YOUR GUIDE TO LIFE
Representative Tan Parker
Speaks about “Jessica’s Law”
Carmela Winery’s Cabernet Savignon
Todd Dodge is the New Head
Football Coach at UNT
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
Our area of coverage is sandwiched by
two of the fastest growing cities in the nation.
McKinney is the second fastest growing city
and Denton currently holds the rank of ninth.
With this expediential growth, we are seeing
more and more residential and commercial
developments. With the rate of recent progress
and sites already plotted for future development
it appears we are just getting started. Before
we know it, we will find it difficult to distinguish
where one city ends and the next begins.
A question asked by several of our readers
is “What is coming and when?” Many readers
are anxiously anticipating the conveniences
that are heading our direction while others
moved into the area for the relaxed pace and
open fields. At this point is appears that the
open fields are being plucked up from every
FAMILY GUIDE 4
The Heard Natural Science Museum
MORAL COMPASS TAN PARKER 5
Texas Representative for District 63
corridor highway and construction is on its
way bringing heavy equipment and larger
populations into the once quiet and remote
area. We are working with the local Chambers
of Commerce to bring our readers information
on new businesses as they open.
Remember, as new locations open; don’t
forget your long time faithful businesses that
have been bringing you goods and services.
Large anchor stores and national chains will
soon be here but it is unlikely they will remember
your preferences and your name. Our local
business bring more than just convenience,
they bring customer service while providing the
backbone to our local economy.
David Prickett, Publisher
I N S I D E
21 HAUNTED HOUSES AND
THE AUBREY PUMPKIN PATCH
ON THE COVER: Representative Tan Parker
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EXECUTIVE EDITOR Jodie Linton-Prickett
ASSISTANT EDITOR Steve Mordecai
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS David Prickett,
R.C. Taylor, Dishy Diva, Dana Mordecai,
Molly’s Soap Box, Geri Cuthert, Becky Boston,
Dr. Betty D. Copeland, Steve Mordecai,
Micah Pazoureck, Betty Taylor
Mural, Mural on the Wall!
CUISINE GUIDE 8
VINO GUIDE 9
Majestic Dignity: Carmela Winery’s
ARE YOU FINANCIALLY EXPOSED? 10
GOT MAIL? 12
CHRISTMAS SEASON 13
BEGINS ON THE SQUARE
EVENT GUIDE 14
Local Events and Activities
MOLLY’S SOAPBOX 18
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS 20
The Trick to a Safe Treat
22 GLAM GUIDE
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!
24 THANKFUL TRADITIONS
25 FAMILY RECIPE
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Roll
26 MEAN GREEN
Todd Dodge New Head Football Coach
27 GO NATURAL
Decorating Tips for the Season
28 MEAN GREEN
Todd Dodge New Head Football Coach
29 ROCK LOTTERY AND
THE DENTON COUNTY AFRICAN
30 HOME GUIDE
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Shh! Can you hear them? If you
listen closely you can hear the rustling of leaves
and roars in the distance. No, that’s not a
bobcat. There it is again! My kids’ eyes grow
large with excitement as they now hear it too.
They can hardly wait to see what is around
the next corner of the hiking trail we are on.
Because they know Dinosaurs are coming to
The Heard Natural Science Museum and
Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney is home to
Dinosaurs Alive! (October 19, 2007- February
Dinosaurs Alive! is an outdoor exhibit
featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs along
one of the hiking trails of the Heard sanctuary.
Watch them move and listen to them roar as you
learn about each one. It is a fun, educational
event for the entire family and provides a
wonderful outing during the holidays!
The Heard Natural Science Museum and
Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney is one of our
kids’ favorite places to go. It is close enough
that we can go after school and yet there is
enough to do to fill an entire day. The Heard
has six hiking trails totaling four and a half miles
that wander through 289 acres of wetlands,
forest and prairie. One of the high-lights of
the trail is a 200 year-old giant bur oak. It
is without a doubt the largest tree I have ever
seen in Texas. The self-guided trails are great
for birding, wildlife observation and picnicking
and just escaping urban life in general.
The Heard Nature Museum is kid friendly
with hands-on activities that include a Living Lab
where students can handle actual specimens
and use tools to answer scientific questions.
The indoor dinosaur dig is a favorite with my
kids. Other exhibits include: Texas’ venomous
snakes, rocks, minerals and fossils, seashells
and marine life, North Texas ecosystems and
The Heard offers many special events
throughout the year including native plant sales,
photography contests, summer camps and
natural science courses for home schoolers.
Hours of operation are Monday through
Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 1-5. Admission
is $8/adults and $5/children 3-12 and
seniors. Members and children under
age 3 are free. For more information visit
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P A G E five
Representative Tan Parker
NATIVE TEXAN, TAN PARKER
has a long history with strong family ties in
the 380 corridor. He is an approachable,
efficient, energetic and a conservative
leader. He resides in Flower Mound, Texas
with his wife Beth and daughters Lauren
Currently he serves in the Texas
House of Representatives. Republican Tan
Parker was elected in November 2006 to
represent District 63. This district includes
mutually rural and urban Denton County
that includes the cities of Pilot Point, Cross
Roads, Aubrey, Krugerville, Savannah,
Providence Village, Flower Mound,
Lewisville, Highland Village, Argyle,
Sanger, Krum, Ponder, Justin, Northlake,
Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Bartonville,
Trophy Club, and Roanoke.
