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News From Your Neighborhood Catch Flicks Under the Stars A summer tradition continues, as Bartonville Town Center is again showing free movies under the stars from June to August. The season kicks off June 4th, with an outdoor showing of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” at 8:30pm. Bring your own chair. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Call 940-241-3200. Get On The Ball Former professional pitcher Brandon Agamennone and his company, Pro Source Athletics, will lead a baseball clinic for kids ages 7 to 13 at Hilltop Park in Flower Mound from June 15-18. The clinic will feature current and former professional athletes. Visit to learn more. Lantana Ladies League Hold Last Meeting of Season Join the ladies on May 19th at Palermo’s Italian Café as they say goodbye to the 2008/2009 season. Dinner, dessert and door prizes are on the menu, along with the lineup of new LLL Board Officers for the upcoming season. Dinner is $24. Open to all women in southern Denton County. RSVP to or 940-725-0281. Summer Splash Day at the CAC Bring the whole family to kick off summer and celebrate the opening of the Flower Mound Community Activity Center outdoor pool and water park from 11am to 2 pm on May 23rd. Splash down the water slides and float away in the lazy river. Don’t forget to also try out the Aqua Climb and diving board for an afternoon of fun. Free for CAC members. Admission rates apply to non-members. Call 972874-PARK. Heroes Offer Scholarship The Heroes of Denton County will award a $1,500 Scholarship to an area high school junior or senior who is closely related to a current or retired Denton County Public Safety Officer. To apply, submit an essay, poetry, prose, song or visual art performance on the theme, “The Hero, or Heroes, of My Life” by May 22. Visit for details.

Lantana Doctor APP-plies Technology to Help Others By John and Nicholas LaVine

For most people, being a medical doctor would be a pretty fulfilling life. But it’s not enough for Lantana resident, Dr. Harvey Castro. We’re not even talking about your hard working, primary care physician either, hustling from one examining room to another. Dr. Castro is an emergency room surgeon, dashing from crisis to crisis, 12 hours a day...or night. Add to that, coming home to a wife and four young children, might do a decent job on filling the contentment dance card for the majority of Americans. But not so for Dr. Castro, who practices at Irving’s Las Colinas Medical Center. Maybe it’s something in the water. He brings his “A game” to surgery every day. “I love ER. I love handling Photo by Bill Castleman the emergencies, delivering babies, taking care of the lacerations...” Dr. Harvey Castro has developed several applications for the iPhone and iPod, includhe waxes. (I’d do that, too, if I weren’t already committed to helping Simon ing a depression screener and a cursive writing program for kids. Cowell review the contestants on American Idol from my couch). such, and thinking that someone should have noticed. There was a In his alleged spare time, Dr. Castro has been designing iPhone/ case of a New York family, traveling in Virginia, in which the husiPod “apps”, which, for the uninitiated, are software programs for the band killed everyone in his family, including himself, and I thought popular handheld devices. that there must have been signs. In all of these cases I thought that if “My first one is called IV Meds. It helps nurses verify injectable the afflicted person had gotten help, there might have been a different medical dosages. Nurses have to figure out the proper dosages mathoutcome.” ematically, according to each patient’s weight and the concentration So how did you go about writing the program? of the drugs. They can use this app to double check their figures.” “I went online and found that there were already accepted scales of Has it caught on? depression determined. I thought that I could combine the scales for “It’s used around the world, in countries such as Japan, the Philipgeneral, geriatric, and post partum depression, and put them on one pines, England, and throughout North America.” application. Patients can answer between 10-20 questions, dependNow, Dr. Castro has designed SAD SCALE, an app to measure clinical depression. “I was seeing things, people who were suicidal and See DR. CASTRO on Page 4

New Employee Puts Town in the Zone By Brett Peviteaux

Tee Off For Children of Slain Soldiers Sponsorships and players are needed for the first annual One Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Tournament benefitting children whose parents were killed in military action. The tournament will be held at Tour 18 Golf Club in Flower Mound on October 19, 2009. Sponsorships start at $50. To reserve you space as a player or sponsor, contact KIA Scholarships at 940-725-0155.

Inside the CTG From the Town Council Argyle Police Blotter CC Mayor Sue Tejml Lantana Links Your 2 Cents Career Coach Vince Ebata Costa’s Corner Commissioner Andy Eads Community Calendar FM Mayor Jody Smith Tales from the Trail The Pastor’s Place Restaurant Directory C. Stroup

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Keep Argyle Beautiful held their 3rd annual Argyle Pride Day, Street Dance and Green Festival celebration on May 9 at the Commons at Argyle Town Square. The event included a bulk trash drop off, household and hazardous waste collection, tree and plant sales, children’s activities and live music. “We completely filled seven huge dumpsters with household waste and served 48 households for hazardous waste,” said event organizer Bonny Haynes. “We also provided free tree mulching, much of which was taken to Argyle Intermediate School to be used for a new trail in their playground area.” The organization gave away 120 Red Oak and Live Oak trees to count towards the Keep Argyle Beautiful tree pledge to plant 2010 trees by 2010. “We are very close to reaching that goal,” said Haynes. Argyle United Methodist Church Zone 56 Youth Group won $150 for the Best Green themed vendor booth, which was decorated in rainforest motif.

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Town planning may not be a subject that animates most people, but it does put a twinkle in the eye of Richard Luedke. Luedke is the new Development Services Coordinator for the Town of Argyle. What does a Development Services Coordinator do? Put simply, Luedke is in charge of making sure that all town development, whether residential or commercial, follows proper zoning and other ordiSee ZONE on Page 21

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From the Town Council By Double Oak Town Council Member Dick Cook

Upper Trinity Regional Water District: I do my best to attend all of the board meetings of the UTRWD. At the May meeting, Janet Aune, Board Member from Copper Canyon mentioned to me that she never sees accomplishments of UTRWD publicized. I think that’s generally true of what we see and hear. Bad news, scandal, and disasters all seem to get the headlines. I’d like to report what I consider good news about the board meetings. I was elated attending the April meeting. After spirited discussion, a motion made by Flower Mound Board member Ken Parr PASSED! The May meeting was the healthiest most spirited meeting that I have ever attended. In the old days, the agenda was passed without question or discussion. I complained to Director Tom Taylor that the meetings lacked entertainment value. His response was that their job was to get things done, not to entertain the visitors. Of course, he is right about that, but what I meant was that I hoped to hear good questions exploring options and inspiring debate. I saw all of that in the May meeting. Ken Parr has been working diligently this year to inspire the board to create a long term planning document, a Master Plan. In May, the board voted to make it happen. The biggest surprise for me was the election of officers. Many organizations do as UTRWD has done. There is a regular progression among the elected officers. The new

person comes in as Secretary and everyone moves up a notch, with the VP becoming president, etc. Our Ken Mercer, from Lantana would have been the outgoing president, but board rebels wouldn’t let that stand. Mercer has done such an outstanding job that I believe that he could have been elected “President for Life!” Mercer was nominated from the floor and won election for another term. Chris Boyd, Board Member from Mustang SUD was nominated by Ken Parr as Secretary and came within a few votes of winning. All this has transpired without a board member from Double Oak. We have had a difficult time finding a qualified resident willing to do the job. Mayor Pam King told me today that we had a qualified candidate and might be brought before Town Council for appointment as early as May 18th! I hope it works out. Ken Parr and the rest are doing yeoman service. It’s time for Double Oak to pitch in and help. FM 407 Improvements: Citizens in the Carruth Estates and Estates of Double Oak subdivisions whose homes are adjacent to FM 407 have received notification from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) that they will be contacted about right of way acquisition. Right of way acquisition has been scheduled for some time but receiving the letters still created some excitement among the homeowners. Mike Donnelly and I were invited to an Estates of Double Oak Homeowners meeting at Town Hall where the matter was discussed. Denton County Precinct 4 Commissioner Andy Eads and Engineer Chris Hocate also came out See TOWN COUNCIL on Page 9

