City of McKinney working on ‘Virtual Inspections’

If you have work done at your home or business that requires a city inspection, the city is now performing virtual inspections to promote better health and safety.

Plano TX: Heritage Farmstead Museum reopens to public; reserve small group, personalized tours

Heritage Farmstead Museum will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 2 after months of being closed because of COVID-19. Small group tours will be offered in two formats, which will allow guests to visit the grounds and experience all the farm has to offer while still ensuring the health and safety of all.

Photos courtesy of Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano Texas

“We are eager to welcome guests back to the farm,” said Heritage
Farmstead Museum Executive Director M’Lou Hyttinen.
“Our team has worked hard to offer creative and new ways for guests to explore the farm in a safe and comfortable way.  We look forward to seeing you soon!”

The farm will offer limited capacity general grounds admission for $5
per guest on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purchasing
tickets in advance is suggested, but walk-up tickets are also available.
Guests may tour the grounds, feed the farm’s free-roaming chickens,
learn from educational displays posted around the property and explore
the exterior of the buildings on the property.  A house tour is not
included in this admission option.

Guests are encouraged to bring a book or picnic and linger to enjoy the farm’s idyllic four-acre site.

In addition, the farm will offer limited capacity personalized tours of
the farm’s Ammie Wilson House and Young House on Fridays at 10 a.m.,
10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for $10 per guest.  Tours last about 75
minutes and also include the general grounds admission features listed
above. Farmstead house tours are self-guided and begin in the Ammie
Wilson House. This grand house is the center of the farmstead and
exemplifies life on the Blackland Prairie in the early 1900s.

The current exhibit celebrates the 1920’s and all of the fashion, glamour
and glitz of the era. Guests will also tour the Young House, which was
built in 1880. It features a new exhibit depicting an early rural Texas
home, pre-electricity and plumbing. This visit option concludes with a
hay ride through the farm, allowing guests to observe the beautiful
gardens, various animals, working blacksmith shop and other features of
the property.

Since the museum abruptly closed in March, 10 new lambs have been added to the farm’s livestock. A new pig has also joined the friendly animal
menagerie.  The farm’s chickens are also now free roaming on the
property during tours, allowing all guests to feed the feathered flock.

Photos courtesy of Heritage Farmstead Museum on 15th Street block east of Custer Road

Masks are required inside all buildings at the Heritage Farmstead
Museum, as well as in other spaces when interacting with people outside
of the guest’s immediate family.

To purchase tickets for either tour option, please visit Call 972-881-0140 with questions.:

Amy Sandling Crawford

Photos courtesy Heritage Farmstead Museum

How Abbott is speeding up Covid-19 testing results #Abbott #BinaxNow #Covid19AgCardtest #NAVICA™

How to achieve faster COVID-19 test results: Abbott has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card rapid test for detection of COVID-19 infection.

Abbott’s BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card is highly portable, about the size of a credit card, and doesn’t require added equipment.

Source: Abbott, which will sell this test for $5. It is highly portable (about the size of a credit card), affordable and provides results in 15 minutes. BinaxNOW uses proven Abbott lateral flow technology, making it a reliable and familiar format for frequent mass testing through their healthcare provider.

With no equipment required, the device will be an important tool to manage risk by quickly identifying infectious people so they don’t spread the disease to others.

Abbott’s BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card is a rapid, reliable and affordable tool for detecting active coronavirus infections at massive scale.

“The massive scale of this test and app will allow tens of millions of people to have access to rapid and reliable testing,” said Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D., professor and chairman, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, whose labs have been leading efforts to provide COVID-19 testing for the college and Harris County, [Houston]Texas. “With lab-based tests, you get excellent sensitivity but might have to wait days or longer to get the results. With a rapid antigen test, you get a result right away, getting infectious people off the streets and into quarantine so they don’t spread the virus.”

Abbott has provided more than 27 million COVID-19 tests in the United States to date, including 14 million detection tests and 13 million antibody tests. Source: The BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Test Card EUA has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization for use by authorized laboratories and patient care settings.

