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Table of Contents October/November 2019 • Volume 14 - Issue 5

Cover PROFILE OF SUCCESS 8 Jal Dennis Group Cover Photo by Ethan Good

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Jal Dennis, Kristi Denham, Trace Dennis, & Demond Dawkins of the Jal Dennis Group.

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Wylie Grads Bring Skills Home Logan Collins Community Calendar Take A Hike


COMMUNITY Pickleball? What's the Dill?



HIGHER EDUCATION The Right Tools Make Life Liveable









Wylie ISD Teaches Healthy Snacking


When Meds Aren't the Answer Welcome New Members

Understanding Long Term Care

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Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. ~ Jim Rohn www.wyliechamber.org • 5

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Hello from the Southeast Collin Corridor! A few days ago, we marked the beginning of fall, and we at the Connection magazine honored the change of season by wearing shorts to work, lowering the AC to 75 and only venturing into the heat with proper covering and in short trips to avoid heat stroke. Aaah ... fall! That is why we have thrown out the old script from years past when we talked about crisp air, leaves turning and fires in the fireplace. This year we wanted to promote health and fitness, so welcome to the Fall Health and Fitness Issue of the Connection. First up, we get to meet four health professionals, all Wylie High School graduates, who left Wylie to pursue chosen medical fields and now return to Wylie to take care of all of us. The Wylie doctors are IN … this issue and a great read! Walking is the easiest way to stay active and you can take a healthy hike in several North Texas locations. We have a nice trail guide inside to help you choose your destination. If you want to take things up a notch or two, read the story about Logan Collins. He makes CrossFit a way of life and inspires others to do it with him. And finally, the Wylie Rec Center offers quality fitness programs with a unique flair. If you don’t believe me, then tell me what exactly pickleball is and how familiar you are with it. In our Connection columns, we have a story on healthy snacking at WISD, Livable Arrangements and Collin College, and a PSA on antibiotic resistance from Methodist Richardson Medical Center. Our cover feature highlights Mr. Jal Dennis and his great team at the Jal Dennis Group. He has relocated, but you can find the “Jal Screens” and “Smoking Bull” right outside his new location on Commerce, right off FM 544. We appreciate Jal and love working with all his people. Don’t forget to check the Community Calendar inside and make note of the fun, family-friendly events that will be taking place in the next two months. We hope you enjoy reading through the following pages as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you. Happy fall, y’all! Wylie Chamber President






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Digital edition available online at www.wyliechamber.org The CONNECTION Magazine ©2019, Wylie Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. The CONNECTION is published bimonthly and mailed free of charge to over 45,000 households and businesses with an estimated readership of over 125,000 in the Wylie/Sachse/ Murphy/Lavon/Parker/St. Paul/Lucas/Richardson/Garland area. An additional 1,200 copies are distributed to our advertisers and local city offices. Contents of this magazine may not be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for content of all advertisements. Information published in The CONNECTION is the opinion of the sourced authors. The Wylie Chamber of Commerce does not necessarily share the editorial opinions expressed in The CONNECTION magazine. Personal decisions regarding health, finance and other matters should be made after consultation with the reader’s professional advisors. Just for fun, find the butterfly! Last issue we hid it on page 23 in the Diva farewell to Charlotte photo. Did you find it? NOTE: The first person to correctly locate the butterfly and send an email to magnew@wyliechamber.org wins a The CONNECTION T-shirt! (It's not this one!) Occasionally we make a mistake. Let us know if you find one so we can correct it. We love your feedback - send comments to info@wyliechamber.org. Story ideas are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks for “Connecting” with us! Wylie Chamber of Commerce 307 N. Ballard Ave. • Wylie, TX 75098 972-442-2804 • info@wyliechamber.org www.wyliechamber.org A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

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Photo by Ethan Good

al Dennis founded the Jal Dennis Group –– an indepen-

dent wealth planning and investment management firm –– in 2008. He still serves as principal but Jal isn’t the only member of the group bearing his name. In 2014, Jal’s son, Trace Dennis, joined the group. Demond Dawkins was added in 2017. This year, Kristi Denham became the group’s relationship manager. Before founding the firm, Jal was a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. He was recognized among their top advisors nationwide, based on quality of practice and assets under management. As an LPL Financial Registered principal, Jal is responsible for the management and oversight of an Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction, including supervision of all advisors affiliated with the OSJ. He holds his FINRA securities registrations with LPL Financial and multiple state insurance licenses. Individuals, families and business owners in Texas and many other states have relied on Jal for their financial and investment planning and wealth management needs, including retirement, estate planning, investments, life and long-term care insurance and tax strategies. Jal said his philosophy centers on serving his clients’ needs in the same manner and with the same level of integrity and trust he brings to financial decision-making for his own family.

“We value client relationships more than financial products. Focusing on what is truly in your best interest, we create strategies that seek to help move you toward your financial goals,” Jal said. “We put our clients’ financial well-being first. My goal is to help make a positive impact on people’s lives that creates a legacy.” When Jal was making the leap from Edward Jones to his own financial service company, son Trace Dennis worked as his summer intern. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraqi war, Trace earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of New Mexico. He worked as an accountant for five years prior to joining his dad’s business. Trace is a graduate of Wylie High School. Trace’s background in accounting complements Jal’s 20-plus years of financial experience and helps the group deliver comprehensive financial planning services, Jal said. Trace said he finds the field of finance exciting and enjoys both portfolio management and building client relationships. He holds the General Securities Representative (Series 7), the Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66), and the General Securities Principal (Series 24) registrations with LPL Financial. Before joining the group in 2017, Demond Dawkins spent 25 years in the banking industry.