Representative Parker earned a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Political Philosophy at the
University of Dallas, and later earned a
Master’s Degree from the London School
of Economics. While in London, he served
as an intern in the United States Commerce
“More than a decade ago, I had the
incredible opportunity to sit down and
personally visit with former President
Ronald Reagan. His belief in limited
government, economic prosperity, the
power of free markets, fighting evil around
the world, maintaining strong families
and a strong moral compass - these are
the issues that shaped my life and shaped
my formative years. Without question, my
time with Ronald Reagan was one of the
highlights of my life. He’s the individual
who made me realize the nobility of public
service, and how important it was for good
men and women to engage in the process,”
said Representative Parker
Starting as a teenager Parker
volunteered for numerous Republican
Representative Parker’s profession
in government started as an intern in the
White House under President George
H.W. Bush. Moreover, in 2005, he was
appointed by Governor Rick Perry to
serve as Chairman of the Texas Industrial
Development Corporation. Impressively,
Representative Parker was the driving force
behind the University of Dallas’ bid for the
George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Since his election, he helped coauthor
the Texas version of “Jessica’s Law” (House
Bill 8) to increase the punishments for child
predators. Recently the Texas House of
“As a conservative Republican,
I’m ready to serve the people of
District 63 by opposing a state
income tax, leading the fight for
property tax relief, reforming our
educational system, securing our
borders, and ensuring a better
quality of life for our growing
communities. As a husband and
father of two girls, you can also
count on me to stand firm for the
values of faith and family.”
Bill 8). This law
will eliminate the statute of limitations
from most sex offenses against children
and create a new felony in Texas, defined
as continuous abuse of a child (at least two
offenses over at least 30 days). This felony
would incorporate a mandatory sentence
of 25 years in prison for a first conviction.
A second conviction a capital offense would
result in life in prison without parole or the
Representative Parker authored House
Bill 2656 to add preventative measures that
will largely assist rural police departments.
This will encourage improved awareness
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on the Wall!
By Jodie Linton-Prickett
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We should all accept as true
that we could surround ourselves
with art that refreshes us, uplifts
us, triggers our memories and
inspires our imagination. Over
the past few weeks, I have had
the fortunate opportunity to meet
and converse with local artist
Paula Lynch as she has brought
walls to life in front of my eyes
at a variety of 380 corridor
Paula’s mural painting invites
splendor and life to leap from
what was once a plain surface,
creating a portal into a world
that gives a break from daily reality. By creating a mural Paula,
narrates a story; perhaps it is your story.
Murals brighten any room and give your home a customized
appeal. They can bring fairy tales to life for young children or
provide a tranquil oasis for adults. Murals can enchant a room or
take you to a far away place. If you can dream it, a mural can bring
it to life. Murals also provide a relativity inexpensive way to own
It was by chance that I met Paula while dropping off a welcome
gift to Dr. Auvenshine and Dr. Baker’s new office. Paula was near
completion of her first mural of a serene, inviting vista of children at
play in a calming country field with a blue pond surrounded with
activity. In the background, your eyes trail into green lush rolling
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hills. Even as an adult, you almost want to
walk right in to childhood again and join in
the fun. There are children interacting with
horses, boys in denim overalls sitting on a
dock that extends into the water, as the boy in
the foreground flies through the air on a tire
swing connected to a giving tree. In another
room across the office, she created an oldfashion
rodeo scene with cowboys sitting
astride a fence watching a bucking bull wild
with his hind legs up in the air behind him.
Their fellow cowboy hangs on tight trying
not to fall off. A rodeo clown stands on the
sideline ready to jump into the action. “I am
impressed with her ability to translate what
I envisioned and paint it on the wall. She
room or take
you to a far
has created rooms
that children will
enjoy and want
to be in,” said Dr.
Paula and I
met again a week
later at Forest
Hills where she is
painting a room
in a custom home
by Mike Scarlett
for the Make a
She is painting as
we talk about the
young boy whom
the builder is
dedicating the wall.
His wish was to go
to a professional
and Make a Wish
his dream. In the
same house the
in the master bath
are another example of her many talents.
With paint and a brush, Paula brings
the textures, the colors and the atmosphere
of a room harmoniously together to create
a one of a kind composition. She strives to
adorn each mural with all of the subtle details
ensuing quality artwork. Paula possesses an
instinctive awareness of design and a skilled
eye. She customizes the murals to match
each client’s style and personal taste. She
utilizes custom mixed colors to add to the
uniqueness of each personalized work of
art. By listening to the ideas of her clients she
intertwines there concepts into the mural. Her
artwork can create an ambiance or enhance
the feeling that the client has already started
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By Dishy Diva
My first visit to Los Charros
was before the sign was up on the
storefront. Thinking that since the
restaurant had just opened and the
sign was not even in place that Los Charros Tex Mex restaurant
would not be very busy, oh contraire, the line was out the door. It
appears that my party of three was not the only group in the area
anticipating its opening.
This was the first I heard of Los Charros but many people
dinning there had been to one of the other five locations and were
awaiting the opening of the sixth location in Little Elm. This family
owned restaurant got its inspiration from Acapulco style fair with
special attention to seasoning, colors and textures that the attracts
the typical diner. Los Charros started with a dream and a small
restaurant in Richardson with about five tables. Now besides the
original establishment there are locations in Richardson, Plano,
Wylie, Rowlett and the newest in Little Elm located in the Eldorado
Crossing Shopping Center. After over a year of negotiating, the
newest location opened its doors to the agreeably appointed décor of
clean lines, dark woods, black seats and accent lighting of alabaster
and cast iron fixtures.
About a week after my original visit to Los Charros, I had
guests in from out of town and we decided to lunch early to avoid
the crowds. Arriving a little after 11:00 am, the place was jamming
before noon. The friendly hostess escorted us to our table and soon
after we sat down, the chips and salsa arrived and a server took our
drink order. The salsa is homemade and layered with flavors. Hotter
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salsa and green salsa is available upon request. We opted to order
different items from the menu and sample from each other’s plate.
This worked out nicely except for the fact that I am the type of
dinner that is stuck on one item offered on the menu and order it
every time I return. Now, I will not know what to do with myself
during my next visit because every selection was divine.
