Anna Love: Slow cooking good idea

When was the last time you used your slow cooker?

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Brian “The Animal Guy” Hall, who is contracted with the town of Argyle to handle animal control duties, offers suggestions on how to protect your cats and dogs from the cold weather.

Cathy Lustgarten

Becca Dickstein: Shrub’s a native sub for crape myrtle

Mexican buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) blooms in late winter to early spring. The pink-rose to mauve flowers emerge at the same time as the light bronze leaves. This native, large multi-trunk shrub should be considered as an alternative to the exotic, overused crape myrtle and red-tip photinia.

Larry Simmons

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: AISD police stay vigilant

Argyle ISD Police Chief Ralph Price patrols Hilltop Elementary School, Argyle Intermediate School, Argyle Middle School and Argyle High School inside and outside everyday — at least two to three times a day. “I have not had a lot of calls in the school district during the time I have been here,” he said.

Joanne Brown

Sharrie Ely: Be alert for rose threat

Mid-February is usually when North Texas gardeners prune roses for spring. As we handle that task this year, it is very important to inspect plants for signs of a deadly rose virus that is sweeping through North Texas.

Matt Gohlke

Matt Gohlke / Pools

With the hot real estate market that we are experiencing in the North Texas area, many of us in the swimming pool industry are being faced with this question: Is purchasing a house with an existing swimming pool a good idea? The answer really depends on several factors.

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The Argyle Town Hall Community Room will be decorated with hearts and flowers at noon Friday, Feb. 21, for the Argyle Senior Center Valentine luncheon.

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Before Paul Frederiksen became Argyle’s town manager in December, he held positions in Dallas, Shenandoah, Colleyville and Las Colinas.

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Argyle Senior Center member Jack Beddingfield observed his 90th birthday Monday with about 50 family members and friends at Select Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Now's the time to get gardens ready for spring

During the cold, gray days of January, when you are stuck inside looking out the window, your thoughts may turn to the pleasures of a springtime filled with fresh vegetables from your own garden. If this year will be your first plunge into vegetable gardening, there are some things you can do in the next few weeks to improve your chance of success.

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The Hilltop Elementary chess team played host to the University Interscholastic League Chess Puzzle Solving district meet on Dec. 5 and came away with three team championships and three individual winners.

Aaron R. Gray / 4-H

We are just in the beginning of stock show season, which means 4-H members will be traveling all over the state to compete in various contests and livestock shows.

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The Argyle Little Free Libraries recently received a generous book donation from Ruth Scogin’s estate.

Anna Love: Spin your New Year’s resolutions the right way

As you tie up the loose ends of 2014 and begin to think about what 2015 holds, you may include a long tradition of setting new year’s resolutions. If you are like most Americans, your resolutions may look...

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This year the Argyle Community Civic League Angel Tree served 106 children. The league sent out more than 850 Angel Tree tags for every child to receive two outfits, shoes and socks, pajamas and underwear, coats, hats and gloves and three Christmas wishes.

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Argyle Police Chief Tom Tackett suggests ways to help keep your home, your car, your possessions and your family safe during the holidays.

Janet Laminack / Horticulture

Every year, the Denton County Soil and Water Conservation District has a tree seedling sale. This is a great opportunity to get affordable trees for a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Cool Shade for Third Grade program in Denton County schools.

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What should you do in your garden and yard this time of year? There are several things that should be done as we go into winter and other things that can be done if you get the urge to be outside on one of our sunny, warm days.

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The Argyle Community Civic League Angel Tree program began Sunday at the Argyle United Methodist Church. Cross Timbers Community Church and Journey Church will have their Angel Trees with the angel tags available this Sunday.

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Otha Mullens was born in Powderly, and in 1926, “Moon” — as he was affectionately known, with a nickname originating from the popular 1930s and ’40s comic strip Moon Mullins — moved to Denton, where he worked as a baker at the College of Industrial Arts, now Texas Woman’s University.

Aaron R. Gray / 4-H

The Denton County 4-H will have its monthly council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, followed by a meeting of the Parent Leaders’ Association at 7 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 401 W. Hickory St., Suite 125, in Denton. The council will have its ornament exchange, while the PLA will try to finalize the budget.

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The annual Argyle Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting, benefitting the Argyle Food Bank and Toys for Tots, will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Town Hall, 308 Denton St. There is no admission charge, but attendees should bring a donation of a canned good and/or toy.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

Few people will disagree that soaking in a hot tub is just about as good as life gets. Whether you’re spending time alone enjoying the quietness at the end of a long day, enjoying some down time with your spouse, or even enjoying some family bonding time, there is little argument about the mental and physical benefits of relaxing in a hot tub.

Janet Laminack / Horticulture

The best time to plant a tree in Texas is now. Tree roots keep on growing anytime the soil temperature is above 40 degrees, which is common throughout our winter.

