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					                                            Volume 4 / Issue 25                2nd QTR
                                             CREEK HOLLOW
                                         COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER                    2005

     Creek Hollow
                               CREEK HOLLOW’S ANNUAL
     McKinney, TX                EASTER EGG HUNT!

Come and join the fun! Creek Hollow’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March
26th. If you have children, make sure to attend, as everyone will have lots of fun. There are
some really great prizes this year along with candy stuffed eggs, eggs and more eggs!! Don’t
forget your cameras!

                  AGES         3 Years & Younger           9:30 AM
                               4 Years to 7 Years          9:45 AM
                               8 Years and Older          10:00 AM

Parents come help the Easter Bunny with the eggs. Contact Amy Curd
@ 972-562-0727 or Diana Wilson @ 214-544-2884.

    WHO WON THE “Let it Snow” CONTEST?

                                                    Meet Melissa Harmen. Melissa had the
                                                    best guess of December 22nd and 2 inches
                                                    of snow.

                                                    It snowed December 22nd and although we
                                                    didn’t quite get 2 inches, it was enough to
                                                    make her the winner of a $25.00 Home
                                                    Depot Gift Certificate. Wonder what she’s
                                                    going to buy?

                                                    The Harmen’s live on Clear Brook and the
                                                    family had all voted for snow in December.
                                                    We’re thinking they might be meteorologists
                                                    in disguise! Hmmmm, they were all so
                                                    close! Thanks for participating everyone.

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        February 2005 Winner!

It’s hard to have a great looking yard in the
wintertime but The Cato’s did just that!

This clean and neat yard is located on the
corner of Clear Brook and Quail View @ 2633
Clear Brook.

Way to go Cato’s!! We look forward to your
springtime ambiance.

                                                                    YARD OF THE MONTH
                                                                     March 2005 Winner!

                                                           Simplicity is the key to the Mueller home at
                                                           3624 Willow Creek. Bushes are trimmed and
                                                           tidy and the lawn is kept shorn, weeded and

                                                           The Mueller’s enjoy yard work and it shows
                                                           throughout the year.

                                                           Great Job Mueller’s!!

Quick & Simple Dinner Recipe                        - Contributed by Heather O’Brien
Burrito Casserole
Ingredients:      1 Pkg. Mexican rice mixture
                  1 cup Chunky Salsa
                  4-8 Burritos – frozen
                  8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
                  3 oz can Sliced Olives, drained
                  4 oz can green Chilis

Directions:       Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray 9” X 11” baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cook the
                  package of Mexican rice mixture as directed, add ½ of the salsa to the mixture. Spread evenly
                  on bottom of baking pan. Arrange burritos evenly over rice mixture. Top with chilis, remaining
                  salsa, olives, and shredded cheese evenly over the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Serves 4-8.

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Important Numbers                         Creek Hollow Code Enforcement Officer:
                                          Charles Carter           972-547-7444
McKinney Police:        972-547-7600      Neighborhood Services Coordinator:            972-547-7323
McKinney North HS:      469-742-4300      Maggie Natividad:           972-547-7521      Community
Scott Johnson MS:       469-742-4900                                                    Center:
Vega Elementary:        469-742-5100                                                    972-542-0045
                                          Animal Control:             972-547-7445
School Security:        469-742-4096
                                          Emergency Animal            972-547-7600      School Facilities
After Hours Security:   972-824-8312
                                          Control:                                      Rental:
School Maintenance:     972-824-8312
                                          SPCA:                       972-562-7387      469-742-4098
Durham School Bus:      972-548-8226

Creek Hollow Committee Chairpersons                   Neighborhood Crime Watch
                                                      Chairperson and Captains Needed
                                                      Avalon Creek     Natalie De La Rocha    972-542-4703
Stay at Home Moms/Dads
Lara Loewl                             972-562-9679   Bluff Creek      Captain Needed                                        Brinlee Branch   Captain Needed
Families in Need                                      Clear Brook      Captain Needed
Linda Axelson                          972-562-7802   Lake Meadow      Captain Needed                                 Quail View       Captain Needed
Landscape Committee                                   Shady Grove      Linda Axelson          972-562-7802
Kristen Ducasse                        214-585-0808          
                                                      Spruce Meadow Captain Needed
                                                      Stover Creek     Steve & Susan Balog    972-547-4366
ACA Committee                                                
Dawn Lauridsen                         972-548-2093   Timberbrook      Captain Needed                                    Timber Creek     Keith Gorham           972-562-5194
Social Committee                                             
Kristen Ducasse                        214-585-0808   Trickling Creek Sancy Fuller            972-547-4046                                  
                                                      Willow Creek     Captain Needed

                   Creek Hollow Community                                       ANNUAL
                     Board of Directors                                       HOMEOWNERS
President                     Dawn Lauridsen
                              972-548-2093                             The Annual Homeowners meeting
                                           was held February 8TH, 2005 at Vega
Vice-President                Natalie De La Rocha                      It was a great turnout and a good
                              972-542-4703                             meeting. A new board was elected
                                                                       and their information appears to the
                                                                       A Homeowner’s meeting with the
Secretary/Treasurer           Diana Wilson                             Board is to be scheduled soon.
                              214-544-2884                             Watch your mail for the notice!!

