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Donations Help Kids Rock Away Their Blues By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

“I make these rocking critters, which I donate to various children’s hospitals and battered women’s/children’s shelters, for the little kids who are going through a tough time,� said woodworker and Good Samaritan Michael Lively of Flower Mound. He started creating his wooden “therapy� rocking animals for children as a form of therapy for himself. “It started with me being out of work since June of last year,� said Lively. “I’ve been in sales and operations management in the beauty industry until then when the company I worked for moved its headquarters to California. My wife and I made the decision to stay here.� Although actively involved in the job search process (he still is), Lively needed something else-- something more tangible-- he could control and accomplish.

“My dad made these little rocking animals for my nephews, about 25- to 30years-ago, and I remembered them. I had all his patterns, so late last fall I started making these critters for kids who might feel better rocking on them.� The staff members at the Plano location of “City House,� a battered women’s/ children’s shelter, shared a positive result of the rocking animals being donated by “Rocking Away the Blues.� “While the children will certainly have fun with and enjoy the rocking animals, there is an even greater therapeutic benefit afforded by the ‘rhythmic motion’ facilitated while simply rocking,� Lively repeated the staff’s insight they’d shared with him. He’d started his rocking animals-not only horses, but elephants, giraffes, See ROCKING on Page A19

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Michael Lively of Flower Mound uses his free time to bring comfort to children in need.

Confessions of a Restless Mind

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Leigh and Renee Macneil with their daughters Gianna, 9, and Talia, 5, after they received the first shipment of their new book, “Spaz,� which chronicles stories from Leigh’s life with ADHD.

A Lantana couple is hoping to help people understand ADHD better after releasing their book about living with the disorder. Leigh Macneil, 44, grew up with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in a time when few people understood what the disorder was and how to treat it. “I was in classes with kids with Down Syndrome, because they didn’t know where to put me,� Macneil said. “I was asked not to return to class in the first grade. The problem was, people didn’t understand how I learned.� Macneil said he learns much faster by seeing or hearing something explained, not just reading it. “In math class, I had a hard time reading the textbook and then taking a quiz,� he said. “But as

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soon as I see it done in front of me in class, I know it. I would bomb that quiz before class, but I would be the first one to turn in a test later.� Similarly, nowadays Macneil reads books after listening to the audio book first. He finishes 30-40 books a year that way. “I couldn’t do that without understanding how I learn,� he said. See SPAZ on Page A9

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Hotel Ready for Guests By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at The River Walk in Flower Mound. Southern Denton County residents, visitors and business owners now have a place to call home away from home. The much-anticipated Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at The River Walk in Flower Mound opened its doors on Friday, Sept. 29. The five-story hotel features an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, patio area, plus more than 9,000-square-feet of meeting and conference space for up to 400 people, as well as on-site catering. The Trinity Ballroom overlooking The River Walk is a special place for receptions or corporate events. Town Council’s approval of amendments to a developer agreement at their Sept. 18 meeting cleared the way for the hotel to open prior to the completion of a required parking garage next door. Economic Development Director Andrea Roy told the council that all incentive payments and rebates provided under a Chapter 380 Agreement will be placed on hold, until such time as the parking garage is complete; set to be March 15, 2018, plus a 30day “act-of-God” extension. The incentives/ rebates involved total approximately $3 million. The garage itself, however, is to provide parking for the medical facilities to its north, as well as proposed retail and restaurant buildings south of the hotel. During his presentation to the council, Daryn Eudaly, principal with New Era Hotels

& Resorts (developer for the Courtyard by Marriott) said that future building projects are the real incentive for him to get the garage completed. “I can’t build any of these four buildings without that garage, because I don’t have any surface parking,” said Eudaly, who is also executive vice president of Rainier Medical Investors. “So, I am motivated to build those buildings and fill those buildings and not pay taxes on land that I’ve been paying on since 2010.” Eudaly is hoping the three-story, 416space garage to be competed well before the deadline set by council. “We’re not looking at March 15, [2018] or even a Feb. 15 date,” he said. “We want to finish this garage by Jan. 15.” Council member Bryan Webb said he supported the two amendments, because they help move the town’s first hotel forward. “This is just a little bit of bookkeeping to clean-up some language to allow things to flow on through,” Webb said. “But again, we’re getting what we wanted, which is the parking garage and the hotel.” Hotel general manager Amy Henrickson and her staff are eager to welcome Flower Mound residents and visitors. The hotel’s grand opening celebration is tentatively set for Nov. 15. It should be quite a party.

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October 2017

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

Tanger Outlets to Open This Month One of my top priorities as County Commissioner is to help reduce the property tax burden on residential homes by increasing and diversifying the commercial tax base here in Denton County. We are accomplishing this by attracting outstanding manufacturing, distribution, corporate campus, and commercial and retail projects. Tanger Outlets opening in Denton County is one of these success stories. The much-anticipated opening of the new Tanger Outlets, located at the southwest corner of I-35W and SH 114 next to Buc-ee’s, is set for Friday, October 27, just in time for Christmas shopping. The center will be home to more than 75 stores, including Brooks Brothers, H&M, Gap, Nike, Guess, Levi’s, Restoration Hardware, and much more, and is expected to hire about 900 full-time and part-time workers. Charles Schwab Breaks Ground on New DFW Campus Last month, local leaders had the opportunity to welcome executives from Charles Schwab Corp. to Denton County and the Town of Westlake at the groundbreaking for their new DFW campus. Schwab’s corporate expansion to Denton County was the results of active recruitment efforts from the private sector, County, and Town. This 500,000 square foot regional campus will be home to more than 2,000 new employees in its first phase with room to grow that number to more than 4,500. Canyon Oaks Reconstruction Ahead of Schedule I am happy to report that the Canyon Oaks subdivision roadway reconstruction project is progressing ahead of schedule. The contractor, Quality Excavation, started

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by addressing areas in the existing pavement through full depth repair and replaced the deteriorated metal culvert with concrete equivalents. Next, the ditches were cleaned out for improved drainage and the road surface prepared for pavement overlay by crack seal and removal of humps and upheaval of pavement. The last portion, paving throughout, will begin this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office or Road and Bridge West at 940-349-3430. New Lower Tax Rate The Denton County Commissioners Court officially adopted the new, lower tax rate of $0.237812 per $100 for the tax year 2018. This new tax rate will generate approximately $204.4 million in the tax year 2018 and will provide funds for the increase for mandatory debt service payments for voterapproved road and facility projects. Also, the funds generated from new property added to the tax roll, which amounts to $8,675,101, will be used to help fund employee-related costs and operating expenses. The decreased rate of $0.237812 represents a decrease of $0.010597 from the tax rate last year of $0.248409. Journey to Dream Gala October 14 For the past 13-years, the Lewisvillebased youth-support nonprofit, Journey to Dream, has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of young people in North Texas, providing community outreach, support services and homeless programs, including their new emergency youth shelter for unaccompanied teens, Kyle’s Place, which opened this summer. Kyle’s Place is the first and only homeless shelter in Denton County to house and care for unaccompanied youth ages 14-18. Aside from giving teens a safe place to sleep and basic necessities, Kyle’s Place offers the programs and support homeless youth need to get on their feet and succeed. Journey to Dream believes every teen matters and deserves the opportunity to achieve

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their dreams. To help raise money and continue their efforts to serve the homeless teens in our area, they will hold the Dream Big Gala on Saturday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. In addition to silent and live auctions, this year’s event features award-winning country music artist and NY Times bestselling author, Jimmy Wayne, as the keynote speaker! Log onto their website at www.journeytodream. com for more details and ticket purchase and sponsorship information. Lewisville Education Foundation and Denton Public School Foundation First Annual Jim Collin & Steve Allen Memorial Golf Tournament October 16 Join the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation and the Denton Public School Foundation on October 16 at Denton Country Club for a great day of golf paying tribute to two of our community’s finest – Jim Collin and Steve Allen. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The proceeds from this event will support the missions of both foundations. Jim Collin graduated from the University of Florida after serving two years in the U.S. Air Force. He began his career in the glass industry with PPG where he worked for 28 years. Jim loved his family, maintaining his yard, traveling, and playing golf and cards with his friends. He never met a stranger, loved being with people, and always enjoyed a good party. He loved life! Steve Allen worked hard for his community by serving on the LISD school board from 1986-1998 and by sponsoring numerous fundraising drives and charity events in the area. Sign up today to continue his legacy of giving. There are just a few sponsorships left but plenty of room for players. Don’t miss out! 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K October 21 An officer is killed in the line of duty every 61 hours. Throughout history, there have been more line of duty deaths in the State of Texas than any other state or territory. The Texas Police Chiefs Association’s

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Fallen Officer Fund provides monetary assistance to Texas families of fallen heroes within 24 hours following an officer’s line of duty death. The Fallen Officers Bike Race is a community event that takes place at The Shops at Highland Village on Saturday, October 21. Activities include a 5K run, civilian bike race, and a police team bike race. There is live music, demonstrations, raffle prizes, a silent auction, kids zone, food, and drinks throughout the day. The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. and the bike races start at 5 p.m. Since 2008, the group has raised over $150,000 for the Fallen Officer Fund but needs your help to reach their goal of $30,000 this year! Children’s Advocacy Center 20th Anniversary Breakfast November 2 The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County’s (CACDC) empowers child abuse victims, their families, and our community through education, healing, and justice. Their vision is to break the cycle of child abuse by educating families and our community to protect children proactively. Jenna Quinn will join State Representative Tan Parker at CACDC 20th Anniversary Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, at the University of North Texas Gateway Center. In addition to raising money for this organization that does such great work, this event will also be a celebration of CACDC’s 20 years of providing healing and justice to child abuse victims in Denton County. Since their opening in 1997, the CACDC has assisted more than 10,000 abused children in their road to recovery, and with our help, that number can only go up! We hope you will join us for this unforgettable event as CACDC fondly remembers its history and looks to the future. Just click the link to register: http://cacdc.org/breakfastregistration/

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October 2017

Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Donald Moser

Wow, it is already October, where has the year gone? Fall arrived in the usual Texas style with 90 degree temperatures. Hopefully cooler weather will not be far behind. We continue to work diligently to make the needed changes to the Comprehensive Development Plan (Comp Plan) to bring it in line with the desires of the citizens. We plan on having a draft of this plan on October 17th and will be presenting it to the citizens for their input.   I mentioned having a Town Hall meeting earlier in the year and we now have it scheduled for Saturday, October 21st at 9 a.m. It will be held in the community room at town hall. We plan on going over the changes to the Comp Plan as well as a couple of other subjects if time permits. This is only the beginning as we plan on having a Town Hall meeting at least twice a year or more if needed. Many, if not all, of the council members will be present as well as other town officials. We want to be able to present as much information as possible.

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Starting November 4th at 9 a.m. at our Town Hall, I will be starting “Morning Coffee with the Mayor”. This will include coffee, donuts and Me! I know coffee and donuts are much more exciting than me but I want to be available to meet and spend time with as many of our citizens as possible. So, hopefully the donuts will be a bonus! I will be continuing these Saturday get-togethers on the first Saturday of every month from now on. I look forward to this opportunity to spend time with everyone in this informal setting.  Many of you may not know that we have a prominent Rodeo Cowboy right here in Argyle. He is presently ranked 2nd in the world in the Mini Bar-Back Tour and will be going on to the Las Vegas National Rodeo Finals in December where we have no doubt he will be a World Champion. Who is this cowboy you might ask? He is none other than Lealond Henderson. This young man has an amazing talent as well as a huge personality. At 9-years-old this month, he has a work ethic and discipline beyond most adults. Let’s wish him luck in the upcoming championship. However you celebrate the upcoming holiday, please have fun, be safe and call See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A22

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Bartonville Town Update

ways demonstrated by our Bartonville residents. They were quick to demonstrate “Texas Strong” in the wake of our recent tragic hurricanes and gathered supplies, donations, By Bartonville Mayor trailers and volunteers to aide those in need. Bill Scherer This included a local drive to support the loHappy Autumn from cal Denton Food bank as its resources were depleted. Bartonville! Lastly, the Town Council passed the FisIt’s 95 degrees, and cal Year 2017-18 Town budget which goes hard to believe we into effect on October 1, 2017. The council are talking about the also voted unanimously to maintain the curState Fair beginning rent property tax rate of $0.192940 per $100 and all fall events! valuation. We are proud to say that BartonThe Town of Barville’s property tax rate remains one of the tonville is pleased to announce the appointlowest in Denton County. Some ment of Bobby Dowell as the of the highlights of the adopted Chief of Police. We appreciate all budget are: the time and dedication of prior • Increased spending on road Chief Corry Blount, and wish him repairs and resurfacing as costs our sincerest best wishes in his for repairs per square foot has new position. increased. With pleasure, we welcome • Legal appropriations for the Chief Dowell, a 17-year law enproposed Lacey Oaks Substaforcement veteran, who has been tion. CoServ has been engaged serving as the Town’s Sergeant with the town to address all our since October of 2015. Chief Bartonville Police Chief concerns. The budget item is for Dowell first joined the Town of Bobby Dowell contingency purposes and moniBartonville in March 2013. He toring of the PUC, Public Utilities Comcame to us with both civil and military exmission, process. perience, and has a passion for community Please remember Town Hall is closed Occooperative policing, transparency in law tober 9 for Columbus Day. Always at Town enforcement, and the development of public Hall – the collection box for safely disposing safety in the Town through community enof your medicines and a Lions Club bin for gagement and interaction. I am excited for collecting and recycling eyeglasses for those the new leadership within our Police Departin need. ment. Please stop by Town Hall to congratuRemember, this is the month for pumpkin late Chief Dowell. mazes, fall festivals, and trick-or-treaters. Thank you to the sense of community alPlease be mindful of our children.

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October 2017

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

Town’s tax rate remains .297505 for FOURTH year! Including 10 cents to repay bonds to rebuild town’s residential roads! Free range fresh and hardboiled duck eggs for $12 per dozen, free range chicken eggs for $5 per dozen at www.orchidhillfarms. com My neighbors have a new agricultural endeavor. The duck eggs are large with incredibly huge deep golden yolks! And absolutely delicious! Do try them! Town Council Unanimously Renews Another 5 Year Contract With Republic Services for Waste and Recycle Weekly Residential Pickup For over a decade Copper Canyon has had excellent relations with Republic Services for weekly Residential Pickup of waste and recycle materials. It is refreshing for a Town to have so few resident complaints concerning garbage pickup! In addition Republic provides First Monday monthly curbside pickup of bulk items and free dumpsters for annual Trail Clean Ups and other Town events. And, many thanks again to Jeri Harwell, Republic’s Municipal Services Manager, for organizing our Town’s 7th Annual Clean-Up Day. Town’s 7th Annual Clean-Up-Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8 to 11:30 A.M. at Copper Canyon Town Hall

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(Due to road construction on Chinn Chapel, Woodland Drive can only be accessed from Jernigan and East Jernigan Roads through Copper Woods.) Over the past six years, many toxic and surplus bulky items have been removed from our Town. The volume of removal on our annual Clean-Up-Day has noticeably declined from year to year. But how welcome to be able to easily and safely again remove our latest annual community collection of used (or no longer used) items. So, please begin surveying your home, attic, garage, yard, pool, storage sheds, and barns for items you want to dispose of safely. And thank you for being willing to take the time to do so. A “cleaner” town is also a safer town. Republic Services will again be conducting Copper Canyon’s Annual Clean-Up-Day. There is free drop-off for Town residents, but Proof of Residency is required. (I.e. current driver’s license or utility bill with an address within our Town boundaries.) The Annual Clean-Up is restricted to Town residents only, because the Clean-Up is funded by Copper Canyon. The recycle vehicles MUST LEAVE PROMPTLY at 11:30 a.m. to timely arrive at their next Clean-Up-Day location! Do not drop off anything at Town Hall after that cut off time! Items accepted within the 8 to 11:30 a.m. time limits are: Household Hazardous Waste (Residential Use Only!): Aerosols, Flammables, Toxic Liquids, Toxic Solids, Corrosives Acidic and Basic (Battery Fluid, Drain Cleaners, Boric Acid, Rust Removers, Sulfuric Acid, etc.), Oxidizers (Bleach, Chlorine, Hydrogen 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

Town Council Adopts 2017-2018 Budget and Maintains $0.23240 Property Tax Rate The Town Council on Monday, September 25, adopted the 2017-2018 fiscal year maintenance and operations budget which goes into effect October 1. The council also voted to maintain the current town property tax rate of $0.23240 per $100 valuation. Just as residents see household budget cost increases with utilities, fuel and insurance, your town does as well. I am proud of your council people and my colleagues: Ted Gruenloh, Andrew Wills, Anita Nelson, Scott Whisenhunt and Stacie Stoehner for their thoughtful discussion, engagement and stewardship throughout the budget process. As it should be, there were opinions, thoughts and views brought to the table by each and after discussion and consideration by all a decision was made and we moved on. Our town employees and citizens are to be commended as well for their active role in developing this year’s

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budget. This is how government should work. Double Oak’s property tax rate remains one of the overall lowest in Denton County and North Texas. The adopted budget, tax rate and other information can be found on the town website at www.double-oak.com. Real estate agents will tell you that Double Oak homes and properties are sought-after and are hot sellers on the market. Potential buyers like the fact that our town does not have high density housing, we have low overall taxes, our town is financially conservative and debt-free, we have a low crime rate with 24/7 police patrols, we have a dedicated 100% all-volunteer member fire department and we have outstanding school districts. Our town’s location and overall development provides residents with a small-town rural feel where they live, yet, with all the conveniences of dining and shopping choices nearby. A change residents will see in this next fiscal year and continuing over the next several years is the changing-out of our police department’s four-vehicle car fleet. While keeping the same four-vehicle fleet number, the department will over-time switch out to a SUV police unit for our officer’s safety. The department gets 100,000(+) miles out of a police vehicle before we consider auctioning off that vehicle and replacing it. The Dodge Charger has been our standard vehicle of choice for several years. Today our police ofSee DOUBLE OAK on Page A23


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“One of the things I have learned as a teen counselor is that ADHD is a gift, not a disorder or shortcoming,” said Jessica Burrows, Clinic Director at NextGen Counseling in Flower Mound and a neighbor of the Macneils. “It has always been a pleasure to see the unique perspective and creativity displayed by those who are diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, some of the most influential people I know are diagnosed.” Today, there are more resources for parents and teachers to understand ADHD, but a lot of books about it are “very clinical or very comical,” and most of the news stories and other materials online are negative. Macneil and his wife, Renee, wanted to change that. “A friend of mine has a 9-year-old son with severe ADHD,” Renee said. “They liked to hear stories of Liegh’s difficult childhood … they were inspired by them, because they see Leigh turned out OK. “They thought other people should hear them too, so they know there’s hope out there.” That gave the Macneils the idea to write a book together that was not too clinical, comical or negative. Instead, it combines short clinical explanations illustrated by anecdotes from Leigh’s life, with advice for how to keep things positive. “I’m not speaking as an expert, but this was my life, this information is out there,” Leigh said. “There are plusses and minuses to ADHD.” Renee, a former English teacher, would listen to Leigh’s stories and write them for the book, which they chose to call “Spaz: The True Story of My Life With ADHD.” Leigh

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said he wanted to use the derogatory term for people with ADHD and turn it on its head. “The word ‘spaz’ is the ultimate insult, but it was my nickname growing up,” he said. “He’s learned to embrace it, and take back that term,” Renee said. Leigh said he also wanted the book because of how flippantly people use the terms ADD or ADHD. “When it’s used casually like that, it devalues the true struggles with the disorder,” he said. The Macneils hope that the book will help parents know more about the positives and the real effects of ADHD, and to encourage them to ask more questions of teachers and doctors. “If your child is diagnosed with ADHD and Google is your first introduction to it, you’ll be devastated,” Renee said. “We want to change that, and we want them to feel hopeful and inspired.” The Macneils will be having a book re-

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lease party on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Piranha Killer Sushi, 5801 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound. From 6-10 p.m., folks can meet the authors and get signed copies of the book. “I am so excited that Leigh and Renee’s new book sheds a different light on a diagnosis that is so often misunderstood,”

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said Burrows. “I commend Leigh for offering up a raw perspective and sharing his own experiences so that others may follow in his footsteps. I believe that “Spaz” will create life change for generations to come.” For more information, visit myspazbook.com.


