complete stop at stop signs. The Town of Double Oak wishes all a fun, safe July 4th and Summer!


July 2017

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An Intervention for Seniors – Sharing Information is Best For All By Robert S. Morris

You have done things the same way with the same philosophy for decades, and it has always worked out well. Why change now? Here is why: you are getting older. Your abilities are decreasing. You will need help managing your affairs. Your untold secrets will die with you. So embrace the inevitable. Buy a multi-tab file folder and put a copy of these documents in it: your will (with a note regarding location of the original) and any codicils, powers of attorney, trust, directive to physician (living will), insurance and annuity policies (or declaration page), burial instructions (with funeral contract, plot or mausoleum deed, clergy contact, preferred mortuary), organ donor instructions, obituary draft and picture, bank account information (copy of account card preferable), charitable donation information, safety deposit box number and location (with key), investment account information, pension information, debt information (for debts you owe and debts that are owed to you), promissory notes, appraisals, judgments, corporate or partnership records for any privately held businesses,

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LOCAL EXPERTS Medicare card, health insurance policies, deeds, contracts, birth certificate, marital agreement, divorce decree, adoption papers, marriage license, death certificate of deceased spouse, social security card, military discharge papers, recent tax return, a statement for each existing credit card (and copy of card benefits), any documents on which you are a fiduciary, pending lawsuits, lists and instructions. Then make lists. Logins and passwords for online accounts. Significant assets and their location. Contact information for friends, beneficiaries, religious entity, advisors (lawyer, CPA, broker, clergy, financial planner, insurance agent), doctors, and family. Your medications and diagnoses/conditions. Assets that are really valuable (the old rug in the living room is 18th century Persian). What do you do now with this information? Put it somewhere safe, and tell your kids and trusted friends where it is. If you are feeling especially trusting, give a thumb-drive of the scanned information to one or more of your kids, your designated agent on your powers of attorney, and/or your proposed executor. And now, on behalf of everyone involved: Thank you.

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Stress Testing Your Portfolio By Ken Kendall, CFP, CLU, Kendall Financial LLC. Member, Wealth and Wisdom Institute

Every day we visit with people who have some of their money invested in the stock market. Most often this money is invested in a 401-k plan offered by the investor’s employer and it is frequently the largest investment they have besides their home. When we look at the portfolios and follow up with the question, “How did you pick these particular investments?” there is normally a long pause and a sheepish look. The cause of this awkwardness is that most of these investments are chosen only by the name of the investment; Small Company Growth, Balanced International, Large Company Value and so on. While the names do give you a starting point, there is so much more research that should be done. So why, in nearly every case, do investors do almost no research as they put their money into their 401-k plan? It is a simple answer; everyone is busy living their lives. If they wanted to spend their free time digging into the standard deviations, alpha, fund objective vs the current economic

environment, tenure of the portfolio manager, consistency of the fund company and a hundred other arcane things, they would be working in the financial field. One of the tools we have available is a software program that in about five minutes gives a remarkably accurate picture of an investors risk tolerance. Fortunately the program also has a database with the risk scores of most of the securities that are offered in 401-k plans. So we are able to see the estimated risk in an investor’s current portfolio and compare it to his or her actual risk tolerance. We can then suggest ways to adjust the current portfolio to better reflect what our investor’s comfort level. We can also run Monte Carlo simulations to predict the performance of the new portfolio and how well it should meet your retirement needs. We’ve found that the more involved our customers are with this process and the better informed they are about where and why their money is invested, the less stress and greater confidence those customers have. We want to invite you to call us at 972-874-8757 for a free initial appointment where we can talk about your current investments and how we might be able to tailor fit them to your risk/reward profile.

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LOCAL EXPERTS Planning for Health Care Costs By Jeffery Price

Discussing worst-case scenarios with family is never easy. These tips from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management outline four conversations every family should have right now. “When my mom and dad started having health problems about a decade ago, my wife, Maddy, and I said, ‘Do we want to have a discussion about our own longterm care?’” recalls Dr. Ken Dychtwald. “And we both realized we did not want to talk about it, because it is a horrible discussion to have. You know—what happens if you have a stroke, or you can no longer walk?” Not even experts in the field of aging, like Dychtwald and his wife, Maddy, cofounders of Age Wave, an organization that studies the challenges of aging, want to think about frightening health-related “what-ifs” when it comes to their personal lives. “My generation—the boomers—prefer to think of ourselves as indestructible,” Dychtwald says. “But, you know what? We said to ourselves, ‘It is not fair to either of us or our kids not to have this discussion.’” So the Dychtwalds did their homework. “We made some important decisions. For one, we decided to buy long-term-care insurance.” Talking about how you will pay for your future health needs is just one of several critical conversations related to health and wealth that family members should be having. “For many, it is the missing piece of the retirement puzzle,” says Dychtwald. Yet as important as these conversations are, the vast majority of people are not having them. Seven out of 10 couples age 50 and older have not discussed how much they will need to save for health care in retirement; and only one in five people age 50+ has talked about long-term-care plans with their adult children, according to a 2015 Merrill Lynch study conducted in partnership with Age Wave. Here are four questions that can help you start having these important family conversations. Sit down with your spouse, your children, your parents and your siblings. Talk about your expectations. Make plans together. Then, should one of you become ill, you can all concentrate on one another instead of worrying about the finances and whether you are doing the right thing for everyone concerned. 1. Where will the money come from? It is never too early to talk about the potential costs and other consequences of medical care for yourself, your children or your parents. The considerations should include possible outlays for such expenses as home health care or changes to your house to accommodate a disability. “Once Maddy and I had our talk, we felt better,” Dychtwald says. “We may not be able to wave a magic wand and make ourselves perfectly healthy for the rest of our lives, but at least we know that

we are covered should one of these things happen to either of us.” Though long-term-care insurance was an appropriate choice for the Dychtwalds, it is not right for everyone. There are a number of other financial choices you can consider, from hybrid forms of life insurance and Health Savings Accounts to simply saving and investing more for eventual medical costs. A logical next step, after you discuss these issues with your family, is to review your choices with a financial advisor to help ensure that your retirement and any legacy you hope to pass on will not be threatened. 2. Will our parents have the care they need as they grow older? In addition to considering their own future, many people struggle with aging parents’ unwillingness to face their limitations. The best response is to ask specific questions: At what point would it make sense for you to stop driving, or to have a caretaker come in to help with meals? Michael Liersch, head of Behavioral Finance at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, advises bringing these issues up long before safety concerns arise, and then positioning yourself as your loved ones’ ally. “Often when you first broach the topic, you will be rebuffed,” says Kate Wilber, professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. “That is normal. It does not mean the door is closed. This will likely take more than one conversation.” 3. Who will provide the caregiving, if it is needed? Taking care of aging parents—or paying for their care—can be a large responsibility, and yet it is a responsibility that often falls unevenly in families. Liersch recommends that siblings talk first among themselves about how they will share the caregiving role. “You want to be sure that both your parents’ and your own needs are considered,” he says. “Sometimes it makes sense to cobble together a combination of in-home and outside care.” That way, siblings can at least share the costs, if not the hands-on responsibilities. 4. What about end-of-life issues? Having this conversation can help ensure that a loved one’s (or your own) wishes will be honored. Among the things to consider: Which medical treatments do you want to be used or avoided at the end of your life? Whom do you want to be your health-care proxy if you are unable to communicate your wishes? You can use a health-care power of attorney and a living will to document your choices. Once you have discussed these tough subjects with your family, it is important to keep talking as years go by and circumstances change. “No one can predict their health future,” Dychtwald says. “But you can put plans in place to help prepare yourself for what might come.” Having these important conversations is the first step to getting there. For more information, contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, Jeffery D. Price, of the Southlake, TX office at 817.410.4940 or Jeffery_ price@ml.com.

Employment at CoServ Seeking a new career? CoServ might be seeking you. By Libby James Human Resources Director, CoServ

Denton County Electric Cooperative was established in 1937. During its first year of operation, you could count on one hand the number of people DCEC employed. That’s right, you read this correctly. According to company records, five people – two field workers, two office employees and one manager – worked at DCEC in the late 1930s, when many North Texas families still lived without electricity. DCEC began doing business as CoServ Electric in 1998, when we also established a natural gas affiliate, CoServ Gas, but the name isn’t the only thing that’s changed over the past 80 years. As North Texas grew, so did CoServ – from 547 Members served by 399 miles of energized line in 1938 to more than 200,000 Members and Customers today served by 9,800 miles of energized line and 1,758 miles of natural gas mains. And to adequately serve these Members, CoServ’s workforce has expanded to 450 people. This expansion required hiring more employees with different skill sets. From customer care representatives answer-

ing phones and linemen climbing utility poles to accountants and engineers planning for our future, CoServ careers feature a variety of positions representing more than 30 departments. Every day, innovative, capable and dedicated employees help us achieve our mission of delivering excellent service to our Members and Customers by providing safe and reliable energy solutions. Benefits include medical, dental, 401(k) and pension plans, as well as an onsite fitness facility and a comprehensive wellness program. CoServ also believes in establishing a healthy work-life balance, which is why the company has a generous timeoff policy and is committed to providing employees with a stable work environment full of learning and growth opportunities. Service – to our neighbors, Members and colleagues – is one of our core values and part of our DNA, which is why it’s part of our name. Sound appealing? Ready for a positive career change? Visit CoServ.com/Careers for more benefit details, to review current openings and apply today. Libby James is Director of Human Resources for CoServ. If you have any questions about a career at CoServ, please email humanresources@coserv. com.


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LOCAL EXPERTS That’s Why It Is Called a “Workout” By Adam & Debra Hammett

We l l - m e a n ing people who want to become healthier consistently go to the gym. They might walk on a treadmill, or sit on weight benches, move the weights, and sit a few minutes more. They might sit on a stationary bike and read as they pedal mindlessly. They might meet their friends and socialize more than they work. Those people go to the gym. Others workout. A gym is a place for effort. To become healthier, you must put forth an effort that is greater than what your body is already used to doing on a regular basis. If you can mindlessly pedal on the stationary bike while reading, then you aren’t doing anything to make your body adapt. You are not creating change. If you don’t have a goal of getting healthier, then congratulations! Goal achieved! You aren’t getting worse, but you aren’t getting better. Most people who “go to the gym” have a goal of getting healthier. Some want to get leaner, or stronger, or want

to run farther or faster or both. Some want to avoid heart disease. In my experience, most active people want to improve SOMETHING. But many aren’t doing that. They’re maintaining their current state. Creating change takes work, focus, and a plan. Beginners can get away with not having a plan. Since anything they do is more than what they did before, everything is an improvement. After a while, progress plateaus because the exerciser keeps doing what they have always done, even though their body has already adapted. The same thing applies to diets, by the way. Discomfort leads to progress. Discomfort doesn’t necessarily mean pain, but it does mean you’re going to have to be diligent and conscious about your efforts. If you never feel uncomfortable in your “workouts” then you might only be “going to the gym.” Adam & Debra Hammett are certified personal trainers and owners of Serious Results, operating at Transform U Fitness​ in Lewisville. Debra is also a Precision Nutrition Level 2 certified coach. You can reach them at Adam@Serious-Results.com or Debra@Serious-Results.com

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Which Critical Vehicle Service Is Most Overlooked by Car Owners? By Albert Gutierrez, Operations Manager, Kwik Kar Flower Mound

As individuals, we have been wired to develop habits, routines, reflexes, and instincts so that we can perform consistent and regular tasks without giving it a second thought. This is a necessary function so that we can conserve energy and brain power. However, when something happens (or needs to happen) that is not routine, it can sometimes be missed or overlooked. When things get overlooked, they tend to keep getting overlooked until something happens that interrupts our routine – like tripping over our shoe laces, running out of shampoo while showering or finding ourselves on the side of the road with car issues. For vehicle owners, one of the reasons you may find yourself on the side of the road with a problem could be the result of the most overlooked service for car owners – which is servicing your transmission. This oversight often occurs because the interval for changing the transmission fluid is so much longer than the interval for your vehicle’s regular oil change. This coincides with manufacturers lengthening other maintenance intervals – like oil changes – to help lower car ownership costs. To make matters more confusing for owners, the recommended

interval for maintenance varies drastically from one model and manufacturer to the next. Generally speaking, the transmission fluid should be changed at least every 30,000 miles. Here at Kwik Kar, we base this recommendation on the condition of your vehicle’s fluids during your regular visits for oil changes, which is one of the reasons why timely maintenance and oil changes are so important. Your transmission is made with the vehicles overall longevity in mind, so it’s important to keep it maintained and in good working order or you’ll find yourself having to replace it just to keep your car running. Additionally, there are also other services that can get overlooked when you don’t have a regular mechanic or service facility, like inspecting the engine belts, suspension system, the differential or transfer case, and spark plugs, as well as fluids like your coolant. Most car owners are on a good schedule with getting the oil changed, but many times that’s where the consistent maintenance ends. Unless the car doesn’t start, begins to behave differently, or is making new thumps and squeaks, operators feel everything is running fine. However, waiting until there’s an actual problem could mean costly repairs that could have been prevented, or at least minimized with proper inspections and maintenance. When you come in to Kwik Kar for your regular maintenance and inspections, we’ll let you know what needs to be done. We take pride in caring for your vehicle because we want you back in the driver’s seat and on your regular routine again without having to give your vehicle’s maintenance a second thought. Visit our website at www.GoKwikKar.com.


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Flower Mound Honored for Beautification Efforts

Ranch Hand Rescue Expands Reach

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Marilyn Lawson, president of Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, was recently recognized for her efforts in the community.

Bob Williams, founder of Ranch Hand Rescue in Argyle, works tirelessly to help those in need, whether two- or four-legged.