The Lobster Enchiladas ($12.50) are superb. These white
corn tortilla enchiladas are two to a plate and stuffed with lobster,
shrimp, and tiny-diced bell peppers smothered in a creamy lobster
sauce. The flavors are distinctive and perfectly spiced. This entrée
comes with traditional refried beans and rice. The rice is moist and
lightly seasoned and large wedges of tomato and avocado garnish
this delicious selection. We also ordered the Combination Fajitas
($12.50) with beef and chicken. They arrived to our table with that
lovely sizzling sound and aroma that you can only get from piping
hot fajitas. The beef and chicken strips are moist and tender served
with tasty tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, rice and
beans. The do not miss item on the menu is Pechuga Con Hongos
($11.95) which translates to chicken with mushrooms but it oh so
much more! This selection is as festive to the eyes and nose as it is to
the taste buds. Eye-popping colors and incredible textures will wow
and delight you. The grilled chicken breast is plentiful and succulent
topped with a mound of grilled mushrooms, onion and bell peppers
in yellow, green and red. All of this is sautéed in garlic butter and
limejuice and served with an avocado salad, rice and beans. For
dessert, if you have any room left try the Flan ($3.95). It is a large
enough serving to share and its creamy texture is a perfect ending to
your meal. Wine, beer and Margaritas are available. We indulged
and ordered a frozen Margarita ($5.50) served up in a frosty chilled
mug and made with a nicely balanced homemade sweet and sour
solution. My hat is off to the long time chef Enrique Hernandez for
his excellent cooking and presentation. All of the staff was pleasant
and our server was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about every
item on the menu. He has a pleasant way to his service that makes
you feel right at home.
During our dining experience, I spoke with another guest who
frequents Los Charros. “Pineda Enchiladas ($9.95) is my favorite
menu item. The service is attentive and the food comes out fast.
Los Charros is consistently good,” said Stacie of Little Elm.
Los Charros offers lunch and dinner specials,
a child’s menu and a Happy Hour from
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily.
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structure. The tannins give Cabernet this firmness, which comes naturally
from the grape skins, seeds, and stems. Moreover, in Cabernets predominantly,
because the wine bathes with its skins it amplifies the tannins and helps the wine
to achieve its deep red color.
THE TASTE: Cabernet Sauvignon has an extraordinary bearing, good
breeding, as well as interesting and complex taste that elevates it above other
varietals. It is not overly intense, but unique enough to make you reminisce
about it. It has a well-rounded taste, with plenty of spice to persuade your taste
buds to insist on more. The finish is strong, with an abundance of flavor left on
the tongue. This rich wine gives your palate an especially pleasing experience.
As a group, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are generally full-flavored, with a
stronger flavor than Merlot for instance with a smooth and lingering “finish”. It
is fittingly a special-occasion wine in many households.
THE GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety of red grape mainly used
for wine production and one of the most widely planted grape varieties and
grown in most of the world’s wine regions. Cabernet sauvignon berries are
petite, globular with black, solid and exceptionally tough skin. This toughness
makes the grapes practically resilient to disease and spoilage and capable of
withstanding light autumn rains. These growth characteristics, along with its
flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine
FOOD PAIRINGS: Red meats, grilled dark meats, flavorful pastas with
heartier red sauce or rich cheese sauces, lamb, strong-flavored cheese, and
delectable dark chocolates are excellent pairings.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND THANKSGIVING: The majestic
dignity of its stature enhances the meal. Its softening tannins do not engulf the
white meat; its controlled red-fruit flavors stand up alongside the dark meat; and
its multifaceted layers of flavor and nuances make all of the various aromas and
textures of the meal seem slightly different and more remarkable bite after bite.
However, the right wine to accompany your Thanksgiving meal is as personal
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Women often live longer than men do but not always.
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of a registered sex offender’s presence by
adding an identifying emblem on their
away from our
or other state
This tool will
assist in clear
bill since some
do not have access to computer databases
to assist in immediately in identifying a
suspect as a registered sex offender. With an
identifying emblem on identification such
as “RSO”, police officers would instantly
know that the suspect is a registered sex
offender. This is especially important if
police cross paths with a child predator
near a school, or around a public park.
The House passed House Bill 2656
twice unanimously last legislative session
but it was not heard in the Senate. Parker
will champion the bill again in the next
legislative session. “Now its time to look
at the prevention side of the equation by
better identifying registered sex offenders,”
Parker stated. Under Parker’s legislation,
the letters “RSO” will be printed in
bold black print on the upper left hand
corner of identification of registered sex
offenders’ whose victims are younger than
the age of 14 years old. This should end
instances where sex offenders effectively
obscure their backgrounds and ultimately
end up working directly with children.
“Unfortunately, experience shows us that
sexual offenders almost always become
repeat offenders,” Parker added. “My
legislation will ensure that law enforcement
professionals, employers, volunteer groups,
and even churches are better equipped to
identify registered sex offenders, and keep
them away from our children.”
Representative Parker during his first
term in the Texas Legislature serves on the
following committees: Human Services,
Local & Consent Calendars and State
He is focusing his efforts on further property
tax relief, appraisal reform, strengthening
border security and immigration policy,
promoting fiscally responsible government
spending, and protecting family values.
Representative Parker will be
accessible to his constituents
starting in September on the
first Saturday of each month,
from 8am to 10am.
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We are conveniently located 1.5 miles north of
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IF YOU HAVE JUST MOVED
to the 380 corridor from a larger area,
you may notice a few things different
about your postal service. Many of the
communities in the corridor do not have
their mail delivered by the traditional
mail vehicle. You may notice what
appears to be a personal vehicle with a
flashing light on the top and a magnetic
sign on the door this is possibly your
mail delivery person. With the holidays,
quickly approaching it will become more
and more important for you to want to
receive and deliver your mail promptly.
There are a few tips from the area post
offices that will help to ensure prompt
delivery and pick up of your parcels.
The main goal is to keep your mailbox
area clear and safe. Even with homes
in some neighborhoods close together,
it is important that we give our mail
carriers 15 foot for approaching and 15
feet for departing your mailbox. They
request that for safety issues. Backing
up unnecessarily in residential areas can
be potentially harmful for children and
pets. Parking on the streets and blocking
the mailboxes may prohibit you and
possibly your neighbors from receiving
mail so please do not park I front of the
mailboxes. If you live in an area with
heavy construction and contractors
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block your mailbox notify the builder
or developer directly. Trash containers
and recycling tubs full or empty can also
block your mailbox so try to put them
on the side of the house away from the
mailbox. Limbs from trees can block
the opening of the mailbox so keep your
trees trimmed so that you mail delivery
person can open your box without
obstructions or hazards. Landscaping
should not extend past your mailbox
and it is not a safe place for children to
leave their toys or bikes.
