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Ask LTJ: What's with the birds?

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/18 23:10:00 (1150 reads)

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Egrets are so tightly packed in the canopy that they can hardly land without sitting on another bird. (LTJ Photo)
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Q: Hello, I have a concern regarding a Wayne Frady Park on College Street. Do you have any clue why there are so many birds there? The beautiful green trees that once stood there are mostly gone! I don't know if it's due to the amount of birds that stay there or what!? There is a really high odor because of the birds.

Ana Sanchez, Lewisville

(Ana also sent a few photos showing some of the trees, and white birds)


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The ground beneath the egrets' colony is covered with droppings and feathers. (LTJ Photo)
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Two fuzzy-headed juveniles up in the nest. (LTJ Photo)
A: Thanks for writing in, Ana. We visited Wayne Frady Park on Thursday afternoon to take a look at the problem. In the wooded area on the west side of the park, thousands of large white birds that we believe to be egrets had taken up residence, making nests on any branch that would hold them. The trees were largely denuded, and the ground was covered with droppings and feathers.

We reached out to Lewisville parks director Bob Monaghan to ask about the birds, and he had this to say:

Egrets are migratory birds and as such are protected. We had not seen them at Frady Park before and think they may have been displaced by construction or the flooding. Methods to displace them can be used but must stop as soon as they lay the first egg.


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Two young egrets walk around looking for something to get into. (LTJ Photo)
As soon as we learned they were at the park we began trying to displace them. Unfortunately, we discovered they had eggs in a nest and had to stop due to their "protected" status provided by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code.

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Councilman to eat only pumpkin spice as fundraiser

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/9/6 21:00:00 (2408 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Lewisville City Council member TJ Gilmore made the mistake a month or two ago of using his Facebook account to make fun of the "Pumpkin spice" craze that happens every year. Since then, all of his "friends" have posted everything pumpkin-spice-related on his page. (LTJ's editor may have contributed to this just a bit). Well, he's decided to parlay this into a little fundraiser to benefit the Lewisville High School Band​. If he can raise $500 by next Saturday, he's going to eat nothing and drink nothing besides pumpkin-spiced foods for two weeks. Honestly, we don't think he can survive it, and despite us trying to talk him out of it, he's going to do it anyway. If you want to donate money to see this happen, you can do so with this button:


We'll make sure all of the funds get to the LHS Band program.

If you know TJ, you could get him a check or cash, or you could let him know that you made a donation in his name directly to LHS Band.

We would say that we look forward to his videos, but if we're being honest here... I guess I'm thinking this is kind of gross, and a bad idea. But all the band parents know how important the fundraising is, so we're amused to see it done in this novel way.

Gilmore's original post on Facebook has already got pledges for over half of the goal. Gilmore said he's checking into stretch goals.

The Lewisville Texan Journal has a stretch goal: If we raise over $300 through the Paypal button above, we'll buy him the bucket that he may need.

Update 10:15 p.m.:
Here's what LTJ is going to do: We're going to take care of all of the PayPal fees for the first $1,000 donated through the above link. So if TJ gets $500 donated through that link, we're going to write that check for the full $500, and we'll just eat the fees. Whatever you donate, LHS band will get that full amount. We'd rather eat the fees than the pumpkin spice.

Update 9/8/2015:
Having surpassed the goal of $500 in pledges or contributions, Gilmore has put out a stretch goal. If contributions total $1,500 or more, he will let donors of $10 or more hit him in the face with a pie at Western Days. Contributions over the $500 amount will be split evenly between LHS Band and LHS Naval Jr. ROTC. Gilmore says that if he somehow raises $10,000, he'll wear yoga pants and order a coffee from Starbucks.

Gilmore has started a Facebook page for this fundraiser.

Update 9/9/2015:
Donations continue to come in at a good rate. It seems very likely that Gilmore will have to take some pies to the face. If Gilmore hits that far stretch goal of $10,000, LTJ Editor Steve Southwell will put on some yoga pants and go to Starbucks with him for that Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Breaking News: Flower Mound Cares Facebook Group Down

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/30 23:50:00 (9170 reads)

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The Lewisville Texan Journal has just learned that the Facebook site "Flower Mound Cares" is unavailable this afternoon due to a Facebook glitch.