“Last year, we collected 15,000-pounds of trash,” said Marilyn Lawson, president of Keep Flower Mound Beautiful since 2009. “Our big events are our biannual Trash Offs & Environmental Fairs. One is held during the spring and one in the fall.” Thanks to the efforts of Lawson and Keep Flower Mound Beautiful (KFMB)-a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving Flower Mound’s beauty-- the Town of Flower Mound is one of only

It was 2007 and Bob Williams was staying at the Los Angeles-area home of long-time friend, the late actress Doris Roberts (best-known as the mother on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), when his life changed forever. Her intuition sensed trouble when he didn’t look right and proved correct when he was diagnosed with a stroke. “She saved my life,” said Williams,

10 recipients of a 2017 Governor’s Community Achievement Award (GCAA) in its population category. The state’s Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) determines which communities receive the annual GCAAs and a share of the $2-million for funding from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for landscaping beside a local state right-of-way. To be considered for this prestigious See KFMB Page B17

who moved to Texas from Southern California in 2000. “I was blessed to have her in my life.” After five days in the hospital-- and several weeks recovering at Roberts’ home-- Williams returned to Texas determined to do something different; after 17 years working in various human resource positions with Motorola See RANCH Page B16


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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Freedom Through Selfless Service By State Representative Tan Parker

During this Fourth of July holiday, I wish to express gratitude for the many blessings given to us by our Founding Fathers and to the brave soldiers who have sacrificed for our nation’s ability to uphold the foundational values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our nation, state, and communities would not be blessed with the freedom that we so proudly cherish if it were not for each of these courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to protect us since America declared its independence 241 years ago. Freedom is something we should never take for granted. My political hero, President Ronald Reagan truly said it best – “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” That is certainly a wonderful perspective to pause and reflect upon this July 4th. As we gather with our family and friends to enjoy the many community events and magnificent displays of fireworks, let us not lose sight of the true message of Independence Day and the gift of our freedom. It is in this spirit that the story of

a brave veteran who recently shared how debilitating his PTSD and brain injuries had become really struck me. Through a North Texas non-profit organization called Patriot PAWS, he was able to have his personal freedom restored with the partnership of a service dog that was provided to him free of charge. Lori Stevens, founder and CEO of Patriot PAWS, is one of those people who sees hope and the value of personal independence when called to help an injured combat veteran. After a visit to a Dallas VA Hospital, Lori fully grasped the extent of how much the veteran community needs service dogs to assist them with the most basic activities of daily living. In 2006, Patriot PAWS opened its doors and began training dogs to be fulltime companions to these patriots. These dogs help with household chores, picking up dropped items, providing stability and balance, retrieving necessary items including specific medications, and detecting PTSD symptoms, along with many other incredible tasks. The program has developed further to include a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to teach prison inmates to train these service dogs and also with the University of North Texas to establish a puppy raisers program. In essence, service dogs are giving freedom back to our injured service men and women who, without them, would not be able to access their environment and independently thrive. What a wonderful way to give back and honor the front line defenders of our free society. However you choose to honor Independence Day, I hope you will enjoy the many celebratory festivities that are taking place around our communities. Beth and I look forward to participating in sev-

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eral patriotic gatherings with our family. Here are just a few events that we have always enjoyed: Flower Mound: Children’s Parade - LISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound, 75028. The lineup for the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and the actual parade starts at 10 a.m. Independence Fest - Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane in Flower Mound starting at 5 p.m. with entertainment by A.A. Bottom, Le Freak and Brother Osbourne. The magnificent fireworks begin at 9:50 p.m. There are vendor tents, food trucks, and many family-friendly activities. Roanoke: 3rd of July celebration with a musical performance by the Spazmatics starting at 6:00 pm and concluding at10:30 pm at Roanoke Community Park – 201 Park Drive. Trophy Club Patriot 5k and Fun Run – Byron Nelson Park starting at 7:15 am. This event is followed by the Parade of Patriots at 9:30 am at Byron Nelson High School – 2775 Bobcat Boulevard. The Town offers a beautiful display of fireworks with a gathering at Independence Park East at 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Entry is free for all residents and guests of Trophy Club hotels.   Double Oak: The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department (DOVFD) is happy to host the 37th Annual July 4th Parade and Picnic. The event will kick-off at 9:00 a.m. with the

parade starting on Simmons Road and ending at John B. Wright Park. Participation in the parade is free and open to the public. The picnic will start upon completion of the parade. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives, and I welcome your feedback on this and any other state issues. Please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 512.463.0688, email at tan.parker@ house.texas.gov, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter, @tparker63.


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Mosley Wants to Make Positive Difference By John English, Contributing Writer

Reeves Moseley

Reeves Moseley is not one to back away from a challenge. The former Argyle High School Senior Class President was a member of the varsity tennis team, served as Drum Major in the band, and said he has a lot to be fond of as he prepares to move on to college. “My friends and the incredible mentors that allowed me such great opportunities as a high school student are what I’ll remember the most,” Moseley said of his time at Argyle High School. Moseley, 18, is also the founder and president of the Argyle Youth Advisory Council, a member of the Challenge Day Club and served as Secretary of Circle of Friends at Argyle High School. Moseley said that he is troubled by

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some of the things he sees in the world today, particularly when it comes to issues affecting young people. “I am worried that my generation has become so disillusioned with society that they are beginning to lose hope for the future,” Moseley said. Accordingly, after attending either the University of North Carolina or the Naval Academy, Moseley said he wants to challenge himself to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. “I want to help create a society that will leave future generations with a more healthy and safe world than that of what I grew up in,” Moseley said. The Argyle graduate, who was also a member of the UIL Current Issues team and the student government at AHS, plans to double major in Global Studies and Economics. Moseley carried a 106.5 grade point average and was ranked sixth in his graduating class. Moseley’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Government Person who most inspires you: Marco Rubio Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump Favorite TV Show: House of Cards Book Currently Reading: Killing Kennedy Favorite Musical Group or Performer: The Eagles

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Liberty Grad Has Heart for Refugees By John English, Contributing Writer

Gracie Meek

Gracie Meek believes people should practice what they preach. The Liberty Christian alum graduated in May and is headed to Cornell University where she plans to major in Architecture as part of a five-year program that will allow her study abroad in Italy for a semester. “I want to combine my love of the arts and sciences in the architecture field,” Meek said. “I hope to continue pursuing the creative process while designing appropriate and useful housing for refugees.” Meek said her real passion is doing her part to ensure that refugees and the needy and disenfranchised are shown respect as human beings and receive fair treatment. “Every minute, there are 24 people displaced from their homes,” Meek said. “There are refugees from all around the world, and it’s my obligation as a Christian, to ensure safety, fairness, and

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equality to everyone.” Meek was a member of the National Honor Society, varsity cheer, a TAPPS State Champion Art Student, Liberty Mandarin Club President and the Liberty Young Democrats Club Founder during her time at LCS. “Being involved in diverse activities at school gave me the opportunity to have many groups of friends with all kinds of interests,” Meek said. “I am inspired daily by my friends who are gifted academically, artistically, and athletically. We laughed, cried, learned, and grew with each other.” Meek said that her time at Liberty Christian School is something she will reflect on with great fondness because she believes her Alma Mater genuinely tries to help as many people as possible. “Liberty has a heart for serving not only the average or gifted student, but also those students diagnosed with a broad spectrum of learning differences,” Meek said. “This is not typical in most private schools. I admire Liberty’s leadership for their inclusiveness. It can’t be all things to all people, but I’ve seen their program grow to reach as many students as they can.” Gracie Meek’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Studio Art Person who most inspires you: My Dad, Robert Meek Favorite Food: My Mom’s Oreo cheesecake Favorite Movie: James Bond: Skyfall Favorite TV Show: The Office Book currently reading or last book read: 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Coldplay


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Russell Sizes Up Opportunity By John English, Contributing Writer

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lace said. “He will be great at Howard, and the big schools will come calling. They really missed on him.” Russell hit .400 for Flower Mound--

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Flower Mound High School grad Lance Russell wants to prove himself on the diamond in West Texas.

Mark Twain once wrote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” At 5’10” and 175 pounds, Flower Mound High School’s Lance Russell is a good-sized man in nearly all walks of life. But, Russell has had to fight for the respect he rightfully deserves in the sport he loves, all the way up to his signing day with Howard Junior College in West Texas this past school year. The Jaguars third baseman has been regarded as one of the best baseball players in the Metroplex the last two seasons, but when it came where he would play his college ball, he opted for Howard. “Lance is a definite D1 player that was ignored due to his size,” Flower Mound High School baseball coach Danny Wal-

with three home runs, 14 doubles and 29 RBI in his senior season-- to help lead the Jaguars to a regional quarterfinals appearance. The Flower Mound graduate said he has always tried to bring energy to the team and said he was pleased to finish out his high school career with such a strong year in 2017. “This season was one of the most memorable seasons I’ve had in my life,” Russell said. “I had a lot of fun playing with my teammates and playing for my coaches. We didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but the season as a whole was very successful.” Russell echoed his coach saying he is not angry he was overlooked by some Division I schools due to his size, say-

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ing he is happy he gets to play collegiate baseball. But, he added it does add to his determination to show the college baseball world what he is a capable of on the field. “It gives me a lot of motivation to show that I can play with anybody,” Russell

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said. “I’m not mad about it; just excited I get to play at the next level. I will just do my thing at Howard and see where my future takes me.” Russell was considering Baylor, Texas See RUSSELL Page B15


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Canine Courtyard Provides Home Away From Home “Dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family,” said Canine Courtyard’s Debi LaVoie, co-owner with her husband, Paul. “Every dog has a unique and distinct personality, a quality that I’ve fallen in love with. After years of harboring a Photo by Helen’s Photography passion for training and loving Canine Courtyard’s Debi and Paul LaVoie with Bailey, any dog, I had the privilege Aspen and Crosby. to come in contact with, we purchased Canine Courtyard; offered as well. this is a lifelong dream.” They also trained a world class The LaVoies, who live in Highland staff, instilling their own personal Village, purchased the boarding facility standards of care to every aspect of in 2012 and have spent five years their boarding, training and grooming cleaning, replacing or repairing every facility. It is not uncommon to see a part of the business. Since its launch, Canine Courtyard team member sitting Canine Courtyard continues to receive on the floor, petting and hand feeding a rave reviews. Canine Courtyard was dog who is feeling anxious about being voted “Best of Flower Mound” and away from home. “Best of Denton County” for boarding The LaVoies have an open-door and pet spa. policy and actually encourage dog Their day care offers supervised play owners to come in for a tour. They also in five outdoor and three air-conditioned want the dogs to spend a few hours to indoor play areas. meet the staff, before they ever come “We have poured ourselves into in for boarding. creating a facility where loving, safe, “Everything here is designed to make clean and professional dog care is a dogs feel at home, especially the shy, constant,” said Debi. “The dogs love or impatient dogs,” said Paul LaVoie. coming here and that’s the true sign of Canine Courtyard is located in success to us.” Flower Mound at 3209 Justin Rd. (FM Canine Courtyard provides grooming 407) next to Raising Canes Chicken. services and was the People’s Choice For more information and rates, Award Winner for “Best Grooming in contact them at: 972-724-2157 or www. Flower Mound.” Private lessons and CanineCourtyard.com. classes with a professional trainer are

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July 2017

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson

Happy 4th of July and thank you to the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department and all the participants in the annual parade and picnic. Our firefighters are invaluable community members who respond to every call for service be it a medical, fire, traffic or water leak emergency. They train every week, live next to their cellphone and radios and are willing to disrupt their personal lives out of a sense of duty to humanity. The annual picnic is a critical fundraiser for the DOVFD with all the contributions going towards providing services to the citizens of our town. If you’re reading this article I would ask you to take a moment to remember the four Dallas officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officers, who, a year ago, gave their lives protecting other people. DPD Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens; DPD Officer Michael Krol; DPD Sergeant Michael Smith; DPD Officer Patricio Zamarripa and DART Officer Brent Thompson are desperately missed by their families, friends, co-workers and communities. I can’t do justice to the confluence of societal issues that ended with the atrocities committed in Dallas on July 7th, 2016. In my heart I do know that most people have good intentions, that the overwhelming majority of police officers are in the profession out of a sense of selfless service and that most of humanity understands, or at least supports, the role of law enforcement in society. What I do ask is that next time you’re in Dallas let an officer know you appreciate their service to all of us. Their job is one of the most difficult in law enforcement and they need support, even if it’s just an

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uplifting comment. What I do ask is that next time you talk or think about public policy step beyond an emotional conversation about who goes to the bathroom behind which door and truly consider the state of mental health care and addiction treatment services in Texas; proper funding for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (the state board that standardizes licensing and training for all peace officers – I am a supporter of their work); what we as a society truly want from our police – fair and impartial delivery of service is a good start; and how we all can make our State a better place to live. Have a great summer and thank you for the opportunity to serve. Chief Watson Recent Police Calls Ordinance Violation – 5500 blk. Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak – Officer stopped to speak with a citizen burning yard trimmings on a non-burn day. Suspicious Activity – 100 blk. Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak - A teenage female reported being followed by a silver pickup truck. She pulled into a local business parking lot and called for the police. Officer was unable to locate the suspect vehicle and did escort the young driver home. Forgery / Fraud – 100 blk. North Woodland Trl., Double Oak – A resident reported multiple fraudulent charges made using their credit card online and at various gas stations around Texas. Suspicious Person – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – An unknown woman was on the complainant’s property. Animal Complaint – 400 blk. Cross Tim-

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bers Dr., Double Oak – Citizen reported a coyote roaming the neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. Juvenile Complaint – 400 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Report of juveniles flipping off passing motorists and making their mothers proud. Assist Agency – 8900 blk. Sherman Trl., Lantana Denton County – Officer assisted with the investigation of a vehicle verses house accident at 1:48 a.m. Unknown suspect drove away in a dark color sports utility vehicle and didn’t identify themselves. Assist Agency – 200 blk. Redbud St., Argyle – Double Oak Officer assisted with an investigation into a family disturbance at 1:48 a.m. Suspicious Vehicle – 200 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – Witness reported a loud, dark colored van. Officer was unable to locate the vehicle. Speeding Vehicles – 300 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – Reports of vehicles racing up and down Meadowknoll. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 400 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – During the investigation of a traffic stop officer located drug paraphernalia and a citation was issued. Forgery / Fraud – 200 blk. Valley View Trl., Double Oak – Suspect in a credit card abuse case arrested on a traffic stop. A search warrant for the vehicle resulted in the recovery of multiple items of personal identifying information not belonging to the suspect. Motorist Assist – 8300 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Truck loaded with mulch jackknifed and blocking traffic. Officer

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assisted with traffic control while truck was untangled. Noise Complaint – 100 blk. Royal Oaks, Dr., Double Oak – Multiple reports regarding a loud humming noise. Further investigation revealed a pool pump that was malfunctioning. Homeowner was aware of the problem and turned it off until repairs or replacement could be accomplished. Suspicious Activity – 3900 blk. Chapel Ct., Double Oak – A witness reported a white Chevy SUV parked in an empty lot that had been foreclosed upon. Further investigation revealed two adult males, who were representatives for the bank, checking on the property. Animal Complaint – Cross Timbers Dr. at Tanglewood Ln., Double Oak – Report of a coyote in the caller’s front yard at 12:41 p.m. Coyote ran upon approach of the officer. Disturbance – 800 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – Verbal disturbance between family members. No offense committed. Assist Agency – 200 blk. Country Lakes Blvd., Argyle – Officer assisted Argyle officer with an investigation into drug paraphernalia. Welfare Concern – Justin Rd. at Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak – A witness reported concerns about an adult male’s welfare as he walked along Justin Rd. Officer spoke with the male and determined he needed assistance. Subject was transported to a residence by the officer. Solicitor Complaint – 100 blk. Highland Dr., Double Oak – A witness reported an adult male, going door to door, attempting See DO POLICE BEAT Page B23

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Flower Mound Police Calls

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Also on June 3 at 6:10 p.m., a residence in the 3800 Braxton Lane was the site of a theft. On June 4 at 3 p.m., criminal mischief to a Ford F250 worth $1,500 was reported in the 4200 block of Broadway Ave.

