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Little Cowboy Makes Big Impression By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

Argyle’s nine-year-old Lealond Henderson, whose nickname is Lelo, got into the rodeo business just before his third birthday. “Actually, Lelo got into rodeo by accident,� Mom Deborah said. “We went for fun and thought he might get a charge out of riding a sheep. For the fun of it he rode a sheep at the North Texas Fair in Denton, got a face full of dirt, but loved the experience.� One time and he was hooked. Thereafter, he practiced on a sheep in the small corral beside the family home. At age six he retired as the fair’s Champion Mutton-Buster. “Bronc riding is in the Henderson blood,� Dad Jimmy said. “My family has been ranching up near Amarillo for a long time, and breaking horses to saddles is part of the business.� Jimmy looks like he could easily hold his own on a football field, but he went through college on a rodeo scholarship.

Rodeo events all use animals unaccustomed to a saddle or a rider; hence, the natural bucking and kicking behavior. Today’s events were born in the late 1860s among cowboys on horseback, who drove herds across the western ranges. The sport started as an entertaining form of, “I can do anything you can do, better� in a “cowtown� at the end of a successful cattle drive. Railroads and fences ended the era. In 1887, the first paid spectator rodeo was held in Denver. The Rodeo Association of America came into being in 1929 to regulate the sport. The rules of its current successor, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), are accepted by most rodeos large and small, including the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and the National High School Rodeo Association. The most famous rodeos today include the Pendleton Round-Up (in Oregon), the Calgary Stampede (in Canada), Cheyenne

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Lealond Henderson is home on the range in Argyle.

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Mothers, Sons Give Back Together

By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

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The Young Men’s Service League’s Integrity chapter of Flower Mound spent two weeks last month helping the North Texas Food Bank.

Beyond the obvious rise in population, homes and businesses, there are many ways to measure the continued growth of Flower Mound. Take the expansion of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), for example. When the first local chapter of moms and their high school-aged sons working together to help others outgrew its limits, another group was formed in 2016. In just its second year of existence, members of Flower Mound’s Integrity chapter showed how quickly they have learned about helping others.

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November 2017

Transplant Recipient Becomes Advocate By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

Lung transplant recipient Robert Collier with his wife, Jeanetta, and their twin granddaughters, Taylor and Tiffany.

Three years ago, Robert Collier lay in a hospital bed after years of trying to fight off a disease that was “scarring my lungs to where they were hard as rock.” Collier was placed on a lung transplant list, but it could take months before he may receive new lungs. On Oct. 18, 2014, a week after he was placed on the list, Collier closed his eyes at 6 p.m. “and said goodbye to the world.” “I didn’t have high expectations and it was getting harder and harder to breathe,” Collier said. “I drifted in and out, closed my eyes and accepted it.” Collier prayed one last prayer and fell asleep. He woke up the next day with new lungs in his chest. Now, Collier is spending more time with his family and advocating for

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transplantation research funding and awareness. Collier, of Highland Village, was diagnosed in July 2012 with systemic scleroderma, a disease that impacts internal organs that his doctors believed may have been caused by Collier’s use of cleaning fluids and solvents while working at his parents’ dry cleaners as a kid. The disease usually first impacts the lungs. “I slowly started having breathing issues,” Collier said. As time went on, Collier went on oxygen and received some chemotherapy treatment, but his lungs grew worse. “At the end, I got real bad,” he said. “The oxygen machines I had at the house weren’t enough, I passed out a few times.” He was placed in intensive care at the hospital in August 2014 and after a series of tests, he was placed on the transplant list in October. But breathing was more difficult than ever, even with the help of the hospital’s oxygen mask, and Collier fell asleep that night on Oct. 18 without the expectation of waking up. “I woke up the next day with an elephant on my chest,” he said. “They had found a donor in a little over seven days.” Collier was taken into an 18-hour surgery for a double lung transplant. The surgeon told Collier’s wife, Jeannetta Collier, that he had never seen lungs so bad. “There was a tiny hole of tissue that could breathe,” Robert Collier said. Since the surgery, Collier has slowly worked his way toward normal life. He remained in the hospital until the middle of January as he recovered from the surgery, built up strength after being See TRANSPLANT on Page A24

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November 2017

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

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates I-35E Phase 1 Completion We are excited to announce the grand opening celebration of the completion of the I-35E Phase 1 project! The event is set for Wednesday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. adjacent to the Lewisville Lake Bridge in Highland Village, and is the culmination of many months of work on the 35Express project.   Precinct 4 Road Update  Mobility continues to be a priority for Denton County as we continue to grow our population and employment opportunities. Our infrastructure must accommodate the growth to maintain the quality of life we have all become accustomed to in Denton County.  FM 1830 is one road that will require to be widened to accommodate the growth. TxDOT has begun the regulatory process to establish FM 1830 as a fourlane urban roadway with a flush median. A schedule for its development should be available by the end of the year. With the completion of construction on FM 407 as far west as FM 1830, Denton County is now focusing on extending FM 407 from FM 1830 past I-35W to FM 156 as a six-lane divided urban roadway with curbs, storm drainage, sidewalks and raised median. TxDOT has retained Civil Associates, Inc (CAI) to begin studying the feasibility of different alternative routes, and a proposed schedule should be available by the end of the year.  Additionally, through the use of Denton County Regional Revenues, FM 156

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through Justin is being widened to a fourlane, divided urban roadway. Construction totaling $32.5 million began March of 2017 and is anticipated to finish by March of 2019.  A significant bottleneck in south-central Denton County at SH 114 and US 377 is getting some much-needed attention. Improvements planned for this location include bridges to eliminate the need for SH 114 traffic to stop at US 377. The interchange is estimated to cost $48 million. TxDOT and Denton County are working through the regulatory process with an eye toward letting this project for construction in the summer of 2020. In the summer of 2016, Denton County was able to partner with TxDOT in Dallas and Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to begin construction of the addition of additional main lanes to SH 114, as well as a bridge over Parrish Lane in Roanoke, to add capacity and safety improvements in this heavily travelled corridor. Total construction costs are $25 million. The main lanes on SH 114 are already open and the bridge at Parrish is anticipated to be completed by December 2018. But by far the largest project being developed in Precinct 4 is the widening of I-35W to a 6-lane rural freeway from the Tarrant County line to I-35E/I-35 in Denton. It is estimated to cost approximately $1 billion. The county is taking the lead to develop the advanced planning for this corridor with the intention of seeking funds to build portions of I-35W as development warrants.  Already, Denton County has successfully partnered with TxDOT for the construction of north and southbound frontage roads on I-35W from Eagle Parkway north to SH 114 at a cost just in excess of $30 million. The southbound front-

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Pictured (left to right) at the Tanger Outlets Fort Worth ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 27 are Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers; Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth; Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads; Mary Horn, Denton County Judge; and Drew Scott of Property Brothers.

age road is scheduled to be completed by January 2018. The northbound frontage road will be completed by June 2020. Additionally, the county and TxDOT are now focusing on the next phase of frontage roads from just south of FM 1171 north to the proposed Loop 288 interchange at FM 2449.   Denton County Adoption Day Each November, Denton County celebrates adoption! Denton County Adoption Day is held annually in conjunction with National Adoption Day. Denton County Adoption Day is a combined community service project of the Denton County Bar Association (DCBA), CASA and CPS to help children officially become members of their new, loving families. This year the Denton County Courts Building will be changed overnight into a place filled with excitement, dreams

fulfilled, and happy families as Denton County celebrates the 10th Annual Denton County Adoption Day!   The Denton County Bar Association (DCBA) and member attorneys who volunteer their time in partnership with Denton County Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS) celebrate these children and adoptions into their forever families. This event is a celebration for the families as well as the children.  Several groups join the Denton County Bar Association and Denton County CPS to put on this great event. They participate and support in many ways, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Denton County, the Denton Quilt Guild, TWU and UNT Social Work Program, just to name a few. Additionally, there are many others and many sponSee EADS on Page A17


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November 2017

Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Donald Moser

Six months ago, the citizens of Argyle chose to make changes to the Town Council. During the campaign, many issues were identified that needed attention: The first and foremost item to be addressed was the Comprehensive Development Plan. As witnessed by everyone who attended our recent Town Hall meeting, changes are in the works. We held more public hearings on November 1st and November 4th. Second, we have retained an engineering firm to work on the feasibility study for our silent railroad crossings. This is a huge project that has been talked about for many years and is now moving forward. Third, we are proud to announce that our Town Council and Planning and Zoning meetings will now be live streamed on our town website and will also be available to view later at your convenience. From the home page of the website, under the Government section, select the Videos link beneath Agendas & Minutes. Fourth, we have reviewed and made extensive changes to the town’s Tree Ordinances. Fifth, our street department is actively surveying roads so that we can plan on the much-needed improvements and repairs. These are just a few of the issues we have been working on. It has been a busy and productive few months.

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We have completed interviews for our Planning and Zoning Commission as well as our Economic Development Board. I want to thank the more than 20 applicants for taking the time to come out and interview. I’m happy to announce that we have three new members for the Planning and Zoning Commission: Gordon Baethge, Leona McDade and Rick Bradford. Let’s all congratulate them on their appointments and thank them for their time. The Keep Argyle Beautiful committee is organizing a great evening as we celebrate the holidays. The Christmas celebration and tree lighting will be held on December 2nd at the Argyle Fire Station at Gibbons and 407. It will be an evening of music, food and activities for all. Boy to Be Honored for Good Deed

Blake Leonard

An Argyle boy will be honored at a Flower Mound Town Council meeting after he found a bag of money in a parking lot and turned it in to the authorities. On Sept. 22, Michael Leonard took his son, Blake, shopping for birthday presents for his 11th birthday. As they were getting into their vehicle in the parking lot in front of Rally House — located in

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Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

Greetings from Bartonville. Well, it finally feels as if fall has arrived! This month we celebrate the Veterans of this great land. To those of you who are veterans or family of veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our freedoms. We have a quick update on the Lacey Oaks Substation. The Town recently met with CoServ to better understand the impact of the distribution lines (power lines used to serve homes) leaving the Lacey Oaks Substation. Take notice that these lines do not appear on the Brazos map depicting the substation locations and transmission lines. CoServ has confirmed distribution feeders from the PUC-ordered substation location will be underground from the substation to the nearest public road. Additionally, CoServ plans to re-build existing overhead distribution lines that are already located along the public roads to achieve this portion of

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the project. This will involve replacing the existing poles with new, taller poles in the existing lines and installing more wires on the new poles. The good news, CoServ has stated they do not intend to build new lines across private property where no lines exist today. Brazos and CoServ have delayed their filing with the Texas Public Utility Commission until the end of 2017. We will continue to keep a close watch on this. The days are getting shorter and the leaves are turning. A good time to remember that Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov 5 (fall back one hour). Always a good time to remember to check the batteries and test your smoke detectors. Also, with fall upon us, we begin to think ahead to the holidays. This is a good time for fall clean up and donations to the local charities and food banks. Town Hall will be closed in observation of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 10th, as well as November 23rd—24th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Lastly, as Mayor, father and a resident of Bartonville, I have a lot to be thankful for. Remember your blessings and have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Bank. “Our Ultimate Gift exceeded all expectations this year,” said Amy McDaniel, chair of Integrity’s Ultimate Gift committee. “We are proud to have made a difference for the North Texas Food Bank and equally to have influenced our chapter to prioritize a commitment to food insecurity in our community today and in our futures.” The Integrity chapter started last year after the first Flower Mound chapter, called Pacesetter, filled up. Since then, Integrity has grown to 75 boys attending Flower Mound and Marcus High Schools, plus 80 moms, providing more than 2,350 hours of service. This year’s Ultimate Gift effort by itself netted 582 hours. Besides providing philanthropic opportunities, YMSL seeks to create the next generation of leaders. “One of the neat things about this organization is that every boy has a job,” McDaniel said. “Some are the highest of jobs like president, vice-president, secretary. Every boy has a responsibility to be on a committee. It could be the philanthropy committee. They could be the sergeant-at-arms, which is the person who helps to keep a record of Robert’s Rules of Order during the meeting. “They’re all accountable for being responsible. In my mind it gives them buyin to the organization and safely lets them test the waters and take some risks to see what they have and what they can do.” McDaniel and son Gavin learned about YMSL after she was involved with daughter, Alli, in the mother-daughter National Charity League.

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YMSL was formed in 2001 by Plano sisters-in-law Pam and Julie Rosener who also had been involved in the National Charity League. Today there are 51 YMSL chapters in Texas and another 20 split between California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma and Virginia. YMSL is all about donating time rather than money and every fall each YMSL chapter selects an Ultimate Gift initiative to make a significant difference for one designated charity and kick off the holiday season. The concept comes from a book of the same name by Jim Stovall. “Very often with YMSL, the Ultimate Gift projects are very physical like building a playground, building benches, weeding and fixing a yard of a really important location,” McDaniel said. “Last year we did all the gardening, all of the painting, all of the fencing at Kyle’s Place before it opened.” This year McDaniel wanted to try something different and while she knew it may not make a significant difference for the North Texas Food Bank, it would be pivotal in the education of her chapter’s families, since they may not know that 1 in 6 area people suffer from food insecurity. “What I’m hoping is that it not only positively impacts North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and food insecurity in North Texas, but it will put into the hearts and into the minds of all of our moms and all of our boys that food insecurity is a problem everywhere, no matter where they move,” McDaniel said prior to the start of the project in October. “When they grow up there’s isn’t a community that doesn’t have a need for support when it comes to things like that. So I’m hoping it will be an Ultimate Gift to the people

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in our chapter because it will make them realize a number of things. “It was more than just collecting cans and stuffing bags. Did that really change that much? Probably not,” added McDaniel, who conducted separate educational sessions with the moms and their sons.

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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon

November 2017... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml

TOWN ANNUAL CLEAN-UP Saturday, November 11, 8am12pm at Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive Copper Canyon’s Annual Town Cleanup will be at Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive, Saturday, November 11th, from 8am12pm. Please do NOT leave anything at Town Hall after 12! The Republic Services crews and trucks must leave promptly at noon for scheduled Clean Up Days at other municipalities.  Please be prepared to show a driver’s license or utility bill with address to verify your residence in Copper Canyon. The detailed list of what items are acceptable - and what are not - was in the October “What’s Happening” article. The article is duplicated on our town website www.coppercanyontx.com under “Mayor - What’s Happening” in the upper left column of the home page. Saturday. December 2nd, 3-5 p.m. Santa Party for Copper Canyon Kids at Town Hall. (All children must be accompanied by an adult Town resident.) The highlight of the Santa Party for our kids is always their traditional ride atop the big red fire engine of our Argyle Fire District! Parents are welcome to ride atop the engine, too. And our very fit and muscular firefighters will help adults safely up the vertical metal ladder on the rear of the engine. If your child wants to ride atop the fire engine, be sure they have a jacket to wear. Though the fire engine wanders slowly through our

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Woodlands subdivision, it can be breezy up on top. For children who prefer not to ride on top, they can ride inside the cab and make the siren ring out! (Many thanks again to the residents of the Woodlands who very good naturedly abide the repeated sound of the fire engine siren!) Argyle Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger is a long time Copper Canyon resident and has always reliably provided the fire engine rides for our children’s pleasure! Unless – there is a fire call – and then the engine and firefighters must respond promptly! Our Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Mangum is also a volunteer Fire Captain with the AFD, and he is always comes to help assist the children and their parents up atop the fire engine Our Town Administrator Donna Welsh has been organizing this well attended traditional event for many years. She provides a variety of crafts and fun games for the children. Council Member and professional photographer Bill Castleman always donates his time to take special photos of each child with Santa. Our Building Inspector Steve Koehler kindly volunteers his time to go up in Town Hall’s attic and bring down our Christmas decorations. Then he sets up our Christmas tree in the Council Chambers. (The tree was donated to Copper Canyon years ago by former residents of Canyon Oaks.) And the members of the Copper Canyon Women’s Club have for years decorated Town Hall for Christmas and provided homemade cookies for the Santa Party! Recent Asphalt Tire Tracks on Copper Canyon Road Denton County’s Precinct Four Commissioner Andy Eads explained the appearance 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

Double Oak – The Texas Town of Volunteers and Opportunities Hello and greetings from Town Hall, As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s a good time to recognize and thank many of our fellow neighbors who make our Town of Double Oak such a special place to live. Definition of a volunteer: a person who donates their time or effort for a cause or organization without being compensated. Russell Mabra and Family One such person is our former Fire Chief and good friend Russell Mabra and his family (Tammie, Kimber, Shelbe). Russ moved to Double Oak in 1986 and the same week Russell Mabra he moved here he joined the Double Oak Volunteer Fire De-

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partment. Russ is a third-generation firefighter in Texas and he knew, it’s in his genes, this was his way to serve his community and help his neighbors. He’s lived in town and served on the DOVFD for more than 31 years. Russell, in his own humble words said, “I had the opportunity to serve as Fire Chief of the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department for twenty-one years and the honor and privilege to serve with courageous and dedicated men and women who volunteered their time apart from their family and risked their lives to serve our community.” When asked what kept him around so long, Russ quickly answered that, “the comradery of brother/ sister/family atmosphere of the firehouse and knowing that I and my fellow volunteer firefighters would make a difference in our town by helping others in need.” To Chief Russell Mabra and family: On behalf of the Town of Double Oak and its citizens, please accept our sincere thanks for your years of distinguished service and heartfelt warmest wishes as you move away from Double Oak to a new home. Russ, you have made a positive and significant impact in Double Oak and you will always be remembered for helping others. God bless you and your family always my friend… Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department - www.dovfd.org The word “volunteer” is part of its name See DOUBLE OAK on Page A23


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Flower Mound Council Message By Mayor Pro Tem Don McDaniel

The 2017 Town of Flower Mound Retail and Restaurant survey is here and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Every two years, the Economic Development department conducts this survey for residents to voice their opinions on their favorite places to shop and dine. While we can’t guarantee your favorites will choose Flower Mound, it’s a unique tool that the Town uses to pursue certain companies that rank highly on that list. From a business owner’s point of view, it has to be intriguing to hear that our residents have specifically requested them in a community-wide survey! Please visit www.flower-mound.com/ survey and fill it out today. All surveys are anonymous and must be submitted by November 30. If you have limited access to the internet, please call the Economic Development Department at 972.874.6044 to request a paper copy of the survey. Survey results will be released in December. Be sure to think of Flower Mound when it comes to shopping and dining this holiday season. While it’s often more convenient to shop online, visiting our local restaurant and retailers keeps tax dollars local, businesses open, and jobs in our community. These tax dollars help fund Flower Mound programs, events, services, and even the new playground equipment in our parks. Be sure to check out the list of Flower Mound retailers and restaurants on the Town’s website at www.flower-mound. com/DocumentCenter/View/19435. Last month, the Mayor and Council had the pleasure of honoring former Mayor Jody Smith by naming the future Council Chambers “Jody Smith Hall.” A Flower Mound resident for 33 years and a Flower

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Mound business owner since 1991, Ms. Smith is known for her kindness, acts of service, and unmatched generosity. Even if you don’t know her personally, your life has probably been touched by her. She is an active participant in many civic affairs and projects including, but certainly not limited to, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, Wings Foundation, New Horizons, and most recently the Rebuild Fruitvale project. She is especially passionate about causes that support children and first responders, and was instrumental in starting the Town’s Seniors In Motion program. She has been a powerful positive influence for good in Flower Mound and I’m happy I was able to be a part of honoring her tireless efforts to make Flower Mound a better place. If you’re interested in learning more about Jody Smith and her impact on the Town, I encourage you to visit www.flower-mound.com/fmtv and select the presentations portion of the October 16 Town Council meeting to watch. This month, everyone can make a positive impact in Flower Mound by donating to our annual Santa Cops program. This program, coordinated by the Flower Mound Police Department and the Flower Mound Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, helps make a Flower Mound child’s Christmas one to remember. The Santa Cops Toy Drive will run from November 13 through December 13 and all the information you need, including donation sites, is listed at www.flower-mound. com/santacops. If you would like to make a monetary or gift card donation, please bring those directly to the Police Department at 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane. Now that we are in peak holiday season, be sure to visit www.flower-mound.com/ specialevents for the complete list of things to do with your family in Flower Mound. We’ll kick things off with our Veterans Day Ceremony on November 5, followed See FM COUNCIL on Page A21

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Highland Village Update By Charlotte Wilcox Highland Village Mayor

November marks the season to be thankful. Everywhere you go there are pumpkin flavored treats and drinks, the weather is cooling and we’re looking forward to time spent with family and friends. We have much to be thankful for in Highland Village. We have called a bond election to address street improvements and parks and recreation projects. If you did not vote during early voting, I encourage you to vote on Tuesday, November 7. There are two propositions on the ballot. The first proposition, totaling $2.86 million, is for the full reconstruction of streets that have reached the end of their life cycle. The second proposition, totaling $4.29 million, is for park and recreation improvements. Specifically, several improvements to the City’s only community park, Unity Park. The play area, Kids Kastle, is at the end of its useful life and in need of replacement with new recycled plastic materials that will provide increased safety and less maintenance. The ponds at Unity Park require dredging to remove the accumulated silt and improvements to address drainage considerations. A drainage study conducted in 2017 recommended making improvements to accommodate a 50-year flood which will also benefit the surrounding area. A section of the park will be redeveloped to add an additional softball field to complement the existing baseball fields. The Unity Park improvements total $2.54 million. Other park projects included are the extension of the Brazos Park parking lot, in the amount of $353,000. Several years ago

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a parking lot was built at this park to alleviate parking on adjacent streets. Popularity of the fields has prompted the need to increase the size of the parking area. The development of Sunset Park, which is classified as a mini park and serves local residents as a neighborhood park site and provides water access to Lewisville Lake, comes in at an estimated cost of $162,700. The development will address erosion issues and safety concerns along with enhanced roadway completion to facilitate emergency vehicle access and turn around capabilities. Public input was solicited on the design for the park in the spring of 2017 and was approved by Council. Resurfacing the walking track at Victoria Park to remove cracked and uneven pavement which can be a tripping hazard is included at an estimated cost of $275,000. Finally, construction of the trail segment on Highland Village Road from the Municipal Complex to Sellmeyer Lane is included at an estimated cost of $922,300. A large number of residents adjacent to this section have no access to the city trail system to connect to Lions Club Park, Lakeside Community Park, and Doubletree Ranch Park. This presents a potential safety issue as people walk the two-lane Highland Village Road to access these amenities. We have some very special events coming up. The Salute Our Veterans Luncheon will take place on November 10 and honors the men and women who have fought to keep our country safe and free. The Highland Village Business Association takes sponsorships from the community to veterans and a guest can attend at no charge. Congressman Burgess awards Congressional Commendation to selected local veterans at this event. If you are a veteran, I invite you to attend. Just RSVP to hvba@ highlandvillage.org. There is fun for the family this season as well. We’ll bring in the holiday season with Our Village Glows on Saturday, November 18 at The Shops at Highland VilSee HV UPDATE on Page A21


November 2017

News From Your Neighborhood

Neighbor Chases Down Burglar Lantana residents look out for each other. A former police officer chased down an armed burglary suspect and held him until law enforcement arrived. The burglary victim said he often plays with his dog in the field behind his house in the 1600 block of Verbena Lane in Bandera, and he usually closes his garage door but around 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 he left it open. He said he saw an unknown man, later identified as Brandon Bybee of Denton, walking north along Copper Canyon Road, and then Bybee picked up the pace. “I thought it was weird, there’s never anybody walking there,” the victim said. “Then when he started to jog, I knew something wasn’t right.” The victim went straight back to his house and saw his car door was not completely closed and someone had rummaged through his garage. His pistol was missing from his car, as were his GPS device and audio recorder. Bybee had left behind a sweater and a pair of sunglasses. The victim reported it to law enforcement and told a neighbor. Lantana resident Gary Grant, owner of A Cut Above Landscaping, had just pulled up nearby to check on some of his employees when a neighbor told him what happened. Grant said he and the neighbor went to the victim’s house and learned the suspect’s description and direction. Grant, who served as a police officer for 18 years, got back in his truck and drove north on nearby Copper Canyon Road and saw Bybee in a field near Copper Canyon and Quiet Hill Circle.