In addition, the United States Post
Office does not allow the use of your
mailbox for flyers or anything other than
outgoing or deliverable mail with affixed
postage. There are penalties for leaving
items other than mail in a mailbox such
as flyers or packages that did not go
through the postal service.
With the growth of the 380
corridor, the mail routes have increased
significantly. However, many Post
Offices are working with no additional
space and limited staff. The time that
they have in a delivery day is still the
same but the number of boxes they have
to deliver to have multiplied. I hope that
these simple tips will help you receive
and send mail flawlessly.
CHRISTMAS SEASON BEGINS ON THE SQUARE
Provided by: Micah Pazoureck
Capture the true spirit of a small-town holiday celebration at the 19th
Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Thursday, November 29, 2007 on
Denton’s Historic Courthouse Square. This beloved community event,
held on the Thursday following Thanksgiving, includes musical and
dance presentations, shuttle rides through the historic district, children’s
crafts, visits with Santa, toy drive and a concert featuring Denton’s own
Grammy award-winner, Brave Combo.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY - Begins at 5:45 p.m. at
the Festival Stage.
HISTORIC DISTRICT TOUR by shuttle - $1 per person. Tours
will begin after the Tree Lighting Ceremony and end at
CARRIAGE RIDES – $1 per person. Rides begin after Tree
Lighting Ceremony. Ends at 8:00 p.m.
PHOTO WITH SANTA - $1 per photo. Photos begin after the
Tree Lighting Ceremony. Ends at 8:00 p.m.
BRAVE COMBO begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Performance
Stage (Free) (Inclement weather location: Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney)
WASSAIL FEST CONTEST – Free Wassail served at
participating stores. Vote before 8:00 p.m. (This is a Litter
Free Event. Please do your part to Keep Denton Beautiful.)
Please bundle up and join us on Thursday! Do not forget to bring a
new, unwrapped toy for WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers toy drive. All donated
toys will be distributed to needy families in Denton County. For more
information, check www.dentonholidaylighting.com
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Funds raised from this event support the Aubrey Library. This is a fun family event full of activities, venders and food.
Sep. 28 thru Oct. 21
State Fair of Texas
The 2007 State Fair of Texas will be held this year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21, 2007 at the Dallas Fair Park, a 277-acre
entertainment and recreation complex owned by the City of Dallas, which is located two miles east of downtown Dallas.
The State Fair this year will feature more than 70 exciting rides and shows in this neon playground, including the 212-
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Join in the fight against breast cancer by participating in 2007 Komen Dallas
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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will co-headline their first tour together this fall. Each set
will include songs in both English & Spanish. www.americanairlinescenter.com
The Story of the Chisholm Trail
Robin Cole Jett, will discuss the Chisholm Trail and its impact on the history of Denton
and this region. This talk is in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the
City of Denton. The event is free and handicapped accessible. From12:15-1:00 at the
Commissioners Courtroom, Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory, Denton, TX
76201. For more information call 940-349-2850, or visit us online www.dentoncounty.
Masquerade Ball, Trick-or-Treating, and 1857 Old West Haunted House
Historic Downtown Denton Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory St.Trick or
Treating, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Haunted House, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Proceeds benefit the
United Way of Denton County.
October (full month)
Treasure Hunt to benefit the United Way of Denton County
Chance to win $1857 cash. Begins October 1 and runs through October 31 with the
winner being announced at the event. For more information email funcommittee@
The Story of Maureen Moon
Rodeo Horseback Trick Rider and Barrel Racer by Mary Ann DeBerry. She will discuss
the life of her mother, Maureen Moon, the renowned rodeo performer and Denton
resident... This talk is in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the City
of Denton. The event is free and handicapped accessible. From 12:15-1:00, at the
Commissioners Courtroom, Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory, Denton, TX
76201. For more information call 940-349-2850, or visit us online www.dentoncounty.
Oct. 12 & 13
Frisco Storytelling Festival
The Frisco Storytelling Festival offers superlative tale telling. With captivating fables from
ancient cultures, hilarious misadventures, rollicking anecdotes, toe-tapping tunes and
the tallest of tales. Besides story concerts, you’ll enjoy puppet shows, music, and folk
arts and crafts, providing family fun and entertainment for all ages. The 2007 Festival
will be in Frisco Square Plaza in front of the new Frisco Library and City Hall at 6101
Frisco Square Blvd. For more information about this event visit www.friscofest.org
Little Elm Fire Department Open House will be held at the Central Fire Station, 101
Hardwick Lane from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Visit the Fire Safety House, entertainment,
food and fun. Health screenings by Denton Regional Medical Center. For more
information contact Margaret Corn at 214.975.0424
Health and Safety Fair
Save the date! Prospers annual Health and Safety Fair will be held at the Providence
High School Multipurpose Complex from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm. Fun for the entire family.
Proceeds used for Special Needs equipment.
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I am going to be a freshman this year
my future plans are to be a neonatal
nurse. This year I am in all advanced
classes, I can’t slack off! What are
some tips so I won’t start slacking off
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the school year by
study habits is going
to carry you through
your entire year
and beyond. By
study habits you will
get a lot more done
in a shorter period
Here are a few
suggestions: Sit in
the front row. Get a
study partner. Don’t
hang around people
who don’t care
about their grades.
Set some goals and
remember them by
writing them down
so you can see them. It will help if you have
some motivation for yourself, like finishing
all your homework by 9PM; follow it up with
a reward. Remember too, you are the key to
your success and nobody else. Make sure you
are getting a good night sleep this will help
you pay attention because you will not be so
tired and your comprehension will improve
when you are well rested.
Brain Tracy says: “Successful people are
simply those with success habits.”
