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Note from the Editor Howdy Texans! Welcome Fall! What a wonderful time of year. It’s time for little ones to head back to school. They are learning so many things to grow up and become valuable members of our working community. Speaking of community, let’s kick off fall by enjoying the Labor Day holiday! We have so many people to be thankful for in our area; this month we will take a quick look at just a few of them. What better way to spend a fall weekend than to go out to one of the local orchards or farms? You can see how farmers have spent years providing so many resources to the community. We also will let you know about the upcoming Oktoberfest. With children off at school, you may find yourself ready to start a new hobby. Check out our interview with Mark Murphy from Bear Creek Running. Maybe you will find yourself on a new path as well! No matter what you do this fantastic time of the year, make sure you enjoy it! Happy Fall Y’all!



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Contributing Writers: Dr. Jana Smith Assenheimer Dr. Claudia Beeny Adrienne Menichini Sherry Smalling

> KELLER History


Signal and utility boxes have double duty Traffic signal and utility boxes are used in communities across the country for public art purposes. Signal boxes in Keller were originally identified as potential public art sites in the 2009 Keller Public Arts Master Plan and were kept on the list when the plan was updated in 2016. The Public Arts Board (PAB) proposed the project to City Council in March 2016 and received the go-ahead to move forward with the following plan: Project is a partnership between the City of Keller Public Arts Program and the Old Town Keller Foundation. The PAB wanted to utilize historic photographs with accompanying historic information on the community to make the project unique. The Foundation has been a tremendous help in identifying and selecting photographs and supplying the basic historic content for the text on the boxes. The PAB had a committee of three members that worked with the wrap company on the design the first year of the project. There are about 30 boxes in Keller. The Public Arts Board works with staff each year to determine which boxes to wrap. 
Project funding comes from the Public Arts Special Revenue Fund. The fund includes monies collected from the 0.25 percent development fee adopted by the Keller City Council in 2015, donations, and commissions on art sales during the Town Hall rotating art shows.
 Staff had to secure permission from TXDOT before moving forward on wrapping TXDOT-owned boxes, which was finalized in November 2016.
 The wraps are made of high-quality vinyl and expected to last roughly 5 years before needing to be replaced. First set of wraps were installed in April 2017 along Rufe Snow at the following intersections: l North Tarrant Parkway l Fire Station 3 (just south of Shady Grove Road)
 l Bear Creek Parkway (across from The Keller Pointe) l Bear Creek Parkway (by the KISD Natatorium)
 l Keller Parkway
 l Johnson Road

Second set of wraps were installed June/July 2018 along Keller Parkway at the following intersections: l Anita Avenue (same as Bourland Road)
 l Cindy Street
 l US Hwy. 377
 l Keller-Smithfield Road

The Public Arts Board will likely start talking about the third set of wraps this fall, and staff will aim for installation in late spring/summer 2019

Fast Facts Population: 44,620 (as of Jan. 1, 2017) Primary traffic corridors:

North-South: Hwy. 377/Main ST.

Government: Council-Manager Council:

Acreage: 18.4 sq. miles East-West: FM 1709/Keller Pwy

City Manager: Mark Hafner

Mayor Pat McGrail Place 3: Ed Speakmon Place 6: Tag Greenol

Place 1: Debbie Bryan Place 4: Eric Schmidt District: Keller ISD

Place 2: Armin Mizani Place 5: Chris Whatley



Labor Day A holiday for all


abor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. When studying the history of Labor Day, two men that are unrelated with similar names are credited. The first is Peter J. McGuire, a leading official in the American Federation of Labor and organizer of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. The other is Matthew Maguire, a machinist from the Knights of Labor. It is difficult to credit a single “founder” of Labor Day because no one realized that a new national holiday was being created.


The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The legalized celebration of Labor Day began as individual state celebrations. In 1887, New York, New Jersey and Colorado were among the first states to approve state legal holidays. Then other states joined in to create their own state Labor Days.

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Celebrating Labor Day with Local Community Members

How long have you been at your job? What aspects do you love about your job? What are some things you enjoy most about the Keller community? This is my 30th year serving the City of Keller as a firefighter, serving as the fire chief for the past five years.

David Jones Fire Chief

Serving the needs of others and putting their needs above yours is what drew me to becoming a firefighter‌well that, and firefighters usually have great mustaches. I love serving the community and our great staff of public safety professionals. The men and women of the Keller Fire Department are second-to-none and it is my honor to serve as their chief. Being a firefighter today is more than just fighting fires as the majority of our response is to medical emergencies and nonemergency public service requests. Every day we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those within the community. This is probably the greatest aspect that I love about my job. I grew up here in Keller and my parents still live here. It has been an honor serving our great community and watching it evolve over the years. It is certainly not the same one blinking red light town that it was when we moved here in 1975. Keller is a great community and the people are what make it so special to me. It is great to see so many people take advantage of the parks and trail system as well as their attendance at citywide events. Even though the town is much bigger now than when I was a kid, the sense of community is even bigger.



I first came to Keller as manager of the Senior Activities Center just over three years ago. I was then fortunate enough to be promoted to Recreation Manager in February and have had a great time expanding my skills to programming for all ages and abilities.

