The Cross Timbers Gazette April 2015

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Serving Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corral City, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village and Lantana

April 2015

Once Snakebit, Twice Shy By Dawn Cobb, Editor

Phillip Herr kneels not far from where he was bitten by a copperhead in his Lantana yard.

After dark one day last fall, Lantana resident Phillip Herr was moving the recycling bin from his front yard to the back when he felt a small bite on his ankle. At first, he thought it must be a lizard. But it would soon become a date his family clearly recalls – October 10. Finishing his task, Herr went inside his home in the Sonora neighborhood as sat down on the sofa. “I was starting to feel a sensation in my left leg, like heat,” Herr recalled recently. His physician wife, an OB GYN, donned a pair of boots and walked outside where she spotted a copperhead snake. Immediately, she called 911. “I was taken to the hospital,” Herr said, recalled a two-day stay in ICU and three days total at Texas Health Presbyterian

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By Dawn Cobb, Editor

A popular purple dinosaur, known to parents and children alike as Barney, became the catalyst for setting Abbey Cone on course to releasing her second of two CDs in the next month. “I would sing to cartoons,” Abbey said from the living room of her Argyle home. Her mother, Melissa Cone, chimes in: “She knew every Barney song.” Listening to Abbey sing the little ditties on key, memorizing every word, her mother realized she had a songstress in the family. At age six, she started piano lessons and, shortly thereafter, vocal lessons. By age 9, she was taking guitar lessons and singing onstage at the Grapevine Opry House. That first song was Martina McBride’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” By age 12, she was penning lyrics to create her own country songs and traveling to Nashville – the nexus of country and western music – to make connections. She even took band in school, where she learned to play the alto/tenor saxophone. The youngest of four, Abbey would sing at rodeo arenas where her siblings were performing. To this day, she’s still

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Ralph Morriss continues to grow a bounty of vegetables each year on Flower Mound land that has been in his family for generations.

80-year-old Ralph Morriss lives on Morriss Road. Long before Marcus High School even existed in imagination, the 4-lane highway that passes its front entrance started life as a dirt road through the Morriss family’s peanut farm. In 1923 Ralph’s grandpa, Andrew Morriss, and his son James used timbers from the original family cabin to build the present farmhouse which stands about a quarter mile down the road from the sprawling modern school. The tiny, white clapboard home with gray trim has an A&M doormat on the front porch. Guess where Ralph went to college? He laughed. “Once an Aggie, always an Aggie.” After the Civil War his great-grandfather, also a James, and an older brother, migrated from the Bowling Green area of Kentucky to the roughly 900,000 acre Peters Colony Land Grant tract with their guardian aunt and uncle. Scanty records indicate the boys’ parents both died early in life--during a history-making typhus epidemic. The family’s Presbyterian Church congregation of farmers had been recruited to migrate to the Cross Timbers See MORRISS on Page A18


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five or so days, officials say. The new Kroger, with 124,000 square feet of space, will offer a smorgasbord of wares, groceries, clothing, jewelry, pharmacy, a fuel By Dawn Cobb, Editor stop and much more as part of the company’s newest concept – creKeith Gaitlin is exating a one-stop-shop cited about the May place for residents to 22 opening of the new find everything they Kroger Marketplace at might need in one conLantana Town Center venient location. in Bartonville off FM “The fact that it’s 407. that large means there After all, the 33is that much more we year veteran Kroger can offer,” said Kristal employee is managing Howard, public relathe new store, having tions manager for The recently moved from Kroger Co. overseeing the Kroger As the 10th Kroger off Teasley Lane. Marketplace in the Dal“It’s a privilege to Photo by Dawn Cobb las-Fort Worth region, open a Marketplace,” the location will feaGaitlin said. He has Keith Gaitlin, the manager of the new Kroger Marketplace opening soon in Lantana Town Center ture a full line of apparworked in manageon FM 407, is excited about the opportunities to get el for ages newborn to ment at several loca- involved with area communities and organizations. 99, housewares, Murtions around Denton ray’s Cheese Shop with County from Flower 175 different varieties of cheese, Fred Meyer Mound off FM 2499 to a Kroger on UniJewelers offering everything from gifts to versity Drive in Denton. Working in several engagement rings, a sushi bar complete with Denton County locations, Gaitlin has come to stool chairs to sit and watch it being made to know the area well – feeling quite at home at order, expanded beer and wine offerings, a the new store. delicatessen and bistro with expanded salad Now, he is steadily working to put together and soup offerings, a Starbucks and, well, the his management team for the newest Kroger list goes on. Marketplace. One note about the sushi bar – fresh pho “Our goal is to create a highly-satisfied will be available as will fresh rice bowls. customer service,” Gaitlin said. At each loMurray’s Cheese Shop, which is based in cation, he has worked to get involved in the New York City, will also offer small trial-size community, most recently working with the baskets of cheese for under $5. food banks in Denton, serving on the InterA large floral selection inside Kroger is one faith Ministries Apple Tree program board of its hallmarks, especially since the company and working with the Kiwanis Club on their owns FTD Florists, Howard noted. pancake supper. The new marketplace concept also includes It is the same community outreach he plans buying locally, seeking out Texas growers to do in the communities surrounding the new to offer the freshest produce. Soon to be in Kroger Marketplace off FM 407. season are green beans and melons, which Gaitlin, whose wife teaches at Newton will be trucked straight from the farm to the Rayzor in Denton, will now be a bit closer produce aisles. “The freshness factor is into one of his daughters, who teaches at Blancreased,” she said, adding the store will even ton Elementary in Lantana. In fact, he can have a fresh orange juice bar as well as Texasspot the school flag from the front of the new produced beer and wine. Kroger’s main entrance. Other products are sought from the Texas The store’s opening will not only include a market and are noted with signs that indicate ribbon cutting but also some free giveaways to the first 250 customers at each of the first See KROGER on Page A21

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April 2015

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

Roanoke Public Hearing On March 17, I joined Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch to participate with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in a public hearing at the Roanoke Community Center to discuss the proposed widening of US 377 from south of Henrietta Creek Road to SH 114. During the open house, attendees had the opportunity to view the approved schematic and discuss project details with the staff from the TxDOT. Following the open house, there was a formal presentation, which included discussions about the project design, environmental study, and the right-of-way acquisition and relocation process. The proposed project would widen US

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377 from a two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane curb and gutter section with an adjacent sidewalk and raised median. Dedicated left-turn lanes would be provided at the signalized intersections of Crockett, Main and Denton Streets. The proposed right-of-way width varies from 98 feet to 110 feet. The estimated additional right of way is approximately 1.1 acres. Great care was taken to reduce negative impacts to property owners, and the improvements would result in approximately one commercial displacement. The cost is approximately $29 million. Communities In Schools Texas Star Gala April 11 Tackling the high school dropout issue here in Denton County is the priority for the non-profit Communities In Schools North Texas. Through case worker managed programs matching mentors and students, CISNT works to leverage public and

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private dollars to create positive change in the lives of students in five Denton County school districts. The annual CISNT gala is finally here, and along with the warmer weather and bluebonnets, we’re looking forward to celebrating with Communities In Schools at its Texas Star Gala on April 11th at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, 6:30PM Embassy Suites 2401 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine. The evening includes Dinner, Dancing, Auction, Awards, Saloon Casino, and Live Music, featuring Pat Waters and the Chainlink Band! So dust off your boots and join us for an evening of Texas-style dining, boot scootin’ dancing, whoopin’ fast auctions, and heartwarming stories, while we celebrate 22 years of empowering children to stay in school and achieve in life. Tickets are $70 per person, and sponsored tables start at $1,000.You can wear your jeans, boots and hats, or your favorite western cocktail attire. Proceeds help support case-management services, school supplies, healthy food, clothing, mentorship, tutoring and counseling for at-risk students in North Texas. Because every child deserves a chance to succeed! Justin Dedicates Its First Historical Marker The City of Justin recently hosted a large crowd for a dedication ceremony as they celebrated the city’s first Texas Historical Commission (THC) marker. Instrumental in obtaining the subject marker Justin was Dr. Lisa Westkaemper, who at that time was a Justin City Councilwoman. Dr. Westkaemper researched and wrote the documented historical narrative for the marker sponsored by the Justin City Council. This marker for Justin joins two other towns with markers in the western section of the county, whose history includes the history of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF) in Denton County.

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Both Ponder and Sanger have received THC markers. They share not only this transportation history in the western part of the county but a history of agriculture and farming centered on the production of wheat and cotton, considered cash crops as the GC&SF railway opened up markets beyond the local area. Justin was a leader in the agricultural business of wheat, corn and cotton production. Dr. Westkaemper wrote in the Justin historical narrative “although Justin would not see its first store until 1883, would not register its first plat until 1887, and would not be incorporated as a city until 1946, its early beginnings reach much further back into the settler’s history of the ‘Grand Prairie.’” A significant historic area close to Justin was the first grave for John B. Denton. Denton was killed by the Keechi Village Indians in the Village Creek Battle near Fort Worth in 1841 and was buried in an unmarked grave on the banks of Denton Creek at the confluence of the Oliver and Denton Creeks. Twenty years later his remains were moved to the John Chisum Ranch in Bolivar. In 1901, his remains were reinterred on the grounds of the Denton County Courthouse. This final grave is marked with a 1936 Texas Centennial Marker. Denton County and the town of Denton are named after John B. Denton. Westkaemper wrote “time distinguished this creek juncture as historically significant, not only for this early burial but also for the 1848 French Icarian Settlement that lasted only two years due to illness, fever, harsh climatic conditions and broken promises that were made to the French immigrants in agreements negotiated by their founder, Etienne Cabet, and W. S. Peters of the Peters Colony. By 1914, Justin had four elevators, two cotton gins, a flour mill and over 20 See EADS on Page A14


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Around Argyle By Peggy Krueger Mayor

I owe so many people my gratitude for all the wonderful hours that our Citizens put into volunteering to keep Argyle the greatest place to live in Texas. This month I was invited to attend the Lion’s Club meeting and loved hearing all the plans they have for future events. I hope everyone will be able to attend their Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny scheduled for Saturday, April 4th. This event will be followed by the Town’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt that will be located at the high school beginning at 11:00 am. The event will include music, food trucks (In-N-Out Burger and snow cones to name a few) and, of course, thousands of Easter eggs. Kids will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, balloon art and a ventriloquist. Parents will have the opportunity to socialize with neighbors and friends. Admission

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is a canned good that will be donated to the Argyle Food Bank. This event could not happen without the wonderful volunteers from First Baptist Church and Crosstimbers Community Church, and the generosity of Argyle ISD. We can also thank our Town Staff for all of their help and support. Last year was a huge success and we plan to make this year bigger and better. The next fun day that no one will want to miss is the Shooting for the Stars Fund Raiser scheduled for Saturday, May 9th at the high school. A bike rally, fun run and basketball games will start the day. Later, we will meet at Fuzzy’s for a silent auction and entertainment by the Bird Dogs Band. The money raised will go towards the school in memory of Alex Betzhold. This will be an event you won’t want to miss! This is not just for kids, but for all of Argyle that want to show generosity while having fun. Donations for the Silent Auction are still being collected if you want to help. Contact the school office if you have a donation or need more information. I attended the Keep Argyle Beautiful Board meeting this week to find their calendar full of events planned to beautify Argyle See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A10

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Bartonville Town Update

By Bill Scherer, Mayor

Greetings from Bartonville! Spring is finally in the air and it has been another busy month for our town. It is so nice to see our neighbors outside working and visiting. We look forward to our annual Bartonville Spring Clean Up day on April 18, always a good time to socialize and mingle while in the midst of spring cleaning. With our winter hibernation behind us, we are discussing upcoming opportunities for community events. Please let us know your ideas and if you would be willing to assist in planning and coordination. We approved the town audit for the budget year ending October 2014. This

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budget had its challenges, as it began with the prior council and had to bridge to the priorities of our new current council. Taking the budget helm, we were able to successfully navigate to increase spending on much needed road repairs (4x the previous year’s spending) to address the unsafe conditions on one of our major roads. In the current budget, we have planned to run a budget contingency of $44,838 and are currently running $30,000 below the plan, which includes additional major road repairs. Planning and zoning recommended, and the town council approved an enhancement to the “rural business” zoning ordinance which encompasses most of our undeveloped property listed as “commercial” on our master plan. With this enhancement, we can control further large commercial development, such as grocery stores and strip shopping centers from invading our small town. This change for rural business properties allows us greater control over any future See BARTONVILE on Page A14


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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon April 2015... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml

Updating of Town Web Site – Your Suggestions One of Copper Canyon’s 2015 goals is to update the Town’s web site. The Staff and Mayor have been working for several months with Town resident Bill Castleman to do just that. (NOTE: Castleman has just been elected unopposed to Council!) With one click, or no more than two clicks, you should be able to reach the information you need. And, you should be able to directly email any Council Member or Staff Member. If there are municipal web sites that you admire due to clarity or ease of use, or simply visual beauty of the home page, please share that information. All constructive suggestions are welcome! Email townadministrator@coppercanyon-tx.org with a cc to suecoppercanyon@aol.com. Dallas Morning News recognizes Copper Canyon as one of 2015 Ten Most Desir-

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able Neighborhoods in Dallas/North Texas Metroplex! Our Town recently received notice by the Dallas Morning News that it was recognized as one of the 2015 “Ten Most Desirable Neighborhoods” in the Dallas-North Texas Metroplex! Did our homeowners already know that? Absolutely! Were we surprised that others also recognized our unique small town “rural atmosphere” Yes, we were! But, happily surprised at the recognition! Look for the May 17th Dallas Morning News special 47 page edition of the Ten Most Desirable Neighborhood-Towns in the Dallas-North Texas Metroplex chosen for 2015! In 2014 the Dallas Morning News recognized the following ten communities: (1) Central Plano, (2) East Plano, (3) Frisco (east of Preston), (4) North Richardson, (5) McKinney West, (6) Frisco (north of Eldorado), (7) Frisco (southwest of the Tollway), (8) Keller, (9) Southlake, and (10) our neighbor Highland Village. The 2014 criteria for selection: SAFETY FROM CRIME (55.9%) – Based on the per capita rates of burglaries See MAYOR SUE on Page A12

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

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Double Oak Concrete The town is looking forward to the April opening of Rapid+Med Urgent Care Center at the corner of FM407 and Chinn Chapel. The church and these businesses’ contributions to the town help make Double Oak a terrific place to live, shop & worship.

Shop local and support Double Oak businesses & Crossroads Bible Church Double Oak is primarily a residential community with a few locally owned storefront or known businesses and we are very proud they call Double Oak home: Living Earth Mulch-Compost-Soils Crossroads Bible Church Preferred Self Storage Double Oak Veterinary Medical Center Lisa’s Flowers Bahama Bucks Original Shaved Ice Company The Boat Shop on McMakin Road Boughton Outdoors Landscape and Mowing

Town cancels May Municipal ElectionsOaths of Office will be May 18, 2015 This year’s municipal election was uncontested, therefore, the town council election has been cancelled and current Mayor Mike Donnelly and Councilmen Dr. Ara Minassian & Steve Durbin will be sworn in on May 18 to begin serving their new two-year term. Town will name Council Room in Memory of Mayor Bill Wilkinson After input from residents and discussion by council, it has been decided to name the council room: Mayor Bill Wilkinson Community-Government Room. Bill was the Mayor when the new town hall was dedicated and he was really proud over the years that the room is used for government meetings, courtroom, See DOUBLE OAK on Page A14

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Flower Mound Town Council Message By Jean Levenick Mayor Pro Tem

Spring is a busy time in Flower Mound and the Town has been working to provide some great family activities that you can enjoy with your children. This month, the Town’s award-winning Underwater Easter Egg hunt returns on April 4 along with the Truck Rodeo (April 22) and Kid Fish (April 25). If you’re looking to get the kids out of the house to enjoy the spring weather, I encourage you to check out the Town’s Special Event page for a complete listing of upcoming events, many of which are free, at www.flowermound.com/specialevents. In March, the Town celebrated the opening of the new Operations and Maintenance Service Center on Spinks Road that will provide office space for Public Works, Parks, and Geographic Information Systems personnel. Many of the staff members were working in a corrugated steel-sided

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facility that was approximately 25-yearsold. Now, personnel can be under one roof, have extra training facilities, and storage space. In May, the Town will celebrate the opening of another Town facility. The Flower Mound Senior Center will open on May 14 with almost 23,000 square-feet of space. The entire staff and Council have worked hard and gathered input from our seniors to see our vision come to life. Dances, trips to area tourist attractions, and yoga classes are just the beginning of what Seniors In Motion (SIM) has to offer. With the new facility, our SIM members will be able to enjoy extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, increased classes and events, and so much more. If you’d like to learn more, please visit www.flower-mound. com/seniors. Our Seniors In Motion program is part of our larger Parks and Recreation Department, which recently won a prestigious award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). Flower Mound is the only Class III city (population of 50,001 100,000) in Texas that received the Texas Gold Medal Award in 2015. This recogni-

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Highland Village Update By Charlotte Wilcox Mayor

As with any public entity, business or corporation there is a cost for service. In Highland Village the funding for city services generally comes from three components; property tax, utility rates, and sales tax, or specific to our city, the 4B sales tax. While there are other factors to consider such as smaller revenue streams, taxes paid by non-residents and the expense of debt service – for the sake of simplicity, these three components represent our major sources of revenue. Last month I shared with you the city services our residents receive for their property tax dollar. This month I am focusing on the funding mechanism for the city trail system, our 4B sales tax. The concept of a trail system had been in planning since 1997 and the city had applied for grants to fund the trail sys-

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tem. A grant was received from TxDOT to fund the City Trail section with the city paying 30% of the cost. When grant funding was decreased and applications for those funds were increasing, city leaders took to the voters to provide this desired amenity. In 2003 Highland Village residents approved a half cent increase to our sales tax to fund a trail system and soccer fields. The funding for our trails and soccer fields comes from everyone who shops in Highland Village, visitors and our residents. I am focusing here on our resident’s cost for services and amenities. Looking at the DFW average spending per capita and doing the math on our five thousand homes, the average household contributes a little more than fifty cents per day to fund trails and soccer fields in Highland Village. For their daily fifty cents we have been able to construct a trail system that spans the length of our city, connects to HOA trails, shoreline trails, retail centers, city facilities and our parks. We began See HV UPDATE on Page A11

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News From Your Neighborhood

Earth Day Event Includes Family Fun Lantana residents are invited to clean up and green up at the community’s annual Earth Day event on April 25. Organized by Denton County Fresh Water Supply districts #6 and #7, the event allows residents to safely dispose of hazardous household waste and learn about planet-healthy lifestyles and habits. In addition, residents will be able to drop off bulk items, like couches and mattresses; recycle computers, electronics and appliances; safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications; and shred documents. Examples of hazardous household waste accepted for disposal include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, fungicide, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, paint and aerosol cans. After dropping off items, residents are encouraged to stay and enjoy activities provided by event sponsors. Gold Landscape will give away free trees to the first 100 families at the event, the Lantana Ladies League will provide earth-friendly children’s activities, CoServ will put on an electrical arc demonstration and Cadence Cyclery will perform complementary bicycle adjustments. Pizza Hut and Market Street will be on hand with free food and beverages and the Boy Scouts will host a cleanup of the Lantana hike and bike trails. Forestar Group, Lantana Golf Club and Outdoor Living Pool and Patio will host vendor booths with demonstrations and giveaways. Lantana Earth Day t-shirts will be available for sale at the event. Proceeds

Lantana residents enjoyed the annual Spring Festival on March 28 courtesy of the Lantana Community Association and Gold Landscape.

from sponsors and t-shirt sales will be used to purchase and plant trees within the common areas of the community. Lantana Earth Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the North Amenity Center parking lot. Those interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event should contact Kevin Mercer at 940-728-5050. Sheriff Recaps Crime Stats With a 16 percent increase in the number of households, Lantana saw a slight uptick in the numbers of calls for service from 2013 to 2014, according to Denton County Sheriff Will Travis. In 2013, the sheriff’s office received a total of 2,499 calls for service. In 2014, the calls for service totaled 2,939. Fire and emergency service calls accounted for about 30 percent of the calls with 305 last year. The sheriff’s office took a total of 141 reports and made a total of six arrests in

2014. In 2013, deputies took 112 reports with seven arrests. Travis said most of the reports dealt with vehicle burglary crimes though some reports of fraud, criminal mischief, burglary of habitation, theft, assault and animal bites were among the total incidents reported last year. Visibility has been key, Travis said, to keeping the numbers from climbing higher, especially in light of the high growth, FM 407 becoming a four-lane thoroughfare and the additional businesses opening nearby. “We’ve done a proactive role rather than reactive,” Travis told board members of Fresh Water District No. 6 during a recent meeting. “In the summertime, we’re putting our crime prevention officers out here. … I think it’s done really well.” In response to a query, Travis said he anticipated some issues with a new grocery store opening soon, especially with theft by children of small items. “There’s

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no question it is going to impact things,” he said. Travis, who is re-aligning the current four sheriff’s patrol districts into six districts to increase coverage, said he expected to start having a deputy in Lantana 24-7 as of April 1. Though he’d like to have a substation nearby, one has not yet been offered. “I would love to have a substation visible here,” he said. Several board members asked Travis about a chase through the streets of Lantana one afternoon in late January resulting in the arrest of an 18-year-old former Lantana resident who was charged with theft in addition to evading arrest/detention. Travis told the board a senior deputy was behind the wheel of the patrol car and, when he passed the suspect, was able to quickly turn around and pursue him. Travis said the deputy would have stopped the chase if he noticed any safety concerns. “We’re very particular about our chases,” he said. “We come back and watch our chases,” Travis added, referring to the video-equipped patrol vehicles and the department’s policy to review all chases to ensure they were engaged properly. “Anything to make it safer, that’s what we’re going to do,” the sheriff said. Travis was also queried on the status of the detention of two Lantana men in early February in connection with a cyber-tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding sexually explicit images of children being uploaded to their computer accounts. Travis said keeping children safe has been a mission of his since his campaign See LANTANALINKS on Page A15


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Around Argyle Continued from Page A6

with recycling and litter prevention. They are working on a brochure that will explain their mission and promote more volunteers for their organization. This is a great way to meet new friends and stay in touch with what is going on in Argyle. If you are interested, please come to a meeting. Currently the board meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm at Argyle Town Hall The Argyle Chamber of Commerce is another active group which promotes Argyle businesses and contributes to the wellbeing of our Town. Attending their functions will keep you educated on future plans for Argyle. On top of all of the great volunteers in Argyle, I need to brag on the Town’s Finance Director, Kim Collins. An audit was performed and presented at the March Council meeting that revealed a financially healthy Town. The auditor expressed how impressed he was with the professionalism and excellent job that Kim has done for the Town’s financial report. Chief Tackett has been working hard on a Town Plan for any catastrophic disasters that could occur and how the Town will notify and protect the Argyle residents. He has obviously worked extremely hard on finding the most effective way to keep us safe. Thank you, Chief! Congratulation to the Lady Eagles Basketball Team for the State victory! March 24th has been declared as Argyle Eagles Basketball Day by the Town Council. This is a great group of girls that we are very proud of! Have a great month and please stay informed. Find a group that you might want to join and volunteer your time. There are so many ways that we can all help while having fun. If you have questions, please call Town Hall at 940-464-7273. Like us on Facebook or call for alternative ways to stay in touch.

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Mira Lilliard (left) and Hannah Adkins celebrate after the Lady Eagles outplayed the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs through four quarters and won the 4A UIL girls’ basketball state championship game 46-25 in the Alamodome on March 7. Coach Skip Townsend, who surpassed 1,000 career wins earlier this season, is highly credited by the players for bringing them to win the state championship.

Craig Chambers, CoServ Area Manager, presented the Argyle Education Foundation with a $15,000 grant at the Argyle Independent School District Board meeting in March.

Argyle Seniors Go Green On St. Patrick’s Day, Argyle seniors dressed in green for a meal of roast beef and gravy furnished by the Argyle Police Department. It was the Argyle seniors’ way of celebrating Christianity that was introduced to Ireland. “Frisco” Stella McDaniel’s service dog wore green too. Lynn Simmons resigned as publicity chairman for the Argyle Seniors and has been replaced with Martha Beavers. If you have any thing you would like Martha to put in the paper she can be reached at 940464-7458. We have a lot of exciting things on our agenda to do in 2015. We are going to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, a trip to Munster and several other items in the planning. The Vintage in Denton has invited the seniors to a Bingo Extravaganza, Wine & Cheese Event on Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment

Friday of each month, they have a pot luck luncheon. The Argyle Police Department furnishes the meat and all attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. After lunch they play Bingo. The next luncheon will be Friday, April 17, and the theme will be Easter so wear your Easter Bonnet or rabbit ears. We are very proud to have Cathy Chenail as our new kitchen coordinator. The 2nd Annual Argyle Community Easter Egg Argyle Chamber of Commerce board member Justin Lubbers and office manager Margie Sullivan present Jim Heath with a lifetime memHunt will be Saturday, April bership award for his dedication and support of the chamber. Heath, 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We 89, was one of the original members of the Argyle Chamber of Comwill have a booth set up at merce and has faithfully renewed his membership every year since the Easter Egg Hunt at Ar1997. gyle High School to sell our cook books for $10 each. will be by Paul Anderson. If you are inWe will also have samples of food from the terested in going, RSVP to 940-384-1500, receipts in the cook book for you to try. Attn: Gwen. For more information, contact Stella McThe seniors meet every week on Monday, Daniel at 940-464-7438. Have a Blessed Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. to exercise Easter! and at 11 a.m. to play games. On the third Submitted by Stella McDaniel

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constructing the trails in 2005 and have continued to build as funds became available. Most recently we were able to open the tunnel under FM 2499 to allow a safe passage. Our newest addition is a connecting being constructed in conjunction with the recently approved Wichita Estates subdivision where we will connect

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the trail at Murray Park to the Highland Village Road trail. When our trail system is complete we’ll connect to HOA trails, sidewalks, shoreline and primitive trails providing a total 116 linear mile network of trails. That’s pretty amazing for a 5.5 square mile community. Also for the fifty cents per day we were able to purchase a piece of Highland Village history. Doubletree Ranch Park will open early this fall and will feature soc-

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cer fields, trails, a splash pad, pavilion and a natural habitat viewing area. In Highland Village, it is our goal to be responsible with our taxpayer’s money, transparent in how their money is spent and conscientious of ensuring they receive the best service and amenities their money can buy. The Dallas Morning News recently revealed the findings of a year-long study of transparency in public entities. I am proud to say that Highland

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Village received an A. We can go one step further and report that our citizens, businesses and customers consistently tell us Highland Village takes customer service above and beyond the normal standard of service. Highland Village city staff, council and I all believe wholeheartedly that we work for our residents, visitors and business community. It is my pleasure to serve this community.

Appraisal of Value In the incredible real estate market where prices are rising, multiple offers are being received in the first few days and properties are sold for above list price, appraisals have become an even greater concern in achieving value. When a contract to purchase a home is entered into between a seller and a buyer, the buyer will send an appraiser to the property to appraise it. The appraisal is done by an independent appraiser hired by the buyer’s lender. The appraisers job is to justify what the buyer is willing to pay by evaluating the condition of the property in relation to the sales price as compared to other like properties in the area that have recently sold. There are three ways an appraiser will determine value, the market approach, cost approach and the income approach. I will focus on the market approach since this is the one that carries the most weight in selling owner occupied homes. This is done not by using the average cost per square foot in the area as most think but instead following a standardized appraoch established by the appraisal industry where at least three comparable properties that have sold in the last three to six months are compared feature by

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feature back to the subject property. There are many items or features that are looked at in the process, such as location, school district, square footage, room count, upgrades, swimming pool, size of the garage etc. Each item is valued and the comparable sale price adjusted to make them as like the subject as possible. After all comparable homes have been adjusted a determination is made by the appraiser as to the value of the home. What the lender is looking for is an appraised value of at least the sales price not the loan amount. It can be any less and there is no advantage to it being any more. One of the things I have always found interesting is when an appraisal is being done on a purchase the appraiser is given the contract and sales price prior to their research; therefore there is a target amount to try and justify. Unlike for a refinance or just a request to appraise where the value could come out higher or lower than someone is willing to pay. Gary Kuhatschek is the Broker for RE/MAX Cross Country located at 1990 Justin Rd. in Highland Village. He can be reached at 972 317-9401.