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The following is a summary of incident reports recently made to the Argyle Police Department as compiled by the staff of the CTG: A black bull was impounded by authorities after he escaped from his pasture for the third time in two days. The owner of the bull paid a $150 fee and was issued a citation for “livestock at large”. Vandals caused damage to the Argyle High School baseball concession stand. Police were dispatched to Paradise Liquors, where they found a 42-year-old man hitchhiking. An officer gave the man and his three-legged dog a ride to a truck stop at US 380 and I-35. A mailbox was damaged by a hit and run driver in the 700 block of Hickory Hill Rd. Warnings were issued to the drivers of two vehicles that were racing in the 500 block of Hickory Hill Road E. A man walking down Hwy 377 told police that he was visiting his in-laws on Skyline Drive when he and his wife began arguing, so he decided to walk back to his home on Kings Road in Double Oak. The officer gave him a ride to his residence. Police took a complaint call about kids playing on the rocks near the pond at the entrance to Country

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Several area residents have stepped up to run for a seat on the board of directors at CoServ Electric this June. Mary Sue Friesenhahn of Highland Village, owner of a marketing and advertising firm; Copper Canyon resident Mark E. Pape, a partner at an executive services firm; and Richard Yerxa, a jeweler from Bartonville, are seeking to unseat Anne Vaden in District 5. Vaden, a former senior manager at Ernst & Young, first joined the board in 2006. Board members serve three-year terms. The official election notice and ballot are expected to be sent to members on May 26th. Election results will be revealed at the cooperative’s annual meeting on June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton.


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ing on the type of depression, and it registers and maps their moods between actual visits to their doctors. “The program is set up so that it can email the results to the patient, the doctor, perhaps a parent or spouse — anyone you want. It can also give you the location, with an 800 number, even via a WiFi connection, of the nearest 24-hour medical facility, should there be indications that you’re in a red or danger zone, emotionally. The app actually charts the results of your self testing, so that your doctor can see your mood trends. It’s not meant to replace doctor visits.” According to WebMD, the National Institute on Mental Health reports that major depression affects about 6.7% of the U.S. population over age 18, and 2.5% of minors, as well, adding that many people who should be seeking help, never do. Local Clinical Psychologist Lynda Mathis sees the value in this program, “I think it would be very helpful for psychiatrists and general physicians when working with mental patients taking antidepressant medica-


tions. It could give them a richer picture of how the meds might be affecting the patients’ depression.” She does throw in a caveat, “One possible problem could be inventory fatigue, where the patient could begin to memorize the questions and respond automatically, without full consideration of his or her symptoms. This problem can occur in the physician’s office as well, when patients complete the same inventory numerous times. (It) can be alleviated with careful, face-to-face interviews of the patient by the doctor.” Flower Mound Therapist Cheryl Oliver sees great value in a tool that helps the doctor evaluate mood changes between visits, but does warn, “...issues such as how to address a client who is reporting suicidal thinking through the tool have to be very carefully thought through,” but adds, “The tool clearly states that it is not a replacement for this type of treatment,” referring to the need for actual evaluation by a physician or therapist. But we hear that feeling down in the dumps is not the same thing as clinical depression. What are some of the differences? Dr. Castro, who states that he is not a psychologist or psychiatrist, explains, “Let’s say


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something happens – a divorce, a death in the family, a job loss. There is a certain expected time for grieving, of course. After a couple of months, if this feeling persists, you may have more of a problem.” It still sounds very...tricky to determine the difference. “Remember the movie Patch Adams? I saw him at a seminar,” Dr. Castro adds. “He said that there are too many patients and not enough time, and that he would like to be able spend a whole day with just one patient to evaluate him or her.” Dr. Castro adds that he thinks that the greater the public awareness of depression the more likely that people will seek the help they need. “I read an email review of the app in which a man commented that he sees the added value for men, because men are less likely to confide their problems to other men, whereas women are more open with their friends about how they’re feeling.” We’ve been talking about depression amongst adults. What about kids? “I’m working on a program for 6-18 year olds,” reports Dr. Castro. As soon as it’s ready, it will be downloadable to add to this program at no additional cost.” Speaking of cost... “The app can be purchased from the app store, by iPhone/iPod users for 99 cents.” Dr. Castro has another app program for kids, ABC Cursive Writing, that helps them to

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learn and improve writing in script. I brought a “sample kid,” my 8-year-old son, Nicholas, a second grader at Garden Ridge Elementary school, to test the program. He was not well versed in cursive writing, but started following the arrows on the screen of the doctor’s iPod, as I silently prayed he wouldn’t drop it on the floor. At first, Nicholas wrote carefully, slowly, with a little shakiness. But just minutes later, when I glanced back, he was moving the stylus much more fluidly, confidently, joining letters together, in a fashion I had never seen him do before. Dr. Castro showed us that you merely have to shake the iPod to erase the screen. Now my, “Pleeease don’t drop it” telepathy went into full gear. What motivated you to design this? “Everything the kids do nowadays is in text or computer type of some sort. I wanted to see them get into using cursive more. We still need it for note-taking, signing checks... it’s a nice art,” Dr. Castro explained. “Writing love notes,” I pointed out. Our sample kid ignored this. “Also,” Dr. Castro added, “I’ve seen how my wife and other moms, in general, will be busy with one child and will give another child an iPod or the like to keep busy, watch a movie, etc. I thought it would be great to have something fun that was educational for them, too.” Now, for the real test. Is it fun, Nicholas? “Yeah, it’s awesome,” he said. OK, but if you had another game, like a Star Wars game and you had this, side by side, would you choose the ABC Cursive Writing program some of the time? “Absolutely,” Nicholas affirmed. Test kids seem to be very succinct in their reviews. Apparently, Dr. Castro operates, literally and figuratively, at high speeds only, but he’d be the last person who would want to be the center of this story, meant to feature the value of the products he designs. And just what motivates him to do it? Referring to the SAD SCALE app, Dr. Castro says, “Maybe this publicity might help someone to concede his or her depression and to seek help. If it does that for even just one person, it would be great; it would really make a difference.” You can visit for more information about the apps. By the way, no sample kids were hurt in the research for this story.

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Double Oak Boy to Receive Eagle Scout Award Parker David Smith, 16, of Boy Scout Troop 123, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday, 5/31/09, at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak. Smith began scouting as a Cub Scout in Pack 262, where he earned Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light. Parker graduated to Boy Scouts where he earned 21 merit badges, served as a leader in his troop, and completed a major community service project.


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Parker’s Eagle Project was to build a Family Fishing Pier for the Outdoor Life Area of his church at Crossroads Bible Church. He led a team of volunteers to construct this pier which involved 45 hours of planning, 10 hours of fundraising, and 200 hours of construction labor. It is a beautiful addition to the Double Oak community. Parker is a Sophomore and Honor Student at Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound. He is the son of Mark and Laura Smith of Double Oak, and a member of Troop 123, Topsanah District, Longhorn Council, chartered by Trietsch Methodist Church.

The Real Estate Corner by: Gary Kuhatschek

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Well, it’s that time of year again. As in years past, I try to advise all property owners of the importance of monitoring the annual assessed value of their homes. When the county adjusts your home’s value, it can mean hundreds to even thousands of dollars of additional taxes you pay. You should be receiving a statement of evaluation from the Denton County Central Appraisal Office regarding the 2009 taxable value of your home this month. It will be interesting to see what the appraisal district does with this year’s value. With government coffers running low, I would expect they will be trying everything possible to keep assessed values at least at last year’s levels or higher. When you receive your notice, review it carefully to see if you agree with the district’s assessments. If you do, then no further action is required on your part and you’ll receive a bill later in the year. But, if you decide the county overvalued your property, here are a few tips to follow: First, once you receive the evaluation, you have 30 days to either go to their office and have an informal meeting, or file a written protest to the district alerting them that you feel they have overvalued your property. The protest must contain the property owner’s name, address and/or legal description and the reason why you feel they have made a mistake. To ensure they have received the notice, you should either hand deliver or send it by registered mail. The Appraisal District Office will then notify you of a time to come in to present your case to the review board. If you do decide to first have an informal meeting (I feel this is the best approach


to begin with) you can still request to meet with the board if you don’t like the outcome from your first meeting. Just remember to stay calm and courteous, it will get you much further than the alternative. Secondly, be prepared. Look for mistakes they may have made in square footage, bedroom count or anything else that may affect value. If there are no mistakes, then call or email me for comparable sales in your area that will help in your defense. If you are going before the board, you have the right to ask in advance which comparables they plan to use to support their value (check with the district for request deadlines). If you convince the appraiser to change your value to an amount acceptable to you, then you’re done. If the appraiser doesn’t agree, you can still ask for a hearing before the board. Thirdly, if the property in question is your homestead, by state law they cannot raise the taxable value more than 10 percent in one year. Now this doesn’t mean they can’t assess it more than that, but not the taxable value. If you are on multiple acres, then this cap can apply to up to 10 acres. If you would like more information on your property from the County Appraisal District, you can access their website at Their phone number is (940) 349-3800 or Metro (972) 434-2602. As always, if I can be of any assistance in finding recent sales in your area, or any other real estate needs, please give me a call. Gary Kuhatschek is a broker at RE/MAX Cross Country REALTORS located at 1990 Justin Rd. in Highland Village. He can be reached at 972 317-9401 or by e-mail