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                          KiD’s Korner
                          Contributor: Alexis Fuller

                          TONGUE TWISTER
                          (Say this as fast as you can as many times as you can)


Joke Corner
Why did the boy eat his homework?
      Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake.

Pet Care & Tips

Please have a safe and happy holiday and don’t stay
inside all day!

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Neighborhood Items
There still is some concern among our neighbors about barking dogs and dogs leaving “Packages” in
others yards. The general rule of thumb is “Quiet” hours between the hours of 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM.
Also, be advised that your neighbor may be a night worker and sleeps during the day so please check with
your neighbors. A dog left barking outside is considered a nuisance and a violation of others rights to
peaceful enjoyment.

When you’re walking “Fido” bring along one of those prolific plastic bags all the grocers supply (or other
source of containment) and take “Fido’s package” home with you. Please consider and show respect to
your neighbors.
Per Animal Control 12/31/03- About Barking Dogs
 1) The prosecutor has set up a special court for dog issues.
2) The complaining party is required to go to the court in person and fill out paperwork. The prosecutor will then
decide if there is sufficient evidence to hear the case.
3) The City will send out a letter but does not file charges; this has to come from the complaining homeowner.

The McKinney Police Department, Fire Department and other city organizations have asked us to please
identify our house numbers somewhere close to the garage door and/or front door. Fox & Jacobs placed
the home numbers on the top trim, which doesn’t make it easy for rescue personnel to find your home.
Please help rescue personnel to find your home fast. Home Depot sells inexpensive numbers that can be
attached with adhesive to the brick.

Trashcans are to be stored either in a garage or on the side yard at least 5 feet from the front corner of the
Storing Items on the side of your home is a no-no. Items need to be behind the fence or contained in the
Now is the time to weed, mow and fertilize your yard. Any brand (your choice) of weed and feed should
be applied for pre-emerging growth and it’s a good time to put out insect killer as well with fire ant season

Ladies please join us for Girls Night Out. We have been meeting once a month for over a year
now and would love for you to join us. Monday April 18th at 6:30 pm we will be meeting at
Aparicio's located at 216 E. Virginia in Downtown McKinney. Tuesday May 24th at 6:30 pm we
are going to Chili's Grill & Bar located at 1940 N. Central Expy. Thursday June 9th 6:30 pm we
will meet at the Rock Fish located 2780 S. Central Expy. If you have any questions please call
Korine Gorham @ 972-562-5194 or

Wanted: Newsletter Editor
If you would like to maintain the neighborhood newsletter, please contact me by e-mail I am not able to continue due to other outside interests.

ACA Guidelines
New Guidelines have been promulgated and are an addition to the CC&R’s clarifying some of the
can and can’t dos’ we previously had. We hope to have these posted on a new Creek Hollow
McKinney website that’s in the making within the next month. If you need a copy of these
guidelines, please call CMA – Linda Arquilla @ 972-396-1478.
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                                     Disaster Strikes McKinney??
         This could be a future news head line. Do you know what to do in the mist of a major disaster? Will you
be able to save yourself and your family? We all tend to think – “It can’t happen to me” or “It won’t happen
         But what if a level F5 tornado tore through our neighborhood, touched down, destroying everything in its
path. I am sure the people in Oklahoma never expected it to happen to them. Now you are thinking, “ This isn’t as
impossible as I first thought.”
         As an Emergency Medical Technician, I saw disasters first hand; such as the after effects of the bombing in
Oklahoma City, large fires, and major accidents. With terrorist activity on the rise, it’s not so hard to imagine a
bombing occurring that affects us.
         Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet
the demand for these services. Factors such as the number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages
will prevent people from accessing emergency services that you have come to expect at a moment's notice through
911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining
         One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will
spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained,
spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This
is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
         How can we learn to become better prepared to handle these situations? CERT is the answer. CERT stands
for Community Emergency Response Team and educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may
impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team
organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT
members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are
not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by
taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
         CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest
number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially
on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out
small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic
medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be
         WHY DO THE CERT TRAINING? It’s like paying for car insurance. You might never need either; you'd
hope not to. But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having car insurance, means you're as
ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and your neighborhood.
         Unfortunately, we can’t count on ourselves to remain calm and rational during disaster situations. Hopefully,
we will never be affected by one, but the last thing you want to be thinking during a disaster is that you wish you had
been more prepared, wishing you had been trained, and that maybe you could have saved your spouse or children. The
CERT course will benefit any person who takes it, helping them to be better prepared to respond to and cope with
the aftermath of a disaster.
         On Thursday, December 9, 2004, Bobette Mauck posted on
regarding a CERT class starting January 26th. Several of our neighbors were in that class which graduates
Wednesday, March 23rd. The next class is scheduled to begin in April and will again be on Wednesday nights. If we
get enough volunteers from our neighborhood, then we can start a neighborhood class, choose the day and time for
the class (through a vote), and make our neighborhood the first team in McKinney that lives entirely in the same
neighborhood ~ Creek Hollow CERT.
         Please email either of us ( or or
give me a call if you are interested in attending the class in April or if you are interested in
setting our own class for the Creek Hollow neighborhood.
         Thanks, Dawn Lauridsen 972-548-2093
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Trashy Neighbor!!          (A Tongue in Cheek Story-by Diana Wilson)

