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Lewisville Western Days 2014 - Music and Much More!

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/26 7:22:58 (2691 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOld Town Lewisville will be filled with staged gunfights, stick horse rodeo riders, world champion competitive eaters, gourmet chefs, Old West art, and the best of Texas country music during the 2014 Western Days festival on Sept. 26-27.

The festival is free with a ticket. Visitors to the festival website,, can print as many tickets as they need and present those tickets at the festival gates for free admission. Those entering the festival without a ticket (in paper form or presented on the screen of a phone or other electronic device) must pay $20 at the gate. Free tickets also are available through entertainment sponsor 99.5 The Wolf, and at most Lewisville municipal facilities.

Festival schedule is 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Planned activities at the event, designed to showcase Lewisville’s rich history and tradition, include two live stages, the return of the Cattle Drive Parade through Old Town, gunfight re-enactments, Native American dancers, gourmet cooking demonstrations, car show, the 10th annual World Tamale Eating Championship presented by Market Street, children’s fishing area, a Stickhorse Rodeo for kids, and a special exhibit of rarely seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker in the art gallery at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

There also will be more than 100 festival vendors offering a variety of wares, from hand-crafted treasures to top-quality retail products, throughout the two-day event.

Complimentary shuttles will be provided by DCTA every 10-20 minutes from Old Town Station, 617 E. Main Street, from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Complimentary shuttles also will run from Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center, 2325 S. Stemmons Freeway (corner of FM 3040 and MacArthur), from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

For the first time, valet parking will be available (space-available basis) for $10 per vehicle. Valet drop-off and pick-up will be at the corner of Elm and Mill streets and will run from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday, and from 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Handicapped parking with valid permit or placard will be available at the corner of Herod and Church streets. To access handicap parking, enter from the north end of Herod Street.

Limited public parking also is available at several locations within walking distance of the festival:

Public parking lot, 127 S. Mill Street (Elm & Mill)
Public parking lot, on Kealy (behind CCA)
College Street Elementary, 360 W. College Street
Purnell Support Center, 136 W. Purnell
Central Elementary, 400 High School Drive

Texas country music will be well represented at the event, featuring headliners Robert Earl Keen, Kevin Fowler and Thompson Square.

Robert Earl Keen will be the featured act on Friday night, taking the Toyota of Lewisville Main Stage at 10 p.m. Three decades since the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse: “and the party never ends!” From his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he’s blazed a peer-, critic- and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend and pioneer status in the Americana music world.

Saturday headliners begin with Thompson Square, presented by Bud Light, at 8 p.m. Kevin Fowler, presented by Waste Management, will follow to close out the festival at 10 p.m.

Thompson Square – the husband and wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson – has released two albums, producing a combined eight chart singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, with two singles reaching number one. They won the 2013 Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Kevin Fowler has earned his reputation as one of the most amped-up concert performers to emerge from the modern-day Texas country movement. He released his seventh studio album, How Country Are Ya, in March. He has charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The festival will include a myriad of other acts, performing on the Toyota of Lewisville Main Stage and the Direct Energy Stage, including Reckless Kelly, Cory Morrow, The Wind & The Wave, Luke Wade, and The King Bucks. Performing at the MCL Grand on Friday night will be Waddie Mitchell with special guest Pipp Gillette.

Children’s Activities
Lewisville Saddle Club will host the Stick Horse Rodeo for kids ages 1 through second grade, with medals awarded to the top three contenders in each of three age divisions. The rodeos will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, with registration starting half an hour in advance.

Castle Hills Kid Korral playground will offer attractions for kids ages 3-12, including bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, mechanical bull and other mechanical rides. The Roller Roper attraction returns this year to offer children the opportunity to try their hand at roping a “steer.” Kids also will be able to ride a kid’s favorite, the Boogie Woogie Choo Choo; test their cowboy skills on a mechanical bull; or take a tamer ride on saddled ponies.

Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services will have Live Fishing Tank for kids, along with other activities.

Children's area wristbands will be available for $12, which allows unlimited trips through the Kid Korral and all the attractions inside. The wristband will be good both days of the 2014 festival.

Coming to Western Days for the fourth year, Castle Hills Culinary Corner will present a free series of four live cooking demonstrations conducted by North Texas gourmet chefs, organized by the World Master Chefs Society. Kicking off Saturday’s cooking at 11 a.m. is Chef Morris Salerno. At 1 p.m., chefs Dave Sokol and Michelle Brown will make traditional and chocolate pralines, along with Praline Ice Cream. At 3 p.m., chefs Michael Scott and Andre Bedouret will prepare Steak Diane. Closing out the day at Culinary Corner will be Chef Pete Nolasco at 5 p.m. with his Texas Chili.