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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon - May 2009... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml FYI: This article is posted on the Lantana Links website at and also on Copper Canyon’s website at Copper Canyon Voters Came To The Polls In Record Numbers For

Our Election! Two years ago the Mayor and Council positions were uncontested. This year the Mayor’s position was uncontested, but there were three worthy candidates for the two open Council positions. Jeff Mangum, Council Member for twelve consecutive years, received the most votes. This was a well deserved commendation from the residents for his many years of selfless service to Copper Canyon. Mark Schmitz, a new contender but a 26-year resident of the Town, became our newest Council Member. Jeff and Mark were elected for two year terms on Council. But please thank Chris Franks for his service as a Council Member for the past four years. Sue Tejml will remain Mayor for two more years. The final tally was: 289 - Jeff Mangum 256 - Sue Tejml 205 - Mark Schmitz 136 - Chris Franks The record voter turnout confirms again what all of us know – Copper Canyon is a unique community. A place where every vote truly does count. And a Town, where if you choose to volunteer and give of your time, you can make a difference. A genuine

Thank You to everyone who took the time to vote. Copper Canyon Road is Briefly Closed When Poindexter Creek Floods the Road Copper Canyon resident David Cannon took excellent photos of flood waters across Copper Canyon Road just south of the new fire station site. He measured the depth of the water at the gas pipeline markers and the width of the flood waters across Copper Canyon Road on Saturday May 2nd. The road may require some kind of a raised bridge at that location in order to let the flood waters of Poindexter Creek drain underneath and unimpeded to the northeast.

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Update on FM 2499 from FM 407 North to Hickory Creek Bridge For an hour and a half, Ed Bell project manager Bob Turner gave me a personal guided tour of the actual construction site. There is GOOD NEWS!


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The two miles of FM 2499 from just north of FM 407 to north of Northwood Drive in Highland Village should be paved and in operation in 60-75 days! From that time on, construction traffic will not come through Copper Canyon. However, TxDot awarded the actual intersection of FM 2499 and FM 407 to a separate contractor. So there is also bad news. That key intersection will continue to be under construction, even after the above section of FM 2499 is paved, open and functioning for traffic. There is one exception to “no more construction route through Copper Canyon.” In August or September, there will be one more day of delivery of the 110 foot long concrete I-beams along Orchid Hill Lane. You may have noticed “fill dirt” spread at the corners of the Orchid Hill and Copper Canyon Road intersection, the “S” curve on Orchid Hill, and the Orchid Hill and Chinn Chapel intersection. A truck carrying the beams went off the road at the “S” curve and almost turned over. The fill dirt is to give these very, very long truck loads more turning radius so they can maneuver safely. When deliveries of the beams are complete, the contractor will regrade the right-of-way easement surface and cover it with sod or permanent grass seed. Drainage in the road easements will be restored to its previous condition. The beams are made in Waco, and the route is agreed to by the beam maker and the Texas Department of Transportation. The route from Waco is north via I-35W through Fort Worth, east on FM 407, north on FM 1830, east on Hickory Hill Road, south on Copper Canyon Road, and finally east on Orchid Hill Lane. 168 of these 85,000 pound beams were used in the Poindexter Creek bridge. All of these beams came through Copper Canyon via Orchid Hill Lane. There will be over 300 beams in the Hickory Creek Bridge, but only 40 of those beams will be delivered via Orchid Hill. The remaining beams will be delivered to the north end of the FM 2499 project in Corinth via FM 2181. The Hickory Creek Bridge is much longer than the Poindexter Creek Bridge. The Beams, Pilings and Columns That Support FM 2499’s Road Base in Bridge Spans The construction that supports this road over bridge spans is fascinating to me. The 85,000 pound, 110 foot long concrete beams mentioned above are spaced 12 feet across to support the road bed above. The beams run lengthwise in the direction of the road with 6 beams under the north bound land and 6 beams under the south bound lane. The pilings consist of steel pipe casings that are vibrated into the ground up to a depth of 80 feet. An augur then drills the interior of the casing and transports the earth inside the casing to the surface. A circular cage of steel rebar is then inserted into the interior void of the casing and concrete is poured in to form the piling. The hollow forms of the above ground columns are then attached to the subsurface casing of the pilings. Rebar is inserted into the column forms

for reinforcement, and concrete is poured into the above ground column form. The column forms are removed after the concrete has set. “Maturity blankets” are then wrapped totally around the concrete columns. (The blankets resemble a white cotton quilt.) The blankets are sprayed with water and the columns are kept moist for three days to let the concrete “cure” properly. There will be a pedestrian tunnel under FM 2499 located north of the railroad tracks and approximately where the major power line easement crosses FM 2499. There will also be an equestrian tunnel under FM 2499 just north of Orchid Hill Lane. This will allow equestrians to access the horse trails on both sides of FM 2499. A parking lot that will accommodate horse trailers is also being provided near the equestrian tunnel. An Experiment – For Six Months The Town Will Post Much More Detailed Minutes If you read the Minutes posted on the Town web site, please let the Council and me know if they are helpful to you in understanding what is happening in Copper Canyon and why. From January through June we will post more “detailed” minutes – not “verbatim”, but far more detailed minutes than previously. It takes a lot of time and effort to do this. But if town residents believe it is worthwhile, we will continue. Please thank our Town Secretary Jean Dwinnell, Woodlands resident Evangeline Farrar, and Canyon Oaks resident Karen Carruth for the hours they spent listening to tapes, backing up, and re-listening to the tape to get an accurate rendition of what happened at our Council Meetings. Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger is “Surprised” with a Birthday Party AND Surgery! Mac called me last Friday morning to cancel our breakfast meeting, as he thought he was coming down with the flu. (Hopefully, not “swine flu”.) Late Saturday night I called him, because my home suddenly had no electrical power. Mac lives two doors away. So if his power is also out, we know we have a power failure in the entire northern end of Copper Canyon. He answered his mobile and said “Sue, my power’s off too, but I’m in the hospital. It’s not flu; I’m having my gall bladder out tomorrow!” That was a surprise! Especially since I knew the entire Argyle Volunteer Fire District board and firefighters were planning a surprise birthday party for Mac four days later. But everything turned out fine! On his way home from the hospital, Mac stopped at Town Hall and voted in the Town’s local election. And on the evening of the surprise birthday party, Mac’s youngest son Brady Hohenberger got his Dad to spend an hour at a pet store getting supplies for their dogs and thirty minutes at an office store getting school supplies. That was just enough time away from home for Fire Board President Jon Donahue and Administrator Marlene Tackett to arrive with volunteers to set up the tables, decorate See MAYOR SUE on Page 10