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by Ethan Good

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He began his banking career while being a full-time student working as a part-time bank teller. After graduating, Demond continued his career in banking where he held a variety of positions such as branch manager, bank president, commercial lender, marketing manager and community development officer. At the Jal Dennis Group, Demond serves as the Medicare and Social Security expert. Demond has served as an advisory board member for the Wylie Education Foundation and was treasurer of the Wylie Advocates for Senior Activities. He is currently serving as a board member of the Wylie Economic Development Corporation. He is also the pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Fate. Prior to joining the group, Kristi Denham had more than 11 years of customer service experience and four years of financial industry. Her experience includes assisting clients with the administration of their portfolios. At the Jal Dennis Group, she serves as relationship manager. “You will often see her at Chamber events, visiting businesses and representing our team in the community,” Trace said. Kristi holds a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri. After she and her husband completed the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, Kristi said she realized her calling was personal finance. She said she believes in the Dennis Group’s mission of helping others dream and pursue their financial goals. She holds her series 7 and 66 licenses with LPL Financial. Completing the Jal Dennis Group team are office manager Rhonda McDowell and receptionist Regina Smith. The Jal Dennis Group members believe without a workable financial plan, it’s almost impossible to measure progress. They can help assess your situation and goals; overcome obstacles and challenges, recognize and act on opportunities; learn new ways to minimize taxes, increase savings and invest more effectively; adapt strategies to changing life goals and market events; pursue multiple objects and life-stage goals; achieve a greater understanding of financial management principles; and simplify the wealth management process while reducing financial anxiety. Planning discussions with the Dennis Group include a current cash flow analysis, savings and emergency funds, retirement accumulation, retirement income, education, tax, insurance and estate and legacy planning and charitable giving. “We don’t believe in simply telling you what to do,” Jal said. “Our planning process is collaborative and requires your input every step of the way to ensure your goals and interests remain front and center.” No one is ever too young or too old to start saving and investing, and there’s no minimum amount required to begin. A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

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To schedule a no-obligation consultation to determine if the Jal Dennis Group can help with your financial planning and investment management needs, call 972-429-0603 or visit the website jaldennis.com. •

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Wylie Grads Bring Skills Home

By Donnita Fisher

Photography by Ethan Good

Dr. Joey Dudrow

Dr. Ashley Gardner


any times the bright lights and promises of big cities lure a town’s best and brightest youngsters away. But often the camaraderie of community brings them home. Such was the case for four Wylie High School graduates in medical professions.

Joey Dudrow, chiropractor Wylie High 2009 graduate Joey Dudrow may have questioned his field of medical care, but he always wanted to come back to Wylie. “I originally was planning on becoming a physician’s assistant,” Dr. Dudrow said, “but after going to see a chiropractor myself, I fell in love with this holistic hands-on version of health care.” After his WHS graduation, Joey went to Baylor University and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology, then attended the chiropractic school at Parker University. Shortly before graduation, he got the call that would bring him home. “Dr. (Shad) Reif reached out to me to let me know they had an open position here,” Joey said. “It was really cool because this was the same office I originally went to myself years before.” Dr. Reif opened Southwestern Chiropractic and Wellness Center in 2007. “Immediately after graduating, I started working at Southwestern Chiropractic and have worked here coming up on two years now,” Joey said.

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Photography by Ethan Good

Dr. Ethan Royster

Dr. Nicole Lanman

At WHS, Joey was a National Honor Society member and played trumpet in That Wylie Band before serving as drum major. The relationships he made growing up in the community make “it easier to get involved in events … as well as network with other professionals.” Dr. Dudrow said he loves “being able to help and serve people” he knew growing up. “It’s an honor being able to give back to them, but it can take some getting used to,” he said. “Most still think of me as the kid growing up here, so it takes some time for them to get used to seeing me as a chiropractor instead.” Several of his former teachers have become his patients. “At first it feels funny,” Joey admits, “because it is hard to break that teacher/student mindset.” Although Wylie has grown, Dr. Dudrow said it’s still the Wylie he remembers. “It still has the small town feel,” he said. “People still look out for one another and work together to build a better community.”

“Psychiatrists have a unique role in their patients' healthcare,” Dr. Gardner said. “We need to use all of our medical training and education to make the best medical decisions with our patients, but it’s also important for us to understand them on a more holistic level. “Being a member of this community for my entire life has given me a unique perspective into the daily struggles and events those living in Wylie may have experienced. By living and working in the same community as my patients, I am better able to relate to them on a person-to-person level, allowing me to provide extremely personalized and high-quality health care.” After she graduated from WHS in 2007, Ashley attended Texas A&M University earning a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Upon earning her medical degree, she spent four years in the UT Southwestern psychiatry residency program. “I always knew I wanted to be a physician, but when I first started medical school I wasn't sure which specialty would be a good fit,” Ashley said. “I was very interested in neurology and the treatment and diagnosis of dementia. However, after completing my psychiatry rotation, I knew that this was the specialty for me.” She always planned to come back home to practice.

Ashley Gardner, psychiatrist Psychiatrist Dr. Ashley Gardner thinks watching as Wylie made the leap from tiny town to growing suburb helps her provide the mental health care those in the community need. A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

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“The people in our town are so kind, and being able to give back is such an honor for me,” she said. “I enjoy being able to be involved in local community and charity events. “My husband owns a business in Wylie as well, and we are thrilled to be able to join this vibrant community in a new capacity as local business owners.” Wylie is lucky to have several mental health care providers and therapists, Ashley said. “I feel that by adding my practice, we are going to have a vibrant network of mental healthcare in Wylie – something that not many towns in our area are able to provide.” Dr. Gardner’s office is opening in November, and she is excited to be part of the Wylie community again. “The thing I always loved about Wylie was that the sense of community never diminished as the town grew,” she said. “That sense of a small town community only intensifies as the town grows. I feel very honored to be able to give back to the community that has meant so much to me.”