Kyle Cooper

Recreation Manager

I love the challenge of coming in every day searching for new programs and special events that help our residents make connections to one another and to our parks and trails. Our Parks & Recreation amenities are truly some of the best in the region and that has attracted residents who love the outdoors and care about the sense of community we’ve created here. So at the end of the day, it’s the people who live and work here that I enjoy most—they love having fun. Outside of work, I’m also a fan of Keller’s local business scene; I love sampling craft beer, so What’s on Tap is a personal favorite.

I have been an educator for 34 years. I spent 16 years teaching and have been an administrator for 18 years. This is my 12th year as the principal of Hidden Lakes Elementary. I love working with our staff and parents to create the most positive learning environment possible and then watching that work light up a child’s life. Our HLES family is what makes this campus such a great place to learn, work, and play! Melanie Graham Principal

The people! We are so blessed to be supported by a fabulous group of PTA members, community sponsors, and our Keller city leaders. Hidden Lakes is a large community with a small town, family feel that values and supports the education of our youngest members.



I have been with the City of Keller a little over three years. I like that I get to help provide quality parks and recreation amenities to our residents and visitors. I like the dedicated people that I work with, who put the desires of the Keller residents above their own. I also love seeing happy people at our numerous special events! Cody Mayberry

Director of Community Services

I love the community feel that you get everywhere you go in Keller. I like that people are proud to say that they live in Keller, and I hope my actions have positive effects on them.

I have been the Chief of Police for 3 years and have served the Keller Police Department since 2001. I love helping others, seeing team members develop and succeed, and being part of an organization of public servants who routinely put others before themselves.

Michael Wilson Chief of Police

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The Keller Community is an engaged community who is quick to do their part to help make Keller a great place. The community is extremely supportive of Public Safety and that serves to motivate us all to want to continuously improve so that we can better serve them.

We believe that our care and compassion for our customers define who we are, that our jobs are a place to be good at what we do, and we look forward to exceeding customer expectations.






An BAKING APPLES Granny Smith Distinctive bright green. Good for pies, cakes, pastries, or eating fresh. Crisp and crunchy with a flavorful and tart taste.

McIntosh Blend of red, green, and golden-white skin. The crisp, slightly tart flavor is best enjoyed fresh or used in salads, sauces, and pies.

Empire An intense maroon-red, overlying a light green background. Sweet with a crisp texture and bright white flesh. It has a McIntosh flavor.

SNACKING APPLES Gala Creamy yellow skin with pink to reddish stripes. Its distinctively sweet flavor makes a perfect snack.

Fuji Skin is light green with a pale reddish-orange tint. This large firm fruit makes an excellent sweet snack.

Pink Lady Pink in color. This apple has a delicious sweet-tart taste and is great for cooking or eating out of hand.

Golden Delicious Light green to yellowish skin. The semi-firm texture and sweet juicy flavor are perfect for cooking, salads, or eating fresh.

Red Delicious Red skinned with white flecks. Enjoy a big, crisp bite of its sweet, juicy flavor.



for Your Teacher HIGH FLAVOR APPLES Honeycrisp Sweet and juicy apple that’s large in size and great for snacking. It has a crisp texture that lasts when stored in the refrigerator.

Envy Outrageously sweet. They’ll stay bright long after you cut them. Try them with cheese or in salads.

Jazz Tangy, sweet and super juicy apples from New Zealand. They have an epic crunch, making them just right for snacks and salads. They’ll stay crisp for weeks in the fridge or on the counter.

Sweetie Combines the best attributes of two parents: Gala’s excellent sugars alongside the firm-crisp texture of Braeburn, but with a unique flavor of its own.

Organic options Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Golden, Reds, Honeycrisp, Jazz, and some heirloom apples.



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SATURDAY, 9.22.18 Benefiting

Presenting Hope Sponsor

Last year over 3,000 runners participated in our annual event benefiting children living at or below the poverty level in Keller, Northwest and Carroll Independent School Districts.

For directions, information and event times, visit: 1 Mile Fun Run & 5K Race

Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center 9800 Hilwood Parkway Fort Worth

Create Your Own Luck It seems like some people just have it all, right? How do they do it? How are they so lucky? It’s time to switch things up a bit, create your own luck, push yourself out of your comfort zone and see what happens. You never know who you might meet or what you might discover. We’ve got three easy strategies to help you create your own luck. Switch it Up! It’s easy to become a creature of habit. Once we figure out a schedule that works for us—work, workout, errands, etc. We kind of have our weeks mapped out so we know where to be, when, and how it works for us. But where’s the fun in that? Try taking a workout class at a different time. We’d recommend you make it a Jazzercise class, but there are tons of options to make it easy to switch it up. Usually a morning person? Try an evening class. A new instructor might spark some new motivation, push you just a little harder. You may even make a new friend or see a familiar face.

Go Old School In a world dominated by screen time, it’s easy to block out the world around us. So, hear us out on this one. Try to introduce yourself to one new person a day for a week. Whether it’s on your way to work, running errands, or picking up the kids from school, try looking

right at someone and saying “Hi, how are you?” At the very least, you’ll brighten their day. Best case, you strike up a conversation and may find you have something in common. Call us “old school” but there’s something special about sharing a smile and a “hello” that can really spread some much-needed positivity and open us up to new possibilities. And lucky you, you might make a new friend!

