What’s Happening in Copper Canyon – June 2014 By Sue Tejml
Mayor of Copper Canyon
Bill Ferris 1928-2014: Navy Veteran of WWII & Korean War; later Air Force Fighter Pilot; LISD Board President; Incorporator of Copper Canyon and original Council Member; Town Resident for 51 years; Active volunteer for Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. A Distinguished Example of one of our Country’s “Finest Generations”! Mikaela Pyle, daughter of Blake & Kristen, Guyer High School Valedictorian! Woodland Women’s Club Sponsors Traditional Copper Canyon 4thof July Parade and Hotdogs & Drinks at Town Hall afterwards! Final Sale of only 20 remaining Copper Canyon Cookbooks on July 4th! $4,000 in Cookbook College Scholarships Awarded to Six Town Seniors:
Taylor Horn and Hannah Payton share First Prize of a $1,000 each! $500 2nd Prize Awards – Amanda Evans of West Woodglen Drive,
Twins Kaitlyn and Lauren Kilpatrick of Mayberry Court,
and Dallas Nicholas of Lake Trail Drive.
Thanks also to our Scholarship Judges: Chairman Dean Williams,
Chris Campbell, Jim Carter, Chase Lybbert, Bob Owens, Tan Parker,
and Carl Thele! Atlas Resource Partners LP contributes a generous $1,000 to Scholarships! Town Council Members and Residents also individually Donate to our Scholarships! Thanks to Door Prize donors: Fogo de Chao, Blue Goose Cantina, McDonalds, and Chick-fil-A! Thanks to Volunteer Professional Photographer Bill Castleman for Senior Photos! Thanks to 2013 Copper Canyon Cookbook Update Editor and Publisher LaRue Johnson! Gordon & Sylva Cohen are downsizing – but want to still live in Copper Canyon. Michael Cohen graduates Magna Cum Laude from UT Dallas. - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WILLIAM JOHN FERRIS
Served his country proudly, honorably, and courageously:
Navy during WWII in the South Pacific
Navy during Korean War
Later as an Air Force fighter pilot
Awarded a BBA Degree from North Texas State University in 1957 (now UNT)
Moved to Copper Canyon on December 1, 1962
Founding member of the incorporation of the Town of Copper Canyon
Served as a member of the first Copper Canyon Town Council
Served as the Chairman of the Building Committee of the CC Town Hall
Was appointed by the Denton County Commissioners Court to serve as a member of the original FM 2499 Task Force
served 7 years to meet the traffic needs of all communities in the area
Served 8 years on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees
Served last 2 years as President
Member of First United Methodist Church in Lewisville
62-year membership as a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge
Member of Arabia Shrine Temple and Hella Shrine Temple
Active worker for support for Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
NOTE: The above was kindly provided by Ruth Ferris, Bill’s wife of 56 years.
Bill is survived by daughter Janice D. Ferris Staley and husband Jim; sons Eric D. Ferris and wife Sheri and Michael D. Ferris and wife Judy; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family requests memorial contributions to be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital or any organization of donor’s choice. For online condolences, please visit www.mulkeymason.com.
Mikaela Pyle, daughter of Blake & Kristen, Guyer High School Valedictorian! Mikaela Pyle is graduating as the Valedictorian for John H. Guyer High School, Denton Independent School District. (NOTE: Copper Canyon students either attend Denton ISD schools, if they live in the west or far northwestern part of Copper Canyon, or Lewisville ISD schools if they live in the central, east, or southeastern part of our Town.) Mikaela and her family have lived in Copper Canyon for the past 16 years on Post Oak Road, east off of Copper Canyon Road.
Mikaela has been the Head Drum Major for the Guyer High School Band and played flute for the band and Denton Bible Church. She has often competed in state solo and ensemble groups for the flute. She is a member of the Winter Guard and attended the world championships in Dayton, Ohio. Mikaela is also a member of the Guyer High School Honor Society.
