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Les Cockrell: Kiwanis Club members recognized for service

Several members of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club were recognized by Kiwanis International as recipients of the Legion of Honor award Wednesday, according to an announcement from the club.

The Legion of Honor award recognizes members with 25 or more years of service, not necessarily consecutive, in one or more clubs, the announcement stated. A member is again eligible to receive the Legion of Honor after 30 years of service and every five years thereafter.

This year’s recipients were: Melvin Willis, 25 years; Bettye Myers, 25 years; Gilbert Bernstein, 25 years; Chip Sargent, 30 years; Richard Hayes, 30 years; Hugh Ayer, 40 years; and Gene Gamble, 45 years.

Robin Meyer, the club’s executive secretary, was recognized by Kiwanis International as a Distinguished Member. She also received the award of Distinguished Lieutenant Governor for Division 39 at the Midwinter Conference. 

Kirby Minnick, a student at Ryan High School, was the club’s nominee for Sophomore of the Year and was selected by Division 8, for which she will receive a $250 scholarship. She went on to be one of the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis winners and will receive a scholarship of $600. 

The club also honored several of its past presidents: Bob Crouch, 1976; Bob Estes, 1982; John Lawhon, 1985; Doug Chadwick, 1989; James Wells, 1993; Bill Kamman, 1994; Dr. Bettye Meyers, 1997; Chip Sargent, 1999; Salty Rishel, 2000; Trey Martino, 2002; Ray Stephens, 2003; Roni Beasley, 2005; Nancy Millichamp, 2006; Fred Funk, 2008; Colette Yetka, 2009; Virginia Hammerle, 2010; Josh White, 2011; and Steve Mossman, 2012. All attended the meeting.

Guest speaker for Wednesday’s meeting was Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs, who presented a comprehensive update on the city.

The club meets every Wednesday at noon at First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St., west of Denton High School.


UNT program to focus on different aspects of Alzheimer’s disease

A University of North Texas professor, a UNT Health Science Center professor and a psychology doctoral candidate will be featured speakers for “UNT Speaks Out: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Presented by UNT Libraries, the program will offer information about different aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, including research, caregiving and fear of dementia, and will be offered in the forum on the first floor of UNT’s Willis Library, located at 1506 Highland St.

The program is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Meharvan Singh, professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the UNT Health Science Center, will speak on “New Frontiers in Alzheimer’s Disease Research.”

Bert Hayslip, regents professor in the UNT Department of Psychology, will speak on “Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Kyle Page, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology, will speak on “Fear of Dementia.”

Staff members from Arden Courts, a memory care community in Arlington, will offer a virtual experience that will allow participants to experience both the physical symptoms of age and the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will provide information about services available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

For more information on the event, contact Caroline Booth, director of communications and marketing for UNT Libraries, at 940-369-7573.


Library program offers information on toxins in personal care items

A free program titled “Toxins in Personal Care Items” will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sanger Public Library, according to a library press release.

Guest speaker Judy Spira, RN, CBN, Ph.D., will discuss common additives in personal care and beauty items, the problems they could cause and how to avoid them.

Spira is a biology professor at the University of North Texas and is a consultant for area police departments and companies, the press release stated.

Reservations are requested to ensure there will be enough handouts for all participants. To reserve a spot at the program, visit the library at 501 Bolivar St., call 940-458-3257 or e-mail .


Stepping Stones announces new location for Wednesday meetings

Stepping Stones, a free socialization and activities program for persons with mild to moderate dementia, will hold its Wednesday meetings from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St., beginning this week, according to a press release from Geri Sams, one of the program leaders.

Stepping Stones, now in its eighth year, is led by Diane Brown, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, and by Sams, LCSW, CMC, of Geri-Options.

This free program is associated with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas’ Caregivers Day Out and is pleased to partner with the city of Denton’s Parks and Recreation department and the recreation center, Sams said.

Family members who provide home care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia may contact Sams at 940-566-0902 for more information.


‘Stations of the Cross for the Bereaved’ offered at church

The grief support group sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church bereavement ministry invites area residents to attend “The Stations of the Cross for the Bereaved” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Deacon Barry Sweeden will lead the walk in the main sanctuary of the church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St.

There is no charge for the program, and reservations are not required. For more information, e-mail .


Prosper schedules fourth annual trout derby for Saturday

Prosper’s fourth annual trout derby is planned for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and youngsters 14 and younger are invited to compete for prizes, according to a town press release.

Sponsored by the city’s parks and recreation department, the free event will be held in Frontier Park.

Trout are supplied by the town, and additional fish including bluegill, channel catfish, hybrid crappie and largemouth bass are donated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, according to the press release. Prosper parks board chairman Chris Sanchez will serve as the derby’s master of ceremonies.

State fishing regulations concerning licenses and other rules will apply. More information about regulations can be found at .

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