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October 2016

On a Mission to Spread Cheer By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

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Sadie Keller, 9, is collecting Christmas presents for children just like her who are battling cancer.

Sadie’s Sleigh 2.0 launched in late August as part of the spirit, determination and generosity of Sadie Keller. The idea for the original Sadie’s Sleigh came early in November 2015, after Sadie, now age nine-and-a-half, was talking to pediatric hematologist-oncologist and leukemia expert Dr. Tamra Slone at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Her visit was part of her battle with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL B Cell, which began in February 2015. “I was really curious if Santa came to the hospital,” Sadie said. “She [Slone] said ‘yes, he does come. Some of the nurses have seen

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

“I came to Double Oak with my family in 1988,” said Guyer High School’s Band Director Amy Woody. With the exception of college years at Baylor University and the prestigious Eastman School of Music, she has been anchored in southern Denton County for the last 28 years. “I signed up to play the clarinet in the Lamar Middle School band program,” she said after starting piano lessons as a first grader. From Lamar, it was on to the Marcus High School marching band and graduation in 2001. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor four years later, then completed a clarinet performance Master’s Degree from Eastman in Rochester, N.Y. “At the end of the Master’s I realized life on the road as a performer wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Woody said. “I came back home and put my Music Ed diploma to work Photo by Helen’s Photography when Denton ISD hired me as an Assistant Band Direc- Amy Woody oversees 175 budding musicians as Guyer High School’s Band Director. tor at Guyer.” The school was only two years old at that time. vents.” Six years later, she became the Director of the Wildcat band “Our original 80-musician group has grown to include 175 and has been leading the department ever since. She agrees students this school year,” she said. with Ludwig von Beethoven’s passionate comment that: “MuSee WOODY on Page A13 sic is the electric soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and in-

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On occasion, Flower Mound residents may hear the distinctive whir of a helicopter with a patient as it approaches the helipad at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on FM 2499. Onboard might be CareFlite paramedics Jon Whitener of Argyle and Dustin Brewer of Flower Mound, who offer their expertise and services to help people on the ground as firefighters, but also serve as flight paramedics for CareFlite. Whitener is a full-time firefighter for the Lewisville Fire Department, while Brewer is a full-time firefighter for the Flower Mound Fire Department. Whitener’s inspiration for becoming a flight paramedic was twofold. “My dad’s a paramedic and my mom is a nurse practitioner and I’ve always enjoyed helping people,” he said. When Whitener was an Explorer Scout in high school, he enrolled in a program with MedStar, based in Fort Worth. He got to go along See CAREFLITE on Page A23

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October 2016

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

Denton County Approves New Budget, Reduces Tax Rate In response to increased property values, the Commissioners Court lowered the tax rate to adopt the effective tax rate. The effective rate is a rate which will bring in the same dollars on existing property as received in the previous year. The effective rate for tax year 2016 (FY2017) is $0.248409 per $100 of valuation, lower than the previous year’s tax rate of $0.262000.  The Denton County budget for fiscal year 2017 includes property tax revenues in the amount of $189 million or 71% of all revenues.  The Commissioners Court adopt-


ed a rate of $0.248409, equating to a (0.013591) tax rate decrease, actually lower than in FY2010. Denton County’s tax rate is the lowest countywide tax rate (utilizing all tax rates levied countywide) among the top 15 counties by population in the state.  Denton County is the ninth largest county in Texas and has also been known as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. As this growth continues, Denton County continues to face the challenges of expanding services, with its most important goal to provide the necessary services to its citizens in the most efficient and economical manner possible.   The tax rate for the past 10 years shows a fairly level tax rate with a decline in the rate over the past few years. The FY2017 budget continues to provide quality services to the citizens of Denton County at a total of $266 million. In the past, Denton County has been faced with a sluggish economy, de-


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clining revenues, and required increases due to inflation for several years. However, the responsibility of serving our growing population continues.  We strive to remain financially stable and have acceptable reserve funds. This budget was prepared with the anticipation that services would remain at current levels. Denton County continues to see a more positive economic outlook for FY2017. In addition to lowering the rate, this budget accomplished planned expenditures to adjust employee pay scales, to attract and retain our employees, and also hire staff for the opening of the new satellite government centers in Flower Mound and Frisco.    Hispanic Heritage Month Continues Through October 15  From September 15, continuing through October 15, Denton County joins the nation in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this time Denton County has honored the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. National Hispanic Heritage Month also marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua from Spain, with the independence of Mexico and Chile observed shortly thereafter. The county recognizes that Hispanics and Latino Americans have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service, and have enhanced and shaped Denton County’s character with traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community. The Denton County Hispanic Heri-

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tage Month is committed to honoring and recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month with programs and activities throughout Denton County as a means to showcase the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in Denton County. All residents of Denton County are asked to recognize the role that our Hispanic and Latino community has played in enhancing and contributing to the rich diversity of our County and State.   Texas Historical Commission Honors Denton County with Distinguished Service Award The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Denton County Historical Commission (DCHC) with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2015 year of service. The THC issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to county historical commissions that document well-rounded programs of history- and preservation-related project. This award was presented to the DCHC during a meeting of the Commissioners Court in late June to commend their dedicated service and stewardship of Texas’ unique cultural and historic sites. County historical commissions are the backbone of historic preservation and education in communities across Texas and provided more than 480,000 volunteer hours in 2015, an in-kind donation to the state valued at $11.3 million.    Animal Foundation Purchases K-9 Officer Body Armor The Denton Animal Support Foundation voted to donate $2200 to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office to facilitate the purchase of two sets of body armor for K-9 officers.  Denton Animal Support Foundation is See EADS on Page A21

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October 2016

Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Peggy Krueger

We have now entered the fall with a few cool days that everyone has enjoyed. I am happy to say that we have gotten through the budget and are able to keep our tax rate the same as we have had for many years. I can’t say enough about Kim Collins, Director of Finance! Kim has spent many difficult hours preparing our budget and accounting for every penny being spent. We could not run the Town without this spectacular staff member. Along with all the department heads, Kim is a true blessing to our Town. Thank you, Kim, for making the budget process very painless. I have had the privilege of touring our new middle school and attending the ribbon cutting. The school is fantastic and


seeing the crowd that attended reminded me of what Argyle is all about‌ families! I just came home from the huge fall festival and loved seeing parents and the kids enjoying this community in the school’s newest facility. One of the most important issues that the Council and Town Staff face is the importance of communicating with our neighboring towns to discuss issues pertinent to planning and dealing with items common to each other, the most pressing being the huge growth in our area. We believe engaging in relationships with our neighbors is critical as all of our town’s grow. I want to thank the Town of Flower Mound for hosting a presentation on the pressing state bills that will be presented at the state level. We all believe that coming together as one will be more effective as we fight for our rights. There is a lot going on in Argyle now. We have the new coffee/ice cream shop under construction next to Earl’s. The new CVS located at FM 407 and Hwy 377 See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A16


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Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

Greetings from Bartonville. What a busy month it has been! Summer is winding down and fall is upon us. Did you know that we have a Lions Club supporting Bartonville, Lantana, Copper Canyon, Double Oak and the surrounding area? The Lions of Greater FM 407 was formed to provide community service in the local area. Help the Lions make a bigger impact by becoming a part of the Greater FM 407 Lions Club. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Bartonville Town Hall, 1941 E. Jeter Road. To get involved please visit their website: The Town Council passed the Fiscal Year 2016/17 Town budget which went into ef-

fect on October 1, 2016. This is no change to our current property tax rate, and we are proud to say that Bartonville’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest in Denton County. With this approved budget we can continue our Road Improvement program, replace some street signs and get an updated Town Hall Building with the addition of a new community room. Our residents enjoyed National Night Out on October 4th at Bartonville Town Center. The event included a kid’s activity zone, music, local business showcase, door prizes, as well as food and beverages provided by Kroger. National Night Out is held each year to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships and let criminals know that neighborhoods are fighting back against crime. Please make sure to join us next year! Don’t forget on Halloween to be mindful of pedestrians. This month is also the time for the fall planting and spending more time outdoors. Look forward to seeing you out and about!



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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon October 2016... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml

My apologies for a very brief (for me) monthly update for October. September was a month with much news – passing Copper Canyon’s annual fiscal year 20162017 budget, maintaining our same low tax rate, and our annual Clean Up Day which helps residents remove a lot of unneeded items and “junk” from our Town! But, all of this was covered in detail in last month’s article. This month there is a “lull” in Town news. But, I will be attending the annual Texas Municipal League conference; and its many seminars always cover an interesting variety of challenges for towns large and small. And, my husband Emil and I will be attending the University of Texas Engineering Advisory Board’s semi-annual meeting in Austin. The EAB always has interesting work-



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shops on a variety of engineering issues in Texas: road construction, high speed rail, LEED certified environmental projects, oil and gas industry fracking and possible resultant earthquakes from deep disposal wells, the financial cost to a university to attract outstanding professors and students, providing a quality and time-efficient engineering degree at a reasonable cost to students and their families, and including global educational opportunities for UT’s engineering candidates. I’ll share some of this information with you next month.

News From Town Hall

Volunteers for Neighborhood Watch Block Captains and Adopt-a-Spot Neighborhood Crime Watch Block Captains: Our Town quite literally runs on volunteers. This fall we will be reappointing volunteers to positions as Neighborhood Crime Watch Block Captains. As a Block Captain, you will serve a year and be responsible for noting anything unusual on your specific block. For example: a moving van pulled up to a

Town Council Approves 2016-2017 Budget and Maintains $0.23240 Property Tax Rate The Town Council on Monday, September 19, adopted the 2016-2017 fiscal year maintenance and operations budget which went into effect October 1. The council also voted to maintain the current town property tax rate of $0.23240 per $100 valuation. Consideration was given to lowering the tax rate, however, to keep up with

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employee salaries and benefits and general obligations of the town, it was decided the best course was to keep the current tax rate. Double Oak’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest in Denton County and North Texas. The adopted budget and other information can be found on the town website. Code Enforcement: Tree Limbs Required 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 the town, residents and 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 12 feet or higher above the street surface as required by town ordinance. The most common property code enforcement violations are: tall grass and See DOUBLE OAK on Page A18

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

Your Tax Dollars at Work: 2016-17 Budget and Tax Rate Each year, Flower Mound’s new fiscal year starts October 1, which means August and September are busy times in municipal government, as property tax rolls are finalized and budgets are set for the following year. This year, there seemed to be questions regarding the Town’s budget, so I thought I would use this as an opportunity to review where your tax dollars go in our Town. Let’s begin with property taxes. Our tax appraisals are determined by a governing body in Denton County that bases the value upon what they deem to be the market


value of one’s property. The school board, municipalities, and county governments have zero influence into the valuations of property. Once the valuations are established and taxes are paid, approximately 70 percent of your property taxes go the local school board, 20 percent to the municipal government, and 10 percent to the County government. A local city or town, while having a few different revenue sources, primarily relies on property taxes and sales tax collections. Flower Mound has made great strides in the last several years, in-

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Highland Village Update By Charlotte Wilcox Highland Village Mayor

We have two fantastic events coming up honoring the men and women who serve to protect us locally and around the world. Our Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K Run is scheduled for October 15 and the Salute Our Veterans luncheon is November 10. The purpose of the Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K Run is to honor Texas police officers who have been killed in the line of duty and provide support for their families. The Highland Village Police Department began this event nine 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

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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. In light of the recent killings of the Dallas and DART officers, the event this year will honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. A Fallen Officers Memorial table will be set up at the event to remember those officers who have died since October 2015. A Kids Zone will provide activities for children and we’ll have laser tag this year too. K-9’s for Freedom & Independence will be there with several of their service dogs. We’ll have music, 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. There is a silent auction, raffle prizes and memorial T-shirts for sale. Check out for all the details. Again this year the HVPD is partnering See HV UPDATE on Page A26

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Triple-School Fundraiser in Third Year Lantana’s 3rd Annual U-Nite Fall Festival supports all three elementary schools and the almost 1,500 students who attend them. The Adkins, Blanton, and E.P. Rayzor Elementary PTA organizations are working together to host the event on Friday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Harpool Middle School, 9601 Stacee Lane in Lantana. The U-NITE carnival includes games, activities, food, entertainment and more. The event is more of a communitywide event, rather than just a school event. Families come from Lantana, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, Corinth, Denton and Copper Canyon. “Each year, we look to local businesses to help us offset our costs, so that any profit made can benefit the schools, technology and PTA programs,” said Amy Babcock, 2016 event chair. “Historically, we fundraise separately for our festivals; however, for the past two years we have offered a unique opportunity to businesses: making one donation supports all the schools.” At Adkins Elementary, some of the programs supported include: the fall and spring book fairs; family fun events such as the annual back to school hot dog social, bingo family night, morning donuts with mom, field day and the annual fun run; good character week; Grandparent’s Day and Grandparent’s breakfast; the

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After learning that bicycles belonging to the Moody family’s three boys were stolen off their front porch, a group of Lantana dads quickly raised over $600 and bought three new bikes with the help of a generous discount from Cadence Cyclery in Highland Village. Brett Moody said his boys, age 10 and 8 year-old twins, were thrilled and he was humbled by his neighbors’ generosity. Pictured (left to right): Brett Moody, Kris Bryan, John Blaskovich, Shawn Attaway, Jimmy Bridges, Rob Boles, Jason Shewmaker, Bob Schmalholz with Cadance Cyclery, Ryan Williams, and Justin Snyder.

district Reflections contest through Arts in Education; and, the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. “Other programs include our staff hospitality, as well as teacher appreciation week,” added PTA President Cissy Coleman. “Our fundraising efforts have also provided books for our school’s library and learning commons; our literacy library and our classrooms; technology and technology enhancements; and, student support.  “Fundraising efforts have also helped our PTA create a beautiful outdoor learning center with sensory stations for our students.  This year, we will build our stage structure, as well in our Outdoor Learning Center.” “At Blanton Elementary, the fundraiser supports such student programs as

anti-bullying, cyber safety and science enrichment,” according to PTA President Katie Messerle. The school also brings in special speakers, both for students and parents, such as how to protect children with internet safety. Family events including family read-in night, family movie night, BINGO night and family fitness. It also helps support Blanton’s mission of creating Maker Spaces at each grade level. “The U-Nite fundraiser allows our PTA to support EP Rayzor students and families throughout the year,” reported PTA President Rhonda Rainwater. “In the past, our PTA has been able to help our school by purchasing Chrome Books, iPads, sound equipment for the cafeteria and much more. U-NITE also helps fund events throughout the school year such

Lantana Boards Approve Budgets, Set Tax Rate The two Lantana Fresh Water Supply District boards at their September meetings approved their respective 201617 fiscal year budgets and property tax rates. Expected revenues for FWSD #6 and #7 for the 12 month period that started Oct. 1 are just under $20 million and combined expenses are budgeted at $18.6 million, with more than half of the expenses consisting of municipal bond payments. Most of the bonds are estimated to be paid off in FWSD #6 in the year 2027 and FWSD #7 in 2038, according to District Controller Rich Harned. The budget contains a 3.75 percent increase for personnel expenses and the addition of two full-time employees. There are also plans this fiscal year to replace 200 residential water meters that are at least ten years old. A tax rate of $1 per $100 of property valuation was passed by the boards, which remains unchanged since the inception of the districts. Despite the tax rate holding steady, the districts stand to collect 6 percent more revenue than last year due to rising property values and new construction. The boards also passed a $1 per month base rate increase on water service effective Nov. 1 to cover the increase from raw water suppliers. Sidewalk Repair Policy Amended The two FWSD boards discussed at their joint meeting in September a proSee LANTANALINKS on Page A24

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Harvest Happenings By Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager

Did you know? Did you know that Harvest now has a weekly farmer’s market? We have partnered with Doug’s Country Market, who brings all natural products, to come to Harvest each Saturday from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. under our Red Barn (Sunflower and 8th Street). Just follow the signs in the neighborhood! Last month… Harvest kicked off Labor Day weekend with a fun community event that featured water slides, Bass Pro fishing camp, a yo-yo trickster, snow cones, and food trucks. We love creating opportunities for our homeowners to gather and get to know their neighbors. It’s those “sticky” environments that bring a sense


of belonging! The Harvest family is proud of its very own Nico Patrick, Argyle Sophomore, who was selected for Argyle High School Student of the Month. Nico was nominated by his teacher Mrs. Betzhold, who says he has great enthusiasm on and off the field. Nico plays football and baseball and is a member of the Challenge Day club, a club that encourages students to “Be the Change” and show how one person can make a difference. Keep up the great work Nico! Your Harvest family is very proud of you. We are also proud of Hannah Wood, Argyle Freshman, who was the only freshman to make the Argyle High School varsity golf team! She has spent all summer hitting balls in her backyard as well as on the Harvest soccer fields. See HARVEST HAPPENINGS on Page A28


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Robson Ranch: Big Changes Coming By Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3

Foundational changes are coming to city government in Denton. The City Council has authorized a nationwide search for a new Denton City Manager and also a new Denton Internal Auditor. A professional search firm has been hired to do the search, and to bring forth candidates for both positions. City Council members will interview the candidates and make the selections. The City Manager reports directly to the City Council. He/She oversees all departments and services in the city, including the organizational structure and personnel. The first “short list” will be presented to City Council this month, with finalists expected to return for additional inter-

views in November. The City Council voted in favor of extending the city’s audit team to include an Internal Auditor, something the city has not had for several years. The search and interview pattern will be similar to that of the City Manager. The City Council did not bring the property tax freeze forward, after a lengthy discussion, so it will now advance to a citizen petition. The petition drive must gather the signatures of at least 5% of the registered voters in Denton, in order to place the tax freeze on the city’s May 2017 ballot. The voters of Denton will decide this issue, if it gets on the ballot. The property tax freeze would include seniors (age 65 and over) and also the disabled. The petition organizers have begun the petition drive. The property tax freeze is only for the City of Denton, and does not include other communities. For more information, or if you have questions, please email or call: or 940-367-0171. It’s an honor to serve.

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A “band” uses mainly tube brasses (think trombones, trumpets and the like), conical brasses (like tubas and various ‘phones and so on), reeds (such as clarinets and saxophones), and woodwinds (those wood body instruments like oboes and bassoons played through a small metal pipe). Most bands have a percussion section that can include—but, is not limited to--


an array of drums, marimbas, keyboards, triangles, cymbals, gongs and electric guitars. Have you ever heard a theremin? It’s a sci-fi-looking early electronic musical instrument “played” without any physical contact to produce spooky sounds for Halloween or horror movies. Bands can be large or small and-- when combined with a string instrument ensemble-- become an “orchestra.” The Denton ISD sponsors separate band and string instrument programs. String instrument


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instruction is called the district’s “orchestra” department. One talented Guyer student, Samuel Bailey, lives in the Lantana area. In the 9th grade he played violin in the orchestra and guitar in the jazz band. The next year he wanted to march with the Wildcats, so he took up the saxophone. His mother, Sheela Bailey, owner of Grapevine’s popular British Emporium, is an enthusiastic Guyer band and orchestra booster. “At home he’s our one-man band,” she

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said with reference to his other musical loves that include the harmonica, drums, and keyboard. His sights are set on a chair in the world-famous One O’Clock Jazz Band at the University of North Texas. If you think only violins play softly, you haven’t listened to enough band performances. “On the football field or in a parade, a band has to play at top volume, but on an indoor stage the sound dynamics are different,” Woody said. “That requires See WOODY on Page A20

The Real Estate Corner by: Gary Kuhatschek

Denton County Equestrian Mecca Denton County is one of the nation’s largest homes to horse lovers. I’m sure you have observed our wide-open spaces with mares and foals grazing, setting up one of the most beautiful scenes of the area. Riders of all disciplines and experience levels are attracted to the area in order to be located near some of the finest equestrian facilities and outdoor activities in North Texas. On a personal note, our daughter has been taking riding lessons, since she was seven years old and now attends University of Tarleton studying Agricultural Production and Equine Science. Her riding instructor’s interests led us to enjoy many wonderful equestrian trails throughout the area. There are at least four major trail systems in Denton County: Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine, Lake Ray Roberts, and the LBJ National Grass Lands. The closest, and one of our favorites, is located on the western shores of Lake Lewisville. To access the 20-plus miles of groomed trails, take FM 407 and go north on Copper Canyon Rd. then right on Old Alton Rd. About 200 yards before you get to the Old Alton Bridge there is a turn in with ample parking for horse trailers with access to the trail. The trail at this point goes to the right for several miles to a smaller entrance on Chinn Chapel Rd and to the left you will cross the historic Old Alton Bridge and wind around towards Hickory Creek. A total of more than twenty miles. Our other preferred trail is the LBJ National Grass lands near Decatur. It is approximately 22 thousand acres with several lakes. There are at least five mapped trails starting from about 11 miles long and up. The camping may be primitive, but the views are outstanding.