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and aggravated assaults, the serious crimes most likely to affect residents. Copper Canyon excels in the safety factor. By design, we have no east to west cross streets through the center of our town, so no easy access for criminals to our interior residential streets. Most of our interior streets are minimally traveled by mostly residents with their destination being homes on dead end cul de sacs. Not a thief or criminal’s preferred geographic street layout, because there is no easy, quick exit after a crime Our homeowners have also usually lived in Town for years and personally know their neighbors. They recognize immediately if something is “not normal” for their long time neighbors and alert the Town’s law enforcement. Our dedicated Block Captains for Neighborhood Watch reinforce this safety net. AFFORDABILITY (12.3%) – Based on the median value of a single-family, owneroccupied residence. (Though our homes maintain, and reasonably increase, their property value – they have not skyrocketed to a price that is beyond most families.) GOOD SCHOOLS (7.1%) Based on the quality of the nearby public schools in a study of individual student improvement over time. (We have both Lewisville ISD and Denton ISD to thank for the quality of the nearby schools for our students.) WELL-MAINTAINED and QUIET (6.3%) – Based on the amount of money spent on maintenance of residential property and the percentage of residents making such expenditures. (An overgrown yard or unkempt home in Copper Canyon is a rarity. And, our longtime residents seem to actually enjoy the natural beauty of the green space around their individual homes.) RISING HOME VALUES (3.7%) – Based on the rate of predicted property value increases. (Copper Canyon maintains its home values, even during the recent economic recession, and is usually rated Number Two among area towns for the per square foot

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price of its recently sold homes.) PET-FRIENDLINESS (3.5%) - Based on pet ownership rates. (Copper Canyon had to excel in this category with our numerous beloved dogs, cats, AND horses!) PLACES TO SHOP AND THINGS TO DO (2.9%) – Based on the number of shopping, entertainment, and dining spots within a short drive. (Thank You to our neighboring towns Highland Village and Flower Mound for their fine retail and dining amenities, which Copper Canyon residents so thoroughly enjoy!) COMMUTE (2.4%) – Based on the median commute time of residents working outside the home across all modes of transportation. (Unfortunately, our Town residents also contend with the usual frustration of never-ending road construction and traffic gridlock in the DFW metroplex.) WALKABILITY (2.4%) – Based on the number of shopping, entertainment, and dining spots in the immediate area and the numbers who walk to work or recreation. ATTRACTIVE TREES AND LANDSCAPING (2.1%) – Based on the percentage of residents spending money on landscaping, trees, and gardens and the amount they spent. PARKS AND GREEN SPACE (1.4%) Based on the acreage of public parks and nature areas within a half-mile. (Our Townmaintained equestrian-pedestrian trails on adjacent Corps of Engineers land was probably a substantial factor in this category.) NOTE: How interesting that our Town achieved this metroplex honor with our “rural atmosphere,” attributable to our traditional minimum one acre home sites, and no retail-commercial areas within our boundaries. Thanks to retiring Council Members Charlie Nicholas and Darrin Peterson! Appreciation to both men for their contributions on Council will be in the May edition of “What’s Happening”. Both have increasing business responsibilities that conflict with the time that they can dedicate to being on Council.

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Welcome to new Council Members Bill Castleman and Dave Svatik! Longtime Resident Bill Castleman Unopposed for Council Position #5 Bill Castleman and his wife Lynne Castleman moved to Copper Canyon in 1983, 33 years ago. Lynne trained and breeds horses. Bill grew up in Dallas and attended the University of Oklahoma. Bill has spent over 35 years in TV Broadcasting as a producer, program director, general manager, and COO of a major television group. He has also been the General Manager of an advertising agency in Washington, D.C.; owned and initiated Alpha Graphics print shop in Denton; and been a professional photographer and videographer for 4 years in Jacksonville, Florida and the past 12 years in Texas. Some things people do not know about Bill: (1) He is a private pilot (2) He is a “dowser.” (3) He was a soccer referee in North Texas for over 15 years (4) He was on Copper Canyon’s P&Z for 4 years and P&Z’s liaison to the Town Master Plan Committee in 2004. (5) He has for years voluntarily taken professional photos for the Town’s July 4th Parade, Santa Party for Kids, Volunteer Appreciation Event, College Scholarship Recipients, Denton Mayors Crime Prevention Luncheon, and newly elected Council Members. (6) He has been recently updating the Town’s web site. When Council Member Darrin Peterson decided his business and personal commitments did not allow him enough time to continue being active on Council, Castleman was persuaded to file for the position. He is unopposed in the May 9th Election and will serve out Darrin’s one year term. Many thanks to longtime Copper Canyon volunteer Bill Castleman for being willing to serve on Council!

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NOTE: Bill Castleman is already dedicating his time to our Town. Realizing that “one picture is often worth a thousand words”, he took time to go take photos of the Over-55 Age Restricted Development being built in Keller by the same developer proposing a similar development in Copper Canyon. His photos graphically illustrated the minimal distance between homes (7’ in Keller, 8’ proposed in our Town), and the street appearance of the side-by-side row homes. For the April 13th Council Meeting, Castleman will have photos illustrating the various widths of high density residential lots with homes already built and the various appearance of different side-set back requirements between homes. Some of these photographic illustrations will come from some of the adjacent neighborhoods of Lantana, which have high-density residential developments similar to those proposed by one developer for Copper Canyon. Castleman will also take photos of recently built homes on one acre lots similar to the lot sizes of those of homeowners in our Town. Current Council Member Charlie Nicholas decides to withdraw his filing for ReElection Current 4 year Council Member Charlie Nicholas filed for election to a third two-year term. Then, his company NEConstruction (Nicholas Enterprises) was awarded additional major construction projects. NEConstruction will be building three high rises in Denver, Colorado (the tallest is 30 stories!) And, at the same time, NEConstruction will be building two towers in Fort Worth! Nicholas’s personally owned Construction Company already builds in 17 states, with multiple locations in his home state of Texas. A heartfelt thanks to Charlie Nicholas for the personal time he has been willing to donate to Copper Canyon for Town business. His multi-year experience with construction and development has been invaluable to our Town! Thank you, Charlie! NOTE: Nicholas decided to withdraw after Denton County had approved the printSee MAYOR SUE on Page A16

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other businesses including the Justin State Bank. Justin was incorporated on November 7, 1946, 100 years after Denton County was established. W. I. Bishop was the first mayor. Bishop Park, named in honor of the first mayor, is the site of the “Justin” historical marker. For more information on the THC marker program, contact Beth Stribling, Marker Chair, at 940-241-2523 or bvstribling@ gmail.com; or Roslyn Shelton, Manager of Research and Public Programs at the Denton County Office of History and Research, at 940-349-2860 or roslyn.shelton@dentoncounty.com. Upcoming Elections As we approach the upcoming municipal and school board elections, you’ll want to check to confirm your polling location. Locations may vary from previous

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elections so check our county web site at www.votedenton.com for the most up-todate information. And remember, April 9 is the last day to register in order to vote in the May 9 elections. Also, April 30 is the last day to receive a ballot by mail. Denco Area 9-1-1 District serves as the coordinating agency for 9-1-1 emergency service throughout Denton County and is the organization which implemented and maintains the 9-1-1 system. The district was created by special election in 1987 and is overseen by a locally elected or appointed Board of Manager, which means that all goals and budget decisions are made at a local level. Denco works behind the scenes at a local, state and national level in support of 9-1-1 emergency communications. If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is andy.eads@dentoncounty.com and my office number is 940-349-2801.

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construction and restricts the zoning to businesses that do not interfere with our rural life style. I want to thank the current council. Together we have been able to control commercial development, significantly improve our roads with a long term maintenance plan, and reduce long term spending. We continue to look forward to your input on more ways to improve our country oasis. Let me know your questions or concerns, mayor@townofbartonville.com.

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meeting room for organizations and used by the community. The official unveiling will be held the same night as the Mayor-Council swearing-ins on May 18. It is with much sadness the town learned that Laura Wilkinson passed away the morning of March 25. It was in February that we mourned the passing of her husband Mayor Bill Wilkinson. Ms. Laura was a long time member of the Double Oak Women’s Club, had served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Public Safety Committee. She was a current member of the Board of Adjustment. She was a kind, sweet lady who volunteered often for her community. On behalf of the town, we offer our condolences and support to the family members and we all know Bill and Laura are together once again. God Bless. Some residents have asked about donations in memory of Mayor Bill Wilkinson & Laura. Yes, donations will be accepted at town hall to go towards honoring Bill & Laura. “RE” Ranch Estates District 11-5 Accessory Building The Planning and Zoning Commission will be reviewing this section of our town ordinances to determine if there are any amendment recommendations to forward to town council for consideration. Please check with town hall to see when P & Z Commission meetings are scheduled. These meetings are posted public meetings. Sign Up For Code Red Alerts and Stay Informed Denton County is now providing, for all residents, the opportunity to sign up for Code Red Alerts via www.dentoncounty.com website. This is an important tool to stay informed of severe weather information and other emergencies. You should also think about having weather alerts on your smart phones and weather radios in your homes.

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Double Oak Police Department House Watch Program The Double Oak Police Department provides a House Watch Program when you are out of town traveling. Hundreds of residents use this service each year where you fill out a form and request close patrol. The town and police department are pleased to provide this service to all Double Oak residents. Double Oak Spring Clean-Up Weekend scheduled for May 22, 23, 24 Waste Management containers will be in the town hall parking lot over this weekend for resident use. These containers are only for yard waste items such as tree limbs, bushes and other green yard waste. Discussions at Council Meetings on possible November 2015 Ballot Measures The town council will be discussing putting items on the November ballot for Double Oak citizens to vote on. The item(s) which will be on future agendas for discussion will be Local Sales Tax Options (and all related matters) and calling for an election on those measures in November. Discussions to date have focused on (1) Road Maintenance and Repair; (2) Crime Control and Prevention District. There is an information box on the town website to read more on the subjects. Local Sales Tax Options are voted on by the citizens. The town is dry in legal terms related to sale of beer, wine, alcohol. The town may be approached-petitioned with a Double Oak citizens petition to place item(s) on the November ballot: (example only) for a restaurant that wants to obtain a Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) permit for Food and Beverage Certificate and/or Mixed Beverage Permit. Similar too many sit-down food restaurants in the area already. Local option elections related to alcohol are voted on by the citizens. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact town hall staff. Happy Easter from everyone at town hall


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for office. He said though the men have not yet been arrested, the investigation was ongoing and he expected it to occur soon. He told board members that he contacted the NCMEC once he was elected to make sure he would be alerted if someone was downloading large amounts of child pornography. “It’s our kids and that’s our future and that’s the way it’s going to be as long as I’m sheriff,” Travis said. Garage Sale April 18 Lantana’s Spring Community Garage Sale is Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents can register to participate in the garage sale by emailing their neighborhood and address to emanquero@ insightam.com or calling the Lantana Community Association office at 940728-1660 by 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. The Association will advertise, provide maps and directional signage to each neighborhood, and have a banner at the three main community entrances to ensure a good turnout. People drive from over four hours away to take advantage of the deals, according to Association officials. Everyone is responsible for their own sale in their front yards and no extra signage is allowed. The Association will provide directional signage to each neighborhood. The Lantana Community Association is partnering with Haltom Thrift to offer pick-up of any unsold items after the garage sale and provide a tax-deductible receipt. Haltom Thrift has also offered to set up a manned truck for drop off of item at E.P. Rayzor Elementary School from 12-3 p.m. the day of the garage sale. Proceeds from Haltom Thrift benefit Leukemia Texas (www.LeukemiaTexas. org). To schedule a pick-up, contact Scott Roberts by 6 p.m. on April 16 at Scott@ HaltomThrift.com. Lantana Man Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charge A 42-year-old Lantana man was arrested on March 10 in connection with a charge of sexual abuse of a child continuous: victim under 14, according to the Denton County Raymond Edward Lumsden Sheriff’s Office. Raymond Edward Lumsden posted bond and was released from jail on March 27. Lumsden listed address was in the Magnolia subdivision of Lantana. According to Denton County Jail records, Lumsden has been arrested several times in recent years in connection with charges and warrants for harassment, bond forfeitures, tampering with a government document, violation of probation and failure to identify as a fugitive. Recent Police Calls Mar. 1 - Criminal Mischief - 900 block Crimson Rd. (Gaillardia) - Victim stated

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someone broke the rear driver side window and driver`s side mirror of vehicle. Mar. 1 - Property Theft - 8700 block Thompson Dr. (Brenham) – Theft between $50 and $500 reported by resident. Mar. 3 - Fraud - 8100 block Tyler Dr. (Brazos) - Victim reported an unknown person(s) used his personal information to open an unauthorized account. Mar. 3 - Fraud - 800 block Carolina Way (Wisteria) - Victim stated unknown person(s) used his personal information to file a tax return. Mar. 16 - Warrant Arrest - 9100 block Charles St. (Azalea) - A Plano woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Mar. 17 - Fraud - 1200 block Wilson Dr. (Heritage) - Victim stated unknown person(s) used his personal information to file a tax return. Mar. 18 - Fraud - 900 block Hondo Rd. (Sandlin) - Victim reported a fraudulent 2014 tax return had been filed with the IRS using the victim’s Social Security Number. Mar. 21 - Animal Bite - 8900 block Newton Dr. (Camden) - Victim stated her dog bit her while she was loading it into her vehicle. Mar. 22 - Criminal Mischief - 1000 block Mason St. (Larkspur) - Victim stated someone unknown to him vandalized his truck. Mar. 23 - Public Intoxication - 7000 block Justin Rd. - A 38-year old Grapevine man was arrested for Public Intoxication at a restaurant. Mar. 25 - Fraud - 700 block Peco St. (Navarro) - Victim stated unknown person(s) used her personal information to file a tax return. Development Watch Lantana had 3,093 occupied homes as of March 26, with an estimated population of 10,052. There were 39 new home sales recorded year-to-date as of Feb. 28, with the average new home selling for $430,755 or $134.37 per square foot. Bellaire Addition Phase 3 is the final phase of Bellaire and will connect the Bellaire and Azalea subdivisions. Construction of the roads should be completed in May. Newport Homes will be the builder within the 32 lot subdivision. Garner West is under construction between Simmons Road and the Fairlin addition. Roads should be completed in June. LionsGate Homes will be the builder in the 52 lot subdivision. The planned Reata Addition consists of 90 lots and will be located north of Tanner Parkway adjacent to golf hole 16. This will be the final subdivision within Fresh Water Supply District 6. Builders are anticipated to be Highland Homes and Standard Pacific. Construction is expected to begin this month. A model home for LionsGate is under construction in the Garner addition on Simmons Road.

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ing of the ballots. So, though his name will appear on the ballot for Council Position #4, he requests that no one vote for him. Welcome back to former Council Mem-

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ber Dave Svatik! With Council Member Charlie Nicholas’s withdrawal from the election, former Council Member Dave Svatik will be unopposed for Position #4. Following is the verbatim personal and family Vita that I asked Svatik to provide for the information of Town residents.

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“Dave, his wife Dale, and son Christopher, lived in Highland Village for 8 years before moving to Copper Canyon 17 years ago. Dave has a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University of Chicago and is currently the Senior Vice President of Solution Engineering for SunGard Availability Services based outside of Philadelphia. “Dave’s voluntary service to our town started years ago when he became a member of the Long Range Planning Task Force for Roads. He then spent two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and another four years on the Town Council, and today continues as a member of the Copper Canyon Board of Adjustments. Dave also spent several weekends taking courses to become certified as a member of the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (“CERT”). Dave passed the Federal Communications Commission exams in Morse code, regulations, electronic & radio theory to obtain his General Class Amateur Radio License, and is active on the shortwave and VHF local repeaters. (In fact, he recommends that people tune into 146.920 MHz, which is available on any scanner, during severe weather, for up to the minute reports for our specific area.) On his “off” time, you can find him in front of his amateur radios communicating with people all over the world. “Dave and Dale’s son, Christopher, is a 2013 graduate of Liberty Christian School in nearby Argyle. Upon graduation, Christopher received a nomination from U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess and a subsequent appointment to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. (coincidentally where another Town Council member, Steve Hill, also graduated.) Chris just returned from his first “sea tour” after spending four months sailing on a container ship to Alaska, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia, as part of his four year curriculum. He is now back at school in NY continuing his sophomore year, before embarking on his second sea tour this fall. Both Dave and Dale are active members of the USMMA North Texas Parents Club Association. In fact, Dale just

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baked and shipped 42 dozen cookies to the USMMA’s “Cookie Café,” which provides home baked cookies for the midshipmen each week! Dale currently serves as Copper Canyon Neighborhood Watch Block CoCaptain and has assisted the town with our annual fall Clean Up Day in the past. “If re-elected, Dave would continue to demonstrate that he listens and acts on behalf of the citizens of Copper Canyon. He wants to see the Town’s vision of a Town Center on FM 407 completed while incorporating the town’s core values. He wants to keep our tax rates and staffing low and ensure that we consider the community’s love of a rural environment in decisions that may impact the town. Dave also commits to pursuing the completion of the upgrade to North Chinn Chapel road, and to our key feeder roads such as Woodlands Drive.” Council considers update of 2004 Master Plan for FM 407 Town Center Background: In 2004 a Master Plan was adopted that designated 180 acres adjacent to FM 407 as a Town Center. At that time, the Town Council pro-actively envisioned attracting retail-commercial developments to that area. The resulting sales tax revenue would broaden Copper Canyon’s tax basis and hopefully help fund the Town’s two most pressing needs at that time: (1) quality fire and emergency medical response; and (2) rebuilding 20-30 year old deteriorating Town roads. The first issue was solved with a homeowner vote across 65 square miles to establish Emergency Services District #1. The second issue was resolved by the Town’s Task Force for Roads, which included one member from almost every street in Copper Canyon. The Task Force recommended a town-wide election to authorize $2.5 million in bonds solely to fund the rebuilding of Copper Canyon’s then 25-35 year old residential roads. The bond issue passed by approximately 60% of the votes cast. And, almost 90% of See MAYOR SUE on Page A20

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region. As Americans moved into the southwest, the final piece of eastern woodland they encountered was a pair of long forests separated by a 50 mile wide strip of blackland prairie. These treed bands, called the Ancient Cross Timbers,

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stretched from Kansas to the San Antonio area, and incoming pioneers traveled along the prairie’s edges because of accessible water, game, and wood. American and European immigrants, however, were not the first farmers in our area. Since at least the early 1500s the Wichita Indians, who called themselves ‘the raccoon eyed people’ on account of facial tattooing, farmed and hunted

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around their villages here. By the time of Texas statehood, disease had reduced the Wichitas to about 350 souls living near present-day Oklahoma City. The 1870s Texas frontier agreed with the Morriss orphans who grew up and married local girls then joined the ranks of south Denton County’s Old Settlers. The siblings owned a succession of farms of increasing fertility until James’s son Andrew, and namesake grandson James, acquired a 60 acre plot just north of present day Flower Mound’s comingsoon River Walk. “I grew up here,” said Ralph, the 4th generation of Kentucky Morrisses to live on Cross Timbers land. “I spent most of my adult life on the northeast side of Dallas working as a Production Engineer at Texas Industries.” Other than 4 business trips to Japan for the company, he’s hung around the Lone Star State. “The Japanese people were very gracious in every way,” but the down home Texan said he experienced culture shock, especially in terms of food. “My grandpa and dad farmed, but I learned to garden by helping my mother. I still grow a lot of the same things she did: onions, beets, radishes, carrots, potatoes, beans, peas, cantaloupes, watermelons, and tomatoes.” He does quick mental and verbal math. “I have 10,000 square feet under cultivation.” That means a lot of good eating from rows 200 feet long. His favorite concoction is fresh Celebrity tomato slices and American cheese on bread. The directions are simple, “Slice, stack, eat!” In his estimation the biggest challenge for southern Denton County gardeners is dry, hot weather or a late freeze. “The solution is easy,” he said, “sprinklers and row covers. Of course there are rules about when you can water, but it’s doable.” He flirts with the idea of installing a greenhouse, but so far hasn’t acted. “It would be fun to germinate seeds

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in January.” “People who farmed out here raised cotton, wheat, peanuts, vegetables, and cattle. What I remember is the peanuts,” he said, “and the mule or horse drawn ploughs. My dad bought our first tractor after World War II.” Animal powered ploughing turned into mechanical cultivating. Locals sold their peanuts to a wholesaler in Lewisville then baled the vines for hay which they sold to dairy farmers. “The leftovers are high protein.” Cattle love it. For almost a century after the first settlers arrived, the area around the odd mound that inexplicably rises from the prairie remained a sleepy farm community. Romantics claim the Wichitas performed rituals there. In that universal religious spirit the Summit Club conducts its sunrise community Easter service on the spot every year. “I went to school in Grapevine then graduated from Lewisville High School in 1952,” Ralph said. “What I remember about growing up out here is the way people trusted and helped each other. At harvest time we’d go from one farm to another lending a hand with the crops.” Every summer, decked out in an A&M baseball cap, Ralph still sells fresh picked produce right off his front porch. The Morriss Road curb lays about 20 feet from the old homestead front door and the small remaining acreage parcel. A gregarious soul, he visits with customers, and if he’s out they are bound by old fashioned honor to leave their payment in the jar. There’s plenty for everybody. “I’m still eating frozen beans from 2 summers back.” The system works well. Five years after Ralph graduated in Engineering Technology from North Texas State University (now UNT) the City of Irving annexed his childhood stomping grounds. The 750 member agricultural See MORRISS on Page A24

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with three FM 407 landowners to build three high density residential areas.

Copper Canyon’s residential roads were then rebuilt. Our rebuilt residential roads have an extended multi-year life, because they are lightly traveled by residents and because cul de sacs and interior residential roads are not useful to cross-through commuters. For the last 4 years the Town has underspent its budget and accumulated that money in our Road Fund to rebuild Woodland Drive. (And, as an additional safety net, a half million dollars of the voter-authorized road bonds have never even been issued. But, they could be issued in the event of an unforeseen but necessary road project. (Provision for customary road maintenance is always part of our annual Town budget.) For the Town’s perimeter commuter roads, TxDot has since rebuilt FM 407 and Denton County has since rebuilt Copper Canyon Road, Orchid Hill Lane, and the southern quarter of Chinn Chapel Road. Already passed County bond issues designate funding for rebuilding the remainder of Chinn Chapel Road in concrete. In the near future Woodland Drive and Chinn Chapel Road will be bid as one construction project, which should save money for both Copper Canyon and Denton County. (Larger construction projects attract more bidders, usually with a savings in total construction costs. The contractor has only one set of mobilization costs to spread over both the Town’s and the County’s proposed adjacent road projects.)

South Lake Planner’s advice to update FM 407 Town Center Master Plan Last summer the Council retained Greg Last, Southlake’s planner for 22 years, for his advice on updating the Master Plan for only the FM 407 Town Center area. Last concluded that the Town Center would be primarily residential, with only a small portion possibly accommodating a few garden offices. This was totally contrary to what the 2004 FM 407 Master Plan had envisioned! Instead of overwhelmingly retailcommercial, the FM 407 Town Center would be overwhelmingly residential! And, if that was the realistic forecast, how much residential density of lots per acre should be allowed?

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In the last decade, no offers for retailcommercial development on FM 407 In the decade since 2004, there have been no offers to purchase land from the five FM 407 landowners for retail-commercial development. In the last three years the Vickery family has received 9 Letters of Intent from residential developers to build only homes on various parts of their 101 acres. But, none of those LOIs resulted in an earnest money contract. However, last year two developers signed earnest money contracts

High Density Residential Areas proposed by two Developers for Town Center. Both developers are sponsored by two landowners wanting to sell their relevant acreage in the Town Center. At the January 26th joint meeting of Council and P&Z, two developers proposed high density residential developments for the Town Center. Both developers have contracts to buy from the three landowners actively wanting to sell their relevant acreage in the Town Center. However, as customary, the earnest money contracts are contingent on Copper Canyon’s approval of the projects. Both possible developers would be subject to any standards P&Z and Council may approve in the near future for required “green space” or larger minimum lot sizes or lesser density of proposed homes. The two developers proposed width of home lots were 80’ wide, 70’ wide, 60’ wide, and even just 50’ wide for a proposed Over-55 Age Restricted Development. North Side of FM 407 On the north side of FM 407, one developer proposed 85 home sites on 28 acres immediately to the west of our Estates of Copper Canyon residential subdivision.

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The subdivision was tentatively named Pine Vista, in honor of the row of majestic pine trees that the developer intended to preserve. The residential lot density would be 3 per GROSS acre. The Estates of Copper Canyon, an almost 20 year old subdivision, currently has 35 Copper Canyon home owners on one acre residential lots. Twenty plus residents of the Estates of Copper Canyon came in person and by petition to Town Hall to ask for no more than half acre, preferably one acre, home sites backing up to their existing one acre home sites. Actually, planner Greg Last had suggested just this sort of medium size lot buffering to our current residents in the Estates of Copper Canyon. Both the Council and P&Z Commissioners also appeared to be receptive to this buffering proposal between current and future home sites in our Town. South Side of FM 407 The same developer proposed 190 home sites on 55 acres south of FM 407, and backing up to existing one acre homes in Double Oak. Residential density on that tract would be approximately 4 per GROSS acre. The second developer has proposed an Over Age-55 Restricted Development with 4.6 homes per acre on 34 acres or 161 homes total. (Visualize each one acre home site in the Woodlands and along Rolling Acres Drive with 4.6 homes replacing the one home on those one acre lots now.) Over Age-55 Restricted Developments The major issues here are threefold: (1) Density of homes per acre and minimum space between the homes (2) Percentage of “green space” required in the development as a whole (3) Amenities provided Because of the density of homes customary in an age-restricted development, it is often difficult for a developer to not “clear cut” most of the development site. For mature trees to survive, they need no soil coverage and no disturbance of their roots out to

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a certain perimeter distance from their trunk. This proposed development is zero-lot line on one side of the home and only 8 feet between the homes on the other side. Back yards are minimal in space and usually used to accommodate air-conditioning units. But an increase of the percentage of “green space” could definitely ameliorate this issue of tree loss. However, increased “green space” inevitably means a lesser number of lots for development and a lower profit margin for the developer. At present, Copper Canyon has approximately 500 homes in Town. The two Developers propose an additional 436 home sites on FM 407 – or almost double the current number of homes in our Town. At present, Copper Canyon has approximately 500 homes in Town on 44.1 square miles. To put the proposed residential density in perspective: North of FM 407 – 85 home sites proposed on 28 acres; south of FM 407 - 161 age-restricted home sites proposed on 34 acres and 190 home sites proposed on the adjacent 55 acres. Total proposal by the two developers is 436 home sites along FM 407 – in comparison to 500 homes on minimum one acre plus lots in our Town now. Town Residents overwhelmingly in favor of Maintaining Traditional Minimum 1 Acre Home Sites in 180 acre “Town Center” adjacent to FM 407! Three homes per gross acre is the same density originally proposed by the developer for Pine Vista on the north side of FM 407 and just west of the Estates of Copper Canyon. 85 homes proposed on 28 acres total. Lot widths were predominantly 70’ wide, with a few 80’ wide lots. Side setbacks originally requested were 5’ on either side, but the developer did finally agree to 10’ side yard setbacks or 20’ total between homes. Resulting building pads would be only 50-60’ wide, so difficult to accommodate 3 car garages. Side setbacks increased to 10’ did not reduce the number of lots per See MAYOR SUE on Page A26


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tion honors communities throughout the state that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. As a small example of their long-range planning, Town staff has already been planning our annual Independence Fest on July Fourth for several months! In business news, CTDI has plans to expand and lease another 120,000 square feet of space and hire additional employees in its Lakeside Business District location. The fullservice, global engineering, repair and logistics company recently celebrated its 40th

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the items are “From Texas For Texas.” The Natural Foods grocery section will include a wide assortment of organic products, catering to the growing demand by consumers, Howard said. In fact, as the new concept matured, officials opted to allocate more space to the organics selection, she added. “We have seen double digit growth,” Howard said. “You no longer have to go to a separate organics shop.” Serving the community is part of the Kroger mantra, from helping local PTAs to saving its meat by freezing it at the sell-by dates to lock in freshness and send it to local food banks. “We’re putting it into the hands of people who need it,” she said. In addition, through their Kroger Com-

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anniversary as a company. CTDI opened its Flower Mound location in October 2009 and employs approximately 700 people. As you may have heard, the Town is keeping a close eye on the 84th Texas Legislative Session to ensure Flower Mound’s voice is heard in Austin. Last month, Town Attorney Bryn Meredith, traveled to Austin and testified on behalf of the Town before the House Energy Resources Committee in opposition to detrimental legislation, specifically HB 40. This bill is one of many that, if approved, would diminish or eliminate local control relative to oil and gas drilling operations. If approved, HB 40 would provide drilling companies unrestricted rights at the expense

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of homeowner/citizen rights. HB 539 would have similar effects; and, if approved, would erase municipal regulations by requiring cities to pay the State for any lost State tax revenue because of local oil and gas ordinances. The Town will continue to keep a close eye on these bills, in addition to others that would be detrimental or beneficial to our commu-

nity. You can let your voice be heard in this year’s Town Council election. This year, Election Day is May 9; however, there will be plenty of early voting opportunities. For a list of upcoming election information and dates, please visit www.flower-mound.com/ elections.

munity Awards Program, shoppers can link their cards to preferred non-profits who have enrolled in the program. Monetary donations are then directed to the charity of the customers’ choice based on how much they spend at the store. Another key part of The Kroger Co. mission is to make sure their footprint is Energy Star Certified. The store in Lantana will be built to attain the certification, which takes a while to receive. Skylights are put in to reduce overhead lighting, concrete floors are used and lights in frozen food sections dim when no one is using them. Kroger also has recycling programs for bags and cardboard. Kroger is currently hiring to fill more than 300 employees at the store from part-time to fulltime and from clerks to managers. Anyone interested in applying can visit www. jobs.kroger.com for more information.

