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Les Cockrell: Rotary Club presents award to CAP cadet

The Denton Rotary Club recently partnered with the Civil Air Patrol to present Daniel Bishop, a CAP cadet, with the Service Above Self Award.

The award was presented to Bishop at a December awards banquet held by the Denton Nighthawk Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, according to a news release from the Rotary Club.

Bishop completed more than 72 hours of community service in 2012, and much of this time was spent at the Rocky Top Therapy Center, an equine therapy center that helps children and adults with special needs.

Bishop volunteered three to four hours each Tuesday by leading horses for the class, side-walking and working with riders directly, or doing a number of other necessary tasks such as grooming and cleaning the center’s barn and arena.

Bishop has volunteered more than 400 hours to the community in the last few years, the news release stated.

“Rotary is based on putting service to others above self, and so we were honored to be a part of recognizing this young man for his incredible service to our community,” said Karen Dickson, president of the Denton Rotary Club.

For more information about the Denton Rotary Club, visit For more information about Denton’s Civil Air Patrol squadron, visit .


Harry Potter scholar to lecture at Denton church today

Harry Potter scholar John Granger will present a lecture titled “Harry Potter, Bella Swan, Katniss Everdeen and the Life of Christ” at 11:30 a.m. today at Denton’s St. Maximus Orthodox Church, 2026 W. Oak St. The public is invited to attend.

Granger has been a featured and keynote speaker at Harry Potter conferences across the country and has written several books about the popular series. For more information about Granger, visit .


Community support helps Our Daily Bread deal

Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, located at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, recently got a helping hand from the community when it needed to replace its grease trap, said executive director Millie Bell.

The soup kitchen, which has been feeding the hungry for more than 12 years, provides 180 to 200 meals per day and plans to celebrate its 500,000th meal in March.

With the kitchen in constant use, its 250-gallon grease trap had deteriorated and the pipes began to collapse, Bell said.

“The only answer was a new 1,000-gallon grease trap to handle the increased capacity,” she said in an e-mail. “To remove the old trap and install a new one just feet away from the old one, Our Daily Bread would not be able to prepare its familiar noon meal, as the water would need to be cut off for two to three days.”

As Ed Ingram, Our Daily Bread board member and facilities chairman, began taking bids to replace the grease trap, Greg Coward of BCI Mechanical of Denton agreed to install a new trap as a donation to the agency, Bell said.

“Greg negotiated with other business leaders in Denton to get the work done. Tim Beaty Builders and Moore Supply, both of Denton, stepped up to provide equipment, labor and expertise to help the soup kitchen out of a tight spot,” she wrote.

In addition, the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Sanger provided paper plates, napkins and paper cups so Our Daily Bread could serve meals without washing dishes, and Little Caesars Pizza provided 50 pizzas each day to help feed the hungry, Bell said.

“It takes 25 volunteers per day to run the soup kitchen, prepare the necessary meals and provide special services to those in need,” Bell stated in the e-mail “Those volunteers, Chef Liz Whitaker and a caring group of community leaders came forward to help overcome what seemed like an insurmountable obstacle.”


Library group to sponsor astronomy program

The Friends of the Prosper Community Library group will sponsor an astronomy program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and stargazers of all ages are invited to look through a high-powered telescope and talk to an amateur astronomer.

The program will be held in the Prosper Library on the campus of Reynolds Middle School, 700 N. Coleman St.

Guest speaker will be Philip Jones of Frisco, who has studied astronomy as a hobby and has been host to the monthly Frisco StarFest for the past eight years.


Funds available to help utility customers

Funds are currently available to assist low-income Denton Municipal Utility customers and TXU Electric customers with their electric bills, according to an announcement from Interfaith Ministries of Denton.

All applicants will be screened for eligibility and must provide verification of household income and expenses. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Interfaith Ministries at 940-565-5479.


Lions Club presents food bank director with check

Members of the Argyle Lions Club recently presented a check for $150 to Paul Lumpkins, director of the Argyle Food Bank.

Lumpkins accepted the check after presenting a program on the food bank during a recent club meeting.

The Argyle Food Bank, located at the First Baptist Church of Argyle, was established in 2004 and is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday. Clients who meet requirements are given about 50 pounds of food a week.

Lumpkins told Lions Club members that the food bank distributed more than 21,000 pounds of food in 2012. Available items vary each week, he said, adding that one of the organization’s greatest needs is for 4-pound bags of sugar.

Lions Club members raised the $150 donation during their club Christmas party, according to a news release.

The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month at Cachette Bistro, 144 Old Town Blvd., and at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Argyle ISD Administration Building, 800 Eagle Drive.


Theatre plans auditions for production of ‘The King & I’

Auditions for Denton Community Theatre’s production of The King & I will be held Jan. 27-28 at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

Auditions for children ages 5-14 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. both days, and auditions for all adults will begin at 7 p.m. both days.

Callbacks, if needed, will be held Jan. 29 at the theater.

Resumes and headshots are appreciated but not required, and those who plan to audition are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song of their choice and bring sheet music in the correct key. Some cold readings may also be included, and those who audition should be dressed for movement.

Performance dates will be April 5-7 and 11-14. For more information, call 940-382-7014 or e-mail .

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