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March 2017

Be Storm Ready This Spring By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

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Brandon Barth, emergency management officer for the Flower Mound Fire Department wants residents to be Storm Ready.

Between now and early June, weather events like severe thunderstorms with hail, high-winds and yes, even tornados, can threaten life and property here in southern Denton County. But following suggestions by area experts can help residents make it through the coming months safe and sound. According to both Brandon Barth, emergency management officer for the Flower Mound Fire Department and Chris Muscle, emergency management coordinator for the Argyle Fire District, the primary way to know what’s coming is to connect with today’s technology.

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Home on the (Archery) Range

Tired of the brutal central New York winters and wanting to take a shot with their own business, Joe Musacchio and wife Nola came to North Texas 35 years ago to produce and sell something most native Texans had never seen— fresh Italian sausage. The longtime Copper Canyon residents have turned their original sausage business into a highly-successful wild game processing and archery venue. After many years of owning three businesses in separate places, they now have consolidated to one location – Cinnamon Creek Ranch. They bought the 80-acre spread east of Fort Worth Alliance Airport on the outskirts of Roanoke in 2008. At first it housed their wild game processing company. Then came an outdoor archery range and fully-stocked pro shop. In February they opened the latest part of the complex, an indoor event center that will have a big grand opening on March 18 hosted by the stars of Dude Perfect. The event center allows Cinnamon Creek to host youth birthday parties and corporate outings. It can accommodate See ARCHERY on Page A19

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Nick Bacino, (right) with parents Russ and Meg, will receive a second kidney donated by a family member this spring.

To say that the Bacino family loves each other unconditionally is an understatement. More than a dozen years after Nick Bacino’s kidneys failed and his mother gave him one of hers, the recent Marcus High School graduate soon will have that one replaced, this time from his brother. Thanks to a large support group of family and friends, Bacino, 18, should be able to live the life of a normal college student this fall after having to battle a rare form of cancer in between the two transplants. “I was a little nervous I wouldn’t be able to go to college and have to stay here for a little bit longer, but I’m happy I get to go,” said Bacino. He plans to study sports management, first at either Blinn See TRANSPLANT on Page A20


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March 2017

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Ballots Set for City, School Races

The slate of candidates seeking a place on the May 6 General Election ballot is set, with contested races in Argyle, Bartonville, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village and two area school districts. Here is a look at the municipal and school board elections this May in southern Denton County: Argyle This year, the positions of mayor and town council Places 2 and 4 are all contested. Mayor Peggy Krueger is seeking her third term and will face Donald G. Moser, an eightyear resident and forensic fire investigator. Council Place 2 incumbent Kay Teer is being challenged by Ronald Schmidt, and Place 4 council incumbent Jay Haynes will face Todd Mankin. All positions are at-large and terms are two years in length. Bartonville The Town Council general election is for Place 1, Place 3 and Place 5, each for a term of two years. Place 5 is the only contested race. Filing for re-election are incumbents Jeff Traylor in Place 1 and Clay Sams in Place 3. The Place 5 incumbent, Jim Langford, will face Joshua Phillips. Copper Canyon All three Copper Canyon council members have filed applications to be re-elected for two-year terms. Mayor Sue Tejml, Mayor Pro-tem Jeff Mangum and council member Dave Svatik. With no opponents, the election has been cancelled.

Double Oak Three positions in Double Oak—mayor and two council places—will be on the ballot. Mike Donnelly is running unopposed for a third consecutive term as mayor. Incumbent council members Steve Durbin and Dr. Ara Minassian, along with Double Oak Assistant Fire Chief Scott Whisenhunt, have filed for the two open at-large council seats. Flower Mound The May 6 election will feature one council race with a three-year term (Place 5) as the transition from two- to three-year terms begins to take place. Places 1 and 3 will remain two-year terms. The Place 1 contest is partially a rematch from last year’s special election for the oneyear unexpired term in Place 1 between Cathy Strathmann and Jason Webb. Webb came out on top with 60 percent of the vote last May. Newcomer Prabakar “Prabu” Jaganatan is also running in Place 1. Kevin Bryant is seeking a second term in Place 3 and Planning & Zoning Commissioner Sandeep Sharma is his opponent. Planning & Zoning Chairman Claudio Forest is challenging Itamar Gelbman’s quest for a second term in Place 5. Highland Village Residents will elect three City Council members to serve two-year terms. Only one seat will be contested this May. Current uncontested council members who filed for re-election are Mike Lombardo in Place 3 and Dan Jaworski for Place 7. Jim Archibald, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor last year, is challenging Place 5 incumbent See BALLOTS on Page A4

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Ballots

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Fred Busche. This year’s ballot will also include Charter Amendments passed by the City Council at its Feb. 14 meeting. The propositions include updates regarding state laws and the election code, as well as language clarification. The proposed amendments which clarify

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language to provide consistency with state law include: Council member residency qualifications and eligibility to seek another office, or position, while currently serving on Council; filing for office; and, public records. Amendments proposed which are clarifying language and/or procedural in nature include: the composition of a Council quorum; codification of city ordinances; and, term clarifications relating to petitions.

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Two sections are proposed to be repealed, the appointment of municipal clerk and provisions of the Parks and Recreation Board, as both are addressed in the City Code of Ordinances. Argyle ISD Despite the trustee election being cancelled due to only three candidates running for the three at-large seats open on the school board, a $166 million bond package is expected to draw voters to the ballot box. Place 1 incumbent Craig Hawkesworth filed for re-election, as has Place 2 incumbent John Bitter. First-time candidates Aaron Estrada and Sam Slaton filed applications for Place 3, but Estrada withdrew on February 23. Each board member serves a three-year term. The board approved in February placing a $166 million bond package on the May ballot for new schools and renovations to existing facilities to manage district growth. Current enrollment of 2,670 students is expected to grow at least 10 percent per year to over 5,000 students by 2023. Included under the bond funding will be: two new elementary schools for Harvest and Canyon Falls which lie outside of the Town of Argyle yet feed into the school district; the addition of 12-classrooms at the current high school; renovation of parts of the high school, including the restrooms, kitchen area, and HVAC; Phase 2 of Argyle Middle School that will transform it into a high school; and, a new transportation and administration center. The current Administration Building will be used for more academic/instructional space at Argyle Intermediate School. If approved, the school portion of the property tax rate would increase by three cents, from $1.57 to $1.60 per $100 of valuation. Denton ISD This marks the first election in several years with multiple school board candidates vying for the two open seats. Place 6 incumbent Dorothy A. Martinez will face opponents Justin Bell and Sam Ortiz, while Place 7 incumbent Jim R. Alexander is being challenged by Alfredo Sanchez.

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Lewisville ISD The seven-member Board of Trustees has two seats on the May ballot, but eight candidates have filed. Place 6 candidates are Joe Hanna, incumbent Kristi Hassett, Eric Parker and Peter Rabner. Place 7 candidates are Shari Chambers, incumbent Tracy Miller, Colleen Shaw and Sandra N. Weinstein. Also on the ballot will be a $737.5 million bond proposition. The bond represents funding for more than 30 projects to improve the district– refurbishing schools, acquiring new technology or building new facilities. The projects were selected from a list of more than 40 items by the Facility Advisory Committee, composed of 89 citizens from across the school district. Other Races There are contested city council races in Denton and Lewisville. Visit our website at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com for details. Hear from Candidates Flower Mound Town Council candidates will participate in a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Road. Lewisville ISD candidates are also invited and will have 3 minutes each to address the public at the beginning of the forum. The event will be televised live and rebroadcast on FMTV, the town’s government access cable channel and online. Other candidate forums will be announced on our website: www.CrossTimbersGazette. com. Voting Election Day is Saturday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting runs from Monday, April 24, to Tuesday, May 2. Residents who are not yet registered to vote must register by Thursday, April 6; and, the last day to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 25. All voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification. Visit www.votetexas.gov for specifics. Most answers to voting questions can be found at: www.votedenton.com or 940-3493200.

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Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Peggy Krueger

We are about to enjoy Argyle’s 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Town of Argyle, Argyle ISD and all of our local churches. I have been asked how in the world that these three groups, representing government, religion and education could possibly come together to organize a successful event. The answer is simple: we have a community that cares and supports one another. One day, four years ago, when I had only been mayor a short time, I received a call from a local church to see if I would join them for a meeting. The idea was presented, that in an effort to help bring our community together, we have all churches join together with the town to sponsor a community event. We decided on an Easter Egg Hunt. We asked the school to par-

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ticipate, and the rest is history! We had a great time planning for the event and the result was better than we could have hoped for. Year two built on the success of the prior year and this year we are expecting the largest crowd yet! We had approximately 1500 people and over 10,000 eggs last year and plan on a bigger and better event to bring the community together for a wonderful afternoon this year. We will have the hunt on April 8th at the high school. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and go to 1 p.m. We will have food trucks, entertainment, vendors and of course 1000’s of eggs. We will have bounce houses for the kids and the hunt will be age appropriate. We have moved the hunt to the weekend prior to Easter to hopefully help everyone’s schedule. Please watch for more information and if you are interested in being a part of this event, call Angie Manglaris. She can be reached at town hall, 940-464-7273. See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A21

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Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

Spring is right around the corner which means it is time for Bartonville’s Annual Spring Clean Up & Recycling Day. The event will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 8 a.m. - noon, at the Lantana Fellowship Church. Free to Bartonville residents, this event is to assist residents in disposing of unwanted items that are hard to get out for regular trash pick-up such as furniture, fencing wire, tree limbs and branches, computer monitors, keyboards, televisions, and lawn equipment – if you can think of it, we have probably seen it. There will also be paper shredding and a

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Goodwill donation truck. If you have hazardous waste, please contact town hall as hazardous waste will be accepted by appointment only. Please note that we are not able to accept concrete or any appliance with Freon. More information can be found on the Town’s website www.townofbartonville. com Save the Date - Saturday, April 22, 2017, Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony and Town Hall Open House 10 a.m. - Noon. The Bartonville Historical Marker will be revealed during a Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m. on April 22nd. This project began in late 2014 at the request of citizens to pursue a historical marker for the 130 year old Bartonville Store. Due to changes in the Texas Historical Commission’s policies regarding “site of” markSee BARTONVILLE on Page A13


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

Current Construction Schedule for Chinn Chapel Road and Woodland Drive Anticipated to begin week of March 13th. Town Website – www.coppercanyontx.com Updates to road schedule and detour routes posted on website and at Town Hall, so residents can plan their route during successive phases of construction. Phase I: 80 calendar days of construction, completed June 2017. (a) Chinn Chapel – From East Jernigan north to Woodland Drive. Complete closure, but residents along this section will have access to their homes during construction. (b) Woodland Drive – From the con-

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crete portion of Copper Woods east to East Woodglen. South side of Woodland Drive closed first, then north side. Westbound traffic allowed at all times. Mayor Sue Tejml, Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Mangum, and Council Member Dave Svatik re-elected unopposed for an Additional Two Year Term In May, Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Mangum will have completed 20 years of service on Copper Canyon’s Town Council. With this 11th term of office, he will begin his 21st and 22nd year as an elected official. He has previously served on Planning and Zoning and now is the Council’s liaison to P&Z. Jeff has also chaired our Town’s Development Review Committee for many years. Jeff is a licensed professional engineer with two patents related to Heating and Air Conditioning. He has been with Lennox Industries for 30 years in their Carrollton office as a Principal Mechanical Engineer. See 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

Dear Residents and Friends, On behalf of Officer Michael Wyman, and his family, thank you for the wellwishes, prayers and heartfelt support. On February 19, Michael’s wife Marsha experienced a medical emergency that resulted in her being transported via medical helicopter to a regional trauma center. On Sunday, February 26, 2017 beloved wife Marsha Wyman passed from natural

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causes. Many people have asked how they could assist the Wyman family. Prayer, positive thoughts and emotional support are all important. It is our understanding that many individuals, groups and service organizations have talked about near-term fundraising to help defray expenses accrued by the Wyman family. If you are interested in making a direct financial contribution a “GoFundMe” www.gofundme.com/wyman-familyfund account has been established under the “Wyman Family Fund.” Any funds collected will go directly to the Wyman’s to defray expenses. You may also drop off monetary contributions at Double Oak Town Hall for DOPD Officer Michael Wyman and family. Thank you for your consideration, Derrick Watson, Chief Double Oak Police Department

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Controlled Burn the next two years while still providing a Helps Mound safe haven for the wildlife that calls The Flower Mound home. Thrive The burn also supports the goals of our

Highland Village Update

By Eric Greaser Flower Mound Fire Chief

By Charlotte Wilcox Highland Village Mayor

Recently, the Flower Mound Fire Department coordinated a planned/controlled burn of a portion of The Flower Mound. More specifically, the burn took place on the southern two-thirds of The Mound. For years, the wildflower growth has been hampered by the invasive plant species that have overtaken The Flower Mound. The prescribed burn, done with the support of The Flower Mound Foundation, encourages native plant species to grow that previously could not receive enough sunlight, provide better habitat for native wildlife, and protect The Flower Mound’s biodiversity. Better yet, by dividing The Mound into sections, we can conduct smaller prescribed burns over

“Ready, Set, Go” program and the wildland-urban interface. The Ready, Set, Go program seeks to increase awareness of potential high-risk wildfire conditions, such as the significant plant overgrowth on The Flower Mound, and to take measures to reduce those conditions. The wildland-urban interface refers to the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development, which has the potential for a wildfire that can be reduced through prescribed burns such as this. Prior to the prescribed burn, fire personnel went door-to-door to communicate the plan of action for the Flower Mound as well as to help educate neighboring residents and businesses on what they can do on their personal property to reduce the risk of wildfires when they See BURN on Page A16

I recently had the opportunity to join with Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden and Lewisville Mayor Pro Tem TJ Gilmore to provide our respective State of the City presentations. Each year as the three of us share the latest information about our cities I am impressed by everything that is happening in our region of North Texas. We truly are blessed to live in such a vibrant community. We produced a video for our presentation, picking up where we left off last year. The presentation last year told about the state of the city through the eyes of a future resident of Highland Village. This year we went into further detail explaining to the resident all the services they

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receive for their tax dollar. We highlighted the upgrades we have made in public safety and in this month’s article I would like to provide more details about those upgrades. Back in 2015 we contracted with Mission Critical Partners to provide an analysis of our public safety systems and protocols. That analysis prompted Council to make a major investment to enhance the safety of our community and our first responders. Last year we invested $1.1M to upgrade all aspects of our Dispatch Operations Facility, our public emergency radio system and to implement the emergency care attendant program. This project not only involved police, fire and information services staff in Highland Village but also coordination with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and our County Commissioners. It is departmental and regional cooperation success story. See HV UPDATE on Page A24


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News From Your Neighborhood By Ashtin Slovak, Lifestyle Director

February’s fantastic weather had everyone itching for springtime fun so the Lantana Community Association is gearing up for an amazing spring. Spring Break is right around the corner and we have a great week planned. We will kick off the break with Movie on the Green, Friday the 10th at 7 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and get comfortable for the Secret Life of Pets. Meet some amazing Lone Star natives when “Critterman� comes out Tuesday, March 14th at 1 p.m. for the Lone Star Junior Safari! Gold Landscape will be out to host Painting Pottery & Planting on Wednesday, March 15th at 10 a.m. Kiddos can paint their own small flower pot and then use it to learn about planting flowers! Our holiday Kid’s Bingo was a hit in December so we are bringing it back Thursday, March 16th at 1 p.m. It is free to play and prizes will be awarded! Friday, March 17th at 1 p.m. the kids can come out for fun, food, & games at our St. Patrick’s Minute to Win It Party! Don’t forget to come dressed in your greenest attire! We’ll finish off the week with a fun and educational program at Saturday Science on March 18th, with two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. Spring Break is just the beginning of our action packed spring. Make sure you are signed up for Community emails through www.lantanalive.com to receive upcoming event information or to check the Community Calendar.

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Some of the events already planned this year are the Spring Festival, the Spring Garage Sale, Movie Nights on the Green, Earth Day, the 2nd Annual Lantana Car Show, Kids Fishing and Lantana’s favorite Music on the Green every weekend in May. After a successful first annual Lantana Car Show, we are bringing this event back for year two on April 29th! Last Spring, we had over 100 cars registered for the show. This is an open class show so whether you have a classic or modern car, come on out to compete! We will award the Top 10, Best of Show and People’s Choice! The 2nd Annual Lantana Car Show is open to the public and we will have door prizes, family activities and food trucks for the whole family to enjoy! Lastly, Insight Association Management strives to offer a wide array of thoughtfully planned events for each of its communities. Please help us continue to do so by filling out a quick survey and provide us with some feedback about the events you attended last year! If you have not yet filled out the survey, please go to www.lantanalive. com to complete. For more information about these Community events email aslovak@insightam.com or visit the Lifestyle page on the Association’s website, www. lantanalive.com. Garage Sale and Earth Day We take our spring cleaning seriously here in Lantana! The Spring Community Garage Sale and Lantana Earth Day event are both in April. Residents can hold garage sales in

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Development Watch Lantana had 3,415 occupied homes as of February 27 with an estimated population of 11,099. There were 2,052 single-family building permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #6 and 1,493 permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #7 through January 2017, for a total of 3,545 permits. Highland Homes is nearing the completion of two model homes on Haverford Ln. in Barrington at the north end of Lantana Trail adjacent to the roundabout. The first phase will consist of 119 lots and plans have been submitted for 28 homes within the addition. Grading operations are expected to begin soon on the 10-acre site of Lantana Town Center Phase II across FM 407 from Kroger. Phase II consists of seven buildings containing 74,473 square-feet of retail and restaurant space. Great Clips, Casa Mia Mexican Restaurant and a nail salon have signed leases and are expected to open in early 2018.

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Mayor Pete Dewing joined the HTC for breakfast. He challenged them to be more By Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager than just a club but rather change agents in their community. He shared unique stories and articulated in a way that connected with teens in their season of life drawing on the importance of leadership and integrity. The teens had great questions for Mayor Dewing and he has some great advice for them such as: Members of the Harvest Teen Council held their first meeting in February. • Be honest • Be respectful Rooted in the idea of raising up the next • Be a good steward generation of leaders and philanthropists, • Be advocates for the HTC and not for the Harvest Teen Council (HTC) is a partpersonal gain nership with the neighborhood teens to • Surround yourself with people who are create more opportunities for engagement smarter than you socially and to create positive change in He also talked about how important it is their own backyards. to work well with others. You can learn At the initial meeting, we had more than something from everyone, for example fifteen teens in attendance! We casted the vision of what the HTC is and they took how to treat people and how not to treat it from there! In fact, they wanted to es- people. The main thing is to focus on your tablish roles and responsibilities and have responsibility and do what is right at all elections for President, Vice President and times. His final piece of wisdom was to not let Secretary. The teens elected the following: President: Jaxon Rait; Vice President: your greatest accomplishments in school Hunter Parris; Secretary: Allison Long. be your greatest accomplishments in life. The first teen event was held on FebruFollowing the elections, the HTC estabary 17 at the Harvest Hall. They wanted lished goals for 2017. They will: to hold a scary movie night/pizza party. • Organize fun events for Harvest teens; • Learn about giving back to their com- We had more than 50 teens attend! This munity through their time, talent, and month, the HTC will hold their first philresources as they plan and execute anthropic event, Hoops for Hunger. This Teen-Council sponsored fundraisers for will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament where proceeds will benefit the North the North Texas Food Bank; • Develop leadership skills and learn Texas Food Bank. We are so proud of our Harvest teens how to advocate and raise awareness and look forward to working with them about hunger in North Texas; and • Receive community service hours over the next year! through their participation on the HTC. To kick off the 2017 HTC, Northlake

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Robson Ranch: City Elections Are Coming Soon By Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3

The City of Denton has four City Council districts. Robson Ranch is in District 3. In April and May, voters will go to the polls to elect their district representatives on City Council. The Council has a total of seven members, and four are from the districts. The remaining three seats are the Mayor and two At-Large members. The Mayor and the At-Large members are voted on by the entire city. District members are voted on only by their district. So, this election cycle, residents of Robson Ranch will be voting for their district representative on City Council. I have already announced that I will not be running again. Three people have signed up to run for this seat. The Mayor and At-Large seats will be up for election in May 2018. A property tax freeze for seniors and the disabled will also be on the ballot. Volunteers collected signatures to place this initiative on the ballot. In a nutshell, if you’re 65 or over, and you live in a home designated as your “Homestead”, your City of Denton property taxes will be frozen, if this initiative passes. This will also apply to the disabled. School taxes are already frozen when you reach 65 and you live in a Homestead property.