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‘Tis (Not Yet) The Season We’re all excited about the holiday season, but Lantana residents are asked to wait until after Thanksgiving to turn on their outdoor Christmas lights. According to the community’s Design Guidelines, holiday yard ornaments and lights are allowed to be operational up to 30 days prior to the holiday and must be removed within 30 days after the holiday. Contact the Lantana Community Association with questions at 940-728-1660. Teen Declines to Press Charges Against Attackers The Lantana teen who was allegedly jumped and assaulted by a group of teenagers last month has declined to press charges. Copeland Farr, 18, was playing basketball on Oct. 17 at the Lantana South Community Center with his 15-year-old brother, Scotland, and two other 15-yearold boys when a group of boys they didn’t know showed up, said the Farrs’ mother, Sabrina. Copeland received a broken nose, broken bones, lacerations and bruises when a group of seven or eight

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“He saw us and took off running,” Grant said, but Bybee complied to orders and stopped. Grant grabbed Bybee, patted him down, held him down and called the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. Bybee was trying to hide a handgun under his foot, Grant said. Grant encouraged citizens without law enforcement experience, if put in a similar situation, to call 911 and let police handle it. Bybee was booked into Denton County Jail on suspicion of burglary of a habitation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. -Written by Mark Smith, Digital Editor

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Beautiful & spacious 6 bedroom home zoned for highly sought after Highland Village schools. Open floorplan with 2 living, 2 dining & gameroom. Master suite down with 5 bedrooms & extra large gameroom upstairs. Kitchen has 42 inch cabinets, breakfast bar & tile backsplash. Open family room with soaring ceilings, hardwood floors & cozy wood burning fireplace centered between wall of windows. Roomy master ensuite with separate shower, oversized tub, dual sinks & large closet. Interior features bay windows, arches & window seats with useful storage space. Situated on corner lot with large shade trees, sprinkler system & new fence. Roof replaced June 2017. No HOA & minerals to convey! $415,000 Call Robin St. John 940-300-5709

Tanner Hornsby (pictured third from left) and his fellow scouts from Troop 771 in Argyle repainted 53 fire hydrants in Lantana last month as part of Hornsby’s Eagle Scout project.

high-school-aged kids jumped him. Copeland’s parents wanted him to press charges against the attackers but he chose not to because he would be worried about them retaliating against Scotland. “He wants it to be over,” Sabrina said. The alleged attackers were charged with criminal trespass, according to Captain Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, who said the group of teenagers were believed to be from Lewisville High School. “If they show up here during the next two years, they’ll go to jail,” Sabrina said. Law enforcement reviewed video of the incident and have closed the case, Hinojosa said. The fight arose, Sabrina said, when they were playing basketball and Scotland told one of the other kids, “Great defense.” Though he meant it genuinely, apparently it came across as sarcastic. “The other kid started cussing him out

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and saying, ‘You wanna fight?’” Sabrina said. Copeland, who is trained in mixed martial arts, stepped in front of his younger brother and pushed the other boy, Sabrina said, turning their attention from Scotland. They chased Copeland down and ganged up on him. “They were looking for a fight,” Sabrina said. “That’s not normal aggression.” They fled before authorities arrived, Hinojosa said. It was not known why they were in Lantana that evening. The Farrs are considering filing a civil lawsuit against the people who assaulted Copeland because of the rising cost of medical bills. While he has a cast on his arm, several deep bruises and may need surgery, Copeland is also dealing with emotional injuries from the attack. The Farrs haven’t heard from the families of the boys who jumped Copeland, Sabrina said. Though she doesn’t want them to get away with it, she said she is

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Shows like a Model! Light and Bright Open Floorplan! Beautiful hardwoods, Interior Paint 10-2017, New Carpet upstairs, Built-ins, Granite in Kitchen and all Bathrooms, Wood shutters, Sprkl system & Sec system. Upstairs Gameroom, Great low maintenance backyard for entertaining! $360,000 Call The Right One Team 214-448-2888

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Welcome Home! Beautiful outside appeal with Texas Star Driveway. Home is nice and large, split bedrooms with an additional Study. Large living room open to kitchen with everything you need including sliding drawers in cabinets. Large laundry with extra storage room. Master bedroom has bay windows with sitting area & bath offers Micro Sooth Fully Loaded Safe Step Walk in Jacuzzi & closet is customized. Oversized garage with sink and cabinets. This home offers so many extras! Large covered patio. Beautiful home just waiting for its perfect new owners who love it as much as the original owners. $300,000 Call Roxa Maynard 214-734-2011

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Estate-immaculately designed and maintained for those who love and enjoy spending time at home. Formal and informal spaces are luxurious. Wall of windows overlooks the infinity edge pool and ponds. Kitchen updated with quartz counters and exquisite back splash, 2 Farm sinks - Shaws of England Fireclay, Rohl fittings, Wolf cooktop and ovens, dual built-in fridges, Asko duel dishwashers, Aidan Gray fixtures, keeping room, updated ensuite baths for spare bedrooms, quartz, new carpeting & flooring. Incredible timber frame Barn-property gated with extra parking, huge mature trees, ridgeline location-great views-privacy, equipment shed plus barn, well, 2 ponds-cross fenced pastures. Additional acreage available. $1,895,000 Call Sherry Griffin 214-794-6045

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Harvest Happenings Submitted by Harvest resident, Kelly Cornelsen

We live in an awesome neighborhood in Northlake called Harvest! One of my favorite things about our “hood” is the abundance of families of every age and the fun events and projects. There is always something fun going on!! Recently, I came across a Facebook post about a painted rock that someone had found in the neighborhood. They posted a picture of it and then hid the rock for someone else to find. Soon there were painted rocks showing up everywhere and a fun game of hide and seek began. Not finding and keeping but finding, taking a picture and hiding again

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for someone else to find. The rocks are adorable! We have some seriously creative artists in our neighborhood. I found my first rock a couple of weeks ago! It was so fun!!!! It made my day to find this little painted rock in the grass. When I posted about finding the rock on my Facebook page, a friend mentioned that #thekindnessrockproject is happening in neighborhoods and communities everywhere. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook as well as their website. Quoting their website, “the kindness rock project has two goals: To inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way and to recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.” I LOVE THIS!!! In this crazy world we live in, what a wonderful idea to inspire kindness and creativity. Do you have a Kindness Rock Project in your community?

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

On Monday, October 16th, the Robson Ranch Wildhorse Grill hosted a lunch to honor two front line officers from the Denton Police Department. Our men and women in Blue sacrifice so much for us and get so little credit. Officer David Acrey and Officer Victor Casiano were honored at the first event. This is the first lunch to honor our first responders in the City of Denton. Others will follow on the third Monday of every month. Dave Parker deserves all the credit for this event. The search for Denton City Attorney concluded with the hiring of Aaron Leal. Aaron had been the interim City Attorney. Denton has not had a City Auditor since 2011. City Auditor is such an important position for the health of the City. One was hired earlier this year. The new City Auditor resigned recently. Now we will have another search for a City Auditor. Interviews for a new manager of Denton Municipal Electric took place late last month. Another critical positon to the City of Denton. A decision will be made by the City Manager Todd Hileman.

Northlake Notes By Peter Dewing, JD Mayor of Northlake

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The Good: Council approved both a 5% homestead exemption and increased the exemption for seniors and disabled to $15,000. NWISD authorized the purchase of land in Northlake for a future high school, middle school and stadium/ sports complex in the approved planned development southwest of FM 407 and Cleve-

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A resolution was presented to the City Council on October 17. Senate Bill 4, better known as the “sanctuary cities” law, was passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor. The City of El Cenizo and other cities in Texas filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas. A large group of SB4 protesters have been at the last four or five City Council meetings. About 150 were there on October 17 and 25 spoke in favor of the resolution. The resolution passed six to one. I could not support the resolution. It is strange to me that cities in the United States release criminals just because they are illegal aliens. November 7 is voting day for Robson Ranch. For full details of ballot and where to vote: robsonranchroad.com/denton-votinginfo.html The Robson Ranch Women’s Club proudly presents its 2017 Holiday Home tour December 3, 2017, from 3 to 6 PM. Your punched home tour ticket is your admission to the “After Party” at the Robson Ranch Wildhouse Grill. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Denton’s “Our Daily Bread” and “Refuge for Women.” Seven Historic Homes in Denton will be on a home tour December 2, 2017, from 1 to 5 PM. Proceeds will go to purchasing street lights on West Hickory. Details of both events will be available in November at the following URL: robsonranchroad.com/rrwc-home-tour.html land-Gibbs (Pecan Square.) Construction has begun on a dedicated turn lane from Harvest Way to Cleveland-Gibbs Rd. TXDOT is finalizing a study for a traffic light at FM 407 and Harvest Way, updated will be posted on the Town’s website. The Unpleasant: Reconstruction of Florance Rd from FM 407 to Strader Rd is still underway and should be completed in November. Paving Cleveland-Gibbs from FM 407 to FM 1171 was delayed again and is now scheduled to commence next year. If you have ideas or comments please let me know. My contact information is under the “Town Officials” tab at www.town.northlake.tx.us.

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proud of how Copeland handled the situation. “He did what I hope any man would do,” Sabrina said. “I don’t know what would’ve happened that night if he wasn’t there.” -Written by Mark Smith, Digital Editor

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Development Watch Lantana had 3,514 occupied homes as of October 27 with an estimated population of 11,421. There were 2,067 single-family building permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #6 and 1,621 permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #7 for single-family homes through the month of September, for a total of 3,688 permits.

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Total build-out is estimated to be 4,003 homes. Bolingbrook, Ill.-based ATI Physical Therapy has signed a lease to locate in Lantana Town Center near Wise Wireless. Chase Bank will open a freestanding branch between Starbucks and the Kroger gas pumps, and a Firestone Auto Care Center will locate behind Starbucks.

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Work is underway on the first phase of Lantana Town Center Phase II. The 15,285 square-foot, multi-tenant retail building will be located on the north side of FM 407 across from Kroger. Great Clips, Casa Mia Mexican Restaurant and a nail salon have signed leases. Two future phases will consist of five additional buildings with an additional 48,820 square-feet of retail and restaurant uses.

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of the recent asphalt tire tracks on Copper Canyon Road’s concrete pavement north of the FM 407 intersection. Commissioner Eads realized that Canyon Oaks subdivision’s asphalt residential roads had reached the end of their “useful life.” Canyon Oaks roads are a county responsibility, as the community is not part of any incorporated township. Many Canyon Oaks residents expressed their gratitude to Eads for the repaving of their residential roads! However, as the asphalt delivering trucks exited the subdivision, some of their tires tracked the recently poured asphalt onto Copper Canyon Road. The road contractor assured Commissioner Eads that regular vehicle traffic will soon wear the asphalt tracks off Copper Canyon Road. It’s a tad unsightly now, but a temporary road condition. Fall Trail Cleanup: Saturday, November 4th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Submitted by Deb Schmitz, Chairman: Copper Canyon Trail Advisory Committee) The Copper Canyon Fall Trail Cleanup will be Saturday, November 4th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday November 5th. We will meet at the 2499 Tunnel, (new parking pad).  Please bring gloves, chain saws, overhead tree limb saws, loppers, etc.  Trash bags will be provided.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Since the recent bobcat work was completed by Rusty Hager’s team from Technical Land Construction, Inc. (TLC, Inc.) in Lewisville, most of what is left is overhead tree limb trimming, and trash pickup.  If anyone has an overhead tree limb saw, that would be very helpful.  There are two loop trails on the North side of the tunnel that need to be recleared - if we have enough volunteers and equipment.  Anyone with a heavy duty weed-eater, DL mower, and/or chain-

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saws would be welcome to help at these sites. These trails are not wide enough for a standard size tractor and brush hog to get through. I want to take a moment to thank and recognize Rusty Hager and his team at TLC, Inc. for their fabulous bobcat work on our trails. These trails haven’t had a bobcat on them in at least 8 years.  The TLC team did a fabulous job!!!! I’d also like to thank Robin and Steve Grider for their help throughout the year, cutting and moving dead trees, helping with the bobcat operator, posting signs, and just about anything else you can imagine. Many thanks to Jack Satterfield for mowing on the north end of the trail and helping with the bobcat operator. And, I’m delighted to report that Jack has agreed to be a permanent member of the Copper Canyon Trail Advisory Committee. Also many thanks to Darryl Snedeker for always being available to mow the Chinn Chapel end of the trail, as well as clearing trees and debris. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our own Town Council for all the support they give to our Trails. And Thanks also to our Town Administrator Donna Welsh for arranging dumpsters for the trash our trail volunteers remove from both the trails and the lakeside shores. And a sincere Thank You to Municipal Services Manager Geri Harwell for providing free dumpsters, courtesy of our trash removal franchisee Republic Services. Last but not least, many thanks to Commissioner Andy Eads and his team for their support clearing and cleaning up the tunnel under FM 2499.  This tunnel runs under 2499 and is integral to the continuity of our trail.  Without the tunnel connection, our trails are only accessible in two distinct separated parcels. Since the completion of FM 2499, the tunnel developed a severe drainage problem.  We were unable to ride horses through it due to the muck that accumulated on the tunnel

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floor. Pedestrians certainly couldn’t walk through the bog, because of the standing water which created a mosquito breeding ground.  It really wasn’t the County’s job. But thanks to the support of Commissioner Eads and his Administrator Holly Sadlowski, they stepped up to fix both the drainage issues and paint over the nasty graffiti illustrations on the tunnel walls.  The tunnel is now not only safe but pleasant for all to traverse. Looking forward to seeing all you Trail volunteers on Nov 4! CoServ sends Linemen and Specialized Trucks to South Texas and Florida to Help Restore Power after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you are a member of CoServ Electric Co-op, be very proud of their response to residents in South Texas and Florida to restore their electrical power. CoServ sent experienced Linemen and huge very specialized bucket trucks to lift the men high into the air to restore the broken and damaged electrical lines. The amount of specialized equipment accompanying the men was incredible! But, a Lineman on the ground is far less effective at restoring power than one in the air in a bucket! CoServ Lineman Bridges Mitchell said in South Texas they awoke at 4 a.m., ate at 4:30 a.m. and were on the road by 5 a.m., returning around 9 p.m. They also brought snacks to eat on the go. “I don’t think we stopped for lunch one time while we were there,” he said. As they made repairs, residents offered water and drinks. “For the most part, everyone was very appreciative of us being down there,” he said. Mitchell’s 22nd birthday was the same day his crew headed south. “It’s one I won’t forget.” South Texas: 15 Linemen, 8 days, 6 Super Duty Trucks, 1 Mule, 4 Bucket Trucks, 1 Cargo Trailer, 2 Digger Derricks, 1 Pressure Digger, 1 Flatbed Truck. CoServ Operations Superintendent Shea Hassell, a Lineman for 27 years, and crew headed to Florida. He said “Time passes quickly. You get focused and look up and it’s getting dark.” The part Shea enjoys the most is the response from Co-op Members, who have gone without power for days. (Imagine 100 degree days, your home and lifetime of belongings utterly destroyed, and no air-conditioned place to retreat from the unbearable, constant heat.) “That’s one of the most gratifying things – to see those people’s reactions is pretty special,” Shea said. Florida: 23 Linemen, 11 days, 6 Construction Buckets, 1 Pole Trailer, 2 Mules, 8 Super Duty Trucks, 4 Service Buckets, 1 Flatbed Truck, 1 Cargo Trailer, 3 Material Trailers, 3 Digger Derricks “More than 50,000 U.S. utility workers helped restore power in Florida after Hurricane Irma. Electric cooperatives from 25 states joined the unprecedented mutual aid effort and sent 5,000 line workers. Fifteen Texas co-ops also dispatched crews to South Texas to help with repairs after Hurricane Harvey. CoServ was privileged to participate in both missions to help our Fellow Texans and Americans.” Dawn Cobb Get a copy of CoServ’s November 2017 monthly magazine Co-op Power, and beginning on page 18 read Dawn Cobb’s excellent article on how CoServ’s Linemen helped restore electrical power in both South Texas and Florida. LeeAnne Fournier Passes – Copper Canyon and Woodland Neighbor for 27 Years “LeeAnne Fournier passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the age of 62. She was born in Salina, Kansas. As the daughter of an Air Force engineer, she spent her childhood years in countries like Japan and England and resided in San Antonio, Texas for many years. She was a resident LeeAnne Fournier of Copper Canyon, Texas for the last 27 years where she created a warm and inviting home for her family and friends. She is survived by her husband LeRoy Fournier, daughter Amy Bernethy, son David Lay, granddaughters Kaelyn, Avery and Brynlee, sister Susan Kemp and parents Bob and Cleo Fleming. She is preceded in death by her sister Kathy Fleming-Butler. She was a loving wife, mother and grandma and loved by anyone who met her. She will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held in her honor at a later date.” (Courtesy of daughter Amy Bernethy) The Fourniers sold their Copper Canyon home and moved to Granbury in April of 2016. LeeAnne’s husband LeRoy can be reached there. So Many Friends Will Miss Eric Metzger Flower Mound Fire Chief for 22 Years, Mentor to Many, Willing Volunteer “Servant” to Anyone in Need! Eric Metzger died last Friday morning at age 57 See MAYOR SUE on Page A16


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are in. They should be grateful for what they have. They shouldn’t take more on their plate than they can eat. They should think about throwing away a whole plate of pasta, all those types of things. But, if we change their behaviors, even a little bit, we’re making for a better society.” Trisha Cunningham (NTFB’s president and chief executive officer) and Erin Fincher (director of individual and foundation giving) personally noticed the difference. “We are elated that the YMSL Integrity chapter chose the children’s programs

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at NTFB to give their Ultimate Gift this year,” Fincher said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me and to the hungry kids in particular. Thank you so much.” Other organizations which YSML Integrity currently partners with are the Salvation Army, Camp Thurman, Grace Grapevine, Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, Austin Street Shelter, Journey to Dream, Kairos, Rocky Point, Boys and Girls Club of North Texas, Child Care Group, Hope Supply Company, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Special Olympics and the Flower Mound Senior Center. To learn more about YMSL, visit www. ymslnational.org or call 866-602-9675.

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Minimally Invasive Dentistry – An alternative to Crowns So often you are told that you need a crown. It may be because you have a large filling, the tooth is cracked, decayed, or simply broken. So many people ask “Is there not an alternative way to fix teeth without doing a crown?” Yes there is, and the procedure is called an Onlay. Onlays are a very conservative method to restore teeth. They remove only the broken, decayed, or weak parts of your teeth. Healthy unaffected parts of teeth are not removed. Having more of your tooth means your tooth is stronger, healthier, and happier. We are a small, patient centered dental office that focuses on one patient at a time. If quality is your main concern, please call us and we will be more than happy to help you.

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after a 6 week diagnosis of liver cancer. Eric and his wife Janice Metzger lived in Copper Canyon in the Woodlands for 9 years. Their daughter Alison Metzger had already graduated from Marcus High School, but they Eric Metzger would raise their sons Ryan Metzger and Aaron Metzger in Copper Canyon. They were also well known in the Woodlands neighborhood for their love of their “interesting pets.” They had, and have, five Blackcapped Capuchin pet monkeys! During this time Eric was Copper Canyon’s representative on the Upper Trinity Regional Water District Board. He was also a Flower Mound firefighter for 27 years, serving the last 22 years as Fire Chief. Our Argyle Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger said how much he appreciated Metzger’s mentoring when Mac first became our Fire Chief. And our former County Commissioner Jim Carter said Eric gave invaluable advice on how to get area voters to understand and approve the necessity of our Emergency Services District #1. ESD #1 would provide funding for quality fire and emergency medical protection for 65 square miles, including five small towns and unincorporated areas of Denton County. (At that time Eric had already moved to Flower Mound, but he helped us form the ESD #1 as a good “community citizen.”) Eric and Upper Trinity Regional Water District: When I became a Copper Canyon Council Member 13 years ago, Eric also took me under his wing. He was committed to my understanding of our Upper Trinity Regional Water District. Once a month he chauffeured me to the District’s Board Meeting. En route he would review with me the items on the Agenda, each item’s background, and any special significance of that item. He would also explain to me the background of each of the 24 Board members. It took me a

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while, but I finally understood how the Upper Trinity Board and the District actually functioned. Eric is Incident Commander for Massive Home Fire at the top of Orchid Hill: Eric and I shared two “close encounters.” There was a massive fire at a large home at the top of Orchid Hill – a very uncomfortable 1,000 feet from my own home! Our AFD Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger was at DFW airport ready to fly to another state for the annual exhibition of firefighter equipment and vehicles. So, Eric, as Flower Mound’s Fire Chief, became the Incident Commander for this fire in Copper Canyon. A hectic hour plus of mutual aid firefighting ensued by the multiple Fire Departments that had responded from surrounding towns. Then Eric called me and said “Mayor, the fire is under control now, would you like to view it from our command center, Goliath?” An invitation I was eager to accept! Goliath is a huge Emergency Command vehicle with front glass panels that soar up possibly 15 feet! When the vehicle faces the fire, there is an unobstructed vertical and wide angle view of everything related to the fire. Inside Goliath are control panels that identify every Fire Department that has responded via mutual aid, every piece of vehicular equipment they brought, and every firefighter they provided by name and rank. In the controlled chaos of an actively burning fire, every individual firefighter needs to be accounted for. And, from Goliath there is direct communication to almost every active firefighter involved. It was an incredible experience for me! And, I thanked Eric for inviting me to witness the fire firsthand. Driver Runs FM 407 Red Light: Broadsides and Demolishes My Vehicle: Our second “close encounter” came when a vehicle’s driver going west on FM 407 decided to “gun it” through a red light at the intersection of FM 407 and Chinn Chapel. I had been stopped on Chinn Chapel just south of FM 407. When the light turned green, I started north crossing FM 407. I had barely cleared the line of traffic stopped on FM 407 for their red light, when I thought my car engine had exploded! The impact was so great that it spun my Lincoln Town Car around and its airbags immediately deployed and impacted

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my chest. After doing a quick mental assessment and physical pat down of my body and limbs, I realized no bones were broken. So, I climbed across the front seat and exited through the passenger door on the other side. The vehicle that broadsided me was also demolished and in the drainage ditch. But a young woman had been thrown out of the passenger seat of the car and said she was hurting. So, I cradled her head in my lap trying to console her and find out exactly where she felt pain. About this time Flower Mound’s emergency vehicles arrived and with them Fire Chief Metzger. He immediately came over to me and said, “Mayor, I need to take you to Town Hall.” He realized I was in shock. I didn’t. My Town Car was demolished. But, because the impact of the car running the red light hit the front of my car, my car spun and the force of the impact was dissipated. I walked away with only incredible bruises from the air bag and the steering wheel column. And, once again, thanks to Eric Metzger in an emergency situation. Eric had Open Heart Surgery at age 6! Eric had lost a brother and sister at birth with the same heart defect that he had. But from Eric’s blood transfusion during this surgery, he contracted Hepatitis C. In 1966 blood donors were not screened for hepatitis. Known complications of Hepatitis C are cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Son Aaron had already volunteered to give his Dad a portion of his liver, but Baylor Medical Center thought Eric was too healthy to be eligible for a liver transplant. But, by the time Eric’s liver cancer was diagnosed, it was too far advanced to be remedied by a liver transplant. From Eric’s diagnosis of liver cancer to his death was a mere six weeks. Eric’s life partner for 37 years – Janice Metzger – gave me permission to quote some of her thoughts. (The day after Eric’s death.) She said, “We were married at age 19 and 20 and loved our life together! It was so full and rich! Six weeks ago life was normal. But now, our family has lost our patriarch and the love of our lives. It happened so fast, we didn’t have much time to prepare.” Janice said, “No one handled an emergency like Eric. He took care of all of us and made sure we were all OK….He said God put him here to be a servant in any capacity. Eric had

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no patience for arrogance. He told his Flower Mound firefighters and paramedics that they were ‘community servants’ first.” Did You Know That? Opioid Deaths: 100 Americans die of opioid overdoses DAILY, more than the number killed in car crashes or by guns. (The Kiplinger Letter, September 15, 2017.) Advent of ultra long-haul airplane flights: In late October, United Airlines launched nonstop service between L.A. and Singapore - and in Jan. 2018, a flight between Houston and Sydney, Australia. American Airlines will begin nonstop service between L.A. and Beijing on Nov. 5th. My American Airlines flight last spring from DFW to Seoul, South Korea was 13 hours long. One of the longest current non-stop flights is 17 hours on Emirates Airlines between Dubai and Auckland, New Zealand. Such flights are made possible by a new generation of aircraft. The double-decker Airbus A380 has 14 first-class suites, 76 business-class pods, showers and a lounge area. Boeing’s Dreamliner has lay-flat seats in business class. Robocalls make up 40% of all calls to landlines. Using fingerprints is less effective for older people and manual laborers, since fingerprints are prone to wear down and become less distinctive over time. Biometrics will replace driver’s licenses, passports, and even boarding passes as identification. So far, facial recognition technology is being used at airports in Houston, Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. (The Kiplinger Letter, September 29, 2017.) Domestic Violence: One in 15 children is exposed to domestic violence in their homes. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women ages 15 through 44, according to the Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas. (Dallas Morning News, October 27, 2017, page 3A.)