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a bit horse shy. “I am deathly afraid of horses … I will not get on one,” she writes in her online blog. “I had to find my place in the arena and it was singing the national anthem.” It all just came naturally to the now 16-year-old Argyle teen – singing, songwriting, playing instruments, appearing on stage. “I knew what I loved,” Abbey said, gently strumming a guitar as she sat on a nearby sofa. Now, as her first song hits radio stations across the Texas market and her second CD in three years is almost out, Abbey is finding her foothold in a competitive market with her soulful sound. “He’s my pecan pie, I’m his sweet ice cream. He’s my clear blue sky, I’m his everything. I’m a lucky girl in his loving arms and he’s my Southern Charm.”

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The lyrics to her songs are catchy at times and old soul at others but her voice adds an unexpected depth to every song. A fan of Taylor Swift - known for her clever, quick ditties that have made her into a household name - Abbey is more the soulful, bluesy country singer. On “Dirt,” which opens with a heavy violin influence, is cleverly written with deeper meaning intertwined with light and airy. “It comes on everyone’s feet; it get in corners where brooms can’t sweep … Grass grows on the bones of the truth. If you’re gonna get to heaven, you’ve got to get a little dirt on you.” Being part of the music industry has been a learning curve for both Abbey and her mother, who also serves as her daughter’s manager. “The music industry has changed so much,” she said, adding the days of being discovered are gone. In today’s technologically-advanced world, upand-coming music stars need to build their own audiences through social media, websites, YouTube videos and more

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to get the attention of the established music industry. “They have to build their own base,” Melissa Cone said. Recognizing the strength of her talents, Abbey’s parents built their daughter a studio on the property where she can be found regularly practicing and perfecting her skills. Her CD, Abbey Cone Collage, features three songs she penned with other songwriters including “Just Like This,” “Southern Charm,” and “I’ll Be Your Someone.” In her spare time between performances, studio work and homeschool lessons, Abbey carves out time to go to Cook Children’s Hospital where she sings to the children. “Life ain’t perfect; can’t have a rainbow without rain; shade ain’t such a bad place to be; who says concrete isn’t a place for a rose.” Her visits to the children’s hospital brings the family full circle. It is that hospital where Abbey’s older sister was a preemie undergoing numerous surgeries. Abbey began volunteering last summer. As part of a drum circle, a little 5-year-old girl crawled into Abbey’s lap – from that moment on, Abbey knew she wanted to give something back. And so she did. Abbey will be performing several upcoming shows including the Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival in Stephenville on April 24 and, in keeping with her dedication to giving back, the Cook Children’s Hospital Alumni Private Party on April 30. In May, she’s slated to be on stage for the Main Street Days in Grapevine, the Palace Arts Center in June and the Midland County Fair in August. In February, she and her sister, Darby, performed at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – one atop a horse and one on stage. For those seeking a glimpse into her music portfolio, visit http://www.abbeycone.com/ for a few of her latest songs. The new CD will feature 15 songs, offering three additional free songs with the usual 12. Others can visit her website to read her blog, updated with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at performing on stage to sharing the family’s pumpkin pie recipe – a tasty generational heirloom. She’s easy to find on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube – just type in her full name – Abbey Cone – and it’ll take you straight to a smorgasbord of songs, photos, videos and more. Regardless of what the future brings, Abbey’s doing what she loves and what she believes she was meant to do. “It’s me paired along with God’s plan,” she said. “It’s a God thing.” Her mother agrees: “I think God has opened the doors… She’s been very dedicated and driven.”

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Lantana and surrounding communities are likely to see more snakes as the weather continues to get warmer. With the recent activity, Mark Norton of the Lantana Community Association, says they will again use the services of a snake wrangler to check near the swimming pools and the north pond in the public areas. He suggests residents be aware of their surroundings and, if a snake is spotted, to call Denton County Animal Control Services at 940349-1600. Texas is home to more than 105 species and subspecies of snakes with only 15 of them potentially dangerous to people and pets, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife. Copperheads have chestnut or reddishbrown crossbands on a lighter colored body and are generally found in rocky areas and wooded bottom lands. The broadbanded copperhead, usually about 2 feet long, are found in central Texas. Cottonmouths, also known as water moccasins, can be dark brown, olivebrown, olive green or almost solid black. It is commonly found in rivers, ponds and streams, deriving its name from the white tissue inside its mouth which can be seen when the snake feels threatened. It averages about 3.5 feet in length. Rattlesnakes, generally around 2 feet in length, are light gray with brown oval blotches along the middle of the back and smaller blotches on each side. They are usually in grassland, marshes and swamps. The prairie rattlesnake is a slender rattler of greenish or grayish color with rounded blotches in the middle of its back. It can be up to 3 feet long on average. Tips for homeowners or people enjoying the outdoors include: 1. Keep the lawn around your home trimmed low 2. Remove any brush, wood, rock or debris piles from around the home. 3. Always wear shoes while outside and never put your hands where you can’t

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Hospital Flower Mound. Meanwhile, a neighbor and a firefighter killed the snake, described as being between 18 inches to around 2 feet long. Herr, who was snagged by only one fang, says he was surprised that the snake knew exactly where to bite him. Wearing shoes, Herr said only the area around his ankles was uncovered. The snake bit him right on the bone of his left ankle. “I didn’t know until later that snakes can sense body heat,” he said, adding that he has done more research on snakes after having the close encounter with the copperhead. The venom of a copperhead acts like a coagulant, which can cause different issues in the human body than the venom from a rattlesnake. Though he received the anti-venom, Herr suffered A-Fib while in the hospital and later had to undergo physical therapy to get back to running in marathons. “It was one to two months before I was feeling truly better with some sense of normalcy,” he said, adding it was at least a week before he could begin walking on his leg. Recalling the incident, Herr said he never expected to find a snake in his yard, which doesn’t back up to any wooded areas. His house is several blocks away from the 9th hole at the Lantana Golf Course. However with spring’s arrival so too comes more movement as snakes venture away from their wintry hideouts. Michael McComb’s family pet died after being bitten near Lantana’s north pond in an area where he has watched children fishing. It was the second year in a row that a family pet had been bitten by a snake – only, the first time, the dog survived. McComb said they believed their dog was bitten by a water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth.

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see them. 4. Be careful when stepping over fallen logs and rock outcroppings 5. Take care along creek banks and underbrush. Snakes try to escape when threatened but will bite when surprised or cornered, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife. If you think a snake has bitten you, always assume the worst: 1. Look for fang puncture marks. Symptoms include an immediate burning pain at or near the bite site with progressive swelling with minutes. 2. Identify the species of venomous snake that bit you. Have someone take care of the snake to keep it from biting anyone else. 3. Stay as calm as possible to reduce spread of the venom and onset of shock. 4. Reduce movement as much as possible 5. Wash the bite area with disinfectant

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if possible but DO NOT make incisions over the bite marks 6. Get to a medical facility as quickly as possible. Anti-venom treatment is generally most effective within the first four hours of being bitten and is considered ineffective after 8-10 hours. Phillip Herr, who could not have known a walk in his fenced yard inside his suburban neighborhood would lead to a snake bite, says he is now more aware of the potential. Nowadays, the civil litigation attorney keeps a pair of boots and a flashlight handy – just in case he needs to step outside after dark. “I never would have thought there would be a copperhead in our backyard,” he said, adding that just hours before he was bitten, his wife and two young children were having a picnic in the backyard not far from where the snake was lurking. “I’m glad it was me and not anyone else in my family,” he said.

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community transformed themselves into the town of Flower Mound. The big engine of change was the coming of DFW International Airport which put the place on the suburban map. In the last 55 years the population grew by well over 6,000%. That’s not a typo, the number has 3 zeroes. In the 2010 census Flower Mound boasted almost 65,000 residents from all walks of

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life. In 2009 Ralph’s body tossed a proverbial gauntlet at his feet in the form of a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. “That was a shock. It was laying dormant in my body all these years. I had to get more active.” Refusing to back down to bad news, he took up walking. If you guess he’s an around-the-block kind of oldster creaking behind a walker, try again. He logs 5 miles a day--every day--and shows off no nonsense athletic

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At age 80, Ralph Morriss continues to stay active planting on what was once his family’s peanut farm.

shoes to prove it. Sitting in a kitchenette chair, his shod foot shoots up in the air, almost to shoulder height then the limber leg drops with controlled ease. “These guys keep my blood sugar stable.” Good shoes and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. There isn’t an ounce of fat on the spry octogenarian’s fit frame. “The key is learning to pace yourself,” he said. Breast cancer has reared its head in the Morriss family on multiple occasions too close for comfort as far as Ralph is concerned. In 2012 he completed his first Komen 3-Day challenge, a 60 mile walk to raise money for research. Not counting blisters he enjoyed the experience so much he did it again in 2013 and 2014. “You get tougher with practice.” “I have 3 goals for this year’s Komen 3-day,” he said holding up fingers, “80-8-6.” This year is his big eight-oh birthday, he plans to raise $8,000, “and I am recruiting 6 new race participants.” Flower Mound’s most recent claim to fame is that Ralph is the second oldest person nationally to participate in and complete the Komen trek. If you’re interested in helping with his goals, contact him at ralphmorriss@gmail.com, or log on to the Komen website, click the

3-day icon, find his name, and donate or get busy or both. Why is the family name spelled with a double s at the end? If Mister Peabody set the Way Back Machine to sometime around the American Revolution, we’d discover the early Morrisses were not Tories. To make sure other patriots understood their sentiments, the family, which may have originated in Wales, or maybe Ireland or Scotland, gave us the unusual spelling now memorialized as the name of the road they donated to the area. Ralph’s words of wisdom to mankind are summed up by an outdated country song. “I can’t remember who wrote or sang the piece, but it said live fast, love hard, die young, and leave a beautiful memory.” That may be a 20-something song writer’s inexperienced view of things, but living and loving well in order to leave a beautiful memory is certainly what Ralph Morriss has been up to in the past 80 years. Contact the writer at noellemhood@ gmail.com


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acre, but did decrease the width of buildable home pad sites to only 50-60 feet. 24 Town Residents made time to attend a very lengthy multi-hour P&Z meeting March 23rd. A dozen Residents sent emails. There was unanimous Resident support for maintaining the Town’s traditional minimum one acre home site in the 180 acres adjoining FM 407, previously designated in the 2004 Master Plan as a “Town Center”. My sincere thanks to P&Z Commissioners Tom Reed and former Council Member John Brothers. They “listened” to the many Copper Canyon Residents who came

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in person to the Council Meeting or took the time to send thoughtful emails. And, both Reed and Brothers respected the opinions of their fellow neighbors. P&Z delays decision on any possible “Mixed Use” in the FM 407 Town Center Chairman Janet Aune insisted on “reserving” the issue of possible office-retail areas in the Town Center mixed with the residential areas. Commissioner Andre Nicholas, an experienced builder, said that it was “highly unlikely” that type of “mixed use” development would occur in the Town Center. Town Attorney Terry Welch commented that “mixed use” would require “extremely detailed planning.”

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P&Z Commissioner John Brothers suggested eliminating the Planner’s recommendation on the North side of FM 407 for a 1-2 acre grassed open space (plaza?) surrounded by a possible 20 acre “Town Center” of “mixed use” retail-commercial and town homes. (The Council had previously rejected the Planner’s suggestion of “brownstone” multi-story zero-lot-line homes that had been very popular in Southlake.) Brothers reasoned that the entire “Town Center” concept, as envisioned in the 2004 Master Plan, no longer appeared to be realistically feasible. Mayor Tejml cautioned that the Town did not have a Parks Department to maintain a public plaza. And a developer would probably not want to build and maintain public restrooms to accommodate guests at any “open air” event at a private park. Council may vote on Some Issues at possible Joint P&Z Meeting April 13th Council and P&Z have twice met jointly to discuss the future of our Town Center on FM 407. No action was proposed at the prior meetings, so that neither governmental body would feel pressured to make a hasty decision. But Council and P&Z may take some action at the April 13th, Monday 7 p.m. meeting at Town Hall. Or, Council and P&Z may postpone action to a later date. The required public notices have been posted for some action at the past February 23rd Meeting or postponement of action to a later date. Issues for consideration, for the Town Center only, are: (1) Residential Lots: a) Minimum lot size, maximum lot density per acre, or combination of both. b) Required setbacks for homes on lots – front, back, and side setbacks. (2) “Green Space”: a) Minimum percentage of “green space” (i.e. “open space”) per development area. b) Clear definition of what qualifies as “green space”. At present, the definition includes retention-detention ponds (probably banded by some lawn or landscaped areas), designated wooded areas, private subdivision parks, and landscaped subdivision entrances. These areas would be maintained by the relevant Homeowners Association. Green Space does not include any part of a residential lot or road right-of-way. (3) Minimum width of paved surface for vehicles between curbs:

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This is an important safety feature to ensure that emergency vehicles (fire engines and ambulances) can easily pass between vehicles parked on opposite sides of the street. Council and P&Z remain adamant on requiring a safe street width to accommodate emergency vehicles! (4) Over-55 Age Restricted Single Family Residential Developments: a) Whether to allow “age-restricted” developments generally in the Town Center; or whether to restrict them to the western side of the North Town Center, so that the high density smaller homes do not back up to existing one acre residential home sites in the Estates of Copper Canyon and in Double Oak. b) And if Age Restricted developments allowed, the required green space, residential lot density per acre, and/or minimum lot size. c) And any pertinent legal requirements or restrictions. The HOA would need to enforce the “age restriction” limit. Copper Canyon would NOT do so because of possible legal liability for governmental entities under federal anti-discriminatory rules for protected classes. Input from Town Residents is Important! Council and P&Z would appreciate your taking the time to give your input. We are at a crossroads as to our Town’s future via the Town Center on FM 407. You are always welcome to come to meetings at Town Hall and express your recommendations in person. But, if your time is pressed for whatever reasons, please take a few moments to send your comments and evaluations via email to TownAdminstrator@coppercanyon-tx.org with a cc to suecoppercanyon@ aol.com. Please give your name and home address in town. Though we respect the input from neighbors outside Copper Canyon and relevant landowners and possible developers, persons living in Copper Canyon are the ones most impacted by any future development. All emails will be available to Council, P&Z, and the public. The timely input of suggestions from homeowners in Copper Canyon will be much appreciated by me, our Council Members, and our P&Z Commissioners!

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Protecting your Foot & Ankle – Tips from a Flower Mound Podiatrist By Dr. Davey Suh, DFW Foot and Ankle, P.A.

Some of the most common ways to get injured while playing sports are ankle sprains and breaks. A 2014 survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed that one out of every four adults feels unable to exercise because of foot pain, and 39 percent said they would exercise more if their feet didn’t hurt. As a podiatric physician and specialist of the foot, my goal is to keep people walking and functioning comfortably. Myths About Foot or Ankle Injuries • It can’t be broken because I can move it. - FALSE! Many are still able to walk after sustaining breaks in the smaller, outer bone of the lower leg or a small chip fracture. • If you break a toe, immediate care is not necessary. - FALSE! With prompt attention and x-rays, a podiatrist will be able to develop the correct treatment plan. • Applying an elastic bandage to a severely sprained ankle is adequate treatment. - FALSE! Ankle sprains could mean torn or overstretched ligaments, so seek immediate care. To help avoid sports related foot and ankle injuries make sure you choose the best footwear for each activity in which you participate. Each sneaker provides a different type of support.

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What Shoe Should I Wear for What Sport? • Basketball, tennis, and volleyball: Thick, stiff sole that gives support. Also, for basketball, look for high-top sneakers to support the ankle during quick changes in direction. For volleyball, consider a lighter shoe with less midsole support. • Football and lacrosse: With frequent sideways movements, good high ankle support is important. Also, traction on both wet and dry fields is important. Proper traction on shoes can help prevent injury. • Soccer: Shoes with good quality footbed to provide proper arch support are recommended. Also, consider using molded rubber cleats instead of the screwon options. • Baseball/softball: Shoes with arch support are important for baseball. Consider using inserts called orthotics to help with arch pain. There should be no more than a half-inch of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe. • Running: A good shoe will give you maximum shock absorption. Don’t forget to match your shoe to your foot’s arch type and replace shoes after 300-500 miles! Always remember, hand-me-down shoes and ill-fitting footwear can increase the danger of ankle injuries. Applying these tips to daily life will help insure you maintain the ability to walk comfortably for a long time! Contact DFW Foot and Ankle, P.A., 2281 Olympia Drive, Suite 200, Flower Mound, TX 75028 at 972-899-2170. Dr. Suh is an active physician at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound and a current member of the medical executive committee. Dr. Suh is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine and completed Podiatric surgical residency at Cornell University/Wyckoff Height Medical Center in New York. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is a joint venture owned by Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and meets the definition under federal law of a physician owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

Taming that Doggone Sweet Tooth

By Chani Overstreet, Owner of Strada Fitness & Wellness

One of the most common complaints I hear as a trainer is, “I’ve been doing so well with my eating, except for my darn sweet tooth.” Well, I think it’s safe to say that most people feel the same way. So the good news is, you’re not alone! But what causes us to have those sometimes-uncontrollable cravings for sweets? Is it a lack of self-control? Let’s explore one of the possible reasons we get these “sweet teeth,” and what steps we can take to fend off the urge to indulge! Causes of the Infamous Sweet Tooth We all know the feeling. You’re eating dinner and all you can think about is what’s for dessert. Or maybe you’re at the office and you can hear the little mini Reese’s calling your name. (Don’t laugh. I’ve heard them.) No matter what the situation, the urge can be unbearable at times! Why is this? It’s been proven that sugar can have an addictive effect on your brain. Basically, what this means is that when you indulge in junk foods loaded in sugar, your brain releases dopamine (a neurotransmitter that gives you “warm fuzzies”). So, during the time you are consuming some form of sugary junk food, your brain is releasing a feel-good sensation throughout your body. You’re getting a very real “sugar high.” Many studies have been conducted on this so-called sugar high. One of the most interesting was done by a professor from Princeton University, Bart Hoebel. He used rats to demonstrate sugar’s effects on the brain. For one full month, Dr. Hoebel

fed his test subjects nothing but high sugar fluids. During this time, he noted that the rats’ dopamine receptors were activated. The animals became addicted to the sugar fluid and wanted more and more each day. Over the course of the month, the rats developed more dopamine receptors in their brains. At the conclusion of his research, Hoebel took the rats off the sugar fluid diet and noted that they exhibited classic symptoms of withdrawal. Crazy, right? If rats can become literally addicted to sugar as if it were a drug, in just one month’s time, it’s not hard to see how our very own sweet tooth can become virtually uncontrollable. Okay, so now what? Now that we understand a little bit more about the effects sugar can have on our brain, let’s not overlook the toll it can take on your body! Most sugary-sweet junk foods are also loaded with fat and calories. This can wreak havoc on your health and fitness goals! So the next time you’re eating dinner or sitting in your office surrounded by junk food, remember this: Your body does not need that sugar! Take a deep breath and remind yourself of the harm it can do to your brain, as well as your body. Treat sugar like an addictive drug if you have to. Keep telling yourself: It’s just not worth it! You have self-control in other areas of your life. Use it to tame those urges caused by your sweet tooth! After all, wouldn’t it be better to have a sweet body? Chani Overstreet is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Strada Fitness & Wellness Center with her husband, Luke. Strada is a state-of-the-art fitness studio located at 3041 Churchill Drive, Suite 100, in Flower Mound, across from Lifetime Fitness. Call 972.330.4300 or visit www. StradaFitness.com for more information.


April 2015

Giving the Outside of Your Home a Bubble Bath By Robert Whipple – Owner of Southern Painting Coppell/Flower Mound

Think about it. No, I mean really think about it. The exterior of your home never gets a bath. Your boat, cars and motorcycles routinely are given a bath to clean them and preserve their paint. In addition people that really want to preserve the paint of their car will have it waxed at least once a year. And to emphasize that point, where does your car live? For many of us, our car lives inside the garage where it’s nice, warm and safe from the elements. My car even has a security blanket. I know your home will not fit in the garage. That’s the very reason you should give your home a bath every year or every two years at the very least. Think about all the pollution and contaminants that are in the air that affect the surface of your home on the outside. If you add mildew to the equation - well, I think you get the picture. You will see amazing things happen when you start to really take care of the exterior of your home by giving it a bath. First, you will notice your exterior painting job lasts longer and your home will look clean!! It’s like changing the oil in your car; it’s just maintenance. So the next question is how do I wash my home? I would encourage you to find someone in your area that specializes in the field of power washing homes. They are trained about the right detergents for

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LOCAL EXPERTS removing mildew and other pollutants that are safe for the environment, your vegetation and your pets. Most importantly, they should have the know-how to safely reach high areas of your home. Even if you are a do-it-yourselfer, I would not recommend climbing on a ladder to wash your home. This can be very dangerous. With that being said, if you have decided to wash your own home you’re going to need to get a small to medium sized power washer. It is very important to always use low-pressure. Obviously, use only detergents intended for the power washer that do not harm your vegetation. Work in small sections. Spray off the detergent and grime starting from the top and working downward. Unless you have a heavy case of mold or mildew, 95% of the time scrubbing your home is not necessary with an affective power washer. You should never use direct pressure on windows or doors. If you have a one-story there’s absolutely no reason that you can’t wash your home at least once a year yourself even if you just get out the garden hose and use mild detergent and give it a good going over. You can do that in less than 45 minutes - bottom line, it’s just that simple. One other point, if you’re going to paint the outside your home yourself, it is critically important that you have it cleaned thoroughly to remove the dirt and, even more importantly, the mildew. Then let it dry for at least one to two days before you apply any primer or paint to the exterior. In closing, our homes represent a sizable investment to say the least. It just makes good commonsense to do routine maintenance on the exterior of your home which includes washing it. It’s getting late and I need to go get in my scrumptious bubble bath.

RMD Rules to Know at Tax Time

By Ken Kendall, CFP, CLU, Kendall Financial LLC. Member, Wealth and Wisdom Institute

Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) Many of the columns I write are in response to questions I am asked in my financial planning practice, and questions often come up in relation to RMD’s. This is particularly true early in the year, partly because of tax forms that are sent out shortly after year end. If you have an IRA, you may have received Form 5498, or Form1099R, and/or perhaps a letter from your Plan provider advising you of the RMD for this year. Hopefully you DID NOT receive a letter saying you failed to take your RMD!. OUCH!! So here is an overview of the some of the rules governing RMD’s. In January of each year, plan providers normally send out Form 5498, which is a statement of your account balance as of the previous 12/31. The account balance on 12/31 is what determines the RMD for the following year. The IRS divides the account balance by your life expectancy, and the resulting number is your RMD. The divisor gets larger each year, because your life expectancy gets smaller. The RMD becomes effective during the year in which you turn age 70 1/2, and will apply every year until you die, or your account balance reaches Zero. So for 2015, you will be subject to RMD if you were born before July 1, 1945. Even after your death, however, RMD’s may continue to apply, because your beneficiaries may be subject to RMD’s as a “Decedent or Beneficiary IRA” owner. The rules are different for spouse and non-spouse beneficiaries, but if you are the

beneficiary of an IRA, be sure you become familiar with the RMD rules that may apply to you, because the penalty for not taking enough withdrawal to meet the RMD, is 50% of the amount you should have withdrawn. So for example, if your RMD is $10,000 but you only withdraw $8000, the penalty would be 50% of the $2000, or $1,000. Plus you would still need to withdraw the RMD and pay tax on it. So failing to take the full RMD carries a stiff penalty. One thing to understand is that RMD’s don’t necessarily need to be taken from each IRA separately. As long as the total RMD is taken from the total value of all your IRA’s, it doesn’t matter how much is taken from each one individually. A common mis-understanding is to assume you can over withdraw one year, and credit the overage to the next year. Sorry, that is not possible. Unlike rollover minutes from your cell phone provider, overages from your IRA RMD are not carried forward. Excess withdrawals may help to reduce next year’s RMD, but only because the account balance was reduced; the RMD calculation each year will still be based on your attained age and the 12/31 account value. A question I am often asked is “at what age can I get my IRA out with no tax?” Unfortunately the answer is NEVER. Withdrawals from an IRA will ALWAYS be taxable, either by the participant, or the beneficiaries. I’ll be glad to discuss some strategies to reduce or minimize the tax impact, but they cannot be avoided. If you have questions about your RMD, or any other questions about your IRA, or other qualified retirement plan account, please feel free to call or email me. And if you haven’t gotten a 2nd opinion on your retirement plan, or your overall financial plan, maybe you should! If you are a reader of this article, I’ll gladly provide a 2nd opinion for you at no charge or obligation. Happy Spring!


April 2015

Time for a Spring Check-up By Albert Gutierrez, Operations Manager, Kwik Kar Flower Mound

Cue the horns and fireworks - April is National Car Care Month! If you still have room on your calendar for one more National Car Care Month event (wink wink), Kwik Kar Flower Mound would like to invite you to stop in during the month of April and pick up a free 75-page Car Care Guide. This truly helpful tool is published by the Car Care Council, a consumer education program developed by the Auto Care Association. It outlines in easy-to-understand language and illustrations typical maintenance and repair, your car’s various systems, how caring for your car can help the environment, and more. This would be a handy booklet for anyone, especially a first-time vehicle owner or a young driver. The survey says . . . Just like your teeth, your pool, your roof, routine maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle in great shape. But a recent survey by the Car Care Council found the following statistics: 22 percent of cars had low or dirty engine oil. 20 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid. 17 percent had dirty air filters. 16 percent had inadequate cooling

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LOCAL EXPERTS protection or low coolant levels. 15 percent had inadequate or contaminated power steering fluid. 12 percent needed new belts. It’s All About That Belt Last on that list but extremely important are belts. Most newer cars use one belt, a serpentine belt, to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering, and air conditioning compressor. As you can see, it’s a really big deal if this belt fails. Belts break down over time due to heat, mileage, incorrect tension, and age. Statistics show that the chance of belt failure goes up significantly after four years or 36,000 miles, with the 50,000 mile mark being critical. It’s difficult for the untrained eye to spot a damaged belt because they tend to wear from the inside out. Fortunately the car care experts at Kwik Kar Flower Mound check your car’s belt(s), pulleys, and hoses at each oil change. In fact they check all of the items in the survey mentioned here. So those folks at the top of the list with low or dirty engine oil really need to bring their vehicle to Kwik Kar Flower Mound today! Happy National Car Care Month! And don’t forget - you’re welcome to stop in at Kwik Kar Flower Mound to pick up a free Car Care Guide during the month of April and, if you’re new to our location, check us out and say hello. Visit Kwik Kar of Flower Mound at www.gokwikkar.com.

What Does Being a Stayat-Home Parent Cost You? Most working parents can relate to the desire to be with their children at every milestone. On the other hand, careers often provide satisfaction and a dual income that is important to the family. Mothers Jeffery Price and, to an increasing degree, fathers must consider whether or not to stay at home with their children—a choice that can be difficult and very personal. One of the most immediate and pressing concerns in making the decision to stay at home is if the family can afford to live on just one income; however there are longerterm factors to consider: How would a career break affect our family’s long-term financial security? What about our ability to save for our children’s education—or our own retirement? Will I lose career momentum if I take a few years off? The reality is that there are pros, cons and tradeoffs in every situation, but there are ways to alleviate some of the stressors and prepare including: • Will taking time off to stay home hurt my earning power later? Seventy-three percent of women seeking to resume their careers after spending several years at home had trouble finding a comparable job, according to a study conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation in 2010. The study found those who were hired lost 16 percent of their earning power. Both men and women should consider what the job market will look like when they are ready to return to work. The good news is that more and more employers are creating programs to smooth the return to work for stay-at-home parents. It also helps to continue networking and potentially even doing some work from home to get a foot in the door when you’re ready to return.