Flower Mound residents were at first visibly distraught at the prospect of not having anywhere to rant and rave about donuts or post pictures of a snake they saw. "I wanted to bitch about a developer cutting down trees in order to build houses, and I just didn't know where to go," said Anita Knapp, who just moved to the town last year.

Another resident, Ivana Bitchalot, said she got cut off in traffic "by a teenager!" and was upset because she didn't have anywhere to post a vitriolic complaint, along with the 17 photos of the youngster's $45,000 sports car.

It is currently estimated that at least half of Flower Mound Cares' 137,000 members now believe that they have been thrown out of the group - either for not living in Flower Mound, or for advocating the wrong candidate in the upcoming Town Council and School Board elections.

As of press time, a quick tour of Flower Mound neighborhoods showed that people had begun to step outside and enjoy something called "sunshine", and several men could be seen standing next to the mailbox talking with one another verbally, and saying "like" a lot. It is currently unknown whether beer is involved.

As soon as Flower Mound Cares becomes available again, it is expected that several of them will post this article there, and others will attempt to blame President Obama.

Update - 7:13 p.m.:
The Facebook site for Flower Mound Cares was available once again. Sources say they are instead blaming Mayor Tom Hayden for the outage. Also, someone needs roof repairs, and is looking for a roofer.

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To Submit Tips, Photos, and Press Releases

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/10 1:00:00 (17805 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal relies on citizens who send us information about various happenings in the community. Please refer to the following information about contacting us with your story tips, comments, press releases, and ideas. Thanks!

- Press Releases
- Social Media
- Public Comment Line
- Private Tips
- Photos

Press Releases
If your organization has a press release, please send it to editor@lewisvilletexan.com. Important things to include that help us to get your information out to the public:

- Basics: Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How. You would be surprised how many releases we get that leave out basic information like the location or time of an event, or what the event is, and what guests might expect to do at the event - especially if the name of your event is not something that would make it obvious.

- Photo(s): A good photo with your release makes it more likely that readers will be interested, and results in a lot more social media shares. Ideally, you attach your hi-resolution photos (800px wide or better) to the email, instead of embedding in a PDF or Word document. Make sure you let us know if your photo needs special captioning or credit. For events, it's often good to use a photo from a prior year's event. For performances, it's good to have photos of the performers.

- Third Person: Please write your release in third-person format, referring to your organization, and using third-person pronouns like "they" or "he" instead of first-person like "we" or "I". This makes less work for us when posting, and gives your release a better shot of being posted.

- Links: Don't forget to provide links to your website and social media, as well as any RSVP information you might want people to follow through on.

- Timing: We generally post events on weekends, which means it works best if you can get us your press release at least one weekend prior to your event. If you have a preferred release date, or embargo-until date, let us know with your release.

- Subject Matter: Regretfully, we just don't have the resources to write stories on everything that comes our way. We focus more on items local to Lewisville, and of interest to a broad swath of our community. Sometimes what we pick up has more to do with time available than how important your story is, so we encourage you to keep sending us releases, even if we don't pick up some of them. Some items work better as advertising, especially coming from commercial entities. For those things, we may talk to you about affordable advertising with The Lewisville Texan Journal.

We generally only share fundraisers if they are for a 501(c)(3) organization or school. Fundraisers for individuals or other organizations are typically not taken on unless it is a very compelling story of interest to the community, and we can completely vet its validity.

- Reminders: We get so many emails that sometimes things get buried. It won't hurt our feelings if you follow up with us to make sure we received it, or to ask us to share something via social media. Feel free to tag us on social media or message us there to remind us to share something.

Social Media
We maintain numerous social media accounts, but we primarily use Facebook and Twitter. We try to monitor local newsmakers on these sites, but we can't catch it all, so feel free to tag us or mention us, or send us a direct message through these media, and we will do our best to respond. We're happy to share or retweet items of interest to the community.

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Cartoon - Charlie Hebdo

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/7 21:22:14 (4983 reads)

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Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star


The Lewisville Texan Journal supports freedom of expression, and believes that violence is never the proper response to speech that one finds offensive. We believe that satire and ridicule play an important part in political expression, and the free exchange of ideas. We have been known to write some doozies from time to time as well. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those murdered in the terrorist attack in Paris against the staff of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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