Trust Social Proof Do you find yourself gravitating to a restaurant or local watering hole where everybody knows your name? Yeah, us too. Sometimes it’s worth breaking the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. With the world at our finger tips, there are plenty of review sites and apps that can help us discover a new eatery, coffee spot, or bar; or try something new in your neighborhood that a friend has been raving about. We all have a place we’ve been eager to try but usually end up choosing Old Faithful in the end. Give it a shot—you may find your new favorite go-to spot, favorite meal, or favorite place to get your caffeine fix. The key to having it all, might just be as simple as being open to unexpected opportunities. You can create your own luck just by switching things up a bit. Be the woman that makes people say “Wow, she’s got it all, y’all!” And when you do decide to break out of that routine to do something new, grab a friend to bring with you— because we all deserve to have it all!

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SEPTEMBER 3 Labor Day Camp Hitting and Fielding $75 HITTING Tuesdays, October 2–23 6:00–7:30 PM Max Group is 8

NOVEMBER 19 & 20 2-Day Thanksgiving Camp

OCTOBER 8 Columbus Day Camp

All Aspects $135

Hitting and Pitching/Throwing $75


FIELDING Thursdays, October 4–25 6:00–7:30 PM Max Group is 10

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Blase Family Farm We are a 22-acre wooded family farm in Rockwall with a pick your own blueberry farm with 1,600 bushes in 4 varieties in the summer and a Pumpkin Patch in October. We will be open every day between September 29–October 31 this year. Our Blueberry farm is open around the dates of the end of May–the beginning of July, but each year the dates vary depending upon the Spring weather.






Greer Family Farm Located near Daingerfield, Texas, the farm consists of lush pastures and towering pine and hardwood trees nestled in the slow moving world of Northeast Texas. Here, we raise vegetables and herbs, hay, fruit and berries, flowers, pine timber and full-blood red and white Maine-Anjou beef cattle, Dorper sheep, heritage pigs, sheep and chickens. We also offer unique culinary experiences through private dining, catering and Farm to Fork cooking classes. Our natural meats; beef, chicken, lamb and pork is delicious and healthy. Our goal is to be a Center of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture, demonstrating that a family farm can be profitable, practice environmental stewardship and produce a stable food supply and timber into perpetuity without degrading the natural resources that support production processes.


We think we have a unique farm with some different approaches to making a living off the land. From our circa 1850 restored Texas farm home to the log cabins, barns and share cropper buildings on the old homestead, we have tried to maintain the integrity of this land for future generations. The management of our forest has taken into consideration the aesthetics of the land as much as possible. On our farm, we practice sustainable agriculture techniques striving to improve the land. When you visit us we can show you what we have accomplished.


We recently finished picking all our apples and pears which are stored in our cold house at 38 degrees. There they rest as we gradually convert them into so many interesting things. This past week has been apples into Apple Butter. The old-fashioned kind that takes 2–3 days to make and has that rich buttery taste. I never know in advance what we are making next, but I know whatever it is will be excellent.

If you desire to have really fresh farm eggs, we have a deal for you. Our layers are free range in a 3½ acre field and eat what ever they find and are supplemented with a special natural feed containing no soy or GMO grains. Our eggs have deep yellow yolks that stand up when fried. We are looking for a few groups that will purchase a minimum of 30 dozen (one box) at a time at $5/dozen delivered. These are easily shared in an office or with a Facebook group. Our eggs refrigerated will last at least 4-5 weeks. If you are interested please give me a call or text 903-452-9738. We anticipate a weekly delivery in the Dallas area.

I was passing our garden with some cabin guests and one of the kids pointed out we had tomatoes. To our delight, we had this bunch of the most flavorful tomatoes of the season. We quickly added BLT’s to our lunch plans. We will shortly trim back the vines and plant a few more and see what we get in the fall. Explore the farm on your next farm stay.

Greer Farm Information and Events Cabin Rentals

Farm to Fork Cooking Classes

Reservations Any time is a perfect time to visit the farm, hike, fish or just kicking back. Book a farm stay as a relaxing getaway.

Scheduled classes at the farm are over for 2018, but you can schedule a private class by calling 903-645-3232. Fall classes will be at the Dallas Arboretum Sept. 30—An Apple a Day... Fun with Apples Oct. 21—Octoberfest Texas Style Nov. 11—Butter Up with Butternut Squash Also available are private classes and culinary retreats. Gather up friends and family and let’s get to cooking

Call 903-645-3232 for prices and ask about our special 10% discount on Sunday–Thursday w/three-night min.

Bulk Beef All Natural—Grass-fed cattle from birth to harvest We are taking orders now for our beef by the whole, half or quarter and pigs by the whole or half.