Mikaela told her mother Kristen Pyle that Copper Canyon had the “hardest scholarship application.” Mea Culpa. I drafted the essay questions. I hoped the students would share with the rest of us – parents, taxpayers, and educators - their recent experiences with our public and private school systems. Their “hands on” evaluation is critical to our developing an effective American educational system that is competitive on a global basis.
Mikaela is “thrilled” to be attending Baylor University in the Fall and will major in Music Education.
Woodland Women’s Club Sponsors Traditional Copper Canyon 4thof July Parade and Hotdogs & Drinks at Town Hall afterwards! For years the Woodland Women’s Club has sponsored our traditional 4th of July Parade. Parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday in front of Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive, with the parade starting at 10:00 a.m. Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger will again provide our Argyle Fire District red fire engine to head the parade. Children are welcome to ride on top of the engine, but the limited numbers of seats go fast. Many thanks to the firefighters who volunteer their time to drive the engine - and to help our children and their parents up and down the vertical rear ladder to reach the top of the fire engine. The parade route winds slowly through the Woodlands Subdivision, returning to Town Hall.
Chairman Carol Owens invites you to “Come join the fun. Be in the parade. Decorate your car, golf cart, tractor, motorcycle or anything that moves (trailers, bikes, scooters, even wagons - if you can jog at a pace to keep up with the parade.) Bring the kids and get ready to have fun! If you don’t want to be in the parade, join us on your front lawn and cheer the parade on! Immediately after the parade, everyone is welcome for hotdogs & drinks in front of Town Hall.”
NOTE: Town Hall will be open with restrooms available and tables and seating inside in the air conditioned space.
Final Sale of Copper Canyon Cookbooks on July 4th: The few remaining Copper Canyon Cookbooks and 2013 and 2014 Updates will also be available for sale at Town Hall on July 4th. $25 for the original Loose-leaf cookbook, $20 for the massive 2013 Update addition, and $5 for the small 2014 Update. (Only 20 complete Town cookbook sets remain for a total cost of $50 each.) All updates have many additional photos of: the Town’s graduating seniors and scholarship winners each year, our various volunteer committees and Block Captains, and Task Force Members for Roads and for our FM 407 Town Center! Cash, checks, or credit cards payable to “Copper Canyon Cookbook Scholarship Fund”; and the amount is income tax deductible. See Cookbook Chairman Pris Johnson for sales.
$4,000 in Cookbook College Scholarships Awarded to Six Town Seniors:
Taylor Horn and Hannah Payton share First Prize of a $1,000 each. $1,000 1st Prize – Hannah Payton of South Copper Woods Lane
$1,000 1st Prize – Taylor Horn of Copper Woods Lane
$500 2nd Prize Awards – Amanda Evans of West Woodglen Drive,
Twins Kaitlyn and Lauren Kilpatrick of Mayberry Court,
and Dallas Nicholas of Lake Trail Drive.
Hannah Paytonis the daughter of Russell and Jeni Payton. Hannah ranked 45th in the Marcus High School 2014 graduating class of 784 students. She was also President of the Marcus Rodeo Team for 2013-2014. Her freshman year Hannah was last in barrel racing. At the end of her senior year, she rose to third place out of 90 contestants at the Fort Worth finals for high school rodeo teams! On her scholarship application, Hannah said how much she appreciated living in Copper Canyon and being able to keep her horses with her at her home. Hannah was also a District Champion for Tennis Doubles and an AP Scholar! She will be attending A&M University, majoring in Business and Psychology.
For Community Service, Hannah helped build homes on an Indian Reservation for Amor Ministries; bagged grocery items for Christian Community Action; graded papers at Regan Elementary School; and at an assisted living facility in Flower Mound, visited with elderly residents and helped them play bingo.
Taylor Horn is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Horn. She was Drum Major for the 2013-2014 Marcus High School Marching Band and also 1st Chair for the Wind Symphony. Taylor was 5A All-State Clarinetist, a Magnificent Marauder, and in the National Honor Society both her Junior and Senior year. Band Master Amanda Drinkwater highly recommended Taylor for the Copper Canyon college scholarship award. Taylor has been accepted at both Baylor University and A&M University for majors in Biology, Environmental Science, and/or Music.
