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We're Denton Dammit - Aug. 17, 2017

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Lucinda Breeding

An apology is in order. Two weeks ago, we cracked wise about teenagers in an item about Immaculate Conception Catholic Church seeking adults to volunteer their time working with youth. We won't repeat our poor attempt to be tongue-in-cheek about the rambunctiousness of adolescents here, because it was just mean. Really, most teenagers are just trying to get through the nightmare that is adolescence. And over the years, we've been favorably impressed by the teens at Immaculate Conception (and the other big churches). Susan Mullins, the longtime coordinator of Immaculate Conception's youth ministry, does tons of work with few congratulations. Please accept our apology.

And here's an example of a good kid: Sinclair Schiller, an 11-year-old North Texas Fair and Rodeo princess candidate. Schiller donated $2,000 of her own money so that Denton County law enforcement officials can get a free ticket to the fair and rodeo, said Pam Mahoney, executive director of K9s4COPS.

The North Texas Fair Association said the donation purchased 176 tickets that are good for any day of the fair. The association was still working out the most efficient way to distribute the tickets on Wednesday afternoon.

"DanceMM," a three-story sculpture of two figures dancing by Sanger artist Jerry Daniel, made the pages of <i>Texas Highways </i>magazine. The sculpture is located in Hall Park's Texas Sculpture Garden.&nbsp;staff photograph
"DanceMM," a three-story sculpture of two figures dancing by Sanger artist Jerry Daniel, made the pages of Texas Highways magazine. The sculpture is located in Hall Park's Texas Sculpture Garden. 
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Sanger artist Jerry Daniel earned a mention in the most recent edition of Texas Highways. The September issue wasn't online on Wednesday, but in the print edition, a story about the Lone Star state's most noteworthy public art deemed Daniel's "Dancers MM" a study in elegance. The three-story dancing duo is made of concrete over steel. The piece is part of the Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco. The garden is the private collection of sculpture owned by developer Craig Hall. Daniel is one of 40 artists with work in the four-acre park.

Curious Dog Creative, a Denton filmmaking company, landed an upcoming spot on KERA-TV (Channel 13) with a short documentary, "Story Town with Weldon's," which focuses on Weldon Burgoon, now retired after running his Western wear shop in downtown Denton.

Story Town, will air on KERA's Frame of Mind film series at 10 p.m. Oct. 5. This is its 25th anniversary season.

The documentary gives the floor to Burgoon, a rodeo calf roper, saddlemaker, charismatic small-business owner and family man. He spins stories and shares insight gleaned from more than six decades behind the counter at Weldon's.

Blue Bag Grocery owner Jacob Moses is already scoring some points with the ladies -- and maybe some men, too. Moses recently got headlines when he placed a batch of candy bars next to his stock of tampons and pads with a cheeky sign that reads: "The tampon tax sucks -- get a free candy bar with your purchase." 

Jacob Moses is the owner of Blue Bag Grocery, a new grocery store on the 500 block of South Locust Street. He's endeared himself to women by offering them a free candy bar with every purchase of tampons or pads.&nbsp;DRC
Jacob Moses is the owner of Blue Bag Grocery, a new grocery store on the 500 block of South Locust Street. He's endeared himself to women by offering them a free candy bar with every purchase of tampons or pads. 
DRC

"We're simply doing what's right," Moses told our colleagues at The Dallas Morning News. "This isn't praiseworthy or out of the ordinary, but we believe we are doing what's right and nothing more."

Now, if we could convince Moses to be a full-service type of businessman for women with PMS and add a punching bag, postcards of kittens and puppies and a free pack of tissues, we'd see about nominating him for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads really wants to succeed Mary Horn as Denton County Judge, the presiding officer of commissioner's court. He is rounding up support from all over North Texas because Horn is telling everyone she is not seeking re-election in 2018. But Horn can be mercurial and could change her mind. We will not know for sure exactly who is running for county judge until 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, the last day for candidates to formally declare their candidacies. 

Cartwright's Ranch House opened its new location on Dallas Drive on Wednesday. John Cartwright, the affable owner, greeted guests during the lunch hour and solicited feedback about the decor. Judging by the quality of the chicken-fried steak, Cartwright's cooks hit the ground running on opening day.

Who's naming the animals up for adoption at Denton's shelter? Whoever you are, we say: Well done. The list at www.dentonasf.com/adopt has more than 100 dogs and cats who need homes, including a Chihuahua named Dee Owe Gee; Bradley Pitt, a pit bull terrier and Labrador retriever mix; and a tortoiseshell named Catsy Cline. Our favorite: a bright-eyed 8- to 10-year-old Italian greyhound known as Boba Fetch

Saturday will be the first Clear the Shelter Day at Denton's Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center, which means adoption fees will be waived for one day only.

Director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer.&nbsp;AP
Director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. 
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Have you been bummed about the death of George A. Romero, the godfather of the modern American zombie movie? Arrow Video announced that it will release a limited edition six-disc box set -- on either Blu-ray or DVD -- called George Romero "Between Night and Dawn." The set includes the movies Between Night and Dawn, The Crazies and There's Always Vanilla. It'll cost you a cool $100. 

The box set of titles will be available on Oct. 24.  

Happy Birthday to Olive Stephens, former longtime mayor of Shady Shores, who will have gotten the fist slice from 101 of her own birthday cakes on Sunday. We vote for a big Texas chocolate sheet cake, as that likely could hold all those candles.

Olive Stephens.DRC
Olive Stephens.
DRC

Trinity United Methodist Church has a shiny new parking lot. The local church made quick work of a resurfacing project, scraping the whole Hobson Street lot, paving it with new asphalt and re-striping it in about a week. Forrestridge Estates skateboaders will be sorely tempted to test it. 

Texas Woman's University staffers are using their social media accounts to count down to something big on Aug. 21. Although many think it is a countdown to Monday's solar eclipse, the university is trying to stir excitement for the big reveal of its new logo and first mascot. You have to wait for faculty come back to campus to find out what the new logo and mascot will be. This marks the first redesign in 15 years at TWU. The university debuted its redesigned website at www.twu.edu this week.

Parting shot

"If you're in trouble, or hurt or need -- go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help -- the only ones." -- From The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.