Posts by Elizabeth Ygartua

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    • Elizabeth Ygartua
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    • Elizabeth is a Park Cities native whose first job in journalism was on the Highland Park Middle School's Tribal Tribune. She went on to serve at as an editor-in-chief of The Bagpipe in high school and of The Collegian at the University of Richmond, in Virginia.
  • Highlander Strings Wow NorthPark Crowd

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    If you missed the Highlander Strings Orchestra last night, you missed a good show. The orchestra wrapped up the night with a much applauded version of the James Bond theme song. Great job kids. Now I feel like I need to go practice my scales.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • World Stroke Day Galvanizes Education

    Today is World Stroke Day. If you don’t know the warning signs and symptoms, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, headquartered here in Dallas, has an easy acronym for you to remember: FAST.

    F: Face drooping

    A: Arm weakness

    S: Speech difficulty

    T: Time to call 911

    As the daughter of a young stroke survivor, my mom had a stroke when she was in her 30s, I’m always interested in spreading awareness about strokes. You can join me in pledging to end strokes here.

    According to the Stroke Association, strokes are the leading cause of long-term disabilities in the U.S. and is the fourth leading cause of death. Worldwide more people die from strokes than from causes attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.  If you’d like to learn more about strokes, click here.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 29, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Johnnie Gwendolyn Dodd Elliott

    Gwen Elliott photo,img096[1]Johnnie Gwendolyn Dodd Elliott, 89, passed away October 3, 2014 in Dallas.

    Gwen was born March 18, 1925, to Marion Madge and John Thomas Dodd of Dallas. She graduated from Crozier Tech High School in Dallas, then attended and graduated from the St. Paul Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas. During WW II, Gwen worked as a Cadet Nurse at the VA Hospitals in San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Women’s University in order to become a school nurse.

    Irving I.S.D. was her first school nurse employer, then she was hired by Highland Park I.S.D. Gwen was the McCulloch Middle School nurse for 32 years and loved every minute of it. She always talked about how she loved her “kids”, gave each student special TLC when they came to the clinic and everyone called her “Nursie.” She was always there to listen and advise with deep care. She is remembered as smart, studious, a hard worker, and full of faith. She enjoyed reading, baking, quilting, gardening, classical music and spending time with family. If you knew “Gammi”, you knew she always had a spare chocolate kiss in her pocket and a real kiss for you.

    Gwen is preceded in death by her parents; son Jim; and sister Maedean Thorne. She is survived by her daughter Jeane and husband Marion F. Clayton and her grandchildren Elliott and Callie Clayton. She is also survived by her sister Wenanah Anderson; sister Patricia and brother-in-law Kenneth Trimble; as well as many nieces and nephews.

    The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Gwen’s dear caregivers at Villages of Lake Highlands and Pathway Hospice.

    Her memorial service will be held at St. Michael Chapel, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas, Texas 75225 and/or Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 22, 2014 | 4:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pool Passion Becomes Life’s Work

    Ches Hudel chats with caregiver Maria Farias as Chris Diduck instructs in the pool. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    After 67 years, Ches Hudel still has a passion for helping people with special needs find joy in the pool . (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    She refers to it as her life’s calling, and it’s hard to dispute Ches Hudel’s claim about her work in adapted aquatics when you consider she’s been doing it for 67 years.

    Hudel makes the journey about five days each week from her home near White Rock Lake to the Park Cities YMCA, where she helps teach therapeutic swimming lessons for people with a variety of afflictions, such as autism and Down syndrome.

    And at age 83, she’s still as passionate about her work as ever.

    “I’ve never really thought of it as a job,” Hudel said. “I still love it.” Read More…

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 9, 2014 | 8:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dead Fish Mystery Under Investigation

    Dead fish were spotted at Lakeside Park near Beverly Drive this morning. (Photo: Pat Martin)

    Dead fish were spotted at Lakeside Park near Beverly Drive this morning. (Photo: Pat Martin)

    UPDATE: This morning, a crew from Highland Park’s Town Services was deployed to clean up the unusual collection of dead fish at Lakeside Park.

    The town has already contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, HP public information officer Sgt. Lance Koppa said.

    Per procedure, Koppa said that they would send samples of the water and the fish, which predominantly seemed to be 1 to 3-inch shad, to both agencies.

    They don’t know yet what the cause of death was, but it probably had something to do with runoff from the deluge on Thursday after our prolonged dry spell, Koppa said.

    He emphasized that it’s not a definitive answer, but that when accumulated waste, landscaping chemicals, and decomposing vegetation in the street was washed downstream, it could have led the water to deoxygenate, killing the fish.

    We’ll keep you posted if we learn anything else.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 4, 2014 | 5:11 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Dead Fish Spotted at Lakeside Park

    Dead fish were spotted filling Exall Lake on Lakeside in Highland Park. (Staff photo: Pat Martin)

    Dead fish were spotted filling Exall Lake on Lakeside Drive in Highland Park. (Staff photo: Pat Martin)

    This is just what you want to see on your morning walk. Not.