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Three local riding clubs, with which we are most familiar, are Lewisville Saddle Club, Denton Round Up Club and North Texas Hunter Jumper Club. Both the Lewisville Saddle Club and the Denton Round Up Clubs hold several western play days through-out the year at their arena located off Mill Street, Lewisville and Ryan Rd. in Denton. For more information the club’s web site is and The other club is the North Texas Hunter/Jumper Club. This club consists of a group of boarding stables, each with their own instructors, who put on a series of entry level horse shows. Each stable is responsible for producing a show, culminating in an awards banquet at the end of the show season. The shows are family friendly, team oriented, and foster a spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Horse ownership is not necessary, as many of the children compete on farm owned lesson horses. Our daughter rode with Hidden Lake Farm, here in Bartonville. Involvement with horses is a fun and rewarding hobby that the whole family can enjoy. Riding is a relaxing escape from the grind of daily life, and horses are a wonderful way to teach children compassion and responsibility. I invite you to take advantage of the many equestrian activities our wonderful community has to offer. I am sure you will be glad you did. Gary Kuhatschek is a broker at RE/MAX Cross Country REALTORS located at 1990 Justin Rd. in Highland Village. He can be reached at 972 317-9401 or by email

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neighbor’s garage – but you know that neighbor is not moving; a stranger looking in residents’ mail boxes. The position does require an hour and a half training session from a Sheriff’s Deputy for a new Block Captain. The training is usually given on a work week evening at Town Hall on Woodland Drive or at the Fire Station on Copper Canyon Road. Thanks to our dedicated Sheriff’s Deputies and our vigilant Block Captains, Copper Canyon has been a virtually crime free community. The Council and I would welcome you to share our commitment to safety for all our Town’s individuals and families. Adopt-a-Spot volunteers pick up litter at least once a month in the right-of-ways of a designated stretch of our Town’s perimeter roads – Chinn Chapel Road, Orchid Hill Lane, and Copper Canyon Road – and the


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first block of Woodland Drive leading to our Town Hall. No training required. Just wear sturdy walking shoes, gloves, and bring a garbage sack for the litter. (You can dispose of the litter bag in a dumpster at Town Hall.) Teens often volunteer for Adopt-a-Spot positions to earn community service hours for school organizations like Student Council or church sponsored groups like the Boy Scouts. (The Mayor or Town Administrator sign the required sheets to verify the hours served.) Please email Mayor Tejml at suecoppercanyon@aol. com and provide your first and last name and your street address - if (1) you will remain as a current Block Captain or Adopt-a-Spot volunteer for another year; or (2) you wish to resign your position as a Block Captain or Adopt-a-Spot volunteer; or (3) you wish to be considered to be appointed as a Block Captain or Adopt-a-Spot volunteer. For our current Block Captains and Adopt-a-Spot vol-

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unteers – thank you so much for the hours you have contributed to make out town a safe and clean place to live! If you wish to continue, we’d welcome your service! But, if you have decided to resign your position, you have certainly earned the right to do so! And, if you are considering being a new volunteer, the Council and I welcome you! PLEASE promptly return your “Confidential” Contact Information for our Neighborhood Crime Watch! Required contacts include at least one cell phone and one email address for emergency notification purposes. Also include the total number of persons in your home and the number of persons using a wheel chair or oxygen equipment to breathe. The form should take less than 10 minutes to fill out on the Town website The Neighborhood Watch form is on the home page at the top of the left column. Access to the Crime Watch database is limited to Copper Canyon’s: Mayor, Town Administrator, Town Secretary (who maintains the Crime Watch database), your individual Block Captain, and Law Enforcement, Fire and Medical First Responders who come to your home in an emergency. Your confidential Crime Watch contact information is not subject to public disclosure, even by an Open Records Request. For questions call Town Hall 940-241-2216 Ext. 0 for a live person. [NOTE: Copper Canyon databases at – or from - our Town Hall are protected by a professional IT service specializing in preventing security breaches.] But, we respect your privacy. You may choose to totally opt out of being included in the Neighborhood Crime Watch database. Or, you may choose to also include multiple personal cell phones and/or email addresses. Totally your choice. (No children’s names will be included for their safety.) E-mail Blast: Of approximately 400 homes in town, over 300 have signed up for “email blasts” of critical information – such as roads closed for construction, missing persons, etc. Residents can sign up for the “email blast” on the left side of the front page of the town web site The Svatiks host Event for Parents Clubs of Uniformed Service Academies See MAYOR SUE on Page A22

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him before.’ I couldn’t imagine they’d get many toys, because Santa needs to visit the whole world. I wanted to figure out how we could get more toys so the kids could have a better Christmas.” With only a month left until Christmas 2015, Sadie set a goal of 300 gifts. “I hated being in the hospital all the time and if I was there over Christmas, I would be so sad ‘cause on Christmas we’re at home playing with the stuff we got and you can’t really do that in the hospital,” she said. “So I wanted them to get really, really good presents.” She ended up with more than 1,300 gifts from people all over the state, the country, and the world which benefitted children on the oncology floor at Children’s. And the gifts weren’t cheap trinkets. They included items like tricycles, doll houses and American Girl dolls and accessories. With the success of the original drive, Sadie and her mother, Sarah Keller, began planning for the 2016 edition, dubbed Sadie’s Sleigh 2.0, late this spring. The early start meant expanding the goal to 3,000 gifts and adding the oncology patients at Fort Worth’s Cook Children’s Hospital. It also included the creation of an Amazon Wish List under the name Sarah Keller; and, within one month already had netted more than 600 gifts, currently piled in the family’s Lantana home. If everything goes well for Sadie, starting May 26, 2017, her mother might be able to post Facebook updates less frequently. That’s when Sadie would finish the maintenance phase of treatment, the longest period in the overall process. “We’re now talking months until the end, instead of years,” Keller said. “So, we kind of feel we’re almost done. We have a long time to go, but the fact we’re talking months instead of years is exciting.” After constantly switching therapies the first 10-months, everything has stabilized


in the maintenance period. Still, Sadie takes oral chemotherapy every night, plus a dose of another medicine on Thursdays. One therapy has her taking between one and two pills a day, while the other requires up to 15. Exactly how many she takes depends on her immunity numbers. In addition, she goes to Children’s for monthly antibody and breathing treatments, undergoes a quarterly spinal tap, and takes steroids for five-days after treatment. “If everything works and there’s no leukemia cells, then she’s done. She’d then go every month for a year, then every other month for another year, then once every three months for another year. It’s like five years off treatment then you go every year for the rest of your life.” Sadie is back at Blanton Elementary School, participating with other fourth graders several days a week, with the hope of attending every day soon. The transition back to school has been challenging in ways beyond just the rigors of the normal schedule and academics. “My friends have made other friends,” Sadie said. Part of the challenge is that Sadie can be shy and reserved. It’s hard for any mother to help her child learn how to make friends and to throw in a cancer diagnosis is “heartfelt.” So, Keller has been role-playing to boost her daughter’s confidence to make friends on her own. “Some of her old friends will come over for play dates and it’s awesome,” she added. “But, in a school environment she had lots of friends who are now off with lots of new friends she doesn’t know, so she finds herself drawing on a picnic table by herself. “This year starting at the beginning, being back in fourth grade, knowing she missed half of her second-grade year-- and all of her third-grade year-- and to come back in fourth grade; she’s had some trouble just finding her way. We’re still working on it.” Fortunately, the maintenance phase seems to have been working in multiple ways. “I’ve been feeling good because I don’t


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need to go through chemo every week now,” Sadie said. “Sometimes I’m tired and other times I feel like I didn’t do anything. The night after I get home from treatments my face gets itchy.” No doubt Sadie’s increased energy will come in handy when dealing with all the toys she’s helping collect.

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Sadie soon will make a video and place it on YouTube while Sarah will continue to mention it on her personal Facebook page plus at #Sadiestrong, #SadiesSleigh2.0, and #yougotthisgirl. The Argyle Fire Department, 511 South Gibbons Road, will again serve as a dropoff location for donations.

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will start building next month. The Highlands of Argyle, located between Old Justin Road and Harpole Road, will begin construction in the next couple of months. 5T Ranch has begun construction off of Country Club Road. We will see the completion of Country Club Road soon and the inconvenience of traveling come to an end. We have had some exciting business prospects with wonderful concepts looking at Argyle. The amount of residential developers has slowed way down. We are hoping to bring more commercial in while slowing the residential growth down. Commercial brings revenue to the Town and school without over populating the schools. We continue to struggle with the traffic and hopefully are getting closer to the widening of Highway 377. The Town and County have a close relationship and have been working hard to expedite traffic relief. We will join towns across Texas in Austin for a week of learning and meeting leaders of this great state to share concerns and ideas this month. Hopefully we will come back with ideas that suit your vision. The plans for our first park are almost complete and we will be asking for your opinions before beginning construction. We know the frustrations that our youth is having with finding practice fields for their sports. We are continuing the discussions on how to find the solutions. I welcome your calls and ideas. I have had many emails and calls with what you want for our Town. Your Council is hard at work to try to come up with solutions to our needs and we can’t thank you enough for the ideas that have been provided. Please get involved. Call for questions and consider being a volunteer for one of our boards to become a part of the solution. Have a great October and don’t forget to get involved!! Happy October.

Argyle High School students Max McWhorter and Matthew Castle were recently honored as National Merit semifinalists. In addition, Mariah Bach, Joshua Block, Gentry Cole, Brooke Daniel, David Davis, Haylee Holt, and Jacob Merrill were all named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. Kevin Thomas was named National Hispanic Scholar. Pictured (left to right): Brooke Daniel, Matthew Castle, Max McWhorter, Joshua Block, David Davis, Kevin Thomas, Mariah Bach, Jacob Merrill, and Haylee Holt.

The Argyle ISD Homecoming celebration included a Parade of Champions, community pep rally, a bonfire at Argyle High School, and a 47-10 win over Paris.

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Stella’s Corner: Seniors Fiesta Our thanks to all those who made our Fiesta a success. The Argyle Police Department for the Mexican food, Argyle Donut shop for the donuts and to all those who helped in the kitchen by setting out food for the Fiesta and especially to Cathy Chenail our Kitchen Supervisor, who does more than her share in preparing the setup of food and cleaning up after the luncheon. Also to Jim Watson who led in bingo. A big thanks to Jody and John Bellingshausen for the big cactus photo prop, sombreros, maracas and margarita glass all made out of cardboard and painted. Thanks Jody and John! They set up all the other decorations; and, to Stephanie Crider who took everyone’s picture. On Oct. 4, the seniors went to Camp Copass for an enjoyable day with delicious food provided by the camp. That evening was National Night Out at Argyle Town Hall. The seniors had a booth to sell their cookbooks, shared with Stephanie Crider who sold items for the Texas Old English Sheep Dog Rescue fund. On Thursday, Oct. 13, the seniors will meet at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. to car pool to Denton to catch the A Train to the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Its senior day at the fair, so every senior gets in free; but the A Train cost is $3 roundtrip. Our next luncheon will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. at the home of Stella McDaniel. There will be a wiener roast, popcorn, games and a hay ride. Also there will be a costume contest with a nice gift for first, second and third place winners. The seniors meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week at 10 a.m. to exercise and play Hand & Foot at 11 a.m. On Thursday of each week, some of the seniors meet at the home of Stella McDaniel to play Hand & Foot. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information, you may contact Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438, or Karen Kiel at 940-464-0506. -Submitted by Stella McDaniel

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Minimally Invasive Dentistry – An alternative to Crowns So often you are told that you need a crown. It may be because you have a large filling, the tooth is cracked, decayed, or simply broken. So many people ask “Is there not an alternative way to fix teeth without doing a crown?” Yes there is, and the procedure is called an Onlay. Photos by Helen’s Photography.

The Greater Argyle Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Taste for Good took place on Sept. 13 at Lantana Golf Club. This year’s beneficiaries included Born2Be Equestrian Therapy, Cross Timbers Family YMCA, Liberty Christian School, Mission Moms, New Hope Equestrian Therapy, Ranch Hand Rescue, Riding Unlimited, and Victory Therapy.

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The University Interscholastic League honored Argyle High School on Sept. 9 for its fifth consecutive UIL Lone Star Cup. The trophy presentation took place during halftime of Argyle’s football game against Celina at Eagle Stadium.

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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 their property including the trimming up of low limbs over streets.


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When you receive a code enforcement letter from the town, please comply immediately and contact Charlie. Emergency Medical Services Change The Town of Double Oak has contracted with Flower Mound Fire Department to provide the Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance services to the residents of Double Oak. Historically, this service was provided by the Argyle Fire Department.

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This was a tough decision due to the long working relationship with the Argyle Fire Department. Argyle FD provided a timely professional service, but Flower Mound FD had advantages that would better serve the Double Oak residents. There were more ambulances in the Flower Mound FD mainly responding from Stations 1 and 4 for the east side and Station 2 for the west end of Double Oak. Each responding FMFD engine is also manned by a paramedic and has the same equipment as an ambulance except the engine cannot transport. The change became effective Friday, September 30th at noon. Double Oak VFD will continue to respond to all calls in Double Oak. (Submitted by DOVFD) DOUBLE OAK WISHES EVERYONE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN

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control and a lot of practice to finesse the volume produced by each player and the whole group.” Did you know that on a football field, the sounds created by performers in front of the moving band reach ears in the middle and back sections at different times? The marchers synchronize their playing by listening to the music directly around them, rather than what they think is being played up front. “A lot of learning and practice goes into a successful marching performance,” because the musical show also includes athletic and dance moves each player has to master with exactness for a good visual effect,” Woody said, “We call the whole thing a band’s pageantry.” To pull this off, the department annually holds a five-week freshman summer camp; along with color guard, percussion and band leadership camps. “Band faculty members are at school nearly year round,” said Woody. Guyer students have played twice at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They’ve also received terrific scores and honors from various University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) contests. UIL sponsors marching, sight reading, solo and group competition opportunities for Texas band students statewide. As a matter of fact, this year’s Region II marching contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Northwest ISD stadium, off Hwy 114 near the Texas Motor Speedway. Flower Mound, Marcus and Hebron High School bands all give Guyer real competition for a berth in the Area contest, which will be held in Mesquite later this year. The winners there will go to UIL band All State in the spring. Check

Members of the Guyer High School’s Band. for details. The TMEA divides the state into educational regions and selects All State players from each region for its prestigious band, orchestra and choir groups that perform at the annual convention in Austin. “Guyer’s region is filled with hardworking students,” said Woody. “Our band members have to hustle to excel in UIL and TMEA contests.” And, the district does not give music students a pass on academic matters. Failing grades on that front bar participating in shows and contests. “We had a fabulous year in 2016, with [level] 2 band, 5 orchestra and 2 choir All State students,” she said. Historically, the military has given birth to marching bands. John Philip Sousa transferred that feel and sound to his concert bands; and, he invented several instruments--including the Sousaphone--to produce new band sounds. Today bands perform on the field in one of three marching styles: corps, military and show.

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“A corps-style performance is thematic and geometric,” explained Woody. “Military is marching-to-the-battlefield linear and show-style features choreography. Students do not own their uniforms which works out because they’re still growing and will wear one size as a ninth-grader and another their senior year.” The pants are “bibbers,” like ski pants, which allows different length jackets. There are gloves and gauntlets, hats and plumes. Special rubber-sole band shoes are the only student-owned part of the uniform; they enable young feet to do what’s required. “The uniform design and production process takes about two years,” Amy said, “and the district purchases new uniforms about every 10-years.” Small school districts are the resale market for used uniforms, which are not allowed to go to waste. The Guyer Wildcat marching uniform is all black with blue and silver accents. It’s very snappy. See it online. “We wear black gowns and tuxedos,

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regular concert wear, when we play indoors.” Personnel involved in the Guyer band program with Woody include the district’s Fine Arts Administrator and her two Assistant Directors—brass instructor Tyler Brinkman and Ellis Hampton, the percussion instructor. “We have private lesson teachers and part-time staff who teach the dance team and other aspects of our program,” said Woody. This year’s UIL marching show is titled “Beyond the Frame” meaning the frame of action on an old motion picture reel. The band brings six different vignettes to life with music and pageantry and evocative photographs that will appear on big screens behind the band and its dance team. “We will be performing band arrangements of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #2, Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, SaintSaen’s Carnival of the Animals and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.” This is one show you won’t want to miss. If your child will be entering a Denton ISD middle school, band is an elective class; and, seeing the show could help his/her decision-making process. Woody summed it up this way: “High school band is a rewarding student experience arising from hard work, as opposed to instant gratification. It’s something the students and faculty accomplish together. The show is wonderful, but can’t possibly convey the hard work, sweat, and effort each child had to contribute to the successful whole.” Contact the writer at noellemhood@

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a foundation that assisted in the building of the new Linda McNatt Animal Adoption Center, and that assists animals throughout Denton County. We are so appreciative to the Foundation for their generosity.    Commissioners Court Honors Girl Scout Troop 4007  In early August, the Denton County Commissioners Court approved a resolution honoring Girl Scout Troop 4007 for their work on the historic cabin in Flower Mound. On May 24 of this year, Girl Scout Troop 4007 earned a Bronze Award for their efforts in raising awareness of the Gibson-Grant Log Cabin and Prairie Homestead in Flower Mound. To earn the Bronze Award, the highest award given to Junior Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Troop 4007 completed 20 hours of service on a community project. The girls held a fundraiser called Cabin-Aid, giving tours of the cabin, and filmed a short informational video highlighting the past, present and future plans for the cabin. They interviewed Office of History & Culture Director Peggy Riddle, Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden, Flower Mound Historian Mark Glover, and local land developer Curtis Grant. The Denton County Commissioners Court was proud to recognize the dedication and service of Girl Scouts Maddy Bigelow, Sydney Chamberlin, Ashley Crosier, Jordan Flint, and Maggie Fogle for their efforts in helping to preserve Denton County history at the Gibson-Grant Log Cabin and Prairie Homestead.   Did You Know? Denton County Commissioners Court approved the transfer and sale of surplus computer equipment to the Denton Inde-


pendent School District. These are items were without further value to the county for their intended use. The Denton County Purchasing Department, along with Technology Services, worked to notify school districts and cities within the county of the ability for the agencies to purchase surplus computer equipment, and received a request from Denton ISD to purchase 98 units. Not only does this agreement benefit the school district, it also helps Denton County by relieving the county of transportation and disposal of equipment.   35 Express Update The reconstruction of I-35E is part of the 35Express Project, an expansion of I-35E from US 380 in Denton to I-635 in Dallas, and is scheduled to be substantially complete in mid-2017. As always, check out the project website at for more detailed information and detour routes, as well as regular updates on additional lane and road closures and upcoming construction. Sign up for alerts to receive upto-the-minute information to ease your commute. In addition, access to traffic cameras along I-35E is available.   Connect With Us Also, don’t miss a thing in Precinct 4! We would love to have you connected to the county by subscribing to our newsletter. Just use this link and enter your email and you’ll be up-to-date on everything that’s going on in Precinct 4: http://bit. ly/2aT2XNW. And be sure and find us on Facebook at for the latest news in Denton County.   If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is and my office number is 940-349-2801.