Special Buy a whole steer and get a 10% discount, share with friends or family. For more information call or text 903-452-9738

Follow us on Facebook. We update almost every day and we have great photo albums

Private Dining Gourmet dining at the farm for special events, family & friends dinners, call 903-645-3232 for more information

Greer Farm Products We have all-natural farm eggs, jam and jelly, honey, chicken, beef, pork and lamb, beef jerky and beef snack sticks. Buy at the farm or call 903-452-9738 We are at the Historic Longview Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning 7:30–11:30 am



Address 626 Ball Street Grapevine, TX 76051 817.410.3185

Hours Labor Day through Memorial Day Daily—9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Memorial Day through Labor Day Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m


Learn about Grapevine and the city's heritage by visiting Nash Farm. Purchased by Thomas Jefferson Nash in 1859, this historic landmark brings history to life through exhibits, interpretive programs and touchable displays. The farm grounds are open for self-guided tours during regular business hours, admission free. The historic structures and exhibits are open during special events or during a scheduled tour and participation fees may apply. Help Nash Farm preserve, protect and visually reflect the agricultural heritage of the Grapevine Prairie by following our Usage Policy. See our calendar of events for details on the many opportunities to experience Nash Farm's many activities. Events and Activities throughout the year include First Fridays at the Farm, Farmhouse on the Grape Vine Prairie, Frugal Farm Wife, Spring into Nash, Fall Round-Up, Dairy Day, Victorian Christmas and many more. Attend one of our events or programs and spend your time touring the buildings, experiencing farm life, learning about farming and doing hands-on activities.


Fresh baked cookies in the farm kitchen, doing your chores the old-fashioned way, playing parlor games and listening to period music are just some of the activites you can enjoy at Nash Farm

Group tours are available of the 5.2-acre farm, which centers around the Farmhouse Thomas built in 1869, the Historic Barn and a historic cemetery. Groups will be guided through each of these areas and have an opportunity to participate in seasonal hands-on activities presented by Nash Farm staff and volunteers. Pack a picnic and take advantage of our Pole Barn Pavilion following your tour.

Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. The farm will also close for two weeks each February for annual maintenance; dates will be posted. For more information about Nash Farm, contact Cody Jolliff, 817.410.3558 or CJolliff@










DON’T MISS the All New and Completely Transformed Screams® Halloween Theme Park beginning September 28! Screams® 2018 will deliver the scariest fright experience ever with all 5 of the haunted houses completely redesigned including all new costuming, make-up, props, sets and more for the 2018 season. There will also be a whole new cast of haunting new characters that will heighten your fear every time they come near! Screams® Halloween Theme Park will be open Every Friday and Saturday night September 28 through October 27, 2018. Screams® single admission price is $35 at the gate and includes all 5 haunted houses, live entertainment and Scary-Oke. Plus visitors may go through the haunted houses as many times as they like (as the crowds will allow). To cut the wait times in half, they can purchase a VIP Fast Pass for $20 in advance or during their visit. There will also be games of skill, shops, food and drink at the food court and the full-service restaurant along with adult beverages at the pubs for those 21 and older. Screams® is located in Waxahachie, just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas and Fort Worth off of I-35E at exit 399A on the Scarborough Faire® site. From Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan. Screams® is sponsored by Dr. Pepper and MetroPCS. For more information visit or ScreamsPark on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram. More details to come…


By Dr. Claudia K. Beeny

I’m writing this article while on vacation in Key Largo, Florida. My time here has left me thinking about all the ways nature can teach us to shine if we are receptive and willing to listen. We might already realize this if we’ve studied Fibonacci’s Code or if we were paying attention in school when teachers explained why trees lose their leaves or chameleons change colors. But there is something about being on vacation in Florida that has allowed me to experience nature in such a way that I’ve been able to learn a few lessons about human nature. The first “aha” was that Florida nicknamed the Sunshine State, even though it rains almost every day, if only for thirty minutes. I like that. I think it teaches a healthy lesson about grace and the dangers of living life with too many absolutes. Good students can occasionally make poor grades and still be good students. Healthy people can treat themselves to occasional desserts and still be considered healthy. Good parents can lose their cool every morning, frustrated by children scrambling to find their shoes, and still proudly hold the title, “Parent of the Year.” Florida is the sunshine state because of how it performs the majority of the time and not because its record for sunshine is impeccable.

Sunsets make great teaching tools too, because even though there is one every evening, capturing their true beauty is an ever-elusive goal. We end most days in Florida by gathering at the dock to watch the sun set. Taking pictures is irresistible because it’s the perfect way to remember the breathtaking colors, the reflection of light against the bay, and the sheer expansiveness of the sky at dusk. The moment is so breathtaking that capturing it in pictures seems like the only logical thing to do. But then you realize that tomorrow there will be another one. And in between yesterday’s sunset and today’s, you look back at photos you’ve taken and realize that the pictures you were so excited to have didn’t fully capture your memory. Convinced tonight’s sunset will be different, you click away taking more pictures only to realize, again, that while the photos are pretty, they don’t accurately reflect the essence of the moment. What I’ve realized is you can lose a lot of moments by trying to capture moments. Time spent behind the camera lens was time not spent appreciating the sunset first hand without a lens separating me from it. I think this happens in life, too. We can be in a moment with our family or friends, but the distraction of a cell phone, a TV show or video game gets in the way, serving as the lens between the moment and fully experiencing it. Soon we will return to the Lone Star State, where I look forward to many more Texas-sized lessons about shining bright.