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On June 1 at 11 a.m., a pair of Beats headphone worth $200 was reported stolen on the Flower Mound High School campus at 3411 Peters Colony Road. At 12:35 p.m., additional items-- a Macbook Air ($1,100), headphones ($75and $30), backpack ($100) and a charge-cord ($40) -- were also stolen. The Market Street store at 3800 Long Prairie Road reported the theft of Crest White Strips and miscellaneous food items by two female suspects on June 1 at 5:35 p.m. Police recovered the items. A construction site at 3900 River Walk Road reported the theft of equipment on June 2 at 1:35 p.m. The burglary of a vehicle at 1401 Cross Timbers was reported on June 3 at 8:07 a.m. Taken were a Coach purse worth $90, a Michael Kors purse worth $375, an iPhone worth $675 and a variety of charge cards. Another vehicle burglary was reported later that day at 10:35 a.m. at 709 Enterprise when a Morrison Supply Company box truck was emptied at the Stacy Furniture loading dock. A variety of tools were stolen. A customer at the JC Penney store at 5751 Long Prairie Road reported the theft of an iPhone 5S worth $900.

At 6:10 p.m. on June 4, the Belk department store reported the theft of two Blaze Fitbit watches. On June 5 at 2:10 a.m., a home in the 2100 block of Friar Dt. reported the theft of an Apple MacBook and its case worth $2,200. The resident of a home in the 4100 block of Rock Haven Ct. was the victim of a theft of $10,000 in cash on June 5 at 2:55 p.m. A burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 2700 block of Aberdeen Dr. on June 5 at 5:38 p.m. Stolen was a Dell computer valued at $1,000. Jewelry valued at $3,100 was reported stolen from a home in the 5100 block of Water Oak Dr. on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Suspects were identified. The Zoroastrian Association of North Texas (ZANT) at 1605 Lopo Rd. was reported vandalized at 11:50 p.m. on June 5. The religious center reported $3,000 in damages. An American Legend Homes construction site in the 3500 block of Oak Island Ln. was vandalized on June 6. The damage was reported to be $1,750 at 10:50 a.m. Three juveniles were identified as causing $5,800 worth of damage to a Ford F150 in the Flower Mound High School parking lot on June 6 at 5:15 p.m. Property theft valued at $2,900 from a Cal Atlantic site in the 4300 block of Broadway

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was reported on June 7 at 7:30 a.m. The burglary of a vehicle was reported on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Cross Timbers Rd. Stolen was $100 in cash.

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reported the theft of more than $12,000 in equipment from a building site in the 1100 block of Lakeside Pkwy. The resident of a home in the 5000 block of

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What follows was taken from Argyle police reports: At 3 p.m. on June 2, the first of several calls came in reporting the rail crossing guard arms were going up and down and the stoplight on

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Crawford Rd. at Hwy 377 had been stuck for more than 30-minutes. A call was placed to Union Pacific. On June 2 at 3:30 p.m. a two-car accident in the 900 block of Hwy 377 was reported. In-

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volved were a silver car and a Dodge Caravan emergency transportation van with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ride and Safeâ&#x20AC;? written on its side. The Argyle Fire Department vehicle was responding, but was delayed by a train. Only minor injuries were reported.


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An emergency 911 call was received at 3:54 p.m. on June 2, reporting a house fire at 326 Old Justin Rd. The caller and their sister were the only occupants and had evacuated the house to the carport area. Denton FD, Roanoke FD and Flower Mound FD sent three engines and a medical vehicle. Flames were coming from a bedroom window and the house was filled with smoke. Response time to the site was 7:10 minutes. On June 2 at 6:51 p.m., a disabled resident of a home in the 900 block of E. Harpole Rd. called to report a huge skunk was in the backyard trying to eat the pool cover and would need to be shot. She then reported a man had been successful chasing the skunk from the yard. On June 7 at 11:48 a.m., a complaint was received from a male saying he and his wife are going through a divorce and that she’d mailed him his belongings, which were all ruined. He was advised to file charges against her. A call reporting three teenage girls trying to climb up onto the roof of Hilltop Elementary School was logged in at 8:15 p.m. on June 7. On June 9 at 12:16 p.m., a query regarding a possible ordinance violation was received. The caller said she wanted to file a report of someone flying a drone over her house and she thought it was an HOA representative: “who’s a lunatic,” looking for rules violations. She wanted the drone shot down but was advised she couldn’t discharge a firearm. She was also told there are rules regarding drones flying over private property.

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Two red cows were reported loose at 8 p.m. on June 9 at the Hearth Terrace/Harrison Ln. intersection. The owner was identified, but was out-of-town in Alabama. He called for help to fix the fence which was completely down. A neighbor showed up, as did one of the owner’s helpers and they fixed the fence. The cows were contained. This wasn’t the first time they had escaped. On June 10 at 12:30 a.m., a white male was reported walking southbound in the median of I-35W near 79MM. When officer arrived, the subject said he was lost and was taken to the Paradise and his ride came to pick him up. At 4:40 a.m. on June 10, a caller reported what was believed to be a rollover accident with a red car in the median of I-35W near the 79 mile marker. The other car was a white Honda four-door. Both vehicles had major damage. A welfare concern call was received on June 10 at 9:18 a.m. about a white female in her 40s hunched over and appearing to be having an “episode’ at the intersection of Hwy 377 and Frenchtown Rd. Another caller said the woman was observed walking into the Auto Care Center. Ultimately, she was given a courtesy escort by an officer to her destination. On June 14 at 11 a.m., a follow-up call regarding a drone flying over private property was received. The woman caller said her husband was talking with a white male, balding and wearing a red shirt sitting in a car in the cul-de-sac on Woods Dr. He told the husband that he’s a realtor, but they believed he was lying and she was concerned that he was from the HOA. The man did have an FAA remote pilot license.

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July 2017

Lantana Crime Watch

By Lt. Orlando “Hino” Hinojosa Denton County Sheriff’s Office

There were 257 calls for service this month in Lantana. 67 of those were traffic stops and 47 were alarm calls. Let us concentrate this month on the alarm calls. Speaking with the Deputies, most if not, all of these alarm calls were false. After looking at the addresses of these alarm calls there were a few with the same address. If you are having problems with your alarms please contact your alarm company. The DCSO always responds to each call for service. We will never respond to an alarm call as if were false. Help us help you! The Community Relations team has been

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trained in Crime Prevention and would be more than happy to come by your residence and perform a Home Inspection. All you have to do is call (940) 349-1515 and we can get this scheduled ASAP. Summer is here and it is very important to make sure everyone, including pets, stay hydrated. We hear about children getting left in vehicles and dying. We pray to God that it does not happen but sometimes people are careless. The outcome is never good. Someone loses a child and may face criminal charges. LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK! Vehicular heat stroke is largely misunderstood by the general public. The majority of parents are misinformed and would like to believe that they could never “forget” their child in a vehicle. The most dangerous mistake a parent or caregiver can make is to think leaving a child alone in a vehicle could never happen to them or their family. In over 55% of these cases, the person responsible for the child’s death unknowingly left them in the vehicle. In most situations

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this happens to the most caring and protective parents. Here are some helpful tips to help prevent heat stroke tragedies: • Look Before You Lock • Create a reminder to check the back seat • Keep vehicles locked at all times in

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driveways and garages • Keep car keys & remotes away from children • Never leave children alone in or around cars, not even for a minute • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved & call 911 immediately


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6/1 - Burglary of a Building - 2200 block of Justin Road

6/12 - Theft - 200 block of Winding Creek Drive

6/1 - Criminal Mischief - 2200 block of Justin Road

6/13 - Forgery - 3100 block of Justin Road

6/1 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road 6/4 - Criminal Mischief - 4100 block of Barton Creek 6/4 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 900 block of Highland Village Road 6/4 - Possession of Marijuana - 900 block of Highland Village Road

6/14 - Unlawfully Carrying Weapon - 700 block of Highland Village Road

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6/20 - Possession of Marijuana - 2000 block of Highland Shores Boulevard 6/21 - Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse - 3100 block of Justin Road 6/21 - Possession / Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle - Springway Drive / Highland Village Road 6/21 - Resist Arrest Search or Transport 3100 block of Justin Road

6/7 - Purchase / Furnish Alcohol to a Minor 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane

6/21 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

6/9 - Evading Arrest - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek

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6/15 - Possession of Marijuana - 3100 block of Vista Heights Lane

6/7 - Assault - 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane

6/8 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 900 block of Highland Village Road

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6/9 - Theft - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek 6/11 - Terroristic Threat - 400 block of Patricia Lane

6/1 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

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6/9 - Fraud - 1000 block of Highland Village Road

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

6/1 - Possession of Marijuana - 900 block of Highland Village Road

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Range Wood Dr. reported the theft of designer purses, a computer and numerous Kendra Scott, Tiffany and other precious jewelry valued at more than $13,000.

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stolen.

A Trek bike and helmet totaling $400 were reported stolen from a residence in the 1111 block of Lexington Ave. on June 13 at 10:30 p.m.

At 11:58 p.m. on June 14, at Twin Coves Park, 4920 Wichita Trail, a purse, sunglasses and other items were reported stolen.

The Tom Thumb grocery store reported the theft of $60 worth of Bud Light beer on June 11 at 5:15 p.m. A suspect was identified and the beer was recovered. On June 13 at 1 p.m., the burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 3000 block of Parkhaven Dr. Items valued at approximately $2,400 were listed.

On June 14 at 9 p.m., the burglary of a vehicle in the 3700 block of Flower Mound Rd. was reported. Stolen were two designer purses and an iPhone, plus credit cards.

Academy Sports at 3621 Justin Rd. reported the theft and recovery of an item worth $60 from an identified suspect on June 13 at 7

Another vehicle burglary theft was reported at 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Walden Blvd. A designer purse plus several credit cards were

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he is the sort of teammate other players should strive to be. “Lance is what our program is about,” Wallace said. “He exemplifies hard work, being a great teammate and was always striving for excellence on the field while being a great representative of our team off the field.” Russell said he is looking forward to his time at Howard, but added that is ultimate objective does not end at the college level. “I want to take baseball to the highest level and make it to the big leagues,” Russell said. His former coach thinks that is definitely achievable. “That’s always possible with a player that hits like he does,” Wallace said. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he plays past college.”

Tech, Kansas State and the University of Texas at Austin to name a few, but said he based his decision to sign with Howard on two factors. “I decided to go to Howard Junior College, because I love the coaching staff,” Russell said. “They’re a great college and always extremely talented.” Russell does not plan to rest on his laurels from high school, however, saying he plans to work hard during the fall and winter to bulk-up and be at his best by the time the 2018 baseball season begins. “I plan on getting stronger this offseason,” Russell said. “I’m trying to put on some weight, before going to Howard.” Wallace said that the contributions Russell made to the Flower Mound baseball program cannot be overstated and said

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The Stein Mart store at 6101 Long Prairie Rd. was the scene of a theft on June 13 of multiple items by two suspects with two previous convictions each. The items were recovered.

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$1,900 were reported stolen from a residence in the 1700 block of Timber Creek Rd. The burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 4000 block of Regency Park Ct. Stolen were two pairs of sunglasses worth $300.


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Corporation. “I didn’t know how much time I had left and thought I better do something I love,” he said. “My whole life, I was focused on going up the corporate ladder and suddenly I realized, when I had my stroke, it was really an eye-opener.” While searching for new opportunities, Williams attended a trade-days event where he encountered a tiny goat caged in tight spaces. Asking the owner about the possibility of moving the animal to bigger quarters, the response wasn’t positive. So, he handed the owner $60 and took the goat back to the American Pet Spa & Resort he and friend Marty Polasko started in Keller in 2002, before moving to Argyle in 2006. Soon thereafter, he rescued several other animals and he and his doctors

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quickly noticed how much better he felt. “I felt this unconditional love and couldn’t wait to get up to take care of them,” said Williams, who was diagnosed with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety in the 1990s. “That’s when I started to realize working with abused animals … there was something there.” With Roberts’ encouragement and help from retired National Football League player Carl Mauck, he launched Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center and Animal Sanctuary as a non-profit charity in 2008. It originally saved abused and neglected animals headed for euthanasia. Once those animals responded to treatment, they were trained to help comfort abused and neglected children, women and others with mental health issues plus military veterans suffering from severe PTSD. Everything done at Ranch Hand Rescue is for animals and people who have not had success with traditional therapies and are losing hope of recovery. It offers animalassisted therapies in conjunction with professional trauma counselors and has grown to about 50 horses, chickens, llamas, goats, sheep and other animals helping approximately 100 people each week. “They may tell an animal something they would not tell a person,” Williams said. “I really think we can help anybody, but our area of expertise is folks who don’t see any hope. When they get to us they may be self-harming. They may have eating disorders. They may have anger issues. They certainly have low self-esteem.

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“What happens in these cases is we’re collaborating with whoever they go to for treatment. We want this to be an alternative form of treatment. Not that we’re any better, because we’re not. Anybody who does this work is incredible. It’s just a different way of treating people; to try to get to the root of the trauma. If we can, we can put together a plan of treatment of healing for them to go on and live productive lives.” That work was recently utilized by the Texas Veterans Land Board in a pilot program to help veterans. Residents of the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham came to Argyle to take advantage of Ranch Hand Rescue’s animal therapy programs. About a dozen veterans paired individually with animals in the eight-week program. “They couldn’t wait until their day of the week came up,” Williams said. “The nurses said they ate better and slept better.” The pilot program proved so successful it will be expanded statewide. Williams also was asked to prepare a program specifically for women’s veterans. Because of Ranch Hand Rescue’s continuing growth, a second location opened in late June in south Denton. The 1,400-square-foot facility adds three counselors to the five in Argyle, with Williams anticipating hiring two more by year’s end. “It’s handicap-accessible so we can better serve veterans,” he said. “It’s going to be a busy place. We had been renting space at the Pet Spa and outgrown it 18months ago. I can foresee a time when we outgrow this place in 18-months, since we serve the entire Metroplex now and beyond.” To help with its efforts, Ranch Hand

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Rescue raised more than $40,000 on June 21 at the second-annual Sunset Serenade Summer BBQ Fundraiser in the parking lot outside Savory Bistro in Bartonville Town Center. An impressive 360 people attended. “I couldn’t believe it,” Williams said. “People just kept coming and they came from all over.” With his entity continuing to be successful, Williams is looking on how it can become even bigger; especially someday without him. “As it continues to grow, it will take someone younger and smarter,” he said. “We’re already over $1-million in budget and in 2018 we’ll probably double it. When you want to raise $20-million or $25-million you have to have somebody that has the experience doing that. I want this be my legacy; and, for me it’s what can we do better, what can we do smarter, what can we do faster.” In the meantime, Williams will be working with the University of North Texas to measure why abused and neglected animals connect so well with abused and neglected humans. “I believe all life is precious, whether it’s a dog or a horse or a goat or a person or a child or an elderly person, who can’t take care of themselves,” he said. “We have to be their voice. It’s our moral obligation. “I love to learn. I like to surround myself with people that are smarter than me. I ask a lot of questions. Every day is a new learning experience. But there is nothing better than watching a child or an individual heal. It is the greatest thing I’ve done in my life.” Learn more about Ranch Hand Rescue at ranchhandrescue.org.