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sors that help make this event the success it is, including court administrators and other court staff. This year, DCBA and CPS anticipate that we will celebrate with 12 families and 14 children as their adoptions are made final. The adoptions are completed in fully decorated courtrooms thanks to the District Court judges who allow us to use their courtrooms on this day. After the adoption, each family receives gifts donated for them, including quilts donated from the Denton Quilt Guild, a professional photography session for family photos, and a special book to celebrate the day.  Denton County Adoption Day is part of the nationwide effort to celebrate families that are welcoming new members and to draw attention to the continuing need for foster and adoptive homes.   2017 Community Health Assessment Denton County Public Health (DCPH) recently released the 2017 Community Health Assessment, a summary document of recent health data for Denton County. DCPH has prioritized consistent and collaborative data collection to ensure awareness of local health trends.  The assessment includes high-quality data on topics ranging from nutrition to cancer incidence. The document also includes information from community members on priorities for a healthy community and barriers to care. In response to identified health trends, the Denton County community has identified goals for improvement to lead our community to a healthier future.  DCPH will partner with community leaders, agencies and residents to make Denton County a healthier place to live, work, worship and play. Through the ef-

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forts of countless organizations and individuals, Denton County is in the process of creating a three-year Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan will serve as a strategic outline for addressing areas of health concern in our community. To see the full 2017 Community Health Assessment, visit www.dentoncounty.com/health. The team at DCPH also invites you to provide feedback on the assessment at www.surveymonkey. com/r/2017CHAFeedback.   Voting/Election Details for Constitutional Amendments Polling places listed will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., November 7, 2017, for voting in a Special Election to adopt or reject the seven proposed Constitutional Amendments as submitted by the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, of the State of Texas. Getting a proposed amendment on the ballot requires support from more than two-thirds of both chambers of the Legislature, and any changes to the Texas Constitution must be approved by a majority of Texas voters, which is the reason for the election. Voters in some communities are also weighing in on important local issues alongside the statewide ballot, so be sure and check your local ballots for additional items that might be included in your area. Early voting runs through November 3 and Election Day is November 7. Click the link for your polling location: http://bit.ly/ElectionDayLocations. And don’t forget, you can always look up your voter information on our website www.votedenton.com.   Upcoming Nonprofit Events: Ranch Hands Rescue “Ignite HOPE” Charity Gala, November 4

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Argyle-based Rand Hands Rescue takes the worst-of-the worst farm animal abuse and neglect cases and provides a loving, caring and safe sanctuary to the animals that cannot be adopted due to special care needs. They also provide mental health counseling using Equine and Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC)

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and other modalities to help people overcome trauma and other mental health challenges. This program serves the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, and is expanding. Their upcoming “Ignite HOPE” Charity See EADS on Page A20


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Frontier Days (in Wyoming) and the Days of ’47 (in Salt Lake City)-- in which Lelo had the privilege of participating.. “When today’s budding cowboys outgrow sheep, they move to the next level,” said Jimmy. The next level means taking on calves and mini-horses. Mini-horses? Those are specially-bred, pint-size equines. Laymen call them ponies, but true ponies are about five-feet high, while minis are about threefeet. This is hard to believe, but the fierce Comanche warriors, whose height averaged 5-feet or less, terrorized the Great Plains on the backs of ponies; but we digress! After retiring from sheep-busting, at age six, Lealond tried munchkin calves and horses, and decided he liked riding a bucking mini best. “I took my first bareback mini ride three years ago, and it was fun,” he said. Right off the bat he took second place at Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Texas, near Granbury. After that win, his parents traded in the family sheep for Nellie, a mini-horse with shaggy russet potato-skin colored fur and a dark tail and mane. She doesn’t buck much these days. “Lelo taught her to tolerate a saddle and rider, so she’s his pet now,” Jimmy said. Rodeo cowboys don’t bring their own animals to the contests. Stock companies provide animals and who rides what is the luck of the draw. Rodeo animals are not trained to buck and cruelty is forbidden. A pair of judges stand on opposite sides of the arena to score the animal’s and cowboy’s performances separately. Rodeo animals live on ranches, but-other than feeding time-- they aren’t given unnecessary human attention or coddling. This helps them retain the unbroken range characteristics prized in the arena. In addition to herding domesticated beasts, cowboys of yesteryear acquired wild stock by “wrassling,” roping and saddle-breaking

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The Henderson family of Argyle: Jimmy, Neva, Lealond and Deborah.

wild animals. Lealond, a lanky 9-year-old with fair skin and light reddish hair, looks every inch the well-groomed, long-legged cowboy in boots, spurs, jeans, cotton shirt and creamcolored 10-gallon hat. Then there’s the riding gear: jazzy thick leather chaps and gloves, a protective vest, a strapped on “headrest” device-- to prevent whiplash injuries-- and a safety helmet. “The helmet is heavy to wear,” he said, “I’d rather not use it.” Once, right out of the chute he became airborne; and, at some point in the fracas, a small hoof grazed the side of his head. His mother said they thought that was probably it for the weekend, but the next day Lelo jumped out of bed ready for another go. The gallant young gentleman-- who is completely at home offering a handshake to new people-- these days averages 52 rodeos a year. In the Pee-Wee Division (ages nine to 13), he is among the youngest and, often, smallest cowboy. The goal of bronc riding is to hang on-- one handed-- for a wild

six-seconds. The question comes to mind, “Hang on to what?” Because, in the case of bareback events, there’s no saddle. One supposes that in the 1860s cowboys gripped their animals’ manes. Today’s stock gets strapped into a leather belt with an honest-to-goodness, seriously heavy duty suitcase-looking handle. One handed? Yes, siree; a rule of the sport. Touching the animal with your free hand means disqualification. The stereotypical image of the bronco or bull buster’s wild waving free arm is no accident, because it pushes up his or her score. Lelo’s trick is to pretend he’s carrying a big pizza tray with his free hand. His mom said he charges out of the chute, while he and Dad shout together: “Pizza man! Pizza man!” It works. So, what’s the best thing about being in the rodeo arena? Without a moment of hesitation Lelo said, “All the cheering!” A second big thrill was getting to ride in the “big guys’” arena in the Days of ’47 Rodeo. Pee-Wee events usually have a separate venue.

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“That rodeo,” Jimmy explained, “is the equivalent of the Olympics.” Deborah added, “Before an audience of 10,000, he won first place.” This year, he finished in second place in the Mini Bareback Riding World Championship, which qualified him for the PeeWee Division of the Junior National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nev. in early December. The first place NFR winner is THE Undisputed World Champion. Lealond has a stash of BIG silver belt buckles from Montana Silversmiths that prove his history as a champion. Next month, he’s hoping to add the “mother” of all gleaming silver rodeo buckles to his collection. So what does a nine-year-old cowboy do on Monday through Friday? He goes to third grade at Hilltop Elementary in Argyle. Recess and choir are his favorite classes. He takes after Mom who sings the national anthem at rodeos. Tacos are his favorite food; and, as far as he’s concerned, no treat beats a Popsicle. He likes to play baseball and basketball; and, don’t forget fishing at Lake Ray Roberts, “I caught a 13-pound striper once,” he said. “We ate the whole thing!” On Sundays, he and his family attend the Denton County Cowboy Church. “Two or three times-a-week, he puts on his safety gear and for 30-minutes, practices correct movements on a ‘spur board;’ a big stack of wood planks covered with hide, specially rigged for him beside the patio,” his father said. “Without a saddle, bareback riders hold the rigging handle and basically lay back, with their spurs near the animal’s shoulders. This-- and keeping one hand in the air-- take presence of mind, which comes from plenty of practice. Exercising in this position also helps strengthen their core (abdominal muscles).” What does his family do between rodeos? “We have two children with extracurricular activities, so sometimes we split up to


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cover all the action,” Jimmy said. Lelo’s sister, Neva, is an Argyle High School volleyball player and a championship archer. “She plays select volleyball at the University of North Texas, so we’re all on the road a lot,” Deborah added. To that end, Lelo has acquired local spon-

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sors who help defray the costs of his rodeo participation. These include Diamond D Leather, Dr. Don Camillo (a Denton anesthetist), Argyle Family Chiropractic, Diamond O Fragrance, Resistol Hats, Stony Ponies (a rodeo stock provisioner), HB Hunting Products, Allen & Allen Cattle Co., Aunt Bee, Donald Camillo C.R.N.A. Anes-

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thesia Services, Major League Roofing and JHL Fencing & Welding (the Henderson family’s owned and operated business). Lelo is active in the nonprofit organization Texas Cowboys Against Cancer, that provides funds to families who have a loved one battling cancer. He promotes the cause and participates in benefit events.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lealond’s family offset some of the costs associated with his trip to Las Vegas at www. gofundme.com/our-local-cowboy. Contact the writer at noellemhood@gmail.com

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Gala is Saturday, November 4, at the Hilton DFW Lakes, and features dinner, drinks and dancing. This will be an evening of celebration and fundraising as they raise money to support the organization’s general operations and subsidized services for victims of sexual and physical abuse, PTSD, anxiety and other debilitating traumas.  Log onto ranchhandrescue.org for more information.  Mark your calendar for the 2017 Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, December 1 Don’t miss the Annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, December 1, 5:30-9:30 p.m.! This oneof-a-kind community event, held on the second Friday following Thanksgiving, includes musical and dance

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presentations, horse drawn carriage rides, children’s crafts, and visits with Santa. Live entertainment is provided by talented local musicians and the Denton Community Band, which has been a part of the celebration since its inception. Once again the festival will be hosting a toy drive and toy drop-offs will be at the northeast corner of the Square. Toys gathered will be distributed through “Elves Shelves” to Denton County families needing assistance during the Christmas season.    Did You Know?  The Denton County Veterans Service office offers vital assistance to Denton County Veterans and their dependents in filing VA benefit claims. The veterans’ benefit counselors of the Denton County Veterans Service Office assist veterans of the Armed Forces and their dependents file claims and obtain their benefits from

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the Department of Veterans Affairs after service to our country. The staff of the Veterans Service can assist with the following: Compensation or Pension; Disability Retirement; Death Indemnity Compensation; Appeal to Board of Veterans Appeal; Hospital and Outpatient Benefits; Texas Veterans Land Board Programs; Educational Benefits; Vocational Benefits; Debt Waivers; Obtaining Lost Military Records; SPAN Transportation to DVA Medical Facilities; Review of Military Discharge; Claims for Insurance Payments; Burial Allowance. In addition to Veterans Services, Denton County also has a Veterans’ Coalition. The Veterans’ Coalition is a voluntary partnership of veteran service organizations, non-profits, and governmental entities to provide the services our local veterans and their families need. Alarming suicide rates, high unemployment rates, veteran homelessness and news stories about the thousands of visible and invisible wounds our troops have sustained has raised the awareness of residents across Denton County to understand and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our military community and to want to do something to show their support. The Veterans’ Coalition is supported by the Denton County Judge’s Office, the Denton County Veterans Services Office, and the Denton County Veterans Advisory Board, and utilizes a network to ensure that a phone call or an email referral will connect a veteran with the right solution. For more information on how you can partner with the Denton County Veterans’ Coalition, please contact: Dawn Olsen, Secretary, at 972-914-VETS (8387).    Connect With Us We would love to have you connected to the county by subscribing to our newsletter. Just use this link and enter your email and you will be up-to-date on everything that’s going on in Precinct 4: http://bit.ly/Pct4newsletter Moreover, be sure and find us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/CommissionerAndyEads for the latest news in Denton County. If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is andy.eads@dentoncounty. com, and my office number is 972-434-3960. 


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by our Veterans Day Relay Run on November 10. Be sure to mark your calendars for our unforgettable Christmas Parade and

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Tree Lighting Ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, December 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The parade will start on Spinks Road and will end at Gerault Park, next to the Community Activity Center. I hope to see you there!

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Flower Mound’s new Town Hall council chambers will be named after former mayor Jody Smith. Pictured (from left) are David Smith, Jody Smith, Steve Smith, Andrew Smith and Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden

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lage, beginning at 5 p.m. The City partners with the Highland Village Women’s Club and The Shops at Highland Village to bring this festive event to the community. Once again this year the 60-foot Christmas tree will feature a themed “Let it Glow, Holiday Light Show Spectacular” which includes 245,300 LED tree lights synchronized to holiday music. This is a great family event with musical entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, face-painting, cookie decorating, ornament making and pictures with Santa. I hope to see you all there as we kick of the holiday season in Highland Village. We have the annual Parade of Lights holiday lighting contest again this year. It is so much fun to see the creativity of our residents as they decorate their homes for the holiday season. The Fire Department will once again escort Santa through our neighborhoods, be sure to check the city website for the date he will be on your street. And mark your calendar to visit Santa at the Highland Village Fire Station on Saturday, December 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. While we are enjoying the month of thankfulness, the local business owners are gearing up for the holiday season. This is the busiest time for our retailers and restaurants and it is the perfect time for you to see what we have to offer in Highland Village. You know we’ve long said we have it all in Highland Village and I truly believe we do. I hope you’ll always look to a Highland Village business first as you

prepare for holiday gatherings and gift giving. Keeping our sales tax dollars at home not only benefits the business owners who have chosen to set up shop in Highland Village, it also benefits our local economy. I am thankful for each of you. I see our community pull together to help one another, generously give to those in need and share their time and talents. I am thankful to serve this community and its residents as Mayor. Highland Village is a wonderful place to live and serve. I wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving and memorable times with family and friends. Remember to start each day with a grateful heart.

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a shopping center near FM 2499 and FM 407 — Blake said he thought he saw a woman’s purse on the ground, Michael said. Turns out, it was a Wells Fargo bag with more than $2,000 in cash and $2,000 in checks inside. “I asked him, ‘What do you do now?’” Michael said. “He said, ‘We have to turn it in.’” The Leonards took the bag to the Flower Mound Police Department. Within a week, police located the person who had lost it. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she had been in the parking lot and thought her daughter dropped it while getting in or out of their

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car, according to the town. The town plans to recognize Blake Leonard at the Nov. 6 Town Council meeting for doing the right thing. “It’s reassuring to know he didn’t think twice and he knew what do, and we would hope most people would do the same,” Michael said. “It re-confirms what we’re teaching him. We’re very proud.” -Written by Mark Smith, Digital Editor Seniors Will Honor Veterans The Argyle Seniors had a blast at their Fall Festival wiener roast and hayride last month. The next event will be Friday, November 17, and the theme will be Thanksgiving and we will also honor our veterans. The seniors meet every Monday,

Stella McDaniel at the Argyle Seniors Halloween Party.

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Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. to exercise and at 11 a.m. to play Hand & Foot. The third Friday of each month we have a pot luck luncheon. The Argyle Police Department furnishes the meat and all attendees are asked to bring a dish to share or donate $4 for the Seniors Fund. For more information you may contact one of the following: Stella McDaniel, President, (940) 464-7438; Karen Kiel, Vice President, (940) 464-0506; Carolyn Stanford, Secretary, (940) 464-4675; Donna Lumpkins, Treasurer, (940) 4647162; or Jody Bellinghausen, Publicity, (940) 464-6089. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! -Submitted by Stella McDaniel

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and identity. The department has a long and respected history and today remains as an all-volunteer unpaid department. Scott Whisenhunt is the current Fire Chief and he has been an instrumental member for many years. Chief Whisenhunt brings his experience, leadership and enthusiasm to recruiting and training new members, and with the senior members support, everyone has an important role in the organization. The firefighters train every Monday night and respond to calls for help 24/7. They volunteer for hundreds of training hours each year to improve their emergency response skills, in addition to being on-call. Our town and residents are lucky to have these dedicated members and we are grateful for everything they do. Thank you to our Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department members and family. Town of Double Oak Boards/ Commissions/Committees The town recently went through the appointment/reappointment process for the Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission. These boards and commissions are a vital component in the town. On both boards you will find a mix of seasoned veterans and relative new additions. Our small town in recent years even expanded the size of both boards to eleven members so more residents could volunteer. In addition to their meeting hours, these members are required to attend a legal training session with our town attorney. Unfortunately, this year, there were a couple of applicants who were not appointed to these boards because all of the positions were filled. Your applications will stay on file for a year and if any vacancies occur, those applications will be considered. There are other opportunities to be involved such as volunteering for a committee or volunteering for spe-

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cial events and town-neighborhood cleanup days. The town wishes to thank the Board of Adjustment members for their service: Phyllis Meyerson, Candy Lamel, Claire Garlick, Art Fleming, Von Beougher, Joe Rodriguez, Marty Robbins, Marian Crivello, Karen Smith, Jo Ann Jenkins and Gary Don Brittain. The town wishes to thank the Planning and Zoning members for their service: Georgette Cook, Gary Goodman, Regess Krueger, Brad Flack, Niels Martin, Michael McClure, Martha Holman, Mark Rose, Donna Gilliam, Linda Blesch and Wayne Atkins. The town has a couple of standing committees which citizens volunteer on and their service and expertise are greatly appreciated. Double Oak Women’s Club – www.doubleoakwomensclub.com This organization serves and supports our community and residents in a variety of ways. The effort and work they put in throughout the year to support the fire and police departments and town hall is tremendous and greatly appreciated. They are always there to lend encouragement and support to families within our town when needed for any reason. They welcome new members and if you are not yet a member, I strongly encourage you to visit their website, attend one of their meetings or social events and you’ll be warmly welcomed. Double Oak thanks the DOWC and members for everything you all do that makes our town so wonderful and friendly. Opportunities to Volunteer – Examples If you are still looking for ways to get involved and volunteer, the town has a few standing committees that the Town Council will be reviewing in November. The town is sometimes aware of elderly

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residents who would appreciate a helping hand around their house or yard, need help with errands or someone to check on them from time to time. The town thanks residents who pick up litter and trash as they walk. The town knows many resident volunteers who do this and it’s a huge help in keeping our town attractive and clean. We have some residents who live on streets that have grass medians with trees and bushes, and they, along with neighbors, volunteer to mow and trim those areas. There’s also neighborhood volunteers who offer to pick up trash and mow along sections of FM407 so it stays clean looking and they are always looking for more Saturday morning volunteers. There are residents who volunteer to water certain trees around town and who volunteer to cut down dead trees and remove them. These are some examples of how Double Oak residents find ways to volunteer. If you’re interested in volunteering in your town, call town hall or reach out to a member of Town Council and I’m sure a volunteer opportunity will be found for you. Double Oak is blessed to have so many who wish to volunteer in some way to help keep our town friendly, clean and safe.

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nicipal election. Town officials’ seats expiring in May are: (Regular) Two-Year Term Council-Member Ted Gruenloh Council-Member Andrew Wills Council-Member Anita Nelson (Special Election) One-Year Term Council-Member Stacie Stoehner Please check the town website for future May 2018 election information and you are always welcome to contact town administration staff who will be glad to assist you. On behalf of the Double Oak Town Council and all Town Employees, Thank You to our Veterans and Happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans Day Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11 and on behalf of the Town of Double Oak, we extend our thanks and our prayers to those who served and are serving our country. Take a moment on Veterans Day to remember these Great Americans and God Bless them for their service. May 2018 Municipal Election Town administrative staff are preparing for the May 2018 mu-

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in the hospital for months and dealt with some complications. “The disease had also destroyed my esophagus to where the flap doesn’t close and anything can come back up,” he said. He received a feeding tube and wasn’t able to eat food for a year-and-a-half. Since having the tube removed, Collier can’t eat after 2 p.m. and he can’t lay flat. Collier had to make other life changes as he continues to live with systemic scleroderma and with two transplanted lungs. He got rid of his motorcycle, can’t do sports anymore and he can’t make a fist. Ever since the day he received his new

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lungs, Collier has wanted to reach out to the family of the donor. “This was a life that passed and a gift was given to me,” he said. But he didn’t know who the family is and he would have to go through the hospital to contact them, and the hospital had a rule that he had to wait one year. After the first year passed, Collier had been in the hospital a lot, for many reasons, and he wasn’t sure if he should contact them. “I didn’t know if I would live,” he said. “This is the first year I really believe I have a future. I made a promise that if I don’t wind up in the hospital this year, I’ll reach out to them. I’ve got the letter written.” Collier says he’s about 90 percent back to normal today. “Every day is a little better,” he said.

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But he isn’t worry-free. Among organ transplant recipients, about half of the time, their bodies reject the organs after about five to 10 years. “A lot of people think you’re good to go after getting the transplant, but if you do everything right, there’s still a 50 percent chance of rejection,” Collier said. “When something doesn’t feel right, you worry that it is rejection.” Despite all of that, Collier is extremely grateful for his second chance at life. He’s returned to work as vice president of technology at Associated Time and Parking Controls, and he wants to make a difference for transplant recipients. “Once I started getting better, I started searching for the ‘why,” he said. “It became my driving force. Not knowing the answer, I know I have to give back.” The week we interviewed Collier, he was set to speak during the 2017 Transplant Patient Summit in Washington, D.C. The American Society of Transplantation chose two transplant patients from each state, including Collier, to become “transplant ambassadors” and advocate for the field of transplantation in a legislative and fundraising capacity in its new initiative, called Power 2 Save. Collier and the society both want to raise awareness for the importance of organ donors — it’s estimated that 120,000 are on an organ transplant waiting list

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— as well as raise funds for transplant research, which will hopefully improve that 50 percent rejection statistic. “Transplants don’t necessarily last the life of of the recipient,” said Shauna O-Brien, director of communications for the American Society of Transplantation. Collier is telling his story to many, and he wants to help other people who have systemic scleroderma or are in need of other organ transplants. “I know what I went through when I was diagnosed,” he said. “I’ve heard from other families going through learning they have it, and my goal is to help them in the early stages to not stop fighting and be positive.” His other “why,” his other goal for his life post-surgery, Collier says, is his grandchildren. “My prayer (on Oct. 18, 2014) was that I be granted the privilege to take them on a trip,” he said. Robert and Jeannetta, who celebrated 31 years of marriage last month, took their twin granddaughters, Taylor and Tiffany Collier, on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon in March of this year. “Every morning I get up, I am thankful,” Robert Collier said. Visit www.power2save.org to learn more about the American Society of Transplantation and Power 2 Save.