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Council Member Dave Svatik and wife Dale’s son Chris Svatik is in his fourth year attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Chris grew up in Cop-


per Canyon, attended Liberty Christian High School where he ran cross country, and served as a Block Captain for Estates Drive while a teenager. Last Saturday the Svatiks hosted an event in their home for the Parents Clubs of the North Texas Coalition of Uniformed Service Academies (NTCU-

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SA). There are five service academies: US Military Academy at West Point, US Naval Academy at Annapolis, US Air Force Academy in Colorado, US Coast Guard Academy, and the US Merchant Marine Academy. The event provided a Game Watching Party for the Air Force vs. Navy football game, a Silent Auction (including an autographed Roger Staubach jersey, other athletes signatures on baseballs and bats, and several gift baskets from the academies), and a Wine and Craft Beer Tasting! Rudy’s in Frisco donated the BBQ meat and guests brought appetizers, salads, side dishes and desserts. Alcohol was on a BYOB basis. 23rd Annual NTCUSA Holiday Ball : The Parents Clubs event in Copper Canyon was benefitting the 23rd Annual NTCUSA Holiday Ball, which will be held December 22nd at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. Dave Svatik said. “This event is held each year so that we may celebrate a very special holiday evening together with family and friends, to honor the paths of service that our incredible young men and women of these five academies have chosen. The event welcomes about 600 people and includes a Grand March into the ballroom by all attending cadets and midshipmen (It’s an incredible sight to see them all in their dress uniforms! Dale cries every time!), an Honor guard presentation, a dinner, special recognition of the graduating cadets and midshipmen, as well as dancing and entertainment throughout the evening.” In order to continue this annual Holiday Ball tradition, the Parents Clubs rely heavily on monetary and in-kind donations from organizations all across the Metroplex, as well as fundraisers throughout the year. If you would care to

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make an individual or business contribution, please go online to Any amount will be most welcome by the members of the Parents Clubs and a meaningful way to honor our young men and women preparing for careers of service in uniform to our country! Did You Know That: Between 2000 and 2013 Maternal Mortality Death Rate Dropped in 157 countries; but it shot up in the United States with Texas being the worst state These statistics come from the September issue of the American medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Between 2000 and 2013 while the maternal mortality rate dropped in 157 countries, it actually increased nearly 27 percent in the United States.” US rates are among the worst in the developed world, and Texas’ problem is the worst in the nation. After 2010, the reported maternal mortality rate for Texas doubled within a two year period to levels not seen in other U.S. states. Researchers were baffled by the spike – which, they noted, seems unlikely “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval.” Medical Error is the third leading cause of death in the US. More than 250,000 people die each year due to medical errors. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths annually. (Analysis of studies of medical death rate data from 2000 through 2008 by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, published in the Baltimore Medical Journal.) In the last 8 years hospitals have been dedicated to reducing medical errors and infections incurred by patients while admitted for care.

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on ambulance rides and it gave him the opportunity to observe the work of paramedics first-hand. His love of the work prompted him to enroll in paramedic school right out of high school. Following his schooling, Whitener worked as a full-time paramedic firefighter, during which he was exposed to a variety of calls and different equipment. He applied to CareFlite’s air paramedic program to broaden his education. During the first month, Whitener attended classes learning standard operating procedures and rode in helicopters as a third rider; the other three riders were the pilot, a nurse, and another paramedic functioning as a “super team.� Whitener was then under the supervision of a flight training officer for three to four months. Whitener explained that even after training, new hires are always encouraged to ask their flight training officers any questions they might have. Whitener has worked as a CareFlite flight paramedic for nearly two years. Whitener has enjoyed living with his wife Julia, a teacher at Denton Classical Academy, and son Weston, 10, in Argyle for six years due to its country feel, reputation as a safe place to live, and proximity to his and his wife’s work. Both Whitener and Brewer work 56-hours per week at their respective fire stations and 36-hours from their CareFlite base in Denton; but, Whitener explained that 12-hours always separates the two shifts. Whitener said that no rescue incident stands out above others in his memory, since: “every call gives us an opportunity that is different. One person might have been bucked off a horse, whereas another one might have had a heart attack.� Brewer, who has lived in Flower Mound for a little more than a year, has worked as a Flower Mound Fire Department driver-operator for eight



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fire departments are looking for paramedics. After high school, I was hired by a fire department and became more interested in the medical stuff; though I enjoy both sides.� He fulfilled his ambition to be more involved in the medical side when he became a CareFlite flight paramedic six-and-ahalf years ago. Whitener and Brewer work alongside Peg Photo by Dru Murray Chappell, a flight nurse Despite tight quarters on their helicopter, Flight Paramedic Dustin Brewer and from Hickory Creek. Flight Nurse Peg Chappell are all smiles because they know they have the She brings an equipment they need right at hand to help them save lives. extensive knowledge gained from working in years. the Emergency Room He decided to become a Flower Mound and Recovery Departments at Methodist resident to be close to his work and children. Dallas Medical Center for 23-years prior to In addition, from his access to the town’s working for CareFlite, inner-workings, he knows it’s a good place “I love being a nurse,� said Chappell. to live. “There are so many areas you can work in, Like Whitener, Brewer’s interest in his like obstetrics.� profession began in his youth. She began working at CareFlite in 1990; “I was always interested in firefighting, she then took off a year-and-a-half off, before but I was also interested in medical stuff,� returning in 1994. he said. “People don’t know it, but most “This fall, I will have worked for CareFlite

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for 23-years,� noted Chappell. She said it’s strange she became a flight nurse, since: “I was always afraid of flying.� However, when she worked for Mother Francis Hospital in East Texas, the helicopter rescue team asked her to go along one time. She did, and since she liked it. A six-year resident of Highland Village, Chappell moved to Hickory Creek 16-years ago, because she could keep her horses there. CareFlite’s outreach to critical patients and accident victims through the air is immense. The nonprofit company has six helicopter bases located in Denton, McKinney, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury and Whitney. A fixedwing plane is also stationed in Granbury. CareFlite also offers ambulance services from ground bases and employs 700 people. Its leadership includes CEO Jim Swartz and Medical Director Dr. Robert Simonson. The CareFlite Bell 407GX helicopter is not expansive; it holds one adult patient or in some cases, a pediatric patient with a parent. Despite its size, the helicopter is a work of efficiency—every nook and cranny houses equipment necessary to save lives, including a ventilator, six IV pumps, a radio that enables communications with hospitals and fire departments, plus multiple IV fluids and medications. See CAREFLITE on Page A29

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posal to modify their policy for sidewalk maintenance in an effort to cut down on frivolous repair requests and possibly save the district money.



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Lantana foots the entire bill for sidewalk repairs that constitute a tripping hazard unless the damage was caused by a street tree, in which case it is the resident’s financial responsibility. If the request is not determined to be a hazard, it is not repaired.

Around 200 people participated in the 7th Annual Run Lantana 5K, 10K & Walk on September 17. This year’s race, organized by the Lantana Community Association and Insight Association Management, benefited Argyle-based Ranch Hand Rescue.

A tripping hazard is defined as a vertical change of over one inch at any joint or crack, according to Lantana General Manager Kevin Mercer. Mercer said the districts receive 30 to 50 sidewalk repair requests per year from residents but only 10 percent are actually warranted. He recommended that some of the financial burden be shifted to homeowners, similar to what the City of Irving does. Irving pays half of the cost to replace deteriorated or broken sidewalks. The other half must be paid by the property owner. Once a year, Lantana contracts with a paving company to perform concrete repairs on roads and sidewalks within the community. A typical sidewalk repair job costs the district between $300 and $400 per five-foot panel. This past June, 650 square feet of sidewalk removal and replacement was completed. As the community ages, maintenance costs will also inch up.


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After a lengthy discussion among board members, a motion was made to give residents who request repairs not deemed as hazardous the opportunity to share the cost 50/50 with the district. The district would still fix sections of sidewalk that are defined as a tripping hazard at no charge to the homeowner. Both boards voted 4-1 to change the policy, with #6 board member Max Miller and #7 board member Andrew Kloser dissenting. “At the end of the day, the district is going to have to look at the sidewalk regardless and they’re going to get the same 50 phone calls. So on 40 of them, if they call back and say ‘your sidewalk doesn’t meet our criteria, we will happy to replace it but we’re going to share the cost 50/50,’ I think on those calls, 38 of them will say never mind,” said FWSD #6 board president Kurt Sewell. Members of the Lantana Safety Committee inspect the community’s sidewalks See LANTANALINKS on Page A27

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creasing our sales revenue by more than 30 percent since 2012. However, as you can see from the charts below, even with the substantial progress in sales tax collections, we woefully trail our neighbors and have an over-reliance on property taxes to fund our local government. For the 20 percent of your property taxes the Town controls, for us to have a meaningful reduction in the tax rate, we must have a more balanced stream of revenues like our neighbors or be willing to except a reduction in services, which isn’t in the long term interest of the town. In spite of having a disadvantage in sales tax revenue, Flower Mound continues to have one of the lowest tax rates in North Texas while offering parks, fire and police protection, and road maintenance that is second to none. This is achieved by a staff that takes pride in their work and the positive leadership of our Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos and Deputy Town Manager/Chief Financial Officer Debra Wallace.

So where do you tax dollars go? As with most organizations, approximately two-thirds of the Town’s budget goes to pay employees of the Town, from our Public Works department to firefight-


ers. As our property values go up, even as the tax rate stays the same, the bulk of the increase has been used to improve our employees’ compensation. For many years, Flower Mound was unable to offer competitive compensation which resulted in an inability to retain qualified staff or effectively recruit. At one point, many years ago, our Police Department had a 44 percent turnover. Having quality services for our residents begins with our ability to attract and retain quality personnel. Most of our Council Members and myself have placed an emphasis on competitive compensation for the em-

ployees of Flower Mound. A positive trend that has occurred over the last several years is a reduction in the percentage of tax dollars used to service the Town’s debt. In 2012, 12 cents of your tax bill was used to service the Town’s debt (interest and principal). Today, approximately 10 cents of what you pay in taxes goes toward servicing our debt. While 2 cents may not seem like a substantial difference, it is a 17 percent reduction and equates to several million dollars a year. This was achieved by retir-


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ing or paying off more of the Town’s debt than new debt being issued, and refinancing a large part of the Town’s outstanding debt at lower interest rates. In this year’s budget, there are several items the Town Council and Staff have prioritized. Approximately 10 million was budgeted for new street projects throughout Flower Mound, with the largest expenditure being Waketon Road improvements. The dangerous curve behind WinKids will be softened and straightened out. Additionally $3.5 million was budgeted for street reconstruction projects including Yucca and McKamy Creek. Almost $4 million dollars was allocated for park improvements with the bulk of the expenditures going to Heritage Park, located in southeastern part of Flower Mound. Seven million was allocated for wastewater projects that will improve and upgrade areas where there have been difficulties. It’s an ongoing process but an important process to maintain the Town’s underground infrastructure. Additionally, the Town is funding Fire Station 6 this year in the in the new Canyon Falls subdivision located in western

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Flower Mound. With the additional population increases, it is necessary to have a fire station west of the railroad tracks to maintain our ISO rating, which directly affects the cost of your home insurance. Further, we are adding additional police positions in our town. The last time new police positions were added was 2008. Lastly, Councilman Jason Webb identified our Seniors In Motion Program needs new, safe transportation. As a side note, the senior programming has grown from 500 members to approximately 2,000 members since the opening of the new Senior Center. Jason’s request was met with Council approval for new, safe transportation for our seniors’ activities. Additionally, the Town is moving forward with the first stages of expanding the Town’s Tree Farm. The idea is that we not only use homegrown trees for public areas, but each Arbor Day, we’d like to give young trees to our residents to replant and help expand the tree canopy within Flower Mound. The expanded tree farm will be located at Green Acres Park. If you have questions about the Town’s budget please feel free to give me a call at 214-384-1105. I would be glad to speak with you about it.

Public Notice Dr. Lisa A. King, will no longer be affiliated with Fertility Leaders of Texas and Reproductive Healthcare, PLLC of Flower Mound, Texas after November 8, 2016. This change should not affect patient care, future appointments, or the retention of medical records with Fertility Leaders and Reproductive Healthcare. For additional information or questions please call 817-945-3506.

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with the Highland Village Business Association’s Restaurant Week to showcase Highland Village restaurants. Restaurant Week will take place from October 9-15 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, Edison Coffee Co., The Flour Shop Bakery, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Fresco’s Mexicana, Nestle Tollhouse Café, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Snuffer’s. I hope you’ll try a new restaurant or


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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 slide show of pictures of our area veterans has been Highland Village Police Department Commander shown and we are always eager to Karl Schlichter, a 15-year veteran of HVPD, gradadd to that presentation. If you are a uated from the 265th Session of the FBI National veteran and have a picture from your Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on September 16. time in the service, or if you have a Schlichter is now a member of the FBI National relative you’d like honored, we want Academy Associates, Inc. an organization of law those pictures. You can scan your enforcement professionals who actively work to picture and send to us via email to continue developing higher levels of competency, Be cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcesure to include the name, rank, and ment community. branch of service in the email. You can also call us at 972-899-5131 to visit your favorite eatery and help support schedule a time to come by and we’ll our local businesses and the fund. You’ll be happy to scan your picture for you. want to check for the Please send us your pictures by October details. 28. Our goal is to raise $30,000.00 for famThe event is also the forum for Conilies of Officers that have lost their life in gressman Burgess’ awarding of Congresthe line of duty. This is the sixth year that sional Commendation to local Veterans. If the race will be held at the Shops at High- you’d like to sponsor the event or attend, land Village - we anticipate a large crowd just contact the city at 972-899-5131 or will come to support the race, the Officer email them at cityhall@highlandvillage. Survivor Fund and enjoy the entertain- org. ment. I hope to see you there! I encourage you to help us pay tribute to On November 10 we are hosting the Sa- those who have made the decision to risk lute Our Veterans luncheon which honors everything for our freedom and safety. the men and women who have fought to These men, women and their families dekeep our country safe and free. This event serve our respect and honor. I hope you’ll has grown so much we now hold it at the donate to or attend these events.

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once a year and submit potential trouble spots to Mercer, who sends a district employee out to inspect the areas. “When we get a call about a trip hazard, we will go out and if it does constitute a trip hazard, we will put the cones out and mark off the area for repair,� said Mercer. Residents can contact the district to report sidewalk hazards at 940-728-5050 or email Development Watch Lantana had 3,360 occupied homes as of September 30 with an estimated population of 10,920. There were 78 new home sales year-to-date as of August 31, with the average new home selling for $424,581 or $132.79 per square foot. There were 2,027 single-family build-


ing permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District 6 and 1,464 permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District 7 through August 2016, for a total of 3,491 permits. The Barrington Addition, located at the north end of Lantana Trail adjacent to the roundabout, should be ready in November. The first phase will consist of 119 lots and Highland Homes will be one of the homebuilders. Construction should be complete this month and lot sales are underway in the 90 lot Reata subdivision north of Tanner Parkway adjacent to golf hole 16. Highland Homes and CalAtlantic Homes will be building in Reata. The final phase of the Garner subdivision along Copper Canyon Road should be completed in March 2017. There will be 82 lots and CalAtlantic will be the homebuilder.


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Subway, Smile Up Dentistry, Farmers Insurance, and Wise Wireless will be locating in Lantana Town Center. The center developer is in talks with a bank, auto care center and hardware store. Grading operations are expected to begin soon on the 10 acre site of Lantana

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Town Center Phase II across FM 407 from Kroger. Phase II consists of seven buildings containing 74,473 square-feet of retail and restaurant space. No tenants have been announced yet and building construction is expected to begin next year.

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dents that play in their school band, color guard, cheer, and play on the football team. Friday night lights is a great time of communities coming together to cheer on their school’s team. Big shout out to Harvest teen Sean Bolin for being selected for the Argyle Homecoming Court! Harvest is proud to be a part of two

The Harvest Cancer Support Group meets on a monthly basis to encourage each other.

great school districts—Northwest ISD and Argyle ISD! We love seeing our Harvest students excelling off the field as well as on the field! With October being breast cancer awareness month, we wanted to share how our homeowners come together to support and care for one another. Last April, a Harvest homeowner started the Harvest Cancer Support Group. Homeowners meet on a monthly basis to share experiences, encourage each other, and walk alongside each other during their journey. They celebrate the wins and embrace the trials together. In September, the group celebrated one of its members who finished his radiation treatments. He has come a long way on his journey! He is doing really well and is enjoying getting his hair back. One of the group members said, “Harvest is a unique community and we are privileged to be a part of it! Harvest offers us another opportunity to give back by investing time in the

Cancer Support Group.” Harvest Gives Back At Harvest we don’t just gather, we gather with a purpose. Harvest is a proud partner of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a partnership that started in 2014. Our residents manage three garden plots where 100% of the produce is donated to the NTFB. Additionally, many homeowners make regular donations of surplus produce grown in their own gardens. Another way homeowners give back is through our big HOA events. For example, at our Kick off to Summer Bash in August, we collected more than 760 pounds of food for the NTFB. This month, our homeowners donated 70 pounds of fresh produce to the NTFB, which equates to 84 meals. To date, Harvest has provided more than 19,400 meals to the NTFB.

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Pilot Nico Bowersock explained that the outfitted helicopters are assembled in stages. The body is manufactured by Bell in Tennessee, but then the medical equipment must be installed and they must be painted, too. Whitener said he had never had any safety concerns, because Bowersock and the other CareFlite pilots are excellent. Whitener explained that each air base has a 150-mile service radius. CareFlite’s area of ground operations extends as far north as McKinney, as far west as Mineral Wells, as far east as Kaufman County and as far south as Hill County. “That means we might fly into Oklahoma or to Waco,” said Brewer. He also noted that CareFlite’s services especially help rural towns, cities and counties, since they are not forced to use scant resources to cover emergencies. CareFlite teams can take patients/accident


victims to facilities and the rural areas will still have their own ambulances available in case any other emergencies occur. When asked whether they ever hear from former patients, Brewer replied: “That does not happen as commonly as you might think. Often, we don’t know the end result, but one patient who was struck by a car, that we flew, made a good recovery. She and her family came to the base in Fort Worth. That was really cool.” These service heroes also participate in an educational program called Shattered Dreams or Deadly Distractions. Each year, the program presents students with a realistic and memorable simulation of a traffic accident caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol or while on a cell phone. During the simulation, ground CareFlite paramedics arriving in an ambulance first treat the most critically injured patient, before a CareFlite helicopter flight crew lands, loads and transports the patient. The program is just one of the numerous


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ways CareFlite partners with local fire/ EMS departments to teach the important message about the consequences of drunk or distracted driving. For young people considering a career as a flight paramedic, Whitener advised that they: “gain as much experience as possible. Go along as a third ride, start

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getting into critical care lessons and work towards acquiring your FPC or Flight Paramedic Certification.” To learn more about CareFlite or to support their lifesaving efforts, visit www. or call 877-339-2273.

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LOCAL EXPERTS Passing on the Values Behind Your Success: Ethical Wills By Jeffery Price

The dynamics of wealth planning and decision-making for parents may seem a bit complicated and challenging. Once you start thinking about your

Legal Talk Texas Traditional Divorce versus Collaborative Divorce By Carson Steinbauer

Divorce is complicated and can include a high price tag. Today, there are different options available for those seeking to end their marriage. In Texas, couples can divorce in the traditional manner, which involves litigation, or alternatively using the collaborative process. Weigh your options carefully before selecting which option suits you best. Originally, one could only divorce through litigation. Litigation is adversarial in nature and positions are established early in the case. After the divorce is filed, each litigant conducts discovery in search of financial and

legacy and how you envision it taking shape, you may find yourself asking a number of financial questions, such as: How much money am I going to leave my children? Do I include extended family? Who will steer the family business? There is another crucial aspect of legacy that’s often overlooked: the values behind your success. Seventy-four percent of parents say values and life lessons are most important to pass on to the next generation.1 Sharing the values that shaped your success with your family helps ensure they appreciate your hard work and understand how much it means to you, and can have an impact on future generations. Consider implementing an ethical will to

complement estate planning. An ethical will is a document, usually one or two pages, mentioning the values that helped shape your success. It is usually an end-of-life summary that is used in conjunction with documents that determine how your assets will be distributed. Some families write them together during family gatherings, gathering different insights and learning lessons from each other. An ethical will may mention your vision and wishes for your family and generations to come, encouraging them to make a difference, and to value your legacy. Some ethical wills offer rich insights and are highly descriptive, mentioning major life events and how they came about in shaping personal goals, beliefs

and values. Ethical wills don’t have a legal standing, but they do help pass on important life lessons, providing your family with a clear sense of your personal values. It also helps avoid any discussions or misunderstandings regarding money matters, considering it complements estate planning and can also be used to improve communication among family members; helping explain why your plan was set up a certain way.

other records in support of various claims. After discovery, settlement is attempted informally or through mediation. If settlement fails, the case is tried, and a judge or a jury decides who gets what assets as well as which parent gets custody. This positionbased process is not for everyone; placing major decisions in the hands of another can be risky. Oftentimes, neither party receives everything wished for in the divorce. A collaborative divorce differs from a litigated divorce in that it is interest based rather than position based. When proceeding collaboratively, in addition to retaining individual counsel, the couple can also retain financial and mental health professionals. These professionals form a team with the lawyers, and the team as a whole assists the couple in evaluating what is best for their family. With this process, everyone works together cooperatively to reach informed decisions and craft a mutually beneficial settlement outside of the courtroom. Each process has its advantages and its drawbacks. Consult with an experienced family lawyer who will educate you on the intricacies of both types of divorce and guide you into the process that is best for you.