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Please watch the HOA email announcements for exact dates, times and locations for Early Voting. Early Voting will begin on April 24th. Election Day is Saturday, May 6th. District 3 voters can vote in only one location on Election Day: North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 West Windsor Drive. (North of the Rayzor Ranch shopping area.) Early Voting locations are usually much closer to Robson Ranch. Again, please watch the HOA email announcements for details on dates, times and locations for Early Voting. The Denton County Elections Administration runs the elections for the city, and the Early Voting information has not yet been released. An Election Forum will take place at Robson Ranch on Wednesday, April 5th. The three candidates running for District 3 will field questions from the audience. Your questions will be written on cards, and you can either write them at home and bring them, or write them at the event. This event is hosted by the Robson Ranch Republican Club, as a service to the community. City Council elections are “non-partisan” meaning candidates do not run as Republicans, Democrats, Independents, etc. A “Meet and Greet” begins at 6:30 pm, and the Forum begins at 7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Main Robson Ranch Clubhouse Auditorium. This event is for Robson Ranch residents and all Robson Ranch residents are invited. You do not have to be a member of the club to attend this event. It’s an honor to serve.


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ers, the scope of the project had to be expanded to focus on the entire history of the Bartonville community with the Bartonville store as a component of the story. The subject-marker was approved by the Texas Historical Commission in 2016. Bartonville recently We will also be holding an open house welcomed new Town for the remodeled town hall on the same Administrator, Michael Montgomery.

day. The public is invited on April 22nd from 10 a.m. to noon to view the improvements made to Bartonville Town Hall as part of the recent remodel project. Town Hall is the public’s building

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and the completed project allows us to better serve you. The project included completely remodeling the interior by converting the fire bay into a new council meeting space/community room; converting the old council room into offices and a small conference room; reconfiguring the old offices to expand the police department and provide an expanded lobby to better serve the public.

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The project was completed under budget. I would like to thank the Town Council, Citizens and staff for being patient during the process. I would also like to thank Councilmember Traylor who assisted in the entire process from the initial design layout to working with staff and the general contractor during the project. See you in April.

The Real Estate Corner by: Gary Kuhatschek Get Ready to Sell With spring about to arrive in full color, many homeowners will decide to sell their home. Historically, spring has always been the best time to market and sell homes and this spring is no different. With the end of the school year only three months out, and with summer just around the corner, there are more homes coming on the market than at any other time of the year. Our market is definitely hot, including the higher end properties. There are more buyers out searching and financing is becoming increasingly more available. The inventory of well-maintained homes continues to remain extremely low, which in turn has helped drive up our area values. What still remains important when selling a home in any market, it must be clean and in good repair. This includes, in some cases, spending a little more upfront money in updating to ensure a faster sale and at the top end of your price range.

into storage. Look for improvements or updates particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms that cost the least amount of money, but bring the greatest return.

I have listed below some helpful hints in getting your home ready to sell. • Make the most of that first impression. A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs, clutter free yard, porches and patios are a must. Plant flowers around the front door and in the beds in the backyard. Take care of any chipped paint or minor repairs. The home should be clean and in good repair. Any excess furniture or over-stocked closets should be put

Unlike some parts of the country our market “Red Hot”! If you follow the suggestions above and price your home right it should sell quickly.

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• Paint over those wild colors and remove outdated wallpapers. You might consider repainting those wild colored rooms, or replacing the older carpet and removing wallpaper. In most cases wallpaper dates a property and is rarely seen these days in new construction. Offering a paint, carpet or wallpaper allowance rarely works, buyers like to see what they’re going to get. If you do replace flooring, stick to more neutral colors. • Make it light and bright. Make sure all burned-out bulbs are replaced, and that fixtures and windows are clean. During showings, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Buyers are looking for light and bright.

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Jeff has been a volunteer with our Argyle Fire District for 20 years. He is a certified Firefighter, certified Emergency Medical Technician, and certified DriverOperator which allows him to drive the huge red fire engines. In his spare time he is a ham radio operator, licensed by the FCC at the “Technician” level. Jeff would like to maintain the Town’s current standards of quality for our homes and lot sizes, because he believes this is why our residents moved to Copper Canyon. Council Member Dave Svatik begins his Fourth Term of Office! “My wife Dale, son Christopher, and I have lived in the area for twenty-seven years, and nineteen of those have been in Copper Canyon. My entire family has voluntarily served Copper Canyon on various committees for a great deal of our time here. I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve my fourth term representing the citizens of Copper Canyon as Town Councilman. “Our son Christopher is in his senior year at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Upon graduation, Chris has accepted a commission to join the Naval Aviation program and be trained as a Navy pilot in Pensacola, Florida. “As many long term residents will tell you, our town--and especially the surrounding area-- has changed considerably. New concrete roads, completely new neighborhoods, and soon not only a continuation of a concrete road on Chinn Chapel, but our final railroad quiet zone making Copper Canyon 100% free from the regular train horn blasts 24x7! We’ve come a long way and yet we’re able to

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maintain our quaint atmosphere. That’s Copper Canyon!” (By Dave Svatik) Sue Tejml sincerely thanks Copper Canyon residents for allowing her an additional term as Mayor I have been so lucky to have had three distinct careers in my life. The first as a full time, stay-at-home mother to Emil’s and my three children: Tamara Tejml Cuthrell, Emil Tejml, Jr., and John Rosson Tejml. Then in our late 30’s, my husband and I both went back to law school together. We spent our first year of law school at the University of Houston. Then Emil was transferred to Manhattan as World Planning Director for Celanese Chemical Corporation. We spent our next two years of law school at New York University, which was then one of the top ten law schools in the U.S. (and, still is). Emil and I made the three hour roundtrip commute by train from our home in Darien, Connecticut to New York City. Going to law school was a two-year “family” commitment. Our daughter Tamara made it possible, because she cared for her two younger brothers while her Dad and I commuted into Manhattan to night law school. Tamara was in high school, her younger brother Emil in middle school, but little John was only 4 and 5 years old. Emil and I received our law degrees at ages 42 and 40 and moved back to Texas. I began my second life career in Matagorda County, Texas, south of Houston, as the only woman attorney in a rural county. My general law practice consisted of wills, probate, contracts, and oil and gas matters from the landowner’s perspective. And I became Board Certified in Family Law, which included adoptions, divorces, child custody suits, and child abuse. For six years I also served

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as City Attorney, Municipal Prosecutor, and Police Advisor for Bay City, a town of 18,000 population, and was elected Co-Chairman of the Home Rule Charter Commission. My fellow attorneys elected me President of the Matagorda County Bar Association. At the State level I served on the Texas State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and on the Texas Supreme Court’s Committees for Child Support and Visitation for Fathers Then Emil and I moved to the Dallas area. He was already a chemical engineer with BS and MS degrees from Rice University. He did not practice law, but the corporate legal department of Celanese Chemical Corporation began reporting to him in Dallas. I retired as an attorney. But 26 years ago I found the ten acres we built our home on in Copper Canyon. Being Mayor of Copper Canyon for the last twelve years has been an unexpected but enlightening third life career for me. The people who live here have such an incredible “fondness” for our town! And, they are so willing to volunteer to “Adopt-a-Spot” of road that needs litter picked up or to volunteer to be a Block Captain and “stay alert” if anything seems unusual for a neighbor. And, there is always the challenge of stretching limited property tax revenue and fees to cover rebuilding Town roads and affording adequate law enforcement to keep our residents and their families safe. A Genuinely “Small Government” Town We still happily operate out of our 42year old Town Hall. (Though, it may be in need of some basic structural maintenance this year.) And, we are definitely a “small government” town. In the last 12 years we have only increased from 2.5 to 3 full time staff members. But our

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small staff consists of three outstanding women! Our Town Administrator, Donna Welsh, has been with Copper Canyon for over a decade. She was formerly the Town Administrator for Trophy Club, which extends over four square miles like our Town, but had a much larger population. Sheila Morales is our certified Town Secretary and a Certified Public Accountant. Her skills as a CPA are invaluable in maintaining the accuracy of all our Town’s financial affairs. Ann Horner is in the process of becoming our Certified Municipal Court Clerk. Both Sheila and Ann are longtime residents of the Woodlands and live just blocks from Town Hall. The experience and dedication of these three women to our Town provide tremendous “peace of mind” to me and the Council! And our Council has passed minimal ordinances. Twelve years ago our problem was eliminating obsolete and duplicating ordinances. Our new Town Attorney in 2005, Terry Welch of the Brown and Hofmeister legal firm, did an outstanding job of modernizing and streamlining our Code of Ordinances! For the last 12 years, Copper Canyon has passed minimal ordinances of substance. We do pass the normal annual housekeeping ordinances for setting annual budgets and tax rates, calling and canceling municipal elections, renewing utility concessions for CoServ, etc., and updating International Codes for building, electrical, and plumbing with local area amendments as determined by the North Texas Council of Governments. But our Town Council has passed minimal ordinances of substance, other than to modernize our zoning regulations. The Council and I remain committed to minimum governSee MAYOR SUE on Page A18


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“We encourage everybody to have at least three ways to receive notifications,” Barth said. “Obviously with smart phones now people can be notified in a plethora of ways.” Both Flower Mound and Argyle are tied into a system called Everbridge that Photo by Mark Miller allows those who sign up Chris Muscle, emergency management coordinator for the for free to pick and choose Argyle Fire District. the type of notifications they want and methods they want They can sign up multiple people in one to receive them including text, email and household, multiple phone numbers and landline and mobile phone. multiple emails.” “A lot of the alerts don’t apply to us, Users also can set-up quiet hours from so I worked with the National Weather 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. when they don’t receive Service Fort Worth office meteorologists any alerts, except tornado warnings. Or, to figure out what alerts were best for us they can designate some or all of the and which ones we should recommend alerts among their favorites, which also to our citizens,” Muscle said. “Based will override the system. on those recommendations from them, Both Barth and Muscle said it’s also I went in and opened up the alerts for highly important to develop a home severe people to sign up. The ones that don’t weather plan. This includes designating apply to us are locked out.” an area where family members will go in Everbridge features location-based the event of severe weather; plus keeping weather alerts automatically sent by the a storm kit on hand. The kit should at National Weather Service and allows least include a flashlight and batteries, local emergency officials to issue alerts weather radio, bottled water, a portable on non-weather topics like road closures, telephone/power charger and knowing major accidents, water main issues and where to find them. others. “People should practice the plan or “Our biggest push is getting people at least talk about the plan,” Barth said. signed-up on Everbridge,” said “Make sure everyone knows the room to Muscle, whose region includes Argyle, go to, which should be your lowest level, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corral City, your most interior room with no windows. Lantana and Northlake. A lot of half-baths or pantry baths on the “We have all the landlines for first floor or a powder room underneath residential and businesses, but that’s the stairwell are the best, with stairwells a small percentage of the population in two-story houses the strongest area.” because so many people are only on cell Barth added it’s good to have a backup phones. It’s a very, very good system. communications plan in case land lines

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and/or cell phones aren’t working. “I’m a realist,” he said. “I don’t expect you to do duck and cover drills at home, but-- if you’re not there and the kids are home alone-- they get the notifications when significant weather is coming and they know where to shelter,” he said.

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live near an area that has the potential for a wildfire. These tips can apply to all residents, especially those living near green belts, and include: • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris that could catch embers. • Replace or repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration. • Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screen with metal mesh to prevent ember entry. • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home. • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows. • Screen or box-in areas below patios

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piles – anything that can burn. • Remove anything stored underneath decks. By taking the above measures and creating a defensible space, or a buffer between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it, you Controlled burn on The Flower Mound. can help prevent and decks with wire mesh to prevent fires from quickly spreading into a strucdebris and combustible materials from ture. This space is needed to slow or stop accumulating. the spread of wildfire and it protects your • Move any flammable material away home from catching fire—either from from wall exteriors – mulch, flammadirect flame contact or radiant heat. Deble plants, leaves and needles, firewood fensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home and provides better options for firefighters when battling a wildfire. The probability of wildfire activity is at an increased level January through March for our area due to typically dry weather and frequent windy conditions. By taking action on the invasive plants that have been thriving on The Flower Mound, we can reduce the wildfire risk to area homes and businesses. Many of our firefighters have extensive prescribed fire training through the U.S. Forest Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson

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National Grasslands. During this training, firefighters learn how to read the weather conditions, topography, and types and moisture levels of vegetation. Firefighters also learn how a wildfire travels, crucial whether the goal is to suppress the fire or utilize it such as in a prescribed burn. In fact, Flower Mound is part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, meaning our department operates a brush truck on behalf of the state that can be utilized in Flower Mound and throughout the state as an asset in times of need. In addition, members of the department have been deployed multiple times to help battle significant grass fires around the state. Anytime a prescribed burn takes place, the Flower Mound Fire Department has numerous firefighters on-hand to create a tremendous fire suppression force, out of an abundance of caution. Fire officials also created a burn plans for prescribed fire. Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Trigger points are also written into the plan that would halt the prescribed burn, such as windy conditions. Like you, I look forward to seeing the healthy regrowth of wildflowers on The Flower Mound, our community’s namesake and most significant landmark.

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ment intrusion on our residents and fiscally conservative operations. Postmaster Thomas Alonzo explains U.S. Postal Service in Copper Canyon Not all Town residents are aware that Copper Canyon is serviced by two different U.S. Post Offices. The Argyle Post Office, under the zip code 76226, services Copper Canyon Road and the west side of Town and Orchid Hill Lane and the north part of Town. The remainder of Copper Canyon is serviced by the Lewisville Post Office under the zip code 75077. Copper Canyon does not have more mail than surrounding areas, but our rural preference for no street lights can make it difficult for carriers to distinguish house numbers when delivering at dusk in the winter. There have been some specific issues with mail service in the Woodlands Subdivision this past year. Therefore, Lewisville Postmaster Thomas Alonzo graciously invited me and Woodland resident Diana Revels to his office to discuss them. Part of the problem stemmed from a longtime postal carrier retiring, and her replacement trying to learn his Copper Canyon route during the hectic Black Friday sale day after Thanksgiving and the lengthy Christmas mail season. Postmaster Alonzo has 35 years of experience in the United States Postal Service, both in Texas and other states. He was originally a mail carrier himself, so he is personally familiar with the rigors of the routine. He could not have been more gracious in sharing his time and directly dealing with the concerns of Copper Canyon residents. Alonzo said the U.S. Mail runs on a 24-

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hour cycle beginning at midnight. Mail is delivered to the Lewisville Post Office at 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Letter-sized mail is run through automatic sorters that are amazingly 99% accurate! However the friction of the sorting process creates heat, and occasionally the heat causes glue under a stamp to leak out and cause that letter to stick to the letter in front of it. Thus the “stuck” letter may be mis-delivered to the wrong address. The sorter kicks out any letter-sized mail it can’t sort, and humans sort that mail. The remaining mail is hand sorted into different bins of letter-sized mail, oversized mail, magazines, packages, and oversized packages. The postal carriers have sorted all the remaining magazines and packages for their specific route by 9 a.m. Carriers are not allowed to go through a private gate or down a private driveway to deliver mail or packages. The carrier also cannot leave packages in the open, but will leave a pink notice slip in the mailbox so the homeowner can direct how the package is to be delivered. Sometimes the carrier will honk their horn, in hopes that if anyone is home they will personally come get their package from the carrier rather than have it sent back to the post office. Potential Lewisville postal carriers must complete two weeks of “cadet training” in The Colony. Their local trainers have completed a national US Postal Service training course, and the trainers are experienced at checking how many errors each cadet makes and how serious the errors are. Carrier accuracy is the key to reliable mail delivery. Twice a week Postmaster Alonzo talks with Lewisville’s rural and city carriers about Customer Service. For instance, “Express Mail” must be delivered before noon!

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Contacting the Lewisville Post Office on Civic Circle Copper Canyon residents have complained that the Lewisville post office telephone lines were ALWAYS busy! And they could not reach a live person there! SMALL WONDER! Since last September the Lewisville Post Office has had ONLY ONE working telephone line! And, any time rain or water infiltrated the old landlines, the Post Office lost its internet service and email service! But, the day Diana and I visited Postmaster Alonzo (February 24th),was the first day the Lewisville post office had SIX brand new telephone land lines and all were working smoothly and simultaneously! Mis-delivered Mail. If you have a 75077 zip code and receive mis-delivered mail, put the item back in the mailbox and email the details to Postmaster Alonzo at thomas.alonzo@usps.gov. He especially asks that you email the date the mail was mis-delivered, because that allows him to identify the postal carrier. (As a courtesy, you can – but do not have to – write on the mis-delivered mail “Not at this address.”) You may also call him at 972-353-0056. If he is not immediately available, he said his secretary Carrielyn Grier is “very knowledgeable” and may be able to answer your question or even solve your problem. Postmaster Alonzo has graciously accepted Copper Canyon’s invitation to come to a Council Meeting this spring and answer any questions our residents have about their mail. The exact date will be posted in this column and on our website www.coppercanyontx.com. Many thanks to Diana Revels and Copper Canyon residents for identifying Specific Mail Issues. And thanks to our Town Administrator Donna Welsh for compiling the issues

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in a spreadsheet with names, addresses, dates, and details. The spreadsheet definitely helped Postmaster Alonzo understand where the problems were located in Copper Canyon Did you know that…. All postal vehicle routes are designed with only right turns, because right turns are statistically safer than left turns! With “Informed Delivery” you can now view a black and white facsimile of the front surface of letters to be delivered to you later that same day! Visit the FAQ page on informeddelivery.usps.com “Amateur Radio Service” by Council Member Dave Svatik “In early preparation for our upcoming spring storm season I will bring you several articles about one of our most useful services – the Amateur Radio Service. This first installment is foundational information. “Have you ever seen a car with a license plate that says “Radio Operator” on it and wondered what it meant? It means that person is an Amateur Radio Operator. Amateur Radio Operators (a.k.a. “Hams”) in Texas may obtain license plates with their call sign for more than one vehicle titled in their name and which is equipped with mobile amateur radio equipment. In Texas, there is no additional cost to the Ham for these vanity plates as Hams are often leveraged by local communities for emergency communications/relay services. Police, Fire and Rescue personnel can easily identify licensed Hams via these special license plates. For example, during severe weather in Texas, Hams voluntarily communicate with the National Weather Service (NWS). It’s the Ham operators that help to provide the NWS with See MAYOR SUE on Page A22