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award, KFMB submitted information to KTB about its achievements in seven areas, including: community leadership and coordination; education; public awareness; litter-prevention and clean-up; litter law and illegal dumping enforcement; beautification and community improvement; and, solidwaste management. “TxDOT will do $250,000-worth of landscaping for Flower Mound on a project KFMB plans,” said Lawson. Lawson announced receipt of the GCAA award at the Flower Mound Town Council meeting as an accompaniment to a presentation she gave Tuesday, June 6, 2017. “We will give a presentation every year to the Town Council to keep them informed of our activities, since we receive funding from the town and want them to know what we are doing,” she said.

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KFMB, which receives one-percent of the town’s budget, had a full-time staff member until 2008, at which point the organization separated from the town. When Lawson became president of KFMB, she learned that a GCAA had never been pursued and she set out to remedy the situation. Lawson explained that KFMB has now applied for the GCAA award three-years in a row. “On the application, you must include all of the activities aimed at beautification undertaken in the community at large,” she said. “This includes ones churches and the Scouts do. The first year filling out the application was hard, but the second year was harder; because we knew what we needed. The most grueling part is getting all of the statistics together.” KFMB is a very productive group. For the spring 2017 Trash Off & Environmental Fair, volunteers were asked to pre-register for exact locations, such as large groups to Merrill Park.

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Volunteers gathered at 8:30 a.m. at the FM 2499 Home Depot and collected trash until 10 a.m. For each bag of trash participants brought back, they received a ticket for the door-prize raffle. Also, the volunteer who brought back the most trash was awarded a prize. The set procedure is for volunteers to

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return to the main venue and then may join other volunteers at the Environmental Fair, which has various booths. In the past, Shred-It shredded citizens’ unwanted papers, while Best Buy collected electronic waste. Last year, Shred-It See KFMB Page B18

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KFMB and Flower Mound Environmental Services accept the check for the GCCA Award at Keep Texas Beautiful’s 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio on June 13. Pictured (left to right): Matthew Woods, Director of Flower Mound Environmental Services; Mary Ligon, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful (KFMB); Marilyn Lawson, KFMB; Pat Lawson, KFMB; Christa Crowe, Flower Mound Property Standards Manager; Misty Adams, Brenda Flores-Dollar and Joan Henderson of TxDOT. (Not pictured is Christina Flores, KFMB.)

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collected 15,000-pounds of shredded paper. “Our on-average 400-volunteers are provided with lunch,” said Lawson. “One year, In-and-Out Burger contributed lunch.

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Another year, the Summit Club handed out hot dogs.” Traditionally, the Trash Off & Environmental Fairs have been held at Home Depot, however, the 2017 fall event, on Saturday, Sept. 23, will take place at Flower Mound High School at 3211 Peters Colony Road.

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“Now, the events will be more than trash events with recycling opportunities,” said Lawson. “They will also offer education stations, including ones on water conservation, composting and native plants. All of the stations will have hands-on activities.” Another noteworthy project of KFMB is the Adopt-A-Spot Program, which the group began administering for the town in 2012. According to KFMB’s website, www. kfmb.org, the Adopt-A-Spot program encourages and supports citizens and groups who volunteer to work on: “beautification projects and litter clean-ups of designated public areas at regular intervals.” The volunteers may also participate in the establishment of permanent features such as gazebos, park benches, picnic tables, fountains and sculptures in parks or largescale beautification initiatives. In return, the town installs signs displaying the name of program participants in the affected areas. Besides the Trash Offs, KFMB directs intermittent clean-ups and holds classes on subjects, including composting, that help beautify Flower Mound. “We now sponsor a Monthly Cleanup,” said Lawson. “Every third Saturday of the month, we list a location on our website. No registration is required and we pick up trash from 9:30–11:30 a.m.” In addition to KFMB earning a GCAA award, Lawson was awarded KTB’s Volunteer of the Year Award for the State of Texas. “At first, I was not that excited about winning the award, but now I’m very excited since I appreciate the acknowledgement of my work,” she said. Lawson, who grew up in Ontario, Canada, and lived in California for many years before landing in Texas has not only donated countless hours to KFMB, but could be labeled as a “professional” volunteer. She is a member of The Mound Association Board and the Environmental Association, plus is the founder of KFMB’s Lend-a-Hand Community Enhancement

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Initiative, which assists residents who may be unable to complete home repair projects, because of age, illness, or income loss. The idea for the Lend-a-Hand Community Enhancement Initiative came from Mayor Tom Hayden, who wanted to ensure that citizens who need help will receive it. Since Lend-A-Hand’s inception in 2013, it has completed 29 projects, many of which have helped veterans. The projects range from the mowing lawns, the installation of new siding and fences, as well as the completion of new landscaping. “Our first recipient was a Vietnam veteran who had been exposed to Agent Orange and had contracted hepatitis in a hospital stay,” she said. “Our biggest problem is obtaining skilled labor.” She is also the main volunteer of the Community Service Program, which enables individuals who are required to complete community service hours, to do so by collecting trash in Flower Mound. Lawson’s Community Service Program has served as a model for other cities. The hours and work are tracked to ensure compliance. KFMB was presented with its GCAA at a dinner, during Keep Texas Beautiful’s 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. “In addition to KFMB members attending, town staff are coming, too,” Lawson said prior to the ceremony. “Flower Mound received a third-place award for a video on illegal dumping.” Lawson was presented with her Volunteer of the Year award during a luncheon on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Anyone interested in joining Lawson and other KFMB members, call 469-828-9074, or visit: www.kfmb.org. The local Tom Thumb and Kroger support KFMB through their rewards cards. The KFMB website has a Kid’s Corner, which encourages children to help the town’s environment by emphasizing the importance of recycling and how they can recycle.


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Flower Mound Scouts Earn Volunteer Awards The following scouts were presented with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards at a ceremony on May 8.

American Heritage Girls Troop 1171. Top Row: Kirsten Harris (Gold), Grace Dahlstrom (Gold), Cecilia Tobin (Bronze), Emma Rooney (Bronze), Meredith House (Silver). Bottom Row: Katie Luna (Bronze), Piper Taylor (Bronze). Not pictured: Greta Thane (Bronze).

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Gardening: Blackberry Basics

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Americans? Give up? When they are thornless blackberry shrubs drooping with plump fruits. In the “Complete Guide to Texas Gardening 2nd Edition” Neil Sperry declared, “Blackberries are one of the best-adapted and most productive of all fruit crops grown in Texas.” (p. 287) The common blackberry (Rubus

fruticosus) belongs to the same prickly plant family as roses, but a few years ago breeders at the University of Arkansas developed several immensely popular thornless varieties they named in honor of American Indian tribes. Wild blackberries, Old Timers called brambles, grow along my fence lines, and oh my, talk about thorns! Domesticated berry plants arrive at the nurseries in one-gallon pots or a similar packaging. Plant them any time of the year, but bare root cuttings traditionally go in the ground in mid-winter. Don’t be shy about allowing one-yard of space between plants or root cuttings. Oh, and take it from the voice of experience here, half-a-dozen plants will produce a LOT of fruit for eating, baking, freezing, preserving and sharing. There’s more good news. Blackberries are self-fertile, which means they don’t need outside help moving pollen around; they are highly pest and disease resistant; they make great hedges (think about using trellises); the flowers look like charming little white, pink, or red wild roses; and, when fresh, the ripe fruits are a reasonable source of soluble iron and vitamin C. Blackberries are classified as erect, semi-erect, or trailing biennial plants. The stems, called canes, have a two-year life span. Every year, vigorous green new “primocanes” emerge as true stems or suckers from the existing underground

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root crown. The key word here is vigorous, because in one season, primocanes may reach six- to seven-feet in length. When this happens, the person in charge of the berry patch “heads back” the canes to four- or five-feet long. This strengthens the canes and directs the plant energy to plenty of lateral branching, which means more fruits next season. During their second year of life, primocanes change their name to “floricanes,” because that’s the year they put on flowers to produce delicious fruits. Lateral floricane branches can get gangly, too; so the person in charge trims them to about 16-inches long, each. Here’s the pruning rule of thumb. After harvest, which is in late springtime or early summer, cut back to the ground ONLY the spent, dark-skinned floricanes, which will die anyway. This pruning prevents a crowded-mass of brambles, which block sunlight and the pruning improves air circulation, which discourages diseases and pests. Blackberries grow and develop most in the spring. They like slow deep watering, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Water when they look thirsty and slow down evaporation by applying plenty of mulch. If you insist on commercial fertilizer, use 3-1-2 food, but remember blackberries are pretty darned hardy. Remember the local worms by digging lots of compost into the berry patch and add the stuff on top, too. The feeder-roots hang out close to the surface to slurp in the tasty by-products of decomposition. Contact the writer at noellemhood@gmail.com

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June Rains at Record Levels By Meteorologist Brad Barton

Thanks to heavy rains at the beginning and end of the month, Denton County had its fifth wettest June on record. The unofficial rainfall total at Denton Enterprise Airport by June 25 was 7.63”, which was over twice the June average of 3.52 inches. Denton picked up nearly 5 inches of rain in the first 5 days of June. Another good rain of 1.2” occurred on the 9th and 1.61” fell on the 24th. You might think 7.63” would be a record for June rainfall, but it’s barely in the top five. According to NWS figures maintained on DentonRainfall.com, the top four rainiest Junes are: June 1973 - 7.74”; June 1989 - 8.28”; June 1941 9.26” and by far, the wettest on record, just ten years ago, June 2007 - 12.62 inches. Other than minor street flooding, no severe weather was reported in Denton County during June. Our hottest temperature so far this month was 99 degrees on the 23rd. Our coolest was 64, recorded on the 8th and 9th. Our day-night average temperature of 79.5 degrees was right in line with our historical norms. While we’re in the temperature department, it’s a good time to talk about the #1 weather hazard in the U.S.: Excessive heat. On average, 131 people die each year from excessive heat. Compared to flooding (84), tornadoes (70), lightning (47) and hurricanes (46), no other weather-related cause of death

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comes even close to heat. And it’s really true, “It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity,” especially in North Texas. When combined with high humidity, the danger accelerates. Water vapor molecules absorb and retain heat far more efficiently than most other gases contained in the atmosphere. Water vapor (not CO2) is the king of “greenhouse gases.” As liquid water changes into vapor, it cools. When the air is already saturated with Gulf moisture, there is little room for additional evaporation. And if evaporation can’t occur, the body’s natural cooling process, perspiration, becomes ineffective. Infants, the elderly and chronically ill are the most vulnerable, but even healthy athletes can be struck down. A complicated formula is used by the National Weather Service to predict how temperature and humidity are likely to compromise your body’s ability to cool itself. Similar to the chill factor, this simulated “feels like” temperature is the “Heat Index.” When the heat index is expected to exceed 105 and overnight lows are not expected to fall below 80 for two consecutive days, the NWS issues a “Heat Advisory” which is your signal to slow down, and stay close to shade, water and air conditioning, if possible. And the heat index is figured for shady conditions, not direct sun exposure, which can add another 15 degrees, so take it easy. With the lack of El Nino signals in the Pacific, July’s forecast is little changed; slightly warmer than normal (95/74) and normal (2.4”) precipitation. Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist of WBAP820/570KLIF/99.5 The Wolf and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

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that stands for so much more than just a “bank.” It stands out among the communities that it touches by its grace, strength, generosity, moral value and longevity in our Chamber of Commerce. By Lori Walker, In June of 1998, Independent Bank President of Highland Village, formerly known to most of us for many years as United June Business of the Month: Community Bank, joined the Flower Independent Bank Mound Chamber of Commerce and has been supportive and active for 19 years. Independent Bank has sponsored the Annual Unity in Communities Luncheon, Fiesta FM, the Annual Golf Classic, Leadership FM and so much more! It is an honor on behalf of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower June Business of the Month: Independent Bank Mound and the Flower Mound The Flower Mound Chamber runs Chamber of Commerce to give this deep when it comes to wonderfully award to such a community partner: faithful, fabulous members. Since the Independent Bank of Highland time the chamber opened its doors Village. most businesses have looked to the chamber as their partner and friend. This month, we will honor a business

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Matt Brost of Brost Insurance Agency joined the Chamber in September of 2013. We were excited to see him enter this community because we know that when Matt and his staff are involved there is fun, laughter and sense of family wherever they go. We cherish our friendship with our June Ambassador of the Month and say proudly Congratulations for being the Cream of the Crop! May Business and Ambassador on the Month The May Business of the Month was Nothing Bundt Cakes and the May Ambassador of the Month was Shay Whitehead with Bahama Bucks.

