The Colony Courier (The Colony, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 8, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 30, 1998 Page: 4 of 10
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The Colony Courier
Wednesday, December 30,1998
1998 to 1999: Goodbye and Hello
"High aims and lofty purposes
are the wings of the soul aiding it to
mount to heaven."
- S. Spring
The timing is particularly appro-
priate. With the events and activities
of this year coming to a close and the
excitement and anticipation of a new
year a matter of a couple of hours
away, this is the final installment of
this column. At least, in this format
and frequency of appearance.
It was 58 columns ago that I be-
gan the challenge to write about the
ideas, opinions and concepts that are
an integral part of The Colony, Texas.
Our community. And my chosen
home. My first column was about the
"Rules of the Game" under which I
would operate as a columnist. In that
column, I promised not to talk down
or up to you, Dear Readers. I would
deal with you in the same way that
good neighbors often do, telling you
about things of interest to me, chat-
ting over the backyard fence. For the
most part, I feel comfortable in stat-
ing that I met my objectives.
During the span of those 58 col-
umns, we have witnessed history in
the making. Some good. Some bad.
Some ugly. But, alas, that is the na-
ture of history. We are a much differ-
ent community today than even one
year ago. We have a great deal of
which to be proud and several inter-
esting challenges with which to deal
in the upcoming year.
But the one thing about which I
feel particularly more confident to-
day than in the past is that the diver-
sity of the residents of this commu-
nity is the number one natural re-
source that can lead us to the present
and future we all desire. The solutions
to problems we face as a community
will happen only if we include every-
one who wants to participate.
I have enjoyed authoring this col-
umn more than most of you will ever
realize. It is a mental exercise that has
allowed me many opportunities to get
to know and respect lots of really fine
folks who choose to call The Colony
their home. To develop close friend-
ships with people I would have oth-
erwise not met. To share some really
intense conversations amongst
friends and neighbors.
And to those of you who have
taken the time and effort to let me
know what's on your mind - and have
the audacity to admit publicly that
you read this column - let me assure
you that this is indeed a sign of your
superior intelligence. Your dazzling
good looks. And your very well de-
veloped sense of humor.
But now it's time to move forward
and face the challenges for the up-
coming year. As many of you are
aware, I will officially take over as
president of the chamber of com-
merce on January 1, 1999. It is a po-
sition I take very seriously. And al-
though it is not a conflict of interest
in my mind to continue to write
this column and lead the chamber, I feel
it is only appropriate to concentrate all
my energy in assisting the small busi-
nesses that are so critically important
to our future in having a voice and an
active role in our community.
Small, dynamic and growing busi-
nesses in our community is what will
remove the onerous tax burden from
the shoulders of all citizens in our
community. For example, did you
know that for every dollar you spend
with a local business here in The
Colony, that dollar yields 7 dollars of
economic benefit? And that 7 dollars
of economic benefit stays right here
in The Colony ? Small businesses hire
more employees and provide more
direct economic benefits than much
And all of this causes larger busi-
nesses to take a long, hard look at
relocation and/or expansion within
our community. Which results in even
more of the tax burden being lifted
from the shoulders of our residents.
In the final analysis, it's all about jobs
for our youth, and for you and me.
And that is the high aim and lofty
purpose that directs my thinking.
Of course, that doesn't mean I am
going away and you'll never hear
from me or see me again. That is sim-
ply not in my makeup as a human
being. As president of the chamber,
I will be an active spokesman for the
business community. Which means
from time to time, you'll see me at
city council meetings as I represent
the wants, wishes and desires of the
chamber and its member organiza-
tions. Along those lines, I will prob-
ably write a column every now and
then about the chamber and the busi-
ness community. Not every week.
Maybe once a month or so. If this
newspaper finds that acceptable.
If you are interested in the local
business community, even if you
don't have a business, you can join
the chamber as a "friend" for $25.
And you can come to our monthly
mixers, grab a bite to eat, listen to
the guest speakers and meet the fine
folks who run businesses here. You
can also participate in the after-hours
functions, which tend to be a lot of
fun. Come and join with us as we
move our community onward and
upward. You'd be welcomed!
Finally, I would like to express my
sincere appreciation to you, Dear
Readers, for your continuing support,
words of encouragement, tips, com-
ments and friendship during my ten-
ure as Senior Columnist in this news-
paper. I have a lifetime of fond memo-
ries because of you. And in spite of
what anybody else thinks, feels or be-
lieves, at least you and I know it is the
citizens of The Colony who really
make our city a community. We're all
in this together. And although this col-
umn will cease, I am not through.