Some of the top competitive eaters on the planet will compete in the 10th annual World Tamale Eating Championship presented by Market Street, starting at 1:15 p.m. on the steps of Lewisville City Hall. Registered contestants include #1 ranked and returning back-to-back champion Joey Chestnut. This 12-minute contest is a favored spectacle for Western Days attendees.

Old Town Preservation Society invites bakers to enter the OTPS Pie Baking Contest to compete for prizes and bragging rights (an Old West tradition). Entries should be dropped off at the City Hall steps prior to 10:30 a.m., when a panel of judges will sample the entries and declare the winners. Fruit and vegetable pies only; no milk- or cream-based recipes.

Lovers of suds and brew should plan some time at the Craft Beer Pavilion on the stage of Old Town Park Plaza. With a wide selection of local and regional Texas beers, there is sure to be something new on tap.

No Western festival would be complete without cowboys and gunfights, and Western Days 2014 has plenty of both. Gunfighter Showdowns will be held in Western Village at 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Cowboys will be strolling the festival grounds both days.

Western Days will feature a Native American exhibition of song, dance and customs from Ghost Horse Singers and Dancers. Performances will be at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 1:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The audience will witness first-hand the rich Native American culture prior to European contact. The audience will get an opportunity to ask one-on-one questions to further their knowledge of the culture of this country’s first inhabitants.

Lewisville Morning Rotary Club and Memory Lane will present the Western Days Car Show on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., on Mill Street and Main Street. Dozens of vehicles, from classics to hot rods, will be on display competing for prizes from judges and admiration from spectators.

The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit, “A Woman OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds,” will be featured at the MCL Grand Art Gallery. The free exhibit opens Sept. 26 and will run through Nov. 8. The traveling exhibit of rarely seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker, two important figures in U.S. frontier history, is arranged through The Texas Lakes Trail Region. The exhibit will feature additional items provided by noted collector and archivist Doug Harman.

Also opening during Western Days will be “The Western Way,” an exhibit of Western-themed art by members of Visual Art League of Lewisville. The exhibit will be on display in the North Wing Gallery of the MCL Grand from Sept. 26 through Nov. 8.

Lewisville’s Poet Laureate, J. Paul Holcomb, will be joined by former Texas Poets Laureate Alan Birkelbach (2005) and Karla K. Morton (2010), for live readings of their original works in the air-conditioned comfort of the MCL Grand.

A film festival, Old West on the Big Screen, will be held in the MCL Grand Black Box in conjunction with the Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker Exhibit and will give audiences a feel for how Native Americans have been portrayed in popular cinema. Scheduled screenings include the John Wayne classic "The Searchers" at 8:10 p.m. Friday and 1:17 p.m. and 6:17 p.m. Saturday; and Dustin Hoffman's "Little Big Man" at 11:10 a.m., 4:10 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsors for Western Days 2014 include Waste Management, Toyota of Lewisville, 99.5 The Wolf, JPMorgan Chase, Resource One Credit Union, Ben E. Keith/Bud Light, Orthofix, Southern Comfort Mechanical Heating and Air, Direct Energy, Market Street, Vinson Process Controls, Apparel Group, Blue Lynx Media, Prime Controls, Castle Hills, IPeople, Hampton Inn and Suites, Cobra Brewing, Southwest Display, Gilley's Dallas, Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center, DCTA, Witherspoon Distillery and Star Local Media.

For the latest information on Western Days 2013, visit or call 972.219.3401.

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Symphony Opens Season with Russian Pianist

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/12 7:40:44 (2448 reads)

Open in new windowAward-Winning Russian Pianist Opens Lewisville Lake Symphony’s 31st Season

Anna Nizhegorodtseva, winner of the 2014 Lewisville Lake Symphony International Piano Competition, will open the Symphony’s concert season September 19th, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Anna, who is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, has won prizes in such prestigious competitions as the International Piano Competition of Kiev, Ukraine (2005), the Moscow Chamber Music Competition (2009), and the Los Angeles International Bicentennial Liszt Piano Competition (2010).

The Symphony will also perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, incidental music that Beethoven composed to accompany Goethe’s play about a Flemish count who led resistance to the Spanish Inquisition and persecution of Protestants in the 16th century. For his troubles, the count was arrested and executed. The story of Egmont is not just about freedom and national liberation, but it is also about a hero who dies for his cause, a theme that prompted Beethoven to write some of his most powerful music throughout his career.

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Flower Mound Presbyterian Church Celebrates 160 Years with Homecoming

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/16 22:37:04 (784 reads)

Open in new windowCelebrate Homecoming at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church

On August 24, historic Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, Denton County’s oldest Presbyterian Church, is celebrating 160 years along with the 100th birthday of our oldest member, Miss Oleta Simmons Greer. Ms. Greer’s family were some of the earliest residents of Flower Mound. Simmons Road is named for her family. A special Homecoming Worship Service begins at 10:30 AM, that will include a “Blessing of the Backpacks” for all school children. This will be followed by a potluck at 11:30. The entree will be provided and all are welcome!