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to sell steaks. Officer made contact with the solicitor. Forgery / Fraud – 100 blk. S. Woodland Trl., Double Oak – Unknown person opened a fraudulent credit account in the complainant’s name charging over $2,000. Assist Agency – 400 blk. Oakwood Dr., Bartonville – A complainant reported an unknown person repeatedly honking a horn outside his residence at 12:17 a.m. Burglary – 100 blk. Thornhill Circle, Double Oak – A resident reported that during the night an unknown person had entered multiple vehicles and their garage without permission. Missing items include a laptop and a cellphone. This offense is currently under investigation. If you have any information that may be of assistance please contact Detective Clint Murphy at 972-355-5995. Suspicious Circumstances – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A resident reported receiving a letter containing gibberish and language that didn’t make much sense. The letter was placed into the evidence room and a report was completed. Criminal Mischief – 200 blk. Whispering Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A resident reported damage to the front window of their home. Further investigation revealed that the home had not been entered. Assist Agency – 8200 blk. Justin Rd., Denton County – Welfare concern report about an adult male laying in the grass next to a building. Upon further investigation subject was determined to be homeless. Criminal Trespass – 100 blk. Willow Oak

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Ct., Double Oak – A resident found an unknown male sleeping inside his courtyard. Officers made contact with the adult male and determined that he was probably hung over and disoriented. Subject was given a criminal trespass warning and then transported back home. Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Twin Lakes Dr., Double Oak – Concerns about a coyote laying in the roadway. Criminal Mischief – 200 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – Complainant’s mailbox damaged by apparent blunt instrument. Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – Sick/injured coyote reported by public works director. Officer located the coyote on the side of the roadway and dispatched it with a rifle shot. Animal control collected the coyote that was elderly and riddled with mange. Suspicious Vehicle – 200 blk. Valley View Trl., Double Oak – A caller observed a white truck parked in front of their house, at 9:40 p.m. and occupied by two individuals. Further investigation revealed it was occupied by two teenagers who were talking, one of which was a Double Oak resident in a nearby house. Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – A resident reported a copperhead snake on their property. Snake departed prior to officer arrival. Fraud – 300 blk. Brown Cliff Ct., Double Oak – A homeowner paid a suspect $100 to wash windows. Suspect left with the money but didn’t complete the job. Found Property – 200 blk. Shady Hill Ln., Double Oak – Officer helped a senior citizen find her lost purse.

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HEALTHCARE EXPERTS Plastic Surgeon Helps Heal Wounds of War

Dr. J. Drew Sanderson of Flower Mound Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Spa treats a solider in Iraq.

It’s 7,210 miles from Flower Mound to Baghdad, Iraq and a 9 hour time difference. Just ask Dr. J. Drew Sanderson of Flower Mound Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Spa. The plastic surgeon was deployed to a Combat Surgical Hospital near the Baghdad airport from Dec. 30, 2016 until Apr. 5, 2017. Immediately after completing medical school, Sanderson volunteered to serve in the United States Army Reserve and currently holds the rank of Major. “It’s [the Army] something I’ve always wanted to be a part of,” said Sanderson. “As a Vietnam era young adult, my father was suspicious of the military and said I should go to medical school first.” He grew up in New Caney, 45 minutes north of Houston, and had an interest in serving his country early. He completed a Bachelor of Science See SANDERSON Page C5

“You’re Just Getting Old, My Doctor Said”

Dr. Bao Thai at Corinth’s Advanced Nerve and Laser Center.

“There is nothing that can be done, you are just going to have to live with the pain,” or “you are just getting old” are common things patients with neuropathy or nerve damage often hear. What if you were this person, how would that make you feel? “Sad, depressed, lonely, helpless, these are the words that I hear often,” said Dr. Bao Thai. “It’s really sad to know that all of those fancy commercials and the medications that are given for patients with neuropathy only are there to cover up their symptoms. It’s even sadder when a patient undergoes surgery to fix a problem and ends up with far greater symptoms only to find themselves going to a pain management doctor to get more medications to cover more symptoms.” So how do I know if I have a nerve problem? Dr. Thai has created an easy five-step test to help answer that question. 1. Do you have any numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your arms, legs, See NEUROPATHY Page C4


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HEALTHCARE EXPERTS Quality, CustomerFriendly Eye Care Spurs Ogletree Eye Care’s Growth Dr. Janet Ogletree remembers the day 11 years ago this month when she took the plunge to open her own eye care practice in Flower Mound. “We opened up cold in July 2006,” she said. “I think we had only four exams that first month and built up from there. We just slowly grew.” Today, Ogletree Eye Care serves well more than that number of patients each day all at the same location at the southwest corner of Justin (FM 407) and Long Prairie Roads (FM 2499). Patients obviously like what she and her staff have done by honoring them with the Best of Denton County Award for the eighth time, including the last five years in a row. Dr. Ogletree believes the reason for the

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why It Doesn’t Have to Be You! Are you and your loved ones missing out on the sounds of life? Living with hearing loss can be difficult. Finding the right care for your hearing loss can be even more difficult. Less than 25% of the people who need hearing aids have them, robbing them of meaningful social interactions that they once took for granted and adversely affecting their quality of life. Family Hearing Practice, led by Dr. Allison Liberio, values providing the best hearing healthcare possible. With proper care, better

honors and continued growth is the way she conducts her business and serves her patients. “My philosophy is to be the best eye doctor I can be with every single patient and have my staff provide the best Dr. Janet Ogletree customer service possible,” she said. “I think people come in and actually enjoy themselves when they are here. We have a very positive and caring staff.” Her staff includes opticians, optometric technicians, billing specialists, and administrative personnel. Also working with her is fellow therapeutic optometrist Dr. Kelly Visentine. Dr. Ogletree grew up in Plano and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Baylor University in 1995. She earned her Doctor of Optometry dehearing can improve relationships, restore enjoyment of favorite activities, and bring feelings of belonging/ human connections back to those who feel isolated. Helping patients achieve these results is why Family HearDr. Allison Liberio ing Practice is so committed to caring for each patient like the individuals they are. Many options are available for the treatment of hearing loss and the best place to have your unique needs addressed is at Family Hearing Practice. Dr. Liberio is a licensed audiologist who is

gree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1999. For the first seven years of her career, she worked for other optometrists in McKinney, Denton, and Garland. “I obtained a lot of experience, learned what I liked and disliked about certain aspects of owning an optometric practice, and figured out what direction I wanted to go,” she said. “I then decided I wanted to have my own practice.” Ogletree Eye Care provides multiple eye care services, including comprehensive vision and eye health examinations, contact lenses, designer eyewear and sunglasses, red/pink eye treatment, dry eye/ allergy management, laser vision care, foreign body removal, diabetic eye examinations, ocular diseases, and Optomap digital retinal examinations. Ogletree Eye Care serves people ages 4 and up, primarily from Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, Argyle, and Lantana. Dr. Ogletree, her husband, and their two children have lived in Lantana

since 2003. In addition to operating her eye care practice, Dr. Ogletree is a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. “Being a diplomate requires me to obtain a certain level of continuing education that goes above and beyond what my license requires me to do,” she said. “It is a voluntary process that not very many optometrists have achieved.” Dr. Ogletree is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Texas Optometric Association and past president of the Northeast Texas Optometric Society. That knowledge and experience are why Ogletree Eye Care has enjoyed so much success. “We have grown steadily each year. We’re busy and very blessed,” Dr. Ogletree said. “We provide quality eye care in a friendly, caring, and comfortable environment.” Call Ogletree Eye Care at 972-3555152.

skilled and experienced at providing the best hearing care possible. Family Hearing Practice offers a comprehensive plan to give you and your loved ones the hearing capability they need to enjoy the world to the fullest. What sets Dr. Liberio apart is her personal, caring, and patient approach with her patients. After many years of experience in a variety of medical settings, Dr. Liberio opened Family Hearing Practice in her own community — right here in the Flower Mound area. Dr. Liberio first realized she wanted to help others who were experiencing hearing problems because of the negative effect she encountered when interacting with family members with hearing loss—including her mother. “I always wanted to work in healthcare and as I learned about the lack of support for those who have hearing loss, I knew audiology was the right field for me,” she said. Dr. Liberio graduated with her bachelor’s and doctorate of Audiology from the University of North Texas to which she returned as an adjunct faculty member. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Liberio earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. To earn a CCC-A, an audiologist must complete a tough academic program, engage in supervised clinical experience, and pass a national exam. Most of Dr. Liberio’s clinical experience was spent working alongside highly respected Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians in Dallas where she developed a thorough knowledge of the medical field and the skills necessary to see patients successfully navigate hearing healthcare. Dr. Liberio is not just an excellent audiologist because of her extensive education but also because she is passionate about helping her patients. She helps educate them on the prevention of hearing loss, the possible causes of hearing loss, and the variety of options available to restore their hearing abilities. She doesn’t just prescribe hearing aids for her patients—she also works with her patients to ensure their long-term hearing health. When asked what Dr. Liberio finds most rewarding about her helping patients, she stated, “I really enjoy it when a patient is fit with the right set of hearing aids and their loved one asks ‘Can you hear me now?’ The joy on their face when they respond ‘Yes, I can hear you’ truly makes me glad I do what I do.” Dr. Liberio prides herself on developing permanent relationships with her patients. She knows what it takes to combine the latest hearing aid technology with practical hearing health advice so that her patients achieve suc-

cess. Her commitment to her patients is what distinguishes her and makes her one of the most sought-after audiologists in the area. Dr. Liberio comes highly recommended by her patients for her knowledge and understanding of the difficulties encountered with hearing loss and the use of hearing aids. Here are what some of her current patients are saying: “Not only has she been able to fit us with exactly what we needed to improve our hearing, but she is also easily available for adjustments. She is top-notch in her field!” – J.P. “Super service, kind, compassionate, and a very knowledgeable professional audiologist. I highly recommend her. She goes the extra mile with a smile …” – R.W. “Dr. Liberio is so attentive to her patients’ needs, she will not quit until 100% satisfaction has been reached.” – D.C. “I appreciate Allison’s patience working with me to determine the best choice in hearing aids to best fit my personal needs. Highly recommend Dr. Allison!” – S.H. To ensure the best treatment for her patients, Dr. Liberio works with patients’ primary care physicians and ENT surgeons in the Flower Mound/Denton area to coordinate hearing loss treatment. This kind of deliberate collaboration assures her patients are receiving a well-rounded team approach to their hearing challenges. “My patients receive the best hearing healthcare possible because I provide them with a comprehensive approach that may include collaboration from their other medical providers,” said Dr. Liberio. Dr. Liberio also enjoys assisting community members with hearing problems. She joined the Think-Pink initiative sponsored by Oticon. Proceeds from the event were distributed to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Hear for the Holidays is another community event Dr. Libero was involved in where a lucky winner received a pair of high-end hearing aids. In her free time, Dr. Liberio enjoys being with her husband Matt and their daughters Madilyn and Brooklyn. She is also a very active participant in her church and in the community. Dr. Liberio urges those with hearing problems to discard any fears or shame they may feel about them. She said, “No matter what your hearing difficulty may be, my staff and I will work with you to solve the problem and set you on the road to a new and more fulfilling life.” Family Hearing Practice is located at 2913 Corporate Circle #300, Flower Mound. Call them at 817-997-4084 or visit www.flowermoundfamilyhearing.com.


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HEALTHCARE EXPERTS Texas Digestive Disease Consultants Flower Mound: A Tradition of High Quality Care Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC) Flower Mound has been treating the community of southern Denton County since 1995. The office’s doctors, nurses and staff are proud to be a part of this community with several having worked in the office for as many as 15, 19, and even 22 years. What sets TDDC Flower Mound apart are the six board certified gastroenterologists eager to put patients’ minds at ease through their unique combination of medical expertise and personal care. This distinction is what makes them the standard of excellence for compassionate and highquality digestive care in the area. The physicians are known for comforting patients and thoroughly educating them about their conditions and situations. They take an interest in their patients: spending time talking to them, getting to know them, and letting them be a part of the decision. “We are very proud of our physicians and professional staff and are ready to serve you and address your concerns involving the digestive system,” said Dr. James J. Weber, president and CEO of TDDC. For patients who are more comfortable

Don’t Overheat This Summer North Texas has already recorded its first 100-degree day for 2017 and more summer heat is just around the corner. At Rapid Med, we want to help you avoid heat-related illnesses this summer – whether you are working outside in the garden or spending time outdoors with your family. Heat exhaustion can affect anyone at any age. And, regardless of how healthy you are, heat can take its toll a lot more quickly than you may realize. So, take a few minutes to learn about the differences and symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and what steps to take to help you and others recover. Heat Stress is when your body is giving you the first warning signs that something is amiss. It may occur after spending time under the summer sun over several days and weeks or a long day at the beach or by the pool. That first symptom can come in the form of a heat cramp. If ignored, your body sends more signals-- lightheadedness, nausea or excessive sweating. If that still doesn’t send you indoors or seeking medical attention, the symptoms progress. If you suddenly stop sweating and your head is throbbing as your pulse races, you are now likely in need of emergency medical help. Heat Exhaustion can occur when higher humidity levels are an added factor. High temperatures with high humidity-- a common occurrence in our region-- create the right combination to affect anyone involved in strenuous activity either working or playing outdoors. For example, a 90-degree temperature may feel manageable to most people, but, coupled with 70-percent humidity, it creates a heat index of 105-degrees. The National Weather Service classifies that index level as a warning when individuals should use extreme caution, if they are

however, if you have had a family history of colon cancer, or had polyps removed before, you may need to be screened earlier. The office also performs advance procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopractreatigram, which allow Dr. James Cox, Dr. Nishant Patel, Dr. Anita Steephen, Dr. S. Neil Mehta, for diagnosis and Dr. Andrew Holt and Dr. Jeffrey Krieger of Texas Digestive Disease treatment of compliConsultants Flower Mound. cated conditions such as pancreatic cancer, seeing a female physician, the team of billiary strictures and bile duct stones. Dr. physicians at the Flower Mound office inNishant Patel, TDDC Flower Mound’s cludes Dr. Anita Steephen, Board Certified newest physician, completed an additional in Gastroenterology. year of specialized training in advanced TDDC Flower Mound provides the full therapeutic endoscopy to perform these spectrum of care for patients with concerns involving the esophagus, stomach, small advanced procedures. TDDC also offers the latest in gastroinbowel, colon, rectum, gallbladder, pancretestinal technologies, such as the new pill as and liver. camera endoscopy, which provides the Some of the general procedures perability to painlessly find previously undeformed include colonoscopy, upper entected problems of the small bowel. doscopy EGD and capsule endoscopy. The Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, most common among them being colonosthe largest GI group in the country, is incopy, which detects and can help prevent volved in national research and clinical tricolon cancer. Colon cancer is the secals and has grown to have more than 40 ond leading cause of cancer deaths in the locations throughout the state, giving it a United States and everyone should have large integrated network and geographic a colonoscopy screening at the age of 50;

footprint. With those resources, it provides specialized care at each location, creating a personal connection with patients and providing them with the best possible care in a comfortable environment. The Flower Mound office is conveniently located at 4370 Medical Arts Drive, Suite 295, and is affiliated with Lone Star Endoscopy and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. The office staff is dedicated to providing short wait times and believes in putting the patient first. Callers will always be able to reach a real person for assistance and there are no automated systems or voicemails during office hours, providing a human touch that other medical offices lack these days. The Flower Mound office has high patient satisfaction ratings and it is well-reviewed for how polite staff members are, how comfortable patients are made, and how smoothly it runs. Heather Shaw, the Flower Mound office manager, enjoys hearing feedback from patients so she can continue to provide a positive patient experience at the office. To contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants Flower Mound call 972-691-3777. The office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information about Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, visit www.tddctx.com.

doing strenuous activity or are outside for a prolonged period of time. On such days, the National Weather Service issues advisories, which often are repeated by meteorologists on TV. Dehydration, either from not drinking enough water or consuming alcohol while enjoying the warm sun (alcohol dehydrates your body), plus wearing dark or unbreathable (think polyester) clothing, or layering too many clothes while outside, are other contributors to heat exhaustion. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling down. However, in certain situations, your body may not be able to cool itself effectively – particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are taking medication that advises you not to spend too much time outside. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop over time or occur suddenly.

stroke, but do not seek immediate medical treatment, damage can occur to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer you delay treatment, increasing the risk of serious complications or death.