Ethan Royster, optometrist One of reasons Dr. Ethan Royster came back to practice optometry in Wylie was to be near his family and others he cared about. Practicing in the community where he grew up gives him insight to better help his patients, he said. “I have a closer connection with my patient base because I am familiar with the town, schools, etc. This helps with the growth of the practice; I have had patients come see me specifically because I grew up in Wylie,” Dr. Royster said. “I often say that Wylie feels like one big family. I feel that growing up and going to school here has shaped the way I treat and care for my patients as if they were part of my family.” A 2009 Wylie High graduate, Ethan was a French horn player in That Wylie Band all four years of high school. When he graduated, he went to Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. He didn’t always want to be an eye doctor. He originally planned to attend dental school and become an orthodontist. “However during my first year of college I began to shadow various health professionals, one of whom was my optometrist. That experience was the turning point,” he said. He then attended the University of Houston College of Optometry earning his doctorate of optometry in 2017. He and his wife immediately moved back to the area and he’s been practicing in Wylie since. Ethan said he enjoys being able to care for those that cared about his education. “I have had the opportunity to see several of my past

teachers,” he said. “The funniest experiences have certainly been with my prior elementary school teachers. Most of them had not seen me for some time, and so they often do not recognize me at first. “Seeing their realization that the doctor before them was one of their prior students is always humorous.” Making a personal connection with his patients is important, Ethan said, and “already having some acquaintance with them is very helpful. “I very much enjoy being able to give care to people I know. One of my favorite things about Wylie is the closeknit, family feel. There is definitely a sense of love and willingness to care for one another, and it is a community that I am proud to be a part of.”

Nicole Lanman, pediatrician Wylie helped shape Dr. Nicole Lowery Lanman into a “more well-rounded person.” The 1993 WHS grad was in the band, played basketball, was a cheerleader and a National Honor Society member. She also participated in Academic UIL events. “I remember the AHMO spirit more than anything,” Dr. Lanman said. “Yes, it’s a battle cry, but it brought such a sense of community to the school.” Nicole decided to pursue a career in medicine her last two years of high school. She said she and her husband, Aaron, “always dreamed of coming back to Wylie” to open her practice. Aaron serves as the practice’s office manager/administrator. “We love this community and wanted to make a positive impact here,” Nicole said. After graduation, Nicole earned a degree from Southern Methodist University and her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After completing her residency at Children’s Medical Center-Dallas, she opened her practice in 2005 in downtown Wylie. In 2009, the practice moved to a stand-alone building on Woodbridge Parkway. Currently Dr. Lanman’s practice includes two locations – the Wylie location and one in Lucas – and eight additional medical providers. Being aware of the area’s history is helpful, Nicole said. “That allows me to better understand the needs of the community as a whole as well as my patients. It is also so fun to see people that I have gone to school with or that my mom taught or that even taught me. I feel privileged that this community entrusts their children to me for medical care.” The Lanmans are raising their own children – Katelyn, 15, and Brett, 14 – in the area. “I hope my kids recognize that they are fortunate to grow up in an area that is supportive of our youth and provides many amazing opportunities for them.” •

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Exercise. Intensity. Everyday movements. Camaraderie. CrossFit. Logan Collins is the owner of CrossFit Rejoice in Wylie. He began the fitness regimen in 2013 and hasn’t stopped believing in the power of the program. He opened CrossFit Rejoice for the purpose of helping others in the community become more fit and reach their own personal goals. The unique form of workouts focuses on constantly varied core movements, functional patterns, and data-driven results. Inevitable close-knit communities form, as a result of exercise acting as a bonding agent. Prior to beginning CrossFit training, Logan performed traditional gym workouts, never fully receiving the results he desired. In 2013, he began CrossFit training in his father’s barn. He soon fell in love with the program, reaching new fitness goals. He became immersed in the regimen and saw transformations in his body as he progressed. The constant support of others pushed him even further, encouraging continued growth. The CONNECTION • October/November 2019 14 • The

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At that time in his life, Logan was on track to become a paramedic. He’d undergone basic emergency medical training and was gearing up to embark upon a new career. However, CrossFit so completely changed his direction that he made a life-altering decision to devote his life’s work to helping others in a different way. It was at this moment when Logan decided to open CrossFit Rejoice. Currently, the facility trains about 100 clients of widely varied ages and fitness needs. Logan said, “We are very welcoming to anyone.” Logan is extremely active at the facility and within the Wylie community. He teaches three to four classes a day, while training five to six hours personally for his own fitness. Logan trains year-round, in hopes of earning his spot among the world’s finest athletes each year at The CrossFit Games. It is a feat demanding grit, determination, and a great deal of commitment. During the years 2016-2019, he punched his ticket to The CrossFit Games, consisting of the top 40 men and forty women vying to be crowned the fittest in the world. In 2019, he placed in the top 20 in the US, with over 204,000 competing for a spot! Continued ~

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Real Estate, but we sure have. This is the idea that thoughtful real estate planning puts the health and well-being of the people who will live in the community at the center of concept, design, creation and redevelopment of our homes and communities. Though “Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate” may seem like just feel-good words, the concept means much more to us. For instance … we believe it means homes and communities that are built with a focus on healthy living, including good nutritious food choices and places to exercise … it means social capital, or the multi-generational and diverse family and friends who surround us all with care … the environment, including building materials, land and habitats, waste and water management, and transportation … and finally, economic considerations, including affordability, diversity, jobs, and education. According to the Global Wellness Institute, Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate will be a $197 billion industry by 2022! Can’t ignore that! I spent two years on Sachse’s Comprehensive Planning Board, discussing things we’d like to see for our downtown and the President George Bush Turnpike catalytic areas. We didn’t know there was

a name for what we were discussing, but as we realized that the lines were blurring between work, home, and leisure, we focused on the importance of planning for green space and walkability with retail conveniences. There was significant discussion also about multi-generational living and what that entailed. Now there are studies to back up how important it is to our health to be near our friends and family, regardless of age or social class, and the importance of those life comforts we were planning for Sachse. It is pretty exciting to hear about the developments that are coming to Sachse, Wylie, and the surrounding communities and how they will ultimately impact our entire region when it comes to health and wellness. We’re excited and energized to be part of it. And with that … it’s time to push back the keyboard and take a nice walk! Selling your current home and finding your new perfect space requires the expertise of a professional real estate team! Call Jeanie Marten Real Estate today for some expert advice!