What do you think of children’s books
in general and have you read The
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister?
Sue W. Little Elm, TX
I used to work with Barns and Noble,
from there I became a professional storyteller,
my audience was anywhere between birth
and teenagers. I came to this conclusion; all
books for the very young reader are written
for the parents. If the parents are not drawn
to the physical appearance, message or moral
of the story then it is a sure thing -- the book
will never make it to market.
The beautiful colors and shinny things
on the pages of children’s books are for
getting the attention of the child. So when
Mom or Dad read the book the child will at
least look at the pictures. Of course, we all
know that the mere fact that Mom or Dad
sits down with them and reads to them, not
only gives the child quality time with the
parent but also teaches the child the love of
reading, of listening and participating in a
Children are made readers
on the laps of their parents.
~ Emilie Buchwald (1994) ~
most enjoyable environment.
I loved The Rainbow Fish book because of its simple
but yet very big message. The rainbow fish was so proud of
his shinny scales that he had no room in his life for anything
but his own self love. Once he was told of his unbecoming
behavior he realized that his beauty was not on the outside
but on the inside and then changed his behavior and find that
love comes from all around him. Perhaps the most amazing
thing about this book are the beautiful pictures.
Even if you have one child, you will find that she or he
will pull this book off the shelf first, spending many hours just
looking at the colorful pictures, and re-reading or telling the
story to his or herself again and again. Do not hesitate to add
this book to your child’s reading list.
Lately, I hear a lot of people saying “we are
Americans too” when they are from Mexico or other
places. When you think of an “American” do you
think of a citizen of the United States only?
Sage M. Denton, TX.
Yes, I do. However, I do understand that there are other
countries, Latin America, S. America and North America
that might want to lay clam to being an American as they do
come from an American continent but they are not what the
world has come to recognize as “Americans”.
We are the United States of America, on the North
American Continent, herein lies the difference, we actually
have America in our country’s name, and they do not. We are
“Americans” from the United States of America.
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THE TRICK TO A SAFE TREAT
By Jeremy S. Baker, MD
There is nothing more delightful than opening up your door to
children dressed up for Halloween saying “Trick-or-Treat”. Whether
it is a girl in her plump pumpkin costume, or a boy in his Sponge
Bob costume, it is wonderful to watch children proudly showing off
their favorite character. This tradition was something I always looked
forward to as a child. I think we all remember our first Halloween
costume. With the resurrection and popularity of Spiderman, I am
having flashbacks to my first costume when I would walk around
pretending to shoot spider webs on unsuspecting friends.
While Halloween can be fun for the whole family, children and
parents should pause to think about having a safe evening as well.
Trick-or-treating in the neighborhood is a tradition for many families,
which makes practicing street safety a priority on this holiday. Recent
studies have indicated that compared to other nights, pedestrian
fatalities are 4 times more likely on Halloween. While this statistic is
somewhat disturbing, there is no reason to panic as a parent. The key
to having a safe Halloween is preparation.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR
FAMILY TO ENSURE A SAFE AND FUN HALLOWEEN.
• Investigate safe places such as a sponsored event at a mall,
school, church or neighborhood event
• Accompany young children on the route
• Send older children out with friends, a watch, and a flashlight
• Agree to a route and expected arrival time prior to departure
• Always check your children’s treats prior to consumption
• Wear light-colored clothing or costumes
• Start early and end early
• Use sidewalks or walk facing traffic
• Use make-up instead of a mask for better visibility
• Carry a flashlight or light stick
• Stop only at well-lighted houses
• Always keep a safe distance between you and moving vehicles
• Avoid busy intersections
• Stop, look, and listen at corners or before crossing the street.
Walk, don’t run
• Never go inside a stranger’s house or apartment, no matter
what anyone says
• Don’t carry sharp instruments and never carry a lighted candle
or open flame
• Have a parent check the treats before you eat them
My hope is that you and your family will have a safe and fun filled
Halloween. If everyone does their part, the only thing to be scared
about are those ghosts and goblins walking the streets!
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(not recommended for children)
Nightmares Haunted House
Nightmares has professionally created an adrenaline filled experience
that will leave you breathless. Conveniently located in the middle of the
Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex in Arlington Texas just south of Interstate 20
on South Cooper Street. See websites for discount nights and events.
Sep. 28 - Oct. 31
Dallas Scare Ground opens Friday, September 28, 2007 for weekends through
Halloween. Located deep in the heart of Dallas near the Design District, just
northwest of downtown. Please visit our web site for more information at
Oct. 5 - 31
Dr. Haunt’s Chamber of Fears
Located in the old Pawn shop located on I-35 in Gainesville (exit #499 if you’re
traveling North and exit #498A if you’re traveling South). Since the Haunted House
has been located in Gainesville, the students at North Central Texas College have
been running the show. From redesigning the Haunted House 100% every year to
creating the marketing plan. Chamber of Fears is the largest student organization
fundraiser that NCTC embarks on each year and has got to be one of the scarcest.
For details about this Gainesville Texas haunted house, please visit www.
Aubrey Pumpkin Patch
Katie’s Pumpkin Market
Celebrate the harvest season from October 1-31st. Bring the family
to to visit a working farm that has been operating since 1952. Open
daily from 9:00 am-6pm. Located at 736 Rock Hill Road, Aubrey.
Admission $7.00 per person or $5.00 per person for groups of
20 or more. For more information please call 940.365.9078 or
940.365.2201 or visit on-line at www.aubreypumpkinpatch.com
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by Jodie Linton-Prickett
The visual you must have when I tell you the last time I shaved under my
arms was the end of May might be unsettling. Sometimes out of habit, I
lift up my arm to shave and realize it is no longer necessary. No, I did
not go all-natural nor am I attempting to achieve the traditional Continental
Imagine not having to deal with the tediousness, regularity, expense,
and pain of constantly getting rid of unwanted hair. Visualize a laser beam
of light that can get rid of it and keep it away. About ten days after my
first treatment I noticed that when I shaved it was taking longer for the hair
to return and when it did it was lighter and thinner. With each treatment,
I noticed less and less hair then there was none. The most amazing thing
(other than not having to shave my underarms) is that my skin is soft and
smooth. Never do I have razor stubble and that is enough to make a grown
woman squeal with joy! While some people will experience permanent
removal, some will require a maintenance visit about every three years.
