The United Way of Denton County shared the blueprint for its Veteran Community Navigator program at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Engage and Excel Pre-Conference in Houston this week. United Way Executive Director Gary Henderson and United Way mental health initiatives coordinator Sonia Redwine discussed the nuts and bolts of the veteran program — how it was created, how it was developed and how it was funded.

The veterans program provides a more holistic approach to supporting military veterans and their families. The local nonprofit got a $175,000 grant from the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance to create the program.

The Texas State Health and Human Services invited the county United Way to present at the conference.

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United Way Executive Director Gary Henderson (far right) and United Way Mental Health Initiatives   coordinator Sonia Redwine (second from right) discussed the nonprofit's creation of the Veteran Community Navigator Program at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Engage and Excel Pre-Conference in Houston this week.

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United Way Executive Director Gary Henderson (far right) and United Way Mental Health Initiatives   coordinator Sonia Redwine (second from right) discussed the nonprofit's creation of the Veteran Community Navigator Program at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Engage and Excel Pre-Conference in Houston this week.

Daisy Rogers, a longtime Denton resident and tireless volunteer for a number of Denton nonprofits, died Oct. 19 at age 96. Many locals know her as the wife of the late Bob Rogers, an emeritus professor of piano at the University of North Texas and an amiable accompanist for the Trammell Group, a comedic musical troupe that performs fundraisers for nonprofits. Rogers had knitted five baby caps for newborns and had a sixth one in progress when she died. In September, she baked 10 dozen cookies for a UNT College of Music event.

The Andrus family, who call Krum home, will compete on the game show Family Feud. They will appear on the show on Oct. 30 and Halloween.

Last week, we were surprised to find that the Denton Turkey Trot is about to have its fourth annual fun run. We completely forgot about the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Club Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally. The ride is at 9 a.m. Nov. 17. About 1,000 cyclists from Texas and Oklahoma will gather at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. Newbies can ride as few as 8 miles, or cover the whole distance of 68 miles.

Ruth’s Room, a resale shop at 1712 N. Carroll Blvd., opened in 2000. Bunny Hodges, the founding director, announced that the thrift shop has reached the $2 million mark in sales.

The sales from the shop benefit Habitat for Humanity of Denton.

This month marks two years that longtime Denton musician Joe Cripps went missing after a gig in Arkansas. Cripps played percussion for Denton’s nuclear polka outfit, Brave Combo, and countless other bands – namely A Taste of Herb and the local chicha band, Los Patos Poderosos.

He is missed deeply by the Denton music scene and its fans.

We knew Denton’s Spiderweb Salon had staying power. Now it has another feather in its cap.

The salon got an invitation from the Dallas Museum of Art to take part in its visiting artist project in 2019.

The group has a vibrant program of music, poetry, art and more recently, a sort of zine festival celebrating handmade publications.

Co-founder Courtney Marie is rightfully enthusiastic about this development from a major metropolitan museum.

Ash Robbins lives in Prosper, but she’s a familiar face in the Denton theater scene. Robbins, who has appeared in several Denton Community Theatre shows and directed at least one, shot scenes with Robert Redford in the film The Old Man and The Gun.

The film is playing in Denton now, and Robbins has yet to see if her scenes made it into the final cut or not.

Coyote sightings aren’t out of the ordinary, what with the constant development in the county and city overwhelming habitat.

Nic Bagherpour, a Denton resident and cycling enthusiast, saw a lone coyote in a clearing across University Drive near the Texas Woman’s University campus.

You know the drill: don’t leave kibble out for critters to eat, and keep your pets inside. And if you see a coyote, it’s best to leave it alone.

Local resident and gaming specialist Patrick Scott Patterson tweeted the meme to match all our feelings about the rain of late.

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Local resident and gaming specialist Patrick Scott Patterson tweeted the meme to match all our feelings about the rain of late.

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Parting shot

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”

— Will Rogers, actor & humorist

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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