Signs of possible heat exhaustion include: • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat; • Heavy sweating; • Faintness; • Weak, rapid pulse; • Low blood pressure upon standing; • Muscle cramps; • Nausea; and, • Headache If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stop what you are doing immediately. First, take time to rest, perhaps in a shaded area or head indoors to a cooler location. Second, drink cool water or a sports drink such as Gatorade, PowerAde or a similar brand containing electrolytes. Hydration is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid heat exhaustion. Drinking enough water every day can be a challenge, but-- during the hottest months of the year-- it becomes critical. If your symptoms worsen or if you do not see an improvement within an hour,

contact your physician or call Rapid Med. If your body temperature reaches 104degrees Fahrenheit (40-C) or higher, seek medical attention immediately. It could be a sign that you are developing heatstroke, a much more dangerous medical situation. Heatstroke requires immediate emergency treatment. If you develop heat-

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hands, or feet that has lasted for more than one year? 2. Are you having balance problems? 3. Have you had weakness or atrophy of your muscles in the past six months? 4. Have you had neck or back surgery? 5. Do your feet feel like there’s cardboard underneath them or do you feel like you are walking on springs? If you answered yes to at least two of these questions you may have nerve damage. So the question becomes what can someone do if they have nerve damage other than take medications or attempt another surgery? Thanks to five years of research, Corinth’s Advanced Nerve and Laser Center has developed an alternative to address the problem. The result has been nothing short of miraculous for a growing number of patients from North Texas and far beyond. Dr. Thai created the eight-step proprietary process that has resulted in relief and even permanent resolution to many patients’ long-suffering problems. It’s a non-surgical way to help regenerate the nerve allowing it to return to normal function providing the patient the opportunity

to live a normal life. “We are helping the body speed up its natural ability to repair the nerve,” said Dr. Thai. In doing so the end result is that you are dealing with the root cause of the problem. “That’s something that people never hear. It goes against exactly what people have been told that they have to live with these problems.” Dr. Thai and his staff at Advanced Nerve and Laser Center treat a vast array of nerve issues including ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, nerve damage from chemotherapy, nerve damage from diabetes, nerve damage from medications, viral related nerve damage, paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, MS, lupus, TMJ, knee issues, and many more. His system is reversing muscle weakness, numbness, tingling and/or pain from nerve damage associated with these diseases. “Thirty percent of our patients are from failed spinal surgeries, another 40 percent are from diabetic and chemo driven nerve damage, and the last is just about everything you can imagine,” Dr. Thai said. “About 90 percent of them have been on medications that they’ve been taking for years and years and the problem is only getting worse. “I see people whose lives are destroyed because they

can’t walk and lose their independence. I see men who are in tears because they have to ask their wives to drive them around. I see mothers who are ashamed of traveling with their kids to the store because it’s such a hassle to pack their walker in and out of the car. I see people who are just depressed and sad that they have been told they have to live this way for the rest of their lives.” Having treated more than 1,000 patients and growing, Advanced Nerve and Laser Center recently expanded its operations to provide better patient care. Loving, caring, listening, innovative, hope, independence, and technology are words that have been used to depict what Dr. Thai and his staff do every day. Dr. Thai continues to make a name for himself when it comes to nerve related problems. Dr. Thai has been on TV stations all across the country talking about nerve damage. In July, he will speaking about that very topic at Harvard University. Dr. Thai currently is a guest on ABC’s Good Morning Texas. “My patients are living, walking testimonials who are willing to go on TV because now, they have a life again without drugs, without medications, and all done without surgery,” he said. “It’s all about quality of life at a time when some people have been told there’s nothing that could be done for them. I love what we do.” Dr. Thai also has been requested to speak nationally and soon internationally. He’s written five books in the last two years, the newest coming out later this year on foods that reverse nerve damage. Dr. Thai is a No. 1 international bestselling author. He has won numerous awards in his field. The staff at Advanced Nerve and Laser Center is dedicated to each one of our patients. We serve patients from all of Texas, other states, and even as far as from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “He spent three months here,” Dr. Thai said. “He came in with his legs swollen, couldn’t walk, had a wheelchair. After three months he’s driving, his legs are normal.” How can I find out if you can help? “Seeing their symptoms and problems first hand is by far the best way,” Dr. Thai said. “If I can see someone’s problem, there is a test I can perform that can accurately determine if their nerve problems can be changed to see if they are good candidate for my process.” Dr. Thai, what are you looking for in a patient? “I am looking for people who are wanting and willing to change their health. I am looking for people who want to be able to get their lives back. Most of all I am looking for people dedicated to spending the time so they can live life again. The reality is that you can’t keep taking the same medications and expect a different result. It just does not happen.” With the processes fully developed, Dr. Thai is submitting it for official patent. Once approved, he plans to teach other medical care specialists how to help even more people. Being at the forefront of a new discovery is both exciting and worthwhile for Dr. Thai. “The stories I hear like today, Tony just finished his treatment plan. Prior to coming to me, his doctors had scheduled his back surgery. He was definitely afraid of it, saw me on TV one day and called,” he said. “Today, he told me he was climbing up and down ladders, installing ceiling fans at 75 years old. That’s unbelievable and now he doesn’t have to have surgery anymore.” If you have nerve damage, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to start enjoying your life again. Call Dr. Thai today to see if he can help you. For a limited time only, the readers of The Cross Timbers Gazette are going to receive a free copy of Dr. Thai’s Neuropathy Book as well as getting a free, no-obligation consultation so Dr. Thai can see if you are a good candidate for his process. This offer is valued at $199. Space and time are limited so call 214-531-6599 today and start living a life worth living!


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degree in respiratory therapy, with a minor in chemistry, from Texas State University with honors. “As a respiratory therapist, I found I had very little autonomy,” said Sanderson. To expand his need for autonomy, he applied to and was accepted to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After graduDr. J. Drew Sanderson of Flower Mound Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic ating medical school Spa. in the top 20-percent of his class, he completed his surgical internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed his otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After completing his training in otolaryngology, he continued his training with a second residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He chose the University of Nebraska for its strong aesthetic surgery program. “I got into plastic surgery, because it’s never the same,” said Sanderson. “It requires you to think, because nothing’s ever the same; whether I am repairing a traumatic laceration or doing a breast augmentation, everyone’s different.” His expertise in wound surgery and facial trauma training translated well for his deployment in Iraq. Sanderson was attached to the 1998th Head and Neck Medical Team while in Iraq. “We were responsible for any trauma involving the head and neck, but thankfully

I did very little surgery on our troops.” said Sanderson. “I was able to obtain a sense of purpose by operating on some of the Iraqi soldiers wounded fighting on our side.”  Although FaceTime and regular texting was possible, the Tour 18 resident said his wife showed a remarkable amount of strength while he was deployed.   “My wife, Kasie, stepped up-- she even killed a full grown copperhead snake-- and Peyton, who will be 16 in August, and Blake, who turns 12 in November, both are good kids,” Sanderson said. “So, even though they missed me-- and I missed them-- it was okay.”

He added that he gained: “A whole new respect for the special operations forces fighting over there. They are men who continue to do tour after tour because it is what they love.  I am deeply grateful for them and wholeheartedly feel they help keep the fight there and away from our shores.”   Flower Mound Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Spa offers cosmetic surgery and innovative aesthetic procedures, using the best and latest technology. Learn more at flowermoundplasticsurgery.com or call 972-691-7900.

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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday:

Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi – Yet Another Great Addition to Lakeside DFW By Jay Marks

Just when we thought Lakeside DFW couldn’t get any better, a new Asian fusion restaurant opened its doors in June offering local residents a

delicious and beautiful dining experience. Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi is owned and operated by the same people who run Kobeya Japanese Steak & Sushi in Southlake Town Square, so if you’ve dined at that restaurant, expect the same level of service, cuisine, and atmosphere. Hanaya offers eight hibachi tables for diners, or if you’d rather sit at one of their dine-in tables and enjoy offerings from their menu of sushi, ramen, and rice bowls, you can do that as well. Because we wanted the full entertainment + food experience, we opted to enjoy their hibachi dinner and were definitely not disappointed! Their hibachi experience is similar to other hibachi restaurants – it’s a fun, unique experience to sit around a table with people you may or may not know and watch your food be prepared with lots of extra pizzazz. But their food was different than any other hibachi food I’ve ever tasted. The menu items were the same, but the flavors infused into those menu items were uniquely Hanaya’s. I wish I could explain to you why it tasted deliciously different, but you’ll just have to go try it out for yourself! In addition to our fun and tasty hibachi meal, we also tried one of Hanaya’s (many) signature sushi rolls – the What A Roll which has yellow tail, spicy tuna and little red fish eggs on top. All of the ingredients in the roll tasted so fresh and we wish we would have had room in our stomSee FOODIE FRIDAY Page C7


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achs to try a few more of their signature rolls like the Flower Mound. They also have all the rolls and sushi you’re familiar with as well. And our favorite part was their sushi bar where you can actually see all the fresh seafood ingredients they utilize in their sushi preparations! Hanaya is a true Asian fusion restaurant with their fantastic offerings of hibachi, sushi and ramen. We are so glad to see them finally open in Lakeside DFW and know there are many of you who are excited they are open as well! And if you go on a Friday evening, don’t forget to check out the fireworks over Lake Grapevine which you can see from Sunset Point. And you can also enjoy live music as part of the Lakeside Music Series. Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi is located

at 901 Long Prairie Rd. #108, Flower Mound, TX 75022. Call 972-8667800. Jay Marks is the owner of Jay Marks Real Estate and a top performing real estate broker with 25 years experience and a passion for food. Read Jay’s Foodie Friday updates each week at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com.

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

The colored glass sparkles in various stages of work and calls you to explore more as you enter Suely Lohr’s studio in Argyle. Suely, a fused glass artist, is a member of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild. The guild members open their studios to the public one weekend each November. This year, the Open Studio Tour will be

Example of a ‘slumped’ fused glass piece by Suely Lohr.

Example of a ‘draped fused glass piece by Suely Lohr.

held on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12. At age 15, Suely emigrated with her parents from Sao Paulo, Brazil to New York City, and became interested in art in

high school. She married a year after high school and moved to Dallas, eventually becoming the Events Coordinator for the Dallas Museum of Art. Three children, a career in Human Resources, and several decades later, having dabbled in various art mediums, she found mosaics. Mosaics offered her so many choices. She did portraits, tile reproductions of famous paintings, tropical scenes, and contemporary designs. Still enjoying working with mediums she had worked with previously, she was making several pottery pieces for a friend in the studio of Eric Orr, a potter and another member of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild. Eric, at the time, was starting to experiment with fused glass. Seeing the vibrant colors and the design possibilities, Suely was hooked. After experimenting with a very small kiln for a short while, she purchased a larger kiln. Mosaics had given way to Fused Glass. It didn’t take long for an additional even larger kiln to find its way into the studio. Tom, her husband, a wood turner

and also a member of the Guild, found he was losing space in their shared studio. With continuing education and experience, the complexity and size of Suely’s projects grew. Her initial work was mostly functional “slumped” pieces. “Draped” and other decorative forms followed. Stainless steel, aluminum, rusted steel, and wood found their way into her work as a background for wall pieces. This, moved her from just a fused glass artist to becoming what is referred to in the art world as a Mixed Media Artist. Suely can become lost in her studio. It’s the place where she can relax and let her creativity run free. Time doesn’t seem to exist for her when she is there. This has been a wonderful “get away” for her. Shortly after her retirement from Verizon, she was elected to join the board of Our Daily Bread, the soup kitchen for the homeless in Denton. She became the President of the board a year later and served in that position for four years, ushering the organization into their own 501c3 non-profit status. She now has more time to spend in the studio. She participates in many juried art shows around Dallas including Denton Arts and Jazz. You can see more of Suely’s work, information about the Open Studio Tour as well as the profiles and pictures of the work of the other members of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild at crosstimbersarts.com.


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following are several main indicators: • Body temperature of 104-F (40-C) or higher; • Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures or coma; • Hot and dry skin from too much time outdoors in hot weather or moist skin from strenuous exercise while outside; • Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting; • Skin flushing, as your body temperature increases; • Breathing in a rapid and shallow manner (panting); • Pulse increasing significantly as your heart works harder to help cool your body; and, • Throbbing headache Recognizing these signs can help you enjoy the North Texas summer and keep you from developing heat stress, heat exhaustion or heatstroke—a more serious,

A few handy tips are: • Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water (if thirsty, dehydration has started); • Keep cool water near where you are working or playing; • Monitor how much time you spend outdoors; • Take plenty of breaks-- whether you go inside to cool down or find shade (Note: On days with high humidity, shade under a tree or canopy may not provide much relief); • Dress in light-colored clothing, preferably made of cotton, a more breathable material; • Heed the heat-related weather warnings from meteorologists and change your scheduled outdoor activities accordingly And, remember, if you are beginning to experience heat-related symptoms, stop by Rapid Med. We’re always available if you need us.

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Our church has one of the only Special Needs ministries in the community. We offer individualized care so families can have a time of personal worship and decompression during our services. These are just a few examples. Know Your Desires Know what you “want” in a perfect church. Then realize there is no such thing as the perfect church. Is the music too loud? Does the sermon go longer than you’d like? Do they play the songs you like during worship services? These are questions we ask about our “wants.”  Attend Services Finally, get out there and visit a few local congregations and see what resonates with you and what doesn’t. Websites can give you an idea of what the church believes and what ministries are available; but, nothing can take the place of firsthand experience. You should be able to get most of your questions answered by showing up on a Saturday or Sunday.  Regardless of your spiritual background or personal beliefs about God, I pray you will find this article helpful in finding your new faith family! The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month.Call 940-728-8284 for more information.


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Lakeside Village Vision Revealed By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

The “magic hours.” It’s that ethereal time of day when the thermometer has begun its decline, the sun has started its descent toward the western horizon and the moon has started its climb in the eastern sky. A light breeze ruffles the leaves and the air feels … soft. The atmosphere embracing the 30acres designated as Lakeside Village in the northeastern corner of Lake Grapevine is a place where the memories of simple enjoyments can be remembered, or created. Just sitting still and watching the sunset makes tense shoulders relax and everyday stress depart with an exhaled: “wow.” It’s a place that encourages the mind to just wander; a place of serenity surrounded by the cacophony of modern urban life. No thoughts about the day’s work stress, deadlines, getting kids to after school activities, or anything else, intrudes. Call those few hours– after rush hour and before deep nightfall– dusk or twilight; it doesn’t matter. It’s like “lollipop” versus “sucker” and “dinner” versus “supper.” Or, as Shakespeare wrote: “A rose by any other name.”