Laser treatment can remove hair from many areas of the body, including the
face, upper lip, bikini line, and neck area. After a series of treatments, it will
most likely be gone forever. More than one treatment is required because
hair grows in cycles. The laser only disables the hair in the active stage of
growth at the time of treatment. The hairs that return are those that were
not in the active stage of growth at the time of treatment. You will notice
significant results after one treatment the hair will appear lighter in color and
finer in texture, but additional treatments are necessary to have complete
clearance of hair.
As with most of my treatments I chose to go to Premier Laser center
in Denton. The prices were considerably less than some clinics in Plano
and Frisco. Also, because of the experience of Marti Settle in the field of
laser hair removal Premier Laser was the obvious choice. Marti Settle, CLS,
CHLRP, oversees all aspects of the center and consults with all patients.
She is one of only 10 nationally certified laser hair removal professionals
in Texas having passed the board examination to earn the designation
as CHLRP. Marti is a founding member and is on the board of directors
of TACLER, a professional association working with the state of Texas to
develop educational and practice standards for aesthetic laser procedures.
She is also active in education and is currently assisting in the development
of regulations for training and certification of laser technicians.
Other than telling you why to laser I have decided a more significant
way to answer, is by exemplifying why not to use other treatments. Here are
my top two reasons:
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• TWEEZERS, SHAVING, WAXING, and DEPILATORY CREAMS are a
great reason to laser. The biggest disadvantage with all of these methods is
that hair usually returns within three to seven days.
• ELECTROLYSIS provides longer-lasting results than conventional methods.
For many, however, electrolysis is too painstaking as it treats one hair follicle
at a time. Compared to electrolysis, laser hair removal typically requires
fewer treatment sessions, less time per session, and minimal discomfort.
Complications are possible with any procedure, though rare with laser
hair removal. Hyper-pigmentation: a light or dark discoloration of the skin is
uncommon and typically lasts for only a short time, in rare cases it can last for
months or be permanent. Medicated creams can reduce dark discoloration.
Blisters, burns, infection, and allergic reaction are also possible but rare.
Treatments with medicated ointments and creams are available. If you have
a history of cold sores please inform your technician so they can assist you in
getting proper medication before your treatment begins. You will also need
to go in for a spot test prior to your first treatment.
You may want to know if it is painful and the answer is yes but minimal.
However, to me it is less painful than waxing and results only last for a short
time. Most people describe the treatment feeling like a series of pinpricks to
the skin or snapping of a rubber band, which last only a short time during
the treatment. You will smell a slight odor of burning hair during the process.
The sound of the machine and the anticipation that it might hurt stirs up a
little anxiety. After the first few zaps, it did not bother me for the rest of the
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We have a family reunion for a
week. After our Thanksgiving dinner,
we watch the two football games
together with all 18 of my cousins and
all the parents.
We used to all go to my grandparents
house every year, but they died, and
so now, we all go to my Aunt’s house
the day before Thanksgiving. We all
bring our aprons, even all the little
kids, because everyone participates
in the preparation of the dinner. The
next day, about noon, we all gather
around the table hold hands and pray
remembering all those who died in
our family then we pig out and watch
football, listen to music, eat more, and
laugh a lot.
We hang out and play games like
bingo and Scene-it. The younger
kids usually take a plate of food and
desserts to the elderly man across
the street. Rebecca W.
After dinner, the guys do their thing,
but the girls help out Grandma
decorate her Christmas tree. I love
Because of eating too much we end
up lying on the couch and taking
a nap followed with all of us going
outside and have a big family football
game, followed by playing some
We all have to stand up, and tell
everyone else, for what we are
thankful. This takes quite awhile,
because there are some clowns in
the family. The men usually watch
whatever football game, and the
women cook, laugh and have a great
time. I love the food, the games and
being with everyone. It is not about
the food, it is about all of us getting
together and having a great time.
We have a giant turkey bowl game
with the whole family. Grandpa
always films it with commentary then
we all sit and watch it when we get
home. It’s a blast.
by Geri Cuthbert
Thanksgiving stands as one of the most treasured American holidays. An annual tradition
fixed on honoring the piety and perseverance of the nation’s earliest arrivals during colonial
days. Once again, it is almost that time of year to celebrate all the blessing, which we have
received so abundantly. It is in the spirit of Thanksgiving that family traditions continue to
hold deep meaning and gratitude for the past, a time to reaffirm our love of family, neighbors
and community. We all have family traditions, some new, some are old, but we all participate
in them and especially at Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving traditions mean different things to different people and according
to their ages, they fill their minds with lasting and endearing memories. I thought
it would be interesting to ask some of my friends, neighbors and acquaintances
what are their Thanksgiving traditions. Not just the turkey feast, but also their
most treasured Thanksgiving traditions. I thought you might like reading some
of their comments.
Before we sit down at the table on
Thanksgiving, we circle around the
table, and each of us says what he or
she is most thankful for at the time. I
love the bonding, close feeling. Some
recent years have brought loss, but
the thanks include “their memories”
and it is really beautiful.
Oh, you forget the most important
one, after eating all that great food
the girls go and do the dishes, while
the boys retire and watch the football
game. Isn’t America great?
And the final a quote from the1963
Presidential Proclamation – John F.
“Let us therefore proclaim our
gratitude to Providence for
manifold blessings—let us be
humbly thankful for inherited
ideals—and let us resolve to share
those blessings and those ideals
with our fellow human beings
throughout the world.”
May your Thanksgiving be abundant with traditions
and memories to last you a lifetime.
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Thanksgiving FAMILY Pumpkin RECIPE Roll
From the kitchen of Betty Taylor
This is a very old recipe passed down from generation to generation in our family. This very rich pumpkin and cream cheese dessert is the
perfect ending to any Thanksgiving meal.