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Oct. 1-31: Wylie United Methodist Church Annual Pumpkin Patch – Open Daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Location: 1401 Country Club Rd., Wylie. Info: wylieumc.org Oct. 5: In-Sync Outdoor Movie Night and Sneak Peek of Feeding – Gates Open at 7 p.m. and movie starts at 8 p.m. The featured movie is The Lion King (Original Cartoon Version). Please bring a chair or blanket for seating. Location: 3430 Skyview Dr. Wylie, TX 75098 Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $8, Kids $8, Under 4 free. Contact: 972-442-6888 Info: InSyncExotics.org Oct. 10-12 & 17-19: The Haunted Armory: Flashback! – Annual haunted attraction presented by Set Witchery and sponsored by OnStage Systems, Wicked Apple Media, and the Wylie High School Theatre, with many local businesses supporting. Be ready to be scared: this year's theme is "Flashback! A Haunting Trip Through Time". Face some of the most horrifying characters from movies of years past. Location: Texas Army National Guard Armory, 700 Spring Creek Pkwy., Wylie. Info: www.facebook.com/HauntedArmory Oct. 12: Raptor Photo Day – 7:30 to 11 a.m. A great opportunity to experience taking photographs of our education ambassadors in a natural setting. We set up perching throughout our park and let photographers take pictures of the birds with different backgrounds and lighting. We work to make your shots beautiful. For all ages and photography experience. Cost: $20 pre-register and $25 at the door. Location: Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, 1625 Brockdale Park Rd., Lucas. Info: bpraptorcenter.org/special-events/ Oct. 14: Sachse’s Annual America Recycles! – Get caught “Green Handed”! In a city-wide effort to encourage recycling, Parks & Recreation staff will be looking for individuals recycling in our parks and city facilities. You may win a prize! Also, join us for story time at the Sachse Library on Nov. 13. Children will hear stories about recycling as well as receive some giveaways in recognition of America Recycles Day. Oct. 19: Sachse Pumpkin Prowl – 6 p.m. Picture an old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt...now, erase the eggs and insert bright orange minipumpkins! Kids will find them and some may even win a prize. There will be hayrides, bounce houses and vendors, also a Halloween costume contest. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to watch the movie Goosebumps at sundown. Ages 10 and under to hunt pumpkins. Location: Salmon Park, 4302 Williford Rd., Sachse. Oct. 19: Murphy Fire Department Open House – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join your firefighters for a fun day of activities! Live demonstrations, station tours, Careflight helicopter, fire safety movies, Sparky the Fire Dog, firetruck bounce house, free hot dogs, chips, bottled water and popcorn. And a new Jr. Firefighter Obstacle Course! Location: Murphy Fire Dept., 206 N. Murphy Rd., Murphy. Contact: 972-468-4300. Oct. 19: 13th Annual Halloween at the Heard – 6 to 10 p.m. Trick-or-treat along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail. Enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. Please bring insect repellent, flashlights, water-resistant blankets, and/or stadium seats for the movie. Location: 1 Nature Place, McKinney. Cost: $15 adults, $10 children ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and under. Info: heardmuseum.org Oct. 20: Wylie United Methodist Church Trunk ‘r Treat – 4 to 6 p.m. Bring the family, wear your costumes! There will be free games, candy, a firetruck, and live music. Food will be sold, and take this opportunity to purchase your favorite pumpkins at The Pumpkin Patch. Location: 1401 Country Club Rd., Wylie. Info: wylieumc.org Oct. 24: Boo on Ballard – 6 to 8 p.m. Dress in costume for free event. Safe, family celebration in which kids can walk through downtown and trick-or-treat with local merchants in a controlled environment. Glow in the Park, hosted by Wylie Rec Center, is in Olde City Park. Location: Downtown Wylie Info: wylietexas.gov/living/events/ boo_on_ballard.php A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

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Oct. 25: Ann Richards Dinner – Hosted by the Collin County Democratic Party. Keynote speaker: former Ambassador Samantha Power. Reserve your seat for an inspiring night of celebrating our local accomplishments and preparing for greater ones to come. Location: Delta Marriott, 777 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen. Info: www. facebook.com/collindemocrats Oct. 24-26 & Oct 31-Nov 2: Dracula – Presented by Wylie Acting Group (Adult cast PG-13) A centuries-old immortal threatens to seduce and destroy the soul of a young woman and this evil creature doesn’t care who gets in his way. He will love again! Jonathan, Mina, and their friends endure a sequence of life or undeath in this twisted tale of dark forboding. Location: 205 Industrial Ct.#200b, Wylie. Ticket Info: www.wylieactinggroup.org/store/Dracula-c35709885 Oct. 26: Sachse FallFest – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sachse Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual event. Over 100 business and craft vendors, food vendors, live music and entertainment, car show, bounce houses, petting zoo, pet costume parade, arts & crafts, Touch-a-Truck experience and more! A full day of fun for the entire family! Admission is free. Location: Heritage Park, 4408 Hudson Dr., Sachse. Info: www. sachsefallfest.com Oct. 26: Drug Take Back – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discard prescription or over-the-counter medications at this free, anonymous event. No intravenous solutions, needles, or syringes. Location: Wylie Public Service Building 2000 N. Hwy. 78, Wylie, TX 75098 Info: wylietexas.gov/community2/community_relations/drug_take-back_event.php Oct. 26: Murphy Animal Shelter Low Cost Vaccine Clinic – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: 203 N. Murphy Rd., Murphy. Contact: 972-468-4226