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Guten Tag! Brush up on your German phrases, dust off your lederhosen and mark your calendar for the best Oktoberfest celebration around! This must-see, German-inspired festival attracts over 100,000 people to the beautiful Southlake Town Square in Southlake, Texas the first full weekend of October with free live music, the wildly popular wiener dog race, family fun zone and a great selection of German and American food and beer. Admission is FREE! Tickets are available for food, drinks and the family fun zone. The festivities kick off on Friday, October fifth at 5:00 PM and is presented by Grubbs Infiniti and TD Ameritrade, hosted by The Southlake Chamber of Commerce, The City of Southlake and Southlake Town Square. Be sure to check out our headliner on Friday, Le Freak (that’s right, the best disco band in the world)! Saturday’s headliner is the popular cover band Time Machine. But that’s just a small portion of the phenomenal entertainment from German oompah bands and dance troupes to the School of Rock’s “Battle of the Bands.” Saturday evening features both a German costume contest (lederhosen and dirndls


welcome) and a Stein Hoisting contest. The good news is, anyone can participate, so start hitting the gym immediately! The Wiener Dog Race is held on Saturday morning. You may pre-register your doggie


October 5–7, 2018 Friday 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM–11:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

online. Most contestants dress in their finest for the one-of-akind “dog walk” before the race. Spectators love to come out to cheer for their favorite costume and encourage the dachshunds to the finish line. Also, be sure and take your kiddos to see Decker the Wiener Dog at Decker’s Den located on Main Street! Other highlights include the Main Street Parade on Saturday afternoon, a Family Fun Zone featuring a petting zoo, and over 100 craft and food vendors in addition to the usual shops and restaurants in Town Square. There’s no better time to explore everything that Southlake businesses have to offer.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar! Because Stuffing Your Face is Socially Acceptable This gourmet burger restaurant is located in Southlake Town Square. Hopdoddy was founded in 2010 in Austin, TX and offers made-from-scratch burgers using the freshest all-natural ingredients. The menu includes Kobe beef, bison, turkey, chicken, black bean, lamb and sushi-grade tuna. Hopdoddy was named #1 by Business Insider’s list of “The Top 50 Best Burger Joints in America.” Food and Wine also recognized Hopdoddy as one of “The Best Burgers in America.” In an effort to do something different than other burger establishments, the company has elected to position itself as an upscale counter-service concept that has a full bar and makes everything in-house, from meat to buns to beverages. They have combined gourmet burgers with craft beer. The burger bar’s name, Hopdoddy, is a combination of hop, which is hand-crafted beer, and doddy, a nickname for a cow in Scotland. At Hopdoddy, guests order at the counter and wait for their food to be brought out. While waiting for their hand-crafted burger, customers can order a drink at the bar and soak in all of the visual cues that denote a high-quality experience: the bakers baking the bread, the gourmet burgers & the wide variety of craft spirits at the bar. The core of the Hopdoddy menu is its premium creative burgers, made with hormone and antibiotic-free meat.



Handmade Buns. Handmade Patties. Designed to be devoured by hand. The options are endless including these and many more:

Buffalo Bill Bison, Apple Smoked Bacon, Blue Whip, Buffalo Sauce, “Sassy Sauce,” Lettuce, Tomato and Onion

Primetime Grass-fed Kobe Beef, Brie, Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Truffle Aioli, HD1 Steak Sauce, Tomato

Thunderbird Chicken, Pepper Jack, Apple-Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Seared Poblanos, Pico de Gallo, and Chipotle Mayo.

Ahi Tuna Sushi-Grade Tuna, Sunflower Sprouts, Nori Chips, Teriyaki, Honey Wasabi, Mayo, Pickled Ginger, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion

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Q+A with Local Texan in focus Mark Murphy

Owner Bear Creek Running Company


Tell us a little about yourself and your family?

When we started our family, I was an Art Instructor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. We moved back to Texas in 2008 for the much shorter winters and quality of life Texans get to enjoy. I am married to Betsy Murphy, the swim coach at Timbercreek High School, and have twin boys Max and Ben who will be attending Stephen F Austin this fall, and Jacob who will be in his sophomore year at Timbercreek. The entire family has sports DNA and prefer to be doing anything outdoors.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the flatlands of Lubbock, Texas where the views are endless the wind relentless. In grade school, I was never the best athlete, but I was always one of the fastest. I fell in love with running in Lubbock. The entire town is laid out in a one-mile grids so even before GPS, you always knew how far you had gone and could rarely get lost. Because of its elevation and dry climate, Lubbock turned out to be a great place to run year-round. After graduating from Texas Tech, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts where my passion for running became a lifelong obsession.


Did you enjoy running as a child?

Since I was good at running, it was something I never had to think much about. I suppose I thought everyone had the same experience running as I did and there was nothing to learn, just go and do. Because it was effortless, it took many years to figure out why and how to train properly.


Who’s been your biggest role model either in running or life in general?

My biggest role model has always been my grandfather, Ernest. He had 2 codes to live by: always be sure that at the end of each day that your integrity is still intact, and if you borrow something, return it in better shape than when you borrowed it.



What other hobbies or interests do you have?