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Flower Mound Council Message By Kevin Bryant Place 3 Council member

Fall is in full swing and that means the Town’s calendar is full of great events. I encourage you to check out our two special Veterans Day activities and Dorothy’s Dash. Our annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 5, at Flower Mound High School Football Stadium. There’s a family picnic, refreshments, and a memorable speaker, followed by a Veterans Review, where local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and ROTC units parade before the veterans in uniform. Then, on Friday, November 10, the Town will hold its fourth annual Veterans Day Relay Run. This event provides veterans and their family members the opportunity to run a portion of a pre-determined route throughout Town, carrying the American flag. It’s an incredible event, so if you see one of the runners that day, be sure to give them a honk and a wave. One last notable event, be sure to check out our annual Dorothy’s Dash. The net proceeds from the Kid’s K and 5K run/ walk will benefit the Lone Star Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of Dorothy Walkup, a former Flower Mound employee who lost her battle with MS in 2004. The details for each event and other upcoming programs can be found at www.flower-mound.com/ specialevents. In September, the Council approved the annual budget for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year which is the start of several major projects. The design and construction

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of the Library expansion in addition to the future Fire Station No. 7 are included. The new fire station will be located near the intersection of Wichita Trail and Skillern Boulevard and its opening will improve response times in south central Flower Mound. Heritage Park Phase IV is also included in the budget, which includes a disc golf course and scenic overlook. Several street improvements are also included, which will improve mobility in Flower Mound. The Council also approved a measure in September that allowed the Town’s first hotel, a Courtyard by Marriott, to open in a timelier manner. The Council approved a second amendment to the Chapter 380 agreement with Rainier Medical Investments, as well as an amendment to a development agreement, that allowed the Town to issue a certificate of occupancy for the Courtyard Marriott hotel since construction has started on the parking garage. The amendment also extends the deadline for substantial completion of the parking garage to March 15, 2018, with a possible 30-day extension for bad weather. Should the parking garage not be substantially complete by its new deadline, the Town has the discretion of withholding incentives as part of the Chapter 380 agreement. We’re happy this measure encourages the ongoing construction of the parking garage while providing the opportunity for the hotel to open its doors on September 29. This amenity has been long overdue for residents and I’m happy to say visiting family and friends no longer have to search outside of Flower Mound for a hotel. Finally, during a September Council meeting, we asked Town staff to look into possible road safety enhancements along Gerault Road, and perhaps throughout the community. As you may have heard, See FM COUNCIL on Page A21

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Highland Village Update By Charlotte Wilcox Highland Village Mayor

It is officially fall and our North Texas weather is cooperating, well, at least sometimes. In the City offices we are kicking off the beginning of a new fiscal year with a bond election and two events honoring the men and women who serve and protect us locally and around the world. We have scheduled a bond election for November 7. Residents will have the opportunity to consider two propositions. The first proposition, totaling $2.86M, is for the full reconstruction of streets that have reached the end of their life cycle. The second proposition, totaling $4.29M, 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 $2.54M. Other park projects included are the extension of the Brazos Park parking lot, in the amount of $353,000. Several years ago a parking lot was built at this park to alleviate parking on adjacent streets. Popularity of the fields has prompted the need

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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 to patrons 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. Early voting will begin on October 23 and run through November 3. Denton County residents can vote at any early voting location throughout Denton County, including the Municipal Complex. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, residents must vote at their assigned precinct locations. The Denton County Elections website at votedenton.com has all the details. The two events coming up to honor our local heroes are the Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K Run on October 21 and the Salute Our Veterans luncheon on November 10. The purpose of the Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K Run is to honor Texas poSee HV UPDATE on Page A21


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News From Your Neighborhood

Boards Discuss Illegal Golf Cart Use

Golf cart drivers going where they shouldn’t continue to be an issue in Lantana. So much so that the two Fresh Water Supply District boards discussed at their joint meeting in September erecting physical barriers to keep them off of the hike and bike trails. A combination of boulders, bollards and fences at the entrances to the trails was being considered. The barricades would be positioned to block golf carts but still allow bicycles, joggers and walkers with baby strollers to enter. Some board members questioned if there was truly a problem or a solution looking for a problem. “I live on the hike and bike trail and I see (golf carts) a lot,” said FWSD #7 board member Randy Fogle. “I see them all the time. I’m in the backyard and all the sudden you hear them coming. You can’t miss it,” added FWSD #7 board member Andrew Kloser. He said that he had also spotted dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles on the trail.  According to state law, golf cart drivers have to be over the age of 14, carts cannot be operated at night, cannot be operated on a street with a posted speed limit over 35 miles per hour and cannot be operated on a public sidewalk. Lantana General Manager Kevin Mercer said that golf carts also continue to be a problem on the sidewalks along Lantana Trail and placing bollards on those walk-

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ways might be a good idea as well. Some board members were concerned that the bollards may put more people in danger if golf carts attempt to circumvent them. “It may end up doing more harm than good,” said Mercer. “I’d be more inclined to say let’s work on an enforcement policy, let’s work on better signage, let’s work on some volunteers,” said FWSD #6 board member Sheldon Gilbert. “I just don’t think you’re going to solve the problem, I think we’re going to push the problem in a different direction.” Mercer presented a quote to the boards for $8,925 to fortify the hike and bike trails. The proposal was unanimously approved by the FWSD #7 board but the motion didn’t get a second by the FWSD #6 board. Since both boards were to share the cost of the bollards, the #7 board decided not to pursue the measures but all agreed to consider other solutions going forward. “Honestly for me the biggest issue with this is it doesn’t stop the problem. All you are doing is eliminating the golf carts, you’re not eliminating the dirt bikes,” said FWSD #6 president Kurt Sewell. “Unfortunately it’s going to probably take an accident to get anybody’s attention.” Tax Rates, Budgets Approved The two Fresh Water Supply District boards in September approved their respective 2017-18 fiscal year budgets and property tax rates. FWSD #6 officials lowered the property tax rate by 5 cents, to 95 cents per $100 of property value. The tax rate in FWSD #7 will remain the same at $1. Development in FWSD #7 started later and there are at least two more developer reimbursement bonds to issue, but the #7 board will consider lowering their tax rate next year, said Lantana Controller Richard Harned. The bulk of the tax rate goes towards paying off bonds used to build Lanta-

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Lantana’s annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival was held on Sept. 30.

na’s infrastructure. Expected revenues for FWSD #6 and #7 for the 12 month period that started Oct. 1 are just under $10 million and combined expenses are budgeted at $9.6 million, with more than half of the expenses consisting of municipal bond payments. The budget contains a 4-percent increase for personnel expenses. The districts employ nine full time employees. The boards also passed a $1 per month base rate increase on water service effective Oct. 1 to cover the increase from raw water suppliers. Fund Set Up For Accident Victim Family, neighbors and friends are rallying around a Lantana man who was seriously injured in an automobile accident. Mark Giacumakis was a passenger in an Uber vehicle Mark Giacumakis on his way to the

airport for a business trip on Sept. 28 when another vehicle came across the median on Lantana Trail and struck the car he was riding in, causing it to rollover. The father of four suffered multiple injuries, including a broken hip, broken ribs and a large laceration on his face that may require reconstructive surgery. No one else in either car was seriously injured, and the Uber driver was able to walk away from the crash. A GoFundMe page was set up for Giacumakis to help pay for medical-related expenses at www.gofundme.com/hxnr6cmarks-medical-fund. Annual Concrete Repairs Planned After one false start it’s finally time for the community’s annual street and sidewalk repair project. The districts sent out a request for bids to potential vendors this summer and received nothing back. The second try last month produced one bidder. See LANTANALINKS on Page A13


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By Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager

Northlake Notes By Peter Dewing, JD Mayor of Northlake

The Good: The Council approved the FY 20172018 budget with no change to the Town’s tax rate and it remains stable for two decades at 29.5 cents. Reconstruction of Florance Road from FM 407 to Strader Road is underway, still on sched-

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Harvest Happenings The buzz around town has been about our community farmer, Ross DeOtte. Farmer Ross is a millennial farmer who manages Harvest Farms and oversees the community garden plots. He is very involved in the community and is engaged in our lifestyle program. For example, Farmer Ross conducts a six week Sprouts and Junior Gardeners program each spring where Harvest children are able to dig in and learn all about farming! One of our junior gardeners, Blake Crowley, loved the program so much he asked his mom to rent a garden plot so he could continue gardening. Since the program, Blake has grown cucumbers, cilantro, basil, and carrots. “I love to grow my own food,” said Blake. The sprouts and junior gardeners also learn the importance of giving back by taking care of the North Texas Food Bank garden plots.  We have a saying around Harvest that we are raising up the next generation of philanthropists and this is just one of the ways we do that. Farmer Ross also teaches the adults. He holds a Champion Gardener Seminar each

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Harvest community farmer, Ross DeOtte, mentors future gardeners.

month where he focuses on different topics such as composting, fall planting, when/ how to harvest, and soil management. If you haven’t been out to Harvest, you need to head on over and check it out for yourself! Farmer Ross and I would love to meet you and show you around our great community.  While you are here, be sure to stop by our new Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures! They serve a light fare and tasty drinks (the granita is the community favorite). Coming your way this month is the DFW Zombie Hunt! It’s a GREAT family activity and an experience like no other! Our Harvest teen council will be part of a Zombie Hunt to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. To date, our teen council has collected more than 4,300 meals! Our community as a whole has donated more than 8,500 meals in 2017. Our goal is 10,000 by the end of the year for a grand total of 30,000 meals!

ule and anticipated complete by the end of October. Construction is still on schedule, too, with a 7-11 convenience store and Town Hall space on the north side of FM 407. Two professional business centers are underway or soon to begin construction on SH 114. We will soon enjoy an IHOP, another 7-11, and a Popeye’s in Northlake. Northwest ISD plans to build an elementary, middle, high school and sports complex in the approved planned development southwest of FM 407 and Cleveland-Gibbs (Pecan Square.)

The Denton City Council passed the ad valorem property tax rate of $0.637856 per $100 of evaluation for 2017-18. That is a $.045484 reduction. From 2016 to 2017, my city property taxes increased $3.50. At the same time, enough money was saved to add five new police officers while maintaining the same level of service to the City of Denton. City Manager Todd Hileman and his staff deserve major thanks from the citizens of Denton. In addition, major changes have been taking place both in personnel and procedures. The new fire station at the corner of Cleveland-Gibbs Road and Old Justin Road is progressing to completion in summer of 2018. The road is completed from 407 to Old Justin Road. The road was completed by the developers building homes. The section from Old Justin Road to Robson Ranch Road will also be completed by two developers, but this will not happen for 2-4 years. Good news is the distance from the fire station to the main entrance of Robson

The Unpleasant: A few people have turned to social media (Facebook) to post partial information, I guess some people are disappointed if they are not the center of attention or do not benefit personally. As one of the naysayers expressed, we do not need schools if development is not allowed, then no one could move to Northlake. Touchy subject for some individuals who want schools and other conveniences in Northlake but no other homes. Some would prefer to keep everything the same and prevent landown-

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Ranch is 3 miles which will have a positive effect on our home insurance. Harvest Road will also connect FM 407 and Robson Ranch Road at a later date. The City Council will be interviewing candidates for a new Electric General Manager on October 20. A committee to determine what to do with the empty building, City Hall West is being formed. It will consist of three persons appointed by each of the seven City Council members and three from the City Council: Gerard Hudspeth, John Ryan and myself. Committee meetings will be open to the public and citizens are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being on the committee, especially if you are an architect, please contact me. The new Denton Energy Center (DEC) is over 50% completed. Six of the natural gas engines are installed and the other six are arriving after delays due to Hurricane Harvey. I am in the minority thinking DEC will be a big winner for Denton. Of course, Robson Ranch gets their power from CoServ. Previous City Council approved a “mining” operation in the older city dump. A lot of equipment has been purchased and employees had been hired, but the project had not started. Earlier estimates of the sale of material from the mining were grossly overstated. This City Council stopped the operation, will use equipment elsewhere and assign employees to other jobs.

ers and their heirs to do what they want with their property I would rather we follow the comprehensive land use plan to make Northlake a place our kids will want to call home when they have a choice. If you have a concern or opinion please visit www.town.northlake.tx.us and let me know. Thanks for your time. Please keep the victims of Las Vegas in your Prayers.


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“They’d rather pour brand new streets somewhere where they can really make a lot of money,” said Lantana General Manager, Kevin Mercer. FWSD board members approved a contract with Grand Prairie-based Property Paving for $85,525 to replace 8,426 square-feet of roads and 73 square-feet of

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sidewalks. The districts budgeted $150,000 for concrete replacement this year. Motorists are urged to use caution on Lantana Trail and other streets as there will be various lane closures while repairs are being made. Residents can contact the district to report sidewalk tripping hazards at 940-7285050 or email cs@lantanatx.com.

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Development Watch Lantana had 3,496 occupied homes as of October 2 with an estimated population of 11,362. There were 2,065 single-family building permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #6 and 1,607 permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #7 for single-family homes through the month of August, for a total of 3,672 permits. Total build-out is estimated to be 4,003 homes.

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Two new projects are currently being designed on the pad sites adjacent to Kroger in Lantana Town Center: Chase Bank between Starbucks and the gas pumps, and a Firestone Auto Care Center behind Starbucks. 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.

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Mayor Sue sincerely appreciates support of 21 Denton County towns for a 3rd Term on Denco 911 Board Serving on the Denco 911 Board for four years has been an eye opener for me. The sheer importance of reliable emergency communications for the safety of all who live and work in Denton County and for all commuters and travelers who are just passing through our area on the way to work, school, etc. Our Denco 911 organization is recognized both in Texas and nationally as a leader in the latest technology for emergency communications. My sincere thanks for the support of the mayors and councils of Argyle, Aubrey, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corinth, Denton, Dish, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Hickory Creek, Highland Village, Justin, Krum, Lewisville, Little Elm, Northlake, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Sanger, Shady Shores and Trophy Club. It was so sad to recently witness the failure of the city of Dallas’s 911 system, due to technological glitches and understaffing at their 911 call centers. This is NOT going to happen in Denton County. Denco 911 services eleven emergency call centers. Eight are based in police departments (Carrollton, Corinth, Denton, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, Little Elm, Roanoke), one at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, and two at universities (UNT and TWU). A New “Hardened” Facility to Withstand Mother Nature’s Natural Disasters Two years ago the Denco 911 Board and Staff began planning a “hardened” facility that could withstand natural disasters – tornados (i.e. Rowlett), floods (i.e. Houston), ice storms, power outages (replaced by generators on site), even small earthquakes. The facility could also immediately accommodate relocating one or more of the above emergency call centers, if their dispatch center was wiped out by a natu-

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ral disaster in another location of Denton County. The facility was originally estimated to cost approximately $1.9 million. BUT – North Texas is booming and construction costs are escalating with the shortage of qualified workers and the cost of materials like concrete. The first bid came in at $2.6 million, a 37% increase in cost – and only one contractor bid. The bid was re-let – and six contractors responded this time – but three immediately retracted their bids, as larger and more lucrative construction projects in North Texas became available. The dilemma for Denco 911 was how to finance the increased construction cost of the hardened facility? By state statute Denco cannot borrow money, as in a mortgage. Denco could issue bonds, but only if it first received approval by the Texas Attorney General and the State Legislature. Given the past contentious legislative session, this did not appear to be even a remotely possible solution. Denco 911 is 75% financed by state’s fixed 50-cent fee per mobile phone. Texas’s fixed 50-cent monthly fee per mobile line for 911 emergency services compares to a monthly $1.00 or $1.50 fee per mobile line in other states. But, the state Legislature is not likely to raise that Texas 911 fee anytime soon. 25% of Denco 911’s revenue comes from fees on landlines, which are diminishing in number each year. Denco has not raised its landline fees in 30 years. Denco’s policy has been to accumulate funds and “pay as you go” for capital improvements, rather than going into debt. Raising the residential landline fee from 30 cents per month to under a dollar, would have increased residential landline rates in our county by less than $8 a year. (A greater increase for businesses with multiple lines off a trunk line.) Some Texans believe that it is wrong to raise any fee. For the Denco Board and Staff, it was a unanimous decision that raising the landline rates to finance building the hardened facility was the best decision for the continued safety of all individuals in Denton County who might need emergency responses. My appreciation to my fellow Board members for their long range view – Chairman Jack Miller (former Mayor of Denton, current governor appointee to State 911 Board), Vice Chairman Bill Lawrence (former Mayor of Highland Village), Secretary Terry McGrath (Assistant Fire Chief, Lewisville), Jim Carter (former Mayor of Trophy Club, former Denton County Commissioner Precinct 4, current Denton County Emergency Services District #1 President.) And my respect for the outstanding Denco staff leadership, Chief Executive Mark Payne and Deputy Executive Director Greg Ballentine. They had the experience and courage to recommend to the Board a viable long range financial solution for financing this hardened facility. I sincerely hope that those of you reading this, agree with the reasons for the fee increase. If not, please feel free to contact me on my cell 940-3681085. Argyle Fire District’s Fiscal 2017-2018 Budget is $3,104,653 – a 14% Increase Argyle Fire District’s revenue increased 14% or $381,355, due primarily to increased property taxes from new construction in its 55 square mile District. (The District includes the five towns of Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Draper and Northlake and unincorporated areas in Denton County such as Canyon Oaks.) Payroll is the major expense of $2.2 million for the District’s 22 employees. Then come the costs of operating two fire stations, one on Copper Canyon Road and one on Gibbons Road in Argyle, and the payments on a new fire engine. The increased income was very welcome, because medical insurance for AFD’s 22 employees increased 23% from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. (United Health Services was the only other possibility for health insurance.) The $259,558 total cost covered medical insurance for the 22 individual AFD employees (firefighters and paramedics) plus 50% for the cost of their dependents’ medical insurance. (50% is a standard matching rate for dependents of fire district employees.) A third AFD fire station is under construction in Northlake off Cleveland Gibbs and Old Justin Road. By agreement with the City of Denton, AFD will service Robson Ranch, a senior citizen community located in Denton, until Denton can build an additional station of its own to service that area. Argyle Fire District welcomed grants from CoServ to purchase Lucas automatic CPR machines. These machines are far more reliable in CPR rhythm than an individual’s hands pressing on the chest. The automatic CPR machines are especially important in responding to senior citizens, such as those living in Robson Ranch. Homeowners in Robson Ranch also have had the See MAYOR SUE on Page A16


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highest ISO rating possible – a 10. This is because there was no fire service located within “five drivable miles” of the Ranch. A maximum ISO rating greatly increases the cost of homeowner’s insurance. The closeness of the new Argyle Fire Station in Northlake will greatly reduce the cost of homeowner’s insurance in Robson Ranch. (Insurance Services Offices is a private corporation created by insurance companies to rate potential liability from fire and disaster possibilities for business and residential structures in the entire United States.) Argyle Fire District Deploys Ambulance and Paramedics to Hurricane Harvey Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lugo was part of a MIST (Medical Incident Support Team) team of 9 AFD paramedics and firefighters deployed to the Hurricane Harvey area. On Thursday before Harvey made landfall, the AFD team with their ambulance arrived in Corpus Christi. Forty ambulances caravanned to San Antonio evacuating bed con-

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fined hospital patients in Corpus Christi, which was initially predicted to be the center of Harvey’s landfall. (Harvey ultimately came ashore 35 miles to the north, devastating Port Aransas and Rockport. Being on the south side of the hurricane’s landfall, Corpus Christi was spared major damage.) From San Antonio the AFD team drove their ambulance to Beaumont to help with medical rescues in that area. For 42 hours the men only caught a few hours’ sleep on the benches in the ambulance. They rotated to catch a cat nap now and then, as they had no other place to lie down or sleep sitting up in the cab - except in their ambulance. Chief Lugo was very complimentary of FEMA. He said they were well organized prior to Harvey’s landfall and the extreme flooding of homes and roads. Evidently the lessons of chaos and unpreparedness from prior Gulf Coast hurricanes had been taken to heart and valuable corrections made in FEMA’s emergency response! Chief Lugo said the deployment to Hurricane Harvey’s devastated areas gave the MIST team valuable experience to apply back home for any future emergencies in our own Denton County. Our appreciation not only of the men who volunteered to deploy to the Hurricane Harvey area, but to all the firefighters and paramedics who remained here and voluntarily pulled extra duty to cover ongoing emergencies in our own area in Denton County. Thank you all for your selfless community spirit! Frontier Executives Personally Respond to Council’s Inquiries on Service The Council had requested Frontier executives to be present at the September 11th Council Meeting to report on responses to service requests in Copper Canyon. However, all relevant Frontier executives had already reported to the Hurricane Harvey area to expedite the resumption of Frontier’s communication services there. But at the September 25th Council Meeting, Frontier was represented by three of their local executives: Carl

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Erhart, Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs; Ryan O’Neill, Director of Operations; and Chris Simmons, FiOS Local Manager. Director O’Neill had last come to a Copper Canyon Council Meeting July 11, 2016. This was shortly after Frontier had taken over for Verizon, and the Council Meeting was packed with Copper Canyon residents having problems with their new Frontier service. O’Neill systematically recorded residents’ complaints and evidently remedied them promptly, as residents’ complaints to Town Hall and the Council dropped off dramatically. O’Neill said the technicians serving Frontier’s customers today are the same Verizon technicians that served this area for many years. “So, we all have strong industry experience and local ties to the community. Frontier’s network in Copper Canyon is a 100% fiber optic network, an all FiOS network – considered the gold standard in their network and in the industry.” FiOS was actually born here in North Texas about twelve years ago. Director O’Neill continued: “The Frontier network can be and is sometimes impacted by outside forces, such as network cable cuts due to construction and commercial electrical power outages. And other times Frontier experiences software issues and/or equipment failure. Therefore, the Frontier system is constantly monitored 24/7. Crews respond to trouble shoot tickets and resolve issues as soon as possible, sometimes by phone and sometimes in person. Nine Frontier Service Outages in Copper Canyon in the Last Twelve Months “Over the last twelve months, Frontier has experienced three major issues which resulted in nine service outages impacting residents of Copper Canyon. 1. Two of the nine service outages were the result of residential electrical power outages, which took about three hours for power to be restored. Although not Frontier related, when residential power is out, Frontier services do not work. 2. Four of the nine service outages were due to fiber cuts in the area. Again, non-Frontier

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related. However, when the lines are cut, Frontier’s services do not work. These issues, on average, were fixed within two and one-half hours. 3. Three of the nine service outages were due to Frontier’s internal equipment failing. On average these outages were fixed within two hours. 45 customers were impacted. Trouble tickets are usually addressed the same day or day following. New service requests are usually serviced by day five.” Council Member Dave Svatik disagreed with the accuracy of this summary. He said for 4 days, July 6-10, all three of his Frontier services were out – Internet, TV, and landline. Svatik called Frontier in July and was on hold for 45 minutes. He called Frontier’s customer service today September 25th, and though the call was answered quickly, it still took 30 minutes for his question to be answered. FiOS Local Manager Chris Simmons said that all calls are recorded and asked that Council Member Svatik send him the time and date of his call; thirty minutes is too long to wait. He will work with the Vice President of Care to get this issue resolved. Director Ryan O’Neill said there were delays of up to 5 days in July for service. Frontier had a record 4,000 NEW CONNECTIONS in the month of July alone. Newcomers were moving into the area between the end of their kid’s school year and beginning of the next school year – and –thousands of college students were moving back into the area to attend UNT and TWU. “At the beginning of August, employees were working six ten hour shifts a week to reduce the five to six day turnaround for trouble tickets and reduce the ten day install time. Today Frontier is at day 2 for trouble tickets and day 5 for installs.” Complaints from Copper Canyon Residents concerning Frontier Outages: Council Member Svatik had posted on Nextdoor, for any Copper Canyon residents to report problems with Frontier service to See MAYOR SUE on Page A20


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CISNT Golf Tournament October 23 The mission of Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. To raise money for these programs, CISNT is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year, the 2017 “Link’d 2 Kids” Golf Tournament, on Monday, October 23, at the Lantana Golf Club. Attendees will include community and business leaders, as well as representatives from their partner school districts, including Lewisville ISD, Denton ISD, Northwest ISD, Lake Dallas ISD, Little Elm ISD, and Bridgeport ISD. Funding from this event will help keep 4,000 North Texas kids in school and on track for graduation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Just go to their website at www.cisnt.org for more information and support details. Alternatively, email golf@ cisnt.org to RSVP and to secure your sponsorship! Did You Know? The County and its municipal partners have preplanned with each other to respond quickly by joining emergency units together for a quick response to emergencies within Denton County, and that same philosophy works well when fellow Texans need our help outside of Denton County. In the heart of devastation and insurmountable loss brought by Hurricane Harvey, some of the most memorable images were those of our fellow Texans helping each other. The attitude of Texans helping Texans makes me proud to live and call Texas my home, and that pride starts here in Denton County with our very own first responders who deployed without hesitation to serve their fellow Texans. Denton County and its municipalities have a unique family of first responders who are the first to stand proudly together and ask, “When do we leave to help?” Fire service agencies within Denton County sent multiple task forces to support

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and help Texans during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Also, ambulance crews from many Denton County cities left days before hurricane landfall to assist in the evacuation of those in hospitals and nursing homes that were in the projected path. Over 100 firefighters and EMS personnel from Denton County agencies responded to the call for help. Many of our county and city agencies sent police, public works and animal control personnel to assist with the broad mission to directly support fellow Texans in need. Our wonderful delegation of Denton County State Representatives (Tan Parker, Ron Simmons, Pat Fallon, and Lynn Stucky) partnered to lead a supply drive with our Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree. Denton County residents answered the call to help fellow Texans, and Representative Parker personally accompanied the convoy of trucks donated by Denton County-based Peterbilt to warehouses in Beaumont and Port Arthur. With the generosity of our communities and numerous volunteers, they successfully collected approximately 160,000 pounds of supplies. Representative Stucky put his veterinary skills to use as well and was part of a relief veterinary medical team to help our four-legged Texans. The men and women that make up first responders throughout Denton County are not required to respond outside of their city or county, but are asked by their supervisor “Who wants to help?” Fire Chiefs are never surprised by the overwhelming response of their personnel that raises their hand and says “I am ready.” The call for assistance to Hurricane Harvey came with little time for deploying first responders to ready themselves with personal preparations for what could be a 14-day deployment into devastating and life-threatening conditions. As the events of Hurricane Harvey unfolded and we watched the actions of our first responders on the news or social media outlets, it made my heart proud of their dedication to serving their fellow Texan. A sincere thank you to those Denton County first responders and military personnel that served, and to the families that carried the extra load during

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dinosaurs, lambs, unicorns and more-with the idea that they’d be used by sick children in hospitals, for an extended time, with chronic illnesses (like cancer victims), but it turns out that children with behavioral or emotional issues benefit even more, by using the critters as a form of therapy. “They went on to share that, ‘given the fragile psyche many of the small children demonstrate as a result of their exposure to recent emotional trauma, being able to actually interact, e.g., rocking, with a toy such as a rocking animal will likely afford them much-needed comfort,” said Lively. He makes his creations by working in his driveway, across from a park, with only his existing hand tools, because he doesn’t have the actual tools like a carpenter. It takes Lively three to four days to bring his critters to life from

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scratch. “I learned it all from my dad,” he said. “I make as many as I can with what I have. Not having an income, I’m limited by what I can afford for supplies; that’s why donations are important.” Lively and his wife have been in Flower Mound since 2002, but his family lives in Alabama and Georgia, so he doesn’t get home for Christmas often. He showed up unannounced this past Christmas at the Children’s Hospital in downtown Dallas and told the people at the reception area what he was trying to do. “I have to tell you, it is incredibly rewarding to witness the true and sincere appreciation these folks demonstrate when I show up with the rocking animals,” said Lively. “It was just for the children. Being childless, I can only imagine how much something like these critters can bring fun and joy. I’d rather do this than any job I’ve ever had, but there’s something beyond rewarding to make a child happy.”

