The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 3, 2007 Page: 2 of 23
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■Mental lOnea alliance meeting monthly
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collin County holds month-
ly meetings at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Custer
Road United Methodist Church, £601 Custer Rd. in Piano.
The meetings are open to all interested parties.
For more information visit the Web site www.namicco.org or call 972-
■Stonewall Democrats to hear from gender advocate
The next general meeting of Stonewall Democrats of Collin County
will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at il Grano Bakery & Cafdm 5960
W. Parker Rd. in Piano. Guest speaker will be Maria Parker, co-founder
of the Gender Education Advocacy and Resources program for The
Resource Center of Dallas.
Those attending are asked to bring a can of tuna for Frisco Family
Services food pantry.
For more information on Stonewall Democrats visit the Web site
■Farmers & Fleas to feature garden club sale
The Farmers & Fleas Market will be held in downtown Farmersville at
the historic Onion Shed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
The monthly market features produce, plants, crafts, food and garage sale
This month features the annual Farmersville Garden Club sale.
For more information, contact Farmersville Main Street Program at 972-
■Firewheel jewelers sponsoring coloring contest
Sam's Fine Jewelry is having a Mother's Day Coloring Contest.
Entries are available at the Firewheel location, 170 Cedar Sage Dr. in
Garland, and must be returned by May 10.
The drawing, for a $500 gift certificate, will be held May 12.
For more information call 972-495-2521.
■Women invited to Saturday 'Joy Rally'
The Women of the ELCA invite all women to the Joy Rally from 9:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1333 Beltline Rd,
The event will include a continental breakfast and luncheon for $5.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
For more information, contact Pat Borsics at 972-686-5836.
■Wild Ride! will benefit Armstrong cancer center
The fourth annual Wild Ride! bike rally will be held May 19. Cyclists
may register to ride 16, 40 or 64 miles on routes starting in Richardson
and passing through Piano, Murphy, Wylie, Garland, Lavon, Nevada and
Registration is $25 before May 1 and $35 after May 1. The first 1,500
registrants get a free T-shirt. Participants may register online at
The ride benefits the Lance Armstrong Shaped Beam Surgery""" pro-
gram and Richardson Regional Cancer Center.
For more information, call 972-498-7678 or visit the Web site
Wild Ride! will be held in conjunction with the 15th annual Richardson
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Galatyn Park.
■Free health fair set for Saturday at Davis
Wylie ISD will host a health fair from 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at Davis
Intermediate School, 950 Park Blvd. Admission is free.
The event will include more than 40 vendors, the Wylie Fireand Police
Departments, free immunizations and free children's activities.
Vision and health screenings will also be available.
■St Anthony 'Living Rosary' includes prayer, devotion
St. Anthony Catholic Church will present "The Living Rosary" at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, at the church, 404 N. Ballard Ave.
The program is sponsored by Catholic Daughters of America #2486 and
Knights of Columbus #12300.
"The Living Rosary" program will be "a night of prayer and devotion,"
For more information,contact the church at 972-442-2765.
■Finance seminar offers 'Hope & Help' at New Hope
New Hope Church is hosting a "Hope & Help" finance seminal- from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Some of the topics to be addressed include
understanding credit cards, getting out of debt and budgeting.
Speakers include Keith Spurgin, Lee Goff and Wendie Beddinglield. There
will be live music, snacks and childcare for those that make reservations.
The program is geared toward adults and high school and college students,
The event is free. Registration costs have been paid by corporate sponsor-
ship and New Hope Church.
For more information and registration visit the Web site www.newhopeev-
ents.com or call 972-429-0868.
New Hope is located at 1100 W. Brown St.
News file photo
Dodd Elementary students pose for an old-timey photo at last
year's Pioneer Days.
Wylie Pioneer Days puts
pedals on the street
By Donnita Nesbit Fisher
While virtual visits and Internet
viewing are a staple of our modern
society, Wylie High School con-
struction careers teacher Allen
Morris said he thinks the best way to
learn is still hands on. That's why he
organized Pioneer Days last year for
Wylie elementary students and why
he's doing it again this year.
"If you can give kids something to
touch, do, lake apart, they're going
to have a belter learning experience,"
Morris said. "That's what Pioneer
Days does. It's hands-on history."
This week Wylie elementary stu-
dents have been traipsing around the
Birmingham House seeing what life
was like, well, in pioneer days.