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Lantana Links News From Your Neighborhood Compiled by the staff of Police Activity Up: Calls for service from Lantana to the Denton County Sheriff’s Department were up 65 percent during the first three months of 2009. Deputies responded to 374 calls in the development between Jan. 1 and March 31. See the complete data at Fine Issued for Fish Kill: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently issued a $5,000 fine to the construction company responsible for a large fish kill in Lantana last May. Denton County officials spent approximately $11,000 to clean up the pond near the main entrance to Lantana and restock the fish. District Gets New Digs: The Lantana Fresh Water Supply District recently moved to a new, larger office in Bartonville Town Center. District officials now occupy the former home of The Acorn Shops at 2650 FM 407 E, Suite #125, Bartonville, TX 76226. Beginning this month, monthly district board meetings will be held at the new location. Residents can now drop off payments after hours at the office. Trees Replaced at Gazebo: The Lantana Community Association replaced the Autumn Blaze Maple trees in the Gazebo area with Shumard Red Oaks, which should be more heat tolerant and hold up better over time than the maples. Mercer Gets Third Term: Lantana General Manager Kevin Mercer was re-elected for the second time as President of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District at the organization’s monthly meeting on May 7. Dive into Summer: Lantana’s pools opened May 1st, and the Lantana Community Association has contracted with RPS Lifeguard Services to provide swimming lessons for children ages 3 and up, beginning June 8. For registration information and pricing, call 972-762-7100. Ladies Wrap Up Season: Join the Lantana Ladies League for dinner on Tuesday, May 19th, at Palermo’s Italian Café in Bartonville Town Center as they say goodbye to the 2008/2009 season and announce the new LLL Board Officers for the 2009/2010 season. RSVP to Carole Reinbeau at or 940-725-0281. Foundation spreads wealth: As of December 31, 2008, the Lantana Education/Charitable Foundation has donated over $3.9 million to area schools and non-profit organizations since its inception, according to data from Republic Property Group. The foundation is funded primarily through a half-percent assessment on property transfers within Lantana, along with private donations. Development Watch: Lantana has 2,105 occupied homes as of April 30th, with an estimated population of 6,841. Read more Lantana news at

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Lakes. Amanda Antus, Roberto Hernandez, Melissa Hilbreth, and Eric Goldston were arrested for criminal trespass in the 6500 block of Stonecrest. A sheriff’s deputy observed a 9-year-old boy pulling up plants at the front entrance to Liberty Christian School. He detained the juvenile until an Argyle officer arrived. No children or plants were harmed during the investigation. Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Rolling Acres regarding a sick possum in the roadway. The possum left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. A woman called police about a traffic stop involving her 19-year-old daughter. She said that her daughter was diagnosed with a medical condition and she was seeking information on how to present that fact to police during future traffic stops. An officer observed four vehicles and a cloud of white smoke in the Argyle High School parking lot. When the officer attempted to stop one on the vehicles, a high-speed chase ensued at speeds of up to 90 mph southbound on Hwy 377. During the chase, the Ford Mustang passed a similar model car. When the officer pulled the suspect over, he discovered that he had stopped the wrong vehicle. It was later determined that the vehicles were doing doughnuts in the school parking lot. A caller reported that a tan Ford F-150 ran into a


light pole at the high school. Police were unable to locate the vehicle. Passing motorists saw a 4-year-old boy standing on the railroad tracks near Old Justin and Hwy 377. Several minutes after police arrived, the child’s family emerged from a nearby home searching for the boy, who had escaped unnoticed from an Easter gathering to watch the trains. A woman called from the Settlers Center office complex and said that there was a snake in the building. An officer arrived and killed the snake. An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Country Lakes Blvd. where two sisters were arguing over their deceased mother’s belongings. A caller in the 1300 block of Rolling Acres Drive reported raccoons in her attic. The call was referred to the Animal Control Officer. Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Oak Street where a couple was arguing about pictures of an ex-boyfriend. A woman in the 800 block of Manor Drive reported that an unknown female in California was using her identity to obtain credit. The woman said that she was also receiving harassing phone calls from the suspect. Someone found bird eggs on the running track at Liberty Christian School and notified police, who referred the call to the Animal Control Officer. See more police calls at


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Town Council Continued from Page 2 to the Saturday morning meeting to answer questions about the right of way acquisition. The current plan has the road centerline staying the same. The new roadway is wider, so about 16 feet more is required on both the north and south sides of the road. All homeowners were concerned about noise from the new road. There was also general agreement that if the road could be shifted eight feet to the north, that shift would apparently save quite a few trees at the back of the Double Oak lots and would make a big difference. The homeowners also requested a sound wall or at least a screening wall to be built to provide some privacy. Commissioner Eads did an outstanding job representing the county. He committed to take a prioritized list from the homeowners to the state for consideration. Other than watch the process, the only question that Mike and I were called upon to answer was regarding the one acre minimum requirement that we have in Double Oak for our lots. In my opinion, if a homeowner loses a few feet of his lot to road right of way, his acre minimum is still met satisfactorily. I know of many homes here where the lot is platted to the center of the road. That means that 30 feet of the one acre lot is part of the right of way. At the most, these homeowners would be giving up 16 feet for the right of way. The best advice that I have heard concerning the right of way acquisition is for all the property owners who are adjacent to FM 407 to band together via their homeowners’ organizations to negotiate as a group with TxDOT. Simmons Road and Waketon Road improvements: Commissioner Andy Eads and Double Oak Town Engineers, Halff Associates, are working together to produce the documents for the design and construction of both roads. The county bond money will be made available beginning in May for the projects. Time will tell. We have nothing in hand today, but work is underway to fund both projects. Simmons Road is beginning to deteriorate. It needs work now. Drainage work will be needed to protect the new road surfaces. These projects seem to take forever to get started. Once started, traffic is snarled for a while. Still, we need the new roads and I, for one, am delighted to get county assistance to rebuild them. In my opinion, the town needs improvements to

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both roads and drainage. We have not made many improvements in the past couple of years. This work is expensive. Drainage work often requires acquisition of easements. All of that takes time. The spring rains here made finding areas to improve the easy part. Finding sufficient funds and getting solid contracts for the work seems to have a bit more difficulty attached. Still, the town has made many improvements since Georgette and I moved here in 1985. We just need to keep on pluggin’ and we’ll continue to make progress. New town leadership: On May 18th, a new mayor and two new Councilmen will be seated. Mayor Mike Donnelly is not new to town work and projects, just new as Mayor. Councilman Dr. Ara Minassian grew up here. He knows Double Oak. Councilman Tom Pidcock, with all his experience on Town Council, cannot be considered new. Tom knows what has worked in the past. He is also aware of what we’ve done right and what has not worked as well. With Tom on council I’m content to serve my last year as the official town geezer and let Tom pick it up from there. Councilmen John Dondrea, Tracy Miller and I will continue on council for the next year. Councilman Tracy Miller has also stepped up to the position of Town Treasurer. He has my congratulations and condolences. It’s a tough job. Jerry Lamel and Lissa McCarthy made it look easy. I’ve been treasurer. I know what it takes. Few of us have the skills and experience that Jerry brought. Lissa and Jerry turn over a town in good financial shape. Not much of town revenue comes from sales tax. That’s the bad news. But in today’s downturn, our budgets didn’t depend on high sales tax revenues and our budgets were conservative. That’s the good news. In Mr. Miller’s first Treasurer’s Report he was able to comment on our financial strength. Next year’s budget work has not yet started but I’ll keep you up to date. By the way, the town’s annual budget is posted on the town website at the Public Notices tab. The actual financial reports showing exactly how we stand are usually found in the Agenda Packets file on the website. I noticed that the agenda packets for the May 4th meeting didn’t make the web page because of some computer problems the prior Saturday. Still, if you want to look at those documents and they aren’t on the web site, just call the town for an e-mail copy, or stop by. All of this stuff is public information and you are entitled to it if you are interested.

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Giant Desert Centipede Surfaces in Copper Canyon After Recent Rains Two years ago an incredible creature dropped from the chimney of our fireplace onto our living room carpet. It looked like something from a horror movie! It was almost 9 inches long with a black body that was almost an inch in circumference! Its head was bright red and it had 20 bright gold legs on either side of its long body. The pinchers at either end of the body were also fierce. And it did NOT like being picked up with tongs and put into a mason jar for safe keeping. Google identified our strange intruder as a Giant Desert Centipede, one of the world’s largest species of centipede. Its bite is painful for a few hours to adult humans, and it can actually eat small mice.

