Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

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Col. Eric Romanucci surprises his twins, Eric and Nikki, during an assembly at Argyle's Hilltop Elementary School recently.
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Three receive surprise

Eric and Nikki Romanucci, second-grade twins at Argyle’s Hilltop Elementary School, were pleasantly surprised recently along with their U.S. Army surgeon father, Col. Eric Romanucci, who was home on leave from working at a hospital in Kuwait.

The elder Romanucci thought he was going to surprise his children with a Christmas visit, but the twins’ mother, Rebecca Romanucci, told the staff at the school about his homecoming. Counselor Michael Ball along with Principal Mandi Pels organized an assembly program to surprise all three of them.

Ball began the program with a slideshow of pictures taken at the school’s recent Veteran’s Day program and afterward he asked Eric and Nikki to come to the stage. Ball spoke about their father and told the twins how brave they were to make the sacrifices they did while their father served his country.

Then he announced that their father was there and the officer came on stage. Eric stood up screaming “Dad!” while Nikki stood up, but was too shocked to speak. The Romanucci’s two older children, Meagan and Daniel, along with their mother came on stage and the whole family stood together ready for a joyous Christmas celebration.


Girls basketball program

The Argyle school district girls basketball program donated more than 200 children’s books to the Argyle Little Free Libraries. The books are for all ages. Chapter books include such titles as I So Don’t Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy and My Sister the Vampire: Love Bites by Sienna Mercer. For the younger readers, there are Dr. Seuss books and many books in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park.

“The Argyle Little Free Libraries will be loaded with the newly donated books the weekend of 12-27,” said Patti Smith, libraries coordinator. “With the generous donation from the girls’ basketball team, we will try to maintain a 50/50 split between adult books and children’s books in all the Little Free Libraries. The Argyle community is lucky to have such a generous group of girls in our community and I want to thank them for a job well done.”


Seniors to have brunch

At 10 a.m Wednesday, Jan. 1, Argyle seniors are invited to the home of Dr. Larry and Lynn Sheffield Simmons for brunch. The main dish will be provided and those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. For more information, call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438.

The newly elected slate of officers for 2014-15 is President Stella McDaniel, Vice President Karen Kiel, Secretary Myra Gohl, Treasurer Donna Lumpkins, Publicity Chairwoman Lynn Sheffield Simmons, Hospitality Chairwoman Cleo Beddingfield and Kitchen Supervisor Stan Simmons.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She can be reached at Her website is

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