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up to 120 shooters at a time. It even has rental bows which the Musacchios said other archery venues rarely if ever did, before they opened. There’s also archery arcade games and, coming soon, an outdoor patio and fire pit. While the DFW area has a number of archery clubs, Musacchio said none are as big or with as many amenities as Cinnamon Creek. “When we opened the archery outside, some called it the Augusta of archery ranges,” said Joe, referring to the famous Augusta National Country Club golf course in Georgia; home of The Masters. It’s a compliment the Musacchios could never have imagined when they first arrived here in 1982. Joe was working for his Uncle Carmen Basilio, who owned Basilio’s Buda Sausage, in their hometown of Canastota, New York, near Syracuse. When Joe decided he wanted to do something more, he began talking to his cousin John Bartholomew, a Flower Mound homebuilder who always brought back some sausage when he visited every summer. “I asked him what he does with all the sausage he buys and he said ‘there’s a lot of people from up north down here and they can’t get Italian sausage,’ ” Joe said. “Finally he said ‘why don’t you come down here and check it out, because I think there’s a market for it,’ ” Nola said. “So we opened Syracuse Sausage Company. “When we moved to Texas, people here really didn’t know what Italian sausage was. Mostly in Texas they had smoked sausages. We did both and still do both.” At the time, Syracuse Sausage Company was located on FM 2499 behind Salerno’s in Flower Mound. Its

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first retail customer was Tom Thumb in 1983. The first commercial client was Romano’s Macaroni Grill in 1986, which triggered a rush of food service clients. Also fueling the growth was the 1985 launch of Syracuse Custom Meats to process wild game. “We process anything people shoot,” said Nola, pointing out the dozens of animal heads mounted on the walls of their office area. She estimates they have processed about 5,000 animals. By 1992, they outgrew their Flower Mound space and moved both businesses to Ponder and the custom meats division to Keller in 1997. “Everywhere we moved kept growing around us,” Joe said. “We kept getting squeezed out. We needed to buy everything around us.” That’s virtually what the Musacchios did at their present location, which is surrounded by plenty of open spaces (for now). They owned Syracuse Sausage, until selling it four years ago, after moving the wild game business to Roanoke. What made the sausage and processed game experts decide to get into archery? “We were both hunters and figured we had all this property,” Joe said. “At the Keller property we had been shooting in the alley, which was not cool to do. So, we came over here and said ‘we should set up an archery range like a golf course and have people come out and play in foursomes.’ It was all golf-related to us, because we were golfers.” When researching the archery business and area shops, Joe found some of the old-time traditions and customs foreign to the way he wanted to do business. So he decided Cinnamon Creek would be different offering a broad array of equipment, including 500 bows made by more than 20 companies. “He was determined to open a shop See ARCHERY on Page A23

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College--where his older sister, Delaney, is a sophomore-- or Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi, then at the main campus of Texas A&M University. His health concern began in 2003, at age 5, in the Chicago area when he developed some breathing issues. After a battery of tests, his family learned he had the most toxic case of kidney failure ever at Children’s Hospital. Just 10 days before Christmas, he received one of mom Meg’s good kidneys. The family moved to Flower Mound two years later for his mother’s job and he was problem-free until eighth-grade, when he contracted shingles. The strong antibiotic prescribed to battle that disease affected his kidney to the point when, in 2014, he learned that organ was failing. His now 24-year-old brother, Tanner, is a match and they were ready to start the transplant process, but when Bacino came down with a swollen tonsil, which turned out being Post Transplant Lymphoma Disease or PTLD. The transplant had to be postponed for two years. “We had a great 10 or 11 years,” Meg said. “Everything was going good. You could tell the shingles affected his kidney and then his hemoglobin was low and he had no energy when we found out his kidney was failing. It’s been a long time.” After undergoing four rounds of spe-

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Nick Bacino (bottom, center) receives support from his “bromigos.”

cialized chemotherapy and three weekly dialysis procedures at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, it was time to take the PET scan that would determine his fate. He received the good news Feb. 13 that he was cancer-free and able to prepare for the transplant in May or June. “The PET scan was stressful, because it could go either way,” Meg said. “We were very happy with the news.” “It was a life-changer,” added his dad, Russ. “It could have gone one way or another, but it went the right way.” Their friends’ parents even held a champagne and cupcake party to celebrate,

which is appropriate since his posse of seven comrades and their families have been there at virtually every step. “We call them the ‘bromigos,’” Russ said. “Those guys have been friends since second grade. They are like our kids. They are here. He’s there. They are the biggest support system. We couldn’t have asked for better friends for Nick. They’re like brothers.” “Every time he has a really bad day or a test goes bad, they’ll come over and bring food and cheer him up,” Meg added. “During the hospital days they are there lifting his spirits,” Russ said. Among the bromigos are fellow Marcus seniors Garrett Strange and Cole Digham. “It’s been difficult sometimes,” said Strange, who has known Bacino since second grade. “During the cancer period of his life, that was pretty difficult. We tried to keep him up; though it’s been pretty easy to keep him up, because he’s a really positive person. Sometimes it seems more like he’s keeping us up than we’re keeping him up.” “We try to keep his mind off things like going to Dallas for dialysis,” said Digham,

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who moved to Flower Mound in sixth grade. “We’ll try to pick him up and go out to eat or something. Anything to keep his mind off of it. Most of it is just trying to keep him positive, because that’s the most important thing.” Always an active kid, Bacino had to curtail his athletic endeavors dramatically. He had to quit playing basketball after his freshman year and stop working out at the gym with his friends; plus he could never play football. “I’m limited in some things I can do because of the dialysis,” said Bacino. “Sometimes I can’t hang out with my friends. I can do most stuff depending on how the dialysis affects me. Sometimes it makes me feel pretty sick.” His journey has been made easier in part as one of the few youth to be granted two special wishes through charitable organizations. He visited Disney World in Florida at age 5 through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Then, in December 2015, his social worker connected him with the Marty Lyons Foundation named after the former New York Jets football player. The wish granted this time– to meet Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry. “Me and Garrett [Strange] went to San Francisco and got to spend a couple days there,” he said. “We went to the practice facility before their game. There were other Make-A-Wish kids there. He talked to us and gave us a bunch of stuff like shirts, hats, shoes. That day we went to a game. It was crazy.” “He (Curry) actually talked with each kid and signed anything you wanted,” said Meg. So, what advice would Bacino give other youth going through what he has endured? “Just keep pushing through it,” he said. Anyone wanting to learn more about Nick and how they can help the family with medical expenses, can visit: the helphopelive.org/campaign/165.


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This has been an extremely busy season for me. My daughter is getting married in Colorado in April and I am having a great time planning a wedding. I have come to believe that wedding planners have a very difficult job and I am learning that a wedding has many details. March will be a challenge for me trying to help with that perfect day for my baby girl that is now getting married. I am excited about the upcoming election and would be honored to serve as your Mayor for another term. I have been asked to explain how I arrived in Argyle. My husband and I moved here in 1990 with our two-year-old son, Steve, and our three-month-old daughter, Kristie. Hard to believe that I have been in the same home in Argyle for so many years! I worked in the financial industry with my Dad and helped companies implement retirement accounts for their employees. My father had an aneurism while we were working in the office and died instantly. With his death, I had no interest in staying in the business. I was offered the opportunity to work for a company out of Austin that helped their clients with home loans. I found this interesting because it was a business that I could work from any location. I wanted to make sure that I kept my “Mom” duties as priority and decided to office in Argyle. My decision was made to assure I would never miss any of my kid’s activities and I could always be here for them. Years later, I am still doing the same thing and feel very blessed to have a job that would not take me away from my home and children. Both of my kids ended up being very athletic and kept me very busy as a taxi driver! I know most of you know that feeling. I have grown to like my lack of commute and have kept my office local. With technology, you can live and work anywhere and continue doing business across the country. I had many business transactions while sitting at a picnic

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table watching both of my kids and their horses. I never thought that I would be planning a wedding, enjoying being a grandmother to the best looking kid ever! Also, probably the smartest kid ever. I enjoy playing tennis, serving the community, staying involved with school activities, and of course reading Argyle’s Police blotter about the turkey. This is my story and I hope everyone has a great March. I am loving this beautiful weather and wonder when we will see the cold again. We are in Texas and with that being said, we know we still have a chance to be covered in snow. Get involved! Volunteer! Stay informed! Have a great month. Watch for more information on the Easter egg hunt! You won’t want to miss this event. Peggy Stella’s Corner Ham and all the trimmings was the Valentine luncheon for the Argyle Seniors. Jimmy Porter won the door prize of a Valentine Heart Box full of candy. Our thanks To the Argyle Police Department for furnishing the meat, the Argyle Donut Shop for the donuts and to all who brought side dishes. Also a big thanks to all who helped clear the tables and to Cathy for her hard work in the kitchen. Our next luncheon will be Friday, March 17. Our theme is St Patrick’s Day and the meat will be ribs so bring your favorite dish to compliment them. The seniors meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 10 a.m. to exercise followed at 11 a.m. to play games. On the third Friday of each month they have their luncheon. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or donate $4 that will go into the senior fund. The Vintage in Denton will be furnishing gifts and leading in Bingo. For more information you may contact either Karen Kiel @ (940) 464-0506 or Stella McDaniel @ (940) 464-7438. -Submitted by Stella McDaniel

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an early heads up on various weather conditions! This eventually makes it to the local commercial radio and TV stations (which is why I always recommend

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“Ever wonder why Amateur Radio Operators are called “Hams?” Well, you’re in good company because there’s no official origin to the term. It is widely believed that the term came from the Western Union Morse Code and other “professional” (paid) operators. In the early days of Amateur Radio, operators used something called a “straight key” meaning it was up to the operator to hold the key down for dots and dashes (Morse code). As a result the spacing between words and length of dots/dashes was often irregular thus prompting the “pros” to refer to the early Amateurs as “hams.” Yes, originally it was a derogatory term, but soon the “deplorable” operators adopted it and wore it as a badge of honor! For what it is worth, the entry level to FCC licensing for Amateur operators was known as the “Novice Class.” It has since been retired. “According to the latest Federal Communications Commission (FCC) statistics, there are: • 806,655 licensed Amateur Radio Operators in the United States. • 56,804 or roughly 7% of these live in Texas. • 2,583 live in Denton County.

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• 7 live in Copper Canyon • 2 of the 7 are members of our Town Council. They are: Dave Svatik (AE5GG) and Jeff Mangum (KG5KAJ) “The FCC made very big changes to the Amateur Radio service over the past several years. For example, in December of 2006 the FCC dropped the Morse code requirement. They also consolidated six levels of licensing to three. The three remaining classes are: Amateur Extra Class (*19% of those licensed), General Class (23%) and Technician (50%). Each level has an increasingly challenging exam which the applicant must successfully pass in order to obtain increased privileges. If you are interested in finding out more about Amateur Radio and testing requirements please see www.arrl. org For license test sessions in your area please go to http://www.arrl.org/find-anamateur-radio-license-exam-session *The remaining percentage of operators in the Amateur ranks are in the classes that have been discontinued and are in the process of being grandfathered out (Novice, Technician Plus, and Advanced Class).

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that was family-friendly, that anybody and everybody [can use]; if you’re handicapped and in a wheelchair, it doesn’t matter, everybody shoots,” Nola said. “We make the variety of equipment for people bigger than just one brand of bows,” Joe said. “Being a golfer, you go to a place like Golf Galaxy and you see every golf club in the world is in there and you can hit anything you want. “It’s the same way for people purchasing bows. It doesn’t matter what you read about a golf club or a bow. It’s never the same when you put it in your hand. It doesn’t feel the same. There’s just little things about it. Once you find a bow that fits you, 9 times out of 10 that’s the last bow they buy.” You could say Cinnamon Creek is

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pioneering the archery business model. “To me, I’ve always said archery is like bowling,” he said. “You can do it at any age. It’s the new bowling in America, because we were going after that smaller crowd of people on a broader base, where nobody wanted to go.” Like bowling, Cinnamon Creek has competitive leagues and teams that compete in events in local, area and state events. Also similar has been the influx of women who started coming into the facility in its second year. An increasing number of youth have followed making Cinnamon Creek a family recreational facility that’s truly a family business. Both of their children – daughter Kristy of Flower Mound and son Joey of Sachse – and many of their eight grandchildren – work at Cinnamon Creek. The Musacchio’s lived in Flower Mound from 1982 until 1986 when they moved into the Copper Canyon home

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Cinnamon Creek Ranch recently hosted the 2017 Texas Field Archery Association State Indoor Archery Tournament.

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where they still live. Why have they remained in southern Denton County all these years? “The friendliness of the people,” Joe said. “We never experienced that coming from the North.” It’s a feeling that has them wanting to live here forever.

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“Two weeks after we moved here we looked at each other and said ‘what took so long,’ ” Nola said. “I always tell people when we got here I clicked my heels,” Joe added. “I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I tell them never kick me out.”


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The first piece of the project was installation of a new Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS). The new system allows Highland Village to connect with Denton County and potentially other area cities. It also allows us to better track and analyze how we service the public safety needs of our community. The CAD and RMS system we had been using was out of date and definitely needed to be replaced. We also needed to move to the new technology so we could transition to the Denton County digital radio system. The new digital radios provide much better reception for all public safety personnel. Highland Village is a small community however the varied topography of our city presented reception issues

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most publicly visible is the Emergency Care Attendant program. Through the ECA program we have certified our police officers to provide Basic Life Support while waiting for the arrival of emergency medical personnel who can provide Advanced Life Support. The training was conHighland Village Police Lt. Bobby Doyle and Highland Village Fire Deputy Chief ducted through Travis Nokes – Emergency Care Attendant (ECA) Program Coordinators. MedStar of Fort Worth and interfor our old system. Just this aspect nally from our of the project has significantly inown fire department. Deputy Fire Chief creased the safety and welfare of Travis Nokes and Lt. Bobby Doyle coour first responders. We are also ordinated the program. Our officers unnow in compliance with new P25 derwent training that provides them the standards for radio communication confidence and competency to check systems. vital signs, control bleeding, patient staAll of these upgrades are internal bilization and provide special Cardioto the operations and procedures of pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Our Highland Village’s public safety. officers are held to the same standards The new enhancement that is the and expectations which are placed on all

USMD announces the resignation of Cynthia Mace-Motta, D.O., effective March 31, 2017, after which time she will no longer see patients as part of USMD. USMD will contact patients who have appointments scheduled with Dr. Mace-Motta after March 31 to make alternate arrangements. Please call the Las Colinas MacArthur OB/GYN Clinic at 972.401.1563 with any questions.

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firefighter/paramedics. Our officers are out in the community so when a medical emergency call comes in they are often able to arrive first. With this training they can begin basic life support, communicate to the paramedics as they travel to the scene and provide comfort for the patient. These extra few minutes could be the minutes needed to save a life. Highland Village has always put a priority on the safety of our community. Over the years our community policing philosophy has been one of the reasons we are consistently ranked as the safest community in North Texas. Highland Village hires police officers who have a commitment to community policing; this makes them a perfect fit for the ECA certification. Also over the last several years we moved from a volunteer fire department to a full-time department staffed with firefighter/paramedics to provide for the emergency and medical needs of our residents. These enhancements were the next step to improving the safety of our first responders and providing better protection and emergency medical services for our residents. I hope that you don’t have a situation where you need to experience the ECA program for yourself, but if you do I believe you will be glad we’ve put these programs in place. In my last article I praised our employees and their commitment to serve the residents of Highland Village. Through this project I was able to see departments working together, bringing others into their field of expertise and sharing their knowledge for the benefit of our residents. And once again I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Mayor of such a fine city.


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May 2017 Double Oak Council Municipal Election The town’s municipal election will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The following filed as candidates for office: Candidate for Mayor Mike Donnelly (unopposed) Candidates for Council-Member (Elect 2) Steve Durbin Dr. Ara Minassian Scott Whisenhunt Waketon Road and Drainage Reconstruction Improvement Project The town was recently notified that this important road and drainage project is back on the engineer’s list. The plan is to bid out the Double Oak and Flower Mound sections together. The road will be widened, constructed in concrete with curb and gutters and sidewalks. The Chinn Chapel – Waketon intersection will be constructed with a round-a-bout

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and ice chunks. This is especially relevant when outdoors and Flower Mound’s outdoor warning system is another tool in the arsenal. It is activated for tornado warnings and straight-line winds of at least 70-miles per hour, hail of 1.25 inches in diameter or greater; even tight cloud formations.

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similar to the one at Dixon Lane. An informational open house will be held at town hall in the future and the public will be notified. Please contact town hall if you have any questions.

ing land use zoning categories such as commercial, retail, restaurant, health care and other uses. Residents are welcome to attend council meetings to hear discussion and provide comments.

Discussion on an ordinance prohibiting the use of a hand held electronic device while operating a motor vehicle Councilman Ted Gruenloh has requested that the town consider such an ordinance, meaning it would be illegal to hold and use a cell phone or any electronic device while driving. Councilman Gruenloh is spending time researching other municipalities that have either adopted such an ordinance or are in the process of discussing it. This issue is under discussion in the current state legislative session. He and the council would like to hear resident’s thoughts on this matter. Council meetings are normally the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of each month and feel free to send an email to Town Secretary Charlotte Allen at town_secretary@ double-oak.com and she will make sure your email reaches council.

Trash and Recycle Carts Curbside Timing Guidelines In the Town’s efforts to maintain its Scenic City designation and keep our neighborhoods attractive, the Town is asking for your assistance and cooperation. Please adhere to the curbside timing guideline in the Waste ManagementDouble Oak brochure:

Town Discusses Zoning Land Use Categories The council is in the process of reviewThe town currently has 19 sirens with three additional units expected to be online in the western end of town by the end of March. The sirens may be activated in small groups for a localized emergency or activated simultaneously for a town-wide emergency. The system is not intended to alert those who are inside a home, school or business. There are no warning sirens in the Argyle Fire District, so text or phone notification alerts are essential.

Curbside Timing: To ensure collection, carts must be at the curb no later than 7 AM on the scheduled trash day pick up. Double Oak requires that you place your trash and recycling carts, including third Friday bulk, at the curb no earlier than 8 AM the day before collection and to remove the carts from the curb by 8 AM on the day following your collection. Courtesy letters will go out to property owners when carts are found at the street past the stated guidelines. Thank you for your help on this matter.

When storms approach southern Denton County, both Barth and Muscle monitor all sources, including various radars, social media, storm spotters on amateur radio, traffic cameras and National Weather Service chatrooms. “It’s a good way to have real-time data so I can be proactive, instead of reactive, to an incident,” said Barth, whose town was recognized in 2014 as a “StormReady” community by the National Weather Service. “We try to be

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Double Oak Women’s Club Community Service News: Casino Night Fundraiser On March 4, 2017! Doors open at 7 p.m. The Double Oak Women’s Club is a volunteer social and community service organization in the Town of Double Oak. The club raises funds to provide for various events and services throughout the year, such as children’s social events, an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior and support to the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department, Double Oak Police Department and the Town of Double Oak.  This is always a fun event for the adults in our community and space is limited in Town Hall – so be sure to get your tickets in advance to reserve your place! You can purchase them by contacting Kathy Shake at kathyshake@yahoo.com or Becky Weber bweber1960@verizon. net to get your tickets.  Tickets are $25 per person. Table sponsors and door prize donations are still needed and greatly appreciated. www.doubleoakwomensclub.com Double Oak wishes all a fun and safe Spring Break!

at least 10- to 20-minutes ahead of it.” Argyle has a storm shelter database and anyone with a shelter should register it by emailing emergencymanagement@ argylefire.com. More details, including links to sign into the Everbridge system, are available at: www.flower-mound.com/fire and www.argylefire.com So sign up for the alerts and keep your eye on the sky this spring.