Nov. 2: Fall Festival & Pumpkin Toss at In-Sync Exotics – ••NO COSTUMES PLEASE•• Gates open: 11 a.m., Silent Auction: 12 p.m., Raffle: 12:30 p.m., Cakewalk: 1 p.m., Cats get pumpkins: 2 p.m.! Vendors, music, games and prizes, face painting, bounce house, and crafts for kids! Hotdogs, nachos, soda & popcorn available for purchase. $12 Adults, $8 Kids (4-12), Under 4 Free. Location: 3430 Skyview Dr., Wylie. Info: InSyncExotics.org Nov. 2: Faith, Family and Freedom Conference – Hosted by the Minority Outreach Group of the Collin County GOP. Starting at 9 a.m. Speakers to inspire and motivate conservatives to save America for future generations include Pastor Rafael Cruz, Roy Mendoza, David J. Harris and more. Location: Cottonwood Creek Church, 1015 Sam Rayburn Tollway, Allen. Contact: gypsygirlbiz@verizon.net or 214-5329345. Info: www.facebook.com/minorityengagementgroup Nov. 9: Wylie Teen P.O.L.I.C.E. Club Softball Tournament – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wylie’s Teen P.O.L.I.C.E. Club, sponsored by the Wylie PD school resource officers, hosts its third annual co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination softball tournament. Cost to enter is $10 per person, includes a tournament T-shirt; entry fees go to support community members in need. No charge to watch the games. Deadline to register is Oct. 19. Contact: Michael.Stewart@WylieISD.net for an entry form and more details or call 972-516-6017. Location: Founders Park, 851 Hensley Ln., Wylie. Nov. 15-17: The Vintage Radio and Phonograph Society Annual Convention – Come see three auctions, a restoration contest, and banquet. We welcome the public to join us. We are a society wanting to preserve and restore the antique radios and phonographs. If you don’t know what those are then be sure to come have fun with us! Location: The Comfort Inn, 700 Central Parkway East, Plano. Contact: 972-429-8817 Info: vrps.org Nov. 16: X-Treme Green – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wylie residents may recycle household hazardous waste, electronics, metal appliances, tires. Paper shredding. Complete list at WylieTexas.gov. Proof of residency required. Location: 949 Hensley Ln., Wylie. Info: wylietexas.gov/departments/utility_billing_(water_bill)/x-treme_green_event.php continued ~ www.wyliechamber.org


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Take a Hike !

Local Trails Offer Opportunities to Get Outside By Julie Taylor


hen the weather starts to cool off a little, many of us like to venture outside for exercise. Instead of taking a jog around the neighborhood, why not hike on one of the area’s many trails? In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there are dozens of choices when it comes to hiking trails, some of which are right here in Collin County. The Trinity Trail at Lavon Lake begins at the East Fork Trail Head on Skyview Road in Wylie. The trail is 26 miles long, with 8 miles along the lake shore. The trail travels north through Collin Park and Brockdale Park and on to Highland Park. “The trail consists mostly of natural earthen trail with stakes along the way to let hikers know which way to go,” said Duke Monson, president of the Trinity Trail Preservation Association. In addition to hikers, the TTPA welcomes horseback riders on the trail. Wheeled vehicles – motorized or manual – are not allowed. A unique feature of the Trinity Trail at Lavon Lake is that it offers family memberships for an annual fee of $35. As part of that membership, families can participate in the trail’s Trekkers Program, which encourages members to keep track of the miles they hike or ride. Miles can also be combined between hiking and horseback riding. At the end of the year, the TTPA holds an event honoring those members who have logged 50 miles or more on the trail over the past year. Awards are also given to adults and children for the highest mileage. Once a month, the TTPA holds work days for mainte-

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nance along the trail, as well as horseback rides and members meetings. Since both hikers and horseback riders utilize the Trinity Trail at Lavon Lake, Duke offers some useful tips when encountering horses while hiking the trail. “Stop and talk to the rider when you see a horse on the trail,” he advises. “That way, the horse can tell you’re human and not something to worry about.” He says if you just run quickly by a horse, the horse can become frightened, not recognizing that you are human. “By stopping to talk to the rider, you’ll reassure the horse you’re OK.” Regarding whether or not to pet a horse, Duke says the rider will let you know. “Always approach the horse at the head end not the tail end, and don’t try to feed the horse unless the rider says it’s OK.” Another nearby trail system is the Northeast Texas Trail, which includes 130 miles following repurposed railroad lines through forests and fields across seven counties. Stretching from Farmersville to New Boston, the trail was made possible through the Rails to Trails program which began in the 1980s as part of the 1983 federal Natural Trails Act, according to Earl Erickson, founder and president of the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition. The law enables old rail lines that are no longer in use to be converted to trails. “The land for the trail was provided at no cost through the Natural Trails Act,” Erickson says. “The railroad tracks have been removed and natural turf is in their place to create the trail.”