2¼ hours 2 hours prep
1 cup powdered sugar
1 eight-ounce package of cream cheese
4 tablespoons soft butter
½-teaspoon vanilla (I add a splash more)
For garnish, I like to sprinkle a little extra powdered sugar
and/or nutmeg around the edges of the serving platter.
We hope you enjoy this festive
dessert, from our family to yours
with Thanksgiving blessings.
BEAT EGGS on high for 5 minutes.
Gradually BEAT IN SUGAR, PUMPKIN, and
MIX the rest of the regular ingredients.
SPREAD on greased 15 by 9 inch cookie sheet and
top with nuts.
BAKE at 350 for 15 minutes.
TURN OUT on towel that you have sprinkled with
Start at narrow end, ROLL CAKE, AND
Let COOL for an hour.
FILLING: MIX all of ingredients together.
UNROLL CAKE part and spread filling evenly over.
ROLL BACK UP without the towel.
The Sport of KINGS
POLO is an exhilarating and exceptional sport that anyone can
appreciate. Come out and witness the velocity of the horses and
nimbleness of the players in one of the most thrilling sports ever.
Once reserved for
royalty this sport is now
helping raise money
for Bryan‘s House. At
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the big top, carnival games, pony
rides, bounce houses, shopping
and polo of course.
The entire family can enjoy
live music, the arts and crafts
market, thoroughbred polo action
and silent auction. The sideline
socialization and Champagne
divot stomp enhances this exciting
event. You can bring your own coolers, BYOB, picnics and blankets
to the match. Lunch will also be available for purchase by the
Ladies Polo Auxiliary concessions. The proceeds from this event
will bring recognition to the predicament of children suffering
from AIDS as well as raise money to enrich their lives and raise the
necessary funds to keep their program going.
POLO ON THE MIDWAY is on October 27, 2007 at
the Stonebriar Polo Field located at 525 Yacht Club Drive, Oak
Point, TX. The gates will open and festivities will begin at 11:00
am the Polo Match will start at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $30.00
for a family of four and $10.00 per each additional person.
Tickets are available at the gate or at www.bryansplace.org.
For directions visit www.oakpointpolo.com.
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by Dana Mordecai
As the harvest season approaches, we all turn our minds to walks in
the pumpkin patch and thoughts of turkey dinners, hayrides and the
beginning of a hectic holiday season. When decorating for fall, it can
be as easy or elaborate as you make it. The natural look is an easy, yet
elegant way to utilize nature’s bounty around your home.
Gathering pumpkins and gourds from the grocery store is a fall
decorating staple, but look around your home for other items that can
be reused in different ways for a look that makes you feel homier. Try
using quilts or other blankets with warm colors to layer with tablecloths
to add some coziness. Use a large vase to fill with mini-gourds for a
colorful look. When using fall leaves from a nature walk with your
kids, rub the leaves with moisturizer and let dry to prevent them from
curling. These are great tossed on a table to add to a centerpiece, or
can be tacked onto a taper candle or pressed into a larger pillar candle
after melting the wax slightly using a hair dryer.
Speaking of centerpieces, this is usually the focal point of any
annual family dinner. Remember to not overwhelm your table settings
with a centerpiece that goes overboard. Again, think naturally when
placing items in the center of the table. This could be as simple as a
few candlesticks tied with raffia. Or pumpkins in varying height down
the middle of the table. The main focus should be the time with
friends and family, not how much detail is in the decorating.
The smells of the holidays will waft from the kitchen to the
outdoors, so try a few things outside to spruce up your home with a fall
theme. Use a pumpkin as a flower container for mums on your front
porch. This would work extremely well with smaller pots of flowers
that can be easily taken out when pumpkins can give way to other
containers. Of course, a hay bale or corn stalks tied to the porch post
are great ways to use the harvest of the season to decorate outside.
Also, an easy, natural wreath for the front door can be made by using
apples, pears and nuts tied with floral wire to a form with just a few
pieces of twigs and leaves for filler. This would be a great project with
kids and a reason to give thanks for time spent together.
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Dodge, 43, is widely respected as one of the
nation’s most successful high school football
coaches for his winning records at Carroll
High School in nearby Southlake, Texas.
During the five years that Carroll has been
designated a Class 5A high school, Dodge has
won three state championships and compiled a
staggering 77-1 record.
“The goals and standards that Coach
Todd Dodge has established for his football
programs are exemplary, as evidenced in his
record of successes and national reputation,”
Villarreal said. “He has a passion for the
Mean Green, and we are confident that he
is the coach to elevate North Texas’ football
Dodge is already familiar with the university,
having served as its offensive coordinator in
the 1992 and 1993 seasons. During his tenure
he directed the Mean Green offense to a pergame
average of 348 yards and 26 points. He
oversaw the progression of quarterback Mitch
Maher, who holds
passing yards, and
total offense. Maher
went on to play
for the Canadian
abilities have in
recent years made
his name synonymous with high school football
on the national scale. In addition to winning
three of the last four Class 5A state titles,
Southlake Carroll was recognized as national
champions by USA Today in 2004 and by
PrepNation.com in 2005. Dodge has amassed
a 96-11 record overall at Carroll since taking
over in 2000. His only loss since the beginning
of the 2002 season was by a single point in the
2003 state title game. In 2005, the Dragons set
the Texas 5A state record for most points in a
single season by tallying 764.
Dodge was named National Coach of the
Year by Schutt Sports in 2004 and by USA
Today in 2005. He shaped the last four Texas
5A Players of the Year, and all are playing
NCAA Div. I football – Chase Wasson at
Texas State University, Chase Daniel at the
University of Missouri (2003 and 2004), and
Greg McElroy at the University of Alabama.