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Making a Difference In 2007, a group of local business professionals combined their energy and efforts to form Your Home Team Cares to make a difference in the community. It’s a fully-accredited nonprofit organization with a board and a goal to provide immediate assistance to members of the community. The organization offers onetime assistance designed to help those who have had bumps in the road to get back on track. Examples of the assistance provided are rent, utilities, groceries, car payments and insurance. Working at the local level allows the group to respond quickly. School coun-

Back row, left to right: Linda Bartley, Shay Eastland, Amy Kuykendall, Jeneane Sanfelippo, Lynette Smith. Front row, left to right; Donna Robichaux, Bill Anderson, Jeanette Robichaux. Not pictured: Laura Rountree, Kellie Stokes, Diane Berg, Angie Cox.

selors, among others, have become a good source of referrals. Your Home Team Cares has no paid staff and minimal administrative costs; therefore, it’s able to direct donations to the community where they are needed the most. The application process is open to anyone in need. Each application is reviewed and voted on by the board members before assistance is provided. Last year, the group assisted 17 applicants with more than

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$10,000. The group’s funds come from private donations and fundraisers. The current project is the “$10 for 10” promotion to celebrate the group’s 10 years of service. The hope is that 1,000 people will donate $10 each to reach a $10,000 goal. In addition, there is an “In Memoriam Page” on its website providing a place to honor someone and make the community a better place at the same time. Visit the website at: www.yhtc.org; and like them on Facebook at: Your Home Team Cares. To donate, go to: www.paypal.me/YourHomeTeamCares. For questions or more information, contact Bill Anderson at: yourhometeamcares@gmail.com.


March 2017

Legal Talk Texas Misunderstandings About Wills and Probate By Robert S. Morris – Attorney at Hammerle Finley Law Firm

Over the last 39 years of practicing law, the same misunderstandings about wills and probate continue to come up time and time again. So here are some basic rules about wills and probate. 1. For a will to take legal effect the person who made the will must have died and the will must be admitted to probate. You ordinarily must file a will for probate within 4 years from the date of death. One of the most common problems is when the will isn’t probated when the first spouse dies. More than four years pass and it is too late to probate the will and ownership passes by inheritance, not under the will. 2. Not everything you own passes ownership under a will. A joint account

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LOCAL EXPERTS with a right of survivorship passes to the survivor. A retirement account such as an IRA or 401k passes to the named beneficiary. A life insurance policy passes to the beneficiary. Property held in a trust passes according to the terms of the trust. 3. Texas is a community property state. Just because something is in your name alone doesn’t mean that your spouse doesn’t own part of it. 4. Everything doesn’t automatically go to your spouse if you don’t have a will. The inheritance laws are complicated. Perhaps the most common problem when there is no will, is that if the person who died had children who are not his or her spouse’s children, then the children inherit the decedent’s half of the community property, not the spouse.

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Classic economic theory works from the assumption that we (us humans) are rational in our decision making regarding financial matters. I can’t even write that sentence without immediately thinking “rational?” Nevertheless that idea is the foundation for most economics thought and for the most part it works pretty well. If you have trouble finding workers, offer more pay or benefits, if you’ve got a product that isn’t selling, lower the price. There is some predictability in human behavior. When it comes to personal investing it has been found that there are some deep subconscious biases, that we are not aware of that sometimes trip us up and keep us from acting rationally. The awareness of some of these biases has been around for a long time, but in the 60s when psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman began doing research and writing on judgement and decision making, there was an explosion of interest in the field. Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Finance were born and in 2002 Kahneman won a Nobel Prize in Economics (Tversky had died in 1996). Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” published in 2011 summarizes many of his findings and was a best seller. The field and subsequent research has grown immensely. If you search Wikipedia.com for a “list of cognitive biases” there are easily a hundred listed with brief explanations and grouped into

decision-making, belief and behavioral biases, social biases, and memory errors and biases. So you may be asking, “What’s all this got to do with me and my money?” The answer is, a lot. We are completely unaware of these behaviors yet they come into play in virtually all of our decision making. If you are not aware of these tendencies you will fall into the same traps over and over. We can’t go into a lot of detail here, but here are a couple of very simple examples. Loss Aversion: when an investment has declined in value there is a large bias against selling at a loss the tendency is “I’ll hold it till I get even”. This idea is usually not based on any rational decision, but just the desire or feeling of wanting to get back to even. There is a Recency Bias which is the tendency to believe that whatever has been happening will continue to happen. Gold prices up, guess they’ll keep going up. Stock market declined 15%, guess I better sell out. When we say these things it is easy to see the fallacy in the thinking, but left to our own decision making, these biases often control our actions. Granted, this is pretty esoteric stuff, but it is important for us at Kendall Financial, LLC to be aware of these behavior tendencies because we are investing our own money and we are investing other people’s money too. We have about $100,000,000 under management and we are constantly educating ourselves in any way that we can to make us better at our job. When we are better, your financial outcomes are better, your retirement is more secure, your risks are more manageable and your financial goals are more attainable. Give us a call at 972-874-8757 for a free no obligation appointment and let’s see if we can help you reach your goals.


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LOCAL EXPERTS The Empty Nesters’ Dilemma By Jeffery Price

As tempting as it is to remain in your family home, practical considerations may pose challenges. These insights from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management could help you make a choice that works for you. For many people, a longtime home connects them to a community and a way of life they cherish. Among retired people who do not plan on moving, 54% cite loving their homes as the main reason for staying put, according to Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices, a 2015 Merrill Lynch survey conducted in partnership with Age Wave. It is easy to understand why older Americans might reject the notion of relocating or downsizing as they age. But the decision to stay in a home raises inevitable questions. Could taking care of more house than you need eventually become a burden for you? What about your kids—will they worry about you living alone as you grow older? These suggestions may help you decide what you really want to do. Think ahead. Talking openly about the pros and cons of staying in your house may help you think about the implications of your decision for family members outside of your household. Try to be honest with yourself as you consider questions about how you would handle the cost of future modifications to your house or what would happen if you suddenly became ill. Budget for home improvements. Homes age along with their occupants, and a house that falls into disrepair may be more difficult to live in, or could become downright unsafe. A backlog of repairs and maintenance could also hurt a home’s value. In addition to upkeep, the house may need to be remodeled to accommodate changing physical needs. If you’re eager to stay in your home despite medical issues, you may need to install a stair lift, for example, and add rails to bathrooms. If someone is in a wheelchair, more will need to be done, with ramps at entrances and doorways widened.

To cover the costs of renovation and home maintenance, you may need to consider bolstering your income from Social Security, retirement accounts and pensions with investments such as bonds and dividend-paying stocks that have the potential to generate income. Planning ahead for home-related expenses could help you avoid selling off long-term assets in an emergency. You might also consider setting up a line of credit, backed by your home or your investments, to help cover the cost of improvements and serve as a financial bridge in an emergency. Anticipate future health-care needs. Get to know what services are available in your community before you need them. That could include transportation services if you give up driving or part-time help with daily activities. Current and emerging technologies may also hold possibilities for helping you age safely in your home. According to the Merrill Lynch/Age Wave survey, six in 10 retirees are interested in tools such as cleaning robots, heated driveways and innovations that could allow them to monitor their health at home. Involve the whole family. Ultimately, the decision about whether to stay in your home is not yours alone. Your children will be affected by your choice, so share your desires and concerns with them, and listen to what they have to say. And periodically run through a checklist of questions covering different aspects of staying put. You might consider whether you are able to keep up with maintaining your home and grounds, who could help in an emergency and whether continuing to be in your home is burdening those who care about you with constant worries. You may eventually find that your situation and your attitude have changed, and that you are ready to think seriously about downsizing to a retirement community or moving closer to your kids. In the meantime, planning ahead can help prepare you to enjoy retirement to its fullest—in the home you fell in love with years ago. For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor Jeffery D. Price of the Southlake, TX office at 817-410-4940 or Jeffery_price@ ml.com.

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CoServ’s program plays key role in reliability, safety By Brian Flage Reliability Manager, CoServ

In August 2003, 50 million people in the Northeast United States and Canada lost power after high-voltage lines came into contact with “overgrown trees,” triggering the shutdown of more than 100 power plants. This is a drastic example of what can happen when trees aren’t properly pruned, but pruning and removing trees are just two components of a comprehensive vegetation management plan. Vegetation management plays an important role at electric utilities. Without it, reliability would suffer and safety would be compromised. CoServ’s contractors expertly prune trees every three to five years to keep them clear of overhead power lines. Dead or dying trees near lines are also identified for removal, as are young trees that could interfere with service in the future. CoServ’s comprehensive vegetation management plan also provides education on the types of trees and bushes to plant during construction

of new developments. (One immediate tip: Don’t plant trees that will have a mature height of 25 feet near electrical facilities.) We often get asked if there are alternatives to having trees pruned. The answer is yes, but this involves long-term landscape-management planning to prevent future problems. Under no circumstances should you or your neighbors attempt to prune trees that are near power lines. This type of work requires specialized equipment and extensive training in order to do safely. In addition to being dangerous, it is also against the law for anyone other than a licensed professional to prune or remove trees closer than 10 feet of power lines. With springtime planting season upon us, remember, too, to Call 811 at least 48 hours before you plan to dig 16 inches or deeper. When you do, a line-locating service will identify underground lines – electric, natural gas or other utilities – and help you dig safely. If you have any questions or need more details about CoServ’s vegetation management program, please visit CoServ.com/Vegetation or contact us at vegetation@coserv.com. Brian Flage is a Professional Forester, an ISA Certified Arborist and an active member of the Utility Arborist Association.

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LOCAL EXPERTS Why you aren’t losing weight on your “Clean Eating” diet By Adam & Debra Hammett

Clean eating generally refers to eating foods that are close to their naturally found state, such as organic produce, grass fed & hormonefree meats, ancient grains, and unprocessed sweeteners like maple syrup & honey. While it is a good policy to avoid processed foods and eat mainly “clean” foods, it is no guarantee you will lose weight. Here are some reasons why:

Hormone imbalances: Insulin, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones all have a role in weight loss. Unbalanced hormones could be a result of chronic dieting (eating too little &/or binging), chronic stress (physical or emotional), advancing age, overconsumption of alcohol, or even disease. Recommendation: Have your doctor run a full metabolic panel. Make sure your doctor is willing to treat you, the person, and not just the numbers. Sometimes, “borderline normal” results are enough to wreak Photo by cneth photography havoc.

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Too many calories: To lose weight, you must expend more energy than you consume. Even though you eat healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado, egg yolks, & nuts, it doesn’t mean you can have unlimited amounts. All fats, even the healthy ones, are loaded with calories (aka energy). Recommendation: Have two fist-sized portions of vegetables at each meal and limit the good fats to a portion the size of your thumb. Too little protein: Each meal should include quality protein. It can be found in lean meats, eggs, dairy, legumes, lentils, quinoa, tofu, and in smaller quantities, many vegetables. Recommendation: Aim for 25% - 40% of your plate being quality proteins.

You will reap many healthy rewards by consuming a diet of “clean foods.” You may reduce systemic inflammation, develop more balanced hormones, and may reduce or eliminate symptoms from lifestyle diseases like diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and others. If you already eat a clean diet and still find weight loss a challenge, send us a note. 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@SeriousResults.com or Debra@Serious-Results. com

Kwik Kar Ask the Expert:

Fuel Filters, Oil Filters, and Air Filters – Oh my! By Albert Gutierrez, Operations Manager, Kwik Kar Flower Mound

It may seem like you’re being asked to replace a filter in your vehicle every time you take it in for maintenance. This can cause confusion, especially when drivers are not familiar with the many different types of filters that vehicles need in order to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. All filters act as a line of defense for whatever system they are protecting. The clearer the filter, the better the flow is for the “good stuff’ to get through, and the better it is at keeping out the bad stuff too. Just like a clogged drain will cause havoc in bathrooms, kitchens, and public streets, a clogged filter of any kind in your vehicle will eventually cause havoc with your engine, fuel lines, radiator, and more. Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of filters we check and replace for you at Kwik Kar: Oil Filter: When you bring your car in as part of your Preventative Maintenance Program, your Oil Filter will be changed every time we change the oil. This is because your Oil Filter is your main line of defense against contaminants like dirt and debris that can cause premature wear (or worse) on your engine. Fuel Filter: Before fuel is pumped into the delicately calibrated system of the engine, it is filtered to keep out contaminants. The Fuel Filter also allows the right amount

of filtered fuel to be combined with the air it needs so that it properly combusts in your engine’s combustion chambers. One of the biggest culprits that can harm your engine is the small rust particles that can flake off from your fuel tank. A properly maintained Fuel Filter can catch this kind of debris before it causes any damage. In order for your vehicle to operate reliably, a clean fuel system is critical. When the flow of fuel is restricted (by a possible Fuel Filter that needs to be replaced), you could experience issues such as poor acceleration and reduced engine performance. Worse yet, there could be a clogged fuel injector which might cause your car to stop running altogether. Air Filter: Your main Air Filter provides the proper flow of air to be combined with your fuel before being injected into your engine. This filter also protects your engine as well as your fuel system from natural contaminates and debris found in our air before it is filtered and utilized in your vehicle. Cabin Air Filter (or Cabin Filter): Just as the HVAC filters in our home relieve us of allergens, dust, debris, and other pollutants, the Cabin Air Filters in our vehicles perform similar tasks, except they also help keep out the harmful exhaust fumes from other vehicles on the road, among other things. The Cabin Air Filter is generally changed about every 30,000 miles, or when your owner’s manual recommends it. With proper preventative maintenance, Kwik Kar will make sure you get the most out of ALL your filters, and notify you when replacing them becomes necessary. Our job is to ensure your vehicle as a whole will run efficiently and safely, for as long as possible. So come on in today – we have just what you need! Visit our website at www.GoKwikKar.com.


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Cuisine Corner Comes to Argyle

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

By John English, Contributing Writer

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Argyle area residents have a new, whimsical place to gather with the opening of Kimzey’s Coffee Shop.

Argyle is becoming a destination for area foodies … and fans of quirky architecture. Located just north of FM 407, on the east side of Hwy 377, is what might be labeled a “cuisine compound.” Kimzey’s Coffee Shop recently opened at 429 Hwy 377 behind the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop franchise, at 421 Hwy 377, the first occupant in the growing compound. Second, was Earl’s 377 Hand Crafted Pizza Kitchen, at 427 Hwy 377-- which opened

in May 2016-- the former home of the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department. And, set to open on March 22, will be the fourth resident food destination, Bumbershoot Barbecue at 425 Hwy 377. The brains behind the growing restaurant empire is the Denton-based Elk River Investments group, owned by John “Sparky” Pearson of Argyle, who is also behind LSA Burger Co., plus Barley & See KIMZEY’S Page B21

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Guyer High School hopes to make the postseason this year amid a competitive schedule.

Wilfrid Sheed once penned a book called “Baseball and Lesser Sports,” a collection of essays that spotlighted some of the giants of our National Pastime, and also offered some thoughts and reflections upon, well, lesser sports. There is something special about the sport of baseball that makes most of us nostalgic. And, now that spring is just around the corner, it will not be long before Tuesday and Friday nights are

spent at the diamond. Local fans should have a lot to cheer about this year, with three of the five teams in southern Denton County reaching the postseason in 2016; and, Argyle coach Ricky Griffin is excited about what his team is capable of in 2017. “Things are shaping up good,” See BASEBALL Page B6


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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Texas Strives for Success in 85th Legislative Session By State Representative Tan Parker

As 2017 enters its third month, your Texas legislature is well underway for the 85th Legislative Session. The Governor has given his State of the State Address, committees have been assigned, and we are moving forward to do the people’s work at the Capitol.   The State Budget  The Texas House of Representative’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal years will address the state’s critical priorities and lay out a responsible framework for meeting our needs without raising taxes.  We are creating a fiscally conservative budget that addresses key issues such as funding public education, reforming Child Protective Services, and improving mental health access.   It is not by accident that Texas continues to uphold its model economic status and has continued to grow. Texas is the 10th largest economy in the world – it’s been a result of deliberate, conservative policies that have kept our state strong.  Governor Abbott recently hailed that the nation’s top CEO’s have once again named Texas the “Best State for Business” for the twelfth year running and also number one in the nation for capital investment. Though Texas legislators will always

be hard pressed to devise a budget that attends to every need of the state, I remain confident that the House and the Senate will again work together to appropriate funding to best serve the people of Texas. CPS Reform  The initial House budget appropriated nearly $270 million to bring stability to the Child Protective Services (CPS) workforce, which includes higher salaries for these underpaid and overwhelmed employees. While transformation of a system most often requires additional funding, the reforms go beyond just financial investment.  The Texas House also brought with it three approaches that will invest in and help secure a much stronger CPS organization. These include strengthening Kinship Care placements, reorganizing the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS), and transitioning to a more community-based foster care system. As a father there is nothing more important to me than the safety and wellbeing of Texas children.  It’s a personal passion of mine that has influenced my role as a legislator tremendously.  The state has charged CPS to do their duty in protecting children against all forms of abuse, but CPS cannot shoulder this burden alone.   We must equip this agency with the tools and resources needed to ensure children do not fall through the cracks and are afforded every opportunity to live without the fear of abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse. But as we all know, government cannot fix this alone.  Therefore, as citi-

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zens of this state, my prayer is that everyone will do their part in saving the lives of our children by becoming better educated about the signs of abuse, being more aware of children who are in danger, and adhering to reporting suspected abuse.     Mental Health As our state grows, so has the need to address our mental and behavioral health systems to ensure more people have access to vital services.  With an increase of about $162 million in the initial House budget, your Texas legislature is working to implement early intervention efforts, utilize jail diversion programs, and increase capacity at mental health centers and broaden access to care.  This important appropriation also includes much needed treatment for veterans including those who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.    Texas Values As a Texan and conservative Republican lawmaker, I am thankful for the traditional values that our great state was founded upon and for which we continue to fight to protect. This session, I believe that we will again make great strides towards advancing the values that we hold most dear:  protection of families, the sanctity of life, preserving the right to bear arms, a strong border security effort and the freedom to openly acknowledge and practice religion. As the House continues to focus on critical matters, we will also strive to implement legislative solutions that reflect the Texas way of life. Whether I am reviewing the budget, addressing

the State’s infrastructure needs, protecting our children in the foster care system, or embodying the Texas values instilled in me, please know I remain passionately committed to the citizens of House District 63. As always, it is a privilege to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives. If you would like to share a thought with me, please feel free to contact me at 512.463.0688 or by email at tan.parker@house.texas.gov.