• Are there any financial advantages to having one parent at home? Short answer is yes. You’ll save on commuting costs, and your clothing budget will probably go down. The huge advantage is that you won’t be on the hook for child-care expenses. In 2012 the average annual cost of having an infant in center-based care exceeded annual tuition and fees at a four-year public college in 31 states and the District of Columbia, according to the advocacy group Child Care Aware of America. • Could my career break affect our retirement savings plans? If you’re not able to contribute to a 401(k) or an IRA, your spouse should consider maximizing his or her contributions if possible, to save for both of you. Once you each turn 50, you can take advantage of a catch-up provision that allows you to contribute greater amounts to your 401(k) s or IRAs. Additionally, your spouse can also contribute to a spousal IRA for you. Note: if you do some work while at home, you may be entitled to contribute to a SEP IRA for small business owners. • What about Social Security? Will my benefits be reduced if I don’t work for a few years? Social security benefits are calculated based on your 35 highest earning years, so leaving the workforce for a few years will have a limited impact on your benefits. You could potentially feel some impact if you lose earning power on your return to work and don’t catch up over time. • With only one income, can we still save for our kids’ college education? Yes, in most cases, you can catch up when you go back to work. Keep in mind that college should be a second priority after saving for retirement because your child can get help paying for school, but you’re on your own when it comes to retirement. In the end, your heart is going to have a big say in these decisions, but understanding how each choice can affect you financially will help you make a more clear decision. Regardless of your decision, make sure you have a plan for your short-term and longterm finances. For more information, contact Jeffery Price in the Southlake, Texas office at 817410-4940 or Jeffery_price@ml.com

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LOCAL EXPERTS It’s Time for Policy Review By Jim Bridges, State Farm Insurance With spring’s arrival comes the stormy season, making it an excellent time to review your homeowner’s insurance policy. The last 7 years of weather in Texas - especially the big hail storm in 2011 - have been costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. And the 2015 season is just starting. Several factors have contributed to the costly situation – from the rising costs of a new roof to

The Gift of Guilt By Julia Rogers Professional Organizer Never Enough Time

Are you holding on to toys never used or enjoyed by your child that you didn’t purchase? Are your closets overflowing with and linens and Precious Moments from your dear Great Grandma Francis? When friends and family give you or your family a gift there seems to be this terrible attachment of guilt if you were to even think about throwing away, donating or re-gifting no matter how unnecessary the item is. The time has come to free yourself from Gift Guilt. If your home is becoming unmanageable because you are holding onto items you don’t use or need then where is the gift in that? Tackling the tricky Gift issue is tough. We hear it all the time “I hate that thing, but my Father-in-law gave it to me, I can’t get rid of it” or “We keep getting so many toys from my parents and we just don’t have the room, I don’t know what to do.” The people who give you gifts love you

the low interest rate environments that prevent insurance company reserves from working as hard as before. And, with all of the new construction, a storm that may have affected 100 homes a decade ago could now affect 1,000 homes today. As a result, homeowners have seen insurance rates climb in recent years. What many are unaware of is that while the cost of insurance has gone up, the coverage most companies offer has gone down. With the deregulation of insurance in 2001, at least 120 different companies are writing homeowners insurance policies. Prior to the deregulation, every company had an HOB policy. Now, each company has a different policy. Long gone are the days when someone could get a quote on a home for the same value with the same deductible and choices based on the best prices. Today, homeowners need to dig a lot deep-

er into the nuts and bolts of their policies to find out what they are getting for their money. Just because you see an insurance company advertise on TV every day, it does not mean you have the coverage you think you do. Many companies do not cover things like slow water leaks, slab leaks, accessing slab leaks or backup of sewers and drains. Some companies may cover these items with an endorsement but the coverage stops at $5,000 in damages. One of the top homeowner’s insurance companies in the state has an endorsement on the policy depreciating the roof every year and paying the clients “actual cash value” instead of replacement cost. That’s what we mean by digging deeper into homeowner’s insurance policies. If you have changed homeowner’s insurance in the past few years to save a few dollars on the insurance premium costs or if you have not met

and want you and your family to be happy. If you are struggling to keep up and these gifts are making your life harder then it’s time to do something about it.

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Address it head on with honesty: Talk to the generous person and suggest alternatives. This seems gauche but as a person who loves to give gifts, I’d much rather the receiver enjoy what I’m spending my money on. For instance for kids, suggest donating to a college fund or giving the gift of an experience like rock climbing or movie tickets. Keep on Giving: Making charitable donations can be a great way to feel less guilty about freeing yourself from a present you will never use or don’t have the room to keep. Really research what you feel passionate about and see if your gift can go to help others. Be Specific: On shower, birthday and holiday invites you can lay out the brick work for getting better gifts by directing people to the items you really need. Registries aren’t just for weddings and babies anymore. Julia Rogers is a professional organizer with Never Enough Time. Call Never Enough Time at 914-620-2399.

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Projecting Assets By Virginia N. Hammerle

It is all a matter of timing. It is legal to take steps to protect your assets. It is not legal to take steps to defraud your creditors. Simply put, plan ahead. If you are going to be proactive about protecting your assets, then do it before you are in imminent danger of losing them. Here are some of the warning signs that it may be too late: • You have been named as the party to a lawsuit. • You have ever filed for bankruptcy. • A company with whom you are closely connected has ever filed for bankruptcy. • You are undergoing an audit by a tax authority. • You are not current on your federal, state and local tax reporting and payments. • A legal action is being threatened against you.

with your agent in the past 3-5 years, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Many agencies will sit down with you and go to a third party website to break down the policies and show you the differences from one company to another. For most Americans, our homes are our biggest investment. But, unfortunately, the insurance coverage protecting your major investment has likely changed. So, before hail season starts in earnest, take the 10 to 15 minutes of your time to review your policy and find out what is or is not covered and how your insurance company pays. It’ll be worth your time.

• You have the borrower or a guarantor on a loan (this is a factor that must be analyzed for your true exposure). • You have ever been convicted of a crime (the type of crime is important). • A company with whom you are closely connected has been convicted of a crime. • You are under investigation by the government. • The assets you want to transfer are proceeds from an illegal activity. • If you proceed with the transfer of assets, you will no longer be solvent. Assuming you can legally take steps now, there are several common ways to protect assets. Popular strategies are to use a Limited Liability Company, an Irrevocable Trust, a gifting program, or a combination of the three. Call us for a free consultation in our Lewisville office. Virginia Hammerle is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice. ©2015

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Come for a mammogram. Stay for the fun. Join us for mammograms, munchies and more!

Physician Spotlight Article: Learn the Early Signs of Autism By Jennifer Pape, MD, 18 and Under MD Pediatrics

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, I want to help increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to help families be aware of warnings signs and symptoms. Early identification of ASD (before school age) can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and become successful in school and in the future. What is Autism? First described in medical literature in the early 1940’s, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines ASD as a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. ASD includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. Causes and Risk Factors There may be many different factors that make a child more likely to have an ASD, including environmental, biologic and genetic factors. Most experts agree there are a few things that may increase the likelihood of a child developing ASD: the presence of certain genes, having a sibling who has ASD, and certain medications taken by the child’s mother during pregnancy. Signs and Symptoms Three main areas are evaluated to see if a child may have ASD: impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, and the presence of repetitive behaviors

and activities. To help screen for ASD, pediatricians and family physicians use developmental screening tools at regular well-child visits. During screening, doctors ask parents questions and interact with the child to see how they learn, speak, behave, and move. A delay in any of these areas could be a warning sign of ASD or other disorder. The following are indications for immediate evaluation by a doctor: - No babbling or pointing or other gestures by 12 months - No single words by 16 months - No 2-word phrases by 24 months - Loss of language or social skills at any age

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Treatment Although there currently is no cure for ASD, research shows that early intervention services can improve a child’s development. Services can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others. The different types of treatment can be broken down into: behavior and communication, dietary approaches, medication, complementary and alternative medicine. How-to Get Help Parents need to educate themselves on normal developmental milestones and the possible signs of ASD. Most children are diagnosed with ASD after the age of four, but ASD can be diagnosed as early as two. If you have any concerns, contact your child’s pediatrician or family physician immediately. Do not wait until your child’s next well child visit. If you or your doctor is still concerned, ask for a referral to a specialist who can provide a more in-depth evaluation for ASD. These specialists might include developmental pediatricians, child neurologists, and child psychologists. For more information, visit the CDC autism website: www.cdc.gov. 18 and Under MD Pediatrics is located at 3041 Churchill Dr, Flower Mound, TX

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Track Team Planning State Meet Repeat

By Bob Weir, Contributing Writer

By John English, Contributing Writer

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Discussing the imminent opening of the new 22,000-square-foot Seniors in Motion center in Flower Mound are (left to right) Phyllis Lantvit, Jaime Jaco-Cooper, Bob Weir and Denis Toth.

It’s often been said that everything comes down to politics, and when you want something done, it’s not what you know, it’s whom you know. That’s why it’s good to know people with influence, people who have the power to run with an issue and achieve the objectives connected to it. It might be the need for a traffic light at

an intersection used by children on their way to school. There might be a paucity of parks or playgrounds in a growing, family-oriented town. Or, it might be an obvious lack of recreation facilities to accommodate a growing senior citizen population. See SENIORS Page B12

From left, Cassi Hargroves, Maddy Haynes, Halee Van Poppel and Kenna Roberts are part of the Argyle High School 4x400 relay team that hopes to win a second consecutive state championship this season.

The Argyle girls 4X400 relay team is looking to repeat upon its state championship performance in 2014 with another title this season. Coach Kathi Olson said that she has been pleased with the progress that her team has made and the relay is headed in the right direction, but questions still remain.

The 4X400 girls team returns just one member from last year’s group, including a sophomore, and bad weather has caused the team to miss some meets this spring, but Olson said she is still optimistic. “Getting to the top and winning the state championship isn’t easy,” Olson See TRACK Page B10


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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Politics of Personal Destruction By Bob Weir

I don’t do a lot of social media, but recently, I clicked on Facebook and noticed that Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden was the target of some poison-laced criticism from a few residents. Reaching for my calendar, I quickly checked the date to see if I had missed something. Was Mr. Hayden running for reelection this year? Generally, that’s when the curare-tipped spears are hurled at anyone who dares run for office in this lovely, but often politically tumultuous burg. Since his current term doesn’t expire until May of next year, I began to wonder what caused this sudden burst of hostility. Last year, Hayden ran unopposed, as did two other Council members. Did he do something recently to arouse the ire of his constituents? The more I read the more I realized this was nothing but a rehash of the brickbats thrown at him when he first ran for office several years ago. Inasmuch as Hayden effectively answered his critics and was elected by a sizable majority of voters, then reelected without opposition, one would think his critics would give it a rest. Sadly, those who seem to continuously thrive on negatives say more about themselves than they say about the recipients of their invective. Political grudges are probably more vicious and long-lasting than most forms of human interaction. If you check out the social media in our town you’ll also see scorn being heaped on NFL, the acronym for Northern, Filidoro and Lyda,

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Excerpts from the CrossTimbersGazette.com Forum & Article Comments I would like to say thank you Trademark for making the investment in The Shops at Highland Village! We love Whole Foods and all of the planned upgrades - keep it coming. Don McDaniel is a man of integrity and fairness. He will take a balanced approach to solving town issues. Everyone at our table enjoyed the food at Black Walnut Café, but having to serve ourselves was definitely a disappointment. Too bad table service is not available.

a Mayor and two Council members from a few years ago. Like the current elected leaders, they volunteered their time and effort to do the best job possible to represent you and me. Yes, they were defeated by the current Council, but does that mean their names should be used as a punch line in perpetuity? Suppose the current Council is overturned? Should they be strung up like a piñata, enabling their detractors to bludgeon them for the next decade? It’s tough enough to get good people to donate their time, skill and experience as public servants. And, it’s tough enough to run for office with all the stress and abuse that comes with a political campaign. But, at least they should feel confident that they won’t be incessantly hammered for years after they’ve left office. Let’s examine the rebirth of innuendo against Hayden. He works for an insurance company that does business all across the country. Hence, it’s easy for his political detractors to dig up a connection, however flimsy, from his company to a company doing business with the town. Incidentally, Mr. Hayden works in the bond department, unconnected to the commercial market. Moreover, during his first 3 months in office, he asked the town attorney for an opinion concerning his job and his elective office. He was assured that there was no conflict of interest. Nevertheless, insinuation is all that’s necessary to kindle suspicious minds. If we were to look closely at the occupation of any elected official we’d find some way to distort their motives for public service. If we want to be absolutely certain about the integrity of our reps, perhaps we should only elect the unemployed or the homeless. As if it’s not enough to make tenuous accusations about his career ethics, it’s now been stated that Hayden was in arrears on his HOA

dues, attempting to paint him as a deadbeat. In fact, he owned a rental property some years ago that had accumulated a $300 debt. During a recent interview, he told me that the notice was never sent to his home in Flower Mound. But, when he was in the process of selling the property he was informed it had a lien on it. He promptly paid the $300 at the closing. Is that a reason to clobber him years later on social media? How would you feel if your neighbors were reading about every trivial transaction in your life, implying that you were ethically challenged? I’ve also noticed that some of my past newspaper columns have been resurrected. I suppose the intent is to contrast some of the criticism I made then, to my recent positive articles concerning the direction of the town. Okay, I confess that I was very critical of the way our former town manager was unceremoniously dismissed. That caused me to be skeptical about the current Council’s plans for future development. Nonetheless, after meeting the new manager and seeing his vision for quality growth, I was satisfied that the town was not going to self-destruct. That doesn’t mean I agree with everything the town leaders are doing, I just think they’re making more good moves than bad. If voters don’t agree, we’ll soon see some new faces on the Council. That’s why we have elections. There are four people running for two open seats and one candidate running against an incumbent. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all the prospects for town leadership and I think we’re fortunate indeed to have so much talent vying for our votes, hopefully with a positive platform, devoid of trash talk. Leadership can be defined in many ways, but one thing’s certain, petty smear tactics to obtain office is a precursor to performance in office. Fair-minded voters reject personal

attacks and view them as character flaws in the people who use them. No decent person admires a bully! Let’s hope we can have a civil discussion about what’s best for the residents, without exposing us to every insignificant peccadillo from a candidate’s past. I firmly believe that when the smoke clears after May 9, we’ll still be the luckiest people in the world to be living in this flower of North Texas.

council gave them everything they wanted. My sense is that the town and council takes the developers to task and forces upgrades that were not a part of the original plan.

especially after nobody stepped up a year ago.

has forgot the promise that was made when it was built, and now they just don’t give a crap about smart development.

The FM Mayor chooses to engage on social media and sometimes in an insulting tone, IMO. He needs to represent all residents. No more storage facilities, nail places, donut shops or banks (we already have them on the four corners of 2499 and 407). So annoyed with these proposals.... Free speech for everyone... except those who disagree with me! Don’t see the need to renovate The Shops at Highland Village already. What we need are more tenants!

I am so proud of Mr. Rountree standing up to Dr. Waddell when he and LISD torpedoed 3 months of zoning committee work with their own plans. That’s the kind of guts this town needs!

I will not vote for an atheist. Same thing for a communist or socialist. I’m not saying these people are not kind or good people, I just don’t think these people should be in positions of authority over others.

It’s sad that the media decides to automatically judge everybody, even when they don’t even know the full situation.

HB 40 would destroy our gas drilling ordinance-and almost every ordinance in the state-but a few years ago we enacted one of the best ordinances in the state.

Places 3 & 5 will go heavily for McDaniel and Kyer (around 60/40 and maybe even 70/30). Place 1 will be a tighter race even though this is the only race with an incumbent. Ron Robertson has proven his abilities for over a decade now in keeping Bartonville rural in the face of surrounding growth. If the town wants to stay both rural and solvent then they must be elated at the prospect of regaining this level of wisdom and skill. Mike Walker - Reasoned, Rational, & Responsible. It’s hard to say the same thing about his opponent. All the Rippy people do is complain. Nonstop. Like a child, let them make decisions and live with the consequences. Can’t wait for College Parkway to go through and Rippy to become an urban collector. No one will hear you then. No one.

It seems many are thankful for our beautiful town but then turn and want to shut the door behind them. I don’t get the feeling that Rountree likes Hayden and vice versa based on the many social media comments and cartoons. Seriously? A STORAGE FACILITY in the middle of a nice, residential area? Do HV residents have the ability to contest this? As a nearby homeowner, I’d like to have more information and a say in this. Mike Walker is a serious guy. I admire him for his military service and his public service. I personally know Carol Kyer, and I like her. But even if you have doubts about her, I just don’t think her opponent is a reasonable or ready alternative.

A Murphy gas station in front of Walmart, basically pumps with a man in a box in the middle. How about an actual gas station that’s nice and provides more than just gas?

“CHUTZPAH,” a Yiddish word meaning “Having A Lot Of Nerve” befitting some people, especially one who runs for Town Council after resigning as Mayor in a huff, and putting his home on the market.

Please show one developer or development where

I give all six of the FMTC candidates kudos for running,

Thanks FM for being so generous and giving away your tax dollars to HV, Southlake and Grapevine much appreciated. Keep up the anti-growth tactics and keep paying HV taxes for us!!! Community policing begins with a strong rapport with the residents, not writing them tickets. IMO every town around should look at Highland Village as a model. Former Chief O’Bara got it right… The RGB slate (Rountree, Gelbman, & Bryant) all say they will listen to residents and do what they want. Show me an issue where the council has voted against the will of the residents. I’ve been watching and I can’t name one. I wish we could leave some land undeveloped. There is a point where we need to stop using every slice of land...we are losing the beauty of our neighborhoods. As I drive down 2499 all the charm has been torn down. Sometimes experience is needed but then a fresh take on things can make some needed changes. Depends on the issues at hand. Where is the extra parking gonna come from for Celebrations? Are we going to lose more parking for what little we have left for our children to play baseball for HVABSA? Mike Walker must be a great council member… nobody can point to a single vote he has taken on council that is an issue. In general I’m happy with the council, but a bit nostalgic for some of the open spaces and rural feel of pre-development FM, and ready for a voice on the council who is going to lean toward slowing things down a bit. I just get an absolute laugh out of people on both sides of this debate who criticize candidates for not responding to questions and/or insults on an anonymous comment board. If you really want to ask a question, show up to one of the forums and ask it. Anyone else remember that when the Walmart was put in, it was only approved because it wasn’t going to be the Walmart of the past. Fancy floors, wide aisles, power saving refrigerators, etc... All of that is now gone, plus a new gas station. Highland Village

Bob Weir is a longtime Flower Mound resident and former local newspaper editor.

Personally, I want to make sure our council is representing the RESIDENTS....not special interests. To me, this shows a brazen lack of integrity and the very root of our problem -- crony politics. I have not agreed or disagreed with everything that past and present elected officials have done but that does not mean that they are not representing the residents of Flower Mound. Over the years I have asked several council members how long it took them to get up to speed after being elected for the first time. They all said about a year. Does the town really need to be in a position where the majority of the members are new? I like The Shops at Highland Village renderings! I am glad to see that big long useless fountain is getting replaced. And more trees and seats with umbrellas is a great idea especially during the hot summer when everyone is trying to hide under something from the sun! Rountree is asking for your vote and is claiming he is different because he is “against rapid, ill-advised development and debt” but he does not tell you what development and debt he is against. Rountree is very good at huffing and puffing, but his campaign platform is a straw house (no firm foundation). The mayor and his group went after the NFL, the NFL went after the pinchers, Jody and her group went after Deluca and Voters United, etc. Same story, different verse. This time of year brings political supporters out of the woodwork as well as their issues. The rants are funny but politically ineffective, especially once you start understanding the points that they tout. Election season will be over in May and these folks will meander back into the woodwork until this time next year. Until then keep your popcorn close, some of this stuff is unbelievable. Log on and voice your opinion! Visit CrossTimbersGazette.com today and post your views on our Forum at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com.


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Lantana Slugger Takes Swing at Japan By Dawn Cobb, Editor

For 10-year-old Paige Luzader, baseball is more than just a sport – it’s a passion. While laser-focused on broadening her

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skills from second base, outfield and batting to include pitching in what has long been primarily a boy’s sport, Paige is getting ready for the World Children’s Baseball Fair in Chiba, Japan this August as one of two girls and three boys representing the U.S. It’s an honor few experience and one she is relishing.

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environment of world understanding and cultural exchange through baseball, according to the organization’s website at www.wcbf.org. More than 100 boys and girls ages 10 and 11 from more than 20 countries will be at the annual baseball fair. In an essay she wrote to become one of the two U.S. representatives, Paige – whose family lives in Lantana - wrote: “I want to represent all of the girls who play baseball in my country and to let everyone know baseball is not just a boy’s sport. … When I come back to the USA I would like to continue to promote girls playing baseball with the saying “Girls can do anything, especially play baseball.” She also cited the opportunity to meet new people from around the world, learn new baseball techniques and, well, visit and see Japan as she happens to love sushi. During the annual summer week event, Paige will participate in clinics and possibly meet some of the top names in baseball history. Former spokespeople and supports See SLUGGER Page B6

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Outstanding Students of the Month Senior Operates Photography Business By John English, Contributing Writer

Photography is a great passion for Coram Deo Academy senior Nicholas Glover, and his ability has not gone unnoticed by his classmates, teachers and others. Glover Nicholas Glover recently won the Richardson Photo Contest, is a former TAPPS winner, and pretty much shoots whatever he is called upon to shoot within the Coram Deo community. “I am pretty involved around campus, just doing work for the newsletter, occasionally the yearbook, and I’m really involved with the band,” Glover said. Glover plays Alto Saxophone in the Coram Deo Symphonic band, where he is an officer, and runs his own photography business as well. The Coram Deo senior said that he enjoys being involved because he has a very curious nature. “I have a passion for a lot of different things,” Glover said. “I get inspired by a lot of different activities. Sometimes my passions change, and so I like to be involved because I don’t know where something will

take me.” Glover said he is able to stay on top of everything by remaining organized, and said that he believes the greatest thing about the world today are the advances in technology that have been made. “I think it is how connected everybody is,” Glover said. “For instance, my business has been able to grow thanks to Facebook and Instagram and all of that. So I feel that is super important, not just for teenagers, but for the corporate world of the future as well. I feel that is one advantage my generation has that no other generation has had.” If there was one thing about the world Glover could change, he said it would be related to what he loves about the world. “I would probably change the way the culture is presented today,” Glover said. “With all the connectivity that we have, people will sometimes abuse that power. I would like to change the culture more like it use to be in terms of morality. I think there are a lot of images out there that are damaging to young people like me. I think we have lost some good moral values that I would like to see reintegrated into our society.” Glover’s grade point average is 96 on a 100 point scale, and he plans to study Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas. Glover’s Favorites Favorite Subject: English Person who most inspires me: Lights Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Movie: Spirited Away Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation Book Currently Reading: How to Stop Acting Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Lights

Compassion Part of Argyle Senior’s Mission By John English, Contributing Writer

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Madison Gladys has a great sense of compassion. The Argyle High School senior serves as CoPresident of the Challenge Day Club, an anti-bullying group at Argyle High School designed to help all

students feel included. “I think it was my seventh or eighth grade year, the Challenge Day club came to our school, and it was an eye opening experience,” Gladys said. “You think you know everybody, buy you find out so much more about some people. I have experience with being bullied in elementary and middle school. Once I reached high school, though, I stopped taking it.” Gladys also helped form a younger Challenge Day Club at the Intermediate school last year, and is also a member of the National Honor Society and an athletic trainer. “I think I get this from my parents and the way I was raised,” Gladys said. “My mom’s a huge contributor to our

community, and I am kind of following in her footsteps.” Gladys said she is able to stay on top of everything be being extremely organized. “I am very OCD,” Gladys said. “Everything has to be organized and has to be color-coded.” The Argyle teen also holds down a part time job while maintaining a top 10 place in her graduating class. When Gladys said she imagines her life 20 years from now, she has some definite ideas about where she would like to be. “I am planning to go to college to become a physical therapist,” Gladys said. “I think that in 20 years I would like to on my way to having my own practice, having a family and maybe even doing missionary work with a friend.” Gladys is a member of Argyle United Methodist Church and said what she has enjoyed the most about her time at Argyle High School is the teachers, who have always been there for her. Gladys has a 104 grade point average and plans to attend TWU in the fall. Gladys’ Favorites Person Who Most Inspires Me: Mother and Grandmother Favorite Subject: Science Favorite Athlete: Nastia Liukin or Nick Ralston Favorite Food: Watermelon and Pineapple Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump Favorite TV Show: Pretty Little Liars Last Book Read: A Tale of Two Cities Favorite Type of Music: Country

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have included the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson – among many other notable sports professionals. Paige’s father, Michael Luzader, couldn’t be prouder. “This will be a life changing trip for Paige that will give her a lifetime of memories and will allow her to continue to support and promote her love of baseball,” he wrote in an email, noting that in addition to excelling in baseball she also maintains good grades at school. A longtime fan of the sport, he also has an older son who play Select Baseball. Paige, who started in softball, soon became interested in playing baseball. Her father called Dave Coen, the coach of his son’s team in Highland Village and asked if Paige could try out for the team. During tryouts, she was drafted to another

team because of her talents, leaving his son’s former coach to work out a trade to get her back on his team, her father said. Currently playing 10u AA Select baseball on a team called Striker Baseball, she practices with teammates from Lantana, Flower Mound and Highland Village at Lantana Fellowship Church in Bartonville on fields built by her coach, Coen. Paige also has played with a 13u allgirls team from Duncanville called Free Agents baseball where they beat the boys’ teams in scrimmage games. She plans to play with the team whenever her own team, the Strikers, are not playing, her father said. “She has no desire to play softball,” he added. With Paige’s love of the sport, the family learned last year about “Baseball for All,” an organization that promotes daughters playing in all levels of baseball from Little League to Select teams to high

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school and college teams. It was through the organization, www.baseballforall. com, that the family first learned of the World Children’s Baseball Fair. Though the players’ travel costs are covered from Los Angeles, Calif., to Japan and back, some expenses such as the flight from Dallas to Los Angeles are not. To help cover the cost of his daughter’s first leg of the trip and to allow him to accompany her to California before sending her off overseas, Michael Luzader set up a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/PaigeLuzader, which has raised about $575 of the estimated $2,500 goal. When asked how he felt about sending his daughter to Japan, her father said he’s excited for her to experience the world event, though he says she is a little nervous. “I’m proud of her,” he said. And to any daughter’s ears, that’s more than enough.


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Flower Mound Chamber Corner By Lori Walker, President

January Business of the Month American National Bank

In this great community we think of small business as one that finds its way as a small fish in a big pond, but our January 2015 Business of the Month is just the opposite. They let nothing intimidate them nor do they get tired of serving in our community. The Flower Mound Chamber has partnered with this business since September 9, 1998. They jumped in as sponsors of everything we did, large and small, served on our board and committees and have literally helped our Chamber in hard times as well as in good times. It’s not heard of often in the Chamber world that you have a business that is successful, giving and supportive of not just this organization but in the community and surrounding areas as well for that many years. For 17 years American National Bank has been the bank on the corner who has an outstretched hand to all of those in need. We appreciate all they have done to make this community a better place to work, live and raise a family. Help me congratulate our January 2015 Business of the Month to Ryan Schroer and the team at American National Bank. February Business of the Month Celebrations and Invitations

The business that we are honoring is a small little shop nestled in the busyness of the Flower Mound corridor of 2499. And while it’s a quaint little piece of heaven, it also is growing by leaps and bounds. Celebrations and Invitations is our February Business of the Month and we not only wish to honor the store but honor the new owners, David and Kathy Hodges. They do custom invitations as well as gift items, boutique clothing and baby cuteness! We are so happy to have businesses in our Chamber that can be living testimonies of how important it is to the economic growth of a business to be an active part of the Flower Mound Chamber. In February they hosted a Chamber After 5 Mixer and while it was busting at the seams with people, it had a warmth and friendly atmosphere that only comes from a place that feels like home. Please help me congratulate Kathy Hodges of Celebrations and Invitations as our February 2015 Business of the Month. January Ambassador of the Month Shelly Dodge of Visionary Financial Group Shelly Dodge has far surpassed the fast lane to getting involved in the Flower Mound Chamber. She just celebrated her

second anniversary as a member of the Chamber, and you would never know that by her commitment to this organization and to the community as well. Having sponsored Fiesta, being an always present smile at LEADS and might we say, has brought as many door prizes to events as some of us ever bring, there is just a willingness to serve and she provides a bright spot in the room when she enters. Most recently this member has been very instrumental building the Ambassador program and serving on the Golf Committee. She is a member of the Leadership Class and has recently been added to our Board of Directors. Our January Ambassador has her series 7, 63, 65 as well as her life and health licenses. She is also a Certified Wealth Strategist, which means to you that whether you prefer a fee based agent, simply stocks and bonds, life insurance and long term care, or a total comprehensive approach to building wealth, and even setting up lifetime gifting programs or trusts, Shelly Dodge can advise you on all levels. With 27 years in the industry in every level from back office to a bank Vice President and of course financial advising, Shelly Dodge is there for all of your financial needs. Please join us in a big thank you and congratulations to our Ambassador of the Month for January 2015, Shelly Dodge of Visionary Financial Group. February Ambassador of the Month Wendy LeSage of Your New Neighborhood According to Webster’s Dictionary, an Ambassador is a diplomat of the highest rank. Other words that might describe an Ambassador would be servant, consultant, leader or representative. Our Ambassador of the Month is all that and more. She joined the Flower Mound Chamber two years ago and is much like the energizer bunny – she never stops going. Our Ambassador for February spends most of her time connecting with the people of this community helping them feel welcome and informed. She attends most every event that we have spreading goodwill about the FM Chamber of Commerce. Please help me congratulate Wendy LeSage of Your New Neighborhood as our February Ambassador of the Month. Chamber and Town Partner to Present Leadercast 2015 The Town of Flower Mound and the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce have partnered once again to host this year’s Leadercast. The 2015 Leadercast simulcast will be held from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church – Family Life Center, 6101 Morriss Road. The Leadercast is a one-day, leadership conference held in Atlanta and broadcasted live around the world. Some of this year’s world renowned speakers include: Super Bowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Tickets are required for this event and are $89 for individuals, or $79 for groups of 8 or more. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, please visit www. leadercast.com/location/flowermound. For more information, call 972-539-0500.