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who were on board and helped drive CoServ into bankruptcy in 2002 and get ALL 4 OUT IN ONE CLEAN SWEEP! Each member household gets one vote, and every vote counts. We really need members go to and print and sign our recall petition, then send it back to me. Make no mistake; this is a modern day David and Goliath story. CoServ, its CEO, Vice-Presidents and most Directors, who have unlimited resources, will fight hard to maintain their power and the status quo AGAINST us, a small grass roots contingent of members who have decided that we are tired of the empire building and want CoServ to focus on providing low cost electric service! Diania Hanson Flower Mound

Last night we were in Parker Square and noticed that Capriccio’s Italian Restaurant was closed. There’s a sign on the door saying they’ve been locked out for non-payment of rent. Two lane roads are great for “good, clean country livin’”, but not the urban sprawl in which we now must travel. We are seeing a textbook movement to socialism, and unless we wake up to this, it will be upon us with no way to turn back (peacefully). There is no need for a 6 lane Morriss from 2499 to 407...any idiot with half a brain would realize that. There’s no development today, and no guarantee that we’ll see the businesses that would drive the traffic that would necessitate said expansion. It’s nice that “green” people can choose 100% wind power and pay significantly more if they

want, but everyone needs to be paying for this to some degree so we can invest more $$ in clean energy and stop burning those fossil fuels. I’ve always wondered how you’d get one of these “HOA approved” mailboxes replaced... must cost a fortune because you have no choice. This hysteria that now tells us that fat people are causing global warming is just that, hysteria. You know you are in Texas when under the threat of swine flu - they cancel all sporting events, entire districts cancel school for a week, but church, noooo, of course church is still open! Does this not seem ridiculous to anyone else? I usually go to my dentist here for the regular cleaning twice a year. For the other work, I visit the dentist in Istanbul. Even if you add the airfare and hotel stay, you are still doing good. Both capitalism run amuck and socialism run amuck are bad things... we need a proper combination of the two because either one by itself is insufficient. Anyone besides me old enough to remember your parents replacing a fuse? I thought my Dad was the greatest! Isn’t it great to know that Denton County is not

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Instead of a bird chirping, I get to listen to the phone ring all night with the Argyle Code Red alert system calling an average of every 1.5 hours to tell me it is raining. Flouride is a toxin... and it shouldn’t be put in water. Our government is growing to proportions that soon we won’t be able to function without it. Our financial system won’t be able to run independently of the government. Your retirement plan will be dependant upon what the government says it can or can’t invest in. Individualism is eroding, privatization is dying. Is Altura Homes pulling out of Lantana? It looks like their model is being converted to sell.... Morriss Rd. was never designed to have a large commercial development on it. It is going to have one now. Hospitals can generate a pretty fair amount of traffic as well as condos increase the population density. If the development is a success, it will generate a pretty good amount of increased traffic. If you really don’t think so, get your own traffic study done. I do not trust the govt. to spend money wisely because it is not “their” is mine. There is no accountability.

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family and I love Flower Mound and I look forward to serving our citizens on our new Town Council.” Steve Dixon, Flower Mound Council-Elect, Place 1 “I remain steadfast on the fact that our school district has mishandled its investments, has exposed taxpayers to unnecessarily risky debt instruments, and is far to lean in financial personnel. While I was not successful in getting elected this time, I’m looking forward to another run in the future. In the meantime, I will continue my involvement in PTA and serving on the district’s drop-out taskforce. I thank those in the Lantana area for their support.” - Tony Puente, Place 2 Candidate for Denton ISD Board of Trustees See Municipal Election Day Results at

I went to the Earth Day celebration misinformation event at Argyle Elementary. Most of the people that attended left there and drove their gas hog SUV back to their 5k sq ft house, where they reside with their 1.5 kids who just happen to be pale white underneath all of that Cheeto dust, with the only really developed muscles being in their fingers and hands from playing video games. The roads were reason #1 we wrote off Lantana for a place to live. I honestly think people were crazy to buy houses up there in the first place. You people get a life and stop your swine flu hysteria. Good grief! Cough, cough, sneeze, sneeze. The economy seems to be stabilizing. I hope that leads to a reduction in federal spending. It’s too early in the season to start complaining about the pools people... at least wait for the first chocolate bar floater to appear before the annual whining begins! “This is a code Red warning to let you know it is raining and windy outside.....just in case you are sleeping through the mild storm we are having right now.” Log on and voice your opinion! Visit today and post your views on our Forum at

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COSTA’S CORNER By Highland Village Mayor Dianne Costa

If there was ever any doubt that Highland Village is on solid footing even during trying economic times, let me share some exciting news with everyone. Our bond rating has been given a double upgrade from AA- to a rating of AA+! This is phenomenal news for our city! Not only does it reflect the hard work and diligence of staff and council to be prudent with our will afford us a much better position in terms of future debt financing. This rating will also significantly reduce our interest rate on current and future bond issues. Kudos to all who work so hard for the citizens! It is such a positive message that we are doing things right when we can attain such a great rating! While we are on the subject of kudos, let me also give a shout out to the candidates that stepped up to the plate this year and gave our citizens a choice. No matter whom you voted for, the fact that you did vote is the most important. Highland Village has become known for having much higher percentages of voter turnout than our neighboring cities. That alone shows that we care about our community and take the privilege and responsibility of voting very seriously. Keep up the active involvement and be sure to get to know the folks who represent you on council. I had hoped to have a photo to share that

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was taken during one of my recent trips to Austin, but perhaps I can get one for next month’s edition. One of the “perks”, if you will, of being Mayor is representing our city at the state level on occasion. I recently was asked to attend the signing of legislature that freed up and fast-tracked funding for local rail initiatives. The Honorable Governor Rick Perry held this formal signing of the Governor’s Letter of Approval of the Legislative Budget Board funding for Denton County Transportation Authority’s new commuter rail service on April 8, 2009. The Advance Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation effectuates the transfer of the Regional Toll Revenues funds to DCTA for construction of the A-train project and the purchase of rail vehicles. The citizens of Highland Village, via their voted approval of a DCTA tax among other things, have always supported future mobility options for our area. Rail transportation is not only the mode of choice for the future, it is vitally important for economic and ecological reasons as well. By offering rail as a choice for travel, we will lessen automobile traffic (with its inherent pollution and congestion problems) and we will also be creating much needed employment for many individuals. Long ago our citizens committed to being part of the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and we will continue to reap the benefits of that commitment for generations to come. I, for one, cannot wait for the day that I can take rail to my office in Denton and get away from the gridlock of I-35!

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Spring Planting and Your Dog by Mia Dunn

Spring is in the air, and now is the time that many homeowners look forward to planting flowers, shrubs and trees. After dogs, one of my greatest loves is horticulture and I spend a lot of time and energy on getting my outdoor living space looking just right. Unfortunately, it seems that the more of an avid horticulturist you are, the more your dog enjoys destroying all your hard work. Your dog’s digging in gardens and chewing plants can be an exasperating and expensive problem! Additionally, there are plants, fertilizers, weed preventatives, and pesticides that are toxic to your dog. But by following a few guidelines while planting, you can lessen or completely avoid the amount of “alternative gardening” your dog does in your backyard. First and foremost, make sure that the plants you choose are not toxic to dogs (examples of popular plants include tulips, oleander, sago palms, lilies, azalea, morning glory and foxglove). Before planting in your dog’s domain, go to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control web page ( and click the “Pet Care” tab to find the “Animal Poison Control” section) and look up the level of toxicity of the plants you are thinking of adding to your

yard. Likewise, check the pet safety information on the labels of all fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides you will be using. A bit of homework on your part can prevent needless heartache and veterinarian expenses. I always recommend having a dog run; an unsupervised dog up to three years of age is likely to destroy both plants and lawn furniture; it’s just part of being a puppy and wanting to have fun. Digging is a natural behavior for dogs; they have no concept that this is something we humans consider “bad”. The terrier group of dogs was actually BRED to dig, so stifling this genetic trait is nearly impossible. In lieu of a dog run, providing a small plastic kiddie pool filled with cool water to re-direct digging for cooling, and giving the dog an acceptable digging area (a digging pit) to re-direct the location of digging for fun can be effective solutions. Make sure that when you are planting, YOUR DOG IS NOT WATCHING. When your dog sees you planting, he’ll think you’re having a great time digging or burying something, so he will want to check out what he’s missing as soon as you’re not looking! Some behaviorists call this “allelomimetic behavior”, or mimicking. Also, keep your dog away from the newly planted area for at least a couple of hours before allowing him into the yard, because dogs notice new things in their environment. I also recommend the use of