For Community Service, Taylor was both an Adopt-a-Pet volunteer and a Foster Home for the Flower Mound Humane Society. She also volunteered for CCA’s Food Pantry and Giving Tree; mentored clarinetists at Briarhill Middle School; and volunteered at Trietsch Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School.
Amanda Evans is the daughter of Kyle and Valaree Evans. Amanda has been a company member of the Lake Cities Ballet Theatre from 2010-2014 and its Student Representative and Liaison for 2013-2014. She won SMU’s “Best Artistry” Hilltop Leadership Award in 2013-2014 and also the College Board’s National Merit Commended Scholar for the same year. She has been accepted at SMU, TCU, Baylor University, and the University of Oklahoma. Amanda plans to major in Ballet Performance with a double major in Physical or Occupational Therapy.
For Community Service, Amanda has been a volunteer for the National Honor Society and a Student Teacher for three years for the Ballet Conservatory. She has sorted and shelved books for the Lewisville Public Library and participated in curbside recycling and school ground cleanups within LISD.
Kaitlyn Kilpatrick is the twin daughter of Scott and Susan Kilpatrick. She has been home schooled by her mother for 12 years. She received the Denton County 4-H Gold Star Award and Scholarship in 2013. In 2014 she won the 1st Place Team and 1st Place Individual at the State Fair of Texas Wildlife Habitat Education Program contest. Kaitlyn has been accepted at the University of North Texas and will major in Radio, Television and Film
Her Community Service activities are extensive! She has been an enthusiastic volunteer for many 4-H service projects at both the county and state level! She has been a volunteer for the Denton County Master Gardener Association, the Elm Fork Chapter of Master Naturalists, and the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association. From 2009-2013 she donated 11 inches of her hair each year to be made into wigs for cancer patients.
Kaitlyn and her twin sister Lauren Kilpatrick have sorted donations to support the relief efforts after the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas; assisted in making fleece blankets for the “Speak Out for Military Kids”; and cleaned 2.54 miles of Denton roads for Keep Denton Beautiful, removing over 400 lbs. of trash. (These are just a few of the MANY community service projects the Kilpatrick twins have done!)
One of Kaitlyn’s most enthusiastic Letters of Reference was by Town resident Rose Vickery! For years Kaitlyn has been a reliable and comforting “animal sitter” for Rose’s pets, both cats and elderly dogs that needed very special individual attention.
Lauren Kilpatrick is also the twin daughter of long time Copper Canyon residents Scott and Susan Kilpatrick. Lauren has been a 4-H leader at the Club, County, District, and State level. She has been accepted at Texas A&M University to study Horticulture. Susan “home schooled” all three of their daughters and all three will be in college this Fall! Oldest daughter Shelby will also be at A&M studying entomology for her long time interest in bee keeping. Scott and Susan are to be complimented as parents for raising three such outstanding daughters!
Lauren’s additional Community Service projects over multiple years include: leadership in the North Texas Food Bank food drives, Relay of Life events, Pull Tabs for Ronald McDonald House, Pennies for the Texas 4-H Center, Coupons for Fort Hood families, and Pink Lids for the Susan G. Komen Foundation projects for multiple years. She has been a Teen Mentor to children with disabilities at the Mission Possible Camp in Brownwood, Texas and assisted in organizing, assembling and filling 1,096 Christmas stockings for New Horizon’s Children’s Home in Goldthwaite and Special Program for Aging Needs in Denton.
Foreign Student Exchange Program: Both Kaitlyn and Lauren have participated in having students from Japan live in their home during the summer. Besides the experience of their cultural exchanges, each twin spent a semester learning the basics of the Japanese language so that they could communicate with their guests from the Far East.