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Members and friends of Texas Old English Sheepdog Rescue Inc. recently assembled at the home of Stephanie Crider in Argyle for their annual picnic and fundraiser. Crider’s front lawn, surrounded by a 5-foot wrought iron fence, was filled with 60 shaggy, happy dogs romping and playing.

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The fifth annual Argyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at Argyle High School, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377. More than 50 vendors will be selling clothing, holiday items, home decor, hand-crafted items, furniture, wreaths, books, spirit wear and more — including a lot of great gift ideas.

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Before daylight recently, my two Yorkshire terriers awakened me needing to go outside. Our yard is fenced with corral boards covered with welded wire and since there isn’t any food or water to attract wandering animals, I thought it would be safe to let them out in the dark.

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The Argyle Yogurt Station will help to raise funds for Corbin Johnson, an Argyle seventh-grader who has a blood disorder, by donating all of its profits on Sunday, Oct. 26, to assist the family with medical expenses.

Aaron R. Gray: Ag researcher to speak at Aubrey cattlemen event

Food. It used to be so simple. Our grandparents and great-grandparents grew most of their own food and only needed a few rudimentary staples from the “store” to make everything they needed to feed their family.

Becca Dickstein / Native Roots

Little bluestem’s, Schizachyrium scoparium’s, late summer green foliage turns radiantly golden, then to a rosy color then to brownish mahogany red during the autumn through winter, making it strikingly attractive from late summer through winter.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

The 100-degree days appear to be over for this year. Soon it will be getting cold, and I have heard several weather forecasters call for a winter that is colder and wetter than normal. That doesn’t bode too well for pools if preparations aren’t made, especially in the Denton area.

Janet Laminack / Horticulture

Do you have a mysterious contraption in your garage that controls your irrigation system that you don’t know how to operate? Are you puzzled by how much to water your trees, lawn and flower beds?

Aaron R. Gray / 4-H

This a busy time of year for everyone, and that is a great thing. Everyone is back to school, and the football season is starting to reveal how hard work before the season starts is paying off. Our 4-H year is starting as well, and our hard work throughout the previous year is starting to show its fruits as well.

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Argyle Police Chief Tom Tackett has compiled information on the scams many Argyle residents say they have encountered.

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Argyle Intermediate School had its second annual Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) kick-off and pizza night last week.

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Books published by their authors and/or small, independent publishers are invited to enter the North Texas Book Festival’s eighth annual book awards.

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Argyle’s National Night Out, sponsored by the Argyle Police Department and the Argyle Crime Control and Prevention District, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St.

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The Argyle Senior Center will have a gathering at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the home of Dr. Larry and Lynn Sheffield Simmons. Activities will include a wiener roast, horseshoe pitching contest and other games.

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When my sons were both young, something happened that made me realize that I am a dog lover. Our yellow Labrador retriever, Ellie, died suddenly after 10 years of providing our family with constant joy and me with a running partner.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle schools begin smoothly

“The first week of school has passed without any major incidents,” said Officer Steven Wallace of the Argyle Police Department.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: UNT student group mulls plans at Argyle retreat

The University of North Texas Student Athlete Advisory Council recently went on a retreat at the Argyle home of Jerry Thomas, dean of the College of Education, and his wife, Katherine Thomas, UNT kinesiology professor.

Janet Laminack: Earth-Kind landscaping good choice for region

Trying to have an attractive landscape in North Texas can often feel like a losing battle. There are droughts, heat waves, cold snaps, insects, disease and weeds, just to name a few challenges we face.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

This has been a relatively mild summer thus far — especially compared to the last few summers we’ve experienced. But one concern we’ve had to deal with for the last few years is limited rainfall. The current drought, combined with the continued influx of new residents to North Texas

Becca Dickstein: Big red sage fragrant, pretty and hard to find

Although big red sage, Salvia pentstemonoides, was thought to be extinct in the 1950s, it was rediscovered growing in the Texas Hill Country in the 1980s and you can grow it in North Texas today.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

Independence Day weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for swimming pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your plans are in place for this weekend — the yard is mowed, the food is planned, the guests are invited and the pool is ready.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton High, Ryan High and Guyer High — are holding their graduation ceremonies today. Congratulations to all students on what I hope was a great year, but a special congratulation to this year’s graduates.

Matt Gohlke/ Pools

Even with the long, hard winter that we had in the Denton area, we knew that it was just a matter of time before it warmed up. Although summer officially begins this year on Saturday, June 21, most are already enjoying outdoor activities.

Matt Gohlke/Pools

It’s been just a few weeks since we heard the phrase “polar vortex” for the first time here, and only days since we experienced “thunder sleet,” so it seems surprising that it’s now time to talk about swimming pools.

Matt Gohlke

Matt Gohlke/Pools

After a number of years, pools can become outdated and in need of a renovation. Some pool owners desire minor changes and some desire dramatic overhauls.