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Karina Ramírez: Residents get first look at two renovated Lake Forest cottages

Some 75 to 100 residents gathered at Good Samaritan Society — Lake Forest Village on Wednesday to celebrate the exterior renovation of a cottage located inside the senior living facility.

Carolyn Carter, 68, an eight-year resident of Lake Forest provided a donation of $15,000 in order to renovate her cottage and her neighbor’s, Marcheta Vaughn.

The renovations, which took around six weeks, included a new porch and new stone entrance and siding. A single cottage renovation cost $7,500, Carter said.

“We were totally in awe of Carolyn’s generosity and wanting to kick off the project,” said Rita Martin, director of senior housing at Good Samaritan Society — Lake Forest Village.

Carter said her extended porch was well worth the wait.

“This is so nice,” she said, adding that she finds her surroundings accommodating.

On Wednesday afternoon, Carter and many of her friends sat on the porch listening to the Dixie Land Band and enjoying ice cream and slushies provided by Mr. Cool Ice Cream himself, Graham Ross.

Fifty-five cottages are located inside the 80-acre Lake Forest Village community, 3901 Montecito Road.

Since 1986, Good Samaritan Society has provided independent retirement living, assisted-living and skills/nursing and rehabilitation services to Denton residents.

For more information, contact Rita Martin at 940-891-6443.

Cartridge World in Flower Mound is offering free resume printing for new college graduates during the month of June.

Graduates can get a free printing of 15 to 25 copies of their resume (two-page maximum length, one-color printing). Interested participants can visit the 1900 Long Prairie Road location and bring their resume data on a USB flash drive.

Ray Kendall of the Flower Mound Cartridge World said he understands how difficult it is for graduates to land their first job.

“The competition is stiff. Nearly 14 million Americans and Canadians are unemployed. So our store is here to help new college graduates,” he said in a news release.

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CU Financial Group LLC, an organized network of credit unions, recently named Sarah Muniz insurance agent of the year.

Muniz has been part of the insurance industry for eight years as well as an agent with DATCU Insurance Services. She is also a five-year member of CU Financial Group.

Muniz said in a news release that she was grateful for the recognition.

“Receiving this award for the past three consecutive years wouldn’t have been possible without the support of co-workers and clients,” she said.

Eddie Hebert, principal for CU Financial Group, presented an embossed crystal award to Muniz during a CU Financial Group’s Annual Conference May 22-24 in Austin.

The National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors announced its new slate of officers this week. Corinth resident Sharon Engle will begin serving as president-elect for the organization for the membership year 2012-2013 on July 1.

Engle is a premium audit consultant at UBI, a division of Amtrust North America, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to working at UBI, she was a premium audit manager with Unitrin.

Over the years, Engle has been active in several local associations, serving in all chairs, as well as being very active in the southwest and southeast regions of the Insurance Auditors Association. 

Engle will be part of the new slate that also includes president, John Dowdy, account manager with Wilkinson Insurance Services Inc., and vice president Michael Wiesehahn, premium audit manager with Patriot National Insurance Group.

The National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors is a professional organization of individuals with technical skills who make sure statistics are reported for proper rate structure implementation and processing, according to its website.

Kathy Dieringer has become a member of the board of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Dieringer served as president of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association, and is a member of NATA’s Women in Athletic Training Committee and chair of its Clinical and Emerging Practice Athletic Trainer’s Committee, according to a May 22 news release.

Having worked in the collegiate and sports medicine settings for much of her career, Dieringer established D&D Sports Med in 2003, a growing practice that now includes clinics in Denton, Sanger and Aubrey.

In 2007, Dieringer was recognized as NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and was also inducted into the SWATA Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1950, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is a membership association comprised of 35,000 certified trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.

Coming up

Ed Tucker with Tucker Communications will discuss “Marketing, Branding and Advertising — What’s the Difference?” at the next business breakfast presented by the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center on Tuesday at Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 Parkway St.

Networking will start at 7:15 a.m. with the meeting following at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call 940-380-1849 or visit

Volunteer attorneys will answer legal questions at no cost from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday via LegalLine, a call-in program sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association. The service will also be available June 20.

LegalLine is a community service for Dallas-Fort Worth-area residents, provided the second and third Wednesdays of each month. On these designated days, anonymous lawyers are available to answer questions in many law-related areas, ranging from divorce and child-support matters, to wills, insurance, employment and criminal law matters.

Residents needing assistance can call 214-220-7476.

Isabelle Cox, District 5 representative to the World Championship of Public Speaking, will address the Denton Toastmasters at Good Samaritan Village — Lake Forest, 3901 Montecito Drive, at 7 p.m. June 18.

Cox will advance to the semifinal rounds of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking to be held in Orlando, Fla., in August.

The Toastmasters Inter­national Speech Contest is the world’s largest speech contest, drawing 30,000 participants from 116 countries.

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Sterling House on the Parkway, a senior living and personalized assisted living facility for seniors, will be host to a car show and cookout event celebrating Father’s Day on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include free drawings. It is free and open to the public.

Sterling House on the Parkway is located at 2525 Lillian Miller Parkway.

For more information, contact Suzana Koziol at 940-320-1926.

Dogwood Estates, an independent senior retirement facility, will also have Father Day’s events beginning Friday. Events include a poker night with treats from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, a family fun with chef-prepared refreshments from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and a Father’s Day supper at 5 p.m. June 17.

Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane.

To make reservations, call 940-383-8600.


KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is