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Tireless Tinkerer to Pursue Future in Engineering By John English, Contributing Writer

Clayton Odom

Clayton Odom has always had a fascination with how things work. The Liberty Christian senior has enjoyed tinkering with things from the time he was a young boy and realized a few years back that he was actually pretty good at it. “I do have a great interest in engineering and plan to study mechanical engineering [in college],” Odom said. “I’ve been building things such as potato canons, rockets and different gadgets my whole life. I always found interest in what makes things work and how I can take that and improve the design.” Odom, 17, is captain of the wrestling team at Liberty Christian, a member of the Science Olympiad, the National Honor Society, president of the German

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Club and a competitor in the Math Bowl and TAPPS Academics. He is also an Eagle Scout and captain of the Solar Car Team; an organization he joined in his eighth-grade year at LCS. “Solar Car is somewhere I found I could pursue my passions in technical problem solving and engineering,” Odom said. “I have participated in five races, including a cross country race to Los Angeles and the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge across the continent of Australia. I had the honor of being the captain during this time and made many memories that will last a lifetime.” Odom is ranked ninth in his graduating class and carries a 4.3 grade point average. He plans attend either The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Colorado School of Mines, or CalPoly. He said Liberty Christian is a place where he has received great nurturing and support. “The thing I think I will remember most about Liberty is the teachers and how involved they were,” Odom said. “I will also remember the many good times I’ve had with my friends at Liberty or on Liberty trips.” Odom’s Favorites Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo The Person who most inspires me: Danny Odom, my father Favorite Movie: Star Wars series Favorite TV Show: Burn Notice Book I am currently reading: Command and Control by Eric Schlosser Favorite Musical Group or Performer: The Rolling Stones

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Marcus Senior Stays Involved and Spreads Happiness By John English, Contributing Writer

Maria Pilato

Maria Pilato has made the most of her time in Marcus High School. A four-year member of the Marcus Marquettes drill team where she has served as Junior Service Officer and Head Service Officer, the Marcus senior is also on the MHS student council and has worked at Win Kids for three years as a Birthday Party instructor and Gymnastics coach. “I enjoy being involved, because I love seeing others happy, especially when I know that I had something to do with it,” Pilato said. “It’s very rewarding. I’ve met so many great people and created so many new and lasting friendships.” Pilato, 17, carries a 3.6 grade point average at Marcus and said the last four years have created a number of cherished

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memories for her, particularly regarding the camaraderie at the school. “There’s no way to just pick one thing that I love about Marcus,” Pilato said. “The main thing that sticks out in my mind are the people that I’m surrounded with every day. The teachers-- especially my drill team instructors-- and my friends make me want to go to school every day. I truly look forward to being at school. For being such a big school, it really feels like a close-knit family.” Pilato said if she could do anything in life it would be to work with animals and said her family is the most important part of her life. The Flower Mound teen said that there is one major issue today that affects young people in both good and bad ways. “Social media is a great way to keep in touch, share things with friends, family and the community,” Pilato said. “However, it’s relied on too much nowadays. It’s become a competition, rather than actually wanting to share happy moments. It can permanently affect you in a positive or negative way.” Pilato is headed to Oklahoma State University in the fall and is undecided on her major. Pilato’s Favorites Favorite subject: English Person that inspires me: Alice Dack (drill team director) Favorite food: Anything Italian Favorite movie: Footloose Favorite TV show: Friends Currently reading: 1984 Favorite musical group: Rascal Flatts


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Griffin said. “We have lots of returning players.” The Eagles were regional finalists in the 2016 season, winning the district 9-4A championship and defeating Melissa,

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Sanger and North Lamar, before losing to Pleasant Grove in the regional finals. Argyle returns P/1B Connor Mushinski, OF/P Dillon Carter, P Brett Lundy and IF Brendan Dixon to help lead the way this season. Griffin said he anticipates Decatur,

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Bridgeport and Sanger as being his team’s most difficult opponents this season. He said to repeat on the kind of success the team enjoyed last year, it will come down to one thing. “We have to focus on getting better each week,” Griffin said. Up at Guyer High School, coach Pat Watson said that he has also been impressed with what he has seen early on. “Things have been going good,” Watson said. “Our entire approach has changed and through three scrimmages, I have seen an improvement in abilities and attitude from the fall. We have a good returning nucleus of players and we also have guys who pitched last year coming back as well.” Guyer missed the playoffs in 2016, but are looking to rebound this season led by pitcher Luke Stillwell and outfielder Connor Herriage. Watson said the most important thing to him is to get his players on board with his system.

“The biggest challenge has been getting the kids to buy in to a new philosophy,” Watson said. “We have been preaching that being average is not good enough and we have set the bar high. So far this spring, the kids have bought into the approach. We have also changed our offensive philosophy to where we want to put pressure on our opponents by bunting, slashing, running and making things happen offensively, so the defense is never at ease.” In order to have a strong season in 2017 and make a run at the playoffs, Watson said the Wildcats will have to throw opponents off-guard. “We need to have pitching that can keep hitters off balance,” Watson said. “We don’t have any ‘flame throwers,’ so we have been working on developing change-ups with every pitcher so they will have three pitches.” Over in Flower Mound, the Jaguars are looking to pick up where they left off last season; reaching the third round of the See BASEBALL Page B7


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playoffs, before losing to Coppell by a score of 1-0. Coach Danny Wallace said he is feeling good about the way things are shaping up this season for Flower Mound. “We have several strong returning players from last year,” Wallace said. The team will be led by 3B Lance Russell, P Ryan Stuempfig, SS Carson Bradley, 2B Cade Thomas, CF Zach Mesa and 1B Kyle Landers. Wallace said he anticipates Southlake Carroll and Marcus as being the Jaguars biggest challenges in district this year and said to have another successful season, it will take one thing in particular. “We will have to develop depth in our pitching staff,” Wallace said. For Marcus, missing the playoffs in 2016 was a bit of a disappointment, but coach Jeff Sherman said his team is looking to get things back on track this season. “We are healthy and had a great offseason,” he said. The Marauders return a number of strong players from last year’s team, including SS Jimmy Glowenke, P Reed Osborn, P/1B Michael Leaumont, CF Ridge Rogers and P Caden Lopez. Marcus went 17-12 last season, going 8-8 in district competition and Sherman said there is a lot of parity in district this season. “I think every team in our district has a chance to beat you,” he said. “Every team has pitching and someone in the middle of the lineup.” To have a successful season and reach the playoffs, Sherman said it will take “solid defense and great pitching performances,” from his players. The Liberty Christian baseball team

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was one game away from the state tournament last season, before coming up just short. Coach Johnny Isom said he is looking forward to getting things going once again. The Warriors will have a number of younger and inexperienced players this coming season, but Isom said he believes they will adapt to varsity ball in due time. “I know they will figure it out,” Isom said. “They just have to learn the importance of every pitch and every inning. Last year’s group figured it out quickly and we think this year’s group can do the same. It’s going to take some time.” Liberty Christian won a state championship in 2013 and just missed qualifying for state last year, despite losing 14 players to graduation following the 2015 season. The Warriors will be led by three juniors: centerfielder Kason Howell; shortstop Landon Munday; and, third baseman Corey McMann. Howell was an all-state selection in 2016. Isom said that he has reason to be optimistic heading into the season. “The biggest thing for us, is that I look around and have four varsity coaches,” Isom said. “Most head coaches only have two. This is the sixth year where all four of us have been together, and we also have a junior varsity coach who has been with us for three years and a freshman coach who is in his second year. “What I’m saying is that the consistency is there, so the players come in knowing what to expect. “They don’t know anything different, and they work so hard that when it’s time for them to get in and play, they do extremely well.”

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Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson Disturbance – 100 blk. Thornhill Circle, Double Oak – Verbal disturbance between known persons. No offense committed.

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Assault – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – Complainant reported having been assaulted by a known person. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 8100 blk. Justin Road, Double Oak – During the conduct of a traffic stop officer detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia. Criminal Mischief – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – A resident reported damage to their property.

Forgery / Fraud – 300 blk. Oakview Drive, Double Oak – A resident reported that an unknown person attempted to access his personal electronic account.

Assist Fire Department – 200 blk. Simmons Road, Double Oak – A transformer was sparking causing a fire.

Accident – 8400 blk. Justin Road, Double Oak – Officer worked a four vehicle collision resulting in one car having to be towed.

Suspicious Activity – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Drive, Double Oak – Report that two young men were hunting behind the complainant’s home. Further investigation revealed two juveniles in the woods with pellet guns. Subjects were sent home.

Intoxicated Person – 600 blk. Bradford Street, Denton County – Officer responded to a call regarding an intoxicated female. Suspicious Activity – 100 blk. Lake Trail, Double Oak – A caller reported a vehicle slowly following behind her. The description of the vehicle was a dark colored sedan. The vehicle departed prior to officer arrival. Traffic Complaint – Justin Road / Lantana Trail, Double Oak – A witness reported, at 9:35 p.m., a vehicle swerving in and out of traffic, drifting within their lane, speeding up and slowing down. Officer was unable to locate the reported black Hyundai Sonata. Disturbance – 200 blk. Oakview Drive, Double Oak – A witness reported possible gunshots near the corner of Cross Timbers and Oak View. Multiple officers arrived on scene and located juveniles who had discharged fireworks. Street Blockage – Justin Road / Tanglewood, Denton County – Officer removed debris from roadway. Assist Motorist – 100 blk. Tanglewood, Double Oak – Motorist ran out of fuel. Suspicious Vehicle – 8400 blk. Justin Road, Double Oak – Officer responded to a concern about an 18-wheeler parked on vacant commercial property. Driver departed after being informed that property owner did not want him parked at the location. Telephone Harassment – 100 blk. Victory Lane, Double Oak – Complainant threatened by teen males located in another City. Ordinance Violation – 100 blk. Ridgebriar Lane, Double Oak – Resident set a fire on a non-burn day. Fire was extinguished prior to officer arrival.

Suspicious Circumstances – 300 blk. Oakview Drive, Double Oak – Officer observed the cab light on in an unoccupied semi-tractor at 12:41 a.m. Officer made contact with the driver to ensure that nothing had been stolen. Forgery / Fraud – 200 blk. Whistling Duck Lane, Double Oak – Complainant reported that an unknown person was using his personal identifying information to apply for lines of credit. Arrest – 8300 blk. Justin Rd., Bartonville – During the conduct of a traffic stop a warrant check revealed an adult male was wanted for possession of marijuana probation violation. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was transported to the Denton County Jail. Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Oak Grove Circle, Double Oak – Officer responded to a report of a loose horse at 4:23 a.m. Officer located a loose pony and contacted the owner to lead the horse home. Disturbance – 8700 blk. Crockett Drive, Lantana – Double Oak Officer assisted with investigating a disturbance and alleged assault involving a weapon. Two persons were transported to the hospital. Motorist Assist – 100 blk. Kings Road, Double Oak – Officer found a vehicle stalled in a lane of traffic and assisted by pushing the vehicle to a safe location. Arrest – 100 blk. McMakin Road, Double Oak – During the conduct of a traffic stop the driver was determined to be wanted by the Denton Police Department. Officers took and adult male into custody and transported to jail. Traffic Complaint – 500 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – A citizen reported excessive traffic noise.

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Suspicious Activity – 300 blk. Oak Trail, Double Oak – A witness reported a suspicious vehicle driving and pulling over in front of multiple houses. An officer responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.

Accident – 100 blk. McMakin Road, Double Oak – A motorist lost control of their vehicle and got stuck in a muddy ditch. A private tow service was summoned to pull the driver off the side of the road.

Suspicious Person – 200 blk. Kings Road, Double Oak – A witness reported an unknown male, who appeared to have a vendor’s permit, looking into the windows of a home. Upon further investigation it was determined that the man was a contractor attempting to meet with a customer.

Accident – 3300 blk. Waketon Road, Flower Mound – Officer assisted Flower Mound Police Department with traffic direction as the scene of an accident.

Suspicious Person – 100 blk. Timberleaf Court, Double Oak – Officer was dispatched regarding a male in a pickup driving slowly through the area. Officer located the truck and found three rusty bicycles and a broken Honda generator in the bed. The male explained that he obtained the property from people’s trash. The officer documented the serial numbers of the property and released the driver. Theft In Progress – 1200 blk. Kentucky Derby, Denton County – At approximately 11:27 p.m. a complainant reported that their trailer was being stolen. Upon arrival officers determined that the Complainant’s husband had given permission to a friend to use the trailer but had not told her. Animal Complaint – 300 blk. Oak Trail, Double Oak – Officer helped to recover a horse that had escaped the pasture. Officer secured the horse’s gate and phoned the owner. Assist Agency – 700 blk. East Jeter Road, Bartonville – Officer acted as a cover unit while Bartonville PD conducted an investigation. Meet Complainant – 700 blk. Cross Timbers Drive, Double Oak – Caller wanted help with seeking social services. Alarm – 100 blk. Eagles Nest Circle, Copper Canyon – At the request of a homeowner officers searched a residence for criminal activity. Resident was concerned after the alarm was triggered and a door was found open. Disturbance – 300 blk. Oakview Drive, Double Oak – A resident reported possible shots fired behind their home. Officer was unable to locate the source of the noise. Criminal Trespass – 3400 blk. East FM 407, Bartonville – Officer assisted Bartonville Police Department with issuing criminal trespass notices to panhandlers operating on private property. Suspicious Activity – 200 blk. Kings Road, Double Oak – Reporting party observed a marked taxi cab stop and the driver open a mailbox. Upon further investigation by law enforcement the taxi driver was also determined to be a contract delivery person for Amazon.com.

Suspicious Circumstances – 200 blk. Colonial Court, Double Oak – A resident reported an unknown person driving a white GMC/Chevy Pickup parked on the road in front of their house. Driver was wearing a hoodie and was not recognized by the witness. Subject departed the area while officers were enroute. Accident – 1000 blk. Justin Road, Denton County – Motorist swerved off the roadway, struck a pole and stopped in a ditch. Arrest - 7000 blk. Justin Road, Bartonville – Officers arrested an adult male for an active possession of marijuana warrant. Disturbance – 200 blk. Fox Trot Lane, Double Oak – Argument between known persons. Disturbance quelled when one party voluntarily left the residence. Motorist Assist – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – Officer assisted a resident with proper installation of a child safety seat. Solicitor Complaint – 200 blk. Cross Timbers Drive, Double Oak – A resident reported a solicitor going door to door. Subject, and his driver, departed after being briefed on the Town of Double Oak solicitor ordinance. Disturbance – 8800 blk. Bluestem Drive, Lantana – Dispute between known parties. Disturbance quelled when one party departed prior to officer arrival. Suspicious Activity – 200 blk. South Carruth, Double Oak – Officer noticed a freshly damaged rear window and contacted the owner. Further investigation revealed it had been broken during lawn care. Traffic Complaint – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Drive, Double Oak – Report of a vehicle driving into the neighborhood and slowing down in front of houses. Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Eagles Peak Lane, Double Oak – Officer recovered a small dog and returned it to its owner. Juvenile Complaint – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – A parent was having difficulty getting their juvenile into the car and off to school. Officer spoke with the juvenile, who then reconsidered, and was driven to school by their parent.

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Flower Mound Police Calls

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stolen. A suspect was identified. On Feb. 13, two vehicles in the 1700 block of Timber Creek Rd., were burglarized of personal items and tools.

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: The Academy Sports store at 3621 Justin Rd., reported the theft of almost $3,000 in clothing items on Jan. 26. On Jan. 27, the Subway at 765 Cross Timbers had $152 in cash stolen and a suspect was identified. On Jan. 28, Dido’s Urban Grill at 1900 Long Prairie Rd. reported the theft of $722 in cash plus a safe worth $300. The burglary of a car in the 3600 block of Green Meadow Ln. was reported. Taken was a $600 gun, its magazine worth $20 and some additional items. Five bottles of men’s cologne worth $160 was reported missing from the Target store at 5959 Long Prairie Rd. The same Target store reported the theft and recovery of a variety of chocolate and beauty products by an adult and two juveniles. On Feb. 7, the Kroger at 1101 Flower Mound Rd. reported the theft of $260 worth of expensive Belle Glos and Duckhorn beer. The Firestone Complete Auto Care at 2704 Flower Mound Rd. reported the theft of $9,025 in cash on Feb. 8. A suspect was identified. On Feb. 9, the Kohl’s store at 1001 Valley Ridge Blvd. reported items totaling $930 as

Another vehicle was burglarized on Feb. 13 in the 4200 block of Broadway Ave., with more than $1,100 in items stolen. Six bottles of inexpensive wine worth $36 was reported stolen from the Kroger store at 2709 Cross Timbers Rd. on Feb. 13 The Paradise Bistro & Coffee House in Lakeside reported an item worth $1,500 was stolen on Feb. 14. A suspect was identified. On Feb. 16 at 9:15 p.m., the owners of two vehicles in the 4200 block of Hwy 377 reported the burglary of items including a computer, cell phone, designer purse, several gift cards, $100 in cash, a lunch box and a IT-84 computer. Another vehicle was burglarized at 10:20 a.m. in the 1200 block of Flower Mound Rd. on Feb. 17. A designer purse worth $225 was stolen.

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At 1:36 p.m. the same day, the Target store at 5959 Long Prairie Rd. reported the theft of four Amazon Fire Sticks worth $160. Around the corner at the Academy Sports store on FM 407 at 4:50 p.m., two cameras worth $240 were reported stolen. On Feb. 18 at 4:45 p.m., a $10,000 wedding ring was reported stolen from a residence in the 3700 block of Glenshannon Ln. At 10 p.m. on Feb. 19, a burglary of a residence in the 1400 block of Sedalia Ct. was reported. Missing items totaled $400, including $100 cash. A suspect was identified.

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What follows was taken from Argyle police reports:

the caller and refer him to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

On Jan. 27, a resident of Collin St. called to get help removing a nest of baby squirrels in a truck engine. The officer called All American Dogs Animal Control, but was told they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle that type of call. The officer was told to contact

A hit-and-run was reported on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. on I-35W when a dark-colored pickup going 90miles per hour sideswiped another car.

about two male teenagers playing loud music and being on top of a park swing set. The caller was concerned because of a report about a dog poisoning. The officer investigated and found no criminal activity, he just advised them to turn down the music.

A call came in on Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. complaining

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once again, held hostage by the troublesome turkey standing in the middle of the intersection with Frenchtown Rd. At 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 3, an Amazon delivery person called to report that he was bitten by a large white dog in the 100 block of N. Gibbons Rd. The caller said it was only a flesh wound, and he just wanted to know if the dog had its vaccinations. On Feb. 3 at 7:45 p.m., a call was received about information related to a possible dog poisoning in Country Lakes. After talking to residents, police determined that there was no evidence of random poisoning of animals. A local veterinarian advised that rat poisoning was fairly common in dogs as they kill and eat rats that have ingested the poison. On Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., police were called to the 600 block of Forest Trail to investigate a grass fire that had spread from the burning of a Christmas tree. The homeowners were told it wasn’t a burn-day and a request-to-burn had not been logged. The fire was quickly under control. Another illegal burn was recorded later at 2:20 p.m. in the 500 block of E. Hickory Hill Rd. That fire was also extinguished. A call reporting smoke in the second floor of a residence in the 900 block of E FM 407 was received on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. No fire was observed, but everyone was outside when the fire department showed up. A blower unit in the attic was the source of the smoke. Two cows and some black calves inside a fence by the I-35W ramp to FM 407 watched an officer search for a supposed loose calf on Feb. 7. The officer wasn’t successful. On Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., a caller on Taylor Rd reported finding a sweet, but very thin white lab without a collar. The dog was put in the garage with water and food, but the resident has chickens and couldn’t keep the dog. Loose cows—two black and two white—were reported taking a morning stroll down Westover

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Dr. but the responding officer was not able to locate the escape artists. However, shortly after noon, a call came in from a resident in the 200 block of Stonecrest Rd. who’d been successful in locking them in her pasture. The owner was contacted and arranged to transport them. At 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 10, a well-meaning citizen stopped an officer on E. Harpole Rd. to say how much she appreciated what the department does and wanted to present some gift cards. The officer told her that he was regrettably unable to accept the gifts. On Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. a call was received from a woman at Liberty Christian School indicating the coming of spring as she said that her car and some others in the parking lot were dinged by baseballs and she wanted the incident recorded for insurance purposes. After a period of peace and quiet, a call came in from a residence in the 300 block of Red Bud on Feb. 11 at 4:50 p.m. The male resident reported that his aunt had arrived without permission onto his property and he wanted her to be charged with criminal trespass. The caller was told he needed to file the complaint with the town and it would be forwarded to Chief Tackett. He apparently already has a complaint filed with an officer and the Chief of Police. On Feb. 12 at noon, a woman was bitten on her ankle by an unleashed dog. The owner was walking the dog—off a leash. The officer called All American Dogs; they will do a follow-up. During morning rush hour on Valentine’s Day, the troublesome turkey was running amok on the roadway at the intersection of FM 407 and I-35W. The next day at 2:30 p.m., it was not a turkey but two horses running around FM 407 and Hwy 377. On Feb. 17 at 8 a.m., a turkey report was received. Apparently, the bird walks across FM 407 every morning and will move off the roadway on its own. The question is … why does the turkey keep crossing the road?