NAVICA™ is a no-charge complementary phone app,
which allows people to display their BinaxNOW test results.

The test has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens, and is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner. Thank you for Sharing

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Moving to Frisco TX? North Texas’ fun sports city tops 200,000 in population

Frisco TX could grow to 300,000 by 2030

Frisco, Texas, has topped 200,000 in population, according to Census data from the 2018 American Community Survey 1-year estimates and City population estimates. …

Did you know? The median age in Frisco, Texas, is now 37.7 years.

Forty-point-one (40.1%) percent have earned a bachelor’s degree. Twenty-seven (27%) percent have a graduate degree. Ninety-seven percent have graduated high school.

Frisco has almost 70,000 households. The per capita income in Frisco TX is estimated to be $53,295. Frisco has 72,590 housing units. For the 69,340 households in Frisco, the median family income is estimated at $151,675. Median household income is about $131,989.

Frisco TX population is 200,485 – estimated in August 2020. Of the more than 200 thousand living in Frisco, 47,603 are school age.

Frisco TX could reach 300,000 in population by 2030 if Frisco continues to grow by five percent. Back in 2009, Frisco’s population was 108,387. By 2015, Frisco had reached population of 145,430 north of Dallas – Fort Worth.

Contact your local Realtor if you are ready to move to Frisco Texas or the surrounding cities in Collin County, Texas.

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Ninja Nation opening second location; first in Frisco TX, next in Murphy TX

Ninja Nation, America’s leader in world-class obstacle course arenas, will be opening of its fourth location in the United States, its first franchise location and second location in the Dallas, Texas, area. The Arena is set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.

Ninja Nation’s world-class obstacle course arenas are great for kids and adults of all ages. Jump in a class taught by a coach or drop in for open gym.

The 12,100 square foot facility at 150 E Farm to Market Rd 544 in Murphy will bring the professional and high energy Ninja Nation experience to life with state-of-the-art equipment, group classes, birthday parties, open gym, special events and competitions that will empower everyone to push their minds and bodies to the limits they never thought possible.

Texas based business owners Bill and Mary Jane Journey are Ninja Nation’s first franchisees to open in the Texas Market.

“Being a part of the Ninja Nation family is such a fun and rewarding experience for us!” said Bill Journey. “We love the opportunity to create a ninja facility in Murphy, Texas, and look forward to making a significant positive impact on kids and the whole community. There’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing people come together as part of the ninja community and support each other as they learn to overcome the many fun and challenging obstacles on the course. People also end up gaining the strength and confidence in themselves to overcome life’s obstacles along the way.”

Ninja Nation Founder and CEO Wayne Cavanaugh said he is thrilled to open the second location in Texas and our first Franchise location with Bill and Mary Jane Journey.

Ninja Nation’s Cavanaugh said, “We have seen the sport of Ninja taking off in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and we are thrilled to have Bill & Mary Jane opening their Ninja Nation in Murphy.  We are looking forward to being an integral member of this vibrant and dynamic community.”

Ninja Nation in Murphy, Texas, say they are thrilled to have Tyson Faifer, the first comedian to compete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, join the team as arena manager. He has a passion for fitness and making people laugh, and he now brings his leadership and passion of the sport of Ninja to Ninja Nation. 

Tyson Faifer said, “Ninja Nation is the ultimate place for family fun, I jumped at the chance to help bring this project to life!”

Ninja Nation offers monthly memberships, organized group fitness classes, open gym, events, competitions, field trips, birthday parties and even a mobile unit for a Ninja obstacle courses anywhere.

The inaugural Texas location opened in Frisco, Texas, in October 2018, and Ninja Nation has two additional Arenas in Colorado and five mobile Ninja obstacle courses throughout the United States.

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Frisco Education Foundation Class of 2020 scholarship recipients series @friscoisd

See Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships.


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Class of 2020: Frisco Education Foundation scholarship recipients series

Congrats to Class of 2020 scholarship recipients. See Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships.


See Frisco Education Foundation for information on scholarships.

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