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U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Ashby and his family are getting a special Christmas this year. Ashby and his family, who live in Justin, will move into a mortgage-free, custom-built home in Fort Worth thanks to Operation Finally Home.

The family gets moving services from Fort Worth business Two Men and a Truck. Operation Finally Home builds homes for veterans and families of fallen veterans.

Ashby served as a scout sniper in Afghanistan in 2011. He lives with PTSD and nasal trauma from combat.

He and his wife, Karen, have two young children.

Andy’s Bar is turning 21 on Saturday. The downtown bar is a popular live music venue, a grill with an extensive waffle menu and a tiny pool and darts area.

Andy’s Bar is nurturing an open mic, hosts Glitterbomb (a local LGBT-oriented variety show) and a rising roster of touring talent (Devin the Dude plays Saturday, with Metalachi and Israel Nash coming through in December).

So pour one out for Andy’s Bar on Saturday.

While Andy’s Bar is celebrating, Denton City Council tabled an appeal Tuesday over the mural on the bar.

The bar is in one of the historical buildings on the Square, and artist Dan Black painted “Band on the Run,” a giant painting of a man and woman on a motorcycle that covers the north side of the building.

The problem? The mural curves around to the front of the building, which the Historic Landmark Commission objects to.

Councilman Gerard Hudspeth moved to table the discussion of the appeal so that co-owner Eric Pulido could be present to answer questions.

Pulido, who is also a musician, was in a recording session and couldn’t be available for the appeal.

Local artist Dan Black paints his mural called "Band on the Run", near the intersection of North Locust Street and East Oak Street.Black described the mural as being music themed that showcases 1940s and 1950s motorcycle culture.  It should be finished a

Local artist Dan Black paints his mural called "Band on the Run" on the outside wall of Andy's Bar & Grill on the Denton Square near the intersection of North Locust Street and East Oak Street in 2017. Black described the music-themed mural as a showcase of 1940s and 1950s motorcycle culture. He said he should be finished with it around the middle of next week. Some of Black's art also can be seen around Denton at places such as Bullseye Bike Shop, West Oak Coffee Shop and the Discover Denton Welcome Center.

During the Denton City Council’s concluding items on Tuesday, council member John Ryan quietly laid the gauntlet at the feet of fellow council member Deb Armintor by saying he would get a trespass warrant the next time someone posted signs on the bathrooms in his building. Armintor didn’t let it lie, saying during her concluding items that she had permission from one of his business tenants to post her Golden Toilet Award, which included a political statement about gender-specific bathrooms.

Chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich hosts a holiday special, Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast, that includes an as-yet-unnamed Denton family. Batianich visits Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Natchitotches, Louisiana, Wausau, Wisconsin, Walker, Minnesota, Lawton, Oklahoma and Denton during the PBS special that airs at 8 p.m. Dec. 18. The marketing folks haven’t returned our emails about the show, but have said that the Denton “restaurant family” shares its Mexican holiday tradition of making tamales with Bastianich.

Local Twitter user Dentonaut spied someone who looked like Santa riding a scooter on Thanksgiving while playing the theme to Flash Gordon by Queen.

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A Santa-esque man was seen riding a scooter around downtown Denton on Thanksgiving. He was blaring the "Flash Gordon" movie theme by Queen.

When is it a good reason to cancel the annual holiday open house at Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service? When owner Andre “Frenchy” Rheault has to have a procedure on his knee. Rheault told his friends and followers on Facebook that he took a spill recently and injured his knee, and that the pain requires treatment, which led to him canceling the annual open house next week. But he also put canceled in quotes, so maybe the tradition is just getting postponed?

Things look iffy for Q’s Cafe, the 24-hour cafe and local LGBT hangout. The cafe owners announced on social media that unexpected expenses and slow months have them on the brink of closing. As of Tuesday, a GoFundMe campaign had raised $1,350. The goal is $10,000.

Denton resident Dave Coulter was charmed to find that someone has decorated a tree in Avondale Park for Christmas.

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Denton resident Dave Coulter was charmed to find that someone has decorated a tree in Avondale Park for Christmas.(tncms-asset)926cb8be-f2ca-11e8-bd2b-00163ec2aa77[2](/tncms-asset)

Remember that time when Kroger closed to treat a rat infestation? Well, Denton artist Matt Sallack made a commemorative hoodie that takes the store’s logo, but adds a friendly rat to the top. He sold them at the Backyard Market at East Side over the holiday weekend.

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Remember that time when Kroger closed to treat a rat infestation? Well, Denton artist Matt Sallack made a commemorative hoodie that takes the store’s logo, but adds a friendly rat to the top. He sold them at the Backyard Market at East Side over the holiday weekend. (tncms-asset)92914774-f2ca-11e8-b5d6-00163ec2aa77[3](/tncms-asset)

Parting shot

“Dreams are like paper. They tear so easily.”

— Comedian Gilda Radner

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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