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The Dangers of Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs By Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree

The CDC defines a poison as any substance, including medication, which is harmful to your body if too much is eaten, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin. This includes everything from household cleaners to aspirin. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics now considers poisoning one of the leading causes of death from injury in the United States. (CDC)

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Most cases of poisoning in children and teens result from misuse of articles in the home, and medicines kept in the home, are a bigger danger than cleaning supplies and pesticides, especially among teens. Take a moment to count how many people come through your house in a day who could be in contact, whether intentional or accidental, with the medicines in your home medicine cabinet, or even the medicine cabinets of your children. On any given day, you might have family, friends, friends of friends, repair and installation people, and any number of others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2012, there were 259 million prescriptions written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every American adult his own bottle of pills. Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription pain

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killers.â&#x20AC;? (Wisenbaker, 17) Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have risen dramatically during the past two decades. Approximately 15,000 people die from overdoses involving these drugs each year. This is higher than the number of people who die from heroin and cocaine combined. (CDC) With teens in particular, one danger to watch for is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pharm Parties.â&#x20AC;? These parties are not new, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear about them unless someone ends up in the emergency room, or dead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pharmâ&#x20AC;? is short for â&#x20AC;&#x153;pharmaceutical.â&#x20AC;? Teenagers who go to these parties take prescription and over-the-counter drugs to the party. Often, they simply dump these pills in a bowl with pills from other partygoers. Then teens grab a handful of drugs and swallow them to see what sort of reaction they get. These reactions can range from a mild buzz to a full on high to an actual brush with death.â&#x20AC;? (www. teendrugaddiction.com) Studies show that most of the teenagers at these parties get the drugs they contribute from their home medicine cabinets. How can you minimize the risks to your teens? Make sure you lock up opioids. Teens see these drugs as less dangerous than street drugs simply because they appear to be easily available. Make sure to monitor the drugs in your home meticulously. It is easy to get distracted, especially if there is more than one child in the house, but it is critical to your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and teensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety that you are alert at all times if there are any of these products in your home. However, some additional precautions we can all take to ensure

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our children are able to grow up in a healthy, safe environment are listed below. Medicine Safety Tips â&#x20AC;˘ Never â&#x20AC;&#x153;borrowâ&#x20AC;? a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medicine or take old medicines. â&#x20AC;˘ Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically, and safely dispose of medicines that are expired or no longer needed. â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure your teenagers do not have access to these medicines. â&#x20AC;˘ Monitor the use of medicines prescribed for children and teenagers, such as medicines for attention deficit disorder, or ADD. Ritalin is a popular drug at these parties. â&#x20AC;˘ Some medicines are dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before drinking alcohol if you are taking a prescription or over-the-counter medicine. â&#x20AC;˘ If you think someone has been poisoned, call Poison Help, 1-800-2221222, to reach your local poison center. This national toll-free number works anywhere in the U.S. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Keep this number near your home phone and in all cell phones. â&#x20AC;˘ When you leave your children in a babysitterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care, ensure he/she knows about the Poison Help number â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1-800222-1222.


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Highland Village Police Blotter

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2/11 - Theft - 3000 block of Marchwood Drive 2/13 - Possession of Marijuana - 500 block of Rosedale Street

2/2 - Fraud - 900 block of Tartan Trail

2/13 - Possession of Marijuana - Castlewood Boulevard / Village Parkway

2/5 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 3100 block of Justin Road

2/13 - Theft - 2700 block of Justin Road

2/6 - Burglary of Building - 2500 block of Justin Road

2/15 - Driving while Intoxicated - 2500 block of Highland Shores Boulevard

2/6 - Runaway - 1000 block of Crown Court

2/16 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

2/8 - Theft - 4100 block of Waller Creek

2/18 - Open Container Alcohol - 2000 block of Village Parkway

2/9 - Possession of Marijuana - 700 block of Highland Village Road 2/9 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road 2/10 - Possession of a Controlled Substance - 2100 block of Briarhill Boulevard 2/11 - Animal Complaint - Bite Report - Green Oak Court / Highland Shores Boulevard

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2/11 - Fraud - 3000 block of Marchwood Drive

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

2/9 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 700 block of Highland Village Road

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2/18 - Public Intoxication - 800 block of Highland Village Road 2/19 - Theft - 4100 block of Waller Creek 2/20 - Minor in Possession of Alcohol - 3100 block of Justin Road 2/20 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 3100 block of Justin Road 2/21 - Fraud - 3100 block of Winston Drive

2/11 - Assault - 3200 block of Shadow Wood Circle

2/23 - Burglary of Building - 200 block of Orchid Hill Lane

2/11 - Driving while Intoxicated - 2400 block of Justin Road

2/23 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road 2/25 - Driving with Invalid License - 1800 block of Justin Road

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Constables Corner

By Constable Tim Burch Denton County, Precinct 4

My wife Candace

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and I were very fortunate to be able to attend the Official Presidential Inauguration Festivities and Ball in Washington D.C. This was a once in a lifetime ‘bucket list’ item for many people. As this was Candace’s first oppor-

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tunity to visit out Nations Capitol, she was awe inspired by the dynamic presence of major history and important activities that occur in this great place. I want to emphasize we are getting closer to the 2017 Medal of Honor Motorcade event, and if there are any questions in regards to participation or the viewing of this event, please contact me to get involved. Since my last article, I have been contacted by numerous residents in regards to becoming foster parents in Denton County. I urge anyone interested to contact Child Protective Services to address those needs. Unfortunately there is a growing concern for the lack of qualified and available applicants to become foster parents. There is an upcoming date to be celebrated and that is the first grand opening of Kyle’s Place, Denton County’s first accompanied youth shelter. I look forward to the grand opening of Kyle’s place on March 23, 2017 to service the needs of our growing number of disadvantaged youth. For more details, visit www.journeytodream.com. With respect to our local enforcement community, I would like to ask for your prayers and support for Double Oak Police Officer Michael Wyman and his family, as his wife passed away on Feb. 26. We are also very saddened by the recent loss of Detective Jerry Walker with the Little Elm Police Department, whom was tragically slain while attempting to arrest a barricaded subject. There has been an overwhelming

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support for his family from the general public, business community, law enforcement, the public safety sector, and celebrities. Fundraising efforts have been most successful to help ensure his family will be taken care of in the future. There is still ways to contribute to those efforts, and if you choose to do so contact me to find out how you can provide assistance. Detective Walker was well respected and loved throughout the community, school district and the law enforcement arena. Please when reading this article, take a moment of silence in respect of Detective Jerry Walker, may his soul rest in peace. In the upcoming local and school board elections, I encourage candidates who are seeking re-election or new office holders to run on their merit and what they hope to bring to that respective office and to not involve themselves in political rhetoric. This country was built on JudeoChristian beliefs, and it is shameful to see candidates for office and their attempts for election to seek to destroy inadvertently an opponent’s character and reputation. With the expanding population growth within Denton County and Precinct 4 in particular, my department will be more visible than ever with their assistance to the local law enforcement community and by providing patrol and community policing within those areas of jurisdiction.


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Live Better Longer Like many people, you’ve worked hard over the years to build your wealth for a more secure future. But have you taken time to consider your health in retirement and the financial implications? Health care expenses are people’s top financial concern in retirement however, less than one out of six pre-retirees (15%) has ever attempted to estimate how much money they might need for health care and longterm care in retirement.1 Beyond Glen D. Smith limiting what you can do, health conditions can be very costly. Preventive care can help on both counts, and the good news is it's more affordable than ever. Medicare expanded its roster of free preventive services in 2010, eliminating co-payments and deductibles for many of them. Taking advantage of preventive services that are available at no charge under traditional Medicare and most Medicare Advantage plans can help you have a healthy and fulfilling retirement. In your first year of enrollment, you're entitled to a free "Welcome to Medicare" exam from your doctor, and you can get annual wellness visits in subsequent years. Use the initial exam to talk with your physician about your health, lifestyle, social support system and family medical history, and work with the doctor to develop a plan for the health screenings, immunizations and counseling you may need. The 2010 Affordable Care Act now covers many of those services. It’s important to incorporate regular exercise into your lifestyle. Numerous studies confirm the health benefits associated with it and many Medicare Advantage plans now cover fitness and yoga classes as a supplemental benefit — so long as your doctor prescribes them. Check with your plan about its rules. Medicare also now covers dozens of free screenings your physician can use to detect potential health problems. There are a number of tests available which you may want to speak with your doctor about such as screenings pertaining to blood pressure, high cholesterol, breast cancer and diabetes. Proper financial planning is also imperative. Not only can chronic

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health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease ruin plans for an active and rewarding retirement, such conditions can cut deeply into your retirement funds. Properly prepare for the healthcare costs you expect and those that are less predictable such as a need for long-term care. Incorporate healthcare costs into your retirement plan by addressing the following questions with a financial professional: 1. How can I incorporate future health care costs into my retirement strategy? 2. Do I need long-term-care insurance even if I’m taking care of my health? 3. How can I make sure that I won’t be burden to my children as I age? As with any type of planning, the sooner you begin to prepare, the more options you’ll have and the greater likelihood that your retirement lifestyle lasts a lifetime. For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Glen D. Smith of the Flower Mound, TX office at 972.874.1842 or glen_smith@ml.com. 1 Health and Retirement – a Merrill Lynch retirement study in partnership with Age Wave, May 2014. The investments or strategies presented do not take into account the investment objectives or financial needs of particular investors. It is important that you consider this information in the context of your personal risk tolerance and investment goals. This material should be regarded as general information on healthcare considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor. Long-term care insurance coverage contains benefits, exclusions, limitations, eligibility requirements and specific terms and conditions under which the insurance coverage may be continued in force or discontinued. Not all insurance policies and types of coverage may be available in your state. Always consult with your independent attorney, tax advisor, investment manager, and insurance agent for final recommendations and before changing or implementing any financial, tax, or estate planning strategy. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer and member SIPC, and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”). Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc. is a licensed insurance agency and wholly owned subsidiary of BofA Corp. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a marketing name for the Retirement Services business of BofA Corp. Investment products offered through MLPF&S and insurance and annuity products offered through MLLA:

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Special Article for Flower Mound and Denton Foot Pain & Numbness Sufferers who have tried all kinds of specialists & treatments, but are still saying …

“ Doctor, I Cannot Live With The Pain From My Peripheral Neuropathy And All This Agonizing Foot And Leg Pain!” If you have had failed back surgery, diabetes, chemotherapy, cholesterol pills, spinal stenosis, shingles, read below…. Dear Fellow Neuropathy Foot Pain Victim: This is what I hear from my new patients every day. You see, I get the worst and most complicated cases of neuropathy pain, like yours, coming into my office everyday looking for help. Because I am the only one who does this procedure in the whole world, foot pain sufferers are flying in from other countries, other states, and from all over Texas including Austin, Amarillo, Tyler, Ft. Worth, Houston, Ft. Worth, and Dallas, etc. to our Advanced Nerve and Laser Center because I am their “last resort” doctor of hope. If I can’t help them, they will have no where left to turn. They, like you, have usually been told “Well you probably have neuropathy so here is your prescription for orthotics and pain medications”. Or they’ve been told, “there’s nothing that can de done for the neuropathy in your legs and feet” except to block your ability to feel your pain with seizure medications like Neurotinin and Lyrica. Many have already suffered some of the awful side effects of these medications that are mistakenly called “nerve drug.” We have many patients that come with Neuropathy caused by Diabetes or statin drugs for your high cholesterol. Some have had back pain, stenosis, and or leg pain caused by herniated, bulging, or degenerated spinal discs which compress the delicate nerves in your back that travel down to your back that travel down to your legs and feet. Maybe you, like some of my patients have neuropathy following successful chemotherapy. Now these very long nerves have become damaged by the chemotherapy that saved your life but now you can barely walk a single block with your grandkids because of the neuropathy your cancer treatment left you with. Your life, as so often I hear from patients can only be describes as a “living hell,” and you may be coming to the end of your rope. These small fiber Neves in your legs and feet are most likely damaged and you are in CONSTANT EXCRUCIATING PAIN. You might have even lost a tremendous amount of sensation in your feet. Some of you may even have had shingles and developed post hepatic neuralgia around the forehead, ribs, or low back. Do You Have Severe Neuropathy Pain? Our group has successfully helped thousands of Neuropathy Sufferers, just like you all over the country. It seems that no two neuropathy sufferers have the exact same experience but many share similar symptoms and we have seen them all. Betty is a retired Dallas Police Officer. She was having debilitating nerve damage in her feet and legs. After decades of being on her feet and serving Dallas she developed nerve damage in her feet and legs. Every day she was on HIGH DOSAGES of gabapentin! She had to take care of her grandchildren after her daughter in law was tragically killed. She had so much trouble taking care of her boys because of the terrible pain in her feet and legs. Today she is PAIN FREE and Walks like NORMAL!!! Betty is able to enjoy life now without the medications and without the pain. She is able to take care of her Grandchildren without the pain and the fear of being disabled. She is able to sleep throughout the night without problems. You can see Betty’s amazing testimony by going to youtube and searching for “Betty Neuropathy Cure”. Gary had neuropathy for 9 years. Gary had to take pills every day and limited his ability to live life. His feet were having so many problems. Gary had 71% nerve damage. His quality life was going down fast. He was worried about falling and breaking a bone. He was worried about having to spend the rest of his life NOT being able to just simply move around. He was worries about being a burden to his wife. Fast forward to day Gary is more than 80% better. He is walking better, he is off his medications, and his neuropathy is no more. Gary is able to spend time with his wife doing the things they should be doing in retirement! To see Gary’s testimony, go to www.vimeo.com and search for Gary neuropathy cure. Can you relate to Gary’s story? These stories are what I hear every day and fortunately our proprietary laser neuropathy elimination program was the answer for Gary. This is like nothing you ever read on the internet, is it? To see more amazing videos, go to takemypainaway.org. Throbbing, Burning, Stabbing, Tingling, Bruising, Swelling, if you have painful Peripheral Neuropathy, Please Call 940-222-6807. Betty says you better call Dr. Thai now before you can’t drive or walk! These are real people with treat problems that are getting relief with our very specialized protocols. In my 10+ years in the health care profession, I have never been so satisfied with what I do on a daily basis. Our team has the unique opportunity to share with real people a real answer to a very serious and life altering life stealing disorder. I know you are suffering. I know your family is suffering. I know if you qualify for care here, that there is a very real chance that we can help you get your life back. Can we help everyone? NO. Unfortunately, not. There is a point in neuropathy where the damage is so extensive that our NO DRUG, NO SURGERY approach can no longer be effective. So the sooner we examine the extent of your nerve damage, the better. If you were in my office right now, you may even be telling me as others have with tears in their eyes, that you cannot go on living with this constant debilitating pain threat never goes away. Margaret’s feet were continually so hot, that only constant ice water soaks brought any relief. John’s FEET WERE SO COLD THAT IT MADE HIM COLD TO HIS CORE. He looked for any way to warm them up, even went so far as to putting feet on the glass of his fireplace until his flesh was literally burned to the second degree. Steven’s numbness was so complete that he literally stepped onto a framing nail without noticing until the blood pooled on his floor and his wife screamed. “But I’m not that bad” The sooner we got work on your damaged nerves, the more

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Ronnie Before: Throbbing, Pain, and Swelling in the legs and feet.

Ronnie After: Throbbing, Pain, and Swelling Gone. Circulation and skin tone restored. Patient able to walk and stand WITHOUT problems.

likely you will qualify for care and the better the results we will likely have. What we do really works. We are the only clinic in the entire South that use these very specific protocols that regenerate damaged nerves, helping nerves to function better, AND decrease pain and can even completely remove all symptoms associated with diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. We are using very specific, state of the art, breakthrough, non-invasive and non-drug treatment procedures for the relief of severe and constant foot and leg pain caused by neuropathy. Pharmacist personally experience the healing laser relief: I am a pharmacist currently still practicing. I have been suffering from peripheral neuropathy for a number of years now. I have seen doctors and been prescribed medications for my problem. Being a pharmacist I knew that the medications where not going to help fix my neuropathy. I also knew that the longer I took them, the worse the side effects would be on my body. I sought out Dr. Thai and today I am so much better. Life is much easier and I barely have any problems with my Neuropathy at all. -Ronnie, Grandbury TX To watch Ronnie’s testimonial go to www.vimeo.com and search for Ronnie NO more neuropathy

factors in careful consideration. I have repeatedly been told by patients that have seem multiple neurologists that my exam and explanation is the most comprehensive, thorough, and understandable explanations that they have ever heard. I make sure by the end of the consultation and exam that you really understand what neuropathy really is, that you know the severity of your nerve damage, and you will know if I can help and to what extent we can expect your nerves to regain function. These proprietary protocols of comprehensive nerve evaluation, re-growth, and retaining are what sets us apart from every other doctor, vitamin company, spinal decompression center, medical device company, everyone else out there who are claiming to have the answer for you. Medical Doctors Have Said…. Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy is widely recognized by health care providers as one of the most difficult pain syndromes to manage and treat. We have been intensively working people symptoms for over a decade. Patient’s have said…”Dr. Thai, my neurologist told me that I have nerve damage. If that is true why do my feet hurt me so much?” To that I say something that you have never been told before. “It is much like a person that has suffered an amputation of the foot or leg and yet still suffers PHANTOM pain, itch or tickling in the limb that is not there. Peripheral neuropathy is a brain-limb disorder. Help the nerves that are there to function better and we see a wonderful decrease in, or relief, the pain and symptoms. Often after just a few treatments even patients with extreme and chronic pain of the worst kind, including neuropathy of the feet and legs are telling us AND SHOWING US how their pain levels, their swelling, the discoloration in the feet has decreased, their balance has increased and they are shocked, AND THRILLED. Some of them had their pain reduced after only just one treatment. Needless to say, we are amazed every day. We have gone to create the proprietary neuropathy pain treatment protocol that can ONLY be found at “Advanced Nerve and Laser Center” and is designed to reduce or even eliminate neuropathy pain of the worst kind. Introducing “Advanced Nerve and Laser Center “ Using the latest in technology, I offer non-invasive, NO-DRUG, non-surgical, and painless neuropathic pain treatment. I am helping patients reduce or even eliminate their symptoms associated with neuropathy pain using neuropathy laser treatment, very specific non-surgical non-invasive, relaxing reintegration and stimulation protocols of peripheral nerves to increase their function quickly. Dr. Bao Thai DC, Founder of the Advanced Laser and Nerve Center has devoted his practice to nerve related injuries. He is in the demand laser medicine specialist after being sought out by many pro athletes and celebrities. Dr. Thai is proud to be able to serve the US Military Forces and Local Boomers and Seniors just like you. Dr. Thai is a true Texan, having attended The University of Texas at Arlington, and will not give up when it comes to killing your pain. Dr. Thai uses the worlds most advanced and powerful Class 4 laser technology to heal the most challenging chronic pain syndromes such as caused from discs, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and other severe cases that have not responded to drugs, injections, surgeries, or therapies. All procedures are FDA cleared safe, are scientifically effective and non-invasive. When he is not saving the world from pain, he enjoys spending time with his family and attending church in Coppell. Dr. Thai’s mission is to help people live active & pain free lives.