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Texas Ramp Project helps CoServ veterans pay it forward By Scott Grass Director of Accounting CoServ

The Texas Ramp Project is a nonprofit organization that builds ramps for disabled individuals who need help accessing their homes. About a year ago, the CoServ Charitable Foundation distributed a grant to the organization, and I was fortunate enough to attend the presentation. In addition to meeting Beverly Ford, TRP’s Regional Coordinator whose passion for building ramps is contagious, I spoke with a CoServ Member whose husband was the recipient of this particular ramp. The spouse, who was in a wheelchair, was not able to enter his recently purchased home because he could not climb the stairs. TRP’s assistance allowed him to be with his wife in his new home for the first time. As I listened to our Member discuss, at times through tears, how much the ramp and CoServ’s funding meant to her and her family, I began to think of more ways to get involved. Today, CoServ Employees volunteer several times a year to assist in building ramps for our Members, many of whom are military veterans, and I am proud to be a part of this team. Several factors contributed to converting

last year’s check presentation into this volunteer effort, including: • TRP has been a recipient of CoServ grants for many years, and they have consistently done quality work in assisting North Texans. • TRP serves many veterans. As a military veteran, I have always had a heart for organizations that assist those who have served our great country and who have helped protect its citizens. • A CoServ Community Relations Team was created in 2016, and one of their goals is to help CoServ Employees find volunteer opportunities. Subsequently, I had a discussion with Beverly about the possibility of assembling a volunteer group of CoServ Employees, many of whom are military veterans, to build ramps for our Members. (And although our focus is on helping Members who are military veterans, we are willing to build ramps for those who are not.) We built our first ramp in April and will be starting our third one in a few weeks. Serving our Members in this way is a great feeling, and CoServ looks forward to partnering with TRP in the future. Serving our Members and meeting their needs above and beyond providing energy services is a big part of what we do. In fact, it’s the cooperative way. Know someone Texas Ramp Project can help? Please contact them through texasramps.org or call 214-675-1230. ___________________________________ Grass is CoServ’s Director of Accounting and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

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LOCAL EXPERTS Legal Talk Texas

Co-Parenting Throughout the Holiday Season During Difficult Times By Shayna R. Sanborn

We all have difficult and stressful situations to process. This year we have witnessed politicians behaving less than civilly and unfathomable terrorist activity here and abroad. It’s hard for adults to comprehend… just imagine what our youth are thinking! With the holiday season upon us, we must demonstrate to our children what it means to be respectful, honorable, and civil. Show our children that even though we don’t always agree, we can still work together toward a common goal courteously. This is vitally important for families that are raising children in separate or divorced homes. Adults may not be good partners or married persons, but they can be successful co-parents. The best gift to children from divorced homes is their parents getting along to create a peaceful and joyous holiday season. Here are some ways to make that happen: 1) Be Flexible and Open Minded – Often family schedules don’t conform to court orders. If you can trust your child’s other parent to honor an agreement, and he/she has out of town family coming in during your possession period or work schedules conflicting with their posses-

sion time, keep an open mind to switch days, or trade a weekend. Make sure to memorialize that agreement in writing with an electronic signature or actual autograph by both parents.

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2) Communicate with the Other Parent – If possible, talk to your child’s other parent and coordinate gifts so that you don’t duplicate, and you agree with the amount of money or type of gifts you are giving your child. 3) Focus on Giving with Your Child – If appropriate, encourage your child to do something nice for the other parent. Make a nice card or write a top ten list of the things that they like about the other parent, and maybe offer one of the items. 4) Be Kind to Yourself – Co-parenting and sharing the holidays is not always easy. Be forgiving of yourself if it does not go exactly as planned. Take care of you as well. The holiday season is a great time to start or continue to co-parent civilly and kindly. Hammerle Finley Law Firm. Give us a call. We can help. Want to receive our monthly email newsletter or book one of our attorneys for a speaking engagement? Email LegalTalkTexas@Hammerle.com and let us know how we can help. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice.

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very desirable option. Thankfully, OS X has a built in option for creating cloned images of your computer’s drive called Disk Utility. You can also purchase third party software to clone your drive. 3 Cloud Storage Whether using iCloud or another cloud service provider, utilizing cloud storage is a great way to back up your Mac computer. With a cloud service, your files are safe regardless of what happens to your computer. The only major downsides to cloud storage options are the amount of time it can take to complete a backup, restore a full system, and the potential cost for sufficient space. 4 Backup Your Backup The best way to ensure your files are safe is to not rely on only one back up method. Whether you want to use a Cloud and Time Machine, or the Bootable Backup and an offsite hard drive, it’s important to be prepared for the worst. By providing yourself with several easy backup methods you can be consistent with, you are ensuring the safety of your files as well as your peace of mind. Come visit us as Experimac Highland Village and we can assist you in backing up your computer, or mobile device. We also buy, sell, trade and repair pre-owned Apple products. Located in The Shops at Highland Village, 4141 Waller Creek, Suite 160. Call 972-317-0978.

Choose your foods wisely. Take a good look at all your options before you start loading up your plate. Be selective in your choices. Include lean protein and healthy veggies on your plate. Allow yourself some of the yummier choices too, but avoid going crazy with them. Reduce calories from beverages. Choose water or other zero-calories beverages to help you wash down those foods. Keeping your calories from drinks at a minimum will mean you can maximize your food choices!

Remember that you won’t “get fat” in one day. Our bodies are the result of they made all year. choices we make on a consistent basis, so even if you don’t stick to your usual Eat mindfully. Stay aware of what you healthy meal plan one day, it doesn’t mean are eating instead of just popping food in all is lost. If you are 90% adherent to your your mouth from the buffet. Eat while sit- weight loss plan all year, that means you ting and socializing with your family and have 35 days in a year where you can be friends. Stay engaged in the conversation a little looser on your plan. Choose those and you will find yourself already following days wisely! the next tip: Adam & Debra Hammett are certified Eat slowly. Give your brain a chance to personal trainers and owners of Serious keep up with your belly. Our brains and Results Training, coming soon to Parker bellies communicate with each other. Eat Square. Debra is also a Precision Nuslowly so your belly can send the signal trition Level 2 certified coach. You can that it is full. Eating slowly also gives you a reach them at Adam@Serious-Results. chance to savor the flavor of the food you com or Debra@Serious-Results.com are eating, so you feel more satisfied.


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LOCAL EXPERTS rules or conditions about when and how your beneficiaries will receive their inheriIs a Trust Right for You? tance. For instance, if you prefer that your son pursue a professional degree or start By Jeffery Price a career rather than buy sports cars, you Trusts can be an could establish a trust that sets a specific efficient way to pro- age or milestone, like graduating from law vide the next genera- school, or turning 30, before the money is tion with a financial made available. Trusts can also help you legacy—but that’s not reach charitable goals or improve tax efall. Here, Merrill Lynch ficiency. Wealth Management explores some of A measure of protection. Trusts can the lesser-known benefits of trusts. Many people assume that trusts are help ensure that your children, grandchilonly for the very wealthy. That is not the dren or other loved ones receive their incase. “Trusts are tools that give you very heritance if you divorce or remarry. They specific control over how your wealth is can also help shield assets if you or your used and protected, no matter how much heirs are in professions, such as surgery, money you have,” says Kevin Hindman, that come with a high risk of litigation. managing director and national trust executive at Merrill Lynch Wealth Manage- Investment guidance. A trust lets you ment. They can be set up while you are designate a professional money managalive to provide for the management of er, so if loved ones can no longer handle assets in the event that you or a loved investments, family property or a busione becomes incapacitated — a valid ness, they might be protected from costly concern given our increasing life spans mistakes. The same goes for heirs who and the prevalence of conditions like Al- are too young to invest and manage an zheimer’s. But they are also very useful inheritance. as a way to help ensure that your money is distributed as you wish after you are For more information, contact Mergone. Here are three potential benefits to rill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor Jeffery D. Price, in the Southlake, consider. Texas office at 817.410.4940 or JefMore control. You can use a trust to set fery_price@ml.com.

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If you’ve purchased a new car within the past few years, you may have noticed a change in the steering. For a majority of cars being manufactured, there is now a new electric motor instead of a hydraulic piston being used in the steering system. Why are hydraulic steering systems being replaced with electric systems? In the continuing effort to produce vehicles with better fuel economy, manufacturers have switched the familiar hydraulic steering system to an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system. This newly adopted technology has some manufacturers of the EPAS system claiming that their model uses 90 percent less energy than the familiar hydraulic system (ZF Lenksysteme – German auto parts), and another claims their system will reduce a vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 4 percent (TRW). Does the new electric motor in steering systems really improve fuel economy? The short answer is yes – the new EPAS system does help improve your vehicle’s fuel economy by using a simple motor to assist the steering rack, engaging only when the driver turns the steering wheel.

Hydraulic steering systems pull energy from the engine whenever the car is running whether the steering system is engaged or not. This is why hydraulic steering systems cause the engine to consume higher amounts of fuel than EPAS systems. What kind of changes, benefits or drawbacks will drivers notice in vehicles that use an electric steering system versus the hydraulic? Electric motors have a constant state of energy readily available whenever the driver engages the steering system. However, hydraulic systems are known to lose pressure due to engine speed, which means at low speeds, those systems could make the car harder to turn. The hydraulic systems also have additional belts, hoses and seals that break and leak over time, whereas the EPAS systems are more reliably built, which makes them better suited for long-term ownership. A more subjective and debatable comparison is how the new EPAS system affects the driving experience. Casual drivers don’t seem to notice a difference at all and professional drivers comment that they prefer the reactionary time of the EPAS system during high-speed cornering. On the other hand, some car enthusiasts say the electric system makes the car feel numb because they can’t “feel the road.” Regardless of the varied feedback, it looks like the EPAS system is here to stay. As time goes on, engineers will finetune the system to accommodate all. Visit our website at www.GoKwikKar.com.


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Academic Life Coach Manu Shahi teaches executive skills to students in a relaxed setting.

The middle-school years are considered by most people to be … the worst of all age groups. Maybe that’s why most adults try so hard not to remember them. The average pre- to early-teenager walks out their front door to go to school in the morning wearing clothes that fit and come home in high-water pants, tops with sleeves too short and toes bumping the end of their two-week-old shoes. They rush to after-school activities,

rush through dinner to get through piles of homework and go to sleep too late at night; only to wake-up with a Frisbee-sized zit the next morning. And, with today’s social media … any real blemish-- in addition to fictional criticism posted by insecure bullies-- is magnified. As if all that isn’t bad enough, there’s the “S” issue. No, not that “S” issue, See HOMEWORK Page B5

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David Vaught is ready to pull the trigger on his new venture.

It’s never been more important to take responsibility for your personal safety in today’s world. David Vaught and his wife, Sarah, believe learning how to respond quickly to a threatening situation will increase the odds in an individual’s favor. The Flower Mound couple are the owners of the built-from-the-ground-up 43,000-square-feet Crossfire Defense Academy & Range on 29.11-acres in

the Lakeside Business District at 801 Patriot Way. “We built the facility around the principle of what we’re doing,” said Vaught. “We want to offer more tools; how to mitigate a bad situation with soft, empty hands-- without having to use a firearm. However, if everything breaks down and you can’t avoid a situation, we want to teach you how to use a firearm See CROSSFIRE Page B17


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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts A Time for Heroes and Gratitude By State Representative Tan Parker

Every November, it seems my wife, Beth, and I are amazed by how rapidly the year is approaching its end. While at times we almost feel a sense of panic, ultimately there is a much greater sense of appreciation felt as November brings forth the opportunity to fully reflect on life’s many blessings. Of course at the forefront of gratitude is the freedom we as Americans enjoy across our great nation.  I am especially thankful for our brave soldiers who have served and are currently serving so we may gather as a free society.  Of course with their sacrifice for us, must come hope for them.  That is why organizations that serve veterans and their families play a critical role throughout our communities and why I believe we should embrace a greater awareness on how we can help those who serve. Once such organization that has recently impacted our area is Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit whose core mission is to serve our veterans that sacrifice to protect our country. Building Homes for Heroes was established in 2006 by Andrew Pujol who was moved to start this incredible organization after personally assisting in the recovery

Municipal Courts Play Valuable Role By Judge Jeffrey Tasker

Municipal Court: For some Flower Mounders it suggests a speeding ticket issued during a frantic morning rushing hour. Other residents recall a citation they received for a code violation. A student remembers performing community service to work off a curfew, alcohol or tobacco charge. More Texans encounter municipal courts than all other Texas courts combined. Whether they are jurors, witnesses or defendants, nearly all Texans have some experience with a municipal court. There are 917 municipal courts and 1,500 municipal judges in Texas. Last year, municipal courts processed 7.5 million cases and conducted 5,000 jury trials. Municipal judges issued 2.75 million arrest warrants and 9,529 search warrants. Municipal judges comprise approximately 39% of the state’s judiciary and operate in every city in the state. While Texans are more likely to appear in a municipal court than any other court, most people are unfamiliar with the operation of their local court. In Texas, municipal judges have judicial, administrative and magistrate duties. They have judicial authority over all city ordinances, fine-only criminal violations as well as traffic, sanitation, zoning, public health and Alcoholic Beverage Code violations. As the chief judicial officer for the court, the municipal judge sets the fine

efforts following the horrific attack on September 11, 2001. His passion to provide homes for those who have given so much, yet due to their sacrifice they are now struggling to help themselves, has grown Building Homes for Heroes into a vibrant organization that is strongly committed to assisting the individuals that have served in our military branches. In 2016, Building Homes for Heroes gifted 29 veterans with new homes and has set a goal to complete 33 homes before the end of this year. I was blessed with the opportunity to recently attend the unveiling of Sergeant Kody Wilson’s new home on September 9th here locally.  It was truly amazing to see the outpouring of love from Sergeant Wilson’s community, in conjunction with Building Homes for Heroes and their sponsors, that made this gift a reality.    Building Homes for Heroes also seeks to meet the emotional needs of wounded veterans by encouraging them to attend events for other injured veterans. Their hope is that these opportunities will allow for injured men and women to connect and build friendships while fostering a network devoted to lifting each other up. In addition, the organization also understands that while gifting a home may cover a current need, such a gift comes with substantial costs down the road. Each home recipient is provided counseling from a financial planning representative who walks new homeowners through home expenses. This certainly demonstrates their commitment to providing successful futures for veterans, rather than just defining moments.  And I certainly appreciate that

the organization’s board does not receive compensation for the incredible work being done. Outside of community efforts such as Building Homes for Heroes, the Texas Legislature has continually passed numerous laws designated to assist our wounded warriors and veterans. From waivers for drivers licenses and registration fees, property tax exemptions, creation of county veteran service centers to mental health assistance and educational benefits, lawmakers across the state support giving back to those who have sacrificed greatly so we flourish in freedom.  The Office of the Governor has a website with a portion that highlights some of these legislative support measures: https://gov.texas.gov/ organization/disabilities/veterans November is certainly a wonderful time of year to reflect upon the many blessings we enjoy as Texans and Americans in celebrating both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.  It is also a time to give back in many ways through being a little more thankful, to taking the extra time to show appreciation to others and giving back through volunteerism or other means.  Locally, we also have many opportunities to come together as a community in gratitude especially in honoring veterans.  The City of Highland Village has a luncheon on Friday, November 10th where you can sponsor a veteran and hear many testimonies of their service.  Flower Mound will have a Veterans Day ceremony and family picnic from 1-3 p.m. at the Flower Mound High School stadium on Sunday, November 5th.  You can also expect the American flag to be on display throughout the Town during the annual all-

amount for violations, accepts pleas to charges, rules on motions, renders decisions of law, determines indigency, and presides over trials. Once a defendant resolves a case through plea or trial, the municipal judge ultimately issues dismissals or judgments and collects any fines imposed. Corresponding with the State’s latest legislative session, Flower Mound Municipal court recently reevaluated all fines for violations charged within the Town. To make the fines contextually more appropriate, the court increased some fines and decreased others to more accurately fit the fine to the violation. The court prepared a brochure listing the revised fine schedule and clarifying procedures for responding to citations. As the court’s administrator, the municipal judge manages the docket to maintain order, facilitate the prompt adjudication of cases, and preserve justice. To do so, the Presiding Judge issues Judicial Orders establishing the court’s processes. Recently, the Flower Mound Municipal Court thoroughly revised the local Judicial Orders. The modification increased the court’s efficiency and simplified the processes for the public. Finally, Flower Mound municipal court judges serve as magistrates for Denton and Tarrant Counties. As a magistrate, the municipal judge preserves the peace within the jurisdiction using all lawful means. Daily, magistrates sign arrest and search warrants, inform arrested persons of their rights, explain charges to arrestees, assist indigent defendants in requesting legal counsel, make probable cause determinations, set bail, and issue protective orders. In 2017 Flower Mound remodeled our jail and the court implemented a successful arrest warrant collection program.

Municipal Court Week is November 6-10. It is during this time that the Town of Flower Mound endeavors to inform and educate the local citizens about the various roles the municipal court plays in

day flag relay on Friday, November 10th. However you choose to spend the season of Thanksgiving, I do hope it is a safe and special one. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives, and I always welcome your feedback. If you would like to share a thought with me, please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 512.463.0688 or by email at tan. parker@house.texas.gov.

our lives. To read the Flower Mound Judicial Orders, Citation Brochure, or more information please visit the court’s website at www.flower-mound.com.

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Keller Enjoys Giving Back By John English, Contributing Writer

Cameron Keller

Cameron Keller has involved himself in dozens of activities throughout his time at Liberty Christian school, but in this his senior year, he has narrowed his focus. The Argyle teen is ranked fifth in his graduating class with a 4.36 grade-pointaverage and said he believes that all the extracurricular activities of which he has been a part enriched his life in different ways. “I generally only participate in activities that interest me, so it’s not easy to pick a favorite,” Keller said. “But I am very excited to see what the National Honor Society (NHS) at Liberty will accomplish this year. We have a great combination of council members that care enough to form ideas for bettering the school; and, teacher sponsors that want to empower those ideas.” Keller, 17, has participated in chorale,

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theater, student government and several sports throughout his time at LCS, but said that, in addition to NHS this school year, he is going to focus his efforts on the student council and wrestling. “I try to remain as involved as my time allows, because it helps me to form relationships with people I would not normally spend time,” Keller said. “I just enjoy giving back to a school that has given so much to me over the past twelve years.” Keller said he likes to spend his free time in a variety of ways. “I rarely spend [social] time alone, as I do most of my studying alone,” Keller said. “I enjoy fishing and rock climbing with friends, cooking (and eating) with whoever is willing and critiquing terrible movies with my mom.” Keller said he has not yet decided what he wants to do for a career path, but said his faith will certainly allow him to enjoy the journey. “I have yet to pinpoint a career that I feel will sufficiently couple my passion for both science and people, but I plan to study Chemical Engineering in college and see where the Lord takes me from there,” Keller said. Keller’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Chemistry or Physics People who most inspire me: Father, Gary Hartzler, Mark Smith Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Movie: Kill Bill Vol 1 Favorite TV Show: Avatar the Last Airbender Book Currently Reading: I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That/Sea Wolf Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Beach House

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Faith Calls Franks By John English, Contributing Writer

Rachel Franks

Whether it’s singing or acting, Rachel Franks has a flair for the dramatic. The Marcus High School senior is an officer in the school’s choir, a member of the A Capella group at MHS, called Fusion, in addition to being a member of the National Thespian Society; but, her greatest passion in life is her faith. Franks said she feels it is her calling in life to serve the Lord and others and said that is exactly what she intends to do. “I am planning on attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University and double majoring in vocal performance and Intercultural Studies; and, minoring in Worship Arts,” Franks said. “In the future, I would like to be a worship pastor, and do missions in the deaf community, as I am fluent in American Sign Language [ASL]. I have developed a passion for sharing the word of God and hope to do that in whatever capacity He allows.” Franks, 17, is also a member of the National Honor Society, an officer in

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Circle of Friends and has organized prayer and worship gatherings at MHS such as See you at the Pole. “I also am trying to organize a teen girls conference to encourage this generation of young women to embrace how God views them, rather than how society tells us to view ourselves,” Franks said. The Marcus senior was also the winner of the 2016 Marcus Idol competition (a student talent competition), is a member of the ASL Honor Society, plus the Tri-M Music Honor Society, all while carrying a 4.7 grade point average. The Highland Village teen said the best thing about being a young person today is the character it builds for adulthood. “Honestly, I think being a teenager is really hard, because of all the things coming against us in today’s society,” Franks said. “Bullying rates are sky high and, academically, society has set this impossible standard for us to reach. However, I think that by going through these things, we-- as a generation-- are much stronger and fit to succeed in our lives, because of how much perseverance we have built in our younger years.” Franks is ranked 104th in her graduating class of 896 students. Franks’ Favorites: Favorite Subject: American Sign Language Person who most inspires me: Paul in the Bible Favorite Food: Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride Favorite TV Show: Castle Book Currently Reading: How to Worship a King by Zach Neese Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Nina Simone


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although that’s connected. The “S” issue is studying. “The middle school years are when the brain is still under construction,” said Manu Shahi of Flower Mound, owner of Homework in a Café. “But, it’s focus is only emotional; driven by body chemistry [puberty].” Shahi’s dedication to children dates back to 2002 and her commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when her then two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Janvi, was diagnosed with leukemia; which went into remission after treatments. Janvi was granted her wish and Shahi became a Wish Granter; then entered the field of education. Until this June, she ran a Kumon Learning Center in Highland Village for 10-years, where she helped teenagers achieve their learning goals, but she has now embarked upon a new venture; using that experience as a foundation. Her status as a Certified Academic Life

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Coach has enabled Shahi to offer coaching to tweens, teens and college students: “To create a system that combines academic skills with life skills.” Today’s middle-schoolers will hit the prime job market in 2030. They need to master executive functions and skills-such as time-management, organization, project-management, how to collaborate, self-management, emotional development and relationship communication. We use those skills to set goals, plan how we are going to prioritize, remember things, manage our time and possessions and finish what we started, even if we are not motivated; the mental ability we all use every day to get things done. During her Kumon experience, Shahi said she’d also become a counselor for parents about how to help their students, too. “Our kids today are smart and resourceful, but still, a gap exists between parents and kids. A gap that has widened, due to lack of quality time, social media and just because of a weak connection.” She encourages parents to spend time

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with their children and, while doing so, listen to them and exercise patience with them. One piece of advice she offers to parents is: “You need to connect the dots, before you correct the dots.” Responding to a questionnaire Shahi gave her students, one complaint directed at parents was: “Let me own

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As I dropped my kids off at Hilltop Elementary one morning, I saw a familiar sight that is one of the things that drew our family to this community in the first place…The sight of tractors and minivans, horses and golf carts, ranches and neighborhoods. I love this paradox found in the beautiful landscape and the tradition of the ranches in our area mixed with growing new neighborhoods. We live in an incredibly scenic corner of the Metroplex where the traditional roots of DFW are intersecting with the sprawling suburbs, and I think this reveals a beautiful reality. This is the reason my wife and I chose Argyle as our home and the place where we would start Tribes Church.

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My life’s mission is rooted in a similar paradox. As a pastor, I live in the intersection between the firm foundations of the Scriptures and in the history of the church, mixed with focusing on reaching an ever growing and changing culture. Like the beauty of the rolling hills and oak trees in our area, God’s word and the tradition of the church will remain. My prayer is that we can make room in our hearts to call these new families our “neighbor.” At its core the Bible teaches us to “love our neighbor as ourselves” (Mark 12:31). I believe as we make room in our hearts and in our area for those moving in, many of whom are new to Argyle, that God will shape this area into something more…into a community. And as He does that, my hope is that lives are changed, eternities are secured, questions are answered, and people find hope. We are all searching for a community where we belong…For our tribe. We invite you to find yours at Tribes Church. The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month.Call 940-728-8284 for more information.

