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Mansfield Magazine's July-August 2016 Issue - Get Ready For School

Jul 19, 2016 06:20PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Here We Go Again

Seems like summer just began and now here comes the fall semester of school. That means school supplies, fall sports, busy schedules and cooler weather are coming our way. So as we all prepare to send kids back to school and embrace the coming seasonal activities, we have once again tailored the July-August issue of Mansfield Magazine to the season. 

There’s no disputing that Mansfield ISD is such a great school system. We have enjoyed interviewing and sharing the stories of numerous district employees over the years. This time we met up with Hunter Oeffner, the Mansfield ISD culinary trainer and chef. He’s the one who makes sure all our kids are eating fresh, and as we found out some rather unique, foods rich in nutrition and fun. He told us all about the Student Nutrition Department, how he goes about developing recipes and menus as well as his community outreach functions. Read all about him in this issue’s Community Profile.

Over at Kennedale High School, there is one man who is bringing a love, respect and appreciation of the outdoors back into the classroom (and, of course, outside of it). Danny Wilcox teaches biology and is the sponsor of the school’s Outdoor Education Club. The school has an archery team, a bass fishing team and the students get a hands-on education about what the great outdoors has to offer. Find out more in Your Neighbor. 

The busy fall season can wreak havoc on many families. But there are ways to stay together and create family unity and memories despite everyone’s full schedule. Whether it’s outdoor activities, arts and crafts or spending time together cooking, our HomeStyle section is packed with some great tips.

And speaking of cooking, don’t miss Cookin’ with Carol’s A to Z of vegetable cooking. She reveals a wonderful world of veggies and a great Gazpacho recipe.

Looking for one last escape before the fall season kicks in? Try Rocksprings and Devil’s Sinkhole northwest of San Antonio. The 350-foot sinkhole is a wonder of nature, and late in the evenings you can watch as a black sea of bats wings its way out into the dusk sky.

Everything else you know and expect is here this time. So take one last deep breath before the fall fires up, enjoy this issue of Mansfield Magazine and we’ll get busy planning the next one.


Kerry Pipes, Editor

Browse around for articles and information on everything you need to know about the local community and let us know what you’d like to see more of! 

Hunter Oeffner Mansfield ISDs culinary trainer and chef

Lunch is Served: MISD Culinary Trainer & Chef Combines Passion With Healthy Food for Students

Hunter Oeffner serves as the Mansfield ISD’s culinary trainer and chef, and he’s beginning his third year with the district this fall. Read More » 

The ABCs of Veggies Heat-of-the-Summer Farmers Market Ideas - Jul 19 2016 1118AM

The ABCs of Veggies: Heat-of-the-Summer Farmer’s Market Ideas

From artichoke to zucchini -- it’s all about finding fresh foods to enjoy while the heat is on, and throughout the coming school year. Read More » 


Ready for College Theres a Financial Curriculum You Need to Master - Jul 19 2016 1122AM

Ready for College? There’s a Financial Curriculum You Need to Master

With nationwide student debt growing, the importance of financial planning and establishing good money habits can’t be overstated. Read More » 

Family Date Night It Is Possible - Jul 19 2016 1128AM

Family Date Night: It Is Possible

It is possible to stay connected, but you must be purposeful. A few ways to overcome the oncoming stress and the realities that pull families apart, and some fun family date night ideas! Read More » 


Put a Fork In It Fork in the Road Serves Up Well-Crafted Basics With Funky Style - Jul 19 2016 1154AM

Put a Fork In It: Fork in the Road Serves Up Well-Crafted Basics With Funky Style

Fork in the Road, owned by Chef Josh Hopkins, is about as out-of-the-way as a restaurant can get. But it’s also great food in a fun atmosphere and the customers just keep coming back. Read More » 


The Devils Sinkhole Rocking Springs TX

Rocksprings and Devil’s Sinkhole

Got the summer doldrums and looking for a getaway? Northwest of San Antonio at the junction of Highways 377 and 55 you’ll find the little town of Rocksprings. Read More » 


Outdoor Exposure Kennedale High School Teacher Builds Love of Outdoor Activities in His Students - Jul 19 2016 1222PM

Outdoor Exposure: Kennedale High School Teacher Builds Love of Outdoor Activities in His Students

As the head of Kennedale High School’s Outdoor Education Club, Danny Wilcox is sharing his passion, love and knowledge of the outdoors with a whole new generation of students. Read More » 

Web Extras

The Benefits of Enjoying the Outdoors - Jul 19 2016 1233PM

The Benefits of Enjoying the Outdoors

John Phillips, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, tells us about the health benefits of getting outdoors, as well as how to stay safe while doing so. Read More » 


Mansfield 88 Project Courtesy of their Facebook page

A Few Fun & Free Things to Do in Mansfield

If you are looking to have some fun, but not break the bank, we've compiled a few fun ideas. Read More » 


7 Healthy  Tasty Back-to-School Snacks Everyone Will Enjoy - Jul 19 2016 0320PM

7 Healthy & Tasty Back-to-School Snacks Everyone Will Enjoy

We've compiled 7 tasty and healthy snacks that your child will be sure to look forward to! Read More » 


5 Simple Tips for Balancing Life  Money  - Jul 19 2016 0354PM

5 Simple Tips for Balancing Life & Money

We've put together 5 simple tips to consider when figuring out how to save money. Read More » 


Fork in the Roads Reuben sandwich

Chef Josh Hopkins Talks Favorite Recipes & Hot Sauce

We got to know what Fork in the Road's Chef & Owner Josh Hopkins' favorite meal to make was, as well as his favorite thing to eat at home. Read More » 

A Few Fun Activities the Whole Family Will Enjoy - Jul 25 2016 0126PM

A Few Fun Activities the Whole Family Will Enjoy

We've compiled a few simple and fun activity ideas that would be fun for the whole family! Read More » 


3 Simple Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden - Jul 25 2016 0147PM

3 Simple Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

3 simple, extra steps to take to attract butterflies to your garden. Read More » 

Photo courtesy of the Common Ground Network website

Common Ground Network, Finding Common Ground In Our Community

Since 1998, the Common Ground Network has worked to coordinate services to the community. Read More » 

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