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“Rocking Away the Blues” will continue making a concerted effort to donate the rocking critters to as many “shelters” as possible. “Thank you to one and all who have helped me to keep ‘Rocking Away the Blues’ alive with your kindness and

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support,” said Lively. He also takes orders for custom-made critters, in addition to those he donates. Donations are still needed to carry on this mission. Visit fundly.com/rockingaway-the-blues.


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him. He had 5 replies who gave him permission to mention them. Al and Pris Johnson: 511 Oakridge Trail in the Woodlands: All 3 Frontier services at their home – internet, TV, landline – were out the 3 days of the Labor Day weekend Saturday-Sunday-Monday. Frontier repaired on Tuesday. (The Johnsons had come to the prior Council Meeting to report their issues with Frontier.) Barbara Doores: 470 East Jernigan: All 3 Frontier services were out at her home due to a Chinn Chapel Road construction cut of the FiOS cable. Jim Coleman: 1000 North Meadow Court off Rolling Acres Drive: Jim told me he had no problem with Frontier’s service since its inception. Two minor outages occurred, which he said did not amount to anything. Aaron Mastas: 1011 North Meadow Court. Linda Langley: 910 Briar Grove Court Customer Help Lines: Council Member Bill Castleman complimented the Frontier executives for their increase in prompt repairs to outages since they last came to Council in July 2016. Castleman said he had one outage in June 2017, which was fixed in 2-3 hours. He had the same outage in September, which was also fixed within hours. But when he called Frontier’s Help Line, it was answered by a non-native English speaker who was hard to understand and did not really understand the issue. The Frontier executives acknowledged that many Help Lines are hosted overseas. They have one “Care” call center in Irving. Vice President Carl Erhart said that service representatives don’t have the visibility to see if a cable is cut. It would help if the Town would notify Frontier when this happens. He also suggested that the Town remind its residents and contractors to call 811 before digging. Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Mangum, a mechanical engineer by profession, suggested that their backend software should tell them if there was a FiOS cable cut due to construc-

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tion, rather than Frontier having to wait for a cluster of customers complaints of “no service” to identify the general location of a construction cut of their cable. The Frontier executives said software notice of construction cuts of their FiOS cable would be internally available in 2018. Pro-active Rebates when Frontier Services Lapse: Council Member Steve Hill said that he appreciated Frontier’s business. He asked what is built into Frontier’s system to automate or initiate billing corrections? Or does Frontier just wait for customers to call and request a billing correction based on their service outage. Director O’Neill said that it’s mainly customers calling in asking for a credit, since many times Frontier doesn’t know exactly where and who has lost service. Council Member Hill suggested that “Since this is a customer service business, Frontier should consider proactive billing standards. This in turn would promote goodwill and change customer’s sentiment toward Frontier. It probably would not cost that much, as compared to the goodwill that it could build. Fairness would be implied to the customer, and it would communicate that ‘Frontier is here to help you.’” Frontier Manager Chris Simmons said that this issue is on their IT Department plan for 2018. Council Member Hill suggested to the Frontier Executives that they consider a monetary rebate for any customer who had gone without service for any period of time. The Frontier Executives said they were already doing that, but thanked Hill for his suggestion to improve Customer Relations. Adding Additional Frontier Services to Homes and Accessory Buildings: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Valerie Cannaday said they had issues getting service in their barn, since there wasn’t room for another connection. Frontier pulled another cable, so she was able to get access at the barn. She asked if Frontier had a way to track when people plug into a box and track the boxes. Manager Chris Simmons said that Frontier is in the process of changing technology. Twelve years ago Verizon didn’t expect a

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70% ‘take rate’ (sign up rate), so the system wasn’t built for all the current homes in Copper Canyon plus accessory buildings on the same residential lot. Cannaday asked if due to Hurricane Harvey, when the homes are rebuilt and Frontier services added, will the wait times for this area be negatively impacted. Manager Conner said that their call centers handle calls nationwide, so this area will not be negatively impacted. In summary: Prior to the Council Meeting, no complaints from Copper Canyon residents on Frontier’s service had been reported to Town Administrator Welsh, Town Secretary Morales, Mayor Tejml, or Council Members Cannaday, Castleman, Hill or Mangum. No Copper Canyon residents came to the Council Meeting to personally complain of Frontier’s service Mayor Tejml thanked the three Frontier executives – Vice President Carl Erhart, Director Ryan O’Neill, and FiOS Manager Chris Simmons - for personally coming to the Council Meeting and spending 45 minutes updating the Council on Frontier services, now present and to come in 2018. Frontier Director Ryan O’Neill asked the Town to post his cell number 940-765-1187 on our website and gave Mayor Tejml permission to include his cell number in this “What’s Happening in Copper Canyon” article. Frontier customers are welcome to call him if any issue with their service is not promptly resolved. In addition, if a FiOS line is cut and the Town is notified, the Town Administrator will send an email blast to all Copper Canyon residents signed up for the email notification. Texas has the dubious distinction of having the highest mortality rate of maternal deaths of all 50 U.S. states and the entire developed world! “Between 2010 and 2014 the death rate of pregnant women in Texas doubled from 18.6 deaths to 35.8 deaths per 100,000 live births. “Between 2012 and 2015 382 Texas women died from pregnancy-related causes. The most common causes of death shortly after

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giving birth were heart failure and hemorrhage. Some risk factors included lack of education, lack of health insurance, high blood pressure, smoking while pregnant, and diabetes.” The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force met for the first time September 29th since its legislative extension last July. [Dallas Morning News, Sept. 30, 2017, pg 4B.] Texas has the highest rate of REPEAT teen pregnancies in the country! Teen pregnancies cost the state $1.1 billion annually! According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. That’s an outstanding and completely preventable price tag…. “Teen parents have medical authority over their children, but they don’t have the ability to make decisions about their own health care. That means they can’t get birth control without their parents’ approval, even though they are already parents themselves. This policy defies common sense and creates an unnecessary barrier for them to repeat pregnancies. “A bill introduced by Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, in the Texas Legislature would change policy to give teen parents the freedom to choose an effective contraceptive method, such as long-acting reversible contraception, without requiring parental consent.” [Gwen Daverth, Dallas Morning News, April 14, 2017, pg. 21A] Clean Energy on the Rise in Texas “In early 2016, solar and wind power accounted for 475,000 U.S. jobs, nearly three times more than coal, according to the U.S. Department of Energy…. “Last month, Facebook opened a Fort Worth data center powered entirely by wind. In Arlington, the giant GM assembly plant is planning to get all its electricity from renewable energy by next year. In April, 7-Eleven signed an eight year deal with TXU Energy to use only wind power in its 425 stores in Texas.” [Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas Morning News, June 6, 2017, pg 5D]

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one of our young residents was riding his bike on Gerault Road, near the intersection of Big Canyon, earlier this year when he was accidentally struck and killed by a vehicle. This tragedy emphasizes my belief that Flower Mound has grown to the point where we need to reexamine our Thoroughfare Master Plan to include illumination on the Town’s major roads, including Gerault. My hope is that with today’s technology, there is a light solution that can enhance the safety of our bigger roads, without bothering the adjacent communities. Other possible

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lice officers who have been killed in the line of duty and provide support for their families. The Highland Village Police Department began this event 10 years ago to help support the Texas Chiefs of Police Association’s Officer Survivor Fund. This fund provides financial assistance within 24 hours to the families of Texas police officers killed in the line of duty. The event will take place at The Shops at Highland Village. A 5K run will take place in the morning then in the afternoon police bike teams from around Texas will be racing to remember their comrades who have been killed in the line of duty. Citizens can also ride the bike race in honor of the fallen and to help raise funds for the Officer Survivor Fund. Since this is the 10th year for this event, a special tribute will be made to honor the fallen with time in the agenda set aside to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. A Fallen Officers Memorial table will be set up at the event to remember those officers who have died since July 2016 as well. A Kids Zone will provide activities for the kids too. We’ll have music by Infinite Journey, vendors, the great food found at the eateries in The Shops at Highland Village and public safety vehicles and equipment. There are several ways you can support this event. You can donate and/or purchase an item in the silent auction, participate in the 5K or the civilian bike race, purchase a 10th Annual Memorial T-Shirt or just come to the event and show your support. Check out www.TXFallenPD.com for all the details. Again this year the HVPD is partnering with the Highland Village Business Association’s Restaurant Week to showcase Highland Village restaurants. Restaurant Week will take place from October 15-21 and participating restaurants will give a portion of their sales to the Fallen Officer Fund. Restaurants participating this year include Baskin Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Flour Shop Bakery, Shoal Creek Tavern, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Fresco’s Mexicana, Rockfish, Corner Bakery, and Snuffer’s. I hope you’ll try a new restaurant or visit your favorite eatery and help support our local businesses and the fund. You’ll want to check TXFallenPD. com for the details.

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solutions that are being discussed and investigated are adding reflectors to the intersections, improving the line of sight at neighborhood intersections, and potentially adding a traffic signal at Gerault and Big Canyon. As staff prepares their recommendations, we will keep you updated on the suggested improvements. The Council and Town staff place resident safety at the top of our priority list and continue to look for ways we can make Flower Mound an even better place to live. As always, I am here for your questions or concerns. If you would like to reach me, please feel free to email me at place3@flower-mound.com.

Our goal is to raise $30,000.00 for families of officers that have lost their life in the line of duty. We anticipate a large crowd will come to support the race, the Officer Survivor Fund and enjoy the entertainment. I hope to see you there! On November 10 we are hosting the Salute Our Veterans luncheon which honors the men and women who have fought to keep our country safe and free. This event has grown so much we now hold it at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. The Highland Village Business Association takes sponsorships from local businesses and residents so the veterans and a guest can attend at no charge. This is the most memorable event we hold as we “pass the mic” and let each veteran tell us their name, branch of service and a little something about their time in the military. We have young and old veterans attend and they love the camaraderie found at this event. We love hearing the stories of these men and women and paying our respects to them for their service. If you are a veteran, we would be honored if you’d attend the event. Over the years a slideshow of pictures of our area veterans has been shown and we are always eager to add to that presentation. If you are a veteran and have a picture from your time in the service, or if you have a relative you’d like honored, we want those pictures. You can scan your picture and send to us via email to cbabcock@highlandvillage.org, be sure to include the name, rank, and branch of service in the email. You can also call us at 972-899-5131 to schedule a time to come by and we’ll be happy to scan your picture for you. Please send us your pictures by October 28. The event is also the forum for Congressman Burgess’ awarding of Congressional Commendation to local veterans. If you’d like to sponsor the event or attend, just contact the city at 972-899-5131 or email us at cityhall@highlandvillage.org. I encourage you to help us pay tribute to those who have made the decision to risk everything for our freedom and safety. These men, women and their families deserve our respect and honor. I hope you’ll donate to or attend these events. As we head into the season of giving thanks, I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your Mayor and hope to see you around town.

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me if you have any extra candy! Developers Pull Lochlan Plans The future of the land northeast of I-35W and FM 407 is now unclear after the development company of the proposed Lochlan of Argyle community withdrew from September’s Town Council meeting agenda.   Terra Manna brought a controversial development plan to Argyle’s Planning & Zoning Commission meeting in early August that, if approved by Town Council, would have brought nearly 700 homes and 20 commercial buildings to a 330-acre piece of land in west Argyle. Residents voiced strong opposition to the proposal during the meeting, and the commission chose to table the matter until the next meeting in early September, so Terra Manna could address several concerns, primarily density around the outer edges of the development. In the Sept. 5 P&Z meeting, Terra Manna presented its new plan, which was redesigned to add commercial space and reduce the number of lots from 695 to 537, increasing the lot size for many homes. But it kept hundreds of its lot sizes below 7,200 square feet, including 58 patio homes, and many Argyle residents spoke against it during the public hearing. Many encouraged the developers to design a plan with much larger lot sizes, assuring them they would still sell well. After a short discussion, the commission voted unanimously to recommend that Town Council deny the proposal. Terra Manna had requested for the Lochlan plan to be on the agenda for the Sept. 26 meeting, but the company has since withdrawn its request, according to Town Manager Matt Jones, who said Ter-

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ra Manna did not indicate what its plans were for the land. Terra Manna representatives have not returned multiple calls seeking comment. –Written by Mark Smith Argyle High School Recognized for 8th Lone Star Cup The University Interscholastic League honored Argyle High School for its 2017 Conference 4A Lone Star Cup victory. “The UIL Lone Star Cup rewards the best overall academic, athletic and music programs in the state of Texas,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “To win, every student, teacher and coach across all areas of UIL competition must contribute. The winning schools and communities should be proud of this outstanding achievement.” With state championships in academics, girls basketball and boys golf, state runners-up in marching band and volleyball, and state semifinalists in boys basketball, Argyle earned 128 total Lone Star Cup points for the 2016-17 school year. The Eagles also earned points in UIL football, girls and boys soccer, softball and baseball. This is the sixth-consecutive and eighth overall UIL Lone Star Cup victory for Argyle High School. The UIL Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications, based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship. –Staff Report What Happened to Brookshire’s? In January 2014, the Argyle Town Council approved a development proposal that would put several commercial

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residents. While many wanted a grocery store in town, some opposed the location of the proposed Brookshire’s because it would be directly across Harrison Lane from Hilltop Elementary School, and residents believed the sale of alcohol and the increase in traffic — especially large trucks — would be too dangerous so close to a school with young children. This land was approved for commercial development including a Brookshire’s grocery store in January 2014, but it remains undeveloped today. Photo by Pamela Arrington The development proArgyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright and Argyle High posal was approved 4-1 School Principal James Hill were presented with the UIL Division by Town Council on 4 A Lone Star Cup​ on Sept. 22 during halftime of the varsity Jan. 28, 2014, and durfootball game. ing that meeting Brookshire’s officials indicatbuildings — including a Brookshire’s ed construction would grocery store that would sell beer and begin in 2015 or later. Now, in late 2017, wine — across the street from the town’s the real estate development company that elementary school. owns the land, DEMA Partners, has “no More than three years later, it appears idea what (Brookshire’s) schedule is.” the future Argyle Town Village commer“There really hasn’t been anything hapcial development — on 16-acres at the pening since we got approval,” said Dersoutheast corner of Hwy 377 and Coun- ek DeGuire, a founding DEMA Partner. try Club Road — is no closer to reality. “We want to put retail around the BrookIn 2013 and 2014, the proposed de- shire’s, but it’s contingent on them. Bevelopment was met with mixed reaction cause there’s no news from them, there’s from Argyle residents. no news on any other retail.” Argyle’s former town manager said at Angie Manglaris, development coorthe time that a grocery store was one of dinator for the town of Argyle, said that the top things on the town’s wish list and the town has not received a request for a a website set up by the retail developer See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A24 had received positive feedback from area


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ficers, just like other police officers and departments near us, carry more equipment and are called out more often now than ever before. Switching to a different type police vehicle has been under consideration for several years. We normally have one patrol officer on duty at a time and that lone officer deals with many different calls and situations during a shift. Unfortunately, our officers over several years have dealt with: stand-off situations where guns and other weapons have been involved and S.W.A.T. has been calledin; felony take-down arrests have been made by our officers in the field; drugs and weapons have been discovered during traffic stops; an increasing number of family domestic calls and other serious law enforcement events within our small town and around us. The larger equipment space in a SUV will enable our officers, for their personal protection and the protection of residents, to carry their ballistic shields and other police officer safety equipment that today, does not fit in the current police vehicle. As stated earlier, this has been under consideration for some time and planned for and this police vehicle fleet change provides better safety coverage for our police officers as they patrol daily and fits within our conservative planned town budget. Once the town orders and receives this first SUV, please feel free to stop by and look at it and visit with the dedicated and wonderful Double Oak Police Department staff. Code Enforcement: Tree Limbs Required to be 12ft or Higher Over Streets Charlie Wright, our code enforcement officer, patrols the town monthly for the protection, and promotion of health, safety, property values and environment. It’s a tough and necessary position that

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the town, residents and municipal court take seriously. The town reinforces that residents need to look at their property, particularly tree limbs that hang over/into a street and ensure they are trimmed up to 12ft or higher above the street surface as required by town ordinance. The most common property code enforcement violations are: tall grass and weeds, trash and debris, junk vehicles, right-of-way obstructions/low tree limbs, stagnant pools, property maintenance, working without a permit, vehicles parked on grass, brush and mulch piles for extended periods, signs posted illegally in right-of-way. The town appreciates and thanks residents who have already addressed issues on your property including the trimming up of low limbs over streets. When you receive a code enforcement letter from the town, please comply immediately and contact Charlie.   Waketon Road Widening – Drainage Improvement Project Information At the March 6, 2017 meeting, the Town Council approved the interlocal agreement between the town and Denton County for the Waketon Road widening and drainage improvement project. The town also approved the engineering services contract. The road will be improved from a narrow two-lane asphalt roadway to a wide two-lane concrete road with a center turnlane, curbs and gutters, and storm drains with underground storm water pipes. Round-a-bout similar to the one at Chinn Chapel/Dixon Ln. will be constructed at the Waketon/Chinn Chapel intersection by the Town of Flower Mound. Sidewalk will be built on the north side of the road and a sidewalk path on the south side. Construction should begin next year and take approximately one year. If you have questions, please contact Charlie Wright, Director of Public Works, cwright@double-oak.com or 972-539-9464.

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building permit from Brookshire’s. Michael Franks, real estate manager for Brookshire’s, declined to comment about the company’s plans for the Argyle property. Since Brookshire’s received approval, a mixed-use development anchored by a grocery store has been approved by the town a couple of miles away, and development has begun. The Waterbrook development was approved in April 2016 for the southeast corner of FM 407 and Hwy 377. It is unknown which grocery store will build in Waterbrook. –Written by Mark Smith Town Ready to Run for our Sons Lots of residents in and around Argyle are getting ready to “sock it to” muscular disease and race in the Argyle Run for

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our Sons. When Corbin Fanning was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It primarily affects boys and symptoms usually arise between the ages of 3-5, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The outlook for boys with the disease isn’t good, said Corbin’s mother, Amy Fanning. “Most boys are in a wheelchair by the age of 13,” Amy said. “Most of them don’t live past their early 30s, and that’s after some recent medical advancements.” Corbin is now 13 and has lived in Argyle since he started Kindergarten. Amy said the local community has been supportive or Corbin and other boys who live in and around Argyle with the disease. About five years ago, Amy was approached by Doug Hollenshead, an

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Argyle resident and runner, who asked if she’d like to get a charity 5K going. “This 5K really got its start about three years ago when Doug attended another fundraising event — a dinner, concert and auction – in Argyle for this same cause,” said Katie Lentini, the co-chairwoman of the race, in 2013. “He was in awe of the attendance at – and support of – the event. Over the subsequent two years, the community gave phenomenal support to both Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and our local citizens affected by this progressive muscle disorder.” The fifth annual Argyle Run for our Sons charity event benefits Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit dedicated to families with sons affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. on Oct. 14 with a 1-mile fun run, followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The race starts at Hilltop Elementary School, 1050 Har-

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rison Lane, and winds through the older streets of Argyle. “It’s a challenging run,” Amy said. “There’s quite a few hills.” Runners are encouraged to wear their craziest Argyle socks “to sock it to” Duchenne. Amy Fanning said it’s critical to raise money for research as soon as possible. “Time is of the essence for these boys,” Amy said. “There are several drugs in the pipeline that would help all the boys with this disease, but they haven’t been passed by the FDA. “The clock is always ticking.” For more information about becoming a sponsor or running in the race, contact Doug Hollenshead at 817-510-1124 or Katie Lentini at 817-510-1158. –Written by Mark Smith


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LOCAL EXPERTS What to Do If Your Phone or Computer Gets Wet By Chris Cole, Owner, Experimac Highland Village

We love and rely on our cell phones, tablets and computers! They keep us connected to close friends, family and the world. If you have ever witnessed a phone dropped in a pool or watched as a spilled drink raced toward your computer, you’ve experienced a moment of panic. Act Quickly! Power Down, Dry It Off It is critical to dry your device or computer off as quickly as possible and power it down. That’s right. Turn it off and do not try to turn it on again or you risk causing a short circuit on internal components or the logic board which cannot be repaired. With a clean cloth thoroughly dry your device focusing on the charging port, headphone jack, and all other openings through which the liquid could enter. If applicable, remove and dry the SIM card as well. Think About the Liquid The type of liquid it has come in contact with impacts the chance of ultimate failure of the device. Bottled water is better than lake

HURRICANE RELIEF CoServ puts co-op principles into practice By Vicki Sargent Director of Community Relations CoServ

Before dawn on Tuesday, August 29, three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in South Texas, 14 CoServ linemen packed supplies, received tetanus shots and hit the road. The caravan included six pickups, four bucket trucks and a flatbed truck carrying a pressure digger and pulling a trailer filled with supplies. It headed 400 miles south to Sinton, near Corpus Christi, where the two CoServ crews spent four days helping San Patricio Electric Cooperative repair and rebuild power lines damaged by the storm. By Friday morning, service had been restored for nearly all San Patricio members, and 10 of the CoServ linemen returned home. One of the crews, however, traveled 80 miles northeast to help Victoria Electric Cooperative’s restoration efforts. (At the height of the storm-related outages, all 22,467 VEC members lost their power.) These linemen worked all weekend and on Labor Day. By that Tuesday morning, their work in South Texas was done and they came home, too. A few days later, 23 linemen, including several who had assisted in South Texas, headed east to Florida. In its wake, Hurricane Irma left more than 8 million without power in three states, including 1.5 million electric cooperative members. They helped two co-ops restore power to thousands of people and, af-

water is better than soda. Once your phone dries, the particles left over or acid from the soda can cause more damage to your device components by creating a pathway for a short to occur later on. Rice Is Not King Although rice can’t hurt unless it gets stuck in a charging or USB port, covering your device in dry uncooked rice will not absorb much if any liquid. Shaking loose water and blowing air on it is a better way to facilitate the drying process. The next step should be to take the phone, tablet or computer to your local repair shop where it can be opened up and the interior components can be cleaned and dried. The sooner you bring it in the greater the chance it can be saved. This is critical because the more time passes, the more likely the internal components will begin to corrode as a result of the liquid exposure.

