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Les Cockrell: Town set to dedicate memorial to veterans

Hickory Creek officials will formally dedicate the town's Veterans Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The memorial is located at 1075 Ronald Reagan Ave., and it honors all those who have served and are serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Representatives from each branch of the military are scheduled to be at the dedication ceremony to raise their flags over the memorial. Armed forces members listed as missing in action as well as prisoners of war will be honored by local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts.

A memorial featuring flags and bronze seals from all branches of the armed services with a plaza of pavestones honoring individuals who have served during war and times of peace has long been a goal of Town Council members, according to a press release. Architect Timothy May, a longtime Hickory Creek resident, donated his time and expertise to design the new memorial.

The Flight of the Phoenix Escadrille will fly over the dedication in a salute to veterans.

The Escadrille is a four-man flight team in T-6 "Texan" aircraft based in Gilmer. The Escadrille honors World War II's 47th Pursuit Squadron, which was deployed to Haleiwa Field, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the press release stated.

Vocal Magic, an area a cappella chorus, will perform patriotic songs for the event. Don Shannon, pipe major for the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums, is scheduled to play the bagpipes.

Personalized memorial bricks honoring past and present members of the armed forces may be purchased at the dedication ceremony. Thebricks also can be purchased by contacting the town of Hickory Creek at 940-497-2528 or by visiting .



Riding Unlimited planssummer garage/barn sale

Riding Unlimited in Ponder will have a "sizzling" summer garage/barn sale on Saturday to help support its programs.

Hours for the sale will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riding Unlimited, 9168 T.N. Skiles Road.

The organization provides therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs for children and adults with disabilities. For more information, call 940-479-2016 or visit .



Boats needed for Take a Soldier Fishing event

Organizers of the upcoming Take a Soldier Fishing weekend at Ray Roberts Lake need boat owners to help out.

"We need all kinds of boats - bass, crappie, sand bass and catfish," organizer Lyndee Prieskop stated in a press release. "We also need pontoon boats.

"None of our soldiers signed up so far need any special assistance. Boaters just need to provide gear and safety equipment."

Take a Soldier Fishing is planned for the weekend of July 16 at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The family gathering is open to all veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has donated campsites and park passes for the event, Prieskop said.

The fishing boats are needed for Saturday, July 16, with the first trip out planned around 7 a.m.

The event will be held at Pavilion No. 1 between the boat ramp and the beach.

Participants will include approximately 34 veterans who are scheduled to arrive by bus from Bonham that morning.

"We already have six times more signed up than we had in 2010," Prieskop said. "So we need help, please. We still have a few spots open for soldiers and their families, as well, because of a cancellation."

Fishing will continue until 11 a.m., when boat owners will trailer their boats for a small parade featuring the event's special guests.

"All boaters are invited to join us for breakfast and lunch," she said.

A motorcycle ceremony to honor the veterans and military personnel is also planned, and all riders are invited.

"I just want the soldiers and veterans to have a great time," Prieskop said.

Anyone interested bringing a boat to take a soldier fishing can sign up at  or contact Prieskop at or 940-458-0233.



Church offers evening Bible school classes

First United Methodist Church of Denton will launch its vacation Bible school on Sunday, and sessions will be offered from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. daily through Thursday, July 14.

This year's theme is "Shake It Up Cafe," and activities will include live music, crafts, storytelling, recreation, snacks and a mascot named Scraps. The Bible school is free and open to youngsters age 3 through fifth grade.

Those interested in enrolling may do so by going to the church's website,, or by calling 940-382-5478 and asking for Deana Ferguson.

Vacation Bible school attendees will have a penny war between the boys and the girls to see who can raise the most money to benefit Our Daily Bread, this year's mission.

The church is at 201 S. Locust St.



Counselor to speak at hospice family luncheon

Professional counselor Larry Barber will be the featured speaker for the Tuesday hospice family luncheon hosted by Ann's Haven VNA.

Barber, director of CounselingWorks, GriefWorks and KidWorks, will speak on "The Stressors of Grief."

The luncheon is planned for noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling 940-349-5900.

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