The event culminates in Pioneer
Days Saturday, May 5, with tours of
the Birmingham House from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. and antique machinery dis-^
plays and old-timey games in BP
Birmingham House yard from 9 a.il
to 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, the Wylie
Downtown Merchants Association
will host their annual pedal car races
from 2 to 4 p.m. and classic car show
from 3 to 6 p.m.
Most Saturday activities are free
with a few items for sale. Sunday's
pedal car race - for kids ages 2 to 5
- has a $10 entry fee. The entry
includes a free T-shirt, and winners
will receive trophies.
The car show, hosted by Dallas
Mopar Club, has a $20 registration
fee but also includes a free T-shirt
and goody bag.
For information on the pedal car
races, call 972-429-8567.
For car show informtion, call 214-
Outdoor space for wheels designated at Wylie's Joel Scott Park
By Judy TYuesdell Mecca
Wylie will soon begin construction
on an outdoor skate park on the west
side of Westgate Way at Joel Scott
Park. It will feature ramps to be used
for skateboarding and in-line skating.
Joe! Scott Park is "adjacent to
Birmingham Elementary School.
Michael Sferra, public services
director, spoke to members of city
council at their meeting on April 24.
He said the park and recreation board
had received many requests from
Wylie citizens for recreational ameni-
ties for adolescents, saying there is a
"gap in services" for area teenagers.
He said the board developed the skate
park idea to answer this need."
Most members of council said they
agreed this would be of benefit to the
community. Councilman Carter
Porter said he would like to provide
skaters and skateboarders an alterna-
tive to Ballard Avenue, saying that
young people skate both downtown
and in the Christian Care Center park-
ing lot. Councilman Earl Newsom
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said he had spoken with people who
live near the proposed site and they
were in favor of the project.
Park and Recreation Board
Member Donna Larson said the skate
park has been a "mission" of hers for
some time. She said she was in favor
of bringing it before the council for
mid-year budget consideration so
construction could begin soon and
students might actually be able to use
it this summer.
Larson said the park would benefit
teenagers not involved in other activ-
ities such as team sports and that she
liked the idea of providing young
people a place where they can gather
and not be in violation of no-skate-
boarding laws in areas such as down-
Sferra there is currently $90,000
that has been earmarked for park and
recreation improvements, with
another $20,000 anticipated within
the next six-10 months; according to
bid materials presented to council,
this is plenty of money to build the
Other materials listed several
advantages to the Westgate Way loca-
tion: the area is readily visible from
the street, the park site is newly
developed and is not a park site that
already has a user group of "dynam-
ic" of its own (installation of the
skate park would, therefore, not upset
current users) and the location is not
near any "already-developed" resi-
Larson said she was in favor of
Saturday May 5th 9-3 p.m.
skaters gathering in an area so their
safety could be monitored somewhat
(rather than skating at different points
throughout the city).
The skate park will include a 4,800
square foot post-tensioned concrete
slab and skating banks, grinding
rails, pipes and Hat bar's. The skating
area will be surrounded by an acces-
sible concrete hike/bike trail.
Wylie's Fire Rescue Department
received the go-ahead for the estab-
lishment of a lire development fee
ordinance; according to Mark Witter,
public information officer, no other
city is known to have such a program.
Property owners making applica-
tion for new building permits will be
assessed a fire development fee. This
fee, payable in full prior to the
issuance of a building permit, will be
$626 for a residence and $.30 per
square foot for non-residential con-
According to Wylie Fire Marshal
Steve Seddig, funds generated by this
fee will enable the city to provide lire
protection with minimal tax increases
for existing taxpayers; new develop-
ment coming into the area, which is
"negatively affecting" the lire depart-
ment's ability to provide service to all
citizens, will supplement existing
revenue. At present, funds from new
development aren't collected by the
city until the first time property tax is
paid; services are provided by Wylie
Fire Rescue, however, from the
beginning of construction.
"This covers the gap between the
time of the ad valorem taxes and the
time when we begin to provide serv-
ice," Seddig said.
According to materials Seddig
provided, these funds will be separate
from the city's general funds, and
will be used to purchase new lire-
lighting equipment and to construct
or expand fire stations and fire train-
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Fisher, Donnita Nesbit. The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 3, 2007, newspaper, May 3, 2007; Wylie, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth353524/m1/2/: accessed January 18, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Smith Public Library.