After all, we've got work to do.
Our success in the future starts NOW!
Stay active! And stay in touch!
Mike Catt is a resident of The
Colony, president of The Colony
Digital Magic Factory, and director
of economic development/president
elect for The Colony Chamber of
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Is Patriotism A Sin?
We have a banner, Red, White,
and Blue. Some people call it "Old
Glory" while some call it "Star
Spangled Banner." This banner is still
our flag. It is the flag of the United
States of America.
Not too long ago, when people
lined the streets to watch a parade,
everyone stood. Men removed their
hats, placedit against their left shoul-
der, thus their hand was placed di-
rectly over their heart. All stood at
attention, facing the flag, to show re-
spect to our flag.
What has happened? We still have
the same flag that a lot of blood has
been shed to protect since the parades
of long ago.
Sunday as the flag marched at the
head of the Christmas parade, most
people remained seated in their
lawnchairs and the children kept do-
ing what children do, and not aware
that this was the flag of the United
States of America passing by. One
man did remove his cap, but after
glancing around and noticing no one
else had, he quickly put it back on.
Is it a sin to be patriotic? Have
the people forgotten what the flag
stands for or where it has been?
Places like Korea, Vietnam, Grenada,
Panama, and Desert Storm. Take a
look at the Memorial Honor Rolls
sometime. These are the names of
those who gave their lives to protect
and keep this Republic free...one
Nation under God. When you salute
the flag, you are saluting and thank-
ing those who gave their lives.
I presume the next parade will be
to celebrate July Fourth. When you
see the flag, stand straight; place your
right hand over your heart. The flag
will return your salute by waving
back. It's not a sin to be patriotic.
Patriotism means different things to
different people. Mainly it is loving
one's country, respecting its' tradi-
tions and honoring its people,
whether high or low, rich or poor. Be
thankful for the peace and well being
we enjoy within the United States of
America and grateful for those who
have sacrificed to keep it that way.
Let us respect our flag and teach our
children to do likewise.
The Colony, TX
On behalf of all the committee
persons for Club Scout Pack 226, and
the boys involved, we would like to
thank Wal-Mart for allowing us to
hold our recent fund-raiser on their
For all the people who took a few
moments out of their busy Saturday,
we would like to extend our appre-
ciation. The boys had a good time and
our goals were met, thanks to your
Darrel Herzig (committee member)
On 10-12-98 my big screen tele-
vision set lost the picture. I had no
warning that something was wrong
with the set.
We are new to The Colony, and I
wanted to do business with someone
local. I contacted Videotronic and
told them about my problem with my
TV set. They came out the next day
to check out the set and had to take it
into the shop for repairs. They did the
repairs and upon delivery they told
me that they warranty all their repairs.
About two weeks later my set de-
veloped another problem. I called
Videotronic about the problem. They
came back out, took the set back to
the shop and did the necessary re-
pairs. Upon delivery of the set, they
informed me that the second problem
was not related to the original prob-
lem that they had repaired, but be-
cause they guarantee their work, they
repaired our set at no additional cost
It is rare to find a business that
exercises such good service and
backs up their word by performance.
We can be proud to have this type of
business in The Colony area!
YEE HAW, what a year 1999 will be
Well, shucks, folks, another year
older and deeper in debt.
1999-doesn't that sound funny in
the mind. Checks will be 1998 until
mid-June sometime. Years become
ingrained habits in the ole psyche and
Hope garbage collection remains
the same on Friday next year or I'd
be in big, BIG trouble. With the rain
the last few weeks, my recycle is tak-
ing over the garage. Lynda had a hard
time finding her car, but, what the
heck, most women's cars are loaded
with junk anyway so she fussed a little
bit after she found the door and got it
open. At least she got out-shushhh!
Had a nice Christmas. Got a Chi-
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huahua dog and electric socks, a
spanky 2XXL sweat suit and some
bicycle Spandex to hold those 2XXL
sweats pants up. You think you got
troubles. Those things have draw-
strings that can create 'drop the draw-
ers in the most embarrassing places
syndrome.' My Santa Claus suspend-
ers have clips that are not strong
enough to hold them up when I bend
down to get my copy of this here
wonderful paper you are now read-
So now I know why the pioneers
used rope. With rope you can loop it
around your waist, tie a knot, loop it
under your right arm, over the right
shoulder, cross under the knot, twist
it to the left side, loop under the left
arm, over the left shoulder, down
again to the front...aw, nuts, just
pul'lem up if 'n they fall down.
