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Texas Health Resources donated $1,000 to First Refuge Ministries, a nonprofit ministry of First Baptist Church of Denton that operates a food pantry and offers health services and counseling. The health care corporation made the donation on behalf of Dr. McLean Sanborn, who won the company’s community service award for his service to the ministry. “Dr. Sanborn is awesome and one of the most caring doctors you could ever meet,” said Paul Juarez, the executive director of First Refuge. “It is such a blessing to have doctors like him with a heart to serve.” The medical director of the ministry is Dr. Shane Ashford, also a physician working for Texas Health Resources.

You can give your sweetheart a tasty Valentine’s Day gift and help local children. First, pick a gift bag or box. Second, fill it with cookies baked for Denton Christian Preschool’s Cookie Fiesta fundraiser. The fundraiser offers the gift bags and boxes of varying sizes — for $2, $5, $10 or $15. The fundraiser will be 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 inside First Presbyterian Church of Denton, 1114 W. University Drive. For more information, call 940-383-3332.

Jessie Frye, who pretty much runs Denton’s indie-pop scene with an incomparable work ethic and a killer aesthetic, released a new single last Thursday. “Fantasy” is a 1980’s-tinged song about dreamy desire. It feels like the chapter that follows the addictive earworm “Faded Memory” Frye made with Timecop1983. “Fantasy” doesn’t quite hit the bar that “Faded Memory” set, but Frye’s already had more than 36,000 plays of the song on YouTube. Fierce and feminine, Frye knows how to balance pop’s fluffy and filling properties with her own clever theatrical chops — and she’s perfectly styled. At the rate she’s going, we can see Frye opening for Neon Indian in a grimy Berlin club or Charli XCX in London.

Denton Community Theatre installed a new heating and cooling unit at the Campus Theatre this week. The actors and crew members are probably thankful, since the new unit should make the green room and dressing rooms more comfortable.

Denton resident Lori McLain has been in our pages many times for her skills in the kitchen and competitiveness in food brand contests. She won American Eagle Harley-Davidson’s first place award for a six-ingredient chili at the motorcycle company’s weekend event last Saturday.

Denton High School graduate and actor Daniel Garcia appeared in the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He appears with a group of people singing with Titus Andromedon, played by Titus Burgess, in episode 9 of the fourth and final season of the comedy.

Outdoor Powersports, a dealer of Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha, CanAm, See-Doo and Textron Off-Road vehicles landed a pretty sweet client. The Gainesville business will be the exclusive dealer of powersports equipment and outdoor vehicles for WinStar World Casino and Resort.

Denton resident and Brookhaven College journalism and photography professor Daniel Rodrigue will moderate question and answer sessions when David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland High School mass shooting, and television anchor Dan Rather visit the college this semester.

Denton storyteller Shelly Tucker got a shock this week. She was on her back porch in the wee hours on Monday when a coyote ambled onto the porch with her. Coyote sightings aren’t novel in North Texas, we know. But to have one stand next to you on your porch is a shock we’d gladly avoid.

Parting shot

“I’m sorry Amy, but do you think there’s an actual cat out there named Garfield who loves lasagna and hates Mondays?”

— Reader Graham Rainier, to another reader who groused that a Denton Record-Chronicle editorial cartoon was biased

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

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