My two passions outside of my family have always been running and art. I earned my MFA in studio art from Northwestern University, and art will always be an important part of my life. The thing about making art is that you start with nothing and once you get started, it is basically an intellectual game of problem solving. My art is always about systems working together or against one another. Observing someone’s biomechanics along with the nuances of their feet are a similar exercise in problem solving. You need a great deal of empathy to find a shoe that is going to take into account the natural shape, support and movement of someone’s feet and pair it to a shoe that helps neutralize the foot so that it can work efficiently.


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

If I could convince my family, I would hike the Appalachian trail. It would be a dream come true travel adventure. Short of that, anywhere in the Rocky Mountains is always revitalizing.


Is there a favorite place that you have run? Or a certain trail that is your favorite to take?

Locally, I love to go run at Eagle Mountain Lake Park. I found the trail shortly after we moved here and used it to train for my first 50K trail run. Every time I get to run at Eagle Mountain, I wind up finding a stretch that wakes up my running muscles and feels effortless again. My all-time favorite place to run has to be Boston. I lived in Brookline where the heart break hills are on the Boston Marathon course, so I got to run the hills almost every day. There is also the running paths along the Charles River which are hard to beat. My first Marathon was Boston, and it was a glorious, hot, painful, fastest and most clueless marathon you could ever imagine.


Have you run in many events? Marathons or anything like that?

I have run hundreds of 5ks and 10ks, numerous half and full marathons. I think in everyone’s running life you have phases where you just want to race. I am at a point where it is more the personal challenge of an event and pushing myself or my knees further than I thought possible. Each race is like climbing a mountain range, until you get to the top, you’re not even aware of the next mountain.



Besides running what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Since opening the store, running has become what I do in my free time, I spend most of my time working in the store, planning running events, clubs, and trying to find ways to get others running and connected to other runners. Running is an activity that has remained judgment free; runners support other runners whether they are qualifying for Boston or training for their first 5K. While running is an individual battle, it is one where everyone around you is in your corner cheering your success or consoling your disappointments. I have never met a runner I did not like, so helping people find the right shoe is like making friends all day long.


Where is your favorite place to go in Keller?

The first 21 workouts your body is adapting to the new activity, so if you can be consistent you will see results. The fun starts after your body adapts, so it is important that you realize it is never true that you did not have time to get your run in. Be honest and acknowledge you chose to not make time to get your run in. The beauty of running is that improvement is always possible, but first you must decide to run your own world.


Any safety tips for new runners or runners that are getting back to running now that kids have returned to school?

The same is true when you have taken a break from running, your mind still thinks you are a runner but your cardio system

Right now, my favorite place to go in Keller is my store. I can’t get enough of it.


How long have you had your shop and the Bear Creek Running club?

For April fool’s day 2017, I bought a running shoe store with no shoes.


Can you tell our readers a little about the running club? How many members? How often do you meet? Any special events that you have?

I have never met a runner I did not like, so for more people to experience that, I have filled our week with fun friendly weekly runs. Monday is our Beer Creek Run Club that meets at What’s on Tap at 6PM, you can join us for YOGA under the trees outside Keller Town Hall or for a just under 3 miles run/ walk through Bear Creek Park and then catch up with each other back at What’s on Tap. Wednesday morning at 6AM, we have an hour long runners HiT workout where we head out one mile through the park and then vary core, stretch and strength exercises all the way back to the water fountain at Town Hall just in time for sunrise. Thursday is the Shannon Run Club 6PM at the Shannon Brewery Tap Room. When we started the group, we had about a dozen or so runners and now we have anywhere from 60-100 runners a week, walkers, dogs, strollers and a new food truck each week. Saturdays are for long runs. We have a small training program for half and full marathon which anyone can come run with for long runs each Saturday at 6 AM, at 7 AM. We have our 5K/new runner group. Sunday is trail day, we meet 7 AM at the pavilion at Eagle Mountain Park and do a destination trail run the last Sunday of the month.


What advice do you have for people that want to become runners but don’t know where to start?

Whether walking, running or any new physical activity, you must be patient to make progress toward any personal goal.

needs to ease back into it like you are just starting. In the Texas heat, staying hydrated is top of the safety list. In general, if you are already thirsty, you have waited too long. Take advantage of the water fountains or carry your own water. We provide cupless water stops along our long run routes each Saturday, feel free to refill your bottle if you see one.


If you could run one place in the world that you haven’t before where would you run and why?

In my marathoning prime, I had entries into the New York Marathon two years in a row, both times, bicycle accidents only weeks before made it impossible to run. I would love to just take my time and enjoy running the New York Marathon.







Visiting China back in May was a dream come true for me. I had always wanted to lay my own eyes on the Great Wall and it was well worth the trip. We went to the Juyongguan Pass, which is a less crowded part of the wall. One thing that is interesting about the wall, is that every step is a different height and it was built like that purposely as a defensive strategy. Anyone trying to invade would have to watch every step they took while the Chinese archers would pick them off one by one! It’s really quite clever! Climbing the wall was quite a workout! I often had to stop to catch my breath, but I was proud of myself because I climbed to the 4th tower where I was able to buy a “gold” medal and they etched my name on it. How fun! My legs shook for at least 30 minutes upon reaching the bottom where I began and my legs were sore for 4 days after that! But it was totally worth it! Our stop in Xi’an to visit the Terracotta Warriors was also an amazing experience! These were discovered by a farmer back in 1974. There are around 8,000 warriors that date back about 2,200 years, each with a unique face as if they were modeled after a real person and each with a real working weapon. According to historians, a contender for the throne looted some of the weapons and burned the area, causing the roofs over the warriors to cave in, crushing them, which is why they are all broken. It was quite a spectacle! Also, the best food on our trip was found here! Their specialty: noodles! YUM!! The Yangtze River cruise that I took was wonderful! What a delightful mode of transportation! I visited the Ghost City of Fengdu, which is all that remains from the original city of Fengdu, which was flooded by the Three Gorges Dam when it was built. There are three temples that are high up on the mountain that


were spared from demise and the rest of the city was moved to higher ground and is now located across the river from the Ghost City. It was a fascinating place to explore! The scenery along the river was breathtaking (see picture below)!