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ter 11 days, they also returned safely home. In addition to the assistance provided by linemen, the CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) distributed $65,000 to help some of the hardest-hit Texans, including Victoria Electric employees and first responders with four South Texas volunteer fire departments. (CCF funds donated by CoServ Electric Members and CoServ Gas Customers can only be used within CoServ’s service territory. Money for grants distributed outside our service territory is raised exclusively by Employees and other fundraisers and events, including the annual CCF Golf Tournament and Clay Shoot. Another example of this type of grant: Earlier this year, CCF distributed a $25,000 to Denton County Habitat for Humanity as part of an effort by Argyle, Flower Mound, Highland Village and Lewisville to help rebuild homes in tornado-ravaged Fruitvale, in East Texas.) CoServ remains committed to making a difference in the lives of our Members and Customers – and to providing support for our fellow Texans and Americans in times of great need. The decision to send crews or funds to assist storm-affected areas is not taken lightly, because we must first ensure that the needs of our Members and Customers are met. But Cooperation Among Cooperatives and Concern for Community are two of the Seven Cooperative Principles that co-ops around the world follow. And putting them into action during times of crisis is a good reminder to our Members, Customers and Employees that after 80 years in business, CoServ’s mission remains intact: To serve others. ___________________________________ Vicki Sargent is the Community Relations Director for CoServ and can be reached at v sargent@coserv.com.

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LOCAL EXPERTS Ready, Willing & Able

“ready, willing, and able” to perform the behaviors I outlined on the map toward their goals. Here is what I mean:

Achieving a goal doesn’t really have much to do with the end goal at all. The behaviors you have in place are what determine your success. I often ask prospective clients if they are

To achieve your fitness goal, you must be: 1. READY: You should have suitable groceries on hand and prepped to be eaten. You should have eliminated all unacceptable groceries from your stock. You should have a plan in place for your activities.

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

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An Intervention for Seniors – Sharing Information Is Best for All By Virginia Hammerle

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

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You should have a backup plan in place – because we all know things rarely go as planned. You should have arrangements for childcare (if necessary). You have prioritized your day appropriately. You might have an accountability partner lined up.

You have an underlying purpose – your reason WHY – that keeps you motivated. You choose to stick to your planned priorities. You know the requirements necessary and you feel they are reasonable and achievable. You will surround yourself with supportive and helpful friends and family.

2. WILLING: You are not being coerced by someone else’s wishes for you. You know what you want for yourself.

3. ABLE: You have no known medical conditions that prevent you from exercising. You can integrate activities into your lifestyle

A New Approach to Active Adult Living

Lakeside DFW in Flower Mound. Overture is owned and managed by Greystar, the largest apartment manager in the United States. At Overture, we believe it is important to provide a wonderful living environment with services that enhance the living experience.   We know there are active adults over the age of 55 that would like to downsize and don’t want to give up the socialization aspect of their lives. By the time most of us are 55, we realize that there are not many things we absolutely need, so we may base our decisions on choices instead of needs and who wouldn’t want to choose a carefree lifestyle?  At Overture Flower Mound, we promote mind, body and social enrichment. We offer resort-inspired amenities. We are ideally located at Lakeside DFW with close proximity to shopping, restaurants and the Moviehouse & Eatery. Our property is smoke-free, maintenance-free and pet friendly!    It’s 55+ and we invite you to “Live it”!

By Tina Miller

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George Burns For years home ownership has been the American Dream; however, more and more active adults are discovering there are many reasons to transition to apartment living. We believe one of the biggest reasons is to live a maintenance-free lifestyle. Renting an apartment eliminates the stresses that can accompany home ownership, like yard work, maintenance and repairs, home warranty and property taxes, to name a few. Overture Flower Mound is a brand-new concept in senior living all within a newly constructed 55+ apartment community at

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When Overture Flower Mound Offers All You Want? • Meet new friends and live every day to the fullest with fun classes, seminars, happy hours and much more in our mind-body-social amenity spaces. • Experience endless freedom and new opportunities for luxury living within our brand new 5 5+ active adult rental community. • Located next to Lakeside DFW, Overture Flower Mound puts you minutes from some of the best shopping in town. • Enjoy maintenance-free living in spacious one and two-bedroom apartments.

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LOCAL EXPERTS while still upholding your adult responsibilities. You know how to cook or have the means to buy healthy prepped meals. You have resources to utilize when you approach unfamiliar territory. You have a solid support system of friends and family. Knowing that you are ready, willing, and able to make changes to your life will ensure that it gets done. Often, we find ourselves ready and able, but not exactly willing. Or ready and will-

ing, but not able. Read the list and determine where you struggle the most. Reach out to a pro for assistance gaining control in any one of these areas. Adam & Debra Hammett are certified personal trainers and owners of Serious Results Training, coming soon to Parker Square. Debra is also a Precision Nutrition Level 2 certified coach. You can reach them at Adam@Serious-Results. com or Debra@Serious-Results.com

sionals, and tax adviser to address the financial, social, and legal issues faced by special needs individuals and their Special Needs Planning families. Requires Commitment With a life plan in place, you can then and Teamwork Approach address other financial goals on what you’d like to focus on and include them By Jeffery Price in your investment strategy. These may As a parent, financonsist of: cially preparing for • Long-term growth the well-being of your • Creating current and long-term inchildren is a top priorcome streams ity. Caring for a family • Preparing for the unexpected member with special • Preserving eligibility for public benneeds can add another level of responefits sibility in ensuring that the child will be • Putting protections in place that will cared for throughout his or her lifetime. help ensure the well-being of your child Therefore, it is essential to develop an inwith special needs after you’re gone tegrated long-term financial strategy that can help provide for your family member Understand and Leverage Government while addressing the needs of the rest of Benefits the family. A common difficulty in building lifetime Special needs planning is a shared financial security for your child with speexperience among U.S. households. cial needs is estimating how self-sufficient Whether your child was recently diaghe or she will be as an adult. Even if you nosed or has had special needs for many find that you can support your child, you years, it is critical that every member of may want to consider the role of public your family be involved in a strategy that benefits in his or her future. can help ensure his or her financial secuAn advisor can help you preserve your rity. This task can seem daunting — but child’s quality of life by helping you take you don’t have to do it alone. advantage of available government asA Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor can sistance. Together you can: help you to: • Estimate your child’s future financial requirements more accurately Create a Strategy • Consider Supplemental Security InAs a first step towards pursuing your come, a means-tested program that goals, an advisor can conduct a detailed can provide a monthly stipend to your analysis of your current situation by conchild once he or she achieves the age sidering key factors including: your child’s of majority short-and long-term financial needs; • Discuss your child’s eligibility for state available financial resources, including and federal government sourced disassets, insurance coverage, current and ability benefits, such as Social Security, projected future earnings, and any public Medicaid, rehabilitative care, and transbenefits that may be available; informaportation assistance tion with respect to outstanding or antici• Consider special needs-related stratpated liabilities; and other major financial egies that will not interfere with your objectives, such as retirement or a child’s child’s government benefits plans education. It can be advantageous to draft a Letter By working with a Merrill Lynch Finanof Intent, or a “life plan” document. This cial Advisor as part of your team of profesdocument outlines your family’s and your sionals, you and your family can create a child’s wishes for the future once you are tailored, holistic goals-based strategy to gone, and should include pertinent inforhelp pursue long term financial security mation about your child’s history, medical for the special needs individual. needs, preferences regarding living arrangements, hobbies, and interests. The For more information, contact your manuscript will serve as a valuable guide Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for your financial advisor, attorneys, and Advisor, Jeffery D. Price, of the Southfuture care providers, in addition to giving lake, Texas office at 817.410.4940 or your family a picture of what to expect. Jeffery_price@ml.com. An effective life plan includes collaboration with special trust attorneys, local care managers, disability and medical profes-

Kwik Kar Ask the Expert:

The Many Colors of a Smoking Car By Albert Gutierrez, Operations Manager, Kwik Kar Flower Mound

Unless you are sitting around a campfire, smoke, regardless of color, is generally an indicator that something is wrong – especially where your vehicle is concerned. If there is a problem and smoke is coming from your engine or tailpipe, the color of smoke you see could help you determine what may be causing the issue. Listed below are various colors of smoke that a car can emit, along with a few common issues that could cause that type of smoke. They include (but are not limited to): White Vapor: During colder weather, all cars will emit a thin vapor cloud out of the exhaust until the engine gets to its normal operating temperature. If this smoke thickens up and becomes more constant even after the car has warmed up, there may be a bigger problem that needs to be addressed. Thick White Smoke: This is what you see billowing out from under the hood of a car that is overheating, possibly caused by coolant that is burning in the combustion chamber. Also known to cause white smoke is a blown head gasket or a cracked engine block – all of which will need immediate attention by a car care professional. For diesel engines, white smoke could also mean there’s a faulty injection system or incorrect timing with the engine.

Blue Smoke: This can occur when there’s an oil leak somewhere causing oil to burn and smoke in a location where there’s not supposed to be oil. Causes for this could include an oil leak in the combustion chamber, or worn out piston rings, valves, or cylinders. In a diesel engine, it could also mean the oil level is too high. Black Smoke: A clogged air filter, or faulty sensors, fuel injectors, or a fuel pressure regulator are all causes of black smoke. These are typically fixes that are less costly than some of your other smoke-causing issues. Grey Smoke: Transmission issues are usually the cause of grey smoke, which includes a bad turbocharger, transmission fluid issues, or a faulty transmission vacuum modulator. Any kind of smoke, other than the normal vapor emitted during cooler weather, is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately by a professional technician. If you are currently driving and begin to see smoke billowing from your car, pull over immediately, exit the vehicle, and call for emergency roadside assistance. Associated with the smoke could be a number of other dangerous elements like toxic fumes, boiling fluids, and explosive chemicals. Please stay safe and do not attempt open, inspect, or fix a problem like this yourself unless you are a qualified mechanic. The best way to avoid a smoking vehicle and other catastrophic mechanical problems is to keep your car properly maintained with regular oil changes and preventative maintenance checks by car care professionals like those at your nearest Kwik Kar location. Come in today and let us help you keep your car smoke free and running for as long as possible! Visit our website at www.GoKwikKar.com.


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New Pubs Tap Into Craft Beer Craze

Crosstown Rivals Share Strong Friendship

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Photo by Brian Maschino

The taps are open and flowing at State Draft House in Flower Mound.

Now is a good time to be a beer lover. As a nation, the U.S. now has more beer styles (150+) and brands (20,000+) to choose from than any other market in the world, according to craftbeer.com. Two new craft beer pubs have joined the revolution and opened up last month in Flower Mound. State Draft House State Draft House is welcoming patrons at its first location, 1050 Flower Mound

Road, near the intersection of Flower Mound Road and Morriss Road. It is described as an “upscale but casual neighborhood draft house” with 81 rotating taps of craft beer, wine, spirit and soda made in Texas. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening in Flower Mound,” said owner and Lewisville resident Andrew Hendrikson. “I love craft beer and sharing that love See BEER Page B24

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Marcus volleyball head coach Danielle Barker (right) considers Flower Mound volleyball head coach Marci Laracuente a mentor and friend.

It has been said that there’s little difference between winning and losing. That, but for a few aces here and few more digs there, the outcome of an individual game might have a different result; with the losing team becoming the winning team and the winners coming up short. While that is certainly true from time to time throughout a season, winning on a continual basis takes a lot more than just

having the ball bounce your way more times than not. Enter two teams: the Flower Mound volleyball program— a team that has reached the playoffs in three of the last four seasons-- and the Marcus Lady Marauders-- a team trying to reach the postseason level for the first time since 2013. See VOLLEYBALL Page B30


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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts What’s on the November Constitutional Amendment Election Ballot By State Representative Tan Parker

On any typical odd-numbered year, two momentous occasions occur in Texas regarding the state government: The Texas Legislature convenes in January for a 140-day regular session and the state’s constitutional amendment election occurs in November. Now that your legislature adjourned, we look to what is ahead for voters to consider as part of the 2017 Constitutional Election. First, in order for any proposition to become an amendment to our Texas Constitution, it must receive a super majority, or two-thirds of the vote in each chamber of the legislature. That equates to 100 members in the Texas House and 21 members of the Texas Senate.   During the legislative process earlier this year, over 150 joint resolutions to amend our Texas Constitution were proposed.  In all, seven were ultimately passed and have become propositions on the upcoming November 7th ballot.  Yet the final approval comes from the citizens of Texas, as these propositions must next be approved by voters. It is imperative for everyone to remember that constitutional elections provide an important and unique way for citizens to have direct input into the governing process.  Therefore, I strongly feel it is

crucial that the citizens of Texas voice their opinions during this election as they have done previously on measures related to curbing lawsuit abuse, increasing transparency in government, providing for transportation dollars, improving higher education, and even conducting cancer research. During this upcoming election, Texans will be able to consider the following proposed constitutional amendments that are reflective of many areas of public policy including taxes, banking and housing.  Here is a brief summary of each of them:  Proposition 1 – Provides certain disabled veterans or their surviving spouses with property tax exemptions. Proposition 1 would modify the Constitution to allow a disabled veteran or their surviving spouse to receive a property tax exemption if their house was donated or sold to them at less than market value by a charity. Proposition 2 – Authorizes a number of changes to current standards surrounding home equity. Proposition 2 would establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.  Proposition 3 – Limits the service of certain appointed officeholders after the expiration of the person’s term of office. Proposition 3 would limit political appointees to only serve beyond their

term in office until the ending of the legislative session that follows the expiration date of their term. Proposition 4 – Requires a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute.  Proposition 4 authorizes the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.  Proposition 5 - Permits professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Proposition 5 would permit the foundations of sports teams to conduct charitable raffles at games hosted at the their home venue.  Proposition 6 - Provides a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a first responder who is either killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. Proposition 6 would exempt families of fallen first responders from all or part of the market value of their home.  Proposition 7 – Permits credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes to promote savings. Proposition 7 would allow qualifying banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities, including raffles, if it encourages savings. Your participation in this upcoming constitutional amendment election is very important, and I encourage you to exercise your voting right in the next month. The decisions made on Election Day, November 7, 2017, will have a lasting impact on you, your family and the entire state of Texas. You must be registered to

vote by October 10th to participate.  For more information on how to register to vote, early voting dates and locations as well as important Election Day information, please visit www.votetexas.gov.  As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives, and I welcome your feedback. If you would like to share a thought with me, please feel free to contact me at 512.463.0688 or by email at tan.parker@house.texas. gov.


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FMHS Senior Relishes New Experiences By John English, Contributing Writer

Dean Derebeew

Dean Derebeew is so involved in extracurricular activities at Flower Mound High School, it is hard to imagine how he gets any school work done. The AP Scholar is ranked in the top third of his graduating class. He is the Public Relations Officer for the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society and the MC at school pep rallies. Derebeew, 17, who also serves as an FMHS Ambassador-- greeting new students to make them feel welcome-- added that the variety of activities of which he is a part help to enrich his life. “I am grounded in the idea of constant self-improvement and progress,” Derebeew said. “I have found that the best way to have continual self-success is to always try new things and, when something becomes too easy or is pushing you in what you feel to be a negative direction, it is best to move to the next thing. I try to push myself in as many ways as possible, so that I can learn from both my successes and failures in any area; because only with trial will true learn-

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ing commence.” Derebeew was a member of the theater program at FMHS his first three years of high school and is the founder and President of the Flower Mound Hackey Sack club, which was intended to “build student relations.” Outside of school, Derebeew is an aide at an afterschool day care program (ESD) at his former grade school, Liberty Elementary School. The Flower Mound teen said the best part of being a young person today is the ability to utilize technology to learn about each other and different world views. “The sheer ability to spread our opinions and views freely is something I think is the biggest plus of growing up or even living today,” Derebeew said. “Our freedom of speech has been expanded to a point never previously touched before; and, our ability to have so many outlets to share our views is amazing. I think the best part of this from a teen or student’s perspective is we have so many sources to view other people’s opinions. “There are so many ways to easily search and find loads of different perspectives, all built on different experiences. I think this access, if used correctly, is a great way to learn about a large variety of things at the literal touch of a button.” Derebeew said he is undecided on college, but has worked very hard this year to narrow down his plans for college and beyond. “The short answer is, I hope to be a business owner with a company I have helped create,” Derebeew said. “I also am interested in pursuing careers related to business, law and cultural sociology.” Derebeew’s Favorites Favorite Subject: English Person who most inspires me: Simon Sinek Favorite Food: Hot Wings Favorite TV Show: Lost Last Book Read: The Pearl Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Anderson .Paak

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Downe Leads by Example By John English, Contributing Writer

Miranda Downe

Miranda Downe not only believes in being involved at Argyle High School, she helps provide leadership in all that she does. The Argyle senior serves as President of the Student Council, President of the National Honor Society, Managing Editor of The Talon News and competes on the UIL Journalism team. Downe, 17, said that, because she is a part of so many organizations, she has been able to meet a lot of people and learn a lot. “I can constantly form new relationships with other students,” Downe said. “I also enjoy competing and participating in journalism events, as it allows me to learn new things about our school and other events around the world; and, grow personally as a writer.” Downe carries a 103.9 grade point average and is ranked fourth in her

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graduating class. She said that her objectives for this year are to make her mark on her high school and focus on academics. “I hope to leave a lasting, positive impact on the school through my leadership positions, as well as work to maintain my grades and further my academic career,” Downe said. “I also am excited to experience my senior year alongside my friends.” The Argyle teen said she is leaning toward attending Baylor University or The University of Texas at Austin and said in the future she hopes to study finance to eventually attend law school and become a corporate lawyer. “My dad is an entrepreneur, and his success inspires me to have a thriving career in business as well,” Downe said. She said that there is one thing about society she would like to see ended. “If there was one thing about the world I could change, it would be to eliminate judgment,” Downe said. “The constant fear of how others view decisions and actions can be a major obstacle and without it, happiness would be much easier to attain.” Downe’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Journalism Person Who Most Inspires You: My parents Favorite Meal: a #1 meal at Whataburger Favorite Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Favorite TV Show: The Office Book Currently Reading: Naked Economics Favorite Musical Group or performer: Justin Bieber


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Area Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

The following area students were Liberty Christian’s Peyton Jolley was named a named semifinalists: National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

Flower Mound High School Lauren E. Apollaro Brock J. Bennett Katherine Casey Shreyoshi Das Melissa C. Ding Akshay L. Durvasula Jeffrey R. Espinoza Heather A. Farris Teja S. Gorantla Sidhardh Goteti Ethan M. Hall Nathan Hardwick Kendall A. James Tanya Jayaram Michael R. Kinder Ashwin K. Kudva Peter W. Kwak Kevin Z. Lu Riley Miller Kishan P. Patel

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Gwyneth James Brendan D. King David A. Lleras Sofia N. Mendez Travis C. Mongoven Carson D. Moseley

Over 50 southern Denton County students qualified as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, which honors academicallytalented high school seniors and allows them to compete for more than $32 million college scholarships next spring.

Argyle High School Andrew D. Hennes Miranda A. Miller

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Hayden E. Piwonka Tahir S. Qasim Morgan E. Russell Carson Stacy Catherine Tang Priya Tharwala Jacob J. Thomas Brooks W. Toothman Justin R. Vasquez Kyle C. Whipple Alexis J. Wursten Gulan N. Xu Guyer High School Andrew Winn Liberty Christian School Peyton O. Jolley Marcus High School Jackson G. Bednarczyk Joshua Corzatt Austin Du Michael N. Garner Manho Han

Archana A. Murthy David B. Perry Jonah K. Pfeiffer Sahithi Talasila Jeremiah T. Turner Miranda Wilson

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October 2017

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

Lantana had 161 calls for the month of September. We responded to 27 alarm calls and 50 traffic complaints. The residents of Lantana have been a great asset to us in being attentive to their surroundings. The suspicious person calls were cut in half last month. When the community works together, the burglars are aware. Are you aware that Texas has a no texting while driving law as of September 1, 2017? Pay attention to your driving and let the cell phone go.

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One of the many ways to keep your neighborhoods safe is Neighborhood Crime Watch. This is an effective way to let burglars know that they are not welcomed in your neighborhood. If you want to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact us at 940-349-1600 for more information. We would be happy to help. If your neighborhood already has started the program, invite us to your meetings. Fall is just around the corner and cooler weather will be approaching. That means we can enjoy the cool air and open our windows. Be smart and be careful. Do not be a victim or burglary. Who is ready for Halloween? Remember, our children are ready so you need to be also. Here are a few Halloween Safety Tips for everyone. • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children • Only go to homes with a porch

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light on and never enter a home or car for a treat • Watch for children walking in the streets • Do not let your children eat treats until you have inspected them • All costumes should be fire resistant

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• Make sure your child can be seen by drivers Hope everyone has a safe Halloween! Watch for some exciting announcements in the next edition. We have some awesome events brewing!


October 2017

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson

On behalf of the Double Oak Police Department I would like to thank every citizen who attended the September 11 memorial gathering and the participation by our Fire Department and Denton County Constable’s Office Precinct 4. This past month we witnessed some of the worst nature had to offer in the form of Hurricane Harvey. We also witnessed the best in humanity as our community immediately rallied to assist fellow Texans. Between the dates of August 29th and September 4th, 2017 Captain Robert “Bob” Bowen and Lieutenant William “Bill” Welch, of the Double Oak Fire Department, voluntarily responded with Task Force 121 to assist the Texas cities of Webster and Port Arthur with recovery from Hurricane Harvey. While deployed our firefighters provided emergency medical services, responded to motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, fuel tank explosions, established landing zones for helicopters, searched houses door to door and participated in water rescues. Their work was done in a hazard filled environment that included downed power lines, high water, driving rain, a devastated infrastructure and distraught citizens. They served with firefighters they had never worked with, caring for people they’ve never met, all in the spirit of service to their fellow Texans. Thank you for your hard work Captain Bowen and Lieutenant Welch.

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Between the dates of August 31 and September 4, 2017 Officer Brett Bourgeois and Officer Brian Shults of the Double Oak Police Department, voluntarily responded to a request for police assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety Region 2 Headquarters in North West Houston. In a law enforcement milestone Officer Bourgeois and Officer Shults were the first municipal police officers, in the history of TXDPS, to team with troopers on patrol answering emergency calls for service, deterring looting and securing flooded communities so that rescue workers could perform their tasks. Their work was accomplished in a hazardous environment that included downed power lines, high water, a devastated infrastructure and distraught citizens. When called to duty both officers responded to Houston in less than a day and were working twelve to fourteen hour shifts immediately upon arrival. Thank you for your service Officer Bourgeois and Officer Shults. Thank you to Constable Tim Burch and Deputy Robert Kubicek who voluntarily left their precinct to assist Victoria, TX for over two weeks. They helped distribute food and water, secured the community, answered calls, lived in primitive conditions and left their families for a significant period of time to serve their fellow Texans. Thank you to the citizens of Double Oak who donated food, water, hay, animal care items and their labor to help their neighbors on the Gulf of Mexico. A reminder about suspicious behavior. If you observe an unknown person(s) in your neighborhood late at night walking up driveways, looking in car windows, and/or carrying lawn care equipment,

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that is all suspicious activity. Please contact dispatch via 9-1-1 (preferable if the person or vehicle is still in your neighborhood) or 972-434-5500 so the onduty officer can investigate. A description of the person(s) to include clothing and their location is extremely helpful as well as a description of any vehicles you see in the area associated with the suspicious person. Recent Police Calls 08-22-17 – Credit Card Abuse – 100 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – An unknown suspect used a resident’s credit card to make purchases without the complainant’s permission. 08-22-17 – Assist Fire Department – 200 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Police Department responded to assist with a medical call. 08-22-17 – Criminal Mischief – 6100 blk. Plantation Lane, Double Oak – Officer responded to a criminal mischief call to document damage to a rental property. The owner of the property explained that an unknown person had intentionally left the water running in the house to cause physical damage to the property.