    Our publisher, Pat Martin, sent us this photo this morning when she was walking her precious pup at Lakeside Park. Has anyone seen this before?

    We’ve got lots of theories about runoff from the storm to someone cleaning out their bait bucket, but no real answers.

    We’ll be contacting the town officials, but until we have a response, we’d love to hear your theories.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Happy Texas Wine Month

    In August, we brought you stories about wine in the Texas Hill Country. Now that it’s October, aka Texas wine month, and now that the weather has just the hint of coolness, it’s the perfect time to take that weekend getaway we know you’ve been meaning to take. Click on the map for a full guide to towns and cities that are home to wineries and vineyards ripe for visiting. The map is sorted into three groups from shortest to longest driving distances. We hope it proves useful in planning your trip. Safe travels.

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    Click this map to open a directory of Wineries and Vineyards in Texas. (Map: Curtis Thornton/Google)

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 1, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dr. William F. Brown

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    William Franklin Brown was born May 23, 1921 in Joplin, Missouri to Sallie Alexander Brown and Dr. William Wylie Franklin Brown.  Before Bill graduated Joplin High School his mother took him  to look at colleges. She had a long time girl friend who had married and lived in Dallas. His mother’s friend insisted she and Bill come to Dallas, stay with her, and tour Southern Methodist University. Bill fell in love with Dallas and the school.

    After  graduating SMU he attended the University of Kansas Dental School, Kansas City, Mo. In 2003 he was inducted into the Joplin, Mo. Sports Hall of Fame for his championship basketball. He was a member of SMU Kappa Alpha Order. Bill served as a dental officer in the Army, and was stationed in Japan for 3 years during World War II. One of his assignments was Sugamo prison where Japanese generals and warlords were tried, convicted and sentenced for war crimes.

    Upon his discharge from the army he returned to Dallas to begin his dental practice. He officed in the  Medical Arts Building and in Oak Cliff. After the Medical Arts Building was torn down he moved to the Preston Road and Forest Lane area and retired in 1993 after 47 years of private practice. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Association. He also held a license to practice in the state of Missouri until the time he retired in 1993. Bill was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. He was a member for well over 57 years of the Dallas Country Club. He dearly loved to golf and to play cards. Unfortunately due to his health he had to quit golf.  But nothing could or would keep him away for long from the 19th hole.  He enjoyed the friendship of the membership.

    Preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Marjorie Brown Bunn, Doc Brown is survived by his son, Gary Randolph Brown and daughter Sandra Denise Brown, his wife Cheryl Jackson Brown and her son Carl Russell Hensch, his sister’s children: Judy Bunn Flickinger, Cindy Bunn Mates, Stephen Bunn, and their families, and his niece, Peggy Lubben Gould and her family.

    Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church. A reception followed at the Dallas Country Club. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 26, 2014 | 4:56 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Charles Edward “Buck” Paschall Jr.

    Charles Edward Buck Paschall Jr.

    Passed away September 21, 2014, at home suddenly at the age of 63. Buck was born in Dallas on Jan. 23, 1951 to Barbara Groves Paschall and Charles E. Paschall Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara G. Paschall and Charles E. Paschall Sr., of Highland Park.

    Buck graduated Highland Park High School and Texas Tech University where he earned a degree in business and lettered in football. He was a loyal member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Tech and enjoyed SAE and Tech events throughout his life.  He was also a member of The Terpsichorean Club, Calyx Club, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Park City Club and Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.

    He will always be remembered as a loving husband, brother, father, step-father, grandfather, and friend. Buck was larger than life to all who knew and loved him, he was gregarious, fun-loving, and always sported a contagious laugh and smile. Whether it was hunts on the ranch in South Texas, playing golf, sport fishing, boating, or horseracing, all who shared in his amazing life were forever touched by Buck’s big heart.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Ann Paschall, who felt he was the greatest man she had ever known. He was a loving, fun, and caring husband, step-father, father, and brother. His wife felt he loved his boat as much as he did her. He loved his grandchildren and felt his grandson, Jimmy, hung the moon. He is also survived by two sisters: Barbara Averitt and husband Don, Sue John and husband Phil, all of Dallas; step-daughter, Allison Thies and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Paige and Jimmy Thies, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; his loving dog, Sophie, and three daughters: Stephanie, Elizabeth and Peyton of Dallas.

    The family received friends for visitation at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at noon on Friday, Sept. 26 at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home with graveside interment service immediately following at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Sigma Alpha Epsilon at or The American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Rd #100, Dallas, TX 75244-4399.

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    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 24, 2014 | 5:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dallas Summer Musicals is Doing “Nice Work”

    If you’re looking for something to do this weekend or next, Dallas Summer Musicals is showing “Nice Work If You Can Get It” through Sept. 14. I went the other night and was blown away by the costumes, choreography, and singing. The last few shows I’ve been to at the Music Hall at Fair Park haven’t made me want to get out of my seat and dance, but this one did.

    George and Ira Gershwin’s music and lyrics were put to good use in the hands of an able cast and crew, including local Highland Park High School grad Carl DeForrest Hendin as Swing and understudy for Duke.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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