Overall, Dodge has witnessed the signing
of more than 22 of his players to NCAA
Div. I athletic scholarships since becoming a
A former starting quarterback for the
University of Texas, Dodge threw for 2,791
yards and 18 touchdowns during his time in
Austin. He still ranks ninth in both categories
on the Longhorn’s all-time leaders list. His
96-yard touchdown pass against Rice in
1985 is tied for the second-longest play in
After graduating from Texas, Dodge
served as offensive coordinator at Rockwall
and McKinney High Schools. While coaching
quarterbacks at Rockwall, he helped lead the
Yellow Jackets to an appearance in the state’s
title game. He also helped McKinney reach
the state quarterfinals in 1991. After his stint
at North Texas, Dodge served as head coach
at Cameron’s C.H. Yoe High School from
Join Mean Green for Homecoming on
October 27, 2007 at 6:00 PM.
For more information visit MeanGreenSports.Com
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ROCK LOTTERY and the Denton County
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Each year the Rock Lottery donates its proceeds to selected
charities and organizations in the Denton, TX area. This
year’s recipient will be the Denton County African American
Currently under construction with a projected completion
date in February 2008, this museum will feature material
related to the African American community in Denton
County from 1875 to present in a fully restored structure
from the Quakertown period of Denton. The museum will
be located in the Historical Park of Denton County at the
corner of Carroll Boulevard and Mulberry in Denton. For
more information about the new museum, call 940-349-2850
or visit www.dentoncounty.com/dcaam.
The Rock Lottery is celebrating ten years of creating
music by chance. Instigated ten years ago by Chris Weber, the
Rock Lottery is simple, but effective. Twenty-five handpicked
musicians meet at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of the event at the
evening’s performance venue. These volunteers are organized
into five bands through a lottery based chance selection. The
five different groups are then released to practice at different
locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band
name and three to five songs. The bands then return to the
venue and perform what they have created in front of a waiting
This year’s Rock Lottery Anniversary
Weekend is on October 6-7, 2007 at Dan’s Silver
Leaf, 103 Industrial Street, Denton, TX. Doors
open at 9:00 p.m. and the event starts promptly
For more information, contact Chris
Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Martin Iles,
JAMES GROGAN, D.D.S.
Little Elm Dental
800 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Suite 124
Little Elm, TX 75068-5246
We are located in the Lakeshore
Crossing shopping center. Next to
Curves in Little Elm.
FROM GERI AT SAVANNAH CLUB HOUSE
“Why does my shower head continue to leak and what needs to be done to stop it?”
Most all shower heads will drip after use until the excess pressure in the head is relieved, this usually
only last for seconds at a time. If your shower head continues to drip constantly, then it is most likely
the shower cartridge itself. In order to correct this problem you would have to pull the cartridge and
check it for trash or debris. (Trash or debris is usually a rock, solder or some other form of restrictive
particle.) If trash is found simply clean out the debris and reinstall the cartridge and this should
correct the problem. If no trash is found or the valve continues to leak after debris is removed, then
the cartridge itself would need to be replaced. Replacing the cartridge in most all cases will correct
STEPS TO REPAIR OR
1. Turn off water to house.
2. Remove handle assembly.
3. Remove face plate or escutcheon
to expose valve.
4. Remove cartridge.
* At this point you can check for trash or
replace cartridge and simply reverse steps 1-4.
Steam Cleaning Equipment
FROM BETTY IN AUBREY
“My tub drains very slow and
I cannot remove the stopper all
the way to see what is clogging
it, any suggestions?”
This is a very simple process, first you
will need a pair of channel locks or
pliers, secondly lower the stopper to
where it rest lightly on the tub drain
itself, next take your tool of choice
(channel locks or pliers) and firmly
turn the stopper counter clock wise
until the stopper feels loose enough
to turn by hand. Once you have taken
the stopper out you should have
access to clean the drain. After you
clean out the stoppage run water
through the drain to make sure the
tub is draining and re-install the
FROM JON IN LITTLE ELM
“I would like to have a dual head shower is this an expensive up grade?”
This is a very common request that we get quite often and an upgrade that can incur some cost.
There are a couple of different options for this application. More than likely you have a standard
one valve with one shower head application. In order to add an additional shower head to your
current shower valve you would need to add a diverter valve. What a diverter valve does is allows
you to run multiple water outlets using one control valve. With a diverter valve application you can
run one head at a time or both at once. The other alternative is adding in an additional shower
valve and shower head. The reason we cannot just add a second shower head to your current valve
is because the first shower head that comes off the valve will operate properly while the second
head will barely have a trickle of water. The reason for this is the first water outlet will consume all
of the water flow and leave nothing for the second outlet. This is why we add a diverter valve or an
additional shower valve so we can keep the water pressure consistent to both outlets. Unfortunately
to do either of these upgrades we would have to open up the wall to expose the plumbing and install
the new valve assembly that you chose. In addition to our plumbing cost there would be drywall,
paint and possibly some tile repair cost. As I said at first this is a common request that we get quite
often but it is also a moderately difficult project that will incur some cost.
FROM DAVID IN PALOMA CREEK
“How often should I drain my water heater and what are the benefits?”
This is one of the most common questions we get asked in this business. It is a good practice to drain
your water heater at least once a year. By draining your water heater it would definitely increase
the life and performance of your heater. Many people are under the impression that the heater
will just take care of itself and that’s just not true. By not draining your water heater you allow
sediment and rust particles to form inside and accumulate at the bottom of the tank. In a gas heater
the burner assembly is located at the bottom of the heater so as the sediment thickens the heat
from the burner becomes less and less effective. In electric water heaters the sediment will collect
around the heating element causing the element to be useless and eventually failing. Both of these
scenarios can be prolonged or sometimes avoided just by keeping up with regular maintenance on
your water heater.
HOW TO DRAIN AND CLEAN THE TANK
• Shut off gas or electricity to water heater.
• Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and run it out
into the yard.
• With the water to the heater left on, slowly open the drain valve at the bottom of
the heater until you get clean water.
• Close the incoming cold water valve at the top of the tank
• Open the pressure relief valve on the tank to break the vacuum.
• When finished reverse the process, remembering to not turn on the gas or
electricity until the tank has refilled.
• Prior to refilling the water heater you should open a hot water valve in you line
to allow the air to escape as your water heater refills.
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