I saw her silhouette in the darkness, carrying what looked to be 2 bags, one in each hand as she walked
quietly down the sidewalk mindfully peeking over her shoulder to see if anyone was watching. What in the
world could she possibly be doing walking along this misshapen sidewalk with bags in tow in the dark of

It’s Tuesday, long after dark and garbage cans edge driveways looking like some forgotten robots from a
nether land. She gets to my garbage can, releases one bag to the ground and silently opens the lid of my
forlorn robot. She closes the lid hastily and without a sound as she grabs the grounded bag and continues
her walk down the lonely sidewalk. Is this a hunger issue? It’s no small wonder that she would open and
immediately close the lid on my full green behemoth as anything in this house gets eaten to the bone, of
which my waistline proves positive. I watch in fascination as the bag lady continues her trek in this dark
area of our street.

As she passes my mailbox, it’s own form creatural in the night, a light explodes the darkness, illuminating
everything and anyone 3 houses away. Her eyes dart, she’s swimming in light that reveals her true
identity. Almost at a run, she stops abruptly, lifts the lid on the green monster and simultaneously wings
both the bags into the neighbors’ almost empty receptacle. By this time, I am outside watching with a grin
that develops into full-blown laughter. She jumps at the sound of my guttural heehawing and screams
“You scared the Devil out of me! I’m caught!!” “Yep! I tell her, I’ve watched your whole trashy transaction!”
We’re both laughing now, trying not to let the ravages of having children and age related maladies erupt
into something that requires one of her son’s diapers.

Now we know how trash cans miraculously fill in the middle of the night and we have an understanding,
one that has permeated to other neighbors around us. We share each other’s trashcans if someone is on
vacation or low on trash that week. It works well and eliminates the need to get an additional receptacle on
the weeks some of us are really trashy and I’ll just bet someone is laying in wait to fill your green monster if
you don’t.

Maybe next time I’ll tell you about my neighbors Ice Cream Scoop watermelon balls or the Giant Spider
Killing ……… My neighbors give me some terrific funny stories and I’d bet you have some also. Share
yours with a quick article or two for the next newsletter.

THANK YOU! Korine Gorham, Alexis Fuller, Heather O’Brien, Dawn Lauridsen and other contributors to this

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               R e a c h in g M c K in n e y F o r C h r ist
Grace Community Church                                     Mark S. Axelson
310 Industrial Blvd, Ste. 102
McKinney, TX 75069                                      Pastor - Teacher
972-562-7802                                     Sunday Worship      9:45 AM                            Wednesday            7:00 PM


                                              Looking for New Meal Ideas?

                                             Homemade Gourmet
                                                      is the solution

                                                      Sancy Fuller
                                             Independent Distributor# 17981

                                               Looking for a Sitter?
                                                     Alliyson Parker, age 12
                                                   (972) 562-8537 Clear Brook
     Your Ad Here!!                                  Chrissy Childers, age 18
        Cost $15.00 p/QTR                          (214) 544-8022 Bluff Creek

        $25.00 p/6 months                            BayLee Morris, age 13
                                                  (972) 562-4069 Timberbrook
                                                    Stephanee Thomas, age 13
                                                  (972) 542-6988 Brinlee Branch

                                                      Anna Torres, age 13
                                                  (972) 542-8618 Willow Creek

        Looking for a PET                            Ashleigh Waller, age 14
                                                   (972) 548-0557 Quail View
            SITTER?                                  Am. Red Cross Trained

              Allyson Parker                          Izzy Elmahdi, age 14
              972-562-8527                               972-548-9630

                                                         Cortney Griffith
              Michelle Bucy                              972=542-0498
                                                       Tawney Trammell
              Lindsey Meyers

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