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FM police chief reports on department’s progress By Dawn Cobb, Editor

Response times to priority calls have decreased and the crime rates continues to be among the lowest in the country, says Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel. Using the themes of equity, effectiveness and efficiency, Kancel recently appeared before the SMARTGrowth Commission to provide insight into the town’s police department. Response times improved in 2014 for priority one calls on everything from incidents involving guns to major accidents. The response time was 4 minutes and 34 seconds - down from 4 minutes and 49 seconds in 2013. In 2012, the response time was 5 minutes and 10 seconds. The department operates in eight separate districts covering 42 square miles with an estimated eight to 10 officers working at all times, Kancel said. Kancel said the department is focusing on improving response times for priority two calls for incidents such as traffic hazards. Crime trends in Flower Mound continue to be among the lowest in the state and the country, Kancel said. A total of 1,668 cases were assigned with 892 cleared. “Just because you have a higher population ... it doesn’t mean your crime rate will go up,” he said. In Flower Mound, crimes reported in 2014 showed an increase in thefts and burglaries of motor vehicles. Kancel said last year, several groups targeted Flower Mound, burglarizing up to 20 cars at a time. “We need to lock our vehicles,” Kancel said, adding that 95 percent of the vehicles targeted last year were unlocked. “We need to do our due diligence as citizens.” To address the issue, the department began a social media campaign to ask residents to lock their cars and also pushed patrols deeper into neighborhoods. Other areas that saw an increase were vandalism and fraud. Other categories of crimes were close to 2013 numbers. The police department also noted an uptick in non-

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injury accidents last year with 504 reported compared to the 430 reported in 2013. A total of 155 injury accidents were reported in 2014, down one from 2013. Last year, Flower Mound partnered with police departments in Corinth, Northlake and Double Oak for warrant entry and detention center services. “They couldn’t put traffic warrants into the system and (this) also allowed them to use the jail facilities,” Kancel said. The department increased its patrol fleet by repurposing Student Resource Officer vehicles. Kancel said the larger Tahoe vehicles were a good addition for several reasons including room for the additional equipment officers are required to carry. The department also began participating in Department of Justice and CoServ grants. The department stayed within its budget for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014, the chief said. A total of $3,595 remained from the Crime District Budget of $2,195,909. A total of $67,540 remained from the general fund budget of $9,869,262. The department added four new school crossing guards, new part-time clerks and maintained their staffing levels at 94 percent. For equipment in the near future, the police department has a committee of patrol officers reviewing the use of tablets instead of laptops in patrol cars. In addition, body cameras are being considered in addition to the cameras now in patrol cars. Hit and run incidents were slightly higher at 130 last year compared to 122 in 2013. Several SMARTGrowth commissioners asked about whether density affected the crime rate. “From a housing density standpoint, I haven’t seen any type of difference,” Kancel said. “The call load is spread out pretty evenly.” In 2014, the Flower Mound Police Department also stepped up its interaction with the public, starting a number of programs including “Coffee with a Cop,” reinstating the police bicycle unit, having a police pet of the month, becoming a Texas Special Olympics partner and even issuing tickets to youngsters in the form of tickets for free scoops of ice cream, Kancel said. The chief also launched his own Twitter

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account as the department began posting more information on social media, including traffic enforcement locations. An internal survey shows an increase in employee satisfaction with 54 percent indicating they were highly satisfied, up from 41 percent in 2013. A total of 86 percent of the department’s employees rated equipment

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good to excellent, the chief noted. In last year’s citizen survey, 98 percent of residents participating indicated an overall feeling of safety - a component Kancel said was important to both him and the department. “We’re only as good as we are perceived by our community,” he said.


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said. “I have had great relay teams in the past that made it to State but didn’t win it all, so last year was really special. Just like in years past, we are reloading

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and rebuilding the mile relay again. “This is my 11th year, and I am lucky and very blessed to have another group ready to take on the challenge of upholding our 4x400 tradition with our one remaining member from last year’s state championship winning relay

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(Cassi) guiding the team.” Cassi Hargroves, the lone returning runner from last year’s team, said she likes what she sees from her teammates so far when it comes to work ethic and a desire to pick up where last year’s team left off. “These three girls have done really well with upholding the pressure and hard workouts that we go through, and they strive for the best,” Hargroves said. “Just like how we were last year.” Hargroves said that she believes her team is in good shape and added that a second state championship would mean a lot to her. “It would be incredible to do that two years in a row,” Hargroves said. “Especially with a whole different team, but the expectations have been higher than ever.” Last year’s team finished at state with a time of 3:56.70 to earn the state title for Argyle. Junior Maddy Haynes said that she is proud to be a member of this year’s team, but added that there is some added pressure, given what the team accomplished last season. “Being a new member on the team is super exciting, but pretty nerve racking at the same time,” Haynes said. “I was an alternate for the 4x4 my freshman and sophomore years, so it’s really cool and quite an honor to actually be running on it this time. I think for this 4x4, all of us will do everything in our power to keep the tradition going.” For some of the girls at Argyle High School, the desire to become a member of the 4X400 relay at Argyle goes back several years. “I have grown up watching the 4x400

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and have been a part of it since my freshman year as an alternate,” Kenna Roberts said. “We are known for our 4x400 and to be able to be on it is a huge honor but also a lot of pressure and responsibility. “Everyone that is on the team knows how important it is keeping the tradition, so we are working as hard as we can to keep it.” Halee Van Poppel, daughter of former Texas Rangers pitcher Todd Van Poppel, said she is optimistic about the team’s chances at winning a state title. “Some of us have some big shoes to fill from last year,” Van Poppel said. “But I feel that if we try our hardest and are willing to do anything needed to get there, there is definitely a state championship within our reach.” Olson agreed and said that she does not care about the obstacles her team has faced this season, but that as long as they go out and compete on the day of the meet, everything will turn out as it should. “I am confident in this group and feel they are ready for the task at hand,” Olson said. The state track and field meet will be held May 14-16 at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.

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With life expectancies on the rise and the centenarian population about to boom, some municipalities across the country are beginning to show a little extra respect for their elders. “Many seniors, including those still working and those retired, wanted a

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place to get together and share common interests,” said Denis Toth, former president of Seniors in Motion (SIM), and currently an active member. Mr. Toth and several other seniors, including Shirley Voiren, for whom the current SIM center, next to Flower Mound Town Hall is named, have worked diligently for several years to grow the organization and have their own facility. Nevertheless,

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past elected officials haven’t always been receptive to the idea. However, in 2004, when Jody Smith was elected Town of Flower Mound mayor, she became a champion of the seniors’ cause. Mayor Smith held a meeting at her home and began to plant the idea of a formal seniors group with a place they could call their own. Other council members got on board and the process began. About a year later, SIM was organized as part of the parks department with only a few dozen members meeting regularly at the Flower Mound Community Church at 3415 Cross Timbers Road. As more seniors became aware of the friendly gatherings, the group moved into a room at the newly-built Community Activity Center at 1200 Gerault Road. Continuing to grow, they soon moved to the stand alone building next to Town Hall, where they’ve been for the past couple of years. Recently, with the new 22,000-square-foot SIM center nearing completion, I had the pleasure of a meeting with Denis Toth, Phyllis Lantvit, current president of the SIM Advisory Board, and Jaime Jaco-Cooper, senior supervisor and manager for SIM. Jaime works for the town’s parks and recreation, under Gary Sims, who is the executive director. A good portion of the conversation was

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about their gratitude for having a town council that gave them the opportunity to enjoy what will be a splendid addition to our town and a comfortable, safe place for seniors to gather. “I can’t say enough about this council, especially Jean Levenick, who was a major inspiration for this facility,” Toth said, adding, “At one point, Jean said ‘Enough, we’ve been putting this off for too long!’” Ms. Lantvit and Ms. Jaco-Cooper agreed, citing the leadership also provided by Mayor Tom Hayden, and Councilmen Steve Dixon, Mark Wise, Bryan Webb and Michael Walker. “Jimmie Stathatos (town manager) was also right there to help usher this facility into fruition,” added Jaime. The excitement in their eyes was palpable as they eagerly anticipated the opening. The new center at the southwest corner of Long Prairie Road and West Windsor Drive is expected to have an open house on Thursday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The current facility is 4,000 square feet and their membership is 938. With an additional 18,000 square feet, they anticipate a surge in new membership as the residents, 50 years and over, cast their peepers on the huge list of amenities and programs that will be available. Compared to the current center, which basically See SENIORS Page B13

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offers one large room, the new facility will have several rooms to accommodate a host of interesting activities. For example, members will have a fitness center, computer room, areas for cards and games, outside patio areas for Bocci ball, pool tables, ping pong tables, a library, etc. The annual fee for Flower Mound residents is a mere $10, while non-residents can avail themselves of all the same advantages for only $20. The large main room in the new center will be named the Shirley Voiren Ballroom, while the entire complex will be called the Flower Mound Senior Center. The advisory board operates under a set of bi-laws, but any concerns that are not covered will be passed on to Jaime for review.

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Presently their center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But, Jaime said, “When they move to the new center, they will also be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to accommodate more seniors that are actively working, with programs like planning and seminars for seniors that are caregivers for their parents. In addition, the fitness activities will also be attractive to those who work out in the evenings. Hence, when they do retire, they’ll be familiar with the facility and can avail themselves of it.” In 2009, Mary Kay Walker, president of SIM Auxiliary, started a 501c3 to provide a funding program for much of the supplies for the center. She organizes activities with places like Fish City, in which the management will, on a given day, donate 15 percent of the receipts to SIM. There is so much more to like about SIM, and you can find it here: http://

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chasing the dog and the officer assisted. Twenty minutes later, they caught up with the canine runaway on Hickory Hill.

The following is a summary of incident reports recently made to the Argyle Police Department as compiled by the staff of the CTG: An employee with a restaurant in the 100 block of Country Club Road called police after noting a back door handle broken off and all of the money missing. An alarm did not go off though the employee closing the restaurant indicated it had been set. The alarm was not set the next morning, employees told police. A loose dog caused a big of a kerfuffle when it ran onto north Hwy 377. The owners were

A resident in the 400 block of Santa Fe Trail reported a noise complaint, telling dispatch that music was playing very loudly and requesting an officer to respond. Upon the officer’s arrival, the music had stopped. It was the second time the homeowner had called about the loud music that was originating from a Young Life meeting on Hickory Hill Road. The officer advised those attending the meeting to keep the music down for the next few weeks. Another noise complaint was called in several days later, prompting police to tell the person in charge of the Young Life meeting to turn the music down. An open door was noted at an apparel shop on Cypress Street. An officer quickly responded to the call to make entry and then

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cleared from the call a short time later. Smoke was visible at a veterinarian hospital in Argyle, prompting calls for police and fire. A significant amount of smoke was coming through the ventilation system. Three people were inside the building. Several firefighters from area departments were called but indicated nothing was showing upon their arrival. Assistance from Flower Mound and Double Oak fire departments was then cancelled. In response to a possible ordinance violation on Boonesville Bend, an officer arrived after trying to get hold of the owner, who did not answer the phone. Employees working at the scene stopped working on the home construction before the officer left the scene, according to the report. Argyle police responded to a 911 help alert at Argyle High School off Hwy 377. Upon their arrival, they learned that an unknown person had manually pressed in the 911 alert. The button was reset and officers checked the building, finding no criminal activity. Officials at the high school indicated they would check to see who caused the alert.

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Several kids were on a go-cart in the 1400 block of Harpole Road. An officer, who spotted them, told the kids to take the vehicle back home. Officers were pulled into a family dispute on Country Club Road when a husband was advising them that he did not want his ex-wife making unauthorized visits with the couple’s son either at the home or on the job. The husband told the officer he had sole custody. The man

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was advised by police to handle the issue through the civil courts. A caller told police a woman was inside a Honda stuck in the middle of the road in the 100 block of South Hwy 377 and was concerned the woman’s vehicle would be hit. Someone spotted a man and woman dragging suitcases behind them and texting on their phones in the middle of the road in the 1200 block of Country Club Road. The caller told police they thought the actions were unusual. An officer spotted a vehicle in the 1100 block of Highway 377 with no headlights. The driver told police it was a malfunction and the officer escorted the driver in the car to a nearby parking lot where the driver waited for someone to come pick her up. On Gibbons Road, a heavy odor of marijuana was reported emanating from a car coming and going from a residence. An off-duty officer noted a newer model Mustang swerving on Interstate 35W at the 483 mile marker. The officer called dispatch, advising the driver was still swerving and going about 70 miles per hour. The off-duty officer exited the interstate and could no longer see the vehicle. An officer made contact with the driver, who said he was not impaired and that he and his friend had left Oklahoma that morning on their way to Cleburne. The driver said the erratic driving was due to someone driving close to him, scaring him. See more police calls at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com


April 2015

Flower Mound Police Calls

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public intoxication. 3-06 – Arrest – 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane – A 43year-old man was taken into custody in connection with an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault family violence – impeding breath/circulation.

The following is a list of recent police calls reported by the Flower Mound Police Department: 3-01 – Arrest – 3500 block of Waketon Road – A 33year-old man was taken into custody in connection with outstanding warrants out of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office on theft of service over $500 and under $1,500 and out of the Flower Mound Police Department for theft under $50.

3-07 – Burglary of Building – 3800 block of Post Oak Road – A resident reported someone took a plasma television valued at an estimated $900, three mowers valued at an estimated $1,000 and a tool valued at an estimated $1,500 from the building. 3-07 – Criminal Mischief over $500 and under $1,500 – 5300 block of Timber Creek Road – An individual reported three male juveniles ages 13-15 caused an estimated $750 in damages to a residence.

3-01 – Arrest – 1900 block of Long Prairie Road – A 42year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with a charge of public intoxication.

3-07 – Criminal Mischief over $500 and under $1,500 – 2300 block of Olympia Drive – A Carrollton resident reported someone vandalized a vehicle in a parking lot, causing an estimated $300 in damages.

3-02 – Arrest – 1200 block of Cross Timbers Road – A 28-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces in addition to two outstanding warrants from the Fort Worth Police Department for speeding and no driver’s license.

3-08 – Arrest – 2100 block of Garden Ridge Boulevard – A 20-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of possession of a controlled substance more than 4 grams but less than 400 grams.

3-03 – Arrest – 5800 block of Long Prairie Road – A 40year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity and several outstanding warrants from the Lewisville Police Department for speeding, no driver’s license and other traffic violation. 3-03 – Arrest – 5800 block of Long Prairie Road – A 30year-old man was taken into custody in connection with charges for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram. 3-05 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 5900 block of Briaridge Lane – An individual reported the theft of an office item valued at an estimated $199 from a residence.

3-08 – Criminal Mischief over $500 and under $1,500 – 2800 block of Cape Brett Drive – An individual reported a known suspect caused an estimated $501 worth of damages to a vehicle in a parking road or alley. 3-08 – Arrest – 2700 block of Windsor Drive – A 45year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with a charge of driving while intoxicated (first offense) with an open container. 3-09 – Theft under $50 – 700 block of Cross Timbers Road – A grocery store employee reported that a suspect around 30 to 35 years of age took roses and a vase valued at an estimated $40 from the location. 3-09 – Theft under $50 – 2300 block of Justin Road – A grocery store employee reported that a known suspect took several computer-related items from the store.

3-05 – Arrest – 4800 block of Timber Creek Road – A 50-year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with two charges of possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams, possession of a dangerous drug and driving while intoxicated (first offense) with an open container.

3-09 – Arrest – 900 block of Edgefield Trail – A 51year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of driving while intoxicated (third or more offense) and a charge of duty on striking an unattended vehicle.

3-06 – Arrest – 2900 block of East Bourne Lane – A 25year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with a charge of driving while license invalid previous conviction and an outstanding warrant from Arlington on

3-09 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 4300 block of Cross Timbers Road – A Ponder resident reported an unknown man and woman took a phone and a purse from her while she was at a grocery store.

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3-10 – Theft of Property over $500 and under $1,500 – 1200 block of Gerault Road – An individual reported a known juvenile took a cellphone valued at an estimated $700 while the person was in a government or public building. 3-11 – Arrest – 3300 block of Wager Road – A 17-yearold man was taken into custody on a charge of public intoxication. 3-11 – Arrest – 3300 block of Wager Road – A 17year-old man was taken into custody on a charge of possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams. 3-11 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 3900 block of Granby Lane – A resident reported someone took an item valued at an estimated $400 from the residence. 3-11 – Burglary of Habitation – 2700 block of Crepe Myrtle Drive – A resident reported a known juvenile took an estimated $4,005 in cash from the house. 3-11 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 5800 block of Long Prairie Road – An individual reported that a known juvenile took $97 in cash and tape from a specialty store. 3-12 – Arrest - 3400 block of Peters Colony Road – A 17-year-old man was arrested in connection with a charge of possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana in a drug free zone. 3-12 – Arrest – 100 block of International Parkway – A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with charges of possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams and public intoxication under 21. 3-12 – Arrest – 3400 block of Peters Colony Road – A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with a charge of possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana in a drug free zone and two outstanding warrants from the Denton County Sheriff’s Office for possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. 3-12 – Arrest – 3400 block of Peters Colony Road – A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with a charges of possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana in a drug free zone and two charges of possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams in a drug free zone. 3-12 – Criminal Mischief over $50 and under $500 – 1200 block of Gerault Road – An individual reported a known juvenile damaged a phone valued at an estimated $499 in a government building. 3-12 – Arrest – 100 block of International Parkway – A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with a charge of public intoxication under 21.

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3-13 – Arrest – 2100 block of Long Prairie Road – A 34year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with a charge of driving while intoxicated – first offense. 3-13 – Arrest – 1100 Colony Street – A 32-year-old man was taken into custody on several outstanding warrants including driving while license invalid, no liability insurance out of Lewisville; speeding and driving while license invalid out of The Colony; and parole violation out of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. 3-13 – Arrest – 2800 block of Cape Brett Drive – An 18year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of possession of a dangerous drug. 3-13 – Arrest – 2600 block of Long Prairie Road – An 18-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of forgery/financial instrument. 3-13 – Arrest – 2600 block of Long Prairie Road – A 19year-old man was taken into custody in connection with charges of possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams and forgery/financial instrument. 3-13 – Arrest – 2600 block of Long Prairie Road – A 24year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with a charge of forgery/financial instrument. 3-13 – Theft over $20,000 and under $100,000 – 3400 block of Long Prairie Road – An individual reported a known individual took an estimated $26,000 in cash from a bank or savings and loan institution. 3-13 – Burglary of Vehicle/Credit Card Abuse – 1900 block of Garden Ridge Boulevard – An individual reported two purses with a credit card and other items were removed from a vehicle. The stolen credit card was later used at a convenience store, according to the report. 3-15 – Arrest – 2600 block of Forest Vista Drive – A 28year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. 3-15 – Arrest – 4300 block of Trotter Lane – A 23-yearold woman was taken into custody in connection with charges of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and driving while license invalid previous conviction and outstanding warrants including public intoxication out of Carrollton and possession of drug paraphernalia out of Irving. 3-15 – Burglary of a Building – 6700 block of Orchard Drive – An individual reported someone took a tool valued at an estimated $200 from a building. See FM POLICE CALLS Page B24

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Earth Day and Drug Drop Off By Denton County Sheriff Will Travis

Lantana’s Earth Day festival is coming up on April 25, and

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the Denton County Sheriff’s Office will have a drug drop off bin on our table, so you can safely get rid of old prescription drugs that you no longer need. It’s easy to forget about old drugs, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your children. The greatest poisoning danger to our

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children is the danger of poisoning from articles in the home. However, while cleaning supplies and pesticides do pose a threat, medicines kept in the home, and sometimes even medicines prescribed for the children and teens themselves are often a bigger danger than cleaning supplies and pesticides. Our children see us taking prescription medication, and think if it is okay for us to take the prescriptions, it is okay for them as well. In addition, teenagers, who have little experience with life and death, are more likely to take risks because they don’t have a true understanding of exactly what risks are involved. Teenagers often choose their friends based on factors other than good judgment, and this can lead to more risky behavior once drugs are in use. Teens don’t realize just how much drugs and alcohol can lower inhibitions and decrease impulse control until it’s too late. In addition, people who start taking drugs as teenagers are at greater risk than adults of long-term damage because of drug use and abuse. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) includes nine categories of illicit drug use. In addition the use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, as well as the nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives pose the greatest threats to children and teenagers. The four categories of prescription-type drugs in the study, pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives, include numerous medications commonly found in medicine cabinets which can make them easily accessible to youth. Medicine Safety Tips • Ask babysitters, visitors, and houseguests to keep purses, briefcases or bags that contain medicines up

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high, away and out of sight from your children. The same rule applies when your children are visiting a friend or relative’s home. • Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. • Never call medicine “candy” to get a child to take it. • Never leave medicine out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child’s bedside. • Avoid taking medicine in front of children. • Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically, and safely dispose of medicines that are expired or no longer needed. • Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If the medicine has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click or you cannot twist any more. • Don’t remove medicine from a childresistant package and put it in another type of easy to open container. • Never share or sell your prescription medicines. Make sure your teenagers do not have access to these medicines as well. • Monitor the use of medicines prescribed for children and teenagers, such as medicines for attention deficit disorder, or ADD. • Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers whenever possible. • Store medicines in a place that is too high for a child to reach or see. If possible, ensure the storage location has a safety latch. Come out to see us at Earth Day, and drop off those unused medicines. Give yourself some peace of mind about the medicines that are in your home. We can’t protect our children from every danger, but we can get rid of the ones in our homes.


April 2015

Highland Village Police Blotter The following reports are provided by the Highland Village Police Department from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28:

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Lake Hollow Court

2-09 - Burglary of Vehicle - LA Fitness

2-13 - Duty on Striking (Vehicle/Object - LA Fitness

2-09 - Assault – Goodyear 2-09 - Property Found - Highland Village Police Department 2-10 - Warrant Service - Kids Kastle Park 2-10 - Threat/Harrassment Complaint - 3100 block of Creek Haven Drive

2-01 - Drug/Narcotics Violation - Barley Drive at Harlington Drive

2-10 - Drug/Narcotics Violation – Applebees

2-02 - Property Found - Highland Village Police Department

2-11 - Assault - 200 block of Bexar Drive 2-11 - Fraud/Forgery - 400 block of Longfellow Drive

2-02 - Suspicious Circumstances – Applebees

2-11 - Fraud/Forgery - 200 block of Ferndale Drive

2-03 - MHMR Referral - 2400 block of Shadow Vale Court

2-11 - Theft - Victoria’s Secret

2-04 - Drug/Narcotics Violation - 700 block of Scottish Mist Trail 2-04 - MHMR Referral - 2700 block of Green Oak Court 2-05 - Fraud/Forgery - East Remington Drive 2-06 - Fraud/Forgery - 2900 block of Lakeside Drive 2-06 - Alcohol Violation - 2600 block of Hillside Drive 2-07 - Traffic - 2000 block of Briarhill Boulevard 2-08 - Theft - 2800 block of Woodlake Court 2-09 - Drug/Narcotics Violation - 2100 block of Justin Road 2-09 - Theft - Goody Goody Liquor Wholesale 2-09 - Burglary of Vehicle - LA Fitness

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2-09 - Criminal Trespass – Walmart

2-01 - Drug/Narcotics Violation – Whataburger

2-02 - Assist Fire/EMS - Davita Dialysis

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2-12 - Property Recovered - Stolen - LA Fitness 2-12 - Suspicious Circumstances - 700 block of

2-13 - Theft – Walmart

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2-13 - Animal Complaint - 2400 block of High Chapel Court 2-14 - Theft - 400 block of Copperas Trail 2-14 - Theft – Walmart

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April 2015

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson Attention. Recovered Property. We recently recovered two chainsaws that were probably taken in a burglary of a building (read shed or garage) and abandoned on a Double Oak street. Please call our offices at 972355-5995 or via email at police @doubleoak.com with a description of your missing chainsaw(s). We would like to return them to their rightful owners. As of March 25, 2015 we are aware of seven households in the Town of Double Oak who have had fraudulent tax returns filed. We have also received multiple reports of aggressive telephone callers identifying themselves as agents of the Internal Revenue

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Service and demanding payment. IRS Imposter scams are on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission tracks complaints nationwide and reported 94 offenses per month in July 2013 with a high of 8,293 scams per month reported in November 2014. From the Federal Trade Commission website consumer.ftc.gov, “Contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show: You were paid by an employer you don’t know and/or more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number.” Currently numerous Double Oak residents are discovering that when they go to file their tax return another return has already been filed and a criminal has received a fraudulent tax refund. “If you think someone used your SSN for a tax refund or a job – or the IRS sends you a notice or letter indicating a problem – contact the IRS immediately.” “Specialists will work with you to get your tax return filed, get you any refund you are

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due, and protect your IRS account from identity thieves in the future.” (Tax-Related Identity Theft – consumer.ftc.gov). It is important to remember that an IRS agent will NOT contact you by phone or email and that communication will be done through the United States mail. Payment to the IRS is never made or requested by a prepaid debit card or a money transfer. The IRS doesn’t require a specific type of payment. Prepaid debit cards and wire transfers lend themselves to fraud. If you do receive a suspicious phone call please don’t give the caller information. Please DO write down the details of the call. Please HANG UP as soon as possible and then contact the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov. Please DO file a complaint with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at tigta.gov or 800-366-4484 and with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint or 877-FTCHELP. Suspects are being identified, prosecuted

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and sentenced to jail. The Internal Revenue Service has an ever increasing list of persons convicted for filing false income tax returns (http://www.irs.gov/uac/Examples-of-Identity-Theft-Schemes-Fiscal -Year-2014). A review of the case synopsis (36 pages of defendants) is interesting and certain trends become clear. For whatever reason there are numerous cases of false income tax returns being filed from Florida (it could be as simple as an active task force successfully tracking and prosecuting offenders). In a majority of cases the defendants had access to large amounts of personally identifying information (PII) through their employment. In a very large number of cases the person filing the false income tax returns, and stealing PII has a tax preparation business. I’ve included a couple of IRS case summaries for your edification: Louisiana Tax Preparer Sentenced for Filing Hundreds of False Tax Returns “On March 12, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La., Ashley D. Ricks-Stampley was sentenced to 81 months in prison and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $699,734 in restitution to the IRS and $11,138 to the Louisiana Department of Revenue. During her guilty plea hearing, RicksStampley admitted to defrauding the IRS by submitting hundreds of false tax returns in the names of other individuals, without their knowledge or consent, for the purpose of receiving thousands of dollars in tax refunds. The applications falsely represented that the individual had worked for various companies during 2010 and 2011 and were eligible for income tax refunds. In fact, these individuals had not worked for or earned wages from the companies reflected in the fraudulent tax returns. “ Former VA Employee Sentenced for Theft of Veterans’ Personal Information “On March 6, 2014, in Tampa, Fla., David F. Lewis was sentenced to 72 months in prison and ordered to pay a $105,271 money judgment. Lewis pleaded guilty on Dec. 10, 2013 to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. According to court documents and testimony presented in court, Lewis was See DO POLICE BEAT Page B19


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an employee at the Tampa VA Medical Center. On at least five different dates in 2012, Lewis accessed and printed the personal information, including names, social security numbers, and medical information, of over 100 veterans who were in-patients at the medical center. Lewis then gave these documents to someone else in exchange for crack cocaine, knowing that the veterans’ information would be used by other to file fraudulent tax returns in order to fraudulently obtain tax refunds, and in at least one instance, to apply for lines of credit in the veteran’s name.” Common themes that run throughout the IRS summaries include persons who had access to sensitive personal identifying information (persons with professions as varied as health care worker, prison guard, tax preparer, credit union teller, school district employee or plain old hard working thief) would steal and then use, or sell, that same information. The prosecuted cases usually involved the filing of hundreds of returns and it was interesting to note that the suspects often had the refunds sent to the same financial accounts or mailboxes or they solicited friends and acquaintances to deposit the fraudulent refunds. If you are the victim of identity theft and it is affecting your federal tax records you will be asked to file Internal Revenue Service Form 14039. You will be also have to provide a short narrative regarding what happened, photocopied personal identifying information, and contact information. Again the IRS would like to emphasize that they do not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, fax, or any social media tools to request personal or financial information. Report unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS and bogus IRS websites to phishing@irs.gov. For additional information please visit IRS.gov and search for “Fake IRS Communications.” You will receive assistance from the IRS with the filing of a corrected tax return. You may also be asked to file Form 8821-A which is Disclosure Authorization for Vic-

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tims of Identity Theft. Form 8821-A permits criminal investigators to obtain the information provided by a third party using your name or social security number without your knowledge or consent. It’s the beginning of a criminal investigation and hopefully the discovery of the suspect(s) who stole your identity. Your local law enforcement agency is more than willing to take a report, assist with the completion of forms and to followup on any local suspect leads. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. The following is the activity log from the Double Oak Police Department: 03-13 8:31 p.m. – Alarm – 100 blk. McMakin Rd.., Bartonville – Business alarm activated for an unknown reason. Perimeter searched and no sign of criminal activity was detected. 03-14 11:41 a.m. – Assist Fire Department / Medical Call – 100 blk. Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak. 03-14 11:44 p.m. – Disturbance – 12000 blk. Hilltop Rd., Denton County – DOPD assisted Sheriff’s Deputy with investigation into a family argument. 03-15 11:16 a.m. – Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Royal Oaks Dr., Double Oak – Witnesses reported two persons sitting inside of a parked car that were unknown to the neighborhood. One subject had traffic warrants and neither had a driver’s license. Officer was unable to confirm the warrants due to jail space availability. Both subjects departed on foot. 03-16 2:16 a.m. – Open Building – 8300 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Officer was conducting routine business checks and found an open door. Alarm was activated. No evidence of criminal activity was detected. 03-16 2:44 a.m. – Assist Fire Department / Medical Call – 8800 blk. Kamerlyn Dr., Argyle. 03-16 11:00 a.m. – Fraudulent Possession / Use of Identifying Information - 300 blk. Cross Timbers, Double Oak – Complainant received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that an unknown person had fraudulently filed their taxes.