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“Timely Tidbits” (Swine Flu) By Denise M. Doolittle, D.V.M. We have all seen lots of headlines about swine flu and are aware of the recent school closings in our area, but how much do we really know about this flu and its ability to harm our pets? Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by the type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of flu in pigs. It was first isolated in pigs in 1930, but it is not the same type of virus we are seeing today. The classic swine flu causes illness in pigs, but only low death rates. In general, flu viruses stick to one species, such that dogs and cats do not get seasonal flu from their owners. However, under the appropriate conditions flu viruses from different species are capable of mixing and swapping DNA. This is called reassortment. Swine are unique in that they are able to host both avian and mammalian flu viruses. It is thought that pigs act as a reservoir allowing avian flu viruses to mutate and adapt to mammals. Often the mutation will produce an entirely new virus never seen before. This appears to be the case with the latest version of swine flu coming from Mexico. It is a mixture of flu from pigs, birds and humans. So far there is no evidence that dogs and cats are susceptible to this new strain of influenza. It

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only appears to be transmitted from person to person or human to swine, i.e., the Alberta, Canada herd of pigs infected by a farm worker who contracted the virus while on a recent trip to Mexico. I would recommend though that before and after handling your pets you wash your hands. Additionally, pay special attention to the overall health of your pets. If you notice that they are acting unusual do not wait a few days to see if they get better, take them to your veterinarian for an examination. This is prudent practice in any case, but even more so when there are so many unknown attributes of this swine flu. Even though the severity of the flu seems to have been overestimated in the United States, do not take chances. Owners of Vietnamese Potbellies, African Pygmies and other pet pigs should also closely monitor these pets. There is an influenza type A vaccine recommended for healthy pigs. It may be worth getting that inoculation even if it is not effective against the latest strain of swine flu. Finally, I would suggest keeping the pet pig away from humans while the swine flu is present in our area. While most of my readers do not have pet pigs, the good news for dog and cat owners is that for the moment the latest swine flu has not migrated into the canine and feline population. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at Dr. Doolittle’s Animal Hospital at 972-317-9310.

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Residents have recently received their appraisals from the Denton Central Appraisal District and I know that local government’s budgets are on their minds, so I thought I would use this article to talk about the budget process for Denton County and also the challenges that the Commissioners Court will face this summer. Unlike cities that have both a sales tax and a property tax, the primary source of revenue for Denton County is the property tax. 67% of the county’s income is derived from property tax revenue, while fines and fees, intergovernmental grants, and interest income make up the remaining sources of our funding. It is anticipated that there will be little growth in the tax base due to a slowdown in construction, and a leveling off, or drop in property values. Maintaining a low tax rate while continuing to serve a growing county and provide additional roadways, courts and jail space is the financial challenge we face. Denton County has a history


of maintaining a low tax rate. In fact, we have the lowest countywide tax rate of the top 15 counties in Texas, and it is even lower than it was ten years ago! The budget process began for the county in February, when the goals and budget philosophy for the county were established, the planning calendar was set, and other elected officials and departments were given instructions based on our current economic conditions as follows: * Continue to take a very hard look at the budget in order to control spending for the current year. * Make every attempt to propose a budget that includes decreased spending. * Leave vacant slots unfilled if at all possible. The good news is that the county’s bond rating was increased in late 2008 by both Standard & Poors and Moody’s Investors Service Inc. to AAA, which is their highest rating. This increase in the bond rate will equate to a lower interest on borrowed money for the county. Only five counties in the state of Texas have an AAA rating. Factors that the ratings agencies look at include; population growth, economic climate, financial stability, poli-

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cies in place, and the balance and reserve funds. This is a good report card for Denton County. I have already received several inquiries regarding people’s property appraisals. The Denton Central Appraisal District is not a county department. It is its own agency that services the property appraisal needs of the local governments within Denton County. The laws and regulatory structure they operate within are established by statute set in Austin. Denton County does not have direct control over the appraisal district but does have votes that are cast to elect Board Members for the DCAD. To find out more details about the appraisal process and the upcoming appeal process, please log on to If you have any comments or questions, let me hear from you at 940-349-2801 or email at andy.

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ARGYLE: May 15 - 7th Annual Argyle Eagle Classic benefiting the Argyle Athletic & Band Booster Clubs at The Golf Club at Champions Circle. Register by May 1. www. May 16 - Graham-Argyle Cemetery Workday and Decoration Day. 9am-until. 940-464-7214 May 21 - Schwan’s Fundraising Truckload Sale sponsored by the Argyle High School and Middle School Band Boosters in the high school parking lot. Pick-up times 3:30 to 6:30pm. Pre-order through May 19 at - Event Code 20591. May 21 - Argyle Education Foundation Lecture Series. Speaker is Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly Magazine. 7:30pm at Argyle High School Special Events Center. Free event open to all Denton County students and educators. General admission $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens. or 940-293-7889 Ongoing - Argyle Seniors’ Activities Center meets at First Baptist Church, 414 North Hwy 377, every Wednesday and Friday from 10am until 12:30pm. Call 940-464-3368 for more info. BARTONVILLE: May 16 - Bartonville Town Center’s 3rd Annual Health Fair - 11am to 1pm. Free health screenings and information. Donations accepted for the Ponytail Kids Club, which provides wigs to children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. www.pinkheartfunds. com

June 18 - Movies Under the Stars at Bartonville Town Center: “Tale of Despereaux” at 8:30pm. Free. Bring your own chair. 940-241-3200 Ongoing - Farmers Market - Bartonville Town Center Each Wednesday and Saturday from 8am until sell out. Call 940-241-3200. DENTON COUNTY: May 15 - Lecture: Our Fallen Brothers: In Honor of Denton County Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Connie Baker at 12:15pm in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse-on-theSquare Museum, 110 W. Hickory in Denton. Free and open to the public. 940-349-2854 May 20 - Greater Lewisville Newcomers Club meeting. 9:30 to 11:30am at Lewisville Church of Christ, 901 College Parkway, Lewisville. Speaker is Jamie Pouster, Flower Mound Librarian. 972-539-2752 or www.glnclub. com


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May 30 - SpiritHorse 7th Annual Fiesta del Rancho from 4:30pm to 10pm. Live music, kids activities, petting zoo, silent auction, carriage rides, Texas style BBQ dinner. 940-497-2946 or June 2 - Women Business Owners of Denton County meeting. 11:30 a.m. at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive, Corinth, TX 76210. Speaker Dr. Wendy Guess on “Life is a Dance: Is Yours Choreographed?” or 940-483-1264 June 14 - Lewisville Lions Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Riverchase Golf Club in Coppell benefiting LISD Special Olympics, LISD Eyeglasses program, Salvation Army and Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. $100 per golfer or $400 per foursome. 214-704-4026 DOUBLE OAK: May 16 - Taylor Oaks Neighborhood Garage Sale. 8am at Kings & Fox Trot. Ongoing - Golden Triangle Parliamentarians meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at Double Oak Town Hall at 7:00pm. 817-859-1075 or email

May 23 - The Lewisville ISD Council of PTAs will host a roundtable discussion to discuss parental involvement challenges and barriers from 9 to 10:30am at Central Elementary, 400 High School Dr. in Lewisville. www.

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May 15 - Summer Concerts in the Park at the Gazebo in Parker Square. 7:30pm. Band: Voo Doo Blue.