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LOCAL EXPERTS What Does a Financial Planner Do, Exactly? By Ken Kendall, CFP, CLU, Kendall Financial LLC. Member, Wealth and Wisdom Institute

Like many things now days, financial planners and their methods come in all shapes and sizes and it is a profession that continues to evolve and change with the economic and regulatory environment. I can only speak to what the process looks like in my office. At our first meeting, we sit down and talk a bit. We will take as much time as necessary so you can decide if what we do fits in with what you want to accomplish. And we need to be confident that we can provide meaningful assistance to you. We find out how you heard about us and what motivated you to come in. Hopefully everyone who this process affects will be in the meeting (like your spouse). This is the meeting where we begin to get a feel for what you want and need, your attitudes towards money, wealth, debt, risk, whether or not we will be a good fit to work together, even if we think we are able to help you meet your goals. We normally also want you to meet other folks in our office. There is a staggering amount of expertise in our office and we work as a team. More than one set of eyes will help us view a situation from different angles. In about an hour we can have a pretty good idea of what we can help you accomplish. We are not be a “one size fits all” business. We discuss the various ways we can be compensated and we are flexible

to find one that works best. But our initial meeting is always no charge, and we will only have a 2nd meeting if you request. At the next meeting we start nailing down more details about your finances, looking at your savings methods, the risk level of your investments, your tax strategies, etc. We usually ask you to bring in account statements, tax returns and such. We will develop a risk profile for everyone involved, we often ask you to complete an online questionnaire so we can create a Communication Profile to be sure that we are communicating with you in the way that works best for you. We talk about your goals, your feelings, your time horizon, your overall risk level. At this point YOU will be doing most of the talking and WE will be doing most of the listening. We may ask some questions that get you thinking about things you really haven’t considered. We will discuss some of the common financial inefficiencies we often observe. We will discuss your needs and wants, but one thing we will not do is attempt to change your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of money traveling, golfing, boating, antiquing, collecting, gambling or whatever, those things are important to you. We can show you how those expenses affect your financial future, but we are not your parents, it’s your money and you can spend it where you want to. At the next meeting we will be laying out the numbers showing what we have found and our recommendations as to what we can accomplish and how we can do it. We will answer any questions you have and we may need to rework some of the strategies so the overall plan fits you perfectly. At all times our mission statement is our primary goal. We want to: Build your Wealth, Lessen your Risk, and Protect your Lifestyle.

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Car manufacturers have been hard at work finding ways to improve fuel economy. One way they have done this is by adopting a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine that uses a fuel system that directly injects the gasoline into the combustion chamber of each cylinder of the engine – referred to as Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) or Direct Fuel Injection (DFI). Vehicles manufactured with GDI engines have jumped from just 5% in 2009 to over 46% in 2015, and the number continues to grow. It has become a commonplace feature that boasts of increased fuel efficiency and power, as well as better overall vehicle performance. However, research from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering shows GDI engines aren’t as environmentally safe as previously thought. They report that GDI engines emit black carbon along with other toxic compounds like benzene and toluene. Not only are these particles being released into the atmosphere, but also into your engine, which causes build-up that typically doesn’t reveal itself until the vehicle is out of warranty (between 50,000 and 75,000 miles). Many complaints have been sent in

to Consumer Reports and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reporting that over time, GDI can lead to clogged fuel systems and engine carbon buildup. Once the problem emerges – indicated by misfires, loss of power, poor fuel economy, and hard starts – the repair bill to fix it can be anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000. Some car manufacturers have addressed the issue by extending their warranty for carbon build-up issues and related preventative maintenance. Others have issued technical service bulletins (TSBs) to their dealers asking them to let drivers know to only use name-brand detergent gasolines without ethanol additives, and to periodically add a fuelsystem cleaner when they refuel. To help protect your vehicle from this type of carbon build-up, start by ensuring your spark plugs are replaced in a timely manner. Most importantly, if your vehicle receives updated management software, be sure you have the latest version. Updates could contain new timing procedures for your engine that reduce the exposure of the valves to conditions that could otherwise cause further carbon build-up. Here at Kwik Kar, we always recommend you stay on top of your preventative maintenance and oil changes for all types of vehicles. This is especially important if you have a vehicle with a GDI engine. Fuel injection services have typically been recommended every 30,000 miles, but we recommend you come in every 15,000 miles to avoid long-term issues and pricey repair bills related to carbon build-up. Visit our website at

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Argyle Track Adds Fresh Legs By John English, Contributing Writer

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Highland Village Police Corp. David Harney, HVPD officer and Marine reservist Nic Sommers, and Cara Vasquez, owner of the Flour Shop Bakery in The Shops at Highland Village.

Lanie Rodgers and Rhyle McKinney are making tracks at Argyle High School this year in the sport of distance running.

Statistics say one police officer dies in the line of duty every 61-hours; a fact made too real in July when a sniper killed five cops in downtown Dallas. What also made it too real was that each of those officers was also a person; someone with a family and friends separate from the job they performed. It’s such tragedies that make the annual Highland Village Fallen Officer Bike Race and 5K so important. The ninth-annual festivities will take place Oct. 15 at

Two of the leaders of the girl’s Argyle cross country team are also two of the youngest runners in the program—and they just so happen to be best friends. Lanie Rodgers and Rhyle McKinney are both freshman at Argyle High School this school year and have already made their marks in the sport of distance running. Coach Kathi Olson said that Rodgers and McKinney have been impressive additions to the cross country team. The

The Shops at Highland Village. The past eight events have raised approximately $102,000 for the Texas Police Chiefs Association Officer Survivor Fund, which provides $2,500 to the families of fallen peace officers within 24hours of their deaths in the line of duty. The fund paid out $12,500 to the families of the five law enforcement officers killed by the Dallas sniper. “It goes to the families to get some See OFFICER Page B19

coach said that more than anything else, they bring excitement and leadership to the Lady Eagles program. “They are both great runners and, being freshmen that are new to the program, have really been great for the team,” Olson said. “The upperclassmen have really embraced them. We are a family and those two have become part of the family.” Olson said that under most See TRACK Page B18

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


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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Staying Safe Online By State Representative Tan Parker

Many of you may have recently read stories of scam artists targeting seniors in the North Texas region. Earlier this summer, a retiree discovered that a credit card had mysteriously been taken out in the name of his deceased wife. Others discovered their mail had been forwarded to out-ofstate addresses. Many of these individuals then began noticing charges on their bank accounts that they weren’t responsible for. As it turned out, these cases were part of a larger scheme targeting the sensitive information of senior residents in retirement communities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. For those of us with elderly loved ones, knowing these kinds of scams occur can be deeply troubling. However, it’s incredibly important to understand that in the techdriven world of the 21st century, we are all vulnerable to these types of crimes. As our lives increasingly take place in the digital sphere, the importance of defending ourselves against online fraud and data theft is greater than ever before. In response to this growing concern, October has been designated National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Its aim is to raise awareness of these critical issues so that criminals are deterred from taking

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advantage of our vulnerable populations, including our seniors and children, and to make us more informed and better prepared to take preventive measures. In recognition of this important issue, here are a few steps we can all take to be a little safer on the Internet. One of the most common activities is called “phishing.� This occurs when cybercriminals trick people into giving up sensitive private information by posing as legitimate companies, and then they send the victims fake emails requesting social security numbers, credit card information or account passwords. A new global awareness campaign does an excellent job of informing consumers about malicious online activities and lays out a number of ways consumers can avoid being tricked by these kinds of scams. First, always be wary of following a link in an email you receive. Cybercriminals often use this method to install malware, a harmful form of software onto your device. Even if the sender seems familiar, ask yourself if something appears suspicious about the email’s content. Is the sender asking for sensitive information that wouldn’t ordinarily be requested over the Internet? Is the sender making this request with an unusual amount of urgency or promising something that sounds too good to be true? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you would likely be better off simply deleting the message and calling the institution supposedly responsible for sending it. Second, try to keep up with updating your computer’s software. This is

especially important when it comes to security software, which is an absolute necessity in today’s world. I know it can be a hassle to continually keep your programs up-to-date, but consider that in 2015, 99 percent of hacked customers from a major telecommunications company could have avoided victimization by simply updating their computers. Patching fixable bugs or downloading security software is a simple way to guard your devices from outside danger. Third, make sure to set strong passwords. While it may be more convenient to opt for something easy to remember, it is also a major security liability. Having the same passcode for your Netflix or email account as you do for more sensitive information is an easily avoidable mistake. Hackers have become very good at guessing simple passwords, especially if they include accessible information like your home address, phone number, or name. It’s also a good idea to change your passwords a couple times a year, because as we’ve seen in the news lately, cybercriminals are even beginning to steal account information all at once. Just as you would change your locks if you thought someone had a copy of your home key, you should routinely alter your passwords in a world where no information is totally secure. The Internet is an incredible invention that has changed our world for the better. It has increased our ability to communicate, conduct commerce, and learn new things. But just like any other technology, we have to be aware of the negative ways it can be utilized. I hope these tips can help you feel

that Texas has school choice and that I, as a parent, am trusted to make education decisions for my children. There are some opponents of parent choice in education who are trying to stifle choice by forcing some schools to close, and that’s not right. It takes away a parent’s choice and could put students back

into schools that previously failed them. Virtual school works for our family and my children are doing great! But they want to take it away. As school choice comes under attack I hope our lawmakers and education officials will defend parents’ rights to make these choices and not fall for what these school

a little safer while you surf the web in daily life. Be sure to visit https://staysafeonline. org/ncsam/ to learn more about how to observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives, and I welcome your feedback on this and any other state issues. 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 e-mail at

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ZOCOMS – DFW’s Newest Zombie Attraction! Do you like Zombies? Of course you do. Everybody loves zombies. For some they are scary, and for others they are just good old fashioned gory fun. In the past few years there have been quite a few successful Zombie themed video games, movies and television shows that have turned Zombies into a culture of their own. This pop culture phenomenon has led to Zombie related events like the Deep Ellum Zombie Walk, and Zombie themed merchandise being sold in specialty stores like Zombie Gear in Hurst, TX all across the country. Not to mention the millions of Zombie memes, pop culture clothing and trinkets available on the Internet. Now there’s a new way for you to get your Zombie fix in a more interactive way. Z.O.C.O.M.S. Zombie Outbreak Containment Operations Management Site. A different kind of haunt attraction. Z.O.C.O.M.S is an interactive Zombie hunting experience in a haunted house-esk environment. Hosted at D2 Tactical Laser Tag in Lewisville, Z.O.C.O.M.S puts the participant into a post-apocalyptic world where you are training to join the “ZOCFORCE” to help “Contain” and “Manage” the Infected Zombie Horde.

You’ll walk through in a traditional haunted house style, except you’ll have a state-of-the- art laser tagger and be shooting the Infected Horde (Zombies) that have been captured and released inside this fully functional, military style “training facility.” If you or your child loves games like Call of Duty or Resident Evil, or TV shows like The Walking Dead, then you will absolutely love Z.O.C.O.M.S. Bring your friends and gain the skills to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Located at D2 Tactical Laser Tag in Lewisville, Z.O.C.O.M.S is open select days from September 30th through Halloween. Check out www. for more information on dates and times.

Marcus High School in Flower Mound celebrated homecoming on Sept. 23. The Marauders football team capped off the festivities with an impressive victory over L.D. Bell in their district opener. (Photos courtesy of Lewisville ISD)

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Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson Most, if not all, adult drivers have seen the irresponsible parent or adult driving down the road with a child bouncing around the interior of a vehicle. The statistics regarding child death and injury from motor vehicle collisions are overwhelmingly negative when safety restraints are not used. “In the United States during 2014, 602 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 121,350 were injured. Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2014, 34% were not buckled up.” “A study of five states that increased the age requirement to 7 or 8 years for car seat/ booster seat use found that the rate of children using car seats and booster seats increased nearly three times and the rate of children


who sustained fatal or incapacitating injuries decreased by 17%.” ( Law Enforcement and the community at large want parents to have children wearing seatbelts and using size-appropriate safety seats. “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death during the first three decades of American’s lives.” “By wearing seat belts and properly buckling children into age-andsize-appropriate car seats and booster seats, people can reduce the risk of serious injury and death in a crash by half.” ( The following 2016 Child Passenger Safety National Best Practice Recommendations is information provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety ( director_staff/public_information/carseat. htm): Phase 1: Rear-Facing Seats: Motorists are encouraged that children from birth to 35+ pound and 2+ years old are to be secured in rear-facing infant safety seats as long as possible. Proper installation in accordance with

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Recent Police Calls

Animal Complaint – 200 blk. Brown Cliff Ct., Double Oak – Officer found a lab loose on King’s Rd. and was able to return to owner.

Animal Complaint – 300 blk. E. Carruth Ln., Double Oak – A homeowner reported two dogs having been sprayed by a skunk. Officer assisted with searching for the loose and missing dogs. Disturbance – 200 blk. FM 1830, Denton Cnty. – Officer dispatched to assist Denton County with responding to a disturbance between family members. Disturbance – Dixon and Long Prairie Rd., Flower Mound – Officer assisted Flower Mound PD with resolving a disturbance between boyfriend and girlfriend taking place at a wireless store. Meet Complainant – 100 blk. Lake Trail Dr., Double Oak – A resident had questions about oversize tires affecting a vehicles speedometer. Assist Agency – 800 blk Wagner Way, Lantana – At 12:19 a.m. officer assisted Deputy with investigating an open door and unsecure residence. Public Service – 200 blk. Whispering Oaks Dr., Double Oak – Officer observed an open vehicle door and a purse and wallet left in a vehicle. The owner was contacted.

Assist Agency – 1300 blk. E. Jeter Rd., Bartonville – At 1:50 a.m. Officer assisted Bartonville PD with a vehicle search.

Assist Agency – 100 blk. Hawk Crest Ln., Double Oak – Officer assisted Flower Mound PD with searching for a missing child. Child was located at a Double Oak residence.

Suspicious Circumstance – 200 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – Complainant reported a possible attempted burglary. No property was missing.

Medical Call – 8500 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Adult male having breathing difficulties requested transport to an emergency room.

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the owner’s manual is very important. Phase 2: Forward-Facing Seats: When children outgrow the rear-facing safety seat (minimum 2+ years) they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat as long as possible, up to the upper height or weight limit (40 – 80+ pounds) of the harnesses. Usually 4+ years old. NEVER turn forward-facing before child meets all: AGE/HEIGHT/WEIGHT requirements set by safety seat manufacturer for forward-facing. Phase 3: Booster Seats: After age 4 and 40+ pounds and behavior maturity, children can ride in a booster seat with the adult lap and shoulder belt until the adult safety belt will fit them properly (usually when the child is 10 – 12 years old). MUST have a lap / shoulder belt to use a booster seat. Phase 4: Seat Belts: Children are better protected the longer they can stay in each phase. Keep children in each seat up to the maximum age/weight/height limits before moving to the next phase. ALL children younger than age 13 years should ride properly restrained in the back seat. Proper installation and adjustment of child safety seats can be challenging. Double Oak Police Officer Shaun Chelf is available by appointment at (972) 355-5995 to assist with selecting the proper seat for the child, coaching on installation so that parents or caretakers can install the seat in the future and proper placement of the child in the seat. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Disturbance – 1600 blk. Broome Rd., Bartonville – Officer assisted Bartonville PD with resolving a dispute between family members.

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property at 8 a.m. on Sept. 9. On Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., four suspects were identified in the theft of tools worth $230 from a residence in the 1800 block of Kings Dr. Another theft of tools worth $650 in the 4100 block of Broadway Ave. was reported on Sept. 11. A suspect was identified at 5:50 a.m.

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On Sept. 1 at 1 p.m., the Leslie Pool Supplies store at 2601 Flower Mound Road reported the theft of pool tools worth $3,400. The burglary of a vehicle in the Target store parking lot, 5801 Long Prairie Road, was reported on Sept. 1 at 4:30 p.m. Four juveniles were identified in a residential burglary in the 2900 block of Cypress Leaf Ln. reported at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. Stolen was $2,000 in cash. At midnight on Sept. 3, a suspect was identified in a residential theft in the 3500 block Lofty Pines Dr. Jewelry worth more than $6,750 was reported missing. The burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 6100 block of Garwood Cir. on Sept. 4 at 12:30 a.m. Stolen was a Lenova Notebook worth $1,000. On Sept. 4 at 1 p.m., a shopper in the Kroger store at 1101 Flower Mound Rd. reported the theft of a Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone.

On Sept. 12 at 1 p.m., the burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 1200 block of Garden Ride Blvd. Taken were a purse, a wallet, several credit cards and a cell phone worth $300.

On Sept. 19 at 9:20 p.m., three victims reported cell phones and cash was stolen in the 3100 block of Churchill Dr. A suspect was identified. A family in the 4600 block of Wildgrove Dr. reported two different prescription drugs and jewelry worth $2,575, and a Samsung Notebook worth $400 was stolen on Sept. 20 and a suspect was identified.

At 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, two watches worth $2,500 were reported stolen from a residence in the 4100 block of Broadway Ave.

Two AC units worth $4,250 were reported missing from a residence in the 4400 block of Saddlewood Dr. by Bud Bartley Custom Homes.

On Sept. 13 at 2:45 p.m., the Target store at 5959 Long Prairie Rd. reported three Apple items worth $400 were stolen. A suspect was identified.

At 1:30 p.m. on Sept.23, a burglary was reported in the 2200 block of Remington Dr. in Bridlewood. A suspect was identified as taking an item worth $4,000.

On Sept. 14 at 11 p.m., four witnesses observed the vandalism of a victim’s cell phone in the 2900 block of Cedar Pass Ct. The suspect was identified.

On Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., a Mazda was reported vandalized in the 4500 block of Biscayne Dr.

On Sept. 15 at 7:30 a.m., a computer and camera totaling $2,100 were reported stolen from a residence in the 2500 block of Lakeside Pkwy. A suspect was identified. A reported theft of $500 occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the 2700 block of Justin Rd.

At 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 6, the burglary of a vehicle in the 1200 block of Garden Ridge Blvd. was reported. Stolen was $118 in cash and a purse.

At 3:50 a.m. on Sept. 17, the Dick’s Sporting Goods store at 5801 Long Prairie Rd. reported the theft of a cooler worth $350 and clothing worth $750.

On Sept. 7 at 12:30 a.m., the theft from a commercial property in the 500 block of Lakeside Pkwy. was reported. A suspect was identified for stealing a Whirlpool appliance worth $400 and another unidentified item valued at $48,728.35.

The burglary and breaking-and-entering of a residence in the 4700 block of Shelly Dr. was reported. Items worth $8,200 were taken.

In the 2400 block of Justin Rd, a suspect was identified in the theft of a tool worth $450 from a commercial

Gerault Rd/Flower Mound Rd. intersection at 9 p.m. on Sept. 19. A suspect was identified.

Also on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m., in the 3800 block of Braxton Ln. a 2013 Chrysler was vandalized.

On Sept. 17 at 2:11 a.m., two vehicles in the 2300 block of Royal Oaks were burglarized and a suspect was identified.

On Sept. 8, acts of vandalism occurred in the Marcus and Flower Mound High School parking lots.

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On Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m., a Toyota 4-Runner was reported vandalized in the 4600 block of Crown Knoll Cir. A Toyota Sequoia was vandalized at 2:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Luttrell Ct. at 4:45, and a VW Bug was vandalized in the 6000 block of Garwood Cir.

The Target store at 5959 Long Prairie Rd. reported the theft of three Dyson vacuums valued at $1,300 on Sept. 6 at 7 a.m.

The JC Penney store at 5751 Long Prairie reported the theft of a $2,200 ring at 12:11 p.m. on Sept. 8.


On Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m., Lacy Construction of Dallas reported equipment theft worth more than $15,000 from Denton Creek Blvd./Dolan Falls Dr.; two suspects were identified. At 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 19, the theft of a $10,000 wedding ring from a residence in the 3000 block of Miracle Ln. was reported. A suspect was identified. The vandalism of a vehicle was reported near the

On Sept. 25 at 2:43 a.m., Academy Sports and Outdoors reported the theft of merchandise worth

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$700 from the store on Justin Rd. On Sept. 26 at 8 a.m., a report of vandalism on a 2016 Audi Q5 worth $50,000 was reported in the 4700 block of Morningstar Dr. in Bridlewood. At 1:15 p.m., in the 3800 block of Country Club Dr, the vandalism of a Ford was reported and a juvenile suspect was identified. At 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Flower Mound Rd., a 2014 Nissan Altima was reported vandalized. At 6 p.m. on Sept. 26, the Target store at 5959 Long Prairie Rd. reported the theft of a Dyson vacuum worth $400, plus a package of Little Debbi baked goods and an orange soda. On Sept. 27 at noon, two victims reported their cell phones were stolen on the Marcus High School campus. A juvenile suspect was identified. On Sept. 28 at 4:15 a.m., golf equipment worth $2,600 was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 3400 block of Glenmoor Dr. At 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, the Belk store at 5801 Long Prairie Rd. reported the theft of items worth more than $400 and a suspect was identified. On Sept. 29 at 11 a.m., a juvenile suspect was identified in the theft of a $249 bike from the Old Settler’s Elementary School campus.

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School Safety in the Age of Technical Distractions

By Denton County Sheriff Will Travis


We all know that our kids spend more time on their phones than we would like, but often we don’t realize just how much of their time and concentration this takes up. According to a study by The Nielsen Company, kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month. That’s seven


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messages every hour they are awake. Seven texts an hour. If we assume that there are hours when they are not sending messages, such as during school, that makes even more texts during the hours they aren’t in class. Distracted walking incidents involving cell phones accounted for more than 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011. Pedestrian-vehicle injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 19; however, no age group is immune. Here are a few tips from NHTSA and NSC for children and adults of all ages: • Never walk or drive while texting or talking on the phone • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk • Pull over if you just “must” send a text, and wait until you are stopped. • Never use an electronic device while crossing the street • Do not walk or drive with headphones on • Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you • Be aware of your surroundings; be aware of drivers even when you’re in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots • Never rely on a car to stop • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available • If you must walk on the street, walk facing oncoming traffic • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street; looking left a second time is necessary because a car

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can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time • Cross only at crosswalks • If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic • Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing • Walk in groups The use of mobile phones and other smartphones is growing exponentially worldwide. An estimated 77% of the world’s population owns a mobile phone. The risk of talking and texting while driving is well documented, but texting and talking while walking is also now becoming an issue. Pokémon Go didn’t create the problem, it simply called attention to it. It seems that on a daily basis, it becomes more difficult to keep our kids safe. Ensuring that your kids know the rules of driving and walking safely in the technological age is one simple way to make that task easier. Setting a good example for kids by following the same road rules you set for your teens and younger kids helps them establish good safety habits that will follow them later in life. For more information, visit www. and safety-knowledge/Pages/news-andresources-pedestrian-safety.aspx

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2.5 acres, perimeter fencing. Argyle ISD and Liberty Christian nearby. Beautiful, quiet country area with great horse properties surrounding. Youwill find it difficult to find a build site in Argyle ISD in the ETJ that you will like as well as this one. This is located in the county with no city taxes. Call Sherry Griffin 214-794-6045



Formerly a restaurant. Large open dining area with another separate area for private dining. Kitchen area has walk-in cooler, cooking area and office space. Property offers substantial parking. Approx 2 acres - Faces Hwy 377 - next to Dollar General. $164,900 Call Cerita Loftis 972-841-1379



3.8 acres located just west of Lake Lewisville! Oversized 3 gar, 5 beds, 4 baths, huge laundrymud room. Beautiful living space overlooks the pool & outdoor living area! Covered riding arena, barn and 6 fenced pastures. $699,900 Call Roxa 214-734-2011



Located in High Point Ranch. This property has country atmosphere within driving distance of DFW and Lake Ray Hubbard. Tree lined creek at back of lot. Bring your custom build plans to this beautiful setting. $75,000 Call Cerita Loftis 972-841-1379



Easy access to I35 and shopping. Updated home w/ 2 living areas, large open living area with vaulted beamed ceiling, skylight & many windows letting in natural light, recently installed HVAC 2015! Must see! $229,950 Call Ben deAnda 972-342-5029



This English Country Manor exemplifies the relaxed, yet elegant lifestyle. Climate controlled wine cellar with stone floors and curving cabinetry. Formal living with fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with granite and dual fuel range. Outdoor living area with grill and stone fireplace. Great Pool! $1,299,000 Call Timi Grogan 972-313-5987



Open floor plan. Vaulted ceiling in living and open to kitchen and dining area. Split bedrooms and Master suite has a double vanity with separate tub and shower. Back yard has area for cooking and separate area for kids to play. $168,000 Call Ron Morris 214-704-7640



4/3/2 w/2 living areas. Recently updated eat-in kitchen, Master Suite has large sitting area and coffee bar w/double sided fireplace! Large Screened In porch is great for alfresco dining. Windows have been updated. Large Backyard features a salt water pool. Welcome Home!! $459,900 Call Gary 972-317-9401

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CHARMING HOME W/LOTS OF UPGRADES! Immaculate from start to finish and features granite in the island kitchen, split bedroom layout, ten foot ceilings, stone fireplace with cedar mantel and so much more! Walking distance of community pool and NWISD schools! $189,900 Call Dave Ryer 214-704-2606



Features arches and open floor plan, fresh paint & flooring throughout. Kitchen remodel w upgraded granite and island. Master bedroom is down, 3 lg bedrooms up with game room. Master planned community has pools, walking trails, parks, golf w easy access to DFW Metroplex. $307,500 Call Robin St.John 940-300-5709



Put your dream home on this gorgeous lot… 18.833 acres in Denton County. Huge tank pond on the property completely fenced for livestock. Call Tracey Clifton 469-358-3008 or Debbie Lief 682-551-5305 - Come see what’s happening and like us on FaceBook “The Village People”!


STUNNING BRIDLEWOOD CUSTOM HOME! Near Bridlewood Country Club. Beautiful architectural design inside and out! 5 Bed, 4 Bath, 3 Liv Areas & Study. Large open kitchen, private automatic security gate, incredible community!! $499,750 Call Raisa Wilfong 972-317-9406

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October 2016

Bartonville Police Update By Bartonville Police Chief Corry Blount

Due to the unique nature of Bartonville; specifically large lot and parcel sizes, the sound of gunfire can be common at times. Many times, residents believe this activity to be unlawful and contact BPD to respond and investigate.  Pretty normal right?  Maybe, maybe not.  Many growing communities face similar issues; Frisco and dove hunting come to mind in recent history.  Bartonville officers responded to such a situation earlier this year.  That situation resulted in a police department review of Town Ordinance 8.02.001 Discharge of Firearms.  What we found was a fairly normal ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms within Town limits however, we’re a little different than many surrounding communities.  Our normal is different; we don’t have the density that some of our neighbors do.  With the added space we enjoy in Bartonville come added freedoms (depending on your point of view) not enjoyed by folks living in more dense towns and cities.  The police department review of our current ordinance led to further review by our Town Attorney who concurred that our ordinance did not comply with state law; specifically Local Government Code Title 7, Subtitle A, Chapter 229.  This being the case, the ordinance was modified to accurately reflect state law and the updated ordinance was adopted by Town Council at its September 20, 2016 meeting.  This accomplishes a few things for the community.  Our updated ordinance now complies with State law, it ensures that BPD personnel properly and legally respond to these types of calls for service and it protects our citizen’s rights.  I never want to discourage our citizens from reporting what they believe to be suspicious behavior.  If you hear what you believe to be gunfire, please continue to call us and have an officer dispatched to investigate.  This action was simply a housecleaning item to get our ordinance up to date and make sure our officers responded appropriately to this issue.  If we respond to one of these issues and determine the behavior is lawful, we’ll


wish everyone a good day and get on with our business. If the behavior is unlawful, we’ll deal with it appropriately as well. Finally, if desired, the complainant will be notified of the outcome.    Below is the text of the revised ordinance.  It will be added to our online ordinances in the near future.  I would encourage everyone to review the State law (www.statutes. as well so we’re all on the same page when these events occur. “Sec. 8.02.001  Discharge of firearms (a) Prohibited.  It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm, as defined by section 46.01(3) of the Texas Penal Code, as amended, including blank shells or cartridges, within the corporate limits of the town. (b) Exceptions.  This section shall not apply to: (1) a licensed peace officer when acting in the performance of his or her official duties; (2) upon prior notification to the town marshal, the use of blank cartridges is permitted for theatrical productions, as a signal for ceremonial or athletic purposes, or by military organizations of the United States of America or the state; (3) those circumstances where the use of deadly force is justified under applicable law, including but not limited to, sections 9.31 through 9.43 of the Texas Penal Code, as amended, and for the protection of life and property against animal predators, wild animals, or marauding animals; and (4) the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the town or in an area annexed by the town after September 1, 1981, if the firearm is: a. a shotgun, air rifle or pistol, or BB gun discharged: i. on a tract of land of 10 acres or more and more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and ii. in a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract; or b. a center fire or rim fire rifle or pistol of any caliber discharged: i. on a tract of land of 50 acres or more and more than 300 feet from a residence or occupied building located on


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another property; and ii. in a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract. (c) Penalty.  Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined in accordance with the general penalty provision found in section 1.01.009 of

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this code for each offense, and each and every day such offense is continued, and/ or each and every time an offense takes place after being informed of the violation by any peace officer, shall constitute a new and separate offense.” If you have any questions about this or anything else, please don’t hesitate to call us at 817-430-1913.

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home. At 7:46 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the 1000 block of W. FM 407, police interrupted a person urinating on the side of the road. The urinator was advised “not to do that again.” On Sept. 3 at 6 p.m., a loose goat was reported in the 1300 block of Hwy 377 S across from Liberty Christian School. Nine days later at 10:40 a.m., several goats were loose along the Union Pacific tracks near Frenchtown and Hwy 377. They were thought to belong to Extreme Towing. Meanwhile, two cows appeared in a neighbor’s yard on Harpole Rd.; they were relocated to the owner’s property next door.

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At 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 13, two horses were loose along the 900 block of Fincher Trl. That same day, at 5 p.m., two cows had escaped from their owner and were loitering along Old Justin Rd.; they were apprehended. At 6:30 p.m., three different cows were loose in a ditch along the northbound side of I-35W.

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there has been taking things from the caller, who reported having been “kicked out” and being called names by the “ancient” woman; who was issued a previous citation in May 2016. The caller wants her missing items returned. Four hours later, another disturbance at the residence was reported. The caller said two males arrived—an 18-year-old on probation for robbery and a 17-year-old juvenile with a history of arrests—and the younger male attempted to hit a 19-year old female resident. When a 22-year-old male resident tried to intervene, he was hit in the face by the 18-yearold. The two visitors left when the caller dialed 9-1-1. The two residents required medics for head injuries. Seventeen hours later on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., a report of gun shots being heard from the residence turned out to be the result of the 22-year-old male resident and another male “shooting airsoft guns at each other.” No injuries were reported. On Sept. 18, a call reporting a disturbance in the 200 block of Red Bud around midnight ended up being a noisy party finishing up; no problems were observed.

The activities from a residence in the 300 block of Red Bud prompted police response on Sept. 13 at 11:30 p.m. when an assault was reported. The caller alleged he had been talking with his wife when her boyfriend pulled into the driveway and parked his vehicle to block the exit. The caller asked the man to move his vehicle and he refused. As the caller was backing out, he alleges that his wife’s boyfriend reached through the vehicle window and hit him in the face. The caller told police he would meet them at Johnny Joe’s on Hwy 377.

On Sept. 19 and 4:30 a.m., a resident of the 100 block of Courtney Bay Ln. reported seeing two teenage boys attempting to break in to his vehicle. He said they ran into the wooded area of a nearby park.

Five days later at 9:30 p.m., a call reporting a disturbance at the residence in the 300 block of Red Bud was received. The caller said she lives at the home and another woman living

On Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., a tan Jersey cow was reported loose at the 79-mile-marker by I-35W. It was mooved out of harm’s way by 7:30 p.m.

On Sept 21 at 10:42 p.m., a 9-1-1 call came in reporting that the male 22-year-old occupant of a residence in the 300 block of Red Bud had been following the caller and had almost run him off the road. The caller was hiding behind Johnny Joe’s at 401 S. Hwy 377.

October 2016

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


9/5 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 3400 block of Falken Court 9/11 - Assault - 0 block of Horseshoe Drive 9/11 - Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse - 900 block of Idlewild Court 9/11 - Unauthorized Use of Vehicle - 900 block of Idlewild Court 9/13 - Fraud - 100 block of Addison Drive


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9/18 - Disturbance - 3100 block of Justin Road 9/19 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road 9/20 - Criminal Mischief - 4000 block of Village Parkway 9/20 - Fraud - 2400 block of Park View 9/20 - Drug Possession - Marchwood Drive / Parkhurst Circle

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9/24 - Suspicious Circumstances - 3200 block of Justin Road 9/25 - Suspicious Circumstances - 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive 9/26 - Theft - 700 block of Ashley Court 9/26 - Juvenile Complaint - 100 block of Glasgow Court 9/27 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Lakeland Highlands Drive / Highland Shores Boulevard

9/1 - Threat / Harassment Complaint - 600 block of Highland Meadows Road

9/13 - Missing Person - 3100 block of Southwood Drive

9/20 - Suspicious Circumstances - Village Parkway / Orchid Hill Lane

9/2 - Possession of Marijuana - 700 block of Highland Village Road

9/14 - Possession of Marijuana - 4100 block of Deer Creek

9/21 - Juvenile Complaint - 3100 block of Misty Oak Drive

9/3 - Assault - 100 block of Highland Lake Drive

9/16 - Drug Possession - 1800 block of Justin Road

9/22 - Fraud - 3400 block of Brighton Court

9/29 - Theft - 2900 block of Hillside Drive

9/5 - Assault - 400 block of Cannon Lane

9/16 - Possession of Marijuana - 2200 block of Briarhill Boulevard

9/23 - Juvenile Complaint - 4100 block of Abigail Drive

9/30 - Fraud - 600 block of Shasta Court

9/5 - Firearm Discharge - 100 block of Sunday Haus Lane

9/16 - Theft - 3200 block of Justin Road

9/23 - Possession of Alcohol by a Minor - 2900 block of Hillside Drive

9/30 - Suspicious Circumstances - 4100 block of Deer Creek

9/27 - Welfare Concern - 2900 block of Justin Road 9/29 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

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Outstanding Students of the Month! FMHS Senior Miles Ahead in Life By John English, Contributing Writer

Nick Romanow

Nick Romanow is constantly on the run... literally. A varsity athlete since his sophomore year, the Flower Mound High School senior runs cross country and track for his school and typically puts in about 80 miles per week. “I love running, and I love the process of waking up early every morning knowing that I am making myself faster with every stride I take,” Romanow said. That level of devotion appears to be paying off for Romanow as well, as the distance runner finished fourth overall at the Flower Mound invitational in late September with a time of 16:08:21 in the 5,000 meters event. The Flower Mound student is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society) at FMHS. He is also active in community service via a group called the Flower Mound Youth

Action Council, which Romanow said is a group of high school volunteers that is a part of the town government. “We regularly conduct community service projects and assist the town with major events such as the Keep Flower Mound Beautiful event or the Christmas Parade,” Romanow said. “I was the Vice President of FMYAC last year, and now I am the President, so I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to the community.” Romanow said he likes participating in a variety of activities because it helps to enrich his life. “I get a lot of satisfaction from being as well-rounded of an individual as I possibly can,” Romanow said. “I am constantly trying to improve myself as a student, as an athlete, and as a member of the community. All three of these things come together and teach a lot of different lessons which ultimately makes me a better person.” The Flower Mound senior, who hopes to study International Affairs at Georgetown University next fall, said if there was one thing he would like to see more of in our society today, it would be compassion. “In my lifetime, I would like to see the world become more sympathetic,” Romanow said. “It is common for us as people to divide ourselves based on how we look or how we think or where we come from. I’d like to see people from all backgrounds come together to understand each other more and not be quick to give someone a label and then dismiss them because of that label. “There’s no question that the world has a long list of problems to be solved, but solving them will first require us all to see people who are different from us as partners, not opponents.” Romanow carries a 5.02 weighted grade point average and is ranked 44th in his class of 852 students.

Hovanetz Has Heart for Community By John English, Contributing Writer

Kelsey Hovanetz

Kelsey Hovanetz is involved in several activities at Liberty Christian School, but the one thing she enjoys the most is helping others. One organization in particular allows the Liberty Christian senior to do just that every school year. “I think my favorite thing I have been involved in throughout high school has been Key Club,” Hovanetz said. “I have been involved since freshman year, and last year I got the honor of serving as vice president.” Key Club is the high school branch of Kiwanis, and according to the Kiwanis website,, “Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to

learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.” Hovanetz, 17, said the club has a special place in her heart. “I love working with this international organization because I have such a heart for serving my community,” Hovanetz said. Hovanetz, who is ranked 11th in her graduating class, is undecided on college and said she is not quite sure what she wants to do for a career just yet, but said she does have a couple of ideas in mind “I love writing, so I hope to be a journalist,” Hovanetz said. “I also think the human body is amazing, so I have considered going to medical school after college to pursue neurology.” Hovanetz, who carries a 4.3 grade point average, said when she reflects back on her time at Liberty Christian School after she has graduated, she will likely think about a place that nurtured her as a student and person. “I will remember the incredible learning environment and the passionate teachers,” Hovanetz said. “In every class I’ve taken, I’ve felt that the teachers truly care about my learning experience. The teachers make an effort to get to know me and go out of their way to make sure I understand the material, and that’s something for which I am so thankful.” Kelsey’s Favorites Favorite subject: English Person who most inspires me: Dr. Ben Carson Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate Favor Movie: The Fault in Our Stars Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy Book Currently Reading: Ivanhoe Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Bethel and Hillsong

October 2016

Foodie Friday: A Slice of New York in Flower Mound By Jay Marks

Whenever I get a hankering for some real New-York style pizza, there are only a couple spots in town that I go to, and one of those is Enzo’s NY Pizzeria located in Flower Mound’s Parker Square. Last week we celebrated a couple of birthdays in our office and Enzo invited us over to enjoy some birthday pizza. Any time I walk into Enzo’s, I’m always immediately greeted by either Enzo or Dino (depending on who’s working out front that day), and I love it! It’s like being part of one, big, happy pizza family. And I love that I see them treat all of their customers exactly the same way. Everyone who walks through those doors feels like they’re part of the Enzo family. Enzo’s is a big hit with the lunch crowd – especially for students at NCTC in Parker Square and our local police force! But they offer a fantastic lunch special that’s hard to beat! Whenever I


go in for lunch, I always love to order their special that comes with a slice of the pizza of your choice, a side salad and a drink. And it’s hard to go wrong no matter which pizza you choose – the Supreme, Meat Lover, Hawaiian, Veggie, whatever! And it’s true New-York style pizza too, with a thin and floppy crust just the way it should be. But Enzo’s serves more than just delicious pizza. One of my all-time favorite things on their menu is the Fried Ravioli. Nothing too fancy about it – it’s just what it sounds like. Cheese ravioli fried to perfection and served with a fresh tomato sauce. SO DELICIOUS. Enzo’s also serves a fantastic variety of traditional Italian pasta dishes like spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, ziti and tortellini. Or you can choose one of their calzones or hot/cold subs. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth like we do, you can’t go wrong with one of their authentic cannolis. Stuffed to the maximum and drizzled with chocolate. Enzo brought one out for our birthday gals this week and we had no problem gobbling it right up! I truly love having Enzo’s NY Pizzeria here in our area, and I know a lot of you out there do too! But if you haven’t had a chance to try out their food yet, do it this weekend! They also offer delivery and carry-out, so just give them a call to place your order. Thanks for making our birthday girls feel special this week, Enzo’s! We ap-


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preciate your friendship and, of course, your delicious food! *Enzo’s NY Pizzeria is located at 900 Parker Square #990, Flower Mound TX 75028.

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Jay Marks is the owner of Jay Marks Real Estate and a top performing real estate broker with 24 years experience and a passion for food.