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solicitor’s permit. Officer made contact with the subjects, explained the permitting process, and issued a warning citation. Subjects entered their vehicle and left the neighborhood.

taxes electronically when the received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that their return had already been filed by an unknown person.

03-19 12:30 p.m. – Alarm – 300 blk. E. Carruth, Double Oak – Alarm accidentally activated by cleaning staff.

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03-19 10:33 p.m. – Assist Agency – 1200 blk. S. Gibbons Rd., Bartonville – DOPD assisted Bartonville Officer with investigation into what smelled like burning marijuana. Upon further investigation it was determined that multiple young adults and a juvenile had been in a shed consuming alcohol. None of the subjects were of drinking age and they were issued citations for alcohol violations. The young adults were asked to leave the property, by the homeowner and were subsequently picked up by a parent. 03-19 6:00 p.m. – Breach of Computer Security – 320 Waketon Rd., Double Oak – Police Department workstation infected with “ransom ware”. Unknown suspect(s) utilized Windows encryption software, most likely delivered through an email attachment, to encrypt files and demand payment via a third party financial vendor to obtain the decryption key. Workstation hard drive was isolated, wiped clean and backup files reinstalled. It is important to note that data did not leave the department but was rendered inaccessible through encryption.

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03-20 10:00 a.m. – Fraudulent Possession / Use of Personally Identifying Information - 100 blk. Hollow Oak Ct., Double Oak – Complainant received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that an unknown person had fraudulently filed their taxes.

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03-20 11:26 a.m. – Accident – 300 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – A motorist collided with a residential mailbox. Motorist did notify the property owner of the accident.

Arlington: Commercial Lender

03-21 12:54 p.m. – Animal Bite – 8300 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – After investigation it was determined that the bite had happened in the county and a Deputy took the report.

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03-22 5:37 p.m. – Assist Agency – 9000 blk. Justin Rd., Copper Canyon – DOPD officer assisted Sheriff’s Deputy with resolution of a minor disturbance. Both parties were referred to civil court.

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03-22 7:39 p.m. – Traffic Complaint – 200 blk. Fox Trot Ln., Double Oak – A witness reported a Corvette driving fast up and down Fox Trot Ln. Upon arrival officer could not locate the vehicle.

03-17 10:11 a.m. – Suspicious Circumstances – 300 blk. Oakview, Double Oak – A resident received a phone call from an unknown person claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment.

03-22 8:49 p.m. – Animal Complaint – 300 blk. Thornhill Cir., Double Oak – A resident reported a dog that had been barking over thirty minutes. Officer attempted to contact the animal’s owner but no one was home. Officer made contact with the pet owner, later in the evening, and issued a warning citation.

03-18 9:45 a.m. – Animal Control – 6200 blk. Plantation Ln., Double Oak – A witness observed a dead cow in a pasture with a rope attached to its’ body. Further investigation revealed that the bovine had passed from natural causes and the owner was having the animal removed by a third party.

03-22 11:15 p.m. – Suspicious Circumstances – 900 blk. Fortner Rd., Denton County – A resident reported an unknown person ringing their doorbell and standing outside a window. Officer responded to the scene and searched the perimeter and interior of the home without finding anyone.

03-19 11:37 a.m. – Solicitation Complaint – Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – A witness reported three males going door to door soliciting lawn care services without a

03-23 3:00 p.m. – Fraudulent Possession / Use of Personally Identifying Information – 100 blk. Brown Cliff Ct., Double Oak – Complainant was attempting to file their

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03-23 10:15 p.m. – Road Blockage – 8100 blk. FM 407, Double Oak – Officer removed debris from the roadway. 03-24 6:48 a.m. – Animal Complaint – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – Officers retrieved a loose dog from the roadway and located its’ owner. 03-24 4:10 p.m. – Suspicious Circumstances – 200 blk. Double Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A resident received a phone call from an unknown person purporting to be an

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employee with the Internal Revenue Service. 03-24 3:00 p.m. – Fraudulent Possession / Use of Personally Identifying Information – 200 blk. Ridgebriar Ln. Double Oak – Complainant was attempting to file their taxes electronically when they received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that their return had already been filed by an unknown person. 03-24 5:21 p.m. – Welfare Concern – 900 blk. Witherspoon Way, Bartonville – DOPD Officer helped Bartonville Officer with attempt to locate a known subject. 03-24 7:47 p.m. – Assist Agency – 7700 blk. FM 407, Denton County – DOPD Officer dispatched to assist Highland

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Village Officer with searching for a suspect who had fled the scene of an accident driving a blue Nissan Maxima. HVPD lost the suspect in the vicinity of Lantana Trail, Denton County. 03-25 2:15 a.m. – Suspicious Circumstances – 300 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – A resident reported an exceptionally loud truck driving through their neighborhood multiple times in the previous hour. 03-25 2:29 a.m. – Suspicious Circumstances – 300 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – Officer found an open garage door and investigated further after another resident had reported a suspicious truck in the area. No reports of theft at this location.

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03-25 5:09 p.m. – Theft – 300 blk. Highland Ct., Double Oak – A resident reported that they had jewelry stolen from their home. 03-26 7:46 p.m. – Open Door – 1200 blk. Saddlebrook Way, Bartonville – A homeowner found their house unsecure. Bartonville and Double Oak Police Officers searched the home and found no evidence of loss of property. 03-26 4:00 p.m. – Fraudulent Possession / Use of Personally Identifying Information – 100 blk. N. Woodland Trl., Double Oak – Complainant’s accountant was attempting to file their taxes electronically when they received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that their return had already been filed by an unknown person.

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muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical

The Cross Timbers Family YMCA in Flower Mound has partnered with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to participate in a cancer survivorship collaborative which focuses on the specific wants, needs and interests of cancer survivors. The goal is to help participants build

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Y’s Annual Campaign, a yearly fundraising effort that allows the branch to support those in the community who are unable to participate due to financial hardships. For more information about the LIVESTRONG program or how you can contribute to the Annual Campaign please contact Jason Walter at jwalter@ymcadallas. org or 972-539-9622. All donations are tax deductible.

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2-21 - Drug/Narcotics Violation - 700 block of St. Andrew Drive 2-23 - Property Found - 2600 block of Fernwood Drive 2-24 - Fraud/Forgery - 2600 block of Bierstadt Drive 2-25 - Missing Person - Juvenile - 600 block of High Meadows Drive 2-25 - Fraud/Forgery - Highland Village Police Department

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3-16 – Arrest – 800 block of International Parkway – A 45-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of public intoxication.

3-15 – Criminal Mischief over $500 and under $1,500 – 3600 block of Parkside Place – A juvenile told police a known suspect caused an estimated $1,500 in damages to a vehicle.

3-16 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 4400 block of Long Prairie Road – The Town of Flower Mound reported an unknown individual took an item valued at an estimated $295 from a construction site.

3-15 – Criminal Mischief over $500 and under $1,500 – 2900 block of Lakeside Parkway – A realty business reported someone caused damages at a construction site.

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of dangerous drug. 3-18 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 6600 block of Lakeside Drive – A homeowner reported the theft of an item valued at an estimated $200 from a residence. 3-19 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 3400 block of Peters Colony – An woman reported someone took several purses with cash and credit cards, among other items from a school. 3-20 – Arrest – 4900 block of Remington Park Drive – An 18-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of driving while intoxicated – first offense. 3-20 – Theft of Property over $500 and under $1,500 – An individual reported several identified suspects took $600 in cash from a vehicle in a parking lot. 3-21 – Arrest – Morriss Road at Firewheel Drive – A 20year-old man was taken into custody in connection with driving while intoxicated – first offense. 3-21 – Burglary of Building – 6600 block of Orchard Drive – A homeowner reported an unknown individual took a lawn mower valued at an estimated $400 from their residence. 3-21 – Criminal Mischief over $1,500 and under $20,000 – 1000 block of Spanish Oak Drive – A homeowner reported several unknown male juveniles caused damages to a vehicle at the residence. The

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homeowner provided a physical description to police of the suspects. 3-22 – Burglary of Vehicle/Credit Card Abuse – 4100 block of Morriss Road – A resident reported someone took a wallet with a driver’s license and a credit card from a vehicle in the parking lot. The stolen credit card was later used at a convenience store. 3-22 – Burglary of Vehicle – 1700 block of Timber Creek Road – A resident reported someone damaged the roof cover of their vehicle, trying to gain access. The damage was estimated at $100. 3-23 – Arrest – 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane – A 21year-old man was taken into custody in connection with an outstanding warrant from the Flower Mound Police Department for arson, a second degree felony. 3-23 – Criminal Mischief over $50 and under $500 – 900 block of Garden Ridge Boulevard – An individual reported a known suspect caused damages to their vehicle in a parking lot. 3-23 – Burglary of Vehicle – 2900 block of Downing Street – A homeowner reported several identified juveniles took several items from a vehicle at the residence, including a prescription drug, a notebook, cosmetics, clothing and other items. 3-23 – Arrest – 1100 block of Cross Timbers Road – A See FM POLICE CALLS Page B27

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22-year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with an outstanding warrant from the Flower Mound Police Department for forging or altering a prescription as well as several outstanding warrants from the Rockwall Police Department for expired registration, no driver’s license, no liability insurance and two counts of failure to appear in court. 3-23 – Arrest – 1100 block of Cross Timbers Road – A

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22-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a charge of failure to identify as a fugitive with the intent to give false information, an outstanding warrant from Kaufman County for criminal trespass and forgery/ financial instrument and an outstanding warrant from Flower Mound for forgery or altering a prescription. 3-24 – Criminal Mischief over $500 and under $1,500 – 1100 block of Flower Mound Road – An individual reported someone in a 2007 Chevrolet caused damages to their vehicle in a parking lot. 3-24 – Arrest – 3500 block of Portland Street in Irving –

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A 55-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with an outstanding warrant from the Flower Mound Police Department on theft over $50 and under $500. 3-25 – Arrest – 5800 block of Long Prairie Road – A 32year-old man was arrest in connection with a charge of two counts of fraudulent use/possession of identifying information, a state jail felony. 3-26 – Arrest – 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane – An 18year-old man was taken into custody on an outstanding warrants from Flower Mound for delivery of marijuana less than a quarter ounce – remuneration, a class A

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misdemeanor and delivery of marijuana between a quarter ounce and 5 pounds, a state jail felony. 3-26 – Theft over $50 and under $500 – 11400 block of Peppergrass Trail – A business reported the theft of an item valued at an estimated $500 from a residence. 3-26 – Burglary of Habitation – 1700 block of Timber Creek Road – A resident reported a known juvenile took a computer valued at an estimated $800 from the residence.


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Frisbee Team Has High Expectations

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The Flower Mound Police Department Chaplains Corps now has 14 members from area congregations to offer support in times of need.

In times of trouble, a core group of people in Flower Mound take turns arriving at a scene of a crime or death or disaster to offer comfort to those in need. Known as the Flower Mound Chaplain Corps, 14 individuals from local churches ranging from Kol Ami to RockPointe Church to New Life Fellowship and more make up the team. Pastors in Methodist churches or from

the Baha’i faith also are part of the team that offers services, free of charge, whenever the need arises. “It’s good to have someone there to assist families,” said Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel. Having the chaplain corps is new to the police chief, who did not have those resources at prior departments he worked with. See CHAPLAIN Page C19

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A member of the Marcus Ultimate Frisbee team catches the disc at which point she becomes a handler, pivoting on one foot to throw to the next open person.

With a deft hand, Lexie Quiles spins a Frisbee to an open player on the greening fields off Windridge and Dixon lanes at the sporting complex at Dixon Park in Flower Mound. The game moves quickly as players run across the field – jumping, throwing, catching, darting to and fro. Visions of a casual Frisbee toss between friends or a game of disc golf are not at all what Ultimate Frisbee is all about. Ultimate Frisbee requires the ability to dart about and run or stop suddenly much like football. It requires jumping and quick hand and foot work like basketball. And the game moves quickly up and down the field much like soccer. As a handler, Lexie’s skills are evident as she throws through a player’s arms to get the Frisbee down the field toward the end zone. The rules are strict in Ultimate Frisbee, which combines pieces of football, basketball and soccer – making it one of the more active and competitive sports on the field. “It’s different from other sports – See FRISBEE Page C20


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Kid-Friendly Summer Activities Summer is right around the corner! If you have kids, this may be a stressful time, trying to figure out how to keep them active for over two months, without breaking the bank. Whether you’ve got preschoolers or teenagers, Family eGuide has some great tips. • First of all, set some rules for screen time. Spending time in front of the TV, video games, and computer can become a habit quickly. If kids know there are clear guidelines right from the start, they’re less likely to whine on a daily basis about “turning off.â€?

• Be sure to include friends! Kids are always more likely to enjoy an activity if they have someone their age to share it with. And they’ll be more willing to try new things, too! So, where do you begin? Start in your own backyard. Teach your kids some classic games (Hopscotch, Red Light Green Light, Freeze Tag, etc.). Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten the rules... that’s what Google is for. Start a garden. Set up a tent. Create an obstacle course or scavenger hunt. Eat watermelon in big wedges or make your own snow cones. The ideas are endless. When you’re ready to venture out, visit one of our local parks. It may be a habit to go to your neighborhood playground, but we encourage you to try differ-

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ent parks, as well. Some local favorites include Kids Kastle in Highland Village, Memorial Park in Lewisville (shaded areas and bathrooms), and Staton Oak in Flower Mound (great for the little ones, and lots of shade). Head to the pond with food for the ducks or your fishing poles. Start out early to avoid mid-day heat. Then check out all of the free and discounted activities provided by our rec centers, libraries, and local businesses. Many offer great summer reading programs, movie clubs, and more. Libraries bring in spe-

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• Let your kids plan activities with you. Have them share some of their favorite activities. Give them ideas about activities they may not have considered. Then put together a bucket list - things all of you really want to do before summer is over. Keep the list handy, and have the kids cr oss off activities as you complete them.

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Double Oak. Dr. Rebecca Gomez is a native of the DallasFt. Worth area, having grown up in Coppell. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed her residency at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Gomez has a special interest in women’s health and nutrition, in addition to attending to minor emergencies and office procedures. Dr. Gomez treasures the opportunity to get to know her patients and to be involved in the community. She is an active member of First Baptist Church Argyle and serves as a Cub Scout Den Leader. Dr. Gomez and her husband live in Argyle with their two sons. Dr. John Gomez was born in Venezuela but spent most of his childhood in Texas, his father a Spaniard and mother an American. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed his residency in the Scott & White Emergency Medicine program. While working as a full-time physician in several hospital emergency room settings, Dr. Gomez recognized the inefficiencies and lack of personalization that were preventing him from practicing the very best medicine for his patients. He developed a perspective that a more streamlined, patient-centered approach was both possible and a necessity, whether it be in urgent care or primary care. This vision became Rapid Med Urgent Care. Dr. Gomez maintains a special interest in ultrasound and sports medicine with emphasis on concussion management. He currently serves on the LISD Concussion Oversight Team (COT) as physician advisor. Dr. Gomez enjoys his close relationship with the local athletic trainers and Flower Mound High School. The physicians and physician assistants at Rapid Med are highly trained and are instrumental to its success. All providers have extensive Emergency MediSee RAPID MED Page C5


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cine and or Primary care backgrounds. Dr. Devki Jaiswal has been with Rapid Med since 2011, she has special interest in Women’s Health. She attended Odessa State Medical University in Ukraine and North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in Glen Cove, New York. Dr. Jaiswal enjoys building a long-term relationship with each of her patients and is focused on providing high quality health care and education to her patients. William Bono, PA-C, has been with Rapid-Med since 2007 and finds the interaction with patients to be extremely

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cial entertainers throughout the summer. Cities and towns schedule an array of free concerts and outdoor movies. Some local theaters offer weekly G and PG rated movies in the morning for a discounted price. Consider memberships to local rec centers and attractions. If you know you’ll be going to the aquatic center or the zoo frequently this summer, it may be more affordable to simply purchase a membership. And you’ll love the freedom you’ll have, knowing you can visit for an hour or two whenever you’re schedule allows. Attend a local festival or special event! Summer is filled with great events like the Denton Air Show and numerous 4th of July activities. Sign the kids up for a summer camp. They’ll have fun, and you’ll get a much needed break. There are options out their for every interest, age group, and budget (there are even a few free ones). Visit Family eGuide’s Summer Camp Page at the link below for details on area camps.

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Check out cool smart phone apps and websites for outdoor fun and learning: Geocaching.com (A global treasure hunt.) Star Walk (Hold your phone to the skies to see maps of the various constellations.) Satellite Tracker (Track satellites over the earth) Take a tour! Your child can learn the inner workings of the local police station, fire station, grocery store, or theater. Sports arenas such as Cowboys Stadium, the Ballpark in Arlington, and Texas Motor Speedway all offer tours as well. Visit their websites for details. Finally, relax. While kids enjoy lots of stimulation and activities, they need a little downtime, too. Be sure to stock up on books and games for some family fun at home. For more information on all of the activities and camps mentioned, as well as a comprehensive community calendar which includes many more local events, visit www. familyeguide.com. Family eGuide is an online resource of affordable family activities in Flower Mound, Highland Village, and the surrounding communities.

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Highland Village Parks and Recreation Department has planned a summer for your children they will never forget. Join us in the mornings for organized games and activities and then stick around in the afternoon for field trips you won’t find offered by any other kamp out there! Field trips are taken 4 out of 5 days a week, weather permitting. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and additional T-shirts can be purchased for ten dollars each. Our kamps are scheduled weekly so you can customize your summer activities. Kamp starts June 15 and ends August 7 Morning Kamp: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $65 per week Afternoon Kamp: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. $95 per week All Day 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. $160 per week Age: 6-12 years of age Location: McAuliffe Elementary School

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Looking to give your youth or teen something to do? Check out the YMCA's Programs. REGISTER NOW for summer programs: day camp, swim lessons, swim team, basketball and volleyball. Go to www.crosstimbersymca.org for more information on our programs and details on our Healthy Kids Day on April 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cross Timbers Family YMCA 2021 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

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ARGYLE: April 18 - Argyle Clean Up Day from 8-11am at Argyle Town Hall. 940-4647273 May 2 - Community Garage Sale from 8am-2pm at First Baptist Church Argyle, 414 N. Hwy 377. 940-735-5666 May 6 - 2015 Argyle Eagle Golf Classic benefiting the Argyle High School Athletic and Band Booster clubs at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth. 214704-4026 May 9 - Annual Shoot For The Stars Basketball Tournament and Community Event in memory of Alex Betzhold at Argyle High School. 3 on 3 basketball tournament, children’s activities, free heart screenings, blood drive, bike rally, 1 mile Color Run and dinner at Fuzzy’s Taco with live music. 940-390-9090 BARTONVILLE: April 18 - Saddlebrook Estates Spring Garage Sale from 8am-3pm. April 18 - Spring Clean-Up & Recycle Day from 8am–12pm at old Bartonville Store, 96 McMakin Road. Residents only. 817693-5280 May 16 - Armed Forces Day festival at Bartonville Town Center. 940-241-3200 COPPER CANYON: April 7-9 - Senior Citizen’s Retreat at Briarwood Retreat Center, 680 Copper Canyon Rd. Bible studies, bird watching and nature walks as well as activities and entertainment acts. 940-241-2099. April 24-26 - Family Retreat at Briarwood Retreat Center, 680 Copper Canyon Rd. All ages welcome. 940-241-2099. DOUBLE OAK: April 18 - Double Oak Women’s Club Casino Night fundraiser at 7pm at Town Hall. Tickets $25. Table sponsorships available for a $100 donation. 214-9981434 April 21 - Double Oak Women’s Club potluck salad dinner and “white elephant”

exchange at 7pm at 140 Forest Park Lane. www.doubleoakwomensclub.com FLOWER MOUND: April 5 - 43rd Annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6:50am on The Mound near the intersection of FM 3040 & FM 2499. www.summitclub.org April 9-11 - Marcus Marquettes will perform “An Evening at the Museum” in the Marcus High School auditorium at 7pm. Advanced tickets $7 at www. marcusdrillteam.com April 10 - Seniors in Motion 10th Anniversary Celebration at 11am at Shirley Voirin Social Senior Center, 2121 Cross Timbers Road. Complimentary lunch followed by a 1950’s musical tribute performance by Rhonda Medina. RSVP at 972-874-6110. April 11 - Mornings with the Mayor from 8-10am at Grand Park, 6201 Madeline Ln. 972-874-6070 April 14 - Seniors in Motion Flower Mound Town Council Candidate Forum at 11am at Shirley Voirin Social Senior Center, 2121 Cross Timbers Road. No RSVP required. 972-874-6110 April 14 - Women of Flower Mound monthly meeting and dinner at 6:30pm at Bridlewood Golf Club. www. womenofflowermound.org

April 15 - Flower Mound Town Council Candidate Forum at 7pm at Flower Mound Town Hall. Hosted by Bob Weir of The Cross Timbers Gazette. 940-7288284 April 17 - Seniors Standing Tall Coalition presents “A Salute to the Greatest Generation” with USO style decorations, dinner and dancing at Cross Timbers Family YMCA, 2021 Cross Timbers Road. Cost is $5 per person with proceeds going to YMCA. 972-318-5054. April 18 - Spring Trash Off and Environmental/Health Fair in the Home Depot parking lot. Community clean-up from 8:30 to 11am and Environmental/ Health Fair from 10am to 1pm. Activities for children, gardening and composting tips, a shredding service for residents, plant sale, blood drive, various booths with information on health and environmental practices. www.kfmb.org April 18 - Women of Flower Mound Spring Fashion Show at Lantana Golf Club from 10:30am–1pm. Sponsorship Opportunities available. www. womenofflowermound.org. April 18 - Flower Mound Community Orchestra Tribute to Dr. Paul Bonneau Concert at 7:30pm at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. Free event. www.fmco.org

April 22 - Town of Flower Mound Truck Rodeo from 3-4:30pm at the library parking lot, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Children can check out vehicles and equipment from various town departments. 972-8746276 April 25 - Trietsch Trade Day from 8am-3pm at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. Community garage sales, arts & crafts, vendor booths, shop or swap clothing exchange, kids zone, pet adoption, classic car show, food. Free event. Rain date: May 2. www.tmumc.org April 25 - Kid Fish from 9am-12pm at Rheudasil Park, 2401 Lake Forest Boulevard. Free event for youth 16 and under. Rods, reels and bait will be provided. 972-874-6276 May 1 - 2nd annual Denton County Ride for Missing Children at 7am at Lifetime Fitness, 3100 Churchhill Drive. The 100k or 62-mile ride is led by law enforcement to various schools to share safety information as part of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. http:// ride.missingkids.com/ May 1-2 - Multi-family garage sale from 9am-4pm at Victory Therapy Center, 10600 Dunham Rd. All money raised goes toward Victory’s horse therapy program. Follow the signs off Hwy 377. 682-831-1323


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May 1 - Concert in the Park featuring INCOGNITO (Classic Rock and Dance hit music) from 7-9pm at Heritage Park, 600 Spinks Rd. Free event. 972-8746276

LA Fitness). Free event, family friendly, health consults from multiple professions, massages, raffle items, food from My Fit Foods and Luna Mediterranean Grill. 972-966-3333

May 8 - Leadercast 2015 at 8am at Trietsch United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road. Premier leadership training event featuring Peyton Manning, Malala Yousafzai, Ed Catmull, Seth Godin, Rudy Giuliani and others. 972-539-0500

April 25 - Heritage HawkFest 2015 from 2-6pm at Briarhill Middle School, 2100 Briarhill Boulevard. Zip lines, rock wall climbing, bounce houses, karaoke, dunking booth, face painting, crafts, and silent auction. www.Heritage-PTA.com

May 16 - Backing the Badge festival benefiting the police and fire department at Jake’s Hilltop Park, 4975 Timber Creek Rd. 5k fun run, live entertainment, children’s activities, sponsor booths, food trucks, PD vs FD softball game. www. summitclub.org

May 1 - Movie in the Park: Big Hero 6 at 6pm at Pilot Knoll Park, 218A Orchid Hill Rd. Free event. 972-317-7430

HIGHLAND VILLAGE: April 9 - Casino Night from 6-9pm at Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living, 110 Barnett Blvd. Raffle drawings and more. Sponsorship opportunities available. 972-317-7733

April 21 - Lantana Ladies League Movie on the Green: Sex and the City from 7-9:30pm at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Dr. Free event open to nonmembers. www.lantanaladiesleague. com

April 9 - Sip, Shop & Serve from 6:309pm at The Shops at Highland Village. Strolling entertainment, complementary wine. Recommended $10 donation for Denton County Friends of the Family. 972-317-7500

April 25 - Lantana Earth Day from 9am12pm in the North Amenity Center parking lot. Hazardous household waste collection, bulk item disposal, computers/electronics/ appliances disposal, prescription medication dropoff, document shredding, children’s activities, vendors, food. 940-728-5050

April 11 - Family Campout starting at 2:30pm at Pilot Knoll Park, 218A Orchid Hill Rd. Tent decorating contest, S’mores, nature hunt and a late night movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. $50 per campsite. 972-317-7430 April 11 - 4th Annual Viking 5K/1 Mile Fun Run benefiting Highland Village Elementary School at 7am at Highland Village Elementary School, 301 Brazos Blvd. 940-395-3556 April 13 - Denton County Transportation Authority Open House from 6:30-7:30pm at Highland Village Municipal Complex, 1000 Highland Village Road. DCTA staff will provide projects update. www. RideDCTA.net April 16 - Community Appreciation Event from 6-9pm at HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab, 200 Marketplace Lane, Suite 225 (between Walmart and

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3 tastings of wine and 1 food item at each participating winery. 800-457-6338 April 11 - Denton County Dash 5K Walk/ Run at 9am at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 1301 S. Railroad St. Free community event to bring awareness to the impact of cardiovascular disease in Denton County. 972-434-4715 April 11 - Enchanted Antics by Sonu Varkey - deception specialist. Shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at MCL Grand

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Theater, 100 N. Charles St, Lewisville. Tickets in advance only at 469-8677668. April 11 - Free North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum from 8am-12pm at Lewisville High School, 1098 W. Main St. 940-497-5031 April 11 - Texas Star Gala benefiting Communities In Schools of North Texas See CALENDAR Page C12