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lated persons at a residence. 08-29-17 – Assist Agency Arrest (Bartonville PD) – 200 blk. Waketon Ext., Double Oak – Bartonville PD requested assistance with serving a felony warrant for an offense that is alleged to have occurred in their jurisdiction. At approximately 10:06 p.m. Eliah Felix Warren was taken into custody for a Sexual Assault of a Child warrant and transported to Bartonville PD. 08-31-17 – Theft – 100 blk. Chapel Hill Dr., Double Oak – Complainant reported that a portable generator had been stolen from their driveway. 09-01-17 – Credit Card Abuse – 100 blk. Oak Trail, Double Oak – Unknown person obtained a credit card using the complainant’s personal information. Suspect(s) ordered merchandise utilizing the fraudulently obtained credit card. 09-03-17 – Assist Agency (Corinth) – 4000 blk. Barton Creek, Highland Village – A Corinth PD Officer requested assistance for a vehicle search. A small baggie of marijuana was located in the vehicle and an adult male was taken into custody by Corinth PD.

08-24-17 – Fraud/Credit Card Abuse – 200 blk. Waketon Ext., Double Oak – A resident reported that an unknown person attempted to open a credit card account, without permission, using the complainant’s personally identifying information.

09-05-17 – Criminal Trespass – 8100 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – A representative for a local property owner requested police assistance with notifying an adult male that he was no longer welcome on their acreage.

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Road. On Aug. 31 at 1 p.m., a man reported that someone trespassed on his property in the 2400 block of College Parkway and stole a $1,100 pool cleaner.

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On Aug. 23 at 12:13 p.m., a 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance in the 3600 block of Justin Road. On Aug. 27 at 2:07 p.m., a man reported that his $500 bike was stolen from the 5100 block of Long Prairie Road. On Aug. 28 at 9:43 a.m., a man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle in the 2100 block of Bishop Drive, taking items valued about $2,200. On Aug. 29 at 11:36 a.m., a 19-year-old woman was arrested in the 3400 block of Dixon Lane on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. On Aug. 29 at 5:25 p.m., a 28-year-old man was arrested in the 1000 block of Everett Drive on suspicion of two counts of possession of a controlled substance. On Aug. 29 at 5:25 p.m., a 49-year-old man was arrested in the 2100 block of Justin Road on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. On Aug. 31 at 6:07 a.m., a gas station reported that someone had burglarized and vandalized the business in the 3300 block of Long Prairie

On Sept. 1 at 3:43 p.m., a man reported that someone stole his vehicle in the 3200 block of Firewheel Drive. On Sept. 3 at 2:47 p.m., a business in the 3600 block of Long Prairie Road reported that someone stole two cellphones. On Sept. 4 at 3:31 p.m., a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DWI in the 2100 block of Cross Timbers Road. It was at least his third DWI arrest, enhancing the offense to a third-degree felony.

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company reported that its compressor valued at $1,100 was stolen from the 300 block of Long Prairie Road. On Sept. 8 at 8:42 a.m., a construction company reported that someone stole nearly $2,300 worth of equipment from the 4900

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The following is a summary of incident reports On Aug. 26 at 3:22 p.m., police were called when a boy took a balloon from a Country Lakes model home, and two other boys tried to take it back. The officer gave advice to all

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On Aug. 31 at 2:16 a.m., a woman reported to police that she and her sister were hearing noises in a house on FM 407 and thought someone had broken in. Police responded and found it was their dog pushing and

On Sept. 3 at 3:45 p.m., a vehicle was seen driving through the construction area from Harpole Road to Old Justin Road, which was trespassing. The man in the vehicle said he was teaching his daughter how to drive a


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standard transmission. On Sept. 10 at 1:07 p.m., a police officer came out of the police station and found a wallet on the hood of his patrol vehicle. The officer returned the wallet to its owner, who was “very happy to get it back and invited me over for some barbecue,” the officer’s report says. On Sept. 12 at 12:40 p.m., someone reported that a golf cart was driving 12 mph on Hwy 377. On Sept. 21 at 7:29 a.m., an officer helped a motorist change a tire on the shoulder of Interstate 35W. On Sept. 23 at 11:09 a.m., someone called police because a skunk was rolling and thrashing around in their front yard on Hearth Terrace. The responding officer snuck up on it, captured it with a large box and put stones on it to keep it there until animal control arrived.

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On Sept. 24 at 10:27 p.m., someone called police to report a suspicious person was in a vehicle in the old church parking lot near the intersection of FM 407 and Hwy 377. The responding officer discovered that a woman had pulled over to use her phone.

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observed and took video of a teenager trying to steal bicycles from a bike rack at the Country Lakes playground. She said she saw the teen throw a bike into the creek, and then put it back on the rack. She said the teen told her he had a bad day at school and apologized.

There were several reports in September of cattle escaping from a damaged fence on Gibbons Road and getting near or in the road. Each time, the livestock was quickly returned to their pasture.

On Sept. 25 at 4:31 a.m., someone called police to report a suspicious person sitting in a SUV in a parking lot near the intersection of Country Club Road and Hwy 377. The responding officer found that a woman had pulled over to nurse her baby. On Sept. 26 at 1:25 p.m., someone called 911 to report a suspicious-looking Middle Eastern man sitting in a work truck near a neighbor’s house near the intersection of Stonecrest Road and FM 407. The responding officer found that the man was working as a land surveyor. On Sept. 26 at 4:44 p.m., a Country Lakes resident flagged down an officer and said she

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blk. Cross Timbers, Double Oak – An unknown person cut the hasp off the complainant’s shed. The property owner was unable to determine if anything was

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table generator and lawn equipment.

09-09-17 – Burglary of a Building – 300 blk. Valley View Trail, Double Oak – An unknown person(s) cut the lock off the complainant’s shed and removed a por-

09-09-17 – Hit and Run – 8500 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – A motorist reported that another driver struck their car and then left the scene of the accident without providing identification and insurance information. 09-09-17 – Driving While Intoxicated (Third or more – a felony) – 900 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – At approximately 11:46 p.m. a Double Oak Officer observed a white BMW commit multiple traffic infractions. During the conduct of the traffic stop the investigating officer became concerned about intoxicated driving. Standardized field sobriety tests were administered and the officers became convinced that the motorist was operating a vehicle while intoxicated on alcohol. Mckinsey Scott Maynard, 40 years old, was taken into custody for suspected drunk driving and transported to a local hospital where an evidentiary search warrant was obtained for a blood sample. 09-10-17 – Burglary of a Building – 100 blk. Oak Grove Circle, Double Oak – A resident reported that over the previous week an unknown person had cut the lock off of their shed and taken tools. 09-13-17 – Arrest (Outside Agency War-

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rant) – 500 blk. Waketon, Double Oak – A Double Oak Officer observed a vehicle speeding in a school zone. During the conduct of the traffic stop officer determined that the motorist was wanted by Roanoke PD. After the driver, Grant Lee Walker, 18 years old, was taken into custody the officer also located alleged drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. 09-18-17 – Criminal Mischief – 700 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – A resident reported that an unknown person had cut the lock off of their shed. Complainant noted that nothing from the shed was missing. 09-18-17 – Fraud/Credit Card Abuse – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A resident reported an unknown person using their credit card without permission. 09-21-17 – Fraud/Telephone – 200 blk. Fox Trot Lane, Double Oak – A resident had an unknown person call their home telephone and vaguely identify himself as working for a State commission out of Kansas. The caller claimed that our resident had made some large money transfers and they needed more information. The complainant contacted the Banking Commission of Kansas and determined that this was attempted fraud by telephone.

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Highland Village Police Blotter The following incidents were provided by the Highland Village Police Department: 9/1 - Possession of Marijuana - 2000 block of Village Parkway 9/2 - Animal Complaint Bite Report - 200 block of Lakeland Drive 9/2 - Animal Complaint Bite Report - 2600 Bierstadt Drive 9/2 - Burglary of Vehicle - 700 block of Highland Village Road 9/3 - Burglary of Vehicle - 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive 9/3 - Evading Arrest Detention - 600 block of Truman Court 9/4 - Fraud - 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane 9/5 - Burglary of Building - 100 block of Trails End 9/5- Burglary of Vehicle - 3400 block of Thornberry Trail 9/6 - Theft - 2200 block of Briarhill Road 9/7 - Burglary of Vehicle - 3400 block of Buckingham Lane 9/7 - Burglary of Vehicle - 900 block of Excalibur Drive 9/7 - Forgery - 100 block of Donna Circle 9/7 - Possession of Marijuana - Marketplace Lane / Justin Road 9/7 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road

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9/10 - Theft - 1000 block of Highland Village Road 9/11 - Theft - 400 block of Patricia Lane 9/12 - Aggravated Assault against Public Servant 3000 block of Spring Lake Court 9/12 - Evading Arrest Detention - 3000 Spring Lake Court 9/12 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 3100 block of Justin Road 9/12 - Possession of Marijuana - 3000 block of Spring Lake Court 9/14 - Organized Retail Theft - 4000 block of Waller Creek 9/15 - Possession of Controlled Substance - 2200 block of Justin Road 9/15 - Possession of Marijuana - 2200 block of Justin Road 9/16 - Fraud - 3100 block of Justin Road 9/16 - Possession of Marijuana - 400 block of Edgewater 9/18 - Burglary of Vehicle - 3100 block of Justin Road 9/23 - Burglary of Vehicle - 300 block of Highland Village Road 9/23 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 100 block of Highland Village Road 9/24 - Criminal Mischief - 3200 block of Justin Road 9/26 - Aggravated Assault with Weapon - 900 block of Aberdeen Drive 9/27 - Interfering with Emergency Call - 3100 block of Hillside Drive 9/27 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

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stole items valued about $320. On Sept. 7 at 11:53 p.m., someone reported that their vehicle was vandalized in the 300 block of Lakeside Parkway. On Sept. 11 at 10:46 a.m., a man reported in the 1100 block of Flower Mound Road that someone broke into his vehicle and took items valued more than $1,700. On Sept. 11 at 4:01 p.m., a daycare reported that its vehicle was vandalized in the 2500 block of Morriss Road. On Sept. 11 at 7:50 p.m., a man reported that someone stole a jacket and three watches valued more than $1,300 in the 3700 block of Twin Oaks Court. On Sept. 12 at 7:07 a.m., a woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle in the 11 block of Lexington Avenue, taking a gun and some credit cards. On Sept. 12 at 9:20 a.m., a woman reported that her $4,100 radio was stolen in the 600 block of Enterprise Drive. On Sept. 12 at 3:18 p.m., a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of deadly conduct in the 100 block of Long Prairie Road. On Sept. 12 at 5:02 p.m., someone reported

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that their home in the 5400 block of Hallford Court was burglarized, and their XBOX, games, computer and gun were gone, among other things. On Sept 15 at 6:41 p.m., a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of striking a fixture or highway landscape, criminal mischief and evading arrest with a vehicle in the 2000 block of Shumard Lane. On Sept. 18 at 12:51 p.m., a 20-year-old man was arrested in the 5600 block of Hwy 377 on suspicion of possession of marijuana and a controlled substance. On Sept. 20 at 9:13 a.m., a construction company reported that two houses in the 10800 block of Smoky Oak Trail was vandalized, causing nearly $850 in damage. On Sept. 23 at 9:21 a.m., a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DWI in the 200 block of Silveron Boulevard. It was at least his third DWI arrest, enhancing the charge to a third-degree felony. On Sept. 26 at 2:33 p.m., a 58-year-old man was arrested in the 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane on a warrant for second-degree felony assault/family violence. On Sept. 27 at 1:19 p.m., residents in the 4000 block of Saturn Street reported their home was burglarized and $500 of damage was done.

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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday: Table to Tummy ‘Cue at Bumbershoot Barbecue By Jay Marks

Whether you call it BBQ, barbecue, barbeque, or just plain ‘cue, one thing is for certain - we Texans love some good ol’ barbecue. And I’m not sure there’s any better way to enjoy some delicious barbecue than under the lights while enjoying some live music on a beautiful night. Which is exactly what I did at Bumbershoot Barbecue in Argyle! Bumbershoot is one of the newest additions to the same restaurant group that opened LSA and Barley & Board in Denton, as well as Earl’s 377 on the same corner in Argyle. Similar to their other restaurants, Bumbershoot has an incredible atmosphere. You order your food from the 32-foot trailer, all their meat is smoked in an adjoining trailer, and you get to

enjoy your food at one of the picnic tables situated under a canopy of lights. We were there on a stormy Saturday night and the place was still packed. Threats of thunder and lightning weren’t going to stop people from eating here! And the food was well worth it. Pitmaster, Jason Ramey, and Executive Chef, Chad Kelley, have created a fantastic menu. Bumbershoot serves up all your traditional barbecue favorites: brisket, turkey, ribs, chicken sausage and pulled pork. You can order your meat by the pound, on a plate served with two sides, or served up on a sandwich. But if you really want to try something unique to Bumbershoot, you’ve got to try their Loaded Tater Tots which are a mountain of tots topped with melted shredded cheddar cheese, chopped brisket, sour cream and jalapenos. They’ve also got some unique twists on classic barbecue sides. We had some of their Slaw which

was made with apples and jalapeno. It was so fresh and had some heat to it from the jalapeno. The perfect, light compliment to the rich and smoky meat. We also had some of their Baked Beans which were a delicious, peppery take on the classic. And if you want some dessert, you can walk just a few feet away to get yourself a Gnome Cone! This weekend should be the perfect weekend for you to visit Bumbershoot Barbecue if you haven’t already. Plan out some time to just sit under the night sky and enjoy some fantastic food, live music and games. It’s a place the whole family will love and we’re glad to have it right here in our backyard. Bumbershoot Barbecue is located at the northeast corner of FM 407 and Hwy 377 in Argyle. Open Tuesday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to sell out and 5 p.m. to sell out. Closed Mondays. Visit them online at www.bumbershootbbq.com or call 940595-1782.

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UT & AB UT Flower Mound Songstress Cranks Out Tunes By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

Pop artist Macy Maloy is releasing four new songs this fall, the young singer’s first new music in a while. She has about 600 more songs waiting. Maloy grew up in Coppell and launched a music career while attending the University of North Texas. She was a songwriter for about two years before she was signed to a record label out of the United Kingdom. For three years with the label, she wrote a lot of music but struggled to get it released. “I had heard stories about how it was harder to get music out after signing with a label,” Maloy said. “I got dropped from the label a few months ago, which was a huge blessing because now I get to re-

lease the music.” She’s been a country singer and a singer/songwriter, and she’s lived in Nashville and Los Angeles, but now Maloy is settling into Flower Mound and is happy that she’s putting out pop music “that I like and am proud of.” Maloy describes her music’s style as pop, with some soul, some storytelling and real lyrics over beats. She released a single, “Bleed,” in early September, and another one, called “Drive You Away,” will come out on Oct. 13. She plans to release two more singles soon after, and then move on to those hundreds of other songs she’s written. “I tend to write in albums, like around 15 songs about one phase of my life,” Maloy said. “These four songs, they don’t really have a group, they’re just something I’m passionate about. After they come out, then I’ll look to doing full albums.” Maloy said she’s been living in the Lakeside neighborhood for over a year, and she works several different jobs, including at a cleaning company on the side and as a personal assistant. She’s also promoting her new music and working on her artwork and graphics, but she expects to travel to play shows after her four new songs are released. Maloy’s website is macymaloy.com. Her music is available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and more.

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UT & AB UT November is Arts Month in Flower Mound! By Elizabeth Brannon and Tom Lohr

Arts month kicks off on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Flower Mound Public Library with Art Party 2017! This is the third annual town arts event and it promises something for everyone, from kids to teens to adults. Visual Arts from LISD and the Senior Center will be featured along with works from local artists, including painting and sculpting. Participants will have a chance to meet artists, as well as instructors. Rounding out this jam-packed couple of hours will be performances from school show choirs and other local groups. There will be face painting, snacking on cake, popcorn and punch, plus more for a grand time. Art Party gets bigger and better each year and this one is not to be missed. The next grand local tradition is the 16th Annual Cross Timbers Artist Guild Annual Open Studio Tour 2017, the following weekend on Friday to Sunday, Nov. 10-12. The Guild was formed to introduce the public to visual artists who live and work in the Cross Timbers area. The goal was not only to increase the awareness that art thrives in the area neighborhoods, but to encourage interest in the process; and, show how and where art is created. The tour this year includes 26 artists, displaying in 23 studios, who specialize in clay, fiber, wood, glass, metal, drawing, painting, sculpture, and new this year, musical instruments. Eventually, this column will profile each

of the artists of the guild. Today, we’re featuring two of the artists who contribute a lot of work to the Guild - Rebecca Pocai and Brenda Gribbin. Brenda Gribbin’s art is based on forms in nature. The use of charcoal reinforces the image of a plant-form, with the presence of its physical substance. The techniques of directional rubbing and manipulation of pigment, re-iterated lines and selective erasure translates her physical movements into that of the forms themselves; forms that are pushing up from earth, moving in wind, twisting and breaking. The viewer is invited to see familiar forms differently and interact with the simple details and color harmonies of Creation. Rebecca Pocai, the Guild’s outstanding webmaster, draws on her childhood memories of dusty antique shops and industrial warehouses, with those remembered dusty treasures now influencing her work. She tries to make her work in a fairly consistent manner, formed in a hand-made pattern, much as her father made rough models of fixtures. Her sculptural work of layering and textures created by spattered glaze, tool marks, hand painted details, or slight imperfections provides the aesthetic her work celebrates. The Guild artists will open their studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12. The Tour will be preceded by an Open House, Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Premier Gallery, 1681 Justin Rd., (FM 407), Ste. 200, Flower Mound, where two works from each artist will be on display. Please refer to the map below for locations. More information is available at the Guild website: crosstimbersarts.com.

Pumpkin Patch Celebrates 25 Years By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

For some in southern Denton County, it doesn’t really feel like fall until the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is up and running on FM 1171. The Pumpkin Patch brought in six tractortrailers full of pumpkins last month in preparation of its 25th season, which began Oct. 1. You’ll find more than pumpkins at the patch, of course. There are bounce houses, hay rides, hay mazes and other fun familyfriendly activities. Food vendors are there on weekends. All the activities are free. Just bring money for $5 parking on weekdays and $10 parking on weekends, and if you want to buy pumpkins or food. Jan Balekian, who owns the property and runs the Pumpkin Patch, said she loves that she has been able to watch kids in the community come back every year, even after they’ve grown up. “All the kids who my kids hung out with are now bringing their kids,” she said. The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch got started with humble beginnings back in the

early 1990s, Balekan said. Her daughter worked in their garden, and they let her sell the vegetables. Soon, they moved on to selling a pickup load of pumpkins from a farmer’s market. Around the same time, Balekian learned of some churches and families looking for a pumpkin patch to take kids to, and the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch was born. It has grown over the years into a large Flower Mound fall staple with 55 employees geared toward giving families a fun outing. “There are so few wholesome activities for families,” Balekian said. “We don’t do scary but put more emphasis on the fall season and festival-type atmosphere. I try to keep everything more enjoyable for families and kids that can still enjoy what we have left of a country atmosphere.” The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, 5100 Cross Timbers Road, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day through the month of October, weather permitting. This time of the year is by far the busiest for Balekian. After the pumpkins are cleared out, Balekian and her team prepare for Christmas tree season, which they started about 10 years ago. They’ll bring in about 600 fresh live Christmas trees and begin selling them the day after Thanksgiving. “I’m a big believer in letting Christmas come after Thanksgiving, so we don’t start the trees until after Thanksgiving,” Balekian said. But what about when it isn’t pumpkin or Christmas season? “That’s when I rest,” she said with a laugh. “This is about all I can handle, but I love doing it. My kids offer to pay me to not do it, but keeps me young and it keeps me going.” Visit flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com for more information.

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ARGYLE: October 21 - Argyle Town Hall meeting at 9 a.m. Discuss issues with town officials. 940464-7273 October 21 - Keep Argyle Beautiful Fall Town Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Argyle Town Hall, 308 E Denton Drive. 940-4647273 October 21 - Retirement Celebration for Dr. Haire, Liberty Christian School Founder from 7 to 9 p.m. at Liberty Christian School, 1301 South Highway 377. 940-294-2000 October 28 - Free Fall Community Event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in parking lot behind Fuzzy’s, Bumbershoot BBQ and Kimzey’s Coffee. Bounce house, face painting, dunk booth, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin patch.  November 4 - Morning Coffee with the Mayor at 9 a.m. at Argyle Town Hall. 817-693-5280 November 4 - Argyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Argyle High School, 191 US 377. Featuring over 75 vendors. All proceeds benefit Project Graduation. argyleholidayshop@gmail.com BARTONVILLE: October 21 - Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bartonville Town Center, 2650 FM 407. Proceeds benefit Living for Zachary. To participate: 940-367-1798. www.bartonvilletc. com DOUBLE OAK: October 17 - Double Oak Women’s Club general meeting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Make

crafts to donate to next month’s auction. www. doubleoakwomensclub.com October 21 - DOWC Children’s Fall Festival from 1 - 4 p.m. at Double Oak Town Hall Park. www.doubleoakwomensclub.com FLOWER MOUND: October 10 - Women’s Health Event at 6:30 p.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, 4400 Long Prairie Road. Complimentary cake decorating with Jenny Layne Bakery and dinner donated by Seven Loaves Catering. Wear a pink outfit for a chance to win a prize. RSVP at 469-322-7085. October 10 - Medicare Aware 101 at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register, call 972-8746165 or email fmpl@flower-mound.com. October 12 - Retirement Ready: Taxes in Retirement (Part 2 of 3 part series) at 6:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Senior Center, 2701 W. Windsor Drive. RSVP at 972-8746110.

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October 13 - Wild Bill’s Texas Cup at Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 W Windsor Drive. Benefitting Make-A-Wish North Texas. www. wildbillstexascup.com October 13 - Haunted Lock-In from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to this after-hours event for games and activities. Sign up at the Youth Services Desk by October 12. 972-874-6165 October 14 - Bridlewood Community Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 14 - Voices of Flower Mound: Rock ‘n Roll at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Community Church, 3415 Cross Timbers Road. 214-2150895 October 19 - Retirement Ready: Medicare and Retirement (Part 3 of 3 part series) at

6:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Senior Center, 2701 W. Windsor Drive. RSVP at 972-8746110. October 20-22 - Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Presale October 20: 5 to 7 p.m.; October 21: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 22: 1 to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit Library programs and services. call 972-8746165 October 21 - Fangtacular Movie Fest - Hotel Transylvania 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Road. Movie will begin at 7 p.m. October 23 - Consciously Parenting Our Tweens & Teens Flower Mound Meet-up from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at LaMadeline, 2500 Cross Timbers Road. October 24 - Let’s Talk College: What You Need to Know Right Now at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register, call 972-874-6165 or email fmpl@ flower-mound.com.