May 26 - Denton’s Young Professionals Business Networking Group. 11:30am to 1:00pm at Fuddrucker’s on Loop 288 in Denton. 972-841-9698 May 30 - 2nd Annual Tractor Club Show, sponsored by the Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitive Club. 9am to 5pm at North Texas State Fairgrounds. www.texasplowboys. com

May 20 - Oil and Gas Board of Adjustment Meeting. 6:30pm at Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers. May 22 - Seniors In Motion Kick Off The Summer Picnic. 10am to 1pm at Gerault Park/Gazebo Area. Picnic games, watermelon and grilled hot dogs. 972874-6276 May 23 - Summer Splash Day at the CAC. 11am to 2 pm. Kick off the opening of the CAC outdoor pool and water park for summer. 972-874-6276 May 26 - Flower Mound Transportation Commission Public Hearing on Morriss/Gerault Rd. Improvement

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Flower Mound Financial Operations Revenue Structure By Flower Mound Mayor Jody Smith

This is the second of a three-part series focusing on the Town’s financial system, including budgeting, revenue structure, and financial accountability. Flower Mound is a unique community that seeks to preserve its country atmosphere, heritage, and quality of life, while also cultivating a dynamic economic environment. The Town has grown substantially since the 1990s, from a population of 15,000 to nearly 63,000. With this growth, comes the need for sustainable and adequate infrastructure, increased levels of public safety, and programs, events, and initiatives that will foster a sense of community. These needs come with a price tag that, especially in recent times, continues to rise. Flower Mound prides itself on conservative fiscal leadership, which has allowed the Town to weather the current economic storms, while continuing to provide excellent services to residents and businesses. As the Town formulates its annual budget,


priorities are established for the coming year. To determine at what degree each program or initiative can be funded, revenue forecasts are compiled simultaneously during the budget process. These conservative estimates are based upon historical data, economic trends, and rigorous analysis. The Town keeps a close eye on the real numbers throughout the year and makes adjustments as necessary to the estimates. To fund the day-to-day operations of our local government, the Town relies primarily on property and sales taxes. These revenue sources comprise 73.2 percent of the General Fund, with property taxes at 54.5 percent and sales tax collections at 18.7 percent. Other revenue sources that comprise the remaining portion of the General Fund include items such as interest and rent, fines and forfeitures, licenses and permits, and intergovernmental revenue. Flower Mound’s property tax rate has not been increased since the 1990s and remains historically low when compared to other cities in the area. In fact, in the last ten years, the property tax rate has been reduced once, and kept the same since 2002 at $.4497 per $100 assessed value. In November 2007, Flower Mound voters approved four quarter cent dedicated sales taxes for crime control, fire control, street maintenance, and 4B parks. This one cent increase brought the sales tax rate to 8.25 percent and in line with comparable municipalities. Each time you spend a dollar in Flower Mound, 6.25 cents go to state coffers, one

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cent is added to the Town’s General Fund, and one cent is divided into the four dedicated sales taxes. This money helps the Town fund essential governmental services such as police and fire protection, maintaining street infrastructure, and providing park amenities. Fortunately, the Town’s daily operations rely less upon sales tax than many other municipalities, which is one significant reason for the budget shortfalls and drastic cost saving measures you may have recently heard about in other cities. Another revenue source for the Town is the issuance of municipal bonds, of which there are three types – general obligation (GO), certificates of obligation (CO), and revenue. These revenue sources are used to fund large-scale capital projects that have a significant useful life. The Town remains committed to the conservative use of debt issuance as a revenue source. When we do issue debt, the Town receives lower interest rates on long term borrowing, lower overall costs of funds via reduced bond insurance costs, and an expanded market of potential buyers. This saves taxpayers money. The savings to taxpayers is due in part to the recent bond rating upgrade by Standard & Poor’s. The independent agency gave Flower Mound its second highest rating citing sound financial performance, moderate debt burden, and economic expansion as the reasons for the increase. The new rating is a strong indicator of the financial community’s confidence in the Town as an invest-

ment and reflects our commitment to conservative leadership, quality services, and sound financial planning. The Town operates one Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) to spur economic development in central Flower Mound and encourage a more diversified tax base. Created in 2005, the TIRZ provides funds for public infrastructure within the Town’s FM 2499 corridor. Property tax revenues collected above the base value established in 2005 go toward funding proposed improvement projects over a 20-year period. The first TIRZ infrastructure project, Dixon Lane, is currently under construction. To maintain conservative financial management and serve as a guide when making monetary decisions, the Town Council has adopted financial policies. The benefits of the adopted policies include formalizing conservative financial practices, guiding annual budget preparation, setting specific financial goals and targets in writing, and reinforcing the Town’s conservative financial practices to the rating agencies. The Town Council and staff are committed to maintaining a balanced revenue structure. By doing so, we will continue to provide high quality services and remain financially sound, now and in the future.


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nances along with the recently adopted Comprehensive Development Plan. Luedke’s hiring represents a new direction for Argyle as he is a full time member of the city government, as opposed to the previous arrangement where the position was filled by various contractors on an as-needed basis. Argyle Town Manager Lyle Dresher indicated that leaders recognized that development activity has been increasing and would continue to increase. This reality prompted the creation of the position of Development Services Coordinator. “We felt like there needed to be consistency and continuity in development, working with the planning and zoning commission, working with our regulations, trying to keep that updated and consistent, so I think it was a good long term decision,” said Dresher. Mr. Dresher sees this as an improvement, as it enables the town to provide better customer service for both residents and developers. As for what it says about Argyle, Dresher believes it


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demonstrates a “commitment of the town to establish sound development policies” and a “customer friendly, professional organization that is here to serve the existing residents of the community and those prospective or future residents or businesses that obviously are going to come here”. Dresher views it as “a sign of growth and maturity in the governmental structure that’s just naturally going to occur as the population gets larger.” As for that anticipated growth, Mr. Luedke says that despite the economic downturn Argyle is seeing its share, saying “we still have a pretty steady amount of development applications that are under review”. While the Argyle planning and zoning commission has not seen any large scale projects on the agenda of late, Luedke indicates “We’ve been very fortunate with the amount of development that we have had. A lot of cities are experiencing zero development, and we have seen a small, but steady amount.” Luedke is no stranger to the demands of a growing town, having worked in this same

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Busy Argyle Mom Loses 1.9 pounds Every Week, Despite the Odds! By Fitness Coach Kelli Calabrese Julie Crecelius is like a lot of women in their late 30’s. She is in high demand and puts herself dead last. She is a wife to Alan who travels for weeks at a time, mom to Allison & Alexis (who she home schools). She is a student finishing up her masters in psychology / counseling and is involved in her church among other roles. About two years ago, she had become frustrated by the body she was living in. She was unhappy with her shape, weight and health. She had come to accept the many issues with her stomach, knee, and with back pain. She was taking medication for anxiety and other conditions. She felt her “self” slipping away and did not recognize the woman staring back at her in the mirror. Just as she decided to do something about it, they got custody of two nieces and once again Julie’s health was on the backburner. Already run down and with her immune system compromised she came down with mononucleosis. Finally, in February 2007, Julie made the



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commitment to enroll in Argyle Adventure Boot lost 20 lbs and felt the best I had in years”. Camp. She showed up with trepidation on the After the second month of camp, Julie found first day, not knowing anyone or what to expect. out that they were being transferred to Florida for She quickly became addicted Alan’s job. She was devastatto the lifestyle program and ed after having made so much was inspired to come back progress. She didn’t want to every day. She yearned to be leave the one thing she was in the front of the group with doing for herself. She attendthe fastest runners. She knew ed the last day of camp the day there was an athlete on the that she left town. She asked inside screaming to be uncovme to please keep her on the ered and to perform at the high daily e-mail list as she wanted levels she did in high school to keep up with the daily reas a sprinter. powering information, healthy Julie says, “I felt like Coach recipes, reports of camper’s Kelli Calabrese really cared progress, motivational quotes, about my health and wellness. information on the truth about I attended the nutrition semihealth and wellness and to stay nar and the grocery shopping connected to the program. I tour. I started keeping a weekwas happy to send her the ely food log that Kelli reviewed mails. with me. The education about After spending a year in food choices has been huge for Florida, Alan found out he Julie Crecelius me. In 4 weeks of boot camp was being transferred back to I was on track to a new me. I was stronger and in Texas. One of the first things Julie did was to sign much less pain with fewer symptoms such as mi- up for Boot Camp. She arrived on Saturday, Feb. graines. Before long, I was off of all my prescrip- 7, and on Monday morning, Feb. 9, she was back tion medication. In two months of boot camp, I at camp. Julie said, “I couldn’t wait to get back to boot camp. It’s the one thing I do for myself 5 days a week from 5:30 to 6:30am. I’m not only getting in shape, but I am eating right, feeling fabulous and meeting other women just like me who want to be their best, have energy and look younger than they are. I will admit that my muscles

