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Nearly 1,200 families knew that Tuesday’s cold temperatures were temporary and planned accordingly. Denton parks officials announced that between Thanksgiving and the end of January, they sold 1,198 discount season passes to Water Works Park. Sneak peek weekend is just 92 days away.

District 26 Congressman Michael C. Burgess, the Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has reintroduced H.R. 1040, the Flat Tax Act. In a statement, Burgess said all Americans should pay a flat tax of 17 percent.

“In an age when Democrats are proposing an extreme 70 percent income tax, the flat tax is a simple solution to ensure that all Americans pay their fair share,” Burgess said. “My predecessor and former Majority Leader Dick Armey championed the flat tax for decades, and it is a privilege to carry on this North Texas priority in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The Rev. Dr. Jim Mann, pastor of New Life Church in Sanger and Denton Record-Chronicle religion columnist, gave the invocation at the state capitol this week.

We know a reader or two who would agree he was in the perfect place to pray for wisdom. It’s worth noting, too, that he prayed for racial equality and equality between men and women. State Rep. Lynn Stucky posted the invocation on Facebook.

Todd Little, the founder of Denton’s Real Rad Records, was just trying to enjoy some tea on Wednesday morning. That ended when a squirrel dropped an unwelcome deposit in Little’s drink. We’ve heard of strategic bird foulings, but this is the first we’ve heard of precision squirrel droppings. Gross.

Ian M. Tucker, the son of Denton resident Eric Tucker, is the editor of Hellboy: The Art of the Motion Picture. The Dark Horse Books publication is a 200-page, hardcover collection of several chapters of concept art and set photography that is both a collector’s item and a sneak peak of the film due in cinemas in April.

City officials have started working on a new comprehensive parks, recreation and trails master plan. On Monday, locals were invited to be part of a focus group for the planning of a new skate park. SPA Skateparks hosted the meeting to invite public input on a park that would accommodate skateboarders, rollerbladers and freestyle BMX riders. What was on the agenda? Skate park elements, terrain obstacles and possible locations.

It’s been a while, but it looks like an exhibit of art by artists with disabilities is going to happen in Denton. The Greater Denton Arts Council and Friends with Benefits will team up to put together a show they’re calling “Open HeARTS,” to exhibit two-dimensional art (painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography) by local artists with disabilities. Profits will benefit the participating artists and Denton State School. The exhibit will run March 29 through May 18 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St.

In 2017, a vandal smashed up a stained glass sculpture of local blues icon Pops Carter, which was created and set in bulletproof glass by Denton glass artist Christie Wood. Well, Wood has repaired the sculpture, and metal artist Patrick Thaden created a new base for it. The sculpture will be unveiled in its new home — Festival Hall at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. — on Feb. 28. The repaired sculpture retains the shattered tempered glass, as well as the flakes of broken, colored glass that fell to the bottom of the sculpture. Wood installed LED lights to show off the sculpture in its new indoor location. A reception for the unveiling of the sculpture is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the arts center.

Parting Shot

“Try driving the streets of Los Angeles without seeing a billboard depicting a film with a lead actor holding a gun. It’s almost as if guns are harmless props used to bring out the cheekbones and jawline of the screen star.”

— Musician, actor and comedian Henry Rollins

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.

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