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The entire trail is open for use by the public; however, only 70 miles has been completed with grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of Transportation.“It’s all hikable,” he says. “It’s doable the whole way.” In fact, Erickson says, visitors have shared how they’ve hiked or biked the entire trail, camping along the way. A visitor’s guide on the trail’s website (netexastrail.org) gives detailed information about the conditions of the different sections of the trail. The longest rural trail in Texas, it traverses 19 rural towns and seven counties. “As the trail follows the rail line, most of the trail is open spaces, so hikers need to be prepared for that,” Erickson said. Each rail bank agency along the trail is part of the coalition and is responsible for finding grant money to build the trail and maintain it once completed. Farmersville City Manager Ben White serves on the coalition board for the first section of the Northeast Texas Trail, which begins in Farmersville. “We are known as the trailhead of the Northeast Texas Trail,” White said, “specifically the Audie Murphy Trailhead.” He said the trailhead is located near the Onion Shed facility in the heart of downtown Farmersville, one block from the town square. From the trailhead to the edge of town, which is onehalf to three-quarters of a mile long, the trail is made of concrete and asphalt and it is lighted. From that point to the edge of Collin County, the trail is constructed of decomposed granite and is not lit. “It’s rustic and blends in better with the environment,” White explains. “In all, this section of the trail is 5.1 miles long.” He noted that the Farmersville section of the trail has been paid for through grants and is very well maintained through the city’s public works department. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. This section of the trail is flat terrain and the decomposed granite is great for runners. There are also a couple of picnic areas along the trail as well as stationary exercise equipment. The trail was completed in 2014 and the public uses it often. In the future, White said, the coalition hopes to continue the trail to Lake Lavon and connect the Northeast Texas Trail to other trails along the lake. In addition to these two trails, North Texas has many other trails to choose from when planning a day hike or several days of hiking. Trails are located in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, along area lakes and in state parks. Go to nttr.org/trails/greater-north-texasarea-trails/ for more information on area trails. Visit trinitytrailriders.org from more information about the Lavon Lake Trinity Trail and netexastrail.org for more information about the Northeast Texas Trail. • A Wylie Chamber of Commerce Publication

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Area Hiking Destinations Cedar Ridge Preserve

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Trinity River Audobon Center (southeast Dallas County)

4 miles of trails on 120 acres, includes a short wheelchair-friendly trail that leads to the river.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve 8 miles of trails on 120 acres along Five Mile Creek.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (northwest Tarrant County)

20+ miles of hiking trails on 3,621 acres along the western shores of Lake Worth and the western fork of the Trinity River.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (southeast Denton County)

7+ miles of trails on 1,000 acres downstream of the Lewisville Lake Dam and along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Johnson Branch Unit (northwest Denton County) 4.8 miles of primitive trail.

Cross Timbers 12.5 miles of strenuous trails along the shores of Lake Texoma.

Benbrook Lake ACE Horse and Nature Trail 12 miles of trails in four loops; the first 3 miles are mixed trails in three loops and the farther end of the trail is wooded, rocky and hilly with one loop.

Cleburne State Park 8 miles of trails around the lake, with a shorter inner loop through the trees. The two loops interconnect.

Dinosaur Valley State Park 17+ miles of trails – lots of hills and trees, and open spaces. The trail has two sections with a variety of possible loops.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park 16.5 miles of trails – trails split into horseback riding, hiking and bicycling (8.5 miles) and strictly hiking (8 miles).

Samson Park 7 miles of interconnecting loop trails with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet along the trail. www.wyliechamber.org www.wyliechamber.org••25 25

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Pickleball? What’s the Dill? By Judy Truesdell


ickleball, an easy-to-learn paddle sport that is catching on with folks of all ages and athletic abilities, has found its way to Wylie Recreation Center, and more and more players seem to relish it. Bad pickle puns aside, pickleball involves a plastic ball with holes and paddles that look a bit like oversized pingpong paddles. Its net is a bit lower than a tennis net, and Wylie Rec’s main pickleball net is, of course, green. (A second yellow all-purpose net is pressed into service as needed.) Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors. “If you could imagine a perfect hybrid between ping-pong and tennis, this is it,” said Brittany Williams, recreation programmer. In Wylie, seniors were the first to get hooked, but it appeals to all ages. As a matter of fact, it was some bored kids who inspired the game back in 1965. The scene was Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Wash. Four couples were vacationing there, and their kids were cranky because it had been rainy. Three of the dads found a Wiffle-style ball and some old badminton racquets and starting hitting the ball back and forth. Soon the kids took over, then the adults realized they had accidentally created an enjoyable game, and they wanted to keep playing as well. The dads broadened the racquets and shortened the handles, and they made up rules as they went along, basing them mainly on tennis and volleyball. The game soon made its way to Seattle where

folks were looking for something to play in the long cold winter. Pickleball was off and running. Brittany said there are several factors that contribute to the game’s popularity. “The simple nature of the rules makes it an easy game to begin playing right away. Also, the pace adapts to the players; it can be played with intensity or at a more leisurely pace.” It’s also a great workout that provides a solid cardio session without making the players overly tired or winded. Hand-eye coordination and agile footwork are skills that develop as well. Wylie Rec began offering pickleball in January of this year, and its popularity has grown steadily. Open Play Pickleball is Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., and anyone with a valid Rec Pass or Day Pass is welcome to stop by and join the game. “We have friends, individuals, and couples all come out to play,” Brittany said. “While it’s always fun to play with people you know, it’s exciting to make new friends too.” Equipment is provided by the rec center, but guests are welcome to bring their own paddles if they prefer. As for the unusual name, there is an old saying that someone has just “fallen off the pickle boat,” meaning they’re not so wise or experienced. On the other hand … one of the Bainbridge families had a dog named Pickles … •