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November 2017

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson

We have seen an uptake in fraudulent activity/theft and wish to remind our residents of some basic crime prevention tips. The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT contact you by telephone to demand payment, via wire transfers and “green dot” cards, of back taxes. If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a representative of the I.R.S. please feel free to contact our police department immediately. We will be glad to help determine the veracity of the call. We understand that the callers can be quite aggressive, persistent and demanding to the point of threatening warrants and arrests. Unfortunately this fraud is often perpetrated on our senior citizens. We all need to have work completed in our homes from time to time. Please don’t leave valuables in easily accessible locations and please DO NOT give unknown workers the freedom to roam your home. When securing a roofing, or plumbing, or electrical contractor please check the companies’ references (preferably through referrals made by trusted neighbors). Please DO NOT pay the contractor up front for a repair. We have multiple cases now of “contractors” taking payment for a job and then doing either little or nothing for the homeowner. It is extremely helpful for insurance claims and law enforcement purposes if you could take a moment and photograph jewelry, electronics (with serial numbers), lawn equipment and firearms (again with serial numbers). Taking a

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quick cellphone picture is far quicker, and much more accessible documentation than engraving or trying to find receipts and provide a description if your property becomes lost or stolen. I know it sounds repetitive but dangit, let’s lock our cars, lock our homes, take valuables into the house, and don’t trust strangers who contact us by telephone or email. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Recent Police Calls 09-27-17 – Suspicious Circumstances – 1000 blk. Copper Canyon Rd., Denton County – A witness reported multiple juveniles pull into a driveway and attempt to open doors at a vacant residence. Officers made contact with the subjects and confirmed that one of the youth was a prior resident and was showing friends her old home. 09-29-17 – Noise Complaint – 100 blk. Chapel Hill Dr., Double Oak – An anonymous witness reported loud music at approximately 8:30 p.m. Officer responded and didn’t locate the source of the noise. 09-30-17 – Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Whistling Duck, Double Oak – Officer responded to a possible shots fired call at 11 p.m. Officer was unable to locate the source of the noise.

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10-01-17 – Found Dog – 6200 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – A resident notified the on-duty officer that they had located a black lab and were driving around the neighborhood attempting to locate the owner. Resident was provided with the information to Double Oak animal control. 10-01-17 – Street Blockage – 100 blk. Tanglewood Ln., Double Oak – Officer responded to a call in which a tree was blocking part of the roadway. Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department responded and removed the tree from the roadway. 10-02-17 – Solicitor Complaint – 200 blk. Oak Trail, Double Oak. 10-02-17 – Theft – 100 blk. W. Carruth Ln., Double Oak – A homeowner reported the theft of a watch from their residence. 10-02-17 – Theft – 100 blk. Ridgebriar Ln., Double Oak – Complainant reported that lawn furniture had been taken from their yard. 10-03-17 – Animal Complaint – 400 blk. Whispering Oaks Dr., Double Oak – Officer received a report of an adult being bit by a relative’s dog.

09-30-17 – Assault – 700 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – Complainant reported having been assaulted by a known person.

10-04-17 – Suspicious Vehicles – 200 blk. Double Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A witness reported multiple vans in their neighborhood. Investigation revealed that the vehicles were associated with work being done on a local home.

09-30-17 – Accident – 100 blk. Royal Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A citizen flipped their all-terrain vehicle in a backyard and required assistance.

10-04-17 – Motorist Assist – 800 blk. McMakin Rd., Double Oak – Officer assisted semi-truck driver attempting to turn into a driveway on McMakin Rd.

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10-04-17 – Suspicious Circumstances – 300 blk. Brown Cliff Ct., Double Oak – A resident reported a possible shot fired at approximately 9:24 p.m. Further investigation revealed a transformer had blown and made a loud noise. 10-05-17 – Solicitor Complaint – 100 blk. Forest Park Ln., Double Oak. 10-05-17 – Solicitor Complaint – 200 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak. 10-06-17 – Traffic Complaint – 700 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – At approximately 6:07 p.m. a motorist reported two teen males intentionally jumping into traffic and making cars drive around them. Officer was unable to locate the subjects. 10-07-17 – Welfare Concern – 300 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Officer located three teen girls walking on Kings Rd. at approximately 1:21 a.m. Officer made contact with a parent who responded and picked up the children. 10-07-17 – Alarm – 8100 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Officer responded to an alarm call at 6:48 a.m. Upon arrival it was determined that lawn care personnel had inadvertently triggered the alarm. 10-09-17 – Arrest – 4000 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – Traffic stop resulted in the arrest of an adult wanted for multiple other agency warrants. 10-09-17 – Animal Complaint – 6000 blk. Chinn Chapel Rd., Denton County – Officer notified about a turtle in the roadway near Highland Village. See DO POLICE BEAT Page B14


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someone stole $3,100 from her in the 2800 block of Hamlett Lane. On Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m., the Best Buy store on Long Prairie Road reported someone stole an $800 smartphone.

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On Sept. 27 at 11:51 a.m., a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon – a thirddegree felony – and multiple marijuana possession and delivery of marijuana charges, which are state jail felonies. On Sept. 27 at 3:20 p.m., a man in the 3200 block of Springwood Road reported that he had more than $15,700 in cash stolen. On Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m., homeowners in the 1900 block of Doubletree Trail reported that someone burglarized their home, taking cash and jewelry valued about $30,000. About $400 of vandalism was also done. On Sept. 29, a man reported that someone stole his $7,150 Rolex watch from the 500 block of Silveron Boulevard. On Oct. 2 at 4:41 p.m., a 49-year-old man was arrested in the 1700 block of Ingleside Drive on a state jail felony warrant from the state of Michigan for failing to pay child support. On Oct. 2 at 6:16 p.m., a woman reported that someone stole her $700 bike from the 1900 block of Timber Creek Road. On Oct. 2 at 6:42 p.m., a woman reported that someone vandalized her home in the 1200 block of Sundown Drive, causing $350 in damage. On Oct. 3 at 2:09 p.m., a woman reported that

On Oct. 3 at 8:01 p.m., homeowners in the 1100 block of Stapleton Street reported that a $2,500 ring was stolen.

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On Oct. 19 at 7:55 a.m., a business reported a forgery of a financial instrument and the theft of $1,550 in the 2500 block of Timber Ridge Lane. On Oct. 21 at 6:41 a.m., a 21-year-old man was arrested in the 3800 block of Country Club

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Road on suspicion of terroristic threat, a Class B misdemeanor. On Oct. 21 at 11:27 a.m., a man reported that someone caused $1,000 in vandalism to his home in the 2000 block of Tennyson Drive.

On Oct. 4 at 1:06 p.m., a 22-year-old man was arrested in the 400 block of North Valley Parkway on suspicion of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, a state jail felony. On Oct. 4 at 8:40 p.m., a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DWI at Long Prairie Road and Windsor Drive. It was at least his third DWI arrest, enhancing the charge to a third-degree felony. On Oct. 4 at 11:04 p.m., a 24-year-old man was arrested in the 2200 block of 8th Avenue on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and driving while his license is invalid with previous conviction, a Class B misdemeanor. On Oct. 5 at 10:37 a.m., an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a seconddegree felony, in the 3800 block of Country Club Drive. On Oct. 6 at 10:26 p.m., a homeowner in the 4500 block of Sandera Lane reported that someone burglarized his home and took several expensive items, including a $10,500 Rolex watch, a $5,500 ring, 13 bikes valued more than $25,000 total, and more. The total value of the stolen items is more than $44,200, and $3,800 of damage was also done. On Oct. 17 at 5:23 p.m., a man reported that someone burglarized his home in the 4400 block of Chilton Lane and stole $5,200 in cash.

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The following is a summary of incident reports On Sept. 27 at 5:17 p.m., someone reported a homeless person was living in a treehouse on East Harpole Road.

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On Sept. 28 at 5:49 p.m., someone reported they were the victim of a hit-and-run at West FM 407 and the North I-35W ramp. On Sept. 28 at 10:47 p.m., someone reported a suspicious person at the CVS at the corner of FM 407 and Hwy 377. It turned out to be a

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man charging his phone. On Sept. 29 at 8:05 a.m., someone reported that a young man wouldn’t leave Johnny Joe’s convenience store and he was talking to everyone and asking how much everything costs. The caller bought him something to eat


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so he would leave, but he didn’t. On Sept. 29 at 11:52 p.m., someone reported suspicious vehicles in the CVS parking lot. Both vehicles were unoccupied. On Sept. 30 at 1:56 p.m., a boy gave an officer a $1 bill “for always being here to protect people.” The officer then gave him some stickers and a dollar to spend on something for himself. On Oct. 3 at 2:27 p.m., a tractor-trailer was trying to turn around on Sam Davis Road at the North I-35W service road and got stuck, blocking all of Sam Davis. On Oct. 3 at 4:54 p.m., a woman was driving and she reported that a man and a woman in a pickup were throwing items at her vehicle. They pulled into a parking lot in the 1800 block of East FM 407, got out of the pickup and yelled at her loud enough for the 911 calltaker to hear them. On Oct. 5 at 8:15 a.m., a driver reported that a man driving a pickup north on I-35W pointed a gun out the window and flipped the caller off before taking the FM 407 exit. On Oct. 6 at 12:40 a.m., someone reported the lights were on at the Subway shop at the corner of Country Club Road and Hwy 377. It was an employee staying late to prepare for compliance coming in the morning. On Oct. 6 at 10:09 a.m., an employee at Johnny Joe’s reported that a suspicious man had come inside the store multiple times in the last week and has asked questions about opening times and the number of employees. On Oct. 6 at 11:09 p.m., someone on Charyl Lynn Drive reported that their neighbor left their lights on in their truck.

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On Oct. 7 at 2:38 p.m., a 911 call was made and no one said anything, but kids could be heard screaming in the background. Eventually, a female answered and said, “Oh no, sorry.” When asked what was going on, she hung up. Police responded to the location on Redbud Street and made contact with the homeowner, who said her daughter accidentally called 911. The officer verified that no incident occurred. On Oct. 7 at 7:22 p.m., someone reported that a vehicle was swerving all over I-35W just north of the FM 407 exit and then a female tried to jump out. On Oct. 8 at 1:56 a.m., someone reported a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Collin Street. It was juveniles sitting in parked car, talking. On Oct. 8 at 5:34 p.m., a retired police officer reported seeing a male holding what appeared to be an assault rifle near Hwy 377 and Country Club Road. The subject was wearing a gray hoodie over his head, though it was 91 degrees outside. The responding officer found it was two juveniles shooting airsoft guns into a pond. A parent was called and took them home.

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On Oct. 12 at 12:45 p.m., someone reported a suspicious man and vehicle parked along I-35W. The subject told the officer he was working construction on the nearby Tanger Outlets and was taking a break under the shade trees. On Oct. 13 at 12:17 p.m., a woman reported that someone hit her truck at a stoplight at FM 407 and Hwy 377, and after they exchanged information, she found out the information the other party gave her was fake. On Oct. 17 at 6:27 p.m., someone reported what sounded like a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Denton Street, near Town Hall, but it was two people yelling for a dog. On Oct. 18 at 10:04 a.m., someone reported that two women dressed like Mary Poppins were going door-to-door and they looked at him funny as he left his house on Primrose Court.

On Oct. 24 at 8:15 a.m., a woman called 911 because she could not get out of her driveway on Stonecrest Road due to traffic caused by a slow-moving train. She honked at the other vehicles and was finally able to get out of her driveway, and she told police that it was the first time in 18 years the traffic was this bad. Loose livestock – the following livestock went rogue during the past month: On Sept. 28, police were called to the southwest corner of Crawford Road and I-35W. One cow was returned to its pasture. On Oct. 3, a calf was loose near Gibbons Road between FM 407 and Harpole Road. It was returned to its pasture. On Oct. 5, multiple goats were getting out of an open gate in the 1600 block of East Hickory Hill Road. They were returned to their property. On Oct. 8, a loose cow was chased by an officer back onto its property in the 900 block of Stonecrest Road.

On Oct. 9 at 12:46 a.m., a caller reported two males wearing hoodies walking near the Country Lakes amenity center and they seemed suspicious. The responding officer found one juvenile who was walking home. On Oct. 9 at 1:09 a.m., someone reported a suspicious vehicle in the 300 block of Country Lakes Boulevard. It was an Uber driver waiting for a phone call. On Oct. 9 at 5:06 p.m., a snake was relocated from the doorway at the Argyle Post Office. Later that evening, a snake was removed from inside a house on Rolling Acres Drive. No word on if they were related.

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Lantana Crime Watch By Captain Orlando “Hino” Hinojosa Community & Media Relations Denton County Sheriff’s Office

Lantana had 285 calls for service in October. Deputies initiated 141 of those calls. We have been busy keeping Lantana safe. There was only two Theft

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calls making the lowest for the year so far. The suspicious activity calls were higher last month at 15. That simply states that if you SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING! October has been a busy month throughout Denton County. One thing that we encourage everyone to comply with is “No Texting while Driving.” 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas are now caused by the growing problem of distracted driving. The Talk, Text, Crash campaign is aimed to raise awareness of the dangers associated with distracted

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driving and encourage Texans to put their cell phones away while driving. Holiday safety is an issue from late November to mid-January. Families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Many people choose to travel by automobile making our highways crowded. If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests make it home safely. If needed arrange a designated driver or have extra room for them to stay the night. Remember only TIME will eliminate alcohol from your body. Be

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smart and do not drink and drive. Children should be our biggest concern. They are so excited about the holidays that sometimes they forget about safety. We as adults have the responsibility to protect all children from danger. Make sure you are ready. Fall is among us and winter is just around the corner. When using your fireplace make sure, you use every precaution necessary to keep your house safe for everyone. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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10/9 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road 10/10 - Disturbance - 200 block of Willow Creek Estates Drive

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10/22 - Possession of Marijuana - 1000 block of Village Parkway

10/25 - Possession of Alcohol by a Minor - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/23 - Assault - 300 block of Dickinson Drive

10/25 - Possession of Controlled Substance - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/10 - Property Theft - 2200 block of Briarhill Boulevard

10/23 - Possession of Marijuana - 3100 block of Justin Road

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

10/12 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/25 - Criminal Mischief - 3200 block of Justin Road

10/1 - Driving while Intoxicated - 4100 block of Barton Creek

10/12 - Property Theft - 4100 block of Waller Creek

10/1 - Property Theft - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek 10/2 - Burglary of a Vehicle - 3200 block of Justin Road 10/2 - Credit/Debit Card Abuse - 3100 block of Justin Road 10/4 - Assault - 300 block of Rockland Drive 10/4 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road 10/5 - Property Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

10/14 - Burglary of a Vehicle - 700 block of Highland Village Road 10/14 - Possession of Marijuana - 0 block of Horseshoe Drive 10/14 - Possession of Marijuana - 2200 block of Briarhill Boulevard

10/6 - Driving with Invalid License - 1000 block of Highland Village Road

10/17 - Burglary of a Vehicle - 300 block of Highland Village Road

10/6 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/17 - Property Theft - 600 block of Chaparral Court

10/6 - Possession of Marijuana - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/18 - Harassment - 600 block of Meadow Crest Drive

10/6 - Property Theft - 200 block of Bexar Drive

10/18 - Public Intoxication - 3200 block of Shadow Wood Circle

10/8 - Animal Complaint - Bite Report - 3100 block of Creek Haven Drive 10/8 - Possession of Controlled Substance - 1000 block of Highland Shores Boulevard 10/8 - Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon 1000 block of Highland Shores Boulevard

10/25 - Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia 3100 block of Justin Road

10/13 - Harassment - 400 block of Longfellow Drive

10/17 - Animal Complaint - Bite Report - 2800 block of Justin Road

10/7 - Property Theft - 4000 block of Waller Creek 10/7 - Public Intoxication - 3100 block of Justin Road

10/25 - Possession of Marijuana - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/12 - Public Intoxication - 700 block of Highland Village Road

10/5 - Property Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road

10/6 - Property Theft - 3400 block of Castlewood Boulevard

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10/19 - Credit/Debit Card Abuse - 600 block of Sellmeyer Lane 10/19 - Possession of Marijuana - 4000 block of Village Parkway 10/20 - Assault - 2800 block of Twin Coves Drive 10/20 - Property Theft - 400 block of Lincoln Court 10/21 - Fraud - 3300 block of Shadow Wood Circle 10/21 - Property Theft - 2900 block of Justin Road

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10-10-17 – Fraud Use / Possession of ID Information – 100 blk. High Oak Dr., Double Oak – Complainant reported that an unknown person had opened a credit card account in their name. 10-11-17 – Illegal Dumping – 8400 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Complainant reported that a known organization had unlawfully dumped waste in their business trash container. 10-11-17 – Assist Fire Department – 200 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – A property owner was burning brush on a nonburn day. 10-12-17 – Disturbance – 200 blk. Brown Cliff Ct., Double Oak – Dispute between a homeowner, a contractor and a subcontractor. Dispute ended when subcontractor left the location and was told not to return. 10-13-17 – Fraud – 100 blk. Woodland Trl., Double Oak – A resident reported that an unknown individual made contact via telephone, claiming to be an agent for the Internal Revenue Service, and demanded payment for unpaid taxes.

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10-15-17 – Suspicious Person – 100 blk. Ridgebriar Ln., Double Oak – Complainant wanted an officer to check a house that had hosted an estate sale. Caller was concerned that the residence may have been broken into by a suspicious person they had met earlier in the week, during the sale. Officer determined that the house was secure. 10-15-17 – Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Chapel Hill Dr., Double Oak – A resident reported an unknown vehicle/

person, parked in front of their house for approximately 30 minutes. It was determined that the person in the vehicle lived in the neighborhood. 10-16-17 – Suspicious Circumstances – 200 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – Officer received an anonymous report of a truck backed up to a storage shed and loading items from the building into the vehicle. Investigation revealed it was a homeowner loading the truck. 10-17-17 – Welfare Concern – 100 blk. North Woodland Trl., Double Oak – A concerned resident reported that their neighbor might need assistance. Officers made entry through an unlocked door and found a resident in need of help. Fire Department personnel were requested and the subject was transported to a hospital. 10-17-17 – Meet Complainant - 200 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – A caller requested assistance retrieving personal property from a residence. 10-18-17 – Agency Assist / Reckless Driving – Fort Worth Dr. and Brush Creek Rd., Argyle – Double Oak Officer assisted with investigating a reckless driver who was unable to maintain a single lane of traffic and kept driving off the roadway. Further investigation revealed an adult having medical problems. Motorist was transported to the hospital. 10-18-17 – Forgery / Fraud – 300 blk. Valley View Trl., Double Oak – Complainant reported purchasing football tickets online and receiving an application to transfer money from their bank account. Money was transferred and the tickets were never delivered. The subject who took the payment is unknown. See DO POLICE BEAT Page B15

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10-19-17 – Suspicious Circumstances – 200 blk. Forest Park Dr., Double Oak – A homeowner heard their front door open and became concerned that an unknown person had entered their residence. Officers completed two sweeps of the house and didn’t find any evidence of criminal activity or persons. 10-19-17 – Disturbance – 100 blk. Victory Ln., Double Oak – A visitor became involved in a disturbance with a resident and was asked to leave their home. Subject was issued a criminal trespass warning. 10-21-17 – Theft – 8500 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Complainant reported visiting a local office and having jewelry taken, by an unknown person, without her permission.

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10-22-17 – Accident – Lantana Trail at FM 407, Lantana – Officer assisted with a rollover accident in which multiple persons were trapped in a car. One person was transported to the hospital.

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Smart Ways to Transfer the Family Business Merrill Lynch Wealth Management suggests three ways to create a meaningful legacy, while generating a healthy retirement income for yourself.

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For most business owners, retirement is either a subject they welcome, or the last thing they want to think about. If you are looking forward to that day, you have probably already started preparing to move on from your business. If not, bear in mind that there are very real advantages to beginning to prepare now. Doing so can increase the odds of, and choices for, making a proactive tax-efficient transfer and helping you set your company's path over the course of time, says Mike Griffin, director of Business Retirement Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Taking the time to plot your company's future also puts you in a better position to ensure that proceeds from your business have the greatest potential to provide you with strong, steady retirement income. Ask yourself these questions as you begin to create a transfer plan. What is Your Company's Real Value? Many privately held companies reflect the people who built them. In some cases, the owner is the business. As you assess your company, Griffin suggests beginning with a simple test: "Ask yourself, 'If I left the company in the hands of my employees for three months, would it be worth roughly as much when I came back?'" If the answer is no, your heirs are likely to face significant obstacles keeping the business going, and the price an outsider may be willing to pay may be much lower as a result. But if you conclude that the company is viable without you there to run it, your next step is to get an accurate valuation of its worth, says Joe Astrachan, Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. That is essential not just for a sale but also in consideration of taxes and to help you gauge how much retirement income you might expect from a transfer. A professional valuation and tax expert can help you look past your emotional attachment to the company and arrive at a realistic number. What Are Your Retirement Income Needs? If you are planning on selling your business, Griffin advises that before you start any negotiating, you should determine how much income you will need to support your lifestyle and retirement goals, and what portion of that will come from the sale of the business—as compared with your investments and other assets. Keep in mind, too, that merely matching your current salary in retirement may not be enough if the business has also been paying for things like health insurance, car leases, club memberships and tax preparation—expenses that you will have to start covering yourself.

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Even after receiving a lump sum from a sale, many former business owners can stay involved and earn income by serving on the board of directors or consulting. You might even continue helping out in day-to-day operations in a reduced but vital role such as serving clients who are used to working with you. If you own an office building or other physical assets, another option for generating retirement income is to retain those assets and lease or rent them back to the business. Astrachan recommends that such arrangements be agreed upon beforehand and spelled out clearly in the formal transfer or sale agreement with the new majority owners. How Can You Structure the Transfer? If you plan to transfer the business to family members or longtime employees, rather than sell to an outside buyer, weigh these options. Each has its own advantages. Consider transferring the business as a gift, and drawing an income from the new owners. The lifetime gift exemption gives business owners considerable latitude to transfer a part or all of the company as a gift. In 2017, it is worth $5.49 million for individuals and $10.98 million for couples, and the amounts are adjusted annually for inflation. You may owe taxes on amounts exceeding the exemption, but once the business is out of your hands, it is no longer part of your estate, and future growth of the company will not subject your estate to capital gains taxes. You might sell the business by providing financing assistance. You may choose to sell the business to heirs—or an outside buyer—by lending them the money through a note sale, which allows the buyer to pay you back directly. The advantage to you is a steady stream of income from the principal and interest from the loan for an agreed-upon period. You could execute a partial sale while retaining a portion of business assets and income. You will pay capital gains on any profit from the sale, but you will also get a steady income from rent or lease of office space or other assets. Whatever choice you make, a smooth transition can be the crowning legacy of the years of care and effort you have poured into your business. It can also leave you with income to support your life's next act, or in some situations keep you involved in a business you love. And you can have the satisfaction of knowing that your vision has the potential to live on for generations to come. For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Glen D. Smith in the Flower Mound, Texas office at 972.874.1842 or Glen_smith@ml.com. Merrill Lynch makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.

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safely.” The couple had their proposal turned down by a bank before Gregg Dunn from Greater Texas Capital and Lincoln Capital Management stepped in to make the Vaughts’ vision become a reality. Crossfire is a fully-encompassing selfdefense academy, with four emphasis areas: indoor shooting ranges; a gym; retail store; and, martial arts studio. Four individual, but related areas, reflect a similar portrait of Vaught’s professional experience: a U.S. Navy veteran; a police academy graduate; an honors graduate from the Art Institute of Dallas and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Entrepreneurial Program; and, production manager for The Richards Group advertising agency in Dallas prior to launching his own VaughtStudio advertising firm in 2004. The graphic artist in Vaught put the facility design on paper to hand over to one of the top shooting range designers in America, Stuart Mullens. A native of Austin who was raised in Richardson, Mullens stayed in North Carolina after college, where he’s the CEO of Range Development Services based in Charlotte, NC., which he founded in 2010. His nationwide range designs now include Crossfire in Flower Mound. The state-of-the-art facility features not one, but two climate-controlled indoor shooting bays, with the capability to add another. The lanes feature AR500 steel panels that overlap each other for safety and ricochet elimination, a moving trough captures spent rounds sending them to a secure disposal area, plus the entire building has a special HVAC system to eliminate lead vapor, guaranteeing clean air levels equal to an

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operating room. Vaught also has installed hand-washing sinks with lead-removing soap outside the ranges and showers to service shooters, as well as people taking fitness or martial arts classes before their workday Crossfire will be a family-friendly destination. “This will be our family’s legacy,” said Vaught. “We have three daughters-- age 12 and twins, age 10-- so this is for them and their children.” So, parents can bring their children to a birthday party being held in the gym area and also be able to take a fitness or martial-arts class, use the 35-foot ropeclimbing tower, or walk through an airlock security zone into one of the ranges. Of course, there’s an observation area in the gym, as well as a waiting area, which will feature fresh food vending selections. The 6,000-square-feet retail area includes a federally-licensed store carrying a wide variety of battle-proven, reliable firearms, related equipment and gear for sport shooters, home defenders, concealed carriers and law enforcement officers. Equipment will feature a lifetime 100-percent guarantee. There will also be on-site gunsmith services, educational and event classrooms and a comfortable customer lounge. All 20 shooting lanes will be overseen by Range Master Kevin Ross, former head of the Garland SWAT team. “Crossfire One” has ten, 25-yard shooting lanes rated for both rifles, pistols, plus firearms up to a 50-caliber sniper rifle. Each stall is a full six-feet deep with sound-abatement materials lining the walls and ceilings to ensure the safest and most comfortable indoor range ever built. Plus, the days of a neighbor’s high-volume percussion noise interrupting a shooter’ concentration and focus are a thing of the past.