New FDA cleared non -surgical painless Nerve Laser & EPAT therapies. About 3 years ago, I was suffering from tremendous back and sciatic pain that traveled down my legs due to a herniated disc. I learned about a pain relief program including a new type of non-surgical and painless laser treatment from Europe. I learned that it had the ability to quickly increase circulation to an area (much needed in neuropathy patients), it could reduce and/or eliminate So How Can You See If Our Neuropathy Pain Relief Protocol pain in as little as 10 minutes and was changing the lives of patients will help you to reduce or eliminate your foot or leg pain? with severe debilitating pain in offices across the nation. FOR THE FIRST 25 callers we are offering our unique L A I C E A recent survey taken from over 700 patients who have SP Comprehensive Neuropathy Evaluation for FREE! R E F OF utilized this program revealed that there is a 91.6% satisfacThe regular pricing is $265, so call Sarah at 940-220-6752 to tion rate from the laser and EPAT therapy. reserve your FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. Do our proprietary protocols work? (Mention offer code 2017NEWYEAR). A common question that I am asked. Frankly, Yes. The question is will our treatment therapy work for you. It is based upon several We are committed to getting down to the cause of your factors, such as the cause or etiology of your symptoms, the ongoing symptoms accurately defining the severity of your nerve problem, as insult to your peripheral nerves, your compliance to the treatment well as understanding neuropathy and how to treat it, and determinschedule and home care regimen and a satisfactory result in ing if you are a candidate for our help. propriety Peripheral Neuropathy Analysis on the nerves of your feet. Once you have been evaluated fully and completely you will Don’t worry … no needles are involved. know if you are a candidate for this painless safe and very effective A proper diagnosis is essential in peripheral neuropathy RSD Neuropathy Pain Relief Program. (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) and RLS (restless leg syndrome) are Because we have some many retired patients flying and driving just two of the most common misdiagnoses. We are also very all over to see Dr. Thai, he is usually booked out 6-8 weeks so we concerned about your circulatory function, heart risk and the free encourage you to “Call our office right away to get one of our radical concentration damage in your cells. Our process takes these limited Nerve Pain Evaluations before you are put on a long waiting list, and before your foot pain becomes worse or permanently disabled.”

ABC's Carrie McClure interviewing Dr. Thai on his non - invasive laser and EPAT treatments that are being used to help those who are tired of taking pain pills, injections, and failed surgeries, but are suffering from unresolved chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy. (See Dr. Thai's interviews at takemypainaway.org)

CORINTH: 3941 FM 2181 Corinth Texas 76210 The first 11 callers will be mailed a copy of Dr. Thai’s “The Healing Power of Laser Therapy” Book for only $1.00 (Limited supply so order your now) P.S. You can either keep living with the pain and numbness or you can claim your evaluation and find out if you are a candidate for our treatment like our other patients. Call Now: (940)-220-6752 - Call Start Time: 9am Today

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Dogtopia

Dogtopia Offers Home Away From Home

Local pet parents now have a new pup paradise to take their furry best friends. Dogtopia, the nation’s leading dog daycare, boarding, training and spa facilities, has opened its first location in North Texas in Highland Village situated at 1830 Justin Road. Dogtopia offers personalized care for pups in a fun, safe and comfortable environment for many surrounding communities. Locally owned and operated by husband-wife team Carolyn and Jason Greig, the new Dogtopia offers an experience focusing on safety and transparency for dogs. “Our facility strongly emphasizes the benefits of dog daycare – education, exercise and socialization,” stated Carolyn Greig, who left corporate America to open Dogtopia. “Our mission is to create the most exciting day ever for the pups, while simultaneously providing owners peace of mind while they’re at work, on vacation, etc.” Upon bringing pups to Dogtopia for the first time, pet parents are walked through a tour of the facility while their dogs are evaluated. Evaluations are completed for each pet that comes to Dogtopia to ensure the safety of all dogs while they are here to play

and stay. Based on the size and temperament of the pet, they are assigned to play in one of the three large playrooms. Highland Village Dogtopia provides an open layout where each room has compressed rubber flooring to ease joints, prevent slipping and promote safer play, as well as a powerful HVAC system funneling air in and out of the building to ensure clean, fresh air. Furthermore, the new Dogtopia has two dedicated, CPR-trained health and safety officers, as well as web cam technology in each room to allow pet parents to check on their furry best friend at any time. “It’s been fantastic being so involved in the community since we’ve opened,” Carolyn added. “It’s incredibly rewarding that community members trust us with their furry family members. Our highly trained team is dedicated to providing the best care for dogs and their families, and we guarantee that dogs who leave our facility believe they just had the best day ever.”

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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday: New Eats Abound By Jay Marks

Get ready, Foodies! There are several new restaurants opening in our area over the next few months, which means we are going to be kept very busy trying them all out. And we are just fine with that! Here are all the restaurants you should keep an eye out for in the coming months. Mio Nonno

Mia Nonno

Mio Nonno is located across from Paradise Bistro in Lakeside DFW and will serve authentic, traditional Italian dishes made from fresh local ingredients.

Their original location is in Allen where Chef Ati Mala has wowed customers with their wood fired smokeycrusted pizza, their antipasti, and their desserts of the day. Mio Nonno is expected to open within the next month. Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi This Asian-fusion restaurant is located at the front of Lakeside DFW along FM 2499. Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi is owned by the same person who owns Kobeya Japanese Steak & Sushi in Southlake Town Square. So, prepare yourself for some delicious Asian-fusion cuisine! Milwaukee Joe’s Gourmet Ice Cream Known for their classic flavors and cakes and pies, Milwaukee Joe’s is a family-owned and operated Fort Worth creamery which has been serving DFW residents since 1995. Every ice cream is made in their Colleyville Creamery and they currently have a store in Colleyville and Southlake Towne Square. They are looking forward to bringing their incredible flavors and family-

friendly atmosphere to Lakeside DFW. Mena’s Tex-Mex Cantina Mena’s will bring with it to Lakeside DFW their reputation for top-notch food, drinks and bar service. Their bar is designed to face the open patio that faces the intersection of Northwood and Lakeside. They currently have two other locations in Richardson and Carrollton where they serve their variety of traditional Tex-Mex dishes. Mi Dia from Scratch Mi Dia currently has two DFW locations (in Grapevine and Plano) and is looking forward to opening their third in Flower Mound across from Flower Mound Presbyterian Hospital on FM 2499 this summer. Mi Dia is well-known for their menu which fuses flavors from traditional Mexico City dishes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors. Edison Coffee Co. Edison Coffee Co. will be opening their new location in Flower Mound’s Parker Square where they will continue to serve their delicious beverages and pastries. Owners J and Melanie McWhorter are appreciative of those who pushed them to expand into a second location and are looking forward to bringing patrons of Parker Square their unique coffee creations.

The new location is expected to open in May. Sonora Grill – Cocina de Brasa Back in the fall, we announced that Mexico City-based restaurant Sonora Grill – Cocina de Brasa would be opening their first location in the U.S. right here in Flower Mound! The restaurant in the Crossroads Centre at FM 3040 and Morriss will offer quality cuts of meat with rich, unique flavors, as well as a large selection of Mexican wines. It should open by this summer. Shoal Creek Tavern Shoal Creek Tavern in The Shops at Highland Village has been offering glimpses of their interior décor to Facebook-ers over the past few weeks and the anticipation is killing us! Created by local restaurateur, Jim Verfurth (of Verf’s Grill & Tavern), Shoal Creek Tavern will offer American cuisine as well as a healthy selection of beers and liquors. They are expected to open this month. Cavalli Pizza Old Town Lewisville will serve as Cavalli Pizza’s third location in DFW and will offer their incredible menu of Neopolitan-style pizzas, tapas-style dishes, wood-fired sandwiches and dessert pizzas. See FOODIE FRIDAY Page C20

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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday Continued from C18

Shoal Creek Tavern

Cavalli Pizza is expected to open within the next month. Twisted Root Burger Co. This DFW favorite first started serving their unique “twisted” burgers, Root Beer and shakes out of their Deep Ellum location and have expanded throughout the Metroplex over the last 10 years. Their location in Old Town Lewis-

ville will be their 19th and will offer the same great food and the same unique atmosphere as all of their other locations and will be a great option for residents of southern Denton County. Prohibition Chicken Prohibition Chicken is expected to open in Old Town Lewisville in March and is an original concept created by the JBKJ restaurant group. It will be a prohibition-themed bar and restaurant serving three styles of chicken with a wide variety of sauces and sides, as well as a live biscuit station. The restaurant will include two bars – one of which can be accessed through a phone booth (like in an old speakeasy).

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Kimzey’s

about making everything in-house. We really believe in our coffee so we want the Continued from Page B1 coffee to be the highlight; we don’t want to cover it up with a bunch of sugary things. “All we have is vanilla and mocha and we’ll do some seasonal specials as we get a little more into the groove, but we really hope that people will try different coffee; that’s why you will see a different menu than in most of the other places. Kimzey’s will welcome Matt Fisher, Kimzey’s Coffee Shop operator, knows a good cup of people seven days a week java when he tastes it. from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Board in Denton. The coffee shop is named “We are really, really Kimzey as a salute to Pearson’s grandfather excited to be part of this community and and his daughter’s middle name. can’t wait to meet everybody that comes The brand-new Kimzey’s Coffee Shop in,” said Fisher. “dreams of a world brought together by good On March 22, a shiny 32-foot permanent coffee, a kind community and a whimsical Airstream-style trailer will start serving imagination.” One look at the shop’s exterior barbecue worth the drive to Argyle. proves they literally mean what they say. Bumbershoot Barbecue will be under the The building has two field stone chimney direction of Earl’s and Barley and Board stacks, a wavy wood shake-shingle roof and Executive Chef Chad Kelley. a front entrance straight out of Toad Hollow Bumbershoot Barbecue’s menu will or a Hobbit tale. include brisket (smoked with hickory, then “Everything about this place is inviting pecan); pulled pork; St. Louis-style ribs; people in to imagination, creativity and roasted chicken, turkey; and at least two a little bit of an escape from reality,” said varieties of sausage. It will also offer taterMatt Fisher, Kimzey’s operator and owner tot nachos topped with chopped brisket and of West Oak Coffee Bar in Denton. “We’re shredded cheese. hoping it can kind of become Argyle’s living Bumbershoot’s sides will include room.” coleslaw; smoked red potato salad that’s While the outside is whimsical, the similar to a loaded baked potato; and baked offerings inside are seriously professional beans with apple hot-links for flavor. It will under Head Chef Amanda Potter, a well- also have specials like smoked bologna and known baker. chicken wings. As the latest member of the West Oak Diners will be able to enjoy Bumbershoot’s Coffee family, it will serve the same high- food sitting at either picnic or umbrellaquality coffee choices, food and alcoholic covered table, or use Earl’s patio and beverages the patrons of West Oak Coffee screened porch. There will be misters for the Bar in Denton have come to expect. Texas heat and heaters for the Texas chill. “We’re significantly different from what Bumbershoot will be open at 11 a.m. and people are used to getting through a drive- serve until either the food runs out or 2 p.m., thru,” said Fisher. “We’re really specific whichever comes first. It will re-open at 5

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p.m. with fresh servings. As is the plan with many joints like it, they’ll sell barbeque until they run out. It will be closed Mondays. “This is our approach to ensuring a great quality product,” said Jason Ramey, operations manager. “We pride ourselves in not serving meat that sits in a warmer all day. Everything will be fresh and coming

off the pit throughout the day.” For more information, menus and directions, visit: kimzeys.com for Kimzey’s Coffee; www.earls377pizza.com for Earl’s 377 Pizza; www.fuzzystacoshop.com for Fuzzy’s Tacos. Bumbershoot Barbecue’s website is under construction.

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ARGYLE: April 8 - Argyle’s 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Argyle High School. Food trucks, bounce houses, live entertainment, vendors and 1000’s of eggs. 940-464-7273 April 22 - 2nd Annual New Hope Equine Sporting Clay Shoot at 8 a.m. at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Benefiting New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy in Argyle. www. newhopeequine.com BARTONVILLE: March 4 - Greater 407 Lions Club Country 5K at 8 a.m. at Bartonville Town Center, 2650 FM 407. www.fm407lionsclub.org. March 25 - Community Shred & Recycling Day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bartonville Town Center. 940-241-3030 April 8 - Bartonville’s Annual Spring Clean Up & Recycling Day from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lantana Fellowship Church, 2200 Jeter Rd E. Free to Bartonville residents. Bulk items, brush, electronics, lawn equipment, paper shredding and Goodwill donation truck. Hazardous waste accepted by appointment only. www.townofbartonville.com DOUBLE OAK: April 8 - Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. at Double Oak Town Hall. www. doubleoakwomensclub.com FLOWER MOUND: March 4 - 6th annual Summit Club of Flower Mound Western Saloon & Casino Night fundraiser from 6:30-11 p.m. at Circle R Ranch. www.SummitClub.org March 7 - North Central Texas College Employment Day from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. at Innovate Flower Mound Center, 650 Parker Square. Seeking employers and applicants. 940-498-6452

Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. www.fmco.org

monarch butterfly waystation. To register, call 972-874-6165.

March 9 - Accelerate your Business Free Workshop from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Innovate Center, Parker Square. Art Locke and Debbie Sardone will host. www.bucketsandbows. com/accelerate

April 1 - Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Flower Mound Animal Adoption Center, 3950 Justin Rd. Dewormer and microchip services also available. No appointment is necessary. 972-874-6390

March 17 - University of North Texas College of Music’s Center Piano Trio performs free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morriss Road. www. lewisvillesymphony.org

April 5 - Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 W. Windsor Dr. www.flowermoundchamber.com

March 18 - Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra presents Dueling Pianos at 7:30 p.m. at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. www.fmco.org March 21 - Flower Mound, Highland Village, LISD, Lewisville Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. at Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 West Windsor Drive. www.fmarc.us March 25 – Free Summer Fun Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Businesses and organizations offering summer camps, programs or activities will be on hand to take registrations and provide information.

March 7 - Retirement By Design at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Hosted by Frank Rattan, Jr., CRPC, a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Free event. To register, call 972-874-6165.

March 25 - Movie Night at Heritage Park: Moana from 7 to 10 p.m. at Heritage Park, 600 Spinks Rd. Food trucks on-site and free popcorn provided. Free event. Bring blanket and/or lawn chair. Movie begins at 8 p.m.

March 7 - Flower Mound Symphony Preparatory and Philharmonic orchestras present their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. at

March 31 - Monarch Waystations for North Texas at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Create a

April 8 - 34th Annual Easter Egg Scramble from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Jake’s Hilltop Park, 4975 Timber Creek Drive. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. and the Scramble begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. Free event. 972-874-6000 HIGHLAND VILLAGE: April 1 - 1st annual Heritage Elementary Hawkfest Community Carnival from 1-5 p.m. at Pediatric Dental World, 2300 Village Parkway. 757-630-0805 April 2 - Bunny Hop Festival Charity Fundraiser and Vendor Fair sponsored by the Highland Village Rotary from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at EXCITE! Gym & Cheer, 2225 Highland Village Road. Admission is free for children and $5 for adults. Benefiting CASA, Boys & Girls Club of North Texas, Children’s Advocacy Center and Cross Timbers YMCA.  972-874-8500 April 8 - Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Boulevard. Free event. Face painting, a fire engine, bounce house and photos with the Easter Bunny (bring cameras.) Rain date: April 15. 972-317-7430

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Locking yourself in a room has become a big pastime in southern Denton County.

So, you’re in a room with two to six people and you’ve been told you must disarm a nuclear weapon that’s been hacked. Your tools? Your brain and a starting clue. Ready, set … start the countdown. The Cross Timbers Gazette team of five faced that challenge in the Escape Room HQ (ERHQ) at 1565 W. Main Street, #495 in Lewisville. We felt good about our first group decision—we turned on the light;

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Rob Bowles, Lantana’s “snake whisperer”, said that snake season is well underway. “Snakes around here don’t hibernate, they brumate” said Rob Boles, well-known “snake whisperer” of Lantana. “When it gets warm enough they will come out to bask in the sun and search for food. With the warm winter we had this year, I’ve had calls in December, January, and February.” He said he’s seen people posting identification questions on general social media sites, but the best place to post a photo or

question to get an expert answer is: www. facebook.com/groups/whatsnakeisthis/. The free group has more than 37,000 members. His best advice to minimize snakes taking up residence in your yard is to clean-up the property; keep the grass height under control, shrubbery clean without too much mulch, plants trimmed up, and good pest control. See SNAKES Page C19


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Are You Ready for Spring? The sun is shining again and the plants are starting to bud. Your neighbor’s yard is already looking like the cover of Home & Garden’s spring issue, but you can’t seem to get your grass green enough or your flower beds full enough to be a serious contender for the neighborhood’s coveted “Yard of the Month” sign. We at Spot On Lawn & Landscape want to share some of our tried and true tips that will ensure your lawn is the best on the block this spring.

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Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System Living in Texas requires a reliable heating and air conditioning system. Your HVAC system is a complex system of interdependent components which must be maintained regularly to run efficiently. Newer air conditioning systems not only heat and cool the air, but can also manage air quality and humidity levels. Additional

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whole house filtration or dehumidification systems can also be added to an existing system. Regular air filter replacement and periodic duct cleaning can improve the air flow and air quality in your home by reducing contaminates that are recirculating in the air. These contaminates can affect your health, especially if you have breathing problems or allergies. The right amount of humidity

in your air is important, too. Too much humidity can increase germ and mold growth and damage caused by condensation. Lack of moisture in the air can cause dry skin and sore throats and increase static electricity. Regular tune-ups can save money, too. Some parts may be worn and may cause your system to work harder than it must, which reduces efficiency and increases See HVAC Page C12


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your utility bills. Regular maintenance can identify those worn parts and replace them before a major repair is necessary. Proper maintenance is key to keeping your system running efficiently. EnergyStar recommends that you “maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and

the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.” Finding a reputable HVAC company that is highly rated by the BBB and its customers is important. To keep you and your home as comfortable as possible, you need a professional, experienced, and highly trained HVAC technician to maintain your system. Your technician should be able to evaluate your HVAC system for any problems and provide options to increase the reliability and efficiency of your system. --By Christina Weise for Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical


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Gardening: Succeed With Texas Superstars By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

The story has it that when The Great Lady led her nomad band into the Nile valley, they abandoned the wandering life of eating catch-as-catch-can and took to growing food crops. Prosperity followed, then drove the one-up-manship urge in Egyptians, who wanted to gussy up their garden plots. Pharaoh dispatched plant hunters far and wide to bring back appealing flowering herbs, shrubs and trees that would survive at home in east Africa. As a result, we also credit this famous pyramid-building civilization with the lesser-known invention of flower gardening. Who knew? And, did you know that North Central Texas rests on same latitude in the earth’s temperate climate zone as ancient Egypt. If that’s not enough, it even hugs the east edge of a desert. However, temperate region weather and geographic variations mean one size does not fit all the plants that can grow between the poles and the equator in the temperate belt that circles the planet. Take, for example, apple trees, also known as malus domestica. In north Texas, gardeners need to choose trees that produce fruits with light “pink” blushing skins. Those malus varieties require a low number of annual chilling hours, or

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Gomphrenas, several Petunias, Vinca Coras, a number of Hibiscus varieties, some Lantanas, Turk’s Cap, Phloxes, and Salvias. If you want to try out some tropical, that

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will probably only last one season here, look for sassy stuff like Brazilian Red Hots, Pride of Barbados Caesalpinias, Gold Star Esperanza and Firecracker Jatrophas, among others. Several roses including Knock Outs have become Texas Superstars, but don’t buy until you are sure the specimens for sale are not

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March 2017

Estate Planning Checklist

10 things to do to get your estate plan in order We’ve all heard the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” which is applicable to many areas of life, especially when it comes to getting your estate plan

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in order. Regardless of if you have a modest collection of assets or a sprawling estate with high value assets, it’s very important to set aside the time to effectively account for how you want your estate and final wishes to be handled after you pass away. That’s why the attorneys here at Burrows Law Group have assembled an estate planning checklist to help you draft and secure an estate plan that’s tailored to your needs and suits your family in the manner you see fit.   Our Estate Planning Checklist 1. Take an Inventory of Your Estate – All the items you own, including any real estate property, vehicles,

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wishes in regards to having life-support withdrawn in the event of you sustaining an irreversible or terminal condition, wherein you become dependent on artificial life-sustaining measures. 8. Have a Will Drafted – A will acts like a roadmap that dictates the distribution of your assets upon your death and answers the who, what, when, where and how of inheritance. It’s best to meet with an estate planning attorney when drafting a will because he or she will know exactly what elements to account for. 9. Schedule a Consultation with an Estate Planning Attorney – An experienced attorney will be able to navigate the whole estate planning process and address any questions or concerns you may have about your estate plan as well as facilitate its development. 10. Secure Your Documents in a Safe Place – Your attorney and/or Executor may need access to important estate planning documents (i.e., last will and testament, trusts, deeds of real estate, stocks, bonds, credit card information, retirement plans, mortgage/loan documentation, final arrangements, etc.) after you pass on. So it’s important to keep these documents in a safe place—like a personal safe or safety deposit box—and let your attorney and/or Executor know how to access them upon your death.   Contact Burrows Law Group for Estate Planning Help If you decide you need additional clarification or assistance after going through our estate planning checklist, please don’t hesitate to contact Burrows Law Group at 972-304-6000 or visit our website at burrowsatlaw.com at your earliest convenience. Our estate planning attorneys will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your needs. In addition, mention this ad to receive a free 30 minute consultation to begin planning for you and your loved ones future.