Homecoming celebrates the history of the church and Flower Mound and recognizes those who attended the original Donald School. The church was founded in 1854 by Reverend Matthew B. Donald. The school was founded in 1877 and named for the Donald family who were among the first families to settle in the Flower Mound area and helped to develop the community. The church is located at 1501 Flower Mound Road in Flower Mound, TX. Sunday School starts at 9:30, followed by Worship Service at 10:30. Church members and former attendees of the Donald School are invited to share their memories and stories during the service. All children are invited to participate in the blessing to start their school year off on a good note. See or call 972-539-7184 for more information.

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Saturday, August 9th: Lewisville Police Day - PD Hosts Anniversary Celebration and Open House

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/5 22:25:46 (659 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe Lewisville Police Department is celebrating 75 years of dedicated service to the community. At Monday night's Lewisville City Council meeting, Mayor Dean Ueckert recognized the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Lewisville Police Department on August 9th, 1939, proclaiming August 9th, 2014 as "Lewisville Police Day".

LPD invites residents to join them for an Open House this Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lewisville Police Department. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. In addition to building tours, there will be a variety of displays in the south Police Department parking lot off of Main Street.

Lewisville Police Department is located at 1187 W. Main St. The best parking for the event would be behind the Library, accessible from Civic Circle.

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Combating Post-Traumatic Stress Event in Denton Saturday

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/7/19 7:35:38 (573 reads)


DENTON, TX – On Saturday, July 19th, Denton County Veteran Peer Specialists will be joining with leaders from the Ft. Worth Vet Center, the Dallas Center for Brain Health and other local veteran and mental health organizations to raise awareness about the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress on Veterans in America.

The program on Saturday includes a free screening of the documentary “Halfway Home”, as well as a panel discussion with combat veterans and experts in the field of veterans’ mental health issues. Participants will include:

US Army Veteran Lee O’Brien, who served in Afghanistan and will share a personal story about how his life has been touched by combat trauma.

Panel leaders Dr. Warren Ponder, PhD, LCSW from the Ft. Worth Vet Center and clinical psychologist Dr. Linda Ladd, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Marine Corps veteran Cedric Jones, B.A., of the Center for Brain Health, who will share his personal and professional insights.

Please join us as we let fellow veterans and the public know that we care about our veterans, and that it’s ok to get help.

When: Saturday, July 19th at 2:45 PM
Where: University of North Texas Gateway Center
801 N Texas Blvd, Denton, TX 76201

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Area Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/7/3 11:00:00 (1241 reads)

Open in new windowHere is a listing of the various local fireworks displays around Lewisville for the July 4th Independence Day celebrations:

City of Lewisville: The annual "Red White & Lewisville" 9:30 p.m. just South of Vista Ridge Mall. Best viewing location: Mall parking lot, Convergence office park lot

Town of Flower Mound: Flower Mound hosts its annual "Independence Fest" at Bakersfield Park (Duncan Lane, South of FM 3040) with free admission to the public beginning at 5 p.m. The festival has numerous attractions including a children's parade, car show, free Kid's Zone, and concerts by Back in Black and KANSAS (Yes, that KANSAS). Fireworks begin right after the concert at about 9:45 p.m. Best viewing location: Lewisville High School Ben Harmon Campus parking lot on F.M. 3040, or on the festival grounds itself.

Grapevine: This 25 minute show begins at 9:30 p.m. and is syncronized to an MP3 music file that you can download. The show can be viewed from the rooftop of the parking garage at the Gaylord, but can also be viewed from various parks around town. There are $5-$10 charges for parking.

The Colony: Liberty by The Lake festival lasts all day, but fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are choreographed to music on 99.9 FM. Best viewing location is Stewart Creek Park.

Lake Cities: The Lake Cities 4th of July Celebration, put on by Corinth, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores. The free event at Lake Dallas' City Park will include a concert by Eleven Hundred Springs at 7 p.m. to be followed by fireworks afterward at about 9:15 p.m.

Coppell: The City of Coppell holds its fireworks show on THURSDAY, July 3rd, starting at about 9:40 p.m.. The 27 minute show is best viewed from Andy Brown Park East, but can also be seen well from Southern Lewisville and other locations in Coppell.

Farmers Branch: Independence Day festivities in Farmers Branch are held THURSDAY, July 3rd at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Admission is free, and gates open at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks begin approximately 9:30 p.m., right after the concert by Groove Knight. Lewisville residents can take the A-Train to DART's Trinity Mills station, then ride to the park on DART light rail.