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ARGYLE: October 15 - Argyle Run for our Sons 5K/1M Fun Run 2016 at Hilltop Elementary School, 1050 Harrison Lane. Proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. (817) 510-1124 or (817) 510-1158 October 22 - Autumn in Argyle Home Décor Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3 Baines Court, Argyle. Free event featuring seasonal items.  Allyson.needham@  October 30 - Fall Festival from 4-6 p.m. at Argyle United Methodist Church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive. Free event with Trunk-or-Treat, inflatables, games, a cakewalk, DJ music, face painting, prizes to win, snacks and treats, a hayride, and more. argyleumc. org/fallfest November 5 - Argyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Argyle High School. Browse a variety of vendors with gift ideas including jewelry, clothing, art, home goods & more. Free admission, raffles & bake sale. BARTONVILLE: October 15 - Car Show benefiting Living For Zachary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bartonville Town Center. 940241-3030 October 22 - 3rd Annual Top 30 Car and Truck Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stir-Ups Liquors, 1842 FM 407. Vehicle entry fee is $20. Door prizes and raffles. 940-367-1798. October 30 - FM 407 Lions Club Country 5K at Bartonville Town Center, 2650 FM 407. www. DOUBLE OAK: October 18 - Double Oak Women’s Club meeting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Crafting seasonal wreaths to be donated for the November auction. www. October 22 - Double Oak Women’s Club Sock Hop Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Dancing, ice cream and fun. RSVP by Oct. 18 to 214-641-3066 or 972-978-2283 FLOWER MOUND: October 11 – Women of Flower Mound Mystery Dinner Theater at 7 p.m. at 9 Social. Featured Charity: Special

Abilities of North Texas. www.womenofflowermound. org October 11 - Retirement: Making Your Money Last lecture at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, presented by Frank Rattan, Jr., a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Register at or call 972-874-6165. October 14 - Art Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Swirl Bakery Cafe Takery Catering, 3634 Long Prairie Rd. Meet award winning local artist, Jackie Haugen and view her Places In The Heart Exhibit. Appetizers and beverages. Free event. October 15 - Fire Extinguisher Training at Flower Mound Central Fire Station, 3911 South Broadway Avenue at 10 a.m. Learn basic fire safety and how to use a fire extinguisher properly. Class is free and open to Flower Mound residents. Space is limited. Call 972874-6270 to reserve a spot.

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October 17 - “Let’s Talk College: What You Need to Know Right Now” at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln. Presenter Erika Dietz, local college planner and founder of Guru Academic Advising, will answer questions about college. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this free program together. To register, email or call 972-874-6165.

October 22 - Flower Mound Police Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Flower Mound Police Station, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane. Learn about crime prevention, tour the Police Station, meet K-9 Officer Paige and more. aspx?AID=1682

October 21 - Pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk to perform with Lewisville Lake Symphony’s International Chamber Series at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5050 Morriss Road. Free event. www.lewisvillesymphony. org October 21 - Art Party from 5 to 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln. Featuring an art show by students in LISD West Zone schools. Free event.

October 23 - Friends of the Library Book Sale from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln. October 26 - All About Bats lecture at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln. Presenter Scott Kiester, a Texas Master Naturalist, will discuss bat biology, habitat, species and more. To register, email or call 972874-6165. October 29 - YMCA Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to noon at Cross Timbers Family YMCA, 2021 Cross Timbers Road. Free event. Games, bounce houses, costume contest and more. 972-539-9622

October 15 - Recycling Fundraiser from 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Downing Middle School, 5555 Bridlewood Blvd. 469-358-8971

October 21 - Friends of the Library Book Sale Pre-sale from 5 to 7 p.m at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln. $5 admission charge.

October 15 - Free Neighborhood Enhancement Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln. Topics include tree care, basic home maintenance, common code violations and curb appeal. 972-874-6336

October 22 - American Heart Association’s Free Hands-Only CPR at Flower Mound Central Fire Station, 3911 South Broadway Avenue at 10 a.m. Class is free and open to any Flower Mound resident ages 12 and up. Call 972-874-6270 to reserve a spot.

October 29 - Dive Deep for Pumpkins from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd. Children ages 3 through 12 can dive for pumpkins, then decorate them. Cost is $3 for CAC members; $5 for non-members. Register at www.flower-mound. com/specialevents.

October 15 - Archaeology Day at the Gibson-Grant Cabin from 9 a.m. to noon at 4801 Quail Run. Free

October 22 - Friends of the Library Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library,

October 29 - Haunted Library from 12 to 4 p.m. at Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln.

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Low-scare haunted house for children ages 4 - 10 and an adult. Features mini-carnival, crafts and games. Tours start every 15 minutes. fmpl@flower-mound. com. 972-874-6165. October 30 - “Cancer, What’s the Deal?” Special Event Series on Health and Healthy Eating from 6 to 8 p.m. at Prime Farm to Table Restaurant, 5810 Long Prairie Rd. Featuring a presentation by Leanne Harris and appetizers and a light entrée prepared by Chef Chris. Cost: $25/per person. RSVP at 972-539-1902 HIGHLAND VILLAGE: October 8 - Concert in the Park - Matt & The Herdsmen (Texas Country) at 7 p.m. at Pilot Knoll Park Campground and Day Use Area, 218A Orchid Hill Rd. Free event. 972-317-7430 October 10 - DCTA Public Meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Highland Village Municipal Complex, 1000 Highland Village Road. Meeting to discuss proposed Denton Connect Bus service changes, North Texas Xpress commuter bus service, DCTA-sponsored Uber discount offered in Highland Village and the DCTA FY 2017 budget. or 972-221-4600 October 14-23 - High School Musical Jr. (Performances) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. weekends at Studio B Performing Arts Center, 2400 FM 407. Tickets $10 for a child, $12 for senior and students and $15 for adults. For showtimes and tickets, visit


October 15 - Concert in the Park - Warehouse: A Dave Matthews Tribute Band at 7 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park, 310 Highland Village Road. Free event. 972317-7430 October 15 – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Auditions) at 10 a.m. at Studio B Performing Arts Center, 2400 FM 407 Highland Village. Auditions for ages 6 and up. Updated headshot, resume, and script cold read. October 21 - Fang Fest from 3 to 6 p.m. at Pediatric Dental World, 2300 Village Parkway. Bounce houses, costume contest, game truck, face painters, pony rides, photo booth. Free admission with donated item. 972-317-6997 October 22 - RootsTech Family Discovery Day hosted by Lewisville Texas Stake from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 902 Chinn Chapel Road. Free and open to the public. October 22 - Trick or Trot for Christian Community Action at 4 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park, 310 Highland Village Rd.  Featuring a 5K & Fun Run.  Awards for best fun run costume, individual and group. Register at October 22 - Concert in the Park - 1950s Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - The Reflections at 7 p.m. at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Boulevard. Free event. 972-317-7430 October 29 - Howl-o-Ween from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Shops at Highland Village, 1701 Shoal Creek. Trickor-treating for children 12 and under in costume,


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contests for canine/child costumes, hay rides, and carnival games. November 5 - Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Blvd. Featuring live music, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artist, artisan displays, craft and food vendors, and more. Free event. Fall-Festival LANTANA: October 13 - Coffee with the Community Manager from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lantana Visitor’s Center. 940-728-1660 October 17 - Drive and Putt for Music Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Includes lunch, dinner, golf, awards. http:// October 18 - Lantana Ladies League Quarter Auction from 7-10 p.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Dr. Over 20 vendors ready for the Holidays. Proceeds go to The Children’s Advocacy Center. www. October 19 - Board & Brush Night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center Group Fitness Room.  940-728-1660 October 20 - Bingo from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center Group Fitness Room. October 21 - Story Time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center Group Fitness Room.

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940-728-1660 October 22 - Denton Benefit League’s Boots, Bling and Bourbon Fall Fundraiser from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Includes BBQ, music, dancing, cigars, bourbon tastings, games, drawings. or 940-368-5333 October 24 - Mixology Class at 7 p.m. at Lantana North Amenity Center Group Fitness Room. Register at 940-728-1660. October 31 - Liberty Golf Classic benefiting Liberty Christian School’s Tuition Assistance Fund at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Sponsorship opportunities available. GolfClassic November 4 - 3rd Annual U-Nite Fall Festival fundraiser sponsored by Adkins, Blanton, and E.P. Rayzor Elementary PTA’s from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Harpool Middle School, 9601 Stacee Lane. Games, activities, food, entertainment and more. 480-284-2825 November 7 - Cloud 9 Charities and The Doug Smith Memorial Fund’s 2nd Annual Golf and Giving Event at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Golf Scramble will begin at 9 a.m. Includes breakfast, lunch, and drawings. Sponsorships and golf teams available. For more information or to register, contact Allison Fifer at or 940-765-2684.


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NEARBY AREAS: October 7-9 - “The Music Man Jr.” presented by The Actors Conservatory Theatre at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The ACT, 359 Lake Park Road, Suite 118, Lewisville. Tickets range from $9 to $14. October 8 & 15 - 2016 Sunset Concert Series from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St., Grapevine. Free event. Refreshments available for purchase. For more information, visit October 9, 16, 23 - Second Fall Tunes Concert Series hosted by Denton Main Street Association from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Denton County Courthouse-on-theSquare lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street, Denton. Free event. October 14 - Nash Farm Barn Dance at 6:30 p.m. at Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine. Dance includes dinner, live band, and games. Cost is $20 per person. 817-410-3185 or visit October 14 & 15 - Craft Show at Robson Ranch Club House, Friday 4-8 p.m. (Robson Residents only), Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (open to the public). Free admission and door prizes on Saturday. 940-246-


1023 October 14-15 - Lake Cities Ballet “Le Ballet de Dracula” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $20 per person at the door. 972-3177897. October 14-16 - “The Music Man Jr.” presented by The Actors Conservatory Theatre at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The ACT, 359 Lake Park Road, Suite 118, Lewisville. October 15 - 16th Annual Fall Round-Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine. Activities include family apple pie making station, fence building, pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, wagon rides, food and more. Free event. Some activities require participation fee. 817-410-3185 or visit October 15 - 19th Annual Butterfly Flutterby Parade in Grapevine. Parade registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free event. Costume contest, awards, arts and crafts. Refreshments available for purchase. Live butterfly release. 817410-3185 or October 15 - PediPlace Bunco Tournament from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hedrick House, 1407 Creekview Drive, Lewisville. Featuring All-You-Can-Eat buffet,


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October 15 - PediPlace Poker Party 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Hedrick House, 1407 Creekview Drive, Lewisville. Guests with a $100 donation will receive an All-You-Can-Eat buffet dinner, open bar and starting chips.

October 29 - Annual Spooktacular Trails and Glow Run from 5 to 9 p.m. at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 1301 S. Railroad Street. Featuring “trick-ortreat” booths, kid-friendly haunted house, carnival games, face-painting, Glow 5K Run/Monster Mile and hayride. Register at

October 15 - D & L Farm and Home 6th Annual Trade Days benefitting Breast Cancer Research from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at D & L Farm and Home, 3105 Fort Worth Drive, Denton. Food, shopping and more. Vendor booths available. (940) 891-0100

October 29 & 30 - Halloween Treat Train at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main Street, Grapevine.  All ages welcome. Children wearing costumes will receive treats. Choose Fort Worth Stockyards excursion or Trinity River Run.

October 22 - Bewitched by the Barn from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm, 626 Ball St, Grapevine. Free family event featuring scary stories, popcorn and hot cider. Bring flashlights, chairs and blankets.

November 5 - “Dancing in the Rain” Grace Like Rain Gala from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Valley Event Center in Denton. dancing-in-the-rain-gala/

October 23 - 6th Annual Doctor Who Day from 12 to 4 p.m. at the British Emporium, 140 N. Main St., Grapevine. Featuring photo opportunities, costume contests, video screenings and more. Free event. October 28 - Witches Brew Train from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S Main St., Grapevine. Guests ages 21 and up are welcome to enjoy Texas craft brews and pizza on this train ride.

November 5 - 10th Annual Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Ann Parish Cenacle, 180 Samuel Blvd, Coppell. Free admission. November 10 - Annual Denton Prayer Breakfast at 6:45 a.m. at the Gateway Center of University of North Texas, 801 N Texas Blvd., Denton. Featuring speaker Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby Stores. 214351-7942 or

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circumstances, coaches would be a little concerned about freshman being among their top runners. But, she added that Rodgers and McKinney have handled the pressure very well.


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how things will be at the big meets. “I have no worries about how they will perform. Both have been on big stages before in other activities that will help in the big meets we have coming up this season.” At the Ken Gaston XC Invitational on Sept. 29, the Argyle girls finished third as a team in the 1A-4A division with McKinney (11:57.10) and Rodgers (12:19.80) finishing third and seventh overall respectively. At the Metroplex Challenge Invitational a week earlier, Rodgers (13:19.86) and McKinney (13:44.91) finished second and fourth respectively in the 3,200meter event for the Lady Eagles. Rodgers said that running at the varsity level for Argyle has been an adjustment, but added that she has learned and grown a lot this season. “It’s harder than I expected it to be; Coach Olsen has really pushed me this season to do my very best,” Rodgers said. “I’ve learned that’s it not only physically taxing, but there’s also a mental element to it. And I’ve really enjoyed the team aspect of it.” Rodgers, who is also involved in theater, plays basketball and runs track in spring at Argyle, said it is a little “intimidating” being a freshman and enjoying the kind of success she has had so far, but said that the fact that she and McKinney are best friends certainly does help. “I love it,” Rodgers said. “It really makes running fun when you get to do it with your best friend. We just enjoy competing with each other and it really doesn’t matter to either of us who wins.” McKinney echoed Rodgers’ sentiments, adding that one of the best parts about it is how each of them makes the other one better. “It is great being able to run alongside my best friend,” McKinney said. “She

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pushes me mentally and physically every day to compete at the highest level possible.” McKinney, who also plays basketball, softball and runs track for Argyle, said that she and Rodgers also both have the same objectives for the season, which allows both of them to focus their efforts on continuing to improve. “Our goal since we had started running together has been to make it to state,” McKinney said. “But our short term goal is that we’d like to try and place first and second at district and for our team to make it to regionals.” The Argyle boys cross country team won state championships in 2007 and 2009; and, while it is too early to predict a state title for the Argyle girls just yet, Olson said it is quite a luxury knowing she will have Rodgers and McKinney for the next four years. “They are awesome,” Olson said. “They are such great people, along with being great athletes. I have really enjoyed getting to know them so far this season. I have known Lanie since she was a little toddler-- being my Athletic Director’s (Todd Rodgers) youngest daughter-- and now getting to know her as a member of the Cross Country program has been really fun. “To see Lanie’s continuing development this season and to get to be a part of what she will accomplish in the future is really exciting.” Olson added that Rhyle’s brother, Shane, was in her class a few years ago, so the coach has known about her running accomplishments. “She has been on the radar the last few years,” said Olson. “There has been high anticipation knowing I was getting her in the program this year. It’s been great.”

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small things started like ‘we’re going to need food, because there’s people coming’ or ‘Mom’s going to need a flight from Arizona or whatever,’” said Corporal David Harney, the Highland Village Police Department’s community liaison. “While $2,500 isn’t as much as we’d like to give, it’s something to at least get started.” What started as solely a bike race by long-time former Highland Village Police Chief Ed O’Bara to create more camaraderie among police bike units while raising money, grew two years ago with the addition of the 5K run. Approximately 50-runners participated last year, along with 20 citizens and 3040 area officers on four-person teams in the bike race. They helped raise $22,000. With this year’s goal set at $30,000, it would continue a trend as the biggest event of its kind in the state. “It will be impressive,” Harney said. “We like to give a large amount to the Texas Police Chiefs Association but our biggest goal this year is awareness and remembrance. And so we’re just encouraging people to come out and support these officers, support these guys who have lost friends, who’ve faced some tough tragedy

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Traffic Complaint – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – A citizen reported a juvenile male riding a dirt bike on the street. Assist Agency – 3400 blk. Lakeside Ct., Bartonville - Officer acted as a cover unit for a vehicle search at 12:38 a.m. Prowler – 900 blk. Ranch Rd., Denton County – A homeowner reported having a prowler at gunpoint. Officer responded with lights and sirens. Suspect departed prior to officer arrival.


over the past year and just come out and enjoy a great family event with the police department and our community.” The day will begin with the 5K race at 8 a.m., followed immediately by awards for those winners. Set-up for the main festivities will go until 3 p.m. when vendor booths and the Kids Zone opens. The Kids Zone will feature face painting, bounce houses, bicycle safety demonstrations and wellness activities. Special ceremonies honoring fallen officers and a parade of police bike teams is set for 4 p.m., followed by the bike race itself, a 9.5-mile sprint through the city’s Inland Trail System and turnaround at Sellmeyer. Prizes will be given for fastest individuals and teams. Live music will be featured from 7 to 9 p.m. with bike awards presented. In addition to neighboring departments like Flower Mound and Lewisville, Harney expects participants from Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, El Centro College and The Colony, plus possibly McKinney and San Antonio. “We’re really trying to make it a statewide event,” Harney said. “It may not seem like much, but we don’t want the fund to dwindle down to where we aren’t able to help.


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“There’s been so much polarization through the media regarding police, no matter if it’s bad press or a shooting, whatever it is,” said Harney. “What happened in Dallas just solidified that polarization and really brought, I think, some nationwide awareness that we have officers be-

ing killed at an alarming rate in the line of duty.” There will be no cost to enjoy the festivities, however, there’s a $25 charge for the 5K and civilian bike race. Sponsorships also are available. More information is available at

Missing Person – 400 blk. Country Ct., Bartonville – Officer assisted Bartonville PD with searching for a missing person. Missing person was located near a pond, deceased, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Possession of Marijuana – 6200 blk. Long Prairie Rd., Flower Mound – During the conduct of a traffic stop an officer detected the smell of marijuana. A search of the motorist’s vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia and packaged marijuana under two ounces. A citation was issued for the paraphernalia and the marijuana was seized to be used in a criminal prosecution.

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October 2016

Constables Corner By Constable Tim Burch Denton County, Precinct 4

As those of you who already know me and follow my column, I always begin first and foremost by giving thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for all the blessings that have been given to me. Due to recent illnesses and deaths within the family, it’s been some time since I was able to write to give you an


update within my precinct. Recently my wife Candace and I have celebrated beautiful wedding nuptials and I want to thank all of my friends, family and colleagues for their attendance and support. In this past election cycle I want to congratulate the victors, and wish the continued success in their future endeavors as well as for the ones who were not successful in their attempts. We have completed another successful Medal of Honor run this year with this one being attended by The Honorable Tan Parker, Bobbie Mitchell and Andy Eads. We look forward every year to showing our support for the veterans of the armed forces in the United States.


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Denton County Pct. 4 Constable Tim Burch and Candace Simon Burch of Double Oak held their wedding celebration on Sept. 18 at Harmony Chapel in Aubrey that began with a traditional Blessing of the Vows Ceremony among family and friends and followed with a celebratory reception.

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I want to thank my deputies as well as my office staff for their continued efforts to ensure Precinct 4 is on the cutting edge of law enforcement. That being said, our office was honored during law enforcement week by numerous business and civic organizations. Another departmental concern that has become very troubling is tenants leasing within my precinct being treated unfairly by unscrupulous landlords. I urge any disgruntled tenants to acclimate themselves to their rights within the Texas property code which can be further researched online at: www.statutes.legis. htm See CONSTABLES CORNER Page B22

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As southwest Denton County continues to see major population and development boom, I recently had an update from Commissioner Andy Eads on the construction progression for the new government center for Precinct 4, and we now have an anticipated completion date of the first quarter of 2017. I want to thank the residents of Denton County and The Honorable Commissioner’s courts for their unwavering efforts to see this project come to fruition. I look forward to the partnerships and working

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one person that has executed leadership skills, perfect attendance at all Chamber functions and for the one person who stands out above the crowd. Ambassadors are called upon to do projects, membership visits and they serve as mentors to our new chamber members. They also support our members who have scheduled ribbon cuttings as well as attend Chamber After Hours Mixers. As you can tell the list is endless for the job of an Ambassador. One can only imagine the difficulty is must be when trying to narrow down the search for who deserves to be honored as Ambassador of the Month. This month, we honor an exceptional Ambassador. He continues to support and encourage others in their business journey to succeed and he is always willing to do what is needed to serve others. We appreciate the example that he sets for new businesses in how to get involved not only with our Chamber but in the community. Congratulations to our September Ambassador of the Month, Stephen Warrell of Point Bank Flower Mound.