March 2017

Winter Warmth Breaks Records By Meteorologist Brad Barton

This past month was the warmest February on record in two ways and resulted in the warmest “meteorological winter” ever in North Texas (Dec, Jan, Feb). First, temperatures: Our average high in Denton during February was 69 degrees. Our average low was near 45, giving us a day/night average monthly temperature of 57, a full 10 degrees warmer than normal. And that takes into account the brief cold snap that dropped Denton to 30 on the 24th and 37 on the 25th. Moreover, DFW International recorded 14 days from December through February with highs of 80 degrees or above. Fort Worth Meacham Field reached 91 on the 23rd. Lots of old records fell in February. Rainfall was lacking. Through the 26th, Denton Enterprise Airport recorded only 1.72” of rain, which was .69” below normal, but new storms were forecast to bring an additional half-inch to an inch of rain to Denton just before March. Added to January’s above-normal rains of 2.96”, we have accumulated 4.68” of rain so far in 2017. Our best rains were concentrated around mid-month, on the 13th and 14th, when we picked up 1.28”. Another .44” fell over the 19th and 20th. No severe weather, nor any snow

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or ice occurred in Denton during February. For all practical purposes, spring has nearly sprung and our 30degree reading on February 25th may be our last freeze of the season. Neither the Global Forecast System nor the European models indicate any more below-normal temperatures through the first week of March. And once we get past St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve passed our average last killing frost for the year. That’s not to say we can’t freeze in early April. We can, and have, but it’s very rare. Judging from high concentrations of tree pollen, it appears we’ve moved from flu-season directly into allergyseason. Again. Government forecasters issued their final update on the La Nina (cooler than normal water temperatures in the central Pacific) on February 9th. Ocean temperatures have stabilized at historic norms. That should mean a let-up in the frequent heavy storms plaguing the California coast. For all the winddamage and anxiety over dam breaches, the winter snowpack and heavy rains ended what some had termed California’s “permanent drought.” It actually lasted about 5 years. Only a few pockets of even “moderate drought” remain in California now. For North Texas, government forecasters are predicting normal rainfall during the spring, but consistently above-normal temperatures through spring and summer. Again this year, WBAP 820 and WFAA-TV will host “WeatherCon” at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field, Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Come and go as you please. Admission to the museum,

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normally $7-10, is free to everyone during WeatherCon. There will be booths, exhibits, stage presentations, demonstrations and lively question-andanswer sessions with Brad Barton, Pete Delkus and other forecasters and storm-

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chasers. We hope to see you there! Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist of WBAP820/570KLIF/99.5 The Wolf


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Snakes

you start to swell. • Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart. • Clean the wound, but don’t flush it with water. Cover it with a clean, dry dressing.

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“Snakes are there looking for a food source,” Boles said. “Contrary to the old moniker “the only good snake is a bad snake”, all snakes have a place in balancing the ecosystem.” He told about an encounter with a Copperhead last year. A woman had called him about the snake that would cross her yard every night; always about 9 o’clock to go into the yard of the neighbor next door. Boles looked over her fence and saw the neighbor’s yard had high grass and messy shrubs and various kinds of debris scattered everywhere; perfect for mice, rats or other “snake food.” “She’d practically covered her yard with moth balls—my eyes were stinging from them—as a deterrent against snakes. People! There’s no such thing; a snake will go where a snake wants to go. In fact, under some circumstances, using mothballs outside can be a federal crime—don’t do it! The only thing the so-called “snake repellents” do well is separate you from your money.” Boles said that a good 70-percent of the calls he gets are for Copperheads, with rat snakes coming in second. His best advice is to stay away from any snake you find. You can outrun most snakes so just move away and let the snake go its way. He added that parents should educate their children about snakes in the same way they do with stranger warnings and fire or tornado drills. “Think ‘stranger danger,’” said Boles. “Snakes don’t normally strike unless they’re provoked, cornered, feel threatened (think pets), or injured. And contrary to some beliefs snakes don’t attack or chase humans, if they are coming towards you it’s because they either have no other way to go or you’re between it and its home or somewhere else it feels safe. People get bit when they try to catch or kill a snake.” He said that while most venomous snakebites won’t kill an adult, everyone reacts differently and there might be an allergic reaction to the venom. “Don’t take a chance,” Boles advised. “Try

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the venom. • Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol, which could speed the rate at which your body absorbs venom. • Don’t try to capture the snake. Try to remember its color and shape so that you can describe it, which will help in your treatment. Use a cell phone to take a photo if possible.

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to remain calm and get medical help as soon as possible.” Boles said he was raised “a country kid” and has always been around snakes. As he got older, he became fascinated by them and has respect for them. “This [responding to snake calls] isn’t a business to me,” he said. “It’s a service I’m glad to do.” If you encounter a snake and want it relocated Boles may be reached at: 972-3175853. Snake Bites Do’s and Don’ts Here’s some helpful advice from the Mayo Clinic that we hope you never need: If you are bitten by a venomous snake, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately, especially if the area changes color, begins to swell or is painful. Many hospitals stock antivenom drugs, which may help you. If possible, take these steps while waiting for medical help:

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Escape

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a 360-degree tactile experience and players determine their own movements—some in a specific order, others in random order. Each Escape Room has a game master to monitor the player’s progress and provide clues upon request if the group gets stuck. Escape rooms are cerebral entertainment for friends, families, a date night, corpo-

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rate team building or church group outings. Individuals also play to gain “master points.” “The rooms are designed to challenge a team, whether it’s corporate, family or strangers,” said Linda Welch, one of the partner/owners of the Lewisville and Las Colinas facilities. “Not everybody has the same gifts or see the world in the same way. Individual strengths get highlighted in a new vision.” Previous team building exercises involved physical challenges-- such as ziplining, trust catches or rock-climbing—but that doesn’t correlate with what people do in an office situation. Those challenges also disadvantage people who are older, not athletic or physically handicapped. She pointed out that to create a successful business, the analytical thinking typical of accountants with the people-skills of sales people, as well as the strategic approach of some and the “think outside the box” of creatives are all needed; but may not overlap in the workplace. “It’s interesting to see how people get a different perspective about each other as individuals, rather than a job title,” said Welch. “We have an ‘after the challenge’ meeting room for people to share their thoughts and a lot of ideas get shared.” In addition to being a significant way of team building for businesses, it’s also a valuable way to develop relationships. “Multi-generation groups are really fun,” said Welch. “Whether it’s a family, a social group or a corporate team, different generations think and see things differently. “Baby Boomers communicate personto-person, while younger kids don’t have the same level of interpersonal skills; they sit across from each other at a table and text. On the flip-side, they view things in a digital way naturally that older people have had to learn. The different kinds of education and what and how people have been taught means that they solve problems in different ways.” Our Cross Timbers Gazette group had a

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shaky start, but actually managed to disarm the nuclear device with time to spare; although we had some additional “guidance” in addition to our three clues. The Lewisville ERHQ opened in April 2016 and has already been named as a “Best Place to Meet New People.” The owners are Albert Welch, Henry Wall and Eli Lane, a former Army Ranger Intelligence Officer and undercover Grapevine Police Officer, who was the designer and builder of the Escape Rooms. The themes are: Nuclear Shuttle—the second-shift crew of a cargo train must deactivate a top secret nuclear device on its way to a secret launch site in Nevada; Code Back-Slash—a team from Homeland Security must find hacker “RedEagle’s” server and disable it before a virus will be uploaded into the systems of the New York Stock Exchange; Zero Dark Thirty—a team has completed its objective, but it only has 60-minutes to find a radio to call for extraction before a security sweep finds them; and, Crime Scene—a CSI team has only 30-miutes to process a murder before the suspects will all be released. This challenge can be also be done as two teams going head-to-head against each other in duplicate rooms. With Spring Break around the corner, use the code “SPRINGBREAK” for 25percent off a $30 ticket per person for a 60-minute challenge. Children from age seven to twelve must be accompanied by an adult and everyone under age 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or adult chaperone. The ERHQ staff can help book a single adventure or even arrange to rent the full facility for a large group for as long as needed. They can tailor an event package to a group’s unique requests and it can include catering. For more information, or to make a booking, call 469-312-8987 or visit escaperoomshq.com.


March 2017

Something To Muench On... Homeless Youth: Our Country’s Biggest Tragedy By Kimberly Muench

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doesn’t exist anymore, (2) home isn’t a safe place anymore, or (3) home doesn’t want them anymore.” Rotimi Rainmaker, Lost in America With roughly a million homeless kids and only 4,000 beds available for youth in the country, the majority find themselves in precarious situations each night as the sun goes down. They understand the rules of the street when it comes to someone who offers them drugs; they understand if they don’t find some kind of protection (human or otherwise) the chances of their being physically or sexually victimized increases substantially. In our suburban bubble we don’t spend much time thinking about this problem, because we don’t drive by the corner of 1171 and 2499 and see kids aimlessly hanging out with cardboard signs in their hands, but this doesn’t mean we can or should close our eyes to what is truly a tragedy in our country. The home-

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Would it surprise you to know there are over a million youth in the United States who are homeless? What about the fact 13 young people die EVERY DAY on our country’s streets? That is the same number of students who died during the shooting at Columbine High School. Every single day. I learned these disturbing facts recently while attending the documentary “Lost in America,” created by California filmmaker Rotimi Rainmaker, to raise awareness about youth homelessness in America. Shown at MovieYour Smile is your First Impression! house & Eatery in Flower Mound, the viewing was sponsored by our own Journey to Dream and Kyle’s Place founder, Kim Hinkle. It’s hard to put my head around the idea that some kids don’t have options when it comes to living at home; a parent’s death, financial upheaval, sometimes sexual or physical or mental abuse by the Dr. G. Robert Marye & Dr. Janet Stone Gonzalez people who brought them into the world requires adolescents to be Our Practice is Built on Patient Loyalty forced to leave home for their own Preventive Aesthetic sanity and survival. But, there is Restorative no question the streets are not any Family place to grow up. Cosmetic Implant Dentistry “Every kid on the street has one thing in common and that is rejec940-455-2252 www.SmilesofTexas.com tion. There are 1 of 3 reasons for Conveniently located in Bartonville Town Center! their being on the street (1) home

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less youth of today will be the homeless adults of tomorrow…if they live that long. In the process, without funding and help to find consistent food/shelter/ clothing/healthcare/education and/or training, these kids will likely look for their basic needs, love, and acceptance wherever they can find it, along the way bringing more children into an already overwhelmingly muddy picture. So, what can we do? First, get involved by learning about the problem, go to www.lostinamericafilm.com and watch the trailer, then sign up to get updates on the legislative actions or the movement the film is creating. Second, in our own community we have a homeless youth shelter nearing grand opening that needs many hands as well as financial donations to accomplish the goal of housing area homeless youth, go to www.journeytodream.com to learn more about how you can help locally. In addi-

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tion, question local and state representatives about what’s being done about the homeless youth problem. And finally, most importantly, if you encounter a homeless young person, take a moment to look them in the eye and let them know they matter. If you are so inclined, ask if you could pray over them, or offer them some food if that’s nearby. These kids have been rejected at home for whatever reason and when society continues to look away, or doesn’t recognize them as human beings with worth, they will continue down the path of wondering why they are even here. Kim Muench is a married mother of five children living in Flower Mound. A certified parenting coach, her passion lies in supporting and encouraging parents of adolescents. To read more of her work, or to learn about her parenting program, go to www.realifeparentguide.com.

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March 2017

The Soapbox: Whitewashed Cottage By Brandi Chambless

In a whitewashed cottage by the sea for maybe one or two or three I won’t see you… it’ll just be me. I know you couldn’t meet me

there. I’ll sift through the sand, taste the salty air. You won’t be there. It’ll be okay, I half-heartedly say. I feel so far away. Perhaps another day. You’ll come back this way again.

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I missed seeing your brothers, the men That carried you to your grave, halfpast ten. Thus is the journey of grief. Someone you still love is no longer here. It isn’t fair. You can wait on fair, but, life. Life…isn’t fair sometimes. Is it really better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all? This is one of a thousand questions to which grief will give a voice—a voice that will recant the same gyrations over and again to everyone including total strangers. The discovery that someone has completed his own pilgrimage through the valley of tears gives you the right to ask any question. You never wanted to be called strong. Survivor wasn’t a name given at birth. It was one you would have to earn. Unwillingly. It was an accomplishment

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you never sought after, a badge of honor you never wanted, and a trophy of a war for which you didn’t enlist. You found that in filling the minutes of the day with what were once basic tasks, you made it through. Only to face the long night again. This is the place where the anguish magnified itself to you. You thought you had arrived at a place of acceptance, but the tears in the dark seemed to say, “I’m not done with you yet.” You weren’t prepared to let go. Why would you be? It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. You ran after deliverance by seeking God’s face, but in the meantime, you filled journals with thoughts of everything. You returned to familiar places you knew in childhood, like right field where you tucked your left hand inside the 5th grade baseball glove your father

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had broken in with mink oil. People remembered you by your maiden name. You visited the places where we met, the last place we spoke. You laughed like a girl, but bore the grief of a woman. In my time of greatest grief, the road was my friend. I went everywhere, but grief met me there. I pulled up on skis out of the green water beside the Tuscan-roofed hills. I remembered the good times we had. There was only One who attended my bedside both day and night. This same One has ordained all of my days and knows me to my innermost being. The seed of faith began to grow into a hope that I would overcome this loss. I started to dream again. I can’t see what you see, Lord, but I’m willing to try. This was my self-talk, my prayer. I’m ready to try to learn and live this new kind of life…the one you knew about all along. Today is a step in the right direction. Here I am, better than I was before. My trust has returned, though I never stopped praising you. I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength. It has been six years since we said goodbye, but sometimes…I still need to return to the whitewashed cottage by the sea.

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March 2017

GRANDMA DOES NOT ALWAYS KNOW BEST! By C. Stroup

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve regaled you with a story or two about my grand girls. I know you all have been waiting with great anticipation for this and so here is your reward! Since my son and daughter-in-law share birthdays only a week apart from each other, my husband and I decided to give them the ultimate gift…we signed up to childmind for an entire day. (Actually, the “ultimate gift” would be to add spending the night, too.) We threw a few bucks their way to pay for a nice lunch and the movie of their choice. (If left it up to my son, they’d go see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story albeit Brad has already seen it three times. His wife is truly a saint.) The popcorn was on them because it cost almost as much as the movie ticket. And after all we were saving them dough by babysitting. They were thrilled with the offer and none of us could wait to set a date. The little girls were anxious for their parents to leave so the party with CiCi and Cappy could commence. They knew we’d be going to Chick-fil-A for lunch and that happens to be their most favorite watering hole ever. I can’t recall if this fast food chain existed when my son was a wee lad. But I do know McDonald’s was the “in place” to go and be seen and a hamburger was nothing without a piece of cheese. Chicken just wasn’t a big mover. It got to the point where even I craved the grease and especially had a fetish for their french fries. I don’t share these same feelings for Chick-fil-A but it’s not my feelings that count. My husband enjoys the sandwiches (sorta) but usually chows them down so he can have his ice cream cone after cleaning his plate. Of course, the ice cream is devoured by the girls but not before I make them eat at least a couple of chicken nuggets and some of the high carb potato wheels. They amuse me

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in that they must have ketchup to dunk the fries in. And it’s not just fries/ketchup, when we go Mexican it’s also chicken quesadillas and sour cream, or shredded lettuce and ranch dressing (not mixed together) dipped! They’re always in a hurry to go shed their socks and shoes so they can climb all over the jungle gym in the play room. Gabby, the just about two and a half year old, is pretty consistent about trying to crawl up the slide that other children are sliding down. It’s like going the wrong way on a one way street. She takes on the persona of a drama queen when corrected but calms down when her big sis explains the problem. It’s really cute! This trip, when it was time to go (CiCi sets the rules on that one) I needed to help Gabby get her socks and shoes back on. One foot, one sock, easy peasy. Second sock was not quite right where it pulled over the toes. Slapped the shoe on anyway and was ready to boogie. (My bad!) Gabby refused to budge and pointed at her shoe. So I took the damn shoe off and put it back on. This was still not to Gabby’s satisfaction. Third time’s a charm…I don’t think so. Fourth attempt and I see the sock that is askew. So after I get that straightened out she turned off the water works. Now here’s where CiCi learns a lesson. After they ate, the girls had been so hasty to get to the play room, they didn’t even mention ice cream. WHEW, lucked out on that one! Wrong. “But you promised we could have ice cream after we ate, you PROMISED.” Now they were both begging, pleading and hounding. It was easier to give in than be seen as the bad grandparent while the drama queen commanded center stage in the restaurant. So they sat there slowly delighting in every lick. Their mom had been very specific as to what time they should go down for a nap and that a nap was imperative. Without a nap they become zombies later in the day. One p.m. was the bewitching hour. Oh so proud of myself, I had them in bed by five minutes after. There is a baby monitor in their room and it also puts out white noise. You can hear the girls perfectly through the speaker in the living room so they can’t pull a fast one. I don’t understand how it is that they’re oblivious to the fact that we can hear them, since they’re

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so smart about so many other things. After forty-five minutes of babblement and stage whispering, I hear Jaci (the four year old) tell Gabby that it’s okay for her to get out of bed and come into the living room. She kept goading her saying, “Go ahead, Gabby. As soon as you go through the door, I‘ll be right behind you. It’s okay,” she urged. So out pops Gabby with her binky in tow and a big grin on her face. She failed to notice that her big sister was nowhere to be seen. As I approached her she high tailed it back to her bed. (BTW, the girls have bunk beds, Gabby on the bottom. I mention this because the proximity to the floor makes it easy for a little body to jump in and play possum.) I not so gently chastised them both for rattling around for forty-five minutes instead of sleeping. I told them they were going to get me in big trouble with their mom…as though they cared. It was about now that I realized that I had let them consume massive amounts of sugar right before we got home, so of course, they weren’t sleepy. What they were was on a total sugar high. I had no one to blame but myself. My scolding caused Jaci to pout and Gabby to put on her best fake crying tantrum. (She’s a pro at this.) After a few more minutes of

them carrying on, Ken finally said, “I’ve got this.” (“Be my guest and good luck,” I thought to myself.) He strode into their room and in a deep baritone voice announced, “If you don’t settle down and take your nap, next time Cappy and CiCi come to visit, there will be NO CHICK-FIL-A. I’m going to count to three and there better be quiet in this room. One, (pause), Two, (pause).” And there was total silence. As he approached me in the living room I asked what happened to Three. He said, “I didn’t want to ruin my chances ‘cause I didn’t know what I would have done after Three. So I split while I was ahead.” The little angels arose from their real naps shortly before their parents came home. They were all refreshed and in great moods. But the first thing they had to say was, “When will Mommy and Daddy be back?” They’d had just about enough of Cappy and CiCi for one day…however, Jaci did ask me when could she come over to my house for another sleep over. And then, of course, Gabby wanted to come, too. So maybe they weren’t mad at us after all. Or maybe they figured since they were so good and took such nice naps, more Chick-fil-A was in their future!

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