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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.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

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.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

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.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

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.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

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.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

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

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

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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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

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.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

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.

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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.

Becca Dickstein / Native Root

Spring cannot get here fast enough for me, and the sweet-smelling flowers on Carolina jessamine vines are a harbinger of spring that I am looking forward to.

Matt Gohlke: Aquatic exercise good choice for new year

As we begin this new year, we are given a fresh start and many times a fresh outlook on what we want to accomplish in the future. Oftentimes this includes looking to the past to determine if there are things that we would change if we were able to do so.

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Fleeting fall splendor

Fall foliage is at its peak in Denton County, but you’d better enjoy it while you can. The recent wet weather, cold snap and warm, sunny days have left a burst of orange, gold and red leaves throughout the Denton area, among the best displays in recent years.

Dr. Patricia Berube / Dental Health

Hello! So, the last article I wrote discussed the effects of diabetes and the effects that an unhealthy weight has on your blood sugar. (It’s interesting writing this article a day after Halloween considering that this holiday is all about candy, but I digress.) I think the key in all of these discussions is moderation.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

One area that is often overlooked by designers is backyard and pool area lighting. Backyard lighting can be beautiful, and it can be enjoyed year-round.

Matt Gohlke/Pools

What a late summer it was, with September starting out very hot and dry. But it has finally started cooling down — and we even received some rain! And although we don’t know what this winter will bring, we do know that we will soon have periods of cold weather.

Kathy Saucier

Becca Dickstein / Native Roots

Tired of planting new non-native chrysanthemums every fall only to have them die in subsequent seasons?

Matt Gohlke / Pools

This has been a relatively mild summer — especially when compared to the last few summers that we have experienced. But one concern that we have had to deal with is limited rainfall.

Matt Gohlke: Tips offered to cool pools

Although this summer appears that it will be much milder than the last two summers, it is still hot this time of year. Traditionally one of the solutions to dealing with the summer heat is the cool enjoyment that a swimming pool can provide. That is not always possible in August — as pool water tends to heat up, oftentimes past the point of being refreshing.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

The July Fourth weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your July Fourth plans are in place (or are least close to being in place) for your guests. If you are anything like me, you prefer to follow a list to be sure that everything gets done. Following is a checklist to assure that your July Fourth pool party will be one to be remembered.

Becca Dickstein: Shrub’s colors brighten gardens

Pavonia (Pavonia lasiopetala) is an excellent choice for North Texas landscaping as it survives our summer heat. Its many brilliant pink-rose flowers add color to dry summer gardens and it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Matt Gohlke: Maintenance key to pools

School is out for the summer. That means kids get to enjoy the breathtaking feeling of freedom unlike any other. There is nothing in adulthood that can compare with the feeling of freedom that kids have when walking (or running) out of school on the last day.

Matt Gohlke / Pools: Tips offered to help improve water safety

In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safe water practices, May has been designated as National Water Safety Month.

Becca Dickstein: Native sundrops brighten up yards

Berlandier’s sundrops (Calylophus berlandieri) is native to Texas and surrounding states. It is a deciduous perennial that usually grows 4 to 20 inches tall, 1 to 2 feet wide, and may develop a woody base.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

What will the weather be for the next few months? Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist at ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, showed a weather pattern map on March 28 that provides some insight on what to expect. The map indicated that the Dallas-Fort Worth area forecast for the months of April, May and June would be normal rainfall and above-average temperatures.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

Most pool builders are asked one simple question more than any other that they hear, and it is: “What is the best time of year to build a swimming pool?”

Becca Dickstein / Native Roots

Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima) is valuable in landscapes because of its airy, delicate foliage that sways gently in the breeze.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

What a year 2012 was! Between the West Nile virus, the presidential election, the fiscal cliff and other events and tragedies, many of us are just ready to escape from it all.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

Having trouble deciding on a gift for that person who is difficult to buy for? You know, the person who has everything.