My journey ended in the beautiful city of Shanghai. I enjoyed everywhere we went, but Shanghai was my favorite city. The city is very modern and the downtown lights up like Times Square except on a larger scale! We took a scenic boat ride on the river that flows beside the downtown and it was quite a spectacle! Some things that stick out in my mind about the Chinese cities that we visited are the cleanliness set against the backdrop of amazing smog. There was virtually no litter and absolutely not a bit of graffiti anywhere in any city we visited. The traffic in these cities was downright crazy! Our group spent many hours in the van trying to get places and found ourselves quite entertained by the crazy drivers! The lane markers on roads are merely suggestions! And amazingly enough, we didn’t see any accidents or even damaged cars on the roads! Much of the population in the large cities


Û Downtown Shanghai Beautiful modern Shanghai was my favorite city!

live in high rise apartment buildings that are about 35 stories tall. One guide told us that as many as 8,000 of these buildings have been built to accommodate all of the people. That’s a lot of apartments! I loved pretty much all the food that we ate there. I’m pretty sure we were on the tourist menu everywhere we went! We visited a couple of grocery stores and found a great many varieties of fish, but we never saw any of it on our plates! It was a great once in a lifetime trip for me (more than likely!) and I highly recommend visiting China if you have the opportunity, but not without a guide! Just as if a Chinese person came to the U.S. and found no one who speaks Chinese here, it is the same there. Very few people spoke any English, so getting around without the help of a guide, I believe would be a frustrating experience. Overall, I would say that a trip to China is well worth a spot on your bucket list! I am just a phone call away if you’d like some help getting there! —Sherry Smalling

Ý The Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass Every step is a different height and it was built like that purposely as a defensive strategy.

Û The Terracotta Warriors Archeological Site


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Imagine walking through a field of red, white and blue on a crisp fall day, hearing hundreds of U.S. flags freely flapping in the breeze and stopping to read the attached note to discover in whose honor—a military member or first responder— the flag is flown. This awe-inspiring event is coming to Keller. During Veterans Day Week, over fourteen hundred full-sized U.S. flags, purchased by those who wish to honor their hero, will be flown in front of Keller Town Hall paying tribute to veterans, active and reserve duty military and first responders. You are invited to purchase a flag to fly in Honor of Your Hero ( The inaugural Keller Field of Honor®, hosted by the Golden Triangle Rotary Club (Keller, TX) and led by Program Chair Phil Sorrell, will honor those who sacrifice to protect us. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Folds of Honor®, Spokes4Hope, No Brother Fights Alone and local charities supported by the Golden Triangle Rotary Club. Phil, an Army veteran, expressed “Honoring our Heroes means a significant amount to me. My grandfather served as a police officer, my stepfather fought in the Korean War, while my nephew

is currently deployed with the Marines. I am hopeful this event will bring the community together to thank our veterans, military, police, firefighters, and EMTs who provide service above self.” Ceremonies will be held at the field throughout Veterans Day Week. The Opening Ceremony (Nov. 11 at 2 PM) pays tribute to veterans and military members while the closing ceremony (Nov. 17 at 2 PM) celebrates first responders and includes a static display of fire and police vehicles. Other ceremonies will be listed on the event’s website ( as they are finalized. During the week, please stroll through the forest of red, white and blue, read the sentiments on the cards attached to each flag pole and reflect on how fortunate we are to live here. As to what becomes of the flags at and the end of the week, the flag can be picked up by the purchaser or honoree at the field after closing ceremonies or mailed, within the 48 contiguous states, to the honoree or purchaser. Flags not picked up are donated to the Golden Triangle Rotary Club.

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Casa Mañana—Celebrating 60 years SWEENEY TODD

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun! Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd is a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that will simultaneously shock, awe and delight. This show is suitable for mature audiences.


In turn-of-the-century New York, professional meddler and matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi decides she’s going to marry miserly half-a-millionaire hay & feed dealer Horace Vandergelder — and that’s where the fun begins. The blockbuster Broadway hit bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history: “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and “It Only Takes a Moment.” Winner of 14 Tony® Awards, Hello, Dolly! is certain to thrill and entertain you! This show is suitable for all audiences.


Winner of three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal is an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wisecracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. With an energetic pop/rock score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that will take you into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart. This show is suitable for mature audiences.


Everyone’s favorite rock-and-roll musical is back! Put on your dancing shoes and hand-jive to the electrifying hits “You’re the One that I Want,” “Summer Nights,” Greased Lightnin’” and more! Fall back in love with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies to see why Grease is still the word. This show is suitable for mature audiences.