LANTANA: April 18 - Lantana Spring Garage Sale from 8am-3:30pm. 940-728-1660

NEARBY AREAS: April 10-11 - North Texas Book Festival at 6pm on April 10 and 9am-4pm on April 11 at Patterson Appleton Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St., Denton. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. www.ntbf.org April 10-12 - Day Out With Thomas at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main Street, Grapevine. 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. 817-4103185 April 11 - Northlake Town Clean-Up Day at Northlake Town Hall, 1400 FM 407. Document shredding from 10am-12pm. 940-382-8487 April 11 - 23rd Annual Blessing of the Vines & New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail from 10am-5pm in Grapevine. $55 admission includes souvenir wine glass,

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at 6:30pm at Embassy Suites Outdoor World, 2401 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine. 972-538-9930 April 13 - Cloud 9 Charities Giving and Golf at Oakmont Country Club to fight against Alzheimer’s. Registration at 8:30am with a 10am start. www.cloud9charities.org April 17-19 - Day Out With Thomas at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main Street, Grapevine. 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. 817-4103185 April 18 - Mothers of Young Children Annual Garage Sale from 7am-2pm at

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St. Ann Parish, 180 Samuel Boulevard, Coppell. Donations of unwanted items accepted until April 12. 214-701-2425 or 972-841-3032. April 18 - Daddy Daughter Dance “Candy Land Delight” from 6-9pm at Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950-B South Valley Pkwy, Lewisville. Appetizers, dancing, life-size Candy Land game, complimentary photo. Cost is $20 per person. 972-219-5061 April 18 & 25 - Justin City-Wide Clean Up Day from 8am-4pm at southeast corner of FM 156 & FM 407W (1st St.) across railroad tracks. 940-648-2541 April 21 - LISD Board of Trustees Candidate Forum sponsored by LISD

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Council of PTA’s from 6:30-8pm at the Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St., Lewisville. Moderated by Dawn Cobb of The Cross Timbers Gazette. www.lisdpta.org

April 25 - Denton County Master Gardener Association Annual Plant Sale from 9am2pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6333 Hobson Lane, Denton. 940-3492883

April 24 - Senior Health Fair from 8:3011:30am at Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway, Lewisville. Free event featuring fun walk along with over 80 vendors, door prizes, samples. 972-219-5050

April 28 - Winning The Fight 4th Annual Miniature Golf Tournament from 6-9pm at Zone Action Park, 1951 Summit Avenue, Lewisville. www.wtf-winningthefight.org

April 25 - Walk Against Child Abuse from 8am-12pm at Lewisville High School Ben Harmon Campus, 1250 Round Grove Rd, Lewisville. 5K run, 5K walk, vendor booths and entertainment. 972-2213910

May 6 - 16th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to be held at 6:45am at Lakeland Baptist Church, 397 Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville. Lisa Harper will be guest speaker with music by Reign. Tickets: 972-436-4561. Submit your event to dawn@crosstimbersgazette.com


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

Chinn's Chapel United Methodist Church

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

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The Pastor’s Place Let Him Take The Wheel By Chuck Hittle, Senior Pastor of Shiloh Church in Flower Mound

I would like to tell you a story. A story about one of the worst and most dangerous periods in automobile history. A time when (in Dallas) it wasn’t safe to venture out onto the roads without fear of bodily harm. Let me begin by explaining this dangerous time, it was the 13 months that followed my 16th birthday. Thirteen months of pure danger, as I began to drive my mother’s only car; the family’s only car. Now here comes the good part; these were 13 months in my life in which I wrecked that car five times. I can almost hear you laughing as I write these words, and I don’t want to give you more fuel to fire your laughter, but one time I wrecked it on the way home from the body shop. In the midst of all that, my mom would stand by the door to her newly fixed car just before we would embark on some journey together and say “do you want

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me to drive or do you want to?” Believe me, after a couple of wrecks I thought this option would stop, but it did not. Each time I was dumbfounded and confused, but I would jump behind the wheel and go, not totally understanding the great things that were being taught to me. You know, as I write this to you, I feel that the Lord just dropped the thought in my brain, that life is a lot like my story. We drive through life, doing our jobs, working along our own roads but wrecking our life from time to time. Some totally wreck their lives, others only partially, but a wreck is a wreck. It occurs to me that all along the way God has always said “Chuck, do you want me to drive or do you want to?” Each time I would say “no thanks Lord I can handle it” and with the same love my mother showed, God would say “Okay.” Nowadays, when my feet hit the floor in the mornings, I’ll say out loud, “You drive Lord, I’m with you.” I study the map (our Bible) surrender to His plan and direction, His promptings and destination for the day, and off we go.

“Chuck, do you want me to drive or do you want to?” Each time I would say “no thanks Lord I can handle it.”

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MEET THE CANDIDATES Early voting begins on April 27 for the May 9 municipal and school board elections across southern Denton County. The Cross Timbers Gazette asked each candidate in a contested race to answer a short questionnaire to help you make an informed decision at the polls. Here are their responses: TOWN OF BARTONVILLE Three council member seats - Places 1, 3, and 5 – are up for re-election in Bartonville though Place 5 (Jim Langford) does not have a challenger. In addition, a special election will be held to vote on a proposition for the continuation of the Bartonville Crime Control and Prevention District and the Crime Control Prevention Sales Tax for 20 years. Bartonville Town Council - Place 1: Jeff Traylor Age: 49 Current Occupation: Self Employed Education: BS Computer Information Systems To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? Treitsch United Methodist Church Why should you be re-elected?/What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? I have been a resident for over 20 years, and I have been serving you on the Bartonville Town Council for almost 2 years. In that time we have accomplished many great things. Unlike the councils of the past, we communicate what is going on. We ensure that you receive clear and on-time notifications of what is happening at Town Hall. We have added back the newsletter and instituted timely email communications that provide a greater understanding of what is happening. We have improved the Planning and Zoning request notifications by enlarging the signs and improving the posting distances. Last but not least, what I consider to be one of the most significant changes, we no longer allow people to attack other citizens during town meetings. All of this is just common sense stuff but was lacking in the past. We have focused on our roads. Many bad spots were obvious, but in just driving around you might not notice the structure under our roads is failing. This occurs due to years of neglect. Over the past several years, little to no money was invested into our streets. It had gotten so bad that we were forced to replace an entire section of Jeter Road. This was a $200,000 repair. We are now looking at several other areas that if left unattended will result in a complete replacement. That is why we are taking action now. It’s not glamorous and it’s not cheap, but it is the only way to prevent long term failure of our roads. Commercial Development is a hot topic. Having more commercial development could raise additional sales tax. Is that worth selling out the one thing Bartonville has that everyone wants…A rural country feel??? I have said NO and will continue to say NO! Keeping our town government small will allow us to afford the road repairs we need and keep our focus on the pulse of what our town desires. To some it’s all about how much tax money can we get. Not my view. We have supported P&Z’s request to add restrictions on commercial development. I even support additional setback requirements to provide even more open space between business and residential. The council and I voted to prevent a Lantana sewer line from being extended into Bartonville. Our effort is to reduce the opportunity for commercial development. I voted against a high density home development. We are a 2 acre minimum town and we will stay that way. We have garnered agreements for additional water line improvements in Stone Crest estates; due to current line sizes fire support is not there. I have attended every council meeting during my term. I responded to all my emails and phone calls. Just a note, I only have one number 972-824-8605. I am committed to listen to what our residents have to say. If you want, I will drop by your home, call you on the phone or send you an email. I vote on items that are in the best interest of the town. This is true even when I might not personally agree with the vote. How I feel is not the point. I represent the town not just one resident. I have been criticized for openly stating my position on things. I am not a politician. No half-truths from me. At times we might not agree, but I will always respect you and your opinion. That is how life

should be in our town. People that do not like me for my positions still get a hand shake from me. I appreciate the opportunity to have been your council member for the past term and I hope you will re-elect me on May 9th. EDITOR’S NOTE: Place 1 Candidate Jim Foringer did not submit a questionnaire. Bartonville Town Council - Place 3: Ron Robertson Age: 59 Current Occupation: CEO and President of Robertson Pools, Inc. Education: High school Why should you be elected? I possess over 21 years of experience in municipal government and understand the operations and Texas government code, Roberts rules of orders and what the makeup and operations of town government consists of. Knowing what you can and cannot do. Appreciate and support the contribution of staff and their responsibilities. Allowing staff to conduct business as needed without micromanaging. Give them the tools and budget to function in a positive manner. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? To manage the growth of the economic impact on our borders, which greatly impacts our town’s financial stability, while maintaining a rural atmosphere. Maintaining and controlling the current land use plan, which is the guideline for commercial and residential development. Provide sewer to the existing commercial businesses and create a business association or commercial chamber of commerce, to come together for the betterment for citizens of Bartonville. Protect and covet the rural atmosphere we all enjoy. Website/Facebook or Email: Ron4TheTown@yahoo.com Clay Sams Age: 68 City/Town of Residence: Bartonville Current Occupation (if retired, past occupation): Southwest Regional Operations Manager, Mohawk Industries. Retired 2005 Education: Troy High, U.S institute of Technology/ Material Facilities Specialist To what civic organizations do you belong? Attend Lamb of God Lutheran Church Why should you be re-elected? As a 30-year resident of Bartonville, I want to continue to serve and give back a small portion of that which the community has given me and my family. As Bartonville continues to face future commercial development pressures, we need to apply an intelligent, logical and common sense-approach when addressing and managing all future development as it applies to the Master Sewer Plan. As you travel the roads of Bartonville, you should be mindful that there is no other place near here like Bartonville. It is country - and I want to keep it so for those that follow. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? One of the major challenges that continue to face our community is striving to create a sense of community among all of its citizens. The internal controversy over the past few years has been costly to our small community’s psyche and reputation. Bartonville is a unique town with enormous qualities, and we must always strive to put our pride and spirit on display for all to see. It is a task that will require participation by the entire community, and an investment that will pay dividends forever. The challenges facing our police department will continue to be an evolving process, and must be addressed as the community grows and the Kroger Center is fully developed. No one can foresee what the future needs will be, but should be addressed on an as- needed basis. Our new police chief is in the process of interviewing candidates to fill the third position as a full time peace officer. We continue to face challenges to maintain and repair our roads. We must budget our funds wisely, and accomplish this without raising taxes. The council has a fiduciary responsibility to create and adhere to the annual budget without adding debt to the town.

Website/Facebook or Email: Place3@townofbartonville.com TOWN OF FLOWER MOUND Three council member seats - Places 1, 3, and 5 – are up for grabs in Flower Mound with two seats being vacated by current council members. All three seats drew two candidates vying for each. Jean Levenick and Mark Wise both announced they would not be seeking re-election to their respective seats. Last year, the town election was cancelled when no challengers filed for the vacant seats – the first time the town has cancelled an election in many years. Flower Mound Town Council - Place 1: Brian Rountree Age: 52 Current Occupation: Technical Instructor, Raytheon Corporation. Providing classroom, computer and simulator training to FAA air traffic controllers. Education: 1981 graduate of Lewisville High School. Bachelor’s Degree University of North Texas. To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? Rejoice Lutheran Church, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Area Republican Club Why should you be elected? I oppose high density development in Flower Mound, especially when it is going to severely increase traffic congestion along FM2499. Unlike our current leadership, I will vote against Master Plan zoning changes that ignore SMARTGrowth standards. I will add balance to a Council that is currently approving almost every development that is put before them and raise the bar back to where Flower Mound citizens expect it to be. I have no business ties, banker friends or cozy relationships with developers which will affect my judgement when making decisions in the best interest of our citizens or the long-term health of our community. Being a native Texan and resident of the area longer than any current Town leader, I take particular pride in the natural beauty and rural heritage of our Town. That is why I will work with concerned citizens and Town officials to do a better job of reducing wholesale tree destruction, especially to our ancient native Post Oak trees. I will live here and will stay here long after my service to this Town has concluded and have no desire for higher office beyond my service on the Town Council. I will speak truthfully, forcefully and always put the concerns of existing citizens ahead of the desires of new developers coming to Town. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? I believe the current Town leadership has not done enough to follow our SMARTGrowth standards, allowing too much development to happen too fast. The very standards that made Flower Mound special and the envy of the Metroplex have been challenged with ever increasing examples of high density development. Many regular citizens are rightfully alarmed that the very reasons they moved here are being threatened with each new Master Plan change. Our trees and open spaces are disappearing and the ‘rural atmosphere’ that we cherish may soon be a thing of the past. I will vote against high density development that does not adhere to our SMARTGrowth standards, especially high density along FM2499 that pours unsustainable amounts of traffic into this Town’s main artery. I will fight to strengthen our tree ordinances and work with other FM leaders to explore creative new avenues for preserving our remaining open spaces and ancient native post oak trees. I will encourage the Town leadership to do a better job with transparency standards and work towards the implementation of a new social media policy for Town officials. Website/Facebook or Email: www.br4fmtc.com; www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Rountree-forTown-Council-Place-1/642837262509383 Michael Walker Age: 68 Current Occupation: Semi-Retired, Parttime Group Benefits Consultant Education: Master of Urban and Regional

Planning - Virginia Tech; B. A. - Fairfield University To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? St. Philip the Apostle Church; Board Member, Board of Directors – Youth and Family Counseling; President, Board of Directors – DFW Chapter of the Community Associations Institute; Member, Office of History & Culture, Certified Local Government Commission - Denton County; Member, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce; American Legion; Military Officers Association of America, and the Association of the U.S. Army Why should you be re-elected? I am seeking reelection to this office because I want to continue to help guide Flower Mound’s future. I moved to Flower Mound in 1995 due to its unique suburban setting, environmental qualities, and accessibility to the Metroplex and DFW Airport. I believe in community service, and have a 12 year record of volunteering for Town service. As a result, I am very interested in the overall welfare of our Town. That experience, coupled with my background in financial management, land use planning and citizen involvement, compels me to contribute as a Councilmember. In addition, I chose to pursue re-election due to the challenges of potential development in Flower Mound to make sure that the Town’s public facilities and services are more than adequate to meet the current and future demands of our residents. I have valuable private industry, state and local government experience that allows me to better understand private and Town concerns. My knowledge of our Town’s issues and challenges are helped by currently serving on the Town Council and prior service on the following Town boards and commissions over the last 12 years: Planning and Zoning Commission, Transportation Commission (Chairman), Board of Adjustment, Oil & Gas Board of Appeals, and Park Board. I also am the past President of the Bridlewood HOA, Inc. And based on my HOA experiences, I am the current President, Board of Directors of the DFW Chapter, Community Association Institute representing 900,000 HOA residents across the Metroplex. I spent 25 years working as an investments manager for large insurance and financial services companies, pension funds and international investors. My earlier career involved land use planning for an engineering company, the State of Colorado’s Division of Local Government and Fairfax County, Virginia. I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve having served in Infantry, Adjutant General and Civil Affairs branches. I earned a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a B.A. Degree from Fairfield University. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? The need to address the current increase in interest in the Town by developers is our greatest challenge. The way to manage this renewed interest is to continue to develop a reputation that we meet and exceed the needs of our residents, and at the same time are reasonable, but selective, in the types and location of homes and businesses that match both our citizens’ current requirements, the Master Plan and SMARTGrowth analysis. The costs of new developments that take place in our Town are paid for primarily by the developers themselves through impact fees, various land dedications, development regulation expenses and the new businesses and residents that are located within the actual developments. It is my obligation to evaluate if new developments meet this metric and are beneficial and reasonable proposals. For example, our mixed-use and traditional zoning ordinances are allowing innovative projects such as The Riverwalk at Central Park, Lakeside DFW and Canyon Falls with their new diverse retail, office and housing options. Those developments offer more locations for new businesses and homebuyers, empty nesters and current residents. Another example of this is the recently approved Courtyard by Marriott hotel at The Riverwalk at Central Park. I will continue to make sure the businesses and housing types available in Flower Mound are appropriate for their specific location and nearby amenities. The economic vitality of our community is based on the effective planning for demands and needs coupled with the pressure is to make sure new development is appropriate without sacrificing our overall quality of life and character. This concept is what has made Flower Mound unique within the Metroplex. The growth of our Town is inevitable based on our accessibility, location between Dallas and Fort Worth, and close proximity to DFW Airport. Faced with this growth


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MEET THE CANDIDATES pressure, I would continue to use my planning experiences, our Master Plan, zoning ordinances and SMARTGrowth Program to evaluate potential land use changes and support only what is positive for the Town’s future design and a net benefit for our residents. Website/Facebook or Email: www.facebook. com/WalkerForFM Flower Mound Town Council - Place 3: Kevin Bryant Age: 44 Current Occupation: Business Objects Systems Administrator for Fed Ex Office Education: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Phoenix To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? My family and I are members of Flower Mound United Methodist Church; I am a committee member for BSA troop 451. I am also a member of FMHS Football boosters, and FMHS Band boosters, and FMHS PTSA Why should you be elected? I believe we need a different voice on FM Town council. We have gotten away from putting the concerns of FM residents first. We are putting ourselves in a vulnerable position by changing our Master Plan so often just to meet the desires of developers. Our Master Plan is the voice of the town as it was written by the people; it is the vision of Flower Mound. I believe that changes to the Master Plan should benefit the town as a whole and not just specific developers. I know that our town must grow in order to maintain the high standard of living we have. We should not sacrifice the things that make Flower Mound beautiful and unique to grow. I want to see The Riverwalk and Lakeside be successful. I also want to see existing retail centers to be successful. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? A concern we have is getting more families to move to Flower Mound. When I moved my family here just over ten years ago, we fell in love with the amazing schools, the safe neighborhoods, the beautiful park and trail system, and the relaxed atmosphere. We found a house in our price range with a good yard and walking distance to our elementary and middle schools. I want to bring that perspective to Town Council. Website/Facebook or Email: Website: www. KBforFMTC.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/ KBforFMTC Don McDaniel Age: 47 Current Occupation: Self-employed, stay-athome Dad Education: Graduated from Harlingen High School in 1986 To what religious and civic organizations do you belong?: Flower Mound Planning & Zoning Commission 2013-Present; president of McKamy Middle School PTA; member of Flower Mound Men’s Softball League 2013-present; member of Flower Mound Summit Club; member of Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce; member of Flower Mound Area Republican Club; member of Congregation Kol Ami; served with Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, North Texas Food Bank, Vogel Alcove, S.M. Wright Foundation Why should you be elected? I will bring an experienced voice to the council that has no connection to special interests. I am not a developer, a large land owner, a broker, a realtor, or a builder nor am I related to any of them. I am an average citizen of our town that has educated himself on the issues important to all of us and have volunteered my time to that end. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? There is a growing division in Flower Mound between property owners/developers and average home owners. While there is some basis to this, I do not believe that the rift is as big or as jagged as some would have us think. I would work hard to make sure that there is always a dialogue happening and that town business is as transparent as possible to help alleviate some of these concerns. It is easy to think the worst of an individual or group with whom you have not met or had a conversation. Real understanding and compromise comes

from legitimate communication I will strive to always be the communication. Website/Facebook or Email: McDanielForTownCouncil; verizon.net

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Flower Mound Town Council - Place 5: Itamar Gelbman Age: 33 Current Occupation: Security provider and consultant for high risk individuals and organizations. Education: B.S. Computer Science and Business Management To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? Kol Ami Temple. U.S. Air Force – Civil Air Patrol. Gary Sinise Foundation (building smart homes for wounded soldiers) Why should you be elected? I am a former Army Lieutenant and an experienced business owner. My experience and leadership skills will be an asset to our town. I am very committed to Flower Mound I. have four children (ages 9, 7 and newborn twins) who I want to raise in Flower Mound and call Flower Mound their home when they start their own families. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? Haphazard growth. Implementation of a long term well thought out plan for growth. This plan needs to benefit the residents of Flower Mound. It’s essential that we preserve and improve property values while maintaining Flower Mound unique characteristics. Website/Facebook or Email: www.facebook. com/gelbmanfortexas Carol A. Kyer Age: 51 Current Occupation: Community Volunteer Education: Graduated with Technical Certificate from Shawsheen Tech High School, Some college To what religious and civic organizations do you belong?: St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Communities In Schools of North Texas, Board Officer; United Way of Denton County, Board Officer; Denton County Citizens Commission on Mental Health, board member Why should you be elected? I am not running for Place 5 because I have any issues to address. It is a habit of candidates to use issues to state why they are running for a public office. As a 22 year resident of Flower Mound, I have seen this town grow from a population of 18,000 to over 69,000. My children were raised here attending Flower Mound schools and playing at the parks in our community. My family has donated countless hours to making this town a great place to live; somewhere other families want to come and raise their families. I want to help keep this the wonderful town that it is now and help plan for the future residents who want to live here. As I have stated before, I have lived in this community for 22 years and know (and experienced) a substantial portion of its history. My history shows that I am here for the long run and will honor my commitment to this Town. What are the main challenges facing your town and how would you resolve them? One of the main challenges that Flower Mound is constantly facing is growth. Residential and industrial building permits will always be wanted by people and businesses that want to be part of our community. We have to make sure that communications between all the parties stay open so that, as we continue to grow, it is done in a responsible manner. As the town continues to grow and its population ages, it will be important that Flower Mound keeps all ages in mind when development is addressed. Housing, public facilities, parks, and any town supported items developed in the future need to include all of the aspects of our changing population. This will make Flower Mound the place where everyone, no matter what age or income, will want to come and live. Website/Facebook or Email: Facebook page: www.facebook.com/carolkyerforflowermound The Cross Timbers Gazette will host a televised Flower Mound Town Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound

Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Road. The public is invited to submit questions for the candidates to dawn@crosstimbersgazette.com. Questions should be worded in a general way so all candidates can respond to them. The deadline to email questions in advance is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 13. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to submit questions at the forum. Lewisville ISD candidates are also expected to appear and will have 3 minutes each to address the public at the beginning of the forum. LEWISVILLE ISD Places 1 and 2 on the Lewisville ISD’s board of trustees will be up for re-election this year. Three candidates have filed for Place 1 with two vying for the Place 2 seat though one has indicated he will not be actively seeking election to the seat. Roger Myers submitted notification that he did not intend to run against incumbent Trisha Sheffield but it was not notarized in time to be removed from the ballot. Lewisville ISD - Place 1: Kathy Duke Age: 47 Current Occupation: Insurance Agent Property Casualty Education: Bachelors Degree from UNT To what religious and civic organizations do you belong?: Treitsch First United Methodist Church; Communities in Schools of N TX board and incoming President, Flower Mound Rotary Club, Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, United Way Mental Health Committee, PTA member. I have served other boards in the past and still support - YMCA, PediPlace, Youth and Family Counseling, Lewisville Education Foundation, LISD Bond Oversight Committee, City of Lewisville Board of Adjustment, Women Business owners of Denton County, NAWBO, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, Various committees within Treitsch, Past Chairman of Flower Mound Chamber, FM Rotary Past President, Southern Denton County Neighbor to Neighbor, Heros of Denton County and various Booster clubs in LISD. Why should you be re-elected? “My desire to

run again is based on my unwavering support for educating the children of our community” “Never before have the budgetary challenges to our schools been greater than today, so I do believe this is the time we can’t afford to entrust the board to anyone other than a fiscally conservative and experienced advocate for our children”. I represent all of our students. I want to be a voice for them all no matter where they live or attend school. I have been and will continue to represent and support all of our staff. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? Any issues have to be resolved by the entire board. One board member does not make changes alone. It is a board of 7. Our board has budgetary concerns. We have to continue to work with our Administration to review everything and make the best fiscally responsible decisions. We have to continue to advocate with our Legislatures about local control in our district and return funding to our district and our students where it belongs. We have to continue to look at the diversity in our district. It is imperative to remember that EVERY child is different. We must educate them all, serve them all and help them become our future leaders. Website/Facebook or Email: www.facebook. com/kathyduke4lisd Mary Smith Age: 47 Current Occupation: Lab Assistant / Phlebotomist Education: B.A. Biblical Theology Dallas Christian College, Masters of Art in Christian Ministry at Dallas Baptist University (in progress) To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? New Beginning Church, Lewisville Industrial Development Corporation Place No. 2, Lewisville Housing Finance Corporation Place 4 and CCA volunteer Why should you be elected? One my greatest strength is my ability to find communality between different parties and bring them together to work as one. My deep passion for education is to See MEET THE CANDIDATES Page C16


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MEET THE CANDIDATES present every student with every opportunity to succeed and be equipped for life ahead. I am determined to deconstruct road blocks to allow open communication amongst, teachers, parents and administrative officials to work in unison in the interest of the students. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? The one challenge that I see is transparency between the parents in the district. In order to resolve this we need to create more opportunities to make parents aware of what is transpiring within the district. I am aware that baby steps needs to be taken in order to accomplish transparency on a consistent basis. Website/Facebook or Email: facebook.com/ MarySmithPlace6 Kronda Thimesch Age: 47 Current Occupation: Co-Owner of Green Meadows Landscaping Education: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? We have been members of Bent Tree Fellowship for 19 years. In leadership roles, I am currently serving as Vice President of Fundraising for the Hebron Football Booster Club, and was appointed by the Lewisville ISD Board to serve on the LISD Bond Oversight Committee, where I help supervise the administration and disbursement of the 2008 Bond Package. Other LISD service includes Rockbrook Elementary Mentorship Program, the Hebron High Building Leadership Team, and membership in the Killian MS PTA and Hebron HS PTSA. Outside of LISD, I am presently the Chair of the Castle Hills Grant Foundation, a member of the Flower Mound and Lewisville Chambers of Commerce, Women of Flower Mound, and I volunteer with my family at Operation Kindness. Why should you be elected? Very simply, I feel called to take the next step in my service to Lewisville ISD. I have lived in three different feeder patterns in the district, raising four children in LISD schools, and have had a front-row seat to the progression of the district over the last 25 years. I feel that I can bring my experience as an employer, civic leader and school supporter to

help LISD shine in every capacity. My husband and I attended public schools, and I am raising my children in public schools, and I feel it is my turn to give back to public schools. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? The issue that I believe our school board and superintendent aren’t addressing which is critical to LISD’s future success is our lack of systems and standards. We have allowed site-based control for so long, and it was “just the way it was always done”… but there must be some level of standardization. Families have the right to expect high standards on every campus. Homeowners have the right to expect strong property values in every community. Parents have the right to understand what the curricula will be, and students have the right to expect to have an equitable experience no matter what elementary, middle or high school they attend. We can and should continue to hire and support strong principals who can lead as the “chief education officer” on his or her campus -- but we must remember that each campus is one star in the LISD constellation, and all must shine together. Website/Facebook or Email: www.KrondaLISD.com Lewisville ISD - Place 2: Trisha Sheffield Age: 45 Current Occupation: Community Volunteer/ Copywriter Education: B.B.A. Marketing/Management - Texas A&M University; Secondary Teacher Certification - University of Texas at Dallas To what religious and civic organizations do you belong?: First Baptist Church Carrollton, North Dallas-Hebron Area Alumnae Panhellenic, Speak Up for Texas Public Schools, Lewisville ISD Education Foundation; North Texas Area Association of School Boards, Hebron High School PTSA, Hebron Choir Booster Club, Hebron Cross Country/Track Booster Club Why should you be re-elected? While there will be another person listed on the ballot for Place 2, he has withdrawn from the campaign (technical error required his name still be listed) and does not wish to serve on the School Board. However,

although I am unchallenged for this position, I still believe I am the right person for the job. Our Board and District has seen tremendous change in the last three years. Although we have much to celebrate, we also have some challenges and areas that need improvement. We are taking steps to evaluate major program areas and initiatives and focus on student achievement, and I think my input and leadership still are important to these tasks. This, too, is a time of transition for our district as we search for a new superintendent, and maintaining strong leadership in the boardroom is important. In serving this past year as President of the Board of Trustees, I have worked hard to create a culture of collaboration that opens the door to communication, builds a positive climate, and establishes an ongoing dialogue focused on excellence and achievement. While the work has not been mine alone, I do believe my leadership has helped shift the culture and broaden the conversation around the work we do in LISD. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? I believe the primary focus of a School Board should be on student achievement. Lewisville ISD is a high performing school district, and I am proud of the work of our students and teachers. However, I also believe you have to remain intentional in those efforts in order to realize long-term success. The students and communities we serve are diverse and ever changing, and we have to be responsive and proactive to shifting demographics. We want to look at providing additional resources not only to campuses where higher needs exist but also across the district where gaps in staffing have created an undue burden on teachers, programs, and campuses. Although still very early in the budget development process, we currently are looking at an almost $23 million reduction in state funding next school year, which makes the financial forecast a bit uncertain at this point. While we continue to look for opportunities for savings, there exist some areas outside our control (i.e rising transportation and custodial costs and legislative decisions to eliminate funding the TRS tax) that squeeze our budget. Additionally, we must continue to look at improving processes and systems in LISD to ensure transparency, equity, and efficiency. The audit and review of various departments and programs has provided a springboard for improvements, and we are reviewing our facilities plan in concert with bond funds to make sure how and why we spend our dollars is meaningful and well-prioritized. While I do not believe in a “cookie cutter” approach to education, I do believe a district needs to ensure instructional standards are consistent and high in all schools. Website/Facebook or Email: www. sheffieldforlisd.com and www.facebook.com/ pages/Trisha-Sheffield-LISD-Board-of-TrusteesPlace-2/131314593656166 ARGYLE ISD Two at-large seats on the Argyle ISD board of trustees are up for re-election, drawing a new slate of candidates when board president Eric Fields and board vice president Spencer Jefferies opted not to file for re-election.