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Sunset at Lakeside Village in Flower Mound.

Back-in-the-day, when it was safe for kids to play in the neighborhood, they’d eat dinner/supper as fast as possible to get back outside to play games like “Kickthe-Can,” “Red-Light, Green-Light,” or “Hide-and-Go-Seek” until after the street lights came on. The future Lakeside Village harkens back to that more uncomplicated era. “It’s a really special place,” said Richard Myers, managing director for Realty

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Capital Management and developer of Lakeside DFW. “We wanted to invite town residents and our neighbors here to come visit and give us their ideas for Lakeside Village. The Stewart family wants to keep the integrity of this place, but they also want to share it.” It was that mindset that prompted an open house held on the property one balmy evening last month during the “magic hours” of 7 to 9 p.m. “Right now, we haven’t even met with our planners or anyone about this [Lakeside Village],” Myers said. “We’re trying to get input, ideas, about what people are looking for here. Yes, of course we have some ideas, but right now we want to hear what people think; and, out of nine suggestions we get– that we already have on our list– there’ll be a new one that makes us ask: ‘why didn’t we think of that?’” He was standing on the second-story rear-deck of the property’s anchor, the “Old House,” built in 1905. From the top-story observation platform above the tree canopy, voices could be heard exclaiming: “wow,” “look at that,” and “oh, my gosh, what a view!” Myers enthusiasm for the unique setting surrounding him wasn’t limited to appreciating the incredible sunset view. “Look at that natural amphitheater shape that slopes down toward the lake,” he said pointing to a grove of trees. “It’s

got a natural shade canopy from the Texas sun in the heat of the day, with seating interspersed between the trees for people to view a stage for theatre or musical performances; with the lake behind that and the sunset as a backdrop; just incredible.” Walking south from the house toward the southern tip of the property’s peninsula, covered concrete-slab picnic sites are scattered about the green open-space lawn, which is surrounded by massive trees. They prompt the question of: “how old do think this one is?” to be echoed. It’s not too much a stretch of the imagination to picture William Faulkner or Tennessee Williams with a paper notepad on his lap and a fountain pen in his hand, recording observations of an event– a past lifestyle now in a present setting. A sense of timelessness envelops the area as nightfall deepens; as does the sound of the Texas-Bush-Katydids. Somehow, their racket is a song here. Answering questions from curious neighbors about the future development is Reality Capital’s Managing Director Jimmy Archie. His excitement– talking about the potential six or seven unique restaurants to be built at the tip of the peninsula– is infectious. “We’re looking to attract the kind of See LAKESIDE Page C15

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BARTONVILLE: Ongoing – Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to sell out every Wednesday and Saturday at Bartonville Town Center, 2652 FM 407. 940241-3030 COPPER CANYON: July 4 - 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. Parade line up at 9:30 a.m. in front of Copper Canyon Town Hall. Hot dogs and drinks in front of town hall immediately following parade. 940214-1455 DOUBLE OAK: July 4 - 37th Annual DOVFD July 4th Parade and Picnic at 9 a.m. Picnic and silent auction afterwards at 10 a.m. at Town Hall. 972-5397683 FLOWER MOUND: July 3-24 - Build Stuff Mondays at 3 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Every Monday in July building challenges that will test the engineering skills for grades K-5. 972-8746165 July 4 - Independence Fest 2017: Children’s Parade at the Lewisville ISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Rd. Grammy-nominated country duo, Brothers Osborne at 5 p.m. and fireworks finale at 9:50 p.m. at Bakersfield Park. Free event. flowermound.com/731/Independence-Fest July 5-19 - Wondrous Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. (July 5 - Family Movie Night; July 12 - Family Craft Night; July 19 -Family Story time). 972-874-6165 July 6-27 - Thrilling Thursdays at 2 and 3:15 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030

Broadmoor Lane. For ages 4 and up. July 6 Profession Brainius (science); July 13 - David Pitts (magic); July 20 - Baba Kwasi (stories and drums); July 27 - David Slick (juggling). Free tickets required and issued on a firstcome, first-served basis at the Youth Services Desk beginning at 9 a.m. on show days. 972874-6165 July 7 - Grand Re-Opening of Twin Coves Park, 5001 Wichita Trail. 972-874-6399 July 10 - NoveList Plus Demonstration at 1 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane.  To register call 972874-6165. July 10-31 (Mondays in July) - Healthy Habits Cooking Class from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Free program for children 9 to 14, with a parent or guardian. Register at 972-874-6165. July 11 - Tax Free Investing Seminar at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Register at 972-874-6165. July 25 - Senior Housing Options for Your

Loved One at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Register at 972-874-6165. July 26 - Raptors of Texas at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets required. 972-874-6165 July 28 - Middle School Lock In from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. 972-874-6165 July 29 - High School Lock In from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. 972-874-6165 August 11 - Active Adult Health & Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Flower Mound Senior Center, 2701 West Windsor Drive. Free health screenings, special guest speakers, door prizes and more. Free to the public. 214-783-7901 Ongoing - Lakeside Music Series every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway. See schedule

at LakesideDFW.com Ongoing - Farmers Market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Parker Square. www.fourseasonsmarkets.com HIGHLAND VILLAGE: July 8 - Movie in the Park - Captain America Civil War at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Boulevard. Movie begins at dark. Featuring Munchies Food Truck, and concessions. Free event. 972-317-7430 LANTANA: July 6 - Coffee with the Manager from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Lantana Visitor’s Center. 940728-1660 July 8 - Story Time at 10 a.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center Group Fitness Room. 940-728-1660 July 12 - Kids Cooking Class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center Group Fitness Room. 940-728-1660 July 13 - Pre-Teen Pool Party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lantana North Pool. 940-728-1660


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NEARBY AREAS: June 30-July 9 (Fri/Sat/Sun) - The Actors Conservatory Theater presents...”Getting to Know Once Upon a Mattress” at the Actors Conservatory Theater, 359 Lake Park Rd, Ste 118, Lewisville. www.getintotheact.org July 3 - Roanoke’s 3rd Rocks from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive, Roanoke. Featuring bounce houses, rock climbing wall, train rides, fireworks, food, music. Free event. 817-491-2411 July 4 - 4th of July Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robson Ranch, 9501 Ed Robson Blvd., Denton. Featuring a parade, fly-over and picnic lunch. July 4 - Liberty 5K Run or 1-Mile Walk at 7:30 a.m. at Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. 940-349-7275 July 4 - Denton Yankee Doodle Parade at 9 a.m. Staging at 8 a.m. on South Locust Street between Walnut Street and Sycamore Street. www.cityofdenton.com

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activities, live bands and fireworks. Free event. 972-219-3401 July 4 - Freedom Festival 2017 from 5-9 p.m. at The Village Shops & Plaza, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. DJ, bounce houses, carnival games, face painters, balloon artists, water slide, mobile gaming units. Fireworks See CALENDAR Page C14


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July 7 - First Fridays at the Farm Series: Keeping Cool from 10 a.m. to noon at Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. Cost is $3 per person. To register or for more information, www.NashFarm.org. July 9 - Black Box Songwriter Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Featuring Ronny Cox. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and children.

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restaurants that people will travel from Dallas or even farther away to eat at,” he said. “There won’t be a repeat of other area restaurants, or run-of-the-mill chain restaurants. Every restaurant will have a full lake view … it’ll be spectacular.” He added that the earliest constructing

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the infrastructure might begin would be the summer of 2018, with vertical construction of buildings set for 2020. “We recently acquired control of the ‘Hines parcel,’ which means that all of the 150-acre mixed-use Lakeside DFW development is under one developer,” he said. Having one developer, however, doesn’t mean a one-approach for the develop-

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ment. The neon-style, high-intensity of the LED Lakeside sign will definitely not be part of Lakeside Village. Its ambiance will be best-lit by dark-sky lighting and twinkling little white lights in the tree canopy mimicking the flicker of fireflies as darkness falls. “I’ve always wanted to get a peek inside the fence, but the gate’s always been chain-locked,” said Bettye Odle, a neigh-

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bor for the past 32-years. “I’ve always been curious and when I saw the invitation in the [Cross Timbers Gazette] paper, I couldn’t wait. Walking through the ‘Old House’ and seeing the view of the lake from above the trees … well, it’s everything I’d hoped for and more.” Like most people who were at the event, she summed it up by saying: “It’s magic.”


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“Canine Misfits” is a new feature in The Cross Timbers Gazette that we hope you will find entertaining and a pleasant addition to the newspaper. The stories were written by longtime Flower Mound residents, Ralph and Pat Coppola. The retired couple started out chronicling the antics of their five rescued dogs. Over the past couple of years, they developed their stories for children. Ralph and Pat likened their “fur babies” to a military troop whose mission is to protect them from vermin and critters every time they are let out in their backyard. The Coppola’s literally picture them talking to each other as they plan strategies to capture the “enemy.” The stories are told from the perspective of Lieutenant Tess, the oldest of the rescues and leader of the pack. “Canine Misfits” is a chapter-by-chapter serial that will run monthly in The Cross Timbers Gazette. We hope you find “Canine Misfits” as entertaining as we do and a fun read for children of all ages, and, even Mom and Dad might get a kick out of it, too. Ralph and Pat look forward to hearing from you and what you think about the stories and suggestions you may have for future stories. Please address those messages to the editor at news@crosstimbersgazette.com. Chapter 1 My army of five highly trained canines have already been fed and are in their

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uniform of the day. King Ralph and Queen Pat, who are in charge of this camp, opened the rear door at the break of dawn. The five of us scrambled into action as we flew past Queen Pat like a jet plane. Sergeant (Sgt.) Opie was the first out with Private (Pvt.) Bella right on his heels. I grabbed my binoculars and followed closely behind with Corporal (Cpl.) Barney and his bugle in tow. Private First Class (Pvt.) Ruby trailed the group, as usual, looking over her shoulder to see if someone may have left a morsel of food behind. Our camp was surrounded by a six foot high wooden fence. It seemed sturdy enough, but my troops knew it can be easily penetrated by cunning and sneaky vermin wanting to get inside. One in particular was a grey squirrel that we referred to as “the enemy”. The King and Queen called him “Snappy”. Our reconnaissance revealed that Snappy loves the acorns that fall from the old oak tree. We had been waiting for Snappy to make one of his typical strafing runs, gathering up as many acorns as his mouth can hold. That day, he sighted us and scurried up the old oak tree in just a matter of seconds. Sgt. Opie was the first to catch a glimpse of the enemy. “I see him! Twelve o’clock high!” Sgt. Opie yelped out. Since I’m the lieutenant and the ranking officer of this troop, I took a position on top of the hot tub to get a better view of the action. I raised my binoculars and zeroed in on Snappy who perched himself on a limb about eight feet from the ground. Cpl. Barney, my radio man, climbed up on the hot tub cover and stood beside me. “Cpl. Barney, call in a perimeter strike,” I barked. But before Cpl. Barney could relay the command, a streak of white dressed in green and grey “camos” blasted through my field of vision. “If I time this jump right, I think I can grab him,” Pvt. Bella cried. With that, Pvt. Bella took a bounding leap and ran up the tree to within a few inches of the branch on which Snappy sat. Snappy’s eyes opened

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Bella (top left), Ruby (top right), Barney (center), Opie (bottom left), And Tess (bottom right).

wide in surprise. “No one has ever got that close before!” Snappy gasped. “Who is that and how can it jump that high?” Snappy quickly shimmied up a few more feet, confident he had moved out of range. Both Sgt. Opie and Pvt. Bella positioned themselves under the tree and were screaming at Snappy. “Come down from there!” they yelled in unison. “You have no right to be here!” Pvt. Bella growled. Seeing that this required more thought, I summoned my troops. “Soldiers, retreat to my position. We need to draw a battle plan.” And on my order, Cpl. Barney sounded the retreat. Sgt. Opie obediently made his way to where Cpl. Barney has set up the command center on the wooden deck near the barracks. Pvt. Bella, staring up at Snappy, was still screaming her head off. Sgt. Opie turned around. “Private Bella! You heard the lieutenant’s orders. Retreat to the command post. Now!”

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Welcome Home!! Beautiful outside appeal with Texas Star Driveway. Home is nice and large, split bedrooms with an additional study for your needs. Large living room open to kitchen with everything you need including sliding drawers in cabinets. Large laundry with extra storage room. Master bedroom has bay windows with sitting area & bath offers Micro Sooth Fully Loaded Safe Step Walk In Jacuzzi & closet is customized. Oversized garage with sink and cabinets. This home offers so many extras! Slide Screen Doors, Plantation Shutters, Walk in Jacuzzi and more. Large covered patio for your outdoor needs plumbed for gas. Beautiful home just waiting for its perfect new owners who love it as much as the original owners. $305,000 Call Roxa Maynard 214-734-2011

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Pvt. Bella looked up at the enemy. “We’re not through with you yet, squirrel!” she barked, then dutifully trotted to the command post. Pvt. Ruby finally joined up with the rest of the unit. She had been through this exercise many times before and didn’t do much to engage the enemy. Sgt. Opie took notice. “Private, why weren’t you at our side?” Sgt. Opie scoffed. “I figured you guys had it under control,” Pvt. Ruby replied without apology for her lack of hustle. Sgt. Opie just rolled his eyes and walked away. Quite a character, that Pvt. Ruby. She transferred here from another outfit about eight years ago. She loves to eat, so I made her the company cook. Pvt. Ruby started out a shapely seven and half pounds of Chihuahua, but now she’s about twelve pounds. Over the years she’s been eating more of her own cooking than the rest of the troop combined. The King and Queen call her “Hoover”. They say she can clean the food off the floor faster than any vacuum. You might wonder why Ruby is still a private first class after all these years. Personally, I don’t think she really cares about climbing the ranks. She can be a bit feisty when she doesn’t agree with an order. She thinks there is nothing we can do about it. Don’t tell anyone, but she’s probably right. If we threaten her, then nobody eats! “Lt. Tess? Should I set up mess here?” Pvt. Ruby inquired. “Yes, private. It looks like we’re going to be here a while,” I replied. “Great,” Pvt. Ruby answered, her mouth salivated at the thought of the tasty meal she was intending to prepare. “I think I’ll make my famous enchiladas for lunch today,” Pvt. Ruby responded. And on that note, I prepared my battle plan. Stay tuned for the next action-packed chapter of Canine Misfits.