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October 28 – Flower Mound United Methodist Church Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3950 Bruton Orand Blvd. To donate items, email foglemichelle@hotmail.com

Ongoing - Lakeside Music Series every Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway. See schedule at LakesideDFW.com

October 28 - Haunted Library from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. For grades K-5. Tricks and treats tours will begin every fifteen minutes. Tickets for each tour will be available at the Youth Services Desk starting at noon. 972874-6165

Ongoing - Farmers Market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Parker Square. www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

October 28 - Pumpkin Dive from 1 to 3 p.m. at Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Road. Dive for pumpkins in the CAC indoor pool. For ages 3-14. www.flower-mound.com October 29 - Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trietsch United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. Bounce houses, ice cream trucks and children’s activities. Free event. www.tmumc.org/trunkortreat October 30 - Health Insurance Basics at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. To register, call 972-8746165 or email fmpl@flower-mound.com. November 3 - Art Party from 5-7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library. Celebrate the local arts with The Cross Timbers Gazette. 972-874-6200 November 4 - Touched by Suicide Memorial Walk at 8:30 a.m. at Parker Square, 440 Parker Square. www.touchedbysuicide.net November 11 - Dorothy’s Dash 5K at Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony Road. Proceeds benefit the Texas Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. To register, visit www.flower-mound.com/dorothysdash or 972-874-6276.

HIGHLAND VILLAGE: Now through November 1- Free Chiropractic Treatments for First Responders at Trinity Wellness Center, 2250 Highland Village Rd, #200. Free to police, firefighters, and EMTs who helped those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 972-317-9355. October 20-21 - The Enlightened Mom Weekend Workshop at The Union in Highland Village, 2300 Highland Village Rd., #900. www.terribritt.com/moms October 21 - 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K at The Shops of Highland Village. 5K race, civilian bike race and a police team bike race. Live music, demonstrations, raffle prizes, silent auction, kid zone, food. 5K run begins at 8 a.m. Bike races begin at 5 p.m. 972-899-5131 October 21 - Family Campout at 2:30 p.m. at Pilot Knoll Park Campground, 218A Orchid Hill Rd. Cost: $50 (4 campers, additional camper $10,) includes activities, dinner, snack for breakfast. 972-317-7430 October 28 - Trick & Treat Halloween Event at The Shops at Highland Village. Canine/ child costume contest parade, hayrides and themed carnival games. 972-317-7500 November 2 - Quarter Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at Hidden Pines Chapel, 2380 Nelson Pkwy. Benefiting Hearts for Homes. www.

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October 18 - Wine and Chocolate Tasting at 7 p.m. at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. 940-728-1660

October 21 - Kid’s Fishing from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center. 940-7281660

October 20 - Dallas Arboretum Trip from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35 event fee. To register, email aslovak@insightam.com. 940-728-1660

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with my neighbors is a dream come true.” State Draft House became a dream of Hendrikson’s 10 years ago, and he switched careers from working as an engineering manager and director at Fidelity Investments. Professionally trained staff, including Ciceronecertified beer serves, help guide customers to a craft beer they will enjoy. State Draft House also serves lunch and dinner with “creative twists on classic American comfort food.” The menu shows that this is clearly no typical pub fare. Starters include spicy gulf crab cakes with mango salsa, smoked brisket poutine and sweet and spicy pickles, among others. Customers are also able to order salads, sandwiches and burgers, tacos and other entrees, sides and desserts. It’s important to ownership that the kitchen serve fresh ingredients “sourced as locally as possible.” Hendrikson and Jonathan Pinto, the general manager and co-owner, chose the location in part because of “the area’s dynamic development.” “Our location is one of the few in south Flower Mound that has retail on all four corners. There’s a lot of traffic driving by each day,” Pinto said. “Besides, who doesn’t want to grab a great beer on their way home from work?” For more information, visit State Draft House’s website at www.statedraft.com.

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the industry” after getting to know some brewers in the area, and it prompted her to shift her career as a school counselor to begin working to open a new bar, and soon the Local Pint concept was born. Initially, nearly all the beers on tap will be from Texas breweries, said Phillip Coleman, the general manager, but the drink menu will expand to include more craft breweries nationwide. The lunch and dinner menu has a strong emphasis on fresh, quality food. “It’s truly a scratch kitchen,” Coleman said. Photo by Brian Maschino “The only items that are State Draft House in Flower Mound recently opened to a crowd. frozen are the french fries, and that’s only because we Local Pint don’t have the room to cut them ourselves.” Local Pint is located at 2750 Churchill Drive, just Coleman said Local Pint will have some traditional pub southwest of the intersection of FM 1171 and 2499. fare “with our spin on it,” as well as some unique items, Local Pint has 50 craft beer taps, a scratch kitchen, healthy and vegan options. The menu also incorporates growler fills and wine on draft, and it’ll be “going for a neighborhood Cheers atmosphere,” said co-owner Anna beer, naturally, whether it’s in sauces or batters, and some items are designed to pair with certain styles of beer. Borland. Borland, a Flower Mound High School alumnus, said Borland, a general manager and co-owner with Donald the support of the town has been encouraging. Harvey, said she loves craft beer and “fell in love with “The community of Flower Mound is so excited to have us here,” Borland said. This is the first Local Pint location, and, Borland said, they hope to expand to other locations in the future. For more information, visit Local Pint’s website at localpint.beer. What’s On Tap We couldn’t omit from our beer-lover list the ever-popular What’s On Tap that opened its doors in February 2015. Tucked inside the District of Highland Village off FM 407, What’s On Tap has an assortment of local brewers’ yields all in one location where Brad Trapnell has created a business based on a lifelong love of the yeasty beverage. A brewer himself, Brad dabbled in home brewing as he worked in the mortgage loan service industry, realizing recently that a dream could become a reality if he just sat down and drew up a business plan. “My wife and I would drive to downtown Dallas,” he said of the couple’s jaunts south to find places serving local brews. “Our thinking transformed from ‘why can’t we do that’ to ‘why don’t we do that.’” So he did. And what he created is a blend of brewing history mixed with local flavor from

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the bar, is the large assortment of growlers – another historical element gaining in popularity in the brewing industry. The term, growler, is derived from when CO2 (carbon dioxide) escaped from homemade brews, creating a sort of growling sound. It later referred to the containers used to cart brews home. Over

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the years, growlers evolved into 32-ounce and 64-ounce bottles with darkened glass to limit the effects of sunlight on beer. The pub also offers a selection of rare and hard-to-find bottled and canned beers, wines by the glass and locally-brewed root beer. Along with sipping brews comes a

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desire to eat. So Brad worked with a Dallas friend to bring in jumbo pretzels, hot dogs, brat dogs and more. “Every brewery and every beer has a story,” Brad said. “This is a beer renaissance we’re living in right now.” Visit What’s On Tap at whatsontapbeer. com.


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Flower Mound Chamber Corner By Lori Walker, President

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and a wealth of information. As far as the Chamber is concerned, the ways that this entity has helped and supported us runs so deep that it is impossible to even measure. However...measure up… they do! Please help me honor our 2017 September Business of the Month – Jay Marks Real Estate. September Ambassador of the Month: Ellen Lane

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spirit. She has made the transition from a new member into a long time faithful friend of the Chamber. It is with great pleasure to present our September 2017 Ambassador of the Month to Ellen Lane of Engel & Volkers Flower Mound. New Members Adventure Kids Playcare Argyle ISD Emler Swim School Hanaya Sushi & Hibachi IntelliVoice, Inc. Lizzy Hoffman Peoples Mortgage Company Planet Payroll Primary Care Associates of Texas - PPG Health Sonora Factory Grill State Farm Insurance/Tammy Edwards Tan Evolution, LLC USHealth Advisors New Businesses Seven new businesses were issued a Certificate of Occupancy by Flower Mound within the last month: Farmer’s Insurance, 6021 Morriss Road, Suite 100

In the Flower Mound Business Community there is a multitude of businesses that exudes core values such as dependable, friendly, knowledgeable and commitment to efficient service. Our September Business of the Month is guilty of all the above. Teamwork is all important not only to the Chamber but to all businesses and in fact to all of our citizens as well. Our Business of the Month is truly a master of teamwork

Our September Ambassador of the Month has a long list of qualities that make her the top pick for this award. She only joined the Chamber in January of this year and hasn’t stopped being first in line to serve in whatever capacity we might need. She attends ribbon cuttings, luncheons and leads. She supports most all of the programs that the Chamber has to offer and comes with such a genuine

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LM Wireless, 401 Gerault Road, Building C Mena’s Restaurant, a Tex-Mex eatery, 2500 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 110 State Draft House, a restaurant and draft house, 1050 Flower Mound Road, Suite 280 TLC Family Health, a doctor’s office, 2601 Churchill Drive, Suite 100 New businesses in Highland Village: America’s Best Contact & Eyeglasses, 2012 Justin Road LV Foot Massage Spa, 1818 Justin Road People’s Mortgage Company, Village Creek Center Toni & Guy Salon in The Shops at Highland Village Please join us in welcoming these new businesses! Call 972-539-0500 or visit us at www. flowermoundchamber.com to learn more about your chamber.

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October 30 - Cloud 9 Charities Giving and Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Benefiting the Doug Smith Memorial Foundation. 214-4154806. November 3 - 2017 U-NITE Fall Festival from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Harpool Middle School, 9601 Stacee Lane. Carnival includes food, games and rides. Proceeds to Lantana elementary school PTAs. www.blantonpta.org NEARBY AREAS: October 13-15 and 20-22 - Actors Conservatory Theatre presents James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at 359 Lake Park Road, #118, Lewisville. www.getintotheact.org October 14 - 17th Annual Fall Round-Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine. Free admission. www. grapevinetexasusa.com October 14 - Master Gardener Fall Garden Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Denton County Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton. Free admission. Includes gardening tips, shopping, kid’s crafts and more. www. dcmga.com October 14 - 20th Annual Butterfly Flutterby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street, Grapevine. www.grapevinetexasusa.com October 14 - 12th Annual Celebrate Roanoke from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Downtown Roanoke, Oak Street. Free event. Live music, children’s activities, fireworks, food, shopping and more. www.roanoketexas.com

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October 16 - North Texas Fair and Rodeo 15th Annual Golf Tournament at Robson Ranch, 9400 Ed Robson Blvd, Denton. 940387-2632 October 18 - Denton County Master Gardener Association’s “Round Up” social event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St., Room 115, Denton. Open to Denton Country residents interested in becoming members of the Master Gardener Association. www.dcmga. com

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Every Sunday in October - Denton Main Street Association presents Twilight Tunes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn. Free admission. www.dentonmainstreet.org.

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Ongoing - Weight Loss Support Group every second Tuesday of the month at Medical City of Lewisville, 500 W Main St., Lewisville. 972219-6786

October 19 - Pajama Mammo Party from 5 to 8 p.m. at Medical City of Lewisville, 500 W Main St., Lewisville. Free event. 855-8804625 October 21 - Grace Like Rain Ministries Dancing in the Rain Gala at Robson Ranch. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Dinner with live country music from local singer/songwriter Tanner Fenoglio. Live/silent auction opportunities. gracelikerainministries.org October 26 - Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Information Seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Medical City of Lewisville, 500 W Main St., Lewisville. 855-880-4625 October 28 - 2017 Dinner Dance Fundraiser hosted by Texas Advocates For Senior Care from 6 to 10 p.m. at Robson Ranch Clubhouse, 9400 Ed Robson Blvd, Denton. www.taschelps.org 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, 1800 State Highway 26, Grapevine. www.ranchhandrescue.ejoinme. org

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accountable to be disciplined on and off the court and consistently have a great work ethic,” Laracuente said. “They are never satisfied and constantly want to know what they can do to improve their skills. This is just as important in the weight room during off-season workouts. When the student athletes take responsibility for their season and demand they give their best at all times, it pays off.” Laracuente said that the coaching staff is

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there to guide and help players realize their potential, but truly great teams are the ones where the athletes take every aspect of the game seriously. “If the coaching staff is consistently having to remind their athletes about taking care of the little things they should already be doing, it takes the focus and energy away from developing the team to play at a higher level,” Laracuente said. “Also, the chemistry of a team depends on the willingness of the athletes to put the team’s best interest above their own. “At Flower Mound, we define the roles the girls have on the team. Each and every role is important, whether they are a starter, or never see the court. All our wins come from each and every girl pushing each other in practice by being competitive and holding each other accountable to do their best.” Laracuente has coached at Flower Mound for 12 years and said she has learned a lot in that time, adding that even though she has always known what it takes to win and be successful, she has learned new strategies and techniques to help her players achieve their goals and be competitive. “After every season, I think it’s important to go through a time of reflection and be honest with yourself about the things you can improve on,” Laracuente said. “There are many amazing coaches in my life that have been great mentors; here at Flower Mound and at other schools. It’s a humbling experience when I get to pick their brains and get advice; and, I hope to accomplish as much as they have one day.” One person who already views Laracuente as an amazing coach and mentor is Danielle Barker, the first-year Marcus head coach and former assistant under Laracuente at Flower Mound High School. Barker said that Laracuente has taught her a lot about coaching. She added that she does not believe she would be where she is if it were not for the Flower Mound volleyball coach. “I have incorporated a ton of what I learned from being at Flower Mound and working under Marci,” Barker said. “She knew when she hired me that my goal was

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to become a head coach, so the two years I was there, she was teaching me the ins-andouts of running a program. We balanced each other out very well with her playing middle in college and me being a setter. “Everything I learned from her about front row positions I incorporate here at Marcus. As far as my own coaching philosophy goes, it is modeled after my mom’s program.” The Marcus coach has a great pedigree, as mother Jan Barker is the head coach at Amarillo High School and sister, Brianne Barker-Groth, is the varsity volleyball coach at Colleyville Heritage. Barker added that she felt a kinship from the get-go with Laracuente, so when the two teams squared off on Sept. 15, it was no surprise that it took five games for Flower Mound to pull out a 3-2 victory. “It is a lot of fun to coach against Marci,” Barker said. “I see her as a big sister and we are competitive with each other, just like I am with my sister, Brianne. We know each other so well and we prepare for games the same, so it is always fun to compete against her.” Marcus and Flower Mound will square off again at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Flower Mound High School. Barker said she believes a lot of the same things Laracuente does about winning teams and what it takes to compete for a playoff spot year in and year out. “Successful teams that I have been a part of as a player have all had the mindset of ‘we are not losing, period.’ And, [they] were all on the same page, had the same goals and would not let anyone keep us from achieving those goals,” Barker said. “We competed in everything we did and hated losing even one drill in practice. As a coach of successful teams here in Flower Mound, everyone was committed to the team and program and took care of their responsibilities outside of school, so they could come to practice 100-percent committed and focused. Everyone boughtin and that made a huge difference. “These are things that we, as a coaching staff at Marcus, strive to teach our athletes every day in practice from the varsity level to freshman.”


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Senior Art Class is Always in Session

On the Quest for a Crown

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

By Lyn Pry, Editor

Photo by Brian Maschino

No matter the medium, there is something for everyone at the Creative Arts and Technology Center in Robson Ranch.

At her 50th high school class reunion, one sixty-something graduate remarked, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!” Her portrait photo in the reunion book was taken on China’s Great Wall two years earlier. So, how do you envision your senior years? Many local retirees have opted

for active “seniority” by setting up housekeeping at Robson Ranch off I-35W in southern Denton County. The cozy community’s members-- who like to work with their hands-- organize art-related recreation, according to their own interests at the Ranch’s 11-yearold, multi-million dollar Creative Arts and Technology Center (CATC). See ARTS Page C4

Catherine Brown of Flower Mound will represent Texas this month at the Ms. Senior America pageant.

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Catherine Brown of Flower Mound was crowned Ms. Texas Senior America (MTSA) from among 18 contestants, all over 60-yearsold, who came from across the state, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Dallas on Aug. 5. According to the pageant website, MTSA champions healthy aging, wellness and mental well-being. The goal of Ms. Texas Senior America is to enrich and empower the lives of all seniors and promote the senior woman “in all her glory.” At 74-1/2-years-young, Brown is constantly active. Her 43-years working with IBM-beginning as a temp, to a regional manager, a short-lived retirement (21-years ago with her move to Texas), that transitioned into 11-years as an IBM contract employee. “I started with IBM in Syracuse, NY, then moved to Rochester, NY, followed by a move to Boston-- where I met my husband, Alan, who was my next-door-neighbor-- and then I retired and moved here (Flower Mound) to be near family.” At the time, her parents and sister were already living in Texas. Her son, Jeffrey, now lives in Michigan, but her two grandchildren live in Houston, as do her two great-grandchildren. Brown stressed the pageant is not a beauty See CROWN Page C3


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contest. The contestants are judged on their philosophy of life, interviews with judges, their talent and their gown presentations. Brown performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the talent portion of the competition. Brown has been a singer and musical performer since age 18, but has never had any formal training. Six-years-ago she formed the Silver Singers-- a group of performers who travel across the Metroplex visiting rehab and nursing home facilities to entertain the residents/ patients; especially those long-term residents who don’t have visitors or family in the area. “We perform a sort of one-act skit and insert familiar songs, which the audience knows well, so it becomes a ‘sing-along’ performance,” said Brown, adding that she gets more from the visits than the audience members. “Catherine blew the judges away with her beautiful voice and demure [presence],” Pageant Director Sarah Senter said. “She is truly a beautiful lady inside and out and will be a fabulous Ms. Texas Senior America.”

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Senter said Brown will be making several appearances across the Metroplex and, hopefully across Texas as well, throughout the year as a performer with the Cameo Club, an organization composed of former contestants and queens, which performs at senior villages and retirement homes. “I became a member last year as a pageant participant-- there are more than 50 of us in the group,” said Brown. “A calendar of upcoming performances is put up and people can sign-up for as many-- or as few-- performances as they like.” She placed third runner-up in the 2016 pageant, saying “I made so many new friends-for-life, that I decided to enter it [the pageant] again this year.” Brown will travel to Atlantic City, N.J., in anticipation of the day-long competition on Oct. 19. The women will be divided into two groups for three days on an all-expenses paid trip and compete against women from all over the U.S. for the title of Ms. Senior America 2017. Brown is the third woman from the Lewisville Senior Center to earn the title of Ms. Texas Senior America. Her victory follows that of Gaynelle Carley Gray in 1992 and Jill Beam in 2015.

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Immediately inside the front entrance is the library, complete with cases of paper reading, electronic entertainment, internet café, plus puzzle and board game tables. Down the hall is the soundproof woodshop where people in heavy aprons and safety goggles scurry around an array of tools big and small. Their workmanship fills a glass wall gallery between the shop and a spacious, light-filled multi-purpose studio for painters. Next to that is the technology instruction room, more display galleries, a large craft sewing room, plus a clay and ceramics studio. Have we missed anything? CATC Facilities Chairman Linda Terry has “been around,” as the saying goes. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., then left Seattle to become a Texan 17-years-ago. Photo by Brian Maschino “Fun like college,” is how she describes life at Robson Linda Terry and Joey Misiazek at the Creative Arts and Technology Ranch. “The opportunities for personal growth are Center. diverse.” She enjoys knitting and crocheting in quiet moments, but “I’m an active person who likes to stay (and the Ranch woodshop manager),” agrees. Growing busy and productive.” She accomplishes the busy and up around the construction business, he later retired productive angles by filling several committee positions from a computer technology career in Pueblo, Co., and on the Robson Ranch Homeowners Association Board six-years-ago found his retirement thrill in the state-ofof Directors. “But what I really enjoy is seeing those the-art carpentry facility at Robson Ranch. “As a kid I around me bloom.” learned heavy-duty woodworking,” but, these days, fine Joey Misiazek, a Massachusetts native son selfart products tickle his imagination. described as Chairman Linda’s CATC “heavy lifter The August 2017 edition of the Robson Ranch

newsletter listed more than 100 activities and interest groups, from fine art painting to yoga. Between alphabetical A through Y categories, there’s ballroom dancing, choral music, volunteer service organizations, genealogy, photography, Bible study, every sport imaginable, pottery, needlecrafts, and woodworking, to mention only a few from the things-to-do lineup. Many instructors live in Robson Ranch, but special guest teaching is a frequent treat. This past summer, the University of North Texas (UNT) announced Robson Ranch is a site for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), the school’s facility for adults aged 50 and older. The 100+ OLLI classes are taught by UNT professors and area professionals. The Institute sponsors events, activities, travel and special interest groups. At last count, more than 120 Robson Ranch residents enrolled. Misiazek pointed out that, on a regular basis, 170 people use the CATC woodshop, which partnered with Denton Kiwanis to produce 28 “Little Libraries” to install in underprivileged neighborhoods in the city. Eightyfive people participate in photography classes and 52 volunteer at the Ranch library. Robson Communities, Inc. does not create or manage the recreational groups. “The people who live here,” he says, “take that responsibility. We enjoy and use the Ranch’s terrific facilities. Retirement is slower than the child-rearing and career years, but still an active time of life.” Many Robson Ranch homeowner craftsmen and artists also build private studios called casitas on their personal piece of the “Robson Eden.” The world around the Ranch might refer to these spaces as a man’s cave or a woman’s craft room. It’s a place to hole-up with imagination and all that accumulated stuff you kept buying to use “someday when I have free time.” Terry agrees, “Retirement is definitely a time to experience balance and make the most of life’s gifts.” Instead of gulping a “cuppa,” then running off; take time to smell the coffee! When he was 39, Misiazek received an extraordinary wake-up call regarding life’s gifts. Tangled in the life rope of an upended whitewater raft, he was dragged underwater for more than three terrifying miles. “My dead cousin lifted me out of the water with the comment it wasn’t my time to go yet.” To that end Misiazek sees life’s later years as a time to let friendships bloom, help neighbors and experience the community and family through giving back. He and his wife, Kitty, are the parents of two sons and nine grandchildren. His mantra is the New Testament injunction to do unto others. “Everyone desires dignity and deserves respect,” he said. “I’ve moved many times over the years,” Terry said, “and that influenced my personal perspective in a good way.” She and her husband, Dennis, have four children and four grandchildren. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” is her advice to the kids and grandkids and anyone else who might be interested in what she thinks about life. “The important thing is to make the effort to get along with other people during your time here,” she said. Asked if they had another chance at life, what would these two retirees do differently? Both laughed then contemplated the question. Terry would tell her girls to work harder at math and science. Misiazek said he’d be more conscientious about family time. Both couples came to Texas to be near their families. Terry has only good things to say about becoming Texan. “It’s a great retirement spot,” Misiaszek said. Contact the writer at noellemhood@gmail.com


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Our Most Vulnerable Deserve the Utmost Financial Protection By State Representative Tan Parker