Kellye Baum Age: 47 Current Occupation: 1st Grade Teacher in Denton ISD Education: Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? St Laurence Church, Southlake, TX Why should you be elected? I would love to the serve the students and faculty members of Argyle ISD, and I will provide a unique insight that will be beneficial to the board and our district for I am an educator as well as an Argyle mom. I have been involved in education most of my life. As a teacher in both public and private schools since 1991, I have been employed by HEB ISD, Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, Keller ISD, and Denton ISD and have taught Pre-K, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. My children have attended Argyle Intermediate School and Argyle Middle School and currently attend Argyle High School, participating in various academic and athletic activities. They also have attended public schools in Keller ISD and Westlake Academy as well as a private school in England. In each of these schools, I have observed various strengths and weaknesses that have given me insight into best practices. Furthermore, my experience as a teacher and as a parent in a variety of academic settings will be an asset as the board sets priorities within budgetary realities. Having a diverse school board that represents our student population and our families is important, and as a woman on the school board, I will bring diversity and an important perspective to the board. I have the best interests of ALL the students in Argyle ISD at heart, and I want to do everything I can to support the work of the teachers and administrators to help ALL of our children attain their maximum potential. My children are nearing the end of their educational careers in Argyle ISD as our son is graduating in June and our daughter will be a junior in the fall. I will be able to devote the time and the objectivity necessary for good decision making and will provide transparency to our taxpayers; these traits are of utmost importance when serving the public. I would be honored to be elected to the school board in order to serve our community and our next generation of students. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? Managing our growth while maintaining and even exceeding our current level of achievement as well as continuing to offer more opportunities for students should be our focus in Argyle ISD. The expectation of excellence is what sets us apart from most school districts. We must ensure that this expectation is supported in academics, in athletics, and in all activities. Every child needs to have a place to fit in and be supported to reach his or her fullest potential, and we must ensure that we are doing everything possible to provide rich opportunities for every student. We must continue to recruit and retain the best teachers, coaches and administrators. We must add electives and core courses to meet the demands of the new


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MEET THE CANDIDATES graduation paths for the class of 2018 and beyond. Also, we must meet the technological demands of the future so our children are prepared for college and the world beyond. In addition, our school district must plan for future growth. Because we are a growing community, we must work closely with the town council in order to address the impact of community growth on our schools. If the town council and school board work together, we can be proactive with regard to staffing and facilities. We always must strive for continuous improvement while managing our tax dollars wisely. When our schools, community, and school board work together, we can continue to be the best that we can be. Jeff Day Current Occupation: Pediatrician Education: University of Texas, Austin-BA Biology 1993; University of Texas HSC-Houston-M.D. 1998 To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? MemberCross Timbers Community Church Why should you be elected? I think most people move to Argyle for the small town feel and the great schools that it provides for its citizens. When I completed my residency, my family and I moved back to this area. I am a pediatrician and I have cared for children in this community for the last 14 years. My family has lived in Argyle for 11 years. My wife Jennifer and I have two kids at Argyle High (Monte and Gretchen) and one at Hilltop Elementary (Brooks). We have thoroughly enjoyed the school system and all three kids have reaped its benefits. My career as a physician has sharpened not only my decision making skills but also my listening abilities. I will research the pros and cons of issues in order to make educated, informed decisions. My entire educational experience from kindergarten through medical school was in the public system and I have thrived because of it. I think that it is time for me to give back and have therefore submitted my candidacy. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? The next several years are a critical time period as our quaint little district will experience exponential growth. It is imperative that the board and superintendent guide this transition in a punctual and fiscally responsible manner that maintains the academic and athletic excellence that we have become accustomed to. This is a tall order. I have the acumen necessary to dissect the issues (whether fiscal issues, personnel issues, or educational policies) to help insure that the growth is smart and productive. Website/Facebook or Email: www.facebook. com/pages/Elect-Jeffrey-L-Day-Argyle-ISDBoard-of-Trustees/892285424167413 Randy McKellar Age: 58 Current Occupation: Consultant/Writer Education: Bachelor of Science – Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? Methodist church, SAR – Sons of the American Revolution; volunteer with AHS Marching Band Why should you be elected? In order to function properly as an oversight and advisory board, the school board needs both new members and experienced members. It needs perspectives of those who currently have children in the district and of those whose children have graduated. I have served on the board in the past, helped to plan for new buildings, student growth, and for the push for excellence in our academic, arts, and athletic programs. I have served as board secretary and board president, so I understand the process, the legal limitations, and the importance of a cooperative relationship with the administration and teaching staff. The Argyle board needs another experienced board member to help the need for change and growth with continuing excellence for every student at every grade level.

What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? The main challenge facing Argyle ISD is maintaining and strengthening our character and our commitment to providing the best possible educational environment for our students. As we continue to grow over the next 3 years, the board will choose where and how to invest our tax dollars, expand staff and programs. Those decisions must always be open to the public and must always be focused on improving the quality of the educational environment. I would help to resolve them by helping the board to remain independent, asking questions of the administration and staff in a way that is supportive, but also analytical, looking for innovation, but also acknowledging the current strengths of our programs and our staff. The administration needs a board that supports the mission and the staff in a way that encourages a commitment to excellence, a commitment to service, and a commitment to the success and well-being of every student. Website/Facebook or Email: randy@rsmckellar. net Mark Miracle Age: 44 Current Occupation: Owner/Partner for Enterprise Medical Management Education: Bachelors in Zoology from Texas Tech University; MBA from West Texas A&M

University To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? I attend Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak and Co-lead a Men’s Discipleship Group. I have lived in Argyle since May 2012 after expanding my company to the DFW area. I have been an active Board Member of the Argyle Band Booster Club, serving as President in 2013-2014 school year. I have a long history of service on boards such as Worth the Wait, March of Dimes, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, and Reach Out and Read Program. Each of these programs strive to improve communities by impacting the lives of people through education, outreach, collaboration to create new ideas, medical intervention as necessary, and placing resources in the hands of people to influence change. Why should you be elected? I believe I am gifted in service to others. I have developed businesses in both the For Profit and Not for Profit environments. I want to be a part of the Community Development of Argyle to influence change and progressive growth, while salvaging the rural community aspect of Argyle. Education is a key component to the success of any community. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? Argyle is faced with rapid development in a limited geographic boundary. The rural heritage of Argyle draws families that desire preservation of that heritage while seeking the best in education, music and athletics. Argyle is challenged with maintaining that heritage, keeping pace with the increasing growth, and providing an exemplary education foundation for each student while encouraging each student’s individuality. Jennifer Timmons Age: 42 Current Occupation: Accountant / Internal Auditor Education: Master of Science in Accounting To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? Member of Reunion Church in Dallas Why should you be elected? I have lived in Argyle for almost five years with my husband and four children, all of which attend Argyle schools. I am a small business owner whose focus is helping clients manage the risk of misstatement to their financials and fraud within their business through the internal audit process. I help clients develop policies and procedures to improve their business operations and perform audits to ensure those policies are being followed. But more important than all of this, I am a Christian. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect. It means I trust in the One who is perfect. My faith in God guides my decisions as

a parent, a business owner and as a citizen of this community. It gives me hope for the future but it also gives me the courage to stand up. What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? I believe the actions of our current administration demonstrate a lack of integrity, which I have witnessed first-hand through multiple grievance hearings in front of the school board. The rules and laws that govern school districts are designed to protect the district, not the students. When you have administrators whose main priority is winning and not the safety and education of our children, you have a recipe for disaster. Knowing what I know, I cannot sit idly by. If I am willing to speak out, then I have to be willing to stand up and help. That is why I am running for school board! As a result of the grievances our family has filed, the current board has implemented several changes: New policy within the athletic department for disseminating medical restrictions to ensure all members of the coaching staff are aware of and understand athletes’ limitations; New policy within the athletic department for consulting with athletes’ parents and their medical providers to define and clarify medical restrictions where necessary; A safety committee will be appointed by the board with parental representation from each campus that will report directly to the board on a monthly basis regarding safety issues and concerns, and; Cameras will be placed in the weight rooms. I already have a proven track record of affecting change within this district with the goal of ensuring the safety of our students. And that is why I should be elected! Keith White Age: 45 Current Occupation: Certified Public Accountant Education: Bachelor of Accountancy, University of Oklahoma, 1991 To what religious and civic organizations do you belong? Argyle United Methodist Church Why should you be elected? What are the main challenges facing your district and how would you resolve them? My family and I moved to Argyle three years ago after living in Coppell

for almost 20 years. Coppell was a great school district but we experienced many growing pains as it grew from a school district the size of Argyle to a large 6A school. Lisa and I researched school districts within a 200 mile radius of DFW as we own a small company and could relocate fairly easily. We were impressed with the academic and extracurricular achievements of the students at Argyle at all levels. We were even more impressed when we came out and met some of the people. Argyle is a great community with parents who want their kids to succeed in all facets of life. The school district is a critical part of that success. I have a sophomore daughter Allison and an eighth grade son Brandon. They both love it here. My wife Lisa is active with the Argyle Education Foundation and the annual Shoot for the Stars event. As for the school district, I don’t have any particular agenda. I simply want to maintain the high standards of Argyle ISD as new families move here for the same reason we did. According to a demographic study, the district is expected to double in student population in the next 6 years. The current Board has done a great job of passing a bond package and has an excellent plan for facilities to handle that growth. Now we need to prepare the other facets for the growth. We will need to add excellent teachers to maintain the academic standards and also extracurricular activities so all students can participate. From our experience in Coppell it is critical to keep all students engaged in academics and some type of extracurricular activity if they wish. I am a CPA and have worked for a Big 4 accounting firm, public and private companies as their chief financial officer and finally settled on becoming an entrepreneur with my own dental consulting firm several years ago. Therefore, I have been in all sizes of organizations. Lisa and I manage our business out of our house. We both want to do what we can to give back to the community, our church and school district. We are both open to any ideas or concerns you may have so please feel free to contact either of us. Like The Cross Timbers Gazette on Facebook at facebook.com/ctgazette and follow us on Twitter at ctgdentoncounty for the latest election coverage.


April 2015

Gardening: All About Leaf and Flower Buds

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By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

After the autumnal leaf drop, little buds populate woody perennial stalks and twigs. They wear a protective coat of tough scales. Annuals and non-woody perennials do not dress their buds in scales. In both cases these rudimentary leaves or flowers rest from activity all winter. When the weather warms they wake and kick into action fueling new growth and seed production. Remember, leaves are a plant’s food factory, and flowers are reproductive organs. A spate of warm weather may coax a plant to leaf or flower before the last freezes. In that case the plant may start over with new buds or die. There’s no hard and fast rule, though a fruit tree crop may be ruined. Undeveloped leaf buds consist of “primordial” or primitive stems and leaves, little dots visible on twig ends, sides, and cradled in the joints where 2 stalks or twigs meet. A bud on the tip of a stem or twig is called its terminal bud. Because a stem’s pointy end is sometimes called its apex, this bud can also be called the apical bud. It releases a growth-prohibiting hormone, auxin, which lengthens the dormancy of other buds behind it, and enables the woody branch or stem to elongate. When gardeners prune or shape a plant they cut off terminal buds. Bushy growth is the usual result. Sometimes multiple buds form. Leaf buds become the dappled green growth that characterizes the fresh breath of springtime. BEWARE: Topping a tree or shrub is

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stem, or emerging from a root. These are called adventitious buds because they are a remarkable or unexpected plant ‘adventure.’ Cabbage is a twofer growing adventure. Cut the mature head from its stem, but don’t pull out the roots. Keep watering, and often multiple small buds will emerge on the rim of the barren stem.

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April 2015

New Terms Help Categorize April Storms By Meteorologist Brad Barton

Although it seemed gloomy much of the time, March, like so many other months previous to it, was drier than normal. Cooler, too. Our average daily high was 62 and the average low was 44, giving us a monthly day-night average of 53 degrees, a full degree cooler than normal. March’s reputation for wide temperature swings is still intact. Our coldest temperature of

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“I’m proud of our corps group. … They serve our community.” A mission statement on the town’s website sums the purpose behind the chaplain corps: “We are pleased to introduce our community to the Town of Flower Mound Chaplain Corps. They are appointed by the Chief of Police and dedicated to providing a ministry of healing and comfort to the citizens, officers, firefighters and employees of the Town of Flower Mound. Coming from a variety of religious traditions and serving on a voluntary basis, the Flower Mound Police chaplains seek to sustain those in crisis, support those in need, and enhance the effectiveness of our town’s police, firefighters and other public servants.” In a recent training session, members of the Chaplain Corps gathered to learn more about critical incident stress management from fellow corps member David Fredrickson. The training sessions

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the month was 21 degrees on March 5th. Less than three weeks later, we topped out at 86 on the 24th. Rainfall was frequent, but not generous. We had one stretch of six days in a row with measurable rainfall and the first five days of the month also saw rain. Our significant rains fell on March 4th (.27”), the 9th (.31”), the 13th (.37”) and 1.03” was spread over the five-day period from March 18th through the 22nd. Total rainfall for the month was 2.07” which was nearly an inch below normal. So far this year, Denton Municipal Airport has recorded less than 8 inches of rain. Most of Denton County remains in one of two categories of drought; “severe” and “extreme.” April is traditionally our rainiest month, which gives us hope of more than three

inches of rain, but there’s nothing in the near-term forecast to indicate any significant deviation from our normal temperatures and rainfall for the coming month. April is also the month when we experience repeated outbreaks of severe weather, but there’s no reason to think it will be any better or worse than normal this year. This year, the Storm Prediction Center is using two new terms and categories to refine its daily severe weather outlook. Previously, the outlook used the terms “slight,” “moderate” and “high” risk of severe storms. The two new categories are “marginal,” just below slight, and “enhanced,” which is just above slight. The new marginal risk-level indicates a two-tofive-percent probability of severe storms

are ongoing as the chaplain corps works to broaden their knowledge and skills to handle whatever may come their way. Using his training in the U.S. Armed Forces, Fredrickson talked about the crucial aspect of being a chaplain: “That’s what we do – we share people’s pain.” Studies have shown that an estimated 10 percent of people who face traumatic incidents develop post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD. And it is not only soldiers who suffer from it. First responders, such as police, fire and EMS personnel, can develop it as well as those exposed to trauma. In a mass casualty situation, such as 9/11, up to 35 percent can develop PTSD, Fredrickson said. Chaplains responding to a critical incident are charged with helping people process the incident. They set up a debriefing area to talk with individuals. “What we’re doing is psychological triage,” he said. Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, chaplains assess first whether basic needs are being met – i.e.

food, shelter and other physical needs. Once those are met, then work to help people process tragedies or trauma can begin. Mike Liles of RockPointe Church says he enjoys being part of the chaplain corps because of the service it provides not only to Flower Mound police and fire but also to the community as a whole. Liles, as the leader of a recent training session, talked about how the chaplain corps responds to everything from suicides to homicides to major accidents to provide counseling to those involved. The chaplains arrive at each incident, assess the circumstances, alert the onsite incident commander of their presence, and make themselves available to those they identify as potentially in need. Several chaplains even ride with patrol officers to get a feel of what they deal with and to become familiar with the situations to which they may be called upon to respond. Fredrickson told the group of several strategies to help people stabilize

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or tornadoes. The slight-risk category is unchanged, indicating a 5% probability of tornadoes and a 15% probability of severe storms. The new enhanced category indicates a 15% probability of tornadoes and a 30% to 45% probability of severe storms, including high-end storms with two-inch hail and 75 mph winds. Now is a good time to construct or review your severe weather emergency plan. The basics include picking out a pantry or closet near the center of your home and stocking it with a couple flashlights and radios with fresh batteries, blankets and pillows, a first-aid kit and some fresh drinking water. Brad Barton is Chief Meteorologist for WBAP 820/570 KLIF/99.5 “The Wolf.”

themselves in times of trouble. “The major therapy is to get them to talk about,” he said, adding it helps them process what they’ve just experienced.”


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there’s more freedom of movement,” Lexie said. “It’s a very chill sport.” (Chill meaning awesome, cool or neato, depending on when you were in high school.) For instance, if a player has the Frisbee in hand, he or she can only pivot on one foot to throw it to the next team member. In the meantime, cutters are trying to keep a handler from making a connection and hoping it’ll be dropped or accidentally thrown to them. The player who catches the Frisbee then becomes the next handler. The rules allow whomever catches the Frisbee to take no more than three steps before they must remain in place and pivot on one foot to throw to the next member of their team. If the

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Frisbee is not thrown within 10 seconds, a stall is called on the play. (Note the basketball rules here.) The idea is to get the Frisbee to the end zone for a score. (Sound familiar, football fans?) The game requires endurance as well as hand, eye and foot coordination as well as timing and executing vertical jumps similar to both basketball and soccer. Like other sports, players must remain in the game until someone makes a score or if the player is hurt. During a recent practice, more than 50 players – all of whom attend Marcus High School – begin their conditioning by taking turns running around the track and throwing the Frisbee under the direction of Coach Rob Doyle, an Ultimate Frisbee player now devoted to coaching the nonUIL-sanctioned sports team. It’s a challenge he’s willing to take –

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setting up schedules, finding sponsors, making sure everyone is prepped and ready for competition. As a Marcus High School teacher, Doyle was approached on his first day on campus in 2007 because students had heard he played the competitive sport. “They were ready for me the first day I started teaching,” the coach said, chuckling. A social studies teacher, Doyle soon took the reins and started the local Ultimate Frisbee team. Now, he is starting his eighth season. This year, he has lined up a few games with collegelevel competitors to help his best players stretch their skills even further. “We’ve got a lot of talent,” he said. Doyle continues to play in leagues to push himself as a coach. And he looks for every opportunity to help his players

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reach their own highest potential in the competitive and growing sport. The Marcus team has placed among the top five in the state in both boys and girls competitions and several members have competed at national levels. This year, a number of the players competing at national and state competitions are returning as seniors. It could well be a banner year for the team under the direction of team captains Lexie, Lizzie Cagle, Michael Wilson and Brad Pfeiffer. The team’s reputation caught the attention of Joe Cubitt, who moved to Flower Mound with his parents from Carrollton, Ga. As an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, he was interested in joining a local team. After several phone calls, his parents learned about the Marcus team, deciding to move into a neighborhood within the MHS boundaries to ensure their son would be able to play. A strong player, Joe has had to learn how to deal with Texas winds, which are much different than in Georgia. Winds affect how the Frisbee is thrown and where it goes. “The wind separates the good players against the bad,” Joe said. Marcus Ultimate, as the team is known, kicked off its 2015 season with games in Irving on March 28. Follow them this season at: https:// twitter.com/marcus_ultimate.

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April 2015

Something To Muench On...

If You Pray Hard Enough, Miracles Can Happen! By Kimberly Muench

April is a special month at our house, my youngest [and only] daughter is having a birthday! It’s hard to imagine she’s graced us with her presence for a decade now, I remember the day she arrived like it was yesterday. Unseasonably warm for early April in Wisconsin, we’d had some friends over for dinner on a Saturday night. Since I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, and had four boys already under our roof, I was exhausted when I turned in just before midnight. A few hours later I was jolted out of a sound sleep by a strong contraction. Unable to soothe myself enough to doze off again, I quietly got out of bed and decided to watch some television in the family room. The house was dark and peaceful, but for the drone of the infomercial, when next I felt my stomach tighten. Time to call the doctor. I wasn’t due for another month, but my previous three boys had all been born prematurely, so it wasn’t expected I’d make it to my due date. After a short phone conversation I was gently rousing my husband, who was less than amused by my 4:00 am wake up call. We made it to the hospital room just in time to see the sun rise.

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I know I am not the only mother who would tell you their child didn’t cooperate when they really wanted them to. After being hooked up to monitors for several hours, my doctor decided there just wasn’t enough labor activity to warrant an early c-section. She left the room to assemble the discharge paperwork when my loving husband said, “See, I told you she wasn’t coming today.” I’m telling you, that was all I needed to literally will my body into active labor. His comment, and a few prayers to some female relatives I am sure were listening to me from Heaven. As I lay they’re in bed I prayed, more intently than I’d ever prayed before. I asked God to allow me to meet my baby girl that very day. Asking my grandmothers and aunts to help me convince Him just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. When the doctor returned to my room a few minutes later, I told her she’d better check the monitor. After a quick review, the doctor told me she didn’t know what had happened in such a short amount of time but, my body was definitely telling us she couldn’t take a chance on releasing me. By lunchtime Tom and I welcomed a 5-pound ray of sunshine we named Mia! She captured our hearts the moment we saw her and she’s been a blessing to our family ever since. Mia is nothing like I expected a daughter of mine to be (super girly-girl after all those boys), but she’s such a beautiful, independent, free spirit it’s hard not to love her just the way she is! Spring birthdays, trees in bloom, and

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ers Footprints: A story of Faith, Calm, Courage, Patience and Grace.” To see more of her work or to contact her, visit www.mymothersfootprints.com.


April 2015

The Soapbox:

The Pruning

By Brandi Chambless

Beginning in the year 1818, British surveyor Col. Sir George Everest dedicated over two decades of his life surveying the longest arc of the meridian (at that time) on namesake Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, and never even saw its peak. I recently found myself on the hunt for the perfect evening gown as I prepared for a global networking exchange and international business dinner. Along with my domestic and international colleagues,

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our annual personal achievements were to be recognized. Once I found THE ONE gown that worked, I stared in the mirror one last time and thought I’ll take it! Slight problem. The side zipper completely malfunctioned and I had to call for help. Not one, but two, sales clerks worked under my left armpit for about thirty minutes as I tried to remain calm. I began to sweat and wish for a Snickers bar so I wouldn’t feel the sick, weak feeling I felt. Finally, the shop owner Ms. Anitra shows up in the dressing room with a large pair of sharpened scissors. “We have no choice. We will have to cut the gown off of you.” She was calmer than I as she began to cut, and cut, and cut until the gown of my dreams fell to the ground. Now, I’m not a huge believer in fate or luck, but

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there are times I cannot help but deny the something some people call a “God wink” like when I found a replacement dress for $95. No alterations required. It was a solid black halter dress with a low mermaid skirt crafted of layers of tulle. A few days later while packing, I had the brilliant idea of using only ONE garment bag for an entire week’s worth of attire. When I realized the mermaid skirt was going to cause problems, I knew there was only one thing to do: turn to the scissors. Alright dress, it’s just me and you. Let’s do this! I began to take the brave step of cutting and cutting and cutting…and PRAYING that I wouldn’t have a monumental mess up. I tried the dress on repeatedly for one hour, after removing each bottom layer with my dull scissors, which led to more sweating and wishing for a Snickers bar. The job was finally accomplished! I was perfectly packed and ready; when I showed up to the awards dinner a few days later, even my Spanx had Spanx. All was right with the world. I shook hands with every tongue and every tribe I possibly could. With the exception of two corporate executives who were kind enough to faithfully watch and cheer me on as my name was called, there were very few familiar faces. Because none of the encouragers who had actually walked through the fire with me were there as witnesses, I had a sinking sick feeling that had nothing to do with my dress, scissors, or a Snickers bar this time. Though I was grateful for the milestone, without my mentors and support system, the trophy was only a piece of glass. The accomplishment had not been about achieving a personal best, the applause

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of men, or even the perfect dress, but about the climb. The relationships I had formed along the way, the realization of who has my back, and the discipline of rising up even after the worst of falls are the greatest skins on the wall a girl could ever possess. I remembered when a good friend once said that God prunes EVEN the fruitful vines. I knew that after a season of blooming where I had been planted, it was time for another pruning and a new season. Listen to the words of Peyton Manning speaking of his 2011 neck injury: I had to set a new benchmark. I couldn’t look back at my days in Indianapolis prior to my injury and expect that I would ever be the same. But I knew that as long as I could move my team down the field I could still be effective. I had to set a new benchmark for myself. That’s exactly what he did. In his own words, his second to last season was statistically his strongest ever. The next day, I chuckled thinking about Ms. Anitra and her scissors. Then I thought about the surgical procedure I performed on my bargain dress with my own scissors just so I could roll one suitcase through the airport with ease. I thought maybe my pruning process might need to symbolically begin here and now, so for a little drama, I turned to the scissors once again and cut my curls to the ground. Last year’s benchmark was no more. Without any particular new goals in mind just yet, I set my sights on another hypothetical summit, only this time I’d be ready to pay closer attention to the actual climb.


April 2015

Making Friends (Part Two of Three) By C. Stroup

Last month I told you about a couple of the acquaintances we made while on one of our hikes around the neighborhood. (I use the term “hike” loosely.) But this wasn’t the end of the road for us or introductions to other new friends. One cool spring day we spied a beautiful blonde headed our way. This was our first encounter with Lola. As we began to walk so did she. She followed us for quite some distance, pretty close on our heels, only stopping briefly to smell a bush or a tree. Before too long, her big brother (a young man in his late teens) came chasing after her, calling her name and coaxing her to head his way. Lola was having no part of it and continued to prance along with us. She was probably enamored with the tune we were singing to her...”Lola. L.O.L.A., Lola” a 1970’s hit song by the Kinks. Realizing that our crooning wasn’t helping in her capture we began to back peddle until she and her brother were united by a leash. Lola was led back home. In the days that followed we discovered where she lived and saw what a wonderful fenced in backyard she had. Her mom (owner) happened to be out working in the front yard and heard us yelling hello to the dog. “How is it you know Lola’s name?” she asked. We explained about the run-a-way day and how taken we were with the dog. Turned out, Lola was one of two rescue dogs that shared her home and so we got

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to meet Henry, as well. Henry is a half Weimaraner, half Chocolate Lab mix. He has a very soft coat, fairly massive in size and has a BIG bark. Lola is a Yellow Lab and quite a robust lady herself. However, despite the rather full-bodied presence they project, you couldn’t ask for two dogs with a sweeter demeanor. Next followed a love story. We learned that Henry had literally chosen Lola to be his girlfriend. Sadly, his former companion had passed away and Mom said he whined for days on end. She finally took him to the shelter where he lived before he was adopted. Here, about 20 homeless dogs roamed on 75 acres. The owner of the shelter brought out all the females for Henry’s perusal. He sniffed at some, ignored others and growled at a couple. Then he saw Lola, and with no hesitation, the pair immediately headed to the pond and swam together. Henry had found his soul mate! The owner told us a funny story about (well, funny now, not so funny then) having some remodeling done on her house. She’d let the workers in one morning and headed off to her job down in Dallas. The foreman called her from the tile store and asked what he should do since Henry would not allow his crew to descend the steps from upstairs. Henry’s mom explained over the phone how to calm Henry down so the guys could make their escape. Her instructions worked. First hand experience tells me Henry wouldn’t harm a fly but the workmen weren’t so sure and certainly not willing to call the big dog’s bluff. He had greeted us at the front door with a stuffed toy in his mouth and a tail wagging to beat the band. But when his owner isn’t home, he becomes quite the watch dog. The inside of the front door bears witness to that as it shows a lot of wear from Henry’s claws. If no one is home and

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someone comes to the front door there’s a lion’s share of yowling and jumping. Several times, this behavior has led to Henry setting off the house alarm, so he’s no stranger to the police! Lola, on the other hand, has me convinced that much like the unfair stigma associated with dizzy blondes, would do little to nothing to deter any intruders… she’d probably open the door for them if she had hands. Around the corner and down the street a ways there were two, almost majestic looking, mostly buff colored horses. Their hoofs looked much like those of the famous Clydesdales of Budweiser commercials’ fame. These animals, though quite a bit smaller in stature than their probable cousins are awesome none the less. Since one was obviously a male, the other a female, my husband dubbed them Clyde and Dale. (You’d think he’d never

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seen horses before the way he fawned over them…when, in fact, we have two living right across the street from us.) Ken would whinny as we approached their fence and not unlike his success with persuading a donkey to come to him, so too, the horses found him charming! We felt great disappointment the day we saw the For Sale sign in Clyde and Dale’s front yard. The house did not stay on the market very long at all and suddenly our friends were gone along with the storage pod in the driveway. The new owners have shown no signs of having outdoor pets, as yet, but we check out the back acreage every time we pass by. In case you don’t care for animals, not to worry, next month will be the last of my three part Making Friends series. But you might want to read along anyway as it features one of the most unusual of all our amigos.


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