September Business of the Month: Buckets & Bows Maid Service

relations with all of the agencies that will be housed within said government facility. It seems like any given day you can turn the TV on and not help but hear of the divide facing our country. With all the current national social and political unrest, I want to urge community leaders to strive to promote love, understanding, compassion and acceptance throughout to help ease tension and heal lives and communities. I have been invited to summits to address these very issues. Changes can start from within your very own household, and we all need to remember to not to be

influenced by the media. My continued prayers and thoughts go out too everyone within my precinct whom have lost loved ones and are grieving. I myself recently lost my brother in- law who was very instrumental and played an important role in my life along with my sister. My wife and I will be special honored guests of Bob Williams of Ranch Hand Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Argyle that supports abused and neglected animals at the upcoming Gala this month. More information on Ranch Hand Rescue can be found at:

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In a business community such as Flower Mound and the surrounding areas, the opportunity to work with exceptional business entities is prevalent. The Flower Mound Chamber has a great working relationship with all businesses, large or small and is extremely appreciative of them all. The challenge month after month is to pick just one that stands out. Sometimes it is one particular thing that makes them the choice for Business of the Month. Sometimes it is an accumulation

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of things over a period of time that makes them a natural fit for the honor. That is precisely the situation in this case. Our September Business of the Month is one of steadfastness and commitment! Their rise to service is unmatched in Denton County and for that matter, across the nation. Its fearless leader has become a leading expert in the cleaning industry. She started her business out of the trunk of her car and grew it to one of the largest maid services in the country. In 2006, Buckets & Bows Maid Service became the launching point for the national non-profit, Cleaning For a Reason. To date, the cause has helped over 12,000 women with cancer receive free home cleaning. Congratulations to Debbie Sardone of Buckets & Bows Maid Service for being selected as the Business of the Month for September 2016. New Members Mike Weddington Consulting Group RSR Medical Skin Rejuvenation DISH Network Gloria’s Restaurant Good Samaritan Society Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas MedEffect Strategies, LLC

Halloween is around the corner and my deputies will be actively patrolling neighborhoods on Halloween night to ensure the safety of our children throughout. You can contact me directly if you need assistance or have feedback you would like to share. My office is located at: 217 North Oak St., Roanoke, TX 76262. Email: timothy.burch@dentoncounty. com or 972-434-3980. You can also visit my political website: or email: Thank you and God Bless.

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Filling The Void Dallas is a Flower Mound-based non-profit that feeds and cares for the homeless and needy in the Metroplex; one meal and one person at a time. “That process can start with something like a sack lunch, a hug, a handshake – anything that lifts up their dignity and reinforces the value of their

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life,” said Gary Nilson, who leads the organization. “This is not about a hand-out.” Volunteer leaders also include Tony Curtis, Jason and Stephanie Melott and Alysia Jordan, who are shepherding the ministry’s steady climb with a passion for serving others. See VOID Page C11

Since 1974, SPAN’s (Special Programs for Aging Needs) Meals on Wheels of Denton County has provided nutritionallybalanced, home-delivered meals to homebound elderly and disabled citizens and neighbors of Denton County. Meals are delivered to the client’s door by trained volunteers from distribution sites throughout the county to help keep food fresh and warm.

“It’s so important that our seniors get that healthy meal and have a daily checkon by a caring volunteer,” said Executive Director Deb Robertson. “Our volunteers are our ‘eyes and ears,’ as they are often the only people our clients see on a daily basis. They check on the well-being of clients and report any changes or concerns to our staff.” See SPAN Page C5

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Let me tell you about Mary. Mary is a 60 year old women who has been very successful in her career. She accomplished just about everything she wanted to in life. She had a great job, she has a happy marriage, and she has 2 wonderful kids. Mary was where she wanted to be in life except for one thing. She was not happy with herself. You see, Mary being as successful as she was in her professional life and in her personal life, neglected her health. Her days were long and tiresome, but she had her personnel and professional goals in mind so working hard was just part of the plan. It wasn't until she accomplished those goals that she realized how unhappy with her body she actually was. Mary was the heaviest she had ever been in her life! Her clothes did not fit at all. When she spent time with her friends she was embarrassed at how big she looked. She hated to be around people because she felt insecure. She felt that she just was not beautiful anymore. How is it that she was able to accomplish so many great things in life, but now she had failed with her weight? She realized that she never made her health and her happiness a priority. You see, it was in Mary's DNA to get a great job, to have kids, and to make sure they grow up to be good people, and for her to have a great marriage. None of those things meant making Mary happy. It's what society has told us what to do for ages now.

No matter if you are a stay at home mom or a professional, you matter! Your health and happiness should be your priority. I want you to do me a favor and close your eyes and imagine what you would like your health and your body to look like right now. Is that picture a reality or a dream? For most, it is probably a dream; a figment of your imagination. “There is no way I can lose weight!” you say to yourself. You are probably going to tell me that you have tried everything from exercise to every diet known to man and it has been impossible to lose that weight. You have gone as far as starving yourself and it still didn’t work! So why try something else if you have failed over and over again? It was Albert Einstein who said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. So do you think starving yourself is the answer? NO. Do you think taking pills that stops you from being HUNGRY is the key? NO. One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is that extreme measures rarely work. If you are not doing what your body was naturally meant to do, how can it be sustainable? Your body was not meant to survive and thrive on 500 calories a day. The reason why you have a weight problem is not because you had a deficiency of weight loss pills in your body. It's crazy and sad what things people are willing to try. I know you are tired and frustrated with your weight. Your self-esteem might be at an all-time low now. I want to tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That light only turns on if you press the right switch. If you are tired of being overweight I want to give you a GIFT. I just finished my book "The Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes" and I want to give it to the first 16 callers. In this book you are going to learn the biggest mistakes

people make when trying to lose weight. To take advantage of this offer, all you have to do is go to and fill out the form. Are you now at that point where you are sick and tired of trying and failing when it comes to your weight? If you want to finally make yourself happy, I want you to answer these simple questions: 1. Are you suffering from low energy throughout the day? 2. Are you concerned about your health as it relates to you gaining weight every year? 3. Do you need someone to show and guide you on how to lose weight and how to keep it off? If you answered yes to any of these questions then let me tell you how I can help you. I am Dr. Bao Thai DC. Yes, I am a chiropractor by trade but I mainly practice Functional Medicine. What is functional medicine? Functional medicine is optimizing the body's natural function to get it to do what we want. Just imagine being able to lose weight while still eating. Doesn't that sound great? So the question you are probably wondering is… what's next? Are you ready to start losing 3 to 7 pounds a week on average like most of our patients? Are you ready to change the way you look and feel about yourself? Are you ready to say good bye to those old clothes? Then let's see if I can help you. For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, if you call and schedule your appointment today I will give you a FREE copy of my new weight loss book and most importantly I will give you a FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION so I can determine if I can help you or not. It is just that simple. You have nothing to lose and A NEW LIFE TO GAIN. Make the decision to change your life today. Call me today at 940.202.6807.

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Care Delivered with Grace and Integrity Unlimited Care is a 19 year old familyowned and operated Personal Assistance Service for seniors based out of Denton. Our qualified staff of caregivers/ personal attendants provides assistance with all the needs of daily living. We provide both hourly care and 24 hour livein care. Our specialty is 24 hour livein care. With this service, we are able to offer a more competitive pricing making 24 hour live-in care more cost efficient. Unlike other in-home care agencies, we understand the importance of maintaining a consistent lifestyle. Our approach is to assign each client a primary caregiver and a secondary backup caregiver to maintain a “team conceptâ€?. All of the agency’s staff are bonded and insured. Background checks are performed yearly on all agency personnel. Services provided includes: • Personal consultation with family members & client • Dressing & bathing assistance • Linen changes, laundry, light housekeeping • Home-cooked meals • Caring companionship • Transportation of our clients to church, events, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, etc. • RN delegated tasks – medication setup, administration and monitoring, wound care, and vital signs

We have two Registered Nurses & a Human Resource Director on staff that train and educate our caregivers. Our Mission has always been that when someone wants to remain in their own home, but needs assistance and care, if at all possible, they should be allowed to “Age in Place� in their own home wherever home may be. We understand that when life’s age related issues start to happen in your family, deciding on whom to trust to care for your loved one is a critical decision. For over 19 years, families have been trusting Unlimited Care to provide trained and caring professionals. Our Goal is Simple “We come alongside families to provide affordable care in the comfort of their own home� by providing care “The Unlimited Way�, with Professionalism, Confidence, Consistency, Integrity, Safety and Compassion. Unlimited Care of North Texas, Inc. 940-390-0493 608 North Bell Ave. Denton, TX. 76209 License #012733

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Care Founded On Compassion When his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, Jimmie Stapleton, a Denton County resident and father of three children, knew his life would change forever, but he didn’t realize that it would also send him on a new career path. With several years in hospital administration behind him, Stapleton approached his wife Ellen’s cancer diagnosis in 2005 with faith and optimism. “I was blessed with the opportunity to

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stay home with my wife for a year after her diagnosis,” he explained. “I was able to be there for her surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and to be there for her and my children.”


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As his wife recovered, the couple reflected on their experience and Stapleton’s time working in hospitals. “I was always bothered when I saw people die in hospitals who wanted to be at their home.” Stapleton said. “I wished I could do something so families could be together at home and still be well cared for. I was fascinated by the concept of hospice.” He and Ellen liked the idea of starting a hospice for the community that had offered them so much support during Ellen’s illness. So Stapleton left his career in hospital administration and followed his passion to serve the community. Together, the couple founded Ardent Hospice, which is based in Flower Mound. With a staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides and volunteers, the company offers comfort and care to patients as they approach the end of life. But just as the business was growing, Ellen’s cancer returned. She died while a patient of the hospice she and her husband started. “My children and I are eternally grateful for the support we received while Ellen was on hospice,” Stapleton explained. “I know how it feels to be a spouse of a terminally ill person and the father of children who lost a mother. This experience has made me even more passionate about what we do

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and committed to adhering to the very highest service and ethical standards. “ Since the Stapleton’s started Ardent close to 10 years ago, the company has served more than 1,000 patients and families from Denton, Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Grayson and Cooke counties. “Because hospice is a philosophy, not a place, people are cared for wherever they call home-private residence, assisted living, and nursing and group homes,” said Stapleton. “The cost of hospice is covered by insurance and Medicare, and services can continue for as long as criteria is met.” Amy Cherrnay, community liaison, said that it’s not just patients who benefit from hospice care, but it’s their entire families, too. She spends much of her time working with family members to educate them on the positive impact hospice can make on the whole family. “Hospice not only provides comfort care for the patient, but also spiritual support and attention to the needs of the family,” she said. When asked what makes Ardent different, Stapleton’s reply was immediate. “It’s our staff. I am surrounded by remarkable people. I am constantly in awe of the compassion my employees possess and the difference that they make in the lives of our patients and their families every day. “

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Meals are delivered Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. In 2015, more than 76,500 meals were delivered to more than 500 homebound clients by approximately 200 volunteers. “Not all our volunteers deliver daily,” said Robertson. “In fact, some serve a couple of days a week, others are every other week and some participate in the monthly Senior Paws Program pet food delivery on a Saturday to homebound clients who can’t afford it; and, might otherwise share their home-delivered meals with their pets.” Pet food needs for approximately 50 clients include both regular and senior options for cats or dogs, as well as kitty litter; other pet-related items (such as pet safety, comfort and health-related, as listed below) are also appreciated. “We appreciate the support of our clients and friends who have generously donated pet food over the years,” said Green Meadows Landscaping owner Kronda Thimesch, who hosts a drop off location for donations. “One of our young clients asked her birthday guests to donate pet food for Senior Paws in lieu of birthday gifts.” Drop-off locations are: Foot Solutions, 2321 Justin Rd. #205, Flower Mound; Home Care Assistance, 2700 FM 407, Suite 125, Highland Village; Batteries Plus Bulbs, 1093 W. Main St., Lewisville; and, Green Meadows Landscaping, 724 Holford’s Prairie Rd., Lewisville Another Meals on Wheels option is congregate meals, which are provided daily in group-settings at six senior centers throughout Denton County. Last year, an additional 13,200 meals were served.


Seniors—60-years of age or older-- and their spouses, regardless of age, are eligible to participate in this program. Meals are provided without charge to those age 60 and older however, donations are appreciated. Those under 60-years of age, who would like to enjoy lunch, will be charged $5. Diners are encouraged to sign up for a meal by noon at least the day before, so that a meal can be ordered; however, people may sign-up a week in advance. The nearest congregate facility is the Lewisville Senior Center at 1950 S. Valley Parkway. “It’s so important for seniors to get some social interaction, so they don’t become isolated,” said Robertson. “The meals are served around 11:30 a.m. to guarantee their freshness and temperature.” She added that the senior population is growing at an unprecedented rate and Meals and Wheels is an important tool to keep people in their homes and out of nursing homes, which can be so expensive. “Our most urgent need is always donations for our home delivery program,” said Robertson. “We have greatly expanded our programs within the last two years.” For information about the Meals on Wheels of Denton County program, visit: or contact them at 940382-2224. In addition, more volunteers to serve new clients are needed. Anyone interested in volunteering, should call Kristine Herrera, Volunteer Coordinator, at 940-382-2224, ext. 2. SPAN Denton County (www. is a public transportation provider offering demand response (by appointment), shared ride transportation to those living outside the DCTA service area in Denton County.


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“All of our vehicles are wheelchair accessible and driven by staff trained to help address mobility challenges,” said Robertson. “We also provide transportation for Denton County

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veterans to and from the VA Hospital in Dallas Monday through Friday.” For more information and to schedule transportation, call 940-382-1900.

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Gertrude Kathryn Ontjes was born September 1, 1916 in Austinville, Iowa, the sixth of nine children. When she was born, her parents were still traveling by horse and buggy or in the winter on a sleigh. When Gertrude was 15 years old, she met her future husband, Louis Ontjes, at the skating rink and got married on November 23, 1935. The couple went on their honeymoon to Moline, IL for the weekend. In March 1936, Gertrude and Louis started farming in Iowa which cost $1000 to rent during the depression. They had three children named Nancy, Mary and Robert. Louis passed away on August 31, 1977. In the 1980’s, Gertrude decided to move to Florida. She enjoyed travelling, doing crafts, baking and sewing. In 2003, she moved from Florida to Arkansas. In June 2014, Gertrude moved to Rambling Oaks Courtyard Extensive Care Community in Highland Village where she presently resides. She continues to have good eyesight that allows her to read the Bible and do word puzzles. Gertrude is very thankful for her 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. All of Gertrude’s family and friends attended her 100th Birthday Celebration last month at Rambling Oaks Courtyard which they all reminisced about the good times they experienced.

October 2016

No One Knows When It Is Their Time! That Is Why You Need a Will!! By Adam Burrows

There are several key reasons why everyone needs a Will. The first of these is quite simply choice. Drafting and properly executing a Will gives you the power to choose who will receive your property when you pass away. You work hard during your lifetime to acquire financial wealth, a homestead, vehicles, or personal property, and therefore it should be you who



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decides how your assets will be distributed to your family, friends, charities, or other persons and entities when you pass away. Regardless of the size of your estate, a Will allows you to allocate your money and belongings as you see fit. It is also important to consider the alternative. If you do not choose for yourself “who gets what,” the State of Texas decides for you. Texas provides default laws that dictate how your probate assets will be distributed if you do not create a valid Will, and that default distribution scheme is sometimes counterintuitive and surprising. Drafting a Will allows you to select for yourself who gets-and maybe more importantly, who “does not get” your property. Since you put in the effort to acquire assets during your lifetime, you should likewise put in the effort to decide who will inherit those assets at your death. A second key reason for creating a Will is to take advantage of the opportunity to appoint a guardian for

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your children. If you (and your spouse, if applicable) were to pass away while your children are under the age of 18, you-not a court-should appoint who will take care of those children. A properly drafted Will provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing your children will be well cared-for if the need for a guardian arises. Perhaps most importantly, creating a Will makes the handling of your affairs after your death significantly less burdensome and often less costly on your family. With a legally sound Will, probate can be handled quickly and effectively so that title to your property is changed to your loved ones very often with little complexity or delay. Why Should You Update Your Will? Just as one Will doesn’t fit all, your Will may no longer fit you as time passes. Be sure to periodically review your Will to ensure that it still conforms to your wishes and meets your financial planning needs as you get older. In general, you should review your estate plan every two to three years to ensure it still meets your needs. You should also review your Will upon any changes to the federal or state tax laws, or if any significant change in your circumstances has occurred. For example, if you have changed your mind as to the disposition of your property or as to your appointed fiduciaries; if you have moved to a new state; you have acquired property in a different state; if you have gotten married or divorced; if there has been a death or a birth in your family; or you have experienced a substantial increase or decrease in assets, it’s time to call your estate planning attorney to review, and possibly revise, your estate planning documents. At the Law Office of Dale A. Burrows, P.C., we believe a strong Will ensures a lasting legacy. We turn your concerns into effective plans for the estate you wish to leave to your heirs. We are also able to review your documents, advise you on any significant changes in tax laws, and re-evaluate your Will to make sure that, as your circumstances change, your estate plan continues to preserve your wishes. Call us today at 972-304-6000. The information provided here in is given for general information only. The information presented should not be construed as legal advice or the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.



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Luncheon Honors First Responders By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

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More than 160 members of the Flower Mound first responders’ community were honored Aug. 17 at a special luncheon at Pinewood Hills Retirement Community. The event was organized by Kimberly Pardi, community relations advisor to A Place for Mom senior care referral service, as a way to remind the community of all the good these people do amid the recent negativity. “I just wanted them to know we appreciate everything they do, especially with everything that’s going on around the country,” Pardi said. “We want them to know what important parts they play in the community and just say thank you to the EMS, fire and police departments and to recognize them and get to know them on a personal basis.” Members of the Flower Mound Police Department and Flower Mound

Fire Department took turns stopping by Pinewood Hills to pick up their lunches supplied by sponsor Soulman’s Barbeque. Pardi was helped in organizing the event by Monica Bonilla of Pinewood Hills, Jacque Archer of Advanced Rehab Trust Home Health, Lauren Robertson with Autumn Leaves of Flower Mound, Kelley Addison with Lake Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Carolanne Crossan of A Changing Season. Other sponsors included ComForCare Home Care, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, New Century Hospice, Community Care Pharmacy, Abby Collins Veteran Service Officer, and Matthew Tate with Fathom Realty and Hometown Heroes.

2nd Annual Pinewood Hills Veteran’s Day Fundraiser Event This special night includes a buffet dinner, live music, a raffle, silent auction, and meet-and-greet with former Texas Rangers baseball player José Guzmán! Tickets are $20. The proceeds will help support the Chris Kyle Veterans Center and the Victory Therapy Center.

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School Honors Teacher for Lifetime of Service By Tristen Wilson

As part of the normal Friday routine at Old Settlers Elementary in Flower Mound, the campus meets for an assembly where students and staff participate in announcement and celebrations. However, on Friday, Sept. 23, the assembly was far from normal. Students honored 105-year-old community citizen and Oaks Assisted Living and Memory resident Erna Olsen with an “Honorary Teacher Award” at Old Settlers for her work as a former educator. Born March 8 1911, Olsen has learned


a lot in her lifetime. After graduating high school, Olsen sought a career in education and received her teaching certificate from Mankato State Teachers College in Mankato, Minnesota during The Great Depression. Jobs were scarce, but she landed her first job as a first-grade teacher in her own hometown. Old Settlers Principal Kelly Hayunga said it was a great experience and honor for students to be in the presence of someone who has lived over an entire century. “It allowed us to have discussions with students about everything she has lived through,” Hayunga said. “It really helped bring history to life for them and gave our students a new found admiration and


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“I was flabbergasted,” Olsen said. “I didn’t feel like she deserved it, but I was so honored and loved seeing all the children. It brought back a lot of memories.” The idea was a collaboration between Old Settlers and Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care Activity Director JoAnn Higgins. “At Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care, we try to look for miracle moments in our resident’s life that helped make them who they are today,” Higgins said. “For Erna, she was a longtime educator and her husband was a teacher and former superintendent. We knew it would mean a lot and so we got together with Old Settlers Erna Olsen was honored by students and staff at Old Settlers to see how we could make it Elementary in Flower Mound. happen.” Higgins said she is thankful respect for an older generation.” for the relationship with Hayunga said she was glad the school Lewisville ISD. was able to recognize Olsen for her “We have a great partnership with efforts as a former teacher in Minnesota. LISD and several student groups in the “When we can find opportunities like district participate in activities with us. this to give back and say thank you to our It is valuable for the students and our community, it is important that we do,” residents. They build real relationships Hayunga said. “We really wanted to her and learn from each other. This last to know that all her work in the past as an partnership was something special. Erna educator was and is still appreciated.” was thrilled to see and hear the kids. You The recognition was a surprise for Olsen couldn’t miss the smile on her face. It who did not know she was receiving the was really sweet and we are grateful to award before the assembly. As part of the Old Settlers for the opportunity.” recognition, Olsen was presented with an Apple award to take back to her home.