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Targets move forward and back with the click of a button. Custom shooting stalls provide shooters with a level of comfort and safety that is unprecedented in the industry. “Crossfire Dynamics” has ten, 25-yard shooting lanes that are also rated for both

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A View From The Top By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

Dozens of local residents and business leaders took a hard-hat tour last month of one of the top floors of the Lakeside Tower, which is currently under construction. The Lakeside Tower rises 15 stories —

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the top floor will be labeled Floor 16, but the numbers will skip No. 13 — above south Flower Mound and Grapevine Lake. The luxury condominium complex is currently expected to have its first residents move in next summer, according to Alex Brown, vice president of development for Realty Capital, which is developing the Lakeside community. The town of Flower Mound’s Economic

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Development Office and the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce hosted the tour as part of their monthly breakfast tours. About 75 people attended the tour, one of the largest crowds for the monthly meetings. The group met in nearby Overture, a luxury 55+ apartment complex that is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Visitors signed waivers and donned hard hats and fluorescent vests before

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quite simply, the next evolution in indoor live-fire shooting ranges. In fact, Crossfire will hold professional law enforcement-only training sessions for the yearly 40-hours certification required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCLE). Currently, the average law enforcement overall success rate is 20-percent. Crossfire’s goal is to raise that result through simulation training for both mental and physical reactions to stress situations, shortening interim response times and accurate identification of potential threats. Targets can rotate to show threat or no threat and are individually illuminated. Each lane can also run pre-programmed or custom-designed targeting sequences independently or in unison. Additionally, all lanes have the LE package to cast strobe lights on the target to add an additional level of difficulty for the shooter. The tables in the stalls can be removed to allow the shooter to work from the holster. Under specialized courses and instruction, members will be allowed to move forward of the firing line for multiple target engagement. It’s even possible to set up portable walls, windows and doorways inside the range to teach proper use of cover and clearing. A 360° rotation is possible to show threat/no threat situations and daily stress-shooting classes are available. Unlike most indoor shooting ranges, memberships are not required to use any of the four facility areas. Options include not only annual or monthly memberships, but also the choice to pay for a one-dayat-a-time fitness/martial arts class or shooting session. A perfect example will be the Wednesday night “ladies night,” with the

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only charge being that for ammunition fired. Although Crossfire’s “fireworks” spotlight the indoor ranges, the philosophy behind Crossfire is through its Defense Academy and how to diffuse a bad situation without having to use a firearm. Cross-training daily fitness classes will be led by former Navy Seal Dan Licardo, with workouts that will challenge the body, as well as the mind. In addition to Judo and traditional belt-driven martial arts, striking-arts-including boxing-- and self-defense classes will be offered daily. Classes specifically designed for women and kids will be featured. Also, the nationallyacclaimed Kama Jiu-Jitsu will be taught by Professor Ryan Young, black belt, for those with the time and dedication. There will also be a jogging trail surrounding the mature-treed front park area and its man-made pond, with benches and picnic areas. “We’ve been in talks with the town about making it [the park area] public and putting the town logo on the wall facing [FM] 2499 to let drivers know they’re in Flower Mound,” said Vaught. Annual memberships receive lane priority, expedited check-in, complimentary guest passes, one free target per visit and a three-percent reduction on retail, training events and gun rentals. There will also be memberonly sales events, leagues, invitations to exclusive speaker and class events, plus manufacturer range days. Annual members will be able to reserve lanes up to one-month in advance. For additional information and updates on their Grand Opening, scheduled for Nov. 24, visit: crossfiredefense.com.

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New Doggie Daycare Will “Wow” You By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

Two sisters are going into business together, bringing a new doggie daycare and boarding house to Flower Mound. Amy Petrie launched a Camp Bow Wow location in Coppell in 2007, and

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she hired her sister, Cara, as the general manager for about two years. Amy left the Coppell business a couple years ago and wanted to open a new one in Flower Mound. “I loved the business so much that when she was ready to try a new venture, I was on board,” Cara Petrie said. The sisters co-own the future Flower Mound Camp Bow Wow, which is

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expected to open next March as the first tenant of Prairie Commons, an underconstruction commercial development along Yucca Lane, southeast of the intersection of FM 1171 and FM 2499. “We’ve always been very close,” Cara said. “And while we do have the same work ethic, we also bring different strengths to the table. We balance each other really well.” Amy said she has a background in accounting, but she enjoyed fostering dogs and decided to pursue a career “doing something I love.” “I found this, and it’s a perfect fit,” she said. “It’s the happy side of dog care.” Cara was working in legal recruiting, but “it didn’t feed my soul at all.” “When I’d come home to visit, I’d see what Amy was doing with her business and it seemed like such a happy, fun place to be, a dynamic environment, that I fell in love with the idea,” Cara said. The Petries, who grew up in the area, said they chose the location in Flower Mound because “it’s very clear that in Flower Mound, dogs are members of the family. We love that about the town and we want to be a part of and add to that

community.” Camp Bow Wow offers day care and boarding services for dogs with supervised indoor and outdoor play areas. Pricing is all-inclusive, meaning if your pet requires a special diet, needs medication or any other extra attention, you aren’t charged an additional fee. Unlike similar business models, when your dog comes to stay the night at Camp Bow Wow Flower Mound, a full day of play is included at no additional charge. Whether checking in for day care or boarding, your dog gets to play all day long. All the counselors will be certified in pet CPR and first aid and go through health and safety training. Every play yard – there will be four, for different sizes of dogs – will have HD webcams, so dog owners can watch live video on their phone of their dog interacting with staff members and other dogs. “We know that these are people’s children, and we treat them the same way,” Amy said. The Petries recommended people See WOW Page B21


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skills they need to thrive. The future of learning is to make it fun-- in a relaxed environment said Shahi. Her Homework in a Café program has students work on their homework in a laid-back environment, while they use an executive skill, based on their Individual Learning Profile (ILP) developed by Shahi, as well as being monitored for progress. As an example of the program’s success is how one student reduced a week’s time spent to complete an assignment, to only 25-minutes completing a similar assignment using newly-learned skills. The students are coached both one-onone and in a group setting on targeted skills and are accountable to use them on regular basis. In addition, guest speakers have been brought in for specific topics, such as essay-writing. As an educator, Shahi champions building self-confidence in students. She

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follow the Camp Bow Wow Flower Mound Facebook page for updates on construction, grand opening and job openings. Prairie Commons is a unique office and retail development constructed under Low Impact Development Standards and with many sustainable features, said Mark Glover, owner of iMark Realty Advisors, who is developing the project. The development includes Dark Skies Light powered by solar energy, cascading rain gardens, pollinator gardens and 100-percent-native plant landscapes. The native landscapes are irrigated with rainwater collected from the building roofs and stored in rainwater tanks with a capacity of more than 100,000 gallons.

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said that it is a teacher’s responsibility: “To find the potential in the child and show it to them, so that they build up their confidence and start achieving things on their own.” There’s now software that can track and make the ILP for each student, based on individual academic achievements, outside activities, motivation level strengths and challenges, as well as the style of teaching/learning best fits: blueprint, action, nurturing and knowledge. The software helps decide in which career tracks the student has interest, executive strengths and weaknesses. “I give their brain a break every 45minutes to eat something or go outside and chat,” said Shahi. “Sometimes it’s about what they learned-- or didn’t understand-- in a class. Sometimes, they’ll just sit and watch the traffic drive by; when do you ever see a teenager just sit and watch cars.” She added that the best thing is how they “communicate” without gadgets; “Prairie Commons is about nature, health, sustainability and enduring value,” Glover said. The most noticeable feature may be the five large art murals painted on the buildings, which will “tell the story of Flower Mound’s prairies, from the time when Native Americans hunted buffalo on our prairies through the settlement and development of our prairies,” Glover said. “Construction has really picked up after a very rainy August,” Glover said. “The first two buildings, which are office/retail for lease, will be complete by the end of this year.” Five additional office condominiums are for sale on a custom build-to-suit basis.

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they don’t even ask to use a device. “I am looking forward to help students in this grade bracket become confident learners who are developing skills,” Shahi said. By targeting middle school students, Shahi hopes to lessen the stress and depression of high school students all too common in today’s society.  

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“I am currently in talks with a few PTA’s, schools and cafés to grow the program to more locations,” said Shahi. “Currently, we offer classes at Epic Gelato [in Lakeside DFW] and my students love the gelato!” For more information about Homework in a Café, visit the Facebook page: www. facebook.com/Homeworkinacafe.


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the stink. Ammonias burn plant roots and soil microbes. In most cases burned plants and microbes die. Aged and composted manures are By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer said to be “cold.� Soil microbes, which Garden manure is livestock solid and are not known for their gourmet taste liquid excreta-- with or without the hay, buds, eat cold manures and help free straw, or other bedding from the animals’ the wastes’ nutrient chemicals; which shelters. This sometimes smelly stuff plant roots lap up to use in growth and contains primary, secondary, and trace reproduction. chemicals that improve plant growth To figure the minimum amount of cold and productivity; and, enhance soil manure to add to your already perfect fertility, plus restore the soil’s depleted garden soil, determine the tilled square chemicals. In short, manure comes footage then allow one-pound for each pretty close to being horticulture’s elixir 5-foot by 10-foot plot. Mix it to a depth of life. of three-inches. Animal waste accomplishes its work If you have imperfect southern by easily parting with its nutritious Denton County clay or sandy soil, figure chemicals. The leftovers form compost a pound for each square foot of earth, that creates miniscule pockets in the soil which amounts to three big bags from a that fill-up with air and water. nursery for that same sized plot. Fresh manures are said to be “hot.� The most common manures in our area During decomposition, hot manures come from cows, horses and chickens. create forms of ammonia that produce

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Fresh from-the-farm stuff needs to age anywhere from 30- to 120-days before planting will succeed. Lay it on your garden, give it an occasional watering and smell the decomposition for a day or two if the layer is one-half-inch, or less. If you measure the layers in multiples of one-inch decomposition will take more than a month and be smellier. Till the thick product into the top 12� of soil. In a sub-division, your best bet to remain on speaking terms with your neighbors is to use cold manure, which has the in-offensive odor of damp earth. Manures, hot or cold, make excellent liquid plant fertilizer called garden “tea.� Half-fill a container with manure, then add water to the top. Manure absorbs a lot of water, so you may have to top it off a couple of times. Put a lid on the container and add something heavy to hold it in place.

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After a week, the tea will be very dark brown with a strong barnyard aroma. Siphon the fluid into your watering can, then add fresh water to the slush in the container and replace the cover. I pour week or older, undiluted, chicken manure tea on my vegetable and landscape plants and have had no problems; but, I’ve heard from gardeners who prefer a watery dilute that looks the color of iced tea. The strength is your call. The odor is slight for about 24hours after watering. After sitting around for a month or so, the tea base loses potency. I spread old “tea� around the garden and start over with new manure in the mixing container. Contact the writer at noellemhood@gmail.com

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Balmy Weather Continued Through October By Meteorologist Brad Barton

October’s weather was warm and dry across North Texas, and from the way things look now, we’d best get used to it. The average high was 83 and the average low was 54, giving us a day/night average of nearly 69 degrees, which was roughly three degrees warmer than normal for October. Our warmest temperature was 90 recorded on October 2nd. Our coldest temperature of the month, 28 degrees, was reached at 4:53 on the morning of October 28th, which represents an early freeze for Denton County. On average the first killing frost in Denton occurs around mid-November. On Friday the 27th, a strong Canadian cold front blew across the Red River into North Texas on 40 mph wind gusts. Around midday, a dark band of low, gray clouds swept in. Several people reported seeing, hearing and even feeling a mixture of light sleet and rain between 12 and 2 p.m. As noontime temperatures were still in the 40’s, the sleet melted on impact, and no more than a trace of precipitation was observed at the Airport. For the entire month, rainfall was sparse again. Denton received .25” on October 3rd and 4th. Another tenth of an inch fell on the 10th; .47” fell on the 15th, another .41” was recorded on the 21st and 22nd and a paltry .04” fell on Halloween. Total recorded rainfall was only 1.27” which was 2.51” below normal. More troubling, through September and October combined, Denton has received less than 2 inches of rain in the past 60 days.

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October is normally one of our wetter months of the year. So far this year, Denton has received just over 29 inches of rain. Normal rainfall for this point in the year should be about 31 inches. No severe weather was reported in Denton County during the month. Although a La Nina is mildly favored in most weather forecasting models, it has yet to develop. For now, Pacific Ocean temperatures remain normal. Overall, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting November to be both warmer and drier than normal in Texas. Further, the 2017 winter outlook released by the National Weather Service is predicting warm and dry conditions through

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much of the southern half of the country. Northern and Northeastern states are being told to expect much harsher conditions this winter, but the opposite is true in Texas and the Southwest. A more significant threat for our part of the state this winter could be wildfires, especially if there’s excessive winter-kill and/or dormancy grasses and other vegetation in such dry conditions. Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist WBAP820/570KLIF/99.5 “The Wolf.”

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Frontier Responds to Hurricane Harvey

With rain seen as biblical in scale and 120-mph winds that took roofs and snapped telephone poles, Hurricane Harvey ravaged South Texas. In all, Harvey dumped more than 9 trillion gallons of rain on greater Houston and Southeast Texas.

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Frontier Communications serves a number of communities along the south Texas coast, and Dallas/Fort Worth employees were instrumental to the company’s response to Harvey. Many of the company’s team members who work in operations, construction, safety and technical management rallied around their south Texas colleagues to work to quickly restore service, while balancing

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their own roles in the DFW area. Frontier has made a $1M contribution to the Rebuild Texas Fund. The non-profit fund was established by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the OneStar Foundation to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to providing immediate relief efforts, the fund will focus initial support in the areas of health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for rebuilding small businesses. “Texas has a massive rebuilding effort ahead of it, and Frontier, as a Texas employer and communications provider, is proud to work with community partners in affected regions,” said Dan McCarthy,

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Frontier President and CEO. In addition to the fund, Frontier employees across the country have raised money via a GoFundMe campaign for short-term assistance for colleagues affected by the storm. Employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have also organized a collection box campaign in key Frontier locations throughout the Dallas area. Ryan O’Neill, Director of Operations, of Argyle drove a trailer full of those goods collected down to South Texas. “I want to thank everyone our DFW markets who have inquired about our colleagues and customers in south Texas. I love how we have come together as a community and a team,” O’Neill said.

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Flower Mound Chamber Corner By Lori Walker, President

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northern and southern shores. Directly across the lake sits the Gaylord Texan Resort. Look southwest, and the downtown Fort Worth skyline is visible. Turn southeast, and there’s the iconic Dallas skyline. Other smaller skylines are also visible, and many water towers throughout DFW stick out above the suburbs. Looking north provides a peaceful view

October Ambassador of the Month: Don McDaniel

of Denton County that has pretty much only been visible from the air, until now. Despite the sprawling growth of Flower Mound and the surrounding suburbia, trees still dominate the view, which includes the Texas Woman’s University towers, by far the tallest buildings in Denton. The tower’s least expensive units start at $745,000, Brown said. The most expensive are selling for nearly $4 million. Thirty-four of its 54 units have been sold.

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November 2017

Why Window Film?

By Tim Miller, Home Window Tinting, Inc.

Why do we have windows? Well that may sound like an obvious question. Windows were made to see out and enjoy your view and/or allow some light in. If you actually just look around, just about every house or business has their window treatments closed almost all the time. Why do people close their blinds or shutters? Most people will answer “I need my privacy,” or “I need to keep the heat and/or the sunlight out,” “I don’t want my room to get too hot,” or “I am worried about my furniture, floors and artwork fading.” Before you purchase blinds, shutters or other window treatments I want to share with you a few things I have learned from our customers in the past. We all know that you need to have window treatments for nighttime privacy. However you don’t have to cover every window in your house with a blind or shutter. Let’s start with a master bath window that faces your neighbor’s house. First of all, a blind or shutter is going to cut out most of the natural light in that room and you will most likely never open it. Blinds in master baths can get mildewed from moisture in the bathroom. Consider using a frosted film. Depending on your privacy needs. There are many choices. Our most common products are reasonably priced. They allow a great deal of light in and are virtually maintenance free and come with great warranties. Garages are the next issue: If your garage is not on the same plane or is separated enough from the rest of the

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house then a frosted/decorative style film is much better than a blind or shutter. Remember blinds or shutters collect bugs, cobwebs and dirt. They are generally never opened and once again cut out most of the natural light. Transom or Arch windows: Don’t cover these if nighttime privacy is not an issue. This is another place window films are a perfect solution. We also have daylight redirecting film available. Some people assume they need all their blinds or shutters to have the same look. If you really take a good look around, homeowners mix colors and styles quite often. A very common example of this is shutters on the main house and blinds in the garage or a dark shutter in the study and white shutters on the other windows. When it comes to window film the rule of thumb is this. If you plan on living in your home for two years or less, you should only film enough windows to get by. Two to four years, film enough windows to raise your quality of life. If you plan on living in your home for more than six years then strongly consider filming your entire home for four main reasons: 1. Energy savings. Even if you have Low-E windows we can increase the efficiency of them from 35 to 75%. Film has a 3 to 6 year return on investment. 2. Fade protection. Remember Low-E doesn’t stand for UV (the largest cause of fading). Our films help protect everything from your window latches (plastic in most new homes), to your window treatments, floors, furniture and artwork. 3. Hail/storm/impact protection. Our

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films help hold the glass together in the case of impacts from debris, hail, golf balls etc. 4. Enjoy your view! Don’t live in the dark. Window film provides complete daytime privacy.

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Overcoming Adversity Through Thankfulness By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

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Festival Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Marking Its 30th Anniversary By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

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Cheryl Close of Copper Canyon has battled back from adversity multiple times with the help of faith, family and friends.

Faith sustained Job through all his trials. It boils down to: “when bad things happen to good people.” Former Donald Elementary Principal Cheryl Close of Copper Canyon personally understands living through adversity. As a child, her parents divorced, “that wasn’t done back then.” Her mom remarried and had two more daughters

before the family moved from Ohio to Texas. “We didn’t have much and sometimes we would eat food uncooked, because we were so hungry we couldn’t wait for it to be cooked,” Close remembered. She met her husband, Van, the “love of See THANKFUL Page C8

Ivy Adams as Clara and Eldar Valiev as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.

In Act I of The Nutcracker ballet, the striking of a magical clock brings to life the dolls Uncle Drosselmeyer has brought to his niece Clara’s party. The Festival Ballet of North Texas, originally created in 1979 by founder Hugh Nini, has shared its version of the favorite holiday ballet with audiences

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first thought by eventual composer Tchaikovsky unsuitable for a ballet. However, in 1890 he was offered the opportunity to compose a ballet based on a newer, French version of the tale adapted by Alexandre Dumas, entitled CasseNoisette. Completed in the spring of 1892, The Nutcracker was first performed on Dec. 18, 1892 at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Decades ago, Artistic Director Emeritus Nini gathered his dancers, volunteers and parents to transport this ballet to local school auditoriums. He knew in his heart that children needed to have the opportunity to see live ballet theater starring local friends and talent. “When I set out to choreograph my version of ‘Nutcracker,’ I took almost eight years to formulate how I wanted to tell this story through ballet,” said Nini recently. He added that he made some clear departures from the familiar “traditional” versions. “I didn’t do these for the sake of being ‘different,’ though,” he explained. “I did them to strengthen an already good story.” For instance, his Uncle Drosselmeyer is very different from the traditional one; and, the way he’s woven into the story is very different. Another departure from tradition are the Dolls. “In every ‘Nutcracker,’ they are brought out during the Party Scene and then gone

Marta Petkova and Nikola Hadji Stanev of the Sofia Opera and Ballet in The Nutcracker.

after that,” Nini said. “Mine reappear.” Interest grew in this holiday classic since its premier in 1988 and now The Nutcracker ballet is an annual tradition performed at the Tree Lighting Festival in Denton and at the Margo Jones Performance Hall on the campus of Texas Woman’s University. The Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running full-length, production in the North Texas region. Houston Ballet, the fourth largest professional company in the country, has only been performing its current “Nutcracker” since 2004. Now under the stage direction of Eldar Valiev, Festival Ballet of North Texas’s The Nutcracker represents the diverse art forms of set design, costumes, lights, sound, theatrical expression; and, of course, as dancers of Nini’s

choreography. Valiev graduated from the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. He received additional training at the Kirov Ballet Company. He has more than 20-years of experience as a professional ballet dancer and 15-years of experience as a ballet master. He moved to Denton in August 2011, to assume the position of Co-Artistic Director of Festival Ballet of North Central Texas, located at 637 Londonderry Lane in Denton, as well as that of Director of Denton Ballet Academy. “My sincere gratitude to all of those who participate in our production of The Nutcracker this year,” said Valiev. “It is a great happiness and privilege to lead and to work with such wonderful people: from the youngest dancer to the professionals; our rehearsal assistants, volunteers and coordinators. I’m honored, grateful and blessed to be a part of this magnificent production. Happy 30th Anniversary everyone!” “I used to watch this production of ‘Nutcracker’ and dream of someday performing in it,” said Julianne Allen, 15, of Krum. “Now after dancing in it for nine years I’m still super excited to perform my role. Dancing the role of Clara is such an honor, especially after watching so many other talented ballerinas dance the part.” Sharing the role of Clara is Reece Domingue, 15, of Denton. “This production has been a huge part of my life for nine-years,” she said. “I am

honored to dance the role of Clara and help bring the magic to the stage once again for the 30th anniversary performance.” Returning to the stage as principal dancers will be Marta Petkova as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nikola Hadjitanev as her Prince from the Sofia National Opera and Ballet in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the many local returning dancers is Ivy Adams, 15, of Lantana. She’s a thirdgeneration participant; her grandmother sews costumes and her mother, Jennifer, is on the administrative team behind the scenes. They represent all the volunteers needed to stage the production, including all the technical areas-- except lighting and sound. “The first time I saw The Nutcracker was in 2007, when I was 5 years old,” said Adams. “I was mesmerized by the beautiful dancing of Chloe Reecer in the role of Clara. I told my mom after the show that I would like to be Clara one day and wear that red dress.  Last year, 2016, my dream of playing the role of Clara came true.” In this year’s production, her 10th year performing, she’ll be dancing the role of an Arabian Princess partnered by Matt Moulds. “The role is very challenging,” Adams said. “As a dancer, you need to have lots of flexibility to pull off the role. Matt makes the difficult lifts seem easy; and, I know that he will support me through the dance.”  The 30th annual production will have more than 200 dancers. While two See NUTCRACKER Page C6

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dancers will split the role of Clara, one dancer will perform two roles in her fifthyear with the production.. “This year I was cast as a Snowflake and the Rose Queen,” said Whitney Hart, a professional dancer from Highland Village. “I have always enjoyed performing alongside the other cast members at Festival Ballet. I currently perform with companies throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as freelance at entertainment industrials.” Nini said the 2017 production is part of the legacy of The Nutcracker. “There are 30 years of history,” he said. “Dancers of the past three decades have left an impression on all of these roles that informs the performances of today’s dancers; a gesture, an arm movement, a glance or look, or a stretched arabesque, the production is full of little moments created by the dancers who came before.” It is very rewarding to see how this production has enriched the lives of its dancers and the fine arts experience for thousands of Denton students. The 30th anniversary season of The Nutcracker ballet performances will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m., at the Margo Jones Performance Hall on the TWU campus at 1322 Oakland Street in Denton. Tickets for the performances are

$20, $30 and $40 and are available at: www.festivalballet.net, or at the Dance Boutique, 637 Londonderry Ln. in Denton, 940-484-5096. 940-891-0830. Additional information will be posted on the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas Facebook page: www.facebook. com/FestivalBalletofNorthCentralTexas/ The Nutcracker Area Dancers From Argyle: Bentley Coulter, 7; Allie Holt, 8; Hartley Johnson, 8; Cate and Roman Joumagan, 6; Aoife Joumagan, 8; Maura Joumagan, 11; Mallory Kuykendall, 8; Harper Lowe, 9; Rosie Mitchell, 6; Rachel West, 10; and, adults-Karen Schoeve, Samat Valiev, plus Eldar Valiev, artistic director. From Bartonville: Gabriella Catino, 14. From Double Oak: Mia DeMent and Hannah Griffin, both 5. From Flower Mound: Jacqueline Fleeks, 9; Keegan Hart, 11; Treyton Hart, 9; Xander Hart, 13; Giselle Weldele, 6. From Highland Village: Julia Stoner, 7 and Whitney Hart, adult. From Lantana: Ivy Adams, 15; Rosie Adams, 12; Cassidy Cole, 14. Special thanks to Jennifer Adams for assistance with this article.