Maybe I'll just get me a pair of those
corduroy shorts and long brown socks
like my grandma always sent me.
Now do not think that I am un-
grateful for what God hath given unto
me in the Christmas of 1998.
It's what He might see fit to give
me in 1999! I was lucky to survive
several calls of the Reaper this year.
The worst thing, of course, is: my
buddies are determined to quit smok-
ing! Now don't go humphing about
smoking. Things are getting ridicu-
lous. A woman was suing some guy
because she claimed that his second-
hand smoke killed her dog. Boy! That
must have been one strong cigar!
Lordy, chicken little is back all
over the place: Y2K, computer ter-
rorism, Hussein and Ramada threat-
ening retaliation (ha, ho, hee!),
pierced teen-agers brewing anthrax,
world markets failing all over the
place. Sounds like the last year of the
Roman Empire, eh?
But, fear not lads and lasses, we
Colonites are going to get our streets
fixed over in the Legends and Austin
Ranch in 1999, new spickets and a
drain pipe in Eastvale, two more
patches on Paige to catch the rain, and
a meat market gone broke turned into
fairyland City Hall where all of our
spare sales taxes will be used to buy
glass boats so we can improve our
image. Could we not find a profes-
sional Wrestler somewhere here in
Driving to, and back, from Sul
phur Springs, over the holidays, I was
able to note the tremendous amount
of building near and far to us hear in
The Colony. Great changes will be
seen in 1999. A1 Gore may be Presi
dent and we'll all get a tree to plant
in our yard-or maybe a wolf or griz-
zly bear. You think that is negative to
a Montana rancher?
I was hoping that 1999 would urge
the City Council to add services of
limb cutting and street sweeping to
the glass boat project. Sure would
save dent and scratch on the fire en-
gines and improve our city's image.
Ever wonder why few firemen ride
on the back of their truck anymore?
Low branches can be hard on the
Adam's apple and they aren't racing
to a Western movie. Save our fire-
men-contract for a tree trimmer and
a twice a year street sweeper for
1999! - end of campaign!
Sometimes I just love to grouse,
exaggerate, extend, define 'is', and
just look stupid. It happens in this
week between Christmas and New
Years. However, I wish to inform you
that I NEVER 'grinch' BEFORE
Christmas. I would just die if I didn't
get a box of Chocolate cherries and
ending up with Snowman poop for
Well, now that I have paralyzed
you to your future and made you hate
me -1 love you all and Happy New
(Continued from page 1A)
graphic location under consideration,
to explain what you have in mind to
change and what and how you are
going to do it, provide the Board
background information of the re-
quest as to its conformance with the
Community Master Plan and various
development ordinances, and to ex-
plain to you the various notice pro-
cedures and responses in relation to
It appears to be a might bother to
some people, but you do not want
your neighbor to build a chicken
ranch and raise hogs next door while
you attempt to enjoy your swimming
pool. That's a bit 'fetched', but you
get the idea.
It is reasonable to expect that
when thousands of people live in a
community that certain laws, rules,
and regulations need to govern the
type, location, practices and materi-
als used to protect the general health,
safety, and welfare of all, that stan-
dards are imperative.
All changes in the use of property
or buildings can be made if there is
no injury to be incurred to any of the
You, or your representative can
appear before the Board of Adjust-
ments and appeals to request a change
that may be presently restricted by a
Master Plan or an ordinance. It is your
right to make presentation to that
Board. No one can refuse to take your
Of course, objections to your
project can arise and that is a reason
of notification to near neighbors who
may have reasonable objections to
It is also important that you un-
derstand that The Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals is a quasi-judicial
body. A formal record is made of each
hearing and each case. The Board is
permitted to act only upon factual in-
formation or evidence that is pre-
sented by the city staff or other par-
ties making presentations at a public
hearing on each case.
Any party or individual that dis-
agrees with a decision of the Board
of adjustments and Appeals must ap-
peal such a decision to a State Dis-
trict Court. The City Council of the
City of The Colony or Other city offi-
cials has no review authority over the
decisions of the Board of Adjust-
ments or Appeals.