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eople can accomplish amazing things when they have the right tools. It’s a simple truth that many of us take for granted. From hammers and saws used to build and renovate homes to the tools of education that allow students to build foundations for careers and lifelong learning, the physically abled can make use of those tools with relative ease. For those with a physical disability, doing basic tasks can be much more difficult. Wylie resident Lenora Kelson knows those difficulties. Although she does not have a physical disability, she has made it her mission to help ease the lives of those who do, using skills she learned in interior design classes at Collin College. Shortly after graduating, she founded Livable Arrangements, Inc., a nonprofit organization that renovates the homes of the elderly and people with physical disabilities. It was an idea born of her studies and the personal experience of seeing her stepfather and husband both suffer from illnesses that caused mobility issues in their homes. Lenora’s father struggled making his way around his New Orleans home because the doorways were too narrow for his wheelchair. Her husband had suffered from kidney failure and, after a hospital stay, found it difficult to get in and out of the bathtub. Lenira said she had prayed to find a way to use her degree from Collin College to help others. After being touched by those examples and other similar needs close to home, she felt directed to start Livable Arrangements. Livable Arrangements has helped more than a dozen homeowners make necessary, no-cost renovations to maintain their quality of life after changes in health. Kelson credits the college with preparing her for that leap. “The interior design classes at Collin College were vital in that decision,” she said. “I strongly believe Collin College helped lay the groundwork for what I am doing now. It gave me the skills and the knowledge to go into a space and to evaluate that space and know what needs to be done.” The organization has taken on projects from providing bath lifts and complete bathroom remodels to the installation of wheelchair ramps and the widening of doors, all with no cost to the homeowners.

Wylie Resident Lenora Kelson’s Livable Arrangements improves the homes of Collin County residents with physical disabilities.

While still small, people are noticing the work Livable Arrangements does. The organization was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the CoServ Foundation to help homeowners in Collin County. The second-year grant will supplement Livable Arrangements’ fundraising activities. “That is such a blessing,” Kelson said. “It tells us that they see the value in what we do.” Learn more about Livable Arrangements, including information about an October fundraiser, at www.livablearrangements.org. Collin College makes every effort to ensure all of its students have the tools they need to succeed. The Wylie Campus will offer an Accommodations at Collin College for Equal Support Services office when it opens in fall 2020. ACCESS provides services that allow students with disabilities to have an equal opportunity for education. With the right tools, who knows what those students will build? For more information about the Wylie Campus, visit www.collin.edu/campuses/wylie. • www.wyliechamber.org • 29

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Wylie ISD Teaches Healthy Snacking By Ian Halperin


any youngsters look forward to their afterschool snack at the end of a busy day. Just because mom and dad may not be there to fix it doesn’t mean it has to be junk food. Wylie ISD is once again taking part in the Kids Teaching Kids 21-Day Challenge sponsored by Medical City Children’s Hospital. This year Wylie ISD staff and students will compete against Prosper ISD. The childhood obesity epidemic in the United States is well documented, with almost 13 million kids having to deal with the health and emotional effects of obesity every day. Research shows that almost one-third of our kids’ total daily calories comes from snacks, and many of our kids are not getting the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables. Wylie ISD wants to help change this. “This program, which encourages healthy snacking habits goes perfectly with the Wylie Way,” said Amy Hillin, MSN, RN, NCSN, and the Coordinator of Health Services. “We want our students to make good choices and be responsible in all aspects of their lives, including health and nutrition.” The program offers children and their parents the knowledge and resources to change their eating habits for the better. In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than tripled. Studies reveal that kids are snacking more frequently, and research suggests that eating fruits and vegetables may help maintain a healthy body weight. Medical City Children’s Hospital recognized the need to educate children and their parents about healthy eating habits, beginning with eating more fruits and vegetables at snack time, and created this program to involve schools across North Texas. For the past seven years, Medical City Children’s Hospital has been working with local school district culinary students to create healthy snacks for elementary students. Wylie ISD student creations are featured in this year’s recipe book. The Challenge begins on Monday, Oct. 7, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 27. Parents are asked to encourage students to make healthy snacking choices for 21 days. Each student in grades K-4 who registers receives a recipe book with over 20 snack recipes created by high school students, including Wylie ISD students. Parents can help their children participate, but the recipes are designed for kids to make themselves.

The Snack Finder on the KTK website (https://kids-teaching-kids.com/) can help families create healthful snacks using ingredients probably already in their homes. Fresh fruits and vegetables count as a healthy snack too! As part of the competition with Prosper, each participant must take a completion survey, and each kid completing the survey will receive prizes provided by Medical City Children’s Hospital. Campus PE teachers and nurses are coordinating the 21-Day Challenge at each school. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and more information throughout the contest. Use the hashtag, #KTK21Day. “Beating Prosper ISD would be nice, but instilling lifelong healthy eating habits in our children is the real victory,” added Hillin. •

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When Meds Aren’t The Answer

An overuse of antibiotics now could mean antibiotic resistance later Provided by Methodist Richardson Medical Center


hen you feel sick, it’s natural to want a quick fix. “Unfortunately, most patients feel that antibiotics are always warranted for infections so that the infections will clear faster,” said Paulo Calderon, MD, family medicine physician with Methodist Richardson Family Medical Group. The reality is, more than 90% of upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold, sore throat, and sinusitis, are viral, and antibiotics don’t kill viruses, he points out. They kill bacteria. Instead of giving you that quick fix you’re looking for, you could actually be conditioning your body to reject antibiotics down the road. Antibiotics resistance Global over prescription and misuse of antibiotics has enabled some bacteria to evolve into deadly superbugs that defy treatment. Among them are strains of Staphylococcus aureus (staph), gonorrhea, cholera, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. “We have knowledge of antibiotic resistance dating back to the 1960s, but over the past decades, we have noticed an increase in microbial antibiotic resistance,” Dr. Calderon said. “We are seeing bacteria that no longer respond to our standard treatments.” Nationally, many patients demand antibiotics, which contributes to a surprising statistic: fully 41% of the 100 million antibiotics prescriptions written each year are unnecessary, according to Dr. Calderon. “This has resulted in approximately 2 million antibioticresistant illnesses per year in the U.S.,” Dr. Calderon said. “Patients are often unaware of the potential risk of antibiotics, which can have effects in their bodies for up to one year after a course of treatment.” Of course, antibiotics remain important weapons against some ills, including urinary tract infections, skin infections, and respiratory infections that last more than 10 days. “Along with these, a patient should seek care when fevers present higher than 102 degrees or with more severe symptoms,” Dr. Calderon said. Building a healthy community One of the best ways to avoid antibiotic overuse to is to prevent an illness before it starts.