FLOWER MOUND

Spectacular one story home with pool & spa on 1.2 acres. Lush landscape, massive oversized 3-car garage, 27 foot deep with storage galore! Tons of extra parking, hardwood flooring, split bedroom layout all with walk in closets. Granite in island kitchen opening to huge family room via a breakfast bar. Family room, kitchen & nook overlook the sparkling pool, beautiful flower gardens & treed acreage. Master bedroom has two huge closets, dual vanities, jetted tub & walk in shower. A rare find with a peaceful & tranquil country setting just minutes from shopping & an easy commute to major highways. $499,900 Call Dave Ryer 214-704-2606

HIGHLAND VILLAGE 6 beautiful acres, heavily treed on one part and pasture on another. Urban farming or ranching at its finest. A small 3 bedroom home sits on the property as does a barn, tact room and stalls for all kinds of livestock activities. Less than 1 minute drive to I-35, property abuts a small lake and has plenty of room to build your dream home. Very few opportunities like this property anymore to live in the country, yet being right in the middle of everything! Quite a value! $1,950,000 Call Fred Placke 214-232-8597

ARGYLE This land is part of the Woods of Argyle with drive from FM 407. This property has an older brick home on the property that could be used as either a rental or guest house. Value is in the land - Home would require extensive work and remodel. There are older mature trees as well as younger trees and mesquite. Home is tenant occupied - Full remodel will be needed. $545,000 Call Sherry Griffin 214-794-6045

HIGHLAND VILLAGE

Traditional Elegance can be found in this former Builders Model. Situated on .43 of an acre lot that is nestled among the Oaks. This home has been the back drop to Weddings, Graduations, and more! Rare find one story with 6 car Garage space! Light and Bright with Pella windows installed last year in most of the house! Generous Master with room for your chaise, updated Master Bath, Bedroom with private bath, Grand ceiling height, Storage Galore, and so much more! New Timberline Roof and exterior paint! Character, Charm and appreciation for the Artisan this is what you’re looking for? Bring your lipstick because that’s all it needs! $435,000 Team Nicodemus 469-671-7653

LITTLE ELM

This home is absolutely beautiful! It has room enough for everyone and has been beautifully maintained! See the dramatic staircase as you enter with the spacious formals then the outstanding kitchen with granite counters and large island. The family room is open and large leading to the back yard and covered patio. Beautiful master is downstairs with very large walk in closet and luxurious master bath, study with French doors that has a closet and full bath if you needed another bedroom. Upstairs you will find space for everything media room large living or game room, huge bedrooms and 2 full baths! Don’t miss this awesome home in a great neighborhood with its convenience to all your shopping and entertainment. $377,777 Call Mindy Thibeaux 972-217-6611

LEWISVILLE

Beautiful like new one and a half story with two masters (one up and one down) with two extra bedrooms. Beautiful kitchen with granite and huge island, beautiful designer painted cabinets & pendant lighting. Custom tile back splash, GE stainless steel appliances. Open concept, custom alder front door, brick and stone exterior with up lighting. Covered patio area in beautiful lot backed up to greenbelt. $375,000 Call The Right One Team 214-448-2888


July 2017

Something To Muench On...

How to Invest in Your Family’s Health By Kimberly Muench

After I hung up the phone, I took a moment to reflect on the words the mom on the other end of the line had shared with me towards the end of our conversation, “Thanks for talking me off the ledge.” As a parent coach, whose main focus is on educating, supporting, and encouraging moms and dads in the midst of raising tweens and teens in our [sometimes] crazy world today, I have been blessed to be part of many calls where the overall tone from the parent moves from panic to creating a positive plan of action. You see, just as many adolescents occasionally feel anxious, overwhelmed, or lost; so do their parents. Parenting a tween/teenager can feel like an isolating job at times, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s face it, when things go awry under your roof trying to keep up the highlight reel of fabulous family highlights on Facebook gets harder to conjure up. When a teen begins to act out and a parent is out of tools in their parenting skill set they often discover a place of despair and many don’t feel they can really confide in their friends…what would their friends think or say? What if they won’t let their kid hang out with my kid anymore? Parents, like kids, can sometimes feel judged. Often without justification because none of us gets through this stage of development with our kids without some bumps. I chose to get certified as a parent coach

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(who loves working with moms and dads of adolescents), not because I am the perfect mom whose kids never trigger my frustration and who always listen to me; I am a parent coach because I don’t think there is enough support, fellowship, and encouragement for parents in the throes of raising teens. And because with thirty years of ups and downs parenting five very different souls myself, I understand parents need compassion and not judgment. Maybe you wish there was some ongoing education with regards to parenting… after all, most of us took a birthing class/ breastfeeding course that may have even covered the baby and toddler years. Often life gets busy and we don’t take the time (until a crisis hits) to keep up with new tools or schools of thought on what is arguably the MOST important role we can take on in this life, right? I would like to offer you a list of my five favorite parenting titles; the ones that have helped me most as a mother, and the ones I also recommend to my clients. 1. Age of Opportunity Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D. 2. Building Resilience In Children and Teens – Giving Kids Roots & Wings by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg and Martha Jablow 3. The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary 4. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker or Strong Mothers, Strong Sons 5. Untangled by Lisa Damour, Ph.D. (for parents of girls) Some of these are available on audio books so you can put your commute to good use, or create some quiet time during the day to brush up on your parenting. Family life can be chaotic and complicated; parents are in the driver’s seat to creating the environment and values they

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model and instill in their children. Now, more than ever before, it’s important that we invest in our family relationships. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about how a parent coach can help your family, please shoot me an email at realifeparentguide@gmail.com.

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Kim Muench is a Flower Mound mother of five kiddos between the ages of ten and thirty. She is a certified parent coach who loves working with moms and dads of adolescents to build stronger, healthier connections in their home. To learn more, visit her website at www.realifeparentguide.com.


July 2017

The Soapbox: When Blood Cries Out By Brandi Chambless

“I once was Casey Anthony,” while her daughter Caylee’s blood cries out from the ground, “I know the truth.”—The Atonement This “blood crying out” mentioned in my July 2011 column entitled The Atonement referenced the first recorded murder in human history (Genesis 4) when Cain killed his brother Abel. Until now, it was the last time I considered this passage since the days following Casey Anthony’s acquittal and the subsequent public outrage. With the recent news, however, of OJ

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Simpson’s possible release from prison in October of this year, I began to think about some of the high- profile, unsolved murder mysteries in which blood is still crying out. Like Caylee Anthony, the JonBenét Ramseys and Natalee Holloways of this world were voices of unsuspecting innocents whose fateful end was met one ordinary day of an unknown killer’s choosing. But many others, such as Nicole Brown Simpson, knew they were in danger and left a trail of clues to tell another kind of story—the story of one who was repeatedly failed by law enforcement, counselors, and the entire court system at the hands of an abuser’s craftiness. In covering the LA murder of Brown Simpson, The Chicago Tribune reported that Mr. Simpson even sought to portray his wife as the aggressor during a domestic dispute on Jan. 1, 1989 that left

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Brown Simpson hospitalized. (Vincent J. Schodolski, Tribune Staff Writer, Feb. 3, 1995) Later, during the murder trial, the incident was described as a mutual wrestling match by the defense, and of course we all know the rest of the story. In spite of the overwhelming evidence that pointed to Mr. Simpson as not only a violent man with a propensity for spousal abuse, but also the guilty party in the murder of two people, the jury issued a not guilty verdict. Case closed. Though the murders remain unsolved mysteries, Nicole’s blood testified on her behalf via a trail of evidence about the darker truths of her life. The evidence carried the whisper of “OJ did it” louder than any police report that recorded her repeated shouts of “He’s going to kill me!” On December 6, 1994, just a few days shy of the six month anniversary of Nicole’s death, Senior Investigator Michael Stevens (Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office) used a drill to open a safe deposit box previously issued to Brown Simpson. Upon successfully breaking the latch, he found photos of Nicole’s bruised face, her will, newspaper clippings detailing a 1989 domestic dispute, and three handwritten letters from OJ taking responsibility for the beating. Though her supposed killer is still at large, Nicole’s trail of evidence is a lesson to every woman who lives inside the invisible walls of a batterer that calling for help (when escape seems impossible) and

documenting a history of hidden abuse can be a powerful witness in the years to come. That is, if the years do come. In June of 2016, the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse launched #FreeToWalk, a campaign to call attention to barriers that keep women trapped in abusive relationships. The campaign kicked off with the release of an online film “America’s Largest Prison Break”, based upon the true story of Lori, a woman who stored cash inside tampon applicators until she could make her escape. Lori was one of the chosen who was able to make it to the other side. Countless others like Nicole, did not make it. If you are a victim of domestic violence and find yourself wondering how the cycle of abuse will ever change, the abusive partner must be willing to admit fully to what he or she has done and have a genuine desire to change. Too often, clergymen refer couples like this to traditional counselors who tend to re-victimize the abused party and enable the cycle of abuse to perpetuate. Like Nicole, if you live inside invisible walls and today is not the day of your great prison break, I implore you to become your own future star witness and leave yourself a lighthouse toward home while in the rough waters. You may need it someday when all of the nights of terror and confusion might just serve as the very rungs of the ladder you will climb, driven by an unforeseen courage and audacity, as you thrust yourself over the chain links of bondage into a place of freedom. In loving memory of Margaret Mayeaux Plauché. National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

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July 2017

AT LAST, A REAL VACATION! (Part 2 of 3 or 4) By C. Stroup

Last month I left off with the three of us ladies bedazzled in bling each suited to our needs, make that desires. We felt our time in the jewelry stores of St. Thomas was definitely well spent even if the guys were of a different persuasion. After all that shopping we did in Charlotte Amalie, we’d worked up quite a thirst despite the store owners’ efforts to satiate us as best they could. We found, in a somewhat hidden little mall, an outside oasis called the Palm Passage Bar. The bartender was also an entertainer, in that he put me in mind of Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail. He may not have been quite that good but after a few pickme-ups he appeared to be a true pro. One favorite drink of the islands was a potion known as a Pain Killer. It consisted of many parts of dark rum (depending on which recipe was used) cream of coconut, OJ and pineapple juice…absolutely delicious and very dangerous. The bar keep whipped up several of these for our group and a few other concoctions of his own. I was drinking water and soda but still, what goes in must come out and there was no obvious restroom attached to the bar. You had to go out of the mall and then some distance down a very narrow alley. Here, a large woman, with dollar bills spilling out of one of her chubby hands, sat on a stool too small for her generous girth. It cost one dollar to use

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the lavatory. I hadn’t brought any money with me and this was not a ‘go now, pay later facility.’ So I wandered back to the bar and bummed a buck off one of my travel pals. Since they had consumed several Pain Killers they were all more than generous with a donation. By the time I got back to the potty place I really didn’t need any delays. Once inside, I have to admit they were sparkling clean but the large lady was a little pushy as to how long you could occupy the space. I was washing my hands when she came to investigate. She said, with a charming accent “I was juice cummin’ to check oop on you.” The group took a good little stroll ‘down by the boardwalk down by the sea’…sounds like a lyric for a song. From here, there was a terrific view of the various shades of blue the water created by the ocean’s depths. The next morning we headed out to Compass Point Marina located in Red Hook, St. Thomas. This is where we met our charter boat. Again we had an “extraordinary” taxi ride down serpentine one-way roads. As if the captain and crew anticipated we might be a bit frazzled after the journey, they had hollowed out fresh coconuts filled with Pain Killers. A straw peaked out from behind the garnish of a bright red hibiscus. What a way to start that day! After a concise safety briefing we were on our way. We moored at St. John and my husband did a very brave thing. He kayaked (for the first time in his life) with Julie, who is a bit fearless when it comes to any physical activity. They were always in sight of the boat so not to worry. The rest of us were content to go “mat running.” This was a challenge to stay upright while running from one end to the other of a 20 foot long floating rubber mat without paying

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a visit to the sea. Here again, Pain Killers enhanced the event. Just for your edification, there are over 50 British Virgin Islands and only 15 are inhabited. And of those there are probably a half dozen that are favorites of the tourists. We visited 9 in total. Our means of transportation was aboard a 53 foot catamaran sailboat. She had 4 staterooms (bedrooms) and 4 heads (bathrooms). The crew, consisting of Captain Collin and First Mate Corinne, did all the work and provided most all of the meals. The couple hailed from South Africa and had the coolest accents ever! Julie did complain a couple of times that she couldn’t understand Collin when he spoke too fast. He was patient with her and would repeat until she got it! Corinne was a master at handling the lines when we docked or hung out on a mooring ball. Then she’d head for the galley (kitchen) and prepare a gourmet meal, presented on a table setting that had a unique theme. This was all done with cloth napkins, table cloths, placemats, crystal wine glasses and no such thing as paper plates. We had 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinner experiences like this. Corinne put Martha Stewart to shame! And she managed all this on a boat whose name was Aliwee! (Pronounced Ah’ lee way). Meanwhile, Captain Collin would BBQ from time to time when he wasn’t plotting out our next island stop and activities that might be offered by the local resorts. Wherever we docked, his status seemed to allow us full use of all that resort’s conveniences. He also turned out to be quite the bartender and had his own version of a Pain Killer. At the west end of Tortola we cleared BVI Customs, a most embarrassing occurrence since everyone got to at least

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glimpse at my passport. This is, without a doubt, the ugliest photo I have ever taken! Makes my driver’s license picture look like a glamour shot! We dinghy over to visit the caves at Norman Island reputed to be the inspiration for the pirate novel, Treasure Island. While we didn’t see any pirates, we did stop at The Bight Bar and its adjoining restaurant. It rained while we were ashore so some things got a little soggy on the ship. Not realizing how much rain had accumulated, Mark plopped down in a bean bag chair and made quite a splash! Wouldn’t have been so funny if he’d had his swim trunks on, but he didn’t. Our sail next day was to St Peter Island Resort. There were plenty of shops beckoning for Ken to come in to buy T shirts. After leaving there he was up to a count of 10 with more islands and more shops just waiting to set the hook. Arriving at Scrub Island Marina for an overnight dockage we were free to use all amenities. This included the heated spa, and both the lower swim up (to the bar) pool and the larger pool above which had an enormous water slide. Ed (one of our group) took a pretty good spill after trying to navigate some slippery areas surrounding the pools…this was while balancing a couple of island drinks...guess which kind they were. Fortunately, the only injuries incurred were a few little scrapes and his pride. “Julie the Fearless” and our first mate, Corinne, took on the water trampoline located down below in the Cay. This honey was HUGE and had no netting and required no spotters. If you fell off, you were at the mercy of the ocean. Next month, more island hopping, Pain Killers and some fun places we toured.


July 2017

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