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my life” when she was 15-years-old and they married when she was 19. The couple had their only child, a daughter, Vanessa. On Nov. 13, 1999, Vanessa was driving at night from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, where she was a freshman, to meet her parents in College Station to put down a housing deposit for her transfer to Texas A&M as a pre-med sophomore. She fell asleep within sight of her exit ramp and died in a one-car accident; she was within a minute of meeting her parents at the hotel. After 20-30 minutes, Close called her daughter’s phone and a man answered. It was an officer who told her over the phone that Vanessa had died in an accident; which is not now-- or then-- an official protocol.

“At that moment, the pain is so bad that you just want it to go away,” she said. “You ‘what if’ yourself to death, which is natural, because you want it to change. As a parent, you warn kids about stranger danger, don’t do drugs, don’t drink and drive-- but I never thought to tell Vanessa about the danger of sleepy-driving.” On Dec. 1 that year, she and Van had decided to mark their wedding anniversary by going out for dinner. When they returned home, they found a wrapped present at their front door. The card said the sender knew there wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration that year, but it was hoped that what was inside would help them get through the season. A complete 25-piece nativity was inside, with each piece numbered to be opened one-day-at-a-time; the baby Jesus was the

final piece. It was the perfect gift for that season. Her subsequent clinical depression and using food for comfort caused her weight to balloon up to such a level that she was eventually confined to a wheelchair. “I was a principal at Donald Elementary and a teacher and I was the one who helped people,” said Close. My staff and friends brought us dinner every night for threemonths and they drove me to and from work … I couldn’t drive, because I had panic attacks.” At some point, Close realized she couldn’t stand the thought of her husband losing both his daughter and his wife, so she, “learned to create a new normal and learn to live with the hole that’s there. You do it one minute, one day at a time.” Her weight gain also delayed the knee

replacement surgery she required as a result of her arthritis. It also required her to be on oxygen for her asthma. Close was able to exercise only in water with its buoyancy support. The first attempt at exercise left her breathless trying to walk one 25-meter lane in the pool; it took her 30-minutes. Within a year, she was walking 66 laps wearing weights and she’d lost 60pounds. Then, she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, which was found during an annual exam. Following her cancer treatments, she’s now five-years cancerfree. Eventually, Close had lost enough weight to have her knee-replacement surgery, but it was discovered that her femur was cracked See THANKFUL Page C11


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and she spent eight-weeks immobilized from her hip to the ankle. “After having spent seven years in a wheelchair and with my knees, I had no muscle strength-- muscles atrophy if they aren’t used-- and I’d lost my ‘vertical,’” she said. Working to regain her ability to be able to walk again, she fell three times in two months last year which resulted in two protruding disks in her back and torn ligaments in her ankle. Again, Close worked hard and was able to dance with her husband last May for the first time in 25 years. So far, she’s lost almost 200-pounds and her wheelchair is out in the garage. As she says: “I’m still a work in progress.” “I’ve always felt I should help people,” Close said. “As a teacher, I’d found out I was a good leader and worked to become a principal. After 9/11, things changed and being a principal is so much harder.” She initiated a Leadership Development LISD program to support administrators, which she led for three years. Needing to expand her ability to serve others, she opened her own firm-Close Coaching & Consulting, to share leadership development skills in all types of businesses, not only in education. “Now, I coach leaders in all different areas,” she said. “I’m a ‘thinking’ partner for leaders and administrators. I listen, ask the right questions, become aware of what needs to change to get to something new, which will work for the entire business.”

Close was also searching for a service organization with which to become involved and was invited to learn about the new Cross Timbers chapter of Rotary International; it was a serendipitous match. “I had never been in Rotary, but I knew about the organization when it came to [its practice to] honor outstanding students,” she said. “I especially like [Rotary’s] ‘Service Above Self’ motto. And, this year we’re hosting an Italian exchange student.” Close is one of 60 charter members-- and serving as secretary for the second time-of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club, which began in August 2015. In its two-years, it’s the fastest-growing club and supports 18 nonprofits, including Rotary Responders to help anyone in need, a mobile medical clinic in Africa and a trial hydroponic garden in Belize. For the Thanksgiving season, Cross Timbers Rotarians join the Marcus High School group, Interact, and Market Street grocery store to provide Thanksgiving meals to the Salvation Army. In spite of her many ailments and losing her daughter, Close is thankful for, “my husband, the friends who never gave up on me, my faith and my Rotary family.” For more information on, or to contact Close, visit: www. closecoachingandcounsulting.com email: cheryl@closecoachingandconsulting.com, or call 469-323-6060. For more information on Cross Timbers Rotary, visit: www.crosstimbersrotary. com or www.facebook.com/ CrossTimbersRotary/

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By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

In addition to Santa Claus and the multitude of brightly colored lights, nothing reminds us of the holidays quite like volunteers standing by iconic red kettles, ringing bells for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. This year’s Red Kettle Campaign efforts in southern Denton County kickoff on Monday, Nov. 13, at 30 major area retail outlets, including multiple locations of Wal-Mart, Kroger, Tom Thumb, Market Street, Sam’s Club and Hobby Lobby stores in Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville and The Colony. To fill all time slots from Nov. 13 to Dec. 24 requires 3,600 shifts of threehours each. Stephen Thomas, executive director of Social Services for Denton County, encourages individuals, families, organizations and even businesses to consider signing-up. The Red Kettle Campaign provides more than 20-percent of The Salvation Army’s annual operational budget and donations are used for community programs, including: feeding the homeless and those in need; distributing clothing and hygiene items; providing developmental and equipping programs; and, responding to local and national disasters. “It’s the community supporting us that makes it successful,” Thomas said. The Salvation Army helps people in nursing homes, low income households,

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the homeless and others with a food pantry, community hot lunch program, clothing assistance, employment assistance and a community organic garden. An “army” of three dedicated staff members – one full and two part-time– and more than 260 volunteers help more than 200 people each day through its service center in Old Town Lewisville. “We identify the true needs of the community and how we can best serve them,” Thomas explained. For more information, visit: http:// www.salvationarmydfw.org/p/locations/ lewisville, plus volunteers can signup for shifts on Sign-Up Genius which can be accessed from The Salvation Army’s Facebook page (@ SalvationArmyLewisville).

The Salvation Army 2017 Red Kettle Campaign! The Salvation Army needs volunteers to staff a Red Kettle and ‘ring the bell’ to help spread cheer and collect donations at area businesses during this holiday season. Individuals and families are welcomed, staff a Red Kettle with a friend, get your company involved or, volunteer for multiple opportunities. With your help, The Salvation Army can serve so many that need so much in our communities! Donations are used by The Salvation Army to help with: - Feeding the homeless and those in need - Distributing clothing and hygiene items - Providing developmental and equipping programs - Responding to local and national disasters Volunteers are needed from November 13– December 23

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Volunteer shifts are available at various retailers in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, and The Colony. Three ways to sign up: – Website for Volunteer Signup: www.signupgenius.com/go/5080948afaa23a3f94-volunteer – Call The Salvation Army Lewisville Service Center Office: 972.353.9400 – eMail: lewisville.kettles@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Book Inspires Holiday Cheer in Argyle By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

Argyle resident Michele Wetteland-mother of five and author of children’s books-- read the manuscript for a book of holiday memories written by high school classmate, Rigel Kent; and, began thinking how to bring the story to life. On the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, Wetteland and now-fiancé Kent will reveal her vision to open an actual farm-fresh Christmas tree lot on vacant land adjacent to Johnny Joe’s Gas Station on Hwy 377 in Argyle. The tree lot is inspired by “The Christmas Night Dash from Marshmallow Mountain” based on Kent’s childhood memories. In the story, no Christmas trees will grow anywhere in the world, until a stranger comes along to change that. Wetteland hopes to recreate that magic in Argyle. “It will be a festive, beautiful spot for families to come enjoy; even if they aren’t looking for a Christmas tree,” Wetteland said. “They can leave with a happy memory [even] if they don’t leave with anything else.” However, finding 400 trees for the lot proved harder than Wetteland planned. When she called traditional tree farms in the Pacific Northwest, she learned of a nationwide Christmas tree shortage. She finally found a farmer in Michigan, which she said was her own Christmas miracle. “I’m a mother of five [ages 15-26], so I know the importance of precious moments we make with friends and family. These are the gifts that last,” said Wetteland, whose books centered on three of her children including one story relating to Christmas.

Michele Wetteland and Rigel Kent “I live in Argyle and wanted to do something that went hand-in-hand with the ideas and inspiration of his [Kent’s] book. I wanted to provide a venue in the community; the gift of a place where people can take engagement photos, holiday photos and create treasured memories.” Trees will only be part of the landscape Wetteland has planned. The space-- owned by local restauranteur Sparky Pearson and Johnny Joe’s owner Raihan Chowdhury -- will also feature a movie set-like front Yuletide Town, a Christmastide Cinema showing holiday classics, Little Tyke cars, Adirondack chairs, plus fresh wreaths and garland, T-shirts and more. Marshmallow Mountain Christmas Trees also will collect coats and blankets to distribute nightly to the homeless. Kent will autograph copies of his paperback at the lot, which will be open every day from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Dec. 22. For more information, visit the @ marshmallowMTNchristmastrees Instagram site or find them on Facebook at MarshmallowMountainChristmasTrees.

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Christian Community Action Offers Hope for the Holidays The father, a veteran, came to Christian Community Action (CCA) with his children prior to Christmas and just after his surgery.  He still had staples and sutures visible from his recent operation.  He came because despite his pain and discomfort, he wanted to provide a happy holiday for his family.  CCA will once again bring the joy of Christmas to families in our community who have fallen on difficult times. This December The biggest name in town always shows up to 15 and 16, CCA will be hosting Christmas help Christian Community Action bring cheer to parties to bring holiday cheer and share the underprivileged families. message of the birth of the Savior to families who need a boost.  Following the Christmas parties, parents will receive presents provided by CCA and community Santas so children will be ensured to have a gift on Christmas day. For 44 years CCA has been here to help those families and individuals who have lost jobs, been affected by illness, tragedy, and other traumatic events. These life disruptions can be even more stressful at the holidays when families are looking forward to good times or at least a little hope. Throughout the year, CCA provides practical resources to keep families from going hungry, having their utilities shut off, or even being evicted. CCA helps families rebuild and move forward in their lives. At Christmas, CCA goes even further to let these families in crisis know they are not alone and people are willing to help. CCA relies on our caring community every year to provide the financial resources, gift cards, presents, food and toys to make Christmas special for families who may not be feeling very special at the holidays.  There will be over 500 families that CCA will help at Christmas with over 1200 children in those families.  Each family that CCA works with has been screened and assessed and their specific needs are known.

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CCA will need the following this Christmas: • Monetary donations to provide Christmas gifts, food for the pantry and other CCA programs • Toys and gift cards for children and teens • Christmas gifts for seniors  • Holiday food donations for the pantry • Volunteers for Christmas parties, food pantry and Giving Trees at local malls   This list will be updated on CCA’s website throughout the holiday season. If you are ready to be a blessing to help struggling families this Christmas, go to the CCA website www.ccahelps.org and donate online or send a contribution to CCA, 200 S. Mill Street, Lewisville, Texas 75057. If your business, church, or community organization would like to host a drive to raise the funds or food and presents necessary for local families in need, please contact Thelma Cantu at 972-219-4382.  If you want to be involved in volunteering during the holidays please go to www.ccahelps. org/volunteer to be added to the schedule.  For groups of 10 or more contact the volunteer manager at 972-219-4382.

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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday: Local Food & Drinks at State Draft House By Jay Marks

Local craft beer houses have taken off here in Flower Mound with the openings of Local Pint and State Draft House within weeks of each other. While we’re not beer connoisseurs ourselves, we know many of you are. So this month we visited State Draft House on the corner of Morriss and FM 3040 to check out their bar and menu. State Draft House is owned and operated by John Pinto and Andrew Hendrikson, who previously worked together at Fidelity Investments in Operations. While working together at Fidelity, John and Andrew always dreamed of what it would be like to get into the restaurant business together. Andrew began brainstorming several restaurant concept ideas and finally settled upon the craft beer house concept where they would feature only craft beers from here in the state of Texas. State Draft House is truly a “local” restaurant. All of the beers they serve are brewed here in Texas and their menu is filled with classic American dishes with a Texas twist. But they’ve also built their concept so that

State Draft House owners John Pinto & Andrew Hendrikson.

it could eventually expand into other states, where they would serve beers made in that state and create menu items inspired by local dishes. Their bar is an incredible sight to see with all of the beers on tap. You can also order from their wine and spirits menu if beer isn’t your thing or you want to switch things up. And they have several screens, so it’s a great place to head and enjoy a game or two. And their menu is fantastic! Chef Seth Moon and his kitchen staff do a wonderful job of serving and preparing a wide array of choices so you can find something no matter your preferences. We started out with their housemade pretzels served with two different skillet dips – we chose their queso blanco and the spicy creole mustard. But they also have a smoked gouda beer cheese and a spiked cinnamon chocolate sauce. We also ordered their Sweet and Spicy Pickles (fried, of course) in a sweet batter and had been marinated in a fantastic sweet and spicy pickling liquid giving it a great complexity of flavors. We all ordered off different parts of the menu so we could give you a comprehensive look at the menu. Here’s what we got: Gulf Shrimp & Grits made with cheesy cheddar grits, bacon, roasted tomatoes and See FOODIE FRIDAY Page C23

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What Is Good Art? By Matt Brown, Cultural Arts Commission

As we approach a busy November for the arts in Denton County, it got me thinking – what makes for good (visual) art? It’s a question as old as art itself. For most, good art is based on preference or taste. You see a piece from across the room, you immediately fall in love with it without knowing anything about it, and are in love with it forever. There is something about it that engages you on one of a million levels and establishes a memory that remains positive. But not all artwork is love at first sight. Some may challenge you and then make you think about it days later or it may seduce you and deliver pleasant feelings at some time in the future. One could argue that good art stirs curiosity, conversation, and even controversy (e.g. Flower Mound’s River Walk sculptures). This is one of the reasons why I love attending art events, such as the Art Party and the Annual Artists’ Studio Tour hosted by the Cross Timbers Artists Guild (Nov. 11 & 12). You get to meet and chat about art with many different people and hear so many different perspectives. Although there is some combination of uncompromising honesty, boldness, enlightenment, and feast for the senses in every piece of good art, there is also the artist. Producing good art requires skill. There are techniques that artists continually hone over countless hours of training and creation to get a point across and eventually master a medium (painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, craft-making, design, mixed media, and sculpture). Yet for the average onlooker, the ability to identify and evaluate elements and principles such as line, shape, value, texture, and color and how they interact with each other does not come naturally. Instead, it’s “I really like how the artist paints that fruit” and for some of the more contemporary pieces, “I could’ve done that!”

Sculpture on the Flower Mound River Walk by Emil Cerullo. Evaluating art for its technical merits does not require a command of the French language or a vocabulary that makes others wonder what they’ve been doing with their life and slowly inch toward the door. “The artist’s verdant, luxuriant painting, while continuing the pastoral dichotomy of past works, admirably captures the subversive hermeneutics of desire, embodying a subaltern pathos of duplicity and dialectic into a polysemous weave of interleaved multitextuality that fitfully illuminates a life’s work spent dancing on a metacritical pin.” The highest form of art intelligence is the ability to take difficult concepts and make them accessible and relatable. There’s plenty of middle ground between “nice apples” and art snob. It’s easy to think (and even want) art to be a subjective, zero-sum game that is good to one person and bad to another. We live in a society that wants to deny absolutes unless it See ART Page C23

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ARGYLE: November 4 - Argyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Argyle High School, 191 Hwy 377. Featuring over 75 vendors. All proceeds benefit Project Graduation. argyleholidayshop@gmail.com November 14 - Coffee with a Cop hosted by Argyle Police Department from 8-9:30 a.m. at Kimzey’s Coffee Shop, 429 Hwy 377 S. 940-464-7254\ December 2 - Annual Argyle Christmas Tree Lighting from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Argyle Fire Station, 511 S. Gibbons Road. Includes kid’s activities, visit with Santa, food, crafts and entertainment. 940-464-7273 COPPER CANYON: November 11 - Annual Town Clean-up from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive. 940-241-2677 December 2 - Santa Party for Copper Canyon Kids from 3-5 p.m. at Town Hall. 940-2412677 DOUBLE OAK: November 13 - Annual Double Oak Women’s Club Auction from 7 to 10 p.m. at Double Oak Town Hall, 320 Waketon Road. All proceeds go to the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department. 909-754-2097 FLOWER MOUND: November 4 - International Games Day from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Play old favorites or learn a new game. 972-8746165 November 5 - Veterans Day Ceremony from

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November 6 - Important Conversations Between Adult Children and Their Parents at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register, call 972874-6165.

November 11 - Dorothy’s Dash Kid’s K & 5K at Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony Road. Proceeds will benefit the Texas Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society www.flower-mound.com/dorothysdash or 972-874-6276.

November 9 - Veterans’ Day Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pinewood Hills, 3901 Kirkpatrick Lane. Includes live music, food, raffle, and silent auction. Tickets $20 and may be purchased in advance at Pinewood Hills or at the door. Proceeds benefit Veterans’ Collaborative of North Texas. (972) 829-0672 November 9 & 11 - “The Snow Queen” at Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony. www.fmhstheatre.net November 10 - Flower Mound Veterans Day Relay from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Road. Free

November 10-12 - 16th Annual Cross Timbers Artist Guild Annual Open Studio Tour. Map at www.crosstimbersarts.com.

November 11 - 10th Anniversary Celebration Therapeutic Riding Fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bridlewood Stables and Equestrian, 4400 Withers Avenue. Bounce house, riding exhibition, food, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Stable Strides Farms. 979-777-0834 November 11 - Photographing Your Family at 2 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Tips, tricks and methods to improve photography skills. To register, call 972-874-6165. November 11 - Canyon Falls’ Fallapalooza at

9 a.m. at Canyon Falls Club, 6950 Canyon Falls Drive. Run for the Rescues 5K and Family Fun Run, grand opening of the Hay Barn and Pooch Park, zip lining, lawn games, archery, crafts, S’mores station, scavenger hunt and more. Free event. 972-795-8850 November 13 - Lee Harvey Oswald: An Argument for the Lone Gunman at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Presented by Joe Bracket, Former FMHS Assistant Principal and historian. To register, call 972-874-6165. November 14 - Women of Flower Mound Cooking Demonstration with Chef Morris Salerno from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Bistecca, 2300 Highland Village Road. Cost $25 includes dinner, dessert and cooking demonstration. hwww.womenofflowermound.org November 14 - Focus on Fixed Income at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register, call 972874-6165. November 17 - Youth and Family Counseling 2017 “Holiday Extravaganza” from 11 a.m.


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to 1 p.m. at Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 W Windsor Dr. 972-724-2005 November 24 - Lakeside Music Series Christmas Celebration from 6-9 p.m. in Lakeside Plaza, 2314 Lakeside Pkwy. Enjoy caroling, free carriage rides, Christmas Tree lighting, visit with Santa, hot chocolate, treats and live music. www.lakesidedfw.com December 2 - Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 9 a.m. and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Road. Pre-registration is required. www.flower-mound.com/112/Special-Events December 2 - Gingerbread House Decorating from 2 to 4 p.m. at Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Road. All ages welcome. Preregistration required. www.flower-mound. com/112/Special-Events HIGHLAND VILLAGE: November 4 - Highland Village Annual Fall Festival at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Blvd. Featuring live music, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artist, pony rides, artisan displays, craft and food vendors and more. 972-317-7430 November 18 - Our Village Glows Christmas Tree Lighting from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Shops at Highland Village. 972-317-7500 December 2 - Santa Day at the Fire Department from 1 to 4 p.m. at Highland Village Fire Department, 1200 Highland Village Road. Bounce house, cookies, hot chocolate and more. Free event. 972-3170890 LANTANA: November 8 - Story Time at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. 940-728-1660

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November 9 - Mommy & Me Montessori Play Date at 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. 940-728-1660 November 9 - Cocktails with the Manager from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lantana Visitor’s Center. 940-728-1660 November 11 - PediPlace Poker Tournament at 6 p.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Raises funds to provide pediatric care to over 6,500 children in Denton County. Call 469-322-3660. November 14 - Lantana Ladies League Quarter Auction to support JDRF at 6 p.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Dr. www. lantanaladiesleague.com November 18 - Lantana Community Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lantana Town Green. 940-728-1660 November 20 - Kid’s Bingo from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. 940728-1660 November 29 - Bingo from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. 940728-1660 December 2 – Sadie’s Sleigh & Pancake Breakfast supporting the Sadie Keller Foundation. www.lantanaladiesleague.com NEARBY AREAS: November 4 - Ignite HOPE Charity Gala Benefiting Ranch Hands Rescue from 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine. www.ranchhandrescue.ejoinme.org November 11 - 9th annual Trinity Trash Bash water clean-up from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Lewisville Lake Park, 600 Sandy Beach

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November 11 - Grapevine’s Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown Grapevine. www.grapevineveteransparade. org

December 1 - 29th Annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Denton’s Historic Square, 110 W Hickory St. Musical and dance presentations, carriage rides, children’s crafts, and visits with Santa. www.dentonholidaylighting.com

November 11 - Veteran’s Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Liberty Park, 215 S. Main Street, Grapevine. Featuring live music, food, activities, a military vehicle show and more. www.marchant.house.gov/veteransfair

December 2 - Tour Seven Historic Homes in Denton from 1 to 5 p.m. Proceeds go to purchasing street lights on West Hickory. www.robsonranchroad.com/rrwc-home-tour. html

November 11-12 - Holiday Open House Weekend in Downtown Denton. Shop, dine and enjoy downtown Denton. www. dentonmainstreet.org

December 2-30 - “The Gift of Art” Christmas Art Show at MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville. Purchase works by local artists. www.mclgrand.com

November 18 - Backing The Blue-Denton Holiday Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney, Denton. Proceeds benefit fallen and injured Denton County Area Law Enforcement Officers. backingthebluedenton@gmail.com

December 3 - 2017 Holiday Home Tour presented by Robson Ranch Women’s Club from 3 to 6 p.m. at Robson Ranch, 9501 Ed Robson Blvd. Proceeds benefit Denton’s Our Daily Bread and Refuge for Women. www. robsonranchroad.com/rrwc-home-tour.html

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November 18 - Annual Old Town Holiday Stroll from 12-9 p.m. in Old Town Lewisville. Winter carnival attractions, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, simulated ice skating, tree lighting and more. Admission and all activities are free. November 25 - 26 - “The Nutcracker” ballet performed by the LakeCities Ballet Theatre at Lake Dallas High School, 3016 Parkridge Drive, Lake Dallas. www.tututix.com/client/ lakecitiesballettheatre December 1 - First Fridays at the Farm Series: Christmas Decoration from 10 a.m. to noon at Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. www.NashFarm.org


November 2017

Four Priorities for Divorcing Parents of Children with Disabilities By Adam Burrows

How to Care for Children with Disabilities During a Divorce Divorce can be a time of difficult transition and adjustment for children, especially if you have a child with a disability. Because children with disabilities need specific types of care, we’ve provided a few tips for making sure your divorce agreement works in the best interests of your child. Keep in mind that each child is unique and you should work closely with your lawyer to ensure your child’s specific needs are met.