Dallas Nicholas is the son of Andre and Patti Nicholas. Dallas played on Marcus High School’s Junior Varsity teams for both football and baseball his freshman and sophomore years. His senior year he was the 2nd Team All-District Center for Football and an Honorable Mention for Academic All-Star. He was a Charter Member his senior year of Marcus Young Life. His Letter of Reference from Marcus Football Coach Bryan Erwin summarized the “best” of Dallas’ many strengths:
“Dallas is a very motivated student athlete. He was the starting Center for our varsity football team for the past two years. The Center is the most important offensive lineman as he touches the ball and makes the exchange to the quarterback every play. He also has to be the most intelligent and instinctive player on the offensive line. Dallas is very goal oriented and possesses many strong character traits. He cares about the people around him. His caring nature is one that serves others before himself. He also is very courageous. I witnessed his courage many times over the last two years as he was often outsized and outmanned by bigger and stronger opponents. (NOTE: Opposing linemen were often 40-60 pounds heavier in physical size than Dallas!) Other examples of his courage were last year when he played most of the season with a broken hand and this year when he returned from a broken leg in three weeks’ time to get back onto the field for his teammates.
Dallas has a very strong work ethic. His work ethic was evident by the way he prepared for the season and by the way he worked during practice. Dallas always demonstrated tremendous sportsmanship. Dallas honored his opponents and the game of football at all times. Dallas was always responsive to constructive criticism. He always responded to the demands and challenges of his coaches and the football program. Dallas was a leader in the locker room and among his teammates. Our opponents praised him as I often heard opponent coaches referencing how well Dallas played his position.” (My thanks to Coach Erwin for allowing his letter to be quoted here.)
Dallas will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock this Fall, majoring in Business. He wrote a very thoughtful analysis of our public school system and the need for courses to prepare students for their real financial life and the requirements of doing business in a competitive global economy.
NOTE: Excerpts from the winning essays are attached to the June 2014 Town Council Agenda and posted on our Town website at www.coppercanyon-tx.org., so that everyone can appreciate the quality of the writings and the thoughtfulness of the student analyses. The main essay question was “What do you consider are the strengths and weaknesses of our public and private schools? What should we specifically do to raise the quality of education offered to all students?”
Of the next three optional essay subjects, the major one chosen was “Should schools prepare students to live and work in an increasingly global economy? If your answer is ‘yes’, how do you suggest they do so?”
Our area school board members and individual high school’s staff, teachers, PTA members, and parents – and our State Legislators - may find the critiques and compliments of these six recent graduates and scholarship winners very instructive and very inspiring! Our Town residents will welcome the students’ unanimous appreciation of being raised in the friendly, small town, open spaces, genuine “community spirit” of Copper Canyon! (My challenge has been trying to summarize the accomplishments of each of these six fine young people in just a few paragraphs.)
Thanks also to our Scholarship Judges: Chairman Dean Williams,
Chris Campbell, Jim Carter, Chase Lybbert, Bob Owens, Tan Parker,
and Carl Thele! Thanks also to our seven Scholarship Judges – All of whom commented on what a privilege it was to read the scholarship applicants’ answers and the Letters of Recommendation for each applicant. Four of the Judges are Copper Canyon residents from various parts of Town; three live elsewhere in Denton County. Some Judges had already experienced putting their children through college, and some Judges have yet to experience that financial hurdle. Each Scholarship Judge had unique background experiences for their task.
Chairman Dean Williams (Crepe Myrtle Drive) is a former Microsoft executive; Chris Campbell (Hawse Drive) is a utility company executive; Bob Owens (Knollridge Drive) owns his own electrical and lighting company; and Carl Thele (Mobile Drive) is retired and has a son with double degrees from MIT. Former Denton County Commissioner Jim Carter (Bartonville) has served for 16 years as the Chairman of Texas Student Housing Corporation, which provides residential scholarships to college students at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University at College Station, and the University of North Texas in Denton. Chase Lybbert (Lantana) is a recent TCU graduate and in the oil and gas industry in Texas and Oklahoma. (His grandfather Boots Roberts and his mother Kaki Lybbert have continuously owned their family ranch in Copper Canyon for decades.) Tan Parker (Flower Mound) is in his fourth term as our District 63 Representative to the Texas Legislature and also served as a Scholarship Judge for Copper Canyon last year.
Atlas Resource Partners LP contributes a generous $1,000 to Scholarships!
