HUGS go to ... Denton Boy Scout Daniel Stolle, whose Eagle Scout project brought needed improvements to the pocket park on Industrial Street. The parks department supplied Daniel with what he and 27 other volunteers needed to lay new sod, change the side wall from rocks to decomposed granite and assemble new picnic tables. Parks crews finished the job with more granite and table installation.
HUGS go to ... Bell Elementary School fifth grader Levi McAbee for being one of 200 athletes across the country invited to this week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy “Young Guns Session” in Canton, Ohio. Levi is participating in training sessions Friday through Sunday with instruction by several current and former NFL coaches, including Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson. McAbee hopes the experience will help him reach his goal of one day becoming the starting quarterback at Braswell High School.
SHRUGS go to ... the city staff for being unable to post online the archived audio recordings of Board of Ethics meetings, particularly given the high level of public interest in this new body and its work in making our local government more transparent and accountable.
HUGS go to ... the family and friends of LeCarvin “Kevin” Lewis, including the many residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center who are feeling the loss of their friend and a life taken too soon.
HUGS go to ... DCTedu, the children’s theater program of Denton Community Theatre. On Thursday, about 50 children sang and danced during a rehearsal of James and the Giant Peach Jr. The summer musical theater camp will produce the musical on the Campus Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27 and 2 p.m. July 28.
HUGS go to ... Student Veterans Services at the University of North Texas. Not only have they been amazing to my wife and me since I left the service, they were able to file me to receive Basic Allowance for Housing for the summer, without which we would have had to dip into our savings to stay afloat. Unlike most Veterans Affairs offices, they consistently go above and beyond to make the jarring transition to civilian life much easier. (Submitted by Kevin M. Bond, a summer photography intern at the Denton Record-Chronicle.)