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are sore and I am tired, but I am consistently losing almost 2 pounds per week. My posture has improved tremendously and I feel taller when I walk. I can focus better mentally and have tons of energy.” Now my whole family is eating and feeling better and I know I am changing habits for a lifetime. I think boot camp is so successful because Kelli approaches it from every aspect (fitness, nutrition, healthy living, good sleep hygiene, stress management, hydration, etc). She has taught me more about health and wellness than anyone in my life. So far I lost 14% body fat”. Julie has been following the 30 Day Detox Fat Burning Meal Plan. She has been off of gluten for a month now and feels so much less bloated and inflamed. She also loves the recipes in the Adventure Boot Camp Cook Book which is filled with great ideas for healthy eating and living. Her favorite recipe is for Black Bean Cakes. As far as the workouts, Julie admits, “They are not easy, but nothing worth achieving is. Each workout is different, fun and challenging. I love being on this adventure with Kelli. I’ve started a new life, a healthy one. It’s impossible to put into words how Kelli and boot camp have changed my life. After battling with insomnia my entire adult life I now sleep 6 – 7 solid hours a night. I am several sizes smaller and am enjoying donating my clothes to the larger ladies in camp who are also a size smaller”! Julie shared the following goals, “I want to wear a cute sundress and have my arms look great for a wedding at the end of May. My 20 year class reunion is August 13th & 14th. I want to be at my goal weight of 145 by then. I am going to Italy in early September and my goal is to be able to shop for new clothes that I look and feel great in”. I know that I will be able to reach all of my goals with Kelli’s guidance, boot camp, and eating right!” Julie wanted to share that this program is not a fad!!! She has made lasting life decisions and proclaims that she will continue with boot camp as her daily exercise routine even after she meets her goals. After Before She is devoted to be in the best shape of her life on her 40th Tile & Coping birthday (in 16 months)”. Waterfalls For more information and to register, go to www.ArOutdoor Kitchens The Featuring PebbleTec & PebbleSheen next camp beings on May 26 Free Estimates and there are 8 more openings for the women’s camp and 12 more openings for the Call Jerry Reynolds men’s camp. Contact Kelli at 817-490-1296 or e-mail (817) 825-0576 Family Owned In Grapevine Since 1982

May 2009

Tales from the Trail

Flower Mound Parks & Recreation Update by John Thomas

Indian Blanket, Larkspur, Corn Poppies, Bachelor’s Button and a lone Indian Paintbrush. These are just a few of the wildflowers on Garden Road. Earlier in the spring, the Crimson Clover was blooming. Just north of Forestwood Middle School is the wildflower meadow, with a smaller area just across the bridge from Wilkerson Field. Of course Flower Mound’s treasure, The Flower Mound, has doz-


ens of wildflower species in bloom at any given time during the spring and summer. The best way to enjoy The Mound’s wildflowers is to walk to the summit. While we generally associate wildflowers with Bluebonnets, there are many varieties. Actually, Bluebonnets are not native to this part of Texas. Most wildflowers need to be planted in the fall. So plan now to plant your own wildflower meadow (large or small) for next spring. Two great sources for seed are Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg and Native American Seed in Junction. Check out their websites. Native American Seed has a local connection. The owner, Bill Neiman had a nursery in Flower Mound where Kroger on FM 1171 now stands. We have had a small break in the drought, and I don’t know if it is officially over. Regardless, this


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is Texas and you can bet on hot and dry as the forecast for the summer. In addition to wildflowers, it is not a bad idea to plant anticipating a lack of water. Check out for ideas on native and adapted plants. Whether it is wildflowers or trees, now is the time to enjoy nature in Flower Mound. Take a walk on any of the trails in the early morning to catch of glimpse of the birds. Or you might see a rabbit or two run across your path at dusk. The ribbon cutting for the trail extension at Parker Square was on May 7, although people have taken advantage of this link for over a month. In addition to the 32 miles of multi-use trails maintained by the Town, we are fortunate to have an excellent natural surface hike and bike trail along the north shore of Grapevine Lake, named appropriately Northshore Trail. This trail is about

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9 miles long and offers views of the lake and an opportunity to view the Cross Timbers forest. Along this trail is one of the biggest prickly pears I have ever seen. You can start at Rockledge Park near the dam and walk as far as your legs can take you. This is not a loop, so remember you have to make the return trip. And be sure to take water. If you are hiking, be sure to keep an eye out for the bicyclists. If you prefer a more stable walking surface, I suggest starting at Wilkerson Park at Morriss Road and Garden Road. You can either venture north and view the wildflowers or head east or west from this “hub” in the trail system. If you have small children, they will enjoy the new playground just east of the ball field. It’s spring, so enjoy nature before the temperature reaches 100 degrees.

May 2009


The Pastor’s Place By Dr. John Allen, Senior Pastor Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church During the past several months, we have all been assaulted with bad news concerning the economy. I even heard one editor ask, “Will this be the big depression that will send our culture back to the 19th century?” Even though the best economist will say that no one can know for sure how this will turn out, most of us hang on the worst case scenarios. So far, it has not been as bad as some have predicted. Here lately, the stock market has taken a turn for the better. Even though there are still too many out of work, the rise in unemployment is slowing. So...Why are we so afraid? I want to ask you a question. How big is your God? When our son John was small, we used to ask him, “Jonathan, how big are you?” He would raise his hands as high as he could and shout, “This big!” We always wanted our children to have confidence. Down deep, we wanted them to know that God had made them special. In spite of the problems and challenges they might face in this world, the God of all creation was with them. Their God had shaped them and formed them with gifts, intelligence and savvy to handle whatever life dealt them. And for all the rest, the God who created us is bigger than anything we might face. I’m deeply convinced that the way we live is a consequence of the size of our God. The primary problem in our lives is we are not con-


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vinced that we are absolutely safe in the hands of a fully competent, all-knowing, ever-present, utterly loving, infinitely big God. If I wake up in the morning with a tiny God, there are consequences. I will live in a constant state of fear and anxiety, because everything depends on me. If I live with a tiny God, I will find it unnatural to pray when I have a need, because I’m not really sure that God makes a difference and that prayer matters. I will become a slave to whatever other people think of me, because I don’t live in the security of a giant God’s acceptance of me. When our God is too small, we pray without faith, worship without awe, serve without joy, and suffer without hope. The result is a life of stagnation and fear, a loss of vision, and an inability to persevere and see whatever we are facing to the end. I have been thinking a lot about worry and anxiety these days. Everyone is afraid and anxious. Worry and fear is paralyzing our communities. Frankly, I find myself falling into a fear trap that has been set for us. As my day begins I’m tempted to be overwhelmed by all the stuff before me. I sit at my desk and think about all the problems I don’t know how to solve and all of the really important outcomes I cannot control - my kids, my family, my relationships, the ministry to which I am called. In these moments as I call on God, it’s like I hear Jesus whisper to me, “John, you and I are going to walk through this deal together. Depend on me when everything is outside of your control. Trust me when you feel the tides of anxiety. I will give you a strength that will surprise you and be more than adequate to cope with whatever it is you have to face.” Maybe it time for us to look upward. We live in tough times, but our God is BIGGER than ever. Things around you can be swirling out of your control, but God is more than enough. This is why the Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Nobody else can give us this peace. God is bigger than our problems,

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didn’t blow a fact, he seemed somewhat amused. Next day it was time to spring into action. With a vengeance I tore into more of the shrubs. Only 3⁄4 of an acre to go! But wouldn’t ya know the silly cutter stopped short in just a few hours. This time I checked the cord first! Aha, no dangling wire...this time I wouldn’t be a liar. The problem was definitely not on my end. I even knew to visit the breaker box before putting out a yell for help. Alas, my eyesight isn’t what it used to be. I’d missed the nick it had only taken a flick of my wrist to make the blade dis yet another orange cable. As I write this fable (it’s NOT a fable, but that did rhyme) I’m listening to a buzz. This sound is not from the bees but from the humming of busy workers trimming the rest of the trees. I called these guys to my rescue, but not for free. And for all my efforts, all I gave birth to is a new meaning for the words... “It’s time to cut the cord.”

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The Cross Timbers Gazette - May 09  

Local News for Southern Denton County, TX

The Cross Timbers Gazette - May 09  

Local News for Southern Denton County, TX