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West Plano People (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, Dallas, Texas R SPORTS Piano Senior High trounces Wolves 6A f v IT 3 c r i I MAILED FROM ZIPCODE 75219 V ready 6A MIXED ADC 752 BV12120 SOUTHWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2OO5 WE rco VOL 2 ISSUE 4O STAFF PHOTO ILLUSTRATION ELIZABETH LAVIN IN THE BUBBLE Even though unexpected events can result in household damage it is still possible to protect your property with adequate insur ance and regular doityourself inspections Home Inspection Flags to Notice Head off disasters before its too late By Briana Barentine Special Contributor iirsttime homeowner Megan Reinhardt knew she had snagged quite a project last year when she decided to sink her ener gies into an older home But as a designer she relished the creative challenges that lay ahead She worked with a trusted inspector who pointed out the homes weak points She purchased the appropriate insurance policies knowing thatmaintenance particu larly since her house was datdd would be inevitable in the years to come But that point carne just a few months after purchasing her East Dallas pad Disaster struck only she didnt even realize I couldnt tell anything but then a friend came over opened one of the kitchen drawers and noticed that it was hot kind of steamy is what she Ms Reinhardt recalled This steam was in fact leaking from inside the walls and under the floor thanks to a valve behind the sink that sent hot water gushing under their tile and through the plywood Luckily these kitchen woes garnered a much needed makeover for an aging house but she says she could have most likely saved a few steps if she had known from the getgo to be wary of certain structural hot spots Anything dealing with water is a potential threat to the entire housed Mark Hanna Texas Insurance Council Insurers and home inspec tors alike say these issues are often at the crux of the mistakes that homeowners unknowingly make Mark Harris the Dallas based director for House Master Home Inspections See KNOW Page 9A Artist Confirmed for Meuhlenbeck Center Piano City Council approves sculptor Ray Kings proposal By Cecile Satin Contributing Writer The Piano City Council made its final decision to approve Ray Kings artwork proposal for the art element of the Tom Muehlenbeckr Recreation Center which is scheduled to open its doors spring 2007 Among thethreefinalists the selection committee first chose an outdoor sculpture by Californian Robert Ellison which did not appeal to the city council as they envi sioned a different type of art that would vary from what the city already had to offer In August the selection com mittee with input from the city council decided to rec ommend Philadelphiabased artist Ray King who pro posed an indoor sculpture fully integrated to the build ings architecture The council green lighted the art project at the Sept 26 meeting The proposed artwork is ntitled Landscape of Light and was inspired by the mag nificent natural beauty of the See SCULPTURE Page 12A IOTOS KKICKSON NOWHERE TO GO Piano West quarterback Bryce Merkling goes airborne at the end of a keeper against Piano Merkling and the Wolves endured a rough game against their crosstown neighbors falling 457 Teen Wolves WOLF PACK Spirited Piano West fans await the opening kickoff in Fridays game against Piano Senior High Which Video Games Wont Zap Your Kid Most parents need help sorting through ratings content and ageappropriateness By Adam Muller Special Contributor Last week in the BestBuy store on Central Expressway a busy mother was speaking on her cell phone and wrestling with her young daughter Meanwhile her son who must have been about 11 years old picked up a video game By the time his moth er got to the register she had put the game in the shopping cart without so much as a glance Bad move Parents need to know one crucial thing about video games anything they can imagine happening in a movie has already been in a video game Anything Thats a pretty scary thought So how are parents to know which games are appropriate for their chil dren Theres one basic test Its hot perfect but its a start On the front of every game sold by a major retailer there is a vlarge blackandwhite letter thatrates the content of that game Its called the ESRB rating In 1994 the video game industry created a voluntary committee called the Entertainment Software Rating Board which like the MPAA for movies has standardized a content rating system for all video games sold by major retailers In the interest of the par ents all major retailers now See GAMES Page 6A Diamonds in Rough Piano students serve community By Sarah Piland Staff Writer To whom much is given much is There are many Piano West Senior High students who take that adage from Luke to heart Though their lives are privileged they are not self ish They may drive Porsches and wear Juicy Couture shop at Neiman Marcus and have facials at the spa but many of these students truly find joy in putting others before themselves For me I really think vol unteering is Piano West senior Qjshen Chang said Its something I want to do to benefit the Miss Chang is the presi dent of Key Club at Piano West The club participates in numerous community service projects She joined the club because she said its a way to give back Everyone needs help and at some point we should give instead of Miss Chang said The 17yearold is cog nizant of the negative reputa tion she and her classmates have She admits that some students live up to that repu tation but she doesnt feel its the norm Of course there are going to be some people that are going to think that way and be Miss Chang said But I think there are other people who have truly dedi cated themselves and their time and truly want to help the community from the bot tom of their Groups like Habitat for Humanity STAND Key Club and Student Congress are examples of Piano West stu dents coming together to benefit the needs of others In a recent coin drive members of the Piano West Student Congress raised to donate to hurricane victims Last year the same group raised somewhere in the neighborhood of See DIAMONDS Page 6A READER POLL Ustwrift quote Do you people wi reftjse to evacuate the next tire a major storm threatens because of Ritas near miss IMs weeks question Are the rides at the Texas State Fair more thrilling than the deepfried desserts Voteonfine WEATHER Partly Cloudy HI68F v Partly Cloudy Party Cloudy II74F L050F HI77F L05SF
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