A very sincere thanks to Judith Clifford, Manager of Regulatory Compliance, for arranging Atlas Resource Partners LP’s generous contribution of a $1,000 for our First Place Scholarship Award. Atlas Resources manages three gas well producing sites in or near our Town – the Great Expectations producing wells #1-3 sited off Bishop Lane on Tom and Karen Smith’s land - wells 4H, 5H, and 6 are being drilled; producing wells Canyon Bluff #1-7 east of Copper Canyon Road on George and Jimmie Hartley’s land; Methodist Children’s Home producing wells #1-3 on Gilbreath family land in the “donut” east of Jernigan Road and north of Chinn Chapel North Subdivision. (The “donut” is in unincorporated Denton County and not within our Town’s boundaries.)
Atlas has been a very “good neighbor” in the management of their well sites in Copper Canyon. They are not unnecessarily intrusive in sound when fracking or drilling and not obstructive of our public roads when getting equipment on and off the gas well sites. Thank you, Atlas Resources, for your company policy of genuine consideration of our Town residents and respecting their quality of life when at home.
Town Council Members and Residents also individually Donate to our Scholarships! This is the second year that Copper Canyon Council Members have individually contributed to our College Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors. A special thanks to Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Steven Hill, Council Member Charlie Nicholas, and Mayor Sue Tejml for their $1,000 each contribution. And this year, for the first time, Town residents also donated. A very special Thank You to long time Copper Canyon residents Roy and Annell Bradford for their generous individual contribution to our scholarships for Town seniors!
15 Graduating Seniors in Copper Canyon this year!
Each non-scholarship applicant received a $100 scholarship award from the Copper Canyon Cookbook Scholarship fund. And our State Legislature Representative Tan Parker provided each senior with a full size Lone Star flag with a certificate in their name that the flag had actually flown over the State Capitol in Austin. Past Copper Canyon freshmen have enjoyed decorating their college dorm rooms with the Texas flag – and especially, if they are going to school out-of-state! Thank you, Tan, for such a meaningful gift to our college-bound seniors!
McKenna Pennington (daughter of Mike and Aimee Winburn), Christianne Peterson (daughter of Darrin and Marnie Peterson),
Mikaela Pyle (daughter of Blake and Kristen Pyle),
Ashley Skidmore (daughter of Scott and Cindy Skidmore), and
Jamie Sutton (son of Robbie and Suzanne Sutton). Town Appreciation Event honoring Volunteers and 2014 Graduating Seniors!
Many thanks to our Staff who all helped make this event so successful – Town Administrator Donna Welsh, Town Secretary Sheila Morales, and Municipal Court Clerk Carol McLeod.
And to our Hostess Committee – Chairman Pris Johnson, Kaye Hill, and Mary Maddoux who ably commandeered my kitchen (again!). And Mary Alexander, Gerri Mariano, Carol Owens, Louise Stoddard, and Pam Warren contributed their delicious desserts and hors d’oeuvres!
And a special thanks to Andre Nicholas and Patti Nicholas who brought 3 different versions of their home made sausages – brats, Italian, and jalapeño cheese! And to our Municipal Court Clerk Carol McLeod who baked not one but two of her wonderful Pumpkin Rolls and to Donna Yetter who baked her incredibly delicious multi-tiered Italian Cream Cake!
Thanks to Door Prize donors: Fogo de Chao, Blue Goose Cantina, McDonalds, and Chick-fil-A!
Door Prizes were a treat for many! Former Mayor and CEO Larry Johnson contributed two $100 Gift Certificates to Fogo de Chao (fine dining restaurant at 4300 Belt Line Road in Addison noted for its Argentine beef!); owner Matt Mortimer contributed four $25 gift certificates to Blue Goose Cantina in Highland Village; McDonalds contributed 50 gift certificates for desserts; and Chick-fil-A contributed a 100 very generous gift certificates – each good for three free sandwiches – one sandwich each in the months of May, June AND July!
Thanks to Volunteer Professional Photographer Bill Castleman for Senior Photos! Thank you to longtime resident and professional photographer Bill Castleman for contributing his talents to take group photos of each graduating senior and their family! And for his candid shots of the over 80 people who attended the happy Event! Please view some of his wonderful family photographs displayed in our Council Chambers.