Carrollton: The City of Carrollton is hosting a 15 minute community fireworks display over Josey Ranch Lake at 1700 Keller Springs Road, at approximately 9:30 p.m.

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Residents of all North Texas cities are reminded that personal fireworks are illegal in town, and can result in steep fines as well as accidental fires. Pet owners are reminded to ensure that pets are wearing their collars and tags, and are kept indoors after dark, since fireworks are a leading cause of runaway pets on July 4th and New Years.

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Brave Combo Plays Free Concert Tuesday Night for Sounds of Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/6/9 19:20:00 (655 reads)

Open in new windowBrave Combo will perform June 10 as the second act of the free “Sounds of Lewisville” outdoor concert series in historic Old Town Lewisville.

The series is held in the courtyard at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, where the concerts have been held since 2011. When construction is completed on Old Town Park Plaza across the street from the art center, the concerts will move to the permanent stage and grass lawn in the new park.

A family favorite since 1991, the concerts start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Attendees can bring their own food and beverage, or purchase refreshments on site, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Concerts are presented by Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau with assistance from Parks and Leisure Services and the MCL Grand.

For the past three decades the Denton-based quintet Brave Combo has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more.

Brave Combo’s catalog of recordings range from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes, to the orchestral classics to rock and roll at its finest. The band has recorded with the late Tiny Tim, and were the band Talking Head’s David Byrne chose for his wedding reception. The band has won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for its work seven times.

Intermission entertainment will feature The Alpine Dancers, showcasing dances and traditions of the alpine regions of Europe.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.

For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit or call 972.219.8446.

From a submitted report

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LLELA Nature Preserve offers June activities

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/31 10:30:58 (584 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Nature Preserve (entrance at the corner of Kealy and Jones Streets, just South of the dam) is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a nature preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD and Texas A&M Extension. LLELA is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking/canoeing, picnicking and other outdoor activities. Learn more at or by calling 972.219.3930.

Spend the morning with the birds: June 14, 7:30 a.m. Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join Keith Lockhart at 7:30 a.m. as he guides visitors to prime birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. For ages 10 and up, cost is $7/person.

Nature Walk: June 14, 10 a.m. Join LLELA for the monthly naturalist-led nature walk. The hike will last about two hours. There is no additional fee for this activity beyond regular admission to LLELA ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

Take a night hike: June 13, 8:30-10:30 p.m. LLELA trail guides lead a twilight/moonlight stroll down the Redbud Trail. Howling coyotes, hooting owls and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary. Cost is $10/person, for ages 5 and up. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or

Open House at the Minor-Porter Log House: June 21, Noon to 3 p.m. Completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of everyday frontier life, the log house gives visitors to LLELA a window on life in Denton County in 1869. Interested visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Knowledgeable volunteers will guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Cost: regular admission ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

Stars on the Prairie: June 20, 8-10 p.m. Join LLELA for a fascinating evening in exploring the wonders of the night sky with Clyde Camp, Master Naturalist and amateur astronomer (over 30 years of experience). For ages 5 and up, cost is $10/person. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or

From a submitted report

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Keeping Tradition Alive Pipe and Drums Jam Friday Night

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/9 7:40:00 (734 reads)

Open in new windowMore than 300 firefighter bagpipers, drummers and honor guard members from across the country are expected to participate in the annual KTA Jam Session scheduled for Friday, May 9, on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street.

The event, which has become a free community favorite drawing more than 1,000 spectators, will include a series of performances and presentations by participants and instructors at the Keeping Tradition Alive symposium being held that week at the Lewisville Convention Center.

Also performing that evening will be The Killdares, a Celtic-themed rock band that has quickly become a Lewisville favorite at the KTA Jam Session and the free Sounds of Lewisville summer concert series.

Keeping Tradition Alive is one of the premier training events for firefighter bagpipe and drum corps members across the country, and also includes classes for public safety honor guards conducted by the National Honor Academy. It was started by Lewisville Fire Department in 2008 and is held each May at the Lewisville Convention Center. The public Jam Session held in conjunction with the symposium has become a popular regional activity for participants and spectators.

Friday’s event in historic Old Town Lewisville will start at 6 p.m., with performances starting at 7 p.m.

The Killdares will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Sponsors are Miller of Denton, Sonny Bryan’s and Pierce Fire Trucks.

For information, please visit or

Update via Lewisville Staff:
"The parking situation will be very tight this year. Because of plaza construction, some event elements had to move into the City Hall parking lots, so about 200 cars that parked in those lots last year have to find another place to park. Plan ahead and be ready to possibly walk a couple blocks from the Elm/Mill public parking lot. If you do park on a residential street, please be respectful of those people and do not block driveways."

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/29 19:00:00 (7679 reads)

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