Winning a record twelve Tony® Awards, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and sets the standard for outrageous, in-your-face humor. Based on Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film and now a big Broadway musical, The Producers takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! This show is suitable for most audiences.


As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and 11 million units sold, Sandi Patty is simply known as “The Voice.” For her Christmas Blessings concert, Sandi delights audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Jingle Bells ala Sandra,” and her moving arrangement of “O Holy Night.” This concert is suitable for all audiences.


Santaland Diaries is a sardonic, irreverent holiday tale of Crumpet, the grumpiest elf at Macy’s in New York at Christmastime. What began as a way for an out-of-work writer to pay the bills, quickly becomes an absurd and hilarious quest through the trials and tribulations of a middle-aged elf dealing with cynical Santas, greedy children and their harried parents. Adapted by Joe Mantello from humorist David Sedaris’ essay, this acclaimed, one-man’s sharp-witted retelling of his holiday debauchery will be held in the Reid Cabaret Theatre. This show is suitable for those who prefer their eggnog spiked (mature audiences).



Children’s Theatre at Casa Mañana The Big Bad Musical: A Howling Courtroom Comedy

clear view of every detail. Intelligent lighting together with countless costume changes by his skillful assistant Kim, make this an extraordinary theatrical experience.

October 5–21, 2018 A courtroom has never been livelier than in the smart and wickedly funny The Big Bad Musical! The audience is the jury, and you must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after.

’Twas the Night Before Christmas November 23–December 23, 2018 Molly is having trouble finding her Christmas spirit. Determined to make it a Christmas to remember, Molly’s mother takes her on a magical treasure hunt through New York City from Radio City Music Hall to Macy’s, where they encounter dancing elves and even Santa Claus himself! Featuring a score of beloved Christmas songs, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is a yuletide spectacular guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

The Wizard of Oz April 19–May 12, 2019 Follow the yellow brick road! This musical favorite tells the story of Dorothy and her dog Toto, who have been swept away by a tornado to the land of Oz. As they search for their way home, they meet a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion who help guide them on their way to find the magical Wizard of Oz. Based on the beloved 1939 movie featuring your favorite tunes such as, “If I Only Had a Brain” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” The Wizard of Oz will have you humming and dancing whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or the tenth!

Children’s Theatre at Casa Mañana is suitable for all ages.

The Emperor’s Groovy New Clothes: A Fashion Experience February 1–17, 2019 A crazy quilt of mixed-up psychedelic fashion trends is the setting for this tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, set to a fun and sprightly score. The country is ruled by a foppish fashionista of an Emperor who has bankrupted the treasury with his clothing expenditures. Frustrated by the Emperor’s slaveto-fashion mentality, ten-year-old Kid’s romantic dreams of being a hero make her determined to change everyone’s materialistic views. She travels to the palace to reveal the superficiality of the emperor, only to end up revealing much more of him than she predicted.

Jason Bishop: The Illusionist March 22–April 7, 2019 Each performance of Jason’s exclusive grand illusions and elegant, agile sleight-of-hand magic are delivered with Bishop’s wry wit and engaging audience participation. From his stunning Double Levitation to the new Hologram Illusion starring Gizmo the dog, Jason gives the audience a

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Local author, Lisa H. Harrington has published Taking in Strays: Leadership Lessons from Unexpected Places available on Amazon. Lisa knows that when we have better leaders, the community benefits. Whether you are the leader at home, work, school, or in your community, this book will help you find new ways to apply long-standing, time-proven leadership characteristics to whatever your situation. And it’s a really fun read, using interesting, funny, and even sad stories about Lisa’s animals to illustrate the various points. To read Taking in Strays: Leadership Lessons from Unexpected Places, check out Amazon at



Do you remember to breathe?


e all have a basic instinct for survival, which tells us to breathe—before all else—because unless we are breathing nothing else matters. Have you thought much about the breath, and what it does for you? There are three very important points about breath.

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The breath coming in by itself does not denote survival. To survive, release toxins and circulate blood you also release the breath. This is why coaches say that when you are stressed, you need to stop, think, and BREATHE. We literally forget to breathe in stressful circumstances! This is one reason exercise is so good for us. As much as for muscle tone, fitness, heart health and a great bod, exercise promotes deep, sustaining, cleansing breath.

I have a friend who used to laugh at himself and say he was “breathing all the air” around him, because he was sensitive to the fact that sometimes he would only talk, and not listen. So, when we are talking (breathing all the air) are we also listening (breathe out)?

Is what you are doing with your life, and your career, as “natural as breathing?” Is it a part of your natural talent, and does your work flow from you as easily as breath does? Realistically, not 100% of any job will be that easy, of course. But at least some of it should be, unless you’re brand new to the job. If not, you may have reason to reflect on your choice of career. Work should be a natural extension of who we are, not a battle between our natural desires and the time clock. We have to work. (Even the apostle Paul had to make tents to support his preaching.) But we are under no obligation to be miserable all day! And if we are doing something that fits our God-given talent, we’ll be better at it, and therefore more successful. Of course, this isn’t a new idea. Think about it. Is it as easy as breathing?

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