In order for the Board to approve
any requested item, four (4) of the five
member's affirmative votes are nec-
essary. When a regular Board mem-
ber replaces them. A quorum is five
members. Only the Chairman, or Vice-
Chairman when the chairman is ab-
sent, can call a meeting of the Board.
It is an Open Meeting. You can
present your case, the City Staff can
give background that agrees or dis-
agrees with your plan, opponents can
then speak, and finally anyone in the
audience can contribute pro or con.
The decision of the Board is final, but
an applicant can appeal to the State
District Court within ten days as has
Your start point is the Inspections
Office with your request for a vari-
ance. Other material must be gathered
by the City Staff to accompany that
application. The chairmember or his/
her Vice must insure that each packet
received contains all vital informa-
tion to include the following: Notice
of Public Hearing (with date/signed
Agenda Item for each case:
Must be presented using sample
format so that case is fully described,
staff comments regarding existing or-
dinances, desired action of the appli-
cant, staffs observation/comments re-
garding case history, attachments, and
staff's recommendation to the BOAA
regarding resolution of the case.
All applicable inserts necessary
for a determination to include always:
■ Application for Variance
■ Letter of Request
■ Site Plan
■ Location Map
■ Code Expert(s)
■ 200 foot Property Owner No-
The application may also include,
but not limited to:
■ Signed petitions by Neighbors
■ Original documents showing
prior approval, minutes of a meeting
in which such was approved.
■ Picture of Site (Before &After)
■ Any information regarding ab-
breviations and applicable descrip-
tions and/or limitations contained
within the ordinance excerpt.
No Board Member can discuss the
case among themselves prior to the
Hearing. Any member who feels the
packet is incomplete can request in-
formation by contacting the
Chairmember, Vice Chairmember,
Building Official, or City Secretary
to gain additional information.
Remember that it is State Law and
City Ordinances and applies to all:
citizens individually, developers, and
builders. Be certain ifriat you follow
such laws as the changes you may
have can be ordered changed or re-
moved without proper authority for
permission from the Board.
Citizens serve on the BOAA and
carry heavy responsibilities to insure
that all of us have protection for our
health, safety, and general welfare.
(Continued from page 1A)
did not work. She didn't stop, how-
ever, until her retirement in 1960. She
remained in the same house with her
husband until his death in 1979, and
continued to live alone until she
moved to Lewisville, Texas in 1984.
In 1987 she moved to The Colony.
Anna has one daughter, Carol
Evans, three grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren. That does not
take into consideration all die nieces
and nephews who also consider her
their grandmother, nor the friends she
has made over her lifetime. Notes
have been delivered from all over the
country from people wishing her a
happy birthday and expressing how
much she has meant to them. Many
are flying in to celebrate her birth-
day at the Arapaho United Method-
ist Church in Richardson. "She's so
excited," says her granddaughter,
Cindy Castillo, "She went out and
bought a new dress."
Castillo says that her grandmother
never raised her voice to her
grandkids. "And believe me we de-
served it sometimes," she said. "And
she makes the worlds best pies and
Boston brown bread."
Anna has been described as
humble, loving, unassuming and
smart. She's always been very active
and Castillo's husband described her
as the sharpest woman he ever met.
She even has an opinion on the
Clinton/Lewinski matter. She thinks
it's stupid. "'Cause you know, that
McKinley - he had an affair too!"
(Continued from page 1A)
love it because they get to socialize
with their friends and have fun. Par-
ents like the security. There may be
300 kids at the New Year's Eve Party,
but the program always provides at
least one chaperone for every 25 kids,
as well as the presence of The Colony
Police. Once a child is signed into the
party, they are not allowed to leave
the building until a responsible adult
signs them out again at the end of the
evening. Then there's the cost. At
$10.00 per child for the entire night,
it's often quite a bit cheaper than hir-
ing a babysitter, especially if there is
more than one child in the family.
Food is even provided at the
consession stand. Prices range from
$.50 for a bag of chips to $1.00 for a
slice of pizza.
"When we started it, we had kids
in the age group," says Sharp. Now
their oldest son and daughter, stu-
dents at University of North Texas,
are the DJs and their ten year old is
the official candy buyer for the con-
cession stand. However, their chil-
dren aren't the only ones to grow up.
So has the Saturday Night Out! pro-
gram. The Sharps now coordinate the
program with five different cities - on
Friday nights in Grapevine and
DeSoto, and Saturday nights in
Lewisville, Carrollton and, of course,
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