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Date Nights – What’s the Big Deal? No one ever said, “I hate you, you hate me – so let’s get married!!” And yet, after the passage of time, we hear, “we have just become roommates,” “our lives revolve around our jobs and the kids,” “I don’t feel in love anymore,” “this isn’t what I thought marriage was supposed to be,” etc. Your marriage is a dynamic thing; it is either moving you closer together or you are drifting apart. A report from the National Marriage Project “Date Night Opportunity,” (University of Virginia) found that husbands and wives who engage in “couple time” with each other at least once a week are 3.5 times more likely to report being “very happy” in their marriages. Here are a few key ingredients for a successful “couple time:”

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Many of the volunteers come from BridgeWay Church in Copper Canyon and Hope Fellowship, which has campuses in McKinney and Frisco. Filling The Void places an emphasis on one-to-one, personal interactions and the quality of what goes into the sack lunches it serves. The group has never done a PB&J and never will. Recipients find sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, along with chips, cookies, bottled water, a fruit bar and an encouraging note. “Our mission is to lead people into lasting life-change,� said Nilson. “We’re like a front door to the shelters and other agencies.� Every one of those meals, which costs about $4 each, represents someone in


need. This year the group is on pace to hit 4,000 meals. The Dallas branch surpassed its 10,000th meal since its inception and incorporation in 2012, as an offshoot of its founding Oklahoma namesake. It has earned two national awards for community service. Volunteers, including its board of directors, typically hit the streets three times a month, mostly on Saturdays, in pursuit of opportunities to lift-up the hope and courage of people in need. “We’re always hoping to attract more people to serve,� said Nilson. “It’s a labor of love that makes a huge difference to those we serve.� One of the things that makes Filling The Void unique is that it has no paid See VOID Page C20



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Gardening: Time To Dig And Divide By Noelle M. Hood


Now is the time gardeners begin digging up perennials, breaking the underground clumps apart, then spreading the baby plants to new spots in the garden. Many subterranean plant clumps are fancy parts known as bulbs, crowns, corms, rhizomes and tuberous stems. The best known—and, arguably tastiest,


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bulb-- is the common onion. It has an odd, compact disc-like stem called a “plate” that gives rise to tightly-packed buds surrounded by thick leaves, sometimes called its scales. The leaves and flowers emerge from the pointy “top” side of the stem and the tangled roots emerge from its flattish “bottom.” A gardener can cut-up an onion bulb and, as long as each section contains a substantial piece of the “plate,” a new plant generally will grow when conditions are right. Other bulb perennials include tulip, daffodil and that Christmas-time favorite, the amaryllis. In order to bloom, many bulbs, particularly tulips, require a specific number of chilling hours during their annual dormant period. Southern gardeners dig them up, shake off the soil, and store them in the frige for several months before spring planting time. Many daffodils love Texas soils and weather. They came with the pioneers, multiplied with zest, and still put on spring shows all over the state. The wonderfully scented, little white and yellow jonquillas grow wild at my place in east Texas. My neighbor across the street in Lantana grew red spider lily bulbs from her grandmother’s garden. Those beauties are a dazzling variety of amaryllis that bloom in the fall; no leaves, just a stem topped by 5 small, but breath-taking, blooms. If you can’t get a bulb from a relative, plan to spend a pretty penny per bulb from internet nurseries. And don’t forget that huge Asiatic crinum; a white spider lily from hardy single bulbs that will fill a man’s hand.

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Some people call them Peruvian Spider Lilies. They’re a piece of work to dig, then fork apart, but oh boy, what a spring show they put on in the garden. I cut back the long leaves to about eight-inches for transplanting. Many plant vendors sell stubby fat gladiola and crocus “bulbs” by the sack, but these baby structures are correctly called corms. They look like bulbs, but instead of juicy leaves around the stem, the corm’s scales are dry. Leaves and flowers emerge from the top and roots from the bottom. Wonder where irises and cannas fit into this scheme of baby plant types? Those “bulbs” are actually rhizomes or special horizontal stems. They like to be near the surface of the ground and lack of rain doesn’t bother them. The reason Bermuda grass pokes an unwanted head up in the garden is because its rhizome stems can dive deep then sneak around underground. Pulling the leaves won’t get rid of it, but a spade and a systemic herbicide will. If you have this grass in the vicinity of any flower or vegetable bed it will be a perpetual control issue. Cyclamens in bloom brighten up stores every winter. These beautiful red, white and pink flowers with white-veined, forest green, round leaves, have a flattish round “bulb,” that is really a tuberous stem. The upper-side of a cyclamen it called its crown. That’s where the plant we swoon over comes from; the roots are at the bottom of the tuberous stem. Irish potatoes are actually tuberous stems. Those little eyes are stem nodes that contain bud clusters. A plant tuber is a thick or swollen part. Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are root tubers, because they do not have nodes with bud clusters. (Contact the writer at

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La Niña to Be a NoShow This Fall By Meteorologist Brad Barton

September demonstrated just how stubborn North Texas summers can be. Temperatures were sharply warmer than normal, although we finally felt the approach of fall during the last week of the month. Our highs were mostly in the 90’s during September, including 98 on the 19th and 97 on the 20th. Our average daily high was 90, with our average low near 70, which worked out to a monthly

day-night average of 80 degrees, three degrees warmer than normal. Our coolest reading until the very end of the month, was 61 degrees on the morning of the 10th. September’s rainfall was slightly above normal. Denton Enterprise Airport recorded .36” on the 1st of September, .52” on the 10th, .62” on the 13th and another .84” on the 25-26th. Total rainfall for the month was 2.53, which was .11” wetter than normal. Through September, rainfall in Denton is running about 11 inches above normal with an official 9-month total that exceeds 42 inches. Area lakes remain near capacity. No severe weather was reported in Denton County during the month. Not bad. Looking ahead, you can forget about

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a “La Nina fall” or even a “La Nina winter.” The Climate Prediction Center has dropped its La Nina watch for now. Less than 3 months ago, in June, the CPC published a “75% chance” of Pacific Ocean temperatures falling below average, but water temperatures have since stabilized near their normal values and show no immediate signs of getting cooler. Accordingly, we have nothing but historic climate data to predict October’s weather. October can be fairly volatile, as both the Polar and Subtropical jet streams begin migrating south. Our average high at the beginning of October is usually in the mid 80’s but by the end of the month, we’re topping out in the low to mid 70’s. We’ve seen 100-degree highs as late as

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October 3rd and freezing temperatures as early as October 22nd. October is also our second wettest month of the year with an average of nearly 5 inches of rain (over 8 inches last October). With a significant monthly drop in temperatures and increased rainfall, October and November represent a secondary peak in severe weather for North Texas. Even if we get a “normal” October, it’s not likely to be boring. Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist of WBAP820/570KLIF/99.5KPLX “The Wolf” and home-field meteorologist for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

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My oldest daughter, a freshman at Lakeland Christian Academy, started a bass fishing team this year, and I am the boat captain. We had our first tournament on Lake Lewisville September 24th. We did very well, placing 44th out of 264 teams! It was a trying day on the water, though, as I tried to coach two rookie anglers on the finer points of presenting their lures to the wary bass. As I reflected on their performance (and my own) I realized how similar tournament bass fishing and sharing the Gospel of Jesus are. Jesus says: “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19, ESV). The people for whom we fish today seem more wary than those Jesus and his disciples encountered. Perhaps it is because people no

longer need Jesus or his Good News. Perhaps it is because everyone has heard his story. Or, perhaps we fishers are just as raw and unskilled (or out of practice) as the two freshman anglers I had in the boat with me that day. When was the last time you wrote down your own story of how you came to know and trust Jesus? When did you last share your faith with someone who didn’t know Jesus? For too many, it has been too long. It is time we, the Church, got out and did some fishing! There are people all around us who need the Good News of Jesus. Even if you fish poorly at first, God can do great things. Want proof? Look at what he did with two rookie anglers and their first-time boat captain. We didn’t win it all, but we did more than if we had stayed home. I wonder what God can do through you when you take a little risk and go fish for people? 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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October 2016

Artist’s Tour Nov. 12-13 The members of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild will open their studios to the public November 12 & 13 for their 15th annual Artists Open Studio Tour. An



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Opening Reception will take place Friday evening, November 11, at Premier Gallery in Lewisville. In 2001, six visual artists who live and work in neighborhoods in Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Copper Canyon, Argyle, Bartonville and Lewisville joined together to create the Cross

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Timbers Artists Studio Tour. This year, 26 artists will open their studios to display their art, their work spaces, and provide demonstrations. The purpose of the Tour, which is held the second weekend in November each year, is to give the public an opportunity to explore the artistic process first hand, showcase the variety of fine art available in the local area, and create a sense of community among area artists. There are a number of new artists on the tour this year, along with two former members of the Guild who have rejoined the tour. Valerie Corwin, a representational portrait and landscape painter works in oils and pastels, often combining the two mediums utilizing a mixed media approach in her work. Valerie’s work is based on direct observation, augmented with many photographs of her subjects. Her artistic emphasis is then based upon composition and the careful placement of color. Valerie, a Fine Arts graduate of the University of Houston, has won numerous awards and her work appears in both public and private collections in the United States and Canada. Daren Fagan is a Highland Villagebased artist who specializes in industrial

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fixed and kinetic sculptures. His work is a balance of masculine forms with delicate and often whimsical accents. Daren incorporates various forms of recycled steel, automotive and motorcycle components, and found objects in his work. With no formal education in the Arts, Daren has evolved his style through experience and learning through creating. After several years’ absence, painter Kathleen House and wood carver Doug Oliver are returning to the Tour. After graduating from Kansas State with a degree in Art Education, Kathleen was a stay at home mom for several years. She jumped back into the art

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world as a substitute teacher in Hurst and she claims that opened up her “art brain.” So, she went back to school and earned her Masters’ in Art from Texas Woman’s at the age of 40. She and her adult daughter operated art schools in multiple locations for 12 years, but she eventually sold the business to spend more time with family and to remodel her barn studio in Double Oak. Her new series entitled “Letting Go” See TOUR Page C17

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captures her granddaughters’ challenges and life adventures, and well as her challenge to embrace the future and being able to let go. Doug Oliver is the owner of a graphic


design firm that specializes in cartography and illustrations utilizing his degree in geology. He became interested in art after developing an intense interest in nature, ornament and architecture. Doug works predominately in sculpture in the mediums of wood and clay. He was fortunate to study under Bavarian master wood and


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stone sculptor Ludwig Kieinger for over 10 years. Doug credits Ludwig for sparking his love of sculpting and European art. He says “exploring art in different mediums is a task that never gets old and is always a challenge.” The studios of all 26 artists will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Novem-

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ber 12 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. The opening reception will be at Premier Gallery, 1681 Justin Rd., FM 407, Friday evening, November 11, starting at 7 p.m. For more information please see the map with artist information in this issue and visit

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bolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Improvement Program, a joint programs or the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). “The MBSAQIP accreditation is one of the most highly respected distinctions for weight loss surgery programs in the United States. Patrick Shovlin, M.D., Chad Treece,

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M.D., and Folahan Ayoola, M.D., surgeons for Texas Health Flower Mound’s bariatric surgical center, were instrumental in this accomplishment,” said Spencer Turner, hospital president. As part of the accreditation process, the center underwent an extensive site visit by a See BARIATRIC Page C19



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with severe obesity as well as its commitment to ensuring continuous improvement and quality outcomes. “We are delighted that this national accreditation board found what we have known all along – Texas Health Flower Mound’s bariatric patients receive more than just a procedure, they receive high-quality, individualized care from a multidisciplinary team, and


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pre- and post-surgical support all of which help ensure patients have a safe and positive experience,” said Sharon Hillgartner APRN, WHNP-BC, CBN, Director of Specialty Services. Approximately 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity in the United States alone and the numbers continue to increase. The MBSAQIP designation assists bariatric

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patients in their efforts to identify those centers that provide optimal surgical care. “I am very proud of this accomplishment not only for what it says about our dedicated team of clinical specialists and surgeons, but for what it brings to our community,” said Turner. For more information, go to

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Something To Muench On... Mischief & Mayhem By Kimberly Muench

Once upon a time, there was a family that just kept growing...first through children, then through pets. Until, one day, the mother put up her hand and said, “Enough.” If you haven’t guessed already, that family is mine. You see, while I know I am blessed God gave me several very unique individuals to raise, each of whom teach me in their own way where I still need to grow as a person, there came a point in my life when I wanted sippy cups, diapers, and naps behind me. So, when number five arrived, my husband and I put the brakes on more mouths to feed. Which really only lasted about three years. That’s when my youngest, and only daughter, began to ask for a pet. Which is exactly how we again began to take on additional members...first in the form of low maintenance, colorful fish, then in the shape of larger, furrier, higher maintenance pets like puppies and guinea pigs. I mean, who can resist a cute little kid asking for a pet? Believe me, I am learning. At this moment we have two dogs, two guinea pigs, and we recently buried a fish named Fred. Our latest addition is named Mayhem. When we brought this puppy home a few weeks ago, we “gifted” our eldest miniature dachshund to my mom, be-


cause together we decided the companionship would be great for her, and even I knew three dogs under our roof was a completely insane idea. So, Mollie has moved on to the wonderful care of Grandma and now we have “just” two mini dachshunds...Mischief (3 years) and Mayhem (2 months), as well as twin brother guinea pigs named Gypsy and Pippen. I don’t know how, but I actually forgot what it was like to have a baby in the house. Who knew 2 pounds could make so much noise? The first two weeks with Mayhem were a blur. The difference between a newborn and a puppy is with a pregnancy you have those uncomfortable weeks at the end where you can’t sleep... which is really God’s way of helping you adjust to sleep deprivation. But, with a puppy you’re just sort of thrown into a crying-all-night-long nightmare. And, maybe we should have named the dogs something other than Mischief and Mayhem. I mean, what else could we expect than complete craziness? If we’d called them Mellow and Mature likely we’d be much better off. Oh well, at some point the puppy will adjust to sleeping in the crate at night, and I do have to say she’s done a pretty good job figuring out where to do her business. Mayhem also seems to want to do anything she can to keep up with her “big” (10 lb) sister, which is truly a blessing! Nonetheless, I am officially putting my foot down on any future animals. As my mom said when I called her to let her know we’d picked up the new puppy, “Kim, you know at some point you’re going to have to stop buying pets, just like you stopped having children, right?” My response...”Yes Mom, I know, no more puppies and no more tattoos either. Promise.”


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The recurring encounters with the thief begin to change you, but you continue to make the declaration that you are struck down, but by no means destroyed. And then one day, the thief unexpectedly reveals himself. You meet him face to face. You thought you knew his name, but he affirms it. Cancer. He locks the doors to take you captive within your own home—within your own body. There is no more life on the beach. You tell yourself that the thief will never take your spirit, your mind, or your testimony of who and Whose you are. Now, the principalities and the powers of darkness that have always chased down your soul have rested on your very flesh and blood. There is a small part of you deep inside that is still just the same old you. In the midst of your bondage, the thief allows visitors to come and behold his captive as if to put his handiwork on display. Some bring their tears and pity, but the ones who bring hope are those who to speak to inner captive with words eternal. Reading their eyes and lips refreshes the memory of exactly Who is your very help in this time of trouble. They do not see the thief at all. The thief is furious! Opportunities to join a Soon, the thief shows signs of booming industry growing weary. The contest is not that clear cut. Either one of you is poised to win the fight. Clinging to the words eternal, you linger with resolve. The thief will not win. The thief will NEVER win. 2611 CROSS TIMBERS ROAD FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS 75028 You rise up out of the ashes and behold the face of God. You are FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM whole. The battle is won. There On the spot interviews is perfect peace. Glory is in your Full-time and part-time positions available hands. You are a new creation No charge to attend both inside and out. You know life Please come prepared with resumes and dressed professionally. Candidates of all ages, experience levels, and industries are will never be the same. encouraged to attend. Though you will never forget, the name Cancer will never be Email Erin Fulton at for a link to download a personality profile in advance. uttered by your lips again. 









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taking its toll. My husband deduced that if the SS office in Denton answered the phone the next day it would probably be an indication that the office was open…but do you really ever know for sure? Unfortunately, the next day the call again rolled over to the National Office. This time a recorded prompt specified that if you couldn’t choose from the following six options, the wait time to speak with a real live person would be 24 minutes or more. Another terrific option was to leave your name and phone number and someone would get back to you within 30 minutes. Almost at wit’s end, Ken begrudgingly left a name. It was Olaf Klug. Unbelievably, a computer did return the call within the stated time. This was followed by a punishing session of security questions so as to make certain my husband was who he claimed to be. So he had to fess up to not being Olaf Klug but did enjoy a very brief laugh after leaving the make-believe moniker. Once he’d come clean he was transferred to a lovely young lady who explained that the Denton office had some building issues and that was the reason they were shut down. She went above and beyond to be helpful and accommodating. She garnered the first available benefits’ appointment for him which happened to be four weeks later in October. She mentioned that he could go to the Denton location before then and without an appointment. However, the wait in line would probably be pretty long. Meanwhile she would hold his appointment. Ken was so grateful for the excellent service she provided he told her she could take the rest of the day off! Ken being Ken, wouldn’t have it but that we drive back up to the Denton office again. This time the parking lot was plumb full. People were streaming into the building but not many were coming out. The “Sorry we’re closed” sign had been taken down and it looked like business as usual. There was an armed guard milling around, whose primary mission was to enforce the “no drinks allowed” rule. (Naturally, I got busted.) When taking a break from this daunting task he kept busy answering the same question most everyone was asking: “Why were you closed yesterday?” He said it was an issue with mold. (So here we are the next day, sitting in a stuffy, crowded room in a Federal building, with big sheets of thick plastic being the only thing between us and mold.) How reassuring? There was a large overhead screen display showing numbers for those next in line.

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After getting assigned numbers from a ma- weeks ago. Choice #2 was in the current chine located below we took our seats so we month with 12 days remaining. And the 3rd could hurry up and wait. About two hours date…January, next year, which would expassed when Ken decided he’d had enough clude the December 2016 payment with no and asked the guard why numbers relative way to recover. It was a crap shoot. So Ken to the ones we had were not showing up on shrugged and opted for the current month. the screen. Since we were there to file for He forged ahead figuring at least this way, the benefits we were special, just like our num- online application could be compared to the ber. The guard said we’d have to wait for a one he’d get at the October appointment. He specific agent who had to use a specific com- was trying so hard to avoid any unforeseen puter. This made absolutely no sense to us. circumstances causing a problem in the near But then neither had most of the events over future. So when he got to the very end of the course of last two days. The guard also the last page, there was a prompt to click on conceded that he had no clue as to how long the word “submit.” This was followed by a that would be. warning indicating that once you did so any Moments later our number was announced future appointments you had would be canand we literally jumped out of our seats and celled. (Of course they would!) raced to door number one. (There was also a Enough was enough was enough and in utdoor number two and number three). Getting ter disgust and a gray cloud hovering over his through to the hidden back room was truly a head, he got up and walked away from the feat…seemed like everything was such a se- computer…empty handed. cret. Once on the other side the mystery was I think when his appointment in October dispelled. It was kinda dark back there and rolls around, and let us pray that he really more of the huge plastic sheets covered the does have an October meeting, that I will ply length of the room where a wall used to be. him with a couple of Xanax. They’re really The rep led us to a desk where a computer sat not very expensive and besides he’ll have which had thrown up all of its wires. There all that Social Security money with which to were dozens of others scattered throughout pay! the room. Everything was in a state of disarP.S. - For those of you who read last ray. month’s article about my upcoming high “Now why are you here?” the agent be- school reunion (#50) it hasn’t taken place yet. gan. My husband explained about needing I will keep you posted. to enroll for his social security benefits. The rep typed something on his computer and said, “You need an appointment for that.” I looked over at my husband and waited for the top of his head to blow off… have you ever seen the TV show Braindead? The agent picked right up on Ken’s dismay and reassured him that he could use a computer “over there” With Incoming Order gesturing behind him. Ken could MINIMUM 5 PIECE DRY CLEAN ORDER go online and if he ran into a road ($2.99 Value) block he could summon someone to Must Present Coupon With Incoming Order. One Coupon Per Visit. No Limit. Expires 10/31/16. come help him. (This is on the heels of the rep telling us how slammed they were and short handed to boot.) At this point, Ken decided he’d try to fill out the form online but in the comfort of his home office and out of the threat of mold. Naturally, the online application was very involved and consisted of over eight screens. One of Ken’s favorite parts was the “three choices of dates” option for receiving benefits: choice #1 had already passed

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