Thanks to 2014 Copper Canyon Cookbook Update Editor and Publisher LaRue Johnson!
The Update contains new pages of photos of the six 2014 Scholarship Award Winners and the other nine graduating Town seniors, but just a few new recipes! It’s on sale at Town Hall for $5! This will be the final Update to the Copper Canyon Cookbook, as its loose-leaf format is completely full! Sales of the original Cookbook ($25) and the huge 2013 Update ($20) help replenish the Town’s College Scholarships and general Scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
A special thanks to our Cookbook Editor and Publisher LaRue Johnson, who worked long, long hours getting the update edited and printed on time for the Volunteer Event. And it was LaRue who arranged the large standing display of the new 2014 Copper Canyon High School Senior photos to be displayed in our Council Chambers at Town Hall.
Gordon & Sylva Cohen are downsizing – but want to still live in Copper Canyon. Michael Cohen graduates Magna Cum Laude from UT Dallas. Gordon and Sylva Cohen have lived in Copper Canyon for 15 years. Gordon is a retired commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines; Sylva has loved having her horses on their 7 acres off Orchid Hill Lane. Both have been willing volunteers on Town Committees with Gordon previously chairing P&Z. The Cohens raised their three children here: Jennie, Michael and Laura.
RN Jennie Cohen is Assistant Director of Nursing for the Transplant Unit at St. Paul Hospital at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Sylva and Gordon say their daughter absolutely “loves” her work there and has so much respect for the physicians doing the live saving but delicate and complicated transplant procedures. (Former Council Member Mark Schmitz had his successful double lung transplant at this facility!)
Daughter Laura Cohen graduated from the Fire Academy for our Argyle Volunteer Fire District. That was an accomplishment of sheer determination! Laura is only 5’3” tall and a medium sized young woman. A professional firefighter must have a certain amount of physical “heft” to even be able to manage the necessary equipment effectively and safely. So, Laura has professionally transferred to “Criminal Justice” and will be seeking a Masters in that area at UNT.
Michael Cohen just graduated Summa Cum Laude from UT Dallas with a major in History. He has applied to the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. (The Navy has an officer shortage; the Air Force has adequate officers; the Army is downsizing its entire troop numbers, including officers, post Iraq and Afghanistan.) According to Michael’s proud Dad, Gordon Cohen, Mike scored “astronomically” on the tests for Naval Officer Candidate School. Mike will receive the results of his application in July and hopes to be on “active Naval duty” in September.
Gordon & Sylva Cohen are downsizing – but want to still live in Copper Canyon. The Cohens’ current home, at 12000 Meadow Lake Drive north off of Orchid Hill Lane, is a 2 story with 4661 sq. ft. on 7.2 acres backing on to heavily wooded Corps land. It has 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 3 car garage, 6 stall barn, and a beautiful 30,000 gallon diving pool. The kitchen is recently remodeled with granite counter tops and all stainless steel new appliances. The master bathroom has been totally updated also and new granite countertops installed in all the other bathrooms. Listed at $770,000 with Keller Williams. For details and photos go to website www.kwr.com, MLS# 12135545. For information contact realtor Rue Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-808-5167.
(NOTE: Rue and wife Rene have recently bought a lot on Blackjack Lane and intend to build their new home here in Copper Canyon! If you meet the Moodys, please welcome them to our Town!)
Gordon and Sylva Cohen would love to still live in Copper Canyon! They are looking for a 4 bedroom, 2-3 bath home, single story or master bedroom down, with a 3 car garage. (Gordon is willing to build the 3rd garage as an add-on.) They do not need more than our normal minimum one acre minimum lot, as they will board Sylva’s horses elsewhere in town. If you know of a suitable home in Copper Canyon that might be for sale, Gordon would really appreciate your help. Please email Gordon at email@example.com.
(NOTE: No, I do not receive any monetary compensation for helping Town residents buy or sell homes or land in our Town. It’s just one of the “fun” things I get to do as Mayor with our fellow neighbors.)