With over 3 million senior citizens currently residing in Texas and the large baby boomer population aging into retirement, many of us have taken on the responsibility of caring for our elderly parents or relatives. This not only includes making certain they have proper housing, healthcare, and food, but also protecting their financial security. While the elderly in Texas are vital to the health and wellness of our state, they are also commonly targets for financial abuse. Throughout our state and nation, seniors are a constant target for financial exploitation and abuse, and as that population grows, the threat only grows bigger. Unfortunately, not a week goes by where there is not a case in the news of an elderly individual being swindled out of their hard-earned dollars they have collected over the years.  Older consumers are often targets for financial abuse because they may have significant assets or equity in their homes and often have Social Security or a pension coming to them regularly. They may also be especially vulnerable due to isolation, cognitive decline, physical disabilities, or other

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health problems. Certain factors also increase the risk or likelihood an elderly person will be the victim of financial abuse or exploitation. This increased risk for financial exploitation is due in part to seniors having a higher than average net worth, along with an increase in cognitive impairment that comes with age. Nationally about half of people in the 80-plus age range suffer from significant cognitive impairment, which makes the process of making important financial decisions exceedingly difficult. In 2016, an AARP report revealed impairment of financial capacity as one of the earliest indicators of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias.  It is estimated that seniors are exploited out of over $36 billion per year in the United States. Yet, in recent studies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported that only 17 percent of seniors actually report having been the victim of financial exploitation and very few cases even come to the attention of family members or protective services. A new law in Texas aims to stop this exploitation by giving financial institutions, securities professionals, dealers and investment advisors more power in the fight against those that would harm seniors.  During the recently concluded 85th Legislative Session, I carried and passed House Bill 3921 to authorize such financial institutions to place holds on individual transactions if the institution suspects financial


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exploitation is occurring. These institutions do not have the authority to place holds on entire accounts in this instance. The holds can last a maximum of 10 business days, unless an extended hold is requested by a state or federal agency, or a law enforcement agency investigating the suspected financial exploitation. This extended hold can only last for a maximum of 30 business days after the expiration of the initial hold. If a financial institution believes financial exploitation is occurring they are required to investigate the situation and submit a full report to the Adult Protective Services (APS) division of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The law also requires each financial institution to adopt internal policies, programs, plans, or procedures for placing a hold on a transaction involving an account of a vulnerable adult and requires a financial institution to have cause that

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financial exploitation is occurring before placing a hold on a transaction and beginning the reporting process to help prevent abuse of this law. This new law took effect on September 1st. House Bill 3921 aims to identify and stop elder financial abuse at the source and to minimize the amount of losses suffered by the elderly and vulnerable adult populations in Texas. By giving the financial institutions that are closest to seniors a stronger ability to curb exploitation, we can minimize and, ultimately, eliminate financial abuse of our elderly population. 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

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Seniors in Focus “A Place for Mom” Helps Simplify Decisions

information, which saves the family time,” said Pardi. “They don’t have to get on the internet and Google and look up everything. By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer Within a few hours of calling with all of their information, we can With so many people have them touring a place.” already age 65 and older and Whether it’s independent millions more from the Baby living, assisted living, Boom generation on the way, residential care homes, having information on where Alzheimer’s care, specialized they might live and be cared memory care, skilled nursing, for in their Golden Years is home care or any other daily vital. living activities, A Place for Fortunately, A Place for Mom knows about them. It Mom is the nation’s largest can even connect people with assisted senior living referral respite (short-stay) care needs service currently helping during the busy upcoming nearly 200,000 families holiday season. through more than 20,000 Kimberly Pardi with A Place Pardi also knows senior providers. Its services are for Mom helps find living arproviders in the community, paid for by its participating rangements for seniors. including healthcare experts, communities, and therefore social workers, discharge are offered at no-charge to families. planners, home health companies, In southern Denton County and beyond, hospice companies, senior centers, the first point of contact often is Kimberly financial planners, attorneys and caregiver Pardi, area community relations advisor and companies. a long-time heath care resource consultant. “We’re not just a high-income referral “I’ve always been an information center source,” Pardi said. “We will see what for seniors, because I’ve been working with resources we can gather for you and what seniors my entire career,” she said. you can afford to move into. If there is Pardi-- and the 25 advisors she works someone out there that really doesn’t have with-- connect approximately 125 people an income, we can furnish a list of incomedaily with more than 400 area providers. based housing and Medicaid.” They first find out what services are Pardi and the advisors also can research needed, how much money is available for additional income sources such as Veterans’ those services and when and where they are benefits to allow clients better options. needed. They then tap into their extensive For more information, contact Pardi database to match the right providers with at 972-841-1554, or kimberlyp2@ those clients. aplaceformom.com. “By calling me with A Place for Mom, they [the advisors] will get them all the


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Fundraising Dinner Set for Nursing Home Advocacy Group

Texas ranks at the very bottom of the national list for the quality of its long-term care facilities. There are quality nursing homes in Texas-- 149 facilities in Texas ranked “much above average” in quality of care. Unfortunately, this is only a little over 10-percent of the 1,227 total care facilities in the state; more than 44-percent are currently rated as “below or much below average” by Medicare. Considering that Medicare’s data relies on surveys done by overworked surveyors-- who rarely ever have the time needed to execute a full and complete survey-- and self-reported data from the facilities themselves. One wonders how many more facilities would fall within these sub-par categories, if surveyors were given the time and space they need to do complete and thorough surveys. The recent storms this September clearly demonstrated to horrified families in South Texas and Florida that their loved ones were not safe in their care facilities. Unfortunately, it is not only in times of crisis that our quality of care fails.

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councils designed to identify issues and with this information work with the existing administration to correct the deficiencies. All of this is done for no charge by a cadre of dedicated volunteers.” In Port Arthur, Texas, two different nursing homes had to be evacuated by “Cajun Navy” heroes. When these brave volunteers attempted to evacuate the patients, they were refused permission to move them by the administrators of the nursing homes. In one instance, an administrator of Margie Sullivan, Executive Director, Texas Advo- one of the larger nursing home chains cates for Senior Care was arrested and handcuffed by October has been designated as local police for interfering with the Resident’s Right’s month by the humanitarian evacuation. The TASC fundraising dinner dance National Consumer Voice for Quality will be held in the Robson Ranch Long Term Care. Texas Advocates for Senior Care (TASC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide advocacy for those individuals who are currently receiving-- or are in need of-- longterm care. “This year, for the first time, we will be holding a fundraising dinner dance on Saturday, Oct. 28, to support our nonprofit’s efforts,” shared Executive Director Margie Sullivan. “We provide site visits to nursing homes when asked by a resident or family member. We establish family

Clubhouse at 9400 Ed Robson Blvd., in Denton on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The ticket price includes dinner and one drink coupon per person. [NOTE: vegetarian or gluten-free meals are available with tickets purchased 72-hours prior to the event.] The 6 to 7 p.m. cocktail hour will feature music by John Murphy and Eric Scortia, with the evenings featured entertainment by Alton Bridge, one of the hottest new vocal groups in North Texas. For more information about the organization, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.taschelps.org.


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Marcus Grad Authors Dog Book by Clairissa Cooper, Contributing Writer

own place, she adopted a dog from Dallas Animal Services. Darcie, a mutt, became her muse and inspiration for writing the introduction to the book and is featured in

Erika Riggs and Darcie.

Some childhood dreams never materialize. However, for Erika Riggs, two dreams came true. Riggs, a 2006 Marcus High School grad and alumni of Heritage Elementary and Briarhill Middle School in Highland Village, always wanted a dog of her own. Along with her fondness of furry friends, Riggs loved to read and set a goal to one day publish a book. Both dreams came true for this local girl. If It Sits, I Licks is a quote book for dog-lovers that features captivating photography and quotes from fellow doglovers, owners, rescuers, and influencers on social media platforms. Riggs says the book is for all ages – adults and children alike. Riggs never had a dog growing up, but as soon as she became an adult with her

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one of the photos. “It was always my dream to have a dog of my own,” said Riggs. “She really is my fur baby.” Her roots to Highland Village and the schools she attended still hold a special place in her heart. Riggs delivered a signed copy of the book to the Heritage Elementary School library where two of her former teachers, Francita Ulary and Michael Kloske, accepted the donation. She credits her time at Marcus for setting her on the path to publishing. “I was on the yearbook staff and English Honor Society at Marcus and that really sparked my interest. My interest turned into a passion, which turned into a career opportunity. The things you learn in high school really do stick with you and matter,” said Riggs. Riggs graduated from Brigham Young

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University in Communications and went on to work in marketing and publicity for a publishing house called Familius that produces family-friendly content appropriate for all ages. “It’s so nice not having to worry about marketing a book that conflicts with my

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own standards and values. You really don’t have to compromise your beliefs to be successful in the business world,” said Riggs. If It Sits, I Licks is available at Earthwise Pet Supply in Flower Mound, Costco and Amazon.com.


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Taking Green to the Next Level Jorge Gaona, owner of TreeNewal, is a student at the University of North Texas maintaining a 3.8+ GPA. After working for the past 15 years for a family landscaping company and developing a passion for sustainable development, Gaona said, “I saw an opportunity to create my own business that would help customers fulfill the need of saving their distressed trees.” Trees can be the focal point of any residence or business, however trees in urban environments require more care than in nature. The lifespan of these trees are often much shorter due to stressors such as

Jorge Gaona, owner of TreeNewal.

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soil compaction, root cutting, or watering issues. The only solution before was to replace the trees after they died. This can cost a homeowner or business thousands of dollars. The solution: TreeNewal, a tree care company that specializes in helping distressed trees flourish by solving tree issues at the source, the roots. “We use a root aeration process with a patented IBA pellet used to promote cell division in root hairs.” Gaona said. This helps trees and their root systems by optimizing their ability to intake water and nutrients. TreeNewal works to help trees reclaim their health, rather than removing them. “Moreover, it was also a chance to give back to the world around me,” Gaona said.

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Giving back is an important cornerstone of TreeNewal. Aside from saving the trees of North Texas, for every tree that TreeNewal treats, a tree is planted through the National Forest Foundation. To date, TreeNewal has donated over 200 trees to national forests across America. If you believe your trees to be under stress, you may contact TreeNewal through their website (www.treenewal.com), by phone (817-680-4791), or by email (info@ treenewal.com). “We have an ISA certified arborist on our team who can complete a total tree care assessment,” Gaona said. “This will ensure that the trees on your property are given the best possible care.”


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traumatic stress disorder and hearing loss. Dealing with the mental effects of combat and adjusting to life since losing his leg, Wilson is grateful for a home specifically modified to fit his needs as an injured veteran.

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growing veteran population. “The comradery in the neighborhood I think is what’s really attracted us,” said Laura, Kody’s wife. The Wilson’s are moving to the community from Laura’s family is from, Marble Falls. A Kansas native, Wilson said the community is a perfect fit, being midway

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between their two families. Being in a young community has Wilson looking forward to his own young family’s future. “Words cannot describe our appreciation,” Wilson said. “To not to have to worry about rent and the kids will actually have a place to call home.”

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Army Sergeant Kody Wilson (second from left) received a mortgage-free home in Harvest.

Hundreds of supporters from around the budding Harvest community gathered to welcome its newest family, retired U.S. Army Sgt. Kody Wilson, a Purple Heart recipient, with a mortgage-free home on Saturday, Sept. 9. Initially being announced as the recipient of the home in the growing Northlake-Argyle community at a ceremony on March 25, the family was greeted at their welcoming ceremony with two flyovers and a parade. “It’s amazing; I mean, does your house look like that?” asked Wilson, standing with his wife, Laura, after their first home walkthrough. “The ceilings, everything fully furnished, matches the colors – it’s our style.” An Iraq veteran who served two tours, in 2005 and 2007, Wilson’s left leg was amputated after an IED hit his platoon. Following his physical recovery, Wilson still suffers from anxiety disorder, post-

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“No day is a promised day,” he said. “When I put on my leg, I’m gimping around, got a sore on my leg or whatever. The roll-in showers, the wider doorways, just how open the house is, it’s a lot easier.” The home was donated by the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes-- a veteran’s organization that provides support to service members and families-- in partnership with Highland Homes and Ross Perot, Jr.’s, Hillwood Communities. “The least that we can do is to invite you into our community of Harvest, and let you raise your family here,” said Perot, addressing Wilson during the ceremony. “We love each other, we help each other, we care for each other and we defend each other. Kody, thank you for defending us.” This is the second home donated in the Harvest community, which already has a

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Gorgeous single story home in beautiful Briarhill Estates of Highland Village. Beautifully updated kitchen with abundant granite countertops & updated appliances. Beautiful wood flooring & updated carpet. Updated Carrier HVAC system with UV light to kill bacteria. Two living areas. large private backyard with greenbelt view. Near The Shops of Highland Village. Excellent neighborhood & excellent schools! Call Raisa Wilfong 817-371-3946

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Are You the “Family Bank”? If you are the person your family turns to for financial support, these insights from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management could help you figure out how to say yes—or no.

Glen D. Smith right thing to do.”

Almost every family has one: the person everyone calls when money is tight and they need a helping hand. The more financially responsible you are, the more likely you may be considered “the family bank,” according to a 2013 study conducted by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave, an organization that explores the challenges of aging. The study, called Family & Retirement: The Elephant in the Room, found that almost two-thirds of people over age 50 provide financial support to family members, with the overwhelming majority saying they do so because “it is the

Still, if you are that person, you have probably wished sometimes that you could just say no. Maybe you have your own financial issues to deal with, or you doubt the money will be used wisely. Or you are convinced your kids will learn more by saving on their own for a house, a car, a vacation or another big purchase. Naturally, you will want to be there for your family members when they really need you. But there are times when it makes sense to say a polite no, even to those closest to you. Yet whatever your answer, this can be an opportunity, says Michael Liersch, head of Behavioral Finance at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. By bringing issues out into the open, you may empower everyone involved and pave the way for more productive, sustainable relationships about money within your family. If you are considered “the family bank,” these rules could help. Four Rules of the Family Bank 1. Start talking about money with your children when they are young. “It is a good idea to schedule regular family meetings to discuss the role that money plays in your family’s life and how your financial decisions reflect your family’s values,” Liersch says. “From an early age, allow children to ask questions about your decisions so that they can begin to understand the reasoning behind them and develop sound money management habits of their own.” With that grounding, they may have more realistic expectations if they find themselves in a financial bind and consider asking you for help. 2. Create a budget for giving. Even if you pass on your own sound money management habits, there are bound to be times when relatives will need your help. Yet the Family & Retirement survey found that 88% of respondents had not made provisions in their budgets for helping family members financially. “We create budgets for such things as travel or shopping, so why not for family giving?” asks Bill Hunter, director of Personal Retirement Strategy and Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Hunter advises that you determine how much you can commit to this purpose without

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disrupting your retirement saving and your current financial needs. When you have that figure, consider your other priorities. Are there any lifestyle changes you may need to make to keep giving to family members when times get tough? Most important: Do you already have an emergency fund to ensure that you can handle unexpected expenses of your own? 3. Set firm guidelines for saying yes. Decide in advance under which circumstances you would feel comfortable giving or lending money. “If you are going to make a gift of the money, think about using the occasion as a teaching moment,” Hunter suggests. Without preaching or sounding judgmental, try to explain to your relative what you have done to put yourself in a position to provide this assistance. Have you kept your debt under control, for instance, or lived within your means or avoided high-interest credit cards? “For young adults in the family, this could be a valuable lesson,” he says. “If you expect to be paid back, create a loan document,” recommends Joseph C. Schmieder, principal consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. This may include details on how frequently repayments will be made, and whether you will charge interest. If a family member has asked you to invest in a business, request a business plan or other formal details on how the money will be used. “It is important for the recipient to understand your terms,” Hunter says. 4. When you must say no, avoid making it personal. Instead of blaming family members for their financial troubles or questioning their plans, “develop a core philosophy that applies to everyone,” Liersch says. “Explain that this philosophy has helped your family build its wealth and that any loan or gift decisions will be made based on your core values,” such as a strong work ethic or self-sufficiency. If you dread refusing a request, prepare your reasons beforehand so that you can explain them unemotionally, Liersch suggests. If you cannot afford to give, outline the reasons why. And remember, he adds—even saying no can be a chance to say yes in terms of communicating with your family about money habits and values. When a family business is involved, Schmieder notes, it is possible that your relatives may not understand the company’s financial limits. “Not everyone may be aware, for instance, that company owners have an obligation to reinvest profits into their businesses to maintain growth,” he says. Use this opportunity to explain that the company’s profits cannot be a ready source for gifts or loans. As you consider each request, it is always important to remember that gifts or loans to family members will have a direct impact on your retirement planning. An unwritten fifth rule, Hunter says, might be: “Beware of being overly generous, or you could end up needing financial help yourself.” For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, Glen D. Smith, of the Flower Mound, Texas office at 972.874.1842 or Glen_smith@ml.com. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”) a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp”). Investment products: © 2017 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

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October 2017

Lakeside Area Searching for a Vision By Lyn Pry, Editor

The joint work session with the Flower Mound Town Council and Planning & Zoning Commission on Sept. 25 was held to discuss the future for the undeveloped 290-acres of the Lakeside area at the town’s southern border with Grapevine along FM 2499. Repeating the luck of having medical instrument giant Stryker’s decision to locate its world headquarters in Flower Mound is most unlikely. The almost five-hour meeting could be deemed successful, in that all parties in attendance agreed that a consensusof-vision needs to be reached, in order to form a plan for development. Unfortunately, that vision isn’t clear; like driving into a dense fog bank without even fog lights on the car. It also was apparent that since the start of the economic recovery in 2010, past Town Councils have kept “kicking the Lakeside can down the road.” Well, the town has run out of more road. It’s time for Flower Mound’s Town Council to pickup the Lakeside can and list its contents– as well as what’s not included. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant expressed the question on most people’s mind: “How do we get from today to that vision?” Among the speakers who offered some answers to his question were: Lakeside DFW and Lakeside Village developer Richard Myers, managing director of Realty Capital Management; Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at The River Walk developer Scott Tarwater of Newstream

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Hotels & Resorts– developers of the future Unscripted Hotel in Lakeside Crossing; Flower Mound resident and property broker Doug Carignan, executive vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Dallas, who has been involved with attracting new lease-holders in properties like the former Encana Oil & Gas 12story, 318,000-square-foot office tower in Plano; and, Nathan Durham, senior vice president of Transwestern’s agency leasing group since 2013, who has most recently been involved building a new five-story, 310,000-square-foot office building in the CityLine development neighborhood in Richardson. First to the podium was Carignan who gave a quick answer: “There’s no [existing] office space in Flower Mound.” He explained that a 300- to 400employee business (such as a large law firm) needs 150-square-feet per personwith private office space, it would be 300-square-feet per person– requiring an office building from at least 2,000- or 3,000-square-feet, up to 5,000-squarefeet. But, a multiple-business building means having a larger option to offer. “It’s important to know that there’s demand for a five-story, 80,000-squarefoot building, but how do we get that built?” asked Mayor Pro Tem Don McDaniel. Carignan said that if a facility isn’t physically available, at least there needs to be renderings of possible designs deemed acceptable and that there’s an approval to build, once a tenant is onboard. “It’s also important to have employee labor analytic [statistics], as well as drive-time for potential employees,” he

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said. “Look at Irving and Las Colinas with their proximity to the airport,” he said. “We [Lakeside] has the lake views, plus access to 2499 and [being closer to] the airport.” Andrea Roy, director of Economic

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Development, said: “We need to look at the breakdown of residential-tocommercial for Lakeside Business. With only 290-acres left, I need to look at how See LAKESIDE Page C17

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Church Directory

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

Not Only A Place Where You Can Go... But A Place Where You Can Grow.

Sunday Worship: 8:30am & 11am Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm

1687 S. Edmonds Lane, Lewisville, TX 75067

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Chinn's Chapel United Methodist Church

Some people just need a little church!

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

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2840 Village Pkwy Highland Village, TX 75077

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Flower Mound Presbyterian Church

1501 Flower Mound Road

Sunday School: 9:30am Worship Services: 10:30am www.fmpcweb.org

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The Pastor’s Place

Perpetual Crisis

By Chris Schoolcraft, Senior Pastor, Argyle United Methodist Church

Over and over again, I meet people struggling with anxiety, worry, and emotional fatigue. Personal struggles, natural disasters, political divisions, constant interruptions and distractions from technology and social media have ushered us into chronic anxiety and a feeling of perpetual crisis. While we often cannot put a name to this worrisome and defensive texture of our lives, we know that this is not the way that we want to live and it is not the way God wants for us. I have asked myself what it takes to be resilient in today’s world and to live, not by fear, but by the grace God gives each and every one of us. First, claim the truth about the state of your soul. It is difficult to deal with our emotions if we don’t acknowledge that they exist. We may be tempted to think that we spend most days acting from a grounded emotional and spiritual place, but the truth is that we are constantly reacting to interruptions and feeling defensive about work and personal relationships in our lives. Second, be clear about what you can control and what you cannot. I find myself having way too many feelings about people I will never meet and

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circumstances that I cannot change or influence. I don’t have the emotional or spiritual energy to waste on things that I can’t influence, you probably don’t either. Next, find a way back to faith as often as you can. Faith does not mean that we have all of the answers and that we trust we will get our way. As Christians, our faith brings us back to the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the truth that love wins. Remind yourself constantly of the power of God’s love and choosing ways in which you can live that out in how you treat and talk about other people, through your generosity or in service during a natural disaster or emergency. Finally, be clear about taking time to unplug from your tech. Technology was supposed to make our work easier and our lives less worrisome. It seems that the opposite has happened. With screens all over there is a steady stream of news, texts, emails and posts that keep us scrambling to keep up. Give yourself permission to take a break for your mental, spiritual and relational health. God did not create us to live by fear, but by the power of faith that comes from God’s grace. I hope and pray you can live from a place of faith, not fear. The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month.Call 940-7288284 for more information.


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“It features 92,000-square-feet retail, restaurants and entertainment, connection to 4.5-miles of nature trails, several multi-family complexes and hotels and proximity to two DART stations,” he said. “The new office building features structured parking, a fitness center, an on-site café, outdoor café seating. It has 92,000-square-feet of office space, 700 apartments, 125,000-square feet of retail space, a 25,000-squarefoot fitness facility, 10,000-square-feet of conference space and a food hall.” Before he left the podium, Durham added, “You need to put a ‘stamp’ on this gateway You need to have a

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good developer.” P&Z Commissioner Laura Dillon agreed, saying, “I know that’s our commercial corridor and our gateway into Flower Mound;” after which everyone nodded in agreement. Also receiving nods of agreement was Council member Claudio Forest, former chairman of P&Z and a 40-year development and construction professional. “We should be looking at this in a holistic way; as one project,” he said. “All the uses, needs– office, institutional, commercial, retail– should be up front on See LAKESIDE Page C20

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to market this [land] for office/industrial. Projects like Stryker are an example of a mix of office and warehouse/ industrial, so we need to offer a mix of land use.” She added that there’s no new residential need at present, because there will be 5,000-units [in Southgate or Grapevine] within two-miles of the development area. Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos agreed, saying, “I disagree that multi-family residential is needed in order to attract office.” In fact, the Southgate development approval by council is a major red flag for future Lakeside projects. “Southgate originally was to bring in a diversified development with 200-for-sale [residential], with 3,000square-feet of commercial [to be built] before the forsale development,” said Mayor Tom Hayden, adding that a wording loophole negated that requirement. “Our tax base is 80-percent residential, unlike Grapevine or Lewisville with tax-bases that are 50-50-percent residential to commercial. We need to work to change that percentage.” “Lakeside DFW’s [residential] Tower, retail, movie house and the changed Master Plan to include limited residential, but then you [Hayden] said, ‘no new apartments on my watch,’” said McDaniels. Council member Bryan Webb underscored Hayden’s tax base reference: “The Master Plan is a reflection of what the residents want. It calls for an economic base.” Council member Jason Webb added, “The goal is to help our commercial tax base.” Durham was asked what factors are included in a successful development like CityLine. He said that from a developer on the landlord side, CityLine was selected for its DART access and its location near Legacy/ Central 75.