When you’re sick, avoid spreading germs to others by steering clear of crowded places, and use barriers when coughing or sneezing, such as tissues or your elbow. A cough or sneeze spews a cloud of droplets that floats all around a room and through ventilation systems – nobody wants to breathe that. Lifestyle choices can help you avoid falling ill by boosting your immune system. They include: • Healthy dietary and sleep habits • Stress reduction • Adequate exercise • Frequent hand washing with regular soap (instead of antibiotic soaps and detergents, which contribute to antibiotic resistance) • Maintaining current vaccinations • Washing hands after touching potentially contaminated public surfaces, such as door handles • Being mindful around people who are ill. If you do become ill, candidly discuss the symptoms with your doctors. This helps them pinpoint your illness and prescribe the appropriate treatments. “At Methodist Health System, we follow protocols to prescribe antibiotics only when necessary and then for the appropriate amount of time,” Dr. Calderon said. “So if your doctor does prescribe an antibiotic, follow his or her advice for how to take them.”

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How bacteria become resistant to treatment Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed. But even though bacteria are only singlecell creatures, they are resourceful. They can genetically mutate to neutralize or avoid the antibiotic, and these genes can then be transferred to other bacteria, providing resistance to all. In as little as 10 to 15 years, we could wind up in what experts call the “post-antibiotic era.” In other words, antibiotics simply won’t work anymore because bacteria will be immune to them. • Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

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Understanding Long-Term Care The important question: Are you prepared? Provided by Trace Dennis


ddressing the potential threat of long-term care expenses may be one of the biggest financial challenges for individuals who are developing a retirement strategy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 69% of people over age 65 can expect to need extended care services at some point in their lives. So, understanding the various types of long-term care services – and what those services may cost – is critical as you consider your retirement approach. What Is Long-Term Care? Long-term care is not a single activity. It refers to a variety of medical and non-medical services needed by those who have a chronic illness or disability that is most commonly associated with aging. Long-term care can include everything from assistance with activities of daily living – help dressing, bathing, using the bathroom, or even driving to the store – to more intensive therapeutic and medical care requiring the services of skilled medical personnel. Long-term care may be provided at home, at a community center, in an assisted living facility, or in a skilled nursing home. And long-term care is not exclusively for the elderly; it is possible to need long-term care at any age. How Much Does Long-Term Care Cost? Long-term care costs vary state by state and region by region. The national average for care in a skilled care facility (semi-private in a nursing home) is $85,775 a year. The national average for care in an assisted living center is $45,000 a year. Home health aides cost a

median $18,200 per year, but that rate may increase when a licensed nurse is required. Individuals who would rather not burden their family and friends have two main options for covering the cost of long-term care: they can choose to self-insure, or they can purchase long-term care insurance. Many self-insure by default – simply because they haven’t made other arrangements. Those who self-insure may depend on personal savings and investments to fund any long-term care needs. The other approach is to consider purchasing long-term care insurance, which can cover all levels of care, from skilled care to custodial care to in-home assistance. When it comes to addressing long-term care needs, many look to select a strategy that may help them protect assets, preserve dignity, and maintain independence. If those concepts are important to you, consider your approach for long-term care. • Trace Dennis may be reached at 972-429-0603 or tracedennis@jaldennis.com.

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Businessisis Booming Booming ininWylie Business Wylie Wylie Economic Development Corporation continues to focus on strengthening the business base in Wylie. Various industrial, commercial and retail businesses alike have decided that Wylie is the place to be! Strong and growing businesses enrich our community with job opportunities, diverse dining & shopping options and infuse the local economy with property and sales tax support. Chick-Fil-A opened in May at the corner of Highway 78 & Cooper Drive. Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery is now open and Fish-n-Tails Oyster Bar will be joining them early this Fall. Just around the corner on FM 544, Wylie’s first French cuisine restaurant, Josephine’s, began serving Wylie area residents this summer. A full-service restaurant featuring a farm-to-table concept, Josephine’s procures the bulk of its product from local growers and ranchers. Pet Supply Plus, Credit Union of Texas and BURGERim all joined Woodbridge Centre’s Kroger anchored development in 2019. Woodbridge Crossing welcomed ULTA, Sketchers, Great American Cookie Company & Marble Slab Creamery, along with Bath & Body Works. Later this year, Wylie will get a treat, MOD Pizza. And manufacturing is booming in Wylie as well. Deanan Gourmet Popcorn expanded and consolidated its operations in Wylie, adding over 10,000 SF to its production facility on Windco Circle. Regency Business Park, who welcomed DCU’s 10,000+ SF facility this past year, has caught the attention of other businesses looking to relocate to Wylie. Stay tuned for more business openings and new office concepts anticipated later this year.


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Historic Downtown Wylie continues to flourish and attract new businesses like Frankie’s Mexican Cuisine, Bold Barbecue and OMG Creamery. As if you needed one, you now have three more reasons to spend a little more time in our unique downtown area. Last but not least, all eyes are focused on Collin College’s Wylie campus. Construction is well underway on FM 1378 and the campus is on track to open its doors to students in the Fall of 2020. New businesses are finding Wylie a great place to call home, … and we couldn’t agree more!

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