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Ensure the Final Divorce Decree is Clear When you have a child with a disability, agreements regarding custody, visitation, education, social opportunities and medical care need to be clearly written into your final divorce decree. Working with your lawyer to ensure all documents related to your divorce are highly detailed and precise will make the change as smooth as possible for your child and prevent potential legal obstacles down the road. Evaluate Your Child’s Needs Education, healthcare and social opportunities are some of the most important factors in a divorce. Divorcing parents should work together and with their lawyers to ensure their child’s needs are met. It is important for divorcing parents to decide where their child will attend school and what accommodations they will need, how medical costs will be covered and where the child will receive any necessary medical care. Depending

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on your child’s needs and the specifics of your divorce, these decisions may be easy to make. If one divorcing parent is moving away or if your child needs extra care, both divorcing parents will need to decide what changes should be made. Consider Long Terms of Visitation Depending on the custody arrangement, children will typically alternate weeks or weekends between their parents. When your child has a disability, it may be helpful to establish longer terms of visitation. Doing this will allow your child to receive consistent education and medical care, plus it will provide your child with a sense of stability throughout the divorce. Make Communication a Priority The best way for divorcing parents and their children to handle a divorce is through clear communication. When divorcing parents communicate effectively with one another, their child’s needs are more likely to be met.

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Additionally, honest communication between divorcing parents will make it more likely that each party gets what they want from the divorce. Overall, it’s important that divorcing parents are willing to make adjustments to their lives that will ultimately benefit their child. While divorce is usually a difficult time for everyone, following these tips will help you and your child adjust to life during and after a divorce. At Burrows Law Group, we understand the impact that divorce can have on children. Please call us today if you need representation or have general family law questions. Mention this ad and receive a free 30 minute consult, 972-304-6000. *The information provided here in is given for general information only. The information presented should not be construed as legal advice or the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

Flower Mound Hospital Named Best Place to Work for Third Time

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At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, we pride ourselves on how we care for you. That’s why we’re honored to share our most recent award with the community. Your community hospital has been named Modern Healthcare’s 2017 #1 Best Places to Work in the nation. This is one of many awards received by Texas Health Flower Mound – examples of how our focus is caring for you and your family. For more information about our services or for a physician referral, call 469.322.7000 or visit our website at TexasHealthFlowerMound.com.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound has been named the best place to work in healthcare for the third time in six years, and it’s the product of the employees making the work environment better, said its president, Spencer Turner. “It’s a great culture that our own employees have created,� Turner said. “They have put a lot of effort into creating an environment in which

they enjoy working.� Annually Modern Healthcare magazine ranks providers according to the best places to work. Texas Health Flower Mound , which opened about six years ago, was ranked No. 1 in the providers/insurers category in 2013, 2016, and again this year. “When you do something well, that’s great,� Turner said. “But to do it well, and do it consistently, is even better.� Modern Healthcare, a leading healthcare trade magazine, says on its website that its rankings “recognize outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level.� Turner said that having a great work environment directly translates into better care for the patients. “The longer our employees work together, the better they are,� he said. “When employees are happy with where they are and happy with what they’re doing, they’re going to do a better job. This applies across all industries. In healthcare it translates into improved safety, quality of care, and patient satisfaction.� Turner said the hospital has an extremely high retention rate – upwards of 95 percent over the last five years – because employees enjoy their jobs and their work culture. Rather than trying to keep a revolving door of positions filled, the hospital has been able to focus on recruiting staff with different skill sets and adding new service lines. The hospital has grown significantly since it opened, going from about 250 employees to nearly 750. “Our hospital is just like the Flower Mound community, we’re seeing growth everywhere,� Turner said. “With that growth comes new people and new services, and that’s where hiring is so important. It all starts with hiring the right employee – we put a lot of effort into that.� While the hospital is proud of the recognition for fostering a healthy work environment, it isn’t going to grow complacent. Leadership is always working to remove obstacles and make improvements, Turner said. “Healthcare is challenging, it’s dynamic, you never know what to expect on any given day,� he said. “We constantly have to be looking at what’s next and how are we going to do this better.�


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cilantro in a creamy creole sauce. The creaminess of the sauce combined with the little bit of heat was delicious. Their Brisket Tacos served with a chipotle lime sauce. The brisket had incredible flavor and their STATE slaw added the perfect amount of freshness to the taco. The Cattleman’s Pie made with their slowsmoked brisket, veggie medley, caramelized garlic mashed potatoes, peppercorn bacon and STATE BBQ sauce. It’s like a Texas take on a Shepherd’s Pie and it was packed with goodness. And their Smoked Pork Chops with a Burleson Honey Jalapeno Glaze. The pork chops had an amazing smoky taste and the honey jalapeno glaze was to die for. Plus we ordered a side of their Smoked Mac & Mosaic IPA Beer Cheese which is probably the best Mac ‘n Cheese in town in

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my opinion. For dessert, we knew we couldn’t leave without trying their Churro Nachos which are churro bites drizzled with a spiked chocolate sauce and come topped with waffle crisps and a fresh berry pico. My Marketing Director, Kari, loves churros and she loved these Churro Nachos. The State Fair ain’t got nothing on these. So, even if you’re not a drinker like some of us, you’ll still love State Draft House for their incredible menu. And if you are a beerdrinker, you’ll love it even more because of their beer selection. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays they’ll have local breweries come out for “Pint Nights,” and they’re also going to have a rotating menu with a new burger every month and a special weekly dessert. So you’ll always have something new to try! They’re also looking to begin offering Beer and Food Dinners at the start of 2018 where

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they’ll offer a special four-course dinner with beer pairings. So fun! State Draft House would love to be your local hangout spot. Their goal is to make their customers feel like family. John even told us he wants his bartenders to get to know their regular customers’ flavor palettes so they can always have a new beer to recommend when they come in. They truly want to be that place “where everybody knows your name.” And I think that’s awesome. And if any two guys can make you feel welcome in their restaurant, it’s John and Andrew. We’re so glad to have State Draft House here in Flower Mound. I’m telling you – go this weekend and enjoy a drink from the bar and some of their scrumptious menu items. Oh, and when you go in, be sure to tell John that he looks just like Brad Pitt. (He’ll laugh, I promise.) State Draft House is located at 1050 Flower Mound Rd, Suite 280, in Flower Mound.

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is convenient, like giving trophies for halfattempted effort. People are not willing to take the time and effort to develop their own personal sensibilities through study or reflection but are prone to be polarized – they either go with the flow so as not to be seen as out of touch or they are contrarian so as not to be mainstream. But if you want to truly know what is good and what is not, you have to get out and look for yourself and make that decision. Everything is subjective when you begin looking at art, as you have nothing to which to compare it. As you hone your eye, you begin to distinguish between good and bad. The more you look at art, the easier it is to determine what is good and what is bad. Don’t miss the 2017 Annual Studio Tour, November 11th & 12th. www.crosstimbersarts.com


November 2017

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Canine Misfits By Ralph and Pat Coppola

We hope you enjoyed reading the previous chapters. If you missed any our columns, you can visit the website at www.crosstimbersgazette.com and search: Canine Misfits. In Chapters 5 and 6, Lt. Tess tells us how she uses the information obtained from Izzy, the gecko, to execute their plan to capture Snappy, who is believed to be “squirreled� up in his secondary hiding place. Hey! Found a photo of Sgt. Opie. That dog could be the pin-up soldier for an Army recruitment poster. Just itching to hear from you! Please address your comments to our email address at caninemisfits@frontier.com. Any comments you would like to share with the Gazette can be sent to news@ crosstimbersgazette.com. They would also love to hear from you.

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Chapter 5 “All right troops,â€? I barked as the soldiers assembled in the briefing room after their meal. “Here’s our plan. The entire battalion will proceed to the front The Canine Misfits are desperately in of the compound at 0600 hours while it is need of a new battle plan. Lieutenant still dark. You will all take up positions Tess once again addressed her band of behind the two tall oak trees out front. Sgt. Opie will tell you where to set up. I glanced at Senior & Sgt. Opie who Veteran Days was leaning Tuesday against the wall to my left, his Wednesday & arms folded. Thursday The rest of the troop looked over to Opie for Grooming & his acknowlPampered edgement. Sgt. Opie nodded in Pet Services agreement. The troops )XZ4PVUI "SHZMF 5FYBTt then trained

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their eyes back on me. I proceeded with my plan. “According to my chart, the sun will rise precisely at 0615. At 0614, Cpl. Barney will blow revelry as if to signal our regular time to muster. That squirrel, ‘Snappy’‌.isn’t that what the Captain and the Major call him?â€? “Yup, they call him Snappy,â€? blurted out Cpl. Barney. Everyone stared at Barney as if to say they were all familiar with their enemy’s name and didn’t need to be reminded. Barney skulked down to escape their glares. “Well, ole ‘Snappy the squirrel’ has heard revelry every morning since we’ve been here, so he’ll think it’s just the start of another day. When revelry finishes, the sun should rise and reveal our enemy’s position. Then all of you will leap into action and assault Mr. Snappy’s camp. Remember, I want that squirrel alive!â€? I blustered in my most authoritative tone for barking out orders. “But, Lieutenant, where will you be?â€? questioned Cpl. Barney, apparently gaining enough composure to pull out a page from Pvt. Ruby’s playbook of

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questioning everything I say. “I’ll be on the other side of the fence, Corporal! Over there in the backyard!� I shouted once more as I pointed in the direction of Snappy’s hiding place. I found myself having to emphasize what should have been obvious to all. “Soo-o-o, the enemy doesn’t escape in his retreat!� I screamed. “Oh, okay, sir, I mean ma’am,� Barney said, once again cowering back behind the others. “Now, as long as everyone is clear,� I said while glaring at Cpl. Barney, “are there any other questions?� “Sir, no, sir,� they all answered in unison. “Excellent,� I replied. “Now hit the sack. I want you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.� Barney looked behind himself to catch a glimpse of his own tail. “I’m not sure I can make this bushy by the morning,� Barney complained. Sgt. Opie rolled his eyes. “Seriously?� he grumbled, then followed the troop into the barracks to catch some early shuteye. Chapter 6 At precisely 0600, the entire battalion was up and ready to take their positions. Sgt. Opie ordered Cpl. Barney and Pvt. Ruby to position themselves behind the tall oak tree to the right of the property out front, and he and Pvt. Bella had taken up positions behind the tall oak tree at the left. As he looked at his watch and saw it was now 0614, Sgt. Opie signaled Cpl. Barney to blow revelry. After sixty seconds, revelry had finished and the sun rose precisely as I had predicted. Sgt. Opie signaled to attack Snappy’s camp. All four soldiers burst from the positions hooting and hollering. See CANINE MISFITS Page C25


November 2017

Something To Muench On...

When Mom Stops Performing for Love the Whole Family Wins! By Kimberly Muench

We laughed, we cried, we shared secrets and we bonded like only mothers who have the courage to bare their souls can do. It was a gift to me to have met the women at a recent workshop I held at The Union in Highland Village. The feature of our gathering was award-winning author of The Enlightened Mom book/meditation series Terri Britt. Her motto is “When mom heals, the family heals, the world heals!” It goes without saying being a mom is a demanding job, both physically and emotionally. It’s filled with sleepless nights (whether because the baby isn’t

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sleeping through, a child is sick, you are worried about your teenager’s social life choices or even college-tuition-induced insomnia). There is no shortage of sacrifice moms make every day to keep their children warm, fed, clothed, active, educated and socially harmonious. The problem is as women we are wired to nurture and we are champions at putting others ahead of ourselves. We tend to let time constraints, mom guilt, and financial stressors override our ability to take good care of ourselves. We associate our performing as wife/mother/daughter/ friend/coworker as a way to receive love and to feel accepted. We work hard to meet everyone else’s needs in order to affirm ourselves as “good enough.” In the process we can easily and often become disconnected from ourselves. When we become detached from our inner wisdom and from our source (for some this is God, the Universe, our heart, and our intuition) we often begin to feel resentful or frustrated with our families, we have mixed up priorities, we lose direction and we can begin feeling overwhelmed as a result. All of this

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“Now we’re going to get you, squirrel!” shouted Bella. “You can’t get away from us this time!” echoed Opie. “We got a big roasting pot just for you, squirrel!” Ruby yelled, obviously not concerned about taking the squirrel alive as I demanded. “Yeah, we got a big roasting…..” Barney started to shout. “Wait, we have a big roasting pot? For what?” Barney inquired. “To cook that squirrel, knucklehead!” Ruby shouted back. “Are there any more back home like you?” Ruby asked, shaking her head, but not waiting for an answer. “Come on down, squirrel! My kitchen is waiting for you!” Ruby taunted as she thought how delicious squirrel stew would be for dinner that night. Snappy was awakened by the noise. He must have been startled because his head kept bobbing up and down to see what all the commotion was about and anxious not to be detected. Just then, the sunlight caught the American flag lightly twirling in the morning breeze. The brigade had gotten to within three feet of the enemy’s position, when suddenly upon seeing the flag unfold, all four valiant soldiers stopped short in their tracks, raised up on their rear legs, and instinctively stood at attention. Simultaneously, all four soldiers saluted the flag. Snappy, having seen his opportunity to flee his discovered camp, leapt to the top rail of the adjacent fence and hurried down the side section which intersected the front, right past where I stood. In a New York minute, Snappy vanished into the shadows. I was dumfounded. “What just happened?” I said to myself. “Wasn’t that the enemy who ran by just out of reach?” A familiar sick feeling in the pit of my stomach started to erupt. “Troops?” I barked from the other side of the fence. “Are you there?” A voice meekly replied from the front. “Yes ma’am, Lt. Tess,” answered Sgt. Opie. “We are all here standing at attention. By the way, did you know that today is Veteran’s Day?” Next: A new enemy infiltrates the Canine Misfits’ camp.

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tends to have a negative effect on our relationships. The weekend workshop was a vehicle that allowed the attendees to check out of their usual service for a day and a half in order to remember how important our role is as the emotional beacon in our families. We learned when we take good care of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, our partners and children thrive! What starts at home (connected/solid relationships) then gets brought into our schools and communities. So, mom, my advice to you as we head into the sometimes chaotic holiday season is to remember that you cannot give what you do not have. Taking care of YOU means carving out time for whatever feeds your soul. And if you don’t know what that is at this point, it’s time to scale back on your commitment to other things so you can figure it out. You are worthy of love and belonging without having to sacrifice your physical and emotional health. Take it from a mom who knows…I have been absolutely in your shoes having to remember

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when I am run down I am no good to my family. The healthiest, happiest, most important gift you can give your family is a woman who is clear in her boundaries and priorities, who uses her voice with confidence and who understands the value of standing in her light. If this month’s column resonates with you and you’d like to learn more about the work I do with moms, I’d love to connect! Please shoot me an email at realifeparentguide@gmail.com. I hope you and your family have a season filled with healthy connection! Kim Muench is a Flower Mound mother of five kiddos between the ages of ten and thirty. She is a certified parent coach who loves working with moms and dads of adolescents to build stronger, healthier connections in their home. To learn more, visit her website at www.realifeparentguide. com.


November 2017

The Soapbox: The Orange Closet By Brandi Chambless

In the year 2000, I was privileged to be welcomed into the sweet town of Columbus, GA. It was a move that impacted my accent forever, afforded me some lifelong friendships, became the eventual birthplace of my son, and changed my Saturdays for life with a newfound love of ESPN College GameDay. It all started with me being temporarily homeless and housesitting for a Tennessee fan who had been transplanted into the Columbus area. Completely oblivious to the other religion in my region, was it my fault

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I wasn’t even aware that I was in the melting pot of Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia Tech fanatics…and MORE!!? The biggest question someone might ask on a first date was not whether you were Baptist or Methodist, but what your Saturday colors are. The allegiances run deep through the generations, too, so get that one thing wrong and grandma may oust you for good before love takes root, resulting in a house divided. So it was there in my friend’s home where I ventured into what I will call the orange closet. You heard me. The orange closet. Every University of Tennessee garment that had ever been manufactured was on display in the orange closet, including orange linen blazers and VOLS diamondstudded cuff links. And as a Louisiana girl do you know what living in the house with the orange closet made me to the orange people?

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An LSU fan. By default. Though I had no real interest in football, and scarcely understood the purpose of a first down, I began to watch football on Saturdays to play a little defense of my own for Sunday’s inevitable onslaught from well-meaning Sunday school teachers. “Shame about those tigers last night…tee-hee-hee!” I decided to endure my Saturday prime time education by adding a square of cornbread or two with a bowl of chili. Before long, Saturdays became my laundry day and I studied football starting with ESPN College GameDay until the last down was played that evening. I can guaran-double-tee you that everyone at church in Columbus, GA knew their friends’ secondary religion. So when there was an LSU win, Sunday school attendance was quite low. I might pull out a purple and gold hankie and wipe my brow after singing. “Is it hot in here?” These are relationships that I have kept up with through the years since I’ve moved into new seasons of my life. With the help of social media, I still message my friend Holly when Clemson wins a national championship, though I purposefully don’t tag Leah in the post if they beat Alabama. I don’t even know what Roll Tide means since the mascot is an elephant. Or why Auburn identifies with eagles AND tigers. Or why anyone would celebrate a pig’s mating call. I’d just as boomer sooner fan a team with one name of one animal that is more exotic than one that

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Old McDonald might have had on his farm. But, if I did, I’d be smart enough to call a rooster a gamecock, too, because it just sounds fierce. I didn’t need anyone to tell me whether this love of the game was another tie that binds when I got the early morning text a few weeks ago. Leah’s twenty-year-old daughter—rushed to Emory with a brain bleed. For 14 days she hung on by a thread while her Dad gave daily internet updates from what he called “The Chair”. Prayer warriors joined forces far and wide following #PrayHard4SEJ. When I ran out of words, I sent a little text in the night that simply said, “Roll Tide!” letting Leah know that I was fighting so hard in the spirit that I had even “gotten saved” and become an Alabama fan. Before long, we were ALL Alabama fans. That wasn’t the biggest miracle of all. Leah’s daughter, having stood on the edge of death for those 14 days, walked out of that hospital on day 15 like a Hail Mary to the end zone with no time left on the clock. Score! She had the victor’s crown! I thought of the orange closet where I first landed in Columbus and how I, too, become a crazy football fan like my friends. I realized, it really wasn’t even about football. It was about relationships for life. I’d be lying if I didn’t mention food, but you get the point. ESPN College GameDay might just be Saturday background noise to some, but to me, it is a real chance to come together no matter how we see the world.

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November 2017

APPreciation By C. Stroup

I hate admitting how mentally challenged I am when it comes to today’s technology. I speak here specifically of my iPhone and computer. Ya know how someone might ask you what you’d like to be proficient at if given the opportunity? My husband, most times, will say that he’d like to play the piano or be able to trip the light fantastic. You millennials might have to Google that. Speaking of Google, I bet it’s been less than a year since I learned to use The App Store on my phone. Up to that point I used my iPhone as a telephone, if you can remember that term. Then one day a friend, who is highly computer savvy, showed me a couple of things…OMG I had no clue about this other world out there. I decided that if I were ever asked what thing I’d like to do really well, I would absolutely aspire to be a real live “Black Hat” turned “White Hat” and possibly hold that position with the FBI or CIA or one of those agencies. I could but dream! Before my iPhone 101 tutorial, I could see about everybody else in my world pick up their iPhone and do amazing things with it. My son taught me that if I wanted to communicate with him, I must learn to text. At first I detested it but after a couple of weeks with no verbal interaction with my offspring I began to gingerly type words and hit send. This was exciting stuff! Then I became curious

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about these cute little icons people were inserting in their messages. The word “tickled” comes to mind when Emojis crept in to my skill set! WOW, by golly, I then learned I could speak my text messages instead of typing them. This was really a boon since I had a terrible time typing on that tiny screen. Even if some of the translations of my spoken words didn’t quite come across the way I intended, those misunderstandings actually made my text quite entertaining! Just a couple of examples: my son’s name is Brad but forever in the realm of cyber space he will be known as Bread. I’m used to Ken, my hubby, consistently being Can. Finding that my “i” was loaded with a complete version of Google floored me. I could check out anything and everything from this small device I once viewed only as a means to give and get a call. Will wonders never cease?! I began to keep it on my person at all times. I didn’t even want to charge it at night lest it be out of my sight for too long. I had developed an obsession and a thirst to acquire more about its capabilities. Unfortunately, I found I failed miserably at loading Apps. Man could I screw those up. When some kind soul would install an application, I, through trial and error, was able to use it. Shouldn’t be that difficult, right? But remember I’m challenged. Recently, I had an upcoming trip to Kansas City. From the airport to my destination (the home of my BFF from the seventh grade) was 40 miles. She was hosting a rehearsal dinner that night for

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her son’s wedding. I knew how busy and that I was indeed registered as an Uber crazy she’d have to be in addition to no Driver! time in her schedule to mess with pickI knew how to delete an App so that was ing me up. I’d heard about Uber but had the good news. Plus I put Uber emails on no clue how as to how it really worked. my spam list to make certain they would Friends who had used it raved and told leave me alone. With only a couple of me how simple it was to use the App on days left before my trip, I still needed my phone. Oh, oh, I knew right then and the correct App. Another buddy entered there I was in trouble. My hi-tech hubby in the proper App, saying my name and wasn’t around so I met up with a friend, credit card info was already in place. phone in hand. She allowed as how she This made me a little skeptical but I figwas familiar with the Uber App and ured the worst that could happen would would do the install for me. I must say it be I’d end up taking a cab at Kansas City did take her a little longer than I expected Airport. but was eternally grateful for her assisThe day before my trip, my BFF texted tance. She handed the phone back to me me to say not to worry about transportaand said all I’d have to do now was enter tion to her digs… she would be coming a little personal info, like my email ad- to pick me up! A flood of relief washed dress and credit care info. “This I could over me like the Emoji in tears. do,” I thought to myself. I have yet to try my Uber App. Think So I used the voice capability to insert I’ll stick to texting, a little Google here the required fields. A pop up greeting and there and definitely abandon any dewelcomed me to Uber. I was delighted lusions of becoming a “White Hat.” with the ability I’d now have to navigate around Kansas City (for a cheaper fare than a taxi would offer) and I could use my iPhone Your Smile is your First Impression! to do it!!! A couple of days passed and I received an email again saying “Welcome to Uber.” Then a day later, “Welcome to the Uber Family.” Then a record of my driving revenue appeared and shortly thereafter I was invited to a free seminar to encourage Dr. G. Robert Marye & Dr. Janet Stone Gonzalez and guide me on how to earn more money. I guess it was this Our Practice is Built on Patient Loyalty last one that finally registered Preventive

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