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Gardening: Humus, the Elixir of Life By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

Unadorned soil is rock dust. Add water for clay muds that run the gamut from loose to painfully stiff. Stir or cut in dead or dying plant detritus to get what my college geology professor used to call globagerina ooze, the stuff that sustains soil animal life great and small. Soil fertility is actually measured by the amount of animal life garden mud supports. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, a plot of soil might harbor millions of critters that are relatively great and small. Soil animals eat, digest, and excrete all kinds of molecules making the chemical ingredients available to live plants, upon which other animals, like gardeners, chow-down or

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month’s botanic tale, because all makes and models of living cells consume sugars, carbon and water concoctions, for the energy to “git’er” done. If you dig up a spade-full of your untilled North Texas yard, you should see the humus layer at the top, because it is dark brown and crumbly. The lower subsoil in your spade will be gray-brown prairie soil; and below that probably stiff clay. What you see is what you get, or don’t get. Cotton cultivation and share-cropping in the old days depleted the soils under today’s modern housing subdivisions. In the 1930s, the manufacture of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides use for floral arrangements. Plant corpses-- and animals, for that matter-- staved off death for a few years, until builders fully compost into dark, high-carbon material arrived and removed the topsoil skeleton. It is called humus. Productive land possesses a high entirely possible to buy bags of sandy topsoil that proportion of carbon-rich humus in its top 1- to don’t contain a speck of humus. If the sun bakes 6-inches of soil; and, conversely, unproductive your garden dirt into beige concrete, the humus is land has humus-poor topsoil. Therein lays this missing. It’s possible to sheet compost, or build humus, on-site in the garden by layering dead leaves and bracken, a sprinkling of grass clippings, ½-inch of rotted manure, the local dirt and dabs of straw. Construct as many layers as you can, then douse the bed, and turn it with a garden fork. You will be surprised by how much water it takes to thoroughly wet everything. Manures absorb a lot of water. If your garden will lay fallow all winter, pile in the humus ingredients, and dig in anything else that will decompose (like kitchen vegetable waste), then let the concoction sit until spring. Most vegetables will do fine in this acidic medium, but tomatoes will get blossom end-rot if you don’t neutralize the soil around them with a handful of lawn lime, a source of calcium. Calcium also sweetens the taste of various crucifers; and, spinach doesn’t like to germinate without calcium in its vicinity. No lawn lime in the garden shed? Spinach and tomatoes don’t mind a generous handful of cold fireplace ashes mixed in the soil of their planting holes. Contact the writer at noellemhood@gmail.com


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Dry September Was One for the Books By Meteorologist Brad Barton

September weather in Denton County will go into the record books as an exceptionally dry month with two long weeks of summertime temperatures. The first week of September was marked by clouds and northeast winds on the final, extreme, outer bands of Hurricane Harvey. The western edge of the counter-clockwise circulation brought in cooler air from the Northern plains which resulted in highs in the lower 80’s on the 6th, 7th and 8th. Our coolest overnight low was a teasing 50 degrees on the morning of the 7th, but it wasn’t to last. Late summer heat returned with highs at or above 90 degrees from September 13th through the 25th. Our hottest temperature was 98 on the 19th. With an average high of 89 and a low of 65, our combined day-night monthly average temperature came out to about 77, which was .7 degrees warmer than normal. Seemed hotter than that, didn’t it? The heat was aggravated by a minidrought of nearly 29 rain-free days from August 27th until September 26th, interrupted only by 4/10ths of an inch on September 19th. Three-hundredths fell on the 26th and 27th, while another .09” fell on the 28th, and the 29th had all of one-tenth of an inch of rain. Total rainfall for the month was .62 inches, which was 2.13” below normal for September. So

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far this year, Denton has received about 28 inches of rain. No severe weather was reported during the month. Looking ahead, there’s no reason to expect any significant change from our warm, dry weather regime in the near future, although October always has the potential for busted forecasts, severe storms and heavy rains. The period from mid-October to midNovember represents a secondary peak in our severe weather risk across North Texas, due to the southward descent of the Polar jet stream and the resulting clash of warm/humid, cold/dry air masses. Although no clear trend is indicated, the Climate Prediction Center notes that Pacific Ocean temperatures have fallen slightly below their norms for this time of year, leading to a weak prediction of a La Nina. What does that mean for North Texas? Almost nothing. La Nina winters have been both warmer/drier and also colder/wetter than normal, to the extremes. Last winter (2016-2017) saw a weak La Nina that left North Texas with its warmest winter on record. DFW recorded only 11 nights at or below freezing and the last actual freeze in DFW was January 8th (‘Freeze-less winters’ have occurred in DFW, but January 8th is the earliest ‘last freeze’ on record.). By contrast, a previous weak La Nina in the winter of 1967-68 produced a threeinch snowfall in February, 40 freezes and a winter low of 12 degrees. For now, it makes more sense to prepare for warm, dry weather until further notice. Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist of WBAP 820/KLIF 570/99.5 “The Wolf” and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

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P&Z Chairman Perfecto Solis said, “We are at a crossroad and we definitely need to look at this in a holistic way. There is a time-sensitivity, given what some of these developments are doing. Visually, it’s important to set it as a

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gateway in to Flower Mound.” “We’ve got 290-acres, but how much is actually developable?” asked Forest. “The best thing we can do, is tell them [town staff] what our vision is, so that when a developer comes to staff, they can tell that developer that the project doesn’t meet our vision.” Again, the “V” word was voiced. “If we can’t articulate the vision, we make it hard on the staff,” said Commissioner Brad Ruthrauff. “I’m not sure I know what ‘the vision’ is,” said Myers, who has successful local developments. “I think you may need to bring in an urban planner to help put that vision together.” To put it in a more relatable context, substitute trying to pull-off a theme wedding without an event planner. The florist, caterer, photographer and members of the bridal party have no idea where the venue is located or what it looks like. On top of that, everyone knows that a wedding is “all about the dress,” but no one knows if the bride wants it to be with lace or no lace, modern and short or traditionally long with a train, white or ivory or blush, but probably not black; unless it’s a designer Dior– then we’ll talk. Now, add to all that the twist that there are five brides involved who’ll share the ceremony. The 290-acres of undeveloped property remaining in Lakeside is split by five different owners. “No one falls in love with a plan, they fall in love with an idea,” said Commissioner Heth Kendrick. “You can change the plan within the idea. It’s not up to the town to craft something for the developer.”

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“I don’t want to look at the puzzle pieces,” said Bryant. “I want to look at the whole project. We’re looking at this to be a commercial engine for this area. I’ve got to see what fits each property.” Jason Webb agreed, saying, “I think it’s important to get the property owners to all agree on what our vision is.” Commissioner Laile Neal pointed to how easy the transition from the existing Lakeside DFW development to that of the future Lakeside Crossing was, noting that while they aren’t identical architectural designs, they enhance each other. Several times during the meeting, developers pointed to the vision “Lucy” had had for her developments and that she had bought up property over a decade to be the sole property owner, unlike the Lakeside situation. Well, it turns out that “Lucy” is Lucy Crow Billingsley– daughter of legendary Dallas real estate icon Trammell Crow– and co-founder of the Billingsley Company; developers of the Four Corners at the George Bush and Dallas North tollways in 2011. Their 32-acre Master Planned development, with its four buildings, was created to be an architectural gateway into North Dallas and Plano. Each build-to-suit LEED-status building features 10-stories of office space above six levels of parking. Her current development focus is The Sound at the 1,000-acre, $3.5 billion corporate Cypress Waters project– built around the artificial 362-acre North Lake– with Coppell to the north and Irving to its east. In terms of North Texas real estate See LAKESIDE Page C21


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development, the Billingsley Company is a Jaws-sized great white shark; and, Flower Mound will never have a big enough boat. However, to attract any larger fish, the town needs to upgrade from a rowboat and dangling worms, to a 40-foot sport-fishing boat with live bait-fish and heavy-duty rods-and-reels. P&Z Vice Chairman Mike McCall, in his professional life has helped bring developments to both Irving and Las Colinas, said, “I don’t know how you sell this if you don’t offer big enough incentives to attract developers. But, those developers need to bring things to the town to earn those incentives.” “Just because it’s not individual, doesn’t mean they can’t have a shared common vision,” echoed McDaniel.

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“My sense of urgency is in response to the number of applications coming in and that we only have one opportunity to get this right.” Tarwater, whose family were pioneers, settlers and owners of the original homestead now known as Lakeside, urged council members to hold more strategic meetings with P&Z Commissioners and property owners to reach a common goal for the land. After a vision is reached, let the town staff move it forward. “You have an A+ staff,” he said, adding that they made the process of developing both of his Flower Mound hotel properties a smooth and easy process. Commissioner Al Picardi summed it all up when he said, “If we can’t sell an area overlooking a lake, a golf course and the airport, we’re in the wrong business.”

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October 2017

Get Your Legs Moving at Double Oak Turkey Trot By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

As the weather slowly changes to

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autumn, organizers are preparing for the 7th Annual Double Oak Turkey Trot. Each Thanksgiving morning, 950 registered runners and walkers participate in this family-friendly 5k and 1-mile fun run. Over the years, this event has become

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a family tradition for many people, so much so that the organizers have had to close registration early for the past four years because they hit the registration limit agreed upon with the town of Double Oak. Geoff Reese, cofounder of the event,

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said the race had humble beginnings in October 2010 when he, his wife and friends were talking about what they wanted to do for Thanksgiving. “We talked about our families running in the Dallas Turkey Trot again, but we all sighed at the thought of dealing with


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the crowd and traffic,” Reese said. “We stopped and looked at each other in silence and we all had the same thought: Why don’t we start a Turkey Trot in Double Oak and have it benefit a local non-profit?”

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In three weeks, they put together the event and had 179 registered runners. “In 2012 we hit 679, and by 2014 we had to close registration early and have sold out each year since then,” Reese said. “We never dreamed it would become

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what it has.” The 1-mile fun run will kick off the 2017 Double Oak Turkey Trot at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, and the 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m. Runners, walkers, children, dogs, and strollers are welcome at the family-friendly event. All proceeds of the 2017 Double Oak

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Turkey Trot benefits funding for innercity youth programs run by Dare To Serve. Visit their website at northtexas. yfc.net or Facebook at facebook. com/DoubleOakTurkeyTrot for more information or to register.


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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 Chapter 4, Lt. Tess shares her story about how her soldiers interrogate the gecko they captured. And check out the photo of Ruby we came across. She definitely looks like she’s ready to cook up a delicious meal for the crew. Are you liking the stories so far? Any suggestions you would like to make? 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. Chapter 4: The Canine Misfits must find out where Snappy, the squirrel, is hiding. Bella tied our prisoner to a small chair inside the barracks. “That’s too tight!” the gecko cried. Bella then positioned the prisoner so that the first beams of sunlight were directly in his eyes. “It’s too bright!” the gecko wailed. “Tight. Bright. Looking for a fight?” Bella chuckled as she walked off to get the others. The prisoner was visibly drained and tired, barely able to eat the few left over crumbs from the tacos Ruby made for breakfast. Sgt. Opie was the first to arrive. “What’s your name, gecko?” Opie growled. “Izzy,” the gecko faintly answered.

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“You’re working for the squirrel, aren’t you?” Opie barked louder. Izzy tried to look away, but Opie turned his head so that they were face to face, just inches apart from each other. “Where is he hiding? We know that you know!” Opie roared. That got Izzy’s attention. His heart started pounding. The gecko summoned all the energy that was left in him. “I don’t know. Really! I was minding my own business making my way to the fence where mosquitoes and ants hang out hoping to get a late night snack, when that white galoot over there jumped me,” Izzy yelled looking in Bella’s direction. At that moment, Bella leaped and landed right in front of Izzy, staring into his eyes. “You’re lucky I didn’t eat YOU, you scrawny excuse for a reptile. As a matter of fact, I’m still hungry. I think I’ll have some gecko legs for lunch. I hear they’re as tasty as frog’s legs, and I haven’t eaten a frog in over a week,” Bella threatened Izzy. “Get her away from me!” begged Izzy,

his eyes wide open in terror. “I’ll tell you anything you want to know.” “Good,” said Opie as he brushed Bella to the side. “Talk.” “I’ve seen the squirrel set up a nest in the corner of this yard, about five feet from where the flag pole is, right below the top edge of the fence. He goes there to hide whenever any hawks fly over,” Izzy said. “You mean where the Captain and the Major put up the American flag on holidays? That spot where the front fence and side fence meet?” A slight look of contentment came over Opie’s face. “Yes!” cried Izzy. Bella inched her way back to her original stance in front of the terrified prisoner. “I’ve never seen any kind of nest or anything resembling a place to hide by that fence,” growled Bella. “It’s there I tell you!” Izzy pleaded, turning away from Bella’s scowl. Izzy eyes made contact with Opie’s. “But he’s done a good job of camouflaging it to blend in with the crepe myrtle that overhangs the fence.”

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Izzy was desperately trying to convince Sgt. Opie of his innocence. His life depended on it. Just then, I walked in on the interrogation. “Break him yet?” I asked. “As a matter of fact, we did,” declared Sgt. Opie. “It seems the squirrel has a second camp near where the Captain and the Major fly their flag on holidays.” “Outstanding!” I said as I raised my paw to my face as I usually do when summing up the situation. “We’ll attack again at first light tomorrow. I have already taken precautions to keep the squirrel’s original camp under surveillance. He’ll have to stay put at the second target, and then we’ll get him!” I grinned. “But what about the prisoner? Are we just going to let him go?” screeched Pvt. Bella. “Lieutenant, please excuse the private’s over-eagerness,” Sgt. Opie said, as he stared in Bella’s direction with scorn. “I think we should hold on to the prisoner so he doesn’t tip off our plans to the enemy. We can decide what to do with him after we have the squirrel in our hands.” “Agreed, Sergeant. Come with me as we draw up a new battle plan,” I motioned. “You others go about your business. I’ll meet with all of you at mess tonight. By the way, Pvt. Ruby, what’s on the menu tonight?” “My famous chili, my lieutenant. All it needs is a little extra meat for flavor,” Ruby replied as she looked over in Izzy’s direction. Izzy gulped. “Don’t worry, Izzy,” Cpl. Barney whispered. “I’m sure they’ll let you go as soon as we catch the squirrel.” Stay tuned for the next chapter of Canine Misfits as they come up with a new battle plan.


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Something To Muench On...

Unexpected Treasure By Kimberly Muench

“What are you doing up there?” I inquired as I walked into the garage late one recent evening. ”Looking for some paperwork,” mumbled my husband with his head buried deep in an old box. Rolling my eyes, I returned to the family room to begin my nightly ritual of zoning out in front of HGTV with a glass of chardonnay and a bowl of Smart Pop popcorn. I remember thinking to myself I could be going to bed alone if he’s involved in searching for some obscure bill, photo, or document from years past. Tom can be very intent and focused, after a quarter century of marriage I quickly pick up on his I’m on a mission don’t bother me body language. Surprisingly, not long after I sat down, Tom bounded through the door with a piece of paper and his iPhone in hand. Sitting down on the sofa, he wildly began tapping what I imagined was his calculator app. I looked up from the television and noted a pleased look on his face. It turned out he was searching for paperwork related to a few shares of stock purchased by my dad for our son Allen-Michael when he was a

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toddler. The toddler is now twentyfour-years-old and working in the ministry field in Scotland for nine months supervising a team of a dozen young adults leading Catholic retreats for middle and high school students in the Glasgow area. Tom looked at me and said, “The $200 investment your dad made in Apple stock back in 1996 for AllenMichael is now worth ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TIMES that amount!” Folks, this is probably as close to winning the lottery as our son will ever get! Terrific news because ministry work does not pay top dollar and while we support his following his heart’s passion, it does not readily pay off his student loans. Until now. I have often scoffed at my husband’s anal retentive nature…holding onto boxes of paperwork through a dozen moves when I would have shredded and recycled it long ago, I’ve had to eat my words on more than one occasion because he’s either taken pictures, held on to an invoice/document, or remembered conversations that have saved us in one way or another. This was yet another example. A few days later, with all the necessary verification in place, we were

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able to Skype our son in Minnesota just before he left for Scotland to share this news with him. Of course he was totally unaware of the blessing that was about to be shared with him, and naturally was overcome with shock and emotion for having received this incredibly pleasant surprise. I do believe our son has a direct connection to God and this time it came in the form of some much-needed funds so he can continue the work he loves doing, bringing his love of the Lord to other young people, while meeting his financial responsibility. Finding this kind of treasure doesn’t happen every day, but when it does I am reassured that miracles do happen.

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Of course this little story prompted our sophomore at Texas Tech to inquire about whether or not Grandpa had purchased any stock in his name two decades ago…one thing’s for certain, if there’s paperwork needed, my husband’s got it in a box somewhere! 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.

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October 2017

The Soapbox: Whether the Secret Flowers Bloom By Brandi Chambless

Not so very long ago, Dear Reader, I gave an account of the season when I first took in my sweet foster baby Hopper. Day and night I rocked that little love as he grew out of troubled times into a more hopeful

future. When he was reunited with his birth mom, my recovery took some time as I went through all the stages of grief, but I could have never imagined God’s next steps in my life. The following summer, I was introduced to a young man named Cardarion. He was what I call a wanderer.

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At 17-years-old, he had a birth mom in the school district, a father out of state, and a Godly grandmother who lived 30 minutes away from the local high school. He stayed from place to place with friends for most of his high school years. Floating. On foot. He held a retail job to keep his phone activated, but there were times he knocked on my door to find out if there was any work he could do around the house to earn money to pay his bills. It wasn’t long before Cardarion became a part of our family, too. We worked in the garden side by side, planting bulbs in the earth that would someday become colorful flowers. He ate with us, and attended our church from time to time. He never took our kindness for granted. Once when I attended a basketball game on his behalf, the coach pulled me aside and said that he was the most gifted athlete he had ever seen, but his focus was scattered. One spring Cardarion decided to pad up for the first time and go out for football

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himself. “Ms. Brandi, there’s something I need to tell you.â€? “Cardarion, do you have a kid?â€? I brashly asked. “No ma’am, but I have one on the way,â€? he replied. “I’m gonna make it, Ms. Brandi.â€? He said. “I know you are.â€? And with that, I pulled out a 20 dollar bill and gave it to him, hugged him one last time and then was on my way, not knowing when I would see him again, if ever. Though it wasn’t a perfect life plan, it gave me hope to think that some small part of the family deposit we planted into Cardarion will he then plant into his offspring, like those secret flowers we once planted in the earth that came to full bloom one springtime. Thus is the good deposit of fostering. You give all, dying to self, with only a hope that the seed will grow. From time to time, I will also run into my foster baby Hopper who is no longer a baby. At the ball game, at the mall, there he is. He is happy and well-adjusted and doesn’t even realize that for just a season I was the only Mama he knew. And I suppose just as he has forgotten, so have I forgotten the pain of letting go. I take one look at him and say to myself Senior & so you are the Veteran Days one I was holding Tuesday in the night. Wednesday & And somehow, someway, it’s Thursday alright. I can walk away and say I trust you, Lord. I Grooming & trust you. Whether Pampered the secret flowers bloom or not, Pet Services I will keep on planting. )XZ4PVUI "SHZMF 5FYBTt

during spring practice. He was such a naturally gifted athlete that every college scout present kept asking “Who is that?!â€? Shortly thereafter, Cardarion fell off the face of the earth without warning. By then, he had turned 18 and though he was still in high school, ready or not, he was his own man. I would see him surface from time to time on social media, but always had concerns for where he was and how he was truly making it. Fast forward to this football season when I happened to be traveling out of town one weekend to catch a game. I stopped by a random fast food restaurant, and I could not believe my eyes. There he was. Cardarion and a two-piece fried chicken meal. I checked my vision. “Cardarion?â€?‌.I couldn’t believe it. “Ms. Brandi!â€? he said as I busted up into the middle of a group of young black men and embraced him as a Mama would. My son gave him some kind of secret handshake of the brotherhood and a big man hug. He told me all about his life now in culinary school. Within minutes, we caught up on everything. Just before we parted ways, he grabbed my arm and gently pulled me back to

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MOTHER NATURE’S DARK SIDE MEETS MURPHY’S LAW By C. Stroup

For the past few months I have extolled the numerous virtues of our trip to the British Virgin Islands. And all the rest and relaxation made me feel like a noodle in warm water…I don’t mean slimy and limp but rather relaxed, at ease, calm and loose. But nothing lasts forever so when the trip was over it was time to face the real world again. I started to write this piece about the hardships that I was confronted with when I got home. Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and I gained a whole new perspective of the word “hardship.” We were having our swimming pool replastered so first it had to be drained. Like most pools it took a couple of days to disperse the 21,000 gallons of water and then some sanding took place. My mind’s eye flashed on scenes I’d seen on TV of the millions of gallons of water that swept ashore in south Texas. I could almost feel the devastation that would take more than just a meager amount of sanding…it would take an unconceivable amount of work to even begin to repair the foundation of what was left of a house, a home, a family. Sweeping down the new plaster in the pool put one of the worker bees to task for about three weeks. In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine how many

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people and how many brooms would be required to put a dent in the rubble left by the receding waters of the seething storm. When our refrigerator ceased to work during the night, I was able to salvage food before it spoiled because of a spare fridge in the garage. Many of those hit by Harvey were fortunate to get out of their abodes with the clothes on their backs. Worrying about spoiled food in the fridge-freezer was so not a topic of concern. The cracked glass on my car’s windshield which appeared overnight, couldn’t hold a candle to the cars filled to the brim with water and broken glass everywhere. And just when I thought how inconvenienced I was to have all these trivial, mundane nuisances in my way, Hurricane Irma tore through my beautiful, serene Virgin Islands, making a stop in St. Thomas before converging on Florida. Alas, our brand new outdoor mini fridge got too cold and caused some cans of soda to blow up. Woe is me. Dare I stop to consider the amount of salt water that the general public of these tropical islands had forced down their throats? Hurricane Katia hit Mexico with a vengeance and deemed my toilet explosion nonexistent by comparison. The lid had literally blown off the tank as a water leak blasted its way upward. I couldn’t imagine how insignificant my flooded floor was after learning about the torrential downpours that demolished much of our southern neighbor. Hurricane Jose beat its chest and threatened to become a category 5 bully on its way to splinter some of the other Caribbean islands. I can make an analogy here to the behavior my hus-

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band and I exhibited while moving his 98-year-old dad to Texas. Although we convinced Papa that such a move was the right thing, and he outwardly expressed his readiness, we were taking him away from a house he lived in for 75 years and friends he had for much of that time. As we packed up his

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life in suitcases and boxes, it seemed as though we were shattering his very existence. I suppose the message here is twofold: “Try not to take anything for granted and never leave anything to chance, especially if it has to do with Mother Nature’s wrath.”


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