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The Place is Argyle: Friday the 13th can be scary

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons

Today is Friday the 13th and it is considered an unlucky day for the second time this year. 

The internet has all sorts of bad things that have happened to people on this day and is filled with superstitions making individuals cautious. Of course these happenings could have occurred on any other day, but since it was on Friday the 13th people associate it with that day and the superstitions began.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a mild case of triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13). He refused to travel on the 13th day of any month and would not sit down with 13 at dinner or host a dinner party with 13 guests.

He would never start an important trip on a Friday, particularly the 13th.

On Friday, July 13, 1979 Bob Renphrey decided to stay in bed every Friday 13th because of his bad luck through the years: walking through a plate-glass door, getting fired and putting his wife in the hospital after hitting her in the head with a stick meant for the dog, and on another Friday the 13th his wife fell down a flight of stairs.

Some things that might improve your luck on Friday the 13th are to:

Keep your fingers crossed

Knock on wood

Find a four-leaf clover

Put your clothes on inside out

Sleep facing south

Walk in the rain

Sleep on un-ironed sheets

Avoid cracks on the sidewalks

Carry an acorn in your pocket

Sneeze three times before breakfast.

Benefit fun run set for Saturday 

The Argyle Run for Our Sons 5K/1-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday at Hilltop Elementary School, 1050 Harrison Lane, to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and to benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. The 1-Mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.

Former Dallas Cowboys player Isaiah Stanback and George Dunham, morning host on Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, will be there to meet the public.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that affects about 1 in every 3,500 male births. Since the Duchenne gene is in the X-chromosome, it affects only boys. It is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes dystrophin.

Because dystrophin is absent, muscle cells can be easily damaged. The weak muscles lead to medical problems, particularly to the heart and lungs. Young men who have Duchenne normally live to their late 20s.

To register, form a team, join a team, make donations or for more information, visit The cost to run in the 5K is $25, while the fun run is $15 to participate.

ASC slates Halloween Party and Hay Ride

Stella McDaniel will host the Argyle Senior Center Halloween Party and Hay Ride at her home, 371 Old Justin Road, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

Those 55 years old or older, are invited to attend. Please RSVP by calling Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

Attendees are asked to wear a Halloween costume, but it is optional. Prizes will be given to the most original, the funniest and the scariest. Each person is asked to bring a small, wrapped, white elephant gift and join in the left-right game. After dark, there will be an old-fashioned hay ride.
There is no charge for the meal of hot dogs, chili, condiments, tea and coffee.


The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive, in Lantana. The chamber's office is located inside Point Bank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, visit or call 940-464-9990.

The Argyle Lions Club will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, contact Deborah Cottle at

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

Keep Argyle Beautiful meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Argyle Town Hall. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through educational and motivational programs and special events. For more information, visit or email Deborah Cottle at

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at