On Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 5500 Morriss Rd. in Flower Mound, will hold its 19th Annual Elizabeth Handley Memorial Marrow Registration and Blood Drive in honor of a young church member who lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. In 1997, Elizabeth Handley, daughter of Susan and Jamie Martin, asked her church family to hold its very first marrow drive in the hopes of finding a match for a baby named Will, whom Elizabeth befriended while in treatment at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Unfortunately, a match for baby Will was not found, however one member, Lynn Davis, who was a teacher at Marcus High School at the time, did match a Canadian woman named Helen in need of a transplant. The marrow donation was made and the transplant was a success.
Since then, hundreds of potential marrow donors have been registered through drives held at Trinity Presbyterian Church thanks to this special young lady resulting in two church staff members, Kelsi Kunz and Chris Harris, donating life-giving stem cells for cancer patients in need. Throughout the years, several members of this church have been touched by or battled blood cancers, and two members, Craig Cornish and Doug Campbell, have received stem cells to cure their cancers. Trinity PC has seen first-hand the impact one person can have on the life of another and is proud to continue this legacy begun by one of its youth members nearly two decades ago.
Anyone, ages 18 to 44 and in good health, can do a simple cheek swab to become a registered donor with Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Program. For more information on what it means to be a marrow donor, visit this website. If you cannot make this drive in person, you can also register online here.
Trinity also holds quarterly, community-wide blood drives during church services. The Carter Blood Mobile will be at Trinity on Oct. 18 as well for those interested in giving blood. One donation can save up to three lives!
“I am very supportive of holding our blood and marrow drives on Sundays because I believe giving the gift of life is a wonderful way to serve the community—what better day than Sunday! I would encourage other communities of faith to consider similar drives on days of worship.” remarks Pastor Frank Ehman, who will be retiring from the ministry on Nov. 22, 2015.
FLOWER MOUND -- In a game that had all the feel of an early-November, white-knuckle, must-win playoff clincher, Lewisville rallied for nine fourth quarter points and held on to beat Flower Mound 26-21 at Wilson Stadium.
The win puts the Farmers (3-3 overall, 2-2 in district play) in a tie with McKinney Boyd for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 6-6A. The two playoff contenders will meet on October 30 in Lewisville. If the Farmers win their final four games, they are guaranteed a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Flower Mound dropped to 1-6 on the season, and is winless (0-4) in district.
Lewisville senior LB Khristian Randle sings a victory song with his team for the fans after winning a game against Flower Mound 26-21.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
However, a playoff discussion was the farthest thing from the Farmers’ minds when they trailed Flower Mound 21-17 with 6:30 to go in the game. Quarterback Aubreion Bobb had just been sacked at the Jaguar 45-yard line, ending a 44-yard drive that had featured a 22-yard pass to Tyrell Shavers and a five-yard pass to a diving Dontae McGee to convert first downs.
But when punter Matt McDonald’s 49-yard punt was downed at the Flower Mound 1-yard line, momentum swung in the Farmers favor. On the next play, Cortez Thomas tackled Jaguar running back Connor Lee in the end zone for a safety.
Lewisville’s offense went to work at midfield after the free kick, and Bobb took over. After quarterback keepers of 16, 13 and 15 yards extended the drive, McGee capped the eight-play march with a three-yard run up the middle for the winning score with 3:33 left.
“I’ve said all year that he (Bobb) just makes good decisions,” Lewisville coach Gregg Miller said outside the raucous Farmer dressing room. “He wants to do well, he wants to perform for his team, and he does.”
Last Friday, about 30 volunteers from the Frisco office of MillerCoors partnered with Keep Lewisville Beautiful for a three-hour cleanup along the shores of Lewisville Lake at Lake Park. Not only did they donate 100 volunteer hours, but they cleaned up approximately 1,300 pounds of trash, and donated $5,000 to Keep Lewisville Beautiful to help further fund community waterway cleanups and environmental education efforts in the Lewisville Community.
Carlos Jourdan, Regional Manager for MillerCoors, the company that brews Coors and Miller beer products, said the cleanup was part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, and caring for water - the most important ingredient in their beers. Jourdan stressed the company’s commitment to the environment, noting that all of their breweries except one are currently landfill-free. The company made a similar cleanup and $5,000 donation last year.
Now in its seventh year, Great Water Month is one of several MillerCoors initiatives aimed and protecting water resources throughout the country. Nationwide, the company held 16 events like this one as part of its Great Water Month.
For more information about Keep Lewisville Beautiful and its programs, such as Adopt-a-Spot and its semi-annual citywide cleanups, visit keeplewisvillebeautiful.com.
Lewisville police will soon be sporting new bigger rides as the department transitions from a fleet of Ford Police Interceptor sedans, gradually replacing them all with Ford Interceptor Utility models. Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow demonstrated the difference between the vehicles to the Lewisville City Council Monday night.
The current sedans are based on the Ford Taurus chassis, and can be a tight fit for officers and their equipment. The driver’s seats on the sedans do not leave much extra room, considering the officer’s duty belts, on which they carry their gun, cuffs, taser, flashlight and other equipment. Officers brought out a duty belt full of equipment, and let Mayor Pro Tem Neil Ferguson try it on, sitting in both the sedan and one of the department’s existing utility vehicles, typically used by Lieutenants. Ferguson said he noticed more difficulty getting in and out of the car - particularly with getting out, than with the utility vehicle. “I could see where someone with a larger frame than I would have trouble,” he said. “Some of our officers are built like linebackers.” Ferguson said he had trouble reaching some of the equipment in the car, but that reach and visibility were both better for him in the utility vehicle.
Another issue with the vehicles is storage space. Officers had old and new vehicles at City Hall with the sedan’s trunk open, and the SUV’s rear door open to let the councilmembers see the difference in capacity. Ford lists the trunk space of their sedans at 16.6 cubic feet, while the utility vehicles have 48.1 cubic feet. Officers carry equipment in their trunks to deal with wrecks and traffic issues, first aid, and other types of emergencies. Road flares and collapsible traffic cones took up the greater portion of the sedan’s trunk Monday. The cars also carry ballistic shields, a rifle, and a shotgun. The utility vehicle demonstrated had pull-out, lockable drawers in the cargo area.
Fuel economy is a concern, but Kerbow thinks it should not differ by much. Kerbow said that the current fleet gets about 10-11 miles per gallon, which seems low until you consider that police cars spend much of their time with the engine idling to keep the equipment running. Lewisville police cars have radios, mobile computers, dash cameras, and lights that collectively draw a lot of current from the car’s battery. Texas summers also mean air conditioning is needed. Both the current sedans and the new utility vehicles use the same Ford twin-turbo 3.5 liter EcoBoost® V6 engine with 365 horsepower and 350 ft/lb of torque.